18 Oct
2020

Lucas Torreira reserves praise for Bernd Leno after clean sheet in Southampton win

first_imgBernd Leno has been in good form for Arsenal recently (Getty Images)Lucas Torreira hailed the performance of Bernd Leno during Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Southampton at the Emirates and praised the goalkeeper for his development this season.The 26-year-old Germany international joined Arsenal from Bayer Leverkusen in a £19m deal last summer but had to bid his time patiently to dislodge Petr Cech from the starting line-up.Leno started on the bench in each of Arenal’s first seven Premier League games of the season before coming on as a substitute in the seventh game against Watford after Cech got injured.Since then, Leno has emerged as Unai Emery’s first-choice goalkeeper and with Cech retiring at the end of the season, he has a great opportunity to make the position his own long-term.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTSpeaking after Leno had made four saves and kept a clean sheet after Arsenal’s victory against Southampton, Torreira said: ‘Bernd’s a very important player, he’s been growing throughout the season. Unai Emery reflects on match against SouthamptonTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:51FullscreenUnai Emery reflects on match against Southamptonhttps://metro.co.uk/video/unai-emery-reflects-match-against-southampton-1869632/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Leno had to be alert to deny Matt Targett and Charlie Austin and saved his best save for the final minute as he again denied Targett with an excellent stop as the left-back looped a volley from distance towards the top corner.After keeping just one clean sheet in his first 14 Premier League starts, Leno has now had two shutouts in his previous five league outings, helping Arsenal to become more solid defensively.Victory against Southampton has lifted Arsenal into fourth place in the Premier League table after Manchester United were held to a draw by Liverpool at Old Trafford.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Metro Sport ReporterSunday 24 Feb 2019 5:24 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link695Shares Comment Lucas Torreira reserves praise for Bernd Leno after clean sheet in Southampton wincenter_img Lucas Torreira also joined Arsenal last summer (Getty Images)‘We’re really happy to have him between the sticks for us. He’s very strong in terms of playing with his feet as well and we’re happy to get the three points today.’On Arsenal keeping a clean sheet, he said: ‘I think it’s always important to keep a clean sheet because if we do we give ourselves a much better chance of getting the three points, and of course that’s what happened today.’Although Arsenal raced into a 2-0 lead within the opening 17 minutes thanks to goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, they didn’t have things all their own way as Southampton applied pressure on their goal in the second half. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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29 Sep
2020

Asset management costs at Dutch schemes on the rise

first_imgAsset management costs at the largest Dutch pension funds have risen for the first time since 2014, according to LCP Netherlands.The consultancy, which looked at the annual reports of 10 large schemes with combined assets of €846bn at 2017-end, said that asset management costs had increased by 2 basis points to 0.52% on average last year relative to 2016.In currency terms, costs rose by €485m to €4,268m.LCP said the pension funds attributed the increase to a re-allocation to more expensive asset classes, such as infrastructure and residential mortages, and higher performances fees for asset managers. Transaction costs, which had also remained stable since 2014, rose last year from 0.08% to 0.11% of invested assets, with pension funds citing an increased insight into costs, according to the pensions adviser.It found that, in contrast, administration costs per participant had dropped by nearly 7%, from €89 to €83 on average. LCP said the decrease was in part due to cost reductions agreed between the pension funds and their respective providers.LCP said that it could not establish whether higher asset management costs had led to higher returns or the other way round.Comparing returns and costs for the period 2012-2016 with 2012-2017, it found that returns had dropped while, at six schemes, investment costs had increased.At four pension funds costs had dropped, but proportionally less than returns had decreased, said the consultancy. It declined to link the schemes to their returns and cost data.LCP looked into the annual reports of the civil service scheme ABP, healthcare pension fund PFZW, the metal schemes PMT and PME, road transport pension fund Vervoer, multi-sector scheme PGB and railways pension fund SPF.It also examined the company schemes of telecoms firm KPN, electronics giant Philips and Rabobank.last_img read more

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28 Sep
2020

Nick “Honey Badger” Cummins rumoured to have bought Gold Coast project

first_imgNick Cummins has reportedly bought on the Gold Coast. Picture SIMON CROSSThere are whispers Nick “Honey Badger” Cummins has bought a rebuilding project on the Gold Coast, not far from his dad Mark’s home.Cummins has been spotted looking at a $775,000, 1970s home on Broadbeach Waters, which is ­described in its marketing as “one for all you Blockheads out there”. MORE: Hayne set to offload Sydney investment First home for Rabbitohs star More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoWork required.The purchase would be highly fitting given his ambassadorial role with Tradies workwear.The home, with 18m water frontage, was sold through McGrath Surfers Paradise agent Simon Cowan.It traded at $5000 less than in 2017. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:49Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:49 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAFL housemates at war01:50center_img Cummins’ dad Mark sold the six-bedroom family home in Brisbane’s south for $1 million and moved to the Gold Coast, paying $1.47 million for a pad on Clear Island Lake.last_img read more

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27 Sep
2020

Portugal decriminalised drugs resulting in teen use doubling in a decade

first_imgDaily Mail 31 October 2014Family First Comment: Drug proponents like the Drug Foundation promote Portugal as the model for decriminalisation of dope. Here’s what they DON’T tell you! The nation held up by the Liberal Democrats yesterday as a shining example of how to win the war on drugs is far from the unqualified success story they make out.For the number of children using drugs in Portugal has more than doubled since the country’s laws were liberalised, the latest figures show. A decade after the law was relaxed, nearly a fifth of 15 and 16-year-olds use drugs – well over twice the number in the years before decriminalisation.The controversial Home Office report commissioned by the Liberal Democrats states: ‘It is clear that there has not been a lasting and significant increase in drug use in Portugal since 2001.’ But the evidence suggests otherwise.The most recent independent report on what is happening in Portugal shows that in 1995 eight per cent of Portuguese teenagers had tried drugs.In 1999, when laws began to be relaxed, it was 12 per cent.But after decriminalisation in 2001, it rose to 18 per cent in 2003 and 19 per cent in 2011. The picture for cannabis use is similar. In 1995, only 7 per cent of Portuguese teens had tried the drug but by 2011 the figure was 16 per cent.READ MORE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2815084/Portugal-decriminalised-drugs-Results-Use-teens-doubled-decade-nearly-fifth-15-16-year-olds-using-drugs.htmllast_img read more

