Suarez relieved as Barcelona win at ‘tricky’ Getafeby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLuis Suarez and Leo Messi struck as Barcelona won 2-1 at Getafe on Sunday.Messi scored his 399th La Liga goal and Luis Suarez netted with a stunning volley as Barcelona moved five points clear at the top of the table with victory at Getafe.Argentine Messi opened the scoring in the 20th minute when he slotted in from a very tight angle.Suarez doubled the lead with a venomous shot from the edge of the area.Jaime Mata fired in to reduce the deficit before Jorge Molina missed an open goal for Getafe after the break.”It was very hard and tricky with so many people in the way, but I managed to hit it well,” said Suarez of his goal.”The opponent played well, we knew their qualities, how they defend, and we knew how to get the points, although there’s half a season to go.”On Messi he added: “Leo (Messi) is the best player in the world, wherever he plays. He’s got details of a different class of player and to share the pitch with him is incredible.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid coach Zidane no fan of Artificial Intelligenceby Carlos Volcano11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is no fan of Artificial Intelligence (AI) being pushed into football.Zidane is adamant AI will never match what an experienced coach can offer.He said, “Artificial Intelligence plays a very important role at the moment, but in my opinion, human intelligence remains the most important. “The most important thing that Artificial Intelligence has to offer us as coaches now is to shorten the time to do some things about it.”Football is my passion. My life revolves around sport, so I don’t like to rest and I enjoy working all the time. In addition, when you have a game every three days, the last thing we can think about is to rest. I lead a team that is one of the best in the world, which requires me to always be ready.”Zidane was speaking at the Dubai Artificial Intelligence in Sports (DAIS) Conference, organised by the Dubai Sport Council.
Saturday night, after Kentucky lost its first and only game of the 2014-2015 college basketball season, sophomore guard Andrew Harrison made a big mistake at his team’s post-game press conference, uttering a very NSFW phrase while his microphone was turned on. Harrison, who is facing criticism for the transgression, has since apologized.If you missed it, Harrison, after listening to his teammate Karl-Anthony Towns get asked about Wisconsin big man Frank Kaminsky, muttered “f*** that n****” to himself. Undoubtedly, it was stupid. But it was not racist. And there is no double standard going on here.For some reason, a number of college basketball fans are making the argument that if the situation had been reversed, and it had been Kaminsky uttering those words to himself, he’d be labeled a racist. Any by that logic, because Harrison isn’t being labeled as a racist, and because he isn’t likely to face any serious punishment, there is a double standard going on here.We’re not making this up. There are hundreds, if not thousands of tweets about it.If Andrew Harrison was white, we’d have a national catastrophe on our hands. Talk about a double standard— Alex Petik (@MuskyMaster5033) April 5, 2015Such a double standard with race I hate it. Andrew Harrison says what he says and it doesn’t get blown up but if it was other way around…— Tyler Boyle (@theeroyalboyle) April 5, 2015If Frank K had said the EXACT same thing about Andrew Harrison, think it would’ve been swept under the rug? What a double standard!— Dtrain41 (@DaneHenderson1) April 5, 2015If Andrew Harrison isn’t kicked out of school it’s a double standard @KentuckyMBB— Lara McGlynn (@lalalaLaraxo) April 5, 2015Obviously, if Kaminsky, a white man, had called Harrison, an African American, the n-word, he’d have been (rightfully) labeled a racist. There’s no doubt there. But comparing this to the Oklahoma SAE issue is absolutely insane.Where’s the disconnect here? Whether or not you agree with it, many African Americans refer to each other using the n-word. It’s part of the hip-hop culture. It’s part of the locker room culture. Heck, even ESPN’s Michael Wilbon admits that he and his friends use the word to “endearingly” refer to each other. To be clear, there was nothing endearing about what Harrison said about Kaminsky. But in the context of the situation, if Harrison had said “F*** that dude”, he’d be essentially saying the same thing.Harrison acted like a sore loser, and again, he should never have said what he said. But there is no double standard here. Just stop.
