NCAA on the bubble: Virginia gets top billing for March

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APFrom the top seed in the NCAA Tournament — Virginia — to those that barely made it into the bracket — Arizona State and Syracuse — it feels as though everyone involved in March Madness is on the bubble this year.College basketball is in trouble.ADVERTISEMENT UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer They range from teams that made it into the tournament off the so-called bubble — Alabama — to one of the best teams in the country. Arizona, a No. 4 seed in the South, has been roiled by a report that wiretaps caught coach Sean Miller discussing a $100,000 payment to freshman Deandre Ayton. Miller has strongly denied the accusation, though the story line figures to follow the Wildcats through what could be a long run in the tournament.The chairman of the NCAA selection committee, Bruce Rasmussen, has said the investigations played no part of the bracket-filling process.And yet, it’s hard to imagine there weren’t some sighs of relief in the NCAA offices when some bubble teams’ names were left out of the field. For instance, Louisville has lost its coach (Rick Pitino), athletic director (Tom Jurich) and latest national title (2013) in the culmination of scandals that have slammed that program for the better part of this decade.Given the widespread nature of this corruption, there’s at least a chance that whoever cuts down the nets in San Antonio could eventually suffer the same fate as the Cardinals.More certain is that once this party is over, change of some sort will be coming.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. The brackets came out Sunday, replete with the usual fanfare that accompanies America’s biggest office pool. Villanova, Kansas and Xavier joined Virginia as No. 1 seeds, but they, along with the other 64 contenders, will play against the backdrop of an investigation-riddled season in which bribes and payoffs made bigger headlines than 3s and layups.The tournament begins Tuesday with opening-round games featuring a matchup of bubble teams UCLA and St. Bonaventure, then kicks into full swing Thursday and Friday at eight sites around the country.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Final Four is March 31 and April 2 in San Antonio. Shortly after that, a commission led by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is expected to deliver recommendations from an investigation triggered by an FBI probe that led to charges last fall against assistant coaches, agents, employees of apparel companies and others.No fewer than a dozen teams in the tournament have been named either in the FBI investigation or in media reports that allege coaches and others have directed payments and improper benefits to recruits and players — thus, breaking rules that go to the core of the amateur-sports code that defines both the NCAA and the “student-athletes” who make this billion-dollar business run. “I don’t think it’s just going to be a little blip on the radar,” said John Tauer, the championship-winning coach at Division III St. Thomas in Minnesota, who doubles as a social psychology professor. “I think this runs deep enough and involves enough people in programs that something’s got to change.”For now, though, hoops — and there was plenty to discuss after the Big Reveal:—The region to watch is the Midwest, which is top heavy with Kansas, Duke and Michigan State, who were ranked in the top 4 in the AP preseason poll. It also features arguably the nation’s most electric player in Trae Young, who led Oklahoma in as a No. 10 seed despite going 2-8 down the stretch. Questioned by Charles Barkley during the selection show about the Sooners, Rasmussen said: “Games in November and December count the same as games in February and March.”—Snubbed: St. Mary’s missed despite a 28-5 record. It’s only big win this season: at Gonzaga in January. … Louisville, with an RPI of 39, became the highest-rated team in that index to miss the tournament, backing the concept that the selection committee would look more heavily at other factors. … Notre Dame got no love either for its deep run into the ACC tournament or the return of its best player, Bonzie Colson.—Place to be: Try Boise. It features a possible second-round South matchup between No. 5 Kentucky and No. 4 Arizona, each of which won their conference tournaments. “I had to ask my guys, ‘How many of you know what state Boise is in?’” coach John Calipari said of the long trip his team faces. Also in Idaho are defending national runner-up Gonzaga, which would have a home-court advantage of sorts in a second-round matchup against either Ohio State or South Dakota State.—The ACC led the way with nine teams in the tournament, matching a record the ever-expanding conference set last year. The SEC sent eight teams and the Big 12 sent seven. The Big Ten only sent four and the Pac-12 only had three in down years for both marquee conferences. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City View commentslast_img read more

