Reduce road accidents by 40% in Goa by year-end, says Parrikar

first_imgChief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday announced in the Assembly a multi-pronged action plan to bring down accidents in the State by 40% by the year-end.He was replying to a calling attention motion tabled in the Assembly by former Chief Minister and Congress MLA Pratapsingh Rane over the growing accidents in the State. Mr. Parrikar said last year, of the 336 people who died in 316 accidents, 96 were due to personal errors and 30 due to not wearing helmets.Mr. Parrikar directed stern action against police personnel found not complying with traffic rules. He said the number of vehicles in the State had shot up from around 7 lakh to 13.5 lakh in just last five years. Goa’s tourist arrivals have gone up from 26 lakh to 63 lakh. He said, “Every death is very serious and pains me.”Mr. Parrikar said he has asked all agencies including police, transport and public works department to work together to bring down the number of accidents by 30% to 40% between May 1 and December 31, 2017 as compared to the previous period. He said if “we manage to bring down the number of accidents from 300 to 200 per annum, it would be a great achievement.”Mr. Parrikar said the government has directed the education department to include traffic education in the school curriculum. To deal with habitual rule breakers, Mr. Parrikar has asked the police to not only impose fines on them but also make them attend three-hour remedial classes on traffic rules at the police station in the evening.Mr. Parrikar requested the Assembly members to give him 15 days to put a composite action plan in operation.In reply to a question, he said that drunk driving was also becoming a major issue as “Goans who are known to drink only at night have now learnt to drink in the afternoon too.”last_img read more

Falling objects kill Assam student and injure another 280 km apart

first_imgMisfortune of a similar kind struck Assam teenagers Meghali Kalita and Sakhina Begum about 280 km apart on Thursday. The former survived, the latter did not.Officials in north-eastern Assam’s Biswanath district said Ms. Begum was injured grievously when a large branch of a tree fell on the motorcycle she was riding pillion on. She was headed to her educational institute in the morning.“The man riding the bike was injured too, but the girl took the brunt of the blow and died in Tezpur Medical College Hospital,” a police official, declining to be quoted, said.Tezpur is about 60 km east of Biswanath Chariali, the headquarters of Biswanath district.Minutes after this mishap, a ceiling fan in a classroom in Paschim Borigog College at Hajo, about 35 km north-west of Guwahati, fell on Ms. Kalita’s head.She was taken to a local hospital where her condition was said to be serious. Doctors said she would be under observation for some time.Education department officials said they would order an inquiry into the mishap.last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs get another elims sweep in UAAP women’s hoops

first_imgFEU completes Final 4 cast with Adamson win; UP out Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games The fourth-seeded Lady Tamaraws ended their elimination round campaign on a three-game winning streak and finished with an 8-6 card.Isabel Balleser had 16 points to lead FEU while Precious Arellado added 11 points.De La Salle (3-11) finished its season as the no.7 team after surviving University of the Philippines 75-72.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort National U completed another immaculate eliminations run in the UAAP Season 80 women’s basketball tournament after mauling University of the East, 63-50, Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.This is the fourth straight year that the defending champions have swept the elimination round, as the Lady Bulldogs have been undefeated since 2014.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments LATEST STORIES Ria Nabalan had 14 points, five rebounds, and three assists to lead the Lady Bulldogs, who grabbed an outright seat to the finals, while enjoying ample support from her teammates in terms of scoring.Trixie Antiquiera and Je Anne Camelo added 11 points apiece for NU while Janet Sison pitched in 10 points of her own.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRuthlaine Tacula had 14 points to lead the 11-3 Lady Warriors, who will enter the step-ladder semifinals with a twice-to-beat advantage as the league’s no.2 team.In the other game, which was played at Smart Araneta Coliseum, Far Eastern University dropped Ateneo 69-60. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

World Cup Highlights On YouTube

first_imgFrom match highlights to interviews to ‘play of the day’s’, this is one way you can catch up with how the Australian teams are progressing in the World Cup. To view, please click on the following link:www.youtube.com/touchfootballauslast_img

9 days agoMan Utd watching Napoli star Fabian Ruiz

first_imgMan Utd watching Napoli star Fabian Ruizby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have been watching Napoli star Fabian RuizThe Spanish international, 23, has risen to stardom since joining Napoli from Real Betis for £26million in 2018.And his exploits have attracted the attention of Real Madrid and Barcelona, who are in the market for a new control midfielder.Goal claim the Spanish heavyweights will battle it out for Ruiz next summer, but Napoli plan to tie him to a new contract with an £87million release clause.And the Manchester Evening News says United were also monitoring Ruiz over the summer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Environmental groups concerned after feds release report on caribou habitat

