UAAP Starting 5: Week 3

first_imgMOST READ Reigning MVP Ben Mbala returned like he never left and University of the Philippines showed it’s a force to reckon with after taking down defending champion De La Salle in a game that saw the Fighting Maroons hit a record-setting 16 3-pointers.READ: UAAP Starting 5: Weeks 1 and 2FEATURED 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 shutoutCenter: Ben Mbala (La Salle Green Archers) Ben Mbala. Photo By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter representing Cameroon in the 2017 Fiba Afrobasket, the MVP returned in style. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Read Next View comments E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Jun Manzo. Photo By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDesiderio wasn’t the lone Maroon, who posed problems for the Green Archers. After Desiderio lit up in the third quarter, Jun Manzo took his turn to finish La Salle off.Manzo had nine of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, scoring late buckets that kept the Green Archers down for the count. Honorable mentions:Ron Dennison (Far Eastern University)Ron Dennison. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThere’s a dilemma concerning Ron Dennison. As good as he is for FEU, he plays the same position as Ravena and that’s a tough competition to win considering that Ateneo has also remained undefeated. Still, Dennison is on a class of his own and his 15 points plus his defensive leadership against UST puts him on this seven-man list.Papi Sarr (Adamson Falcons) Papi Sarr. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPapi Sarr was decent in his first game in Season 80 as he put up 10 points and four rebounds in Adamson’s 88-81 win over UST, but it was in his past two games the 6-foot-8 big man showed his quality. The Adamson center, who is still trying to regain top form after suffering a groin injury before the season started, averaged 15.5 points and 14.5 rebounds against La Salle and National University. center_img BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters 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 Mbala averaged 33 points and 11 rebounds and although La Salle split its first two games with the menacing big man back, there was no better center in the league than him.Forward: Arvin Tolentino (Far Eastern University)Arvin Tolentino. Photo By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRebounding and defense isn’t exactly Arvin Tolentino’s strong suit, yet he delivered when Far Eastern University needed a presence in the middle.Prince Orizu played on and off for the Tamaraws against University of Santo Tomas due to illness and Tolentino took it upon himself to provide the muscle. Tolentino put up season-highs in scoring and rebounding to lead the Tamaraws over the Growling Tigers with 15 points and 10 boards.ADVERTISEMENT In the three games prior to FEU’s match against UST, Tolentino only averaged exactly five boards a game and 9.6 points.Forward: Thirdy Ravena (Ateneo Blue Eagles)Thirdy Ravena. Photo By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo had just one game the past week, but boy did Thirdy Ravena make it worth watching.Ateneo currently owns the best record in the league with a 4-0 slate and it’s largely because of Ravena’s strong play.The senior wingman led the Blue Eagles in their 83-65 rout of University of the East with 21 points, on an efficient 7-of-12 shooting, while grabbing eight rebounds.Guard: Paul Desiderio (UP Fighting Maroons)Paul Desiderio. Photo By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe legend of Paul Desiderio continues to grow.Desiderio was hell-bent on toppling the Green Archers and he did that by pouring in a career performance that made him Diliman’s most beloved person in a jersey.The senior guard unleashed 16 third-quarter points to post a career-high 30 and all the while keeping a straight face as La Salle searched for a way to stop him. Guard: Jun Manzo (UP Fighting Maroons) Corey Kluber gets 18th win as Indians beat Mariners Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It had been quite a whirlwind week in the UAAP.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

London Olympics: Parupalli Kashyap was smart and clever

first_imgThe beauty of this format is that it always gives underdogs a chance. It is like One-day cricket where a team dominating in the beginning holds the advantage. Similarly, in this format of badminton, a lead by few points at the start puts the opposition under real pressure.This is why you see so many upsets these days, unlike in the past when a player had to win service and then score points. Here, a top-rung player cannot breathe easy. If he is pushed behind at the start, he can be shaky and it opens up the game for an underdog.All said and done, gameplan and proper execution are central to an unfancied player’s chances over his rival. The way Parupalli Kashyap played against higherranked Tien Minh Nguyen, it was clear that he has done his homework well. I had said in my earlier column that Kashyap needs to plan his game against Tien Minh, vary his pace, mix his variety of strokes and patiently wait for the defensive Vietnamese to crack.Kashyap did exactly that. He was smart and clever and played a tactical game. Tien Minh is a very defensive player. He likes to retrieve against a faster player. He would return each and every shuttle and wait for the opponent to commit mistakes.Kashyap kept the shuttle low and was not giving enough space to Tien Minh. In the long rallies, he would increase the pace, slow it down and then hit straight that caught his opponent totally off guard.advertisementThe shuttles being used are extremely slow and this should suit the game of someone like Tien Minh. But once Kashyap got off to a good start he played freely, and without any pressure.Now, Kashyap has a god chance of moving into the quarter-finals. He will meet Sri Lankan Niluka Karunaratne in the pre-quarters, whom he beat earlier this year.Karunaratne has often come to train at our academy in Bangalore. He is a physically strong and attacking player. He would be high on confidence after knocking down eighth seed Japanese Kenichi Tago to top Group C. But Kashyap would fancy his chances.Lang Ville of Finland stretched world No.2 Lee Chong to three games in the group stage. If Indonesian Simon Santoso upsets Chong Wei in the prequarters, Kashyap will face the former.Coming to the women’s doubles match of Jwala and Ashwini, it was pleasing to see that the two have started to get their act together.Ashwini was at her attacking best and did a lot of hard work. The Chinese Taipei pair tried to put Jwala under pressure, but she stood up to the challenge. The Indians should be confident when they take on Singapore’s Shinta Mulia Sari and Lei Yao next.(The writer is a two-time national champion and former India coach)last_img read more

