Topland continues spending spree in City with £85m buy

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Lampard seeking fresh challenge

first_img “All the brilliant team-mates who I have been lucky enough to train and play alongside for so long. Not just their football qualities but also the friendships I have gained along the way. “I’d also like to give a special mention to all the staff and people behind the scenes at the club who do not receive the glory but without them the club would simply not function. “The club will move forward, and as a Chelsea man I have no doubt that with the quality of the players that are there, they will continue with the success that we have all enjoyed over the past seasons.” Lampard joined the Blues in 2001 after six seasons at Upton Park and went on to make 648 appearances and become the club’s all-time top goalscorer with 211 in all competitions. During his time at Stamford Bridge, Lampard won the Champions League, the Europa League, three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and two League Cups. The England international formed a vital part of the spine of the team built by Jose Mourinho after the arrival of owner Abramovich alongside the likes of John Terry, Petr Cech and Didier Drogba. Drogba left the Blues in 2012 and, while Terry has penned a new deal after an impressive season, Cech’s place is likely to come under threat from the returning Thibaut Courtois. Left-back Ashley Cole has left the club after his contract ran out and Mourinho appears to be reshaping his squad after a third-placed finish in last season’s Barclays Premier League. Lampard went on to pay tribute to the Chelsea supporters, adding: “Finally and most importantly, I would like to thank the Chelsea fans. “I believe they are the greatest fans in world football. You have supported me from the moment I arrived. Not only on the pitch, but in difficult moments in my personal life off the pitch. I will never forget. “I feel honoured to have shared so many special times with you. Bolton, Amsterdam, Munich, the list goes on and on. I, and we as a team, could not have achieved those moments without your support. “Whatever the next challenge is for me I will always be amongst you and have Chelsea in my home and in my heart. Hopefully I will get to see you all soon to say goodbye properly. “In the meantime thank you for the memories and keep making history!” England goalkeeper Ben Foster, who like Milner is currently with Lampard at England’s pre-World Cup training camp in Miami, also paid a rich tribute. “Not only as a player, as a person as well he is so professional,” added Foster. “He always goes about his business very well. “He has been a great servant for the club – and not only the club but England as well. “He is a great guy and he’s somebody that as an England team we are very lucky to have amongst us.” Chelsea posted a lengthy tribute to the departing midfielder on their website on Monday evening, looking back on his achievements and hailing him as one of their finest players of all time. It concluded: “That Lampard has won more international caps while playing for Chelsea than anyone else in our history only strengthens the argument that he is one of the very greatest players to have represented the club. “Any Chelsea supporter who has had the good fortune to watch Super Frank Lampard in full flow will know we have never seen his like in our midfield before, and we will be very blessed to again see his equal.” Frank Lampard has confirmed he will seek a new challenge after returning from the World Cup in Brazil as he brings an end to his 13-year association with Chelsea. Fellow England midfielder James Milner said: “He’s not finished yet. He’s still got that quality and still has the goals, so I am sure he’ll have plenty of offers and he will choose what is right. “Players have ups and downs in their career, but every season he delivers and the example is set for the younger players coming in. “Since I’ve been in the England squad he’s been a top player, a top pro and that’s exactly what we need going into a major tournament.” Lampard gave no immediate indication as to what the future might hold, instead choosing to thank those who helped him make such a success of his Stamford Bridge career. Lampard said: “When I arrived at this fantastic club 13 years ago I would never have believed that I would be fortunate enough to play so many games and enjoy sharing in so much success. “This club has become part of my life and I have so many people to thank for the opportunity. Firstly, Ken Bates, who put his neck on the line to sign me as a young player and without him I would not have even begun this experience. “Roman Abramovich, the man who saved our club and took us all to new levels. His desire to push the club to the top of the football world has rubbed off on everyone. “All the managers and coaches who have helped me develop my game during the time I have been here. I have learnt from every one of them. The 35-year-old issued a statement on Monday evening in which he revealed he has played his last game for the Blues. Lampard has already been linked with a move to New York City FC but his England team-mates are convinced he still has a future at the highest level. Press Associationlast_img read more

