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Indonesia, FAO, OIE pledge to publish H5N1 data

first_imgAug 3, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – In an apparent policy shift, Indonesia promised today to freely share genetic data on H5N1 avian influenza viruses, according to a Bloomberg news report.That announcement comes 2 days after the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) pledged to “systematically” publish avian flu virus sequences and urged others to follow suit.The two announcements raise the prospect of better tracking of mutations in the virus, which should help in the development of vaccines to use in case the H5N1 virus evolves into a strain capable of causing a human pandemic.Indonesia’s health minister, Siti Fadilah Supari, said the country will deposit avian flu virus data in GenBank, a public database of genetic sequences, according to today’s Bloomberg report. She said data from the recent family case cluster in Sumatra involving person-to-person transmission would be included.The journal Nature reported Jul 28 that until very recently, Indonesia had shared few, if any, H5N1 virus samples from birds over the past year. Peter Roeder, an FAO official in Indonesia, was quoted as saying the FAO had received no sequence data from poultry viruses from August 2005 until very recently, when 91 samples arrived at an OIE facility in Geelong, Australia.The Indonesian announcement was welcomed by the World Health Organization (WHO), according to Bloomberg. “We are very pleased with the Indonesian government decision. This will be important for the international response to avian influenza,” George Petersen, WHO representative in the country, told Bloomberg.The OIE and FAO announced Aug 1 that their joint network of expertise on avian influenza, called OFFLU, would “systematically make avian influenza virus sequences accessible to the entire scientific community,” according to an FAO news release. The groups promised to send virus samples to the US National Institutes of Health for sequencing and would deposit the sequence data in GenBank.”With this gesture OFFLU reiterates its call to the world’s scientists, international organizations and countries for a global sharing of virus strains and sequences,” the FAO said.Virus strains are often considered intellectual property, and some experts believe that sharing them can possibly hamper research progress and scientific publication, the FAO statement said.OFFLU was launched in April 2005 with the aim of sharing avian flu data and virus samples internally and with the wider scientific community, the FAO said. In February of this year, OFFLU launched a campaign for openness when Dr. Ilaria Capua of Italy, chair of the network’s Scientific Committee, published sequence data on H5N1 strains from Nigeria and Italy and urged 50 colleagues around the world to share their data.In March, the OFFLU Scientific Committee decided “to put new emphasis on the need for further collection, characterization, and exchange” of avian flu viruses and for expansion of sequence data, the FAO reported. At about the same time, Capua and four OFFLU colleagues wrote a letter to the journal Science promising to make H5N1 samples available for sequencing.See also:Aug 1 FAO news release about H5N1 data sharing 1 OIE news release site read more

Ian Wright rates Manchester United’s chances of finishing above Chelsea ahead of Premier League restart

first_imgIan Wright has rated Man Utd’s chances of securing a top-four finish (Picture: Premier League)Ian Wright has rated Manchester United’s chances of finishing above Chelsea and securing a top-four finish in the Premier League.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side – who are currently fifth in the English top-flight, three points below Frank Lampard’s Chelsea – face Tottenham and their former manager Jose Mourinho in their first game back following the coronavirus break on Friday.Fifth-place may be sufficient to qualify for next season’s Champions League due to Manchester City’s potential European ban but Wright believes United can go one better and finish above Chelsea in any case.The Red Devils had enjoyed an impressive run before Covid-19 forced the season to be suspended and will be boosted by the returns of Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba during the run-in.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked who he believes are ‘best-placed’ to catch Chelsea and gatecrash the top-four, former Arsenal and England striker Wright told BBC Radio 5 Live: ‘Manchester United.‘With the run they had [before the break], with Bruno Fernandes coming in with his form, with Rashford and Pogba being back. Advertisement Ian Wright rates Manchester United’s chances of finishing above Chelsea ahead of Premier League restart Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will hope to catch Chelsea (Picture: Getty)‘The confidence in that team, coming off the back of that good run, if anyone is going to be charging in there, it will probably be Manchester United.’Former Premier League star Jamie Redknapp has also talked up United’s top-four hopes ahead of the resumption of the season and says Chelsea should be ‘nervous’ about Solskjaer’s side.‘There are important players coming back [for Manchester United],’ Redknapp told The Sky Sports Football Podcast.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘If you look at Manchester United right now, they’ve got a young man in Marcus Rashford who is now fit for his team.‘That’s going to be amazing to have him back for United. It’s like a brand new signing – one of the best centre forwards in the world or wide players, wherever you want to play him.‘So I think United will look at that and think “we’ve got a real chance”.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘It will be interesting to see the dynamic in midfield, too, with Paul Pogba coming back as well.‘There’s so much talent in that area now and if you can get that midfield working together then you’ve got a really big chance.‘Teams will be nervous about United. The likes of Chelsea that are already in the top four will be looking over their shoulder.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Paul Pogba can fire Manchester United to Premier League title challenge, says Phil NevilleMORE: Manchester United ‘make contact’ with Chelsea winger Willian over free transfer Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 16 Jun 2020 1:37 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.5kShares Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Brisbane riverfront apartments: Why buyers can’t get enough

