COURTS: A man who threatened to burn his wife out of it and wielded a hatchet at her – has been given a suspended sentence. Michael Connors, 43, with an address at 3 Canal Road, Letterkenny appeared at Letterkenny District Court yesterday afternoon in relation to charges ranging from drink-driving, threatening to kill and assault. The court heard how the defendant had threatened to burn his wife Patricia Connors out if during an incident in February, 2013.He also wielded an hatchet, and smashed a window during the drink fuelled rant.A victim impact statement given to the court by Patricia Connors was read out a previous court hearing in relation to these offences.Mrs Connors said at that sitting, “I knew things were going to get bad again and there may be an issue with him drinking.“I went off to bed at 11pm, but at 3m I was awoken by Michael banging at the window.“He was shouting, Get out you whore, I’m going to burn you out of it, you’re nothing but a whore.“I went into the sitting room and he was banging at the window and was holding a hatchet.“I was terrified and I ran back into the bedroom, but he kept thumping at the window with the hatchet.“I then heard the glass smash, and I started shouting at him that I had called the guards and that they’re on their way.”The court were also told that shortly after this, Mr Connors was again at the centre of a row – this time with another family member, and during that incident brandished an eight-inch steel rod, and was only in possession of a pocket knife.Solicitor for the defendant Patsy Gallagher told the court that his defendant had a serious issue with alcohol, and that he had resolved the issues with his family.Gallagher told the court, “My client has had serious, serious issues with alcohol in the past, it was a family dispute that got out of hand.“Thankfully, that has resolved itself, and my client has also got his drinking under control.“He fully accepts what he did was wrong, and is profoundly sorry for his actions and knows there are inexcusable.“However, because he has resolved these issues, and the fact it’s been some time since the last matter, I’d plead with the court to give the defendant a suspended sentence.”Judge Paul Kelly had ordered a probation report on the defendant at a previous sitting, and had warned Mr Gallagher that his client may well receive a custodial sentence.However, Judge Paul Kelly was satisfied with the probation report on Mr Connors and that the issue with his family had been resolved.He sentenced the defendant to six months in prison, but suspended the sentence for a period of two years.He also ordered that Mr Connors complete 100 hours of community service.MAN WIELDED HATCHET AND TOLD WIFE HE’D BURN HER OUT OF IT – GIVEN SUSPENDED SENTENCE was last modified: July 19th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:courtsKillMichael Connorsnewsrowwife
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From Richard Dawkins to new prizewinning engineers, scientists get natural selection all wrong.Artificial selection is not natural selection. They are, in fact, opposites. True, Charles Darwin leaped from artificial to natural selection, but the former has purposeful goals, while the latter has none. It is the very mindlessness of natural selection that is its key characteristic. Adaptations, whatever form they take, are accidental; they are unintended. For this reason, the following are oxymorons:Evolutionary designEvolutionary engineeringDirected evolutionThese terms, if they mean anything, are synonyms for artificial selection, not natural selection. In fact, Darwin wrestled with his term natural selection because it seemed to personify what he considered an aimless, blind process. Yet scientists and reporters continue to confuse the two. Here are recent examples.Evolutionary DesignerThe BBC News proudly announced that “US engineer Frances Arnold has won the Millennium Technology Prize for pioneering ‘directed evolution’.” What she did was randomize stretches of DNA, seeking to identify new functional enzymes. She knows she was doing artificial selection (a form of intelligent design), because she compared it to breeding: it’s “pretty much like we’ve done for cats, dogs, cows, chickens, you name it.” Her “directed evolution” could not be further from natural selection conceptually, but the article completely blurs the two:By driving a sped-up version of natural selection in the lab, the method has created new enzymes for industrial catalysts, household detergents, and even to make rocket fuel from sugar….“Evolution, to me, is the best designer of all time. And I figured out that this should be the algorithm for forward design, for making new biological code that is useful to humans,” Prof Arnold said….With her engineering background, Prof Arnold wanted to make new, useful, problem-solving proteins. So she took her cue from the way nature does the same thing.