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Bournemouth winger Brooks could return in November – Giggsby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWales boss Ryan Gigga believes that David Brooks is at least a month away from fitness.The 22-year-old Bournemouth star is suffering from ankle ligament damage.Welsh fans were hoping he could be back sooner, but it appears that Brooks could miss the remainder of his country’s Euro 2020 qualifiers.Giggs told BBC Sport: “Even if he was fit, he has been out a long time.”His return is looking around November.”Now whether that’s back playing or back actually training, I’m not too sure. It’s a bit of a difficult one because he was still in a boot in the last camp.”Even if he was fit he has been out a long time. Even if he’s on the bench or fit for Bournemouth the week before, it will be difficult to pick him because he’s been out for so long.”We will see, you never know, there’s still time yet.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
SYRACUSE, NY – DECEMBER 17: General view of the back of a Syracuse Orange warm up shirt to honor former player Pearl Washington prior to the game against the Georgetown Hoyas at the Carrier Dome on December 17, 2016 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)This week, Syracuse fans began raising money for former Orange star Pearl Washington, who is battling a brain tumor and needs significant, round-the-clock medical care. There’s also a website “Prayers for Pearl” where people can purchase shirts and donate to the cause. Tonight, Syracuse basketball is getting in on the act, and the team will be wearing special “Pearl” warm-up shirts before taking on Notre Dame. The shirts are very cool, featuring Pearl’s No. 31 and his name written in the same vintage script that appeared on the ‘Cuse jerseys in the 1980s. These are awesome. Kudos to Syracuse and our continued best wishes to Pearl.
Canadian Natural owns 20 percent of the joint venture, Total holds 45 percent, Qatar Petroleum owns 25 percent and Main Street, a South African consortium, has 10 percent.Canadian Natural says its portion of the cost of the exploration well in the Outeniqua Basin, 175 kilometres off the southern coast of South Africa, is covered by its agreements with the other partners.Total drilled a first well into the block in 2014 but had to plug and suspend it due to mechanical issues on the drilling rig. The exploration block covers an area of 19,000 square kilometres, with water depths ranging from 200 to 1,800 metres. CALGARY, A.B. – Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. says its partner in a deepwater offshore drilling project in South Africa is reporting a “significant gas condensate” discovery.The Calgary-based company best known for its Alberta oilsands production traded an ownership stake in the offshore exploration block known for its challenging sea conditions to Total S.A. in 2013, in return for the French oil giant taking over as operator and covering initial exploration costs.Kevin McLachlan, Total’s senior vice-president of exploration, says in a news release that the discovery is “a new world-class gas and oil play,” adding the company and its partners plan to acquire 3D seismic scans this year, followed by up to four more exploration wells.
UPDATE – The freezing rain warning has ended.GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB. – Environment Canada has issued a freezing rain warning for parts of the Alberta Peace.The warning covers Beaverlodge, Hythe, Demmitt, Sexsmith, La Glace, Grande Prairie and Wembley. An area of rain will move through the Grande Prairie and Grande Cache region this morning. Temperatures are near or slightly below zero giving local freezing rain. Freezing rain will end this morning.For updates on highway conditions in Alberta, visit 511.alberta.caIssued at 2019-04-06 12:26 UTC by Environment Canada:Freezing rain warning issued for:Co. of Grande Prairie near Beaverlodge Hythe and Demmitt, Alta. (077111)Co. of Grande Prairie near Sexsmith and La Glace, Alta. (077112)Co. of Grande Prairie near Grande Prairie and Wembley, Alta. (077113)Current details:Freezing rain is expected or occurring.An area of rain will move through the Grande Prairie and Grande Cache region this morning. Temperatures are near or slightly below zero giving local freezing rain. Freezing rain will end this morning.Take extra care when walking or driving in affected areas. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] or tweet reports using #ABStorm.More details on the alert are available here.
Crews are headed to the outage, but there is no estimate on when power will be restored. The cause remains under investigation.For updates on the outage, visit www.bchydro.com/outages UPDATE – Power has been restored.FORT NELSON, B.C. – A large power outage is affecting most of Fort Nelson.According to B.C. Hydro, the outage is affecting 2,313 customers in the community and started at about 3:43 p.m. The interruption covers most of the community, including the airport and industrial area as you enter the community.
