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first_imgSupermarkets slammed as ‘mega-drug dealers’ as doctors back calls for an end to booze salesStuff co.nz 4 August 2017Family First Comment: The Medical Association wants an end to heavy discounting, and a rise in alcohol taxes.#reducingalcoholharmThe Medical Association has added its voice to calls for an end to supermarket booze sales.Association chairwoman Kate Baddock said doctors wanted to blunt the availability of cut-price alcohol, which blighted so many people’s lives.“Alcohol causes diseases in ordinary people. Not only does it cause harm in the liver, but it’s associated with an increase in breast and bowel cancer as well as cancers of the mouth, throat, stomach and liver.”The association wants minimum pricing for alcohol, as well as higher taxes, to stop supermarkets discounting alcohol, and to reduce young people’s exposure to it.Alcohol Health Watch director Nicki Jackson said the powerful liquor lobby – the big breweries and “supermarket monopolies” – stifled any attempt by councils to introduce alcohol harm reduction policies, by smothering them with legal challenges that resulted in watered-down compromises.“Booze is the most harmful drug by a country mile – and we put it in our supermarkets,” she said. “It’s more hazardous than tobacco, heroin or methamphetamine, yet we still put our focus on illicit drug reform.”Doug Sellman, director of the National Addiction Centre, said stopping the “mega-drug dealing business” of selling booze in supermarkets would be a giant leap in reducing alcohol-related harm.Banning liquor from supermarkets would “curb the activity of these drug dealers and would be a huge step forwards in changing the heavy-drinking culture”.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/95435119/supermarkets-slammed-as-megadrug-dealers-as-doctors-back-renewed-call-for-an-end-to-booze-salesKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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first_img Mourinho added: “It’s fair to say when things go wrong, you (the media) kill the managers. When things go well, give them credit. “In the same way, ‘sack (Garry) Monk’, ‘sack Mourinho’, ‘sack everyone that is doing bad’, Claudio deserves all the credit. “Or when things go wrong, it’s about managers, when things go well, it’s about players. “So please make a compensation with what you do to managers in trouble and put Claudio where he deserves (to be).” Mourinho railed against the firing culture in football, yet he has no issue with the moment he replaced Ranieri at Stamford Bridge, despite the Italian having a further three years remaining on his contract. Ranieri was the first managerial casualty of Roman Abramovich’s ownership and Mourinho, in October, was the first to be given a vote of confidence in the Russian’s 12 years in control. “When you finish a cycle, another cycle opens,” Mourinho said. “I think this is very normal. I feel sympathy when people lose their job in the middle of the marathon and another one comes to replace to get the same team. “In that case it was the end of a cycle. The club decided to change, to go in another direction. “The manager is free to go, to choose a different club, a different life. “We changed so many things in that period, so many players were leaving when Claudio left, so many players were coming: Petr Cech, Paulo Ferreira, (Ricardo) Carvalho, (Didier) Drogba, (Arjen) Robben, Tiago, (Alexei) Smertin. “It was a complete change. Change the manager, change the squad, change the direction. It’s football.” Mourinho praised Ranieri’s decision to sign Frank Lampard, William Gallas and Claude Makelele, but declined the opportunity to comment further on the foundations laid for his hugely successful first spell. The pair went on to have a fractious relationship when in Serie A, when Mourinho was Inter Milan boss, as Ranieri was in charge of rivals Juventus and Roma. It was only when the Portuguese left for Real Madrid and Ranieri later became Inter boss that the relationship improved. “He was in the two rivals. We cannot be the best friends,” Mourinho said. “When he went to Inter was when I felt what I always feel, which is I always want Inter to win, doesn’t matter who the manager is. “When I called him to wish him the best, I think in that moment we started a different relationship, but I always had respect for the man.” Press Association Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has attempted to turn the pressure on Claudio Ranieri, saying Leicester cannot fail to qualify for Europe this season after their fine start. The Portuguese then said Leicester should not finish outside the top six now after a start to a campaign which could yet see them finish as champions. “They are in such a position where only three things can happen to them,” Mourinho said. “One, to be champions, which would be amazing. “Another would be to finish top four, which would again be a super achievement, but very normal at this moment because of the difference of points is very