We are less than five weeks away from the start of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Or, in other words, the best time of the year. Bracketology is in full swing, with teams starting to secure their tournament position and seed ranges. This week, a mock NCAA Tournament selection committee gathered in Chicago. College basketball writers from across the country met up for a couple of days to pick the field of 68, seed the teams and place them in a bracket. Here are the 68 teams picked to make the 2015 NCAA Tournament, seeded No.1 to No. 68. The teams in green font are the automatic qualifiers. Here’s the #MockSelection seed list, 1 to 68, so far: pic.twitter.com/rgKaGeVQuA— Brian Hamilton (@BrianHamiltonSI) February 13, 2015The NCAA Tournament is set to begin on Tuesday, March 17, in Dayton, Ohio. The Round of 64 will start on Thursday, March 19.
Twitter/@KennyDuceyAuburn beat LSU with one of the most bizarre final sequences you’ll see.On fourth down with time running down, LSU’s Danny Etling completed a pass a few yards short of the goal line. With just one second left on the clock and no timeouts, there did not appear to be enough time for LSU to run another play. However, the Tigers were confusingly saved by their own penalty—an illegal motion—which gave them a repeat of fourth down with that final second remaining.With that play, Etling found D.J. Chark in the corner of the end zone for what appeared to be the game winning score.Definitely didn’t get it off, and definitely threw it past the line of scrimmage pic.twitter.com/c1i1hFGBCh— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) September 25, 2016Of course, aside from the confusion over whether or not LSU should’ve had the extra chance at all, it did not appear that Etling got the play off in time. He also looked to be past the line of scrimmge when he threw the pass. Officials reviewed the play, and correctly decided that the game clock had expired before the snap, reversing the touchdown and giving Auburn the big win.In a game that means a ton to two high-profile SEC West coaches on the hot seat, Auburn beat LSU, giving Gus Malzahn a bit of life. Whether it is enough to save his season is yet to be seen, but Les Miles’ seat certainly doesn’t get any cooler with this loss.
SANTA CLARA, CA – SEPTEMBER 14: A general view during the singing of the National Anthem before the San Francisco 49ers game against the Chicago Bears at Levi’s Stadium on September 14, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)On Monday night, Alabama and Clemson kicked off from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. Home of the San Francisco 49ers, Levi’s Stadium is known for its slick playing surface, which provided plenty of headlines before the game kicked off.The location of tonight’s game was heavily questioned as Levi’s Stadium sits on the other side of the country from Alabama and Clemson. Despite the skepticism headed into the game, the crowd looks solid just before the start of the game.Here’s what the crowd looked like at kickoff of tonight’s game.View from our booth!! Almost time to decide the National Championship!! @espn NOW!!! pic.twitter.com/Q6CHYY5kOZ— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) January 8, 2019Not bad.Ticket prices for tonight’s game were well below market value as fans from both programs appeared to have suffered from fatigue. It appears some other fans secured those extra tickets.Nick Saban and company are looking to secure back-to-back titles, while Dabo Swinney and the Tigers hope to end the Tide’s reign.Who are you rooting for?
