Seven Year ItchWith James Madison winning the title last January and North Dakota State claiming the previous five national championships, it’s been seven years since neither of the two 2018 championship game participating schools were playing in Frisco in early January. The last time neither of the teams were featured at the FCS championship game was the 2010 season’s championship on January 7, 2011, when Eastern Washington defeated Delaware 20-19. That contest was the first time the game was held in Frisco and hosted by the Southland Conference, the City of Frisco, and Hunt Sports Ventures.In late 2016, the NCAA agreed to a four-year extension to continue holding the Division I Football Championship title game at Toyota Stadium, keeping the championship game in Frisco through 2020. Game CallsThe championship will telecast live on ESPN2 starting at 11 a.m. CT. Two-time Emmy Award winner Dave Neal will have the play-by-play call, while former NFL and University of Georgia standout Matt Stinchcomb will handle analyst duties. Longtime ESPN college sports broadcaster Quint Kessenich is the sideline reporter.Westwood One will provide the nationwide radio broadcast, available via westwoodonesports.com, the TuneIn mobile app and SiriusXM channel 84. Stingy DuoJames Madison is ranked number one nationally in scoring defense while North Dakota State is the second-ranked team in all of FCS. The Dukes forced an eye-popping 10 turnovers in last week’s contest – six interceptions and four fumble recoveries, both season highs. The six picks matches a 44-year old program record from when JMU competed at the Division III level. Last Friday, the Bison held Sam Houston State to a season-low 13 points after the Bearkats entered the game leading the FCS in scoring offense. Game OfficialsA crew from the Southland Conference will officiate the game as well as handle replay officiating. This year will mark the second time in four years that Southland officials receive the honor to work the national championship game. How They Got HereThe Dukes extended their consecutive game-winning streak to 26 with a 51-16 drubbing of South Dakota State last Saturday. JMU began its playoff march to Frisco on Dec. 2 with a 26-7 victory over Stony Brook followed by a nail-biting 31-28 win over Weber State on Dec. 8. Meanwhile, North Dakota State advanced to the championship after upending Sam Houston State 55-13 on Friday. The Bison’s return to Frisco began with a 38-3 toppling of San Diego on Dec. 2, followed by a 42-10 walloping of Wofford on Dec. 9. Thursday, Jan. 4Noon – NDSU Interviews – Toyota Stadium, Practice Field 712:30 p.m. – Media Luncheon – Toyota Stadium, Winners Club1:15 p.m. – JMU Interviews – Toyota Stadium, Practice Field 25:15 p.m. – Miracle League Community Outreach Activity – Frisco Paint Ball7 p.m. – Great Texas Barbecue Bowl – Main Event Friday, Jan. 58:30 a.m. – Championship Banquet (breakfast) – Frisco Conference Center3 p.m. – Home Team Press Conference – Toyota Stadium, Media Operations Room4 p.m. – Visiting Team Press Conference – Toyota Stadium, Media Operations Room5 p.m. – VIP Reception – Toyota Stadium, Winners Club6 p.m. – STATS FCS Awards Banquet – Frisco Conference CenterSaturday, Jan. 69 a.m. – NCAA Tailgate Town – Toyota Stadium North Concourse11 a.m. – CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – Toyota Stadium Coming in HotJames Madison (14-0) is looking to win its 27th straight game and second consecutive national championship. The Dukes rolled through the regular season with an 11-0 record, beginning the year with a 34-14 win at East Carolina. Before Weber State put up 28 points in the FCS quarterfinals, JMU had not given up more than 14 points in a game all season.North Dakota State (13-1) saw its only blemish of the season come in a 33-21 loss at South Dakota State on Nov. 11. Besides that, the Bison put together a perfect season, including regular-season wins over No. 6 Eastern Washington, No. 8 Youngstown State, No. 10 Western Illinois, No. 25 Northern Iowa, No. 10 South Dakota at No. 21 Illinois State. One versus TwoAfter beginning the playoffs on Nov. 25 with 24 teams competing for the opportunity to play in the NCAA Division I Football Championship in Frisco, the final game matchup is set. The bracket held form as defending national champion and No. 1 seed James Madison is set to square off against No. 2 seed North Dakota State.Click here for the complete tournament bracket. Tough TicketThe general public ticket allotment sold out shortly after going on sale in August. NCAA Experience ticket and hospitality packages are still available via the NCAA Ticket Exchange. To keep up to date regarding future ticket opportunities, sign up here. Revenge-Minded BisonThe Dukes’ 27-17 win over the Bison in Fargo, ND, in last year’s semifinal round ended a streak of five straight national championships and Frisco appearances for NDSU. The loss snapped the Bison’s 22-game postseason winning streak and was the first home playoff loss since the 1991 Division II first round. Live From FriscoESPNU will air a live half-hour pregame show from Frisco and Toyota Stadium immediately preceding the ESPN2 television broadcast. Championship Week EventsAll times are CT