first_imgBrisbane’s riverfront apartment market is outperforming, according to a new report. Image: AAP/Josh Woning.The suburb with the highest number of riverfront apartment sales in 2018 was Kangaroo Point at 67, with New Farm having the highest average sale price of $1.219 million.Place Estate Agents managing director Judy Goodger said cash-ready buyers were showing interest in quality, boutique stock on the city’s riverfront.“Buyers are willing to pay a premium for Brisbane’s riverfront lifestyle, with locations like New Farm and Kangaroo Point in high demand,” Ms Goodger said. We have broken down the Inner Brisbane 5km ring and analysed the performance of the waterfront and non-waterfront apartment market. The results have shown that that waterfront apartments have been outperforming over the past few years, seeing median prices approach previous highs. The Oz yarn – Premium Brisbane riverfront absolute riverfront house sales plummeted 20 per cent while the number of house sales priced in the $2m-plus bracket dipped to just 27 in 2018 down from 39 in 2017 and 36 sales the previous year.On a brighter note the average riverfront house sale price saw a 9 per cent increase to $3.255m last year, up on 2017 when a riverfront house sale averaged $2.972m.“Average absolute riverfront house prices are now less than 10 per cent off their 2010 immediate pre-flood peak of $3.545m, says agent John Johnston, after releasing the Johnston Dixon 2019 River Report to The Weekend Australian this week.“There were 27 sales recorded over $2m in 2018, 30 per cent down from the all-time record of 39 recorded last year and the lowest number since 2013 when there were 21 sales,” Johnston says.Top-performing Brisbane ­riverfront suburbs include Hawthorne, Bulimba, Chelmer, Indooroopilly and St Lucia. Chelmer regained its crown as the best- performing suburb when it notched up 10 sales totalling $28.55m at an average price of $2.855m. It is back on top for the first time since 2012, knocking off recent favourite Hawthorne.Hawthorne, however, took top spot for average absolute ­riverfront sale price at $6.584m.The report shows there were eight riverfront sales in the $2m to $3m bracket in 2018, seven less than the 15 sales recorded at that level in 2017. But there were three sales priced at over $7m, a substantial improvement on just the one sale recorded each of the previous three years.On the apartment side, the top-performing suburbs for sales of apartments priced at more than $2m were New Farm, Kangaroo Point and Brisbane City. “Less than one in 2000 people in Brisbane can now claim ownership of an absolute riverfront house or block of land. And as the current total of just 800 freehold titles dwindles each year with redevelopment that number will soon blow out to one in 3000,” he adds.Riverfront sales director Josephine Johnston-Rowell says while turnover on the river is significantly down on the previous year, “when you take into account the curve balls thrown at the market over the year, the banking royal commission that saw banks greatly stem the flow of credit for all types of property not the least of these, all in all 2018 panned out better than expected”.“What was particularly encouraging was that while most of the action in 2018 was at the lower end of the market where 29 of the 39 absolute riverfront house sales recorded were for less than $4m, the average across all riverfront house sales still managed to rise strongly to break through the $3m mark and be within 10 per cent of the all-time record,” Johnston-Rowell says.“With so many of Queensland’s economic fundamentals again coming together in unison with ever-lower interest rates, banks keen to start lending again, and a strong resurgence in net migration, 2019 could be the year we see the average riverfront house price test new record territory.” An artist’s impression of the Queens Wharf development. Photo supplied.The most expensive riverfront apartment to sell in Brisbane last year was the $6.5 million paid for a full-floor unit in the Aquila complex at 91 Moray St, New Farm.The unit on the top floor of the building has just settled for a confidential price believed to be under $6 million.Another big sale last year was the $4.5 million paid for a four-bedroom, 383 sqm apartment in Walan in Scott St, Kangaroo Point. MORE: Penthouse sells off the plan for $2.8m This riverfront apartment at 8/2 Scott St, Kangaroo Point, is for sale. Picture supplied.The Johnston Dixon 2019 River Report revealed there were 27 apartment sales over $2 million downstream from the Brisbane CBD this year, compared to three upstream. Last year the ratio was 33 to five.Place – Kangaroo Point … Simon Caulfield recently sold a penthouse off-the-plan in nearby Balmoral for $2.8 million.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoThe apartment in the boutique development at 47 Collings Street has its own private wine cellar, pool and terrace. This apartment at 5/2 Scott St, Kangaroo Point, sold for $4.5m.Another unit in the same building is on the market for offers in the mid $4 million range.Sales volumes slipped slightly to 135 sales in the second of last year, but despite this, waterfront apartments have increased their market share of all inner city apartment sales — from a low of 4.58 per cent in the second half of 2015 to 8.24 per cent now. In comparison, non-waterfront apartments are 5.7 per cent lower than they were in the same period 12 months ago and now sit at 2013 levels. The Inner Brisbane market is in the midst of change as it begins its transition into a new cycle despite the headwinds which remain with strict lending policies implemented by banks impacting sales volumes market wide. The Inner Brisbane apartment price have begun to stabilise, aided by increased demand from population growth and comparatively affordable property prices with some market segments out performing.In this report, Place Advisory has analysed apartment sales within a 5km radius of the Brisbane CBD and broken them down into non-waterfront and waterfront sales,Focusing on the Waterfront market, we begin with a look at performance over the past 10 years, where the apartment market is heading and some market highlights.Given the current property climate, lending policies and pending federal election sales volumes and investor activity are expected to remain subdued in the short term as the wider market gradually recovers. However, the significant reduction in sales volumes from the market peak and a slowing rate of decline, suggest that the market has for the most part already adjusted. This suggests that sales volumes will not fall much further and should begin to increase as the market moves through its natural cycle. Inner Brisbane is expected to see low levels of new apartments physically enter the marketplace within the next few years, particularly post 2019, which when combined with the strong population growth currently occurring, will create further competition for property. As this occurs, the desirability of waterfront properties should see them outperform non-waterfront properties, causing the price differential to return to previous highs. This view is supported by our findings of a sustained shift toward higher quality and more expensive new apartments as owner occupiers become more prevalent in the market place An artist’s impression of the apartment at 47 Collings St, Balmoral, which sold off-the-plan for $2.8m.Mr Caulfield said Balmoral was known for having high-net worth individuals and flashy houses, but luxury apartments were not as common.He said another apartment in an older building nearby had sold for $3.35 million last year, suggesting there was a hunger for quality units in the prestige suburb.BRISBANE RIVERFRONT APARTMENT SALES Suburb Number of waterfront sales Average sale priceKangaroo Point 67 $1.055mNew Farm 54 $1.219mWest End 38 $865,776St Lucia 25 $944,620Teneriffe 21 $745,310(Source: Place Advisory, PriceFinder) This unit at 5/81 Moray St, New Farm, sold for $6.5m in 2018.“Now more than ever, Brisbane’s riverfront has become one of the most highly-sought after lifestyles in the state, with a vast number of entertainment precincts, restaurants and bars opening creating a vibrant atmosphere for those who enjoy wining and dining.“Less stock is coming to the market, which is driving competition in the riverfront apartment marketplace.” Billions of dollars worth of urban development in the inner city, such as the $200 million Howard Smith Wharves precinct and the $3 billion Queens Wharf project, is making riverfront living even more attractive. Courtney Maguire and Simon Caulfield at a riverfront unit in Pixley Street, Kangaroo Point. Image: AAP/Josh Woning.THE tide has turned for Brisbane’s luxury apartment market, with a new report revealing riverfront unit prices are nine per cent higher than they were a year ago.The average sale price for a riverfront apartment is now $730,000, fuelled by demand from cashed-up owner-occupiers lured by their scarcity and prestige, according to the Place Advisory Riverfront Apartment Report, released exclusively to The Courier-Mail.More waterfront apartments changed hands at higher prices in 2018, with 31 per cent of all riverfront units in Brisbane selling for more than $1 million. RELATED: Iconic riverfront home sellslast_img read more

