first_imgFriday’s game between the two storied programs, decorated coaches and high-level players is expected to be a competitive showcase of basketball development in Canada.  The University of Toronto Varsity Blues and Duke Blue Devils will take to the court in pre-season basketball action on Friday, August 17 at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre (formerly Hershey Centre) in Mississauga as part of the sold-out Duke Canada Tour. For those accolades, as well as the rise of NBA star alumni Kyrie Irving, Grant Hill, and Jayson Tatum, Duke basketball maintains international acclaim. All three games will be available on ESPN in the United States and TSN5 and RDS in Canada.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Coming home is highly-touted Canadian R.J. Barrett. He leads Duke’s 2018-19 freshman class, one expected to be amongst the best in college basketball history. No. 1 ranked Barrett is accompanied by Zion Williamson, Cam Reddish and Tre Jones, who are ranked second, third, and tenth, respectively, on the ESPN 100 Class of 2018. Campbell is entering his sixth season in his role. He has served as an assistant for Team Canada at three FISU Summer Universiades. Campbell spent 11 years as the head coach of the Dalhousie University Tigers. During that tenure, he guided the Tigers to two AUS championship titles (2008-09, 2010-11) and earned Atlantic University Sport (AUS) coach of the year honours in 2010-11. Both the Blue Devils and Varsity Blues have historically significant basketball programs. The first University of Toronto men’s basketball team was formed in 1907-08, with games played against McGill and Queen’s. U of T has since been crowned conference champion 14 times, the second-best in the OUA. Story Linkscenter_img The Duke Canada Tour takes place August 15-19, making stops in Mississauga at Paramount Centre for the Blue Devils to play both the Ryerson Rams and Blues on August 15 and 17. Duke will then travel to Montreal to play McGill at Place Bell on August 19th. This recruit class and their Blue Devils team are led by the all-time winningest coach in NCAA history, Mike Krzyzewski, who will be beginning his 44th season as college head coach and 39th season with the Blue Devils. ‘Coach K’ is credited with the most wins in NCAA history with 1,100.  Print Friendly Version This meeting marks another opportunity for international exposure for the Varsity Blues, under head coach John Campbell. The Blues earned the bronze medal at the 2018 Buddha’s Light International Association (BLIA) Cup tournament, July 2-8, in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. Meanwhile, Duke adopted basketball in 1906, while still known as Trinity College. The program has since won five NCAA championships and appeared in 11 championship games and 16 Final Fours. Both U of T and Duke take pride not only in historic athletic excellence but in academic excellence as well. According to the World University Rankings, Duke ranked 18th and U of T 22nd overall in 2017. Student-athletes of both schools must adhere to a strict academic standard, through selective recruitment processes and athletic careers.last_img read more

Sunderland boss Poyet refuses to give up on Liverpool’s Borini

first_img Liverpool star Fabio Borini 1 Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has refused to give up hope of landing Liverpool striker Fabio Borini.The Black Cats appeared to receive a set-back in their pursuit of the forward earlier this week when Borini’s agent Marco de Marchi indicated the 23-year-old wanted to stay and fight for his place at the Reds.However, Poyet remains optimistic that a deal can be struck for the hitman, who provided sterling service during his time on loan at the Stadium of Light last season.Asked about Borini, the Uruguayan told the Sunderland Echo: “It is not for me to explain but it is not just a question of Fabio wanting to come or not. There are many, many things to look at and unfortunately, I cannot comment on those.“We are involved in negotiations and you never know how long that can take. There’s nothing new to report as things stand, but we are still hoping to close the deal completely.“It’s up to Fabio. We have been clear, everything is fine, there’s no doubt about his connection with our club, and me and him get along fine, so there is no reason for it not to happen.“I would love to know how long it will take to sort out, but all I can tell you is that things are changing every day.“We have targets that we are looking for, we have other options, but we have an agreement with Liverpool and we will do everything possible to get Fabio to the club first.“If Fabio does not come, it does not set us back, we would move on – we are not a one-player team.”last_img read more

