Cengiz Under’s goal in the first leg last month ultimately proved crucial for Roma, but Dzeko was the hero on the night and also proved instrumental in Shakhtar defender Ordets being shown a straight red card with 12 minutes left.That sending-off led to tensions spilling over, with Shakhtar’s Facundo Ferreyra picking up a booking for shoving a ballboy over an advertising board.Eusebio Di Francesco’s side are the second Italian team to advance to the quarter-finals after Juventus, with the draw for the last eight taking place on Friday.“The standing ovation is not for me but for everyone, we are deservedly in the quarter-finals,” said Dzeko of the applause which accompanied him off the pitch.“We managed to do something Roma hadn’t in 10 years, so going forward to play against the best makes us all very proud.“We are among the eight best sides in Europe.”Roma did not concede a goal at home in the group stage and hammered Chelsea 3-0 at the Stadio Olimpico, so the home fans in the crowd of 47,693 would have been confident their side could get the job done.The Ukrainians dominated early possession though, and there was a scare for the hosts when Alessandro Florenzi nearly nodded a free-kick into his own net.Ferreyra then came close after Federico Fazio lost the ball just outside his own box, before Roma struck seven minutes into the second half.Kevin Strootman sent Dzeko through as Shakhtar tried without success to play the offside trap, and the Bosnian forward prodded a shot through the legs of goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov and into the net for his fourth goal in the Champions League this season.Dzeko was then brought down by Ordets who got a straight red card for his troubles, making Shakhtar’s task that bit harder.– Roma pounce on mistake –“We knew that sooner or later they would make a mistake and we’d pounce on it,” said Roma coach Di Francesco.“If we face any opponent with this attitude and determination, we can go far.”“Roma made the most of a single moment,” said Shakhtar coach Paulo Fonseca.“Dzeko of course was a key player, but apart from his goal they didn’t have a chance, we had possession. If we had finished off the chances we had in the first leg the match would already have been over.”Roma held on, and after Italy’s shock failure to qualify for the World Cup, their progress to the last eight along with Juventus is a boost for the country.There have not been two Italian clubs in the quarter-finals of the Champions League since 2006/07, when Roma joined eventual winners AC Milan in the last eight.There will also be at least three Italian coaches in the quarter-finals — Di Francesco, Massimiliano Allegri of Juventus and Vincenzo Montella of Sevilla.Di Francesco added: “I spoke with Montella a few days ago and we said we’d meet in the final.”Antonio Conte could make that four with his Chelsea side facing Barcelona on Wednesday.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Edin Dzeko celebrates after scoring the goal that took Roma through to the Champions League quarter-finals at the expense of Shakhtar Donetsk © AFP / Filippo MONTEFORTEROME, Italy, Mar 14 – Roma reached the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in 10 years as Edin Dzeko edged them past Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday and allowed the Italians to win the tie on away goals.The Bosnian striker’s 52nd-minute goal proved enough after a 2-1 first-leg loss in Ukraine, with 10-man Shakhtar failing to find the late strike they needed after Ivan Ordets was sent off late on.
