Regional newspaper editor harassed after investigating real estate scandal Organisation News Help by sharing this information RSF_en News News (Picture: Uralskaya Nedelya) “How the matter is dealt with will be a test for the Kazakh authorities. An exemplary investigation is called for to track down the perpetrators and deter those tempted to victimize journalists. Letting such an act go unpunished, or a failure to identify those behind it, would blur the responsibility of the authorities and send a negative signal to the independent media, already in the grip of a wave of detentions and arbitrary summonses.“Lukpan Akhmedyarov is known for his critical views of the authorities and his participation in recent opposition campaigns. This tragedy is far from insignificant and a possible link between the attack and the journalist’s professional activities must be given urgent consideration.” During the evening, the journalist had gone out of his house to empty the dustbins and park his car when he was attacked by at least two unidentified men who hit him on the back of the head and stabbed him several times. He was taken to the regional hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. Doctors said he had suffered a serious head injury and eight stab wounds to the lungs, kidneys, stomach and other vital organs, and his body had traces of air gun pellets. They said he was in a serious condition but his life was not in danger. Tamara Yeslyamova, the editor of the weekly Uralskaya Nedelya for which Akhmedyarov works, said he had come under increasing pressure since January after he associated himself with the “malcontents’ demonstrations” movement. On several occasions he had unsuccessfully sought permission from the local authorities to organize demonstrations and had continued to muster support among opposition supporters through social networks. Akhmedyarov had recently received several warnings from the regional public prosecutor’s office. His car was stopped and searched several times on the pretext of a search for drugs. He had also complained that he was being followed. The day before the attack, his wife, who works at the Certification and Standardisation Centre, was called in by her manager who tried to intimidate her. He told her to persuade her husband to stop criticizing the authorities in his articles and to halt his militant activities. The autocratic government of President Nursultan Nazarbayev, classified as a Predator of Press Freedom by Reporters Without Borders, has responded brutally to an unprecedented wave of social unrest and security threats in recent months.Pressure on independent news organizations has been growing since the bloody repression of a riot by workers last December, with a series of detentions, summons by the security services, intimidatory measures and interruptions in the flow of information. Kazakhstan is ranked 154th of 179 countries in the World Press Freedom Index 2011-2012 published by Reporters Without Borders. It is has also been placed among the countries placed “Under Surveillance” by the organization since last month because of its increasing use of online censorship. April 20, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Opposition journalist seriously wounded in vicious attack outside his home February 5, 2021 Find out more KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders is in shock after a near-fatal attack on the eminent journalist Lukpan Akhmedyarov yesterday evening outside his home in the suburbs of the northwestern city of Uralsk.“Our thoughts are with the journalist and his family and colleagues,” the press freedom organization said. “With this attack, which was particularly shocking in its violence and without precedent in Kazakhstan’s recent history, the continual deterioration in freedom of news and information in the past year has reached the point of no-return.“It has undoubtedly been encouraged by the general atmosphere of impunity that surrounds the many attacks carried out on journalists. News Follow the news on Kazakhstan Receive email alerts Kazakh reporter accuses police of attacking her KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia January 15, 2021 Find out more Reporters prevented from covering Kazakh parliamentary elections October 30, 2020 Find out more to go further
Veganism is becoming mainstream in American!Tuesday, the famous theme park Disney announced that plant-based food options would be added to every dining location in their US theme parks.The Florida location will be kicking things off with more than 400 vegan dishes to be available at quick-service and table-service restaurants in Orlando by early October.California’s Disneyland will follow making vegan dishes available in Spring 2020.Beyond park walls, there are a reported 602 places to eat at the Walt Disney World in Orlando and Disneyland Resort in California, near a theme park land or hotel.There are also plant-based food options at the international parks, including the Paris, Hong Kong, and Shanghai Disney Resort locations, according to reports.Click here to learn more.
By Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsThe Nelson Leafs rolled the dice Saturday night against the Castlegar Rebels, believing the Heritage City squad could play undisciplined hockey and still win.However, the defending Kootenay Conference Champs didn’t get to the KIJHL final last season by fluke.The Rebels looked to be in mid-season form, making the Leafs pay for their mistakes by scoring four times on the power play en route to a 6-3 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League drubbing of Nelson at the NDCC Arena.The win by the Sunflower City squad avenged a 3-0 loss Friday in Castlegar.“I thought we controlled the play for a good portion of the game but penalties just killed us really in the (third period),” said Leaf defenceman Tyler Parfeniuk, wearing the captain’s “C” for the game.“I thought we were playing well except for a 10-minute span in the third period.”The Kelowna native was correct in his assessment of the game.The Leafs displayed flashes of brilliance before a somewhat controversial goal eight minutes into the third period by Aaron Brewer appeared to turn the tide in the favour of the Rebels.Brewer sped into the Leaf end and dribbled a shot past Leaf goalie Patrick Defoe.The Leafs protested the net was already dislodged from the goal line before players colliding with Defoe completely removed the goal.However, two consecutive power play goals by Tyler Robinson and Erik Alden, the latter coming less than two minutes after Brewer’s game winner, was more than enough to erase any controversy and give Castlegar its first win of the season.“I’m obviously happy . . . happy with the win,” said Rebel head coach Steve Junker. “It’s nice to get that first one out of the way.”“We took a step in the right direction tonight,” Junker added. “I don’t think we had a very good start . . . it was pretty sloppy on both sides. But we were able to find a way to win and obviously finding the back of the net helps with confidence. Hopefully we can build off of that.”Nelson held leads of 1-0 thanks to a shorthanded marker by Patrick Martens and 3-2-advantage after two second period goals by James Sorriey and Max Mois erased a 2-1 Castlegar lead.But Anthony Delong tied the game at 3-3 with a marker late in the middle frame on a delayed penalty.And the Rebels made the Leafs pay for their undisciplined ways with three goals in the third.Delong and Alden each finished the game with two goals and an assist for three points.Tyler Robinson scored the other Castlegar marker.Alex Ross was solid in goal, especially in the second period when Nelson peppered the Montrose native with 14 shots. Ross finished the game stopping 24 of 27 pucks.Defoe, who started training camp in Castlegar, took the loss.Both coaches are eager to get some practice time after a month of finding the right players to fill out the respective rosters.The Leafs next game is Friday when the Green and White host Kelowna Chiefs while the Rebels travel to Grand Forks to meet the Border Bruins.ICE CHIPS: Prior to the start of Saturday’s game the Leafs paid tribute to four people who played major roles in Nelson hockey. Two devoted fans, Nina Arabia and Harold Epp, died during the off season as well as former senior Leaf goalie Gerry Koehle and longtime scorekeeper Jim Kienholz. The bearded scorekeeper was killed in a plane crash over the summer. . . .Leaf defenceman Walker Sidoni tried to fire up his teammates after going toe-to-toe with Anthony Delong in a third-period tilt. Sidoni, however, was whistled for the extra two-minutes for instigating allowing the Rebels to score its fifth goal of the game on the power play. . . .Nelson lost its second defenceman of the night minutes later when Riley Henderson was hit with a checking-from-behind penalty, which carries an automatic game [email protected]
Dehradun: Congress president Rahul Gandhi launched his party’s campaign for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls in Uttarakhand on Saturday, saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi was posing for cameras at the Corbett National Park for a documentary when CRPF jawans were being killed in Pulwama.At a rally here, in which BJP veteran and former Uttarakhand chief minister Bhuvan Chandra Khanduri’s son Manish Khanduri joined the Congress, Gandhi also said his party would introduce a scheme of guaranteed minimum income for the poor if elected to power. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”Immediately after the Pulwama attack, in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed, the Congress had said it was with the government and the country. I had cancelled all my programmes. “Everyone knows what Narendra Modi was doing when our jawans were being killed in Pulwama. He was posing for the cameras to shoot for a National Geographic documentary,” Gandhi said to loud cheers from a large gathering at the Parade Ground. “Modi shoots for three-and-a-half hours on a day something like Pulwama happens and he still talks about patriotism,” the Congress president added. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedThe ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had rejected the charges when they were first levelled by the Congress. On the issue of the Rafale fighter jet deal, Gandhi reiterated his charge of Modi backing industrialist Anil Ambani in getting a related offset contract, a charge repeatedly denied by the government. “All of you must have heard of Anil Ambani. Can he make an aeroplane? He cannot even make a paper aeroplane as children do,” he said, holding up a piece of paper. “Still, Modi took him along with him as part of his delegation to France to ensure that he got the deal worth Rs 30,000 crore,” he added. Gandhi asked why the defence deal, negotiated by the previous UPA regime at Rs 526 crore per aircraft, was finalised by the Modi government for Rs 1,600 crore apiece. Reiterating the “chowkidar chor hai” (the watchman is a thief) barb, the Congress president said he had posed four questions to the prime minister in Parliament on the Rafale deal. “The prime minister delivered a long speech lasting one-and-a-half hours in Parliament, but failed to answer even one of my questions. All he did was keep looking up, down and sideways. Why? Because he is guilty,” he said and asked the youth of the state to pose the same questions to Modi when he comes to Uttarakhand for campaigning.
How will your favorite NFL team do this year? See all of our predictions for the 2016 season » To go with our 2016 NFL predictions, FiveThirtyEight is previewing each division. Here, we look at the perpetual disaster that is the NFC East. At this time last year, my colleague Walt Hickey and I mocked Washington’s chances of winning the NFC East. Oops. Defying the 4 percent division odds that our Elo ratings gave them in the preseason, the Suing Snyders won their final four regular-season games to capture one of the weakest divisions in recent memory (before promptly losing by 17 points in their first playoff game). The big question for 2016 is whether the team can capitalize again on the weakness of what Elo considers the NFC’s worst division and become the East’s first repeat winner since 2004.By most accounts, Washington had a productive offseason, adding All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman and using the franchise tag to re-sign quarterback Kirk Cousins to a reasonable make-good deal. Now the team’s fortunes might hinge on whether Cousins can repeat a 2015 performance that was easily the best of his career. On the one hand, Cousins’s track record heading into last season was subpar at best. On the other, three of his four most similar passers last season were Drew Brees, Joe Montana and Jim Kelly. (The other was Jeff George.) If Cousins can prove that he belongs in the same paragraph as that trio, Washington could have a stranglehold on the East. But things are rarely so easy in this division. Elo ratings suggest that it’s the most wide open in all of football, with Washington holding by far the worst division odds (29 percent) of any division favorite in the NFL.1Also, the standard deviations of NFC East teams’ preseason Elo ratings and division winning percentages were the lowest of any division in football. At 27 percent, the Philadelphia Eagles are right behind Washington. The tumultuous reign of Chip Kelly is over — for better or for worse — and Philly regained some measure of normalcy in an offseason spent undoing many of Kelly’s personnel gaffes: GM Howie Roseman did a good job of rebuilding the franchise for the future, particularly with a recent trade that jettisoned maligned QB Sam Bradford for draft picks. But Roseman’s roster shuffling left rookie Carson Wentz as the team’s opening day starter. Without much of a safety net beneath Wentz on the depth chart, his inexperience could mean that Elo — which doesn’t directly account for personnel changes — is overrating the Eagles.If so, the New York Giants will be there to fill the void. They, too, will be operating under a new coach (for the first time since 2003). Ben McAdoo takes over a team that last year featured good special-teams play and an efficient