Sooners couldn’t finish off success

first_imgOut too “soon” · Buddy Hield’s heroics were not enough to propel the Sooners to the championship game, as Oklahoma fell to Villanova. – Photo courtesy of Siandhara Bonnet | OU DailyOklahoma was dismantled by eventual champion Villanova in the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament.It was a shocking performance from the Sooners, who now find themselves in the college basketball history books for undesirable reasons. Lon Kruger’s seemingly incredible team lost by 44 points in the most iconic round of the sport’s most iconic competition. It was, even for the most neutral fan, quite hard to watch.Yet OU was the real champion of the two biggest college sports for the 2015-16 season. The Sooners advanced to the national semifinal in both football and in men’s basketball.Of course, no one is going to argue against winning titles. But widely appreciated yet less verbalized by college sports fans is the notion that their team is nationally relevant. It is the feeling that your team’s performance on any given day will impact a program a couple thousand miles away.Florida and Ohio State owned the 2006-07 campaign in both football and men’s hoops, as the Gators downed the Buckeyes in the title game in both sports that season. Unsurprisingly, those four teams had special, program-defining players: Percy Harvin and Al Horford in Gainesville, Troy Smith and Mike Conley in Columbus.Oklahoma’s stars achieved similar levels of national recognition. Baker Mayfield’s youthful enthusiasm encapsulated the beauty of college football, while Buddy Hield’s versatility on the court was truly something to behold.OU football and basketball fell flat after halftime in the College Football Playoff and in the Final Four — the former against Clemson and the latter against Villanova. The Sooners failed to score after the half against the Tigers in that CFP matchup, and their hardwood counterparts were outscored 53-23 by the Wildcats in that debacle of a Final Four contest.Maybe Oklahoma struggles against large cats. Maybe OU’s uninspiring performances in such monumental games isn’t actually the biggest of deals.Oklahoma’s success leading up to those games forces college sports fans to compare the enjoyment quotient of having a great season as opposed to doing so while also taking home the hardware.Only two programs will claim the two most prominent titles in intercollegiate Division I athletics each year. Alabama did what Alabama does and snagged that oddly tall CFP trophy in January, but the Sooners were only one game away from facing the Tide. Meanwhile, OU basketball came awfully close — not really, but technically — to playing North Carolina for all the marbles.The fact that one school actually came this close to rivaling the 2006-07 Florida Gators as two-sport champs ought to make fans of other colleges at least somewhat envious. And while OU fans continue to ruminate on what could have been, the journey — from late August through early April — has been a source of true indulgence for the Sooner faithful.Any hey-good-job-almost-winning banners or plaques from this season that turn up in the athletic facilities in Norman will likely be greeted by a shrug from those who witnessed — let alone partook in — the postseason collapses.But the slowly recovering OU fans can find solace in the fact that their teams were contending until the very end. Well, almost.Josh Cohen is a sophomore majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. His column, “Cohen’s Corner,” runs Tuesdays.last_img read more

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CFDC Lauds GoL for U$1M Land Rental Fees

first_imgThe president of the National Union of Community Forestry Development Committee (NUCFDC), Matthew Walley, has commended the government for fulfilling its obligation to over 22 communities affected by operations of the commercial logging in the country with regards to the National Forestry Reform law (NFRL) of 2006.Mr. Walley made the disclosure to journalists over the weekend in Monrovia that, in July, the Government of Liberia (GoL) deposited US$1M in the account of the National Benefit Sharing Trust (NBST), the mechanism through which affected communities can directly access their benefits from land rental fee payments made by logging companies in the country. Mr. Walley said the amount represents 50 percent of the money expected to benefit communities that are directly affected by logging activities in the country.He said the Government of Liberia being cognizant of its social responsibility to its citizens amended the National Forestry Law of 2000 to reflect current day realities, thus leading to the crafting and enactment of the 2006 NFRL. He indicated that the previous Forestry Law made no adequate provision for the fair treatment of forest communities.Walley called on the government to take seriously its obligations to deliver social and economic benefits to its citizens. He said it was paramount for government not to be complacent, but to live by the terms and conditions of the new forestry law. He believes that is the way the remaining 50 percent would be able to be paid to the communities without delay to avoid putting logging businesses at risk.Walley assured the government and stakeholders that the funds received would be used for its intended purpose. He urged representatives from the 22 affected communities to work the NBST to access the funds.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Insomniac who hadn’t slept for three days woke up after burgling school

