John Calipari Goes On Twitter Rant Following Criticism For Saying Kentucky’s Goal Was To Get 8 Players Drafted

first_imgJohn Calipari tweets about his draft goal.Twitter/@UKCoachCalpariOn Wednesday, John Calipari rubbed some people the wrong way when he said Kentucky’s goal this past season was to get eight players drafted, not win the national championship. Calipari, 56, is as big of a players-first coach as there is in sports, so his comments weren’t really that surprising. But, at the same time, it’s not surprising that people were upset with his statement. The Wildcats’ coach went on somewhat of a Twitter rant this afternoon, addressing his critics. I hate to drive you traditionalists crazy, but I’ll say it again: our goal at the beginning of the season was to have eight players drafted.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 21, 2015I’ll be honest with you, at the time I may have said nine. My point when I said that was to have them all eat.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 21, 2015When they asked how we do it, I told them to do this you will have to be a selfless team, share & do historic things on the court. They did.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 21, 2015If Alex doesn’t get hurt, 8 are drafted. We fell short of a national title but this season was not disappointing to me. Have a great day!— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 21, 2015Whether you agree with him or not, you’ve got to respect Calipari for always speaking his mind.last_img read more

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Desgagnés Welcomes Worlds First DualFuel Asphalt Carrier

first_imgzoom Canadian shipping company Desgagnés Group has taken delivery of the M/T Damia Desgagnés, the first dual-fuel powered Canadian-flagged tanker and the first-ever asphalt carrier of this type.This asphalt-bitumen-chemical tanker is the first in a series of four carriers, custom-built according to an original concept developed by Desgagnés and ordered at the Besiktas Shipyard in Yalova near Istanbul, Turkey.The M/T Damia Desgagnés is scheduled to weigh anchor around April 10. She will most likely make a first delivery in Europe before heading to North America, where she should arrive mid-May, all subject to the cargo that she will carry.The Damia Desgagnés is double-hulled and equipped with a Wärtsila 5RT-flex 50DF engine developing a power output of 5,450 kW.The vessel can be powered by any of three types of fuel, namely heavy fuel oil, marine diesel oil or liquefied natural gas (LNG).With a deadweight of around 15,000 tons, her tanks offer a carrying capacity of 14,950 m3 when filled at 98%. She can carry over 13,500 tons of asphalt at a draft of 7.8 meters in seawater. The Damia Desgagnés also holds a Polar 7 certification and is equipped with a variable pitch propeller, a 750 kW bow thruster, a 550 kW stern thruster and a dynamic positioning system.LNG refueling distribution networks for vessels without specific service points and trading various routes remain a major challenge, but they are under development in collaboration with different partners such as Gaz Métro and the ports of Quebec and Montreal, the company said. Desgagnés will continue working with the various suppliers to improve and adapt their services to the needs of the marine industry.“LNG has a bright future in maritime transportation and Desgagnés will actively contribute to broadening its use,” said Louis-Marie Beaulieu, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Desgagnés.last_img read more

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Black hockey player hopes to inspire others to break the mold