passing offense led by Eli Manning. The 2015 Giants’ main problem was a leaky defense — third-worst in the NFL — and the team took steps in the offseason to address that flaw, though it didn’t come cheap. Manning is getting older but is still effective, so if those roster moves end up working on D, the Giants could ride a favorable schedule to their first division crown in five years.The Dallas Cowboys should also benefit from soft scheduling — Elo ranks their slate eighth-easiest in the NFL — but Tony Romo’s preseason injury might negate that edge. The Cowboys have been here before, pressing inadequate QBs into action with Romo on the sidelines. This time, they’re rolling with Dak Prescott, one of the lowest-drafted Week 1 rookie starters in NFL history. (The alternative is accomplished butt-fumbler Mark Sanchez.) And even if Dallas does somehow improve on last year’s dismal showing through the air, the team has holes on defense that were only partially addressed in the offseason. No. 4 overall draft pick Ezekiel Elliott may instantly run wild behind the Cowboys’ tremendous offensive line, but without Romo, the team may win even fewer than the seven games Elo projects for it.If we’ve learned one thing from this division in recent years, however, it’s to expect the unexpected. (Washington’s rise last season was the norm in a division that’s changed hands in each of the past 11 seasons.) The NFC East probably won’t be pretty in 2016, but it could once again be the most competitive division in the NFL.VIDEO: How one spurned Rams fan found a new team
The best 8-start stretches of Tony Romo and Dak Prescott’s careers Dak Prescott9/11/1611/6/1630438.562.080.2 15Colt McCoy2010274+2.8+24.150.1 19947-1-01741 6Matt Leinart2006343+4.4+31.058.7 8Mike Glennon2013327+8.3+33.856.9 DATE RANGESTATS DURING 8 GAMES 10Russell Wilson2012287+5.0+27.353.4 5Matt Ryan2008273+9.9+30.961.8 Tony Romo12/6/099/26/1035333.761.177.2 13Teddy Bridgewater2014327+2.1+27.452.1 20146-2-01585 Best rookies through first 8 starts, 2006-2016 11Sam Bradford2010353+3.9+31.252.7 PLAYERYEARPLAYSAVERAGEREPLACEMENTTOTAL QBR Tony Romo9/21/1411/23/1426036.656.980.0 Source: ESPN Stats & Info Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 4Cam Newton2011381+18.8+48.563.5 12Derek Carr2014327+1.3+26.652.6 9Andy Dalton2011306+4.8+28.455.7 Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is sailing into uncharted territory for a rookie passer. Prescott shined again in Dallas’s 35-10 rout of the Cleveland Browns Sunday, completing 21 of 27 passes for 247 yards (9.1 per attempt), three touchdowns and zero interceptions. According to ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating (QBR), Prescott had the NFL’s top quarterbacking performance of the week,1Pending stats from Monday night’s Seahawks-Bills tilt. the second time in nine weeks he’s claimed top honors. All told, Prescott’s first eight starts are easily the best of any rookie signal-caller since ESPN began tracking QBR in 2006: PLAYERSTARTENDPLAYSPAAPARTOTAL QBR Tony Romo11/6/1112/24/1127334.055.376.1 Tony Romo9/23/0711/18/0731042.867.082.1 1Dak Prescott2016304+38.5+62.080.2 19936-2-01734 Romo’s 2007 stretch was actually preceded by two additional excellent starts (if we included overlapping stretches, parts of ’07 would show up as three of Romo’s top four stretches), so Prescott has to keep this up for a few more games to truly match Romo’s best stretch, but through eight games, he’s right there.3It’s also worth noting that Romo’s best stretch came early in his career — his second year as starter — so Prescott’s best days could be front-loaded as well.Prescott’s no mere game manager, either. In addition to ranking highly in QBR, he also ranks highly in stats that focus more on production — meaning yards, touchdowns and first downs. According to expected points added (EPA) relative to both the league average and the replacement level, Prescott’s current eight-start run is better than all but one of Romo’s eight-game stretches — that same 2007 period mentioned above. Rather than riding his teammates’ coattails, Prescott’s play has been one of the driving forces behind a squad that ranks second in offensive EPA but only 14th in EPA on both defense and special teams. 