big. “The worst thing that can happen to them is to finish top six, which should be a phenomenal season too. “At this moment I don’t think they are thinking about relegation any more. They are not thinking about finishing in the top half as that is certain. “So at this moment they have conditions to enjoy playing free of any pressure but keeping that ambition that leaves them in this fantastic position.” Mourinho says Ranieri should be praised for his achievements with Leicester, who fought relegation for the entirety of last season before ensuring survival under his predecessor Nigel Pearson. Ranieri, who preceded Mourinho as Chelsea boss in 2004, has presided over a remarkable start to the Premier League season for the Foxes, as his former club have gone from champions to flirting with the relegation zone. The Italian, though, has tipped Chelsea to have a resurgence and to reach the top four, something which was welcomed by Mourinho, whose position is under scrutiny after the holders’ miserable start to the season. last_img read more

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first_imgINDIA 1st innings 318 (M. Vijay 65, C. Pujara 62)NEW ZEALAND 1st innings 262 (K. Williamson 75, T. Latham 58; R. Jadeja 5-73, R. Ashwin 4-93)INDIA 2nd innings 377 for 5 decl. (C. Pujara 78, M. Vijay 76, R. Sharma 68 n.o., R. Jadeja 50 n.o.)NEW ZEALAND 2nd innings (o/n 93-4; Target: 434 runs)T. Latham lbw b R. Ashwin 2M. Guptill c Vijay b R. Ashwin 0K. Williamson lbw b R. Ashwin 25R. Taylor run-out (U. Yadav) 17L. Ronchi c R. Ashwin b Jadeja 80M. Santner c Ro. Sharma b R. Ashwin 71B. Watling lbw b Shami 18M. Craig b Shami 1I. Sodhi b R. Ashwin 17T. Boult not out 2N. Wagner lbw b R. Ashwin 0Extras: (lb-2, nb-1) 3Total: (all out, 87.3 overs) 236Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-3, 3-43, 4-56, 5-158, 6-194, 7-196, 8-223, 9-236.Bowling: M. Shami 8-2-18-2, R. Ashwin 35.3-5-132-6, R. Jadeja 34-17-58-1 (nb-1), U. Yadav 8-1-23-0, M. Vijay 2-0-3-0. By Amlan ChakrabortyKANPUR, India – (Reuetrs) – India celebrated their 500th Test in style when they overcame New Zealand’s final dogged resistance with mesmeric spin and masterful swing to claim the series-opener by 197 runs yesterday.New Zealand were always going to do well to manage anything more than delaying the Indian celebrations when they resumed on 93 for four in their pursuit of an improbable 434-run victory target on a track offering generous spin and bounce.To their credit, they kept the home bowlers at bay for 50 overs on a turning day-five track before collapsing for 236 to give the hosts a comprehensive victory in the milestone Test.Ravichandran Ashwin claimed 6-132 to complete his 10-wicket match-haul and prove why he is considered India’s premier spinner.“The boys applied themselves well, there were a few moments where we were in a spot of bother,” said India skipper Virat Kohli.“It’s been a memorable Test match and exciting to play. New Zealand showed some resistance and that’s what you want in a Test match. I’m sure the series is going to get more and more competitive as it goes on.”When final day’s play began under an overcast sky, overnight batsmen Luke Ronchi and Mitchell Santner (71) continued that resistance against the in-form Indian spinners at Kanpur’s Green Park Stadium.Kohli predictably began with spin from both ends but the batsmen mixed caution with aggression to defy their hosts.Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja finally made the breakthrough when he induced Ronchi into an ill-timed slog against the turn and Ashwin pouched the skier at point.The dismissal pretty much summed up a Test in which India’s spin duo, who shared 16 of the 20 Black Cap wickets between them, combined to wreck New Zealand’s hopes of a result.It was a tame end to Ronchi’s 102-run partnership with Santner, a defiant battle spread over 36 overs that proved the local spinners were not unplayable.Ronchi hit nine boundaries and a six before his rush of blood to the head ended his innings on 80.In a match dominated by the spinners, Mohammed Shami also displayed his reverse-swing mastery and got one to jag back into BJ Watling’s pad before he uprooted Mark Craig’s middle stump with another swinging delivery.Craig will now return home to recover from a side strain. He was replaced in the squad by Jeetan Patel.Santner completed his fifty but was then served a nearly unplayable ball from Ashwin, which pitched way outside the leg-stump, turned and bounced viciously to kiss the shoulder of the bat and nestle in Rohit Sharma’s waiting hands at silly point.The off-spinner then trapped Neil Wagner leg-before to seal the victory.Kolkata hosts the second of the three Tests from Friday.“There were a lot of positives we’ll take into the next Test, hopefully a few lessons as well,” said New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.“Credit goes to India, they outplayed us with bat and ball. It was a combination of many things but there is no doubt that India were the better team.”last_img read more

