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RSF hails safeguards for media independence and confidentiality of sources in law approved today

first_img Organisation RSF_en October 6, 2016 RSF hails safeguards for media independence and confidentiality of sources in law approved today FranceEurope – Central Asia Media independenceProtecting sources Freedom of expression Follow the news on France News June 2, 2021 Find out more News FranceEurope – Central Asia Media independenceProtecting sources Freedom of expression Help by sharing this information News to go further Reporters Without Borders (RSF) hails the French National Assembly’s final adoption today of a bill “aiming to strengthen media freedom, independence and pluralism.” Although not completely satisfactory, it provides additional safeguards for journalists’ sources and media independence. “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story Receive email alerts Tabled last year by Deputy Patrick Bloche with the avowed aim of preventing editorial interference by media owners seeking to defend their business interests, it was prompted by Canal+ owner Vincent Bolloré’s censorship of a documentary about an advertiser.Expanded in the course of parliamentary debates about whistleblowers and the confidentiality of sources, it not only provides significant new safeguards for sources but also establishes mechanisms that provide editorial decision-making with (somewhat) more effective protection from various kinds of pressure, including economic pressure.The new law states that the confidentiality of sources may be violated only “in exceptional circumstances,” subject to a judge’s prior authorization, and only to prevent or to punish a series of precisely defined offences. And it extends the range of those benefitting from the provisions protecting sources.These provisions constitute an undeniable improvement on the law in force until now, the 2010 law presented by then President Nicolas Sarkozy’s justice minister, Rachida Dati, which has been widely criticized by journalists for being vague and imprecise.Beside, the new law says that all journalists “have the right to reject pressure, to refuse to divulge their sources and to refuse to sign an article, broadcast, broadcast segment or contribution of which the form or content has been modified without their knowledge or against their wishes.”It also requires media companies to adopt ethics charters and to establish “committees for the honesty, independence and pluralism of news coverage and programmes.” And it provides France’s broadcast media regulatory authority, the CSA, with additional resources with aim of safeguarding newsroom independence vis-à-vis the economic interests of shareholders and advertisers.Coincidentally, the French Senate is currently preparing to debate amendments to the 1881 press law that would deal a major blow to media freedom. RSF is therefore all the more pleased that the National Assembly has adopted the Bloche Bill in this form and has resisted the Senate’s repeated attempts to eviscerate it. Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU June 4, 2021 Find out more News May 10, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Major Tenet of Darwinism Found Opposite the Evidence

