Ronaldo angry about lack of goals, says Zidane

first_imgBy Richard Martin(REUTERS)-Cristiano Ronaldo is angry with his recent record in front of goal but not anxious about when he will find the net next, Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said yesterday.With four strikes in nine appearances in all competitions, Real’s all-time top scorer is in the midst of his worst start to a season since joining the Spanish champions from Manchester United in 2009.Ronaldo failed to score in Real’s 5-1 drubbing of Legia Warsaw and Sunday’s 2-1 success over Athletic Bilbao, substitute Alvaro Morata hitting the winner to take Real top of La Liga.“I don’t think he’s anxious but he is perhaps angry, he wants to score goals and that’s normal,” Zidane told a news conference ahead of Real’s trip to Alaves.Ronaldo is the Ballon d’Or favourite after winning the Champions League with Real and European Championship with Portugal. He also scored over 50 goals for Real for a record sixth consecutive season.“He is unique because of what he has done and what he continues to do. He has set the bar so high that when he doesn’t score people on the outside are surprised,” said Zidane.“He has to live with that, that’s what it’s like for phenomenal players like him.”Alaves are 13th in the standings on 10 points, 11 behind Zidane’s side.The Frenchman, however, is wary of the threat posed by the Basque side, who beat champions Barcelona 2-1 at the start of the campaign, as his team look to build on a three-game winning streak in La Liga and the league and Champions League.“I expect a very difficult game. They haven’t lost at home yet and are doing so well this season,” added Zidane.last_img read more

NASCAR says Ryan Newman in serious condition with non-life-threatening injuries following Daytona 500 crash

first_imgNASCAR says Ryan Newman in serious condition with non-life-threatening injuries following Daytona 500 crash February 17, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR says Ryan Newman in serious condition with non-life-threatening injuries following Daytona 500 crash.center_img Associated Press last_img

Sri Lanka great Kumar Sangakkara says farewell to first-class cricket

first_imgEX-SRI LANKA captain Kumar Sangakkara says he will miss cricket “terribly” but believes he is retiring from the first-class game at the right time.Sangakkara, 39, made 35 not out in his final first-class innings for Surrey against Lancashire last Wednesday.He is fifth on the list of all-time run-scorers in Test cricket, with 12 400 runs in 134 appearances.“Sometimes you hold on a bit too long and I always think it’s better to let go a bit sooner than later,” he said.Left-handed batsman Sangakkara, who will turn 40 on October 27, ended his first-class career with 20 911 runs.Almost 1 500 of those runs came for Surrey in the County Championship this season at an average of 106.50.He told BBC Sport: “I’ll miss it terribly, without a doubt, but that’s a good thing. A lot of players walk away bitter and upset and regretting a lot of the things that might have been.“I walk away with a few regrets, like anyone would, but I’m absolutely happy with the way I played the game and what I’ve achieved.“The game goes on and that’s the beauty of any sport. It doesn’t matter who retires or who comes into play – the sport will be bigger than all of us.”He will continue playing in overseas T20 leagues in 2018.Sangakkara has revealed that, as a youngster, he did not think he would be good enough to play international cricket for Sri Lanka.However, a first-class career spanning almost two decades has cemented his legacy as one of the legends of the game.Only India’s Sachin Tendulkar (34 357) has scored more runs in all formats of international cricket than Sangakkara (28 016), while he is also the leading Test run-scorer for his country.Mahela Jayawardene (11 814) is the only other batsman to pass 10 000 Test runs for Sri Lanka.Sangakkara played for three English counties – Durham, Warwickshire and Surrey – during his career and has produced some of his best ever forms during his final season as a first-class cricketer.Some of his highlights in 2017 include:Eight centuries and 1 491 runs in 16 County Championship innings, making him the leading run-scorer in either division this season.A century in each innings of Surrey’s draw against Middlesex at Lord’s in May.His 100th hundred in all formats of cricket in Surrey’s One-Day Cup quarter-final win over Yorkshire in June.Sangakkara’s international career in numberslast_img read more