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A bipartisan group appointed by New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to study legalizing recreational marijuana in the state is holding its first public meeting.The group is scheduled Wednesday to meet in Albuquerque and to hear from officials from the state’s current medical cannabis program and from experts of marijuana licensing.Members of the group include Democratic and Republican legislators who sponsored unsuccessful legislation this year to authorize and tax recreational marijuana sales at state-run stores. That proposal passed a House vote but stalled in the Senate.The Governor’s Working Group on Cannabis Legalization is scheduled to hold a similar meeting in Las Cruces, New Mexico, on Aug. 28. It also is slated to visit Colorado to meet with state regulators there.Russell Contreras, The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Friday.McDermott International Inc., up 43 cents to $2.01The energy industry services company is considering selling all or part of its Lummus Technology unit after receiving unsolicited offers.Xilinx Inc., down $7.07 to $96.55The chipmaker said its chief financial officer, Lorenzo Flores, is leaving the company.KeyCorp, down 28 cents to $17.77CEO Beth Mooney will retire in 2020 and the bank said Chris Gorman, its president and chief operating officer, will replace her.Scholastic Corp., up $2.12 to $39.96The publishing and education company reported a narrower-than-anticipated first quarter loss.Steelcase Inc., up $1.65 to $18.39The office furniture maker beat Wall Street’s fiscal second quarter profit and revenue forecasts.J.C. Penney Co., up 14 cents to 95 centsThe department store operator is preparing for debt talks with creditors, according to media reports.Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc., up $9.72 to $295.87European regulators are considering approving an expanded use for the pharmaceutical company’s allergy drug Dupixent.The Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC, up 8 cents to $5.30The U.K. bank named Alison Rose as its new CEO to succeed Ross McEwan.The Associated Press
The No. 4-ranked Ohio State men’s tennis team opened up the spring schedule on a high note. OSU (2-0) defeated Butler and Xavier, 7-0 and 6-1, respectively, in matches in Columbus Wednesday night. The Buckeyes won all of their doubles matches and lost just one singles match against the Bulldogs and Musketeers. OSU redshirt junior Peter Kobelt, the No. 1-ranked singles player in the country, won both of his matches to improve to 16-3 on the season. The Buckeyes, which are coming off a 2012 campaign that saw them finish No. 4 in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association top 25. OSU hopes to continue such success under coach Ty Tucker, who has guided the Buckeyes to seven consecutive Big Ten regular-season titles since 2006. This spring, under an experienced coaching staff and several key returners, the team is focusing on consistency and leadership. “The team goals are always the same, to overachieve and that seniors have their best years … we get a lot of mileage out of guys who have been three or four years into the program,” Tucker said. “If seniors are having their best years, it says a lot about the coaching staff because we were able to keep them motivated.” This spring, the Buckeyes face a daunting schedule that includes eight opponents currently ranked in the top 20 of the latest ITA poll (No. 6 Georgia, No. 24 LSU, No. 18 North Carolina, No. 7 Pepperdine, No. 22 Indiana, No. 9 Kentucky, No. 16 Illinois and No. 20 Michigan). Amid the challenges that loom ahead, some members of the team said they’re confident in their offseason preparation and high level of returning talent. “These guys play year-round, so the preparation is constant, and I think that’s unique to what we’re doing … that these guys are committed tennis players year-round,” said volunteer assistant coach David Schilling. “Because of that, when the season does come, these guys are really anxious to play, and it’s kind of like a reward for all their hard work.” Key returning contributors for the 2013 season are senior Connor Smith and redshirt freshman Chris Diaz, both of whom are ranked in the top 30 in singles nationally. Then there’s Kobelt, who is poised as the national favorite in the singles game. The redshirt junior has also quickly assumed a leadership role among his teammates. “(I want to) keep getting better every day. I’m not really worried about my results, I’ve had a pretty good season so far in the fall,” Kobelt said. “For me, it’s really about setting a good example for the guys and leading the best I can … that will give us the best opportunity to do well.” The Buckeyes also boast the longest active home win streak in Division I collegiate tennis, having won 148 consecutive matches played in Columbus, and rattling off a 19-0 home record in 2012. Being a constant threat at home is something Kobelt said he hopes continues. “It’s more mental for the teams that come and play us, because they all know the record, but it’s something that we try not to think about … but it’s a pretty cool record, and we’ll do everything we can to keep it intact,” he said. A home record such as the Buckeyes’ will contribute to the already promising stage set for the 2013 season. The balance of strong preparation, talent and leadership is causing coaches to deliver high praise to the 2013 squad. “This is probably the deepest team (Ty and I) have had. We’re 10, 11 guys deep on this team, and it’s a good blend of experience and some new, young talent,” Schilling said. “We’ve got a lot of guys who can play in some big matches for us.”
