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Youth sets off cracker in mouth of 3-year-old

first_imgA three-year-old girl was critically wounded in Meerut when a youth, Harpal, put a fire cracker in her mouth and lit it on Deepavali eve, police said on Wednesday. The girl was rushed to a medical facility where her condition is described as serious. The girl has received 50 stitches and her throat has also been infected. The incident happened at Milak village on Tuesday. The police have lodged an FIR against the miscreant and have launched a search for him.Shashi Kumar, the girl’s father, in his complaint has named local youth Harpal, who went to his daughter who was playing outside their house and stuffed a ‘sutli bomb’ in her mouth and lit the fuse.The bomb exploded in the girl’s mouth, causing serious injuries. She has received 50 stitches and her throat has also been infected, further compounding her health condition.last_img read more

Star sizzles, cruises to F4

first_imgWhat ‘missteps’? He saw that in his Hotshots on Wednesday night as they advanced to the Final Four of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup following an 84-69 decision of Rain or Shine.The Hotshots churned the win out of pure desire after struggling in the first 42 minutes at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We went through a battle out there,” Victolero said after his Hotshots left the enemy biting their dust in the last six minutes.Star turned a shaky four-point lead there to commanding bulges that eventually dethroned Rain or Shine. Marc Barroca scored 10 of his 12 points in the final period and helped key the Star breakaway.The victory dramatized how good the Hotshots are defensively after they held Rain or Shine to its lowest point total in the last eight conferences.Not only that, the Hotshots allowed just one player, import Duke Crews, to score in twin digits for the Painters with 12.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES “(Our) mental toughness was the key,” he added.Star showed how formidable it could be when things aren’t really working well as it scooted away from a 67-63 game to seal its place in the semifinals against powerhouse San Miguel Beer.“We stayed positive despite bad shooting,” Victolero said. “I just told my players that we would eventually be making our shots, somehow.”The Beermen made short work of Phoenix Petroleum on Tuesday, 115-96, before Barangay Ginebra followed the Beermen to the next round after trampling over GlobalPort, 96-85.Ginebra will have to wait for its semifinal opponent after Meralco forged a KO duel for a Final Four berth by nipping TNT in overtime, 103-100, in the second game.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Star coach Chito Victolero has always preached about the need for mental toughness.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Game 3: BaliPure battles Creamline; Pocari faces Power Smasherscenter_img BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

World Cup T20: Spotlight on Watson and Gayle as West Indies face Aussies in semi-final clash

first_imgUnlike the spin-inspired first semi-final, the second at the World Twenty20 will be influenced by two of the best hitters in cricket’s short formats.Shane Watson of Australia and Chris Gayle of West Indies are so feared and respected as batsmen that it’s the main goal of both teams to dismiss them as soon as possible on Friday.Watson has averaged more than 60 in five tournament matches and is the leading run-scorer with 242 runs, while Gayle has a better strike rate and tallied two half centuries.Australia captain George Bailey admits if Gayle gets going, Australia will be in trouble.”Absolutely, we will focus on getting him out; if he has an outstanding game it’s going to be very difficult for us to win,” Bailey said on Thursday.Bailey said not only Watson but also David Warner, Mike Hussey and Cameron White were capable hitters.”So that’s one part of the puzzle. That’s Twenty20 isn’t it? There are little games within the game that’s for sure.” West Indies counterpart Darren Sammy believes Australia is vulnerable to spin, and his side can exploit that.Australia’s batting order has largely depended on the opening partnership of Warner and Watson, leaving the middle-order largely unexposed. It faltered against Pakistan’s spin attack on Tuesday during its first, and last, hit out in the Super Eights.Hussey has been successful without attracting too much attention, accumulating runs in near quick time but without the flamboyance of the much celebrated openers.”It’s good that we watched them play against Pakistan just like we saw England against India,” Sammy said of Australia’s problem against spin. “We have a variety of guys who could bowl spin, we will definitely try to exploit that.Sunil Narine leads the battery, and despite taking only four wickets in the competition, he has an economy rate of barely six an over. Primarily an off-spinner, Narine can get the ball to spin away from right-handers.Samuel Badree was also a capable leg-spin bowler and with part-timers Gayle and Marlon Samuels, West Indies has a formidable spin attack.advertisementlast_img read more

LOOK: LeBron James mural on court gets purple-and-gold makeover

first_imgPDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Cavaliers hold off Wizards’ late comeback for 116-113 win MOST READ Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes The three-time champion and four-time MVP, who is in his 16th season, has been out since Christmas Day.James’ arrival in Hollywood immediately revived the Lakers’ hopes of regaining their lost glory and his absence has been greatly felt.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe 34-year-old James, one of the greatest players ever, is reportedly eyeing to return on Friday (Manila time) against the Los Angeles Clippers. View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sprawling mural of LeBron James on a basketball court in Taguig.LeBron James moved to Los Angeles from Cleveland in the NBA offseason and it’s only right that the Nike LeBron Hypercourt at Bonifacio Global City gets an update as well.The Hypercourt, located in the metro’s booming financial and lifestyle district, underwent a purple-and-gold makeover in time for James’ keenly-awaited return from a groin injury.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

