Prince George R-C-M-P say the killings of two people in the northern city have the hallmarks of a gang hit.Police arrived Tuesday at a house to find a vehicle shot up in a gunfight.They say the bodies of 23-year-old Garett John McComb and 19-year-old Brittany Joan Giese were found inside.- Advertisement -Police knew the home from a previous raid less than a month ago that turned up handguns and resulted in five arrests.No details about the killings or motives have been released.
A man and woman were arrested following a frightening crash at the Rory Gallagher Festival in Ballyshannon on Sunday night.A drunk driver smashed into railings near the festival marquee after a high-speed pursuit with Gardaí.The car had struck a roundabout before hitting the barriers on the main Belleek Road route into Ballyshannon. Nobody was injured in the incident, as festival goers were kept out of harm’s way by fast-acting Gardaí on the ground.The pursuit began at around 11pm on Sunday night after gardaí received reports of a car being driven erratically near Bundoran and Finner. The car then made a u-turn and sped in the direction of Ballyshannon.Gardaí involved in the pursuit radioed ahead to gardaí on foot patrol at the Rory Gallagher Festival to clear pedestrians from the scene. The driver of the car and a passenger were arrested after the crash.The male driver, who was a disqualified driver, was arrested for drunk driving and dangerous driving offences. He is being charged with numerous offences and will appear in court at a later date. The female passenger was arrested for a public order offence.Investigations are continuing.Two arrested after near-miss crash at Donegal festival was last modified: June 5th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ballyshannon
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal players unhappy with Emery methodsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal players are unhappy with the methods of manager Unai Emery.The Mirror says a large number of Arsenal players remain unconvinced by Unai Emery’s tactics and struggle to understand his instructions at times.The Gunners lay fourth in the table after six games – the lowest position in which they hope to finish the season.Emery’s task is to bring back Champions League football to Emirates Stadium, which he failed to achieve last term, and the next test comes against Manchester United on Monday night.Arsenal have not won at Old Trafford since 2006 and, despite three wins on the bounce for the north London side, there is a familiar sense of anxiety among supporters.That rings true of the players also.It claims that Arsenal players have been worried about tactics, such as the decision to play a narrow back-four against Liverpool in August despite the European champions’ talent on the wings.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Andreas Pereira now feels settled at Man Utdby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira says he now feels settled at Old Trafford.Loan spells in Spain with Granada and Valencia helped Pereira’s development and in the summer he signed a new contract that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2023.He said: “I looked up to a lot of players, but especially David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Cristiano Ronaldo . I also admired Kaka. Three out of the four were United – but I love United. “I have been here so long now that it’s like my house. I love Manchester – even the rainy weather – and I want to stay here for many years.“But to do that, I know we have to have a winning team. I will never accept losing games. I am used to winning because this is Manchester United.“When I came through here, it was about winning things, about winning trophies and we’re doing all we can to get close to that again.”I am not going to lie – if you are a United player, then you have to play everything to win.“That’s the aim we all have – to get back there, to get back to the top and put the club where it belongs.“We are all working hard on that.”
CHAPEL HILL, NC – MARCH 07: Jahlil Okafor #15 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after scoring against the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at the Dean Smith Center on March 7, 2015 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)With the NBA Draft set to take place near the end of June, some of the top prospects in the country are currently in Santa Barbara, Calif., working out. Duke’s Jahlil Okafor, the potential No. 1 overall selection, is among the crop of players preparing for the draft at P3 Applied Sports Science, a training center in California. He reportedly looks pretty great. At @P3sportscience in Santa Barbara watching @BDA_Sports draft prospects working out today & tomorrow. Great group. pic.twitter.com/MheJn4MuLD— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 6, 2015At @P3sportscience: Jahlil Okafor, Frank Kaminsky, Stanley Johnson, Kelly Oubre, Robert Upshaw, Joe Young, the Harrison twins, and many more— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 6, 2015Jahlil Okafor has only been here for four days, but he came in phenomenal shape. As lean as I’ve ever seen him. Hasn’t been vacationing…— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 6, 2015Okafor played this past season at 270 pounds. A leaner, more explosive Okafor would be pretty unstoppable. The NBA Draft is set to take place June 25.
