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Boys’ basketball: Unlikely NoHo on brink

first_imgNorth Hollywood wasn’t expected to make much of an impact on the City Section boys’ basketball landscape this year. In fact, it would have been difficult locating the Huskies on the map when the season began more than two months ago. Finishing somewhere in the middle of the pack in the Sunset Six League standings was within reason. Making a run towards a postseason appearance would have sufficed, but qualifying for the Invitational playoffs wasn’t necessarily the final destination. He’s been effective down the stretch, averaging 21.5 points while guiding the Huskies to six consecutive league wins. “Jesse’s game has taken off,” Bloom said. “When the ball is in his hands, he makes good decisions. He’s our go-to-guy.” Forwards Tim Horn (6-6) and Ritzie Williams (6-5) have provided a steady presence inside and combine to average 13.8 points and 15.4 rebounds. Williams has 57 blocks, tops among City players in the area. Jordin Carroll has developed into a reliable No.2 scoring option, averaging 10.8 points, and Milton Henriquez and Ricky Avila have done well with sharing time running the team from the point guard position. “Our goal was to come out and basically play hard this season and see what we could do,” Zarate said. “We didn’t expect things to end up like this.” “We’ve kept our heads up all year and have come together as a team, as a unit. Everyone knows their role and we’re proving to the people who thought we were underdogs that they were wrong.” Poly and Grant of Van Nuys came in to the season as the front runners to win the league league. North Hollywood was nearly an afterthought. The perception will begin to change with a victory over the Parrots. But the Huskies also are looking forward to the playoffs. North Hollywood figures to be one of the top four seeded teams when the Invitational tournament pairings are announced Saturday. University of Los Angeles is just one of the teams looming as a possible challenger in the championship game March 1. “We’re in control our destiny now, which is something I didn’t think I’d be able to say at the beginning of the season,” Bloom said. “The kids have bought into what were doing and we’ve been able to turn the corner because of it.” “Our approach to the game has changed. We’re confident. We feel like we can compete with anyone. Winning a league title and an Invitational title would be the best of both worlds.” sean.ceglinsky@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We came into this year just thinking about having some fun and not really worrying about fitting in,” Huskies coach Rob Bloom said. “But hey, here we are, with a chance of doing something big.” Defeating Poly (19-5, 8-1) won’t be easy, considering the Parrots will have revenge on their minds after losing to the Huskies (17-10, 7-2) by five points in the teams’ first encounter in late January. “We respect North Hollywood and won’t be underestimating them because we know how good they are and what they can do,” Poly coach Brad Katz said. “Give them credit, they’ve beat some good teams and are playing well at the right time.” “Honestly, though, there’s nothing better than playing the last game of the season, at home, on a Friday night, for first place and a league championship. We’re ready. We’re focused.” Jesse Zarate has emerged as the leader for the Huskies. The 5-foot-11 junior guard leads the team in scoring with 14.8points per game and averages 3.1rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.1steals. center_img Their goals were modest. Moreover, the team was realistic about what it hoped to accomplish. Very few could have imagined North Hollywood heading into tonight’s regular season finale against host Poly of Sun Valley at 7 p.m. with a chance to secure a share of the league title. And most within the program readily admit as much. last_img read more

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SPUD DELIVERY MAN CLEARED OF DRIVING WITH PHONE AFTER TELLING JUDGE: ‘I WAS PICKING AT MY TOOTH’

