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Minnesota writes new chapters in the record books with big victories

first_imgMinnesota writes new chapters in the record books with big victoriesThe Gophers could not have been hotter as they abolished all competition in Ohio.December 3, 2007Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintMinnesota’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams continued to clobber the competition as both squads came out on top at the Ohio State Invitational.The women’s team took a liking to breaking things this weekend as they broke a number of school records.The Gophers won the meet with a score of 1,296. Ohio State finished second with a score of 691.5A total of eight swimmers qualified for the NCAA field this past weekend along with the school records falling.“For a midseason meet it was awesome,” co-head coach Kelly Kremer said.Freshman Jillian Tyler continued her strong first year by breaking a school record in the 100-yard breaststroke.Tyler finished the event in 59.82 and earned an automatic berth to the NCAA finals.Former Gophers swimmer Gretchen Hegener held the previous record of 1:00.32 that stood for 10 years and won her the NCAA crown in 1997.Tyler also won the 200 individual medley with a time of 1 minute and 58.97 seconds, one one hundredth shy of the previous school record set by junior Jenny Shaughnessy. Shaughnessy also qualified as a NCAA participant for the 200 freestyle event as she posted a pool record time of 1:46.77.Junior Yuen Kobayashi also qualified for the NCAA finals when she turned in a time of 4:41.09 in the 500 freestyle event.Kobayashi set a career best in the event and a pool record.On the final day of competition Kobayashi improved upon her own personal best in the 1,650 freestyle.Kobayashi bested her previous time by 12 seconds when she finished the event in 16:06.36.“This group has the ability to break every single record on the books,” Kremer said.The men finished in front of the Buckeyes with a score of 1168.5 while Ohio State had a score of 1074.The Gophers won nearly every event on Sunday. Junior Mike Holmes won the 1,650 freestyle, senior David Plummer won the 200 backstroke, junior Jon Roberts won the 200 breaststroke, sophomore Alex Wold won the 200 butterfly and Minnesota finished first in the 400 freestyle relay.last_img read more

Ravens position analysis : The Centers

first_imgPhoto: Baltimore RavensThe Baltimore Ravens had a big weakness last season on the offensive line.  The entire Ravens offense suffered from the poor offensive line.  The line could not open up running holes or protect Joe Flacco.  A lot of the blame can be put on the performance of Gino Gradkowksi.   The Ravens traded for Jeremy Zuttah during the offseason to help sure up the center position.Center is one of the Ravens weak positions but Gary Kubiak has always been good at working with offensive lineman.  The Ravens do not have a real standout center but do have some under development.Let’s get to the analysis.1.  Jeremy Zuttah:  The Ravens traded for Zuttah this offseason in hopes that he would sure up the center position.  Zuttah is not a top ranked center but he will be a major improvement over Gradkowksi.   Zuttah can also play both guard positions.  Hopefully Zuttah can be a solid starter for the Ravens because that is all they need.2.  A.Q. Shipley:  Shipley is experienced at both guard and center and will likely be challenging for a backup position.  Shipley is best used at center but had to play a lot of guard last season and struggled.  Shipley is undersized at guard but can handle the center position in an emergency.3.  Gino Gradkowksi:  Gradkowksi is coming into his third season and will have a challenge to win the backup role.  The Ravens spent a fourth-round pick on Gradkowksi in 2012 and he has yet to live up to the draft pick.  Gradkowksi looked undersized and lost all last season and was a huge weakness for the Ravens.   Unless Gradkowksi really ups his game it is clear that he is a poor backup at best.4.  John Urschel:  The Ravens drafted Urschel in the fifth round this season and I really like his chances at making the team.  Urschel is more of a guard than a center but I really think he would make a great center.  Urschel is extremely smart and will do great making line calls.  Urschel will more than likely make the Ravens team as a rookie as a backup.  Urschel could gain a little weight but I love his potential.5.  Ryan Jensen:  The Ravens spent a sixth-round 2013 pick on Jensen and they have liked his development.   Jensen is a tall center at 6’4′ but he is only 306 pounds.  Jensen is another player with potential that could surprise some people.6.  Reggie Stephens: Stephen’s is a long-shot to make the Ravens roster.  Stephen’s has bounced around the league and has been a practice squad player.Please follow and like us:last_img read more

Photos: The Stacy Ann-Marie Keibler Story.

