About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel: Ajax attack a real threatby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel says they must be wary tonight at Champions League opponents Ajax.Still recovering from knee surgery, Van Ginkel was on-loan with PSV Eindhoven last season.He told De Telegraaf: “With the boys who can make a difference, such as Dusan Tadic, Hakim Ziyech and Donny van de Beek, who often scores in Champions League matches – Chelsea has to watch out for those three.”But collectively Ajax is good and in the back it is also fine. Although I do not know if it is as good as last year.”I have been in the Netherlands for the past ten days, not at the club. And Chelsea has a larger team of analysts than we are used to in the Netherlands. So they really have a good idea of Ajax and know how or what to do.”
ESPN’s college football announcing lineup will look pretty different this fall. With Sean McDonough replacing Mike Tirico on Monday Night Football and Brad Nessler reportedly headed to CBS, change is necessary. The Big Lead’s Kyle Koster is reporting ESPN already knows who will be replacing those two men on their respective broadcasts. Steve Levy Will Call College Football Games for ESPN in the Fall https://t.co/nSXt3WJQvC— The Big Lead (@thebiglead) May 11, 2016From The Big Lead:Joe Tessitore, who called Thursday night games last season in addition to hosting SEC Nation and College Football Final on Saturdays, will move to the No. 2 team, sources tell The Big Lead. The No. 3 gig will be given to Steve Levy, two sources tell The Big Lead.Nessler was the play-by-play man for that No. 2 team with Todd Blackledge; McDonough was the play-by-play man for the No. 3 team with Chris Spielman. Levy, 51, is certainly an interesting choice. He’s recently been mostly an in-studio host but has significant work as a play-by-play man for both the MLB and NHL. ESPN’s top broadcast team will remain Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit. Here’s where ESPN’s College GameDay is likely headed for Week 1. The season will be here before you know it. [TBL]
CALGARY – A Calgary energy company has pleaded guilty to federal and provincial environmental charges over one of the largest pipeline spills in Alberta history.Nexen has been ordered to pay a total of $750,000 in fines for the Long Lake spill southeast of Fort McMurray that released five million litres of bitumen, sand and produced water over an area of 16,000 square metres of lake and muskeg in 2015.“A number of landbird, shorebird, waterbird and waterfowl species protected by the Migratory Birds Convention Act use and were observed in the impacted area and adjacent unnamed lake,” said the agreed statement of facts.Nexen, a subsidiary of Chinese state-owned firm CNOOC Ltd., acknowledged the pipeline southeast of Fort McMurray was leaking for more than four weeks before it was discovered by workers in the area.The statement said the leak began June 13. Although the spill was visible from satellite imagery by July 3, it wasn’t until July 15 that Nexen realized there was a problem when two employees spotted it while doing work in the area.The double-walled pipeline — designed to carry raw bitumen from the ground to a processing plant — had been installed a year earlier. The pipeline, which used a relatively new technology, operated at 100 degrees Celsius in order for the thick bitumen to flow.Nexen said the release went undetected because a computer failed to sound an alarm.“This failure was unknown to Nexen prior to the release,” says the statement. “Nexen had no written procedure in place to check for the type of failure that occurred.”The pipeline remains out of operation.“Over the last three years, we’ve kept a close eye on Nexen’s operations to bring the company back into compliance,” Jim Ellis, head of the Alberta Energy Regulator, said in a release.“The pipeline responsible for this spill will remain suspended until Nexen can demonstrate to us that the company can operate it safely.”The total provincial fine is $460,000. About $450,00 of that will go into funds to help establish best practices on pipeline spills and to expand an environmental sciences degree program for Indigenous youth.The federal fine of $290,000 is to go into an environmental damages fund for migratory bird habitat.(Companies in this story: TSX:NXY)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier story said the pipeline began leaking two days before the problem was discovered.
