Friday, the FBI and local police in Columbus, Ohio, released photos and sketches of a man they claim is a suspect in up to 20 bank robberies in the central Ohio area. How does this relate to college sports, you ask? The man is wearing Ohio State gear in every photo, and he’s been dubbed the “Buckeye Bandit” by the authorities and the media. The robberies go back all the way to 2013.Here are some photos, via ABC 6. Busted Coverage brought the topic to our attention.FBI Seeks Help Finding ‘Buckeye Bandit’ Serial Bank Robber – http://t.co/d2kT4Y5XGg pic.twitter.com/C06HUOdJkc— WTTE FOX 28 (@fox28columbus) March 20, 2015FBI hunting for ‘Buckeye Bandit’ Ohio State fan who won’t stop robbing banks http://t.co/XucAtdRzbL pic.twitter.com/qAwedEVJIJ— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) March 20, 2015In all seriousness, let’s hope the suspect is caught soon and brought to justice.
The world famous Harlem Globetrotters announced this week that the team will once again embark on an extended holiday tour of global U.S. military bases – the eleventh time in nine years that the “Ambassadors of Goodwill” have entertained U.S. troops overseas.During the 10-game tour – which commences after Thanksgiving – the Globetrotters will play for the first time ever in Afghanistan, marking 121 countries and territories in which the Globetrotters have performed in their illustrious history.Made possible by Navy Entertainment and Armed Forces Entertainment, the tour will also feature shows on U.S. military bases in Kuwait, Bahrain, Djibouti, and the United Arab Emirates, as well as a performance on an active-duty U.S. aircraft carrier.“While there is no way to fully express our admiration of the U.S. Armed Forces, it’s an incredible honor for our players to bring the troops a little piece of home, especially at this time of the year,” said Harlem Globetrotters CEO Kurt Schneider. “Without the sacrifices made daily by these brave men and women, the Harlem Globetrotters would not have the opportunity to bring joy to families all over the world.”For the first time ever, the Globetrotters will pay tribute to U.S. troops by wearing specially-designed camouflage uniforms from Russell Athletic in games on the holiday military tour. Also, for the fourth straight year, the tour will feature a specially-created camouflage Spalding basketball, in addition to the Globetrotters’ iconic red, white and blue basketball.Past Globetrotter military tours have visited nearly 30 U.S. military bases in Bahrain, Belgium, Cuba, Djibouti, Germany, Greece, Guam, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, the Netherlands, Portugal, Qatar, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom – as well as tours of Iraq in 2006 and 2009.Highlights have included a visit to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2005 and games on three active-duty U.S. aircraft carriers, including a performance on the U.S.S. Eisenhower in the Persian Gulf in 2006.The Globetrotters’ 2013 “You Write the Rules” North American Tour tips off Dec. 26.Sponsored by Howard Johnson Hotels, Greyhound Lines, Spalding and Russell Athletic, the Original Harlem Globetrotters will celebrate their 87th consecutive year in 2013, continuing a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry, and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans—among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents—over more than eight thrilling decades. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, and to purchase tickets and team merchandise, visit the Globetrotters’ official Web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com.
