Governor Shumlin supports reappointment of Jim Volz as Public Service Board chair

first_imgGovernor Peter Shumlin today announced his support for the reappointment of Public Service Board Chair Jim Volz for a six-year term. ‘Chair Volz has been a judicious Chair for the past six years,’ Gov. Shumlin said. ‘Vermont would be well served by his reappointment.’By law, the Judicial Nominating Board is required to solicit and screen applications for the position, and the Governor may appoint a Chair from the list of qualified candidates provided by the Board.  Governor Shumlin has asked the Judicial Nominating Board to begin that process.‘I am honored to be given the opportunity to serve Vermont for another term and I thank the Governor for his confidence in me,’ Volz said.Volz was appointed chair of the Public Service Board in 2005.  He has extensive public utility regulatory experience, including 20 years with the Vermont Department of Public Service, where he most recently served as Director for Public Advocacy. Volz serves on the Executive Committee of the Department of Energy’s Eastern Interconnection State Planning Council. Volz also serves on the Electric Committee of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, chairs the Electricity Committee of the New England Conference of Public Utility Commissioners and sits on the Board of Directors of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. He also serves on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Northeast Joint Board on Security Constrained Economic Dispatch and FERC’s Federal/State Collaborative on Demand Response.last_img read more

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Ladbrokes backs its UK credentials launching ‘Where the Nation Plays’

first_img StumbleUpon ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 Related Articles Coral relaunches cinematic campaign for racing’s return June 5, 2020 Ahead of next week’s Cheltenham Festival (10-13 March), Ladbrokes has debuted its new UK TV advertising campaign ‘Where the Nation Plays’.Forming part of a series which will cover racing, football and gaming, ‘Where the Nation Plays’ aims to highlight Ladbrokes’ heritage and proven credentials operating as the UK’s ‘most trusted bookmaker’.In its campaign notes, Ladbrokes marketing underlined that its new TV advertising series seeks to reinforce Ladbrokes’ brand name and how it ‘resonates with the entire nation’. Dominic Grounsell, Managing Director of UK and Ireland Digital Sports Brands for GVC Group, said: “Ladbrokes offers a unique and appealing proposition for bettors everywhere and our new TV campaign brings to life the great excitement and pleasure that people experience when watching and betting on racing and football, and when gaming.”The TV campaign has been developed by marketing agency BBH London, who last October won GVC Holdings’ creative pitch for the Ladbrokes Coral multi-million pound account.Winning the Ladbrokes Coral account, BBH London has been tasked with developing deeper brand narratives for the UK legacy bookmakers, which this February saw Coral launch its first-ever cinematic campaign celebrating Cheltenham racing.Nick Gill, BBH London Creative Director, added: “This is a campaign that embodies ‘Where the Nation Plays’. It’s about the nation’s bettors – all the different people across the land who bet in many different ways. We hope to have found a fresh language for this category and a campaign that gets to the absolute heart of the excitement of betting with Ladbrokes.” Share Share Matt Hancock publicly defends Cheltenham Festival decision April 29, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

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Gary Neville expects Manchester City to win appeal against ‘hopeless’ UEFA

first_imgGary NevilleLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Gary Neville has backed Manchester City to win an appeal against a two-season ban from European competition imposed by a “hopeless” UEFA.European football’s governing body announced on Friday that City has been banned from continental competition for two seasons for what UEFA said were “serious” financial fair-play breaches between 2012 and 2016.English Premier League champions City, who were also fined 30 million euros ($32.5 million), responded quickly to say they would appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).And former Manchester United defender Neville believes City’s legal challenge will prove successful.“I think City will beat UEFA. UEFA, I have no faith in them whatsoever,” Sky Sports pundit Neville told the broadcaster on Monday.“I think essentially they are a hopeless organisation who will just apply what would be erratic disciplinary sanctions for different things and I think City will beat them in the courts.”Neville added: “I think it will get stuck in the courts for some time, but I think City will win in the end.”Jamie Carragher, a fellow Sky broadcaster, questioned the timing of UEFA’s decision given Pep Guardiola’s City face Spanish giants Real Madrid in the first leg of their last-16 tie in the Champions League later this month. “I can’t believe they are in the competition now. What would happen if City win this competition this season?,” said the former Liverpool defender.“They are the favourites for it, one of the best teams in Europe and it would make a mockery of the competition.”Carragher added: “UEFA will be desperate for Man City to get beat by Real Madrid, absolutely desperate. Can you imagine people from UEFA having to give the cup in Istanbul to a Man City player?“The first question Pep would get asked after the game is it a fake win? They will be asked questions about the merits of the club and competition. They are in the competition now and if they win it, it will almost be tainted.“I think for UEFA, they should have either took Man City out of the competition right now or left this decision until the end of the season.”******URNShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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WAEC Cancels 500 Candidates’ Results

