Commentary Keep potential Big Ten name changes simple

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said the conference is considering changing the names of its Leaders and Legends divisions beginning in 2014, according to ESPN.com. For the majority of Big Ten fans, including myself, this comes as a relief, and we collectively say, “Thank goodness.” According to a Monday ESPN article, the decision to change the division names could be made as early as June, a little more than a year before Maryland and Rutgers leave the ACC and Big East, respectively, to increase the total number of schools the Big Ten houses to 14. It seems college football will soon be comprised of four super conferences, which I am not a fan of. With that being the case, I hope Delany and his colleagues see this expansion as a second chance to get this naming thing right. Two years ago ­- when the conference added Nebraska – they introduced a new logo and split the teams into the Leaders and Legends divisions. After I initially heard this news, I could not help but scratch my head. Originally I thought maybe the conference was just trying to promote how its members mold its student athletes to be leaders in whatever they choose to do after they leave school. Maybe their intentions were to honor such legends as Archie Griffin, Bo Schembechler and Bob Knight, who each helped make the history of the conference excellent. Then I thought about it again and found the new names to be too different to be likable for the common fan like myself. It is no secret that there are plenty of fans across the Midwest who do not care for how the divisions are named. It seems like Delany understands that, even though he said in the ESPN article that he was a “little surprised” about the responses that came when the names were released in 2010. “I’m not sure it was a national survey (of people who didn’t like the names),” Delany told ESPN. “I don’t take umbrage to negative reaction.” To me that means he knows fans currently are not supportive of how the divisions are named, but he knows no matter what is ultimately decided upon, not everyone is going to be happy. For that, I agree with the conference’s commissioner, but offer this bit of advice: Just keep it simple. Conferences like the SEC, MAC and even Conference USA call their divisions East and West. The Pac-12 has a North Division and a South Division, and the ACC dubs its divisions Atlantic and Coastal. I understand that the names mentioned above are easy to select due to geographic location within the boundaries of the conference, but I wonder why something similar in the Big Te cannot be done. Theoretically, all schools that lie west of the Indiana and Illinois border could become members of a West Division. With the addition of Purdue to that side, this would leave seven members (Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers) to create an East Division, and keep many of the traditional rivalries within the conference. Keep in mind the Big Ten could be looking to expand even more, with the potential of adding two more teams to bring the conference’s total to 16. If that does happen, having the names of East and West atop the divisions should have little to no impact on which division the new members join. As long as Delany is seriously considering the change, then even if it fails, Big Ten supporters can be happy. It appears he knows how the bulk of them feel and understands what is right in front of him. “We have the opportunity to look at divisional structure, branding, rivalries and geography all again,” he said. “Depending on what we do will probably influence exactly how we brand it.” Geography makes the most sense in my mind, but that is why guys like Jim Delany get paid the big bucks and students like me do not. read more

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Chelsea rejects Barca bid for Willian

first_imgChelsea have rejected a bid offer in excess of £50m from Barcelona for Brazilian international star Willian, according to Sky Sports.It appears that negotiation is still ongoing between the two clubs and the representatives of Willian Borges, who is on international duty with Brazil at the world cup in Russia.The former Shakhtar winger who is in Russia for the World Cup tournament has been linked with a move to either Manchester United or Barcelona, with the winger keen on leaving Stamford Bridge as long as Antonio Conte remains in charge of the club.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.The Brazilian has made 236 appearances for the London based club while also scoring 44 goals since he joined from Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013.Although Willian was snubbed for the starting line-up of the 1-0 FA Cup final win over United at Wembley but only coming on as an injury time substitute, he has scored 44 goals in 236 appearances for Chelsea since joining from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013.last_img read more

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Lookman Bundesliga move doesnt guarantee success

first_imgEverton winger Ademola Lookman insists everyone has a different scenario and, therefore, can’t be guaranteed to emulate the successes of others in the BundesligaThe 21-year-old spent the latter part of last season on loan at RB Leipzig and impressed with five goals and four assists in 11 Bundesliga appearances.Since then, the likes of English youngsters Jadon Sancho and Reiss Nelson have starred in the German top flight at Borussia Dortmund and Hoffenheim respectively.While, Chelsea assistant coach Gianfranco Zola confirmed Bayern Munich’s strong interest in young star Callum Hudson-Odoi.“Everyone’s scenario is different, all our situations are different,” said Lookman, according to Liverpool Echo.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: 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.“So I think it is about the experience because wherever you go you can say you are going to play, but you have to prove it.“It is for experience, learning new football, learning a new style, just being around it.“It was different football [in Germany], but I wouldn’t say it was daunting. It was just another experience, take it in your stride and get used to it.”Since returning to Everton for this season, Lookman has made just the one start in 11 Premier League appearances.last_img read more

