5 Bold Predictions For The South Region Of The NCAA Tournament

first_imgFive bold predictions for the South Region. Miami Plug DanceTwitter/@MiamiHurricanesThe 2016 NCAA Tournament gets underway tonight with the first pair of play-in games. Play in the South Region begins at 9:10 p.m. ET on tru TV, with two 11-seeds, Wichita State and Vanderbilt, facing off for the right to play Vanderbilt. The South Region is very intriguing. It contains the No. 1 overall seed in the field, along with a number of teams capable of busting the bracket. We’ll find out which team emerges on March 26 at the KFC YUM! Center in Louisville.We’re here to help you make your picks in the South, but we’re not going with just chalk. Without further ado, let’s look at our five bold predictions for the South Region. Get Started: Wichita State “Shocks” The Competition >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6last_img read more

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5 questions the government needs to answer before the start of the

first_imgMessage — with files from The Canadian Press Email APTN National News OTTAWA – The pre-consultation sessions with families and friends of missing and murdered Indigenous women is over.The sessions are part of the Liberal government promise to launch a full public inquiry into the more than 1,200 missing or murdered Indigenous women in Canada.More than 2,000 family members met with government leaders over the course of the past month.Now the government has to come up with a plan.Here are five questions the government will need to explore:1. Who will the commissioner or commissioners be?Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said Monday the government still needs to determine who will lead the inquiry but there is hope the process will be up and running by the summer. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission had three commissioners for its six-year study of the residential school legacy. How many for this inquiry?2. What role will families play in the Inquiry? One of the common themes during the pre-inquiry process is that families need to be involved in the public inquiry. How will the be involved? How will the government do that?3. How will the government ensure the inquiry is national in scope?Bennett said Monday the government will need to work closely with the provinces and territories to ensure the examination is not simply a federal undertaking. How will provincial and territorial governments be involved in the process as it moves forward? What kind of travel will be involved in the study?4. What will the role be for police forces?Bennett has indicated some families in the pre-inquiry process have suggested they do not trust police. RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson made headlines in December when he admitted there are racists within the national police force. How will officers be involved in the inquiry process?5. How long will the inquiry take?During the election campaign, the Liberals said they were looking at a two-year inquiry. Bennett indicated Monday the breadth and depth of the problem is far greater than the government originally anticipated. Does this mean the future commissioners will need more time to look at complex issues that come up during the course of the inquiry? And will there be extra costs? The Liberals suggested during the campaign that the inquiry would cost $40-million, but Bennett later indicated this was a “placeholder” budget. The government is keen to ensure it gets the process right. Will this be enough money for this undertaking or will more be [email protected]center_img Name Send a copy of this email to yourselfIf you want to submit this form, do not enter anything in this fieldlast_img read more

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UConn Is 1 Win From Being The Streakiest College Team Ever

After the University of Connecticut Huskies won their 109th straight game Monday, their chances of winning the NCAA women’s basketball tournament and carrying that win streak into next season remain just about steady at 48 percent (down a tick from 49 percent after round one), according to FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions.Up next for the Huskies is No. 4-seed UCLA, a team that was ranked 15th at the end of the season and that UConn hasn’t played since 2014. If UConn wins that game, it’ll have 110 straight wins, moving it clear of Penn State’s 109 consecutive wins in women’s volleyball in 2007-10 — acknowledged as one of the longest winning streaks in collegiate sports history.Both streaks are over twice as long as the next-longest streak by any other entity in their sport. Before Penn State’s mark, the longest win streak by any other team in Division I women’s volleyball was USC’s 52 games in 2002-04. The longest streak in NCAA women’s basketball by a team other than UConn was 54 games by Louisiana Tech in 1980-82. (For comparison, UCLA men’s basketball’s heralded 88-game win streak was only 28 games longer than the previous record-holder’s.) Of course, Geno Auriemma’s UConn squad also holds the second- and third-longest streaks in women’s NCAA basketball, as well as the fifth-longest, which ended one game before the current streak began.VIDEO: How the Villanova and Duke losses shook the bracket Indeed, the Penn State streak may be the longest that is directly comparable to the current Huskies run. There doesn’t appear to be any official list of longest streaks across all sports, but the generally acknowledged record for a team winning streak is the Trinity College men’s squash team, which won 252 straight team meets from 1998 to 2012. Similarly, the University of Miami won 137 team tennis contests in 1957-64. But a team’s squash or tennis meet winning streak isn’t really the same as a game or match streak in a team sport, since each meet is a collection of smaller matches from an individual or pairs sport.Individual sports have generated streaks longer than UConn’s. Cael Sanderson of Iowa State won 159 straight matches to go 159-0 in his collegiate wrestling career (other wrestlers have won more in a row than UConn’s 109 as well). But comparing individual dominance to team dominance is suspect. And other acknowledged streaks can be even more dubious, because they come from lower divisions or carve out a subset of games played — like Mount Union winning 112 straight regular-season games in Division III football.In other words: Don’t miss Saturday’s game! The Huskies will be playing for a claim to the longest winning streak in collegiate team sports history.But things get harder from there. To win this tournament, there’s a good chance that UConn will have to beat three of the next four highest-ranked teams. Barring upsets, the Huskies would face Maryland in the Elite Eight, Baylor in the Final Four and either Notre Dame or South Carolina in the final. If the Huskies face the Irish, they’ll be matching up against the team with the second-longest current win streak in NCAA women’s basketball, 16 games.Check out our March Madness predictions. read more

