Washington Post 21 Oct 2011Conventional wisdom holds that about half of U.S. marriages end in divorce — and that most Americans wish the divorce rate were lower. Still, many are skeptical about whether we can lower the divorce rate without trapping more people in bad marriages. This skepticism is fueled by two common assumptions: Divorce happens only after a long process of misery and conflict; and, once couples file for divorce, they don’t entertain the idea of reconciling. We now know those assumptions are wrong.Research over the past decade has shown that a major share of divorces (50 to 66 percent, depending on the study) occur between couples who had average happiness and low levels of conflict in the years before the divorce. Contrary to popular belief, only a minority of divorcing couples experience high conflict and abuse during their marriages. Most divorces occur with couples who have drifted apart and handle everyday disagreements poorly. It is these “average” divorces that research shows are the most harmful to children….William J. Doherty and his team of researchers asked 2,500 divorcing parents in Minnesota who were well along in that process whether they were interested in services to help them reconcile. In at least 10 percent of these divorce cases, both spouses were open to efforts to reconcile — and in another 30 percent, one spouse was interested in reconciliation. Results for couples earlier in the divorce process were even more promising. In other words, a substantial number of today’s divorces may be preventable.http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/delaying-divorce-to-save-marriages/2011/10/19/gIQAKh0f1L_story.htmlREAD Full ReportREAD Media Release
Ajax star, Donny van de Beek, is a target for three of Europe’s giants with the Dutch side ready to listen to offers. The versatile midfielder was one of the standouts last term as Ajax reached the last four of the Champions League. But their success has led to an exodus of their star players and Van de Beek could be next out of the door due to interest from Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus. Mundo Deportivo understands that the aforementioned trio are the only clubs with a chance of landing the 23-year-old. Madrid have agreed a pre-contract agreement with the Dutchman according to reports but United could yet hijack the deal. The success of Bruno Fernandes has seen the Red Devils consider foreign imports having initially made adding homegrown talent a priority under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. But Juventus are ready to make it a three-way tussle and had dealings with Ajax last summer when they signed Matthijs de Ligt for £65m. Van de Beek’s value will no doubt increase if all three clubs make moves for him. His current deal in Amsterdam runs out in 2022. Should he depart this summer he will join De Ligt, Frenkie De Jong, Kasper Dolberg and Hakim Ziyech as players who have headed for pastures new in the last 12 months. Those departures have earned Ajax almost £200m though. Van de Beek has again been a leading light for the Dutch side this season with 10 goals and 11 assists in his 37 appearances. read also:Man Utd manager compiles 14-name transfer list But the Eredivisie was declared void last week with Ajax sitting top on goal difference. It means their 3-1 win at Heerenveen in March could prove to be Van de Beek’s last outing for the Dutch side. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneThe Best Cars Of All TimeDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?8 Fascinating Facts About Coffee10 TV Characters Who Were Destined To Become Iconic7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseRobert Pattinson Showed The GQ Magazine What Quarantining Means
Daryl Janmaat has completed his switch from Feyenoord to Newcastle as Mathieu Debuchy leaves for Arsenal. The Dutchman, who underwent a medical on Tyneside earlier this week, has signed a six-year contract and will replace Debuchy as the club’s first-choice right-back. Janmaat, who has just returned from the World Cup finals in Brazil, said: “Newcastle is a fantastic club, with a big history and a great stadium. I have also been told all about how great the fans are. “This is the perfect move for me, and I am really looking forward to being with the team and getting started here at Newcastle. “I think we are going to have a great season.” Manager Alan Pardew was delighted to get his hands on a man the club had targeted since it became clear that Debuchy would be leaving. He said: “We are delighted to bring Daryl to the club. “He is the perfect example of a modern full-back: someone who is good defensively, but offers a real threat