November 18, 2019

NCAA Final Four Field Set

first_imgWhen the word “Syracuse” popped up on the bracket for the first time, most of the so-called experts were crying “foul,” not shouting “Final Four.”So much for that.Coach Jim Boeheim’s “I Told You So” tour will travel all the way to Houston. The 10th-seeded Orange became only the fourth double-digit seed to make the Final Four. They aren’t the only surprise out of Syracuse.The Orange women’s team also shocked the basketball world by advancing to their first Final Four, though the ladies were a four seed.They’ll be joined by a blue blood (North Carolina), a scrappy squad with no stars (Villanova) and the team with the tournament’s best player in Buddy Hield (Oklahoma).Though it’s been hard to find many genuine surprises in this, a season full of unpredictable twists and turns, Syracuse making the Final Four would certainly fit that category.This was a program under duress, one that lost Boeheim for the first nine games of the conference season while he served punishment for NCAA violations.This was a program that gave St. John’s one of its eight wins this season; a program that dropped five of six heading into Selection Sunday. Hardly any bracketologist had the Orange making it into the field of 68.The NCAA selection committee didn’t agree. And shortly after Syracuse beat Dayton 70-51 in the first round, Boeheim was at his cranky best, saying, anybody “that said we didn’t deserve to be in obviously doesn’t know anything about basketball.”Syracuse trailed Virginia by as many as 16 before Boeheim switched out of his trademark 2-3 zone and into a full-court press. That helped the Orange outscore the Cavaliers 29-8 down the stretch to win 68-62.“We had a lot of doubters,” freshman Tyler Lydon said. “A lot of people who believed we shouldn’t even be in this tournament. I’m sure there are still a lot of people who think that. But we know what we can do as a team and that’s all that matters.”Syracuse plays the April 2 late game against the Tar Heels, who beat Notre Dame 88-74. It’s a match-up of ACC teams; North Carolina has beaten Syracuse twice this season.The first semifinal pits Oklahoma against Villanova. Oklahoma won a meeting in December, 78-55.(EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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October 28, 2019

11 days agoAC Milan count on Wolves to help land Arsenal midfielder Elneny

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan count on Wolves to help land Arsenal midfielder Elnenyby Carlos Volcano11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan are readying a bid for Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny.Currently on-loan with Besiktas, Milan believe they can sign Elneny in January for €15m.Gazzetta dello Sport says Milan would seek to fund the deal by inviting Wolves to bid for Franck Kessie.Wolves failed with an attempt for the midfielder over the summer.If a deal can be struck, then Milan will seek to do business with Arsenal over Elneny in the New Year. last_img

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October 13, 2019

Fort St John to get new provincial court judge

first_imgNew Ft St John judge!Judge Linda Thomas – will be sworn in on July 5, 2018. She will be assigned to the Northern Region and withChambers in Fort St. John.— Lorne MacLean, Q.C. (@bcfamilylaw) June 26, 2018According to Lorne MacLean, Q.C. with MacLean Family Law, Judge Thomas’ chambers will be located in Fort St. John. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Government has appointed a new provincial court judge for the Northern Region who will be based in Fort St. John. Last week, the Attorney General’s Ministry announced that the Province had appointed three new provincial court judges to fill several vacancies created by judges who were retiring. Linda Thomas will be sworn in as the newest judge in the Northern Region on July 5th.Thomas received an LLB from the University of British Columbia in 2000. She has experience working as a sole practitioner, and for First Nations government and non-profit organizations. She has focused primarily on child protection and family law mediation, and the government says that she also has a background in prison law. She has worked extensively to develop and facilitate legal information workshops with law advocates, family support workers and Indigenous communities.last_img read more

