On Saturday, ESPN’s College GameDay was in Pullman for the battle between Oregon and Washington State. While the focus was on those two Pac-12 teams, Kirk Herbstreit made headlines for his take on the UCF Knights.It wasn’t an outlandish statement from the ESPN analyst, but it definitely infuriated the UCF football team.Despite being 7-0 this season, the Knights aren’t receiving much love from Herbstreit. Instead of praising the program’s success, he’s questioning its strength of schedule.“You need to play somebody in order to be rewarded. UCF, you need to not just be worried about being undefeated and trying to get in the top four, you need to look behind you at teams like Utah State, Appalachian State, Fresno State. These teams, on paper — which is what you want to look at a lot of times — are better than UCF and more deserving than UCF.”The team’s official Twitter account was quick to respond with this post:Hi @KirkHerbstreit pic.twitter.com/5wKKG4gINZ— UCF Football (@UCF_Football) October 20, 2018It’s becoming very clear that Herbstreit isn’t fond of UCF’s schedule. However, that could change when the Knights face South Florida and Cincinnati at the end of the season.Besides, the team continues to win on the gridiron and on social media. Once again, the team trolled Herbstreit, but this time it was on Instagram.The next game for UCF will be against Navy.
Press Trust of India New DelhiDecember 27, 2018UPDATED: December 27, 2018 19:36 IST Varun Chakravarthy had a base price of Rs 20 lakh but was sold to KXIP for Rs Rs 8.4 crore (PTI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVarun Chakravarthy was bought by Kings XI Punjab for Rs 8.40 croreVarun rose to fame during the 2018 season of Tamil Nadu Premier LeaguePreity Zinta said Varun will be the back-up spinner to add value to the teamThe unheralded Varun Chakravarthy’s whopping Rs 8.40 crore deal at the IPL auctions has raised eyebrows but Kings XI Punjab co-owner Preity Zinta termed the Tamil Nadu spinner a “long-term investment” and a “back-up spinner” for skipper Ravichandran Ashwin.Confirming that Ashwin will continue to lead the KXIP this season, Zinta provided the rationale behind picking Varun, who did well in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL), for such a humongous amount.”Varun is an underexposed mystery bowler along with being a back-up spinner who will add value to the team. Kings XI Punjab has always wanted to give chance to untested talent and Varun is a long term investment for us,” Zinta told PTI in an e-mail interview.”I feel that with guidance from coach Mike Hesson, he (Varun) will be able to hone his capabilities and contribute to team’s success,” the Bollywood actor said.She was happy that Kings XI were able to pick players whom the management thought could be the missing link from the last edition.”We opted a thought through strategy for the 2019 VIVO Indian Premier League auctions. We wanted to pick up players that could fill in the missing gaps and create a remarkable team line-up.”I believe that we have a balanced side now with a lot of good options in our kitty in case of requirements during the season,” she said.Teenagers like Prabh Simran Singh has landed a cool Rs 1.5 crore contract even before playing a single Ranji Trophy match but Zinta believes that if someone is talented, he should be backed.advertisement”At the Kings XI Punjab, we have always believed in providing opportunity to domestic talent and Prabh Simran is the new star on the horizon. The management team at KXIP does a background research before bidding for any player,” she reasoned.She also spoke about the local connect which went a long way in bidding for Prabhsimran.”I personally feel that he is a local boy from Punjab and a talent to watch out for in future,” she added.There is a possibility that IPL might shift to South Africa if the dates clash with that of general elections but her team is ready for any eventuality.”We have faced such scenario in the past (2009 in SA and 2014 in UAE) and are adequately prepared for the upcoming season.”The balance and constitution of the team is such that they can play in India or any other country with the same zeal and deliver outstanding results,” she signed off.Also Read | Varun Chakravarthy, who was sold to KXIP for Rs 8.4 crore, had almost quit cricketAlso Read | Betting should be legalised as it may curb corruption, feels Preity G ZintaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Varun ChakravarthyFollow Kings XI PunjabFollow Preity ZintaFollow KXIP Underexposed mystery bowler Varun long-term investment for KXIP: Preity ZintaPreity Zinta said that Kings XI Punjab feel that Varun Chakravarthy can be the missing link from the last edition of the Indian Premier Leagueadvertisement
WATCH: Rohit Sharma bowls fans over after historic Test triumph in JamaicaIndia vs West Indies 2nd Test: Rohit Sharma spotted his fans in the stands and shared some light moments with them. Rohit was not part of the playing XI in the two Test matches.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk JamaicaSeptember 3, 2019UPDATED: September 3, 2019 12:38 IST Rohit Sharma did not feature in the Playing XI in either of the two Tests. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRohit Sharma was seen having a good time with his fans after second Test win over West IndiesRohit was not part of the playing XI in the two-match Test seriesIndia whitewashed the Test series 2-0 to go on top of World Test Championships points tableIndia wrapped up the second Test within 4 days to inflict a heavy 257-run defeat on West Indies and sweep the series 2-0 to claim the top spot of the World Test Championship table with 120 points.Rohit Sharma was not part of the playing XI in both of the two Test matches despite being seen in a superb form in the World Cup 2019 as skipper Virat Kohli opted to prefer Hanuma Vihari over the veteran Indian cricketer.However, the setback seem to have not bothered Rohit Sharma as he was seen having a good time with his fans on Day 4 of the second Test. In a video shared by BCCI on social media, Rohit Sharma was seen pulling out two of his fans who had donned a jersey with his name on the back.The ‘Hitman’ later shared some good moments with his fans and enjoyed a fun dance session with them.This is awesome from @ImRo45 when he randomly pulled out two of his loyal fans from the crowd in Jamaica #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/PqRV1xtjgHBCCI (@BCCI) September 2, 2019So Humble man…. He care his.. Fan… Proud to be #Rohitian..Love you #RohitSharma .. SirRohitian_@Chandan (@chandan_264) September 3, 2019You can remove him from playing XI, but you can’t remove him from the hearts of his