going forward as well. “Daryl had an excellent World Cup and we are looking forward to him continuing that form for Newcastle.” Janmaat becomes the club’s sixth summer signing with owner Mike Ashley having handed Pardew the financial backing to carry out a major overhaul of his squad. He is the third new arrival this week following in the footsteps of Montpellier midfielder Remy Cabella and Monaco striker Emmanuel Riviere, and he is unlikely to be the last with the capture of another frontman a priority. Debuchy’s departure just 18 months after his arrival from Lille comes as something of a disappointment with Pardew thinking he would be a long-term signing after reuniting him with close friend Yohan Cabaye. However, Cabaye’s January exit for Paris St Germain and a dreadful second half of the season seemed to unsettle the defender, and it became inevitable that he would leave this summer. The compensation for Ashley is that he more than doubled his money on the Frenchman, and the proceeds of his sale have effectively covered the cost of recruiting Riviere and Janmaat. A club statement said: “The club wishes to place on record its thanks to Mathieu for his efforts during his time at Newcastle. He leaves with all our best wishes for his future at Arsenal.” Janmaat, like Cabella, will not travel with the squad on a week-long trip to New Zealand as he enjoys an extended break after his exertions in Brazil. Nor will midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa, who appears to be facing a bleak future on Tyneside. The 27-year-old France international has been training away from the main group since his return for pre-season and, according to reports from France, has been fined for arriving back on Tyneside overweight – a charge he has denied – although Newcastle were keeping their own counsel on the matter on Thursday. Press Association The Magpies have confirmed 24-year-old Holland international Janmaat’s arrival and the France international’s departure for the Emirates Stadium. Press Association Sport understands Newcastle will receive around £12million for Debuchy, around half of which has been invested in his replacement.
“That being said, Willie loves the horse, Ruby loves the horse and he’s in great order.” Mullins also runs last year’s second On His Own and Boston Bob. Last year’s winner Lord Windermere has failed to shine since his short-head success, finishing third in the John Durkan Chase and seventh in the Lexus before showing a slight return to form for trainer Jim Culloty when third in the Irish Hennessy. Owner Dr Ronan Lambe said: “I suspect he might be the forgotten horse of the race because the lead-up to the race was better than last year. We are expecting a big run.” Big-race jockey Davy Russell also believes his mount has every chance of regaining his best form. He said: “I genuinely wouldn’t swap him for anything, he’s a proper horse and loves Cheltenham. “I know his form is not ideal, but he doesn’t really handle soft ground and he’s not in love with Leopardstown as there’s not enough jumping in the race.” Trainer Willie Mullins said: ” I don’t think jumping is going to be an issue any more than it will be for any other horse in the race. “He got around Newbury three-quarters fit and Gowran is a fair test of any horse in that ground. “As Ruby (Walsh) said, normally in the Thyestes in those conditions you’re hanging on from four out if you think you have something left, but he was swinging and the rest were slogging in behind. “Because of the dry autumn we didn’t get a run into him and much less, I didn’t get the work I wanted into him. We ended up at Newbury because we got carried along ourselves and he had the weight advantage. “You have to ask those questions sometimes, but it really wasn’t a fair question to ask the horse with the sort of prep he’d had. I’m putting a line through that.” Owner Rich Ricci is also sweet on his runner’s chance, but admits to having a slight doubt about him seeing out the extended three-and-a-quarter-mile trip. He said: “My only niggle at the back of my mind is, will he stay? “I f the Gold Cup was three miles I’d be leaning in and saying, ‘Wow, what a great chance we have’, but that last two and a half furlongs is so gruelling up the hill. It’s my only niggle. Willie Mullins has dismissed any fears about Djakadam’s jumping ahead of the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday. The six-year-old burst on to the Gold Cup scene at a relatively late stage, booking his ticket with a comfortable eight-length triumph under top weight in the Thyestes Chase at the end of January. He had previously disappointed when only eighth in the Hennessy at Newbury, while he crashed out at the fourth-last in last year’s JLT Novices’ Chase at the Festival. Press Association