A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts Tags:#Facebook#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification We warned you on the day Facebook filed for its initial public offering that, from that point onward, the company would be fixated on making investors and advertisers happy, in that order, even if it meant making users unhappy. So it has come to pass. How else to explain Facebook’s latest effort to bolster advertising revenue, which portends yet another wave of privacy concerns and alienated users?Matching Email Addresses & Phone NumbersThe new ad program lets advertisers match email addresses and phone numbers from their own files with the information shared by users on Facebook, making it easier to target ads. That follows programs launched in the past few months that let advertisers target ads based on surfing habits on other sites and ads that follow users once they leave Facebook.How effective are these initiatives? Effective enough for Slate to declare that Facebook is finally a place where politicians can win votes through advertising. Effective enough that shares of Facebook are, at this writing, up in a second straight day of trading.That may sound like good news, especially if you’re part of the two groups of preferred stakeholders. But Facebook could be trading a short-term game for long-term regulatory problems, and the most recent push seems like a desperate bid to woo institutional investors who can prop up the company’s share price.Regulators Ratchet Up The PressureFacebook’s plan to boost revenue by revealing personal information comes at a time when regulators in both Europe and the U.S. are clamping down in response to privacy concerns. The EU measures have more teeth than those proposed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which primarily targets how information from minors is used.“These new limits will seriously hamper the company’s focus on a market of half a billion people in the EU and hone its efforts on US consumers,” said Darren Hayes, a professor at Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems in New York. “This change will require that the company become more intrusive about collecting personal data.”Hayes expects the FTC to push forward with its new rules and perhaps open new investigations into Facebook as early as next year. Government actions could end in hefty fines and diminished confidence in the company’s ability to grow revenue without flagrantly violating privacy. “If President Obama is re-elected, then the FTC will be relentless with these investigations,” Hayes predicted. How Much Is Privacy Worth To Users?Of course, fines and regulatory pressure probably won’t stop Facebook’s latest efforts to target ads at the risk of privacy. The company has, after all, made an art form of pushing ahead with intrusive initiatives and weathering negative publicity related to its privacy policies. The ultimate regulation comes from users who will, sooner or later, either quit Facebook or accept privacy breaches as the price of using the service. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… dave copeland
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MARCH 29: Head coach Rick Pitino of the Louisville Cardinals reacts as he coaches against the Louisville Cardinals during the Midwest Region Semifinal round of the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 29, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Saturday’s fantastic Kentucky-Louisville game should have made headlines for the great game on the court, but an alleged gesture by Cardinals coach Rick Pitino as he exited the floor has captured the attention of the college basketball world. Following his team’s two point loss, a Kentucky fan tweeted a video of Pitino allegedly giving the middle finger to taunting Wildcats fans. It is hard to tell definitively what the gesture Pitino makes is, but a new video has come out that gives a slightly better angle.This video, posted to Facebook by Adam Joseph Gatzke, is still grainy, but it definitely looks like Pitino extends a finger, and it doesn’t look like it could be his index finger to make a “No. 1” gesture, as Pitino said was the case.Between this incident, and Pitino skipping his post-game press conference, and the looming questions surrounding his program due to the sex scandal that broke before the season, Pitino is having a very rough 2015. Fox Sports’ Aaron Torres has gone as far as to call him the “least likable” person in college sports. If he did, in fact, flip off a number of fans, even if they taunted him, it doesn’t help his case there.[Reddit]
Prime Minister Simpson Miller will use this opportunity to further strengthen the friendship and cooperation between Jamaica and Japan, one of our long standing diplomatic partners. During her visit, the Prime Minister will attend and address the Inter American Development Bank’s Japan-LAC (Latin American and the Caribbean) Conference -Shaping the Future between Japan and Latin America and the Caribbean. The Prime Minister will also meet with Marubeni, Nippon Light Metals, and UCC, all major investors in Jamaica with interests in electricity, Minerals and Blue Mountain Coffee. Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, left the island yesterday (November 2) for a three day working visit to Japan.The Prime Minister is accompanied by the Hon. Philip Paulwell, Minister of Science, Technology, Mining and Energy; Ms. Onika Miller, Permanent Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister; Ambassador Paul Robotham, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade; her support staff and security team.During her visit, the Prime Minister will meet with His Imperial Highness Prince Akishino, as well as the Prime Minister of Japan, His Excellency Shinzo Abe.Prime Minister Simpson Miller will use this opportunity to further strengthen the friendship and cooperation between Jamaica and Japan, one of our long standing diplomatic partners.During her visit, the Prime Minister will attend and address the Inter American Development Bank’s Japan-LAC (Latin American and the Caribbean) Conference -Shaping the Future between Japan and Latin America and the Caribbean.The Prime Minister will also meet with Marubeni and UCC, all major investors in Jamaica with interests in electricity, Minerals and Blue Mountain Coffee.The Prime Minister will return to Jamaica on the 9th November, and in her absence, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, Minister of Finance and Planning, will be in charge of the Government.
