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5-Star C Diamond Stone, Who Got Bashed By Wisconsin Fans For Picking Maryland, Seems Pretty Happy Right Now

first_imgIn late March, five-star center Diamond Stone (Milwaukee, Wisc.) committed to Maryland over home-state program Wisconsin. This, obviously, did not please Badgers’ fans. Stone took a beating from various UW faithful on Twitter, message boards, etc. Wisconsin lost to Duke, 68-63, in the national championship game Monday night. This seems to please the future Terrapins’ big man.  — All Eyes On Me (@Diamond_Stone33) April 7, 2015I LOVE — All Eyes On Me (@Diamond_Stone33) April 7, 2015They Do A lot Of Talking…— All Eyes On Me (@Diamond_Stone33) April 7, 2015Stone will get his chance to quiet the Wisconsin fans next season. Maryland is expected to be a top-five team in 2015-16.last_img read more

Ban Kimoon Visits Somali Refugees

first_imgUN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday visited the sprawling Dadaab refugee complex and praised the resilience of more than 350,000 Somali refugees there while expressing sympathy for their suffering.“This is a tragedy – a man-made tragedy. If leaders had listened more to the aspirations of their people, we would not be here,” he told refugees in Dadaab’s Ifo 2 camp on Thursday. He added that although refugees in the camps were facing great challenges, it was encouraging to see how they had organized themselves, established democratic structures and provided community based security.Ban Ki-moon was himself internally displaced during the 1950-53 Korean War, while the parents of World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, who accompanied the UN chief, were refugees. “There is nothing like being out of your country, not being able to move,” he said, before pledging World Bank support to get Somalia back on the development track.Representatives of the refugee community expressed their concerns for the future, restriction of movement and security in the camps. A member of the local Kenyan community told the delegation about the burdens faced by hosting such a large number of refugees for more than 20 years.Ban Ki-moon and Jim Yong Kim also toured the camp to get a better understanding of the harsh living conditions in the arid area. They visited a hospital, including a maternity ward and a nutrition stabilization centre.Source:UNHCRlast_img read more