fans. True King.Live-love-Laugh (@14_saiteja) September 3, 2019That’s so sweet! Those two fans must have felt so good that they got a chance to just hangout with their favoriteSejal (@sejal_mokal) September 3, 2019India had won the first Test of the two-match series by 318 runs in Antigua last week and won the final Test, yet again, by a massive margin. On the course of the series whitewash, Virat Kohli also became the most successful India Test captain , with 28 victories in Test cricket, going past his predecessor MS Dhoni’s 27.advertisementJasprit Bumrah shone with the ball in the series as the paceman picked up 13 wickets in two Tests at an average of 9.23, including the only third hat-trick in the format by an Indian cricketer.Hanuma Vihari was the most impressive with the bat as he hit his maiden Test hundred and scored 32, 93 and unbeaten 53 in the rest of the three innings.Also Read | 2nd Test: India sweep series 2-0 vs West Indies to consolidate top-spot in World Test Championship tableAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami make India pace unit peerless in Test cricketAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow India VS West IndiesFollow Rohit SharmaFollow Virat KohliFollow Hanuma Vihari
Next Priyank Panchal’s 109 highlights drawn game as India A wrap up series with 1-0 win vs South AfricaIndia A vs South Africa A, 2nd Test: Gujarat batsman Priyank Panchal hit a fine 109 on the 4th and final day of the 2nd unofficial Test, while Karun Nair struck a half-century of his own as the game ended in a tame draw.advertisement Press Trust of India MysuruSeptember 20, 2019UPDATED: September 20, 2019 17:28 IST Priyank Panchal struck a fine century on the final day (PTI)HIGHLIGHTSWith the 2nd match drawn, India A wrapped up the 2-match series 1-0Shubman Gill was out for a duck in the 2nd inningsThe captains settled for a draw after the home side declared their 2nd innings just before the Tea breakOpener Priyank Panchal struck a fine century on the final day of the four-day match as the second unofficial Test between India ‘A’ and South Africa ‘A’ ended in a tame draw here on Friday.The draw enabled India ‘A’ to pocket the two-match series 1-0.Gujarat batsman Panchal made 109 (192 balls, 9x4s, 4x6s) as India ‘A’ declared their second innings at 202 for three in 70 overs, thus extending their lead to 219 runs.Panchal was involved in two big partnerships — 94 runs for the opening wicket with Abhimanyu Easwaran (37 off 93 balls, 3x4s) and 92 for the third with Karun Nair, who remained unbeaten on 51 (99 balls, 3x4s).With no outright result possible, the match was called off after the home side declared their second innings with the tea break in sight.Off-spinner Dane Piedt, who is part of the South Africa team for the Test series against India beginning on October 2, bowled 21 overs and picked up two wickets, including that of Shubman Gill, who was dismissed for a duck.Left-arm spinner Senuran Muthusamy, who is also in the Proteas Test team, ended Panchal’s stay at the wicket with a caught and bowl dismissal.Panchal, a prolific scorer in domestic cricket, cracked some delightful shots and hit four big sixes while Nair, who made 78 in the first innings, too looked in sublime touch.Gill, who made 92 in the first innings, failed to trouble the scorers, falling for a three-ball duck, caught by Muthusamy off Piedt.With the first innings of the two sides being completed late on the third day on Thursday, the possibility of a result was reduced and the India ‘A’ batsmen used the opportunity to get some match practice ahead of a long domestic season.advertisementFor South Africa ‘A’, skipper Aiden Markram and all-rounder Wiaan Mulder hit superb hundreds to make 400 in their first innings in reply to the home team’s 417.Markram geared up for the three-Test series against India with a superb 161, while Mulder made an unbeaten 131 — his fourth first-class century after the team had crashed to a seven-wicket defeat in the first ‘Test’ at Thiruvananthapuram earlier.Markram was named man of the match for his effort.Brief Scores:India ‘A’ 1st innings: 417 all out (Shubman Gill 92, Karun Nair 78, Shivam Dube 68, Wriddhiman Saha 60, Jalaj Saxena 48 not out, Umesh Yadav 24; Wiaan Mulder 3/47, Dane Piedt 3/78) and 202 for 3 declared in 70 overs (Priyank Panchal 109, Karun Nair 51 not out; Piedt 2/88).South Africa ‘A’: 400 all out (Aiden Markram 161, Wiaan Mulder 131 not out, Theunis de Bruyn 41; Kuldeep Yadav 4/121, Shahbaz Nadeem 3/76, Mohammed Siraj 2/72).Also Read | 16-year-old Virat Kohli: Have you seen his pic yet?Also Read | In T20s, pressure is on batsmen as people come for entertainment: SA spinner Tabraiz ShamsiFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow India A vs South Africa AFollow Priyank PanchalFollow Shubman Gill
Rotterdam-based provider of towage and associated marine services Smit Lamnalco has won an exclusive licence by Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) to supply towage services in the Port of Gladstone.The licence will commence on January 1, 2019 for a five-year term, with an option to extend for a further three years to December 31, 2026. The company has been providing harbour towage services at the Port of Gladstone since 2011.“Smit Lamnalco is proud to have again been selected to provide towage services in this unique environment. We are looking forward to continuing our strong partnership with GPC, our port stakeholders and the local Gladstone community,” said Smit Lamnalco Commercial Director Frederik Rutgers.The Port of Gladstone is one of Queensland’s largest multi-commodity ports, handling coal, bauxite, alumina, aluminium, cement and liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes.Under the contract, eleven tugs, specifically designed to meet the unique operational characteristics of the port, will be deployed to service both harbour and LNG customers.Image Courtesy: Smit Lamnalco