San Francisco-12.9% Sam Houston State+27.5% Stony Brook+9.7% Sacred Heart-13.1% SeasonBearkats’ assist boostVisitors’ boostTotal boost Nicholls State-11.3% Montana State-11.5% 2010-11+31.3%+25.6%+29.1% Lehigh+10.5% UNC-Asheville+14.8% Michigan State+9.5% Hawaii-10.3% Army-13.1% In January, the Sam Houston State University Bearkats traveled to Hammond, La., where they beat Southeastern Louisiana University, with 29 field goals, nine of them assisted. Two months later, the Bearkats hosted a rematch back in Huntsville, Texas, this time scoring 28 field goals, with an astounding 26 of them assisted.Basketball fans know that lots of variables determine whether a shot is deemed assisted: the quality of the pass, how much time and how many dribbles separate the pass from the shot, and, most essentially, whether the shot goes in. But another factor can be just as important in assist decisions: where the pass was made. Not where as in where on the court, but where meaning at which venue.Like errors in baseball and tackles in football, assists are subjective, and the decider’s philosophy matters. Sometimes the effect is extreme: On some courts, assist counts rise or fall dramatically, as if players suddenly learned or forgot the art of the pass. And nowhere in men’s college basketball is the effect more extreme than at Sam Houston State’s Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.In more than 800 team-seasons at the NCAA Division I level over the last three years, the scorers who were most generous in awarding assists were those at Sam Houston State.“Our philosophy has always been, if the pass creates the basket, it’s an assist,” said Jason Barfield, a spokesman for Sam Houston State’s athletic department.Sam Houston State’s twitchy assist-scoring trigger finger is well known around the Southland Conference, Barfield said. “We’ve always kind of been known as being too liberal on assists,” he said. “People laugh about it in our league.”At the conference tournament last month, where the Bearkats lost in the final, other teams’ officials laughed as they flipped through their media guides to check which of their single-game assist records were set when playing at Sam Houston State, Barfield said. That’s a permanent record of the school’s equal-opportunity assist generosity.Spokesmen for other teams in the conference didn’t criticize the Bearkats’ assist-counting, acknowledging that it’s a tricky stat to measure. “The assist is about the most subjective part of basketball,” said Shane M. Meling, spokesman for University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio.The more room for interpretation in stat collecting, the more interpretations will differ. The evidence is in assist numbers. ESPN Stats & Information supplied box-score stats for the last three seasons of Division I men’s college basketball for pairs of teams that played home games against each other in the same season. I compared the two teams’ combined assist percentage — percentage of field goals assigned an assist — in each pair of games.1The simplest way to compare teams is to examine their home assist rates, where assist rate is percentage of made field goals that are credited with assists (assists divided by field goals made). But that doesn’t account for different styles of play: Some teams set up more of their shots with passes, while other teams have players who generate their own shots.One step toward controlling for the team’s style of play is to subtract its road assist rate from its home assist rate. But teams in college hoops don’t all play balanced home and away schedules. So the difference in their home and away assist rate may reflect differences in opponents’ defensive schemes.So I isolated my comparison to the most similar pairs of games I could find: those between the same two teams. And since most of these were home and away games, I didn’t include pairs with neutral games, in case those had different properties than away games. These pairs of games are nearly always, at the college level, between teams from the same conference.I isolated the analysis to teams that had at least five pairs of home and away games in each of the last three seasons: 279 teams in all. Then I calculated the average of each team’s assist percentage and of its combined assist percentage, and compared those figures for home and away games.One weakness of this method is that a team that plays mostly against teams with home scorers who are, say, especially generous with assists might look stingy because of the tough comparison. However, it’s unlikely this affected the results because the outliers were spread out over many different conferences. Another possibility is that some teams play a different style at home than on the road, even against the same opponents.Some schools are especially fertile ground for assists. Over the last three years, scorers at five schools have consistently awarded assists on a far higher percentage of made field goals than scorers judging the same matchups at a different venue: Sam Houston State, the University of North Carolina at Asheville, Lehigh