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ESPN Says These ACC Teams Are College Football Playoff Contenders

first_imgACC football logo.Twitter/@theACCESPN released a roundtable discussion Friday morning in which its college football writers decide just how many College Football Playoff contenders there are in each conference heading into 2016. As you’d expect, ESPN believes the ACC has two playoff contenders – Clemson and Florida State.From ESPN’s Andrea Adelson:For the first time, the ACC has multiple playoff contenders headed into the season: Clemson and Florida State. Their emergence has begun to change the narrative about ACC football, which has muscled its way into the national conversation over the past three seasons. So far, the league is 2-for-2 in getting teams into the College Football Playoff. (It also has the last BCS champion.) Whether it goes 3-for-3 largely depends on its two best teams: The Tigers hope to get back into the playoff for a second straight season behind Deshaun Watsonand seven other returning starters on offense; Florida State hopes to take down the Tigers behind Dalvin Cook and a stout defensive front. They meet Oct. 29 in Tallahassee, Florida. The winner has the inside track, though it probably has to end up undefeated to assure its playoff spot.The ACC has been decided during the annual meeting between the Seminoles and the Tigers for some time now, and that does’t appear to be changing in 2016. Louisville is a young, talented team that could cause some fits, and Miami has a leader in quarterback Brad Kaaya, but the conference will be won on October 29 in Tallahassee. MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Toughest Stadiums To Play In This YearHow Much Money The Big Ten Made Last YearMatt Leinart Jokes About Kevin Love’s Quotelast_img read more

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Predicting The Outcome Of Every College Football Game This Season

first_imgPredictions for Week 7 of the college football season.We’re officially three months away from college football’s first contest – Cal vs. Hawaii – so it’s time to start making some predictions. No, we don’t just mean for division winners, bowl matchups and the College Football Playoff field. We’re going to make predictions for every game. Every game that involves a Power 5 team, at least.Let’s get started with week one – which features a dozen big-time matchups. Week 1 Highlights:Tennessee looks like the most impressive team in the country, blasting Appalachian State.Stanford takes down Kansas State in an important non-conference matchup.UCLA hands Texas A&M a tough non-conference loss.Oklahoma holds off upstart Houston.LSU handles Wisconsin despite offensive struggles.Alabama crushes USC.Clemson downs Auburn on a last-second touchdown.Notre Dame has no problem with Texas.Florida State surprises Ole Miss with 21 fourth-quarter points.Here are the standings and the College Football Playoff outlook after week one:week 1 goodHere are the scores for every Power 5 game:California 33, Hawaii 7 Utah 43, Southern Utah 10 Minnesota 20, Oregon State 13 Wake Forest 20, Tulane 10 Louisville 45, Charlotte 23 Indiana 42, Florida International 17 NC State 55, William & Mary 10 Tennessee 65, Appalachian State 7 South Carolina 31, Vanderbilt 20 Colorado 31, Colorado State 30 Stanford 17, Kansas State 7 Syracuse 24, Colgate 20 Michigan State 31, Furman 0 Ohio State 31, Bowling Green 17 Penn State 45, Kent State 20 Iowa 20, Miami (OH) 17 Northwestern 24, Western Michigan 3 Purdue 10, Eastern Kentucky 9 Kansas 27, Rhode Island 20 TCU 45, South Dakota State 10 Texas Tech 45, Stephen F Austin 20 BYU 27, Arizona 20 Baylor 35, Northwestern State 10 Iowa State 35, Northern Iowa 31 Arkansas 45, Louisiana Tech 23 UCLA 31, Texas A&M 23 Mississippi State 40, South Alabama 20 West Virginia 45, Missouri 20 Kentucky 34, Southern Miss 31 Arizona State 51, Northern Arizona 13 Oregon 50, UC Davis 7 Washington 54, Rutgers 23 Washington State 34, Eastern Washington 20 Nebraska 40, Fresno State 13 Illinois 19, Murray State 11 Maryland 24, Howard 7 Georgia Tech 23, Boston College 7 Oklahoma 24, Houston 20 Michigan 70, Hawaii 7 Virginia Tech 34, Liberty 10 Pittsburgh 17, Villanova 9 Virginia 17, Richmond 7 LSU 30, Wisconsin 20 Georgia 27, North Carolina 13 Duke 30, NC Central 3 Miami 30, Florida A&M 7 Alabama 31, USC 7 Clemson 35, Auburn 31 Notre Dame 35, Texas 10 Florida State 24, Ole Miss 21 Oklahoma State 48, SE Louisiana 0 Florida 34, UMass 6Next: Week 2 >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14last_img read more

