Pac-12 close to deciding on division configurations

first_imgThe Pac-10 Conference is reportedly nearing a decision on how to divide the conference into two six-team divisions next year, when Colorado and Utah will join the conference to create the Pac-12.Conference athletic directors discussed possible configurations during a meeting in San Francisco last week, and Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott said he hopes to have a final decision made by Oct. 21, when the league’s presidents and chancellors will meet.Under the current scheduling format in both basketball and football, the teams play each other in a round-robin format. Each football team plays the other once, and each basketball team plays other teams twice — once away and once at home.The issue is that Pac-10 football currently has no conference championship game. This will most likely change with the addition of Colorado and Utah, as the 12 teams will be split into two divisions, with the winner of each meeting in a conference championship game.The question that remains is how it should be done.One option is the so-called “zipper” format, in which each geographic rivalry would be split into separate divisions ­— USC split from UCLA, Stanford from Cal, Arizona from Arizona St. and so on. However, each team would still play a nine-game schedule, which would include two or three conference games out of their division — one against its rival.Another solution is a North-South split, in which the Pacific Northwest schools would create one division and the Southern California and Arizona schools the other.The issue is whether to put the Northern California schools or the conference newcomers in the South. If Stanford and Cal were put with the Southern schools, it would isolate the Northern Division from recruiting-rich California. However, if the Bay Area schools are placed in the north, they would lose their annual rivalry games with USC and UCLA, and therefore the media revenue and exposure gained from playing in the Los Angeles market.Either way, the winner of each division would face each other in a conference championship game, presumably at a neutral site, although Scott did say that the conference is exploring having the school with a better record or standing host the championship.However, should USC lose its appeal to the NCAA regarding its program sanctions, it would not be able to participate in the championship game until 2012.In basketball, the conference wants to keep its 18-game conference set-up. In order to do this, teams will play their geographic rivals along with six other teams in a home-and-home format, meaning one game would be played at each school. They would then play one game against the other four conference teams; two at home and two on the road. That would ensure that all conference teams play each other at least once during the season, but not all in a home-and-home set-up.The conference tournament in basketball would invite all 12 teams and remain at the Staples Center until 2012.The conference currently has a television contract with Fox Sports Net, but will most likely open up television negotiations next year.last_img read more

Testosterone Rules Put Semenya in Cooler

first_imgThe new rules aim to restrict the levels of testosterone in female runners.They will apply to women in track events from 400m up to the mile and require that athletes have to keep their testosterone levels below a prescribed amount “for at least six months prior to competing”.So the delay means female athletes with high testosterone – of whom South African Semenya is the most notable – will not be allowed to run for six months from the date the rule changes come in.That would take them to 26 September – just one day before the 2019 World Athletics Championships begin in Doha.Semenya, and Athletics South Africa (ASA), are challenging the rules at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).IAAF Health and Science department director Stephane Bermon said the governing body recognised the five-month shift “could result in affected athletes having to sit out the bulk of the outdoor season leading up to the World Championships, including international competitions such as the Diamond League, which begin in May 2019”.The IAAF’s proposed rule would mean some female runners with naturally high testosterone levels would have to race against men or change events, unless they took medication to control their levels.IAAF President Sebastian Coe said Semenya and ASA had agreed on the delay as part of a deal to get the legal case settled as quickly as possible.“We have agreed not to enforce the regulations against any athlete until the contested regulations are upheld,” he added.“In exchange, they have agreed not to prolong the process. All athletes need this situation resolved as soon as possible.”In a statement, the IAAF added it “remains very confident of the legal, scientific and ethical bases for the regulations, and therefore fully expects the Court of Arbitration for Sport to reject these challenges”.ASA said it was “very pleased” with a decision that meant the changes were “effectively suspended pending the outcome of the appeal”.It says the rules will have a “discriminatory effect on female athletes like Semenya” and believes “the medical data relied upon by the IAAF is flawed”.Semenya, a two-time Olympic champion and three-time world champion, has previously been asked to undertake gender testing by athletics chiefs, but no results have officially been made public.“It is not fair. I just want to run naturally, the way I was born,” said the 27-year-old South African recently.Testosterone is a hormone that increases muscle mass, strength and haemoglobin, which affects endurance.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Caster Semenya World and Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya’s battle to stop a rule change affecting female athletes with high testosterone levels could see her miss “the bulk” of the 2019 outdoor season.Athletics governing body the IAAF intended to bring in the new rules on 1 November but has put that back to 26 March 2019.It wants to wait for the outcome of a legal challenge from Semenya first.last_img read more