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Ohio State defense makes statement by shutting down Melvin Gordon Wisconsin offense

Sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa (97) tackles Wisconsin redshirt-junior running back Melvin Gordon (25) during the Big Ten Championship Game on Dec. 6 in Indianapolis. OSU won, 59-0.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorINDIANAPOLIS — So many times in football, it helps to be realistic. Even if a team’s defense plays well, it still might give up a considerable amount of yards. Even if the defense can stop an opposing offense from scoring over two quarters, it’s tremendously more difficult to hold them scoreless for the entire game.It’s safe to say those concessions would have been accepted had the Ohio State Buckeyes managed to beat the Wisconsin Badgers and their Heisman candidate running back, redshirt-junior Melvin Gordon.But on Saturday night in Indianapolis, the Buckeye defense didn’t settle for good enough.The Buckeyes not only held Gordon to only 76 yards, but they shut out the Badgers completely, as they dominated their opponents, 59-0, in the Big Ten Championship Game.“It’s still crazy to me,” senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett said after the game. “I think if you told us this week that we would shut them out, 59-0, I wouldn’t have been believed you. But seeing the guys before the game, and what was going on in the locker room and how just hyped up everybody was, and how everyone bought into what we were saying — (I) maybe thought they’d get seven points, but a shutout’s a big deal against this offense.”It was an offense that entered the title game ranked third in the nation in rushing offense and, in Gordon, had the player with more yards on the ground than any other individual in college football.But from the beginning, the Buckeye defensive corps stood tall. Wisconsin punted on its first two drives, before redshirt-junior quarterback Joel Stave was intercepted by sophomore safety Vonn Bell the next time it had the ball.The evening didn’t get any better for Gordon and the Badgers. In the second quarter, the team from Madison, Wis., gained only 14 total offensive yards and punted an additional three times. By that point the Buckeyes were already up 31-0, but they put the exclamation point on the half on Wisconsin’s next drive.Gordon attempted a run on second-and-18 from his own 12-yard line, but Bennett forced him to fumble the football, and sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa grabbed the ball and went into the end zone for the score.Bosa said after the game that Bennett’s leadership has been a key component for the defense’s success.“(It’s) just the way he works and his attitude. He just bottles all of his anger and comes out and just let’s it go in the football game and he’s so talented,” Bosa said. “He’s finally showing what he really can do.”In addition to his football skills, Bennett showed off a new number, 53, in honor of teammate Kosta Karageorge, who was found dead last Sunday after having been missing for five days. The decision to change numbers was one Bennett said he made quickly.“As soon as I heard the news about Kosta I went to (defensive line) coach (Larry) Johnson and asked him if I could wear it,” he said. “I was only around Kosta for about four months but the guy meant a lot to me. I respected him, I looked up to him. Maybe he gave me strength, because I’ve never played like that before. I think he gave the guys strength and we were able to rally around together because we realized how special it is to do what we do with each other.”Bennett finished with four tackles for loss —  a career high — which included two sacks.The OSU co-captain is a part of a senior class who had yet to win a conference title going into the game, and redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee said the rest of the team felt they needed to get the victory for their veteran teammates.“They (the seniors) had a bad taste in their mouth from last time they were on this field and it sucked for me to watch,” Lee, who led the Buckeyes in total and solo tackles, said. “What a difference a year can make. We’re a much closer team, much stronger team. I’m glad for them, I’m happy for them and I’d do anything for them. It’s just great to get a win.”Meanwhile, the win had some special meaning for Joshua Perry. The junior linebacker, who finished with five tackles of his own, graduated from Olentangy High School, and he said his Buckeye roots added another level to the postgame celebration.“It’s awesome. It’s a little bit special for me ‘cause I’m a Central Ohio kid, so growing up in Central Ohio, all I ever wanted to do was win a Big Ten Championship,” he said. “I wanted to be up on the stage, I wanted to do the whole thing, I wanted to run up to my mom and dad while they were in the stands and give them a big hug. Just being able to do that, holding up the Big Ten sign and everything, was awesome.”As the OSU offense, led by redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones, continued to light up the scoreboard, the defense continued to keep Wisconsin out of the end zone. Senior cornerback Doran Grant picked off two passes, and the team managed to keep the Badgers from scoring altogether.Gordon’s sub 100-yard effort was his first since Sept. 6, and OSU coach Urban Meyer was at a loss for words when asked how his defense managed to contain the explosive running back.“I don’t know, it wasn’t easy. (Co-defensive coordinator and linebackers) coach (Luke) Fickell and our defense really stepped up,” he said. “That is a first round draft pick we were playing against. I can’t wait to watch that film because that was just phenomenal.”Lee said the players simply did their individual jobs to stop Gordon, and Perry said preparation also played a key role.“This is the stuff that we train for when we talk about offseason training and the whole deal. We trained for this moment, we trained to be back here, to be in a tough game against a tough team and then just be able to go out there and play our best.”The Buckeyes will see if their best is enough for a place in the inaugural College Football Playoff when the committee selects the four teams Sunday at 12:30 p.m. read more

