September 21, 2020
  • 5:16 am Soldado seals Spurs success
  • 5:14 am Young’s full of optimism
  • 5:12 am Wenger has Christmas wish
  • 4:56 am Fingers crossed for Ward – Pardew
  • 4:55 am Pellegrini could go on the attack

first_imgBy Clifton RossA BRUTAL knock from Chandrapaul Hemraj, coupled with seamer Rayad Emrit’s 4-for, piloted Rutherford Renegades to an emphatic 8-wicket win over Hetmyer Hurricanes, in Friday night’s Golden Republic T20 Bash.An expert spell of seam bowling from the veteran Emrit, who returned 4-25 from his 3 overs, was instrumental in keeping the Hetmyer Hurricanes to a modest 140-9 in 20 overs.Captain Hetmyer (24) and overseas player, Windies batsman Lendl Simmons (23), led the batting charge while West Indies Under-19 all-rounder Kevlon Anderson and Guyana Jaguars all-rounder Ronaldo Alimohamed chipped in with 19 apiece.Rutherford Renegades in their chase, raced to 144-2 in 17.1 overs. Hemraj, the West Indies Test opener, bludgeoned an unbeaten 45-ball 58 with 3 fours and as many sixes. He shared an opening stand of 63 with ex-West Indies U-19 wicketkeeper Tevin Imlach, who muscled 42 off just 29 with six thumping fours and two maximums.After the two openers feasted on some ineffective bowling from Chris Barnwell 1-16 and pacer Niall Smith (1-24) who were the only wicket-takers for the Hetmyer Hurricanes, the platform was already laid for victory.After Barnwell removed Imlach, Guyana Jaguars captain Leon Johnson played a brief cameo of 17 off 15 with one four and a six before he was caught by Barnwell off the bowling of Smith.An unmoved Hemraj continued to play his shots and when he was joined by Raymon Reifer the pair sought to get the match over in a hurry. Reifer, a renowned T20 specialist having won last year’s Hero CPL with his birth country franchise Barbados Tridents; stroked 23 not out with a pair of fours and a big six.Hemraj and Reifer steered the ship to land, adding an even half-century stand for the 3rd wicket, winning in quite convincing manner. Earlier, when play began under lights, it was eventually the frequent loss of wickets which contributed to the Hetmyer Hurricanes being kept to a below-par total; after they elected to bat first.West Indies opener Simmons got off to a flashy start while his partner Trevon Griffith failed to trouble the scorers, departing for a duck. In-form West Indies U-19 all-rounder Anderson showed his class with four fours before the veteran Emrit managed to dismantle his stumps for 19.With two batsmen back in the dressing room, Hetmyer came out to partner Simmons, who had gone into double digits by then. Simmons at that point had been seemingly cruising as he helped himself to three fours and a six with his usually classy stroke-play.However, the introduction of National left-arm spinner Anthony Adams (1-16) provided the ideal breakthrough for Rutherford Renegades knocking over the Windies batsman, with a beauty of a delivery.Rutherford then made another dent in the lineup, removing all-rounder Barnwell (4) who got off the mark with his boundary and helped raise the team’s 50; before hitting the left-arm seamer down midwicket’s throat.Kemol Savory (13) fell to Emrit while newbie Quintin Sampson bagged his biggest wicket to date by breaking the edge of Hetmyer, who was expertly caught by wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble.Alimohamed and Gudakesh Motie (16) sought to put up resistance but it proved temporary, as Emrit removed the latter, West Indies U-19 bowler Ashmead Nedd for a duck and Richie Looknauth (11) to wrap up the innings.The Rutherford Renegades then celebrated their million-dollar win with Minister of Social Cohesion/Sport Dr George Norton, who along with GCB, helped to make the inaugural 50th celebrations match an event to remember.last_img read more

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first_imgLed by the three-goal performance of Junior Jinelle Zaugg, the Cardinal team earned a 7-4 victory over the White team in Saturday’s annual Cardinal-White game, the Badgers’ annual intra-squad scrimmage.The defending national champions, who will officially open their season against Quinnipiac on Friday, were broken into two squads and played an abbreviated game that featured two 17-minute periods, and penalty shots on all penalties instead of the usual power play advantage.”Our goal is to do our best,” senior captain Bobbi-Jo Slusar said. “It’s a good starting point for us.With the modified penalty rules, shortened game length and untypical line match-ups, the final tally of 7-4 was more of a reflection of the speed and explosiveness of the team than a lack of defense or goaltending.”Our team is going to be extremely talented, and our level of play is going to increase,” Slusar said confidently. “I think we’re going to be good.”The scoring started with a Cardinal goal 5:52 into the first period when sophomore Kayla Hagen scored on last year’s Frozen Four Most Outstanding Player Jessie Vetter. Eight seconds later Zaugg scored her first goal, as the