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2014 Be Active Super League Series

first_imgCongratulations to the winners of the Touch Football Western Australia 2014 Be Active Super League Series grand finals, played on Sunday at Kingsway Regional Sports Centre, Madeley. Mixed OpenTompkins Park 7 defeated Perth Brothers 5MVP – Jason Lim (Tompkins Park) and Naomi Kara (Perth Brothers)Women’s OpenFremantle Districts 6 defeated Perth Brothers 5MVP – Jenaya Quan (Fremantle)Men’s OpenSouthern Districts 9 defeated ECU 7MVP – Alex Tuvik (Southern Districts)To view photos from the Super League Series, please visit the Touch Football WA Facebook page – www.facebook.com/touchfootballwa. Related LinksSuper League Serieslast_img read more

Most Of UConns Games This Season Were Over At Halftime

Mike Pesca knows just how dominant Connecticut’s women’s basketball team has been this year. He lamented recently on Slate’s “Hang Up and Listen” podcast (around 49 minutes in) that every time he tuned in to a UConn game while working out at the gym this season, usually with 10 minutes left on the clock, the game was already effectively over.By just how much have the Huskies been draining the drama out of Pesca’s workouts? A lot, and by a whole lot more than their predecessors did.At halftime of the average UConn game this year, the Huskies were winning by 25 points. That’s staggering — so staggering that it blows away four of the best teams in recent history: the last four UConn teams, which all reached the Final Four. The last two won the title. Those two championship teams averaged halftime leads of a mere 20 points; the Huskies’ average halftime lead was even lower in the two years before that.By five and a half minutes into the second half, this year’s UConn team averaged a lead of more than 32 points, compared to less than 26 points last year and 24 points or less in the prior three seasons. (Just four teams other than UConn this year beat opponents by more than 20 points per game. And that was their margin at the end of games, not soon after halftime.)But at that 5:30 mark we begin to see a dip. At that point, the ultracompetitive Huskies showed a tiny fraction of mercy. If they’d carried on at the same rate for the whole game, they’d have won by an average of 51 points. Instead they won by only 42 points per game. By the time Pesca was tuning in, UConn led by an average of 35 points. (This is all based on data provided by ESPN Stats & Information, supplemented with play-by-plays from the UConn website.)We also looked at the data another way: How often this season was UConn, say, trailing? Or winning by 40 points?The Huskies established dominance early: By six and a half minutes into their games this year, they were tied or trailing just once. And they led for the entire second half in most games, though Stanford tied things up in regulation and then dealt UConn its only loss, back in November. More than half the time, UConn led by at least 30 points two minutes into the second half. That all adds up to lots of minutes of Mike Pesca doing bicep curls with dull basketball on in the background.This doesn’t necessarily mean this year’s UConn team is the best UConn team of the last five years. The school shifted to the American Athletic Conference two seasons ago from the Big East, which has made for easier conference games and more blowouts. And the previous seasons’ stats include NCAA tournament games, some of which were close — though many were also blowouts.Even so, it’d take a whole lot of NCAA tournament drama to undo all the meaningless second halves the Huskies have played so far this year. Our forecast currently gives them a 74 percent chance of winning the title, before they’ve played their first game. That doesn’t leave much room for nail-biters.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. read more

