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Tough calls prove again that sports aren’t perfectly fair

first_imgFILE – In this April 6, 2019, file photo, Virginia’s Kyle Guy (5) takes a shot as Auburn’s Samir Doughty (10) was called for a foul during the second half in the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, in Minneapolis. Guy sank all three free throws and Virginia defeated Auburn 63-62. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The toilet paper was already flying at Toomer’s Corner, the spot where the biggest celebrations go down when Auburn’s sports teams win big.Then, the whistle blew.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Read Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award No official is perfect.No instant replay is going to fend off all mistakes.Even when the call is the right one, sports aren’t always fair.And when they’re being played on the biggest stages, those facts of life are placed out there on vivid, often heart-wrenching display.“At that level, you’d hope it’s not going to happen because of what’s at stake, but it’s going to happen,” said John O’Suillivan, founder of the Changing The Game Project, which teaches about keeping perspective in youth sports. “It has always happened, and it always will.”ADVERTISEMENT Virginia earned a date with Texas Tech in Monday’s national title game because of the foul and those three free throws, to say nothing of the whistles that weren’t blown in the moments before.In Virginia’s 63-62 win over Auburn on Saturday, the discussion about whether Samir Doughty fouled Kyle Guy as Guy was shooting a 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds remaining turned out to be the simplest part of the debate.More difficult to untangle: Should that foul have been called under those circumstances? Many see it simply, others point out that worse infractions have been ignored.And what about the Ty Jerome, the Virginia guard who lost the ball, picked it up and then started dribbling again, on the play that came seconds earlier near midcourt? Should that have been whistled? And why didn’t the refs call a foul when Bryce Brown grabbed Jerome’s jersey as Jerome was trying to re-collect the ball just before he double-dribbled?It all happened in the blink of an eye — much easier to detect, and break down, with the help of super slow-motion and a couple different angles that none of the three officials had the luxury of seeing either while it was happening, or directly after it occurred. It was a judgment (non) call, so it wasn’t subject to being reviewed, the way many tough, late-game calls are under the rules in college hoops.“I would challenge anyone complaining about that call, I’d say, ‘Did you recognize that in real time?‘” said Dean Blandino, the former vice president of officiating for the NFL. “It’s just one of those unusual plays that happen. When I used to be in officials’ meetings, we would always say, ‘Something is going to come up that’s never happened before, so you just have to anticipate that.’”But how to react to something that’s never happened before?Less than three months ago, the Los Angeles Rams made the Super Bowl at the expense of the New Orleans Saints in the wake of an unthinkable non-call of an obvious pass-interference infraction late in that game.The NFL got pilloried for the call. Lawsuits were filed. The commissioner, Roger Goodell, got destroyed during his annual Super Bowl press conference for failing to promise immediate change.Only last week did the league’s teams vote to make pass interference calls, and non-calls, reviewable . For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES MOST READ But even at Toomer’s Corner in Auburn, the sun came up the next morning. America started counting down to Monday night’s big game, and fans on every side could agree on one thing: Hopefully an official’s call won’t decide it.“Regardless of the circumstances, we’re all human,” said Craig Littlepage, the former athletic director at Virginia. “We all have to realize that it’s sports. There are going to be mistakes made along the way.” A foul. Three free throws.A comeback win transformed into a devastating loss.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAnd within seconds, the pain and second-guessing of the final plays flowed from everywhere. From TV: ”Man, I want to cry right now,” said Auburn alum Charles Barkley. From Twitter on a non-call: ”Were they paid by Virginia? ” From the headlines: ”Foul Play.”Lost somewhere amid all that agony at Auburn and euphoria in Virginia heading to the NCAA Tournament final was the fact that we’ve seen all this before. Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart “But you do that, and you’re potentially creating a whole host of other issues,” Blandino said.Only time will tell what they are.Serena Williams in tennis. Dustin Johnson in golf. The 1972 U.S. Olympic basketball team. The ”Hand of God” in soccer. Fifth down for Colorado in college football.Blown calls, controversial calls and calls that were “correct” according to the rulebook but questionable given the circumstances are nothing new to sports. Sometimes, the reaction of the wronged party can be as memorable as the call itself.After Saturday’s whistle, Auburn coach Bruce Pearl, apoplectic at first, diffused the situation as best he could: “There are lots of calls during the game, and you’re going to get some, and some you’re not going to get,” he said.That’s boilerplate material for good sportsmanship and teaching your players, and fans, how to handle the toughest of situations.Similar emotions sometimes manifest themselves in other types of cruel or redeeming moments. On Sunday, Guy explained how his winning free throws followed a year rebuilding his confidence after Virginia’s historic 16-over-1 loss last year. A few hours later, Notre Dame star Arike Ogunbowale lost a chance to repeat as hero in the women’s NCAA final by missing a free throw she intended to make and then making a free throw she intended to miss.In general, O’Sullivan warns it’s not good to use the examples set in elite sports as lessons for how to behave at the youth or recreational level.“Those are two different things,” he said. “One is sport for entertainment, the other is sport for development.”Sometimes, especially in places where sports are so enmeshed with daily life, they seem hard to separate. 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UG launches School of Entrepreneurship, Business Innovation

