Today, the Ad Council, The Humane Society of the United States and Maddie’s Fund in partnership with Halo Pet Foundation, released an online video series called “Meet My Shelter Pet” to showcase the unique bonds between shelter pets and their adoptive owners and remind viewers that there are thousands of amazing shelter pets ready to meet them.Video: Meet My Shelter Pet: Paul & Victoria ShafferLaunched to coincide with National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, one of the videos features legendary music man and David Letterman band leader, Paul Shaffer, with his daughter Victoria showing off the lovable personalities of their four adopted dogs, Riley, Jake, Echo and Rue.“Everybody should have a shelter dog. It’s good for the soul,” said Paul Shaffer. “All four of our dogs have been absolute gems. Why would you want to do anything else but rescue a pet?”The videos are part of The Shelter Pet Project, a public service advertising (PSA) campaign that for four years has helped to positively change the perception of shelter pets, with euthanasia rates declining by 10 percent during the campaign’s time period. Despite these gains, however, 2.7 million healthy and treatable pets are still losing their lives in shelters each year. The Shelter Pet Project’s goal is to bring that number down to zero.Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS said: “We know that Paul and Victoria’s online video for The Shelter Pet Project will inspire more people to rescue a shelter pet. That outcome will be music to our ears, and to every shelter director in America.”“You must watch these videos from The Shelter Pet Project— they will touch your heart in a powerfully positive, uplifting way! The Halo Pet Foundation is honored to support The Humane Society of the United States encouraging pet adoption from shelters,” said David Yaskulka, Vice President, Marketing Communications, HALO, Purely for Pets.Shelter pet adoptions are on the rise in the United States. According to The Humane Society of the United States, 17 million people will acquire a dog or cat within the next year, and each year four million of these animals are adopted from shelters.“Every happy adoption story encourages other people to open their hearts to a homeless pet,” said Maddie’s Fund President Rich Avanzino. “By showing the joy their adopted pets have brought to their family, Paul and Victoria are inspiring countless others to share that same incredible experience.”“The beauty of The Shelter Pet Project campaign is that these pets speak for themselves,” said Peggy Conlon, president and CEO of the Ad Council. “We hope these videos will break down barriers and encourage people to consider shelter pet adoption as the only option bringing a pet into their family.”In the upcoming months, a video featuring Vampire Diaries and Army Wives’ actress Torrey DeVitto and her dog Beau will be released. To see the videos or for more information about The Shelter Pet Project visit TheShelterPetProject.org.
3Wagner Seahawks2-4 TEAMRECORD One of the greatest turnarounds in college athletics is occurring in the media capital of the world, and you probably haven’t heard about it.1Unless you follow Twitter.com/ForecasterEnten. The Columbia Lions football squad sits at 4-0 and on top of the Ivy League heading into homecoming against the University of Pennsylvania Quakers on Saturday. To say its undefeated start is shocking would be an understatement.Just three years ago, I wrote that Columbia was taking part in the worst college football game of the year. The 0-8 Lions were hosting the 0-8 Cornell Big Red in Upper Manhattan. Columbia would lose that game 30-27 and finish the year 0-10. That season was part of a 24-game losing streak, which one might call a baby version of the Lions’ 44-game losing streak in the 1980s.Indeed, Columbia hasn’t won more than four games in a season in more than a decade and hasn’t had a winning season since 1996. In fact, there have only been three seasons since 1982 when the Lions finished .500 or better:Perhaps the strangest thing about what’s happening at the top of Manhattan is this: Columbia is arguably the best college or pro football team in New York City right now. The Giants are 0-5, the Jets are 3-2 (talk about weird), and all the other college teams that play in the five boroughs have worse records. (Though being the best college football team in New York City is like being the most accurate Stormtrooper.) 