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A group of seven environmental organizations say they’re concerned after the federal Ministry of Environment released a report which found that provinces and territories are not doing enough to protect the habitat of the boreal caribou.The seven organizations, among which are the David Suzuki Foundation, the Wilderness Committee, and Greenpeace Canada, issued a statement today expressing their concerns about recent actions by provincial governments in Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec. The group is calling on all provinces and territories to stop expansion of the industrial footprint in boreal caribou ranges that have exceeded 35 percent disturbance, and to take immediate steps to protect critical habitat. “We expect provinces and territories to do this in partnership with Indigenous Peoples, fully respecting their knowledge and rights including the right to free, prior and informed consent (FPIC),” said the statement. The group did however point out that positive steps have been taken by several First Nations and other communities, including two in B.C. Peace Region. The Fort Nelson First Nation’s Boreal Caribou Recovery Plan for their territory called the Medzih Action Plan, and the Doig River First Nation’s idenntification of priority areas for caribou habitat restoration based on Indigenous knowledge and science, were two positive examples mentioned by the group.The group added that it is calling on Environment Minister Catherine McKenna to fulfill her duties under SARA by continuing to issue timely section 63 reports for boreal caribou, to begin issuing them for other species, and also by issuing safety net orders for critical habitat that remains unprotected.last_img read more

Canada Wide Warrant issued for man who could be headed to Northern

first_imgUPDATE – On Saturday, February 2nd, 2019, a Canada Wide Warrant for Being Unlawfully at Large was issued for 31-year-old Tal Kalum LaRiviere.  The arrest warrant was issued after LaRiviere failed to meet the conditions of his release by missing curfew at his designated residence in Prince George, BC.PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The Prince George RCMP are looking for a man wanted on a Canada Wide Warrant that could be headed to Northern B.C. or Northern Alberta.On Saturday, February 2, 2019, a Canada Wide Warrant for Being Unlawfully at Large was issued for 31-year-old Tal Kalum LaRiviere. The arrest warrant was issued after LaRiviere failed to meet the conditions of his release by missing curfew at his designated residence in Prince George, BC.Police are now asking for the public’s help in locating him. He is described as:Metis male188 cm (6’2”)88 kg (194 lbs)Brown hairBrown eyesLaRiviere has connections in Vernon, BC and Grimshaw, Alberta and may be travelling in Northern Alberta or Northern BC. He is believed to be driving a blue 1994 GMC 1500 pick-up bearing BC licence plate MY9880. A photo of a similar vehicle is attached. The image is not of the actual pick-up.A picture of a similar truck that he is believed to be driving.If you see this vehicle or LaRiviere contact the RCMP immediately, do not confront him as he is considered violent.last_img read more

Tottenham vs Ajax Champions League semifinal Leg 1

first_imgAfter knocking out both Real Madrid and Juventus, Ajax yet again started on an impressive note in the first leg of the Champions League against Spurs. An excellent build-up play from the visitors resulted in the first goal of the night. A lovely ball from Ziyech inside the penalty area handed Ajax the early lead with Van de Beek slotting the ball into the bottom corner. Very soon, an exquisite series of passes handed de Beek the second opportunity, but, a good stop from Lorris ensured that Ajax didn’t score the second away goal. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuSpurs definitely missed the services of their two main players – strikers Harry Kane and the quarter-finals hero, Son Heung-min. The England captain suffered significant damage to his left ankle during their Champions League victory against Manchester City. On the other hand, the South Korean star had to sit out due to suspension. Into the second half, Dele Alli did have a couple of changes, but poor finishes on both instances denied the equalizer to the hosts. Neres went close to double the lead, but the woodwork denied Ajax the second goal. Tottenham did come strong in the second half, but the inability to convert the half-chances had cost them the first-leg. The young Dutch side will now host Tottenham at the Johan Cruijff ArenA on 9th of May for the second leg with a vital away goal advantage.last_img read more