According to ICBC, the escalating cost of injury claims is the single biggest factor impacting basic insurance rates.“Injury claims costs have soared by 43 percent in just five years; projected to total $3.67 billion in 2018 alone. These costs have been spurred by increased injury claim legal representation, larger payouts and the rise in large and catastrophic injury claims.”Government and ICBC have responded to these challenges by putting in place major reforms to the auto insurance system in B.C. to reduce the burden that rising claims and legal costs are putting on the insurance rates British Columbians pay.According to ICBC, B.C. is the last province in Canada to introduce some form of restrictions to address rising minor injury claims payouts. Without these changes, every vehicle owner in B.C. would be faced with an approximate $360 increase to their basic insurance rates.“The significant reforms will reduce legal costs by introducing a limit on payouts for pain and suffering for minor injuries and a new dispute resolution model, while at the same time providing substantially increased care and medical benefits for anyone who is injured in a crash. These changes are projected to bring in net savings of $1 billion annually to ICBC, without these changes, British Columbians would be paying more for their basic insurance.”If approved, the new basic insurance rate would be effective April 1, 2019, and will mean an average increase of less than $60 for personal customers’ basic insurance coverage. VANCOUVER, B.C. – ICBC is submitting its next basic rate application with the British Columbia Utilities Commission.The Crown Corporation is asking for a 6.3 percent increase to basic insurance rates; an increase which would have needed to be almost 40 percent if not for the major reforms being introduced to B.C.’s auto insurance system.Last month, ICBC projected a net loss of $890 million for its current fiscal year, as external pressures continue to grow from a record number of crashes taking place in B.C., and the increase in claims volume and higher claims costs.
Ghaizabad: With the arrest of eight criminals, the Ghaziabad police have busted two auto robbers gang who used to rob passengers during the ride.Police said that the arrest was made from two police station areas while the five of arrested accused who were nabbed by a police team of Vijay Nagar police station were arrested after a gun battle with criminals on late Monday night. According to police, the five accused nabbed by Vijay Nagar police were identified as Bahadur, Raj Kumar, Sandeep, Pawan and Karan. Cops said that Pawan lived in Bisrakh area of Greater Noida while the other accused hailed from different areas in Ghaziabad. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderPolice said that these five accused were arrested by Vijay Nagar police following a gun battle near TNT round about on late Monday night. Police recovered three country made pistols along with few cases of live ammunition, a few jewellers and cash worth Rs 4600 from the possession of accused persons. Shlok Kumar, SP City, Ghaziabad said that the criminals were arrested by Vijaynagar police team also robbed a dentist on March 12. “The criminals have robbed a lady dentist after she boarded their auto. The two accused Pawan and Sandeep had withdrawal the money with ATM card of dentist lady, while the CCTV installed in ATM captured their face, and police were looking for them. The gang was being run by another Pawan who is absconding since the incident and police teams are conducting search to nab him,” said Kumar. The officer further said that the gang of auto robbers also robbed a female Delhi University student in Indirapuram area of Ghaziabad. Cops said that those arrested by Indirapuram police were identified as Kasim, Salman and Sarwar, all native of different area in Ghaziabad.
Dallas: Powerful storms that rolled across the South on Saturday spawned at least two suspected tornadoes, damaged homes and killed two children in Texas, authorities said. The Angelina County Sheriff’s Office said an 8-year-old and a 3-year-old died when strong winds toppled a tree onto the back of their family’s car in Lufkin while it was in motion. Capt. Alton Lenderman said the parents, who were in the front seats, were not injured. Lufkin is about 115 miles (185 kilometers) northeast of Houston. Additional information was not immediately available. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USIn Central Texas, Robertson County Sheriff Gerald Yezak told The Associated Press a tornado hit the small city of Franklin, overturning mobile homes and damaging other residences. Franklin is located about 125 miles (200 kilometers) south of Dallas. The National Weather Service said preliminary information showed an EF-3 tornado touched down with winds of 140 mph (225.3 kph). Crews will continue to survey the damage over the next few days. Two people were hospitalized for injuries not thought to be life-threatening, while others were treated at the scene for minor injuries, Yezak said. Some people had to be extricated from their homes. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsWeather service meteorologist Monique Sellers said they’ve received reports of downed trees, as well as damage to buildings and a transmission tower. The storms are part of a large system moving through the southern United States, knocking out power to thousands and causing some flash flooding. The weather service said the system is expected to shift to the Ohio Valley and the Southeast on Sunday. More than 140,000 customers remained without power in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas late Saturday. Meteorologist John Moore said a possible twister touched down Saturday in the Vicksburg, Mississippi, area. No injuries have been reported, but officials said several businesses and vehicles were damaged. Trees were down throughout the hilly city on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi. Heavy rains and storms continued to rake the Magnolia State into the night, with Mississippi State University’s 21,000 students huddling in basements and hallways as a tornado came near the school’s campus in Starkville. University spokesman Sid Salter said some debris, possibly carried by the tornado, was found on campus, but no injuries were reported and no buildings were damaged. Trees were down and at least some minor structural damage was reported in residential areas east of the campus. Winds of up to 60 mph (96.56 kph) were reported in Cherokee County, Texas, damaging two homes in Alto but not injuring anyone. Alto is situated about 140 miles (225 kilometers) north of Houston.
