Seismic player SeaBird Exploration has received a letter of intent for an ocean bottom node seismic survey.The company said it would provide two source vessels for the OBN seismic survey to be carried out in the Americas region.SeaBird did not reveal the identity of the client whom it just described as “a repeat client.” SeaBird said it would be using the Harrier Explorer and Osprey Explorer vessels for the projectThe OBN survey is expected to start in the first quarter of 2019 with an expected combined duration of three to four vessel months. No financial details have been shared.Per recent 2Q 2018 presentation by SeaBird, the Osprey Explorer mobilized during the quarter for a new OBN source project in the US Gulf of Mexico with operations expected to start late Q3,- somewhat delayed due to the technical upgrade of the source equipment. As for the Harrier Explorer, it mobilized for projects on the NCS during the second quarter, ahead of a 2D project start-up.Offshore Energy Today Staff
Peter Crouch and Glenn Whelan have signed two-year contract extensions with Stoke, the Barclays Premier League club have announced. “I enjoy every minute of training and I also enjoy every minute I am on the pitch on matchdays too. I want to play a big part here in the coming years. “I have two more years now to make an impact. I’ve not signed the contract to sit here and put my feet up, I’m here to help the team improve and to win things.” Stoke progressed to the FA Cup fifth round on Monday with a 4-1 win at Rochdale. Keeping Crouch became even more important to Stoke after the news earlier this week that Bojan Krkic has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury. Manager Mark Hughes told the club’s official website: “We’ve been talking to both players for a while and it’s pleasing that both want to stay and be a part of what we are striving to achieve at the Club. “They are both fantastic professionals who had contributed a great deal to Stoke City long before I joined the Club and have continued to do so. I’m delighted they are staying with us for at least another couple of years.” Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes added: “Players like Glenn and Peter are very much the backbone of our squad and we’re delighted they have committed to spend at least another two years with the Club. “They have both proved to be fantastic signings for Stoke City. The experience they bring to bear on the side, both on and off the pitch, cannot be under-estimated and they still have so much to offer.” Crouch – who became Stoke’s record signing when he joined them for £10million from Tottenham, and turns 34 on Friday – believes he can help the Potters claim silverware in his remaining time with them. He said: “We have achieved so much in the time I have been here – finishing in the top 10 (of the Premier League for the first time in Stoke’s history) last year was huge for us and the squad we have right now is full of quality. “I’m just so happy that we are doing well and now we want to keep moving forward and possibly lift a bit of silverware – which is achievable. Former England striker Crouch had been linked with a move away from the club with his existing deal due to expire in June, but is now committed to the club until 2017. Crouch joined Stoke from Tottenham in 2011, while Whelan has been with the Potters since 2008, helping them win promotion to the Premier League later that year. Press Association
By Faizool DeoACE Guyanese boxer Elton Dharry was forced to refuse an ESPN fight due to a lack of training stemming from COVID-19 lockdown protocols in place in New York.The Brooklyn resident, who has kept Guyana in the top 15 of the World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Flyweight division since 2014 and in the top 10 for two consecutive years (moving as high as fifth), was recently offered a fight against number one contender in the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) bantamweight division, Joshua Greer Jr.Dharry, who noted that the June 13 battle would have been a “huge fight” for him, said that the lockdown has hampered his gym time and he is unprepared.“I was very, very tempted to take the fight, but knowing I will not be fully prepared due to the current situation I had to let it go.”The Top Rank fighter Greer Jr, who has 22 wins, one loss and a draw in his professional career, would have been Dharry’s second major fight in six months, given that the Leguan-born went up against Australian Andrew Maloney in November for the WBA Super Flyweight World title.Though he lost the very close bout (via a debatable stoppage by the referee one second into the ninth round), the Guyanese proved his dominance in the ring. Not only did he drop his opponent (was not acknowledged by the referee), but he burst Maloney’s eardrum in the fifth round.Since lockdown started on March 22 in New York, Dharry has had to resort to regular training at home. He even travelled to Pocono Mountains (Poconos) in Pennsylvania to get sparring sessions, but no boxer was available.The US-based Guyanese, who has fought professionally for the last 16 years said that he is looking forward to getting back into the ring, but it must be after he is prepared.“I’m hoping to fight later this year. I’ll be ready as soon as I can get back in a gym and start sparring.”
