AirAsia A320 The multinational search team looking for Indonesia Air Asia flight QZ8501 which disappeared Sunday with 162 aboard has found debris and bodies in the Java Sea.Search teams found the debris trail for the plane 10km from its last known position, south-east of Belitung Island in the Java Sea. Altogether 12 helicopters, 11 planes, and 32 ships from Indonesia Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and the US are involved.There were 162 passengers and crew aboard doomed flight, including 16 children and one baby. AirAsia confirmed there were 154 Indonesians, three South Koreans, two French nationals, one Singaporean, one Malaysian and one Briton on the plane. The first hint that the plane had been found came mid-afternoon but the evidence was far from convincing with photographed debris resembling timber floating in the water. Shortly after officials announced objects resembling an aircraft emergency slide, plane door and dozens of smaller white items had been spotted.Any doubts however doubts were quickly dispelled when an Indonesian Air Force official identified a human body in the sea. A search plane also saw a “shadow” on the seabed believed to be of the missing Flight QZ8501, National Search and Rescue Agency chief Bambang Soelistyo told a news conference in Jakarta.The Indonesian warship Bung Tomo has retrieved 3 bodies.Indonesian officials have asked relatives of passengers for DNA samples to help identify the victims.WORLD’S SAFEST AIRLINESMH370: MALAYSIA REJECTED EVIDENCEFlight QZ8501 was operating between Surabya and Singapore on Sunday morning when it disappeared in bad weather just 45 minutes after take-off.Severe weather impact is thought to be responsible for the apparent loss of the six year old aircraft. A leaked radar screenshot from AirNav Indonesia, the air traffic controller, obtained by AirlineRatings.com shows that the A320 had critically lost 200km/hour in airspeed and it could no longer sustain flight at the altitude it was flying.Air traffic controllers lost contact with the A320 just five minutes after crew requested a deviation of their flight route to avoid storms. ATC denied the pilot’s request to climb from 32,000ft to 38,000ft but agreed to 34,000ft but just minutes later the ATC radar plot shows the A320 at 36,300ft and climbing.One former A320 pilot who spoke to AirlineRatings.com said the A320 was flying far too slow when it disappeared and it “may have been in a stall.”“Flying slow at high altitude is very dangerous,” said the pilot. Just after the radar plot was taken the transponder signals disappeared indicating a catastrophic failure. The former A320 pilot said that the crew may have been deceived by the aircraft’s radar, which was not the latest model available and may have flown into the centre of a thunderstorm and been hit by a massive updraft. The latest radars are called multiscan and automatically detect thunderstorms.However the plane’s commander Captain Iriyanto was a 20,537 veteran of which 6100 hours was with Indonesia Air Asia. The co-pilot was Rémi Emmanuel Plesel, who had a total of 2,275 flying hours with AirAsia Indonesia.Divers are expected to examine the fuselage which lies at a depth of 45m on Wednesday December 31 and the recovery of the black boxes is expected to be swift.