first_imgThe University of Guyana on Friday launched its School of Entrepreneur and Business Innovation (SEBI) which seeks to educate and develop entrepreneurial, innovative leaders and managers with the needed skill.SEBI will contribute to the development of an entrepreneurial and innovative culture in Guyana, through its training, lecture series, research and outreach efforts.The banner being unveiledThe school’s programmes will facilitate significant cross-discipline collaboration, allowing students in other areas to participate in studies and projects on agro-processing, healthcare management, creative arts management, and environmental management, just to name a few.SEBI’s student philosophy is built around developing students with high standards of professionalism, academics, character, engagement and services.Speaking at the launch, Vice Chancellor of the University of Guyana, Ivelaw Griffith said the launch of SEBI is a historic event not only for the University but for the nation.“This is not only historic for the University but for the nation and the world at large. What we are doing here with the community, with the policymakers, with people in the region and beyond is creating opportunity for not only entrepreneurship in thinking, not only entrepreneurship in dreaming but entrepreneurship in doing,” Griffith said.The new programme sought to embrace a wider community by providing a place for students of the Caribbean to also study at the facility.However, the school has gone beyond the Caribbean Community and even met the ears of the Ambassador of Mexico to Guyana, Ivan Medel who delivered congratulatory remarks.“From its inception, it was a step in the right direction in the moving efforts to jump start Guyana’s economic development and as it brings together academia and the Private Sector, Georgetown and the hinterland, overseas-based Guyanese and the many friends that Guyana has in the Region and indeed around the world,” Medel congratulated.Following other congratulatory remarks, the banner of SEBI was unveiled declaring the school officially open.last_img read more

South Africa win Dubai 7s, Shujaa pick 4pts

first_imgNew Zealand had overcome the United States (26-5) and England (19-12) to set up the final, but the Boks proved too strong, keeping the All Blacks pointless as they notched up a seventh title in the United Arab Emirates, the first of 10 tournaments in a season that culminates in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.“I’m so proud of the boys. We call ourselves a defence team and we are proud of that. That’s what the boys showed tonight,” Blitzbokke captain Siviwe Soyizwapi said.South Africa’s victory ended a run of three defeats against New Zealand, skipper Soyizwapi crossing for the game’s opening try just before half-time.Kenya’s Willy Ambaka and South Africa’s Kurt-Lee Arendse shake hands after the match on day one of the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens 2019 men’s competition on 5 December, 2019. Photo credit: Mike Lee – KLC fotos for World RugbyChris Dry went over for the Boks’ second before speedster Seabeloa Senatla sealed a comprehensive win with a 75-metre effort.“The crowd in Dubai is amazing, they always come with the numbers whether it’s Fiji, New Zealand or South Africa and I’d like to say thank you to everyone – I hope we have made you guys proud this weekend,” Specman said, with the Dubai sevens celebrating its 50th anniversary.Will Muir proved to be England’s ‘super sub’ in the third-place play-off against Samoa, scoring a mere 14 seconds after coming onto the pitch to secure a 19-14 win in a entertaining match.Olympic champions Fiji could only finish ninth – their lowest ever placing in Dubai in series history – after agonisingly missing out on a Cup quarter-final place on points difference in their pool. They wrapped up their Emirati experience by scoring six tries in a 40-17 victory over Canada.Meanwhile, Kenya picked a paltry four points after beating Scotland 26-14 in the 13th place play-off.Under the new World Sevens Series format, 3rd and 4th placed after pool matches drop to playoff finals where they play only one game.Shujaa lost all pool matches going down 22-19 to Spain after losing 12-5 to England and Thursday’s 17-12 defeat to South Africa.0Shares0000(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Blitzbokke flyer Rosko Specman helped South Africa to a 15-0 victory over New Zealand to win the opening leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series in DubaiDUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Dec 7 – Blitzbokke flyer Rosko Specman helped South Africa to a 15-0 victory over New Zealand on Saturday to win the opening leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai.The South Africans scraped past Argentina 12-5 in the quarter-finals before routing Samoa 38-7 in the semi-finals.last_img read more

