BBB warns you to watch out for fake Super Bowl tickets

first_img WhatsApp BBB warns you to watch out for fake Super Bowl tickets Previous articleSouth Bend woman arrested during traffic stop, suspected of dealing cocaineNext articleJanuary’s Hometown Hero: Dr. Rebecca Rockers Tommie Lee Pinterest IndianaLocalMichiganNationalNewsSouth Bend MarketSports WhatsApp Google+ Facebook Google+ By Tommie Lee – January 24, 2021 0 208 Twitter Facebook Pinterest (“IMG_9763_1” by Chad Routh, CC BY-SA 2.0) Now that the teams have been set for this year’s Championship game, fans will be trying to grab up the limited number of tickets available for Super Bowl LV.This can lead to opportunities for scammers to cheat you out of hundreds or thousands of dollars if you aren’t careful, according to Marjorie Stephens of the BBB.There are ways to protect yourself if you’re planning on trying to get seats for the game in Tampa, Florida. Hear Marjorie’s tips by clicking here. Twitterlast_img read more

Chelsea pay penalty of Barkley miss in defeat by Valencia

first_imgWithout the creative quality of Mount, the hosts were reliant on moments of magic from Willian to open up an organised if unambitious Valencia.The Brazilian just lacked the finish after chesting down Mateo Kovacic’s fine pass over the top of the Valencia defence as he blazed well over.Former Barca ‘keeper Cillessen had been heavily criticised for his performance upon his return to the Camp Nou on Saturday, but came to his side’s rescue again in first-half stoppage time when this time a fierce volleyed effort from Willian found the target.Despite Chelsea’s obvious defensive weaknesses in conceding 11 times in their opening five Premier League games of the season, Valencia were happy to contain and counter-attack.But the visitors made their mark from set-pieces.Firstly, Kevin Gameiro fired over from a well-worked corner when picked out by Dani Parejo.However, Rodrigo made no such mistake after another pinpoint delivery from a Parejo free-kick as his shot into the ground bounced up and beyond Kepa Arrizabalaga.The goal arrived just seconds after Lampard had introduced a second striker in Olivier Giroud as he chased all three points.Giroud fired too close to Cillessen moments later as Chelsea went in search of an equaliser.And they were given a golden opportunity when Daniel Wass was harshly penalised for a handball after a lengthy delay for referee Cuneyt Cakir to consult replays four minutes from time.Share on: WhatsApp Chelsea were all over but did not scoreChelsea  Valencia  London, United Kingdom | AFP | Valencia put a week of turmoil behind them to beat Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge in Frank Lampard’s first Champions League game in charge of the Blues on Tuesday.Chelsea dominated possession, but were toothless in attack after losing promising midfielder Mason Mount to an early injury and were punished 16 minutes from time when Rodrigo grabbed all three points for the Spaniards.Lampard’s men should still have rescued a point, but Ross Barkley fired a late penalty over the bar.Valencia had arrived in London still reeling from the unpopular sacking of coach Marcelino last week, who had led the club to two top-four finishes in La Liga and the Copa del Rey last season in his two seasons in charge.Los Che were also thrashed 5-2 by Barcelona in Albert Celades’s first game in charge on Saturday, but bounced back with a solid if unspectacular performance that was still good enough to beat a Chelsea side that badly missed the imagination of the departed Eden Hazard.Lampard has had a rocky start on his return to Stamford Bridge, but enjoyed his best result of his short time in charge with a 5-2 win at Wolves at the weekend.Tammy Abraham scored a hat-trick in that match to take his tally to seven goals in his last three Premier League games and threatened to carry that form into his first Champions League appearance early on.Abraham was denied by Jasper Cillessen as he tried to force home Cesar Azpilicueta’s dangerous near-post cross inside the first 10 minutes, but Chelsea’s early momentum was soon halted by an injury blow to the other young star of their season so far.– Coquelin lucky –Francis Coquelin was lucky to escape with just a yellow card for a dangerous lunge on Mount, that forced the England international off with an ankle injury.last_img read more

