I recently read in the Indianapolis Star that Butler basketball coach, Holtmann, had his contract extended through 2021-22. This, of course, will help in his recruiting process. Athletes can enter the school knowing he has a contract beyond their graduation date. This is important in the Big East. This gives Coach Holtmann job security as well.The question is: Has he done enough to deserve this extension? I would say with a 22-11 and 23-11 record for the past 2 years, he has shown enough to warrant that extension. After all, he is coaching in the Big East where wins do not come easy, especially on the road. Good luck, Coach!
RelatedPosts Woods, Manning beat Mickelson, Brady in charity match Woods, Mickelson, Manning, Brady set for showdown Woods to be inducted into 2021 Hall of Fame Tiger Woods is back on the history trail. The 43-year-old duly converted his advantage in the rain-delayed Zozo Championship in Japan on Monday and so celebrated equalling Sam Snead’s record of 82 wins on the PGA Tour.Adam Scott, the former world No 1, spoke for everyone in the game when he said: “Tiger never ceases to amaze.” This was Woods’ first event in nine weeks and his first since a fifth knee operation, but he shrugged off the rust in emphatic style for his first title since his Masters resurrection in April.A 67 gave him a 19-under total and a three-shot victory in Tokyo over local favourite Hideki Matsuyama, with Rory McIlroy three shots further back in third. When Woods was in the midst of his back problems a few years ago, Snead’s mark seemed to be safe, along with Jack Nicklaus’s record major haul of 18.Yet now, with the spinal fusion such a success and his most recent procedure also looking like it has given him fresh impetus, everything in the immortality stakes is all up for grabs again.“Well, it’s a big number,” Woods said. “I didn’t know if I would ever play again. I was just hoping to be able to walk normal again. To be able to go through all that to get to where I’m at now, I’m very appreciative. I know how it feels to have this game, you know, what I felt like, taken away from me, where I couldn’t participate in the way that I wanted to. Just so happy and so fortunate to be able to have this opportunity again.“This week was a good sign for the future. Certainly the future looks brighter than it has and hopefully I can be as consistent as Sam [who won his last PGA Tour when he was 52 was] well into my 40s and early 50s. It is just crazy. It is a lot.“I have been able to be consistent most of my career and have put myself up there with a chance to win on a number of occasions. There was plenty of times I didn’t but today was one of those days where I was able to pull it out.”Woods climbs to sixth in the world rankings and has made his own task as Presidents Cup captain that much easier. Woods picks his four wildcards for the match against the Internationals in Melbourne next week and there can be no doubt he should and shall pick himself. Tags: Hideki MatsuyamaPGA TourTiger Woods
Kilbane, who made 110 appearances for the Republic, was not present at the match but was informed of the language by a close friend and has since contacted the FA. Kilbane’s 10-year-old daughter, Elsie, has Down’s Syndrome, and the former Sunderland, Everton and Wigan winger is a patron of the Down’s Syndrome Association charity. He said in the Daily Mail and Daily Mirror: “I am sure they understand they are causing offence. You cannot sweep it under the carpet and label it as ignorance. It is visible and clear and like racist or homophobic chanting, it is intended to cause offence. “I want to be able to take my kids to football matches and when Elsie gets older she will understand about her condition and I would not want her to hear that kind of chanting. If her sister Isla heard it, she would be devastated too, as my friend’s sons were. “I spoke to him and he was extremely upset and I felt I had to report it. No family should have to put up with it at football matches. “It was very clear and sadly it appeared to be from a large number of West Ham fans in the ground. This was not isolated to a handful of people. “This is a wider society problem, not just a problem with football and idiots are using football as a tool to show their ignorance and discrimination. “I have spoken to the FA and they have assured me they will investigate it thoroughly. In all my time playing and watching football, I have never heard this before. Hopefully we can do something to make sure it isn’t again and this awful chant does not spread.” Kilbane’s allegations come just a day after Tottenham called for tough action against fans who were shown on a video clip chanting an anti-Semitic song. The video, filmed by a passenger on the London Underground, appears to show West Ham supporters chanting anti-Semitic songs. The latest clip shows a group of fans standing in the Tube chanting “I’ve got foreskin, how about you? F******Jew”. West Ham have said any fan behaving inappropriately faces a possible life ban. Hammers fans are reported to have chanted “Harry Kane talks like a m**g and plays like one too”, during the 2-2 draw against Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Sunday. The word “m**g” is a derogatory slang term for people with learning disabilities. Press Association Former Republic of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane has made an official complaint to the Football Association after West Ham fans allegedly used insulting language mocking disabled people.