Last week, a reporter jokingly asked coach Thad Matta about the impact that senior walk-on and blogger extraordinaire Mark Titus’ potentially season-ending labrum injury will have on the depth of the Buckeyes’ bench.“Well, you thought when Evan [Turner] went down things were bad,” Matta said light-heartedly. “We’re going to have to try and fight through this.”The reality of the situation regarding OSU’s bench appears a bit more serious. The team’s four starting guards, juniors Evan Turner, David Lighty and Jon Diebler, along with sophomore William Buford, average at least 32 minutes a game. Whether Matta will admit it or not, those numbers point toward potential fatigue by the end of the season.Seniors P.J. Hill and Jeremie Simmons each average more than 15 minutes a game, but those numbers are a bit inflated thanks to the playing time they received when Turner was sidelined with two broken vertebrae.In comparison, Michigan State has seven players that average at least 21 minutes a game and only one player, reigning Big Ten Player of the Year Kalin Lucas, averages over 30 minutes a game. Obviously, the Spartans possess more talent, as evidenced by their No. 5 ranking and 9-0 conference record. On the other hand, coach Tom Izzo has done a solid job balancing his players’ minutes in order to keep them fresh for the end of the season.The Buckeyes appear to lack that luxury. OSU is a guard-oriented offensive team. Their focus is using the playmaking abilities of Turner on offense, which usually results in him taking a shot or getting an open look for another one of the Buckeye guards.The big men have not played a prominent role. Junior forward Dallas Lauderdale’s offensive game revolves around tip-ins and dunks while senior forward Kyle Madsen relieves Lauderdale for short intervals and occasionally hits an open jump shot.Coming into this season, speculation abounded that two sophomores could help solve OSU’s interior woes. Seven-foot-tall center Zisis Sarikopoulos and 6-foot-9-inch forward Nikola Kecman were recruited as players with above-average offensive skills, yet both have been buried on the bench this season despite their impressive size.Before the season started, Sarikopoulos expressed confidence in his offensive abilities.“I think we are different in the way this team is set up. I know I can score on the block. I like to create action,” Sarikopoulos said. “So if I’m on the block and I’m not going to score, I can find the shooter. I can pass the ball very well.”Last week, Matta hinted that he was concerned about Sarikopoulos and Kecman coping with the physicality of Big Ten play. Nonetheless, for the second year in a row, Matta has been relying heavily on his starters. According to kenpom.com, OSU ranks 327 out of 347 NCAA Division I teams in bench minutes.In order for the Buckeyes to attain a high seed for the NCAA tournament, they will need to finish the regular season strong, unlike last season when they lost four of their last seven games before the Big Ten Tournament. That might be hard to achieve considering the major minutes OSU’s starters have been logging.
There was never any doubt that Grand Theft Auto V was going to be a big game. But that’s not a problem for the PS3 and its relatively massive Blu-ray discs. On Xbox 360 though, the continued reliance on a DVD drive has meant the game can’t ship on a single disc.GTA V for Xbox 360 will therefore be shipped as a two disc set, but no disc swapping will be involved during gameplay. Instead, disc one will be used to install the game, and then disc two is required to be in the drive while you play. Such a setup has also meant there’s quite a hefty install to be done.It doesn’t matter if you purchase the Xbox 360 or PS3 version, you will require 8GB of free hard drive space for the installation to be successful. If you own a 4GB Xbox 360, then Rockstar requires you use a 16GB USB stick with at least 8GB free. That drive must also be capable of at least 15MB/s transfer speeds over USB 2.0.The reason for the huge install is down to game detail. Rockstar states this is the biggest GTA game yet, and pushes both consoles in terms of their performance. In order to get that working, and so load times aren’t ridiculous, they need to transfer a large chunk of the game data to the much faster on board hard drive or at the very least a USB stick.The news of two discs and the size of the install was announced as part of a GTA V Q&A post Rockstar made live today. That same post also promises the first gameplay video is going to be released soon. And if you are wondering which console the game will look better on, Rockstar says the visual differences are negligible, so the experience beyond installing the game should be the same.
