Nobel economist addresses University

first_imgThe nobel prize winning economist, Muhammad Yunus delivered this year’s Romanes Lectures at the Sheldonian this year.He gave lecture, entitled ‘A poverty-free world: When? How?’, to guests at the Sheldonian on Tuesday 2nd December.He focused particularly on the current global financial crisis and spoke of hisvision of a world free from poverty.Yunus, originally from Bangladesh, founded Grameen Bank, which provides credit to the poorest people in Bangladesh.Yunus and Grameen Bank were jointly awarded the Nobel peace prize in 2006 “fortheir efforts to create economic and social development from below.”The Romanes Lecture occurs annually at the University. The first was given in1892. Past speakers have included William Gladstone, Winston Churchill and IrisMurdoch.A copy of each year’s lecture can be found at the Bodleian librarylast_img read more

Fletcher hopes to serve humble pie

first_img The midfielder may have just been 11-years-old at the time, but he also remembers when former Match of the Day pundit Alan Hansen told Sir Alex Ferguson “you can’t win anything with kids” in 1995. Ferguson won the league that year and scooped a further 10 titles after building a team around a group of youth players from the famed ‘Class of ’92’. Fletcher thinks Van Gaal’s squad has a similar look to it as the one that contained the likes of David Beckham, Paul Scholes and a young Ryan Giggs just over a decade ago. “To be honest it felt like that in the dressing room today,” said Fletcher, who played alongside debutants Tyler Blackett and Jesse Lingard on Saturday. “It did have a feel of that in terms of people looking at the squad and maybe not seeing household names, but these players are good enough and the manager believes in them. “All you need is a platform to go and perform and I’m sure they’ll definitely go and prove people wrong. “This whole club is about bouncing back from adversity.” Van Gaal has lost experienced heads like Giggs, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra from his playing squad this summer. But Fletcher thinks the players that remain are strong enough personalities to fill the void. He said: “People talk about the players that have left but I see it in the eyes of the young players, they’re ready for it and determined to show people how good they are and we’re determined to show people how good the team are. “You have to be a big character to play for this club.” McManaman laid into United following their 2-1 defeat to Swansea on the opening day of the season. The former Liverpool and Real Madrid man, who was a pundit for BT Sport at Old Trafford this weekend, claimed Louis van Gaal possesses the worst United squad he had ever seen in two decades. Fletcher thinks McManaman, and United’s other critics, have been desperate to take pot shots at the club as a consequence of their recent success. And the United vice-captain believes the former England international will be eating his words at the end of May. “People have been waiting for an opportunity to have a go at United for years and this is the perfect time (to do it),” the Manchester United midfielder said. “It’s a long season and I don’t think they will be saying those things at the end of it. “I believe we’re going to have a very good season. “All the players believe that too. “Comments like that give us a greater determination, without a shadow of a doubt.” Having been part of the United team that finished seventh last year, Fletcher knows how it feels to be on the receiving end of some scathing criticism. Darren Fletcher thinks Steve McManaman, who branded the current Manchester United side the worst he had seen in 20 years, will be eating a large portion of humble pie come the end of the season. Press Associationlast_img read more