2New York Jets*3-2 *Technically not New York CitySource: ESPN So how the heck did the constant losers turn it around and make this Lions fan2I went to every home game from 1994 to 2000 and still attend at least one game a year. very happy? It all started when the school hired former Quaker head coach Al Bagnoli in 2015. The team has progressed incrementally since then, and a look at the stats reveals that Columbia has improved in nearly every facet since entering the game against the Big Red three years ago. Simply put, the Lions are scoring a lot more points than they did then. Heading into that game against Cornell, they were dead last (out of 121 teams) in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) with just 8.6 points per game. They had scored more than 7 points only once. But through four games this year, the Lions have scored at least 17 points every game and have put up an average of 30.3 points per game. That ranks 35th out of 123 teams.The main cause of the offensive explosion has been an improvement in the passing game. Three years ago, Columbia ranked 52nd with 221.6 passing yards per game (YPG). This year the Lions have jumped to 21st with 276.8 YPG, thanks in part to the strong play of senior quarterback Anders Hill. Of course, as I pointed out in 2014, Columbia was always so far behind that year that they needed to pass pretty much all the time. In passing efficiency — which takes into account completion percentage, yards per attempt, touchdown rate and interception rate — Columbia has jumped from 120th to 21st.Although the rushing game hasn’t improved anywhere near as much as the passing game, Columbia has shown it can move the ball on the ground. Heading into their 2014 game against Cornell, the Lions averaged just 51.3 rushing YPG. Again, that was dead last. This year, they’re up to 68th place with 136.0 YPG. As anyone who has ever watched football can tell you, the ability to both pass and run the ball gives you a better opportunity to fool the defense and score more points.On the other side of the field, the Lions put one of the worst defenses in the country on the field just three years ago. They were giving up an average of 273.8 rushing YPG (120th worst in the FCS) and 246.9 YPG (100th worst). It’s tough to win football games when you can stop neither the run nor the pass.This year, Columbia is doing a good job of stopping both. The Lions are giving up only 121.8 rushing YPG (32nd least in the FCS) and 194.8 passing YPG (39th least). In total defense (which combines both of these), Columbia ranks 26th for the least yards by giving up 316.5 YPG. That has allowed them to give up the 17th least points per game overall at just 17.3.The Lions have also excelled at special teams, where their kicking, punting and return games have all improved dramatically.3Three years ago, Columbia made just two field goals in its first eight games and was ranked 111th and 75th in average yards per kickoff and punt return, respectively. This season, the Lions have already made three field goals in four games, and are ranked 23rd in yards per kickoff return (with 23.27) and 13th in yards per punt return (with 13.00). And they have a point differential average of +13.0 points per game, which is 16th best in the country. That’s 44.2 points better per game than when they had a -31.2 point differential that ranked 118th when heading into their game against Cornell in 2014.So can this streak continue?Columbia’s season is not even halfway to completion. The rest of the games are against Ivy League opponents, which will help to determine whether Columbia wins its first league title since 1961.The team has had a little luck on its side. The Lions seem to be doing a little better on third down than their overall offensive and defensive ranking. Such success usually reverts to the mean. I’d also be worried about the fact that they rank 92nd in fewest penalty yards per game. Older Columbia fans may remember that a pivotal Marcellus Wiley penalty hurt the team dearly in its unsuccessful bid for a perfect season in 1996.Even so, Columbia is off to an impressive start. It’s been strong in all facets of the game — offense, defense and special teams. Other New York area football teams (OK, mainly the Giants) could only dream of doing so well. Bizarro New YorkCollege and pro football programs in New York City as of Oct. 13, 2017 5New York Giants*0-5 4Fordham Rams1-5 1Columbia Lions4-0
The Ohio State women’s rowing team competes on May 30, 2015 at the NCAA qualifying round in Gold River, Calif. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsAs the Ohio State rowing team looks ahead to going after an unprecedented fourth straight national championship in 2016, the squad is working hard to prepare itself and stay focused on the season ahead.“It’s kind of an indescribable feeling because at the end, you all realize how much work you all put in for this moment,” junior MaryClare Stannard said.The team captured its third consecutive championship last year, becoming the first in NCAA history to do so.“When we won, I was just so happy for everyone in the boat and on the the team,” junior Casey Schaffer said.There is a lot of buzz surrounding the team and the possibility of repeating yet again, and everyone involved in the program knows it.