19965-3-01662 PAA = Points above averagePAR = Points above replacementResults were filtered to remove stretches that included games contained in a higher-ranking stretch.Source: ESPN Stats & Info POINTS ABOVE… 2Andrew Luck2012399+23.3+54.467.0 YEARRECORDELO RATING Although we don’t have QBR before 2006, Prescott also has the third-highest adjusted yards per attempt of any qualified2Minimum 100 pass attempts (or about 12.5 per team game). rookie passer through his team’s first eight games since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. He trails only Mark Rypien and Dan Marino, and although those two produced their numbers in a less passer-friendly environment than today’s NFL, they also threw less than half as many passes as Prescott has. Given all that, it’s tough to find a QB in history whose career has gotten off to a faster start than Prescott’s.Prescott has played so well, in fact, that he’s put the return of incumbent Cowboys starter Tony Romo on hold — perhaps indefinitely.As a stathead, I never bought into those silly arguments that Romo isn’t clutch, or that Dallas could never win a Super Bowl with him under center. Underneath all the hot takes he attracts, Romo has been one of his generation’s finest quarterbacks and one of the most efficient passers of all time — even after adjusting for the high-octane passing environment of the modern game. In terms of individual accomplishments, Romo has few quarterbacking peers.And yet, the case can be made that Prescott’s first eight starts have been as good as any eight (consecutive) starts Romo made in his entire career. According to QBR, Romo’s best set of eight straight starts came in 2007, between Weeks 3 and 11 of the 2007 season, when Romo posted an 82.1 mark on QBR’s 0-to-100 scale while throwing to Terrell Owens. That was the sole eight-start stretch of Romo’s career that was better than the only eight NFL starts Prescott has ever made: 7Ryan Tannehill2012289+0.5+23.158.4 19927-1-01663 14Marcus Mariota2015324+5.9+31.251.6 20167-1-01595 19957-1-01723 Speaking of which, the Cowboys are also off to one of their best starts in recent memory. This is the first time Dallas has won seven of its first eight games since 2007, and only the second time since 1995, the last time the team won the Super Bowl. And the Cowboys’ current Elo rating (our pet metric for estimating a team’s strength at a given moment) through eight weeks is the third-highest it’s been since Dallas’s dynasty days of the mid-1990s.Prescott is hardly the only Cowboy having a great season. Running back Ezekiel Elliott also leads the NFL in rushing yards, helping to power the second-best rushing attack in the league according to EPA. And, given his track record and what we know about his recovery so far, Romo would likely also be successful if he were slotted into Dallas’s lineup. (Though individual football players are often so interconnected with each other that it’s difficult to predict what will happen to the team when personnel changes.)But right now, Prescott has made just about as strong a case as possible that the Cowboys should stick with him going forward. Not only has he produced one of the best-ever first halves by a rookie QB, but he has also instantly played as well as Romo ever has. Now the only question is what he has in store for the back half of Dallas’s schedule. 19974-4-01579 20096-2-01617 3Robert Griffin III2012320+18.7+43.763.6 Best Cowboys teams through 8 games by Elo Rating, 1992-2016 20077-1-01619
OSU junior forward Christian Soldat (13) dribbles the ball during a game against Rutgers on Nov. 13 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won 4-0. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorAfter garnering the No. 9 overall seed in the NCAA tournament and having a first-round bye, the Ohio State men’s soccer team will finally get back out on the pitch against Dayton on Sunday in the second round at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes claimed their fourth regular-season Big Ten title in program history in the final game of the regular season against Michigan. They could not add a Big Ten tournament title to their trophy case however, as the Scarlet and Gray fell to Maryland in the championship game.“Maryland gave us a really physical game that we weren’t really expecting from them after we played them the first time,” junior defender and co-captain Tyler Kidwell said.Despite OSU’s loss, the Buckeyes will be returning to the NCAA tournament for the second year in a row to try and beat Dayton for the second time this season.The Scarlet and Gray defeated the Flyers on Sept. 25 in a 2-0 game. Although the Buckeyes have already topped Dayton, OSU knows it cannot take its one win lightly.“We have a psychological advantage having beaten them already this season, but we can’t take anything for granted,” senior defender and co-captain Liam Doyle said. “It’s going to be tough because it’s tournament time. Anything could happen.”Coach John Bluem said it could be difficult to beat a team the second time around because the opposing team is coming in with a greater motivation to be better than the first time.