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first_imgThe BAE Systems Group Pension Scheme has appointed Hymans Robertson as actuarial adviser across its seven schemes.Combined, the schemes cover £21bn (€28.7bn) in assets, and the company, a former government-owned defence manufacture, has more than 200,000 members.Hymans, the incumbent adviser on three of the seven schemes, beat off competition for the scheme-wide tender from five other firms.The consultancy will appoint a scheme actuary to each individual scheme, as well as a client-relationship actuary to oversee the relationship with the defence manufacturer. Hymans will be responsible for advising on the schemes’ strategic approach to risk management, as well as providing a common platform to interlink with investment solutions.It also provides investment consulting to one of the seven schemes.Nigel Tinsley, pensions director at BAE Systems Group Pensions, said the one-firm approach was essential for good governance across the seven schemes.In other news, the UK statistics office has published figures showing that, since the introduction of auto-enrolment, total contributions have increased but median contribution rates have fallen.The annual amount saved in 2014 across public and private sector workplace pensions was £80.3bn, an increase from £2.6bn in 2013, according to new data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).The contributions were split between 30% contributions from the employer and 60% from employee, with 10% provided through government tax relief.However, the ONS said there was a “marked decline” in the amount saved per saver in 2014 in the private sector – a likely consequence of an increase in the number of savers contributing at auto-enrolment minimum levels, which are not set to rise above 2% before October 2017.Malcolm McLean, senior consultant at Barnett Waddingham, said the minimum levels were likely to increase as the phasing-in of auto-enrolment was completed.However, he said the “inadequate” levels of savings were likely to remain.“This problem,” he said, “needs to be addressed by the use of some system of auto-escalation of contributions or other means as soon as possible.”last_img read more

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first_imgA tranquil resort-style setting in Sunnybank Hills.A LUXURIOUS home in Brisbane’s south that was transformed from a 1990s relic into a contemporary family retreat was the most popular house in Queensland this week.Data from realestate.com.au on the most viewed property in the state showed that 82 The Avenue, Sunnybank Hills, emerged on top this week.The five bedroom, five bathroom, eight car space house has been set to go under the hammer in a month’s time (Sunday September 16 at 11.30AM). BEFORE renovation: How the house looked in September 2014.New Zealand wool. Italian tiles, German appliances, this owners spared no expense getting this dream property together,There are five crystal chandeliers, one crystal feature wall, and seven smart televisions with a centralised control including Foxtel, AppleTV, Sonos, a bluray player and internet. UNIT BIGGER THAN MOST HOUSE BLOCKS GOLD COAST’S FASTEST SELLING SUBURBS THE BACHELOR 2018: CUMMINS HAS A PLACE TO LAY HIS HEAD “It’s unusual because of there are no city views, no water views so it’s really the house that’s attracting people,” Mr Zhang said. “It’s basically a two storey house built really well and finished really well. Everything is very top class.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours ago NOW: 82 The Avenue, Sunnybank Hills Qld 4109Tom Zhang of Yong Real Estate, who’s marketing the property with colleague Kevin Chiu, told The Courier-Mail that the home was transformed into a resort-style property with the finest finishes — as the before pictures attest. A very dramatic dressing room.The property also has a high end 4k 3D media room with 138 degree curved screen, eight leather recliner seats that even have refrigerated cup holders to keep your beverage cold through the movie. Loads of indoor-outdoor flow.“Obviously they have done a significant makeover, They pretty much have changed the whole house.”Among its standout features was a water feature at the entrance, gas fireplaces inside and out, a pool house for hosting guests, 5kW solar system, auto gates and security.center_img The cinema screen is curved and the cupholders are refrigerated.The designer kitchen was fully loaded with Miele appliances including two integrated fridges, a freezer, dishwasher, induction cooktop, pyrolytic oven, microwave and a warming draw that can also be used as a slow cooker. There was even a Billy filtration system that dispensed hot, cold and sparkling water. Great spot for winter chats by the fire.The real resort feel though comes off the Magna pool which has a spa and four laminar jets with lights that create a magical holiday feel.“Imagine relaxing here without a care in the world” was how the agents described it. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK The home has five crystal chandeliers.He said the property was so well done that even those who came to open homes commented that “if you are doing it up for sale you wouldn’t do it this good”.But he said the owners had a different plan for the next step in their life and decided to sell.He said the renovations took well over a year after they bought the home in 2014.last_img read more

