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PFA announce awards shortlists

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first_img Press Association Van Persie’ has been hugely impressive in his first season at Old Trafford, while Carrick receives his first nomination at the age of 31 after playing a key role in United’s quest for their 20th league title. The biggest surprise is the absence of Swansea forward Michu, who many believe to be the signing of the season. Like Bale, Hazard has also been listed for the Young Player prize, where he faces competition from Christian Benteke, Romelu Lukaku, Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere. Welbeck, Wilshere and Carrick are the only English players out of the 12 men nominated. For the first time, there will be a Women’s Player of the Year prize too, with Scotland’s Kim Little amongst those nominated in addition to 20-year-old Arsenal team-mate Jordan Nobbs, who scored a stunning debut goal against Italy in England’s triumphant Cyprus Cup campaign in March. United duo Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick are in contention for the award, while Chelsea’s Juan Mata and Eden Hazard have also been nominated. Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is not surprisingly on the list after his outstanding season, while Gareth Bale has been nominated for both the Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year award. center_img Manchester United and Chelsea both have two players on the shortlist for the 2012-13 Professional Footballers’ Association’s prestigious Player of the Year award.last_img read more

Healthy Kemp, Ramirez, Ethier would have made a difference for Dodgers

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first_imgWithout him, it was a death knell.And the Cardinals pitchers took full advantage, skillfully pitching around Gonzalez, the remaining big bat in the lineup, toying with Puig, whose inexperience showed in the NLCS, and attacking the lesser hitters around them.Give the Cardinals credit, to be sure. Rookie pitcher Michael Wacha was sensational while out dueling Kershaw twice in the NLCS, including Friday night’s Game 6 in which Wacha shut down the Dodgers over seven scoreless innings.But keep in mind Wacha would be dealing with a very different Dodgers lineup had Kemp, Ramirez and Ethier been healthy.That isn’t an excuse, its reality.But while Kemp’s injury was huge — as was the fractured rib suffered by Ramirez in Game 1 — it wasn’t the only issue messing with the Dodgers.It’s almost ironic, looking back, that we all wondered how Dodgers manager Don Mattingly would handle a pitching rotation consisting of capable starters Chad Billingsley, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Chris Capuano, Ted Lilly, Aaron Harang, Josh Beckett Greinke and Kershaw last spring.The embarrassment of riches were so ample the Dodgers traded Harang at the start of the season, and even then we wondered how Mattingly would squeeze so many starters into five spots. As we would soon find out, what seemed like a strength soon vanished before our very eyes as one by one, pitchers went down with injuries.Billingsley never made it out of spring training. Lilly and Beckett couldn’t make it through the season. And Capuano dealt with injuries all season.By May, in fact, the Dodgers were looking for pitching — which is why Ricky Nolasco was acquired from the Miami Marlins.And by October, injury and ineffectiveness sent the Dodgers into the postseason with just two certainties in the rotation — Greinke and Kershaw.And that had an affect on the on their psyche and plans as Mattingly continually toyed with the idea of rushing Kershaw and Greinke back to the mound on short rest.It’s debatable how much of an influence it had on the Dodgers, but it’s never good when you are continually in scramble mode trying to identify able starters.In contrast, St. Louis never flinched while running out their starting pitchers, the confidence oozing from the Cardinals they could deal with the Dodgers no matter who took the hill.Moving forward, for the Dodgers to take the next step to the World Series more capable starters is a must.It will be interesting to see what Billingsley can offer next season. Beckett too, with 2014 being the final year of his contract.But the Dodgers can ill afford to cross their fingers and hope they can both be reliable. That is a recipe for disaster behind Kershaw, Greinke and Ryu.Aside from injuries and the lack of starting pitching by the end of the season, the Dodgers also suffered from a personality