A file photo of seized cash. Image: Garda Press Office By Garreth MacNamee Saturday 24 Feb 2018, 9:00 PM Data retrieved from Chilean drug lord’s phones led to arrest of Irish men in Amsterdam The arrest of El Rico last year has led to a number of drug seizures. Share52 Tweet Email IT’S EMERGED THAT the arrests last month of two Irish men in the Netherlands were the first arrests made as a result of information extracted from phones used by a Chilean drug lord who is now in custody.The two were detained in an Amsterdam suburb in connection with a €220,000 cash seizure.The pair are relatively low-level players in the Irish drug trade, but have links to a higher-profile criminal who is currently in prison.The news of the arrests and the cash seizure was first reported by the Herald newspaper last month.It has since emerged that intelligence gathered by the US’s Drugs Enforcement Agency (DEA) from phones belonging to Chilean drug lord El Rico allowed police to make the arrests. Pertinent information extracted from the phones is being relayed to police forces all over the world – including gardaí.The Dutch police said the Irish authorities tipped them off to the whereabouts of the two men.No charges have been brought against the men so far.Since El Rico’s arrest last year, there have been significant arrests and drug seizures across Europe.Dutch police had estimated that the Chilean was either directly or indirectly involved in the importation of billions worth of cocaine into Europe every year.ArrestsTheJournal.ie broke the news in October of last year that the arrest of Richard Eduardo Riquelme Vega – known as ‘El Rico’ – was to cause serious repercussions in Irish gangland.Distributors of cocaine have been arrested in the Netherlands, the Caribbean and Germany, as well as in Chile where the South American drug baron was detained.Approximately 60% of Ireland’s cocaine had been coming into the country via El Rico and his distributors, according to sources.Now well-informed sources have told TheJournal.ie how the latest arrests were a tester operation to check the veracity of the information which the police had received.The data from the phones led the DEA and Dutch police to a safehouse in Amstelveen in north Amsterdam where they discovered the cash. Police are alleging that the men were attempting to launder the money.Earlier this month, 440 kilos of cocaine was seized in the Dutch port of Rotterdam. The drugs were destined for the European market.El Rico had been in custody for several months at that point and remains in detention in Chile. The arrest of the alleged drug trafficker has the ability to strengthen the Dutch police’s ability to link him to organised crime in Europe.He had been using a German IT protection system, used by many multinational financial organisations, in an attempt to safeguard his communications. The system can be used to send encrypted messages and, according to sources, leading members of the Kinahan cartel were using it to communicate with El Rico.Read: Kinahan cartel members to face international murder charges following arrest of Chilean drug lord >Read: Kinahan cartel under surveillance in Dubai after senior member met Italian mafia boss there > A file photo of seized cash. 36,824 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3863470 Image: Garda Press Office Short URL 16 Comments Feb 24th 2018, 9:01 PM
Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ Stay on target Looks like humans are not the only ones who appreciate the convenience of Amazon Alexa. A parrot in the UK has “fallen in love” with his owner’s Echo and has used Alexa to order treats and play his favorite tunes.Rocco, an African grey parrot, was taken in by the National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT) earlier this year after being found as a stray.He was quite the mischievous and foul-mouthed bird, according to NAWT. He swore regularly and threw his water bowl around, but NAWT staff member Marion Wischnewski agreed to re-home him.He soon forged a friendship with Wischnewski’s Amazon Alexa Echo assistant, and has ordered treats such as strawberries, watermelon, raisins, broccoli, and ice cream.Rocco has also demanded a kite, light bulbs, and even a kettle.Photo Credit: NAWT“Rocco and Alexa chat away to each other all day,” Wischnewski told The Sun. “Then I have to check the shopping list and cancel all the items he’s ordered.”According to Wischnewski, Rocco also likes to dance and would tell the voice-activated device to play music. His favorite? Rock music, although he would also play “slow numbers.”“Often I come home from being out all day and find romantic music playing,” Wischnewski said.The African grey parrot has the reputation as being the best talker of all parrot species, according to the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Not only do African grey parrots mimic speech, but they mimic it in a voice that sounds quite human. They are also known to imitate sounds with incredible accuracy, from dripping faucets to construction equipment.More on Geek.com:Monk Seal With Eel Stuck Up Its Nose Caught on Camera‘Badass’ Bobcat Kitten Named Mr. Murderbritches Released Back Into the WildScientists Discover New, Bizarre Eel-Like Creature in Florida