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Hydro power storage project to be built near retired Alberta open pit

first_img“We’re repurposing the site for what we believe is a modern grid type of product,” he said, pointing out the project will be able to utilize mine roads and a high-voltage power connection to reduce new environmental disturbances.In November 2013, one of the then-suspended mine’s tailings dams failed, releasing an estimated 670 million litres of slurry into two creeks that fed into the Athabasca River, thus sending fine rock, clay and unrecovered coal particles as far as Lake Athabasca, 500 kilometres away.The mine owner was handed nearly $4.5 million in federal and provincial penalties in 2017.The Canyon Creek facility will consist of two new 40-hectare water storage ponds, connected by a five-kilometre, two-to-three-metre-wide pipeline, Horton said.At night, when power demand is low, water will be pumped from the lower to the upper pond, gaining 500 metres of elevation. When demand is high, the water will flow the other way, turning a turbine generator producing 75 megawatts, enough to power about 50,000 homes, for up to 37 hours at a time.“Typically, the price of power goes down during the night because we’re all sleeping, industry isn’t using it and, in Alberta, in fact, the wind blows stronger at night,” said Horton. Horton said he is also looking for customers to sign long-term contracts but hopes to start construction on the much smaller Canyon Creek project by next spring and have it operational by the end of 2020. He said the capital cost will be in the millions but has yet to be finalized.In its decision, the regulator found that the project “is in the public interest” in terms of social, economic and environmental effects.In February, Alberta’s NDP government unveiled its second request for proposals to build renewable power projects, targeting a total of 700 MW of new capacity, with 300 MW reserved for proposals with Indigenous equity ownership.In the first round last year, three companies were chosen to spend about $1 billion to build four wind power projects capable of generating 600 MW of new generation under 20-year contracts with a set minimum price.The province wants to add up to 5,000 MW of renewable energy through private sector investment of about $10 billion by 2030. “We can be a sponge and soak up that power that’s being produced at night … run our pumps, move that water uphill 500 metres in elevation and then have a fully charged battery, in a sense, ready for 8 a.m. when Alberta wakes up and starts flicking on lights.”The only other pumped hydro system in Canada has been in use at Niagara Falls in Ontario since the 1950s, he said.Calgary-based TransAlta Corp. has proposed adding a pumped hydro component to more than double capacity at its existing 355-MW Brazeau facility on the North Saskatchewan River southwest of Edmonton.It has set 2021 target to start construction, subject to winning a long-term contract.center_img CALGARY, A.B. – A hhydropowerstorage project proposed at the site of one of the worst coal mining environmental disasters in Canada has been given regulatory approval.Turning Point Generation, developer of the Canyon Creek Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Project, says the recent ruling by the Alberta Utilities Commission means it can now seek financial support for what it says would be the first large-scale energy storage project in the province.Canyon Creek is to be located next to the decommissioned Obed Mountain open pit thermal coal mine about 60 kilometres east of Jasper National Park, said Kipp Horton, CEO of Calgary-based WindRiver Power Corp., the parent company of Turning Point.last_img read more

