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Local focus: All the weekly news from Raphoe

first_imgCarnone Annual Autumn Sale & AuctionThe annual autumn sale and auction will be held in Carnone Hall on Wednesday 23rd October at 7.30PM.  Usual stalls and teas available.  Everyone welcome.Raphoe Family Resource Centre Clg. Raphoe Family Resource Centre provide Computer and internet access, photocopying, CV preparation and weekly employment lists via email.  If you need any help on these areas, please call in to us or give us a call.  If you are interested in any of our following courses or programmes or would like to join in on any of our groups, please call in to see us or contact us on 0749145796 / 0873641503.Something Special Group – Drop-In Support Morning If you are a parent/guardian of a child or children with a physical/sensory/intellectual disability; Autism Spectrum Disorder; dyslexia/dyspraxia; or delayed communication and feel you need to talk to others in similar situations please feel free to come along.  Types of support given are listening ear, help with applications, information sharing, and signposting to other support services and interventions.  If you would like any further information, contact Laura on (074)9145796 or 0873641503. Our next morning will take place on Friday 25th October at 10 am.Toddler Group Little Smiles with Big Dreams Toddler Group will meet every Thursday from 10.30am to 12noon in the Presbyterian Hall, Meetinghouse Street, Raphoe.  Anyone who is in the care of a child parent(s)/guardian/aunt/uncle/child-minder or grandparent is welcome.  Toddler groups are a great way to enhance your little one’s confidence and meet others of similar age.  A light snack is provided for the kids while adults can enjoy a wee cuppa and chat! Cost €2 per family. Raphoe Boxing Club The Raphoe Club Boxing team had a very successful trip to Humberside at the weekend when they faced St. Paul’s Boxing Academy on Saturday night at the Kingston Suite at the KC Stadium home of Hull City F.C.  Under the guidance of club coaches Gary Mc Cullagh and Gerard Keaveney, Club boxers Liam Mc Monagle, Aaron Mc Daid, Daire Feeney and Tom Doherty all turned in very impressive displays against top rate English opponents and Raphoe’s former lightweight kingpin Dennis Lafferty who now runs the Lifford Boxing Club was part of the Raphoe team of 18 that made the successful journey to Hull.  On Sunday next Raphoe’s schoolboy puncher Ryley Doherty will box in the 9 county novice final in Letterkenny gym and best wishes to Ryley from all his club mates.Harvest Dance – CarnoneThe Harvest dance will take place in Carnone Hall on Friday 25th October.  Dancing from 9PM.  Admission €8 including supper.  Everyone Welcome.Helping Hands Scheme  Do you live alone or are no longer in a position, due to age or disability, to carry out odd jobs? Raphoe Family Resource Centre, supported by DLDC Tus Scheme have a helping hands project were odd jobs can be carried out such as grass cutting, path clearing, tidy ups, painting etc. Only outdoor work is permitted. If you would like to find out more please give us a call on 0749145796/0873641503 50/50 Bonus BallThe winner of last week’s bonus ball was Isobel Mc Cormick, winning number 31, congratulations Isobel! To enter the bonus ball please call in!AuctionAn Auction will be held in the Black Memorial Hall, Convoy on Saturday 26th October at 1PM.  Items for auction will include Furniture, toys, household items, bric–a–brac, vegetables and farm items.  Tea and soup will be available. Raphoe Walking Group Raphoe Walking Group meet every Thursday morning at 10.30am, here in the FRC.  Come along and join the group for a walk and a cuppa!!Seniors Alert SchemeRaphoe Family Resource Centre is registered under Pobal’s Senior Alert Scheme to provide personal alarms to those over 65 years living alone for significant periods of time during the day, or is a carer to someone else in their household. The purpose of the scheme is to enable older persons of limited means to continue to live securely in their own homes with confidence, independence and peace of mind providing them with a free personal monitored alarm which can be worn as a pendant or around their wrist like a watch. If you feel you or someone you know would benefit from this scheme please contact Laura at Raphoe Family Resource Centre on (074) 9145796 or 0873641503 for more information or to make an application.Are you interested in up skilling? Would you like to learn about computers?   Are you from the Raphoe area? Donegal ETB will be starting a beginner’s computer course on Tuesday 24th September from 10am-1pm in the Volt House, Raphoe. On this course you will build your knowledge and skills, and gain more confidence in working with computers. This is a part-time course, free of charge and delivered to small groups in a relaxed atmosphere.  For more information call Raphoe Family Resource Centre on 074 9145796 or call Georgie 0877002294 or apply online today through: http://www.fetchcourses.ieCo-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.Raphoe Friday Club The Friday Club meets every Friday morning in the Volt House from 10.30am-12.30. We would like more in our community to come along and be a part of the Group. There will be events organised over the summer so come along and join in the craic! Refreshments are also provided. Transport is available on Friday mornings and if you require this please phone 0749145462 and arrangeLocal focus: All the weekly news from Raphoe was last modified: October 18th, 2019 by StephenShare 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)Tags:Raphoelast_img read more

