10 Black Athletes Who Went Back to College to

Emmitt SmithSix years after he left Florida and while he was in the midst of becoming the most prolific running back in NFL history, Emmitt Smith went back to college and earned a degree in public recreation. Jarrett JackAfter his junior season, Jarrett Jack (center) left Georgia Tech to enter the 2005 NBA Draft. It was his decision to go, but he promised his parents that he would eventually go back to earn his college degree. It took Jack a while — nine years, to be exact — but the Brooklyn Nets guard earned his degree in business management. Said Jack: “My parents always told me that nobody can predict tomorrow or how long anything is gonna last. Just trying to cover yourself on all grounds and have people respect you on all fronts and not just be just a basketball player. I really owe it to my parents.” read more

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Are The Giants Sneaking Up On Us Again

In 2007, the Giants’ passing attack through 10 games wasn’t very good (and it would only get worse: The team finished the regular season at 22nd in adjusted net yards per attempt and 24th in passer rating). The running game (more on this in a minute) is what powered the team. But Eli Manning had some of his best games in the playoffs, particularly in the first two games.In 2011, the Giants were defined by the passing offense: Manning had one of his best seasons, teaming with wide receivers Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks. Manning again played better in the postseason, particularly in the early rounds.This year? Despite highlights from Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. and the success of rookie Sterling Shepard, the Giants have had a mediocre passing attack. They rank 19th in passing EPA and 16th in ANY/A. There’s obvious upside with Manning and Beckham, but if the Giants go on a Super Bowl run, the data suggests that the passing offense won’t be behind it.Rushing offense In 2007, the Giants’ offense was centered around Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward, with spot appearances by Reuben Droughns and rookie Ahmad Bradshaw. The ground game ranked fourth in yards and yards per carry.But even though the Earth, Wind and Fire Giants carried over their rushing success into 2008, the running game has been more of a weakness than a strength in more recent years. In 2011, the Giants finished dead last in both yards and yards per carry. And once again, the Giants can’t seem to piece together a running game. This season, New York ranks 31st in yards and 30th in yards per carry, with the underwhelming Rashad Jennings the leader in an unimpressive committee. The veteran back is averaging an anemic 3.40 yards per carry, 38th out of 43 qualifying rushers.With this year’s Giants featuring a mediocre passing game and a bad running game, you’ve probably figured out that it’s not the offense carrying the team.Pass defense It’s easy to dismiss the success of the 7-3 New York Giants. The team ranks 23rd in scoring, tied with the 49ers, and is 11th in points allowed; overall, the Giants have outscored opponents by only 4 points all year. In fact, the Giants haven’t won a single game by more than 7 points. Meanwhile, they rank 20th in yards per game and 16th in yards allowed per game and have benefited from a favorable schedule: The team has played only three true road games this year.1The Giants have played six games at home; they also played one game in London, against the Rams.Ahead of Week 11’s games, the Giants ranked 16th in both ESPN’s NFL Power Rankings and Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average, and their 6-point home win against a bad Bears team is unlikely to move those needles. And even after Sunday’s win, the Giants rank only 17th in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL Elo ratings.So the Giants are just an average team that has lucked into a good record, right? That’s an easy conclusion, but the Giants have a history of sneaking up on the rest of the NFL, as they did in 2007 and 2011:In 2007, New York was 7-3 through 10 games but imploded in the team’s 11th game. Against Minnesota, Eli Manning threw three pick sixes (he would finish the year with 20 picks, tied for the league lead).In 2011, the Giants through 10 games had scored 228 points and allowed 228 points, leading to a 6-4 record.At the time, neither of those teams seemed very noteworthy, and they finished with 10-6 and 9-7 records, respectively. Our current simulations have this year’s Giants finishing with 9.9 wins, which would put them right in line with those other good but not great Giants teams.Of course, both of those Giants teams wound up winning the Super Bowl. Is there any reason to think this year’s team could similarly surprise in the playoffs? To find out, let’s use expected points added to measure how the Giants have fared in every season (through 10 games) going back to 2006.2The first year for which we have EPA data. And while EPA does not adjust for era, we have adjusted those numbers on a per-play basis to account for those differences. I took an average of the per-play EPA for passing and rushing plays from 2006 to 2016 and then adjusted each season of team EPA data based on how the per-play average in a given season differed from the per-play average overall.Pass offense The 2007 and 2011 Giants were both strong against the run, but this year’s squad is even stronger. The Giants currently rank eighth in rushing yards allowed per game and fifth in yards per carry allowed. The additions of Harrison and Vernon have transformed the defensive line, after the defense ranked in the bottom half of the league in most rushing categories last year.ConclusionThe defense is the clear strength of this year’s Giants team, and it’s in a better position through 10 games than the defenses were during those Super Bowl-winning seasons. That’s a good thing, because unlike in those championship seasons, Eli Manning and the Giants offense are playing at or below league average — not exactly in position to carry a team on a late-season winning streak. So if the Giants make a run for the Super Bowl, it may be less likely to resemble Eli Manning’s two Super Bowl teams and more likely to resemble Eli’s brother’s team last year.Check out our latest NFL predictions. The most enduring image of the 2007 Giants is likely the beating that the team gave Tom Brady and the undefeated New England Patriots, but it’s easy to forget that through 10 games, that team was below average against the pass. Same goes for the 2011 version, which was among the worst teams in the league at defending the pass until it got its act together down the stretch.Last year, the pass defense was the Giants’ downfall — the team ranked 28th in EPA and 29th in ANY/A allowed, factors that led to the team finishing 30th in points allowed and last in yards allowed. The Giants finished 6-10, with opposing quarterbacks leading five fourth-quarter comebacks against them and a sixth loss involving another blown lead in the final minute.In the offseason, the Giants spent a ton of money to improve the defense. The team re-signed Jason Pierre-Paul; added Olivier Vernon, Janoris Jenkins and Damon Harrison; and drafted cornerback Eli Apple in the first round. Those additions have paid dividends, and safety Landon Collins, selected 33rd overall last year, has been a huge part of the team’s turnaround. This year, the Giants rank eighth in pass EPA and fifth in ANY/A allowed, and the pass defense is the strength of the team in a way it hasn’t been in years.Rush defense read more

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Did The Referees Ruin The Mens NCAA Championship

Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed FiveThirtyEight Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Apr. 4, 2017), we say goodbye to March Madness and break down the women’s and men’s NCAA championship games. Next, we investigate why NBA teams are resting their players early and often. Plus, a significant digit on Madison Bumgarner.FiveThirtyEight’s Benjamin Morris argues that Mississippi State earned every bit of their upset over UConn.Mississippi State ultimately lost the women’s championship game to South Carolina.Neil Paine notes that even though the men’s championship was tough to watch, UNC played ugly enough to win.That was not a good national title game, writes ESPN’s Myron Medcalf.The Ringer’s Rodger Sherman says it wasn’t UNC players who won the night — it was the referees.NBA teams are resting players earlier and earlier, Todd Whitehead writes for FiveThirtyEight.Significant Digit: 16.5, the average number of at-bats that San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner takes between hitting home runs, since 2014. Last Sunday, Bumgarner hit two home runs and became the first pitcher to hit more than one on Opening Day. read more

