first_img February 24, 2021 Find out more January 8, 2021 Find out more Organisation RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region SomaliaAfrica News RSF_en March 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts News Follow the news on Somalia News February 25, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Security agents still hound journalist after detaining, torturing him to go further Reporters Without Borders is appalled by the way the National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) is persecuting Mohamed Bare, the director of Mogadishu-based Radio Danan. Released on 13 February after being held arbitrarily for three days and tortured, Bare received a summons yesterday for interrogation at NISA headquarters.“Repeated arrests and interrogations are being used to hound the media and, in this case, Radio Danan in particular,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa Desk. “The intelligence agencies seem to have embarked on a witch-hunt against the media although there are clearly other security priorities in Somalia to which they should be devoting their energies. ”“Arresting journalists arbitrarily, holding them without charge and mistreating them in detention will just tarnish the image of a government that is trying to establish itself. The new communication minister should use his appointment to defuse tension with the media. We urge the authorities to end the previous government’s policy of hounding and persecuting media personnel and instead to guarantee journalists’ safety.”In response to yesterday’s summons, Bare went to NISA headquarters today accompanied by Ismail Yussuf, the president of the Somali Independent Media House Association (SIMHA), and other SIMHA representatives. However, instead of being received, he was told to return tomorrow for interrogation.The summons is linked to the interview he gave to local media after his release in which he named certain NISA officers as the persons who should be held responsible if he was murdered.NISA officers arrested Bare on 11 February for posting photos on the Radio Danan website showing the Lower Shabelle region’s vice-president after he was injured by a bomb. Bare was arrested on the Sayidka road on the outskirts of Mogadishu along with Radio Haatuf director Ibrahim Mohamed Ali and Radio Antenna technician Abdikarim Fiidow.The three media workers were taken to NISA headquarters for interrogation and were then held for three days in the NISA’s notorious Mogadishu detention centre, where NISA officers tortured the two radio directors and threatened to kill them if they continued their critical coverage of the government.NISA officers also raided Radio Danan and threatened its employees for reporting Bare’s arrest. Bare continued to receive threatening phone calls after he and the other two media workers were released on 13 February.Somalia is ranked 176th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. SomaliaAfrica Photo : Mohamed Bare Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalialast_img read more

first_imgThe emotional reaction to scientific ideas can change depending on the words used.  Can words manipulate public opinion?    “Wording matters,” said Jonathon Schuldt [U of Michigan] in a press release posted on PhysOrg.  His team found that opinion polls yielded a 16% difference among Republicans depending on whether they were asked if global warming or climate change was a big problem.  The responses might also vary depending on the temperature of the day they were asked.  Democrats, unexpectedly, showed less divergence, the majority showing concern for both terms; this was attributed to a “ceiling effect” (from an already high level of belief), “Or it could be that Democrats’ beliefs about global climate change might be more crystallized, and as a result, more protected from subtle manipulations.”    On the BBC News, Erika Wright tackled the problem of “spaghettification” of scientific jargon: “Scientists use language to give authority to their work, but if the words become jargon, they can end up alienating the audience instead of convincing them,” the subtitle said.  An example is the phrase, double-blind randomized controlled trials, which sounds self-contradictory.  How can something be random and yet controlled?    Scientists can hype their own image with jargon, too: when a scientist uses the word derma for skin, “It invests the product with a certain authority that it wouldn’t otherwise have,” Barry Delaney, an advertising consultant quoted by Wright, said.  He pointed to other examples like using poly- as a prefix for everything, or always condensing phrases into acronyms.  His humorous example: MYFB for “makes you feel better,” which is sometimes all that acronyms do.  “Mystification is the name of the game,” Delaney remarked (see equivocation).    The history of science provides examples of pragmatic analogies and metaphors that may or may not contribute to understanding.  When electricity was not understood, words like flow and current tried to make it seem like water, something familiar.  