Utah Utes, BYU basketball: Cougars, Utes both have shot at top seed

first_imgThe seeds are starting to take root for next week’s Mountain West Conference Basketball Tournament in Las Vegas.On the men’s side, the only seeds yet to be determined are the top three, which involve both BYU and Utah. The bottom six seeds are already set.Kim Melcher, the MWC’s Director of Communications, confirmed the following information, with the caveat, “based on the scenarios we’ve looked at.”Going in reverse order, Air Force is No. 9, Colorado State is No. 8, TCU No. 7, Wyoming No. 6 and San Diego State and UNLV are Nos. 4 and 5 or 5 and 4 depending on who wins Saturday night in San Diego.That leaves BYU, Utah and New Mexico, each now deadlocked at 11-4, who are likely to end up in that order if all the home teams win Saturday.BYU will get the No. 1 seed if it beats Air Force and San Diego State defeats UNLV at home. The Cougars would get the edge over Utah because they defeated SDSU twice during the regular season and seedings are based on who beat the higher-placed teams in the final standings.However, if UNLV wins, it would be tied with SDSU and hold the tiebreak over the Aztecs. Then Utah, if it defeats TCU, would be No. 1 because it beat UNLV once, while BYU was swept by the Rebels.Both the Utes and Cougars have the edge over New Mexico in any tiebreakers — BYU on the basis of its sweep of San Diego State and Utah on the basis of a higher RPI ranking, the next criteria when two teams have identical records of which teams they defeated. If BYU, Utah and New Mexico lose and San Diego State wins, to create a four-way tie at 11-5, San Diego State would be the odd team out because of its two losses to BYU, which would be No. 1.On the women’s side, Utah has locked up the No. 1 seed, even if it loses at TCU on Saturday and second-place San Diego State beats UNLV to forge a tie at 13-3. BYU is likely to end up with the No. 6 seed.E-mail: sor@desnews.comlast_img read more

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Score! Scrabble dictionary adds ‘OK,’ ‘ew’ to official play

first_img The word ew appears in the new edition of Merriam Webster’s “Official Scrabble Players Dictionary,” in New York, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. It is among more than 300 additions in the latest edition. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) This May 16, 2015 photo released by Hasbro shows a contestant competing in the first round of the 2015 North American School Scrabble Championship at Hasbro headquarters in Pawtucket, R.I. Merriam-Webster released the sixth edition of “The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary” early Monday with more than 300 additions. (Stew Milne/Hasbro via AP) 1 of 3 NEW YORK | Scrabble players, time to rethink your game because 300 new words are coming your way, including some long-awaited gems: OK and ew, to name a few.Merriam-Webster released the sixth edition of “The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary” on Monday, four years after the last freshening up. The company, at the behest of Scrabble owner Hasbro Inc., left out one possibility under consideration for a hot minute — RBI — after consulting competitive players who thought it potentially too contentious. There was a remote case to be made since RBI has morphed into an actual word, pronounced rib-ee.But that’s OK because, “OK.”center_img The word yowza appears in the new edition of Merriam Webster’s “Official Scrabble Players Dictionary,” in New York, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. It is among more than 300 additions in the latest edition. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) “OK is something Scrabble players have been waiting for, for a long time,” said lexicographer Peter Sokolowski, editor at large at Merriam-Webster. “Basically two- and three-letter words are the lifeblood of the game.”There’s more good news in qapik, adding to an arsenal of 20 playable words beginning with q that don’t need a u. Not that Scrabblers care all that much about definitions, qapik is a unit of currency in Azerbaijan.“Every time there’s a word with q and no u, it’s a big deal,” Sokolowski said. “Most of these are obscure.”There are some sweet scorers now eligible for play, including bizjet, and some magical vowel dumps, such as arancini, those Italian balls of cooked rice. Bizjet, meaning — yes — a small plane used for business, would be worth a whopping 120 points on an opening play, but only if it’s made into a plural with an s. That’s due to the 50-point bonus for using all seven tiles and the double word bonus space usually played at the start.The Springfield, Massachusetts-based dictionary company sought counsel from the North American Scrabble Players Association when updating the book, Sokolowski said, “to make sure that they agree these words are desirable.”Sokolowski has a favorite among the new words but not, primarily, because of Scrabble scores. “It’s macaron,” he said, referring to the delicate French sandwich cookie featuring different flavors and fillings.“I just like what it means,” he said.Merriam-Webster put out the first official Scrabble dictionary in 1976. Before that, the game’s rules called for any desk dictionary to be consulted. Since an official dictionary was created, it has been updated every four to eight years, Sokolowski said.There are other new entries Sokolowski likes, from a wordsmith’s view.“I think ew is interesting because it expresses something new about what we’re seeing in language, which is to say that we are now incorporating more of what you might call transcribed speech. Sounds like ew or mm-hmm, or other things like coulda or kinda. Traditionally, they were not in the dictionary but because so much of our communication is texting and social media that is written language, we are finding more transcribed speech and getting a new group of spellings for the dictionary,” he said.Like ew, there’s another interjection now in play, yowza, along with a word some might have thought was already allowed: zen.There’s often chatter around Scrabble boards over which foreign words have been accepted into English to the degree they’re playable. Say hello to schneid, another of the new kids, this one with German roots. It’s a sports term for a losing streak. Other foreigners added because they predominantly no longer require linguistic white gloves, such as italics or quotation marks: bibimbap, cotija and sriracha.Scrabble was first trademarked as such in 1948, after it was thought up under a different name in 1933 by Alfred Mosher Butts, an out-of-work architect in Poughkeepsie, New York. Interest in the game picked up in the early 1950s, according to legend, when the president of Macy’s happened upon it while on vacation.Now, the official dictionary holds more than 100,000 words. Other newcomers Sokolowski shared are aquafaba, beatdown, zomboid, twerk, sheeple, wayback, bokeh, botnet, emoji, facepalm, frowny, hivemind, puggle and nubber.last_img read more

