Aces’ Compton, Manuel marvel at ‘special player’ Brownlee

first_img‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Alaska head coach Alex Compton was also left impressed with what he saw in Brownlee.“I really thought Justin made some tough shots today, we were there, they did a good job and he still made it,” said Compton, whose team dropped to 3-1 and saw its three-game winning streak get snapped.Alaska was still hanging around with Ginebra with three minutes left in the game trailing by just four with 2:41 left.That was when Brownlee worked his wizardry first scoring on a power move underneath lead then followed it up with a driving layup against the outstretched arms of Noy Baclao for Ginebra’s 102-94 lead with two minutes left.“Justin’s a special player, they (Gin Kings) deserved that win,” said Compton.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Pangilinan hints Guiao could be permanent Gilas coach Peza offers relief to ecozone firms It’s undeniable that Justin Brownee has that unbridled charisma that endeared him not just to the Barangay Ginebra supporters but also to the general population that watches the PBA.On top of that immense likability is a basketball ability that sometimes leaves watchers in awe and Brownlee once again displayed that artistry on Friday when Ginebra held off Alaska, 109-101, in the PBA Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Brownlee lit up the boards with 45 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists that even his opponents had nothing to say but praise for the import who wants to become a naturalized Filipino citizen.“He really is the Best Import, I can’t help but salute him,” said Alaska forward Vic Manuel in Filipino. “He’s so hard to guard, he can make ways to score and he will score. It was really difficult guarding him and I got tired defending him.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Manuel, for his part, had 28 points but that wasn’t enough to trounce Brownlee’s efforts who put up 33 points in the second half alone.It wasn’t just Manuel who was left in awe of Brownlee’s magnificence. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWslast_img read more

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Further public consultation on potential link road at Ballybofey for Ten-T Project

first_imgA further public consultation event will be held next week to consider potential link route corridors to connect Ballybofey to the proposed Donegal TEN-T Road Project.This event will be held on Thursday 14 March in Jackson’s Hotel in Ballybofey from 2pm to 8pm and will focus specifically on potential route corridors identified in relation to the Link Road to Ballybofey, that will provide the connection between the proposed scheme and the existing road network.This is part of the Donegal TEN-T Priority Route Improvement Project which involves the improvement of three sections of the National Road or TEN-T Network including Section 1 – N15/N13 Ballybofey/Stranorlar Urban Region; Section 2 – N56/N13 Letterkenny to Manorcunningham and Section 3 – N14 Manorcunningham to Lifford / Strabane / A5 Link. Public consultation events on the Emerging Preferred Route Corridor for the entire project were held in recent weeks and next week’s event will focus on the potential route corridors identified in relation to the Link Road to Ballybofey.Work on finalising the final Preferred Route Corridors is continuing and the TEN-T Project Liaison Team in Donegal County Councils National Roads Office will continue to contact and meet affected property owners within these Route Corridors.It is expected that the final Preferred Route Corridors for each Section of the Project will be presented to the public at further events in the coming months.For more information visit www.donegal-ten-t.ie. Further public consultation on potential link road at Ballybofey for Ten-T Project was last modified: March 7th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Latest: Man Utd 0 Fulham 1