DAWSON CITY, Yn – The Yukon government plans to apply an “ice Band-Aid” to the Yukon River outside Dawson City after the channel failed to freeze sufficiently for the second year in a row, leaving hundreds of residents stranded over the winter.Highways Minister Richard Mostyn said work on an ice bridge to the community of West Dawson will begin January and should take about three weeks to complete.“This has never been tried before in the territory. It’s a situation that I’d prefer not to have to do, but we’ve got conditions in the Klondike these days that are abnormal,” he said.“Last year, the river didn’t freeze. This year, it’s not looking like it’s going to freeze again. So we’re going to take some action.”The Yukon River usually freezes over within a few weeks after the summer ferry stops operating, allowing crossings to be made initially on foot, by snowmobile and eventually in a vehicle.Public works crews usually flood, smooth and widen the route after a few more weeks to create an ice highway.Mostyn had promised West Dawson residents after the river failed to freeze last year that the government would take action if the same thing happened this year.An ice bridge would reconnect about 200 people to the main part of town.An alternate crossing point does exist, but accessing it involves a 10 to 15 kilometre journey south of town on foot, by dog team, on skis or with a snowmobile.Mostyn said the typical recipe for building an ice bridge is to spray ice water over a river to encourage it to freeze.He said he is unsure if the equipment is available for the spraying technique, but the government is also considering other methods, which he described as old fashioned and less efficient.The “manufactured ice formation” project will cost about $100,000 to build and maintain, plus an extra $100,000 for one-time engineering costs, Mostyn said.He said he and his team are “fairly confident” the bridge can be built, though there are no guarantees.“The climate is not what it once was, and so we’re going to have to be innovative,” Mostyn said. “This is one of the projects we’re going to start with.”The strategy is a way of helping the Mother Nature, which he described as a “fickle mistress.”Wayne Potoroka, the mayor of Dawson city, said he was glad to hear news of what he called an “almost surreal” plan.“I think it’s worth a shot,” he added, saying that Yukon is feeling the effects of climate change. “This is what adaptation looks like.”Mostyn ruled out the possibility of a permanent bridge being built in the near future to West Dawson.(Whitehorse Star)
MACKENZIE, B.C. – Highway 97 is closed in both directions between Mackenzie and Prince George because of a vehicle incident.According to DriveBC.ca, the road was closed to traffic in both directions roughly three kilometres south of the junction with Highway 39 sometime before 1:30 this afternoon.The road is closed in both directions, and no detour is available at this time.DriveBC.ca said that at this point, there’s no estimated time when the road will reopen, but that an update is expected at 3:00 p.m.Cst. Mike Halskov with the RCMP’s ‘E’ Division Traffic Services said that at this point, there’s no information from police at the scene, but that an update will be provided once more information is provided. UPDATE #2: Highway 97 reopened to traffic in both directions at around 4:15 p.m.UPDATE: Cst. Mike Halskov said that a head-on crash involving a motorhome and a pickup truck occurred shortly before noon today around three kilometres south of the Mackenzie Junction. He said that at this point, there’s no word on how many people were involved in the crash, but was able to confirm that at least one person has been airlifted from the scene.Cst. Halskov said that collision reconstruction experts have been called in to investigate the crash. According to DriveBC.ca, the road has since reopened to single-lane alternating traffic.
Ayutthaya: Elephants with hearts and flowers painted on their bodies sprayed water at revellers celebrating Thailand’s traditional new year Thursday, in an annual event which has animal protection groups crying foul over animal cruelty. In Thailand’s former capital Ayutthaya, a tourist hotspot famed for its ancient temple ruins, more than a dozen elephants walked along the streets with their handlers on their backs, splashing and spraying water at locals and foreigners under a blistering sun. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe soaking by the pachyderms kicks off a weekend of festivities for Songkran, the traditional Buddhist new year celebration which officially begins on April 13. Revellers “can come to pay respects to Buddha and offer alms to monks in the morning and in the afternoon play water with the elephants,” said Laithongren Meepan, owner of the Ayutthaya Elephant Camp. “(Using their trunks to spray water) is the elephants’ natural way of playing,” he added. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsTraditionally marked by paying respects to elders and sprinkling water over Buddha figures at local temples, the Songkran holiday has largely evolved into a raucous water fight. Locals and foreigners armed with water guns and protective googles engage in soggy street parties, bringing much of the country to a standstill. “In other provinces, they have foam parties. But in Ayutthaya, you can celebrate Songkran with the elephants,” Laithongren said. Their handlers, known as mahouts, have trained the giant mammals to do tricks like lifting their front foot in greeting or gyrating their bodies to music as if they were dancing — much to the delight of revellers. Such practices are “cruel”, said Tom Taylor of Wildlife Friend Foundation Thailand, which rescues and rehabilitates domesticated elephants. “Forcing the elephants to perform unnatural behaviours is normally done through fear using a sharp tool called a bull hook,” Taylor told AFP. His organisation allows 24 rescued elephants to roam, bathe and forage freely, while tourists can learn about how the mammals should be treated with respect — “not chained up, beaten or ridden”, he said.
