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Donegal family scoop lotto after finding forgotten €250K ticket in car!

first_imgA Donegal family has collected a cheque for €250,000 after finding a forgotten lotto ticket in the back of their car!The family, from Malin Town, scooped the cash after winning the top prize in the Lotto Plus draw on Saturday, October 22nd last.The winning mother, who collected her cash form lotto HQ today, revealed she had her children to thank for getting her to check her ticket a week after the win was announced.She said: “Everybody has been talking about the big win in the area but I genuinely never thought it would be us. “The kids were constantly on the phones and their computers and they would tell me that there is still no news on the winner coming forward.“They were absolutely convinced that it was us. They pestered me to find the ticket and to check it.”The family, who wish to keep their win private, bought their Quick Pick selection ticket at the Malin Cash Stores in Malin Town.She said: “On Friday evening, to keep them quiet, I eventually gave in and found the ticket after searching the car. “I handed it over to one of them to check it on the phone and a minute later, there was an almighty scream ‘We’ve won Mam, we’ve won!’“It was one of those surreal moments in your life. We’re still coming to terms with it all, but we’re enjoying the experience.”She said their new found fortune is “a perfect amount of money” for them to win.She said: “We will pay off our debts in the coming weeks and then we will look at doing some work around the house. Christmas isn’t too far away either so there might be a treat or two for the children as well.”Donegal family scoop lotto after finding forgotten €250K ticket in car! was last modified: November 2nd, 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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Live preseason updates: Warriors vs. Lakers, Monday night

first_img2019 SERIES: Second meeting. LAST MEETING: Lakers d. Warriors in preseason, … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. Scroll down to get insights and news updates from the Warriors’ preseason rematch against the Lakers in Los Angeles, where both teams will be resting stars.GAME ESSENTIALS: Warriors (1-1) vs. Lakers (1-2) at Staples Center, Los Angeles, Monday at 7:30 p.m. (PT). TV: NBA-TV.ODDS: Warriors -1 (opened at Warriors -1).last_img

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South Africa’s social entrepreneurs

first_imgFour men and women have been chosen as finalists for the Social Entrepreneur Awards South Africa 2007, in recognition of their solutions to combating the social and economic challenges South Africa faces today.Helen Lieberman (in photo) and her colleague, Sipho Puwani of Ikamva Labantu is one of four South Africans have been chosen as finalists for the Social Entrepreneur Awards South Africa 2007. (Image: Antoine Gazeau, via The Roger E. Joseph Prize)Brand South Africa reporterFour innovative South Africans have been chosen as finalists for the Social Entrepreneur Awards South Africa 2007, in recognition of the positive impact of their achievements in the areas of social change and sustainability.According to organisers the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, the awards, held in partnership with Ernst & Young, are an acknowledgement of the positive impact of those people’s efforts on South Africa, through a focus on social change, innovation and sustainability.The foundation adds that such candidates are exceptional individuals who implement practical and sustainable solutions to tackle the challenges South Africa faces today, be it in health, education, economic empowerment or the environment.“The finalists are change agents in the social sector. Their success is measured not by profit by to the extent they generate social value,” said foundation member Francois Bonnici in a statement issued last week.“Their dynamism and energy have allowed them to find new solutions which are critically needed to improve South Africa’s problem solving capacity on key issues such as skill development and service delivery.”South African First Lady Zanele Mbeki, an active board member of the Schwab Foundation, also gave the four finalists’ achievements exposure during the World Economic Forum on Africa, held recently in Cape Town.The finalists are:Cedric Buffler, Trident InstituteCedric Buffler’s Trident Institute offers the Micro-MBA programme which has helped to create or improve over 160 000 small businesses since 1991. To date Trident has trained over 4800 Trainer – Mentors, representing some 350 organisations.Recognising the challenge of funding for education, Trident also established the Micro-MBA Bursary (Scholarship) Fund, to provide an avenue to donors to provide funding for people who could not afford to attend the courses to have full access.Helen Lieberman and Sipho Puwani, Ikamva LabantuHelen Lieberman and Sipho Puwani are the driving force behind Ikamva Labantu, which celebrates 45 years of existence this year. Working in partnership with the community, Ikamva Labantu (which means “The future of our nation”) strives to improve the quality of life for South Africa’s underprivileged communities by providing a holistic approach to capacity building, social development and other services.Today, its primary focus falls on four main areas of social development: health (focusing on primary health interventions); education and skills development; food security and enterprise development; access to land and buildings.Nathalie Killassy, Stitch WiseNatalie Killassy’s Stitch Wise is an internationally recognised producer of backfill products and a broad range of protective wear with registered patents and innovative ranges.The company had its beginnings when Killassy, noting the prevalence of disabling injuries in mineworkers, sought to design equipment which would enhance underground support, and personal protective equipment that would help prevent these injuries.The majority of employees are paraplegics who – having suffered disabling injuries underground – are employed by the company to produce equipment that will ensure that their colleagues underground are protected from similar injury.Taffy Adler, Johannesburg Housing CompanyTaffy Adler is changing the face of downtown Johannesburg and reversing the apartheid city while providing safe, affordable and comfortable housing.His organisation, Johannesburg Housing Company (JHC), is refurbishing occupied buildings and constructing new ones in the inner city; its 24 buildings offer a home to more than 8500 people.Focusing on long-term maintenance and sustainability while working with the communities around the buildings and mobilising commercial funding for social housing, JHC delivers housing with sensitivity to social and economic realities.The juryThe jury in charge of choosing the winner features a host of prominent leaders including Soul City founder Garth Japhet and Gordon Institute of Business Science Extraordinary Professor and Absa Bank’s future chairperson, Gill Marcus.The winner, to be selected on 15 November 2007, will gain access to the meetings of the World Economic Forum, as well as to the Schwab Foundation’s global network, providing them with “unprecedented opportunities to engage global decision takers from the public, corporate, media and academic sectors to strengthen and expand their models”.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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South Africa eyes cheaper ARV drugs

