The top high school athletes in the entire North Coast Section will be on hand at the Meet of Champions in Berkeley over the next two days.Including the top athletes from the Humboldt-Del Norte League, with several standouts making the trip and hoping to make some noise before their season ends.At stake is a trip to the CIF state championships next weekend, with the top three from each event moving on.McKinleyville has 13 athletes at the prestigious meet, an impressive showing for the …
FILE – In this Nov. 24, 2017, file photo, Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale reacts as he calls a timeout while facing the Denver Nuggets in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Denver. The Grizzlies have fired Fizdale, with the team at 7-12 and a day after he benched center Marc Gasol for the fourth quarter of an eighth straight loss. General manager Chris Wallace announced the move Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)The Memphis Grizzlies fired coach David Fizdale on Monday, with the team at 7-12 and a day after he benched center Marc Gasol for the fourth quarter of an eighth straight loss.General manager Chris Wallace announced the move. Associate head coach J.B. Bickerstaff has been namedinterim coach.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “After a thorough evaluation, I decided a change in course was necessary to move forward and provide theteam and organization its best chance at success this season and beyond,” Wallace said in a statement.Gasol, given a maximum deal by the Grizzlies in July 2015, sat throughout the fourth quarter of a 98-88 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday. Gasol leads the Grizzlies in points, rebounds and assists, and he was an All-Star in Fizdale’s inaugural season. But the center spent plenty of time after the game making it clear to reporters how upset he was at sitting out a full quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s a first for me, trust me, and I don’t like it one bit,” Gasol said. “I’m more (ticked) than I can show and frustrated.”Fizdale explained his decision before Gasol spoke in the locker room and said he simply was trying to win a game while sticking with his reserves. Fizdale said taking a risk as head coach means sometimes upsetting a player or two. Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “If I’m not on the floor, I’m not valued,” Gasol said. “I’m sure (the coaching staff) knew that would hurt me the most.”The move caught the NBA by surprise. Dwyane Wade, who played with the Miami Heat when Fizdale was an assistant coach, wrote on Twitter that he needed answers . LeBron James retweeted a comment that called the move “stunning.”“I need some answers. Feels like my man was a fall guy,” James wrote.Golden State coach Steve Kerr said he was “shocked” by the firing.“I think David Fizdale is one of the best coaches in the league,” Kerr said. “He’s a brilliant guy, he’s got an edge to him, he’s tough, he’s smart. Their whole team is injured, Mike Conley is out. Like, this is what happens, you lose when your best players are out and when your whole team is wiped out. It caught meoff guard.”ADVERTISEMENT Gilas goes 2-0 in World Cup qualifiers, hurdles Taiwan QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Portland coach Terry Stotts called Fizdale’s firing very disappointing.“Losing in this league and not meeting expectations in this league takes its toll on everybody,” Stotts said before a game in New York. “Owners, general managers, coaches, players, and handling that is a strain on relationships, and it’s disappointing. It’s probably the most difficult part of being in the NBA, is managing that part of the season.”Fizdale became the franchise’s 13th head coach on May 29, 2016, and he went 50-51.The Grizzlies reached the postseason for a seventh straight time in Fizdale’s first season, when they lost to the San Antonio Spurs. Fizdale was fined $30,000 by the NBA for a rant over officiating after a loss in Game 2.Memphis let Zach Randolph, Vince Carter and Tony Allen all leave as free agents and signed Ben McLemore, Tyreke Evans and Mario Chalmers to retool the roster around Gasol and point guard Mike Conley and giveFizdale a faster lineup.The moves appeared to be working when Memphis started this season an NBA-best 5-1. The Grizzlies stood atop the Western Conference with a win over the Golden State Warriors and two over Southwest Division rivalHouston.But Conley has been out since Nov. 17, resting an aching left Achilles tendon . Then the team lost its eighth straight on Sunday, matching the longest skid for this franchise since Feb. 11-March 3, 2009. Now Fizdale is the second NBA coach fired this season, joining Earl Watson, who was fired by Phoenix three games into the season.This will be the second time as an interim coach for Bickerstaff, who will start Wednesday night in San Antonio against the Spurs. He joined the Grizzlies in June 2016 after five seasons with the Houston Rockets, including an interim coach stint that lasted most of 2015-16 and included a playoff berth. Bickerstaff went 37-34 in that role.He also was an assistant coach with Minnesota and in Charlotte under his father, Bernie Bickerstaff. 