Late PBA Draft pick John Ragasa to work on his defense, hopes to get roster spot with NorthPort

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. San Miguel Beer offers Brian Heruela, David Semerad, 1st round picks for embattled Terrence Romeo “I think I know my role, I know what my role should be which is in the defensive end. But if I need to score, I’ll score.”And if Ragasa endured almost three hours of high-wire tension, he had a bit of a laugh when the one who announced his pick was Batang Pier superstar Stanley Pringle.For those uninitiated, Ragasa is a dead ringer of the bearded Pringle. Moala Tautuaa, who also has a thick beard, helped lighten up the atmosphere of the proceedings.“It must be the beard, but he has a baby beard and I got a big beard,” said Ragasa laughing.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family02:42PH 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 Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Waiting for your name to be called in the draft is always a nerve-wracking experience, especially when 40 names had already been announced before your turn came.That’s exactly what John Ragasa went through in the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft when he was called as the 41st overall pick for a chance to fight for a roster spot at NorthPort.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completioncenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño “Being the last pick in the Draft? It was crazy man. I thought I was going to go undrafted,” said Ragasa, who let out a sigh of relief Sunday at Robinson’s Manila. “It’s surreal, it’s amazing and a good feeling to be drafted.”Ragasa was, technically, the third pick in the fifth round and was a former player of the Mekong United Raptors in the Thailand Basketball League and once played with former national team center Marcus Douthit.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefAlthough he was still drafted, Ragasa’s future with the Batang Pier isn’t set in stone as only the first round draft picks will have a guaranteed contract. Meaning, the 6-foot guard will still have to fight for his place.“As cliché as it sounds, I’d say I’d work on my defense during practice. Of course, each team has go-to guys,” said Ragasa, who was NorthPort’s fourth pick in the draft after Robert Bolick, Edrian Lao, and Jeremiah Taladua. View commentslast_img read more

ROUND 4: Adrien Broner picks up pace

first_imgView comments Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ROUND 3: Pacquiao ends round strong with solid punches to Broner’s head TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Adrien Broner hits Manny Pacquiao during the WBA welterweight title boxing bout Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Las Vegas. APMANILA, Philippines—Adrien Broner able to connect with a left hook but Manny Pacquiao is quick to establish his tempo once more.Pacquiao’s jab lands and he transitions to a left uppercut that connects with the crouching Broner.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Broner again uses that left hand to maintain separation but his wide stance doesn’t allow him to throw a powerful right allowing Pacquiao to easily close that distance.Pacquiao evades a Broner right and that was the most the American came to actually damaging Pacquiao in the round.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 stars Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 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 Krausslast_img read more

PBA D-League: Even with just 7 players, CEU stuns Go for Gold to enter semis

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Gilas Pilipinas headed to Spain for Fiba World Cup build up “The seven players involved in game fixing all admitted their actions and we also have strong evidence against them,” said Pumaren. “They’re out of the team, we cannot tolerate it”“We love the game, and what they did just violated the sport. It’s unfair to those who really want to play.”The Scatchers nearly stopped CEU from snatching the win with a gutsy fourth quarter to close the 17-point deficit to just four, 68-64, but Diouf sparked a 10-2 retaliatory run for the Scorpions’ 74-66 lead.Roosevelt Adams led the Scratchers with 26 points and 11 rebounds while Gab Banal had 18 points, six rebounds, and six assists in the loss.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next That forced Maodo Malick Diouf to play the whole 40 minutes where he tallied 25 points, 29 rebounds, two steals, and two blocks to lead the shorthanded Scorpions.“I’m happy for the boys, especially these seven guys, and of course Malick,” said head coach Derrick Pumaren in Filipino. “He’s been our game changer in this league.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsJerome Santos added 15 points and six rebounds, while Rich Guinitiran had 11 points for CEU, which will face St. Clare College Virtual Reality in the best-of-three semis.CEU expelled Judel Fuentes, Tyron Chan, Jan Formento, Christian Uri, Keanu Caballero, John Rojas, and John Lisbo, all of whom admitted to fixing games. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportcenter_img ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew CEU’s Maodo Malick Diouf. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Undermanned Centro Escolar University pulled off an upset of Go for Gold-College of St. Benilde, 87-74, to advance to the semifinals of 2019 PBA D-League Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in PasigThe Scorpions fielded just seven players in the game after the school itself expelled the rest of the roster because of alleged game fixing.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