Beside The Points For Thursday Oct 12 2017

NFL Oh, and don’t forgetRandom audience guy with minimal training wins title after combatant pulls out of MMA fight, the jabroni dream All newsletters See more MLB predictions See more NFL predictions We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe Things That Caught My EyeWorst defeat everThe biggest sports story of the week is by far the collapse of the U.S. Men’s National Team in its World Cup qualifier match against Trinidad and Tobago. Going into the match — the U.S. needed a win or tie to automatically qualify — the U.S. had a 93 percent chance of making the World Cup. But they lost 2-1 to a team playing for nothing but pride, with one of those goals being scored by a U.S. defender on his own net. Then both Panama and Honduras won their games, eliminating the U.S. and propelling Panama to the cup. Going back to 1885, the men have never lost a World Cup match in any stage of the tournament or qualfying in which they were so favored to win. [FiveThirtyEight]Yeah that 2-1 loss has hundreds of millions of dollars worth of consequencesBetween the $425 million television broadcast deal and that wage discrimination lawsuit U.S. soccer will have a harder time contesting and that other antitrust lawsuit they might have an easier time contesting and the potential gutting of the youth soccer movement in America and the sponsorship revenue for Major League Soccer in potential peril, yeah it would have been really cool for a whole bunch of people had the U.S. national team not lost that game. [The Washington Post]Kansas City hustleWith five consecutive wins, the Elo rating of the Kansas City Chiefs is at the highest level since their win over the Vikings in Super Bowl IV. Only eight weeks in the team’s history have them looking better than they do now, all of them in that Super Bowl season. [FiveThirtyEight]It’s only a lost season if you fail to tankAccording to ESPN’s Football Power Index, the Browns have a 49 percent chance of finishing dead last and getting the top pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the 49ers have a 32.2 percent chance, the Bears have a 9.3 percent chance, the Colts have a 3.3. percent chance and the Giants have a 3.6 percent chance. [ESPN]Congrats, equivalent of three fourths of Staten IslandIceland qualified for the World Cup — you remember, that thing America screwed up and failed to make — and is now the smallest nation to ever do so with its population of 334,000. [Bleacher Report]Not gonna lie, did not see this comingThe net favorability of the NFL among Trump voters according to a Morning Consult poll is -24 points. The net favorability among Clinton voters is +38 points. Hop in a time machine and go tell yourself that little nugget a year ago and watch an innocent mind explode. [The New York Times]Make sure to try your hand at our fun NFL can you beat the FiveThirtyEight predictions? game!Big Number55.232U.S. gymnast Morgan Hurd took the gold medal in Montreal at the 2017 World All-Around Championship, scoring a 55.232. Canada’s Ellie Black took the silver medal and Russia’s Elena Eremina took bronze. Make a little note of that in your “SMART SMALL TALK TO MENTION DURING OLYMPICS TO SOUND LIKE YOU FOLLOW SPORTS BESIDES DIVING” folder that I assume all other people have as well as me. [Flo Gymnastics]Leaks from Slack: Oh God no, not like this editiongfoster:[8:20 PM] Oh boy. U.S. Losing to Trinidad[8:37 PM] Ahhhhhh 2-0 Trinidad 😱[8:39] At least Costa Rica scoredtchow:[8:52 PM] Meanwhile..Argentina up 2-1meghan:[8:53 PM] So wait — is the US screwed again?tchow:[8:54 PM] No they’re still in at the moment. If results holdmeghan:[8:54 PM] Thanks, Tonywalt:[9:06 PM] oh my godtchow:[9:07 PM] Pulisic. American god[9:32 PM] Honduras up 3-2gfoster:[9:37 PM] Is panama scores and this holds, they are out[9:39] If all these results hold, they play a playoff with Australia…which ain’t good[9:47 PM] Panama scored[9:47] They are going to be eliminatedneil:[9:49 PM] Oh man — so they needed either Panama or Honduras to lose, and they both won?gfoster:[9:49 PM] This really sucks.neil:[9:49 PM] lol[9:50] Sorry, I mean 🇺🇸😿[9:50] (it’s soccer. /shrug )heynawl-enten:[9:51 PM] joined #sport.[9:51 PM] This is TERRIBLE.[9:51 PM] left #sport.gfoster:[9:52 PM] Terrible for traffic.neil:[9:52 PM] More room for baseball coverage. 😉gfoster:[9:53 PM] Nightmare.walt:[9:54] WHAT[9:54] omgemily:[9:54 PM] (do they still get paid more for not even qualifying than the WNT will for winning it?)Predictions MLB read more