Kyle Reed said he “is just a dude.” The Canadian native from Calgary doesn’t mind talking about uncomfortable topics like almost giving up hockey when he was younger and being the only black player on Ohio State’s hockey team. The senior said he likes when he gets odd looks for saying he plays forward for the hockey team. He said he likes being different, but also that it doesn’t matter when you get to the heart of the sport. “I’ve been playing for so long that I don’t think about it,” he said. Reed said in his hometown, kids playing hockey was just second nature. There is no black and white with hockey. “There have been times when I’d been called the N-word or a lot of other things. Those types of words are a form of motivation,” Reed said. “I feel like I faced times of adversity, but those are also motivation tools.” He said he’s been playing hockey since he was 4 years old and feels like he had skates on before shoes. “My mom would take me down the street to the ice rink and she was the one who first taught me how to skate. She couldn’t even skate herself, but she put them on me,” Reed said. “I was meant for the ice, you know?” But hockey wasn’t the only sport he played when he was younger. “My first love is actually baseball. Playing hockey just kind of fell into place whenever baseball was finished,” Reed said. “When the season was over, it was just in time for hockey tryouts.” Reed said he got into trouble as a kid and was considering quitting hockey, but his grandfather and brother convinced him not to. “My grandpa was like, ‘I want to see you on TV one day.’ My brother said to not to do what he did and quit hockey,” Reed said. “It was at a crucial time in my life where I had to choose between hockey and baseball. “A lot of times I learned the hard way, but sometimes that’s the best way to learn.” The interview was interrupted by Reed’s neighbor and teammate, Sean Duddy, a defenseman from Ann Arbor, Mich. He was looking for salsa in the kitchen, but got pulled into the living room to talk about his close friend. “‘Friends’ may be a stretch,” Duddy said, laughing. “But no, we’ve been playing for about three years together now. He’s a good guy, great teammate. He works his ass off. He’s the fastest skater I’ve ever seen.” The guys shared a few joking moments before returning to the conversation. Duddy took some time to think of his favorite memory of Reed. “We’ve had good times together. When we were playing Miami my freshman year, Kyle got a hat trick,” Duddy said. “That’s my favorite memory of him from a hockey standpoint. He’s an explosive player.” There are several other hockey players who live in their apartment complex, Duddy said. He said they’re as close as brothers. “I’m very family-oriented. It’s hard hearing people say they’re going home for the weekend or for the holidays, whereas I have to pick up the phone,” Reed said. “Some of the guys I’m close with on the team, they give me that support.” As for playing professional hockey after graduation, he said, “If you have the ability to play at a higher level, I think you have to take that opportunity to play in the NHL. I don’t want to be that 40-year-old guy still playing hockey in the lowest of the lowest minors just because I love the game.” Reed, who’s studying strategic communication, said he thinks going to college and getting a better education is beneficial. He trained at the Atlanta Thrashers development camp in summer 2009. He said he would like to play hockey for as long as he can and then go into advertising. He said one of his favorite parts about playing for OSU, as a black hockey player, is that he could be an inspiration for the black kids who come to get the players’ autographs. “I think it’s good for them to see me playing hockey and see that anyone can do it,” Reed said. “Hopefully they look to me and say, ‘I can do what he does, too.’” read more

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Ohio State mens soccer season ends with 20 loss to Michigan State

Senior defender Sage Gardner misses a penalty kick during a match against Michigan State in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament Nov. 13 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 2-0.Credit: Elizabeth Dickey / Lantern photographerFor the fourth consecutive season, the Ohio State men’s soccer team (5-8-5, 1-3-2) fell in the first round of the Big Ten tournament.After a scoreless first half, the Michigan State Spartans (11-4-3, 3-2-1) scored two goals in a span of 12 minutes en route to a 2-0 victory over the Buckeyes.Buckeye coach John Bluem said the team was well aware of the level of difficulty the Spartans brought into Wednesday’s match.“We knew that we were in for a difficult game and Michigan State is a very good team,” Bluem said. “We had to be at our very best to get a result tonight and we fell a little bit short of that.”The Spartans’ first goal came in the 57th minute when redshirt-senior midfielder Brent McIntosh scored his first goal of the season from 10 yards out.The Buckeyes had a chance to tie just three minutes later after Buckeye freshman forward Danny Jensen earned a Buckeye penalty kick when he was taken down inside the Spartan penalty box. Senior defender Sage Gardner took the shot for OSU, but the ball bounced off the crossbar and went out of bounds for a Spartan goal kick.Bluem said the missed penalty and the pressure of being down a goal was too much to rebound.“The first goal we made some bad mistakes and allowed them a goal,” Bluem said. “Then we have a chance to get back into it and unfortunately, Sage hits a great penalty but it’s an inch too much to the left. That kind of took the wind out of us.”In the 69th minute, the Spartans added to their lead after a goal from sophomore midfielder Sean Conerty. He scored after he received a bouncing ball on the left side of the box and volleyed it off the far post outside of Buckeye redshirt-junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov’s reach.Junior midfielder Ryan Ivancic said the pressure from the second goal distracted the team from performing their original game plan.“We didn’t keep the ball as much as we wanted to,” Ivancic said. “They’re a good team. They put us under a lot of pressure.”Ivanov recorded nine saves in the game, bringing his total for the season to 110, good for fifth in program history for single-season saves.Bluem said the play of Ivanov throughout the season kept the team alive in some difficult times.“Ivy (Ivanov) has had a brilliant season,” Bluem said. “Without him, things could have been worse. He had a great year.”The Spartans ended the match with a 20-16 advantage in shots.The Buckeyes have been playing all season with a majority of younger players, having 10 freshmen, two walk-ons and five transfers. Ivancic said the inexperience may have played a role in the loss.“We’ve been playing with that (inexperience) all year and we found a stride in the last five games of the season,” Ivancic said. “But I think (inexperience) might have a little to do with it. They’re an older team and physicality showed a bit today.”Following the loss, other OSU players declined to comment. read more