GREG DIXON/Herald photoFollowing a huge victory over Michigan State, the Wisconsin women’s soccer team takes its three-game winning streak on the road this weekend to face No. 25 Minnesota and Iowa.After defeating the Big Ten’s third-ranked team last Sunday, the schedule doesn’t get much easier for the Badgers (9-6-1, 3-4-0 in the Big Ten) as they hit the road for the last time this season.Minnesota (15-2-0, 5-2-0) boasts the conference’s best defense, having allowed only six goals on the year for an average of just 0.35 goals against per game. In contrast, the Badger defense has allowed 19 goals in 16 games for an average of 1.19 goals against.“We need to get numbers forward, and we need to put them under some pressure,” head coach Paula Wilkins said. “I think we need to match their competitive spirit.”The Gophers’ stifling defense has helped them in outshooting opponents 340-126 this season. Additionally, they have drawn nearly four times as many corner kicks as their opponents, by a count of 121-33.In preparation for the weekend, the Badgers focused on their transitional play, something that has hurt them on the road this season.“We’re just trying to get better every day with little things,” Wilkins said. “We’re talking a lot about transition [and] making sure we’re prepared for a physical confrontation on Friday against Minnesota, and we want to stay organized as much as we can.”In addition to a strong defense, the Gophers have gotten goals from all but six players on their roster this season, a stark contrast to the offense the Badgers faced last Sunday against the Spartans.Leading the way for Minnesota are senior Lindsey Schwartz and sophomore Molly Rouse. Schwartz and Rouse lead the team with 15 and 12 points, respectively.In order to deal with the Gophers’ offensive distribution, the Badgers will need to stay organized in the back and the midfield to deal with their pressure, according to Wilkins.“I think that’s always tougher because you don’t know where it’s going to come from,” Wilkins said. “It will be a different challenge than Michigan State because their offense was focused on two of their front players; [Minnesota] is going to come from all different directions, so that means everyone needs to be good.”Despite the differences in their styles of play, Wisconsin still hopes to use the shutout of Michigan State to build confidence in its ability going in to the match with Minnesota.“They’re both among the best teams in the nation. We know that since we beat Michigan State, we can beat anybody in the Big Ten,” freshman Laurie Nosbusch said. “I think there’s a lot of parity amongst the teams, and I think any game is going to be a good game.”Wisconsin’s second game on the weekend features a trip to Iowa City, a place where the Badgers hope to return in two weeks for the Big Ten Tournament.“Hopefully we can get a win there and come back again and see them in the tournament,” Nosbusch said.Iowa is led by sophomore Keli McLaughlin and freshman Alyssa Cosnek with 17 and 14 points, respectively, and a combined 13 goals.The Hawkeyes will be giving everything they’ve got against the Badgers as they currently sit in ninth place with seven points — two shy of a tournament berth. With Wisconsin looming in a three-way tie for sixth with nine points, an Iowa win could go a long way toward earning a spot in the tournament.Wisconsin has a lot to play for this weekend as well — they sit just three points behind Ohio State for fifth place. A Badger victory over the Hawkeyes would keep Iowa on the outside looking in and all but assure a tournament berth for Wisconsin. “This weekend is going to be huge for us,” Nosbusch said. “If we can get two wins this weekend, that will help us considerably to get into the Big Ten tournament.”
