No positive dope test spells good news

first_imgWith almost two-thirds of the events over in the Commonwealth Games and India adding to the medals tally, one thing which has not been spoken about is dope.Less than a month before the Games began, Indian athletes were in the news for the wrong reasons as almost a dozen of them from various disciplines has tested positive for MHA (Methylhexanamine).Few knew what this stuff was all about since it was added on the list of banned substances by the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) only in January this year.At home, when wrestlers like Rajiv Tomar, swimmer Richa Mishra and even shot putter Saurabh Vij tested positive for MHA, the feeling was disgusting. The world of sports is made ugly by any form of doping and for the host nation to be caught before the Games was distressing.On Sunday, Commonwealth Games Federation boss Mike Fennell answered questions on dope tests being conducted during the Games.He said approximately 850 random tests have been conducted at the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL), a WADA-accredited lab in the Capital, and 600 results have come out. The surprising part is, not one test has been reported positive.At a time when people are still critical of the Games, and rightly so, because of the ticketing, transportation and food problems for volunteers, people are not aware how the people in the lab are also working overtime.India has a dubious history of sorts in the Commonwealth Games and as far back as 1990 in Auckland, a weightlifter called Subrata Kumar Paul had flunked a dope test.advertisementIndia athletes also shamed the nation during the 2004 Athens Olympics when women weightlifters were caught in tests just before the Games. I was scared that in a sport like weightlifting, the Indians would be under the scanner because of their dubious past.To have been penalised $500,000 by the International Weightlifting Federation was shocking. The Indian body had to virtually beg, borrow and steal before paying a sizeable portion so that India could compete in the Games.Obviously, nobody in India wanted to take a chance with dope and athletes were subjected to stringent testing.However, there was a school of thought which said that a WADA-accredited lab being used for checking athletes was wrong. As the hosts celebrate the rich medal haul, what needs to be highlighted is how the Indians have been fair while competing. At least till now.last_img read more

PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE NATIONAL 18’S

first_imgWondering how to access the photographs taken at the 2004 National 18 Years Championships? Photographs taken by Sporting Images can be accessed at www.sportingimages.com.au The first photographs will be downloaded to this site as soon as possible. Team photographs will be available for collection prior to the tournament conclusion.last_img

2 days agoLiverpool reacts furiously to ‘racist’ Origi from own supporters

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool reacts furiously to ‘racist’ Origi from own supportersby Freddie Taylor2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool have reacted furiously to a banner depicting Divock Origi in Genk.The Reds labelled the flag ‘highly offensive’ after it briefly hung from the second tier in the away end prior to kick-off in Belgium.A Liverpool spokesperson said: “Liverpool Football Club condemns the offensive banner displayed in our section of the ground, prior to kick off.”To be clear, the image used perpetuated a racist stereotype.”This is completely unacceptable. We acted swiftly to have the banner removed and we are now working with the local authorities and stadium team in Genk to identify those responsible.”Any subsequent action will be taken in keeping with our sanctions process.” last_img read more

Philip Lutzenkirchen’s High School To Name Football Field In His Honor

first_imgPhil Lutzenkirchen Field is coming in the fall of 2015.Phil Lutzenkirchen FieldPhilip Lutzenkirchen, a former All-SEC tight end at Auburn, passed away last June in a single car crash near La Grange, Georgia. This summer, Lutzenkirchen’s high school, Lassiter High School in Marietta, Georgia, will unveil a new turf field installed in his honor. Thursday, the school board in Cobb County approved a $332,421.68 project (fully funded by the Lutzie 43 Foundation) to have the field completed by the end of July. Here’s more, via AL.com:Frank Filmann Stadium plays host to Lassiter High’s football games. The new field will be named “Lutzie 43 Field.” Lutzenkirchen’s family memorialized Philip inside the high school stadium three days following his shocking death in a single-vehicle accident outside La Grange, Georgia on June 29, 2014.The Lutzie 43 Foundation celebrated the decision by tweeting the news to its followers.#LutzieField is coming this fall! The @CobbSchools board passed it 7-0! pic.twitter.com/WKXWvJQT7Y— Lutzie 43 Foundation (@lutzie43) June 25, 2015[AL.com]last_img read more

Höegh Autoliners Inks Deal for 10 More Optimarin BWT Systems

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Höegh Autoliners Norwegian shipping company Höegh Autoliners has returned to compatriot ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin with an order for ten retrofitted systems. The contract brings Optimarin’s BWT systems on-board 15 ships within Höegh’s RoRo fleet.The first 500 m3 units from the batch are slated for delivery this month, with a delivery schedule that rolls out installations through to 2023.“This is arguably the kind of contract we value most,” comments Optimarin CEO Tore Andersen. “The fact that Hoëgh Autoliners is an established global leader in its segment is one thing, but the really satisfying aspect is that they’re reordering more of our units because they know they work – day in, day out, delivering optimal, globally compliant operations for their vessels.”Andersen added that the BWT segment is still somewhat defined by teething troubles, citing an ABS survey from 2017 revealing that almost half of installed systems weren’t operating properly.“Our simple, easy to install and maintain technology is the market proven choice. This order is living proof of the faith industry leaders have in our systems and that’s immensely gratifying.”The order follows less than a month after Optimarin won one of its biggest contracts to date, for the delivery of 36 systems to Ardmore Shipping. The shipping company switched to Optimarin having experienced a number of operational issues related to ballast water treatment systems installed by an unnamed manufacturer.Optimarin said that it has now sold well over 650 systems, with more than 500 installed and operational. Of these, over 200 have been retrofits delivered in collaboration with Goltens and Zeppelin.last_img read more