first_img(Visited 52 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Species do not compete to survive in the same space, a massive study of birds shows.“‘Be Different or Die’ Does Not Drive Evolution” is the game-changing headline on PhysOrg based on a press release from the University of Oxford.  A decade-long study of ovenbirds on several continents shows that similar species can live together in harmony.  The paper, published in Nature, challenges the idea that only the fittest survive in an ecosystem.Ovenbirds are a very diverse group.  By studying the phenotypes and genotypes of 350 species, the Oxford team, with help from other universities, concluded that a key concept of Darwinism is wrong.A new study has found that species living together are not forced to evolve differently to avoid competing with each other, challenging a theory that has held since Darwin’s Origin of Species.…They found that although bird species occurring together were consistently more different than species living apart, this was simply an artefact of species being old by the time they meet. In fact, once variation in the age of species was accounted for, coexisting species were actually more similar than species evolving separately, opposite to Darwin’s view which remains widely-held today.Dr. Joe Tobias (U of Oxford) hastened to resuscitate Darwin, claiming there is plenty of evidence for evolutionary divergence in young lineages.  The findings, they claim, show that species can be very similar if they come into contact millions of years after evolving separately.  Darwinism re-emerges, therefore, once species age is taken into account.  This explanation, however, is circular: it decides which species are young and old based on evolutionary assumptions.  Moreover, it creates other problems.  Why would the songs of species that had been separated for millions of years be similar?Although species living together had beaks and legs that were no more different than those of species living apart, the most surprising discovery was that they had songs that were more similar. This challenges some longstanding ideas because the standard view for the last century has been that bird species living together would need to evolve different songs to avoid confusion.The team focused on beaks, legs, and songs of the ovenbirds – traits that involve modification of existing traits, not the creation of new traits.  Modest as these findings are, however, they confront Darwin’s view that competition is a key driver of evolution.  In fact, the opposite conclusion should be drawn:‘Looking at the bigger picture, ‘be different or die’ doesn’t appear to explain evolution,’ said Dr Tobias. ‘Ovenbird species use a wide variety of beaks, from long and hooked to short and straight, but these differences appear to evolve when living in isolation, suggesting that competition is not the major driving force producing species differences. Instead, it seems to have the opposite effect in promoting the evolution of similar songs.“The reasons for this are difficult to explain and require further study,” Tobias added.  Nothing was said about the evolution of a new organ, tissue, cell type or function.  Despite alleged millions of years, they are all still ovenbirds.Good grief.  Are they telling us that all the justifications for the social Darwinist experiments that left millions dead have just flown out the window?  Oh, if we could just turn back the clock and tell all those German and Russian philosophers, “Hold it!  Stop!  Darwin was wrong!  There’s room for everyone in this town.  We can all be similar or different.  The world will be better with cooperation, not genocide!  Let a million flowers bloom!  Let’s all sing like the birdies sing!”At least we can start over now and try to get it right before the next world war.This is “difficult to explain” and “requires further study,” Tobias says.  Ten years wasn’t enough?  or 150, going back to Wallace?  He has enough information.  He just wants job security.  It wouldn’t be so difficult to explain if he would just take the Charlie & Charlie brand* glasses off.  (*Darwin, Lyell)Incidentally, the millions of years is assumed, not demonstrated.  It is falsified by the similarity of songs.  If isolated populations of ovenbirds can come together after “millions of years” and sing the same tunes, then not only was Darwin wrong, Joe Tobias is singing off-key, too: he thinks the birds re-evolved the same songs!  That makes no sense.  More likely, the bird populations weren’t segregated for so long.  There’s no reason that populations can’t adapt quickly to particular niches.  Adaptation to environments is not evolution as Darwin taught (universal common ancestry by unguided natural processes).  It’s built-in design for robustness.Sing a song of Darwin, the evolution race,Ovenbirds evolve, competing for their space,When the facts come forth, though, the story’s not so cool;Isn’t that a silly song to teach the kids at school?last_img read more

