Published on September 21, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: [email protected] | @mark_cooperjr East Carolina University has applied to join the Big East conference, the university announced Wednesday.ECU is the first school to formally announce its official application to the Big East since Syracuse and Pittsburgh accepted bids to join the Atlantic Coast Conference this past weekend.East Carolina, located in Greenville, N.C., is currently a member of the 12-team Conference USA. East Carolina Chancellor Steve Ballard and Athletics Director Terry Holland released a joint statement Wednesday.‘East Carolina University will always maintain a proactive approach in regards to positioning itself for future success, and the fluidity of current conference realignment possibilities is no exception,’ Ballard and Holland said in the statement.Reports from multiple media outlets on Wednesday said the Big East is looking into the service academies — Army, Navy and Air Force — as potential additions to the conference for football.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textECU, along with fellow C-USA member Central Florida, could be other possible targets.With Syracuse and Pittsburgh’s departure from the conference imminent, the Big East has been exploring its options for the future of the conference.Other bits and pieces of news regarding teams’ applications for conference expansion during the past couple days include:Villanova applied for membership in the ACC, the Orlando Sentinel reported. More than 10 teams applied to the ACC, said ACC Commissioner John Swofford during a teleconference Sunday. The Wildcats’ football program is currently in the Football Championship Subdivision.West Virginia was denied acceptance into the ACC and Southeastern Conference, according to a report from CBS Sports on Tuesday.Connecticut and Rutgers have been reported to be interested in the ACC. UConn President Susan Herbst released a statement Wednesday stating that she and the UConn administration will do what is in the university’s best interest with regard to expansion.So far, ECU is the only school that has ‘formalized’ its interest in the Big East by applying for membership.‘While we have formalized our interest in Big East conference membership as a viable option, ECU will remain focused on competing at the highest level through the efforts of Conference USA,’ Ballard and Holland said in the statement.East Carolina football saw resurgence in recent years, winning C-USA in 2008 and 2009 under current South Florida head coach Skip Holtz. ECU has produced marquee wins over Virginia Tech and North Carolina State in the past three years and advanced to five straight bowl games, although the Pirates have won just one.ECU also puts fans in the seats. The school was 44th among all Football Bowl Subdivision teams in attendance last season, averaging 49,665 fans a game. That mark led the C-USA and filled 99.33 percent of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium’s 50,000-seat [email protected] Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
With the ITA/D’Novo All-American Championship players scheduled to play in Tulsa throughout the upcoming week, three younger Trojans helped build up their individual rèsumès in San Francisco.Second-seeded freshman Raymond Sarmiento had quite a day Sunday, as he came from behind to win the singles final 3-6, 6-2, 6-1. He also won the doubles final paired with sophomore JT Sundling 8-2.In addition to the finals appearance in doubles, Sundling gave a strong performance in the singles draw.He beat USF’s Ola Bakke and Ben McLachlan in two straight sets. No. 1 seed Thai Tu, who Sarmiento defeated in the finals, took out Sundling 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the semifinal round.Still, coach Peter Smith sees a lot of positives from the sophomore’s performance.“We have been playing great tennis,” Smith said. “JT played a good match with the No. 1 seed. He has been a much improved player from last year.”Freshman Michael Grant also competed over at the Battle in the Bay, and all three Trojans had at least one win during the weekend in the unique setting for tennis.“It’s a really amazingly cool club right in the heart of San Francisco,” Smith said. “So far it has been a fun experience to be at.”Grant won his opening match against USF’s Richard Bucalem 7-5, 6-2, but fell short to Riki McLachlan the next round.In his first appearance for the Trojans, Grant has demonstrated that he has the tools to contribute to the championship-level tennis expected of the USC team.“Grant has shown flashes of being a great player,” Smith said. “There is something to build on.”In Sarmiento’s run to the singles title, he only dropped one set in four matches.Sarmiento’s biggest contribution could come on the doubles court, and Smith feels that his skills translate well even though he still needs to develop.“Ray has a lot of great doubles skills,” Smith said. “He needs more consistency in his game. He is a human highlight reel, but for every two highlights there is one lowlight.”With more focus on fundamentals, Smith feels that Sarmiento will harness his athleticism and become an excellent doubles player.“We would like him to become more boring on the court,” Smith said. “He is a talented athlete and a good player. With better foot work and shot selection he could have a very bright future.”
