Mario Lopez Helps Hot Dog On A Stick Raise Funds For The

first_imgHot Dog on a Stick is 70 years old and to celebrate its platinum anniversary, is aiming to “Stomp Out Cancer” by raising $70,000 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).Mario Lopez Stomps Lemonade with Kylie, a Three Year Old Fighting CancerThe iconic pop culture brand recently kicked-off its fundraising efforts with a celebrity lemonade Stomp-A-Thon featuring Mario Lopez of Extra and Saved by the Bell fame. At the event, Mario learned to stomp lemonade with LLS’ honored patient heroes including three year old Kylie, who was diagnosed with Leukemia just two days before her second birthday. Leukemia is the most common form of childhood cancer, but thanks to the cutting-edge research funded by LLS, there continuous to be hope. Kylie was put into a clinical trial for her particular type of Leukemia and she has fought cancer with a smile. She has been in remission since November 2015, but will continue maintenance chemo therapy treatment over the next several years.Hot Dog on a Stick’s Stomp-A-Thon for LLS, held at its famous Muscle Beach location in Santa Monica, raised more than $15,000. The brand is calling on fans and friends to help reach the $70,000 goal. Donations can be made here. Another highlight of the day was Mario working in the famous beach stand making Hot Dog on a Stick’s famous stick items and serving customers.“Kylie is an amazing little fighter and one great lemonade stomper too!” said Katie Hiller, mother of LLS Honored Hero, Kylie. “Hot Dog on a Stick’s Stomp-A-Thon was an inspirational and uplifting event and their fundraising efforts will help children like Kylie stomp out cancer for years to come. Please consider donating to their campaign to make a difference in the lives of blood cancer patients and their families.”Kylie’s journey can be followed on her Facebook page.To find a Hot Dog on a Stick near you, visit www.hotdogonastick.com.last_img read more

RCMP gathering DNA from men and boys in Manitoba First Nation as

first_img(The remains of Teresa Robinson, 11, were found last May. The RCMP now asking for DNA samples from boys and men in Garden Hill First Nation. APTN/file)Cara McKenna APTN National NewsRCMP investigators have taken the unusual step of requesting DNA samples from boys and men from a northern Manitoba First Nation community where the remains of an 11-year-old girl were found during a search last May, according to the band’s chief.Garden Hill First Nation Chief Arnold Flett said several RCMP officers have been knocking on doors in the community since Monday asking men aged 15 to 50 years old to allow a sample of their DNA to be taken at a local office used by the Mounties.He said the RCMP officers have told community members the request is part of the investigation into the death of Teresa Robinson, 11, whose partial remains were discovered during a search last May.Robinson’s death remains unsolved and police are treating the case as a homicide.Flett said this is one of the rare times RCMP investigators have returned to the community to gather evidence as part of the investigation into Robinson’s death over the past nine months. He said he does not know the status of the investigation.Flett said the community generally agrees with the DNA request.“We informed the community (of the DNA testing) and there’s no opposition to it,” Flett said. “It’s not forced, it’s being requested.”Flett said he hopes this will lead to a resolution for the community of about 3,000 people which continues to feel the impact of Robinson’s violent death.“We’d like to see this be solved,” said Flett. “The people of Garden Hill would like to see that happen.”He said the investigators are expected to remain in Garden Hill until Thursday gathering DNA samples.Manitoba RCMP confirmed late Wednesday that the officers were gathering DNA as part of the investigation into Robinson’s death.“The investigation into the murder of Teresa Robinson has remained an active case since our officers were first contacted and deployed to Garden Hill First Nation in the spring of 2015,” said Sgt. Bert Paquet, in an emailed statement. “While we are not in a position to discuss all the specifics of this ongoing case, we can confirm that our investigators have collected DNA samples from males of Garden Hill First Nation as one of several techniques used by officers assigned to the case.”cmckenna@aptn.ca@cara102last_img read more

Wall St hits another record high as TSX edges up and loonie

first_imgTORONTO – Wall Street set another record high Tuesday on relatively minor movements as Canada’s largest stock index inched forward and the loonie cleared 80 cents US.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 84.07 points to 22,641.67. The S&P 500 index edged up 5.46 points to 2,534.58 and the Nasdaq composite index added 14.99 points to 6,531.71.North of the border, the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index advanced 23.51 points to 15,728.51.“It’s a little sleepy today, pretty slow,” said Cavan Yie, a portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management. “All you’re seeing is optimism in the markets being sustained.”“If you look at Canada,” Yie added, “the banks keep chugging along with share prices near all-time highs, with solid fundamentals to support them.”The TSX’s financials subsector was up nearly half a percentage point on Tuesday.Looking ahead to Friday, investors will be eyeing Statistics Canada’s labour force survey for September.RBC Economics Research has said Canadian employment is expected to continue to increase that month, rising 10,000 though this would be down from the 22,000 increase in August.“The slowing largely reflects the expectation that the gain in service-producing jobs drops to just 5,000 after the 35,900 surge in August,” it said in an investor’s note.Meanwhile, some U.S. economic reports may look abnormally weak because of the hurricanes that have recently struck the United States, such as this week’s upcoming report on hiring. But investors are expecting to see temporarily weaker numbers, which would limit the impact.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 80 cents US, up 0.03 of a cent.The November crude contract fell 16 cents to US$50.42 per barrel and the November natural gas contract was down two cents at US$2.90 per mmBTU.The December gold contract gave back $1.20 cents to US$1,274.60 an ounce and the December copper contract was unchanged at US$2.96 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

