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Americans over-promise, under-deliver in SKorea

first_imgLOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Yet there were far more times when flipping the channel was the better option.No amount of soaring visuals or tear-jerking features or hokey patriotism could gloss over this reality: Team USA did not live up to expectations at the 2018 Winter Olympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe flame was set to be doused Sunday night on a games that produced nine golds but only 23 medals overall, which represented the country’s lowest output since 1998 and, more perplexing, far below the U.S. Olympic Committee’s own target.If not for those shredders out at the snowboard mountain, who accounted for nearly half the golds (four) and seven medals in all, these Olympics would’ve been a total flop for the Americans. Someone’s got some ’splaining to do.They should start with whoever came up with that full-screen slide, presented to the USOC last year, projecting the Americans would take a minimum of 25 medals, set a supposedly realistic target of 37, and even threw out the laughable possibility of making off with 59 if absolutely everything went according to plan (and, presumably, a bunch of nations didn’t show up).Short of persuading the international blue bloods to come up with a few more sports Americans might be good at — snow basketball, anyone? — there are some serious areas of concern that must be addressed right away.Hey, the clock is already ticking on Beijing.Speedskating might be the biggest trouble spot, especially since it’s produced more U.S. winter medals than any other, but women’s figure skating and men’s Alpine skiing aren’t far behind.ADVERTISEMENT All were underachievers in Pyeongchang.Long-track speedskating made off with a single bronze, when it was projected to win at least three medals and had a target of four. While the powers-that-be wisely stayed away from the game plan that produced a Sochi shutout — hey, let’s train beforehand in totally different conditions than the Olympics and break in a new suit that actually makes us slower — the results were only marginally better.Some of the explanations were downright bizarre, such as Joey Mantia’s take after he came up about a second short of a bronze medal in the mass start. Remember, this is the guy who was reigning world champion.“I, ultimately, didn’t train hard enough or specific enough for this event,” he said.In what might have been the final Olympics of his brilliant career, Shani Davis didn’t have anything to say at all. He blew off the media by slipping out a back door, having produced finishes of seventh and 19th in South Korea.The future doesn’t look all that bright, either. With hardly anyone taking up the sport through traditional paths, speedskating has relied heavily on former inliners to keep up with the world. This team included four skaters from Florida and two others from North Carolina, all of whom crossed over from wheels to blades.But the U.S. is no longer a dominant inline force on the world stage, so that farm system could be drying up.Then there’s figure skating, the sport that largely drives the NBC gravy train. It was held to a pair of bronze medals in Pyeongchang (which, in fairness, was just one shy of its USOC target) and has fallen completely off the map on the women’s side.Fallen being the operative word.Mirai Nagasu, Karen Chen and Bradie Tennell all went down in the short program on the way to finishing ninth, 10th and 11th. What a tumble for the nation that produced seven gold medalists in women’s figure skating from 1952 in Oslo to 2006 in Turin. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Russia and Japan are now the countries to beat. That doesn’t seem likely to change anytime soon since those two are also dominating at the world junior level, which usually serves up the next generation of gold medalists.With Lindsay Vonn and Ted Ligety likely on the way out, Alpine skiing is heading for a major changing of the guard after winning only one gold and three medals at these games.That was the fewest U.S. victories since 2002, the fewest podium finishes since 2006. The USOC had targeted four medals and the national governing body totally missed the mark, hoping for seven.Ligety’s fifth-place showing in the combined was the only top 10 from the men in the individual events.“We know we have to go into a rebuilding phase and develop some young skiers,” U.S. Alpine director Patrick Riml said. “Hopefully next time around, we can be competitive and perform on a high level.”Yep, there were some must-see moments for American at these Olympics.Just not nearly enough. Read Next Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus LATEST STORIES Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgivingcenter_img MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa FILE – In this Feb. 21, 2018 file photo, Bradie Tennell, of the United States, falls while performing during the women’s short program figure skating in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea. Tennell, Mirai Nagasu, and Karen Chen all went down in the short program on the way to finishing ninth, 10th and 11th – a tumble for the nation that produced seven gold medalists in women’s figure skating from 1952 in Oslo to 2006 in Turin. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — They had their moments, without a doubt.From a nerve-wracking victory in women’s hockey to the fun-loving guys over at the curling sheet to Shaun White’s spiraling run of redemption, the American athletes gave the folks back home some compelling reasons to stay up to all hours of the night.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum Gamboa-St. Clare comes back to stun Perpetual Helplast_img read more