disorder in the playoffs.Simply put, they were too nice.When Ramirez went down in Game 1 with a fastball to the side of his gut, the Dodgers barely raised an eyebrow while praising the Cardinals class and dignity.And that was the wrong move.Whether the Cardinals intentionally hit Ramirez or not is immaterial.The opportunity to show St. Louis who was boss, to put some fear in the Cardinals mind was completely squandered.Mattingly is a growing manager with a pleasant disposition and perhaps this will be a learning point for him, but he needed to attack the Cardinals integrity and intentions in no uncertain terms and rally his players around their injured teammate.Because it absolutely wasn’t acceptable Ramirez was drilled in the ribs with a fastball. And someone needed to pay the price for that misdeed. And Mattingly and the Dodgers needed to make that very clear.Same thing goes for the backlash the Dodgers got from the Cardinals for celebrating too much on the base paths.Worry about your own club, should have been the immediate response. If we want to meringue along the base paths after every hit we’re going to do it, and if you don’t like it, do something about it. And if you do, be prepared to deal with twice as much from us in return.Instead, the Dodgers laughed it off while letting the Cardinals own the notion they were nothing more than a team of glitzy Hollywood show-offs rather than a hard-nosed ball club prepared to grind it out right along with them. Maybe the Dodgers will learn from their mistakes and understand it’s OK to be the bad guy in the playoffs.Maybe they will be a healthier team from beginning to end next year.And maybe they will reach into the free agent or trade market to acquire another stable pitching arm.But those are tasks for another day.For now, injuries, starting pitching and mindset areas that short changed the Dodgers playoff hopes.If you want to analyze what went wrong, this is where it starts. If you want to analyze what went wrong for the Dodgers, Kemp is as good a place to start as any.From beginning to end, be it due to injuries or ineffectiveness, Kemp was never really a factor this year for the Dodgers, the fatal blow being dealt on the final weekend of the season when the former All-Star centerfielder was officially ruled out of the playoffs due to an ankle so fragile it was in danger of breaking if pushed too hard.That the Dodgers still managed to win their division and advance to the National League Championship series without him is a testament to the pitching brilliance of Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, the leadership and steadiness of Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez, the bolt of lightning provided by Cuban rookie Yasiel Puig and solid role play from A.J. Ellis, Mark Ellis, Juan Uribe, Skip Schumaker, Nick Punto and Jerry Hairston Jr.But when it got right down to it, Kemp’s loss was felt far more than anyone could have imagined, especially when the St. Louis Cardinals put a 96-mph fastball into the ribs of Ramirez to render the Dodgers best hitter useless in the NLCS.With Kemp, maybe the Dodgers overcome the loss of Ramirez and the limited effectiveness of Andre Ethier, himself the victim of an ankle injury. ST. LOUIS >> Matt Kemp zipped through the Dodgers clubhouse recently offering excuse me’s and coming troughs and pardon me’s along the way.He wasn’t walking. He wasn’t running.In fact, he wasn’t even on two feet.Kemp was kneeling on a motor scooter, his injured left ankle still too hurt to support him.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Belle Glade woman arrested in medical marijuana dispensary burglaries

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first_imgPolice arrested a Belle Glade woman who is accused of burglarizing multiple medical marijuana businesses in Palm Beach County.Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Teri Barbera said at 3 a.m. around 30 individuals burglarized the Miracle Leaf medical marijuana business located at 100 Sansbury Way.Police said a group fled the scene of a burglarized medical marijuana dispensary .Deputies were able to stop one of the vehicles involved in the case, which was driven by Nakeria Harris, 24, of Belle Glade.PBSO said Harris confessed to being involved in multiple business burglaries including the Miracle Leaf dispensary. They also found more than $600 worth of products belonging to Miracle Leaf.Harris was arrested Monday morning and was booked at the Palm Beach County Jail.last_img read more

Kashvee does a Kumble; takes all 10 wickets of opposition side!