first_imgSteve Sidwell’s 19th-minute goal gave underdogs Fulham a shock lead against the champions.The Whites have got men behind the ball and defended well before and since scoring with their first attack of the match.Lewis Holtby chipped the ball forward and Sidwell sneaked in unmarked to fire home from 10 yards.Robin van Persie then missed a great chance to equalise for Manchester United when he blazed over after being found by Rafael’s right-wing cross.And as the visitors absorbed more pressure, Maarten Stekelenburg produced fine saves to keep out Ashley Young’s header and Michael Carrick’s driven shot.But Fulham remained a threat on the break and ex-United man Kieran Richardson squandered a golden opportunity to make it 2-0 by shooting wastefully over following good work by Muamer Tankovic.United kept up the pressure after half-time and Stekelenburg pulled off another superb save, this time denying Wayne Rooney from close range.And Fulham appeared to have a let-off when United appealed in vain for a penalty after the ball struck the hand of centre-back Dan Burn, who has been outstanding alongside Johnny Heitinga.Former United coach Rene Meulensteen selected a surprising line-up on his return to Old Trafford.The Fulham boss, whose side are bottom of the Premier League, opted for Tankovic. 18, as a lone striker, with Holtby supporting the Swedish youngster from midfield.Record signing Kostas Mitroglou was not in the matchday squad but deadline day arrival Heitinga is making his debut and Ryan Tunnicliffe, recently signed from United, was also given a starting place.Sidwell is captaining the side, with Scott Parker and Brede Hangeland both among Meulensteen’s substitutes.Fulham: Stekelenburg; Riether, Burn, Heitinga, Riise; Tunnicliffe, Sidwell, Kvist, Richardson; Holtby, Tankovic (Bent 45). Subs: Stockdale, Hangeland, Kacaniklic, Duff, Cole, Parker.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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South Africa’s oldest football club

first_imgThe camera crew paid special attention to 62-year-old Ray Bowen, one of the club’s oldest active players, tracking him during a game especially laid on for ARD. He says traditions at the club are passed down through the generations, from parents to children, and that the children are interested in the club’s history. This includes being crowned South Africa’s top amateur team in 1994, in a Smirnoff-sponsored competition that featured 12 000 club teams. Now, one of the club’s “choir masters” is a member of the younger generation. Savages had enjoyed a particularly fine year in 1993. The club’s first team won the Natal Premier League title, while its second team was crowned champion of the Premier Reserve League, underline the quality and depth in the club’s ranks. The interest from Germany came as a big surprise to club chairman Ben Hartshorne. He received a phone call from ARD on a Monday and was told they wished to film a documentary in less than a week’s time, on the Sunday. Only two days before the filming, it was confirmed. Club chairman Hartshorne says that in recent years the social aspect of the game – playing and then sharing a drink or two together afterwards – had slipped, but recently it has re-emerged, with the younger players enjoying the camaraderie when the older members sing and share their songs. Natal title Gratifying It was especially gratifying, related Hartshorne, to receive the interest because he had tried to interest Pietermaritzburg municipal officials in using Savages’ status as South Africa’s oldest club as a means to put the city on the map for the 2010 Fifa World Cup. He found no success there. In Germany, the ARD crew explained, one would usually see only one field at a football club, possibly with a bowling green also available. The Collegians’ structure was far superior to this. 24 July 2009 It’s that passing on of well-established traditions that makes Savages special and keeps it going strong. That comfortable win put the team from Pietermaritzburg into a clash with Westville for the Natal regional title. Again, Savages came out on top, and the victory carried them through to the semi-finals of the national competition. Good, fun coaching In the final, played at Olympia Park, and with