CWG: Heena Sidhu adds third gold to India’s shooting kitty

first_imgHeena Sidhu, with an incredible showing, claimed the women’s 25m pistol gold medal at the Belmont shooting centre in Brisbane, on Tuesday.It was the second medal of the Games in three days for the 28-year-old, having settled for silver behind compatriot Manu Bhaker in the 10m air pistol event.In the qualifications, Heena had a card of 579 over two rounds of competition (95, 93, 98 for precision and 95, 99, 99 in rapid) to be in third place, but six short of team-mate Annu Raj Singh (96, 99, 98 in precision and 98, 96, 97 in rapid).Annu was unable to replicate her form in the final, while Heena Sidhu stuck on bravely behind Australia’s Elena Galiabovitch, who seemed to be going great guns.But closing in sharply, especially through rounds five and six — with a clean slate of five in both — Heena overhauled the Australian in the seventh, as the two finished with four and two shots.ConsistentInto the lead for the first time, the consistent Indian did not give up and nailed the gold medal with a Games record score of 38, three ahead of the home favourite. Annu was eliminated after the sixth stage and in the same position with a card of 15.Reflecting on her success, Heena said, “I am really feeling good, this being my first medal in this event. I am still learning. Medals like these bolster your confidence and help you enjoy what you are doing.”There was considerable disappointment, earlier, as Chain Singh was left stranded in the fourth position in the men’s 50m rifle prone, while Gagan Narang, on the lookout for a eleventh Games medal, was eliminated at the spot in the final.The two Indians had finished third and sixth in the qualifiers, with Narang scoring 617.0 (102.5, 104.8, 102.3, 103.2, 103.4, 100.8) and Singh 614.2 (104.3, 104.2, 103.1, 100.9, 102.3, 99.4).The duo were very much in the picture in the initial stages, but Narang fell back in the third and fourth rounds to be eliminated with a total of 142.3.Under pressureChain was put to pressure when he could manage only 9.5 with his first shot in the fifth and did not survive thereafter as a 9.3 off the first shot in the seventh eventually pushed him out of the reckoning with a total of 204.8 points.The results:Men: 50m rifle prone: 4. Chain Singh (Ind), 614.2, 204.8. 7. Gagan Narang (Ind), 617.0, 142.3.Women: 25m pistol: 1. Heena Sidhu (Ind), 579, 38, 2. Elena Galiabovitch (Aus), 572, 35, 3. Alia Sazana Azahari (Mas), 571, 26; 6. Annu Raj Singh (Ind), 584, 15.last_img read more

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Raptors beat Lakers as LeBron James struggles with limited minutes

first_img“With the injuries we have and with LeBron watching his minutes, we’ve got to get creative with some of our lineups and make sure we have groups out there that give us a chance to win still,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “Ultimately, we’re trying to get a win each and every time out.”Pascal Siakam scored 16 points and Marc Gasol added 15 to help Toronto win its ninth consecutive meeting with the Lakers, extending a franchise record. The Raptors have not lost to the Lakers since Nov. 30, 2014. They also set a franchise record with their 20th victory of the season against a Western Conference opponent.Rajon Rondo scored 13 points but the Lakers failed to win back-to-back games for the first time since Jan. 15 and 17 when they beat Chicago and won at Oklahoma City.Los Angeles overturned a 20-point deficit to win at Chicago on Tuesday night, snapping a five-game losing streak. The Lakers kept it close through three quarters against Toronto, the Atlantic Division leader, but couldn’t hang on in the fourth as the Raptors started the quarter with a 13-4 spurt.The Lakers made 7 of 31 attempts from 3-point range.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief MOST READ “We gave ourselves a chance to stay around and stay in the game,” Walton said, “but to win against a good team on the road, for the most part, you’re going to have to knock down more than that.”Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma shot 3 for 11 and scored seven points. He missed all three of his attempts from long range.“It just wasn’t my night,” Kuzma said. “You can’t be perfect all 82. I’ve got to be better, for sure.”Kuzma got an earful from his coach after he failed to defend a 3 by Toronto’s Danny Green in the third quarter.Toronto guard Malcolm Miller, who played 24 minutes in a G-League game earlier Thursday, made two 3-pointers in the fourth.The Raptors were without guard Kyle Lowry, who sat because of a sore left ankle and forward Serge Ibaka, who began serving a three-game suspension for throwing a punch at Cleveland’s Marquese Chriss on Monday night.The Raptors were up 65-54 at halftime and took a 90-84 lead into the fourth.TIP-INSLakers: Los Angeles has not won consecutive road games since victories at Miami on Nov. 18 and Cleveland on Nov. 21. … C Tyson Chandler missed his fifth straight game because of a sore neck, and G Lance Stephenson sat for the sixth time in seven games because of a sprained toe on his left foot. … James missed three straight free throws in the fourth. … The Lakers are 1-6 in March.Raptors: Gasol started in place of Ibaka, and Jeremy Lin started in place of Lowry. … Toronto signed F/C Eric Moreland to a 10-day contract. … The Raptors are 10-0 against Pacific Division opponents. The last team to go 10-0 against a single division was Golden State, which did it against the Southeast in 2015-16. … Toronto’s 28 home wins are the most in the NBA. James scored 29 points and Alex Caruso had a career-high 16 for Los Angeles. The struggling Lakers lost for the sixth time in seven games, further denting their fading playoff hopes.Earlier this month, after consulting with James’ personal trainer, the Lakers said James would play limited minutes the rest of the season and might sit out one of any back-to-back gamesFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“It’s challenging for me mentally, because I’m so accustomed to being out on the floor, especially when I’m healthy,” James said. “This is the direction they wanted to go the remainder of the season, given the lack of success we’ve had with our ball club.”James played 32 minutes Thursday and has not played more than 33 in any of the past four games. His status for Friday’s game at Detroit is not known. Kyrie Irving gets 2nd career triple-double as Celtics overcome Kings Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) controls the ball as Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard, left, defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — LeBron James is finding it hard to stay chill about his season-ending cooldown.Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points, Norman Powell had 20 and the Toronto Raptors beat James and the Los Angeles Lakers 111-98 on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed LATEST STORIES HALFWAY HOMEToronto has won 17 straight when leading at halftime, extending a franchise record.WHAT’S IN A NAME?The Raptors said their practice facility had been renamed the OVO Athletic Centre. It’s a nod to the team’s partnership with Grammy award-winner Drake. The Toronto-born rapper has been involved with the Raptors since being named the team’s ‘global ambassador’ in September 2013. OVO is an acronym for October’s Very Own, Drake’s record label and clothing line.UP NEXTLakers: At Detroit on Friday night.Raptors: At Detroit on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem View commentslast_img read more