Cardinal squad took control of the game. A Sara Bauer goal with just over a minute to play in the first period extended the Cardinal lead to 4-0. White did, however, pick up their play in the second period, outscoring the Cardinal team 4-3 on the strength of two Meghan Dugan goals. White eventually cut the lead to just two goals, before a second Bauer goal made the score 7-4 and put the game away with 2:43 to play. Goalies Christine Dufour and Jessie Vetter, with 11 and 8 saves respectively, played well considering the set-up of the game was so conducive to scoring. Freshman Alannah McCready gave up five second period goals, but did add a couple of strong saves.The game also served as an opportunity for the freshmen to make their first appearances and show off their talent. “It’s not too nerve-wracking, and it gives some of the new players a chance to get comfortable in their surroundings,” Slusar said. “It’s a new level of play for the freshmen.Four freshmen, Dugan, Kyla Sanders, Emily Kranz and Jasmine Giles scored in the scrimmage, and Giles also provided sparks with a highlight reel assist on Kranz’s second period goal for White.last_img read more

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first_imgRepublic of Ireland have been dealt a huge blow after striker Shane Long was ruled out of their crucial World Cup qualifier against Wales.The news was confirmed earlier today by the Republic of Ireland. It was further revealed that Long will miss the Group D clash at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff with a hip injury.The 30-year-old Southampton star had featured for over 80 minutes of the team’s 2-0 home win over Moldova on Friday.With Long and Walters out for the Republic of Ireland,  Nottingham Forest striker Daryl Murphy is set to start again after scoring a brace against Moldova.Republic of Ireland will secure a playoff spot at least with a win over home nations rival Wales.Related2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Republic of Ireland Boosted By Striker’s Return To TrainingOctober 4, 2017In “FIFA”Big Blow! Real Madrid Star Out Of World Cup QualifiersOctober 3, 2017In “Europe”Bale Injury Aftermath: Injured Welsh Striker Banks On Team To Prove Doubters Wrong AgainOctober 5, 2017In “FIFA”last_img read more

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first_imgSumner Newscow report — If you are looking for a place to use your gifts, talents, and some of your time…Look No Further!Wellington Public Library is hosting a Volunteer Fair as part of the Adult and Young Adult Summer Reading Programs!Where:  Wellington Public Library, Meeting RoomWhen:  Tuesday, June 9th from 4-6 p.m.Come and meet up with local organizations that are seeking volunteers, such as any of the following:Birthline, Casa,  Catholic Charities, Chisolm Trail Museum, Foodbank, Futures, Friends of Charity, Friends of the Library, Humane Society,Womens Auxilary @ SRMC, Sumner County Moms, Mental Health Compeer Group, Literacy, SCCDAT, Womens Auxilary VFW Come and find the perfect fit for you! If you have any questions, call (620) 326-2011, email wpl@wellingtonpubliclibrary, or find them onFacebook!Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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first_imgIt’s Selection Sunday week! Welcome to Edition 4.0 of Sporting News’ NCAA Tournament projections, known around these parts as the Field of 68.We’ll update these projections every morning this week. Even though seed lines might not drastically shift day-to-day, even minor movement seems monumental at this time of the year, and that’s worth updating, isn’t it? Newbies: Bradley, Cincinnati, Utah State, WinthropDropped out: Northern Iowa, Purdue, Radford, TulsaFirst four outN.C. State (19-12): NET/Pom/Sag: 51/54/44. vs. Q1: 4-5. vs. Q2: 4-5. vs. Q3/4: 11-2Richmond (24-7): NET/Pom/Sag: 37/46/53. vs. Q1: 3-4. vs. Q2: 3-2. vs. Q3/4: 18-1Wichita State (23-8): NET/Pom/Sag: 41/39/41. vs. Q1: 2-5. vs. Q2: 7-3. vs. Q3/4: 13-0Memphis (21-10): NET/Pom/Sag: 58/58/46. vs. Q1: 2-4. vs. Q2: 6-2. vs. Q3/4: 13-3Next four outMississippi State (20-11): NET/Pom/Sag: 50/47/45. vs. Q1: 2-7. vs. Q2: 6-2. vs. Q3/4: 12-2Purdue (16-15): NET/Pom/Sag: 33/24/23. vs. Q1: 4-10. vs. Q2: 5-4. vs. Q3/4: 7-1Northern Iowa (23-6): NET/Pom/KPI: 48/48/89. vs. Q1: 1-1. vs. Q2: 3-2. vs. Q3/4: 19-3Saint Louis (22-8): NET/Pom/Sag: 49/62/68. vs. Q1: 2-5. vs. Q2: 2-2. vs. Q3/4: 18-1 MARCH MADNESS BRACKET:Tracking the bids for 2020 NCAA TournamentOur goal is to give you a numbers snapshot for every team, and then maybe a note or two on most squads. This isn’t a projection of what the seed lines will look like on Selection Sunday, but rather an educated guess at how the bracket would look if the season ended yesterday. (Lots can happen between now and then, folks.) Our goal is to give you the information that will be used by the selection committee — a mix of statistics and other relevant facts for every single at-large team.As you know, even though numbers matter, they aren’t the only