For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com February 20, 2020 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditBryant (13-14, 5-9) vs. St. Francis (NY) (12-14, 6-8)Peter Aquilone Court, Brooklyn Heights, New York; Friday, 7:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: St. Francis (NY) seeks revenge on Bryant after dropping the first matchup in Smithfield. The teams last met on Feb. 6, when the Bulldogs outshot St. Francis (NY) from the field 46.9 percent to 33.3 percent and hit 17 more foul shots en route to a 73-60 victory. St. Francis seeks revenge on Bryant VARYING EXPERIENCE: St. Francis (NY) has been fueled by senior leadership while Bryant has relied on freshmen this year. Seniors Unique McLean, Chauncey Hawkins, Deniz Celen and Rob Higgins have collectively accounted for 69 percent of St. Francis (NY)’s scoring this season. On the other bench, freshmen .ACCURATE ADAM: Adam Grant has connected on 35.3 percent of the 232 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 4 of 16 over his last three games. He’s also converted 67.4 percent of his foul shots this season.SIGNIFICANCE OF 63: St. Francis (NY) is 0-9 when its offense scores 63 points or fewer. Bryant is a perfect 10-0 when it holds opponents to 63 or fewer points.COLD SPELL: Bryant has lost its last seven road games, scoring 66.6 points, while allowing 75.9 per game.DID YOU KNOW: Bryant as a team has made 8.5 3-pointers per game this season, which is second-most among NEC teams.___
The ICC’s cricket committee is likely to discuss regulations around delays for bad light and wet weather after farcical scenes during the Test summer in England. Despite the huge efforts of all involved to ensure cricket could resume behind closed doors, the Tests against West Indies and Pakistan have been marred by frequent interruptions after the umpires deemed the light to be unfit for play.There have also been prolonged delays in resuming after rain has stopped. This culminated in a decision to break for lunch after a delayed start and just one hour of play on the second day.On the fourth day, play was abandoned shortly before 4pm, with the ground subsequently bathed in sunshine. It is understood there was some frustration at the ECB over the decision, with one insider suggesting play could have resumed at 6pm. On the final day, the rain stopped at 11.15 am, but play did not resume until 3.20pm.The ECB has spent heavily to ensure the return of cricket in the face of Covid-19. As well as arranging charter flights for the West Indies and Pakistan players, they have met the costs of creating bio-secure bubbles to satisfy safety concerns and convince the government – and the governments of the opposition teams – that games can be played without compromising the health and safety of all involved.The match officials, however, have been uncompromising in their adherence to normal playing conditions. The ICC’s cricket committee is likely to discuss whether this has been an admirably consistent approach, or a little inflexible in the modern age with improved protective equipment and less tolerance for such delays from spectators.With match officials judged on many criteria, including their ability and desire to get the game on, it is possible the team at the Ageas Bowl in particular – standing umpires, Richard Kettleborough and Michael Gough, third umpire Richard Illingworth, fourth umpire Martin Saggers and match referee Chris Broad – will marked down by the ICC for their performance.Among the other options likely to be considered by the cricket committee will be the use of a pink ball – a decision which might impact on the colour of the sight screens in operation – and whether it would affect the integrity of the game to change the ball as required when the light fades.Paying under floodlights. While the lights have been used at several stages this summer, the current convention dictates that once the artificial light has taken over as the primary source, play should be abandoned. This issue was looked at by the ICC a few years ago, with the Full Member boards rejecting the idea of playing on under floodlights. It might be that floodlight technology has improved, too, allowing more play in such circumstances.More transparency over the light meter readings is another possible area of improvement. At present, the umpires take readings by which they judge the light on subsequent days to ensure fairness to both sides. If such readings were published, or if the broadcasters and host venues were able to have access to such meters, it might improve expectations from spectators