Boca president: We were in no condition to play

first_imgBoca Juniors president Daniel Angelici backed the decision to postpone the Copa Libertadores final between his club and bitter rivals River Plate until Sunday.Boca and River played out a 2-2 draw in the first leg but ugly scenes marred the preparations for Saturday’s return match at River’s El Monumental stadium .The visitors’ bus was showered with projectiles as it approached the stadium, with some smashing windows of the vehicle. Tear gas being used to disperse the crowd also filtered into the bus, leaving several players feeling the effects.  Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Pablo Perez was among the Boca players injured in the incident, which initially led to a delayed kick-off and later the announcement of a postponement .While CONMEBOL wanted the game to go ahead, describing the injuries as “superficial” in a statement that said “there’s no cause for the suspension of the match”, their  assessment was angrily rejected by Boca star Carlos Tevez.”First I want to say to our families that we are alright, most of us are alright, there are three or four injured,” he said to reporters. “We are being forced to play this game, I have just seen that Pablo [Perez] has a patch over his eye.”The match was pushed back and is now scheduled to go at 1700 local time (2000 GMT) on Sunday, a full 24 hours after the final was initially set to get under way. The first leg was also postponed due to bad weather in Buenos Aires and Boca’s president was in full agreement over the decision to push the second leg back to Sunday.”It was supposed to be a party, a sad day for me,” Angelici told Fox . “Some River outcasts attacked our bus. We were in no condition to play this final.”I want to thank CONMEBOL and River. We said that we did not want to play with injured players. I think the decision is correct. We need to be ashamed of this as a society. The world was waiting for this match.”I think the final has to be played under equal terms. We saw that some players were without air in the bus, had to help them quickly. I need to acknowledge the River authorities for their concern.”CONMEBOL resolved that the match was going to be played, but I saw we had two players in hospital.”Five or six outcasts ruined the party for 60,000 present inside the stadium.”last_img read more

I didn’t score many, but some were important, says modest Zinedine Zidane

first_imgFor a man who buried two headers to win a World Cup final and then struck one of the all-time great Champions League final winners Zinedine Zidane was probably doing himself a disservice when he said on Friday: “I didn’t score many goals.”The Real Madrid manager had been asked whether he or Cristiano Ronaldo would be the star if they were playing in the same Madrid side and the Frenchman didn’t hesitate when he replied: “Cristiano…he scores goals.”There is no doubting that, of course, as the Portuguese superstar has developed into one of the deadliest strikers in the game, a fact underlined by the incredible statistic of him scoring 40 or more goals every season for the last seven years.Ronaldo will be Madrid’s most dangerous weapon in Saturday’s Champions League final against Juventus and Zidane did not try to hide the fact.”Midfielders are important of course, everyone’s important, but I’ve been there in those big games when you are waiting for the strikers to score and of course goals are everything,” the he told a packed news conference at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.”I didn’t score too many — I got some important ones — but not many.”The two he rammed home to help France beat Brazil in the 1998 World Cup final in Paris will of course always be the high point of his illustrious career but for Madrid fans it was his technically superb left-foot volley of a ball dropping from high in the Glasgow sky to beat Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League final four years later that shines brightest.advertisementWhile Ronaldo, for years renowned as a tricky winger and provider, has evolved his game to focus much more on a centre-forward role, Zidane remained primarily the midfield fulcrum around which all his teams turned.Considering that, and his relative lack of pace, his scoring record was actually very respectable.In his 155 games for Real he scored 37 goals and got another 24 in 151 games for Juve. Including his earlier years at Cannes and Bordeaux he totalled 95 goals in 506 club appearances and chipped in an impressive 31 in 108 games for France — a record many international strikers would be proud of.Zidane was also confident there would be goals on Saturday and dismissed the widely-touted view of the game as Real’s effervescent attack against Juve’s rugged defence.”They defend very well but nowadays they attack very well too,” he said of the Italian champions who reached Saturday’s final conceding three goals in 12 games.”I’m not sure if I can say they have their best team ever but they do have very good attacking players and I think it will be a very open game from both teams.”last_img read more