Rabat – When students return from the fall break on Wednesday, November 7, they will follow the traditional time-table for school for half a week, the ministry said in a statement.Public schools usually open at 8 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. with a 2 hour-lunch break from 12 noon to 2 p.m.Beginning Monday, November 12, students will follow the new-time table that the government set on November 1. The new time-table was the second to be announced in the space of seven days. When the ministry announced the newest time-table would take effect November 12, the public wondered what time-table to follow this week.Read also: Morocco’s Education Ministry Gives School Kids 2-Hour Lunch BreakThe new-time tableThe new-time table stipulates that primary schools will start at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. with a two-hour lunch break between 1 and 3 p.m. from Monday to Friday. The time-table concerns schools with one teacher per classroom.For schools with two teachers per classroom, one group of students will start at 9 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. with a two-hour lunch break between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.The other group will start at 11:30 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m. with a two-hour lunch break between 1:30 and 3.30 p.m.The two groups will go to school on Saturday as well.For schools in rural areas, students will start at 9 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. with a 30-minute lunch break from Monday to Friday.For rural schools having two teachers per classroom, one group of students will start at 9 a.m. and end at 1:30 p.m. while the other group will start at 1:30 p.m. and end at 6 p.m. The two groups will go to school on Saturday, too.Middle and high school will start at 9 a.m. and end at 6 p.m. with two options for their two-hour lunch: between 12 noon and 2 p.m or between 1 and 3 p.m.Schools will go back to the traditional time-table in the spring.
Sixty six per cent of visitors have visited the Motor Show on a previous occasion The majority of visitors came for a day visit, and 43 per cent came as part of a family group Almost 75 per cent of visitors to the show were male and under the age of 45 Notes to editors 1. The net results refer to the gross impact of the show minus the effects of leakage and represents additional economic activity that would not have otherwise happened without the Motor Show.2. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) organises the British International Motor Show branded in 2004 as The Sunday Times Motor Show Live.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Motor Show 2004 nets over £60 million additional income for the West Midlands Gross spending amounts to £108.5 million in the region New research reveals that the British International Motor Show adds £61.4 million to the West Midlands economy – nearly £25 for every person in the area. In total the show delivers a £108.5m boost to the region’s economy. The research, undertaken by Heart of England Tourism, is the most extensive study undertaken into the impact of the motor show. It shows that direct expenditure associated with the event totalled £42 million. Show visitors spent £23 million on food and drink, shopping, travel, parking and entertainment with exhibitors spending over £8 million on local contractors and a further £4 million on staffing and accommodation. SMMT’s expenditure in the region reached nearly £7 million.The direct spending induced a further £66.5 million of expenditure by businesses and individuals in the West Midlands. Chief executive of SMMT, Christopher Macgowan said, ‘The study demonstrates the value of the Motor Show to the West Midlands and the significant benefits it has for tourism, businesses and employment in the region. As the largest consumer show in the UK, the economic power of its visitors and exhibitors is second-to-none. The show generated more than £100 million for the region, reinforcing the worth of the automotive industry in the UK.’Advantage West Midlands (AWM), the development agency for the region, invested £1.2 million from a grant provided through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), to help endorse the show. Commenting on the results, John Edwards, chief executive at Advantage West Midlands said, ‘This report justifies the positive effects that the Motor Show has on the economic health of the West Midlands. The funding, provided for the marketing of the event, has brought a substantial return for the region, with more visitors and exhibitors choosing to support the local economy.’SMMT commissioned the research to understand and quantify the economic impact of the Motor Show on the region. The study comprised of visitor and exhibitor surveys, tourist business questionnaires, key player interviews and economic impact modelling. Other key findings include:
Brock University is throwing a party Tuesday and everyone’s invited.Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock was born on Oct. 6, 1769, and while the anniversary of his death (Oct. 13, 1812) is often remembered, his birthday doesn’t get much recognition.Hoping to start a new campus-wide tradition, a handful of Brock students, faculty and staff got together and planned a birthday party – a 246th birthday party, to be precise.“This was the perfect year to start this annual tradition with the arrival of the General statue on campus,” said Kristen Smith, Manager, Student and Community Outreach.“It’s a wonderful opportunity to bring all members of the Brock community together to celebrate our namesake. And who doesn’t love a birthday party?”What started as a party in front of the new Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock statue, has now turned into a day-long celebration of all things Brock.RED DAYFaculty, staff and students are encouraged to wear red Tuesday in honour of Brock’s big day.BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONAt 12:30 p.m., hundreds of students and staff will meet in front of the statue to mark the occasion with 1,000 red and white cupcakes, a celebratory toast of red punch, and the singing of Happy Birthday. There will also be a giant birthday card for everyone to sign using their thumbprints.BROCK BEERAt 3 p.m., the Brock University Students’ Union will launch Sir Isaac’s Ale. The craft beer is being produced for BUSU by the Niagara College Teaching Brewery and will be available on tap moving forward. The launch party runs from 3 to 6 p.m. at Skybar Lounge.ALPHIE’S TROUGH SOCIALBrock staff and faculty are invited to attend a casual social gathering at the recently re-launched Alphie’s Trough at 4:30 p.m. Sir Isaac’s Ale will be available for the occasion.SOCIAL MEDIACan’t make it to the party? Brock alumni and community members are encouraged to send along best wishes to Sir Isaac by using the hashtag #Surgite on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.HYPE NIGHTBuilding on the excitement of Sir Isaac’s birthday party, Brock University Athletics are hosting Hype Night #WeAreReady, a pep rally at Bob Davis Gymnasium from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The free event will launch Brock’s #WeAreReady school pride campaign and will include introductions of Badgers athletes, singing and dancing performances, and lots of giveaways. Space is limited and tickets are available at the Walker Complex welcome desk. Click here for more info about hype night.