University, Stony Brook University and Michigan State University.2This is based on averaging overall assist percentage — for both teams in our home-road pairs — in each game and subtracting the away percentage from the home percentage. All five schools ranked in the top 15 percent of schools in our sample by this measure in each of the last three seasons. Scorers at eight schools are stingy about awarding assists: the U.S. Military Academy (Army), Sacred Heart University, the University of San Francisco, Alcorn State University, Montana State University, Nicholls State University, Northern Illinois University and the University of Hawaii.3All eight schools ranked in the bottom 15 percent of schools by this measure in each of the last three seasons.If there were no consistency from season to season, we’d expect roughly one school to rank in the top 15 percent, and another in the bottom 15 percent each season. There were 279 schools for which we had stats in each of the three seasons, for at least five pairs of games in each season. So about 42 schools ranked in the top 15 percent in 2011-12. By chance alone we’d expect 15 percent of these, or about six, to rank in the top 15 percent again in 2012-13. And again by chance we’d expect 15 percent of those, or roughly one, to rank in the top 15 percent in 2013-14. That there are instead five and eight schools, respectively, in the top and bottom 15 percent in each season suggests a meaningful finding. Team4Average over last three seasons, of average effect on total assist rate of playing at home against teams also faced on the road. Teams shown ranked in bottom or top 15 percent in each of the three seasons.Assist effect 2011-12+32.0%+16.7%+24.7% I also tested whether any schools were tilting the scales for their own players. None gave an unusually high boost to the home team’s assist percentage in each of the three seasons.5This is based on calculating a team’s net assist percentage — its assist percentage minus its opponent’s — for both the home and road game in each matchup, then subtracting the road net assist percentage from the home percentage. I averaged that over all the pairs of games in each sample for the teams studied, then searched for teams that ranked in the top 15 percent in each season. This stat, by the way, had almost no correlation (R=0.015) with our measure of a team’s assist generosity — suggesting whether teams were more likely to give assists overall wasn’t related to whether they were more generous to their own players than to opponents. Scorers at Eastern Kentucky University, though, appear to hand fewer assists to home players. (It was the only school to rank high in this category in all three seasons, so it could just be a statistical fluke.)6As mentioned in an earlier footnote, we’d expect about one school each to rank in the top and bottom 15 percent of each of our measures.The NCAA Basketball Statisticians’ Manual defines the assist, but leaves plenty of leeway for the scorer to exercise judgment: “An assist should be more than a routine pass that just happens to be followed by a field goal. It should be a conscious effort to find the open player or to help a player work free. There should not be a limit on the number of dribbles by the receiver. It is not even necessary that the assist be given on the last pass.”“At times, statisticians have to use their judgment and knowledge on how to score a certain play,” said NCAA spokesman Ketrell Marshall. “Similar to how an official scorer in baseball has to judge a hit or error, the same applies in basketball where one statistician might give an assist on a particular play while another statistician would not.”Some athletic departments whose men’s basketball scorers came up as outliers in the research cited the subjectivity of assists as an explanation for their stats.“While the NCAA Statisticians’ Manual provides several examples of what is and isn’t an assist, and those rules are followed, to quote Justice Potter Stewart, I know it when I see it,” said Daniel Snowden, athletic department associate director for media and public relations at the University of Mississippi, which is one of the leaders in my measure of awarding assists in the last two seasons. He added, “It does not surprise me we are at the top of the conference.”Snowden said he and the Rebels’ official scorer are “very proactive” about awarding stats other than points, such as assists and blocks. “I don’t believe any team deliberately underreports assists, or blocks for that matter, but I have noticed that some teams are less liberal in awarding assists. When I have mentioned this in the past, the response is usually the scorer forgot to add it. Rarely, if ever, have I had someone not agree that a play wasn’t an assist or a block. Basketball is an extremely fast-paced sport to stat on a computer, and sometimes things are simply missed.”