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Comeback effort falls short as OSU falls to Penn State 42

Members of the OSU men’s soccer team celebrate during a 4-1 win against Rutgers on Oct. 25, 2014, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State men’s soccer team headed to University Park fresh off the heels of its first win of the season, a 1-0 victory at home against the Northwestern Wildcats where they dominated possession. They looked to carry that momentum with them as they took on Penn State on Tuesday night, but fell shortThe Nittany Lions quickly brought the Buckeyes back to reality, scoring on their very first shot in the first minute of the game en route to a 4-2 victory over OSU.The game was a tale of two very different halves, the first of which was all Penn State.Just 47 seconds into the match, the Nittany Lions were able to find the back of the net on a shot by senior midfielder Mason Klerks from 19 yards out on an assist from senior forward Connor Maloney.Both Klerks and Maloney played an extensive role in Penn State’s dominating first period.In the 26th minute, Klerks would put one through again on a header off a free kick from Maloney, his second goal of the night and second of the season.Maloney would finish with three assists and a goal, coming on the strength of a penalty kick in the 28th minute.After the first 45 minutes of play, Penn State held a 4-0 lead, despite OSU having the advantage in shots at 7-5 and corner kicks at 7-0.In the second half, the Buckeyes were able to start to put things together.In the 66th minute, senior defender Austin Bergstrom was able to bury a penalty kick to get the Buckeyes on the board, his first goal of the season.Ohio State was again able to beat Penn State’s freshman goalkeeper Arie Ammann when sophomore midfielder Abdi Mohamed placed a nice arching shot into the left of the net from 25 yards out.In the end, the Buckeyes comeback efforts would not be enough to erase their early deficit. They outshot Penn State 12-7 with an 8-1 advantage in corner kicks, but walked away with their fifth loss of the yearIt was a rough match for Ohio State redshirt freshman goalkeeper Parker Siegfried, who before the match was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. Siegfried recorded his first career shutout in the win over Northwestern.The Buckeyes will play their third Big Ten contest in a row when they take on Rutgers this Sunday, Sept. 18 at 2 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

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All eyes on the top 5 Golfers to watch at the Memorial

The PGA Tour rolls into central Ohio and will make its annual stop at Dublin’s Muirfield Village Golf Club today. Here is a list of the top five players who have a shot at competing for the Memorial Tournament title. 1. Justin Rose Rose enters this year’s Memorial Tournament as defending champion, and seems to be the perfect candidate to pick up where he left off one year ago. He came back from a four-stroke deficit entering the final round in 2010 and, with his 66-shot final-round score, earned his first-ever PGA Tour victory. During the this year’s tour, Rose has made the cut in 11 of the 12 events he has played, including three top-10 finishes. Rose’s solid play so far this year makes him a player to watch throughout the weekend. 2. Luke Donald Donald is coming off a week in which he won the European Tour’s BMW PGA Championship in England, and also claimed the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time in his career. The victory marked Donald’s second of the year on all tours and should have him flying high upon his arrival at Muirfield Village. Donald also comes into this week having finished in the top 10 in seven of the eight PGA events he has played this year. If he can ride the momentum across back to the U.S., Donald should be a heavy favorite this week. 3. Bubba Watson While Watson has finished no better than tied for 23rd (2007 and 2009) in his five starts at Muirfield, he’s enjoying his most successful season on tour. Watson is one of just two players on tour with multiple wins this season, and is first in the FedEx Cup point standings. Watson is second on tour in driving distance and first in reaching greens in regulation percentage. The key for Watson this week is putting. The Memorial is notorious for quick greens, and, if Watson putts well, he should remain in contention for the title. 4. Rickie Fowler This year’s Memorial Tournament is all about redemption for Fowler. After tying a tournament-record 13-under par through the first 36-holes, and maintaining a three-shot lead after the third round, Fowler looked poised to win his first-ever PGA tournament at last year’s Memorial. A bogey on the 10th hole and a double bogey on the 12th undid Fowler’s strong start and allowed Rose to take the win. Fowler has struggled lately, failing to finish inside the top 10 of a PGA event in nearly three months. Look for Fowler to return to Muirfield with a chip on his shoulder and something to prove. 5. Phil Mickelson Mickelson has already won once on tour this season with a three-shot victory at the Shell Houston Open on April 3, and returns to Muirfield after a tie for fifth in the 2010 Memorial. Mickelson has posted three top-10 finishes in his 11 starts at Muirfield. Don’t be surprised to see Lefty’s name near the top of the leaderboard this weekend. read more

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Ohio Machines Chazz Woodson balances on off the field aspirations

Chazz Woodson is a Major League Lacrosse player for the Ohio Machine, but the Brown University graduate said his athletic prowess isn’t the only thing that defines him. “Professional lacrosse is three days a week for 14 weeks and a summer,” Woodson said. “Lacrosse is a small piece of what we do.” Woodson, who made an appearance an ESPN’s Top 10 plays segment for an acrobatic goal, aspires for a career outside of athletics to improve childhood education. He even taught in a low-income area for two years out of college. “At the end of the day I’m not trying to be the best lacrosse player in the world, that’s not my end goal,” Woodson said. “It’s great that getting recognized for my lacrosse talent is giving me the opportunity to do these other things, that at the end of the day, those other things are what I really want to succeed in and people to recognize me for.” The “other things” are a long list of work outside the white-painted lines of the lacrosse field. During Woodson’s senior year of college, he and other Brown University student-athletes developed Makin’ Moves, a mentoring program through the Education Department at Brown. The program was inspired by Woodson’s personal experience teaching in Manhattan through the Urban Education Semester program offered at Brown. The (UES) program introduces students to difficult issues faced in urban public education, according to their mission statement. The Makin’ Moves mentoring program is designed to help student-athletes of color develop skills in preparation for the standards of higher education. “I know for at least a good five years (Makin’ Moves) was up and running and doing some positive things,” Woodson said. “Not only were we able to help kids, but other student-athletes at Brown really took into the idea and wanted to continue it.” Machine coach Ted Garber said he is happy to have Woodson be a part of the Machine because he is such a well-rounded person. “His heart is helping kids develop mentally, good lacrosse skills, but good values and ethics,” Garber said. “He is not just a great lacrosse player, but a great person.” Woodson made it clear that he understands the importance of the game with respect to everything else he is involved in. “One thing I really enjoy doing, and lacrosse has given me the platform to do it, is inspiring people and motivating people,” Woodson said. With that in mind, Woodson decided to get back into the education system, this time as a teacher for the Teach For America program. Woodson was assigned to the Miami-Dade County Public School system during his first two years out of college. He began teaching fourth-grade students at Phyllis Wheatley Elementary School in the Miami neighborhood of Overtown. “Every Teach For America school has its own issues, so I definitely had my ups and downs in the classroom,” Woodson said. “My experience was unbelievably valuable and in many ways rewarding.” Woodson spent two years in the school system and said that after coming out of the experience, he developed a love for that area. “As I continue to develop the lacrosse initiatives down here, that’s one area that I want to focus on,” Woodson said. “Despite the fact that I’m not teaching there anymore, I still would like to affect change in the area.” In 2009, Woodson was injured and didn’t play a full season. In that same year, Woodson co-founded the creation of Dade Lacrosse, Inc., which is helping to raise awareness of the game and promoting a youth league in that area. In 2010 he was injured, traded, and then deactivated from the MLL. “I just felt like I had more to offer this league and this sport than what I was able to put forth in the last two years of playing MLL,” Woodson said. “This was just kind of a perfect storm.” The Machine selected Woodson in the 2012 MLL Supplemental Draft in an announcement the MLL made on Dec. 14. “He is a matchup nightmare,” said Ohio Machine general manager and president John Algie. “His ability forces other teams to be creative in a way that they’re going to defend him. Even if they are able to slow him down, that’s really only opening things up for other people.” Woodson, who plays the attack position, is known for his rare style of play. During a win against Rochester on May 19, he made a play that landed him on SportsCenter’s Top 10. “Lacrosse is meant to be played creatively, and that’s what I really enjoy about it,” Woodson said. “It’s not necessarily something I go out and try to do every time, but it’s tough to stop somebody when they’re right on top of the goal.” Garber said he hasn’t really given Woodson any boundaries out on the field and that Woodson’s footwork, quickness and vision are tough traits for defenses to handle. Woodson is the leading scorer for the Machine with nine goals. Algie said it’s the work by guys like Woodson that make the lacrosse one of the fastest-growing sport in the country. “When you have the opportunity to present yourself to the world, you have to do it in the right way,” Woodson said. “Lacrosse is not the be all and end all for me, I am well aware of that; I was taught that long, long ago.” read more