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All in the game

first_imgIn a match of football, if a player does a foul, a referee’s natural instinct is expected to be a quick blow of the whistle, occasionally followed by a card as punishment for flouting the rules. The game resumes, only to pause at another foul by either team. The vigilance of a referee is good, with the position’s autonomy highly respected and appreciated, yet there are instances when undetected mistakes are brought to the referee’s notice by anxious players of the other team. At that point, the referee’s credibility is put to test. Fair play is expected and, more often than not, practised. And the contest proceeds irrespective of the outcome with the foul treated as part of the game. The Election Commission of India (ECI) has been approached by the opposition leaders lamenting about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s misuse of position to draw political mileage while the nation edges towards the Lok Sabha polls scheduled to start on April 11. The ECI has directed a committee of officers to examine the Prime Minister’s announcement of an Anti-Satellite Missile test. The news channels went into a frenzy as Modi tweeted about his plan to address the nation at noon. From a variety of apprehensions that may have been cooked in the anticipation of the announcement, it unfolded to be an achievement in the field of Science & Technology. India had entered the elite list of Space Super Powers, only the fourth nation to do so in the world. There is no doubt that this makes every Indian proud. Collectively, as a nation, we have walked quite a mile since we won our Independence back in 1947. The fact that our PM treated us to this delight on Wednesday noon, however, did not digest for some. While the achievement reverberated in the heads of many, some snapped out of it. But few criticised and demonstrated discontent over it. The outcry of opposition leaders protesting a flout of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) by Modi labelled the day which started on a high note of scientific progression. Like the anxious players on a field, they complained to ECI, in case ECI did not detect such a prominent address by the PM. Few pertinent questions spurred in social discussions amongst which one was if the achievement was necessary to be announced by the PM himself and not DRDO, that too in the middle of the election campaign with MCC in effect. PM is the head of the state and in all likelihood an appropriate person to do so. And, besides, our PM is the one who has ensured that we are in “safe hands” and hence demonstrating space prowess is only fitting for such a statesman. But, the statesman did not address the nation despite Pakistan holding his nation’s Airforce pilot captive. The time and occasion of his announcement are what have left a dubious mark on the entire episode. Also Read – A compounding difficultyThe MCC was developed with the intention to check and maintain fair play in the contest. Part VII of the MCC deals with regulations for the ruling parties and point four of part VII deals with misuse of official mass media by the ruling party for publicising achievements during the election period. Modi’s ‘Mission Shakti’ speech has attracted criticism over the aforementioned norm, and to the opposition parties’ credit, and facilitated scrutiny by the ECI. Similarly, the unprecedented biopic of a serving Prime Minister scheduled to release just days prior to the elections and a web show about Modi’s life have both been considered as flouting of MCC in full effect during the election period. With incumbents making partisan statements and state governments complaining of the commission’s double standards, MCC has been a regular feature in the election discussions this week. Will the voters care is the bottom line of the entire episode. The bitter taste in the opposition camps is the apprehension of Modi’s announcement doing irreversible damage to their election prospects by his government’s achievement. Modi launched his party’s campaign from Uttar Pradesh citing how his administration had shown the courage to conduct a surgical strike in all spheres – land, sky and space. Though, even if he hadn’t announced it himself, including it in the campaign speech the next day would also have attracted abject criticism from the opposition camps. But announcing himself is where the rivals are hurt. Sitting BJP Ministers using the party’s slogan – “Namumkin ab mumkin hai” – have only rubbed salt on the opposition’s wounds in what is expected to be a fine example of good governance through technological achievement. While the eyes focus on ECI and what it comes up with its examination, the PM has nevertheless, got the benefit of doubt, and all that remains to be seen is how big an impact it made on the voter.last_img read more

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132 FIRs and DD entries against political parties

first_imgNEW DELHI: As many as 132 FIRs and daily diary (DD) entries have been registered till date against various political parties and others for violation of the model code of conduct in the run up to the Lok Sabha polls, the poll body in Delhi said on Tuesday.The statistics surveillance team of Delhi’s Chief electoral office constituted to keep an eye on the expenses of political parties, has seized Rs 1.38 crore in cash and also seized 162.86 kg of narcotics and drugs. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”A total of 132 FIRs or DD entries have been lodged till date in connection with the violation of the model code of conduct,” Delhi CEO Ranbir Singh told reporters “Out of these, 15 are against the Aam Aadmi Party(eight FIRs and seven DD entries), 16 against the Bhartiya Janata Party (nine FIRs and four DD entries), four against the Congress (all DD entries), one against the Bahujan Samaj Party (1 DD entry), Samajwadi Party (one DD entry), and 95 against others or non-political (entities),” the CEO office said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe office of the Delhi CEO said more than 2.87 lakh posters, banners and hoardings have been removed since the poll code came into force. “As many as 30,533 posters, banners and hoardings were removed from areas under the New Delhi Municipal Council, 43,075 from East Delhi Municipal Corporation areas, 2,411 from Delhi Cantonment Board, 1,08,028 from South Delhi Municipal Corporation, and 95,317 from North Delhi Municipal Corporation areas,” the statement said. Police have registered 709 FIRs and arrested 707 people under the Excise Act, it said, adding, 257 FIRs have been registered under the Arms Act in which 296 people were arrested.last_img read more