“We try and be objective for both teams and maybe I’m a little more liberal than some places,” said Mike Gore, who does most scoring for home basketball games at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, which was one of the top venues for assist rates. “I’ve been doing this 28 years and every place is subjective,” he added.Schools on either end of the assist spectrum think other scorers are too generous or too stingy with assists. “It’s an extra keystroke, so sometimes people are being lazy when they don’t give the assist,” Barfield said. “When you go on the road, you’ll see obvious assists that aren’t marked for one reason or another.”He’s baffled by road box scores in which the Bearkats are credited with five assists on more than 20 field goals.7They had two road games with six or fewer assists and 19 or more field goals in 2012-13. “That’s almost an impossibility,” Barfield said. “Our guards are very involved in ball movement. Very few of our shots are where the guard just dribbles it up and takes a shot. Probably once a year we’ll play a game where we get the box score back and see something like that.”Dave Guffey, a spokesman for the University of Montana, which awards a relatively low assist rate at home, said, “I think there are at least two teams in our conference that over-count assists.”Some spokespeople cited factors other than their scoring tendencies — such as statistical flukes, or playing styles differing at home and away. One of the venues we found to be suppressing assist rates is Sacred Heart University’s William H. Pitt Center.“My guess is it’s more of an anomaly than anything else,” said Chris O’Connor, associate athletic director for external affairs at Sacred Heart. He said several different people have scored games over the last three years, reducing the likelihood of a rampant anti-assist philosophy. He also pointed out that the analysis, restricted to games between teams that played in each others’ arenas in the same season, excluded some home dates where visitors got lots of assists: Long Island University’s Jason Brickman had 12 at Sacred Heart this year, but the Blackbirds played LIU only once so the game didn’t count toward this assist analysis.8Brickman also had 12 or more assists in two home games against Sacred Heart over the last two seasons — plus 13 this season in a visit to Sam Houston State.Told that his players’ assist percentage relative to opponents’ was much higher at home than on the road, Kevin Lorincz, director of athletic communications at Rutgers University, said, “I would be really surprised if our home stats weren’t markedly better, given that we shared the ball and played much better at home.”9Rutgers wasn’t included in the list of outliers because it had fewer than five pairs of home-away games in 2011-12 and 2013-14. Lorincz added, in an email, that opponents wouldn’t be shy if they thought their players were getting shortchanged in visits to Piscataway, N.J.: “You develop relationships with your fellow [sports information directors] and being the team that ‘loads up its box scores’ would be an uncomfortable and short-lived exercise.”In special cases, though, teams might do just that. “In my experience that typically happens when there’s a direct benefit in a particular stat — for instance when a team or player is near the top of conference, national or all-time school leaders,” Lorincz said. “We had a center a few years back that was a tremendous shot-blocker. We didn’t give him any blocks he didn’t deserve, but we certainly didn’t miss any either.”Lorincz added, “I’m not denying that home stat crews can be somewhat optimistic at times.”In their home game last month against Southeastern Louisiana, Sam Houston State players got the benefit of optimistic scoring. Many of their 26 assists were clear-cut, catch-and-shoot situations.10I watched a video cut of the Bearkats’ assists using Synergy Sports Technology. Four passes credited as assists, though, ended with a Bearkat catching the ball near the three-point line. In each case, the player then took several seconds and dribbled through the defense before scoring from near or in the paint — once on a reverse layup. On a fifth occasion, Kaheem Ransom caught a pass from James Thomas behind the three-point line, waited two seconds for a pick to be set, then took a few dribbles before shooting from elsewhere in three-point territory, 4.5 seconds after receiving the pass. Thomas got credit for an assist.“Whether the guy takes one step after or four steps on a break, if the pass was good enough to set up a basket, it’s an assist,” Barfield said.Barfield gave examples of types of passes that his scorers see as assists but others might not. For instance, he believes an outlet pass setting up a streaking guard for a score should count no matter where the guard catches it, or how many dribbles he takes afterwards. “That [basket] doesn’t happen if you don’t pass the ball down the floor,” Barfield said. “I would give an assist there, where on the road you might not see an assist there.”He also thinks centers don’t get enough credit for kicking the ball out for a three after collecting an offensive rebound. “For whatever reason, that’s a play where the center does not get an assist, or the forward who gets a rebound will not get an assist