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Mandeep, Juana suspended for doping

first_imgDoping came back to haunt Indian athletics with two top women quarter-milers returning positive for a banned substance in tests conducted by the International Association of Athletics Federations.Top Indian athletes Mandeep Kaur and Juana Murmu have been handed provisional suspensions after their ‘B’ samples returned positive for banned substances on Wednesday.The samples for both the quarter-milers were collected by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) at the National Institute of Sports (NIS) in Patiala on Saturday.Mandeep was part of India’s 4x400m relay team which won gold medals at the Delhi Commonwealth Games and the Guangzhou Asiad, and was expected to be named in the squad for the Asian Athletics Championships to be held at Kobe, Japan, from July 7.Juana was also part of India’s Guangzhou squad and narrowly missed a medal in the 400m.While Mandeep tested positive for anabolic steroids methandienone and stanozolol, Murmu’s sample showed traces of methandienone.The tests were conducted by IAAF through a Swedish agency – International Doping Tests and Management – and it was the same agency that was hired by the International Cricket Council (ICC) during the recent World Cup held in the sub-continent.After the ‘A’ sample results were revealed, both the athletes came for their ‘B’ samples which also returned positive.The athletes and the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) have been notified.”We have been notified about the positive results of the dope tests of the two athletes and although we are concerned about it, we are still relieved that these cases did not come to light during a competition,” AFI director ML Dogra told MAIL TODAY on Wednesday.advertisementThe two athletes have been handed provisional suspensions and their cases will come up before an anti-doping disciplinary panel which will decide the sanctions to be imposed on them.The tests were conducted out of competition and the substances for which the two athletes tested positive fall in the non- specified category. Both Mandeep and Juana will remain out of action until they are exonerated or the expiry of their suspensions.Both the athletes face a suspension of two years each.”Mandeep is disappointed with the result and she has said that there could be something wrong with her food supplements. We will wait for the decision from the disciplinary panel,” said Dogra.In the past one year, there have been numerous positive cases of dope flunk by Indian athletes with a number of well known names falling on the wrong side of the anti-doping law.Melbourne Commonwealth Games gold medallist weightlifter Sanamacha Chanu, Olympian wrestler Rajiv Tomar, Asian Games bronze medallist Mausam Khatri and national swimming champion Richa Mishra are some of the prominent names that have either been penalised or their cases are pending before the disciplinary panel.last_img read more

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True Sophomore Justin Phillips Confirms he is Redshirting

first_imgWhen asked on instagram how he was doing (presumably from a friend), his response was: “I’m cooling, redshirting this year”AdChoices广告That’s a BIG dude to sit out, so the depth at linebacker is clearly a huge strength this season as compared to last year. Phillips was a four-star prospect from Pearland, Texas who was forced into action early as a freshman due to lack of depth at his position. By sitting out this year, he will have a chance to grow both physically and, with Glenn Spencer as the linebacker coach, mentally as well. I would expect him to return as a force next season. At the beginning of the season, there was chatter that due to the incredible depth in the linebacker room, there was a chance that true sophomores would be redshirting this year. Candidates like Dylan Harding, Kirk Tucker, and Justin Phillips were all names that were mentioned.Tucker has been a special teams enforcer this season, while Harding has seen time in the secondary rotation at safety along with special teams.Phillips, however, confirmed on his instagram account that he is redshirting this year – something many believed was the case. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