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Opinion Coldweather Super Bowl poses big risk reward for NFL

MetLife Stadium will play host to Super Bowl XLVIII Feb. 2.Courtesy of MCTSan Diego, Houston, Miami, New Orleans. East Rutherford, New Jersey?One of these Super Bowl host cities, quite clearly, is not like the others.The National Football League’s decision to host Super Bowl XLVIII in a cold-weather city — specifically one without a suitable indoor venue — has become a frequent target for criticism during the weeks leading up to the big game. Set to kickoff on Sunday, at 6:25 p.m., this year’s Super Bowl — which pits the Denver Broncos and their league-best offense against the Seattle Seahawks’ No.1-ranked defense — has been somewhat upstaged by the weather forecast.Back in 2010, when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the first-ever outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl would be played in New Jersey, the decision produced mixed reviews. Since that time, the sense of concern has risen as the challenges of hosting the nation’s most-watched sporting event under the harsh conditions of winter have come into focus.There is no doubt that Goodell and the NFL owners took a gamble in selecting MetLife Stadium to host the 48th version of the Super Bowl. It remains to be seen as to whether or not they will be rewarded for that risk.Theoretically, bringing the greatest spectacle in American sports to the New York metropolitan area is a recipe for an unprecedented amount of hype. In practice, however, the “crash-and-burn” potential of a “Big Apple” Super Bowl rivals that of one of MetLife Stadium’s familiar occupants — The New York Jets.According to Weather.com, February is the tri-state area’s snowiest month with an average of 9.5 inches of precipitation. At this time last year, Winter Storm Nemo buried the city under 10 inches of snow.Low and behold, when the Farmers’ Almanac was released last August, it predicted that a major winter storm would hit the Northeast around the time of Super Bowl Sunday. Last week, more than 1,300 workers could be found shoveling inside MetLife Stadium after it was blanketed with 13 inches of snow.Several media outlets have already begun discussing the chances of a Super Bowl Saturday or Monday in the event of severe weather — a scenario that league officials have conceded as a remote possibility. On Jan. 23, NJ.com reported that NFL Executive Vice President Eric Grubman said the game could be played anytime between Friday and Monday, if necessary.Fortunately, the current weather forecast for Sunday is favorable, calling for a high of 39 degrees and placing the chance of rain or snow at just 20 percent. Assuming those predictions hold true, the conditions will be manageable—just don’t expect the Red Hot Chili Peppers to sport their usual shirtless look when they join Bruno Mars on stage for the halftime show.In an interview with the New York Daily News, Goodell stood by the league’s choice of MetLife Stadium.“We made the decision that football is played in the elements and so we recognize that and we made a decision to do that. Championship games are often played in inclement weather,” Goodell said. “We had several games that were played in inclement weather, including playoff games this year. That’s football.”The commissioner does have a point. There is something quite romantic about the prospect of the Super Bowl being played on a snow-covered field at The Meadowlands. However, in the event that America’s de facto national holiday — the Super Bowl — is interfered with, the results will be anything but romantic for Goodell and the NFL. read more

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Womens lacrosse Eleven Buckeyes score Rizzo shuts out Dukes in second half

Ohio State freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez looks to pass in the offensive zone against Stanford on Feb. 24 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: James King | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State women’s lacrosse team continued its winning ways, beating the Duquesne Dukes 17-5 on Friday afternoon. The Buckeyes had no shortage of offense with 11 different players scoring, but they were led to victory by sophomore midfielder Baley Parrott’s four-goal outing.The Scarlet and Gray are now 5-1 on the season after the team’s 14th win over the Dukes in 17 meetings.Duquesne opened up the scoring just 16 seconds into play, but the Buckeyes retaliated with three goals, giving them an early lead. Junior attacker Molly Wood and two New Albany High School graduates — senior midfielder Morgan Fee and freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez — netted the goals for the Buckeyes.The Dukes would tie the game up at three goals a piece with 19:27 remaining in the half after goals from freshman defender Maddie Hart and junior attacker Jill Vacanti. OSU would begin their barrage of goals with two goals from freshman attacker Alex Vander Molen and two goals from Parrott.Duquesne would cut into the Buckeye lead with two more goals right before the end of the first half, the latest of which came with just 15 seconds remaining. However, that would be the final time that the Dukes beat freshman goalie Jill Rizzo as OSU shut the Dukes out for the entire second half.The Buckeyes have been one of the most prolific offenses in the Big Ten this season, averaging 13.8 goals per game. This latest outpour of goals was just the most recent example of the volatility of their attack.In the second half, Hernandez began OSU’s 10-goal run just 44 seconds after the restart. From then on OSU continued to fill up the net. Parrott scored her third with sophomore midfielder Erika Keselman scoring within the next minute, pushing the Buckeyes’ lead to five.Junior midfielder Shannon Rosati scored her second goal of the year with 21:45 left on the clock. Wood scored her second goal of the day — rounding out her two-goal and three-assist game — off of a Hernandez helper. OSU would hold Duquesne to just 20 shots on the day while registering 44 of their own. Freshman goalie Jill Rizzo had more saves (7) than goals allowed (5).The Buckeyes added six more goals before the end of the game, including sophomore attacker Sara Dickinson’s first of the year. Junior attacker Lauren Sherry netted her second of the season before Parrott scored her fourth unassisted goal of the game. Two freshman would score their first collegiate goals when midfielder Regina Doty and attackman Jaclen Moxley found the back of the net finishing off OSU’s thwarting of the Dukes 17-5.The Buckeyes will need all of this production to continue as their next game is against the No. 8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish in South Bend, Indiana at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. read more