Frustrated by delays, Red Emperor mulls exit from block off Philippines

first_imgAustralia-based Red Emperor Resources is thinking about abandoning its interest in offshore Philippines Block, Service Contract 55 (SC 55) frustrated by the government’s lengthy delays in ratifying the company’s interest increase in the block. The SC55 is located in the southwest Palawan Basin and covers an area of 9,880 km2. The block operatorship was awarded to Otto Energy Investments Ltd in 2005. Red Emperor farmed into the block in 2015 by participating in the drilling of the Hawkeye-1 exploration well through paying 15% of the well costs.However, following completion of its work obligations by drilling the Hawkeye-1 exploratory well in August 2015, Otto in January 2016 decided to exit the block to focus on its North American assets.As a result of Otto’s exit, Red Emperor got the option to either maintain its 15% participating interest in SC 55 or be assigned a percentage of Otto Energy’s interest on a pro-rata basis. This meant that Red Emperor’s interest could be increased by up to 22.5% to 37.5%.Red Emperor shared its frustration with delays in ratification of its interest increase in the block back in November 2017, explaining that an agreed work program outlined by JV partner Trans-Asia, consisting of geological and interpretive studies, was the preferred operational course of action, however this work program could not begin until all JV equity interests were confirmed.In an update on Tuesday, Red Emperor reiterated it continues to be frustrated by the process and progress of the Philippines Department of Energy and the lengthy delays associated with the ratification of the company’s equity interest increase in Block SC55 from 15% to 37.5%.To this end, Red Emperor is now considering the merits of maintaining its equity interest in the block and has sought advice regarding the potential disposal of its interest.Despite participating in a $25 million Hawkeye exploration well in 2015 and contributing in excess of AUD 5 million towards drilling costs, the board must weigh the costs of maintaining the block against its materiality in the current environment and the other assets currently being acquired by the company, Red Emperor said.Over $50 million has been spent exploring the block to date and a number of drill-ready targets remain, including the “Cinco” gas prospect which has a best estimate prospective resource of 1.6tcf recoverable gas.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Dawn could rise in France

first_imgTrainer Jim Bolger has mapped out a possible plan for Dawn Approach which could include a trip to France for the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville in August. The 2000 Guineas winner endured a terrible time in the Derby, but just 17 days later Bolger worked miracles to get him back to winning form in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday. The Sussex Stakes at Goodwood, the Prix Jacques le Marois and the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes back at Ascot could now be on the agenda. “He’s very well, I’m told this morning he’s bucking and squealing, so he’ll pick up quickly,” Bolger told Channel 4 Racing. “He’s entered in Goodwood, there’ll be the Jacques le Marois as well and then there’s back here for the QEII, so we’ll be picking from them.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