Hakeem Olajuwon199514.812.910.213.7✔✔ Does it get any better than this? The best player in the world, under pressure that would break lesser men, appears to be using it somehow to make himself even better. LeBron James’s NBA Finals performance so far is the kind of thing we like to dream great athletes can do.Unfortunately, he’s probably going to lose.Monday on FiveThirtyEight, my colleague Neil Paine discussed how both James’s basic and advanced stats point to his being one of the all-time great finals series. On the mothersite, Kevin Pelton argues that James should win the MVP based on WARP (wins above replacement player), and it seems that the idea that James should win the MVP even if the Cavs lose is getting popular.So I’d like to look at James’s production from a slightly different angle. Rather than just look at how James’s production stands on its own right, let’s see how much impact James has had on the series relative to everyone else — combined.Through the first five games, James has gathered an incredible 18 percent of all the points scored, assists dished and rebounds collected by anyone in this series. If that stands, it will be 1.1 percentage points higher than the next highest over the past 46 years (since they started having a finals MVP in 1969). Here are the top 20, plus James: Kobe Bryant200922.214.171.1244.9✔✔ Tim Duncan2003126.96.36.1995.9✔✔ Shaquille O’Neal200117.018.011.616.6✔✔ LeBron James201519.0%13.6%23.0%18.0%–– Shaquille O’Neal200217.914.88.415.8✔✔ PLAYERSEASONPTS.REBS.ASST.ALLWONMVP Tim Duncan199916.617.87.015.8✔✔ Michael Jordan199188.8.131.524.4✔✔ Shaquille O’Neal200018.020.25.416.9✔✔ Michael Jordan199116.28.824.315.6✔✔ Michael Jordan1998184.108.40.2064.1✔✔ The player closest to James who didn’t win the MVP was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who had a 15.5 percent share in the 1974 finals. Abdul-Jabbar and the Milwaukee Bucks lost the finals that year to the Boston Celtics, and the MVP went to John Havlicek. The only person to win the finals MVP in a losing effort was Jerry West in 1969, and he happens to be right around the fringe where players any more dominant almost always get the MVP trophy.Meanwhile, regular-season MVP Stephen Curry — the most likely candidate to deny James (again) — presently has the second-highest share in the finals with 11.5 percent of all points, rebounds and assists. If it holds, this 6.5 percentage point gap between first and second would be the second-largest ever (since 1969):The only player with a greater than 4 percentage point gap who didn’t win the MVP was James last year, when the winner was Spurs breakout star and current Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard.In other words, not only has James been the most dominant player in these finals, he has also been one of the most dominant “most dominant” players in finals history.Of course dominating production isn’t necessarily the same as “value,” and I’ve dabbled in esoteric theories of value myself (like, say, how Dennis Rodman might have been more valuable than Michael Jordan).Still, this gap between James and most other finals MVPs — barring any substantial changes — is so wide that unless you rule out the defeated on principle, it will be hard to argue that he doesn’t belong in their company. LeBron James201214.313.021.914.8✔✔ Michael Jordan199718.58.615.115.3✔✔ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar197113.518.66.614.1✔✔ Kobe Bryant201016.110.011.313.8✔✔ Dwyane Wade2006220.127.116.115.3✔✔ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar197417.314.111.315.5 LeBron James201313.013.317.713.7✔✔ Michael Jordan199319.29.812.816.0✔✔ Jerry West196918.104.22.168.5✔ Wilt Chamberlain197010.423.67.413.5
OSU redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley (8) and OSU redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore (2) celebrate Conley’s first half interception during the Buckeyes game against the Badgers on Oct. 15. The Buckeyes won 30-23 in overtime. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State’s inexperienced secondary exceeded all expectations during the 2016 football season. All one has to do is look at the success in pass defense — in terms of interceptions, passes defended and passing yards allowed — to understand why OSU has both starting cornerbacks and its best overall player at safety projected as possible first-round picks.Dominance from cornerback Gareon Conley was seen as a possibility before the season. But the emergence of Marshon Lattimore opposite Conley was not as anticipated. Now, both are gone and the Buckeyes will have to reload.They certainly have the class to do that.OSU coach Urban Meyer snagged the top two cornerbacks in the 2017 recruiting class, according to recruiting site 247Sports, in freshmen Jeffrey Okudah and Shaun Wade who have already enrolled.To add to that, Alabama transfer and the No. 1 junior college cornerback Kendall Sheffield will also join the Buckeyes in 2017. Okudah, Wade and Sheffield are all in contention to start at cornerback next year, and all will participate in spring practice which begins March 7. Sheffield is expected to join the program that month.“When me and Jeff (Okudah) talked, we said we are going to push each other no matter who starts or who plays over each other, we are going to push each other,” Wade said on National Signing Day. “That’s really the only thing we were talking about.”The OSU secondary intercepted 21 passes and returned a school-record seven for touchdowns. Conley and Lattimore each had four interceptions while safety Malik Hooker reeled in seven, including three touchdowns. The first-year starting safety was the most athletic of the bunch and will be difficult to replace.It’s probably too much to ask of the four freshmen cornerbacks in the 2017 class — which includes four-star, early-enrollee Marcus Williamson — or the current cornerbacks, junior Denzel Ward and redshirt sophomore Damon Arnette, to duplicate the numbers that Lattimore and Conley produced. But that’s not saying that expectation isn’t there.“We’ve only been here for a month, so we haven’t gotten a chance to feel the expectations but we know what the expectations are,” Okudah said. “With the class like the one we brought in, it’s the highest expectation and that’s to win a national championship.”For beginners, Okudah, Wade and Sheffield — all of which were former five-star recruits — possess the size of Conley, Lattimore and former OSU and New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple. Standing at 6-foot or taller, each of the three already fit into that mold that has become a breeding ground for NFL cornerbacks. That being said, Conley, Lattimore and Apple all redshirted their first seasons in Columbus. It’s not unprecedented for freshman to start at OSU, but to have an opportunity to play immediately for not one, but three players at one position — a chance that often isn’t presented to even the most heralded OSU recruits — is a rarity. However, that’s an even greater tribute to the talent, confidence and maturity the newcomers have before being with the program for a full month.Meyer said that immediate assistance will come in the defensive backfield.“I see those guys (helping),” he said. “We targeted those guys from day one, and we got the three primary guys.”