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‘Great feeling’ to play at Forest – Doughty

first_imgMichael Doughty, whose late father Nigel was Nottingham Forest’s owner, says it was a “really great feeling” to play for QPR at the City Ground on Saturday.Nigel Doughty, a lifelong Forest fan, bought the club in 1999 and took over as chairman three years later. He died suddenly in 2012 at the age of 54.Michael Doughty told QPR Player: “I had a lot of good memories there growing up, a place that I visited a lot with my old man.“So it was a really great feeling to run out at the City Ground, but obviously disappointing that we didn’t win.”Rangers’ 1-0 defeat meant another swift exit from the FA Cup and leaves them still waiting for their first win since Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink took over as manager.“I felt as if there wasn’t much between the two sides,” midfielder Doughty, 23, said.“In the first half we didn’t really take the game to them but in the second half we really did.“We need to start games much better and need to be a little bit more proactive in our approach to the games.”See also:Forest send toothless QPR out of FA CupQPR boss refuses to discuss Green situationHasselbaink ‘very proud’ of QPR’s second-half displayFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Federer calls medical timeout ‘precaution’; del Potro next

first_imgRoger Federer, of Switzerland, returns a shot against Philipp Kohlschreiber, of Germany, during the fourth round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)NEW YORK — The only bit of trouble for Roger Federer in his fourth-round match at the U.S. Open was when he felt the tightening of a muscle at the back of the top of his left leg.Federer asked for a medical timeout after the second set against No. 33 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber, briefly let the court in Arthur Ashe Stadium to get a quick massage from a trainer, and soon was right back at it, finishing off his 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 victory Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:08Palace: No need to release Duterte medical bulletin01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games In the quarterfinals, he’ll face someone who turns 29 this month and whose presence does not conjure good memories for Federer at the U.S. Open: Juan Martin del Potro.Federer is a combined 44-0 against the first four men he’s played, and he is 16-5 against del Potro. But one of those defeats came in five sets in the 2009 final at Flushing Meadows, when del Potro won his only Grand Slam title and ended Federer’s streak of five consecutive championships in New York.“Probably feels like one of those matches I would like to play over again. Feel like I would probably win it somehow,” Federer said.“I just had all these chances in multiple moments. The only time when he was really better, in my opinion, was the fifth set,” he added. “Obviously that was good enough to beat me that day. It was a good match. A lot of back and forth. Crowd was really into it. Started in the day, finished in the night.”Del Potro has gone through plenty of health problems since then, including three operations on his left wrist that forced him to miss two years’ worth of Grand Slam tournaments until Wimbledon in 2016.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief “It was more precaution. It’s all good. No problems there,” said Federer, who did not face a break point. “I’m not worried about it.”The state of the 36-year-old Federer’s physical condition has been a talking point throughout the tournament, because he tweaked his back during a match in August, interrupting his preparation for Flushing Meadows. Federer said he was worried about his movement in his first-round match against 19-year-old American Frances Tiafoe, then had timing issues in his second-rounder against 35-year-old Russian Mikhail Youzhny — and both of those contests went five sets.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutOn the bright side, the 19-time major champion also spent some time drawing a crowd by hitting in Central Park and has put together two straight-set wins in a row against opponents in their 30s.“I went from Tiafoe, then to the oldies, so that was good,” Federer joked. “Yeah, back to the ’80s.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension That has had an effect on his two-handed backhand, to be sure, but the righty swing that produces massive forehands and serves is still intact — as Federer himself noted at his news conference and on Twitter.That was clear as del Potro shook off the effects of a fever and erased two set points while coming back from a big deficit to eliminated No. 6 Dominic Thiem 1-6, 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (1), 6-4.When a reporter relayed to del Potro that Federer had spoken glowingly about him, del Potro responded: “Well, of course, I admire him, too. Everybody loves him.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments San Miguel to play Bridgeman vs Rain or Shine, still awaiting arrival of Terrence Watson WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses MOST READ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Boyle family captivity shows the risks of going to dangerous countries Experts