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first_img“This business [has] been here for a long time,” he said. “Everybody knows this business, they know the Village Cobbler. I didn’t even change the name because this name was popular already, and I don’t want to lose that.” “All of my customers, even until now, they remember him,” Keklikyan said. “They love him. So they always stop by [and] say like, ‘How’s John doing?’”   Keklikyan’s service has driven significant customer engagement, even in nonbusiness matters. Alumni who have moved to the East Coast still send their shoes to him. A customer recently called him to weigh in on an argument about whether boots qualify as shoes. Customers drive from Long Beach, Orange County and Irvine for his expertise.  “It’s about the quality, about the service,” Keklikyan said. “That all matters when you are doing not only this business, but any business.”  Many students, including Santora, have had a continued history with Keklikyan’s shop. Santora’s first time going to the Village Cobbler was after her backpack handle broke off in her sophomore year, which Keklikyan fixed the same day.  Recently, a customer brought in a 50-year-old vintage designer purse that she inherited from her mother. The purse was difficult to repair because the inside leather was deteriorating, making it nearly impossible to replicate its color and texture. Keklikyan explained that repairing the purse would change its authentic look and would be challenging, but not impossible. The customer later decided they didn’t want to lose its character. “We bought the leather, all the models [and] created the cowboy boots,” Keklikyan said. “Honestly, it was killing my feet, but I didn’t care. The most important thing for the cowboy boots on the side was the stitching design … Everything was real leather — inside, outside, leather sole, double stitching.” Yet in a profession that continues to dwindle in the United States, other cobblers have not been as lucky as Keklikyan. According to the Shoe Service Institute of America, shoe repair shops have decreased from 100,000 in the 1930s to 5,000 in 2019. While fast fashion proliferates, Keklikyan has made it clear that he is not leaving any time soon.  Keklikyan has owned the Village Cobbler since he took it over from his retiring uncle in 2010, 10 years after immigrating to the United States from Armenia, carrying it over from the old village to USC Village, which was built by the University in 2017. Taking after his uncles, grandfathers and father, who were all shoemakers hailing from Yerevan, Armenia — the historic epicenter of leather manufacturing — Keklikyan hopes to continue the cultural tradition of shoemaking for years to come.  For Keklikyan, who went to college in Armenia, working in USC Village surrounded by students is a way to give back. It is this giving that truly drives his business and has allowed the Village Cobbler to stick around for nearly 30 years.  But before the upscale $700 million, 15-acre complex existed, there was another village; the old University Village, which dated back to the 1970s and housed local businesses, none of which are still open except for Village Cobbler. Keklikyan admits that, although the transition period was difficult, the current location is better for business.  “This is definitely more handiwork,” Zhu said. “But I thought that it was very convenient for him to be there because if he wasn’t there at USC Village, then I would’ve gone on Yelp to find somewhere in downtown potentially to get my shoe fixed.”  Rows of boots, tennis shoes, heels and loafers line the shelves behind the counter. Smells of leather, metal and chemicals waft through the room. Hanging on the wall, a handmade wooden plaque reads “God Bless This Business” and a large sapphire evil eye stares at customers. There’s a used horseshoe, facing upward, symbolizing the invitation of good business.  However, Keklikyan stood on the shoulders of shoemaking giants. Strangers would often tell him about the shoemaking skills of his grandfathers. So the legacy followed him when he moved to Los Angeles, and he found himself helping his uncle. The establishment of USC Village is part of the larger trend of gentrification around USC’s campus. Many local businesses were pushed out to create the development and residents were driven out of their homes. When Kelikyan took over the business, it was difficult for him to establish a new clientele that knew him, not his uncle, as the face of the Village Cobbler. He enjoyed working with his uncle when he could and appreciates the loyalty of his former customers.  Preserving Tradition  “Honestly, it’s hard because sometimes they bring something like old purses, old shoes and they love their shoes,” he said. “They want to just keep them. You’ve got to do your best to satisfy the customer. It’s not going to be brand new, of course, but the condition is going to be much better.”  