“We try to stay humble, and we gotta make sure there’s no cutting corners,” Stannard said.Assistant coaches Madeline Davis and Anna Goodale take a similar viewpoint in focusing on the now.“I tell them ‘one stroke at a time,’ because you will not get better if you skip over and not pay attention to what’s right in front of you,” Goodale said.Davis added that the team’s main focus has to be improving, even after reaching the pinnacle three years in a row.“At every opportunity you have to take a step forward, take it,” Davis said.Both Davis and Goodale have professional experience in rowing, having competed on the U.S. women’s national team.Goodale, the newest addition to the coaching staff, was a member of the women’s eight team that won a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.The women’s eight team, which is a team in rowing that has eight members in the boat, with four oars on either side for propulsion and a rudder manned by a coxswain, is the group which took home the individual championship for OSU.The team works hard to keep focused through a culture of camaraderie.“We are honestly a family,” Schaffer said. “I’ve never been a part of such an empowering group of young female athletes.”Stannard agreed that it is a very close-knit group.“We feed off of each other as teammates,” Stannard said. “We can’t do it without each other.”The 2016 schedule has yet to be released, but the season is set to begin in late March.
Tracy Sprinkle (93) lays on the field with a leg injury. He left the game following his injury during the first game of the 2016 season against Bowling Green on Sept. 3 in Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 77-10. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorWith one shove from a Bowling Green offensive lineman, the season of Ohio State redshirt junior defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle took an abrupt turn on Saturday afternoon. The shove sent Sprinkle backwards, causing his right knee to buckle awkwardly inward.OSU coach Urban Meyer shared the news that many Buckeye fans feared while watching the starting defensive tackle off the field. The training staff that helped Sprinkle off the field told the coach that the injury was with his patella tendon.“It’s a surgery and a season-ending is what I’ve been told. We’ll update further as we know more,” Meyer said. “And that’s the worst part of this darned game is when a guy gets hurt, especially a guy like that who has committed so much to this team and program. Our prayers are with Tracy.”Few comeback stories are as unique as that of Sprinkle. After being dismissed from the team for off-the-field issues, Sprinkle earned his way back to the Scarlet and Gray and earned the trust of Meyer.Many held high expectations for the Elyria, Ohio, native. The OSU coaching staff spoke volumes about Sprinkle during spring drills, and ultimately rewarded his hard work with a starting role.The comradery the Buckeyes have keeps the team close, and results in a universal feeling of sorrow throughout the entire program when a player is injured. Fellow OSU defensive linemen were pleased by how the team performed on Saturday, but felt a certain level of remorse for what their teammate had went through.“He’s everything. When we think of Rushmen, ‘How She ‘Gon Eat,’ everything. That’s Tracy,” junior defensive end Jalyn Holmes said. “I hate to see him go down, but I know he will still be there in spirit and he’s going to bounce back. He will definitely bounce back.”The replacement for Sprinkle, redshirt freshman Dre’Mont Jones, did not record any tackles against Bowling Green. Jones is a former three-star prospect according to 247Sports, and will most likely be moved into the second defensive tackle position, with junior Michael Hill moving over to take over up to fill the hole left by Sprinkle.The depth of the team that Meyer has talked about for the past few months will likely be put to the test following the injury to Sprinkle. Currently on the depth chart, the Buckeyes have three defensive tackles other than Sprinkle. According to the roster, there are eight total players at the position.Replacing a starter is never an easy task for any team, but redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard knows the team is up to the challenge.“We can’t really replace a guy like Tracy, but young guys and other guys like ends gotta step up and improve their game and pick up what he left behind. But, he’s still going to be there for us,” Hubbard said. “We’ll see if we move guys around, but I’m confident in Dre’Mont Jones and Davon (Hamilton) all them to help us.”Hamilton, a redshirt freshman defensive tackle from Pickerington, Ohio, took advantage of his playing time, picking up a share of a sack with Holmes.Any changes Meyer and the rest of the OSU coaching staff make are expected to be announced later in the week.The Buckeyes will be put to the test, minus Sprinkle, on Sept. 10 at 3:30 p.m. against Tulsa in Ohio Stadium.