Robert Bolick explodes for 26 in debut, leads NorthPort to rout of Blackwater

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Robert Bolick explodes for 26 points in his first PBA game. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRobert Bolick made quite a good first impression in his PBA debut after leading NorthPort’s rout of Blackwater, 117-91, in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Bolick, the second overall pick in last month’s draft, wasted no time in announcing his arrival in the pros, scoring 10 of his game-high 26 points in the first six minutes of the game.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “He (Bolick) really complements the team,” said NorthPort head coach Pido Jarencio in Filipino.“He’s made for the PBA. He’s a winner and coachable, he listens,” Jarencio added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe former San Beda ace hardly missed as he hit 10 of his 12 attempts from the field.Paolo Taha added a career-high 21 points while Sean Anthony and Stanley Pringle, who is coming off his best PBA season where he finished second in the MVP race behind five-time winner June Mar Fajardo, had 19 and 16 points, respectively. Stop being a Christian for a while, Buboy tells Manny Pacquiao Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES “We want to surpass out performance in each of the three conferences this season,” said Jarencio, whose squad wound up second to the last in the standings last conference with a 2-9 mark.Another rookie in Abu Tratter, who was the seventh pick by NLEX before being traded to Blackwater along with Paul Desiderio in exchange for talented big man Poy Erram in the offseason, showed out with team-highs 18 points and nine rebounds.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View commentslast_img read more

Mel Kiper Has Mason Rudolph As a Top 10 QB For 2017 Draft

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. I should qualify this post by saying I don’t believe Mason Rudolph will go to the NFL after this season. Head coach Mike Gundy doesn’t believe he should, either. He’s probably right.But ESPN draft messiah Mel Kiper Jr. has Rudolph as his No. 10 QB for the 2017 Draft right now. Every single QB he has listed is either a sophomore or a junior. Here is the full list.*Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina*Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech*Deshaun Watson, Clemson**DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame*Brad Kaaya, Miami (Fla.)*Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma*Luke Falk, Washington State**Wilton Speight, Michigan**Clayton Thorson, Northwestern*Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma StateOne asterisk denotes a junior, and two asterisks denote a redshirt sophomore for the 2016 season.At this time last year, Kiper had some guy by the name of Dak Prescott as his No. 10 QB (gulp) so I don’t want to completely dismiss these rankings, but it’s encouraging to me that Kiper has Baker Mayfield ahead of Rudolph. Why? Well, Baker Mayfield ain’t going to the NFL after this year which tells me Mason Rudolph probably isn’t either.“We haven’t had very many players here I felt like were ready to enter that level of football as juniors,” said Gundy. “That’s including Weeden and Blackmon and Russell Okung. Even though they were great players, I didn’t feel like they were ready for what that level can put out there or put in front of those guys. That’s my opinion.”Here is the thing about Rudolph (and Washington) — they are true juniors. They didn’t get that redshirt freshman year to develop, enjoy college etc. That works in your favor if you’re Oklahoma State or a fan of Oklahoma State football. Still, it’s pretty cool that Rudolph is getting love from Kiper, Todd McShay and others.Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph makes some ridiculously accurate throws outside the numbers along the sideline @Zac_Robinson5#BigTimeThrow pic.twitter.com/Nw0ZKoUwTS— Steve Palazzolo (@PFF_Steve) November 12, 2016His time in the NFL will come. I just hope it’s in 2018 and not 2017.last_img read more

Bleacher Report Tabs Mason Rudolph As Potential No. 1 NFL Draft Pick in 2018

first_imgOptimism for 2017 began last December, before the Cowboys trounced Pac-12 darling Colorado in last year’s Alamo Bowl. And when Mason Rudolph and James Washington announced their intentions to return for their senior seasons, Oklahoma State was automatically a Big 12 contender.The buzz surrounding the duo — and the program — has only gotten louder. The NFL Draft they both decided to sit out of, became a QB-picking frenzy. Several signal callers shot up team’s boards and were picked higher than expected including Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes. No. 2 pick Mitch Trubisky had comparable stats to Rudolph in his one year at the helm of North Carolina. Who knows where the South Carolina native would have been picked?AdChoices广告For Rudolph, that may be a moot point anyway.“If I’d have gotten a first-round grade, I would have stayed,” said Rudolph during Big 12 Media Days. Even with a first-round grade? “I think so. I don’t know if I was ready at that point.”If he was not ready this summer, another year should do the trick. At least, that’s the thinking at Bleacher Report, who named Rudolph one of 13 upcoming juniors and seniors tabbed as being the potential No. 1 NFL Draft pick. The group is ranked only by alphabetic order. Here’s what they had to say about Rudolph:Mason Rudolph, who could’ve garnered first-round attention in 2017, has consistently improved at Oklahoma State.After a successful 2015 campaign despite ceding short-yardage work to J.W. Walsh, Rudolph efficiently torched defenses last season. He posted a 63.4 completion percentage with 28 touchdowns and only four interceptions and chipped in six scores on the ground.The 6’5″, 230-pound Rudolph seemingly checks all the scouting boxes (height, velocity, touch, progressions), so another productive year should push the gunslinger closer to the top of draft boards. [Bleacher Report]No. 1 would be something. He would be only the second Cowboy to go with first-overall pick. Bob Fenimore was No. 1 exactly 70 years ago. OSU has had just eight top-10 picks in school history.But Rudolph is not worried about making that type of history, at least not yet. His mind is on another second: Winning his school’s second Big 12 title.“It would mean a lot,” he said “I think with our school, Oklahoma State, only being there one time, it would mean a lot. Our team would go down in history. It would be something to always come back for and remember.”“I want to leave a legacy here at Oklahoma State,” Rudolph said. “I want to be able to enjoy my senior season and then attack the NFL whenever that comes my way.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