Britney Spears boyfriend gives her a surprise visit in Japan

first_imgLos Angeles, Jun 12 (PTI) Pop star Britney Spears got a surprise visit from her beau Sam Asghari in Japan.The couple were all smiles as they sported matching pink outfits, while posing on the streets of the island nation.”Look who came to see me in Japan. @samasghari. great matching duo,” Spears wrote alongside a picture of her and Asghari, 23, holding a couple of shopping bags.In 2016, Asghari starred in Spears music video “Slumber Party”, in which he played her love interest. PTI SSN JCHlast_img read more

Photo: UCLA Wrote A 2-Page “ESPN The Magazine” Article Predicting The Future Of 4-Star TE Chris Clark As A Recruiting Pitch

first_imgUCLA pitches TE Chris Clark.Chris Clark doesn’t know where he will be playing college football, but UCLA claims to know the future of the four-star tight end. As a recruiting pitch to the 6-foot-6, 247-pound prospect, the Bruins’ recruiting staff wrote a fake, two-page ESPN The Magazine article about what Clark will do at UCLA. According to the story, Clark will: Score a 57-yard touchdown on his first snap as a Bruin. Be a consensus first-team All-American all three seasons at UCLA.Lead the Bruins to the College Football Playoff as a sophomore. Win the Mackey Award and a national championship as a junior. Leave school for the NFL after his junior season, become “Rob Gronkowski 2.0.”Here’s the story. It’s pretty great. Coolest recruiting pitch pic.twitter.com/hbDZO5ztLt— Chris Clark (@Clark8Chris) January 15, 2015Creating mock magazine covers is commonplace in recruiting, but a two-page article is something we haven’t seen before. Well done, UCLA.last_img read more

Chhichhore: Tahir Raj Bhasin plays character inspired by Nitesh Tiwari’s senior from IIT Bombay

first_img Next Indo Asian News Service MumbaiAugust 8, 2019UPDATED: August 8, 2019 17:28 IST Tahir Raj Bhasin on his role in Nitesh Tiwari’s ChhichhoreActor Tahir Raj Bhasin plays a champion sportsperson in Nitesh Tiwaris next film, Chhichhore. His character, Derek, is inspired by the Dangal director’s real-life senior from his engineering college days.”Derek, my character, in Chhichhore is actually based on the director’s real life senior in engineering college and I had no clue about it till he took me to Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B),” said Tahir.”The original Derek was a rebel and a sports champ who oozed charisma. His style is an urban legend in hostel corridors even today. To inspire me for the part, Nitesh sir took me for a walk around his old campus, IIT Bombay, where Derek’s name is on the sports achievers boards in all the cafeterias and corridors,” he added.Speaking about his preparation of his role in Chhichhore, the actor said, “The details he divulged about Derek’s personality, popularity and swag were my ammunition to prepare for this role and I have tried to do justice to my director’s vision. Hopefully, the original Derek and batchmates from his era will be proud of how I have portrayed him on screen.advertisementApart from Tahir Raj Bhasin, Chhichhore also stars Sushant Singh Rajput, Shraddha Kapoor and Varun Sharma in key roles.The film hit the screens on September 6, 2019.Watch the trailer here:ALSO READ | Chhichhore trailer out: Sushant Singh Rajput and Shraddha Kapoor film will remind you of 3 IdiotsALSO READ | Confirmed: Tahir Raj Bhasin to play Sunil Gavaskar in Ranveer Singh’s 83ALSO READ | Aamir Khan pays surprise visit to Dangal director Nitesh Tiwari in Delhi. See picsALSO WATCH | Zaira Wasim quits films. What is choice when religion decides all?Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bynisha Tags :Follow Nitesh TiwariFollow ChhichhoreFollow Tahir Raj Bhasin Chhichhore: Tahir Raj Bhasin plays character inspired by Nitesh Tiwari’s senior from IIT BombayTahir Raj Bhasin, who is playing the role of Derek in the upcoming film Chhichhore, revealed that his character is inspired by director Nitesh Tiwari’s senior from IIT Bombay.advertisementlast_img read more