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TOUCH JUNIORS SET TO MAKE THEIR MARK

first_imgAustralia’s budding junior Touch superstars will converge on the Gold Coast for what promises to be an action packed week of high quality competition. The School Sport Australia Combined Touch Tournament will be held at the Gold Coast Touch Centre, Owen Park, Southport from the 26th – 30th October 2004. The tournament features State Boy’s and Girl’s teams from all around Australia, competing in the Under 12 Primary and the Under 15 Secondary age divisions. All States and Territories will be represented in the boys and girls Under 15 Secondary age divisions and only Victoria and Western Australia will be absent in the Under 12 Primary division. NSW will be out to defend their 2003 titles from both boys divisions, while Queensland will be out to win back to back titles in both the Girls divisions. 2004 marks the third year of the combined Primary and Secondary National tournament and Queensland will be looking to mark the tenth anniversary of the Primary School Girl division by securing their tenth successive title. Nine titles in a row is already incredible, but to extend that winning streak to double figures is even more amazing! Gold Coast Mayor and former Olympian Ron Clark, will be among the VIP’s attending the Opening Ceremony on Tuesday 26th October at 9.00am at Owen Park. Games will continue from Tuesday through to the Finals on Saturday 30th October. Fourteen junior referees from Queensland, New South Wales, and South Australia will be officiating at this event as part of the School Sport Australia initiative to provide opportunities for school students to access pathways into officiating. ATA will be in contact with tournament officials and will upload stories and results from the Schools Championships as they become available. Don’t forget to get out and support the future of our sport!last_img read more

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10 months agoBarcelona boss Valverde: I’m as much a photographer as a coach

first_imgBarcelona boss Valverde: I’m as much a photographer as a coachby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveErnesto Valverde admits he regards himself as much as a photographer as a coach. The Barcelona trainer has spoken about how important it is for him to take advantage of the time he has to work with his cameras.”It’s clear that photography is a way to escape, but it’s not a hobby for me, it’s something very serious in my life,” he said to La Vanguardia.”When I was 17 years old, playing at Alaves, I was studying to get an industrial masters in electronics, a job that I never practiced.”At that time I liked to take photos but more as a hobby, until one day, with my first salary as a footballer, I asked a friend to bring me a camera from the Canary Islands.”It cost me 40,000 pesetas, I remember perfectly.”Valverde gets emotional when he talks about the various stages of picture taking.”That moment when you are in the laboratory and you smell acetic acid, a fixative, the developer that you have mixed yourself at home…” he continued.”You turn off the light inputs and you put the red light bulb on, you put the paper in the bucket and you see the image come out, that moment is amazing.”Though he is well known as an ex-football player and coach, Valverde defines himself as a photographer.”I am a trainer as well as a photographer,” he added.”I like to educate my eyes a lot by looking at books and I admire those photographers who have the patience to wait for good light and perfect a good frame.”I’m more immediate and visceral and I’m also nonconformist with my work.”I want my photos not to be very comfortable or friendly, I want my work to be different.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoChelsea defender David Luiz: Cesc one of best players England has seen

first_imgChelsea defender David Luiz: Cesc one of best players England has seenby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender David Luiz has paid tribute to departing teammate Cesc Fabregas.Fabregas, on way to Monaco, bid an emotional farewell to Blues fans as they beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday.“I think Cesc is one of the best players to have played in England for many, many years,” the Brazilian told talkSPORT.“It was emotional, not just for him, but for everybody.“Maybe he is not going to play for Chelsea anymore so we are sad, but we wish him all the best because he is a great character and a great player and we will miss him.“It’s always hard, but it’s always part of the process.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Short seller sues Home Capital Group 3 former executives for 4M in