World T20: Former players slam Shahid Afridi; angry fans smash TV sets in Pakistan

first_imgFormer players slammed Shahid Afridi’s “tactically weak” captaincy, while irate fans smashed TV sets in disgust as Pakistan reacted angrily to the national team’s defeat at the hands of arch-rivals India in the ICC World Twenty20.Pakistan lost by six wickets to India in Kolkata on Saturday. The result ensured that India remained unbeaten against Pakistan in the ICC world events.Soon after the Indians notched up the win, disappointed cricket fans came out on roads to vent their anger and television channels showed them smashing TV sets in anger in some areas. (Virat Kohli special nails Pakistan )At some places fans also raised slogans against the Cricket Board and the team for letting them down again.Former players and experts also lashed out at Shahid Afridi for his decision to drop spinner Emad Wasim and coming in to bat at one down.Former Test batsman Basit Ali, who now heads the national junior selection committee, came up with the bizarre theory that former captain and great Imran Khan deliberately gave wrong advice to the team. (Virat Kohli wanted to stay calm and thrash Pakistan )West Indian great Brian Lara was critical of Pakistan’s decision to not play a specialist spinner.The former Test captain also questioned the role of Afridi on PTV sports channel.”I don’t consider him a spinner or a proper batsman. I used to play him like a pace bowler. I am surprised that Pakistan dropped a spinner for the match against India,” he said.Lara said he was disappointed with the Pakistani performance.advertisement”Neither Afridi nor Shoaib Malik are proper spinners and you needed a specialist spinner who can turn the ball in the match. Both bowled short of length and didn’t get the right turn.”Pakistan’s former captain Rashid Latif rued the absence of stability in the team. (Virat Kohli played an amazing innings: Shahid Afridi )”It made no sense to not take a specialist spinner to India. Worst to also drop a spinner for this match. There was also no reason for shuffling the batting order it hit the momentum of the team. Why Afridi preferred to come in place of Hafeez at one down is a mystery for me,” Latif told PTI.Pakistan’s former spin great Saqlain Mushtaq also questioned the team’s tactics for the big match.”They couldn’t read the pitch. But for such a high profile match they should have played a proper spinner. It was not a pitch to field four fast bowlers,” he said.”Pakistan management should have noted that New Zealand beat India by playing three spinners.”Saqlain said he was disappointed that Pakistan had lost another big opportunity to beat India in a World Cup match.”I don’t know when it is going to happen. But we contribute to our own downfall by making tactical blunders.”Former Test captain turned commentator, Ramiz Raja also felt that the selection was not right against India.”This team management to me does not appear to have the ability to make the right decisions. It is strange they had decided to field an extra pace bowler one day before the match,” Ramiz said on Geo News channel.Former Test opener and ex-head coach Mohsin Khan said that Afridi needed to now lead by example in the remaining matches.”We got it all wrong tactically against India. We ended up at least 25 runs short and then we had no plan to dismiss Virat Kohli early despite knowing he has been the main thorn in our side in recent times,” he said.Mohsin said it didn’t make sense for Afridi to come one down when Hafeez had scored 60 in the last match.”Afridi’s captaincy also left a lot to be desired. He and the management got the playing eleven wrong on a pitch on which the ball was turning square.”Mohsin, however, praised Virat Kohli, who struck an unbeaten fifty, and Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for turning things around.”They lost to New Zealand and were under pressure yet they bounced back beautifully in such a high voltage match.They showed better tactics and nerves.”Former Test leg-spinner Abdul Qadir said the team should atone for its defeat to India by doing well against New Zealand and Australia and reaching the semi-finals of the tournament.”We are playing cricket without any direction and we are not producing players who can cope with pressure.”Pakistan’s former Test spinner Iqbal Qasim, however, felt the media built too much hype before playing India and this was unwarranted.advertisement”I think we will win the day we take a match against India normally like we do against other teams,” he reasoned.last_img read more

Clippers beat Spurs as Leonard scored 38 against former team

first_imgWhat’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Leonard also has scored 30 or more in three of his first five games with the Clippers, who he signed with as a free agent during the offseason.The game was close for the first 28 minutes, before the Clippers took control with a 9-1 run to take a 64-55 lead with 6:55 remaining in the third quarter. Leonard — who had 25 points in the second half — scored five of his 10 third-quarter points during the rally, including a dunk after a steal of DeMar DeRozan at midcourt.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceSan Antonio got within five (80-75) at the end of the third quarter before the Clippers scored 11 of the first 13 points in the fourth quarter with nine coming from Leonard. The Spurs scored six straight points to get within 97-93 with 2:34 left, but could not get closer.DeRozan, a Los Angeles native, led San Antonio with 29 points and Derrick White added 20. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Clippers: Host Utah on Sunday. The teams have split their last 14 matchups.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TIP-INSSpurs: G Dejounte Murray will not play Friday night against Golden State as a precaution. He had knee surgery after tearing his right ACL during the preseason last year.Clippers: Doc Rivers, who is two wins shy of 900 as a coach, improved to 7-0 on Halloween and 5-0 with Los Angeles.UP NEXTSpurs: Travel to Golden State on Friday to complete their first set of back-to-back games this season.ADVERTISEMENT NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:24DILG, Napolcom should consider Senate report on admin raps vs Albayalde00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issuecenter_img San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan, center, battles his way around a pick by Los Angeles Clippers forward Maurice Harkless, right, as forward Kawhi Leonard, left, drives with the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)CLOS ANGELES — Kawhi Leonard scored 38 points, Montrezl Harrell added 24 and the Los Angeles Clippers beat San Antonio 103-97 on Thursday night, handing the Spurs their first loss.Leonard — who sat out Wednesday’s game at Utah due to load management — also grabbed 12 rebounds for his first points-rebounds, double-double this season. It is also Leonard’s first double-double in three meetings against the Spurs, where he played seven seasons (2011-18).ADVERTISEMENT Nadal beats Wawrinka again to reach Paris Masters quarters View comments Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Rice industry paralysis LATEST STORIES Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Priority legislation in the 18th Congresslast_img read more

