Print Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Advertisement Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Twitter Facebook WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Linkedin Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WhatsApp TAGSeconomic growthHousinglimerick Previous articleCamogie – Limerick seek first win of championship against WaterfordNext articleLimerick writer’s Canadian run to honour famine emigrants Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. The Construction Industry Federation are warning that the housing shortage in Limerick City has the potential to damage economic growth and employment over the coming decade.“Since 2006, housing commencements have declined from 2,543 to a low of 176 in 2015. These low levels of residential construction activity is leading to severe shortages in the availability of housing in the region,” delegates at a conference in Limerick heard from Gordon Kearney of Rooney Auctioneers at a housing conference in the city this week.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Delegates at the Constuction Industry Federation conference at the Castletroy Park Hotel were briefed on the current trends, prices and policy areas affecting the housing supply in Limerick.Mike Ryan, Chairman of the Mid West Branch and from Tom Parlon, Director General attended with a view to charting a way to increase supply in the Limerick area.Mr Ryan, who is also Managing Director of MA Ryan & Sons Ltd, is one of the few house builders active in the Limerick market said that the housebuilding sector was experiencing many challenges resuming activity.“These include the high cost of regulation, the availability of finance to mortgage applicants and to developers, the availability of zoned and serviced land as well as a lengthy and cumbersome planning process.“We look forward to exploring these challenges. We need to find solutions to getting residential construction back to the levels needed to supply housing for society and the economy”, he said. NewsHousing shortage risk to Limerick’s economic growthBy Bernie English – June 25, 2016 785 Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash
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Ohio State’s success on the football field over the last 20 years is no mystery, bringing home two national titles during that time. And under head coach Urban Meyer, the Buckeyes aren’t showing any signs of slowing down. In terms of time spent on the AP’s Top 25 over the last 20 years, OSU is second to none. But Florida, LSU, Florida State and Georgia aren’t far behind, as this awesome graphic from @Techsideline’s self-proclaimed infographic stat geek OXVT points out. Pix Six Previews shared the graphic on Twitter.#HOKIES #8 in nation in AP Poll appearances last 20 [email protected]@[email protected]@CoachFuente pic.twitter.com/QhpTfhIy0k— OXVT (@OX_VT) June 1, 2016With 300 AP Poll appearances, the Buckeyes have spent 90.1-percent of their time ranked inside the top 25 during that time span. That’s impressive. Not far behind, Florida’s 273 appearances (82%), LSU’s 272 (81.7%), FSU’s 271 (81.4%) and Georgia’s 251 (75.4%) round out the top five. Alabama, due to the pre-Nick Saban era in Tuscaloosa, isn’t high on the list in terms of time spent on the AP Poll over the last 20 years. But the Tide have the highest-average ranking (7.3); meaning, when they’re ranked they’re ranked high. What do you think, college football fans? Any surprises here?
OTTAWA — The Liberal government says it will increase Canadian funding for women’s health worldwide to $1.4 billion every year starting in 2023, with half of this money dedicated to sexual- and reproductive-health rights.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the funding commitment in Vancouver today at a major global conference on gender equality.He says Canada will step up and invest in respecting women’s rights while other countries are stepping back and playing politics with the issue.Trudeau has been vocal in criticizing what he called a “backsliding” on women’s rights in some American states that are severely restricting or outright banning abortion.Currently, Canada spends $1.1 billion on women’s health services worldwide, with $400 million dedicated to sexual and reproductive health.Trudeau says Canada will gradually increase the total amount to reach $1.4 billion by 2023, with $700 million of this money spent on ensuring women have access to safe abortions and reproductive-health services worldwide.The Canadian Press
APTN National NewsThe latest edition of Rolling Stone online issued Tuesday features a full-length article on Justin Trudeau who talks about growing up with a father who was the prime minister, his rise to power and how a charity boxing match with Senator Patrick Brazeau “wasn’t random,” and that he saw it as “the right kind of narrative” for the Liberal party.At the time of the fight, Trudeau was the leader of the Liberal party with 34 seats in the house of commons.The two squared off in a cancer fundraiser match in Ottawa March of 2012.Brazeau, covered in tattoos, and sporting long black hair seemed to be the overwhelming favorite.When the bell rang, Trudeau finished Brazeau off to win the match.The Rolling Stone article suggests the match suited Trudeau and the Liberals.“It wasn’t random,” Trudeau said. “I wanted someone who would be a good foil, and we stumbled upon the scrappy tough-guy senator from an indigenous community. He fit the bill, and it was a very nice counterpoint. I saw it as the right kind of narrative, the right story to tell.”The Rolling Stone article titled, Justin Trudeau: The North Star, includes a comparison between Trudeau’s policies and that of Trump, his penchant for public appearances and how he approaches international relations.The article is hitting the news stands in August. Patrick Brazeau sent a response to the Trudeau comment on the fight. “I’ll take it as a compliment,” he wrote. Contact APTN National News here: [email protected]