1 November 2013 A consortium led by Ireland-based company Mainstream Renewable Power was this week awarded preferred bidder status for three large-scale wind energy projects in the Northern Cape under the South African government’s renewable energy programme for independent power producers. The Department of Energy is scheduled to officially announce the preferred bidders on Monday for the third round of its programme, which aims to add 17 800 MW from renewable sources to South Africa’s energy mix by 2030. The Mainstream consortium, which was confirmed on Tuesday as one of the preferred bidders, will invest about R9-billion in building three wind farms with a combined generation capacity of 360 MW: the 140 MW Khobab wind farm and the 140 MW Loeriesfontein 2 wind farm, both located in the Namakwa district of the Northern Cape, and the 80 MW Noupoort wind farm located in province’s Umsobomvu local municipality. A Mainstream consortium was also awarded 238 megawatts of wind and solar projects in the first round of the programme in 2011 – a 138 MW wind farm in Jeffreys Bay in the Eastern Cape, and two 50 MW solar photovoltaic parks in the Northern Cape – and all three projects are on track to be fully operational by mid-2014. “Mainstream is now the leading developer of renewable energy in South Africa,” company chief executive Eddie O’Connor said in a statement on Tuesday. “We have three wind and solar projects due to be operational in the coming months, and now a further three large-scale wind farms due to start construction next year. “I congratulate the South African government for putting in place a process which is truly world-class and for the superb manner in which it has been executed.” According to the company, the three projects are expected to reach financial close by August 2014 and commence construction shortly thereafter. Mainstream will be building the wind farms in partnership with South African renewable energy developer Genesis Eco-Energy, local investment companies Thebe Investment Corporation, Futuregrowth Asset Management and Old Mutual’s IDEAS Managed Fund, and local community members. SAinfo reporter
“It is not too late for South Africans to become active citizens in a way that really matters – by actively shaping our democracy,” writes Bishop Ziphozihle Siwa, head of the Methodist Church. “We will all be stronger for it and our institutions will benefit immeasurably.” Social media and innovations in technology such as smartphones now allow South Africans to robustly express their public opinions on a range of issues, says Ziphozihle Siwa. This can only benefit South Africa’s living democracy. (Image: Jason Howie) • Active citizenship in memory of Mandela – Bachelet • Using the arts to build an inclusive South Africa • Celebrating 60 years of the Women’s Charter • A freedom timeline: 20 years of democracy • Obama names young African leaders programme after MandelaBrand South Africa’s CEO Miller Matola earlier this month reflected on what is accepted as the contemporary origins of the concept of democracy as well as those of our own much celebrated democracy. He included in his observations the obligation placed on all citizens to responsibly express their democratic rights as well as to bequeath a democracy protected by strong and secure institutions with strong leadership cultures to future generations.The reflections of Matola led me on my own emotional and cognitive meanderings on the character of our South African democracy.South Africa’s democracy is a product of the blood and tears of millions of people – some celebrated, some not, some organisations recognised, others fading into obscurity. And because of the nature of our citizens, the character of our democracy is multifaceted.This is equally a strength and a challenge – a strength because if we take the time to find what is best in each other, our country can really be a shining model of how diversity can make us better; a challenge because if we do not take the time and patience to see what is best in each other, we will always remain fragmented with a false sense of cohesion. We can never build a strong, resilient and enduring nation without the former.However, on reflecting on how we build this strong, resilient and enduring nation, I have realised that the democracy is not an end in itself. It is actually a journey, and as with some journeys – with navigators or not – we sometimes make a wrong turn or miss a road.This is not unique to South Africa – sometimes I think we are harder on ourselves that others can ever be. That is not to say that we should continue driving in the wrong direction even when we know we will not reach our destination on that route.Even the oldest modern democracies find themselves confronted with the evolving nature of democracy. This has led to the concept of an organic or “living democracy” – a way of life and a civic culture in which people creatively participate in public life. At the heart of this concept is acknowledgement that a democracy is forged when all citizens participate actively in building a nation and