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first_imgImage Courtesy: AFP/HTAdvertisement 2vt84vkNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vst4Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ec( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 31Would you ever consider trying this?😱3wvdhfCan your students do this? 🌚s3Roller skating! Powered by Firework Back in 1999, a new record was set in Indian cricket. The iconic bowler Anil Kumble, revered to be one of the best bowlers ever to grace the game, entered the history books against Pakistan in a Test series in February. A fter England’s Jim Laker, the legend became the second cricketer ever to secure all 10 wickets in a match. 21 years later, the Indian cricketing fandom has seen it again, this time in a domestic under 19 match. Say hello to Kashvee Gautam, the teenage Chandigarh bowler who has wiped out the opposition all by herself!Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFP/HTIn the Paytm Women’s Under-19 One Day Trophy match versus Arunachal Pradesh, Kashvee Gautam showed her prowess by picking up the whole opposition batting lineup, that too in just 4.5 overs, including a hat trick. The 16 year old put out an unbelievable figure of 4.5-1-12-10, all while captaining Chandigarh at the KSRM College Ground, Kadapa.The official Twitter handle of BCCI Women uploaded a video of Kashvee’s amazing spell, a compilation of all ten of her wickets. The clip was captioned along with her statistics from the match. Enjoy it here-Advertisement Six of Kashvee’s wickets were in form of LBW, and the remaining four were clean bowled.  Other than the stellar bowling figures, the youngster returned an appreciable performance with the bat, scoring 49 runs, including four boundaries. Defending a total of 186, Chandigarh won the match by 161 runs, as Arunachal were bundled out by just 27 runs.Following the match, the starlet expressed her feelings for such an amazing performance. “It is like a dream come true for me. Moreover I didn’t have to take any help for the fielders for any of my dismissals,” Kashvee said in the post match interview.A die hard fan of the Team India superstar Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kashvee’s dream is to earn a call up for the Indian Women international squad. “It feels amazing. I aspire to play for Indian women’s team one day,” she concluded.Kashvee has been in tremendous form in the tournament. Previously securing 7 wickets against Jammu and Kashmir, she is already leading as the highest wicket taker in the tournament, with a stunning 18 wickets from three matches. With a continuous performance like this, its not doubt that Kashvee will grab the attention of the Women in Blue’s selectors in no time.Also read-See which Indian cricketing legends Harsha Bhogle just compared Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma with! Advertisementlast_img read more

SA swimmer clinches World Cup title

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first_imgRyk Neethling achieved the feat for two years running, in 2005 and 2006, while Roland Schoeman finished runner-up to Neethling in 2005. 18 victoriesThere was also success for South African Kathryn Meaklim in the women’s competition; she finished third in the overall standings, which was worth $30 000, after winning 18 events throughout the series. She also picked up six silvers and two bronzes, making her the winner of the most women’s medals. Gold, silver, bronzeHe completed a haul of all three medals on offer with third place in the 200 metes freestyle in a personal best time of 1:43.19. Melloulli took second, while Germany’s Paul Bierdermann powered to victory in 1:40.83 seconds to eclipse the world record that had previously belonged to Australian legend Ian Thorpe. The depth and the high level of performances by South African swimmers throughout the World Cup series was on show at the final event in Berlin. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The 30-year-old was second in the 100 butterfly in a fast 58.05 seconds, and also finished second in the 200 butterfly, this time in an African record 2:06.60. Loots claimed a third medal in the 200 individual medley by finishing third. He won 12 medals in total, made up of 10 golds and two bronzes. In addition, Townsend was pipped to the 200 IM title by Olympic 1 500 metres freestyle champion Oussama Mellouli, after a terrific battle which the Tunisian won in 1:52.41, a new African record. Townsend smashed the South African record with his time of 1:52.51 as both men bettered the previous World Cup best. Meaklim’s success was built on her dominance of the 400 metres individual medley, which she won five times, including in a World Cup record 4:27.21 in Stockholm. Cameron van der Burgh continued South Africa’s recent successes in the short-course FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup, claiming the men’s overall title after the conclusion of the 2008 series in Berlin on the weekend. Meaklim picked up a victory in the 400 metres individual medley, finishing close to five seconds clear of second placed Emma Smithurst, while veteran Mandy Loots enjoyed a superb competition. 18 November 2008 Darian Townsend excelled with victory in the 100 metres individual medley in 51.80 seconds – the fastest time recorded for the event throughout the World Cup series. The World Cup record belongs to Ryk Neethling, with a time of 51.52 seconds. His efforts were well rewarded as he pocketed a cheque for $100 000 for his overall victory. On top of that, each individual win was worth $1 500. He then destroyed the 100 metres mark that had belonged to Ed Moses since January 2002, lowering the record from 57.47 seconds to 56.88. Breaststroke doubleVan der Burgh did the 50 and 100 metres double in the breaststroke, clocking 26.05 and 57.32 seconds respectively for two dominating victories. Van der Burgh, a breaststroke specialist, broke three short-course world records during the 2008 series. In Moscow, he clocked 26.08 seconds for the 50 metres to better the previous record of 26.17, set by Oleg Lisogor, which had stood since January 2006. Under the 26-second barrierVan der Burgh’s 50-metre record in Moscow didn’t stand for long, however, as he became the first man to crack the 26-second barrier for the 50 metres a week later in Stockholm, with a sensational time of 25.94 seconds. Lyndon Ferns completed South Africa’s medal haul in Berlin by picking up silver in the men’s 100 metres freestyle in 46.71 seconds. Victory went to Olympic champion Alain Bernard of France. last_img read more