and avoid some of the frustration that has surrounded recent matches.ESPNcricinfo understands there is are no major concerns over the venue. Drainage at the Ageas Bowl is understood to be comparable to other Test venues in England, while extra groundstaff had been drafted in from other clubs to aid preparation of the surface for the third Test – which is scheduled to begin here on Friday – and the warm-up game played by members of the Pakistan white-ball squad.The only minor quibble concerned the length of the covering over the area where the bowlers run-ups. There were some suggestions these were a little shorter than those provided elsewhere and the delay on the fifth afternoon was lengthened by concerns over damp run-ups at the hotel end of the ground. But the application of sawdust seemed to help speed the drying process.The ECB is also likely to review its own playing conditions. While other nations are prepared to start play earlier on subsequent days after rain, the ECB has long argued this would cause confusion with ticket holders. If, for example, a decision was taken at 7pm on Friday to start play one hour earlier the following morning, it is felt it would be difficult to communicate that information to 25,000 or so ticket holders which might, in turn, leave them open to claims of refunds from those that miss out on watching any play.In the case of behind-closed-doors games, however, that is not a factor and it is understood there is growing momentum to change this playing condition ahead of the final Test of the summer, which starts on Friday. In the longer term, it is possible the terms and conditions of the ticket sales could cover such a scenario.The overall impression is that many in the game’s administration, not least those at the ICC, have been stung by the criticism in recent days. As a result, “The Farce Show” – as it was dubbed by one wag – could prove to be something of a watershed moment for the sport.(ESPN Cricinfo)
C.J. Fair smiled right before he spoke.Usually around this time of year he fields questions about why Syracuse’s nonconference schedule isn’t tougher.This year, though, the questions were the opposite. He was asked how Syracuse’s difficult nonconference schedule has helped prepare the team for conference play.“We’ve had a tough nonconference schedule,” Fair said, “and usually people criticize us for that.”No. 2 Syracuse (12-0) will face Eastern Michigan (7-4) on Tuesday at 3 p.m. in the Carrier Dome in its final nonconference tune-up before entering Atlantic Coast Conference play for the first time. The Eagles, though less intimidating on paper than some other opponents, are the end of a stretch of formidable non-ACC teams SU has faced.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse won the Maui Invitational by beating Minnesota, California and then-No. 18 Baylor, survived St. John’s in Madison Square Garden and surged by then-No. 8 Villanova 78-62 on Saturday – all before conference play.“I think when we get through this nonconference schedule we’ll have been tested,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said, “probably a bit more than we have been some years.”The Orange’s first test of the year came against an unlikely opponent in St. Francis (N.Y.). SU trailed 50-48 with fewer than three minutes to go, and the once-seemingly impossible loss became a legitimate worry for the Syracuse faithful.But Syracuse closed the game on a 10-0 run as St. Francis crumbled. It was a game that Boeheim insisted SU should have lost, but the Orange escaped.“They should have beat us,” he said of St. Francis. “They were the only team that really should have beat us this year. They had us beat.”In the Maui Invitational, it wasn’t entirely smooth sailing for Syracuse. Minnesota cut its deficit to just two with 2:14 to go before SU pulled away. California was within one point with 11 minutes to go. Baylor lost by just seven.Those three teams currently hold a combined 30-7 record and will likely all be dancing in March.The Orange embarrassed Indiana in a game that was part of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, but was anything but a challenge for Syracuse. And St. John’s gave SU a scare in Madison Square Garden before Syracuse won the battle for New York supremacy.The Orange has played strong teams early on in years past. Last year SU faced San Diego State, Arkansas and Temple. This year, though, the string of matchups – and wins – has been even more impressive.“These games,” Boeheim said, “you don’t need to play a hundred of them, but we’ve played enough of these games that are really going to help you.”Saturday’s win over Villanova was SU’s biggest win of the season to date.Even Tyler Ennis, who never got a flavor of Big East basketball, knows the historical significance and the importance of such a marquee matchup early in the year.