Progress made in modernizing NAFTA will make it easier to trade says

first_imgMONTREAL – Progress made in negotiations to modernize NAFTA aren’t getting much attention but they will make it easier for companies to conduct trilateral trade, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Wednesday.After speaking to a Montreal business audience, the minister told reporters that the nine modernization chapters concluded in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement will cut red tape that has made it a hassle for cross-border trade.“It’s like a grind but our negotiators have been getting through it and when we do conclude a modernized NAFTA, people will really find that that’s a relief and it’s easier to trade, simple as that,” she said.Freeland said modernization of the 24-year-old trade agreement is often ignored by journalists who focus on struggles by the United States, Canada and Mexico to reach an overall deal.Good regulatory practices and sanitary measures may not be worthy of the front pages, she said, but bringing NAFTA up to date with the 21st century will help those who actually trade by, for example, implementing electronic forms at the border.“These areas are for actual people doing business — really the core of the modernization discussion,” she said.Consultations ahead of the start of negotiations nine months ago found that about 40 per cent of Canadians doing business with the U.S. didn’t bother to use their NAFTA preferences that allow products to be traded duty-free.Freeland said the high number showed that people making real-life decisions concluded that the hassle wasn’t worth their time.“A simple way to describe what we’re doing in this modernization work is to get rid of the hassle so that it’s actually worth it for people to claim their NAFTA preference.”Earlier, Freeland criticized the Trump administration’s decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum based on national security concerns.She also told a Montreal Council on Foreign Relations luncheon that it is essential to preserve an international rules-based system that has served the world well for decades even though many Americans no longer believe that has benefited the United States.One of the reasons to do so is because of the economic strength of China, which doesn’t share the West’s democratic values.“China in my life will be the world’s largest economy and I think everyone, and especially all the democratic countries, have a big interest in a international order based on rules.”last_img read more

Government invests in the Alaska Highway

first_img“Our government recognizes the importance of a safe, modern and reliable road infrastructure for the economic prosperity of the northern part of this region. The completion of these projects along the Alaska Highway highlights our commitment to providing safe infrastructure to Canadians.”The Honourable Carla QualtroughMinister of Public Services and Procurement and AccessibilityFor more information on this announcement CLICK HERE FORT NELSON, B.C. – Four contracts were awarded for maintenance and construction work along the Alaska Highway.Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, made the announcement on November 15, 2018. These improvements will give the community access to a more reliable, safer and modern roadway with improved circulation.Areas that will be improved are a 33-kilometre portion of the highway, receiving bituminous surface treatment to asphalt, replacing a culvert in the Townsend Creek area, improving the Wonowon intersection by changing the road configuration and a new salt shed in Wonowon.last_img read more

New restroom facility opens along Alaska Highway at Mile 202

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has opened a new restroom facility at Mile 202 of the Alaska Highway.As part of the ‘Gotta Go’ pilot project, Electoral Area B Director Karen Goodings says this project is an important part of developing the Region’s transportation infrastructure, adding that this new restroom is a vital addition for those travelling through the area.“The ‘Gotta Go’ pilot project is an important part of developing our transportation infrastructure. Providing a rest area, increasing cell coverage, and providing information on our Alaska Highway will be a benefit to our important economic drivers, including tourism. Those of us who live and travel in our region know how vital the addition of this new rest area is and appreciate the cooperation of all involved to make it happen.” According to the District, more plans are underway to transform the area into a fully functioning rest stop, including picnic tables, a cellphone booster tower, and informational signage about the area and highway.The new facility was developed under the ‘Gotta Go’ pilot project in partnership with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, along with Northern B.C. Tourism and other various partners.last_img read more