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Baseball Ohio States bullpen locks down 74 win against Nebraska for first

Ohio State junior catcher Jacob Barnwell tips his cap following a three-run home run against Nebraska Saturday in Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Mac Connor | Ohio State Athletics.The Nebraska baseball team seemed primed to bust the game wide open in the top of the seventh inning. Having come back from a 4-0 deficit, the Cornhuskers were back within a run at 5-4 with runners on second and third with no outs following a throwing error by Ohio State third baseman Conner Pohl.However, the Ohio State bullpen had other ideas, shutting down the rally and holding Nebraska at four runs to give the Buckeyes (18-8, 1-1 Big Ten) a 7-4 win against the Huskers (14-13, 2-3 Big Ten) Saturday afternoon in Bill Davis Stadium, the first conference win for Ohio State.Ohio State freshman pitcher Griffan Smith entered the game for junior starter Ryan Feltner to face pinch-hitting sophomore Joe Acker in the then-one-run game. Acker chopped a ground ball down the third-base line. Smith gloved it, looked the runner back to third, turned and fired a throw to first for the first out of the inning.Nebraska sophomore left fielder Mojo Hagge flied out with no runners advancing. Senior pitcher Seth Kinker entered the game and finished the inning off by forcing a groundout for the third out.“That’s the highlight of the game for me,” coach Greg Beals said. “You bring a freshman in, and his first series in Big Ten play with runners on second and third and nobody out, and he gets two big outs for us.” Back-to-back singles began Ohio State’s fourth inning, which put runners on the corners with one out for junior designated hitter Nate Romans. Romans failed to deliver, striking out on a low breaking ball from junior Nebraska starter Matt Waldron.Then junior catcher Jacob Barnwell turned on a 2-1 pitch and sent it over the left-field fence for a three-run blast to give Ohio State a 4-0 lead.Hagge led off the game with a double. It took four innings before the Huskers recorded another base hit against Feltner, with freshman right fielder Jaxon Hallmark drilling an RBI triple to score Nebraska’s first run.“[Feltner] left the fastball up there and they got the triple to right-center field,” Beals said. “One pitch he’d like to have back I think.”Feltner struck out the next batter for the second out, and got ahead 0-1 on sophomore Ben Klenke. The following pitch hit the shoulder of home-plate umpire Wayne Harris and ricocheted over the netting behind the plate out of play. Hallmark was given home plate and the score was 4-2.Feltner finished the game allowing just four runs (three earned) over six innings with five hits, two walks and six strikeouts. “Every single out, [Feltner]’s just getting better and better,” Barnwell said. “He’s just got his confidence built up now where no matter what pitch we throw down, he’s gonna execute it where he wants it and get the batter out.”Ohio State sophomore right fielder Dominic Canzone singled and stole a base in the fifth inning. McGowan brought him home with a double, his conference-leading 34th RBI of the season to extend the lead to 5-2.Nebraska first baseman Scott Schreiber responded with his second home run in as many days to make it a 5-3 game.With Ohio State adding two more runs for insurance in the seventh and eighth innings, Kinker hurled the final 2.1 innings of the victory for his fifth save of the season.“[You’ve seen me go to Kinker] earlier than you’d ideally like to,” Beals said. “I thought that was game-winning situation though and I thought we needed to have our best guy out there at that time.In addition to a 3-for-4 day at the plate, McGowan made a pair of key diving plays on ground balls during an all-around strong defensive performance at first. read more

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The Best Damn Pod In The Land Episode 7 The Top Ranked

Wyatt and Colin discuss Ohio State football’s 49-26 win over Indiana, and how the Buckeyes should fix the pass defense and rush offense moving into Minnesota, Ohio State’s No. 1 ranking in men’s hockey, the women’s hockey series split against No. 8 Colgate and men’s soccer’s continued woes.

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Womens Hockey No 7 Ohio State drops series to No 2 Minnesota

Ohio State freshman defender Lisa Bruno (22) fights for possession of the puck in the first period of the game against Minnesota on Jan. 19. Ohio State won 3-2. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignPrior to Friday, Ohio State women’s hockey had given up six goals in a game just once all season. On Saturday night against Minnesota, the Buckeyes allowed six goals in the second period alone.No. 2 Minnesota (24-3-1, 14-3-1 WCHA) completed the series sweep of No. 7 Ohio State (15-11, 9-9 WCHA) with a 7-1 victory in Columbus, marking five straight late-season losses for the Buckeyes.“We need our goaltenders to stop the puck,” Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall said. “That’s their one duty and they need to do that.”For the second straight game, Minnesota shell-shocked Ohio State with a single period offensive onslaught that proved why it holds the WCHA and national high marks for scoring offense and scoring margin.The Golden Gophers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the opening period on Friday, but they were even more dominant on Saturday, scoring five goals on Ohio State sophomore goalie Amanda Zeglen in the first 10 minutes of the second period.Zeglen was given her first start since Oct. 5 after freshman Andrea Branedli and sophomore Lynsey Wallace had allowed a combined 23 goals in split play over the previous four games.Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall said the changes in goal should serve as a wake-up call for the struggling Buckeyes and added that she hoped the team would rally around the switch.Braendli, the majority season starter for the Buckeyes, was inserted halfway into the second period and finished out the game 19 saves and two goals allowed.Minnesota did not find immediate success against the Buckeyes. Ohio State opened with stout defense and edged the Gophers 10-7 in shots on net in a back and forth scoreless first period.Muzerall said she was proud of the Buckeyes’ first period performance after taking a 7-2 home loss the night before.“They could’ve come out with their tail between their legs and they didn’t,” Muzerall said. “They were like ‘OK, it’s another opportunity, it’s another day.’”However, averaging a WCHA-high 7.7 penalties per game, an Ohio State penalty in the opening moments of the second period once again opened the floodgates for Minnesota’s high octane offense.The Gophers ran a surgical power play that saw six quick shots on net, culminating with Minnesota freshman defenseman Crystalyn Hengler’s first career goal to give Minnesota a 1-0 lead. Five minutes later Minnesota freshman forward Taylor Heise scored back-to-back goals within 40 seconds, the second of which was a deadeye slapshot just inside Ohio State’s defensive third that caught Zeglen off-guard.Muzerall said she was less than impressed with a goal being allowed from that distance.“I don’t know what she was looking at, but she should’ve had it,” Muzerall said.Ohio State sophomore forward Emma Maltais scored her team leading 31st point on a short-handed penalty-kill goal near the eighth minute of the second period to give the Buckeyes a flash of hope.That flash would quickly be snuffed out by three successive goals from Minnesota, including two more by way of power play opportunities.Sophomore forward Taylor Wente, redshirt freshman forward Amy Potomak and freshman forward Alex Woken all got on the scoreboard for the Gophers to end the prolific period at 6-1.Woken’s score, assisted by senior forward Taylor Williamson, was her third of the series.Minnesota junior goalie Sydney Scobee made 21 saves on 22 shots from the sputtering Buckeye offense in her 11th start of the season. Scobee entered the series No. 2 in the WCHA in goals against average at 1.50 and save percentage at .934.The third period saw Minnesota extend its lead with sophomore forward and WCHA goal leader Grace Zumwinkle’s third score of the series, giving the Gophers back-to-back seven goal performances.Aside from goaltending errors, Muzerall said the Buckeyes need to put points on the board to be able to compete moving forward.“We still need a goal scorer,” she said. “We need somebody that’s going to finish and get those pucks and put them in when we have those opportunities.”Ohio State will go on the road next weekend in hopes of returning to the win column versus St. Cloud State. The puck will drop at 4:07 p.m. on Friday. read more