first_imgTORONTO – Globe-trotters who deliberately flout government travel advisories are actively placing themselves both in harm’s way and beyond the reach of most traditional rescue efforts if disaster strikes, security experts said Saturday.The case of a Canadian man held in captivity in Afghanistan for five years highlights the many risks of venturing into countries where the government has little recourse for helping its citizens.Joshua Boyle and his American wife Caitlan Coleman were abducted in October 2012 and held in captivity for five years by the Haqqani Network, a group linked to the Taliban. The couple gave birth to four children and endured the slaying of one of them before being rescued by Pakistani commandos on Wednesday.Security advisers say the length of time the family spent in captivity is not surprising given Canada’s official stance on negotiating with terrorist organizations as well as the limited intelligence resources available to government officials.Security consultant David Hyde said Canada telegraphs its ability to help citizens through its travel advisories, which groups countries into four categories. Afghanistan joins nations such as Iraq and North Korea in the class of destinations that Canada suggests avoiding entirely.Those who opt not to heed the warnings, he said, place the government in a difficult position by forcing them to try to intervene in areas where they’re poorly equipped to do so.“There’s an official posture that we don’t do this, but of course we care, and we will try to bring forward information to facilitate the release,” Hyde said in a telephone interview. “Behind the scenes, the government gets very involved with a wide variety of interactions to try and lead towards some kind of repatriation.”The Canadian government did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but has consistently stated that it will not negotiate with or pay ransomed to terrorists.Hyde said many western countries adopt this position, fearing that leniency on this point will make its citizens more likely targets for abduction when travelling abroad.But in cases where citizens run afoul of “bad actors,” Hyde said Canada will typically make use of whatever resources are at their disposal.This can include tapping into local intelligence contacts, which Hyde said are typically scarce in countries with strong travel advisories.An alternative approach, he said, is to work with other countries who may have a more robust network in place, he said.Such may have been the case in 2016 when Colin Rutherford, a Toronto resident vacationing in Pakistan to study historic sites, was rescued by helicopter after five years in Taliban custody.Canada credited the government of Qatar for playing a key part in Rutherford’s release, though it didn’t provide details of what the Middle East country’s involvement was.Eventually, however, Hyde said government resources run dry and the families of those in captivity are usually left to fend for themselves.Such was the case for Alberta journalist Amanda Lindhout, who along with Australian photographer Nigel Brennan was seized by masked men while covering a story in Somalia and held prisoner for more than a year.Lindhout’s mother has spoken in court of her family’s desperate attempts to raise funds to pay the US$2.5 million ransom the kidnappers were seeking. In the end, the Lindhout and Brennan families raised less than US$700,000.When government channels peter out, former RCMP officer and current security consultant Chris Mathers said some families will seek support from private companies to take up negotiations.Mathers said such companies use similar tactics to the government by relying on networks of local contacts to determine where captives are held and what their captors may be seeking.Even then, however, Mathers said the odds of recovering a kidnapping victim alive depend largely on the group that’s holding them prisoner.Groups whose actions are driven by ideology are more likely to kill their hostages, he said, while those seeking ransom and promising release are more likely to be affiliated with a local brand of organized crime.“If a person is kidnapped, their survival very much depends on where that group is located on that continuum,” he said. “Are they still in the ideological phase, or have they started to migrate towards criminality completely? The more they migrate towards criminality, the higher your chances of survival.”Mathers and Hyde agree that the best safeguard against such scenarios, however, is to heed Canada’s travel warnings and stay clear of regions where Ottawa has limited power to intervene.“What happened was tragic and awful for the people involved,” Hyde said of those who have been captured over the years. “But as someone making a conscious decision to go over there, you have to know that you’re going into an area where there really is no government protection. You’re really on your own.”last_img read more