Revisiting Zola Budd versus Mary Decker, 1984 Olympics

first_imgCD AndersonOlympians South African Zola Budd and American Mary Decker recentlyreunited for a new documentary that revisits their contentious on-track meetingduring the 3 000m final at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. The hotlycontested and much-hyped race provided one of the more controversial moments inmodern Olympic history.The documentary, The Fall, by the UK’s Sky Atlantic channel, looks at the build-up to the race, the race itself and the after-effects of the incident in which Decker collided with Budd and gained both runners unprecedented global infamy.The build-upAn extraordinary media-frenzy surrounded the two athletes and their uniquecircumstances in the run-up to the race.Budd was a reticent 18-year-old Bloemfontein-born middle-distance runningphenomenon. Unlike other athletes, she trained and raced barefoot. South Africawas excluded from international sports and competing in the Olympics because ofits apartheid government, but Budd circumvented this by gaining British citizenship,on the grounds that her grandfather was British.At the age of 17, in 1984, she broke the women’s 5 000m world recordwith a time of 15:01.83. But the race was in South Africa and the InternationalAmateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) refused to ratify her time as an official worldrecord. The following year – after the ill-fated Olympics – representing Britain, sheclaimed the world record officially with a time of 14:48.07.Decker was seven years older than Budd, an all-American sporting celebrity formost of her life and a multiple world record holder. But she had missed out on threeprevious Olympics before the Los Angeles Games.In the documentary, Decker recalls the 1984 Games as her crowning moment as a competitor. “I (was) finally here, and had something to prove.”Budd, on the other hand, was just trying fight off her own insecurities, broughton in part by the negative media coverage surrounding her at the time.As a white South African eager to compete internationally, she had alreadyexperienced ridicule and criticism during her burgeoning career, amplified by theattempts of her family and a British newspaper (with exclusive rights to her story)to fast-track her British citizenship that would allow her to compete at the Games.As an outsider, she found little love from the British public, and even less from herhome country.Criticised by the apartheid government and the various mouthpieces of thethen-banned and exiled liberation movements, Budd was a world-class athleteseemingly without a country to rally behind her.Self-described as just a simple girl from the Free State, Budd now confessesthe moment might have been too big for her. “I felt like ‘What am I doing here? I(wasn’t) supposed to be here.”All she really wanted to do was run, if only to prove to herself that she couldcompete with the best in the world no matter what flag she wore on her shirt.In front of a vocal, partisan crowd at the Los Angeles Olympic Coliseum, and aworldwide audience of millions, Budd and Decker lined up to start the race, eachnot knowing much about the other, apart from what had been said in the mediacoverage leading up to the race. More importantly, both runners knew that the otherstood in their way to Olympic glory.The raceWhile Decker and Budd received most of the media attention before the race,both runners were not outright favourites to win the 3 000m. RomanianMaricica Puică and the UK’s Wendy Smith-Sly were responsible for the distance’sbest times in the year leading up to the race.Decker, however, began the race in the lead, setting a rapid, urgent pace forthe rest of the field. By the midway point, Budd had gained the lead and led a packof Decker, Puică and Smith-Sly away from the rest of the also-rans.It was a situation unfamiliar to Budd and Decker, both of whose prodigiousrunning talents had resulted in their regularly leading races alone, well ahead of therest of the field.Shortly after the halfway point in the race, the first collision occurred, withDecker making contact with Budd’s legs. Less than five strides later, there was asecond collision, and Budd brushed her striding (bare) foot against Decker’s frontupper thigh. Budd lost her balance for a moment, realigning herself directly in frontof Decker, whose running spikes “inadvertently” grazed Budd’s ankle, drawingblood.Decker lost her balance and fell off the track on to the infield, but not beforegrasping and ripping off Budd’s race number. Decker was out of the race and Buddcontinued. Despite holding on to the lead, the tussle severely altered Budd’s paceand mind-set, causing her to quickly fall back to seventh place by the end of therace.Mary Decker after her fall during the final of the 3 000m race in the 1984Olympic Games. (Photo: Bettman Archive) pic.twitter.com/SMLOENDPSz—CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) August 12,2016Years later, writing about the race in her autobiography, Budd admitted that shepurposely slowed down to placate an increasingly hostile crowd seeing their nationalheroine, Decker, out of the race and on the ground in tears. Puică won gold, withSmith-Sly finishing second.But all eyes were on Budd and Decker at the end of the race. Budd shylywalked off the track and a distraught Decker was carried off by her trainer. Budd,also in her autobiography, confirmed that she did attempt to speak to Deckerimmediately off the track and away from the cameras, but was countered byDecker with the now infamous retort: “Don’t bother.”In the direct aftermath of the race, an IAAF/Olympic investigation into theincident found that neither Budd nor Decker had shown undue malice or culpabilityin causing the collision. It was decided outright that the cause of the clash was bothathletes’ relative discomfort and inexperience in pack-running. Years later, Budd andDecker agree, although for Budd, the overwhelming public and media interest in therun-up to the race may have added an extra psychological barrier to how sheapproached the race.Mary Decker falls to the track as Zola Budd leads the final of thewomen’s 3,000m race in the 1984 Olympic Games. pic.twitter.com/GgyaM0vQOZ—CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) August 12,2016The aftermath and reunionSeeing each other again, 32 years after the race, during interviews for thedocumentary, Budd and Decker discovered that they had more in common than theyrealised. Both had never watched a replay of the controversial race, preferring toremember it as they had experienced it.Zola Budd and Mary Decker at LA Coliseum 32 years after their race atthe 1984 Olympic Games (Photo: Hillside Prod.) pic.twitter.com/RH31av2RPL— CDAnderson (@bizarrojerri) August 15,2016They also agreed that the hype and circumstances created by the media at thetime put too much emotional stress on the occasion and the runners. Budd, inparticular, felt the undue pressure on her to run and balance the overwhelmingpolitical game surrounding her would have made her think twice about running therace if she had to choose today.Decker felt that the media painting her as temperamental and overly emotionalafter the race – to the point of nicknaming her “America’s cry baby” – was disingenuous. “I can’t say that my reactions were that horrible,” she said. “People need to put themselves in my place and in Zola’s place and think what (they) would have done.”Los Angeles may have been what the two runners were most famous for, but itwas by no means their lasting legacy.Both continued to compete after 1984, even meeting on the track one final timein 1985 during an IAAF competition in England – Decker won the race and Buddfinished fourth.Budd went on to win the world cross country title twice and set world recordsfor the 2 000m and 5 000m. She also holds the standing British andSouth African records for the competition mile.She also competed in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, this time representingSouth Africa, before retiring from competition in 1994. Budd also ran the Comradesfor the first time in 2012, finishing 37th. She continues to train and nurtureupcoming talent in the US and South xAfrica.Decker went on to set more than 15 world records, as well as Americanrecords for the 800m, 10 000m, 3 000m and 1 500m. She never won that sought-after Olympic medal, despite competing in the 1988 Seoul Games. Following surgery to stave off the effects of arthritis, Decker retired to rural, family life in Oregon.The Zola Budd taxiThe‘Zola Budd’ Hi-Ace minibus taxi, named after the famous South Africanathlete. (Photo: Toyota) pic.twitter.com/El1HVgBDUi— CDAnderson (@bizarrojerri) August 12,2016As for a more lasting cultural legacy, just ask any seasoned minibus taxi driverin South Africa, who will tell you that the ubiquitous “Zola Budd” Toyota Hi-Ace taxiis often the fastest and most reliable, while a “Mary Decker” taxi is a broken down one.This popular taxi slang even inspired a song by the late Brenda Fassie.Source: Telegraph UK/Wikipedia CD AndersonWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