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first_img Share Sharing is caring! 105 Views   2 comments Tweet Hikers. Photo courtesy: Irvin JacksonTeachers from the southern part of the country, along with friends and family are making good use of their holidays by hiking segments of the Waitukubuli National Trail (WNT). This began during the summer, when the teachers successfully hiked segment 1 (Scotts Head to Soufriere), Segment 2 (Soufriere to Bellevue Chopin), Segment 3 (Bellevue Chopin to Wotten Waven) and Segment 4 (Wotten Waven to Pond Casse). Since then, the hiking troop has increased in number and has made much progress in the completion of other segments of the WNT. The troop now includes principals, former principals and past teachers as well as other members of the various communities of the south (particularly Grand Bay). On Saturday 15th October, 2011 the troop of six, ventured out to hike Segment 5 of the WNT (Pond Casse to Castle Bruce). This segment of the trail was marked as moderate and the estimated time of walking was 6 hours. The hiking troop, however, took about 5 hours and considered this segment to be the easiest done thus far. It was a rainy day and the hike along the trail included walking along the banks of rivers. The rivers were quite beautiful and refreshing and occasionally, there were mini-waterfalls along the way and several rapids. This segment of the trail was a combination of hiking through the forest and walking on the main road. During the Christmas break, the hiking troop covered an additional 2 segments of the WNT. On Thursday 29th December, 2011, the troop of sixteen completed Segment 6 of the WNT (Castle Bruce to Hatten Garden). Again, this segment was classified as moderate and the estimated walking time was 7 hours. The hiking troop completed the trail in 6 hours. This segment of the trail was also a combination of hiking through the forest and walking on the main road. The troop traversed through the Kalinago Territory, enjoying what this part of the country has to offer in terms of coastal landforms as well as the general day to day lifestyle of our native people. Teachers during one of their hikesThe following week, on Thursday 5th January, 2012, the troop of nine tackled Segment 7 of the WNT (Hatten Garden to First Camp). This segment was classified as moderate and the estimated completion time was 6 hours. This segment of the trail was mainly through forest. The entire trail was wet and so made it more difficult for the hikers since the slopes were very slippery. Many of the hikers had to depend on a rod to make their trekking through the forest easier. There were a couple very steep hillsides that had to be climbed (both up and down). Along the trail, one could enjoy the many scenic viewpoints of the coastline, the Melleville Hall Airport as well as spotting Guadeloupe and Marie Galante from the heights. The hikers also got the chance to hear and see the Jaco Parrot in its natural habitat. A dip in the refreshing and inviting rivers along the trail was a must for some of the hikers. Upon completion of the trail, the hikers had to walk for over an hour in order to get to the main road to fetch a bus since this segment of the trail ended in the heights of Marigot in a location called First Camp. To date, the three persons spearheading the hiking initiative have successfully completed half of the 14 segments of the Waitukubuli National Trail. Mr. Irvin Jackson (Teacher at PCSS/Coordinator of the hikes/Coordinator of PCSS Adventure Club) and Mr. Walson Pacquette (Teacher at PCSS/Assistant Coordinator of Adventure Club) have completed a total of 9 segments of the WNT. They completed Segments 10 and 14 of the WNT with the PCSS Adventure Club on Saturday 5th November, 2011 and Saturday 21st January, 2012 respectively. Mrs. Nathalie Jude (Principal of the Tete Morne Primary School) has successfully completed 7 segments of the WNT. Other regulars to the hikes include Mr. and Mrs. Julius, Mrs. Shirley Samuel (Principal of PCSS), Mr. Julian Lloyd Benjamin, Mrs. Hector (Former principal of theTete Morne Primary), Ms. Enzinga Darroux and Mr. Nathanael Toussaint. Other hikers are Ms. Claudia Toussaint and Mrs. Cindy Xavier-Almunez.Apart from the Waitukubuli National Trail, the hiking troop, along with a few nurses and members of the Grand Bay Health Team attempted the Boiling Lake Trail on Saturday 26th November, 2011. The group was not successful in their attempt since constant heavy rainfall made it difficult and too dangerous to continue, upon reaching the Valley of Desolation. The group had to turn back as a result. It is the goal of the hike team to eventually complete all of the 14 segments of the WNT. The hiking troop have completed most of the segments marked as easy and moderate and will soon be tackling the segments marked as difficult; which is recommended for seasoned and experienced hikers. Apart from the hike troop, the PCSS Adventure club will soon be attempting segments 13 and 14 of the WNT. Interested teachers of any school on the island should feel free to join us on those adventures and hikes around the island. Not only will we get a better appreciation of our country but we will benefit health-wise. Walk for Health and Relaxation ! Our next hike is carded for Saturday 18th February, 2012.By: Irvin Jacksoncenter_img Share Share EducationLocalNewsPrimarySecondary Teachers Tackle Trail by: – January 23, 2012last_img read more