first_imgThe greatest challenge of the West African Examination Council (WAEC), particularly in Liberia, has remained the herculean task of conducting hitch-free examinations void of malpractices.The challenge arises from any act or behavior by either the examiners or the candidates which is not in accordance with acceptable standards.  WAEC also aims to discourage any act or behavior that is damaging to the efficient conduct of the Council’s business, or tends to bring the Council into public disrepute. Owing to such malpractices, the Head of National Office (HNO) in Monrovia, John Y. Gayvolor, Sr., has annulled results for 539 candidates.  At the same time, the HNO is investigating 33 schools for ‘collusion’ during the conduct of the June/ May administered exams. The exams were administered to the 27,651 12th graders and the 31,927 9th graders, respectively, across the country. At a press conference over the weekend at WAEC’s head offices in Congo Town, Monrovia, Mr. Gayvolor, admitted that in spite of several pre-emptive measures put in place, exam malpractices surfaced at some of the testing centers. “Most of these malpractices were master-minded or perpetrated by some hired test supervisors, proctors/investigators, candidates, examiners and even school authorities to say the least,” Mr. Gayvolor disclosed. He said that during the marking of the May/June exam scripts, examiners reported that candidates from 33 senior high schools were involved in collusion (same test writing and or answer) when the tests were being administered. Of the 33 senior high schools involved, 17 were Montserrado County-based high schools, with Margibi recording 11, Grand Gedeh one, Grand Kru two, and Nimba County one. Mr. Gayvolor further disclosed that, “four hundred and sixty-two senior and fifty-nine junior high school candidates were involved in some form of examination malpractices, while 18 candidates were also involved in malpractices in the administration of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).” As such, Mr. Gayvolor has announced the annulment of the entire results for those candidates.   The decision which was arrived at by the Liberia Examinations Committee at its 38th meeting held on Friday, November 21, 2014. Mr. Gayvolor also disclosed that one test supervisor (not named) was found guilty of extorting money from some junior high school candidates for the purpose of assisting the candidates to have undue advantage in the exams. Authorities at the Ministry of Education (MOE) have dismissed the supervisor, who was described as a principal of a public school, while an examiner was arrested and reportedly sent to court for attempting to solicit money from a school authority in order to assist his candidates. Immediately upon the discovery of the act, Mr. Gayvolor said, the principal of the school instantly alerted WAEC.  Subsequently the examiner was arrested by officers of the Liberia National Police who immediately sent the accused to court. The matter is pending before court.Unreliable Assessment ScoresMr. Gayvolor explained that grades submitted by some schools for the three-year period (7th, 8th, and 9th for Junior high and 10th, 11th and 12th grades for senior high) are referred to as the “Continuous Assessment Scores (CASS). These grades, after being subjected to statistical analysis, form an integral part of the overall performance of the candidates on the examination. “Unfortunately,” Mr. Gayvolor said, “some school authorities submitted unreliable CASS such as 88% for all the candidates during the three-year period.”Ten senior high schools submitted uninformed grades or unreliable CASS for the candidates as continuous assessment scores, he said. “As a result of this, the entire outcomes for the 258 candidates with 226 in Montserrado County School System and 10 and 22 each in  Lofa and Margibi counties are unreliable CASS. “In this manner, each of the school authorities involved is being found guilty by WAEC Board of Inquiry for “unprofessional academic behavior,” said Mr. Gayvolor.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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UAAP Wednesday games to push through