Monk has not lost any of his previous three meetings with Arsene Wenger, Swansea claiming a 2-2 draw at the Emirates Stadium in March 2014 before doing the double over Arsenal last season for only the second time in their history. Wenger criticised Monk’s approach after Swansea’s smash-and-grab success in north London in May when Bafetimbi Gomis scored an 85th-minute winner, the Arsenal manager complaining the Welsh club “refused to play completely and just defended.” Monk felt the result vindicated his tactics on the night and he hopes to again shock Arsenal, opponents who have lost only twice in the Barclays Premier League this season. “They are always very tough games against Arsenal but we’ve managed to get some decent results against them home and away,” Monk said. “We’re always confident against the big sides at home and we’ve shown time and again if we put our best football on the pitch we can win. “I think it’s good to remind the players that we’ve beaten them in the past. “But it’s not like when you first came up to the league and you want to beat one of the bigger teams to give you that belief you can do it. “From the very first game last season, when we beat Manchester United away, it showed the players are established Premier League players. “They’re not naive, they’re very experienced at this level, and more than capable of beating any team.” Arsenal have had a difficult week with a 3-0 Capital One Cup defeat to Sheffield Wednesday and seeing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott join Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Tomas Rosicky, Danny Welbeck and Mikael Arteta on the injury list. Press Association But Monk feels Arsenal have more than enough quality in their squad to cover for those high-profile absentees. “I don’t think it matters how many injuries they have,” Monk said. “They have an excellent squad packed full of world-class talent and this is the advantage the bigger teams have. “They have such powerful squads they can afford a lot of injuries. “If you flip it around and we had those injuries we’d obviously be thin on the ground. “Of course they wouldn’t want those injuries, but they’ve got depth in talent to deal with it.” Swansea claimed their first victory since the end of August when they won 2-1 at Aston Villa last week. The win lifted Swansea into 12th place and Monk says he has been surprised by some of the criticism aimed at both him and his players. “We haven’t played the last four or five games to the level we’re capable of,” Monk said. “But, for me, it’s all about perception and we’re on a par, if not very close, to more illustrious teams in this league on vastly superior budgets to ourselves. “Our record is the same or as close to theirs, yet the perception is we’re not having a good time and they’re having a good season. “There will be periods within a season that you don’t perform at your best, but it’s important to put points on the board in those periods and we’ve done that.” Swansea manager Garry Monk will remind his players of their good recent record against Arsenal before the Gunners’ Liberty Stadium visit.
The former Barcelona goalkeeper has only made two appearances since joining United 12 months ago and has reportedly experienced a strained relationship with manager Louis van Gaal. Valdes on Thursday sent a farewell message to his supporters, posting a message on Twitter above a picture of United’s training ground saying: ”Thank you all for your support during these months of hard work for me. I will never forget! See you soon!” Valdes signed an 18-month contract with United after moving to Old Trafford a year ago but fell out with Van Gaal over the summer. He did not go on the summer tour to the United States and was not permitted to train with the first-team squad, and has not been given a shirt number this term. Valdes won the Champions League three times at Barca and has also won the World Cup and European Championship with Spain. He becomes the fifth United player to go out on loan this month after fellow goalkeepers Sam Johnstone, Dean Henderson and Kieran O’Hara, and striker Ashley Fletcher. Adnan Januzaj, Will Keane, Donald Love and Joel Castro Pereira have all returned to the club in recent weeks, while Liam Grimshaw and Ben Pearson have both made permanent moves to Preston. The 34-year-old is moving to the Belgian club on loan until the end of the season and will become a free agent in the summer. A statement on the Red Devils’ website said: “Manchester United and Standard Liege have reached agreement for the temporary transfer of goalkeeper Victor Valdes, effective until the end of the current season.” Press Association Victor Valdes’ unhappy stay at Manchester United is over after the club confirmed a move to Standard Liege.
Wednesday the Democrats will debate again this time on NBC. The debate comes about one month before Florida’s Presidential Primary on March 17.Voters across the state need to make sure they’re registered to vote ahead of time.The deadline to register to vote or change your party affiliation is Tuesday, Feb 18.In Palm Beach County, 20 municipal elections will be held in conjunction with the Presidential Primary.To register click here.Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden continues to attack his fellow rivals like Bernie Sanders as his campaign spirals downward.Biden says that Sanders has been talking about universal healthcare for 35 years and has done nothing about i.Biden also criticized former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, saying the amount of money he has spent on advertising can’t erase his record. Bloomberg hasn’t yet qualified for Wednesday’s NBC News and MSNBC debate in Las Vegas, but he has through Tuesday to meet the party’s criteria.With that potential clash looming, both Biden and and Sen. Amy Klobuchar criticized Bloomberg in interviews on “Meet the Press” at a time when the former mayor faces increased scrutiny over past comments about race, policing and women at his eponymous company.
