LONDON (AP):Arsenal host their north London rivals, Tottenham on Sunday, looking to restore some pride following a demoralising 5-1 defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.That loss has left the Gunners on the verge of exiting the competition at the group stage for the first time since the 1999-2000 season. Arsene Wenger’s side is now six points adrift of Group F leaders Bayern and second-place Olympiakos with two games remaining.”There is still a chance to qualify,” Wenger said. “We have to realise that our chance is at a minimum.”It will be very tight, but we have to fight until the end. Let’s hope Bayern beat Olympiakos and we win at home against Zagreb. That leaves us with a chance to qualify from the last game. It’s a small chance, but there is still a real one.”While they struggle in Europe, five consecutive wins in the Premier League have lifted the Gunners to second in the league, level on points with leaders Manchester City.Wenger’s side responded to a 2-0 loss away to Chelsea in September by putting together its best run of form since the start of the new campaign.By contrast, Jose Mourinho has since overseen a serious slump at Chelsea, losing three of the last five matches a run that has raised question marks over his second spell in charge.Up next is a trip to Stoke, which knocked Chelsea out of the League Cup less than two weeks ago.Elsewhere, it’s top versus bottom when Manchester City travel to Aston Villa.Here are some things to know about this weekend’s English league matches:DEFENSIVE FRAILTIESArsenal’s defeat in Munich highlighted the importance of defender Laurent Koscielny, who played in the 2-0 win over the Bundesliga club in October. After being ruled out of the reverse fixture, replacement Gabriel Paulista struggled alongside Per Mertesacker as Bayern cruised to victory.Koscielny remains a doubt for Sunday’s game, together with fullback Hector Bellerin. A depleted backline could force Wenger to continue with the back four that started in Munich against resurgent Tottenham striker Harry Kane.After a stuttering start to the season that saw him net once in 13 appearances, Kane returned to form with a hat-trick against Bournemouth in a 5-1 win before netting the third in a 3-1 victory over Aston Villa.If Arsenal afford Kane the freedom that Robert Lewandowski and Tomas Mueller enjoyed it could lead to a first away victory in the north London derby for Tottenham since November 2010.THIRD TIME LUCKY?Jose Mourinho will be hoping his side can end its miserable run in the league after back-to-back defeats to West Ham and Liverpool.A narrow 2-1 win over Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League will have provided some much-needed relief in a game that will best be remembered for the staunch support of the Stamford Bridge crowd toward Mourinho. The home fans sang his name throughout the match, despite the Blues having lost six of its opening 11 matches in the league.Chelsea have struggled since winning the title at a canter last season, with key players such as Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas looking shadows of their former selves.Hazard’s alarming drop in form is a major concern for Mourinho. Last season’s Player of the Year missed the all-important fifth penalty during a shootout loss to Stoke and has yet to score for the club this season.
LATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Malabanan admits Bali Pure’s drive dipped after losing streak Holloway delivered 29 points and 26 rebounds in his PBA debut. He replaced Jabril Trawick, who scored just three points in GlobalPort’s loss to Rain or Shine on Friday.Eugene Phelps had 32 points and 17 rebounds while Cyrus Baguio and Joseph Eriobu added 11 points each for the Fuel Masters, who trailed, 75-45, in the third quarter.RJ Jazul, who chipped in 10 points, pulled Phoenix to within five with a 3-pointer at the 2:51 mark.Matthew Wright scored just four points and went 0-of-6 from the field in his first game back with Phoenix after helping Gilas Pilipinas finish fourth in the Jones Cup.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Fortunately for GlobalPort, new import Murphy Holloway and Terrence Romeo restored order inside the final two minutes with the two scoring the team’s last 10 points.“Good win for us. It’s a good thing that we were up by more than 20 points. We started to relax. We enjoyed the game too much and everybody was doing their own thing,” said GlobalPort head coach Franz Pumaren.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“They thought that Phoenix would not give a fight. That’s what happens when we delve away from our game plan.”The Batang Pier got what they were looking for in Holloway, who provided the inside presence and muscle down low. ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson PBA IMAGESGlobalPort let its guard down and almost paid for it dearly before holding off Phoenix, 100-91, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Batang Pier saw their 30-point third quarter lead chopped down to just five, 88-83, with a little under three minutes left.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ