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Wide receiver Chris Brown #2 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish runs with the football against safety Vonn Bell #11 of the Ohio State Buckeyes (back) and cornerback Eli Apple #13 (front) during the third quarter of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Buckeyes defeated the Fighting Irish 44-28. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Neither Ohio State nor Notre Dame will have a chance to play for a national title this year, but the Buckeyes and the Fighting Irish did still qualify for a New Year’s Six bowl game. Sunday afternoon, ESPN announced that OSU and ND, the No. 7 and No. 8 ranked teams in the country, will play in the Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Day. The Big Ten’s Rose Bowl bid went to Iowa – the nation’s fifth-ranked team – instead of Ohio State.Regardless, it should be a fantastic contest between two historic programs. In fact, it may be the most intriguing matchup outside the playoff.The Buckeyes and the Fighting Irish are headed to the @BattleFrogUS #FiestaBowl! @OhioStAthletics @NDFootball pic.twitter.com/PYsPIHzbjM— Fiesta Bowl (@Fiesta_Bowl) December 6, 2015You can see the entire College Football Playoff rankings here.
Step 8: If no QBs are left, the RB wins. If a QB remains, he wins.Players eliminated: 10Players clinched: 12Players remaining: 0Who it knocks out this year: Nobody.Who it clinches the Heisman for this year: Baker Mayfield, OklahomaThe final step is a little chaotic. First, you check if any quarterbacks are left after pruning down the list based on statistics and team losses. If there’s a QB who survived all of the checkpoints above, that player wins the Heisman. (Congrats to Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma, tonight’s likely winner!) If there is no QB left over, the trophy goes to the running back who cleared all of the statistical benchmarks from Step 7. The one exception: If the remaining QB had fewer than 4,000 passing yards and 40 touchdown passes, and a surviving RB eclipsed 2,200 yards from scrimmage on a team with zero or one losses, the Heisman goes to the running back. (This gets us Reggie Bush over Brady Quinn in 2005 and Derrick Henry over Mayfield in 2015 but preserves Carson Palmer’s win over Larry Johnson in 2002.)12Penn State had 3 losses heading into its bowl game that year. For running backs, you gotta be in peak form to knock off a qualified QB. And that’s all there is to it! It’s just that simple. Follow the eight steps above, and you’re guaranteed to be holding the Heisman on a December night in New York City. (Until something unexpected happens — in which case we’ll tweak the rules to make it fit. Science!) It’s Heisman Trophy time! In advance of the upcoming announcement, we wanted to scientifically determine how the voters choose the winner. Using our combined expertise in analytics — one of us has a Ph.D. in political science (with a focus on complex systems) and the other was a stats consultant for a professional team — we discovered an amazingly simple formula for becoming a Heisman Trophy winner. We couldn’t keep this newfound knowledge to ourselves, so we thought we’d share our findings with all the college football players out there so they can plan accordingly. Step 3: Be on a team that has three or fewer losses.Players eliminated: 21Players remaining: 108Who it knocks out this year: Bryce Love, Stanford; Lamar Jackson, Louisville; Khalil Tate, ArizonaUnfortunately, winning the Heisman isn’t just about individual excellence. The award disproportionately goes to players on the top teams in the country. Since 1998, 32 percent of Heisman winners have been on a team that was undefeated going into its bowl game, and 26 percent were from a team with just one loss. Meanwhile, no player on a team with more than three losses has won the award. That’s bad news for two of this season’s finalists — Stanford’s Bryce Love and Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, each of whom plays for a four-loss squad. The good news, Bryce and Lamar, is you can tell your grandkids it wasn’t your fault. Step 7: Meet some not-so-basic statistical thresholds (if you’re an RB).Players eliminated: 15Players remaining: 22Who it knocks out this year: Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin; Saquon Barkley, Penn State; Kerryon Johnson, AuburnEven though they do win sometimes, Heisman life is hard for running backs. Because voters want so desperately to give the award to a QB, the statistical bar a ball carrier needs to clear in order to qualify for the award is pretty