Keklikyan grew up watching his father work and would often help him resole, shine and repair shoes when he was a teenager. He remembers the cuts on his hands that would throb for weeks from his early mistakes with the knife and tools. During his childhood, almost every pair of his shoes was custom-made for him by his father. At 17, he once begged his father to make him cowboy boots, which were trendy at the time yet seemingly impossible to create.  Santora appreciates Keklikyan’s friendliness and knowledge. She said he pays attention to detail and clearly communicates to customers how he plans on fixing whatever item they bring.  “I think that when USC turned over [USC Village], they really tried to gear things toward students rather than the surrounding community,” said Lucy Santora, a senior majoring in international relations and public diplomacy who has frequented Village Cobbler to fix her shoes and bags. “But, I think that the role of the Cobbler works well with the surrounding community and USC students … That whole turnover is an interesting study of gentrification, but I’m very thankful that the Cobbler is still a part of USC Village.” Keklikyan is adamant that, despite the abundance of do-it-yourself videos, professional assistance is required to properly repair leather. When Keklikyan doesn’t know how to fix something, he will call friends who are cobblers. Despite his expertise, it’s nevertheless difficult to completely renew customers’ items.  Shoelaces, insoles, dyes, adhesives and leather preservatives cover the walls of the Village Cobbler. Owner Sean Keklikyan sits behind the counter, hunched over a pair of scuffed suede boots. He has mended heels, fixed soles and repatched leather at the shop for more than 10 years since the shop’s founding over three decades ago.  Building Community  Sole Survivor  “Definitely now it’s better because everything is new — new stores, lots of students are here now,” Keklikyan said.  “I guess I love shoes … When I see nice shoes, nice job, it’s like an art, like drawing a picture,” he said. “People love it … It’s in my blood.”  Zhu said the Cobbler stands out among more corporate retail businesses in USC Village. The shop is only run by Keklikyan and it doesn’t have a website. When USC opened the gates to USC Village in August 2017, it promised to expand housing, dining and other amenities for students. USC Village, which was the largest development in the school’s history, is home to big businesses such as Starbucks, Target and Trader Joe’s. Despite the deep-rooted tradition of shoemaking in Keklikyan’s family and home country, he didn’t always expect to become a cobbler. In his youth, Keklikyan played on the Armenian national volleyball team and originally thought he would become a coach someday.  Armenian tradition places historical and cultural significance on the art of shoemaking. Situated in the crossing of transit trade roads, Armenia was known for developing talented crafters, who created inner soles of shoes from oxen and bullocks and an outer layer of leather from cows.  Jenny Zhu, a senior studying economics, said she enjoys Keklikyan’s service and would recommend the business to any students.  “He was very reasonable,” Zhu said. “He did not want to take advantage of me being a student and having the convenience.” “He’s a very nice guy, and he’s definitely community-driven and really just wants to be there and hear about your time at USC,” she said.  (Vincent Leo | Daily Trojan) “I have gone to get shoes resoled, some of my shoes for work, literally whatever you need, he can do, which is really awesome,” she said.  “It’s honestly a nice place and location for business,” Keklikyan said. “I’ve been a student too — in front of [my] the university [there were] lots of shops and restaurants that I used. Now, I’m kind of giving that service they gave me when I was in the young ages.”last_img read more

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first_imgPASADENA, Calif. — Saturday didn’t turn out like 1974 for USC. Instead, it turned out like much of 2012.On the game’s first snap, a hurried senior quarterback Matt Barkley looked to his left and fired a pass toward Marqise Lee. But the sophomore wide receiver and Heisman Trophy candidate was swarmed by two defenders, and the pass was snatched by UCLA cornerback Aaron Hester, who returned the interception 14 yards to the Trojans’ 17-yard line.Picked apart · UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley scored two rushing touchdowns in the Bruins’ win over USC on Saturday. It marked just the second time in the last 14 tries UCLA had beaten the Trojans. – Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanFour plays later, Brett Hundley snuck in on a 1-yard touchdown run, capping off the drive and giving the No. 17 Bruins the early 7-0 edge. Hundley, the team’s first-year starter at quarterback, helped guide UCLA (9-2, 6-2) to a quick 24-0 lead by the midway point of the second quarter. And that lead was never relinquished.