Leaders hit campaign trail continue political fights over abortion climate change

first_imgMONTREAL – Federal party leaders are back on the campaign trail today, targeting each other over many of the same arguments they went toe-to-toe over in last night’s French-language debate.Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is hanging around Montreal, fighting back after the Conservatives attacked him for using two planes during this campaign.Trudeau said he did the same thing in 2015 and that his campaign buys carbon offsets. He dismissed the issue as Conservative mud slinging.“It’s a well-established, far-right tactic to try and discredit environmentalists,” Trudeau said. “To distract from the fact that they have zero approach on climate change.”Trudeau was asked about having two campaign planes. Says same as 2015, and they are buying carbon offsets. Just like they did last time. Accuses Conservatives of trying to distract from other important discussions in this campaign #elxn43 #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) October 3, 2019He attacked Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer for his lack of clarity on his personal position on abortion — something Scheer addressed in New Brunswick.“My personal position has always been open and consistent. I am personally pro-life, but I’ve also made the commitment that as leader of this party, it is my responsibility to ensure that we do not reopen this debate,” Scheer said. “That we focus on issues that unite our party, and unite Canadians, and that’s exactly what I’ll do. That’s why I will vote against measures that attempt to reopen this debate.”Scheer has said the country has dealt with this matter and he will not reopen the abortion debate. During the French debate last night Trudeau tried to pin Scheer about his personal beliefs but Scheer did not say. #elxn43 #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) October 3, 2019The Tory leader refused, several times, to reveal his personal views on abortion during the Wednesday night debate, and came under heavy scrutiny for his pushback from his opponents.Meanwhile, Scheer promised on Thursday that a Conservative government would expand a program giving volunteer search and rescue workers and firefighters tax credits for their supplies.He said that, if elected, he would lower the number of service hours required to qualify for the program, introduced by a previous Conservative government.“Right now, search and rescue volunteers and volunteer firefighters have to do 200 hours of service before they qualify for the current tax credits,” he announced. “We will lower that criteria from 200 to 150 hours to ensure that more Canadians are eligible for these benefits.”Scheer noted volunteers often pay out-of-pocket for equipment, uniforms, transportation, training, and insurance — costs that run into the thousands of dollars.Scheer asked why his party doesn’t buy carbon offsets to reduce carbon footprint of their campaign. Scheer says his plane uses less fuel than the Liberals and he gets by with one plane. Scheer attacks Liberals for using two planes. Trudeau says they buy carbon offsets #elxn43— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) October 3, 2019The NDP’s Jagmeet Singh is in Toronto today where he’ll be holding a media availability downtown ahead of a townhall with undecided voters.Green Party Elizabeth May is spending some time on Vancouver Island, campaigning in Victoria today.last_img read more

Duffy drops another bomb says second cheque cut by Conservative Party lawyer

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA–Sen. Mike Duffy dropped another bombshell Monday and again tied the unfolding Senate scandal to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his office.Duffy said a Conservative Party lawyer cut a $13,560 cheque to cover his legal fees associated with a $90,000 deal to pay back his Senate expenses.Duffy said Conservative Party lawyer Arthur Hamilton cut the cheque on direction from Harper.“That’s right Senators, not one payment, but two,” said Duffy. “It was all part of his strategy negotiated by (Harper’s) lawyers to make a political situation embarrassing to his base go away…He (Harper) had my legal bills fully paid. Why would he do that? He would never do that if he believed my expense claims were improper. He did this, because as I’ve said from the start, this was all part of his strategy, negotiated by his lawyers and the Conservative party’s lawyer’s to make a political situation embarrassing to his base go away.”Duffy tabled a copy of the cheque stub and transmittal letter with the Senate to back up his claim. The stub is dated April 3, 2013, which came from Cassels Brock & Blackwell, which is Hamilton’s firm. The cheque is addressed to Duffy’s lawyer.Duffy also implied that the $90,000 used to pay for his expenses may not have come from Harper’s former chief of staff Nigel Wright.“This is on top of the $90,000 which they say came from Nigel Wright,” said Duffy. “I have never seen a cheque from Nigel Wright.”Harper has said Wright used his own personal funds to cover Duffy’s expenses.Duffy also said he was coached by the PMO to “deceive Canadians” about the source of the $90,000. Duffy initially said the money came from a Royal Bank of Canada loan.“I reluctantly agreed to go along with this dirty scheme,” said Duffy.Duffy was once a prominent television news personality before he was appointed to the Senate by Harper in 2008.Duffy says he was told by Wright that his expenses were fine.“I am told that you have complied with all the applicable rules and that there would be several Senators with similar arrangements,” wrote Wright, in a Dec. 4, 2012, email to Duffy from the former chief of staff’s personal Gmail account, which means the information cannot be obtained through access to information, “This sure seems to be a smear.”The Senate is currently debating a motion to suspend Duffy, Sen. Patrick Brazeau and Sen. Pamela Wallin for two years. Harper has thrown his weight behind the motion.All three Senators, who were all kicked out of the Conservative caucus, face allegations of filing improper expense and housing claims.Brazeau on Friday accused the government leader in the Senate of offering him a “backroom deal” to get a lighter punishment if he apologized for his expenses and housing claims.Documents tabled by DuffyDownload (PDF, Unknown)last_img read more

