PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Irrepressible India captain Virat Kohli stroked his second successive hundred and 43rd of his career to spearhead a remarkable run chase and send West Indies tumbling to a six-wicket defeat under Duckworth-Lewis-Stern in the final One-Day International here yesterday.Set a daunting 255 for victory off just 35 overs after rain had caused an earlier three-hour break during West Indies’ innings, India effortlessly chased down the target with 15 balls to spare, to take the series 2-0 and condemn the hosts to their 13th defeat in 22 ODIs this year.Further, West Indies have now won only four of their last 21 ODIs against India, and their latest defeat keeps them winless on the current tour after suffering a 3-0 whitewash in the preceding Twenty20 series.Kohli lay the centre of India’s brilliance, carving out a quite superb unbeaten 114 off 99 deliveries to follow up his 120 in last Sunday’s second ODI also at Queen’s Park Oval, and clinch the Man-of-the-Match and Man-of-the-Series awards.Dropped on 11, in the sixth over by wicketkeeper Shai Hope off seamer Keemo Paul, Kohli made West Indies pay for the error, hitting 14 fours – the last of which was a clip to fine leg off seamer Carlos Brathwaite which took his side over the line.Indian skipper posts his 43rd ODI hundred, (Getty)Shreyas Iyer struck 65 off 41 balls while opener Shikhar Dhawan gathered a run-a-ball 36 as India expertly controlled a run chase which could have proved tricky.Veteran opener Chris Gayle had earlier blasted 72 from 41 deliveries as West Indies raced to a competitive 240 for seven off their allotted 35 overs.His opening partner, Evin Lewis, struck 43, Nicholas Pooran chipped in with a quick-fire 30 while Shimron Hetmyer (25) and Shai Hope (24) both got starts.Gayle, in possibly his last ODI, handed West Indies a sensational start as he blasted eight fours and five sixes, dominating a 115-run opening stand off a mere 65 deliveries with fellow left-hander Lewis.West Indies had ambled to 13 without loss after four overs after opting to bat first, but Gayle then raised the tempo considerably, racing to his half-century off 30 balls with the first of two consecutive sixes off left-arm seamer Khaleel Ahmed (3-68) in the 10th over which leaked 17 runs.Lewis also looked in good nick, punching five fours and three sixes as he too got stuck into India’s attack.With West Indies on top, both openers fell in quick succession when Lewis miscued a slog at leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and was caught in the deep in the 11th over and Gayle belted Khaleel Ahmed straight to mid-off six balls later in the following over.The rains arrived at the end of the 22nd over with West Indies on 158 and when play resumed three hours later, they had only 13 overs left in their innings.Hetmyer and Hope, both of whom had struggled before the break, pushed their third-wicket stand to 50 before also departing in successive overs with the score on 171 in the 26th over, but Pooran lashed a four and three sixes in a cameo 16-ball knock to fire West Indies past 200.He put on 40 with captain Jason Holder (14) before picking out Manish Pandey at long on with seamer Mohammed Shami (2-50) in the 31st over.Facing a required run rate of just under 7½ runs per over, India suffered a major early blow when they lost Rohit Sharma in the third over for 10 with the score on 25, run-out at the non-striker’s end after failing to regain his ground in a mix-up over a single.However, Kohli’s arrival changed the complexion of the game as he added a crucial 66 for the second wicket to transfer pressure back on the Windies.Dhawan had struck five fours when he was deceived by left-arm spinner Fabian Allen (2-40) and holed out to mid-off in the 13th over and Rishabh Pant (0) lasted two balls before falling in the same over, also failing to clear Paul at mid-off.Tottering on 92 for three, India were in need of something special and got it through Kohli and Iyer who