Salaam Cricket 2017: Don’t think Anil Kumble can have problems with anyone, says Harbhajan Singh

first_imgIndian players are reportedly unhappy with the current head coach Anil Kumble and have also complained to the Committee of Administrators (CoA) about the coach’s overbearing attitude.The BCCI last week invited applications for the role of new head coach as current coach Anil Kumble’s one-year term comes to an end at the end of the ICC Champions Trophy in June.However, reports that skipper Virat Kohli and Kumble are not seeing eye-to-eye have fuelled speculation that the board advertised for a new coach because Kumble has apparently intimidated the rest of the team.Speaking on the issue at the Aaj Tak Salaam Cricket 2017, the out-of-favour spinner Harbhajan Singh said he knows Kumble since his playing days and believes India cricket needs the former India captain.”Anil Kumble is strict, you can always talk to him about cricket. He’s very hard working and believes that one shouldn’t leave the match till the last ball. He’s strict but he responds to hard work more than just talent. As a coach, I am sure he’s going bring a lot of good to Indian cricket. One can also see his results of last year,” Harbhajan said.”Only present players will be able to tell what his relations with Anil Bhai are. In my 15 years of playing with him, there has been no instance of any fight with him and he’s the best bowling mind in cricket, he’s always there to help. He’s been brilliant and he has played a major role in making me what I am today and I would like to thank him for that.”advertisementHarbhajan further said it’s difficult to fill his shoes.”I am not a part of this team so I don’t know how Anil Bhai is running the team and I don’t talk to players about what is going on and all. If someone has issues with Kumble, he should go and talk to him because he’s a person of respect and as per my experience, he can’t have issues with anyone. Conversation is the key to solving the issue, if there’s any. He’s someone who’s at the top and there’s no one who can fill his shoes easily,” he said.last_img read more

Cricket Sunday: Bars spin discounts to cheer boys in blue

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 17 (PTI) Nobody likes to cheer alone, especially when India is playing Pakistan on the cricket pitch.With the traditional rivals up against each other in the finals of the ICC Champions Trophy tomorrow in London, bars and restaurants are honing their pitch too to attract cricket enthusiasts waiting to make the most of their Sunday evening.Giant screens, happy hours and a free drink if you predict the match right or walk in wearing the Indian jersey are some of the offers being rolled out. After all, cricket and Pakistan have always made for a profitable mix.Pune-based software project manager Subhabrata Chattopadhyay will be one of those heading to a bar to enjoy the match. It is all about the ambience and exciting offers, he says.”You dont cheer alone, you have 50 people cheering with you. The entire place lights up. On top of that, watching on the big screen with a decent sound system is a different experience all together,” he told PTI.Talking about the unique offers that places like Irish Village, Toss and Four Seasons in Pune have to offer, Subhabrata says, “At almost all places, they have happy hours… 1+1 on pitchers.””Free drinks on predictions… if your prediction is correct, you get a free drink…if your match prediction is correct, then your bill gets waived. This adds to the excitement.”Restaurants and bars in other cities are also cashing in on the anticipation that is peaking by the hour.Piali – The Curry Bistro in Delhis Connaught Place, for instance, is set to make the best of the countrys cricket fandom with a range of offers with its discount code BLEEDBLUE.advertisementFor every wicket that India takes, the restaurant will offer an incremental discount of 5 per cent, with a maximum 20 per cent rebate.”For the nation which bleeds blue, we have decided to reward Indians for every wicket taken by our team. You can order anything after a wicket and it will be discounted at 5 per cent, subsequently after the second wicket 10 per cent, which will continue up to 20 per cent,” says Siddharth Agarwal, owner of the bistro.”Different rates will be applied on the same bill for people who choose to dine with us this Sunday. The only thing you need to do is, come dine at Piali when India plays against Pakistan. Come cheer the men in blue and enjoy exclusive discounts,” says Siddharth Agarwal, owner of the bistro.Leela Ambience Convention Hotel in Delhi has decided to introduce special unlimited packages named after cricketers for four hours of the match at their Cherry Bar.Kohlis 11 will have unlimited imported drinks and unlimited snacks at Rs 3,000 and Steves 11 will consist of unlimited IMFL and unlimited snacks at Rs 2,500.”Stay glued to your seats until the final moments and dont let this mauka go as the rivalry between India and Pakistan continues at none other than our popular Cherry Bar,” says Rahul Gautam, associate director, food and beverage, at the hotel.For travel enthusiast Shashank Sharma, going to a sports bar for the match ensures that he can have a date with his girlfriend while not having to miss out on the cricketing action.The idea of not cooking or arranging for food is an added bonus.”What I like about going to sports clubs is that during a match, I dont want to cook or get food myself. At a sports club, you can concentrate only on the match and the rest will be taken care of,” he says.In an interesting offer, anybody who walks into Lanterns Kitchen and Bar in Delhis Rajendra Place wearing the Indian cricket teams jersey will be offered a free mug of beer.In Mumbai, the White Owl – Brewery & Bistro is expecting its patrons and cricket enthusiasts to drop in in huge numbers to see the match on their 200-inch HD screen as they sip on the restaurants home brewed craft beer.”We are offering unlimited White Owl craft beer for Rs 795. Guests can choose their favourite White Owl beer and enjoy it all evening, through the duration of the match,” says Nicole Macwan from The White Owl.Clearly, the cricketing world is getting ready to say cheers on Sunday. PTI TRS MG MINlast_img read more

