Reyes taps Alas, Amer to join Gilas pool

first_imgLATEST STORIES Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Para athletes seek public help for funding through ‘Alay Para Atleta’ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire What ‘missteps’? Amer has been averaging 15.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 4.2 assists this past conference, while Alas has racked 9.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists.READ: 15 players called up as Gilas resumes practice; Ravena, Paras on the listAlas last saw action for the national team in the 2014 Fiba Asia Cup, while Amer has won a gold medal in the 2015 SEA Games.Reyes earlier called out his cadets and invited Kobe Paras, Kiefer Ravena, and Fil-German Christian Standhardiger to join the Gilas Pilipinas practices, set to start on June 20.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Guinto and Grey were earlier tapped to be part of the 27-man national team pool, and even saw action in the three-leg 2017 PBA All-Star Week games, where the national team faced off against PBA All-Stars from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.READ: Reyes to pick just 2 players even as Gilas reps from GlobalPort grow to 4FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHowever, the two found themselves traded to GlobalPort, creating a league imbalance which put four pool members in the Batang Pier camp, together with Terrence Romeo and cadet Von Pessumal, while leaving NLEX and Meralco without a second representative to the pool.Now, Reyes can move on and continue his buildup for the upcoming 2017 Fiba Asia Cup and the 2017 Southeast Asian Games with this rejigged pool. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Baser Amer (left) and Kevin Alas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKevin Alas and Baser Amer are the two new entries to the Gilas Pilipinas pool.Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes announced his decision on Friday as he replaces pool members Bradwyn Guinto and Jonathan Grey.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Liverpool relish final test to topple Real Madrid, the kings of Europe

first_imgfeatures Eventually, the talking stops. Jürgen Klopp and his players have done all the interviews. They have been through all the tactics and there will come a time on Saturday evening, in the bowels of the NSC Olimpiyskiy, when they will be in their dressing room, fighting their nerves and, as Klopp acknowledged, those are the moments when Real Madrid’s experience will count in favour of the 12-times champions.Liverpool’s opponents will be trying to emulate the great Ajax and Bayern Munich sides of the 1970s by winning this competition three seasons in a row, bringing their number of triumphs to 13 in total. Madrid, in Klopp’s words, “work like a clock from Switzerland” and, no matter how Liverpool have prepared for Cristiano Ronaldo, the lesson of history shows the five-times Ballon d’Or winner usually manages to leave his mark on these occasions. “The team with the most goals in the run to the final? It’s us. I can’t believe it but it’s true. We have scored the most goals and had exceptional performances. The experience they [Madrid] have is an advantage, 100%, but experience does not help you all the time. We need to make it as difficult as we can for them. We cannot try to fight on their level but tactics in football are there to bring a better opponent to your level and when they are on your level you can beat them.”Klopp is entitled to speak confidently when his side have accumulated 46 goals, if qualifiers are counted, in this season’s competition, beating the record Barcelona set with 45 in the 1999-2000 season. Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané have managed 31 between them and, in all competitions, that trio have scored 90 times. Salah alone has 44. Of course Klopp should be optimistic if his team can find the right balance between attack and defence, eliminate the mistakes that helped Roma in the semi-finals and hope that Loris Karius, their erratic goalkeeper, has an accident-free night.If they can manage all that, it is perfectly plausible Jordan Henderson can follow Emlyn Hughes (1977 and 1978), Phil Thompson (1981), Graeme Souness (1984) and Steven Gerrard (2005) by lifting the trophy.Madrid, after all, conceded 44 goals in La Liga last season and, to put that into context, it was more than Getafe in eighth position or 11th-placed Espanyol let in. That, however, does not change the fact that Zinedine Zidane’s team are always formidable opponents on the big nights or that even in this record-breaking season for Salah there is still one player, Ronaldo, who is outscoring him, 15-11, in this competition. Share on LinkedIn A dentist agent, Messi the dog: meet the Real Madrid and Liverpool teams Share on Messenger Facebook Champions League Topics Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane keeps a watch over his players during a Real Madrid training session. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/Guardian Share on Twitter The team with the most goals in the run to the final? It’s us. I can’t believe it but it’s trueJürgen Klopp Read more Jürgen Klopp demands another display of Liverpool’s ‘brave, big balls football’ It also shows that Liverpool have conceded the first goal in their last three European Cup finals and, going back to that famous night in Istanbul 13 years ago, that they were behind inside the opening 60 seconds against Milan. The free-kick Djimi Traoré gave away in the buildup to Paolo Maldini’s goal was put down to stage fright on the part of the Liverpool defender. Yet it did not need long in Klopp’s company to realise he thinks the current team have too much in their favour to allow nerves to take over.“I am pretty sure in the second before the game that Real Madrid will be more confident than we are,” Klopp said, “but that is not a problem because the game doesn’t end in that second, it only starts. We’ve had two weeks to prepare and analyse. I’ve looked at the teams they have played – and they have played really strong teams. But they never played us and we are Liverpool. Not only are we a really good football team but this club has in its DNA to go for the big things. We are Liverpool. Nobody expected us to be here but we are here because we are Liverpool. Last season Ronaldo scored twice for Madrid when they beat Juventus 4-1 in the final. In 2016, when the opposition in the final were Atlético Madrid, his was the decisive kick in the shootout. As for 2014, facing Atlético at the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon, Ronaldo scored again from 12 yards and la Décima was confirmed. And 2018? Nobody would be surprised if Ronaldo has his top off, flexing his pecs for the cameras, if Liverpool defend as obligingly as they did in the Europa League final against Sevilla two years ago. Or, thinking back to their performance in the Stadio Olimpico a few weeks ago, the second leg of their semi-final against Roma.Should that happen, Zidane will leave the group of 18 managers, including Brian Clough, Sir Alex Ferguson, José Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, who have won this competition twice and move alongside Carlo Ancelotti and Bob Paisley as a three-times winner. Except Zidane will have done it in less time than anybody. Which probably explains why Klopp was so nonplussed when it was put to him Zidane was not renowned for his tactical knowledge.“If a lot of people think Zinedine Zidane has not a lot of tactical knowledge and then people think the same about me that would be really funny,” Klopp said. “The two managers in the Champions League final have no clue about tactics? What would that say about the game? Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Liverpool Twitter Share via Email Real Madrid Share on Pinterest “For me, Zinedine Zidane is one of the best five players of all time in football. Unfortunately I have to accept that he is as brilliant [as a manager] as he was a player. I’ve been longer in Liverpool than him at Real Madrid and now he can win the Champions League for a third time. That’s never happened before.“This group of [Madrid] players work like a clock from Switzerland. I saw his team a lot of times and it is fantastic football. It is organised when it needs to be organised and chaos when it needs to be chaos. They are all world-class players but it is football and always there is an opportunity for the other team. We are proud to be here. Let’s do the best we can and let’s play.” Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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2010 Sportscover Sponsorship Fund

