Cincinnati has Big East title in reach

first_imgCincinnati (7-1, 3-0) has the only perfect conference record in the Big East and can essentially put away another top threat on Saturday when it hosts West Virginia at Paul Brown Stadium.The Bearcats have beaten Louisville, South Florida and Pittsburgh in the last three weeks, rallying from behind in the second half of each game. They overcame a nine-point deficit to beat Louisville at Paul Brown, and 10-point deficits at South Florida and at Pittsburgh.They’ve been living on the edge without falling off, leaving them on the verge of a third Big East title in four years.Their defense held on Saturday night in Pittsburgh for a 26-23 win that put them in control of the conference. Louisville is alone in second place with a 3-1 conference mark and 5-4 overall. Rutgers is third at 3-2 and 6-3 overall.“Right now, anything can happen,” Pittsburgh’s Todd Graham said on Monday. “Other than Cincinnati, everybody else is right there.” DEFENSIVE STANDOUT—Pitt’s Aaron Donald (97) rushes against Alex Hoffman of Cincinnati, Donald a sophomore from Penn Hills leads the Panthers defense with seven sacks. (Courier Photo/William McBride) CINCINNATI (AP)—No. 23 Cincinnati is one victory away from taking control of the Big East race.Of all the surprises in the conference this season—teams trying to desert, lawsuits flying back and forth—it’s one of the bigger ones.last_img read more

The real reasons for Dembélé’s injuries

first_imgThe high price they paid could be one of the first triggers for stress, which should be taken into account a blow during one of his last training with Borussia Dortmund. Not speaking clearly about the incident that caused him to force his departure has been able to weigh him in the long run. In any case, the truth is that in the German club he was never injured, although Thomas Tuchel I was on top of him all day. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of March 3, 2020 03/14/2019Tearing of the biceps femoris of the left thigh (26 days). 01/15/2018Semitendinous muscle injury of the left thigh (26 days). In Barcelona he lives with Moustapha Diatta (his best friend) and his uncle. From Borussia Dortmund they say that they have “fantasized” about his lifestyle, although in his first year in Barcelona he was not the most suitable. Now, so you are not so alone, Moussa Sissoko (your representative residing in London), has stayed very often in Barcelona, ​​giving greater attention to the player.Injuries and days off of Dembélé in Barcelona 05/05/2019Tendon rupture in the right thigh (42 days). Ousmane Dembélé saw his season end at the beginning of February with a new injury. The Barcelona he will not be able to count on him in six months and his aspirations to participate in the 2020 Euro Cup with France They have vanished. The extreme has been constantly in the spotlight of fans for their ease of injury, always blamed on their lifestyle (junk food, sleep, etc). But the truth is that, just as the player had no problems in recognizing that his habits were not the most appropriate, during this campaign he has been trying to correct them. Moreover, what attracts attention in the Barcelona is that until he was signed for 145 million, the player had never been injured. L’Equipe He explained in detail what it was like and what Dembélé’s life is like and what motives have led him to go through such an ordeal with injuries. 09/27/2019Discomfort in the left thigh (3 days). 08/19/2019Tendon rupture in the left thigh (34 days).center_img 09/17/2017Biceps femoris fracture of the left thigh (106 days off). 02/04/2020Rupture of the tendon of the biceps femoris of the right thigh. 01/21/2019Sprained left ankle (18 days). 