Kolkata: The Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) is all set to organise an awareness campaign on the treatment of haemophilia on Wednesday.April 17 is observed as World Haemophilia Day to increase awareness of haemophilia and other inherited bleeding disorders. The treatment of haemophilia is available at two state-run hospitals in the city — Calcutta Medical College and Hospital and NRS Medical College and Hospital. To extend the health services, two specialist doctors were recently sent to Bankura Medical College and Hospital. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Though, there is no separate hematology unit in the hospital but the newly appointed hematologists will create awareness among the patients about the disorder. Hemophilia is a genetic disorder in which the patient’s body lacks factors that help clotting of the blood. Lack of awareness about the genetic disorder leads to complications in such patients. The major challenge to treat these patients is the cost treatment which is not affordable for persons from impoverished background. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe Bengal government is striving continuously to provide safe and high factor treatment to the patients suffering from haemophilia. The government has plans to set up more haemophilia treatment centres with proper infrastructure in various districts as well. City doctors feel continuous availability of haemophilia factors to the patients can be one step to ensure the best care to the patients. The state government is making various efforts for the availability of replacement therapy of factors (VIII or IX) to patients. When the factor VIII in the blood goes down a certain level, the patient is affected with haemophilia A or when factor IX dips, it causes hemophilia B. According to Prof Dr Siddhartha Sankar Roy of Calcutta Medical College and Hospital, in normal cases the factors remain between 50-150 percent in a patient. When the factor level goes below 1 per cent the condition is termed severe hemophilia. When a patient is diagnosed with a factor level 1-5 percent, it is called moderate condition and 5-50 percent can be termed as mild. When factor level goes down 1 per cent the patient starts bleeding from various parts of his body. There is also a possibility of brain and any other internal injuries. “There are currently 750-800 registered haemophilia patients in the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital. Hemophilia A is more common than hemophilia B. There are around 550 patients with hemophilia A in the hospital. Spreading awareness is the most important to fight the disease,” Prof Dr Roy said.
Ballia (UP): Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani Friday accused the Congress of indulging in petty politics and appealed to the electorate to shun the ‘milawati’ (adulterated) SP-BSP-RLD alliance in Uttar Pradesh. Addressing an election meeting here, the BJP leader also took a swipe at Robert Vadra, the brother-in-law of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, saying he would soon land in jail. “Those indulging in petty politics, Rahul Gandhi and Robert Vadra, are upset over the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Robert Vadra has reached the courts and in time to come he will also reach the jail,” Irani said. The BJP leader who was here to campaign for party candidate from Salempur seat , Ravindra Kushwaha, asked the electorate to shun the politics of ‘milawat’, referring to the grand alliance in Uttar Pradesh- the term often used by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Those who were opposed to each other are today together and are enacting a political drama… the lady leader has forgotten her humiliation,” she said. “They have never been together on the issue of bringing the Opposition together nor on the issue of development but through ‘milawat’ in politics they are imagining of gaining some publicity on May 23,” she added. Irani, who is contesting from Amethi Lok Sabha seat presently held by Rahul Gandhi, also attacked him saying, “Those paying a visit to the people once in five years will be off to Italy.” The Union minister, who had unsuccessfully contested the 2014 Lok Sabha poll from Amethi, also criticised Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi for allegedly “making children abuse the prime minister”. Irani was referring to a video of Priyanka Gandhi in which she is seen standing alongwith children who were raising slogans against Modi. Polling for the Salempur seat is slated for May 19 in the seventh and last phase of the ongoing general elections.