First Nations and minority groups targeted by scouting campfire song book

first_imgLindsay RichardsonAPTN NewsKidnapping. Cannibalism. Murderous savages. Black children eating bananas before bleaching their skin: these aren’t your typical campfire sing-along songs.But the very real – and very concerning lyrics – were all found in “Chansons Cigalou,” a Scouts songbook published and used by the 212e Troupe Ste-Bibiane, based in the Rosemont neighborhood of Montreal.Back in March, a Haitian mother was alerted to the controversial song choices when her daughter, one of two black children in the troupe, came home distressed.At camp, they were learning a song called “Le Petit Negro” (The Little Negro); its primitive-sounding language and pandering to time-worn racial stereotypes caused immediate concern.Translated, the song goes like this: “When me hungry, not sick, me eat bananas/ Zim boumba, zim boumba!/When me dirty, all filthy, me use Javel (bleach) water/ Zim boumba, zim boumba!”(“When me sad, me sick, me cry big tears/Zim boumba, zim boumba!/When me hungry, not sick, me eat bananas/Zim boumba, zim boumba!/ When me dirty, all filthy, me use Javel (bleach) water/ Zim boumba, zimboumba!/ When me clean, perfumed, you’ll see I’m pretty/Zim boumba, zim boumba!)When the mother contacted senior officials at L’Association des Scouts du Canada – a French-language organization unaffiliated with the more widely-known Scouts Canada – the mother was allegedly told she was “oversensitive,” and trying to be politically correct.In another instance, she was told that if every song was considered objectionable, there wouldn’t be anything left to sing.“This is supposed to be the Scouts movement – open to the world, open to diversity, respectful of – among other things – human rights and human values,” explained Fo Niemi, executive director of the Centre of Research and Race Relations, a non-profit organization that provides support and resources to Montrealers looking to make public complaints about systemic racism.Niemi says they’ve been following the case – and the lack of response to it – for a couple of months.He was appointed spokesperson for the case after the mother, who works in the French education system, opted to remain anonymous out of fear there would be repercussions for herself and her daughter.“We feel that this whole booklet, this songbook taken as a whole, basically perpetuates a lot of negative racial stereotypes of different people,” Niemi explained.“Firstly we didn’t believe it, until we saw the songbook and we realized ‘we have a big problem,’” he added. (The first stanza of the song Tomahawk says “your name is war, your place in combat. The second stanza is slightly more alarming: “When they come in the plains/ an enemy people/ you’ll shout your chant of hate/while flying towards them/Ugh! Ugh! Crow yuh work!/ Thrown by a strong arm/Messenger of death/Making blood run”)One song called “Zimbaboue” makes reference to bringing home a “little dark-skinned friend” as a souvenir from Africa to replace a white child eaten by cannibals.“Mahomet” openly ridicules the prophet Muhammed.Some songs use gibberish in place of foreign languages or cultural chants.First Nations are also targeted in a handful of ‘Cigalou’s’ songs.“Tomahawk,” for example, makes reference to Indigenous peoples shouting their “songs of hate” towards an oncoming enemy, calling them “messengers of death [who] make blood run.”In another, Indigenous people are also presented as cannibals, boiling their enemies in copper pots before eating them “with ketchup and little olives” all the while “playing tam-tams through the night.”“This is supposed to be the Scouts movement – open to the world, open to diversity, respectful of – among other things – human rights and human values,” Niemi said.(“At the bottom of big copper pots/ they’ll boil their enemies/ They’ll eat them with ketchup and little olives/all while playing tam-tam through the night.”)Scouts Canada confirmed they are continuing to receive heated messages about the songbook, and were quick to denounce its existence.“Please note that l’Association des Scouts du Canada and Scouts Canada are two separate, independent organizations,” Scouts Canada wrote in a Facebook post. “Scouts Canada neither uses, nor approves of such program materials as mentioned [here].”A senior official from l’Association des Scouts du Canada finally promised action; however, a follow-up email sent by the mother last month went unacknowledged.The association has not communicated directly with CRARR after the story was made public, according to Niemi.But when contacted by APTN News, there was a slightly different message.“The association is indignant at the distribution of a collection of songs containing racist remarks within its group of young Scouts, and apologizes to all those who have been offended by the nature of certain content,” a spokesperson said in an email statement. “The Cigalou collection of songs is an independent, isolated, unfortunate, and reprehensible work. It is not part of the animation and singing materials provided to managers of Scouts groups and units.” (“I am the big Indian chief, yah!/I come from far, far away, yah!/ Sometimes I roll in the hay/ I lose my moccasins/ But that doesn’t bother me, yah!”)The book has officially been pulled from circulation in order to “protect the youth and assure that no other incident of this type manifests.”Thing is, no one really knows how the collection made it to print.According to the same spokesperson, while the French branch of Scouts does have standardized learning tools, “groups are free to add documentation at their discretion.”An internal investigation is now underway within the 212th troupe, and all leaders have reportedly been ordered to undergo sensitivity training.But Niemi says he’s wary of the promises made.“We’ll believe it when we see it,” he said. “We don’t know what the quality of the training will be, who will do the training.”Meantime, the mother and Niemi have filed a complaint with Quebec’s Human Rights Commission alleging racism, and seeking $10,000 in damages.“Scouting and human rights usually go together,” he said. “And this is more than just a slip up on the part of the group leader.”“This is basically institutional resistance to, and insensitivity to racism and complaints of racism.”lrichardson@aptn.ca@sentimtllast_img read more

