Keeping up with Kobe

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim As the son of former PBA Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player Benjie Paras, basketball excellence runs in Kobe’s blood. The high expectations come with the territory as he is part of basketball royalty in this hoops-mad country.Kobe moved to California four years years ago to take his game to the next level. As one of the top high school talents in Los Angeles, he was recruited to play for University of California in LA (Ucla), where he could have teamed up with current Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball. But Kobe withdrew his application as he failed to meet academic requirements.Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, came calling, but Kobe hardly saw time on the court for the Blue Jays in his first NCAA season, leading to his decision to transfer to California State University-Northridge.“I didn’t play much last season, so that still fuels me to play and want to prove something,” he says. “I still have three more playing years and four more years in college, so I’m going to take it year by year, day by day.”As he waits for the start of the school year in the United States, Kobe is keeping himself busy representing the country, most recently in the Fiba 3×3 World Cup in Nantes, France. He is expected to play a key role for Gilas in both the ongoing Jones Cup in Taipei and the Southeast Asian Games next month in Kuala Lumpur.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES At Gilas, Kobe has the opportunity to showcase his talents. He’s been hailed by coach Chot Reyes as the future of the national team program and he has responded with flashes of stellar play in Gilas’ tuneup games.“I’ve told Kobe that he’s going to be a big part of the future of Philippine basketball,” Reyes says. “But in the meantime, he has to be more patient, not to get too hard on himself, let the game come to him, and continue to learn and to grow. It’s the first time he’s been exposed to this level of competition. This will go a long way in his development and maturity and I have very high hopes because his talent and potential are limitless.”Kobe says the feedback from Reyes comes in handy as he works on his game. “I’m just glad that coach keeps it real,” he says. “Sometimes I try to do too much and Kiefer (Ravena) and the guys tell me that I don’t have to prove anything. It just lifts me that I have teammates who understand my situation.”He has plenty of time. And with coaches like Reyes and Gilas legend Jimmy Alapag guiding him in the national team, he’s in a perfect environment to grow as a player. “I’m the type of player who doesn’t care who I go up against,” says Kobe. “I just want to give my all playing my own game, but coach tells me to relax a bit.”Says Alapag: “I think he’s the youngest of the group, and anytime you’re the youngest, there’s an opportunity to learn and just to continue to improve. I know he has not played enough the last year and a half, but I think being part of the [Gilas] program gives him that opportunity. Getting some tough competition will serve him as well through his time in college.”Kobe’s talent is undeniable. His size and athleticism make him an asset for the national team. But what stands out is Kobe’s work ethic, says Alapag.“Obviously, he’s very talented,” says Alapag. “I didn’t realize how big a 6-6 kid he was until he got here. He’s coming in and excited to get to learn and do the work. Hard work is the foundation of any good player.”Kobe is just delighted to be representing the country and shows a deep understanding of what it means to wear the country’s colors, thanks to his father.“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing,” he says. “There are a lot of players my age who want to be in this position. My dad keeps reminding me, ‘Every time you wear that jersey and play, you’re not just fighting for the people, you’re fighting for the soldiers who fight for freedom, too.’”Off the court, Kobe describes himself as “ambitious.” While he plans to take up fashion or art-related courses in college he has also taken an interest in culinary arts. View comments In the know: Kobe Paras “I love to cook,” he says. “I love to play the guitar. I love fashion. There’s just a bunch of stuff that I want to do. People think I’m just about basketball. There are people who tend to take basketball outside the court and I don’t think I need that because I’m also interested in other things.”Kobe says his style is a mix of urban and high fashion, and considers basketball stars Russel Westbrook and Nick Young as his fashion icons. The teenager also harbors dreams of doing his internship in some of the world’s top fashion firms like Chanel, Gucci and Louis Vuitton.“It’s exciting what the future holds,” he says.Philippine basketball will be watching Kobe Paras grow, but there will be more to him than just his talents on the court.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 Kobe Paras walks out of Gilas Pilipinas practice wearing a loose, colorful air-cool basketball shorts under a vintage black shirt. The teenage basketball sensation had slipped into a pair of dirty white Vans sneakers, before putting on a light brown leather backpack and a yellow cap.ADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes There’s an air of swag as the 6-foot-6, 19-year-old leaves the gym. His looks depict his personality—young, creative and carefree. Make no mistake about it, Kobe puts so much thought into his style, just like the way he works on his game.“I’m trying to make wearing basketball shorts a new trend,” says Kobe. “It’s different. You don’t see this everyday and I love vintage shirts.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsKobe’s eyes light up when he talks about fashion. His Instagram feed is equal parts basketball, fashion and family.“I was in LA (Los Angeles) and that’s where it started,” says Kobe on his interest in fashion. “Everyday in LA is a fashion show. You don’t really need to dress to impress, but when you dress good you feel good. But that’s just me, I just like to stand out.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetlast_img read more