Facebook Twitter Google+ No. 10 Syracuse fell to 0-3 in Atlantic Coast Conference play with a 3-1 loss on the road at No. 3 Virginia on Friday night.A poor start to the game left the Orange in a 2-0 deficit with just over eight minutes played, a deficit the team would not recover from en route to the loss.The Cavaliers’ hot start was led by freshman Tara Vittese, who won ACC Player of the Week this past week. The midfielder was able to score her team’s first two goals of the game in a first period her team dominated. Along with outscoring SU 2-0, the Cavaliers outshot the visitors 16-4 in the first period.The Orange played with more aggression during the second period, but the Virginia defense was able to keep SU off the board. The Orange fired four shots on goal within the first four minutes but they were all saved by Virginia goalie Jenny Johnstone.Before Lieke Visser was finally able to score the first goal of the day for the Orange, the Cavaliers snuck in another goal. Even though the Orange outshot the Cavaliers 13-3 in the period, each team scored only one goal.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse will try to rebound from the loss with a nonconference matchup against Hofstra on Sunday at 3 p.m. at J.S. Coyne Stadium.-Compiled by staff writer Ryan Raigrodski. Comments Published on September 26, 2014 at 10:03 pm
The room was full of Notre Dame fans but John Doran was singing alone. He was in the middle of a two-week-long tryout to be the Notre Dame Leprechaun — the mascot who leads the Fighting Irish out of the locker room, clenches his fist to mimic college football’s most famous logo and maintains a red chin strap beard. Doran had known the Notre Dame fight song by heart since high school and rehearsed it in front of his mirror many times. The fans in the room knew it too. Their silence was a test. “The people that are choosing you are just looking at you, not moving,” Doran said. “And you’re thinking, ‘Come on, sing along.’ I just kept going and the second time through they joined in.“Now that I’m the Leprechaun, it’s crazy how hard it was to get the spot.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn a lot of ways, Doran is living a normal college experience as a junior in South Bend, Indiana. He’s an accounting major taking 18 credits a semester to get his CPA in four years, competes in intramural leagues with his friends from O’Neill Hall and frequents all Notre Dame sporting events.But he’s also traded his less-recognizable face for one only rivaled by Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly and the Irish’s top players. The Notre Dame Leprechaun doesn’t wear a suit or mask, just a green costume that has made Doran the mascot and the mascot Doran — surreal notability for a Troy, New York, native who can’t name any other student mascot without a secret identity.Now he starts his gamedays earlier than a lot of the team and when he belts the fight song, tens of thousands of people sing along. “My brother is one of the most famous people on the campus on gameday, and if not that, than the most accessible,” said John’s older brother James Doran. “He better put a sweatsuit over his costume if he doesn’t want a five-minute walk across campus to turn into an hour.”Growing up, Doran joked about being the Leprechaun but was turned off to the idea when he first got to Notre Dame. The Leprechaun is part of the cheerleading team and — after noting that he has nothing against being a male cheerleader — said he wasn’t sure if he wanted to spend time on the team before becoming the mascot. But the cheerleading team allows guys to try out just for the Leprechaun position and he took that opportunity at the end of his sophomore year.Tryouts for the cheerleading team lasted two weeks and 15 aspiring Leprechauns were cut to six in that time. Doran had to take part in push-up competitions, rally Notre Dame support in a make-believe New York bar while being booed by make-believe Connecticut fans and do a mock interview with a local TV station.The most difficult part, though, was growing a big enough beard to chisel into a red chinstrap. He started to a day after interviewing for a job with Deloitte, a financial consulting firm. Then Deloitte called him back for an interview a week later and he had to explain the patches of red scruff on his face.He still got the job, and has had the same beard ever since. “I really can’t grow a beard,” Doran said. “People ask me, ‘Can you do a backflip?’ and things like that. And I say I’m working on it, but I also have to make sure I keep the chin strap.”Being the Leprechaun has drawn attention to Doran both in the uniform and out. When he, James Doran and a friend were at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York last summer, close to 100 people asked for a photo with him when James and the friend announced who Doran was. On Saturdays, the number of photos can reach the thousands. Sometimes Doran needs cheerleaders to help get him out of crowds and move to the next pregame pep rally. He said he always makes sure to tell those waiting where they can meet him next. Hours later he’ll be looking at the crowd from the field whether the game’s at Notre Dame Stadium or on the road — and the faces will include his friends and family when Syracuse faces Notre Dame at MetLife Stadium this weekend. “It’s just a symbol of the university and football team,” Notre Dame senior Tyler Wagner said. “He’s a big deal here.”While Doran’s identity is in the open, he has to make sure no one steals it. By his door, a green suit, green hat, gold vest and white socks drape a hanger. But that’s the uniform he was given when he first got the spot. He wears a tailored one that he got before the season, and it’s location is probably the only secret that John Doran the Leprechaun keeps. Said James Doran: “There’s a history of people stealing the uniform. I don’t know where he hides it. I bet no one does.” Comments Published on September 25, 2014 at 12:07 am Contact Jesse: email@example.com | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 9, 2015 at 2:35 pm Contact Jacob: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Jacob_Klinger_ After longtime North Carolina head coach Dean Smith died at 83 on Sunday, fellow Hall of Famers Jim Boeheim and his former assistant Rick Pitino joined in paying tribute to Smith.Both reflected on his innovation and Boeheim, when prompted, looked back on his first and only win against Smith. Pitino, who was Boeheim’s assistant at Syracuse from 1976-78, credited Smith for the advent of the “four corners” offense as well as his humility.“He was the best in our game, but you would never have known it in the way he carried himself,” Pitino said on Monday’s Atlantic Coast Conference coaches’ teleconference. “What always impressed me about him was the way he carried himself.“There was no internet, there was no Twitter, there was none of that — not that Coach Smith would ever have been tweeting. That’d be the last thing in the world he would ever do. But he just stuck out.”Boeheim, who went 1-3 in his career against Smith, got his first Final Four berth in his first win against the UNC great. In the 1987 Eastern Regional final, his second-seeded Orangemen beat Smith’s top-seeded Tar Heels, 79-75.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“They were a great team and we played a great game,” Boeheim said later on the teleconference. “We played one of the best games that we have ever played, really, in the final of the Eastern Regional.”Boeheim passed Smith as the winningest coach at a single school with his 880th win when the then-No. 2 Orange beat then-No. 12 Georgetown in overtime on Feb. 8, 2012.At the time, Boeheim said he was upset about the game – SU was outrebounded by 18 – and not concerned with the milestone. On Monday, though, he reflected on Smith’s legacy.“I think he’s one of the great, great coaches of all time, and he really established one of the best college basketball programs in the country,” Boeheim said. “Very innovative coach and way ahead of everybody else really in terms of his approach to basketball and the game, really. A giant in the game of college basketball.” Comments
As a USC fan, it was alarming.When freshman quarterback Matt Barkley approached the huddle before the Trojans went for the two-point conversion late Saturday night, ESPN announcer Brent Musburger added a little bit of bravado to the already tense situation.False start · Matt Barkley’s performance Saturday was great, but let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves, columnist Pedro Moura writes. – Leah Thompson | Daily Trojan“Right before your eyes, you’re watching a freshman grow up tonight, before a record-setting crowd in Columbus, Ohio,” Musburger said.His partner in the booth, Kirk Herbstreit, went even further.“Matt Barkley is going to go on to have a great career, but Brent, I think we’re always going to look back on his growth and maturation on that drive,” Herbstreit said when Ohio State turned the ball over on downs with 21 seconds remaining. “That drive that saved USC’s season and got them a huge win on the road.”What? Maybe I’m crazy, but for most of the game, I was nervous about Barkley. And nervous as I should be, watching a 19-year-old quarterback make his second career start in an incredibly hostile environment.And don’t get me wrong — I was impressed by Barkley’s poise on that final drive. I really was.He did what he was asked to do and managed the Trojans to a come-from-behind victory over the No. 8 team in the nation, no easy task.But to say that he is now a certifiable star? To say that he has officially come of age?I disagree.Come on: He completed 15 of 31 of his passes in the game — 48 percent, which would’ve been good for ninth in the Pac-10 last season — and some of the misses were glaring.Remember that interception?He bootlegged and saw a minute opening and then delivered an ill-advised, across-the-body pass to tight end senior Anthony McCoy that was picked off by Ohio State’s linebacker Ross Homan.He has made that very mistake at least five times in practice this year. You wouldn’t see a fully matured quarterback make that throw unless he’s Brett Favre.What about the overthrows? Nearly every time the Buckeye defensive line put significant pressure on