there,” Barfield said. “I can’t explain why.”Barfield points out that Sam Houston’s scorer, Paul Ridings, applies his philosophy consistently, lifting opponents’ assist rates, too. “It’s not just our numbers” that are relatively high, Barfield said.And he’s right. In a typical Division I game not played on a neutral floor, the home team’s assist rate is 5 percentage points higher than the road team’s — perhaps a reflection of both a slight lean toward home players by the scorer and home teams simply playing better. But teams that played both home and away games against Sam Houston State in the same season over the last three years averaged assist rates that were 20 percentage points higher in Huntsville than when they hosted the Bearkats.11I took a closer look at Sam Houston State’s stats because of the Bearkats’ status as outliers among assists outliers. Using data from Sports Reference over the last four seasons, I pooled the Bearkats’ Division I games into two groups: those that were part of home-away pairs against the same opponent in the same season, and those that weren’t.For the first group, I ran three regressions using the dummy variable of home or away games: one with the games’ total assist rate, one with the Bearkats’ assist rate and one with their opponents’. All yielded highly significant results (p<10^-4). The first indicated that teams’ combined assist rates rise by 26 percentage points at Sam Houston State. The second indicated that the Bearkats’ assist rate rises by 35 percentage points at home. And the third showed opponents’ assist rate rises by 20 percentage points when visiting Sam Houston State.The second group was all Bearkats games that didn’t fit neatly into home-away pairs — many of these were against nonconference opponents or Southland teams that played the Bearkats just once before the conference tournament. I didn’t include these sorts of games in most analyses because other factors such as team matchups could come into play. Nonetheless, as a check, I ran similar regressions. Since I didn’t have paired games to compare, I checked three variables:total assist rate for these games minus the average of the total assist rate in all other games played by the Bearkats and their opponent in that game;the Bearkats’ assist rate in that game, minus the average of their assist rate in the rest of their games, and the assist rate yielded by their opponents in the rest of their games;their opponents’ assist rate in that game, minus the average of that team’s assist rate in the rest of their games, and the assist rate yielded by the Bearkats in the rest of their games.For each I ran a regression, with a dummy variable for home, away and neutral-site Sam Houston State games. The analyses found, with a high degree of significance (p<10^-7), that Sam Houston State’s assist rate was 33 percentage points higher at home than on the road and 27 points higher at home than on neutral courts; that the Bearkats’ opponents’ assist rates climbed by 24 and 27 percentage points when playing at Sam Houston State relative to their home court or a neutral court, respectively; and that the total assist rate was 28 and 27 points higher at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum than on the road or on a neutral court.The story from the two sets of games was consistent, suggesting that the effect isn’t isolated to Sam Houston State’s conference opponents. Subjectivity isn’t the only downside of the assist stat. It gives equal credit to passes of varying value: Some do much of the work for shooters, while others leave the shooter to make, say, a long jump shot.12A charting project by 82games.com found that in the NBA, passes that would likely have counted as assists boosted shooting percentage on close shots by more than three times the boost for three-point shots. The passer also gets credit only if his teammate hits the shot — if he misses, or is fouled and hits free throws, there’s no assist.“I believe if the shooter goes to the line and makes both free throws, then the passer should be awarded the assist because his pass led directly to points on the board,” said Lance Fleming, a spokesman for Abilene Christian University’s athletic department. “Help get that written in the rulebook.”A generous assist-scorer will only get a college player so far, since most professional scouts go by video, rather than relying solely on box scores. A working paper by University of Maryland Baltimore County economists found that in relatively weak conferences such as Southland, college assist stats have no statistically significant effect on NBA draft position.A big assist number could get a player past the first screen, though. And leagues outside the U.S. have to rely more on stats than on in-person scouting. Mike Laninga, director of athletic communications at the University of Illinois at Chicago, said he could imagine scouts saying, “Obviously if you had eight assists per game rather than five assists per game, whoa, that’s something we need to look at.”Some players and coaches notice which places are the best and worst for their