0Shares0000Coach Stanislav Cherchesov is on the verge of leading unfancied Russia into the last 16 © AFP / Olga MALTSEVASaint Petersburg, Russian Federation, Jun 19 – Host nation Russia have one foot in the last 16 of the World Cup after a resounding 3-1 win over Egypt on Tuesday despite the return from injury of Mohamed Salah.After a tight first half in a rain-drenched Saint Petersburg, Egypt captain Ahmed Fathy scored an own goal before goals from Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba sealed a win that raises Russian hopes of defying pre-tournament expectations that they would struggle to qualify from their group. Salah did score Egypt’s first goal at a World Cup since 1990 with a penalty after he had been hauled down 17 minutes from time, but it was too late to regain the momentum for the disappointing Pharaohs.Russia will be guaranteed a place in the last 16 and Egypt eliminated unless Saudi Arabia beat Uruguay on Wednesday.Mohamed Salah’s penalty was too late to save Egypt © AFP / Paul ELLISSalah was making his first appearance since injuring his left shoulder when falling heavily after being dragged to the ground by Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final just over three weeks ago.Russia thrashed a poor Saudi Arabia team 5-0 in the tournament opener last week, but Egypt had been expected to pose a stiffer challenge.But after Fathi put into his own net, an inspired Cheryshev slotted in his third goal of the tournament, putting him equal with Cristiano Ronaldo in the top scorers’ chart.Dzyuba’s third goal sent the 65,000-capacity crowd into raptures.– Japan milestone –Japan made history in the early game, beating 10-man Colombia 2-1 to become the first Asian side to conquer a South American team at a World Cup.The complexion of the game was changed radically when Colombia’s Carlos Sanchez was shown the first red card of Russia 2018 for handball in the opening minutes of the contest.Shinji Kagawa scored from the penalty spot and although Juan Quintero equalised late in the first half, Japan made their superior numbers count, with Yuya Osako heading a winner in the 73rd minute.Japan’s build-up to Russia has been tumultuous after coach Vahid Halilhodzic was sacked in April and replaced by Akira Nishino, despite steering the team to the finals.Japan forward Yuya Osako (centre) celebrates after scoring the winning goal against Colombia © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVBut they will be delighted to start their Russian campaign with a victory after failing to notch a single win in Brazil four years ago — including a painful 4-1 defeat at the hands of Colombia.“I said at half-time that if we can keep the ball moving, we can deprive the Colombia players of their stamina,” said Nishino. “Our players were aggressive from the start and I think that worked very well for us. This is just one win and three points, so we will save our celebration.”– Senegal pip Poland –In the other Group H clash on Tuesday, Senegal recorded the first African win at this World Cup when they beat Poland 2-1, thanks to a deflected Thiago Cionek own goal and a terrible error by Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, which resulted in a goal for man-of-the-match Mbaye Niang.West Bromwich Albion midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak got Poland back in the game with an 86th-minute header but Senegal hung on at Moscow’s Spartak Stadium.In a match billed as a straight fight between Robert Lewandowski and Sadio Mane, neither scored but Liverpool striker Mane set up Idrissa Gueye for the shot that took a wicked deflection off Cionek, leaving Szczesny totally wrong-footed in the Polish goal for Senegal’s opener on 37 minutes.Senegal coach Aliou Cisse said the whole of Africa was closely monitoring the progress of Senegal.“Senegal today represents the whole of the African continent,” he said. “Of course we represent our country but I can also guarantee that the whole of Africa is supporting us. I’m getting phone calls from everywhere.”burs-gj/nr0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Craig Shakespeare deserves to be handed the Leicester City job full-time, according to former Foxes star Tony Cottee.The 53-year-old, who took over from Claudio Ranieri in February, has guided last season’s Premier League champions away from relegation danger and to the Champions League quarter-finals.His short-term contract expires this summer but, with eight wins from his 14 games in charge, Cottee hopes to see Shakespeare given an extended deal.Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “I think he deserves the job.“I didn’t agree with the Ranieri sacking but, to be fair, they got it spot on because they have stayed up and Craig Shakespeare has done a fantastic job.“If the players are happy, if they are enjoying their football again and they are getting results, which they have been, then give Craig Shakespeare the job.“If it doesn’t work out at the start of the season, then perhaps look at an alternative.“He deserves the chance for what he has done. Let’s not forget how well they have played in the Champions League as well to get to the quarter-finals.“He deserves the job and I think a lot of Leicester fans will be disappointed if he is not given the chance.”