first_imgMotsoaledi said the country must purchase ARVs at the lowest possible cost from whatever source can guarantee the lowest prices, whether inside or outside the country. More than 1 000 public health facilities are currently providing ARV treatment, following an additional 519 facilities which started providing the treatment as of 1 April this year. Tabling his department’s budget vote in Cape Town this week, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledia said that despite purchasing in such vast quantities, the price paid by the country for the drugs was significantly higher than in any other country. “I will not compromise on this,” he said, adding that the policy position applied to ARVs only and not other pharmaceutical products. Source: BuaNews He said while local pharmaceutical manufacturers were of the view that such an approach would result in job losses, the government needed to take decisive action in overcoming the challenge that HIV presented. Lowest possible cost Pregnant women with a CD4 count of 350 or less as well as people co-infected with TB and HIV at a CD4 count of 350 or less are also being provided with treatment. Increased treatment 15 April 2010 South Africa is to prepare a new tender specification that opens the way for the purchase of cheaper anti-retroviral drugs for the country’s treatment programme – the largest of its kind in the world – in an effort to bring down costs. HIV-positive pregnant women are also receiving dual therapy from 14 weeks of pregnancy and not 28 weeks, as was previously the case, until post delivery. “This just does not make sense, we must be able to purchase ARVs at the lowest prices as we are the largest consumers of ARVs in the world and must benefit from economies of scale,” Motsoaledi said, adding that if the situation continued, the fiscus would be overburdened.last_img read more

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Legislation introduced to establish industrial hemp program in Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest State Senators Brian Hill (R-Zanesville) and Steve Huffman (R-Tipp City) today introduced legislation that would create an industrial hemp program in Ohio administered by the Department of Agriculture.The legislation clarifies that hemp and hemp derived products, including CBD oil may be sold legally in Ohio.“This an exciting opportunity for farmers to expand the crops they plant,” Hill said. “Farmers can rotate hemp to improve soil health while earning more profit than many traditional cover crops. I’m eager to see all the ways that Ohio will benefit from this legislation.”With the recent passing of the 2018 Federal Farm Bill, industrial hemp has been removed from the list of scheduled substances banned by the federal government and can now be grown as a commodity crop throughout the United States.“It is important to understand that hemp is not marijuana, it is much more versatile and lacks an appreciable amount of THC to cause any psychotropic effects,” Huffman said. “This is an incredible opportunity for our farmers to help diversify their crops by allowing them to grow legal hemp.”Many states have adopted a hemp pilot program, permitted by federal law, so that farmers in their jurisdictions could begin planting and harvesting hemp and so the hemp could be used in over 25,000 commercial products including feed, fiber, biofuels, clothing and plastic.“Farmers are always looking for new options to diversify their operations,” said Adam Sharp, Executive Vice President of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. “We applaud Senators Hill and Huffman for introducing legislation to help bring industrial hemp to Ohio and to allow farmers to explore the potential of this quickly growing market opportunity.”This legislation has been referred to a Senate committee for further consideration.last_img read more

