Mens Basketball Threestar prospect Justin Ahrens decommits from Ohio State

A day after former Ohio State men’s basketball head coach Thad Matta was fired, 2018 three-star small forward recruit Justin Ahrens has decommitted from the Buckeyes.“Due to coach Matta’s release, and after talking with my family, I would like to announce that I will be re opening my recruitment,” Ahrens said Tuesday in a tweet announcing his decision.He also mentioned that he will still consider attending OSU, and thanked Matta and the coaches for giving him the opportunity to play for the Buckeyes.Ahrens, a 6-foot-5 wing from Versailles, Ohio, is the No. 160 prospect in his class and the sixth-best player in the Buckeye State, according to 247Sports.One player in OSU’s 2018 recruiting class remains committed to the Buckeyes: four-star shooting guard Dane Goodwin. pic.twitter.com/aGZ8vUPlZS— Justin Ahrens (@ahrensjustin12) June 6, 2017 read more

Son reveals he played despite the pain

first_imgTottenham Hotspur star Heung-min Son has admitted he played despite the pain in the final weeks of the season and needs to rest now to be fully present in the World Cup in Russia.Son admitted six weeks of painkillers isn’t something totally unfamiliar to the football players, but admitted he was happy that he could play through the whole season and mainly he for the fact that he avoided injury.“I really played a lot this season, but luckily I had no big injuries and gained some experience,” Son said, according to 101 Great Goals.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I did take painkillers for the last six weeks to play in matches, but there aren’t footballers who are free from injury. I’ll take some rest this week, and I’ll be fine.”“I don’t know which German players will compete against us, but I know I’ll talk with some German players after the match.”“It was my dream to play against Germany on the big stage, so I need to be very well prepared for the match,” Son revealed.last_img read more

Everton rules out big transfer plans for January

first_imgFor Marcel Brands, Everton’s director of football, the team is focused on the transfer market window of the summer, not on the one from this month.Everton director of football Marcel Brands has ruled out a “big” transfer window for the team in January.According to the executive, the team is focusing on the summer transfer window instead.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We don’t have big plans. It’s a very difficult period to bring players in,” he said to Sky Sports.“We don’t want to let our best players go, also other clubs don’t. I’m more focused on the summer window than the January window.”“If we sell or loan players, then maybe we have to do something, and if we do something, it has to be good,” he concluded.last_img read more