100 Days of Summer: Get to Know No. 1 Jalen McCleskey

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. We’re counting down hours not days to the kickoff of the 2017 football season. No. 1 on our countdown is Jalen McCleskey, one of the leading returning pass catchers in the Big 12 and one opposing defenses can’t overlook.How he got to OSUThe three-star prospect from St. Paul’s (Covington, Louisiana) was looked over by most schools because of size. At 5-foot-10 and 165 pounds, McCleskey wasn’t exactly an imposing figure. But the son of former NFL defensive back J.J. McCleskey, had the speed (4.40 40-yard time) and the work ethic to be a playmaker at the next level.Luckily for all involved, Mike Gundy has a knack for mining diamond-in-the-rough wideouts and not only extended McCleskey his only Power 5 offer, but trusted the speedster to play immediately as a true freshman both on offense and as a punt returner from Day 1.AdChoices广告What he’s done in StillwaterSince his arrival in 2015, McCleskey has shown both that speed and work effort mentioned earlier, plus another attribute that Mike Gundy didn’t necessarily predict. He’s got stick’em gloves. As a true freshman — in an albeit smaller sample size — McCleskey caught 29 catches on 32 targets. That’s a ridiculous 90.6 percent catch rate.In 2016, as the Cowboys’ leader in caught passes (73), he hauled in 75.3 percent of his 97 targets. Those are Justin Blackmon numbers from an efficiency standpoint. McCleskey’s also worked on his body during his time in Stillwater. He’s never going to be Blackmon or Dez type physically but tell that to the side-shuffling line judge or the scoreboard.Role in 2017McCleskey enters his junior season as the undisputed starter at the slot position. He’s one of a half dozen or so playmakers who could go off at any time. But even with that depth and talent OSU boasts at receiver, McCleskey could be up for more targets in 2017.With the departure of Blake Jarwin and Zac Veatch, who combined for 36 targets in 2016, we expect the role of the Cowboy Back to decrease, at least slightly, in favor of 10 personnel (one RB, four WRs) or even 00 personnel (five-wide) looks. With a need to keep defenses honest in the middle of the field, guys like McCleskey and Dillon Stoner become invaluable weapons.Noteworthy stats and highlightsMcCleskey grabbed a career-high 11 catches twice in 2016. He recorded three 100-plus yard games last year, as well, including four catches for 109 yards and two scores against Texas. He also returns as the Cowboys’ featured punt returner and has one return touchdown against Texas Tech in 2015.And he can even catch a deep ball or two if need be. He showed that here in his (and Mason Rudolph’s) first game inside Boone Pickens Stadium in 2015.Advanced wide receiver stats come courtesy of Bill Connelly and Football Study Hall.last_img read more

Grading the Game: J.D. King Earns High Marks Against Tulsa

first_imgOSU is 1-0 to start their season after a 59-24 win over in-state foe Tulsa.After a LOT of people (Looking at you Herbie!) said Tulsa might give OSU a scare, and called this a “trap” game, the Cowboys easily dominated the Golden Hurricane. Don’t talk to me about the halftime score, this game was over after the first quarter.With that said, let’s throw out some grades for OSU’s season opener.Offense: A+Good God. This is what I’ve been waiting for, for two seasons. An OSU team that came out of the gate in game one looking like world beaters. Everyone from Rudolph, to the receivers, to the offensive line, to the running backs, looked like world beaters.AdChoices广告Don’t tell me it was Tulsa. For all the people saying it would be a game, I don’t want to hear “oh it’s just Tulsa, no big deal” now. No, Tulsa’s defense never had the talent or experience to really slow OSU’s offense down. But it’s one thing to rave about what OSU has on paper and another to see it in action.I had a whole post planned around why this team was nothing like that 2011 team based on last year compared to 2010, but the offensive performance we saw on Thursday made me chuck it.Seriously, two of Oklahoma State’s first half touchdowns took two plays. TWO PLAYS. They scored another with just one play.It’s early and OSU is going to face significantly better defenses. But as far as test number one goes, they passed it with flying colors.Defense: BThe biggest question heading into the season was the defense. Could they slow down anyone enough to allow the Rudolph and Co. to outscore everyone? They did their job.The defense was fast. That secondary especially was all over the field. They only allowed 10 points in the first half, and three of those were directly after a turnover.There were moments when the corners showed their youth, and they got away with it because Tulsa’s wide receivers aren’t great. But they passed test one. There’s room for growth but AJ Green looked good. Ramon Richards showed why he was moved to safety. The linebackers looked good. Kenneth Edison-McGruder was great.The defensive line was okay. They didn’t do a great job of putting pressure on either of Tulsa’s quarterbacks. But they were matched up against an experienced offensive line that might be one of the five best they see this year.Uniforms: A-I really like the helmet. The orange face mask looks great on a white helmet, and the fullbodied Pistol Pete feels like a bit of a throwback, even though he’s never appeared on a helmet like that (according to uniform guru CJ Knox). Also, that stripe pattern is the best thing about this whole combination.I always like the White-Orange-White look. It’s clean.I do have one complaint. It’s weird to me to have classic pete on the helmet, while you have phantom pete on the leg. I love both on their own, but they don’t coexist well. It’s a small thing, but once I saw it, I couldn’t un-see it.Opponent: CDid anyone really expect Tulsa to score less than 20 points, because that’s what happened.Tulsa looked better after they realized that Chad President (awesome name) was the better option for them at quarterback, but they were never in that game.In truth, they were what I thought they were. A well coached team that was replacing a lot of important pieces. Once they figured out who their quarterback was, which most people seemed to figure out a while go (shout out to Kelly Hines) their offense looked better. Chad President should be their best option moving forward, and that team will get better, but personnel turnover has definitely taken its toll.Fans: AIt was a paid sell-out crowd. Whether everyone showed up or not, it was a sell-out. For a Thursday night game against Tulsa. Bravo Fans.Mason Rudolph: A-He started the game 9/10 and the only miss was a pass Chris Lacy couldn’t hold on to.He finished 20/24 for 303 yards and three passing touchdowns, and he ran another TD in.Rudolph was stellar. He threw some absolutely beautiful passes and put a real zip on the ball. Yes, he had that REALLY bad decision at the end of the first half where he lost the ball, and there were a couple of bad throws, but nobody is perfect.I mean, he nearly was last night.JD King: AThe true freshman was named the back up to Justice Hill, and despite all the great things the coaches said before the season, he was still a guy that had never played a down.He didn’t disappoint.On his second carry, he broke a 71-yard touchdown. King looks like a perfect compliment to Hill, and exactly what we’d been hearing about for the past few weeks.His is going to be a fun career to follow for the next (hopefully) four years. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Atalanta charged over alleged racist Batshuayi chants