More recently, quantum mechanical properties have included spin, something humans can visualize, but which has nothing to do with the actual physical effect, Wright explained.  “So instead of helping us by applying familiar words, the subtle differences just leave us more confused,” she pointed out.  Yet neologisms (new words) unrelated to experience can also confuse.    Unexplained by Wright was why she believed it is the job of scientists to “convince” people of their “authority” instead of “alienating” them.  Isn’t that the skill set for politicians?  In the global warming article, Norbert Schwartz, a colleague of Schuldt, noted the effect of “framing” an argument by word choice: “When the issue is framed as global warming, the partisan divide is nearly 42 percentage points,” he said; “But when the frame is climate change, the partisan divide drops to about 26 percentage points.”  The press release said, “The good news is that Americans may not be as polarized on the issue as previously thought.”  But that’s a value judgment, not a scientific finding.  It’s conceivable to imagine times when polarization is good news.    PhysOrg described a physiology professor who conjures up Batman as a teaching aid.  Professor E. Paul Zehr [U of Victoria, BC] “uses Batman to establish a framework, grounded in his fictional universe as well as our real one, in order to discuss the various components of exercise and physical training and illustrate how the body’s physiological systems respond,” the article said.  “His experiences in teaching undergraduate courses in physiology and neurophysiology made him realize that connecting science to popular culture helped students understand the lessons better.”Metaphors and analogies can be effective teaching tools, but they carry the risk of dragging in extra baggage that can mislead.  Is your knowledge of physiology enhanced by watching a movie of a caped hero with super powers?    How is electricity like a flowing liquid?  Do you understand quantum mechanics better by visualizing spinning balls?  How else would you visualize an incomprehensible phenomenon?  What words would you use?  What happens when a scientific phenomenon has political and economic implications, like “climate change”?    Science is not value-neutral.  Scientists are human beings with emotions and biases of their own.  They often want more respect than their fellow human beings simply because they are scientists.  Respect in any profession must be earned, not assumed.  In many cases it is earned by scientists, but we have seen over and over that some scientific explanations for phenomena (especially evolution), when stripped of jargon, amount to little more than “stuff happens.”  A bum could say that.    What is most worrisome is when scientists take up the political banner and try to convince the public and the government on policy decisions based on their presumed authority.  When it fails, and they try to “frame” their arguments for best effect, they have left the science lab.  At that point their opinions deserve no more rights than those of any other member of the public.  Ideally, their findings should be simply published as factually as possible.  It is the job of policy analysts to determine which scientific facts merit attention in political positions, and for voters to weigh the merits of the arguments.    Those ideals are visionary, of course.  In practice, we know, scientists are not value-neutral; they are subject to motivations and pressures, and tend to see everything they do as important.  Facts can be co-opted for both sides of a debate.  An informed public with critical thinking skills is vital to avoid unthoughtful action nudged by the “framing” rhetoric of scientists and other politicians.    “Climate change” is a recent egregious example.  When “global warming” took heat after Climategate, scientists quickly migrated to climate change as their pet phrase.  It’s clever, because it’s irrefutable.  No matter what happens, they can’t lose.  If the climate gets hotter, they win.  If it gets colder, they win.  If it doesn’t change at all, they still win, because zero is a valid number on a scale of change.  Subconsciously, everybody knows what they are talking about (liberalism, cap-and-trade, carbon footprint, UN sanctions, global summits, drastic effects on the economy, apocalyptic scenarios), but the phrase hedges their bets by sounding so innocuous nobody could be against it (see 03/08/2011 and comments on Evolution News about NPR’s way of reporting the issue).  Evolutionary rhetoric is rife with similar rhetorical tricks (see the 02/02/2011 entry, “Metaphors of Evolution”).    The primrose path is an apt metaphor; it’s prim, it’s rosy, it’s a path – a tempting route, especially when the pied piper of science calls.  Wise people choose their paths based on the destination.