New Delhi: In a meeting to review the redressal of grievances received through Centralized Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS), Delhi Police was told that there should be sustained efforts at the police station level to build up trust among citizens of Delhi. Sources told Millennium Post that the meeting was chaired by Chairman, Public Grievances Commission which was attended by officers from districts, Vigilance, Special Cell, Crime Branch, SPUWAC, Traffic and other departments of Delhi Police. “In the meeting, one Deputy Secretary official explained the nature of cases and grievances of common people, complainants being received and redressed in the Commission,” sources said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderSources further said that more often than not, the grievances are not being heard properly by the police officers, Investigating officers enquiring into the matter are not allowed to meet the SHO and supervisory officers. “One patient hearing to the complainant at the initial stage strengthen the trust of the public in police,” Deputy Secretary said. In the meeting, the city police were appreciated for their hard work to ensure the safety of Delhi’ites, they were told to be more sensitive to problems of common man and deal more efficiently with the complaints. The complainant should be updated regarding the progress of investigation in their cases at regular interval of 15 days. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”Officials should listen to the public and their grievances and not let them wait for so long,” sources added. “In the meeting, the emphasis was given upon the effective supervision of police authorities over the subordinates to improve the quality of police performance as well as functioning,” sources further said. At the conclusion of the meeting, the emphasis was given to regular and intense monitoring of the grievances to minimize pendency. It was also stressed upon the need to clear the pendency in CPGRAM cases within the time frame of 21 days and desired that some of the grievances which are pending for six months or one year should be disposed of immediately.
San Francisco: The much-anticipated mid-rangers from Google — the Pixel 3a and 3a XL smartphones could launch on May 7, said the company’s own store page. A teaser poster on Google Store stated: “On May 7, something big is coming to the Pixel universe” that also happens to coincide with the first day of the Google I/O conference. The teaser also added: “Help is on the way” and “the power is in your hands”. Meanwhile, prices of Google’s upcoming mid-range Pixel 3a and 3a XL smartphones have been leaked; they are likely to cost CAD 649 (approximately Rs 33,767) and CAD 799 (about Rs 41,571), respectively. The prices of Pixel 3a, (codenamed Sargo) and Pixel 3a XL (codenamed Bonito) were tipped on social news aggregation and discussion website Reddit late on Monday.
Dorial Green-Beckham10.910.16.90 On Tuesday, we looked at four players who changed teams during the offseason and could tip the scales of balance in the AFC. Now, we turn our attention to the NFC, where last season’s division champions — the Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks — all appear vulnerable, while several of the also-rans they bested have made significant additions.NFC East: Alshon Jeffery, WR, EaglesOpportunity: The Dallas Cowboys were the class of the NFC East last season, going 13-3. But a spate of off-field issues and the potential of regression for second-year quarterback Dak Prescott may open up an opportunity for Philadelphia. Despite finishing last in the division at 7-9, the Eagles were among the best teams in the NFL according to Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average, finishing fourth in the league (Dallas finished second).What needed to be addressed: Last year’s No. 2 pick of the NFL draft, Carson Wentz, took the league by storm — at least until fans, media and opposing defenses figured out that he was relying so heavily on the screen pass. According to TruMedia, Wentz threw more passes to or behind the line of scrimmage in 2017 than all but three other quarterbacks. And the Eagles ranked 29th in yards per completion last season.Potential impact: Jeffery and fellow free-agent acquisition Torrey Smith will add serious field-stretching ability to Philadelphia’s dink-and-dunk passing attack. Jeffery averaged an outstanding 15.8 yards per reception in 2016; since Jeffery became a full-time starter in 2013, only Julio Jones and T.Y. Hilton have averaged more yards per reception over more receptions. He also provides Wentz with a much more reliable catcher of the ball: Jeffery had the 14th-lowest drop rate of 87 qualifying NFL receivers in 2016, while Eagles WRs Jordan Matthews, Dorial Green-Beckham and Nelson Agholor ranked 59th, 81st and tied for last, respectively. Jordan Matthews11.09.64.50 YARDS/RECAIR YARDS/TGTDROP RATE Source: TRUMEDIA Alshon Jeffery15.813.11.10% Carson Wentz is