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DS News Webcast: Monday 9/8/2014

first_img  Print This Post 2014-09-07 Jordan Funderburk Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Congressional Budget Office released a cost estimate on Friday for a senate bill introduced in June 2013 that would eliminate GSEs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and replace them with a private insurance company system with a government backstop. According to the newly-released estimate, removing the two GSEs would save the government billions of dollars in the next 10 years. Under the new bill, the new system of guaranteeing mortgage-backed securities would mean less risk for the government, therefore costing the government less money.Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would no longer offer guarantees on securities under the new bill; instead, the newly-established Federal Mortgage Insurance Corporation would offer guarantees on securities that originated in the primary market. FMIC would then guarantee payment of principal and interest by charging fees on the underlying mortgages. Private capital would take on some of the losses before the government payments would kick in. CBO estimates that the new bill would result in a reduction of direct government spending by about $60 billion from 2015 to 2024.The Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency finalized a rule with regards to the “liquidity coverage ratio” of large financial institutions, the Federal Reserve Board announced. The new rule requires affected institutions to keep high quality liquid assets on hand that the institution can easily convert into an amount of cash that is that same as or greater than the company’s cash outflow less the projected cash inflow during a 30-day stress period. Previous: Linear Title Forms New Division to Offer More Products, Services Next: Housing Recovery Will Continue Into 2015 [Fannie Mae] Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Jordan Funderburk Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago September 7, 2014 599 Views Home / Featured / DS News Webcast: Monday 9/8/2014 in Featured, Media, Webcasts Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern? 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago DS News Webcast: Monday 9/8/2014 Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

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El Gobernador Wolf firma dos proyectos de ley, veta el proyecto de ley de telemedicina defectuoso y publica una guía para la telesalud para todas las agencias

first_imgEl Gobernador Wolf firma dos proyectos de ley, veta el proyecto de ley de telemedicina defectuoso y publica una guía para la telesalud para todas las agencias Bill Signing,  Español,  Press Release El Gobernador Tom Wolf firmó hoy dos proyectos de ley: el proyecto de ley 1869 de la Cámara de Representantes permite que los miembros de la guardia nacional convocados a prestar servicio activo estén cubiertos por la Heart and Lung Act (Ley corazón y pulmones) si contraen COVID-19 mientras realizan sus deberes, y proyecto de ley 752 de la Cámara de Representantes establece que la Comisión de juego pague un valor justo de mercado por la tierra en el condado de Allegheny.El Gobernador Wolf también vetó el proyecto de ley 857 del Senado, un proyecto de ley de telemedicina que fue aprobado por el Senado por unanimidad el año pasado antes de ser enmendado para crear una versión inaceptable la semana pasada en la Cámara de Representantes.“Apoyé la versión anterior del proyecto de ley, pero tal como se modificó en la Cámara de Representantes, esta legislación restringe arbitrariamente el uso de la telemedicina para ciertas interacciones entre médicos y pacientes”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Según la enmienda, este proyecto de ley interfiere con la atención médica de las mujeres y con la toma de decisiones cruciales entre los pacientes y sus médicos”.El memorándum completo del veto se puede encontrar en PDF aquí o en Scribd.Además del veto del proyecto de ley de telemedicina, el Gobernador publicó una guía sobre telesalud para todas las agencias y mencionó la importancia que tiene como una opción de prestación de atención médica durante la pandemia de COVID-19 y que corresponde a su autoridad en virtud de la Declaración de Desastre firmada a principios de marzo.Dado el potencial de transmisión generalizada de la COVID-19 en todo Pennsylvania y para limitar su propagación, muchos proveedores médicos y pacientes están ampliando el uso de la telesalud en lugar de los servicios de atención médica en persona.Hoy, el Gobernador anunció una guía para todas las agencias sobre las medidas tomadas con el fin de garantizar que los pacientes que necesitan servicios vitales de atención médica los reciban de manera oportuna y adecuada. Múltiples agencias estatales participan de la prestación de los servicios ampliados de la telesalud, incluso los departamentos de Estado, Salud, Programas para el Tratamiento del Consumo de Drogas y Alcohol, Servicios Humanos y el Departamento de Seguros.La guía, disponible en PDF aquí o en Scribd incluye:Función ampliada de los proveedoresAmpliación del reembolso por servicios de telesaludProcedimientos de intervención temprana para bebés y niños pequeños mediante telesaludTelesalud para la salud conductualTelesalud para el tratamiento del trastorno por consumo de sustancias tóxicasVer esta página en inglés. April 29, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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College football spring game primer: Times, dates, what to watch on loaded weekend