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Northern Ireland were denied clear penalty says ONeill

first_imgMichael O’Neill has blamed the officials for not awarding Northern Ireland a “clear” penalty after his side lost 2-1 at home to Bosnia and Herzegovina.Despite dominating the game at Windsor Park, Northern Ireland paid the price for not taking their chances.The referee failed to award a penalty for Northern Ireland in the first minute of the game when George Saville was tripped in the 18-yard box.“We should have had a penalty early in the game, it’s pretty clear,” O’Neill told Sky Sports.“Maybe it’s early in the game so it’s difficult to give. If we had scored the penalty, if it was given, then it would have put a different slant on the game.”The Netherlands have a walk in the park in Estonia’s pitch Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 9, 2019 With a stellar performance from Ryan Babel, the Netherlands won their second consecutive UEFA Euro Qualifier against Estonia.After the impressive performance they offered in…Northern Ireland midfielder George Saville agreed with his O’Neill but clarified it wasn’t the defining factor in the game.“There was contact there and I think it is a penalty, that changes the game, but we have to take chances and we paid the price a bit. We can’t blame it [defeat] on that decision. We shot ourselves in the foot today.“It was massively disappointing for us, considering we controlled the game for most of 90 minutes. It was two sloppy errors from us, which we paid for.”last_img read more

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Carragher Liverpool Man City set for a thrilling title battle

first_imgJamie Carragher expects Liverpool and Manchester City to push each other all the way for the second half of the seasonFollowing Friday’s 2-0 win at Wolves, Liverpool have temporarily extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to four points over City.Pep Guardiola’s side can reduce that deficit to a point by beating Crystal Palace today at the Etihad Stadium.But Carragher believes that City will have to dig deep this season if they are to retain their league crown.“At the end of the season, whichever side goes on to win the title, the one who comes second is going to have an unbelievable points tally that, almost any other season would win the league,” Carragher told Sky Sports.“You’ll probably feel for whoever misses out, whether that’s City or Liverpool.“City, in the last 18 months, have just gone away from everyone. There was no real challenge last season. It felt like the season was over at this stage last season.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“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?”Carragher is a former centre-back who played for Liverpool throughout his entire career between 1996 to 2013.The ex-England international made 737 appearances for the Reds and won the FA Cup (2x), League Cup (3x), a UEFA Cup and the Champions League.last_img read more

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Napoli director to take legal action over false Marko Rog quotes

first_imgSporting director Cristiano Giuntoli will resort to taking legal action after being falsely quoted as saying that Marko Rog will leave Napoli for SevillaIn light of a lack of action under new coach Carlo Ancelotti this season, Rog has been linked with transfers to Schalke 04 and Sevilla.But Spanish news outlets announced that Rog would be joining Sevilla on loan after an apparent interview between ABC and Giuntoli confirmed it, which Napoli have now deemed as “false”.“Napoli sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli never gave an interview to Spanish media outlet ABC,” read a statement on the club website.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“All comments attributed to Giuntoli by ABC are false. Giuntoli will be taking legal action against those responsible.”Croatian midfielder Rog joined Napoli in 2016 from Dinamo Zagreb on a five-year deal and has since managed 67 appearances in all competitions.Napoli, who defeated Sassuolo 2-0 in a last-16 Coppa Italia clash last weekend, will host Lazio at the Stadio San Paolo this Sunday in a Serie A game.last_img read more

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Former Texas Base Looks to Regain Pilot Training Mission

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR A flight training school is hoping to bring back initial flight training for Air Force pilots to the former Perrin Air Force Base, now the site of the North Texas Regional Airport.US Aviation Academy has asked the local airport authority to support its bid to pursue a 10-year training contract, reports the Herald Democrat.“The pride of bringing back Air Force training to this facility is exciting,” said US Aviation Executive Vice President Mark Taylor. “It is a matter of pride to have the opportunity to bring this back to Texas,” said Taylor, who estimated the contract value at $200 million.Perrin served as a training facility for pilots learning to fly the Convair F-102 Delta Dagger and other aircraft until it closed in 1971. At that time, many training operations were transferred to Randolph AFB in San Antonio.A school at the airport located between the cities of Sherman and Denison would provide what Taylor described as “the gateway to the Air Force” — the first of four levels of pilot certification needed for the service’s pilots. The academy would train between 750 and 1,950 students each year in classes ranging from 30 to 100 students.He said the contract could generate about 125 jobs in the Texoma region.last_img read more

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