Andre Russell after destroying RCB with 7 sixes: No ground big enough for me

first_imgAndre Russell, the six-hitting machine, has set Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 on fire. The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) all-rounder has left the cricket world in awe with his power-hitting skills.Russell, who had revealed a few days earlier that he does 300 push-ups whenever he is bored in the dressing room, was at it again as he smashed seven sixes to make light work of KKR’s chase of 206 against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Friday.RCB vs KKR, IPL 2019 – Report | HighlightsKolkata Knight Riders had needed 67 runs from 26 balls when Andre Russell walked into the crease. The visitors were losing a bit of momentum as captain Dinesh Karthik was struggling to get the big ones after Nitish Rana departed for a quickfire 37.However, Russell tore into the Royal Challengers Bangalore bowling attack, smashing three sixes in the 18th over and four more in the 19th over. Tim Southee conceded 29 runs in the penultimate over and KKR gunned down the total with five balls to spare after one of the most brutal onslaughts T20 cricket has ever witnessed.Talking up his power-hitting abilities, Russell said he no longer believes any cricket ground across the globe is big enough for him. The KKR all-rounder revealed he had thought Australian grounds were too big but that he had surprised himself when he hit a few Down Under.”A few grounds in Australia and then I surprised myself there by hitting a few into the stands. No ground is big enough for me I guess, I just trust my strength and trust my power. I have good bat speed. I trust that as well,” Russell said after his 13-ball 48 in KKR’s five-wicket win.advertisementRussell added: “Hand-eye coordination is the key (for low full tosses) as they aren’t easy to hit. I try short arm jabs as extending the arms can put you in trouble. Can’t explain much, rather show that on the field.”Royal Challengers Bangalare had posted 205 for 3 on the board after Virat Kohli’s 87 and AB de Villiers’ 63 earlier in the evening. However, KKR got off to a good start with Chris Lynn (43), Robin Uthappa and Rana (47) making handy contributions.Russell then came out and took care of the asking rate with seven huge blows in Bengaluru. Russell has now taken his sixes tally in IPL 2019 to 22. He has just faced 77 balls and is striking a six every 3.5 deliveries.Didn’t stop believing even as asking rate was high: RussellStressing he never believed the chase was out of KKR’s hands, Russell added: “I was confident when I went out to bat. DK was telling me to take a few balls to see what the wicket was doing. I was watching on TV from upstairs and kind of knew what the wicket was doing. I was thinking about playing this way or that way. It was just one mindset.”When you need 68 off 20-odd balls, it’s not going to happen every day. We needed to make sure we put our bodies on the line. And I didn’t quit.””The nature of T20 is such that one over can change the momentum. That’s why I say I never give up. A part of me was saying that the runs needed were too much but anything is possible and eventually, we won with five balls spare.”With the thrilling win, Kolkata Knight Riders climbed to the second spot with three wins from four matches. On the other hand, Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore slumped to their fifth straight defeat and are yet to open their account in IPL 2019.Also Read | IPL 2019: Virat Kohli blasts RCB bowlers over lack of bravery after Russell onslaughtAlso Read | Virat Kohli becomes all-time leading IPL scorer during 49-ball 84Also See:last_img read more

What’s going to happen at QB this weekend?

first_img#OKState @billhaisten reports that Daxx Garman has concussion symptoms and Mason Rudolph could start Saturday: http://t.co/5GuVOJBQZM— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) November 19, 2014Based on this info I’m pretty sure nobody really knows what will happen when OSU takes the field against Baylor in Waco — maybe not even Mike Gundy — so let’s talk about what could happen.I’m not a fan of “concussion symptoms” nor am I one of Daxx Garman being sacked more in the last 8+ games than Brandon Weeden was in his entire career.Earlier this year BBJ thought Rudolph would play against WVU and that didn’t even come close to happening so let’s presume he’s wrong this time, too, and that Daxx is actually not going to play.Your options are as follows:1. Burn Mason Rudolph’s redshirt for two (mostly) pointless games against Baylor and OU.2. Play a thing called a Taylor Cornelius (“the magnate” as I call him).3. Run the WildPoke with a combination of Tyreek, Childs, Roland and probably Glidden or Samples.Those are all horrific options. Gundy said it like this earlier this week.“There’s no right or wrong there,” said Gundy. “You’re caught in a deal there where you do what you have to do.”He meant “there’s no right answer…they’re all wrong.”The argument I’ve seen from people is that if he plays Cornelius, who is currently the scout team QB, he’s giving up on the season, waving the white flag, etc.How is that so much worse than gaining two first downs in three quarters against Texas? “He’ll lose the team,” I’ve heard.Please, if his players are mildly reasonable student athletes (and I admit this is a bit of a presumption on my part) they’ll understand what’s happening and realize that it’s happening for a reason bigger than what they can affect.If he plays Rudolph then you just dumped 120 minutes at the altar of what could have been a fabulous five-year career. That should be a non starter (no pun intended) at this point.But game action! Is it really “game action” if your offensive line is softer than Mark Mangino’s belly? It’s more like “yo Boone, got any friends at the FCC, I don’t want to get fined for being responsible for a live human sacrifice on national television.”I don’t even want to discuss the WildPoke. For those in favor — do you trust Mike Yurcich to install an offense that nobody had a mild grasp of in three days and take it up against the 12th-best defense in the country? If so, then have at it.The logical solution — and I can’t believe I’m saying this — is Cornelius. If he gets hurt then I don’t know, put Tyreek back there and let him run around for three plays and punt. That’s basically what you’re already doing anyway.Maybe Gundy should petition the NCAA and take the bus a few miles east to see if they can pick up this guy and reinstate him before 6:30 on Saturday.Totally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets. Mason Rudolph could see the field on Saturday. (USATSI)Mason Rudolph could see the field on Saturday. (USATSI)There have been pretty conflicting reports in the last 24 hours over what Oklahoma State will do at the QB position this weekend:According to KFOR’s @bbjsports , Daxx Garman will be the starter Saturday. #okstate— Brian Gittings (@BrianHD79) November 19, 2014 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Duke Basketball: Blue Devils Release “Duke In The NBA” Alumni Highlight Video From 2014-15 Season

first_imgNBA players in the league based on colleges they attended.Duke NBA PlayersTwenty former Duke players appeared in NBA games during the 2014-15 season. That’s a hefty number, and the most of any college program. Naturally, the Duke program wants to promote that next-level success, which it did via highlight video yesterday. The “Duke in the NBA” video features highlights from nearly all Blue Devil alumni, though some (Kyrie Irving, J.J.Redick, Mason Plumlee etc) are featured more prominently than others.Here’s the full clip:last_img