first_imgA potato merchant charged with driving whilst on a mobile phone has been cleared of the charge after telling a judge: “I was just picking at my tooth.”Joseph Lynch, (47), a well-known spud delivery driver from White Hill, St Johnston, contested the charge when he appeared before Glenties District Court.He also denied a breach of the peace relating to a bad-tempered verbal attack on a Garda sergeant. Just before 1pm on December 5 last year, Gda Sgt Vincent Muldoon and Garda Darragh Heaney were driving just outside Glenties when they were passed by a white lorry being drive by Lynch in the other direction.Gda Muldoon told the court that he and Gda Heaney saw Mr Lynch holding a mobile phone to his ear, turned their patrol car around and signalled to Mr Lynch to pull his lorry over.He approached the vehicle and told Mr Lynch he had been observed using a mobile phone whilst driving.“He was shouting and roaring in an aggressive manner and he wanted me to check his phone to show that he hadn’t been using it,” said Sgt Muldoon.“While he was pointing at me, he connected with my chest area on three occasions. I told him to calm down and there was no obligation to check any phone. The offence was holding a mobile phone while driving. You don’t need to be talking,” he said.Sgt Muldoon said that Lynch was roaring and shouting:  “You’re out to get me.”“He was completely out of control; he was behaving like a mad man,” the sergeant told the court.“He claimed he was taking something out of his tooth with a tacograph device,” he said.When giving his evidence, Mr Lynch insisted: “I had my hand on my face because I had something in my tooth.”He denied driving while holding a mobile phone and he also denied breaching the peace during his allegedly aggressive reaction to Gardai.“I was only trying to declare my innocence and pleaded with him (Sgt Muldoon) to examine my phone,” said Mr Lynch“I was very annoyed. I did say to him to see this is not fair. I went to Glenties garda station that day to report it. I was upset and I was just explaining my point,” he said.Robert McBrearty, a passenger  in lorry and who works for Mr Lynch, told the court that his boss used a hands-free kit in the lorry and hadn’t touched his phone whilst driving that day.During his evidence Gda Darragh Heaney said that Mr Lynch “appeared to be holding a mobile phone.”Judge Paul Kelly said based upon Gda Heaney’s comment, he dismissed the charge.He also said he was satisfied that that had been an animated exchange of views but that this did not constitute a breach of the peace.He dismissed both charges.However he did convict Mr Lynch of driving without proper number plates on his lorry – and he fined him €100.SPUD DELIVERY MAN CLEARED OF DRIVING WITH PHONE AFTER TELLING JUDGE: ‘I WAS PICKING AT MY TOOTH’ was last modified: October 28th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:SPUD DELIVERY MAN CLEARED OF DRIVING WITH PHONE AFTER TELLING JUDGE: ‘I WAS PICKING AT MY TOOTH’last_img read more

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CRIME ALERT: THIEVES OPERATING IN NEWTOWNCUNNINGHAM

first_imgTHIEVES have targeted family cars in Newtowncunningham over the past few nights.In one incident they made off with a Nintendo DS from a vehicle parked outside a family home.The victim of the attack has urged residents to be vigilant. “I feel so stupid because I didn’t lock the car,” said the young mother.“But I want other people to learn from my mistake; they should lock their cars at all times because there are scum thieves operating in the area and they will take full advantage.“The days when you could leave your car unlocked outside your home are gone unfortunately.”  CRIME ALERT: THIEVES OPERATING IN NEWTOWNCUNNINGHAM was last modified: February 27th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:crime alertNewtowncunninghamthieveslast_img read more

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Harps begin to assemble squad as two old faces sign back!

first_imgOllie Horgan has started to assemble his squad for next year as he secured the signatures of two players with over 300 Harps appearances between them.Defender Ciaran Coll and midfielder Gareth Harkin have this evening committed to Finn Harps for the 2017 premier division campaign.Coll started 29 games for Harps in the league in 2016 and once in the cup, taking his career total to 191 starts and 12 substitute appearances with the club, contributing 3 goals in that time. Harkin meanwhile started 25 league matches in the last campaign with two cup starts and one cup sub appearance. Overall Harkin has played 94 times from the start, coming on as a sub a further 9 times, chipping in with 6 goals during that time.Ollie Horgan said “I am very pleased Ciaran and Gareth have signed on for next season as they have both lads have given great service to the club in recent years. The step up to premier division last year was something of a learning curve and next year could be even tougher, but these signings have got our pre-season off to a positive start.”Harps begin to assemble squad as two old faces sign back! was last modified: November 9th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Joint unit to tackle Cape Town gangs