The New York Times on Wednesday published an op-ed with the headline “Don’t Let Statistics Ruin Baseball.” Some of the baseball nuts at FiveThirtyEight staff couldn’t contain themselves after reading it. Here’s an edited transcript of our Slack conversation.cwick: This is the kind of thing that gets our attention around here. A sample of the op-ed: “Thanks to ‘Moneyball’ and stats-driven fantasy leagues, advanced statistics have changed how fans think about the game. On the whole that’s a positive trend — but not when the numbers begin to eclipse a more nuanced appreciation of baseball.” Nate, you created FiveThirtyEight for all sorts of reasons, but surely it has no more sacred duty than to respond to this piece. What’s a sabermetrician to think about this op-ed?natesilver: One litmus test for any writer: Does he know his subject? Steve Kettmann might know a lot about baseball, but he doesn’t know very much about baseball statistics. For instance, he describes how wins above replacement compares a player against “some hypothetical median player, the ‘replacement.’” Actually, it compares him against a replacement-level player, who is way worse than the median major leaguer.He doesn’t describe fielding independent pitching (FIP) correctly. Its goal is not to provide a “broader measure of a pitcher’s performance than the traditional E.R.A.” Rather, it’s to measure how effective a pitcher is independent of his defense (fielding) — as its name implies!On the other hand, he favorably cites “a previously obscure statistic: batting average against relievers.” That statistic hasn’t become much less obscure — it’s not something that we stat geeks are talking about very much. And that’s because we know it’s probably just random noise. Batting average is noisy enough, let alone when you cut the sample size by two-thirds.The point being, the better advanced statistics are all about deepening our understanding of how the game is played. If a pitcher has a 2.85 ERA, is he really good — or is it the defense behind him? That’s what FIP can tell us (although there are better ways now to account for the impact of positional defense).By contrast, when statistics were cited in, say, the 1980s or 1990s, they were mostly just trivial crap. “Claudell Washington is 6-for-25 on cloudy days against left-handed relief pitchers with runners in scoring position.” Shit like that. Totally useless and distracting. And there were dozens of them on every broadcast.carl: Nate’s response shows how these debates are always about which numbers people arbitrarily approve and which ones they don’t. You can’t have baseball without numbers. How would you count strikes, outs, runs and wins?cwick: Right, there have always been stats in the game because the game is such a structured one. Baseball happens in discrete steps. There’s an action and there’s an outcome. Pitcher throws, it’s either a ball, a strike, a foul, a hit, or an out. (Or some other possibility I’ve overlooked.) That creates stats that are robust and complete. Stats can’t help but bubble up and out of those.benm: As I understand it, he is all for statistical advancement of baseball to enhance understanding of the game and quality of competition and other more utility-based purposes, he just objects to the obsession with statistics from an aesthetic perspective. He compares it to listening to a symphony: There’s nothing wrong with understanding how the tuba works or how many clarinets you need, but when you’re there in the audience, you should just let the music wash over you and appreciate it.I find watching baseball tedious in part because I feel like nothing I’m seeing in front of me matters — and I can trace this back to when I was young and learned the factoid that the difference between a good hitter and a bad hitter was “one hit a week.” So if I had a more robust appreciation of the non-statistical aesthetic quality of baseball, it might make it easier to enjoy a game.But the other way it cuts is that, without statistics, I probably wouldn’t be interested in baseball at all. Like many people, my fandom started out with baseball cards. Fast-forward 30 years, and while I’m not as nutty about the game as some of my colleagues, I still take time to follow the fascinating statistical developments in the league, and can appreciate Mike Trout or Billy Beane’s greatness in a way that has something of an aesthetic aspect for me.carl: Like with so many of these pieces, the headline and opening are more radical than the author seems to really be. For example, this is pretty hard to argue with, unless you’re a straw man: “There is a risk that numbers become an end in themselves, and arcane stats proliferate. A good rule of thumb is that the more a stat relies on abstraction, the less likely it’s going to be consistently useful to a wide audience.”rarthur: I agree with @carl. These pieces always boil down to, “This is the exact, right, perfect amount of numeric detail that should be permitted in the