Are You the Source of Toxicity?

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Some people don’t know that they are the source of toxicity within their own company. They don’t recognize that they are the contagion and that they are spreading their own illness.Negativity is the only cancer that spreads by contact. When you express your negativity to others, you are infecting them with your negativity. Most people are susceptible to negativity. Very few of us are immune.The people you interact with already have fears and doubts, they are already battered by a constant stream of fear, negativity, and divisiveness through our media channels. In that environment, your negativity can become the source of toxicity.Cynicism is a derivation of negativity. It’s one of your ego’s ways of protecting itself from being hurt; if you believe deeply and things don’t work out, your image will suffer a blow. It’s easy to be cynical, sarcastic, and snarky. But your cynicism causes others to doubt their belief, and they worry about your judgment. Since you don’t believe, they have doubts.The people you interact with want to believe. They want to do meaningful work, and they want to make a difference. Your cynicism reduces them to something less than they might be.Gossip is negativity, and it makes for a toxic environment. When you confess other people’s sins, you are giving people a preview as to how you are going to speak about them behind their backs. When you invite them to gossip with you, you are inviting them to damage their character. Gossip is a way to bring other people down so that you can feel better about yourself.Gossip is sexy. It takes the focus off the areas where you need to improve by allowing you to believe that someone is somehow worse than you, less than you. That appeal is what allows the infection to spread so easily and so quickly.There is no telling how you might have been infected. But if you have been infected, it’s your job to rid yourself of the disease and to take measures not to infect others. There is no benefit of being the source of toxicity.last_img read more

