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Five England players in Curtis Cup squad visit

first_img3 Dec 2015 Five England players in Curtis Cup squad visit Five England players have been invited to take part in a Curtis Cup squad visit to Dun Laoghaire GC, near Dublin, which will host next June’s match between Great Britain & Ireland and the USA. They are: Gemma Clews of Cheshire (Image © Leaderboard Photography), Alice Hewson of Hertfordshire, Meghan MacLaren of Northamptonshire, Inci Mehmet of Surrey and Rochelle Morris of Yorkshire. Bronte Law of Cheshire and Australia-based Charlotte Thomas – both former Curtis Cup players – are unavailable. The five will join Leona Maguire and Olivia Mehaffey of Ireland and Chloe Williams of Wales for the two-day visit on 18 and 19 December. The players will get the chance to look round the course and facilities under the watchful eye of their captain, Elaine Farquharson-Black, and team manager, Helen Hewlett. Elaine, who has been a member of a winning Curtis Cup team, said: “I am really looking forward to getting these players together and to start preparing for the Curtis Cup. I have been over to Dun Laoghaire Golf Club already and it is a fantastic course with great facilities.” The GB&I team of eight for the biennial match will be announced on Thursday 28th April 2016 at 2pm.  Six players will gain automatic selection – the top four GB&I players in the world golf rankings and the top two in the Ladies’ Golf Union Order of Merit. Two other players will be selected to complete the line-up. The players who will visit the Curtis Cup host club are: Gemma Clews, 21 (Delamere Forest)                                        Alice Hewson, 18 (Berkhamsted                                                       Meghan Maclaren, 21 (Wellingborough)  Leona Maguire, 21 (Slieve Russell) Olivia Mehaffey, 18 (Royal Co Down Ladies’) Inci Mehmet, 19 (Royal Mid Surrey)    Rochelle Morris, 20 (Woodsome Hall)  Chloe Williams, 20 (Wrexham) Further information about the Curtis Cup match is available on www.lgu.org.last_img read more

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Matt Williams leaving A’s for managerial position in Korea

first_imgMatt Williams is headed to Korea.The A’s third base coach and go-to mentor for the A’s elite infield is reported to have agreed to a three-year deal to manage the Kia Tigers in the KBO League, per MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.Williams served as the A’s third base coach for two years. He managed the Washington Nationals for the 2014 and 2015 seasons, winning NL Manager of the Year in 2014.Eyes from MLB teams looking to fill positions are zeroed in on other members of the A’s coaching staff. …last_img read more

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USG EcoSmart Gypsum Wallboard