“It’s a big win,” Ennis said. “It’s a rivalry. They’re a really good team this year, especially being Top 10.”Next up is Eastern Michigan. Syracuse has trounced EMU the last two seasons by identical scores of 84-48. Despite the lopsided history between the two teams, the Eagles are an improved team this year.They trailed Kentucky by just three at the half, hung around with Massachusetts and lost to Purdue by only five.Eagles head coach Rob Murphy, who was an assistant coach for SU, has implemented a zone defense that has held opponents to 37 percent shooting on the season. EMU, meanwhile, is shooting 44 percent.Eagles’ center Da’Shonte Riley spent his freshman season at Syracuse and is also very familiar with Boeheim’s zone.With EMU’s recent success and familiarity with Syracuse, SU guard Trevor Cooney knows his team can’t sleep on the Eagles.“Eastern Michigan’s a really good team,” Cooney said. “We’re not worried about conference play right now. Just worried about them.”Boeheim said Murphy has molded EMU into a difficult team to play against. He expects another tough challenge on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve.Then, for Syracuse, the tough sledding through nonconference play is over. It’s on to the ACC.“It definitely helped a lot,” sophomore Jerami Grant said. “Knowing that we’re going to the ACC there’s going to be a lot of good teams to play against, so it helped us a lot to prepare for what to come.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 30, 2013 at 1:44 pm Contact Trevor: firstname.lastname@example.org | @TrevorHass
Published on November 20, 2014 at 11:46 pm Contact Jacob: email@example.com | @Jacob_Klinger_ NEW YORK — A Kaleb Joseph-to-Rakeem Christmas alley-oop on the game’s first possession was as good as it got for Syracuse. Joseph didn’t celebrate. The pro-Syracuse crowd did. Soon, though, there was no reason for the Orange or its fans to applaud. Joseph would be chasing California fast breaks and Christmas would be fouling his way onto the bench, then out of the game. None of the Orange’s fast start lasted.“They showed up tonight,” head coach Jim Boeheim said of SU’s fans, “we didn’t. That’s the only problem.”Christmas got into foul trouble for the third game in a row. Syracuse’s guards never showed up in force. While each was forgivable against Kennesaw State and Hampton, both were damning against California. No. 23 SU (2-1) fell to the Golden Bears (3-0) 73-59 in the second semifinal of the 2K Classic in Madison Square Garden on Thursday night.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We just wanted to keep them off the glass. We watched a lot of film this past week and we saw that they got a lot of offensive rebounds off of missed shots and that was the bulk of the offense,” Cal guard Jabari Bird said. “So we just decided to keep them off the glass and make them make tough shots all game.”Syracuse didn’t, shooting 35.9 percent from the field and 23.5 percent from 3-point range. And when the Golden Bears stormed down the court after each fruitless SU possession, too often, Christmas wasn’t there to protect the basket. For all but 23 minutes of the game, he was on the bench.On a night when not much worked for the Orange as a whole, depending on freshman Chris McCullough to hold together the defense and Joseph to run the offense also failed. The Garden’s public address announcer didn’t even pronounce Joseph’s name correctly. But the freshman point guard didn’t give the announcer many good reasons to say his name anyway. His four turnovers outnumbered his three assists and his 13 points largely came from drives to the basket that only served as a break from the stream of shots Syracuse guards heaved and clanked.“He shot when he should’ve passed and passed when he should’ve shot,” Boeheim said.A week ago, though, those missed shots would’ve been SU points.California head coach Cuonzo Martin said that when he scouted the Orange he saw a team that wasn’t shooting well from the field that had depended on offensive rebounds.