WCC alters schedule rules in hopes of more NCAA bids

first_img Tags: Basketball/WCC March 26, 2018 /Sports News – Local WCC alters schedule rules in hopes of more NCAA bids Associated Press Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSAN BRUNO, Calif. (AP) — The West Coast Conference is altering its scheduling with the hope of getting better treatment in terms of seeding and at-large bids for the NCAA Tournament.The WCC Presidents’ Council announced Monday that the 10-team league will go to a 16-game schedule next season instead of an 18-game double round-robin. Also starting in 2019-20, all WCC schools will be required to play a multi-team event each season, play more home games that road games, and play no more than two non-Division I opponents. The league also must approve all “guarantee” games when a WCC school is paid to play on the road by an opponent.The changes come just weeks after Gonzaga only got a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament despite finishing the season ranked eighth in the nation and No. 25 Saint Mary’s was denied an at-large bid for the fourth time in 10 years despite winning 25 games.The league also is changing the format of the men’s and women’s tournaments. The seventh through 10th seeds will play in the opening round with the two winners meeting the fifth and sixth in the second round. The winners of those games will play the third and fourth seeds in the third round. The top two seeds will get byes straight to the semifinals.last_img read more

101: Intro to Climbing

first_imgSchool of Hard Rocks: A climber ascends the south peak of Seneca Rocks, W.Va. Photo: Massey TeelFrom the gear and terminology to the fear factor, learning to climb can be intimidating. But the payoff is huge.  Here is some crucial info to help you rock your first rock climb.Three Ways to ClimbTop rope: The climbing rope is run through a fixed anchor point above the route, allowing the climber to send shorter routes without any extra protection on the wall. Sport: Fixed protection is bolted into the rock wall, allowing climbers to clip into bolts as they send a route.Traditional: Artificial protection (cams and wedges) is placed in grooves and cracks on the rock wall as the lead climber sends a route. The second climber then “cleans” or removes the protection as he follows up the route. Trad climbing is the most prevalent form of climbing in the Southeast.Climbing GlossaryAnchor: The point where the rope is attached to the rock. Anchors are typically trees or bolts.Belay: To secure a climber with a rope to minimize a fall. In a top rope scenario, the climber, anchor, and belayer form three points of contact with the rope.Crux: The most difficult section of a climb.Gripped: Overcome with fear and fatigue in the middle of a climb.Lead climbing: To climb a route from the bottom up, placing artificial protection, or clipping into permanently placed bolts, along the way.Multi-pitch: A long route that demands traditional protection placement. Each pitch of the climb must be shorter than a single length of rope (50 meters).Protection: “Pro” for short, anchors placed by a lead climber to secure a climb.Myth BustersFirst, forget everything you think you know about rock climbing. Here are two common misconceptions dispelled:1. Climbing is dangerous: Sure, you’re hundreds of feet off the ground strapped to a rock wall, but climbing is far safer than most non-climbers realize. According to a study released in 2008 by the American Alpine Club, climbers suffer fewer accidents than snowboards, skiers, and sledders.“Knowledge is power,” says Swis Stockton, owner of Granite Arches, a service that guides beginners all over the Southeast. “A lot of beginners are scared to fall because they don’t realize the equipment is built for that very thing. If the ropes and harnesses are cared for, they’re much safer than most beginners think.2. Climbing is about upper body strength: Sylvester Stallone made climbing looking brutally hard in Cliffhanger, but it’s not really about bulging biceps and huge “lats.”“Climbing is about leg presses, not pull ups,” Stockton says. “Good climbers think about their foot placement first, moving from one foothold to the next, using their hands just for balance.”Practice your footwork in the gym. Find a low-angled wall built for kids and try to traverse it using only your feet. If you can, keep your hands on your hips. 1 2last_img read more