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Mallya takes swipe at NDA govt over PSU banks UK court pursuit

first_imgLondon: A day after a UK judge refused to dismiss an order freezing nearly 260,000 pounds (USD 337,730) in one of his London bank accounts, embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya on Thursday questioned the SBI-led consortium of public sector banks pursuing him through the courts to recover dues they claim are owed to them. In his latest Twitter intervention, the 63-year-old former Kingfisher Airlines boss made another reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s interview last month in which he had claimed that the government has recovered assets worth Rs 14,000 crores related to the now-defunct airline’s loan defaults. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Mallya is wanted in India on charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to an alleged Rs 9,000 crores. “None other than the Prime Minister of India specifically says in an interview that his government has recovered more money than I allegedly owe PSU Banks and the same banks claim otherwise in English courts,” reads Mallya’s Tweet. “Who does one believe? One or the other is lying,” he said. His statement came hours after Master David Cook, a judge in the Queen’s Bench Division of the Royal Courts of Justice in London, ruled on Wednesday that an interim debt order in favour of SBI and other banks seeking access to funds in Mallya’s ICICI UK bank account “should remain in force”. However, the application to make it final has been adjourned until after the hearing of Mallya’s pending bankruptcy petition, expected by the end of this year. The funds held in the account 258,559.79 pounds will meanwhile remain frozen as part of the worldwide freezing order in favour of the Indian banks last year.last_img read more

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Dynasty politics 8 grandchildren great grandsons and sons of exCMs to test

first_imgChandigarh: A platform for dynastic politics for decades, Haryana is seeing many political families in fray this time too as grandchildren of four former chief ministers, two great grandsons and sons of political bigwigs are trying their luck.Political families including Chautalas, Bishnois and Hoodas are in fray every election in Haryana, a Jat-dominated state. However, the grandchildren of the four former chief ministers including Bhajan Lal, Chaudhary Devi Lal, Om Prakash Chautala and Bansi Lal, say they are not contesting the elections riding on the popularity of their families but on basis of the work done in their constituencies. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghWhile the Congress has fielded Bansi Lal’s granddaughter Shruti Chaudhary from Bhiwani-Mahendargarh constituency, Bhavya Bishnoi, grandson of Bhajan Lal and son of Kuldip Bishnoi is the party’s candidate from Hisar. Chaudhary, a former MP from the Bhiwani-Mahendargarh constituency, told PTI, Coming from a politically influential family does come with its benefits as the family has a goodwill but voters today cannot be taken for ride. They are not interested in our dynasties but the work done . Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadShruti’s mother, Kiran Chaudhary, is an MLA from Bhiwan’s Tosahm constituency. Three Chautala great grandsons are in fray albeit not from the same party after the Chautala clan split last year following a bitter family feud. With Om Prakash Chautala being in jail in connection with the teacher recruitment scam, his son Ajay Chautala had broken away from the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and formed Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) which has formed an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the state. While the alliance has fielded Dushyant Chautala and Digvijay Chautala from Hisar and Sonepat respectively, Arjun Chautala, son of Abhay Chautala, is the INLD candidate from Kurukshetra constituency. Hisar, the industrial hub of Haryana and a politically crucial constituency, i seeing a triangular contest among grandsons. Digvijay Chautala and Bhavya Bishnoi are pitted against Brijendra Singh, the great grandson of prominent farmer leader Chotu Ram and son of Union Minister Birender Singh. I am not entering politics because I had nowhere to go. I have carved my own path in civil services, fairly succeeded at that and I am entering mainstream politics when I am confident I can bring substance to the table, Singh told PTI. And the dynasty politics theory does not apply to me as my party (BJP) is against it and hence my father has already submitted his resignation both from the Ministry and Rajya Sabha, he added. Rao Inderjit Singh, a Union Minister and son of former Haryana Chief Minister Rao Birender Singh, is in fray from Gurgaon. Singh, the sitting MP from Gurgaon, had ended his family’s decades old association with the Congress ahead of the 2014 elections and joined the BJP. Kuldeep Sharma, a former Haryana Speaker, the Congress candidate from Karnal is also in the fray to retain his family legacy. The Karnal seat was won by his late father Chiranji Lal four times in a row, thrice defeating BJP bigwig Sushma Swaraj. Also in the fray are Hooda father-son duo with Bhupender Singh Hooda, a former Haryana Chief Minister, contesting from Sonepat constituency and his son Deepender Singh Hooda contesting from Rohtak. The Hooda son, who is a sitting MP from Rohtak constituency, was the lone Congress candidate to win in 2014 Lok Sabha elections. However, the Hoodas do not see a problem with dynasty politics. He told PTI, “if people have been voting for us for several terms means they have faith in us and find us credible. What is the problem with that?” PTIlast_img read more