first_img23 August 2013 Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille have welcomed the decision to set up a joint operational unit to tackle drugs and gangsterism in the city. Addressing the media following a meeting between himself, De Lille and Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, Mthethwa said the various parties acknowledged that the drug and gangster problem in the Western Cape had deep-seated roots. “We want to ensure that we work with whoever wants to work to fight crime,” said Mthethwa, who pointed out that the meeting emphasised the need for the provincial government, the city’s metro police and the South African Police Service (SAPS) to work together. As part of this co-operation, the SAPS and the city’s metro police will run a joint anti-crime operation in Nyanga next Tuesday. De Lille said the joint committee would help the province, city and national government to work more closely together. “We now have got a joint committee on an operational level – not just at a talk-shop level … that will meet on a weekly basis so that we can know what each of the different spheres of government is doing.” De Lille said the city had identified those council-owned homes where drug dealing took place, but said that procedures to secure evictions were very onerous, and that Mthethwa had advised the city to look at how these procedures could be improved. She said for the next two weeks, an extra 71 metro police had been deployed to gang-stricken areas, adding that extra metro police could be hired and deployed to these areas in two weeks’ time, pending transfers from the province. Responding to repeated calls from Zille for the national government to deploy the army to tackle gang violence in the Western Cape, Mthethwa said the army alone could not deal with gang violence. Gang violence, he said, was best dealt with through a multi-disciplinary approach, using social development and health as well policing to tackle the problem. He added that the police had been able to stabilise the recent violence and were currently in Manenberg, where they had confiscated the firearms of various suspected gangsters. Before the briefing, Zille, who could not attend the briefing because she had a prior commitment, told journalists that specialist anti-drug and anti-gang units should be reintroduced. However, Mthethwa said 100 police officers were particularly deployed to deal with gangsterism in the province, while police had also been stationed at certain gang hot-spots. He said that the police had made more arrests since the phasing out of specialist anti-drug and anti-gang units, but that the difficulty was in obtaining convictions. Part of the challenge was that the unit was made up of just 58 police officers covering the entire province, and that police stations didn’t always call the unit to make use of its services, Mthethwa said. He said members of the community, including parents, had to come forward and assist the police to crack down on gangsterism. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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The hottest sets of wheels and hi-tech gizmos