IPL 2016: Ravindra Jadeja reprimanded for showing dissent at umpire’s decision

first_imgStar all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been reprimanded for showing dissent at an umpire’s decision during Gujarat Lions’ Indian Premier League game against Kings XI Punjab in Rajkot on Sunday. (Full IPL Coverage)”Mr Jadeja admitted to the level 1 offence (Article 2.1.5 of the IPL Code of Conduct for Players and Team Officials) and accepted the sanction.” a statement from the IPL orgainsers said.For Level 1 breaches of the IPL Code of Conduct, the match referee’s decision is final and binding.Kings XI defeated Gujarat Lions by 23 runs to stop their winning march in the IPL on Sunday.(With PTI inputs)last_img

1 killed in blast at Belgian sports centre

first_imgAn explosion at a sports centre in the southern Belgian town of Chimay early on Friday killed one person and wounded four others, two of them seriously, Belgium’s Crisis Centre said.”It is probably a gas explosion,” an official at the agency told Reuters, adding that there was no indication of it being a militant attack.Local media reported the blast occurred just after midnight (2200 GMT) at a sports centre known as “Le Chalon” in Chimay, close to the French border, when five people were still inside the building. Part of the building was destroyed.Belgium and France, along with the rest of Europe, have been on high alert after Islamic State attacks in Paris and Brussels over the past yearlast_img

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Syed Modi International: Saina Nehwal, Sameer Verma storm into finals

first_imgFormer three-time winner Saina Nehwal and reigning champion Sameer Verma were a step away from clinching the men’s and women’s singles titles respectively, reaching the finals of the Syed Modi International World Tour Super 300 here on Saturday.Third seed Sameer, who won titles at Swiss and Hyderabad this year, saw off Indonesia’s Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo 21-13 17-21 21-8 in a 57-minute men’s singles semifinals.The world number 16 Indian will face sixth seeded Chinese Lu Guangzu in the summit clash.Syed Modi International: Saina, Sameer in last 4, Satwik and Ashwini in doubles semisSaina, seeded second, prevailed over another Indonesian Ruselli Hartawan 12-21 21-7 21-6 to set up a clash with China’s Han Yue, who defeated compatriot Li Xuerui 21-15 19-21 21-9 in another semifinal.Commonwealth Games bronze medallists Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy also made it to their second successive finals here with a 21-18 21-16 win over Russian combination of Ekaterina Bolotova and Alina Davletova.Ashwini, however, couldn’t progress to the finals of the mixed doubles event after she and her partner Satwiksairaj Rankireddy went down narrowly 12-21 21-18 19-21 to the Chinese pair of Ou Xuanyi and Feng Xueying in the semifinals early in the day.World No. 9 Saina found the going tough in the beginning and conceded a 5-2 lead. She tried to claw back but Ruselli managed to hold a 11-7 advantage at the first break and then pocketed the opening game, much to the disappointment of the crowd.Jolted by the reversal, Saina gathered her wits and dished out a dominating game after an initial 4-4 battle with her Indonesian opponent. The Indian reeled off five points to reach 9-4 and then quickly jumped to 16-6 before roaring back into the contest with another five straight points.advertisementThe decider was no different with Saina continuing her domination, moving to 8-2 at one stage before accumulating the next eight points to take the match away from her opponent. She sealed the contest comfortably in the end to make it to her fourth final here.In the men’s singles, Sameer led 3-0 and 7-4 before Chico managed to hold a slender 11-10 advantage at the interval. The Indian, however, soon blasted off 10 straight points at 10-12 to jump to 20-12 and then sealed the opening game in his favour.He was comfortably placed at 7-1 in the second game when Chico scripted a stirring recovery to make it 12-11 at one stage. Sameer earned a slender 17-16 lead but the Indonesian managed to bounce back with five points.In the decider, Sameer seemed to be in a zone of his own as he jumped to a 11-3 lead at the breather and then maintained his stranglehold to comfortably secure his place in the final.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Beckham, Zidane and famous World Cup flops

first_imgWorld Cup Beckham, Zidane & 12 stars who famously flopped at the World Cup Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 16:00 6/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) David Beckham England Argentina red card 1998 World Cup Getty World Cup England Brazil France Argentina Spain Netherlands Italy Zinédine Zidane David Luiz Gracing the grandest stage in football should be considered the pinnacle of a playing career, but for many that global dream has become a disasterlast_img