“I looked at it and said, well, nature didn’t actually design enzymes… How does this happen? You make mutations randomly, you look through a large number of things for the ones that have the properties you’re interested in, then you repeat the process.Natural selection is so misleading a term, Darwin later chose “survival of the fittest” as closer to what he meant. Some evolutionists picture the environment as a selector. Others view survival as a selector. These are both logical fallacies. Neither the environment or survival can select, because neither has foresight, mind, or goals. Whatever happens, nobody cares. Norman Macbeth wrote in 1971, “A process that operates invisibly, with an intensity that cannot be observed and with no ability to explain specific problems, an impersonal process that is continually given personal qualities—this sets my teeth on edge” (Darwin Retried: An Appeal to Reason, p. 46).Selfish GenesRichard Dawkins personified evolution famously with his “selfish gene” concept 40 years ago. Has he grown wiser since then? Apparently not; the BBC News interviewed him, and he’s still clinging to that and his other famous personification, “the blind watchmaker.” Jonathan Webb titles his article, “The gene’s still selfish: Dawkins’ famous idea turns 40.” Does Dawkins clarify these personifications and render them in purely materialistic terms?“If you ask what is this adaptation good for, why does the animal do this – have a red crest, or whatever it is – the answer is always, for the good of the genes that made it. That is the central message of the Selfish Gene and that remains true, and reinforced.”Jonathan Webb never contradicts these misleading statements. He joins in the fun of watching intelligently-designed software tools guiding random changes toward higher goals according to rules chosen by the programmer. Like Darwin long ago, Webb and Dawkins leap from artificial to natural selection, as if the two are one and the same running at different rates (natural selection being slower). But so-called “evolutionary computing” or “evolutionary algorithms” are not evolutionary in the Darwinian sense. The designer pulls good things out of randomness, recognizing what is desirable and what is not.From there, Webb lets Dawkins speak his mind about his pet peeve: religion. Neither of them were of a mind to upset their fun by letting a qualified Darwin skeptic in the room.This is what we’re up against, folks; the leading advocates of a materialistic worldview who don’t even understand their own theory. Read the quotes again at the end of “Time to Ditch Natural Selection?” (10/03/15). A few notable thinkers have realized the illogic of natural selection, blind watchmakers, and selfish genes.We all know what the human mind can achieve with breeding. Even if there is some random variation thrown in, the chief difference is the direction toward a goal supervised by the breeder’s intelligence. Intelligent designers can pull good things out of randomness because they know what they want and how to get it.No such direction is provided by so-called “natural selection”—one of the most misleading phrases ever concocted. The environment doesn’t select; it couldn’t care less what happens. It changes randomly as much as mutations are random. Natural laws don’t select; they produce the same outcomes, not a propensity toward building brains, wings, and eyes. Mutations don’t select, obviously. Everything is blind; everything is chance! Darwin’s theory is a dressed-up version of the Stuff Happens Law: the antithesis of science.So here we have the fulcrum of secular materialistic civilization resting on nothing but the shifting sands of chance. And yet evolutionists position themselves as the champions of logic, spitting on the “people of faith” far beneath them. Did humanity ever get things so backward, calling good evil, and evil good?Yes; twice: in the garden, and at the cross. (Visited 152 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in On March 16, 2011, I flew to Seattle for a three-day visit to Washington state. Although the main purpose of my visit was to attend the spring conference of Passive House Northwest, I devoted a day and a half to visiting Passivhaus buildings and construction sites in Seattle and Olympia. With the help of my gracious hosts, Dan Whitmore and Albert Rooks, I was able to see four Passivhaus sites and a large workshop where Passivhaus wall panels were being assembled indoors.Because I packed in so many site visits and interviews in my short visit to the Northwest, it will take at least two blogs to report on my trip. Here’s the first installment.Dan Whitmore is a Seattle builder who kindly volunteered to pick me up at the airport and offer me accommodations for my first night out West. On the way back to his place, we swung by the Phinney Neighborhood Association in Seattle to visit the Mini-B Passive House, a tiny cabin that now sits in a parking lot until the modular building finds a permanent home. The architect of the Mini-B, Joe Giampietro, met us there and gave us a tour.The Mini-B — short for “mini bungalow” — was designed to meet the “detached accessory dwelling unit” requirements of Seattle’s building code. The city allows homeowners to install these small backyard buildings for use as guest rooms or mother-in-law apartments.Giampietro wanted his Mini-B prototype to meet the Passivhaus standard. As he dove into the design process, he learned first-hand that the Passivhaus standard is much easier to achieve with a large building than a small one. Fortunately, Seattle’s climate is relatively mild, and Giampietro was able to achieve his goal — even though the Mini-B measures only 300 square feet.Since high-performance triple-glazed windows gather more… This article is only available to GBA Prime Members