first_imgTo understand how USG Sheetrock® Brand EcoSmart gypsum wallboard (GWB) has a better environmental footprint than many alternative wall coverings, it helps to know how it is made. The key is two different gypsum crystals The mineral gypsum comes in two different crystal forms: Calcium sulfate dihydrate (CaSO4  2H2O) is how the molecule is found in nature. Calcium sulfate hemihydrate (2 CaSo4 H2O) is created through a process of grinding and heating the calcium sulfate dihydrate molecules. This gypsum cycle diagram shows the two crystal forms of CaSO4 and how each is formed. Drawing courtesy of Patrick Webb, Real Finishes. The first step in making GWB is to mine the gypsum dihydrate or collect it as flue-gas desulphurization from a coal-fired power plants. Step two is making the hemihydrate by grinding it and driving off water by heating it. The gypsum wallboard industry calls this material “stucco.” It’s a very fine powder, a lot like wheat flour in consistency.RELATED ARTICLESDrywall Finishing Tips for Owner-BuildersSaving Sustainably: Interior WallsHow to Hang Airtight DrywallWalls With Interior Rigid FoamWill Thick Cellulose Cause Your Ceiling to Sag? If you take that incredibly fine powdered gypsum, mix in some key and proprietary additives, you can turn it into a slurry by rehydrating it with water. Adding water will move the crystal structure back to the dihydrate form, but in the process manufactures can form the recrystallizing dihydrate between two runs of paper to make gypsum wallboard (see the manufacturing diagram below). Gypsum manufacturing, from the raw materials to finished board product. Drawing courtesy of USG. In standard GWB manufacturing, about four times more water than required for recrystallization is added and a lot of energy is used to drive off that excess water. USG EcoSmart board uses special additives to reduce water use in the manufacturing process. The result is: GWB made using 25% less water 20% less CO2 emissions (reduced drying energy with less water in the board) 20% lighter board 20% less fuel consumption during transportation of the finished board Why not make all board this way? I asked USG this question and not surprisingly, the one downside to EcoSmart is cost. A USG representative told me that for ½-inch sheets of EcoSmart available at a big box store, there is a 10% to 15% premium. The EcoSmart premium is about half that for the 5/8-inch Type X EcoSmart board used throughout the commercial building industry. The result is that ½-inch EcoSmart board has a pretty limited market share while the 5/8-inch Type X EcoSmart board is about 35% of USG’s Type X total sales. Clearly, the significantly better eco-footprint of EcoSmart GWB and its lighter weight labor savings is more important in the commercial building industry than the residential construction side. And rumor has it that some Home Depot customers were even less tolerant of the EcoSmart premium because they thought that the “Eco” stood for economical not ecological. EcoSmart board has solid “eco-cred” BuildingGreen recently reviewed EcoSmart panels and stated this: “Compared to standard drywall, EcoSmart has a better environmental profile, equal or better performance in most applications, and is cost competitive. It also has the following certifications and transparency documentation: Greenguard Gold certified for emissions Declare Red List Free LEED v4 compliant Type III EPD 1 Health Product Declaration EcoSmart GWB also meets Architecture 2030 for products based on carbon emissions from manufacturing, according to USG. Impact of less-dense board on acoustics and fire-resistance It’s mass that largely deadens sound transfer in GWB and it’s the water in the dihydrate gypsum crystal that contributes quite a bit to GWB fire resistance (it takes a lot of energy to drive off the water in the gypsum crystal). So, if EcoSmart board is 20% lighter or less dense, doesn’t that decrease acoustical and fire performance? I spoke with more than one technical representative at USG about these properties and was told that was “…the really challenging part of the EcoSmart formulation, but also the proprietary part. We have the test results to prove that EcoSmart board maintains acoustical and fire-resistance properties compared to standard GWB but we can’t give you the secret.” Some industry perspective I talked with Steve Rapoport, Territory Manager for Kamco Supply Corp in Williston, VT. They sell an awful lot of USG EcoSmart board. Steve was more than happy to connect me with some of his customers, drywall contractors using USG EcoSmart board. I caught up with Travis Dashnow of Hardrock Drywall of South Burlington. Kamco Supply delivering USG EcoSmart board to a Hardrock Drywall project a bit creatively. Photo courtesy of Travis Dashnow, Hardrock Drywall. “The only Type X board we use is USG EcoSmart,” Travis told me, “It’s the weight and quality of the board for us. We look for innovation in our work and EcoSmart’s reduced weight is a big deal.” When I asked Dashnow about the price premium, he said, “More than happy to pay a bit more for this board—about 7% for us—and lift 20% less weight over the course of the day.” Dashnow went on to say that since USG Ecosmart can be used in place of the even heavier Type C ceiling board, it’s even easier for his company to stick solely with EcoSmart board. I asked Travis if he ever sees EcoSmart board specified by architects because of its certifications or environmental performance. “We are starting to see this a bit in our work,” se replied, “but since we only use EcoSmart, it’s fine with us for architects to spec it.” Learn more about USG’s EcoSmart here. -Peter Yost is GBA’s technical director. He is also the founder of a consulting company in Brattleboro, Vermont, called Building-Wright. He routinely consults on the design and construction of both new homes and retrofit projects. He has been building, researching, teaching, writing, and consulting on high-performance homes for more than twenty years, and he’s been recognized as NAHB Educator of the Year. Do you have a building science puzzle? Contact Pete here.last_img read more