stats. At Montana, where assists are hard to come by, “Our players have grumbled in the past, but not in recent years,” Guffey said.Visiting players know when they’re going to Sam Houston, “they’re going to get some assists they wouldn’t normally get,” Barfield said. Opposing coaches have commented that “point guards like to come and play against us.”Laninga said this wouldn’t fly at UIC, where assist rates are relatively high.13UIC ranked just below the top 15 percent in our sample in 2011-12 and 2012-13. “Our coaching staff told them, you don’t even get a stat sheet after the game. If a starter ever asked for stats, there would be hell to pay,” he said.The only people who complain about college stats, in his experience, are players’ parents. Alcorn State-11.8% 2012-13+37.2%+13.8%+25.8% 2013-14+36.5%+28.1%+32.0% Northern Illinois-11.3%
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Ohio State freshman forward Kaleb Wesson (34) high fives his brother, sophomore forward Andre Wesson (24) after scoring in the first half in the game against Maryland on Jan. 11. Ohio State won 91-69. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIn a crowd of Scarlet and Gray, packing the Schottenstein Center, Stephanie and Keith Wesson prepared to watch their two sons, sophomore forward Andre and freshman center Kaleb, take the court for Ohio State prior to its Jan. 22 game against Nebraska. Becoming Buckeyes was only a matter of time for the Wesson brothers. Keith, a former Ohio State player from 1983 to 1987, raised his sons in a Columbus suburb, practically preparing them to play for his former team. The two played together at Westerville South, but it wasn’t clear if that would continue at the next level.Andre and Kaleb won a state championship in 2016, playing at the Schott. A month later, Andre received an offer from Ohio State and signed his letter of intent with the Buckeyes. Now, the two play for the same team on the same court they shared that memorable moment.“I’m happy for them that all of their work paid off and it’s just truly a blessing,” their father said. “They had a lot of choices, a lot of great schools, and for them to choose Ohio State, where I played, down the street. Words can’t describe how excited and happy we are.”Even though the brothers are reunited, there have been roadblocks.In only his third collegiate game, Kaleb was suspended for the Buckeyes’ game against Texas Southern on Nov. 16 for “a failure to meet the expectations of the men’s basketball program,” according to an Ohio State spokesperson. However, after one more game, he took over the starting center position for an injured sophomore Micah Potter and has not let go of it since.Andre’s path to playing time this season has not been as clear.During the summer, Andre underwent medical tests on an unknown condition that forced him to stop basketball activity for some time, which instilled questions into his longevity with Ohio State. During this time, Andre’s father said he “literally couldn’t do anything.” He couldn’t pick up a basketball, swim or “walk fast,” according to his mother. Andre made it back to the court for the Buckeyes and has become the Buckeyes’ top forward off the bench, averaging more minutes than any other bench forward and playing at least 16 minutes in each of the team’s last six games. However, his father said the injury still slightly affects Andre, even months into the season. Keith said it was a challenge for his elder son to come back and get back into the speed of the game after months away. “An athlete who has been playing whatever sport since sixth grade, basically every day, that was really the hardest part for him,” Keith said. “And then just not knowing and not being able to do anything. It was tough on him, and it took a lot longer for him. He’s still recovering from this, especially from an offensive standpoint.”Overall, both Andre and Kaleb have made quite the names for themselves in their time at Ohio State. Kaleb has earned two Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors this season, while Andre has been praised by his teammates and head coach Chris Holtmann for his contributions off the bench.The brothers grew up highly competitive, Stephanie said. They were always fighting and were so hard on each other that sometimes their father had to step in. But Kaleb has always been Andre’s biggest fan. Their mother Stephanie said Kaleb stands up for his brother whenever a negative comment is made about him. Their parents have not missed a game this season, home or away.“I just want them to get to their highest potential, whatever that may be. I want them to leave it all out on the floor. I tell them all the time, enjoy every minute of this,” Keith said. “Having played, sometimes you get so caught up in the wins and losses and playing well or playing bad that you forget to soak in the experience; playing in Madison Square Garden, walking down Times Square, going to these great facilities, flying on a charter plane. “They get lost in the norm of how normal things appear but I always remind them that this isn’t normal.”