Musharraf protesters flood Web

first_imgISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Angry over emergency rule, Pakistani students are starting to demonstrate against their military ruler. And they are using the Web as well as the street to make their point. Samad Khurram, 21, said updating his online newsletter, the Emergency Telegraph, has practically become a full-time job. Offering advice on everything from avoiding arrest to staging “flash” rallies and organizing petitions, it is e-mailed to some 6,000 people. “If my family knew what I was doing they would put me under house arrest,” he said. “And they would definitely take away my computer.” Lawyers have been the standard-bearers for dissent since Nov. 3, when the president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, imposed a state of emergency, saying it was needed to address Islamic militancy and stabilize the country. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Most rallies this month have been quickly and often violently stamped out, and thousands of people have been jailed, including former cricket star Imran Khan, considered by many a symbol of the youth movement. Muhammad Naveed, a student from Punjab University in Lahore, said many young people worry about those detained under measures that allow military courts to try civilians. There are signs students are growing more courageous.But for now, many feel more comfortable behind their computers, writing blogs, taking part in chat rooms, updating lists of detainees or lobbying politicians.last_img read more

Henry could be sacked by Monaco and replaced by the man he took over from

first_img BEST OF ADVICE no dice Henry is all smiles as he is unveiled as Monaco manager in October Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? RANKED In their last league match, they suffered a humiliating 5-1 thrashing at home to Strasbourg and Henry was forced to apologise after telling defender Kenny Lala “your grandmother’s a w***e”.Worse still, an almost full-strength Monaco side lost 3-1 to Ligue 2 side Metz, playing a fringe squad, in the Coupe de France on Tuesday.Henry has remained reluctant to make the plight of Monaco about himself, insisting he’s more worried about the club than his own future. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Thierry Henry is on the verge of being sacked from his first managerial role after a disastrous three-month spell in charge of Monaco.In what could be an embarrassing turn of events, the former Arsenal striker is reportedly set to be replaced by Leonardo Jardim, the man he took over from in October. Jardim was relieved of his duties after an alarming slump in form saw Monaco drop to 18th, having won the league title in 2017.Overall, Henry has won just four of 20 matches and he has not managed a single victory in front of home supporters at the Stade Louis II, as Monaco sit 19th in Ligue 1, three points from safety. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Thierry Henry’s record as Monaco manager 2 2 huge blow Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Played: 20Won: FourDrawn: FiveLost: 11Goals For: 15Goals Against: 36 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS REVEALED “My future? Owners would decide when they need to decide. I am more worried for Monaco’s future. I already said that,” Henry told a news conference.“I will repeat. No need to always ask the same question, I would answer the same thing – Atletico Madrid have been relegated in the 90s with stronger players than us. [Real] Zaragoza as well more recently as you know. I could talk about all the leagues.“We are in this situation, even if it was Coupe de France and now we are out but this weekend against Dijon in Ligue 1 it’s going to be war.” Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade MONEY Henry is on the verge of being sacked last_img read more

