Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze speaks to the media at the SEC Media Days Thursday in Hoover, Alabama.OXFORD – Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said during his run through ESPN’s annual “Car Wash,” which brings all 14 Southeastern Conference coaches to its Bristol, Connecticut studios, that Chris Jones was the recruit that got away.That’s not really a surprise, considering Jones was a five-star, in-state prospect. Ole Miss also made a hard last-second charge to try to pry Jones away from Mississippi State, which resulted in one of the more dramatic recruiting finishes the state has seen in a very long time. But what may shock some is that Freeze apparently still talks to MSU’s defensive tackle. Freeze told ESPN’s Joe Schad that the two still chat “on the phone about life.” It wasn’t Freeze’s only interesting comments from Monday. He told ESPN’s Brett McMurphy that he’d be in favor of getting rid of National Signing Day completely. Instead, Freeze says he’d prefer if a prospect could sign letters of intent right when they committed. It certainly could have helped the Rebels last year. Four-star linebacker Leo Lewis and offensive tackle Drew Richmond both backed out of their commitment to Ole Miss just days before they could officially put pen to paper. Here are some of the other more interesting tidbits from Freeze during his time running around the hallways at ESPN: Hugh Freeze said four juniors have school-paid insurance policies worth up to $7.5 million— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) July 20, 2015 Hugh Freeze if he could change @CFBPlayoff: “Let’s only play 11 games, no league title game %26 have 8 playoff teams”— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 20, 2015 Hugh Freeze said new Mizzou DC Barry Odom and TCUs Gary Patterson playcallers he respects most. Instincts for right calls at right time.— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) July 20, 2015 Hugh Freeze said he would start all 3 Ohio St QBs on first snap of 1st gm and play each for a quarter— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) July 20, 2015
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Fresh diagnoses have shown that Ghana midfielder Michael Essien’s recovery from injury is back on track and will play for the Black Stars in the first World Cup qualifier against Benin.This picture shows how the Chelsea midfielder is ahead of schedule in his recovery from knee ligament damage.Ghanasoccernet can confirm that he has made away with the clutches and even drives for his daily rehabilitation workout.The Chelsea midfielder, 25, has stepped up his rehabilitation programme with physio, Thierry Laurent in the gym even though he feared last month that that he could be out until March.But Essien is now hoping to return to action for the Blues early in the New Year to boost their Premier League challenge.If he does so, it will be four months earlier than originally thought, handing a boost to the Black Stars for their March date with Benin. Doctors had feared he would be out for the rest of the season after injuring his knee playing for Ghana against Libya in early September.Source: Sun and Ghanasoccernet reports
E-mail: [email protected] SANDY — Don’t ask Bubba Watson how he hits the golf ball so darn far. He really can’t tell you.Watson hits the ball farther than anyone else on the planet, at least anyone who competes in tournaments for a living, and he’s here in Utah this week playing in the Envirocare Utah Classic at Willow Creek Country Club.The annual tournament, featuring the best players in the world not on the PGA Tour, begins this morning and runs through Sunday afternoon. The total purse is $475,000 with the winner earning $85,000.The tourney features 156 players, most of whom are regulars on the Nationwide Tour. But there are a dozen players with strong ties to Utah also playing this week, including a couple of former PGA Tour regulars.Picking a winner is a crap shoot, but if you’re going to start with anyone, it might as well be Watson, a 27-year-old from Florida who has never taken a golf lesson in his life.The left-handed Watson ranks No. 10 on the money list and averages an astonishing 336.4 yards off the tee, which is a whopping 21 yards farther than the second-longest driver on the Nationwide Tour, Steven Bowditch. It’s also longer than any player has ever averaged on the PGA Tour, and is 17.9 yards farther than the PGA Tour’s top driver, Scott Hend, at 318.5.Tiger Woods? He averages a mere 315.4 yards.Watson got his nickname, Bubba, because his father thought he was a chubby baby. But he’s anything but chubby now, at 6-foot-3, 190 pounds. Weight and strength have nothing to do with hitting the ball long, according to Watson.”There is no key, no secret behind it,” he said. “You just have to be lucky.”Lucky? Watson was only half-kidding, insisting hitting long drives is more of a God-given ability than anything and that “you can’t teach someone to hit it long.”Watson believes taller players like himself have an advantage because of a longer arc in their swing. Otherwise he’s clueless.”I don’t lift weights or anything,” he said. “My whole life I’ve hit it longer than other golfers.”Watson was shown the basics of golf by his father, who could barely break 100, and picked up the game on his own. He says he’s never had a lesson in his life and doesn’t plan to start anytime soon. Why mess with a good thing?His longest drive in competition was a 422-yard smack on a par-5 last year. He averaged 323 yards driving last year, which ranked second on the Nationwide Tour, just ahead of Brett Wetterich, who won last year’s Utah Classic and has since graduated to the big tour. He hasn’t competed in long-drive competitions before but says he’s been invited to compete in the world long drive championships in Mesquite, Nev., this fall.Watson is playing in his third tournament at Willow Creek, finishing fourth last year and 14th the year before, and he likes the changes to the course. He says that the changes take the driver out of the hands of the players more, but he doesn’t think it will hurt him.”Whoever is putting well will win,” he said. “That’s what it comes down to every week.”Other top players to watch this week include leading money-winner Troy Matteson and two-time winner Chris Couch, who is No. 3 on the money list. Matteson has been the most consistent player on the Tour this year, making the cut in 19 of 20 tournaments with 10 top-10 finishes.Other notables in the tournament include St. George native Jay Don Blake, who won the Utah Open at Willow Creek in 1988 and is an 18-year veteran of the PGA Tour; and Rick Fehr, a former BYU golfer who was also a longtime regular and a winner on the PGA Tour. Also, former Utah Open champion and PGA Tour winner Grant Waite is playing, along with another former Utah Open champion, Todd Demsey, and former U.S. Amateur champion and former PGA Tour winner David Gossett.Among the local players competing this week are Sandy’s Steve Schneiter, St. George’s Nick McKinlay, Salt Lake’s Kury Reynolds, Ogden’s Jimmy Blair, Sandy’s Luke Swilor, Logan’s Brett Wayment, Bountiful’s Scott Hailes and Sandy’s Todd Tanner. Golf fans can get into the tournament free by donating four cans of food to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.