put on 120 for the fourth wicket to take the game away from West Indies.Kohli was dominant from the start, reaching his half-century in the 18th over off 48 deliveries before marching to three figures off 93 balls in the 31st.The 24-year-old Iyer, in his ninth ODI, lashed three fours and five sixes and by the time he chipped seamer Kemar Roach to Holder at long off in the 29th over, victory was all but assured. WEST INDIES innings Gayle c Kohli b Ahmed 72 Lewis c Dhawan b Chahal 43 Hope b Jadeja 24 Hetmyer b Shami 25 Pooran c Pandey b Shami 30 Brathwaite c wkp. Pant b Ahmed 16 Holder c Kohli b Ahmed 14 Allen not out 6 Paul not out 0Extras: (b-1, lb-2, nb-1, w-6) 10Total: (7 wkts, 35 overs) 240Fall of wickets: 1-115, 2-121, 3-171, 4-171, 5-211, 6-221, 7-236.Bowling: Kumar 5-1-48-0 (w-3), Mohammed Shami 7-1-50-2 (w-1, nb-1), Khaleel Ahmed 7-0-68-3, Chahal 7-0-32-1 (w-1), Jadhav 4-0-13-0, Jadeja 5-0-26-1 (w-1).INDIA innings (target: 255 off 35 overs) Sharma run-out 10 Dhawan c Paul b Allen 36 Kohli not out 114 Pant c Paul b Allen 0 Iyer c Holder b Roach 65 Jadhav not out 19Extras: (lb-4, w-8) 12Total: (4 wkts, 32.3 overs) 256Fall of wickets: 1-25, 2-91, 3-92, 4-212.Bowling: Roach 7-0-53-1 (w-1), Holder 4-0-39-0, Paul 5-0-39-0 (w-4), Allen 6-0-40-2, Chase 7-0-43-0, Brathwaite 3.3-0-38-0 (w-2)Result: India won by six wickets (DLS).Series: India won three-match series 2-0.Man-of-the-Match: Virat KohliMan-of-the-Series: Virat Kohli.
By Chris Rotolo |OCEANPORT – A school shooting in Florida followed by an emotional Board of Education meeting have brought school safety concerns to the conversational forefront in Oceanport, and Councilman Steve Solan wants to take action.“I have two kids in our schools. One in Wolf Hill Elementary and the other in the Maple Place School. So anything that can be done to increase school safety I am all for looking into it,” Solan said.The tragic gun violence event that claimed 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last month continues to resonate in the borough, after overwhelming public opposition led the Board of Education to remove the former Commvault building – located a 2 Crescent Place – from consideration for the site of a new $30 million school complex.Rather than pursuing a more modern facility that meets modern security standards – like the one located on Crescent Place – Oceanport and Sea Bright students will remain in “unfit buildings for at least another two to three years,” according to School Board President Michelle McMulllin, who addressed the capacity crowd that gathered at the Feb. 21 board meeting.A presentation delivered on Jan. 24 – when the ex-Commvault facility was selected as the best of three proposed options – revealed that Oceanport’s current schools lacked intruder-protective entrances approved by the Department of Homeland Security, a safety concern that has Solan investigating new ways to address the matter.One option Solan says he will pursue is to have armed police officers stationed inside the borough’s schools, as the councilman hopes to take advantage of a bill signed in 2016 by former Gov. Chris Christie allowing armed, retired cops to provide security in our schools.“I think this is a very reasonable way to approach the issue,” Solan said. “The resources at a state level are there and I’m going to be scheduling a meeting very soon with our superintendent, Tom Farrell, to discuss it further.” Solan said. “I don’t think there’s any reason why we shouldn’t be looking to take advantage of that situation.”Along with Farrell, Solan will be inviting the borough’s Emergency Management Coordinator, Mauro “Buzz” Baldanza, as well as Oceanport Chief of Police Michael P. Kelly, who issued a statement to residents on March 2 addressing the safety of local schools, and his department’s response and tactical training.