first_imgAdvertisement iuNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsauhWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E7pl4( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 6orWould you ever consider trying this?😱5xCan your students do this? 🌚zRoller skating! 9ua9kiSee more on YT⬇️⬇️⬇️See morebexiBody tricks that only special people can do pt-1dpvfpHow though? 🤔😂#AdrenalineJunkiesqn7A visualization of how Karma works fax8vPowered by Firework Stacy Ann-Marie Keibler born October 14, 1979, is an American professional wrestler, specifically known for her work with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).Advertisement  Advertisement  She began her professional wrestling career as a part of the Nitro Girls in WCWAdvertisement Keibler began watching wrestling with her boyfriend at the time, Kris Cumberland. She can be seen in the crowd on an episode of Nitro in 1997 and the Starrcade pay-per-view before the television title match, dancing in an NWO Wolfpac T-shirt.In late 1999, Keibler entered a nationwide contest held by World Championship Wrestling to find a new member of the Nitro Girls dance troupe.In November, she defeated 300 other girls for a spot on the dance troupe and $10,000.She made her WWF television debut on the June 14, 2001, episode of SmackDown! when then-face, Shane McMahon brought her to the ring to distract then-heel, Rhyno, causing him to lose a match.Keibler was originally drafted to the SmackDown! brand in 2002, where her character showed an interest in becoming the personal assistant to WWE chairman, then-heel, Vince McMahon.Keibler was chosen to record a track on the album WWE Originals. She and WWE music producer Jim Johnston recorded the song “Why Can’t We Just Dance?” for the album.Keibler then joined forces with Rosey and The Hurricane. She became one-third of the trio as a superhero sidekick nicknamed Super Stacy, complete with her own superhero costume.Picture courtesy – Stacy Ann-Marie Keibler (Instagram)  Advertisementlast_img read more

Paul Boyle graduates from Connacht Academy to sign first professional contract

first_imgConnacht Rugby are delighted to announce that back row Paul Boyle has signed his first professional contract with the province. The contract will keep the 21 year old at the Sportsground up to the end of the 2020-21 season. Originally from Gorey in Co Wexford, he previously captained the Ireland Under 20’s side at the World Rugby Championship. He has been part of the Connacht Academy since 2017.Announcing the contract signing, Connacht Head Coach Andy Friend said: “Paul Boyle has impressed me hugely this season. He is a big powerful player who shows real maturity both in how he plays the game and how he conducts himself off the field. He will be an important player for us in the coming seasons.”Following his contract signing, Paul Boyle added: “I am hugely proud to graduate form the Connacht Academy and sign my first professional contract with the province. I have enjoyed the season so far and have been privileged to get the opportunity to contribute when called on. It is an exciting time to be part of the Connacht squad and we extremely ambitious about what we can achieve in the seasons ahead.”print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Boyle made his Connacht debut away to Munster last season and has gone on to make seven further appearance in the Connacht jersey so far this season.last_img read more

Galway and Mayo footballers face injury crisis ahead of crunch qualifier

first_imgprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Galway and Mayo will meet in a senior championship match outside of Connacht for the first time ever tomorrow evening when the two sides meet in round 4 of the qualifiers at 7pm in the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. A place in the Super 8s awaits the winner but for the loser it’s the exit door from this year’s championship. Both sides lost to Roscommon in the Connacht Championship, but Mayo got back on track with qualifier wins over Down and Armagh to make it into the last 12. While Mayo sweat on the fitness of Aidan O’Shea, Galway have their own midfield injury concerns, with Fiontan O’Curraoin, Tom Flynn and Peter Cooke all struggling. Cein Darcy and Ciaran Duggan are definitely out, leaving Paul Conroy as the only fit midfielder available for selection. Galway manager Kevin Walsh has been speaking to Kevin Dwyer about the big game…last_img read more

Harry Kane relishing Lionel Messi clash as he hails ‘brilliant draw’