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Fewer border crossers being granted asylum as case backlogs increase

first_imgOTTAWA – Fewer asylum seekers who entered Canada illegally this year are being granted refugee status.As of the end of November, the Immigration and Refugee Board says 16,522 asylum claims were received from people who’ve crossed the border illegally and 2,198 of those have been completed.Of those finalized cases, updated data show 54 per cent were accepted — down from 60 per cent when the board last reported the data.Only eight per cent of Haitians — who make up the majority of claims — have been accepted, down from 10 per cent.Over 43,000 claims in total have been sent to the IRB so far this year, a number not seen since a high of 44,000 claims in 2001.The board cautions it’s premature to draw conclusions about border crossers based on the small number of claims finalized so far. Failed claimants do also have the right to appeal.But just as the IRB was releasing the new statistics, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen used social media to repeat a point the Liberals have been increasingly making in recent weeks as the data has shown many border crossers’ claims are being rejected.“Canada’s refugee system isn’t for those seeking a better economic life; it provides protection to refugees who have a well-founded fear of persecution,” Hussen posted.Prior to a surge in asylum seekers arriving in Canada last summer, the approval rate for Haitians had been around 50 per cent and the approval rate for all refugee claims was about 63 per cent.The border crosser situation is driven by an agreement between Canada and the U.S. that prohibits anyone crossing the border at official land entry points from claiming asylum. So far this year, 18,000 have been stopped entering Canada illegally — in 2016, only 2,500 people were apprehended.Many are believed to be coming north due to changes in U.S. immigration policy, though the federal government has said some haven’t spent much time in the U.S. and were just using that country as an entry point into Canada.Neither the IRB’s funding nor staffing levels have kept pace with the overall increase in claims; officials told a House of Commons committee earlier this month about one third of the board’s positions are vacant.And that was before chairperson Mario Dion was tapped to fill the job of ethics commissioner, leaving his post empty too.The IRB’s operations are being reviewed by the federal government with final recommendations on what could change due later in 2018.Something needs to change, said Michelle Rempel, the Opposition immigration critic.“The way the government is approaching this is it’s more about playing for luck rather than doing something that is going to be a long-term policy solution that’s in the best interest of people trying to claim asylum in Canada and Canadians in general,” she said.Dion had instituted a number of measures to speed up and simplify the claims process, including a dedicated team to hear so-called legacy cases — claims filed before an overhaul to Canada’s asylum system in 2012.They’ve whittled down that backlog from over 6,000 when the Liberals took office in 2015 to 4,444 at the end of November.But backlogs continue to grow in the board’s appeal divisions, with thousands of cases still awaiting final decisions. Of those, about 290 are from border crossers.If a claim ultimately fails, the individual is to be deported, but how many have been removed to date is unclear.last_img read more