Keane excited by future

first_imgRobbie Keane will head off on his end-of-season break excited at what lies ahead for Ireland. The LA Galaxy striker’s domestic campaign drew to a close before he met up with the national squad for their friendlies against Latvia and Poland with new management duo Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane launching a new era in Irish football. While most of his team-mates roll up their sleeves for a return to action in English club football, frontman Keane will enjoy a well-earned rest. However, he is already anticipating the start of the qualifying campaign for Euro 2016 in September next year and the prospect of Ireland once again mounting a challenge. The 33-year-old said: “Listen, we have a manager who is very enthusiastic about what he does. He has always produced where he has been, so I think everyone is excited. “It’s certainly been good. It was good to play at home and get the fans back on our side, if you like. “The two of them, Martin and Roy, coming in certainly did that and then to play away from home against a team that is getting stronger and stronger, it was a good test. “It was good for him (O’Neill) to see all the players and different players who they probably haven’t seen close up, so I think it’s something he certainly enjoyed, anyway. “He mentioned after he had really enjoyed it.” The younger Keane was a bystander at the INEA Stadium in Poznan on Tuesday evening as a much-changed Ireland side battled its way to a 0-0 draw with the Poles to add to their 3-0 victory over the Latvians at the Aviva Stadium. He did not play because of a long-standing Achilles problem, the extent of which he hopes to discover on Tuesday next week when he sees a specialist. Robbie Keane, much to his manager’s admiration, delayed the consultation in order to make the trip to Poland, and he is bracing himself for the possibility of surgery. Asked what his plans are for the next few weeks, he said: “Just rest, and see the specialist and see what he has to say, whether I have to have an operation or whatever he says. “But I won’t know until I see him on Tuesday.” The striker, who scored his 62nd senior international goal and won his 131st cap against Latvia, watched the entire game in Poznan from the bench and admitted it had given him a different perspective, one which may come in handy once his playing days are over as he looks towards a career in coaching. He said: “It’s different. It’s always nice to see it from a different perspective and see how the game goes. “But like anybody, you want to be playing and I’m exactly the same. But it was good to see, it was good to see the lads playing and good to get a few tips for a good few years down the line. “The pitch wasn’t the best for both teams, it was quite bobbly but all in all, it was a decent performance. Everybody worked hard and these are the games you want to be beaten in, so a draw was probably a fair result.” Robbie Keane will hope to be back on the pitch when Serbia visit Dublin in March, and his long-term strike-partner under former boss Giovanni Trapattoni, Kevin Doyle, is eager to join him once again. Doyle slipped down – and ultimately out of – the pecking order as club Wolves dropped out of the Barclays Premier League and in short order, into Sky Bet League One. However, he was recalled last month by interim boss Noel King, who also selected the current squad on O’Neill’s behalf, and is relishing the chance to prove himself at international level once again while helping to spearhead a promotion push at Molineux. Doyle said: “We (Wolves) have started very well this season and are top of the league from the weekend. “Next season when the qualifiers start again, it’s another new year and hopefully if things go well, we will be in another division.” Doyle will hope to impress O’Neill and number two Roy Keane from a distance before next March’s friendly against Serbia to experience once again the buzz that their arrival has created. He said: “It’s been very enjoyable – not that it wasn’t enjoyable before. It’s just a new manager and new ideas, a new voice to listen to. “Obviously everyone is very keen to listen and try to impress and both of them being heroes of all of us, probably, over the years, makes it that bit more special, I suppose.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Sports today: Buhler wins Wellington tennis quad; WHS volleyball splits in Winfield; sports schedules…