“The well-being of your children, who you entrust to our care, is our most important responsibility,” Kelly said. “The Oceanport Police Department is trained, prepared and ready to respond to any incident in a quick and decisive manner. Officers are all trained in Active Shooter Response and mitigation. We are continuously training with surrounding jurisdictions and we re-evaluate our tactics and response to any situation that may occur in our schools.”Kelly went on describe his officers’ daily regimen of school patrols, stating that officers are on-site at both Wolf Hill Elementary and the Maple Place School each day during the arrival and dismissal of students, and complete mandatory “hallway walks” multiple times a day. There are also three D.A.R.E. officers who are present in the schools while teaching their drug-awareness curriculum.Though Kelly has assured police presence at Oceanport’s local schools, Solan remains adamant that having a full-time Class III officer on-site should be a standard operating procedure, and is placing the burden on him and his peers on Borough Council and the Board of Education to develop a plan to fund the positions.“The biggest thing is figuring out how to pay for such an officer, but the good thing is there are no benefits involved because these are retired officers. It’s really just an hourly position. So whether it’s all paid for by the Board of Education, or it’s a shared cost with the police department, it’s something that needs to be discussed.”Solan hopes that with the discussion about school safety continuing, so will talks about how to upgrade the facilities at Wolf Hill and Maple Place.“I’ve done several walk-throughs, as has Chief Kelly, and there are safety upgrades that can be made immediately. Will they cost money? Absolutely. But I don’t think they will break the bank. These are necessities that need to find their way into the budget,” said Solan.“I know the school board has had its hands full talking about this school project. But other facets of our schools should not be lacking because of a lack of attention. I’m not saying that’s what happened, but sometimes things fall through the cracks and unfortunately it takes a tragic event to bring things back to light, when they should have been at the forefront the entire time.”This article was first published in the March 8-15, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
The Nelson Selects U14 Boys team travelled to the Lower Mainland on the Thanksgiving weekend to compete in the Richmond FC Thanksgiving Tournament where the Heritage City squad came away with the gold medal.“We wanted the boys to have a chance to continue playing into the fall, rather than wrapping up our season after the Sandpoint tournament at the beginning of September, said coach Kerry Dyck. “I’m not aware of any other team from Nelson having attended this tournament. We didn’t have any idea about the teams we would face, and what to expect.” The Selects managed to sweep the round robin draw to reach the final without allowing a single goal. “We beat a Vancouver team 3-0, a Richmond team 1-0 and a Coquitlam team 4-0 in the group stage,” explained coach Lyle Hill. “Needless to say, we were very pleased with the boys play winning every game, and not conceding a goal in the process.” Goal scorers were Blake Markin-Hellekson, Thomas Baxter, Keanu Tromans, Owen Box, Ezra Foy Bradey Sookero and Josh Yasek. Sookero played two games in goal and Markin-Hellekson one, for the shut outs. In the final, the Nelson squad faced a Vancouver team, and ended in a scoreless tie after regulation and needing shoot outs to decide the final placings.For the second tournament in a row, though, the boys came through in the shoot out, winning 5-4 after six shooters. Netting for Nelson were Yasek, Foy, Jesse Thurston, Grayson Hill and Luka Eyre. “I was especially pleased with the style of play our boys employed throughout the weekend. We really played good possession soccer, rather than kick and run, which is what we, along with Brett Adams, our Whitecaps Technical Director, have been working on all along,” said Dyck. “It was a fantastic end to a great season for the boys!”