“Why should anyone bother to ‘right-size’ an air conditioner — especially when it costs $350 to hire an engineer to ensure that the Manual J and Manual D calculations are performed properly?”The reason I always pay a third-party engineer, not employed by my HVAC contractor, to do accurate load calculations is because my mixed-humid climate here in NC makes it very critical to get the sizing right in order to enhance dehumidification. As we build smaller, better and tighter envelopes, especially with exterior shading, it becomes increasingly difficult to size equipment small enough to run long enough to remove the latent heat (moisture) without removing too much sensible heat (over-cooling). The result far too often is a well designed envelope with summer humidity and air quality issues.Right sizing generally doesn’t save money; a larger unit on the same duct system will actually cost only slightly more than a right-sized unit, and the cost of hiring the engineer to calculate the load and CFM per room for a tight, well-insulated and shaded, passive solar home may wipe out that savings. But on any given day, the right-sized equipment will run longer and thus dehumidify much more efficiently.It’s tough to find a small, efficient, ducted air conditionerUnfortunately, it can be difficult to find affordable, very small ducted central air conditioners (less than 2 tons cooling) with high energy-efficiency ratings, and it’s really a struggle to convince building inspectors to allow us to use simulated performance offsets to permit low-performing equipment in homes with a really great building envelope. In air conditioning we compare equipment by EER and SEER ratings. The code minimum where I live is 13 SEER (14 for Energy Star), but I can’t buy a ducted AC smaller than 2 tons that meets that standard.In the past, we’ve responded by installing variable-speed and zoned-bypass HVAC solutions with longer, more complex duct systems to allow us to combine zones to use larger 2-3 ton equipment with higher SEER ratings. But even very well-designed complex duct systems are much more prone to installer error than simple duct systems with multiple air handlers. So we end up using much more expensive ductless minisplits hung on the walls (which incidentally have overly complex wireless thermostats that our clients have to hide away from kids and guests).The problem with EER and SEER ratingsThe larger issue in my mind is the fact that code-minimum SEER ratings are calculated to prioritize sensible cooling and disregard latent cooling (dehumidification).The Energy Efficiency Ratios (EER) of a cooling system (AC or heat pump) is calculated by comparing the sensible cooling ability with the electricity consumed on a BTU per Watt-hour basis. One BTU is the amount of energy (252 heat calories) needed to change the temperature of a pound of water one degree Fahrenheit.One ton of cooling is defined as 12,000 BTU/h. (Don’t ask me for metric equivalents, please.) If a cooling system supplies 12,000 BTU/h of cooling capacity while consuming 1,000 watts of power, it is rated as a 12 EER system (12,000 / 1,000 = 12 EER.)SEER ratings are set by NAECA, a Federal Regulatory Agency independent of the code authorities, and are intended to represent cooling efficiency over the course of a cooling season. These measurements only take sensible cooling into consideration. Minimum HVAC efficiencies are set by the code by SEER ratings, not EER ratings. It takes energy — 1,000 BTU per pint — to remove moisture from the air. But if that energy doesn’t contribute to changing the temperature of the air, it is excluded from the SEER ratings.As Alex Wilson mentioned in his earlier piece, the industry has responded by providing equipment that cools air with less dehumidification. That way the units get higher SEER ratings — a way to be competitive in the marketplace.A one-ton unit (12,000 BTU/h sensible) which is dehumidifying at 3 pints/hr is using 3,300 BTU/h latent for dehumidification and is removing 15,300 BTUs in combined sensible and latent heat. If it is consuming 1,000 watts, then it’s actually removing 15,300 BTUs combined sensible and latent for an effective EER of 15.3. But in this example the rated SEER is still 12 and fails to meet the minimum code standard.So if the house I’m building is well enough insulated it may be illegal to install the right sized equipment as the smaller equipment isn’t available in the necessary efficiency unless you use variable speed to reduce the capacity of oversized ducted equipment or use minisplit units, both of which are much more expensive solutions than