first_imgFootball Friday! All games 7 p.m.Wellington at Goddard.Udall at A&A at Argonia.Belle Plaine at Cheney.Central/Burden at Caldwell.Conway Springs Bluestem.Sunrise Academy at Oxford.South Haven at Norwich. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow – The Wellington varsity tennis team placed third in the varsity quadrangular tournament held at Sellers Park, Tuesday. Conway Springs placed second. Also, the Wellington High School volleyball team split in Winfield Tuesday. Plus sports schedules….Buhler won the Wellington tennis quad with 25 points. Conway Springs had 18, Wellington 13 and Goddard Eisenhower 4.Both Wellington doubles teams went 2-1 and finished second losing in tiebreakers against the first place teams.In No. 1 singles, Dietra Sober placed third going 1-2 for the day. Noelle Wright, at No. 2 singles, got sick and had to injury default one of her matches.There was no stopping Conway Spring’s Heather Koester, who finished first going 3-0 for the day in No. 1 singles. She never lost a set, sweeping all three of her opponents 8-0. Kalie Jones placed second in No. 2 singles, winning two of three.The individual scores for Wellington and Conway Springs are as follows: No. 1 singles: Wellington – Dietra Sober lost to Koester, CS, 8-0; defeated Williams, Goddard Ike 8-4; lost to Badgett, Buhler 8-4.C. Springs – Koester defeated Sober 8-0, defeated Badgett 8-0, defeated Williams 8-4. No. 2 singles: Wellington – Noelle Wright lost to Kalie Jones, CS, 8-5; lost to Terry, GI, 8-4; lost to Nini Nguyen, Buhler by injury default.C. Springs – Jones defeated Wright 8-5; lost to Nguyen 8-6; defeated Terry 8-6.No. 1 doubles: Wellington – Kelsey Whaley-Peyton Adams defeated Pauly-Finstad, CS 8-5; defeated Dohmeier-Watson, GI 8-0; lost to Nachtiger-Steffen, Buhler 8-7 (7-3).C. Springs – Brittany Pauly – Kiana Finstad lost to Whaley-Adams 8-5, lost to Nachtiger-Steffan 8-3, defeated Dohmeier-Watson, GI 8-3.No. 2 doubles: Wellington – Maggie Fink – Madi Adams defeated Tiffany Wilson – Ashley O’Neal, CS 8-2; lost to Kendrick-Wiehl, Buhler 8-7(7-4); and defeated Stutzman-Daugherty, GI 8-3.C. Springs – Tiffany Wilson – Ashley O’Neal lost to Fink-Adams 8-2, lost to Kendrick-Wiehl, Buhler 8-0; and defeated Stutzman-Daugherty, GI 8-3.•••••WHS volleyball team split…The Wellington volleyball girls split at Winfield in a triangular on Tuesday.They started out with Rosé Hill.  After a slow start the girls got it together and played a much better match the second game.  They were defeated by the Rockets 25-10, 25-15.The Crusaders bounced back with fire and fight against Winfield.  The Crusaders defeated Winfield 25-15 and 25-8.“They played very scrappy and picked up a lot of balls,” said Cherity Elder, Wellington head girls volleyball coach. “ Abby Goodrum got to some volleyballs that seemed nearly impossible to get to.  They continue with their .500 record and are now 4-4 on the season!”•••••Area sports schedule…center_img Thursday, Sept. 5Wellington Middle SchoolFootball – Mulvane, home: 7th – 5 p.m., 8th – 6:30 p.m.Volleyball – Mulvane, home: 7th – 5 p.m., 8th – 6 p.m.Girls tennis – Goddard Eisenhower, home, 3 p.m.last_img read more

Premier League clubs vote to resume contact training

first_imgPlayers and coaches have argued they will need more time to mitigate the risk of injuries after such a long lay-off.And some players have voiced fears over their safety and that of their families due to the virus.Watford captain Troy Deeney has not returned to training after three positive cases were registered by the Hornets. He fears he could spread the virus to his five-month-old son.French World Cup winner N’Golo Kante has also been given permission by Chelsea to train at home.Germany’s Bundesliga, the first of Europe’s big five leagues to resume, has already completed two rounds of fixtures behind closed doors and there has been little player opposition to La Liga’s plans to return in Spain from June 11.Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho is keen to get playing again after seeing football resume elsewhere, with 92 games left to play in the Premier League.“Honestly, since the moment Bundesliga started, the Portuguese league and Spanish league announced a date to start, I think it is the most difficult moment for us, because we want to play,” he told Sky Sports.“It is hard to see other countries playing football and we don’t do it.”Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson said playing at an empty Anfield and winning the Premier League title with no fans present would be “pretty strange”.Liverpool were 25 points clear of 2019 champions Manchester City when the league was shut down, on the verge of being crowned English champions for the first time in 30 years.“Of course it would feel different because if you win any trophy and receive it without any fans there, it would be pretty strange,” Henderson told the BBC.“We still have work to do and we still need to perform at a high level right the way until the season finishes because we want to finish as strongly as we can to make sure it is a full season,” he added.Share on: WhatsApp Liverpool are on the verge of winning the Premier LeagueLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Premier League clubs voted unanimously on Wednesday to resume contact training as the English top-flight took a significant step towards restarting in June.The Premier League was put on hold in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, with Liverpool just two wins away from sealing the title.Clubs returned to training in small and socially distanced groups last week but they have now moved to stage two of the “return to training protocol”.“Premier League shareholders today voted unanimously to resume contact training, marking another step towards restarting the Premier League season, when safe to do so,” the league said in a statement.“Squads are now able to train as a group and engage in tackling while minimising any unnecessary close contact.”The decision was made following consultation with clubs, players, managers and the government.Clubs that have already completed the necessary risk assessments.are expected to move to the new phase as soon as Thursday.The small number of positive tests from the first two rounds of testing at Premier League clubs has raised hopes of a return next month.– Positive tests –Eight cases of coronavirus among players and staff have been detected from 1,744 tests.In the second-tier Championship, just two positive tests were registered from 1,014 tests.A series of issues including the restart date and plans in the event of a curtailment will be discussed when the 20 Premier League clubs gather again on Thursday.A targeted return date of June 12 — behind closed doors — was described by Premier League chief executive Richard Masters last week as a “staging post”.last_img read more