College football Week 14 picks against the spread for every top-25 matchup

first_imgUtah wins 31-9 but FAILS TO COVER the spread.No. 7 Oklahoma (-12.5) at No. 21 Oklahoma StateOklahoma has won the last three meetings in Stillwater by an average of 18 points per game, and if the Sooners want to keep their Playoff hopes alive they need to put up a big number here. Dru Brown has been efficient in taking over for Spencer Sanders, but the Cowboys can’t keep pace with the Sooners here. Jalen Hurts clinches Heisman finalist status.Oklahoma wins 41-24 and COVERS the spread. The Game between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 10 Michigan (noon, FOX) opens the Saturday slate, as will the winner-takes-West showdown between between No. 13 Wisconsin and No. 9 Minnesota (noon, ABC).MORE: Week 14 picks, straight upNo. 5 Alabama and No. 16 Auburn (3:30 p.m., CBS) highlights the afternoon, and Bedlam between No. 7 Oklahoma and No. 21 Oklahoma State (8 p.m., FOX) closes that slate of College Football Playoff-impacting games. Here is a look at our record so far this season:Straight up: 199-48 .806 (17-2 last week)Against the spread: 137-110, .555 (14-7 last week)Upset picks: 2-16, .111 (0-1 last week)With that, Sporting News’ Week 14 picks against the spread for every top-25 game (lines provided courtesy of Sportsbook Review as of 3 p.m. ET on Monday, Nov. 25):Friday, Nov. 29No. 23 Virginia Tech (-2.5) at VirginiaThe Cavaliers are saddled with a 15-game losing streak to the Hokies, a burden that can be lifted on Friday. The reward is a trip to the ACC championship game, and the Cavaliers are 0-2 against the spread as an underdog this season. The Hokies are peaking at the right time, but we are sticking with our preseason pick.Virginia wins 29-26 in an UPSET.No. 19 Iowa (-6) at NebraskaNebraska needs a win to become bowl eligible, but the Huskers would need to break an 0-3 trend against the spread as an underdog. Iowa can still get to nine wins for the season, and the Hawkeyes have not given up more than 24 points in a game this season.Iowa wins 24-20 but FAILS TO COVER the spread.No. 18 Cincinnati at No. 17 Memphis (-11.5)A showcase showdown in the American Athletic Conference features two 10-1 teams, and this is the best game on Black Friday. The Tigers have won the last three AAC meetings and are 4-2 against the spread as a double-digit favorite this year.Memphis wins 36-28 but FAILS TO COVER the spread.No. 20 Boise State (-12.5) at Colorado StateBoise State’s frustrating season for bettors continues. The Broncos are 5-5 against the spread as a favorite, and they covered the last two weeks. Boise State remains in the conversation for a New Year’s Day 6 bowl bid, and they know it.Boise State wins 34-14 and COVERS the spread.No. 22 Appalachian State (-13) at TroyThe Mountaineers still have an outside shot at a New Year’s Day 6 bid, but they need to put up big numbers to do that. The Trojans won the last meeting at home, but Appalachian State hits a late touchdown for the cover.Appalachian State wins 34-20 and COVERS the spread.Saturday, Nov. 30No. 2 Ohio State (-9) at No. 10 MichiganThe Buckeyes faced their first adversity against Penn State, and the Wolverines are in full spoiler mode in Ann Arbor. Jim Harbaugh is looking for that first victory against the Buckeyes, and the line has dropped a point. The Buckeyes tack on a late touchdown for the cover and continue their dominance in the game.Ohio State wins 36-24 and COVERS the spread.MORE: Top Rivalry Week storylinesNo. 3 Clemson (-25.5) at South CarolinaIt has been a rough season for the Gamecocks, but they did beat Georgia and lost to top-10 teams Florida and Alabama by an average of 17.5 points this season. Clemson has a chance to make it six in a row in this heated series, but they haven’t won by more than 25 in Columbia since 2003.Clemson wins 38-14 but FAILS TO COVER the spread.No. 4 Georgia (-28) at Georgia TechGeorgia has won the last two meetings by an average of 27.5 points per game, which explains that spread. The Bulldogs get their offense going before the SEC championship game, and the defense shuts Georgia Tech down. The Yellow Jackets are 2-1 against the spread as a double-digit underdog.Georgia wins 34-10 but FAILS TO COVER the spread.No. 13 Wisconsin (-2.5) at No. 9 MinnesotaWisconsin is favored, just like Iowa was two weeks ago. The Gophers won this matchup last season, and this is a big spot with the winner going to Indianapolis for the Big Ten championship. Can the Gophers win another big one at home? We’ll stick with the favorite.Wisconsin wins 28-24 and COVERS the spread.No. 5 Alabama (-4) at No. 16 AuburnAlabama needs this one to impress the committee, but above all they need to just win the game. It’s on Mac Jones to engineer a victory in the Iron Bowl, and on the other side Bo Nix will try to score a signature victory. The Crimson Tide is the better team, but they can’t focus on the margin.Alabama wins 34-23 and COVERS the spread.No. 11 Baylor (-14) at KansasBaylor is near the bottom of the one-loss pileup, but victories in the next two weeks could produce a Big 12 championship and an intriguing argument for the Playoff committee. The Bears are just 1-4 against the spread as a double-digit favorite this season, and Les Miles will pull out all the stops in the finale.Baylor wins 37-24 but FAILS TO COVER the spread.MORE: Week 14 Playoff pictureRutgers at No. 12 Penn State (-38.5)The Nittany Lions have a small risk for a hangover after the loss to Ohio State, but a blowout here could lead to a 10-win season and a New Year’s Day 6 appearance. Rutgers has lost its Big Ten games by an average of 35.4 points per game. That sounds about right, with one more for good measure.Penn State wins 52-10 and COVERS the spread.Oregon State at No. 14 Oregon (-17.5)Oregon is out of the Playoff race, but the Ducks still control the Civil War. They have won the last two meetings by a combined total of 99 points. The Beavers need this one to become bowl eligible. Oregon won’t let that happen.Oregon wins 44-28 but FAILS TO COVER the spread.No. 15 Notre Dame (-14.5) at StanfordThe Irish still have a shot at a New Year’s Day 6 bowl, and the Cardinal are coming off a rare loss to rival Cal. Notre Dame has covered each of the last three weeks, and they make it four in a row.Notre Dame wins 38-17 and COVERS the spread.Texas A&M at No. 1 LSU (-17)These two teams engaged in a seven-overtime thriller last season, and the Aggies will try to play spoiler one more time. Both teams are 2-2 against the spread against top-10 teams this season. LSU pulls away in the second half and gets ready for Georgia in the SEC championship game.LSU wins 38-20 and COVERS the spread.MORE: Week 14 bowl projectionsNo. 24 Navy (-7.5) at HoustonNavy is in line for a 10-win season if they can beat Houston and Army. It’s worth knowing they are 5-0 against the spread as a favorite this season. The Cougars allow 4.8 yards per carry. Navy is 1-3 against Houston since joining the AAC, but they score a big win here.Navy wins 33-24 and COVERS the spread.Florida State at No. 8 Florida (-17)Florida won 41-14 in the last meeting, which broke a string of five straight victories for the Seminoles. Florida State is 2-0 since Willie Taggart was fired, and their players will be auditioning for the next coach. The Gators get to 10 wins, but it will not be a blowout.Florida wins 31-17 but FAILS TO COVER the spread.Colorado at No. 6 Utah (-28.5)Utah is in position to make the Playoff, and it’s on the strength of a defense that allowed just 8.7 points per game over the last seven victories. The Buffs, however, need a win to become bowl eligible and are coming back-to-back wins against Stanford and Washington. Colorado is 5-3 against the spread as an underdog, too. Rivalry week is here, and this one features five great matchups between teams ranked in the top 25.No. 18 Cincinnati travels to No. 17 Memphis (3:30 p.m., ABC) on Black Friday.last_img read more