South Africa’s over-the-top football fans

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first_img14 May 2010 South African soccer fans are among the most colourful, passionate – and eccentric – in the world, as visitors to the country during the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ will soon discover. Come the afternoon of 11 June, should you find yourself in the grandstand of the Johannesburg’s calabash-shaped Soccer City stadium, chances are you’ll be sitting next to someone sporting a bright yellow jersey, oversized goggles and a decorated miner’s helmet or “makarapa”, and blowing a bright plastic trumpet known as a vuvuzela.Symbols of pride And these are just some of the must-have “symbols of pride” for any self-respecting South African football fan, local soccer fanatic Freddy “Saddam” Maake told BuaNews recently. You might also see supporters eating bread to indicate that the opposition is their “daily bread”, opening a Bible in search of divine intervention, or carrying a homemade coffin to indicate that their team is about to “bury” the opposition. “Come the World Cup, Bafana Bafana supporters will be easily recognised … we are proudly South African and what better way to show it than to have all our symbols,” said Maake, urging South Africans to go all out and buy the full range to show their support for the national team. With the kick-off to Africa’s first Fifa World Cup fast approaching, entrepreneurs’ creative juices are flowing freely, resulting in some hilarious supporter accessories. Vuvuzelas, kuduzelas, momozelas … One company recently launched vuvuzela-shaped earplugs for quieter fans. Company spokesperson Andrew Chin said the move was a patriotic one, intended to embrace the instrument while providing ear protection for those who wanted it. “The World Cup is a fantastic event, and rather than entertaining complaints about the noise from vuvuzelas, we thought we’d do something positive,” Chin told BuaNews. “We believe all South Africans should get with the World Cup party, embrace it and have fun at the same time!” Among other accessories is the Kuduzela trumpet, a kudu horn-shaped alternative to the vuvuzela, which sounds like a trumpeting elephant. Then there’s the “momozela”, or baby vuvuzela, which sounds like a baby crying. While many may find it irritating, local soccer fanatics love the sound it makes. Maake said there is also the “vuthela”, which is more user-friendly as it does not take as much effort to blow. And those with a burst of energy to carry extra kilos to the stadium might want to take the “baleka”, or “gijima” as it is popularly known, which, after being wound for some time, emits a sound like an air-raid siren.Six colours of passion Some local supporters simply cannot do without their long, colourful church robes when they go out to support their team, Maake said, adding that it has become fashionable for fans to wear these along with giant glasses displaying team slogans and logos, and afro wigs sprayed the colours of the national flag. The country’s creative entrepreneurs have also made scarves, head bunnies and hand gloves for those who will attend matches in the chillier parts of the country. And of course, the South African flag is a must for every supporter, its latest incarnation being the car side-mirror “socks” that have become increasingly visible on the country’s roads. The makarapa And then there’s the makarapa, the modified, decorated miners’ helmet unique to South African soccer fans. The makarapa dates back to 1979, according to the man credited with making the first one. “The way I invented the makarapa is almost as weird as I am,” said Alfred Baloyi, 54, a die-hard Kaizer Chiefs supporter who said the idea came to him while he was sitting in a stadium. “Someone threw a bottle and hit someone on the head.” At his next game Baloyi, who worked as a cleaner in Limpopo province at the time, wore his work safety helmet decorated with football imagery. The makarapa’s embellishments commonly include images of favourite players, former president Nelson Mandela, current politicians, and team flags and colours, said Baloyi, whose selling price has escalated from a mere R7 in 1979 to a cool R300 for a helmet today. For the World Cup, Baloyi and his employees are making makarapas to suit fans of most of the 32 teams. Maake, who has over 300 makarapas, boasts that he has one for every occasion. He said his makarapas have mini-portraits of Nelson Madela, Danny Jordaan, Sepp Blatter, Kaizer Motaung, Irvin Khoza and Molefi Oliphant. “I wear these guys with pride,” Maake said. “They contributed significantly in bringing us the Fifa World Cup.” Whether Bafana Bafana win or lose during the tournament, Mzansi’s fans will be sure to win a million hearts with their outrageous regalia and over-the-top antics. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Buckeyes return from the Big Apple