the big wigs from the South African Football Association in attendance, the men from ‘Maritzburg rose to the task, with an eighth-minute strike by Ian Service putting them ahead early on. The following year, 1994 – the first year of South Africa’s democracy – Savages entered the Smirnoff competition. Previously, the club had played in a league that consisted mostly of Durban teams, as well as some from Pietermaritzburg. In the Smirnoff competition, they began in the Midlands region and, with change taking place throughout South Africa, faced clubs they had never played before. Trying to discover the age of their club, Savages members explored the archives of local newspaper The Witness and found references to the club from 1883. On television 1994 ARD got the information on Savages from the club’s website. The deciding game for the title of Midlands’ champions was played against Leicester City at Northdale Stadium, City’s home ground. Savages prevailed 2-1 in a tough contest. Later in the year, they would thrash Leicester 5-0. Having been crowned Midlands champions, Savages next took on the Northern Natal winners, Happy Hearts from Dundee. Happy Hearts took an early lead, but Savages fought back and eventually went on to a convincing 4-1 victory. They then contacted the Hilton College librarian, who produced an article about a match played between the school and Savages in August 1882. Savages won the match 3-1. Later, Service was replaced by Quinton Sahadow. It proved to be a good move, as the man known as “Shadow” struck from just inside the 18-metre box in the 70th minute to double Savages’ advantage. They went on to win 2-0. There was still some time to go before the final-four playoff, however, and the players had to keep fit from mid-October through to 12 December. They were flown to Johannesburg and then driven to Rustenburg for the clashes that would decide which club would be crowned the best amateur team in South Africa. Touch II from Ventersdorp were the favourites to lift the title; earlier in the year they had won the Sparletta Knockout Cup, also a national competition. Boksburg was expected to face Touch II in the finals, but Savages ensured that didn’t happen. Savages FC of Pietermaritzburg was recently in the news in Germany after television station ARD flew over to film a programme about the oldest football club in South Africa. The records show that Savages was active in 1882. National final Social aspect In 2004, the title-winning side enjoyed a reunion and played an exhibition game against the East Coast Radio All Stars. Not surprisingly, they ran out easy 5-1 winners. A special club day was arranged to celebrate the team’s success, and the Pietermaritzburg City Council later hosted the side at a cocktail party to thank them for putting the city on the map. Hartshorne says Savages has bucked the trend of many clubs that have faded in recent years, and is strong through all age groups – from children’s teams to fielding two sides for players over 35 years of age. The club received great support from its members on the day of filming, and the people loved it, said Hartshorne, recalling a six-year-old girl saying she couldn’t believe she was going to be on television. They beat Boksburg 3-1 on a brace of goals by Wayne Marcus and a further strike by Andy Donnell. Meanwhile, Touch II swept to a 4-1 victory over Port Elizabeth City, resulting in a second match in succession in which Savages would be the underdogs. This time around it was for the big prize. Many of the children play football at school, and this includes playing matches on Saturday mornings. In the afternoons, they turn out for Savages. This tires the youngsters out, said Hartshorne, but they stay with the club because it has good facilities, and they know that they’ll receive good, fun coaching. When the filming took place, the ARD crew said they couldn’t believe the facilities and structure available to Savages, who play out of the Pietermaritzburg Collegians Club. Collegians supports seven different sports and has excellent infrastructure, including a bar and kitchen facilities. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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FTC Settles Charges Over Deceptive ‘Zero VOC’ Claims