The Patriots Defense Needs 30 Minutes To Figure Out How To Beat

Mariota was sacked eight times on 45 dropbacks over the course of the game. His QBR over the final three quarters was a miserable 19.7, while the Titans offense netted just 3.53 yards per play.In the AFC Championship Game, the Jacksonville Jaguars got off to an even stronger start. With a mix of power running and downfield throwing, they jumped out to a 14-3 second-quarter lead. Quarterback Blake Bortles was devastating on play-action passes in the first half, going 8-for-8 for 114 yards and a perfect 158.3 passer rating on throws with run fakes.After halftime, the Patriots took it away. New England did this, to some extent, by doing the opposite of what they did to Tennessee: sending extra defenders, stuffing the power run and forcing Bortles to make quick decisions.Here’s an example in the third quarter, where the Jaguars were facing 2nd-and-10. At that down and distance, either a run or a pass would make sense. So the play-action pass could be an effective option, as it had been throughout the first half: While the NFL universe has been breathlessly gushing over the New England Patriots offense for nearly two decades, the Pats defense is usually described with an old chestnut of coachspeak: “Bend but don’t break.” For years, Patriot defenses have allowed heaps of yards but denied points by tightening in the red zone,1The Patriots finished in the bottom third of the NFL in yardage defense five of the last eight seasons yet ranked in the top 10 in scoring defense seven times. and this season’s iteration is no different. But on a game-by-game level, this Patriots defense has taken on a new quality: They bend early, then straighten themselves out at halftime.There’s a huge difference between the Pats defense that takes the field at the beginning of the game and the one that walks off the field (usually) victorious. Including both playoff games, the Patriots’ first-half averages of 5.85 yards per play (30th) and 10.06 points allowed (11th) dropped to 5.43 yards per play (22nd) and 8.28 points allowed (2nd) in the second half. This suggests that even if Nick Foles and the Eagles move the ball early and put up points on Sunday, there’s reason to believe Bill Belichick and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia will draw up a way to stop them before Justin Timberlake is finished bringing sexy back. Just what kind of midgame adjustments are the Patriots making? Let’s examine the last two games.Against the Tennessee Titans in the divisional round, New England seemed to come in with a concrete game plan: Counter Tennessee’s running-back-and-tight-end heavy offense by stacking the box with defenders and playing tight man coverage. They also used a spy on quarterback Marcus Mariota to contain his running ability.Per ESPN’s Sports & Information Group, the Patriots had at least eight defenders in the box on five of 16 first-quarter Tennessee snaps. But the Titans pass-catchers were able to get open quick enough to give Mariota options. Backpedaling Pats linebackers failed to get enough depth to cover intermediate seam and out routes. Mariota posted a 99.3 first-quarter Raw Quarterback Rating, and the Titans averaged 6.75 yards per play.After the Titans found the end zone on their second drive, the Patriots stacked eight in the box on only two snaps out of the remaining 45. With more defenders dropping into coverage, the pass rush was significantly more effective. Watch on this key third-quarter 3rd-and-7, arguably the Titans’ last best chance to get into the game, as Mariota has no place to throw or run: The Patriots decide to risk the Jaguars pass-catchers getting open deep and here press both wideouts with their outside corners. Two linebackers drop into coverage, and behind them is a single-high safety.Everyone else blitzes, including slot corner Malcolm Butler. Bortles play-fakes to the fullback, then sets up to pass. But tight end Marcedes Lewis fails to recognize the blitz from Butler until it’s too late. Tailback Leonard Fournette, intending to pick up Butler, realizes too late that Lewis let defensive end Trey Flowers through. Soon Bortles is swamped and sacked.The Jaguars called six other play-action passes in the second half, per ESPN Sports & Info, and Bortles completed just three of them. His second-half passer rating was 69.1, and his QBR was 42.7. The Jags offense averaged 4.34 yards per play in the second half, down from 6.81 in the first. They added just two field goals to their first-half scoring, turning a 14-3 lead to a 24-20 loss.So what will the Patriots try to take away from the Philadelphia Eagles?The easy answer would be “whatever the Eagles manage to do well.” In their upset of the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game, the Eagles did practically everything well — but above all, quarterback Nick Foles stayed calm in the face of pressure and attacked the Vikings secondary deep.If the Patriots try to attack Foles the way they attacked Bortles in the second half, it might go badly. Instead, Belichick and Patricia will likely drop into safe zones and wait for the Eagles to reveal their plan — perhaps using red-hot receiver Alshon Jeffery to attack a Patriots secondary that finished 26th against No. 1 wideouts in Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average.2Football Outsiders says the DVOA metric “measures a team’s efficiency by comparing success on every single play to a league average based on situation and opponent.” Whatever Eagles head coach Doug Pederson’s plan is, he’d better have a Plan B.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Mens Lacrosse Dave Richardson hired as strength and conditioning coach

Former Ohio State men’s basketball strength and conditioning coach Dave Richardson won’t be leaving the university for his next opportunity as he has been hired as the Buckeyes’ men’s lacrosse strength and conditioning coach, the school announced Wednesday afternoon.“Coach Richardson brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our program. He is an incredible leader and builder of young men,” men’s lacrosse coach Nick Myers said in a release. “We look for him to make an immediate impact as we prepare for the 2018 season and beyond.”Richardson was hired in 2005 by former men’s basketball coach Thad Matta as the program’s head strength and conditioning coach. He spent the past 12 season with the men’s basketball team.When Matta was fired and Chris Holtmann was hired as head coach, Richardson was not retained. Ohio State announced former Indianapolis Colts performance and conditioning coach Quadrian Banks would be Richardson’s replacement as men’s basketball strength and conditioning coach Friday.Last season, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team reached the national championship for the first time in program history, falling 9-6 to Big Ten rival Maryland.“I have known coach Myers for a number of years and have a ton of respect for how he runs the program and the passion he has for building and teaching men,” Richardson said in a release. “I am excited to get going with this team and have high expectations for what we can achieve.”Richardson has never worked as a strength and conditioning coach with a specific focus on a lacrosse team.Prior to his time at Ohio State, Richardson spent five years as assistant strength trainer at the University of Miami (Fl.). He became the Hurricanes coach after working for six seasons as head strength and conditioning coach for the University of Louisiana at Monroe. read more