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/ field (long jump)Sunang, Marestella – field (long jump)Atienza, Narcisa – track (heptathlon)Buenaventura, Riezel – track (4 x 100 meter relay / 4 x 400 meter relay)Villarito, Rosie – field (pole vault)Sumalpong, Reah Joy Pitogo – field (javelin throw)Tabal, Mary Joy Reyes – field (discuss throw)Nelson, Zion Rose – track (100 meters / 200 meters / 400 meters / 4 x 100 meter relay / 4 x 400 meter relay) K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Abiera, Ruth Desiree – Duet technical routinePacheco, Aaliyah Isabel – Solo free routineSalvador, Allyssa Marey – Duet technical routine / Duet free routineTiambeng, Jemimah Nissi – Solo technical routine / Duet free routine Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Men’s TeamAbdilla, AlnakranDela Cruz, Asia GenuelCastel, BonjomarBagunas, Bryan BerroyaCabaron, Alden Dave GabunadaDolor, Gregorio BudolloRamos, Herschel RonaldKalinging, JackDe Guzman, John VicAlfafara, Mark GilFuentes, ReysonTaneo, Relan LaranangWomen’s TeamMarano, AbigailPontillas, AizaSantiago, Alyja DaphneValdez, AlyssaLazaro, Dennise MichelleMolina, Frances XiniaCasugod, GeneveveGonzaga, JovelynFajardo, KimOrtiz, Maika AngelaReyes, Mika AereenDimaculangan, Rhea Katrina LATEST STORIES Men’sAlcazaren, Anton Jose – singles / doubles / trios / team five / masters / mixed doublesChuna, Kenneth – singles / doubles / trios / team five / masters / mixed doublesCu, Kevin oliver – singles / doubles / trios / team five / masters / mixed doublesJumapao, Jo-Mar Roland – singles / doubles / trios / team five / masters / mixed doublesMacatula, John Paule – singles / doubles / trios / team five / mastersTan, Mervin Matheiu – singles / doubles / trios / team five / masters / mixed doublesWomen’sArles, Maria Lourdes – singles / doubles / trios / team five / masters / mixed doublesCoronacion, Dyan Arcel – singles / doubles / trios / team five / mastersDel Rosario, Maria Liza – singles / doubles / trios / team five / masters / mixed doublesPosadas, Marian Lara – singles / doubles / trios / team five / masters / mixed doublesSy, Marie Alexis – singles / doubles / trios / team five / mastersTabora, Krizziah Lyn – singles / doubles / trios / team five / masters / mixed doubles Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Men’sSyquia, Colin John Collins – show jumping individual / show jumping teamWomen’sChiara, Sophia Amor – show jumping individual / show jumping teamArroyo, Joker – show jumping individual / show jumping teamAyala, Maria Angelica – dressage individualLeviste, Marie Antonette – show jumping individual / show jumping team Courtney, MesGray, Courtney MelisaaLukang, Erica Kristy Men’sDeiparine, James – 100-meter Breaststroke / 50-meter BreaststrokeLacuna, Jessie Khing – 200-meter Freestyle / 400-meter FreestyleWomen’sAlkhaldi, Jasmine – 100-meter freestyle / 200-meter freestyle / 100-meter butterfly / 4 x 100 meter freestyle relay / 4 x 200 meter freestyle relay / 50-meter freestyle / 50-meter butterflyOliva, Nicole Justine Marie – 100-meter freestyle / 200-meter freestyle / 400-meter freestyle / 800-meter freestyle / 100-meter backstroke / 200-meter backstroke / 4 x 100 meter freestyle relay / 4 x 200 meter freestyle Relay / 4 x 100 meter medley relay / 50-meter backstrokeSanta Ana, Rosalee Mira – 400-meter freestyle / 800-meter freestyle / 200-meter butterfly / 4 x 200 meter freestyle relayPamintuan, Nicole Meah – 200-meter individual medley / 50-meter backstrokeYu, Roxanne Ashley – 100-meter backstroke / 200-meter backstrokeLipat, Maria Aresa – 100-meter freestyle / 50-meter freestyle SEA Games 7: Players to watch out for in basketball Men’sMartinez, Michael Christian – individual (figure)Alpe, Jules Vince – individual (figure)Women’sPerticheto, Alisson Krystle – individual (figure)Magno, Kathryn – speed (500 meters / 1,000 meters) Paalam, Carlo – 49 kilogramsSuarez, Charly – 64 kilogramsMarcial, Eumir Felix – 75 kilogramsBautista, Ian Clark – 52 kilogramsFernandez, Mario – 56 kilogramsTupas, Marvin John Nobel – 81 kilograms View comments Men’s TeamLapas, ChristianGadia, Daniel BernanLimbo, Dimitri LionelDe Bruycker, Dylan Alain LucienneCheng, Jaime VicenzoJarvis, Jordan BlairGayoso, Javier AugustineRocha, Jeremiah Raphael,Clarino, Julian MarianoBautista, Junell MarkBelgira, Kou IchiVillanueva, Nathaniel AceBalabat, NimrodJoyel, Ray JosephDe La Torre, Rey Franco MiguelCubon, ReymartCorsame, Roberto Jr.Talaroc, Richard Jr.Calvo, ValentinoKoizumi, YoshiharuWomen’s TeamBernal, Mea DemataoCastañeda, Anicka Chabeli ArrietaCastañeda, Sara Isobel ArrietaCollatos, Maeva Bella AbaoDel