For A Passing League The NFL Still Doesnt Pass Enough

Houston-0.2025+0.2857+32 RunsDropbacks Tennessee61273947 Washington1046931 Indianapolis-0.0432-0.1530-2 Tennessee1286139 The 3-point revolution in basketball was driven in large part by the finding that the three has a higher expected value than a midrange jump shot.1A three is worth approximately 1 expected point, while a midrange shot is worth about 0.8 expected points. While the math is simple and clear, the revolution didn’t occur overnight — or even in the first few decades after the 3-point line was introduced. Because those longer shots don’t go through the hoop as often as midrangers, missing a shot feels like failure. There is a slightly counterintuitive aspect to it.Now imagine a world where 3-pointers aren’t simply worth more as measured by expected points, but where they also go through the hoop more often. The benefits of the three would be stunningly obvious. We might even question the competence of coaches and teams that didn’t attempt them as much as possible.That’s where the NFL is currently living. The NFL is a passing league that somehow doesn’t pass enough. NFL teams know the medicine works yet stubbornly refuse to take a clinically effective dose.To be clear, teams are certainly passing more often than they used to. Leaguewide passing attempts per game have risen from 32.3 in 2008 to 34.2 last year, and the increase in volume has not been accompanied by a decrease in efficiency. Leaguewide yards per attempt have increased slightly from 6.9 to 7.0, and more touchdowns are being scored by passing relative to running than at any time in league history. Completion percentage is up from 61.0 percent to 62.1 percent, and the interception rate has fallen from 2.8 percent to 2.5 percent. Yet despite all these positive indicators, teams remain unwilling to break old habits and throw in many classic rushing situations.The biggest culprit is first down, the most traditional run situation. It’s here where NFL coaches are consistently missing an opportunity to pass, particularly against defenses that have stacked the box or are playing at least seven defenders close to the line of scrimmage. I’m calling these situations FANS — First (down) Against Neutral or Stacked (boxes). FANS includes plays in which the defense brings extra men close to the line of scrimmage, clogging running lanes and daring the offense to run the ball. I analyzed plays from the 2017 season using men-in-the-box data from analytics firm Sports Info Solutions and play-level data courtesy of Ron Yurko, a Ph.D. student in statistics at Carnegie Mellon University. To more accurately represent regular game play and eliminate noise, I limited the sample to snaps outside the red zone when the opposing teams were within 7 points of each other.With seven to nine men near the line of scrimmage and the subsequent dearth of extra defenders in the secondary, we’d expect passing to be effective in these situations. That’s just what we found. Last season, 30 of 32 teams were more successful passing than running on FANS as measured by success rate.2Success rate is the share of plays with positive expected points added. EPA accounts for negative potential outcomes of a dropback, including sacks, interceptions and incompletions. The EPA model used here is by Ron Yurko, Sam Ventura and Max Horowitz. And passing wasn’t just a little more successful than running. The difference in passing success was large: 27 teams had a success rate that was at least 10 percentage points higher when passing on FANS than running; 14 teams were more than 20 points better. The league average difference of 19.3 leaned wildly toward passing. Washington-0.2224+0.2854+30 N.Y. Giants58334257 San Francisco55324550 Broncos-0.1625+0.1552+27 Dallas1127030 Detroit60224040 The average rushing success rate on second-and-long for the league is just 27 percent verses 46 percent for passing, a massive difference. The average of 18.7 percentage points in pass-run differential is only slightly lower than the 19.3 percentage points on first down. And this is despite teams passing 11 percentage points more often than on first down.If we combine the two down-and-distance situations, a clear picture emerges showing the NFL’s reluctance to actually pass when the situation warrants it. Chicago68313241 N.Y. Giants-0.0834+0.0557+23 Dallas65333545 L.A. Chargers1006238 Carolina-0.2730+0.0649+19 Difference+19+0.300 N.Y. Jets-0.1225+0.1650+25 Kansas City-0.0728+0.0746+18 Philadelphia-0.0543+0.0344+1 Tampa Bay54264659 Baltimore-0.2327+0.2657+30 Detroit536040 N.Y. Jets64243651 Play TypeSuccess RateEPA/playUsage New England795941 Detroit-0.2126-0.1836+10 Buffalo-0.2130+0.1245+15 L.A. Chargers-0.2029+0.6053+24 Minnesota-0.1931+0.1059+28 San Francisco-0.1032+0.2356+24 Baltimore55264552 New Orleans795941 Source: Sports Info Solutions Even accounting for the potential negative outcomes of a dropback like sacks and interceptions, passing on FANS keeps a team “on schedule”3Which typically means gaining at least 4 yards on first down, 4 on second down and 2 on third down. in the down and distance more often than a run. Incredibly though, there were 31 NFL teams last season when facing this situation on first down — looking down a defense that was clearly gearing up to stop the run — that chose to run more often than they passed. Here’s the same table as above, now sorted by the frequency of play type. L.A. Rams49435137 Dropback46+0.1050 Minnesota946337 Philadelphia47405344 Houston58234253 Arizona1046337 Share of plays New Orleans+0.0338+0.2149+11 Houston1096733 Cleveland61313939 Steelers785545 Indianapolis1146436 N.Y. Giants976436 Indianapolis62283835 Seattle765446 Green Bay59324141 Run27%-0.2050% Kansas City795545 Cincinnati56264438 New England+0.0444+0.3247+3 Miami-0.1827+0.1845+18 Cincinnati-0.1727+0.0642+15 Seattle53244739 Denver57284354 Green Bay765941 Even adding second-and-long, most teams are still runningNFL team success rates by play type on first- and second-and-long facing seven to nine men in the box, 2017 Cincinnati745842 Chicago9871%29% N.Y. Jets1066634 Atlanta-0.2230+0.3765+35 TeamNo. playsRunsDropbacks Jacksonville-0.0133+0.3751+18 Philadelphia604555 Arizona59284147 TeamEPA/playSuccess RateEPA/playSuccess RateDiff. in success rate RUNSDROP-BACKS Chicago-0.2729-0.3838+9 Tampa Bay-0.1826%+0.3764%+38 TeamShare of playsSuccess RateShare of playsSuccess Rate Jacksonville1106436 Atlanta945347 Arizona-0.2030+0.1948+18 Source: Sports Info Solutions Tampa Bay906040 Minnesota58314257 San Francisco1196040 Dallas-0.0837+0.2351+14 Pittsburgh59324151 New Orleans56334450 Buffalo65293543 Carolina65283552 Source: Sports Info Solutions First and 10? Time to passNFL teams’ expected points added per play and success rate when running vs. dropping back for a pass on first and 10 facing seven to nine men in the box, 2017 Tennessee-0.1926-0.0348+22 The only team in the NFL that passed more often than it ran in this situation was also the only team to lift the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Doug Pederson and the Eagles broke from the flock and dropped back to pass the ball 55 percent of the time — which was in some ways part of a larger strategy to break from convention. “A lot of NFL coaches have traditionally been averse to taking risks,” Pederson writes in his new book, “Fearless.” This desire to zig when the other teams were zagging showed up in Philadelphia’s fourth-down conversion attempts and two-point tries — two darlings of the statistical community.What about other more traditional passing downs? Second-and-long certainly qualifies. The league still runs as much as they pass on that down and distance, with just four teams boasting a higher success rate rushing than passing. Carolina946931 Miami565446 New England55444549 The NFL can’t quit the first-down runShare of plays in which NFL teams ran vs. dropped back for a pass on first down when facing seven to nine men in the box, 2017 Kansas City52334845 How often teams pass vs. run on second-and-long (7 to 10 yards) when facing a stacked or neutral box, 2017 Cleveland856535 L.A. Rams-0.0943+0.1040-3 Buffalo1246535 L.A. Rams495149 Oakland69%23%31%49% Green Bay+0.0233-0.1043+10 Steelers-0.2128+0.1154+26 Oakland807030 Atlanta55294563 Miami54264648 Broncos635941 Cleveland-0.1129+0.0744+15 Source: Sports Info Solutions Seattle-0.2425-0.2638+13 Washington61273958 L.A. Chargers57294353 Jacksonville62293846 Baltimore915743 Oakland-0.3421+0.0343+22 The choices made on early downs are meaningful. The Oakland Raiders won six games in 2017 while leading the league in share of rushing on first- and second-and-long against a crowded box, at 69 percent of the time. If the Raiders had instead passed on 60 percent of those occasions, they would have seen a swing of 19.5 expected points, good for about half a win.Sometimes gains from passing aren’t absolute gains. Poor offensive teams can benefit from passing even if only to mitigate against the greater loss from running the ball. Last year, the Tennessee Titans employed a run-first, smash-mouth offensive strategy that saw them rush in these FANS situations 61 percent of the time. Both running and passing plays were losing propositions for them, but passing was still the least worst option. Had they flipped the script and passed 61 percent of the time, the Titans would have saved themselves 7 expected points, good for about a fifth of a win.Thursday night, the Atlanta Falcons kick off the NFL season against the Eagles in an NFC divisional round rematch. Last season, Atlanta was successful on a league-leading 63 percent of passing plays on first-and-10 and second-and-long against neutral or stacked boxes. The Falcons also led the league in pass-run success differential at 34 percentage points. Inexplicably, they ran the ball more than half the time. Had the Falcons passed at a level commensurate with their success rate, they would have earned 35.9 more expected points over the course of the year, good for an additional win.Like most of the rest of the NFL, Atlanta can improve its chances greatly by taking a page from the Eagles. On Thursday, we’ll see if they learned from their adversary this offseason. In the league that struggles to embrace change, it’s no sure thing.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Ohio State cross country prepares for Great Lakes Regional Championships