first_imgFour paint companies have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they deceptively promoted products as containing zero volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or as emission free, including during and immediately after application. Some promotions also made explicit safety claims.Specifically, the first FTC complaint alleges:“In connection with the advertising, promotion, offering for sale, or sale of Natura paints, Respondent has represented, directly or indirectly, expressly or by implication, that:“a. Natura paints are emission-free.“b. Natura paints are emission-free during or immediately after painting.“c. Natura paints will not emit any chemical or substance, including VOCs, that causes material harm to consumers, including sensitive populations such as babies, asthmatics, and allergy sufferers.“d. Natura paints will not emit any chemical or substance, including VOCs, during or immediately after painting, that causes material harm to consumers, including sensitive populations such as babies, asthmatics, and allergy sufferers.”The FTC alleged, the company had no evidence to support those claims.The four companies — Benjamin Moore & Co., Inc., ICP Construction Inc., YOLO Colorhouse, LLC, and Imperial Paints, LLC — have agreed to consent orders that would bar them from making unqualified VOC-free and emission-free claims. Safety claims were ‘unsubstantiated’VOCs are chemical compounds that easily evaporate at room temperatures. All paints emit chemicals during the painting process and as they dry. Some of these chemicals can be harmful to the environment and people, especially to sensitive groups such as babies and those suffering from asthma or allergies. Arguably there is no zero-VOC paint, but that was not the basis of these complaints.In these four complaints, the FTC charged each company with making “unsubstantiated” claims that their paints were free of emissions and/or that they contained no VOCs, without any qualification (e.g., after X number of hours). The FTC also charged the companies with facilitating deception by retailers that sold their paint. Additionally, in its complaints against Benjamin Moore and ICP Construction, the FTC alleged the companies marketed their paint using “Green Promise” and “Eco Assurance” environmental seals, respectively, without disclosing to consumers that they had awarded the seal to their own products.Each of the proposed consent orders contains four provisions designed to ensure the companies do not engage in similar conduct in the future, including:First, they would prohibit the companies from making unqualified VOC-free and emission-free claims unless both content and emissions are actually zero, or emissions are at trace levels, beginning at application and thereafter. The proposed orders’ definition of “trace level of emissions,” which track the Green Guides,’ “trace amount” test, requires, in part, that emission at that level does not cause material harm that consumers typically associate with emission from the covered product, including harm to the environment or human health.Second, they would prohibit the companies from making claims about VOC levels, emission, odor, and other environmental or health benefits, unless they are true and not misleading, and unless the companies have competent and reliable scientific evidence to back them up.Third, to correct existing unsubstantiated claims, the orders would require the companies to send letters to their distributors, instructing them to stop using existing marketing materials and providing stickers or placards to correct misleading claims appearing on product packaging or labeling.Fourth, the orders would bar the companies from providing third parties with the means of making false, unsubstantiated, or misleading representations about material facts regarding paints described.The proposed orders against Benjamin Moore & Co., Inc. and ICP Construction, Inc. contain two additional provisions, which would prohibit them from misrepresenting third party certifications and failing to adequately disclose a material connection with an endorser. Stuart Kaplow is an attorney specializing in environmental law. This post originally appeared at his website Green Building Law Update. RELATED ARTICLES center_img Q&A: Low-VOC or No-VOC Furniture Paint and FinishGBA Product Guide: Paints & Coatings Manufacturers of ‘Zero VOC’ Paint Get in Trouble with the FTC Public comment periodThe commission vote to accept the consent agreements was 2-0. The FTC published a description of the consent agreement packages in the Federal Register. The agreements were subject to public comment for 30 days through August 10, later extended to September 11, after which the commission will decide whether to make the proposed consent orders final.Note that the commission issues an administrative complaint when it has “reason to believe” that the law has been or is being violated, and it appears to the commission that a proceeding is in the public interest. When the commission issues a consent order on a final basis, it carries the force of law with respect to future actions. Each violation of such an order may result in a civil penalty of up to $40,654.There are potentially significant legal ramifications for building owners who used these paints: 94% of LEED 2009 new construction projects earned the indoor environmental quality credit for low (or zero) emitting materials. Those materials include paint and coatings. There also are legal implications for the design professional who specified the products, as well as the contractors who applied them.last_img read more