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Construction Updates On The Kenai Peninsula

first_imgSTERLING HIGHWAY REHABILITATION, SKILAK LAKE to STERLING ROAD CONSTRUCTION through OctoberDrivers should expect LANE CLOSURES, ONE-LANE traffic and flagging operations, Monday through Sunday, 8:00pm to 7:00am.Through June 8, a Wildlife Crossing DETOUR will be in place at Sterling Highway MP 64.5. This zone has a 25 MPH speed reduction in place.Construction crews have begun milling operations between MP 77 and 79. Traffic will drive on a gravel surface until foaming operations begin Monday, June 11.During foaming and paving work, drivers should expect PILOT CAR operations and 15 to 20 minute delays, Monday through Sunday, 8:00pm to 7:00am.Crews will continue to work north from MP 67 and 69. Watch for flagging and PILOT CAR operations, with 5 to 10 minute delays.STERLING HIGHWAY, MP 89.8 LEFT TURN LANESROAD CONSTRUCTION through OctoberConstruction crews are working on the additional left turn lanes at Forest Lane and Jim Dahler Road from the Sterling Highway at MP 89.8.KALIFORNSKY BEACH ROAD MP 16 to 22.2, RESURFACING and SIGNALIZATIONROAD CONSTRUCTION through the seasonDrivers should be aware that the temporary signals are on a timer, not detection, so usual signal patterns have changed.STERLING HIGHWAY BELUGA LAKE DAM IMPROVEMENTSROAD CONSTRUCTION through mid JulyThe area of impact for this construction is approximately a 1/2 mile, with guard rails on both sides of the highway. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Transportation has released it’s weekly road construction update for the projects currently taking place on the Kenai Peninsula.last_img read more

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Sensex hits new 10month closing high Adani Ports Tata Motors ICICI Bank

first_imgThe Monday rally on Indian stock exchanges saw the Sensex close at a new 10-month high.  The 30-scrip benchmark index ended 499.79 points, or 1.84 percent higher, at 27,626. The NSE Nifty also closed at a new 10-month high of 8,467.90, gaining 144.70 points, or 1.74 percent.Adani Ports was the top gainer and closed at Rs. 216.95, up 4.78 percent, followed by Tata Motors that ended 4.14 percent higher at Rs. 484.50. ICICI Bank closed with a gain of 3.44 percent at Rs. 249.85. Coal India and State Bank of India were the other top gainers.In the BSE500 universe, Amtek Auto shares jumped 15.58 percent to close at Rs. 44.15, followed by OnMobile Global.Indian stock markets consolidated their gains on Monday after opening on a positive note on strong global cues. The S&P BSE Sensex was up 491 points, or 1.81 percent, to 27,618 at about 12.15 p.m. while the NSE Nifty was trading with gains of almost 140 points, or 1.67 percent, at 8,462.Top Sensex gainers were Tata Motors, Adani Ports, ICICI Bank, Coal India, Power Grid Corporation and NTPC.Among sectoral indices, the BSE Bankex was up 1.90 percent, auto index 2.05 percent, energy 1.68 percent and realty 2 percent.The Indian rupee opened 24 paise higher at 67.12 to the US dollar, tracking the upbeat sentiment on the Indian stock exchanges.Asian stock markets opened on a bullish note, with the Japanese Nikkei 225 gaining 3.55 percent after elections to the country’s upper house saw Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition get a landslide victory. The outcome is being perceived as a boost to Abe’s economic reforms agenda.Last Friday, US stock markets ended with gains after job data for June showed nonfarm payroll employment jumped by 2.87 lakh for the month, far above estimates.”On Friday the US Labor department said nonfarm payroll employment surged up by 2,87,000 jobs in June, which was much higher than economists expectations of 1,80,000 jobs,” brokerage Angel Broking said in a note on Monday. The data also had a positive impact on European markets, the firm said. The L&T Infotech IPO opens on Monday and ends on Wednesday. The company’s parent is offloading 1.75 crore shares enabling the listing of its subsidiary. L&T Infotech has fixed the price band as Rs. 705 to Rs. 710 per share. Story republished at 4.15 p.m. with additional details.last_img read more