smaller ducted equipment that would actually be sized correctly. My clients often go to great lengths to avoid using the AC by opening windows or setting the thermostat at a very warm setting, so we are forced to install very expensive equipment that may be used for three or four weeks per year, despite the fact that these homes are HERS 50 already without the fancy equipment.Technical solutions to boost latent capacityThere are some manufacturers who have built equipment that can dry air without cooling it very much. One way to do this is to use a “run around coil” where a heat exchange coil in the return air line upstream of the air handler is connected to a coil in the supply manifold downstream (and typically above) the air handler. The cooled air leaving the unit cools the fluid in the exit “re-heat” coil which drops to the intake “pre-cool” coil and pre-cools the air entering the unit. This results in warmer air returning to the house and a longer run time, with resultant increased dehumidification.A more efficient way to do this, called “sub-cool reheat,” is to divert the warm liquid refrigerant from the outside compressor and pass it through the re-heat coil on its way to the air handler. This warms the exit air but also pre-cools the refrigerant and improves the performance of the air conditioner. Either of these add air resistance at the second coil and increase energy usage at the blower, resulting in a lower EER as well as a MUCH lower SEER.Yet another way is to install a valve that can divert some of the expanded gas to a compressor that actively heats the re-heat coil in the same way a conventional dehumidifier would and sends some of it to an outdoor compressor where it is cooled in the fashion of a conventional heat-pump. This is how the Daikin minisplits work.Adding run-around coils or the valves and controls to manage sub-cool reheat is expensive and, since it’s not reflected in the SEER rating, is pretty much reserved for larger capacity high-end equipment. If the SEER standard could take the combined latent and sensible BTUs into account, manufacturers would be more motivated to produce equipment that would offer better dehumidification at all sizes.Smart thermostats can be set to lower the setting if they sense a high humidity condition in the house. If the owners set it to 80 degrees and the humidity rises above 60%, the thermostat can reset itself to 75 degrees until the humidity is reduced. But our customers are so proud of their energy-efficient homes that they gleefully report that the “turned their AC off almost all summer” and added significant risk of mildew and indoor air problems.Small is more important than efficient when the envelope is done rightDesigners of small, super-insulated buildings in mixed-humid and hot-humid climates may choose to prioritize right-sized equipment over high SEER equipment, largely due to the fact that advanced dehumidification is just not marketable in the smaller tonnage sizes that are appropriate for the small demand buildings. The minisplit systems that have these capabilities in small capacity sizes are very expensive and may be seen as unsightly and overly complex by many clients. (Our clients think they are ugly and hate the multi-function wireless remote thermostats).On our very small (840-1,100 sq. ft.) buildings with radiant floor heating, we’ve been using a 10.7 EER GE ducted vertical Packaged Terminal Heat Pump (PTHP) unit (Zone-Line AZ75H12DAC for $1,454 delivered — see photo), which gives 11,700 BTU/h cooling and 3.6 pts/hr (3,960 BTU/h) dehumidification for 1,093 watts and can supplement the radiant floor heat if necessary with a 3.3 COP. The unit can be easily installed in a 24″x24″x32″ space. It’s a great, if somewhat noisy, dehumidification solution for affordable, small, very well insulated homes in a mixed-humid zone.With the code minimum now at 13 SEER and Energy Star at 14, it’s very hard to get equipment sized small enough for the load without serious energy modeling and offset negotiations with the inspectors. If energy efficiency ratings could give credit for the dehumidification capacity as well as the sensible cooling capacity, it would give incentives for manufacturers to offer equipment in all sizes and price ranges with better dehumidification. As I understand it, Amana’s ActivDry PTAC is currently withdrawn from the market largely due to this issue.The affordable gut remodel we are building now hits a projected HERS 59 by REM/Rate (8.5% better than code by REScheck) with 8,330 BTU/h sensible and 1,204 latent. We can choose to forgo air conditioning all together, but if we want a 2-ton, 14 SEER unit to meet Energy Star, we’ll be oversized by a factor of two at significant cost and even with variable speed will be likely to run into humidity issues, regardless of how little or how much the owners actually use it.Code minimums are ever increasing, and 16 SEER seems not far away, perhaps a new class of dehumidifiers or through-wall mini AC units recently proposed by James Morgan will lead the way. It would be fun for the Americans to be leading the pack again.