Patrick Mahomes And The Chiefs Are RedHot For Once They Might Stay

2Tom Brady20113471.694010.271510 5Phil Simms19842966.059410.270477 CLE1.91.4NYJ22.48.09.41378 NYJ61NYJ61MIA 20, NYJ 12-1.2– HOU7.63.6NYG4.52.86.41386 Team ACurrentAvg. Chg*Team BCurrentAvg. Chg*Total ChangeGame Quality The best two-game QB starts to a season since 1970Most yards above backup quarterback (YABQ) for passers in the first two games of an NFL season, 1970-2018 KC85.05.1SF28.37.112.21542 DAL41.912.3SEA25.810.222.51523 LAR74LAR82LAR 34, ARI 0+1.9– PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET PTS MIN60MIN56GB 29, MIN 29+0.0 QuarterbackYEARAgeComp%Pass YDSNet Y/ATDIntYABQ IND17.44.7PHI75.05.810.41522 Age is as of Dec. 31 of the season in question.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com GB30.411.5WSH20.78.620.21473 ARI8.44.5CHI23.810.014.51445 CIN50BAL55CIN 34, BAL 23-7.7– DEN63DEN63DEN 20, OAK 19-2.2– OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION And unlike the names above him on the list, each of whom were seasoned veterans, Mahomes is just 23 this season1And his first two games came before he actually turned 23 on Sept. 17. — and he had just one game started under his belt before this season. Although he probably won’t stay on this record-breaking pace all season, Mahomes’s early career performance doesn’t look like a fluke. Since 1970, only two QBs (Hall of Famer Kurt Warner and Pro Bowler Jeff Blake) had more YABQ through their first three NFL games as a primary passer2Meaning he led the team in dropbacks — i.e., pass attempts plus sacks — in a game. than Mahomes. Of course, not every hot three-game start presaged a path to Canton; for every Warner or Dan Marino near the top of the list, there’s also Eric Hipple, Scott Mitchell and Ty Detmer. But even if Mahomes’s career develops more like that of, say, Daunte Culpepper — whose stats at the same age are strikingly similar to Mahomes’s 16-game pace over his career to date — it would surely validate the Chiefs’ decision to jettison successful longtime starter Alex Smith in favor of his rifle-armed young successor.We can already see how the Chiefs’ offense has changed with Mahomes at the helm. According to ESPN’s Stats & Info Group, his air yards per pass — which measures the distance the ball traveled downfield before being caught (or hitting the ground) — is 11.5 this season, which ranks first among all qualified passers. Smith’s number last season was 7.4, which ranked 23rd. Mahomes has faced more blitzes (and more pressure in general) than Smith, but he’s handled the heat much more capably — his Raw Total Quarterback Rating against pressure has been 74.0 (the league average is about 50 on all passes and 20 versus pressure), compared with Smith’s 31.3 mark last year. And for a team that went an entire season without a TD pass to a wide receiver a few years ago, Kansas City now ranks third in touchdown passes to receivers and eighth in passing yards to wideouts, with Tyreek Hill on track to surpass his 1,183 receiving yards from a year ago.Kansas City is hoping this newfound offensive attack can prevent another midseason letdown like the one the team suffered last year. The 2017 Chiefs also got off to a blazing start, winning their first five games behind a dominating offense. Then they promptly lost six of seven at midseason to bring their record to 6-6, requiring a four-game end-of-season winning streak just to make the playoffs. That wasn’t exactly rare for K.C. under Andy Reid: The Chiefs finished the 2014 season on a 2-4 stretch after starting 7-3, and they went 2-5 down the stretch in 2013 after a 9-0 start. So Chiefs fans would be forgiven for tempering their optimism at the moment. But the versatility of this year’s attack — made possible in part by Mahomes’s unique arm strength and comfort level in a spread system — might be the missing ingredient that makes this hot start more sustainable than the ones that fizzled in years past.In light of all this Mahomes mania, the 49ers are an especially interesting foil for the Chiefs this weekend. Niners starter Jimmy Garoppolo captured the NFL’s attention late last season with a five-game run that rivaled what Mahomes has done thus far. (Jimmy G. averaged 131.4 YABQ per game in his best two starts of that stretch, compared with Mahomes’s 243.9 per game this season.) But Garoppolo’s 2018 also illustrates the reversion that is sure to come for Mahomes sooner or later: San Francisco’s highly paid QB has seen his QBR drop from 82.7 in 2017 to 22.7 this season. He’ll almost certainly improve on that in the near future — perhaps substantially so against a K.C. defense that currently ranks a distant last in the NFL in defensive expected points added. But Mahomes can learn from his counterpart how quickly a QB can go from acclaim to adversity once opposing defenses study enough of his tape.Until then, though, Mahomes and the Chiefs are riding high, with the league’s best projected record and playoff chances according to our model, plus a status as co-Super Bowl favorites (with the Eagles). It’s hard to imagine a better way for a young QB to begin his career as an NFL starter.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersIn addition to our NFL Elo prediction interactive, which updates after every game to help you keep tabs on how your team stacks up, we’re also running a prediction game in which you make picks against our model (and your fellow readers). After the dust settles each week, we like to look at where Elo made its best — and worst — picks against the field. Here’s how it did in Week 2: The Chiefs have certainly seen a boost in our ratings with this hot start. Before the season, they ranked seventh in the league, and it wasn’t clear that K.C. was even the best team in its own division. But since the start of the season, Kansas City has risen to third in Elo, adding the third-most rating points of any team in the league (behind only the Buccaneers and Bengals).Mahomes has been leading the Chiefs’ charge. Going into the season, we noted that he would have a ton of weapons to work with in the Chief offense, and that his starting career could get off the ground quickly if he reined in his occasional “gunslinger” tendencies. Two weeks in, it’s worked out almost perfectly. Mahomes is making great decisions with the ball and has thrown plenty of absolute darts downfield. Since the 1970 AFL merger, only three QBs — Peyton Manning in 2013, Tom Brady in 2011 and, yes, Ryan Fitzpatrick this season — have produced more yards above backup QB (YABQ) through the first two games of a season than Mahomes has so far this year: BUF11.54.5MIN73.77.311.91525 3Peyton Manning20133767.17698.590501 Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs are officially the toast of the 2018 NFL season so far, after K.C.’s young quarterback threw an incredible six touchdown passes against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, bringing his season tally to 10 — and the Chiefs’ record to 2-0.It’s only been two weeks, but the reviews for Mahomes have been nothing short of breathless. The latest opponent that will have to weather the Kansas City onslaught will be the San Francisco 49ers, who travel to Arrowhead on Sunday afternoon. Although the game doesn’t figure to alter the playoff odds too much — according to our NFL Elo predictions — it’s an intriguing showdown that ranks fourth-best of Week 3 in terms of our measure of matchup quality (which uses the harmonic mean of the two teams’ Elo ratings): 10Dan Fouts19813074.064612.541414 DAL76DAL58DAL 20, NYG 13-15.1– PIT58PIT51KC 42, PIT 37+4.9– ATL62ATL58ATL 31, CAR 24-5.2– LAC47.010.6LAR68.19.219.81561 9Steve Young19983760.36667.961415 PHI63PHI67TB 27, PHI 21-7.6– MIA48.411.3OAK8.05.216.51463 JAX75.311.6TEN30.512.323.91529 CAR42.610.9CIN56.610.721.61538 1Ryan Fitzpatrick20183678.7%81912.981585 SF58SF62SF 30, DET 27+1.2– DET12.35.7NE72.09.415.01539 BUF53%LAC69%LAC 31, BUF 20+15.7– 8Lynn Dickey19833480.462310.681423 4Patrick Mahomes20182369.158210.1100488 WSH75WSH68IND 21, WSH 9+8.4– The best matchups of Week 3Week 3 games with the highest average Elo rating, using the harmonic mean, plus the total potential swing for the two teams’ playoff chances, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions 6Joe Namath19722947.660913.472466 ATL62.6%+/-13.8NO29.8%+/-12.526.31578 Playoff %Playoff % NE56NE58JAX 31, NE 20-5.1– 7Drew Bledsoe19972564.16079.280428 NO85NO81NO 21, CLE 18-4.0– PIT39.911.7TB52.011.823.51548 BAL44.111.7DEN32.410.722.41503 Home teams are in bold.The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. SEA54CHI52CHI 24, SEA 17+3.9– Game quality is the harmonic mean of the Elo ratings for the two teams in a given matchup.*Average change is weighted by the likelihood of a win or loss. (Ties are excluded.)Source: ESPN.com TEN70HOU51TEN 20, HOU 17-20.1– Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 2Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 2 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game After a successful Week 1 performance against FiveThirtyEight readers, I expected Elo to tail off a bit in Week 2. But instead, it did even better! On average, Elo beat the typical reader by 32.2 total points in our game this past week, bringing its overall lead up to 60.5 points on the season. The readers cleaned up in the Bills-Chargers game, taking advantage of Elo’s reluctance to acknowledge that Buffalo is a pit of despair this season. But that was offset by Elo’s confidence in the Cowboys at home against the Giants, and the fact that its seemingly misguided faith in the Titans — who were starting Blaine Gabbert, one of the worst QBs in NFL history, instead of the injured Marcus Mariota — paid off.We’ll see if Elo’s run of luck continues next week. Either way, congrats to reader Alexandre Augusto da Rocha, who led all (identified) users in points for Week 2 — and as a result leads for the season as well. And thanks to everyone who played last week. If you didn’t play, remember that it’s not too late to get in on the game, even if you missed the first couple weeks of the season. Make your picks now!Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Urban Meyer on Michigan Will we be defined by this game You