its institutions. And the very essence of democracy tells us that all expressions of freedom can coexist in societies, albeit it with the indispensable requirement of the responsibility with which we express our democratic freedoms.Although democracy is commonly described as a system of government where all the eligible members of a state typically elect representatives, it is also considered to be a model where the majority view takes precedence in organised systems. This also then brings into question the balance of power in the system. Is it simple majoritarianism or does the ability of people to make their views known and to then act on these views in the relevant manner, depend on them having the appropriate power in society? We have all seen that in systems where the will of the people is repressed or the freedom of expression denied, people rise up in their numbers in protest – actively or passively – and sometimes aggressively as well.In our 20th year of democracy, what is the character of South Africa’s democracy – yes, we know that we elect public representatives, we know that we expect our public representatives to understand that they govern by our will and choice. But what is the nature of our active participation in our democracy? Do we attend public hearings? Do we make inputs on legislation and policies under review and that will be implemented in a way what impacts on our lives – directly or not? Do we as citizens actively co-create and participate in our living democracy?If we take into account the access to information that enables us to participate actively in our democracy, the internet and other social platforms have impacted positively on our access to information. In addition, innovation and the need the stay current has resulted in commercial entities continuously implementing innovative solutions on which such information is accessed – computers, tablets, mobile phones. In South Africa mobile phone penetration exceeds 100%. In addition access to smartphones is increasing rapidly which means that citizens can access conversations, documents, etc on hand-held devices.Let us look for a moment at one of the most recent instances of the public engaging with a conversation on a range of platforms – last week’s judgment in the Oscar Pistorius case. Not only have the proceedings been followed closely by millions of people in South Africa and beyond but importantly, this has not been a passive process. This conversation exploded on Thursday last week when the judge ruled that Oscar was not guilty of murder. Opinions and views abounded and, most importantly, the law was being robustly discussed and deliberated upon – to the extent that the judge herself found her ruling, her reputation and her credibility under public scrutiny.The media enabled this conversation, as well as experts who availed themselves for discussions. But mostly the conversation was driven by the ordinary citizen.I raise this example to illustrate that we are by no means an apathetic, uninvolved citizenry. Yet, why do we absent ourselves from public debate? Why do we absent ourselves from engaging in our democratic processes beyond the election period and the subsequent process of voting?In addition, while we may sometimes engage in a public discourse on certain issues – the recent issues with the public protector, the behaviour of the EFF in parliament, to name a few – why do we merely comment on what is rather than helping to shape and craft the present with a view of ensuring the durability of the future?Returning to the living democracy and our journey on this road, it is never too late to turn back or redirect your vehicle. It is not too late for us as South Africans to change the way in which we interact with this living democracy. It is not too late for us to become active citizens in a way that really matters – by actively shaping our democracy. We will all be stronger for it and our institutions will benefit immeasurably. At the very least we will stop feeling powerless. Actively contributing to and participating with our democracy is equal to us building and safeguarding our nation and the future of those who will follow us.Bishop Ziphozihle Siwa is the presiding bishop of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa.
Has the DSLR filmmaking revolution come to an end? With mirrorless cameras from Sony and Panasonic now making giant technological advances, will these cameras replace the DSLR in the video world?The argument between Digital Single-Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras and Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Cameras (MILC or Mirrorless) is alive and well on every camera forum online. Usually a hot topic in photography communities, the argument has become much more prevalent in the video community.The DSLR RevolutionObviously the king of DSLR video has been Canon. In the mid-2000s, seemingly every young filmmaker, local reporter, and small studio had a Canon 7D or 5D Mark II. Those cameras were everywhere. They were incredibly affordable for students and small-budget production