Co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Ed Warinner (center) poses with members of the OSU offensive line after the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship against Oregon on Jan. 12 in Arlington, Texas. OSU won, 42-20. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorBefore the Ohio State Buckeyes walked off the field at AT&T Stadium on Monday night, some people were already making their predictions for the following season.Caught up in all that was the game itself, as the Buckeyes flew past the Ducks, 42-20, en route to earning their eighth national title, The Lantern sports staff compiled a list of five things we learned following the OSU victory.1. Ezekiel Elliott is an early 2015 Heisman candidateUp until the Buckeyes’ matchup against the Wisconsin Badgers in the 2014 Big Ten Championship Game, Elliott never had compiled a 200-yard rush game in his short collegiate career.After putting up 220 rushing yards against the Badgers, Elliott improved each game, putting up 230 against Alabama, then broke a national title game record with 246 rushing yards against the Ducks.After being considered a middle-of-the-road running back in the Big Ten, Elliott showed up on the biggest stage in college football and made a statement as to why he could be the best back in America.Elliott has at least one more year in scarlet and gray before becoming eligible for the NFL Draft, and even if the quarterback position for the Buckeyes, Urban Meyer can rest easy knowing that Elliott will be back in the offensive huddle in 2015.2. Cardale Jones could be a starter at Ohio StateWill he earn that right? No one knows just yet.But redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones showed in the last three games that with the help of a solid offensive line and a consistent run game, he is just as good as anyone in the Buckeye backfield.In three post-season games, two of which came against top-15 defenses, Jones averaged 247.3 passing yards per game.In comparison, redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett averaged 252.3 yards passing per game against Navy, Virginia Tech and Kent State — his first three games as a starter.While Jones has only started in three games as a Buckeye, they were arguably the three biggest games in the last decade for OSU, and he led his team to a National Championship in the process.3. The 2015 ‘Silver Bullets’ will be reloaded for another title runSure it’s clichéd, but this Buckeye defense improved drastically from 2013 to 2014, finishing 19th in total defense this year, up 28 spots from last year’s 47th finish.What’s more, the OSU defense will lose just four starters to graduation (senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett, senior cornerback Doran Grant, senior linebacker Curtis Grant and senior defensive lineman Steve Miller) and bring back its first unanimous All-American since 2007 in sophomore Joey Bosa.Young, fast talent at the linebacker position with redshirt-freshman Darron Lee and freshman Raekwon McMillan will only improve with junior Joshua Perry leading the way.The biggest question will be who replaces Doran Grant opposite of redshirt-freshman Eli Apple at the backside cornerback position.Look for freshman Damon Webb to compete with redshirt-freshman Gareon Conley, along with freshman Erick Smith for the second corner job.4. The defensive backfield has gone from the weakest link to a bright spot for the OSU defenseIn 2013, the OSU defensive backfield was bad. The Buckeyes were repeatedly gouged for huge chunks of yardage and a lot of points.To an extent, the OSU pass defense gave up its fair share of yards and points this season as well, but the talent level was noticeably increased, and the execution was evident when it mattered most. And perhaps more importantly than anything else, Both safeties and one cornerback are set to return again next season.Doran Grant will be gone, but Apple and Webb will be expected to be an intimidating duo at cornerback, while redshirt-sophomore safety Tyvis Powell and sophomore safety Vonn Bell will be working with a full year of starting side-by-side under their belts.5. The OSU offensive line will be back in forceThe 2014 Buckeye offensive line featured four new starters, and the 2015 line is set to feature four returnees.Redshirt-senior Darryl Baldwin is moving on, but the combination of junior Taylor Decker, redshirt-sophomore Pat Elflein, junior Jacoby Boren and redshirt-freshman Billy Price have developed a dominating consistency that helped propel Elliott to his huge performances in the postseason.Assuming Decker does return — all signs say he will, in fact, forgo the NFL Draft — the line, not unlike the defensive backfield, will start the 2015 season as one of the brightest spots on the team after being a big question back in August.