first_imgAs television sets get ‘smart’, phones double up as personal organisers and music systems turn living rooms into acoustic ensembles, there’s ample variety for the gadgetloving guy today. Be it convertible sports cars that satisfy your need for speed or a designer phone, choose your indulgence from our top picks.,As television sets get ‘smart’, phones double up as personal organisers and music systems turn living rooms into acoustic ensembles, there’s ample variety for the gadgetloving guy today. Be it convertible sports cars that satisfy your need for speed or a designer phone, choose your indulgence from our top picks.Adrenaline rushThe Jaguar XKR-S Special Edition redefines the sports car driving experience. This special edition vehicle pushes Jaguar into the 300 km/h club. The 5.0 Litre V8 supercharged engine of the XK range has been extensively recalibrated for the XKR-S to offer a power output of 550 PS with the maximum torque reaching 680 Nm giving it the top speed of 300 km/h. It accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 4.4 sec. The sporty theme is carried into the interiors with frame-hugging seats that are well padded and lined with imitation carbon-fibre and offer 16-way power adjustment. There is a two-zone automatic climate control, a 525W Bowers and Wilkins audio system and a reverse camera as well. The new ‘Artisan’ interiors boast of luxurious scraffito grain leather on the seats, instrument binnacle, door and rear quarter casings and Poltrona Frau leather head linings. The 20-inch wheels are lighter as compared to the earlier XKR and wrapped with stickier rubber for better road grip. It’s also the only car in its class to emit less than 300g/km of CO2.Where: Odyssey Mall, Road No 36, Jubilee Hills.Cost: Rs 1.3 crores.Tel: 23606148.Smart talkThis one is undoubtedly for those who crave style and exclusivity. Research In Motion (RIM), the company behind the BlackBerry have joined hands with Porsche Design to make this new Blackberry Porsche Design P’9981 handset. The phone is as power packed as a Porsche 911 with the Qualcomm’s MSM8655 SoC, 1.2GHz processor, 768 MB of RAM and 8GB of storage space that can be expanded to 32GB using a microSD card, to only name a few high end features. It scores in the looks section with a 2.8-inch touchscreen that has a resolution of 640×360 with a pixel pitch of 298PPI. Shoot great videos with the 5 megapixel camera that supports 720p video recording.Where: Technovision, Hi-Line Complex, Road No 12, Banjara Hills.Cost: Rs 1,35,000.Tel: 23396489.advertisementClass apartLaunched in June this year, the C Class AMG Performance Edition with added AMG Sports Package is the latest trendsetter in the luxury entry level sedan segment by Mercedes-Benz. Among its one-of-a-kind features are the 17-inch AMG 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels, perforated front brake discs and sports suspension. The additional renderings of the AMG Sports Package include the tailpipe trim which now comes in polished stainless steel. The distinct exterior complements an enriched interior set up that is equipped with a 3-spoke multifunction sports steering wheel with 12 function keys in Nappa leather. Gear shift paddles on the steering wheel also ensure greater ease of driving. Adding a whole new dimension to the luxury quotient is the high-resolution 11.4 cm (4.5-inch) TFT colour display. This one’s a great performer with oodles of oomph.Where: Adishwar Auto Diagnostics Private Limited-Mahavir Motors, Kavuri Hills.Cost: Rs 35, 90,516.Tel: 43403004.Speed thrillsDriving Porsche is like taking an intravenous shot of adrenaline. A roadster with enhanced power and efficiency, the brand new engine of Boxster S is equipped with direct fuel injection for increased torque and power with a simultaneous reduction in fuel consumption. The power machine accelerates from 0-100 km/h in a mere 5.3 seconds with a maximum speed of 274 km/h. A precision six speed manual gearbox makes good use of the power and torque. Adding to the driving experience is the memory function that supports the exterior mirrors and all seat positions on the driver’s side. The exterior-which has been designed to perform-is done up with enlarged air intakes on the front. The centrally located stainless steel twin tailpipes and the rear diffusers in black complement the powerful look.Where: Porsche, Road No 36, Jubilee Hills.Cost: Rs 70 lakhs onwards.Tel: 23550911.Hot wheelsWhy waste your time on any other bike when you can own a Harley Sportster? Making the ultimate riding experience better for Indian consumers this year is the launch of the XL 1200X Forty-Eight variant of the Sportster model, which was released by the American bike company in India earlier this year. A 1202 cc bike, with an overall height of 1,065 mm and a flat torque curve, it’s a slick bike that’s great for congested cities such as Hyderabad. It’s got a 5 speed transmission with a engine torque of 95 Nm at 3500 rpm and and weighs 260 kgs. Going from 0-100 km/h in 5.5 sec, this bike is certainly not meant for the faint-hearted. The lowslung design with a slim front fender makes for pulsating rides across town or out on the highways. The new Forty-Eight