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London Olympics medal winner Mary Kom to resume training next year

first_imgAfter her bronze medal-winning feat at the London Olympics, boxer MC Mary Kom has had to attend a lot of felicitation ceremonies, and has also been invited to fashion shows and a soap opera.Critics would say that boxing has taken a backseat for the five-time world champion and her passion for the game is falling prey to glamour, but the 29-year-old boxer sees it differently.She believes that the felicitations are a temporary phase and her focus is on achieving more success in her sport.”Boxing is still the priority and it will never take a backseat. I did some ramp walks but those were for social causes.I am physically and mentally fit to fight,” Mary said.”I have no major competition this year, so I am on a sort of leave. When my next competition nears, I will go to my old schedule,” she said on the sidelines of a ceremony where Mahindra presented her with their latest SUV Bolero.Does her tight schedule and various functions and events allow her time to train? “Since I am not preparing for a competition, I don’t need to go through the rigours of training, but I have still kept myself in shape and my weight is always between 48-51kg. I go to the gym, whether at home or in a hotel,” said Mary Kom.”I have to play in a few tournaments next year and will restart my training full-on only then,” she added.It’s interesting to see that her five world titles did not win her the accolades that an Olympic bronze medal did. Prior to the Olympics, people in sporting circles knew her but the London feat has made her a household name. Everywhere she goes, fans follow her and the business houses shower cash prizes on her. How does she celebrate her star status? “I feel extremely happy when people acknowledge my achievements and honour me for what I have done in my career. Life has changed as now I travel a lot.Earlier, I used to go to competitions and training camps. I am gradually adjusting to my changed lifestyle,” Mary said.Commonwealth Games Federation has announced recently that women’s boxing would be a part of the 2014 Games in Glasgow with competition in three categories, including one in which Mary Kom features – 51kg.It means there could be a possible showdown between her and London Olympics gold medallist Briton Nicola Adams, who beat Mary Kom in the semi- finals.”She is a tough boxer and as of now we can’t say whether such a bout will take place but I will prepare myself better than before and iron out any possible flaws in my game,” said Mary.She is excited about movie director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s plan to make a film on her. While she says she will not act in it, Mary considers the movie as a great vehicle to encourage youngsters to take up boxing.”I am not good at acting, I am good only in the ring. So there is no point in working in the film. I am sure the director will finalise a good star cast.”But movies on sportspersons have played a great role in motivating youngsters to opt for sports as a career and I expect this movie to make the same impact,” she said.While a lot of felicitations have made her happy, government apathy still hurts her.After her 2010 World Championship gold and the 2012 Olympic bronze, the Manipur government had promised her three acres of land for an academy and promotion to the post of superintendent of police, but both haven’t been kept as yet.”I am still waiting for the papers of the land the state government had promised me two years ago and again after the Olympics. Neither have I been promoted to the post of SP. The government should keep its promises,” Mary signed off.advertisementlast_img read more

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10 months agoMan Utd coach Carrick: Dubai trip fantastic for squad

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd coach Carrick: Dubai trip fantastic for squadby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United assistant coach Michael Carrick says taking the squad to Dubai this week has been the right decision.Carrick, who has been reunited with former colleagues Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Mike Phelan in his first season after retiring as a player, explained that the climate in the Middle East enables the staff to focus on more detailed sessions.“It’s fantastic. It allows us to train in a way where you probably can’t do it at home, at this moment, with it being so cold,” reported Carrick. “We can work on different things. When it’s freezing cold at home, you’ve got to keep on the move and you don’t want the lads standing around too much.“So here we’ll work hard, especially over the next few days, and prepare for Sunday, but it allows us to maybe spend a little bit more time on the training ground and go into a little bit more detail, which we need at this moment.“As you can imagine, it’s quite a happy camp. When you’re winning football matches, you can’t put a price on the feeling that gives you, and the confidence and the belief.”You almost sense a calmness when you’re winning games. It’s great to see the lads enjoying themselves. The football’s flowing, the training’s good, they’re bouncing around the place, and it’s nice to see.” last_img read more

