McCloskey impresses as Ulster launch PRO12 campaign by seeing off Ospreys

first_img Press Association Ulster made an ideal start to their Guinness PRO12 campaign with a bonus-point win over a lacklustre Opsreys side at the Kingspan Stadium. Man of the match Stuart McCloskey scored 13 points from a try, a conversion and two penalties while the other home side scores in a 28-6 win came from skipper Rob Herring, Wiehahn Herbst and Luke Marshall with the latter’s late run grabbing the maximum points for Neil Doak’s side. Ulster, who led 15-6 at half-time, were never greatly troubled by the Welsh side who were missing a dozen of their frontliners to World Cup duty while the Belfast side have eight away. center_img Ulster were out of the traps quickly with a well-taken fifth-minute score from skipper Herring. It came off some quick hands from the returning Nick Williams – playing his first game since suspension last March – which propelled Willie Faloon through a gap and from the recycle, Herring charged over. McCloskey missed the relatively straightforward conversion but made amends shortly afterwards with a penalty. The visitors came back into it with a Sam Davies penalty after 20 minutes which was won off an Ulster scrum. Still, the home side responded with Andrew Trimble to the fore and his strong carry from a high kick saw the ball recycled and McCloskey crash over in the right corner for an impressive score. The centre then converted and Ulster were 15-3 to the good. Davies closed it to 15-6 just six minutes before the break with his second penalty, but the same player missed a long-range penalty early in the second half, and Ulster again got on the scoreboard with McCloskey’s strong run ending in a penalty which he slotted after 47 minutes. Three minutes later and from an impressive lineout maul, Ulster eventually won a penalty which was again put in the corner to allow Herbst to wrestle his way over. McCloskey missed the tricky conversion, but Ulster led 23-6, which became 28-6 in the dying minutes when Marshall scored in the left corner, with Peter Nelson missing the extras. last_img read more

David Sullivan: West Ham have ‘unbreakable option’ to sign Manuel Lanzini

first_imgWest Ham co-chairman David Sullivan has warned off rival clubs interested in signing rising star Manuel Lanzini. The Argentinian midfielder is reportedly a target for Liverpool following his impressive start to life in the Premier League. Lanzini has scored four goals so far this season, including one against the Reds in West Ham’s 3-0 win at Anfield in August. Press Associationcenter_img The 22-year-old moved to Upton Park in the summer on a season-long loan from United Arab Emirates side Al Jazira, and Sullivan insists his club have an “unbreakable option” to sign him permanently. “I know there have been some reports in the media over the weekend surrounding the future of Manuel Lanzini,” Sullivan told the club website. “We have an unbreakable option with both Lanzini and his club, so any other team’s interest is irrelevant. “Manuel has been a fantastic signing for the club and we all hope he can maintain this superb run of form for the rest of the season.” Sullivan also confirmed forward Enner Valencia will be out until early January with the ankle injury he suffered against Everton recently. last_img read more

Grambling St. looks for home win vs Alcorn State

first_imgSUPER SENIORS: Grambling State has relied heavily on its seniors this year. Ivy Smith Jr., DeVante Jackson, Travon Bunch, Cameron Christon and Kelton Edwards have collectively accounted for 62 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 66 percent of all Tigers points over the last five games.SWAC IMPROVEMENT: The Braves have scored 76.5 points per game and allowed 73.3 points per game across 10 conference games. Those are both solid improvements over the 58.6 points scored and 80.1 points given up per game to non-conference opponents.TERRIFIC TROYMAIN: Troymain Crosby has connected on 30.2 percent of the 43 3-pointers he’s attempted. He’s also made 83.3 percent of his foul shots this season.SLIPPING AT 71: Grambling State is 0-8 this year when it allows 71 points or more and 12-3 when holding opponents to fewer than 71.UNDEFEATED WHEN: The Tigers are 5-0 when they block at least six opposing shots and 7-11 when they fall shy of that mark. The Braves are 7-0 when they make 11 or more 3-pointers and 3-11 when the team hits fewer than 11 from long range.DID YOU KNOW: Alcorn State and Grambling State are the class of the SWAC when it comes to scoring. The Braves are ranked first in the conference at 76.6 points per game while the Tigers are second at 72.1 per game. Associated Press February 9, 2020 Grambling St. looks for home win vs Alcorn Statecenter_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditAlcorn State (10-11, 6-4) vs. Grambling State (12-11, 6-4)Assembly Center, Grambling, Louisiana; Monday, 8:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Grambling State looks for its fourth straight win over Alcorn State at Assembly Center. The last victory for the Braves at Grambling State was a 66-63 win on Feb. 8, 2016. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

