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Busy sport show weekend on tap

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dan Armitage, host of Buckeye Sportsman, Ohio’s longest running outdoor radio showOhio’s popular winter sports show season gets underway this month peaking with a busy four-event extended weekend Thursday through Monday, Jan. 17 to 21.The annual outdoor expo action actually started Jan. 11 in Columbus, with the Ohio RV & Boat Show at the Ohio Expo center January 11 to13, an event that continues Jan. 16 through 20. Visit ohiorvandboatshow.com for details.The five-day Cleveland Boat Show at the airport IX Center in Cleveland opens its doors at noon on Thursday, Jan. 17. Ohio’s largest and longest-running boat show, the Cleveland event has a huge selection of watercraft and related vendors and activities. The show’s popular fishing area offers angling seminars on the Hawg Trough, including my kids fishing program on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, as well as hands-on programs presented at the Ohio Sea Grant stage by area fishing experts and biologists. Show hours are Thursday and Friday noon to 9, Saturday 10 to 9, Sunday 10 to 6, and Monday, Martin Luther King Day and Kids Day at the show, from 10 to 5. Visit clevelandboatshow.com for more information.The busy sport show weekend also gets underway Thursday Jan. 17 some 70 miles to the south of Cleveland in Mt. Hope when the Northeast Ohio Sportsman Show gets underway at the event center there. This is a well-attended hunting, trapping and fishing expo with a strong Amish attendance that has grown to be one of the largest combination hunting and fishing shows in the Midwest. The event features few boats, but lots of vendors and ongoing seminars on Ohio hunting and fishing subjects, the latter atop the 5,000 gallon Hawg Trough demonstration fishing tank. I’ll be there Thursday, Friday and Saturday leading the Kids Fishing Fun! program, along with several Ohio fishing experts sharing tips on catching panfish, catfish, bass, walleye, sauger and ice fishing. A separate stage offers non-stop hunting and trapping programs. Hours are Thursday 2 to 9, Friday 9 to 9 and Saturday 9 to 5 — note that the show does not convene on Sunday, and visit ohiosportsmanshow.com for details.A smaller, single day show of special interest to fly fishermen, the North Coast Fly Fishers, a Fly Fishers International charter club based on the east side of Cleveland, holds its 17th annual Northern Ohio Fly Fishing Expo from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Days Inn & Suites, 4742 Brecksville Road, in Richfield, Ohio. The Expo will feature four seminar series (Masters, Fishing Locations, Fly Tying, and Getting Started), fly tying demonstrations by celebrity and club tiers, many vendors, and non-profit organizations related to the sport of fly fishing. The featured speaker this year is George Daniel, author of the highly regarded books “Strip-Set” on fishing streamer flies and “Dynamic Nymphing” on fishing nymphs. Located in Northeast Ohio near interstate highways I-77 and I-80, the Expo offers interesting activities for the whole family, from those thinking about trying the sport to highly experienced fly fishers. Help is even available to assist scouts working on their fly fishing merit badge. Visit ncff.net for more information.last_img read more

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World Cup 2018: It’s defence vs attack as Uruguay face France in quarters

first_imgThe attacking talents of France will have to find a way to break the steely defence of Uruguay as both teams clash in the World Cup quarter-finals on Friday.The South American nation boasts the joint-meanest defence in the ongoing tournamentUruguay kept Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo at bay in their 2-1 last-16 win, and that goal conceded was the only one against them so far in Russia – a defensive feat only matched by Brazil, who play Belgium later on Friday.But France banged in four goals in their last 16 game against Argentina, and will be hoping their formidable attacking trio of Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappe can turn it on again at the Nizhny Novgorod stadium.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGENineteen-year-old Mbappe scored two goals in the Argentina game, becoming the first teenager since Brazilian great Pele in the 1958 final to score two goals in one World Cup match.But it was his amazing 70-metre sprint earlier in the match, to win France a penalty, that stunned viewers worldwide.”I was wondering whether he was riding a scooter,” joked France midfielder Florian Thauvin of the teenager whom Uruguay’s defenders must be having nightmares about.Also Read – World Cup 2018: Neymar has spent an astonishing 14 minutes on the groundOn the surface, though, Uruguay look relaxed and their experienced central defenders Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin are relishing the chance to foil both Mbappe and their friend and Atletico Madrid team mate Griezmann.”We want to deny them space, stop them playing, make their strikers uncomfortable – that’s our weapon,” said midfielder Diego Laxalt at the Uruguay camp in a hotel outside Nizhny Novgorod which, oddly, is painted in the colours of Brazil.advertisementAlso read – World Cup 2018: Dazzling goals, memorable celebrations and the dance of joyWith an impressive strike partnership of their own in Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, the Uruguayans believe they can surpass their most recent best of a semi-final in 2010 – though Cavani is sweating on a calf injury that may keep him out.’Les Bleus’ will be inspired by the two-decade anniversary of their only World Cup win in 1998, while double winners Uruguay’s modern generation are desperate to recreate the black-and-white-era glories of their 1930 and 1950 trophies.The winners will play Brazil or Belgium, who meet in their quarter-final in Kazan on Friday evening, for a place in the July 15 final.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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a month agoInter Milan eyeing Chelsea striker Giroud for January