FC Goa, ATK-Mohun Bagan, Bengaluru FC to get three continental spots

first_imgNEW DELHI: ISL league stage winners FC Goa, ISL champions ATK Mohun Bagan and Bengaluru FC will represent India in the Asian Football Confederation competitions in 2021, the All India Football Federation said in a statement on Thursday. “FC Goa as the winner of the ISL league phase for season 2019-20 is direct entrant in the group stage of AFC Champions League.”ATK Mohun Bagan (after their agreement to form a joint venture) as a direct entrant in the group stage of AFC Cup on virtue of being winners of the I-League 2019-20.”The AFC Cup play-off slot goes to Bengaluru FC who finished third in the ISL league phase in 2019-20. ATK, who finished runners-up in the league phase of the ISL 2019-20, as per their joint venture with Mohun Bagan, qualify automatically for the direct slot for the AFC Cup,” the statement said. IANSAlso watch: Miani D Shira, Cong MLA, Ampati, Meghalaya in an exclusive chat with Oineetom Ojahlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports — Astros outfielder Josh Reddick says he and other players have received death threats in the wake of the team’s sign-stealing scandal. Reddick told reporters in Florida that he received threats on social media and people have commented on pictures of his infant twins, saying they hope they get cancer.PGA-MEXICO CHAMPIONSHIPDeChambeau birdies his way to 1-shot lead in MexicoMEXICO CITY (AP) — Bryson DeChambeau is the leader at the midway point of the Mexico Championship.DeChambeau carded seven birdies in an eight hole stretch for an 8-under 63 in this World Golf Championship event. He will enter Saturday with a one-stroke lead over Erik van Rooyen and Patrick Reed at 11 under. NHL-SCHEDULEBlues pad division lead, Avs winUNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Blues have put a little more distance between themselves and the Dallas Stars atop the NHL’s Central Division.David Perron (peh-RAHN’) scored his team-leading 24th goal and the Blues picked up their third win in a row by thumping the Stars, 5-1. Jaden Schwartz added his 20th goal to give St. Louis a 4-0 lead and chase All-Star Ben Bishop from the nets early in the second period.Colton Parayko (pah-RAY’-koh) collected a goal and two assists for the defending Stanley Cup champs, while Jordan Kyrou (KY’-roo) furnished a goal and an assist. — The Bruins have added an experienced forward by getting Ondrej Kase (AHN’-dray KAH’-shah) from the Ducks for veteran center David Backes (BAK’-ehs) and 20-year-old blueline prospect Axel Andersson. The move frees up cap space for the Bruins, who were still on the hook for Backes’ contract after he and the team agreed he should stay away from the club while Boston tried to work out a deal.— The Islanders have retired John Tonelli’s No. 27, although he’s given Anders Lee his blessing to continue wearing the jersey number. Tonelli scored or assisted on some of the more memorable playoff goals while the franchise was winning four straight Stanley Cups. He joins Denis Potvin, Clark Gillies, Bryan Trottier, Bob Nystrom and Billy Smith in the rafters at Nassau Coliseum, along with coach Al Arbour and GM Bill Torrey.— Winnipeg native Cody Eakin has been acquired by the Jets from the Golden Knights for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2021. The draft choice will become a third-rounder next year if the Jets make the playoffs or re-sign Eakin to a new contract by July 5.— The Sabres have placed suspended defenseman Zach Bogosian on unconditional waivers with the intention of terminating his contract. The move puts Buffalo in position to part ways with a disgruntled player who asked to be traded earlier this season and spent the past week refusing to report to the minors.MLB-NEWS Justin Thomas and Hideki Matsuyama (maht-soo-YAH’-mah) are two strokes back and one ahead of Rory McIlroy.UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DOCTOR INVESTIGATIONDocuments: Michigan student says he reported doctor’s abuseANN ARBOR, Michigan (AP) — Documents show a doctor continued to work at the University of Michigan for decades after a supervisor confronted him about allegations of sex abuse.According to the documents released to The Associated Press on Friday, one former student told investigators that Dr. Robert E. Anderson was known by student athletes as “Dr. Drop your drawers Anderson.” That man says he told his wrestling coach and others that Anderson molested him during a medical exam in the 1970s. In last night’s other NBA action:— LeBron James scored 32 points and Anthony Davis finished with 28 points and 13 rebounds to send the Lakers to a 117-105 win over the Grizzlies. Avery Bradley added 14 points for the Western Conference-leading Lakers, who finished strong after blowing most of their 25-point lead. Davis had 14 points and seven boards in the fourth quarter as Los Angeles won its fourth in a row to improve to 42-12.