OSU coach Urban Meyer prepares to lead the Buckeyes onto the field before the OSU- Army game on Sep. 16. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe No. 11 Ohio State football team (3-1, 1-0) has shown substantial progress in its last two games with a 54-21 win against UNLV Saturday and a 38-7 victory versus Army two weeks ago.. As such, the team has not seen any drastic changes in the depth chart in its weekly update.The only change this week was the removal of defensive tackle Malik Barrow from the fourth spot at his position. Barrow suffered a season-ending torn ACL during Saturday’s win against UNLV.Freshman middle linebacker Tuf Borland was still listed as a co-starter with redshirt senior Chris Worley. Worley missed all of last week’s game against UNLV with a foot sprain, the same injury that took him out of the first quarter against Army. Redshirt sophomore C.J. Saunders remains listed as the third-string H-back under Parris Campbell and K.J. Hill.The depth chart can be found here.
Ohio State junior forward Mason Jobst prepares for a face-off against Robert Morris on Oct. 27. The Buckeyes won 5-3. Credit: Nick Hudak | For the LanternNo. 17 Ohio State (6-3-3, 1-3-0-0 Big Ten) defeated Connecticut (3-8-2, 2-4-1 Hockey East) 5-4 in a high-scoring battle in the first game of the men’s hockey weekend series Friday, then tied 1-1 in a goaltender showdown in the second game Saturday. Freshman goalie Tommy Nappier made his first Ohio State start in the opening game of the series and made 35 saves in the game.Game 1The Buckeyes lit up the Huskies for five goals in Game 1. The Buckeyes got up to an early 3-0 lead thanks to two first-period goals by senior forward Matthew Weis. Weis opened up the scoring with a goal 40 seconds into the first period off assists from sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski and junior defenseman Sasha Larocque.UConn got two back later in the second period off goals by senior forward Jesse Schwartz and senior forward Spencer Naas to bring the score to 3-2 going into the third period.Junior forward Mason Jobst scored his sixth goal of the season to give the Buckeyes a two-goal lead early in the frame, scoring on the man advantage, something Ohio State has struggled with this season. The Buckeyes went a strong 2-for-4 on the power play in Game 1, with junior forward Dakota Joshua scoring in the second period while a man up.The Huskies attempted a comeback and were given a great opportunity on a major penalty by senior forward Christian Lampasso, but Ohio State killed off the five-minute power play. UConn cut the lead to 5-4 on a late goal by junior forward Max Kalter with an empty net, but Ohio State held on for the tight victory.Game 2After the nine goals in the first game, only two found their way past redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo and sophomore goalie Adam Huska in a 1-1 draw. Romeo made 29 saves, including six crucial saves in the overtime period to preserve the tie. Huska made 24 saves.Both teams had numerous opportunities, as Ohio State had five chances on the power play and UConn had four. But neither team found the back of the net while on the man advantage.Laczynski tallied his third point of the series on a goal halfway through the third period that opened the scoring for Ohio State. Senior defenseman Janik Moser earned an assist on the play.The Huskies countered late in the third period and scored the equalizer with about three minutes to go on a shot by Schwartz for his second of the series.The lone goals on both sides of the ice were the only two goals in the game and the game ended in a 1-1 draw. UConn led in shots for the second game in a row 30-25.The Buckeyes have a bye week next week then travel to Ann Arbor for a rival conference matchup against Michigan. Puck drop is set for 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 24 and 7:30 on Nov. 25.