“I totally thought we were going to win that game — even down by the big score early,” said USC coach Lane Kiffin. “I thought it’d be like the Notre Dame-’SC game from years ago.”But there would be no similar comeback victory over a heated rival, as was the case during the 1974 Trojan win over Notre Dame at the Coliseum, when USC trailed 24-0 during the second quarter before reeling off 55 straight points.Instead, as has been the case throughout much of the season, USC (7-4, 5-4) failed to bounce back from the early deficit and fell 38-28 to crosstown rival UCLA for the first time since 2006 and just the second time since 1998 in front of an announced crowd of 83,277 at the Rose Bowl.“The quarterback made a number of great throws in that run they had there,” Kiffin said of Hundley. “You have to give a lot of credit to him. It’s not easy to do in a game like that.”Hundley, who would complete 22 of 30 passes for 234 yards and one touchdown on the afternoon, had his fair share of successes against the Trojans’ overwhelmed defensive front, especially during “that run” in the early moments. During the first quarter, the redshirt freshman lobbed a 17-yard touchdown pass to 6-foot-8 tight end Joseph Fauria as part of the early scoring barrage that put UCLA in position to snap its five-game losing streak to USC.“He’s real fast, but he can also throw the ball,” said sophomore defensive tackle George Uko, who compared Hundley to former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks Vince Young and Cam Newton. “He’s only going to get better from here.”With the win, UCLA, not USC, will now represent the South Division in the Pac-12 championship game, scheduled for Nov. 30.Though playing from behind for most of the afternoon, USC’s offense did appear to be in position to pull off a come-from-behind win. Within the remaining minutes of the second quarter, Barkley threw touchdown passes on back-to-back drives: a 33-yard toss to freshman wide receiver Nelson Agholor and a 2-yard strike to sophomore tight end Randall Telfer.As a result, the Trojans trailed 24-14 at halftime.“We dug ourselves in a hole we couldn’t get out of, which is unfortunate,” said Barkley, who threw for 301 yards and three touchdowns, but also had two passes intercepted during the team’s third loss in the last four games.Barkley, now with a career-high 15 interceptions this season, was later forced to leave the game during the fourth quarter after landing awkwardly on his right throwing shoulder following a sack by linebacker Anthony Barr. Redshirt freshman Max Wittek filled in at quarterback for the remainder of the game.Though declining to provide any specific information regarding the injury he did leave the locker room with his right arm in an apparent sling and his status for the team’s regular season finale — Saturday against No. 1 Notre Dame — remains uncertain.“I fought as hard as I could have fought,” Barkley said. “Plays were there, plays weren’t there. There were times I feel like we could have broken the game open, but it just didn’t happen.”Several skilled position players put up their usual productive numbers. Lee finished with nine receptions for 158 yards and one touchdown, becoming the Pac-12 single-season leader in receiving yards with 1,605 yards through 11 games. Senior running back Curtis McNeal added 161 rushing yards on 21 carries.But trailing 31-28 toward the end of the fourth quarter and needing a stop, the Trojans couldn’t quite get one. UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin found the end zone on a 29-yard run to cap off a nine-play drive that spanned more than 80 yards and put the game out of reach.“We fired back,” senior safety T.J. McDonald said, “but we just didn’t do enough. They capitalized on opportunities and we didn’t.”last_img read more

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first_imgMike Makubika and Gerry McNamara used to play one-on-one every day during the offseason. Makubika, a team manager for Syracuse in 2003-04, went up against McNamara, starting guard for the defending champions.Never once did Makubika pull out a win.Now as an assistant coach for 2014 Division II National Champion Florida Southern, Makubika’s returned to get his revenge on the sideline against McNamara, now an assistant coach for SU.After transferring from Central Connecticut, Makubika was in contact with assistant coach Mike Hopkins, who he knew from when Hopkins recruited one of his friends. The assistant coach introduced Makubika to the head team manager and got Makubika a job with the team.As a team manager, Makubika did anything and everything for the Orange, from assisting pregame warm-ups, drills in practice, or getting water for the players and coaches.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“There was nothing too small or too large that we could’ve done,” Makubika said.While manager on the team, Makubika became close with McNamara and center Matt Gorman, whom he roomed with in 2005-06. The former roommates, all still in contact today, now are working as coaches.McNamara stayed at his alma mater and began working as a graduate assistant in 2009 before being promoted as an assistant for the Orange for the 2011-12 season. Gorman is working as an assistant at Jefferson Community College in Watertown, NY.Gorman mentioned he wished he could see Makubika more, but their distance has kept them apart.