USC looks to transform research in the digital age

first_imgThe path to a permanent place in the ivory tower has traditionally consisted of long, solitary nights spent poring over books or data or code, looking for a pattern no one else has spotted before, hoping — maybe even praying — that the days, weeks and months of painstaking research will culminate in publication in a major journal.In its push to be a leader in cutting-edge research, USC is looking to break that mold.The researcher of the future, at least at USC, will do significant collaborative work that spans specialties and disciplines, and will publish their findings in some form other than print — what form, exactly, is still being researched — according to Randolph Hall, USC’s senior vice president for research.“The digital world is changing how we do research,” Hall said. “It’s changing the way faculty and students work with each other — it’s becoming more synchronous and collaborative.”The university’s research programs have consistently placed USC among the top 20 research institutions in the country in the past few years. But USC is not content with consistency. It wants to drive forward, to venture into uncharted territory.That’s where Hall comes in. Aside from ensuring all university research adheres to ethical and legal standards, Hall is responsible for research advancement, which boils down to, as he puts it, “finding new faculty or new people or supporting faculty to do new things.”Most of the funding for those pursuits comes from the federal government, specifically organizations like the National Science Foundation or the National Institutes of Health. For the 2010 fiscal year, the university received $560.9 million in sponsored research funding, and more than 70 percent of that money was in the form of federal research grants.The latest federal budget details significant cuts to research — NIH funding would be cut by $260 million and NSF funding by $53 million. At USC, this translates into a loss of about $4 million, or a 1 percent decrease, according to Hall.The key to sustaining research amid federal budget cuts is to remain ahead of the increasingly cutthroat competition. Hall lists four broad areas of focus at USC he expects will keep the university competitive in the quest for grants: biomedicine and health, energy and environmental topics, inquiries into how humans interact with each other, and information science.This last area, Hall says, is the one in which USC really has the chance to excel.Information science, at its core, is research into how we do research. The digital revolution has brought with it a whole host of new techniques for sharing and disseminating information, and USC researchers are looking for ways these techniques can be integrated into every discipline. Much of this work is being done by the Institute for Creative Technology and by researchers in the Visual Studies Program.The advent of digital technologies has also facilitated a move toward collaborative research — a trend that has been particularly pronounced at USC.“It seems to be that USC has blossomed in this way as collaborative research is proving to produce more interesting scholarship and more interesting questions,” said Phil Ethington, a professor of history who conducts interdisciplinary research on global metropolises. “It’s just not possible in a lifetime to master enough disciplines to do it yourself.”Collaboration can come in many forms. It can mean working with colleagues within one department, or branching out to work with researchers in a completely different field. USC fosters and encourages both.Last year, the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, launched a program called College 2020 that provides money to faculty members who propose research projects that transcend traditional departmental boundaries and aim to answer questions relevant to society. The research projects selected to receive funding this year will investigate topics like the effects of downturn and recovery on the brain and how to enhance education on immigrant integration. The first project alone will bring together researchers from six different fields, including psychology, political science, business, neuroscience, education and law. USC also has a number of interdisciplinary research centers.Though collaboration has been standard practice in the natural sciences for some time, it is relatively new to the humanities and, to some extent, the social sciences. Ethington emphasized that there are useful ways for humanities scholars to collaborate, if they are willing.For instance, he said, an art historian could work with a neuroscientist who understands how people process visual information. The two together can provide a unique analysis of the significance of a piece of art in a certain time period or to a certain people.The sciences and humanities don’t always embrace each other, however. This gap often makes scholars from one discipline wary of working with scholars from the other.But the bigger obstacle in fostering collaboration at USC has been the standards set by academe, Hall said.A critical issue for most researchers is how to earn tenure and how to get promoted. Traditionally, professors have been evaluated based on individual contributions to the field, but USC recently rewrote its guidelines to accommodate — and encourage — collaboration.The University Committee on Appointment, Promotion and Tenure revised its manual earlier this year to include information about how to evaluate collaborative research when considering a candidate for tenure or a promotion.Hall’s office also launched a program called Creativity and Collaboration in the Academy last December, which aims to show professors how research can benefit them. Hall is hoping to get NSF funding for the program this year.Additionally, the University Research Committee, which is chaired by Ethington, drafted guidelines for attributing collaborative research. These guidelines, which emphasize intellectual contribution, were passed by the Academic Senate on Wednesday.“There’s a leftover standard of a single scholar model, at least for evaluating people,” Ethington said. “That’s where we were running into a roadblock, because the traditional standards in the university were still saying you just have to impress your own field … Motivation can depend on how you get credit.”Though the university has taken steps to invite collaboration, which it believes is the key to being at the forefront of research, it remains to be seen if the culture can truly be changed –— but Hall is working on it.“We want a structure to encourage them,” he said. “We don’t want any artificial barriers.”last_img read more