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October 13, 2019

New oilsands exploration tech leaves forest intact to the relief of the

first_img“We can do it, it works. We don’t have to cut the forest down anymore,” said Allan Chatenay, co-owner of Explor Geophysical Ltd. and inventor of its PinPoint technology.The Calgary-based company worked with oilsands giant Suncor Energy Inc. over the past winter to see how the technology stacks up in comparison with traditional seismic techniques on one of its unexplored oilsands leases.The next step will be a commercial-scale trial aimed at proving it can compete on cost as well as effectiveness.Put simply, seismic surveying involves creating sound waves in the earth that bounce off rock formations hundreds of metres underground and then are recorded by sensors on the surface for analysis.Traditionally, surveys were conducted using truck-mounted drilling gear, heavy sensors and explosive devices weighing several kilograms each. Straight, six to eight-metre-wide seismic lines were chopped through the forest on rectangular grids to permit access and ensure the equipment was positioned to achieve the best results.The current standard, called low-impact seismic, cuts lines that are about three metres wide, often in a zig-zag pattern on the assumption that it prevents predators from being able to see their prey from a distance. CALGARY, A.B. – One of the most destructive ecological impacts of oil and gas exploration happens long before a litre of oil flows into a pipeline or a single atom of carbon enters the atmosphere.Seismic surveying, the exploration activity that helps identify where to drill, can result in as much as 15 percent of the forest being chopped down and mulched.But a new kind of seismic survey promises to leave only boot prints in the forest. And that’s good news for species such as the threatened woodland caribou that live alongside the oilsands industry in northern Alberta. Only about 25 percent of caribou ranges in the oilsands area are considered undisturbed, said Simon Dyer, deputy executive director of the Pembina Institute environmental think-tank.That’s well below the 65 percent undisturbed ratio required to allow threatened caribou populations to be self-sustaining, according to a 2012 federal government Species at Risk Act recovery strategy report.“A big contributor to that fragmentation and loss of habitat is the seismic footprint so any technologies that can prevent additional losses of habitat are obviously welcome,” he said.“Slowing the rate of loss of habitat is not good enough… Any responsible company should be proposing a plan that has a net improvement in caribou habitat, not just a reduced impact.”The PinPoint technology requires more labour than other forms of seismic so it costs more, Chatenay said, without being specific.On the other hand, he said, it saves users the cost of having to later replant and remediate seismic lines and may help companies fall in line with future environmental regulation.Suncor is looking at several technologies to reduce the impact of its seismic surveys and it will likely be years before any can be implemented on a commercial scale, said Gary Bunio, general manager of oilsands strategy technology development.He said the cost is important to consider but it’s not the only issue – Suncor could decide on a more expensive option if it provides a solution that is effective and is endorsed by community stakeholders and regulators.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)center_img PinPoint takes the technology one step further by scaling down the size of the sensors and charges so they can be carried into the forest by people on foot. By greatly increasing the number of lower powered seismic events and their recordings, and processing them using detailed GPS readings and exact timing, Chatenay says the survey results are just as detailed as traditional seismic.Finding new ways to acquire seismic data fits in with goals by the industry, regulators and the Indigenous community to support caribou conservation, said Christine Daly, a senior technology adviser for land reclamation at Suncor.“Any fragmentation of the boreal forest has an impact on the animals in that ecosystem, including boreal woodland caribou, which are a threatened species,” she said.“We realized one of the root causes of the impact from our industry are these seismic lines, so completely removing them is a huge step in opening more responsible development and caribou conservation.”last_img read more

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October 12, 2019

Gzb girl tops CBSE 12th exams

first_imgNew Delhi: Hansika Shukla from Delhi Public School, Ghaziabad topped the 12th Standard CBSE board exams, results for which were announced on Thursday afternoon.The teenager, who came in first along with Karishma Arora of Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, said she only dreamed of such results. Shukla scored 499 out of 500, securing full marks in all subjects other than English, for which she scored 99. She said that she has no regrets whatsoever for missing out on a full 500 because of one mark. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesSpeaking to media persons outside her school, Shukla credited her parents and teachers for the huge educational, moral, and emotional support they gave her, unable to control her happiness and sheer surprise. However, her teachers showed no surprise at her picture-perfect scorecard. One of her teachers reportedly said that Shukla has been a consistent performer and that it is reflected in her internal examination results as well. Talking to the press, Shukla said that although she has an active interest in Psychology, she has not planned too far into the future. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarFor the time being, she said she wants to pursue a Bachelor’s in Psychology and expressed an interest to join the Indian Foreign Services. From the humanities stream, Shukla had taken History, Political Science, and Psychology as her core subjects and scored 100 in all of them. For her elective, she chose Hindustani vocals and scored full marks for it as well. Speaking of how she managed to achieve such scores, Shukla said she never had a particular number of hours that she studied. All she followed was a strict but continuous regime of studying for one hour and then taking a break. The preparations also saw her taking a break from social media with Shukla saying she was almost inactive on social media in the months leading up to the exams. Her mother is a professor at Ghaziabad college and her father is a secretary in Rajya Sabha, the upper house of parliament. The overall results in CBSE saw girls outperforming boys generally. A total of more than 12.87 lakh students appeared for the examination and out of all the students who cleared the exams, 88.7 percent were girls, while 79.4 per cent were boys. The three students who are tied for second place are all girls. Gaurangi Chawla (Nirmal Ashram School, Rishikesh), Aishwarya (KV, Rai Bareilly), and Bhavya BR (SK International School, Haryana) all scored 498. And continuing with the trend, out of the 18 people tied for third position in the examination, 11 are girls. The Delhi zone performed third best after Trivandrum and Chennai, with 91.87 per cent students passing the examination.last_img read more