first_imgUEFA Europa League Batshuayi racism: Atalanta charged over alleged chanting in Europa League Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 23:40 26/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Michy Batshuayi Borussia Dortmund Getty Images UEFA Europa League Atalanta Atalanta v Borussia Dortmund Borussia Dortmund Michy Batshuayi European football’s governing body has followed up claims from the Belgium international striker that he was subject to abuse UEFA has charged Atalanta with racist behaviour after the club’s supporters allegedly directed “monkey chants” towards Borussia Dortmund striker Michy Batshuayi in their Europa League tie.Marcel Schmelzer’s late goal in last Thursday’s 1-1 second-leg draw earned Dortmund a 4-3 aggregate victory, but the result was overshadowed Batshuayi’s accusations of racism against Atalanta fans.On-loan Chelsea striker Batshuayi tweeted after the game: “2018 and still racists monkey noises in the stands…really?! Hope you have fun watching the rest of the Europa League on TV while we are through. #SayNoToRacism #GoWatchBlackPanther”. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp When asked by Sky Sport Italia about the claims, Atalanta president Antonio Percassi said he had not heard anything.”I’ll be honest, I didn’t hear them,” he said. “If they did happen, then I am very sad and absolutely apologise to Batshuayi. This should never happen.”Atalanta and Dortmund have both also been charged over supporters setting off fireworks and throwing objects during Thursday’s tie, with UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body set to deal with the cases on March 22.The Serie A club were fined €40,000 in 2014 after bananas were thrown at AC Milan players during a league gamelast_img read more

Simeone: Adding Costa has helped Griezmann

first_imgAtlético Madrid Simeone: Adding Costa has improved Griezmann’s form Jamie Smith 09:58 1/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Atletico Madrid players celebrate Getty Images Atlético Madrid Antoine Griezmann Leganés Atlético Madrid v Leganés Primera División The French forward struck four goals in a brilliant performance against Leganes, and his manager thinks his strike partner has helped his form Diego Simeone believes the January introduction of Diego Costa into the Atletico Madrid first team has helped Antoine Griezmann move to the next level with an extraordinary period of goalscoring form.Griezmann struck all four goals in a 4-0 defeat of Leganes in La Liga on Wednesday, following up his treble in a 5-2 win at Sevilla four days earlier.The France international brought up 100 Atletico goals in all competitions with his first of the game before going on to reach 15 La Liga strikes for the term, with only three players more prolific this season – Iago Aspas, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp With 13 goals in all competitions since Costa’s return from Chelsea, Griezmann’s strikes have helped Atleti cut Barca’s lead at the top of La Liga to four points ahead of Sunday’s showdown between the top two at Camp Nou, although Ernesto Valverde’s men first face Las Palmas on Thursday.And although Griezmann’s stunning goalscoring shone in a comfortable win over Leganes to warm up for Barca, Simeone was keen to hail Atletico’s collective efforts.”The season until December had been very good for the team,” Simeone told a post-match news conference. “Costa’s presence not only improved Griezmann’s moment, but that of the team. For his tenacity, courage and what he transmits to the team.”The team is in a good moment, and from humility we go match by match as always. “The moment is good for the team, we need to focus on continuing to improve as a team. The team was more forceful than in Sevilla at the end of the game [where Atleti conceded two late goals] – that speaks of an improvement.”Now to prepare the Barcelona match in the best way, against a rival who has never lost. It’s a nice challenge.”We score as a team, we celebrate as a team!Atlético fans, we’re a family! #AtletiLeganés #AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/DNeTipBMwV— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) February 28, 2018Griezmann’s relationship with Atleti supporters has occasionally been sticky, with the striker criticised for ‘shushing’ fans during a 1-0 win over Valencia at the start of February.”People are passionate, they are behind what they perceive,” Simeone said. “They want to win, and if they see players who give everything, run, work and score they will always be applauded. It happens at Atletico and in all the teams of the world.”[Griezmann] had other seasons playing at this level. He is an extraordinary player, he has shown it more times, and the team is accompanying him to perform at this level. The passes of Koke, Filipe [Luis] and Costa were fantastic.”last_img read more