houses. Television studios would load up on them to use for car rigs or as stunt and action cameras.For many, those cameras were an entryway into video production. Many of the early adopters have since moved on to the next level of gear, and some of them stayed with Canon, choosing to get a C100 or C300. The problem currently facing these users is the lack of innovation coming from Canon’s updated gear.Many have jumped to Blackmagic cinema cameras or upgraded to RED. No matter where you look, it seems that the Canon bandwagon is long gone. (Author’s note: I currently own several Canon cameras, and I too no longer look forward to their updates.)Not only has Canon failed to impress the video community with their lackluster camera updates, many photographers have also jumped shipped from Canon to Nikon. It should be noted that most of Nikon’s DSLR cameras use sensors produced by Sony.Rise of the MirrorlessRight now we are in the middle of what could become a major breakthrough for mirrorless cameras. Since 2013, these cameras have slowly gained traction in the photo and video communities. The cameras are smaller, lighter, and offer 4K video. Currently the only Canon DSLR with 4K is the 1D-C.The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 was the first mirrorless to offer 4K video. This Micro Four Thirds camera came out swinging and is an absolute beast of a machine. Not only did it challenge the Canon 5D Mark III’s video capabilities, it did so for $1000 cheaper.Soon after, Sony released the a7S. This mirrorless camera had a full-frame sensor, but required an external drive to record 4K footage. While early reviews were great, the camera suffered from poor battery life and a less than stellar auto-focusing system. What currently sets Sony apart from their competition is the ability to use feedback to further push their technology. More on that later.In 2013, mirrorless cameras accounted for 5% of camera shipments. In 2015, it has risen to 26% outside of the United States and 16% inside the U.S. This year Canon has already cut it earnings outlook -16% in quarterly profit.Meanwhile Sony has announced mirrorless camera revenue has grown 16.5%, experiencing at 66% boost in mirrorless camera sales. They have been the #1 mirrorless brand for the past 4 years.The biggest note is that the first time buyers are in the 25-34 year old demographic, not far behind is the 18-24 year old demographic. This is a combination of those who were part of the original DSLR boom and the young up-and-coming filmmakers.Now keep in mind that DSLR cameras still ship many more units than mirrorless, but their drop has been significant. The growth of mirrorless has not been exponential, but it has definitely gained traction.The Future of Mirrorless vs DSLRAs previously mentioned, Sony has had a tremendous shift in technological advances. Not only are they producing incredible cameras of their own, Sony sensors are in everything from Nikon DSLRs to cell phone cameras.The company is also taking criticism well. Not only are they listening to consumer feedback, they are pushing their cameras even farther than expected. They did just that with this years a7RII. The updates alone already blow the Sony Alpha series predecessors away. From massive updates to the Auto Focus, addition of internal 4K recording, and even letting you assign which button you want to push to record video.Perhaps the smartest move was allowing the updated auto-focus system to work with Canon glass (using a Metabones adapter). Sony knows that Canon has them beat on lenses. Canon lenses are still some of the best options available. By allowing users to use the lenses they may already own, they are just opening the door for them to try a Sony camera body.Panasonic isn’t far behind. Early reports state that Panasonic is putting the GH line on a 2 year cycle, which would make the GH5 a 2016 release. Not only that, but they are also pushing for many more lens options. The furthest reaching rumors say that the goal is to make the GH5 shoot 8K. While that currently sounds like quite the undertaking, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the camera possibly jump to 6K.As far as Canon, well – this year they released the 5DS and 5DS R, which are pretty much just a 5D Mark III with less roman numerals and extra letters. (The actual difference is an optical filter for the sensor.) Canon does have the 5D Mark IV on the slate, but it’s still unknown what the camera will offer. Many skeptics already doubt the camera will offer 4K. I will say that if 4K isn’t an option, consider the camera dead upon arrival.With the compact body and advanced features, mirrorless cameras have made huge strides in the past few years, while the DSLR has yet to announce any major updates. Mirrorless cameras still need some functional updates, primarily better battery life. With their steady increase of sales, don’t be surprised to see mirrorless cameras own a huge part of the camera market in the near future.What are you thoughts on the Mirrorless vs DSLR debate? Are you looking at jumping to a mirrorless camera, or are you awaiting Canon’s next announcement? Let us know in the comments below.
