Twitter/@Follow24HodgeOn Monday, N.C. State received a commitment from three-star forward Shaun King. It did not take long for Kentucky to muddle up this recruitment, offering King shortly after his decision. King did not sign anything tying him to the Wolfpack, and is reportedly weighing his options.Former N.C. State star Julius Hodge is not happy about this develop, and took to Twitter to express his discontent. He doesn’t specifically call out John Calipari, and denies that he is referring to Kentucky, but that is pretty clearly the target here.I remember when there was a time when coaches respected already “committed” athletes. I only had ONE not do so…seems old dogs=old tricks.— Julius Hodge (@Follow24Hodge) April 28, 2015CBB recruiting is a vicious part of the business. It’s the guy trying to get a woman’s phone # and she says “I have a bf” and he says “so?”.— Julius Hodge (@Follow24Hodge) April 28, 2015Why is #BBN on my back? I made no mention of Coach Cal in my tweets. Seems to me Cinderella’s shoe must fit huh? http://t.co/qQebzKBWs2 #WPN— Julius Hodge (@Follow24Hodge) April 28, 2015College basketball is about the perfect fit. Choose the morally hollowed/sexier pick? Don’t be mad when they cheat on you/over recruit.— Julius Hodge (@Follow24Hodge) April 28, [email protected] this argument NEVER gets old.— Julius Hodge (@Follow24Hodge) April 28, 2015“@shacker56: I am not 1 of the fans that trash plyrs 4 who they pick.Trashing a coach is not cool** which coach YOU THINK fit the narrative?— Julius Hodge (@Follow24Hodge) April 28, 2015Hodge has a point, and generally, college basketball recruiting does not get as cutthroat as college football does after commitments occur. However, it is up to Kirk to make the decision that is right for him, and if Kentucky causes him to reevaluate things, so be it.
EDMONTON – The Alberta government has introduced legislation that would give the energy minister power to restrict the flow of oil, gasoline and natural gas leaving the province.Once passed, Marg McCuaig-Boyd would be able to direct truckers, pipeline companies and rail operators on how much product could be shipped and when.Violaters would face fines of up to $1 million a day for individuals and $10 million a day for a corporation.Alberta is locked in a dispute with British Columbia over the Trans Mountain pipeline.The pipeline expansion to the West Coast has been approved by the federal government, but B.C. is fighting it in the courts.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is declining to frame the legislation as solely payback to B.C., but she says her government is committed to putting pressure on its western neighbour.
Casablanca- According to the latest statistics made available in 2011 by the High Commission for Planning, 26,000 children are subjected to rape per year, which represents an alarming ratio of 71 cases of rape per day.Rape has become one of the most condemned crimes in Moroccan society. In all its forms, rape has very detrimental effects on the victims not only at the psychological and physical levels, but also on their social life.Hespress news outlet recently published a video in which three female activists discuss the disastrous effect of rape on victims and their families. The intensity of the traumatic effects of this hideous crime might push the victim to subsequently commit suicide, as was the case with Amina Filali in March 2012.According to a female activist in the video, there are two elements that help rapists get away with their crimes in Morocco: (1) the social condition of the victims, which makes them vulnerable and unprotected at all levels, and (2) the judicial gaps in Moroccan law, which are exploited by rapists to guarantee not being punished for their crime.According to the same activists, 26,000 children, were victims of rape, a figure previously revealed by the High Commission for Planning (HCP).However, this figure only encompasses the number of victims who reported their cases. Other victims, whose number is unknown, are loath to be part of any statistics, and prefer to maintain their anonymity.The social traditionalism that certain Moroccan families cling to pushes them to renounce the rights of victims from fear of being socially rejected. This, coupled with a penal code that is not strictly enforced, only encourages rapists in Morocco to commit more crimes.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistribute
On Sunday afternoon, a slender, 22-year-old Cuban pitcher made his professional baseball debut. He struck out nine and pitched 4 2/3 innings, allowing an unearned run, five singles and one walk. Fifty-five of his 85 pitches were for strikes and, by all accounts, his first start was a success. Around 4 p.m. Monday, this same phenom strolled into the visitor’s dugout at Huntington Park to answer a throng of questions from the media. He sat down next to Louisville Bats trainer and translator Tomas Vera, looking neither nervous nor excited. The young man took his time answering a myriad of questions, speaking very softly and smiling occasionally as Vera translated for him. And at the end of the session, he got up and walked back down the tunnel to the locker room. Just two days in the life of Aroldis Chapman, the Cincinnati Reds $30 million man. A man who, if he continues to compile dominating performances like the one he had on Sunday, will force the Reds to promote him to the big league club. Count Bats manager Rick Sweet among those impressed. “He handles [pressure] very well. He doesn’t show [nervousness] at all,” Sweet said. “He’s been on the national scene and the international scene, so it’s almost a relief when he gets in between the lines to where he can focus, to where he’s away from all of [the media hoopla].” Even a casual observer of baseball can notice just how special Chapman is. His delivery matches his personality: calm and quiet. Right before Chapman fires the ball home, he hides the ball behind his back, keeping the hitter guessing for a few extra seconds. Then, his body unwinds, and at a three-quarter angle, his left arm slingshots the ball toward home. Sometimes the ball travels as hard as 101 mph, which Chapman reached on a first-inning strikeout Sunday. Despite the aura around his triple-digit fastball, Chapman said he doesn’t concentrate on how hard he throws. “Honestly, I really don’t pay attention to the speed. I think it’s something the Lord gave to me and I have to thank God and all the coaches I’ve had since I was in Cuba,” Chapman said through Vera. “They’re all a part of this, but the speed isn’t that important for me.” And while Chapman may not acknowledge that his fastball is indeed heavenly, Sweet appeared amazed that his young southpaw threw the ball so hard, so often, and with such apparent ease. “I just saw [Chapman] throw over 100 mph I think a total of seven, eight times in one game. I don’t know … if I’ve seen that total in my career,” Sweet said. “It’s very special, especially when you see how he easily he does it. He’s not a max effort guy that’s all over the place. He’s nice and easy and smooth, and the ball explodes out of his hand.” Explode onto the major league scene is what Chapman could do very soon. If a Reds starter goes down with injury, Chapman would be among those considered for the call-up. The main reason for the call-up would be because the Reds believe Chapman’s pitching prowess matches his major-league readiness, but the fact that he can draw a crowd will also heavily factor into the decision. Considering that their attendance has dwindled in recent years, the Reds would be hard-pressed not to consider elevating the left-handed Cuban. Chapman, whose warm-up bullpen session reportedly attracted 150 spectators Sunday, is also quickly gaining the respect of his comrades. Perhaps the biggest surprise of Monday’s media session was how many times Chapman referenced how helpful his teammates have been. At one point, a reporter asked Chapman about his teammates and, after Vera translated it, Chapman flashed his pearly whites. Across the dugout, a handful of his teammates were pointing at him, making sure their famous friend and teammate put in a good word for them. Often times in sports, when a player signs a big contract, the size of his head swells along with his paycheck. Sweet said Chapman is the total opposite. “He’s very quiet, very shy. Not intimidated, but he’s a shy young man,” Sweet said, “and he’s gotten along very well with his teammates.” “It’s been nice to see. You think with all the money he’s making, sometimes guys [let the money get to their head], he’s not that way. He just wants to be part of the team.” So long as Chapman’s cultural adjustments progress alongside his changeup, it’s hard to imagine the Reds keeping their prized left-hander in the minors too much longer.