getting an upgradeHow new Eagles wideout Alshon Jeffery’s 2016 performance compared with that of Philadelphia’s receiving corps. Nelson Agholor10.110.59.10 Question mark: At age 27, Jeffery already has a history of nagging muscle pulls and soft-tissue injuries. He also served a four-game suspension for performance-enhancing drug use in the middle of last season as a member of the Bears, making his gameday availability an ongoing concern.NFC North: Jarrad Davis (R), LB, LionsOpportunity: The Lions were just over half a game of head-to-head football away from claiming the NFC North crown when they squandered a 14-7 lead against the Green Bay Packers — and a 9-4 start to the season. They finished the year with three straight losses to fellow NFC playoff teams, including that Week 17, winner-take-all home game against the Packers. This spring, Detroit seriously outspent Green Bay in free agency, eyeing a possible first division title since 1993.What needed to be addressed: Detroit had the worst defense in the NFL last season, according to DVOA. Their pass coverage was an absolute disaster, allowing opponents to be 38.1 percent more effective than average through the air — by far the worst in the NFL. But none of the Lions’ major signings were on the defensive side of the ball.Potential impact: Davis, whom Detroit drafted with the No. 21 overall pick this spring, has been the unquestioned starter at middle linebacker since his first day on the team, according to the Lions’ official site. Head coach Jim Caldwell told the Detroit Free Press he expects Davis to “quickly” make an impact. Davis’s college defensive coordinator, Randy Shannon, described Davis as an amalgam of three linebackers Shannon coached at the University of Miami: Jonathan Vilma, Jon Beason and Ray Lewis. Those three boast 19 Pro Bowl appearances between them. If Davis’s athleticism and attitude are as advertised, he’ll fill a sizable portion of the hole in the middle of Detroit’s defense.Question mark: There’s no such thing as a can’t-miss rookie. Projecting a college player’s impact on an NFL unit is closer to superstition than art, let alone science. Further, Detroit’s problems with depth and quality up front were just exacerbated by pass-rusher Armonty Bryant’s latest suspension; it’s hard for linebackers to make impact plays when opposing quarterbacks are unpressured and tailbacks have free passes to the second level of the defense.NFC South: Adrian Peterson, RB, SaintsOpportunity: In 2016, the defending NFC champion Carolina Panthers finished 6-10, good for last place in the NFC South. Meanwhile, the Atlanta Falcons improved from a lackluster 8-8 in 2015 to winning the NFC for themselves last season. Somehow, in all the churn around them, the New Orleans Saints have finished 7-9 for three consecutive seasons. But with the Falcons losing the architect of the offense that took them to the Super Bowl, Kyle Shanahan, to the 49ers, the division could be there for the taking.What needed to be addressed: Saints tailback Mark Ingram had the fourth-highest per-carry rate of yards before contact in 2016; he didn’t run into a defender until he’d run an average of 3.26 yards. After the crack of the pad, Ingram was solid, averaging a 14th-best 1.82 yards after contact. But he can’t compare to Peterson:If Ingram needed any guidance learning how to make defenders looks silly, he now has the perfect mentor — albeit one who wants to steal his job. From 2011, the year Ingram entered the league, through 2016, Peterson had the highest average after-contact yardage rate of any back with at least 150 carries.Potential impact: Peterson’s historical lack of effectiveness out of shotgun alignments seemingly makes him an odd fit for Sean Payton and Drew Brees’s spread-style offense, but the Saints actually used shotgun formations at the eighth-lowest rate of any team in the NFL last year, according to Football Outsiders. Moreover, New Orleans ranked fourth in average yards-per-play when under center, roughly the same as in the ‘gun, and had one of the smallest gaps in efficiency between the two alignments. Though they still passed 63.4 percent of the time, the Saints are a strong fit for Peterson’s skill set. No wonder Peterson told Bleacher Report earlier this month that he was impressed by Payton’s passion about the dimension the veteran running back would add to the Saints’ offense.Question mark: Peterson is a 32-year-old running back with 11,747 of the hardest-earned yards in recent NFL history already on his odometer. The jury is out on how effective he could be moving forward.NFC West: Haason Reddick (R), LB, CardinalsOpportunity: At this time three years ago, the NFC West was one of the two best divisions in football. The San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks had a death grip on the rest of the NFC, but the Arizona Cardinals were right on their heels. Since then, attrition has taken a toll on all three squads; a Cardinals team that went 29-9 with Carson Palmer under