Jason Momoas Aquaman is the superhero the world needs right now

first_imgCNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The best place to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list this season. Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports. But what made me really appreciate DC Comics’ Aquaman? Unlike Marvel superheroes who always seem to struggle with internal demons and tragic backstories, Aquaman is well-adjusted and jovial. Granted, since the gritty film reboots of the Batman and Superman franchises, DC Comics have their own versions of damaged and depressing superheroes. But since 2017’s Wonder Woman film, DC movies now seem more cheerful and escapist. spoilers-dceuWarning: Minor movie spoilers ahead. Aquaman’s mother, Queen Atlanna, played by Nicole Kidman, is ripped away from him and his human father, Tom Curry (Temuera Morrison), when Aquaman’s young, but he doesn’t dive into the ocean seeking revenge against the Atlantean royal family. He doesn’t go on a bad-guy-killing spree. He smiles, jokes and shares pints with his dad at the local pub. Welcome to Atlantis. Warner Bros. Granted, much of Aquaman’s charm is due to Momoa’s built-in swagger. This isn’t the uptight, blond-boy comic-book version of Aquaman. This is a superhero we’d want to go drinking or surfing with. He’s approachable without having a Tony Stark ego. Momoa steals most of the Aquaman movie with his relaxed hang 10 surfer approach to dealing with both his insulting half-brother, Atlantean King Orm (Patrick Wilson), and new vengeance-driven villain Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II). But it’s also how Aquaman treats the women in the movie that won me over. Mera (Amber Heard) might look like she’s cosplaying a sexy Ariel the Little Mermaid with a tight green costume and red wig even RuPaul would scoff at, but she’s not in the film as a love interest. She fights her own battles.  Mera isn’t about to be a pawn in yet another royal arranged marriage. And she’s definitely not there to flutter her eyelashes at Aquaman. Most of the time, she’s putting Aquaman in his place and teaching him about the underwater world she calls home. TV and Movies 2019 movies to geek out over Tags Aquaman keeps the DC comeback afloat Now playing: Watch this: Queen Atlanna is also a warrior. When we see her at the beginning of the film, she’s injured and vulnerable, but eventually trusts and falls in love with the lighthouse keeper Tom who nurses her back to health. It’s clear the movie’s real love story isn’t between Aquaman and Mera, but between his parents. Although Queen Atlanna is banished by her royal family, she fights for her survival. She’s a deep-sea Furiosa. What also makes director James Wan’s Aquaman great is its sense of wonderment about the underwater world of Atlantis. I’ll never look at an octopus the same way again. Sure there are plenty of exciting battles where Aquaman shows off his power to command all sea creatures with his mighty trident in hand, but we also get to see the everyday Atlantis where whales and giant turtles are part of the underwater kingdom’s public transportation system. We see a lot of world building that makes me long to reinvest in sea monkeys. Review: Oceanic DC superhero epic will float your boat Aquaman: 5 things I want to see from the next DCEU film Jason Momoa gets giddy and naked at SNL Enlarge ImageJason Momoa as Aquaman. Warner Bros. Pictures Thor, Black Widow, Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Black Panther. This has been my crew, my squad, my ultimate hero lineup for years. Whenever asked to choose Marvel or DC Comics, I proudly yelled Marvel. No contest. The Avengers, Agent Carter and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have been the superheroes I needed — complex, gritty and troubled, without a hint of comic book camp. But lately, I need a fan support group just to get through all the death and destruction facing the Avengers. As the real world feels darker and more dangerous with bomb threats, mass shootings, out-of-control wildfires and turbulent politics, I need a superhero who gives me hope and reminds me to not take everything so damn seriously. Enter Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry, aka Aquaman, in the new film playing worldwide and making a splash at the box office. He saves submarines from being hijacked and is always up for adventure. He’s like an underwater Thor, complete with annoying power-hungry half-brother. But Aquaman also wants to be left alone. He’s not really into politics and superhero fame. He’s an antihero who drinks like a fish and would rather buy you a beer than try to save the world.  He’s optimistic, empathetic and ready to help with a huge smile on his face.   77 Photos Captain Marvel DC Comics Marvel Disney Captain America Iron Man 1:45 More Aquaman The movie ignited my imagination more than the latest roster of Marvel movies. And even though it glosses over the problem of humans polluting the oceans with our never-ending supply of trash, there isn’t a preachy moment. There isn’t a depressing sequence where Aquaman gives up on himself or humanity. I didn’t feel one second of pending doom and gloom in the two-and-a-half-hour movie. Aquaman’s a guy you can trust with the world, both land and sea. He’s optimistic, empathetic and ready to help with a huge smile on his face. Wan’s Aquaman movie has a sense of humor about itself that makes this the kind of superhero the world needs and deserves right now. So I’m a DC Comics fangirl now… or at least until Marvel’s Captain Marvel and DC’s Shazam create a new tug-of-war in 2019.First published Dec. 22, 5 a.m. PT. Correction, 10:17 a.m. PT: This post initially misstated the franchise that created Shazam. Shazam is a DC character. last_img read more

