Yoga Instructor Lost £12,000 via Facebook Account

first_imgAn Indian-origin yoga instructor lost nearly £12,000 when fraudsters broke into his Facebook account and made transactions to an online gambling website.According to a Telegraph report, Jasbir Mann, who runs a yoga studio in Warwickshire, recently discovered 110 fraudulent transactions were made to a poker gambling site using his Facebook account.“Mann kept his debit card details stored on Facebook as he occasionally paid to advertise his business on the social media site,” the report said on Nov. 25.The advertisement usually cost Mann about £30.But Mann was shocked to discover transactions, ranging between £21 and £215, made to an online poker game site in September.“Aside from the occasional lottery ticket I don’t gamble and do not know how to play poker,” Mann was quoted as saying.When contacted, his bank cancelled the debit card and told him to remove his details from Facebook.Mann raised a dispute with Facebook but moments later, the entire history of transactions vanished.Later, “Facebook began refunding some of the transactions, paying £5,747 of the stolen £11,878 back in 30 tranches,” the report added.“I can’t believe Barclays and Facebook have taken so long to deal with this. I’m a yoga instructor, not a millionaire,” Mann was quoted as saying.Following pressure from Telegraph Money, Facebook finally refunded the remaining £6,132 to him without explanation.“We can confirm that unfortunately this account was compromised. A full refund has now been made,” a Facebook spokesperson was quoted as saying.Facebook, however, refused to explain how the fraudsters accessed Mann’s account, the report said. — (IANS) Related ItemsFacebookFraudUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

Serena Williams crushes Nara to reach French Open third round

first_imgNaomi Osaka wins but takes tough road at French Open View comments Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Williams was back at her best on Thursday, hammering 10 aces and 36 winners past Nara as she looks to draw level with Margaret Court’s all-time record of major singles titles.Her last Grand Slam trophy came at the 2017 Australian Open before taking a break from the sport to give birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia.World number 238 Nara, who stands a mere 5ft 1in (1.55m), showed some early resistance in a marathon sixth game that featured nine deuces, saving six break points to leave her illustrious opponent frustrated.But 10th seed Williams did break in Nara’s next service game, powering a forehand return past the world number 238, before serving out the opening set with ease.The match was as good as over as a serious contest just three games into the second set, when Williams took advantage of her third break point to claim a 2-1 lead.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFPcenter_img Williams will face Sofia Kenin for a last-16 spot, after her fellow American received a walkover following Canadian Bianca Andreescu’s withdrawal through injury.“I’m very serious when I play, but I’m happy,” she said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe three-time Roland Garros title winner had racked up her 800th career main draw win in a first-round match against Vitalia Diatchenko, which saw her unveil her ‘mother, champion, queen, goddess’ logo on her playing gear, despite dropping the opening set.A mouthwatering quarter-final clash with Naomi Osaka, who famously beat Williams in a dramatic 2018 US Open final, remains a possibility after the world number one’s thrilling three-set win over Victoria Azarenka. MOST READ Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrates winning her second round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Japan’s Kurumi Nara in two sets, 6-3, 6-2, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Thursday, May 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)Serena Williams put her nervy start to the French Open behind her by thrashing Japanese qualifier Kurumi Nara on Thursday to step up her bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title.The 37-year-old cruised into the third round with a 6-3, 6-2 victory on Court Philippe Chatrier.ADVERTISEMENT And Williams cantered through as Nara wilted, sealing the win on her second match point with an ace.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Maria Sharapova’s lawyer blasts WADA chief

first_imgMaria Sharapova’s lawyer has blasted WADA chief Craig Reedie for making remarks about the five-times grand slam champion at a conference in London on Monday and said the Russian tennis player was owed an apology. (Sharapova banned for two years for doping)The criticism came in a statement by Sharapova’s management company, IMG, after Reedie commented at a World Anti-Doping Agency conference on Sharapova, who is serving a two-year ban after testing positive for the prohibited substance meldonium.”For me the only satisfactory element in Madame Sharapova’s case was that in one year she can earn more money than the whole of WADA’s budget put together,” Reedie said.Reedie made his comments relating to Sharapova as he was making a call for more governments and TV broadcasters to pitch in extra money to WADA’s campaign for clean sport.Sharapova’s lawyer, John Haggerty, took exception to Reedie’s comments, which he called unprofessional.”Justice, whether in the eyes of WADA or a court, must be blind, including being blind to a player’s earnings,” Haggerty said in a statement.”Mr. Reedie owes an apology to Maria and to all successful tennis players unless he wants fans to think WADA has different standards for players depending on their ranking and earnings.”CLEAN SPORTWADA told Reuters that Reedie’s comments at WADA’s annual Media Symposium were made in the context of a debate on further funding for clean sport and drew comparisons between WADA’s annual budget and the earning of various sportsmen and women.”His comments have absolutely no bearing on any particular anti-doping case,” said WADA spokesman Ben Nichols.advertisementWADA said last week it would not file an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after reviewing the ruling on Sharapova’s two-year ban by the International Tennis Federation.WADA could have petitioned for either a harsher or more lenient punishment.Sharapova stunned the sporting world in March when she announced she had tested positive for the heart medication meldonium, which was added to WADA’s banned list on Jan. 1.The Russian had been the highest paid woman in sports for the last 11 years until her reign ended shortly after news of her positive test.She is now second on Forbes’ list of the highest-paid female athletes, behind fellow tennis player Serena Williams, with combined prize money and off-field earnings of $28.9 million over the last 12 months.Sharapova, 29, has appealed her two-year ban to CAS.last_img read more

