Read This Before Your Next Paddling Trip

first_imgPractice defensive boating Wear your life jacket And, before you go, remember your check list.   Check out the ACA website for the rest of the graphics or a wide variety of other educational resources! Feel free to print and share them to keep everyone safe. Know your limits Make a plancenter_img The American Canoe Association (ACA) wants to make sure you stay safe on your next paddling trip. In partnership with the US Coast Guard they have created some new infographics to remind beginners and pros alike of a few important safety tips . Remember, even though paddling is a great sport, it can also be dangerous.   BUT, don’t be frightened off, just take the time to learn how to be safe: Take a class Communicate with your paddling partnerslast_img read more

Raiders Sweep Games Over Bengals

first_imgMonday, December 12-Greendale at South Ripley.Grade 7-SR 32, Greendale 28Thanks to some clutch free throw shooting from Bryce Wrightsman, the Raiders capped off a dramatic 4th quarter comeback in a 32-28 win. Down by ten midway through the final period, South Ripley rallied to tie the game at 28 with under a minute to play. After a defensive stand to get the ball back. Wrightsman was fouled with about 20 seconds to play. He calmly hit the first of an one-and-one free throw to put the home team up one 29-28. He missed the second but the visiting Tigers traveled to turn the ball over. Wrightsman was fouled again, this time with only 8 seconds left on the clock. He drilled both attempts. Another Greendale turnover and foul put Wrightsman back at the line, where he hit one out of two to seal the game. He finished with 8 points, while Zach Gentile led the Raiders with 11. Ryan Miller chipped in 6 points, Dalton Smith 5, and Nick Schwarte had 2 points and several rebounds.Grade 8-SR 49, Greendale 35An outstanding team effort helped the Raiders to a 49-35 victory over the visiting Tigers. Cody Samples nailed two three pointers and added several assists; Brady Linkel dominated the glass with 12 rebounds as well as 4 points; Colby Bush grabbed 4 boards with 4 points; Bryce Franklin played tremendous defense while scoring 12 points with 7 rebounds; and Lane Sparks contributed a good all around game with 22 points, 3 rebounds, and several steals. After a 21-8 first quarter lead, the Tigers fought back to make it a 29-24 game at the half. However, the Raiders out scored Greendale 20-11 the final two quarters to come away with a win. Adam Burd led the Tigers with 22 points.The seventh graders advanced their win streak to three to increase their record to 6-8. The eighth graders raise their season mark to 12-2. Both teams travel to St. Louis in Batesville on Thursday, 6:00 tip.Courtesy of Raiders Coach Jeff Greiwe.last_img read more