PAHO director outlines five-year platform

first_imgPhoto Courtesy of PAHO The director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, has presented her proposed platform for the next five years.The Dominican-born health expert will assume another five-year term on February 1, 2018, as director of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau (PASB) following her formal election at the 29th Pan American Sanitary Conference to be held in Washington DC from September 25-29.Etienne has been PASB Director since February 1, 2013, and according to the PAHO Constitution, she can be re-elected for a second five-year term.PAHO said her candidacy was the only one that was presented by member states when they met on Friday, June 30.President of the PAHO Executive Committee, Ruben A. Nieto, of Argentina, moderated the forum on Friday, during which Etienne “presented her platform, her policy priorities and the financial and programmatic direction she proposed for the organization”.Etienne made a 30-minute oral presentation, which was followed by an hour question-and-answer session with member states, in accordance with the rules governing the election of the director.Etienne was elected PAHO director by member states of the organization on September 19, 2012, and began her five-year term on February 1, 2013.From March 2008 until November 1, 2012, she served as Assistant Director-General for Health Systems and Services at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland.Prior to that, she led five technical areas: Health Systems and Services; Technology, Health Care and Research; Health Surveillance and Disease Management; Family and Community Health; and Sustainable Development and Environmental Health.During her tenures at WHO and PAHO, Etienne led the efforts to renew primary health care and to strengthen health systems, based on primary health care, promoting integration and improved functioning of health systems.last_img read more

England-Ghana return on the cards

first_imgOrganizers of the international friendly between England and Ghana have been discussing a possible return clash in Accra in the future.Ghana play the Three Lions in the first ever meeting between the two nations on March 29 at Wembley, three days after the Black Stars’ crucial 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifier away to Congo in Brazzaville.However, after Ghana sold out 20,000 tickets for next month’s friendly, the organizers have been encouraged to stage a reverse match within the next two years, having held talks with the Football Association.FA chairman David Bernstein has held discussions with lawyer Mel Goldberg, who helped organise the March 29 clash.“On Wednesday I met the chairman of the FA to discuss the match on March 29 and had discussions about playing in Accra,” said Goldberg.“There is a very good chance this will happen in due course, and not too far away.” The clash at Wembley would be the first meeting at the senior level though the two nations have met before at youth level, with Ghana claiming a 4-0 win over England at the Fifa Under-20 World Cup two years ago.Source: Ghanafa.orglast_img read more

King Faisal face tough competition to qualify

first_imgA day after two sides secured their places in next season’s Premier League, the competition starts for clubs paired in Zone II of the Division One League play-offs.King Faisal and Sekondi Hasaacas, both, former premiership sides are involved in Thursday’s kick off for promotion.For the two sides, a return to the topf-flight remains their motivation but they face competition from Gold Stars and Tarkwa United also seeking to pick the sole slot from Zone II.King Faisal, who were relegated from the elite division last season are seeking to make a quick return after just a season in the second-tier league, meet Gold Stars at the El-Wak Stadium in their opening match.Hasaacas, who two season’s ago ended their 20-year stay in the top-flight competition following relegation will plan to bounce back when they start at the Tema Stadium against Tarkwa United.The winners after three rounds of matches over an eight-day period from every group make it to the topflight league. Zone IIMatch Day I – August 23, 2012Gold Stars v King Faisal – El-Wak StadiumHasaacas v Tarkwa Utd – Tema Stadiumlast_img read more