The Manual Wind: Ulysse Nardin Steel Anniversary

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Affordable Watch Hunting: 10 Best Timex Watches For Men The Awake G7 Watch Makes Fishing Nets Fashionable and Sustainable The Best Watches Under $1,000, From Classic to Sporty 12 Best Seiko Watches for Men, From Flashy to Functional The Best Casio Watches For Every Occasion The lugs of a timepiece are extremely important.  I would liken then to the rims of a car.  These four identical pieces are not only necessary for the use of the item, but greatly effect the appearance aesthetically.  The point at which the strap is attached to the watch case can alter a watches personality greatly.  In the case of the new Ulysse Nardin Classico Manufacture 170th Anniversary, the lugs define the piece.At 40mm in diameter, this stainless steel dress piece is quite different from your typical Ulysse Nardin.  In the past, limited edition timepieces were made in precious metals only.  Here we have a limited edition of 170 pieces made in steel.  The dial of this piece is hand painted enamel which is more consistent with past UN limited pieces.  Blue roman numerals are matched with blue steel hands and a blue crocodile strap to make this classic yet casual dress look.  Below the in-house crafted dial lies the UN in-house caliber UN-320 movement which features a Silicium hair spring and anchor escapement.  The lugs of this limited piece and of the Classico line are what make this piece though.  Strong, angled, and pronounced, they take your average 40mm dress piece and add strength to the design.Ulysse Nardin is like many other brands, constantly introducing limited edition pieces.  Most are complicated and/or precious metals.  This piece is unique in that it is a dress piece made of stainless steel.  This does not detract from the piece one bit, rather making it more unique.  The dial and movement are both in-house products that truly exhibit the DNA of Ulysse Nardin.  Detail in dials, technology and new materials in their movements, and blue accents describe UN and this piece encompasses it all for their 170th Anniversary.last_img read more

UN World Heritage Committee threatens to delist German site if bridge is

It would be the first time any site has been struck off the World Heritage List, which currently numbers 812 sites declared to be of outstanding universal value in terms of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) 1972 World Heritage Convention.At its annual meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania, the Committee put the 18-kilometres-long site on the List of World Heritage in Danger in an effort to avert Dresden municipality’s plans to build the bridge, which it said would have such a serious impact on the “integrity of property’s landscape” that it may no longer deserve to be on the World Heritage List. It added that it would “consider, in a prudent manner, delisting the site from the World Heritage List in 2007 if the plans are carried through.” The site is an outstanding cultural landscape that integrates the celebrated baroque setting and suburban garden city into an artistic whole within the river valley. It was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2004.At the same time, the Committee removed Cologne Cathedral in Germany, Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary in Senegal, the Group of Monuments at Hampi, India and Ichkeul National Park in Tunisia from the List of World Heritage in Danger thanks to improved conservation.In the case of Cologne, municipal officials decided to scale down plans for new high rise buildings that threatened the dominant landmark position on the city skyline of the Cathedral, a masterpiece of German Gothic architecture begun in 1248 and completed in 1880.In Djoudj, bio-control measures enabled managers to eradicate invasive plant species that threatened the wetland sanctuary for some 1.5 million birds. Reduced motor traffic and the decision to change the location of a planned shopping centre removed the threat to the Hampi complex of rich temples and palaces built in the 14th to 16th centuries, when it was the capital of the last great Hindu Kingdom of Vijayanagar. And in Ichkeul, an end to using the lake’s water for agriculture cut the salinity of the last fresh water lake in a chain that once extended across North Africa and is now a sanctuary for hundreds of thousands of migratory birds. The Committee, which meets until 16 July, will also pick new candidates to join the World Heritage List that already includes sites as unique and diverse as the wilds of East Africa’s Serengeti, the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the baroque cathedrals of Latin America. read more