game.” And it’s never clear why we should have stopped at batting average/RBIs/saves, as opposed to moving on to more accurate and more descriptive statistics.carl: The related point is that the stats that seem “traditional” (to use his word) just have to do with familiarity, not how arcane they are. The definitions of saves — which itself seemed radical to some when it was introduced — RBIs and pitcher wins are arcane and arbitrary.cwick: @carl, I hear you, but I think there are some passages in here that are pernicious in their misinterpretation of sabermetrics. “When it comes to watching a matchup of, say, the Mets pitcher Matt Harvey and Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins, statistical analysis is about as helpful in deepening an appreciation of the human drama unfolding before us as it would be for a Pavarotti aria.” PITCHf/x data and Stanton’s BABIP have a ton to tell us about that matchupcarl: @cwick, that’s only pernicious if we assume that statistical analysis can’t help us appreciate an aria. The jury is out on that. Where’s opera’s Bill James?cwick: @carl that’s a story for you!ollie: You’ve all nailed the statistical points. I’d like to mention something else. Kettmann seems very concerned with our attention spans. Let’s take his analogy of music, and going to the symphony to hear Mahler’s Ninth. I need to pay attention. To clear my mind. How would I enjoy it otherwise? But if I knew that disease plagued Mahler’s mother and 13 siblings, or that he had an abusive father, or that he was obsessed with death, and that the last line of that symphony’s score reads “ersterbend” — German for “dying away” — I’m going to appreciate the piece of music more, not less. This echoes how I feel watching Anthony Rizzo bat knowing that he had an OPS+ of 163 against lefties last year, or whatever. Statistics are a complement, not a substitute.rarthur: Right, @ollie. Above and beyond that, I would never presume to tell a music theorist that it was incorrect to be thinking about notes and scales while listening to an aria. You can enjoy it the way you want to. If you prefer not to know the statistical underpinnings of baseball, no one is forcing you to learn them.natesilver: @rarthur: Actually the music theorists are pretty damned interesting when you corner them at a party!carl: @ollie and @rarthur — totally agree. His implication is that quantitative context is less valuable — less artistic, less charming — than qualitative context. That’s personal taste.cwick: Well, Kettmann’s point is that it’s becoming increasingly difficult not to pay attention to the stats, @rarthur. Which I sympathize with — I’m the words guy at a numbers site! But his argument comes across as a Luddite’s. “The art of hitting a baseball starts with emptying the mind. As Jonathan Fader, a psychologist who works with Mets players, told me: ‘Essentially, what we’re trying to do in sports psychology is helping people to not think.’ Fans and writers need to adopt a similar attitude.”natesilver: Some of this is just plain old anti-intellectualism. Us nerds want to understand how the world works. Statistics are one way to do that, but not the only one. @carl, you’ll remember when we were at the US Open last year and I was constantly peppering you with tennis questions. Some of them were stats-y questions and some weren’t. I just wanted to learn more about tennis. I’m curious about the world, both as a “fan” and as a journalist.carl: Yeah, @natesilver, I think we nerds are fine with people who don’t want to understand the sport or opera or whatever they’re watching. They should be fine with those who do. We can all sit side by side and enjoy the game. Except for those terrible tweeting/texting/Googling press-box reporters.ollie: Or the guy on his phone at the symphony, @carl.carl: @ollie probably checking operareference.com.carl: Which is available. We should buy it before Sean Forman does.cwick: opera-reference.com, obvs. (God, that might be the nerdiest joke I’ve ever made.)carl: Also available.benm: I know that a musician may appreciate Bach in a way that I can’t. But I think the visceral experience is still very immediate for them, so I don’t think that would be inconsistent with Kettman’s argument. I presume that in his ideal world, we all understand these stats but don’t let them be the main thing we appreciate when watching. They should be more like butter or MSG than like steak or fish.natesilver: @carl: I’m totally fine with the dude who just goes to the game with his friends and drinks about 5 beers and cheers when the home team hits a home run. Sometimes that’s me! I’m NOT fine with journalists who are incurious about the world, however.david: I think Ben hit on something important. This argument — and I can understand both sides — reflects opposing approaches to life. Some people appreciate these events — whether Mahler, Springsteen, or baseball — at the purely sensual, aesthetic level, and don’t see any need for their cerebral cortex to interfere in that appreciation. Others need to find deeper patterns and hidden movement in everything they see, and those patterns are usually there to be found. Each approach is legitimate, but the two sides will never really understand each other.rarthur: I would challenge the idea that the two sides can’t understand each other. At its best, baseball (or perhaps sports more generally) bridges the gap and allows you to experience both a statistics-driven and purely aesthetic enjoyment. In the World Series Game 7 