After disappointing finishes at the Big Ten Championships on Oct. 30, the Ohio State men’s and women’s cross country teams are working to improve on running in tighter packs as championship season presses on. The Buckeyes will run at the Great Lakes Regional Championships on Nov. 12 in Toledo, Ohio, and coaches from both the men’s and women’s teams attribute their teams’ poor performances at the Big Ten Championships to a big gap between their first and fifth runners. The coaches said that will need to improve at the regional meet in order for OSU to score better. “I’d like to see us get five to six guys on a 20-second spread,” said Robert Gary, OSU men’s head coach. OSU women’s assistant coach Chris Neal expressed similar thoughts for the women. “We just need to clean up the tail end of our pack more than anything,” he said. At the Big Ten Championships, both teams had spreads bigger than they would have liked. The men had a 28-second spread from their No. 1 to No. 5 runner, and the women had a 1:20 gap. The large spreads led to OSU finishing fifth in the men’s race and ninth in the women’s. Women’s runner, junior Tori Brink, said having a small spread at the Great Lakes Regional Championships will be key to the Buckeyes running well. Brink finished first for OSU at the Big Ten Championships, in 23rd place, covering the 6K-course in 20:55. “That’d be completely important at the regional meet,” she said. “Having our fourth and fifth runners being closer to our one, two and three would bring our team’s points down lower and allow us to get a higher place.” Taylor Williams, a redshirt senior on the men’s team, said he would like to see his team have a smaller spread, but not too much needs to improve for OSU to finish high at regionals. “I don’t think we change much and I think the team is still motivated,” he said. At the Great Lakes Regional Championships, OSU will be running against a number of teams they have competed against this season. Big Ten champion, the No. 1-ranked Wisconsin Badgers, and No. 7 Indiana highlight the men’s field, with No. 12 Michigan State leading the women’s field after winning its second-straight Big Ten championship. The teams competing will be vying for a top-two finish, which results in an automatic bid to the NCAA National Championships. At-large bids to nationals can be given to teams that do not finish in the top-two but have performed well all season. read more

