Softball Drops Doubleheader To UNI

first_imgDrake (20-24, 3-14 MVC) dropped game one to UNI (25-15, 11-6 MVC) by a score of 3-0 before falling in the second game, 12-0. Freshman Aryka Knoche (Little Canada, Minn.) started the second game in the circle and fell to 2-5 with the defeat. Knoche went 4.1 innings and gave up two runs on five hits and walked two batters. Freshman Abby Buie (Gardner, Kan.) pitched one inning of relief and allowed three runs on four hits with one walk. Story Links at Bradley 4/22/2017 – 4 PM Next Game: Live Stats Preview In game one, both teams were scoreless moving into the third inning before UNI’s leadoff batter singled followed by a fielder’s choice. Another single for the Panthers followed by a walk, loaded the bases before a batter was hit by a pitch for the first run of the game. UNI finished out the inning with another run on a fielder’s choice. UNI finished game one by adding another run in the seventh inning. Photo Gallery Full Schedule Roster center_img UNI opened game two taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning before adding single runs in the fourth and fifth inning. A seven-hit, sixth-inning opened up the game for the Panthers as they added nine runs to seal the victory. DES MOINES, Iowa – The UNI Panthers defeated the Drake University softball team in a pair of games Tuesday night at Buel Field in Missouri Valley Conference action. Watch Live The Valley on ESPN3 Junior Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) started game one and pitched seven innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Smith fell to 11-15 with the loss. Five different Bulldogs had one hit each in the opening game. Sophomore Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.) paced Drake’s offense with two hits in the second game. Drake will take to the road for a three-game series against Bradley on April 22 and 23. The Bulldogs will take on the Braves in a doubleheader on Saturday with the first game set for 1:30 p.m. before concluding the series Sunday with one game at 11 a.m.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Housing projects to curb SA slums

first_imgA complex part of the Emerald Sky project in East London.(Image: Social Housing Company) The Kliptown Housing Project in Soweto is part of government’s social housing programme. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Chris Vick Department of Human Settlements Spokesperson +27 83 556 7644 or +27 12 421 1645 RELATED ARTICLES • Zuma’s 2010 plan of action • Social development in South Africa • Govt launches massive ID drive • First university for MpumalangaBongani NkosiGovernment has vowed to curb the proliferation of informal settlements in South Africa’s cities, with more social housing projects set to roll out in 2010.President Jacob Zuma launched the latest such project, the Emerald Sky human settlements project, in East London in the Eastern Cape on 19 June. It is described as an “innovative housing project” with 656 duplex-styled units, 350 of which are already occupied.“The Emerald Sky project is one of many that will be launched to provide affordable housing to people in need,” said Zuma. “Many will be launched around the country during the year.”Emerald Sky is part of government’s social housing programme and aims to provide decent rental houses for low and middle income earners. These are generally South Africans whose salaries are too high to get direct government subsidies, but earn too little to qualify for a bank mortgage.Government is providing grant funding to private companies to build the rental homes in a bid to curb the growth of slums.The primary aim is to ensure that low and middle income workers, looking for affordable rent, are able to live in decent houses nearer to their workplaces. It is also about keeping them closer to facilities such as hospitals, schools and shopping centres.Emerald Sky is close to East London’s industrial areas of Wilsonia and Braelyn, and sits within a 5km radius of Frere Hospital and educational facilities.“You will notice that the new style social housing projects that we are building are on well-located and landscaped land,” Zuma said. “They ensure proximity to economic opportunities, transport and urban centres.“The settlements also contribute to our social transformation programme of reversing apartheid spatial planning and to restore the human dignity and self-esteem of our people.”8 000 human settlement projects Government is currently involved in more than 8 000 housing projects across the country, according to Zuma. It’s also upgrading most of the 2 700 informal settlements that “exist alongside almost every urban and peri-urban town, to address the squalid conditions of those living there”.The government-run Guarantee Fund makes it easier for working-class people to access a mortgage bond to build their own homes. It aims to eliminate stumbling blocks that face some South Africans when applying for funding at banks and other financial institutions.The Department of Human Settlements, headed by former businessman Tokyo Sexwale, was allocated R15-billion (US$2-billion) to spend on housing this year.Government has been behind numerous social housing projects in different communities. Since 1994 it has built over 2.7-million homes, both rental and fully subsidised. “In doing so, more than 13-million people have been provided with adequate shelter,” Zuma said.Some of the free housing projects, known as Reconstruction and Development Programmes (RDPs), have been marred by shoddy workmanship, while others have not met inhabitable standards or have been left unfinished. Sexwale lashed out at companies involved in such projects and announced that his department will spend R300-million ($40-million) to repair poorly-built RDP houses.last_img read more