India caps fantastic fortnight with championship win

first_img31 Jul 2014 India caps fantastic fortnight with championship win Girl international India Clyburn capped a fantastic fortnight when she won the weather-hit English girls’ open amateur championship at The Warwickshire. Lightning and torrential rain caused this afternoon’s fourth round to be suspended and eventually cancelled, with the championship decided by the standings after the third round. India (Image © Leaderboard Photography) shot one-under 71 this morning to move to three-under for the event – and a two-shot win over Annabel Bailey (Kirby Muxloe). Hampshire’s Emma Allen and Surrey’s Lizzie Prior tied third on level par. Close behind them were Staffordshire champion Emily Coleman and Hertfordshire’s Alice Hewson, who had the best score of the day with a four-under 68. India’s win follows hard on the heels of her record success in the Scottish ladies’ junior open last week – and now her challenge is the Girls’ Home Internationals, which start on Wednesday in Ireland. “I just want to get three in a row for me – and seven in a row for England,” said India, referring to the team’s aim to get their seventh consecutive win. The championship win is also special because India follows in the footsteps of her sister, Holly, who won this trophy in 2009 and is now a winner on the Ladies European Tour. They’re thought to be the only sisters to have both won the title. “The English girls’ is massive, it’s like a major,” said India. She knows several of the other past winners: Melissa Reid, Ellie Givens and Sophie Walker are all fellow Tour players with Holly, while Helen Hewlett – then Dobson – is a former Tour player and is now the Lincolnshire county captain. “There’s some really good names on the trophy. If I can follow them I’ll be happy,” she said. India worked her way steadily to the top of the leaderboard, improving her position through the three rounds. This morning, her front nine of two-over was disappointing by her standards, but she moved into top gear on the way home with four birdies. “I birdied 17 and 18 to finish one-under for the round. I just knew I had to hole every putt, because they’re all important, and I felt I’d put myself in a really good position,” she said. Just how good was to become evident when the weather rapidly worsened bringing thunder, lightning and torrential rain.   After the championship the remaining three names were announced for the England team for the Girls’ Home Internationals. They are: Emma Allen of Meon Valley, Hampshire; Sophie Keech of Parkstone, Dorset; and Lizzie Prior of Burhill, Surrey. They join five players whose selection has already been announced: India Clyburn (Woodhall Spa), Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted), Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe) Inci Mehmet (Wentworth) and Hollie Muse (West Lancashire). For full scores, images and more information visit the championship webpagelast_img read more

Volleyball Falls In Season Opener, 3-1

first_imgNext Game: Full Schedule Roster vs. South Dakota State 8/31/2019 – 2 p.m. Live Stats Preview The Drake University volleyball team was defeated by Memphis, 3-1, in the season opener for both teams in the first match of the EIU Panther Classic Friday afternoon.Drake won the first set, 25-18, but then suffered setbacks of 25-15, 25-23, 25-20 in the ensuing sets.After committing nine attacking errors in the first set, the Tigers made just 11 errors in the final three sets to hold off the Bulldogs.Junior Emily Plock (Altoona, Iowa) led Drake with 12 kills in the loss while freshman Haley Bush (Waukee, Iowa) added 11 kills. Fellow freshman Michelle Rabbitt (Canton, Ohio) followed with eight kills and no errors on 25 attempts.Paige Aspinwall (Maple Grove, Minn.) captained the offense with 27 assists while Plock and Gillian Gergen (Janesville, Iowa) each contributed on four blocks.The Bulldogs return to action Saturday with a pair of matches to conclude the EIU Panther Classic. The day begins at 2 p.m. against South Dakota State followed by a 6 p.m. match against Eastern Illinois. The nightcap will be broadcast on ESPN+. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

192 New Generation Event launches this week at Kelly’s Toyota

first_imgToyota has unveiled its 192 offers ahead of the New Generation Event taking place from Wednesday 5th until Saturday 8th June. For the first time, all of Toyota’s new generation self-charging hybrid and petrol vehicles will be on display together. The Corolla Hatchback, Saloon and Touring Sport will all be on show, as well as the Camry, RAV4, Prius, Yaris, and not forgetting Ireland’s best-selling hybrid, the Toyota C-HR. Fantastic offers will be in place during the New Generation event, for both hybrid and petrol models. With trade-in boosters of up to €3,000, APR’s from 2.9% on passenger cars and 1.9% on commercial vehicles, it has never been easier for Irish drivers to upgrade to Toyota’s new generation models.Toyota’s self-charging hybrids, which are in electric mode on average over 50% of the time, produce less harmful emissions and allow drivers to make fuel savings on every trip. As an added advantage, all Toyota hybrids are automatic cars. There has been a surge in customers switching from diesel to a self-charging hybrid in the last year and with demand high, customers are encouraged to visit early to avoid disappointment in securing a 192 Toyota.Kelly’s Toyota, Port Road, LetterkennySummer 2019 also sees the return of the legendary, Land Cruiser Business model with a limited amount of first arrivals landing in July. Customers will also be able to inquire and place their orders during the New Generation event. There’s never been more choice and for 192 there’s more value too. It’s time to visit Kelly’s Toyota, Port Road Letterkenny & Drumbeigh Mountcharles from 5th -8th June for their 192 New Generation Event.Demand is high, so don’t miss out.Toyota, Built for a Better World.192 New Generation Event launches this week at Kelly’s Toyota was last modified: June 4th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:192192 New Generation EventhybridKelly’s Toyotalast_img read more