Mamata releases TMC list for all 42 WB seats alleges attempt to

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday announced a list of TMC candidates for all the 42 Lok Sabha seats of the state, dropping 10 sitting MPs. She also attacked the BJP and the Modi government, claiming she had information that “VVIPs” were using helicopters and chartered flights to transport money to bribe voters. Releasing the list, the West Bengal leader assailed the Centre over a host of issues including the Rafale deal,farm distress and shrinking employment opportunities. Banerjee, also the TMC supremo, said the outgoing TMC lawmakers whose names do not figure in the list will be drafted for party work. She said 41 per cent of the nominees in the list are women. The TMC, she said, will also contest some seats in Odisha, Assam, Jharkhand, Bihar and the Andamans.last_img read more

Ohio State Is Always Facing High Expectations — Scandal Or Not

*In preseason polls since 1976-77 season for women’s basketball, 1961-62 for men’s basketball and 1950 for football.Source: College Poll Archive TexasFootball5275 The year was 1956. Ohio State’s college football program was ranked fifth in the annual Associated Press preseason college football poll and was coming off a season in which they had won all but two games. Expectations for a strong season were, no doubt, high.But head coach Woody Hayes was in hot water with the Big Ten for providing loans to his players, and after an investigation, the conference put the team on probation for one year and banned it from playing in that season’s Rose Bowl.Sixty-two years later, Ohio State is once again entering the season with a No. 5 preseason ranking, having won all but two games the previous season. Controversy blankets the campus once more: Head coach Urban Meyer has been suspended for the opening three games of the season after an investigation concluded that he had mishandled domestic assault allegations against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith.High expectations are nothing new in Columbus. For about as long as college football has been around, the Ohio State Buckeyes have been a force. In the annals of the sport’s history, only Michigan (943) — oh, the irony — and Notre Dame (906) have won more games than the Buckeyes (898).1Excluding Yale, which is not currently a Division I Football Bowl Subdivision team. Since the turn of the century, only Boise State, which has played in three non-Power-Five conferences over that stretch, has won more total games than Ohio’s flagship university.And that prodigious success isn’t lost on Associated Press voters.Ohio State has failed to make the poll just four times in the 69-year history of the poll, most recently in 1988. That was John Cooper’s first year at the helm after taking over for the fired Earle Bruce. Cooper wouldn’t miss another preseason poll. Hayes only missed out in 1966 and 1967, the lone instance of the team failing to crack the AP preseason poll in consecutive years.Which got us thinking: Does Ohio State dominate this poll more than any team in any sport dominates its preseason poll? AP voters produce a preseason, weekly and postseason poll for three college sports: football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball. In 1989, the polls expanded to a 25-team format, which remains the current standard.Across the three sports, only the Tennessee Volunteers women’s basketball program has been more of a mainstay on the preseason poll than the Ohio State football team, according to data from the website College Poll Archive. Tennessee has made the AP preseason poll 98 percent of the time. It’s missed just once in the poll’s 42-year history — in 1976, the year the poll was introduced. Largely under their legendary coach, the late Pat Summitt, the Volunteers piled up eight national championships and 18 Final Four appearances, controlling the sport for decades before Connecticut assumed the mantle. 2Ohio StateFootball6594 RKTeamSportCountRate* 5USCFootball5884 3KentuckyMen’s basketball5088 9GeorgiaWomen’s basketball3276 4OklahomaFootball6087 Appearances 7Notre DameFootball5580 The preseason eliteTeams with the highest rate of appearances in AP Top 25 preseason polls in men’s or women’s basketball and college football 1TennesseeWomen’s basketball4198% 10AlabamaFootball5275 North CarolinaMen’s basketball4884 UCLAMen’s basketball4375 8TexasWomen’s basketball3379 Ohio State has at least five more appearances on the AP preseason poll than any team in any sport, having qualified in 94 percent of available seasons. Since 1989, Ohio State’s average ranking in the preseason AP poll is 10.3. And perhaps no team dominates the opening month of the season like Ohio State, which has gone 21-2 over the last six years in the month of September, winning by an average margin of more than 30 points per game. But preseason rankings aren’t always pinpoint precise: Ohio State typically underperforms relative to its lofty preseason ranking.AP preseason polls typically draw from blue-blood schools, so it’s no surprise that other well-heeled programs like the football teams at Oklahoma and USC and the men’s basketball team at Kentucky are among the most-ranked.But on the gridiron, no team is accustomed to high expectations like the Buckeyes. Columbus has produced the second-most first-round NFL draft picks all time, and the team is expected not only to win, but to dominate. In this weekend’s season opener against Oregon State, Ohio State opened as 38-point favorites, the most lopsided betting line of any opening-week contest for a ranked team. “A place like Ohio State, we’re expected to win every game we play,” Meyer has said. “There’s not many places like that.” Those are expectations that Meyer also noted aren’t always “easy to embrace.” But players and coaches alike should recognize that’s what they’ve signed up for in Columbus: a culture of on-field success, national title aspirations and a preseason ranking. read more