Opinion: End this corporate punishment and give England back to the real fans

first_img ‘Anyone want two together?’ 1 On Saturday night at Wembley, I witnessed a right shambolic rabble – disinterested, easily distracted and nowhere to be seen when they were most needed. Not the team (necessarily) but England ‘supporters’ – for want of a better word – showing just why the national stadium, built as a shrine to English football, is fast becoming just another place to lord it in hospitality with an important international qualification match as a mere sideshow.It’s only two weeks since Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was bemoaning the lack of atmosphere at Stamford Bridge, comments which prompted debate on talkSPORT about so-called ‘football tourists’ who travel over to the UK, spend four-figure sums on match ticket deals to top Premier League grounds (mostly, it seems, in London) and spend most of the ensuing 90 minutes taking selfies without a great deal of interest in the action unfolding in front of them. Well, it seems the problem extends beyond the domestic front.talkSPORT’s dedicated commentary box at Wembley sits on the halfway line at the top of the lower tier, directly behind the two dugouts. It’s a perfect position to observe the game, but it’s also a perfect place to see the worst excesses of corporate hospitality that means the place will never ever be the ‘cauldron of hate’ Roy Hodgson expects Celtic Park to be on Tuesday when his side travels north to take on Scotland.Just over 82,000 were there on Saturday but, as the game began, five gents directly in front of our commentary position were busy taking pics, standing up, sitting down and generally horsing around, utterly oblivious to the game in front of them. Worse still, when they looked around and saw Stan Collymore next to me in our commentary box, they showed even less interest in England/Slovenia and merely stood up to try to take pics of Stan, blocking our view in turn.Stan asked them to sit down and the V-signs were immediately flicked in our direction – we called over a steward to ask the gents to sit down and calm down. Eventually, their interest in us waned – not that their interest in the game increased any – and they sloped off back into the warm bosom of the corporate lounges a good ten minutes before half time.A complaint often levelled at Wembley is that those seats directly behind the dugouts take an eternity to be re-filled by ‘fans’ when the second half starts. Well, sometimes they aren’t filled at all, as these five gents who’d been so absorbed in their own self-importance during the first 45 didn’t reappear at all for the second period, presumably preferring to remain close friends with their mates Pinot and Grigiot rather than provide partisan support for an England side that needed encouragement.Other European nations must look at an attendance of 82,000 at Wembley with envious eyes. It’s great revenue, without question, but with numpties like those in front of Stan and myself on Saturday, you simply cannot generate an atmosphere that a crowd like that frankly should.Wayne Rooney won his 100th cap at the weekend, but the atmosphere against Solvenia was incomparable to the one he encountered when he made his first start for his country in 2003 against Turkey at Sunderland’s Stadium Of Light. Rooney responded from moment one that night, terrorising the Turkish defence with his runs from deep, egged on by a totally committed sell out crowd of more than 40,000.With the NFL moving inexorably towards a London franchise, and an increasing use of Wembley as an American Football venue in the autumn months, maybe now we should consider taking England internationals back around the country, as we did in the years the national stadium was demolished and rebuilt at an exorbitant cost to the FA.It’s clear from the heavily pock-marked pitch we saw at the weekend it is simply not possible to maintain a slick playing surface for Association Football whilst American Football is also on the agenda. If London does – as seems inevitable – take an NFL franchise, that would mean a minimum of eight games in a regular season. You’d also have the potential for post-season play-offs into the New Year (you wonder whether the Superbowl may even make its way over the pond one day) that could take NFL fixtures into double figures at Wembley.There is simply no way Wembley’s ground staff could be expected to continuously turn the pitch around between codes and provide a playing surface that satisfies everyone. You could still clearly see the yardage markers on the pitch on Saturday, fully seven days on from the third NFL game played there this season. It’s embarrassing our national side plays on a surface that shows evidence of America’s national sport wherever you look.Now, once you get into the March/June internationals, such concerns with the NFL season are long gone, so the only issue then is how the pitch recovers from the rock concerts that take place in summer months – Foo Fighters have just announced two successive dates at Wembley Stadium for late June 2015, for example.So, while the FA can happily recoup the revenue from the full stadia and the ‘take me out to the ball game’ atmosphere het NFL clearly creates at Wembley, surely they can consider not over-using the place and instead utilise Old Trafford, Anfield, Villa Park, St James’ Park et al for autumn friendlies and qualifiers. There’s no doubt such top-flight venues were a terrific success when hosting England matches in the early 2000s. Let’s do it again – that way, the FA not only get revenue from the NFL, but also get the goodwill of England fans back onside.And who knows, we may even fill the ground with people more interested in football than the corporate trough.You can listen to live commentary of Scotland v England on Tuesday night on talkSPORT from 8pm.What do you think? Should England go back ‘on the road’? Comment below…last_img read more