I have ‘zero’ interest in Indy or Le Mans: Lewis Hamilton

first_imgMercedes driver and three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton has downplayed racing at the Indy 500 or Le Mans, saying that no other motorsport series excites him as much as Formula One.The 32-year-old has repeatedly been asked about his future this season, especially after being drawn to Takuma Sato’s special ring in Japan for winning the 2017 Indy 500.However, Hamilton now ruled out the speculations and confirmed that the Indy 500 or Le Mans is not at all in his agenda.”I don’t have any desires to do any other racing. By the time l stop it could be 30 years. Everything else is a step down the ladder,” Sport24 quoted Hamilton, as saying.”I wish l had more passion to do an Indy Car or a Le Mans. But there is zero, there is nothing. I have more exciting things outside which l am passionate about,” he added.Hamilton, however, did not hesitate to admit that he “loves” drivers being able to participate in other series away from F1.”I’ve always respected (Indy 500) and appreciated it and I got to watch part of it when Fernando did it, which was super exciting. I love the idea of drivers being able to do more than one series,” he added.”I have a huge amount of respect for those drivers; it’s quite scary when you approach those banks at the speed that they do,” Hamilton said.Hamilton, who is currently maintaining a 66-point lead over German racing driver Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari with three F1 races remaining, will now look forward to claim his fourth world championship when he heads into this weekend’s Mexico Grand Prix at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in the Mexico City.advertisementThe Mercedes driver has been in a rich vein of form and needs to finish only at fifth to become the first British driver to excel Sir Jackie Stewart and clinch four F1 championships.last_img read more

Saina Nehwal set to marry Parupalli Kashyap in December: Reports

first_imgBadminton stars Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap are planning to tie the knot on December 16, according to reports.The shuttlers are going to get married in a private ceremony which will be followed by a grand reception on December 21, a report in Times of India claims.”Both families had been planning the wedding for a while now. They have finalised the date. The arrangements are all for December 16,” TOI was quoted as saying.The report further claims that Saina and Kashyap have been in a relationship for the past decade now but have successfully managed to keep it under wraps until now. They have been dropping hints of their relationship on social media all this while but never claimed to have been dating.Saina and Kashyap, the 2014 CWG gold medallist, first met at the Pullela Gopichand badminton academy where they have been training since 2005.Last year Saina was seen partying with Kashyap along with other teammates ahead of the third season of Premier Badminton League (PBL). The duo are teammates at Awadhe Warriors.Saina has shown good form this season after battling knee injury which has been troubling her for the past couple of years. Getting married to Kashyap would indeed be an icing on the cake for her after a stellar seasonThe Hyderabad athlete reached the finals of Indonesia Masters at the start of the year and then followed it up with a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast after beating compatriot PV Sindhu in the final.advertisementLast month Saina settled for the bronze medal in the Asian Games in the women’s singles after losing to world No.1 Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan. It was her first medal at the Asiad and the first singles medals at the Games for India in 36 years before PV Sindhu bagged a silver.After clinching the bronze medal, Saina had included Kashyap’s name in her thank you note on twitter along with coach Gopichand and her physios.”I would like to thank Gopi Sir for all the hardwork and support … also @parupallik for giving me great match inputs and for helping me in sessions before the #AsianGame2018 … lot of efforts of Physios would like to thank @ArvindDNigam4 and Kiran challagundla sir,” Saina wrote on Twitter.I would like to thank Gopi Sir for all the hardwork and support … also @parupallik for giving me great match inputs and for helping me in sessions before the #AsianGame2018 … lot of efforts of Physios would like to thank @ArvindDNigam4 and Kiran challagundla sir.. Nehwal (@NSaina) August 29, 2018last_img read more