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Egyptian ambassador to Turkey returns home

first_imgCAIRO- Egyptian ambassador to Turkey Abdel-Rahman Salahuddin returned to Cairo on Saturday from Ankara.Last week, Egypt downgraded its diplomatic relations with Turkey to the level of charge d’affaires and declared the Turkish ambassador a “persona non-grata.”It linked the decision to statements made by Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan about Egypt’s domestic affairs and his criticism of Egyptian authorities.The Turkish Foreign Ministry responded the same day by downgrading diplomatic relations with Egypt to the level of charge d’affaires and declaring the Egyptian ambassador a “persona non-grata”.last_img read more

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Moroccan Minister Meets in Quebec with Leaders of Transportation Enterprises

first_imgQuebec – Minister Delegate in Charge for Transportation, Mohamed Najib Boulif, held, Tuesday in Quebec, a series of meetings with leaders from the Quebecer transportation association (AQTr), the Montreal port department (APM) and transportation and infrastructure enterprises, on means to foster relations between Morocco and Quebec in these fields.Boulif highlighted the importance of debates and talks he had with the said leaders and of the province’s performance in the transport sector, underlining that Morocco boasts huge opportunities that could be the basis of a win-win cooperation between the two parties.He also underscored Morocco’s interest in the development of port infrastructure to become real engine for socio-economic development, stressing Morocco’s geostrategic positioning (3500 km of coastlines) as well as its maritime assets.last_img read more

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Colin Kaepernick 49ers Contract Talks Heat Up

Colin Kaepernick believes he is an elite quarterback and expects to be paid as such. The San Francisco 49ers may or may not agree with him. One thing apparently is sure, according to a report: Both sides will meet in the Bay area this week to hash it out.The sides have previously been in contact and met at the NFL draft combine in February, but this upcoming session is an indication that the 49ers and Kaepernick are ready to dig in on a potential deal, according to the Sacramento Bee, which earlier reported the upcoming talks Tuesday morning.Kaepernick, 26, is entering the final season of the four-year contract he received as a second-round pick in 2011. The 49ers can give Kaepernick the franchise tag next winter if a new deal isn’t agreed upon, but the intention of the team is to get a deal done.Kaepernick is 21-8 as the 49ers’ starting quarterback and has led the team to a Super Bowl and two NFC title games.“I’m letting my agents handle all of that, and I’m worried about being out here, trying to get better with my teammates and get ready for the season,” Kaepernick said last week.  “I’m playing football regardless.”San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York, general manager Trent Baalke and coach Jim Harbaugh have all publicly said this offseason that the team’s goal is to get a new contract for Kaepernick this year.Talks have been quiet the past two months as Kaepernick has been part of an ongoing investigation in Miami for what police describe as a “suspicious incident.” Police have said Kaepernick is not a criminal suspect. Authorities hope to wrap up the investigation, which started April 3, in the coming weeks. Kaepernick has strongly denied any wrongdoing. Harbaugh has defended him publicly.Kaepernick likely will look for a salary between $18 million and $20 million. He is set to make $1.073 million this season. The 49ers have $9.142 million in salary-cap room, which is enough to fit in a deal for the quarterback. read more

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Beside The Points For Thursday March 1 2018

Things That Caught My EyeWe put some baseballs in an X-RayAre the balls juiced? Are material changes to the ball an influence on the spike in home runs analysts have found? Commissioner Manfred says that the balls have not changed, but a number of studies from journalistic outfits, this one included, seem to counter that idea. ESPN took the next logical step and did a CT scan on eight MLB balls. The finding? It surely looks like the core of the balls are less dense compared to the control balls from several years ago. Indeed, a layer of pink rubber in the core of the balls was 40 percent less dense in the dinger-era balls than the 2014-2015 era balls. [FiveThirtyEight]Lundqvist deserved betterThe New York Rangers made 11 of the 12 postseasons since the 2004-05 lockout, have won the sixth-most points, and failed to win a Stanley Cup. In the past week the Rangers have had a fire sale, all despite numbers that bear out goalie Henrik Lundqvist carrying much of the load for the team. [FiveThirtyEight]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?The second week is the only reason the U.S. is not ashamed of its Olympics.The United States got 12.9 fewer medals in Pyeongchang than our very simple medal model would have projected them getting, underscoring a deeply unfortunate games for a typical Winter powerhouse. Most of that underperformance was in week one, though, with week two serving as a clawback toward the mean from what could have been an even worse games. [FiveThirtyEight]Philly is experimentingFirst-year Phillies manager Gabe Kapler appears to be experimenting with defensive shifts in the outfield. Essentially, two players swapped corner outfield positions when a switch hitter made it to the plate batting lefty. While the infield defensive shift is rather common, an outfield defensive swap is something new and compelling. [Fangraphs]North America 2026 in jeopardyWhile a combined bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup seemed a likely prize after the U.S.’s 2022 bid lost to Qatar in a tainted-by-corruption 2010 vote, that bid appears to be in modest jeopardy. Sources indicated that some voters are unsure if the U.S. can be considered a friendly place for foreigners, and that a rival bid from Morocco may be gaining steam. [ESPN]MLBPA files grievancesThe MLB players association filed a grievance agains the Oakland Athletics, Miami Marlins, Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays, alleging that the teams aren’t spending money they have to commit toward on-field product in the offseason. [CBS Sports]Big Number19.6 percentThat’s the probability that the Phoenix Suns get the top pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. There are seven teams that are virtual locks to make the top 10 draft positions at this point in the season. The Sacramento Kings have a 16.8 percent chance of getting the No. 1 pick, followed by Atlanta with a 14.2 percent chance, Memphis with a 10.8 percent chance and Orlando with a 9.3 percent chance. [ESPN]Leaks from Slack: neil:The Next Big Thing in Defense?kyle:the angels should do this in ohtani games just to further f— with positional changes on pencil and paper scorecardsPredictions NBA Oh, and don’t forgetThis guy can swing it We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe See more NBA predictions All newsletters read more