Opinion Time to start supporting the Columbus Blue Jackets after 7game win

The Columbus Blue Jackets celebrate a goal during a game against the Los Angeles Kings Jan. 21 at Nationwide Arena. The Blue Jackets won, 5-3.Courtesy of MCTWhile Ohio State’s men’s basketball team seems to have forgotten how to win games, Columbus’ professional hockey team has decided to stop losing.The Blue Jackets are the NHL’s hottest team, having tallied seven straight victories after a 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings in Columbus Tuesday night. They have risen from being a team that looked to be on its way to another underwhelming season following a 5-10-0 start all the way to becoming one that is currently in contention to make the playoffs after this franchise-best winning streak.It’s not completely luck, a beneficial schedule or even simply playing over their heads. They are doing it the old-fashioned way, using an excellent penalty kill, some of the best 5-on-5 offense in the NHL and fantastic goaltending to close out games.That goaltending comes courtesy of 2013 Vezina trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky, who has started six of the seven games on this winning streak. Bobrovsky got off to a mediocre start to the year by his standards, but since returning Jan. 6 from a groin injury to play against the New York Rangers — a game ending in the first of the seven wins comprising the streak — he has been a force in the crease.But it has been the offense that has truly been the Jackets’ strength in the new year. The continued offensive firepower of centers Ryan Johansen and Brandon Dubinsky is converging with the midseason resurgence of defenseman Jack Johnson at just the right time. Johnson, whose disappointing first few months to the season likely led to his being excluded from the United States’ Olympic roster, has been playing with a chip on his shoulder since the Sochi selections were announced. In addition to notching five points in his last five games, Johnson has also been playing improved defense in front of Bobrovsky.The main cog on offense, however, has been right wing Nathan Horton. Horton, who sat out the three months of the season with a shoulder injury, has been everything coach Todd Richards could have hoped for when he was signed to a seven-year $37.1 million contract in July. Since making his Jackets debut Jan. 2, the team is 8-1-0, with much of the credit going to the point production and leadership Horton brings.This dominant Jackets run has been a pleasant surprise. But it was not completely crazy to think a postseason appearance could be possible before this year’s campaign had even begun, given the team’s 24-17-7 performance in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season that captured the attention of many fans. Now that they have thrust themselves into the playoff mix again, it is time for a franchise that has yet to win a playoff game since their 2000 inaugural season to start dreaming big.If the playoffs began today, the Jackets would be the second of two Eastern Conference wild card teams and would have a first-round date with the Pittsburgh Penguins, against whom they are 0-4-0 this season.That is why the Jackets must now set their sights on capturing one of the top three spots in the Metropolitan Division, which are currently occupied by the Penguins, the Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers in that order. If they can take over one of those spots in the standings and secure a more favorable first round matchup, it is very possible that they could not only win their first playoff game but also emerge victorious from a series. As of Wednesday evening, the CBJ are just three points back of the Rangers and two behind the Flyers and are slated to play the latter at Nationwide Arena Thursday night.It is time for Columbus to start embracing the Jackets, the best sports team the city has going for it when football season is over. They currently rank 28th in average attendance, according to ESPN. While the fans at Nationwide Arena can be very loyal and passionate, nothing could top the atmosphere of a capacity sold-out crowd cheering on their team in a huge game.The Jackets appear to be going places this season, and I implore you to “Join the Battle” for these last 33 games and enjoy the ride. read more