England’s star all-rounder Ben Stokes says the Bristol bar brawl and the ensuing chain of events, which dogged his career for 15 months, may be the “best thing that could have happened” to him.The ugly episode brought about a change in his lifestyle.Following the incident in September 2017, Stokes was acquitted of affray at Bristol Crown Court in August last year, before the England and Wales Cricket Board’s Discipline Commission concluded his 15-month exile after a hearing in December last year.”It sounds silly but, could Bristol have been the best thing that could have happened to me? Who knows. But maybe in terms of my way of thinking,” Stokes told ‘ESPNcricinfo’ during a visit to a children’s charity here.Stokes, who is playing for Rajasthan Royals in this year’s IPL, said he was determined to win the upcoming World Cup at home.”I don’t want to be remembered as the guy who had a fight in the street. I want to do things on the field to be remembered for. If we win the World Cup, that becomes the first paragraph… doesn’t it?””I was that close to my career ending and being thrown away just like that. Maybe that is it,” the New Zealand-born cricketer added.He missed the 2017-18 Ashes series against Australia after being suspended by the ECB pending the police investigation.”No matter what happens in life with me now, the Bristol thing will always be there.”It’s something I’ll always carry with me. It’ll always be there. Always.”He said that his off-field activities had changed since his arrest outside a Bristol nightclub, in the wake of England’s victory over West Indies in an ODI.advertisement”I don’t go out anymore. I mean, I might go out for dinner, but I don’t go out-out (for long night and drinks) anymore in England,” he said.”I used to love going out and celebrating with the lads. But we can do that in the hotel and I don’t miss it. I don’t feel that urge any more. Once you make the transition to not doing it then you don’t miss it,” Stokes said.Also Read | Ben Stokes has been punished enough: Michael Vaughan after pub brawl verdictAlso Read | Ben Stokes ‘mocked gay men’ before Bristol pub brawl: ProsecutorAlso Read | Ben Stokes had at least 7 vodka drinks and 3 beers before Bristol pub brawlAlso Watch | Great to have someone like Chris Gayle in KXIP: KL Rahul
Joely Lambourn is missing from a healing lodge in Saskatchewan.Dennis WardAPTN NewsThere’s been an escape from the Indigenous healing lodge at the centre of recent public outcry.Correctional Services of Canada says Joely Lambourn has escaped from the Okimaw Ochi Healing Lodge in Maple Creek, Sask.It’s the same healing lodge where convicted child killer Terri-Lynne McClintic was being housed until she was transferred to an Edmonton prison on Thursday.Correctional Service of Canada says more information will follow as soon as it’s available.McClintic pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in 2010 for her involvement in the murder of eight-year-old Tori Stafford.Tori’s father, Rodney Stafford, has called for an tougher rules for healing lodges during a recent appearance on APTN’s InFocus.Lambourn is 45 years old, stands 157 cm (5’2″) tall and weighs 57 kg (126 lbs). She has a fair complexion, brown eyes and brown hair.She is serving a sentence of two years, six months, and 17 days for dangerous operation of motor vehicle – cause death, and unlawfully at [email protected]@denniswardnews
The winners of these two matches will play each other on July 9 at 4 p.m. EDT. See our World Cup predictions for the latest probabilities.In DepthThe second- and third-lowest-scoring teams to make the quarterfinals of this World Cup square off against each other in Saturday’s early game (Belgium, with six goals, vs. Argentina, with seven), and then the lowest-scoring team (Costa Rica, with five goals) faces the highest-scoring side (the Netherlands, which has scored 12).Let’s look at Belgium vs. Argentina first.Since Argentina ignominiously exited the 2010 World Cup with a second consecutive quarterfinal loss to Germany, little Lionel Messi has been dominating the world of soccer like nothing we’ve seen in modern times.After scoring only one goal in both his previous World Cup tournaments combined, this year he’s taken the tournament by storm, scoring four goals (including a stoppage-time game-winner against Iran) in his first three matches, and recording the game-winning assist with just minutes remaining in the fourth.Stoking questions about whether it relies too much on Messi, however, the rest of his team has been awful on offense; Argentina’s other players have managed to put the same number of balls into their opponents’ nets (one) as those opponents have themselves (Bosnia’s own goal). Argentina’s shooting breaks down like so:Messi has scored on four of 16 shots (including converting three of 11 attempts from outside the penalty area).In the 18 shots set up by Messi (the highest number of chances created by any player going into the quarterfinals), Argentina has scored once (Angel di Maria’s game-winner against Switzerland).In the 46 shots Messi was not involved in, Argentina has scored only once, failing to score on all 42 attempts from outside the 6-yard box.Thus — despite having Messi, and despite Messi playing brilliantly — Argentina has only scored on 7.5 percent of its shot attempts, second-worst among quarterfinalists.Belgium, on the other hand, has seen six different players score. But that’s only six goals; even though Belgium has taken a tournament-leading 21 shots per game, the Red Devils have scored on only 7.2 percent of those shots, the worst of all quarterfinalists.Belgium has largely gotten by on excellent goalkeeping, with Thibaut Courtois allowing only two goals despite facing 13 shots on goal worth 4.84 expected goals (using ESPN/TruMedia’s Expected Goals model). His .22 “goals allowed below average” (GABA) per shot is the highest of remaining goalies (higher is better).Another team with good goalkeeping so far is Costa Rica, whose Keylor Navas has saved 14 of 16 shots on goal, with an average GABA of .21 per shot, good for second behind Courtois.Neither Costa Rica nor the Netherlands are what you’d call possession teams: Despite their impressive run, the Netherlands has held the ball just 44 percent of the time, and Costa Rica has held it 42 percent (the only other quarterfinalist with less than 50 percent possession was Colombia, with 46 percent). The flip side of playing this way is that these two teams also lead quarterfinalists in average pass distance (21.7 and 20.8 yards, respectively).But for the most part, Costa Rica seems badly overmatched. While they’ve shot a respectable 14.3 percent, that’s mostly because they’ve been unable to get shots at all — they’ve taken about nine shots per game, averaging only three on goal. Both those figures are by far the lowest of any remaining squad.The Netherlands, on the other hand, had one the most impressive runs into the quarterfinals. The Dutch faced the most difficult route (their opponents had an average Soccer Power Index rating of 80.0), but so far have the second-highest goal differential at +8.The Netherlands has been far superior on contested plays. When taking on defenders, the Flying Dutchmen have been successful a whopping 69 percent of the time. That compares to just 31 percent for Costa Rica. The Netherlands has won contested balls in the air at a 57 percent rate, compared to 36 percent for Costa Rica.In trying to find what, aside from good fortune and good goalkeeping, has driven Costa Rica’s gritty run (it’s scraped by against the second-hardest schedule), just about the only thing I could come up with was evidence of how well it’s run the offside trap. Costa Rica has drawn an enormous number of offsides calls: It’s pulled its opponents offsides 28 times (the next-most among quarterfinalists was 12, by Germany).Overall, our World Cup odds give Argentina a 14.9 percent chance of winning it all, the Netherlands an 11.8 percent chance, Belgium a 2.3 percent chance, and Costa Rica a 0.7 percent chance.YesterdayIn the first competitive match between France and Germany since the semifinals of the 1986 World Cup, Germany took the lead early with a headed goal by defender Mats Hummels. It was Hummels’s second goal of the World Cup, making him the first defender to score twice in this year’s tournament (he would get company later in the day). Both of Hummels’s goals have been headers, and both have been by assisted by Toni Kroos.For Germany, headers are nothing new: Over the past 50 years (as far back as ESPN Stats & Info’s data set goes), Germany has scored 37 headed goals in World Cup play, nearly twice as many as any other country (Italy has 19). Scoring first — by head or foot — has been Germany’s recipe for success in the World Cup, especially as of late. The Germans are 21-0-2 in their last 23 World Cup matches when scoring first, their last loss coming in the 1994 quarterfinals to Bulgaria.France, on the other hand, trailed for the first time at this year’s tournament, and still has never won in a World Cup match when trailing at halftime, losing all 11 times. Les Bleus made efforts to equalize, ending up with more shots (13) than Germany (8), and more chances created (10 to 7). But it was all for naught.In Friday’s second match, Brazil opened the scoring in the seventh minute, its fastest goal of the tournament. The goal came from a Neymar corner kick, his first assist of the tournament. It was Thiago Silva’s first career World Cup goal, and it was Brazil’s third goal from a corner, tied with France and Germany for the most in this World Cup.Brazil was in control for the remainder of the first half, completing seven of 15 passes into the attacking penalty area and creating seven total chances. Neymar created four chances, including the assist; Colombia, as a team, created two in the first half.Brazil extended its lead to 2-0 on defender David Luiz’s 34-yard free kick, the second-longest goal of the tournament. Luiz failed to score in his first 39 career international appearances, but he has found the back of the net