first_imgInter Milan eyeing Chelsea striker Giroud for Januaryby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan are eyeing Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud for January.Calciomercato says the Nerazzurri are already reassessing their options up top.Real Madrid forward Luka Jovic – signed from Eintracht Frankfurt in the summer – could be the subject of a loan bid.While Inter are also weighing up a move for World Cup winner Giroud – who could be tempted to leave West London should he continue to play second fiddle to Tammy Abraham.Giroud is seen as a cheap option for the 2010 Champions League winners with the 32-year-old available on a free transfer in the summer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Net Zero Energy Building Opens at UWI

first_img Jamaica and the Caribbean’s first net zero energy building was officially opened on Wednesday (October 25) on the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Mona Campus.The 2,300-square-foot structure, situated along Gibraltar Way, is designed as a model to encourage construction of sustainable and energy-efficient buildings throughout the region.As a prototype, it will demonstrate emerging and best practices in the built environment as it relates to energy efficiency, renewable energy and environmental design.The building will house the Centre for Advanced Research in Renewable Energy (CARRE), the first such centre in the Caribbean, promoting research in photovoltaic (solar), wind and biomass energy.A net zero building is one where the total amount of energy used by the building on an annual basis is roughly equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site.The long-term benefits are lower environmental impact and operating and maintenance costs, better resiliency to power outages and natural disasters, and improved energy security.Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, said now that the prototype building is complete and ready for use, Jamaica is looking forward to the results, in order to make the case for more energy-efficient building designs and greater use of renewable resources.“I welcome this initiative and congratulate all those who have been involved with the project. We want, now, to see more of this happening in both the public and private sectors,” he said.He noted that the adaptation and implementation of net zero energy buildings will go a far way in reducing the country’s carbon footprint by ensuring future utility cost savings and improved daylighting with less glare.“The net zero energy building becomes more significant to us when we take account of the fact that buildings account for over a third of the world’s energy use and associated greenhouse gas emissions,” Dr. Wheatley pointed out.It is estimated that more than half of the electricity produced is consumed by buildings, with 10 to 20 per cent of total life-cycle use going into manufacture and assembly of building material, construction, maintenance, refurbishing and demolition.Eighty to 90 per cent of energy consumed over the life of the building is for heating, cooling, lighting and ventilation.“In tropical and subtropical regions, the main demands are generated by air conditioning, lighting, water heating and appliances. It is, therefore, important for us to focus a lot more on making our buildings more efficient, so that they are easier and cheaper to heat, cool, light and ventilate,” Dr. Wheatley said.Principal Investigator, Low Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Promoting Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Building in Jamaica (LGGE) Project, Professor Tara Dasgupta, said that the building will save approximately 50,000 kilowatts of energy, which translates to a reduction in carbon dioxide emission of 34.5 metric tonnes per year.He informed that as soon as the building is active, an energy audit will be undertaken.He said that energy consumption and production will be monitored for one year and the results submitted to an international accreditation body for zero energy building certification.The net zero energy building project was implemented by the UWI Institute of Sustainable Development with funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and technical assistance from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Jamaica and the Caribbean’s first net zero energy building was officially opened on Wednesday (October 25) on the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Mona Campus. The building will house the Centre for Advanced Research in Renewable Energy (CARRE), the first such centre in the Caribbean, promoting research in photovoltaic (solar), wind and biomass energy. Story Highlights Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, said now that the prototype building is complete and ready for use, Jamaica is looking forward to the results, in order to make the case for more energy-efficient building designs and greater use of renewable resources.last_img read more