thing: The committee looks at an entire body of work, a process that includes many factors (injuries, etc.).Our Field of 68 automatic bids go to teams that fit these one of these three categories:Teams that have clinched their league’s tournament title (duh) are in italics.Teams that are the No. 1 seed in conference tournaments that have not yet started.Teams that are the highest remaining seed in tournaments that have started but not yet finished.Projected No. 1 seedsKansas (Big 12), Gonzaga (WCC), Dayton (A10), BaylorKansas (27-3): NET/Pom/Sag: 1/1/1. vs. Q1: 12-3. vs. Q2: 8-0. vs. Q3/4: 7-0Gonzaga (29-2): NET/Pom/Sag: 2/2/2. vs. Q1: 5-2. vs. Q2: 4-0. vs. Q3/4: 20-0Dayton (29-2): NET/Pom/Sag: 3/4/7. vs. Q1: 5-2. vs. Q2: 8-0. vs. Q3/4: 16-0Baylor (26-4): NET/Pom/Sag: 5/3/4. vs. Q1: 11-2. vs. Q2: 5-2. vs. Q3/4: 10-0Thoughts: Kansas, Gonzaga and Dayton are all No. 1 seeds, and it’s hard to imagine that changing, even if Dayton loses its A10 tournament opener to the winner of the UMass/VCU contest. If San Diego State had won the Mountain West tournament title instead of falling to Utah State, the Aztecs would have had a great case for a No. 1 seed — over Baylor, though, not over Dayton. The Bears have lost three of their past five games and have slipped from the top overall seed to the fourth overall seed. It would be surprising, but not stunning, to see the committee drop the Bears a seed, anyway.Projected No. 2 seedsSan Diego State, Florida State (ACC), Creighton (Big East), VillanovaSan Diego State (29-2): NET/Pom/Sag: 4/6/9. vs. Q1: 4-1. vs. Q2: 7-0. vs. Q3/4: 18-1Florida State (26-5): NET/Pom/Sag: 10/15/6. vs. Q1: 6-3. vs. Q2: 8-2. vs. Q3/4: 12-0Creighton (23-7): NET/Pom/Sag: 11/13/13. vs. Q1: 9-7. vs. Q2: 6-0. vs. Q3/4: 8-0Villanova (24-7): NET/Pom/Sag: 13/18/10. vs. Q1: 10-6. vs. Q2: 6-1. vs. Q3/4: 8-0Thoughts: There’s still fluidity and opportunity on the 2-seed line behind SDSU and Florida State. As many as nine different teams — the last two here, all four on the 3-seed line and everyone other than Wisconsin on the 4-seed line — could possibly wind up as a 2-seed with conference tournament titles. It’s not about the titles themselves, but runs to their respective conference titles for these nine schools (all power teams) would include multiple Q1 wins over high-quality teams; adding three of those in a week would be quite the resume boost. Remember, though, nothing happens in a vacuum, and the path to a 2-seed for some of the schools would require multiple other dominoes to fall, too.Projected No. 3 seedsMichigan State, Kentucky (SEC), Duke, Seton HallMichigan State (22-9): NET/Pom/Sag: 7/7/3. vs. Q1: 7-7. vs. Q2: 6-2. vs. Q3/4: 8-0Kentucky (25-6): NET/Pom/Sag: 21/28/11. vs. Q1: 9-3. vs. Q2: 5-2. vs. Q3/4: 11-1Duke (25-6): NET/Pom/Sag: 6/5/8. vs. Q1: 5-3. vs. Q2: 6-2. vs. Q3/4: 14-1Seton Hall (21-9): NET/Pom/Sag: 15/19/14. vs. Q1: 10-7. vs. Q2: 5-2. vs. Q3/4: 6-0Thoughts: It’s kind of amazing, the difference between the computer rankings for the teams currently on our 3-seed line. The metrics love Michigan State and Duke but hate Kentucky — almost as much as Louisville, Indiana or Tennessee fans — with Seton Hall snugly in the middle of the pack.Projected No. 4 seedsMaryland, Louisville, Oregon (Pac-12), Wisconsin (Big Ten)Maryland (24-7): NET/Pom/Sag: 18/11/20. vs. Q1: 7-7. vs. Q2: 7-0. vs. Q3/4: 10-0Louisville (24-7): NET/Pom/Sag: 8/9/18. vs. Q1: 4-6. vs. Q2: 6-1. vs. Q3/4: 14-0Oregon (24-7): NET/Pom/Sag: 12/17/17. vs. Q1: 8-5. vs. Q2: 6-2. vs. Q3/4: 10-0Wisconsin (21-10): NET/Pom/Sag: 24/22/12. vs. Q1: 9-8. vs. Q2: 4-1. vs. Q3/4: 8-1Thoughts: Louisville has the best metrics of this group — top 10 NET and KenPom — but by far the fewest Q1 victories, and that matters. (Heck, Oregon State and DePaul, two teams far outside the at-large conversation, have more Q1 wins than the Cardinals). This might be a little high for Wisconsin; the Badgers had an overwhelmingly “meh” nonconference showing but have been playing as well as anyone the past month or so. They’ve won eight in a row and, shockingly, captured the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten tournament despite at one point owning a 6-6 league mark.CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT BRACKETS:B1G | SEC | ACC | B12 | P-12 | Big EastProjected No. 5 seedsButler, Ohio State, BYU, VirginiaButler (22-9): NET/Pom/Sag: 19/25/25. vs. Q1: 10-6. vs. Q2: 5-3. vs. Q3/4: 7-0Ohio State (21-10): NET/Pom/Sag: 16/8/5. vs. Q1: 5-8. vs. Q2: 7-1. vs. Q3/4: 9-0BYU (23-7): NET/Pom/Sag: 9/12/16. vs. Q1: 3-4. vs. Q2: 5-3. vs. Q3/4: 15-0Virginia (23-7): NET/Pom/Sag: 42/44/22. vs. Q1: 5-3. vs. Q2: 7-3. vs. Q3/4: 11-1Thoughts: Speaking of “maybe too high,” Virginia doesn’t have impressive computer rankings by most metrics. But it has won 10 of 11, knocking off the ACC’s three heavyweights — Florida State, Duke and Louisville — in that stretch and rolling up to the No. 2 seed in the ACC Tournament. (That last part’s just an aside on how they’re playing, not a determining factor for the