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Meet The Spurs Sharpshooter Who Refuses To Shoot Straight

Meet The Spurs Sharpshooter Who Refuses To Shoot Straight

Marco Belinelli has been one of the NBA’s more successful marksmen from deep the past decade. But few would suggest emulating the Italian’s often unsightly approach to shooting. The 11-year veteran has a curious habit of leaning into his jumpshots “Smooth Criminal”-style. The move puzzles even Gregg Popovich, who, as the longest-tenured American professional coach in sports, has seen just about everything by now.“It’s not a sometimes thing — he always is leaning somewhere,” said Popovich, who is coaching Belinelli for a second stint. “I don’t know who taught him that, but it can’t be untaught at this point. It’s just there.”But watch the 32-year-old dart around on offense long enough, and it becomes more clear why he does what he does. Much like an armadillo curls into a ball for protection, Belinelli leans to safeguard his shot from being blocked from behind, particularly as he comes around teammates’ screens.“It looks crazy when I’m off-balance all the time, but I just want to be quick with the ball,” said Belinelli, who’s had just two of his 265 jumpers blocked this year.1Of those two blocks, per Second Spectrum data, one resulted in an immediate putback and basket for the Spurs, while the other drew a loose-ball foul on Jimmy Butler, who’d blocked Belinelli’s shot just before. “That’s the life of a shooter, I guess.”Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/MarcosLeaners.mp400:0000:0003:45Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.It’s hard to overstate Belinelli’s offensive importance off the bench in San Antonio, which not only came into the year short-handed but also had several new faces in its experienced rotation. Aside from the trade of star Kawhi Leonard,2Danny Green was also sent to Toronto, while Tony Parker signed with Charlotte in free agency. Manu Ginobili — the 16-year warhorse who gave the Spurs’ reserves stability — retired, leaving Belinelli with even more scoring to replace.The Spurs are the NBA’s biggest shot-selection outlier, with long, midrange jumpers making up a league-high 17 percent of their shots while 3-points are an NBA-low 27.7 percent of their shots. Because of that, Belinelli’s production as a reliable perimeter shooter is welcome.His return from an early season hibernation — he shot a frigid 35 percent from the field over San Antonio’s first 25 games — lines up with the Spurs’ streak of 13 wins in 16 games, which put the team squarely back in the Western Conference playoff race. During this hot streak, Belinelli has connected on 46.8 percent of his field-goal tries, including almost 41 percent of his threes.A handful of Belinelli’s most successful tendencies are used more often by the game’s elite ball-handlers. His desire to come off screens aggressively (and with almost no space between him and his screener) is an art that Kemba Walker perfected some time ago. And he sometimes makes use of the perimeter give-and-go, which Steph Curry employed to blister the Cavs in last year’s NBA Finals.But few players, if any, shoot as well as Belinelli while using such unorthodox leans and angles. He initially developed the tendency to lean forward on a number of his jumpers when he first entered the league with Golden State, playing for Don Nelson’s up-tempo Warriors club. Because the team was always in transition, Belinelli often had forward momentum as he’d launch threes in Golden State’s offense — something that would become a habit elsewhere.As for his penchant for leaning as he comes around screens, Belinelli said that was something he took from his lone season in Chicago, where the Bulls needed him to serve as a point guard of sorts in the absence of Derrick Rose. The team didn’t have many players capable of creating their own offense, so his coaches there told him to be aggressive — and quick — about shooting when he saw daylight after getting a pick at the top of the key.Belinelli acknowledges that a fair number of his misses stem from being too off-balanced. But similar to Klay Thompson, the Spurs swingman suggested that it’s usually most important for him to square his shoulders — and less important to think about where his feet or toes are pointed as he lets it fly.Having the occasional embarrassing miss (or a seemingly impossible, completely redeeming make) simply comes with the territory in this day and age, according to J.J. Redick, the Sixers sharpshooter who was teammates with Belinelli in Philadelphia last season.“The game’s changed too much for us to stand still and wait for open shots. If we did that, we’d get maybe a shot or two each game,” Redick said of his and Belinelli’s perpetual movement. “We’re not getting many swing-swing passes where we can come straight up and down. When you’re on the move and beating someone to that spot, you’re going to be a bit off-balanced.”So next time you see Belinelli nearly falling over on a jumper, as strange as it might seem, just remember that it’s likely not an accident. 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No 12 Ohio State tops Morehead State 8771 in Thad Mattas 500th

Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell (0) drives the lane during a game against Morehead State on Dec. 13 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 87-71.Credit: Muyao Shen / Lantern photographerIn his 500th game as a collegiate head coach, Thad Matta led the No. 12 Ohio State men’s basketball team to a 16-point victory over Morehead State for his 385th career win.Matta is 282-84 in his 11 seasons at OSU and 385-115 overall. He’s just 15 wins away from tying Fred Taylor for the most wins in program history.After the game, Matta said he feels like he’s coached even more than those 500 games over his career.“Yes it does, maybe a 1,000,” Matta said. “I didn’t know that (it was 500 games) until yesterday. I was joking when I gave the pregame speech today, I walked out and I said ‘god, it feels like the 500th time I have done that.’”After taking a 19-point lead at halftime, the Buckeyes (8-1) polished off a 87-71 victory over the Eagles (4-8) on Saturday afternoon at the Schottenstein Center.“We jumped out quick, got a quick lead on the team,” senior center Amir Williams said after the game. “And I think we just didn’t look back from there.”OSU turned the ball over six times in the first 8:13 of the second half, allowing Morehead State to cut the deficit to 14. By that time, the Eagles were still shooting 50 percent from 3-point range and 54.5 percent overall.Going into the game, OSU opponents had averaged a .359 shooting percentage this season.A layup from freshman guard Jae’Sean Tate followed by a jumper from senior guard Shannon Scott stopped the Eagles’ run, giving the home team a 66-48 lead with about nine minutes to play.With 6:51 to play, the Buckeyes held an 18-point advantage when Williams left the game with an injury before heading back to the locker room. At the time, Williams had registered 12 points on five-of-six shooting and nine rebounds.Williams returned to the OSU bench with 5:31 left in the game but didn’t re-enter the game.After the game, Williams said his injury was just a rolled ankle, and nothing he hasn’t gone through in the past.“A little sprain, nothing serious,” Williams said. “It’s nothing I haven’t dealt with before, so I’ll be practicing tomorrow.”Morehead State cut the lead to 78-65 with 2:26 to play, partially because of sloppy play from OSU. After turning the ball over just three times in the first half, the Buckeyes had turned it over 14 times in the final 20 minutes.Senior forward Sam Thompson said OSU’s mindset in the second half and increased intensity from the Eagles led to the higher number of turnovers.“They definitely turned up their pressure, that was big-time pressure,” Thompson said after the game. “But our minds just weren’t right. I think that they just didn’t press us much in the first half, and then we sort of came out with the first half mindset in the second half.”The teams traded baskets as the clock ticked past two minutes, and the Buckeyes extended the lead to 18 points with just 38 seconds remaining.Morehead State shot 62.5 percent in the second half, and ended up outscoring the Buckeyes, 43-40, after the break.Thompson said Matta was “not too happy” after the Eagles shot such a high percentage, and outscored his team, in the second half.“First of all, Morehead State’s a really good team, not taking anything away from them,” Thompson said. “We had a really good first half, and we sort of let our guard down in the second half. We didn’t have that same type of energy and intensity and execution in the second half on both sides of the floor.”Matta stressed that his guards have to take better care of the ball, and added the Buckeyes’ play in the second half wasn’t up to the standard that he expects.“D’Angelo (Russell) and Shannon can’t combine for 10 turnovers in a game and only nine assists. We were sloppy. We weren’t as sharp as we needed to be on really both ends,” Matta said. “We did some things that lead one to believe that we weren’t as tuned in as we needed to be.”OSU jumped out to an early 12-2 lead, but Morehead State kept it close for much of the first half, partially because of the play of redshirt-sophomore guard Corban Collins.Collins started off five-for-five from the field, including a four-of-four mark from beyond the 3-point line. He finished the first half with a game-high 14 points, but a late OSU run helped the Buckeyes to their big halftime lead.The Buckeyes’ leading scorer — freshman guard D’Angelo Russell — didn’t register a point through the first 16:31 of the game as OSU held just a nine-point advantage with 3:29 on the clock. Russell followed up two free throws with a 3-pointer just over a minute later before closing out the half with a mid-range jumper with just three seconds to play.Russell’s seven-point burst helped OSU to a 47-28 lead at the break as the Buckeyes opened and closed the first half with 12-2 runs.When the teams entered the locker room, Thompson had 11 points to lead OSU while Williams had 10 points and four rebounds.Williams said he has room to improve, but added that he came into the game hoping to help spark the Buckeyes from the start.“Still some errors to be corrected, but I just tried to get out to a good start,” he said. “Coach always tells me, and the players tell me as well, if I come out with energy it gets my teammates going as well, so I try to come out and play with as much energy as I can.”Russell and Thompson led OSU with 15 points apiece, while Tate and Williams each finished the game with 12 points. Russell led all players with seven assists and Williams’ nine rebounds were a game high, as were his five blocks.Thompson said Williams’ play inside helps set the tone for the rest of the team, especially on defense.“Amir does such a great job blocking shots, and we put a lot of pressure on him because our zone really funnels everything to him,” he said. “He’s always a big force in the middle, he’s always blocking shots and getting rebounds.”Collins led all players with 22 points as he made six of seven 3-point attempts.OSU is scheduled to return to the court on Wednesday against North Carolina A&T. That game is set to be played at Nationwide Arena in downtown Columbus at 7 p.m. read more