– No meetings for the past 10 months since Ouditt demitted officeCONSTANT bickering has left the Guyana Horse Racing Authority (GHRA) racing to a new low as executive members have not met to discuss GHRA’sbusiness for the past 10 months.Vickram Ouditt, the last president of the GHRA told Chronicle Sport that he demitted office in February this year following the expiration of his term, but officials of that body say they have not been officially notified.Ouditt was elected President of the horse racing body at the Annual General Meeting on February 9, 2014; and according to the GHRA, new elections are due every year.However, Ouditt is claiming that after his term in office expired,he decided not to seek re-election to the top post, and as such he had informed some members of the racing authority of his decision.To this end, acting secretary of the body, Chattergoon Ramnauth,told Chronicle Sport that Ouditt has never informed him as secretary or any other member of the authority of his decision.“The fact is, we at the GHRA never had a meeting since February this year,” Ramnauth said. He added “Elections were supposed to be in February, but truly speaking I have no idea.In my opinion the GHRA is non-functional at this time because no meetings were held nor was there any form of discussion;be it oral or written”.Ouditt, who replaced Justice Cecil Kennard as president, had faced a torrent of criticisms from the horsing racing fraternity ever since he was first elected president of the body, when the sport was resuscitated almost a decade ago.Things went well for some time. However, because of the attitude of certain members of the authority,he did not seek re-election at election time.Khemraj Rai succeeded him as president and carried on for about six months.Unfortunately,differences arose between members of the authority. He resigned as he felt that he was not getting full support from some of the members;fter which Kennard was elected.While the sport has become one of the major sporting disciplines locally, the backbiting within the body is one reason the sport has not been a bigger success story in Guyana.The lack of adequate legislation is another reason the sport is not properly run.Dubbed the ‘Sport of Kings’, horse racing, since its resuscitation locally, has been operating under a legal document that was registered under the miscellaneous Deeds Act.But back in 2014, a key step to regularise the sport was taken when the then Legal Advisor to the Guyana Horse Racing Authority (GHRA), Rajendra Poonai, handed over a draft legislation on the sport to then Sports Minister Dr. Frank Anthony.Nothing much was done by the previous administration with regards to the implementation of the legislation.However, the present Government cannot escape their fair share of criticism since a copy of a horse racing legislation has been with the government for some time now.In fact, an official from the GHRA has confirmed that the copy was handed over to the National Sport Commission late last year but remained sceptical about the status of the document.Assistant Director of Sport,Brian Smith,confirmed that NSC had indeed received the document which was sent to the Attorney General Chambers.The draft Guyana Horse Racing Authority Act which will allow the sport to run more effectively and to deal with violators includes:increasing the membership of the Racing Authority from nine to 15; including the Bush Lot United Turf Club as a member of the GHRA and implementing a two-year term for members of the Authority.The legislation which was championed by former GHRA president Justice Cecil Kennard, will also give the GHRA the power to schedule race dates for race meetings in the event that a club is unable to run off a race meeting.
FIFA’s Scribe, other top football stakeholders to grace the eventDuro IkhazuagbeSuper Eagles’ Class of 1994 –the team that qualified Nigeria for her first –ever FIFA World Cup finals and won the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time on away ground is to be honoured on Monday at the AITEO-NFF Football Awards.At the occasion scheduled to hold at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos, five members of that golden generation of Nigeria football are going to be conspicuously absent when the roll call of the gallant men who spectacularly reached the Round of 16 before crashing out to a star-studded Italian side is announced. Rashidi Yekini, the gangling goal king who scored the country’s first ever World Cup goal against Bulgaria leads those who have passed on. Others include Uche Okafor, Thompson Oliha, Wilfred Agbonnavbare and Captain of the team, Stephen Keshi.Chairman of the Awards Committee and NFF 1st Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi, confirmed Thursday that the Secretary –General of FIFA, Ms Fatma Samoura has confirmed her arrival in Nigeria for the big event.It was also learnt that 20 presidents of Member Associations of FIFA and CAF have been invited from across the African continent.Chieftains of sponsors AITEO (Nigeria’s leading energy solution company) led by Deputy Managing Director, Francis Peters, will grace Monday’s showpiece.Already, about six state governors have been invited, alongside Nigeria’s Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung.According to NFF’s Director of Communications, Ademola Olajire, the occasion will also be graced by major stakeholders in the country’s football.