committee, by the way). Their resume is far from flawless, but with soooooo many teams checking in with 9, 10 or 11 losses heading into conference tournaments, the seven Ls the Cavaliers own starts to stand out.Projected No. 6 seedsAuburn, West Virginia, Illinois, IowaAuburn (25-6): NET/Pom/Sag: 27/34/24. vs. Q1: 7-3. vs. Q2: 7-2. vs. Q3/4: 12-1West Virginia (21-10): NET/Pom/Sag: 17/10/21. vs. Q1: 6-7. vs. Q2: 6-3. vs. Q3/4: 9-0Illinois (20-10): NET/Pom/Sag: 38/30/26. vs. Q1: 5-8. vs. Q2: 4-1. vs. Q3/4: 10-1Iowa (20-11): NET/Pom/Sag: 34/23/28. vs. Q1: 7-7. vs. Q2: 6-1. vs. Q3/4: 7-2Thoughts: Earlier this week, Auburn was 4-3 in Q1 contests and 9-2 in Q2 contests. Today, despite playing only one more game, the Tigers are 7-3 in Q1 and 7-2 in Q2. It’s not that the Tigers did anything, but multiple teams they’ve played reached the magic plateaus to jump up a level, and Auburn reaps that benefit, at least on the surface. Does that drastically change Auburn’s resume in the committee’s eyes? It will be interesting to see what it looks like in a couple of days. Remember how West Virginia was the No. 8 overall seed when the selection committee did its preview reveal in early February? Well, the Mountaineers lost six of their next eight games, with the only wins against teams outside the at-large conversation. That’s why their win against Baylor to close the regular season was so important; it was their first Q1 victory since mid-January.Projected No. 7 seedsPenn State, Colorado, Michigan, ArizonaPenn State (21-10): NET/Pom/Sag: 35/26/42. vs. Q1: 7-7. vs. Q2: 6-2. vs. Q3/4: 8-1Colorado (21-10): NET/Pom/Sag: 23/32/58. vs. Q1: 6-5. vs. Q2: 5-4. vs. Q3/4: 10-1Michigan (19-12): NET/Pom/Sag: 25/16/15. vs. Q1: 6-10. vs. Q2: 5-2. vs. Q3/4: 8-0Arizona (20-11): NET/Pom/Sag: 14/20/48. vs. Q1: 3-8. vs. Q2: 5-3. vs. Q3/4: 12-0Thoughts: Let’s talk for a moment about bad losses. Penn State had one to close the regular season, falling by double-digits to a Northwestern team that didn’t beat any Big Ten teams aside from Nebraska all year until the Nittany Lions came to town. Yikes. Same thing with Arizona, which lost its regular-season finale to a Washington squad that finished dead last in the Pac-12 standings (even win that win). And that happened in Arizona! Not a good look for a team that’s wildly overrated by most metrics — especially the NCAA’s own NET — and might be a big high here as a 7-seed.Projected No. 8 seedsSaint Mary’s, Houston, LSU, ProvidenceSaint Mary’s (24-7): NET/Pom/Sag: 31/37/39. vs. Q1: 2-4. vs. Q2: 5-1. vs. Q3/4: 17-2Houston (23-8): NET/Pom/Sag: 20/14/19. vs. Q1: 2-5. vs. Q2: 7-3. vs. Q3/4: 13-0LSU (21-10): NET/Pom/Sag: 29/36/36. vs. Q1: 4-8. vs. Q2: 7-1. vs. Q3/4: 10-1Providence (19-12): NET/Pom/Sag: 36/41/27. vs. Q1: 7-8. vs. Q2: 5-0. vs. Q3/4: 7-4Thoughts: I’m fascinated to see how the committee balances Providence’s plethora of Q1 wins with its barrage of Q3/4 losses. No other at-large team — or first four out team — has more than two Q3/4 losses, but the Friars have four. FOUR! Yes, they’ve been playing great lately, but if the full resume truly counts, as the NCAA has been telling us forever, it’s hard to see them above an 8-seed.MORE MARCH MADNESS:Last 10 games of season carry no significant weight in tournament selectionProjected No. 9 seedsOklahoma, Indiana, Rutgers, USCOklahoma (19-12): NET/Pom/Sag: 46/35/31. vs. Q1: 5-9. vs. Q2: 6-3. vs. Q3/4: 8-0Rutgers (19-11): NET/Pom/Sag: 32/27/30. vs. Q1: 4-9. vs. Q2: 5-1. vs. Q3/4: 10-1Indiana (19-12): NET/Pom/Sag: 60/40/35. vs. Q1: 4-10. vs. Q2: 5-2. vs. Q3/4: 10-0USC (22-9): NET/Pom/Sag: 45/54/49. vs. Q1: 5-7. vs. Q2: 6-1. vs. Q3/4: 11-1Thoughts: We were going to write this section earlier, but we were watching “Sesame Street.” Apologies. Indiana’s resume isn’t as bad as some folks seem to think. The Hoosiers have no bad losses (worst ones are to bubble teams Purdue and Arkansas) and five Q1 wins. That’s a solid bubble resume. Rutgers saved its chances with the wins against Maryland (home) and Purdue (road) to end the regular season. Big-time wins.Projected No. 10 seedsMarquette, Florida, Arizona State, Utah State (MWC)Marquette (18-12): NET/Pom/Sag: 26/31/40. vs. Q1: 5-10. vs. Q2: 6-2. vs. Q3/4: 7-0Florida (19-12): NET/Pom/Sag: 28/33/29. vs. Q1: 5-9. vs. Q2: 4-3. vs. Q3/4: 10-0Arizona State (20-11): NET/Pom/Sag: 52/64/65. vs. Q1: 5-9. vs. Q2: 5-2. vs. Q3/4: 10-0Thoughts: Selfishly, I was glad Utah State won the Mountain West auto bid, because then I didn’t have to lose sleep about its at-large status. The Aggies are in, and it wouldn’t shock me to see them make it through to the second weekend.Projected No. 11 seedsTexas Tech, UCLA, Xavier, Stanford, Texas, Cincinnati (AAC)Texas Tech (18-13): NET/Pom/Sag: 22/21/38. vs. Q1: 3-10. vs. Q2: 4-3. vs. Q3/4: 11-0*UCLA (18-12): NET/Pom/Sag: 76/77/57. vs. Q1: 6-7. vs. Q2: 3-3. vs. Q3/4: 9-2*Xavier (19-12): NET/Pom/Sag: 44/43/37. vs. Q1: 3-11. vs. Q2: 7-1. vs. Q3/4: 9-0*Stanford (20-11): NET/Pom/Sag: 30/38/62. vs. Q1: 5-7. vs. Q2: 2-3. vs. Q3/4: 13-1*Texas (19-12): NET/Pom/Sag: 69/61/47. vs. Q1: 5-8. vs. Q2: 2-4. vs. Q3/4: 12-0Thoughts: Four of the teams here had opportunities to close the regular season with statement wins, but Tech lost at home to Kansas, UCLA lost across town at USC, Xavier lost at home to Butler and Stanford lost at Oregon. Texas? The Longhorns went out and got smoked at Oklahoma State, snapping their five-game winning streak. It would be best to avoid going-one-and-done in the conference tournament.Projected Nos. 12-16 seedsNo. 