CHELSEA NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest Blues newsBut the latest news will give the Gunners a boost having appeared to have fallen behind their bitter rivals in the race to land the Brazilian.They were said to be leading the way at the end of April and now appear to be back in the hotseat.But if Willian is seen to be dragging his heels, that will not impress Gunners boss Mikel Arteta who warned yesterday he is not interested in players who hesitate over joining his club.In an interview with Ian Wright on Adidas UK’s Twitter account, he said: “Everybody wants to come here and we have a really clear idea of what we are.2MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for him”It doesn’t need much convincing and if they do, for me it’s not a good starting point.”If I have to convince a player to stay or to join us. To Arsenal? It holds me back a little bit.”Willian has said that should the season be extended beyond his contract he will stay and see out the campaign because of his “loyalty” to the Stamford Bridge outfit.Willian completely denies rumour that Mourinho has been in touch recently regarding playing for Tottenham. Absolutely no deal even close there. #Willian #thfc #CFC— Joao Castelo-Branco (@j_castelobranco) May 6, 2020 WILLIAN has handed Arsenal a major transfer boost by denying having talks with Tottenham.The Brazilian looks almost certain to leave Chelsea at the end of this season as he hunts for a three-year-deal and North London seems a likely destination.2 Willian has handed Arsenal a major transfer boost by denying having talks with SpursWillian’s Chelsea contract expires this summer and the club have only offered him a two-year-deal but the winger wants three.Earlier this week it was reported Willian had agreed to move to Spurs having discussed the move with his “friend” and old manager Jose Mourinho.But the 31-year-old has flatly denied that is the case, according to ESPN.Brazilian journalist Joao Castelo-Branco tweeted: “Willian completely denies rumour that Mourinho has been in touch recently regarding playing for Tottenham.ARSENAL NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest Gunners news”Absolutely no deal even close there. #Willian #thfc #CFC.”Willian has made no secret of his desire to remain in London, where he has lived with his family for the last seven years.In an interview with Bolivia Talk Show, he said: “I like London and my family likes it too but that’s a question I don’t know how to answer.”I don’t know which club I’m going to or if I’m staying here at Chelsea or if I’m leaving to another London club or if I’m leaving England, that’s something I don’t know.” Simon Jordan says the Premier League are ‘trying to come back for one reason – money’
Inglis and Cronk played in four grand finals together at Melbourne Storm, won two of them (2007, 2009), and played in the halves together in two of those matches.On Saturday night, each will be trying to keep the other out of next Sunday’s Telstra Premiership grand final.The preliminary final between the Rabbitohs and Roosters has many storylines. The friendship formed between 31-year-old Inglis and 34-year-old Cronk in Storm, Queensland and Australian sides, is one line that extends the longest and deepest.”He’s great Cooper … stunning footballer,” Inglis told NRL.com.”But coming up against him … well, you want to play against the best – that’s what you want to do. It doesn’t matter if they’re a good mate, or former teammate.”And that’s what makes our game so good because we have such great players and they are spread across the whole 16 teams.”Coops and I have separate jobs to do on Saturday, but we have the utmost respect for each other.”Still, Inglis won’t let any of his teammates be overawed by the brightness of Cronk at No.7.The Rabbitohs skipper actually thinks the danger-men in the Roosters line-up are the No.6 Luke Keary and No.1 James Tedesco.”Having Keary back (from a knee injury) makes them stronger and his linking with Tedseco is definitely threatening,” Inglis said.”Those two are forming a nice combination so we have to try to nullify that. And that takes attitude.”It also requires a certain amount of patience, as expectation is growing among Rabbitohs fans that a repeat of their 2014 premiership triumph is on the way.”We just brush it, and put it aside as best we can,” Inglis said.”We know what we’re capable of. But we have to turn up ready to play – it seems like the easiest thing to do but it’s the hardest.”Playing our brand of footy for 80 minutes and not in patches is the goal.”And not offering a 70 per cent completion rate, like we did against the Dragons (30 from 42 sets). We need to be up around 90 per cent or we’ll give ourselves little chance.”The number of fans who turned up to Tuesday’s training – waving South Sydney flags and wearing the famous cardinal and myrtle jerseys – proves the love they have for their football team.”Obviously being in the prelim is the exciting thing. It doesn’t feel like four years since we were at this stage,” Inglis said.”It’s gone so quick. I think back 12 months ago and I wasn’t anywhere near this kind of situation,” he said referring to his knee reconstruction and mental health battles.”We’ve come a fair way as a team after 2014. Obviously didn’t get too far in the finals in ’15 [lost week one] and then missed them completely in ’16 and ’17.”As a team and as a club, we’re just stoked and so happy to be back in this position again. We’ve lost a few players, got a new coach, but here we are.”Despite Inglis’ lengthy association with big matches – including being a Clive Churchill Medallist – he gets anxious prior to kick-off.”I still get nervous but I’ve got no routine before big matches .. I just chill … do nothing.”The nerves will be there no matter what I try to do. Once I get to the ground and start getting taped, I know it’s time to zero in and stop the chilling.” Photo Fox Sports