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South East Juniors best prepare for big night

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Fourth term kills off warriors

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Home on the free range

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Cheap feed for front-liners

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Rebels closing in on Kootenay Title, winner meets Osoyoos

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsThe Castlegar Rebels are within a game of playing for the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League title.First period goals by Ryan Aynsley and Diego Bartlett would be all the scoring the Rebels would need as Castlegar edged Fernie Ghostriders 3-1 in Kootenay Conference Final action Saturday night in the Sunflower City.After taking game one in Fernie, the Rebels took care of business on home ice, sweeping the two games in Castlegar to grab a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.Game five is Monday in Fernie.“We’re very happy to get the wins (but) now we have to figure out a way to get back to Fernie and get a win which is a tall order against a very good team,” Rebel head coach Steve Junker told The Nelson Daily.“Winning the fourth game is always the toughest but we have to figure out a way to get it done cause opportunities like these don’t come along every day and you don’t want to let a team like Fernie get any momentum.”Getting the two first period goals was huge for the Rebels. It got the home crowd into the game. The players could relax playing with the lead. However, Junker feels the ability of the Rebels to keep the high-octane Rider offence under control was the key to sweeping the two games at home.“To completely shutdown their offence is a tall order,” Junker, making a difference in his first season coaching the Rebels, explained. “Guys like (Scott) Morriseau, (Thomas) Abenante and (Cale) Wright are great players so limiting their chances is key.”Morriseau and Abenante are one, two in KIJHL playoff scoring combing for 60 points.Luke Richardson scored in the second period for Fernie to cut the lead to 2-1. Morriseau and Abenante assisted on the goals.But Alex Ross slammed the door on the Rider offence in the third, and when Spencer Brodt scored into the empty net the Rebels were on their way to the win.After getting out shot 17-9 in the first period, Fernie pushed the envelope in the next two periods as the teams tied 32-32 in shots.Tempers flared with 55 seconds remaining in the second frame as referee Shawn Peel handed out 38 minutes in penalties.Aynsley and Brodt each finished with two points for Castlegar.If a game six is necessary it will be played Tuesday in Castlegar. Game time 7:30 p.m.Coyotes wrap up Okanagan title SundaySteve Sasyniuk scored twice to lead the Osoyoos Coyotes to a 4-2 victory over the Grizzlies Sunday night in Okanagan Conference Final in Revelstoke.The win gives the Desert Dogs the series 4-2. Osoyoos jumped to a 2-0 lead, increased the margin to 3-1 after 40 minutes en route to the victory. Jason Bell and Thierry Martine also scored for the Coyotes. Bruce Silvera and Brad Friedrich replied for Revelstoke which was unable to defend its 2010 KIJHL title. Saturday, Ross Mancuso and Sam Nigg scored second period goals to spark the Osoyoos to a 4-2 win in the South Okanagan City.Taylor House and Steve Sasyniuk also scored for the Coyotes, which lead the best-of-seven series 3-2.Devon Hascarl and Lucas Hildebrand replied for the defending KIJHL champs.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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Leafs continue building process, host Castlegar to start three-game weekend