first_imgNorth Carolina5 p.m.ACC Network ExtraThe big storyMack Brown is back on the sidelines at North Carolina, and he challenged the fans for a big showing. The Tar Heels did not have a spring game last year, and this is the start of a new and exciting era. The new offense likely will feature the tag-team of Michael Carter and Antonio Williams in the backfield.What else?The Tommy DeVito era begins at Syracuse. Pitt tailback AJ Davis and Virginia Tech quarterback Ryan Willis will be in the spotlight as they try to solidify starting jobs for 2019.Big TenTeamTimeTVIndiana (Friday)7 p.m.BTN2GoMinnesotaNoonBTN2GoOhio StateNoonBig Ten NetworkWisconsin1 p.m.BTN2GoIllinois2 p.m.BTN2GoMichigan State2 p.m.BTN2GoNebraska2 p.m.BTNPenn State3 p.m.BTN2GoRutgers3:30 p.m.BTN2Go/BTNMichigan5 p.m.BTN2GoThe big storyOhio State fans will get a first look at Justin Fields in action under new coach Ryan Day, though Matthew Baldwin is also competing for the starting job. The Buckeyes also have a pair of exciting freshmen in receiver Garrett Wilson and defensive end Zach Harrison should make an instant impact. The two-time defending Big Ten champions will be loaded as usual.What else?Nebraska should have a large crowd with second-year coach Scott Frost and Heisman dark horse Adrian Martinez. Michigan State and Michigan shuffled their offensive staffs, and it will be interesting to see how much their philosophy shifts. Just don’t expect to see too much.MORE: College football’s most intriguing 2019 spring gamesBig 12TeamTimeTVOklahoma (Friday)8:30 p.m.FSOK+Baylor1 p.m.Fox Sports SouthwestWest Virginia1 p.m.WVUSports.comKansas State2 p.m.Texas Tech3 p.m. Who’s ready for spring football?A total of 32 Power 5 teams will have their spring football game on Saturday, and that includes six top-10 teams in Sporting News’ way-too-early top 25 in Alabama, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Texas, Florida and Michigan. Independent Notre Dame also is in action. MORE: SN’s way-too-early top 25 for 2019With that in mind, Sporting News circles the best storylines among the Power 5 and independents for this weekend’s spring games. There’s always a reason to watch:ACCTeamTimeTVPitt1 p.m. Virginia Tech4 p.m. Syracuse1:30 p.m.center_img Notre Dame needs to replace some playmakers around Ian Book, and those playmakers should step up. The Irish, however, have more questions on defense: Defensive coordinator Clark Lea must replace several key pieces, and this will offer clues as to who will fill in around Julian Okwara, Asmar Bilal, Khalid Kareem, Alohi Gilman and Jalen Elliott.What else?Army is ranked, too, and the Black Knights have a ton of momentum with quarterback Kelvin Hopkins Jr. Returning. Notre Dame12:30 p.m.NBC Sports NetworkThe big story Kansas7 p.m.ESPN+Texas7:30 p.m.Longhorn NetworkThe big storyOklahoma fans will get a first look at Jalen Hurts to see how he fits within Lincoln Riley’s offense. The defense will be a focus with new defensive coordinator Alex Grinch, too. … Texas is back in action for the first time since the Sugar Bowl victory against Georgia, and all eyes will be on the playmakers surrounding quarterback Sam Ehlinger. Running backs Keaontay Ingram and Jordan Whittington will be in the spotlight. Freshman Bru McCoy is awaiting word on a waiver to play immediately after transferring from USC. Collin Johnson and Devin Duvernay also are part of a deep group of receivers.What else?First-year coaches Neal Brown, Chris Klieman, Matt Wells and Les Miles will be making their first spring game appearances.Pac-12TeamTimeTVUtah1 p.m.Pac-12 NetworkStanford4 p.m.ESPNUArizona8 p.m.P12NThe big storyHow will Khalil Tate bounce back? The Wildcats will be in prime time, so it will be another look at how the quarterback adjusted in the offseason under second-year coach Kevin Sumlin.What else?Andy Ludwig returns as Utah’s offensive coordinator. This will be a live look at the offense, which shouldn’t change much. Stanford quarterback K.J. Costello no longer shares a backfield with Bryce Love, and three starters are gone along the offensive line. Which playmakers emerge?MORE: Early predictions for 2019 seasonSECTeamTimeTVKentucky (Friday)6 p.m.SEC NetworkTexas A&M (Friday)8:30 p.m.SECNFlorida1 p.m.SECN (ALT)Alabama2 p.m.ESPN2Mississippi State2 p.m.ESPNUAuburn4 p.m.SECNMissouri4 p.m.ESPNUTennessee6 p.m.SECNThe big storyAlabama will be in the spotlight for the first time since the 44-16 loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff championship. Will there be subtle differences in the offense with new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian? How will be the defense change under Pete Golding? Freshman defensive end Antonio Alfano has moved up the depth chart throughout the spring.What else?Texas A&M moved its game up with stormy weather in the forecast. There’s more excitement heading into Jimbo Fisher’s second season, especially with Kellen Mond back at quarterback. Bo Nix and Joey Gatewood will battle for the starting job in a pivotal season for Auburn. Kelly Bryant is in a Missouri uniform. Tennessee brought in a talented freshman class, including linebacker Quavaris Crouch. Feleipe Franks enters the spring as the starter at Florida after a 10-win season.IndependentTeamTimeTVArmy (Friday)7 p.m.last_img read more