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September 30, 2019

The Warriors Have A 93 Percent Chance Of Hitting 73 Wins

With one game to go, the Golden State Warriors are 72-9, and having given San Antonio its first home loss of the season on Sunday night, they now have a 93 percent chance to overtake Michael Jordan’s 1995-96 Bulls for the best regular-season record in NBA history.Ahead of Sunday’s game, our CARM-Elo ratings gave Golden State a 31 percent chance to beat San Antonio. And through one quarter, the Warriors had just 14 points. But Stephen Curry, instead of his usual barrage from deep, took the ball inside and scored 37 points on 22 shots, including a number of ridiculous floaters, pull-ups and finger-rolls. (Curry also hit a 60-odd-footer at the end of the third quarter that was waved off.) The game remained close for most of the night, but Golden State pulled away about midway through the fourth quarter, when the Spurs scored just 4 points in a crucial three-and-a-half-minute run.The Warriors’ Saturday game against the Memphis Grizzlies was a little more dramatic, requiring a late tip-in from Draymond Green and two even later misses from Lance Stephenson, one of which was close enough to a foul that the league office was compelled to adjudicate the decision the following day. (The call was good.)As for the matchup between San Antonio and Golden State, it’s hard to say exactly what was going on. In four games against the Warriors this season, the Spurs have been awful around the rim (50.0 percent within 10 feet; 58.7 percent for the season) and forced deep into the shot clock far more often than usual (10.5 shots per game with four seconds or less on the shot clock; 6.8 regularly), which is always a bad sign. Worse yet, the number of “wide-open” looks from three with the nearest defender six or more feet away dropped from 8.3 shots per game to 5.5.San Antonio also shot just 36 percent on shots taken off of one or two dribbles — generally step-ins and quick drives from the perimeter or moves to the basket from the free-throw line or the high post — against 43.8 percent overall. The team is taking about four more of those one- and two-dribble shots per game, which usually isn’t a great sign, since they’re often counter-moves when the first look isn’t clean.Then again, it’s only been four games. For San Antonio, the hope will be that Tim Duncan and Boris Diaw, neither of whom played Sunday, will make up some of the difference. The Spurs are +5.6 points per 100 possessions with Diaw on the floor against the Warriors this season and -19.3 per 100 without him.Wednesday’s game against Memphis will be in Oakland and will come on two days’ rest for the Warriors, while the Grizzlies will be on the back-end of a back-to-back. We’ve seen these Warriors blow games with similar advantages in the past few weeks — they were 96 percent favorites to beat the Timberwolves, remember — but we’re likely to see the best the Warriors have, with one game to play to take sole ownership of one of the NBA’s most iconic records.Jay Boice contributed research.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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September 30, 2019