Arsenal transfer warning: Wenger told he must increase bid to land Legia Warsaw starlet

first_imgArsenal are in danger of losing out on Legia Warsaw wonderkid Krystian Bielik.Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is keen to add the 17-year-old to his ranks this month following a successful trial at London Colney.However, an initial bid of around £1.2m has been rejected by Legia, and a host of big clubs in Germany and Italy are now hoping to secure Bielik’s signature.Bielik is regarded as one of the most highly rated young midfielders in Europe and is keen on moving to north London.Speaking in an interview on Polish website back in December, he admitted it would be a dream to work under Arsene Wenger.“I believe in him, because I know that he is not afraid to play the youngsters,” he said of the Gunners boss.“Remember in the last game against Galatasaray in the Champions League, in which he put three 17 year olds onto the pitch in the second half.”Legia are resigned to losing the Poland Under-16 star, but the Poles are looking for at least £3m.The Gunners now must decide whether to increase their initial bid, or risk losing out on the talented youngster. Arsene Wenger 1last_img read more

‘We have let the fans down’ – Howe angered by Bournemouth’s EFL Cup defeat

first_img Eddie Howe 1 Eddie Howe was left bemoaning the performance of his Bournemouth side after his decision to field fringe players backfired in a shock EFL Cup defeat to Preston.Simon Makienok scored a hat-trick for the Championship side as they secured a 3-2 win at the Vitality Stadium after extra time.The Denmark international grabbed his first goal for Preston on 11 minutes but Bournemouth rallied in the second half.Lewis Grabban scored his first goal since returning to the Cherries in January as he converted a penalty following a Ben Pringle handball before Dan Gosling added a second to set Howe’s side on an apparent course to the fourth round.But Makienok struck again, levelling with a header to take the tie into extra time, where the Palermo loanee then tucked away the winner with nine minutes left.Howe made 11 changes to his team with the likes of Jack Wilshere, Callum Wilson, Jordan Ibe and Simon Francis nowhere to be seen in the Bournemouth squad – but it is a sign of the changing times at the club that the starting XI named here still cost in excess of £40million.But Howe, who saw his side jeered off by a small number of fans following the defeat, was left deflated by the performance of those who came into his team.“I don’t give these opportunities lightly,” he said. “I give them because I believe in the players and think they deserve that by how they train and their attitude day to day.“But very early in the game I think it was evident that there was something not right with us tonight. It disappointed me immensely. We have let them (the fans) down.“It was very disappointing from start to finish. It was unlike us. I felt we were lethargic. We didn’t play with our usual energy and enthusiasm. We got what we deserved.”Preston boss Simon Grayson made 10 changes after a weekend thumping by Brentford.And he reserved special praise for Makienok, who has been limited to four substitute appearances in the league this season.“He shown what he is capable of doing again,” Grayson said of the former Charlton striker.“He’s had a stop-start season with us and delighted with him. Any striker who scores goals it will give them a boost for their confidence.“He is more than just a target man. You saw him even at the end running the channels. He has fantastic hold-up play, a good touch and brings people in and allows us to play a different way.“We signed him because we thought he could give us something different. He has just been waiting for an opportunity and Simon has shown what he is capable of doing.”last_img read more

