Watch Guide: Week 2

first_imgWeek 1 is in the books, and Week 2 kind of stinks. It’s an improvement for Oklahoma State, but on the whole the college football scene is a lot worse this weekend than it was last weekend. Arkansas-TCU is fun I supposed. Ditto Texas Tech-Arizona State. I guess I’m supposed to be interested in Tennessee-Virginia Tech, but I’m just not. Oh well, at least we get a halfway decent game from OSU this week. Oh, and there may be hope yet for some fun. I just hope we aren’t involved this time.Last time no ranked teams met (9/8/12), 4 lost:No. 8 Arkansas (ULM)No. 12 Wisconsin (Ore. St.)No. 16 Nebraska (UCLA)No. 18 Ok St. (Zona)— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) September 8, 2016Weekend Watch Guide: Week 2If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Anderson vows to return before Ashes end

first_imgLondon: England’s record wicket taker James Anderson is determined to return to the team before the Ashes series with Australia ends in September he told The Sun on Wednesday. The 37-year-old has been ruled out of the second Ashes Test, which starts next Wednesday at Lord’s, after injuring his right calf having bowled just four overs in the series opener at Edgbaston as Australia romped to a 251-run victory. Anderson, who has taken 575 Test wickets, had not played competitive cricket for a month leading into the match after injuring the same calf playing for Lancashire. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I’m pretty confident I can get over this, I want to keep going,” said Anderson. “The plan is to get back and play some part in The Ashes but, if that doesn’t work out, the winter (tours to New Zealand and South Africa) is absolutely on my radar. “I’m sure there will come a point where other bowlers either get injured or need a rest. “If one needs to be replaced, it might work out well if I can get myself fit and help towards the end of the series.” Anderson, whose place at Lord’s is likely to be taken by young paceman Jofra Archer, said injuries were part and parcel of his advancing years. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”I’m at the age now when there’s a chance injuries will happen more,” he said. “It’s something I’ve got to prepare for. But I’m very fortunate — I’ve been lucky with having so few throughout my career.” Anderson, who is nicknamed ‘The King of Swing’, said he felt awful watching from the sidelines as the England attack struggled against the Australians especially in the second innings. “Devastating and horrible are the best words to describe my feelings as I watched the other England bowlers toil in the First Test,” he said. “I felt guilty and apologised to the lads for leaving them in the lurch.” However, Anderson rejected criticism that he should have had a game before he returned to the Test side to prove his fitness — Archer played in a second XI game for his county Sussex on Tuesday to prove he had recovered from a side strain. “There’s been some talk I shouldn’t have been chosen at Edgbaston last week without first playing another game to prove my fitness following the torn calf muscle I suffered on July 2,” he said. “But I disagree with that. “In my head, I was fit to play an Ashes Test. “I’ve played in Test matches before after injury without first playing a county game or warm-up of some sort.” Australia lead the five-Test series 1-0.last_img read more

Spy agency ended rightwing probe just months before Quebec mosque shooting

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s spy agency ended its investigation of right-wing extremism 10 months before a gunman killed six worshippers at a Quebec City mosque, a new report reveals.The federal spy watchdog says the Canadian Security Intelligence Service reopened the probe following the shooting.Alexandre Bissonnette, 28, pleaded guilty in March to six charges of first-degree murder and six of attempted murder in the Quebec mosque attack.The Security Intelligence Review Committee’s annual report, tabled in Parliament on Wednesday, says CSIS characterizes right-wing extremism in Canada as a complex range of groups and individuals — from white nationalists and anti-gay forces to anti-Semites and people opposed to immigration.An internal CSIS review found the most of these activities amounted to — or were close to — lawful protest, advocacy or dissent, not threats to national security. As a result, the spy service concluded “the current threat environment no longer met the threshold of a CSIS investigation.”CSIS also determined the threat was being appropriately addressed by police, and questioned the additional value of its own efforts.The review committee looked at CSIS’s activities since 2012 with respect to right-wing extremism investigations as well as the impact, if any, of the January 2017 killings on the spy service’s work.Following the mosque attack, the review committee has seen CSIS “engage more extensively and frequently” with the RCMP and other law enforcement partners to better understand the threat posed by right-wing extremism that would fall under CSIS’s mandate, the report says.“According to CSIS, violence is usually infrequent, unplanned, and opportunistic, and is carried out by individuals rather than groups.”Overall, the committee found that CSIS activities conducted during the period of Jan. 1, 2012, to June 30, 2017, complied with the CSIS Act and ministerial direction on intelligence priorities.CSIS activities were also consistent with the authorities and limitations set out in its targeting policy, the report says.Partnerships with police and law enforcement agencies in Quebec and elsewhere — along with other, unspecified investigative tools at CSIS’s disposal — played an important part in the investigation, the report adds.“Besides helping to maintain awareness, these tools were valuable in investigating right-wing extremism activities that may present a threat to the security of Canada, including, for example, hate crimes against Muslims.”Conscious of recent events, including white-supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Va., the review committee plans to revisit the issue “in the medium term.”— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more