Injury-free Phil Jones back on form to impress cautious José Mourinho

first_img Read more Share on Facebook features Share on Messenger Topics Share on LinkedIn José Mourinho Share via Email Manchester Unitedcenter_img Yet the niggling worry remains and Mourinho does not hide it. “For years and years and years he was injury prone and he has a problem now,” he said. “He is complaining about an ankle problem, so he’s the kind of player we need to always have in our hands with a lot of care from the medical department, from the fitness coach, from my assistants in the gym, working always on prevention and recovery.”In that context an international break brings with it a predictable sense of foreboding, particularly as Jones has surely played his way into contention for a starting role in England’s World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia. He will have new competition from the Leicester defender Harry Maguire, who showed his own virtues with an accomplished shackling of Romelu Lukaku on Saturday, but his form will certainly have piqued the interest of Gareth Southgate and there may have been an extra layer to Mourinho’s words of concern about his condition.United’s balance, from defence to attack, is approaching the kind of level Mourinho would like and it is far from ideal that their rhythm is disrupted now. From hereon it is a juggling act between cups, national team games and shuffled-around weekend fixtures; it is another reason to qualify too much excitement about Jones’s revival and, more broadly, about the form his side have discovered.“If I have one week to prepare for a match my team is always very good,” Mourinho said pointedly, making slightly obscure use of his spell at União de Leiria – which was unencumbered by European commitments – as an example. Until their load lessens, he said, their work will have to rely primarily on muscle memory from pre-season. It will take durability but if Jones can surprise his manager by lasting the course it could go some way towards rendering the idea of mere potential, for both player and team, a thing of the past. Share on Twitter Phil Jones’s career has contained more than its fair share of caveats so it was reasonable enough for José Mourinho, invited to dwell on the significance of his centre-back to a third consecutive clean sheet, to add another. A defensive Leicester side had not set the most rigorous of examinations but the more relevant note of caution was a familiar one.“If we manage to have him safe from injuries, I think he’s potentially everything I like in a central defender,” Mourinho said after watching Jones impress alongside Eric Bailly and ensure glimpses of open grass for Jamie Vardy were kept to the barest minimum in a 2-0 win. The tools that marked him out as a star in his Blackburn years had all been on show: the channelled aggression, the composure, even a first-half surge upfield in support of the attack that provided a brief reminder of the havoc his power can wreak at the right moments.That “potentially” has hung over Jones for too long and the reason, a litany of injuries that has restricted him to 170 appearances for Manchester United in six years, is no mystery. He finished last season in decent shape but it was little surprise when Mourinho signed a competitor for his position, Victor Lindelof, during the summer. Toe and knee problems sidelined him from more than a third of Manchester United’s games in 2016-17; it is not a record to hang your hat on and it felt imperative that Jones hit the ground running this season.He has done exactly that, perhaps helped by the fact that Lindelof is receiving a variant of the settling-in treatment Mourinho gave Henrikh Mkhitaryan a year ago. Lindelof was not among the substitutes at Old Trafford on Saturday and will probably have to wait until the Champions League match against Basel on 12 September, for which Jones and Bailly are both suspended, for his first involvement since the Uefa Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid.Jones needs to make this time count and it was worth paying heed to Mourinho when he said the 25-year-old was “still young, still at a learning age”. He sometimes seems to have been around for longer, his proactive style perhaps lending him an air of authority beyond his years, but it is far from outlandish to suggest his summer lies ahead of him. The role of senior partner to Bailly, who has also begun well even if the occasional piece of risk-taking causes flutters, appears to suit him and the signs are of a dynamic combination that could take some wrenching apart. Reuse this content Marcus Rashford makes instant impact as Manchester United defeat Leicester Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApplast_img read more

10 months agoShevchenko: AC Milan now have right men in charge

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Shevchenko: AC Milan now have right men in chargeby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndriy Shevchenko says former AC Milan teammate Rino Gattuso is the right coach for the club.The former Milan striker admits he’s a fan of Gattuso’s style.The Ukraine coach told Gazzetta dello Sport, “Very good, I like this attitude of the club, there are people who have clear ideas, who do not dance in the periods of difficulty: Leonardo and (Paolo) Maldini are working calmly and competently, Leo and Paolo know the reality better than anyone else, and then there is the blocking of the market: if you can only work on loans, getting back to the top is not easy. “I hope that Milan can continue to work serenely for the ascent. Rino’s support is very important because he is working well, he has given the team a sense of belonging. This is the right man for Milan, and I am happy with the confidence that he is collecting from the club.” last_img read more