Gregory names SA Hockey World Cup team

first_img12 May 2014 South African men’s hockey coach Fabian Gregory announced the team to contest the World Cup in The Hague from 31 May to 15 June on Friday. The return of penalty corner specialist Justin Reid-Ross is expected to provide the team with a big boost. Reid-Ross possesses one of the most powerful drag flicks in the game, but he is much more than a penalty corner specialist alone. He last played for South Africa at the London Olympic Games in 2012 before taking time out to establish a career outside of the game. Playing in The Netherlands for Dutch Hoofdklasse club Pinoke, he enjoyed a very good second half of the season and has just signed for Amsterdam HC, the most high profile club in the country.‘A massive force’ “We welcome Justin back,” Gregory said in a statement. “He has been playing some outstanding hockey, has matured as a player and is a massive force at penalty corners. He is probably flicking even faster now and has added another weapon with a disguised flick, which gives him more variety [and will keep penalty corner defenders and goalkeepers guessing].” Besides his effectiveness as a penalty corner flicker, Reid-Ross’s presence also gives South Africa variety at penalty corners, as alongside him will be the team’s lynchpin and captain Austin Smith. With the talismanic Smith back after a foot injury sustained in the Hockey India League, the options open up considerably as far as variations are concerned.‘Austin adds so much’ “Austin adds so much and his influence will be important as we will focus on our defensive patterns in training games against Holland, India and four Hoofdklasse teams in the final stage later this month,” Gregory said. Cutting the team down from 30-odd hopefuls after a week-long training camp in Pretoria was a difficult task, he added.‘It’s been tough’ “It’s been tough having to tell those who missed out on selection, and to hear the disappointment that is so apparent on hearing the news, it is hard to deal with, but generally the guys took it pretty well, as I emphasised that this is not the end of the road. They come back into the selection picture for the Commonwealth Games,” he explained. Gregory is nonetheless pleased with the combination of youth and experience in the 18 players he has chosen to do duty in The Hague‘A nice balance’ “It is always difficult trying to match youth with experience, but we have a nice balance and based purely on performance at camp this is the best group we have,” he said. The team jets off on 20 May after a two-day training stint in Gauteng, which will include an apparel presentation by kit sponsors Mr Price Sport at a World Cup Launch hosted by the team’s co-sponsors Mugg & Bean.SA WORLD CUP TEAM Goalkeepers: Rassie Pieterse (Southern Gauteng); Gowan Jones (KZN Coastal Raiders) Defenders: Rhett Halkett, Austin Smith (capt), Dylan Swanepoel (all Western Province); Lloyd Madsen, Jethro Eustice (both Southern Gauteng); Justin Reid-Ross (Northern Blues) Midfielders: Wade Paton, Taine Paton, Tim Drummond (all KZN Coastal Raiders); Clint Panther (Southern Gauteng), Jonty Robinson (Northern Blues) Strikers: Julian Hykes (Southern Gauteng), Lungi Tsolekile, Lloyd Norris-Jones, Pierre de Voux (all Western Province); Ignatuis Malgraff (Eastern Province) SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Apple Granted Patent for Sports Sensors