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The prospect of England winning the Test series against India and becoming world number one side has led to huge rush for tickets for the remaining three matches, according to a report. Following England’s victory at Lord’s on Monday there has been a rush to buy tickets for Trent Bridge and Edgbaston, the venues for the second and third Tests, a report in the Guardian said. “There is a handful of tickets available at 40 pounds for (the first day), just two for Saturday for 60 pound and most are still on offer for Monday, which also gets you in on the Tuesday, for 30 to 40 pounds,” the report said quoting a salesperson at the Trent Bridge, where England will bid to go 2-0 up when the second Test starts on Friday. For the Edgbaston Test which starts on August 10, fourth day is sold out, third day is “nearly sold out”, and on the opening day and second day there is limited availability, with the box office advising: “book as soon as possible.” According to the report, the opening three days of the final Test at The Oval have virtually sold out. Visitors to The Oval’s website currently have to wait around 10 minutes for the ticketing page to load before discovering seat availability for the Test which starts there on August 18, it said.With inputs from PTI
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sherwood can’t see Spurs winning titleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood doesn’t rate his old club as title contenders.Liverpool are top on 42 points, a point clear of Manchester City, with Spurs five points back after making one of their best-ever starts to a Premier League campaign.”I was surprised Mauricio said that because he’s been playing it down for a number of years now, saying we’re on a different project here at Tottenham – they absolutely are,” Sherwood told Sky Sports.”But when you look through the side, the likes of Lloris, Trippier, Rose, Harry Kane, Eriksen, Moura who comes off the bench and sometimes starts, Son, they can play in the top-four teams.”You could pretty much put them up for sale and they would go for big, big money to probably the best teams in Europe.”The only reason they aren’t title contenders in my opinion is because I’ve got such a soft spot for Man City and I think they are far and above everyone else.”
zoom Swedish tanker shipping company Concordia Maritime has decided to sell its 50,000 dwt IMOIIMAX tanker Stena Important to a Japanese financial institution through a sale and leaseback agreement.Under the transaction the parties agreed to a sale price of USD 36 million. The 2015-built vessel will be chartered back on a bareboat basis for nine years, with a purchase obligation in year nine.Featuring a length of 183 meters and a width of 32 meters, the tanker is scheduled to join its new owner at the end of March.In October 2016, the company inked two sale and leaseback deals for the 158,000 dwt Suezmax tanker Stena Supreme and the IMOIIMAX tanker Stena Image.Under the deal with a Japanese ship owning company, the Stena Supreme was chartered back on a bareboat basis for a period of 12 years, with annual purchase options from year three onwards.While the company’s 50,000 dwt Stena Image was chartered back to Concordia Maritime on a bareboat basis for eight years, with annual purchase options from year four onwards.“Once again, we have successfully conducted a good transaction that creates significant values. Just as with the previous transactions in autumn, this is a way of preparing ourselves for a subdued market situation and the good business opportunities that may arise there,” Kim Ullman, CEO of Concordia Maritime, said.“We are working actively on the fleet’s structure and disposition, and the leaseback arrangement enables us to continue employing the vessel in the successful Stena Weco pool,” Ullman added.With the agreement, the company said that it is taking a further step into “the interesting Japanese financing market.”Fearnley Securities AS acted as broker and financial advisor to Concordia Maritime for the transaction.
Villanova UniversityPenn.77– Xavier UniversityOhio64– Vanderbilt UniversityTenn.89– College of the Holy CrossMass.60– St. Joseph’s UniversityPenn.47– Butler UniversityInd.78– Austin Peay State UniversityTenn.36– Gonzaga UniversityWash.80– Iona CollegeN.Y.66– Temple UniversityPenn.85– Stony Brook UniversityN.Y.78– Purdue UniversityInd.89%– Southern UniversityLa.44– Survey of 3,749 respondents from March 15 to 17 There are nine schools with less than 90 percent but more than 75 percent recognition. With these, a lot of the fun lies in seeing people’s wrong answers. Did you know 10 percent of the people surveyed think Yale is in Massachusetts and 7.5 percent think Purdue is in Illinois? You do now, and please do what you can to alert people from those schools of this fact as often as possible. Also, dang, people do not know where Yale is: More people in this sample knew where Temple and Baylor were than that Yale is in Connecticut.There’s a big drop to the next batch, which is the schools where people answered correctly two-thirds to just more than half of the time. Iona, Xavier, College of the Holy Cross and Fairleigh Dickinson threw people for a loop, but all managed to obtain majorities. It’s these enigmatic Jesuits, I’m telling you.But without further ado, let’s break down the Final Five. A majority of respondents couldn’t place Hampton, St. Joseph’s, Southern and Weber State universities. Philly-based St. Joe’s was matched up with three other heavily Catholic Northeastern states; Southern, in Louisiana, was matched up with other states in the Deep South; and Utah’s Weber State — already a hell of a deep cut when it comes to nomenclature — was, according to 29 percent of respondents, in Montana.The last of this group is Austin Peay State University, a 