Alex Hales withdrawn from England World Cup squad following drugs ban

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiApril 29, 2019UPDATED: April 29, 2019 14:58 IST Alex Hales’ replacement for the 2019 World Cup will be announced soon, the ECB said (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAlex Hales was handed a 21-day ban for recreational drug useHales has been withdrawn for England squads for Ireland, Pakistan series and the World CupEngland will name a replacement for Hales soon, ECB has saidFlamboyant England opener Alex Hales has been withdrawn from the England squads ahead of a busy international season in order “to create the right environment” around the senior national team.Hales has also been withdrawn from the preliminary squad for the 2019 World Cup and the T20I and ODI squads for series against Ireland and Pakistan, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Monday.The strong action from ECB comes days after Hales was handed a 21-day ban for recreational drug use.”We’ve worked hard to create the right environment around the England team and need to consider what is in the best interests of the team, to ensure they are free from any distractions and able to focus on being successful on the pitch,” Managing Director of England Men’s Cricket, Ashley Giles, said in a statement.”I want to make it clear this is not the end of Alex’s career as an England player. The ECB and the PCA will continue to aid Alex and work alongside his county club Nottinghamshire to give him the support he needs, to help him fulfil his potential as a professional cricketer.”Prior to his ban, Alex Hales had taken an indefinite break from cricket due to personal reasons, his club Nottinghamshire had confirmed earlier. Hales had missed Nottinghamshire’s 50-over match against Lancashire last week.This is not the first time ECB has taken action against Alex Hales over disciplinary issues. In 2017, Hales was ined and suspended for his involvement in a nightclub altercation with teammate Ben Stokes in Bristol.advertisementAlso Read | I don’t care about records: Hardik Pandya after 34-ball 91 vs KKRAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Alex HalesFollow 2019 Cricket World CupFollow England national cricket teamFollow ECB Alex Hales withdrawn from England World Cup squad following drugs banAlex Hales was handed a 21-day suspension after he failed a drugs test. The England opener, who was part of the provisional squad for the 2019 World Cup, reportedly tested positive for recreational drug useadvertisementlast_img read more

Pregnant woman husband commit suicide in Outer Delhis Mangolpuri

first_imgNew Delhi: In Outer Delhi’s Mangolpuri, a man and his pregnant wife allegedly committed suicide. The couple were discovered dead by their neighbours on Sunday night. Police said that the man killed himself after consuming poison while her wife, who is said to be pregnant, had hanged herself in the house. No suicide note has been found from the spot. Police have suspected the cause of suicide might be a domestic dispute or financial crisis. The deceased have been identified as Aarti (23) and Sanoj Kumar, a resident of Aurangabad, Bihar. The incident came to light at 8 pm on Sunday when a neighbour saw Aarti hanging from the ceiling fan of the room and her husband Sanoj lying on the floor. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsA police team reached on the spot and sent both bodies for autopsy. Foam was oozing from the mouth of the deceased Sanoj which confirmed he had consumed poison. The autopsy reports are awaited. Police said the family had migrated to Delhi eight months back in search of work. The couple were working with a factory. Neighbours informed police when they discovered that the couple is not opening the doors. The police officials have informed to the couple family in Bihar and they are on way to Delhi to collect bodies.last_img read more