Campo, Alisha Claire MendozaDimaandal, Kyrhen Angela BretañaDolino, Alesa NazarenoImpelido, Patrice Mae San PedroInquig, Kayla Jan AragonesLong, Hali Moriah CandidoMadarang, Eva SilvaMahoney, Isabela Francesca MedallonMetillo, RegineNavaja, Irish OliverosPalacios, Inna Kristianne BezaRodriguez, Kathleen Camille MuldongRuetas, Faith SeanShugg, Jesse 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Brazilian forward Neyma. AFP PHOTO/ JAVIER SORIANO / AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANONeymar labelled Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu a “joke” as the war of wards between Barcelona’s beleaguered board and the Brazilian star continued on Tuesday.In interviews with Catalan newspapers Mundo Deportivo and Sport, Bartomeu claimed Barca would be better off without Neymar this season following his world record 222 million euro ($263.7 million) move to Paris Saint-Germain.ADVERTISEMENT With Bartomeu’s handling of Barca’s haphazard transfer policy being heavily criticised, he described the loss of Neymar as an “opportunity” for Barca to rebuild their midfield rather than pile resources into a superstar front three of Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.“The trident was very good but it had its consequences,” Bartomeu told Sport.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It is an opportunity to return to the collective football in the middle of the field, which traditionally was Barca’s strength.“It is an opportunity, with a new coach, a new project. We need to stop being pessimistic!” Williams edges Kvitova for 1st US Open semifinal since 2010 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bartomeu also criticised Neymar and his father and agent Neymar Sr’s exit strategy.“This president is a joke,” Neymar replied in a comment about the news on social media site Instagram.A vote of no confidence motion has been launched by former Barca presidential candidate Agusti Benedito that could oust Bartomeu if it receives enough support from the club’s members in the coming weeks.Neymar’s departure sparked a shopping spree from Barca, who landed 20-year-old French winger Ousmane Dembele for an initial 105 million euro fee from Borussia Dortmund and Paulinho for 40 million from Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande.However, Barca missed out on a host of other targets, including Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, blaming the rampant inflation in the transfer market caused by PSG and Abu Dhabi-backed Manchester City.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:34Robredo calls for scrapping of ‘Oplan Tokhang’01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ La Liga has asked UEFA to investigate both PSG and City for breaches of financial fair play rules.“Qatar and Abu Dhabi are two countries that have two clubs,” added Bartomeu.“If Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Real Madrid or Arsenal buy a player from you, you know (the money) comes from football.“But these two clubs distort the market.”Bartomeu also insisted a four-year contract extension for Lionel Messi has been signed by the player’s agent and father, Jorge Horacio Messi.Barca announced an agreement with the five-time World Player of the Year in July, but Messi himself is yet to put pen to paper amid rumours he is unhappy with the running of the club.Messi’s current deal expires in 2018 meaning he could leave Barca for free next summer.“It is all agreed and signed,” Bartomeu added.“There are three contracts: one with Messi’s foundation, that is signed by the president of the foundation and the player’s brother; a contract with Leo Messi’s image rights, that his father and administrator of his company have signed; and the work contract that Leo’s father has signed.” WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension
Hardik Pandya will soon fly out out to New Zealand to join the Indian team for the ongoing ODIs and the T20I series. Pandya and KL Rahul were suspended for their sexist remarks on Koffee with Karan and sent back home from Australia. However, the suspension has been lifted pending the appointment of an ombudsman.”Following the CoA’s decision to lift the bans on Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, the Senior selection commitee has decided to include Hardik Pandya in the squad for the series against New Zealand. KL Rahul will meanwhile join the India A squad that is playing 5 one-day games against England Lions in Thiruvananthapuram,” BCCI said in the media release.”Hardik Pandya will be sent to New Zealand to join the team at the earliest