16-seed doomed to fall to Kansas in the first round. Austin, while it is indeed a city in Texas, is also a first name on occasion, which is how the Tennessee institution obtained its name. Not only did a majority of respondents not know that Austin Peay is in Tennessee, but also a plurality of them thought it was in Texas. It was the only time in the set that more people picked one incorrect state over the school’s home state.But seriously, call a Yalie and tell them that one in 10 people think they’re in Massachusetts. They’ll flip. University of MiamiFla.89– Weber State UniversityUtah39– Hampton UniversityVa.50– Fairleigh Dickinson UniversityN.J.50– Where is that school, anyway? Many schools obtained a bid to the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament, but the vast majority of schools did not. I went to one of the latter. In keeping with the tradition of trolling the small schools that did in fact make it in, it’s time to play the game of Where The Hell Is [Obscure College]? — but with a FiveThirtyEight twist: data on precisely how obscure each school is.On Tuesday, I set up a Google Form that we pushed out on our social channels asking people which of four states they thought each college was in.1The states were always the same, but the order was randomized for both questions and answers. (As a result, this isn’t a scientific sample.) For many schools, such as the University of Kentucky, this didn’t prove very difficult. For others, including a few that are named after their location, it was substantially harder. And for three schools — Florida Gulf Coast University, Stephen F. Austin and Seton Hall — not even our Google Form could locate them. (A bug discovered in editing prevented the questions for those schools from displaying. Sorry, Lumberjacks.)Broadly, the results broke down into five categories. In the first group, 38 of the 65 schools, more than 99 percent of people got it right. Given that when I pulled the data we had 3,749 respondents, this allows for at most 37 trolls from Ohio who pretend that they do not in fact know where the University of Michigan is.The next group comprises the nine schools for which 90 percent to 99 percent of people knew the location. This is essentially two situations: schools named after cities, such as the universities of Tulsa, Dayton and Cincinnati (most but not all people know where Tulsa, Dayton and Cincinnati are) and schools with unusual names that have crazy high familiarity, such as Baylor and Notre Dame.This brings us to the next three groups, the ones worth talking about. COLLEGESTATEPERCENT WHO LOCATED SCHOOL IN THE CORRECT STATE Yale UniversityConn.84–
OSU junior middle blocker Tyler Richardson (23) leaps to spike a set by OSU senior setter Taylor Sherwin (8) during a match against Maryland on Nov. 7 at St. John Arena.Credit: Madelyn Grant / Lantern photographerThe No. 17 Ohio State women’s volleyball team is set for a chance at a season sweep against No. 12 Illinois when the two teams go head-to-head Wednesday night.The Fighting Illini (19-6, 11-3) and Buckeyes (18-8, 9-5) played earlier this season in Columbus in a closely contested battle. Ending in five sets, the Buckeyes prevailed, 16-14, in the final frame.Three days later, the Fighting Illini traveled to then-No. 5 Penn State and defeated the defending national champions in four sets.Coach Geoff Carlston said he expects the Fighting Illini coaching staff to motivate the team because the previous matchup was so close and either team could’ve won.“Obviously there’s going to be a little bit of a payback,” Carlston said. “I’m sure their coaching staff is going to use that, say, ‘Hey remember what happened last time?’ Whenever you play a team twice, and you win the first one, there’s some motivation there certainly, and playing at their court, they have a good crowd, and it’s a lot tougher to play on the road than it is at home.”Since playing in Columbus on Oct. 8, the Fighting Illini have won eight of nine conference matches, with the lone loss coming at Northwestern on Nov. 5. The Buckeyes have won six of nine conference matchups in that stretch.Freshman outside hitter Luisa Schirmer said she’s seen a lot of improvement in the team since playing the Fighting Illini earlier this season.“We’ve been getting better, we’ve been working hard to fix a few things that we know we wanted to make some improvements on,” Schirmer said.She added that the Buckeyes need to work on “staying steady and consistent” if they want to come out of Huff Hall with a win.Freshman defensive specialist Kalisha Goree has seen improvements in the gym, too, she said.“Every day we’re just coming here trying to get better,” Goree said. “And I can see an improvement in all the girls.”The Fighting Illini will be led by sophomore middle blocker Katie Stadick, who ranks first in the Big Ten in blocks per set with an average of 1.46. Redshirt-junior outside hitter Jocelynn Birks is also top in the conference in points per set with an average of 4.54.The team as a whole is first in the conference in blocks, averaging 2.88 per set, and second in digs with 15.01 per set.Senior outside hitter Erin Sekinger said the team will treat Wednesday’s contest like any other match, even though the Fighting Illini might be fighting for revenge.“We just have to take every road trip like it is,” Sekinger said. “We just have to really focus and do what we did against them when they came to our house.”Wednesday’s match is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. in Champaign, Ill.