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27 Sep
2020

Gender Identity Policies in Schools: What Congress, the Courts, and the Trump Administration Should Do

first_imgThe Heritage Foundation 23 March 2017Key Takeaways1 Federal agencies have tried to force schools to grant access to sex-specific intimate facilities based on self-declared gender identity instead of biological sex.2 Students, particularly women and girls, have valid concerns about privacy and safety in intimate spaces, as well as about the equality of women under law.3 The law should specify that “sex” does not mean “gender identity,” and local schools should devise solutions that respect the privacy and safety of all students.Schools found win-win solutions, such as the creation of single-occupancy restrooms and changing facilities for students who identify as transgender while retaining girls’ and boys’ rooms for biological girls and boys, but activists attacked these commonsense compromise policies as “transphobic.”…. Schools facing this issue were sensitive to the feelings of embarrassment and discomfort that students who identify as transgender would face were they to be required to share bathrooms or locker rooms with persons of the same biological sex. At the same time, they recognized that students of the other biological sex also had dignity, privacy, and safety concerns of their own.The solution that schools generally settled upon was to give the student who identified as transgender limited access to other facilities—such as faculty facilities, the teacher’s lounge, or the faculty locker room—or to provide single-occupancy restrooms for any student that did not feel comfortable using a multiple-occupancy intimate facility. They found a way to accommodate both the student who identified as transgender and the rest of the students. These nuanced solutions addressed all involved and reflected their dignity, privacy, and safety concerns.Gloucester County Public School Board v. G.G.On June 11, 2015, a female student who identifies as male, G.G., sued the Gloucester County, Virginia, School Board because it would not allow G.G. access to the boys’ restroom. The district had allowed such access until complaints by several families prompted it to implement a policy by which only biological girls could use the girls’ room, only biological boys could use the boys’ room, and any student could use one of three single-occupancy bathrooms, which the school built specifically to accommodate students who identify as transgender. This arrangement, which accommodated students who identify as transgender while also protecting the privacy rights of other students, was not good enough for G.G., who sued the school district for alleged unlawful sex discrimination on the basis of gender identity. A district court ruled in favor of the school district, but on April 19, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit overturned that decision and ruled against the district. In determining the meaning of sex discrimination under Title IX, the court held that it was bound to defer to an unpublished guidance letter from the OCR’S acting assistant deputy director, which specified that “sex” for Title IX purposes included “gender identity.” The school district appealed the decision, and on August 3, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay on the circuit court’s opinion that halted implementation of the guidance for the upcoming school year. …On February 22, 2017, the Trump Department of Education formally rescinded the Obama-era OCR’s “gender identity” guidance, and on March 6, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated the ruling by the circuit court and sent the case back to that court to be reconsidered in light of the recent Trump Administration action.Unlawful Agency Redefinition of “Sex” as “Gender Identity”In 1972, when Congress passed Title IX of the Education Amendments, no one thought that “sex” meant “gender identity.” The phrase “gender identity” did not exist outside of some esoteric psychological publications, and the word “gender” had been coined only recently in contradistinction to sex. The Obama Administration simply attempted to rewrite federal law as it wished the law had been written originally. To this day, the term “sex” is not ambiguous and therefore cannot legitimately be redefined by executive branch agencies to mean “gender identity.”It is entirely reasonable for people not to want to see the opposite sex in a state of undress, regardless of their gender identity. Likewise, it is entirely reasonable for people not to want to be seen in a state of undress by people of the opposite sex, regardless of their gender identity. The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) explains this long-running American practice:In the late 1800s, as women began entering the workforce, the law developed to protect privacy by mandating that work place restrooms and changing rooms be separated by sex. Massachusetts adopted the first such law in 1887. By 1920, 43 of the (then) 48 states had similar laws protecting privacy by mandating sex-separated facilities in the workplace. Because of our national commitment to protect our citizens, and especially children, from the risk of being exposed to the anatomy of the opposite sex, as well as the risk of being seen by the opposite sex while attending to private, intimate needs, sex-separated restrooms and locker rooms are ubiquitous in public places.This concern is particularly heightened for minors, especially as children go through puberty and rightly desire bodily privacy. “Specifically,” adds the ADF, “minors have a fundamental right to be free from State compelled risk of exposure of their bodies, or their intimate activities, such as occur within restrooms and locker rooms, to the opposite biological sex.”This is also of particular concern to women who have been victims of sexual abuse. Seeing a naked male body, particularly the genital area, can function as a traumatic trigger. Whether the naked male body they suddenly see in front of them belongs to a man who identifies as a woman (and has not had surgery) or a man who identifies as a man (and has not had surgery) is of no moment to survivors of sexual abuse who are caught in that situation.Safe Spaces for Women, a group that “provides survivors of sexual assault with care, support, understanding and advice,” recently submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court explaining how gender identity policies can negatively affect such women:Safe Spaces for Women has a strong interest in ensuring that the voices of women who have suffered sexual abuse are heeded when policies are made that may directly affect their physical, emotional, and psychological well-being. This includes policies that require educational institutions covered by Title IX to admit to female showers, locker rooms, and restrooms biological males who identify as female. While Safe Spaces for Women bears no animus toward the transgendered community, it is deeply concerned that…survivors of sexual assault are likely to suffer psychological trauma as a result of encountering biological males—even those with entirely innocent intentions—in the traditional safe spaces of women’s showers, locker rooms, and bathrooms.The brief goes on to note that the Obama Administration issued its guidance “without giving those affected a voice in the process…improperly circumvent[ing] the notice and comment process when that process was needed most.”As the brief further notes:Women who have suffered sexual assault are especially sensitized to the risks posed to their physical and emotional wellbeing by allowing biological males to enter the traditional safe spaces of women’s showers, locker rooms, and restrooms. Moreover, these women are vulnerable to suffering emotional trauma as a result of encountering biological males in those spaces—including those with entirely innocent intentions.Maya Dillard Smith, former head of the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, resigned from her position with the ACLU after it came out on the wrong side of this issue:I have shared my personal experience of having taken my elementary school aged daughters into a women’s restroom when shortly after three transgender young adults over six feet with deep voices entered. My children were visibly frightened, concerned about their safety and left asking lots of questions for which I, like many parents, was ill-prepared to answer…. Despite additional learning I still have to do, I believe there are solutions that can provide accommodations for transgender people and balance the need to ensure women and girls are safe from those who might have malicious intent.Kenneth V. Lanning, for example, is a veteran of 40 years in law enforcement who specializes in preventing and solving sex crimes. A former FBI Supervisory Special Agent, he was assigned to the Behavioral Science Unit and the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime at the FBI Academy in Quantico for 20 years. Lanning has consulted on thousands of sex crimes and has published an essential book, Child Molesters: A Behavioral Analysis, now in its fifth edition.Lanning identifies the problem that “gender-identity based access policies” (GIBAPs) create for sex-specific intimate facilities: “the problem with potential sex offenses is not crimes by transgendered persons. The problem…is offenses by males who are not really transgendered but who would exploit the entirely subjective provisions of a GIBAP…to facilitate their sexual behavior or offenses.”As Lanning explains:[A]llowing a man, based only on his claim to be [a] transgendered woman, to have unlimited access to women’s rest rooms, locker rooms, changing rooms, showers, etc. will make it easier for the type of sex offense behavior previously described to happen to more women and children. Such access would create an additional risk for potential victims in a previously protected setting and a new defense for a wide variety of sexual victimization.81[O]bjective standards are also important to effective law enforcement. Law enforcement officers and prosecutors will be less likely to record, investigate, or charge indecent exposure or peeping offenses in a GIBAP environment, because there is no objective standard for determining whether someone born a male can lawfully be present in a women-only facility. It would be more difficult to prove lascivious intent when self-reported gender identity drives access rights, and easier to accuse law enforcement personnel of discrimination. This is made even more difficult when that self-reporting [gender identity] need not be corroborated in any way whatsoever.And just as fear of being accused of bigotry or discrimination can make law enforcement personnel less likely to investigate or enforce sex crime statutes, it can make women less likely to report certain forms of sexual misconduct, such as peeping and indecent exposure:READ MORE: http://www.heritage.org/education/report/gender-identity-policies-schools-what-congress-the-courts-and-the-trumplast_img read more