Wrestling An inside look at competing unattached as an Ohio State wrestler

Ohio State wrestler sophomore Brendan Fitzgerald has competed unattached many times during his collegiate career. Courtesy of Sam JanickiOn most weekends, a large part of the Ohio State wrestling roster can be found competing on their own, with no coaches, not wearing Buckeye singlets in a small gym in front of minimal crowds. These wrestlers are competing unattached in open tournaments. NCAA wrestling allows 16 dates of competition for Division I teams. Any event that has more than six competitors on a team counts as a full event. As a result, Ohio State pays for six or fewer nonstarters to compete at open events nearly every weekend. The wrestlers do not wear Ohio State-affiliated clothing and coaches rarely attend since it is not an official team event. The true value of unattached events for a wrestling team might come from the athletes that attend but do not have their expenses paid for by the university. Wrestlers in their redshirt year compete in opens as well, but must pay their own way. They find a way to compete while redshirting, unlike a football redshirt who must watch from the sidelines. “There’s a formula that made these guys Ohio State recruitable, and part of that formula is you have to compete,” head coach Tom Ryan said. “We don’t make it mandatory but I think winners and guys that want to eventually be starters and have a really successful redshirt year just have to compete.”OSU redshirt freshman Kevin Snyder controls the hands of Cleveland Statesophomore Collin Kelly in a match on November 21, 2017 in Columbus, OH. Credit: Colin Barringer | For The LanternRyan encourages his unattached wrestlers to attend any competition that takes place within a five-hour drive from Columbus. Ohio State wrestlers have competed in events like the Michigan State Open, the Eastern Michigan Open and the Purple Raider Open in Alliance, Ohio. Competing unattached is a right of passage in the Buckeye wrestling room. “More often than not, you need a year in a college room to be hardened and it’s like driving on the interstate versus driving on the autobahn,” Ryan said. “High school wrestling is the interstate or a residential neighborhood and college wrestling is the autobahn.”While attending open meets, unattached wrestlers often carpool to the events and stay in hotel rooms together. They eat together and coach each other from the corner while wrestling. Redshirt freshman heavyweight Gary Traub has competed at multiple opens in his first two seasons, and has found that his best friendships on the team were forged on those trips. “When I first got here, I didn’t know anybody,” Traub said. “So my first open, I’m like, ‘I want these guys to know that I belong here.’ I’m trying to do all this fancy stuff and these fancy moves and stuff like that just to show them that I belong because at first I really didn’t think I did.” Open events bring much-needed experience to Ohio State wrestlers, but can pose a challenge for those who must pay their own way. Ryan estimates the cost of competing unattached for a season at around $900, accounting for food, travel and entrance expenses. “That was tough,” Traub said. “I wanted to go to as many as I could, but there were a lot of times where [I said], ‘Damn, if I go I have to pay $40 for the entrance fee, I have to buy my own gas up there, I have to buy my own hotel.’ The cost of it was a big deterrent for a lot of the guys to go.”The environments of open meets are less formal, which can allow for a looser attitude for competitors. However, less formality often comes with less regulation. An entrance fee is the only requirement to compete at most meets. As a result, the Ohio State wrestlers have seen some interesting things. Redshirt freshman heavyweight Kevin Snyder saw a wrestler he estimated to be in his late 20s earlier this month. Snyder also added he’s seen a lot of heavyweights pushing the 285-pound limit. Sophomore Brendan Fitzgerald watched a wrestler lose a match, then slam his head on the ground.“I feel like I wouldn’t see that at one of our meets or at a tournament that we’d go to,” he said. “I don’t think a coach would allow that.”Traub recalled a weekend where a couple of his friends from high school found out that he would be competing in an open. “They wanted to wrestle me so they literally just signed up for it and wrestled unattached, which was pretty funny,” Traub said. “That’s probably the weirdest thing I’ve seen, but it was a lot of fun.”The stories that come from the unattached trips seem to be more memorable for the Buckeye wrestlers than the matches themselves. Snyder reflected fondly on packing into redshirt junior Anthony DiCarlo’s dad’s RV and traveling to meets. Traub remembers saving money by staying at redshirt freshman Clay Ragon’s house when entering meets up north. For every high-profile Ohio State wrestling match at a Big Ten tournament or at the NCAA championships, there is an open match or a story from the journey to compete unattached on the other side of the spectrum. This is the side of collegiate wrestling that isn’t seen on the surface. “I can see it makes sense from an outsider’s perspective,” Ryan said. “What do you mean he’s wrestling here and he’s not in an Ohio State singlet? It’s a little different, but in the wrestling world for recruits, prospects coming in, it’s the norm.” read more