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World-class media hub for SA

first_imgThe African Media Centre will providejournalists with all the equipment theyneed to produce quality content aboutSouth Africa.(Image: stock.xchng) The centre can accommodate brainstormingsessions, workshops, research, trainingsessions, listening sessions, webcasting,product launches and more.(Image: image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Rami NhlapoPublicity manager, JT Communications+27 11 788 7631/2RELATED ARTICLES• Africa’s new voice • Boosting African journalism• Media awards for SA women• Broadband centre opens in SAJanine ErasmusThe newly launched JT Comms African Media Hub, located in Johannesburg, aims to boost the international profile of African arts and culture while providing a welcoming space for media professionals to work and network.Although the facility is tailored for those from the cultural industries, it’s also open to journalists and businesspeople from all other sectors.Centrally located in the quiet suburb of Craighall, in the north of Johannesburg, the multi-purpose media centre provides facilities for meetings, holding press conferences, conducting television and radio interviews and wirelessly filing completed stories.It’s also equipped for brainstorming sessions, holding workshops and conducting research, training sessions, listening sessions, webcasting, product launches and more.The centre, which is still in the last stages of being fitted with infrastructure and equipment, is a long-time vision of communications specialist Vanessa Perumal, co-partner in the wholly black- and female-owned JT Communication Solutions.“I travelled to Germany with the South African delegation that brought the Fifa World Cup here,” said Perumal, “and there I had a chance to see the German media centre, and to experience how well it worked”.Back in South Africa she was struck by the fact that there was no equivalent facility available here. Deciding not to wait until somebody else came up with the idea, and with the famous Gandhi quote – “Be the change you want to see in the world” – in her mind, she resolved to do something about it.“I want this place to be a physical hub where journalists from all over the world can feel comfortable,” she said, “and where African journalists can tell our stories our way.”The African press has long lamented the fact that overseas media houses tend to portray a very bleak picture of Africa to the world, focusing on dark and depressing topics and overlooking the many positive stories that emerge from the continent every day.Other initiatives such as the A24 media channel, launched in mid-2008 by veteran media entrepreneur Salim Amin, are planning to redress that situation.If South Africa and other African countries want to endure on the global arts stage, added Perumal, they must capture the essence of all that is good about their cultural industries, and ensure that the rest of the world knows about it.Global exposurePerumal explained that her hope was to give journalists a convenient and comfortable place to be productive, so that they would feel inspired to produce more substantial content about South Africa and the rest of the continent. The result would be more global exposure for South African and African culture.The multi-purpose media centre is equipped for brainstorming sessions, holding workshops and conducting research, training sessions, listening sessions, webcasting, product launches, and more.The centre’s launch, held in late September 2009, was attended by the local and international media community as well as local arts stalwarts such as renowned mezzo-soprano Sibongile Khumalo, poet Lebo Mashile, and storyteller Gcina Mhlophe.CEO of the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (Samro) Nick Motsatse delivered the keynote speech, and Tawana Kupe, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of the Witwatersrand, commented in his address that the innovative hub was just what the media and arts on the continent needed.Connecting with AfricaOne of the centre’s first projects was the African Arts in Dialogue, a public symposium held on 23 September 2009.Local arts academics and writers met with a delegation of cultural journalists from Senegal, Cameroon, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, to discuss ways to promote African arts on the world stage. The international contingent was also present at the media centre launch.This important task can only be achieved through communication and better understanding between local cultural journalists and their colleagues in other parts of the continent.Among the visitors – who represented film, radio, television and print genres – were Senegalese radio journalist and jazz enthusiast Michael Soumah, Cameroonian film critic Telesphore Mba Bizo, journalist and artist John Owoo from Ghana, and Kenyan writer Joseph Ngunjiri.The gathering took place at Samro’s offices. Samro is the body that administers music public performance rights in Southern Africa, and was a partner in the symposium, along with African Synergy, Marimba Media and the JT Comms media hub.Queries or comments? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