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentEach year, Ohio Farm Bureau’s grassroots policy development process surfaces those issues that have a significant impact on production agriculture, our food system and our communities. These priorities are where Farm Bureau will focus efforts for the continued strength and success of Ohio agriculture in 2019.STATE PRIORITY ISSUESSTATE BUDGET No bill is more important to the operation of key state agencies and programs that support agriculture than the state’s two year operating budget. The Ohio Department of Agriculture must be funded at levels that allow it to effectively carry out its core mission as well as responsibilities such as the ongoing implementation of the federal Food Safety Modernization Act, nutrient management regulations, fertilizer applicator certifications, meat processing inspections, livestock care standards, dog breeding and oversight of Ohio’s Soil & Water Conservation Division. Farm Bureau also will support funding for water quality programs that produce science-based data and strategies, and can verify on-the-ground practices and results to protect Ohio’s water resources. This includes support for the Ohio Sea Grant program, OSU Extension and Heidelberg’s Water Quality Lab as well as dollars for infrastructure and equipment needed to solve the problem. Funding for Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, the Agricultural Technical Institute, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and agricultural education programs is also vital to agriculture’s success. Many other policy decisions that affect Ohio’s rural economy will be made in the budget. Farm Bureau will engage on these issues, which may include workforce development programming at Ohio’s land grant institutions, including both Ohio State University and Central State, health care accessibility and various regulatory changes.RIGHT TO FARM Challenges to private property rights continue to be an issue across Ohio whether from governmental entities or private companies and organizations. Farm Bureau will advocate for additional landowner protections including further clarification of eminent domain power for private uses, streamlined judicial procedures and stronger requirements for local government use of private land. Mounting pressure against agricultural and property rights are also becoming more prevalent from other avenues such as ballot initiatives, judicial challenges or nuisance lawsuits. Farm Bureau will continue to engage in these spaces fighting for the ability of farmers to be able to freely and responsibly operate for generations to come.WATER QUALITY Farm Bureau will be a leader in helping identify solutions and opportunities to help address our water quality challenges and reduce nutrient runoff. Creating a clean water trust to have dedicated resources needed for science-based solutions will be a priority. Advancing research and real-world examples of the best land management practices and sharing those results with both farmers and consumers will continue to be the focus of the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Network. Creating tools and programs that assist our members in implementing best management practices on their farms will be a key component. Farm Bureau will remain focused on being the voice for agriculture in making sure we have a seat at the table and that discussions surrounding policies to combat water quality issues remain fair, targeted and science-based.TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE The integration, maintenance and expansion of the state’s highway, rail, water and air systems is important to ensure all Ohioans have access to vital goods, services and markets. Having a properly maintained and funded transportation network is critical. Farm owners and their employees also need access to this transportation network based on reasonable regulations for their goods and farm machinery. Farm Bureau will work to ensure those regulations include Commercial Driver’s License and axle weight limit exemptions for the operation of farm trucks and/or transporting machinery as part of farm and agribusiness operations. As infrastructure improvements are made, Farm Bureau will be there to make sure farm machinery will continue to have access to the roadways. To increase economic development, educational opportunities, and competitiveness, Farm Bureau supports legislation and initiatives that bring proper infrastructure and affordable broadband and high speed internet access to unserved and underserved parts of the state.YOUNG & BEGINNING FARMERS AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT Ohio Farm Bureau will continue to pursue incentives for young and beginning farmers. With many farmers approaching retirement, it is crucial for the next generation to be able to step into that role. Farm Bureau will explore the option of tax incentives to assist young and beginning farmers along with other incentives or regulatory hurdles to make Ohio agriculture attractive and accessible for generations to come. To ensure strong communities and Ohio’s role as an agricultural leader, employers need a skilled and reliable workforce. Many jobs in agriculture require the kind of training students are receiving today in career tech and agricultural education programs. Farm Bureau will advocate for career tech education to encourage growth of ag education programs as well as support the FFA and 4-H programs particularly with student access