“I am sorry.”From the first time you pull a girl’s hair, trap your sister in a closet with a spider or hit your friend in the back with a plastic baseball bat (my bad, Jeff), parents everywhere teach that those three words are the magic solution to set everything right again.It is humiliating to admit you have done something wrong, and most of the time we would rather blame extenuating circumstances — let’s call this the “Bud Selig” defense — rather than admit our mistake. But when you finally are able to suck it up, ignore the feeling of doom in your gut and apologize, we are taught the slate is wiped clean.It is an extreme feeling of relief to admit a mistake and simply move on.Unless, of course, your apology concerns the ever-important world monopolized by ESPN. Then the apology becomes a matter of national concern.How sincere was it? Did emotion show on the athlete’s face? Did the apology come too late? And most importantly, should we accept this admission of guilt or forever begrudge the athlete that dare besmirch our team with his foibles?To be clear, this is not a column about Tiger Woods and whatever he was coerced into saying last Friday. I am following the path the wise men at The Golf Writers Association of America laid out and completely ignoring an irrelevant event. Woods didn’t commit a crime, he didn’t cheat — at golf, anyway — and the only explanation he owes is to his family.No, this column is about senior leader and leading scorer for the Wisconsin basketball team, Trevon Hughes.In case you have broken down mentally from the first batch of midterms, last Thursday the Badgers suffered a 68-52 defeat to border rival Minnesota. In postgame interviews Hughes — completely unsolicited — took the blame for the loss on himself, saying he set a poor example in practice the previous week.“It was all my fault,” Hughes said, also adding he had a “crappy week” in practice. “I was being a goofball in practice all week.”After reporters around Hughes paused in stunned silence, one followed up asking Hughes to clarify what he meant by a “crappy week.”“That’s unacceptable; I’m going to step up my leadership,” Hughes continued. “I wasn’t being a leader; I was just thinking everything was a joke. I was turning the ball over in practice, and it showed up in the game. I’ve just got to be more aggressive and be a better leader.”Walking back up to the media room, I immediately noted to Herald Sports Editor Jordan Schelling how impressive Hughes’ maturity was and how this growth in character was noticeable from his junior year to his senior season.Even more compelling, Hughes finished the game leading the Badgers in scoring with 19 points and shot a respectable 7-of-17 from the field, including 5-of-12 from 3-point range.He may have had a bad week of practice, but it didn’t throw his game off too much.From the reactions I received back in Madison, my opinion is in a small minority.Herald sports editors Adam Holt and Max Henson both expressed to me how “disappointed” they were with Hughes goofing around in practice during the middle of a Big Ten title race. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Badger beat writer Jeff Potrykus wrote on JSOnline’s Badger Blog, “But let’s be honest and blunt. UW fans better hope they don’t hear Hughes making similar comments after any more games this season.”(Stepping onto my soapbox.)At what point did “I am sorry” stop being enough?Hughes is a college kid who made the mistake of having too much fun during basketball practice. While that should be viewed as a minor problem at best, Hughes took responsibility and deflected all the blame to himself after a tough loss. What part of this makes him a poor leader?Let he whose assist-to-turnover ratio remains perfect cast the first stone at this man who dares slander James Naismith’s creation.(Falling off soap box.)Have we become such jackasses — no offense, Adam or Max — that an honest, upfront apology is no longer good enough?And perhaps more importantly, what happens if Hughes reads or hears the responses to his admission? Think about it. Athletes already come coated in a Teflon clich? coating — just read anything Jason Bohannon or Keaton Nankivil say.But can we really blame them, if this is the reaction when they expose themselves?As an athlete, why bother admitting fault to any mistake anymore?It is a sad day for sports society when honesty spurns only more scorn. It is an even sadder day when “I am sorry” doesn’t make things all better.So, Trevon, I’m not sure you have anything to apologize for, but to me at least, it’s all good.Michael is a senior majoring in journalism. Think he needs to stop preaching and write about better topics? Was this too whiny for you? It feels wrong for him to lecture anyone. Email him your thoughts at [email protected]
