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first_imgUS Women drub T&T 6-0SAN ANTONIO, United States (CMC) :Trinidad and Tobago’s (T&T’s) national women’s team failed in its efforts to end an 11-year winning streak at home by the United States Women team on Thursday night.T&T women suffered a 6-0 drubbing at the hands of their American counterparts in a lopsided exhibition encounter at the Alamodome.T&T goalkeeper Kimika Forbes was outstanding, particularly in the first half, by keeping the scoreline manageable.The United States dominated the game and took the lead courtesy of a bizarre penalty call by the referee in the 21st minute when Alex Morgan collided with Forbes in mid-air as Forbes rushed to punch a ball out of her box.Soca Warriors go on strikePORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) :Trinidad and Tobago Soca Warriors say they would not play their next international fixture because of a pay dispute with the country’s football governing body.A release from team captain Kenwyne Jones says that the Soca Warriors have withdrawn their services for their next game against Haiti because payment promised after their CONCACAF World Cup qualifier against the United States last November has not been made.”We were promised months ago that a payment would be made to the boys after the last game,” said Jones’ statement.T&T were carded to participate in the Copa AmÈrica Centenario Berth match, scheduled for January 8, at the Estadio Rommel Fern·ndez in Panama City, Panama.Gabriel ruled out of Hobart TestHOBART, Tasmania (CMC) :West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel has been ruled out of the first Test match against Australia.The strongly built six-footer from Trinidad suffered a major injury on Thursday’s opening day and will play no further part in the match at the Blundstone Arena.Gabriel felt discomfort while bowling and had scans at a local medical facility. According to team spokesman Philip Spooner, Gabriel sustained a “stress reaction in the left ankle bone” and, therefore will not be able to bowl.The 27-year-old right-armer bowled just 10 overs on the opening day and took one wicket: Joe Burns bowled through the gate.If he is unable to recover in time for the second Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, starting Boxing Day, a repla-cement will be summoned from the West Indies.last_img read more

Starting up at the Bandwidth Barn

first_img30 April 2003The UUNET Bandwidth Barn in Cape Town, an incubator for information and communications technology start-ups in the Western Cape, is home to a growing number of international companies, with tenants from countries as far afield as the US, UK, Australia, Scandinavia and the Netherlands.The Barn was set up 18 months ago by the Cape Information Technology Initiative (CITI), a not-for-profit agency focused on developing the information and communications technology (ICT) sector in the Western Cape. The Barn’s tenants have grown from 12 to 48 in that time, prompting a move to larger premises in the city.CITI marketing manager Judith Middleton said the Barn’s drive to raise South Africa’s international profile as a first-class tourist and business destination was starting to pay off.“It is encouraging to see a large number of flagship IT companies either using South Africa as a launchpad into markets in the US, Europe and Africa, or as a test site for locally produced products destined for global markets.”Among the international tenants located in the Barn is US company Pangea Solutions, which creates cost-saving solutions for labour-intensive, data-driven businesses.Pangea founder Jesse Heitler said South Africa has several competitive advantages in the global, Internet-driven market. “South Africa is one of the few countries with modern telecommunications infrastructure, sub-sea cable connectivity to the Internet and low-cost labour”, Heitler said.“Pangea has benefited particularly from setting up shop in the UUNET Bandwidth Barn, where minimal outlay was required and strong infrastructure supported a quick entry into the market. The low cost of labour in South Africa has also given the company considerable advantage over its competitors in the United States and Europe.”Another company showing confidence in South Africa is NBI New Business South Africa, which set up office in the country in 2002 as the sister company to Netherlands-based New Business Europe.The company focuses on assisting European companies looking to partner with South African companies and vice-versa.“One of the biggest obstacles to business investment in South Africa is the lack of knowledge of the country and the fear of moving into unknown territory”, said NBI founder Pieter Smits van Waesberghe.“We are able to provide an important service through supporting the development of foreign business in South Africa. We essentially act as the middleman, supplying both parties with the necessary information, preparing documents for European standards and demands, engineering and representing foreign projects being rolled out in South Africa.“The idea of forging stronger business linkages between South Africa and Europe is immensely exciting and will bring enormous economic benefit to the country”, said Van Waesberghe.Many of the local tenants in the Barn make similar use of the technology and networking opportunities available to take their business offerings to international markets.Software development house Application Junction, a black economic empowerment company, has doubled its staff since starting up in 2002 and recently landed two corporate clients in the UK, while marketing consultancy Ikineo has made big inroads into the consumer brands-driven Asian market, and is now eyeing China and the UK.Taking advantage of the Western Cape’s attractiveness as a tourist and business convention destination, entrepreneur Desiree Smits has started a company, CAPE.MOTION, which aims to attract more international meetings, conferences and exhibitions to South Africa.“Probably the biggest advantage we gain from being located in the Barn and in Cape Town are the marketing and networking opportunities”, said Smits.The Bandwidth Barn offers entry-level and small IT businesses reduced Internet connectivity costs, affordable office rental, shared office facilities, and membership of an entrepreneurial IT community where experiences, expertise and resources are openly shared.For more information, visit the Bandwidth Barn website. Also see the list of South African ICT company success stories on the Cape IT Initiative reporterlast_img read more