Mourinho on Essien I am his white Daddy

first_imgJose Mourinho has declared himself Michael Essien’s “white daddy”  while discussing their special relationshipThe Portuguese coach signed the former Ghana international in August 2005 for a £24.4m transfer fee from Ligue 1 side Lyon in his first season in charge at Chelsea.Together the pair won the Premier League title and the Football League Cup twice and formed a special bond with Mourinho affectionally referring to Essien as his “son”, while the midfielder referred to his coach as his “daddy”.Following Mourinho’s departure in 2008 for Inter Milan, Essien struggled to get back into the starting eleven at Chelsea due to a set of ongoing injury issues that greatly hampered his final years at Stamford Bridge.The now-35-year-old was reunited with Mourinho at Real Madrid after the former Chelsea boss signed Essien on a loan deal and in his final game for Los Blancos, the Ghanan scored his second goal for the club and dedicated it to the coach.“He was not my player, he is my son – I am his white Daddy,” said the Manchester United manager, according to talkSPORT.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Tell you stories? I can tell you more than stories – feelings. That’s the feeling, he is more than a player for me.“He was probably the only one who took me to his home, to the real home. To the place, he was born, to the street where he played football as a kid.“He made me fall in love with Ghana, with Accra where he lived, because then I had a better understanding of his mentality.“I understand why as a player he was ready for everything, he was ready to die for the fellow players, for the club, for the manager, why he was ready to play like he did for me at Real Madrid with a knee that was not a knee anymore.“It was a destroyed knee but with that personality, that desire and that mentality he suffered, always he suffered, but always with a smile. Michael smiles a lot.“I loved so many of my players but I think Michael would be on the podium for sure.”last_img read more

Klopp defends Karius following latest error

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has risen to goalkeeper Loris Karius’ defence following his latest error in their 3-2 friendly win against Tranmere RoversThe German was playing in his first match since that disastrous Champions League final back in May and accidentally dropped Oliver Norburn’s free-kick into the path of Jonny Smith, who then scored the first of Tranmere’s two goals.Karius has been under a lot of pressure of late and Klopp defended his compatriot.“No one likes that goal but, if we talk about that, then the second goal is Milly’s (James Milner’s) fault,” Klopp said on the club website.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“Two brilliant footballers make mistakes but we only talk about one. We can’t make a story after each mistake. Let’s carry on and make the best of the situation and learn from it.“Until he has a few fantastic games you cannot change [the criticism]. Our job is to support Loris. That’s our part of the deal. I saw this situation 500 times in my life: the ball hits his chest but what can you do?”Liverpool had been linked with a move for AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson, but are believed to have pulled out now due to the asking price.last_img read more

Nathaniel Chalobah wants to beat former teammate Nathan Aké

first_imgBoth footballers used to play for Chelsea and will meet for dinner after today’s match between Watford and BournemouthEnglish Premier League clubs Watford and Bournemouth will face off today at Vicarage Road.And for Hornets’ Nathaniel Chalobah, this is the perfect time to beat former Chelsea defender Nathan Aké who plays for the Cherries.“I think they are a very good team,” the midfielder told the club’s official website.“I’ve always rated Bournemouth – obviously Nathan [Aké] is over there, who was with me at Chelsea, and he says very good things about the squad.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“When he speaks that highly of his teammates I know they are going to be a top side. Of course, playing against them last season was a difficult game, but we managed to get a result at their place and then get a draw at ours,” he added.“It’s a tough game – whoever you play in this league – but teams like Bournemouth and Fulham are good sides, and we have to compete in every game we play in. They are a good side and I like the way they play football.”“They played Palace and I watched that game because I knew we had them this week, and I wanted to watch Nathan because I’m meeting him this weekend for dinner,” he commented.“I think it will be a tough game. I’m meeting him after the game so I’m hoping we’ve got three points so I can rub it in his face a little!”last_img read more

Soldotna Marijuana Regulation Recommendations On Consent Agenda

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享There are two ordinances on the consent agenda for the Soldotna City Council meeting that set forth recommendations for regulation of marijuana in city limits. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Soldotna-weed-on-consent-agenda.mp3VmJennifer-on-Soldotna-weed-on-consent-agenda.mp300:00RPd The first ordinance, provides general standards and enforcement procedures for marijuana establishments. The second, includes provisions for taxation and regulations of marijuana. The Soldotna Planning and Zoning Commision has submitted the recommendations  before the moratorium ends on February 15. The Soldotna City Council will introduce the two ordinances at the meeting on Wednesday, January 10, at 6 p.m. The Soldotna City Council voted in favor of extending the moratorium on commercial marijuana establishments within city limits an additional 45 days, to allow the time necessary for the P&Z Commission to establish the regulation recommendations. Public hearings are scheduled on the ordinances for January 24th and February 14th.last_img read more