ORS announces internal research grants

The Brock University Office of Research Services has announced the results of two of its internal research funding competitions.Eight researchers have received seed grants under the Brock SSHRC Institutional Grant (BSIG).The faculty and their research programs are:Kimberley Gammage, Department of Kinesiology: “I hate bathing suit shopping: Men’s experiences shopping for bathing suits”Ivan Medovikov, Department of Economics: “Macroeconomic News Index: A Quantitative Measure of Key Economic News”Michael Savage, Department of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in Education, “Teachers’ and school staff’s perceptions of mental health and wellness”Samir Trabelsi, Department of Accounting, “IFRS Adoption, Real Earnings Management, Governance Attributes, and IPO Failure Risk”Ebru Ustundag, Department of Geography, “Peer Research in Sex Work: Street Level Assessment in St. Catharines”Tony Volk, Department of Child and Youth Studies, “Redefining Bullying: A Cross-Cultural Pilot”Katharine von Stackelberg, Department of Classics, “Hortus inclusus: Expanding boundaries of Space and Time”Kai-Yu Wang, “Counterfactual Thinking, Construal Level and Product Attribute Preferences”Seven researchers received seed grants under the Brock University Advancement Fund (BUAF):Joanne Crawford, Department of Nursing, “A pilot study to assess colorectal cancer screening beliefs, attitudes, benefits, barriers, knowledge, and uptake using the Colon Cancer Screening Survey”Andrea Josse, Department of Kinesiology, “Effects of a weight management intervention with increased dairy intake on body composition and bone health in overweight and obese girls”Sheila O’Keefe-McCarthy, Department of Nursing, “Item Generation of the Prodromal Symptoms Screening Scale (PS_SS): A Focus Group Study”Dawn Prentice, Department of Nursing, “Self-triage in the emergency department: Validation of the sensitivity and reliability of patient self-report”Lynn Rempel, Department of Nursing, “Making the Invisible Visible: Educating Emergency Room Nurses to Provide Compassionate Miscarriage Care”Karyn Taplay, Department of Nursing, “Reflection through simulation: Experienced from the perspective of the vented patient”Dawn Zinga, Department of Child and Youth Studies, “The Lived Experiences of Youth Engaged in Performance Arts”“We are pleased to support our researchers as they prepare their various funding applications,” says Vice-President, Research Gary Libben. “The committee was impressed by the variety of innovative and creative applications. It was a tough choice to make.”The Brock SSHRC Institutional Grant (BSIG) consists of funding from the federal government’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council to help Brock develop and maintain a solid base of research and research-related activities in SSHRC-supported disciplines.Seed grants from this fund provide researchers with up to $5,000 funding for one year for projects aimed towards developing an application for submission to a SSHRC competition. Funds can be used for a pilot research project, hiring a student to assist with the research project or other research expenses.The Brock University Advancement Fund (BUAF) provides faculty from all disciplines with seed research funding in preparation for future submission to an external funding agency and funding for special pursuits. This grant provides seed funding for small-scale research or pilot projects that will be developed into mature research proposal submissions. read more

Big run sends Nebraska past Western Illinois 7349

LINCOLN, Neb. — James Palmer Jr. scored 10 straight points in a 35-4 first-half run that pushed Nebraska past Western Illinois 73-49 Saturday.Nebraska (5-1) was sluggish at the start, trailing Western Illinois 9-4 in the early going. The Huskers then slapped on the defence, holding the Leathernecks (2-4) to just five points in the next 15 minutes.The Huskers led 17-11 when Palmer heated up, hitting three layups, a jumper in the lane and a pair of free throws, putting Nebraska up 27-14 with 4:35 left in the half. Nebraska led by 23 at intermission.Nebraska hit 57 per cent of its shots in the first half while holding Western Illinois to 24 per cent.Nebraska opened the second half with 10-0 run, going up 50-17 on Glynn Watson Jr.’s 3 pointer with 17:41 remaining.Watson led Nebraska with 20 points. Palmer finished with 19 points.C.J. Duff had 13 points for Western Illinois.BIG PICTURENebraska: After scoring more than 80 points in their first four games, the Huskers had just 52 points in a Tuesday loss to Texas Tech. Nebraska got its scoring back on track Saturday, scoring 40 in the first half. Nebraska is now averaging 80 points per game.Western Illinois: Leatherneck 7-foot-senior centre Brandon Gilbeck came into Saturday’s game leading the nation in blocked shots per game at 5.5 and second in total blocks at 21 Gilbeck was foul-plagued Saturday, playing just 14 minutes before fouling out. He still got three blocks against the Huskers.UP NEXTNebraska: The Cornhuskers travel to Clemson to play the Tigers in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Monday.Western Illinois: The Leathernecks host Southern Illinois-Edwardsville on WednesdayKent Wolgamott, The Associated Press read more

