About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan coach Gattuso: Paqueta a huge signingby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso has included Lucas Paqueta in his squad for their Coppa Italia tie with Sampdoria.The former Flamengo attacker is now in line to make his debut today.“He’s smart, wide away, a player with very clear characteristics,” said Gattuso. “He seems more European than Brazilian, as he combines quality with physical strength, sprays passes around and always wants the ball. “We’ve made a huge signing.”
The Government has signed a grant agreement with the Japanese Government for US$2.9 million to implement the Social and Economic Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities project.The signing took place during the opening session of a two- day conference on ‘Labour Market Inclusion for Persons with Disabilities’, at the Jamaica Conference Centre, in downtown Kingston, on June 11.The project is being funded by the Japan Policy Human Resources Development Grant and implemented through the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Bank).Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, signed on behalf of the Government, while Japanese Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Yasuo Takase, signed on behalf of his government and Francesca Lamana signed on behalf of the World Bank.Mr. Kellier said the Ministry remains committed to the recognition and promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities through the provision of access to services and other opportunities, aimed at improving their quality of life.The Minister encouraged companies in the private sector to embrace the skills-set of members of the disabled community.The main objectives of the project are: to increase the employability and skills development of Persons with Disabilities (ages 18-36); and to improve the service delivery of special education needs to children with disabilities between 0-6 years of age.Meanwhile, Director of Social Security in the Ministry, Denzil Thorpe, informed that the Social and Economic Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities project will establish linkages with the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH).He explained that under the project, there will be provision of skills training and access to employment opportunities for persons with disabilities, targeting at least 600 persons, 300 of which should be beneficiaries of PATH.“This is being done as part of efforts to facilitate the economic independence of persons with disabilities on PATH, who we have been unable to reach under the Steps to Work Programme, which is the welfare to work programme being implemented by the Ministry,” Mr. Thorpe said.He further informed that the project will enhance the service delivery of the Early Stimulation Programme, which provides services to children with disabilities between the ages of 0-6 years, inclusive of the provision of assistive and adaptive aids, rehabilitative sessions and support to parents in caring for children with disabilities.The Director added that the Ministry is implementing an electronic register of persons with disabilities islandwide, which will provide relevant empirical data that will be useful for proper planning. He encouraged persons to register with the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities, the organization established by the Government to implement policies for persons with disabilities.In the meantime, the Ministry also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), to refurbish the office of the Early Stimulation Programme at a cost of US$1 million.Minister Kellier said this project is an attempt to ensure that a programme of inclusion is initiated at the earliest possible opportunity. He explained that the MoU is part of a larger loan with the Inter-American Development Bank, which was signed in December of 2013.This project will see rehabilitation and construction works done to the Early Stimulation Programme Assessment Centre at Hanover Street and Stimulation Plus, the school operated at Ostend Close in Kingston.Mr. Kellier thanked the Ministry’s international and local partners for their unwavering support to the effort of creating an inclusive Jamaica.“I also wish to salute those companies in the private sector that have already made the choice to hire, retain and promote persons with disabilities,” he said.The conference is being held under the theme ‘Support to Improving the Lives of Persons with Disabilities’.Contact: Andrea Braham