Shoah offers tours, class resources

first_imgVideo testimonies of genocide survivors in the USC Shoah Foundation’s digital archives are now being used for educational purposes by institutions of higher learning worldwide. Shoah also now offers tours of the facilities to enhance the learning experience.The foundation is located on the first floor of Leavey Library. The next public tour is scheduled for Tuesday at 10 a.m.The foundation was founded in 1994 by film director Steven Spielberg. Krystal Szabo, Shoah Foundation coordinator of external relations, said while he was working on Schindler’s List, Spielberg recognized a need to document the testimonies of Holocaust survivors and allow them to articulate their experiences.Currently, the foundation has more than 52,000 video testimonies in its archives, with an average length of 2 hours. Though most of the testimonies are from Holocaust survivors, there are also testimonies from those who have survived the Tutsi genocide in Rwanda, the Armenian genocide and the Cambodian genocide, Szabo said. The foundation’s archive includes testimonies from 56 countries in 32 languages and is the largest of its kind in the world.Anne Marie Stein, Shoah Foundation director of communications, said that the focus of the foundation is currently shifting from collecting testimonies to using the testimonies already gathered for educational purposes.“There are over 70 classes at USC alone that integrate the testimonies into their curriculum,” Stein said.Szabo affirmed this expansion of the foundation’s mission and said the shift was the reason the name of the foundation was changed from the “Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation” to the “USC Shoah Foundation —The Institute for Visual History and Education.”“Today the institute strives to understand and share the insights contained with the Visual History Archive via a multitude of programs with educators, students, researchers and scholars on every continent,” Szabo said.Making the thousands of digital testimonies in the Visual History Archive easier to navigate, as well as launching new educational programs that use the testimonies, has been a major focus of the foundation.Among these programs are IWitness, which gives secondary school teachers and students access to more than 1,000 testimonies of Holocaust survivors and witnesses, and Echoes and Reflection, a Holocaust curriculum designed to help students understand the Holocaust and their own life stories in a personal way.Allowing the Visual History Archive to be used in the development of curriculum at various academic institutions remains a priority for the Shoah Foundation. Currently more than 300 courses in 25 disciplines at 35 universities draw from the foundation’s archive of testimonies, Stein said.One of these courses is IML 340, “The Praxis of New Media: Digital Argument,” at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Taught by Professor DJ Johnson, the course gives students the opportunity to take excerpts from the testimonials in the Visual History Archive and create their own short films or “digital arguments.”“This class is very much like directed research projects,” Johnson said. “Our goal is to contemporize issues like the Holocaust and show how history and memory have been reshaped by testimony.”Chris Rowe, a senior majoring in writing for screen and television, said that his experience in IML 340 was a profound, personal one.“We were required to incorporate personal narrative with the testimonies we saw,” Rowe said. “I wanted my work to express how the testimonies really invaded the space in which I lived.”Maddie Renov, a senior majoring in communication, said that working on her digital argument as part of the class and watching the testimonials from the Visual History Archive transformed her understanding of the Holocaust.“I’ve been learning about the Holocaust my whole life, but being able to experience the testimonies is completely different,” Renov said. “The three women I featured had stories that really spoke to me. I felt like I knew them.”Even students who haven’t been exposed to the foundation through class recognize the importance and significance of the archives.“This is the only foundation I know of that does something like this, and I’m glad USC is a part of it,” said Freddie Archer, a freshman majoring in communication. “We definitely can’t forget such an important part of history.”Katina Mitchell, a graduate student studying early music performance, had not heard of the foundation before but said it was something she would be interested in learning more about.“It seems like a really great resource for research,” she said.In addition to making the Visual History Archive available to schools and educational institutions, the Shoah Foundation began giving public tours of the institute last July. Monthly tours are free and open to the public and allow guests to explore the testimonies in the archive.last_img read more

