Merton College holds onto Norrington top spot

first_imgHardworking Mertonians across the country will be feeling smug today thanks to news that their college has topped the 2007 Norrington table for the second year running. Magdalen College is runner-up in the league of undergraduate degree results, with a score of 74.81 – just under two points behind Merton’s 76.63%. Harris Manchester comes bottom for the third year running, kept company by Oriel, another college all too familiar with the bottom five.The table has been a regular feature of college rivalry since the 60s, when it was invented by Sir Arthur Norrington as a way of comparing the finals results of Oxford’s colleges. A score is compiled by awarding five points for every 1st class degree obtained, three for a 2:1, two for a 2:2 and one point for a 3rd. The total is then expressed as a percentage of the highest possible score that the college could have achieved that year. Until recently the table was compiled unofficially from publicly posted pass lists, but the fact that students can ask for their names to be withheld from these lists led to complaints that the system was unfair. In 2005 the University decided to publish its own, official version of the league.Some critics remain, including those who feel the table gives an unfair advantage to colleges with higher numbers of science students, as subjects such as Mathematics and Chemistry usually produce a higher number of first class degrees compared to the arts.You can view the official Norrington table here.Cherwell24 is not responsible for the external content of these linkslast_img read more

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Soldier hurt in Capiz gunfight with Reds

first_imgPancito said the firefight lasted for about 10 minutes which began around 6:20 a.m. on July 21 after 12IB verified reports regarding the presence of rebels anew in the village. “When our personnel reached the area, they encountered around 15 rebels but the (insurgents) withdrew. I know there were wounded on the part of the enemies because of the traces of blood,” he added.Last July 8, a 16-year-old lad was hurt following the battle between the rebels and 12IB who were sent in the village as part of the Community Support Program.The victim was taken to the Tapaz District Hospital by members of the 12IB after he sustained a gunshot wound on the right thigh./PN According to Captain Cenon Pancito III, PA’s 3rd Infantry Division spokesperson, the soldier already received medical treatment after sustaining a gunshot wound on the left leg.  ILOILO City – A member of the Philippine Army (PA) was wounded after the 12th Infantry Battalion (12IB) troopers engaged in a gun fight with New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Barangay Tacayan, Tapaz, Capiz.last_img read more

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Super Falcons Pull out of Invitational Tourney in Turkey

first_img“It was impossible for the team to sort visas and make it to the tournament in Turkey, so they had to pull out,” Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) spokesman Ademola Olajire told BBC Sport.“They only just finished playing the WAFU Cup on Saturday and had a short time-frame to sort out visas and other important logistics for the trip to Turkey.“Importantly, attention and preparations will shift towards the big friendly against France in April.”The news comes as a real setback for the country and newly appointed coach, Swede Thomas Dennerby.Before his arrival, the Super Falcons had not played or trained since lifting the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations for an eighth time in 2016, when Dennerby’s predecessor Florence Omagbemi became the first woman to win the competition as both player and coach.The lack of action prompted criticism from strikers Desire Oparanozie and Asisat Oshoala – the latter surprisingly named African Women’s Player of the Year last month despite Nigeria not playing a single game in 2017.Her performances for her new Chinese club, Dalian Quanjian, saw her triumph ahead of Chrestina Kgatlana and Gabrielle Onguene.However, Dennerby’s first challenge ended in disappointment at the West African championship, the WAFU Women’s Cup, after they lost to bitter rivals Ghana in the semi-finals.The team will now travel to Europe to play France in a friendly in April, after which the focus will be on securing a qualifying spot at the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations in Ghana.This year’s Women’s Nations Cup takes on extra significance as it will also decide the continent’s teams for the 2019 Women’s World Cup.Nigeria is the only African team to have played in all of the Women’s seven World Cup tournaments since 1991 but they have failed to translate their continental dominance on the world stage.Their best performance came when reaching the quarter-finals in 1999.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Reigning African women champions, the Super Falcons, have withdrawn from a 12-nation tournament which kicks off in Turkey this week, citing visa issues.The Super Falcons were scheduled to lock horns with Group B rivals France, Kosovo and Kazakhstan from February 26 to March 7 as preparation for this year’s Africa Women Cup of Nations qualifiers.But Falcons who finished third at the regional WAFU Cup on Saturday, have withdrawn from the competition for logistical reasons.last_img read more