first_imgTORONTO – A short seller is suing Home Capital Group (TSX:HCG) and three former executives for $4 million, alleging the alternative mortgage lender’s false representations scandal cost him millions when he closed his position early.Marc Cohodes filed a statement of claim Monday with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice saying he took a substantial short position in Home Capital’s shares in 2014 after determining the company was overvalued.Between March and June 2015, the claim says based on positive information provided in Home Capital’s financial reporting, Cohodes repurchased 91,800 of those shares at more than $40 each, resulting in a purchase cost of more than $3.6 million.Cohodes alleges Home Capital, former CEO Gerald Soloway and former CFOs Robert Blowes and Robert Morton knowingly misled investors in the company’s annual and quarterly results by misrepresenting risk management controls.Home Capital did not immediately return a request for comment. None of the allegations have been proven in court.In 2017, the lender was accused by regulators of misleading investors, which caused depositors to swiftly withdraw their money and leaving the company in crisis mode.Home Capital eventually agreed to pay $29.5 million to settle with the Ontario Securities Commission and class-action lawsuit matters related to the allegations.Soloway and Morton faced $1 million and $500,000 penalties respectively. Soloway was barred from acting as director or officer of a public company for four years, while Morton faces a two-year ban.Blowes is the only executive named in the suit who remains on the company’s board of directors.last_img read more

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More customs facilities in more places Canada US plan expanded preclearance

first_imgWASHINGTON – Imagine clearing Canadian customs in Florida, Arizona, or Chicago, or having a U.S. customs facility attached to a car plant in Ontario, with the goal of helping people and cargo travel faster between the countries.The Canadian and American governments are discussing it.They have begun talking about expanding preclearance — with plans to discuss potential sites for the first-ever Canadian customs facilities inside the U.S., and the longer-term goal of applying it to commercial goods.“You’ve got an administration on the American side and certainly on our side, that really want to move these files,” Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Monday, after his first face-to-face meeting with his new U.S. counterpart — Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.Preclearance has a long history.It began decades ago with U.S. border facilities in major Canadian airports — allowing people to clear customs at home, avoid logjams in U.S. hubs and fly directly into U.S. airports that don’t have customs facilities.A few years ago the Harper and Obama governments agreed to new rules allowing the practice in every mode of transport — rail, cars, buses and ships. The Trudeau Liberals approved pilot projects at rail stations in Montreal and B.C.Now, with the Trump administration, the countries are working on two future phases. Goodale said he already began discussing a first phase with Nielsen’s predecessor — installing Canadian facilities inside the U.S.“John Kelly and I had a conversation about, ‘Where would we start?’ He thought Boston — his hometown. Some Canadians suggested either Fort Lauderdale, (Florida), or Scottsdale (Arizona) — the (places with) snowbird traffic in the winter,” Goodale said in an interview.“Midwesterners would say Chicago. … Or somewhere in the American northeast,” he said noting that Canadian ski resorts would appreciate quicker access for American travellers. “There are lots of ideas.”But the bigger long-term goal involves cargo.The countries have agreed to meet this spring to develop a plan on what regulatory changes might be required to introduce preclearance for cargo beyond a pair of previous pilot projects.Goodale said he envisions a future where cars can have their components screened and sealed for shipment right inside the plant. Given that a car under construction might cross the border a half-dozen times, he said that would avoid snags and boost productivity.“The real prize of preclearance is when we could expand it from passenger to cargo,” Goodale said.He said he left the first meeting with Nielsen feeling positive.“Really good meeting,” he said.“You wonder in the first encounter: Will there be a list of complaints or grievances? No. There’s a list of important issues we’re working on together… It’s a really good, constructive, international to-do agenda.”last_img read more