Fly JetBlue, Wear a Mask

first_imgNEW YORK — JetBlue Airways is saying that they will require all passengers to wear facemasks before and during their flight beginning next month.JetBlue instituted the new rule amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the policy goes into effect May 4, making JetBlue the first major U.S. airline to enforce such a rule.The announcement comes as the airline required all crewmembers to wear one while working.“Wearing a face covering isn’t about protecting yourself it’s about protecting those around you,” Joanna Geraghty, JetBlue’s president and CEO said in a press release. “This is the new flying etiquette. Onboard, cabin air is well circulated and cleaned through filters every few minutes but this is a shared space where we have to be considerate of others. We are also asking our customers to follow these CDC guidelines in the airport as well.”Passengers must wear face-coverings during check-in, boarding, during the flight and deplaning, JetBlue said. Small children who are not able to keep the face-covering on are exempt from the rule, according to the airline.last_img read more

Roethlisberger, Harrison shine as Steelers light up Ravens 43-23

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) passes as Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil (58) pressures in the first quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) – A lot of scenarios ran through Terrell Suggs’ head when the Baltimore linebacker prepared to face the Pittsburgh Steelers.Having Ben Roethlisberger throw six touchdown passes was not among them. The Pittsburgh quarterback put up half-a-dozen scores the week before against Indianapolis. No way he was going to do it again, right? That never happens.Never, at least, until now.Roethlisberger set an NFL record for touchdown passes in consecutive games, hanging six more on the Ravens in a testy but surprisingly easy 43-23 victory Sunday night.Roethlisberger broke the record for touchdown passes in consecutive games of 11 set by Tom Flores for Oakland in the AFL in 1963 and matched by New England’s Tom Brady in 2007.“You could have never sold me that during the week, even though he did it last week,” Suggs said. “But he had a hell of a game, and that’s a reflection on us all. You have to stop him in some certain situations.”Baltimore (5-4) didn’t really come close.Bolstered by a pregame pep talk from Hall of Fame defensive lineman Joe Greene, whose No. 75 was retired at halftime, and a throwback performance from 36-year-old linebacker James Harrison, the Steelers (6-3) ended a pivotal three-game homestand with arguably their most complete victory of a suddenly promising season.Antonio Brown caught 10 passes for 138 yards and a score. Rookie Martavis Bryant hauled in two scoring receptions and has five touchdowns in three games after spending the first six weeks of the season on the inactive list.“Everybody has to wait for their opportunity,” Bryant said. “It’s just when the opportunity presents itself whether you take advantage of it or not.”Joe Flacco passed for 303 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, but was sacked four times as the Ravens were undone by a sloppy second quarter. A fumble by Lorenzo Taliaferro and an ill-advised throw by Flacco helped start a 22-point Pittsburgh run to end the first half.“We set them up with two scoring situations,” Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said. “When you put guys in that part of the field, they are going to have a chance to make some big plays.”Roethlisberger’s numbers weren’t the only thing eye-popping as Pittsburgh topped 30 points for a third straight game for only the fourth time in franchise history. Some other takeaways in a rare blowout in a series where dramatic finishes are the norm:PEP TALK: The Steelers received a welcome pregame boost from Greene.“He talked about Steeler football, coming in and whipping somebody’s butt,” Pittsburgh cornerback Brice McCain said.ROUGHING IT: The teams combined for 17 penalties for 175 yards, including a handful of personal fouls. Suggs drew a flag for diving at Pittsburgh running back LeGarrette Blount’s knees in the second quarter, with teammate Elvis Dumervil getting his own personal fouls minutes later for slapping Pittsburgh’s Le’Veon Bell.“I think it was traditional Ravens-Steelers,” Suggs said. “Sometimes, you just play football, but sometimes things get a little excessive.”FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH: Yes, that really was Harrison sacking Flacco twice and spending most of the game in the Baltimore backfield. Heady territory for a guy that was retired two months ago. Harrison now has four sacks in his last two games, or more than he had all of last season while playing in Cincinnati.“I am old and slow,” Harrison said. “I got God doing most of the work.”LONG ROAD: The Ravens find themselves in last place in the AFC North with two losses to first-place Cincinnati and one to the Steelers.“We don’t control our own destiny now, so we have to go out there and get a win the next time out,” Baltimore wide receiver Torrey Smith said. “We need one and have to get it.”OUCH: The Steelers lost safety Troy Polamalu with a sprained left knee in the second quarter. Polamalu hobbled off the field quickly and returned for one play before heading to the locker room. Pittsburgh rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier left in the second quarter with a right ankle injury.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