is a reliable machine when it comes to performance too since it has the capacity to touch high speeds with minimum effort like its other Sportster predecessors.Where: Road No 2, Banjara Hills.Cost: Rs 8,80,378.Tel: 23548842.advertisementPlay timeLooking for a gift for a die-hard gaming fan? There’s nothing better that the PlayStation Vita, which delivers the best performance and graphics. A revolution in portable entertainment, this next generation device packs in innovative features into a stylish and compact form to bring you games-on-the-go. The 12.7 cm OLED multi touchscreen has optimised the touch menu interface and dual analog sticks to enhance the gaming experience. There are front and rear cameras that allow you to enjoy Augmented Reality. The device even comes with music, photo, video and web browsing applications. The Vita is light and convenient to carry. You can download games on the device, which are stored on a memory stick that comes in various many-Gigabyte sizes. As an added feature, it even comes with 3 G and Wi-fi connectivity.Where: Sony Centre, MLA Colony, Road No 12, Banjara Hills.Cost: Rs 24,990.Tel: 42009296.Fast and furiousAmong the fastest rides in the country, the ‘Big Boy’ Hyosung GT250R superbike by DSK has the looks and cosmetics of its GT650R cousin. Its dual disc brakes are a derivative from the 650 cc predecessor. Touted to be among the most expensive in its category, the GT250R is all about the size and power usually associated with higher end sports bikes. The easily available spare parts makes it an even more worthwhile investment. Among features that keep it standing apart from the crowd are its fine suspension and a 41 degree leaning angle position that offers amazing manoeuvrability. It’s got an overall height of 1130 mm and an overall length of 2090mm. The Big Boy is available in three colours-flaming snow, red raven and silver fox. Able to reach a speed of 0-100 km/h in 8.4 seconds, you can zip across the city in style on this mean machine.Where: Shanti Shikara Commercial Complex, Somajiguda.Cost: Rs 2.8 lakhs.Tel: 23413699.Big pictureThe Lifestyle HD 135 system is an all-in-one hub for your home entertainment needs. You can connect various audio-visual devices to the console. The soundbar system, built on the proprietary Bose technologies, delivers excellent quality home theatre sound from an array of elegant speakers and a wireless Acoustimass Module. In this Lifestyle 135 system, there is a media console for up to six HD sources, an AM/FM tuner and a dock for an iPod or iPhone. The other variant from Bose, the CineMate 1 SR system attaches directly to a TV with just one cable-it’s that easy. A highlight of this is the audio calibration technology that ensures the system will deliver optimal sound in any room. This exclusive Bose advancement first recognizes where the system is located and then compensates for how the acoustics of the space affect its audio quality, customising the sound for the room’s size, shape and even furniture.Where: Shop No. 2 and 3, Upper Ground Floor, VV’s Vintage Boulevard, Somajiguda.Cost: Lifestyle 135 system – Rs 1,79,888; Cinemate 1SR system – Rs 1,12,388.Tel: 66836244.advertisementTop gearPowerful, dynamic and bold-these are the words that come to mind when you glance at the R8 Spyder, the open high-performance sports car by Audi. The rear spoiler is automatically extended at 100 km/h and retracts into the vehicle silhouette at 35 km/h. The hand-made V8 mid-engine generates 316 kW (430 bhp) and accelerates the Audi R8 Spyder from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds going up to a top speed of 300 km/h. The interiors have a classic motor racing feel, plus ergonomically shaped sports seats with highquality seat covers. The rear window can be lowered electrically and also serves as a wind deflector when the hood is open. The designers have paid great attention to the utilities inside the cabin-an illuminated storage compartment in the rear panel offers space for sun glasses, an iPod or the optional CD changer.Where: Audi showroom, Road No 12, Banjara Hills.Cost: 1.73 cr.Tel: 23324545.Heavy dutyAt over 4 kg, the Dell Alienware is not the lightest laptop to carry around but surpasses most in its high-end quality of graphics, making it the first choice for many a gaming enthusiast. The system comes with a brand-new quadcore Intel Ivy Bridge i7 3610QM processor, a top-of-the-range AMD Radeon HD 7970 graphics chip and a 17 inch 1920 x 1080 display. The screen is another highlight with vibrant colours and the full HD resolution is ideal for sharp 3D graphics and Blu-ray films. Since the laptop is built mainly for playing or creating games and watching movies, the sound is important. And this laptop scores well on that. It comes with a Sound Blaster Recon3Di sound card, which has a number of effects to enhance the sound. But if you want it really loud, then keep separate speakers or headphones handy, especially while watching a film. In this Alienware system, you can also use the AlienFX utility to change the colour of the LEDs around the base, if you so like.Where: Dell showroom, Road No 1, Banjara Hills.Cost: Rs 1,62,848.Tel: 66562878.last_img read more