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Mamata’s time is over: BJP working chief

first_imgBharatiya Janata Party (BJP) working president J.P. Nadda on Friday targeted West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her alleged opposition to abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and said “the time of her government is over.”“Is her vote bank bigger than national interest for Mamata Banerjee?” asked Mr. Nadda.Mr. Nadda asked his party workers to go and ask every person whether the abrogation of Article 370 was necessary or not.“I want to know from Mamata what sort of politics is this,” he said. And where are they trying to take the country? If the country is there, and it remains strong people will in normal course of things come to power or go out of power,” Mr. Nadda said.He also criticised Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, saying that Mr. Gandhi’s statements “were used by Pakistan to oppose India in the United Nations.”Ms. Banerjee had said the process of revocation of Article 370 in Kashmir was done using “undemocratic means” and “under the shadow of the gun.”She, however, had not said anything to indicate that she was opposed to its abrogation.last_img read more

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PVL goes to Tuguegarao, Bacolod, Iloilo

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Malaysia bans travel to North Korea, football match postponed Read Next View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES “We just want to go straight to our fans in the provinces and show our appreciation to them for supporting the PVL through the years,” said Sports Vision president Ricky Palou.The PVL will also make stops in Bacolod City and Iloilo on Oct. 17 and Oct. 18, respectively. No schedule of games for that leg has been released. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBatangas is also being eyed as a venue for future matches. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  The Premier Volleyball League is scheduled to play exhibition games in three cities outside of the capital in October in an attempt to grow the brand outside of Metro Manila.Tuguegarao will be the first out-of-town host on Oct. 7 when San Sebastian takes on BanKo-Perlas at People’s Gym at 3:30 pm with the game between three-time champion Pocari Sweat and Creamline happening at 5:30 pm.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citylast_img read more

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Santosh Hegde apprehensive over final outcome of Lokpal bill

first_imgKarnataka Lokayukta and a member of the Lokpal Bill drafting committee Santosh Hegde on Saturday said he was apprehensive about the final outcome of the proposed bill as it could be a watered down version of what was originally envisaged.”The discussion on the bill is nearly over and after the last meeting…of what you read between two parties, they do not seem to see eye to eye and hence I am apprehensive of the outcome of this effort,” a candid Hegde said.”They will a bring a bill for a certain, but how strong the bill is going to be is a question,” the former Supreme Court judge, who represents civil society on the Lokpal panel, said.Expressing his doubts, he said, “They do not want the PM to come under its scope, they do not want the judiciary, they do not want military purchases being investigated nor the central government employees nor the corrupt conduct of MPs outside the House but having implications inside House.”On the CBI being kept out of the RTI Act, he said, “Today they want to keep out CBI, tomorrow it will be the police”. Once an investigation was over, there could be sharing of data to ensure transparency, he opined.However, he was of the opinion that the current strong anti-corruption feeling would have some bearing on elections. “One day the government will realise they had got an opportunity to earn a good name, but that they had missed the bus,” said the Lokayukta.advertisement- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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15 days agoEverton striker Kean, Parrott sent off in U21 clash

first_imgEverton striker Kean, Parrott sent off in U21 clashby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton striker Moise Kean was sent off for Italy U21 in their 0-0 draw with the Republic of Ireland. Former Juventus youngster Kean came off the bench, but lasted under 20 minutes before his dismissal for pushing Tottenham striker Troy Parrott in the chest, with the Irish player also receiving his second yellow card in the incident.Italy U21 coach Paolo Nicolato said, “It’s our own fault, we know these environments, the way they see competition and sportsmanship, so we knew full well that we shouldn’t have fallen for their provocation.“Qualification is not a walk in the park, there are strong teams and we need to work to get there.”The next Italy game is against Armenia on Monday. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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12 days agoIlkay Gundogan happy with new Man City contract

first_imgIlkay Gundogan happy with new Man City contractby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveIlkay Gundogan is happy with his new contract at Manchester City.In August, the Germany midfielder signed new terms to 2023.Gundogan has stated he held talks with Bayern Munich over the summer before agreeing to stay with City.He told BILD: “I am totally comfortable here. “The competitive appeal is extremely high. The Premier League is a huge challenge and in the Champions League we have a lot hopes with City.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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3 days agoWolves youngster Owen Helsketh proud penning pro terms