Pini will be looking at participating at the World Championship Short Course event later this year in Canada.The 13th FINA World Swimming Championships (25 m) will be held from December 6–11 at Windsor in Ontario, Canada.These championships will feature swimming events in a 25-metre (short-course) pool.Pini just represented PNG at the Rio Olympics swimming in the 100m butterfly event.The 3-time Olympic swimmer missed out on qualifying for the 100m butterfly finals clocking in at 53.24 sec in his heat, finishing outside the top 16 to qualify.Pini is currently ranked 30 in the world in the Men’s 100m butterfly with his current time of 53.24 sec.The 34-year-old said he will keep up with his swimming.“At the moment my 50 butterfly is ranked very well, an event they don’t have at Olympics so I would love to improve on that some more,” he said.Pini returns to PNG at the end of the month.
Dear Editor,I do not understand why even distinguished lawyers are having protracted arguments about the fact that our Constitution does not use the word “absolute” in describing the type of majority required for the successful passage of a vote of no-confidence.I hold neither a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) nor a Legal Education Certificate (LEC). What I do hold is a rare Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Economics and Law from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, where I was taught Constitutional Law by the once Honourable Dr Kenny D Anthony and where I developed a passion for research.When my good friend, Nigel Hughes, came up with what he has described to me as his “new math” theory of the half-man, I immediately began a marathon of sleepless nights of legal research which yielded much fruit. In the course of this research, I came across the simple explanation of why the word “absolute” is not used in the Constitution.The simple reason is that it is not necessary. The framers of our Constitution were, unusually for lawyers, very precise and verbosity was anathema to them. There was no reason to say “absolute majority” because this is defined in the rest of the Article. The majority of a vote by “all elected members” is, by definition, an absolute majority.Regards,FE Alleyne
…“Operation Fibroid” to commence in 2019In an effort to reduce the backlog of hernia cases at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC), a number of lead surgeons, surgical residents and other medical officials recently joined forces to treat 50 patients in the form of surgeries.This was announced by the GPHC on Tuesday during a press conference at its Resource Centre, in New Market Street, Georgetown. A total of 62 surgeries were conducted in a matter of days by the professionals who were eager to see their patients live their lives without being stigmatised.Head of General Surgery, Dr Navindranuth RambaranAlong with the GPHC, the New Amsterdam Hospital also targeted and saw 18 hernia patients being treated with 21 surgeries. It was explained by Head General Surgery, Dr Navindranuth Rambaran that the number of surgeries conducted exceeded the amount of patients, as some patients’ required more than one operation, due to multiple hernias.A hernia occurs when an organ or fatty tissue squeezes through a weak spot in a surrounding muscle or connective tissue called fascia. The most common types of hernias are inguinal (inner groin), incisional (resulting from an incision), femoral (outer groin), umbilical (belly button), and hiatal (upper stomach).A person who is affected by an inguinal hernia may experience pain or discomfort in the affected area, which is usually the lower abdomen, especially when bending over, coughing or even lifting an object. It also causes weakness among other things.Hernias are caused by a combination of muscle weakness and strain. Depending on its cause, a hernia can develop quickly or over a long period of time.While hernias are more common in men, females are also affected.The successful surgeries, as explained by Dr Rambaran, were not possible without the aid of the eight lead surgeons, 13 surgical residents and other medical officers.It was noted by the doctor that most of the patients operated on were able to leave the hospital the same day and even walk hours after the surgery.The Chief Executive Officer of the Hospital, Brigadier (Ret’d) George Lewis told media operatives that the health institution recognised the need for the surgeries and was able to complete them in a timely manner.He alluded to the fact that quite a number of patients refused surgery because of the festive season, while some were excited to be operated on.In fact, Lewis promised that come 2019, “Operation Hernia” will continue. According to him, the Hospital will continue to collaborate with the Public Health Ministry to take such operations to the outlying areas, even if it means taking surgeons from GPHC to areas such as Linden and others.On another note, the CEO gave his word that “Operation Fibroid” will commence early 2019. A fibroid is a type of fat that grows and develops mostly in women.A fibroid can cause a woman to suffer anaemia as a result of heavy fibroid bleeding. It can also cause back pain or a feeling of pressure in the lower belly. Women who have fibroids often experience trouble conceiving and suffer problems during pregnancy such as miscarriage or preterm labour, among others.
