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Oxford beats Cambridge to Top Spot

first_imgOxford has beaten Cambridge to the top spot in the Times Good University Guide for the sixth year running, reports The Times Online.Cambridge came in second place, but the gap between the two universities is the smallest it has been since 1993. According to John O’Leary, editor of the guide, Oxford were able to edge ahead because of bigger budgets for library and computing facilities, and a greater number of students graduating with at least a 2:1 degree.There was good news across the town as well as Oxford Brookes University broke into the top 50, ranking 49th. For graduate employment rates, it ranks 26th overall, placing it ahead of many top university competitors such as Exeter, Manchester, Reading and York.The annually published Times Good University Guide was released today, giving prospective students the opportunity to see where their universities strengths and weaknesses lie.last_img read more

LeBron James’ potential game-winner blocked: ‘It bothers me that I didn’t even get a shot’

first_imgThe Lakers’ 124-123 loss to the Knicks snapped New York’s eight-game losing streak and completed the team’s season sweep against Los Angeles.The Lakers moved to 31-39 for a .443 winning percentage, which is almost a career low for James. It makes this squad the worst team James has played on since the Cavaliers went 35-47 (.427) his rookie season. James had his potential game-winning shot blocked in the final seconds by Mario Hezonja and finished 4-for-15 from the field in the fourth quarter with the 11 missed shots the most he has ever missed in a quarter.DEFEND HOME COURT! pic.twitter.com/MvhtDzKEPd— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) March 17, 2019″It bothers me in the fact we didn’t close the game out and being the competitor that I am, it bothers me that I didn’t make enough plays down the stretch; it bothers me that I didn’t even get a shot up at the hoop,” James said, via ESPN. “Of course that stuff bothers me, but I mean what’s the difference between their record and our record? Two teams out of the postseason.”So there’s no difference. We have a couple more wins than them, but both teams right now are on the outside looking in, so it’s not much of a difference.” LeBron James couldn’t get his shots to fall late in Sunday’s game against the Knicks.It was his worst shooting quarter in his 16 years in the NBA and it was capped off with a great defensive play at the 15-time All-Star’s expense. last_img read more

Amid troubled World Cup sales, FIFA set to hit $5.66B target

first_imgKiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Palace ‘not bothered’ by Trump OK on US ban vs De Lima jailers PLAY LIST 02:31Palace ‘not bothered’ by Trump OK on US ban vs De Lima jailers01:11Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea02:26Trump lashes out as impeachment trial is in limbo02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “The job we have to do is make sure that our financial projections, our budget numbers, are delivered. And they will be delivered,” he said.FIFA does not disclose values of individual deals, though the tier of regional sponsors earned $4 million in 2016 from Russia’s Alfa-Bank, according to the soccer body’s financial report.Le Floc’h inherited a sales plan that was unproven even before FIFA, and its already battered image, were rocked in May 2015 when American and Swiss federal prosecutors unsealed sweeping investigations of corruption.In the fallout, FIFA’s then-heads of marketing and broadcast sales left though neither was publicly implicated.The backdrop to 2018 World Cup sales — typically in two-tournament deals with the 2022 edition — has included uncertainty over FIFA’s exposure to prosecution, falling oil prices, sanctions imposed on Russian businessmen, and issues with the next host in line, Qatar.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE- In this Sunday, July 13, 2014 file photo, German players celebrate with the trophy after the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. FIFA’s top salesman insists the 2018 World Cup will make its income target even after taking a financial hit from Italy and the United States failing to qualify. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File)MOSCOW — Even taking a financial hit from Italy and the United States failing to qualify, FIFA’s top salesman insists the 2018 World Cup will make its income target.Italy’s loss in the playoffs wiped tens of millions of dollars off the value of an unsold broadcasting deal. One of FIFA’s most valuable markets is typically worth $200 million per World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setcenter_img Woods returns with solid round and good start in Bahamas The surprise U.S. elimination — as Panama qualified — affects finding four North American sponsors in a new, and stalled, regional sales program. Just one of 20 slots has sold worldwide, to an oligarch-owned bank in host nation Russia.“Everybody is annoyed with the non-qualification of the U.S. which was not expected, to be honest,” said FIFA commercial director Philippe Le Floc’h, who has targeted deals with American tech firms.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkStill, the French-Swiss official insists FIFA will reach a $5.66 billion income target for the 2015-18 sales period even with gaps in the lineup of 34 potential sponsors.“Obviously the more positions we fill the better. On the other hand, we are not going to go cheap,” Le Floc’h told The Associated Press on Thursday in his first media interview since joining FIFA 14 months ago. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny “They are leaders in their country, they have ambitions to tackle the world,” Le Floc’h said. “And football is the best vector of communications.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES “It is complicated, especially in a market where (potential partners) see some crisis around,” Le Floc’h acknowledged.FIFA might not meet the $5.7 billion total revenue it reported for the 2014 World Cup. Then, some deals were signed a decade ago before the global financial downturn.“The bad time is behind us. In the end, we bring the biggest show on earth,” Le Floc’h said at FIFA’s hotel base in Moscow ahead of the 2018 tournament draw on Friday in the State Kremlin Palace.The World Cup is the most-watched sports event. More than 1 billion viewers saw some of the 2014 final, and a global average audience approached 600 million.Indeed, broadcast deals for 2018 struck six years ago — with Fox and Telemundo in the U.S. and the Qatar-owned network now called BeIN Sports — cushion FIFA from the sponsor problem.Expected $3 billion broadcast revenue for this World Cup rises from $2.43 billion for the 2014 edition. Sponsors sales were projected to drop by $100 million even before the U.S. team’s early exit.Europe is no longer a prime FIFA target, with the American west coast, Asia and Middle East home to more desirable tech-savvy sponsors.“We have a clear strategy to embrace our times,” said Le Floc’h, who previously worked on World Cup sales until 2000 with the ISL agency. “We are going to be more tuned to the digital era, to be more technological.”The next deal, likely in Russia, could soon be announced with “two good conversations in the pipeline. I can maybe tell you more next week.”More trade with China is also likely, joining 2018 World Cup sponsors Wanda Group, and consumer electronics firms Hisense and Vivo. View commentslast_img read more