Eight stories in the news for Monday, Sept. 17———AMBER ALERT ISSUED FOR LITTLE GIRL IN SASKATCHEWANAn Amber Alert was issued Sunday night for a six-year-old Saskatchewan girl who RCMP say was in the back of her family’s SUV when it was stolen outside a strip mall in North Battleford. Police said Emma O’Keeffe suffers from epilepsy and autism, and is non-verbal and unable to walk. They said the vehicle was taken late Sunday afternoon after the girl’s mom left it running and went into a strip mall business. Police said Emma requires medication every 12 hours and that missing a dose could lead to extreme medical distress.———RECOVERY CONTINUES FOR CALGARY GIRL HURT IN TEXAS CRASHA Calgary girl who was paralyzed in a Texas highway crash in July is heading to a children’s hospital in California that offers high-tech treatments for spinal injuries. Ten year old Mehak Minhas is to arrive at the Shriners hospital in Sacramento today, accompanied by her eight-year-old sister Jupleen and mother Jasleen. The trio were on holiday with three other family members when their minivan collided with an 18-wheeler. Mehak’s father, brother and grandmother died in the crash.———PROTESTERS RALLY OUTSIDE ONTARIO LEGISLATURE DURING MIDNIGHT SITTINGHordes of protesters shouted to be allowed inside the Ontario legislature as provincial politicians gathered for a rare midnight sitting to speed up passage of a bill to cut Toronto’s city council nearly in half. Protesters also voiced their opposition to the bill inside Queen’s Park, heckling Progressive Conservative legislators with cries of “shame, shame” until the Speaker cleared the public galleries. Those who’d lined up outside to observe the debate chanted “Let us in!” and “Our city, not Ford’s!”———FEDERAL PARTIES RACE TO LINE UP NOMINATIONSFederal political parties are gearing up for the final parliamentary session before the next election, but while the Conservatives and the Liberals tout having many candidates nominated and money in the bank, the NDP has yet to nominate a single candidate. NDP president Mathieu Vick says the party revamped its nomination process over the summer and the new rules came into effect about two weeks ago.———QUEBEC LEADERS TO SPAR IN ENGLISH DEBATEQuebec’s four would-be premiers face off tonight in the province’s first-ever televised English-language debate. Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard, Francois Legault of the Coalition Avenir Quebec, Jean-Francois Lisee of the Parti Quebecois and Quebec solidaire’s Manon Masse are hoping to impress English-speaking voters ahead of the Oct. 1 election. The candidates will debate topics including education, health, economy, identity, the environment and relations with the English-speaking community.———CALGARY FLAMES CO-OWNER CLAYTON RIDDELL DIESClay Riddell, billionaire businessman and co-owner of the Calgary Flames, has died. The Flames confirmed his death in a statement on Sunday. Riddell joined Flames ownership in 2003 after spending much of his life building oil and gas companies, including Paramount Resources. He stepped down as CEO of the natural gas and oil exploration company in 2015, when his son, James, took over. Riddell founded the company that has been operating in Canada since 1976.———STEADY TRANSITION TO WINTER IN THE FORECASTThe Weather Network is telling Canadians they can expect to enjoy a full fall season with a steady transition to winter over the next two months. The network is predicting that winter won’t come early this year and that Canadians will get to experience a generally mild fall from now until the end of November. The Weather Network’s chief meteorologist, Chris Scott, says there will be a smooth transition in temperature through the fall months towards December.———POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE TO BE AWARDED TONIGHTAn array of musicians representing diverse sounds and experiences from across the country are in the running for the Polaris Music Prize tonight. Ten albums are in contention, but only one will be awarded as Canadian album of the year by an 11-member jury of journalists, critics and bloggers. The Polaris prize is considered one of Canada’s most prestigious music awards, with the winner receiving 50-thousand dollars. Former winners include Arcade Fire, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Kaytranada and Lido Pimienta.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— The New Brunswick Women’s Council will hold a forum with provincial party leaders in Fredericton on issues affecting women’s equality.— The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls will hold hearings in Quebec City.— The Canadian Real Estate Association releases its monthly numbers and quarterly outlook on the housing market.— The Rohingya Human Rights Network and others advocating on behalf of the Rohingya will speak at a media conference on Parliament Hill.— RCMP to launch campaign in Winnipeg to end violence against women, children.— The City of Vancouver goes to court in a bid to close dozens of marijuana retailers operating without business licenses.— RCMP will provide an update on the death of a Belgian tourist who was allegedly killed while hitchhiking in British Columbia.—