How to Develop Greater Influence in the Sales Process by Being a Go Giver Influencer, with Bob Burg – Episode #107
Tweets you can use to share this episodeGreat #influencers #attract people, to themselves first and their ideas second. Find out why @BobBurg stresses that #influence is about personal character, on this episode of #InTheArena with @IannarinoClick To TweetGreater #influence comes from stepping into the other person’s shoes. @BobBurg explains why #compassion exerts the most influence in a #sales negotiation on this episode of #InTheArena with @IannarinoClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address below Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 38:25 — 30.9MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSWhat sales professional in their right mind would NOT like to have greater influence over buyers during the sales process? It’s an ability we all need to have. But greater influence comes at a cost, and it’s a cost that’s not typically about sales techniques or approaches. It’s one you pay by doing the hard work to become a better person yourself. In this conversation, Anthony and his good friend, Bob Burg chat about why the characteristics Bob outlines in his book, “The Go-Giver Influencer” are really character traits and have to be genuinely birthed in the heart of a person before they can be capable of having greater influence in any area of life. It’s a great conversation between two sales professionals who are great friends. Be sure to listen to this episode of In The Arena.How to develop greater #influence in the #sales process by being a go-giver #influencer, with @BobBurg, on Episode 108 of #InTheArena with @iannarinoClick To TweetGreat influencers attract people, to themselves first and their ideas secondGreater influence comes from becoming a better version of yourself. Bob Burg explains that people are first attracted to you, the person they are involved with before they ever become interested in your ideas or solutions. The real power of influence comes when you are thinking about how you can benefit the other person, and that’s a mindset we have to develop as part of our character. You have to care about their needs and be genuinely focused on building everyone who is involved in the process, not just your sales accounts. Bob’s insights into these kinds of things are one of the reasons he’s made 4 appearances on this podcast, so take the time to find out why he’s considered to be a leader in the industry.Great negotiation requires collaboration that brings about better options for everyoneWhen you think about a sales negotiation you likely think of the need to come to a place of compromise that everyone involved can live with. But Bob Burg says that compromise means everyone gives up something and nobody winds up happy. Instead, he believes the salesperson needs to become a master at collaboration, coming into the situation with a view toward everyone receiving something even greater than they have in mind. When you can approach a sales negotiation with that kind of optimism and a commitment to making it a win for everyone, you’ll be the one everyone involved remembers when it comes time for another deal.Great #sales #negotiation requires #collaboration that brings about better options for everyone. Don’t resign yourself to the losing scenario of compromise. @BobBurg explains how to win at sales on this episode of #InTheArena with @IannarinoClick To TweetGreater influence comes from stepping into the other person’s shoesIt’s a tired old phrase but nevertheless true, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” When you as a salesperson are able to step into another person’s shoes in a way that enables you to understand their true needs, you have the opportunity to influence them in a way nobody else can. Compassion goes a long way in establishing the trust necessary to consummate a sales relationship. In this episode, Bob Burg explains what it means to have compassion as a sales professional and how learning to listen “with the back of your neck” enables you to truly care for your buyers and close more deals.Your expectations about an interaction change you and influence the interaction as a resultIf you walk into a meeting expecting others to be disagreeable, contentious, or rude you will have set your own attitude in a negative direction and will influence the meeting negatively as a result, without