last year, as Madison Bumgarner pitched inning after inning, I was simultaneously trying to calculate whether it was a good idea to bring him back out and also just enjoying how awesome, how calm, how controlled he was. And I was thinking about him pitching up in the zone, and about how Sal Perez was tired and injured, and everything all at once.natesilver: On one level, I agree with Kettmann about the aesthetics of actually going to a sporting event. Some of the scoreboards — like the new Jumbotron at Wrigley — are overkill. They rarely abide by good principles of information design, which usually means clean, somewhat minimalist presentations that fit naturally into their environments.carl: My ideal world would not be one in which I or Kettman or anyone else decides how we should appreciate baseball, music or anything else. I think in our current, suboptimal world, there are plenty of ways for him and for like-minded fans to avoid the statistical distractions he dislikes — apparently, according to @natesilver, by avoiding Wrigley.natesilver: @carl: It’s really about distractions in general, and not statistical distractions. I like going to soccer games because it’s a very clean experience. At the World Cup at Maracanã in Rio, there weren’t a lot of statistics. But there also weren’t a lot of distracting PA announcements, or cheap gimmicks, or anything else.So give me a clean experience at the ballpark — I really don’t need to see Bumgarner’s FIP on the center field scoreboard. But also give me a fast Wi-Fi connection in case I’m in “curious nerd” mode and have something I want to look up.cwick: @natesilver’s prescription for baseball’s future: Wi-Fi in stadiums Bonus Podcast: Nate Silver Talks with Steve KettmannAudio Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/natesilver_stevekettmann.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.This conversation will also air in this week’s episode of “Hot Takedown” — FiveThirtyEight’s new sports podcast. We reached out to Steve Kettmann for a response to our conversation. It’s below:Thanks for seeking me out and asking me to offer a response. I see far more common ground between the view I articulated in the piece and your arguments than I might have expected. For example, I loved the discussion of how knowing more about Mahler only adds to the experience of listening to the music — but I’d point out that usually you read the program (and the biography) before the lights go down and the music starts. My piece does not argue against having statistical analysis in mind during the watching of a game; it argues against not even bothering to watch the game, because the action on the field is considered irrelevant. Benm states directly he finds “watching baseball tedious in part because I feel like nothing I’m seeing in front of me matters.” Wow! We can all enjoy baseball, even with differing perspectives on how best to understand it, but anyone who says they find watching events on the field to be “tedious” to me does not really love baseball, they love the playground of numbers the game provides. Are the players just numbers to you? That’s seriously what you’d like people to believe? I don’t buy it. My reference to Jonathan Fader and the mental side of baseball is characterized as anti-intellectual, because I talk about the importance of “not thinking.” It does not bother me if the esteemed crew responding to my op-ed has other areas of interest than the question of how baseball players do what they do, but in fact the mental side of performance is the big uncovered story in baseball and in sports. More and more teams, in all sports, are hiring mental-strength coaches and counselors. Ignore all of this, if you like, but others might find it thought-provoking.Nate Silver accuses me of being “incurious about the world” for daring to question how much is too much. I was an Oakland A’s beat writer for the San Francisco Chronicle from 1994 to 1998 and had a front-row seat to watch the unfolding relationship between the young Billy Beane and his mentor, Sandy Alderson, who introduced Beane to Bill James and Eric Walker and advanced statistical analysis. I’ve spent four years researching that period for my book “Baseball Maverick,” published this week by Grove Atlantic.My argument in the Times is in part based on a distillation of what Alderson himself would say. Alderson believes that the human side matters; that you learn from close study of advanced statistics, but you also tune into human elements. Talking today with Jonah Keri for his podcast, Alderson observed “most analysts believe the intangibles are subsumed in the numbers. But I’m not sure that’s the case.”Look, we’re all media savvy here and understand writers write articles, editors write headlines. I think, as I observed, that the application of advanced statistical analysis to baseball is a boon to the game, and is providing tremendous energy that is shaping the way the game is played — and the way the game is understood. Where I part ways with some of you is simply in whether it’s worth watching the games themselves: I was lucky enough to spend a summer at the New Yorker working with the great Roger Angell, and I will always be a fan of his close observation of the details of a baseball game. I’m saying: Can’t we have it all? Love stats, but don’t forget also to love the quirky little details of a baseball game as it develops in real time. Editor’s Note: For the record, all of us (except maybe benm) enjoy watching baseball.