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Corus Entertainment announced today the newly refreshed Treehouse App, formerly Treehouse Classic, available on iPhone, iPad, iPod and now the new Apple TV. The App offers parents and kids more than 1,500 episodes of favourite series from Canada’s #1 preschool network’s (K2-5)* vast library of content, available anytime and anywhere in a safe, trusted, and kid-friendly environment. Featured shows include more than 40 hit preschool properties like Babar, Dora the Explorer, The Backyardigans, and Franklin and Friends.The App is available exclusively from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV (4th generation) at the current, three-tiered subscription model. Treehouse is offering a one-month free trial to new users. For pricing and more information, visit www.treehousetv.com.“Corus is a longstanding provider of kids entertainment and we remain committed to offering parents more access to the content their kids know and love,” said Daniel Eves, Senior Vice President, Kids and General Entertainment Content, Corus Entertainment. “With hundreds of hours of compelling entertainment, custom playlists, and curated content, the App offers an engaging and safe platform for families.” Facebook With the updated App, families can interact with beloved Treehouse characters and series whenever and wherever they want. Users can create custom playlists for themselves, while the App also offers packaged content featuring seasonal and educational-themed episodes like camping, siblings, outdoors, music, and friendship. Users who download the app on their tablet devices will also have exclusive access to digital colouring pages featuring popular Treehouse characters.Corus Entertainment is the leading provider of kids content in Canada with YTV, TELETOON, and Treehouse ranking as the top three kids networks in the country (K2-11)*. The Treehouse App for Apple devices joins Corus’ full suite of growing TV Everywhere apps including TreehouseGO, YTVGO, NickGO, Disney Channel App, Disney Junior App, GlobalGO and HistoryGO. Twitter About Corus EntertainmentCorus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands include Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.Follow Corus PR on Twitter: @CorusPR Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” dinosaurs ruled the box office for a second weekend in a row, but also left a little room for more modest newcomers like “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” and the basketball comedy “Uncle Drew” to over-perform in the crowded marketplace.Studios on Sunday estimate that the blockbuster sequel to “Jurassic World” earned an additional $60 million in its second weekend in North American theatres, bringing its domestic total to $264.8 million. While its second weekend drop is about 10 per cent steeper than that of the first film, worldwide, the film has grossed $932.4 million to date and is barrelling toward the $1 billion mark.The dinosaurs didn’t gobble up all the attention this weekend, however. “Incredibles 2,” now in its third weekend in theatres, took second place with $45.5 million, bringing its domestic total to $439.7 million.North American audiences came out in larger than expected numbers for both the action thriller “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” and “Uncle Drew.”The “Sicario” sequel starring Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro earned $19 million to take third place. The film, distributed by Sony Pictures, cost a reported $35 to $40 million to produce.Landing in fourth place was the basketball comedy “Uncle Drew,” which features NBA All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Shaquille O’Neal. With a production price tag under $20 million, the film exceeded expectations grossing $15.5 million and got audience stamp of approval with an A CinemaScore.The ad and marketing campaign included spots during the NBA playoffs and finals, a Wheaties box featuring Irving as Uncle Drew, and an Uncle Drew capsule collection from Nike.Lionsgate, which distributed the movie, knew the film had built-in marketability because of the celebrity of the stars, but was also pleased to discover that the film in early screenings appealed to non-basketball fans too.“That was the surprise, that wow, we have a picture that really plays to a general audience,” said David Spitz, Lionsgate’s president of domestic distribution. “It has a really sweet message.”The A CinemaScore, which suggests that the film will have good word-of-mouth buzz, could bode well for the film over the Fourth of July holiday and into the rest of the summer.“We’re hoping it’s the old adage, ‘It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon,’” Spitz said.Lower down on the charts the Indian film “Sanju,” a biopic about Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt, earned an impressive $2.6 million from only 356 screens in its opening weekend. And the Fred Rogers documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbour?” now playing on 654 screens, continues to do well in its expansion. It added $2.3 million to its earnings this weekend.After two weekends of $100 million plus movies, this past weekend provided a little blockbuster break before “Ant-Man and the Wasp” opens this week. But even without a record-breaker or a $100 million movie, the box office is still up 15.3 per cent from last summer’s abysmal performance and 9.3 per cent for the year overall.“We can’t have every weekend like the last two weekends,” said comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian.“The theatrical box office is on a major roll right now,” Dergarabedian added. “This puts to bed any notion that the summer movie season has run its course. Audiences want to go out to the movie theatre during the summer season.”Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.1. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” $60 million ($56.1 million international).2. “Incredibles 2,” $45.5 million ($44.3 million international).3. “Sicario: Day of the Soldado,” $19 million ($8.4 million international).4. “Uncle Drew,” $15.5 million.5. “Ocean’s 8,” $8 million ($13.8 million international).6. “Tag,” $5.6 million ($3.7 million international).7. “Deadpool 2,” $3.5 million ($2.8 million international).8. “Sanju,” $2.6 million ($22.2 million international).9. “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” $2.3 million ($6.1 million international).10. “Won’t You Be My Neighbour?” $2.3 million.___Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theatres (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:1. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” $56.1 million.2. “Incredibles 2,” $44.3 million.3. “Animal World,” $31.6 million.4. “Sanju,” $22.2 million.5. “Ocean’s 8,” $13.8 million.6. “Escape Plan 2,” $11.6 million.7. “Sicario: Day of the Soldado,” $8.4 million.8. “Witch,” $7.3 million.9. “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” $6.1 million.10. “Tag” and “The Accidental Detective 2,” $3.7 million.___Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/ldbahr
TORONTO – The Toronto Real Estate Board is suing property listings website Mongohouse for $2 million, alleging that the anonymously-run page is illegally accessing, copying and distributing proprietary data.The board, which is the largest in Canada and represents more than 50,000 realtors across the Greater Toronto Area, filed the lawsuit last month in Federal Court asking for an immediate and permanent injunction for the popular website to be taken down.In the statement of claim, TREB alleges that Mongohouse participates in an “orchestrated strategy to avoid and elude” the board’s multiple attempts over the past two years to shut it down.It claims the website is infringing on the board’s copyrights by “employing various techniques to illegally data scrape” information that it provides to its fee-paying members through its internal multiple-listings service (MLS). This includes data such as new property listings, descriptions, sold prices and photography.It goes on to allege that Mongohouse is profiting from advertisers by its daily “unauthorized access” of this information, which it then displays on its website for free.The board said Thursday it could not comment further on the legal action because the issue was now before the courts.Meanwhile, efforts to contact Mongohouse were unsuccessful. A statement of claim has not yet been filed with the Federal Court.In the filing dated Sept. 12, TREB says it doesn’t know how its information is being accessed, but it believes it is the source because it placed “unique information” in its system and saw it appear on the Mongohouse website within 24 to 48 hours.“All of the information on the Mongohouse website for this purpose is only available from the TREB MLS system,” said the claim. “There is no other means available for Mongohouse to obtain the information that is available and made publicly accessible through the Mongohouse website.”The board argues that it has spent “tens of millions” of dollars to create and maintain its MLS system and that it suffers “injury and irreparable harm” when Mongohouse “continues to pass itself off as offering the same services…”In addition to naming Mongohouse.com and Mongohouse.ca in its lawsuit, the claim also names the website’s unknown operators (John and Jane Doe); web server Digital Ocean Canada Inc. and its U.S. based subsidiaries, as well as Sheng Lan Mai who is also known as Maxim Mai, of Richmond Hill, Ont.The board claims that Mai is a software engineer at IBM and “appears to be the original author and creator of Mongohouse.” It is unclear whether he is currently the operator of the website.The lawsuit is asking that the court order all information related to the operations of Mongohouse be turned over, including financial dealings and communications.TREB is claiming $2 million in damages and an additional $100,000 for copyright infringement, as well as legal costs.The court documents detail the elaborate efforts by TREB to take down Mongohouse since it became aware of its existence in September 2016.The Mongohouse website, which has a reported 50,000 registered users, uses a map function to display new listings and sold prices across the Greater Toronto Area. It also provides property photos and descriptions of listings. Users had to log into with passwords to access the information.The website has been offline since Oct. 1.“MongoHouse.com is unavailable until further notice. At the moment, Mongohouse is unable to comment and/or share more information until further instructions given,” said the message.In August, the Supreme Court of Canada announced it would not hear a case where TREB was fighting to prevent home sales data from being posted on realtors’ password-protected websites.TREB had argued for seven years at three judicial bodies that allowing the data to be released would create privacy and copyright concerns, but the Competition Bureau insisted keeping the numbers under wraps was anti-competitive and stifled innovation.Since then, a handful of realty brokerages have made sales price data available on their websites.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter.