Combined Liverpool and Man City XI – agree with this top class 4-3-3?

first_img 3. Dejan Lovren (centre back) – Lovren is finally settling into his centre back role at Anfield, building an excellent understanding with Joel Matip. John Stones has been in and out of the City side in recent games, while Lovren remains the mainstay in the heart of Liverpool’s defence. 4. Nicolas Otamendi (centre back) – Guardiola seems to be getting the best out of Otamendi. The Argentine didn’t impress in his debut season in Manchester, but is settling well under his new manager. He does, however, need a regular centre back partner alongside him. 11 Tune into live commentary of Liverpool v Manchester City, kick off 5:30pm this Saturday 31st December, on talkSPORT.Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola meet in a hotly-anticipated Premier League clash between second and third at Anfield on New Year’s Eve, with both out to keep the pressure on title leaders Chelsea and secure those all important bragging rights.And to lift excitement ahead of kick off, we’ve decided to pick out the best players – on current form and fitness – from each team, assembling a combined XI.Check out who makes the cut by scrolling through the gallery above. 11 5. James Milner (left back) – The Anfield faithful were hopeful Klopp would replace the unreliable Alberto Moreno in the summer transfer window, but the German coach was instead forced to turn to Milner. This decision has proved an excellent one. Milner has adapted, as expected, with ease to a new defensive position. 11 2. Nathaniel Clyne (right back) – Clyne almost instantly solved Liverpool’s problems at right back when he arrived two summers’ ago, settling superbly. He’s one of the most reliable in Klopp’s team and gets the nod ahead of Bacary Sagna. 9. Sadio Mane (right attack) – One of the signings of the summer, Mane has been outstanding for Liverpool. He’s the club’s top scorer with eight goals and has a further four assists, transforming an already fearsome Reds attack. £34m well spent by the Merseyside outfit. 11 11 11 6. Adam Lallana (centre midfield) – It’s been some season, already, for Lallana. The England international has seven goals and six assists to his name, becoming one of the Reds’ most influential players. He’s among the most improved in England’s top flight this term and seems to be getting better with each game. 11 7. Jordan Henderson (centre midfield) – Liverpool fans have been drooling over Henderson’s form this season, and rightly so. He’s the heartbeat of Liverpool’s team, epitomising the passion asked of Klopp. He might not have the ability or vision of City’s midfielders, but his energy is indispensable. 11 1. Claudio Bravo (goalkeeper) – check out the full combined XI by clicking the arrow above, right – With uncertainty over Liverpool’s first choice stopper having worsened this season, Bravo has to be the pick in between the posts. He has an awful lot to prove at the Etihad, but Pep Guardiola has placed his trust in the Chilean. 8. David Silva (centre midfield) – Silva’s influence on the City side has dropped slightly over the past season and a half, but he remains an important player under Guardiola. He’s got two assists and a goal in his last three games, and will have a key role in City’s title challenge. 11 11 10. Divock Origi (centre forward) – Origi has been thrown into the limelight in Liverpool’s last few games and has been in fine goalscoring form. The Belgian has three goals in his last five games, suggesting he will have a role to play in Liverpool’s top four challenge. His all-round game, though, does need to improve. 11 11. Kevin De Bruyne (left attack) – De Bruyne is sitting pretty at the top of the assist charts, having set up nine goals for his team-mates this season, with his closest rivals registering six. The 25-year-old pulls the strings for City and is imperative to their style of play.last_img read more