and KL Rahul will join the India A squad to play the last 3 one-day games against England Lions,” the media release further said.On January 6, Pandya and Rahul had boasted about their night outs and their statements on the TV show had left the Indian cricket community in shock. Pandya issued an apology the next day but the damage had already been done.Show caused by the BCCI’s Committee of Administrators, Pandya even said sorry to his teammates. But BCCI wasn’t having any of it and Pandya and Rahul were asked to return home before the first ODI between India and Australia in Sydney.Opinions were divided on the kind of punishment meted out to Pandya and Rahul. While some thought some disciplining was necessary, others felt BCCI was being too harsh.advertisementIndia off-spinner Harbhajan Singh slammed Pandya and Rahul and told India Today he would not want to travel on the same team bus with those two.Pandya has not played for India since an injury he picked up in the Asia Cup last year. He joined the team during the Test series in Australia and was expected to play in the ODIs before the Koffee with Karan controversy erupted. KL Rahul was dropped from the team after repeated failures in the Test series and was replaced by Mayank Agarwal who made an immediate impression with back-to-back fifties.Pandya will join Team India in New Zealand. On Wednesday, India had defeated the Black Caps by 8 wickets and it now remains to be seen when Pandya finally gets a game if he does travel.Meanwhile, KL Rahul could play for India A against England Lions and might even feature in the Ranji Trophy final if Karnataka go past Saurashtra in the semifinals.Also Read | How Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul got into trouble for Koffee with Karan: A timelineAlso Read | Sourav Ganguly on Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul: They made a mistake because they are humanAlso Read | Is this new campaign why Gillette snapped its ties with Hardik Pandya?
Australiaâ€™s best Touch Footballers will converge on the beautiful Coffs Coast region next week to compete in the 2016 Touch Football Australia National Touch League (NTL).The event at C.ex Coffs International Stadium will feature 118 teams spanning the breadth of the country across 15 divisions, all striving for national championships honours; commencing on Wednesday, 9 March through to finals day on Saturday, 12 March. The Elite Eight Series, which was first played in 2011 and which is now in its fifth installment, will feature the best-of-the-best Menâ€™s and Womenâ€™s players in Australia. 2,000 participants will participate, with divisions ranging from T League through to Menâ€™s 55â€™s, with teams from every state and territory in Australia participating in the event.The NSW Government, through Destination NSW, is proud to partner with Touch Football Australia to secure major Touch Football events in NSW. This event is part of the NSW Governmentâ€™s support for Touch Football, including the 2016-2018 NTL events. Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news, information and results from the 2016 National Touch League:Website â€“ www.touchfootball.com.au and www.ntl.mytouchfooty.comFacebook â€“ www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter â€“ www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (#NTL2016)Instagram â€“ www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (#NTL2016)YouTube â€“ www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool legend Carragher adamant they can win leagueby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Jamie Carragher is convinced his old club can win the Premier League title this season.Carragher told Sky Sports that they are now looking like champions in the making.”City, in the last 18 months, have just gone away from everyone,” he said. “There was no real challenge last season. It felt like the season was over at this stage last season.”The fact Liverpool are with them now it maybe asks questions of this Man City side that we haven’t seen before.”I’m sure they’ll answer them, I’m not questioning them in that way, but I think it’s nice we have someone chasing this City side.”This City side is a special side, and I think over the next four or five years we will be speaking about a special team in this Premier League era. But could a side win the league three or four years on the bounce?”The great Manchester United sides found that difficult. There’s always someone who wins the league out of nowhere. Could this be the season when someone else actually wins it, and could it be Liverpool.”Liverpool can win the league.”