SHENZHEN, China — One of China’s major cities has reached an environmental milestone: an almost entirely electric-powered taxi fleet.The high-tech hub of Shenzhen in southern China announced at the start of this year that 99 per cent of the 21,689 taxis operating in the city were electric. Last year, it still had 7,500 gasoline-powered taxis on the roads. A few can still be found, but electric ones far outnumber them.The metropolis of 12.5 million is the second to achieve this feat in China and the largest. The northern China city of Taiyuan, with a population of 4.3 million, has had only electric taxis since 2016.Shenzhen’s bus fleet has been all-electric since 2017. It’s one of 13 pilot cities promoting alternative-energy public transport to cut smog and develop the alternative energy industry.The Associated Press
Kolkata: Delhi’s Honey Baisoya may not have matched his score of 64 from the first two rounds but the 22-year-old, in his own words, came up with his most satisfying effort of the week on day three, a five-under-65 that helped him extend his lead at the inaugural Bengal Open Golf Championship on Thursday. Honey (64-64-65), the overnight leader by one, is now two shots ahead of the field at 17-under-193 going into the final round of the 2019 TATA Steel PGTI season’s fourth event. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherBangladesh’s Badal Hossain (63-66-66), moved from overnight tied second to sole second as a result of his 66 on Thursday that took his total to 15-under-195 at the Rs. 30 lakh event. Badal’s compatriot Md Zamal Hossain Mollah also made waves by matching the tournament’s best round of 62, earlier shot by first round leader Karan Pratap Singh of Faridabad. Zamal thus took a flight from overnight tied 39th to 12th place at 11-under-199. Baisoya made a positive start on day three with a birdie on the first but then had a bumpy ride till the 13th as he kept missing fairways. Baisoya’s first setback came on the third where he three-putted from six feet for a double-bogey. But despite his hitting form deserting him, Honey still managed birdies on the fourth, sixth and seventh courtesy some high-quality approach shots and putting. The six-time winner on the PGTI made a couple of fabulous recoveries from the trees to bogey the ninth and extract a birdie on the 13th. He also registered two good par saves on the 11th and 12th. Baisoya finally ended the day on a high by making birdies on the 14th, 15th and 17th after landing his wedge shots within five feet on all three occasions. Badal Hossain struck a second straight 66 after making seven birdies and three bogeys to stay in the hunt for his maiden PGTI title. He made six birdie conversions from a range of 10 feet but had a disappointing three-putt bogey on the 17th that pushed him two shots behind the leader. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenDelhi’s Rashid Khan, the winner in Chittagong last week, had a flying start with birdies on the first three holes. However, on the back-nine he posted two birdies and two bogeys to end up with a 67 and therefore slip one spot to tied third at 14-under-196. Rashid, whose last four rounds had been error-free, continues to be in contention for back-to-back titles in two weeks. Pune-based Udayan Mane carded a 64 to climb eight places and join Rashid in tied third. Shankar Das (64) was the highest-placed Kolkata golfer in tied fifth. Das shared fifth place with round one leader Karan Pratap Singh (68) of Faridabad at 13-under-197. Md Zamal Hossain Mollah struck it well to set up an eagle on the starting 10th and six other birdies en route his spectacular 62. He also drained as many as three putts from a range of 10 to 20 feet. Kolkata’s Sunit Chowrasia (68) outscored his legendary uncle SSP Chawrasia (69) as the duo played in the same group for the first time in a professional event. Sunit closed the day in tied 17th at eight-under-202 while SSP was a further shot back in tied 23rd.
New Delhi: Cash-strapped Jet Airways Monday said it has grounded four more planes, taking the number of aircraft that are non-operational due to non-payment of lease rentals to 41. Grappling with financial woes, the carrier has been looking at ways to raise fresh funds. “… an additional four aircraft have been grounded due to non-payment of amounts outstanding to lessors under their respective lease agreements,” the airline said in a filing to the stock exchanges. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal According to the company, as mentioned earlier, it is actively engaged with all its aircraft lessors and are regularly providing them with updates on the efforts taken to improve the liquidity. “Aircraft lessors have been supportive of the company’s efforts in this regard,” it said, adding that all efforts are being made to minimise disruption to its network. Earlier this month, Jet Airways Chairman Naresh Goyal said that more than 50 of its aircraft were not operating. As per its website, the airline has a fleet of 119 planes. “The payment of interest due on March 19, 2019, to the debenture holder will be delayed owing to temporary liquidity constraints,” it said in a separate filing.