PEVC inflows double to 7 billion in March

first_imgMumbai: Venture capital/private equity investments doubled in March to $7 billion on an annualised basis, boosted by a spurt in large transactions, says a report. Exits during the month were 34 percent lower at $465 million involving 13 transactions, a report by consultancy firm EY said Thursday. March was the best month ever for private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC ) investments, it said, adding that the $7-billion mark in the month was more than double of $3 billion in the previous year and over 30 percent higher than the previous high of $5.4 billion clocked in August 2017. Thirteen large deals of $100 million-plus adding up to $6 billion helped boost the numbers, and Brookfields $1.9 billion buyout of Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL’s) East-West Pipeline was the largest deal during the month. On the back of a busy March, the March quarter has emerged as the best ever quarter for private equity/ venture capital investments, with investments worth $11.4 billion, up 37 percent over the same period a year ago. The month also recorded highest monthly value and number of buyout deals, aggregating at $2.8 billion across seven deals. Private investment in public equity investments rose to $1.9 billion, but massivley down from $3 billion a year ago. From a fund raising perspective, the firepower plunged to a low $40 million in March from $1.1 billion a year ago.last_img read more

UN human rights chief announces official visit to Mexico

During her visit Ms. Arbour will sign an agreement with the Mexican Government to continue the support of her office (OHCHR) to national efforts to promote and protect human rights, according to a media statement released in Geneva today.Ms. Arbour is scheduled to hold talks with President Felipe Calderon, Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa, as well as other senior officials from the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the Mexican Government.The High Commissioner – who has previously visited Mexico in this role – will also meet representatives of the National Commission on Human Rights, along with human rights defenders, academics, and members of women’s and indigenous organizations.In addition, she is expected to travel to the Pacific coast state of Guerrero for talks with its Governor, the committee in charge of preparing the local human rights assessment, and local indigenous groups. 1 February 2008The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour will make a four-day official visit next week to Mexico to assess recent developments in the country and key challenges ahead in protecting human rights. read more

Modi likely to make short visit to Sri Lanka

According to people familiar with the developments, Modi could either stop over in Colombo on the way to Male or on his way back. The aim is to express solidarity with the Sri Lankan people and that New Delhi will be supportive of Colombo in its fight against terrorism, one of the people cited above said. Modi is expected to visit the Maldives on 7-8 June. The Indian foreign ministry is yet to confirm the visit but news reports from Male said the Indian prime minister would be visiting the atoll nation early June and will also address the country’s Parliament. By stopping over at Colombo, the Prime Minister will not only express solidarity with the victims of the carnage—mostly Sri Lankan Catholics—but will also let the Sri Lankan Government know that India is willing to fully support it in its fight against terrorism.New Delhi had sent warnings to Sri Lanka prior to the attacks that shattered a decade of calm in the country that was previously embroiled in a three decade long civil war. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi could make a short visit to Sri Lanka on his way to or back from the Maldives in early June, during his first visit overseas in his second term.While his visit to the Maldives would underline the primacy of neighbours and India’s neighbourhood in foreign policy during Modi’s second term in office, the brief stop in Colombo is expected to convey India’s solidarity with Sri Lanka in the wake of the Easter Sunday bombings in April. The attacks on several churches and luxury hotels by radicalised Sri Lankans inspired by the Islamic State killed over 250 people. read more

First Wynne Wednesday

Ontario public elementary school students are seeing today the biggest effect yet in the dispute between their teachers and the Ontario government.Members of the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario are holding the first of what they’re calling, “Wynne Wednesdays.”Besides not running any extra-curricular activities today, teachers will be dressed in a “solidarity colour” and wearing union buttons.That’s in addition to previous work-to-rule actions that include not responding to administrative e-mails or filling in for absent colleagues, not completing report cards, and not updating classroom websites.Premier Wynne says she isn’t going to take the teachers’ new tactic personally.Other teachers unions have been able to reach agreements with the government, including Catholic teachers, public secondary school teachers, and teachers at French school boards.Elementary teachers will begin rotating strikes in October if a deal is not reached. read more

Annan shocked at reported deadly downing of UN helicopter in Georgia

In a statement, the spokesman said the Secretary-General was “awaiting additional information before commenting further” on the crash, which took the lives of all passengers aboard – four military observers, two local staff and three Ukrainian flight crew from the UN Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG).According to the spokesman, the helicopter took off on patrol from Sukhumi airport at 8:55 this morning, local time. The reported attack occurred at about 9:20. Both the Abkhaz authorities and the Confederation of Independent States’ peacekeeping force informed UNOMIG that the helicopter had been shot down by a missile near the village of Amktel. The area where the plane went down has been the scene of intensified fighting recently between Abkhazian forces and armed partisan groups in the Kodori Valley. read more

Price of crude oil slumps below 50 a barrel bringing fears of

by The Associated Press Posted Jan 5, 2015 2:14 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Price of crude oil slumps below $50 a barrel, bringing fears of a sluggish economy NEW YORK, N.Y. – Another plunge in the price of oil is driving stocks sharply lower.Energy companies led the decline as crude dipped below $50 a barrel Monday.Other stocks also fell as traders worried that the drop could indicate a weaker global economy and possibly lead to a dangerous, wider drop in other prices in the economy.The Dow Jones industrial average lost 331 points, or 1.9 per cent, to 17,501. It was down as much as 357 earlier.The Standard & Poor’s 500 fell 37 points, or 1.6 per cent, to 2,024. The Nasdaq fell 56 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 4,671.In Europe, the euro sank to a nine-year low as traders worried that Greece might leave the currency union. European markets closed sharply lower. read more