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first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Kingston: Jasprit Bumrah became only the third Indian to scalp a hat-trick in five-day cricket after Hanuma Vihari scored a maiden ton to take the visitors to a commanding position in the second Test against the West Indies here. Bumrah (6/16) on Saturday produced a lethal opening spell and rattled West Indies by picking up the first five wickets, three of which came in successive balls in the ninth over to leave West Indies tottering at 87 for seven at stumps. Bumrah made inroads into West Indies line-up in the seventh over by inducing an edge from John Campbell, which Rishabh Pant accepted gleefully. An over later, Bumrah was at his lethal best as he picked up the wickets of Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks and Roston Chase in three consecutive balls to register his name in the record books. He first dismissed Bravo caught by KL Rahul at the second slip and then had both Brooks and Chase LBW in the next two balls. In fact, the credit for Bumrah’s hat-trick should go to skipper Virat Kohli, who insisted to go for the review after Chase was given not out by onfield umpire Paul Reiffel. Bumrah, thus, became only the third Indian after Harbhajan Singh and Irfan Pathan to register a hat-trick in Test cricket. Shimron Hetmyer (34) was then cleaned up by Mohammad Shami before Bumrah came back to dismiss West Indies skipper Jason Holder. West Indies still trail India by 329 runs with three full days play remaining.  Earlier, Vihari scored a career-best 111 off 225 balls with the help of 16 boundaries to held India’s innings together.Together with Ishant (57 off 80 balls), who scored his maiden fifty, Vihari shared 112 runs off 28.3 overs for the eighth wicket to take India forward. Also Read: Live Streaming Cricket, India vs West Indies, 2nd Test: Watch IND Vs WI Live Match at SonyLiv & Sony Sports NetworkWhile Vihari looked rock solid, Ishant gave him the perfect support from the other end as the duo frustrated the West Indian bowlers for a long time. The hosts needed 140.1 overs to bowl out the visitors. Coming on to bat at the overnight score of 42, Vihari stuck to his task and held one end together to keep India afloat after being sent into bat.Resuming at the overnight score of 264 for five, India lost Rishabh Pant (27) on the opening delivery of the day.Pant was cleaned up by Holder (5/77) with an inswinger as the batsman leaned for a drive. Thereafter, overnight batsman Vihari and new man in Ravindra Jadeja played according to the situation to nullify any threat from the West Indies bowlers.Vihari, who resumed his knock at 42, notched up his fifty in 96 balls with the help of an inside-edge boundary off Holder in the 97th over of the innings.Jadeja did all the hard work but gave away his wicket when it mattered. He played a patient knock of 16 off 69 balls but just when it was time to carry on, he top-edged a Rahkeem Cornwall (3/105) delivery to Bravo at mid-on while going for a big slog. Vihari and Jadeja shared 38 runs off exactly 10 overs for the seventh wicket.An over later, Vihari got a big reprieve when he was dropped by Campbell off Cornwall at first slip. To add to West Indies’ wounds, Vihari picked up two boundaries in the remaining balls of Cornwall’s over. Vihari and Ishant continued to frustrate the West Indian bowlers after lunch with their resolute batting. Vihari, who scored 93 in Antigua, reached his maiden Test ton in 200 balls with the help of a single off Roach in the 133rd over. Ishant was not to be left behind as he followed his senior batsman by reaching his maiden Test half-century off 69 balls with a single off Cornwall in the 136th over.   But just after reaching the milestone, Ishant started to lose patience and played some loose shots, which eventually led to his downfall caught by Hetmyer off Brathwaite. Mohammad Shami didn’t trouble the scorers as he nicked a Cornwall delivery to Jahmar Hamilton behind the stumps. With partners running out, Vihari finally ran out of patience and played a lofted shot, only to be holed out by Roach to hand Holder his fifth wicket of the innings. last_img read more

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first_imgUpdate on the latest in sports: In an interview with Bloomberg News, Chief Operating Officer Donald Remy did not dismiss the possibility of games being played with no fans in arenas. The games presumably would still be televised.The NCAA declined further comment to the AP on the possibility of no fans in the stands. Also, the NCAA announced it has established a coronavirus advisory panel of medical, public health and epidemiology experts and NCAA schools.TOKYO GAMES-POSTPONEMENT?Japan Olympic minister says games could be held any time in 2020TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Olympic minister says the contract to hold the Tokyo Games only specifies the event has to be held during 2020. March 4, 2020 Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard delivered 25 points and the Clippers picked up their fifth straight win by defeating Oklahoma City, 109-94. Paul George received a warm reception from Thunder fans before scoring 16 points against the team that traded him last summer. Montrezl (MAHN’-trehz) Harrell also had 16 points against the Thunder, who matched their most lopsided home loss of the season.Dennis Schroder (SHROO’-dur) scored 24 points and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Gallinari each added 15 for Oklahoma City.The Nuggets were stunned by the lowly Warriors as Eric Paschall (PAS’-kul) furnished nine of his 22 points in the fourth quarter of Golden State’s 116-100 win at Denver. Andrew Wiggins finished with 22 points and 10 assists in the Warriors, second win in their last 11 games. The Nuggets led by 12 midway through the third quarter before the Warriors embarked on a 43-15 run.Checking out Tuesday’s other NBA action:— Anthony Davis scored 18 of his 37 points during the second-quarter to lead the Lakers past the 76ers 120-107. LeBron James had 22 points, 14 assists and seven rebounds for the Lakers, who moved to 47-13 with their ninth win in 10 games. Glenn Robinson III matched his career high with 25 points and Tobias Harris had 18, but the 76ers suffered their ninth straight road loss since Jan. 20. Seiko Hashimoto’s response to a question in the upper house of parliament implies the Olympics could be held later in the year and would not have to start on July 24 as planned.The issue of a delay follows the fast-spreading virus that has been blamed for 12 deaths in Japan and has shut down most schools, sports competitions and