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Landmark year for weightlifters but no getting away from dope shame either

first_imgBy Aparajita Upadhyay New Delhi, Dec 18 (PTI) Records shattered, a teen star discovered and a best-ever medal haul at a marquee event — it could well have been the perfect year for Indian weightlifting but for a dope case that took some sheen away. If world champion Mirabai Chanu stood for a secure present, Jeremy Lalrinnunga emerged as the one for the future in what was a memorable 2018 if not for Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Sanjita Chanu’s failed dope test. The 16-year-old Lalrinnunga scripted history by giving India its first ever Olympic gold in the sport with his Youth Games gold. Before that, the senior lifters produced the country’s best ever Commonwealth Games performance with records to boot. A medal-less below-par performance at the Asian Games was a blip but it was never expected to be otherwise. The big moment came in October when Lalrinnunga etched his name into history books when he scooped the gold in the men’s 62kg category at Buenos Aires. The Mizo sensation lifted a total of 274kg (124kg +150kg) in the Argentine capital, his personal best. Such was the 16-year-old’s supremacy that the silver medallist — Turkey’s Toptas Caner finished 11 kgs behind him. “I feel very proud that I was able to get the first gold medal for my country at the Youth Olympics. I worked really hard for it. We had heard about the youth Olympics in 2014 and I was working on it ever since,” Lalrinnunga told PTI. “It wasn’t easy for me to reach the youth Olympics, there were a lot of problems. A couple of months before going, I got chicken pox. It was a struggle to recover from that.advertisement “But the people around me — my coach and family members — really motivated me and I was able to compete. They instilled the confidence in me for which I am thankful. The senior lifters also inspired me,” the teenager reflected. Earlier in April, the senior weightlifters set the ball rolling at Gold Coast with Mirabai Chanu going on a record-smashing spree after P Gururaja opened the country’s account with a silver medal. The 24-year-old Mirabai first smashed the Commonwealth and the Games record in the snatch category. The Manipuri then went on to lift more than double her body weight to claim the clean and jerk as well as the overall Games record. Records continued to tumble with Sanjita Chanu leaving competitors far behind. She claimed her second successive CWG gold medal, obliterating the Games record with a total lift of 192kg (84kg+108kg). Indian weightlifters bagged a total of nine medals, including five golds, two silvers, and as many bronze. While Mirabai (48kg), Sanjita (53kg), Sathish Sivalingam (77kg), Venkat Rahul Ragala (85kg) and Punam Yadav (69kg) took home gold medals, Gururaja (56kg) and Pardeep Singh (105kg) fetched silver medals, and Vikas Thakur (94kg) and 18-year-old Deepak Lather (69kg) added a shade of bronze. The tournament saw India topping the medals tally in the sport despite being let down by the system. Due to the Indian Olympic Association’s (IOA) inability to submit the required documents on time, the lifters were devoid of the services of a full-time physiotherapist for the entire duration of the CWG with almost every member of the squad carrying niggles of various degrees. This year’s CWG performance was a touch better than the 2014 Glasgow edition where although India won more medals (14) — three gold, five silver, and six bronze — Nigeria topped the tally because of higher gold count. But controversy lurked in the form of the dreaded dope shame. Sanjita tested positive for a banned anabolic steroid and was provisionally suspended by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF). The case took a dramatic turn when the IWF admitted to committing a mistake in giving the exact sample number of Sanjita in its report of her failed dope test. This prompted the embattled weightlifter to demand an inquiry. In the build-up to the Asian Games, a mysterious injury to star lifter Mirabai piqued everyone’s attention but although there was an improvement in her condition, the Manipuri was not completely fit to compete at the continental event. The Asian Games was a stark contrast to the Commonwealth Games. The four-member team, sans Mirabai, put up a listless campaign at Jakarta. In the 77kg category, Ajay Singh finished a creditable fifth with a personal best effort while his senior compatriot Sathish suffered a thigh injury. Vikas finished eighth in the 94 kg and Rakhi Halder failed to register even a single lift in the women’s 63 kg category.advertisement It was also a landmark year for weightlifting as the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports rewarded the teacher-pupil duo of Vijay Sharma and Mirabai with the country’s highest sporting honours. Mirabai shared the Khel Ratna with Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli. While Sharma, the head coach of India, was presented with the Dronacharya award. “I am really delighted that my coach and I were recognised for our achievements. To get the award with Vijay sir is great,” Mirabai said. PTI APA PM PMlast_img read more

