“He has the physique, the character and the fitness for it. I am certainly not afraid he could handle that level.” Manchester United’s chief scout Jim Lawlor saw Strootman in action against Russia during the Under-21 Championships, although, as yet, new Red Devils chief David Moyes is yet to make a move. “Kevin has ambition but it is not in my hands,” said Dekker. “From PSV it would have to be a step up to a good club. “It is not simple though because the price will be expensive and not many teams can afford him. “The clubs know what he can do now. It is up to them whether they want to reach an agreement with PSV and take him.” Kevin Strootman’s heart remains set on a move to the Premier League, despite interest from across Europe. Press Association The PSV Eindhoven midfielder has already won 18 caps for Holland, skippering his country in their World Cup qualifying win over Romania in March. Strootman has just returned from Israel when he led his country to the semi-finals of the European Under-21 Championship. Serie A heavyweights Napoli are the latest to declare an interest and Strootman’s agent Chiel Dekker has also confirmed clubs from France and Russia have expressed a liking for the 23-year-old. However, Strootman wants to play in the Premier League. “He is focussed on England because that would suit his style,” said Dekker.
Persaud and Goodluck wins Record ShootsTHE Guyana National Rifle Association (GuyanaNRA) is set to continue competitive shooting at the Timehri Rifle Ranges after resuming target hitting over the past two weekends.The rivalry among members of the reigning Caribbean Long Range champion team has been heating up over the past two weekends and today’s action is expected to be keen with the likes of Ransford Goodluck, fullbore captain Mahendra Persaud, Lennox Braithwaite and Dylan Fields (Vice Captain) all expected to hold their own.Winners of the past two weeks of Recorded Shoots were Persaud and Goodluck.Persaud, who missed the first Record Shoot,won on Sunday last by dropping only one point for the three ranges as he totalled 104 points and 6 V-bulls.Ransford Goodluck, who won the first Record Shoot one week earlier, fell behind his captain by just a single point, totaling 103 points and 10 V-bulls,with Lennox Braithwaite one point back in third with 102 points and 8 V-bulls.Goodluck, in winning the first competition,did so by a single point ahead of Braithwaite, 101.9 to 100.5. Vice -Captain Fields placed third. With the recent cutting of trees in the vicinity of the ranges, the wind conditions have changed somewhat.The experienced marksmen had to adjust quickly to the changing winds at the 900 yards range as it was not what they were accustomed to;underlining the high caliber of competitive shooters in Guyana.
Confidence isn’t hard to come after the three games that Florida State guard Michael Snaer helped put together over the course of a 10-day span in January.On Jan. 14, the Seminoles beat down then-No. 3 North Carolina in Tallahassee by 33 points, 90-57, in a game that had many (including Hoops America) questioning if North Carolina had the toughness to be a championship team.Perhaps more impressively, following another home win over Maryland, FSU invaded Cameron Indoor Stadium, and Snaer stamped a logo of his own on Coach K Court by nailing a game-winning three-point buzzer beater to end Duke’s near-historic 45-game home winning streak Jan. 21. Snaer completed the 10-day odyssey when he was awarded ACC Player of the Week Jan. 23 due, in large part, to the shot coined “The Dagger at Duke” by Orlando Sentinel writer Coley Harvey.The immense amount of emotion and praise that followed this stretch – which is probably one of the most remarkable runs in Florida State men’s basketball history – made Snaer’s declaration that he was 100 percent confident the ‘Noles will win the ACC understandable. But was it credible? Buyable? Plausible?When Snaer made that bold statement Jan. 24 on ESPNU’s “The Experts,” 11 games remained on Florida State’s regular season schedule, including the upcoming rematch with Duke Feb. 23. Since that prediction, FSU has gone 4-1, which left the Seminoles in a three-way tie with the Tar Heels and Blue Devils atop the ACC with 8-2 conference records.That single loss, a 64-60 defeat at the hands of ACC bottom dweller Boston College, was the type of game that left skeptics wondering whether Florida State has the talent to back up Snaer’s proclamation or find a way to win its first ever league title since joining the ACC in 1991. After all, BC’s upset win Feb. 8 was its first win over a ranked opponent in three years.The only other conference loss for the Seminoles this season was to the Clemson Tigers, a middle-of-the-road squad. So how does head coach Leonard Hamilton – a legitimate National Coach of the Year candidate – explain those types of losses?“That’s the way it is in the ACC; if you’re not on your game, somebody else will be on theirs, and that showed up in the result,” Hamilton told the Associated Press after the loss to BC. “They were hungrier and they were motivated. … If you don’t come with that focus, everybody in the [ACC] will beat you.”Maybe what we’re witnessing is simply a lack of composure due to a lack of limelight experience. Prior to the loss to Boston College, Florida State had achieved its highest AP ranking since 1998 at No. 15.In the remaining three weeks until NCAA tournament time, Florida State will have its opportunity to prove itself and avoid the losses top-tier teams refuse to permit. And Snaer has recognized how important that is since FSU’s failed to grab sole possession of first place in the conference standings.