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ABC Launches New 247 Online News Network ABC News Live Exclusively on

first_imgThe focus will always be on-the-ground coverage, not news analysis, he added. “Viewers want to be shown, not told, what’s happening in the world.”ABC News Live is going to be exclusively available via the Roku Channel at launch, but Smith said that the programming may also show up on the ABC News website during breaking news events. He declined to comment on other over-the-top opportunities for the new online news network.Roku first launched its Roku channel as an ad-supported VOD service on its own streaming devices and Roku TVs in September. Since then, the channel has become the third-most-popular ad-supported channel on Roku’s platform, thanks to free movies and TV shows from studios like Lionsgate, Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM), Sony Pictures Entertainment and Warner Bros.ABC News Digital is the first live feed to launch on the Roku Channel, but it won’t remain the only one: The set-top box maker also struck partnerships with upstart news network Cheddar, People TV and Newsy to carry their live feeds on the channel. People TV and Newsy in particular will include a lot of pre-programmed content as a linear feed, something that could prove popular with viewers who want to watch internet TV in a more lean-back fashion. “There is value in that linear schedule,” agreed Holmes.The on-demand catalog of the Roku channel has grown from around 500 movies and TV show episodes to over 1000 such videos since its launch a little over half a year ago. Holmes said that the company plans to add more content in the coming months, but that it still wanted to keep the channel curated. That’s why the company is also set to add a new collections feature to the Roku Channel, which is supposed to help consumers get to things like action flicks across a variety of genres and sources more easily.The company plans to roll out these new collections, as well as live news programming, on the Roku Channel when it launches the next version of the Roku smart TV OS next month. Roku previously announced plans to also bring the Roku Channel to Samsung Smart TVs this summer. Adding live news programming, as well as extending the reach of the Roku Channel, is one way Roku is growing the amount of ad-supported viewing on its platform. Although it is primarily known for its streaming devices, Roku’s business is squarely focused on monetizing its audience through advertising. The company is selling all of the ads for the Roku Channel, including those shown on ABC News Live, but Holmes said that the network retained full editorial control over the placement of its ad breaks. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 ABC News is set to launch a new free 24-hour news network, dubbed ABC News Live, on the Roku Channel next month. In addition, Roku is also going to add live linear channels from Cheddar, People TV and Newsy to the ad-supported channel. “It’s a lot like a CNN moment for OTT,” said Roku’s vice president of programming during a briefing with Variety.The new channel, which will at launch only be available on Roku’s ad-supported Roku channel, will feature 24/7 programming, including breaking news and live event coverage. The channel will rely heavily on ABC News’ worldwide network of correspondents, and carry the same programming as ABC’s broadcast network during breaking news events.Live feeds from by ABC News correspondents will be complemented by verified and curated live video feeds from social media, put in context by hosts that are supposed to act more like navigators than traditional news anchors. “That footage is entirely raw, entirely unfiltered,” said ABC News Digital vice president Colby Smith. “Our ambition here is not to recreate cable news for Roku.” Popular on Variety last_img read more

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75 magnitude earthquake strongly felt in Chinas Xinjiang

first_imgA powerful 7.5 earthquake that jolted Afghanistan, Pakistan and India on Monday was also strongly felt in parts of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.Residents of Kashgar, Hotan, Aksu and Kizilsu in southern Xinjiang felt the quake and many ran out of their homes. “First, we felt a minor quake and then a strong one. People rushed out of their buildings to open ground,” Kashgar resident Feng Zhuoyi said, adding that she felt dizzy when the tremor struck. Also Read – Nine hurt in accident at fireworks show in French resortHowever, there have been no reports of casualties or collapsed houses in Xinjiang, fire service officials told state-run Xinhua new agency. At least 105 people were killed and over 1,000 others injured on Monday as a strong 7.5 earthquake rocked northern Pakistan. The quake’s epicentre was located near Jurm in northeast Afghanistan, 250 kilometres from Kabul and at a depth of 213.5 kms, according to the US Geological Survey.last_img read more