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20 Sep
2020

Job not done yet – Pearson

first_img Leicester host Southampton on Saturday and then face fixtures against relegation rivals Sunderland and QPR. Pearson, nominated for the April manager of the month award on the back of his side’s upturn in form recently, has warned his players that the job is not done yet. ”I’m very pleased with how we’ve played, but there’s a lot of hard work left – it’s not done, not at all,”the Foxes boss said. ”Of course it helps when things go your way elsewhere, but you can’t bank on that. We can’t leave the field with regrets.” Meanwhile, Pearson refused to be drawn on speculation linking winger Anthony Knockaert with a switch to Belgian club Standard Liège. The 23-year-old has been out of favour this season but his stock is still high in Europe after making 42 appearances and scoring five goals during last year’s Championship-winning campaign. Knockaert’s contract expires in the summer and, according to reports, Standard Liege are confident of luring him away despite the Leicester hierarchy hoping he will sign a new deal until 2017. Knockaert joined Leicester from French side Guingamp in 2012 but he has made just nine Premier League appearances this term – and none since mid-January. Press Association Five wins in the last six matches has lifted the Foxes out of the drop zone, with three games remaining. Only a couple of months ago, Pearson’s men were bottom of the table and being written off. When asked about talk of the player leaving, Pearson responded: ”I can’t confirm anything. ”I have heard the speculation but I can’t confirm it because the football club have had no formal confirmation on that. That’s all I can say on that.” Leicester have been handed a fitness boost ahead of the visit of Southampton with David Nugent back in the reckoning after a calf problem. Only midfielder Andy King will definitely be missing because of a hamstring injury, while both Jamie Vardy and Marcin Wasilewski should play despite foot problems. Leonardo Ulloa is also okay to play despite having an ankle issue. ”I would rule Andy King out but he has made very good progress,” Pearson said. ”He has done quite a bit of training with the group. If circumstances were slightly different then there would be a chance of maybe him being involved. ”He is an important player for us so we don’t feel it is in anyone’s interest to push him too much at this stage, so we’ll rule him out just on that basis. ”Everybody else really looks like they’ll be available for the weekend. ”Nugent is back into the reckoning which is a big plus for us. ‘With Vardy it’s a similar sort of situation as it’s been for a few weeks. We’re trying to manage the load. ”We’ve had a free week so it’s given us a bit of time to give him a bit more of a rest. ”He’ll go into the preparation for the game in the same way that he has for the last few games. ”Ulloa is training. We’ve had a few bumps and bruises, but nothing that’s not manageable. ”With Marcin, we could afford to take him off last week because we were in a pretty strong position during last week’s game. ”It’s always preferable if you can do that during games to protect players. Again, he’s available.” Leicester manager Nigel Pearson knows plenty of hard work still lies ahead as his side look to retain their Barclays Premier League status.last_img read more