The #Preds statement on Austin Watson: pic.twitter.com/pC5PBVYGJX— Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) March 18, 2019Watson was also suspended for the first 18 games of the season after he pleaded no contest to misdemeanor domestic assault against his girlfriend in July.Watson has tallied seven goals and six assists in 34 games in 2018-19. Watson has entered the follow-up care phase of the program, the Predators said in a statement”Because of the personal nature and the steps outlined in the substance abuse and behavioral health program, and our exclusive focus on Austin and his family’s well-being, there will be no further comment on this matter,” the team’s statement read. Related News Predators forward Austin Watson suspended indefinitely for alcohol abuse Predators forward Austin Watson has been returned to active status, the NHL announced Monday.The 27-year-old winger was suspended indefinitely, without pay, in late January because of his “ongoing issues with alcohol abuse” and was admitted into Stage 2 of the NHL’s substance abuse and behavioral health program.
Following the weekend, Drake will continue its road trip at DePaul on Sept. 8. The Bulldogs will host Western Michigan in their home opener on Sept. 10. Print Friendly Version COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. – The Drake men’s soccer team continues its season-opening road trip with a pair of matches in Colorado this weekend. Drake starts its trip with a match against the Air Force Academy on Friday at 6 p.m. (CDT). The Bulldogs will close their trip with a visit to 2016 College Cup participant, No. 4 Denver, on Sunday at 8 p.m. (CDT). Air Force (2-0) received 15 votes in the latest United Soccer Coaches Association Top 25 poll. The Falcons have beaten Missouri State and then No. 23 Florida Gulf Coast. Air Force holds a 3-1 in the all-time series, but Drake claimed the last meeting in 2015. Drake (0-1) dropped its first match of the 2017 season on Sunday with a 3-0 road loss at Xavier. The Musketeers scored two first-half goals as the Bulldogs recorded just one first-half shot and five total. It was the first-ever meeting between Drake and Xavier. Drake had 11 freshman or redshirt freshman play against Xavier. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Caden McCullough (Evansville, Ind.) made his first career start and finished with four saves. Denver (2-0) has also defeated Florida Gulf Coast this season to go with a 1-0 decision over No. 24 Akron. The Pioneers are riding a 37-match unbeaten streak at home with the last loss in Denver occurring in 2014. Denver hosts Furman Friday night. Drake and Denver are playing each other for the first time since 1999. The two schools have split in the previous two head-to-head meetings.
Embed from Getty ImagesChelsea are one more win from the title after beating Middlesbrough 3-0 in a one-sided game at Stamford Bridge. Diego Costa, Marcos Alonso and Nemanja Matic scored for the Blues, who moved seven points clear at the top of the Premier League and will be crowned champions if they win at West Brom on Friday.Boro never threatened an upset and their defeat confirmed their relegation back to the Championship. Conte savours ‘big win’Embed from Getty ImagesAntonio Conte again insisted the title race iss not over, but he acknowledged: “For sure now I am a bit relaxed. This was a big step – a big win.”The Blues boss added: “At this stage of the season, to win is great and now we need to go another step, We have the possibility to do it on Friday against West Brom but it won’t be easy.“West Brom are a really good, physical team. But for sure today we took a big step – we must be honest.” Chelsea link ‘flattering’ – TierneyEmbed from Getty ImagesKieran Tierney says he is happy at Celtic despite reports linking him with Chelsea.It has been claimed that Chelsea are keen on the 19-year-old full-back, who has made three appearances for Scotland.Tierney told Sky Sports: “It’s just a story and I’m just concentrating on Celtic and my next training day.” Mackie offered deal – on reduced termsEmbed from Getty ImagesQPR have offered Jamie Mackie a new contract.Mackie, whose current deal expires this summer, is in his second spell at Loftus Road.Rangers’ financial position means the 31-year-old has been offered reduced wages, and the club are therefore waiting to discover whether he intends to re-sign.Mackie will be available on a Bosman free transfer if he turns down the offer or at least decides to keep his options open.Meanwhile, Karl Henry, whose contract is also due to expire, will be leaving after four years at Rangers.Henry, 34, has not played since December, when he was told he had no future at the club following a fall-out with manager Ian Holloway. Holloway wants more new signingsEmbed from Getty ImagesIan Holloway says it will take QPR two more transfer windows to significantly turn their fortunes around.Manager Holloway made wholesale changes in January and wants to further revamp his squad after losing 18 of his 30 matches since replacing the sacked Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.Financial Fair Play rules and ongoing legal wrangling over the scale of QPR’s fine for the club’s previous lavish spending mean there will be less money to spend.“It’s going to take another couple of windows. We’re not moving forward money-wise, we’ll be moving backwards,” Holloway said.“Other clubs might be adding to their budgets, but we’ve thrown a load of money away and we’re not going to do that anymore.