12 seeds: ETSU (Southern), Stephen F. Austin (Southland), Liberty (Atlantic Sun), Yale (Ivy)No. 13 seeds: Bradley (MVC), North Texas (C-USA), Akron (MAC), Vermont (America East)No. 14 seeds: Belmont (Ohio Valley), Wright State (Horizon), UC Irvine (Big West), Colgate (Patriot)No. 15 seeds: New Mexico State (WAC), Winthrop (Big South), North Dakota State (Summit), Hofstra (Colonial)No. 16 seeds: Eastern Washington (Big Sky), Little Rock (Sun Belt), * Robert Morris (Northeast), *Siena (MAAC), *Prairie View A&M (SWAC), * North Carolina Central (MEAC)*First Four teamsTeams that have clinched automatic bids are in italics.last_img read more

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first_imgWhat’s there not to like about The Undertaker? In his three-decade run in WWE, The Undertaker has shown the ability to change different parts of his persona and remain a top attraction.With Tuesday being “The Dead Man’s” 55th birthday, we look back at five of his greatest moments inside the WWE. These highlights are exactly why The Undertaker is WWE chairman Vince McMahon’s greatest creation. WWE debut at 1990 Survivor SeriesAfter an uneventful run in WCW as “Mean Mark” Callous, Mark Callaway (real name) officially came out for the first time in the then-WWF as The Undertaker at the 1990 Survivor Series. He was the mystery partner of the “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase in a 5-on-5 elimination match. He plowed through and eliminated WWE Hall of Famers Koko B. Ware and Dusty Rhodes in short order before getting counted out. A new character had never made his or her debut on a WWE pay-per-view at that point, so that showed that McMahon was heavily invested from the jump. The Undertaker didn’t disappoint, either, showing the world he was an agile big man with a unique character who had significant potential.Beating Hulk Hogan to become WWE championAt this time, The Undertaker had only been in the promotion for about a year. Every time he appeared on WWE television, he left a lasting impression on the fans. That resulted in netting a WWE championship match against Hulk Hogan at the 1991 Survivor Series. Hogan was still pro wrestling’s most prominent attraction and stepping inside the ring with him was quite the accomplishment for someone who had only been in the promotion for a short amount of time. The bout was a hard-hitting affair that saw Ric Flair come out and put a chair in the ring. The Undertaker then stuffed Hogan with his signature Tombstone piledriver to win his first WWE championship. He lost the belt less than one week later back to Hogan, but the fact he beat someone who never took a fall says something about the belief that The Undertaker could be a major player in WWE for years to come.Headlining his first WrestleMania to regain the WWE titleDespite being one of the most popular talents in WWE, The Undertaker still had never headlined pro wrestling’s marquee annual event, WrestleMania. That changed at WrestleMania 13 in March 1997 when he challenged Sid for the WWE championship.The match wasn’t a classic by any stretch of the imagination. Still, when it was said and done, The Undertaker emerged victorious to capture the WWE title for the first time since he beat Hogan in November 1991 and his sixth straight victory at WrestleMania.Winning quite arguably the greatest match in WrestleMania history vs. Shawn MichaelsThe Undertaker had never been in a match at WrestleMania that left fans talking when it was all said and done. Enter the man known as “Mr. WrestleMania,” Shawn Michaels. The buildup was exceptional with the premise of Michaels continuously reminding The Undertaker that he never beat him one-on-one.So at WrestleMania 25, the two legends finally locked horns on WWE’s biggest stage. What went down was an all-time classic bout that is viewed by many pundits as the best match in the history of the “Showcase of the Immortals.” The Undertaker won the instant classic and pushed his streak to 17-0 at WrestleMania. The WrestleMania streak coming to an endYou could always count on having to pay your bills, taxes, and The Undertaker winning at WrestleMania. Heading into the 30th installment of the event in April 2014, The Undertaker was looking to extend the streak to 22-0, as he faced Brock Lesnar. But in a stunning conclusion, which left not only the pro wrestling world stunned but also the globe in shock, Lesnar hit three F5’s to end the legend’s undefeated WrestleMania run. The Undertaker is known for his incredible consecutive winning streak at WrestleMania, but everyone will always remember where they were as it came to a sudden halt.last_img read more