Over 2L cases pending in courts for 25 yrs CJI

first_imgGuwahati: Expressing concern over pendency of cases, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said on Sunday that more than two lakh cases are in courts for 25 years, while over 1,000 cases have not been disposed of even after five decades.Speaking at a public function here, Justice Gogoi said though the judiciary faces criticism for the huge number of pending cases, it is not entirely responsible for the delay as the executive also has some responsibility in the justice delivery mechanism. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”In India, we have a little over one thousand 50-year-old cases and above two lakh 25-year-old cases,” he said. The CJI said, out of about 90 lakh pending civil cases, more than 20 lakh are at a stage where summons have not been served yet. “This is about 23 per cent of the civil cases in the country. In criminal cases, the figure is worse. Out of 2.10 crore (pending) criminal cases, the total pendency at the summoning stage is over a crore. “If summons have not been served, how do my judges start the trial? This is my question to the executive. The responsibility of summoning solely lies with the executive arm of the government,” Justice Gogoi said. He said out of the total pending criminal cases, about 45 lakh are petty offences. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KJustice Gogoi said he had addressed the chief justices of various high courts on July 10, during which he requested them to “go after” the 50-year-old and those pending for 25 years. He instructed Gauhati High Court acting Chief Justice Arup Kumar Goswami to clear such long pending cases in Assam as soon as possible. He also expressed hope that the Centre will accept his proposal to raise the retirement age of high court judges to 65 years from the current 62. “The immediate result – there will be a freeze of retirement for three years. In these three years, we can try and fill up the 403 vacancies by good judges. This is my dream. It should be carried out by my successor Chief Justice (of India) and I don’t see why he cannot change the face of Indian judiciary,” Justice Gogoi said. On the trial courts, the CJI said already around 4,000 posts have been filled of 6,000 vacancies and 1,500 more will be filled up by the end of this year. “As far as the high courts are concerned, out of 1,079 posts all over the country, 403 are vacant. I have requested the chief justices (of the high courts) to send their recommendations…. Make good recommendations,” he said. In Assam and other North East states, there is no case which is 50 years old, but there are 106 cases which are pending for 25 years, Gogoi said.last_img read more

Spain Dismantles Child Pornography Network That Exploits Moroccan Children

By Alexandra KrauskaRabat – The Spanish Civil Guard announced Tuesday that a large child pornography network was dismantled.Many Moroccan children and teenagers were among the victims of the network. The network had been active in Spain and Morocco since 2000, and the investigation began in May, 2016. Since then, seven people have been arrested. The seven members of the criminal network are from Morocco, France and Spain. According to Spanish news agency EFE, several members of the network were arrested on May 29, and others arrested between July 7 and 25.In the final operation launched by Spanish authorities, one of the group members’ homes was searched. This was where officials believe the victims were kept captive, filmed and exploited. The search found over 1 million photographs, 1,000 pornographic DVD’s, and 28 internet domains used to distribute the child pornography.Officials estimate that there are more than 80 victims, though only 29 have been identified. Spain’s leading newspaper, El Pais, reported that “many [victims] were Moroccan children from disadvantaged backgrounds.”The investigation found that the group had been planning to create a network of sex tourism in Morocco, making their victims available to foreign pedophiles. read more

2018 World Cup CAS Officially Rejects Munir El Haddadis Request to

Rabat – Munir El Haddadi is officially out of the competition. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has delivered its verdict, destroying El Haddadi’s dream of wearing the national team’s colors for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.The CAS rejected the request of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) in a hearing held on Monday, without providing an explanation.“The CAS panel in charge of arbitration held a hearing in Lausanne today. After deliberating, the Panel issued its decision, without the grounds. The reasoned award with the grounds will be issued in due course,” the CAS wrote in a statement. Born to Moroccan parents in Spain, El Haddadi represented Spain at the youth level and made a brief appearance as a substitute in an international game against Macedonia with the Spanish national team in 2014.Unfortunately, his substitute appearance may have ruined his chance to represent the Moroccan national football team, according to the FIFA eligibility committee.For months, the FRMF has been attempting to convince the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) to give the 22-year-old the right to represent Morocco.Back in November, the dual Spanish-Moroccan athlete visited FIFA officials in person to appeal that they “defend the rights of binational players.”However, the FIFA Players’ Status Committee rejected El Haddadi’s request to play with the Atlas Lions. FRMF and El Haddadi decided then to appeal to the CAS.  El Haddadi currently plays for the Spanish club Alaves, where he is on loan for the 2017-2018 period. read more

Prime Minister says will ensure legal action on corrupt practices

The Commission is of the opinion that similar incidents as revealed in the Commission Report had occurred even in 2008. The Commission recommended that the Central Bank of Sri Lanka should first conduct a forensic audit with regard to the alleged fraud and corrupt practices from 2008 and based on such findings legal steps should be taken. According to the report the public suffered a loss of Rs. 11.5 billion as a result of the treasury bond deal. The Prime Minister’s office said that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe backs that proposal.The Prime Minister also thanked the commission for the investigations it conducted on the alleged treasury bond scam. (Colombo Gazette) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the Government will ensure legal action is taken on corrupt practices which occurred since 2008.A statement by the Prime Minister’s office said that the Prime Minister backs the move to submit the report by the Presidential commission investigating the treasury bond scam to the Attorney General’s Department to initiate legal action. read more