When Ohio State junior long jumper Michael Hartfield takes off down the runway, he doesn’t merely jump — he soars. “I love long jumping,” Hartfield said. “It feels free. That’s the only way I can describe it.” Hartfield has exploded into the spotlight since his arrival at OSU. A transfer from Rend Lake junior college, located in Ina, Ill., Hartfield has already earned second-team All-American honors, yet he’s far from satisfied. Early in the season, Hartfield said he wanted to consistently hit 7.62–7.93 meters in the long jump. “The goal is still to be first-team All-American,” he said. “Hopefully get on that podium at nationals.” When Hartfield competes, he does so with passion and charisma, and those around him can’t help but notice. “Mike brings a lot of energy and fun to the team, along with a great amount of talent,” OSU junior long jumper Steve MacDonald said. “Our jump squad has become very close and we feed off each other’s strengths.” Hartfield’s pre-jump routine is almost as electrifying as the jump itself. Before each jump, Hartfield starts a steady, rhythmic clap that builds as teammates, competitors and fans join in. Then, Hartfield shoots down the runway to the rapid rhythm just before he lifts off. “It’s just something to get me hyped, you know, to get the crowd into it,” Hartfield said. “When you’re running you can hear the rhythm in the background, and one of the most important parts of your run up is having a rhythm.” His routine is working. When the track & field team traveled to Des Moines, Iowa, for the Drake Relays in late April, Hartfield finished second and set a new personal record with a jump of 7.95 meters. The jump even surprised Hartfield. “I was in shock,” he said. “One, I didn’t feel like it was that great of a jump. Two, I didn’t expect to PR because of all the traveling.” The track & field team’s journey to Iowa didn’t go as smoothly as it had hoped. “We were at the airport for 12 hours before we left, and missed our flight in Chicago,” Hartfield said. “And then had to wake up at 4 o’clock in the morning, and we didn’t get to Iowa until that day.” The Drake Relays were a high point for Hartfield in what has been an up-and-down year. For Hartfield and his family, signing at OSU was a big deal. “When I first signed Ohio State, my dad was super excited,” Hartfield said. “He always told me to stay hungry, always compete no matter what.” But, shortly after Hartfield arrived at OSU, his father passed away. Despite the loss, Hartfield has used the memory of his father as inspiration. “I’ve kind of just been living through him and doing a lot of things for him just in his name because I know that’s what he’d want me to do,” Hartfield said. “It’s a big family thing that’s really pushing me this season, and it’s going to continue to push me.” The adversity Hartfield faced helped him grow as an athlete and as a person. Following high school, academic issues forced Hartfield to make changes. “I didn’t pass the NCAA Clearinghouse regulations,” he said. “My GPA from my core classes and SAT scores didn’t meet the regulations, so I had to go get my associate’s degree first before I could go Division I.” The experience helped Hartfield get back on track. Since transferring, Hartfield has raised his GPA to a 3.4. “I just had to get serious about the books like I was about track,” he said. “Definitely was a learning experience, and I definitely matured a lot because of it.” Hartfield said he knows part of the team’s success depends on his performance. Helping the team win pushes him to give his best effort. But when it comes to success, Hartfield doesn’t credit himself. Instead, he attributes his success to the people who surround him. “Definitely the coaches and the training, and just my whole team really. My training environment from this year compared to last year in junior college is 112 percent different,” Hartfield said. “Everybody’s attitudes toward the workouts, and the equipment … all the little things, they all add up and contribute to you getting better.”