11/28/2019Injury to the biceps femoris of the right thigh (68 days). eleven Anthony Audebaud, his full-time chef hired for this campaign, guarantees that Dembélé has already put aside junk food and now has a comprehensive control of his diet: “There is no longer any pre-cooked products or soft drinks, there are only fresh and healthy products. Ousmane is good at playing football and he thought that just that was enough, but he is growing and learning. Today, eat sea bream, sea bass, rooster and many vegetables. It is difficult to see all this work and bad luck with injuries, because they have never looked after him so much. He is a very homely and calm boy, there are never parties at home. I imposed meal times because he asked for it and now everything is written. It’s very professional. “ In this way, Dembélé has changed Coca-Cola for fruit juices, but has also improved his sleep hours (Needless to mention the anecdote of his nap on the airport couch). However, going to bed late (not partying) is a practice that all young players usually do: “All the Z generation players go to bed late. They are not people of tomorrow. Twelve or one o’clock in the morning is early for them and not only happens to Ousmane. If we say that about him, we can also quote Benjamin Mendy, Lucas Hernández, Kylian Mbappé … We cannot ask Dembélé and Lloris to behave in the same way because they do not have the same lifestyle. We are aware of this, only that your muscles have not endured. “The problem is that neither in Rennes nor in Borussia Dortmund had he ever been injured. He played 100% of the possible matches (29 of 29) with the French club and 96% of the possible matches with the German (47 of 49), but none of those two encounters missed them for being injured. In Barcelona, ​​however, he has played 40% of the meetings in his first course (23 of 28, of which 27 due to injuries), 70% in the second (42 of 60, of which 14 for injuries) and in the third 25% of the possible matches (9 of 36 of which, 24 due to injury). At the Aspetar clinic in Doha, where the player has been treated, they asked for the player’s GPS data. Here they found an important fact, and that is that in training, 20% of the time involved in the plays was done to the sprint, while in the games that figure amounted to 90%, which suggests that the requirement in the parties sometimes exceeds him. In that sense, they explain that Dembélé’s explosive profile clashes with the training style of the Barça club regardless of whether he sits on the bench Ernesto Valverde or Quique Setién, which means that if your level of demand arrives when a match approaches, you are more exposed to possible injuries. The French newspaper also collects the words of Michel Troin, assistant of Philippe Montanier in the Monaco, which explains that “there was a rush to make him play”: “There are cultures of clubs that do not match the needs of the players they recruit.” They expose the case of Jong Frenkie, which went the other way. In the Ajax He didn’t have to run that much and since his first week he had to hire a personal trainer to support the workload.On the other hand, they also ensure that although not publicly, a member of the Barça club acknowledged that the responsibility in that chain of injuries was of the Catalan team but that they were not ready to assume it publicly. Even a club executive would have contacted his counterpart in Dortmund to try to understand the reasons for those in Germany I had no muscle problems and in Barcelona I did.The text of the French newspaper ends with more statements by Michel Torin (worked with him at Rennes), in which he blames Barcelona for his current state of health: “Ousmane is not responsible for his situation. He is the victim of an early talent. In Rennes we had enormous pressure on training and matches, only we didn’t kill him. If you see the photos, his bone development was not over, he had to grow. There was a rush to make him play because it is a phenomenon and he is paying for it. It is clear that he played too much. “ Next season, Ousmane Dembélé will have another opportunity to be that explosive extreme for which Barça paid 145 million euros.last_img read more