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first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein was convicted Monday of rape and sexual assault against two women and and was immediately handcuffed and led off to jail, sealing his dizzying fall from powerful Hollywood studio boss to archvillain of the #MeToo movement.The 67-year-old Weinstein had a look of resignation on his face as he heard verdict that could send him to prison for up to 29 years.“This is the new landscape for survivors of sexual assault in America, I believe, and it is a new day. It is a new day because Harvey Weinstein has finally been held accountable for crimes he committed,” District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said. “Weinstein is a vicious, serial sexual predator who used his power to threaten, rape, assault and trick, humiliate and silence his victims.”Weinstein was convicted on charges stemming from a 2006 sexual assault and a 2013 rape. The jury found him not guilty on the most serious charges, two counts of predatory sexual assault, each carrying a sentence of up to life in prison.The jury of seven men and five women took five days to convict him. The most damaging conviction, for the sexual assault of production assistant Mimi Haleyi, carries up to 25 years behind bars. The rape charge is punishable by up to four years. Sentencing was set for March 11.Judge James Burke ordered Weinstein taken to jail immediately. Court officers surrounded Weinstein, handcuffed him and led him out of the courtroom without the use of the walker he relied on for much for much of the trial. The judge said he will request that Weinstein be held in the infirmary after his lawyers said he needs medical attention following unsuccessful back surgery.The verdict followed weeks of often harrowing and excruciatingly graphic testimony from a string of accusers who told of rapes, forced oral sex, groping, masturbation, lewd propositions and that’s-Hollywood excuses from Weinstein about how the casting couch works.The conviction was seen as a long-overdue reckoning for Weinstein after years of whispers about his behavior turned into a torrent of accusations in 2017 that destroyed his career and gave rise to #MeToo, the global movement to encourage women to come forward and hold powerful men accountable for their sexual misconduct.“Weinstein with his manipulation, his resources, his attorneys, his publicists and his spies did everything he could to silence to survivors,” Vance said after the verdict.The case against the once-feared producer was essentially built on three allegations: that he raped an aspiring actress in a New York City hotel room in 2013, that he forcibly performed oral sex on Haleyi and that he raped and forcibly performed oral sex on “Sopranos” actress Annabella Sciorra in her apartment in the mid-1990s.Three additional women who said they, too, were attacked by Weinstein also testified as part of an effort by prosecutors to show a pattern of brutish behavior on his part.The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sex crimes unless they grant permission, as Haleyi and Sciorra did.Jurors signaled their struggles with the Sciorra charges four days into deliberations. On Friday, after reviewing sections of her testimony and related evidence, they sent a note to the judge indicating they were deadlocked on the counts but had reached a unanimous verdict on the others. After some debate in the courtroom, the judge ordered jurors to keep deliberating.While Weinstein did not testify, his lawyers contended that any sexual contact was consensual and that his accusers went to bed with him to advance their careers.The defense seized on the fact that two of the women central to the case stayed in contact with Weinstein through warm and even flirty emails — and had sex with him — well after he supposedly attacked them.The hard-charging and phenomenally successful movie executive helped bring to the screen such Oscar winners as “Good Will Hunting,” “Pulp Fiction,” “The King’s Speech” and “Shakespeare in Love” and nurtured the careers of celebrated filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith.Weinstein now faces charges in Los Angeles. In that case, announced just as the New York trial was getting under way on Jan. 6, authorities allege Weinstein raped one woman and sexually assaulted another on back-to-back nights during Oscars week in 2013. One of those women testified as a supporting witness at the New York trial.The trial was the first criminal case to arise from a barrage of allegations against Weinstein from more than 90 women, including actresses Gwyneth Paltrow, Salma Hayek and Uma Thurman. Most of those cases were too old to prosecute.During the trial, Weinstein regularly trudged into the courthouse stooped and unshaven, using a walker after recently undergoing back surgery — a far cry from the way he was depicted in court as a burly, intimidating figure whose eyes seemed to turn black with menace when his anger flared.Many of Weinstein’s accusers described him as a “Jekyll and Hyde” character who could be incredibly charming at first, making jokes and showing interest in using his immense power to help their careers.But that was an act, they said, meant to gain their trust and get them to a place — often a hotel room or an apartment — where he could violate them.