The 2015 ACC-Big Ten Challenge Matchups, Ranked

first_imgacc big ten challenge logo.Twitter/@TheBuckeyeNut Twitter/@TheBuckeyeNutTwitter/@TheBuckeyeNutThe 14 matchups of this year’s ACC-Big Ten Challenge were released today, and as expected, there are plenty of good, and a number of ugly games ahead of us this winter. We get an old conference rivalry revival between perhaps the two preseason favorites in the two leagues, UNC and Maryland, an Elite Eight rematch between Louisville and Michigan State, and a blue blood showdown between Duke and Indiana. There’s also Virginia Tech vs. Northwestern, which probably won’t have neutral fans quite as excited. In all, every team from the two leagues, save for Georgia Tech, is involved, and these games always bring a lot of intrigue. Here is our ranking of the entire challenge:14. Boston College vs. Penn State: Twitter/@PennStateMBBTwitter/@PennStateMBBJim Christian’s first year at Boston College (13-19, 4-14) wasn’t great by any standard, and things may not get any better in 2015-16. Olivier Hanlan, one of the team’s lone bright spots, is off to the NBA Draft. It seems unlikely that the Eagles make any significant noise in the coming year. They will host Penn State in this year’s ACC-Big Ten Challenge, making for a pretty uninspiring matchup. Like BC, Penn State loses its one bonafide star—D.J. Newbill—from last year’s team. Perhaps these two young teams can find more balance offensively and improve without their prodigious scorers, but we wouldn’t bet on it right now. This will be BC and Penn State’s third ACC-Big Ten Challenge showdown since 2011. The two programs split the first two of those matchups. If this game is as good as the 2014 Pinstripe Bowl between the two schools’ football programs, we’ll be in for a pleasant surprise.13. Rutgers vs. Wake Forest: Twitter/@TieDyeNationTwitter/@TieDyeNationRebuilding jobs in young coaching tenures is a common theme in the low-ranked games on our list, and that is definitely the case for Rutgers vs. Wake Forest. The Scarlet Knights knocked off national semifinalist Wisconsin on January 11, and proceeded to lose out the rest of the season, to finish a lowly 2-16 in conference and 10-22 overall. To compound matters, two of the team’s best players, Myles Mack and Kadeem Jack, are gone, leaving Eddie Jordan with a very lean roster in year three of his Rutgers tenure. Wake Forest is not an overly-talented team, but they were much more competitive in the ACC than Rutgers was in the Big Ten. They might not be a tournament team yet, but they will probably handle Rutgers in an uninspiring game at The RAC.12. Virginia Tech vs. Northwestern: Twitter/@PeteMorisTwitter/@PeteMorisThere’s a chance that this game is more fun than we’re giving it credit for by the time these two meet on the court, but for now, we have to keep the Hokies and Wildcats fairly low. Virginia Tech has been totally rebuilt under Buzz Williams, with a number of freshman receiving a lot of playing time in 2014-15, and a Top 30 recruiting class coming in, there is some hope for the hoops team in Blacksburg. Unfortunately for the Hokies, like BC and PSU, Tech is losing its top player Adam Smith to transfer, which won’t help matters in the near future. Northwestern is also playing better basketball under Chris Collins than it has in the past. Seven footer Alex Olah had a solid 2014-15, and should continue to improve, and Northwestern will be pairing him with four-star recruit Aaron Falzon in the frontcourt. We have to see more before we move a Hokies-Wildcats game up, but there is potential here.11. Minnesota vs. Clemson: Twitter/@ClemsonMBBTwitter/@ClemsonMBBThe Gophers and Tigers are far from the worst that their respective conferences have to offer, but this is a pretty boring match-up to be honest. Minnesota looked ready to turn a corner after winning the 2014 NIT, but instead slipped to a 6-12 Big Ten finish and 18-15 overall record. Clemson was a very solid defensive squad, but after losing K.J. McDaniels from the year before, the Tigers’ offense went in the tank. Jaron Blossomgame is an intriguing player, and Clemson had a few young guys like Donte Grantham step up last season, but we don’t envision them being an overly interesting team in 2015-16 as currently constructed.10. Nebraska vs. Miami: Twitter/@CanesWarningFSTwitter/@CanesWarningFSWe’re big fans of the jobs that both Jim Larranaga and Tim Miles have done at two schools that are traditionally football-focused, but we’re not sure that this game will be as good as it would have been a few seasons ago. Nebraska followed up a very promising NCAA Tournament season in 2013-14 with a disappointing one this past year, and now the Huskers lose top player Terran Petteway to the NBA. Miami, on the other hand, brings back a number of its best players, including guards Rodriguez and Sheldon McClellan, and rim protector Tonye Jekiri. Miami should be a factor in the ACC this year, but it is yet to be seen if Nebraska will bounce back to where it was two years ago.9. Pittsburgh vs. Purdue: Twitter/@HailToPittHoopsTwitter/@HailToPittHoopsAfter losing early season games to teams like North Florida and Gardner Webb, all Purdue did was go 12-6 in a tough Big Ten to land itself in the NCAA Tournament. After a few down seasons following the very good Robbie Hummell, E’Twaun Moore teams, Matt Painter’s Boilermakers seem like they’ve shaken off the rust, and could be very good in 2014-15. A.J. Hammons and Isaac Haas give Purdue a very strong frontcourt, which could still be further bolstered with a commitment from blue chip forward Caleb Swanigan, who recently decommitted from Michigan State. Pitt, which has one of the nation’s top programs in the 2000s, has been a fairly average club so far in the ACC. James Artis, James Robinson, and Michael Young are nice players, but this Purdue game could be a good indicator for whether or not Pitt will establish itself in the top half of the ACC in 2015-16.8. Iowa vs. Florida State: Twitter/@Seminoles_comTwitter/@Seminoles_comThis is the first match-up that should feature two NCAA Tournament contenders. Florida State has one of the biggest frontcourts you’ll see, with juniors Boris Bojanovsky and Michael Ojo returning, along with the arrival of Jean Marc Christ Koumadjie, the Monteverde Academy center who is listed by some at 7-foot-5. FSU also brings back star guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes, who made headlines last season when he dropped an unthinkable 30 points in the final 4:38 against Miami. Iowa is a pretty solid team as well, returning four starters from an NCAA Tournament team that blew out a solid Davidson squad in the 7 vs. 10 game before losing to Gonzaga. This may not be the sexiest matchup, at least by name, but these are two solid teams that should make for a good game.Next: The Top 7 ACC-Big Ten Matchups >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2last_img read more