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7 days agoEx-Real Madrid coach Toshack encourages Bale to use his Spanish publicly

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Ex-Real Madrid coach Toshack encourages Bale to use his Spanish publiclyby Carlos Volcano7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid and Wales coach John Toshack has again encouraged Gareth Bale to use his Spanish publicly.Regarding Bale’s apparent inability or reluctance to express himself openly in Spanish, Tosh says he has no excuses. He told Libero: “I never had Spanish lessons. People said that I spoke poor Spanish, that I couldn’t speak the language properly but little by little, after trying to speak, to read, making an effort… I’d still get all the verbs wrong and get mixed up… “But for Bale, to be in a country like the one he’s in, in my view he has to speak the language. Sometimes, I’d just like to know what he’s thinking. And that’s not me being overcritical with him. Even if you get things wrong or make mistakes, you can still express yourself in another way. It’s like a challenge or a little battle.” last_img read more

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2 days agoMoyes praises Man Utd vice-chairman Woodward

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Moyes praises Man Utd vice-chairman Woodwardby Freddie Taylor2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United manager David Moyes has praised the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.Moyes had the chance to work with Woodward for less than a year, after he was fired before the end of his first season in charge of the club.The Scotsman was picked by Sir Alex Ferguson as the latter’s successor, but he could only manage to lead United to seventh place in the league that season.”I found him [Woodward] fine to work with, I’ve got to say. He was really new to the job,” Moyes told talkSPORT.”One of the big losses I found was probably David Gill leaving Manchester United, because he was the one who worked with Sir Alex.”And with both Sir Alex and David Gill going it was new for myself and Ed Woodward going in.” last_img read more

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VIDEO NASSCO Christens Third SEAVista Tanker

first_imgzoom San Diego-based shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO christened the Liberty, the third ECO Class tanker under contract with SEA-Vista LLC on December 17. The 610-foot-long, 50,000 deadweight ton, liquefied natural gas-conversion-ready ECO Class tanker is the third out of three tankers ordered by SEA-Vista, a partnership between SEACOR Holdings Inc. and Avista Capital Partners.The ship’s ECO design is said to achieve 33 percent increased fuel efficiency through several features, including a G-series MAN ME slow-speed main engine and an optimized hull form.The construction and operation of the new ECO Class tankers is aligned with the Jones Act, requiring that ships carrying cargo between U.S. ports be built in U.S. shipyards.Earlier this year, NASSCO delivered the first two ECO Class tankers for SEA-Vista LLC – the Independence and the Constitution.The new tankers, designed by DSEC, a subsidiary of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) of Busan, South Korea, are a continuation of the ECO MR Tanker design, which includes a Ballast Water Treatment System.last_img read more

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Oppal presses pause on Missing Women Inquiry

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn Vancouver, Missing Women Inquiry Commissioner Wally Oppal is struggling to replace at least one of the people who withdrew last week.APTN National News reporter Tina House finds out that Oppal is trying to restore some credibility to the embattled inquiry.last_img

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March Madness Crib Notes For Sundays Games