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Uljanik Splashes Algomas 1st Newbuilding

first_imgImage Courtesy: UljanikCroatian shipbuilder Uljanik launched Algoma Innovator, a 24,900 dwt bulk carrier built for Canadian shipping company Algoma Central Corporation, at 3. Maj shipyard in Rijeka on December 29, 2016.With a gross tonnage of 16,000 tons, Algoma Innovator features a length of 198.1 meters and a width of 22 meters.The Handysize bulker is the first of five self-unloading ships for the transportation of bulk cargo being built for Algoma by Uljanik.Algoma Innovator and another 24,900 dwt bulker were ordered in March and September 2015, respectively. The vessels are scheduled for delivery in July and October 2017, according to data provided by VesselsValue.The remaining three ships, all having a deadweight of 39,000 tons, were ordered in September 2015. The contracts for the ships were signed after Algoma had canceled the order placed at China’s Nantong Mingde Heavy Industries. The three bulk carriers are slated for delivery in March, June and September 2018, VesselsValue’s data shows.All five vessels are intended for sailing on the Great Lakes, on the Canada-United States border, Uljanik said.last_img read more

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Study Italys economic crisis has affected nutrition

first_imgMILAN — A new study shows that Italy’s long economic crisis is having an impact on nutritional health in the country synonymous with the Mediterranean diet.The Economist Intelligence Unit in an index presented Wednesday ranked Italy as eighth among 12 Mediterranean countries surveyed for nutritional health.That was largely due to childhood obesity, with 21 per cent of Italian children ages 6 to 10 at risk. Other factors include weak nutritional education and growing popularity of fast food.The survey, funded by the Barilla Foundation, said a likely factor in the unexpectedly low ranking was the increase in the percentage of people living in poverty since the 2008-9 financial crisis: 29 per cent compared with 14 per cent in first-placed France.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Ghosns legal woes highlight governance failings in Japan

first_imgTOKYO — One of the biggest mysteries surrounding the arrest of Nissan’s former chairman Carlos Ghosn is over how he allegedly could have underreported his income by millions of dollars for years and why the company is going after the suspected wrongdoing now.Ghosn, who headed the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Motors auto alliance, was arrested Nov. 19 on suspicion he underreported his income by $44 million over five years, or about half of what he was really making. Nissan Motor Co. and Mitsubishi have ousted him as chairman; the board of Renault SA of France says it’s waiting for more evidence.Nissan is among a growing list of top-name Japanese companies whose corporate governance has been found lacking in recent years. Experts say Japan needs independent oversight for executive pay, among other reforms.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Pot deliveries OKd into Calif communities that ban sales

first_imgLOS ANGELES — California endorsed a rule Wednesday that will allow home marijuana deliveries statewide, even into communities that have banned commercial pot sales.The rule by the state Bureau of Cannabis Control was opposed by police chiefs and other critics who say it will create an unruly grey market of largely hidden pot transactions, while undercutting local control.The rule cleared by state lawyers Wednesday clarifies what had been apparently conflicting law and regulations about where marijuana can be delivered.Cannabis companies pushed for the change, since vast stretches of the state have banned pot activity or not set up rules to allow legal sales. They say consumers in those areas were effectively cut off from legal marijuana purchases, even though sales are legal in California.Michael R. Blood, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Hafiz Saeed barred from leading prayers in Lahore