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves youngster Owen Helsketh proud penning pro termsby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves youngster Owen Helsketh has signed his first professional contract.The promising 17-year-old, who was previously at Manchester City, has agreed on terms until 2022.”It’s a very good feeling,” the Welsh under-17 international said. “I’ve been waiting quite a long time for this moment, so I’m really happy to finally sign.”I came to the club at the start of this season, but I’ve already learnt a lot since being here. It’s obviously been tough moving away from home, but it’s football and you’ve got to make sacrifices to get to the top.”It’s a big opportunity and I just have to get back fit, work hard and try to be the best I can be. Once I get back fit, hopefully I can play in some games, get back to form and then start to push up the ages and try to get into the first-team.” last_img read more

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Video: Oklahoma’s Hatari Byrd Flipped Off Tennessee Fans While Leaving The Field After Win

first_imgAn Oklahoma cheerleader running with an OU flag in his hand.NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 16: A member of the Oklahoma Sooners spirit squad waves a flag after a touchdown against the Iowa State Cyclones November 16, 2013 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Iowa State 48-10. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)No. 19 Oklahoma finished off an incredible 31-24 comeback victory at No. 23 Tennessee earlier tonight. The Sooners rallied from a 17-point deficit to win in double overtime.Things got a bit ugly after the game though, when OU safety Hatari Byrd gave some Tennessee fans the middle finger while exiting the field.You can see it at the end of this video posted by SBNation’s Steven Godfrey, who was on the field at the time. It’s ugly pic.twitter.com/yxVK5SoQmK— Steven Godfrey (@38Godfrey) September 13, 2015 Sooners linebacker Eric Striker also was seen taunting some UT fans.Eric Striker to Tennessee fans: “Tell your recruits to come to OU”— Jason Kersey (@jasonkersey) September 13, 2015Wonder if Byrd, at least, will face some disciplinary action.last_img read more

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Alberta court overturns murder acquittal in Cindy Gladue case

first_imgThe Canadian PressThe Alberta Court of Appeal has ordered a new trial in the case of an Ontario trucker who was acquitted of first-degree murder in the death of an Indigenous woman.A jury found Bradley Barton not guilty last September in the 2011 death of Cindy Gladue.Gladue body was found in a bathtub in an Edmonton motel room.She bled to death after a night of what Barton called consensual, rough sex.The Court of Appeal says there were serious legal errors during the trial, including how the judge charged the jury about Barton’s conduct and on the law of sexual assault relating to consent.The appeal panel says these errors negatively compromised the jury’s ability to properly assess the evidence and apply the law correctly.last_img read more

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The Winners And Losers Of The Womens World Cup Group Stage