Freshman forward Maddy Humphrey (23) chases the ball during a game against Michigan on Nov. 2 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU lost, 2-1. Credit: Grant Miller / Copy ChiefOhio State field hockey has earned the right to face top-seeded and No. 2 Maryland in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament after sneaking into the bracket because of a head-to-head tiebreaker with Indiana.In Maryland’s first season as a Big Ten member, the Terrapins dominated the conference. Maryland (16-2, 7-1) finished the season on an 11-game winning streak, including seven against intraconference foes to finish as the Big Ten regular season champions.Before Maryland took the reins of the Big Ten, the Buckeyes (6-11, 1-7) and Terrapins squared off Oct. 3 in College Park, Md., in a game where OSU kept the score tied for 25 minutes before the flood-gates opened. The Terrapins scored four unanswered goals in the final 15 minutes of the first half, and ultimately defeated OSU in shutout fashion, 6-0.OSU is going to try to make changes personnel-wise to match Maryland’s versatility, senior midfielder Kaitlyn Wagner said.“I think we’re gonna have to maybe mix our lines together,” Wagner said. “Say maybe a midfielder switch with an offender if the offender is tired. We need to layer our fitness and rotate around.”OSU coach Anne Wilkinson said the biggest problem in the first matchup was Maryland’s ability to build a rhythm and keep pressure on freshman goalkeeper Liz Tamburro.“We need to be able to break (their momentum) and you need to be able to possess the ball to do that,” Wilkinson said. “We’ll work on being able to keep possession in small spaces. And again, being able to get some production out of our attacks.”Maryland took home four Big Ten postseason awards. Senior midfielder Maxine Fluharty was named Big Ten Player of the Year after leading the conference’s best team with 15 goals on the season.Sarah Sprink, a junior defender from Neuss, Germany, received Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year honors, while freshman forward Moira Putsch took home Big Ten Freshman of the Year after tallying 11 goals and six assists in her rookie campaign.Maryland coach Missy Meharg was named Big Ten Coach of the Year for her team’s nation-leading 3.23 scoring margin.Despite her 12 goals and 32 points overall, OSU midfielder Maddy Humphrey fell short in freshman of the year voting and did not make first or second team honors in the conference.Humphrey said she was proud of her work ethic and added her awards snub will motivate her to work even harder in the future.“I worked really hard this season and my stats are among the top stats in the Big Ten, so yes, I do believe I deserved a spot,” Humphrey said in an email. “Unfortunately, I am young and a new face so I just have to work even harder to be recognized.”Junior forward Peanut Johnson was named second-team All-Big Ten for the second consecutive season despite Humphrey leading the team in points with 32 compared to 27 for Johnson.OSU and Maryland are set to face off at Phyllis Ocker Field in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Thursday at 10 a.m. The winner is scheduled take on the winner of fourth-seeded Penn State and fifth-seeded Michigan State in the semifinal round Friday at 1 p.m
FC 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)
Theo Walcott hopes Everton can secure one of the Champions League spots in the Premier League but revealed sixth place may be more attainable.The Toffees have not improved on their fifth-place finish they achieved in the 2013/14 campaign, with the Merseysiders settling for eighth last season.However, Walcott believes there will be a massive improvement under new manager Marco Silva, with back-to-back league wins lifting them up to 11th and within four points of sixth.“Me personally, I’m hoping for a top-four finish, I really am. I’ve set my goals really high,” he told Everton TV.Everton still keen on signing Juve’s Moise Kean Obinna Echi – July 28, 2019 Everton are still pushing for the signature of Juventus striker Moise Kean despite the Italian champions insisting they’d only sanction the deal with a…“I’m a positive guy so I genuinely think we’re going in the right direction.“You need to be realistic as well and think maybe that’s a bit too far-fetched, but I think sixth is reachable.“We just have to start turning those draws into wins, it’s as simple as that.“We’re not far off, I really don’t think we are. I think you can judge us fairly when everyone is back fit.”