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Trojans trounce Sun Devils in the desert to notch first Pac-12 victory

first_imgThe No. 19-ranked Trojans bounced back from last week’s loss to Stanford in a dominant fashion, blowing out Pac-12 South foe Arizona State 42-14 on the road in Tempe, Arizona.The rout not only gave the Trojans their first conference and road wins of the season, but it also produced their first victory over the Sun Devils since 2012 — finally avenging two of the program’s toughest losses in recent years.“In all three phases, I’m just proud of the guys,” Sarkisian said. “They played a really good football game, and they came right off the bat ready to go.”USC (3-1, 1-1 Pac-12) was able to jump out to a 35-0 lead heading into halftime behind four passing touchdowns by redshirt senior quarterback Cody Kessler, who continued to substantiate his Heisman Trophy campaign by throwing for 375 yards and five total touchdowns, though he did throw his first interception of the year.Arizona State (2-2, 0-1 Pac-12) struggled to put the ball in the end zone against USC, largely in part to its inability to take care of the ball. USC capitalized off four Sun Devils first half turnovers that resulted in its 28-point second quarter explosion.“Last night as a team, I probably went on a 30-minute barrage of about how to create turnovers and how we want to play defense and just getting after the football,” Sarkisian said. “It was so cool to come out tonight to get four of them.”The Sun Devils were knocking on the door of USC’s one-yard line before quarterback Mike Bercovici fumbled a hand off that would be recovered and taken 94 yards to the end zone by redshirt sophomore safety Chris Hawkins.On the subsequent kickoff, the USC special teams unit was able to force another fumble that set up a 10-yard passing touchdown from Kessler to sophomore wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster to cap the team’s scoring barrage. The tandem also connected earlier in the quarter for a four-yard touchdown pass.Smith-Schuster, who is currently third in the nation in receiving yards with 434 on the season, broke out for over 100 yards receiving for the third consecutive game.Do-it-all sophomore Adoree’ Jackson also dazzled when he transitioned from defense to offense on Saturday night.“He’s pretty good,” Sarkisian said. “The hardest thing about dealing with Adoree’ is when and how and how many times, and it’s a challenge because he’s so good in all three phases.”Jackson racked up 131 receiving yards on just three connections from Kessler including an 80-yard touchdown in the first quarter that gave USC an early 7-0 lead. The three-way player also broke out for a sensational 45-yard catch and run that took everyone off of their feet, as he broke tackles and sped by defenders down the sidelines.“Even when he’s not getting the ball, everyone’s aware of it on defense, and I think it just speaks volume to the type of player he is,” Kessler said.The Trojans wouldn’t look back after that, as Kessler would next find redshirt sophomore wide receiver Steven Mitchell Jr. for a 27-yard passing touchdown early in the second quarter to put USC up by two scores.Redshirt junior wide receiver Issac Whitney also got into the scoring action with a 10-yard touchdown reception in he fourth quarter — USC’s lone score of the second half.The Sun Devils would eventually get into the end zone late in the third quarter on a one-yard touchdown run by running back Demario Richard, who punched in Arizona State’s only other score as well. Arizona State’s ground game was the team’s bright spot, as they compiled 182 rushing yards on the night.Bercovici struggled in the passing game for the majority of the night, completing only 23 of his 44 passes while throwing for 272 yards and an interception. He was picked off by sophomore safety John Plattenburg, who recorded the first interception of his career.While USC was able to improve its third down efficiency, converting 10 out of 16 times when it needed to move the chains, penalties continue to plague the Trojans.The team tallied 10 penalties for 91 total yards against the Sun Devils, more than they accrued during last week’s loss in their conference opener to Stanford.“[We’ve] got a little time now to kind of prepare for some bumps and bruises and then get ready for a stretch here that’s going to be tough,” Sarkisian said.Going back to last year, USC is now 5-0 coming off a loss from the previous week.“I think that we’ve got a resilient team,” Sarkisian said. “The key is to take this game and then build from it.”The Trojans now enter a bye week, where they will have a chance to rest before returning to the Coliseum to take on Sarkisian’s former team, the Washington Huskies, on Oct. 8 in a Thursday night affair.last_img read more

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Podcast: Herald sports previews football weekend

first_imgAfter a week off for the Wisconsin football team, the Badger Herald sports staff sat down to discuss the Badgers’ fortunes for this Saturday’s contest against Bowling Green in its weekly podcast segment.With basketball tickets having sold out in five minutes Wednesday morning, the BH’s sports editors also took some time to briefly forecast the future for the Badgers as they look to return to the Final Four.last_img

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