EAO attempts to bring solar panels to USC

first_imgUSC’s Environmental Affairs Organization is aiming to bring solar panels to campus through their new initiative called the Go Solar Campaign.What began as a student-driven petition has now evolved into a multifaceted effort to ensure that USC goes solar. The petition currently in circulation claims that despite the efforts of students, the university has not responded to the desire for more efficient energy.“Despite USC’s reputation as a cutting-edge research institute, commitments to sustainability and its location in sunny downtown Los Angeles, the campus does not currently have solar panels. Over the past few years, student environmental groups, such as us, the Environmental Affairs Organization (EAO), a member organization of USC Environmental Student Assembly, have not been given a commitment to action on this issue,” read a statement on the petition’s website.Alexander Vermie, a senior majoring in environmental studies who is in charge of the Go Solar Campaign, acknowledged his predecessors’ previous attempts at bringing solar energy to USC, but noted that they were impeded by some of the administration’s concerns.Despite recent overcast skies, California is the perfect location for solar energy, a resource upon which many local schools have already capitalized. According to Vermie, Occidental College, the California Institute of Technology and Stanford University have all implemented solar power. Even many smaller, Los Angeles-based community colleges have transitioned to sustainable energy on a much smaller budget than that which is available to USC.The Environmental Affairs Organization, leading the charge on this push for solar panels, has engaged the administration about the issue.“They are very focused on the financials of the project,” Vermie said. “That’s why they haven’t done it themselves. They want a return on investment on new projects that they don’t believe they will get from solar panels.”In order to address these specific concerns, EAO is pursuing alternative means to implement the use of solar power that would mitigate the financial burdens of installing solar panels, such as a donor-based system or power purchasing agreements. The latter has proven popular among other universities as it creates a mutually beneficial relationship between solar companies and colleges.In this system, the administration leases out land for the installation of solar panels, and in return, the university acquires a cheaper form of electricity. This requires no up-front costs for the administration.In trying to persuade USC to execute EAO’s proposal, they have cited the success of other schools. The University of California schools, for example, announced two agreements in September that constituted the largest solar energy purchase by any United States institution of higher education.Ethan Bialick, a junior majoring in business administration, has taken the lead in constructing the business plan that EAO will present to USC.“We will be outlining the reasons why USC should go solar, and how it should do so. We’re really examining all the different options available,” he said.Vermie sees this as an achievable goal considering it is incremental in nature and financially beneficial to the university. EAO also wants to engage new donors who haven’t made a financial contribution to the school in the past to encourage them to contribute.Bialick said the prospect of donating for solar energy could be incentivized for donors.“The idea is that donors could collectively contribute funds towards solar projects which would enable them to actually be recognized for their efforts. We aren’t sure what that system looks like. We are considering collaborating with Ignite USC as a crowdsourcing platform,” Bialick said.In terms of next steps, EAO is disseminating more information to the student body concerning solar energy, as well as continuing with the petition. They also seek to host more campus-awareness events as the end of the semester approaches.Overall, Vermie is optimistic about the solar panels.“We can really make this happen if [we] get ourselves organized and [have] a lot of student support,” he said.last_img read more

No. 24 Syracuse smashes Boston College, 72-45, on the road

first_imgSyracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman has said multiple times that his goal in the ACC is to protect home court and take some games on the road. He said if that if he can do that, the Orange will be be a tournament team this season.And with Sunday’s 27-point win over Boston College, just three days after its program-record 17th-straight home win Thursday night against Pittsburgh, Hillsman is staying true to his word.No. 24 Syracuse (17-7, 8-3 Atlantic Coast) smashed Boston College (8-16, 1-10), 72-45, Sunday afternoon at the Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Mass. It was SU’s third-straight win, and ties the Orange with No. 15 Duke for second place in the ACC, behind No. 6 Florida State and No. 7 Notre Dame, which both sit at 9-1 in conference play.“Our kids played really hard today, we played with a lot of effort,” Hillsman said. “And that was the game for us, we had to come out here and play hard.”Senior guard Alexis Peterson led the Orange attack, notching 26 points for her record 44th-straight game with double-digit scoring. She also added eight rebounds, eight assists and six steals.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBrittney Sykes tallied 18 points alongside Peterson, becoming the fourth-leading scorer in program history with 1,673 career points.“We’re in good shape, we’ve got players scoring the basketball, playing down hill, playing in the paint playing at the rim,” Hillsman said. “And that’s a major key for us, to be in attack mode all the time.”Julia Chandler scored 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc, a career-high in 3-point shots attempted for the sophomore.Chandler has struggled with scoring this season, averaging just 3.1 points per game. But her season-high 12 on Sunday matched her mark from Nov. 27 against DePaul, and added her to the list of four Orange players in double digits.“We ran some sets with her to get her the ball early, and she did a really good job of knocking down some shots,” Hillsman said of Chandler. “When she does that, she can help us, and I’m really happy for her that she shot the ball with confidence.”The Orange defense held the Eagles starters to just 22 points in Sunday’s contest, allowing less than 50 total points for the fourth time this season. The Eagles also totaled 16 turnovers, and were outrebounded by the Orange, 26 to 44.Georgia Pineau led the Eagles with 14 points off the bench, shooting 4-of-11 from the field and adding a perfect six-for-six free throw showing. No other BC player scored in double digits, and the Eagles’ offense shot a combined 3-for-12 from beyond the arc.“(Our goal) was to not give up open threes,” Hillsman said. “We sped the game up, and we were able to guard them. I thought that we just did a really good job of getting matched up early, and run the shot clock.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 5, 2017 at 5:25 pm Contact Matt: mjfel100@syr.edulast_img read more