El Patio eatery founder dies at 74

first_imgLA MIRADA – Gabriel De La Parra, an immigrant from Mexico who founded the popular El Patio restaurant in Uptown, where he enjoyed personally greeting his patrons, has died, his family said Tuesday. De La Parra died Saturday of a heart attack, his wife Ruth said. He was 74. De La Parra sold his restaurant in 2000. The site is now the La Barca restaurant. No funeral services are scheduled, his wife said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Born in Mexico, De La Para immigrated to the United States in the mid-1950s at the request of his late brother, Gustavo, Ruth said. The couple were married in 1965 and moved to Whittier in 1966. Ruth and Gabriel founded the original El Patio restaurant at Beverly and Norwalk boulevards, but two years later, they moved their popular establishment to Uptown and constructed a new building in the early 1970s. While De La Parra and his wife both worked together at the business, Ruth said Gabriel was “the personality of the restaurant. “He used to go to all the tables and tell a joke,” she said. “To know him was to love him.” Kim Wicker, one of the owners of Monte’s Camera Shop in Uptown, remembers De La Parra as a “vivacious” person. “He definitely loved life and was an excellent host at his establishment,” Wicker said. “He definitely will be missed.” De La Parra also was active in the Uptown Association’s annual Christmas parade. Every year, his restaurant hosted a breakfast for parade participants. He served as its grand marshal one year. After selling their restaurant, the couple moved to La Mirada two years ago. Besides his wife, De La Parra is survived by his brothers, Arturo of Sherman Oaks, Francisco of Mexico City, and Cayetano of La Jolla. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Leitrim win Connacht junior title for first time in 13 years

first_imgLeitrim won the Connacht Junior Football Championship last night.Seamus Quinn’s side claimed an impressive 1-16 to 0-16 win over Mayo in Charlestown.James Gallagher’s first half goal proved crucial, as Leitrim claimed the title for the first time since 2004.Quinn was delighted with the performance of his team…Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Sligo are set to name their team today for Sunday’s Connacht Senior quarter-final against Mayo.The sides last met in the championship in 2015, when Mayo were comfortable winners in the final.But Sligo boss Niall Carew isn’t drawing too many comparisons…Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Donegal’s championship campaign begins on Sunday when they host Antrim in Ballybofey in an Ulster quarter-final.The players played a round of the club championship since their last league game, and boss Rory Gallagher thinks that was beneficial… Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

October 18, 2013: Weekly Roundup of Web Development and Design Resources

first_imgIt seems late, but we’re finally seeing cooler weather this week, and some great autumn colors in the trees. One of my favorite times of the year in Michigan.In this week’s roundup, you’ll learn about our upcoming World Usability Day event in Detroit, how users who are blind informed development of an application that allows users to access their phone without looking at it, get insights on the process for creating the responsive Entertainment Weekly site, and more. What resources do you find most useful? Share your thoughts in the comments.Favorite TweetIf I want to collect new ideas, I’ll ask you what you think, if I am designing for you, I’ll observe your behavior.— Jonathan Lupo (@userexperience) October 11, 2013User ExperienceWorld Usability Day Detroit: Join me November 14 for the World Usability Day Detroit evening event, hosted by Detroit User Experience. We’re excited to have Jeff Greer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Steve Tengler of Altia, Inc. as our guest speakers speaking on healthcare: collaborating for better systems.Beyond usability testing: Getting a holistic view of the user experience: Amanda Nance’s slides from her presentation at Atlanta Web Design Group. So if headings make a new section, and if read more