him, Barkley missed his target.And tell me, please, how exactly he grew up during “The Drive.”Was it the swing route to junior running back Joe McKnight that aged him so? It was a glorified run play that McKnight turned into a big gain.Or the nine-yard out to redshirt junior wide receiver Damian Williams? We all know that every quarterback on the team could’ve made that throw.The QB sneaks? Nice, but are they really what makes a quarterback a star?No. Let’s be frank: Barkley made one exceptional throw — the 26-yard missile to McCoy that sliced through double coverage. It was a great throw on first down that moved the chains.Nice? Yes. Worthy of anointing that as “The Drive?”Most certainly not.Barkley had a good performance — nothing more. If Mark Sanchez had stayed for his senior season and completed 15-of-31 for 195 yards against the Buckeyes, his head would’ve been called for on a stick.This whole idea, this whole construct of Barkley being the next King of Troy, can be traced down to one thing: the national media.As soon as Barkley was named the starter in August, national columnists flocked to Howard Jones Field for interviews with the precocious then-18-year-old.Since then, you can find a new article pretty much every day about the awe-inspiring freshman in Los Angeles.Take a look at a couple articles after Saturday’s game:The Associated Press’ first paragraph: “Two games into his college football career, 19-year-old quarterback Matt Barkley already has a place in Southern California lore.”Even the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s headline was, “Young Barkley comes of age in victory.”They have to take the extreme version of one side or the other to attract views and readers, so there’s this exaggerated view of Barkley’s performance that goes out to the general public. In reality, I’d argue that his performance was typical of a phenom’s: flashes of greatness but spots of immaturity as well.Don’t get me wrong — I think Barkley will be the best in the nation by his junior season. And I definitely won’t be surprised if he makes it big at the next level. But to say that path is already guaranteed for him?It’s way too early to do anything of the sort.“Looking Past the X’s & O’s” runs Wednesdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or email Pedro at email@example.com.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Skating behind the play on Saturday against Rochester Institute Technology, Syracuse freshman forward Taylor Curtis called for the puck, coming closer to the unguarded net.Still without a defender near her, Curtis gathered a feed from across the ice and easily placed away the first goal of her career.A day after tallying her first point with an assist, Curtis became one of three new goal scorers for Syracuse (11-17-2, 10-5-1 College Hockey Association) last weekend. Curtis joined sophomore defender Allie Olnowich and freshman forward Ronnie Callahan, who both scored the day before.With the additional three scorers from the wins over RIT, Syracuse now has 16 different goal scorers on the season, with Avery as the only player in double-digits. All but two of SU players that have played in every game this season have scored a goal. After scoring one goal over the three-game stretch leading up to SU’s matchups with RIT, the Orange scored 13 in two games.“As an opposing coach, that’s the kiss of death when you hear ‘and their first career goal,’ especially this late in the year,” head coach Paul Flanagan said. “For us, that was a good omen when you have three people get their first career goal.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCurtis’ assist to Callahan on Friday was more meaningful than just a first for both players. The two played together on a Massachusetts-based club team, the East Coast Wizards, prior to coming to Syracuse.“It’s helped us that we’ve played together before,” Curtis said. “I know we were both thrilled to get our first goals this weekend. It was huge.”In the first game of the two-game series against RIT, six minutes into the third period, Olnowich skated into the offensive zone. With three Tiger defenders standing in front of net, Olnowich decided to try her luck at goal. Firing the puck in the gap between two of the RIT skaters, Olnowich sniped her first career goal into the back of the net.To have young players succeed early in their careers and on the same night was great, junior defender Allie Munroe said.Entering last weekend’s series, the Orange had scored one goal in its past three games. While RIT is much weaker than No. 2 Clarkson, No. 5 Cornell or Mercyhurst, who is currently second in the CHA, the offense’s 13-goal outburst against RIT and the celebration of three new goal-scorers is nothing but a positive sign.“I think it was really important to get the monkey off our back from the last three games,” Flanagan said. “That’s just sports … things are cyclical sometimes within a season.” Comments Published on February 15, 2018 at 12:22 am Contact Adam: firstname.lastname@example.org | @_adamhillman