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We need few changes Sarri

first_imgMaurizio Sarri needs one or two changes to have Chelsea playing in his own way, according to Goal.Sarri believes the team will be able to follow his footballing philosophy and style of play after a few changes have been made.The newly appointed Chelsea manager has revealed his excitement about the upcoming season and he can’t wait to go toe to toe with some of the best coaches in the game.Chelsea announced Sarri as manager on Saturday after former boss Antonio Conte was relieved of his duties on Friday.The 59-year-old has already signed Jorginho from former club Napoli as he looks to bolster his squad for the upcoming challenge.Chelsea are also believed to be closing in on the signing of Russian midfielder Aleksandr Golovin from CSKA Moscow.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“I think we’re a good team, the problem is there are five to six good teams in the Premier League.” An excited Sarri told Chelsea TV.“With one or two adjustments, I think we’ll be able to play my kind of football.”Maurizio Sarri also spoke about current City boss Pep Guardiola who’s a keen admirer of the Italian gaffer.“Guardiola is a friend of mine, I’m grateful he has spoken of me in Night regard,” Sarri said.Sarri was also quick to praise new signing Jorginho who under his tutelage at Napoli became one of the very best passing midfielders in Europe.“He’s a very technical player, his mind is very quick as well,” said Sarri.last_img read more

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Chelsea reject Willian bid for the third time

first_imgChelsea have rejected a third bid from Barcelona for winger Willian Borges, according to Sky Sports.The Blues are believed to have rejected a third bid in excess of £55million from the Spanish champions for the former Anzhi man.Barcelona have been linked with a move for the Brazil international all summer as they look to strengthen their attack after Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann said no to a move to Barcelona last month.The Catalans made the third bid for Willian last Friday as they step up the hunt to bring the winger to the Nou Camp but Chelsea have subsequently turned down their offer.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.Willian representatives are expected to travel to Spain to meet with Barcelona officials as they seek to make the move to Spain go through.The 29-year-old was a part of Brazil’s squad to the just concluded FIFA World Cup in Russia where he featured in all five games his country played in.Chelsea are keen to retain the services of the Brazil international as well as those of Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois. The Belgian duo have been linked with moves away from Stamford Bridge to join Spanish side Real Madrid.last_img read more

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Souness Sarris style will not win trophies at Chelsea

first_imgMaurizio Sarri may likely finish without trophies at Stamford Bridge playing his style of football, according to Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness.Sarri replaced compatriot Conte during the transfer window and has been tasked with guiding the Blues back into the Champions League.They face tough opposition in Manchester City and Liverpool but will fancy their chances after strengthening well during the summer.However, Souness believes they’re not capable of challenging at the top if Sarri is too stubborn to adapt his style.“Well he’s not won a major trophy,” he said.“I think he has to be cautious on occasion, more pragmatic on occasion.“Well he isn’t going to win a big trophy then (if he doesn’t change).Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“I’m not buying Sarri-ball, there’s nothing new about pressing high and playing one and two-touch football.“Going back to when I played, that’s what we did. There’s nothing new about it.“There was nothing wrong two years ago when Chelsea were winning the league under (Antonio) Conte.“So he’s inherited a great situation at Chelsea, he will tweak it to his style.“I think we saw against Arsenal last week they were a bit more vulnerable when Arsenal got after them.“So I think for me they are still a centre-forward away from a team that can really challenge for this Premier League.”last_img read more

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Rangers a different animal Former captain

first_imgFor Barry Ferguson, Steven Gerrard’s side are very good when at home and he hopes they can win while on the road soonRangers Football Club is currently sitting in the sixth position of the 2018-2019 Scottish Premier League standings with 14 points.The team has been able to win four times already, drawing twice and losing only two times.And while they have a good record at home, they haven’t been able to get an away victory.For former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson, the team is doing very good with his current manager.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“Rangers are a different animal under Steven Gerrard,” he told STV.“At home, the form has been excellent, it’s just the away form they to sort out.”“As soon as they get that first win, then they can start to mount a serious challenge. If they get the away form right, they can certainly challenge as it’s a different Rangers for me,” he added.“We have some quality players, it’s just finding a system that suits these guys, once he gets that we’ll do well.”“I was taken aback by there ambition, it shone through. It excites me, I miss coaching after being out of the game for 16 months. Hopefully, we’ll sort something out in the next 24-48 hours,” he concluded.last_img read more

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