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Ohio State wrestlings Jordan brothers following in footsteps of family Stiebers

Redshirt-freshman Bo Jordan is awarded a victory during a dual meet against Minnesota on Feb. 6 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 22-13.Credit: OSU athleticsGrowing up in a family with a wrestling background could prove to be difficult, especially when your father and uncle were successful.Bo and Micah Jordan grew up in Ohio and have known they would be wrestlers for the majority of their lives. It was in their blood, as their father Jeff is the head coach of their alma mater St. Paris Graham High School, which has won 14 straight team state titles, and was an All-American at Wisconsin. Their uncle, congressman Jim Jordan, like his brother, was a four-time state champion in high school and also became a two-time NCAA Champion for the Badgers.Like the pair of Jordan brothers before them, Bo and Micah also each won four state titles, but chose a different path for college.“I think my whole family wanted me to go to Wisconsin, especially my dad at the start, but he told me to do what felt right and Ohio State was the place I grew to love,” Bo said.The Jordans — Bo is a redshirt-freshman while Micah is a freshman — have now arrived at OSU, and have another set of brothers to look up to, the well-known Stiebers.Redshirt-senior Logan Stieber, who has totaled seven championships in as many years dating back to high school, believes the Jordans can continue their success at a high level.“They’re very similar, both really tough, both have four high school state titles and I think they can bring the same amount of hype and results as Hunter and I have,” Stieber said. “They’re great people and they work really hard.”Hunter Stieber, a redshirt-junior for the Buckeyes, was a four-time Ohio state champion as well.OSU coach Tom Ryan said the two sets of brothers resemble each other.“They’re (the Jordans) similar to the Stieber brothers in a lot of ways. Both are really close and obviously the success has been there,” Ryan said. When comparing the brothers, Ryan said the elders — Logan and Bo — are as alike as the younger brothers.“I would say in both cases the older brother is the more physical wrestler and the younger brother is a little prettier,” Ryan said. “The younger brothers use a little more speed and the older brothers use a little more braun.”These aren’t traits that have developed overnight either, as even at a very young age, the Jordans were wrestling.“We’ve been wrestling for as long as I can remember,” Bo said. “One of the earliest childhood memories I have is me wearing a diaper, knee pads and my dad’s shoes on the wrong feet trying to do penetration steps in the house.”Along with being successful wrestlers, Ryan said the Jordans had a great upbringing.“They are guys that will always get along with people and are very humble,” Ryan said. “Humility will always be a constant, despite the success they’ve had.”Their cousin, Isaac Jordan, is currently wrestling for Wisconsin and is ranked No. 2 at 165 pounds. The cousins are the top two 165 pounders in the Big Ten, and could match up in the Big Ten Championship Finals.