first_imgThe fund will award $15,000 USD worth of grants to Sporting Clubs or Associations throughout 2010.   Sportscover’s desire to assist community sports led to the creation of the Sportscover Sponsorship Fund (SSF) as an avenue to sponsor a wide variety of amateur sportsmen and women, striving to achieve sporting greatness across a broad cross-section of sports. Over the last few years, the SSF has donated over $50,000 in $1000 grants to grass-roots sporting clubs and associations. Criteria:Must be an amateur sporting club or association Must not spend the grant on tobacco, alcohol or illegal or immoral goods Must not have been awarded a SSF Grant in the last two years Must be available for an interview You must supply Sportscover with a photo of the fund being used. Further details can be found on the Sportscover website. Click on the following link to be taken to their website. http://www.sportscover.com/supporting-sport.asp?id=6583last_img read more

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Captain’s Diary – Nathan Jones

first_imgIn the second edition, Australian Men’s Open captain, Nathan Jones, speaks about how it feels to be captain of the side and his memories from the 2007 World Cup in South Africa.  Nathan Jones on:Being named captain of the Australian Men’s Open team:It was a special feeling to be named captain and it’s an achievement I am very proud of. We have a great ‘team’ culture in the current Men’s Open team and I feel extremely privileged and honoured to be able to lead such a talented team at the World Cup.His past Australian captains and what he has learnt from them: I have had two previous captains in the Men’s Open team in Gavin Shuker and Drumayne Dayberg-Muir. Both have different personalities and leadership styles. Drum was a dominant player on the field for our team and would lead in that respect whereas Shukes did a lot of work behind the scenes with tactics and game plans. I have my own ideas on captaincy so there will be differences between us but if I can have the same success as these guys I’ll be happy. His memories of the 2007 World Cup: Aside from visiting New Zealand a couple of times, South Africa was my first real experience overseas. The tour started with a couple of days sightseeing which included a visit to Table Mountain in Cape Town and a bus tour around the Western Cape. One memory that has stayed with me is when we drove past a shanty town on the way back from the bus tour. On one side of the road are rusty tin shacks as far as you can see and the other side are two storey houses surrounded by 10 metre high fences. The difference in living conditions and the poverty experienced by some South Africans was unbelievable. The days sightseeing allowed us to take in some of the culture and gain a greater appreciation for the country before we got down to business. The opening ceremony was a great experience and obviously winning the final but what I remember most is the dressing room before the final. I have never been in a more intense and passionate dressing room before a game. I can’t remember exactly what was said (I’m sure Trady had a very motivational speech) but the feeling and atmosphere was incredible.His individual training in the lead up to the World Cup: After injuring my ankle at the National Touch League, I have been doing some alternative training which has included some pool sessions with Australian Mixed Open captain Ryan Pollock. While Ryan’s freestyle technique has improved his backstroke still resembles an octopus falling out of a tree. Aside from swimming I have been fitting in some cycling, gym and running sessions before and after my long days at work.Stay tuned to the website to hear from Australia’s other captains, with insight into Australia’s preparation in the lead up to the World Cup.   With only 38 days to go until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyauslast_img read more

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Skeleton unearthed by Yukon couple may be 10000 years old

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe remains – of what may be a prehistoric bison skeleton – has been unearthed in a Whitehorse subdivision .It’s an usual find – but for Yukon paleontologists it’s exciting.They say it will help explain what happened to this particular species of bison – after the Ice Age – and before they disappeared about 400 years ago.APTN’s Shirley Mclean has more.last_img

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Producers still cautious despite higher Q2 expectations on stronger oil prices

first_imgGreg Pardy of RBC Dominion Securities says oilsands bitumen producers such as MEG Energy Corp. and Cenovus Energy Inc. are likely to post “standout” results given a 16 per cent increase in average Western Canadian Select bitumen-blend prices from the first to the second quarter.Natural gas producers, however, are expected to see more dismal results as Alberta spot gas prices averaged 60 per cent less than in the previous quarter.The earnings parade starts July 24 with Suncor Energy Inc., followed by Cenovus and Husky Energy Inc. the next day.Companies in this article include: (TSX:SU, TSX:MEG, TSX:HSE, TSX:CVE)The Canadian Press CALGARY — Higher oil prices are expected to boost cash flow for Canadian crude producers as they roll out second-quarter results beginning next week, but analysts say the extra money is unlikely to be added to growth budgets.Canadian oil prices steadied in comparison with U.S. benchmarks in the three months ended June 30 following six months of volatility blamed on the failure of pipeline capacity to match growing oilsands output and Alberta’s decision to impose production limits starting in January.Analyst Nick Lupick of AltaCorp Capital says despite current higher prices and expectations of strong prices going forward, producers remain cautious and are more likely to buy back their own shares or raise dividends than increase spending to grow output.last_img read more

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Ayodhya row Mediation process begins in Faizabad litigants appear before panel

first_imgFaizabad (Uttar Pradesh): The Supreme Court-constituted three-member panel on Wednesday held its first meeting in a bid to resolve the Babri Masjid-Ramjanmbhoomi title suit dispute. The panel is headed by former Supreme Court judge Justice F.M.I. Kalifulla, with Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and senior advocate Shriram Panchu as members. Heavy restriction have been imposed on the road leading to the Guest House on the Awadh University campus where the proceedings are taking place. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day Referring the dispute, the apex court court on March 8 said that “utmost confidentiality” should be maintained to ensure success of the process and that it should be completed within eight weeks. Twenty-five litigants in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case along with their counsels appeared on Wednesday before a Supreme Court-appointed mediation panel here, officials said. The Faizabad administration had issued notices to the 25 litigants on behalf of the panel. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty The mediation process will take place at a hall at the Faizabad Avadh University, they said, adding that no one has been allowed to enter the area where the mediation is taking place. Heavy security arrangements have been made at the university premises, Faizabad District Magistrate Anuj Kumar Jha said. The three-member panel comprising retired Justice Kalifullah, senior advocate Sriram Panchu and spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar arrived here Tuesday, he said The members would be staying in Faizabad for three days as per the programme given by the panel, officials said The panel in a letter has directed the Faizabad administration to ensure foolproof security in and around the venue, and also necessary personal security for the litigants and lawyers, they said.last_img read more