Goalkeeper Matt Lampson keeping opposition out of the net

Coach John Bluem has the No. 19 Ohio State men’s soccer team in the national picture largely because of his squad’s ability to defend and make opponents earn their scoring chances. The Buckeyes have only given up seven goals in their first 10 games of 2010 and find themselves 6-2-2 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten. “We want to make sure that we’re disciplined,” Bluem said. “That’s the key to good defending is to be disciplined and drop back and fulfill your role and function in the team.” Bluem’s defensive philosophy includes conceding space and being patient. The key is being able to capitalize on counter attacks. He said that being successful on defense requires teamwork more than individual performances. “If people go … chasing the ball and defending the way they want to, it doesn’t work,” he said. “You have to work collectively together as a unit. Everybody has to understand what each other’s responsibilities are and if you do that, you can cover the spaces effectively and cover the key players effectively.” Senior midfielder Sam Scales said he has confidence in Bluem’s approach, even if it doesn’t produce the sexiest soccer to watch. When asked about what the team does in practice to be so stout defensively, his answer was simple. “It’s just listening to our coaches,” he said. “They tell us to stay tight defensively. We know how the system works, we’ve all been playing it, and we’re all used to it.” With the exception of last week’s wild 2-2 tie against No. 1 Akron, defense has played a major role in OSU’s unbeaten surge over the past four games. The team tied No. 6 Louisville 0-0, beat Michigan 1-0 and defeated Michigan State 2-1. The Buckeyes are winless in games in which they give up two goals, but they have not given up more than two in any match in 2010. “We just work on our positioning and formations and stuff,” sophomore midfielder Austin McAnena said. “We just got to keep our shape and keep track of runners. If we track runners and win our individual battles, we’ll win on the defensive side.” Goalkeeper Matt Lampson has gotten off to a solid start and has played an important role in the Buckeyes’ defense. His 11-save performance at Michigan was key to OSU getting the win. Bluem keyed on Lampson’s importance to the defense and its effectiveness. “Matt’s a great part of that,” Bluem said. “He manages his box very well, he’s a great shot stopper, has good size and strength, he distributes the ball well. He’s a key figure in our team. He was at his absolute best against Michigan.” read more

Field Hockey prepares for season opener against Temple

Lantern file photoOSU senior forward Berta Queralt smiles during a Sept. 9 game against Miami (Ohio) in Columbus. OSU lost, 2-1.The women of the field hockey team have high expectations for this season. With its record of 10-9 last season, the team hopes to win a lot more by coming together and playing as a unit.Coach Anne Wilkinson said she has seen a lot of improvement since last season with the overall cohesiveness of the team.“They really came together through the spring, the summer, and are starting off more as a unit this year than we did last year,” Wilkinson said.Wilkinson has upperclassmen that know the game well and are strong competitors for the group. She is confident they can ultimately win the Big Ten title.Co-captains, senior midfielders Nora Murer and Arielle Cowie agreed the team has grown stronger since last season.Murer said all the players, including the freshmen and players with less experience, have stepped up and they fit well within the team.Cowie said she has noticed a different mentality in this team that she did not see last season, which has brought a lot of positivity to the field.“There is a lot of optimism,” Cowie said. “I think we all want to fight for each other and that is all I can ask for.”The co-captains are excited to start the season and continue to have their expectations grow as players develop throughout the season.Sophomore forward Peanut Johnson also said during preseason the team really connected, and she wants her teammates to continue that bond.In the team’s preseason scrimmage last Thursday the Buckeyes defeated Miami 3-0. They plan to use their strong team mentality for their upcoming games.The Buckeyes will travel this weekend to Philadelphia to compete in the Conference Cup. They are set to play Temple on Saturday and either Maryland or New Hampshire on Sunday. Their home opener game is scheduled for Sept. 6 against Missouri State at Buckeye Varsity Field. read more