Olympic-related events in the country.OBIT-PORTALPortal, who helped guide Chris Froome at Tour, dies at 40PARIS (AP) — Nicolas Portal, a team official who helped guide four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome to victory at the race, has died. He was 40. Spartans beat Nittany Lions, catch TerrapinsUNDATED (AP) — Michigan State has pulled into a first-place tie with Maryland in the Big Ten.The 16th-ranked Spartans are 13-6 in the conference after turning a 19-point, first-half deficit into a 78-71 victory at No. 20 Penn State. Xavier Tillman Sr. scored 23 points and had 15 rebounds for Michigan State, which trailed 46-31 at intermission before scoring the first nine points of the second.Rocket Watts added 18 points, Cassius Winston had 14 and Aaron Henry chipped in 12 for the Spartans.The Terrapins lost for the third time in four games as Jacob Young came off the bench to score a team-high 17 points in Rutgers’ 78-67 win against Maryland. Montez Mathis added 15 points and Gio Baker had 11 as the Scarlet Knights snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 19-11 overall. Irving signed with Brooklyn in July along with Kevin Durant, who is recovering from surgery to repair his Achilles tendon.In other NBA news:— The Pistons say guard Derrick Rose suffered a sprained right ankle during the first quarter of Sunday’s loss at Sacramento and is expected to be re-evaluated in two weeks. The 31-year-old Rose is averaging 18.1 points over 50 games this season, his highest scoring output since 2011-12. He was the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in 2010-11 but hasn’t played more than 66 games in any season since.— Suns forward Kelly Oubre (OOL’-bray) Jr. will miss at least four weeks after having surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. Phoenix has gone 0-3 while the 6-foot-7 Oubre sat out because of the injury. Oubre ranks third on the team with 18.7 points per game and is averaging 6.4 rebounds.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE The Bruins lead the division by nine points over the Lightning and pace the entire NHL with 96 points.Elsewhere on NHL ice:— Brayden Schenn broke a 1-1 deadlock midway through the third period before the Blues completed a 3-1 victory over the Rangers. Jaden Schwartz added an empty-netter and set up the deciding goal as St. Louis won its eighth in a row to expand its lead in the Central Division to three points over Colorado. The Rangers remain seventh in the Metropolitan Division after their third straight loss.— The Penguins ended their six-game losing streak as Sidney Crosby scored and collected his 800th career assist in their 7-3 rout of Ottawa. Bryan Rust collected his third career hat trick for the Penguins, who tied a season high in goals and ended their longest slide in eight years. Pittsburgh defenseman John Marino tallied 48 seconds into his return after missing 11 games due to facial surgery.— William Karlsson notched his 100th career goal and Robin Lehner stopped 27 shots in his 300th career game to spark the Golden Knights to a 3-0 win over the Devils. Lehner recorded his first shutout of the season and improved to 2-0-0 since joining Vegas from Chicago at the trade deadline. Max Pacioretty (pash-uh-REH’-tee) and Ryan Reaves also scored as the Knights kept their two-point lead over Edmonton atop the Pacific Division. — Houston ace Justin Verlander says the groin tightness that has slowed him this spring is no longer worrisome. Verlander made his Grapefruit League debut on Tuesday, throwing 2 2/3 innings against the Cardinals.— St. Louis pitcher Andrew Miller will be sidelined for an undetermined amount of time as he tries to regain the feel for his pitches. The two-time All-Star and 2016 ALCS MVP with Cleveland says there’s no pain, but that his release simply doesn’t feel right.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NCAA TOURNAMENTAn NCAA Tournament with empty arenas? It can’t be ruled outUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA is ruling out no contingencies when it comes to coronavirus and the NCAA Tournament. Associated Press Sale already was slated to start this season on the IL after reporting to camp with pneumonia.In other MLB news:— Carlos Carrasco made his first start for Cleveland since last May, allowing two runs over two innings against the Angels. He was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia last May and missed three months while undergoing treatment. He returned to pitch 15 innings of relief in September.— An arbitrator has accepted Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein’s rationale for delaying Kris Bryant’s debut at the start of the 2015 season. The ruling was that there was no proof of “a nefarious motive” by Epstein to delay the third baseman’s eligibility for free agency. The decision accepts Epstein’s explanation that injuries to Mike Olt and Tommy La Stella prompted the timing of Bryant’s call-up to the Cubs in April 2015. Had Bryant been brought up one day earlier, he would have been eligible for free agency after this season.—Yankees outfielders Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton are likely to miss the team’s season opener at Baltimore on March 26 because of their injuries. Judge is having more tests to determine the cause of soreness in the right pectoral area near his shoulder. Stanton strained his right calf last month. — Caris LeVert pumped in a season-high 51 points and the Nets halted a four-game losing streak by outlasting the Celtics, 129-120 in overtime at Boston. Brooklyn erupted for 51 points in the fourth quarter to erase a 17-point hole before outscoring the Celtics, 11-2 in OT. Jaylen Brown finished with a team-high 22 points and Kemba Walker had 21 for the Celts, who fell 1 ½ games behind the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors.— Toronto ended a three-game skid as Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) provided 33 points and Kyle Lowry added 28 in a 123-114 win at Phoenix. Siakam scored 12 in the third quarter to help the Raptors erase a seven-point halftime deficit. Norman Powell added 26 points while backup Chris Boucher furnished 19 points and 15 rebounds.— Malik Beasley contributed 28 points and D’Angelo Russell scored 14 of his 23 in the second half of the Timberwolves’ 139-134 downing of New Orleans. James Johnson scored 19 points and helped Minnesota shoot 55.7% from the field and 17-for-20 from the line. Zion Williamson scored 25 points and Jrue (jroo) Holiday had 27 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds for the Pelicans, who are four games behind Memphis for the final Western Conference playoff berth.— Dejounte (deh-ZHAHN’-tay) Murray scored 21 points and the Spurs gave Tim Duncan his first victory as an acting head coach with a 104-103 victory at Charlotte. San Antonio longtime coach Gregg Popovich missed the game while dealing with “personal business,” according to the team. Bryn Forbes added 15 points for the Spurs, who trailed by 17 in the first half.— De’Aaron Fox poured in 31 points and the Kings blew a 28-point lead before winning for the sixth time in seven games since the All-Star break, 133-126 versus the Wizards. Bogdan Bogdanovic finished with 21 points and Buddy Hield (heeld) added 17 as Sacramento had seven players score in double figures. — Dylan Strome (strohm), Alex Nylander (NEE’-lan-dur) and Patrick Kane hit the net on consecutive shots late in the second period of the Blackhawks’ 6-2 trouncing of the Ducks. Strome scored twice and added an assist in the rout.MLB-NEWSSale has elbow sorenessUNDATED. (AP) — The Boston Red Sox say starter Chris Sale has undergone an MRI after experiencing soreness in his throwing elbow.Manager Ron Roenicke (REH’-nih-kee) said Sale felt the soreness in his elbow Monday morning, the day after his 18-pitch batting practice session. Sale missed the last seven weeks of last season due to elbow inflammation, finishing the year 6-11 with a 4.40 ERA in 25 starts. NBA-NEWSKyrie Irving has shoulder surgeryUNDATED (AP) — Kyrie Irving has undergone surgery to repair the injured right shoulder that ended his first season with the Brooklyn Nets after just 20 games.The Nets say the procedure to relieve the impingement was performed Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery. The team says Irving is expected to make a full recovery.Irving began having trouble with the shoulder as he worked to get back in shape after another injury in the preseason. He missed 26 games before returning in January. NHL-SCHEDULEBruins nip LightningUNDATED (AP) — The Boston Bruins have added two more points to their lead in the NHL’s Atlantic Division by notching their third straight win.Brad Marchand and Jake DeBrusk provided power-play goals in the Bruins 2-1 triumph at Tampa Bay. Marchand opened the scoring in the last minute of the opening period and DeBrusk doubled Boston’s lead midway through the second.Tuukka (TOO’-kah) Rask stopped 20 shots and blanked the Bolts until Mitchel Stephens notched a short-handed goal late in the second period. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULEClippers pass Nuggets for No. 2 seed in the WestUNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers have moved a game ahead of Denver for second place in the NBA’s Western Conference. Jalen Smith had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Maryland, while teammate Anthony Cowan added 19 points. But the Terps shot a horrendous 6 of 32 from 3-point range, including 2 of 16 in the first half.The Spartans and Terrapins will have company atop the conference if Wisconsin and Illinois each win their next game.In other top-25 action:— John Fulkerson scored a career-high 27 points and Tennessee rallied from a 17-point deficit to upset sixth-ranked Kentucky, 81-73 at Lexington. The Wildcats appeared in control leading 51-34 early in the second half before the Volunteers outscored them 29-9 over the next 10:09. Tyrese Maxey had 21 points and Immanuel Quickley 15 for the Wildcats.— Eric Hunter Jr. dropped in a career-high 19 points and Evan Boudreaux added 14 with 14 rebounds to help Purdue beat No. 18 Iowa, 77-68. The Boilermakers dominated inside, scoring 30 points in the paint and enjoying a 47-33 edge in rebounding. Luka Garza led the Hawkeyes with 26 points and 12 rebounds, his 15th double-double of the season. — The Oilers pulled out a 2-1 win over the Wild on Alex Chiasson’s (CHAY’-sahnz) power-play goal 1:08 into overtime, Mikko Koskinen (MEE’-koh KAHS’-kih-nehn) stopped 42 shots and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins tallied in Edmonton’s third straight win. Oilers forward Leon Draistaitl (DRY’-sy-tul) picked up his league-high 108th point with an assist.— San Jose ended Toronto’s three-game winning streak as Evander Kane provided two goals in the Sharks’ 5-2 victory against the Maple Leafs. Stefan Noesen (NAY’-sehn) and Antti Suomela (soo-oh-MEH’-lah) each added a goal and an assist for the Sharks. The Leafs wasted Auston Matthews’ 46th goal of the season.— The Islanders continued their slide from an Eastern Conference playoff berth with their fourth straight loss, 6-2 against the Canadiens. Joel Armia (ahr-MEE’-uh) and Brendan Gallagher each had a goal and an assist as Montreal beat New York for the sixth time in seven meetings. Carey Price needed to make just 20 saves and blanked the Islanders until Brock Nelson made it 4-1 with just under 14 minutes left.— Forward Kyle Connor has a career-high 35 goals after scoring twice while furnishing an assist in the Jets’ 3-1 victory over the Sabres. Connor scored on the power play and at even strength, and he set up a short-handed goal. Tucker Poolman also tallied and Connor Hellebuyck (HEH’-leh-buhk) made 25 saves for Winnipeg.