GermanyB+0.1 NigeriaD+0.1 Ivory CoastB-3.7 CameroonC+2.2 EnglandF-0.4 AustraliaD+0.5 ColombiaF+2.3 FranceF-0.2 South KoreaE-0.5 TEAMGROUPCHANGE IN WSPI JapanC-0.4 CanadaA-0.6 ThailandB+0.3 SwedenD-0.2 SwitzerlandC+0.1 Costa RicaE+2.0 BrazilE-0.2 U.S.D-0.2 SpainE-1.2 Check out FiveThirtyEight’s Women’s World Cup predictions.Down 1-0 at halftime against Switzerland in its final group-stage game, Cameroon looked like it was coming to the end of its World Cup run. But just after the half, an errant cross made its way through the entire Swiss box, and Cameroon striker Gaelle Enganamouit stood waiting. She swung with her left but missed the ball entirely — a wasted opportunity. Until … Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene collected it behind her and with one touch sent a beautiful shot to the lower-left side-netting.The score was tied 1-1, but Onguene didn’t celebrate. Instead, she looked blankly toward the sideline and her coach, her face suggesting that she might be thinking, “Do we advance with a tie? Or do we need to win?”It was a moment that typified the chaos and confusion we’ve come to expect (and love) during the group stage at a World Cup (especially with FIFA’s weird 24-team tournament structure). Cameroon went on to defeat Switzerland 2-1 and become just the second African team to reach the knockout stage at a Women’s World Cup.But the group stage is over, and the knockout rounds, which begin Saturday, are simple: Win or wait four years. So which team helped itself the most during the group games? Who has the easiest path to the World Cup final? And what did we learn about these teams, many of which were first time World Cup entrants?There weren’t any surprises atop the groups — all of the most-likely first-place finishers according to our model won their respective groups. But among the second- and third-place teams that advanced, several saw their Women’s Soccer Power Index rating increase significantly after the start of the tournament (there were others whose WSPI ratings fell). Before we look at the biggest WSPI winners and losers from the group stage, let’s see how the bracket has changed since the tournament began.The U.S. Is Sitting Pretty (Thanks, FIFA!)The U.S. might still be furious at FIFA over the turf fields, but the USWNT should thank soccer’s governing body for one of the easiest routes to the World Cup final. Instead of randomly assigning every country except for the host like it does for the group stage in the men’s World Cup, FIFA chose to strategically place teams into different groups for “sporting reasons.” The setup means we’re likely to see a Germany vs. France quarterfinal, pitting the No. 1 and No. 3 ranked FIFA teams against each other. The U.S., meanwhile, won’t have to face any of the 10 best teams (according to WSPI) that are still in the tournament until the semifinal.That fortuitous path means — despite three rather uninspiring performances in the group stage — the U.S. remains the most likely team to win the tournament; its chances are up to 33 percent (from 28 percent at the start). U.S. midfielder Megan Rapinoe was brilliant against Australia, scoring twice, but we didn’t see much of an attacking threat from the USWNT in the rest of its group-stage games. It churned through almost every forward on the team against Sweden but was still unable to score, and the team found the net only once against Nigeria (which played with only 10 players in the game’s final minutes).Because of these rather unconvincing wins, the U.S.’s WSPI has fallen since the beginning of the tournament. If the team advances past its Round of 16 matchup with Colombia, it will face the winner of China vs. Cameroon in the quarterfinal. The average WSPI of the USA’s bracket quadrant is only 85.6 — the lowest of any quadrant — compared with 87.9, 90.0 and 90.8 for the other three quadrants.Germany looked like the powerhouse we were expecting in their opening match, thrashing the Ivory Coast 10-0. But the Germans looked flat against Norway in their second group-stage game, which ended in a 1-1 tie. Despite an increase in WSPI since the beginning of the tournament, Germany has seen its chances of winning the World Cup decrease 2 points, to 25 percent. The Germans face Sweden (the sixth-best remaining team, according