Synthetic drugs are making headway in Afghanistan UN agency reports

After spending eight-months gathering information on drugs known locally as ‘glass,’ ‘tears of love or ‘sheesha,’ the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) concluded that “there are strong indications that methamphetamine use is establishing itself among opiate users, which are already one of the most vulnerable parts of Afghan society.” “The report comes in a timely fashion, adding another layer of understanding to the very complex Afghan drugs situation,” said UNODC’s Director of Public Affairs, Jean-Luc Lemahieu. He praised Afghan contribution to the report, noting that the country has had “impressive” growth in capacity. The Afghanistan Synthetic Drugs Assessment includes missions to five provinces in Afghanistan, where interviews were conducted with over 100 key sources, drug users and law enforcement officials at government offices, health service centres and drug treatment providers. “Although data and information remains scarce, reports from law enforcement officials, drug treatment providers, forensic experts and drug users in Afghanistan point to a differentiated market for synthetic drug,” the investigators reported. Source: UNODC’s Afghanistan Synthetic Drugs Situation Assessment“Increases in the number of methamphetamine seizures, together with reports of methamphetamine manufacture and increases in treatment registrations in certain parts of the country, suggest that synthetic drugs are of growing concern in Afghanistan,” says the report. Among its findings, the report noted that the largest number of methamphetamine treatment registrations have been reported by treatment centres in Kunduz province, in the north-east of Afghanistan, and Nimroz province, to the south-west of Afghanistan. It also found that the current national drug control law seems to provide a much lower penalty framework for methamphetamine compared to other drugs such as heroin or cocaine. Investigators conclude that the issue must be studied more thoroughly by national and international partners. read more

Undefeated national powerhouses Brock Carleton set to meet Saturday

The top two men’s basketball teams in the country will clash in St. Catharines Saturday night and only one of their undefeated records will be left standing.The Brock Badgers women’s and men’s basketball teams will host the Carleton Ravens in a doubleheader at the Meridian Centre Saturday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., respectively.For the 4-5 Badger women, it’s a chance to pull off a major upset and take their biggest win in years. For the men, it’s the opportunity to swap places with Carleton atop the Canadian university basketball rankings. The Ravens head into the weekend ranked first with a perfect 8-0 record. The Badgers are ranked second with an unblemished 9-0 record. If you include the pre-season, the Brock men have won 14 straight games stretching back to August.Not only is the No. 1 ranking on the line, the game could easily be a preview of the USports national championship — of which Carleton has won seven straight titles.Tickets for the doubleheader at the Meridian Centre have been moving quickly on Ticketmaster online. Prices are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and youth. A handful of $35 courtside tickets are also still available, while a limited number of free tickets for Brock University students became available Monday at the Walker Sports Complex Welcome Desk.Fans attending the Meridian Centre games are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items, which will be collected and donated to Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold and the Brock University Students’ Union Food First program.The games Saturday will wrap up a Brock basketball doubleheader weekend. On Friday, Dec. 1, the Badgers will host Ottawa at Brock’s Bob Davis Gymnasium with the women playing at 6 p.m. and the men at 8 p.m. The Ottawa women’s team has a 3-5 record while the men, ranked ninth in Canada, have a 5-2 record. read more