TORONTO — A Gillette advertisement depicting sexism in boardrooms, backyards and on street corners is the latest in a wave of socially conscious promotions to crop up in the wake of the Me Too era, and a message that is likely to find a receptive audience in Canada — particularly among women.The U.S.-based shaving company’s “the best men can be” advertisement was released earlier this week and features scenes meant to make consumers rethink the idea of associating masculinity with being tough or misreading women, but has been criticized for insulting men and co-opting a social message to sell razors.The ad places Gillette among handfuls of other companies who have turned to socially-conscious advertising — a growing phenomenon abroad and in Canada, said Sarah Kaplan, director of the University of Toronto’s Institute for Gender and the Economy.“We are seeing it more and more,” she said, pointing out household cleaning product ads that have been increasingly featuring men and a Bud Light beer promotion starring celebrities Seth Rogen and Amy Schumer complaining about gender-based product pricing.“Advertisers have already been moving in the direction of breaking down these stereotypes and gender norms and many have taken on subtle forms, but Gillette is being much more explicit about what they are trying to accomplish and I think there will be more movement in this direction.”Long before Gillette’s ad was unveiled, technology company Nest Labs had already clued into the phenomenon with an ad it ran on Oscars night in 2018, where a dad uses the brand’s camera to remind a boy heading out to prom about respecting his date. On the same night, Twitter Inc. shared a black-and-white, spoken word ad meant to encourage women to “make their voices heard.”Then there was the September Nike ad starring NFL star Colin Kaepernick, who encouraged customers to “believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.”Such socially-conscious advertisements, Kaplan said, can be attractive for brands because they allow companies to look like they are trying to do some good while also marketing products and targeting a new consumer base.She suspects Gillette’s ad had its sights set on millennial men, who have yet to pick a razor brand they will likely stick with for life, but also, women, who frequently purchase those razors for the men in their lives or for themselves after noticing women’s versions of the same product are often more expensive.Research suggests women in Canada tend to be particularly receptive to such advertising.A 2018 survey found that women are more likely to think positively about “issues-based” messaging in advertising.The poll of 1,581 Canadians from industry regulatory group Ad Standards Canada and research organization The Gandalf Group found that 67 per cent of respondents said they would feel more positively about a brand if its advertising included a public statement about curbing sexual harassment, while only 31 per cent of respondents said they would feel more positively about a brand if it included the Me Too hashtag in online advertising and social media.Overall, the study found most Canadians are more supportive of companies when they discuss specific steps they are taking around a social responsibility, instead of making public statements in support of a cause.Brent Barr, a branding instructor at Ryerson University, wasn’t surprised by the study’s findings or the push companies like Gillette are making into social responsibility, which he anticipates will only grow.Brands dabbling with social responsibility know that trumpeting causes can cause the public to warm to their brand or even reverse negative feelings they might have had towards it, he said.They also know that they can capture the key millennial demographic with such advertising because social responsibility campaigns tend to make the rounds on social media, he said.However, along with those benefits comes with demands from the public that companies like Gillette have to meet.“The typical younger consumer today wants you to stand up for an issue, but they become a bit jaded when people say things, but don’t do things,” he said. “It is not just about getting a tweet out, it is about what the company is doing in support of it and making sure they are invested in the issue.”Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press