So, a streak like this isn’t all that uncommon, even among the league’s cadre of great players. But it’s still worth dissecting what’s wrong with Sid the Kid during this particular slump.For starters, the Penguins just aren’t lighting the lamp when Crosby is on the ice. In 19 games this season, they’ve scored only 23 goals during his shifts, and 14 of those have been on the power play. At 5-on-5, they’re notching only 1.5 goals per 60 minutes with Crosby in the game, which ranks 12th-worst among forwards who’ve logged at least 200 minutes. And defensively, the numbers have somehow been even worse — the Pens are yielding a staggering 4.4 goals per 60 minutes with Crosby on the ice during 5-on-5 play. Among that same group of qualified forwards, only his fellow Penguin Conor Sheary ranks worse. (It’s beginning to seem like the Pens have some defensive issues.)But the more troubling sign for Crosby is that he’s just not generating the same level of possession metrics we’ve been accustomed to seeing from him over the years. Crosby’s expected +/- — the plus/minus rating we’d expect a player to have based on the volume and quality of shots his team (and opponents) took while he was on the ice — is easily the worst of his career so far in 2017. For the past three seasons,2The stat is new, so it has only been calculated back to 2014. Crosby’s expected +/- has hovered around 15, but in 2017 it has dipped below zero. And it’s not just a quirk of one model: Crosby’s expected goals +/- at Corsica Hockey has also been in the red. Which is to say that, remarkably, in 2017, Crosby’s play appears to be hurting the Pittsburgh Penguins.To Crosby’s credit, he seems unfazed by his scoring dearth. “No matter who you’re playing against, just try to keep doing the right things and trust they’ll go in,” he told NHL.com.But it’s not like Crosby hasn’t had chances to score: In 2017, 61 percent of his possessions have begun in the offensive zone. That’s good for the second-highest percentage of his career, trailing only last year. The number of faceoffs you take in opposing territory can have an immense effect on your possession rates, so Crosby doesn’t have much of an excuse for not not converting some of those scoring opportunities into goals.During a season where goals are up and goaltending is down, you’d expect the most prolific scorer of his generation to be reaping the benefits — but so far, Crosby has been a ghost. As a result, his Penguins are reeling — they’ve lost more games than they’ve won, and if they hope to win a third consecutive Stanley Cup, they’ll need their captain to score some goals. Although some of Crosby’s woes will probably reverse themselves eventually, Pittsburgh will hold its collective breath until that happens. Of course, Crosby’s résumé as one of the greatest to ever play the game means that he is often held to an unrealistic standard. But his relatively precipitous dip begs the question: Are any NHL superstars slump-proof?Looking at the top 20 scorers whose careers started after the 2005 lockout, seven of them had an 11-game stretch that was worse than Crosby’s current skid at some point in their careers. (Crosby’s current teammate, Phil Kessel, had an 11-game streak with Toronto in 2015 where he notched only 3 points and posted a -16 plus/minus.) And now that Crosby has finally joined the club, every single player on the list can gripe about at least one 15-game run where their SGV was below replacement: Source: Hockey-Reference.com Jonathan ToewsCHI2017145-3-0.04 STATS DURING 15-GAME SLUMP Paul StastnyCOL2009246-10-0.56 Jeff CarterPHI2007033-11-1.52 Thomas VanekBUF2012224-8-0.48 Zach PariseMIN2016246-14-0.99 Claude GirouxPHI2010134-11-0.99 Corey PerryMDA2006033-6-0.64 Nicklas BackstromWSH2014167-9-0.37 Sidney CrosbyPIT2018437-11-0.17 Anze KopitarLAK2017257-13-0.72 Evgeni MalkinPIT2015/16246-7-0.12 Alex OvechkinWSH2014527-18-0.80 Joe PavelskiSJS2013123-5-0.58 Ryan GetzlafANA201211011-15-0.44 Patrick KaneCHI2009134-8-0.70 PLAYERTEAMSEASONGOALSASSISTSPOINTS+/-SGV Mikko KoivuMIN2006011-4-0.83 Steven StamkosTBL2009167-10-0.30 Jussi JokinenFLA2017101-9-1.35 Phil KesselTOR2015246-17-1.30 It’s time we talked about Sidney Crosby. Crosby is the best hockey player of his generation — and among the best to ever lace up a pair of skates — but he’s been a virtual nonentity on the Penguins’ stat sheet this season. You read that correctly — two-time Art Ross Trophy winner, two-time Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy winner, two-time Hart Memorial Trophy winner, and two-time Conn Smythe