Nigel Clough will not go into too much detail about Manchester City’s qualities to his Burton squad as he doesn’t want to frighten themThe English third division side will go up against City in the Carabao Cup semi-finals with the first leg to take place at the Etihad Stadium next Wednesday.While forward Lucas Akins dares to dream of causing an upset, manager Clough’s main focus is ensuring his players don’t get cold feet.“We’ve not gone into any detail with them because that will frighten the life out of them,” said Clough, according to Belfast Telegraph.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“They know. They watch Match of the Day every week. They know exactly how good they are.“We’ll approach it exactly the same way we did against the Championship clubs and Burnley. We can’t do too much on them because we don’t know what team they’ll play.“It helps in some ways because we can focus on ourselves, do our jobs and hopefully they’ll have a terrible night which is what it will take for something to happen in our favour.”The first leg will start at 20:45 (CET) next Wednesday.
BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi speaks at a prayer session at Nawabganj on Wednesday. Photo: Md. Kazi SohelOpposition political party BNP has announced to stage nationwide demonstrations on Friday demanding an end to Rohinyga persecution and shelter for them in Bangladesh.Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) senior joint secretary general and office secretary Ruhul Kabir Rizvi made the announcement while speaking at a prayer session at Kolakopa in Nawabganj of Dhaka on Wednesday.Read more: 11 boats capsize in Naaf estuary; 5 bodies recoveredLocal BNP organised the prayer session on the premises of BNP’s Dhaka district unit general secretary Abu Ashfaq’s house, marking the 10th anniversary of the release from jail of BNP’s self-exiled senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman.“Thousands of Rohingya Muslim men and women are being repressed everyday. The Bangladesh government, however, remains silent even after watching this barbarity. As a Muslim nation, lodging no protest is a heinous act,” alleged Rizvi.He said the party will form human chains across the country on Friday demanding an immediate end to the persecution of Rohingya Muslims and demanding Bangladesh government provide Rohingyas shelter in the country.The BNP leader also alleged that police are making BNP activists disappear.
Share Al Ortiz/Houston Public MediaA Harris County election clerk works at a polling location at McNabb Elementary School, in Spring.Harris County is halting its investigation of individuals flagged by the Texas Secretary of State as potential non-citizen voters.Harris County Special Assistant Attorney Douglas Ray told Houston Matters this week that the original list the county received had 29,822 names.The number of names decreased to 11,555 after following instructions from the Secretary of State to remove people who had registered at the Department of Public Safety, presented evidence of citizenship, or had registered to vote at a naturalization ceremony.At that point, county officials conducted an audit of 150 randomly picked names and “of those 150 names, we were able to affirmatively confirm that 51 of them were American citizens,” Ray told News 88.7 on Friday.The county has now suspended its review of the list indefinitely. Three lawsuits have been filed against the Texas Secretary of State over the statewide list, which some have categorized as an attempt to purge the voter rolls.The lawsuits allege that people on the list are being unfairly and illegally targeted in violation of the Voting Rights Act and the Constitution.“The most prudent thing for us to do at that point is to stop our review of the list all together and to wait for the outcome of the litigation,” Ray said.Harris County didn’t send any notices to challenge the voter eligibility of the individuals on the list. But other counties, such as Galveston, did send notices and have been sued.