Trudeau honours Allan MacEachen as peerless parliamentarian at NS service

first_imgANTIGONISH, N.S. – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered a moving tribute to the late Allan J. MacEachen on Sunday, saying the former Liberal cabinet minister should be remembered as a key architect who shaped some of Canada’s most cherished institutions.“I bring the thanks of a grateful country,” he told about 400 people gathered for a public memorial service at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, N.S., the institution where MacEachen served as an economics professor before entering politics in the early 1950s.“Whether they credit him or not, Canadians are living in the country that Allan J. built, and they like it,” Trudeau said, referring to MacEachen’s nickname. “Let us honour him by recommitting ourselves as Canadians to continuing his life’s work of hard things done well.”MacEachen died last Tuesday. He was 96.As his memorial service began, the skirl of the bagpipes filled the auditorium, and MacEachen’s flagged-draped coffin was carried in by six Mounties in red serge. The ceremony also featured a Mi’kmaq smudging ceremony, a Gaelic prayer and traditional Celtic music, performed by fiddler Ashley MacIsaac.The prime minister bowed his head before MacEachen’s coffin as he took to the stage in a tartan tie honouring his own Scottish heritage.Like so many others who have recounted MacEachen’s many accomplishments during his 40-year political career, Trudeau made it clear that Canadians have the wily Cape Bretoner to thank for universal health care.“We all enjoy health care because of our needs instead of our ability to pay because of medicare,” Trudeau said, noting that it was MacEachen who, as health minister in 1966, used his “peerless parliamentary instincts” to get the Medical Care Act through Parliament.The prime minister said MacEachen also helped bring in the guaranteed income supplement for vulnerable seniors, the Canada Pension Plan and key reforms to the country’s labour laws.Trudeau said MacEachen and his father, Pierre, were “a match made in heaven,” because they shared the same core values.Both men believed that all people are equal, “deserving of equal treatment under the law, equal opportunity to be whom we are, and to do with our lives what we choose,” he said.“They believed in their bones that freedom and equality of opportunity ought to be every Canadian’s birthright.”Former Ontario premier Bob Rae, who ran for the federal Liberal leadership in 2006, said MacEachen was a funny, loyal and warm man with an incredible talent for delivering speeches.“He loved politics,” Rae said. “He loved the battles. He loved the jokes. He loved the stories … All of us who had a chance to work with him … understood that while there was always an elusive, private quality to his personality, there was also a very deep love of what politics brought to his life.”Rae said MacEachen’s life was an “eloquent testimony” to the trials and rewards of public service, describing his former parliamentary colleague — and sometimes adversary — as a “gladiator” with a flare for the political stage, but a reserved private temperament.Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil said MacEachen, the son of a coal miner, was a “champion of social justice” who never forgot where he came from.“He was the son of Inverness, Cape Breton,” the premier said. “He was focused and dedicated to his community, his province, he country and its people. He had his fingerprints on some of the most progressive social policies of our time.”Amid the many laudatory tributes, however, there was also plenty of humour.Trudeau recalled how his father once wore a kilt when he attended a Cape Breton community event with MacEachen in the early 1970s. But the elder Trudeau forgot to bring his sporran, the small pouch that is typically worn around the waste and hangs in front of the kilt.“But as many of you know, the sporran serves a practical purpose, beyond the carrying of coins,” Trudeau said. “As Allan J. recounted many years later … the absence of the sporran may have resulted in more exposure than my father’s communications staff had counted on.”Former prime minister Jean Chretien was among the honorary pallbearers, as was federal cabinet minister Dominic LeBlanc and former Nova Scotia premiers Rodney MacDonald, Russel MacLellan and Gerald Regan.MacEachen is to be buried in Inverness on Tuesday following a funeral service in the church in which he was baptized.— With files from Adina Besge in Halifax.last_img read more

Millions on the line at professional video game competition in Vancouver

first_imgVANCOUVER – When thousands of fans pack Vancouver’s Rogers Arena this weekend, it won’t be a hockey player or a musical superstar they’re screaming to see.Instead, the deafening crowd will cheer on professional video gamers as they battle for the more than US$25 million up for grabs in what’s being described as the esports Super Bowl.This week marks the first time the International Dota 2 Championships are being held in Canada, and fans and organizers say the tournament’s success shows esports has exploded from a niche hobby to a booming industry.About 15,000 tickets for Saturday’s finals sold out almost immediately and at least 10 million others are expected to stream the action live online, said Erik Johnson of Valve, the company that created “Dota 2” — a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game — and runs the tournament.“It’ll be a packed house. It’ll be loud,” he said. “Everyone in the audience plays this game. They all have their favourite teams but they’re also cheering for the game and just want to see great play.”It’s the eighth year Valve has put on the tournament and every year, competition gets more difficult and the prize pool grows, Johnson said. The winnings come from in-game purchases and this year’s purse — including more than US$11 million for the first place team — is the biggest in esports history, he added.For gamers, making it to the big stage requires an incredible amount of focus, Johnson said.“It’s their job,” he said. “They’re not playing games for fun in their basement. They’re all super competitive people who have that competitive drive that most high-end athletes have and their outlet for that happens to be our game.”In “Dota 2,” a player controls one of 10 characters, split into two teams of five. A team wins by destroying a large structure in the opposing side’s base. There are dozens of unique characters available to play in the game, each bringing its own strengths to the battle.Last year’s victors, Team Liquid, have spent months preparing for the championships, said the team’s co-CEO, Victor Goossens. They even formed a partnership with technology giant SAP to develop software that uses analytics to improve their training and in-game performance.The team’s players and coach — who are from Germany, Bulgaria, Finland, Jordan, Lebanon and South Korea — have been on the road for weeks, flying first to the Netherlands for three and a half weeks of intense practice, then to Vancouver 10 days before the competition began.“You cannot do this if it’s not the sole focus and priority of your life. And the degree of dedication that you need to be playing at this level, it’s really intense,” Goossens said.The Vancouver Canucks’ home stadium was transformed for the event, with the arena darkened, save for green and purple lights that gave it an eerie feel. Smoke emanated from the floor and a mossy-looking fabric hung from the rafters, while a soundtrack of ominous rumbles and drips played ahead of the competition.Two large glass structures were erected at centre ice, each outfitted with computers and gaming chairs, ready for competitors from 64 different countries to climb in and log on.When they did, four massive screens suspended from the ceiling broadcast every animated move the gamers made. A smaller inset screen flashed close ups of the players’ faces, contorted in concentration or excitedly chattering with teammates via headset.Even at midday in the middle of the week, spectators sat rapt in the stands, gasping and cheering as battles brewed.The complexity of the game is what intrigues Gwen Rickerby, who watched Wednesday’s action live, wearing the helmet of a legion commander, one of the game’s characters.“It’s like chess with lots of different heroes and items and all sorts of different possibilities,” she said.The esports community is similar to fans of traditional sports, Rickerby added.“It’s just like people following their favourite football or hockey (team). It’s just the same, you’re just watching a different game,” she said.Justin Simpao of the University of British Columbia’s esports association equates his own emotional investment in esports to how he felt when the Canucks made a run for the Stanley Cup in 2011.“People experience that ecstasy of victory or that really, really, really tearing emotion of defeat. People find that in the teams and players they fall in love with when watching them play,” he said.That passion has turned competitive video gaming into a big-money business, Simtao said.“If anybody asked me five years ago what is esports, I would say it’s just sort of the top percentage of gamers playing a specific game, who are really the best at what they do,” he said. “And now, not only can you say that, you can also say it’s a billion-dollar industry.”In Vancouver, one group is looking to capitalize on the growing popularity by building a esports stadium where players of all levels can train or play for fun.The Gaming Station wants to have five purpose-built gaming facilities across the country in the next nine years, said CEO Dan Cybak.Young people have grown up with video games and their desire to play competitively — or even professionally — isn’t going to wane, he said.“It’s not a fad, it’s not going away. You’ve got a generation that’s grown up with these games … and now they’re completely invested in it.”last_img read more