Iran’s passion and desire paid off in injury time, but Ansarifard’s penalty kick wasn’t enough to send Iran through to the next stage. Ricardo Quaresma opened the scoring at the end of the first half, while Ronaldo missed a penalty in the second.#IRNPOR // The teams are in! pic.twitter.com/tmsdH1iunk— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 25, 2018In the 3rd minute of the match in Saransk, Cristiano Ronaldo had the first attempt on goal which was calmly saved by Alireza Beinravand. In general, Iran’s goalkeeper was nervous, making three mistakes within the first 15 minutes. In the 16th minute, Amiri kicked Adrien Silva, giving Ronaldo a free kick. His attempt was blocked by the wall. In the meantime, Morocco surprisingly took the lead against Spain, but Isco levelled the score just five minutes later. Iran was playing as expected, with eleven men behind the ball deep in their own half when Portugal was in possession. However, they were more aggressive in attack than usual when they had the ball. Kicks, fouls and tackles were plentiful. Scoring opportunities… not so much.Top 5 biggest Flops in World Football Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – August 24, 2018 Time to talk about an infamous list of players who we thought would become world stars but ended as the biggest flops and disappointments in…The Iranians were gaining confidence as the game wore on and just as it seemed the teams will head to the half-time break tied, Ricardo Quaresma and Adrien Silva played a wonderful one-two, which was followed by a spectacular shot by Quaresma that landed in the far corner of the net. His signature, technically perfected shot with the outside part of the boot gave his team an all-important 1-0 lead.In the 50th minute, Ronaldo was carelessly fouled on the edge of the box. Paraguayan referee Enrique Caceres didn’t blow the whistle initially, but after the replay booth signalled him to take a look, he changed his decision and showed on the penalty spot. The Iranian players were vivid, captain Ehsan Hajsafi was booked, but the rulling was correct. It was a foul and it was a penalty. It took some time for passions to calm down. When everyone thought Ronaldo would tie Harry Kane as the tournament’s top scorer, Iran’s goalkeeper read his shot and made the save. Milad Mohammadi replaced Hajsafi three minutes after the penalty miss.Two consecutive fouls riled up Ricardo Quaresma, so he went after Ezatolahi, the player who committed the second one, earning himself a booking. Fernando Santos did the right thing by pulling him out in the 69th minute. Bernardo Silva came in as the substitute. At the same time, Ghoddos replaced Jahanbakhsh. Ansarifard became Iran’s third captain today after coming onto the pitch instead of Ezatolahi in the 76th minute. Team Melli was using every atom of energy in order to combat the Portuguese and attempt a comeback. The tension on the field was palpable. Nevertheless, The Navigators seemed to have the match under control.The hearts of all Portugal fans around the world must have stopped for a second when Caceres was looking at a video replay of Cristiano Ronaldo inadvertently punching an Iran player in the jaw. Fortunately for the entire 2018 World Cup, the referee made the right call and showed him only a yellow card. While that was going on, Morocco amazingly took the lead again in the match versus Spain. In the 93rd minute, Caceres was in the replay booth once more, this time checking whether to give Iran a penalty for a hand ball. Even though it didn’t look like the Portuguese defender touched the ball on purpose, the penalty was given. Karim Ansarifard converted and the game was tied.While that was going on, a replay in Kaliningrad gave Spain a second goal which tied that game as well. Right after Iran scored, Mehdi missed a tremendous opportunity to bring joy to the stadium filled with Iran fans. As it turned out, it was the last interesting moment of a pulsating encounter. Portugal and Spain moved on to the Round of 16, but the injury time goals changed the outlook of the final standings. Spain finished first on goal difference and will face Russia, while Portugal finished second and will play Uruguay.
