20 Sep

GOP senators ask Treasury for reports on Hunter Biden

first_imgRepublican senators are asking the Treasury Department for reports on former Vice President  Joe Biden’s son.Reuters reports the Republican chairmen of two Senate committees sent a letter to the Treasury Department requesting reports of fraud or money laundering in the business dealings between Hunter Biden and a Ukraine energy firm.It is unclear at this time if any such reports exist.The request comes as Republicans look for ways to defend President Trump against a Democrat-led impeachment inquiry.This story is developing.last_img read more

17 Sep

FC Porto Rejects Permanent Deal for Kelechi Nwakali

first_imgFemi Solaja with reportsArsenal and Nigerian midfielder, Kelechi Nwakali’s quest for a permanent switch to FC Porto where he is on loan may have failed following his inability to impress the Portuguese side in the ongoing season.The Golden Eaglets was celebrated some years back when he moved to London as a rising star in the rank of Arsenal during the last days of Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium. With too many players in the pool for the former English Premiership side, Nwakali was sent on loan to Porto to improve himself with the hope that he will raise the bar for a return to the club or remain in Portugal and start a new life.According to Owngoalnigeria.com, Nwakali joined the B team of the Portuguese side on a season long loan deal but he has failed to nail down a permanent spot in the starting line up of the team after 25 rounds of games in the Portuguese second division.He was expected to progress to the first team in order to trigger a permanent deal with the Portuguese giants but with just 15 matches to his name and a combined total of 852 minutes the club has decided against a permanent deal.The former Under-17 World Cup MVP will have return to Arsenal in the summer where a decision is expected on the next line of his career with two years left on his deal at Arsenal.Nwakali among the players expected to play a part for the Nigeria at the Under-23 Cup of Nations qualifying game against Libya later this month.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

16 Sep

Power play powerful again

first_imgIn the last three games Wisconsin has scored five power-play goals, converting at just over 41 percent clip.[/media-credit]What was once a weakness could be turning into a strength. And at just the right time.For a large majority of the 2012-2013 campaign, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team (17-9-2, 13-9-2 WCHA) has struggled to score on their power plays, with a conversion rate of a mere 17.5 percent – a mark landing the Badgers fifth in the WCHA.UW’s power play pales in comparison to last season’s special teams unit that converted 22.8 percent of their power plays – good for third in the WCHA and only 2.2 percent behind first in the 2011-2012 season.Unsatisfied with his special teams’ performance this year, head coach Mark Johnson decided to shake up the lines and create a more fluid power play attack by moving senior forward Brianna Decker to the other side of the ice and making sure both Decker and freshman defenseman Courtney Burke were on the ice together.Johnson said the biggest factor in the change was to get the puck in the stick of two of the better offensive playmakers on the team in Decker, who leads the team with 23 goals, and Burke, who is second on the team with 15 assists.“One thing on a power play is you want certain people to be touching the puck and making decisions with the puck,” Johnson said. “[Burke and Decker] have shown that they can make good decisions with [the puck] and make good reads. Usually, if those two kids have the puck, generally good things are going to be happening with it.”Since the early season struggles and change in scheme, Burke says the coaches have been stressing the team’s power play a lot more in practice, and the players are doing all they can on and off the ice to improve.“We practice [our power play] so much in practice, normally a few days before our games,” Burke said. “We always talk in between periods. If we see something, the five of us will talk about it and we’ll see we what it is we can do to get through whatever their penalty kill is.”Since the halfway mark of the season, around when Johnson shook up the power play attack, the Badgers have 12 power-play goals in 14 games. The power play unit did continue to struggle for sometime but seemed to break through on Jan. 27 with a power-play goal against Minnesota who has the best penalty kill in the WCHA conference.Since the power-play goal against the Golden Gophers, Wisconsin has gone on to score five goals with the man-advantage in three games and have earned a conversion rate of just over 41 percent.In their series last weekend against St. Cloud State, the Badgers put up four power-play goals on the Huskies, including a Saturday game where UW posted three goals with the man-advantage.Burke says Wisconsin is more comfortable with their new power play scheme, which is translating into the success the team saw last weekend.“I think we are starting to get the movement down, and people know that they can move in different spots and it’s not just stationary,” Burke said. “It’s a lot of movement, and I think we just realized that this weekend.”Although UW’s four power play goals last weekend did come against the team with the second worst penalty kill in the WCHA, it is still a promising sign that may point to more success down the road in the special teams aspect of the game.Decker hopes Wisconsin’s success with the power play against St. Cloud State will carry over into UW’s final four games of the regular season.“Special teams come in huge, whether it is penalty kill or power play,” Decker said. “So if we can create confidence from last weekend and bring it into this weekend and the postseason, it’s going to be huge for us.”Wisconsin will look for continued success from their power play unit with Minnesota Duluth and Bemidji State – whose penalty kill units rank sixth and eight in the WCHA – rounding out the end of the Badgers’ regular season schedule.Johnson knows it is extremely important for his team’s continued success in the power play attack with the postseason fast approaching.“You get a power play, it’s a perfect time to get yourself right back in the game,” Johnson said. “When you score, all of a sudden, it creates that energy and gets everybody excited. At this time of the year, at the end of the night you look at who killed penalties, who scored on the power plays. If you are good in those areas, all of a sudden the chances of winning go up quite a bit.”last_img read more