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Three killed as Cyclone Fani batters Odisha

first_imgBhubaneswar: Three people were killed in separate incidents as cyclone Fani battered the Odisha coast Friday, officials said. A teenager was killed when a tree came crashing down on him at a place within Sakhigopal police station area limits in Puri district. Flying debris from a concrete structure hit a woman in Nayagarh district when she had gone to fetch water, killing her. In Debendranarayanpur village in Kendrapara district, a 65-year-old woman died after suspected heart attack at a cyclone shelter, official information reaching here said. Fani, an extremely severe cyclonic storm lashed the Odisha coast Friday morning, uprooting trees, blowing away thatched huts, and disrupting communication links.last_img

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Ohio State golfers sweep Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors

Never in the history of Ohio State has the university had the distinction of having both the men’s and women’s golf teams have a freshman win Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors in the same season. Until now. The Big Ten handed out their annual golf awards May 1, and among them were Kendall Prince and Grant Weaver, winning for women’s and men’s golf, respectively. Weaver is only the second freshman men’s golfer in OSU history to win the award, the first time going to Chris Smith in 1988. Prince shares the honor with six other Buckeyes, the last being teammate Vicky Villanueva, who won in 2009. “It’s a pretty big honor,” Prince said. Making it even more special, she said, was getting the award despite the “up-and-down roller coaster of health issues” she’s had this year. Prince found out she has an autoimmune disorder affecting her liver that at least once led to her being rushed to the hospital. But with consultation from her doctors, she was able to recover and again focus on golf. “She’s a real tough kid, no doubt about it,” said women’s coach Therese Hession. “She’s very driven … so there’s not going to be too much that gets in her way. She’ll come back as quick as possible from all these illnesses and injuries … more than most kids because she’s very committed to making her goals.” Compounded on top of her autoimmune disorder, she had emergency surgery on her appendix the day before the Big Ten Championship. That came two weeks ago after finishing a career-best third overall in the field in the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational. Due to missing the Big Ten Championship, Hession said it dropped her one-tenth of a point from making first-team All-Big Ten. The appendectomy is also keeping her from playing in the first three rounds of the NCAA Central Regionals taking place Thursday through Saturday in Columbus. Despite all of the setbacks, Prince still made second-team All-Big Ten along with being named Freshman of the Year. She was the top finisher on the team three times, tying junior Amy Meier a fourth time. She averaged a 75 (per 18 holes) for the year, was under par four times and shot in the 60’s twice, including a career-best 67. That score came on her second set of 18 holes, where she played a total of 36 holes in one day during the Lady Northern Invitational in French Lick, Ind. She said it’s hard to imagine that at one point, she preferred soccer over golf. “I was huge into other sports,” Prince said. “I always thought I was going to play soccer (in college) until my sophomore year (in high school), and I switched my focus (to golf).” And when she committed to OSU, there was one thing on her mind. “Once I came in here, I was like, ‘That’s my goal, to be Big Ten Freshman of the Year,” she said. Although feeling honored for his achievement, Weaver said he didn’t even know the award existed until men’s coach Donnie Darr told him on the day the awards were announced. “I never really thought about it. It came as a complete surprise,” Weaver said. That might sound flippant, but it’s quite the opposite for the true freshman from Waynedale High School in Wooster, Ohio. He said his focus is more about teamwork rather than concentrating on how well he performs individually, attributing his humble attitude to his parents. “They always told me not to be conceited,” Weaver said. “Also, I played team golf in high school, so I’ve had the joys of winning as a team and it’s something that I want to continue and experience again. It’s a lot more fun when you’re playing as a team.” Weaver’s humility comes as no surprise to Darr. “He’s very, very mature for his age (and) controls his emotions very well, which is a huge asset for a college player, because a lot of college guys struggle with that part of their game,” Darr said. Weaver has helped the men’s team to a 67-49-2 record this year and an appearance in the NCAA regionals May 17-19 in Ann Arbor, Mich. He averaged a score of 75 (per 18 holes) for the season, including a career-best 69 on the first day of the FAU Spring Break Championship on March 23 in Lake Worth, Fla. Despite playing in junior golf tournaments since he was nine years old, Weaver said he never had a full-time instructor, just occasional lessons “here and there.” And he still wouldn’t give himself full credit for what he’s achieved this year. “I think that if he just continues to do what he has done and continues to work on the fundamental things … then he’s going to have great success,” Darr said. read more

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Football Lattimore Conley gone depth still present at cornerback