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Estoril score four past India U-17

first_imgThe India U-17 football team suffered a 1-4 defeat against Estoril in a practice match at the Jamor Stadium here on Monday.Montero (8th minute), Velez (33rd minute), Bernardo (55th minute) and Andrade (88th minute) scored for the Portuguese club while Rahim Ali got a consolation goal for India in the 78th minute.Estoril took an early lead when Montero sped past the Indian defence and scored.After a spirited fight, the young colts went down to Estoril. #ColtsInEurope #BackTheBlue #IndianFootball pic.twitter.com/1s2MIc3xhu- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) May 1, 2017The Indian boys, stunned after conceding the early goal, tried to strike back and built up several attacks that threatened the Estoril defence.However, Velez managed to double Estoril’s lead before half-time.Bernardo scored the third goal for Estoril early in the second half before the Indians pulled a goal back through Rahim Ali when he tapped home a cross from Rahul Kannoly.Estoril added more gloss to the scoreline when Andrade’s effort found the back of the net.last_img read more

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2nd Test: Sri Lanka chase history against South Africa in Port Elizabeth

first_imgSri Lanka will be chasing history and a shock series victory when they play hosts South Africa in the second and final Test at St George’s Park on Thursday.The tourists claimed a one-wicket win in the first game in Durban on Saturday thanks to a staggering Test innings from middle-order batsman Kusal Perera, who bludgeoned his way to 153 not out and put on a record 78 runs for the last wicket with Vishwa Fernando.It was a piece of individual brilliance and leaves Sri Lanka with the opportunity to claim a first ever Test series victory in South Africa, something their sub-continent rivals India and Pakistan have yet to achieve.It was Sri Lanka’s first victory in any format since October after tough tours to New Zealand and Australia, and whether they can back it up with a second heroic performance in Port Elizabeth will be the key question.Perera won them the game but was not the only outstanding player, with debutant left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya claiming 5-66 in South Africa’s second innings and seamer Fernando posting match figures of 8-133.Perera played a lone hand with the bat, his match aggregate of 204 runs providing 41 percent of the tourists’ total in both innings, with no other player passing 50.South Africa will be without experienced seamer Vernon Philander and could give a debut to all-rounder Wiaan Mulder, 21, who would strengthen the batting.”We will look at the conditions on the pitch and will make the best decision for the team,” South Africa coach Ottis Gibson said, with the other option to recall batsman Theunis de Bruyn.advertisement”We want to bat better in our first innings, we need to improve on that if we want to win this game.”Gibson says there are no thoughts of revenge for the home side. Rather his team will try to work out a plan for Perera, now the obvious dangerman among the visitors.”There is only focus on playing a bit better. When you look at what happened in Durban you have to give them (Sri Lanka) credit,” Gibson said.”When I left home on the morning of the game I didn’t see that happening. But credit must go to the way they played, especially Perera, who rode his luck a bit in the beginning but then settled down.”We threw everything at him and he withstood all of that. We bowled spin, went round the wicket, over the wicket, bounced him, tried the yorker. But that is the nature of sport.”South Africa’s streak of seven consecutive home Test series wins has been ended, no matter what happens in Port Elizabeth.The only other Test meeting at St George’s Park between the two sides was in 2016 when South Africa won by 206 runs. Perera scored seven and six in his two innings batting at number three.Also Read | Kusal Perera 153 scripts Sri Lanka’s miracle 1-wicket win vs South Africa in Durban Testlast_img read more