Marathon economy flight was quicker than expected

first_imgThe economy cabin on the Perth-London flight. The economy seat headrest is too high, or not high enough, my neck feels like it’s been kicked by a donkey’s hind legs and I’ve lost all feeling in my right leg. The much-hyped Dreamliner this may be but let’s get one thing clear, this is a long-haul flight and, as with all long-haul flights, there are places you’d much rather be – bed for a start.Read: Qantas to look at Paris after conquering Perth-London non-stop. And while we’re talking about sleep, did I mention we have a few snorers on board? That said, these complaints are universal. But, if you’re sitting at the back of the bus, Qantas’ spanking new Dreamliner is about as good as it’s going to get.Gleaming windows, just-upholstered economy seats and mechanisms that seamlessly click into place (no temperamental tray tables here), it’s hard not to be taken in by the shininess of the factory-fresh jet-lag beater we’d boarded.Qantas economy Perth-London non-stopThe Dreamliner economy seats. Photo: Qantas. So, like everyone else, I started off my 17-hour marathon by doing what we all do when arriving somewhere new – pressing all the buttons. Gone are the old remote-control-on-a-wire handsets, like all things these days, everything is accessed through a touchscreen. An A-Z of Hollywood blockbusters, the flight map, podcasts, Sam Smith’s latest album and the trusty old reading light are all on a high-definition touch screen. They’ve thought of everything here, there’s a stand for your iPad, plug sockets and USBs and a netting foot cradle which would prove a godsend when the lights were dimmed.But first, the food.Read: Chocolate to help passenger health on marathon Qantas flight. As a regular long-haul flyer, there have been many times I’ve relied on a mid-way stop to get myself a decent meal. As a person who suffers from serious “hanger” on an empty stomach, a lot was going to hinge on Neil Perry’s menu. The choices are undeniably fancy (salad of cumin spiced beef, anyone?) but do they deliver? I reckon they do. My vegetarian meal of Mediterranean vegetables and red rice seemed fresher than anything else I’ve eaten in the air. Meanwhile, my neighbouring passenger raised his eyebrows at lettuce that wasn’t soggy.Qantas economy non-stop Perth London Later, veggie burgers and bacon butties (sorry, “baguettes”) make their way through the cabin – another popular choice and we were woken with a cooked breaky. But, it is plane food in the cheap economy seats after all. We’re eating with plastic cutlery and the cups of tea arrive in paper cups, this wasn’t Rockpool and it wouldn’t be on any other flight either. On a flight that takes off a few hours before bedtime and a restless cabin from having eaten after 10pm, sleep was going to be critical to prevent cattle class from descending into a scene from the Muppets. The cabin lights gently faded to a red glow after dinner and the temperature dropped, this was our cue to try and catch a bit of shut-eye. A disclaimer: I ended up with an empty seat next to me, which makes sleeping without a neighbour drooling on your shoulder a whole lot easier. Yet, those around me appeared to have nothing to complain about when it came to the width of the seats.The legroom, however, was a common niggle. The second the seats went back, we were squished in inches of space. Watching a movie? Tough! You’d better get used to watching your favourite Hollywood stars in close-up. Then again, sleep is possible and this was way more comfortable than other economy class flights I’ve done. The foot cradle kept our feet elevated, the pillows were huge and the adjustable headrest was a nice touch – providing you could get it just right. As we reached the point where we’d be usually be expected a wander around a middle eastern airport, I was out cold. The last thing I wanted was to be thrust into the fluorescent airport lights shopping for duty free.qantas non-stop economy Perth-London It’s for this reason the non-stop flight wins out for me. A family sitting near me would have had to disturb their children to traipse through security once again. The parents didn’t want it, the kids didn’t want it, nobody wanted it. We wanted to keep resting – and we could.The service, as expected on a historic flight full of pollies and media, was exceptional. Teas and coffees were offered whenever they caught a passenger awake and they were happy to hop in and help when people like me struggled to work all the fancy buttons. One passenger did seem miffed there were no warm towels and another thought the tea cups weren’t big enough. Yet, their grins when we were only an hour from landing, were tough to hide. “I’m feeling fresh as a daisy, it’s that good air,” one passenger declared. As we hit the tarmac at Heathrow, there was a loud round of applause at the back of the plane and not only because the inaugural flight has made it in one stab (let’s be honest, we were all a tad nervous). It was over, far quicker than we expected.qantgas London Perth non-stop economy Despite the snorers and aching necks, we’d made this world-first flight with a good three hours to spare, compared with our previous trips to the UK. Time enough to find a tea in a proper cup.last_img read more