first_imgLahore: Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) leader Hafiz Saeed has been barred from leading prayers at Lahore’s Jamia Masjid Qadsia as part of the Pakistan government’s crackdown on terror groups, the media reported on Friday. The development on Thursday night comes as Pakistani law enforcement agencies took 121 people into preventive detention and seized 182 madrasas earlier in the day. Police contingents were dispatched to the Jamia Qadsia Masjid to help the administration take control, Dawn news reported citing an informed source as saying. The police also locked the JuD’s and Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation’s (FIF) Chauburji headquarters late Thursday night. The FIF is a charity wing of the JuD. The official said that security had been tightened at the outfit’s Muridke Markaz office where the government has appointed six administrators. The crackdown was launched on Tuesday amid tensions between New Delhi and Islamabad after the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror group claimed responsibility for the February 14 suicide attack in Jammu and Kashmir that killed 40 CRPF troopers. On Tuesday, the brother and son of JeM leader Masood Azhar along with 42 others affiliated with the banned outfit were arrested. The next day, at least two seminaries and assets belonging to the JuD and FIF were taken over by the authorities.last_img read more

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Consortium threatens to stop Panama Canal expansion

first_imgA Spanish-led consortium threatened Thursday to halt a massive, $5.3 billion (3.9-billion-euro) expansion of the Panama Canal, which handles five percent of world maritime trade, because of a row over cost overruns.Spanish builder Sacyr, leader of the Grupo Unidos por el Canal consortium, said work will stop unless the canal pays $1.6 billion in cost overruns for work on the 80-kilometre (50-mile) waterway connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.“GUPC has formally informed the Panama Canal Authority that it will suspend work if the failures to comply are not put right within the advised period,” Sacyr said in a statement to Spanish market regulators. The consortium said it had set the canal authorities a 21-day deadline before suspending the project to install a third set of canal locks.The news sent Sacyr shares plunging by more than 18 percent as trade opened on the Madrid stock exchange. By late morning they were down 8.95 percent at 3.43 euros.On Wednesday, Panama canal administrator Jorge Quijano warned that the canal authority would use contractual mechanisms to ensure the completion of the canal expansion.“No matter what kind of pressure is exercised against the ACP (Panama Canal Authority), we maintain our demand that Grupo Unidos por el Canal respect the contract that they agreed to and signed,” he said in a statement quoted by Panama media.A year ago, GUPC demanded an extra payment of $1.6 billion from the ACP due to construction delays.Led by Spain’s Sacyr, the consortium also includes Impregilo of Italy, Belgian firm Jan De Nul and Panama’s Constructora Urbana.It began work on a third set of locks for the canal in 2009 and expects to complete construction in June 2015, already a nine-month delay over the date set in the contract.The new locks will accommodate larger ships with a capacity of 12,000 containers — instead of those with 5,000 containers that are now able to navigate the canal.Some 13,000 to 14,000 ships navigate the canal each year.According to the canal authority, there was a delay of four months shortly after the project began because GUPC had planned to use lower-quality cement that would have prevented the construction from lasting more than 100 years.But Sacyr said the GUPC consortium had submitted justified claims for $1.625 billion in cost overruns due to “unforeseeable” circumstances to the relevant authorities, including the International Court of Arbitration.“GUPC is maintaining communication with the Panama Canal Authority to reach a satisfactory agreement to put an end to the contractual imbalance,” it added.The canal uses a system of locks to raise ships from sea level and enable them to sail through the continental divide.last_img read more

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More People Are Running Fewer Are Playing Bar Sports