Video People Applaud Greet Syrians With gifts as they Arrive in

Hundreds of migrants have arrived in Munich, Germany, after they were allowed to leave Hungary and cross through Austria.They are among thousands who have been on the move after Germany and Austria agreed to take more refugees, waiving asylum rules.Hungary, which has been struggling to cope with an influx of people from the Middle East and Asia, relaxed its attempts to stop the progress of the migrants, many of whom are refugees from Syria. Germany opened its borders as German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her country would be setting no limit to the number of people who could seek asylum in her country.“The right to political asylum has no limits on the number of asylum seekers,” she told the Funke newspapers group. “As a strong, economically healthy country we have the strength to do what is necessary.” read more

Workstreams Paving the Way for the New World of Work

Flexible Work Has its Bright Side… and its Dark Side Dave Michels July 02, 2019 Top takeaways from a Fuze-hosted summit on the future of work Be a Change Agent for Your Workspaces Beth Schultz May 20, 2019 Everyone’s No. 1 focus should be on creating great employee experiences. Many organizations are handicapped and unable to compete against more technologically agile competitors. They are trapped by systems that are too complex and take too long to implement or change. Organizations that reduce silos and create greater transparency will be better suited to drive success in a digital world. Log in or register to post comments Is Your Office Built for the Future of Work? Roopam Jain May 09, 2019 Workplace innovation and redesign will become critical success factors moving forward. This gives the average worker capabilities that haven’t typically been available. It’s part of an important general shift across workforce technologies to decentralized ownership over high-impact work by leveraging improved connectivity, agility, and visibility across different workstreams. This shift is much needed, as the current digital age has given rise to new customer and employee expectations and market requirements that, with the right workflow integration and productivity automation tools, businesses can respond to much more effectively. Businesses that are able to remain agile and open up tools to workers to increase collaboration will have quite the competitive advantage in the future of work.Tags:News & ViewsBraidioproductivityagileworkstreamsFuture of WorkDigital TransformationDigital WorkplaceEmployee ExperienceReal-Time CommunicationsTeam Collaboration Tools & Workspaces Articles You Might Like It’s Time We Modernize the Way People Work Joe Burton March 18, 2019 Accelerating innovation that will transform the way people communicate and collaborate in the future workstreams_productivity_774.png WorkSpace Connect: Uniting People, Places, Technology Beth Schultz April 02, 2019 IT, A/V, facilities, real estate, HR, and other groups must come together to develop cohesive, worker-centric workplaces — and we’re here to help. Productivity AutomationProductivity automation, as we call it, is what gets organizations moving as efficiently as possible. Productivity automation is becoming increasingly attractive as businesses look to more effectively empower their employees, execute work, and reduce the amount of fragmented, unstructured, and manual types of work that are still most prevalent within businesses. This is allowing businesses to rethink existing structured workflows based on homegrown tools or legacy business systems that can’t deliver the cross-system connectivity, automation, and scale needed. Innovate with a Dynamic ApproachEnterprise companies are saddled with complex and monolithic legacy technologies and applications that were often designed for very specialized needs and generally lack interoperability. The pace of technological innovation means a more dynamic or liquid approach is required. Third-party platform services need to be utilized in order to rapidly add value and drive improved outcomes. Enterprises need to embrace agile principles to empower a nimbler culture that can seize new opportunities. Silos of information, content, people, and processes are pervasive across most businesses. In the digital age, businesses require the exact opposite – greater connectivity across these resources to deliver improved clarity, focus, and agility in order to respond more quickly to the changes that digitization brings. See All in Future of Work » Optimize Workflows via WorkstreamsAs businesses are increasingly looking to optimize daily workflows and identify how to unlock greater productivity, they can look to leverage workstreams. Workstreams can optimize the discovery and assembly of resources, whether they be information or people, in real-time, which can be a critical enabler of improved employee productivity. Add to that real-time collaboration tools such as live chat and voice and video calling, and organizations have a killer combination — not to mention a leg up on the competition to drive success in the new world of work. read more