Top Five Oklahoma State Storylines from the NFL’s Week 8

first_imgIt was an eventful week for several former Cowboys in the NFL, let’s take a look at the top five storylines for Pokes in the pros.1. Rudolph Rebounds After Rough StartMason Rudolph returned from a three-week absence following his concussion and Pittsburgh’s bye week, but showed a little bit of rust on Monday night.  Rudolph was actually a reviewed reversal away from throwing two interceptions in his first four passes and found his Steelers down 14-0 to the winless Dolphins. But he was able to get into rhythm and dug the Steelers out of the hole throwing for a new career-mark 251 yards and two touchdowns.And he did it with the long ball.James Washington was able to haul in just one of his six targets on the night for 21 yards. But he did earn a little street cred with the coaching staff with this nasty block at the goal line.Mike Tomlin approves of Washington’s block pic.twitter.com/Xhe0P47TlA— Kyle Cox (@KyleCoxPFB) October 29, 20192. Chris Carson Runs MeanSince missing the majority of this rookie season with a leg injury, Carson has been among the most productive rushers in the NFL..@ccarson_32 and the @Seahawks running game are steady hustlinn’. #GoHawks pic.twitter.com/NwWVFILOVO— Seahawks PR (@seahawksPR) October 16, 2019Carson, who finished fifth in the NFL rushing last season, is on pace for the same finish as he currently ranks No. 5 in rushing yards at 659 through eight games.He added to that total on Sunday, as the Seahawks beat the Falcons on the road 27-20. Carson recorded 90 yards on 20 carries including a couple of violent plays from scrimmage.He had this one with a broken tackle followed by a truck-stick.Wouldn’t be surprised if Chris Carson is undefeated lifetime in the Oklahoma drill pic.twitter.com/jBFNPy2Lvl— Ian Hartitz (@Ihartitz) October 28, 2019And then this nasty trot to pay dirt.Chris Carson 1 Yard Touchdown 🔥 #Seahawks @ccarson_32 pic.twitter.com/xLzEyBxb5Z— SeahawksUnited (@SeahawksUnited_) October 27, 2019Fellow Seahawk and former Cowboy, Tre Flowers was inactive due to a neck injury.3. E-Man Adds to His Sack TotalThe former Cowboy sack leader is now the Chiefs’ sack leader.BIG-TIME sack Emmanuel Ogbah 😤#GBvsKC | #SNF(via @NFL) pic.twitter.com/kN1G7aiznb— PFF (@PFF) October 28, 2019 After his crucial third-and-goal sack of Aaron Rodgers on Sunday night, Ogbah’s sack total sits at 4.5, the most among Chiefs despite starting just two games in Kansas City. He’s just one away from his season-best mark of 5.5.Ogbah ended the night with four total tackles, a tackle of loss and that sack of Rodgers, but the Chiefs would fall to 5-3 sans their quarterback Patrick Mahomes.4. Russell Okung Makes 2019 DebutThe former OSU All-American and first-round pick made his 2019 debut on Sunday in the Chargers’ 17-16 win over the Bears. He was sidelined for the first seven weeks of the season after being diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism in June, a serious medical condition that put his football career in jeopardy.In his absence, Los Angeles started 2-5 and Philip Rivers, whose blindside Okung is in charge of protecting, was sacked 13 times.Okung returned to practice two weeks ago and was able to make his return on Sunday against the Chicago Bears. His first assignment? Lining up opposite four-time Pro Bowler Khalil Mack who he successfully staved off from his QB.It wasn’t all smoothing sailing. Okung left in the fourth quarter with a calf injury, and Rivers was subsequently sacked for the first time all day — at the hands of Mack.5. Raiders Waive Justin Phillips Following Season-Ending InjuryThe rookie linebacker saw action on special teams in four games this season with the Raiders, including four total tackles two weeks ago during the Raiders’ loss to the Packers.But after seeing a season-high 21 snaps on special teams on Sunday, an injury ended Phillip’s short tenure in the Bay area.Gruden says Justin Phillips has a knee injury and is out for the season. Raiders will look to shore up the LB spot in the next 48 hours.— Jimmy Durkin (@Jimmy_Durkin) October 28, 2019On Monday, Phillips was waived by Oakland, who signed linebacker Brandon Marshall in a corresponding move. Phillips suffered a knee injury that will reportedly will end his 2019 season.I Can’t Lie This Hurts! Only thing I can do is take this as a plan in action and build from it. I ain’t taking nun less after this. It’s Up There Next SZN! #underdog 🐾 pic.twitter.com/Eb4VPdFDj6— Justin Phillips (@Phillips_Era19) October 30, 2019 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Maradona denies racism claim

first_imgWorld Cup Maradona denies being racist towards South Korean fans Jon Fisher 21:57 6/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Diego Maradona Getty World Cup Argentina Argentina v Iceland Iceland The Argentina legend was accused of making a racist gesture following his country’s World Cup opener in Moscow but he claims he is innocent Diego Maradona has denied making a racist gesture at a group of South Korea fans following Argentina’s World Cup clash with Iceland on Saturday.The inspiration behind Argentina’s 1986 title triumph was accused of pulling at the corner of his eyes – a move widely accepted as being racist – when a group of fans waved at him after he took in his country’s 1-1 draw in Moscow.Maradona not so cool now. Some South Korea fans just shouted “Diego” and he obliged with a smile, kiss and wave. Then pulled his eyes to the side in a clearly racist gesture. All of us who saw it are stunned.— Jacqui Oatley (@JacquiOatley) June 16, 2018 But Maradona claims the incident has been blown out of proportion and he was actually showing his gratitude that fans from Asia should be supporting Argentina. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar He wrote on Facebook : “I understand better than anyone that in the World Cup people are looking for news everywhere, but I want to be clear with this: today, in the stadium, among so many demonstrations of affection from the people, I was struck by a group of people around a fan who filmed us, an Asian boy wearing an Argentina T-shirt.”I, from afar, tried to tell them how nice it seemed to me that even the Asians cheer for us. And that’s all, guys, come on.” The initial accusation of racism came from British television broadcaster, Jacqui Oatley, who tweeted: “Maradona not so cool now. Some South Korea fans just shouted “Diego” and he obliged with a smile, kiss and wave. Then [he] pulled his eyes to the side in a clearly racist gesture. All of us who saw it are stunned.”last_img read more

Giant killer Lozano revels in ‘best goal of my life’