Running, jogging and triathlons are in. Football, paintball and horseback riding are out. So are sports that can be enjoyed with a beer — or three.That’s the quick take on the latest survey from the Sport & Fitness Industry Association, released Monday. The group — a partnership of six industry associations — fielded nearly 20,000 surveys in January and February, asking Americans (both individuals and households) about their physical activity last year. Overall activity was flat, a turnaround from declines in recent years.Individual sports and activities, though, showed bigger changes, some of them dramatic. The number of people who participated at least once in adventure racing or a traditional triathlon increased by more than 25 percent last year compared with the year before. Meanwhile, nonmotorized scooter-riding and non-inline roller skating experienced big declines.Even with such a big sample, year-by-year changes in individual sports may not mean much. I limited the analysis to activities with an estimate of at least 2 million participants last year, but that still means a change of 10 percent could be a difference of just a dozen or so respondents. And that’s when looking at total participants. The group also reports more regular participants, but that means an even smaller sample size. (Also, as I noted when writing about this survey in a recent piece, the survey is fielded only in English, which could skew results for activities that are unusually popular or unpopular among U.S. residents who are less comfortable speaking to strangers in English.)We get a more reliable picture when looking at five-year trends.Triathlon and adventure racing still top the gainers list. Kayaking, trail running and yoga are other solitary or noncompetitive endeavors increasing in popularity. Meanwhile, activities popular in bars or in other venues where beer often is sold — including pool, darts and bowling — are losing ground. So are all varieties of football — though touch football sustained the biggest percentage decline, suggesting concussion fears aren’t solely to blame.To sum up: We’re bowling alone — or together — less often, but running, paddling or posing more. read more

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Opinion European soccer could be next big thing for American fans

Manchester United’s Juan Mata, left, and the Los Angeles Galaxy’s Gyasi Zardes fight for the ball in an exhibition game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., on July 23. Manchester won, 7-0.Credit: Courtesy of MCTAmerican sports fans are always looking for the next big thing.With a number of sports trying to leave their mark over the years, soccer has seemed destined to lag behind, with legions of fans and media types wondering when it will finally reach mainstream popularity in America.They can stop wondering.Some may credit this summer’s highly-entertaining World Cup in Brazil, which featured the world’s biggest stars Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar, its share of villains, like Luis Suarez and his bite or Arjen Robben and flopping, and the advantage of being one of two sporting events that the world turns to collectively.But for the college-aged generation and younger, soccer has been a premier and attractive sport for much longer than people without a finger on the pulse realize.Recognizing this, some of the top European clubs have flocked to America for matches that, despite the fact that they amount to what the preseason is for the NFL, are thrilling for fans. It is a perfect business model for European clubs: they see a growing market and realize they can provide a superior product than the hometown teams can.Manchester United, the most historically successful, and hated, club of the English Premier League, went on a preseason tour of the U.S. that began with a match against the L.A. Galaxy in July. The 84,362 fans in attendance at the Rose Bowl witnessed a thorough drubbing by United, who dropped the Galaxy 7-0 in a match that certainly did no good for the MLS.As part of the 2014 International Champions Cup — technically a tournament, although it is really only friendlies for the European clubs — United also took on Italian notables Roma and Inter Milan –– getting a victory and a draw, respectively –– before the big one: a showdown with Real Madrid in Ann Arbor, Mich.Real, of Spain’s La Liga, have an embarrassment of riches. The club team of not only one of the most famous athletes in the world in Ronaldo, Madrid’s confines are also home to too many superstars to list. Their match against Manchester United was hotly anticipated, and it came as no surprise that it set the record for the largest turnout for a soccer contest in America.A 3-1 final score in favor of Manchester left the mostly red-clad crowd satisfied, and although it had been declared he would not play, the subbing in of Ronaldo for the final twenty minutes had the crowd in hysterics.With that win, Manchester United advanced to the final of the tournamentUnited took the title from Liverpool, another English club team on a U.S. tour, 3-1.Liverpool’s most notable game stateside was a contest against reigning Premier League champions Manchester City –– a victory for Liverpool played at Yankee Stadium. Attendance fell just below 50,000, more than it has been for any Yankee game this season.The teams playing these friendlies in America are not here for simple preseason warm ups. Their brand is expanding to America, and these clubs want to be here now that they see America as a cash cow. Manchester United is worth $2.81 billion, and they didn’t get there by isolating themselves — their marketing and reputation has turned them into possibly the best known sports organization in the world. Four of the top 10 most valuable franchises are European soccer clubs, with Real Madrid weighing in at $3.44 billion.With English and Spanish teams showcasing their talents in the U.S., they remind us that there is not much reason to give much thought to Major League Soccer. The best team in MLS looked totally outclassed in their match with United. Add that to the fact that Manchester was playing more than 5,000 miles from home, and the embarrassment keeps mounting for the Galaxy.We need to let go of the belief that MLS needs to be popular for soccer to make its mark in America. The best players in the world play elsewhere and fans have no interest in watching something that is not world class — it is the same reason we don’t care about Minor League Baseball or the Canadian Football League.The game at Michigan Stadium is definite proof that European soccer has reached its highest level of fandom, a level that MLS may never come close to. Two foreign clubs squared off in the largest stadium in the country, and filled it to near capacity.Maybe someday MLS will improve enough to be popular in America. For now though, American fans are content just watching Ronaldo warm up. read more