Standhardinger or Ravena? San Miguel to pick first in 2017 PBA Draft

first_imgChristian Standhardinger. Photo by Mark Giongco/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — With the controversial trade between Kia and San Miguel getting the greenlight on Friday, the defending Philippine and Commissioner’s Cup champion now has the right to make top overall selection in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft on Sunday.The Beermen brass have politely declined to make a comment on who they will pursue at number one, but picking first is certainly a win-win situation for the proud franchise.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Still, it’s going to be a scary sight to see Standhardinger pair up with four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo down low, giving the Beermen the deadliest frontcourt combo in the game today.READ: Standhardinger no-show at PBA Draft CombineOn the other hand, selecting Kiefer Ravena will further boost San Miguel’s already potent guard rotation as the two-time UAAP MVP will have a chance to learn and thrive with the triumvirate of Alex Cabagnot, Chris Ross, and Marcio Lassiter.One of the smartest guards to ever lace up his sneakers, the 24-year-old’s career has been well documented since his days in Ateneo, which earned him slots in several national teams. He had also played in the NBA D-League, before deciding to make the jump to the PBA this year.Whoever is left out of the two will certainly fall into NLEX’s lap with the Road Warriors set to add another foundational player at two.ADVERTISEMENT READ: Kiefer Ravena impresses in PBA Draft CombineBut the draft is more than just Standhardinger and Ravena as the succeeding teams picking in the first round will still have a chance to nab a bluechip prospect in the 44-man pool.Amateur standouts Jeron Teng and Raymar Jose, Fil-Am prospects Robbie Herndon, Davon Potts, and Julian Sargent, as well as collegiate studs Lervin Flores and Rey Nambatac are all touted to be selected early in the draft.Blackwater will pick third, followed by Phoenix at four, Alaska at five, and GlobalPort at six.READ: Kiefer Ravena ‘very excited’ to play for Guiao at NLEX The rest of the first round will be as follows: Rain or Shine, Phoenix, Star, TNT, Ginebra, and TNT once more.The 2017 PBA Rookie Draft is on Sunday at Robinsons’ Place Manila in Ermita. Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View comments MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LA Revilla sends out cryptic tweet amid Kia hullabaloo Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LATEST STORIES Christian Standhardinger has been the prospective number one pick since the list of the applicants has been released and he is indeed worthy of his hype.READ: Christian Standhardinger enters 2017 PBA DraftFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutComing out of nowhere, the Fil-German forward has proven himself in his stints with Gilas Pilipinas in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup and the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, emerging as one of the hottest prospects in the amateur ranks thanks to his no nonsense game and deceivingly fast footwork.The downside, however, is Standhardinger’s obligations with Hong Kong Eastern Sports Club in the ASEAN Basketball League which would keep out of the PBA until April just in time for the second conference.last_img read more

a month agoXavi says Barcelona must persist with Ousmane Dembele

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Xavi says Barcelona must persist with Ousmane Dembeleby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona legend Xavi says management must persist with Ousmane Dembele.The World Cup winner is again on the outer at Barca following the arrival of Antoine Griezmann and a catalog of more disciplinary problems.But Xavi told ARA: “Always trust Dembélé? Yes, he has a huge potential. He is fast, skillful and uses both his feet, which complicates the life of defenders. But if (Lionel) Messi asks from him more professionalism, it must be true. He has injuries. He is a young boy and he has the ability to mature, no doubt. “But it also depends on him. I knew players with a lot of potential who did not evolve afterwards. And at the same time, players with less potential have been in Barcelona for many years. It’s a question of mentality.” last_img read more