Astros to extend protective netting at Minute Maid Park this season

first_img MLB wrap: Zack Greinke picks up win in Astros debut Recently the Blue Jays announced they will extend their netting at the Rogers Centre in 2020. The White Sox also recently installed extended netting, and the Nationals, Dodgers, Pirates, Orioles and Royals all said they would do so in the near future.The news comes after a Rangers fan was struck in the forehead by a foul ball at Globe Life Park. With assistance she was able to leave the stands to head to the hospital for further evaluation.There has been a call for all 30 parks to extend their netting, especially after a young girl was seriously injured at Minute Maid Park in May. Related News Blue Jays extending Rogers Centre protective netting for 2020 season Rangers fan hospitalized after being struck in head by foul ball The Astros are following the lead of some MLB teams by extending the protective netting in their stadium.Minute Maid Park will add extra netting beyond the left-field and right-field lines, further protecting fans from any foul balls, the team announced Thursday. The current netting will be replaced with knot-less netting to improve visibility from the stands, as well. The improvement will be ready for the Astros’ next homestand on Aug. 19.”Fan experience is always a top priority for the Astros,” the team said in a statement. “The Astros have followed Major League Baseball’s guidelines regarding netting while providing fans with a choice as to whether they sit in areas with or without protective netting. These changes will improve the fan’s experience and increase the number of seats behind protective netting. Fans will continue to have the option to sit in areas without netting.”last_img read more

Presidents Cup 2019: Tiger Woods preparing for singles; Ernie Els surprised

first_imgDespite the USA facing an uphill battle to maintain its stranglehold on the tournament, playing captain Woods again opted to partner Justin Thomas with Rickie Fowler for the afternoon’s foursomes.It came as a surprise, given Woods won consecutive matches alongside Thomas on Thursday and Friday at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.Arvo Foursomes.The first match will tee off approximately 40 minutes after the conclusion of the final morning Four-Ball match.— Presidents Cup (@PresidentsCup) December 14, 2019However, 15-time major champion Woods —who equaled Phil Mickelson’s record for most Presidents Cup wins on Friday — told reporters: “You have to do what’s best for the team, and I’m getting ready for the singles tomorrow [Sunday].””I tried to talk myself out of it, too,” added Woods, who denied he is injured. “But, you know, it is what it is, and we’re going to go out there and try and get some points today and be ready for tomorrow.” MELBOURNE, Australia — Tiger Woods insisted he is not injured after sidelining himself for back-to-back sessions as the United States continues to struggle at the Presidents Cup.Saturday morning’s four-ball contests left the seven-time reigning champion Americans trailing Ernie Els’ Internationals 9-5 in Melbourne, where Woods sat out. Woods’ decision to leave himself out of action until Sunday’s singles surprised International captain Els, whose team is on track for its first Presidents Cup triumph since 1998.”Yes, especially the way he’s been playing with JT,” Els replied when asked if he was surprised by the absence of Woods. “But JT has been a rock-solid on their side, and looks like he’s teaming well with Rickie.”But yeah, I thought Tiger would play this afternoon.”last_img read more

Nick Saban might be less tech savvy than Bill Belichick

first_imgNick Saban, in an Instagram Live interview with Maria Taylor, said the one positive of the COVID-19 pandemic is he has an email now.”They were sending them all to Miss Terry, aight. She fired me and said, ‘I’m not dealing with your stuff anymore,’ so I had to do it on my own.”— Charlie Potter (@Charlie_Potter) April 8, 2020MORE: The making of Chase YoungNeither Belichick nor Saban have Instagram or Facebook accounts of their own, and they likely never will.If Saban is figuring out email now, then he’s probably decades away from considering social media. Alabama coach Nick Saban might somehow be even more of a technology caveman than Belichick, though. Saban apparently just started using email during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, finally relieving his wife from the longtime burden of correspondence duties.”They were sending them all to Miss Terry, aight,” Saban told ESPN’s Maria Taylor on Wednesday. “She fired me and said, ‘I’m not dealing with your stuff anymore,’ so I had to do it on my own.” There are few coaches with more of an old-school, dead-set focus on football than Bill Belichick.The Patriots coach is known for his distaste and sometimes confusion regarding technology and social media, which has led to a good deal of laughs over the past decade. He famously once asked a reporter if he was on “SnapFace” and has developed a habit of throwing tablets on the sideline during games.last_img read more