first_imgRelated Posts marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#news#NYT#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Think Major League Baseball’s stats and live video iPhone app is cool? Imagine what Apple could do with technology it was granted a patent for this week: a network of sensors that deliver real-time velocity, impact, rotation and other data from sporting event participants to the web. Imagine your iPhone’s accelerometer placed inside a boxer’s glove, a snowboarder’s snow suit or a NASCAR driver’s car – with the information captured delivered to your iPhone or Apple TV while you watch the competition either in person or remotely.Would you pay a premium for an event ticket that includes real time stats like that delivered to your iPhone? I would. Of course Apple is granted all kinds of patents all the time and only some of them amount to anything – but this one is very cool.MacNN reported in depth today on US patent 7,552,031, (“Personal items network, and associated methods”), filed two and a half years ago and granted yesterday. News-watcher extraordinaire Atul Arora sent us the link as a tip. The patent appears related to the “find my iPhone” technology reported on yesterday, but all the examples in the patent application are based on real-time sports statistic monitoring and are quite interesting.Call it augmented reality, call it ubiquitous wearable computing, call it Web 3.0 if you must. It’s widely believed that networks of sensors feeding data into computers for analysis and visualization are going to be a big thing in the near term future. Value-adds built on top of that data hold huge potential for the development of software we can’t even imagine today. This vision is big in the electrical utility world, but private sector innovators are being hampered by the lack of vision seen in public utility companies. When it comes to the world of sports, the sky could be the limit. Imagine attending a sporting event and being able to select from a variety of apps for the app store, built just for that kind of sport. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Punjab govt. to amend law to accommodate CM’s advisers

first_imgThe Punjab Cabinet on Friday decided to amend the Punjab State Legislature (Prevention of Disqualification) Act, 1952, under which advisers to the Chief Minister for planning and political matters will not be disqualified for holding offices of profit.The Bill amending Section 2 of the Act will be presented in the coming session of the State Assembly, an official statement said.Notably, the Punjab State Legislature (Prevention of Disqualification) Act, 1952, had been enacted in terms of Article 191 of the Constitution of India, to declare certain offices of profit as not being eligible to disqualify the holders from being members of the State legislature.“The said Act has undergone minor amendments from time to time. However, such amendments have not taken into account the complexity of modern day governance. Further, these amendments have not taken into account the reports and studies of the various parliamentary committees which addressed the issue of office of profit. Therefore, the Cabinet felt there is a need to amend Section 2 of the Punjab State Legislature (Prevention of Disqualification) Act, 1952,” said the statement.The Punjab government had in September this year appointed six Minister-rank advisers to the Chief Minister. Five Congress MLAs were given the status of Cabinet Ministers while the sixth was given the rank and status of a Minister of State. The move had invited severe criticism from the Opposition. Fee Act amendmentThe Cabinet, which held its meeting here under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh also gave its approval to amend the Punjab Regulation of Fee of Unaided Educational Institutions Act, 2016, to provide a mechanism for regulating the fee of unaided educational institutions.last_img read more