“If he heard the word ‘no,’ it was like a trigger for him,” his rape accuser testified.Several women testified that Weinstein excused his behavior as the price for getting ahead in Hollywood. One said that when she laughed off his advances, he sneered, “You’ll never make it in this business. This is how this industry works.”The jury heard lurid testimony that Weinstein injected himself with a needle to get an erection, that his genitals appeared disfigured, that he sent Sciorra a box of chocolate penises and that he once showed up uninvited at her hotel room door in his underwear with a bottle of baby oil in one hand and a video in the other.The prosecution’s task was made more complicated because two of the women at the very center of the case didn’t just abandon Weinstein after the alleged encounters: Haleyi testified that she had sex with him two weeks later, while the rape accuser whose name was withheld said she had a sexual encounter with him more than three years afterward.Like Haleyi, she sent Weinstein friendly and sometimes flirtatious emails, such as “Miss you big guy” and “I love you, always do. But I hate feeling like a booty call.”During a cross-examination from Weinstein’s lawyers so exhaustive that she broke down in tears on the stand, the woman said she sent him flattering emails and kept seeing him because she was afraid of his unpredictable anger and “I wanted him to believe I wasn’t a threat.”To blunt that line of questioning, prosecutors called to the witness stand a forensic psychiatrist who said that most sexual assault victims continue to have contact with their attackers and that they hope what happened to them “is just an aberration.”During closing arguments, Weinstein lawyer Donna Rotunno charged that Weinstein had become “the target of a cause and a movement” — #MeToo — and asked the jury to ignore “outside forces.”“This is not a popularity contest,” she said.She said the case against Weinstein amounted to “regret renamed as rape,” arguing that the women exercised their free will to try to further their careers.Prosecutor Joan Illuzzi-Orbon told the jury that Weinstein considered himself such a big shot in Hollywood that he thought he could get away with treating women as “complete disposables.”“The universe is run by me and they don’t get to complain when they get stepped on, spit on, demoralized and, yes, raped and abused by me — the king,” she said, mimicking Weinstein.Rumors about Weinstein’s behavior swirled in Hollywood circles for a long time, but he managed to silence many accusers with payoffs, nondisclosure agreements and the constant fear that he could crush their careers if they spoke out.Weinstein was finally arrested and led away in handcuffs in May 2018, seven months after The New York Times and The New Yorker exposed his alleged misconduct in stories that would win the Pulitzer Prize.Among other men taken down by the #MeToo movement since the scandal broke: news anchors Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose, actor Kevin Spacey and Sen. Al Franken.Weinstein, the product of a working-class family from Queens, achieved success at two movie studios he created with his brother Bob: Miramax — named for their parents, Miriam and Max — and then the Weinstein Co.The Weinstein Co. went bankrupt after his disgrace. A tentative settlement was reached last year to resolve nearly all lawsuits stemming from the scandal. It would pay Weinstein’s alleged victims about $25 million. Under the proposed deal, Weinstein would not have to admit any wrongdoing or personally pay anything; the studio’s insurance companies would cover the cost.last_img read more

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first_imgMiami Gardens, Florida — Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida is hosting a lot of prestigious football games such as the Super Bowl and now the College Football Championship. The stadium will transform from a coronavirus drive-through testing site to the hallowed venue for the College Football Championship early next year, virus permitting. FILE – In this Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, file photo, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow holds the trophy as safety Grant Delpit looks on after LSU defeated Clemson 42-25 in the NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game, in New Orleans. Imagine if a pandemic had shortened or wiped out that last, golden season for Burrow, who won the Heisman Trophy and led LSU to the national championship. Would he still have emerged as the first overall NFL draft