Gunners close in on Debuchy

first_imgArsenal are expected to confirm the signing of France defender Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle on Thursday, and continue to track further new additions. The Wales international is determined to build on those achievements. “I am just happy (with my progress) and I want to keep on working on my game. Hopefully I can keep improving and get better and better. That’s my target now – just to improve on my game and keep on building every season,” Ramsey said on www.arsenal.com. “I have been through a lot in my short career so far. I’ve had a bit of everything so it was nice to have a good season, score the number of goals that I did and be recognised a lot more. “I’ve always believed in myself and what I can do, and I think a lot of people realised that last year and that’s what I’m more happy about.” Following their trip to the United States, Arsenal host the Emirates Cup on August 2/3, which is likely to present a debut for Sanchez as well as a chance for World Cup winners Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski and Mesut Ozil to return following a well-deserved three-week break. Arsenal play Premier League champions Manchester City on August 9 before starting the new domestic campaign at home to Crystal Palace. Following the arrival of Holland full-back Daryl Janmaat from Feyenoord, the Magpies are now happy to finalise the departure of Debuchy, in what is expected to be a £10million deal. The 28-year-old, who was part of the French World Cup squad which reached the quarter-finals in Brazil, will present ready-made Barclays Premier League cover for Bacary Sagna, who earlier this summer left Arsenal to join Manchester City on a free transfer. Manager Arsene Wenger has now returned from his media duties in Brazil as the Gunners step up pre-season preparations ahead of a trip to New York at the end of the month. By then, Arsenal could well have further strengthened the squad following on from the £30million capture of Chile forward Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona. German international midfielder Sami Khedira is one reported target, with sources in Spain claiming Real Madrid are ready to sell for around £25million, although the World Cup winner’s personal terms could prove a sticking point on any potential such deal with Arsenal. Borussia Dortmund’s Lars Bender, who missed the World Cup through injury, is another player Wenger has long admired. Arsenal also need a goalkeeper, with Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina, of Nice, said to be on the club’s radar. Egypt international defender Ahmed Fathi is having a trial at Arsenal this week, while Atletico Madrid’s 20-year-old right-back Javi Manquillo is another a potential new recruit. The Gunners will take a select side to Boreham Wood on Saturday, so those who were not involved at the World Cup could get a first run-out. Midfielder Aaron Ramsey was player of the season last campaign, recovering from injury to help Arsenal win the FA Cup at Wembley. Press Associationlast_img read more

BSO Deputies to Hold “No-confidence” Vote on Sheriff Gregory Tony

first_imgThe Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association will hold a no-confidence vote on Sheriff Gregory Tony from Tuesday to next Monday, according to reporting by WPLG Local 10.BSO Deputies Association President Jeff Bell was suspended with pay last week for “violations of BSO policies and procedures.” Bell’s attorney, Eric Schwartzreich, says Bell was suspended for calling out Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony regarding complaints from deputies about a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE’s) amid the coronavirus pandemic.“What the sheriff did was to stifle free speech, violate federal whistleblowing laws, state whistleblowing laws, unfair labor practices and stop a union president from being able to communicate, because he is getting complaints from other first responders, other members of our community that are keeping us safe,” Schwartzreich said.BSO’s statement last week said that Bell would “be afforded all protections and due process rights afforded under the law and consistent with BSO policies.”“Otherwise, the agency will not comment on pending internal affairs investigation,” the statement read.Schwartzreich, however, blasted Sheriff Gregory Tony for suspending the union president, who he said was simply “trying to make sure our deputies have personal protection equipment.”“It’s about nothing more, nothing less. This is wrong,” Schwartzreich said. “Jeff Bell needs to be re-instated and we’re taking action.”Sheriff Tony seems to suggest there was more to it.“Well, I think the presumption that you’re making is the nature of this internal affairs is exclusively driven by one comment that he made or some type of article that he has written, and there is so much more substance to the nature of this investigation,” Tony told Local 10.Schwartzreich said the action taken against his client for looking out for first responders was “against the law, reprehensible and actionable.”The International Union of Police Associations also called out the sheriff in an open letter Sunday.“This brazen display of power abuse is unbecoming of any law enforcement leader,” the letter stated. “Deputy Bell has been trying to meet with you privately over mutual concerns for more than a year, without success. Your actions clearly illustrate your complete disregard for any input from the representatives of the men you are supposed to lead. You have not, at any time, offered to sit down with the elected leader of these men and women to seek their input or their concerns.”Tony lashed out at Bell at a news conference last Tuesday, saying his department has personal protective equipment for all employees.“From the time-frame of Feb. 1 to April 6, we have dispersed over 25,263 N95 masks to our first responders,” he said.According to the sheriff, 44,773 surgical masks were also dispersed, as well as more than 4,100 bottles of hand sanitizer.The sheriff said his department has spent more than $1.3 million to get the equipment needed to face this crisis.Bell’s attorneys say they are willing to sit down with Tony, without moving forward with legal action, to discuss the situation and the possible reinstation of Bell. But the union is officially moving forward with the no-confidence vote.Former Broward Sheriff Scott Israel who was elected twice and in 2019 was suspended by Governor Ron DeSantis for his mishandling of two mass shootings in the County, (Parkland and FLL airport) also received a no-confidence vote from the union. Israel tells 850WFTL that he is looking forward to the 2020 election. He will be running against Sheriff Gregory Tony to get his old job back. Israel said Monday night, “I fell we will WIN.”last_img read more