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Former Kansas Football Player Found Dead

first_imgBrandon Bourbon cheers from the sideline.Former Kansas football player Brandon Bourbon, who had been missing since the night of April 2, was found dead Friday, according to 13 News WIBW.Former @KU_Football and @WU_Football player Brandon Bourbon found dead. https://t.co/cVfsNOFvVB pic.twitter.com/eIuyhlCRZW— WIBW (@wibw) April 9, 2016According to the Maries County Sheriff’s Office, Bourbon’s body was discovered on a secluded riverfront property, just north of Vienna, Missouri. The sheriff’s office revealed the cause of death to be suicide.Bourbon was a member of Kansas’ football team from 2010-2013 before missing his senior season with an injury. As a junior, Bourbon started all 12 games for the Jayhawks and was named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team. His former Kansas teammate Ben Heeney posted this tribute to Twitter following the tragic news. Rest in peace to my best friend, my brother, my beard bro. U affected so many lives Brandon. I love u more than you know. @BeastmodeBourb— Ben Heeney (@henbeeney) April 9, 2016Our thoughts are with Bourbon’s friends and family during this difficult time. [13 News]last_img read more

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Someday Well Appreciate Alabama And Clemsons Historic Dominance

There’s perhaps nothing more alluring in sports than the notion of unpredictability, that what you’re witnessing isn’t scripted, that anything could happen. George Mason. Leicester City. Buster Douglas. These narratives are the reason we keep coming back year after year.Recently, though, it seems like the improbable has taken a back seat to the foreseeable — at least in a few major American sports.On Monday at 8 p.m. Eastern, the Alabama Crimson Tide and Clemson Tigers will clash in the College Football Playoff final. It will mark the fourth consecutive season the two will have met in either the finals or semifinals. On the hardwood, the Cleveland Cavaliers have battled the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals in four consecutive seasons.1That streak, however, will … not continue. And on the ice, the Washington Capitals have skated into the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round of three consecutive Stanley Cup Playoffs.But though it might seem like it happens all the time, it’s actually pretty rare for the same teams to square off in the postseason year after year.For example, the MLB playoffs date back to the late 19th century and feature only three instances of teams meeting three seasons in a row.2The Anaheim Angels and Boston Red Sox played each season from 2007 to 2009, the Kansas City Royals and New York Yankees played each season from 1976 to 1978, and the New York Yankees and New York Giants played each season from 1921 to 1923. The NFL playoffs have seen a single instance of teams meeting exactly four years in a row3The San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers played each season from 1995 to 1998. and a single instance of teams meeting five years in a row.4The Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers played each season from 1972 to 1976. In the WNBA, the Minnesota Lynx and Phoenix Mercury played in four consecutive playoffs from 2013 to 2016. In the men’s NCAA basketball tournament, there have been eight instances of teams meeting in three consecutive tournaments.5Seattle and Oregon State played each season from 1962 to 1964, Utah State and Arizona State played each season from 1962 to 1964, UCLA and San Francisco played each season from 1963 to 1965, UCLA and New Mexico State played each season from 1968 to 1970, UCLA and Long Beach State played each season from 1970 to 1972, Providence and Pennsylvania played each season from 1972 to 1974, and Utah and Kentucky played each season from 1996 to 1998. And in the women’s NCAA basketball tourney, Notre Dame and UConn faced off in the Final Four, in either the semifinals or finals, an incredible five consecutive times from 2011 to 2015. Boston Celtics-Philadelphia 76ers1965-695 MLB MatchupSpanYears Oakland Raiders-Pittsburgh Steelers1972-765 Nebraska-Penn State1994-963 10 matchups tied3 NBA/ABA Florida State-Miami1987-926 Alabama-Oklahoma1978-803 Baltimore/Washington Bullets-New York Knicks1969-746 Boston Celtics-New York Knicks1951-555 NFL New York Yankees-New York Giants1921-233 Consecutive postseason meetings really are few and far between. And in college football, where turnover among top-tier programs is unavoidable and injuries are prevalent, it’s striking that the same two contenders are about to produce a tetralogy. After bruising, monthslong schedules, we’re left with orange and crimson once again.Even though the teams are familiar, there’s still plenty to be