“This is the NCAA tournament. It’s almost like a new season in a different season,” Bluem said. “I think you throw that first game out. Our guys are just looking forward to playing in the NCAA tournament again. They’re excited about it and they are ready to go.”The Buckeyes are expecting the Flyers to come out with intensity and physicality because Dayton will be seeking revenge.The Scarlet and Gray plan to focus mentally and work on their physicality heading into Sunday’s match.“NCAA tournament games are always more physical than the rest because it’s win or go home,” Kidwell said.Senior midfielder and co-captain Zach Mason echoed his teammate, but he said the team the Flyers faced in September is completely different from the one that will be stepping inside the lines on Sunday. “The season is on the line for both of us, so we’re going to come in ready to fight and win the game,” Mason said. “We did well earlier this year against them, so we’re going to know what to do. We’ve really grown since our first game, so we’re excited about our opportunity.”Dayton’s first-round victoryThe Flyers hosted Oakland in the first round of the NCAA tournament, where they defeated the Grizzlies 4-3 in penalty kicks after the game ended as a 2-2 double-overtime draw on Thursday night.Oakland scored in both the 8th and 23rd minutes of the game, giving it a 2-0 lead. However, the Flyers managed to score within the final 10 seconds of the first half, leaving the team down only one point.Dayton leveled the match in the 72nd minute, forcing the game to go into the overtimes. Neither team could convert in either overtime period, therefore moving the game to a penalty-kick shootout.Dayton came out on top in penalty kicks when Oakland could not manage to convert its final try.With the penalty-kick win, the Flyers advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.Postseason reunionOSU goalkeeper Chris Froschauer has fortified the Buckeyes’ defense all season long, capturing the Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year award. When the senior takes the field on Sunday, he will have a little extra motivation, as his opponent is very familiar.Froschauer spent three seasons in Dayton as the starting goalie for the Flyers before transferring to Columbus for his final collegiate campaign.“I figured if I wanted to take a chance somewhere else and do something, why not do it now,” Froschauer told The Lantern earlier in the season about the decision to transfer. “I get to play college soccer one time, so I went for it.”For the Buckeyes, Froschauer has started every game and currently leads the Big Ten in save percentage with .809, while having nine clean sheets to his credit. What’s nextThe winner between OSU and Dayton will move on to face the winner of Santa Clara and Stanford in the third round of the NCAA tournament. The game is scheduled to be played on either Nov. 28 or 29.
OSU redshirt sophomore middle blocker Blake Lesson goes to serve in the set against No. 4 Long Beach State. OSU won 3-1. Credit: Aliyyah Jackson | Lantern ReporterThe top-ranked Ohio State Men’s volleyball team (13-0, 4-0 MIVA) is set to play two matches this weekend. Friday they will face Quincy University (3-8, 1-4 MIVA) and Saturday they will take on Lindenwood University (0-11, 0-6 MIVA).After setting the program’s longest win streak with its 33rd straight victory, OSU now sits four games shy of Loyola University’s 40-game win streak set in the 2014-15 seasons. Two wins this weekend would bring OSU that much closer to the national mark.The all-time record of 47 straight wins was set by UCLA in 1983-1985.“Honestly, and I don’t know if people believe this, but I don’t think about that at all,” said redshirt sophomore middle blocker Blake Leeson. “It’s not something that I go into each match thinking about. It’s something to defend and we’re going to the best of our ability continue to do that, but I don’t think I add any pressure on myself more than I already do.”QuincyThe Quincy Hawks come to Columbus having only beat the Buckeyes twice in the 53-game history, and having never beat OSU inside St. John Arena. The Buckeyes have only lost 14 total sets against the Hawks since the teams first met in 1993.The trip to Columbus will be a homecoming for Ohio natives redshirt junior setter Thane Fanfulik and senior middle blocker Jarrod Kelso, both from Hilliard, Ohio, and junior outside hitter Anthony Winter from Olmsted Falls, Ohio.Kelso and Winter are slotted in the No. 2 and No. 3 spots in kills per set for the Hawks with 2.10 and 1.70 kills, respectively. Fanfulik comes into the matchup averaging 7.21 assists per set.