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Returning from the glitz and glamour of Madison Square Garden, the Ohio State men’s basketball team returns home to the Schottenstein Center to play the Lipscomb Bisons.The Buckeyes return from New York City with a split in their games against two ranked teams, the North Carolina Tarheels and the California Golden Bears, in the 2K Sports Classic.Lipscomb brings an 0-3 record to Columbus. Having given up 92 points to Tennessee Tech in its last matchup, Bisons coach Scott Sanderson points to his team’s defense.“We can talk and analyze it and turn it upside down, but the bottom line is that we are not good enough defensively,” Sanderson said.OSU (3-1) will look to build upon its play in NYC and ride the momentum that two good showings against Top 15 teams provided. “It was a great win for the team and a great win for the program and it gives us good momentum,” junior guard Evan Turner said about the Bucks’ 76-70 win over Cal. “It has been a good stretch of games. I’m just trying to play hard.”Turner continues to score points and grab rebounds at an electrifying pace. The California game marked the fourth straight game in which he has posted double digits in both points and rebounds. OSU coach Thad Matta knows that a balanced team is best, but also understands when it is time to ride his best horse.“He is a guy we have to lean on at times to kind of carry us through,” Matta said of Turner.Working center Dallas Lauderdale and his injured right hand back into the lineup has also proven a benefit to the team. Lauderdale scored eight points and had seven blocked shots against the Golden Bears.“Dallas has been inching his way back in,” Matta said. “He gives us a different look both offensively and defensively.”OSU will tune up for next week’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge tonight against Lipscomb and Saturday against St. Francis University. read more