South Africa’s Aids action plan

first_img15 March 2007South Africa is finalising an ambitious plan to spend as much as R44.9-billion on halving the rate of new HIV infections in the country by 2011 and providing treatment, care and support to at least 80% of people living with HIV/Aids and their families.A draft of the new five-year National Strategic Aids Plan was discussed by government, business and civil society leaders at a consultative conference in Johannesburg on Wednesday.The final document is expected to be adopted by the South African National Aids Council, which is headed by Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, by the end of March.Significant departureThe new plan – drafted in close co-operation with some of the country’s top scientists, actuaries, clinicians, health economists and activists – marks a significant change in South African government policy on the epidemic.The plan places a new emphasis on treatment and prevention, and makes no mention of the dietary recommendations previously cited by the health ministry as key to fighting Aids.It also spells out clear, quantified targets, and places a high priority on monitoring and evaluation. Business Day reports that a special unit is to be set up in the health department to monitor the implementation of the plan, with a mid-term review scheduled for 2009.“There is a new mood and energy in government,” Dr Nomonde Xundu, the department’s chief director for HIV/Aids, told Business Day.Congress of SA Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi told Wednesday’s gathering that, if supported by business and civil society, the plan would be “the boldest, most comprehensive strategic plan on Aids in the world.”Massive spendingAccording to Business Day, Treasury calculations contained in the draft plan put the costs at almost R45-billion – far exceeding the R14-billion the government has already allocated to Aids programmes over the next three years – with up to 40% of this earmarked for Aids drugs.Xundu indicated to Business Day that the government was likely to increase its funding, but would also look to the private sector and foreign donors for assistance.Speaking at Wednesday’s conference, Xundu emphasised that prevention remained key to South Africa’s fight against HIV/Aids.“The intention of the plan is to ensure that the large majority of South Africans who are HIV-negative remain negative,” she said, adding that there was a strong focus on reducing the number of new infections among people in the 15- to 24-year age group.Young people’s choices“The future course of the HIV/Aids epidemic [in South Africa] hinges, in many respects, on the behaviour young people adopt and the contextual factors that affect those choices,” Xundu said.The plan also aims to reduce the HIV infection rate among children under the age of five by expanding the prevention of mother-to-child transmission programme and providing antiretroviral therapy for pregnant women.On treatment, the aim is to increase the reach of the country’s antiretroviral treatment programme from the current estimated one-quarter of HIV-positive people to at least 80% of people living with HIV/Aids as well as their families.In order to lessen the impact of Aids on familes and communities, the plan also aims to expand community-home-based care and palliative care programmes, as well as social safety network programmes for orphans and vulnerable children.‘Formidable partnership’ needed“Nothing less than a formidable partnership between government and civil society can assist us to achieve our goal of reversing the tide of this pandemic,” Mlambo-Ngcuka said on the release of the first working draft of the plan on World Aids Day in December.“Too many people have been infected and too many have died, but if we work together, Aids can be beaten.”According to that draft of the document, HIV/Aids is one of the main challenges facing South Africa, which had an estimated 5.54-million people – 18.8% of the adult population – living with HIV in 2005.“Although the rate of the increase in HIV prevalence has in past five years slowed down, the country is still to experience reversal of the trends,” the document stated. “There are still too many people living with HIV, too many still getting infected.”According to the document, the “immediate determinant of the spread of HIV relates to behaviours such as unprotected sexual intercourse, multiple sexual partners and some biological factors such as sexually transmitted infections.”However, the “fundamental drivers” of the epidemic in South Africa “are the more deep-rooted institutional problems of poverty, underdevelopment and the low status of women, including gender-based violence, in society.” reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