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Home Office blocks Canadian from teaching Gaelic in Hebridean primary school

first_imgBunessan Primary School, Isle of Mull A Scottish island’s school finally found a Gaelic teacher after a six month search – only for their efforts to be thwarted by the Home Office denying her a visa.The post at Bunessan Primary, on the Isle of Mull, did not attract any Scottish applicants but a Gaelic-speaking Canadian teacher eventually came forward. Sine Halfpenny, from Antigonish, Nova Scotia, agreed to move continent to take the post, but was barred by Home Office officials on the grounds she “failed to meet the required points” required for a visa.The Scottish Government has pushed for more Gaelic education in schools, but despite the difficulties in recruitment, Gaelic teachers do not feature on the Home Office’s Tier 2 Shortage Occupation List which allows visa applications from overseas to be fast tracked. Bunessan Primary started looking for a teacher in June this year and after waiting half a year for a suitable applicant, staff were delighted when Ms Halfpenny applied for the job.As well as speaking Gaelic, Ms Halfpenny studied in Scotland and was professionally qualified to teach in Scottish schools. Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell has said the rejection is “ludicrous”, as he urged officials to review their decision. “The parents have done a lot of hard work to get a Gaelic unit established,” Mr Russell said.  Bunessan Primary School, Isle of Mullcenter_img He blamed an “obsession with keeping migration numbers down” for the rejecting the visa application. “I have asked the Scottish Government to support the council in redoubling its efforts to get this sorted for the good of the children and community on Mull,” Mr Russell said. “I hope the UK Government will show some Christmas spirit and withdraw its objection now.”Jennifer Johnson, who has four children at the schools, said that the Home Office’s rejection of Ms Halfpenny’s visa means that the “very existence of Gaelic medium unit will be called into question”.She said: “It felt like a miracle when we were given approval for Gaelic education at our school and when we received an application from a suitably-qualified teacher. “It seemed as though we’d made it and we just needed to get over this last hurdle.”We can’t see any logical reason why Sine should not be given a visa – she is keen to fill a position that no-one in the country has applied to do.A Home Office spokeswoman said: “All visa applications are considered in line with immigration rules and on the evidence provided.”Ms Halfpenny’s visa was refused as she did not submit a certificate of sponsorship. “Her sponsor’s application, for a restricted certificate of sponsorship, was rejected as it failed to meet the required points.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Parents warned about Momo suicide game on YouTube

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Schools are warning parents to keep an eye on what their children are watching on YouTube after an online suicide game reportedly appeared in seemingly innocent videos like Peppa Pig.Teachers used social media to draw attention to the “highly inappropriate” clips showing the creepy character Momo.Originally created by a Japanese special effects company, the character has bulging eyes, a distorted wide mouth and the body of a bird.It encourages youngsters to hand over their mobile number and correspond with Momo, who sets them “challenges” involving self-harm and eventually suicide.Schools have published warnings on social media telling parents about the sinister game and urging them to monitor their children’s internet activity.Momo was reported to have infiltrated the popular video-sharing platform YouTube, appearing in programmes such as children’s cartoon Peppa Pig and clips of the video game Fortnite.The disturbing challenges have been linked to the death of a 12-year-old girl in Argentina. Other worrying stories include a five-year-old girl who hacked off her own hair after being ordered to do so by the sick character. Children who are feeling worried about their activity on apps or online games can contact Childline 24 hours a day, online and over the phone, on 0800 11 11 or by visiting www.childline.org.uk.  Haslingden Primary School in Rossendale, near Blackburn, was among the institutions which put out warnings about Momo.The school wrote on its Facebook page: “We have become increasingly aware of highly inappropriate videos circulating online and are being viewed by children across the school. “These video clips are appearing on many social media sites and YouTube (including Kids YouTube).”One of the videos starts innocently, like the start of a Peppa Pig episode for example, but quickly turn into an altered version with violence and offensive language.”Another video clip is going by the name of ‘MoMo’ which shows a warped white mask which is promoting children to do dangerous tasks without telling their parents.”Examples we have noticed in school include asking the children to turn the gas on or to find and take tablets.”National Online Safety said they had been contacted by hundreds of concerned schools and parents about Momo.The organisation told The Telegraph that their warning about the suicide game – “What parents need to know about Momo”- had been seen by more than two million people.YouTube said it had not received any evidence of the challenge on its site. A YouTube spokeswoman said: “Contrary to press reports, we have not received any evidence of videos showing or promoting the Momo challenge on YouTube.”Content of this kind would be in violation of our policies and removed immediately.”If adults are concerned or have any questions on how to approach the subject with their children you can contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000 or visit the NSPCC website. read more

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Doctor Who writer Russell T Davies in planning row over Cardiff Bay zip

Doctor Who writer Russell T Davies is in a planning row over a proposal to build a zip wire outside his waterside home.Mr Davies, who lives in Cardiff, south Wales, has lodged a formal complaint about plans to install a 360 metre wire across Cardiff Bay because it will be “impossible” for him to work with thousands of people “whizzing past” his flat.The City Zip Company, who are behind the plan, have proposed to build the attraction from the top of the five-star St David’s Hotel to a landing spot next to the historic Norwegian Church across the Bay.But 56-year-old Mr Davies – who is also behind the BBC series Years and Years – sent in an objection to Cardiff City Council saying the installation will affect his ability to write.“My property will be facing a seven-day-a-week zip wire with 48 people an hour whizzing past my home and screaming for six months of the year. Are you kidding?,” he said. “I write for a living. I’m a television scriptwriter; I brought Doctor Who to Cardiff in 2005; the BBC Studio, Roath Lock, across the Bay, was built under my aegis. The current Doctor is played by Jodie WhittakerCredit: James Pardon/BBC “That facility brings, from Doctor Who alone, £24m of business per annum to Cardiff. But you’re now suggesting that I sit, in my Cardiff home, and write, with 48 people an hour flying past, screaming, for six months of the year.” “I paid £350,000 for my apartment and this zipwire, if it goes ahead, will render it worthless to me.”Please abandon this reckless and unneighbourly venture.”  Jodie Whittaker However Mr Davies disagreed, saying: “One person screaming past my windows would be a one-off event. It could even be fun! But 48 people per hour, eight hours a day for 24 weeks equals a grand total of 64,512 events.”That’s 64,512 events. Let me say it again. 64,512 people. Whizzing past my flat. Screaming. While I am working.”This is impossible.”Mr Davies was joined by several other Cardiff Bay residents in objecting to the build, including fellow screenwriter Andrew Davies, best known for House of Cards and Bridget Jones’ Diary. Andrew, who lives in an eighth floor apartment next to the St Davids Hotel looking out over the inner bay, said: “I am a writer and I need peace and quiet for my work. This scheme would mean that screaming idiots would whiz past my apartment 48 times an hour.”The other main reason for having this apartment is to sit on the balcony and enjoy the calm and tranquil view out over the bay. Some hopes! If the planning application is successful, the zip wire could be opened before January 2020 for the summer and weekends.The developers behind it believe the route has been “sensitively positioned to ensure minimal impact upon local views, nearby heritage assets and nearby occupants.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Prince George cheers on mum and dad in Cowes regatta but both