The Ohio State football team is just one game away from finishing an undefeated season, and although they are banned from postseason play, OSU coach Urban Meyer said the result of Saturday’s game versus Michigan will not define the season any more than it already would.“Will we be defined by this game? You usually are,” Meyer said Monday in his weekly press conference. “Regardless of what happens, this is the game.”The Buckeyes and Wolverines will meet for the 109th time in the long history of their college football programs Saturday at Ohio Stadium at noon. For the Buckeyes, it will be the final time they take the field this season, as NCAA sanctions from the “Tattoo-Gate” scandal have banned OSU from a bid in the Big Ten Championship game and bowl game.The Buckeyes, though, find themselves with an opportunity to finish the year 12-0.Rather than the bigger picture of clinching an undefeated season with a win, and potentially being in the running for an Associated Press national championship, Meyer said his team is “focused in” on their final opponent.“We just talked about winning this game,” Meyer said. “We’re not talking about what everybody is going to think a week from now, two weeks from now.”Redshirt senior outside linebacker Etienne Sabino said the rivalry with Michigan is all the motivation the Buckeyes need Saturday.“This is the game,” Sabino said. “This is a Super Bowl, this is the bowl game, this is national championship, this is everything for us.”Recognizing performances from Wisconsin winMeyer said senior defensive end John Simon, who he once again called the team’s “heart and soul,” was the team’s defensive player of the week after a four-sack performance against Wisconsin.Five other players were named defensive champions for their Wisconsin performances: redshirt junior safety C.J. Barnett, sophomore outside linebacker Ryan Shazier, junior safety Christian Bryant, redshirt senior Orhian Johnson and senior linebacker Zach Boren.For Boren, it was his first time being named a champion since converting from fullback to linebacker for the seventh game of the season versus Indiana.“I’ve gotten better. I can still get a lot better in a lot of different areas,” Boren said of his progress at linebacker. “I’m getting more and more comfortable.”Meyer called Boren’s conversion this season “one of the great stories … in college football, and certainly in Ohio State history.”“What he’s done, the selfless approach … what he would do for this team is extraordinary,” Meyer said. “Incredible human being and a great game.”Offensively, junior running back Carlos Hyde was named player of the week for his 87-yard, two-touchdown rushing performance, which included the game-winning, 2-yard touchdown in overtime. Two wide receivers, sophomore Evan Spencer and junior Corey Brown, the latter of whom had a 68-yard punt return touchdown on Saturday, were also named offensive champions.As a whole, however, Meyer said the offense “didn’t play very well,” and has to play better against Michigan.“It was bad,” Meyer said. “We have to open this offense up and trust that good things are going to happen.”In addition to his defensive recognition, Johnson was also named special teams player of the week. Meyer also acknowledged the blocking of redshirt senior Taylor Rice, Spencer, redshirt senior Stewart Smith and freshman Luke Roberts in leading Brown to his punt return touchdown.Simon was also named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, while Brown earned the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week award.No comment on MarylandThe University of Maryland made big news in the Big Ten on Monday, announcing that they will become the conference’s 13th member effective July 1, 2014. That means football matchups against the Buckeyes are within their near future, but Meyer had little to say about the announcement on Monday.“Yesterday … was the first time I even heard about it,” Meyer said. read more