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New Mexico State arrives hoping to spook the Buckeyes

WEEKLY FOOTBALL PICKSSaturday’s Games:New Mexico State @ No. 17 Ohio StateNo. 3 Texas @ No. 14 Oklahoma StateNo. 5 USC @ No. 10 OregonQuinn PitcockOhio State, Texas, OregonOverall: 11-4     Last week: 2-1Pitcock played defensive tackle for OSU from 2002–06.Marcus FreemanOhio State, Texas, USCOverall: 9-6     Last week: 3-0Freeman played linebacker for OSU from 2004–08.Justin ZwickOhio State, Texas, USCOverall: 9-6     Last week: 2-1Zwick played quarterback for OSU from 2002–06.Malcolm JenkinsOhio State, Texas, OregonOverall: 8-7     Last week: 2-1Jenkins played cornerback for OSU from 2005–08.Zack MeiselOhio State, Texas, USCOverall: 7-8     Last week: 2-1Meisel is the sports editor for The Lantern. New Mexico State travels to Columbus to face No. 17 Ohio State Saturday on Halloween.The Aggies (3-5, 1-3) are not expected to give the Buckeyes (6-2, 4-1) much of a scare, but OSU coach Jim Tressel remains firm in his stance that his team cannot afford to overlook any opponent.Purdue held a record of 1-5 when it upset OSU in West Lafayette, Ind.“To me, focused is having a moment-by-moment awareness of what needs to be done,” Tressel said. “I don’t feel like we did a great job of having that focus or awareness a couple weeks ago. … Purdue did what you have to do. They got five takeaways, they did this and they did that. If we have an understanding of what needs to be done today, we go do that as well as we can do it.”Saturday’s contest is a rare non conference game, breaking up the eight-game Big Ten slate.While the Aggies hope to come into The ‘Shoe and trick a confident Buckeye squad, their struggling defense could be a treat for a progressing OSU offense. New Mexico State has allowed 28 points and nearly 370 yards of offense per game.After five turnovers and only 18 points against Purdue, the Buckeye offense produced more than 500 yards against Minnesota during Saturday’s 38-7 victory.Tressel said he was satisfied with the evidence of offensive progression, which must continue this week against the Aggies.“I hope that they do understand that the progress we make or we don’t make will affect the next time we play when we get back in the conference. They seem to be a group that is willing to take instruction and if it’s reasonable, if it makes some sense, yeah, it makes some sense, we need to get better, well, let’s go get better. I don’t think that’s going to disrupt us.”The injury bug has taken its toll on the Buckeye roster, especially at running backs. Against Wisconsin on Oct. 10, Dan Herron reinjured the ankle he had sprained two weeks earlier, and Brandon Saine suffered a concussion during last week’s rout of Minnesota. Both backs’ statuses are up in the air, Tressel said.“If Brandon Saine is cleared, Brandon’s playing,” he said. “If ‘Boom’ Herron is cleared, he’s going to play. This is an important game, that’s one thing. We need to get better. That’s just as important. So the best chance you have to get better is on Saturdays.”New Mexico State has had its share of quarterback struggles. Jeff Fleming and Trevor Walls have split the duties, combining for four touchdowns and 11 interceptions, while completing just 52 percent of their passes.No matter how inferior an opponent the Buckeyes might face on any given week, Tressel said he wants his troops concentrating on improving.“This is game nine,” he said. “We’ve got to progress. I’m not sitting here today saying, you know what, I think we’ll put this guy in or that guy in. No, we’re going out all barrels blazing and do what the situation calls for.” read more