first_imgHARRY KANE is relishing the prospect of taking on Lionel Messi after Tottenham’s tricky Champions League draw.Spurs face Barcelona, PSV Eindhoven and Inter Milan in star-studded Group B.4 Harry Kane insists he is loving the prospect of facing three European championsCredit: EPABut Kane, 25, is not daunted by the prospect – insisting he is excited to be taking on some of the world’s best teams.He told Tottenham’s official site: “It’s a brilliant draw, games at famous stadiums like the Nou Camp, the San Siro, it’s a really good draw, one to relish.“We showed people last season that we can compete at this level, particularly when you look at the games against Real Madrid, who went on to win the tournament.“Barca will be a different test but to play in the Nou Camp against some of the best players in the world – it’s fantastic to play in these types of games.RETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraPicturedON THE PAOLPaolo Maldini shows off shredded physique at 52 while on holiday with wifeExclusiveLOCK CLOWNPaul Scholes flouts local lockdown rules by throwing huge 7-hour birthday bashLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordLive Bloggunners newsArsenal transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesPicturedMADD FOR ITPrem aces Dele, Maddison & Grealish enjoy hard-earned break in sun-soaked IbizaLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea transfer news LIVE: Havertz deal LATEST, Willian move updatesMISS-RON IMPOSSIBLERonaldo LOSES Golden Boot race after axe from Juve squad for final game4 Harry Kane has looked sharp after his World Cup exploits with EnglandCredit: Getty – Contributor4 Spurs will take on Lionel Messi and Barcelona at WembleyCredit: Getty – Contributor“You want to play in big games against the best players and this draw gives us a chance as a club to once again test ourselves against the best.”PSV will be tough, a huge team in Holland and Inter as well, a great history. As I said, it’s a brilliant draw.”Mauricio Pochettino’s side took four points from eventual winners  Real Madrid in their group last season.And despite facing three former European champions this campaign, ex-striker Darren Bent shares Kane’s belief.4 Harry Kane will be crucial to Tottenham’s chances in EuropeCredit: ReutersCan’t wait for those big European nights again! Time to improve on last season! #UCLdraw #ChampionsLeague— Harry Kane (@HKane) August 30, 2018 He told Sky Sports: “It’s going to be tough. Barcelona and PSV were tough enough but to get Inter Milan in there as well!”They are one of the powerhouses with the history, the stadium and their fans. Even the team, with the way they are playing this season. It is going to be difficult for Tottenham.Check out who Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham got in the Champions League draw”Mauricio Pochettino will fancy that, the Tottenham players will fancy it, they’re young, they’re fearless.”I fancy Tottenham to get out of the group. One to 11 they’ve got some fantastic players in that squad so I think it’s a challenge they will relish.”last_img read more

Every light is needed

first_imgBy Ryhaan ShahThere have been few other moments in our history when there has been such need for light over the encroaching darkness. The serial corruptions and scandals that have rocked the country since the Granger Government took office just over a year ago cannot be sustained for much longer without the eruption of a real crisis – whether social, political, or economic – that would test our fragile state.Fifty years after independence our fragility and vulnerability have increased and the Granger Government continues to proceed blithely onward as if all is well. There is no sense of urgency about the state of the economy, the rising crime, or about the government corruptions that are unfolding almost daily. President David Granger himself appears to be an enabler of the corrupt practices that have ominous echoes of the Burnham era.Is the recklessness concomitant with the knowledge that their future in government is assured? Or is it that they know they will only serve one term and are therefore making as much hay as possible? Or maybe they are simply inept and clueless?It could be a combination of factors but there was clearly a plan of action when, from the very beginning, Granger announced his super-sized cabinet of old PNC heads then rewarded them immediately with a super salary hike together with a damning justification for it. It will stop them from stealing, he said. Well, it hasn’t and everyone is looking on with trepidation as the country slides further and further into hopelessness and despair.Simply put, there has been no positive change. The only change has been so woefully negative, that the PPP/C Opposition is claiming the moral high ground without this raising any widespread objections.People get the leaders they deserve, the old adage goes, and as Guyanese continue to flee to northern shores for a better life, the level of competent and able leadership continues to drop. Everywhere, there appears to be square pegs in round holes – in the public and private sectors – as everyone tries to make the best from the skills and abilities that are available.Our best boast these days is to show off the Guyanese abroad who are excelling in their jobs and studies in the US, Canada and elsewhere. They are feted and showered with praise and no one points up the harsh reality that had they stayed at home, they might never have had the opportunity to shine as brightly.Here, their progress could have been stymied by racism, cronyism, nepotism and plain political spite. These are what determine whether you get the job, the award, the contract, and the chance to succeed.No one can blame anyone for giving up on Guyana and the light that is needed to attract the diaspora back to develop their native country has long been extinguished as the two political sides continue to put themselves first in their battle for power; and this at the expense of progress and development.The festival of Diwali, celebrated by the Hindu community worldwide, is a timely reminder of the need to have every kind of light in our lives, both at a personal and national level. We need the lights of justice, fairness and truth to shine brightly if Guyana is to progress. They have never been given a chance and the exodus continues because no one can see any light at the end of the tunnel that is Guyana.Despite all the propaganda, oil will not save us. The earnings will most likely find their way into political pockets like so many other public funds have done over the years. It is not cynicism to point out that Guyana is indeed a very rich country.Despite the billions that have been skimmed off and stolen from the country’s coffers, we manage to keep afloat. Think what could have been possible had there been political leaders who had put country first.The Greek philosopher Plato observed that the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. That can easily stand as a testament to our post-independence politics: the 23-year rule of the PPP/C, and the 28 years of the PNC dictatorship before that. Misdeeds always need the cover of darkness.It was Desmond Tutu who said that hope is the ability to see that there is light despite all the darkness. We are all tested daily to see any glimmer of light anywhere and on this Diwali holiday weekend, we should all light a diya or a candle to help us hold to every hope.last_img read more