Notes On Mike Gundy’s Texas Tech Press Conference

first_imgCoach had a lot to say this week! Spends some time on Dak Prescott, Patty Mahomes, talks pass coverage, reveals some information (finally) on Ateman, and talks virtual reality!Opening Remark• “We had a good practice last night and the players have recovered from the win. So we’re back at it.”Previewing The Raiders• “Next week we’ve got a good challenge with Texas Tech to try and minimize their scoring and continue to play well on offense.”• On Patty Mahomes…“Their quarterback’s a really, really good player, as we all know, I’m not saying anything everybody doesn’t know. I think he’s a potential first-round pick. He reminds me a lot of Dak Prescott. We played Dak when he was at Mississippi State. He was younger at that time but the style of play, body, strength, speed, ability to run, throw it, in different positions reminds me a lot of him.”• “So, we’ve got a great challenge. We’re a pretty healthy football team. Attitude of our players is really good. So, we need a good week, get a lot of good work in, and be ready to go on Saturday.”• Playing Tech, how hard is it to balance knowing you can score a lot of points against your frustrations with your defense? “Well, you can’t look at this game any different than any other game. We have to try and minimize big plays on defense. On offense we have to execute and be sound in our game plan. We need to improve on special teams from last week. And then you just have to get into the flow of the game.”• Is controlling the clock with your ground game part of your plan with Tech? Great answer: “If you could run the ball and eat the clock and score, it works good. But if we’re not scoring, it doesn’t work good.”• Trying to talk Gundy’s language here: How good is No. 9, wide receiver Jonathan Giles? “They have a number of guys – always have, for years and years – players that can make plays. They understand the system and they’re really talented players. There’s a number of those guys that can do it and Mahomes makes it go.”• This is so great! The question is being asked, ‘Mahomes was great against OU…’ and someone walked in unexpectedly… “Who was that? I thought it was like, a Secret Service guy or something. I know the election’s tomorrow and I thought maybe everybody’s getting nervous. Sorry about that…”• Anyway, back to the question. What can we learn from the OU game? “With about ten minutes to go in the game, it looked like there was just complete exhaustion on the field. When that happens, college football players get out of place a lot. And, just from an outsider lookin’ in, I think that’s what happened a lot in that game.”• “The Xs and Os part of defending these spread offenses with good quarterbacks is not very complex. You either rush three, four or five; you either play two-deep, three or man; you can do a little zone blitzing. Then you have to rally to the ball and defeat blocks to get pressure on the quarterback and you have to tackle well in space.” Seems like a lot to me!On Senior Day• Talk about your two-year guys: “We’ve not brought as many in as we had years ago. I think we’ve done a pretty good job of evaluating them, their character, and how they will fit into our program – whether they’ll make that adjustment with the structure we have. We’ve had a really good percentage of success. Like Chris (Carson) this year, once he got back from his injury, up to this point he’s been really good for us. It’s a little bit of a risky business just based on our system and how we are with accountability and our structure. We don’t vary much here.”• Talk about these seniors: “Fortunately we’re graduating a group that won a lot of football games and has been involved in a lot of success. Out APR numbers, once we got fourth and fifth year seniors under control, guys that were going to try out for the NBA – not the NBA, the NFL – I was thinking about the Thunder playing well last night…our APR’s gone through the roof. So, they’re doing everything right. They’re very loyal to this program. We’ve been loyal to them and that’s what’s created this environment.”• On Devonte Averette, in particular: “He’s a pretty unique individual. We don’t get a lot of players from Detroit down here. He led the nation in junior college in tackles his last year there. His first six months wasn’t as smooth as what you’d want to be just because of the different environment here. Since then he’s been great. He’s very loyal, he’s an extremely hard worker and he’s been a tough, competitive athlete for our team.”• Grant Newell, a walk-on, is going to be celebrated on Senior Day: “We should’ve used him earlier. We put him out there (on special teams) and he’s been very effective. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for guys who were willing to walk on and do it for free. There’s a tremendous price that has to be paid to play on our team and it’s year-round. Some guys do it because they love the game, like Grant. Some guys do it because they love the game, but they also do it for the free money – the scholarship.” Careful talking about “free money” there, Coach. We’ll be seeing Thayer around…• And on Ateman’s redshirt: “We could practice him this week some on about a 75 percent basis, then we could work him next week, and there would be a good chance he could play. But, there’s the chance he might not feel like playing. So we got to this conclusion…everything’s fine, but you could still set yourself back. I don’t think the number of games he could play full-speed compared to the future he has in this game is worth it.” Absolutely!About the Offense…• Are you worried about Justice Hill hitting that freshman wall? “I think he’s already gone through it. He got hit (Saturday) from a couple different angles, and then the weight on his shoulders pushed him backwards, so I think it scared him. That’s fairly common in that situation. He’s doing really well.“His practice habits are great. He didn’t break loose Saturday, but I still think he’s in a really good physical condition right now and that that could happen at any time. Good question though. I was wondering the same thing when he came out.”• Having Carson back has helped: “He’s helped us. I mentioned that when Chris came back – we needed him to take 12-14 carries away and Chris is running good. Chris is playing good. Those runs he had in that last drive were pretty impressive.”About the Defense…• Where is your level of confidence with your team’s pass coverage? “I think we’ve given up more big plays over the top than I would’ve wanted this year. If you eliminate those and play in the intermediate part of the field, we’ve been ok. In playing these guys you have to be sound in 3-man, 4-man and 5-man pressure, in my opinion.” Isn’t that the case with everybody we play?• On creating turnovers: “They’ve gotten turnovers at key times. When their backs were against the wall, they’ve played pretty well. We need more consistency throughout the middle part of the game. 65 percent of the game is played under normal circumstances, so we need to play better in those situations.”• “Playing against Tech and Mahomes, we have to be consistent in our pass rush.” This is awesome: “We also have to understand that, it may seem like your biological clack is going off as a pass rusher, but it may not be over, with his ability to move around and extend plays.”• What’s up with Vili Leveni? “He has an Achilles injury. You know, they repair it and move forward. He’s had two of them now, so I would say at this time, he’s going to repair it and start to rehabilitate it and move forward. In 4-5 months he will have to make a decision on what he wants to do with his future.” That’s too bad.This…on using Virtual Reality in Recruiting…• “That was our social media people, myself, our recruiting office – we have meetings in the off season and try and look way out into the future and see what would be something new. It’s been really good for us.”• “It allows you to take a setting from campus, from everyday lifestyle – where our players live, everything that we use in recruiting, game day, The Walk, the fans – and put it into a story and people that may not be able to get here and see it, they can see it. It gives them a good feel of what it’s like to be in that environment.”In Closing…on the 2:30 Kick and NO Night Games• “2:30’s a good time, now. You get a lot of television audience. It is unusual, but television dictates a lot of what happens. We have the big Fox contract, right, and they had the World Series. That played a big role.”• “The 2:30 kick is usually really, really good for Stillwater. Most everybody can get here in time for The Walk. It gives them a chance to tailgate for a couple hours. It also allows the families that have to travel an hour, hour and a half, a chance to get home before it’s too late when they have little kids. So, I think it’s a good starting time for us.”• Did you have a kick time preference when you were a player? “Honestly, I can’t remember that far back.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. 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Chris Carson Has Been Terrific Since Returning From Injury