first_imgWorld Cup Mexico hero Lozano revels in ‘best goal of my life’ after Germany giant-killing Chris Burton 02:41 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Hirving Lozano Germany Mexico World Cup 2018 170618 Getty World Cup Germany v Mexico Germany Mexico The PSV winger netted the match winner for El Tri as they stunned the reigning champions in a thrilling opening Group F encounter at World Cup 2018 Hirving Lozano admits his match winner for Mexico which downed reigning champion Germany at World Cup 2018 is “the best goal I have scored in my life”.An entertaining encounter at the Luzhniki Stadium saw both sides create chances as they sought to open their Group F campaign on a positive note.It was to be El Tri who took the spoils in a stunning giant-killing performance, with ‘Chucky’ Lozano recording the only effort of the game in the 35th minute. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar His strike sparked wild celebrations during and after the contest in Moscow – with an earthquake recorded in Mexico City – and the 22-year-old is delighted to have played the role of hero.Lozano told reporters after a memorable outing for him and his country: “We are very happy.”My teammates and I did some great work, we all ran our hearts out and this is the result of all this hard work.”I don’t know if it is the biggest victory in [Mexican] history but one of the biggest for sure. It is great to start on the right foot when you are playing against the world champions.”I would have to agree it is the best goal I have scored in my life. We all dream of playing in the World Cup.”Tears flowed at the final whistle, as the enormity of what they had just achieved dawned on the Mexico players, with few having given the CONCACAF nation much of a chance against the pre-tournament favorite.El Tri did, however, boss proceedings for long periods, with head coach Juan Carlos Osorio revealing that a tactical approach to overcome Germany was pieced together long before his side arrived in Russia.Juan Carlos Osorio Mexico 06212017He said: “We had drawn up a plan six months back but due to injuries we had to change some of our players. But we always thought of having two quick players on the wings and an offensive midfielder in Miguel Layun.“In the first half we played with intelligence defensively and caught them on the counter.“We could have scored earlier. In the first half we were the better side, in the second we knew that Germany have an outstanding team and they tried to attack more.“We prepared for their use of Mario Gomez. Yesterday we practiced defending with four midfielders and three players up front and that’s how we almost got the second goal today.“Mexico has a bright future, with Jesus Gallardo who is 23 and Hirving Lozano even younger.“We will celebrate responsibility. I’d like to dedicate this win to all the Mexican fans that made the journey out here and to everyone that supports us.”Mexico will be back in action on Saturday when Osorio’s side faces South Korea, before wrapping up the group stage efforts and looking to make it to the last-16 following a meeting with Sweden on June 27.last_img read more

Transfer latest: Man City close in on £46.5m Jorginho

first_imgTransfers Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Man City close in on £46.5m Jorginho Goal Last updated 1 year ago 17:45 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jorginho Italy 2018 Getty Images Transfers Premier League Primera División Bundesliga Ligue 1 Serie A Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond Man City close in on £46.5m JorginhoManchester City are nearing a deal to sign Napoli midfielder Jorginho for around £46.5 million (€53m/$62m), reports Sky Sports NewsThere are still details to be ironed out, but the Italy international appears set to join up with the Premier League champions. Arsenal to sign Leno and TorreiraArsenal are close to completing the signing of Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen for €22m (£19.2m/$25m), Goal understands. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar The 26-year-old Germany international will come in to alleviate Arsenal’s goalkeeping troubles, with the club open to offers for Petr Cech and David Ospina.The Gunners will also sign defensive midfielder Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria once the World Cup comes to an end.Click here to read Arsenal correspondent Chris Wheatley’s report!Barca make Pjanic contactBarcelona have made contact with Miralem Pjanic over a potential summer move, Mundo Deportivo claims.The Catalan side are looking to enhance their midfield after Antoine Griezmann’s decision to stay at Atletico Madrid altered their transfer plans.Barca have already spoken to Pjanic after another good season in Italy and the 28-year-old is open to a switch.Liverpool move closer to Pope signingLiverpool are ready to turn to Burnley’s Nick Pope to exorcise their goalkeeping demons, according to The Mirror.The Reds are targeting a new shot stopper to replace Loris Karius after his performance in the Champions League final and have been linked with several options.However, Jurgen Klopp’s team are currently doing background checks on the Burnley No.1 and could make a move in close-season as they target a cheaper option to Roma star Alisson.Barcelona keeping tabs on LozanoBarcelona are tracking Mexico star Hirving “Chucky” Lozano, reports ESPN FC.The PSV star scored the lone goal in Mexico’s shock win over Germany on Sunday, and will likely depart the Eredivisie side this summer amid interest from across Europe. The Blaugrana could struggle to land Lozano, with Philippe Coutinho, Paulinho and Yerry Mina currently occupying the club’s non-E.U. spots and Arthur Melo on his way in the winter. Hoffenheim open to €50m Kramaric approachFormer Leicester forward Andrej Kramaric could be allowed to leave Hoffenheim if a bid of €50 million (£43.9m/$57.9m) is made this summer.The striker is a reported target of both Bayern Munich and Newcastle United, who are watching the Croatian after he has impressed during his three years at Hoffenheim.Hoffenheim’s sporting director Alexander Rosen says the club rejected an offer for Kramaric in January, but did not rule out selling the player if a suitable bid is received in the summer.Read the full story right here!Everton target Martins and De LigtEverton are hoping to sign Sporting Lisbon winger Gelson Martins and Ajax defender Matthijs De Ligt, reports The Telegraph.De Ligt, 18, is one of Europe’s most sought-after defensive prospects, drawing interest from the likes of Barcelona and Manchester City. Martins, 23, is also likely to be in high demand this summer, with Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham all looking to make a move. De Jong fuels Barcelona transfer talk Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong is not ruling out a move to Barcelona. The 21-year-old is tipped for a big future, and the Blaugrana have identified him as a possible replacement for Andres Iniesta. Read what De Jong had to say about Barcelona right here!CSKA reject €17m Juve offer for GolovinCSKA Moscow have rejected Juventus’ first offer for midfielder Aleksandr Golovin, reports Gianluca Di Marzio.The Serie A champions offered €17 million (£15m/$20m) plus bonuses, but CSKA are holding out for €25m (£22m/$29m) for the Russia international star. Liverpool to demand £15m for SturridgeLiverpool will demand £15 million (€17m/$20m) for striker Daniel Sturridge, reports The Telegraph.Sevilla and Fenerbahce are both interested in signing the 28-year-old, who will likely depart Liverpool this summer after falling out of favour under Jurgen Klopp. Sturridge spent the second half of last season on loan at West Brom, but injuries limited him to just six appearances with the club. Southampton join race for WilshereSouthampton have joined the race for Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, reports the Mirror. Wilshere will be out of contract on July 1, and has yet to make a decision on his future with the Gunners. The 26-year-old has offers from a variety of clubs, including West Ham, Wolves, Sampdoria and AC Milan. Griezmann, Hernandez & Lemar agree Atleti dealsAtletico Madrid have announced deals for France internationals Antoine Griezmann, Lucas Hernandez and Thomas Lemar.Griezmann and Hernandez have inked extensions with the La Liga runners-up, signing through 2023 and 2024 respectively. Lemar has agreed personal terms with Atletico, and his move from Monaco will be confirmed following the completion of paperwork and a medical. Read the full story on Goal!Maddison set for Leicester moveIn-demand Norwich midfielder James Maddison has decided to join Leicester City, reports Sky Sports News.Several Premier League clubs were chasing the 21-year-old, and Maddison eventually decided to move to the King Power Stadium over Southampton.Both Leicester and Southampton had previously agreed a fee in the range of £22 million (€25m/$29m) for the England U-21 international.  West Ham agree £22m Diop feeWest Ham have agreed a fee of £22 million (€25m/$29m) with Toulouse to sign defender Issa Diop, reports the Daily Mail.The 21-year-old is due in London on Monday to discuss personal terms, which are no sure bet to be finalised. Diop is understood to be demanding significantly more than the Hammers are proposing in their contract offer. €25m Leno set for Arsenal switchBayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno is set to complete a €25 million (£21.9m/$29m) move to Arsenal, reports Kicker.Leno has attracted attention from across Europe this summer, with Atletico Madrid and Napoli further rumoured destinations. But he has ultimately plumped for the Emirates Stadium, where he will sign a five-year contract on Tuesday pending a medical. 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Tite: Neymar not being risked