Mens soccer OSU earns draw over weekend against No 7 Indiana

With No. 7 Indiana coming to town, the Ohio State men’s soccer team looked to take down another Big Ten foe at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.Coming off a dominant 3-0 win over Oakland on Tuesday, the Buckeyes looked to ride momentum in hopes of improving their conference record of 2-3.OSU redshirt freshman goalkeeper Parker Siegfried (1) prepares to return the ball to midfield during the Buckeye’s game against Valparaiso on Sept. 21 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes won 4-1. Credit: Janaya Greene | Lantern PhotographerOhio State and Indiana played to a 2-2 draw on Saturday afternoon, with neither team able to find a game-winner through two overtime periods.“It could have gone either way,” OSU coach John Bluem said. “Earlier in the year we lost three games in sudden-death overtime. I think our guys were determined not to let that happen again.”The Buckeyes opened up the scoring early in the first period.In the 5th minute of play, junior forward Nate Kohl secured the ball in the box after a failed clearing attempt by the Indiana goalkeeper. Kohl deflected the ball off his chest then slid down to redirect it into the back of the net, giving the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead.For Kohl, it was his team-high fifth goal of the season.Indiana netted an equalizer in the 18th minute with a header by sophomore midfielder Jeremiah Gutjahr.However, it did not take long for the Buckeyes to answer back.In the 20th minute, Kohl worked a ball down the sideline. He slotted a pass through the middle in between a couple Hoosier defenders, finding senior midfielder Ben Fitzpatrick, who used a good first touch to get around his defender. He then fired it into the back of the net from 12 yards out, putting OSU back on top 2-1.“Me and Ben have worked on and off the ball together pretty well,” Kohl said. “I know how he plays and he knows how I play so it just keeps getting better. Its sad it took until the end of the season to start working, but I guess it’s as good a time as any.”Just as it seemed like the Buckeyes had the game in the bag, Indiana upped the tempo and started applying pressure deep in the offensive zone.With just seven minutes remaining in regulation, senior defender Billy McConnell deflected an Indiana shot inside the box that rolled just out of reach of OSU redshirt freshman goalkeeper Parker Siegfried to tie the game up at two.Neither of the two teams had many scoring opportunities in the two overtime periods, as the game ended in a tie.“When you let up an equalizing goal that late, your team could fold,” Bluem said. “For those last 27 minutes, our guys strapped them back up and fought hard to not allow that winning goal.”The Hoosiers outshot OSU 14-5, including an 8-1 advantage in the second period. Siegfried made five saves.The two teams seemed to have some bad blood, as things got chippy as time went on. Indiana accumulated a staggering 28 for calls, including four yellow cards for Indiana. OSU amassed 12 total fouls.“They were getting a little upset that they are the No. 7 team in the country and we were putting the pressure on them and taking the wind out of them,” Kohl said. “Things got a little chippy, but nothing we couldn’t handle.”Bluem said he was very proud of how his team played despite missing a few of their key guys to injuries.“We have a lot of talent sitting on our bench that can’t play,” Bluem said. “Yaw (Amankwa) couldn’t play today. Danny (Jensen) is out. (Marcus) McCrary is out. The guys that are being called upon in their place are really doing a great job.”Next up for the now 4-9-1 Buckeyes is a road contest against No. 4 Louisville on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. read more

No 14 Ohio State mens hockey prepares for weekend series versus No

The Ohio State-Michigan football game is more than a week away, but the bitter rivalry between both schools will be in action this weekend on the ice. The No. 14 OSU men’s hockey team (8-3-1, 5-2-1) will face No. 7 Michigan (7-3-2, 3-3-2), in a two-game series starting Friday night in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Buckeyes, ranked for the first time this season, are currently on a five-game winning streak and unbeaten in their last seven games. OSU head coach Mark Osiecki is looking forward to the test facing Michigan on the road will pose for his team. “We know what to expect playing against Michigan,” he said. “We expect a well-coached team, and a team that plays at a high level and competes.” Playing at Michigan is always fun for senior forward Danny Dries, a Michigan native. “Being from around there, it’s always fun to have family and friends around and play in front of them,” he said. “It’s a pretty fun environment. Youcan’t let it intimidate you.” Senior goalie Cal Heeter said that playing Michigan is special because of the historic rivalry between the two schools, but that the real importance of the games are the conference points that could be gained. “We have to realize and respect the rivalry for both schools. On top of that, the CCHA points are important for this team,” he said. OSU is currently tied for second in the CCHA with 17 points. Michigan has 12 points and stands alone in sixth place. Osiecki attributes the recent success to players gelling and coming together as one. “Whether they’ve had a lot of playing time or a little, they’ve done well,” he said. One of the things OSU has done well is play disciplined. OSU has had a season-low four penalties in each of their past four games. When the Buckeyes have had to play a man down during the five-game winning streak, they’ve been perfect, killing all 19 of their opponents’ power plays. “We have done some things in practice to make our guys move their feet and keep their sticks down,” Osiecki said. “I think that has been a big factor in us being smart and knowing we can play hard and stay out of the penalty box.” The Buckeyes have been no slouch on the offensive end either, outscoring their opponents, 27-6, during the seven-game unbeaten streak. OSU leads the CCHA with 3.38 goals per game in conference play. Heeter said he enjoys having a potent offense play in front of him, but that it can be tough to get into the flow of the game when he doesn’t have to make a ton of saves. “It’s different, it’s tough for sure,” he said. “It’s just a different element, something you have to get used to.” Michigan is second in the CCHA with 3.25 goals per game, and posted a season-high 10 goals in a game against St. Lawrence in October. OSU and Michigan are set to take the ice at 7:35 p.m. Friday and play again Saturday night. read more