excited about in Monday’s title game. Don’t let the betting line fool you; this year’s installment promises to be the best matchup yet between the two schools. Source: ESPN Boston Celtics-Syracuse Nationals1953-575 Green Bay Packers-San Francisco 49ers1995-984 Possible matchupSpanYears MatchupSpanYears Kansas City Royals-New York Yankees1976-783 33 matchups tied2 In college football, the playoff is so new that it’s harder to look at consecutive matchups in a historical context. But we can guess at which teams might have faced off in a playoff by looking at the teams that ended each season since World War II in the top four of Elo ratings. Anaheim Angels-Boston Red Sox2007-093 Playoff rematches are rare in the big three pro sportsLongest streaks of the same teams meeting in consecutive postseasons for MLB, NBA/ABA and NFL Fort Wayne Pistons-Rochester Royals1950-545 Time spans considered are 1903-2018 for MLB, 1933-2018 for the NFL and 1947-2018 for the NBA/ABA.Source: Sports-Reference.com LSU-USC2005-073 MatchupSpanYears Alabama-Oklahoma1973-764 Florida-Nebraska1995-973 Programs that missed out on playoff rematchesPairs of college football teams with the longest streaks of finishing a season in the top four in Elo ratings, 1946-2013 7 matchups tied4 Nebraska-Oklahoma1971-744 The ESPN Stats & Information Group has tracked total efficiency back to 2005. This year’s Alabama squad ranks first (96.9) of all Football Bowl Subdivision teams in that time frame, and Clemson ranks 15th (91.6). Each enters the game racking up more than 525 yards and 44 points per contest, so it will no doubt be the best offensive matchup we’ve seen in the playoff between the two programs. Compared with each previous meeting, this will be the worst Alabama defense Clemson has faced and the best Tigers’ defense the Tide has played — though the two teams are separated by only about 4 points of defensive efficiency.Alabama’s program has never been known as a high scorer, but it now features the most efficient offense of any team in the past 14 years. But the Tide will stare down a defensive line that is months away from playing in the NFL,6With the notable exception of Dexter Lawrence, who remains suspended over a banned substance found in a drug test. which is likely why the Tigers tout the nation’s third most-efficient defense since 2005.Quarterbacks under Alabama head coach Nick Saban are often more game manager than gunslinger and generally operate in a system that skews conservative. Not this year. No team averages more yards per passing attempt than Alabama’s 11.34. Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts have each posted Total Quarterback Ratings that would rank in the top five among quarterbacks with at least 100 action plays in a season since 2004.7The first season for which we have data for that stat. In total, Alabama QBs have contributed 247.09 expected points on passes this year, 105.8 more than any previous season under Saban and the fourth-most by any team in a season since 2004, the first year for which data is available. The passing attack has accounted for 50 touchdown passes8To just six interceptions. and a team Total Quarterback Rating of 94.1, the best marks produced by an SEC offense over at least the past decade.The offense of Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney features an elite rushing attack, and quarterback Trevor Lawrence could become the first freshman QB to lead a team to a national championship since Oklahoma’s Jamelle Holieway in 1985. Where the team is most improved, however, is in its ability to dominate the line of scrimmage on the defensive end. “They wanted to be the best ever,” Swinney said of his defensive line, which leads the nation in sacks (52), quarterback contacts9Which measures the total number of times opposing quarterbacks were hit by a team’s defense. (312) and pressure rate10Which is the percentage of dropbacks in which the opposing quarterback was sacked, was under duress or was hit by a team’s defense. (43.7 percent). Under defensive coordinator Brent Venables, the unit averages 7.96 expected points added per contest on run defense, the fifth-best mark since the statistic was first tracked in 2004.The trophy case at both schools is getting full: Alabama is looking for its third title in the past four years, while Clemson is looking for its second in the past three. But don’t think these two programs are approaching the game as just the humdrum, foregone conclusion of their seasons. The matchup may have become predictable to us as viewers, but the teams are as eager as ever to face off for college football’s ultimate prize.“It is Clemson,” Alabama tight end Irv Smith Jr. said. “So it is a little more personal.”Neil Paine contributed research.Check out our latest college football predictions. read more