Texas Coach Vance Bedford Goes On Rant About Tradition When Asked About Alternate Uniforms

first_imgThe Texas Longhorns football team running onto the field.STILLWATER, OK – OCTOBER 29: The Texas Longhorns run onto the field before a game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys October 29, 2005 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Last weekend against Kansas, Texas honored safety Freddie Steinmark, subject of the upcoming film My All-American, by wearing 1969 throwback uniforms.Texas wearing throwback uniforms as tribute to Freddie Steinmark. (via @Uniformswag) pic.twitter.com/YVnQnacZN0— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) November 8, 2015Texas is a program with a classic look that rarely veers from what works, but most were probably okay with these clean-looking throwbacks. When asked about other alternate uniforms that some teams go to, defensive coordinator Vance Bedford went on a long rant about traditional powers in college football, that many fans who don’t like wild uniforms will appreciate.Asked Texas DC Vance Bedford about alternate unis today. His 600-word answer addressed a whole lot more. pic.twitter.com/q2mdv5UVkp— Max Olson (@max_olson) November 11, 2015We don’t think Bedford will be looking for a job at Oregon any time soon.last_img read more

How one Canadian investment company is chasing Oscars with top Hollywood stars

first_imgTORONTO — Jason Cloth still remembers the night his biggest shot at Oscar glory slipped out of his hands.The Toronto-based financier had just finished celebrating his 2016 film “The Birth of a Nation” at a dinner party with director Nate Parker. The slave uprising drama was receiving warm reviews, secured a major distribution deal with Fox Searchlight and seemed positioned to collect armfuls of trophies during awards season.Heading back to his hotel room, Cloth was feeling optimistic — until Aaron Gilbert, his partner at Creative Wealth Media called him to break the news.Industry trade Variety was set to publish a story that dove into the details of a 1999 rape case, in which Parker was acquitted, that also involved the film’s co-writer Jean Celestin. They were students at Penn State University at the time, and while Celestin was initially found guilty of sexual assault, his conviction was overturned when the accuser declined to testify for a retrial. The woman committed suicide in 2012.Even before the #MeToo movement put sexual assault under the microscope in Hollywood, Parker’s involvement wasn’t a good look for the film. He didn’t just direct the movie, he played the main character, who leads an uprising motivated by the rape of his wife. Any prospects for “The Birth of a Nation” were quashed before it hit theatres that October.“That was our lightning in a bottle,” Cloth says while sipping water at his downtown Toronto office, where he brokers Hollywood deals using Canadian funds.“It killed us. I’ve never seen a film go from what should’ve been a best picture winner to not even an Indie Spirit Award nomination.”While Creative Wealth Media and its partner Bron Studios didn’t lose money on the production, since Fox bought the film’s rights, Cloth says it was a crash course in Hollywood business. Sometimes a film’s best ingredients can become a significant risk somewhere between the script stage and final cut.But that doesn’t mean he regrets the investment.“If the same parameters came up, I would still take that film,” Cloth insists.He says the experience taught him it’s crucial to perform a thorough background check on talent involved in each project.“If there’s ghosts in the closet, we want to know about it,” he says. “If there’s rumours, we’d rather walk.”The dust kicked up by “The Birth of a Nation” helped Cloth establish his company as a calculated risk taker interested in making prestige films.What makes Creative Wealth Media unique is that it’s backing Hollywood productions largely with Canadian money. Pension plans, mutual fund operators and the country’s highest net worth families are some of the key investors getting behind indie films with trusted stars attached.Denzel Washington brought two of his movies — “Fences” and “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” — to the Canadian financier and wound up picking up several Oscar nods, including two for himself and a best supporting actress win for Viola Davis.This year, Cloth hopes he’s sitting on another Oscar winner with “The Front Runner,” a biopic about American senator Gary Hart and a presidential campaign that was derailed by his extra-marital affair. Hugh Jackman is gathering buzz for his role as the senator in the Jason Reitman film, which opens Friday in Toronto and Vancouver.