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South Africa: keep winning as hosts!

first_img23 June 2010 The government, the organisers, and Bafana Bafana themselves have called on South Africans to continue supporting the 2010 Fifa World Cup, regardless of the fact that the national team is now out of the tournament. “This is still our World Cup,” President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday. “We are enjoying a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” Bafana Bafana played with style and belief to score South Africa’s first ever win over France in Mangaung/Bloemfontein on Tuesday. However, the 2-1 victory left them placed third in Group A, level with Mexico on four points, but losing out only on goal difference Local Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan, speaking after the match, said he did not believe that South Africa’s exit would affect the overall success of the tournament. “It may be over for Bafana Bafana, but it is not over for South Africa,” Jordaan said. “This is still South Africa’s World Cup. We are not going home; the World Cup is happening in our home.” Jordaan also thanked South Africans for the tremendous support they have shown for the South African team. “The passion and enthusiasm we have seen across the length and breadth of South Africa in recent weeks has made this tournament truly come alive for locals and visitors alike,” he said. “South Africans have already proven their support for Team South Africa,” Jordaan added. “Without millions of them we would not have delivered 10 world-class stadiums, opened new airports, highways and train stations in record time or welcomed hundreds of thousands of new visitors to our country. We would not have already hosted more than half of the World Cup matches successfully. “I remain confident that South Africans will continue to be fantastic hosts for the next two-and-a-half weeks, and make the most of this incredible time in our country’s history.” Jordaan said support for the tournament to date had met all expectations, with a total of 1 570 447 people attending the first 32 matches (an average of 49 076 per match). More than a million people have watched the matches at the 10 Fifa Fan Fests in South Africa, and hundreds of thousands more have watched the games in public viewing areas around the country, with World Cup matches also shattering television audience records in the country. Bafana Bafana player Siboniso Gaxa, speaking after the game, also urged South Africans to continue supporting the tournament. “It’s the first time that South Africa is united like this,” Gaxa said. “Football has brought South African people together, which is amazing. “I want to thank them – I’m very grateful that we’re surrounded by such people, and to everyone who has been supporting us, thank you very much, and I hope you’ll keep on supporting the World Cup.” SAinfo reporter and BuaNews 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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NFL Week 4 Elo Ratings And Playoff Odds