ever meaning to do it. But if you set your expectations differently, on purpose, and go into the room with a broad smile and a belief that the people on the other side of the conversation really do want the help you provide and are eager to receive it, you’ll similarly influence the situation, but this time for good. Bob Burg explains how this is not a mystical, magical formula but a very logical and natural impact that your expectations have on you first, and the situation second. Don’t miss it. These are powerful insights from one of the greatest living business coaches of our time.Your #expectations about a #sales negotiation change you and influence the interaction as a result. Let @BobBurg help you adjust your #mindset and close more deals, on this episode of #InTheArena with @IannarinoClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Bob Burg’s 4th appearance on the show and why he’s here When is influence “pull” instead of “push.” Why does negotiation require collaboration? It’s important that a person master their emotions to have influence What does it mean to listen with the back of your neck? Why it’s important to smile with all of you The vital importance of walking into rooms with the right energy How “the frame” can change the entire context of a conversationResources & Links mentioned in this episodewww.TheGoGiver.com – Bob’s website, grab the first two chapters for freeAnthony’s new planner – www.B2BToolkit.comAnthony’s new training: Sales AcceleratorBob Burg on episode 7Bog on episode 28Bob on episode 54BOOK: The Go GiverBOOK: The Go Giver InfluencerBOOK: Winning Without IntimidationBOOK: Winning Through IntimidationBOOK: InfluenceBOOK: The No Complaining RuleBOOK: How to Win Friends and Influence PeopleBOOK: Emotional IntelligenceThe theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. 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Our Touch players of the future will be on show at the QSST All Schools titles from the 7th to 9th of October. With a massive 198 teams contesting the championship, around 2700 players will descend upon Whites Hill Touch complex in Brisbane, to compete for titles in five divisions. The weekend is sure to be packed full of exciting Touch as the state’s best young players battle it out for supremacy. The Open Girls title will be hotly contested with more entries than any other division. Within this competition, teams to watch closely will be Gold Coast Champs, Benowa, Rochedale, Kirwan and Marymount College. In the Open Boys division, competition favourites, Glenala from Brisbane will be challenged fiercely for the title by The Southport School, Palm Beach Currumbin and St Laurence’s College, all aiming to take home the silverware. Other divisions over the weekend are 15 years Boys and Girls, and 13 years Mixed. Queensland School Touch legend and TFA Hall of Fame member, Peter Bell is excited about the tournament and what it means for Touch in Queensland. “The large number of teams is great to see and an indication that the future of Touch Football in Queensland is in capable hands.” Due to the large number of teams, competition will commence on the Friday for the first time. Games will get underway at about 10.30am on Friday morning. Finals day will run from 8am to 3pm so make sure you get down to the Whites Hill Touch complex to check out the players of the future. By Lisa Plummer
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lyon ace Depay: The challenge Mourinho made me…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOlympique Lyon ace Memphis Depay has revealed Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho offered the carrot of buying him back when he was sold two years ago.Depay failed to settle in at Manchester United during his two years at the Old Trafford club, but has his career back on track at OL.Talking to The Times, Depay said: “When I left, I said to Mourinho ‘you will see me at the top’. “He said ‘OK, I hope that and I hope we will buy you back one day.’ I never had a bad relationship with him.” On his relationship with Louis van Gaal, who brought him to Manchester United, the Dutchman said: “We didn’t fall out, it was just a miss-connection with each other.”As a team we didn’t play great football and some things I don’t understand – if you have talented young players, Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw and the others, they need freedom.”