Trophy winner Sidney Crosby seems to have forgotten how to score.In his past 11 games, Crosby has scored zero goals, contributed just 3 assists, and has a -9 plus/minus. It’s the second-longest goalless streak of his career — but even during his longest goalless streak in 2011-12, he still dished out 17 assists in those 12 games. More importantly: That streak occurred when he was dealing with recurring concussion symptoms and actually bookends a three-month absence from the team.In terms of overall production, this is by far the worst 11-game stretch of Crosby’s career. We figured that out using a simple regression that estimates a forward’s goals versus threshold1GVT was developed by Tom Awad of Hockey Prospectus and is similar to baseball’s value over replacement player, in that it seeks to determine a player’s value in terms of goals above what a replacement-level player would contribute. based on his scoring stats, plus/minus and time on ice in a given game. Using this metric — which we’ll call “simple goal value,” or SGV — Crosby has been worth 1.1 fewer goals than a replacement-level scrub during this miserable 11-game streak. If you broaden the window slightly beyond his scoreless streak to look at his last 15 games, this has been the only 15-game period of Sid’s entire career where he performed at a below-replacement clip. John TavaresNYI2010044-15-1.64 Everybody’s gotta slump sometimeWorst 15-game stretches according to simple goal value (SGV) for NHL’s top 20 scorers whose careers started after the 2005 lockout, 2005-2018
Junior guard Shannon Scott (3) sets up in defensive position during a game against Morgan State Nov. 9 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 89-50.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team is coming off a defensive showing coach Thad Matta called one of the best performances by a team since he’s been at OSU.“I thought we were as tuned in, as dialed in as we could possibly be,” Matta said Tuesday, referring to the 52-35 win against then-No. 17 Marquette (2-1, 0-0) Saturday. “I thought guys used their length, their athleticism, they understood what we were trying to take away … It was probably about as good defensively as we could play.”The Buckeyes held the Golden Eagles to only 18.9 percent shooting in that game, and submitting a similar effort against American University (1-1, 0-0) Wednesday remains the focus. The American Eagles run an offense that has given the No. 8-ranked Buckeyes (3-0, 0-0) fits in the past.“We know they run the Princeton Offense. That’s going to be fun to guard like always,” said junior guard Shannon Scott Monday with a smile. “We just gotta treat them like any other team. Just because they’re not ranked doesn’t mean they can’t come in here and beat us.”The “Princeton Offense” is a style predicated on constant motion, quick cuts behind defenders and solid outside shooting. Matta said it takes extra time to prepare for the offense itself, and the Eagles shoot a high number of shots from beyond the 3-point arc.“It’s just the cutting is unique, you’ve got five guys out there that can shoot,” Matta said. “I think 47 percent of their field goal attempts are threes.”An in-conference foe, Northwestern, also runs the Princeton Offense, and the Wildcats have given the Buckeyes all they can handle in recent memory. Two seasons ago, OSU slipped by to beat Northwestern on the road, 75-73, as then-Buckeye forward Jared Sullinger scored the game-winning basket in the waning seconds. Last year, OSU needed late runs in both games against Northwestern to put them away.“It’s one of those deals where you may give up a lay up, you may give up a (3-pointer) here or there,” Matta said. “But it’s the possession after possession after possession of doing what you’re supposed to do and how you’re supposed to do it. And then in the end, you hope that you can rebound long shots, long rebounds. We gotta scoop those up. We’ve definitely learned our lesson over time playing Northwestern in that regard.”Staying disciplined on the defensive side of the ball is going to be key, as the Buckeyes look to win their fourth straight to open the season.“We have to be really sound on defense. We can’t gamble like we probably would,” Scott said. “I know for myself, I like to be in the passing lanes, I probably can’t do that too much cause they’re going to back-door it. Just playing honestly, defensively. Staying between the man and the basket is a huge key for us.”Tipoff between the Buckeyes and Eagles is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.