— Kevin Fiala (fee-AH’-lah) scored for the fifth straight game and Minnesota moved ahead of Nashville in the Western Conference playoff race by topping the Predators, 3-1. Luke Kunin (KOO’-nihn) and Zach Parise (pah-REE’-say) also had goals and Alex Stalock (STAY’-lahk) made a season-high 37 saves for the Wild, who have won four times during Fiala’s streak. The Predators lost their third straight game and had a seven-game winning streak against Minnesota snapped. Portal’s cycling team, Ineos, says the former rider turned sports director died suddenly at his home in Andorra on Tuesday. Media reports say he had a heart attack.As Froome’s sports director, Portal helped plot the Briton’s wins at the Tour, speaking into his ear via radio from a team car.Froome says on Twitter that “He was the kindest, happiest guy I knew and always lived life to the fullest.”last_img read more

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first_img Tags: Baldwinsvilleice hockey Though it still sits in third place in Division I behind Syracuse and West Genesee, the Baldwinsville ice hockey team still finds itself in a mad search for consistency.Another example of this up-and-down nature was last Tuesday’s game against Ithaca at Lysander Arena, where the Bees absorbed a 3-2 defeat to the Little Red.Twice in the first period, B’ville found the net thanks to goals by Braden Lynch and Matt Speelman, yet that 2-1 advantage would not hold.Throughout the last two period, Ithaca managed to absorb all the pressure the Bees threw at them, and single goals in each period by the Little Red got them in front despite the work of B’ville goalie Jon Schirmer.Looking to recover Friday against visiting Watertown IHC, the Bees did so in impressive fashion, rolling to a 6-1 victory over the Cavaliers.It was Military Appreciation Night at Lysander, B’ville lending support to the Kyle Schneider Foundation and also raising money for Clear Path For Veterans.Much of the winning margin was built in the first two periods, B’ville getting in front 5-1 led again by Lynch, who put up a pair of goals and added an assist.Brett Collier and Ryan Dickinson both had one goal and one assist, with Tyler Derito getting two assists. Goals also went to Alex Pompo and Nick Purdy, with Speelman and Luke Hoskin adding assists.B’ville would enter this week tied for third with Rome Free Academy in Division I, each of them with 4-1-1 league records, as the Bees would host Cicero-North Syracuse on Tuesday and host Fairport Saturday night.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

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first_imgIn the era of NCAA sanctions, the trajectory of the USC football program can always be identified by how they play in the game before Halloween. Around the season’s three-quarters mark, the team’s lack of depth due to scholarship losses becomes increasingly evident.In former head coach Lane Kiffin’s first year, USC played undefeated and highly ranked Oregon close for most of the game before wilting at the end. This showcased a Trojan squad with the talent to compete, but the inability to string four complete quarters together against an upper-echelon team.In 2011, the triple-overtime thriller against Stanford signaled a team on the rise, eventually reaching the pinnacle of the Kiffin era with a narrow upset victory over Oregon in Eugene. The final October game of 2012 saw a record-setting performance by then-sophomore wide reciever Marqise Lee against Arizona overshadowed by a loss caused by a plethora of Trojan miscues. This theme was emblematic of last year’s USC team in the dismal second half of last season.This season, though, has been different. In its final pre-Halloween game, the Trojans didn’t face an elite team or come into the game highly ranked. They played a middling Utah team that typifies mediocrity. Last Saturday, though, wasn’t really about playing the Utes — it was about successfully navigating the team’s perilous roster situation.The days leading up to Saturday’s game made one thing patently evident: The NCAA’s draconian sanctions against the Trojans are really having an effect. In stark contrast, last week the NCAA levied their punishment against the Miami football program, only taking away nine scholarships over a three-year period.Compounding the Trojans’ scholarship issues is the rash of injuries currently afflicting the team. As Miami was getting off easy last week, junior linebacker Lamar Dawson suffered a season-ending injury. Redshirt freshman offensive lineman Jordan Simmons and redshirt sophomore running back Taylor Ross also fell prey to the injury bug, unfortunately ending their seasons early.This signals the biggest issue with the sanctions — the safety of student-athletes. It’s clear the NCAA doesn’t truly care about the health of USC players, as these sanctions have created an atmosphere conducive to injury. Fatigue, the inability to practice properly and inexperienced players being thrust into action all led to a bevy of unnecessary injuries. By Saturday, USC was down to 52 scholarship athletes.So entering the Utah game, it was only natural to expect the worst. The team had no scholarship tight ends, three healthy scholarship wide receivers and a defense missing three key contributors — certainly not a combination that usually yields success and victory. Making matters more difficult was the fact that the team was forced to replace injured starters with multiple untested true freshman and a motley crew of walk-ons.The combination of all these debilitating factors could easily have hamstrung the Trojans, with the end result being a loss and fans hearing the party line excuse of “sanctions and injuries.” Though it might be a completely valid excuse, it is not how a hallmark program such as USC should respond