— The Mavericks cruised to a 122-106 win at Orlando behind Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chich), who furnished 33 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Max Kleber added a career-high 26 points off the bench as the Mavericks improved to 19-8 away from Dallas this season, bettering their road victory total from last year.— Chris Paul furnished 20 of his 29 points in the second half of the Thunder’s 113-101 triumph over the Nuggets. Steven Adams chipped in 19 points and 17 rebounds to Oklahoma City’s 14th victory in 17 games.— The Pacers were 106-98 winners over the Knicks as T.J. Warren provided 27 points and eight rebounds for Indiana. Domantas Sabonis (doh-MAHN’-tahs sah-BOH’-nihs) added 24 points and 13 boards to Indiana’s second straight win. Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) poured in 37 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Raptors dumped the Suns, 118-101. Siakam connected on 12 of 19 attempts, including 5 of 9 from 3-point range.Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH’-kah) contributed 16 points, while teammates Fred VanVleet and Terence Davis each added 14 for the defending NBA champs.The outcome leaves the Raptors with a 41-15 record and a 1 ½-game lead over Boston in the Atlantic Division.The Celtics kept pace as Gordon Hayward scored a team-high 29 points in a 127-117 win at Minnesota. Daniel Theis (tys) had career highs with 25 points and 16 rebounds to help the Celts win for the ninth time in 10 games.Jalen Brown accounted for 25 points for Boston, and Jayson Tatum added 28 with 11 rebounds while fellow All-Star Kemba Walker sat out because of a minor knee injury. NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL players’ union executive committee voted 6-5 Friday to recommend rejecting the terms of a labor deal approved by NFL owners the previous day.The owners’ proposal features a 17-game season, shorter preseason, larger rosters and limits on the number of international games. It will next be voted on by the 32 player representatives. Even if they reject it, the union is expected to bring the plan to the entire membership. Objections to an expanded regular season are considered the main stumbling block for player approval.In other NFL news:— The Bears have waived cornerback Prince Amukamara (ah-moo-kah-MOOR’-ah) and speedy receiver Taylor Gabriel. Amukamara started 42 games over the past three seasons and gave the Bears a physical presence in the backfield. Gabriel has 2,860 yards and 14 touchdown catches in six years with three teams.— The Jaguars exercised contract options on receiver Chris Conley and free safety Jarrod Wilson. The Jaguars now have Conley under contract through 2020 and Wilson through 2021. Wilson started all 16 games last season and led the team with 73 tackles and 1,186 snaps. UNDATED (AP) — The game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers that was postponed following Kobe Bryant’s death has been rescheduled for April 9. The game was originally scheduled for Jan. 28, two days after Bryant’s death in a helicopter crash. The Lakers will play at home on three straight nights, with the NBA saying Friday that the game against Golden State scheduled for April 9 will be played April 7 and the game against Chicago set for April 7 will be played April 8.In other NBA news:— Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns will sit out for at least two more weeks because of an injured left wrist that the team announced Friday is broken. Towns first had an X-ray after hurting his wrist Jan. 25 against Oklahoma City.NFL LABORUnion committee rejects NFL labor deal; player reps to vote The win leaves the Blues four points ahead of Dallas. The Stars have a game in hand.Colorado leapfrogged ahead of the Stars and remain three points behind St. Louis after the Avalanche earned a 1-0 win at Anaheim. J.T. Compher scored in the second period to back Pavel Francouz (FRAN-sohs), who made 26 saves in his first NHL shutout.The Avalanche have won a season-high five straight on the road and have taken 10 of their last 14 overall.Elsewhere on NHL ice:— The Bruins picked up their fifth straight win as Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES’ BEHR’-zhuh-rahn) supplied a pair of goals in a 4-3 decision over the Flames. Bergeron has scored 21 times in 32 games since returning from a lower-body injury, one reason for Boston’s five-point lead over Tampa Bay in the Atlantic Division race. — The Islanders’ season-worst, four-game losing streak is over after Jordan Eberle notched his third career hat trick to lead a 4-1 win against the Red Wings. Leo Komarov (KAH’-mah-rahv) added an empty-netter and Semyon Varlamov (SEHM’-yuhn vahr-LAH’-mahv) stopped 21 shots for New York, which scored just twice in a just-completed, 0-4 road trip.