Bret Bielema Urban Meyer agree on rivalry game

Ohio State football won’t play its annual game against Michigan until Nov. 24 , but there’s a rivalry game this Saturday to tide the Buckeyes over. Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema labeled this weekend’s matchup with the Buckeyes as a rivalry game Tuesday at the weekly Big Ten football coaches teleconference. “It’s a big one,” Bielema said. Last year, OSU upset then-No. 12 Wisconsin in a game that Bielema called “heartbreaking.” The year before, Wisconsin gave a then-No.1 OSU squad its only loss of the season. Dating back to 2005, either Wisconsin or OSU has won at least a share of the Big Ten conference title. “What makes a good rivalry is when two good teams play significant games,” said first-year OSU coach Urban Meyer. “Over the past decade, certainly in recent history, these two teams have been near the top of the Big Ten. That’s made this a very interesting rivalry.” The current landscape of the Big Ten conference has allowed the OSU-Wisconsin rivalry to blossom. The Buckeyes and Badgers are both members of the Leaders Division, guaranteeing a meeting between the programs every year. Meyer said he has no doubt that Wisconsin will always compete for the division championship, making the OSU and Wisconsin game a pivotal one in determining the Leaders Division champion for years to come. That will be the case this weekend; a win against Wisconsin, and OSU will be crowned as king of the Leaders Division. Badgers not holding back Because OSU and Penn State are ineligible from postseason play, Wisconsin secured a spot in the Big Ten Championship game last weekend with a win against Indiana .  But that doesn’t mean the Badgers will hold back this weekend against the Buckeyes. “Our goal year in and year out is to win our division,” Bielema said. “Obviously, we have to beat Ohio State for that to happen this year.” Nearly every year in the NFL, teams will rest their starters during the final weeks of the regular season once their playoff destinies are finalized. Bielema said, however, that the thought of benching his key players until the Big Ten Championship Game on Dec. 1 hadn’t even crossed his mind. “We would probably have a mutiny if I tried to take anyone out of the game,” Bielema said. “This is a chance to play the team that’s No. 1 in our division. I want to win in the worst way because Ohio State has set the standard for winning in this league.” Although the goal is to beat the Buckeyes, the Wisconsin coach said his team doesn’t need to win the division outright to legitimize their inevitable spot in the conference championship game. “We’re going to play the schedule that’s laid out,” Bielema said. “All we do is play the schedule that’s in front of us and live with the results.” read more

Buckeye seniors Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr earn 100th career win

