December 17

Morgan’s three turnovers lead to 24-14 loss to Wildcats

first_imgMorgan’s three turnovers lead to 24-14 loss to WildcatsMorgan threw two interceptions in the first quarter and gave up a fumble in the fourth.Jack RodgersQuarterback Tanner Morgan looks to throw the ball on Saturday, Nov. 17 at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers were defeated by Northwestern with a final score of 24-14. Jack WarrickNovember 17, 2018Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintQuarterback Tanner Morgan dug the Gophers into a hole when he threw two interceptions in the first quarter of the senior day game against No. 22 Northwestern on Saturday. He left the turnover woes behind him for much of the game, but a fourth quarter relapse in the form of a fumble given up by Morgan was enough to seal the Gophers loss.“Those two plays are unacceptable, both of them are, and they killed our drives,” Morgan said. “It happened in the first quarter, but after that you just got to keep going one play at a time. Can’t focus on it, can’t dwell on it, because then you’re just going to keep making more mistakes.”Minnesota lost to the Big Ten West division-champion Northwestern 24-14 on Saturday afternoon at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers lost the turnover battle, something head coach P.J. Fleck harps on, and it led to a loss in the seniors’ final game playing at home.“If you don’t turn over the ball over, you have a 78 percent chance of winning,” Fleck said. “We turned the ball over three times, and they turned it over zero. That would give us basically a zero percent chance of winning that football game.”Wildcats defensive lineman Joe Gaziano strip sacked Morgan in the fourth quarter and carried it to the 17-yard line, where Morgan jumped on the 280-pound defensive end’s back and managed to tackle him. They kicked a field goal and took a 24-7 lead with 7:49 left in the game.Morgan hit receiver Tyler Johnson with a pass in the end zone at 4:32 left in the fourth to make the score 24-14. However, that was all the offense would score, and Morgan lost his second game as a starter. It was the least amount of points Minnesota scored since Ohio State on Oct. 13, when the team lost 30-14. The Gophers finished with 306 total yards of offense, and 197 passing yards.Morgan threw four picks before Saturday, but he never threw more than one in any of the seven games he played. Morgan averaged about 37 points per game in his first three starts. The defense often bailed Morgan out. After the first turnover, the Minnesota defense made Northwestern punt. After the fumble at the Minnesota 17-yard line, they held the Wildcats to a 29-yard field goal for a 24-7 score.“You never want to see that. It can be frustrating, but we’re always going to have our offense’s back, and we expect the offense to have the defense’s back,” said Gophers linebacker Blake Cashman.Cashman set a TCF Bank Stadium record with 20 total tackles on his final day playing in the stadium. He set up the first Gophers’ score when he sacked Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson on fourth down for a 14-yard loss, giving the offense the ball at the Minnesota 38-yard line midway through the second quarter.Morgan threw back-to-back interceptions to the same player, linebacker Nate Hall, in the first quarter of the game. The second resulted in a touchdown as Hall picked Morgan off at the Minnesota 45-yard line.“I’d be lying to you if I said it didn’t come into your mind, because you only have two quarterbacks,” Fleck said about if he thought about putting other quarterback Zack Annexstad in. “Again, if (Morgan) didn’t respond well, probably. But, I thought he responded really well.”The Gophers will play their final game of the regular season against Wisconsin in Madison on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Minnesota needs to win to ensure a bowl game berth.“As I walked off the field, [I] kind of grabbed some of the seniors and I just looked back at the stadium knowing that it was my last time ever putting on the maroon and gold [there],” Cashman said of his last moments at TCF Bank Stadium as a player. ” [I] was kind of overwhelmed with emotions, and also part of that was just from frustration, from not getting the win today and bowl eligibility.”last_img read more