SA cyclist wins junior World Track title

first_img“His winning time of 1:03.265 is world class. In my opinion, it is lightning fast. He continued: “Bernard’s winning performance in the one-kilometre time trial is something else. It is an unbelievable performance. Nobody can doubt any longer that Bernard is the ‘Real Deal’ of SA track cycling. “It must be a new South African junior record and very close to the SA senior record.” Another chapter in the fast-growing success story of South African cycling was written at the 2010 UCI Junior World Track Championships in Montichiari, Italy when Bernard Esterhuizen won gold in the one-kilometre time trial. JP van Zyl, who finished fifth in the sprints at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, spoke to Cycling South Africa about Esterhuizen’s victory at the championships, which ended on Sunday. Dean Edwards, a long time star of South African track cycling, said he hoped Esterhuizen’s victory would open the door for other South African track cyclists. He said: “Hopefully Bernard’s victory has proven once and for all that South Africa’s track cyclists can compete with the best if they are given the right opportunities. PedigreeSean Badenhorst, the editor of TREAD cycling magazine, told Sascoc: “The one-kilometre time trial is no longer an Olympic event, but what this event does is give an idea of Bernard’s pedigree. Within the space of the last year, South Africans in the sport of cycling, in its various forms, have excelled on the world stage: think of Greg Minnaar and Burry Stander in mountain biking, Sifiso Nhlapo in BMX, Ashleigh Moolman Pasio on the road, and a number of juniors in road events in Europe. And don’t forget that Ernst van Dyk is the Paralympic champion in hand-cycling. With that in mind, he plans to propose an arrangement with the UCI Training Academy that would allow Esterhuizen to remain and train there until the 2012 London Olympic Games. ‘A certain medal contender’ “Bernard is, without a doubt, a certain medal contender,” he said. “Remember, I was only 20 when I finished 5th at 1996 Olympic Games.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material EuropeVan Zyl told Cycling South Africa he was concerned about Esterhuizen being based in Switzerland before the World Championships. “Believe me, it can become lonely in Europe,” he explained. Esterhuizen is based at the UCI’s World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland. It is obviously something that he has benefited from, especially when one also considers his results in the Kierin and sprint finals in which he finished fourth and sixth respectively. 17 August 2010 “He was previously a good sprinter, but this event is so much more of a mental and physical test and shows that he has the talent to diversify, and he should definitely be in the 2012 Olympic frame of things.” “The UCI Cycling Academy should also receive credit for Bernard’s victory. He would certainly not have won if he had stayed in South Africa,” he opined. Esterhuizen is the latest South African to shine and this time the success is in yet another discipline: track cycling. “Therefore, I was slightly worried about Bernard before the beginning of the World Championship. One of two things could happen. He could either totally crack due to homesickness, or he could ride like a true champion. He did the latter and that tells me much about his character. He had proven himself to be a true fighter of the same caliber as a Robert Hunter.” “I can only hope that Bernard has opened the door for a complete track cycling development programme. There are more medals to be won at future World Championships.” ‘The Real Deal’“Bernard Esterhuizen is the ‘Real Deal’ of South African track cycling,” he told Cycling South Africa. “I can only hope that Sascoc (the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee) also realises this.”last_img read more