OSU coach Urban Meyer looks out to the field before the Spring Game on April 15. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOn April 27, Ohio State will watch its top cornerbacks from the 2016 season, Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley, learn their NFL destinations in the first round of the NFL draft. But the task of replacing those corners was set in motion when the season ended.The team has lost its top pair of corners, but cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs said the position has the most depth he’s seen since his arrival at OSU in 2012.“I’m extremely excited about the totality of the room,” Coombs said Wednesday.He added that he is not sure exactly who will play. Junior Denzel Ward and redshirt sophomores Kendall Sheffield and Damon Arnette are all in the mix, as are sophomore Rodjay Burns and freshmen Shaun Wade, Jeffrey Okudah, Marcus Williamson and Amir Riep.Defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said he is unsure of how the younger corners will perform, and that while the team knows what to expect from of Sheffield, Ward and Arnette, there is an element of mystery with some of the younger players.“There’s so many responses that we don’t know yet, because they haven’t been in that position with us,” Schiano said. “How will they respond when they get beat for a touchdown? How will they respond when they have an issue in class or an off-the-field issue that distracts them? Will they be able to come out here and block it out? Those are all things you learn about newcomers that we have to wait and see.”The perk of having such depth at the position is that there does not always have to be a bonafide set of starters downfield. Last season, though Lattimore and Conley were deemed the starters, Ward frequently rotated in with the pair and, in the end, received nearly the same number of snaps as the two future first-round corners. Arnette, though he participated in fewer snaps compared with the other three, also found himself in on the action for much of the season.The strategy of rotating the corners to keep all of them fresh for nearly the whole game proved successful. But Schiano said there is no guarantee the defense will use that same game plan next time, though he and the rest of the coaching staff would like to try it out.“I could see that happening again this year, but it really depends on the development of our corners and how they do,” Schiano said. “We’re very, very hopeful between our incoming guys, between our guys who were here, that we will be able to have that rotation at the corner spot.”One important piece to the cornerback puzzle will be the development of Sheffield, who was rated as the No. 1 junior college cornerback transfer by ESPN before landing at OSU, and was considered a five-star prospect before enrolling at Alabama and later Blinn Community College.Sheffield was highly sought after by OSU out of high school, Coombs said, and that once Sheffield decided he was going to transfer from community college, the coaching staff knew they were going to push hard to add him to the team.“As soon as I found out that he was becoming available again  — I can’t remember exactly how, if it was internet or whatever – I reached out immediately,” Coombs said. “I began the process of recruiting him at Blinn right away really hard, and thankfully, he chose to become a Buckeye.”The oldest of the newcomers, Sheffield brings in an element of experience that many of the younger cornerbacks lack. As a junior college transfer, he had time playing in game situations, and Schiano said the key for him will just be to get the hang of things the more he participates.Freshmen might be counted on quite a bit in the defensive backfield in 2017 with no one player really standing above the rest of the pack.If those four incoming freshman are going to find success, they will not only need to familiarize themselves with OSU’s defensive style, but also work on making the transition from pure athletes to specialists at their respective positions.“In high school, you can get away with just being a great athlete. You can do it the way you’re coached, or maybe you can do it another way and still get away with it,” Schiano said. “Here, the people they’re going against are so good that if they don’t do it exactly the way they’re instructed, it’s hard to be successful.” read more

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Mens Hockey No 2 Ohio States sevengame win streak snapped with 43