Your Guide To The 2019 NCAA Mens Tournament

Midwest region East region South region Top seed outlook: According to the FiveThirtyEight model, top seed Duke has the best chance of advancing to the Final Four in the entire field (53 percent probability) as well as the best odds of winning the national title (19 percent).The Blue Devils are led by four soon-to-be first-round draft picks, including Zion Williamson, one of the greatest talents in recent memory. Duke is a walking highlight reel on the offensive end and far stingier on defense than many may realize. This is among Mike Krzyzewski’s most-balanced teams and projects to be his first since 2010 to rank inside the top six in Ken Pomeroy’s adjusted offense and defense metrics. That team won the national title.1 Granted, they won the title again in 2015 with a team that fell below that benchmark on defense.What this team lacks, however, is touch along the perimeter. Duke shoots a ghastly 30.2 percent from beyond the arc, the worst mark among tournament-qualifying teams. In an offensive era increasingly dominated by space and perimeter scoring, the Blue Devils could buck the trend punishing the rim.On the other side of the region is the winner of the Big Ten conference tournament, Michigan State. As their reward, the No. 2 Spartans have the honor of a potential matchup against the top overall seed in the Elite Eight. Head coach Tom Izzo was none too pleased. The Spartans have been pummeled by injuries but remain one of the most balanced teams in the country, ranking inside the top eight in Pomeroy’s adjusted offense and defense metrics.Sneaky Final Four pick: No. 4 Virginia Tech. Led by the star pairing of Kerry Blackshear Jr. and Nickeil Alexander-Walker, the Hokies are a balanced squad that ranks among Pomeroy’s Top 25 teams on both offense and defense. Although they’ve lost eight times, only two of those were by double-digits. Virginia Tech also has a not-altogether-unfriendly draw, with extremely winnable opening games against Saint Louis (87 percent) and the Mississippi State-Liberty winner (63 percent) before most likely running into Duke’s juggernaut. We give the Hokies a respectable 25 percent chance against the Blue Devils — and a 54 percent chance against whoever emerges from the bottom of the region if they do manage to knock off Duke.Don’t bet on: No. 3 LSU. With coach Will Wade embroiled in a pay-for-play scandal and his team probably overvalued as a 3-seed, the Bayou Bengals could be ripe for an upset in this tournament. They ranked only 18th in Pomeroy’s ratings — roughly the quality of a No. 5 seed — thanks in large part to a defense that didn’t even crack the nation’s top 60 in adjusted efficiency. (This showed up in the 51 second-half points they allowed to Florida while losing their first game of the SEC tournament.) Their NCAA path isn’t very easy, either: Yale is no pushover as a No. 14 seed, nor is potential second-round opponent Maryland, and we give the Tigers a mere 26 percent chance of beating Michigan State if the teams meet in the Sweet Sixteen. This is easily the lowest-rated top-three seed in the field.Cinderella watch: No. 11 Belmont. The East is top-heavy, with Duke and Michigan State soaking up most of the Final Four odds. But the Bruins are an intriguing lower-seeded team because of an impressive offense led by do-everything swingman Dylan Windler. According to Pomeroy, Belmont ranks 20th in the country in adjusted offensive efficiency (and second nationally in raw points per game behind Gonzaga), while Windler was one of only three players nationally to average 20 points and 10 rebounds per game. Although the Bruins do have to win a play-in game against Temple just to make the field of 64 — we give them a 59 percent chance — they would have a very competitive 39 percent probability of upsetting Maryland in the first round and an even better chance against the LSU/Yale winner.Player to watch: Cassius Winston, Michigan StateThree years ago, zzo said he thought his 6-foot-1 freshman could be Michigan State’s best passer since Magic Johnson. The Spartans’ do-everything point guard — one of the best facilitators in the country — is validating his coach’s comment. Only Murray State’s Ja Morant, a surefire lottery pick in this year’s draft, has a higher assist rate than Winston (46.0 percent). And behind Winston, the Spartans assist on the highest rate of field goals in the country.The junior also happens to be Izzo’s leading scorer and one of the country’s top perimeter threats, shooting better than 40 percent from beyond the arc. As injuries have relentlessly sapped the Spartans of their on-court production, Winston has elevated his game to compensate. As he put it to The Athletic, “I have to do a lot for my team to win.”Likeliest first-round upsets: No. 9 Central Florida over No. 8 VCU (47 percent); No. 11 Belmont* over No. 6 Maryland (39 percent); No. 10 Minnesota over No. 7 Louisville (34 percent)(* Must win play-in game first.) Top seed outlook: Can No. 1 Virginia exorcise last year’s demons now that the team is at full strength? Our model thinks so. The Cavaliers have a 49 percent probability of cracking the Final Four and a 31 percent probability of reaching what would be the program’s first national title game.With De’Andre Hunter, who wasn’t on the court last year during UVA’s historic loss to No. 16 Maryland Baltimore County, the Cavaliers have been dominant on both ends — the only team ranking in the top five in Pomeroy’s adjusted offense and defense metrics. Once again, Tony Bennett’s pack line defense is suffocating most every offensive opportunity and successfully turning games into rock fights. But this year’s team is even better on the offensive end and should breeze into the Elite Eight, where it could meet Tennessee. Thanks to Grant Williams and the wonderfully named Admiral Schofield, the No. 2 Volunteers are playing their best basketball in program history. We give them a 22 percent probability of reaching the Final Four.Sneaky Final Four pick: No. 6 Villanova. Is it “sneaky” to pick the team that’s won two of the past three national titles? Maybe not. But this hasn’t been the same team that coach Jay Wright guided to those championships. After losing a ton of its best players from last year’s title-winning team, the Wildcats had an up-and-down