White, Wealthy and Whiny: An Environmental Movement in Need of a Makeover

first_imgCaucasian conundrum continues in conservation caucusCan somebody please deal with the white thing? In January 1990, civil rights activists sent a letter to eight major U.S. conservation groups, calling them out on their “isolation” from poor and minority communities. The leaders of those groups responded by acknowledging the problem and vowing to do better.A quarter century later, Big Green can show modest improvement in its ranks, but almost none at or near the top. (Exception: Rhea Suh, the new Korean-American leader of the Natural Resources Defense Council.). I’ve been either an observer or a participant in things environmental for the last 35 of those 45 years. Here’s some unsolicited advice for a “movement” in middle age to burnish its image and broaden its public standing. The inevitable asteriskEvery bit of this is easier said than done, and to a lot of veteran advocates and activists, much of this is stating the obvious. But much of it remains undone. If years from now, far too many Americans still perceive of the environmental movement as white, wealthy, and whiny, we will have wasted a lot of Earth Days. Don’t kid yourselfProgress happens, but it takes years. I’ve been hearing that renewable energy is “just around the corner” since the late 1970s. It’s been at least two decades since I first heard that climate denial was dying out.Today, of course, wind and solar are finally catching on, but climate denial rules one TV news network, nearly all of talk radio, and key House and Senate committees — and it will be spending a lot of time in Iowa and New Hampshire for the next ten months.Near where I live, the City of Atlanta still sends occasional raw sewage discharges down two rivers, the South and the Chattahoochee, despite the 43-year-old law intended in part to stop such things. But this doesn’t happen nearly as often as it used to.A lot of the people I’ve seen get jaded or burned out became that way because the slow progress was hard to recognize. The only problem with counseling extreme patience, of course, is that melting ice caps and vanishing forests and species may not accommodate much patience. This post originally appeared at Environmental Health News. RELATED ARTICLES Earth Day 2014 and Climate ChangeEarth Day and My Career Path to Sustainable EnergyEarth Day + 40Half of All Americans Worry About Climate ChangeGood News Bad News With Climate ChangeSeeking Common Ground on Climate Change Policy Don’t be afraid to bragI’m astonished that, aside from organizations’ fundraising apparatus, there’s little sense of accomplishment for the environmental movement. Environmentalists’ efforts haven’t been flawless, but they’ve been effective and accurate in ways that don’t get enough credit.Cleaner air, cleaner water, scads of preserved open space, a recovering ozone hole, and countless species either recovering or at least hanging on are gifts to America from enviros, as well as from some widely despised laws, regulations, and government agencies. Take the credit as often as you can. Use history as a (nonviolent) weaponName a genuine American environmental hero. Okay, now name one who hasn’t been dead for fifty years or more.The modern environmental movement is old enough to have a history. Not only is it one to brag about but the history of environmental opponents is pretty shameful. One example: It’s useful to be well-versed in the list of public figures who used to embrace action on climate change, until it no longer fit into their business model: John McCain, Mitt Romney, and Newt Gingrich were all avid about climate action until the presidency became a goal for each of them.Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly and his boss, Rupert Murdoch, spoke out strongly on climate change until about ten years ago. And best of all, Alaska governor Sarah Palin signed a forward-thinking executive order on climate change in 2007 but, less than a year later, she was on the vice presidential campaign trail, insisting it was all a hoax. Now that I’ve gotten your attention with an over-the-top headline, understand that I don’t really buy it. Not completely, anyway.But millions of Americans do, and because of that, pushback against environmental initiatives is both strong and often devoid of reason.With an environmental movement whose lifespan can be measured by 45 annual Earth Days (this Wednesday, April 22, is Earth Day 2015), it’s time to ask a question: How can a movement featuring so many smart, high-achieving people talking science-backed common sense for so long on issues that can literally be life-or-death still have such a hard time?Default response number one, of course, is that on issues such as climate, health, energy and habitat, it’s little enviros versus big money. But that’s too easy.There’s a statutory limit to the number of things you can blame on the Koch Brothers. And that underdog argument fades away quickly when the Sierra Club has a $60 million fundraising day, courtesy of Michael Bloomberg and others. The “wealthy” meme gets reinforced, and hard feelings toward enviros in the coalfields and hollers of Appalachia get a little harder. The media: Oy veyTalk about white, wealthy, and whiny. Talk back to your TV. Raise hell with your editor. The science on climate change is so thoroughly validated that while honest debate is always welcome, climate denial is no longer honest debate.Any news organization that still thinks it’s appropriate to “balance” climate science with a crackpot political operative should hear from you. If the topic were medicine rather than climate change, they wouldn’t pair Sanjay Gupta, M.D. to “debate” a witch doctor or faith healer, would they?And speaking of debates, the nation’s political reporters and pundits are still largely in a climate coma. We endured an entire presidential campaign in 2012 with not a single debate question about climate or energy. Learn from others, even if you may not like themIn the 1980s, the National Rifle Association confronted an image issue similar to one that vexes environmentalists. Many Americans viewed NRA members as single-issue maniacs. Their solution was a successful imaging campaign featuring Main Street Americans like little Bryan Hardin. A barrage of NRA ads featured not only adorable towheads with BB guns, but construction workers, schoolteachers, nurses, African-Americans, Latinos, and more.Today, the NRA is a political juggernaut. If a group that advocates assault rifles and hollow-point ammo (not to mention NRA’s recent foray into anti-environment measures) can paint itself as benign, can it be that hard for enviros?Advocating for clean and air water shouldn’t make you an unpatriotic job-killing pariah. Let’s work on this.last_img read more