“If ‘Front Runner’ works we will be a three-year in a row Oscar-nominated production company,” Cloth boasts.But if it doesn’t work, Creative Wealth Management will move onto the next project. They’ve invested nearly US$200 million in production this year on movies like “The Spy Who Dumped Me,” with Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon, and the ultra-violent feminist action flick “Assassination Nation.”Next year, they’ve lined up US$500 million in film and TV financing that includes an untitled morning show drama produced and starring Reese Witherspoon for Apple’s streaming service, and “Fonzo,” an Oscar bait drama with Tom Hardy as Al Capone.Cloth says his company enticed Hardy to work on “Fonzo” with the same strategy that worked for Jackman on “Front Runner.” His business partner Gilbert promised both actors they were playing roles of a lifetime — the kind of parts that win Oscars.Those assurances got Jackman and Hardy so excited they agreed to scale back their usual pay grade to “nowhere near what their normal rate is,” he says. The cheaper movies lowered the risk and boosted the upside for everyone involved.It helps that Cloth has a proven track record for spotting potential.Nearly a decade ago, he met two Ottawa-raised entertainment managers seeking a loan to get their silky-voiced singer the Weeknd started. Nobody knew the artist, born Abel Tesfaye, but the managers were certain they represented a future superstar.A few years later, a lawyer friend suggested Cloth wade into the film industry by supporting an independent movie that saw its key investor pull out at the 11th hour before production. The experience opened Cloth’s eyes to a new world of growth.“It’s an industry that has almost no volatility,” he says.“What other industry (exists where) a drop in economic activity has almost no bearing on your business? Nothing touches film and television.”But not every movie delivers on its promise.Creative Wealth Media’s first few projects were Canadian films “Into the Forest” and “Hyena Road.” While they didn’t lose money, he says he didn’t consider either “financially successful.”Cloth says he’s become more attuned to audience tastes — a mystery that most film executives constantly struggle to understand.“(We) are really careful to ensure we have within our slate a female-centric film and actors with ethnic diversity,” Cloth says as an example.But he acknowledges that his company is still tied to projects with uncertain futures.Luc Besson’s upcoming film “Anna” is one of them, he says. Creative Wealth Media signed on as a co-finance partner before Besson was accused of rape by an actress earlier this year.And while the case is being investigated by French authorities — and the director denies any wrongdoing — the uncertainty throws the film’s prospects into question.“That one worries me,” Cloth says of the film, set for release next year.“There’s very little we can do to protect against that, other than try and work with established filmmakers that have this open history that we can check.”Follow @dfriend on Twitter.David Friend, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Bouaida meets with delegation of German Marshall Fund of the United

first_imgRabat – Minister delegate for foreign affairs Mbarka Bouaida met, on Tuesday in Rabat, with a delegation of top officials from the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF).Bouaida stressed the importance of regular visits to Morocco by GMF officials, which reinforce the orientations of the Kingdom based on dialogue , openness and the promoting of exchanges with international organizations.She called on the GMF to support Morocco’s initiatives at the regional and transatlantic levels, and which are part of the vision of the Kingdom regarding the consolidation of cooperation, security and prosperity of countries bordering the Atlantic, particularly the southern basin. The minister also underlined Morocco’s commitment to contribute to efforts to better manage risks threatening peace and stability, recalling the “Initiative of African countries bordering the Atlantic”, proposed by Morocco in August 2009.last_img read more