This UConn Team Was Better Than Last Years Team

82000Connecticut361+47.4—+47.4 Source: Kenneth Massey, Sonny Moore 12016Connecticut380+54.7+52.9+53.8 More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed The Hot Takedown crew dissects UConn’s fourth straight championship. 152012Notre Dame354+41.2+40.6+40.9 It’s getting harder every day, the search for unused superlatives to heap upon the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team. On Tuesday night, the Huskies captured their fourth consecutive NCAA championship with an 82-51 rout of Syracuse. The victory made star forward Breanna Stewart four-for-four on titles during her four years in Storrs and capped off a run the likes of which hasn’t been seen in the college game since John Wooden’s UCLA squad won seven straight men’s championships in the late 1960s and early ’70s.UConn is all about rings — coach Geno Auriemma now has a record 11 of them, after all — but a championship can only really signify supremacy over the competition within a given season. When a team dominates as thoroughly as these Huskies have (they won their NCAA Tournament games by an average of 39.8 points per game), history becomes the only opponent. And even against that standard, UConn keeps raising the bar.Gathering stats on women’s sports — even a popular one like basketball — is a notoriously (and shamefully) frustrating endeavor, but we can try to quantify a team’s dominance using historical data from Kenneth Massey and Sonny Moore, a couple of the power-rating makers featured in our women’s tournament prediction model. (Massey’s data goes back to 1997-98, while Moore’s picks up in 2004-05; the other two rating systems from the model do not provide historical archives.) 162008Connecticut362+40.5+39.6+40.1 By Neil Paine 22015Connecticut381+51.2+52.5+51.8 212011Texas A&M335+38.4+38.9+38.7 Admittedly, power ratings aren’t everything. For one thing, in the absence of player-level era adjustments like FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver’s Baseball Time Machine, they aren’t capable of accounting for changes in absolute quality of competition over time. But, if anything, the women’s game is evolving rapidly enough that UConn probably faced more talented opponents in Stewart’s senior season than it did when she was a freshman. And in the face of those changes, the Huskies adjusted even more quickly, upping the ante for how good a college team could be.It’s anyone’s guess how much of this impossibly steep ascent UConn can maintain after the likes of Stewart and Morgan Tuck depart for the WNBA next season. But for now, let’s take a moment to appreciate what the Huskies accomplished these past few years: a run of dominance so impressive that even future incarnations of UConn will have trouble topping it. 42010Connecticut390+52.2+49.0+50.6 Embed Code 72009Connecticut390+49.9+45.3+47.6 32014Connecticut400+56.3+46.3+51.3 132011Connecticut362+41.5+41.3+41.4 The greatest NCAA women’s teams since 1997-98 And to the extent we’re able to measure things,1In this case, I set Massey’s and Moore’s ratings on the same scale and averaged them for years in which both numbers are available; for seasons before that, I just used Massey’s rating. the 2015-16 Huskies were the best team of the modern era of women’s college basketball … supplanting the 2014-15 Huskies … who supplanted the 2013-14 Huskies. Each of Stewart’s final three years saw new ground broken in the area of women’s basketball greatness. 232008Tennessee362+39.9+37.1+38.5 POWER RATING 52002Connecticut390+49.8—+49.8 121998Tennessee390+41.4—+41.4 202011Stanford333+38.7+38.7+38.7 172013Notre Dame352+40.2+38.3+39.2 62013Connecticut354+47.4+49.0+48.2 YEARTEAMWINSLOSSESMASSEYMOOREAVERAGE 182006Duke324+40.1+38.2+39.1 112013Baylor342+43.0+41.5+42.3 222010Stanford362+39.6+37.5+38.5 92012Baylor400+48.6+43.6+46.1 142012Connecticut335+40.5+42.1+41.3 242007Tennessee343+40.7+36.1+38.4 192001Connecticut323+38.7—+38.7 102014Notre Dame371+44.0+42.6+43.3 251999Tennessee313+37.9—+37.9 read more