to excellent facilities.BUSINESS CLIMATE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Value-added enterprises in Ohio, such as food processors, wineries and distilleries, create numerous economic opportunities for local businesses including farms. Farm Bureau will continue to support the development of businesses that produce value-added products from locally grown agricultural commodities. Whether discussing uncertainty surrounding regulations, paperwork or simply the struggle to meet all the regulations and stay in business, regulatory reform must continue to be at the forefront of discussions when addressing Ohio’s business climate.ENERGY Agriculture is being called upon to provide feed stocks to help produce energy, as well as accommodate generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure on farmland. Farm Bureau will advocate for greater transparency and education for royalty holders. Additionally, it is important to promote a diversified energy portfolio and continue to assist in the development of the state’s comprehensive energy policy.DRUG EPIDEMIC Opiate addiction has become an epidemic in the state, harming families and impeding workforce development for employers. Ohio Farm Bureau will connect members with efforts led by experts working in prevention, treatment and law enforcement. While engaging a wide range of stakeholders, OFBF will focus on grassroots initiatives that offer prevention strategies for youth and adult leaders of youth programs such as 4-H and FFA.FEDERAL PRIORITY ISSUESFARM ECONOMY Farm Bureau will support actions to mitigate the impacts of a downturn in crop prices, as well as actions to address the specific needs of beginning farmers. Farm Bureau will work to advance legislation that addresses agriculture’s long- and short-term labor needs including support for needed immigration reform. We will continue our work on tax reform legislation by supporting the full implementation of enacted provisions that reduce farmers’ tax burden and make sure the provisions in the farm bill are fully and responsibly implemented.REGULATORY REFORMAll Americans, including farmers, need a regulatory system that is fair, takes economic impacts into account and respects our freedoms. Farm Bureau will oppose expansion of federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act, strive to advance legislation to reform the Endangered Species Act, preserve farmers’ land-use and water rights, and improve the federal regulatory process.TECHNOLOGY Technology enables farmers to be more productive and efficient in using resources. Farm Bureau will protect farmers’ access to and use of biotechnology, crop protectants and other tools, and support efforts to help consumers understand the importance of the use of technologies in agriculture. Farm Bureau also will work to protect farmers’ interests concerning other technologies, including electronic monitoring and reporting as well as data management and services.TRADEWith 95 percent of the world’s population living outside the United States, American farmers must have access to foreign markets if we are to boost farm profitability and sustain our agricultural industry for the next generation. Farm Bureau will work for greater access to global markets both through new trade agreements and enforcement of existing trade commitments.INFRASTRUCTUREThe nation’s roads, bridges, locks and dams, ports and waterway system are vital components of the transportation network needed for agriculture’s success. There are decades worth of backlogs for needed repairs and improvements to the U.S. transportation infrastructure and Farm Bureau will continue to advocate for investments in these important areas.Along with transportation, the need for more access to broadband technologies and higher speed internet throughout rural Ohio remains a priority to boost our economy and create opportunities for job development and growth.Online ExtraAmerican Farm Bureau releases Strategic Action Plan Goals for 2019  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

Coincidentally, a combined record of 11-0 is also the high-water mark for Major League Baseball during the AL-NL era.4From 1901 to the present. On April 13, 1992, the 6-0 Toronto Blue Jays hosted the 5-0 New York Yankees. In a testament to baseball’s competitive balance (at least, relative to a deterministic sport like basketball) and its series-based schedule structure, most MLB matchups don’t even make it that far: College football provides the most apt comparison to Tuesday’s battle, since intra-conference play often keeps the best teams in the country separated until the championship. Historically, undefeated teams have met up 37 times in bowl games — 18 times with national championship implications7Meaning the bowl contained either the eventual champ or the pre-bowl No. 1 in the polls. during the Associated Press poll era81936-present.: Even so, because college football’s schedules are so much shorter than college basketball’s, the most combined wins two undefeated teams have ever had in a bowl game is 26, a far cry from Tuesday’s 76.So as Connecticut and Notre Dame get set to