Wenger finally admits Jose Mourinhos greatness

first_imgAfter the transmission of the Juventus vs Manchester United Champions League match, Arsene Wenger made a rare confession about Jose Mourinho.During his time as a manager for Arsenal, Arsene Wenger had a very heated rivalry with Sir Alex Ferguson first and Jose Mourinho after.The career that spanned throughout more than two decades with the Gunners, brought the French manager on many occasions in which he really became one of the Portuguese manager’s biggest enemies in football.There were even years in which both managers went after each other and kept a high insult count in every single time they had the chance to do it, but Wenger is out of the game right now and he doesn’t really need to criticize Jose Mourinho.Now that he lives as a retiree for the moment, Arsene can say what he really thinks about Jose Mourinho and the reaction we got during the match between Juventus and Manchester United was very surprising for everyone.Nobody expected that Arsene Wenger would praise the new Red Devils’ boss, but that is exactly what happened after they defeated Juventus at the Allianz Arena Stadium in Turin.It’s in this way that Jose Mourinho has also managed to turn the opinion of one of his biggest rivals in the Premier League.Wenger credits Mourinho with steadying the ship at #MUFC. #beINUCL pic.twitter.com/nwkfF5HZi4— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS) November 7, 2018But if we look at the history that these two managers have during their rivalry in England, we can tell you that Jose Mourinho doesn’t really deserve such high praise from Wenger because his criticisms were almost always hurtful.Although the Frenchman is certainly responding to the Mourinho that praised him during the final days of his over two decades at Arsenal, that Jose was very respectful towards the long spell that Wenger had with the Gunners and to the legacy he left behind in English football.It’s to that man that Wenger s responding, which is why we understand the words he said to BeIN Sports as a pundit during the match.“It looks to me that against Everton and Bournemouth he turned his team on the right side in terms of the performance,” said Wenger.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“His team was down and responded twice in a very positive way. Overall you can trust his quality and experience to get Manchester back on track.”“I don’t see him working everyday so I don’t know if he has changed or not. We had very heated confrontations so for me I don’t think his motivation has dropped.”EPL: Wenger Defends Mourinho, Asks Fans To Trust His Experience https://t.co/PRMsr8U5Cg pic.twitter.com/mY1faNNuud— Dove Bulletin (@dovebulletin) November 7, 2018Arsene Wenger is correct on one thing about Jose Mourinho, especially after this Wednesday’s victory against Juventus.The Portuguese manager has double confirmed that he has recovered the squad completely, they can now be considered a title contender without question and they will pose a huge threat to any other club from the Top 5 that thought they could beat the Red Devils.Next Sunday’s Manchester Derby will be one of the most exciting matches of the season, one from which the Portuguese manager cherishes great memories from the last time both squads faced in the Premier League.Maybe you don’t remember but, Jose Mourinho was good enough to prevent Manchester City to claim the Premier League title last season at Old Trafford, an event that could’ve scarred all Manchester United fans for many years to come.Just for this reason alone, the next Manchester Derby should be more than enough reason for anyone to cancel any plans they have and watch the whole 90 minutes of what promises to be an unforgettable day.Wenger: Mourinho turning things around at Man Utd #AFC https://t.co/SoUxmXAeqo pic.twitter.com/AV0m9llWPE— Arsenal Report (@Arsenal_Fanly) November 7, 2018What do you think about Arsene Wenger’s rare praise towards Jose Mourinho? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Rodgers not too disappointed after draw

first_imgCeltic Football Club manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed he wasn’t too despondent at his team’s inability to record a win against Livingston in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday.The first draw in six league games for the champions was still enough for them to reclaim top spot in the Premiership for the first time this season.“I thought it was a good game and credit to both teams.” Rodgers said, according to Daily Mail.“We did the basics very, very well. Livingston test you with how they play with throw-ins, deep free-kicks and I thought we stood up that really well.”Generous in his praise for the performance of Livingston keeper Liam Kelly, the former Liverpool manager continued:“We had chances and their goalkeeper was man of the match.”Leicester City, Manchester UnitedMatch Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.“He made three fantastic saves and I have no complaints. My team has given everything over the last seven weeks and we have to give credit to Livingston. They are a tough team to break down and they have been up at the top.”“The season started slowly for us. But I’ve been so pleased with the last seven weeks or so – the performance level.”“We were never going to reach top level today in terms of goals and creativity as the surface is really difficult for that.”“You add to that a team which defends really well and it was always going to be difficult for us. It’s a good point here on the back of all the games we’ve had.”“So we’ll take the positive from it of which there were a lot.”“Our form and our rhythm has been really positive. We hope they all come back from international duty fresh and fit and we’ll look forward to a busy but exciting period between now and the mid-season break. So it’s looking really good for us.”last_img read more