“Starting off the game, what we did, not respecting that team – we weren’t as focused as we should have been, and that caught up with us at the end of the game,” Snaer told the Associated Press. “We get national recognition, and we didn’t handle it well.”Underestimating an opponent shouldn’t be an excuse any longer. The remainder of Florida State’s schedule consists of three home games and three road games with five of them coming against the top seven teams of the ACC. While Duke and Virginia remain the only ranked teams left on the schedule, the final stretch leading into the ACC tournament will be anything but easy for the Seminoles.The best thing for Florida State going forward is the makeup of this team. Six seniors and five juniors, who have been part of three consecutive NCAA Tournament teams under Hamilton, including Snaer (the team’s leading scorer at 13.8 points per game), make up the roster. Upperclassmen leadership should aid in the process of becoming mentally prepared to challenge Duke and North Carolina for the rights to the ACC crown. The last time any team beside Duke or North Carolina won the ACC championship outright was Wake Forest in 2003.For now, it may be best to ignore the loss to Boston College and treat it as an anomaly, as the ‘Noles have still won eight out of nine games after beginning the season 9-6. What they do the rest of the season, especially in the rematch with Duke, is more important than a road loss to BC. Will Florida State back up its leading scorer and win its first ACC title?Despite Snaer’s prediction, it was too early to call it then, and it’s still too early to call it now. Yet, for the first time in quite a while, it doesn’t appear to be an outlandish notion to consider an ACC conference champion that doesn’t sport some shade of blue.Brett is a senior majoring in journalism. Will Michael Snaer’s prediction hold true, or is he just setting himself up for disappointment? Let Brett know what you think by tweeting him at @BAsportswriter or send him an email at [email protected]
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea defender Luiz: Sarri philosophy produced Crystal Palace winnerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender David Luiz says N’Golo Kante’s winner at Crystal Palace came via manager Maurizio Sarri’s “philosophy”.The Brazil defender spotted Kante’s run and found him with a lofted pass, which the France midfielder chested down and shot left-footed under Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita.Luiz said, “It is never easy to play here or control it here especially when they play long balls but we did well.”We could have scored early but they also did a great match defensively which is why it was so difficult.”[The goal was about] the connection, about training every day and understanding the philosophy.”I just tried to put the ball in and time it for his run.”
LEXINGTON, KY – NOVEMBER 14: A general view of the Kentucky Wildcats game against the Grand Canyon Antelopes at Rupp Arena on November 14, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Former Kentucky forward Willie Cauley-Stein, who is set to be selected later this week in the 2015 NBA Draft, has a number of tattoos covering his body. While all surely have significant meaning for the future NBA star, one – his most recent addition – surely means a bit more than the rest. This past weekend, Cauley-Stein got a massive neck tattoo to honor his late friend Blake Hundley, who passed away from cancer in May at the age of just nine years old. Cauley-Stein and Hundley had developed an incredible friendship in a short time. Cauley-Stein even wore “Team Blake” wristbands during games this past season.Cauley-Stein posted an Instagram photo of the design for his fans. He made no mention of where on his body he’d be getting inked.Cauley-Stein is regarded as one of the most likable players in basketball, so his decision to honor Hundley doesn’t come as a surprise. Whichever teams drafts him this Thursday will certainly be getting a high-character person.
Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,269.27, up 11.37 points)Neovasc Inc. (TSX:NVC). Medical devices. Unchanged at 6.5 cents on 10.8 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Up 11 cents, or 1.39 per cent, to $8.04 on 6.6 million shares.Trinidad Drilling Ltd. (TSX:TDG). Oil and gas. Up 12 cents, or 6.52 per cent, to $1.96 on 6.2 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Down one cent, or 0.07 per cent, to $14.72 on 5.6 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Down five cents, or 0.40 per cent, to $12.44 on 4.1 million shares.Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX:SJR.B). Telecommunications and media. Up $2.25, or 9.31 per cent, to $26.42 on 3.8 million shares. Strong operational performance by its main business units offset concerns about $417 million in restructuring-related costs booked in its second quarter. Shaw reported a $164-million loss, mostly because of a previously announced restructuring that will affect one-quarter of its workforce.Companies reporting major news:Second Cup Ltd. (TSX:SCU). Restaurants. Up 79 cents, or 28.73 per cent, to $3.54 on 1.4 million shares. The company wants to convert some of its coffee shops in western Canada into cannabis dispensaries and, when legal, pot lounges. It has signed an agreement with marijuana clinic operator National Access Cannabis to develop and operate a network of recreational pot stores. However, neither currently has a licence to sell marijuana, so the deal is contingent on approval from the government, as well as from franchisees and landlords.