take the floor Tuesday night, appreciate the rarity of their 76-0 combined record. It’s a number that has never been approached before, and is unlikely to occur again — regardless of the sport or the gender of the athletes.Editor’s note: A table in this article has been updated to include a game from the 2013-2014 men’s college basketball season, which was originally not part of the data set. History will be made in Nashville Tuesday night, when the 39-0 Connecticut Huskies face the 37-0 Notre Dame Fighting Irish for the NCAA Women’s Division I Basketball Championship. It’s the first time a pair of undefeated teams has ever played in the women’s championship game, and only the second time two unbeaten teams have met in the women’s NCAA Tournament at all.1In 1998, 33-0 Tennessee handily beat 28-0 Liberty in the first round en route to an undefeated championship run. The meeting of two such teams — with so much at stake — is a remarkable circumstance, and it had us wondering how it stacks up against other undefeated showdowns.In men’s college basketball, two unblemished teams have never clashed in the championship game. Probably the closest it came to happening was in 1976, when both Indiana and Rutgers entered the NCAA Tournament undefeated and both squads advanced to the Final Four. Indiana beat UCLA in one national semifinal, but Michigan upset Rutgers in the other semifinal to prevent a meeting of the unbeatens.The men’s bracket has never seen two undefeated teams enter simultaneously since that historic 1976 NCAA Tournament. Since 1979-80,2The earliest season for which has game-by-game college basketball scores. the best combined record of any undefeated teams in a major men’s game was 33-0 (a pale comparison to UConn-Notre Dame’s combined 76-0 record), achieved when 17-0 North Carolina faced 16-0 Duke on Jan. 18, 1986, well before the tournament began.Here are the teams that combined for an undefeated record of 20-0 or better in a men’s college basketball matchup since 1979-80: Professional football has never seen a championship matchup featuring two undefeated teams, either. If we include the All-America Football Conference,5The AAFC was an early rival league to the NFL, with which it forced a merger in 1950. This led to the San Francisco 49ers, the Baltimore Colts and the original Cleveland Browns joining the NFL. the record for most combined wins without a loss in a professional pigskin matchup is 19, set when the 9-0 Cleveland Browns met the 10-0 San Francisco 49ers on Nov. 14, 1948. But if you’re a stickler for NFL games only,6Unlike the subsequent American Football League, the AAFC’s record book is not officially recognized as a part of NFL history. the record is 17.5 combined wins (counting a tie as half a win), set by the New York Giants (8-0-1) and Green Bay Packers (9-0) on Nov. 24, 1929.Here are the games deepest into a pro football season featuring two unbeaten teams: And that’s just college basketball, where there are 350 Division I teams. In a league like the NBA, which has 30 squads, teams are hard-pressed to avoid each other on the schedule long enough to push their combined records anywhere near 76-0. (Pro sports’ greater parity doesn’t help either.) The winningest matchup of undefeated records in NBA history is just 11-0. That’s when the 5-0 Seattle SuperSonics hosted the 6-0 Utah Jazz on Feb. 16, 1999.3The game totals are also abnormally small for a February NBA game because the first 32 games of each team’s 1998-99 schedule were wiped out by a lockout. The Sonics ran away with it, beating the Jazz 71-56.The following NBA games saw the two teams combine for an undefeated record of 8-0 or better: read more

The Ohio State-Michigan rivalry is one of the greatest in all of sports.  It has become so on the back of the greatest of players making the greatest of plays.There is no surer way for a Buckeye football player to enshrine himself in Ohio State lore than to shine on this biggest of all stages.Careers are made. Legends are born. Old men sit on their front porches speaking of such players in reverent tones.Who from this year’s football team can etch their name on the list of OSU-Michigan heroes? Daniel “Boom” Herron? Cameron Heyward? Terrelle Pryor? First, here’s a look at the pantheon of greats that they would be joining.Chic HarleyChic Harley is widely considered the man who put OSU football on the map.  The three-time All-American played halfback, quarterback, end, safety and was both punter and kicker during his career at Ohio State. With a resume like that, it would have come as no surprise if he had dotted the “i” at halftime.After the 1916 and 1917 seasons, Harley left school for a year to fight in World War I. In his 1919 return season he led the Buckeyes to their first victory over Michigan. His four interceptions in that game still stand as an OSU record and his legacy was cemented. The Horseshoe is still regarded as ‘The House that Harley Built.’Howard ‘Hopalong’ Cassady“Hopalong” Cassady led the 1954 OSU team to a 10-0 record and a national championship.  