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We all knew he was like this Salman Rushdie unsurprised by Trump

first_imgTORONTO – As Donald Trump continues to face backlash for blaming “both sides” at a deadly protest in Charlottesville, Va., celebrated author Salman Rushdie says he’s not surprised by the embattled U.S. president’s behaviour.“If you’ve lived in New York as I now have the last almost 20 years, we in New York, we’ve seen Trump,” Rushdie said in an interview Wednesday for his novel “The Golden House,” which is set against the backdrop of the last eight years of U.S. politics.“He’s been around, and people in New York got his number a long time ago. Everybody knew who he was, and it’s as if America is now discovering what New Yorkers have known for a long time. So, it’s no surprise Trump would behave like this.”In a news conference Tuesday, Trump appeared to equate the actions of white supremacist groups and those protesting them.Violence broke out Saturday in Charlottesville after a loosely connected mix of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and other far-right extremists assembled to protest the city’s decision to remove a towering statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Heather Heyer was killed when a man plowed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters. Heyer’s memorial was held Wednesday.Trump’s remarks were met with swift condemnation, including by those within his own party. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham issued a statement saying the president’s words were “dividing Americans, not healing them.”“He seems to have a great difficulty in condemning neo-Nazis. It seems to actually be physically difficult for him to do so,” said Rushdie. “As a result, he goes into these bizarre rants where he makes false moral equivalencies between the extreme right and the left.“If he weren’t the president, it would seem like the ranting of an idiot. But since he’s the most powerful man in the world it’s deeply alarming to see him issuing a series of dog whistles which are… picked up quite clearly by the extreme right even to the point to which (former Ku Klux Klan leader) David Duke texts or tweets his thanks to Trump during the press conference. …“The destruction that has been wrought in these six months is impossible to overstate,” he added.When asked if Trump would serve out his full term, Rushdie said he was “bad at forecasting the future,” but seemed less than thrilled by the other potential contenders for the office.“Like anybody else, I’m watching the (Robert) Mueller investigation with great interest,” he said of the FBI probe into Russian interference in the U.S. election.“If we lose Trump we get (U.S. Vice-President Mike) Pence and if we lose Pence we get (House Speaker Paul) Ryan. If we get Ryan, we get Orrin Hatch. It’s not particularly an optimistic forecast.”— With files from The Associated Press—Follow @lauren_larose on Twitterlast_img read more

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Prairie ticket takes Friday nights 60 million Lotto Max jackpot

first_imgTORONTO – This should be a weekend to remember for a very lucky person, or persons, on the Prairies.That’s where the lone winning ticket for Friday night’s $60 million Lotto Max jackpot was sold.The exact location has yet to be revealed.The draw also offered 56 Maxmillions prizes of $1 million each — and 27 of them were won.Those prizes will be shared amongst 36 winning ticket holders.The jackpot for the next Lotto Max draw on Nov. 2 will be approximately $39 million.last_img

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NBA Playoffs Preview The Cavs Down Two Players Are Still Favored Against

Kevin Love’s dislocated shoulder leaves the Cleveland Cavaliers with just two of their “Big Three” for the rest of the playoffs. But the remaining “Big Two” — LeBron James and Kyrie Irving — are probably enough to outlast the Chicago Bulls. FiveThirtyEight’s forecast, which is based on Real Plus-Minus, gives the Cavs a 70 percent likelihood of moving on. The Cavs will also be without J.R. Smith — who was suspended for the first two games of this series after throwing an ill-advised elbow against the Boston Celtics.1These projections assume he plays 20 minutes per game, down from 32 minutes per game this year.The Cavaliers’ offense is spectacular; it ranked third, behind only the Clippers and Warriors, in points per 100 possessions. It is built on shooting a ton of threes — the second-most in the league, as a percentage of total shots — and highly efficient attacking drives to the hoop from James and Irving. The Cavs also excel at offensive rebounding, especially Tristan Thompson, who will play big minutes now that Love is out. Admittedly, it’s still not clear exactly how Cleveland will adjust its rotation. The Bulls are tough and will put up a fight, but the Cavs’ offensive firepower, led by James, will most likely be too much to handle.The Bulls, by contrast, win on defense. Chicago held opponents to the second-lowest shooting percentage in the league. The defense carried them through an inconsistent year from Derrick Rose, who was sidelined with sporadic injuries. Rose, however, showed flashes of brilliance in the first round. And Jimmy Butler is the Bulls’ real star — with a +3.7 Real Plus-Minus rating, he’s the second-best player in this series behind James. Rose and Butler will have to have a transcendent series against a short-handed Cleveland team for the Bulls to have a chance. read more