to WSPI) in the Round of 16 and would be likely to play France (the third-best remaining team) should they advance to the quarterfinals.Seven of the eight highest-rated teams going into the tournament performed a bit below expectation and saw their WSPI decrease; Germany was the only exception. Most of the other top teams haven’t seen their chances to win the tournament change significantly. Sweden is down 2 points mostly because of its difficult Round of 16 draw with Germany. Australia is up 1 point after its strong performances in the “Group of Death” and its corresponding increase in WSPI.But WSPI wasn’t impressed with Japan’s three wins (it won each game by only a single goal), and Japan’s chances of winning the tournament are down 1 point. Brazil’s chances of winning went up only marginally, despite being the one team in the tournament that has yet to concede a goal.The Group-Stage WinnersColombia, Cameroon and Costa Rica — the latter of whom was eliminated from Group E by Brazil on Wednesday — emerged from the group stage as the biggest “winners” in our ratings: Their WSPI ratings have increased about 2 points since the start of the tournament, compared with an average WSPI decrease of 0.2 points for all teams. It’s worth noting that the teams whose WSPI changed the most — for better or worse — tend to have fewer competitive matchups in our database, thus the three group-stage matches have a larger impact on their overall WSPI. (See more detail about how we calculate WSPI ratings to understand this effect.) MexicoF-0.7 ChinaA– New ZealandA+0.3 NetherlandsA– EcuadorC-5.3 NorwayB+0.3 Colombia was the biggest winner from the group stage, having pulled off the second-least-likely victory in Women’s World Cup history with their 2-0 defeat of France.1The five biggest upsets in Women’s World Cup history according to WSPI are:1995: Brazil beat Sweden 1-0 (Brazil had a 3.6 percent chance of winning)2015: Colombia beat France 2-0 (6.0 percent)1999: North Korea beat Denmark 3-1 (9.2 percent)2011: Japan beat Germany 1-0 (9.5 percent)2003: Brazil beat Norway 4-1 (12.2 percent) Going into that game, our forecast gave Colombia only a 6 percent chance of winning. But the team packed in on defense, and Lady Andrade capitalized early on a beautiful through-ball from Yoreli Rincon to stun the French. Although Colombia was the biggest group-stage winner in the eyes of WSPI — the team’s overall rating increased 2.3 points — it ended up finishing third in Group F, perhaps a bit ironically, and now must face the U.S. on Monday (Colombia has just a 5 percent chance of beating the Americans, according to our forecast).Going into the tournament, we didn’t know much about the current Cameroon squad beyond its second-place finish to Nigeria in the African Women’s Championship last year. But it came out and demolished Ecuador 6-0 in its opening game, displaying extreme pace on the wings and calm, collected finishing in the box. Cameroon finished second in Group C and will face China in the Round of 16, where it has a 38 percent chance of reaching the quarterfinals.And although it didn’t advance from Group E, Costa Rica outperformed expectations at its first World Cup, drawing against South Korea and Spain but losing to Brazil.The Group-Stage LosersUnfortunately, the other three teams making their World Cup debut didn’t fare quite as well. Ecuador, Ivory Coast and Spain were the biggest group-stage “losers,” according to WSPI. Not only were all three teams eliminated from the tournament, but their WSPI ratings all dropped. Ecuador was the lowest-rated team going in, having just barely qualified, and it finished with three losses and a -16 goal differential thanks mostly to Switzerland’s 10-goal run against them. Ivory Coast suffered a similar fate against Germany, losing 10-0, but rallied in its next two games and even scored one of the tournament’s most beautiful goals.There were high hopes for Spain at its long-awaited first World Cup, but the team was unable to win a single game. Unlike Ecuador and Ivory Coast, Spain wasn’t crushed in any game. But it was unable to finish several easy chances in its opening game against Costa Rica, and poor positioning from its goalkeeper led to a World Cup-ending goal in its last game, against South Korea. read more