New Delhi: A Delhi Court Thursday reserved its order on a plea of Christian Michel, the alleged middleman arrested in the AgustaWestland chopper scam, who had sought seven-day interim bail to celebrate Easter with family. Special Judge Arvind Kumar said he would pronounce order at 4pm after hearing argument of lawyers from both sides. Special public prosecutor DP Singh, appearing for CBI and ED, opposed Michel’s plea, saying India is a country of various festival thousands of prisoners are in jails and everyone has faith in religion so the accused can’t be allowed to go out of jail to celebrate festivals. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ He said Michel can participate in Easter in custody. The lawyer argued before the court that if Michel comes out on interim bail and makes statement outside, it can derail investigation. Michel’s lawyer argued that since the charge sheet has been filed, there is no point of tampering evidence. He said the accused is cooperating in the case and sought bail. “Being a Christian, he was not even allowed to offer a holy mass even during Christmas…,” said the application moved by the accused. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “It is submitted that the week commencing form 14th April to 21st April is a holy week for Christians and 21st April is Easter which will be celebrated universally. The petitioner wishes to attend the holy mass on Easter day and would like to make offerings during the Easter day,” Michel has said in his plea. The Enforcement Directorate filed a supplementary charge sheet against Michel and others on April 4. He was arrested by ED on December 22 after his extradition from Dubai. He is among the three alleged middlemen being probed in the chopper scam by ED and Central Bureau of Investigation. Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa are the two others. The agency had told the court that Michel made 24.25 million euros and 1,60,96,245 pounds from the AgustaWestland deal. ED has told the court that it identified Michel’s properties purchased with proceeds of the crime. CBI has alleged that the deal, signed in Feb 2010 to supply VVIP choppers worth 556.262 million euros, caused an estimated loss of 398.21 million euros (about Rs 2,666 crore).
Junior setter Christy Blough (5) sets the ball during a match against Ball State on Feb. 6. OSU won 3-0.Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe No. 5 Ohio State men’s volleyball team (13-3) defeated Pfeiffer University (9-5) in three consecutive sets (25-20, 25-15, 25-20) Friday night, defending its home court and swelling its winning streak to five matches. In OSU’s 13 victories this season, opponents have taken a set just once. Friday’s matchup was originally scheduled for Jan. 23, but it was postponed because winter weather made travel unsafe. Despite the three-set triumph, the Buckeyes’ performance was far from being a dominant one. The Falcons brought what they had and were able to keep each set close. “I thought we came out a little sluggish and I thought that Pfeiffer played hard,” OSU coach Pete Hanson said. “We cleaned up our side of the net a bit, so that was nice to see.”In the first set, the Falcons got out to a quick lead, but OSU battled back, eventually forcing the opposition to take a timeout. After the short break, the Falcons were revitalized, pulling themselves back into the match. Yet, the relentlessness of OSU was too much down the stretch, as it went on to win the set 25-20.Sophomore outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen led the Buckeyes with five kills in the opening frame.The second set started out much like the first, but consecutive mental mistakes by the Falcons gave OSU a comfortable lead, which it would only build upon. The Buckeyes clinched the middle frame by a score of 25-15.In the final set, with the Falcons needing to win to continue the match, OSU was the one that jumped out to an early lead behind a strong team effort. The Falcons weren’t going to give in, battling back to make the match close. But the Buckeyes, feeling the Falcons chipping into their lead, responded with a flurry of points again, forcing the opposition to take a quick timeout. Behind the momentum, the Scarlet and Gray would go on to win the set 25-20 to seal the contest. “I thought that we took it well,” Szerszen said. “We had some downs and ups, but I thought we managed it pretty well.”OSU finished the match with a .421 percent attack and eight service aces. The Buckeyes also tallied 31 total digs on the night. Individually, Szerszen had a match-high 16 kills. Junior setter Christy Blough paced OSU with a game-leading 34 assists.The final set capped off a night in which the Buckeyes did whatever it took to get the win. This victory was similar to last year’s matchup against the Falcons in St. John Arena, in which OSU won in four sets (25-22, 28-26, 20-25, 25-18). “It was a slower game, but I think that was just from us playing hard over the last few weeks,” junior outside hitter Miles Johnson said. “I think it was a little bit slower tonight, but that’s fine because we got the win.”Two of the players on OSU have recently been awarded athletic honors. Szerszen received the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Offensive Player of the Week award, which he has now been given four times. Johnson was also recognized with the American Volleyball Coaches Association National Player of the Week honors, an award that only 15 players at OSU, including Johnson, have ever received. “It’s nice to see the guys have their hard work pay off and get recognize by their peers,” Hanson said. “(It’s) kind of a validation that they’re doing the right things and they’re working on things we’re talking about,”The Buckeyes are set to be back in action at St. John Arena next weekend, when they are scheduled to take on Loyola University on Friday night, followed by Lewis University an evening later. OSU has faced off against both teams before on Feb. 12 and 13, respectively. In each match, the Buckeyes swept their opponent on the road. Both rematches have scheduled 7 p.m. starts in Columbus.