After leading FC Barcelona to the Copa del Rey semifinals with a turn around against Sevilla, Lionel Messi was fuming at critics who doubted them.During the Copa del Rey’s first Quarterfinal match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla, the media ran with a headline that suggested the Catalan club had thrown away the competition by not calling Lionel Messi to the match.The Argentine forward has been resting for games that manager Ernesto Valverde doesn’t consider risky as a new strategy he is trying to test, this is with the goal of having the best version we can possibly get of Messi for the final stages of the season in all competitions and possibly have a chance to win another treble.But the media saw this as a sign of weakness after both times in which the club lost its away matches against both Levante and Sevilla, Messi came back to save the club against the Valencian club but nothing guaranteed he would do the same against Sevilla at Camp Nou.The doubts on the Argentine player were quickly trashed by his amazing level of performance this Wednesday, he not only provided an assist and scored the most beautiful goal of the evening, but Leo also motivated his teammates to deliver the best performance they have given the public in months.🏆👑Leo #Messi : “We are Barça and we would never throw away the chance to win any of the big three competitions”🔵🔴 #CopaBarça #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/hHJeRCAMXh— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 30, 2019It was clear that the player loves responding to any kind of criticism on the pitch, he usually does it in the most spectacular fashion and just goes home to enjoy the spoils of his success.However, something has changed in the Argentina international as he is taking the captain role very seriously and wanted to talk to the press in order to remind everyone that FC Barcelona will keep fighting for all the titles this season.At the very start of the current competitions that the club is now playing, Messi spoke very honestly to all the fans to let them know that his most burning desire was to win another Champions League this year and he would do everything within him to achieve it.Leo wanted to state this Wednesday that perhaps the fans misunderstood his message because he wasn’t only talking about the European competition, Lionel believes that the Catalan club should always aim to win everything each season and he didn’t think that mentioning it was necessary back then.But now that things have gotten this mixed up, the man decided to come out and remind everyone of his intentions.To think this guy has gone on to rack up 5⃣0⃣ Copa del Rey goals for Barça… 🐐 Plus the ones to come… ⚽ pic.twitter.com/JWkDoF92jNTop 5 Barcelona players to watch in the Champions League Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 13, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Barcelona players to watch in the competition.The UEFA…— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 30, 2019“People keep saying that we threw away the Copa del Rey and we didn’t really want to win it,” said Messi via Diario Sport.“Maybe my message from the start of the season was misinterpreted. Let me be clear, this club wants to fight for all three competitions because it is Barcelona’s obligation every year. We are going to keep trying until the very end, we threw nothing away.”“The fans have delivered tonight. This looked like a Champions League match. We were fortunate enough to turn the result in our favor but it wasn’t easy because they did have a few important chances.”“Allowing another goal would’ve complicated everything for us, but we were lucky enough to go through. I did have a couple of chances that I missed.”“But we were lucky enough to get that goal by Luis that granted us that moment of calmness we needed. After that, my goal came when the match was already decided.”“The most important thing here is that the squad played a fantastic game and we made it to the next round.”“The penalty? Coutinho was coming from taking the last one against Levante. He wanted to take it and we came to an agreement because winning is all the mattered. He scored it and that makes me happy, because that’s where it all started,” he concluded.When you and the 🐐 are about to celebrate your 200th win in a Barça shirt 😍 pic.twitter.com/hVvwlLelX2— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 31, 2019Do you think Lionel Messi and Barcelona can deliver and compete for all the titles this season? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