Mens soccer looks to rebound against Akron

OSU sophomore defender Austin Bergstrom (25) chases the ball during a game against Northwestern on Sept. 14 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 2-0.Credit: Muyao Shen / Lantern photographerWith its first loss of the season in the rearview mirror, the Ohio State men’s soccer team is set for a quick turnaround against another tough opponent.OSU is scheduled to take on Akron (3-2-1) Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.The Buckeyes (2-1-3, 1-1-0) fell to then-No. 10 Penn State, 1-0, on the road Sunday for their first loss of the 2014 campaign, and the effort level in that contest did not sit well with several members of the team.“We didn’t play very well,” senior midfielder Max Moller said. “We held back too much, sat back, played too much defense, didn’t step up. It’s a learning lesson. We learned what we have to work on. It really exposed all our weaknesses.”Sophomore forward Christian Soldat echoed those statements of disappointment.“There’s a lot of things you can blame it on, but overall, we really gave them too much credit, them being Penn State and a top-10 team,” Soldat said. “We kind of sat back in the first half and let them build momentum when we should’ve came out flying as the underdogs.”OSU and Akron aren’t strangers to each other’s programs. Wednesday’s matchup marks the 37th meeting between the two schools. Akron has dominated the series with a 27-6-3 all-time record, including a 1-0 victory in Akron, Ohio, last season.“We know how they play, they probably know how we play, and we can come out, have a good scouting report, and work on defensively and offensively how we can take them down,” Soldat said.The Zips were the 2010 national champions, and made it to the sweet 16 in last year’s NCAA Tournament. However, the team dropped its first two regular season games this season and drew another before rattling off three straight victories coming into this week’s game.OSU coach John Bluem said he thinks the Zips have worked through their early season struggles in what is only the second season in charge for coach Jared Embick and are ready to bring their A-game.“The names have changed, the coaching staff has changed, but they are still getting really, really quality recruits,” Bluem said. “They had a difficult start to the season, but they have (13) freshmen, so they have a lot of really young players on their team, and now they’ve won three straight. It seems like they’re finding the way, so I anticipate that they’re going to be a pretty well-oiled machine when they come in here Wednesday night and we’re going to have to be at our very best.”Aside from the on-field matchup, the game holds a special meaning for Bluem and the rest of the team, as it is the annual Connor Senn Memorial Match.Senn, then a freshman on the men’s soccer team, collapsed on the field during a game at Akron on Sept. 26, 2001. He was rushed to the hospital, but died that night from a congenital heart defect.The Connor Senn Memorial Fund was established by Dr. Lance Senn, Senn’s father, to raise money for scholarship fund an educational symposium. Proceeds collected at the game will go to the fund and the Dorothy M. Davis Heart & Lung Research Institute at the Wexner Medical Center.“It’s hard to believe it’s been (13) years since Connor passed,” Bluem said. “The game has seen some changes over the years, but the one thing that’s been consistent is it’s been a wonderful community event.“It always saddens me quite a bit when we have this game,” Bluem continued. “It just brings back the memory of that tragic night.”Bluem said he plans to share a moment with the team before the game to stress the preciousness of the time they get to spend together and motivate his squad to play for a “special reason” in Senn’s memory.After the matchup with the Zips, OSU is set to take on Dayton on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Dayton, Ohio. read more

How Google Searches Can Predict Hockey Ticket Sales

You may have doubts, as some readers did, about whether Google searches are a reliable way to predict that an NHL expansion team would struggle in Las Vegas. But it’s actually a pretty good way to forecast this kind of thing, and there’s another way to prove it:It turns out that there’s a strong relationship between Google searches and an NHL team’s bottom line. How often fans are Googling the term “NHL” in a metro area reliably predicts how much they’re spending on hockey tickets.In the chart below, I’ve estimated how much fans spent on tickets at each NHL arena during the past regular season. The process is simple: I just took total home attendance and multiplied it by the average ticket price.1The average ticket price is estimated based on a 50/50 blend of face-value and resale-market prices. For face-value prices, I used data from Team Marketing Report. For resale prices, I used data from TiqIQ, averaging prices from the start of the 2014-15 season and its most recent report in February. Then I compared ticket spending against the estimated number of NHL fans in each market based on Google search traffic.2The only new wrinkle: I subdivided fans between the New York Rangers, the New York Islanders and the New Jersey Devils based on the relative Google search volume for each team in the New York metro area. The Rangers are more popular than the other teams and capture more than half of New York’s hockey fan base. I did the same in the Los Angeles area; the LA Kings are more popular than the Anaheim Ducks. As you can see, there’s a strong correlation. Nine of the 10 most popular teams based on Google searches also ranked in the top 10 in ticket sales this season, the exception being the Philadelphia Flyers.Further, there are huge differences in ticket sales between the top and bottom teams. Whereas fans spent only $27 million on Florida Panthers tickets this season, they shelled out more than $184 million (in U.S. dollars) to see the Toronto Maple Leafs play.Most of the differences are based on discrepancies in ticket prices rather than attendance. The NHL is a terrific live-spectator experience — I say this as someone who spends way too much on Rangers tickets — and most NHL teams can sell out their arenas if they charge the right price. But the right price varies. Whereas the average ticket cost $236 in Toronto, it was $74 in Tampa.The relationship is even clearer if we chart the data:You’ll notice that there are some diminishing returns to having more fans in your area.3I’ve used a logarithmic curve to fit the data, which tracks it more closely than a linear fit. Perhaps this is because there are only so many good seats available for each game or because larger markets like Toronto and New York have more non-hockey substitutes for the fan’s entertainment dollar.Still, the correlation is clear, and very strong. The size of the fan base, based on Google searches, accounts for 81 percent of the differences in ticket sales.4The 81 percent figure reflects the coefficient of determination of the regression line.You could undoubtedly do a bit better still by accounting for other factors, like how well the team has played recently. The on-ice success of the Chicago Blackhawks may explain why they do so well at the box office, for instance.But there aren’t a lot of exceptions, and there aren’t a lot of favorable precedents for a hockey team in Las Vegas. The Nashville Predators are a comparative success story — they’re a very good team that’s made some inroads in a highly non-traditional hockey market. And yet, while the Preds are usually selling out their rink, fans are paying comparatively little for tickets. So Nashville ranked just 24th in NHL ticket spending this year, and the Predators have barely been breaking even financially.Several other teams in non-traditional hockey markets — the Arizona Coyotes and Florida Panthers, for instance — are losing money. And most of them play in metro areas with considerably larger populations than Las Vegas.When should you be skeptical of Google Trends data? Sometimes ambiguities of language can cause problems. (Do you mean Kenny Rogers the singer or Kenny Rogers the pitcher?) And as the complexity of the analysis increases, so can the potential for error. It proved to be more difficult than Google expected to determine which searches predicted flu outbreaks, for example — although that was more an issue of flawed analysis than faulty data.In this case, though, Google is just stating the obvious: Putting an NHL team in a small market in the middle of the desert isn’t a good gamble. read more