“I just have to go out there and wrestle my best like every match,” Bo said. “I’m not going out there wrestling Isaac Jordan or any other name, I’m wrestling against myself and being the best I can be.” Micah Jordan is redshirting this year and has posted a 29-1 record in various open tournaments throughout the season. The 149 pounder is the same weight as Hunter and, in the case of Stieber not being able to return from injury, Micah has stayed ready with the postseason looming.“It’s been a good year, redshirting is allowing me to get ready for next year,” Micah said. “I definitely want to be wrestling with the varsity guys and my brother, but for now my main goal is just to get better for next year.”Having his brother help him out with the transition to college and redshirting has helped, Micah said.“It’s great having my brother here. We are drill partners and he pushes me and helps me out a lot,” he said. “He’s a big role model for me and is a big reason for me coming to Ohio State.”Bo is currently ranked No. 5 in the country at 165 pounds and is a perfect 15-0 on the year, as well as 38-0 in his career. Watching the Stieber brothers has motivated him to be even better, Bo said.“It’s really cool to have seen the Stieber brothers winning state titles together and that’s what I want me and my brother to do,” he said. “There is no replacing the Stiebers. These guys are animals, but that’s the goal, trying to be as successful as they are.”The Buckeyes are 13-3 and finished second in the Big Ten at 8-1 and are currently ranked third nationally. As Logan finishes up his final push for greatness at OSU, he will leave behind a legacy that might never be matched. Hunter and Bo will look to get their first taste at greatness this March at the NCAA championships and Micah will be ready and waiting for his turn next season.“The Stiebers are tough. It’s awesome to see what they’ve accomplished and Bo and I are trying to follow in their footsteps,” Micah said.And following in the Jordans’ footsteps could even be yet another Jordan.The youngest of the three, Rocky, a freshman in high school, hasn’t officially committed to OSU, but wants nothing more than to follow in his brothers footsteps and become a Buckeye, Bo said.Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that Bo Jordan is a redshirt-sophomore. Bo Jordan is in fact a redshirt-freshman. 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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Obafemis not guarantee to start tomorrow

Obafemis not guarantee to start tomorrow

first_imgThe teenage Southampton striker is still eligible for Nigeria and England but he says he’s faithful to the Republic of Ireland18-year-old Michael Obafemi is eligible to play for Ireland, England, and Nigeria.But the Southampton striker has said he wishes to be in the Irish national team and is waiting for a chance to debut.“I really don’t know why we’re going into this,” said Ireland manager Martin O’Neill to The Dublin Live.declan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“He has made the decision. I didn’t force him whatsoever.”“It seems to be my issue every single time. It’s the players’ decision. So I’ll clear this up,” he added.“When he first came into camp, I said to him ‘We’d love to have you but it’s your decision. You’re under no pressure to make that decision in the next 10 minutes’.”“I didn’t pursue it. I just left him to think about it,” he explained.last_img read more

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