After sending Ohio State baseball packing in a Thursday night game, the Purdue Boilermakers scrapped their way to a Big Ten title – literally. The Boilermakers defeated Indiana, 6-5, Saturday at Huntington Park to clinch the school’s first Big Ten Baseball Tournament championship since the tournament began in 1981. The Boilermakers took a 6-5 lead against the rival Hoosiers in the ninth inning, but a chaotic scene ensued when Purdue second baseman Eric Charles slid into third base and was tagged out to end the inning. After the play, players from each team left their respective benches and started a brawl in front of the Indiana dugout. Indiana coach Tracy Smith said it was an incident where testosterone got the best of players on each team. “The young whippersnappers wanting to buck up, all of them on both teams,” Smith said in a postgame press conference. “I’m 47 years old, so I kind of sit back and think someone is going to get hurt, me. You just realize that you’re dealing with 18, 19, 20-year-old kids who don’t have a lot of perspective.” Smith said it was tough for his team to refocus and try to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth after the fight, but was more worried about the ramifications the fight had on the Big Ten conference. “To me, it was not good for our conference,” Smith said. “How it started, how it happened in the middle and how it finished I think is a big-time black eye for our conference. I’m embarrassed for our conference, but it was important that win, lose or draw, Indiana was going to shake hands at the end of the game because that’s much more important than a baseball game.” After the game, no Indiana players were made available for comments and when the Purdue players spoke, coach Doug Schreiber told them not to answer questions about the brawl. Before the fight, Schreiber was coaching Purdue from the third base coaching box and was caught in the middle of the brawl. A punch was thrown and hit an Indiana player during the fight. During the postgame press conference Schreiber was asked if he threw the punch. “Absolutely not,” Schreiber said. “I had a hold on Charles. I had a hold of Charles the whole time, guaranteed. If anybody wants to say or prove anything else, bring it on. That’s very unfortunate and people are going to say things; that’s absolutely not the truth. I grabbed my player and was holding my player and he was defenseless.” Schreiber said he will not allow people to think he threw the punch. “Anybody who wants to implicate that, I’ll go after legal issues,” Schreiber said. “Guaranteed, 100 percent if they want to try to defame me. That’s ridiculous.” During the game, Charles was kicked out for a flagrant slide, as Schreiber said the umpires described it to him, but no other players were removed after the fight. Both coaches said more suspensions might be forthcoming. Despite the fight, Purdue emerged the regular season and tournament champs, a feat never accomplished by the Boilermakers. The No. 15 Boilermakers (44-12, 17-7 Big Ten) won the regular-season championship and many of the Big Ten’s individual awards as well. Schreiber won Big Ten Coach of the Year and junior catcher Kevin Plawecki won Big Ten Player of the Year and was named to the First Team All-Big Ten team. Senior pitcher Joe Haase won Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and First Team All-Big Ten honors. The Boilermakers won their first regular-season title since 1909 and Plawecki said it was nice to win the tournament. “It feels good because we won the conference in the regular season,” said Plawecki, the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. “Then for us to come out and win it in the tournament, you can’t really ask for much more but to come out and prove it that way.” Senior outfielder Andrew Dixon said winning the tournament left him speechless. “We’ve had a great year so far,” Dixon said. “Our goal at the beginning of the year was to break the wins record and we did that. Next goal was to win the Big Ten outright and we did that. Next was to win the Big Ten Tournament and we did that (Saturday). So we’re just checking things off the list and we’ll see what happens moving forward. We’re really excited with what we’ve accomplished so far, but in no means are we ready to be done.” Purdue was selected as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament and will host a regional in Gary, Ind., according to a release from the Big Ten on its website Monday. Purdue will play Valparaiso in the opening game of the NCAA Regionals, which begin Friday. During Purdue’s run through the Big Ten Tournament, the Boilermakers knocked off Ohio State (33-27, 11-13 Big Ten) 5-4 Thursday for their first win of the tournament. The loss was OSU’s first loss of the tournament. Then a 6-2 loss to the Michigan State Spartans knocked OSU out of the tournament. OSU scored first, with two runs in the top of the fifth, but the Spartans scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game. The Spartans scored three more runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 5-2 lead and added another run in the eighth. The Buckeyes, playing their third game in 24 hours, were out of starting pitchers and turned to true freshman Trace Dempsey against Michigan State. The start was just the second of Dempsey’s career and he went four and two-thirds innings allowing two runs on five hits and four walks