NBA: Magic Johnson has no regrets trading D’Angelo Russell

first_imgFormer Los Angeles Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell  (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Before Lonzo Ball took over the spotlight as the “point guard of the future” for the Los Angeles Lakers, the squad was raving about another promising young stud, D’Angelo Russell.Instead of letting the two duke it out for minutes at the point guard position, Lakers President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson opted to  trade the former Ohio State Buckeye to the Brooklyn Nets and give full reigns to the UCLA product.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Defending champion Karlovic wins in Hall of Fame tourney 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 His replacement, Ball, meanwhile, wowed fans during the recently concluded 2017 NBA Summer League en route to bagging the tournament MVP Award.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Johnson dazzled by Ball magic for LakersSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Speaking to ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk, the Laker executive shared that he had no qualms about trading the potential-laden player.“I am not one of them dudes. When I say bye, that’s it,” he said regarding the trade.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I keep moving. I can’t get caught in emotions and all that. That is not who I am. We moved and we kept moving. After that trade we went on to the next thing,” he added.Before assuming the front-office position for his former team, Johnson spoke highly of Russell and said he wanted to mentor the crafty lefty. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim READ: NBA: Laker great Magic Johnson would love to mentor D’Angelo RussellHowever, he opted to trade him for the betterment of the team after multiple franchises showed interest.“Like five teams called for D’Angelo [so] we knew that we could move D’Angelo for one of the pieces that we were looking for,” he explained.“So we decided on Brooklyn, they got a great player in D’Angelo and we got what we wanted,” he added.Although he played erratic at times, the 21-year-old Russell showed promise in his first two years donning the Purple and Gold.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Christian Standhardinger enters 2017 PBA Draft

first_imgArchers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZChristian Standhardinger has thrown his name into the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft pool.Sources close to the situation confirmed that the 6-foot-7 forward beat the deadline for Fil-foreign applicants on Monday, as his entry boosted the stock for what could be a loaded draft class.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Also declaring for this year’s draft are Cignal HD standouts Jason Perkins of La Salle, Davon Potts of San Beda, and Andreas Cahilig of EARIST.Scorer Robbie Herndon, forward Julian Sargent, bruiser Felix Apreku, and sniper Zach Nicholls have also submitted their applications for the draft.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo A relative unknown earlier in the year, Standhardinger burst into the scene after coach Chot Reyes enlisted him in the Gilas Pilipinas pool. He made his national team debut in the 2017 Jones Cup.The Fil-German averaged 16.0 points and 5.7 rebounds in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup, before being a more well-rounded performer in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, netting 13.8 markers, 11.0 boards, and 1.4 assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingDrafting him, though, comes with a risk as the 28-year-old had earlier signed with the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions for the upcoming 2017-2018 ASEAN Basketball League season.Still, the mother ballclub who decides to pick Standhardinger can field the big man as early as next season’s Commissioner’s Cup, granting he secures a release from his ABL team. View commentslast_img read more

‘Our Neighbourhood’ Grants

first_imgApplications are now open for the Australia Post Our Neighbourhood grants which are aimed at funding community projects that build a more healthy and inclusive Australia.Applications for the grants close on Friday, 28 June 2013, with one-off cash grant payments of between $1000 and $25,000 on offer, with grant amounts based around how strongly the community project or initiative includes and supports disadvantaged groups in Australia.The initiative is aimed at giving services that met these criterions a needed boost, in order to provide all Australians with necessary services, maintain and support diversity, grow community spirit and help areas recover from previous crisis.If you believe your community project or initiative may be eligible for a grant or to find out more information, please visit LinksOur Neighbourhood Grantslast_img read more

The toast, the butter and the technology: DMA 2013

first_imgI’m going to be speaking at the DMA Non Profit Conference next week. If you’re a Washington, DC-area native or are coming into town for the conference, come say hello.The DMA has asked me to share these details on the conference: It’s a great opportunity to gain insights into what other organizations like yours are doing in the fundraising world. Topics will include better ways to integrate your fundraising channels, build donor loyalty and improve your fundraising results. I’ll be speaking about what technology can and can’t do for fundraising. And toast and butter.Technology has enormous potential, but it’s all in how we use it. Technology is at its essence a delivery system. That means what’s being delivered will determine how much good comes of it. Adam Gopnik, a favorite writer of mine, compares technology to toast: “Our thoughts are bigger than the things that deliver them… Toast, as every breakfaster knows, isn’t really about the quality of the bread or how it’s sliced or the toaster. For man cannot live by toast alone. It’s about the butter.” He means the content of our ideas—the butter—is more valuable than the delivery vehicle —the toast of technology— that carries them. I’ll be talking about toast, butter and how to use technology in a way that drives more dollars.More details here.last_img read more