Â Like Messi, Ronaldo exits tournament unsungParis Saint Germain forward, Edinson Cavani, was worth all the hype Saturday night as his brace for Uruguay helped set up the first quarter final of the 2018 World Cup here in Russia against France at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.Cavaniâ€™s superb two goals in the 2-1 victory ended Cristiano Ronaldo’s hopes of success in Russia just hours after Lionel Messi and Argentina were knocked out, beaten 4-3 by Les Bleus.The PSG man who deservedly was voted the Man of the Match opened the scoring early on, playing a superb one-two with Luis Suarez before thumping home a header from his strike partner’s cross. Cavani became the oldest Uruguayan to score a World Cup brace as the 31-year-old is 108 days older than Diego Forlan was when he did this against South Africa in 2010.Uruguay had not conceded a goal at this World Cup before Pepe rose unmarked to nod in an equaliser from close range, prompting a brief spell of dominance for Portugal.But Cavani secured Uruguay’s place in the last eight when he steered a brilliant shot beyond goalkeeper Rui Patricio.The win may have come at a price, though, as a limping Cavani was helped out of the pitch by Ronaldo in a rare show of fair play.Uruguay made a slow start to this World Cup by scraping past Egypt 1-0 but have got stronger with every game – and in Suarez and Cavani, they possess one of the most potent strike partnerships in Russia.Exquisite technique, timing and teamwork were all present as the two combined to score a goal inside the first 10 minutes that few sides at the tournament would have been able to prevent.Cavani – hugging the touchline on the right wing – hit a brilliant crossfield pass to Suarez wide left. The Barcelona forward held the ball for a moment as Cavani powered into the area before whipping in a cross for his strike partner to head home. Of Cavani’s 45 international goals, Suarez has now assisted 12 of them.It is, however, a partnership that could be disrupted by Cavaniâ€™s hamstring injury that prevented him from concluding the match.A serious injury for Cavani would undoubtedly be a blow but this Uruguay team is arguably greater than the sum of its parts. Against Portugal, they looked well balanced and while they did concede, it was the first goal against them in 597 minutes of football, a run stretching back to August last year.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Black Stars midfield dynamo Emmanuel Agyemang Badu has passionately called on Ghanaians to support the team in their prayers even after Ghana defeated Mali in the ongoing AFCON 2013.The Black Stars went into the game under massive pressure to pick the needed points and secure a good standing in the tournament.The Malians came into the game with a determined mindset, offering Ghana a tough challenge as they sought to pick the crucial four points ahead of Ghana.The Black Stars, however, registered their supremacy by beating Mali 1-0, besting their opponents through a calculated tactics.While the Malian defense allowed no goals, they rather committed a foul in the penalty box which led to their downfall as the Ghanaian side sunk the penalty kick.Ghana came into the tournament following a massive overhaul that hit the National team at the behest of Head Coach Kwesi Appiah, meaning that a group stage ousting could very well spell doom for the coach and his technical bench.Tensions in the Ghanaian camp have calmed after this win for the team, but Badu says the Black Stars’ battle has just begun and that Ghanaians must play their part to help the team to progress. Ghana will play Niger in the last group game, where a win would see the Stars remain in Port Elisabeth for the quarterfinals.
Do what’s right , never what’s liked. pic.twitter.com/xo4nf64H3a— JuJu (@juwanmitchell_6) June 18, 2020Texas is one of several NCAA football programs to see players demand change in the wake of nationwide protests of racial inequality. Other instances include Texas A&M and Clemson. Earlier this week, Oklahoma State players publicly criticized coach Mike Gundy for wearing a T-shirt deemed racially insensitive. Some Cowboys also accused Gundy of harboring a culture of demeaning interaction toward black players.In all cases of student-athletes speaking out, there has been heated discourse among fans over whether they should share their thoughts that mirror the backlash against pro athletes such as Colin Kaepernick and LeBron James for voicing opinions on social issues in recent years.College players have historically been less likely than their pro counterparts to weigh in on controversial subjects. An era of growing athlete empowerment, however, seems to finally be awakening the amateur level and forcing administrations to reassess their ties to problematic historical figures. Now, Mitchell wants to play elsewhere. He wrote in a Twitter post that he considers the reaction to the team’s desires indicative of a culture in which supporters only care about on-field success and not the individual wishes of student-athletes.”For once, we decide to voice our opinions about things that can help better the community,” Mitchell said. “It seems they only have our front but not our backs. People who want to create change don’t care how much money can be lost, don’t care about who hates them or any bad outcomes that may happen. The only thing on your mind should be equality.”It’s not about blacks vs. whites, or cops (vs.) blacks. It’s about doing what’s right! With that being said, I do not feel comfortable representing the University of Texas.”BENDER: Mike Gundy needs to talk less, listen more if he wants to lead Oklahoma State Texas linebacker Juwan Mitchell wanted to feel supported by the Longhorns football community when he joined his teammates protesting police brutality and asked the administration to change the alma mater and rename campus buildings due to their references to racist culture.Instead, Mitchell received backlash from some fans who considered the requests inappropriate. His opinion of Texas has changed because of that reception.