50-0: Floyd Mayweather stops Conor McGregor in 10th round

first_imgBritain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Before a pro-McGregor crowd that roared every time the UFC star landed a punch, Mayweather methodically broke him down after a slow start to score his first real stoppage in nearly a decade. He did it in what he said would be his final fight, against a fighter who had never been in a professional boxing match.McGregor boxed surprisingly well early. But after landing some shots in the first three rounds, his punches seemed to lose their steam, and Mayweather went on the pursuit. McGregor backpedaled most of the way, stopping only to throw an occasional flurry as Mayweather wore him down.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“I think we gave the fans what they wanted to see,” Mayweather said. “I owed them for the (Manny) Pacquiao fight.”McGregor had vowed to knock Mayweather out within two rounds, and he won the early rounds with movement and punches to the head. But the tide of the fight turned in the fourth round as Mayweather seemed to figure out what he had to do and began aggressively stalking McGregor. Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies “I was a little fatigued,” he said. “He was composed in there, that’s what 50 pro fights can give you.”Mayweather ran his record to 50-0, surpassing Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record and giving himself a great parting gift. He repeated afterward that he was not going to fight again.“This is my last fight for sure. 50-0 sounds good, I’m looking forward to going into the Hall of Fame,” Mayweather said. “I picked the best dance partner to do it with.”Irish fans arrived by the thousands in the days before the fight, filling the arena for the weigh-in and boisterously cheering for their man. They even went off in the middle of the night and spray painted an Irish flag and “49-1” on a billboard on Interstate 15 promoting Mayweather’s businesses.The capacity crowd at the arena cheered McGregor on, but they quieted as the fight progressed and Mayweather showed his dominance.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal MOST READ LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 26: (R-L) Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws a punch at Conor McGregor during their super welterweight boxing match on August 26, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPLAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather Jr. figured out a 50th opponent, letting Conor McGregor have the early rounds before stalking him late and leaving the mixed martial artist defenseless and exhausted on the ropes.Mayweather battered McGregor around the ring in the later rounds, finally stopping him at 1:05 of the 10th round Saturday night with a flurry of punches that forced referee Robert Byrd to stop the fight.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Philippines falls to Vietnam in bronze medal match Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite “I turned him into a Mexican tonight,” McGregor said. “He fought like a Mexican.”In a fight so intriguing that it cost $10,000 for ringside seats, McGregor turned in a respectable performance for someone in his first fight. But Mayweather’s experience and his ring savvy paid off as he executed his game plan to perfection.“Our game plan was to take our time, go to him and take him out in the end,” Mayweather said. “I guaranteed everybody this fight wouldn’t go the distance.”Mayweather was widely criticized for not going after Pacquiao in their megafight, and he didn’t make the same mistake this time. In a fight that could make him $200 million he seemed to stagger McGregor with a series of punches in the ninth round, then came back in the 10th eager to finish it off.McGregor went over and hugged Mayweather. He seemed almost happy in the ring afterward, secure that he had given a good performance even in losing.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titleslast_img read more

UAAP Season 81: Racela says he’ll be ‘surprised’ if Ateneo loses a game in elims

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University coach Olsen Racela believes defending champion Ateneo is a cut above the rest of the competition in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.Racela also sees the formidable Blue Eagles very much capable of sweeping the 14-game elimination round.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Ateneo, led by Thirdy Ravena, Matt Nieto and Angelo Kouame, also turned heads in the preseason after representing the Philippines in the William Jones Cup, where they beat the likes of Chinese Taipei to finish in fourth place, two months ago.As far as his team is concerned, Racela hopes the Tamaraws make a return trip to the Final Four. They were 7-7 in Season 80, just one game ahead of University of the Philippines for the last semifinals slot.“Making the Final Four is going to be tough. I always tell my players, losing one game can make a difference between making it to the Final Four or not,” Racela said.National University coach Jamike Jarin, meanwhile, thinks Ateneo, La Salle, FEU and Adamson are the Final Four favorites while University of the East’s rookie coach Joe Silva echoed Racela’s sentiments.“Ateneo’s the champion for a reason. They have a big target on their back, everybody wants to beat them,” Silva, the former Ateneo Blue Eaglets mentor, said. “I agree with coach Olsen, it’s Ateneo then, everyone else.”ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “Everyone has a fair chance but Ateneo has the best chance,” said Racela during the UAAP Season 81 press conference Monday at Mall of Asia Arena.“With the way they played in the preseason, I think I’ll be surprised if they will lose a game in the eliminations,” Racela added. “Ateneo is there and after Ateneo, I think it’s going to be a fair fight for the other teams.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Last season, Ateneo lost only once to finish the eliminations as the No. 1 seed.The Blue Eagles then, edged the Tamaraws in a Final Four rubber match before topping the Green Archers in a thrilling three-game finals series. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Nadal, Del Potro into US Open last 8, dad-to-be Isner keeps home hopes alive View commentslast_img read more