Source: TMZ Kingston, Jamaica – Champion sprinter Usain Bolt — who has three Olympic gold medals to his name — was in a car crash early Sunday morning in Jamaica, but escaped uninjured.A rep for Bolt says the crash took place in Kingston, Jamaica at 5:15 AM. Bolt was returning home from a Saturday night shin-dig with friends when the “fender bender” occurred.The rep said there were no injuries and Bolt is “fine and resting at home.” His teammate, Asafa Powell, was also on scene at the time of the crash, but was traveling in a different car. Usain Bolt also crashed in 2009, driving barefoot, and lost a month of training after needing minor surgery to remove thorns embedded in his left foot.Bolt won three gold medals for Jamaica at the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing. He will go for gold again in London this summer.
Bullpenning might be an even more powerful force in the National League playoffs. Wild-card rosters can be manipulated to carry more position players. By pinch-hitting for the pitcher spot regularly in a game, an NL-bullpenning team can add a de facto designated hitter to its lineup.The Brewers’ bullpen enters the postseason on a tear. After winning a tiebreaker game Monday against the Cubs to avoid the NL wild-card game, Milwaukee will likely rely heavily on its bullpen in the NL Division Series round. The Brewers employed a “bullpen day” recently and have the NL’s most valuable reliever per WAR in Josh Hader (2.9), who entered Monday second to the Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman in the majors in strikeouts per nine innings with 15.9.Nearly every team in the postseason has placed a premium on bullpen help with an eye on regular and postseason play. Never have teams more valued relief pitchers — the position group was one of the few player demographics unaffected by last offseason’s ice cold free agent market. The Rockies committed $106 million to free agent relievers last winter — and that was before Adam Ottavino became one of the best relievers in baseball this season, remaking himself in a vacant Manhattan storefront. The Indians gave up their best prospect, Francisco Mejia, in a deadline deal with San Diego to acquire relievers Brad Hand and Adam Cimber. The defending champion Astros trail only the Yankees and San Diego Padres in relief WAR (8.2) and posted the lowest bullpen ERA (3.03) in baseball this season. Yankees GM Brian Cashman built a super bullpen before the 2017 trade deadline and added Baltimore relief ace Zach Britton prior to this deadline.Relievers could throw as many or more innings as starters in the postseason this fall. While there are still 27 outs necessary to record a win, the way to optimize run prevention has been turned upside down.Check out our latest MLB predictions. With the game turning more to bullpens, no situation calls for consideration of a bullpen-style approach more than the urgency-filled wild-card games this week. The New York Yankees and Oakland A’s are built to pitch largely from their bullpens when they begin the American League playoffs Wednesday, as the teams respectively rank first and fifth in the majors in relief wins above replacement. The Yankees set an MLB record for strikeout rate by a bullpen last season and shattered their own mark this season, becoming the first relief corps to strike out more than 11 batters per nine innings for a season. Their 9.7 WAR total is also an MLB record. The Yankees and A’s are each considering “bullpenning” the game, a strategy in which a traditional starting pitcher does not go deep into a game, or even start the game, and the majority of innings are absorbed by relievers or starters in brief appearances.While the Yankees have an ace in Luis Severino, another penalty for not winning a division is that teams are often faced with expending their best starting pitcher in the wild-card game. But allowing a No. 1 starter to work the majority of a wild-card game limits his total impact in the following series, should the team advance. Bullpenning the wild-card game allows for a team to rest its best starting pitcher or use him in limited fashion.Nearly a year to the day after former Yankee manager Joe Girardi said he was uncomfortable with bullpenning a playoff game (Severino’s struggles prompted an early call to the bullpen anyway), first-year Yankee manager Aaron Boone said last week that he will “absolutely” consider a bullpen-heavy approach.