NFL Week 4 Elo Ratings And Playoff Odds

Before scrolling down and peeking at the table, take a guess: Which team has the highest projected end-of-season win total according to FiveThirtyEight’s latest NFL Elo ratings and playoff odds?While you’re thinking, let me briefly explain what these numbers are all about. A team’s Elo rating represents its current strength — or at least an estimate thereof using a simple method that incorporates margin of victory, home-field advantage, strength of schedule and team quality in previous seasons. (For the really gory details of how the ratings work, click here.) To give you a sense of the scale, the average NFL team always has an Elo rating of 1500, and the ratings usually range from 1700 on the high side to 1300 on the low end of the spectrum.Anyway, once computed, they can be used to derive win probabilities for each game and even point spreads. That’s how we’re able to simulate the remainder of the NFL schedule thousands of times and track each team’s chances of winning the division or making the playoffs, right down to using the NFL’s actual, highly arcane tiebreaker rules.OK, so now that the explanation is out of the way, which team has the most predicted wins?Perhaps you’re thinking of the Seattle Seahawks, who won their Super Bowl rematch with the Denver Broncos on Sunday afternoon. You’d be close; Seattle once again checks in with the top Elo rating this week (see left), but their schedule is difficult enough — eighth-toughest in the league, to be exact — that they don’t have the league’s highest expected win total. Speaking of the Broncos, they had the most predicted wins in last week’s column, but their loss to the Seahawks was damaging — both because it took away about 0.38 expected wins for the Seattle game itself, and because their Elo rating was downgraded by 14 (or the equivalent of a little more than a half a point of victory margin per game), reducing their win probabilities in future games as well.New England, then? The Patriots did manage to win last week but only marginally improved their Elo rating after a seven-point victory over the Oakland Raiders in a game Elo thought they should have won by more than two touchdowns. They currently rank fourth in expected wins. And the Carolina Panthers, who had been pegged for 10.7 wins after a 2-0 start, dropped to a 9.1-win expectation in the wake of an 18-point home loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.The answer you were looking for was actually the Cincinnati Bengals, who project to win a league-high 11.2 games, according to our simulations. The Bengals moved to 3-0 for the first time since 2006 (don’t ask what happened that year) by drubbing the Tennessee Titans 33-7, and they now have the NFL’s best point differential. They also have an easier remaining schedule than the teams above them in the Elo pecking order. Based on Elo, an average team would be expected to beat Cincinnati’s remaining opponents by about 0.1 points per game (taking into account where the games are being played), while an average team would lose by 0.6 PPG against Seattle’s slate, 0.4 PPG against Denver’s and 0.2 PPG against New England’s.The Bengals also have the league’s best playoff odds at 78 percent and its second-best shot at winning the Super Bowl. Cincinnati does not have the best division odds, thanks to the re-emergence of Pittsburgh and Baltimore (sorry, Cleveland). Before the season, we thought the AFC North would be up for grabs, and three of its teams had preseason Elo ratings above 1500, but they were all bunched at the fringe of the top 12. Now Elo’s fourth-, ninth- and 12th-best teams hail from the AFC North, making it the NFL’s second-best division (in terms of its members’ average rating) behind the fearsome NFC West.Either way, Bengals fans should enjoy their team’s newfound success. They’re in a relatively prosperous cycle of the franchise’s history; including the end of last season, the team is consistently producing its best Elo ratings since the end of the 2005 season. Let’s hope there isn’t another Kimo von Oelhoffen moment waiting to derail the momentum this time around.Here are the projected standings and playoff odds for every NFL team:Some other observations:After briefly pulling themselves up to a 1503 Elo with a win over the New York Jets in Week 2, the Green Bay Packers dropped below 1500 again and now have their worst rating since the beginning of the Aaron Rodgers era. It’s a far cry from the Packers team that boasted a 1780 Elo late in the 2011 season, just 145 short weeks ago.Like Cincinnati, the Arizona Cardinals are zooming up the expected-win charts. Our simulations have them winning an average of 10.6 games by the end of the season, which ranks third in the league. Interestingly, by Elo they aren’t even the second-best team in the NFC West — San Francisco is barely ahead despite losing to Arizona last week — but they are expected to win 1.8 more games than the 49ers because they are already two games up in the standings (though they play the fourth-hardest schedule in football from now on).San Diego shouldn’t be forgotten in the Super Bowl derby. Although the Seahawks are the clear favorites, with a 14 percent chance of winning it all, the Chargers are at the periphery of the next tier of contenders — a group that also includes Cincinnati, New England, Arizona, Denver and possibly the Philadelphia Eagles. And along with the Bengals and Cardinals, the Chargers have added the most to their Elo score since the preseason ratings, improving from a 1555 to their current 1602 mark over the course of three straight victories.Although their 1999 incarnation was pretty extraordinary, the 2014 St. Louis Rams — along with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars — seem to be deteriorating. No teams have shed more points off of their Elo ratings since the season began, with each losing in excess of 49 points (the equivalent of about two points per game of expected scoring margin) compared to their preseason ratings.As I mentioned, Elo ratings can also be used to generate point spreads for future games. It is our staunch recommendation, however, that these be used for “entertainment purposes only” — especially after a performance like last week. Going up against the point spreads listed at Pro-Football-Reference.com, Elo’s picks were a dreadful 4-11-1 in Week 3. (They did have a 12-4 straight-up record.) But we’ll soldier on anyway and list the matchups for this week, along with their predicted win probabilities and point spreads:The best matchup of the week in Elo’s eyes is Philadelphia at San Francisco, which matches Nos. 6 and 10 in our rankings. But as far as marquee games go (measured by the harmonic mean of the two teams’ pregame ratings after adding half the home-field advantage to each side), it’s the worst week-leading matchup of the season yet.Even so, there are some interesting pairings to be had, in addition to Eagles-Niners. Elo considers Washington and the New York Football Giants to be a classic “pick ’em“, while Vegas sees Washington as three-and-a-half point favorites, perhaps underestimating just how bad of a period this is in the franchise’s history. Likewise, Green Bay is a one-and-a-half point favorite at Chicago despite Elo pegging the Bears as five-point favorites. How much of that is owed to the Bears’ banged-up defense, and how much simply stems from a refusal to believe the Packers aren’t the same team they were several years ago, is tough to say.Finally, a couple of NFC South teams are getting a lot more love in Vegas than the ratings say they deserve. The books have both Atlanta and New Orleans favored by 3 on the road this week (the Falcons visit Minnesota; the Saints go to Dallas), while Elo thinks Vegas is off by about 5 points in each matchup — enough to swing the expected winner of both games. In general, Elo has the NFC South as the fifth-best division in football, but if both teams buck the odds and live up to those spreads on the road, our computer might have to change its tune. read more