Ohio State sophomore guard C.J. Jackson attempts a shot over Indiana’s Thomas Bryant on March 4 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorOhio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta said the Buckeyes defense would have to be at an “all-time high” on Saturday against Indiana to close out the regular season with a win.It was quite the opposite.The Indiana Hoosiers (17-14, 7-11 Big Ten) made their first six shots and 13 of their first 15 en route to a 96-92 win over Ohio State on Senior Day at the Schottenstein Center. The Hoosiers shot 59 percent from the field and 65 percent in the first half.Indiana junior guard Robert Johnson led all scorers with 26 points and snapped his shooting slump by making 10-of-17 shots from the field, including 5 of 8 from 3.Sophomore center Thomas Bryant, redshirt junior guard Josh Newkirk and junior guard James Blackmon were also in double figures with 16, 18 and 22, respectively.Junior forward Jae’Sean Tate led the Buckeyes with 20 points. Sophomore guard C.J. Jackson, and sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle each had 18 points, while redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson added 19.“We scored 92 but they scored 96 so obviously we weren’t playing the defense that we play,” Tate said. “I’m more focused on the defense and giving up 96 points — unacceptable, especially 50-plus at half.”Johnson had been shooting 7 for 42 combined from 3 in his last eight games, but came out firing from the get-go. Johnson’s early offensive output severely dictated how the game was going to play out for the OSU defense.“We’re a get-well card for guys,” Matta said. “You’re struggling? Play Ohio State and you get out of your slump just like that. It’s been like that all year long.”From the tip, OSU was outpaced by the Indiana offense. Blackmon drilled a 3 to cap an 11-0 run in the first two minutes and 18 seconds. Indiana had scored 19 points by the first media timeout and led 32-15 at the under-12 timeout. The Hoosiers led 54-40 at the half.“It seemed like every shot they were taking was going in,” Tate said. “We knew they were a transition team and that killed us. We didn’t get back, build walls, stop the ball fast enough for them to run their half-court offense, and that was the game plan.”Matta called for a double team in the post when Bryant caught the ball, and even implemented a zone press on occasion to slow down the Indiana attack. Tate said that at halftime, OSU knew Indiana couldn’t continue to shoot the way it did in the first half.Sure enough, the Buckeye defense stepped up in the second half, allowing just four points from the 18:05 mark to 9:14 remaining. Starting with a layup from junior forward Jae’Sean Tate and a 3 by sophomore guard C.J. Jackson, the Buckeyes went on a 10-0 run before the first media timeout, cutting the deficit to four.Then, less than three minutes later, back-to-back 3s from senior guard Marc Loving and Jackson grabbed OSU its first lead of the game, 62-61.However, Blackmon ended that short-lived lead on the next possession with a 3 of his own. After a Tate layup tied the game at 64, Indiana’s shooting came to life with a 10-0 run. At the final media timeout, the Hoosiers led 84-74.“They were hitting tough shots, they were making 3s and that kind of killed us from there,” Jackson said.OSU continued to answer Indiana free throws with buckets of its own. Jackson made a shot from deep with 3.3 seconds remaining to cut the Hoosier lead to 94-92. But Blackmon was iced the game with two free throws with 2.7 seconds left.With the loss, OSU is now guaranteed to play on Wednesday at the Big Ten Tournament. If Nebraska beats Michigan at home on Sunday night, OSU will be the 12th seed and plays Penn State at 4:30 p.m. If Michigan wins, OSU will be the 11th seed against Rutgers at 7 p.m.“Every loss is going to not feel too good,” Tate said. “What’s done is done and we just got to prepare to make a run in the tournament.”
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Cyclists face being banned from an A-road as lobby groups fear that the decision will spread further across the country. Proposals by Highways England to ban cyclists from a stretch of the A63 near Hull have led to dismay among cycling groups, who say the plan could “set an extremely dangerous precedent”.British Cycling CEO, Julie Harrington, and Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Gary Verity are jointly opposing the plans, which they say are “deeply concerning”.In a joint statement they said: “If speed and density of traffic was accepted as a reason to ban cycling, cyclists would be banned from the vast majority of our roads.”The only other road with a similar policy is thought to be an eight-mile stretch of the A19 on Teesside, where cyclists were banned in 2015. Highways England said that six accidents in five years involving cyclists, one of which was fatal, had prompted it to look at barring them from using the road. Humberside Police is also supporting the proposal. The strategy, published in January 2016, commits the organisation to creating new cycle networks, improving conditions for cyclists on roads and taking their needs into account when planning new routes. A spokesman for British Cycling added that Highways England had improved its attitude to cycling in recent years and the A63 proposals appeared to be a “unique situation”.He added: “One fatality in the last five years is actually incredibly low, particularly when you take into account that there have been 300 collisions involving cars on the same stretch of road in the same time period.”Cycling UK also opposed the plan, which they said was “entirely unreasonable and lacks both evidence and analysis”. Duncan Dollimore, the organisation’s head of campaigns, said: “It’s hardly surprising cyclists can’t keep up with motor vehicles on an A-road, but it is ludicrous to use that as one of the reasons for banning them. “If cyclists are banned from the A63 because they’re unable to hit high speeds, then where will it stop? It’s the thin edge of the wedge and shows a complete lack of reasoning.” The road is popular among racing cyclists as a time-trial route, including Sir Bradley Wiggins, who attempted to set a new British 10-mile record there in 2015. Highways England’s Emergency Planning Manager Andrew Charnick said: “The safety of everyone who uses our roads is our highest priority. “The A63 is a busy road and a large number of HGVs leave the docks and use the route to join the M62. There are alternative, safer routes available for cyclists.“In the last five years there have been six accidents involving cyclists, including one fatality. We have been working closely with Humberside police and the local authority on this issue and both fully support the plan.”A consultation on the plan ends on February 19. Ms Harrington added: “British Cycling does not, as a matter of principle, believe that the correct way to address the safety of cyclists is by banning the activity altogether, and that the successful implementation of this Traffic Regulation Order could have far-reaching implications for cycling here in the UK which are contrary to Highways England’s own Cycling Strategy.”