— Jared Spurgeon scored three times and the Wild gave their fading playoff hopes a boost with a 5-3 win against the Oilers. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had a pair of goals and an assist for Edmonton, which remains one point behind Vegas for the Pacific Division lead.— The Rangers made it eight wins in 11 games as Mika Zibanejad (MEE’-kuh zih-BAN’-eh-jad) furnished a goal and two assists in a 5-2 verdict over the Hurricanes. Artemi Panarin (ahr-TEH’-mee pah-NAH’-rihn) and Ryan Strome (strohm) each had a goal and an assist in New York’s seventh consecutive road win.— Alex DeBrincat’s (deh-BRIHN’-kats) second goal of the night came 4:02 into OT and sent the Blackhawks past the Predators, 2-1. Corey Crawford stopped 42 shots to backstop Chicago’s second win in nine games.NHL-NEWS The documents say a former vice president of student life told police he had no idea that Anderson had remained at the school for decades after he confronted the doctor about the allegations.PENN STATE-ABUSEPenn State settles ‘outstanding issues’ with Paterno familyHARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Penn State and the family of the late head football coach Joe Paterno announced Friday they have resolved “outstanding issues” that had divided them, eight years after he was fired following assistant coach Jerry Sandusky’s child molestation arrest. Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse in 2012 and is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence.The deal ends a lawsuit against the university by the Paternos’ son Jay Paterno, who is currently a member of the Penn State board. Jay Paterno had claimed the university-commissioned report into the scandal had unfairly tarnished him and made him unable to find work as a football coach. February 22, 2020 Indians’ Carrasco day to day with mild hip flexor strainUNDATED (AP) — Cleveland Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco has been diagnosed with a mild strain of his right hip flexor after feeling discomfort while doing squats in the weight room during spring training.Manager Terry Francona said Carrasco felt something in his upper leg when squatting on Wednesday.The 32-year-old pitcher made an inspiring comeback last season after being diagnosed with leukemia. He revealed that in June and returned as a reliever in September after treatment.In other MLB news: Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULERaptors, Celtics winUNDATED (AP) — The Toronto Raptors bounced back nicely after their team-record, 15-game winning streak was stopped by a 20-point loss at Brooklyn just before the All-Star break. Joe Paterno was 85 when he died of cancer-related complications in January 2012. Associated Press — Dejounte (dih-ZHAHN’-tay) Murray’s 23 points and seven rebounds led the Spurs’ balanced attack in a 113-104 downing of the Jazz. DeMar DeRozan added 18 points and seven assists, while LaMarcus Aldridge chipped in 15 points and eight rebounds as San Antonio stopped Utah’s four-game winning streak.— Zion Williamson hit the 20-point mark for the seventh straight game by providing 25 in the Pelicans’ 128-115 win against the Trail Blazers. Jrue (jroo) Holiday finished with 20 points and nine assists as New Orleans won for the fourth time in five games.— The Cavaliers won their first game under interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff as Colin Sexton scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter of their second consecutive victory, 113-110 against the Wizards. Cedi Osman added 16 points and Darius Garland had 15 to help Cleveland win for the third time in 16 games since their previous two-game winning streak.NBA-LAKERS-RESCHEDULESNBA reschedules Lakers games Blue Jackets lose their top scorerUNDATED (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets have lost their top goal-scorer for the rest of the season.The team says forward Oliver Bjorkstrand (BYOHRK’-strand) fractured an ankle in Thursday night’s loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. General manager Jarmo Kekalainen (YAHR’-moh keh-kah-LAY’-nehn) says Bjorkstrand will be out eight to 10 weeks and might need surgery.Bjorkstrand has 21 goals and 36 points in 49 games this season. He paces Columbus with five game-winning goals and 11 multi-point games.In other NHL news:last_img read more