Football Quarterbacks shifting linebackers highlight Ohio State position battles

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The quarterback competition between sophomore Justin Fields (1) and redshirt freshman Matthew Baldwin (12) is yet to be decided. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorWith the Spring Game over, Ohio State heads into the summer with plenty of areas already decided.Junior J.K. Dobbins is solidified as the starting running back, while redshirt senior K.J. Hill and seniors Binjimen Victor and Austin Mack are at the top of the wide-receiving core.On the defensive side, junior Chase Young and senior Jonathon Cooper are firmly coming in as the starting defensive ends with sophomore Tyreke Smith, sophomore Tyler Friday and freshman Zach Harrison backing them up.But there are still plenty of positions that Ohio State will need to have decided prior to Aug. 31, when the Buckeyes open their season against Florida Atlantic.Ohio State sophomore quarterback Justin Fields (1) throws a pass during warmups prior to the start of the 2019 Spring Game on April 13. Gray beat Scarlet 35-17. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignQuarterbackLikely Starter: Justin FieldsIn Contention: Matthew BaldwinWhile sophomore Justin Fields holds a sizable advantage in this “battle,” the quarterback competition between him and redshirt freshman Matthew Baldwin is yet to be decided.Throughout the spring and following the Spring Game, Ohio State head coach Ryan Day has not given anything away as to which quarterback is in the lead, saying he will have to look at completion percentages throughout practice to get an answer.But Fields spent much of his practice time with the first team, earning the “start” in the Spring Game for Team Gray. In the start, Fields completed 4-of-13 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown, while also running for 38 yards and a score.Baldwin played for both Gray and Team Scarlet, combining for 246 yards, completing 20 of his 36 pass attempts and throwing a pair of touchdowns and interceptions.Not from what’s been said, but has been shown, signs are pointing toward Fields earning the spot.Ohio State redshirt sophomore tight end Luke Farrell (89) catches a pass in the second half of the game against Purdue on Oct. 20. Ohio State lost 49-20. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorTight EndLikely Starter: Luke FarrellIn Contention: Rashod Berry, Jeremy RuckertWhile the tight-end position had been a blocking-heavy position for all of Urban Meyer’s tenure as head coach, the position has an opportunity to change under Day.That said, it appears that redshirt junior Luke Farrell is leading the pack among the group. Farrell was the starter in 2018, but that does not mean redshirt senior Rashod Berry will be held off the field. It seems that Ohio State will implement two tight-end sets more this upcoming season, which would bring in Berry, who has shown a strength in run-blocking.For more of a receiving threat, sophomore Jeremy Ruckert will be the option, who has gotten reps at H-back this spring. But only time will tell how much Day will bring him in instead of the two veterans ahead of him.Ohio State freshman offensive lineman Nicholas Petit-Frere (77) blocks a Tulane player in the fourth quarter of the game against Tulane on Sept. 22. Ohio State won 49-6. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOffensive LineLikely Starters: Thayer Munford (LT), Jonah Jackson (LG), Josh Myers (C), Wyatt Davis (RG) In Contention: Josh Alabi, Branden Bowen, Nicholas Petit-Frere (RT)With junior Thayer Munford out this spring due to injury, there has been an opportunity for offensive line coach Greg Studrawa to move around some of his players to get the best five on the field.Munford, being the only major returning starter from this past season, is expected to stay at left tackle. Redshirt sophomore Wyatt Davis seems locked into the right guard position, as does redshirt sophomore Josh Myers at center.Redshirt senior Jonah Jackson, who will spend his final collegiate season with the Buckeyes after transferring from Rutgers, will likely take over at left guard, leaving one spot at right tackle to be won.A pair of redshirt seniors will be vying for the spot: Josh Alabi and Branden Bowen, while former five-star, sophomore Nicholas Petit-Frere, continues to impress in spring and is making a run for the position.In the Spring Game, with Munford injured and Jackson not playing, Day started Alabi at left tackle, Bowen at left guard and Petit-Frere at right tackle.While it should be expected that all three will find time in 2019, there is no clear frontrunner to who will earn the spot in the starting lineup.Ohio State redshirt sophomore linebacker Tuf Borland (32) celebrates in the fourth quarter of the game against Michigan State on Nov. 10. Ohio State won 26-6. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorLinebackerLikely Starter: Malik HarrisonIn Contention: Tuf Borland, Baron Browning, Pete Werner, Teradja Mitchell, Dallas GantThe linebacker position was a talking point for many this past season, with Ohio State’s group seemingly faltering by giving up dozens of deep plays in the course of the year.With new linebackers coach Al Washington, the position has a chance to be revamped, and so far senior Malik Harrison is the one who should be a lock to start come fall.Redshirt junior Tuf Borland is still a likely starter, but with an injury keeping him out of much of the spring, there is a chance he can be switched out with junior Baron Browning, who has been playing middle linebacker in his place.Still, the more likely scenario for Browning could be placing him in junior Pete Werner’s place on the outside.Sophomores Teradja Mitchell and Dallas Gant are also in contention as some of the less-experienced members of the linebacker room that hold loads of potential.The entirety of the starting linebackers group is back from a season ago, but because it was not necessarily a strong point, there is still plenty for Washington to experiment with before making a decision in August.Ohio State sophomore safety Brendon White (25) intercepts a pass in the second half of the game against Michigan on Nov. 24. Ohio State won 62-39. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorBulletLikely Starter: Brendon WhiteIn Contention: Jahsen WintThere will be a new position on the Ohio State defense in 2019, and it is yet to be seen just how much it will be used.The “bullet” position, played by Jabrill Peppers while at Michigan under the name “viper,” is considered a linebacker-safety hybrid that was created by Washington for this season.With the position, the frontrunner was and still is junior safety Brendon White. The position was seemingly built for his larger frame, and would allow someone like redshirt sophomore cornerback Shaun Wade to have more time on the field.But don’t count out redshirt junior Jahsen Wint. After failing to win a starting role in 2018, eventually being almost completely replaced by White, Wint has been named as a candidate for the new position.His chances may have been helped after a two-interception performance in the Spring Game, and if he continues to show progress, maybe White would retain his traditional safety spot alongside senior Jordan Fuller.Nothing is set in stone, so while White has a firm hold over Wint, performances like the one from Saturday could add up and help Wint make progress. read more