WOMEN BEHIND CANADIAN TV ADRIANA MAGGS

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter Adriana Maggs: My pleasure! I’ve actually really noticed a difference in the industry, particularly with directing, so I wanted to do this series. With writing in the past, I know I’ve been on shows where I made less than men, but it’s also so subjective with ‘what is this person bringing? They’ve done so many other shows in higher credited positions.’ Because of that subjectiveness, you can suspect that women get paid lower, but there really are so many variables. However, with directing I’ve noticed a big difference in Canada, and since CBC mandated that they wanted 50 per cent of their shows directed by women, it has made a huge difference. Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Writing certainly runs in the Maggs family. Father Randall is a Canadian poet and both of his daughters are writers. In fact, both of Randall’s daughters have seen their writing careers begin in Newfoundland and find great successes in the Canadian television industry. Jane, most recently co-created CBC’s Bellevue, while her sister Adriana Maggs, has written on some of Canadian TV’s most popular series including Rookie Blue, Saving Hope, Frontier and the upcoming CBC drama Caught. Adriana also directed the feature film Grown Up Movie Star starring Tatiana Maslany and Shawn Doyle.Maggs recently spoke with The TV Junkies as part of our Women Behind Canadian TV series to discuss making her way from Newfoundland to Toronto while working in the industry. She talked about the advantages of having family in the business, as well as how she found her creative start locally. Maggs also shared her views on the changes she’s seen regarding women directors, and why she desperately wants to see more diverse voices in writing rooms telling authentic stories on screen.The TV Junkies: You’re pretty busy and have a few projects with Caught and Little Dogcoming out later this spring. I’m really glad you were able to join us for this. Advertisementlast_img read more

Buckeyes struggling to enter tournament picture

After being ranked as high as No. 6 in the country early in December, the Ohio State women’s basketball team surprisingly now must fight for its right to play in the NCAA Tournament, which takes college basketball’s top 64 teams. Seven upsets will do that to a top-10 team, with the latest being to Northwestern on Sunday at home. Those defeats came to unranked Syracuse, Duquesne, Michigan twice, Penn State and Northwestern twice. “We’re not a team that fights through adversity. That’s how you win games. You got to claw it,” OSU coach Jim Foster said Sunday after his team’s 74-68 loss to Northwestern. Inversely, the Buckeyes (13-9, 4-6 Big Ten) are 3-2 against ranked teams, losing to then-No. 1 Connecticut on Dec. 19 and No. 22 Iowa on Jan. 8. And the team’s last six games of the season won’t be any easier. OSU plays No. 5 Purdue (16-8, 6-5 Big Ten) on Thursday at Nationwide Arena. Then, three of its last five games are away: Minnesota (11-12, 3-7 Big Ten) on Sunday, Purdue on Feb. 20 and No. 11 Michigan State (20-3, 8-2) on Feb. 24. The winner of the Big Ten Tournament receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, but OSU came into Sunday’s in seventh place in the conference. The pile of losses is even more surprising considering the Buckeyes were ranked in The Associated Press‘ Top 25 for 130 straight weeks — a streak that ended last week. Over the past six seasons, OSU racked up 170 wins, sixth most in the country over that span. “It was frustrating — very,” senior center Jantel Lavender said after Sunday’s loss. Missing the tournament would be disappointing for such an established program and for Foster, who has taken the Buckeyes to the NCAA Tournament each of his eight seasons in Columbus. His teams made the Sweet 16 in 2005 and 2009. But the Buckeyes have played the country’s third-toughest schedule and, according to Realtimerpi.com, rank No. 18 in the nation in RPI. “It’s not different than anything they’re going to face in life. If you’re going to roll over and quit, you’re not going to have a very good life,” Foster said. “This is one of the easiest things in life to fight, quite frankly.” The numbers say OSU is better than its record indicates. After Sunday’s loss to Northwestern, the team averages 72.6 points per game, and has posted an 11-2 record when it has scored more than 70 points. And, only Connecticut has shot at least 50 percent from the field against the Buckeyes. After an injury to starting forward Sarah Schulze, Foster started freshman center Ashley Adams. The 6-foot-4 center provides another defensive presence down low for OSU. But even that hasn’t been enough. “I think that we don’t have … a mentality about defense enough,” Lavender said. “Teams come at us, and we’re not responding in the right way.” read more