Junior center Amir Williams led the Buckeyes with a career-high 18 points while Craft and Smith Jr. added 16 and 10 respectively.Matta said having Williams produce at a high level regularly has been a plus for the Buckeyes this season.“He was lacking a little energy on the defensive end to start the game and I thought he really elevated after that and guys did a nice job of finding him, getting him the ball … we’ve got to put him in position to be successful and I think we did that where we got him the ball tonight,” Matta said.Sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle provided a spark off the bench, scoring a career-high 17 points and going 5-8 from 3-point land.No Buckeye starter had less than nine points on the night.As a team the Buckeyes shot 69.2 percent from the field and 60.9 percent from beyond the arc. Nine different Buckeyes scored and five were in double figures.Smith Jr. said a big part of the high scoring numbers was the team feeding off each other as the game went on.“I think when guys see other guys make shots it boosts everyone’s confidence,” Smith Jr. said. “It makes everybody think ‘why can’t I be the guy to make the next shot,’ and that stuff catches on fire and guys start swinging the ball and getting wide open shots and coach has been on us to make your open shots.”Next up the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Maryland (5-2, 0-0) at the Schottenstein Center as part of the annual ACC-Big Ten Challenge Wednesday at 7 p.m. Junior center Amir Williams (23) dunks the ball. OSU won against North Florida, 99-64, Nov. 29 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editor One hundred wins. Nineteen losses.That is the record of senior guards Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. as members of the Ohio State men’s basketball team. The seniors clinched their 100th career victory Friday night with a 99-64 win against North Florida (4-4, 0-0).“I don’t know if I’ve ever been prouder, today is their 100th win at Ohio State,” coach Thad Matta said after the game. “They’re the second fastest in college basketball to get there, Kansas got there in 116 and they got there in 119 … it’s amazing and I’ve never been prouder of two guys.”No. 7 OSU (6-0, 0-0) used a balanced scoring attack and a hot shooting night to secure their sixth victory of the season.The Buckeye starting five hit their first 13 shots, with team shooting 19-27 overall in the first half, and scored 19 straight points after falling behind 6-5 to build a comfortable lead.“We just really wanted to come out and make the most of this opportunity. We wanted to find a way to put 40 minutes together, something that we hadn’t really done this year … we just came in and wanted to get out to a fast start,” Craft said.After struggling over his last three games, only managing two made baskets in 20 attempts, junior forward LaQuinton Ross turned things around against North Florida.Ross hit his first four shots of the game and finished the day with 14 points on 6 of 9 shooting, including a career-high four 3-pointers.Craft said that Ross’ improvement was partially because of his effort in the practices leading up to the game.“LaQuinton’s a competitor, he’s the first one to tell himself he hasn’t been playing great and we didn’t have to really get on him. He took that on himself to come out in practice and do whatever he needed to do, just really try to find that role and he did that,” Craft said after the game. “He came into practice and had a couple great ones, and usually when we have guys practice well it carries over really well to the game and we saw that today.”OSU led 48-29 at halftime, and used a 14-2 run at the start of the second half to put the game away for good.North Florida struggled against the Buckeye defense, shooting 20 of 52 for 38.5 percent and turning the ball over 18 times. read more

Ohio State womens volleyball sweeps threegame DC Koehl Classic

Then-sophomore middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe (10) celebrates during a game against Penn State on Oct. 31, 2014. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team began its 2015 home schedule on Labor Day weekend with a trio of wins to take first place in the 10th annual Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic at St. John Arena.OSU (5-1) topped Northern Iowa (3-3) and Florida State (3-3) in a doubleheader on Saturday before beating the Seminoles for a second time on Sunday.A proficient .387 attack percentage helped OSU capture its second win of the weekend over No. 14 Florida State in four sets (25-19, 18-25, 25-13, 25-21).Middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe led her team with 19 points, by way of 15 kills, five blocks (one solo) and an ace. After being named to her second consecutive all-tournament team, the junior said her confidence is high; both in herself and in her team. “(We’re) ready to show what we’ve got and I’m really looking forward to these upcoming weekends,” Sandbothe said. “I think people should look out for the Buckeyes.”Senior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell, who now is in her second season with OSU after transferring from Duke, led the team with 16 kills and also blocked four shots.Both OSU setters were used heavily, as freshman Taylor Hughes assisted on 24 Buckeye points and senior Emily Ruetter added 21 helpers.In the second game of the tournament, OSU won a back-and-forth match against No. 14 Florida State in five sets (21-25, 25-19, 20-25, 25-19, 15-11).The story of the game for both teams was defense. OSU held the Seminoles to a .102 attack percentage and tallied 14 blocks. The Buckeyes were held to a .110 attack percentage and had 15.5 shots blocked.A big reason for the defensive success of OSU was libero Valeria León, who had 32 digs, the fourth-highest single-game total in school history and a personal best for the junior from Puerto Rico.“It’s easy when my teammates around me are doing their jobs,” León said. “So I just do whatever I can to win the games. Our team is doing a really good job and I’m just trying to do my part.”Sandbothe came up big for the Buckeyes’ defense as well, with seven blocks (three solo). She added 17 kills and two aces to lead the Buckeyes with 24 points.Campbell and Hughes contributed to the win with double-doubles.Campbell, who also broke the 20-point mark, had 20 kills and 11 digs to go along with three blocks (one solo).Hughes had 42 assists and 13 digs, providing the OSU offense with a spark after entering the game in the middle of the first set with her team struggling. The freshman also added four kills, four blocks and two aces.Before handling Florida State twice, OSU swept its first match of the weekend against Northern Illinois (25-21, 25-18, 25-14) and never trailed in the first or third set.The Buckeyes did trail for most of the second frame but mounted an impressive comeback. With Northern Illinois up 17-14, OSU went on an 11-1 run to take the set.Senior outside hitter Katie Mitchell helped to lead the Buckeyes, racking up 13 kills at a .250 attack percentage. Sandbothe had an efficient showing with 10 kills on a .625 attack percentage and three blocks.In her first game in St. John Arena, the Texas Tech transfer Ruetter had 30 assists, seven digs and four blocks.Sandbothe was named the tournament MVP thanks to her team-leading 55 points on 42 kills, 16 blocks and three aces. Campbell (45 kills, 25 digs) and León (58 digs) were also named to the all-tournament team.Sandbothe said she was proud of her team’s performance, but feels they have even more to show moving forward.“I think that we had a lot to prove today and we think we have a lot to still prove, but I was really proud of the way we came out and the heart we had and showed,” she said. “And winning MVP, having the greatest teammates, the greatest support staff, is really, really special.”OSU is set to head back out on the road next weekend as they take part in the Blackbird Invitational in Brooklyn, New York. The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on host LIU Brooklyn at 7 p.m. on Friday, followed by matches against Syracuse at 10 a.m. and Arizona at 5 p.m., on Saturday. read more