“A number of renowned stakeholders and oaks of the entertainment industry will also be in the auditorium on Monday night. Leading television stations, SuperSport and Africa Independent Television (AIT) will broadcast the event live,” observed Olajire last night.Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State and FIFA Secretary General, Fatma Samoura (the first woman holder of that exalted position and a proud daughter of the African continent) it was learnt, will receive special awards at the occasion.When the awards debuted last year, it marked the first time that the nation’s football-governing body was organising an Awards ceremony to reward and inspire the major actors and actresses in the Nigerian football space.On Monday, gongs will be presented to winners in Player of the Year (men), Player of the Year (women), Coach of the Year (men), Coach of the Year (women), Young Player of the Year (men), Young Player of the Year (women), Team of the Season, Fair-play Award, Goal of the Season, Fans of the Season, NFF Development Award, NFF Order of Merit Award, Lifetime Achievement Award and Platinum Award categories.Also, there will be special recognition of a ‘Legends Eleven,’ a squad of outstanding former Nigeria international players.Last year’s gong went to the 1973 set of Green Eagles that won Nigeria’s first major honour – the gold medal of the football event of the 2nd All-Africa Games that held in Lagos.LAST YEAR’S AWARD WINNERSYoung Player of the Year (Women): Rasheedat AjibadeYoung Player of the Year (Men): Ikouwem UdohFair Play Award: Remo Stars FCFans of the Season: El-Kanemi Warriors FC FansCoach of the Year (Women): Ann ChiejineCoach of the Year (Men): Kennedy BoboyeGoal of the Year: Sikiru Olatubosun (MFM FC)Team of the Season: Plateau United FCNFF Development Award: Channels Television (Channels Kids’ Cup)Legends Eleven: Ann Chiejine, Austin Eguavoen, Felix Owolabi, Nwankwo Kanu, Christian Chukwu, Uche Okechukwu, Segun Odegbami, Mercy Akide-Udoh, Thompson Usiyen, Augustine ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, Adokiye AmiesimakaSpecial Recognition: Nigeria’s 1973 All-Africa Games Gold MedallistsPlatinum Award: Gianni InfantinoShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Player of the Year: Michael MerschOne of the few bright spots for the Wisconsin offense through the early part of the season, junior forward Michael Mersch netted 23 goals and added 13 assists to the team in scoring. His 23 goals were good enough for the second best tally in the WCHA and fourth best in the country.While the first line stumbled out of the gates, struggling to find the back of the net, Mersch’s production from the second line was a much-needed boost for an under-performing team.Known for his gritty goal scoring style, Mersch’s production didn’t stop when his teammates joined in on the scoring action as the season waned.Instead, he continued to score, adding two goals in the final game of the regular season to give the Badgers a key win against St. Cloud State – propelling the team into the 4-seed for the WCHA playoffs.Rookie of the Year: Nic KerdilesAfter missing the first 10 games of the season due to certain “code of amateurism” violations, freshman forward Nic Kerdiles didn’t skip a beat when he stepped into the lineup for the Badgers against No. 5 Denver Nov. 30.Kerdiles quickly earned himself a spot on UW’s first line with junior center Mark Zengerle and junior winger Tyler Barnes and earned his first points for the Badgers on assists in back-to-back goals in only his second game with the team.On the season, Kerdiles earned the second highest point total on the team after Mersch, scoring 11 goals and tallying 22 assists to give him 33 points.However, his late-season scoring, in addition to a burst in production for the rest of the offense, helped lead Wisconsin to its first Broadmoor Trophy since 1998.To end the season, Kerdiles has built a 12-game point-scoring streak that will extend into the season next fall, while also accumulating a 5-game multi-point streak along the way.Should he continue to stay with the Badgers another year, a more experienced Kerdiles will play a vital role in UW’s success next year as they look to build on their first-round NCAA Tournament appearance in 2013.Moment of the Year: Hockey City Classic victory over MinnesotaAfter a hard-to-swallow loss to rival Minnesota Friday at home, the Badgers defeated Minnesota 3-2 in stunning fashion at the Hockey City Classic on Feb. 17.Played outside at Soldier Field in Chicago on a sunny day, both teams sported retro uniforms in front of a crowd of more than 52,000 fans throughout the course of the day.It was the Badgers first outdoor appearance since they hosted Michigan at Camp Randall in 2010, and it was the Golden Gophers’ first outdoor appearance in the team’s history.With temperatures hovering around freezing, both teams struggled to build any sustained momentum in the slushy conditions, but by the end of the third period, three shots had found the back of the net – enough to give the Badgers a vital momentum-building lead midway through the season.Game of the Year: The Broadmoor Trophy GameIn what may have been one of their most complete efforts