first_imgWorld Cup Neymar not being put at risk by Brazil after injury, says Tite Dom Farrell 22:26 6/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Neymar Brazil Switzerland 2018 World Cup Getty World Cup Brazil Brazil v Costa Rica Costa Rica Neymar The Selecao boss insists the PSG star would be ready to play in his current condition, even if a crunch World Cup clash was not on the agenda Brazil have been forced to accelerate Neymar’s rehabilitation from his broken foot but head coach Tite insists he is not placing his star forward’s fitness in jeopardy at the World Cup.The Paris Saint-Germain superstar suffered a fractured metatarsal at the end of February but marked his return to action in style with sparkling goals in Brazil’s pre-tournament wins over Croatia and Austria.A 1-1 draw in the Group E opener against Switzerland was less satisfactory and, after drawing 10 fouls over the course of a sometimes-bruising encounter, Neymar limped out of training in Sochi earlier this week with a sore ankle. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar He was back with his team-mates on the practice pitch on Wednesday and took part in training at Krestovsky Stadium on the eve of Brazil’s match against Costa Rica.Asked whether it would be a problem for the 26-year-old to perform in St Petersburg on Friday, Tite replied: “No, no. He had a blow [to the ankle] but we’re still in the initial project. He was out for three-and-a-half months and has just played his first game of 90 minutes.”There is a science and we have a lot of tranquillity with that. It takes about five matches for you to be full-on and he’s already sped up the process.”There is this evolution taking place. Don’t worry.”Tite confirmed he would keep the same XI that started against Switzerland, with Gabriel Jesus leading the line, Willian on the right flank and Philippe Coutinho operating centrally as Neymar roves from his favoured left-sided position.On whether the ex-Barcelona favourite was only being selected because this is a World Cup campaign, the former Corinthians coach insisted such a level of risk was not part of the equation.”Yes, he would play [if this was not the World Cup]. It’s not a sacrifice. It’s an evolutionary process. You just speed up the steps,” Tite added.”We want to win. It’s a World Cup but the coach is not going to pay with a player’s health and be dishonest to win. That’s a price that is too high to pay.”You’re going to pay the price if you’re nervous and don’t think about the game but there is no compromise on those values on health and honesty.”last_img read more

Vaupels bill removing vignettes from ballot gains House approval

first_img Categories: Vaupel News State Rep. Hank Vaupel, of Handy Township, today praised his colleagues in the Michigan House of Representatives for approving legislation he sponsored to remove political party icons from the ballot.Vaupel said vignettes are small icons representing political parties first added to the ballot in the 1890s, but ballots have changed drastically since then.“Vignettes no longer serve as an aid to voters,” Vaupel said. “In fact, the outdated practice has had the opposite effect for some people who think circling the icon is all they have to do to cast a straight-ticket vote. If they circle the vignette without marking the bubble next to their intended party, their vote does not count, and I want to ensure that every vote counts.”Livingston County Clerk Elizabeth Hundley worked with Vaupel on the legislation and recently joined him to testify before the Elections and Ethics Committee.House Bill 4177 moves to the Senate for consideration.### 27Apr Vaupel’s bill removing vignettes from ballot gains House approvallast_img read more

Karim Tabet Providence Equity Partners Nordic inv

first_imgKarim Tabet, Providence Equity PartnersNordic investment group East Capital Explorer has struck a deal to sell its entire 63% in pan-Baltic cable operation Starman Group to Providence Equity.The agreement in principle would see East Capital Explorer sell its stake in Starman for an upfront payment of €81 million in cash with the potential of an additional earn-out of up to €5 million payable in 2017. According to the investment group, the deal represents a total enterprise value of €210 million.East Capital Explorer expects to make a gain of €35 million on exiting Starman, representing a rate of return of over 30%.The group said that since it acquired Estonia’s Starman in 2013 the cable operator’s revenues and EBITDA had grown on average by 11% a year.In February last year, East Capital Explorer made an additional investment in the operator that enabled it to acquire Lithuania’s Cgates to create a pan-Baltic cable TV and broadband provider. Cgates extended this consolidation in July by acquiring fellow Lithuanian operator Kava.“I am pleased to announce this, which will be one of the largest private equity transactions in the Baltics to date. We have strengthened investments in technology, product development and market consolidation, and worked closely together with the management team. This has enabled Starman to outgrow its competitors and transform from a national challenger into a regional leader. We are confident that Providence will enable Starman to continue to develop successfully in this exciting and fast evolving market,” said Kestutis Sasnauskas, head of private equity and real estate at East Capital.Aivo Adamson, CEO of Starman Group, said: “Starman has in recent years intensively focused on growth and expansion in our Baltic home market, supported by East Capital Explorer. We are committed to offering our clients innovative and superior telecom and entertainment solutions. We are confident that with the addition of a strong financial investor, with over 25 years of experience of telecom investments, as our new majority owner, we can continue on the path of innovation and growth in the Baltic region.”Karim Tabet, managing director at Providence, said: “The acquisition of Starman Group would represent Providence’s continued commitment to investing in infrastructure to support the delivery of high quality media and communication services in the Baltic region.”last_img read more