pick? (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)The College Football Playoff (CFP) selection committee will release its final rankings of the 2020-21 season Sunday, December 20, executive director Bill Hancock announced. The top four teams will participate in the Playoff Semifinals Friday, January 1, in the Rose Bowl Game and Sugar Bowl. The national championship game will be played Monday, January 11, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Also, the University of Miami will Play FSU at the Rock as well on Sept 26th…coronavirus permitting.The final rankings were originally scheduled to be released Sunday, December 6. The CFP Management Committee made the change as a result of several conferences having moved their championship games to December 12, 18 or 19.The committee’s final meeting of the season will be December 18-19-20 in Grapevine, Texas. The CFP will announce the full schedule of this fall’s selection committee meetings at a later date.“With recent schedule changes for the regular season, it makes sense for the committee to make its final rankings after the conference championship games, when it can get a complete picture of the season,” Hancock said. “The selection committee members understand the need to be flexible as we all navigate uncharted waters this season, and this move will allow them to evaluate all the available information.”The Management Committee also shortened the post-season travel time for teams. The two teams participating in the CFP National Championship will arrive in Miami on Saturday afternoon, January 9, 2021 instead of the usual Friday evening arrival. With this change, media day, typically held on Saturday morning in the host city, will not take place this year. Details on virtual media availabilities will be announced at a later date. The Rose Bowl Game, Sugar Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Orange Bowl and Peach Bowl will follow a similar three-day schedule.“In this unprecedented time, the Management Committee believes it is in the best interest for the health and safety of the student-athletes, coaches and staffs to complete their game-week preparation on campus, under the familiar protocols they will have used all season,” said Hancock. “This is an unfortunate consequence of the pandemic, but it is the right thing to do.”For additional information on the selection committee and its weekly rankings, and to view the selection committee protocol in its entirety, please visit CollegeFootballPlayoff.com.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Liverpool caresses the title of the Premier after winning this Sunday 2-0 at United. The second goal came with a perfect backlash that culminated Salah after a measured pass of Alisson, the goalkeeper net. He crossed the entire field to celebrate the goal with the Egyptian in the midst of the revelry of Anfield, who lives in a continuous party. @LFC ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>@LFClast_img

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first_img787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We’ll find a way to matchup with them. We’re excited right now, we’re excited that we made it to the semis right away, but we’ll try to find ways to win against Marinero,” the veteran mentor said.Skippers coach Koy Banal, meanwhile, is firm in his belief that the Skippers’ miracle run, which now stretches to seven games, could still continue in the semifinals.In the other series, unbeaten top-seed Flying V wants nothing but to extend its 10-game winning streak against Centro Escolar University at 3 p.m.However, Thunder coach Eric Altamirano acknowledges that the elimination sweep will be moot if his team doesn’t get the job done.ADVERTISEMENT 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite “If you look at it, we’re the underdog. We lost to Marinero twice: one practice game, one in the eliminations,” he said, recounting the Hawkeyes’ 66-65 defeat to the Skippers on June 8.Add to that the arrival of key figures like Robbie Herndon and Renzo Subido to the opposition and we may just be bracing for an upset. “They have a totally different line up from when we faced them,” said Fernandez.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’But Cignal has no other choice but to take this challenge head-on as Game 1 of the semifinals begins on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Fernandez will be counting on Raymar Jose, Jason Perkins and Pamboy Raymundo to stop the tidal wave of Marinerong Pilipino in their 5 p.m. tussle. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Teen gunned down in Masbate View comments Gilas shatters Great Wall 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ Despite coming in as the No. 2 seed, Cignal HD coach Boyet Fernandez believes that his side is at a disadvantage against Marinerong Pilipino in their best-of-three semifinals series in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as herlast_img read more

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