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By Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsSpencer McLean and Matt Alderson each scored twice to spark Rossland/Trail to a 6-5 come-from-behind victory over Nelson Leafs in game one of the West Kootenay Minor Hockey Peewee Rep Playoff series Saturday at the NDCC Arena.Rossland/Trail leads the first-team-to-four-points series 2-0. Game two is Saturday, Feb. 19 in Trail.“We deserved a better fate,” said Nelson head coach Ron Podgorenko after the game. “We had a chance to tie the game in the final minute but just couldn’t do it.”Nelson looked to be in control of the contest leading 4-2 in the second. But Rossland/Trail out scored the hosts 4-1, including two power play goals during the second-period onslaught.“They got a couple of quick goals on us that really turned the game in their favour,” said Podgorenko, who was very happy with the effort of the Nelson squad.The teams exchanged first period goals — McLean for Rossland/Trail and Jacob Shukin for Nelson.Taylor Cooper, Jayden Maida, with his first of two in the game, and Matthew Brind’Amour, gave Nelson the two-goal advantage in the second.But Alderson scored twice and McLean and Ross Armour added singles to give Rossland/Trail a 5-4 lead after two periods. Blake Sidoni increased the margin to 6-4 early in the third.Maida, with his second of the game with three minutes remaining, gave Nelson hope for a comeback.The rally was almost complete as Justin Podgorenko had a great chance with time running out. But the skillful Podgorenko could not convert past Brandon Youngson in the Rossland/Trail nets.Joey Timmermans was in goal for Nelson.The winner of the series advances to the B.C. Tier II Peewee Rep Championships next month in the Fraser Valle[email protected]
By Paul LeckerSports ReporterCHIPPEWA FALLS — The Marshfield boys basketball team pulled off a big upset on the road, knocking off No. 2 seed Chippewa Falls 57-34 in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal Friday night at Chippewa Falls High School.The Tigers snap a four-game losing streak and avenge a loss to Chippewa Falls earlier this season. Marshfield lost at home to the Cardinals 64-48 back on Dec. 30.No. 7 seed Marshfield (7-16) will play at No. 6 Hudson (10-13) in a regional final at 7 p.m. Saturday. Hudson started the season 5-0 but fell on hard times, losing 10 of its final 12 games before upending D.C. Everest on the road 59-55 in overtime Friday night.Saturday’s game will be broadcast on WDLB-AM 1450 and wdlbwosq.com.Statistics from Friday’s game were not provided.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
(AP) Saint Louis County Executive Steve Stenger has resigned after being indicted by a federal grand jury.He’s accused of providing political favors in exchange for campaign donations. We learned about the bribery, mail fraud, and theft counts Monday.The Democrat is looking at up to 20 years in prison on each count if convicted.
