Share This!©Rikki NiblettThe ESPN Wide World of Sports has been going through a lot of changes over the past few years. Well, there’s another change that’s occurring and that’s that beginning on February 11, the Jostens Center will be renamed as the J Center. This change is due to the Jostens sponsorship ending.The J Center is a multi-purpose arena for the ESPN Wide World of Sports. It houses basketball and volleyball courts, plus more. The J Center is home to multiple national championships held throughout the year, as well as host to the health and fitness expos during runDisney weekends.Overall, the entire ESPN Wide World of Sports complex is seeing an expansion with seating for over 8000 guests, a performance and warm-up space, and a new multi-use sports and entertainment venue with the ability to host 6 regulation basketball courts, 6 regulation volleyball courts or concert configurations.Stay tuned to further changes that may be occurring at the ESPN Wide World of Sports.
Photo: American Airlines American Airlines says only “a few hundred” of the 200,000 flights it will operate in December remained unassigned to pilots as a result of what it has labelled a scheduling error.The airline scrambled to find pilots for 15,000 flights after its computer system mistakenly granted extra time off to an unusual number of pilots during the month.It offered to pay pilots 150 per cent of their standard hourly wage to cover the shortfall after discovering the problem late last week.It has since rebooted the system but not before upsetting the Allied Pilots Association for failing to consult about its solution.Despite this, the airline’s pilots appear to be responding to the call to arms.An explanatory note on the American website said the number of open flights continued to decrease “thanks to our pilots who are stepping up to the plate and picking up trips to ensure customers are taken care of”.“In addition, we have more reserve pilots on hand in December than normal months and they provide us with the ability to fly many of the trips that are currently uncovered,’’ it said.“We have not canceled any scheduled flights in December and will continue to work to ensure both our pilots and our customers are cared for.”The glitch comes after the airline lauded its performance over the busy Thanksgiving holiday, saying it carried 5.5 million customers on 55,463 flights between November 17 and November 26 with three days without mainline cancellations.View our ratings for American Airlines.Rival Delta Air Lines said it carried 2.35 million customers on almost 23,000 flights between November 22 and November 26 without a cancellation across its global network and an on-time rate of 92.7 per cent.“The strong operational performance during one of the busiest travel periods of the year continues an 11-day streak without a mainline or Delta Connection regional flight cancellation and a more than 42-day streak on the mainline, eclipsing a previous airline record by more than 10 days,’’ it said.
‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Kianna Dy, who started the game watching from La Salle’s bench, ultimately chose a word that once again described Rondina’s volatile style of play.“Oh my God when I was in the bench I told myself ‘shucks I want to get in [and face her],’” said Dy in Filipino. “And when the game was over I told her ‘you’re a monster.’”“She’s very aggressive. Backline, frontline, wherever the ball goes she’ll jump for it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “Every year she just gets better, the character that kid has is tremendous,” said La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus in Filipino at Mall of Asia Arena. “Before there was Alyssa [Valdez, who won three MVPs], but now there’s Rondina.”“We don’t have someone like Rondina, UST has, she will do whatever it takes to lift her team up,” added De Jesus.Rondina finished the game with 28 points to lead all scorers, a mark that was just two points shy of her career-high.And if De Jesus’ choice of words were in praise of Rondina, reigning MVP Mary Joy Baron’s statements perfectly exemplified the intimidation UST’s dynamo inspires in the UAAP.“Rondina has this aggressive style when she hits the ball so it really disrupts our blocking,” said Baron, who had 19 points, in Filipino. “I think all that aggressiveness sometimes takes away our confidence when we prepare for a block.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid In the storied history of De La Salle’s volleyball program, only a handful of entities have managed to live up to the mythos of the Lady Spikers.ADVERTISEMENT BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Recently, Ateneo became La Salle’s archrivals after fighting over the championship for six straight years since 2012, but even before the Lady Eagles dueled against the Lady Spikers there were Far Eastern University and University of Santo Tomas.And on Saturday, the start of the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament there was a certain Golden Tigress that La Salle found too difficult to stop and had the Lady Spikers just straight up gave their collective respect.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThat person was Cherry Rondina.Although La Salle ultimately won in five sets, 25-20, 17-25, 25-22, 15-25, 15-8, there was no denying that Rondina terrorized the Lady Spikers for more than two hours. MOST READ Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto UST rookie Alessandrini impresses in UAAP debut vs DLSU Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments
Chinese tech major Huawei may launch the successor to its widely acclaimed Ascend P7 smartphone in March next year. A new report by Phone Arena suggests that the alleged Huawei Ascend P8 smartphone is likely to have a thin metal body just like the P7.Further, the report that quotes a Chinese website CNMO goes on to reveal some of the tipped specifications of the alleged Ascend P8.Reportedly, the Huawei Ascend P8 smartphone will feature a 5.2-inch full 1080p display and an octa-core Kirin 930 processor beating under the hood. It is expected to come with 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, and a fingerprint sensor among others.Moreover, the alleged Huawei Ascend P7 successor is reported to be a flagship device but is likely to come at an affordable price tag unlike other major flagships.The Huawei Ascend P7 features a 5-inch TFT LCD full HD display. It is powered by a 1.8GHz HiSilicon Krin 910T quad-core CPU alongside 2GB RAM. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box with the company’s Emotion 2.0 UI on top.It sports a 13MP autofocus rear camera with an LED flash and an 8MP front-facing shooter. It comes with 16GB of internal storage (expandable). The device supports 4G LTE and is backed by a 2,500mAh battery.
Gymnastics and mixed martial arts do not come naturally to Indian batsmen but former opener Gautam Gambhir, toiling in Perth to revive his international career, does not mind giving them a try if it helps get him back to the top.Once described by former batting partner Virender Sehwag as the best Indian opener since Sunil Gavaskar, Gambhir has fallen out of favour with selectors and spent 20 months in the wilderness before making a brief comeback in England last year.However, a highest score of 18 in four innings banished Gambhir back to test exile, with many blaming the 2009 ICC Test Player of the Year’s decline to technical flaws, especially a penchant for poking at deliveries outside off-stump.”I know there is a talk about that but? I don’t see it as a demon to be honest,” the 33-year-old Gambhir told Reuters in an email interview.”It’s a mode of dismissal that a lot of left-handers go through and so do right-handers when they face left-arm quicks bowling over the wicket,” said Gambhir, currently training under the watchful eye of former Australia opener Justin Langer.”It’s not about ironing the flaws. In fact, I want to take my game to invincible levels. That is why I am here,” he said of his stint under Langer, also coach of Western Australia.”My schedule here is revolved around a lot of batting in the nets and facing up to the Western Australia bowlers. I also did a bit of mix martial arts and gymnastics, which was fun.”advertisementIn a way, it seems almost natural that Gambhir should turn to another gutsy left-handed opener to revive his career.”Similarities yes, but it was more a case? of me relating to his ideology and philosophy,” the Delhi-born player said.”I met him during the last Champions League and we spoke about the art, the science and the joy of batting.”That meeting helped me understand him better and after this year’s IPL, I wanted to work on my game and thought Justin Langer will be the best man for that,” said Gambhir, who has scored more than 4,000 runs in 56 tests, averaging 42.58.HARD YARDSThe left-hander, who can effortlessly shift gears when on song, has also scored 5,238 runs in 147 ODIs averaging nearly 40 with an 85-plus strike rate.Gambhir was India’s top-scorer in the 2011 World Cup final victory but could not find a place in the squad for this year’s tournament in Australia and New Zealand.”It’s like any other profession when you don’t get good appraisals. You can brood over it but the fact is that you have to put in the hard yards ?to take the game to the next level,” he added.”It’s not a setback. No one has taken my bat away from me. It’s here with me and so is a burning desire to excel.”However, he dismissed suggestions that he might find it easier to break into the ODI side, in which Rohit Sharma, not a natural at the very top of the order, opens for India with Shikhar Dhawan.”I think Shikhar and Rohit are doing a good job. I mean Rohit got two double hundreds and Shikhar had a decent World Cup.”As far as my comeback is concerned, I am enjoying the journey at the moment without worrying too much about the destination.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sacked Southampton chief Les Reed in line for FA jobby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSacked Southampton chief Les Reed is in line for the FA’s technical director’s post.The Daily Mail says Reed is a strong contender to become the FA’s new technical director as they aim to make an appoint before January.He will take over from Dan Ashworth, who is poised for a similar role at Brighton in the new year.Reed, 66, who left his role as Southampton’s head of football development last month after eight years, is vastly experienced and one of a number of candidates to be interviewed.The FA also spoke to Les Ferdinand but QPR’s director of football ruled himself out of the reckoning. They also considered Kevin Thelwell, who fills a similar role at Wolves.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ranieri driving Fulham bid for Besiktas defender Vidaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham boss Claudio Ranieri is reviving his plans for Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida.Le 10 Sport says Ranieri wants to boost his defensive options and is eager to bring Vida to London.The Italian has been tracking Vida since his time in charge of Leicester City.The Cottagers are ready to bid for the Croatia international, confident of landing Vida for a realistic fee.Besiktas, in the midst of financial difficulties, need to sell to balance the books this month.