Demi Lovato Hints New Music Could Be Coming Very Soon

first_img Email Demi Lovato: New Music Coming “Very Soon” demi-lovato-hints-new-music-could-be-coming-very-soon Demi Lovato Hints New Music Could Be Coming “Very Soon” The GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter is ready to move on from 2017’s ‘Tell Me You Love Me’ with new musicRenée FabianGRAMMYs May 29, 2018 – 11:16 am With her powerful duet with Christina Aguilera, “Fall In Line,” still hot off the presses, it seems Demi Lovato has had plenty of inspiration to push forward with new music of her own coming “very, VERY soon. … Could be a matter of weeks actually.”During a round of answering fan questions over the weekend, the GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter was asked about a third single from 2017’s Tell Me You Love Me, her sixth studio album. In response, Lovato tweeted that there would not be a third single and that she is ready to move on to something new. Pretty much… I have so much new music to release very VERY soon!!! https://t.co/EaAaiJ4mjD— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) May 29, 2018Of course, the natural follow-up is whether or not a new single or album could be coming soon. And, in fact, the answer is yes: Lovato hinted that we should expect something new as soon as a few weeks, while also divulging that she has “so much new music to release.” Facebook News Twitter Very VERY soon…. could be a matter of weeks actually https://t.co/vOciaHp5mD— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) May 29, 2018While it’s unclear if that means just new singles or the makings of her seventh studio album, it sounds like we won’t have to wait long to find out what’s in store next. In the meantime, you can still catch Lovato on her worldwide tour with DJ Khaled with dates through Nov. 27.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYsRead morelast_img read more

POLICE LOG for June 5 Police Arrest 2 Alleged Drunk Drivers Juvenile

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Tuesday, June 5, 2018:Sheri M. Fisher (42, Haverhill) was arrested for OUI Liquor. The arrest took place in the St. Thomas’s parking lot. (3:30am)A gray 2000 BWM drove into the woods on Ballardvale Street and Balland Road. Fence and shrubs damaged. No injuries noted. Vehicle towed. Driver cited for marked lanes violation and speeding. (9:00am)Mark Paul Khlafie (21, Tewksbury) was arrested for OUI Liquor and Speeding. Khlafie crashed his car on Aldrich Road. (1:52pm)A 17-year-old was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle with a Suspended or Revoked License and Speeding. Car was towed from Forest Street and Clinton Street. (5:26pm)A 3-vehicle crash took place on Main Street. Airbag deployed. Fire Department conducted evaluations. No details on injuries. Two vehicles towed. (10:05pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for June 28: OUI Arrest; Trash Truck Fire; Car vs. MotorcycleIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 27: OUI Arrest; Woman Brings Caged Bird To Town BeachIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 25: Wilmington Man Arrested For OUI; Men Carrying Sledgehammers Down Street; Turkeys Causing TrafficIn “Police Log”last_img read more

100000 Rohingyas to be shifted to safer ground before June

first_imgRohingya refugee camp Photo : ReutersBangladesh has begun relocating 100,000 Rohingya refugees to safer ground before the monsoon season for fear of deadly landslides and floods in the congested camps, an official said Sunday.The UN says about 150,000 refugees in Bangladesh’s southeast — where nearly one million Rohingya in total live in shanties on hillsides — are extremely vulnerable to disease and disaster this rainy season.Humanitarian groups have been racing to reinforce the basic shelters erected hastily by the Rohingya as they fled across the border after a fierce army crackdown on the community in western Myanmar.Nearly 700,000 refugees have crossed the border since August into the Cox’s Bazar region, clearing trees and packing whole hillsides with unstable shanties.Bangladesh’s refugee commissioner Mohammad Abul Kalam said 100,000 refugees living in “priority” areas most at risk from floods and landslides would be relocated before June.”We have already shifted some 10,000 refugees from different locations to safer settlements,” he told AFP.Bangladesh had allocated roughly 3,500 acres (14 square kilometres) of forested land in Cox’s Bazar to the newly-arrived Rohingya to build simple shelters.But the forest is being felled at a rate of four football fields a day, Kalam said.The refugees, who use the firewood for cooking, have already cleared 5,000 acres of forest, Cox’s Bazar deputy district administrator Mahidur Rahman told AFP.The once lush hillsides have turned barren, exposing the topsoil and leaving them highly vulnerable to landslides during heavy rain, he said.”Some 200,000 people are vulnerable to landslides,” he said.Monsoon rains wreak havoc every year in Cox’s Bazar and the adjacent Chittagong Hill Tracts, a tropical forest zone home to wild elephants.Last season heavy rain triggered landslides in the tract region, killing 170 people. Experts blamed deforestation for worsening the impact of the mud avalanches.More than 100 people were killed in landslides in the region in 2012, and two years earlier heavy rain killed around 50.In the past week UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has expressed fears the Rohingya were “extremely vulnerable” to the annual storms.He told reporters he had stressed to Bangladesh that “higher ground is the best place for this kind of relocation”.Dhaka had earlier said about 100,000 refugees from the persecuted Muslim minority would be shifted to an island in the Bay of Bengal where the Bangladesh navy is building accommodation for the refugees.But Abdul Mannan, the Chittagong regional commissioner, told AFP the Rohingya would not be relocated to the island before the end of the year.last_img read more