Ohio States Urban Meyer Tom Herman experienced coaching backup quarterbacks

OSU coach Urban Meyer stands during a game against Iowa Oct. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 34-24.Lantern file photoWith senior quarterback Braxton Miller’s health status in doubt after he re-injured his shoulder on Monday, Ohio State football fans won’t have to look far to see how the current coaching regime does when a signal-caller goes down.Coach Urban Meyer and co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman were both around just last season when Miller missed two full games, and the majority of another, after injuring his knee.Miller was first injured on OSU’s opening drive against San Diego State Sept. 7, 2013. Then-backup quarterback Kenny Guiton, who has since graduated, entered the game and passed for 152 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-7 victory.Guiton’s success continued in historic form as he set OSU records for the longest pass play and the most passing touchdowns in a game over the following two weeks.In all, Guiton played in 13 of 14 games in 2013, including the two aforementioned starts. He passed for a total of 749 yards and 14 touchdowns while only throwing two interceptions. The Buckeyes were 2-0 when Guiton started, on top of the win against SDSU.While Guiton slotted smoothly into Meyer and Herman’s system, both coaches have had experience with replacing quarterbacks even before coming to OSU.Meyer’s previous coaching stop was at Florida, where his No. 1 quarterback played in every game all six seasons while he was in charge. Before that, Meyer spent two years at Utah.In 2003, Meyer’s first year with the Utes, Brett Elliott, then a senior, started the season on top of the depth chart at quarterback. Elliott broke his wrist two games into the season, paving the way for then-sophomore Alex Smith.Smith went on to lead Utah to a 9-1 record in 10 starts that season while throwing 15 touchdowns and just three interceptions. He then led the Utes to an undefeated record his senior year before being named a Heisman Trophy finalist. Smith eventually became the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers.Between Smith and Guiton, the last two quarterbacks to come in for an injured starter under Meyer, their teams have totaled an 11-1 record in games they started in those seasons.Since 2007, Herman has been an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Rice, Iowa State and OSU.At Rice, where Herman coached in 2007 and 2008, his No. 1 quarterback, Chase Clement, played in all 25 games. But while at Iowa State, Herman had at least two quarterbacks start at least one game in each of his three seasons.In 2009 Austen Arnaud played in 12 games and threw for 2,015 yards, 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions for the Cyclones under Herman. Backup Jerome Tiller played in seven games, including a start, and tossed one touch down compared to four interceptions. The two quarterbacks led Iowa State to a 7-6 overall record.The following year, Arnaud started nine games and threw 13 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. Tiller started another game, and threw one touchdown in eight total appearances. The Cyclones finished the season 5-7.In Herman’s final season before leaving Iowa State for OSU, 2011, Steele Jantz started seven games at quarterback while Jared Barnett stated six under center. Both threw for more than 1,000 yards, but combined for 17 interceptions compared to 16 touchdowns. Iowa State went 6-7 after starting that season 3-0.While Herman and Meyer both helped the Buckeyes to success when Miller was out injured last season, it is yet to be seen if they can find that same success in 2014.The extent of Miller’s injury was not yet known as of Tuesday morning, pending the results of an MRI on Miller’s shoulder.With out without the senior in the lineup, OSU is scheduled to begin its season Aug. 30 against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