One new cap for experienced Springboks

first_img5 June 2014 South Africa’s 2013 Sevens Player of the Year, Cornal Hendricks, will make his debut for South Africa in the 15-man code next to ten players who started in the Springboks’ final test of 2013 when they face a star-studded World XV at DHL Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday. The speedy Hendricks is the only newcomer in the team as Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer opted for continuity in his team’s first match of the year. The old firm of Bakkies Botha and interim captain Victor Matfield are re-united in the second row. JP Pietersen moves to outside centre. Schalk Burger makes a return to the side for the first time in two-and-a-half years while Frans Steyn, Schalk Brits, Lwazi Mvovo and Johan Goosen are also back after playing no test rugby last year. The five players who started in the 19-10 win over France in Paris last November but are not in the starting team this week, are the injured Jean de Villiers, Jaque Fourie and Eben Etzebeth, as well as Flip van der Merwe and Coenie Oosthuizen, who will both start on the bench.‘Continuity’ “It’s positive to have this kind of continuity in our first start of the year,” said Meyer on Wednesday. “Even though we’ll be starting with a new midfield combination, Frans and JP have both played more than 50 tests for the Boks and with Bryan Habana also in the backline, Cornal will start with a lot of experience around him. “We’re expecting a stern test on Saturday against the World XV and our mindset is to make our nation proud. It should never be anything else when the Springboks play. It will also be a good way to start the season before our first test next week against Wales, but for now we’re only focused on the World XV and playing well.‘Aim’ Looking at the bigger picture, Meyer added: “Our aim for the season is to accelerate and make a step up from 2013. To put ourselves in a position to do that, we simply have to start well.” Of the 23 in action on Saturday, 13 featured in the victory in Paris. One of the new faces is Matfield, who has been named captain with De Villiers out injured during the Castle Lager Incoming Series this month. It will be the 110-time capped lock’s first match in the green and gold since the Rugby World Cup in 2011. Meyer said it was pleasing to see Matfield and Botha re-united, while he was also very excited about the prospects of Hendricks on the wing, Pietersen at outside centre and the return of Burger, Brits and Steyn.‘I wouldn’t have believed it’ “If anyone told me two years ago that Victor and Bakkies would play together again for the Boks, I probably wouldn’t have believed it. They have been great servants of the game in South Africa and now have the opportunity to take it further. “We’re also keen to see what JP can offer at outside centre, where he’s played very well for the Cell C Sharks earlier in his career and for his club in Japan. “Cornal is a player I’ve been following for some time and I thought he made a very good transition from sevens to the 15-man code earlier this year. He’s big and very fast, and hopefully we’ll be able to provide him with some space to attack in. The Springbok Sevens can be very proud of the way in which they aided in his development to a top-class player.‘X-factor’ Meyer also welcomed back two players who he said brought something extra to the Springbok squad: “Frans [Steyn] and Schalk Brits are both special players with the X-factor and it’s wonderful to have them back. Their attitude has been superb and I know they can add a lot in the coming weeks,” he said. “Lwazi has been great for the Cell C Sharks this year and I believe he can make an impact later in the match, while I’ve always rated Johan and it’s good to see him getting back to his best. “This was a tough team selection to make and a couple of players were unlucky to miss out, but I know all of them will keep on pressing hard for selection in the weeks to come. I always like it if players in the team must make it easy for me to leave them in, and players outside the team must make it difficult to leave them out.”SPRINGBOK SQUAD 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Willem Alberts, 5 Victor Matfield (c), 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira 16 Schalk Brits, 17 Gurthro Steenkamp, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Flip van der Merwe, 20 Schalk Burger, 21 Fourie du Preez, 22 Johan Goosen, 23 Lwazi Mvovo SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