Buckeye baseball takes two of three over Minnesota finishes fourth in Big

Ronnie Dawson (4) touches home plate following a home run during OSU’s 12-1 win over Hofstra on March 18 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Giustino Bovenzi | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State baseball team continued its push for the postseason this weekend with a road-series win over No. 24 Minnesota in Minneapolis at Siebert Field. Coach Greg Beals had his squad arguably playing its best baseball of the season coming into the weekend, and the Buckeyes needed to build upon their home sweep of Michigan from the previous weekend.Game 1Sitting tied at third in the Big Ten standings with Nebraska heading into Thursday’s action just 2.5 games back of Minnesota for the Big Ten championship, OSU had a grand opportunity for one of the largest season turnarounds in school history.Tanner Tully toed the rubber for OSU on Thursday versus the Golden Gophers sporting a 6-3 record as OSU’s No. 1 starter. After a 1-2-3 first inning, Tully struggled a bit in the second. Despite junior outfielder Troy Montgomery scoring on a wild pitch to give OSU a 1-0 lead, Minnesota hitters Austin Athman and Micah Coffey singled and doubled, respectively, off the Elkhart, Indiana, native. Athman then scored on a groundout by Minnesota junior Matt Stemper to tie the game at 1.At times this season, Tully has dealt with command issues which were evident in the 10 hits he allowed on Thursday night. However, the former freshman All-American climbed out of holes several times in his outing only allowing two runs in six innings pitched, striking out four.The Buckeyes’ offensive fortunes came in the form of wild pitches and passed balls. Scoring on a wild pitch in the second, OSU once again crossed home plate in the seventh on an errant pitch from Golden Gophers’ pitcher Matt Fielder. Sophomore Tre’ Gantt tied the game at two in the seventh for OSU, and senior infielder Troy Kuhn came through in the ninth with a two-out infield base hit to score senior Craig Nennig. Michael Horejsei pitched two hitless innings to cap off a comeback 3-2 victory.It was the type of hit that needed to happen for the Buckeyes to take a 1-0 lead in the series as they continue to claw and scrape back into the NCAA tournament picture. Kuhn’s game-winning single and Horejsei slamming the door out of the bullpen notched OSU’s seventh consecutive victory.Game 2Picking up from where he left off on Thursday night, Nennig launched a two-run shot over the fence at Siebert Field to put the Buckeyes up 2-0. The relatively quick start was something that Buckeyes had not been able to do in over a week, so the general feeling was that OSU had control of the game with senior John Havird on the mound.Havird threw five scoreless innings and was working with a 3-0 lead before the Minnesota bats woke up in the sixth.The Gophers tattooed the lefty for four runs on five hits to pull ahead 4-3. OSU was in command the entire game and was looking like the team would have a shot at at least a share of the Big Ten crown with a win on Saturday. Once Minnesota took the lead in the sixth, the team never looked back.OSU put a the leadoff man on base in the seventh and eighth innings, but the ball was simply rolling the way of the Maroon and Gold. Double plays ended any possible threat following leadoff hits, and OSU was sent down without a fight.Minnesota clinched the outright Big Ten championship after defeating the Buckeyes and an Indiana loss on Friday.Game 3In the rubber match of the pivotal Big Ten finale series, OSU sent redshirt sophomore Adam Niemeyer to the hill to do battle with Minnesota’s Toby Anderson. The Buckeyes could no longer win a share of the Big Ten, but another top-25 victory, likely, would impress the selection board for the NCAA tournament.Since his first season in Scarlet and Gray in 2011, Beals’ teams have been known to be great competitors that can be over-matched with skill but won’t back down from a challenge. On Sunday in the regular season finale, Beals’ most trusted players took center stage.Down 6-4, Kuhn led off the sixth with a double, and Montgomery soon followed with an RBI single to cut the deficit to one. Then, junior outfielder Ronnie Dawson put a charge into a fastball that he sent out of the confines of Siebert Field to knot the game 5-all. Dawson quickly rounded the bases hoping to get another at-bat.Relief pitchers Seth Kinker, Horejsei and freshman Ryan Feltner held off the potent Minnesota lineup in the 4.1 innings of work to force extra-innings with a chance to pull-off another comeback victory and steal the final Big Ten series from the conference champs.Dawson came to the plate in the tenth and delivered once again sending a towering blast over the right-center field fence to put the Buckeyes in front 6-5. Minnesota outfielders could only gaze at the white leather pierced through the win as OSU continued to gash some of college baseball’s best teams. His two home runs gives him 12 on the season and OSU leads the Big Ten with 53 home runs.On the final out of the game, Nennig charged from the shortstop position and made a remarkable play to nab the Gophers of sending the go-ahead run to the plate. Bosiokovic triumphantly fist pumped after the final putout, then Kuhn and Nennig soared for a victorious chest bump. It was the type of reaction a team expresses after vanquishing the No. 24 Gophers on their home turf and playing into consideration for a NCAA at-large bid.Dawson and the Buckeyes put on a textbook display of overcoming adversity. The Buckeyes proved to the conference and the nation that the team is ready for the big stage in Omaha, Nebraska, next week at the Big Ten Tournament.OSU earned the No. 4 seed in the tournament and will play No. 5 seed Michigan at approximately 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday. read more