November 19

Player’s performance in video games can steer attitudes about brands

first_imgEmail A company’s brand may crash and burn if video game players perform poorly when they use branded products as part of the game, according to a team of researchers.In a study, the performance of players in a racecar video game influenced their attitude about the actual brand of the car they used in the game, said Frank Dardis, associate professor of advertising and public relations, Penn State.“The easier the game, or the better the people did, the more they remembered the brand they used in the game and the more their attitudes changed in a positive direction toward the brand,” Dardis said. “But, the people who had the more difficult game or had a bad experience — by crashing too much, for example — remembered the brand less and had a negative attitude change toward the brand.” Share Share on Facebook Pinterestcenter_img The researchers, who released their findings in a recent issue of the Journal of Promotion Management, asked players to use a car that featured a VW logo during a video game. Then they measured the number of both the laps completed and the times they crashed to determine player performance. Unknown to the participants, the researchers also adjusted the car’s handling features to increase the level of difficulty.In a survey after the game, players who completed more laps and wrecked less tended to better recall the brand of car and have a more favorable attitude toward the company. Players that had a negative experience during the game had a significantly lower recall and opinion of the brand.In another wrinkle, while the players’ experience with the VW-branded car tended to influence their attitude about the company, the players mostly ignored other brands that advertised on the virtual billboards that appeared during the game.“The recall of the traditional in-game ads that appeared on the virtual billboards of the race track during the game was very low,” said Dardis. “What this may show is that in an integrated ad, the attention gets focused on the branded product in the game and not on other, more peripheral ads.”Advertising and branded advertising in video games is a recent, but growing form of marketing that is expected to increase to more than $1 billion in 2015, according to Dardis. The research suggests that businesses cannot be guaranteed positive results just by advertising in a game, he added.“On the face of it, it might sound like a great idea for, in this case, a car company to say ‘there’s a great new game out, let’s make sure people can drive one of our cars,’” said Dardis. “However, depending on a lot of player choices and things that can happen during the game, the car might not perform well and that could affect their attitudes toward the real-world brand.”A total of 85 participants took part in the study, of those, 59 were female and 26 were male. Only four of the participants had played the game before the session. The players were then randomly assigned to either an easy version or a difficult version of the game. Share on Twitter LinkedInlast_img read more

September 23

Oil Leases To Be Sold in Cook Inlet

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The federal government has released a draft plan for an offshore oil lease plan which would include portions of the Cook Inlet, Beaufort, and Chuckchi Seas. The proposed waters cover areas south of Kalgin Island to Kodiak. The Department of the Interior says they’re studying both how the sale could affect the marine environment and the impact on the community with increasing development. Jewell: “We’re particularly interested in hearing from the public and Alaska Native communities about whether these areas are appropriate for leasing and what steps we may need to take to protect these important resources found in them. Again, we look forward to hearing from the public and interested stakeholders before we finalize a program that can both meet our nation’s energy needs and protect our key natural resources.” DOI Secretary Sally Jewell says it’s a balanced proposal, but they’re still soliciting input… To submit public comments online visit and type in Cook Inlet 244. Comments will be taken for the next 90 days.last_img read more