The Buckeyes earned some doubters with their early season play after losing to each of their first three ranked opponents. But Sunday, No. 15 Ohio State – at least temporarily – silenced those doubters while simultaneously bringing to life a roaring crowd at the Schottenstein Center, some of which had been camping out for the game since Friday. The Buckeyes’ 56-53 victory against No. 2 Michigan, who with a win against OSU would have been crowned the top team in the land, gave OSU its first win over a ranked team this season. All of that though, was almost taken away when Player of the Year candidate and Michigan sophomore guard Trey Burke’s 3-pointer rimmed out with 14 seconds left in the game. The Buckeye lead was just two at the time – down from the 21-point cushion they had earlier in the game – and free throws secured the victory for the home team. The performance was a stark contrast to OSU’s previous contests against No. 1 Duke, No. 6 Kansas and No. 12 Illinois when the Buckeyes never shot better than 35 percent and struggled to find an offensive rhythm outside of junior forward Deshaun Thomas. Against Michigan, it was far more than Thomas that helped the Buckeyes jump out to a commanding 20-point advantage about 10 minutes into the first half. Junior guard Aaron Craft, who has been criticized for a lack of production on the offensive end, attacked the basket early, scoring from both the outside and in. He stepped into a three in the game’s opening minutes and followed it up by twice slicing to the basket. He finished with nine points and four assists. Sophomore forward Sam Thompson added a spark as well, equaling his season average of seven points before the nine minute mark of the first half. Then there was Thomas, who continued his high-level of offensive play this season, with 20 points including two 3-pointers in the first half – one of which fueled him and many of his teammates to pound their chests on the way down court. The biggest contributor of all though, might have been the Buckeye defense, which smothered the Wolverines from the opening tip. Led by Craft, OSU forced five turnovers in the first eight minutes and nine by halftime, which led to 16 OSU points. By the time the teams headed into the locker room for intermission, Michigan had chipped away at the big lead, but the Buckeyes still held a 34-22 advantage. That lead would shrink to eight early in the second half as the Wolverines threw at least three different defensive looks at the Buckeyes in the period. The switches appeared to slow the Buckeye offense down, but Michigan’s attack wasn’t faring much better. With 10:35 left in the game Michigan had outscored OSU 9-8. It wouldn’t take long for the game’s pace to quicken, though. Out of a media timeout Thomas grabbed Craft’s missed jumper and dunked it in a forest of Wolverine defenders. The play gave OSU an 11-point lead, but Michigan, led by junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr., would respond by scoring the next 10 points to cut the lead to one. The Buckeyes ended the streak when sophomore guard Shannon Scott lobbed a pass to Thompson, who grabbed the ball with one hand in midair and threw it down. Michigan was not finished, though. A 3-pointer on the following possession knotted the score at 46 with 5:59 remaining. But it was OSU that would write the game’s final chapter. Senior forward Evan Ravenel scored back-to-back buckets and Thomas added another to extend OSU’s lead to six. Michigan had a chance to take the lead when it called timeout down two points with 30 seconds left, but Burke’s misfire and crucial free throws from junior guards Lenzelle Smith Jr. and Craft sealed the win. The Buckeyes are now 13-3 on the year and Michigan drops to 16-1. OSU is set to next play Michigan State Saturday in East Lansing.