Chinas Wen promises measures to boost consumer spending stabilize slowing growth

BEIJING, China – China’s premier has promised more tax cuts and measures to boost consumer spending as the government tries to reverse a worsening economic slowdown.Premier Wen Jiabao told the World Economic Forum on Tuesday that China’s economic growth rate is still within the government’s target range despite the slowdown. The steady decline in economic activity has prompted questions about whether the country can meet the official target of 7.5 per cent growth this year.Wen promised tax cuts, measures to boost consumer spending and policies to support private sector investment but gave no details. He expressed confidence China can achieve “robust economic growth” and improve development. China’s Wen promises measures to boost consumer spending, stabilize slowing growth AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Sep 11, 2012 6:54 am MDT read more

Canada at 175 requires bold bets Deloitte

Deloitte Canada at 175 requires bold bets: Deloitte AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Tanya Blakney Posted Jun 16, 2017 11:03 am MDT “We believe that it’s really important that [Canada] take these bold bets in order to position ourselves well, going forward,” one consultant urges.That’s the message from certified public accounting company, Deloitte, on the heels of a new report Bold Bets for our country: It’s time for deliberate action.Blaine Woodcock, a consulting partner with Deloitte, says while Canada celebrates its 150th birthday this year it’s time to start preparing for the next 25 years.“We stand in a unique window in time at which we can exploit our Canadian sense of openness and diversity,” he continues, “we believe that we need to capitalize on this unique window, reach out to the world and increase our engagement with the rest of the world.”The study finds Canada’s standard of living will decline, if government, business leaders and policymakers don’t make uncomfortable decisions now. Citing three pillars of change, Woodcock says discussions may not be easy but they are necessary.First, Canada needs a better (or different) focus on competitive investments and not spreading resources thin. Secondly, accelerating engagement on a world wide scale will better position companies to compete in the ever-growing technological era. And third, Woodcock says, it’s time to start “disrupting our education system.” Academia will “allow Canadians and Canadian learners to adapt in the face of massive technological change.”Deloitte suggests companies unwilling to make advancing choices are twice as likely to see revenues fall, when compared to their courageous counterparts. read more

The Red Wings Empire Is Crumbling

Simply put, the talent coming in hasn’t been able to keep pace with the talent going out — and nowhere is Detroit’s drain more evident than on the blue line. The Red Wings used to be able to pencil in the likes of Lidstrom, Rafalski and Mathieu Schneider for 50 to 60 points a season, with significant contributions made in quarterbacking one of the league’s top power-play units. This year’s Wings, though, have the worst power play in the NHL and the league’s fourth-worst group of offensive defensemen, according to GVT. (Where have you gone, Paul Coffey?) Although some of their weak shooting percentage with the man advantage is bound to improve with better luck, Detroit’s D corps is contributing about half as much GVT as the team got from its defensemen during the playoff streak, with nearly two-thirds of the blueliners’ drop-off coming specifically on offense.And it isn’t as though the rest of this season’s roster has picked up the slack. Goalie Petr Mrazek has been one of the worst in the league, and Detroit’s forwards have been mediocre at both ends of the rink. (They rank seventh-worst in offensive GVT and 10th-worst on defense.)In the past, the Red Wings were able to phase in a few promising young forwards every time one of their veterans declined or left the club. When Yzerman’s point totals dipped in the mid-1990s as he focused more on checking, Sergei Fedorov, Slava Kozlov and Keith Primeau provided an offensive spark. When Yzerman, Fedorov and Brendan Shanahan left the club in the mid-2000s, Datsyuk and Zetterberg were there to carry the torch. But although Tatar, Mantha, Gustav Nyquist, Dylan Larkin and Andreas Athanasiou have all shown flashes of potential, none has emerged as a star on anything approaching the level of a Fedorov or Datsyuk. Without those kinds of star turns, Detroit might be starting up a new playoff streak — one of the “drought” variety. Although there’s still plenty of time for the club’s recent draft picks to develop, the Red Wings as they’re currently constructed aren’t an especially young team — they have the NHL’s 12th-oldest roster — and they certainly aren’t a good one. The NHL is a league designed for parity, so Detroit’s record probably won’t stay outright bad for long, but it might also be awhile before we see the Wings restored to their former glory.If so, it’s all the more reason to appreciate the playoff dynasty Detroit built over the past 26 years. Thanks to shrewd drafting, trades, player development and a forward-looking vision of the game, the Red Wings built one of the best teams in hockey year in and year out for two and a half decades. For a whole generation of Motor City fans, greatness on the ice is all they’ve ever known. It’s a remarkable legacy, even if, like every great empire, it eventually collapsed.CLARIFICATION (Feb. 9, 2:34 p.m.): Since this article was originally published, a sentence has been rephrased to reflect the fact that Alexey Marchenko is no longer on the Red Wings’ roster, though he did have a Corsi greater than 50 percent during his time as a regular skater for the team this season. Is College Basketball Broken? We Asked The Game’s Top Stats Guru 2015114.9+3.8+25.7-3.8140.6 Related: Hot Takedown 2007218.1+22.7-4.2-58.2178.4 2017109.3+15.1-12.9-22.788.8 2010174.6+15.9-8.2-46.9135.4 2013171.8+5.9-14.8-25.1137.8 On April Fools’ Day in 1990, the Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers skated for the final game of the season at The Spectrum in south Philly. Captain Steve Yzerman banged home a goal late in the third period to earn the Wings a 3-3 tie, ending Detroit’s campaign with 70 points and a last-place finish in the Norris Division. Soon after, the 1989-90 Red Wings cleaned out their lockers and parted ways for the summer.In the nearly 10,000 days since then, Detroit has played 2,035 regular-season games and employed 246 players. It’s gone through three captains, four general managers and six head coaches. But the one constant throughout the last 25 full seasons of Red Wings hockey has been extra action in the spring — and often deep into the summer. Detroit hasn’t missed the postseason since that April day in 1990, a mind-boggling run that beats any playoff streak outside of hockey1The longest playoff streak for an NBA team is 22 seasons, by the Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers from 1950 to 1971. The longest for MLB is 14 seasons, by the 1991-2005 Atlanta Braves. The longest for the NFL is nine seasons, by the 1975-83 Dallas Cowboys and 2002-10 Indianapolis Colts. and is tied for the third longest in NHL history. (That it has come partially during the NHL’s salary-cap era is especially impressive.)But it could all come screeching to a halt this season. With a 22-21-10 record, Detroit currently occupies last place in the Atlantic Division, five points out of the Eastern Conference’s final wild-card spot with seven teams ahead of them. According to Hockey-Reference.com’s playoff simulator, the Red Wings have just a 7 percent probability of continuing their run for a 26th straight postseason. Every streak has to end eventually, but how did Detroit go wrong after so many years of success?Perhaps the Red Wings’ most distinctive hallmark during their playoff streak has been a focus on puck possession. Even as teams won through superior playmaking and shooting talent in the 1980s and early ’90s, Detroit loaded up on ex-Soviet stars who’d been trained to take care of the puck. In doing so, the Red Wings anticipated the direction that the game would head in the future, building their dominant teams of the 1990s less on the premise of aiming pucks past the league’s rapidly improving goaltenders and more on the basis of simply controlling the flow of play. These days we measure that control through Corsi percentage, the share of even-strength shots a team directs at the opponent’s net (as opposed to vice-versa) after adjusting for score effects and other factors.2For seasons after 1986-87 and before 2005-06, this number can be estimated using a team’s shots for and against, its power-play and shorthanded chances, its record and its goal differential. Although we didn’t know it at the time, the Red Wings were dominating Corsi back when Corsi was just a guy, not a metric. 2009200.4+28.3-50.3-3.8174.6 2012145.4+9.7+28.9-12.2171.8 2014137.8+10.2-24.7-8.3114.9 SEASONPREVIOUS GVTNEWCOMERSHOLDOVERSDEPARTURESSEASON GVT 2006199.2+32.6+32.0-45.7218.1 2008178.4+22.1+35.7-35.8200.4 No NHL team averaged a better Corsi than the Wings from 1991 to 2016, and the team even ranked fifth in the statistic as recently as two seasons ago. But the next generation has fumbled the torch on the handoff, and Detroit’s fabled possession machine has eroded badly in recent seasons as its stars have aged and departed.Gone are such advanced-metric idols as Pavel Datsyuk, whose 58.1 percent on-ice Corsi3At 5-on-5, adjusted for score effects and zone starts. ranked second among all NHL players from 2007-08 until his retirement from the NHL last summer, as well as Brian Rafalski (fifth), Tomas Holmstrom (10th), Mikael Samuelsson (14th) and Nicklas Lidstrom (19th). (Fifteenth-ranked Johan Franzen is also technically on the Red Wings’ long-term injured reserve list, but is unlikely to ever play again.) In the wake of that mass exodus, Detroit has fallen to an unheard-of 25th in the NHL in Corsi, according to PuckOn.net’s calculations. Only three players who have regularly skated for the Red Wings this season — forwards Anthony Mantha and Tomas Tatar, and recently waived defenseman Alexey Marchenko — have been on the ice for a Corsi greater than 50 percent (i.e., on the ice while Detroit possessed the puck more than the opponent). Even Henrik Zetterberg, normally one of the best possession-drivers in the game, has a mere 49.9 percent mark this season, with his relative Corsi, which measures how much he influences play relative to his teammates, dropping 12 percent from what it was during his best seasons.Detroit’s decline isn’t just about a drop-off in possession rate. The Red Wings have bled talent up and down the ice for years, going back to their post-lockout high-water mark of 124 standings points in 2005-06. Here’s how their roster changed each season since then, according to incoming and outgoing goals versus threshold (GVT), a metric that estimates each player’s value over a hypothetical replacement player in terms of goals added per 82 games: Abbreviated seasons prorated to 82 games.Source: hockeyabstract.com, Hockey-Reference.com NET GVT ADDED VIA… 2016140.6+22.9-45.5-8.7109.3 2011135.4+8.5+5.3-3.8145.4 Net change in goals versus threshold (GVT) for Detroit Red Wings read more