Gopi Thonakal becomes first Indian male to win gold at Asian Marathon Championships

first_imgGopi Thonakal created history by becoming first Indian man to win Asian Marathon Championships 2017 after he achieved the feat in the 16th edition of the prestigious event on Sunday.All you need to know about the winner and the championship:Gopi Thonakal clocked 2 hours, 15 minutes and 48 seconds to clinch the gold for the championshipAndrey Petrov of Uzbekistan bagged the silver with a timing of 2:15:51s while Byambalev Tseveenravdan of Mongolia won bronze by clocking 2:16:14sThe 29-year-old who won the New Delhi Marathon this year was on the 28th position in the London World Championships in August with a timing of 2:17:13In the Rio Olympics last year, he had clocked his personal best of 2.15.25 while finishing 25thHe is the third Indian overall to have won a gold in the event. Earlier, Asha Agarwal won the women’s title when it was part of the biennial Asian Track and Field ChampionshipsSunita Godara won the women’s title in 1992 after the event was moved out as a separate one away from the Asian Athletics Championships in 1988Gopi had managed to make the Olympic qualifying mark at the Mumbai Marathon in 2016, which was the first event of his career at which he had attempted the distance. Interestingly, Gopi was only in the race as a pace-setter and was supposed to drop out after 30km, but continued to finish with an excellent timeGopi studied at the Kakkayaval School, before enrolling for a Bachelor’s degree in Economics at the Mar Athanasius College in Kothamangalam. However, he dropped out of college to join the Indian Army at the age of 21Hailing from the town of Suthan Bathery, in Wayanad, Kerala, situated at an altitude of 1000m above sea level, Gopi, whose farmer parents alternately grew rice and ginger on their patch of land to bring food on the table, always had an innate love for runningAbout the Asian Marathon ChampionshipsThe championship is a biennial international competition in marathon road running for Asian athletes. It is organized by the Asian Athletics Association. It was established in 1988 after 42.195-kilometre race was dropped from programme of events at Asian Athletics ChampionshipsadvertisementInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to [email protected]last_img read more

Racist guests blacklisted by Seven Stars

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #racialrantsparksdisgust, #touristblacklistedbySevenStarsresort Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 13, 2017 – Providenciales –  Thousands of islanders have commented now on the racist rant by an American couple reported upon by Magnetic Media, including the resort at which they staying.   General Manager of the Seven Stars resort, Grant Nobel explained that the couple was never abusive to their staff and that Seven Stars would not permit them to treat their resort team in any derogatory manner.Nobel added that the resort also found the tirade disgusting and one of the worst displays of racism ever heard.  While Seven Stars was made aware that the cell phone was believed stolen at the Mango Reef restaurant, the pair did not share any information with the resort on their telephone conversation and behavior at the restaurant with the resort.Staff at Mango Reef recorded the telephone exchange, which is posted at our Magnetic Media Facebook page.  Concern is largely about the unfiltered racism of the couple, but there are others who also say the workers at Mango Reef crossed the line too.There were yet others who pointed to the fact that the tourist couple broke country laws, namely issuing of a death threat and discrimination.  Mr. Nobel confirmed that by the time anyone got wind of the racial slurs hurled at the Mango Reef workers, the guests were gone; they left Provo Tuesday morning.   Grant Nobel added, “These guests left yesterday morning and have been blacklisted from ever returning to the resort.”#MagneticMediaNews#racialrantsparksdisgust#touristblacklistedbySevenStarsresortlast_img read more

Akiva wraps up hurricane relief campaign donates cases of longlasting mosquito repellent