Star power on and off the court propel Ohio State to win

As you’d expect for a game as highly anticipated as the one between Ohio State and Duke, half of the pre-game entrances were filled with cheers and the other half were filled with boos. But on Tuesday night, those cheers didn’t initially come for Thad Matta and his Buckeyes, nor did the boos first come for Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils. Instead it was former OSU players Evan Turner, Mike Conley, Jr., Greg Oden, Michael Redd and Scoonie Penn receiving cheers as they arrived to their courtside seats, moments before the Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade and LeBron James received a chorus of boos on the way to theirs. But with the stars of the NBA and OSU’s past lining the north baseline, the real stars Tuesday night were in uniform, as anyone who was looking forward to stat-sheet-stuffing individual performances from the No. 2- and No. 3-ranked teams in the nation didn’t walk away from the Schottenstein Center disappointed. OSU’s trio of preseason National Player of the Year candidates combined for 58 points as the Buckeyes cruised to a 85-63 win. Totals in the OSU box score included 21 points and eight rebounds from preseason All-American Jared Sullinger, 20 points, five rebounds and four assists from William Buford, and 17 points, eight assists and five rebounds from sophomore guard Aaron Craft. After the game, Sullinger attributed the Buckeyes’ domination against Duke to the team’s mental toughness. “What can I say? This basketball team is something special,” Sullinger said. “We really kind of took them by their throats, and we really kind of pushed the ball, and we got a lot of easy baskets.” Despite their large margin of victory, it wasn’t just the Buckeyes’ stars who put on a show. Highly touted Duke freshman guard Austin Rivers had a coming out party of sorts, as he led the Blue Devils in scoring with 22 points — two of which came by way of an ankle-breaking crossover and then lay-up as he was guarded by OSU’s Jordan Sibert. Also starring for Duke was junior forward Mason Plumlee — a former McDonald’s All-American and 2009’s Mr. Basketball in North Carolina — who scored 16 points and added six rebounds for the Blue Devils on Tuesday night. “Those two kids were excellent for us,” Krzyzewski said. “They’re going to get better. Our team is going to get a lot better by playing this level of competition.” The efforts of Rivers and Plumlee weren’t enough, however, as not only did Duke have to deal with the star power of Sullinger, Buford and Craft, but that of an emerging star in OSU sophomore Deshaun Thomas. Also a former high school All-American, Thomas scored a season-high 18 points, including a buzzer beating jumper at the end of the first half to give the Buckeyes a 47-28 lead at intermission. After the game, Thomas admitted that James’ and Wade’s presence played a role in inspiring him for his big game on the big stage. “I saw them over there. They’re guys you watch in the NBA every day,” Thomas said. “It was great motivation to show off for them, ‘cause they show off for us when they’re on the TV.” But while he looked like an NBA player Tuesday night, unlike James and Wade, Thomas’ star power was anything but booed by the sold out crowd of 18,809 at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Poll How many countries have you visited

first_img Where to next? Image: Shutterstock Poll Results: Thursday 22 Jun 2017, 9:43 AM Jun 22nd 2017, 9:43 AM 91 Comments Image: Shutterstock I’ve never left the country I’m from1-56-1010-2021-3030+Vote 6-10 (5630) 39,478 Views Share49 Tweet Email2 1-5 (2216)center_img Short URL Poll: How many countries have you visited? Home bird or travel addict? 30+ (2697) 21-30 (3896) Where to next? 10-20 (9054) I’ve never left the country I’m from (182) THIS MORNING WE reported that there is a backlog of about 66,000 applications for Irish passports.Since the UK voted to leave the EU in June 2016, applications for Irish passports have increased to a huge extent from eligible citizens living in Britain.To mark the release of these stats, we want to find out about your travel habits and specifically how extensively you’ve travelled outside your home country, be it Ireland or wherever.Today’s question, How many countries have you visited? By Rónán Duffy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

2000 refugees to be moved from Lesvos to mainland Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Close to 2,000 asylum seekers will be moved from Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesvos to the mainland where their asylum claims will be examined, said Greek authorities.“The situation in Moria is indeed difficult, it is indeed at the limit,” said government spokesman, Dimitris Tzanakopoulos on Tuesday.With over 9,000 people housed at the camp, which has a capacity of just over 3,000, overcrowding has been cited as the main reason for the decision.Coincidentally, the announcement comes just days after Doctors without Borders (MSF) revealed the alarming number of children at the camp who are either self-harming or attempting suicide.Between February and June 2018, MSF staff reported that they had witnessed almost a quarter of refugees between the ages of 6 and 18 either attempt to hurt or kill themselves.Meanwhile panic attacks, anxiety, and constant nightmares are common experiences amongst others, while some cannot even speak.On Monday MSF clinical psychiatrist, Alessandro Barberio penned an open letter published on MSF’s website, in which he reveals the conditions he has witnessed in his time on Lesvos.“In all of my years of medical practice, I have never witnessed such overwhelming numbers of people suffering from serious mental health conditions as I am witnessing now amongst refugees on the island of Lesvos. The vast majority of people I see are presenting with psychotic symptoms, suicidal thoughts—even attempts at suicide—and are confused,” wrote Barberio.The psychiatrist claimed that the asylum seekers are forced to live in a context promoting frequent violence, including sexual and gender-based violence, affecting both children and adults, which Barberio says serves as a recurrent trigger for the development of severe psychiatric symptoms.He goes on to describe the “appalling living conditions and exposure to constant violence, the lack of freedom and rights accorded to migrants, the severe deterioration of health and mental health, and the everyday stress and pressure placed on all inhabitants” – an experience Barberio likens to old-fashioned mental asylums not seen in parts of Europe since the mid-20th century, and declares that Moria camp is “in a state of emergency” that requires decisive action immediately.The sentiment was shared by Louise Roland-Gosselin, MSF’s head of mission in Greece.“This is the third year that MSF has been calling on the Greek authorities and the EU to take responsibility for their collective failures and to put in place sustainable solutions to avoid this catastrophic situation,” she said.“It is time to immediately evacuate the most vulnerable to safe accommodation in other European countries and to stop this never-ending cycle of emergency decongestions and the horrendous conditions we continue to witness in Moria.”last_img read more