Company looking to market genetically modified apples runs into opposition

first_img © 2012 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. To do so, they have voluntarily submitted them to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Canadian Food Safety Inspection Agency (CFSIA). The process for both is to first undergo a 60 day public comment period then secondly to have the product tested for health and safety. The CFSIA has already completed the comment period and will begin the safety inspection phase shortly. Meanwhile, opposition to the GM apples has grown. In a survey taken in Canada, sixty nine percent of 1,501 people polled said they would not support the approval of GM apples in their country. Across the border, the US Apple Association has announced its opposition to the sale of such apples, suggesting it would taint the image of apples grown in the United States.Okanagan Specialty Fruits maintains that the apples are not only safe, but would help improve sales of apples as they note that consumption of fresh apples in the US has fallen from an average of twenty pounds a year to just sixteen. They note that many people shy away from taking on a whole apple, but go for slices, but only those that haven’t turned brown. They say also that because grocery chains refuse apples that have browned due to bruising, non-browning apples would mean more money for growers.The process of modifying the apples, first developed in Australia by a team working with potatoes, involves placing an extra copy of a gene already in the apple that activates a self-defense mechanism that causes the gene responsible for the production of polyphenol oxidase, which is responsible for browning, to shut down. Okanagan Specialty Fruits has thus far developed just two varieties, Golden Delicious and Granny Smith which it plans to market under the name The Arctic Apple once they receive approval. Unfortunately for them, the Northwest Horticultural Council, which represents the fruit tree industry in Washington State, home to nearly sixty percent of the apples grown in the US, is also opposed to the idea. They say they don’t believe the apples are dangerous but believe it would be in the best interest of the apple industry to maintain the apple’s image as a natural healthy food.If approved the apples would represent the first genetically modified food sold directly to consumers in the United States. Other genetically modified food has been sold to the public for almost twenty years, but they have all appeared as processed ingredients. Explore further More information: www.arcticapples.comcenter_img (Phys.org) — Canadian company Okanagan Specialty Fruits has developed two varieties of genetically modified (GM) apples that don’t turn brown when cut, and wants to market them. Found – the apple gene for red Citation: Company looking to market genetically modified apples runs into opposition (2012, July 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-company-genetically-apples-opposition.htmllast_img read more

KMC mulls tagging trade licence with shop insurance of owners

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is considering a proposal to tag trade licence with shop insurance of the owners, mayor Sovan Chatterjee said on Friday.A high-level meeting was held at KMC headquarters on Friday afternoon. It was attended by Commissioner of Police Rajeev Kumar, KMC Commissioner Khalil Ahmed, senior officials of Fire and Emergency Services department and representatives of the owners’ association of Bagri market. Chatterjee said only 5% of the shop owners had their shops insured. “We are considering a proposal to tag trade licence with the shop insurance so that the people can get money if their shops are damaged in fire or any other accident,” Chaterjee added. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHe said Block A of Bagree market will not be opened following the reports of the experts from IIT Roorkee.The KMC will remove the debris. Block A of the market has been badly affected following a devastating fire last month. Of more than 1,000 shops, around 200 shops had been damaged by the fire.He said the representatives of the market committee have taken up the matter of providing security to the building and the KMC has decided to give him all cooperation. The KMC is waiting for the report of all the agencies on Bagree Market and then a decision whether the structure will be kept or pulled down would be taken. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedChatterjee said water has not been a problem and the fire fighters got plenty of water to douse the flames. “The fire fighters fought for 72 hours at a stretch to douse the flames and there was uninterrupted supply of water from the reservoir. Water was brought from neighbouring areas like Satyanarayan Park and Portuguese Church,” he said adding “We are all working together to ensure that the shop owners can resume business at the earliest.”last_img read more

Rep Runestad named chair of Judiciary Committee

first_img Categories: Featured news,News,Runestad News House Speaker Tom Leonard today announced state Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake will lead the House Judiciary Committee for the 2017-18 legislative session.As an Oakland County commissioner, Runestad served as chair of both the Public Services Committee and Planning and Building Committee for three terms and worked with various county commissions to improve Friend of the Court services. Rep. Runestad also served on the Judiciary Committee during his first term as state representative.“I am honored to be chosen as judiciary chair and look forward to handling a variety of legislative issues in the next two years,” said Rep. Runestad. “I am once again so thankful for the opportunity that House Speaker Tom Leonard has given me and I can only hope to serve the Michigan residents with as much pose and prominence as Speaker Leonard has and will continue to do.”The second-term lawmaker also will serve on the House committees on Insurance, Communications and Technology, and Local Government. Tags: #SB center_img 26Jan Rep. Runestad named chair of Judiciary Committeelast_img read more

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