Using Improved Groups in DaVinci Resolve 11

first_imgA word of caution when saving stills: the stills will only save out whatever option you have selected. At the end of the session, it’s good practice to save stills for shots you’ve finished graded by right-clicking the monitor and selecting a “Grab All Stills” option. Just make sure you’re on the Clip setting in the grouping to grab where you’ll likely be doing the majority of the work, on the clip level.Have you found any other uses for groups? Let us know in the comments. Use the new group feature in DaVinci Resolve to accelerate your color grading workflow.The Blackmagic team has a knack for implementing features in Resolve that accelerate or simplify the way I work. One of the handy new features in Resolve version 11 is the group feature, which has been retooled and improved in this version of the software. You now have two opportunities to grade inside the group, as well as grade each shot without affecting the rest of the group. The overall timeline grade is also carried over.Once you’re in the Color page, you’ll find the grouping options on the top right corner of the interface, above the node tree. Once you have a group set up there are a couple of options:Group Pre-Clip: You can use this to apply a grade to every shot in a group. This is good for a general grade that will hold for most, if not all, of the clips in your group. If the shots are consistent you may not need to delve into the Clip tab at all.Clip: This is the mode you’d be grading in if groups didn’t exist. Clip by clip, one by one. Easy enough.Group Post-Clip: After you’ve made your initial grade in the Pre-Clip and done some fine tuning in Clip, your client might yell out a change that affects the whole group, like putting a vignette on each clip of a talking-head interview. Making this change could affect keys that you’ve pulled in the Clip tab. Having a global group change in the Post-Clip prevents keys from getting screwed up, and retains your sanity.Timeline: Timeline lets you apply a grade to every clip in your session timeline, grouped or not. I often use Timeline to reduce the blur of Alexa footage by around .03, in effect sharpening the entire timeline just a tiny bit. It’d be a huge pain to apply this to each clip manually.Check out the video for a practical application of groups:last_img read more

Dillinger says Black, Bolts ‘getting sick’ of losing after 3rd straight loss

first_img“We’re 1-3 and there’s nothing to be happy about,” Dillinger said after Meralco suffered a 99-81 rout to TNT on Sunday.Black left the venue immediately after the loss and politely declined for an interview.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The Philippine Cup has been our Achilles heel and every Philippine Cup, we get our ass kicked. I’m getting sick of it and our coach is getting sick of it.“Meralco lost grip of the game early after TNT staged a 16-3 run. Though Niño Canaleta helped the Bolts get to within five in the early moments of the third quarter, the KaTropa eventually pulled away for good, leading as high as 22, 92-70, late in the game thanks to their stupendous shooting from beyond the arc. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO — All of the losing and struggles in the Philippine Cup have taken its toll on Meralco.Bolts veteran swingman Jared Dillinger said the players as well as head coach Norman Black are “getting sick” of the losing.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Dillinger, though, challenges his teammates to step up and show what they’re made of as the franchise eyes to finally end its misery every all-Filipino conference.“When you get two guys like Ranidel and Cliff out, as a team, that’s the opportunity for the guys below them to step up. It doesn’t have to mean scoring, getting the assists or rebound, it’s just making the right play, being a smart player. We just got to step up as a team,” he said.Meralco faces Kia on Wednesday with the cellar-dwelling squads both seeking to crack the upper echelon of the standings.“It’s a do-or-die. That’s gonna be a playoff game for us. Thank God, they beat Rain or Shine cause you don’t want to be that one team that gives the win to a team which lost 16 straight games. You don’t want to play teams like that. It’s gonna be tough for us,” he said. MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Dillinger, however, knows that Meralco can’t get frustrated with its 1-3 slate as his team has no other choice but to go back to basics.“It’s a long season,” he said. “We have to go back, look at the film, get yelled out by our coach, look at all the mistakes that we made, but more importantly, we can’t press the panic button. We can’t point fingers. We have to first blame ourself within, ‘What did I do wrong?’ We won’t panic, but I got to admit, it’s not fun right now.”Asked what the Bolts are doing wrong that has led to a three-game skid, Dillinger said that it’s just the little things.“Sometimes you don’t make the extra pass or make the extra effort on defense. It’s a lot of small things that you won’t see really. After a lot of that, it adds up and you see what happened to us tonight. TNT didn’t do anything much. It’s a given that they played well, but they didn’t have any secret schemes against us. They just passed the ball around, they got open shots, our effort wasn’t there. We got to put up the intensity cause it sucks right now.”Also not helping Meralco’s cause is the injuries to Ranidel de Ocampo and Cliff Hodge, both of whom are integral pieces of Black’s rotation.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View comments LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Rosario stars in TNT win a day after celebrating 26th birthday Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Supreme Court clears Srinivasan’s path to become BCCI head