Football Urban Meyer investigation to be completed Sunday

Urban Meyer prepares to lead the Buckeyes out on to the field prior to the Ohio State-Iowa game on Nov. 4. Ohio State lost 55-24. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe investigation into Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer’s knowledge of domestic abuse allegations surrounding a former assistant coach will conclude on time, ending exactly on the 14-day deadline originally proposed by the university, Ohio State announced Friday.The statement went on to say that the investigators will “prepare a report for the working group to be delivered next week.” Once the independent group, chaired by former Ohio House Speaker Jo Ann Davidson, receives the report, they will present it to the Board of Trustees in an executive session to be held next week. University President Michael Drake will announce his decision for any response to the investigation “following deliberations with the board, and appropriate time for consideration.”The exact time and date of that meeting was not released in the statement, but the university is required by law to provide advance public notice of at least 24 hours. Drake told WOSU’s Ann Fisher on Thursday that the investigation would be “finished when it’s finished” without providing an idea of when that might be.Ohio State placed Meyer on paid administrative leave on Aug. 1 shortly after announcing it was going to examine if Meyer knew about and properly handled reports of domestic abuse from former wide receivers coach Zach Smith in 2015. Smith was fired on July 23 after his ex-wife, Courtney, filed a domestic violence civil protection order against him.Ohio State originally gave itself a 14-day deadline to complete the investigation on Aug. 5, which means the university will meet the deadline it self-imposed.The independent group has overseen the efforts of an investigative team led by former Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Mary Jo White, who also is the senior chair with the law firm Debevoise and Plimpton. read more

Pallotta has a good feeling for the second leg

first_imgAS Roma president James Pallotta, who became famous for his fountain dive after the beat Barcelona in the previous round, has shared he has a good feeling for the second leg of the semi-final clash with Liverpool.Despite the fact that the Italian side suffered a huge 5-2 upset away in the first leg, Pallotta doesn’t seem bothered by troublesome past but seems to believe in the bright future.Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…However, this is not out of nowhere – Roma already overcame a 4-1 deficit in the quarter-final clash with Barcelona in order to proceed to the semi-finals – they won 3-0 at home, which was the main reason why Pallotta was seen celebrating in Rome’s fountains.I have good feelings for tonight , we’ll see, another bathroom in the fountain? No, tonight the have kept the fountain closesd, perhaps they also close the Colosseum …” Pallotta shared, according to Calcio Mercato, just hours before the decisive game starts.last_img read more

Allegri Juve yet to hit top form

first_imgMax Allegri has revealed Juventus have not yet hit top form despite maintaining a 100% record to the start of the season.The Bianconeri brushed Young Boys aside 3-0 thanks to a hat-trick from Paulo Dybala.“We started well and took the early lead, only really feeling the danger once, and Wojciech Szczesny did well to push the forward wide when we were temporarily down to 10,” the Coach told JTV and Football Italia.“We had plenty of chances and should’ve scored more goals with greater sharpness when going on the counter.”The undoubted star of the show was Dybala with a hat-trick, becoming only the fourth Juventus player to achieve this feat in the Champions League.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“I am happy for him, he is improving and playing with greater consistency, but everyone played well this evening and showed maturity against an organised Young Boys side.They are a physical team and tried to block us off in any way possible, so it was tough.“I always said that Dybala’s greatest quality is his ability to make the team play and then go to finish off the move at the end. Tonight he did that brilliantly.”last_img read more

Pizzi says Arabia will not take North Korea for granted

first_imgThe Saudi Arabia national team will play their opening match of Group E against North Korea in the 2019 Asian Cup.After seeing surprising results so far in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, Saudi Arabia is not taking things for granted.And coach Juan Antonio Pizzi says they will not relax against North Korea.“I respect all teams we will play against. We know these teams, but history counts for nothing as we have to play each of them and win,” Pizzi said according to The Gulf News.SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - AUGUST 11: Players from South Korea (blue) and North Korea (red) compete for the ball during a "Unification Soccer" matches at Seoul World Cup stadium on August 11, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea's Unification Ministry said on Thursday that North Korea proposed talks at Panmunjom on Monday to discuss preparations for the possibility of a third summit meeting between North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, and President Moon Jae-in of the South. South Korean officials have reportedly expressed interest in holding the third meeting soon with hopes of denuclearizing the Korean peninsula amidst easing tensions between both sides. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)Infantino wants a world cup in North and South Korea Manuel R. Medina – March 5, 2019 The FIFA president believes the 2023 Women’s World Cup can be played in North Korea and South Korea, as he wants them to share a bid.“If we can’t win then we won’t get the points. Tomorrow we need to go out there and win those three points.”“It’s not going to be easy. There are pros and cons and the job of the strikers is to score goals so that we can win,” he explained.“We trust in all our players and they will give their best to ensure we take the three points.”last_img read more