year and lost five of their final eight regular-season Big East games. But they also got hot over the past week, capping off a season in which they still won the Big East regular-season and conference-tournament titles — and still had one of the 20 best offenses in the country according to KenPom (powered by an absurd number of 3-pointers). Our power ratings think they’re the fourth-best team in the South despite being the No. 6 seed, and they have a 5 percent chance of making it back to the Final Four for a third time in four seasons.Don’t bet on: No. 4 Kansas State. Coach Bruce Weber’s Wildcats nearly made the Final Four last season, but they might find it tougher this time around. K-State has an elite defense (it ranks fourth in the country according to Pomeroy’s ratings), but its offense is prone to struggles — and could be down its second-leading scorer, forward Dean Wade, who missed the team’s Big 12 tournament loss to Iowa State with a foot injury. A brutal draw that gives the Wildcats tough No. 13 seed UC Irvine in the first round, then places them opposite the Wisconsin-Oregon winner in Round 2, could limit their potential to advance deep into a second consecutive tournament.Cinderella watch: No. 12 Oregon. According to our model, the Ducks have the best Sweet 16 odds (24 percent) of any double-digit seed in the tournament, more than twice that of any other candidate. Oregon struggled to string together wins for most of the regular season, and its chances seemed sunk after 7-foot-2 phenom Bol Bol was lost for the season with a foot injury in January. But the Ducks have rallied to win eight straight games heading into the tournament, including a convincing victory in Saturday’s Pac-12 championship. Oregon fits a similar mold as K-State — great defense with a suspect offense — but that’s telling, given that the Ducks are a 12-seed and the Wildcats are a No. 4. If they meet in the Round of 32, we give Oregon a 47 percent chance at the upset.Player to watch: Grant Williams, TennesseeThe junior has come a long way from being “just a fat boy with some skill.” Williams, the de facto leader of Rick Barnes’s Volunteers, has bullied the SEC over the past two seasons, collecting two consecutive conference player of the year honors.The Vols might just feature the best offense of Barnes’s coaching career — and we’re talking about a guy who coached Kevin Durant! Much of that offensive potency can be traced to Williams, the team’s leading scorer and rebounder, who ranks in the 97th percentile in scoring efficiency, according to data courtesy of Synergy Sports.Williams possesses an old-man game you might find at a local YMCA, a back-to-the-basket, footwork-proficient offensive assault that manifests primarily in post-ups, where he ranks in the 98th percentile in scoring efficiency and shoots an adjusted field-goal percentage of 56.1. He can get the Volunteers buckets in the waning moments of games, too, as he ranks in the 96th percentile in isolation scoring efficiency.Likeliest first-round upsets: No. 9 Oklahoma over No. 8 Ole Miss (53 percent); No. 12 Oregon over No. 5 Wisconsin (45 percent); No. 10 Iowa over No. 7 Cincinnati (34 percent) Top seed outlook: On paper, the Midwest seems to be the most open of the four regions, but we still give No. 1 North Carolina the best odds, with a 35 percent probability of reaching the Final Four and an 18 percent probability of appearing in the national championship game. Those odds are at least 8 percentage points lower than any other No. 1 team in the field, though, and for good reason: North Carolina’s offense depends on turning every play into a fast break. The Tar Heels struggle to get to the free-throw line and give up a ton of shots along the perimeter, which, in a slowed-down, half-court matchup, could be quite problematic.After getting waxed by Duke to open the season, No. 2 Kentucky has caught fire in recent weeks while finding balance on both ends of the floor and mostly abstaining from the 3-point line. No. 3 Houston, meanwhile, is in the midst of its best season since Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon were revolutionizing college basketball, and they boast a defense that ranks among the very best along and inside the perimeter.Sneaky Final Four pick: No. 5 Auburn. When the Tigers steamrolled Tennessee 84-64 in Sunday’s SEC title game, it likely got the attention of a lot of bracket-pickers. That wasn’t a one-off — Auburn also beat Tennessee eight days earlier, part of a string of eight straight wins for the Tigers, and 10 in their last 11 games. With an explosive offense (No. 8 in KenPom efficiency) that got more of its points from downtown than any other team in the NCAA field, Auburn can heat up in a hurry. We give the Tigers nearly a coin-flip’s odds of making the Sweet 16 — and a very solid 37 percent chance of beating top-seeded North Carolina if the Tar Heels are waiting for Auburn there. The only kryptonite might be a hypothetical regional-final matchup with No. 2 seed Kentucky, which beat the Tigers by 27 in late February to sweep their season series.Don’t bet on: No. 4 Kansas. The Jayhawks went into the season ranked No. 1 in the AP’s preseason poll, and they appeared to validate the choice by starting the season 10-0. But a 15-9 record (and some key injuries) since then have cast doubt on Kansas’s NCAA Tournament potential. This is a well-balanced team, but to say it doesn’t shoot well from the outside is an understatement — see KU’s 3-for-18 performance from deep in Saturday’s Big 12 ouster against Iowa State. Add an unfavorable draw that puts them on a potential second-round collision course with Auburn (see above), and we give the Jayhawks only an 8 percent chance of making out of the Midwest with their championship hopes intact.Cinderella watch: No. 11 Ohio State. If a Big Ten team that has made 11 Final Fours can be a Cinderella, then you’re looking at it in these Buckeyes. (Hey, the committee’s increasing tendency to seed underwhelming power-conference schools this way really messes with the definition.) OSU went only 18-13 during the regular season, was defeated in its second Big Ten tournament game and has almost twice as many losses as wins since New Year’s. So why are the Buckeyes a potential Cinderella? Despite the seed, this is still a dangerous team, one