No resolution in sight as ESB workers serve strike notice

first_imgESB WORKERS WILL serve strike notice on their employers today as discussions with management failed yesterday.The talks between management and unions ended in a war of words, rather than with an agreement.Industrial action is now due to begin on 16 December. Although the terms of the action are not yet known, customers have been told to expect power outages as a result.The dispute centres on a €1.6 billion deficit in the ESB’s pension scheme. Workers believe that the ESB has breached a 2010 agreement.Following the conclusion of talks yesterday, both Unite and ESB management said significant differences remained between the parties but they were determined to continue to engage in dialogue.Unite has said it will serve the industrial action notice at 2pm today.No third party intervention – such as the Labour Relations Commission – has been planned as yet.Unite: ‘Insufficient progress made to defer notice of industrial action on ESB’War of words: ‘You have brought this industrial relations crisis’ – ESB unions blame bosseslast_img read more

BABYMETAL launches US anime series

first_imgStay on target 11 Ways the Wu-Tang Clan Shaped Geek CultureSpotify’s Rise to Power Dramatized in TV Mini-Series The cutest heavy metal band in all the land is getting their own anime series.Having perfected the art of headbanging hardcore while still looking kawaii as hell, Japanese metal group BABYMETAL is fresh off of their 2016 world tour and ready to conquer a new medium: anime.The announcement comes via BABYMETAL’s official Facebook page and a press release from Warner Bros., stating that their new animated adventure will be brought to our screens thanks to the minds at Warner Bros.’ digital studio Blue Ribbon Content and Amuse USA.BABYMETAL’s manager and founder Key Kobayashi (also known as KOBAMETAL) is set to produce.In the series, the world of heavy metal finds itself under attack. The god Kitsune decides to form the warrior band BABYMETAL in order to help save the world and the musical genre.Leading the group are real life BABYMETAL band members SU-MEAL, YUIMETAL, and MOAMETAL. The short form series will be a combination of live-action musical performances and animation, with the girls traveling to the animated world in order to redefine the metal genre in order to save it, sort of like how they’ve already been rocking the metal boat here in the real world.BABYMETAL performing a sold out show at SSE Arean, Wembley in London earlier this spring.BABYMETAL is insanely popular in both Japan and the US, with their music topping iTunes charts, garnering an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and finishing their world tour that included a sold-out show at Wembley arena. They have just signed to perform with the Red Hot Chili Peppers in their upcoming UK tour.The band consists of three teenage girls, Suzuka Nakamoto, Yui Mizuno, and Moa Kikuchi, who go by the names SU-METAL, YUIMETAL, and MOAMETAL. They are a combination of pop idol sensibilities, with fresh-faced cute looks and outfits, paired with surprisingly well-written metal music in their over the top performances.The trio has made great strides in the pop metal scene in only five years since their formation.Here’s hoping that the upcoming show is able to translate their adorable metal fury to the screen. No release date has been announced yet, so stay tuned for more info. Until then, enjoy the hell out of their music.last_img read more

Alvaro Odriozola talks about the impact of Madrid coach Solari

first_imgReal Madrid right-back Alvaro Odriozola has been featured more in matches ever since Madrid new coach Santiago Solari took over from Julen Lopetegui and he is not blind to the impact of the new coach on him.Having played in the 6-1 win over Melilla at the Santiago Bernabeu last Thursday, Odriozola went on to start in the 1-0 victory away to Huesca at the weekend.He is also ready to display against CSKA Moscow on Wednesday evening.“I have many things to thank [Julen] Lopetegui for,” Odriozola said in the press conference ahead of the CSKA match via Marca.“He took decisions that I respect.“This kind of situation made me work.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“Solari has given me confidence.”“I’m feeling good, very comfortable,” he continued.“For me it is a dream to be here.“[So far] I have scored one goal and provided three assists; I am very satisfied.“I could not be happier.”“The goal is to win each game that we play,” he said.last_img read more