Demolition work at Hanford plant to resume

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first_imgSPOKANE — Work to demolish a former nuclear weapons production factory in Washington may resume in September, about six months after it was halted when workers were exposed to radioactive particles, the U.S. Department of Energy said Thursday.The agency will implement extra safety measures for workers demolishing the Plutonium Finishing Plant on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, which is near Richland. The plant was involved in producing much of the plutonium for the nation’s nuclear arsenal.Hanford officials issued a report in late March that said a total of 42 Hanford workers inhaled or ingested radioactive particles when they were exposed during contamination events in June and December of last year. Radioactive contamination was also found outside plant offices and inside two dozen vehicles, the report said.Demolition work was halted. Experts studied the dangerous work, looking for ways to make it safer for employees and the environment.“Right now we are planning for a September resumption on demolition,” said Karen Wiemelt, a manager at CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Company, the private contractor performing the work for the Energy Department. She predicted demolition could be completed by next June.Experts have identified techniques to make the work safer, including better and more frequent monitoring for radioactive contamination, better ventilation, minimizing waste piles and making sure that materials known as fixatives were used according to manufacturers’ specifications, Wiemelt said.last_img read more

Cudicini recalls his time with Cech at Chelsea

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first_imgCarlo Cudicini recalled his time alongside Petr Cech at Chelsea where they competed with each other for the number one goalkeeping jerseyBefore Cech’s arrival in 2004, Cudicini had been the undisputed number one at Chelsea for the last four years and was even named the Premier League’s best goalkeeper of the 2002/03 campaign.But once Cech was at Stamford Bridge, Cudicini was instantly demoted to the bench as the Czech enjoyed record-breaking success with Chelsea.Cudicini spent the following four and a half years being Cech’s backup before he left for Tottenham in January 2009.However, the Italian only has fond memories of his time alongside Cech who announced his retirement this week from football at the end of the season.“We were fighting for one place and we always gave 120 per cent because we knew if we weren’t able to do our job somebody else would have stepped in,” Cudicini told Chelsea TV.“I tried to push Petr very hard when he was playing, trying to make sure his concentration was always top, and I’m sure that he thought to do the same when I was playing in cups and other games.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“It’s easy to get along well with Petr because he’s such a smart guy, an intelligent guy.“He has so many hobbies so we developed a friendship which is still there, still strong and hopefully it will carry on to be like that.”Cech’s first season at Chelsea was especially remarkable given his quick adaption to English football which saw him only concede 15 goals and make a record 21 clean sheets in the Premier League at the age of 22.“If you think, in his first season he was still very young,” said Cudicini.“I said many times that it’s never easy to make the transition between other leagues and the Premier League and he was unbelievable. He had the record for clean sheets and it was a brilliant season.”Nowadays, the Italian has retired from playing football and works as an assistant coach back at Chelsea.last_img read more