center from 2013 to 2015 finished second in the division last year at 7-8-1.What needed to be addressed: A host of defenders from recent years left in free agency this past offseason. The Cardinals lost Calais Campbell, Kevin Minter, Alex Okafor and Tony Jefferson, who finished first, third, seventh and 10th, respectively, on the team’s defense in Pro-Football-Reference.com’s Approximate Value from 2013 to 2016.The Cardinals boasted a top-three DVOA defense in three of those four seasons, but to keep that up, they’ll need the best of whoever is left — including Karlos Dansby, who returns at age 35 after three years elsewhere. Arizona desperately needs a young impact defender who can run, cover and hit at all three levels of the defense.Potential impact: Reddick, a Temple product who put up an outstanding combine performance, has the size and athleticism to run with the Cardinals’ outstanding secondary. The 6-foot-1, 237-pound No. 13 overall pick was among the top-performing linebackers in the 40-yard dash (4.52 seconds), vertical jump (36.5 inches) and broad jump (133 inches). General manager Steve Keim told the media that he expects Reddick to have a “huge” impact, according to the team’s official site — and Reddick’s timetable to contribute has since been accelerated, with linebacker Deone Bucannon slated to start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list.Question mark: As with Davis, measurables and fit alone don’t guarantee anything in the NFL. Reddick will have to prove that his knack for playmaking in the AAC can translate to the NFL.
OSU redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker (24) returns an interception during the second half of the Buckeyes game against Nebraska on Nov. 5. The Buckeyes won 62-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe 2016 Ohio State Buckeyes are entering the third and final act of the season. Neither one of the first two acts can be distinctly separated from one another. At times, the curtain closed with a showering applause from the audience, and, on other occasions, the playbill was crumpled up and left in the aisle as people left with much to be desired.It doesn’t matter anymore. Scratch the first and the second act. The stars of the first two acts were junior H-back Curtis Samuel and redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker. The third act — the college football playoff — is what matters.Samuel and Hooker were each named Associated Press first-team All-Americans. The star playmakers on offense and defense have been the straw that stirs the drink for both sides of the ball. Against No. 2 Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl, the two are possibly the most important cogs to a national championship berth as any other player on either sideline.Hooker has been the surprise contributor to the Buckeye defense this year. From the first game of the year against Bowling Green when he tipped the ball with one hand to himself in mid-air, Hooker has continuously made head-turning plays that have kept OSU in games. He also served as a dagger to momentum in other games. The former high-school basketball standout from New Castle, Pennsylvania, stood the test against a high-praised Michigan wide receiving corps, but no unit in the country quite compares to the star-studded lineup Clemson puts at receiver.“From everything I’m hearing, these are the three or four best receivers we’ll ever face,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said. “Obviously a great quarterback, a nice balanced offense. That side of the ball is going to be a great matchup with their skill against ours.”Redshirt junior wide receiver Mike Williams, senior tight end Jordan Leggett and junior wide receiver Artavis Scott are three of the four Clemson Tigers with over 500 receiving yards on the year. On top of that, they are all on NFL draft boards. Clemson is one of four teams with two of the top 30 reception leaders in the country with Williams and Scott. Of course it helps when Heisman Trophy runner-up Deshaun Watson is the quarterback with almost 4,000 yards passing.Hooker, the pick-six extraordinaire, has championed co-defensive coordinator Greg Schiano’s sideline return play on interceptions. Hooker is tied for fifth nationally with six interceptions this season, and broke the school record against Michigan with his third interception for a touchdown in a single season. Without that touchdown, OSU likely isn’t in the position it is in right now, just one game away from a shot at the national championship. For Hooker to be absent or largely ineffective from the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl against the Tigers on Dec. 31 in Glendale, Arizona, wouldn’t only be shocking, it could be devastating to the No. 3 Buckeyes given Watson’s 15 interceptions thrown already.