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Pryors flashy legacy on the line with Bucks

For Terrelle Pryor, the Sugar Bowl is bigger than busting Ohio State’s 0-9 slump against the SEC in bowl games or redeeming the Big Ten after its horrid, winless New Year’s Day bowl performance. The junior quarterback’s mental toughness and his ability to fight through adversity will be on display. If he fails to rise to the occasion, it will harm his legacy, something that Pryor speaks so fondly about. In his attempts to rally the spirit of the Buckeye faithful, Pryor has boasted that he’ll get his “jersey hung up” at Ohio Stadium and that he “wants to leave a legacy here.” Apparently whatever legacy of success Pryor has at OSU is neatly displayed on some guy’s mantel, rather than at the Horseshoe. After the public learned of the Buckeye players’ five-game suspensions for improper benefits, including selling awards and receiving discounted tattoos, the legacy of selfish behavior seems to be the only one they’re leaving behind. That’s certainly not what Pryor implied originally. Of course, Pryor is not the only Buckeye guilty of selling out tradition for personal gain, but he obviously is the most prominent of the bunch and the most oft criticized. ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit is seemingly Pryor’s most public and outspoken critic. The former Buckeye quarterback ripped Pryor for his sideline demeanor during games, to which Pryor responded by calling Herbstreit a “fake Buckeye” on Twitter. That’s coming from the “true” Buckeye in Pryor — if “true” Buckeyes hock their hard-earned, team-oriented rewards for cash and tattoos. At the end of the day, showcasing your “school pride” with a giant Block “O” tattoo that looks like a 4-year-old scribbled it in crayon doesn’t sound like it’s worth the price to me. That may sound harsh, but it’s tame in comparison to Herbstreit’s blanket statements about Pryor’s award-selling controversy, such as, “You wonder how much involvement he had in this, if he was the ringleader in this.” I, meanwhile, can’t help but wonder why Herbstreit’s obnoxious Byers Auto Group commercials on local TV label him an “MVP quarterback.” Is it his memorable 8-3-1 1992 campaign as OSU’s starter? Is it referring to his legendary days in Centerville’s peewee league? Whatever the case may be, he’s certainly the “MVP” of hyperbole when it comes to trying to prove to college football fans that he’s not a biased Buckeye. If Pryor’s saltiness toward his critics in harsh times is any indication of how he’ll play on the field, it doesn’t look too good. The tweet parade doesn’t stop with Herbstreit, as Pryor even addressed the rumors of getting improper benefits before the suspensions were passed down. “I paid for my tattoos. Go Bucks,” Pryor posted on his personal Twitter feed. That tweet mysteriously and conveniently disappeared a day later. Evidently, he’s taking public relations lessons from his “mentor” LeBron James. In the face of all the criticism, the Sugar Bowl presents an opportunity for OSU and, most importantly, for Pryor. It’s a challenge more demanding than a last-second drive to beat Wisconsin in Madison. Essentially, it’s steeper than any challenge he’s faced in his career. A singular, heroic, final-minute drive defines just a season. How Pryor and his fellow Buckeyes respond to the public backlash will define their entire careers. If Pryor replicates his winning performance from last year’s Rose Bowl and makes good on his promise to return next season, his decaying legacy can be salvaged. OSU currently has a 30-3 record with him as a starter, and that sparkling record on his résumé will stand out even more with a strong end to his career. However, if he’s not able to steer the Buckeyes through its most trying time in the Jim Tressel era, he’s an outcast, much like Herbstreit appears to be within the Buckeye community. Starting with this Sugar Bowl, we will find out if Pryor’s closer to Archie Griffin or Maurice Clarett in OSU lore. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about the nimble-footed quarterback, however, it’s not to count him out when the weight of the world is seemingly on his shoulders. Look no further than the fourth-and-10 against Iowa earlier this season. read more

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McAllister remains undefeated behind Clippers 52 victory

Columbus Clippers pitcher Zach McAllister came out with an undefeated record on the mound. As of Monday night, that still has not changed after Columbus defeated the Charlotte Knights, 5-2. McAllister faced 27 batters in the seven innings he pitched, giving up just five hits, two runs. He threw 102 pitches, an impressive 71 of them strikes. “It’s one thing where I got into a little groove and was able to carry it,” McAllister said. “I think that’s kind of big for me, having that good feeling on the mound and taking advantage of it when I can.” McAllister is now 6-0 on the season. McAllister was drafted in 2006 out of Illinois Valley Central High School by the New York Yankees. The Cleveland Indians acquired McAllister in August 2010. The learning curve has been a little harder for him coming straight out of high school, but he has handled it with grace. “I had some success early in my career at the lower levels, then this past year was a little rough for me, statistics-wise,” McAllister said. “I think that one of the best things to happen to me was to grow from the struggle.” The 6’6″ right-hander impresses his colleagues. “He keeps making strides each outing,” Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh said. “His slider was really good, he did a good job of getting us off the field quick, and those are good nights when you are a pitcher.” Columbus jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. First baseman Travis Buck’s RBI single brought in center fielder Ezequiel Carrera, giving the Clippers a 1-0 lead. Columbus put another on the board when designated hitter Cord Phelps’ sacrifice fly brought in shortstop Jason Donald. A Buck pop-out put Columbus up 3-0 in the third inning, shortly followed by Donald’s solo shot in the fifth, making it 4-0. Charlotte cut the score to 4-1 in the sixth inning when shortstop Eduardo Escobar’s double brought in second baseman Gookie Dawkins. Center fielder Jordan Danks put the only damper on the night for McAllister when he crunched a solo homerun in the seventh inning, making it 4-2. McAllister was still not be phased, as he ended the inning striking out Escobar. Columbus put their final run on the board in the eighth inning, making it 5-3. McAllister is already looking forward to improving more. “I just got to go out and take every day like it’s your last one out here,” he said. “Today was a great day for me, and I am happy, but the next one is the one that matters for me.” Columbus is now 24-7 on the year. Charlotte dropped to 12-18. They will continue their four-game-series against Charlotte tomorrow night at Huntington Park at 6:35 p.m. read more

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