Nicklaus Woods Mickelson headline Skins Game field

Festivities at this year’s Memorial Tournament will start off with a bang this afternoon as tournament host Jack Nicklaus and nine of the world’s best golfers hit the links in the Memorial Skins Game.Playing the back nine holes at Muirfield Village Golf Club, the skins game will feature two star-studded groupings. The groups will play for skins, different money amounts on each hole, both for themselves and The First Tee, a charity giving youngster’s the opportunity to learn about and play golf. The first group will feature Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Sean O’Hair, Ernie Els and three-time Memorial champion Kenny Perry. Last year’s Memorial winner Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Steve Stricker, Zach Johnson and Jim Furyk will be teeing it up in the second group. Paired with the Memorial’s Junior Golf Day, the skins game promotes a fun atmosphere for both players and fans, which includes players being miked and recorded for fan enjoyment. “It’s just fun. There is a lot of bantering going on back there, a lot of needle-sticking in there, and a lot of aggravating,” Perry said. “Basically it’s for the crowd. They’re going to do it live on the Golf Channel so it is kind of the time where people can see another side of us.”At the age of 70, however, Nicklaus says it’s not quite as easy as it used to be for the five-time PGA Player of the Year. “Why I’m playing, I don’t know,” said Nicklaus, the 18-time major champion. “I tried to get it so I could play on the front nine. I can reach some of the par 4s there.” But the guys who get to play next to him don’t care how many shots it takes him to hit the green. They are just thrilled to have the chance to play with one of the sport’s all-time greats.“It’s always great to play with one of my heroes and it’s always fun to be around him,” Perry said. “Anytime we can get him out on the golf course and you can be a part of it and watch it, it’s always a neat feeling.” But even Nicklaus’ son, Jack Nicklaus II, said you can never doubt the Golden Bear.“We played on the weekend and he still plays pretty well, believe me,” Nicklaus II said. “Don’t count him out.” With golf superstars of the past, present and future all going head-to-head, Nicklaus assures it will be a good time. read more