Chamber Provides List of Top Scams

first_imgFor more consumer tips, visit or call 800-388-2222. Washington County Chamber of Commerce Marketing Director Tara Kritzer shared these top scams with WSLM today. “You might want to share this with yourfamily and friends,” she noted. If you see a Facebook post about a $50 Mother’s Day Lowe’s coupon, don’t click on it! This will send you to a survey site that asks for personal information and asks you to share the post with your friends. Lowe’s is not running this promotion – it is a scam.BBB is still receiving reports of the “can you hear me?” scam. Callers are claiming to be with a warranty department, vacation companies, or government agencies. Don’t say “yes” to these calls – just hang up!Beware of fake Amazon emails. The email provides an order number along with an invoice. If you click on this link, you will be sent to a phishing website. If you receive an email like this, log into your Amazon account directly to check your order status.Consumers are reporting receiving text messages from their banks saying that their card is locked and to call a number to fix the issue. The number they provide goes to the scammer, not to your bank. If you suspect a problem with your account, contact your bank directly.Did you receive a letter from the International Claims Department along with a check? Don’t fall for it! A local consumer received a letter that said she won over $140,000 with instructions to deposit a $3,920 check to cover government taxes and clearance.The jury duty scam is making the rounds again. Scammers are calling and claiming to be with the sheriff’s office. They threaten you with jail time because you failed to show and demand that you wire money to avoid prosecution.Now that tax filing season has passed, local tax payers are receiving phony IRS calls claiming they owe money. Scammers are threatening consumers with lawsuits or jail time. If there is an issue with your taxes, the IRS will send you a letter in the mail.A local consumer received a phone call about a payday loan. The scammer demanded $600 in order to clear up the old debt. When the consumer refused, the scammer threatened legal action. This is a scam!Business owners: beware of “vanity directory” scams. You get an email saying you’ve been selected as “Best of” in your business industry. The email includes options for you to purchase additional advertising in the directory. Do your research on the company before you send any money – many of these are scams!If you receive an email from your IT Department to update your account settings, don’t click on any links! This may be an attempt to phish for your information. Contact your IT department directly to clear up any issues.last_img read more

LISTEN BACK: Kevin Conlan

first_imgFormer Dromahair and Leitrim county footballer Kevin Conlan has relocated to Cork, and has transferred to Douglas GAA Club. He was called into the Cork senior squad for this year’s campaign. He spoke to Ocean FM’s Darragh Cox.last_img