Ohio State mens tennis wins Big Ten tournament title defeat Michigan 40

Courtesy Ohio State Athletic CommunicationsThe Ohio State men’s tennis team shut out three consecutive conference opponents en route to winning its seventh Big Ten Tournament in eight years.The No. 4 Buckeyes (31-2), who played host to the annual tournament for the first time since 2002, held up the No. 1 overall tournament seed throughout the weekend, securing victories over No. 9-seeded Purdue, No. 4-seeded Illinois and No. 3-seeded Michigan, respectively.OSU did not relent a point over the three-game stretch, winning each match 4-0 and remaining undefeated in Big Ten play in 2013.The Saturday semifinal win over the No. 4-seeded Illini avenged the last season’s 4-3 loss in the 2012 Big Ten Tournament in Evanston, Ill.The championship victory over the Wolverines on Sunday gave the Buckeyes their eighth Big Ten Tournament victory (2001, 2006-11, 2013) and 11th finals appearance under coach Ty Tucker. Before Tucker took over in 1999, OSU also won the tournament in 1991.Against Michigan, the Scarlet and Gray dominated their archrivals from the North by securing the team doubles point for the 31st time in 2013. The No. 46-ranked tandem of junior Blaz Rola and redshirt sophomore Kevin Metka won their match, 8-5, and maintained their perfect record on the season at 20-0. The No. 14-ranked duo of redshirt junior Peter Kobelt and senior Connor Smith followed suit and clinched the doubles point with an 8-4 victory.In singles play, OSU rallied to three consecutive wins to put away the Wolverines. The Buckeyes garnered wins from redshirt freshman Chris Diaz and freshman Constantin Christ, winning 6-2, 6-2 and 6-1, 6-2, respectively. Finally,Smith, winning his match 6-3, 6-3, earned the match-winning point to solidify the Buckeyes as 2013 Big Ten Tournament Champions and earn them an automatic bid to the 2013 NCAA Tournament.The men’s tennis selection show is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Tuesday, with singles and doubles selections scheduled to occur at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. read more

FC Cologne has the biggest decline in Europes top 5 leagues

first_imgFC Cologne are the team that has suffered the biggest decline this season in Europe’s top 5 leagues with a loss of 27 points compared to their last campaignAfter finishing in a respectable fifth place in the Bundesliga last term, Cologne was relegated to the second division in Germany this season and finished bottom of the league standings with just 22 points.Following them in a close second place is Malaga, who suffered a loss of 26 points compared to their last campaign and have been relegated to the Spanish second division after 10 consecutive years in La Liga.Meanwhile last seasons Premier League champions Chelsea dropped 23 points compared to last term and will miss out on Champions League football next season after their failure to finish in the top four.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…Champions League finalists Real Madrid were unable to retain their La Liga crown and had to settle for a disappointing third place and 17 points off last year’s total.As for Arsene Wenger, he completed his final year at Arsenal in career-low of sixth place in the Premier League with 12 points dropped compared to last season’s total.FC Cologne – 27 points fewerMalaga – 26 pointsNice – 24 pointsChelsea – 23 pointsAthletic Bilbao – 20 pointsReal Madrid/Las Palmas/Metz – 17 pointsReal Sociedad/Monaco – 15 pointsWest Brom/Sevilla/RB Leipzig – 14 pointsArsenal/Everton/Atalanta/SC Freiburg – 12 pointsStoke City – 11 pointsSouthampton – 10 pointsAS Roma – 10 points(Obtained by Daily Mail)last_img read more