September 8

Beitske Visser dominates again in Round 4 of the W Series E League

first_imgLast Updated: 3rd July, 2020 11:10 IST Beitske Visser Dominates Again In Round 4 Of The W Series E League Beitske Visser of the Netherlands extended her lead in the points standings with another dominant performance on Thursday as W Series 2020 continued its inaugral E-League competition with drivers racing from their homes in Round 4 at a virtual Interlagos circuit in Brazil. Written By WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW US COMMENT First Published: 3rd July, 2020 11:10 ISTcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV Associated Press Television News Beitske Visser of the Netherlands extended her lead in the points standings with another dominant performance on Thursday as W Series 2020 continued its inaugral E-League competition with drivers racing from their homes in Round 4 at a virtual Interlagos circuit in Brazil.The format comprises of three races – 15 minutes for race one, 15 minutes for a reverse grid race two (determined by the finishing positions from race one) and a 20 minute third and final race.Championship points are allocated as follows for each race – 20-17-15-13-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 (1st to 15th) and one point for fastest lap.Race one qualifying: 1st 95 Beitske Visser, 2nd 31 Marta Garcia, 3rd 20 Caitlin WoodRace one top three: 1st 95 Beitske Visser, 2nd 31 Marta Garcia, 3rd 20 Caitlin WoodRace two qualifying: Reverse grid from race one resultsRace two top three: 1st 51 Irina Sidorkova, 2nd 95 Beitske Visser, 3rd 19 Tamsin PepperRace three qualifying: 1st 95 Beitske Visser, 2nd 31 Garcia, 3rd 51 SidorkovaRace three top three: 1st 95 Visser, 2nd 31 Garcia, 3rd 51 SidorkovaRound 5 takes place at a virtual Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium on 9th July.The full list of drivers:Ayla Agren (Norway), Jamie Chadwick, Alice Powell, Sarah Moore, Jessica Hawkins, Abbie Eaton (all GB), Sabre Cook (USA), Belen Garcia, Marta Garcia, Nerea Marti (all Spain), Emma Kimilainen (Finland), Miki Koyama (Japan), Tasmin Pepper (South Africa), Vicky Piria (Italy), Gosia Rdest (Poland), Naomi Schiff (Rwanda), Irina Sidorkova (Russia), Bruna Tomaselli (Brazil), Beitske Visser (Netherlands), Fabienne Wohlwend (Liechtenstein), Caitlin Wood (Australia).W Series Esports League aims to inaugurate, publicise, promote and empower a shared commitment to raising female sim racing visibility in order to encourage more women and girls everywhere to take up eracing, thereby opening up a new world of equality and diversity in what has previously been seen as a predominantly male-dominated activity. last_img read more

January 20

PH fighter Catalan wins; Donayre loses anew in ONE: Quest for Power

first_imgMotorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member MOST READ In the co-main event, Australian Martin Nguyen dazzled in a quick work of Japanese veteran Kazunori Yokota.Nguyen decked Yokota with a timely overhand right before pummelling him for the first round stoppage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnMeanwhile, Filipino lightweight fighter Vaughn Donayre continued his downward spiral after yielding to Vincent Latoel by unanimous decision.Donayre has now dropped seven of his last eight fights, including four in a row. He lost to Singapore’s Amir Khan by submission in his previous outing two months ago. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:57Duterte wants ‘one-on-one’ talk with Joma Sison01:28‘The Two Popes’ movie explores depth of faith, frailties of man01:40Filipinos 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 No. 1 Kerber admits pressure on Grand Slam defense Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims LATEST STORIES Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Buoyed by their hometown crowd, Indonesian fighters Sunoto and Stefer Rahardian emerged victorious.Sunoto scored a first-round stoppage over Cambodia’s Chan Heng in their bantamweight clash while Rahardian downed Jerome Paye by unanimous decision in the flyweight division.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Filipino Rene Catalan applies the armbar to defeat Adrian Matheis in their strawweight bout. Photo from ONE ChampionshipUndefeated Russian fighter Vitaly Bigdash outclassed Burmese challenger Aung La N Sang to retain his ONE middleweight world title in the headliner of ONE: Quest for Power Saturday in Jakarta, Indonesia.Bigdash dominated N Sang from the get-go, connecting on combinations and landing elbows on the mat, en route to a unanimous decision win, his ninth overall.ADVERTISEMENT Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal But while Donayre faded, another Filipino in Rene Catalan shone.Catalan submitted Adrian Matheis with an armbar at the 2:08 mark of the second round in their strawweight bout.The keenly-awaited duel between lightweight contenders Georgi Stoyanov and Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev ended in a No Contest. Stoyanov was unable to continue after getting hit with an ill-advised technical ground kick.In the most exciting fight of the evening, Igor Subora edged Sherif Mohamed via unanimous decision. The two light heavyweights went toe-to-toe for three rounds but it was Subora’s superior stand-up game made the difference as he effectively used his boxing to keep the smaller Mohamed out of reach.Dutch featherweight Anthony Engelen, who is based in Jakarta, needed only a minute and 42 seconds to knock out his Malaysian foe AJ Lias Mansor. Engelen unloaded a combination while Mansor was pressed against the cage before a crushing right sealed the early stoppage.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