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 31, 2017 – Nassau –  ‘‘No matter the size, every company can do its part’’  – LivFul, the Atlanta-based developers and manufacturers of Akiva Mosquito Repellent, donated cases of repellent wipes to NEMA today as it wrapped up its recent Hurricane Irma Relief promotion.  For three weeks in October every 3 bottles or packages of wipes purchased at Lightbourn Trading were matched with LivFul’s donation of nature-based, non-toxic wipes with the power to last 16 hours.“A hurricane can be devastating.   If we all use our gifts and talents to help, our collective efforts make a huge difference,” said LivFul CEO Hogan Bassey.   “Homes are damaged, infrastructure needs to be restored, deadly mosquito populations have increased.   Akiva is the most effective mosquito repellent on the market. We knew that by sharing Akiva we could help.  No matter the size, every company can do its part.”Akiva representatives from Diane Phillips & Associates made the presentation at NEMA headquarters.“We are very grateful to LivFul which is demonstrating what it means to be a social entrepreneurship enterprise,” said Chrystal Glinton, Deputy Permanent Secretary of NEMA.   “There are many needs on our islands and this donation has been eagerly anticipated and is truly appreciated.   For other companies and individuals wanting to help, we are in need of building supplies as there are homes still in need of repair.   Persons can contact NEMA for more information on how they can assist.”Press Release: DPA NewsPhoto caption:  Akiva Mosquito Repellent representative Sandra Kemp (left) shows Chrystal Glinton, Deputy Permanent Secretary, NEMA, how gentle the repellent wipes feel when applied to the skin.  Akiva recently wrapped up its hurricane relief campaign when purchases were matched in kind with donations of the long-lasting, DEET-free wipes for distribution in the southern islands.(Photo: Kristaan Ingraham, BIS)last_img read more

Nuno Espirito wants his team to learn from mistakes

first_imgWolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo wants his team to learn from the errors made in defeat to Watford ahead of the remainder of the campaign.The Hornets ended Wolves six-match unbeaten run after scoring twice in the first-half to secure three pointsHowever, the Portuguese boss bemoaned his team’s display in the first period of the game tagging the defeat a lesson.“We must bounce back. We have to analyse really carefully what we did today and this week we must work harder,” he told the club’s website.“We didn’t stick to our rules and tasks. As a team they were more compact, we made mistakes and allowed them to recover the ball and create situations.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“It’s a bad result but the first half was a bad performance, they were better than that and achieved their goals. We didn’t move it, didn’t break, there was no mobility.”After three consecutive clean sheets in all competitions, Wolves’ defence was pierced twice in a minute in a style which disappointed Nuno.“First one OK, but the second is our ball and we had to take the game where we want to take it. Every goal is annoying, but we must not do it again, it’s control of the game, even if we concede a goal.“They got the second goal immediately after the first. We needed more control to manage the situations better. There was a lack of energy and many mistakes.”last_img read more

Steven Gerrard hails Defoes loan deal

first_imgRangers manager Steven Gerrard says signing Jermain Defoe on an 18-month loan deal is a win-win for the club.Rangers sealed the signing of Bournemouth striker Jerman Defoe on loan on Sunday. The 36-year-old will stay with the Scottish club till the summer of 2020.Defoe joined the Rangers squad at their training camp in Tenerife on Monday, and Gerrard was relieved to see the deal completed.“To be honest Bournemouth are the key to getting Jermain here, they’ve been super helpful,” Gerrard told Sky Sports.“I must say a huge thank you to Eddie Howe who’s been very understanding. I think he’s been very respectful to Jermain and his career and I think it’s a win-win situation for everyone.“Jermain gets the move he wants, he gets to play. He wants to score goals, we can provide that stage for him.Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“The fans are super excited and so are the staff to work with him. I know more than most what he’s about, what he’s capable of.“People talk about his age which is fine but I know the player, I know the professional.“I know he’s in a very young body, he doesn’t drink, he works exceptionally hard.“I met him recently and he’s in fantastic shape so a lot of work’s gone into it from myself and Mark (Allen, director of football).“We’ve been monitoring the situation for a long time but it wasn’t until of late that we approached Bournemouth and they’ve been super helpful.last_img read more