Ohio State senior forward Dakota Joshua (8) takes a shot against Minnesota on Feb. 15. Ohio State lost 4-3. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternThe No. 2 Ohio State men’s hockey team (19-6-4, 12-4-3 Big Ten) saw its seven-game winning streak ended after Minnesota (12-14-4, 9-9-3 Big Ten) pulled out the 4-3 victory.Minnesota was consistently ahead of Ohio State throughout the match: every time Ohio State came within striking distance, the Golden Gophers countered to maintain the lead.The Buckeyes had a rough time going up against Minnesota in the beginning, but eventually found their stride in the third period where almost all of the action of the night took place. Junior forward Ronnie Hein said the team struggled to find momentum after going down early.“We know we’re a great hockey team and we’ve come from behind before,” Hein said. “Even when we were down one we weren’t worried about it. I thought we were actually playing pretty well before they had that first goal and then we shut down after that.”This weekend matchup against Minnesota was particularly special with it being Military Appreciation Weekend. To honor this, the Buckeyes wore jackets honoring United States troops and an induction ceremony for new Air Force members occurred in between the first and second period.“I think it’s pretty obvious,” head coach Steve Rohlik said. “We’re pretty thankful to be able to do what we do because of what they do.”Both teams began to pour on the points during the third period. It began when Minnesota junior defenseman Ryan Zuhlsdorf scored Minnesota’s third point midway through the period. Ohio State responded with a goal of their own only minutes later when junior forward Sam McCormick scored his first goal of the season, making the score 3-2. This was followed by a quick retaliation from Minnesota when sophomore forward Scott Reedy netted the Golden Gophers their fourth goal of the night. With only 3:35 left on the clock, freshman forward Quinn Preston cut the deficit to one when he sent a puck straight into the Golden Gophers’ net, bringing the game to 4-3.The Buckeyes pulled their goalie in the last remaining 30 seconds of the game but were unable to even the score, ending their seven-game win streak.Both teams played more aggressively in the second period than in the first. Midway through the period, Minnesota’s freshman forward Nathan Burke managed to advance its lead to 2-0. With 15.5 seconds left on the clock, Ohio State shortened the Golden Gophers’ lead when senior forward John Wiitala, assisted by junior defenseman Gordi Myer and junior forward Carson Meyer shot a puck straight past their defense, netting the Buckeyes their first point of the game.Ohio State only managed three shots on goal in the second period.The first period was relatively uneventful, with the only major highlight being Minnesota’s senior defenseman Jack Sadek putting the first goal on the scoreboard with 3:16 to go in the period. While Ohio State led in shots 7-5, Minnesota ended the period leading in points 1-0.“Probably playing our worst first two periods of the year,” Rohlik said. “That’s a start. We got our second shot-on-net in the second period right at the end when we scored the goal with 15 seconds to go.”No. 2 Ohio State plays Minnesota for a rematch in the Schottenstein Center at 6 p.m. Saturday. read more

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Man Injured During Trooper Involved Shooting In Soldotna

first_imgThe Trooper was able to stop and safely exit the vehicle. While secured in the back of the trooper vehicle, the man continued to brandish the handgun. The Trooper(s) that utilized deadly force will be placed on 72 hour administrative leave per Department policy. Investigation is ongoing. Due to below freezing temperatures, the Trooper offered the man a ride home and the man accepted. While in the back of the trooper vehicle, the man produced a handgun. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska State Troopers received a report about a suspicious male on private property walking into the woods. An Alaska State Trooper responded and was able to locate the subject and attempted to assist him, on December 23. The man was injured and transported to Central Peninsula Hospital for treatment. Investigation is ongoing. The man, while still in the back of the trooper vehicle, pointed the firearm at Troopers and AST shot him. Other Troopers responded to the area and SERT was activated. EMTs were staged nearby. Troopers attempted to negotiate with the man hoping he would put the firearm down but the man refused.last_img read more

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Tyonek Has Landed In Texas

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The endangered Cook Inlet beluga whale calf that was rescued last fall swam into his new home on Friday at Seaworld San Antonio. Tyonek, the now 5 month old calf has been cared for by the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, since he was rescued at one month old. SeaWorld San Antonio has nine beluga whales, including young male calves. NOAA officials said SeaWorld could accommodate Tyonek’s social and medical needs and contribute to scientific research that will help conservation efforts for wild belugas. Roughly 330 beluga whales live in Alaska’s Cook Inlet, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The population is listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. According to a statement Friday from Orlando-based SeaWorld, Tyonek is the first Cook Inlet beluga calf to be successfully rescued and rehabilitated. Tyonek will remain behind the scenes at the park’s zoological support area for several weeks as he acclimates to his new home. Tyonek could not be released to the wild because he lacks the survival and social skills needed to thrive on his own, NOAA officials said in a statement in February. NOAA’s fisheries service chose SeaWorld San Antonio for Tyonek’s new home because the Texas park was the “location best suited for Tyonek to thrive.”last_img read more

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Alaska Legislature Passes Budgets Ends Extended Session