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Ranking the best Bedlam teams

first_imgPhoto Attribution: USATSIPhoto Attribution: USATSIKyle and Carson had a brief discussion about some of the best bedlam games in recent history on their podcast yesterday. It got me thinking — the games are one thing, but what bedlam TEAMS have been the best in recent history?This is a highly subjective exercise, but this is where F/+ (explanation here) comes in handy — an unbiased system that can quickly give us an idea of who the best teams in recent bedlam history. I love putting current teams and players in historical perspective, so this was a fun exercise. How do the current teams stack up? Let’s take a look.F/+ goes back to 2005, which is handy because it happens to be the first year of the Gundy era. The offensive and defensive F/+ ratings go back to 2007. This list is sorted by overall F/+ ranking among this group of 18 teams.Screen Shot 2013-12-05 at 7.46.17 AMIn the “life’s not fair” category, only one of these teams played for a national title – and we all know it wasn’t the one at the top. Still, F/+ tells us that the 2011 OSU team is the best in this group of 18.The 2008 OU team that lost to Tim Tebow in the BCS title game had the best offense in recent bedlam history. They had Bradford (50 TDs), two 1,000-yard rushers (Brown, Murray), and two 900-yard receivers (Iglesias, Gresham). This is the team that put up 61 in Stillwater.How ‘bout the 2013 Cowboys making an appearance at No. 3. Sometimes I forget that we were picked to win the Big 12 — our success still seems like a bit of a surprise given how bad we looked at times early in the season and the mess at QB. F/+ doesn’t love our offense — not terrible, just nothing special (we are currently 29th in the country). But the defense is the second best in this group of 18 teams, trailing only the 2009 OU squad.The 2013 Sooners are in the same boat offensively – above average, but not great. Unlike OSU, however, the Sooners don’t have anything special on defense either – they are currently 29th in the country in F/+ defense.This suggests OSU should win, and so does the Vegas line. But I’m pretty sure if I could run this back to 2001 the numbers would be horrible from OSU’s perspective.It’s Bedlam and it’s going to be freezing cold. This analysis may help you now, but it will provide little comfort when the wind comes sweeping down the plains and into Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday morning.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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PSG steal another star from under Barca’s wing

first_imgTransfers PSG steal another star, Kays Ruiz, from under Barcelona’s nose in wake of Neymar saga Last updated 2 years ago 18:15 14/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Kays Ruiz PSG Transfers PSG PSG v Olympique Lyonnais Getafe v Barcelona Olympique Lyonnais Barcelona Ligue 1 Primera División The 15-year-old has signed a youth contract with the French side two years after he originally agreed to join them from the Catalan side Paris Saint-Germain have completed the signing of 15-year-old former Barcelona youth player Kays Ruiz.The French attacking midfielder had signed an agreement to join the French giants in 2015, after leaving Barca in the wake of the transfer ban imposed on the club by FIFA.PSG 17/2 to beat Lyon 2-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Ruiz had been linked to a move to Lyon, his hometown club, but it is the capital club that have snapped him up on a three-year youth contract.”The youth contract marks a new stage in the training and progress of the young player,” PSG said in a statement. Signature d’un contrat aspirant pour le jeune Kays Ruiz (15 ans) https://t.co/U8MVSnmxVL pic.twitter.com/xUEMYN2z95 — PSG Officiel (@PSG_inside) September 13, 2017 “This contract also serves to deepen even further the bond of trust between the playmaker and his club of two years – Kays signed a pre-youth academy agreement with Paris Saint-Germain when he returned to France in 2015.”The transfer of the midfielder, who has been involved in the France Under 16 set-up, follows just a few months after a heated summer between Barcelona and PSG.After Barca saw their pursuit of PSG’s star midfielder Marco Verratti at the start of the transfer window end in disappointment, they were enraged by the Ligue 1 giants’ €222 million signing of Neymar.The world-record fee PSG splashed out to lure the Brazil star from Camp Nou has been heavily criticised by La Liga and Barca, who are suing Neymar for breach of contract  and in turn being counter-sued by him .last_img read more

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