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Ohio State athletic department issues counterfeit ticket warning to football fans

The Ohio State athletic department warned fans in need of tickets to OSU football’s homecoming game against Nebraska to beware of counterfeit tickets. The warning urged fans to purchase tickets from The Ohio State Athletics Ticket Office, OhioStateBuckeyes.com or Ticketmaster, the only authorized sellers of OSU athletics tickets. Tickets to the Nebraska game as well as all remaining home games can also be purchased through the Buckeyes TicketExchange at OhioStateBuckeyes.com/ticketexchange. TicketExchange is the only official ticket exchange site of OSU athletics and the only resale source that can guarantee the exchange of valid tickets, according to the Tuesday release. According to the message, fans that use any other source risk purchasing tickets that are “counterfeit, stolen or otherwise void, and as such will not allow the ticket holder admission into the event.” Dan Wallenberg, OSU athletics spokesman, said there have been no reports of counterfeit tickets this season, but there were some circulating toward the end of last year’s basketball season. “We realize it’s a big game and we’re just being proactive, making sure fans are aware that this could happen and to be wary of the possibility,” Wallenberg said. “Realizing the night game, the national TV, the demand for tickets for this particular game, we just wanted to get out in front of it.” OSU police chief Paul Denton did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s Tuesday evening request for comment regarding counterfeit tickets. read more

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Kim fixed on Trump summit says North Korea

first_imgTrump & Kim Jong Un.North Korea on Sunday said its leader Kim Jong Un was ‘fixed’ on holding a summit with US president Donald Trump, raising hopes the historic meeting might still take place after a turbulent few days of diplomatic brinkmanship.The latest conciliatory declaration from Pyongyang came as the White House confirmed it was sending a team to Singapore to prepare for the 12 June summit-a further signal that both sides were moving to cool tensions following a rollercoaster few days on the Korean Peninsula.Trump rattled the region on Thursday by cancelling his meeting with Kim, citing “open hostility” from Pyongyang.But within 24 hours he reversed course, saying it could still go ahead after productive talks were held with North Korean officials.Trump’s unpredictability sparked a sudden and surprise meeting on Saturday between Kim and South Korean president Moon Jae-in-only the fourth time leaders from the two countries have ever met-as they scrambled to get the talks back on track.Pictures showed them shaking hands and embracing on the North Korean side of the Demilitarised Zone separating the two nations.Kim “expressed his fixed will on the historic DPRK-US summit talks” during the talks with Moon, the state-run KCNA news agency said in a report released Sunday, using the official abbreviation for North Korea.“Kim Jong Un told Moon Jae-in to positively cooperate with each other as ever to improve the DPRK-US relations and establish mechanism for permanent and durable peace,” the report added, saying South and North Korea would hold another round of “high-level” talks on June 1.The presidential Blue House in Seoul said the two sides discussed ways to improve ties “and to ensure a successful US North Korea summit”, adding Moon would give an update Sunday morning.Remarkable detenteThe surprise meeting came as Washington gave a strong hint the summit was back on.“The White House pre-advance team for Singapore will leave as scheduled in order to prepare should the summit take place,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said.Trump’s original decision to abandon the historic summit initially blindsided South Korea, which had been brokering a remarkable detente between Washington and Pyongyang and is desperate to avoid conflict breaking out.Last year, Trump and Kim were trading war threats and insults after Pyongyang tested its most powerful nuclear weapon to date and missiles it said were capable of reaching the US mainland.Tensions were calmed after Kim extended an olive branch by offering to send a delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea, sparking a rapid detente that led to Trump agreeing to hold direct talks with Pyongyang.Moon won the election last year partly by vowing to be open to dialogue with Pyongyang and finding a solution to a Cold War-era sore that continues to blight the region.The flurry of diplomatic backslapping and bonhomie disappeared in recent weeks as the summit was thrown into doubt by increasingly bellicose rhetoric from both top US administration officials and Pyongyang.Trump eventually pulled the plug on talks in a personal letter to Kim on Thursday.But he left the door open to future meetings, and Pyongyang responded by saying it was willing to sit down “at any time”, prompting Trump to reply that the Singapore summit could still take place.‘Bold but risky’Saturday’s meeting between Moon and Kim took place on the North Korean side of Panmunjom, a heavily fortified village that lies between the two countries and marks the spot where the armistice ending the Korean War in 1953 was signed.Only last month, the two leaders met in the same village, with Kim famously inviting Moon to step briefly into the North before they both held talks in a building on the South’s side.Koh Yu-hwan, an expert on Korean relations at Dongguk University, said Saturday’s meeting between Moon and Kim increased the likelihood of the Singapore summit taking place as originally intended.“Today’s summit is aimed at resolving the misunderstanding caused by communication glitches between Washington and Pyongyang and lay the groundwork for the US-North Korea summit,” he told AFP.Adam Mount, a nuclear policy expert at the Federation of American Scientists, said it was a “bold but risky” move by Moon, describing the sudden summit as “a clear demonstration of how dangerous Trump’s temper tantrum was”.Unlike last month’s summit, which was held in front of live TV cameras, Saturday’s meeting took place in utmost secrecy, with reporters only being told later that the face-to-face had taken place.Footage released by the Blue House on Twitter, accompanied by a dramatic orchestral score, showed Moon arriving in a convoy of cars and first shaking hands with Kim’s sister Kim Yo Jong, who has played a major public role in recent talks with the South.last_img read more