first_imgAn insomniac who hadn’t slept for three days woke up in a school in Co Donegal after causing almost €2,000 of damage to the building.Patrick McNamee broke into the Finn Valley Centre of Education in Stranorlar on May 28th, 2018. As well as two broken windows, a number of computer monitors were smashed but nothing was taken.McNamee, aged 29, appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with burglary at the premises.Garda Sgt Gerard Dalton told the court that a man had been seen hanging around the building before the break-in which resulted in €1,934 of damage.After the break-in, Gardai viewed CCTV footage and identified McNamee of 22 St. Bridgets Crescent, Drumkeen.His solicitor, Frank Dorrian, told the court that his client suffered from an insomnia-like condition and that he hadn’t slept for three days before the break-in.He had taken to the drink in a bid to get to sleep but he woke to find himself locked into the school, didn’t know how he had got there and broken a window to get out.Mr Dorrian said “He has a condition that makes it difficult for him to sleep and he hadn’t slept for three days on this occasion,” he said.He said his client also suffered from blackouts.“He was questioned about it but maintained he could not remember it,” added Mr Dorrian.He added that McNamee suffers from acute anxiety and depression and spends long periods of time at home without going out.However, he said his client was committed to paying back compensation for the damage he had caused.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until February 3rd next for a community service and probation report to be carried out on McNamee.Insomniac who hadn’t slept for three days woke up after burgling school was last modified: November 11th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:burglarycourtdonegalDrumkeenFinn Valley Education CentreinsomniacPatrick McNameelast_img read more

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RIVERINE PROJECT AIMS TO BREATH NEW LIFE INTO LIFFORD AND STRABANE

first_imgThe Reconciliation through the Riverine Project had its official launch yesterday at an event jointly hosted by Strabane District Council, Donegal County Council and the Riverine Forum in the Alley Theatre, Strabane. The project, which is funded by the International Fund for Ireland, seeks to address the impact of the conflict on the Lifford/Strabane area and their surrounding towns and villages by regenerating the border riverside area.Announcing the launch of the project Paddy Harte said the Reconciliation through the Riverine Project will provide opportunities to develop cross community and cross border relationships in the Strabane Lifford and wider hinterland areas through a dedicated programme of reconciliation.“The project will also seek to consolidate the work undertaken over the last 15 years in terms of building peace and reconciliation and leave a lasting legacy through the regeneration of the border riverside area by creating an iconic shared space for all.”Funding of one million euro was announced as part of the project and will be used to deliver a youth participation and a community participation programme. This is integral to the overall development of the shared space to ensure ownership of the space and to strengthen relationships as a means to addressing the legacy of the conflict and providing opportunities to work together so as to embrace the many cultures and traditions of the area.Speaking at the launch, Cllr. Noel McBride, Mayor of Donegal stated that this project is a great example of cross border collaboration both at council and community level.He paid tribute to the voluntary members of the Riverine Forum who have been instrumental in ensuring that funding is secured for this type of work. He stated that without their commitment and engagement, we would not have been in a position to secure this funding.Cllr. Karina Carlin of Strabane District Council reiterated these comments and acknowledged the role of the International Fund for Ireland in terms of investing not only in this project but in the very many projects that they have supported in the Strabane Lifford area over the last 20 years. She stated that “the International Fund for Ireland has been a great friend to this area for many years, taking a risk for peace when it was a much more difficult thing to do and through this investment we are now in a place where it is possible to achieve greater reconciliation through a unique, innovative and iconic project such as the Riverine.”Speaking on behalf of the International Fund for Ireland, Winston Patterson stated, “This major project to develop a shared space for the people of Strabane and Lifford, on a site that has been for so long associated with division, will be a lasting legacy to the peace process and, in a way, a tribute to all those who have worked over the years to bring us to this stage. The Fund is delighted therefore to be involved in the project and to be providing €1 million in funding for strands two and three of the project.”Patricia Hegarty, Co-chair of the Riverine Forum, which was set up to provide a platform to facilitate contact, dialogue and reconciliation amongst the diverse range of communities that live in this area, welcomed the launch of this project. She stated that this project is a culmination of years of work both at Council and community level and she encouraged any community or youth group interested in becoming involved in the project or with any ideas that the project can help support, to contact the project team at their office in Lifford at 00 353 74 91 72212.  RIVERINE PROJECT AIMS TO BREATH NEW LIFE INTO LIFFORD AND STRABANE was last modified: April 3rd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:iIffordRiverine Projectstrabanelast_img read more

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