Ellsworth swimmers visit Maine State House

first_imgELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth High School boys’ swim team was recognized both at Monday’s City Council meeting and on Tuesday at the Maine State House in Augusta. Above: The team poses with its state championship trophy at the State House. Below: Ellsworth coach Jim Goodman, center, was on hand at the City Council meeting at City Hall to present certificates from the city to Ellsworth swimmers, including Beckett Markosian, at left. Goodman spoke about each swimmer’s accomplishments when he was called up. Helping with the presentations was City Council Chairman Bob Crosthwaite, at right.PHOTO BY STEVE FULLERThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img

Hope, Chase stabilise Pride amid showers

first_imgROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) – Shai Hope and Roston Chase dodged the showers to bring stability to Barbados Pride after they ran into early trouble against Windward Islands Volcanoes in the WICB Regional 4-Day Tournament yesterday.Hope was not out on 34 and Chase was not out on 28, as the Pride reached 101 for three in their first innings at the close on the rain-hit first day of their fifth round match, after they were sent in to bat on a hard, true Windsor Park pitch.The pair of West Indies batsman shared 56 – unbroken – for the fourth wicket, after the Pride stumbled to 45 for three about an hour after the start which was delayed by 3 ¼ hours, due to the weather, which also brought the close about an hour earlier than scheduled.After the delayed start, the Pride suffered an early setback, when Mervin Matthew bowled Anthony Alleyne, the most prolific batsman this season, for his second duck in as many innings in the third over.Omar Phillips got the scoreboard moving with Hope with little trouble before he pulled a short delivery from Kenroy Peters straight to the mid-wicket fielder and Shamarh Brooks was caught at leg-slip for one off Liam Sebastien, top-edging an ill-advised sweep seven balls later.For the remainder of the period before tea, Hope and Chase defied the Volcanoes attack to ease the tension in the Pride dressing room and continued to repel the challenge after the break before the rain came to cut short the day on which only 34.2 overs were possible.Hope, however, was fortunate on 11, when he turned a ball from off-spin bowler Liam Sebastien, the Volcanoes captain, and short-leg fielder Tarryck Gabriel dropped the ball while trying to celebrate.Chase too, had a close shave, when he was still in single figures and played back and across to a delivery from debutant left-arm chinaman bowler Audy Alexander, but umpire Jonathan Blades gave him the benefit of the doubt.Pride made two changes from the previous match, bringing Omar Phillips and clubmate Kenroy Williams into their final 11 in place of the resting Kraigg Brathwaite and out-of-favour fast-medium bowler Justin Greaves.Volcanoes made three changes with Roland Cato, Audy Alexander and Kenroy Peters replacing the out-of-favour Jerlani Robinson, injured Shane Shillingford and surprise omission Delorn Johnson.Pride were third in the standings on 43.2 points – eight points more than fifth-placed VolcanoesPRIDE 1st inningsO. Phillips c Theophile b Peters 28A. Alleyne b Matthew 0S. Hope not out 32S. Brooks c Charles b Sebastien 1R. Chase not out 28Extras: (b-6, lb-1, nb-3) 10Total: (3 wkts, 34.2 overs) 101Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-44, 3-45Bowling: Matthew 6-1-19-1, Mayers 7-3-18-0, Peters 6-1-18-1 (nb-1), Sebastien 11.2-1-29-1, Alexander 4-0-20-0 (nb-2).VOLCANOES: D. Smith, T. Theophile, J. Charles, R. Cato, T. Gabriel, +S. Ambris, *L. Sebastien, K. Mayers, A. Alexander, M. Matthew, K. Peterslast_img read more