While the UW men’s basketball season may still be nearly two months away from its regular season opener at the Kohl Center Nov. 11, it’s already that time of year again for UW students to reserve their spots in the Grateful Red student section for the 2012-2013 season.Since its first season in 1998, the Kohl Center has had the pleasure to boast a 2,100-seat student section extending from the floor to the nosebleeds on the south end of the court as part of a stadium seating capacity of over 17,000. That makes the Kohl Center one of the bigger college basketball venues in the country. And since the Grateful Red’s inaugural season in 2002 – when the student section was renamed after previously being called “Mr. Bennett’s Neighborhood” before former head coach Dick Bennett’s resignation during the 2000-2001 season – it has been just that: a hostile environment for any team brave enough to play there.To illustrate how overwhelming a place like the Kohl Center can be: Since Bo Ryan’s first game coaching the Badgers in 2001, the team has gone an unbelievable 166-15 (yes, you read that right) at home, giving the Badgers at the Kohl Center the fourth-best winning percentage in all of NCAA Division I basketball as of 2011.Unfortunately, the intimidating presence of the Grateful Red may not be quite so intimidating in future seasons.Division I college basketball attendance at home games has been in a slow decline across the country since the 2008 season, and while UW men’s basketball tickets have still managed to sell out regularly during that span, many team’s tickets – especially student tickets – increasingly go unused each year.In response to the disturbing trend, the UW Athletic Department has tried multiple strategies to once again fill the student section to the rafters over the last few years – including a shift to half-season ticket packages, the creation of a winter break package and many free giveaways, like free shirts, throughout the season – with varying degrees of success.This year, though, when tickets went on sale to students early this morning at 7:30, they came with one major change from last year’s ticket plan: a return to one massive ticket package, containing a whopping 15 home games throughout the season, priced at $150.From a ticket-selling standpoint, the return to one package initially might seem like a smart move by the UW Athletic Department. The die-hard fans who were awake early this morning to get the limited tickets – the new plan creates half as many season tickets as in past years – are more likely to consistently go to games, but it also leaves questions for the future of the Grateful Red this season and beyond.By returning to the old format of just one package, with the ability to add on a four-game winter break package for $40 more, the athletic department magnified the pressure on the students to make sure the Grateful Red is filled during each game this season.While before it was fairly easy to attend seven to nine games a season by purchasing one of the two season ticket packages, now any student who buys tickets this year will be faced with attending every one of the 15 home games. This becomes a daunting task when many of the games fall on weeknights and coincide with midterms and finals.As a result, many tickets will likely go unused if students choose not to use, or can’t manage to sell, their unwanted tickets. It’s a phenomenon that could leave sections 114 through 117 emptier than usual this winter.Still, while this most certainly doesn’t mean Wisconsin will host talented teams like Michigan Feb. 9 or Ohio State Feb. 17 in front of an empty student section, many of the non-marquee games may experience a dip in student attendance simply because UW students don’t have time to go to so many games in a single season.The continuation of the winter break ticket package again this year has the potential to be an even more damaging effect that this ticket plan could have on student attendance and the team’s performance. The winter break package, which gives students the option to avoid having to try to sell games during the month-long winter break, can be particularly useful for students who return home or are out of town during break, but it also discourages students from going to those games altogether if they don’t already have the money invested in tickets to winter break games.If last year’s winter break package experiment was any indication, the Badgers could be in for rough winter break again this season if the student section continues to have low winter break attendance.Out of five home games included in the winter break package last year, the Badgers lost two – including an unexpected loss to an Iowa Hawkeyes team that finished with a measly 3-9 record away from home in 2011-2012 – on their way to four total home losses for the season.So, despite the almost unreal success the Badgers have had at home over the last decade, if Bo’s most dependable sixth man, the Grateful Red, can no longer provide the intimidating environment fans have become accustomed to at the Kohl Center, that impressive record may be put to the test more frequently in the coming season and beyond.Nick is a junior majoring in journalism. 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