While Saturday’s top-billed matchups (specifically, Arizona-Ohio State and Kentucky-Cincinnati) looked sexier on paper than any in store on Sunday, day No. 2 of the round of 32 offers some solid games of its own — as well as fewer sleepers. Keep a particular eye on the trio of 2-versus-7 matchups, each of which should be reasonably competitive by the standards of this round.Here’s what else to look for:South RegionalGame to watch: No. 1 Duke vs. No. 8 San Diego State (a harmonic mean of 88.0) at 2:40 p.m. EDT on CBSUpset alert! No. 7 Iowa (27 percent win probability) vs. No. 2 Gonzaga at 7:10 p.m. EDT on TBSIN DEPTHDuke (85 percent win probability) vs. San Diego StatePlayer to watch: Jahlil Okafor, DukeAfter taking care of Robert Morris with ease in its opener, Duke moves on to face the slow-paced, defensively focused Aztecs. San Diego State has a tall team that ranks among the nation’s best at limiting opponents’ shooting efficiency and keeping them from getting to the line. But watch for Duke’s offensive rebounding (spearheaded by All-Everything center Jahlil Okafor) to offset some of SDSU’s defensive advantage. And when the Aztecs have the ball, scoring might be an ordeal. Neither of San Diego State’s two go-to guys on offense — Winston Shepard and Dwayne Polee — could even match the Division I average for efficiency when they ended an Aztec possession, a trend that figures to continue against a solid Blue Devils defense. Midwest RegionalIN BRIEFGame to watch: No. 2 Kansas vs. No. 7 Wichita State (87.6) at 5:15 p.m. EDT on CBSUpset alert! No. 5 West Virginia (55 percent) vs. No. 4 Maryland at 8:40 p.m. EDT on TNTIN DEPTHKansas (57 percent) vs. Wichita StatePlayer to watch: Fred VanVleet, Wichita StateWichita State’s offense clicked in the second half of its victory over Indiana on Friday, but the points may not come as easily against a strong Kansas defense that ranks ninth nationally in Ken Pomeroy’s schedule-adjusted ratings. The game may come down to whether Wichita State can execute its pick-and-roll — according to Synergy Sports, the Shockers’ pick-and-roll ball-handling efficiency ranked in the 93rd percentile of Division I schools; the Jayhawks’ defense was in the 85th percentile at stopping the play. At the other end, it’s worth watching whether the more interior-focused Kansas offense can adapt to take advantage of a Wichita State defense that dares opponents to move the ball around and shoot from the outside. West RegionalIN BRIEFGame to watch: No. 1 Wisconsin vs. No. 8 Oregon (87.3) at 7:45 p.m. EDT on TruTVIN DEPTHWisconsin (87 percent) vs. OregonPlayer to watch: Frank Kaminsky, WisconsinOregon’s offense — far and away the strength of the team — came to the rescue against Oklahoma State in the round of 64 as the Ducks shot 55 percent from the floor to outgun the Cowboys in a 79-73 win. But securing enough stops to beat Wisconsin might be a struggle for the defensively challenged Ducks. According to Ken Pomeroy’s ratings, Wisconsin easily owns the best offense in the country, a unit primed to take advantage of Oregon’s weak shot defense and inability to force turnovers. The Ducks also lack the risky traits that sometimes help heavy underdogs chance their way into upsets. But one path the Ducks might navigate to victory is to force the tempo and make the Badgers play at their pace. Oregon had the 33rd-fastest offense in the country this season (as measured by seconds per possession), while Wisconsin had the third-slowest. East RegionalIN BRIEFGame to watch: No. 2 Virginia vs. No. 7 Michigan State (89.5) at 12:10 p.m. EDT on CBSUpset alert! No. 5 Northern Iowa (55 percent) vs. No. 4 Louisville at 9:40 p.m. EDT on TBSIN DEPTHVirginia (72 percent) vs. Michigan StatePlayer to watch: Anthony Gill, VirginiaVirginia didn’t exactly look dominant against a stubborn Belmont team Friday, and now the Cavaliers must face an even tougher opponent in Michigan State. The Spartans have the talent to stick with Virginia — they’d have a 37 percent chance of the upset here if we based our prediction on preseason ratings alone — and their coach is familiar with deep tournament runs. Plus, Virginia operates its offense at a veritable crawl, slowing down the game and inviting the kind of variance that can prove deadly for a favorite. But other than their snail-like pace, the Cavaliers play a sturdy style as upset-proof as any, relying primarily on two-point shooting, ball security, rebounding, and an old-fashioned big, tough interior defense. It all makes for a team with few clear weaknesses, something Michigan State will likely learn the hard way.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. read more

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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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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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Mens Basketball Ohio State continues inconsistency during losing streak

Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann puts his hands up after questioning a call in the second half of the game against Michigan State on Feb. 17. Ohio State lost 44-62. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorMichigan State head coach Tom Izzo did not forget what former Spartan Magic Johnson told his team. After the Spartans’ win against No. 20 Wisconsin on Feb. 12, Johnson asked the locker room “Who’s going to stay consistent the longest?” As Izzo reminisced on this moment, Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann was already gone, his team having lost to No. 11 Michigan State 62-44 after holding a 31-25 halftime lead. Instead of consistency, Holtmann saw irregularity, watching an offense that had shot 40 percent from the field in the first half come out of the locker room and make 4-of-21 from the field and 1-of-9 from 3-point range. This was a challenge the head coach expected heading into the season, seeing a roster turned over with the loss of five of its top seven leading scorers. But that does not mean Holtmann is accepting the struggles as the reality for his team.  “It’s frustrating when you are struggling to score as much as you are struggling to score,” Holtmann said. “I think that is frustrating for guys because you tie so much of yourself to your offense.” In each of the past two games — both losses for Ohio State — the Buckeyes have struggled with second half scoring. They have combined to shoot 26.7 percent from the field, making only one of their 16 3-point attempts in the final 20 minutes. To sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson, the offensive inconsistency has not been because of the offense itself. He said the Buckeyes play in a difficult league, leading to no easy shots. He said that part’s fixable. What isn’t fixable to Wesson is the inconsistency on offense leading to points in the other basket. “Defense wins games, defense wins championships. There’s not a team that’s going to win any game without defense,” Wesson said. “If shots aren’t going to fall, they aren’t going to fall. But they got to score on the other end.” In Ohio State’s two consecutive losses to Michigan State and Illinois, the Buckeyes have allowed opponents to shoot 47.1 percent from the field in the second half, making 15-of-27 from inside the 3-point line. Wesson said this defense is where Ohio State’s game starts. And it’s something that both the Fighting Illini and Spartans saw in the first half, as each shot a combined 36 percent from the field in the first half, scoring 55 points between them. With the implosion of the defense comes the implosion of the offense, showing a lack of size against opponents, including the Spartans, who recorded eight blocks against the Buckeyes on Sunday.“I’d like our fours to be a bit longer, but that’s not going to happen,” Holtmann said. “We were not great in finishing in transition and that’s where we get some of our shots blocked, but I want us to continue to be aggressive.” Size and physicality is something that teams have taken advantage of against Ohio State all season.Holtmann said Wesson, who played 29 minutes, but was limited to 13 second-half minutes, was fatigued during the game, more so than he has ever seen from the sophomore forward. Facing Michigan State junior forward Nick Ward and freshman forward Thomas Kithier, after Ward was sidelined with an injury for the majority of the second half, Wesson scored 12 points, the only Ohio State scorer in double-digits, and made 5-of-11 attempts. But the physicality proved too much for Wesson at times, something he is used to, but is tired of. “I’m not used to getting calls anyways,” Wesson said. “I get fouled almost every possession if you look at the film.” Holtmann said it was not just Wesson who looked fatigued. It was the entire team, saying Ohio State looked slow in terms of its pace against the Spartans. Ohio State had a three-point deficit in its seven-point loss to the Fighting Illini. The Buckeyes has a six-point lead against the Spartans in its 18-point loss Sunday. “It leaves a bad taste in your mouth because we knew this was a winnable game,” sophomore guard Musa Jallow said. “We just didn’t do enough to pull it out in the second half.”  Whether it’s fatigue or just momentum shifting to the opponent, this storyline has been the only consistent thing for Ohio State in the past two games. read more

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PFA chief Taylor confident review will go ahead