“You can drop him off anywhere in the world and he’ll get along with anyone,” Gorman said. “I think that’s what makes him an effective coach and makes him so successful.”Gorman said Makubika was always able to make the team laugh, recalling a time he dressed up as singer Rick James for Halloween.Makubika described his relationship with head coach Jim Boheim as a positive one, however, Gorman recalled a time when Boheim wasn’t too pleased with Makubika.Makubika accidentally walked by a motion sensor that turned on a hand dryer while Boheim was speaking. The head coach was furious.“You weren’t trying hard if you didn’t get yelled at by coach Boheim,” Gorman said. Makubika has taken several things from Boheim, Hopkins and Syracuse, however, he said the most important thing he learned was loyalty.“The work ethic up there (is amazing),” Makubika said. “It’s a first class operation, you’ve got to have good players and good people in your program.”The Moccasins are now led by head coach Mike Donnelly and Makubika, who coached together for five seasons at Southern Connecticut State, hope to continue the success they had with SCSU.The scheduling for this Sunday’s game began years ago when Makubika reached out to Syracuse to play an exhibition game against SCSU. When Makubika and the entire Donnelly coaching staff moved to Florida Southern, they reconnected with SU to schedule this Sunday’s exhibition.Makubika is flourishing in his new role with a program that just won a national championship, but maintains he would “love” to come back to coach at his alma mater “The sky is the limit for him,” Gorman said of Makubika. “I just hope they don’t get beat by 100.“It will be great to see Makubika back at the dome.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 6, 2015 at 6:03 pm Contact Jack: jfupton@syr.edulast_img read more

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first_imgThough Wisconsin’s football team is not taking the field this weekend, there are still a lot of exciting teams who are continuing their college football season without any hiccups.While we can’t root for Wisconsin, here are some exciting, appealing teams that Badger fans can stand behind.Georgia BulldogsThe Bulldogs are similar to the Badgers — always a bridesmaid and never the bride. Wisconsin fans can sympathize with the Bulldogs as both teams have struggled to take the next step in becoming the conference’s top dog. Like Wisconsin in the Big Ten West, the Bulldogs have dominated their division, the SEC East. The problem is both programs have struggled when they face off against the representative of the other division in the conference championship game. Georgia has appeared in four of the last eight SEC Championship games, but they have a dismal 1-3 record in those matchups. Similarly, Wisconsin has lost their last four conference championship matchups. Both schools have also been running back factories, producing top-tier backs that have gone on to have careers in the NFL — Nick Chubb and Sony Michel for Georgia, James White, Melvin Gordon and Jonathan Taylor for Wisconsin. Georgia fans, we Badgers feel your pain and hope your team finally hurdles that final obstacle and secures the team’s first national championship since 1981.Football: Previewing Wisconsin’s final six games in conference-only seasonThough the University of Wisconsin’s 2020 fall football season was canceled, it’s still fun to predict what would’ve happened if Read…Appalachian State MountaineersAppalachian State first made headlines in 2007 when they pulled off one of the great upsets in college football history. As a then FCS team, the Mountaineers silenced 110,000 plus fans at the Big House with a historic win over No. 5 Michigan. Since that monumental victory, the program has soared to another level. Last year, the Mountaineers enjoyed a stellar 13-1 season, winning the Sun Belt and finishing ranked No. 20 in the College Football Playoff rankings. Entering 2020, the Mountaineers looked to turn some heads. Quarterback Zac Thomas is one of college football’s best-kept secrets. In 2019, Thomas threw for 28 touchdowns and only six interceptions. Thomas also did damage on the ground, scampering for seven rushing touchdowns. A former Sun Belt Conference player of the year, Thomas is poised for a breakout season. Everyone loves an underdog, and the Mountaineers, yet again, are a team that can turn some heads in 2020.As uncertainty surrounds college football, Big Ten postponses fall sports seasonAfter a rollercoaster 24-hour period, the Big Ten Conference has decided to move the 2019-20 fall sports season to next Read…Clemson TigersThe Tigers are loaded with talent and again ride a “National Title or bust” mentality heading into the 2020 season. For college football fans, this will likely be the last season to cherish the natural talent of quarterback Trevor Lawrence before he makes his move