How USCs Upset Of SMU Rattled The East Region

5Virginia00+100 1Villanova00+1+10 SEEDTEAMSWEET 16ELITE 8FINAL 4CHAMP.WIN Unsurprisingly, the changes in odds are mostly concentrated in SMU’s sector of the bracket. Baylor’s path became far easier with SMU out of the way (our model considered that Round of 32 game a virtual toss-up), and even Duke saw a slight increase in its probability of advancing deep into the tournament.The way this largely upset-free tournament has been going so far, those changes count for some of the most movement we’ve seen, and they show just how much impact the loss of one dark horse (or is it one dark Mustang?) can have at this stage of the tourney.Check out our March Madness predictions. 11USC+18+4+100 4Florida000+10 The NCAA tournament started with one of the chalkiest opening days in NCAA tournament history, and Friday wasn’t looking very different: better-seeded teams won the first five games of the day, bringing their record to 19-2 going into the late afternoon on the east coast. But what was shaping up to be one of the most boring opening rounds ever received some much-needed surprise when University of Southern California upset SMU on Friday afternoon, knocking out what the computer power ratings considered one of the tournament’s most tempting dark-horse picks.Despite being seeded sixth in the stacked East region, SMU was a trendy choice to go to the Sweet 16 — or beyond. After going 27-4 in the regular season and winning the American Athletic tournament, SMU was the 11th-best team in the country according to Ken Pomeroy’s ratings, and one of only 15 schools to rank among the top 30 in both offensive and defensive efficiency.But against Southern Cal, SMU’s shooting efficiency and rebounding cratered. Now, with one SMU out of the mix, the landscape of the East region — the most difficult quadrant of the tournament — has been altered. CHANGE IN ODDS OF REACHING… Changes caused by SMU losing to Southern California on Mar. 17.Source: ESPN The ripple effects of SMU’s loss in the East region 3Baylor+30+10+3+1+1 2Duke0+4+1+10 10Marquette0+1000 read more