Guyanese unaware of potential income oil will generate − Ramkarran

first_img—“biggest challenge would be to avoid corruption”ExxonMobil deepwater oil exploration rigRalph RamkarranFormer PPP stalwart Ralph Ramkarran has stated that Guyanese are “blissfully” unaware of the potential income oil production will generate and what it would entail for the country, something which government has given no indication.In his blog, “The Conversation Tree” Ramkarran projected that with increased exploration activities, if anything close to the lower figure of 15 billion barrels is discovered, for most Guyanese the future would be beyond consideration. He indicated that with reserves of only between 800 million and 1.4 billion barrels, poverty would be wiped out in a short time and Guyana’s per capita income of US$3600 would rise quickly.Recently, American company ExxonMobil discovered that the second exploration well in the Stabroek block offshore Guyana has a recoverable resource of between 800 million and 1.4 billion oil-equivalent barrels. The US Geological Surveys has long estimated that Guyana’s offshore reserves are between 15 and 30 billion barrels. Forbes has predicted that production might begin in another five to seven years. More wells are expected to be drilled by ExxonMobil in the future and the amount to oil ii finds is unknown.Ramkarran stated that if Guyana’s production is in the vicinity of 500,000 barrels a day—at a value of about US$80 per barrel—to which the price should eventually rise in five years, it will bring in US$14.6 billion of which Guyana’s take at the usual 40 per cent will be US$5.5 billion a year.“Guyana’s per capita will move to about US$14,000 in the early 2020s. The Guyanese people are blissfully unaware of this potential income and what it would mean. The Government has given no indication,” he said.He stated that while government is studying the experiences of oil countries, proposals should be laid for public scrutiny.He added that the population needs to be educated and engaged on decisions made by government, while downsides such as in neighbouring Venezuela and Trinidad, need to be avoided.One of the biggest challenges, he highlighted, would be to avoid corruption and oil dependency and to resourcefully use the income from oil to ensure that the economy is diversified.“Maybe this is the opportunity for Guyana to finally realise its much-touted potential as the breadbasket of the Caribbean by investing in agriculture,” he said, adding that if Guyana is able to capture even a small portion of the Caribbean food market of US$7 billion a year, it would infinitely enhance the economy.He noted that with the income from oil providing the capital to invest in infrastructure for agricultural development it would be a reality.The existing economyOn the other hand, he stated that the existing industries could be improved, especially investments in sugar, which could return to profitability.He said further that incentives for small- and medium-scale miners, would increase gold and mineral production and Guyana would be able to severely restrict log export and ensure foreign investors engage in value-added production.“Measures to increase productivity in the rice industry could be undertaken by additional funding for research. Infrastructure investments in depressed communities, such as Linden, and numerous villages depending on subsistence agriculture, would create an enabling environment for investment in economic activity. Economic activities would diversify and expand,” he added.Also, education, health and social services would see an enormous improvement in expenditure since additional funds would increase, thereby “providing a more educated and healthy population and a wider safety net for the less fortunate,” he said.Professor Suresh Narine recently stated that Guyana should not forget its other industries when oil production comes on stream. He indicated that when the oil is used up, it is those same industries that Guyana will have to rely on. Thus, he posited that the country should invest in these sectors while educating the population on oil.He said that while the oil find is exciting, if Guyana does not harness its revenues effectively, then development would be stifled and corruption would run rampant.last_img read more

Pork-knocker admits to killing brother

first_imgJust over four years after his sibling’s death, Neville France admitted that he killed his own brother, Richard France, on December 12, 2013 at Falls Top, North West District, Essequibo.The 42-year-old man pleaded guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter when he was arraigned before High Court Judge, Justice Navindra Singh on Monday. His sentencing was, however, deferred to February 5, 2018 after his lawyer, Siand Dhurjon applied for a probation report to be presented to the court.Self-confessed sibling killer, Neville FranceAccording to evidence that was provided by Police, the self-confessed killer and his brother resided in the same house with their father. On the day in question, the brothers were imbibing at a neighbour, when an argument ensued. Later the day, it was reported that Richard France returned home and was sitting on a bench outside when he was confronted by his brother and another argument erupted.Further evidence provided by Police stated that when Richard France attempted to walk away, his brother stabbed him to the left side of his upper back. He then collapsed and died. State Counsel Mandell Moore presented the prosecution’s case.last_img read more