first_imgLATEST STORIES MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Ranidel de Ocampo ‘right fit at right time’ for Meralco E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Tropical depression Maring ravaged the Metro since Monday, forcing schools to suspend classes on Tuesday. The NCAA cancelled its Tuesday’s triple header. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Maring” is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Wednesday afternoon. The UAAP Season 80 officially opens at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDespite the torrential rains, UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball games scheduled on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum will push through.After their losing their opening day assignments, University of the East and Far Eastern University look for their first win as they clash in the first game at 2 p.m., while University of the Philippines and Ateneo dispute early leadership at 4 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Woods cleared for golf activities with no restrictions

first_imgWoods first posted a video on Aug. 31 hitting pitch shots. Steinberg said doctors last week allowed Woods “to proceed with no restrictions,” which is when he began posting video of fuller golf shots.“He has started to hit balls at a more aggressive rate,” Steinberg said. “He feels really good, but he’s going to take it very slowly. I think he’s excited that he’s not feeling pain. That’s what gets him excited, being able to bend down and pick up his kids.“He’s taking it from wedges and short irons to the longer clubs. But he’s still doing it in a really cautious manner.”Woods was an assistant captain at the Presidents Cup two weeks ago, and he said then his priorities were to get his health in order, make sure he is pain-free and then wait on word from his doctors.“I’m still training. I’m getting stronger,” he said on Sept. 27. “But I certainly don’t have my golf muscles trained.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Tiger Woods of the United States hits his tee shot on the 13th hole during the final round of the Hero World Challenge at Albany, The Bahamas on December 4, 2016 in Nassau, Bahamas. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPTiger Woods is swinging a driver without pain, and his agent says doctors have cleared the former world No. 1 to practice without limitations.Still to be determined is when Woods can play in a tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View comments LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Woods last year returned after 15 months to play in his Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, where he finished 15th in an 18-man field. The tournament is a week after Thanksgiving. Two spots are still available for sponsor exemptions to players in the top 50 in the world, or to the tournament host, which is Woods. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight “We haven’t even addressed when he comes back to play again. We have not addressed one thing,” said Mark Steinberg, Woods’ agent at Excel Sports Management. “He wants to play this so conservatively.”Steinberg said Woods received a “good report” last week from doctors who performed fusion surgery on his lower back in April. Woods posted a video on Twitter on Oct. 7 of him hitting a smooth iron shot. Then on Sunday, Woods posted another video — in a red shirt, no less — hitting a driver.“Making progress,” he tweeted.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWoods, whose last victory was four years ago at the Bridgestone Invitational for his record 18th World Golf Championships title, has not played since he withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic on Feb. 3 because of back spasms.Two months later, he had a fourth surgery on his back in 19 months. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Source: Spurs, Aldridge agree on extension Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

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Cronje made a fixing offer even before Nagpur: Gibbs