first_imgThe operating budget included $10 million above what Walker proposed for the University of Alaska. It included funding for additional prosecutors and law enforcement positions and for 20 positions to address a backlog in public assistance applications. Despite running long, the session lacked the drama of the past several years, which were marked by drawn-out special sessions and bitter fights over the budget and taxes. The budget bills now go to Walker for review. The end of session merited a “fist pump in the air for everybody,” Edgmon said. Senate discussion on the budget included hopefulness about a recent rise in oil prices and the positive impact that could have on the budget. North Slope oil was about $77 a barrel on Thursday. It was around $50 a barrel at this time the past two years. Saturday started slowly, with lawmakers meeting behind closed doors and trying to reach final agreement on what would be needed to finish up. Floor sessions scheduled for the morning started hours late. The operating budget that was ultimately approved Saturday would be paid, in part, using Alaska Permanent Fund earnings, an outcome lawmakers were essentially forced into after years of drawing down on savings to fill a budget deficit that has persisted amid slumping oil revenues. When Edgmon announced on the House floor Saturday that it would be last day of work, it drew a smattering of hands pounding on desks — the legislative equivalent of applause. The package also includes another $28 million for Medicaid, though Walker’s budget director Pat Pitney said that falls short of what is needed and could lead to delays in provider payments. Lawmakers chose to cap dividend checks at $1,600 for this year, a level Gov. Bill Walker has said he supports. The dividend calculation in state law already had been ignored the past two years amid gridlock over how best to fill the deficit. Legislation passed, too, setting up a raffle to benefit schools, which Alaskans could enter using all or a portion of their Permanent Fund dividend checks. Seventy-five percent of entry dollars would go toward public schools and a new education endowment. The remaining 25 percent would go toward a prize fund. Legislative leaders have said there was insufficient support this year to pay out a full dividend under that calculation, which would have been about $2,650. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska lawmakers ended the extended legislative session early Sunday after passing state spending plans and a flurry of other bills in the waning hours.center_img Senate Majority Leader Peter Micciche said lawmakers wanted to complete their work and get back to their districts. He said he wasn’t happy with the outcome but said compromise was needed — and demanded by Alaskans tired of gridlock. Lawmakers also passed a flurry of other bills, including a statewide smoke-free workplace bill that had languished for months in the House despite widespread support. Walker told reporters he had no plans to call a special session, which he said was a testament to the work lawmakers accomplished. On the House side, Republican critics of the budget said the package was too large and unsustainable. The permanent fund is a nest egg, seeded with oil money, which has grown through investments. The fund’s principal is protected, but fund earnings can be spent. Use of earnings in the past, however, has been limited to things like paying out dividends.Lawmakers also agreed to use money from the constitutional budget reserve, a state savings account, to help fill the deficit. Lawmakers worked past the 90-day, voter approved-session limit in mid-April. They finished within the constitutional time limit; the constitution permits sessions of up to 121 days, a limit that would have been reached Wednesday. The measure calls for a withdrawal of $1.7 billion from Permanent Fund earnings to help pay state government costs and another $1 billion for the yearly dividend checks residents receive from the oil-wealth fund. House Speaker Bryce Edgmon said legislators in both chambers decided they would have to trust one another, work together and compromise “in order for us to get out of here in an orderly manner.”The Senate has a Republican-led majority. The House majority coalition is composed largely of Democrats. The capital budget, which emerged from House Finance late Saturday, isn’t solely an infrastructure package. It also includes health and safety projects and school funding — an additional $20 million for public schools for the fiscal year starting July 1, and $6 million over two years for pre-kindergarten programs. Heading into the day, the major unresolved pieces were the operating and capital budgets. A tentative agreement had been reached on the operating budget earlier in the week but needed House and Senate approval. The capital budget was being worked on in the House Finance Committee. The capital budget also puts money toward two projects Walker had previously halted: a bridge over Knik Arm to provide another way of connecting Anchorage to the state’s fastest-growing area and a project to help connect Juneau to the road system.last_img read more

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Pikes Peak COG Seeks Consultant for JLUS for Colorado Springs Region

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments is seeking a consultant to prepare a joint land use study (JLUS) for Colorado Springs to provide guidance for addressing incompatible land uses to installations, communities and the private sector.For the Colorado Springs Regional Joint Land Use Study to successfully identify the issues and appropriate strategies to resolve them, a robust public process is critical. Transparency in developing community plans and a concerted effort to identify and address the concerns of all stakeholders is critical to building mutual trust and gaining buy-in for the ultimate product.The RFP can be found on the PPACG website.Questions concerning the RFP will be accepted until 12 p.m., March 9, and should be sent to Angela Essing, JLUS Program Manager, aessing@ppacg.org. Questions will be answered within 24 hours and posted on the website.Submissions must be received by 12 p.m. on March 14 to Angela Essing.last_img read more