to the NFL. Lawrence, paired up with two-time ACC Player of the Year Travis Etienne — who surprised many by returning to school for his senior year — is one of, if not the most, dynamic tandem in the country. Though Clemson lost four defensive players to the draft including first-round picks Isaiah Simmons and A.J. Terrell, it’s expected Defensive Coordinator Brent Venables will reload a defense that finished No. 6 nationally in yards allowed per game at 288.3. The strength of Clemson’s defense is their front, led by the mammoth Tyler Davis. In his freshman year, Davis was a second-team All-ACC selection, tallying 5.5 sacks and 51 tackles. The anchor of the defense is linebacker James Skalski, who recorded 105 tackles last season. With an array of talent, the Tigers are a must-watch on television and a favorite to take home their second national championship in three seasons.North Carolina Tar HeelsIf you are looking for an up-and-coming team, the Tar Heels fit the script. In Head Coach Mack Brown’s return to Chapel Hill in 2019, North Carolina exceeded expectations. From 2018, North Carolina’s win total jumped from two to seven, and the Heels are the most suited team to challenge mighty Clemson in the ACC. North Carolina can hurt opponents through both the air and the ground. Quarterback Sam Howell is one of the best in the country, and as a freshman threw for 38 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. In fact, it was Howell, not projected top-pick Trevor Lawrence, who led the ACC in touchdowns. The Tar Heels also use two capable running backs in Michael Carter and Javonte Williams. In 2019, both Carter and Williams rushed for over 900 yards. The Tar Heels are ranked in the preseason polls for the first time since 2016, so it will be interesting to see if this team can contend for an ACC title.Football: Breaking down Wisconsin’s quarterback competitionAfter leading his team to a Rose Bowl appearance and finishing ninth in the NCAA in quarterback rating, you would Read…Even if the Badgers don’t take the field this fall, there are still a lot of exciting and alluring teams to follow in 2020. While the Badgers should be everyone’s top choice, these four teams will be electrifying to watch this season.last_img read more

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first_imgSuspended Local Black Stars midfielder Yahaya Mohammed is backing his team mates to get the needed results which will ensure the team’s qualification to the next stage of the CHAN competition in South Africa. Yahaya Mohammed who has been exceptional for Ghana in this tournament so far will not be available for selection due to yellow cards accumulation.The Kumasi Asante Kotoko player whose only goal helped Ghana to draw one all with Libya in their second Group game in an interview with Joy sports noted that his absence will not affect the team.“I believe in my other team mates and I know those that will be giving the chance to play will not disappoint,” said Mohammed“All that I have to do now is to sit back, support and pray for them so they can get us the needed results to ensure our qualification to the next stage of the competition.“The major thing for us to qualify we don’t care the position we place on the standings so I believe that is the most important thing.” Mohammed was voted man of the match during their 1-1 draw against Libya.last_img read more

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first_imgWe have history.During the first nationally broadcasted All-Star draft in league history, Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James completed the very first trade during the event. “F— no,” he said.This is going to be a fun All-Star game. NBA All-Star 2019: Full rosters, draft results for Team LeBron, Team Giannis “You took my guy!”Giannis takes Ben Simmons in the #NBAAllStarDraft pic.twitter.com/zxZxWtXpod— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 8, 2019But, the two players made nice and completed a deal which ultimately sent Russell Westbrook to Team Giannis and brought Simmons back to Team LeBron.There has been a trade! 👀@BenSimmons25 will play for #TeamLeBron and @russwest44 will play for #TeamGiannis in the 2019 #NBAAllStar game! pic.twitter.com/c9XII5sOJ1— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 8, 2019Simmons had his own reaction to the trade.Where was @wojespn on that one huh?— Ben Simmons (@BenSimmons25) February 8, 2019Now, there could be a storm brewing on Team Giannis.This is for one simple reason — Joel Embiid is also on Antetokounmpo’s roster.Westbrook and Embiid have an extensive history in which the two players have gone back and forth at each other for the last couple of years.It was only a couple of weeks ago when the two players had to be separated on the court in the middle of the game.When asked after the game if he was cool with Embiid, Westbrook was blunt. After Antetokounmpo took Ben Simmons during the reserves portion of the draft, James wasn’t thrilled.”S—,” he said. “You took my guy.” Related Newslast_img read more