The Guyana Badminton Association (GBA) will be very content on their trip home, as they will have 12 medals to show for the hard work they have put in over the past three weeks.Priyanna Ramdhani and Mishka Beharry display their medals in the Under 17 and Under 11 championshipsThe Caribbean Regional Badminton Confederation (CAREBACO) championships which served off on the August 17 with the Under 19 category, saw some of Guyana’s top players showcasing extraordinary talent and skill. What made the trip even more gratifying is the fact that it is the first year of participation for many of the players.After Priyanna Ramdhani’s haul in the Under 19 competition, the 16 year old went on to dominate the Senior category and made her last and most successful stop in the Under 17 tournament this week.The podium was indeed Ramdhani’s second home this week as she first copped gold in the Girls doubles division based on points.In the Under 17 girl’s singles final, Ramdhani met with and defeated Suriname’s Chaista Soemodipoero in straight sets 21-6, 21-7 to cop her second gold in the competition.The third time was a charm for the teenager as she entered the girl’s mixed doubles competition with her Trinidadian partner Vance Juteram. The duo completed two straight set of 21-15, 21-7 against Jair Naipal & Erisa Bleau of Suriname to take the final gold medal.After having medaled in the Under 17, Under 19 and Senior championships Priyanna Ramdhani’s performance can be considered as one of the best in the entire CAREBACO competition for 2018.The GBA has expressed extreme happiness with the performance of their players given that it is first time they are playing and medaled in the Seniors International and also it is also the first time they won the Under-19 International. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBadminton rewards successful playersApril 5, 2014In “Sports”Guyana’s Priyanna Ramdhani selected for Pan AM Camp in SurinameOctober 25, 2017In “latest news”Badminton 2013: A Year of improved development and successDecember 28, 2013In “Sports”
SEATTLE — A weekend storm blasted parts of western Washington with torrential rain that caused landslides and flooding, including in one neighborhood in Hoquiam where water washed out the foundations of three homes, threatened others and forced the evacuation of about 60 nursing home residents, authorities said.Police urged residents to leave their homes along an eight-block stretch of Queets Avenue at the base of Beacon Hill because of the danger that the whole bluff could give way, Police Chief Jeff Meyers said Monday.There was no exact number of evacuations, and no injuries have been reported. The nursing home was evacuated as a precaution, he said.Streets are flooded throughout the Aberdeen-Hoquiam area near the Washington coast, which took the brunt of the storm. About 6 inches or rain was reported at Bowerman Airport in Hoquiam.Office building owner Gordon West arrived too late with a truck loaded with sandbags at his building on South I Street in Aberdeen. Water was already a foot deep in and around the building.“If I ran the pump now I would just be pumping water in a circle,” he said Monday.Many Aberdeen streets were closed by standing water.Landslides have closed Highway 101 in two places and also block Highway 12 and Highway 107 in the area, the Transportation Department said.An additional 1 to 2 inches of rain were forecast Monday across western Washington. Although the downpours were expected to ease Tuesday, the landslide danger will linger for several days on bluffs and steep hillsides, the weather service said.
Vancouver public works officials are preparing to start an operation on the heart of the city’s aging water system that could span nearly a decade. Water Station 1, located at Water Works Park in the Central Park neighborhood, has long been the core of water production in the city. This month, the Vancouver City Council approved a $6 million contract for CH2M Hill, a Colorado-based engineering and construction firm, to prepare designs for the first phase of a multimillion-dollar upgrade on what has become the largest and most critical organ of the city’s water system. The land where Water Station 1 sits has hosted water production facilities since the late 1800s. Today, the 25-acre site supplies more than 2 billion gallons of water each year, accounting for about a quarter of Vancouver’s supply of potable water. A decade ago, the city began taking a closer look at the need to replace the aging facilities. “One of the reservoirs at the site dates back to 1909,” said Tyler Clary, the city’s water engineering program manager.The station has long been due for some attention to improve efficiency and production capacity and to cut down on illegal activities that threaten the facility, Clary said. Crews will begin priming Water Station 1 for extensive construction this summer, he said. Altogether, Clary expects the project to continue through at least 2023 at an estimated cost of about $40 million.