Anchoring the Buckeye defense OSU seeks depth at linebacker

While Penn State is more affably known as “Linebacker U,” OSU seems to produce All-Americans annually at the position.  Last season, OSU had to replace all-everything linebacker James Laurinaitis and longtime starter Marcus Freeman. They didn’t miss a beat, however, as Brian Rolle and Austin Spitler were productive in their starting roles.  With Spitler gone, the Buckeyes are looking for a replacement to match his production. “We’re going to play the best three linebackers,” said Luke Fickell, linebacker coach.“We’ve got a couple of older guys in Homan and Rolle who have played a lot but we’re really looking to see what the young guys can do.” OSU has several young players eager to fill the void, but it looks like it could finally be Etienne Sabino’s time. Sabino, a blue-chip prospect from Florida, might have been the most-heralded recruit in the 2008 class other than Terrelle Pryor. His size, speed and athleticism made him arguably one of the top linebacker prospects in the country. Some expected Sabino to have an immediate impact, while others looked for him to be a starter last season when OSU replaced two seniors.  It wasn’t Sabino’s extraordinary physical gifts that were holding him back, Fickell said.  “You just see him a little more confident, a little bit more of a reacting guy and attacking,” Fickell said. “In the past, he has been a cerebral guy who wants to know everything and sometimes in this sport you can’t know everything. You just have to fly and attack and react on the run.”  “Sometimes we try to study guys and how they learn, and those kind of guys who want more info just take that extra year to process it,” Fickell said, “but when they are ready to go, they’ll be good to go usually.”  Rolle said that he has always known Sabino had extraordinary talent, but at times played too mechanically or like a robot, which held him back. He said Sabino is doing a good job of playing more naturally and is preparing to make his presence known.  “He’s such a young kid,” Fickell said. “I know he is going to be a junior, but he is only 19 years old, and you would like to have some more time with him. He is really coming along and I think this is his best spring so far.” Behind the likely starters of Homan, Rolle and Sabino, the Buckeyes are still trying to find the right players who will be able to contribute.  Andrew Sweat was another highly touted recruit from 2008 who should be ready to get playing time come September. Right now, however, Sweat is still working his way back from ACL surgery. “Andrew is a guy [who thinks he is ready to roll],” Fickell said. “He is only five-and-a-half months out of ACL surgery and he is the guy we are expecting a lot from. If he was in there it would be interesting to see who our best three guys were. He is probably a month away but he thinks he is ready to go, and the other day he jumped in there and went full go.” Fickell said he would like to have as many as nine guys at linebacker who could take turns playing, and stressed the importance of having more capable players than just the three starters.  Along with Sweat, younger players such as Storm Klein, Dorian Bell, Jonathan Newsome and incoming recruits Scott McVey and Jamel Turner could add depth.  “You would like to have six guys who can play,” Fickell said. “Would I be comfortable with some of those freshman guys on the field right now? Probably not real comfortable, but how will we know until we do it? With the jersey scrimmage and the spring game and fall camp, that is when we can really get to evaluate and see what they can do.” If there is one position the Ohio State Buckeyes are known for, it could very well be linebacker. read more

England must be aggressive and brave – Kane

first_imgEngland captain Harry Kane has urged his teammates to be both “aggressive and brave” ahead of the upcoming World CupThe Tottenham forward acknowledged that England have been too cautious in past tournaments and so, therefore, have been unable to properly display their true potential due to their rather excessive focus on playing it safe.While the Three Lions have fallen short in the major tournaments over the years, Kane is anticipating a change in routine for the current squad.“There will be tough moments, and ups and downs. Sometimes going into a big tournament is about not losing and being passive but, for us, it’s about playing attacking football,” he told Sky Sports.“We are aiming to win the first game, then to target the second, and take that attitude to the World Cup.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Since making his England debut at senior level in 2015, Kane has since gone on to score 13 goals in 24 appearances.However, he failed to find the back of the net in Euro 2016 as England were shockingly eliminated by Iceland in the Round of 16 stage.“Personally, that (scoring) record is something I want to change, and hopefully will this summer,” said Kane.Gareth Southgate’s side will begin their World Cup campaign against Tunisia on Monday next week.last_img read more

Defoe reveals Mourinhos support after Lowerys death

first_imgBournemouth striker Jermain Defoe has hailed Mourinho as an “amazing human being” and disclosed how the former United manager called to support him after the death of Bradley Lowery.Defoe was close with Bradley Lowery while he was playing for Sunderland last year and the six-year-old battled with neuroblastoma.Lowery died in July 2017 after a lengthy battle with the rare form of cancer.“Not many people know this – I remember going through my stuff with Bradley and he (Jose) called me out of the blue,” Defoe told Sky Sports after Mourinho’s sacking by Manchester United on Tuesday.“He said ‘how are you? How’s Bradley’s family?’ I was quite taken aback and really surprised.“Away from football, he’s an amazing human being. I wish him well for the future.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“If I’m totally honest, I’ve been a little bit surprised with some of the negativity that’s surrounded his name. Not just now but for the whole season, and maybe even last season.“I’m one of those people – and it doesn’t matter what sport it is – I always appreciate greatness. I think he’s one of the greats.“He’s a legend and at the end of the day, some things just don’t work out. As players, you go to clubs and it just doesn’t work out.“Looking forward, maybe he’ll take a break and we’ll see what happens. But I’m sure he won’t be short of options.”last_img read more