Allen also claims that two decades on Death Row, in which he claims he received shoddy medical treatment, also amounts to unconstitutionally cruel and unusual punishment. California’s justices have repeatedly rejected arguments that lengthy periods on Death Row are unconstitutional. The justices did not indicate when they would rule. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake State prosecutors have already rejected that position, when they urged Schwarzenegger last week not to grant clemency. “It is completely irrelevant now to whether he deserves to die for his monstrous crimes,” Supervising Deputy Attorney General Ward Campbell wrote Schwarzenegger. The Attorney General’s Office argued that because Allen had ordered killings from inside prison, keeping him alive could be a security risk. While serving time for murder at Folsom State Prison in 1980, Allen was sentenced to death for hiring a hit man who murdered three people at a Fresno market. Allen had the trio killed because he feared their testimony would hurt his chances of prevailing at overturning his murder conviction on appeal, prosecutors said. The convicted hit man, Billy Ray Hamilton, also is on Death Row. Prosecutors said Hamilton was following Allen’s orders when he killed Bryon Schletewitz, Douglas Scott White and Josephine Rocha. SAN FRANCISCO – The California Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered state prosecutors to respond to attorneys of Clarence Ray Allen, the oldest man on Death Row who claims his looming Jan. 17 punishment would be cruel and unusual because of his age and health problems. The justices, in ordering a response by Jan. 3, did not comment on the petition from Allen, who also is making similar arguments to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in a petition for clemency that asks that his death sentence be commuted to life without parole. In his Supreme Court petition, filed Friday, Allen’s lawyers said their 75-year-old client uses a wheelchair, suffered a stroke in September and is deaf and blind. Executing him would serve no purpose, they said. “Execution of a person as elderly as Mr. Allen is contrary to our state norms, our national norms, and international norms of civilized behavior,” attorney Somnath Chatterjee wrote the justices.
16 October 2015Vuma Glenton Mashinini has been appointed the chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) of South Africa.The position has been vacant since the resignation of Pansy Tlakula in 2014, filled by Terry Tselane in an acting capacity in the interim. The Presidency made the announcement of Mashinini’s appointment on 14 October.Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found Tlakula “guilty of gross maladministration” for the lease agreement of the IEC’s headquarters in Centurion.Mashinini was appointed as a commissioner of the IEC in April.He has previously served as a special projects adviser to President Jacob Zuma, as well as deputy chief electoral officer of the IEC from 1998 to 2001. In the latter post he was responsible for the establishment and administration of the national head office, all nine provincial electoral offices and approximately 350 municipal electoral offices.About MashininiMashinini was born on 22 January 1961 in Joburg. His family emigrated to Australia in 1980, where he studied business and commerce at Curtin University.Mashinini’s political life includes the position of race relations officer at the Curtin University Students Union, according to the SABC. “His work saw him joining the African National Congress (ANC) in Western Australia, where he co-ordinated anti-apartheid campaigns. He also worked for the Campaign Against Racial Exploitation, an Australian anti-apartheid movement.”Zuma wished Mashinini all the best in his new responsibility.The IECThe IEC is a permanent body established by the Constitution to promote and safeguard democracy in South Africa. It is a publicly funded body and while it is accountable to Parliament, it is independent of government.It was established in 1993, has five full-time commissioners, appointed by the president, whose brief is to deliver regular, free and fair elections at all levels of government – national, provincial and local.In terms of the Electoral Commission Act of 1996, the IEC has to compile and maintain the voters’ roll and it is responsible for counting, verifying and declaring the results of an election, which must be done within seven days of the close of the election.The IEC is also responsible for:Compiling and maintaining a register of parties;Undertaking and promoting research into electoral matters;Developing and promoting the development of electoral expertise and technology in all spheres of government;Continuously reviewing electoral laws and proposed electoral laws, and making recommendations; and,Promoting voter education.SouthAfrica.info reporter
Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD Unlike active duty members of the military, who tend to be organized by base, the National Guard and Reserve members are widely dispersed across the U.S., away from their assigned military base, and may live in a community that may not be familiar with military culture and the challenges they face. In a recent article published in Clinical Child & Family Psychological Review, authors Murphy and Fairbank (2013) review the challenges that are specific to members of the National Guard and Reserves, and emerging evidence-based programs that are becoming available to better serve military families living in communities located away from military bases. Challenges important to families living away from a military community include a wide range of environmental and individual barriers:Table adapted from Murphy and Fairbank (2013)To address the need for support and improve services for community dwelling military families, a number of programs or interventions have been developed. These programs have either been developed specifically to address the needs of military families or have been