January 3

Metrolink’s challenge to Glendale train crash negligence claims to be heard

first_imgAn appellate panel has agreed to hear Metrolink’s challenge of a judge’s decision to allow plaintiffs to pursue negligence claims stemming from a train wreck that killed 11 people, the agency announced today. The Jan. 26, 2005, crash at the Glendale-Los Angeles city line also injured more than 180 others. In June, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Emilie H. Elias rejected an argument by Metrolink’s attorneys that the transit agency was immune from negligence claims in the case. But she encouraged the 2nd District Court of Appeal to review her ruling before the first trial involving three consolidated lawsuits begins next July 14. The Metrolink lawyers maintained the agency’s immunity stems from relevant federal laws that override state statutes and because of regulations set forth by the Federal Railroad Administration. The plaintiffs allege the agency was negligent for having locomotives push passenger trains from the rear, where they cannot act as a buffer during a crash in the way a locomotive can. Jerome L. Ringler, the lead lawyer for the plaintiffs, said he was not surprised by the appellate court’s decision to review Harris’ ruling. He said his clients have additional claims for negligence that go beyond the alleged liability stemming from the push-pull method. Ringer said Metrolink has at least three alternatives to the push-pull method, including putting locomotives at both ends of the train. He maintains the trains can be made safer at a lower cost than Metrolink’s plans to buy stronger passenger cars and continue to keep one up front while pushing. Juan Manuel Alvarez, 28, is accused of driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee onto the railroad tracks that day and getting out of the vehicle before a Metrolink train slammed into it. That train and another Metrolink train — going in the opposite direction – – derailed. Alvarez, who was arrested shortly after the crash and has been in jail without bail since then, faces 11 murder charges. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Alvarez, who is due back in court on Sept. 13 for a pretrial hearing. The former construction worker’s wife and cousin said after the crash that Alvarez was suicidal — a claim challenged by Glendale police. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The FRA left it up to local operators around the country whether they wished to use the “push-pull” method to drive trains where engines travel at less than 125 mph, Metrolink attorneys argued. In her 16-page ruling, Elias stated “negligence law appears to be a reasonable check on operators’ conduct or inaction.” In a friend-of-the-court brief filed by the American Passenger Transportation Association on behalf of Metrolink, lawyers for APTA argue that Harris misread the law and rendered a decision that “threatens (train) operations across the country.” Metrolink continues to use the push-pull method, in which trains are pulled by a locomotive one way and then pushed when they go in the opposite direction, making it appear the trains are traveling toward their destinations in reverse. An engineer sits in the front of the leading passenger car during the push method and controls the train by remote control. In the January 2005 Metrolink crash — the deadliest rail crash since 1999 — the cars were being pushed. last_img read more