29 Aug

Fnatic and GAMERZ pair up to find new Fnatic academy team

first_imgFnatic and GamingZone have entered a strategic partnership that will see a new Fnatic CS:GO Academy team born. GamingZone are the producers behind GAMERZ, the esports reality show in which two sets of players compete against each other, with the winners earning professional, salaried Counter-Strike contracts. The first iteration of the reality show was based purely around Nordic talent, with the scouting and trials taking place at DreamHack before an initial set of twelve players joined the show. Each week from then on, the blue team would face the red team and the losing team would potentially have a player leave the show. They would then be replaced with a new player, until the show ultimately culminated in a final week best of three showdown in which the blue team emerged victorious.This time, however, the show is “Europe” focused, thus targeting a broader range of players and Fnatic will be fairly confident of finding a solid academy team as a result. The show is set to air in 2018.Interestingly, Fnatic’s​ key players and coaches will be part of the show, sharing their know-how and experiences with the teams and fans.“Fnatic has a rich history in finding, educating and growing esports talents and we’re proud to have some of the biggest esports Pros competing under the Fnatic banner. Partnering with GAMERZ gives us again an opportunity to share our knowledge and experience with the newer generations. And of course the opportunity to welcome new talent into our CS:GO Academy team.” says Patrik Sattermon, Chief Gaming Officer at Fnatic. “Through GAMERZ we will get a cool scanning of all the talented players out there. We really look forward to this.”“This co-op is a classic win-win where Fnatic will bring their expertise and awareness to GAMERZ and GAMERZ can help Fnatic find future esport stars. And in the process give the fans some cool entertaining programming” commented Karl​ ​Mikael​ ​Cakste​, CEO of Gamingzone Entertainment.Esports Insider says: Cool initiative, this one. We haven’t seen or heard too much of the players that won the previous series but the opportunity to be signed to Fnatic is huge. We look forward to seeing the next series air.last_img read more

17 Aug

Lakers’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope breaking out offensively after taking backseat to start season

first_imgEL SEGUNDO — The Lakers’ decision to sign Kentavious Caldwell-Pope over the summer hinged on the organization’s belief that he could be a mentor to their stable of young players.That’s among the many responsibilities the fifth-year veteran has taken on early in his Lakers tenure, despite those players’ reluctance to seek out help.“All the young guys are shy,” Caldwell-Pope said, “so I just try to be that leader and go to them, not wait for them to come to me.”The punch line here is that Caldwell-Pope hardly reads as an outgoing locker room presence. He speaks softly, with a gentle Georgia cadence. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error As the rest of the Lakers have grown more comfortable in the system, however, Walton has loosened some of the restrictions on his starting shooting guard.“I think a lot of his focus was on what we were asking him,” Walton said. “That was our defense, that was our rebounding, that was being an example by sacrificing your own open shots to get other guys shots. And a lot of times those weren’t coming back to him like they’re supposed to when you play that way.”Twenty-one games into the season, it finally is.There are many ways to spend $18 million, but the Lakers chose to use it last summer on Caldwell-Pope, an athletic wing who was angling for a maximum deal from the Detroit Pistons but settled for a one-year audition with the Lakers instead.His 14.6 points per game is steady with his career numbers, while his 42.2 percent from the field and 35.4 percent from 3-point range would both be career highs for a season.“There’s always going to be some give and take,” Walton said, “but he’s always been a pretty good scorer.”center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersOn the floor, however, he has recently emerged as one of the Lakers’ most confident figures, attempting 32 3-pointers over his last four games. It’s a stretch that registers as one of the most productive of his career. He has scored better than 20 points in four straight games, a career high, including a 29-point outburst against the Clippers on Monday.Early in the season, Caldwell-Pope’s game matched his quiet demeanor. He chipped in when necessary, but hardly asserted himself. It turns out, that was by design.“I had asked him to kind of tone down on some of the shots,” Coach Luke Walton said. “As far as being one of the vets on the court, to help show how we want to play, and that means getting in the lane and making extra passes.”It all comes back to “playing the right way,” a constant refrain from Walton and the Lakers’ coaches.“That’s all I was trying to do,” Caldwell-Pope said. “Get my teammates involved more, try to get the ball moving, try to make that contagious for everybody else and passing up the open shots when I had open shots.”last_img read more