The Latest: Padres young star Tatis fine wearing face mask

first_imgTatis, whose father played in the majors for 11 seasons, said there’s a chance he’ll wear a mask in games, “but we’ll see what happens.”Said manager Jayce Tingler: “Credit to Tatis. He somehow finds a way to make it look extremely cool. Hats off to him.”___Texas Rangers slugger Joey Gallo has tested positive for COVID-19, though the team said the All-Star right fielder is asymptomatic.General manager Jon Daniels said Monday that Gallo is isolated at his apartment in Dallas and not around teammates. Daniels said Gallo told him that he feels as good as he ever has. The Latest: Padres young star Tatis fine wearing face mask Markakis became the second Braves player to opt out. Over the weekend, pitcher Félix Hernández said he wouldn’t play this year.Dodgers pitcher David Price, Washington infielder Ryan Zimmerman and Colorado outfielder Ian Desmond are among the other players who have opted out.Following nine seasons with Baltimore, Markakis was entering his sixth season with Atlanta. He was competing for a spot in a crowded Braves outfield following the offseason signing of Marcel Ozuna.Manager Brian Snitker plans to play Ozuna and Ronald Acuña Jr. every game, though Ozuna could be the designated hitter. Markakis, Ender Inciarte, Adam Duvall and others were competing other spots and were joined by rookies Cristian Pache and Drew Waters.Markakis hit .285 with nine homers and 62 RBIs in 2019, a year after he was an All-Star. He said he doesn’t know how opting out could affect his hopes for playing in 2021. ___Two players on the Indiana Fever were among the seven positive tests for the coronavirus across the WNBA, the team announced.The league and teams didn’t reveal who the players were. All 137 WNBA players were tested over the past week as the teams prepared to head to Florida on Monday for the upcoming season, which will be played at IMG Academy.The Fever will delay their travel by at least five days to self-quarantine in case any of them came into close contact with the infected players.The WNBA hopes to start training camp later this week, with the regular season set to begin around July 24. Tiafoe, a quarterfinalist at the 2019 Australian Open, will not be paid for this season.______Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis has opted out of the 2020 season.The 36-year-old Markakis said he was uneasy about playing the season without fans and then was swayed by his telephone conversation with teammate Freddie Freeman, who has tested positive for COVID-19 and has fever and other symptoms.“Just hearing him, the way he sounded on the phone, it was tough,” Markakis said Monday. “It was kind of eye-opening. What everything that’s going on, not just with baseball but all over the world, it makes you open your eyes.” Associated Press But the Titans say the coronavirus pandemic makes it “increasingly likely” that NFL teams will be playing in front of fewer fans this season.___The National Hockey League says 35 total players have tested positive for the coronavirus over roughly the past month.The league says 23 of 396 players checked for COVID-19 at team facilities have tested positive since voluntary workouts began June 8, a 5% rate. In that same period of time, it is aware of 12 additional positive test results.The NHL and NHL Players’ Association on Sunday night agreed on protocols to start training camps and resume the season. That includes daily testing once games get under way for players, coaches and staff. Tatis is one of the few Padres who has been wearing a facemask throughout the two-hour workouts at Petco Park during the reboot of spring training.“I just feel it’s more protection for other people to wear it around,” the 21-year-old Tatis said. “I feel my boys are more protected that way from me if something happens or from each other. I just want to feel more safe all the way around.”He said it’s “kind of tough to breathe” and that when he’s by himself or running, he’ll pull it down a bit so he can breathe through his nose.Other than that, “Sometimes I just forget that it’s in there. What can I say? It’s not going to bother me at all.”During Friday’s first workout, outfielder Franchy Cordero also wore a mask. Asked about most of his teammates not wearing one, Tatis said, “It’s not easy when you’re running and stuff like that. But I feel like it’s everybody’s choice. So far I’m just going to wear mine.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Fernando Tatis Jr., the San Diego Padres’ prized young shortstop, is so serious about wearing a facemask during the coronavirus pandemic that he even wore one during a Zoom call with reporters. The Rugby Football Union will begin consulting with staff before announcing the redundancies at the end of August, chief executive Bill Sweeney said on Monday.