Oscar Pistorius: How South African rose to prominence

first_imgOscar Pistorius came to fame as a 17-year-old when he won gold in the T44 200m at the 2004 Athens Paralympics and has gone on to be one of the best-known figures in Paralympic sport.The South African was born without the fibulas in both of his legs, which were amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old.Pistorius was just 15 when he suffered the loss of his his mother, who died from an allergic reaction to treatment for suspected malaria.She would later prove an inspiration to her son in his sporting career, which began not on the track but on the rugby field.It was a rugby injury that led him to take up athletics in 2003, and a matter of months later he made his Paralympic debut, running on prosthetic blades, known as cheetah blades, and earning himself the nickname “Blade Runner”.The boy with frizzy hair and braces created a stir, beating his more experienced single amputee rivals to gold in the 200m at the Athens Games and also taking bronze in the 100m. He proved he was a force to be reckoned with in disability sport when he won three more golds in his next major international outing, the 2006 IPC World Championships in Assen, Holland. He also set a new world record over 200m.Pistorius expressed his intention to run at the Olympics and by 2007 was competing internationally against able-bodied runners.His participation was not universally welcomed, though, with some claiming he gained an unfair advantage because of the blades. The IAAF, the body that governs athletics, was concerned enough to conduct research and eventually banned him from able-bodied competition in January 2008. Pistorius, awarded the Helen Rollason Award for courage at the 2007 BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards, disagreed with the verdict and went to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) to fight his case.After lengthy scientific tests, the ban was overturned in May 2008. The suspension was lifted too late for Pistorius to compete at the Beijing Olympics but he made his mark at the Paralympics that year, winning golds and setting new Paralympics records in the T44 100m and 200m as well as a world record in the 400m.The following year, he suffered head and facial injuries in a speedboat accident in South Africa and missed out on a place at the World Championships in Berlin.At the 2011 IPC World Championships in New Zealand, Pistorius suffered his first defeat over 100m since 2004 when he was beaten in a thrilling photo-finish by American Jerome Singleton.However, the South African was in superb form later that year, setting a new personal best of 45.07 seconds in Italy and gaining selection for the 2011 World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea.He reached the 400m semi-finals and also took part in a preliminary round of the 4x400m relay. South Africa eventually took bronze in that event without the help of Pistorius, who was not selected for the final. In 2012, he earned a place on the South African Olympic team and became the first double amputee to compete at the Games, running in the 400m.He made it all the way to the semi-finals, missing out on a new personal best but swapping race numbers with world champion Kirani James, and competed in the final of the 4x400m relay. He was also asked to carry the South African flag at the closing ceremony.Pistorius was one of the faces of the London Paralympics and was featured in a number of advertising campaigns ahead of the showpiece event. His sponsorship deals, including one with sportswear manufacturer Nike, are thought to be worth £1.3m a year.He won two golds and a silver at the Games but was also involved in one of the main controversies of London 2012.After being beaten by Brazil’s Alan Oliveira in the T44 200m final, he criticised the length of his rival’s blades, before apologising for the remarks.last_img read more

Dodgers swept for first time this season, drop 5th straight

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Dodgers’ offense fought back to make it close on Tuesday and Wednesday but made little headway against Diamondbacks starter Zack Greinke Thursday. He held them to four hits in six innings. Adrian Gonzalez drove in the Dodgers’ only run with an RBI double in the second inning.More to come on this story. PHOENIX >> The Dodgers were swept for the first time this season, losing 8-1 to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday afternoon at Chase Field.The sweep was the first of the Dodgers since they lost the last three games of the 2016 regular season to the San Francisco Giants. The loss also extended the Dodgers’ losing streak to five games, their longest since a six-game skid April 25-30, 2016.center_img Poor starting pitching has been to blame for this skid.Right-hander Kenta Maeda lasted only three innings Thursday and gave up multiple runs in each. The Diamondbacks roughed him up for seven runs on eight hits in that short time with six of the hits going for extra bases – four doubles plus home runs by Chris Iannetta and A.J. Pollock.In the three-game sweep by the Diamondbacks, the Dodgers’ three starting pitchers – Rich Hill, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Maeda – combined to allow 19 runs in 10-2/3 innings. The Diamondbacks hit .436 (24 for 55) against the trio with 14 extra-base hits (seven doubles, a triple and six home runs).last_img read more