that ranks 27th in Pomeroy’s adjusted defensive ratings and has star forward Kaleb Wesson back from suspension. So maybe they’ll give Big 12 champ Iowa State trouble. But mainly this tells you something about the other potential Cinderellas in this region: Seton Hall got a very tough first-round matchup with underseeded Wofford; none of the other low seeds here are world-beaters. That leaves the Buckeyes, a team that did all it could to play its way out of the tournament, but has some upset potential regardless.Player to watch: Cameron Johnson, UNCOn a team that doesn’t hoist a ton of shots from the perimeter, Johnson is as lethal as they come. Following an injury-riddled campaign in which he barely made more than one-third of his looks from beyond the arc, the grad student is canning 46.5 percent of his attempts, which ranks inside the top 25 nationally.Johnson has thrived in North Carolina’s every-possession-is-a-transition-opportunity scheme this season. He’s blossomed into one of the best scorers in the ACC, ranking between the 85th and 100th percentiles in scoring efficiency in transition, off screens and on spot-ups.Johnson has elevated his game in conference play, boasting the ACC’s top offensive rating (132.5) and true shooting percentage (64.6). Suddenly, a player who wasn’t seen as a guaranteed professional now projects to be a second-round pick.Likeliest first-round upsets: No. 9 Washington over No. 8 Utah State (49 percent); No. 10 Seton Hall over No. 7 Wofford (37 percent); No. 11 Ohio State over No. 6 Iowa State (33 percent)Check out our latest March Madness predictions.CORRECTION (March 18, 2019, 3:10 p.m.): A previous version of this story misstated the number of Sweet 16s made by Villanova in recent seasons. Although the Wildcats have reached the NCAA Tournament’s “third round” in four of their past five seasons, that round was the Round of 32 until 2016 because of NCAA naming conventions. The NCAA Tournament is finally here! Will we see another No. 16 seed beat a No. 1 seed? Will Gonzaga finally win its first national championship? Will Zion Williamson’s shoe explode again? We can’t tell you exactly what will happen over the next three weeks, but we can help steer you in the right direction when picking your bracket using our March Madness prediction model. You can read about how the system works here, and read on to learn what the model has to say about the top seeds’ fates, dark horses and Cinderellas to watch, and favorites to avoid. Let the madness begin… West region From ABC News: Top seed outlook: Gonzaga is the best team in the West by a considerable margin, but the Zags, despite reaching the final two years ago, haven’t always performed well under the bright lights of the tournament. Still, Gonzaga has a 70 percent probability of reaching the Elite Eight, according to our model, and the third-best odds of any team to reach the national championship game (26 percent).Should Gonzaga face Syracuse in the second round, the zone defense of the Orange could give the Bulldogs trouble. This is the best offense Mark Few has had in Spokane, but it may be tested by any of the terrific defenses in the West: Four of the top 15 can be found in this region, including the top two in Texas Tech and Michigan.Sneaky Final Four pick: No. 4 Florida State. A fixture in the KenPom Top 20 for most of the season, the Seminoles are hoping to build on last season’s tournament run, which saw them come within a 4-point margin of making the Final Four. FSU has a dominant defense (No. 9 in Pomeroy’s ratings) and a balanced roster that saw four players accumulate at least 2.5 win shares. This draw isn’t terrible, either: Vermont isn’t especially difficult as a first-round foe, and Marquette is very beatable (more on that below). No. 1 seeded Gonzaga probably looms after that, and we give FSU a 24 percent chance against the Zags — but the Seminoles would have a 48 percent chance of making the Final Four if they were to pull off the upset.Don’t bet on: No. 5 Marquette. Teams seeded fifth aren’t usually good bets to make it past the Sweet 16 anyway, but Marquette might be an especially bad pick. According to the FiveThirtyEight power ratings, the Golden Eagles are by far the worst No. 5 seed in the field, and a first-round date with breakout mid-major superstar Ja Morant didn’t do them any favors. Marquette has some star power of its own in junior guard Markus Howard, who ranks sixth in the nation with an average of 25 points per game, but this team lost five of its last six games and has a tough tournament road ahead of it.Cinderella watch: No. 10 Florida. The Gators may have been one of the final bubble teams to sneak into the field of 68, but they could be poised to do some damage now that they are here. They drew Nevada, a so-so No. 7 seed, in the first round, and we give Florida a 42 percent chance of pulling the upset there. Last year’s national runner-up, Michigan, likely waits in Round 2, and that is a tough matchup (23 percent odds for Florida) — but if the Gators win, they have a 38 percent chance of making the Elite Eight. In a region with a number of good-but-flawed options, Florida looks better than the typical 10-seed.Player to watch: Brandon Clarke, GonzagaThe linchpin of the Zags isn’t the consensus lottery pick, nor the two veteran guards who have together started 87 percent of Gonzaga’s games over the past two seasons. It’s Brandon Clarke, a transfer from San Jose State who is in his first active season with the team. He’s perhaps the most underappreciated player in the country.On a team that typically features a 7-footer protecting the rim, it’s Clarke, at 6-foot-8, who is tasked with protecting the paint this season. Clarke has responded by setting a single-season blocks record and posting the highest block rate of any team under Few.“If I feel like if I can get a good, quick jump first, I’ll pretty much jump with anybody,” Clarke told me. “I mean, I’ve seen Zion (Williamson) coming down through the lane before on TV, and if I can’t jump at the right time, I probably wouldn’t jump with him, but … I don’t really see myself not jumping with anybody.”Likeliest first-round upsets: No. 9 Baylor over No. 8 Syracuse (48 percent); No. 10 Florida over No. 7 Nevada (42 percent); No. 12 Murray State over No. 5 Marquette (32 percent) read more