ARLINGTON, TEXAS — Iowa State coach Matt Campbell was not concerned about expectations when he first took over the program and he is not now when they are high. After back-to-back eight win seasons the Cyclones are picked to finish third in the Big 12 race.Campbell made his comments at Big 12 Media Days in Dallas. He believes the Cyclones are building a program that can sustain success.Campbell says when he first got to Iowa State most of the questions surrounded what uniforms the Cyclones would wear.Iowa State opens August 31st against Northern Iowa. MASON CITY — In regular season baseball, Mason City High only needed four innings to beat Clear Lake 16-0 at Roosevelt Field. Bradley Vaith and Brock Dvorak combined for the shutout while Derek Dalen was 3-for-3 with four runs batted in. Mason City ends the regular season with a record of 24-14 and will host Des Moines Lincoln in a Class 4A substate quarterfinal on Friday night starting at 7 o’clock, a game you’ll hear on KGLO. Clear Lake ends their regular season with a record of 15-14 and will face Charles City in a 3A district semifinal on Friday evening in Waverly. You can hear that game on KRIB starting at about 4:45. MASON CITY — Newman scored 12 unanswered runs to down Central Springs 12-2 in five innings last night in a Class 1A District 4 semifinal baseball game, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO. Mason Hanft hit a two-run homer in the first to put Central Springs in the lead, which the Panthers held until the fourth when Evan Paulus nailed a three-run homer to put the Knights in the lead for good. Newman finished off the game in the fifth with nine consecutive batters reaching base, scoring eight runs, highlighted by a two-run homer by Josh Fitzgerald. Eighth-grader Doug Taylor picked up the win, striking out nine in four innings of work. Newman is now 32-3 and will host West Fork in the district championship game on Saturday night. West Fork downed North Iowa 10-2 in the other game of the district semifinal doubleheader at Newman last night. == 2A District 3 at New HamptonOsage 8, Forest City 5 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have placed center fielder Byron Buxton on the seven-day injured list for players with concussion-like symptoms, just as first baseman C.J. Cron and left fielder Eddie Rosario returned from their injuries. The Twins also designated right-handed reliever Mike Morin for release or assignment. Buxton was hurt three days ago while making a head-first, diving catch of a sinking line drive. He was sidelined for 13 games last month with a bruised right wrist. CHARLES CITY — After being down 1-0 after the top of the first, Charles City exploded for 16 base hits on their way to an 11-1, five-inning victory over Mason City in a 4A regional softball championship game last night in Charles City, as you heard on AM-1490 & 96.7-FM KRIB. Rachel Chambers hit a two-run homer in the first with Allie Cross socking a three-run homer as part of a five-run third inning. The Comets then scored three times in the fourth to extend the lead to ten and held the Mohawks in check in the top of the fifth to end the game. Charles City improves to 35-3 on the season and will face Dallas Center-Grimes next Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 in the 4A state quarterfinals. Mason City ends their season with a record of 18-22. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Michael Conforto went 4 for 4 and drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out single in the fifth inning, giving the New York Mets enough to hang on for a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Conforto even made the defensive play of the game, a graceful leaping grab at the top of the wall in left-center to end the third with a runner on and take away an extra-base hit from Twins slugger Nelson Cruz. Cruz ended the game against Mets closer Edwin Díaz with a bases-loaded foul popup. EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings running back Roc Thomas has been suspended for the first three games of the regular season for violating the NFL policy on substance abuse. The league announced the punishment the week before training camp begins. Thomas can participate in preseason practices and games. If he makes the team he’d be eligible to return to action Sept. 23. Thomas was sentenced to three years of probation in May after pleading guilty to fifth-degree felony possession of marijuana. AMES — The biggest weekend of the summer Iowa Games begins Thursday. Iowa Games spokesman Cory Kennedy says it will includes Friday night’s opening ceremonies in Jack Trice Stadium.Kennedy says the opening ceremonies will include a parade of athletes.Kennedy says the Iowa Games have been successful in part because of its partnership with Iowa State University.For more, head to www.iowagames.org == 1A District 5 at St. AnsgarSt. Ansgar 8, Rockford 1North Butler 6, Janesville 5
Martin County schools welcome back students on Tuesday.Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all schools throughout the county have new safety protocols and procedures in place for the 2020-21 academic year.According to school district spokesperson Jennifer DeShazo, students’ desks are being spaced out by at least 6 feet, and everyone must wear face coverings on school campuses.The district has also developed a clinic for students who are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19.In the event that a student becomes sick during the day, he or she would be sent to the clinic and parents will be called to pick them up. Students must then stay home and quarantine for a minimum of two weeks.The Martin County School District has invested more than $2 million in personal protective equipment, which includes face masks, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies.The district has also purchased thermometers for teachers, faculty, and staff in the event that child becomes sick and there’s a need to check his or her temperature.