11 11 11 Uruguayan players celebrate scoring a goal in a pre-World Cup friendly. A litany of Premier League stars will aim to be heroes for the Red Devils in Russia. 11 11 talkSPORT.com gives you the nations with the biggest earners at Russia 2018.As we all know, the teams with the most money usually win.10. Uruguay – £2.47m Portugal’s team lines up ahead of a pre-tournament friendly and have Cristiano Ronaldo amongst their ranks. 9. Croatia – £2.58m 2. Spain – £5.47mCan the former world champions regain their throne in Russia?1. Brazil – £5.8mNeymar will lead the legendary footballing nation in Russia and will be looking to take them all the way to the final with a promising squad. 11 7. England – £4.19m 11 The Three Lions are hungry for success in Russia and get paid well by their clubs. Croatia will be wearing another delightful version of their classic kit in Russia and have one of the highest paid squads at the World Cup. 8. Portugal – £3.68m The reigning world champions will be looking to retain their crown in Russia.5. Argentina – £5.04m Given Lionel Messi plays for them, it’s no surprise to see Argentina high on this list.4. France – £5.21m Les Bleus are hoping to build on their Euro 2016 final appearance in Russia with a very young squad.3. Belgium – £5.22m Money really does talk in football. Unsurprisingly, the top ten highest paid teams at the World Cup are also the ten most likely to win the tournament.The best players in the world don’t come cheap for their clubs, but their countries are just lucky enough to have them. Argentina star Lionel Messi is one of the highest paid players at the World Cup. 6. Germany – £4.87m
A total of 38 new housing projects are to begin in Donegal with a total investment of €5,800,000 as part of the first phase of the Government’s Social Housing Strategy.The move has been welcomed by Donegal south-west TD Dinny McGinley.He said “This announcement will bring investment jobs and houses to Donegal and I am delighted that we will receive €5,800,000 funding as part of this first phase of investment, leading to 38 of housing projects.” The Projects are:-Ardara (Phase 3) – 8 UnitsRailway Park, Drumrooske, Donegal Town – 24 UnitsNewtowncunningham – 6 Units Deputy McGinley added “Nationally €312 million has been approved by the Minister for Environment Alan Kelly and Minister for ousing, Planning & Construction, Paudie Coffee. An additional 1700 social houses will be ready by 2017 with an estimated 300 additional jobs in construction created. All will be completed by 2017.“This is part of the Government’s €4billion social housing strategy to deliver 35,000 housing units by 2020 and to reduce the housing waiting lists by 25% nationally by 2017 based on the most recent housing need assessment report. It is the first major investment in local authority housing for many years.“These 100 projects across the Country are shovel ready and will deliver hundreds of much needed houses in every county.“This is just one of the ways that we will be delivering social housing units and shows this Government’s commitment in addressing the need for more social housing here in Donegal.” 38 HOUSING PROJECTS WORTH ALMOST €6M TO BEGIN ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: May 5th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:Dinny McGinleydonegalhousing
An appeal for an emergency adoption was launched earlier today in which two abandoned kittens were due to be put to sleep if not adopted within an hour.Thankfully several people came forward to express interest in adopting the kittens, and they are now currently on their way to their new home in Convoy.The lady who found the kittens said that she received three calls within twenty minutes of the appeal being published, and they will now live and long and happy life with their new family. Thank you to all who shared the appeal and helped get these little kittens a home to call their own.Relief as abandoned kittens spared from being put to sleep was last modified: October 8th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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)