April 5, 2018 Caitlin Rother on verdict in Rebecca Zahau wrongful death lawsuit KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 5, 2018 KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsAdam Shacknai, the man found liable for the death of Rebecca Zahau, spoke to reporters one day after a jury decided he was responsible for her death. Jurors also awarded Zahau’s mother more than $5 million in damages for loss of financial support and companionship.KUSI was joined by author and journalist, Caitlin Rother, with more on the verdict and what happens next. Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Adam Shacknai, Caitlin Rother, Coronado, Rebecca Zahau, Zahau FacebookTwitter
The bistate Columbia River Crossing project has consumed $118 million without turning a single shovel full of dirt.What did we get for all that money?The Columbian requested all information related to project expenditures from the project office in Vancouver. This week, the newspaper received two discs full of hundreds of pages of invoices, receipts, time sheets, color-coded reports and other items describing expenditures since 2005.As we pore over the data, we’re also making it available to the general public at www.columbian.com/i5bridge. We invite you to page through more than 350 files. If you find something that raises questions or causes concern, drop a line to email@example.com.The crossing is the biggest single public works project in the region’s history.Now estimated to cost $3.6 billion, the overall project will replace the existing twin three-lane drawbridges with a 10-lane river crossing, extend Portland’s light-rail transit system into Vancouver and improve five miles of Interstate 5 across two states.State transportation officials will conduct two listening sessions today regarding their proposed recommendation for a composite truss bridge design. The first will be from noon to 2 p.m. at the Portland Expo Center, Hall D, 2060 N. Marine Drive in Portland. The second will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Washington Department of Transportation, 11018 N.E. 51st Circle in Vancouver. Comments also can be submitted online at columbiarivercrossing.org.The proposed design for a new Interstate 5 bridge is coming in for a rough review among architects and design professionals.They say the composite deck truss is, in a word, ugly.Worse, they say, the truss design may not turn out to be as inexpensive or as expedient as the more visually appealing cable-stayed alternative. That’s because an ugly bridge is more likely to generate continued citizen opposition and legal challenges, according to a summary of concerns by members of the bistate Columbia River Crossing’s urban design advisory group.
A federal judge has chastised TriMet for failing to release scores of internal emails, memos and other documents to attorneys in a lawsuit on behalf of two pedestrians struck and killed by a bus in 2010.The ruling in the federal civil rights case raises a fresh set of questions about TriMet’s commitment to transparency and its handling of public records as it comes under scrutiny on various fronts.U.S. District Court records show that the attorneys representing the families of Jeneé Hammel of Gresham, Ore., and Danielle Sale of Vancouver accused TriMet officials of sitting on the material, attempting to run out the clock on the period in which they were allowed to gather evidence.Judge Michael Mosman determined that the in-house legal team for Oregon’s largest transit agency relied on semantics to essentially pretend that documents discussing the deadly crash didn’t exist. He sanctioned TriMet with a $5,000 fine and ordered the suppressed evidence turned over.In a court hearing last month, the judge also took TriMet officials to task for constantly grumbling about requests for evidence during the phase of the lawsuit known as discovery.
CHILOQUIN, Ore. — Authorities say three dogs died after an Oregon woman left them in her truck for four hours.Gale McMahon, assistant animal control officer for Klamath County, told the Mail Tribune she responded Monday to a restaurant on Highway 97 in Chiloquin after receiving a call that three Rottweilers had died from the heat. She said someone tried to get them out of the vehicle and cool them.According to McMahon, the woman claimed she made phone calls after driving to the restaurant at about 9:15 a.m. The dogs remained in the vehicle until after 1 p.m. McMahon cited the 65-year-old woman on three counts of animal abuse. The Klamath County District Attorney’s Office says it’s reviewing the case and will only release the woman’s name if she’s officially charged.