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Bowser Taps Dean to Lead FEMS

first_imgGregory Dean is the former fire chief of Seattle. (Photo/seattle.gov)D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) told residents on March 2 that Gregory M. Dean, the recent fire chief of Seattle, is her choice to lead the District’s fire and emergency medical services (FEMS) department. Despite his interest in being permanent, interim fire chief Eugene Jones was let go.“The safety and well-being of District residents is my top priority and FEMS is at the frontlines of this effort,” Bowser said. “Chief Dean is a proven, collaborative leader who led a department with an international reputation for its fire-based performance. I am certain that he will work with our emergency first responders and the community to move the department forward in exciting ways.”Dean, who worked in Seattle’s FEMS department for 44 years, said, “I look forward to working with Mayor Bowser and FEMS providers to deliver efficient and compassionate fire and emergency medical services to the residents of all eight wards,” Dean said. “We will build on the department’s strengths and bring a data-driven approach that will ensure that we are delivering top notch services 24/7.”In Seattle, Dean led a department of 1,150 employees with a $175 million budget for 10 years. Before becoming chief, he served in lower capacities for well over three decades.Dean has been credited with increasing the overall cardiac arrest survival rate from 26 percent in 2002 to 62 percent in 2014.Dean takes over a department that has been the source of controversy since 2011, when Kenneth Ellerbe took over it. During Ellerbe’s tenure, which ended in June 2014, critics of FEMS charged that employee morale was low, management’s relations with the firefighters union were abysmal and the department’s equipment was either outdated or malfunctioning.On Jan. 25, 2014, Medric Mills, a longtime District resident, died of a heart attack despite members of his family seeking help from FEMS employees at the Rhode Island Avenue Engine House 26. The fire house is across the street from Mills’ residence and his family members were told by FEMS employees that they should call 9-1-1 and didn’t seek to help Mills.Mills’ death generated widespread criticism of Ellerbe’s leadership style. Ellerbe retired in June to work in the private sector.Ellerbe praised Bower’s selection, “Gregory Dean has a long history of accomplishments and he believes in accountability,” Ellerbe told the AFRO. “He is the type of leader that D.C. Fire and EMS needs and should follow.”James Short, a former deputy fire chief, said that he admires Dean’s career and thinks he will bring the department together.“He is the type of chief that will go down to the station and sit down and talk with employees” Short, who worked for FEMS for 33 years, said.D.C. Council member Vincent Orange (D-At-Large) said that he “hasn’t heard anything negative about Dean.”“I do know that Seattle’ fire department and D.C.’s fire department are similar,” Orange said.The D.C. Council must approve Dean’s nomination and D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5) chairs the Committee on the Judiciary, which will hold hearing on Dean in the near future.“I have not had the chance to speak with him yet but I hear that he has had a long career and he was very well respected in Seattle,” McDuffie said. “I’m looking forward to learning more about him.”Edward Mills III, the acting assistant FEMS chief, will run the department until Dean is confirmed.Short said that Dean should be confirmed and allowed to do what needs to be done to get the department operating in a smooth manner.“Our fire department is in a sad state with firefighters not wearing their uniforms while on duty and people dying in front of fire stations,” he said. “The people leading the department now are young and they have no common sense. Dean should be given a chance to prove himselflast_img read more

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