high. In our sample of seasons since 1998, no RB won the Heisman with fewer than:1,980 yards from scrimmage16 rushing TDsThose are extremely lofty standards that few running backs can match. None of our remaining running backs met those requirements this season,11Bryce Love is currently only 7 yards shy of this requirement and is likely to hit this in his bowl game. But we eliminated him back in Step 3. which leaves us with only one clear Heisman favorite for 2017. Step 5: Meet some basic statistical thresholds (if you’re a QB).Players eliminated: 28Players remaining: 50Who it knocks out this year: Nobody.Although a player’s statistics aren’t perfectly correlated with his chances of winning the Heisman, there is a bare minimum level of output you have to meet in order to seriously contend for the award. For quarterbacks, those numbers are mostly associated with passing (surprise!), but they can be augmented slightly with rushing. No QB left in our sample won the award with worse stats than:30 passing TDs1 rushing TD11 interceptionsThese qualifications cull the list of historical hopefuls considerably, narrowing it down to quarterbacks who were highly productive rather than marginal candidates who survived the previous cuts by being on a good team from a big conference. All of 2017’s remaining QB contenders passed those benchmarks with flying colors, though, so, sadly, this step doesn’t help us zero in on a winner for this year. Step 6: If you’re a QB, have fewer team losses than the other QBs.Players clinched: 1Players eliminated: 12Players remaining: 37Who it knocks out this year: Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State; J.T. Barrett, Ohio StateAs we mentioned earlier, Heisman voters are all about QBs who just win, baby. So at this stage, we reshuffle every signal-caller who hasn’t yet been eliminated and keep only the passer whose team lost the fewest games heading into its bowl (using total touchdowns as the tiebreaker). There is one exception to this rule: If a QB with more losses registered 5,000 or more yards of total offense in a season when no other passer cracked 4,000, that quarterback leapfrogs everyone to win the Heisman.9Obviously. But it’s a rare exception, invoked only once in our sample: When Robert Griffin III (whose Baylor Bears lost three games) got the hardware over Andrew Luck (one loss). Talk about tough Luck.10RGIII’s win here also eliminates RBs Montee Ball, Trent Richardson and LaMichael James Step 4: Run for 15 or more touchdowns (if you’re a QB).Players clinched: 6Players eliminated: 24Players remaining: 78Who it knocks out this year: Nobody.The Heisman loves quarterbacks — they’ve won 14 of the 19 trophies handed out since 1998 — but not always for their passing skills. When a running QB has an especially great season, the voters are quick to show him some love: Of the seven historical QBs with 15 or more rushing TDs (among those we haven’t already eliminated), six — Marcus Mariota, Eric Crouch, Cam Newton, Lamar Jackson, Johnny Manziel and Tim Tebow — ended up winning the Heisman. And the seventh — Kansas State’s Collin Klein — had the bad fortune to produce his season the same year Manziel pulled off the feat with better overall numbers.6Manziel crushed Klein in terms of total offense, with 5,116 yards to 3,561. We’ve avoided the guideline this year, though; no remaining QB on our list came close to 15 scores on the ground, since Lamar Jackson was eliminated in Step 2.7The Heisman world is a harsh world. But the broader life lesson remains: It isn’t about personal accomplishment, it’s about how good you are compared with everyone else.(Note: The statistics we used for historical candidates were through the end of the bowls, which isn’t ideal — but hey, you work with what you’ve got.8You might even call it the ol’ “college football try.” But because we believe in fairness, we prorated this year’s candidates’ stats for an extra game going forward. You’re welcome!) Using the top 10 in the voting each year since 1998,1We chose 1998 as our starting point because that was the first season of the Bowl Championship Series, when college football’s true modern era began. (And not at all because the 1997 Heisman race is difficult to model.) we analyzed 191 Heisman nominees to figure out what tends to separate the winner from the rest. Then, we applied it to this year’s likely hopefuls to see how they’d fare.2Thanks to a 10th place tie last year, we have an odd number in our sample.Here’s our foolproof plan for Heisman glory:(Note: We intentionally jury-rigged some of these rules and thresholds to perfectly explain the past winners