Liverpool midfielder James Milner believes that the club have made the “perfect start” in the Champions League by beating Paris Saint-Germain 3-2 in their opening gameLast season’s beaten finalists blew their two-goal lead at Anfield on Tuesday night after Kylian Mbappe’s equaliser just eight minutes from time.But a stoppage-time winner from substitute Roberto Firmino secured Liverpool all three points in Group C.“It is the perfect start for us. Hopefully, we can build on that,” Milner told BT Sport.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“I think it would have been very disappointing not to win. They didn’t create too many and we had a number of chances.“I can’t say enough good things about Bobby. To come off the bench after his injury at the weekend is incredible really.”Milner also got his name on the scoresheet with Liverpool’s second of the game from a penalty.It means that the English midfielder has now scored his last 10 goals from a spot-kick.
Schalke 04 midfielder Alessandro Schopf believes victory over a world-class team like Borussia Dortmund is possible in Saturday’s derbyFollowing last season’s second-place finish, Schalke have struggled this time around and currently find themselves only 12th in the Bundesliga table.The Royal Blues have only won four times in 13 league games this term and will now face the runaway and unbeaten leaders Dortmund this weekend.But, while he has a lot of respect for Dortmund, Schopf sees no reasons why they cannot inflict a first defeat on their rivals ahead of the Revierderby.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Dortmund are currently a world-class team and are rightly the league leaders,” Schopf told WAZ.“It’s important for us to be defensively compact and look for our chances going forward. We want find our feet with fight and the right mentality and then play football as well.”“If we perform, we can beat Dortmund in front of our home crowd.”The Schalke and Dortmund derby will take place at the Veltins-Arena with kick-off set for 15:30 (CET).
The Real Madrid coach wants the Argentinean superstar to play for Barcelona in the Copa del Rey Semifinal.Real Madrid and Barcelona will play in the Copa del Rey Semifinal.The first leg will be played tomorrow at night at Camp Nou, while the second leg is scheduled for February 27th at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.But Barca’s superstar Lionel Messi might not play the first leg of the Semifinal, because of a thigh problem in Saturday’s 2-2 Spanish La Liga draw with Valencia.“In football, it is good for the best players to play in all games,” Solari said to ESPN as he wants Messi to play this match.“That is how it is.”When asked if the doubt over Messi’s participation will change his preparation for the match, Solari replied: “Not at all.”“Nobody is undroppable in football,” he said after being asked about Vinicius JuniorMadrid will have one less day to prepare for the match, as Barcelona played earlier in the weekend, but for Solari, that’s just something that happens in football.La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“I hope not, although it is curious, to say the least,” Solari said.“We do not set the calendar, which is for La Liga [authorities] to answer for. We just have to go out there and give our best.”Madrid has a very difficult month of February, as they take on Barcelona tomorrow in Copa del Rey, then on Saturday, they visit Atletico Madrid.Next week Los Blancos will play against Ajax in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16, and then will have two La Liga matches: against Girona and Levante.They end their February month hosting Barcelona in Copa del Rey action.🎙💬 This is what Solari had to say about tomorrow’s Clásico!#RMCopa | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/Wi3GkRrs6b— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) February 5, 2019
Nicolas Petit of Girdwood was leading the Iditarod on Monday morning, and he was the first musher out of the checkpoint in Shaktoolik.