“We’ll be rested and lined up,” Boone said on 98.7 ESPN NY, “so I can see getting two, three, four or five innings from (the starter) and then roll it out.”The A’s almost have to get the majority of their innings from their bullpen Wednesday. Oakland has the thinnest starting staff of any team in the postseason, a group decimated by injuries. Ace Sean Manaea is on the disabled list, as are starting pitchers Jharel Cotton, Daniel Gossett and Kendall Graveman. Oakland’s best remaining starters are Trevor Cahill, Mike Fiers and Edwin Jackson. But the A’s do have one of the most dominant relievers in the game in Blake Treinen, who has a 0.78 ERA, and they strengthened their bullpen at the trade deadline with the acquisitions of Jeurys Familia and Fernando Rodney. Only the Tampa Bay Rays, who routinely started games with relievers — or “openers” — saw their starters average fewer pitches per start (63) than Oakland (81) this season.“We’ve basically built the whole season back to front, so I don’t know why we would change now,” A’s general manager David Forst said of the team’s wild card pitching plans. “The year that Blake has had makes him probably the most important guy on that pitching staff. … We will start our planning with him and then similarly Familia, Rodney and [Lou] Trivino have been so good. We’ll probably figure it out that way.”Teams are less and less likely to allow their starting pitchers to make a third trip through an opponent’s batting order. MLB starting pitchers faced 26,022 opponents for a third time or more through a batting this season compared with 35,545 such plate appearances in 2008 and 41,211 in 1998. Data shows that pitchers generally lose effectiveness each time they work through a batting order. While an elite ace might be a club’s best option for a third or fourth time through, more often a bullpen arm is the better way to go. The Dodgers demonstrated that last season, during their run to the World Series, when they at times limited their starters’ exposure to opposing lineups — though pitchers like Rich Hill were not always pleased with the quick hookOf the AL playoff teams, the relievers of the Astros, Yankees, Red Sox and A’s — all but the Indians — limited opponents to a lower on-base percentage plus slugging in their first plate appearance in a game than starters did to opponents in their second plate appearance. In the NL, the Brewers and Cubs also might want to think about going to their bullpen before some of their starting pitchers face an opposing lineup a second time. This Major League Baseball postseason, and in particular this wild-card round, might represent a tipping point in pitching strategy.Relievers accounted for a record 17,415⅓ innings this season, topping the record set last year of 16,469⅔ innings. Major league relievers accounted for 40.1 percent of total innings thrown this season, a record share of workload. And bullpens have taken on an even greater share of work in recent postseasons. Relievers threw a then-record 38.1 percent of regular-season innings last season, but in the postseason, that share of work jumped to 46.5 percent of innings. For comparison, bullpens in 2010 accounted for 32.9 of regular-season innings and 32.3 percent of postseason innings. The end game — the bullpen, the relief corps — is increasingly front-and-center in baseball, particularly in the postseason.
Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribéry is hoping that Jerome Boateng will decide to remain at the club for next season after Arturo Vidal’s exitThe Germany international has been strongly linked with a departure from the Allianz Arena this summer after previously revealing his desire to test himself elsewhere before the end of his playing career.And Bayern’s chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed that Boateng has entered negotiations with Paris Saint-Germain over a summer move, although the German club has yet to receive a formal offer for the centre-back.“I hope he stays with us because he is very important with his presence, and for me he is one of the best center-backs in the world,” Ribéry said on OneFootball.The former France international conceded that it will be difficult to replace Vidal after the Chilean completed his €18m move to Barcelona.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“This is a difficult situation for us, Arturo was a really great player and also a good person, he has always been positive, has brought a lot of fun, it is a pity,” he said.“We have to wish him and his family good luck.”But, on the bright side, Ribéry is enjoying things under new Bayern boss Niko Kovac.“He brings discipline to the team, loves his job and has a lot of energy, he’s a motivator,” said the wideman.“It works well with him because he knows when we have to work very hard on the pitch and when we need to be free.”