Tuchel not yet concerned over Liverpool as he looks forward to

first_imgParis Saint-German will be facing another Ligue 1 side on Friday and their coach Thomas Tuchel would not open up about playing Liverpool in their opening game in the Champions League while the media confronted him with the matter.PSG may be recording their five straight win in the opening of Ligue 1 this season but the inquisitive media would jump beyond that to bring up the matter of the club going over to England on Tuesday to open their Champions League run against Liverpool.But this curiosity of the media never caught the club manager’s fancy as he wasn’t going to engage the matter yet.Opinion: Neymar needs to apologize to PSG’s supporters Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After such a dramatic summer during the transfer window, Neymar truly needs to apologize to all the PSG supporters this weekend.When Neymar finished last…“This is not the subject,” he said, according to Mail Online.“Today is about Saint Etienne and everyone in the club should be aware that it’s important.”“I did not know nobody had ever done it. We want to win, it’s clear, but I expect a tough match against a disciplined opponent, for which I have a lot of respect.”last_img read more

Xavi 99 chance this will be my last season

first_imgBarcelona legend Xavi Hernandez revealed that he will likely retire in the next few months as he approaches his 39th birthdayThe Spanish playmaker will reach the milestone in January and has recently been taking courses to obtain his UEFA’s Pro Licence for coaching.Xavi’s announcement comes as somewhat of a surprise given that he had signed a contract extension with current club Al Sadd until June 2020.However, Xavi is yet to make a formal announcement on his final plans.“This is 99 per cent my last season because, at nearly 39, it’s normal to be tired and need a change of course,” Xavi told Corriere dello Sport.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“It’s not yet the time for announcements or goodbyes, but I’ve thought clearly on what I will do.”The former Spain international joined the Doha-based club in 2015 and has since won three trophies at Qatar.Throughout his entire club career, Xavi has managed 102 goals and 206 assists in 836 games across all competitions for either Barcelona or Al Sadd to date.Xavi also won the World Cup in 2010 and the European Championship twice with Spain.last_img read more

Sensex spurts on Economic Surveys optimistic projection for FY17

first_imgIndian stock markets, which had trimmed the morning session gains during the afternoon trade on Friday, were up almost one percent after the government tabled the Economic Survey 2015-2016, projecting a GDP growth rate for 2016-2017 in the range of 7 to 7.75 percent. The S&P BSE Sensex was trading at 23,203, with a gain of 226 points, or 0.99 percent, at around 1.45 p.m.The biggest Sensex gainer was India’s largest lender State Bank of India, which was trading at Rs 155, up 4.11 percent; state-owned miner Coal India, Larsen & Toubro, NTPC, BHEL and Axis Bank were also trading with a gain of 2 to 3.40 percent.On the NSE, the 50-scrip Nifty was trading with a similar gain of about one percent at 7,040, after slipping below the psychological mark of 7,000 during the afternoon trade. Most of the sectoral indices were up, except for auto. The rupee, which opened lower at 68.73 and plunged to 68.79 to the US dollar, recovered and was trading at about 68.71, though not far away from its all-time low of 68.85 hit in August 2013.”The intra-day range is seen between 68.60-68.85 levels,” IFA Global said in its note on Friday.The yield on the Indian 10-year benchmark 7.72% maturing 2025 had risen to to 8.07% on account of system-wide liquidity shortfall, but eased later after the survey was tabled in Parliament.On Friday, the government’s Economic Survey 2015-2016 forecast the economy to grow between 7 and 7.75 percent in FY2017, almost flat from the advance estimate of 7.6 percent for the current year released last month.last_img read more