The OSU men’s gymnastics team poses for a photo after the NCAA championships on April 16 at St. John Arena. Credit: Luke Swartz | Lantern reporterThe No. 3 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team ended their last meet of the season with a victory at No. 4 Illinois on Friday, 417.350-415.250. The Buckeyes now turn to the postseason for Big Ten and NCAA championships.“I’m very proud of how our team fought (Friday),” coach Rustam Sharipov said. “Now that the regular season is over, it’s time to get ready for a successful postseason run.”Illinois freshman Sebastian Quiana set the stage for his team on the floor and posted a career-best score of 14.950, his second title this year. Sophomore Alex Diab added a 14.800, leading the Illini to a 70.700 on floor.The Buckeyes received event titles from redshirt junior Sean Melton (parallel bars and rings), sophomore Alec Yoder (pommel horse) and redshirt senior Jake Martin (all-around). Melton’s title on rings, with a tally of 15.200, was the best of his season and is ranked No. 2 in the NCAA this season. Melton closed out with gold on the parallel bars with a readout of 14.600.For the second meet in a row and third time this season, Yoder registered a pommel horse routine of greater than 15 points. He received the event title with tally of 15.100 points and now has four pommel horse titles this season.OSU earned a season-high score of 71.700 on the vault with performances from Seth Delbridge (14.600), Yoder (14.550), Melton (14.500), Martin (14.300) and sophomore Joey Bonanno (13.750). Martin received an event title in the all-around with an overall score of 80.900.Additionally, on Friday, team captain Martin was named a finalist for the 2017 Nissen-Emery Award — an award presented annually to the nation’s top senior gymnast by the College Gymnastics Association.“It’s a really big honor to be named one of the finalist,” Martin said. “The list has included some of the all-time NCAA greats, including the ones from Ohio State such as Blaine Wilson, Kip Simons and Jamie Natalie, so to be put on this list is a really big honor.”Martin has had a successful career in the gym and classroom. He is set to graduate with dual degrees in international studies and political science in May. He is a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten selection and a 2014 CGA All-America Scholar Athlete.Despite suffering two injuries, Martin has excelled throughout his career. As a sophomore in 2014, Martin was the Big Ten champion on the vault and was selected to the first-team All-Big Ten. He also achieved two All-American performances in the all-around and vault at the NCAA championships.“It’s been pretty difficult to return from my injuries, but in the long run I feel like it’s made me stronger,” Martin added. “I feel like I’m in a good spot and I’m a lot further along than some people expected, and that makes me excited for the rest of the season.”The winner will be announced on April 20 in West Point, New York, before the NCAA championships begin.Up next, Ohio State will travel back to Champaign, Illinois, for the Big Ten championships from April 7 to 8.
Manchester United have reportedly entered the race to sign West Brom captain Jonny Evans at the end of the season, claim The SunJose Mourinho is currently in need of a new centre-back for this summer’s transfer window and has reportedly become interested in the prospect of taking Evans back to Old Trafford.The Northern Ireland international had been strongly linked with moves to both Manchester City and Arsenal during the January transfer window before City signed Aymeric Laporte from Athletico Bilbao and the Gunners decided to not pursue their interest any further.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Currently, West Brom is at the bottom of the Premier League standings and look set to be relegated, which will allow Evans to leave the club at the end of the season for as little as £4m due to a clause in his contract.The Baggies must beat Newcastle this weekend to stand any chance of continuing their bid for survival with the club eight points outside the safety zone with only three games remaining.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho bemoans their lack of activity in the last transfer window, saying “everyone improved except us”.United failed to sign their center-back targets in the summer transfer window, Mourinho, however, managed to bring in Fred and Diogo Dalot spending £80m in the process.Except for Tottenham Hotspur, the top six clubs were all active in the last window, and the Portuguese boss believes United are behind their rivals because of their lack of signings, arguing that Spurs already had a quality team.“The distance [between United and top four] is something I couldn’t predict,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“You always think in a positive way, you always think the distance is not going to be so big.“But I said clearly, last season we didn’t get the credit we deserved. To finish second, to play the FA Cup final and to qualify as winners in our Champions League group – we didn’t get the credit we deserved at all.“All the teams they got better, Spurs was the team that did not make a direct investment, but the best investment is to keep the top players that you have. So every team got better and we didn’t.”