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Playing The Game OSU Michigan prep for battle

Malcolm JenkinsOverall: 16-8      Last week: 3-0Prediction: Ohio State 21, Michigan 10Comment: OSU’s defense is playing great and the offense won’t have to feel any pressure to have quick scores. They just have to maintain the drives and not turn the ball over. Look for the “D” to have a big game. I’m calling this the 6th in a row.Favorite memories: Beating them at home when we were No. 1 and they were No. 2 in ’06, that was an epic game. And last year when I slammed Michigan’s wide receiver Greg Mathews in the beginning of the game.Jenkins played cornerback for OSU from 2005–08.Marcus FreemanOverall: 13-11     Last week: 1-2Prediction: Ohio State 28, Michigan 10Comment: This is the greatest rivalry in all sports. No matter what the records are, it will be a fight until the end. Favorite memory: Celebrating in Ohio stadium with OSU students after the win in ’06.Freeman played linebacker for OSU from 2004–08.Zack MeiselOverall: 12-12    Last week: 2-1Prediction: Ohio State 34, Michigan 17Comment: Rabid Wolverine fans get over-excited about a first quarter lead, then reality sets in quickly once the typically slow-starting Buckeyes get rolling against a porous Michigan defense.Meisel is the sports editor for The Lantern. Whether undefeated or winless, it’s still Ohio State-Michigan.In 2006, OSU and Michigan clashed in Columbus undefeated as the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the nation.Any sensible observer could have explained the magnitude of the stakes.On Saturday, the Buckeyes will meet Michigan at The Big House, with a Big Ten title and trip to the Rose Bowl already wrapped up.Still, as OSU coach Jim Tressel warned, anyone involved in the unparalleled rivalry can find grounds for motivation.“There’s a reality in life that if you take anything for granted, you’re probably not thinking right,” Tressel said. “We talk about a lot of things that we shouldn’t take for granted. Maybe some things that aren’t even that real to us, but when you talk about the Ohio State-Michigan game, that’s very real. So I’d like to think our guys don’t take anything for granted, although I’m sure we all do take things for granted, but this wouldn’t be one of them.”The Buckeyes are currently riding their longest winning streak in the series’ 112-year history, having won each of the last five meetings.A sixth straight mashing of Michigan might spark comparisons to the Wolverines’ domination at the start of the series, when Michigan won 12 of the first 14 contests, tying the other two.Since taking the reins at Ohio State, Tressel has coached the Buckeyes to victory over their rivals to the north in seven of eight meetings.“I’ve known before I was even part of the series of the significance of the game and the excitement of the game,” Tressel said. “It’s part of you if you like football and you’re from Ohio State or you’re from Michigan, or if you’re in the Big Ten. You just grow up knowing that we’re fortunate to be a part of this game. It’s extraordinary.”While OSU will feed off the motivation to stomp on a struggling Michigan program, the Wolverines will rely upon desperation.Michigan must beat Ohio State to secure bowl eligibility. Otherwise, Rich Rodriguez’s squad will start the offseason early for the second consecutive season.“The nice thing of the Ohio State-Michigan game is it’s always let it all hang out because this is it,” Tressel said. “I mean, this is what it’s all about. And I think if you look specifically at Michigan, they could be at eight or nine wins right now with the ball bouncing this way different or a call being made this way different. I mean, that’s the fine line in college football.”So, despite the disparity in records, statistics and performance, it is all thrown out the window when the two programs go head-to-head, Tressel said.“It’s Ohio State-Michigan,” he said. “I’m sure you could talk to some people who have participated in this game as a player or a coach and they could tell you that probably in the forefront of their mind of their memories of their time here, more so is the Ohio State-Michigan things that flow through their head than it is which bowl did you go to and where were you ranked and this and that, so what’s at stake is Ohio State-Michigan.”The nature of the rivalry brings out the best in both sides, which represents the best in college football.It didn’t take much time for Rodriguez, closing out his second year at the helm at Michigan, to take notice of the passion and enthusiasm that encompasses the rivalry.“I don’t think it takes long to understand the rivalry when you’re a coach at Michigan or Ohio State,” he said. “You don’t even have to coach here or play here to understand the intensity of it if you watch college football.”Regardless of Saturday’s outcome, Ohio State will play in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.The undetermined future to Michigan’s season rides on the 106th meeting in the OSU-Michigan rivalry, and Tressel hopes his team is playing its best football to thwart a Wolverine attempt at evening its record.“What we’ve got to focus on is feeling like at the end of this game we’ve played the best we’re capable of playing,” he said. “It’s game 12. We’re as healthy as we are, and got all these experiences and learned all these lessons, and did we play the best we were capable of playing? Making the assumption Michigan will do that, because most people do that in the Ohio State-Michigan game, so all those other outside things, whether they’re outside things in their world or outside things in our world, this week there’s only one thing.” Justin ZwickOverall: 16-8     Last week: 3-0Prediction: Ohio State 31, Michigan 10Comment: Defense plays another great game while the offense continues to grind it out but sprinkles in a few big plays against Michigan’s weak secondary. Bucks roll!Zwick played quarterback for OSU from 2002–06. WEEKLY FOOTBALL PICKSSaturday’s Game: No. 10 Ohio State @ MichiganQuinn PitcockOverall: 18-6     Last week: 2-1Prediction: Ohio State 45, Michigan 13Comment: This game will be a true test of our focus before the Rose bowl.Favorite memory: Pregame speech my senior year and the fans rushing the field aftervictory are my favorite OSU vs. M*chigan memories.Pitcock played defensive tackle for OSU from 2002–06. read more