in our sample. We know, we know: It’s not exactly statistically kosher for making future “out of sample” predictions — and may or may not violate rules of “basic scientific inference.” But it’s fun! And regardless of our playful cherry-picking, we still might learn something about the selection process along the way, in spite of ourselves.)Step 1: Be a QB or an RB.Players eliminated: 35Players remaining: 156Who it knocks out this year: Ed Oliver, HoustonWe found that only eight positions have ever been among the top 10 nominees for a Heisman, and only two — quarterback and running back — have won since 1998. (The others to make a top 10 all-time are DB, DL, LB, TE and WR,3Which were called “ends” in ye olden days of football. plus exactly one OL.) Voters’ hard-and-fast dedication to QBs and RBs hasn’t always been as rigid; several receivers and tight ends won the award in previous eras, and Charles Woodson won as a defensive player in 1997.4Woodson also returned kicks, though, and occasionally played receiver on offense. But for the most part, you aren’t winning the Heisman unless you’re a QB or an RB, particularly in recent seasons. (Sorry if rushing or passing just isn’t your thing.) Step 2: Be part of a Power Five conference (or Notre Dame).Players eliminated: 27Players remaining: 129Who it knocks out this year: McKenzie Milton, UCF; Rashaad Penny, San Diego StateOf the 11 conferences represented among our 191 players, only five — not coincidentally, the current Power Five conferences of 2017 (so, the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC) — plus Notre Dame5Which is independent but gets the same treatment as a power-conference school, because, well, it’s Notre Dame. were actually home to a Heisman winner. In order to find a Heisman recipient from a non-power conference, you’d have to go back to 1990, when Ty Detmer of Brigham Young (which played in the WAC) took home the award. Although some minor-conference stars have come vaguely close over the past decade — in our sample, Northern Illinois’s Jordan Lynch and Hawaii’s Colt Brennan each finished third — it’s extremely unlikely that one would have a season spectacular enough to offset the voters’ preference for big-program stars.
Nothing was predictable at Buckeye Field House Wednesday night as the No. 19 Ohio State (31-12) softball team faced the No. 2 Michigan Wolverines for a doubleheader.The Buckeyes split the series with the Wolverines.The Buckeyes took game one, 5-3, and fell to the Wolverines in game two, 4-3.This was the first win for the Buckeyes against the Wolverines since 2003.“We had no fear. We were determined to go in there and battle and compete to show the country who we are as a program,” senior captain Sam Marder said. “We’ll take a split against the Number two team in the country.”The Scarlet and Gray squad did everything right offensively and defensively against the No. 2 team, as they had 6 hits over Michigan’s 4 in game one.Pitching was key for the Buckeyes, but fell short of the Wolverine’s.Michigan’s two pitchers, Jordan Taylor and Nikki Nemitz, have the first and second best ERA in the conference, with OSU’s Melanie Nichols in third.In the first inning, OSU right fielder Courtney Pruner proved it was no mistake putting her to bat fourth in the line up as she hit a first-pitch homer with two on base, putting the Buckeyes on the board 3-0.Rebecca Schultz came through in the fourth inning for the Buckeyes with a RBI home run, putting the Buckeyes up 5-1.Michigan had a late rally in the bottom of the seventh pulling in two more runs, but OSU’s Nichols came away with the 5-3 win.“When she executes, she’s really good. She’s just going to get better and better in her career,” coach Linda Kalafatis said of Nichols.In the second game, the Wolverines must have realized they just suffered their first conference loss as they wasted no time posting a run in the first inning.The Wolverines continued on a hot streak as a three run homerun put the Wolverines ahead of the Buckeyes, 4-0.In the fourth inning, the Buckeyes finally made a mark on the scoreboard as Lead Ledford’s double scored Rebecca Schultz.OSU shortstop Alicia Herron made the gap even smaller when her 2 RBI triple put the Buckeyes at three runs.The final score remained in favor of Michigan, 4-3.“This [series split] proves to our kids that that we can play with anybody. These are the kinds of games we’re going to have to play if we want to reach our ultimate goal of getting to the College World Series,” coach Kalafatis said.The Buckeyes will travel to Iowa City, Iowa this weekend to face the Iowa Hawkeyes in a two-game series.