with two hit batters. OSU coach Greg Beals said he was proud of the effort the team gave, but was disappointed with how the season ended. “Game two didn’t go the way we wanted to,” Beals said. “We started to run out of gas. Tough 24 hours, going from 7:05 (Thursday) to noon (Friday), a doubleheader. I was really proud with how our guys competed in this tournament, but I felt like we ran out of gas (Friday) and that’s no excuse.” The Michigan State game was the second game Friday for the Buckeyes. Game one was a 6-2 win against Nebraska. Junior shortstop Kirby Pellant led the Buckeyes with two triples. The Buckeyes lost to Purdue Thursday night in a 5-4 game against the No. 1 seed. The Buckeyes were tied 2-2 in the seventh before Plawecki hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Purdue added an insurance run in the eighth and the Buckeyes scored one in the ninth to make it a 5-4 final. For the No. 6-seed Buckeyes, the tournament began Wednesday with a 12-5 win against No. 3-seed Penn State. The Buckeyes trailed 5-1 going into the sixth inning before scoring two in the sixth, three in the eighth and six in the top of the ninth inning. The tournament was Beals’ second tournament appearance in as many years with OSU. In the 2012 tournament the Buckeyes went 2-2, compared to 1-2 the year before. Beals said he is pleased with the direction of the program, but expects more from his team. “On a scale of one to 10, I’d call it a six,” Beals said of how successful a season it was for OSU baseball. “I think par, maybe. I have very high expectations and we need to keep working for that. We need to get tougher; we need to get physically tougher. We need to get mentally tougher, we need to get deeper in our program and if we have more depth and we’re going to do that. With depth we’ll get physically tougher, and practices will be harder with more competition in practice. We just need to beef up the depth in the program in my opinion.”
Gareth Southgate is ready for talks with the FA over a new deal after guiding the Three Lions to the World Cup semi-finals.Southgate and the FA agreed on a contract worth about £2.5 million a year, plus bonuses, to succeed Sam Allardyce in 2016. His current contract will run out in 2020 but has a built-in break option after the World Cup.A source close to the FA said: ‘Gareth is set to sign a new contract and both sides want to get a deal agreed quickly.’The option would have allowed the FA to replace Southgate on the cheap if he had failed to deliver on their expectations. But, after leading England to the nation’s best World Cup since Italia 90, Southgate is in a strong position, and the FA are keen to extend his deal.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.It could be worth up to £5m a year, including bonuses, to Southgate and ensure he will lead the country through the 2020 European Championship and the Qatar World Cup in 2022. The FA are also set to thrash out a settlement to release them from a £6m image rights contract.England players’ commercial work has been organized for the last decade by 1966 Entertainment, an outside agency whose contract runs until 2030.Following the World Cup in Russia, the FA want to work directly with England players rather than having to go through a third party for all sponsorship matters.A source close to the FA said: ‘It is in the interests of all parties to agree to a deal, so we need to come to a figure which compensates 1966 for loss of revenues.’
Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich were tipped off as favorites to win the German Bundesliga at the end of the season.Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich are the favorites to win the German Bundesliga this season.At least that was what many experts said before the start of the 2018-2019 season.Now Dortmund has a seven-point lead over the Bavarians with just 14 games left to play.“We still have 14 games and a lot can happen in that time,” said Bayern’s coach Niko Kovac to the league’s official website after his team lost against Bayer Leverkusen today.“We’ve now lost a game having won seven in a row in the Bundesliga. It’s frustrating, but we now just need to ensure that we go on a new run.”“We don’t get any points by talking anyway, so it doesn’t matter what I say. What were we missing? Good question,” Bayern’s forward Thomas Müller wasn’t very happy to answer.“Of course we look at the other results after the game. We can’t leave here completely satisfied because we would’ve like to have won the game,” Marco Reus, Dortmund’s captain commented.“There were periods in the second half, and at times in the first half, where we made a few mistakes. We’ll have to work on this.”Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“We’re not satisfied. We look at each other and we all know we’d have liked to have won here,” Dortmund’s goalkeeper Roman Bürki said.“Then it would have been a top weekend. Although Bayern losing is a consolation, we’d rather have won.”“Obviously we came here trying to win, but you can’t win every game and unfortunately we got a draw today,” Borussia winger Jadon Sancho commented.“It’s still good and we still got a point. We just need to keep working hard and the next game, we’ll come back.”FULL TIME | Stalemate at Frankfurt.We keep on marching.#SGEBVB 1-1 pic.twitter.com/zeobuCcENp— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) February 2, 2019