first_imgFile photo of former South Africa batsman Herschelle Gibbs.Former South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs has claimed in his controversial autobiography, To the Point that former South Africa captain Hansie Cronje had made an offer to the team to fix a match in India in 1996.However, an one-time ace opener admitted that Cronje remained a man he would always admire.In a chapter titled ‘The Controversies’, Gibbs recalled the night Cronje changed the face of the game forever.”It was 6.30 a.m. and knocking on my door was the Proteas team captain Hansie Cronje. We were touring India in 2000, and in Nagpur about to play our final ODI match against India. My roommate Henry Williams was in the shower when Hansie sat down on the bed. He got straight to the point. “I’ve got a mate here in India,” he said, “and you can make some good money if you do what he’s asking. He’s offering US$15,000 if you go out for less than 20 in today’s game.”But it was not the first time that Cronje had approached his side about match-fixing, according to Gibbs.”This had happened before,” Gibbs wrote in his book which was released here on Monday.”During a tour to India in 1996, we were due to play a benefit game for one of the (unnamed) Indian players, it would be the last game of the tour. The night before the game, Hansie got the whole team together and dropped a real bombshell. “I know a guy”, he said, “who is going to give us US$250,000 if we lose this game”.advertisementGibbs said the offer was tempting because the South Africans were probably going to lose the game anyway due to the team being below strength with six members of the side being sick.”Of course the team decided against taking the bribe, but even so, it hadn’t been an immediate and strong reaction to an activity totally abhorrent to the notion of sport. Instead we talked the offer over. We declined the offer. Sachin Tendulkar ended up getting a 100 in that game and, predictably, we lost.”Gibbs said when Cronje made the offer in Nagpur, the consequences of the offer did not even enter his mind as he thought about how it might help him pay off his mother’s house.”And just like that I made a decision that would get me into a world of trouble and that I would bitterly regret.”Despite initially agreeing, Gibbs reneged on the deal but was subsequently fined and banned for six months.”The match-fixing scandal (that started in Nagpur in India) may have cuffed us together, but Hansie was a man I will always admire,” Gibbs wrote, adding that he had forgiven him long ago.”Hansie was certainly the best captain for whom I’ve ever played. Despite the cloud that hangs over his legacy…we were all in awe of the guy — Hansie was one of those men who had a special presence towards which others gravitate.”To this day, Gibbs remains uncertain of the inclusiveness of the King Commission of Enquiry which ended inconclusively after it was set up by the South African government in the wake of the match-fixing scandal: “I’m not sure whether the King Commission managed to uncover everything.”Although Gibbs is confident of there being no match-fixing talk in any South Africa side he has played in since the Cronje scandal, he is not certain about other teams, especially after the recent debacle with the Pakistani team on their London tour: “I’ve watched a couple of games on the subcontinent and I’ve had my suspicions.”But I obviously can’t be sure. One thing I do know for sure, and that is, it is impossible to fix a game without 90 per cent of the team in on the deal.”- With PTI inputslast_img read more

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Naval war room case: Fearing threat to life, Delhi Police seek protection for Abhishek Verma

first_imgThe Delhi Police have written a letter to the Tihar jail authorities requesting to augment the security of navy war room leak case prime accused, Abhishek Verma .The city police, which suspect a threat to the life of Verma, have requested the director general (prisons) to take necessary action to step up the security of Verma in jail as well as in the court.The letter, sent on October 5 from the office of commissioner of police and signed by deputy commissioner of police (headquarters) V.A. Gupta, was received by the Tihar jail authorities on October 12. The same day, Abhishek was asked to restrict his movements within the premises.The letter clearly mentions that Abhishek had requested the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to take up his security matter with the Delhi Police officials and provide him round-the-clock protection.”The joint director of the CBI, vide his letter, has also requested for taking necessary action to ensure Verma’s safety,” the letter reads.The letter mentions that Verma’s employee received threats on his phone last year, which was reported to station house officer, Vasant Kunj, requesting him to register an FIR in the case and also deploy police officers for his security.However, in 2012, the Delhi Police arrested Verma and his wife Anca Maria for allegedly forging a letter from Ajay Maken, minister of state for youth affairs and sports, to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.Cases of money laundering, violating Official Secrets Act, forgery and helping an arms company to get off the black list of Indian government are registered against Verma. He has turned an approver in a CBI case registered in 1999.”He is being provided with adequate security. He is jail number 4 and one police officer is deployed outside his cell round the clock. Besides, whenever he comes out of the cell, two or three security officers guard him,” Sunil Gupta, spokesperson of the Tihar jail, said.However, he refused to comment on the communication with the Delhi Police. The Delhi Police too refused to confirm that a letter was sent to the jail authorities.Verma will be produced in the court on October 20 for his next hearing and may be brought under tight security.Interestingly, Verma’s wife, Anca Maria, has also filed an application in a Delhi court seeking protection from wife of alleged mastermind of multicrore Defence Colony heist.Anca claimed she received death threats from Rashmi Sharma, arrested along with others in connection with the Rs 5.25 crore loot, and is presently lodged in the women cell of Tihar jail.Anca claimed Rashmi’s husband Hari Kishan Sharma, his brother Deepak Sharma and their aide Vijay Nahar Singh – prime accused in the Defence Colony heist – have old enmity with Verma.Anca’s counsel informed the court that after an attack on Verma in 2007 by Deepak and Hari Kishan, the court had provided a bulletproof jacket to the former and arranged a separate vehicle for his visits to the court and hospital.”He (Verma) feels threatened every time he wants to move outside his cell. It’s like being in jail within a jail,” a close aide of Verma, said.advertisementlast_img read more