He followed with another fantastic season which was capped off with a huge performance against Michigan. In his last collegiate game, Cassady keyed the Buckeyes’ first victory in Ann Arbor since 1937 and dashed the Wolverines’ Big Ten Championship and Rose Bowl aspirations.After a Cassady punt return got the Buckeyes started with good field position, he scored the game’s first touchdown with a run off the right guard and continued to pound away at the Michigan defense to secure the 17-0 victory. OSU coach Woody Hayes would call it, “The greatest game Ohio State has ever played for me,” high praise from the gruff coach.Cassady would win the Heisman Trophy that year by the largest margin in voting history.Jim OtisJim Otis was the OSU fullback from 1967 to ‘69. From the fullback position, which is normally known for its blocking role, Otis led the Buckeyes in rushing every season of his college career.During the 1968 Michigan game, Otis scored four touchdowns against the Buckeyes’ archrival in a 50-14 rout. It was the game made famous by Hayes’ response to a question about why he chose to go for two in a game in which he already had a 36-point lead: “Because I couldn’t go for three.” Otis’ four touchdowns are still tied for the most scored by an individual Buckeye player in The Game.Tom KlabanOne might think that a list of OSU-Michigan greats would be incomplete without two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin, who had a 3-0-1 record against the Wolverines. But Klaban indisputably carried the Buckeyes in the 1974 game, when he scored all of OSU’s points in the game by kicking four field goals to give Ohio State a 12-10 victory to end Michigan’s 21-game winning streak.Chris SpielmanSpielman, a two-time All-American during his career at Ohio State, is the prototype of a hard-nosed linebacker. He still holds many career and single-season records for tackles at OSU. But it was his 29 tackles in the 1986 OSU-Michigan game that earned him a spot on this list.The 1986 game, as it had many times in the past and would many times in the future, decided the Big Ten champion and Rose Bowl representative. It was a back-and-forth affair that wasn’t decided until the game’s final minute. Even in defeat, Spielman’s performance would stand as one of the greatest defensive displays in OSU history, causing OSU coach Earle Bruce to remark, “This is the way it should be.”Joe GermaineAs John Cooper limped into The Game in 1998 with a 1-8-1 record against the Tom Brady-led Wolverines, it was clear that the Buckeyes needed to take off the kid gloves offensively to earn a victory. Joe Germaine, who had previously spent the bulk of his OSU playing career splitting time with Stanley Jackson, delivered.The diminutive, fresh-faced kid who had transferred from a community college in Arizona looked to the casual observer as though he would fit in better in a physics lab. But the Rose Bowl hero threw for 330 yards against the Wolverines, 217 of which went to David Boston, in a 31-16 victory that gave Cooper his second and final victory over the team up north.Troy SmithSmith, once predicted to be Justin Zwick’s backup for four years, had two of the most electrifying performances in OSU-Michigan history. In 2004, Smith’s 341 passing yards, 145 rushing yards and two touchdowns led the Buckeyes to a 37-21 victory.In 2006, the game meant more than perhaps it ever had. Each team carried an 11-0 record into the matchup and there was much on the line, including a trip to the BCS Championship game.Smith paced the Buckeyes with 316 passing yards and four touchdowns in a game in which he clinched the Heisman Trophy with a nail-biting 42-39 victory.On Saturday, OSU coach Jim Tressel hopes another of his players will step into the spotlight and join the list of heroes of The Game. read more

Blue Jackets’ goaltender Steve Mason is suffering from a sophomore slump and is handicapping the Jackets.After playing brilliantly through his rookie season, Mason’s play has regressed and has left the Jackets hurting.Last season, Mason provided a lift for the Jackets in their best season in franchise history. Mason put on a spectacular display on a nightly basis, racking up 10 shutouts and eventually winning NHL Rookie of the Year honors.This year, however, is a different story. Mason’s save percentage has fallen from .916 to .890 and his goals against average has increased by more than a full goal.While the Jackets haven’t helped him by continually turning over the puck in their own zone, Mason’s play leaves much to be desired. He has repeatedly allowed easy goals and in more than one occasion forced coach Ken Hitchcock to pull him from games. Mason currently leads the NHL with 15 losses after losing only 20 games all of last season.While Mason is and will be a great goaltender in this league, the Jackets don’t have the luxury of letting him work through his slump on the ice. The Jackets are fourth in the Central Division and third-worst in the Western Conference.If the Jackets are to have any chance at making the playoffs they need to get on track immediately. Believe it or not, the playoffs aren’t out of the question.At this juncture last year, the Jackets were only four points ahead of where they are now. The St. Louis Blues