SA boxing legend ‘Baby Jake’ passes away

first_img9 December 2013 Jacob “Baby Jake” Matlala, watched by former President Nelson Mandela and top Hollywood actor Will Smith, brought the curtain down on his 22-year professional boxing career on 3 March 2002 with a seventh-round stoppage win over Juan Herrera to retain his WBU junior flyweight title. It was a fitting end to an illustrious career that earned Matlala legendary status in South African boxing. His record, falling at one stage to 22 wins, one draw and seven losses, finished up at 52 victories, two draws and 12 losses. Along the way he collected the WBO flyweight, WBO junior flyweight, IBA junior flyweight and WBU junior flyweight titles, becoming the only South African boxer to win four world titles. Matlala passed away at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital in Johannesburg on Saturday, 7 December 2013, at the age of 51. Shortest ever world champion The shortest ever world champion, Matlala began his career on February 2, 1980 with a fourth-round victory over Fraser Plaatjie in Port Elizabeth. A year later, Matlala had his second professional fight, which he lost. However, five fights later – four wins and a draw – Matlala landed the Transvaal junior flyweight title with a fifth-round technical knockout win over Simon Moema. It took him three more contests to become the South African junior flyweight champion. He successfully defended the title twice before suffering a 12th-round loss to Mveleli Luzipho in October 1983, dropping his record to 10 wins, one draw and two losses. The little man with the all-action style then claimed eight wins in succession, including his first victory over an overseas opponent. He next challenged Luzipho in a return match for the South African title, which ended in failure with another 12- round loss in November 1985.Not much taller than a Hobbit At 1.47 metres or 4 feet and 10 inches in height, “Baby Jake” is not much taller than the average Lord of the Rings hobbit. This, he once told Lucille Davie, writing for the City of Johannesburg, in an interview, was part of the reason why he quit boxing. He had run out of small people to fight. Matlala’s record was blotted when he suffered successive defeats to one fighter. In early 1996, he faced Vuyani Nene in Port Elizabeth and lost. After beating Pillay Duiker to retain the Transvaal junior flyweight title, Baby Jake again fought Nene, exactly one year after his loss to the Eastern Cape fighter, but this time for the South African title. Nene once more had the challenger’s number, stopping Matlala in the 11th round.Lost to Nene After a points victory over Kirk Morris, the diminutive Matlala took on Nene on 1 November, 1987, seven months after his unsuccessful challenge for the national title. He lasted the distance, but for the third time Nene outboxed him. Matlala subsequently racked up another three victories, including one over Daniel Ward, who later became the Commonwealth flyweight champion. These wins raised his record to 22 wins, one draw and six losses. Nene once again proved to be Matlala’s nemesis, though, defeating him on points for the South African title. At this stage of his career, in 1988, Matlala had lost seven fights, four of those to Nene. If Matlala was discouraged, he did not show it. The following year, in 1989, he again challenged for a South African title, this time as a flyweight. He came up short, however, losing on points to Jaji Sibali. He then registered a run of eight victories, including wins over two Mexican fighters and a successful outing against Wele Maqolo to lift the vacant South African junior flyweight title.World title crack After retaining his title against Ndoda Mayende, Matlala had his first crack at a world title in September 1991 when he took on Dave McCauley for the IBF flyweight title in Belfast. He failed in his attempt, suffering a 10th-round knockout at the hands of the Irishman. Three wins later, including a successful defence of his South African crown and a victory over Mexico’s Raul Acosta, Matlala challenged Pat Clinton for the WBO flyweight title in May 1993. In front of Clinton’s home town supporters in Glasgow, the South African boxer overwhelmed his opponent to capture his first world title on an eighth-round technical knockout. He added another four wins to his record, including three in title defences, before suffering his 10th career loss to Alberto Jiminez, who stopped him in the eighth round at Hammanskraal in February 1995. His next bout, three months later, ended in a draw against Liberia’s Sam Stewart.Two-time world champion Two fights later, Matlala was a world champion for the second time. In November 1995, he defeated Paul Weir on a technical decision in five rounds to secure the WBO junior flyweight title as Glasgow again proved to be his happy hunting ground. In early 1996, Matlala again took on Weir in Liverpool and retained his WBO crown. After a 12-round victory over Mickey Cantwell, he challenged Michael Carbajal for the IBA junior flyweight title. The experts argued that this would be the toughest fight of Baby Jake’s career, against a fighter regarded by many as the best pound- for-pound boxer in the world. Fighting in Las Vegas on 18 July 1997, before a large American television audience, Matlala delivered the best performance of his career, battering Carbajal for nine rounds before the referee stopped the fight, with the Mexican clearly a beaten man. That victory raised Matlala’s profile and stock considerably and, of course, earned him another world title.SA vs SA After a further four wins, including two title defences, Matlala relinquished the IBA title to face another South African, Hawk Makepula, in February 2000 for the vacant WBO junior flyweight title. It was a bout the South African boxing public had been clamouring for, but it ended in disappointment for Matlala, who lost on a controversial points decision. For the second time in his career he suffered two defeats in succession when his former sparring partner, Peter Culshaw, beat him on points for the WBU flyweight title in May of the same year. In February 2001, Matlala once more tasted world championship success, easily defeating Australia’s Todd Makelin in four rounds to claim the vacant WBU junior flyweight crown. In September, he retained the crown with a win in five rounds over Mickey Cantwell.Last fight Finally, Matlala drew the curtain on his career with the victory over Herrera, 11 years his junior. “Baby Jake” Matlala will be remembered as an all-action fighter who overcame his height and reach disadvantage by crowding his opponents and throwing a relentless barrage of punches. He will also be remembered for the fantastic condition that he kept himself in for his fights, right up to the age of 40. Above all, however, it was the little man’s big heart that captured the imagination of the South African public. Matlala always gave his best, earning the respect of opponents and spectators alike. Unsuccessful in so many attempts at winning South African titles, Baby Jake simply trained even harder, kept coming back – and suddenly started collecting world titles.last_img read more

Our New PC Delivery Process Cuts Employee Downtime

first_imgGetting a new PC used to take valuable time out of the workday.   But as part of our focus on a user-centered model of delivering IT services, Intel IT recently optimized our PC delivery process, resulting in improved employee productivity, a better employee experience, and reduced operational costs.  These process improvements allow our employees to return to work more quickly, reducing their downtime from an average of 4.5 hours to 1 hour, a 77-percent reduction. Read the paper “New PC Delivery Process Cuts Employee Downtime” to learn about the changes we made.last_img

Harington suggests he is not done with Game of Thrones yet

first_imgLos Angeles, Sep 16 (PTI) Amid numerous speculations and fan theories, Kit Harington, who essayed the role of Jon Snow on “Game of Thrones”, has hinted that he might not be done with the fantasy drama yet. The season 5 finale suggested that Jon Snow had fulfilled his Nights Watch oath and would never be seen again, reported Variety. “The important thing is that I now know exactly how long I am still under contract… Lets just say that Game of Thrones will remain a part of my life for a while, Ill probably be in my thirties when its over,” Harington teased. The 28-year-old actor is still sporting the famous Jon Snow long, dark hair and was rumoured to be seen near the set during the shooting of season 6 of HBOs popular series. PTI SHD PSHlast_img