of the season, the Badgers took home one of the WCHA’s most coveted trophies. With a 3-2 win over Colorado College, Wisconsin claimed the last Broadmoor Trophy in the current WCHA and won an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.While three separate skaters scored – junior forwards Tyler Barnes and Sean Little, as well as freshman forward Nic Kerdiles – UW put up 33 shots on net to CC’s 22. And as the offense produced, the defense blocked shots to no end, only allowing a surging Tigers’ squad four shots on goal in the third period.The Badgers killed off both of the Tigers’ power plays, allowing only two shots on goal on the man-advantage. The only area of the game where Wisconsin fell short was the power play – similar to the rest of the season. On four opportunities the Badgers only managed one shot on goal and couldn’t find the back of the net. Regardless of that minor pitfall, the Badgers held onto their lead for their first Broadmoor Trophy since 1998.Most Improved: Junior forward Tyler BarnesWisconsin’s turn around from a 1-7-2 start to a WCHA playoff title season seemed to be mirrored individually by none other than Barnes.Prior to the start of the season, Barnes was expected to be a big part of the Badger’s offense but, 11 games in, had only three points to his name. He didn’t make a noticeable mark on the stat sheet until late in the first half of the season, but it wasn’t until February that he started to produce consistently. From February through the end of the season – 18 games, 17 played – Barnes netted nine of his 15 goals on the season, four of which he scored in the Badgers’ three WCHA tournament contests.Barnes credited some better in-game luck with a mixture of tough love and encouragement from Eaves for his personal improvement.“It was a day-to-day thing,” Barnes said in a March 25 press conference. “It was both, and that’s really what I needed. There’s times when you can tell I need someone to pick me up a little bit, and there’s times when I need someone to get on me. And he was able to do all that and really keep me focused and keep me pushing forward.”
DURHAM, N.C. — Coming out of its second bye week of the season, Syracuse (4-6, 1-5 Atlantic Coast) showed different looks than weeks past. A few reverses, some blitz combinations and three turnovers were enough to push the Orange past Duke (4-6, 2-4), 49-6, on Saturday night at Wallace Wade Stadium. Syracuse finished with 395 yards, including 286 on the ground. After allowing nearly 500 rushing yards to Boston College, Syracuse held Duke to 276 total yards and handed the Blue Devils their fourth straight loss. Below are three takeaways from the Orange’s first win since September. Turning it around Syracuse forced Duke turnovers on three straight possessions in the third quarter. All three turnovers were followed by Syracuse touchdowns. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe first marked the Orange’s defensive touchdown of the season. It started with an Antwan Cordy pass break-up that sent the ball lofting into the air. Then, cornerback Chris Fredrick knocked the ball away. Finally, as the ball lofted through the air one last time, Andre Cisco grabbed the ball and dashed 48 yards to the end zone. The second turnover came from the air again, as Fredrick knocked the ball loose out of a Duke receivers hands. As the ball bounced out of the Duke players grasp, Fredrick snatched the ball for a turnover and subsequent drive that ended in a Luke Benson touchdown. The third turnover came from Andrew Armstrong yanking the ball loose and Evan Foster scooping the ball for a 27-yard return. A Moe Neal touchdown on the following drive put the Orange up 29 and all but ended the game. On the runThe Orange had almost triple the amount of rushing yards than passing yards.As winds rattled the goal posts, Syracuse relied on its ground game to pace the offense after a successful first drive in the air. Neal, playing a little more than two hours away from his hometown, ran wild on Syracuse’s second touchdown drive of the game. With Syracuse’s offensive line winning the point of attack over Duke’s line, Neal just needed to make open field tacklers miss.Several times Neal shook by defenders and dashed to open field toward the sideline. On one play, with two pulling offensive linemen in front of him, Neal darted up the sideline and 35 yards later dove for the pylon. He was ruled out of bounds, though Tommy DeVito finished the drive with a rushing touchdown of his own.Neal finished with 115 yards and a touchdown while the Orange totaled 286 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. Going bowling? With it’s first against a Power 5 team this year, Syracuse keeps its bowl hopes alive. With two games remaining on the schedule, the Orange would have to win both of its games to become an automatic qualifier for a bowl game. Syraucse travels to Louisville (5-4), who plays North Carolina State on Saturday night, before hosting Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons spent part of this season ranked in the Top 25 but most recently lost to Clemson, 52-3, on Saturday. If a not enough teams qualify at 6-6, the Orange could still make a bowl game at 5-7. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 16, 2019 at 7:29 pm Contact Josh: email@example.com | @Schafer_44