Concern over Maradona after health scare in Argentina thriller

first_img0Shares0000Argentina great Diego Maradona has a history of health problems. © AFP / Giuseppe CACACESAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 27 – Diego Maradona roared and gesticulated through every anguished second of Argentina’s rollercoaster World Cup victory over Nigeria on Tuesday before triggering alarm with a health scare after the final whistle.Lionel Messi may have dominated the on-field action in Saint Petersburg, but from his VIP box in the stands Maradona reigned supreme as the undisputed centre of attention. The 57-year-old football legend started the evening dancing playfully with a female Nigeria fan, saluting and waving to well-wishers applauding him in the moments before kick-off.Throughout Argentina’s nerve-shredding 2-1 victory, which secured the South American giants’ passage into the last 16, the host broadcaster television feed regularly cut to images of Maradona as the tension mounted.When Messi gave Argentina the lead early in the first half, Maradona screamed his delight, crossing his hands across his chest and gazing to the heavens.The 1986 World Cup-winner looked increasingly frazzled as the game wore on, at one stage slumped forward in his seat just before half-time.After Nigeria made it 1-1 from the penalty spot after the break — a scoreline that would have sent Argentina crashing out of the tournament — Maradona grew increasingly distraught.By the 80th minute he sat with his hands covering his face, unable to watch as the seconds ticked towards a footballing calamity for Argentina.Yet when Marcos Rojo swept in a sumptuous volley with four minutes remaining, Maradona exploded with emotion, shouting an obscene insult before raising the middle finger of each hand in the direction of the pitch.– Cocaine addiction –But the jubilation turned to alarm soon after the final whistle when a video emerged on social media of Maradona walking with difficulty and being guided into the dining room of the VIP section by two friends.Other photographs showed two uniformed paramedics attending to him, with one appearing to take his pulse.Argentina media reported that Maradona had suffered a spike in his blood pressure. Argentinian newspaper Ole later reported that Maradona was able to walk and had gone to his hotel.Maradona has had a series of health problems, including cocaine addiction.In 2007 he reportedly came close to death after being admitted to a hospital in Buenos Aires to be treated for hepatitis and substance abuse.As images of him being treated by paramedics went viral late Tuesday, some commentators expressed concern about his health.English former footballer turned broadcaster Stan Collymore said he believed it was time Maradona “took a break from football.”“The guy had serious heart issues years ago, yet FIFA and sponsors keep indulging him and he himself,” Collymore wrote on Twitter, above a widely shared image of Maradona being tended to by paramedics.“Whatever you think of him, anyone deserves decent health,” Collymore added.BBC broadcaster Mark Chapman said Maradona’s plight was “sad.”“Maradona was the greatest footballer of my youth,” Chapman wrote on Twitter.“Now he appears to be the joke cutaway of choice for tv directors. Not that he helps himself but sad.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Manchester United star OUT of West Ham game with ankle problem

first_imgManchester United will be without Wayne Rooney for the visit of West Ham on Saturday.The Red Devils captain was substituted during the 1-1 draw with Leicester last weekend and it has emerged he suffered an ankle injury.United manager Louis van Gaal said on his skipper: “It’s more heavy than we thought and a nasty injury.”Argentine defender Marcos Rojo is also out and could be sidelined for a number of weeks after dislocating his shoulder in training, Van Gaal has revealed.Rojo suffered the injury at the AON Training Complex earlier this week, the United boss told MUTV on Friday. 1 Wayne Rooney last_img read more