Story Links LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Following their third place finish at the ACC Championships, the University of Louisville women’s swimming and diving team qualified 11 individual swimmers and three relay swimmers to the 2019 NCAA Championships, which will be held on March 20-23 in Austin Texas. Mallory Comerford returns to NCAAs as the two-time 200 freestyle champion and will look to build upon a successful ACCs, where she swept her individual events (100/200/500 Free) for the second consecutive year. The senior is the top-seed in the 200 free (1:41.29), third in the 100 free (46.57) and fourth in the 50 free (21.58). Looking to build on their program-best fifth place finish at last year’s NCAA Championships, the Cardinals’ 11 individual qualifiers are entered in a combined 29 races. In addition to the individual swims, Louisville has also qualified in all five relays. Four of the Cardinals’ relays are currently ranked within the top-16, highlighted by the sixth-seeded 400 free and 400 medley relays. Louisville won gold in the 400 free relay and silver in the 400 medley relay at the ACC Championships. Psych Sheet A full list of Louisville qualifiers below:Mariia Astashkina (100 Breast, 200 Breast)Sophie Cattermole (200 Free, 500 Free, 1650 Free)Mallory Comerford (50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free)Morgan Friesen (100 Breast, 200 Breast)Alina Kendzior (100 Back, 200 Back, 200 IM)Alena Kraus (200 Free, 500 Free, 200 Fly)Grace Oglesby (100 Fly, 200 Fly, 200 IM)Arina Openysheva (100 Free, 200 Free, 500 Free)Maria Sumida (200 IM, 400 IM, 200 Fly)Lainey Visscher (50 Free, 100 Free)Kaylee Wheeler (100 Breast, 200 Breast)Relay swimmers: Avery Braunecker, Diana Dunn, Casey Fanz Alena Kraus is also seeded in scoring position with the 16th-seed in the 200 fly, where she was the ACC bronze medalist. Junior Grace Oglesby is another Cardinal to watch heading into the NCAA Championships. Oglesby won her second straight 200 butterfly title at ACCs and earned a silver medal in the 100 fly and bronze in the 200 IM. She will enter NCAAs as the fifth-seed in both the 100 (50.75) and 200 fly (1:52.64). Print Friendly Version
Next Game: INDIANA 3/26/2019 | 5:00 p.m. A two-out solo home run by Cait Brooks in the fifth pulled the Irish within a run. Live Stats Watch Live Full Schedule Roster The Irish (18-10, 3-3) got on the scoreboard with a pair of runs in the home half of the inning. Katie Marino led off with a hit and eventually crossed the plate on Melissa Rochford’s single. Quinn Biggio’s RBI hit brought Rochford home to make the score 4-2. SOUTH BEND, Ind. –The University of Louisville softball team defeated Notre Dame 5-3 Sunday at Melissa Cook Stadium in the teams’ ACC series finale. The Irish threatened in the sixth when a single, a walk and a fly out placed a pair of runners in scoring position, but reliever Danielle Watson got a fly out to Butler in left field to end the inning. In the seventh, a leadoff hit by Ali Wester brought the tying run to the plate, but back-to-back fielder’s choices prevented a runner from getting into scoring positon and a groundout to Maddy Newman at second secured the win. Caitlin Ferguson had two hits, scored twice and a registered pair of stolen bases and Kyra Snyder collected two RBIs to help lead the Cardinals at the plate. Megan Hensley (8-1) notched the win and Danielle Watson picked up her first save of the season. Preview Snyder’s two-run single sparked a three-run fourth as the Cards extended their lead to 4-0. Hensley got the inning started with a walk and was lifted for pinch runner Jordyn Wolfe, who took second on Rebecca Chung’s sacrifice bunt. Ferguson reached safely on an infield hit to put runners on the corners and proceeded to steal second. Snyder’s hit plated both runners and she would eventually score on a wild pitch. The Cardinals (20-10, 3-3 ACC) will return to action on Tuesday when they play host to No. 20/22 Indiana at 5 p.m. at Ulmer Stadium. Hensley picked up her team-best eighth win of the season after giving up three earned runs on five hits and striking out two in 5.1 innings. She also registered one of Louisville’s eight hits in the game. The Cards tallied six stolen bases in the contest with Butler registering career-high three stolen bases, Ferguson had two and Melton swiped her team-best 15th of the season. Matchup History The Cards pushed their lead back to two runs in the sixth. Freshman Charley Butler delivered a two-out single, stole second and third and scored on junior Celene Funke’s base hit, bringing the score to 5-3. Louisville struck first with a run in the second inning. Ferguson led off the frame with a single, stole second and crossed the plate on senior Madison Cousineau’s double to give the Cards a 1-0 lead. Alexis Holloway (8-6) took the loss, surrendering four earned runs on five hits and striking out one in 3.1 innings of work. Print Friendly Version