first_imgIn response to media criticism, PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor insists an independent review of the organisation will take place soon.Back in November 2018, Taylor wrote to members of the PFA, forming them he and the board would be recommending a QC-led independent review into the “structure and operation of the organisation”.Reports are rife the announcement of the review was preceded criticism aimed at Taylor, who has been in the role 38 years, over his annual salary and management issues.A statement from the PFA chief disclosed via Sky: “In the light of recent media interest I wish to clarify the situation with regard to the proposed Independent Review of the PFA.“A decision has been made by the Trustees and the Management Committee to appoint Sport Resolutions as the appropriate body to conduct the review. Sport Resolutions are in the process of constituting the panel that will conduct the review and will finalise the Terms of Reference and scope of the review.“The independent review will look into the (i) governance; (ii) management; and (iii) policies, procedures and operations of the PFA, with the aim of ensuring the PFA operates effectively, in accordance with the highest standards and in the best interests of its members.English Premier League flops of the week Taimoor Khan – August 25, 2019 The third round of English Premier League football is pretty much over and we need to take a look at players and coaches who…“Mindful of the PFA’s role to protect, improve and negotiate the conditions, rights, and status of all professional football players by collective bargaining agreements, the Independent Review’s objectives will be to make recommendations on any changes necessary to implement best practice.Remarkable power vacuum at top of British sport; CEO vacancies at UK Sport, BOA & UK Athletics. But especially in football where Prem League, FA & EFL all need new CEOs. Interesting to see if PFA supremo Gordon Taylor bucks trend & continues to cling to power after 2018 revolt pic.twitter.com/co6gs96juY— Dan Roan (@danroan) February 20, 2019“The Panel will aim to submit its findings to the Trustees and Management Committee of the PFA as soon as reasonably practicable (whilst ensuring that it comprehensively delivers on the agreed scope).“In the spirit of accountability and transparency, the Key Findings and Recommendations will be published by the PFA as soon as practicable after its completion (whilst ensuring that any necessary confidentiality is maintained).”last_img read more

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Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Celebrates 76th Anniversary

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享This upcoming weekend the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will be celebrating its 76th Anniversary. Leah Eskelin with the Refuge: “The whole time we will have family friendly activities in our multi-purpose room.” Festivities include a wild-game chili cook-off starting at noon, fun family hands-on activities and a guided snowshoe walk at 1 p.m. Story as aired: http://www.radiokenai.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Jennifer-on-KNWR-Anniversary.mp3 The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge was first established as the Kenai National Moose Range in 1941 to protect moose. In 1980, the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) changed the name and purpose of the refuge. The Refuge is one of over 500 units in the National Wildlife Refuge System, a 150-million acre network of lands and waters set aside to help conserve the nation’s fish and wildlife heritage. To celebrate the Refuge will be hosting an Open House at the Refuge Visitor Center on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna.last_img 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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Two Charged With Attempting To Smuggle Drugs Into MatSu Pretrial Correctional Facility

first_imgJoshua Jacob Reed, 30, an inmate at Mat-Su Pretrial at the time of the offense, and Olivia Danielle Blake, 27, of Wasilla, were both named in the indictment, according to a press release from the U.S. District Attorneys Office in Anchorage. Reed is charged with (1) attempt to possess with the intent to distribute a controlled substance, and (2) attempt to possess contraband in prison. Blake is charged with (1) distribution of a controlled substance, and (2) attempt to provide contraband in prison. The drugs that Reed and Blake attempted to smuggle into Mat-Su Pretrial included quantities of methamphetamine, heroin, and Buprenorphine, which is one of the narcotic drugs in Suboxone. According to the indictment, on or about Feb. 28, 2017, Blake allegedly attempted to pass drugs to Reed, who was an inmate at Mat-Su Pretrial at the time. Blake did so at Reed’s direction on the morning that Reed was set for trial in an unrelated state criminal case.center_img The maximum sentence is 20 years in prison and a fine of $1 million, or both, for the most serious charges alleged in the indictment. Under federal sentencing statutes, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the two charged. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Two have been charged with attempting to smuggle drugs int0 the State of Alaska Department of Corrections (“DOC”) Mat-Su Pretrial Correctional Facility (“Mat-Su Pretrial”) in Palmer.last_img read more

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Suu Kyi under fire at ASEAN summit