Studies provide new view on the mechanisms of how the brain works

first_img Source:https://www.lunduniversity.lu.se/article/new-view-on-the-mechanisms-of-how-the-brain-works Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 29 2019After a series of studies, researchers at Lund University in Sweden, together with colleagues in Italy, have shown that not only one part, but most parts of the brain can be involved in processing the signals that arise from touch. The results open the way for a new approach to how the brain’s network of neurons processes information, and thereby the mechanisms by which the brain works.The researchers conducted in-depth analyses of how touch signals are transferred and processed in neurons of various parts of the brain and the latest studies have been published in Cell Reports and Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience. The experiments were conducted on anesthetized rats.”We immediately realized that our findings deviated strongly from the accepted view that different parts of the brain are responsible for different specific functions”, says Henrik Jörntell, one of the researchers behind the study.The studies shed new light on how the brain processes signals about our experiences of the surrounding world.”According to a prevailing view of the brain, known as functional localization, the brain works like a set of switches: different parts of the brain are responsible for different functions. This theory is certainly easy to comprehend, but when we measure the activity levels in individual neurons, we get a different picture, which indicates that functions are in fact processed more globally by the whole brain”, says Henrik Jörntell.Knowledge of how the brain manages information down to the individual neuron level is important to understand how neurological diseases occur, as they often comprise a disruption in the transfer of information between neurons.The imprint of touch signals in the brainThe researchers used methods that enabled them to observe very precisely which touch signals were sent between various neurons in the brain’s network. Among other things, they generated touch signals through a finger prosthesis with synthetic skin sensitivity, a method which enabled them to send exactly the same signals in each experiment. Thanks to this new approach, the researchers were able to analyze how the touch signals were processed by individual neurons in various parts of the brain with a significantly higher resolution than was previously possible.Related StoriesWearing a hearing aid may mitigate dementia riskMercy Medical Center adds O-arm imaging system to improve spinal surgery resultsResearchers measure EEG-based brain responses for non-speech and speech sounds in children”The experiments showed that all parts of the brain we investigated were involved and processed the signals generated by touch, and that the differences in information between different neurons mean that they complement one another to create a rich picture, or perception”, says Henrik Jörntell, brain researcher at Lund University.One neuron, several functions and a single networkThe researchers’ explanatory model is that all information processing is conducted as though through a single network and that the neurons in the brain, in practice, have partially different functions from one situation to another.”Each individual neuron is involved in a large number of different functions. As it is closely tied to a very large number of other neurons, the function that one neuron has in a specific situation will be determined by what the other neurons with which it is connected are doing at the time”, says Henrik Jörntell.He thinks this could explain the previously baffling observation that minor brain injuries or loss of neurons often go unnoticed.”The brain’s network learns to solve the same tasks by creating partly new collaborative groups of neurons, which enables it to bypass damaged neural tissue with no measurable loss of function. I believe that these findings could mean a new world of promising treatment potential for many different conditions. As there is often an extensive latent brain capacity left in cases of major brain injury, one can imagine that a greater recovery could be achieved if we could teach the brain to form new collaborative groups of neurons”, says Henrik Jörntell.last_img read more

Indias diversity should not be a reason for discord says RSS chief

first_img COMMENT SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on India’s diversity must be respected, celebrated and it should not be a reason for any discord in society, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat said Monday, launching an unprecedented outreach to make the organisation better understood.On the first day of the three-day conclave “Bhavishya Ka Bharat — A RSS Perspective”, he elaborated on evolution of the RSS, which he said cannot be compared to any other organisation.Almost all major opposition parties gave the conclave a miss though the RSS had invited them. However, many leaders of the ruling BJP were present, as were many Bollywood actors, artists and academicians.“India is a country full of diversity and it must be respected and celebrated,” he said, adding that it should not become a reason for “discord” in the society. The outreach comes at a time when the Congress-led opposition has been ramping up attacks on the RSS, accusing it of promoting divisive ideology and attacking minorities.In his around 80-minute speech, Bhagwat spoke on a variety of issues, including the freedom movement, and acknowledged the role of the Congress, which has been among the organisation’s biggest critics.center_img COMMENTS RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat speaks at the event titled “Future of Bharat: An RSS perspective” in New Delhi, on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018.   –  PTI September 17, 2018last_img read more

Delhi 3yearold girl who fell off flyover dies

first_img Next Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 22:53 IST Image for representationHIGHLIGHTSThe girl and her uncle fell off the Badarpur flyover in South DelhiBoth the victims were admitted in a hospitalVictim’s uncle alleged that a Chinese ‘manja’ had stuck on his neck following which he lost control of his bikeThe three-year-old girl, who along with her uncle fell off the Badarpur flyover in south Delhi on Thursday, succumbed to her injuries in south Delhi on Friday night, police said.The police said a damaged Bullet motorcycle belonging to the man was found at the Badarpur flyover on the carriage way towards Faridabad. Both the victims were admitted in a hospital. In the accident Mohan (33) sustained injuries, while his niece Dipti was stated to be very critical.”It is saddening the little girl succumbed to her injuries on Friday night. I would like to point out that kids should not be made to sit in front on the bikes. Both the victims were without safety gears in this case,” said Chinmoy Biswal, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South-East).In the statement recorded by the police, the victim had alleged that a Chinese ‘manja’ (string used to fly kites) got stuck in his neck following which he lost control and his bike hit the divider and they fell down from the flyover. However, the police have not found anything from the spot.For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanjay Nirala Delhi: 3-year-old girl who fell off flyover diesThe girl and her uncle fell off the Badarpur flyover in South Delhi on Thursday.advertisementlast_img read more