Tyvis Powell making dreams a reality as an Ohio State Buckeye

Redshirt-sophmore safety Tyvis Powell (23) makes a tackle during a game against Penn State on Oct. 25 in State College, Pa. OSU won in double overtime, 31-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorTyvis Powell is living a dream.The redshirt-sophomore safety and Bedford, Ohio, native, who came to OSU in 2012 as a top-100 defensive back according to ESPNU, committed to the Buckeyes when Luke Fickell was the interim coach in 2011, amidst the Tattoo-Gate scandal.Powell said Monday that it didn’t matter who the coach was, he was set on being a Buckeye from day one.“This is a dream. You’re not going to give up your dreams. No matter who is the coach, you grow up your whole life and you watch one certain team, and you root for this team all your life, that’s where you want to go,” Powell said. “Your heart is always going to be with that team. The only place I felt like I would give 100 percent effort all the time would be here.”Once in Columbus, however, Powell said he had thoughts about leaving OSU after being redshirted in 2012.“My redshirt year I struggled a lot,” he said. “Adjusting to college and everything, watching everybody else, all my teammates that came in with me were actually playing and me being a redshirt, it was kind of frustrating. I had some doubts about even being here in the first place, I can honestly admit that.”Powell said a talk with his high school coach Sean Williams helped him to realize OSU was the right place for him.“I had a serious conversation with my mentor, my high school head coach, about what I was going through,” Powell said. “He just kind of reminded me why I came here in the first place, and it kind of triggered some stuff off in my head. I just realized that if you really want something, you got to work for it. They are not just going to give it to you.”Just a year later, Powell was appearing in games for the Buckeyes, starting five as a redshirt-freshman and totaling 48 tackles.Powell said he stepped up his work ethic to earn playing time because he did not want to be just another footnote in OSU football history.“People get here and they say, ‘Oh I arrived, I am just happy with being here.’ I kind of fell (in) with that a little bit, but then, like, I wanted more,” Powell said. “I wanted to be known, I wanted to make plays.”His biggest play as a redshirt-freshman came against Michigan when he stepped in front of a pass from then-redshirt-junior quarterback Devin Gardner on a two-point conversion that sealed a 42-41 OSU victory.The play is considered by some to be one of the biggest plays in recent OSU history, but Powell said he was only thinking about one thing when he made the catch.“I just thought it was something that would help get my seniors get their last pair of gold pants,” Powell said.The gold pants being an accolade Buckeyes receive following a win over Michigan, in the form of a small charm that usually bears the players initials and score of the game.Now a redshirt-sophomore and a full-time starter, Powell has made his presence felt again this season as he is currently second on the team in tackles with 40 and is tied with three other players for first on the team for interceptions with two.The second interception proved to be one of the biggest plays of Saturday’s game against Penn State as Powell dove in front of a pass from sophomore Christian Hackenberg in the second half of a 31-24, double-overtime win.Cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator Kerry Coombs said he was particularly impressed with the play Powell made.“I thought that interception Saturday night was spectacular,” Coombs said. “Coming across the field, running in front of the receiver, laying out and making that play. That’s just typical of what Tyvis is doing right now.”Heading into Saturday’s game against Illinois at Ohio Stadium, Coombs added that the improvement of Powell from last season to this season has been exceptional.“I noticed, I think we all have, in Tyvis tremendous leaps and strides in this season,” Coombs said Monday. “Knowing that he is coming in, he is going to be a starter. There’s a difference when you are fighting to get a job and when you have a job. And he has got a job and so he can take another step, I think, in his development.”Powell said his development has resulted in a practice drill being named after him by the coaches.“We got a drill on Tuesday that he (co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash) calls the ‘Tyvis Powell drill’ where we (just) tackle,” Powell said. “He calls it that, because at first I dreaded it, but now I love it. I embrace it. You got to embrace the things that suck.”Now, being one of OSU’s leaders and having a drill named after him, he still credits Williams for helping him achieve his dream.“At first I thought it wasn’t going to be a reality, but then me and my high school head coach came up with this plan,” Powell said. “I told him I wanted to come here, he said ‘Tyvis, you have the talent to get there and I can show you the way.’ He showed me some things, he created the work ethic inside of me that I didn’t know that I had and that ultimately helped me get here.”Powell said being in Columbus was the only choice entering college, adding he would have walked on as a Buckeye before accepting a scholarship elsewhere.“(It was) OSU or nothing,” Powell said. read more