“Hopefully, with the new scouting network I’m putting together, I’ll be able to coach and I’ll be able to get people I can have.” Bees trigger Jota clauseBrentford have taken up an option in Jota’s contract to keep him at Griffin Park until the end of next season. The 25-year-old scored 12 goals in 23 games for the Bees after returning from a loan spell with Spanish club Eibar in January. Fulham ‘ready for everythingEmbed from Getty ImagesFulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic is confident his side can overcome Reading and reach the Championship play-off final.The Whites will face Reading over two legs for a place at Wembley, with the first leg at Craven Cottage on Saturday.Jokanovic declared: “We must be ready for everything. This team (Reading) finished third and that shows their level.“The table says they are favourites and we are going to try to surprise them. We must be ready.“It’s going to be a tough two games for us and for them too. We are confident and believe we can play good football and win.” Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The decades-old system for allotting and spending weatherization funds is under pressure to spend huge amounts of stimulus money prudently. And that has political operatives, watchdog groups, and professional stimulus-fund worriers tracking the program’s every tick and wheeze.And that’s as it should be. Scrutiny of the system’s performance is crucial, even if purely partisan interests drive some of the criticism. The Department of Energy has released a first round of funds to states from the $4.7 billion authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the weatherization program, which is almost 10 times what the program originally was expected to manage this year. The states in turn have been busy distributing the money to cities and to community organizations authorized to manage weatherization services on a local level.The program also has been expanded to cover families making up to twice the federal poverty level, or $44,100 for a family of four, and more than doubled the average amount that can be spent per house, to $6,500.So we indeed have a lot of dough flowing through a lot of labyrinthine bureaucratic plumbing, which, a spokeswoman for the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste told the Associated Press, is “such a Rube Goldberg operation it should be setting off alarm bells.”A DOE spokeswoman countered that states must demonstrate quality control to get further stimulus-fund allotments. She also said the federal government monitors state operations and does a thorough review at least every two years of local organizations.A test of oversightIf you’re an energy efficiency proponent, it is hard to argue with the weatherization program’s focus on existing housing, where a lot of drafty windows, and leaky walls and attics, are hiding out. Under the funding structure established by the stimulus bill, as many as a million homes could be weatherized.Of course if the weatherization program, which is run by the DOE’s Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs, does happen to suffer a couple of administrative meltdowns, failures of accountability are expected to play central roles in any drama that might unfold. That kind of drama also might be found in the performances of other DOE programs, since the weatherization program is not the only one pumped up with enough stimulus money to fill a parade balloon.The DOE has $3.2 billion for its Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program, which includes energy audits and energy retrofit work in residential and commercial buildings, grants to nonprofit organizations for energy efficiency retrofits, the development of more-stringent energy codes for new buildings, incentive programs for energy efficiency improvements, and the installation of renewable energy equipment on government buildings.The first portion of another big bundle, $3.1 billion in all, has made its way to the DOE State Energy Program, which, as a recent story on Stateline.org points out, has since the 1970s produced more than $7 in energy savings for every federal dollar spent.A case of diminishing returns?A current principal concern about SEP, though, is that the increase in funding it is seeing because of the stimulus bill – the program received only $44 million last fiscal year – will not yield a commensurate improvement in energy conservation.One weakness in the stimulus bill, for example, is that it requires governors of states accepting federal SEP funds to guarantee they’ll adopt, by 2017, energy-efficiency standards based on the 2009 IECC and ASHRAE 90.1-2007 building codes for 90% of new and renovated buildings. The problem is, the Stateline.org story notes, governors in many states don’t have the power to force state lawmakers and local officials to comply with the SEP requirement. What’s more, Inspector General reports issued in 2006 and 2009 showed that SEP regional offices haven’t implemented adequate program-monitoring metrics and procedures.Still, the DOE could decide to directly address code-compliance requirements as it develops its guidelines for release of the second portion of the $3.1 billion. Also, at least some states could get on board with code updates sooner rather than later. The Building Codes Assistance Project, which assists states, municipalities, and regulatory agencies in adopting and implementing building energy code, announced this week that the DOE approved SEP plans and stimulus funding for 29 states and territories.Some of that funding, BCAP notes, will be used to help those states and territories to bring their code into compliance with 2009 IECC or ASHRAE 90.1-2007 standards.