India gearing up for London Olympics

first_imgIn the good old days, Olympic preparation for Indian athletes would begin just a few months before the quadrennial extravaganza.Those were the times when qualification norms in various sporting disciplines were not as difficult as they are today.Deepika Kumari is expected to do well in archery.Times have changed. Just as India and Indians have grown in various spheres of life, in sport as well there are a lot of positives to look at. Yet, if we are going to ask ourselves if we will win more medals at the London Olympics, it is difficult to answer that question.With 362 days to go for the big day and the host city fully geared up, there is gloom in India thanks to the doping shame which track and field athletes have brought us. Each day we hear about the National Anti- Doping Agency ( NADA) raiding Sports Authority of India hostels and not sparing even PT Usha’s academy.Add to it the mess that the hockey administration finds itself in with the international body (FIH) snatching away three big events which India was to host, and it would seem everything in Indian sport is chaotic.However, I beg to differ with this kind of thinking. Agreed, in terms of medals we won at the Olympics in the past, there was nothing to show other than the glory from hockey and KD Jadhav’s bronze at the Helsinki Olympics in 1952.It took a certain Leander Paes to alter the trend when, in 1996, he won the bronze at Atlanta.advertisementFrom then onwards, at successive Olympics, India has won at least one medal in each edition – bronze from Karnam Malleswari in 2000 at Sydney and a silver from double trap marksman Rajyavardhan Rathore in 2004 at Athens.Then came India’s first individual gold through air rifle ace Abhinav Bindra at Beijing 2008, which was followed by a bronze each from boxer Vijender Kumar and grappler Sushil Kumar.So with just under a year for the curtains to go up in London, are we preparing in the best possible way which can guarantee the nation more medals? I still think as far as medal chances go, hazarding a guess at this stage is indeed premature.Firstly, let us not fool ourselves that we are a nation which produces world- beaters in the sporting arena. Agreed, MS Dhoni’s boys won the ICC ODI World Cup and the No. 1 tag in Test rankings is still there.The average Indian sporting fan knows all these cricket details but few would know that in Ronjan Sodhi, we have a shooter set to be the world No. 1 in double trap.Ronjan Sodhi is a medal prospect.It is a huge achievement for Ronjan and the nation as eight shooters have already qualified for London. Ronjan is in Italy and from here onwards, he will do whatever it takes to win gold in London. But to ask whether he will definitely win gold on that big day is a question which is illogical.On their day, be it Ronjan or Abhinav or Gagan Narang, they can win a medal.At the same time, if you talk of a shooter like Sanjeev Rajput, who had almost lost it after being dropped from the Commonwealth Games squad last year, he has shaped up well.The experts said Sanjeev was mentally fragile. But thanks to the meaningful motivation and advice he gets from motivatorAbha Banerjee, there has been a remarkable transformation in his mental approach, resulting in a 50m rifle 3 positions gold in Changwon earlier this year.Today, Abha is part of Olympic Gold Quest and many more athletes stand to gain from her skills as a person who can make an athlete razor sharp mentally.Such things were virtually unheard of in Indian sport, where athletes with a fragile mind would choke on the big day. And even as the sports ministry fights with the babus in the central government to loosen the purse strings so that more funds can be made available for the training of Indian athletes, it is the support given by Olympic Gold Quest and the Mittal Champions Trust which is heartening.Without expecting quick returns, these virtually unseen forces behind Indian sport are a big boost for our athletes.Let’s take a quick look at the Indians who have qualified for the Olympics. The eight shooters apart, if one starts in alphabetical order, five athletes have qualified in track and field with Mayookha Johny, Vikas Gowda, Gurmeet Singh, Babu Bhai and Om Prakash Karhana making the cut.advertisementEven as the women’s 4×400 relay squad has been exposed thanks to the doping shame, there is still hope that the newer bunch can make the cut.In archery, the women’s recurve team has been making news with stellar performances and is preparing in right earnest for the Olympics. The gymnastics team, too, is currently training in London.In boxing, what needs to be remembered at this stage is there are three Olympic qualifying events waiting to happen and half a dozen Indian male boxers can make the grade.But to think that five- time world champion MC Mary Kom is a sure shot medal prospect in women’s boxing needs to be weighed in the right perspective, since she is now in a higher weight category.Two swimmers – Virdhawal Khade and Sandeep Sejwal – have qualified with stellar performances and there could be one more through AP Gagan, with more swimming meets coming up.The focus will also be on Saina Nehwal. While the diva of Indian badminton is ranked No. 6 in the world, she has flopped at the majors, be it the world championship, the All England or the Asian Games. However, news of her getting a video analyst to help in her preparations is a big change from the past. It is valuable inputs like these which can make the difference in razorsharp contests.Many more athletes will qualify in the coming months, be it in rowing or yachting. And with tennis also being a big sport for us, things don’t look so gloomy.So what about the final medal count for India in London? It’s best to simply focus on the preparation rather than make projections on the number of medals.last_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd striker Rashford: Christmas programme can change everything