On Thursday night, the head coach of the U.S. men’s national soccer team, Jurgen Klinsmann, decided he would not be taking Landon Donovan to the 2014 World Cup. Given that Donovan is one of the most decorated and long-standing soccer players in U.S. history, the news came as a shock to many American soccer fans.But for those who follow the sport closely, Donovan’s omission from the roster wasn’t so surprising. Klinsmann and Donovan got off to a rocky start in 2011, when Klinsmann first took the head coaching job and Donovan decided to take a break from soccer. Since then, Donovan has been working to get back into Klinsmann’s player pool, but nagging injuries sidelined him for much of 2013. At age 32, Donovan appeared to have lost some of his pace and ability to finish. Since scoring Oct. 6 of last year, he has taken 32 shots with the LA Galaxy and men’s national team, but he hasn’t scored a goal.Similarly, over the past three years, all of Donovan’s offensive statistics have been declining: goals, assists, expected goals and passing expected assists. (ESPN TruMedia does not have data available before the 2012 Major League Soccer season for these statistics. Passing expected assists are a measure of how many goals we’d expect his passes to generate based on where players received the ball and other context.) Donovan’s most recent performance makes a clear case against sending him to the World Cup.Klinsmann’s detractors are probably clinging to the memory of Donovan’s storied stoppage-time finish against Algeria at the 2010 World Cup, which sent the U.S. out of the group stage. No U.S. player has performed as well as Donovan in the past three World Cups in terms of goals scored (five), and he improved his ability to create scoring chances, complete passes and assists in each subsequent World Cup he played in.No longer finishing goals himself, the best reason to include Donovan on the squad in Brazil is probably his ability to create scoring chances for other people. Since the start of 2013, Donovan created 36 scoring chances in 12 games for the men’s national team — 15 more than any player going to Brazil.But four years is a long time, and a lot has changed for Donovan and soccer in the U.S. People expect something of the men’s national team this summer; simply qualifying for the tournament is no longer a point of pride. In previous World Cups, coaches might have taken a player along for his leadership qualities or experience, but Klinsmann has made it clear that a 32-year-old in bad form is not worth any amount of intangible qualities.It will be difficult to know whether Klinsmann made the right decision until June 26, when the U.S. finishes the group stage of the tournament. Because of Donovan’s name recognition and fan following, his absence might hurt World Cup viewership in the U.S. But the fact that the men’s national team is finally bigger than one player is great news for soccer in America.
Ohio State redshirt senior first baseman Zach Ratcliff at bat during the Scarlet and Gray World Series in October 2016. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsA matchup between reigning Big Ten tournament champions and reigning Big Ten regular season champions was sure to be a much anticipated matchup among fans.And with a 2017 record 2,342 fans in attendance at Bill Davis Stadium, there were plenty of eyes set to take in a Friday night matchup between a pair of heavyweight pitchers.Those fans were treated to quite the pitching battle between the two starters, but the Gophers bullpen held on to the late lead they were given and helped propel Minnesota to the 5-2 victory in the Big Ten opener for both teams.The Gophers got on the scoreboard first with a sacrifice fly off the bat of junior first baseman Toby Hanson in the top of the third inning, scoring junior right fielder Alex Boxwell from third base.Two innings later, Boxwell would again step up to the plate, and this time crushed the second pitch of the at-bat over the batter’s eye in straight-away center field to give Minnesota a 2-0 lead.After five anemic innings from the Buckeye offense, it was again the freshman second baseman Noah West who provided his team with a spark.West extended his hitting streak to five games with a single through the left side. He proceeded to register his first-career stolen base, swiping second and giving the Buckeyes only their second runner in scoring position on the day. And after a bunt single loaded the bases for senior shortstop Jalen Washington, a wild pitch scored West from third to bring the score to 2-1.A groundout by Washington after the wild pitch scored junior center fielder Tre’ Gantt from third, knotting the game up at two.With the game tied, OSU coach Greg Beals opted to pull redshirt senior starting pitcher Jake Post in favor of redshirt senior reliever Joe