“It makes us even want to be more hungry,” Hooker said. “We’re going out there playing with a Heisman candidate and a great player, so it feels like it’s sort of a thing for the back end. I feel like if we stop the pass, we have a great chance of winning this game.”Meyer called Samuel the team’s No. 1 playmaker before the season even started. If his 1,526 offensive yards weren’t impressive, then maybe his third-down, crossfield dash that gave OSU a shot on fourth-and-1, or his game-winning touchdown in double overtime against Michigan were the final touch to a decorative three-layer cake built for a king.All season, Samuel has been the catalyst of the offense. If redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett couldn’t get things going on offense, Samuel was the guy. If Barrett was clicking in the passing game, Samuel was the reason. The Michigan game was Samuel’s coronation. A win in Arizona will require the Brooklyn native to capitalize on any ball thrown his way.“Whether there’s somebody in J.T.’s face or whatever it is as a receiver, we just feel like we have to make plays on those types of balls,” Meyer said. “We recruited well enough to make those type of plays and I just feel like we have to make those.”Clemson’s defense ranks fourth in the country in sacks per game and registers a sack on 9.45 percent of plays, which is eighth in the country.OSU’s offense has had its moments of inability to move the football, and sometimes that has been predicated on the lack of balance in the touches for Samuel. For three quarters of play, Michigan stopped Samuel from getting to the perimeter and beating defenses on the outside. Its pass rush, which had eight sacks against the OSU offensive line, prevented Barrett from looking downfield and finding his speedster, tooNo one can accurately determine how OSU’s offense will perform on New Year’s Eve at University of Phoenix Stadium, but one can predict that Samuel will be a featured element.
Southampton midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has apologized to the club’s supporters after picking up a red card during their 3-1 loss to Manchester City.The Saints hosted the Premier League champions at the St. Mary’s on Sunday, and Hojbjerg who leveled things for the home side at 1-1 in the first half, was shown a straight red card for a wild lounge on Fernandinho just before the end of the game.David Silva gave City an early lead in the 10th minute, before Hojbjerg pounced on a mistake by Zinchenko to equalize for the home side.However, two late first-half goals courtesy of an own-goal from James Ward-Prowse and a Sergio Aguero header ensured Pep Guardiola’s men picked up all three points.In a statement released on Saints’ Twitter account, Hojbjerg said:💬#SaintsFC’s Pierre-Emile Højbjerg apologised after his dismissal against #ManCity this afternoon: pic.twitter.com/hVmUOUPychPremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) December 30, 2018“I would like to apologise about my red card and letting my team-mates down.”“Sometimes my passion takes over my control, but I will work hard on this and I’m focused on coming back stronger.”“The support was great again and we must keep pulling together in one direction to reach our potential.”
Officials at Robins Air Force Base and community health care providers are exploring partnerships to provide training physicians, nurses and other primary care practitioners need to obtain continuing medical education credits.“The training requirement to keep our practitioners clinically current and competent is no different than the requirements for our pilots. The 78th MDG [Medical Group] simply cannot afford to keep doing business as it always has, and this is one way that we see a beneficial solution for the base and community,” said Col. Shari Silverman, commander of the 78th Medical Group.The installation, located in Middle Georgia, and community health care providers are hoping to cut travel costs by offering required training locally, reported Robins Public Affairs.With the same objective in mind, the 78th Dental Squadron last year hosted a dental conference that included continuing education training.“The conference not only builds local civilian-military dental professional alliances, it also gives regional dental military professionals the ability to get continuing education credits for the cost of essentially gas,” said Lt. Col. Rene Saenz, commander of the 78th Dental Squadron.Representatives from the 78th Civil Engineer Group and city and county offices also discussed the potential to collaborate on training opportunities at a meeting last month. In addition, the group looked at ways to partner with Houston County on paving projects.“The benefits for the training would be a cost savings by sharing the costs between us,” said Becky McCoy, 78th Civil Engineering Squadron director.Robins and the community have been forging partnerships for the past three years under the Air Force Community Partnership Program, according to the story. To date, the two have reached 100 agreements covering services such as fire protection, law enforcement, work study internships and youth recreation. Dan Cohen AUTHOR