City Of Kenai Looking Into Accelerated Funding For Bluff Erosion Project

first_imgOstrander says the project has been “very active over the last three weeks”: “I’ve been pursuing what’s called accelerated funding of the project. Our directors report is scheduled to be signed in January, However to continue this project I believe the best path forward is to fully fund this as a city.”  Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander told the council at its meeting last week that he’s pursuing accelerated funding for the project through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Ostrander: “I’m going to draft the letter that states that the City of Kenai is willing to fully fund the design phase of this project. However, if the project goes through to construction the design phase contribution that we made would be credited towards our ultimate cost share. So basically we are spending money now and it will be credited so that we spend less in construction.”  According to Ostrander the next step in the process will be for the city to draft a letter to the Alaska district of the Army Corps saying that the city of Kenai will fully fund the design phase of the bluff erosion project. The project consists of constructing a berm about 5,000 feet long below the Kenai Bluffs toe. It is designed to prevent flood tides from washing away material that collects at the bluff toe and coastal storms from eroding the lower portion of the bluff. Getting approval will require a trip to Washington D.C. in February, according to Ostrander. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Kenai may finally be making some headway on the long awaited bluff stabilization project.last_img read more

Trump And Erdogan Talk But Theres Disagreement Over What Was Said

first_img Share Kayhan Ozer/APTurkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks in Ankara during the funeral prayers for Sergeant Musa Ozalkan, the first Turkish soldier to be killed in Turkey’s cross-border “Operation Olive Branch” in northern Syria, on Tuesday.President Trump, speaking to Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Wednesday, urged Ankara to scale back its military operations in neighboring Syria following an offensive launched by Turkish forces against U.S.-backed Kurdish insurgents in Syria’s Afrin region.At least that is how the conversation about the Turkish operation, known as “Operation Olive Branch,” is being reported by the White House.Separately, though, both Reuters and Al-Jazeera quote an unnamed Turkish source as giving a substantially different account of the conversation.A readout from the White House Wednesday says Trump “relayed concerns that escalating violence in Afrin, Syria, risks undercutting our shared goals in Syria,” adding that the president “urged Turkey to deescalate, limit its military actions, and avoid civilian casualties and increases to displaced persons and refugees. He urged Turkey to exercise caution and to avoid any actions that might risk conflict between Turkish and American forces.”Reuters and Al-Jazeera report from identical statements indicating that the White House version of the call is not accurate.“President Trump did not share any ‘concerns about escalating violence’ with regard to the ongoing military operation in Afrin,” the source said, according to the news agencies.“The two leaders’ discussion of Operation Olive Branch was limited to an exchange of views,” the source said.The White House statement also said: “President Trump also expressed concern about destructive and false rhetoric coming from Turkey, and about United States citizens and local employees detained under the prolonged State of Emergency in Turkey.”However, Al-Jazeera reports:“[The] Turkish official denied there was any mention of the state of emergency or the phrase ‘destructive and false rhetoric coming from Turkey.’” ‘[Trump] mentioned that open criticism of the United States raised concerns in Washington,’ according to the source.”Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesTurkish military tanks are prepared for deployment as part of the “Operation Olive Branch” to Syrian border in Hatay, Turkey, on Thursday.NPR’s Peter Kenyon, speaking with Morning Edition from Istanbul, observes that “Ankara’s version of this exact same call is remarkably different, basically accusing the U.S. of misstating the content of what was said.”He says, “It’s the latest in a series of disagreements. It’s just the latest sign that anti-American sentiment here is running stronger than it has in years. Meanwhile, you’ve got some conservatives in the U.S. questioning whether Turkey even belongs in NATO anymore.”Reporting earlier this week, Peter said Turkey’s offensive, which pits Turkey against U.S.-backed Kurds fighting ISIS, has “alarmed several countries and led to an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council.”“The fighting has thrown a spotlight on the confusing and at times conflicting alliances and goals in the U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition,” Peter says.On Tuesday, Turkey said it had killed 260 Syrian Kurdish fighters four days into its offensive. Washington has expressed concern over the hundreds of thousands of civilians who could be caught in the crossfire.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Cardinals Fall to No 5 Tennessee in NIT Season TipOff 9281

first_imgStory Links ESPN2 NEW YORK (AP) – Grant Williams scored 24 points and No. 5 Tennessee had five players In double figures to beat Louisville 92-81 in the first semifinal of the NIT Season Tip-Off on Wednesday night.Admiral Schofield added 20 points for the Vols (4-0), who shot 54 percent from the field. The win was the 664th of Tennessee coach Rick Barnes’ career. It moved him past John Wooden on the all-time Division I wins list.Trailing 77-70 with 6:51 left, Louisville coach Chris Mack got called for a technical foul when he didn’t like an over-the-back call on Dwayne Sutton. The Cardinals could never recover.Jordan Nwora had 23 points and 10 assists to lead Louisville (3-1).The second game of the doubleheader was No. 2 Kansas against Marquette.Print Friendly Version Next Game: vs. Marquette 11/23/2018 | 7 p.m. ET PDF Box Score Listen Live Full Schedule Roster Preview Buy Tickets Matchup Historylast_img read more