“To ensure we have a sustainable RFU we have announced to colleagues that it is proposed that the total number of roles across the organisation will reduce by 139,” he wrote on the union website.“We have already made some significant cost savings. We furloughed 60% of our organisation; implemented a three-month pay reduction which has been extended for some; introduced pension pauses; and refined business planning and introduced stadium and office running efficiencies to reduce costs.“Unfortunately, this is not enough to run a sustainable operation and safeguard our future.”Sweeney predicts it will take five years for the RFU to recover, and the union will lose 20% of its normal revenue over that period. Major League Baseball and the players’ association announced Friday that 31 players and seven staff members tested positive for COVID-19 during intake for the resumption of training, a rate of 1.2%. Teams resumed workouts Friday for the first time since the coronavirus interrupted spring training on March 12, two weeks before the season was to start.___The Washington Nationals have canceled Monday morning’s team workout because of COVID-19 testing delays.Players and staff were tested Friday, and general manager Mike Rizzo says the team still hasn’t received its results. Rizzo said it’s not safe to continue holding camp without accurate and timely testing and that the workout was canceled to prevent putting players and staff at risk.Rizzo says: Major League Baseball “needs to work quickly to resolve issues with their process and their lab. Otherwise, summer camp and the 2020 season are at risk.” ___Count the Tennessee Titans among the NFL teams offering season-ticket holders the option of opting out of this season and putting that money toward 2021 or getting a refund.The Titans sent a letter to their season-ticket holders Monday. The team also posted a notice on its website.Tennessee told season-ticket holders the team suspended any payment plans July 1 for this season.Team officials will be working with state and local governments on how many fans will be allowed to attend games at Nissan Stadium, which seats approximately 69,143. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Resuming is contingent on each side approving an extension of the collective bargaining agreement and the return to play agreement.___Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell says shortstop Luis Urias and pitcher Angel Perdomo tested positive for COVID-19 before the intake process.Counsell says both players are asymptomatic.This marks the second setback for Urias since the Brewers acquired him from San Diego in November. Urias, who is expected to compete with incumbent Orlando Arcia for the starting shortstop job, underwent surgery in January to repair a broken bone in his left hand. July 6, 2020 Gallo initially took a saliva test as part of the team’s intake process June 27, and got a positive result two days later. The 26-year-old Gallo took a nasal swab test on June 30 which came back negative, but then had another saliva test that came back positive Sunday. After being one of the local players that had been able to work out at the Rangers’ new ballpark the past several weeks, Gallo has missed the first four days of summer camp at Globe Life Field, including Monday. Daniels had said Sunday that Gallo was still in intake testing.Gallo has 110 career homers in his 418 big league games. After consecutive 40-homer seasons, he had 22 homers in 70 games last season and was an All-Star before right wrist surgery. He homered in the All-Star game.___England rugby will lay off 139 positions because it expects to lose 107 million pounds ($134 million) in revenue in the short term. ___Frances Tiafoe will not play in the World TeamTennis season after testing positive for the coronavirus.The American was playing in a weekend tournament in Atlanta and was tested after feeling symptoms during his match on Friday. He withdrew from the event the following day and said he was following the recommended quarantine protocol.He was set to play for the Washington Kastles during the World TeamTennis season, set for July 12 to Aug. 2. It’s being played entirely at The Greenbrier in West Virginia because of the pandemic, instead of around the country as usual.Under league rules, a player had to test negative before being allowed to travel to the resort. The league announced Monday that because Tiafoe’s positive test was within the advance travel window, he was ineligible to compete this season.last_img read more