Minneapolis man arrested, two officers injured after Floyd County high speed chase

first_imgCHARLES CITY — A Minneapolis man is under arrest after a high-speed chase that started in Floyd County results in two law enforcement officers being injured.The Floyd County Sheriff’s Department says they received a report at about 10:51 Tuesday night of a reckless driver traveling eastbound toward Floyd County on the Avenue of the Saints near the 190 mile marker in Cerro Gordo County. A deputy located the vehicle near the 208 mile marker and clocked the vehicle at 100 miles per hour, with speeds even higher recorded during a pursuit.The suspect vehicle attempted to make a turn on to Waterbury Road, lost control and went through a ditch, coming to a stop in a farm field before a foot chase ensued.20-year-old Leonard Lewis of Minneapolis was arrested and faces charges including felony eluding and two counts of interference with official acts.About an hour later, a resident in the 1800 block of Cedar View Road called, saying a suspicious person was knocking on their door.Deputies responded and located a male juvenile who was confirmed to be a passenger in the vehicle.last_img read more

Early season skiing blues

first_imgThe first days of the season always seem a little mixed. We remember clearly and step into our skis/boards with the attitude we carried at the end of last season, at the culmination of months on the boards. And yet over the summer taking in other activities, our reflexes settled and became sedentary and slack in relation to skiing.Today was the first day of the year where the skiing was at all challenging. The hill had over a foot over night and continued at a couple inches an hour. Visibility remained an issue all day. Or more accurately, there was simply no visibility. Dropping into Cedar Bowl mid-day, the cat track was defined, but the terrain changes invisible. At one point, ripping across the top of the bowl toward the trees on the far side, I dropped a good four or five feet. Completely unprepared, I sucked it up and somehow continued.The snow was phenomenal, but the shock of the drop and the potential for another shook me mentally and I stiffened up. When I stiffened, I eliminated the ability to absorb terrain changes as they came (un-seen) and tossed me around. I was all over the place. Waving my arms for balance, I felt like I was flagging down a helicopter from a lifeboat. Turns became a matter of linking recovery to recovery without any of the smoothness or comfort I find usually find on skis. Rather than relaxing, the day became full of tension.When was the Crash?I stopped about two thirds of the way down that run and looked at my imbalance. In trying to “feel” where I was off, I realized I was not thinking about my feet. I pushed my knees into the turns to force the direction chaange, but did not stay over my skis. I rocked back and forth. First forward, then back on my heels. I was holding each turn a bit too long and letting my skis run uncontrolled.Rather than go easy, I moved to a long steep consistent pitch. Staying on the margins where the snow was broken and uneven, I started by concentrating on my feet–on feeling the whole of my foot as I moved into the turn. I tried to feel the whole of the foot and, in particular, the arch of my foot in the middle of the turn. After that, I worked on feeling the whole of both feet to keep the pressure evening the uneven snow. Feeling the arch of both feet as I moved through the turn.After a few turns, I realized my turns were becoming wide GS style turns. My feet moved apart, with the downhill and uphill skis separating they alternatively caught, slowing or accelerated. With a wide stance, the skis each ran in different snow. I narrowed my stance. I shortened up the radius. To do this, I moved into the turn, standing solidly on my feet and gently pushed with an even pressure on the front of my boots Voila.The radius shortened and I managed to link a series of quick turns down the snow on the edge of the pitch.I stopped and thought back through the progression. Bottom of the feet. Knees steering into the turn. Both feet relatively close together.  Face down the hill.Simple.Right. Just like rocket science. It’s only the application of Newtonian Laws.Skiing is a difficult sport. To progress in skills we must solidify a seemingly basic skill, make that absolutely rock solid and then move on to the next. The foot is the first. Be it in a gliding wedge or a ripping run through the trees, even foot pressure is paramount.Then you steer with the knees, gently. In a wedge or a ripping, it’s the same motion. Same feeling carries you down the hill.So if at this start of the season, if you hare having problems and feel like you are flagging helicopters, take a step back and look at the very foundations of your skill set. Work on the foundation and the next block will naturally fall in place on top.Let’er rip.Keith Liggett is a Fernie-based writer and skier.last_img read more