in his last two. Brazil has now taken a two-goal lead in a World Cup match 49 times, and has won all 49.The breakout star in the tournament so far, Colombia’s James Rodriguez, converted a penalty to give his side hope; he scored in all five of his games in the tournament. It was his sixth goal, giving him a two-goal lead in the race for the Golden Boot. Colombia scored five goals combined in its last two World Cup appearances (1994 and 1998).Brazil and Germany’s semifinal meeting on Tuesday will, incredibly, mark only the second time these two countries have met at the World Cup. The other was the 2002 final, won by Brazil 2-0. — Jacob Nitzberg, senior statistics analyst, ESPNOff the PitchThe Netherlands and Costa Rica have been friends for a while. In fact, the Dutch were a big source of aid to the Costa Ricans until recently, when the latter ascended to middle-income status. The relationship has gradually shifted to focus more on trade and economic cooperation, but it’s still worth looking at the aid the Netherlands provided over the years.AidData reports that the Dutch sent about $362.5 million Costa Rica’s way between 1978 and 2010. The bulk allocation changed with time, and in the 1980s seemed to focus on industry growth, with $1 million going toward agriculture in 1981, $31 million toward imports to Costa Rica in 1984 and $7 million toward forestry in 1989. The ‘90s began a slow transition, with $17 million spent on multisector industry growth in 1994, $22 million on debt alleviation in 1996 and $21 million on general environmental protection in 1997. With this final pivot, it looks like Costa Rica found its stride — environmental protection continued to be the focus of Dutch aid through 2006, with a final peak of $17 million. Since then, Costa Rica’s tourism industry has boomed, and Dutch aid has all but completely ended.Further ReadingMohawks, Faux-hawks And Macklemores: The Top-Heavy Hairdos of the World CupThe World Cup USMNT Replacement Team Power RankingsStop Making Sense It’s Old Dutch Empire vs. Old Spanish Empire day, as Argentina (independent from Spain since 1816) takes on Belgium (independent from the Netherlands since 1830), and Costa Rica (independent from Spain since 1821) takes on the Netherlands itself.In BriefArgentina vs. Belgium: 12 p.m. EDTNetherlands vs. Costa Rica 4 p.m. EDT
Ohio State freshman forward Samantha Bouley skates toward the puck against Minnesota in Minneapolis on Jan. 21. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe Ohio State women’s hockey team split a two-game series with No. 4 Minnesota (17-5-3, 12-4-3) in Minneapolis this weekend, losing the first game 2-1 and tying the second 1-1, ending in a 2-1 shootout victory. Saturday’s game marked the first time OSU has earned points against the Golden Gophers since Jan. 11, 2015. The Buckeyes moved to 11-12-3 overall and 5-12-3 in conference.On Friday night, Ohio State had a 1-0 lead through the first two periods. After a scoreless first period, junior forward Julianna Iafallo scored the first goal of the game off an assist from sophomore forward Maddy Field to put Ohio State up 1-0 in the second. Minnesota was kept out of the net for the remainder of the second period thanks to 18 saves from Buckeye goalie Kassidy Sauve.The Scarlet and Gray got off on the wrong foot in the third period with a penalty to put Minnesota on the power play. At 10:48 on the game clock, the Gophers scored their first goal of the game to tie things up 1-1. Shortly after, Minnesota scored again at 16:23 to take the 2-1 lead. The Gophers held off the Buckeyes for the remaining minutes and won 2-1. Sauve had 31 saves against Minnesota but the OSU offense had only eight shots on goal the entire game.On Saturday, the game started out in a similar fashion with another scoreless first period. At 9:38 in the second, Minnesota scored the first goal of the game to take a 1-0 lead. The two teams had a combined seven penalties in the first two periods. At 1:27 in the third period, OSU senior forward Katie Matheny scored off an assist from Field to tie the game 1-1. Sauve defended the Minnesota attack perfectly for the rest of the period and the two teams went into overtime at Ridder Arena. The Buckeye goaltender had 26 saves through regulation.Through five minutes of overtime, the teams remained scoreless and went to a shootout. Minnesota’s Lee Stecklein shot first and scored for the Gophers, but junior defenseman Dani Sadek responded with a goal of her own. The teams went through seven shooters until Iafallo got one past the Gopher goalie to secure the Buckeye win, 2-1. Due to NCAA rules, all shootout wins are recorded as ties in the record book.Minnesota, the best power play team in the NCAA, had seven power play opportunities this weekend, all of which were killed by the Buckeyes. OSU went 0-3-1 against the top-ranked Golden Gophers this season which is an improvement from last year’s 0-4-0.Next up, the Scarlet and Gray will travel to Duluth, Minnesota, for a two-game series against conference opponent No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth.