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Over 7000 lightning strikes recorded over Northeast BC on Sunday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Data collected by Environment Canada shows that a series of thunderstorms caused over 7,000 lightning strikes to be recorded over Northeast B.C. on Sunday.Meteorologist Louis Kohanyi said that several massive thunderstorms began forming over the Rocky Mountains near Chetwynd and Hudson’s Hope during the middle of the afternoon Sunday. Kohanyi said however that daytime highs will only reach the low- to mid-20’s, meaning the Peace Region won’t see temperatures that were nearly as intense as those seen on Saturday and Sunday.Fort St. John and Dawson Creek both broke alltime high temperature records for July 28th on Saturday.The 29.4 degrees recorded at the North Peace Airport was 0.5 degrees hotter than the previous record of 28.9 degrees, which dated back to 1982.Dawson Creek meanwhile recorded a high of 29.8 degrees, which was 0.2 degrees higher than the last record, which also dated to 1982. Kohanyi explained that Environment Canada issued the first severe thunderstorm warning at around 6:45 p.m. for a thunderstorm near Chetwynd that began moving in a southeasterly direction.Another warning was issued for a thunderstorm that formed over East Pine and moved into the Dawson Creek area shortly after 9:00 p.m.A map of lightning strikes recorded over the B.C. Peace Region on Sunday. Photo by Environment CanadaIn total, Kohanyi said that there were approximately 7,000 lightning strikes recorded over the B.C. Peace Region during the course of the storms, which lasted over six hours and finally moved over Alberta at around midnight.A lightning bolt strikes near Pouce Coupe on Sunday evening. Photo by Alistair McInnisDawson Creek bore the brunt of the storms, as 20.6 millimetres of rain was recorded at the Dawson Creek Regional Airport.center_img Of that, Kohanyi said 13.2 millimetres fell in just one hour, while wind gusts peaked at 65 kilometres per hour.In contrast, the North Peace Airport weather station only recorded 2.4 mm of rain and wind gusts of 57 km/h.A map of lightning strikes recorded over Western Canada. Photo by Environment CanadaKohanyi said that an upper-level trough will be moving down from the Fort Nelson area throughout the day, meaning showers or thunderstorms are once again a possibility over Northeast B.C. today.last_img read more

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Bulk waste generators must segregate waste on site in Gurugram Deputy Commissioner

first_imgGurugram: Deputy commissioner Amit Khatri held a meeting wherein strict instructions were given to ensure compliance with the Solid Waste Management Rules (2016) in Gurugram district.The directive was given to officials of the district urban local bodies (ULB) department, Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB), Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) and the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG). An MCG official present at all three meetings said that the tone of these meeting was urgent as the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had, last Tuesday, come down heavily on district authorities for unscientific management of waste at the Bandhwari landfill. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesKhatri instructed officials to ensure that all of the city’s bulk waste generators segregate waste on site and have their own composting units. He also instructed that this model should be replicated on an industrial scale for large manufacturing units as well as at a panchayat level throughout Gurugram district. MCG Commissioner Yashpal Yadav said that the MCG has already identified 1,800 bulk waste generators within its jurisdiction, including industries, RWAs, restaurants, hospitals and industrial units. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarOf these, 100 are slotted to be fitted with compost units by June-end. “About 42 of these sites in Sohna and another 27 in Pataudi should be sufficiently equipped to handle their own waste by next week. On the whole, we are aiming to reduce the amount of garbage sent to Bandhwari by 50 per cent by the end of 2019,” said Yashpal Yadav, the MCG Commissioner. At the meeting, MCG officials revealed that 1,936 shopkeepers selling goods in polythene had been invoiced over the past year, raising just over Rs16 lakh in fines. Confiscated and recycled plastic materials have also been collected for the purpose of building plastic-infused roads in the city, which should commence sometime late next month. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has taken strict cognisance of the waste segregation system in Gururgam. The strict observation by the green court comes at a time when the recycling facilities in Bandhwari landfill site is yet to kick-off fully. Speaking on the issue Yashapal Yadav the MCG Commissioner said that they are in the process of implementing concrete plans with timelines so that the strategies can be implemented fully. At present, more than 1,000 tonnes of garbage from Gurugram and Faridabad is discarded daily at the area that is nestled in the green belt of Aravallis. Based on the proposal, the plant will treat more than 100 kiloliters of leachate daily.last_img read more