On their own, Burns’s numbers are impressive. But when you compare them to those of his peers, they look downright heroic. Since the lockout — and excluding 2012-13, which was a half-season — the top-10 defensemen in the league each season2Ranked by points scored have scored an average of 58 points. This year, Burns scored 18 more points than that. The entire blue line corps of five teams failed to notch more goals than Burns, including the Washington Capitals, who had the best record in hockey. Other blue liners have been snubbed since Pronger’s Hart win. Most notably, Nicklas Lidstrom won seven Norris trophies as the league’s top defenseman, but he was never even named as a finalist for the Hart trophy.3Burns will likely win his first Norris tonight. It’s true that Lidstrom’s reign of dominance coincided with the rise of generational talents like Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin, but it’s difficult to believe one of the five best defensemen to ever play hockey wasn’t good enough to at least be considered as one of the three best players in the NHL during that stretch.And if the dearth of defensemen nominated for the Hart since Pronger’s win in ‘99-00 looks suspicious, all you’ve got to do is look at the three decades preceding his win to understand it’s been something of an enduring trend: before Pronger, the last defenseman to win the Hart trophy was Bobby Orr in 1971-72.4Orr won the award three times consecutively between 1969-70 and 1971-72, scoring 376 points over that stretch. It’s the second-best three year span for a defenseman in NHL history. And before Orr? It was Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Babe Pratt, who won the Hart in 1943-44. Hockey writers—apparently—don’t have much love for defensemen.Although it ostensibly honors the best player on the ice, the Hart trophy is basically an award given to the top forward — and really just the top center 5Since Orr last won the Hart in 1971-72, 28 of the 45 winners have been center icemen. That Wayne Gretzky played in that span helped. — and every once in awhile the top goalie in the NHL. Until the Hart’s description reads, “Given to the league’s best centerman (and sometimes it’s best goalie, too),” it’s due time the PHWA begins taking the candidacy of the league’s top defensemen for the league’s top honors seriously. At the NHL’s annual awards show tonight in Las Vegas, the shiniest piece of hardware that will be given out is the Hart Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the player deemed to be the most valuable to his team by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association. The shortlist of nominees includes Penguins’ captain Sidney Crosby, Oilers’ phenom Connor McDavid, and Blue Jackets’ goalie Sergei Bobrovsky — all of whom had terrific seasons. But no matter who wins, there’s an argument to be made that it will be the wrong choice. This is because the league’s most outstanding performance came from someone who wasn’t nominated.San Jose Sharks’ defenseman Brent Burns turned heads all season, and often for reasons other than his toothless smile, man bun and ZZ Top beard. His production was everything you could ask of someone on the blue line, notching 76 points, tied for the fourth-highest point total by a defenseman since the lockout of 2004-05. Of those 76 points, 29 were goals, which was 70 percent more than the second-best defenseman and the most by anyone at the position since 2008-09. Burns isn’t only a goal-producing machine—he also led the league in point shares, 1Point shares roughly translate to the amount of a team’s points one player is responsible for. A decent analog is Bill James’ win shares, a complicated formula popular among baseball statheads. accounting for more of his team’s success in the standings than any of the three (still very worthy) MVP candidates nominated above him. He’s also the only player in the NHL to finish in the top five in both offensive and defensive point shares. That’s pretty impressive stuff, but not impressive enough to be a finalist for the Hart, apparently.Despite Burns’s gaudy scoring numbers and clear impact on his team’s success, it shouldn’t come as a shock that the PHWA left Burns off its list: Defensemen, despite representing one third of the players on ice, have a long history of being overlooked. The last time a defenseman was nominated for the Hart trophy, we were all basking in relief that Y2K hadn’t destroyed civilization. Chris Pronger won the award after his brilliant 1999-00 season with the St. Louis Blues. In his MVP-winning campaign, Pronger notched 62 points and led the NHL with 14.2 point shares, both of which fall short of Burns’s numbers from 2016-17.