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Baseball Ohio State heads into fourgame series against Hawaii

Ohio State freshman Garrett Burhenn (30) throws one of the opening pitches during the Men’s Baseball home opener against the Lipscomb Bison on March 15, 2019 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Sal Marandino | For The LanternThe Ohio State baseball team will take a hot offense up against the solid pitching staff of Hawaii. The Buckeyes (10-10) hope to continue their winning ways at home against the Rainbow Warriors (9-11) in a four-game series starting Thursday. The Buckeyes have won three of their past four games, while Hawaii has lost six of its past seven. In four home games this season, Ohio State has hit .355 with six home runs for an average of 8.5 runs a game. The explosive offense of Ohio State will be tested against a Hawaii squad that boasts several successful pitchers. Redshirt junior pitcher Dylan Thomas has a 1.50 ERA in 24 innings pitched this season. Thomas has thrown 13 innings as a starter, including an 11-strikeout start against Longwood University. Sophomore pitcher Jeremy Wu-Yelland has the most innings pitched for Hawaii. He holds a 4.13 ERA and 24 strikeouts in five starts. The Rainbow Warriors hold a team ERA of 4.20, while averaging 8.35 strikeouts a game. Offensively, Hawaii bats .256 as a team. However, more than 42 percent of the team’s hits come from three starters.The team’s top hitter is freshman outfielder Scotty Scott, who bats .325. Scott has started all 20 games for the Rainbow Warriors and leads the team with five steals on eight attempts. Sophomore first baseman Alex Baeza leads Hawaii with 20 RBIs, as well as four home runs and a .319 batting average. The last of Hawaii’s big three is senior shortstop Maaki Yamazaki. He has a .304 batting average to go with 13 RBIs. The series between Ohio State and Hawaii takes place at Bill Davis Stadium, and will open up with a 5:05 p.m. game on Thursday. This will be followed by a 5:05 p.m. Friday game, a 3:05 p.m. game on Saturday and a 1:05 p.m. finale on Sunday. read more

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Di Maria Mbappe will certainly win the Ballon dOr

first_imgThe “phenomenon” Kylian Mbappe will only get better and will certainly win the Ballon d’Or during his career, says Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Angel Di MariaAt just 20 years of age, Mbappe has already achieved things in his short career that most footballers can only dream about after tasting a great deal of domestic success and winning the World Cup with France last summer.The forward’s exploits saw him win the inaugural Trophee Kopa for the world’s best U-21 player along with finishing fourth in the 2018 Ballon d’Or poll.And Mbappe looks set to possibly go on to achieve even higher standards this season with the Frenchman leading the Ligue 1 scoring charts with 14 goals in 13 games for PSG.Opinion: Neymar needs to apologize to PSG’s supporters Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After such a dramatic summer during the transfer window, Neymar truly needs to apologize to all the PSG supporters this weekend.When Neymar finished last…“Kylian is a phenomenon,” Di Maria told France Bleu.“Since his exit from Monaco he has grown a lot as a player and produced an extraordinary World Cup.“If he continues like this, surrounded by team-mates with great potential, he will evolve further and will certainly win the Ballon d’Or.”Mbappe, who found the net in PSG’s 3-0 win over Amiens last weekend, will be looking to continue his strong form for Saturday’s Ligue 1 match against Guingamp.last_img read more

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