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Freeview settop company TVonics will use the inte

first_imgFreeview set-top company TVonics will use the internet port in some of its devices to stream live coverage of the WBO boxing title fight this Saturday.The fight between Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew from the Liverpool Echo Arena will be streamed live on Freeview channel 112 at 19:00 on Saturday via the internet port on TVonics’ high-definition products, the DTR HD500 and DTR Z500HD. It will be delivered via Frank Warren’s new boxing channel, BoxNation, which is usually only available to Sky and Virgin Media customers.TVonics recently activated the IP connection on its latest HD DVRs, enabling the delivery of on-demand and catch-up services including the BBC’s iPlayer.“Freeview users have been missing out on BoxNation, but that is set to change, said TVonics chief technology officer, Andy Carr. “Our latest generation of digital TV recorders give viewers the very best of traditional broadcast television and now they can also access high quality, on-demand content via the internet port. It’s the best of both worlds without having to shell out for pay-per-view.”last_img read more

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Bouygues Telecom Oranges discussions with French

first_imgBouygues TelecomOrange’s discussions with French industrial conglomerate Bouygues to acquire the latter’s Bouygues Telecom unit “are ongoing and require at least several weeks before any decision is taken”, the company has said, taking observers by surprise after reports over the weekend that a deal was imminent.Posting strong full-year results, Orange said that, regarding Bouygues Telecom, it would “act solely in the interests of its shareholders, employees and customers and will be particularly attentive to the value created by such a project”.Separately, Orange reported 7.933 million TV customers at the end of December, up from 7.19 million a year earlier.In France, the company had 6.423 million TV subscribers out of a total of 10.734 million broadband customers, up from 6.051 million out of a total of 10.354 million broadband homes.In Spain, Orange grew its TV base to 306,000 on the strength of its ability to offer top-tier football, up two and a half times the figure for the end of 2014. The company had 3.753 million broadband customers at the end of December, up 6.7%.Referring to the Spanish market, Richard said that “the integration of Jazztel has exceeded our objectives and has enabled us to create the most dynamic convergent operator in the market”.In Poland, Orange gained TV customers but lost broadband customers over the year. The company had 787,000 IPTV and satellite TV customers out of a total of 2.105 million broadband customers at the end of December, up from 749,000 out of a total of 2.241 million.Overall, the company had 18.1 million fixed broadband customers at the end of the year, up 3.1%. This number included 1.882 million fibre subscribers, including 960,000 in France and 809,000 in Spain. Orange’s mobile base was 201.2 million, up 3.2%, including 110.2 million in Africa and the Middle East, up 4.1%.Total revenues amounted to €40.236 billion, down 0.1% on a comparable basis. Restated EBITDA for the year, was €12.426 billion, up 0.1% after a 2.5% decline in 2014. Net income increased by 141.5% to €2.958 billion.“Our good results for 2015 confirm the relevance of our new strategic plan, Essentiels2020, designed to differentiate us in terms of quality of customer experience. For the first time since 2009, and one year ahead of target, restated EBITDA for the year is growing,” said Richard, who highlighted the company’s focus on Africa and the Middle East as a “growth area”.“This growth is the result of a very strong commercial performance, particularly in very high-speed broadband, and our continued efforts to control costs. The number of 4G customers, which reached 18 million, has doubled in a year and we have 1.9 million fibre customers, three times more than at the end of 2014. We also have 110 million mobile customers in Africa and the Middle East, up 4.1% year on year on a comparable basis,” he said.last_img read more

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Twitter is expanding its video reach with the laun

first_imgTwitter is expanding its video reach with the launch of a Twitter app for Android TV.The app, which is live now on the Google Play store, lets viewers access live-streamed video that is available on the social network, alongside other Twitter content such as short video clips and ‘top Tweets’.Twitter, which has made a push into premium video, launched a version of the app for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Xbox One devices in September.This came after it struck an exclusive deal with the NFL in April to deliver a live OTT stream of Thursday Night Football, and agreed a live streaming partnership with Bloomberg Media in July.Last month, Twitter announced that it is shutting its short-form video app Vine, at the same time as it said it would cut 9% of the company’s total staff in a cost-cutting move.On the video front, Twitter is focusing instead on live streaming and said in its quarterly letter to investors that it has signed more than a dozen live streaming video partnerships since June.last_img read more

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