Ohio State wrestling seeks to get back on track against No 7

OSU redshirt senior Johnni DiJulius (left) sizes up his opponent during a match against Arizona State on Nov. 20 at St. John Arena. OSU won 28-9.Credit: Mason Swires | Lantern reporterAfter sustaining a tough upset loss last Saturday, the Ohio State wrestling team has a quick recovery on its mind on Sunday.That matchup will feature No. 11 OSU (5-2, 2-1) playing host to No. 7 Nebraska (9-1, 3-1) at 2 p.m. in St. John Arena.Last week, the Buckeyes fell to the now-No. 10 Michigan by a score of 21-11.The upset loss was one that OSU did not take lightly.“There were seven weight classes where we didn’t score any offensive points,” OSU coach Tom Ryan said. “It’s critical this week that we are putting ourselves in scoring positions.”Redshirt senior Hunter Stieber fully agreed with his coach that the team needs to be more aggressive in the coming matchup.“We didn’t really shoot that much, and when we did, they capitalized on it more than we did,” Stieber said.Sunday will mark the first time the Scarlet and Gray face off against the Cornhuskers this season.The team will try to right the wrongs from last week and move forward.“I think we just need to get back to just wrestling how we want to wrestle and not let our opponent dictate the match,” Stieber said.Nebraska is a unit that is well-respected in the Big Ten, as well as throughout the entire NCAA.Through the last five matchups with OSU, the Cornhuskers have been victorious in four.Led by the likes of junior T.J. Dudley and senior Jake Sueflohn, Nebraska has amassed 205 points so far, and a record of 9-1 overall.Also over the span of the last five years, Nebraska has finished nationally ranked inside the top 15 every season.So, with the high pedigree of their opponent, Ryan and the Buckeyes know exactly what the Cornhuskers bring to the table.“They’re a tough, gritty team,” Ryan said. “I think every one of their guys is ranked in the top 15 or so.”All of the probable starters for Nebraska are, in fact, ranked in the top 25 in the InterMat polls.The Cornhuskers unit will be a test for the OSU team, but Ryan said he is confident in his wrestlers.“They’ve got a really tough dual-meet team, and it’s going to be one heck of a match,” Ryan said.A healthy lineupIn the 2014-15 season, the OSU wrestling team sustained a few setbacks in terms of injuries to key members of the team.“Last year we struggled to put a healthy team on the mat all year,” Ryan said.This year, the team seems to be in peak shape, and ready for a run at repeating as NCAA champions.One of the most notable injuries from last season was sustained by Stieber.At the start of the year, Stieber was one of the top-ranked wrestlers in the 149-pound weight class before a knee injury limited him to participating in just 10 matches.Now, the redshirt senior has had time to heal, and is ready for the season ahead.“I haven’t wrestled healthy in, like, two years,” Stieber said.Although there are still small hiccups here and there, Stieber returned to the starting lineup last week.He will likely draw a tough opponent in Sueflohn on Sunday.Looking aheadAfter Sunday’s showdown with the Cornhuskers, OSU is scheduled to continue its Big Ten portion of the season, squaring off against Michigan State on Jan. 24.The two teams met in the Michigan State Open earlier this season, where both teams performed well.The match is set to take place at Walsh Jesuit High School in Cleveland at 2 p.m. read more

Victims may learn why black cab rapist was released as ministers promise

first_imgThe Sunday Telegraph understands that Nick Hardwick, the chairman of the Parole Board, is considering publishing the rationale behind a three-member panel’s decision to release taxi rapist John Worboys from prison. It comes as justice minister David Lidington pledges to introduce “greater openness” around the decision-making process for future parole cases to ensure “full confidence” in the justice system. Mr Lidington said he had held talks with Prof Hardwick, “about what changes we could make to help victims of crime and provide…center_img Victims of one of Britain’s most prolific sex offenders may learn why he was released from prison as ministers promise today to end secrecy around parole hearings.last_img read more