It’s the night shift for Katie Couric on rival network

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TV personality Katie Couric made history Wednesday: She announced she’ll end her 15-year stint on NBC’s “Today Show” to take the anchor chair on “The CBS Evening News,” becoming the first woman to go solo on a broadcast network evening news telecast. The announcement, rumored for months, set off a renewed round of debate about whether the affable morning-show host is a good fit for the evening anchor chair. It also set the big three broadcast networks strategizing. NBC reportedly prepared to announce Meredith Vieira, who moonlights as a game-show host, as Couric’s replacement. ABC, working with a depleted bench, must decide whether to defend its No. 2 position in the evening news against Couric’s expected ratings bump or attempt to overthrow “Today” as morning TV’s No. 1 program. Couric made the announcement on Wednesday’s “Today” – the anniversary of her first day as co-host on the program. “After listening to my heart and my gut, two things that have served me pretty well in the past, I’ve decided I’ll be leaving `Today’ at the end of May.” CBS issued its press release announcing Couric’s hiring as “Today” was airing. “Joining CBS is a unique opportunity that came at the right time for me,” Couric said in a statement issued by CBS. “I’m thrilled to become part of the rich tradition of CBS News and look forward to working with the many extraordinarily talented people there.” Warren Olney, host of KCRW-FM’s (89.9) “Which Way L.A.?” and a former TV news anchor, says Couric “absolutely” can succeed in her new job, but acknowledged that not all the strengths she brought to “Today” may translate to an evening news anchor’s chair. “She’s very talented, but she’s obviously a different person from the kind that have anchored in the past,” Olney says. “(CBS has) a decision to make that may well make the show conform to her. With the star system that prevails today, that makes a certain kind of sense. “It seems easier than making someone who has one kind of relationship with viewers assume a different persona. But never underestimate the potential of news executives to make some sort of colossal blunder.” Marc Berman, ratings analyst for Mediaweek, said he believes that blunder might have already been made. “I do not think bringing her in was a very good idea,” he said. “The evening news is older-skewing and more male-driven, about 60-40 male. She may bring in some women and some slightly younger viewers, but not very many. If that’s what they’re thinking, I don’t think this will help. The morning news has a different audience – it’s younger and more female. She fit very well there. This is a different arena.” Currently, “The NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” is the highest-rated network newscast, averaging 9.8 million viewers each evening, a drop of 7 percent from last year. “ABC World News Tonight” averages 8.7 million viewers, down 9 percent. Since Bob Schieffer replaced Dan Rather on “The CBS Evening News,” his presence has brought 740,000 more viewers to the broadcast, though the program remains in third place with 7.7 million viewers. CBS’ newscast, however, draws only 2.4 million viewers age 25-54, the most desirable demographic for advertisers in news shows. Couric is expected to boost those ratings, and Schieffer himself has supported her getting the job. But many are curious whether bringing someone so celebrated for a lively personality that carried her smoothly through “Today’s” fluffier elements will translate on an evening newscast, where gravitas is the order of the day. Tom Brokaw easily made the transition from “Today” to evening-news anchor, but he was not described as “perky” in virtually every story mentioning him. “Having her shoehorned into the traditional anchor slot seems odd, but changing the show to fit her talents is also odd,” said Eric Deggans, media analyst for the St. Petersburg Times. “The stories she reports are often as much about her as they are about the news. If you bring her into this job and tell her to stop doing what she does, then why are you hiring her in the first place? On the other hand, it might be such a right-angle turn for the audience accustomed to traditional, just-the-facts-ma’am reporting as to create a kind of whiplash.” In the past, women haven’t lasted long in the anchor’s position. Barbara Walters co-anchored “The ABC Evening News” with Harry Reasoner from 1976 to 1978, and Connie Chung co-anchored CBS’ broadcast with Rather from 1993 to 1995. Elizabeth Vargas began co-anchoring ABC’s newscast in January with Bob Woodruff, who was severely injured while reporting in Iraq. Vargas has anchored the program since but will go on maternity leave later in the spring and, with growing concerns that Woodruff might not return to the broadcast, it’s expected that ABC might retool the show. “Good Morning America’s” Charlie Gibson is generally considered a perfect fit for ABC’s evening news and has filled in, but the network might want to keep him on the daytime show with an eye on challenging a vulnerable “Today.” About a year ago, “GMA” came within 10,000 viewers of taking over the No. 1 spot, but “Today” held on and since has widened its lead. Morning news shows are far more profitable for the networks than their evening counterparts. “That’s what makes watching this so much fun it’s like military strategy,” said Bob Thompson, founding director of Syracuse University’s Center for the Study of Popular Television. Regardless of how Couric ultimately fares, she initially will be under intense scrutiny from fans and skeptics alike, Thompson said. “She’s going to have every single person, from bloggers, TV critics and her peers, watching her every single move. They’ll be commenting on her clothes, her hair, her demeanor. That’s a tall order. She’s got to appear serious and yet it would be a terrible idea to overcompensate. You don’t want Katie Couric to deliver the news like Dan Rather or Walter Cronkite.” In the end, all those interviewed agreed, the impact on the ratings could be very small. “Network news is a long-term game, although few network executives think this way,” Deggans said. “Audiences change slowly, and loyalties take a very long time to build,” Thompson noted. “Two years ago, when Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings and Dan Rather were still in the anchors’ chairs, NBC was No. 1, ABC was No. 2 and CBS was No. 3. Since then, there have been all these cataclysmic changes within the news divisions, and yet NBC is No. 1, ABC is No. 2 and CBS is No. 3. Viewer habits do not change overnight.” (818) 713-3638last_img