first_imgNow that league governors voted during the off-season to reduce the numer of games during the regular schedule, and not play outside the respective conferences, there’s even more importance for teams to have success within the division.After Castlegar, which exploded for two wins and ten goals last weekend, Nelson takes to the road to face defending Murdoch champion Beaver Valley Nitehawks Saturday Fruitvale before facing the Grand Forks Border Bruins for the first time this season, Sunday in the Boundary City.Last season Grand Forks rose from bottom feeders to knocking off Castlegar in the first round of the Murdoch Division playoffs.“It’s still early in the season but we like what we’ve been able to recruit this season,” Dooley explained.“We like the work-ethic on the ice now it’s just spending time to getting the systems down.”What’s for sure is the Leafs will come at teams in waves.Dooley said it’s a philosophy both he, head coach Mario DiBella and assistant Isaac Macleod believe in.“That’s the way we want to play this season,” he said.“We want to roll all four lines . . . see all our D-men get into situations against any lines on the opposition. We believe to have a championship team everyone needs to contribute.”ICE CHIPS: Dooley said the coaching staff would continue to juggle the lineup as the Leafs have a few extra players on the roster to start the season. .  . . Beaver Valley increased its Murdoch Division lead to three points ahead of both Castlegar and Nelson after blasting Spokane Braves 8-3 Wednesday in Fruitvale. David Nemes, with two goals, and Kyle Hope each had three points to lead the Hawks. Beaver Valley, led in scoring by Hope, Tyler Ghirardosi and Nelson’s Nolan Percival, fired 61 shots at the Spokane net. . .  . Nelson fans will see Beaver Valley at the NDCC Arena Friday, September 30. Two weeks into the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season and there hasn’t been one trade by the Nelson Leafs.Instead, the coaching staff is very pleased with the progression of the Green and White despite the fact Nelson, undefeated during the preseason, is 2-2 out of the gates.After posting a couple of wins over Spokane, the Leafs get a chance to see the other three teams in the Murdoch Division, beginning Friday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena against Castlegar Rebels.“We have a good balance of players,” said coach Sean Dooley.“The difference between this year and last year is this squad has a very good team environment in the dressing room. Everyone has jelled together . . . there’s no clicks in the dressing room.”“From our veteran guys down to our rookies, everyone is equal,” Dooley added.last_img read more

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Bale cements future at Real Madrid with contract extension

first_img“I grew up watching the Premier League and Real Madrid, but when you have the opportunity to play here you cannot waste it,” Bale said. “I’m only thinking about Real Madrid and I am very happy to be here.”Bale arrived in Spain with incredibly high expectations after Madrid broke its own record for transfers by paying Tottenham 101 million euros in 2013. That record stood until Manchester United shelled out 105 million euros for Paul Pogba in August.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentWhile the team is still very much Cristiano Ronaldo’s, Bale has become a reliable and often electric second scorer with a knack for netting key goals that have helped Madrid win two Champions League titles and one Copa del Rey.Bale, who had been linked to rumors of a move back to the Premier League with Manchester United, said staying at Madrid was an easy choice. Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale leaves a press conference at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium. Bale has agreed to a contract extension with the club that will tie the Wales winger to the European champions through 2022. APMADRID — With his focus on winning more trophies, Gareth Bale signed a new deal Monday (Tuesday Manila time) that ties him to Real Madrid until 2022.The Wales forward inked the three-year contract extension at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Now 27, Bale will be two weeks short of 33 when his new deal runs out.ADVERTISEMENT FEU, NU strike big in 2016 PBA Draft BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town View comments PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUNDcenter_img 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas We are young MOST READ Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “The most important thing is to concentrate on my football,” Bale said. “I came to improve and I love it. I made the right decision. We’ve won two Champions Leagues, I want to keep winning titles and Real Madrid can offer that. The club is at the same level as my ambitions.”Bale added that while he continues to address the media in English, his Spanish is getting better as he settles in.“I have improved my Spanish, my family is more integrated and I feel that the fans love me,” he said. “The more time you spend more here, the more integrated you are, and all I do is try to help the team win as many titles as possible.”ADVERTISEMENT EDITORS’ PICK Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esportslast_img read more

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Espejo ‘hurt’ after not being included in national team pool

first_imgView comments Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo superstar Marck Espejo admitted he was “hurt” when he wasn’t invited to take part in the tryouts the Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas conducted for the national team pool.Subsequently, Espejo wasn’t included in the final pool the LVPI formed for future international tournaments.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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 LATEST STORIES ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties MOST READ Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Inclusion to national pool added motivation for Meneses ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Espejo, though, said whoever made it to the lineup fully deserves the inclusion.READ: Sorry, LVPI tells Ateneo for missed invitesFEATURED 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 return“Of course I was hurt a little bit but the lineup’s there, the coach has changed, nothing’s constant,” said Espejo after leading the Blue Spikers over University of Santo Tomas, 22-25, 25-23, 25-13, 25-21, in the UAAP Season 79 men’s volleyball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre.“Maybe the officials saw something in the players who are in the pool, and we’re all athletes here so let’s just give our all-out support for them because this is the Philippine volleyball team,” said Espejo. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely But the LVPI, after it was made public that players from Ateneo did not get invites to the tryouts, had extended its apologies and promised to hold separate screenings for Espejo and some members of the Lady Eagles.Jia Morado, Kat Tolentino, and Maddie Madayag were also given invitations to the special tryouts.Espejo, though still excluded from the pool, said he still wants to be part of the national team.“I still want to be part of the team, but I think it’s really not for me, and I think it was meant for the other players,” said Espejo.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac townlast_img read more

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