(PhysOrg.com) — The U.S. Navy is getting ready to run flight tests using an assortment of biofuels. The tests will be run using an F/A-18 Super Hornet. The tests are scheduled to begin taking place at Patuxent River, Md. by spring or summer 2010. The idea is to create a drop-in system so that those in the field won’t know the difference. The biofuels being tested are camelina, jatropha and algae. Navy.mil reports on the process expected to be used:For the upcoming static and flight tests, the biofuels will be mixed in a 50-50 blend with conventional petroleum-derived jet fuel to provide the necessary specification properties. Biofuels are not as dense as conventional jet fuel, have less lubricating ability and contain no aromatic compounds, a group of chemical compounds able to penetrate the rubberlike materials that make up gaskets and seals.The Navy hopes to test properties and chemistry, seeing how the fuels react in the environments associated with high-speed military plans. The tests should be able to determine whether or not it is feasible to use biofuels as part of the fuel source for jet planes. The hope is that the most promising candidates will be available by 2013.© 2009 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Citation: U.S. Navy Plans to Test Biofuels for Super Hornet (2009, August 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-08-navy-biofuels-super-hornet.html Jatropha Helps Air New Zealand Cut Its CO2 Emissions by More Than 60%
A video of a bloodied Kristaps Porzingis has emerged after the 7’3” Mavs center was reportedly touched up in a street fight in his hometown of Liepaja, Latvia with a group of Russians who were unhappy he left the Knicks.Whatever led to the fight, it looks like Porzingis got the worst of it. The video shows him still fuming, with a pronounced gash above his eye and a ripped shirt. At one point Porzingis shoves a woman aside, but is eventually calmed down by a cop. Maybe he should sit the next one out.Will update as more details become available.Des infos sur cette vidéo de Porzingis avec le visage en sang?@DallasMavsFr pic.twitter.com/uvnn3cJ8UY— New York Knicks France (@NY_Knicks_Fr) May 12, 2019 Advertisement
Opera ships with free VPN client by Martin Brinkmann on April 21, 2016 in Opera – 27 commentsNorwegian company Opera Software released a new version of the Developer Edition of its web browser today that ships with a free built-in VPN option.Opera browser is the first major browser that ships with built-in VPN functionality to improve user privacy and security while connected the Internet.When Opera Software acquired the VPN provider SurfEasy in early 2015, I stated that it would make sense for the company to integrate the VPN service into the web browser.Nothing came out of it in 2015 though except for promoting the VPN in Opera’s private browsing mode.This changes with today’s release of Opera Developer 38 which brings access to the virtual private network service free of charge to all users of the browser.The VPN enables Opera users to better protect their Internet activities while using the browser, for instance while connected to public networks but also when using home connections.I asked Opera about the VPN, and the company confirmed to me that it is indeed powered by SurfEasy. Opera told me that it is completely free and not limited in any way. Additionally, no user data logs are being kept by the company.Configuring the VPN in OperaThe VPN that Opera ships with is not enabled by default. To enable it, do the following:Load opera://settings/ in the web browser’s address bar.Switch to privacy & security using the sidebar menu.Scroll down until you find the VPN section.Check the “enable VPN” box.And that’s it. Opera will make use of the VPN from that moment on for all connections the browser makes. This means that your “real” IP address won’t be visible anymore to websites (unless they use other means of detection if available), and that your connection is encrypted which prevents eavesdropping.You can verify that the VPN is working by loading our IP checker using Opera and another browser you have access to. The IP addresses shown to you should be different as Opera uses the VPN while the other browser does not.The Opera browser displays a VPN icon in the browser’s address bar when the virtual private network connection feature has been enabled in the settings.You can click on the icon to display data transfer stats and switch to another virtual location. The current implementation supports servers in the United States, Canada and Germany.There is also an option to turn the VPN on or off quickly using the interface. This can be useful if services on the Internet block you from accessing them (..Netflix..) when you are using a VPN or proxy, or when you want to a direct connection to a service.Opera lists the following reasons for using the VPNHide your browsing activities from other users of your local networkBypass firewalls and access blocked contentHide your IP address from websites, and block many tracking cookiesEnhance privacy on public Wi-Fi, with strong encryption to the VPN serverThe VPN connection is limited to the Opera browser, but it appears to work really well. I ran some tests, DNS leak, fingerprinting and speed tests, and all returned good results.Speed tests revealed that the bandwidth you get when connected to the VPN depends on the server location of it. The German server maxed out my 50Mbit/10Mbit connection almost completely while I got 35Mbit/8Mbit on the US server.Still, both are sufficient for HD and 4K streams, and most other activities on the Internet. (The server is blocked by Netflix however which means you cannot use it for that).Closing WordsIt is unclear right now if and when the feature will land in Opera Stable. In the most optimistic case, it will become available in Opera Beta in the next release cycle, and then in Opera Stable in the release cycle after it.Still, it is likely that Opera will keep an eye on the service, especially on bandwidth and availability, before it moves it to Beta or Stable versions of the web browser.Integration of the VPN service distinguishes Opera more from other popular web browsers who don’t ship with such an option currently. This is especially important when compared to other Chromium-based browsers such as Google Chrome or Vivaldi, but also other non-Chromium browsers like Firefox or Internet Explorer/Microsoft Edge.The integration is beneficial to users as it improves privacy and security while using the browser, and because it may be used to circumvent censorship and other restrictions.SummaryArticle NameOpera ships with free VPN clientDescriptionNorwegian company Opera Software released a new version of the Developer Edition of its web browser today that ships with a free VPN client.