December 28

AIG to pay $1.64 billion

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The settlement does not cover Maurice “Hank” Greenberg, the company’s former chairman and chief executive who was named in the suit but who has pledged to fight it in court. While acknowledging the civil misconduct and facing a huge fine, AIG at the same time escapes the threat that a criminal case could have been brought. The Justice Department said AIG’s agreement spares the company criminal prosecution in exchange for its cooperation with the ongoing federal criminal investigation. Shareholders welcomed the announcement, sending AIG shares up 74 cents, or 1.1 percent, to close at $67.12 Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange. AIG said that under the settlement it will pay $800 million for investors who were deceived by AIG’s accounting tactics, including a $100 million penalty to the SEC. In addition, it will pay $375 million to AIG policyholders, $344 million to states harmed by AIG’s practices from 1986 to 1995 involving state workers’ compensation funds, and fines of $100 million to the state of New York and $25 million to the U.S. Justice Department. NEW YORK – American International Group Inc., one of the world’s largest insurance companies, has agreed to pay $1.64 billion to resolve allegations that it used deceptive accounting practices to mislead investors and regulatory agencies. The deal – believed to be the biggest concluded by regulators with a single company – also requires the New York-based firm to adopt changes in its business practices that will ensure proper accounting procedures in the future. AIG said in a statement that the settlement was approved by its board “in the best interest of the company.” The pact announced Thursday settles a civil lawsuit filed last May by New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer with backing from the New York State Insurance Department and the U.S. Justice Department. The Securities and Exchange Commission, which also worked with Spitzer on the investigation, filed and settled allegations of accounting fraud with the company simultaneously. AIG said it would take a $1.15 billion after-tax charge in its upcoming fourth-quarter earnings report to cover the settlement. It also announced that it would take a $1.1 billion after-tax charge to increase its reserves to reflect the completion of a recently concluded internal risk study. AIG said that as part of the deal, it also has agreed “to retain for a period of three years an independent consultant who will conduct a review” of the company’s accounting and internal controls. Donald Light, senior insurance analyst with Celent, a Boston-based research and consulting company, said the settlement “means AIG’s board and management is off the hook for anything worse … such as a criminal case.” He added: “They’re paying a lot of money for that, but AIG is huge and this amounts to less than 2 percent of shareholders’ equity.” Spitzer told The Associated Press in an interview, “This is a company that didn’t have to cheat. But once they began, they found it hard to stop. And like an addict, they grew dependent on financial gamesmanship that could ultimately destroy the company.” He said that the new business practices AIG was adopting would improve the market for property and casualty insurance in the United States by creating “a new level of transparency in the market that all consumers will benefit from. The SEC’s enforcement director, Linda Thomsen, noted that the investigation looked at the entire industry and centered on misuse of specialized insurance vehicles, such as reinsurance. “While this settlement concludes our investigation of AIG, our investigation continues with respect to others who may have participated in AIG’s securities-laws violations,” she said. The settlement with AIG exceeds many of the fines the SEC imposed following a wave of corporate scandals in 2002, including civil fines and restitution of $750 million for WorldCom Inc., $715 million for Adelphia Communications Corp. and $300 million for Time Warner Inc. It also surpasses the $850 million settlement Spitzer reached last year with New York-based Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc., the nation’s largest property and casualty brokerage, over allegations of bid rigging and price fixing as well as hidden commissions. AIG was among the companies that allegedly participated in the bid-rigging scheme, and four former AIG executives were among 20 insurance executives and officers who have pleaded guilty to charges, Spitzer’s office said. Besides naming AIG, Spitzer’s suit alleged that Greenberg and former chief financial officer, Howard I. Smith, orchestrated the scheme. Greenberg, who resigned from AIG in March, has repeatedly insisted that he followed proper accounting procedures during his 38 years at the helm of AIG. Smith, too, has denied wrongdoing, and neither of the men was involved in the negotiations with the SEC and Spitzer. In a statement issued late Thursday, Greenberg’s spokesman Howard Opinsky said a “white paper” issued by Greenberg’s legal team last summer “debunked many of the allegations” of the regulators. He added: “The suggestion in the attorney general’s public comments that Mr. Greenberg may have been involved in any wrongdoing is false. We are confident that when the debate moves from the newspaper to the courts, Mr. Greenberg will be vindicated.” The accounting scandal centered on transactions that AIG under Greenberg concluded with Berkshire Hathaway’s General Re. insurance group. In its filing, the SEC said the $500 million transactions in 2000 and 2001 “were designed to inflate falsely AIG’s loss reserves … in order to quell analyst criticism that AIG’s reserves had been declining.” Three former Gen Re executives and one former AIG executive were indicted last week in connection with the deceptive accounting scheme. Greenberg was replaced as chief executive by Martin Sullivan, who oversaw the restatement of AIG’s earnings back to 2000. The revisions knocked some $2 billion off shareholders’ equity and nearly $4 billion off its profits. Sullivan said in a statement Thursday that the settlement marked “a major step forward in resolving the legal and regulatory issues facing AIG.” He said the company was “committed to business practices that provide transparency and fairness in the insurance market.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more