“So for us if we can defend and contest shots, keep the perimeter guys in front of us,” Martin said. “Not give them anything to square — even with the post guys, not give them anything to square, make them go over the top, then box out, I felt like we had a great chance to win the ball game.”But that wasn’t even that difficult for Cal.Christmas sat out the final 4:21 of the first half. SU trailed just 19-17 when he left the floor, but Syracuse shot 1-of-6 in that stretch and was down 34-22 when the halftime whistle blew. Twenty-four seconds into the second half, Christmas had his third personal foul.The prospect of Syracuse shooting itself back into the game remained, but it was never anything more than that.When Trevor Cooney had to take a foul on yet another Golden Bears fast break with 3:37 remaining, the SU fans whose voices had dominated the Garden were either silenced, gone or getting there. Christmas had fouled out of the game three minutes earlier.Syracuse trailed 65-48. And for the first time all night a “Cal-i-for-nia” cheer could be heard in the Madison Square Garden rafters. When SU returns Friday night, it will be for a consolation game against Iowa.“Merlin could not do anything by 5 o’clock tomorrow night,” Boeheim said. “We need to get better in the low post and hopefully we’ll make some better decisions.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
No. 4 seed Syracuse (19-5, 5-2 Atlantic Coast) made its fourth consecutive national semifinals after slipping past Southern California in the quarterfinals. Now, it takes on undefeated No. 1 seed Maryland (21-0, 5-0 Big Ten) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania, with a trip to the national championship game on the line. The Terrapins eliminated the Orange in the NCAA tournament in each of the last three seasons.Here are three things SU head coach Gary Gait said on the NCAA coaches teleconference on Monday:Maryland is dominant against everyone, not just SyracuseBecause of their frequent matchups — Friday’s matchup will be the ninth matchup between the two programs since the 2013 season — and Maryland’s overall dominance against Syracuse (Maryland is 19-1 all time in the series), Gait often get asked if the Terrapins have the Orange’s number. But Gait thinks that it’s a bit unfair to pin it just on SU.“People always ask me, you know you guys have hardly beat them, you’ve only beat them one time. But I can say that about almost every team out there [laughs] there’s not many teams that have beat Maryland ever. Certainly in the near future there haven’t been many teams that have beat Maryland,” Gait said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s a tough challenge and we’re excited to have that opportunity again. We know that we have to play a perfect game if we want a shot at competing with them and trying to come out on top.”An 0-8 record against Maryland under Gait isn’t deterring SyracuseSU has been defeated by UMD eight times in a row and it’s the one team that has given the Orange problems through the length of Gary Gait’s tenure as Syracuse’s head coach. But Gait is confident that his team has what it takes to compete with the Terrapins.“We’ve beat the No. 1 team before, we’ve done that, so at least we have that history behind us. They’re a tough team, they’re playing with a lot of confidence right now. The good thing is we have nothing to lose so we could just go give it 100 percent. I think we have the talent, I think we have the players and the capability of getting it done. The mindset is pretty simple, play your best lacrosse and hopefully good things will happen for you.”SU’s recent string of playing in one-goal games is good experience, although they didn’t always have to end up that wayBarring the game against Canisius, which was completed a month after it began because of a weather delay, the Orange has played in three straight games that have been decided by a goal. And while Gait is happy that SU has experience in those close games, he would like to see his team close out games that his team has a lead in earlier.“We’ve made mental mistakes, mental errors, gave the ball back to the other team. You look at USC, we’re up 11-8 with four or five minutes left. We’re man-up and we give the ball back. It’s just another opportunity to learn form it and try and get one step better so if we do get a lead we can maintain it and not have to fight for our lives at the end of the game,” Gait said. Comments Published on May 23, 2016 at 8:04 pm Contact Tomer: firstname.lastname@example.org | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+
Bundee Aki and Simon Zebo and will both be in action when Connacht host Munster at Sportsground tonight.The Corkman has been left out of the Ireland squad for the November Internationals following his decision to leave the Province at the end of the season.Aki has been called up for the first time. Munster legend, Tipperary’s Alan Quinlan says Joe Schmidt has plenty of options at full back, but he’s omitted his best.Meanwhile, Ronan O’Gara has cast doubt on Zebo’s presumed move to Racing 92.The French club’s assistant coach says they are just one of four Top 14 clubs vying for 27 year old’s services.