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Opinion The Michigan Daily reporters should not be punished for doing their

Michigan coach Brady Hoke. Michigan student newspaper The Michigan Daily recently broke a story about former Michigan kicker Brendan Gibbons violating the Student Sexual Misconduct policy. Credit: Kaily Cunningham / Multimedia editorAs a journalist, it is your duty to report the news. The real news. Not a fabricated story, not leaving important details out, but the honest to God news.That is all the writers at The Michigan Daily, the University of Michigan’s independent student newspaper, were doing, and now they are being punished for it.Sports writer Matt Slovin and staff reporter Adam Rubenfire broke the story on former Michigan kicker Brendan Gibbons being separated from the university for violating the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy.This in turn saw the paper’s reporters not invited by the school to a press conference Monday where coach Brady Hoke discussed the violations, according to Slovin and Detroit News writer Tony Paul.In a day and age where people will go out of their way to defend the free speech rights of just about anyone that speaks, seeing the school turn away their own paper because they were doing their jobs is outrageous.What would have happened if The Associated Press had broken the report, or ESPN? Would the school have been as keen to block their reporters from attending the press conference?The report from the paper is well written, well reported and factually correct. There have been no corrections issued for this story, they didn’t flat out lie — these journalists were just doing what they had been trained to do.According to the paper’s website, they are financially independent from the school, but that didn’t stop Michigan from making a statement about the content that was being run.As an editor for The Lantern, a rival Big Ten paper, I have immeasurable respect for these journalists. This story had to be reported on whether it made Michigan happy or not.In the end, I’m not sure what the program gained by blocking these reporters from entering. With the speed that news is reported in today’s world, it was guaranteed this story would get out. Michigan comes out as the bad guy and The Michigan Daily ends up having more power than it did before.The school failed in what it did and should be questioned for the decision. But more importantly we should celebrate the newspaper. Not for doing something extraordinary, but for simply doing their job: reporting the news. read more

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Gotze is enjoying his time at Dortmund

first_imgThe German attacking midfielder returned to Borussia Dortmund after three years with Bayern Munich and he’s loving itBorussia Dortmund has seen many changes in the past months, and for Mario Gotze, these changes are great.“Personally, I didn’t expect things to be going so well because these things take time with a new coach, new players, and with the development needed,” he told the Bundesliga website.“You never quite know what is going to happen, but this makes it even better that things have gone so well. Of course, we know that not everything is perfect and that we won a few games with a bit of luck.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It’s nevertheless nice to have picked up the points and to get through our Champions League group. It’s great,” he added.“The coach and the whole team are doing their bit. The opposition and how they are set up also play a role and how they perform in the situation.”“There are many factors that play a role and you also need a certain amount of luck to win these games,” he explained.“I think we are very unpredictable in games and our substitutes also score a lot of goals.”last_img read more

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