first_imgThe highlight of the season for all ladies in any club is undoubtedly the Lady Captain’s day and Saturday 27th August was no exception when Mrs. Colette Ewings hosted her day at Otway Golf Club, Rathmullen.The day dawned bright and breezy after the heavy rains during the night and the course and Clubhouse looked resplendent in the light sunshine as the ladies congregated for morning coffee and refreshments.  However, the weather unfortunately took a turn for the worse when the ladies were mid way through playing and sadly it turned out a really dreadful afternoon but in honour of the occasion, all of the players continued undaunted and successfully completed the round.  Competition was indeed keen, but the weather kept scores moderate and congratulations to all of the winners and in particular to 13 handicapper, local lady Orla Gallagher who scooped the major prize of the year by winning the Lady Captain’s Prize by one stroke over runner up Therese Farrell (35) last year’s Lady Captain.   Margaret Keys (23) won the Gross Section and Patricia McAteer (29) beat several others on a break of tie for third spot with 35 pts.   The nines were won by Ann Cullen (32) 19 pts and Mar!y Hasson (33) with 18 points.  This year’s Novice Prize was won by Kate McKay and she was warmly welcomed to the Club for her first Major competition.  The Longest Drive was won by big hitting Orla Gallagher and Nearest the Pin was won by Kathleen Deeney who has made a welcome return to the winners’ enclosure. There were some surprise visitors to the Club mid morning when a Yellow N. Y. Taxi Cab from USA called in to say hi.   Team Number 7, the ‘Resevoir Dogs’ were competing in the Annual Scally Rally and decided to visit Otway in the hope of completing one of their daily challenges.   We were unable to help them in their quest but they nevertheless enjoyed meeting the ladies and vice versa.The Lady Captain’s guests took to the course around 3pm and braved the elements but apparently enjoyed the experience nonetheless and Mary Devlin, Lady Captain at Rosapenna GC claimed the prize with 18 pts while Paula Cooley and Maura Toal from Balmoral GC collected the prizes for the Visitors.   The Gents Visitors prizes were won by Jim Toal and runner up was the Lady Captain’s Son, Mark Ewings, fresh from his recent ‘hole in one’, also from Balmoral Golf Club.  The Club Gents prize was won by Brendan Gallagher (13) with a fantastic 23 pts and runner up was James Lynch (18) with 22 pts.The ladies were treated to a magnificent buffet evening meal, supplied as usual by Anne in the clubhouse while the gents were entertained to a BBQ on the veranda.   Traditionally, Prize Givings in Otway are very lively affairs and last Saturday was no exception when all of the members and guests squeezed into the cosy surroundings and made merry well into the wee small hours ably entertained by the Captain himself, Denis Friel.  Well done to all involved for another successful event and a sincere thank you to Lady Captain Colette for her generosity.Many thanks also to the Club Members and Visitors who generously supported the Lady Captain’s Charity, the St Vincent De Paul Society and to those who supported the Draw in aid of Club Funds.  Winner of the first prize for an overnight stay for two with dinner, bed & breakfast at the Ramada Encore, Belfast was Anne Callaghan.    The Friel Plant Hire sponsored prize was won by Jim Toal and the other prizewinners were Seamus Gallagher, Dessie Crerand, Anne Callaghan and Damien Gallagher. The monthly competition continues for the ladies and the next qualifying event takes place on this Saturday 10th, so usual draw times ladies.   Congratulations to Chris McGee from the Bridge Bar Golf Society who scored a Hole in One on Friday night during their outing to Otway.GOLF: OTWAY GOLF CLUB LADIES NOTES was last modified: September 6th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GOLF: OTWAY GOLF CLUB LADIES NOTESlast_img read more