Ohio State football’s senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown said after the team’s spring practice Thursday that the Buckeye offense has the potential to be the top-ranked unit in the country. “When we get clicking there’s nobody that can stop us,” Brown said. “That’s guaranteed.” OSU wide receivers coach Zach Smith called Brown, who led the team with 60 receptions last season, a guy that the Buckeyes were able to count on. But the unit as a whole, Smith said, is in the process of improving. He said that the understanding of the offense itself is what was keeping the receivers from making more plays. “This offense is a very different offense for the wide receiver position than most,” Smith said. “What we ask (the receivers) to know and do is very NFL-like. The biggest improvement is their understanding of their role and what they need to do to be successful in this offense.” At times last year, the receiving corps of Brown, junior Devin Smith, sophomore Michael Thomas, junior Evan Spencer and senior Chris Fields was referred to as a “clown show.” Zach Smith said that was not a proud moment for him as a coach, but he did use to motivate the group. “It’s definitely motivating. I could just put quotes from newspapers on the wall and just hang them there,” Zach Smith said. “I didn’t even have to refer to them. It was motivating and it helped us improve as much as we did and also see what we needed to do last year that we are doing this year.” Devin Smith, who led the team with six touchdown receptions last year, said that the work the offense did in the winter has helped them during spring practice. “I think everybody’s comfortable with the system. The work that we did in the winter has really helped us this spring,” Devin Smith said. “We are all coming together as a unit, and are just getting better.” Zach Smith called what Devin Smith’s spring practice “up and down,” but said he has seen things from him now that he did not see last season. “He’s done well at times, he just needs to work on consistency,” Zach Smith said. “That’s the next step – things that he didn’t do last year he has done this spring, but not everyday.” After struggling most of last season to get to the level that they were expected to, Zach Smith said that the receivers knew what they needed to do to improve once the season ended and have done well so far in the offseason. “We were not near as good as what we needed to be, so they knew coming into this winter what they had to do. There was not a lot of explaining, planning or motivating because they knew what they had to do,” Zach Smith said. “They have to finish out the rest of the spring strong, and then this summer has to be the best summer in the history of Ohio State football for my group.” Spencer said he and the rest of the receivers are working at constant improvement each practice. Spencer’s 12 receptions last season were fourth-best on the team, and he is looking to having more of a role. “We’re out to strive to be the best receiving group as a whole in the country and I just want to be a part of it,” Spencer said. “If you’re out there making plays then they’re going to let you play.” Spencer said playing the spring game in Cincinnati instead of Columbus is going to be an interesting environment and that he is looking forward to showing OSU fans what the group has been working on. “I can’t wait,” Spencer said. “It’ll be a lot of fun but at the same time we just need to go out and execute and just do what we do.” The Buckeyes will practice again Saturday, with the practice being the program’s second annual Student Appreciation Day, which is open to students and begins at 11 a.m. OSU has four more spring practices between this week and next week leading up to the LiFESports Spring Game, which will be played April 13 at 1 p.m. in Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.