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd striker Rashford: Christmas programme can change everythingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United striker Marcus Rashford insists they can turn their season around over Christmas.Rashford knows the glut of games can shoot United up the table.”We have to try to keep up the intensity that we’ve shown in the last couple of [Premier League] games and keep improving,” he told MUTV.”It’s always a good feeling to see the ball hit the back of the net but, in the last game, I was happy anyway. I was happy with the performance in the first half. I think, at the beginning of the second half, it dropped a little bit, which is natural when we’ve had a run of tough games, but we managed to lift it again which was important for us.”I just want to see the team improving, and for us to improve ourselves as individuals, so we can become more consistent. That’s what we’ve been lacking and that’s why we’re not higher up in the table. The Christmas period is always busy so consistency is the main thing. The look of the season can change in just this one month, so we need to pick the points up and keep improving.“ last_img read more

10 months agoINSIDER: Man Utd boss Solskjaer can be stubborn b*****d

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say INSIDER: Man Utd boss Solskjaer can be stubborn b*****dby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveKristiansund coach Christian Michelsen is delighted for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over his early success at Manchester United.Solskjaer has won the first five games of his time in charge.Michelsen told VG: “For someone who has been in his circle of friends, this is unreal. The whole thing is really surreal. Ole Gunnar has lifted a sinking ship with lots of negativity and whining. What he is experiencing now is great.”This tells me about everything in football if you are good, work hard and have potential. Ole Gunnar has stepped up the path for all of us with Norwegian passports not only once, but twice. He bursts boundaries. “Ole has always been a stubborn b*****d who has set goals that he wants to achieve. You talk about the smiling, kind Ole Gunnar – but the devil: He is also a winner who is not afraid to say so when it is needed. At the same time, he is associated with the good values that Norwegians have. And that’s Ole Gunnar: He is one of the people.” last_img read more