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first_img This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Amber Heard in a scene from “Aquaman.” (Jasin Boland/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP) Superheroes who travel by sea horse never get any respect.Since Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger first dreamed him up in 1941, Aquaman’s fate has largely been as the Rodney Dangerfield of DC Comics — a regular punchline for his not-so-potent powers. Sure, he can talk underwater and brandishes a big fork for weapon. But like Luca Brasi, he sleeps with the fishes.Yet Aquaman’s day has finally arrived. And if there was one inspired stroke behind the first solo movie for the Atlantis hero, it was in casting Jason Momoa in the Justice League role, one he begun in 2016’s “Batman v Superman.” It’s almost a dare: Try telling this guy your Aquaman jokes.In James Wan’s waterlogged, fitfully entertaining “Aquaman,” a heavy metal guitar riff blares at our first close-up of the long-haired, much-tattooed, shirtless Momoa. “Permission to come aboard?” he says with a sly, over-the-shoulder grin.It’s a welcome arrival. As Momoa showed on his recent “Saturday Night Live” hosting gig, his charisma is as formidable as his brawn. So why is “Aquaman” so soggy with Atlantis mythology and drowning in special effects when all it really needs to do is let Momoa’s Aquaman rock?There are pleasures in Wan’s extravagant underwater pageant. It’s surely the only movie around where you can enjoy a floating Willem Dafoe (as Vulko, royal counsellor to Atlantis ruler Orm, played by Patrick Wilson), see a gladiatorial showdown sounded by an octopus on drums and, in one of the many scenes where water is weaponized, witness death by Chianti, in a tussle that tumbles into a Sicilian wine store.“Aquaman” weighs in somewhere between the lugubrious “Justice League” and the less leaden “Wonder Woman” on the uneven scales of recent DC films. To both the movie’s benefit and detriment, the seas here are choppier than in the predictably (and sometimes boringly) smooth sailing of a Marvel movie. But the bright spots (Momoa, that octopus) can be difficult to really relish amid the oceans of exposition and a typically pulverizing, overelaborate screenplay.A war is brewing underwater, but David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Will Beall’s script takes a while to get us there. They have origin stories to map out, beginning with Atlanna, the banished Atlantis princess (Nicole Kidman, a screen goddess without the need to play an aquatic one), washing up on the rocky Maine shores of a lighthouse keeper (Temuera Morrison). They fall in love and have a child named Arthur (our Aquaman to be) before Atlanna is forced to return to the sea.As an adult, Arthur — trained by Vulko as a kid — moonlights as a hero in between happy-hour trips to the bar. But he’s reluctantly drawn into a struggle for the throne of the seven seas with his younger brother Orm, who’s plotting a battle with “surface dwellers.” He regards Arthur as a “half-breed” not fit for the underwater kingdom he grew up outside of. The red-haired Xebel princess Mera (Amber Heard), herself a formidable fighter, joins with Arthur on a globe-trotting mission to save Atlantis and prevent war by finding a sacred trident (oh, there is so very much trident action), with occasional, half-hearted gestures of romantic banter along the way.After centuries of invisibility and peace, Orm and his conspirators have had enough of the landlubbers above. (Why they weren’t earlier pushed over the edge by jet skis or, for that matter, “Baywatch,” is unclear.) In one tidal wave of vengeance, he washes the ocean’s garbage and warships onto beaches around the world.But “Aquaman” is too timid to take this thread seriously (or even to substantially include sea animals for Aquaman to, you know, talk to). Instead we have a tiresome tale of royal power struggle that could almost as easily happen on Krypton or in ancient Greece, albeit without the benefit of a floating Dafoe.Wan, the director of the “Saw” franchise and “Furious 7,” deserves both criticism for soaking the film so thoroughly in kitschy CGI and praise for the glowing synthetic beauty of Atlantis. The movie zips along too quickly before we get much more than a float-over view of Atlantis. (Many mysteries, such as how plumbing functions on the seafloor, go unanswered.) But in almost “Tron”-like contours of luminous neon, Atlantis is a cinema world well built, at least on the outside. But the movie’s only truly visually stunning sequence is a deep-sea chase lit by a lone flare while hordes of frightful creatures close in.But both Wan and Momoa have a surprisingly firm grasp of who Aquaman is, and they ultimately — more than two hours later — steer their film toward sincerity and away from bombast. It’s surely some measure of accomplishment that “Aquaman,” for all its messy grandiosity, culminates in its hero therapeutically saying “Let’s talk,” and it’s uttered not to a manatee but to a brother.“Aquaman,” a Warner Bros. release, is rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language. Running time: 143 minutes. Two stars out of four.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAPJake Coyle, The Associated Press by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Dec 12, 2018 6:12 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Film Review: Jason Momoa swims but ‘Aquaman’ sinkslast_img read more