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Softball 5foot5 Alex Bayne has Texassized power preparing for senior season

OSU then-junior Alex Bayne (2) is welcomed by her teammates at home plate after hitting a home run during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Lantern File PhotoAbout 20 miles south of Houston, in the small town of Manvel, Texas, Edith Applegate walked her 10-year-old granddaughter Alex Bayne home from elementary school.As the pair walked up the driveway, a young Bayne pranced up toward the house that stood on 5 acres of land. She patiently sat, waited for her parents to get home from work, and thought about her upcoming dance recital.Later that night, she would play catch with her father, David, as her mother Joni looked on. As the ball hit the glove that was bigger than her head, Bayne knew almost immediately this was something she would want to do for a long time.Fast forward to a decade later, Bayne crosses home plate at Buckeye Field, pauses at the dish, firing an imaginary bow and arrow into the outfield. She just hit her second three-run home run of the game against Maryland, giving the team a 12-2 lead in the 2016 Big Ten opener.These would be just two of the 19 home runs she slugged in her junior season for the Ohio State softball team, leading the team and tying a single-season school record.But before Bayne was leading the Buckeyes in home runs, she was told by multiple schools that she was just too small to succeed in their programs.“It’s kind of ironic now,” said Bayne, who is now entering her senior season. “There were times when schools would literally tell me they were looking for someone with bigger stature or someone with a little more power in their bat.”At 5-foot-5 inches tall, Bayne might not be the biggest player on the field, but she sure does pack a punch. What she lacks in size, she makes up for in drive and determination.“With a small stature, she is still our strongest player in the weight room,” said coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly. “She absolutely crushes it in there.”Bayne learned her drive and focus from an early age.As an Associated Press and Texas scholar during her high-school career, Bayne was able to excel in both academics and athletics, while still maintaining a social life. She learned to prioritize what was most important with the help of her parents. It also helped that Bayne had an immense interest in learning.“It sounds kind of geeky, but I loved it and I still do,” Bayne said. “My parents helped me to learn that education is the most important thing. They taught me that if you excel in your education, you’ll be able to play softball and still hang out with friends.”Joining an 18-and-under league by the age of 14, Bayne realized she had the talent to play at the next level. After what felt like hundreds of emails and handwritten letters to coaches all across the country, she found herself at Marshall University for her freshman year of college.While falling in love with the community atmosphere of Marshall University that reminded Bayne a lot of home, the program wound up not being the right fit. As a result, she would take the year off from softball during what would have been her sophomore season, giving Bayne time to refocus and regain a passion for the sport.It was during this time that Bayne discovered OSU. After numerous visits with her then-boyfriend, now-fiancé Bryce Calvin, who was a student at OSU, Bayne felt a special connection with the university.“I fell in love with the school, the traditions and how everyone strives for excellence here,” Bayne said. “You don’t come to Ohio State to be average. You come here to be awesome academically and athletically. I knew this is where I wanted to be and the people I wanted to surround myself with.”Having already made her transfer academically, Bayne then looked to join the Buckeyes’ softball team. After numerous emails with the coaches, Bayne came in for one of the team’s open tryouts, where she impressed enough to become a member of the team.“At the time we really didn’t have a lot of room on our roster, but there was something about Alex; a spark and determination that we couldn’t turn down,” Kovach Schoenly said. “I really didn’t know how she would fit in or develop, but we took the chance.”The rest is history. Through long hours and steady focus, Bayne has made herself into one of the best power hitters Ohio State has ever seen. She attributes much of her success to the advice she has received from hitting coach Jenna Hall and strength coach Andres Britton.“She bought into the training program and puts all her energy and focus into it and it has paid off,” Britton said. “She takes her time and makes sure she gets the most out of every training session. She embraces the process, trusts in the program and has a tremendous work ethic and positive attitude.”While acknowledging the schools that overlooked her for her lack of power, Bayne does not hold a grudge. Rather, she is grateful.“I’m very happy with where I am,” Bayne said. “If they hadn’t have passed on me, I wouldn’t have worked my way here to where I am today. Now I’m just like ‘Hey, I’m still 5-foot-5, but I do have power.’”With just one year of eligibility left, Bayne has big goals for herself and her team in her final season. While wanting to limit strikeouts, make herself a harder out and become a better leader, the main thing on her mind is making the postseason. “The most important thing to me in my senior season is knowing I helped this team get to where we wanted to go, regardless of my recognition,” Bayne said. “That is what would make me have a happy and fulfilling senior year.” read more