US says N Korea begging for war pushes sanctions

first_imgNorth Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) looking at a metal casing with two bulges at an undisclosed location. AFP file photoThe US has accused North Korea of “begging for war” and pushed for the “strongest possible measures” on Pyongyang following its sixth and most powerful nuclear test.As world powers scramble to react to the latest grave step in the North’s rogue weapons programme, South Korea launched major live-fire naval drills to warn its isolated neighbour against any provocations at sea Tuesday morning local time.US Ambassador Nikki Haley told an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council that Washington will present a new sanctions resolution to be negotiated in the coming days, with a view to voting on it next Monday.“Only the strongest sanctions will enable us to resolve this problem through diplomacy,” Haley told the meeting Monday called by the United States, Britain, France, Japan and South Korea.North Korea on Sunday triggered global alarm when it detonated what it described as a hydrogen bomb designed for a long-range missile.The underground blast had a yield of between 50 and 100 kilotons, or on average more than five times more powerful than the bomb detonated over Hiroshima, UN political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman told the council.Declaring that “enough is enough,” Haley said incremental sanctions imposed on Pyongyang since 2006 had failed.Leader Kim Jong-Un’s “abusive use of missiles and his nuclear threats show that he is begging for war,” she said.“War is never something the United States wants and we don’t want it now, but our country’s patience is not unlimited,” she said.‘Insulting’Haley did not spell out what measures Washington was seeking, but diplomats said they could target oil supplies to North Korea—potentially dealing a major blow to the economy.New sanctions could also seek to curb tourism to the country and ban North Korean laborers sent abroad.The draft text was expected to be presented to the 14 other council members on Tuesday as the United States sought to respond quickly to reports that North Korea was preparing another missile launch.Pyongyang in July fired two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that apparently brought much of the US mainland into range and Seoul has said it could be planning another test.At the UN, China’s ambassador Liu Jieyi warned that the crisis was worsening and emphasized the need for dialogue and a diplomatic solution.“China will never allow chaos and war on the (Korean) peninsula,” he asserted.Liu urged the parties to agree to a Chinese-Russian plan calling for the North to freeze its missile and nuclear tests and the United States and South Korea to suspend joint military exercises.Haley rejected the proposal as “insulting.”“When a rogue regime has a nuclear weapon and an ICBM pointed at you, you do not take steps to lower your guard. No one would do that. We certainly won’t,” she declared.Russia said it would study the new US proposals for sanctions, but again stressed those measures alone would not resolve the crisis.“This is not the way to get parties to the table to seek a political solution,” said Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia.The council has imposed seven sets of sanctions on North Korea since it first tested a nuclear device in 2006, but Pyongyang has repeatedly found ways to circumvent the measures.The most recent resolutions, however, have zeroed in on the economy, targeting key exports sectors such as coal that are a source of hard currency for the regime.Haley reiterated US threats to impose sanctions on countries that conduct trade with North Korea, saying these nations will be seen as “giving aid to their reckless and dangerous nuclear intentions”.That could have major reverberations: China is the largest trading partner of both the North and the United States.South Korean responseSouth Korea’s defense ministry said it was already strengthening its defenses, in part by deploying more US-made Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile launchers.The South carried out an early-morning volley of ballistic missiles Monday simulated an attack on the North’s nuclear test site, followed Tuesday by the naval drills.US President Donald Trump and South Korean leader Moon Jae-In spoke on the phone Monday and agreed to remove limits on the payload of the South’s missiles, fixed at 500 kilograms according to a 2001 bilateral agreement.Trump also approved in principle, the sale of “many billions of dollars’ worth of military weapons and equipment from the United States by South Korea,” according to a White House readout of the call which did not mention any specific new deals.Seoul was the fourth-biggest importer of US arms between 2010-2016, purchasing nearly $5 billion of weaponry in that period according to an analysis by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.On Sunday US monitors measured a powerful 6.3-magnitude earthquake near the North’s main testing site.Hours before the test, the North released images of Kim inspecting a device it called a “thermonuclear weapon with super explosive power” entirely made “by our own efforts and technology”.The South’s defence minister said Seoul believed the North had succeeded in miniaturising a bomb to fit into a missile.The North says it needs nuclear weapons to defend itself against the threat of invasion, and analysts say it is seeking to strengthen its hand for any future negotiations with Washington.last_img read more

LGBTQ Friendly Home For Seniors Coming To Houston

first_imgCourtesy The Montrose CenterA rendering of a planned LGBTQ senior center. It’s believed to be the first of its kind in Houston.Construction is slated to begin early next year on what is being hailed as the first-ever LGBTQ senior living facility in Houston.The Montrose Center, a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender resource organization in Houston, is leading the project, known as “There’s No Place Like Home.”Project leader Kent Loftin says this new retirement facility will help those seniors who face continued stigma from traditional affordable housing providers.“We were discovering our seniors going back into the closet,” Loftin says. “Hiding photos of their partners – not being able to invite their friends to come and visit because they were in senior facilities that weren’t LGBTQ affirming.”The 112-unit facility is set to be built on Cleburne Street near the 288 Freeway. That’s just blocks away from Montrose in the Third Ward – another area Loftin notes would be ideal for improved access to senior living.“In the Third Ward, there were more seniors being displaced from census to census than any other neighborhood,” Loftin says. “So it’s LGBTQ affirming, but it’s open to all and it’s being built for Third Ward seniors as well as seniors in Montrose.”Right now, “There’s No Place Like Home” has a $3.5 million land grant from the Midtown Redevelopment Authority to purchase the property. The remaining $20 million to build the facility will come from a combination of Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) funds, tax credits and raising about $7 million through a host of community-sponsored events and donations.The fundraising campaign launches June 3rd with an event  at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum.Courtesy The Montrose CenterA rendering of a planned LGBTQ senior center. It’s believed to be the first of its kind in Houston.EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been changed from an earlier version to clarify how much money will be raised from the public for the project. X Listen Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:15last_img read more