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Yesterday, Benjamin Groessing, a web consultant and developer at byteq, released remove.bg, a tool built on python, ruby and deep learning. This tool automatically removes the background of any image within 5 seconds. It uses various custom algorithms for the processing of the image. It is a free service and users don’t have to manually select the background/foreground layers to separate them. One can simply select an image and instantly download the resulting image with the background removed. Features of remove.bg Personal and professional use Remove.bg can be used by graphic designer, photographer or selfie lover for removing backgrounds. Saves time and money It saves time as it is automated and it is free of cost. 100% Automatic Apart from the image file, this release doesn’t require inputs such as selecting pixels, marking persons, etc. How does remove.bg work? Remove.bg uses AI technology for detecting foreground layers and separating them from the background. It uses additional algorithms for improving fine details and preventing color contamination. The AI detects persons as foreground and everything else as background. So, it only works if there is at least one person in the image. Users can upload images of any resolution but for performance reasons, the output image has been limited to 500 × 500 pixels. Privacy in remove.bg User images are uploaded through a secure SSL/TLS-encrypted connection. These images are processed and the result is temporarily stored till the time a user can download them. After which, approximately an hour later, these image files get deleted. Privacy message on the official website of remove.bg states, “We do not share your images or use them for any other purpose than removing the background and letting you download the result.” What can be expected from the next release? The next set of releases might support other kinds of images such as product images. The team at Remove.bg might also release an easy-to-use API. Users are very excited about this release and the technology used behind it. Many users are comparing it with the portrait mode on iPhone X. Though it is not that fast but users are still liking it. But how strong is remove.bg with regards to privacy is a bigger question. Though the website gives a privacy note at the end but it will take more to win the user’s trust. The images uploaded to remove.bg’ cloud might be at risk. How strong is the security and what preventive measures have they taken? These are few of the questions that might bother many. To have a look at the ongoing discussion on remove.bg, check out Benjamin Groessing’s AMA twitter thread. Read Next Facebook open-sources PyText, a PyTorch based NLP modeling framework Deep Learning Indaba presents the state of Natural Language Processing in 2018 NYU and AWS introduce Deep Graph Library (DGL), a python package to build neural network graphs
The way the Gresham spoke of the young tight ends made him sound like he was emulating Kelly as a mentor.“The way they approach the game is not like a second-year player,” he said. “They’re approaching it like veterans. That’s the thing that I’m proud to see. I’m kind of urged to get back out there … and grind with them.”The tight ends may be forced into a larger receiving role than the position had under the Arians years. Wilks came from a system in Carolina that was driven by talented tight end Greg Olsen. In 2016, then-Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford’s best season as a pro, Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph produced 840 yards and seven touchdowns.In the end, there is no ideal mix of blocking and catching, as long as the team is successful.“I don’t care, as long as we’re catching a lot of balls and winning games,” Gresham said. – / 34 1 Comments Share However, his production tailed off as the season wound to a close, only catching three passes for 31 yards over the final four weeks.Holmes appeared in two games last season for the Cardinals and did not accumulate any statistics.Despite their lack of experience, Wilks thinks they can challenge the defense as receivers.“We understand and know the athleticism that they have and the ability that they can create on the outside for us and matchup with a linebacker or a safety,” he said.Gresham also spoke highly of the pair.“They’re doing everything well,” he said. “The ability to come in, learn a new playbook and make plays at the same time, it’s remarkable.”Young players often struggle to adjust to the size of NFL players, but Wilks said he’s impressed with their willingness to block.Gresham said successful blocking comes down to desire.“At the end of the day, it’s all about want. It’s all about will and what you want to do,” he said. “I had a great mentor. I had Reggie Kelly help me out when I was young, and he was very instrumental to me — just how to be a pro. Once you start getting a feel for the game, it just comes second nature.”Kelly, a 12-year NFL pro who retired after the 2011 season, played for the Cincinnati Bengals when Gresham was a rookie. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling TEMPE, Ariz. — A nine-month recovery is quick for a torn Achilles, but Arizona Cardinals tight end Jermaine Gresham is hopeful he can return to the field for Week 1.In late December, the tight end tore his Achilles and lost the remainder of the season. According to research done by ProFootballTalk, it takes an average of 11 months to recover from it.While it’s unclear if he can be healthy by September, Gresham said his recovery process is on track. “I’m not trying to miss any games,” he said.Gresham is one of the longest-tenured Cardinals in the receiving core. He led Arizona tight ends in receiving yards the last two years and was productive in the blocking game.With that said, Cardinals’ tight end numbers never popped off the page during the Bruce Arians era.During Arians’ five years as head coach in Arizona, no tight end had more than 500 receiving yards. The team consistently ranked near the bottom of the league in tight end reception stats.Related LinksBradford’s workload to increase, Kirk moves past arrestCardinals’ Rosen chases perfection not worrying about rookie hurdlesWith a new head coach, will that change?New head coach Steve Wilks said he wants to balance the mix of blocking to pass-catching at the position.“When you have a guy that can do both, now teams can’t really tee off on you with personnel changes,” he said. “When you have a guy who’s a little versatile … it doesn’t give the defense an edge.”With that said — noting that Gresham’s health is uncertain for Week 1 — the Cardinals don’t have options with proven track records.The next two players on the depth chart appear to be second-year pro Ricky Seals-Jones and third-year pro Gabe Holmes.Last season, Seals-Jones was targeted 28 times and caught a dozen passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns. He scored a pair of touchdowns against Houston and then caught 72 yards in a victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona Cardinals tight end Jermaine Gresham (84) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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