to the NCAA’s corruption.Instead, USC came out Saturday with an inspired, impassioned performance. It wasn’t necessarily pretty, but it was the most emphatic and important victory for the Trojans since the NCAA handed down their penalties. It showed that even in their weakest state, the Trojans would not be mediocre. They will beat pedestrian teams, such as Utah, even with both proverbial hands tied behind their back.USC’s lone touchdown was symbolic in that it served as a metaphor for the high-wire act the Trojans walk. A banged-up Nelson Agholor turned in a valiant performance, specifically his brilliant touchdown. Balancing on the tightrope of the sideline, barely avoiding the boundary, the sophomore wide receiver was able to fight his way into the end zone, just as the Trojans will fight their way through the sanctions.Against Utah, the Trojans embodied the tenets interim coach Ed Orgeron lives by. They competed and fought; they played with moxie and determination and made no excuses for their predicament. That is the mark of a true Trojan squad. Redshirt junior safety Dion Bailey’s Herculean effort to come into the game after halftime is the stuff of legend.What the sanctions intended to do was mire USC in mediocrity. By beating Utah, the Trojans showed they simply wouldn’t be average. This pre-Halloween game was bigger than a mid-afternoon showdown against Utah on the Pac-12 Networks. It was about fighting through the adversity and playing for the Trojan teams of the past and the future. It showed that no matter how hard the NCAA tries, USC will prevail in the end. “Davidson’s Direction” runs every other Wednesday. To comment on this story, email Jake at jake.r.davidson@gmail.com or visit dailytrojan.com.Follow Jake on Twitter @JakeDavidson23last_img read more

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first_img Published on December 9, 2016 at 8:29 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (5-3) takes on Boston University (4-5) on Saturday at noon in the Carrier Dome. After the Orange’s two-point loss to Connecticut on Monday, head coach Jim Boeheim called his offense “horrendous.” SU has now lost three of its last four and looks to right the ship against the Terriers.Here’s everything you need to know about BU.All-time series: Syracuse leads, 6-1.Last time they played: Syracuse and BU squared off in another early December nonconference matchup on Dec. 3, 1993 with the Orange taking an 89-70 victory at home. Forward John Wallace led SU in scoring that game with 17 points. Current Syracuse assistant coach Adrian Autry also started in that contest.The Boston University report: The Terriers have lost four straight, but included in those were a two-point loss to Connecticut on the road (SU also lost to Connecticut by two) and a four-point loss to North Carolina State in Raleigh. Boston University ranks as the 180th best team in the nation, per Kenpom.com. The Terriers have lost only one game by more than 10 points and rank as the 333rd luckiest team in the country, per Kenpom. The luck rating is based on a comparison between a team’s win percentage and its game-to-game efficiencies. As a result of close games, BU’s 4-5 record isn’t as good as it could be.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOnly one player — guard Eric Fanning (13.1 points per game) — on Boston University averages double-digit points. Not a single player is averaging more than 27 minutes per game. If BU does get the win, it’ll likely be a result of death by a thousand cuts rather than one person taking over.How Boston University beats Syracuse: The Orange’s offense has been “horrendous” of late, Boeheim said on Monday. As of now, the offense is still a work in progress after scoring 60 or fewer points in three of its last four games. BU, meanwhile, makes 56.4 percent of its 2-point attempts, which ranks 32nd in the country. Syracuse’s opponents are shooting just 25.3 percent from 3 this season, giving SU the fifth best 3-point defense in the country. It’ll likely be tough for BU to shoot from deep given its reliance on 2-pointers and SU’s sharp perimeter defense. Syracuse, though, has been outscored in the paint 96-50 in the past four games. The best way for Boston University to upset the Orange would be to get inside and win the battle in the paint.Stat to know: 104.4 — Boston University’s adjusted defensive efficiency rating, per Kenpom, which ranks 205th in the country. If BU’s defense doesn’t improve, Syracuse could break out of its offensive slump.Player to watch: Eric Fanning, guard, No. 3The 6-foot-5, 215-pound senior guard is the Terriers’ most impressive player. He leads the team with 13.1 points per game and is second with five and a half boards per contest. In addition to the basics, he shoots 56.5 percent on 2-point field goals. Fanning also ranks 49th nationwide in percentage of possessions used, according to Kenpom. The metric measures how many possessions ended with a play Fanning made. He’s been used on 30.8 percent of BU’s possessions this season. Commentslast_img read more