Twitter/@OhioStateFBIn the latest Ohio State football video, two more Buckeye underclassmen officially “lose” their black stripes and become recognized as full-fledged members of the team.At OSU, freshmen must practice with a black stripe on their helmets until they earn their keep. Getting your stripe removed is a major milestone, which this Ohio State football video captures well.Today, on the final day of training camp, true freshman running back Demario McCall and redshirt freshman defensive end Rashod Berry shed their stripe. Both players earned the cheers and admiration of their teammates. Each gave a brief speech after Meyer called them up.Awesome way to end fall camp! Demario and Rashod welcome to the Bucks! pic.twitter.com/I4LEzOKILt— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) August 20, 2016During the week, freshmen quarterback Dwayne Haskins and first-year cornerback Rodjay Burns also had their stripe removed. They joined the first eight players who lost their black stripe earlier this summer or in the springtime.These eight have earned the right to be called Buckeyes. pic.twitter.com/1rPM18wKm3— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) August 13, 2016Congratulations to Demario and Rashod. Buckeye fans, who do you think will be next?
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp reflected on the touchline ban he received in Stadio San Paolo as Borussia Dortmund manager as he leads his team to take on Napoli again.The German tactician was sent off for dissent at the Stadio San Paolo in 2013 when he was still in charge of Borussia Dortmund.“It was not my best performance, personally,” he added.“I reacted in a way which was absolutely not OK. I still understand why I was not happy with the situation, only the reaction was too much.“I tried to go in the stand and it was not nice, sitting there and getting all the comments from people around, so that is why I decided second half I had to do something about it and I was then with the groundsman in that little room with a big Maradona shirt on the wall.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.“It was one of the better experiences I had to be honest, watching it with the groundsman. I hear he’s still here – that would be nice.“They gave me two games (ban). Since then nothing happened anymore, so it was my last time when I was a bit too excited. Now I know it will not happen again.”When the draw for this Champions League group was made, Liverpool had only recently beaten Napoli 5-0 in a friendly.“It was a pre-season friendly, nothing else. We scored with each shot. Napoli had a lot of chances.“It’s not important and we didn’t talk about that game for one second.”
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Due to the heavy fire season, residents and visitors have voiced concerns about fire retardant used as a suppression tool and how it affects the local blueberry crops. Ann Suter, at the Missoula Technology and Development Center, stated “eating blueberries coated in retardant won’t harm you but the U.S. Forest Service advises against eating berries or other garden foods that have been exposed to retardant because people could have unknown allergies to some of substances used in making retardant”. Due to the fertilizer content, the berries should grow even better next season, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Although, berries that have been painted should be left for the season, the good news is not all of the wild blueberry spots were exposed to retardant. So, what is fire retardant? Long-term retardants like those used in Alaska are about 85 percent water and 10 percent fertilizer. Five percent coloring, usually iron oxide, is also used as a dye to make it more visible from the air.