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Friday cleared decks for the Indian cricket board secretary N Srinivasan taking over as its president on September 19 and 20 during the AGM. A bench comprising Justice Aftab Alam and Justice RM Lodha turned down a plea by AC Muthiah, former president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), seeking to restrain Srinivasan from taking over the top post till it was decided whether an Indian Premier League (IPL) team owner could be allowed to become an office bearer of the Board.Though the court did not grant any interim relief to Muthiah, it made it clear that the appointment of Srinivasan would be subject to the final decision on the petition moved by the former BCCI president.Muthiah, who had challenged a BCCI rule permitting an IPL team owner to become an office bearer of the Board before the Madras High Court, had approached the Supreme Court after the high court refused to stay the operation of the rule till a final decision on his petition.With his appeal yet to be decided, Muthiah had filed an application before the apex court seeking a restraint order against Srinivasan taking over as president. He pointed out that a two-judge bench of the apex court had on April 28 delivered a split verdict in the matter.Muthiah argued that it would not be appropriate to allow current Board secretary Srinivasan, who owns the Chennai Super Kings IPL team, to hold on to BCCI posts till his appeal was decided.advertisementCiting a conflict of interest, Muthiah has been contending that BCCI office bearers could not be allowed to have commercial interests in the IPL. A bench comprising Justice JM Panchal and Justice Gyan Sudha Misra that heard the matter earlier gave a split verdict, prolonging a decision on Muthiah’s appeal. The matter, therefore, had to be referred to another bench.While Justice Panchal refused to stay the BCCI rule allowing its office bearers to own IPL teams, Justice Misra was of the view that a person owning and operating an IPL team could not be allowed to hold any position in the BCCI. Muthiah had challenged an amendment in the BCCI rules permitting an administrator to have direct or indirect commercial interests in matches or events like the IPL or Champions League T20.The amendment was made after Muthiah questioned acquisition of stakes in Chennai Super Kings team by BCCI secretary Srinivasan citing conflict of interest. Srinivasan was the managing director of India Cements Ltd which had bid successfully for the team.Refusing interim relief to Muthiah, the high court had held that BCCI was like a private club and no outsider could question the regulations of the society.last_img read more

Simona Halep moves closer to reclaiming World No. 1 spot

first_imgView comments Halep will try to reach her first South Florida final and reclaim the top spot by defeating the winner of a later all-Czech contest between world number five Karolina Pliskova and Marketa Vondrousova.A fantastic recovery from 1-5 down in the second set showed a mental toughness displayed by only the very best.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I started well and played some smart tennis but in the second set, she started to raise her game,” Halep said. “My coach said I was rushing a bit so I managed to calm down. That was great advice.”Halep converted seven of eight break points and hit 24 winners compared to 14 from Wang, whose first serve percentage dipped to 47%. Wang was aiming for her own slice of history, knowing landing the title would have made her the first Chinese woman in the top 10 since Li Na retired at the end of 2014. She responded strongly in her first Miami quarter-final after falling behind.The world number 18 was all over the Halep service game, which had showed signs of weakness early on, returning with real aggression to establish a 5-1 lead — a run that saw her win 12 points in a row.Halep managed to regain composure and broke for 5-2 as Wang started to get nervous. The reigning French Open champion broke again and suddenly had the chance to draw level in the second set.That chance looked lost as Wang stormed 0-40 up on the Romanian’s serve, but Halep superbly saved all three sets points before a brilliant running forehand winner down the line to equalize 5-5.Another break gave her the platform to serve for the match, which was sealed when Wang hit long.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen to miss rest of season due to ‘extreme fatigue’center_img Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – MARCH 27: Simona Halep of Romania celebrates defeating Qiang Wang of China during day ten at the Miami Open tennis on March 27, 2019 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFPRomania’s Simona Halep moved closer to reclaiming the world number one ranking Wednesday, advancing into the WTA and ATP Miami Open semi-finals by defeating China’s Wang Qiang 6-4, 7-5.Following Tuesday’s exit of Petra Kvitova, Halep needs only to reach Saturday’s final at Hard Rock Stadium to knock Japan’s Naomi Osaka from atop the women’s rankings despite her second major title in this year’s Australian Open.ADVERTISEMENT Google Philippines names new country director Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon eventlast_img read more