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Southgate optimistic England can end knockout hoodoo

first_imgEngland manager Gareth Southgate believes they will never have a better opportunity to exorcise the demons of knockout round exits at past tournaments.England has not won a game in knockout competition since 2006 and will look to rectify that tomorrow when they take on Columbia in the last 16 of the World Cup in Russia.The 3 lions have a clear route through to the final after Spain were knocked out by Russia at the weekend, with either Switzerland or Sweden in the quarterfinals and Croatia or Russia in the semifinals.Argentina, Spain, Portugal and Germany have all exited the tournament early this year in what has so far proven to be the most open World Cup in decades.“For this team, this is a brilliant opportunity to go beyond where more experienced teams have before them,” stated Southgate, as reported by Sky Sports.“The lads have got the chance to write their own stories.”“The thing I want more than anything else is the players to continue to attack the tournament as we have. That shouldn’t change now we are in the knockout phase. If anything we should feel freer.” Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.The boss and @youngy18 have been taking a look around the Spartak Stadium. We’ll see you tomorrow night… #threelions pic.twitter.com/HHeHdxIVU3— England (@England) July 2, 2018He also added that despite the cause for optimism, England cannot afford to take Columbia lightly, a side brimming with talented attacking players such as Rodriguez, Cuadrado, Quintero and Radamel Falcao.“We have to focus on the game tomorrow. We have a very difficult opponent, a very good side who we respect.”“We’ve got to concentrate on our football, playing in the style we have throughout the tournament, playing with the same mentality, and make sure we show the resilience and play with the freedom that we have up to this point.”last_img read more

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Bill to Limit Wind Farms Fails in North Carolina House

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Legislation banning wind energy projects across central and eastern portions of North Carolina used for military training flights failed to clear the House amid a contentious end-of-session showdown with the Senate over multiple bills before the state’s General Assembly adjourned last week. The measure approved in the North Carolina Senate last month was designed to protect missions at several installations by banning projects located in military training areas included on a map developed for the state’s Military Affairs Commission. The state’s new Department of Military and Veterans Affairs would have reviewed applications to build turbines and recommended whether to approve or deny them based on how the projects would affect military training.But despite passing with bipartisan support in the Senate, the measure pitted local advocates for military installations against wind proponents and officials from regions planning to take advantage of some of the strongest wind energy assets along the East Coast. Opponents of the legislation, including environmental groups, say the boundaries go further than the corridors mapped out by DOD.The legislation put at risk two large wind farms proposed in coastal North Carolina that would generate more than 400 megawatts from an estimated 150 turbines, reported the News & Observer.Following the measure’s defeat in the House, a group of eight lawmakers vowed to reintroduce the bill in the General Assembly during next year’s “long session” as part of their effort to protect military training routes from incompatible development.“Make no mistake — if we fail to fully protect our military installations, decision-makers in Washington could award them to states that will, and our local communities will be left picking up the pieces. Three taxpayer subsidized wind projects that create few jobs for North Carolinians should not take priority over the hundreds of thousands of jobs and tens of billions of dollars that we could jeopardize if we fail to stand up for our military,” according to a joint statement from Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown (R) and seven other lawmakers.Wind energy advocates said the Senate bill would unnecessarily have halted projects given the military’s existing role in reviewing them, reported the Coastal Review Online.“Communities in Eastern North Carolina should be able to attract investment from the wind industry through the comprehensive permitting process adopted by the legislature in 2013. That process requires input from the military,” Melissa Dickerson, coastal coordinator for the North Carolina Sierra Club, said after the Senate approved the bill. “The proposed legislation adds unnecessary complexity and uncertainty for businesses navigating the wind permitting process.”last_img read more

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