first_imgMyanmar state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi attends the Leaders Plenary Session of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-Australia Special Summit in Sydney on 18 March, 2018. Photo: AFPMyanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi was pressed about the Rohingya crisis at an ASEAN summit in Sydney Sunday, but the regional bloc stressed it could not intervene and “force an outcome”.Suu Kyi has been under intense global criticism for her public silence amid a brutal military crackdown that has forced nearly 700,000 of the Muslim-minority Rohingya to flee Myanmar’s Rakhine state for Bangladesh.The humanitarian crisis was one of the key topics at a three-day special summit between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Australia.”We discussed the situation in Rakhine state at considerable length today,” Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull said at the closing press conference.”Aung San Suu Kyi addressed the matter comprehensively, at some considerable length herself.”It’s certainly an issue that has been discussed and it is fair to say… very constructively, in our meeting.”Singapore’s prime minister Lee Hsien Loong, who is this year’s ASEAN chair, said Myanmar’s neighbours were concerned about the ongoing situation but could not “force an outcome”.”It is of concern for all ASEAN countries, and yet ASEAN is not able to intervene and to force an outcome,” Lee said alongside Turnbull.Both leaders said they would back efforts to reach a long-term solution to end the crisis, and were supporting humanitarian efforts to help those displaced.The 10-nation ASEAN prides itself on consensus diplomacy and non-interference in each other’s affairs.But the exodus has sparked rare tension within the association, and Muslim-majority Malaysia has called for an independent ASEAN-led investigation into allegations of army abuse.Malaysia’s leader Najib Razak increased the pressure on Suu Kyi Saturday, saying the Rohingya issue could threaten regional security as he warned those affected could fall prey to extremist groups like Islamic State.Lee said Singapore had no “specific intelligence” on whether there were terrorist groups in Rakhine state, but said “these are possibilities that you cannot rule out and which you have to keep on being on the watch out for”.Suu Kyi is due in Canberra on Monday for talks with Turnbull before an address to Sydney’s Lowy Institute on Tuesday.She has not commented publicly since arriving in Australia on Saturday for the summit, but is scheduled to take questions at Tuesday’s media event.ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Australia has been a dialogue partner since 1974.last_img read more

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Experts Gathering In Houston To Discuss How Braille Is Taught – And

first_imgPixabayBraille, the writing system that allows people who are blind or have other visual impairments to read by touch, was once greatly understudied by the academic community.This began to change with new research that emerged two decades ago showing that the brain’s visual cortex lights up when people who are born blind read Braille. That revelation changed a lot of what we know about the brain.Some Rice University researchers are hoping to further expand what Braille can teach us about our minds — and to advance how the visually impaired are educated — by holding a three-day conference on Braille research and education March 8-10.Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty talks with Rice University’s Robert Englebretson, department chair and associate professor of linguistics, and Simon Fischer-Baum, assistant professor of psychology, about what scientists have learned from studying Braille’s effect on the brain and what more they hope to accomplish by bringing together Braille researchers and educators from around the world.Michael HagertyRice University’s Robert Englebretson (left), department chair and associate professor of linguistics, and Simon Fischer-Baum, assistant professor of psychology. Sharelast_img read more

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Gurung making a fool out of public eyeing GTA chair Binay Tamang

first_imgDarjeeling: “Bimal Gurung is eyeing the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) chair while stoking Gorkhaland sentiments. He is making a fool of the public,” stated Binay Tamang, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) president and chairman, GTA Board of Administrators.The allegation comes in the wake of the Gurung faction of GJM declaring that they are ready to open up dialogue with the state government and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. On Thursday, Col (retd.) Ramesh Allay, a GJM leader owing allegiance to Gurung, stated while talking to media persons in Kalimpong that they had sent a letter to the state government, stating that they are ready to hold a meeting with the Chief Minister. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeGurung had spearheaded an agitation in 2017, which had culminated in a 105 day long bandh. The agitation witnessed widespread violence and the death of 11 persons. Gurung and many of his associates were charged in numerous criminal cases. They are all absconding. Since Gurung was declared an absconder, his name has been struck off the electoral rolls and his properties attached by a court order. Reacting to Allay’s statement, the Binay Tamang faction of the GJM had stated that the statement is proof enough that dialogue with the state government is the correct way out. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”If they wanted to sit in a dialogue with the state government then why were Binay Tamang and Anit Thapa dubbed anti-Gorkha and anti-Gorkhaland when they opened up dialogue with the state government in August 2017? After one year if Gurung is looking forward to a dialogue with the state then why oppose Binay Tamang and Anit Thapa?” questioned Suraj Sharma, GJM spokesperson. Sharma stated that it clearly proves the double standards of Gurung. “While he is stoking Gorkhaland sentiments and raising the issue of the death of martyrs on one side, on the other he is opening up back door channels for dialogue with the state. All the violence, unrest, 105 day bandh and death of 11 innocents is a result of Gurung’s political short-sightedness, stubborn attitude and double standards,” retorted Sharma. He stated that Gurung has always been eyeing the GTA chair and compromised the Gorkhaland issue. “In 2011 after 3 supporters died in police firing in Sibchu, Gurung settled for the GTA. Again in 2013 when the process was initiated for the formation of Telangana, Gurung resigned from the GTA. As soon as the agitation peaked and Mangal Singh Rajput committed self-immolation, Gurung immediately returned as GTA chief. Now, after the death of 11 persons and hundreds going to jail, Gurung is again eyeing the GTA chair. For how long will he make a fool of the public?” questioned Sharma.last_img read more