Mike Gundy “Fully Committed to Oklahoma State”

first_imgMike Gundy and Colorado head coach Mike MacIntrye were on sight at the Valero Alamo Bowl Golf Classic as part of the media availability for their upcoming Alamo Bowl matchup.As you can imagine, Gundy fielded a question about the recent coaching rumors including his name and a reported offer from Baylor. At least he was his normal, jovial self.Hilarious response by Mike Gundy when asked if he turned down a 10-year, $60-million dollar offer from Baylor.— Casey Keirnan (@CaseyKeirnan) December 8, 2016On coaching rumors and his recent recruiting trips“I didn’t hear half of what he said. No, I’m joking (laughter). That was pretty good, wasn’t it?“As everybody knows, I’m fully committed to Oklahoma State. Fortunately enough I’ve been around really good players. When you win games, your name gets brought up. I’ve read about Coach MacIntyre’s name, so I’m going to push this off on him.”Gundy on whether this has been a distraction for his players.“The millennials we coach now, they live day-to-day. They stay on their phones. The news for the day is the news for the day. Whatever happened yesterday, they don’t pay a lot of attention to it.“Distraction is not really a big issue. Our players will be excited about practicing and getting back together as a group for another 10 or 12 days and being at a great location at the Valero Alamo Bowl for a week.”Gundy was also asked about last week’s Bedlam loss and if it was tougher to get over than others.“Every game that you end up on the wrong side of the scoreboard are tough to get over for players. As coaches, we understand the commitment.“There’s about 132 teams that play at our level. Unfortunately half of them don’t win on Saturday. So if we were to ever hang our hat on a win or a loss every Saturday, this would be a sad profession, and it wouldn’t be a fun game to play for the players.“There’s a bigger picture. Not to discredit, we want to win them all. But I get over the games really fast because I believe if we think one second about the past, that keeps us from thinking about being positive in the future, then that’s one second that doesn’t give us an opportunity to be successful the next day.”Gundy is saying all of the right things at this point. Does it erase the whirlwind that transpired over the last several days? No. But at this point it appears that it’s business as usual. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Jordan Sterns is Oklahoma State’s Most Irreplaceable Senior

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Jordan Sterns is a hard hitter. He has been since he got to Stillwater. An attribute that his head coach will miss about the senior safety.“I think his demeanor, his willingness to strike the other team” Gundy said. “It goes against human nature to want to collide with another human body, and I don’t think he gives a second thought about it. He brings a toughness to our program, and especially our defense.”Sterns has led the team in tackles each of the last three years and is just four stops away from his third straight triple-digit season. That didn’t look a realistic feat three weeks ago. That was until Sterns churned out a 19-tackle performance in Norman, tying an OSU single-game record.Junior defensive back Ramon Richards, like many members of the Cowboy defense, will be losing a leader.“Jordan has had more impact on me than anybody since I’ve been here at Oklahoma State,” said Richards, “He’s been a guy who’s led by example. He doesn’t talk the most, but when he does talk, it’s very impactful. If he makes a mistake, he owns up to it. He’s just a great leader.”Glenn Spencer’s has had Sterns in his lineup his entire tenure as defensive coordinator.“He comes in every day, he’s just a ballplayer,” Spencer said. “He’s always wanted to be good, always has brought an intensity to our room that you’ve got to have. I wish there was a lot more like him.”Now Sterns heads to San Antonio (the area where he grew up) to finish out his Cowboy career.Hopefully on a good note.last_img read more