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Justin Rose looking to defend his Memorial Tournament title

Justin Rose returns to Muirfield Village Golf Club as the defending champion of the Memorial Tournament, and looks to build on his well-rounded performance from last year’s tournament. Rose, a native of England, won his first PGA Tour event last year at the Memorial at age 29. Rose’s final-round, 6-under-par 66 proved to be enough to mount a comeback against rookie Rickie Fowler. “Obviously, it’s really nice to come back to a tournament that I have had great memories from last year,” Rose said. “(The Memorial has) always been one of my favorite stops.” Rose’s success last year started at the tee. He hit 82 percent of fairways during the four-day tournament last year, which tied for 10th best in the field. “I felt like I drove the ball much, much better than I have done recently in the last month or so,” Rose said. “What I love about this golf course is that you can hit the driver, and you feel like it’s not taken out of your hands. But if you do miss, you’re going to be in trouble.” Last year, Rose hit 74 percent of the greens in regulation, which tied for 14th in the field. Rose also avoided bunkers last year, finding himself in only eight during the weekend. “My short game is turning around, chipping,” Rose said. “Bunker play is feeling really, really sharp.” In 2010, Rose was on fire with his putter, averaging 27 putts per round, which was good enough for second best in the field. “I believe I’m a good putter,” Rose said. “Deep down, I believe that’s why I have high expectations in my putting. I know I can make a lot of putts, but I’m being a little bit streaky.” Rose led the field with 14 putts from outside of 10 feet. “Making the right putt at the right time, which is what I managed to do in this stretch last year,” Rose said. “That’s what gets it done.” Rose said he likes his chances of defending his Memorial title. “My chances are good, and it’s going to be a matter of making putts,” he said. “What better course to come to than this with the greens the way they are. If you roll the ball well here, you can get on a great run.” read more

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After drug ban appeal Peru captain cleared to play in Russia

After drug ban appeal Peru captain cleared to play in Russia

first_imgPeru captain Paolo Guerrero has been cleared to play at Russia World Cup that is 2 weeks away after a Swiss court on Thursday agreed to temporarily lift his doping suspension while considering his appeal against a ban of a year and two months.In a statement released following the lifting of his ban, the Swiss Federal Tribunal said that the 34-year-old would suffer “if he saw himself prevented from participating in a competition that will be the culmination of his career as a footballer, given that he did not act intentionally or with significant negligence” according to RTEsport.Earlier, Guerrero tested positive for cocaine – contained in a tea he drank – following a World Cup qualifier away to Argentina in October which resulted to an initial 12-month ban by FIFA.  Starting from November, but was later reduced to six months on appeal, which now returns into the tournament.EnglandMichael Owen lashes out against Fabio Capello in his book Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 5, 2019 Turns out that Michael Owen has been holding grudges against everybody in football, this time he lashed out against Fabio Capello.It’s safe to say that…But World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) believes six months sanction is too lenient which led the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), sport’s highest tribunal, to increase the ban to 14 months, again ruling out of the finals.The lifting will now allow Guerrero to lead his country in their first World Cup appearance after 36 years. They are scheduled to face France, Australia, and Denmark in Group C at the finals which start in 15 days.last_img read more

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