adapted from work for civilian families. Three potential solutions listed here are highlighted here:Co-locating health and mental health servicesBy providing mental health services within a health care setting, stigma for seeking treatment is reduced. Furthermore, it allows for health care and mental health care to be better coordinated, leading to better patient care. This is beneficial not only for military members and their families, but also for the community at large.Families Over Coming Under Stress (FOCUS) Resiliency Training (Beardslee, 2013)Today, FOCUS is better designed to serve families that have limited access to clinicians familiar with military families. Two applications, Self-Administered Family Check-in and FOCUS World, are web-based, and available to community dwelling military members (and others). The self-administered check-in offers standardized psychological health and family resilience screening with real-time feedback. FOCUS World is an interactive family narrative. The FOCUS World application allows the user to select a character, i.e. Mom, Dad, provides for individual family members to log significant family events, thoughts and feelings around those events, and even pictures that are displayed on a high-tech timeline. To play in FOCUS World, you can create an account as a clinician.[Flickr, Looking Good for Need by Tina Lawson, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015The Military Child Education CoalitionThe Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) (2012) has a number of resources that are available to military families through the Internet. Resources provided include: Child advocacy training materials, peer-to-peer support for children, news, and other education related material.Considerations when working with National Guard and Reserve familiesDo you ask your clients “have you, or anyone in your family ever served in the military?” This not only gathers critical information about the client, but also informs the client that you are culturally sensitive and that your practice is military informed.If this is the case for you, acknowledge to yourself and your client that your knowledge and understanding of the military and military culture is limited.If the client has recently been deployed, don’t assume that a recent deployment is the reason for the current help-seeking situation. While deployment is often a stressor, it may or may not play a role in the problem to be addressed.The National Guard and Reserves play a critical role in today’s U. S. military. Recent developments in care for military members and their families located away from bases offer an opportunity for clinicians to utilize new evidence-based strategies and Internet-based technology for the best care of this important element of the military.References Murphy, R. A., & Fairbank, J. A. (2013). Implementation and dissemination of military informed and evidence-based interventions for community dwelling military families. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 16, 348-364. doi: 10.1007/s10567-013-0149-8 Beardslee, W. R., Klosinski, L. E., Saltzman, W., Mogil, C. Pangelinan, S., McKnight, C. P. & Lester, P. (2013). Dissemination of family-centered prevention for military and veteran families: Adaptations and adoption within community and military systems of care. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 16, 394-409. doi: 10.1007/s10567-013-0154-yThis post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.
NEW DELHI—India intends to host a key facility in an international effort to detect gravitational waves, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced on Monday at the Indian Science Congress in Jammu.Operating since 2002, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) consists of sophisticated optical interferometers located 3000 kilometers apart, in Hanford, Washington, and near Livingston, Louisiana. The instruments are intended to measure barely perceptible changes in the lengths of 4-kilometer-long arms at each facility resulting from ripples in space-time from passing gravitational waves. Albert Einstein postulated the waves’ existence as a consequence of the general theory of relativity. LIGO has so far failed to detect the waves, as have two European detectors, GEO600 and Virgo.To hike the sensitivity, the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has bankrolled a $205 million upgrade of LIGO’s instrumentation. Nearly complete, the Advanced LIGO enhancements should make the detectors 10 times more sensitive to gravitational waves, backers say. In August 2012, NSF’s oversight body, the National Science Board, authorized NSF officials to approve at their discretion the plan to place one of the newly jazzed up interferometers and related instrumentation in India. That move would likely come only after the Indian government officially approves India’s role in the project. 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Whitcomb notes that the Indian government has indicated that final approval may take a few more months. Indian scientists say the government is likely to commit about $201 million over 15 years to its facility, dubbed IndIGO. “LIGO will bring some of the best international and Indian astrophysicists to work on Indian soil in a very exciting area of research,” says Ratan Kumar Sinha, a nuclear engineer and chair of India’s Atomic Energy Commission. Some Indian researchers have questioned whether the money will be well spent; others worry that it will be hard to find a suitably quiet location for the facility in a country with such a high population density. Astrophysicist Bala Iyer, chair of the IndIGO Consortium Council, dismisses those concerns. “The community is very happy,” he says. Ongoing survey work, he says, has already identified several possible locations for IndIGO.*Correction, 6 February, 5:55 p.m.: The story has been corrected to clarify that NSF has not yet approved the plan in question and that LIGO searches for gravitational waves, not gravity waves.
PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Auburn’s Samir Doughty (10), Myles Parker (20) and Horace Spencer (0) get a ride after a practice session for the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Thursday, April 4, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)MINNEAPOLIS— Zion Williamson is not here. Neither is R.J. Barrett or the rest of Duke’s freshmen.North Carolina’s Coby White? Knocked out in the Sweet 16. So was LSU’s Tremont Waters. Those Kentucky kids, all done by the Elite Eight.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Sandy Arespacochaga appointed as Batang Gilas head coach Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It helps knowing what to expect and how guys play with each other,” Auburn senior Malik Dunbar said. “We won’t be intimidated by the big stage. We want to win and do it again.”The Tigers certainly have the right mix. Of course, so do the other three Final Four teams.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “The reason sometimes some of the kids that are coming in as freshmen haven’t been able to advance past a certain round and not get to the Final Four, win a national championship, is because they don’t have the experience of having not gotten there,” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said. “That experience we had a year ago of not being able to advance through the tournament helped us as well.”Most coaches would love to have the one-and-done players. Only a small percentage have a shot, forcing those who don’t to seek players with fewer stars coming out of high school.They may end up with players who won’t immediately head to the NBA, but it can have other advantages.Having players for multiple seasons breeds continuity. Returning players already know the coaches’ expectations, the offensive and defensive systems, the grind of the season. They develop a cohesiveness with each other on the court, knowing what the other is going to do even before they do it.By the time they reach the NCAA Tournament, the muscle and memory is so ingrained they can just go out and play, not think about where they are or what they have to do.“Our formula has always been … how can you build a program that can compete against the best in your conference?” Virginia coach Tony Bennett said. “And it was to get guys experienced, get them to where they have two or three years where they learn and maybe learn the hard way. And then when they get to be upperclassmen, they’re ready to play the best.”The cliche says defense wins championships. More often than not, experience does the trick even better.Villanova won two of the past three national championships with veteran-laden teams. North Carolina was led by upperclassmen in its 2017 title run. Connecticut’s top five scorers were upperclassmen on its 2014 championship team, including senior Shabazz Napier, who learned from Kemba Walker three years earlier as a freshman.Freshman-led champions are rare.Carmelo Anthony did it at Syracuse in 2003. Anthony Davis dominated while leading a young Kentucky team to the 2012 national title. Freshmen Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones were keys when Duke set off the confetti canons in 2015. Virginia is loaded with players from last year’s first-round NCAA Tournament loss to No. 16 seed Baltimore-Maryland Country, motivated to make a different kind of history. Point guard Kihei Clark is the Cavaliers’ only freshman in the regular rotation.Texas Tech is led by sophomore Jarrett Culver, senior Matt Mooney and sophomore Davide Moretti. Guard Kyler Edwards is the only freshman who sees regular playing time, averaging 5.3 points.Aaron Henry and Gabe Brown had huge games in Michigan State’s Sweet 16 win over LSU, but juniors Cassius Winston and Nick Ward with sophomore Xavier Tillman are the leaders who have been through the NCAA Tournament grind before.Auburn has no freshmen in its rotation and is led by senior Bryce Brown and junior Jared Harper. Sophomore Chuma Okeke was a key cog, too, before he tore his left ACL in the Sweet 16.All three played last year while leading the program to its first NCAA Tournament trip since 2003. The Tigers were crushed by Clemson in the second round, but the experience helped them understand what to expect and advance in this year’s bracket.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess For the hype about college basketball’s fantastic freshmen this season, none made it to the Final Four.The one and dones are done.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIt’s a veterans weekend in Minneapolis.“It’s funny. Everybody would like to have what Duke and Kentucky have as far as personnel,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. “Both of them have had incredible years, but experience does matter too. Somewhere there’s probably a happy medium. If you don’t have the best talent, you’d better be very old and very experienced.” View comments