South African chilli sauce bites the world

first_imgThere’s nothing like a spicy and aromatic hot chilli sauce to add some kick to a bland meal. But the Bandito’s chilli sauce is more than just a meal saver; in many instances it creates the meal itself.The distinctive flavour of Bandito’s sauces come from their unique ingredients. Both the Bandito’s and Mama Africa’s range are made of 100% natural ingredients. (Image: Bandito’s Facebook)Brand South Africa ReporterThere’s nothing like a spicy and aromatic hot chilli sauce to add some kick to a bland meal. But the Bandito’s chilli sauce is more than just a meal saver; it many instances it creates the meal itself.In 1994,when the husband and wife team Kian and Doris McRae made the first chilli on the balcony of a flat in the bohemian inner-city suburb of Yeoville, Johannesburg, they had no idea that it would become a global business.Using a recipe for chakalaka, a traditional Zulu chilli sauce, and two big pots borrowed from their neighbours, they began to create what has become an award-winning product.Working as a waiter in a Mexican restaurant to supplement his teacher’s salary, Kian started to take home empty tequila bottles in which they could sell their hot sauce.“Flea markets are a great testing ground for new products,” he says. “We sold our products at the Rosebank flea market, as well as the Petticoat Lane flea market in Fourways.”Soon the weekend flea-market sales exceeded his salary, and Kian abandoned teaching to go into the chilli business full time.Operating from Kew in the north of Johannesburg, the Bandito’s crew have now also launched the Mama Africa’s range of chilli products, which are also widely available where Bandito’s sauces are sold.A special recipeThe distinctive flavour of Bandito’s sauces come from their unique ingredients. Both the Bandito’s and Mama Africa’s range are made of 100% natural ingredients. All the products are preservative-free, have no contains no artificial colourings or flavouring and all the chillis used are home grown in South Africa.The range includes three chilli-vegetable relishes, six hot sauces, two varieties of Jabula cooking sauce, pickled jalapeno peppers and mild salsa, and continues to grow.The company has grown its chilli brand, experimenting over the years with different ingredients. “We use a combination of a variety of chillis, herbs and spices,” says Kian. “We are as natural as possible in the ingredients we use. People have the perceptions that chilli is just chilli, but really it’s not.”In a bid to create more interesting chilli sauces, the Bandito’s Chilli Co have started blending unusual ingredients such as kiwi fruit, apricots, mint and rosemary into their sauces.Because the buying public have a diverse tolerance for chilli, the products vary from mild to fiery hot, with an emphasis on flavour and quality.Setting the world on fireThe Bandito’s range has received international recognition, already winning a number of significant awards including those for best range overall and best new product at the 1999 Sydney Fiery Food show. Also in 1999, the company won the best new product and best habanero sauce awards in Brisbane.The range has done equally well in South Africa, winning the 2002 best product range overall, best product and hottest sauce categories at the South Africa Fiery Food Challenge.Overseas, Bandito’s is sold under the Mama Africa brand name. “There are so many chilli sauce products on the overseas market that we just felt it would give us an edge to market an African product,” says Doris, who runs the export side of the business. “For this reason we created the Mama Africa brand.”The Bandito’s duo have travelled the world, taking their products to global food festivals. Doris attributes much of their international success to their strong relationship with South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).“The DTI has been fantastic. If you have all your ducks in a row and your company is registered, you have all your paperwork in place and you have a good product, they definitely do give you the assistance to market your product overseas.”Doris says the government’s role in taking their product to the world has been invaluable. “We have them to thank for where have come so far,” she says. “A small company like ours could have never afforded to have gone to hall those places.”Over the years, the Bandito’s chilli products have been featured at the Sial International Food Show in Paris, the Anuga Food Show in Cologne, the Fancy Food Show in New York and the Food and Hotel Show in Singapore.As a result of this exposure, they have built up strong business relationships in a number of countries.Their exports started with a small venture into Australia in 1998, which has grown nicely. But their biggest international success is in Russia, where Moscow-based PBK Importers distribute their products across the vast country.In Holland, the sauces are handled by importers Oil and Vinegar. On a smaller scale, Mama Africa’s chilli sauce is available in New Zealand, Canada, the US, Japan, Malaysia, Poland, Sweden, the UK, France, Germany and Austria.Kian notes that the chilli sauce culture is also growing in South Africa. He says most consumers don’t really know how use chilli, so Bandito’s have posted creative recipes on their website for consumers to use. South Africans, he says, are starting to experiment more with their cooking, with the increasing influence of other cultures around the world, making the country’s cooking tastes more varied and creative.This has been good news for Bandito’s products, as they can be used in several different ways – as a cook-in sauce or as a simple accompaniment to a meal. Kian says the company might even consider one day opening up a Bandito’s restaurant, if the right franchise partner came along. It would be a fusion-type eatery with a Mexican theme infused with a South African influence. Hmm, yummy …Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Zuma suspends police commissioner