Stoll. Post finished the day with two runs (one earned) over six innings of work. He walked just two while striking out five and giving up seven hits.Just a half inning later, the Gophers would get the bats going again. With the Buckeyes’ starter out of the game, a walk and a single put runners on the corners for redshirt senior catcher Matt Stemper who rolled a grounder to junior reliever Seth Kinker. Kinker fired on to home, unable to nail the runner at the plate and the Gophers took the 3-2 lead.A single to right field put the second Gopher run of the inning up on the board and an error in right allowed the runners to reach second and third. Kinker retired the next two batters to keep the game at 4-2.The Gophers scored once more in the top of the ninth to seal their victory at 5-2.The bullpen blowing the lead was a tough blow for a team that had battled back to tie the game up late in the game, and Washington believes it took some of the momentum the team had built up out from under them.“We preach throwing a zero after a big inning,” Washington said. “Came out and got two and we couldn’t stop them the next half inning. We wanted to throw a zero and they got a few hits, maybe a walk or so. But that kind of crushed a bit because we had a bit of momentum going that inning so definitely hurt us a little bit.”It was Post’s third time this season reaching the sixth inning and his fourth time allowing two runs or fewer in the outing. But for Beals, this was the kind of outing the team was looking for as he was able to keep his team in the ballgame against a tough opponent.“I think it was kind of a workman’s outing for him,” Beals said. “I thought he did a great job getting through six innings, a quality start for us and that’s what you expect out of the senior to do that. Give his ballclub a chance like he did tonight.”Post said that he was not his best at the beginning of the game, but settled in and found his groove towards the end.“It was kind of the same trends as the last three starts,” Post said. “First inning or two, just kind of moving to quick. And then I settle in and I felt a lot more comfortable towards the end of the game, or towards the end of my six innings.”One big reason the team struggled to provide Post with some runs was a result of the dominant outing turned in by Minnesota’s starting pitcher.Junior starting pitcher Lucas Gilbreath limited the Buckeyes to two runs, only one earned, across 6.2 innings of work. He did not issue a single walk during the game, while striking out seven batters. Beals tipped his cap to the opposing pitcher, acknowledging that their southpaw did a fine job keeping the Buckeye batters off-balance all day.“Gilbreath did a good job, he pitched the ball well, commanded both sides of the plate with his fastball,” Beals said. “We were prepared for arm-side run on the fastball, we weren’t as prepared for him to come inside like he did. I thought he did a good job of keeping our hitters off-balance with the fastball on both sides.”There has been a change in the OSU baseball schedule. Rather than play on Saturday and Sunday, OSU will face off against Minnesota in a doubleheader on Saturday starting at noon.Though the change in schedule was not announced until Friday afternoon, Beals said the team will be ready for the matchup and that they are just taking each game one at a time.“I hate to be cliche, but you can’t think about the doubleheader. We’ve got to win Game 1,” Beals said. “We’re going to go with (sophomore starting pitcher Connor) Curlis still in Game 1 and get a quality start. I think him being a left-hander versus the steady diet of left-handers that are in their lineup ought to be a solid matchup.”Curlis and sophomore starting pitcher Ryan Feltner will start Game 1 and Game 2 of the doubleheader, respectively. First pitch for Saturday’s game is scheduled for noon.
Eusebio Sacristan believes Girona have what it takes to repeat last season’s 2-1 triumph over Real Madrid.Girona host Madrid on Sunday, almost 10 months to the day they astonishingly beat the then-champions, and Eusebio was in a confident mood ahead of the match.“We want to repeat the sensations and results of last season,” the Coach said at a Press conference.“I see it as a good opportunity to get my first win against Madrid, although it’s a statistic that doesn’t worry me too much.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We know that preseasons for teams with many players at a World Cup are somewhat strange, but we must have a lot of respect for Madrid because of their recent history and because they’ll come here hoping to do things well.“For us to have a chance, we must make the most of our quality, stick together and remain as united as we have been in recent seasons.“I don’t see Madrid weaker without Cristiano Ronaldo. Others will take responsibility.”