“They were really charming and excitable. They’re just the same as any other kids, that’s what’s nice: they want to have fun, be imaginative, play.”  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in good spirits on Thursday, one day earlier than planned The Duke’s team came joint third, picking up a bottle of champagne for charity Child Bereavement as his wife took her defeat in good spirits.The King’s Cup, a royal sailing tradition that dates back to George IV that has now been revived by the Cambridges, is intended to raise money for eight charities, with the Duke and Duchess joined by six celebrity ambassadors representing Centrepoint, the London Air Ambulance, Tusk, Action for Addiction, Place2Be and the Anna Freud Centre to race head-to-head. The Duchess of Cambridge is competing to raise money for the Royal Foundation The boat, along with six others, crossed the starting line too early and was supposed to go back, but instead carried on with the race regardless.As it crossed the finish line, the race commentator noted: “Duchess of Cambridge! Great job. Unfortunately disqualified.”The Duke’s team came joint third with the boat from Centrepoint. Tusk, represented by Bear Grylls, came in first, and the London Air Ambulance, captained by Dan Snow, in second.Prince George and Princess Charlotte, wearing nautical-themed blue outfits, were looked after by maternal grandparents Michael and Carole Middleton for the day, spending the morning at a local fair to take part in a tug’o’war, balloon and bubble making, and learning how to be a pirate.  The Duchess of Cambridge is competing to raise money for the Royal FoundationCredit:Chris Jackson Prince George watched from a boat as his parents lost their first race to Bear Grylls' team Princess Charlotte cheekily pokes her tongue out The Duke and Duchess stood together waiting to board their respective yachts The Duke and Duchess stood together waiting to board their respective yachtsCredit:Kelvin Bruce Their baby brother Prince Louis was also on the island, but was kept out of sight of the cameras while the two older children were taken on a boat to watch the race.Appearing at the prize-giving, where Princess Charlotte left her mother and grandmother laughing in mock-shock after poking her tongue out at the crowd, the two children saw their mother cheerfully pick up an enormous wooden spoon as a booby prize.  Prince George watched from a boat as his parents lost their first race to Bear Grylls’ teamCredit:Cover Images/John Rainford Earlier in the day, George and Charlotte joined in family fun on the island as part of the festival, where their team, nicknamed “The Scallywags”, won a tug of war during a session with entertainer Pirate Pete.“We’ve got a fine bunch of buccaneers on our hands,” Pirate Pete said afterwards.“Us pirates, we’re not used to hanging around royalty, we’re not usually best friends. But I’ve had a good day recruiting some new pirates.”Asked whether the royal children had a “natural aptitude for piracy”, he added: “Oh yes. They were trying to steal my weapons, and there were some good pirate faces being pulled.  The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in good spirits on Thursday, one day earlier than plannedCredit:Kelvin Bruce There was competition on the high seas, a comical prize-giving, and one very realistic pirate. In short: everything needed for a fun family day out.So when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge went to work to raise a million pounds for charity in their inaugural King’s Cup sailing race, it was just as well Prince George and Princess Charlotte were on hand to make it a day to remember.The royal children stole the show on the Isle of Wight as a gap-toothed Prince George sported a sailor’s hat to watch the Duke and Duchess do battle on the seas and, apparently, “ate his first ant”.The four-year-old Princess staged her own amusing mutiny on the balcony, encouraged to wave to the crowds above the prizegiving stage but choosing to stick her tongue out mischievously instead. If the famously competitive Duchess hoped to show them how mummy can beat daddy at sport, she was sadly mistaken, left with a giant wooden spoon as her team was disqualified. Princess Charlotte cheekily pokes her tongue outCredit:Samir Hussein/WireImage As the Duchess shook her head, compère Dan Snow said: “This is the first time the Duchess has ever finished last in anything, I can guarantee. So you’d better enjoy it because it will never happen again.”Accepting the winners’ trophy, Grylls spoke of the “incredible work” of Tusk and praised the Duke and Duchess’ “vision and inspiration” in setting up the event.In an unexpected aside, he added from the stage: “And also, Prince George: your first ant you ate today! And that is a great moment. Well done you. What a guy!” The Duke raced for Child Bereavement UK, while the Duchess competed for the Royal Foundation and its focus on early years development. While the Duchess is the more experienced sailor, having learned as a child, her crew finished last in the two-stage race after coming seventh in the first leg and being disqualified in the second. read more

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Duke of Sussex cant wait to introduce Duchess and Archie to second

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Duke of Sussex says he is looking forward to introducing the Duchess and his son Archie to his “second home” Africa during an upcoming official tour.The young family will make a visit during their autumn tour of Africa while the Duke will carry out solo visits to Angola, Malawi and Botswana.Prince Harry revealed his “excitement” in a post on the couple’s Instagram account which also highlighted organisations “working towards positive change” on the continent.The post on Sunday said: “In just a few weeks, our family will be taking its first official tour to Africa, a region of the world that over the past two decades has been a second home to me.”Our team has helped create a meaningful programme that we’re so excited to share with you. On a personal note, I can’t wait to introduce my wife and son to South Africa! “We’ll see all of you very soon.” Botswana is a place Harry loves and knows well after whisking his wife to the southern African country in 2017 to mark her 36th birthday.Speaking during their engagement interview, Harry said: “I managed to persuade her to come and join me in Botswana.”And we – we camped out with each other under the stars… she came and joined me for five days out there, which was absolutely fantastic.” Baby Archie will be around five months old when his parents take him on his first official overseas trip.Harry and Meghan, who both share a passion for Africa, are said to be looking forward to deepening their knowledge of the continent’s rich culture and history. The Duke of Sussex took part in the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day in July.Credit:James Whatling The couple asked people to consider following more than 20 Instagram accounts, including Sentebale which was founded by Harry and Prince Seeiso of the Basotho Royal Family.Other organisations listed are the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, African Wildlife Foundation, The Halo Trust and National Geographic. The Duke of Sussex took part in the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day in July. During the visit to Africa, the duke is likely to champion the work of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales who famously walked through a cleared landmine field in Angola to highlight the devastating injuries military munitions can cause.The duke’s charity Sentebale was founded in Lesotho, a landlocked country within South Africa, and has recently expanded its work into Malawi.Prince Harry also has a passion for African wildlife and is president of African Parks, patron of Rhino Conservation Botswana and spent part of his summer in 2016 working on conservation projects in Africa. read more