All set for official practice

first_imgTHE lights are green for today’s official practice session of the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC) Drag race meet.According to president Rameez Mohamed, yesterday, the club underwent the final phase of track preparation work in anticipation of tomorrow’s event.“What we did is a little bit of (drag) strip work to ensure that the final phase of preparation for tomorrow’s event (is covered). We also added a few more crowd control measures as well, as we get ready to host the event.”“All in all, I think we are going to have a great event on our hands. From what we have been hearing in the press and on the road people are really excited.”“In addition to that, the White GTR is expected to be in competition. The guys had some issues last time around but it was up here today (Friday) and it was running well.”The GMR&SC head reminded that all persons competing tomorrow must walk with the relevant safety gear before they are allowed to participate.“You, the competitors need to understand that even though you might be registered, you still need to come with the right safety gear – that’s helmets, and what’s not. We are serious about this and we will not allow you to race without it.”Admission to the June 23 event stands at $500 for kids and $1 000 for adults with action beginning at 10:00hrs.Other sponsors are Platinum Car Show, Supreme Bets, R. Kissoon Contracting Services, Deryck Jaisingh Trucking Service and Machinery Rentals, Del Ice Co., Mohamed’s Enterprise, B.M. SOAT Auto Sales, Prem’s Electrical, E-Networks, Motor Trend, Nexus Machine Shop, Power Line, Jumbo Jet Auto Sales, WindJammer Hotel, Cyril’s Taxi, A&R Jiwanram Printery, Blue Spring Water, Choke Gas Station, Special Auto, First Class Auto Spares and Sales, GT Tuners, West Coast Customs Washbay, Tropical Shipping and Imran Autoworks.last_img read more

PCP: NFC North champs?

first_imgMason:Looking at the NFC North six games into the season, it almost makes you want to vomit.There’s no team with a winning record, and three teams sit atop the division lead at 3-3– the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings. And if that doesn’t make your stomach turn, listen to the current starting quarterbacks for all four rosters: Aaron Rodgers, Kyle Orton, Gus Frerotte and… Dan Orlovsky?Yet, as bad as this division is, someone sadly has to win it. With 10 games remaining, which team will prevail as the best loser?The Minnesota Vikings.Yes, I’m aware the Vikings’ offense has looked anemic. They’ve scored more than 20 points in just one game this season — a game against the New Orleans Saints they had no business winning. Their lack of production even caused fans at the Metrodome this past Sunday to chant “Fire Childress!” as they showed their disapproval of the Vikings head coach.But believe it or not, the purple and gold have the tools to emerge as the top team in the North.If you throw Minnesota’s first two games out the window — which you should do because Tarvaris Jackson was the starter — the Vikings are 3-1 with Frerotte at the helm. They haven’t been winning pretty, but at least they’ve been winning.And it’s true that star running back Adrian Peterson’s numbers have been slightly down from his rookie campaign a year ago. But who honestly expected him to put up those ridiculous stats in back-to-back seasons? As Frerotte becomes more familiar with the offense — and the team more familiar with him — Peterson’s numbers should take a step up.That’s scary.Leaders of the NFC North? Frerotte/Peterson ’08. In Gus we trust.Zetlin:If I’m a Bears or Packers fan, Purple Jesus does scare me. And I would be fearful of the Vikings with Frerotte under center — if I didn’t watch what happened Sunday.The Vikings barely beat the lowly Lions 12-10, the difference coming as Orlovsky dropped back and took a safety, not knowing the white line in the back of the end zone is off-limits. Frerotte and Co. put up 10 points after that against a Detroit defense that probably couldn’t stop Allan Evridge.Then the Bears gave up a one-point lead to a rookie quarterback on a drive that started with 0:11 remaining on the clock.What a division.So, by default, it will be the Packers representing the North come winter. Laugh it up, but Rodgers is the best quarterback in the division. He’s a fantasy owner’s dream come true, and more importantly he’s productive in real life.Even if Ryan Grant doesn’t return to 2007 form, Donald Driver, Greg Jennings and a stingy Green Bay ‘D’ will help lead the Favre-less Packers back to the postseason.After a rough 0-3 stretch, the Packers figured things out against the Seahawks on Sunday, while Orton, Orlovsky and Frerotte were stinking up the joint.Rodgers is no Favre, but as the weather gets colder, the Packers heat up. The Pack have five games left in the Tundra and two showdowns with Da Bears still remaining. But if Sunday was any indication of things to come, Green Bay will be celebrating after Week 17.NFC North champs? Back-to-back for the Pack!last_img read more