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20 Sep
2020

Roger Stone asks court to delay prison sentence for health reasons

first_imgRoger Stone is once again seeking to delay the start of his prison sentence.The Broward resident is mounting a last-ditch bid to get a federal appeals court to put off the 40-month prison sentence he is facing after being convicted of trying to thwart a congressional investigation into alleged ties between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia.Attorneys for Stone asked the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday for an emergency stay of U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson’s ruling last week putting Stone, 67, under house arrest at his Fort Lauderdale home.Stone’s lawyers are asking the D.C. Court of Appeals to allow Stone to report to prison on September 3rd. He currently has until July 14th to surrender.Stone’s lawyers claim his health is at risk if he has to report to prison next week. In a social media post on Monday evening, Stone said that he viewed the latest legal action as a longshot, but that he was determined to pursue every option in the court system even as he seeks a pardon from Trump.“I recognize that the chances are overwhelming that the appeals court will remand the matter back to Judge Jackson,” Stone wrote on Instagram, “but it is vitally important that the American people see all of the false claims in her most recent ruling and I want the president to know that I have, in good faith ,exhausted all of my legal remedies and that an only an act of clemency by the Presideny [sic] will provide Justice in my case where I was charged on politically motivated ,fabricated charges and was denied a fair trial with an unbiased judge,an honest jury and uncorrupted and non political prosecutors.”Trump has said Stone shouldn’t be concerned that he’ll be sent to prison, but the president has also predicted that his longtime confidant will be exonerated in the legal system. The president has strongly hinted that he’ll provide a pardon or commutation if necessary to stop Stone from being jailed.last_img read more

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19 Sep
2020

Cricket News Rohit Sharma on the cusp of equalling Sourav Ganguly’s brilliant record

first_imghighlights Rohit Sharma needs just 46 runs to reach 8000 runs in ODIs.Rohit Sharma needs 76 runs more to reach 2000 runs against Australia.Rohit Sharma will equal Sourav Ganguly’s tally of reaching 8000 runs in 200 innings. Rohit also has a fabulous record against Australia. He has hit 69 sixes against them, which is the most any player has ever hit against Australia in ODIs. He also has seven hundreds, which is the third-most by a player in ODIs against the five-time World Champions, behind Sachin Tendulkar’s tally of nine tons and Virat Kohli’s eight centuries. If Rohit Sharma scores 76 more runs, he will become only the fourth player in history to score 2000 ODI runs against Australia. Sachin Tendulkar once again stands on top with 3077 runs in 71 ODIs against Australia at an average of 44.59. Desmond Haynes and Sir Vivian Richards of the West Indies are second and third respectively with 2262 and 2187 runs respectively. Heading into the final ODI at the Feroz Shah Kotla, both teams will back themselves to win the series. India are playing at home and have not lost a series since 2015 while Australia are determined to break their rut in ODIs, having not won a bilateral series since January 2017 when they defeated Pakistan 4-1 at home. New Delhi: Rohit Sharma roared back to form in the Mohali ODI with a brilliant 95 and shared a 193-run opening stand with Shikhar Dhawan, who also showed his mettle with his 16th century. Rohit and Dhawan were unable to stitch some solid stands at the top for some games and it came as a welcome relief for Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 which begins on May in England. The five-match ODI series is evenly poised at 2-2, with Australia staging a brilliant comeback with wins in the Ranchi and Mohali ODIs after India had won the Hyderabad and Nagpur ODIs. Heading into the final game at the Feroz Shah Kotla, which will be the last international assignment for India before the World Cup, there are a couple of interesting landmarks for Rohit. The Mumbai right-hander has 7954 runs from 205 matches and 199 innings. The Delhi ODI will be his 200th innings and he is just 46 runs away from reaching 8000 ODI runs. If he achieves this feat, he will equal Sourav Ganguly’s tally and become the second-fastest Indian player to reach the milestone. Ganguly had also achieved the feat in his 200th innings but he had played 208 matches when he achieved it against West Indies in the 2002 ODI in Nagpur.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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19 Sep
2020