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Losing An NCAA Tournament Game From Every Seed Isnt Easy But These

✓ Some early exits were more predictable than othersMen’s college basketball teams with at least eight losses in their opening games, including the First Four and round of 64, in the NCAA Tournament, 1985-2017 ✓✓✓✓ Source: sports-reference.com Arizona1155– ✓✓✓✓✓✓6 ✓✓ Missouri1050– Murray State100 Pennsylvania Utah State90 ✓✓✓✓ Valparaiso80 VCU 6 6 ✓ ✓ Louisiana State850– Temple933– ✓✓✓✓✓6 Arizona✓✓✓✓✓✓✓✓ Vanderbilt Oklahoma956– La. State ✓✓✓✓✓✓✓ Missouri✓✓✓✓✓✓✓✓ Xavier922– School12345678910111213141516Total ✓✓✓✓✓✓ ✓✓✓✓✓ East Tenn. State80 8 ✓✓✓✓✓✓ Pennsylvania110 SchoolOpening-round lossesShare as better seed than opponent 6 Iona90 Iowa State✓✓ A few familiar Cinderellas have provided some of the greatest moments in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. But every shocking upset from a ragtag mid-major also means something else: a big-name school has fallen on its face in spectacular fashion.And it seems certain big-name schools are more prone to this than others. In tournaments over the past 10 years, Georgetown has lost its opening-round game playing as a No. 3, No. 6 and No. 2 seed. Arizona won a title and made a second Final Four in the 1990s but also peppered that decade with four losses in the opening round — and in each, the Wildcats were seeded No. 5 or better.So are certain schools uniquely susceptible to March heartache? We looked back over every team’s opening-round game since the tourney expanded to 64 teams in 1985 — including the round of 64 and the play-in games known as the First Four.1The First Four got its start in 2011; play-in games between No. 16 seeds in earlier years were not included in this analysis. Some higher seeds do seem to head home early more than others — and a few of those well-known names are putting together an interesting range of losses.In the past 33 tournaments, 22 teams have made opening-round exits at least eight times.2We didn’t count round-of-64 losses that occurred after a team had won a play-in game. But most of those teams have typically been underdogs — teams that want to win, of course, but aren’t strictly supposed to. Brigham Young, for example, has lost its opening game 12 times, including once in the First Four, but never as a seed better than eighth.3The Cougars have lost as a No. 8 seed four times. Only eight of those 22 teams were seeded better than their opponent in half or more of their opening-round losses. One of those teams is Arizona, which has lost 11 times in the round of 64 and as the better seed in six of those games — most recently in 2016 as a No. 6 seed to a Wichita State team that had to win a play-in game just to be there. Missouri and Indiana have each lost 10 round-of-64 games, though only five of the Tigers’ losses came as the better seed, while the Hoosiers were the better seed in eight of their defeats. Georgia850– ✓ New Mexico ✓✓✓ ✓✓✓✓✓✓ Murray State ✓✓✓✓✓ Lost when seeded … New Mexico State1118– Indiana Georgetown, however, doesn’t show up in our list of biggest opening-round losers, even though it suffered high-profile losses to Florida Gulf Coast in 2013 and Ohio in 2010. Indeed, the Hoyas have lost at the start of the tournament only two other times since 1985, as a No. 6 seed in 2011 and a No. 10 seed in 1997.But Georgetown does have something interesting in common with Arizona and Missouri, teams with high numbers of opening-round defeats. All three have lost an opening-round game as both a No. 2 and a No. 3 seed — a distinction they share with Duke, Iowa State, Michigan State and South Carolina.4Syracuse, which in 1991 became the first No. 2 to lose in the round of 64 when it fell to Richmond, is the only one of the eight teams to share that distinction that hasn’t also lost as a No. 3 seed.This got us thinking: If a team already has round-of-64 losses from two of the top three seeds, how many different seed lines could it lose from?In this day and age, it would be tough to suffer opening-round defeat from every spot on the bracket (especially considering