San Francisco Giants Complete Sweep Win World Series Over

On a cool, damp night in Detroit, the San Francisco Giants — who came back from seemingly insurmountable deficits in their two playoff series — completed a sweep of the Tigers in 10 innings to capture the World Series for the second time in three years.Their 4-3 Game 4 win capped a dramatic post-season for San Francisco, which trailed the Cincinnati Reds 0-2 in the divisional series and the St. Louis Cardinals 1-3 in the NLCS.Marco Scutaro, who has been outstanding, delivered one more key hit this October, a go-ahead single with two outs in the 10th inning that proved to be the winning run.“Detroit probably didn’t know what it was in for,” Giants general manager Brian Sabean said. “Our guys had a date with destiny.”The Giants combined the most important elements of championship baseball. After three straight wins that looked relatively easy, they sealed this victory when Sergio Romo got Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera to look at strike three for the final out.A wild on-field celebration ensued, and was carried into the clubhouse.“Tonight was a battle,” Giants star Buster Posey said. “And I think tonight was a fitting way for us to end it because those guys played hard. They didn’t stop, and it’s an unbelievable feeling.”Posey, the only player who was in the starting lineup when San Francisco beat Texas in the 2010 clincher, and the underdog Giants celebrated in the center of the diamond at Comerica Park.They built toward this party all month, winning six elimination games this postseason. In the clubhouse, they hoisted the trophy, passed it around and shouted the name of each player who held it.Benched during the 2010 Series, Pablo Sandoval, nicknamed Kung Fu Panda, went 8 for 16, including a three-homer performance in Game 1.“You learn,” Sandoval said. “You learn from everything that happened in your career. . . We’re working hard to enjoy this moment right now.”Cabrera delivered the first big hit for Detroit, interrupting San Francisco’s run of dominant pitching with a two-run homer that blew over the right-field wall in the third.Posey put the Giants ahead 3-2 with a two-run homer in the sixth and Delmon Young hit a tying home run in the bottom half.It then became a matchup of bullpens, and the Giants prevailed.Ryan Theriot led off the 10th with a single against Phil Coke, moved up on Brandon Crawford’s sacrifice and scored on a shallow single by Scutaro, the MVP of the NL championship series. Center fielder Austin Jackson  made a throw home, to no avail.“That’s what it makes so much special, the way we did it,” Scutaro said. “We’re always against the wall and my team, it just came through first series, second series and now we sweep the Tigers.” read more

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September 28, 2019

Ohio State field hockey takes tough loss to No 16 Northwestern

OSU sophomore forward/midfielder Maddy Humphrey (23) runs with the ball during a game against St. Louis on Aug. 28. OSU won 5-0. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz / Asst. Sports EditorThe Ohio State field hockey team (8-7, 4-3) couldn’t manage to keep pace with a high-powered Northwestern team (11–6, 4-3) during its second-to-last home game of the season on Friday. With an aggressive offensive edge, Northwestern’s Isabel Flens and Pascale Massey each scored once during both periods, respectively, to end the game with a final score of 2-0. Despite the tough loss and being outshot 29-2, the Buckeyes made it a priority to reel in the Wildcats through a strong defensive approach. Sophomore goalie Liz Tamburro tallied 15 total saves, giving her a total of 220 for her career, while sophomore back Caroline Rath added two defensive saves into the mix.The Wildcats’ quick reactions and confidence with ball possession never came to a standstill throughout the entirety of the game. However, the Buckeyes defense made it a priority to halt Northwestern’s movement back upfield with the score staying stagnant at 1-0 going into halftime. OSU coach Anne Wilkinson said that once Northwestern scored nearly 25 minutes in, it was hard to regain momentum.“Northwestern had a great gameplan coming in. They stepped up and played with confidence while we were a step behind,” Wilkinson said. “Once they got into a rhythm, they got us … (going forward) we need to find new ways to attack.”With most of the movement staying on Northwestern’s offensive side for the second half, it was difficult for the Buckeyes to break through for a scoring opportunity. The Buckeyes’ focus on defense wasn’t enough to stop Northwestern from scoring the second and final goal of the game 58 minutes in due to an unassisted shot off rebound from Massey.OSU sophomore forward/midfielder Maddy Humphrey said the team’s mental motivation had begun to dwindle down as the game neared the end. “We were mentally prepared in the beginning, but once we let them start to play their own game we just sat back and didn’t play ours,” Humphrey said. “I think we lost mentally in the end more than anything.”With the final home game of the season approaching on Sunday, the Buckeyes will need a quick turnaround to evaluate their approach moving forward.Senior co-captain Emma Royce said she thinks creativity could be a catalyst for the quick turnaround.“Credit to Northwestern, I think they scouted us very very well and knew what to expect,” Royce said. “We need to understand (going forward) that the teams are going to know what Ohio State does. We have very specific patents and plays and we need to throw in new creativity and imagination.”Now tied with Northwestern in Big Ten standings for fourth place, OSU has one conference game remaining: No. 11 Michigan on Oct. 31. The Buckeyes are scheduled to host California for the last home game of the season on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Buckeye Varsity Field, with senior honors occurring before the match starts. read more