Russell C Thomas delivers a great post on How to Value Digital Assets. It covers many basics and more importantly gives a good direction to take while spotlighting common pitfalls in the valuation journey.“This tutorial article presents one method aimed at helping line-of-business managers (”business owners” of digital assets) make economically rational decisions. It’s somewhat simplistic, but it does take some time and effort. Yet it should be feasable for most organizations if you really care about getting good answers. Warning: No simple spreadsheet formulas will do the job. Resist the temptation to put together magic valuation formulas based on traffic, unique visits, etc.”Definitely a good read for anyone wondering where to start the valuation process. I especially like the Three Principles section. He makes a logical separation between assets which provide direct revenue (Class 1) and those which are in a support function (Class 2).As follow-on, I believe some other aspects may be covered under the Class 2 section including liability avoidance, direct efficiency gain, life safety, and regulatory compliance. In certain cases we must apply a different method to determine the value, outside what has been explained. As management may be willing to replace or upgrade, but typically such investments must have a positive ROI, therefore they provide much more value than the replacement/repair costs.Years ago I had a stimulating conversation with the late (and some would say infamous) Dr. Bill Hancock. Bill had trudged through the information security swamps for decades and had a unique insight to valuations of vulnerable systems, particularly single-points-of-critical-failure. He recanted his experience evaluating an airline’s security and discovery of a minor system which was largely ignored, a weights and balances server. Apparently when planes take off, the distribution of weight must be calculated to insure they don’t become giant ‘lawn darts’ (Bill’s colorful description) at the end of the airfield. A data integrity compromise of this system could cause catastrophic consequences, leading to the end of the business. Who would fly on an airline which had several take-off crashes in a single day? It would be the critical factor to likely cause the airline to no longer exist as a viable business. Although this was a support system, the integral value was far beyond the cost of the equipment, software, and support.Secondly, the blog is written with the assumption the assets are already in place. Thus, in a perfect world, a proper ROI/justification has already been made to assist the decision to acquire and land these assets. But what if a decision to purchase or not, is the objective? The Class 2 method then becomes circular. The value is the expenditure management is willing to invest? How do they know?Overall it is a great blog. I think it would be helpful if the author could give an example for a medium sized enterprise, with particular focus on Class 2 areas (specifically security or safety assets). Hopefully he is willing to post such details.
Samir Nasri and Vincent Kompany scored the goals for Man CityManchester City won the Premier League for the second time in three seasons on Sunday, completing its campaign with a comfortable 2-0 victory over West Ham that lacked any of the drama of its previous title.The Engineer Who Fixed Man City’s WoesUnlike the stoppage-time comeback required in the 2012 title decider, goals either side of halftime by Samir Nasri and Vincent Kompany provided a more serene end to what had been an exhilarating season.”You can’t repeat what happened last time,” City goalkeeper Joe Hart said. “This year, we’ve really come on strong at the end when we needed to.”Two years ago, City won the title on goal difference ahead of neighbor Manchester United after coming from behind to beat Queens Park Rangers on the final day. Sunday’s victory, though, meant Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Newcastle at Anfield was meaningless as City finished two points above the Merseyside club.As soon as the final whistle was blown, thousands of fans flooded onto the Etihad Stadium pitch, setting off blue flares. For a club that has spent so much time in the shadow of United – last year’s champion – it was just the fourth time in its 134-year history that fans could celebrate a league title.Just 15 years ago, City was playing in the third tier of English football, but the club’s fortunes were transformed after the influx of Abu Dhabi cash following a 2008 takeover.Making this victory all the sweeter is the fact that United, which beat City to the title by 11 points last May, ended this campaign in seventh place after imploding in the post-Alex Ferguson era.advertisementAlthough City spent just 15 days at the summit during a campaign when the lead changed hands 25 times, Manuel Pellegrini’s side surged to the top when it mattered most. The 60-year-old Chilean is ending his first season in English football as a double winner, having already won the League Cup victory over Sunderland in March.However, the league title looked out of reach for City just weeks ago after losing to Liverpool at Anfield. However, Liverpool collapsed toward the end with a loss to Chelsea and a draw at Crystal Palace which meant City only needed a draw at the Etihad to secure the title.But after an edgy start, Nasri scored with a shot from outside the area in the 39th minute and Vincent Kompany added the second from close range shortly after the break to let fans celebrate for much of the second half.”Liverpool’s game against Chelsea, I think that’s the twist of the season,” Nasri said.All City required was a draw, but after an edgy start this energetic and attacking team seized on the opportunity to finish the season in style. Against an uninspiring West Ham, City was in complete control, calmly knocking the ball around the pitch.However easily City unpicked the West Ham defense, finding a route to goal was proving more difficult. David Silva, so dynamic in this title-winning side, lashed the ball over from distance and Aleksandar Kolarov had a long-range strike tipped over by goalkeeper Adrian.But the goal that settled nerves in the stands came in the 39th minute, with Yaya Toure teeing up Nasri, who took two touches before curling the shot into the net off the inside of the post.Although Silva was denied by the woodwork in stoppage time, City’s second came just four minutes into the second half. From a corner, the ball bounced off striker Edin Dzeko, and the unmarked Kompany swept in City’s 102nd league goal this season from close range.The captain slid across the pitch in celebration, and the party truly started in the stadium. Unlike the rollercoaster season finale against Queens Park Rangers here two years ago, it was job done for City.West Ham was never going to spoil these celebrations, and City is at the pinnacle of English football once again. The challenge now is retaining the trophy for the first time, and replicating the electrifying domestic form in Europe to conquer the Champions League.These title celebrations, though, could be short-lived in the City boardroom, with UEFA on the verge of imposing sanctions on the club for overspending in breach of Financial Fair Play rules.