Game of Thrones season 8 episode 6 Arya Stark to finally become

first_imgGame of Thrones season 8 episode 4Game of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)Game of Thrones season 8 episode 6 will feature Arya Stark attempting to kill the Mad Queen Daenerys Targaryen.Spoilers for recently released Game of Thrones episode:In Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3 “The Long Night,” we saw Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) finally coming on terms with her destiny and killing the Night King and his entire army of White Walkers. It was a shocking moment for all the viewers as we always thought that it would be Jon Snow / Aegon Targaryen (Kit Harington), who will use his Valyrian steel sword to kill the Night King.After killing Night King, we all knew that Arya will now head to the South to kill Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) and finally avenge her father’s death. But as it turned out, Cersei and Jaime Lannister died after getting buried under the pile of rubble. Facebook / Game of ThronesThat being said, Arya Stark has literally been training to become the faceless man all her life. After learning from Brienne and The Hound, she mastered her swordsmanship but she has not used her powers of becoming a faceless man ever since she ended Walder Frey’s entire friends and family. Fans speculated that Arya will use the face of Littlefinger to kill Cersei but that did not happen.In the last and final episode of Game of Thrones season 8, Arya Stark will try her best to kill Daenerys Targaryen. She might need Jon Snow’s help in doing so as the Mad Queen will now be surrounded by her entire Dothraki and Unsullied army. Arya might wear the mask of someone Daenerys knew in the past but the chances of doing that are pretty slim.If Arya Stark does not use her skills of becoming the faceless man, then it would be a total waste of her extraordinary skills as well as it won’t make any sense to not use that in your final battle.In the upcoming final episode of Game of Thrones, we are hoping to finally get the answers to these questions about Arya Stark and how she is going to use the face of someone Daenerys will recognize. Game of Thrones season 8 episode 6 is going to air on Monday morning at 6:30 on Hotstar in India.last_img read more

Ericsson India files insolvency case against Reliance Communications

first_imgA worker cleans a mobile store of Reliance Communications Ltd, controlled by billionaire Anil Ambani, in Kolkata, India, September 10, 2016.Reuters fileEricsson’s Indian subsidiary has filed insolvency petitions against Reliance Communications and two of its companies to recover unpaid dues, the Indian mobile operator said in a stock exchange filing on Wednesday.The Swedish telecoms equipment maker, which signed a seven-year deal in 2014 to operate and manage Reliance Communications’ nationwide network, is seeking a total of $180 million from the three companies, the filing said.Reliance Communications said it planned to challenge the insolvency petitions. The filing said the Ericsson case would go before the National Company Law Tribunal, the designated court for bankruptcy cases in India, on September 26.”Ericsson has done this as a last resort in order to resolve an issue regarding debt that Reliance owes to Ericsson for services provided under a contract. As the legal process is ongoing, we don’t have any further comments at this point,” the Swedish company said.The petitions come as the Indian phone company controlled by billionaire Anil Ambani races against time to seal deals to sell a stake in its tower assets to Canada’s Brookfield and to merge its mobile services business with rival Aircel.Reliance Communications reported its third quarterly loss in a row last month and is trying to find ways to cut its debt after creditors gave it a reprieve on loan repayments until the end of 2017.The Brookfield and Aircel deals are expected to reduce its debt burden by 250 billion rupees. Ambani said at the time of the loan reprieve that he expected to complete the deals by September.The company’s losses are, in part, a result of competition from free voice and cut-price data plans offered by Reliance Jio Infocomm, the telecom start-up backed by Ambani’s elder brother and India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani.Ericsson is aiming to recover Rs 4.91 billion from Reliance Communications, Rs 5.35 billion from Reliance Infratel and Rs 1.29 billion from Reliance Telecom, the filing said.Reliance Communications shares closed 4 percent lower on Wednesday before the filing was released, after local media reports said Ericsson had filed an insolvency plea.India last year revamped its bankruptcy laws to help cut a record $150 billion in impaired bank loans. The rules allow financial as well as business creditors to trigger bankruptcy proceedings against a company which has defaulted on payments.last_img read more

Drug peddler stabs Narayanganj police officer

first_imgA police officer was stabbed by a drug peddler during an anti-drug operation at Dorisonakanda area in Narayanganj port on Wednesday noon.The police officer Ilias Shah is a sub-inspector of Narayanganj port police station.Being tipped-off, a police team led by SI Shah, arrested a warranted drug peddler Rabiul Islam, son of Tukku Mia, who is influential in the community. Tukku tried to get his son released from the police and during a back-and-forth stabbed the sub-inspector on his chest, leaving him critically injured, said AKM Shahin Mondol, officer-in-charge of Narayanganj port police station.But the other police personnel accompanying them were able to arrest the father Tukku Mia and his son Rabiul Islam from the operation, the officer added.Later, the injured sub inspector rushed to local health complex and from where he transferred to Dhaka Medical College Hospital as the condition deteriorated, said Dr Mahabub Alam, medical officer of port upazila health complex.last_img read more