that a No. 16 has yet to fell a No. 1). Major-conference teams are almost guaranteed a seed somewhere between 1 and 11, so they have plenty of opportunities to fail from those seed slots.5Unless a mediocre team manages to win its conference championship, à la the 2008 Georgia Bulldogs, which were seeded 14th because of their 17-16 record. And 14 through 16 seeds are almost always automatic qualifiers from smaller conferences that will have a hard time ever reaching the higher seeds without moving to a power conference or magically transforming into Gonzaga. So, a reasonable goal — if you could call it that — might be to lose from 12 different seeds, or three-fourths of those possible.It takes a special kind of program to have a diversified portfolio of early tournament losses. It has to be good enough to make the tournament often but not so good that it never loses its opener. So teams like Kansas are out: The Jayhawks have made the tournament every year but one since 19856The 1989 tourney. but have lost only two of their 32 round-of-64 matchups. (Duke is in a similar position, with only two opening-round losses other than its two highly seeded defeats.) The team also needs enough regular-season inconsistency from year to year to receive tourney bids from many different seeds — a program that’s good enough for a No. 4 seed one year but just the right amount of mediocre for a No. 10 seed the next.This merit badge of losing might not be possible; no team has reached even the three-fourths mark. These are the programs with opening-round losses from at least six different seeds: ✓✓✓ 6 6 Vanderbilt850– Nebraska ✓✓✓✓✓✓7 Davidson80 Providence ✓✓✓✓ 8 Brigham Young1331%– W. Virginia Texas875– ✓✓✓✓ Montana80 Utah State Marquette 6 Princeton Georgia 6 Princeton911– Schools that are consistently inconsistentMen’s college basketball teams that have lost in the NCAA Tournament’s First Four or round of 64 from the most seeds, 1985-2017 7 6 6 ✓ Indiana978– ✓ ✓✓✓✓✓✓6 6 Source: Sports-Reference.com ✓✓ These teams are closest to running the table, but they all still have a long way to go. Iowa State has some of the hardest seeds out of the way — losing as a No. 27To Hampton in 2001. and No. 38To UAB in 2015. — but also handling the tricky 12 and 13 spots. To get to three-fourths of the seeds, all the Cyclones need to do is lose from those middle seeds of 4 through 7, 9 and 11. (For a long-suffering fan of the cardinal and gold, this feels like an attainable goal.)West Virginia is another team with a good range of losses, and unlike the Cyclones, the Mountaineers actually have a chance to add to their total this year. West Virginia is seeded fifth in the East region — a seed from which it has never lost in the round of 64. The 5-vs.-12 matchups are already ripe for upsets, as we know, so I’ll be picking Murray State to take down the Mountaineers and hand them a fresh seed loss. Like Iowa State and West Virginia, Murray State has six differently seeded opening-round losses, but one of those already came from the No. 12 seed, unfortunately. Penn also could have built on its total this year, but it’s already lost as a No. 16 seed. (And, of course, we’re hoping that the Quakers make another kind of history.)The teams on top of our loser’s bracket, Arizona and Missouri, have lost as eight different seeds, an impressive feat. Both teams have been responsible for several busted brackets, having fallen from the second, third and fourth seeds. We were hopeful that each team could add a notch to its belt this year, but the selection committee didn’t come through for us. Arizona is missing a No. 7 seed loss, but the Wildcats were too strong, securing the No. 4 seed in the South region. Missouri had more options in the middle, needing a No. 5 or a No. 7, but no such luck for the Tigers (well, really, for us) — they ended up with the No. 8 seed in the West.No team wants an early exit from the tournament. But if you’re going to lose your first game, it may as well be in a new and interesting way.Check out our latest March Madness predictions. read more

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