Manchester United legend Paul Scholes is pleased that the in-form Anthony Martial has decided to commit his future to the club.Amid struggles for regular game time under Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, Martial appeared set to leave at one point after turning down a contract extension.However, like many other United stars, Martial has returned to his best since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment as caretaker coach in December.Now the France international has decided to extend his stay at United after all by signing a new five-and-a-half-year contract to keep him at the club until June 2024.And Scholes is delighted with this welcome piece of news given Martial’s recent progress in the team.“It’s brilliant, he was another player who struggled under the previous manager,” Scholes told Radio 5 Live.“We all knew his qualities, I remember talking to [Dimitar] Berbatov, who played at Monaco with him, and he was raving.“You need a run of games to express yourself and now he’s getting that, he can beat a man, score goals, bring excitement for the fans and that’s the most important thing. It’s a great signing.”Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.But it hasn’t all been good news for United with confirmation of Marouane Fellaini’s transfer to Chinese club Shandong Luneng being confirmed earlier today.Although Scholes isn’t altogether that surprised to see the Belgian midfielder leave as he never really fitted in at United.“I don’t think it ever really worked out as him and club would have liked. At what he does he’s brilliant, a nightmare to play against,” added Scholes.“He’s an option for last 15 minutes, Ole doesn’t see that he likes to play football and not part of his plans. He’s a great lad, great footballer and great around the dressing room.””He can bring so much excitement to the fans which is probably the most important thing.”Paul Scholes is delighted that Anthony Martial has signed a new contract at #MUFC 👇 pic.twitter.com/sNS8iRuuRz— BBC 5 Live Sport (@5liveSport) February 1, 2019
Former Real Madrid striker Fernando Morientes has predicted a bright future for young winger Vinicius Junior can following his excellent displays in the Spanish capital.The Brazilian has become a regular in Los Blancos following the absence of Gareth Bale and Isco who has fallen down Solari’s pecking order.The 18-year-old who completed a €45million move to Madrid in July 2018 scored his second La Liga goal of the season in Sunday’s 3-0 victory over Deportivo Alaves.8 – Vinícius Júnior has been involved in eight goals for @realmadriden in Copa del Rey this season (two goals and six assists), more than any other LaLiga player. Start pic.twitter.com/u0HvmgzJP6— OptaJose (@OptaJose) February 6, 2019And was impressive in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final against Barcelona on Wednesday.Morientes said via FourFourTwo: “We were all keen to see Vinicius play, to see how he develops. I think he’s a very impressive player, he’s very good in one-on-ones and making runs.“He’s still very young, we need time to see the kind of player he will be but if he continues to play the way he is now he’ll be a world-class player, no doubt.“We should give him time though, you can’t burden such a young player with too much responsibility especially at a club like Real Madrid.”Morientes says Vinicius reminds him of Savio – the former winger who claimed three Champions League crowns with Madrid around the turn of the century.La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“Obviously Savio was a little older but they have similar traits; daring, pace on the ball and one-on-one ability,” added Morientes.“And they’re both Brazilians, of course. Both came from a very different football style in Brazil, but they adapted quickly.“So I’d say Vinicius reminds me of Savio, for their playing style and their position out on the left.”📊| Only Karim Benzema (23), Gareth Bale (16) and Sergio Ramos (11) have been involved in more goals than Vinícius Júnior (10) for Real Madrid in all competitions this season. #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/h99QaSxjKL— Real Madrid News (@onlyrmcfnews) February 4, 2019Morientes a former teammate of Solari at the Santiago Bernabeu had some kind words for the Argentine gaffer.He said: “Solari was a great team-mate. A very nice, friendly guy.“He liked to joke around. But he was also a very hard worker, a top professional, the kind of guy you always want in your team both when he’s playing and when he’s not.“He always contributed, and not just on the pitch. A great player and a great team-mate, both on and off the pitch.”
The French forward was a regular player at Fulham FC but then his time at the first-team was cut after being promoted to the Premier LeagueFrench attacker Floyd Ayite joined Fulham FC in 2016 after two years with SC Bastia.He was a regular on the first team and got promoted this year from the English Championship to the Premier League.But now, he has been on the sidelines for too long.“I can’t blame the fact I’m playing less on a player arriving. It’s not appropriate,” he told Sport Witness.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“It’s a different level, a different league, players arrive, others leave, the manager makes his choices. I’m a part of the squad, I work while waiting for my chance.”“If I want to be on the pitch, I need to be better than the ones already on it, knowing the manager makes his choices based on how he wants to play against the next team and that we some fit his philosophy more than others,” he added.“We’re not playing badly, but we’re lacking that little bit of luck that we need to go find and to do that, we can’t give up, we need to fight.”“We’re on the right path, it’ll change,” he concluded.