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Lack of transparency openness in Lindo Creek CoI should be rectified

Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday called for those responsible for overlooking the affairs of the Lindo Creek Commission of Inquiry (CoI) to take urgent steps to remedy the manner in which hearings are being held and the quality of the entire process.Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat JagdeoJagdeo was at the time raising concerns with the lack of transparency and openness surrounding the operations of the controversial Lindo Creek CoI.He noted that it could very well result in stories being concocted and falsified to accomplish a particular political outcome.“At least be a bit transparent so that we know it is not some concocted thing,” the Opposition Leader posited as he addressed media operatives. He went on to explain that he is at a loss as to what is really taking place at the CoI and during the in-camera hearings.Moreover, Jagdeo maintained that he believes the decision to have a CoI into the Lindo Creek Massacre out of all the others that occurred prior to it, was “ill-advised from the very beginning.”The CoI was also established to investigate and make findings of facts on all matters in relation to the killings of the eight miners in the Upper Demerara-Upper Berbice region in June 2008.In February, Chairman of the Inquiry, retired Justice Donald Trotman informed journalists and special invitees that the Commission was forced to adjourn the hearing because of the lack of witnesses and prerequisites.Since then, Commissioner Trotman and the Secretariat have been tight-lipped about both the numbers of witnesses that are expected to testify and the names of those who have already testified in camera. (Michael Younge) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLindo Creek CoI postponed as daughter of massacre victim loses consciousnessMarch 15, 2018In “latest news”Lindo creek CoI being held “in camera” – HarmonFebruary 22, 2018In “latest news”COP, DCOP appointments: President sends list of 5 to Opposition LeaderAugust 29, 2018In “latest news” read more

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CPL 2018 Bigger wider and oozing more star power

Denesh Ramdin leads the Knight Riders celebration Randy Brooks ( CPL T20 / Getty Images)ESPNcricinfo-The Caribbean Premier League returns for its sixth season, with Trinbago Knight Riders ready to defend their title against five other teams. For the first time since the inception of the tournament in 2013, the overseas-player limit in the starting XI has been increased from four to five. We preview the six teams ahead of the tournament opener on August 8.Trinbago Knight RidersThe defending champions succeeded largely on the strength of their bowling unit in 2017, which had five bowlers take 10 or more wickets when no other team had more than three. Two of those contributors – Shadab Khan and Ronsford Beaton – have withdrawn from the tournament this year.Though the responsibility on captain Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine may increase, a trio of reinforcements have been brought in to maintain depth with the ball. Shannon Gabriel and USA’s Ali Khan, who starred in the Global T20 Canada with Winnipeg Hawks, have been brought in to shore up the pace department while Australian legspinner Fawad Ahmed will be aiming to replicate Shadab’s success from last year.TKR’s batting has been extremely stable as they have continued to show faith in the core of Brendon McCullum, Denesh Ramdin, Colin Munro and Darren Bravo. However, they took a punt on Chris Lynn in the second round of the draft for USD 130,000. If he can overcome recurring shoulder issues, he can show what a menacing force he was in 2016 when he was the tournament’s leading scorer for Guyana Amazon Warriors.Squad: Dwayne Bravo (capt), Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Brendon McCullum, Darren Bravo, Denesh Ramdin, Colin Munro, Khary Pierre, Junior Dala, Javon Searles, Terrance Hinds, Kevon Cooper, Nikita Miller, Anderson Philip, Hamza Tariq, Amir JangooSt Kitts & Nevis PatriotsThe Patriots saw their fortunes shift dramatically in 2017 thanks to the arrival of Chris Gayle as captain. Having never made the playoffs before, they went all the way from last place in 2016 to the 2017 final before succumbing to TKR. Gayle and Evin Lewis were a formidable opening pair all season, but Lewis enters this year’s competition in a form slump that may be a cause for concern.One of Patriots’ shrewd draft picks that paid off in 2017 was the selection of Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi, who wound up taking nine wickets at a superb 6.55 economy rate and also contributed 98 runs at a strike rate of 196 in limited batting appearances. In the wake of Nabi’s unavailability for this season, Patriots have banked on a new Associate gem to make a significant impact.Nepal’s 18-year-old legspinner Sandeep Lamichhane continues to see his stock rise after his promising debut with Delhi Daredevils and should be a major asset for Patriots prior to leaving midway through the tournament for the Asia Cup Qualifier. Lamichhane’s place will be filled in the second half by South African domestic batting star Rassie van der Dussen, who also stood out recently for the champion Vancouver Knights in the Global T20 Canada.Squad: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Ben Cutting, Carlos Brathwaite, Mahmudullah, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tom Cooper, Sheldon Cottrell, Brandon King, Devon Thomas, Graeme Cremer, Fabian Allen, Sandeep Lamichanne, Shamarh Brooks, Jeremiah Louis, Alzarri Joseph, Ibrahim Khaleel, Glen JavelleJamaica TallawahsThe two-time champions continue to see significant turnover and are almost unrecognisable from the squad that claimed their last title in 2016. After the departure of the Gayle-Chadwick Walton opening combo ahead of last season, Tallawahs have seen two of their top three scorers depart – Kumar Sangakkara and Lendl Simmons – as well as two of their three leading wicket-takers – Kesrick Williams and Mohammad Sami – not to mention the Bangladesh pair of Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah.Tallawahs will be banking on the return of 2016 Player of the Tournament Andre Russell, who missed the 2017 CPL via suspension, to provide a measure of stability and have named him captain. They drafted the dangerous legspin combo of Shahid Afridi and Samuel Badree to support the established spin presence of Imad Wasim.On the batting side, two high-profile additions are Ross Taylor and David Miller. Hard-hitting USA batsman Steven Taylor is hoping a change of scenery will rejuvenate his T20 career after flopping with Guyana Amazon Warriors last season.Squad: Andre Russell (capt), Shahid Afridi, Imad Wasim, David Miller, Ross Taylor, Rovman Powell, Samuel Badree, Kemar Roach, Glenn Phillips, Andre McCarthy, Krishmar Santokie, Johnson Charles, Steven Taylor, Kennar Lewis, Steven Jacobs, Oshane Thomas, Elmore Hutchinson, Kirstan KallicharanGuyana Amazon WarriorsPerhaps the biggest loss for any franchise ahead of the 2018 season is the absence of Rashid Khan for the Warriors. The Afghan legspinner claimed 14 wickets while tying down batsmen with a sparkling economy rate of 5.82. Imran Tahir was snapped up in the sixth round of this year’s draft to replace Rashid overs while Shoaib Malik has also come over from Barbados Tridents to bolster both the spin and batting departments and take over the captaincy reins.Among key returnees, Luke Ronchi excelled as a late-arrival replacement scoring 172 runs in four innings but will be with the Warriors for a full season this season as he continues to be in sizzling form across the T20 circuit. Walton hasn’t had much success for West Indies but has been one of the best batsmen in the CPL over the several past seasons and led the tournament run-charts last year with 458 runs while Jason Mohammed was a solid middle-order presence, scoring 292 runs.Aside from TKR, no side is relying more on their locally-groomed talent to make significant contributions. In the batting department, Shimron Hetmyer and Sherfane Rutherford, who electrified at the Global T20 Canada with an unbeaten 134 off 66 balls for West Indies B against eventual champion Vancouver Knights, will be the key figures. On the bowling side, it means Veerasammy Permaul, Devendra Bishoo and Keemo Paul will need to step up to assist Sohail Tanvir.Squad: Shoaib Malik (capt), Devendra Bishoo, Rayad Emrit, Shimron Hetmyer, Chris Green, Imran Tahir, Jason Mohammed, Saurabh Netravalkar, Keemo Paul, Veerasammy Permaul, Akshaya Persaud, Roshon Primus, Romario Shepherd, Luke Ronchi, Sherfane Rutherford, Gajanand Singh, Chadwick Walton, Sohail Tanvir, Cameron DelportBarbados TridentsAfter going to the final in 2015, Tridents have missed the playoffs for two years in a row. Captain Kieron Pollard and fellow allrounders Shoaib Malik, Wayne Parnell and Akeal Hosein were the leading scorer or wicket-taker in all but a few games. However, in a major shake-up, all have departed, as has Kane Williamson.Leading scorer Dwayne Smith and fast bowler Wahab Riaz are the only big stars to survive the cull. Smith scored two centuries last season, but lacked consistency and only scored 146 runs in his other eight innings. Nicholas Pooran took a step back as well, with a best score of 32 in 10 innings. The Tridents leadership has decided to persevere with him, though in the hopes that he returns to his excellent 2016 form.Steven Smith is the most high-profile new arrival to the CPL this year and is being tasked with revitalising the Tridents batting along with top-draft pick Martin Guptill, who struggled last season with Guyana while dealing with injuries. Hashim Amla comes back to the CPL after excelling with TKR in 2016. A string of Barbadian West Indies internationals are available this year as well to boost the Tridents stocks, led by Test and ODI captain Jason Holder, Roston Chase and Shai Hope.Squad: Hashim Amla, Roston Chase, Dominic Drakes, Martin Guptill, Chemar K Holder, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Junaid Khan, Imran Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Ashley Nurse, Shakib Al Hasan, Nicholas Pooran, Raymon Reifer, Dwayne Smith, Steven Smith, Sunny Sohal, Shamar Springer, Wahab Riaz, Tion WebsterSt Lucia StarsThe new ownership’s decision to change the franchise name from Zouks to Stars brought all sorts of bad karma onto the St Lucia team in 2017. A year after making the playoffs for the first time with a franchise-best six wins, the Stars became the first team in the history of the CPL to go winless. The opening combination of Andre Fletcher and Johnson Charles that proved to be so lethal in 2016 struggled for runs in 2017. Darren Sammy took the fall for the team’s poor start and was replaced as captain by Shane Watson midway through the season, though it failed to inspire a turnaround.Sammy is back, though Charles and Watson are gone. The latter has been replaced by fellow Australian David Warner who hopes to fare better than he did with Winnipeg Hawks on his T20 redemption trail. Taking the spot of Charles is Lendl Simmons, who is with his third team in as many seasons after failing to stick with Patriots and Tallawahs. Both sides of the ball are boosted by the addition of Pollard while another intriguing arrival is Mark Chapman, the Hong Kong-turned-New Zealand international who has been dominant with the bat in New Zealand’s domestic competitions but is getting his first opportunity in a foreign competition.On the bowling side, Stars were the only team in the competition to not have a bowler take double-digit wickets in 2017. Kesrick Williams and Mohammad Sami both accomplished the feat last season for Tallawahs and joined Simmons as part of the exodus to the Stars. On the spin front, 2017’s leading wicket-taker Shane Shillingford is gone and hoping to fill the void is the lone Afghan in this year’s CPL, teenage legspinner Qais Ahmad, who excelled in his country’s run to the semi-finals of the 2018 Under-19 World Cup earlier this year.Squad: Mark Chapman, Rahkeem Cornwall, Niroshan Dickwella, Andre Fletcher, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Kavem Hodge, Christopher Lamont, Mitchell McClenaghan, Lendl Simmons, Odean Smith, Mohammad Sami, Kieron Pollard, Qais Ahmad, Darren Sammy, David Warner Kesrick Williams, Rumman Raees, Obed McCoy, Jaskaran Malhotra Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCPL 2018: The rivalry continues tonight as Warriors face off against TKRSeptember 11, 2018In “latest news”More franchises could be coming to CPLSeptember 7, 2018In “latest news”CPL 2017: Warriors Operations Manager says “we’re still in it to win it”August 18, 2017In “latest news” read more