Nicaraguas fresh violence kills six including American

first_imgDemonstrators clash with riot police during a protest against Nicaragua`s President Daniel Ortega`s government in Masaya, Nicaragua on 2 June. ReutersNicaraguan protesters fired homemade mortars to fend off a police crackdown Saturday in new unrest that left at least six people dead, including a US citizen, as the opposition renewed calls for President Daniel Ortega’s resignation.But Ortega, the man who has dominated the Central American country’s politics for the past four decades, only appeared to dig in deeper, defying seven weeks of anti-government protests that have left more than 100 people dead and are turning increasingly violent.In the city of Masaya, once a bastion of support for Ortega’s leftist Sandinista movement, residents put up barricades to keep out riot police and protect them from what they said were police and paramilitary snipers positioned around a central neighbourhood.Five people were killed in the city, including a 15-year-old boy, according to the Nicaraguan Association for the Protection of Human Rights (ANPDH).”The blood spilled in Masaya has made it a day of mourning and pain for those citizens who simply wanted to exercise their right to protest,” the head of the rights group, Alvaro Leiva, told AFP.”We are facing a situation of profound crisis in terms of human rights violations.”A police intelligence officer was also among the victims, he said.Separately, US Ambassador Laura Dogu said an American citizen had been killed overnight in the capital, Managua.The ANPDH identified him as Sixto Henry Viera, 48, and said he was reportedly killed by a pro-government mob.The police meanwhile reported looting, fires and riots in at least six cities, including Managua and Masaya, blaming “right-wing groups” — though in at least some of the cities, residents said the security forces themselves were responsible for the destruction.- Urban battleground -A masked demonstrator clashes with riot police during a protest against Nicaragua`s President Daniel Ortega`s government in Masaya, Nicaragua on 2 June. ReutersMasaya, a city of just over 100,000 people, resonated with gun and mortar fire as residents vowed to fight back the security forces they blame for killing innocent protesters, as well as government supporters they say have been looting and pillaging.Holed up in a police station and other strategic spots, police returned fire with tear gas and, allegedly, live ammunition.Jonhatan Jose, 47, said his neighbour was shot and killed.”They are attacking the Nicaraguan people. They put a bullet in my neighbour’s chest this morning,” he told AFP.”It was a sniper… You can tell by the size of the hole — big… He must have been about 23 years old, with a son who was three or four.”One focal point in the unrest was a burned-out artisans’ market.The government said residents had torched it, and that security forces were sent into the city at the request of small business owners who lost everything.Residents called that a lie; they said riot police burned the building themselves in an attempt to justify the crackdown, which led to 31 arrests.The street battles shut down any semblance of normal life in the city.As hundreds of youths gathered at the barricades brandishing homemade mortars, machetes, rocks and slingshots, other residents sheltered in their homes in terror.At her family-owned grocery store, 49-year-old Vanesa — who declined to give her last name, fearing for her safety — choked up as she described hiding out with her three children and grandson.”I’m hopeless, heartbroken, I don’t have words to describe it,” she said. “The situation is horrible. Horrible, horrible, horrible.”- Long fight -Protesters have a single demand, said Azhalea Solis, an opposition leader: “Get rid of Ortega’s government immediately.”But the 72-year-old president looks ready for a long fight.On Wednesday, a Mother’s Day march in support of mothers who have lost children in the violence was met with gunfire that left at least 16 people dead.Former Ortega ally Henry Ruiz — who was a commander in the Sandinista guerrilla army when it overthrew the dictator Anastasio Somoza in 1979, bringing Ortega to power — warned the country to brace for more.”There is abundant evidence that Ortega will dig in militarily to fight back and strengthen his hand for negotiations,” he said in an opinion column.Ortega, who was voted out of office in 1990 and returned to power in 2007, is now serving a third term that is due to end in 2022.last_img

Appeal to be filed seeking highest punishment of Tarique Quader

first_imgOn behalf of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, Awami League leaders place wreaths in memory of the martyrs of the 21 August grenade attacks at Bangabandhu Avenue, Dhaka on Wednesday.Photo: Hasan RazaRuling Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said the ‘mastermind’ of 21st August grenade attack Tarique Rahman will be exposed for the highest punishment.“We’ve the opportunity to go to the higher court and we will fight for the highest punishment of Tarique Rahman,” he told newsmen after placing wreaths at the memorial erected on the spot of the grenade attacks at Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital paying homage to the martyrs.Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said the then Harkat-ul-Jihad leader Mufti Hannan in his statement said that they carried out the attack after getting order from Tarique Rahman.“All of the masterminds of the killing would be exposed to trial,” he added.Awami League general secretary and the road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader. File PhotoThe AL leader further said the gruesome grenade attack, on 21 August 2004, was launched on an anti-terrorism public rally of the Awami League at Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital during the rule of BNP-Jamaat alliance to eliminate the party top leader and the then opposition leader in Jatiya Sangsad and now prime minister, Sheikh Hasina.“For blessings of the Almighty, our leader and Bangabandhu’s daughter prime minister Sheikh Hasina escaped the carnage,” Quader said, adding the trial of the masterminds of the heinous attack will be held in this soil and the people of the country are waiting to see it.He said, “The promise of the day is that we will face terrorism and fundamentalism in the country’s politics under the dynamic leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina.”last_img read more