The Latest: All Power Five basketball tournaments canceled

first_img11:15 a.m.Real Madrid says its soccer and basketball teams have been put in quarantine after a basketball play for the club tested positive for the coronavirus.The Spanish club says the soccer team was also affected because it shares training facilities with the basketball team.___11:05 a.m. 10:55 a.m.The Euroleague says it is suspending all games indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak.Europe’s main club basketball competition says it made the decision because of “the increased risks for participants in games, the vast amount of traveling disruptions causing the impossibility to reach certain destinations, and the different recommendations by the health authorities.”The league was scheduled to hold regular-season games in Moscow, Istanbul, Madrid and Tel Aviv on Thursday.___ 12:15 p.m.The International Tennis Federation has postponed all of its sanctioned tournaments for six weeks because of the COVID-19 pandemic, joining the men’s professional tour in suspending action.The ITF oversees various junior, wheelchair and lower-tier events.The group says no tournaments on the men’s and women’s ITF World Tennis Tour, the ITF World Tennis Tour Juniors, the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, ITF Beach Tennis World Tour or ITF Seniors Tour will take place until at least the week of April 20.The men’s tour announced earlier Thursday it was calling off ATP Tour and ATP Challenger Tour events for six weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak. In Indianapolis, Big Ten officials scrapped the tournament less than 30 minutes before Michigan and Rutgers were scheduled to play in the first game of the day.The abrupt announcement came shortly after a handful of Michigan players ran onto the floor in a mostly empty Bankers Life Fieldhouse, waving their arms and begging for cheers from the nonexistent crowd. Big Ten officials, like those in many other conferences, announced Thursday they would prohibit most fans, cheerleaders and school bands from attending games beginning Friday.The men’s NCAA Tournament is one of the most popular events on the American sports calendar. March Madness draws hundreds of thousands of fans to arenas from coast to coast.___11:50 a.m. ___2:30 p.m.Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers says “a few” of his players have symptoms of coronavirus and are being kept away from the squad.Rodgers was speaking two days before Leicester plays Watford in the Premier League. He didn’t say whether there had been any positive tests for the virus.Only one Premier League game has been affected so far amid the outbreak, with Manchester City’s home match against Arsenal on Wednesday called off. That decision was taken after members of Arsenal’s playing squad went into self-isolation in a precautionary move. The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, has postponed its first fanfest scheduled for March 21-22.The decision was based on a statewide recommendation and advice from state and local health care officials to limit large gatherings as a safeguard against the new coronavirus.A new date will be announced, but fans who bought tickets to the event will receive a full refund and will have the first option to purchase tickets when the event is rescheduled.The Hall of Fame Museum is remaining open during its regular operating hours, with extra cleaning procedures. Hand sanitizing stations have been placed throughout the museum.___ The Players Championship will not have spectators for the final three days at the TPC Sawgrass in Florida.A person involved in the discussions over the new coronavirus says the policy is expected to be in place for the next several weeks, starting with The Players and extending to next week at the Valspar Championship in the Tampa Bay area. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because it has not been announced.The only time a PGA Tour event has kept fans off the course were safety issues related to weather.The Players began Thursday with fans. The only stipulation was they not ask for autographs. Still to be determined was who would be allowed in. The source said media and key personnel would be allowed.– Reporting by AP Golf Writer Doug Ferguson The International Fencing Federation has postponed all international events for the next five weeks, including four Olympic qualifying tournaments.The FIE made the decision after the coronavirus outbreak was declared a pandemic, and the U.S. banned travelers from 26 European countries starting on Friday.The events postponed included the Africa, Asia, Europe and Americas qualifiers next month. Also off is the Anaheim Grand Prix in California starting on Friday, and the junior world championships in Salt Lake City next month.Four World Cups in saber and epee next week were also called off.“Full details regarding the rescheduling of competitions will be announced at a later date,” the FIE said. “Information regarding Olympic selection criteria will be made as schedules for the remainder of the season are finalized.” Associated Press No new date for the second-leg match in the last 16 was announced. City leads 2-1 from the first leg in Madrid.___12:05 p.m.The 12 Hours of Sebring scheduled to run in Florida next weekend has been rescheduled because of the ban on travel from Europe. Many teams that compete in IMSA’s sports car events use European drivers and team members.The race was rescheduled as the IMSA season finale to be held Nov. 11-14 at Sebring International Raceway. The league says decisions on awarding titles, and promotion and relegation places, will be decided at a special meeting on Friday.The Swiss soccer leagues have been suspended through March, and Basel is unable to host a Europa League game next week against Eintracht Frankfurt.___10:05 a.m.After the NBA suspended its season, the Euroleague is considering doing the same. All five Power Five conferences have canceled their basketball tournaments, putting the NCAA Tournament in doubt.The Big Ten, Big 12, SEC, ACC and Pac-12 conferences were all preparing to play games in large arenas across the country, but with few people in the buildings.The NCAA had announced Wednesday that it planned to play its men’s and women’s tournament games that start next week with restricted access for the general public. The NCAA said only essential staff and limited family members would be allowed to attend the games. The men’s NCAA Tournament is one of the most popular events on the American sports calendar. March Madness draws hundreds of thousands of fans to arenas from coast to coast.___ 11:40 a.m.Major League Soccer is shutting down because of the coronavirus, according to Inter Miami owner Jorge Mas.Mas says the target period for the hiatus is 30 days.He told players and coaches, then held a news conference and says, “We’ve made a decision as a league this morning, as owners, that play will be suspended temporarily.”The expansion team owned by Mas and former England captain David Beckham had been scheduled to play its home opener Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The WTA women’s tour has not made any comment so far related to its schedule.___12:10 p.m.The Champions League match between Manchester City and Real Madrid has been postponed after the Spanish team puts its players in quarantine amid the coronavirus outbreak.Madrid has ordered its soccer and basketball teams to remain in isolation after one of the basketball players tested positive for the virus. The league says it is consulting with clubs about a suspension, something which its players are demanding.“Euroleague and the participating clubs cannot ask from players to put their health and that of their families at risk,” the Euroleague Players Association said.The players’ union asked for the season to be suspended “until health, safety and freedom of movement can be guaranteed.”