Hungarian derby MKB Veszprem beat PICK Szeged

11. Pécsi VSE184113468–572–1049   4. Grundfos Tatabánya KC181026481–464+1722   5. B.Braun Gyöngyös18648453–488–3516   3. Csurgói KK1914–5504–496+828   9. Ceglédi KKSE185–13475–559–8410   7. Balatonfüredi KSE186111443–488–4513   2. Pick Szeged171511574–415+15931 The biggest match of the Hungarian League took place on wednesday evening between hosts MKB Veszprém who finished first in their CL group, and guest and so far undefeated league leaders Pick Szeged. Even a one-goal victory would have been enough for the home team. Their first meeting in Szeged resulted in a big victory for Pick, but they later squandered their 2-point lead with a draw in Tatabánya. Pick’s task was close to impossible: to gain points in the Veszprém Arena where even THW Kiel were unable to. Veszprém had two missing players: Carlos Perez, who quit and left for Quatar, and pivot Oneto who suffered major injury earlier. Neither side was dominant in the first 15 minutes, both defences were tight (6-5). At around the 20th minute Chema Rodriguez and Jamali came in and Veszprém lead (8-6). In a few minutes however the guest equalized thanks to acrobatic pivot play by Zubai and a goal from Larholm. Pick Szeged tried shaking up the game with a few substitutions but they were unable to score for 6 minutes, which was immediately punished by Veszprém who enjoyed all benefits of home ground. Players of the guest team and coach László Skaliczki voiced their opinion about several strange decisions by the referees, but this only provoked a 2-minute suspension. The biggest difference of the first half came at the 30th minute (13-9).Veszprém decided the fate of the match  after a few minutes into the second half. Pick’s defence was soft, their attacks couldn’t penetrate the home side’s wall. Goals from Sulc and Prodanovic were only enough to keep the difference at 7 goals (21-14). In the remaining 20 minutes Veszprém kept their lead with Pick trying different attack variations without much success. The end result was 30-22, meaning there are no undefeated teams in the championship and Veszprém are most likely to win the regular season. Pick Szeged can try to beat their biggest domestic rival in the play-off and in the Final4 of the Hungarian Cup.Best scorers: Nagy L., Jamali (5-5), Császár (4) / Prodanovic (5), Sulc, Larholm (4-4)Text: Gábor Várkonyi, Péter ButtyMKB VESZPRÉM-PICK-SZEGED 30-22 (13-9)Veszprém, sudije: Andorka i HuckerVESZPRÉM: Fazekas, Alilovic (goalkeepers), Császár 5, Gulyás 1, Iváncsik G., Iváncsik T. 2, Jamali 5, Laluska 3, Nagy L. 5, Z. Pesic, Rodriguez 2, Schuch 2, Strannig, Sulic 2, Terzic, Ugalde 3. COACH: Carlos Ortega.SZEGED: MIKLER, PRODANOVICS 5, Ancsin 3, SULC 4, Zubai Sz. 1, Larholm4 (3), Vadkerti. Csere: Czina, Blazevic, Balogh Zs. 2, Pribanic 2,Kekezovics 1, Buday COACH: Skaliczki László.   8. Váci KSE185–13449–538–8910   6. FTC-PLER18729466–487–2116 10. Orosházi FKSE184113473–523–509 1. MKB Veszprém KC1817–1673–429+24434 MKB VeszpremPick Szeged ← Previous Story SEHA (Round 14): Metalurg wins, RK Vardar and Tatran share points Next Story → Poland: Vive Kielce with a win ahead of the Wisla Plock clash read more

ACC Bank restructuring results in 180 job losses

first_imgACC BANK ANNOUNCED today that it is withdrawing from providing standard banking products, such as deposit accounts and current accounts, to focus solely on debt recovery.In a statement, they added that during 2014, the bank will close all its business centres to the public and intends to give up its banking licence.It will however continue to be a regulated entity and said it will support its customers in the agriculture sector, “given its strong heritage in this area”.  All funds on deposit with the bank will be repaid in full.Staff reductionAs part of the restructuring there will be a reduction in staff numbers of up to 180 employees. The cost reduction programme will be introduced through a voluntary-led severance programme. Currently staff levels are at approximately 470 employees.Kevin Knightly, Country Manager, said ACCBank had incurred significant losses since 2008 due to the deterioration of the Irish property market.“While costs have been cut significantly, including a substantial restructuring programme in 2009, we are heading towards a situation where, without intervention, our costs will exceed our income during 2014. This is an unsustainable position and we need to take action now,” he said.ACCBank siad it is exploring the possibility of outsourcing a small portion of its loan book, excluding agricultural loans.Under the bank’s restructuring, there will be no changes to the businesses of Rabobank Ireland plc and RaboDirect, two other operations of the Rabobank Group in Ireland, and they will continue to operate as usual with no impact on their customers or businesses as a result of this restructuring.Read: Irish company to recruit 70 engineers after winning €16m contract in Abu Dhabi>Read: Volvo slashes 2,000 jobs worldwide>last_img read more