“I think the challenging thing for us is that we just got to stay focused,” OSU coach Pete Hanson said. “We can’t play down to the level of the opponent. When we talked about that in practice this week about ‘Hey, we got to set a standard and play to our standard.’”LindenwoodIn OSU’s short history with the Lindenwood Lions, the Buckeyes have won all eight matches. Despite its historical dominance against the Lions, OSU is not looking past them this weekend.“They’re young,” Hanson said. “They haven’t won too many matches, but they could come in and just create problems by playing hard and playing with energy if our guys don’t respond. So, we’ve talked more about our response to that physically and mentally and playing our game.”Lindenwood has two players ranked in the top-five in four statistical categories within the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Junior libero Ryan Vorderer is ranked No. 4 in digs per set with 2.25. Lindenwood’s freshman middle blocker Sam Schindler has the fifth-best hitting percentage in the conference at .332, and holds the No. 2 spot in blocks per set and aces per set with 1.16 blocks per set and 0.42 aces per set.Schindler trails OSU senior opposite hitter Miles Johnson, slotted in the No. 1 spot, and OSU senior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen, slotted in the No. 2 spot, in hitting percentage. Johnson, attacking at a rate of .442, earned his third straight MIVA Offensive Player of the Week honor on Tuesday, becoming the first player since Shawn Sangrey in 2011 to win the award in three consecutive weeks.OSU begins the weekend’s play against Quincy on Friday at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena. On Sunday, the Buckeyes take on Lindenwood in St. John Arena at 4 p.m.
Barcelona midfielder Rafinha Alcantara has admitted that he remains uncertain on where he will play his football next seasonThe Brazilian scored seven goals in 28 appearances for Barcelona during the 2016/17 season, but was absent in the latter part of the campaign with a knee injury and did not return to action until January.After seeing his opportunities at the Camp Nou diminish in his absence, Rafinha joined Inter Milan on loan for the second half of last season and finished the campaign with two goals in 17 Serie A appearances.But, despite the claims of both the 25-year-old and his father that he had offers, Inter ultimately chose to turn the down the chance to sign Rafinha on a permanent basis.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“If I knew my future, I promise I would say it,” said Rafinha on Mundo Deportivo.“Many things have come out and that is why I leave my people with my confidence to take these topics to me. I have spent a lot of good time at Inter and I would have loved to continue there, but I am a Barça player.”Rafinha is contracted to Barcelona until June 2020.
The Southampton footballer believes his club can only overcome their crisis if they are backed up by the team’s supportersSouthampton F.C. is currently in the 16th position in the English Premier League standings.The team has only won once in ten matches, drawing four times and losing five.But in their last five games, the club has not been able to score a single goal.And for the Saints’ forward Charlie Austin, the team can only overcome this crisis if they have the support of the fans.“I know the fans are getting frustrated and I totally understand that, but we are trying 100 percent to get the second win of the season and push on,” he told The Daily Echo.“You only have to look around and you can see that everyone is on the edge because they don’t know whether we are going to concede or score. It’s hard not to feel it.”“But that’s football though,” he said.Daniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“They come to get behind us and they love the buzz of getting behind their football team and we are in it to provide entertainment for them.”“I know it’s a frustrating time at the moment, but just keep getting behind us and it will come,” he added.“If we weren’t creating the chances, then it would be time to worry.”📸The best images from Staplewood Campus, as #SaintsFC get ready for a #PL trip to #mancity this weekend: https://t.co/GPuSpnZZZM pic.twitter.com/zCPumvmq3b— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) October 30, 2018