KIJHL suspends BV head coach for three games

first_imgThe long and the short of last weekend’s  Beaver Valley/Trail Smokies bus incident resuts in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League president Bill Ohlhausen handing Hawks’ skipper Terry Jones a three-game suspension and a small $100 fine.BC Hockey conducted an investigation into the matter but it seems the final decision on discipline was left up to the KIJHL, handing down the suspension.Jones and his players stood in front of the Trail bus Saturday, January 5 to protest the handling of Ryan Edwards by the Smokies coaching staff.Edwards left the Smokies in December and was suspended for 30 days by the BCHL club.Jones thought the suspension should end 30 calendar days after Edwards went onto the inactive list and not from December 6 to January 6. Wanting Edwards back on the ice to play in two key home games last weekend — Saturday against Kimberley and Sunday versus Revelstoke — Jones went the Smokies coaching office to discuss the matter with Birks before the team was to leave Saturday for a game in Merritt against the Centennials.Not getting an answer by Birks he wanted, Jones and the players then stood in front of the bus and would not let it leave.Jones will miss Saturday’s away game in Spokane and Sunday’s home contest versus Grand Forks as well as a home game Friday, January 18 against Spokane.He is scheduled to return to the Hawks on Saturday, January 19 against Spokane.Edwards has since joined the Nitehawks.See related story:http://thenelsondaily.com/news/relations-between-beaver-valley-and-trail-hockey-teams-reach-all-time-low-bc-hockey-investigate#.UPCPy4Xi7XUlast_img read more

‘Don’t let a good idea go to waste’ with Social Entrepreneurs Ireland

first_imgSocial Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI) are calling-out for people across the country with ideas and initiatives that address social issues in Irish society to apply for support.Their new programme ‘Don’t let a good idea go to waste!’ is looking for people with early-stage ideas as well as those who are ready to grow and scale their existing projects before the deadline on March 21. There are two ways that social entrepreneurs and aspiring social entrepreneurs can apply for support from SEI – The Academy and The Awards Programme.The Academy for Social Entrepreneurs is a six-month programme, 45 people with early-stage ideas will win a place in the Academy for Social Entrepreneurs where they will receive training, mentoring and support along with an opportunity to pitch for seed funding, to spark their idea into action.For the Awards Programme, six winners will be chosen in this category, to support people with projects tackling social problems, providing both direct funding and targeted support. Applications for the Awards Programme and the Academy close at midnight on 21st March.Interested candidates can apply or find out more at www.socialentrepreneurs.ie ‘Don’t let a good idea go to waste’ with Social Entrepreneurs Ireland was last modified: March 16th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessSocial Entrepreneurs Irelandlast_img read more