first_imgThere are plenty of talking points that came out of Oklahoma State’s 43-37 road win over Kansas State.Mason Rudolph put up the second-highest passing total of his career with 457 yards (fourth-highest in OSU history).The Cowboys were careless with the ball, coughing up three turnovers and committed some inopportune penalties on the road against a team that’s almost impossible to beat when you beat yourself.But one of the most surprising of talking points should be the Cowboys’ effectiveness running the ball.Oklahoma State was able to put up 180 rushing yards on a team that ranks first in the Big 12 in rushing defense. After Saturday’s game, Kansas State is still No. 12 nationally allowing 110.89 yards per game. The Wildcats started Saturday allowing only 102.25 yards per game.The 180-yard performance is not exactly staggering but was a good sign for a Cowboy team still trying to find its way on the ground. It was their third-highest rushing total of the year behind only the Baylor game (213 yards) and Kansas game (228 yards).The Cowboys averaged 6.9 yards per carry, thanks mostly to Chris Carson’s 9.9-yard average on seven carries and chunk-yardage runs from Rennie Childs and Barry J. Sanders. That 6.92 yard average is the best single-game average for the Cowboys since the 2013 Iowa State game.The biggest run of the day was undoubtedly Chris Carson’s go-ahead touchdown dragging two defenders 10-plus yards to the end zone to put the Cowboys up for good.Carson has been downright fantastic since coming back from a hand injury he sustained in Week 2 against Central Michigan. Since returning three weeks ago, Carson has averaged 7.2 yards per carry and has four touchdowns (three rushing) in three games.“I was proud of our ability to run the football,” said Mike Gundy after the game. “I thought Chris Carson was excellent. I thought twenty-seven was excellent.”The Cowboy running game is by no means where they want it but the gradual improvement of the offensive line and the emergence of Justice Hill should give Cowboy fans plenty to look forward to. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Since The Big 12 Went To 10 Teams, One State Has Stood Above The Rest

first_imgI saw a stat the other day that I had to check out for myself. Since 2010 Oklahoma State has the second-most conference of all Big 12 teams. Wait, that can’t be right, can it? It is. And it gets crazier. Oklahoma State has the second-best winning percentage of all Big 12 teams going all the way back to 2006.For the sake of fairness, though, I thought I would look at Big 12 winning percentages (conference games only) since 2011 when the league moved to 10 teams and everyone played a round robin schedule. Only two teams (both from the same state) have won more than 70 percent of their games since then. That’s wild.Here are all 12 Big 12 teams since then (I took out one year from Texas A&M and Missouri as well as the final years of TCU and West Virginia in their old conferences).screen-shot-2016-11-15-at-1-46-40-pm“There’s so much parity in our league right now that it’s just a matter of the teams that stay focused, and obviously make the plays – take care of the football, so on and so forth,” said head coach Mike Gundy on Monday at his press conference.”Oklahoma State has done those things as well as anybody in the conference over the last decade. And now they stand with OU as the two most outstanding programs. With the way Baylor is trending, I would expect the gap to only widen in coming seasons. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more