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first_imgThe Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.After spending much of the summer in a safe, contained environment on campus, many Syracuse football players are worried. Early in training camp, they sat out multiple practices to address health concerns associated with playing this season. Chief among them was the idea of traveling to campuses where COVID-19 is more prevalent than in central New York and where it’s unclear how well their opponents are protected and handling the virus. On Aug. 13, defensive lineman Josh Black said it’s the “biggest concern.” Defensive back Trill Williams didn’t rule out potentially sitting out a game if the Orange felt their opponent’s protocol was insufficient.SU’s tour up and down the east coast begins in two weeks in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on a campus that recently reported a 31.3% COVID-19 positivity rate. If the season persists through the pandemic, Syracuse will make three additional trips to hot states on New York’s travel advisory: South Carolina, Kentucky and Indiana. Athletes are right to be concerned — these road trips have the potential to put the whole Syracuse community at risk. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“(The players’) safety depends a lot on what North Carolina and what the other teams are doing, and if there’s going to be a case on the other teams, which is highly likely given the transmission dynamics of the schools with the teams at risk,” David Larsen, an environmental epidemiologist and SU professor, told The Daily Orange.“My primary concern is the Syracuse players bringing it back to our campus, which I think would be pretty probable,” he said. The seemingly obvious risks of traveling may be overstated. Transmission levels in transit have been low, and hotels are generally safe, Larsen said. SU head coach Dino Babers said the traveling protocols emphasize staying as a group, limiting contact with the outside world and getting in and out as quickly as possible. No Magic City, no sneaking girls into the hotel. Babers has compared the team’s traveling guidelines to a “contained bubble,” similar to that of the NBA. Larsen said it’s possible to create such an environment, as long as everyone involved is diligent in insulating themselves within the bubble. Larsen is less concerned about a player contracting COVID-19 on an airplane or in a hotel than he is with what happens on the field. Players can’t socially distance or wear masks, and face shield technology hasn’t caught on in college football yet. “The amount of tests that they’re doing is where my confidence lies, and I would hope that with efficient testing, two, three times a week from each school, that we can prevent anything bad from happening when we get down there,” junior safety Andre Cisco said. A Flourish chartThe Atlantic Coast Conference will test athletes three times per week during the season, but issues remain, Larsen said. A recent Johns Hopkins study found a high rate of false negative results for pre-symptomatic infected people. Testing is crucial and can help identify cases, but perhaps not early enough. Even as athletes are required to test negative within three days of a game, a false negative would allow competitors to play with COVID-19, putting everyone involved at risk. It’s a numbers game, Larsen said, and the probability of an athlete playing while being infectious is higher in a place with wide community spread, like Chapel Hill. The possibility of an SU athlete contracting the virus at an away game or a visiting player bringing it to Syracuse is real. Liberty is scheduled to come to Syracuse on Oct. 17. The football program, which recently announced it will follow the ACC’s safety measures, previously tested only symptomatic athletes and staffers, which Director of Athletics John Wildhack called “deeply troubling.” Inviting any heightened risk like that into the community would be irresponsible.  Subscribe to the D.O. Sports NewsletterWant the latest in Syracuse sports delivered to your inbox? Subscribe to the D.O. Sports newsletter to read our best sports articles, sent to you every Friday morning.* indicates requiredEmail Address * Syracuse Athletics has been taking the risks seriously. Strict health guidelines drove down cases during training camp. Unlike several other schools, SU never had to pause voluntary workouts or camp because of case clusters. As a whole, the university’s 10 active cases in central New York and less than 1% positivity rate of COVID-19 on campus should be a negligible concern, especially compared to that of other schools. But if there’s one thing this virus has taught us, it’s that sometimes it doesn’t matter how careful you are. The “Stay Safe Pledge,” which includes restricting students from traveling outside central New York, is designed to keep Syracuse’s community safe. Of course, for football, and all college sports, to happen, athletes will be crossing state lines. There are conversations to be had about the morality of placing athletes above citizens in regards to them being essential workers. Those ideas become even more existential when framed around amateurism.Regardless, SU football has valid concerns about traveling to away games, particularly in areas with rampant community spread. With the non-zero possibility that a player catches COVID-19, and infects students or faculty when they return to campus, maybe the rest of us should be, too. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on August 30, 2020 at 8:54 pm Commentslast_img read more

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first_imgThe former Kaizer Chiefs coach leaves the position having won eight of his 21 fixtures in charge.His final game was the quarterfinal exit at the hands of Nigeria at Afcon.Baxter also confirmed that he had received coaching offers from both within South Africa and abroad before and during the tournament but opted to continue in the role.As for what his next step was, Baxter said that he did not know yet.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram After more than two years in charge, Stuart Baxter has resigned as Bafana Bafana coach with immediate effect.The 65-year-old confirmed his exit from the national team at a press conference in Houghton on Friday.After hosting a hastily arranged press conference, Baxter confirmed the news most football fans had been expecting since Bafana Bafana’s elimination from the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament in Egypt last month.last_img read more

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