___10 a.m. Swofford said: “We want to provide an opportunity to continue to compete in this tournament for our players. Our understanding and belief is that that is what they would want.”Swofford’s comments came at the start of the third day of the five-day event, after fans had attended six games at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina.Thursday’s games includes No. 4 Florida State, No. 10 Duke, No. 15 Louisville and No. 17 Virginia. The games will be held with only essential personnel, teams, player guests and credentialed media in attendance.Swofford said he spoke with the commissioners of the other Power Five conferences, all of which are set to play basketball games today with few fans in the arenas.The NCAA announced Wednesday it planned to conduct its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments next week with only essential staff and some family members of teams in the building. 11 a.m.South Korea’s professional baseball league says it will postpone the start of its season to mid-April because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Korea Baseball Organization says it still hopes to maintain a 144-game regular-season schedule but will consider banning spectators from some games when risks of infections are high.The KBO had already canceled its preseason.___ It’s not yet been determined how it will affect the one-day international series between India and South Africa which began on Thursday in Dharamsala. The second ODI is in Lucknow on Sunday, and the third ODI in Kolkata next Wednesday.Foreign players are expected to face difficulties in traveling to India as the government on Wednesday suspended all visas, barring categories such as diplomatic and employment-related, until April 15 in an attempt to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.Unless the government makes an exception, foreign cricketers will not be given business visas with which they travel to play the IPL.___11:30 a.m. Gabbiadini, who also plays for Italy’s national team, wrote on Twitter “I too tested positive for Coronavirus. I want to thank all those who wrote to me, I’ve already received so very many messages. But I still want to reassure you that I’m fine, so don’t worry. Follow the rules, stay home and everything will sort itself out.”On Wednesday, Juventus announced that defender Daniele Rugani had tested positive.The outbreak of the virus has led to a nationwide lockdown in Italy, where soccer and all other sports have been suspended until April 3.___2:45 p.m. Kilde succeeds Austrian great Marcel Hirscher, who won eight straight overall titles before retiring in the offseason.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 ___2:50 p.m.A second player from Italy’s top soccer division has tested positive for coronavirus.Sampdoria says 28-year-old forward Manolo Gabbiadini “has a fever but he’s doing well.” The Serie A club and adds that it is “activating all the isolation procedures provided for by law.”That is likely to include self-isolation for all players and staff. The Latest: All Power Five basketball tournaments canceled The ATP has suspended all men’s professional tennis tournaments for six weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak.No ATP Tour or ATP Challenger Tour events will take place through the week of April 20.The tournament at Indian Wells, California, scheduled to begin main-draw play Wednesday already had been called off.The affected events are the Miami Open, the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships in Houston, the Grand Prix Hassan II in Marrakech, the Monte Carlo Masters, the Barcelona Open and the Hungarian Open.The next Grand Slam tournament, the French Open, is still scheduled to be held in Paris beginning May 24. A four-race finals week in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, was canceled last week by the International Ski Federation.“The health and welfare of the athletes and all other participants, as well as the general public are in the forefront and the priority of FIS and all stakeholders,” the governing body said Thursday.Kilde’s runner-up finish in what proved to be the season-ending race — a downhill last Saturday in Kvitfjell, Norway — lifted him to the overall title above French rival Alexis Pinturault.Pinturault also finished runner-up to Kristoffersen in giant slalom. Another Frenchman, Clement Noel, was runner-up to Kristoffersen for the season-long slalom title by only two points, 552-550.Kristoffersen had an outside chance of winning the overall title if the final two races had gone ahead. Gobert has tested positive for coronavirus.“Out of an abundance of caution, members of the Raptors traveling party have been tested for the virus. We await those results. Our players, coaches and traveling staff have all been advised to go into self-isolation for 14 days, which means minimizing contact in accordance with public health guidelines. Our team doctors remain in communication with infection control specialists and public health authorities, and we will continue to abide by their advice,” the Raptors said.___2:05 p.m.The Washington Wizards say players, coaches and basketball operations personnel are going to self-quarantine for the next three to four days.center_img One other league match and three playoff matches, including the final on March 22, are in Lahore. The board said it was in contact with the Punjab provincial government about any health advice for the Lahore matches.___2:20 p.m.The Miami Open tennis tournament that was scheduled to start later this month has been canceled because of the coronavirus outbreak.The tournament had been scheduled for March 23-April 5 in Miami Gardens. The tournament moved there last year from its former home on Key Biscayne. ___2:25 p.m.The Pakistan Super League is closing Twenty20 cricket games in Karachi to spectators from Friday after advice from the Sindh provincial government.The Pakistan Cricket Board said “it was important for us to act quickly to ensure that the wellbeing of all concerned is better protected” from the coronavirus outbreak but the Karachi Kings’ home game on Thursday against Lahore Qalanders went ahead with spectators.Spectators are barred from league games on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and a playoff on Tuesday. UEFA says they will discuss “all domestic and European competitions.” That includes this year’s European Championship.The meetings will involve UEFA member federations and representatives of clubs, national leagues and player unions.There is no blanket suspension of soccer across the continent, but national leagues have been shut down by public authorities in some countries, including Italy and Spain.___Noon Virtually all of the world’s top players had been scheduled to participate except Roger Federer, who is recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.It’s the second postponement of a top tennis tournament in five days. The BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, was postponed Sunday, less than 24 hours before qualifying matches were scheduled to begin.___2:15 p.m.The Toronto Raptors say they will go into self-quarantine because they recently played against the Utah Jazz and Rudy Gobert. ___10:55 a.m.Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford says the league men’s basketball tournament is ready to hold games as scheduled Thursday without fans in Greensboro, North Carolina.Swofford held a news conference Thursday morning, a few hours before the first of four quarterfinal games. The league had announced Wednesday that it wouldn’t allow the general public into tournament games amid concerns about the spread of the new coronavirus that has become a global pandemic.Swofford called it “a very fluid situation” that “changes daily now, and may well be changing hourly.” The Wizards played at the Utah Jazz — who have a player, Rudy Gobert, that tested positive for COVID-19 — on Feb. 29. Washington also played Tuesday against the New York Knicks, another recent opponent of the Jazz.The Wizards say players, coaches and basketball operations staff who have flu-like symptoms will be tested for coronavirus.