Iheanacho ‘Bigger Boy’ than Mikel at £85,000-a-week

first_imgThe midfielder’s compatriot at ‘The Blues’, Victor Moses bagged a 50,000 pounds-a-week when he joined Chelsea from Wigan Athletic in 2012.Watford striker Odion Ighalo is believed to have improved on his 25,000 pounds-a-week after he recently signed a contract extension.Defender Kenneth Omeruo is on 15,000 pounds every week even though he has yet to play an official match for Chelsea.It was further gathered that Iheanacho’s new handlers negotiated this bumper deal even though they are still locked in an ownership tussle with the player’s previous representatives, who are based in the United States of America.Iheanacho’s former agents had proposed a new contract of 50,000 pounds-a-week for the 19-year-old forward.He earned less than 18,000 pounds-a-week when he first joined Manchester City.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Manchester City starlet Kelechi Iheanacho is now the top Nigeria earner in the English Premier League on 85,000 pounds-a-week to knock off Chelsea star John Mikel Obi.This month, Iheanacho signed a new two-year contract extension at City till 2021, saying his new contract will “change the lives of his family”.Mikel, who moved to England 10 years ago, has been the ‘Biggest Boy’ from Nigeria for many years and he is now on 70,000 pounds a week at Stamford Bridge.last_img read more

Injured Neymar Makes Brazil’s Final 23-Man Squad

first_imgThe Selecao made the announcement via their Twitter page on Monday. And Neymar’s inclusion – although a foregone conclusion, given the updates – must have come as a surprise to some.He is joined by Paris Saint-Germain teammates Marquinhos and Thiago Silva, while obvious choices such as Marcelo, Filipe Luis and Philippe Coutinho headline the roster too.Chelsea star Willian is also among the players named after putting in several good shifts at club level during the season. And Liverpool star forward Roberto Firmino has been selected as well, following a spectacular campaign which could culminate in the Reds lifting the Champions League trophy later this month.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram ​ Brazil has announced its 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA ​World Cup as the Selecao looks ahead to a trip to Russia next month.The 2002 winners are hopeful of returning to South America with the trophy after lifting it last 16 years ago.Brazil’s ambition is boosted by the inclusion of Neymar in the squad after the PSG star suffered a season-ending injury earlier this year.last_img read more