Gas prices rise in San Diego County to highest amount since July

first_imgGas prices rise in San Diego County to highest amount since July 2015 KUSI Newsroom May 2, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose three-tenths of a cent today to $4.092, its highest amount since July 28, 2015, one day after increasing four-tenths of a cent.The average price is 2.9 cents more than one week ago, 45.8 cents higher than one month ago and 43 cents greater than one year ago, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.“Price averages in the region have not moved up too much in the last several days but they are not coming down either due to continued refinery production problems,” Marie Montgomery of the Automobile Club of Southern California said. “Once refineries start coming back online, the prices should start to come down. The expectation would be that refineries would be up and running at full capacity sometime in May, but that all depends on the extent of needed repairs.” Posted: May 2, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Sunrise house catches fire no injuries reported

first_imgSUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) – A house caught on fire, Thursday morning, in Sunrise.7Skyforce HD flew over the scene, near Northwest 109th Avenue and 27th Street, Thursday.According to Sunrise Fire Rescue, the fire began in the home’s garage, which was converted into a room.Fire rescue units opened up a hole in the garage door to make it inside the house to get to the fire.They confirmed the residents safely made it out of the house, and no one was hurt.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Kenai Man Arrested For Stabbing Nurse With Ballpoint Pen

first_imgAccording to SPD in a dispatch released on June 28, Hancock had become angry with hospital staff and physically attacked one of the nurses, stabbing him in the throat with a ballpoint pen he had been concealing. Hancock was taken to Wildwood and is currently being held without bail. The nurse was treated for minor injuries. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna Police Department was dispatched to the emergency department at Central Peninsula Hospital for a report that a patient had stabbed a staff member.center_img On June 20, at 5:22 a.m., SPD arrested  Michael E. Hancock, 61, of Kenai, for assault in the third andfourth degree.last_img read more

Texas Breaks Record For Electricity Use For Second Consecutive Day

first_imgPhoto: Wikimedia CommonsERCOT, which operates the power grid in Texas, has reported a new record for electricity use. The electricity is used, for example, to make air conditioned units run.Texas set a new all-time system-wide peak demand record two hours in a row Thursday afternoon, topping out at 73,259 megawatts between 4 and 5 p.m., according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).The record usage represents the first time ERCOT peak demand has exceeded 73,000 megawatts in the ERCOT region, which covers Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi, Abilene and the Rio Grande Valley.Additionally, the record reached on Thursday was more than 1,000 megawatts higher than the previous record, which was reached the day before, Wednesday July 18, when the usage between 4 and 5 p.m. was 72,192 megawatts.“We are headed as a state into even more extreme temperatures than we’ve seen in the past few days,” ERCOT spokesperson Theresa Gage said in a statement, while adding that “everyone in the ERCOT market – from our operators to generators to transmission providers to retailers – is doing what they can to keep the power on for consumers.” Sharelast_img read more

One killed three injured in two separate accidents

first_imgKolkata: One person was killed and three others injured in two separate road accidents in two different districts.The first incident took place near Berhampur in Murshidabad on Tuesday morning, when a motorcyclist was killed after being hit by a speeding truck. The victim has been identified as Surat Kumar Mondal (66), who was riding his motorcycle along National Highway 34. The accident occurred when he was crossing Bhagirathi Bridge. According to the police, the victim was going to Berhampur from the Gathla area of the district. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe truck, which was coming from the opposite direction, knocked him down. Local residents rushed the injured victim to a nearby hospital, where the doctors pronounced him brought dead. The incident caused traffic jam on National Highway 34 for some time in the morning. Police later brought the situation under control. The truck driver had fled from the spot along with the vehicle, immediately after the incident. Police are conducting raids to nab the driver. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedOn the other hand, three persons were injured in another accident that took place at Ashokenagar in North 24-Parganas on Tuesday morning. The victims were hit by a truck when they were crossing the road. Local residents staged a demonstration, protesting against the rash driving of vehicles in the area. A huge contingent of police swung into action to pacify the irate mob. Some local residents even engaged in heated altercations with the police. The demonstration lasted nearly four hours, paralysing traffic movement in the area completely. The agitation was later lifted, following intervention of senior police officials. All the injured victims were taken to a hospital in Habra, a few kilometres away from the spot. Two of the victims have reportedly received serious injuries in the accident. The truck driver had fled from the spot along with the vehicle, following the accident. Police have started a probe in this regard. Raids are being conducted to nab the absconding driver.last_img read more

Cops save errant biker after mishap while evading nakachecking

first_imgKolkata: Days after a policeman was injured while intercepting an errant biker, two youths met with an accident at Moulali crossing on Tuesday night, while trying to evade naka-checking.According to sources, on Tuesday night traffic police personnel from Sealdah traffic guard were conducting naka-checking. At around 11 pm, police saw two youths on a bike coming from Sealdah towards Moulali crossing. When the bike got near the police, the rider noticed that checking was in progress. Seeing police trying to stop him, the biker then reportedly tried to take a left turn to avail CIT Road. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHowever, he lost balance after the front wheel went over the slippery tram track and fell on the road. Behind the bike, there was a taxi, which was going towards Mallik Bazar. Seeing the two youths fall, the driver applied sudden brake and was able to stop the taxi. But situation turned worse after a goods vehicle, which was coming behind the taxi, failed stop in time and rammed into the back of the taxi. Due to the impact, the taxi started moving and it hit the bike and the two youths. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateSeeing the collision, one of the police personnel dragged away a youth who was close to the taxi. Later, both the youths were detained and the bike was temporarily seized. Later, the rider was prosecuted for dangerous driving and driving without helmet and released as per the provisions of the law. On Monday night, a traffic police constable was seriously injured while intercepting an errant biker riding without a helmet. The police- man identified as Tapan Oraon had tried to stop the two-wheeler by holding onto the grab rail. Seeing Oraon trying to detain him, the errant biker increased the speed all of a sudden, due to which Oraon lost balance, fell on the road and received multiple injuries.last_img read more