___1:40 p.m.UEFA has called European soccer stakeholders to a meeting by video conference on Tuesday to deal with the effect on competitions of the coronavirus outbreak. ___11:40 a.m.The Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament could be staged without spectators after a government decree related to the coronavirus outbreak.Indian sports minister Kiren Rijuju told all national sports federations to ban spectators at all events, but events can go on if they “can’t be avoided.”The decision impacts the hugely popular IPL, due to start on March 29 and last seven weeks. In other hockey developments, the National Women’s Hockey League postponed its Isobel Cup final scheduled for Friday night in Boston. It did not provide a new date.And the NHL announced the cancellation of morning skates and practices.– Reporting by AP Hockey Writers John Wawrow and Stephen Whyno___11:05 a.m. ___9:55 a.m.The season-ending men’s World Cup ski races were canceled Thursday to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, giving Norwegian skier Aleksander Aamodt Kilde his first overall title.Giant slalom and slalom races were scheduled for this weekend in Kranjska Gora, near Slovenia’s border with Italy.The cancellations mean Henrik Kristoffersen, another Norwegian, becomes the season champion in both disciplines by tiny margins. German broadcaster Sky says it will show some Bundesliga soccer games on a free channel after spectators were barred from the stadiums.Sky will show four league games simultaneously on Saturday on its non-subscription news channel in a “conference” format, with the broadcast switching between each game to show the key action.That includes Borussia Dortmund’s game against Schalke, which is one of Germany’s most heated rivalries.There will be a similar procedure for some second-division games.___ ___10:25 a.m.The hockey-like game of bandy has postponed its world championships in Russia because of the spreading coronavirus.The Swedish Bandy Association says the tournament, scheduled to be played from March 29-April 5 in Irkutsk, has been postponed until October.International Bandy Association president Boris Skrynnik says “we know that there are concerns in other countries when it comes to travel and spending time with larger groups.” The Juventus player who tested positive for the coronavirus says he’s “OK” and wants “to reassure everyone who is worrying about me.” Juventus announced late Wednesday that defender Daniele Rugani and “those who have had contact with him” are being isolated. It also said Rugani is not showing any symptoms of the disease.Rugani sent a post on Twitter overnight in Italian.“You’ll have read the news and that’s why I want to reassure everyone who is worrying about me. I’m OK. I want to remind everyone to respect the rules, because this virus doesn’t make distinctions! Let’s do it four ourselves, for those dear to us and for those around us,” he wrote.Rugani is the first player in the country’s top soccer division to test positive for the virus. March 12, 2020 10:30 a.m.The International Basketball Federation says it is suspending all competitions indefinitely from Friday.FIBA says the decision was made “in order to protect the health and safety of players, coaches, officials and fans.”The suspension includes games in the Basketball Champions League, which is a rival competition to the better known Euroleague, and the second-tier FIBA Europe Cup. The Champions League is part-way through its playoffs.Men’s qualification for the Tokyo Olympics is expected to resume in June with a series of qualifying tournaments overseen by FIBA. Women’s qualifying has already concluded. 11:30 a.m.The Belgian soccer league has backpedaled on its decision to keep stadiums open to fans despite the coronavirus outbreak.The league says that the last round of regular-season matches in the top league scheduled this weekend will be played in empty stadiums. The Belgian Cup final between Brugge and Antwerp scheduled on March 22 was postponed to a date yet to be announced.The Belgian federation added that all youth and amateur soccer have been canceled until March 31, and the Belgian national team’s trip to Qatar scheduled this month also has been canceled. Belgium, Portugal, Croatia and Switzerland had planned to play friendly games ahead of the European Championship at a mini tournament in the Gulf emirate.___ Dutch soccer authorities have canceled all matches until the end of the month, including friendly internationals against the United States and Spain, because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Dutch team was scheduled to play the United States on March 26 in the southern city of Eindhoven and face Spain three days later in Amsterdam.The Netherlands has 614 confirmed cases of the virus and five deaths. The government has announced sweeping new measures in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus, including ordering cancellation of any events that will draw more than 100 people.___11:45 a.m. The under-15 world championships in Arkhangelsk, Russia, at the end of the month will also be played at a later date.___10:15 a.m.Denmark’s top soccer leagues are shutting down for at least two weeks because of the spreading coronavirus.The Danish league made the move a day after the national government announced a lockdown. The small Scandinavian country has 514 cases of people testing positive. “We will look at exactly what this will mean for the running of the tournaments for the weeks to come,” said Danish league director Claus Thomsen, adding more information on what will happen with the postponed matches and the rest of the season will be announced later.___10:10 a.m.The Swiss hockey league has ended the season in the top two divisions before the playoffs because of the spreading coronavirus.The league’s decision comes less than two months before Switzerland is due to host the world championships in Zurich and Lausanne. McLaren says it has withdrawn from the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne after a team member tested positive for the coronavirus.The British-based team says the person was self-isolated as soon as they started to show symptoms and “will now enter a period of quarantine.”Team officials have taken the decision to pull out of Sunday’s race “based on a duty of care” for McLaren employees and the wider Formula One family.Qualifying was scheduled to start Friday.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLONDON (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the globe (all times EDT):___12:20 p.m. 11:15 a.m.A person with direct knowledge of the discussions tells The Associated Press that a recommendation has been made to the International Ice Hockey Federation to cancel the men’s world championships in Switzerland.The recommendation will be taken up for a vote by IIHF members on Thursday, according to the person who spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity because a decision has not yet been reached. The recommendation comes days after the IIHF canceled the women’s worlds set to begin in late March in Nova Scotia.The person said U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement on Wednesday to ban travel from Europe led to the recommendation to cancel the world championships. The monthlong travel ban leads to uncertainty over whether NHL players, who traditionally make up many of the competing nations’ rosters, will be able to travel from North America.The 16-nation tournament is scheduled to open on May 8. ___11:35 p.m.The Sun Belt became the latest Division I conference to announce it will restrict fan access to its basketball tournament games. The men’s and women’s semifinals and finals scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, home of the NBA’s Pelicans and site of the women’s Final Four in April, will be played with only essential staff, some media and limited immediate family members of players and coaches allowed in the arena.___ IndyCar and NASCAR are still mulling options. IndyCar has been told by the Mayor of St. Petersburg that fans cannot attend Sunday’s season-opening race. NASCAR received the same message for next week’s racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway.___11:55 a.m.Several college basketball conference tournaments have been canceled moments before tipoff, putting the NCAA Tournament at risk.Officials with the Big Ten, Big 12 and SEC conferences announced their tournaments were off, and other conferences were expected to follow suit. In New York City, the Big East Tournament began as scheduled.last_img read more