Blog rebuttal: Big East power rankings

first_img REBUTTAL: With past history, it’s only matter of time before Big East starts playing up to its capabilities once again Andrew L. John Goin’ Hog Wild Yes, Brett, Big East football does get the cold shoulder among avid college football fans. They don’t have those marquee teams that the Pac-10, SEC or Big Ten have. But until this year, the conference has scheduled tough out-of-conference opponents and actually held its own. Not that it means much to fans outside of the conference, but Big East teams went 36-10 out-of-conference in 2009, not including bowl games. Here, I’ll let Doug Marrone tell it to you: ‘I just look at the history, in the past, we’ve done well. Last year we were the second best conference in all of football non-conference schedules, and overall the last four years we’re third. What is going on this year? I couldn’t tell you about the other football teams.’ What has happened this year is a slight anomaly. Sure, the Big East has underperformed out of conference. That is cause for concern. But with in-conference play now beginning, I have little doubt that we’ll see the return of the type of football that allowed the Big East to secure an automatic BCS bowl bid. And heading into conference play, that’s really all that matters. So with that, here’s my take on who currently sits atop Big East power rankings: 1. West Virginia (3-1) The Mountaineers’ only loss came at LSU. Yes, Louisiana State — of the SEC — in Death Valley. They also have the Big East’s best defense and, offensively, quarterback Geno Smith, Noel Devine and Jock Sanders leading the way. No contest here. 2. South Florida (3-1) Like WVU, the Bulls only loss came on the road to an upper echelon SEC team (Florida). But that was the only legit team they have played. Still, USF has some serious game-changers on both sides of the ball. 3. Connecticut (3-2) Sorry Brett, Jordan Todman isn’t the most feared player in the Big East. Not even close. My little brother could put up those numbers against Texas Southern, Buffalo and Vanderbilt. The Huskies defense is ‘terrible. Just terrible, Kenny.’ 4. Syracuse (3-1) I’m looking forward to seeing if SU can beat anybody better than Akron, Maine and Colgate. A win this weekend would likely put them into the top two or three in the conference, in my rankings, at least for a week. 5. Pittsburgh (2-2) Talent-wise, the Panthers are the best team in the conference, in my opinion. They played the toughest non-conference schedule in the league and suffered two early losses as a result. But Pitt will show its true colors the rest of the way. Just watch. 6. Cincinnati (1-3) Cincinnati is clearly not the same team that ran the table during the regular season in 2009. Like Brett, I like how they played against Oklahoma, and they get some points for that. Still, three losses this early is cause for concern. 7. Rutgers (2-2) This is a recurring theme: wins against FCS squads, losses against any BCS conference team with a pulse. Rutgers has the conference’s best scoring defense, but also generates the least amount of offense. Wow, that’s a fun team to watch. 8. Louisville (2-2) Louisville is just horrible. Wins against an FCS team and Arkansas State? Please. When all else fails and your favorite Big East team is having a bad year, just repeat to yourself, ‘At least we’re better than Louisville.’ Facebook Twitter Google+ BLOG POST: Big East power rankings, Week 6: Conference play can’t get any worse than non-conference performance, can it? Brett LoGiurato Outrageous Fun Now that conference play is about to start for Syracuse and the rest of the Big East, it’s time to take a look at how each team stacks up based on the Big East’s non-conference play. And boy, what a non-conference season it was for the troubled conference. Just about no one performed above expectations. Some said the Big East should not get an automatic BCS bowl berth. Last week, Rutgers was worse than ‘Outsourced.’ (Yes, this blog post is where sports and pop culture collide.) Oh, the Big East. The butt of all of college football nation’s jokes. At least the conference’s teams will mostly only be playing each other now, though, sparing the rest of us on how to judge them against out-of-conference competition. Heading into conference play, here’s my take on the Big East’s hierarchy:AdvertisementThis is placeholder text 1. West Virginia (3-1) Last week: BYE This week: vs. UNLV The Mountaineers have perhaps the most convincing big win in the conference thus far: a 31-17 triumph over Maryland two weeks ago. Noel Devine is averaging 4.5 yards per carry also, so that’s good. 2. Connecticut (3-2) Last week: W vs. Vanderbilt, 40-21 This week: @ Rutgers The Huskies got shelled by Michigan and Temple, but they beat Vanderbilt last week, so good for them. Jordan Todman is also very good, and he already has 638 yards rushing and seven touchdowns, making him the most feared player in the Big East. 3. South Florida (3-1) Last week: W vs. Florida Atlantic, 31-3 This week: vs. Syracuse USF looked impressive in blowout victories over Stony Brook, Western Kentucky and Florida Atlantic. It also looked awful in a blowout loss to Florida. They’re on a high after dispatching of Florida Atlantic last week. Bullish, if you will. 4. Pittsburgh (2-2) Last week: W vs. Florida International, 44-17 This week: @ Notre Dame Pittsburgh looked impressive in blowout victories over New Hampshire and Florida International. It also looked awful in a blowout loss to Miami. Dion Lewis couldn’t find a hole if you put him in front of Swiss cheese. 5. Syracuse (3-1) Last week: BYE This week: @ South Florida Syracuse looked impressive in blowout victories over Akron, Maine and Colgate. It also looked awful in a blowout loss to — wait. I feel like I’m taking crazy pills. 6. Cincinnati (1-3) Last week: BYE This week: vs. Miami (Ohio) Cincinnati gets this spot because the Bearcats managed to play fairly well against Oklahoma. Fairly well. At least they managed to make it a game by the end. Zach Collaros has been solid stat-wise, but he needs to take advantage of the multitude of options he has on offense. 7. Louisville (2-2) Last week: W @ Arkansas State, 34-24 This week: vs. Memphis I don’t really know what to say about Louisville. The Cardinals hung in there with Oregon State. They hung in there with Kentucky. They beat two lesser opponents by 10 points. There. 8. Rutgers (2-2) Last week: L vs. Tulane, 17-14 This week: vs. Connecticut This could be fun to watch. I don’t know why, but in some ways, Greg Schiano reminds me of St. John’s former basketball coach, Mike Jarvis. Schiano had one good player (Ray Rice), and it made his team. He had a bunch of other job offers he definitely should have taken, but he didn’t. Now he’s stuck at ‘just another program.’ Published on October 6, 2010 at 12:00 pm Commentslast_img read more