BSF seizes gold worth Rs 30L 1 held

first_imgKolkata: Border Security Force (BSF) have seized gold ornaments worth Rs 30 lakh and arrested one person for his alleged involvement in a smuggling racket. Acting on a tip off, BSF intercepted the accused in the bordering areas of Tapan area in South Dinajpur. The accused is a resident of Tawadanga under Tapan police station area. The valuables were later handed over to the Customs. A specific case was started at the local police station against the accused. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAfter starting a probe, police suspect that the accused were trying to smuggle the gold ornaments. Police are probing if the accused was used as a carrier or he was involved in the incident. BSF came to know there would be attempt of smuggling. They found that one person was riding a motorcycle with a bag. They stopped the motor cycle in Elenpur area which is closed to the border and started a search. During the search, the BSF recovered gold ornaments weighing around 970 gram from his possession.last_img read more

Rep Calley plans local office hours on Feb 25

first_img Categories: Calley News 12Feb Rep. Calley plans local office hours on Feb. 25 State Rep. Julie Calley welcomes residents to office hours in two communities on Monday, Feb. 25.Rep. Calley, of Portland, will give a legislative update to attendees. If residents have individual concerns, she will take one-on-one meetings.Rep. Calley will meet with constituents at the following locations:The Village of Lake Odessa, Page Memorial Building, 839 4th in Lake Odessa, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.; andHastings City Hall, Council Chambers, 201 E. State St. in Hastings, from 1 to 2 p.m.“Accountable representation requires consistent feedback,” Rep. Calley said. “Office hours present an opportunity for productive dialogue with those whom I serve.”If the school district closest to the office hours location is closed for inclement weather, office hours in that area will also be cancelled.No appointment is necessary. Residents unable to attend scheduled office hours may send their questions and ideas to Rep. Calley via email at JulieCalley@house.mi.gov or by calling her at 517-373-0842.last_img read more

Belgian cable operator Telenet has named Birgit Co

first_imgBelgian cable operator Telenet has named Birgit Conix as chief financial officer, reporting to CEO John Porter. Conix is currently regional head of finance for Heineken’s western European organisation at its Amsterdam headquarters.Porter said: “We are delighted to have found a highly qualified and experienced CFO and seasoned executive. Birgit’s strategic vision and her strong leadership skills make her the ideal candidate to head our finance department going forward. She is a collaborative and engaging leader. I am looking forward to working with Birgit to continue to ensure Telenet’s future.”last_img read more

Almost half of US consumers with an SVoD and pay T

first_imgAlmost half of US consumers with an SVoD and pay TV subscription watch their streaming services as much as, or more than, cable, according to a study of streaming habits by IBM Cloud Video.According to the study of 1,000 US consumers, almost two thirds of adults have used an SVoD service. Some 72% of Millennials with b oth SVoD and cable watch the SVoD service as much or more than their cable service.Some 72% of SVoD customers take Netflix, according to the survey, with 14% taking the next most popular offering, Amazon Prime, and 7% taking Hulu. Access to more content is the primary reason for taking an SVoD subscription. In the case of Amazon Prime, however, only 14% signed up specifically for the video servie, with the majority attracted by shopping benefits.The survey found that 42% of SVoD customers shared their password with family members, but only 4% shared it with others. Six per cent of SVoD viewers admitted to using someone else’s password to view content, although 27% said they had borrowed a password to try a service before subscribing. Amazon Prime customers are much less likely to share passwords than others, probably because the service also gives access to one-click shopping.Thirty-one per cent of respondents said they had cancelled a streaming service, with Hulu and Amazon customers more likely to cancel than Netflix users. Reasons to cancel included too many ads, cited by 27%, cost, cited by 25% and lack of good content, cited by 20%. Technical reception problems were cited as a reason to leave by 17%.Technical problems are common, with 49% saying they had experienced buffering, and 24% saying they had experienced delays in content starting.last_img read more