first_img24 October 2011South African President Jacob Zuma has suspended National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele while a newly established board of inquiry probes allegations of misconduct against him.“I have … decided to suspend the national commissioner from duty with immediate effect, pending the outcome of the inquiry, in terms of section 8 (3) (a) read with Section 9 (1) of the South African Police Service Act,” Zuma announced at a special media briefing in Pretoria on Monday.The President said he had established a board of inquiry into allegations of misconduct against Cele, to make findings and recommendations. He added that Cele would be entitled to his full salary, allowances, privileges and benefits during his period of suspension.“In August, I informed the National Commissioner, General Bheki Cele, of my intention to institute a board of inquiry to look into the allegations of misconduct, in relation to the procurement of office accommodation for the South African Police Service, as per the findings and recommendations of the Public Protector,” Zuma said.During her investigation into the lease agreements for police headquarters in Pretoria and offices in Durban, South Africa’s Public Protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela, found that Cele’s conduct as the SAPS’ accounting officer was improper, unlawful conduct which amounted to maladministration.Madonsela’s first report on the police leasing deals, released in February, pertained to her investigation into the deal for the Middestad building in Pretoria, which was leased for R500-million from businessman Roux Shabangu.The second, released in July, scrutinised the R1.16-billion leasing of Transnet Tower in Durban, also from Shabangu.Madonsela found that the leases were unlawful, invalid and “fatally flawed”.Zuma said the board of inquiry would be chaired by retired Justice Yvonne Mokgoro. Other members of the board are Advocate Terry Motau SC and Adv Anthea Platt.The President said Major-General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi would serve as acting national commissioner until further notice.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Probable line-ups: Udinese-Roma

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: Igor Tudor is set to make a change at the back in the aftermath of Udinese’s nightmare weekend as Leonardo Spinazzola is passed fit for Roma. Spinazzola was doubtful after he picked up a knock during Roma’s 2-1 win against Milan, but he should be ready to form part of the back four in a 4-3-2-1 at Dacia Arena. Elsewhere, Justin Kluivert has served a one-match ban and could be thrown straight back into the XI. Udinese, for their part, had Nicholas Opoku sent off during the heavy 7-1 defeat to Atalanta on Sunday, so Samir is expected to come into central defence. Seko Fofana should also return to the starting line-up after three rounds on the bench, in the hope of helping Rodrigo de Paul get back among the goals. Roma continue their quest to climb into the top four in Serie A, whereas the Zebrette need the points at home to steer clear of trouble. Udinese (probable): Musso; Becao, Troost-Ekong, Samir; Ter Avest, De Paul, Jajalo, Fofana, Sema; Okaka, Nestorovski Roma (probable): Pau Lopez; Spinazzola, Fazio, Smalling, Kolarov; Mancini, Veretout; Zaniolo, Pastore, Kluivert; Dzeko Referee: Massimiliano Irratilast_img read more

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