Ohio State redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga corrals a rebound during the first half of the Buckeyes’ game against Quinnipiac on Nov. 15. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorOhio State should not have had a problem securing rebounds during Sunday afternoon’s 85-76 win against Washington. The Huskies were outrebounded by Idaho State 46-27 in their season-opening loss, then lost the rebounding battle to BYU 43-39 in a 80-72 win. They did not play anyone taller than 6-foot-1 against the Buckeyes, while Ohio State started 6-foot-3 forward Stephanie Mavunga and played forwards Alexa Hart (6-foot-3) and Makayla Waterman (6-foot-2).Yet, Washington (1-2) pulled down 46 rebounds, with 17 coming on the offensive glass, and No. 9 Ohio State (4-1) controlled 40 boards.“I think it’s two-fold,” Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff said after the game. “It’s discipline because you can really want it, but if you’re not hitting your person and running by and going and getting the ball, then that’s a problem. So it’s discipline, and then it’s want-to. We lacked in both areas today.”In the first half, the discrepancy was even more apparent as Washington held a 28-17 advantage on the glass. The visiting team had 12 offensive rebounds by halftime, which nearly equalled Ohio State’s 14 defensive rebounds.Ohio State senior forward Alexa Hart takes a shot during the Buckeyes’ game against Washington on Nov. 19. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor“We were terrible on the boards. I still feel like, even in the second half,” Mavunga said. “And it’s kind of bad because we’ve been really working on that, he’s been really emphasizing boxing out, hitting your person, going to get the rebound.”The struggles to secure boards against Washington did not come as a complete shock. The Buckeyes outrebounded Idaho 59-35, but Louisville outrebounded Ohio State 47-29. And though McGuff’s team held a 55-41 rebound advantage against Quinnipiac, the Bobcats had just one less first-half rebound than the Buckeyes.But the recent rebounding struggles come in stark contrast to how Ohio State opened the season. In the Buckeyes first game of the season, a 85-64 victory against Stanford, they dominated the glass. Mavunga set a school record with 26 rebounds and her team held a commanding 64-41 rebounding edge. It seemed rebounding could be an area of strength for Ohio State after it had multiple seasons of meager totals.“Did we get worse at rebounding or did we not try hard enough today?,” McGuff asked. “I think we probably know the answer to that.”Ohio State plays a starting lineup that features just one post player in Mavunga. Though Mavunga has four double-doubles in five games and became the third player to average a double-double in program history last season, she doesn’t receive much help from fellow tall forwards. The Buckeyes start a four-guard lineup featuring Kelsey Mitchell, Sierra Calhoun, Asia Doss and Linnae Harper, and play the group for much of the game. Of the four, only Calhoun stands taller than 5-foot-8, and she rarely enters the post due to her shooting ability.Instead, Harper, who is listed at 5-foot-8, acts as a quasi-forward at times, crashing the glass. The scrappy guard picked up nine rebounds against the Huskies. She corralled 18 rebounds against Idaho, 10 against Quinnipiac, 11 against Stanford and seven versus Louisville. McGuff understands the negatives posed by playing a four-guard lineup, but said he likes the ability to play different lineups and not feel like the team is lacking rebounding despite not playing a lineup featuring taller players.“The thing that I like about it is she can rebound around the basket, where she gets in kind of wrestling matches with people,” McGuff said. “She can also come from the perimeter and rebound. She gives us a lot of versatility and with her rebounding, it allows us to play in a lot of different ways.”Mavunga said continued rebounding struggles would keep the Buckeyes from reaching their desired success, but believes the problem will be quashed with further practice.“I think that we’re going to be really holding ourselves accountable and holding our teammates accountable, especially starting this week in practice,” Mavunga said. “We’ve already fessed up and we’ve already realized the problem.”Ohio State’s ability to beat top-level teams depends on progress in overcoming its rebound struggles. And given the steps back since the beginning of the season, the progress has already begun, but it has been in the wrong direction.