Private equity firm is winning bidder for Weinstein Co

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – A private equity firm emerged Tuesday as the winning bidder for the Weinstein Co., the studio forced into bankruptcy by the sexual misconduct scandal that brought down Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.The Weinstein Co. announced in a statement that no other bidder made a better offer than Dallas-based Lantern Capital, which made a “stalking-horse” bid last month to pay $310 million in cash for the Weinstein Co.’s assets. The emergence of another qualified bidder would have triggered an auction leading to higher sale price.The sale is subject to approval by a Delaware bankruptcy court, which has set a sale hearing for next week. The sale faces numerous objections that must be resolved, some from actors including Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep and Brad Pitt, who claim they are owed profit participation from projects.The Weinstein Co. filed for bankruptcy in March, succumbing to a fate it had tried to avoid since the scandal that forced Harvey Weinstein’s ouster as CEO in October. Some 80 women, including prominent actresses, have accused Harvey Weinstein of misconduct ranging from rape to harassment.The New York company’s primary assets are a lucrative 277-film library, a television production business, and an unreleased film portfolio that includes four distribution-ready films and other projects in various stages of development.Lantern also has agreed to assume about $125 million in project-related debt and to cover obligations related to the assumption of certain contracts and leases.“We are honoured by the board’s recognition and acceptance of Lantern’s planned acquisition,” Lantern said in statement.The company said it was “committed to providing premier content with a diverse workforce and a safe environment founded on a culture of respect and creativity.”In a last-minute twist, a company formed by Broadway producer Howard Kagan made an offer Tuesday, asking for an extension to complete due diligence. But the Weinstein Co. declined to consider the bid, saying it lacked “a purchase agreement, a financing commitment, a deposit, or a number of other requirements for a qualified bid.”Kagan’s offer had the support of five women who have filed a class action lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein. In a statement, the plaintiffs said they opposed the sale to Lantern because it contained no guarantee of a settlement fund for Weinstein’s accusers.In a letter, Kagan outlined a plan that would have included $25 million, along with 4 per cent of the equity of the company, for a fund for Weinstein’s accusers. He also proposed a cash payment of $5 million plus 1 per cent of the equity in the new company for employees and former employees with claims against Weinstein.“What really should happen here is that the company should be sold in a way that the victims are taken care of,” Kagan told The Associated Press.Kagan, a former hedge fund manager-turned-Broadway-producer, often works alongside his wife, Janet. They won Tony Awards for the 2013 revival of “Pippen” and the 2012 revival of “Porgy and Bess.” Their most recent foray onto Broadway ended disastrously. Having taken “Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812” to Broadway with Josh Groban, the Kagans faced criticism over how they handled replacing the pop singer.Lantern has been in talks for months about acquiring The Weinstein Co. It had been part a group of investors led by businesswoman Maria Contreras-Sweet that had been involved in long and ultimately unsuccessful negotiations to buy the company.New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Weinstein Co.’s employees, had urged any bidders for the company to include compensation for the victims.“From the start, we’ve underscored the importance of adequately compensating victims, protecting current employees, and ensuring that wrongdoers are not rewarded,” said Amy Spitalnick, a spokeswoman for Schneiderman’s office. “We’ll continue to push for those critical goals.”last_img read more

BC Oil Gas Commission working to determine source of earthquake

first_imgThe magnitude of the earthquakes ranged between 3.4 and 4.5 on the Richter scale.The Commission says CNRL immediately suspended hydraulic fracturing operations as per the Commission’s Kiskatinaw Seismic Monitoring and Mitigation Area Special Project Order and, the Drilling and Production Regulation.The Commission also states that CNRL’s operations may not continue without thewritten consent of the Commission. The Commission says they are requesting a 30-day halt to fracking in the area close to the source of the earthquake.“Companies operating within that area have confirmed that there will be no hydraulic fracturing activities for the next 30 days within the specified area. This will provide the Commission with sufficient time to conduct a thorough investigation. Companies will need to confirm with the Commission before operations within the specific area resume.”The Commission will continue to monitor the area for further earthquake activity. CORRECTION – An earlier version of the article headline suggested the cause of last weeks earthquake had been determined.  This headline was incorrect.  The cause is still under investigation.  We apologize for this mistake.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Oil & Gas Commission has narrowed down the source of the earthquake that occurred southeast of Fort St. John on November 29, 2018.The Commission conducted a study and found that the cause of the earthquake may be linked to hydraulic fracturing operations being conducted by Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. in the Septimus field of the Montney formation, southeast of Fort St. John (see map).last_img read more

Alberta premier says oil cut plan working takes yuletide jab at prime

first_imgThe differential, which was over US$50 at one point this fall, has bounced back in recent days and now trades at about US$25 less than the benchmark West Texas Intermediate price.Notley is buying rail cars and continues to push Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for action to end the pipeline bottleneck, considered the primary culprit for the low prices.Trudeau said this week his sympathy is with Alberta this holiday season, but Notley says she hopes that comment comes with a gift receipt so she can trade it in for a pipeline. SLAVE LAKE, A.B. – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the decision to cut oil production seems to be working but says it’s not a long-term solution.Notley has ordered companies to cut production by almost nine percent starting in the new year to close the price gap between Alberta oil and the North American benchmark.That price gap was growing so wide that vast reserves of oil were building up in Alberta and the price was falling through the floor, leading to fears of massive job cuts and project closures.last_img read more