The No. 8 Ohio State Buckeyes (6-0) will open divisional play this weekend, when they travel to Bloomington, Ind., to face the Indiana Hoosiers (2-3). First-year coach Urban Meyer talked about the upcoming challenge the Hoosiers might present, last weekend’s game against Nebraska and recruiting at the weekly Big Ten football coaches’ teleconference Tuesday. Looking past the Hoosiers? After back-to-back wins against ranked opponents, including a 63-38 drubbing of then-No. 21 Nebraska last weekend, the Buckeyes seem to be a confident bunch. But are they too confident? Meyer said it’s important for his team to realize there is plenty of football to be played before they can be considered a great team. “These kids are 6-0 and a lot of people are telling them how good they are,” Meyer said. “Quite honestly, we have a long way to go.” It is something that, arguably, happens every year in college football. Teams can win a big game against a ranked team, ride that high all week, and then lose to an inferior opponent that they underestimate a week later. Meyer said, however, that he is not concerned with his team’s focus as they prepare for an Indiana team that has lost its last three games. “We’re not at the point that we can start overlooking anybody,” Meyer said. “I’m concerned about execution and stopping them, not overlooking them.” Last week’s win bodes well for the future Last Saturday’s win against Nebraska could have major implications on the OSU football program for years to come. Meyer wasn’t able to give an exact number of recruits in attendance, but said that “there were a lot” of prospective Buckeyes in the Horseshoe last Saturday. Meyer also said the atmosphere in the stadium during the Buckeyes’ blowout left an impression of some of the nation’s elite high school prospects. “It’s a little risky sometimes to have a bunch of recruits come in on a big game, because if you fail and you lose, it’s miserable,” Meyer said. “The atmosphere was tremendous. The way we won in the second half, that was very critical for recruiting.” Miller, the Heisman Hopeful? As one of college football’s leaders in rushing yards per game, and the quarterback of the Big Ten’s only unbeaten team, sophomore Braxton Miller is gaining hype as a Heisman Trophy contender. “He’s one of the best players in the college game,” said Indiana coach Kevin Wilson. Wilson did say that, “there are better players out there,” but pointed out that the sophomore quarterback will only improve as he grows into Meyer’s system. “He’s young,” Wilson said. “Knowing a little bit about him, and knowing the coach that he’s got, he will get better and better. You’re not seeing the best of him.” A key component in winning the Heisman Trophy is having big games on big stages against ranked opponents. Miller might have done that last Saturday, rushing for a career-high 186 yards and scoring two touchdowns in a win against Nebraska. Nebraska coach Bo Pelini, however, was not willing to anoint Miller as a favorite for college football’s most prestigious individual award. “That’s up to you guys,” Pelini said.
The famous Mino Raiola has now reportedly offered Paul Pogba to Paris Saint-Germain for next season, claims the Daily MailThe football agent is aware that Pogba is growing increasingly unsettled at Manchester United with the midfielder looking set to be dropped from the starting line-up by Jose Mourinho once more for today’s Premier League match against Bournemouth.Raiola is aware that PSG are looking for some extra star power in the upcoming summer transfer window in a bid to mount a successful challenge for the Champions League title next season. Upon learning this, the Dutchman has offered the newly crowned Ligue 1 champions Pogba.It is understood that Raiola is trying to find a suitable solution for Pogba’s worsening situation at Old Trafford with the Frenchman having only scored 10 Premier League goals since his then-world record transfer of £89.3m two summers ago.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Pep Guardiola has already revealed that Raiola had offered him the opportunity to sign the 25 year-old for Manchester City in the January transfer window.But the Mail reports that Pogba’s prospective move to PSG may be in doubt with the French club already over the Financial Fair Play(FFP) limit of €260m due to the signings of both Neymar and Kylian Mbappe last summer.