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MIGA says resource nationalism emerging in African mineral investment

first_imgAfrica has been encouraged by World Bank affiliate, the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), to “stay the course” on mining reform to stem a growing tide of investment uncertainty about development of the continent’s mineral and energy resources. Addressing the first day in Perth of the Paydirt 2008 Africa Downunder Resources Conference, MIGA’s Acting Head, Mamadou Barry, said a number of African countries had successfully engaged in mining reform. As a consequence, they were attracting investment and were being viewed as posing less sovereign risk.“However, Africa needs to stay the course as there is evidence of growing instability, there is a growing list of vulnerable countries,” he said. “In addition, many of these countries face considerable governance challenges and deteriorating business climates. Emerging within this environment is resource nationalism where there is increasing government involvement in mining contract reviews and renegotiations long after an exploration or mining company has entered a country and taken the initial risk.”Barry said the resource nationalism evident during 2008 was being fed by the unprecedented commodities boom of high prices and high demand which had allowed previously ‘high risk’ African mining environments to become ‘attractive’. “As a result of these investors willing to take more risks, host governments have acquired greater leverage to demand more favourable terms as most existing mine contracts in Africa were negotiated during low commodity prices with no allowance for renegotiation.“So we are seeing African governments revisiting old contracts and this presents a new environment in which to manage new risk factors which can help turnaround emerging international perceptions that Africa is posing greater mining risk.”last_img read more

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Boliden expands electronic scrap recycling facility at copper smelter in Sweden

first_imgOutotec has signed a contract with Boliden for the delivery of Kaldo furnace technology to its Rönnskär copper smelter in Sweden. The delivery will be a part of Boliden’s electronic scrap recycling facility expansion, which will increase the processing capacity from 45,000 t/y, currently, to 120,000 t/y of electronic scrap. The new generation Outotec® Kaldo furnace is expected to be commissioned at the end of 2011.“Outotec is increasingly involved in environmental business. 76% of our orders received last year were environmental goods and services according to OECD criteria. This order is an example of how our technology can be used for recycling of metals,” says Outotec CEO, Pertti Korhonen.last_img read more

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