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Pwn2Own Vancouver 2019 Targets include Tesla Model 3 Oracle Google Apple Microsoft

first_imgPwn2Own, run by Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative, is one of the industry’s toughest hacking contests. Started in 2007, Pwn2Own has become a platform for white hats to test their skills against various types of software and winners have been awarded more than $4 million over the lifetime of the program. Pwn2Own Vancouver- Pwn2Own’s spring vulnerability research competition- will be conducted from March 20 to 22 at the CanSecWest conference. The contest has 5 categories, including web browsers, virtualization software, enterprise applications and server-side software. For the first time, the contest will feature an ‘Automotive’ category with the Tesla Model 3 chosen as a target by ZDI. Other targets include software products from Apple, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla, Oracle and VMware. Let’s look into what’s in store for every category: #1 Automotive category: Tesla Model 3 “We develop our cars with the highest standards of safety in every respect, and our work with the security research community is invaluable to us”-David Lau, Vice President of Vehicle Software at Tesla Tesla has long involved itself with the hacker community since involvement since 2004 with its bug bounty program, that pays up to $15,000 for security exploits of its systems. In 2018 the company altered its warranty policy. The updated policy states that ‘as long as security exploits are found and reported within the limits outlined by the bug bounty program, the user’s warranty will remain intact.’ At Pwn2Own Vancouver, researchers will have 6 focal points to discover/ research vulnerabilities in the car. While prizes for every category vary from $35,000 to $300,000, the winning security researcher can walk away with their very own Model 3. Tesla’s line of action is an indication of its seriousness towards the security of its self-driving cars. #2 Virtualization Category The targets for virtualization category includes: Oracle VirtualBox VMware Workstation VMware ESXi Microsoft Hyper-V Client Microsoft leads the virtualization category with a $250,000 award for a successful Hyper-V Client guest-to-host escalation. VMware is a Pwn2Own sponsor for 2019, and the VMware ESXi along with VMware Workstation will serve as targets with awards of $150,000 and $70,000 respectively. Oracle VirtualBox is included in this category with a prize of $35,000. #3 Browser Category Within the browser category, we have: Google Chrome Microsoft Edge Apple Safari Mozilla Firefox We have seen a lot of web browsers getting hacked in 2018. It is great to see the biggest names in the tech industry coming forward to find vulnerabilities in their systems which can be saved from being exploited by malicious actors. A browser exploit for Firefox will be awarded $40,000. The award for exploiting Chrome is $80,000. Additionally, a contestant exploiting Edge with a Windows Defender Application Guard (WDAG) will be awarded with $80,000. Contestants exploiting Safari will be awarded $55,000 up to $65,000. #4 Enterprise Application Category The Enterprise Application Category has the following targets: Adobe Reader Microsoft Office 365 Microsoft Outlook The products offered by Adobe and Microsoft are used by almost everyone on a daily basis. Finding out a security flaw in this category would therefore safeguard the millions using these products regularly.  A reader exploit will be awarded with $40,000, breaking into office is awarded at $60,000 and $100,000 for Outlook. #5 Server side Category The final category in this contest includes Microsoft Windows RDP as a target. A successful RDP exploit will award the contestant with $150,000. You can head over to Zero Day Initiatives official blog for more information on the contest, the rules, awards and much more. Read Next Microsoft urgently releases Out-of-Band patch for an active Internet Explorer remote code execution zero-day vulnerability NYT says Facebook has been disclosing personal data to Amazon, Microsoft, Apple and other tech giants; Facebook denies claims with obfuscating press release AI chipmaking startup ‘Graphcore’ raises $200m from BMW, Microsoft, Bosch, Delllast_img read more