French joined the club in 2013 and debuted in Round 12, 2016. He played 13 NRL games in 2016 and broke the Parramatta Eels record for the most tries in a debut season, previously held by Jarryd Hayne, crossing for 19 tries.Coach Brad Arthur said that the contract extension is a reward for the hard work and commitment shown by Bevan since joining the club from Tingha in country NSW.”Bevan’s development this year was a real positive for the club and I am sure our members and fans are pleased that we have secured Bevan for at least another three seasons,” Arthur said.”We have had a strategy over the last two months to retain our key players and provide strong additions for our squad going into 2017. We have made good progress so far and it’s our intention to continue this strategy as we lead into the 2017 pre-season.”
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– says comparing contract with 2016 PSA is desperateIn the wake of the release of the 2013 oil contract between Government and CGX Resources Incorporated, comparisons were made between that contract and the Exxon agreement. However, the Attorney General at the time of the signing of the CGX contract has raised a staunch defence of the agreement.Opposition PPP/C Member of Parliament Anil NandlallAccording to former Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Anil Nandlall, the CGX contract was signed in circumstances that are starkly different from when the coalition Government signed its controversial contract with Exxon. In a statement, he called it desperate to even compare the two documents.“The attempt by the Government at comparing the 2016 Petroleum Agreement which it entered into with ExxonMobil with similar agreements entered into by the PPP/Civic Administration is nothing but a desperate, pathetic and asinine attempt at damage control,” Nandlall said. “It is the most incompetent attempt at mitigating one of the most lopsided contracts perhaps ever negotiated,” he declared.“At the time when the PPP/Civic Government negotiated these contracts, the realities were radically and fundamentally different. There was no conclusive evidence that we had oil in commercial quantities, moreover and certainly, in the quantities numbering billions of barrels. Additionally, when some of those contracts were signed, our border controversy with Suriname was not yet resolved,” he advanced.Nandlall pointed out that when the ExxonMobil agreement was negotiated in 2016, there was confirmation of an estimated three-billion-barrel oil reserve in the Stabroek Block’s Liza project.In May of the preceding year, Exxon had confirmed that more than 295 feet of high-quality, oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs had been encountered at its Liza 1 well. Discoveries have since been made at the Payara, Snoek and Liza Deep wells.CGX, whose entire portfolio is focused on Guyana, has meanwhile not yielded the success of Exxon, with three dry holes being drilled in 2005.“For this Government to even think that sensible Guyanese will gobble up this clumsy propaganda is not only a crass insult to our collective intelligence, but it demonstrates how extraordinarily naive the Government is,” Nandlall noted.The contractGovernment on Saturday released the contract with CGX. In a statement that accompanied the news that the contract was released, the Natural Resources Ministry promised that “over the coming weeks and months, as all aspects for the release are worked out with the operators, the remaining Agreements will be released in similar fashion.”Under Article 11, ‘Cost Recovery and Production sharing’ heading of the contract which was signed on February 12th, 2013, the then Government has agreed to accept a one per cent royalty in addition to a 53 per cent share of profit oil and gas, after recoverable costs have been satisfactorily negotiated. This is provided that the company moves from exploration to production.The contract states: “All recoverable contract costs incurred by the contractor shall, subject to the terms and conditions of any agreement relating to non-associated gas… be recovered from the value… of a volume of crude oil or natural gas produced from the contract area, and limited in any month to an amount which equals 75 per cent of the total production from the contract area for such month…”This is a greater share than the 50 per cent share the coalition Government would come to negotiate with ExxonMobil three years later. The one per cent royalty was, in fact, contained in the original 1999 Exxon agreement, until it was increased by one per cent by the coalition in 2016.Oil companies — in this case CGX — are expected to use revenue from their production in order to recoup their capital investment. This will be categorized as “cost oil”. Whatever remains of this is the ‘profit oil,’ which Guyana would have to split with the oil company and its associates, if there are any.When it comes to relinquishment, Article Five of the contract states: “If, prior to the end of the initial period of the Petroleum Prospecting Licence issued to the contractor under Article 3.1, an application is made by the contractor for renewal of the Licence under section 24 (1) of the Act, the contractor shall relinquish at the end of the initial period an area equal to at least 15 per cent of the original contract area…”It goes on to say: “If, prior to the end of the first renewal period… an application is made by the contractor for a second renewal of the licence, under section 24 (1) of the Act, the contractor shall then relinquish at the end of the first renewal period an area equal to at least 25 per cent of the original contract area…”This was invoked last year when the Canadian company gave up 25 per cent of its concessions after renegotiating its work commitments. As a consequence, its blocks in the Corentyne and in Demerara have reverted to the state.