were actually three points behind where the Jackets are now and managed to play themselves into the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference. But if the Jackets have any aspirations of climbing back into the race, they need a spark.That spark might be backup goaltender Mathieu Garon. Garon has been in net for the Jackets past three games, all of which the Jackets won. Garon was honored as one of the NHL’s three Stars of the Week for his performance, which included a shutout Sunday of Dallas. Garon has a lower goals against average (2.55) than Mason, and a higher save percentage (.909).At this point, the Jackets have played themselves into a goaltender controversy. Since the Jackets are desperate for a boost, Hitchcock should continue to start Garon until the Olympic break, which starts Feb. 15 for the Jackets. Garon has shown he can be effective if given the chance to play in consecutive games and deserves a shot with Mason struggling.During the break, the team can re-evaluate where they are in the standings and the goaltender situation. Worst-case scenario, the Jackets continue to play sub .500 hockey and are out of the playoff picture. In that case the team can go back to Mason and see if he can get back on track. Or, Garon might provide the lift the Jackets desperately need in which case Hitchcock can stick with him in net and use Mason as the backup. read more

Rodjay Burns (29), Jonathon Cooper (18) and Rashod Berry (13) walk out of the endzone after Burns’ rushing touchdown during the first game of the 2016 season against Bowling Green on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 77-10. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorFor the second time in less than a week, an Ohio State defensive back is transferring out of the program.Sophomore cornerback Rodjay Burns announced on his Instagram account Friday afternoon that he will transfer to Louisville to continue his football career. In the post, the Louisville-native cited his father’s health as the reason he will transfer closer to home.“Hard thought out life decision, and the decision i making for me and my future, I love my brothers at TOSU but i have to further my career elsewhere due to my fathers health, i have to decide to transfer to University of Louisville,” Burns wrote on Instagram. Burns played seven games in his career for the Scarlet and Gray, tallying a single tackle. In his first game playing for the Buckeyes, against Bowling Green, he intercepted a pass and returned it 75 yards for a touchdown.Burns, a late commit in OSU’s 2016 recruiting class, played for Trinity High School in Kentucky. In 2014, his team won its school’s 23rd state championship.On May 9, it was reported that cornerback Joshua Norwood would transfer from the program.Burns is the ninth player to leave the Buckeyes since the end of the 2016 season. Offensive linemen Lisle, Tyler Gerald and Kyle Trout, and wide receivers James Clark, Torrance Gibson and Alex Stump decided to transfer out of OSU while quarterback Stephen Collier announced his retirement in January. read more

first_imgInter Milan target Luka Modric has hinted that he will likely be remaining at Real Madrid for the upcoming seasonThe Croatian playmaker has been a subject of strong interest for Inter this summer with head coach Luciano Spalleti recently confirming the rumours.Modric and his representatives have now held a meeting with Real president Florentino Perez to discuss his future plans.And the former Spanish politician has made it clear to the 32-year-old that he will be going nowhere due to Real having already lost Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo this summer.Now Modric has posted a message on Instagram on Thursday night that appears to indicate that he will be remaining with the Merengues.“It was a hard defeat but defeats do not belong to this team”, He wrote after Real’s UEFA Supercup defeat to Atletico Madrid.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We’ll have to work hard like we’ve always done. #HalaMadrid.”Modric was a second-half substitute in Real’s defeat to city rivals Atletico on Wednesday night.last_img read more

first_imgPaulo Dybala is fired up to enter the record books as the all-time top scorer in the history of the Supercoppa when Juventus confront AC Milan today.La Joya as he is fondly called has a knack of scoring in this occasion having found the net three times in Super Cup clashes.That puts him on a par with Samuel Eto’o of Inter, Alessandro Del Piero and Carlos Tevez of Juventus, as well as Milan hero Andriy Shevchenko.Dybala’s strike helped Juve to a 2-0 victory over Lazio in August 2015, and then netted a double in another meeting with Lazio in August 2017, despite losing the tie 3-2.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….However, the Argentine forward would be looking to go one better when they take on Gattuso’s Milan in Jeddah.Other players who have already found the net twice in the Supercoppa and may likely increase their tally are Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini and Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain.last_img read more