USC falls in college rankings

first_imgUSC was ranked 25th in the 2015 U.S. News & World Report’s list of “Best Colleges” released Tuesday, down two spots from the 23rd position last year.The university’s tied with Carnegie Mellon University, while crosstown rival UCLA and the University of Virigina remained tied in the same position from the 2014 report at 23rd.Katharine Harrington, the USC vice president of admission and planning, noted that the drop shouldn’t have any sort of impact on university admissions for next year.“We see shifts in U.S. News rankings of one or two places not unusual at all,” she said. “It’s a small enough change that [admission decisions] are unlikely to be negatively impacted.”The yearly report ranks schools based on an annual survey gathering data on up to seven indicators, including undergraduate academic reputation, student selectivity and faculty resources. U.S. News then weighs each of these factors subjectively in terms of importance and compiles a final weighted composite score to be compared alongside other schools.Nearly 1,400 schools were ranked in this year’s edition, with 91.5 percent returning statistical information requested by U.S. News. In a change from past years, the report now contains campus crime statistics and a school’s three-year federal loan default rate, though the publication stated these additions are not factored into the ranking methodology.“U.S. News has published these statistics to help parents and prospective students gather more information as they evaluate schools,” the U.S. News website stated.Harrington also suggested there may have been some tinkering with the methodology this year as ties from the previous lists were broken up this year, such as the 2014 five-way tie at 23rd between Carnegie Mellon, USC, UCLA, the University of Virginia and Wake Forest University.The magazine has stated on their website, however, that there has been no change to their methodology for the 2015 edition. Robert Morse, chief data strategist at U.S. News, told the Daily Trojan in an email that USC’s drop was attributed to three main factors. “USC fell because its data relative to the other schools it [sic] was very slightly weaker in academic reputation, graduation and retention, and HS counselor ranking,” Morse wrote. “USC’s change in rank was very small since last year there was a big tie of 5 schools at rank # 23 and those schools became untied as a result of very small changes in their data.”Students on campus have expressed some dismay with the ranking slip.“I wouldn’t want us to drop any more,” said Amanda Fear, a senior majoring in accounting. “It’s nice to still be in the top 25, though — I hope we can move back up.”Himmat Singh, a sophomore majoring in biology, mentioned that the rank shift could possibly have a negative impact on an incoming student’s decision.“If a student gets into USC and [also] a school that’s ranked higher than USC — even if USC might be a better choice for that student — they might end up going to the other school just because it’s ranked higher,” Singh said.Though it is a common fear that a lower ranking may have a negative effect on admissions, a survey from UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute indicated that only 17.6 percent of incoming fall 2013 freshman considered “rankings in national magazines” to be very important. On the other end of the spectrum, 64 percent considered “a very good academic reputation” to be very important.U.S. News considers their ranking an “excellent starting point” for students exploring colleges, rather than the be-all and end-all. In line with this, Harrington stressed that rankings alone cannot serve as proper indicator of where a student will best fit.“Honestly, there is no ranking that can really adequately capture what the undergraduate experience is at any college or university,” she said.last_img read more