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17 Sep
2020

Holt: Badgers better off avoiding icy new Big Ten

first_imgOut on the other side of the Midwest, Penn State alum Terry Pegula donated $88 million – according to the Times-Tribune, the largest private gift in PSU history – to the PSU to fund and create a Division I men’s hockey program.Back in Madison, Badger Bob Johnson is rolling in his grave. The hockey program still can’t get the required gift funding for its proposed practice facility – in April they were $2 million short in that category. And PSU gets $88 million from one person.So instead, Captain Sean Dolan and the men’s hockey team will continue to ride their mopeds along the icy stretches of John Nolan Drive to get to practice. The six-time national champion Badgers practice in the Humanities building of practice facilities; that ice rink is the “Arrested Development” movie of proposed buildings.Back to Penn State though. The Nittany Lions now become the second-largest school behind Ohio State to field a Division I hockey program. They also become the sixth Big Ten school to field a D-I hockey program, along with Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State.The NCAA requires a minimum of six teams to form a conference.Anyone hungry for a Big Ten of ice hockey?I hope not.For the uninitiated, Wisconsin competes in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), along with traditional rival Minnesota. The WCHA is also home two of the three schools that own more national titles than the Badgers, in Denver and North Dakota.The UM, MSU and OSU men’s teams are in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, with other notable teams being Miami of Ohio and Notre Dame. Ohio State’s women’s team is in the WCHA.But with Penn State giving the nation’s oldest conference a half-dozen teams, there’s a lot of talk about the Big Ten schools jumping ship for, well, the Big Ten. Clearly the conference isn’t concerned about numerical accuracy anymore. There’s a lot of talk that various athletic directors – including UW’s Barry Alvarez – are in favor of the possibility of a hockey version of the Big Ten.I want to ask, “Why?,” but I already know why.The Big Ten is a marketable brand, which could form a new set of hockey brands, now that one of its biggest brands in Penn State has now joined the fray. The Big Ten network would love to fill its Friday and Saturday night slots with hockey games, if it means viewers and money.But from a hockey standpoint, it just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.Right now, the Badgers have a cozy position in the WCHA – which is essentially to college hockey what the SEC is to college football. The Badgers play top competition week in and week out, and that means a lot when the postseason rolls around, as evidenced in this past springs’ awarding of No. 1 seeds in the NCAA tournament to Denver and Wisconsin, despite neither winning their conference tourney.That’s not to give Michigan, which leads the nation with nine national championships in men’s hockey, or Michigan State, which owns three titles of its own, the shaft. But Ohio State’s hockey team – now in the very capable hands of former Badgers assistant Mark Osiecki – is essentially dead weight for now, and the other big-name teams in the CCHA, Miami and Notre Dame, wouldn’t be making the jump.This Big Ten of hockey would conceivably have the Badgers, Gophers and Wolverines beating each other up on the weekends they’re not feasting on the Nittany Lion Cubs and the Buckeyes. Not an ideal situation, methinks.And if Big Ten hockey expands to say, Illinois, sure, that adds more teams. There’s talk of setting those plans in motion as well. But how long before these new teams are actually competitive? I have to guess that most of the top talent in those states will still flock to the DUs and BCs of the nation, rather than spend two to four years trying to build a program from the ground up.It’s not like this is basketball or football, where there are recruits flooding in from every which direction. Hockey is still a niche sport. Most of the top recruits are going to come from Minnesota, Michigan and New England. Canadian recruits are a bit more rare, since most college-aged Canadian hockey players can play major-junior hockey in Canada and get paid to do it – it’s considered a better path to the NHL by some.Long story short, I don’t think there are enough quality hockey players to make a hypothetical Big Ten the juggernaut Jim Delany might want it to be.A Big Ten in hockey would also inevitably have some ripple effects on the college hockey world as a whole. We all saw this summer what kinds of messes arise when conferences are trying to add members or deal with departing members.Sure, Big Ten teams could play lots of their rivalry games out of conference (Minnesota-North Dakota, Ohio State-Miami, for example), but how many small CCHA teams are going to suffer because Michigan fans are no longer guaranteed to be flocking to their schools for the weekend?Hockey East wouldn’t suffer much from a Big Ten exodus. The WCHA would probably remain the strongest conference, even with Minnesota and Wisconsin gone – that’s how strong DU, CC and UND are.In the end, it’s really only the Big Ten schools that end up losing. Is it worth it to burn bridges and lower overall competition to spend a few years nurturing a brand new league? If you’re anyone in the conference but Penn State, I venture the answer is no.Adam is a senior majoring in journalism. Think a Big Ten of hockey would be exciting, or should UW just stay put? 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