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September 28, 2019

A Jent of Gents Former Buckeye NBA coach joins Ohio States coaching

After securing what Thad Matta called the biggest recruit he’s ever gone after, the Ohio State basketball program introduced former Buckeye player and NBA coach Chris Jent as the latest addition to the OSU’s coaching staff on Wednesday. A native of Sparta, N.J., Jent scored 1,007 career points and was a part of two Big Ten championship teams at OSU from 1988-92. He will fill the opening on Matta’s staff that was created when former assistant coach Brandon Miller resigned two weeks ago to spend more time with his family. Jent said that there were multiple factors he considered before taking the job at OSU. “It was definitely two-headed,” Jent said. “The pull to the university and also to work with coach Matta and his staff allows me to expand my experience in coaching. The fact that it’s my alma mater and a place I have a strong tie to, a strong gut feeling towards, and a great amount of passion to, made it easy.” Jent leaves behind him an assistant coaching and director of player development position with the Cleveland Cavaliers. While in Cleveland, Jent also served as a personal shooting coach to two-time NBA MVP LeBron James. Matta said that he expects Jent’s relationship with the former Cavaliers star to work to his advantage as he will be attempting to recruit players for the first time in his career. “It’s no secret that Chris was one of the best in the NBA at making players better,” Matta said. “I don’t know if I could have got anybody better in the country than what he’s going to bring to the table in that regard.” When Jent’s playing career at OSU ended in 1992, the 6-foot-7 Jent played professionally in the Continental Basketball Association and in Spain before he was signed by the NBA’s Houston Rockets in 1994. Jent won the 1994 NBA title later that season. After playing in a combined 14 regular season and playoff games for the Rockets, Jent returned to the CBA, and also played professionally in Australia and Italy before returning to the NBA when he signed with the New York Knicks in 1997. Jent played in three games for the Knicks and ended his playing career in 2001 after additional stints in Italy, Greece, and the United States Basketball League. Jent signed on to become an assistant coach with the Philadelphia 76ers for the 2000–04 NBA season before taking a similar role with Orlando Magic in 2004–05. Jent compiled a 5–13 record as the interim head coach of the Magic after former head coach Johnny Davis was fired. Following his lone season with the Magic, Jent returned to Columbus to complete his degree at OSU. It was there that he first met Matta, and served as an unofficial assistant to the team. Jent said that he walked away from OSU impressed by the culture that Matta had created around the program in just his second year as the Buckeyes’ head coach. “At that time, I saw a group of driven individuals that really cared for one another,” Jent said. “Ten kids were in uniform and none of them missed a practice. They didn’t miss one practice. And that just showed how much they care for another.” Jent said that leaving Cleveland for his alma mater and the two-time defending Big Ten champions was a tough call. “Outside of real life decisions, this is the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make,” Jent said. “Loved every day I went to work (in Cleveland). For me to leave that, it could only have been this type of situation.” Dan Wallenberg, spokesman for OSU athletics, confirmed to The Lantern that Jent’s contract is not complete. The Buckeyes have not released their schedule for the upcoming season. Tyler Robinson contributed to this article. read more

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September 18, 2019

Griezmann Hernandez sign new deals as Lemar closes in on

first_imgAtletico Madrid have confirmed that both Antoine Griezmann and Lucas Hernandez have signed contract extensions at the club with Thomas Lemar close to completing his moveGriezmann had been expected to join Barcelona this summer, but the 27-year-old instead announced that he will be remaining at Atletico last week in an hour-long documentary broadcasted on Spanish TV station Movistar.The club website has reported that the French forward has now committed his future to the club by adding another year to his current deal after holding a meeting with the club’s chief executive, Miguel Angel Gil Marin, in Russia.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Meanwhile, his France teammate Hernandez has extended his current deal until 2024 with their fellow French international Lemar close to officially completing his move to Atletico subject to passing a medical and finalising terms with AS Monaco.Last season, Atletico finished above city rivals Real Madrid in second place in La Liga and defeated Marseille 3-0 last month to win the Europa League for a record-equalling third time.last_img read more

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