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Thats not going to be the case in 2018 Im pret

first_imgThat’s not going to be the case in 2018.“I’m pretty excited about it. I remember how it well it worked when we went 13-3 when (center) A.Q. (Shipley) was back there running the fullback,” left tackle D.J. Humphries said. “So I’m pretty excited to see how it’s going to work for us as far as full-time.”Though Ramesh is an undrafted rookie out of out of Wisconsin, Coleman is entering his sixth season in the NFL. He joined the Cardinals after spending last season with the Falcons, which came on the heels of a four-year stint in Seattle.Last year, Atlanta had the No. 13 rushing attack in terms of total yards yet averaged 4.3 yards per carry, which tied for third-best in the league.By comparison, the Cardinals ranked 30th and 31st, respectively, in the same categories.Not to say Coleman is the answer to the Cardinals’ run game issues, but his addition certainly can’t hurt.Also, Johnson is healthy. He was not last season, a fact that can’t be ignored when looking at the rushing numbers from a year ago.Johnson’s ability to run with the football was one of the things Wilks singled out after Day 1 of OTAs.“Just his movement. His ability to be able to play with vision. Make the cut. Get vertical. Also, when you look to put him out in space, some of the things he does out there,” Wilks said. “Again, I think he is an every down back. That’s a major plus at this level. It’s great to see him out there working.” TEMPE, Ariz. – Standing at his locker following the first day of organized team activities, Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson was asked how he felt about the team’s newest feature, one not seen in the previous five seasons: The fullback.“It’s nice to always have more blockers in the run game,” he said, smiling. “I’m excited.”And why wouldn’t Johnson be. The idea of having another body move would-be tacklers out of the way and help open up running lanes should make any running back happy. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “I think it’s always a plus when you got somebody to be able to take the brunt of the punishment or the blow first,” head coach Steve Wilks said. “I think (Johnson) is going to benefit.”Wilks’ predecessor, Bruce Arians, did not believe in the fullback position.When Arians was hired in 2013 one of the first personnel moves the Cardinals made was trading the one fullback on the roster, Anthony Sherman, to Kansas City for cornerback Javier Arenas.The fullback wasn’t seen again in Tempe until the recent signings of Derrick Coleman and Austin Ramesh.“I think it makes my job a little bit easier,” Johnson said. “Having those guys being able to pick up linebackers or d-ends or anybody on the defensive side makes my read a little bit easier.”Related LinksCardinals’ Markus Golden on his ACL rehab: ‘I’ll be out there soon’Cardinals hit the field for OTAs; David Johnson, Josh Rosen impressThe adjustment with a fullback sharing the backfield will be minimal, according to Johnson, who did run behind a fullback in college.“Last year, we didn’t have a designated fullback but our tight ends did the job,” he said. “This time we’ll have someone actually in there to block. It’s not going to change much.”To be fair, the Cardinals did line up with a fullback a handful of times under Arians, typically in goal line or short yardage situations. But that fullback usually was an extra offensive lineman. Of course, what Wilks and everyone else are seeing right now is players practicing in helmets and shorts. The pads won’t come until training camp, when a better representation of the Cardinals offense will be on display.Still, what Johnson has seen on the field so far has him excited.“Very excited. It’s a good offense. All the new guys are doing really well,” he said. “I love Sam (Bradford) at quarterback. He’s being a great quarterback, great leader. Already telling guys, everyone what they’re doing. Already teaching and coaching everyone. I’m very excited about this offense, for sure.“It’s going to be a good year I feel like.” Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 7 Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals’ David Johnson (31) runs during an organized team activity at the NFL football team’s training facility, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)last_img read more

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Al Jazeeraowned French sports broadcaster BeIN Sp

first_imgAl Jazeera-owned French sports broadcaster BeIN Sport has acquired the rights to the World handball championships for both men’s and women’s events for the 2015 and 2017 competitions.International Handball Federation president Hassan Moustafa and beIN Media Group CEO Nasser Al-Hhelaifi signed a deal at the IHF’s HQ in Bâle, Switzerland.beIN Sport will be responsible for TV production and international distribution of the competition.The men’s 2015 championship is set to take place in Qatar, while the women’s competition will take place in Denmark.The men’s 2017 competition will be held in France, while the women’s event will be held in Germany.The championship has until now been broadcast in France by Canal+.BeIN Sport already holds the rights to men’s and women’s Champions League handball for the 2012-13 season.Canal+ retains the rights to the French championship.last_img read more

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