Cardinals Qualify Six Events to Finals on Third Day of NCAAs

first_imgIn the 200 free, Bartosz Piszczorowicz posted a time of 1:34.51, while Marcelo Acosta registered a 1:35.70. Fellow sophomore Nicolas Albiero earned the Cards’ third individual A final spot in the 100 back after finishing 14th in the 100 fly (45.53) for a spot in the B final. In the 100 back, he took third in his heat with a time of 44.93 to place sixth overall and qualify for his second straight NCAA A final in the event. AUSTIN, Texas – The University of Louisville men’s swimming and diving team qualified to six finals, earning four swims in the A final on the third morning of competition at the NCAA Championships. Following a highly successful morning session, the Cardinals will compete in all six of tonight’s contested swimming events.  Story Links In the final event of the morning, the Cardinals sealed another A final swim in the 200 medley relay as Mitchell Whyte (21.12), Somov (23.63), Harting (19.97) and Andrej Barna (18.85) raced to a time of 1:23.57 to place third, marking the fifth straight year Louisville will compete in the A final in the event. Friday Finals Heat Sheet Zach Harting qualified for the first NCAA A final of his career in the 200 free, cutting nearly a second from his best time to finish seventh with a time of 1:32.41, solidifying him as the second-fastest performer in Louisville history.center_img Whyte also competed individually in the 100 back, stopping the clock in a time of 45.55 to place 19th overall. Sophomore Nikos Sofianidis put up a personal-best time of 46.00 in the event. Just minutes later, Evgenii Somov qualified for his second consecutive A final in the 100 breast after tying for seventh with a time of 51.93. At last year’s NCAAs, the sophomore finished seventh overall to earn All-American honors. Friday Prelims Results Also qualifying to finals for the Cards was Daniel Sos, who secured a spot in his first NCAA B final with a 16th place finish in the 400 IM in a season-best time of 4:42.77.   The Cards return to the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center for tonight’s finals at 7 p.m. ET. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Guy and three AM students wheelbarrow the mix t

first_imgGuy, and three A&M students, wheelbarrow the mix to the construction site. June 1, 2011A group of students of the Texas A&M University College of Architecture visit Arcosanti for an afternoon of assisting the construction crew in forming a new set of steps for the Energy Apron project. Here, the students learn about the plan for the construction of the Energy Apron’s first full-size greenhouse. Guy Flagg [right of center], Arcosanti resident and crew leader in construction, explains the work to be done.  [photo & text: Logan Bier] [photo & text: Logan Bier]center_img [photo & text: Logan Bier] [photo & text: Logan Bier] Two A&M students become thoroughly engaged in shoveling silt for the concrete mix. last_img read more

Rep Maturen looking forward to interviewing military academy candidates

first_img Categories: Maturen News State Rep. Dave Maturen has again been named to a committee that assists U.S. Rep. Fred Upton in interviewing candidates seeking nominations to military service academies.“I have been honored to participate in the selection process for more than 20 years, and every year I continue to be thoroughly impressed by the talented young people from the greater Kalamazoo area who have an interest in serving their country,” said Rep. Maturen, R-Vicksburg. “I look forward to meeting with this year’s candidates.”Service academies are federal education institutions that prepare officers for the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Merchant Marines and the Coast Guard. Nominations for appointment may be given by the president of the United States, vice president of the United States, senators and members of the U.S. House of Representatives.Candidates are evaluated in five areas: moral character, academic record, leadership potential, physical fitness and commitment to the military.Rep. Maturen – who previously served in the Army – will screen and interview candidates along with other committee members appointed by Congressman Upton. The committee will then provide Congressman Upton with a list of potential nominees.Interviews will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3.### 29Nov Rep. Maturen looking forward to interviewing military academy candidateslast_img read more

The European Commission has reportedly resumed its

first_imgThe European Commission has reportedly resumed its review of Liberty Global’s planned takeover of Dutch cable operator Ziggo, after temporarily putting a hold on proceedings earlier this month.At the beginning of August the EC said it had paused its review after “new facts” came to light and that it was awaiting additional information from Liberty Global.The commission now says it will decide whether to approve the deal by November 3. It had previously said it would rule on the deal by October 17.last_img read more