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Ford Begins EcoSport Shipping Likely to Launch Soon

first_imgAmerican auto major Ford has begun shipments of its much awaited EcoSport SUV to dealers across the country from its Chennai facility.The company, which is yet to confirm the pricing of EcoSport for the Indian market, aims to grab greater footholds with the launch of the vehicle in the nation’s sluggish auto sector.”We are on the verge of something exciting for Ford India. As you know the next game changer for us, and we believe it is not only a game changer for Ford in India, but we are going to set a new standard in the industry as well,” said Ford India President and Managing Director Joginder Singh.”As you know, our shipments have begun and our dealers are accepting bookings as we speak.so, we see a very clear milestone in the launch of Ecosport.”Ford’s Chennai unit is the third of five manufacturing capacities where EcoSport is being built. While the manufacturing in Brazil and China has already started, the Thailand and Russia production capacities are in line to begin production. An earlier report also suggested that the company is planning to explore the potential markets of 62 countries across the globe for its new EcoSport SUV.India is all set to become the export hub for the vehicle. Ford, which foresees a greater potential for the SUV in the domestic market, has invested $142 million for the production of the vehicle.”India is a great market and is the lead edge indicator as to what people want in the world,” said Ford Motor Company President and CEO Alan Mulally. “We are going to pay more attention to this segment. You will see more products in that segment.”Taking note of the reactions from EcoSport aficionados, the delay in the launch in India has come as a major disappointment.last_img read more

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Fire kills 2 siblings in Coxs Bazar

first_imgfireTwo siblings were burned to death in a fire at Eidgaon union in Sadar upazila of Cox’s Bazar early Wednesday, reports UNB.The deceased are Md Abdullah, 14 and Md Shahriar, 7, sons of Haji Moktar Ahmed.Eidgaon police investigation camp in-charge Minhaj Mahmud Bhuiyan said the two brothers went to their sister’s father-in-law’s house.The fire broke out at the house of their sister around 3:00am from a mosquito coil.After bringing the fire under control, locals recovered the charred bodies of the two brothers from the house.last_img

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Another drug suspect killed in alleged gunfight

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationAnother suspected drug trader was killed in a reported gunfight with police in Mahmudpur of Sirajganj municipality early Saturday.The deceased is Jahangir Hossain, 35, son of a certain late Hatem Ali of Railway Colony Purbapara area, reports UNB.The incident, however, could not be verified independently.Acting on information that a gang of drug traders gathered in the area, a team of police conducted a drive there around 2:00am, said Kotwali police station officer-in-charge Mahmud Daud.Sensing presence of the law enforcement the gangsters opened fire on them, which forced the police to fire back in self-defence, he said.After the gunfight, police recovered the body of Jahangir, Mahmud Daud added.He was wanted in seven drug-related cases, the OC said.Police seized one revolver, four bullets, 135 yaba pills and 25 bottles of phensedyl from the scene.Two policemen were also injured in the incident, the OC added.With the latest one, at least 117 people were killed in ‘gunfights’ with members of law enforcement agencies while 37 bodies of suspected drug traders were recovered after reported gun battles between rival groups during the countrywide anti-narcotic drives since 15 May.last_img read more

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193 tested HIV positive in 8 districts Report

first_imgHIVAt least 193 people have been tested HIV positive in the country’s eight southern districts, says a report released by a local voluntary organisation.Among the affected people, 84 (53 men and 31 women) have been tested HIV positive in Khulna district alone while 109 in Jhenidah, Gopalganj, Jashore, Satkhira, Bagerhat, Narail, and Magura districts, according to Mukto Akash Bangladesh (MAB), the organisation that works on AIDS-related issues.Civil surgeon of Khulna Abdur Razzak told UNB that they cross-checked the findings released by MAB and found those correct.According to the report, expatriates returning from abroad, including India, Malaysia, Singapore, Saudi Arabia and the USA are responsible for spreading the deadly virus in the districts.No HIV virus, the report says, was detected among sex workers of the district while a hijra (transgender) was found to be carrying HIV.The number of deaths caused by HIV is rapidly rising in the southern districts, the report mentions.It says the worst affected areas among the districts are Benapole, Chaugachha, and Khulna town as the workers of those areas frequently visit various countries, mostly India, for their works and carry back the harmful virus.In the eight districts, the MAB report reveals, at least 59 people died of AIDS in 4 years spanning between 2013 -2017 while the number of deaths was 12 in 2015 and 2016 together, while 12 in 2017 alone.Officials at Khulna Medical College and Hospital said at least 31 HIV patients underwent treatment at the hospital this year and three of them died.MAB coordinator Rehena Begum said their organisation is working on raising awareness among people about the deadly disease and providing nutritional and medical support to the HIV patients.last_img read more

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