Press release: PM welcomes hero British divers to Downing Street

first_img The Thailand operation was a unique occasion when individual cave divers and cave rescuers from many teams came together and worked as a truly national team under the BCRC banner. In total eight cave divers and three other cave rescuers travelled out to Thailand to help with the search and then the rescue. They were backed up by a support team in the UK of BCRC officers and members of various teams. It has been both gratifying and humbling to experience how cave rescuers, cave divers and the wider caving world worked together during the eighteen day operation to play such a significant part in pulling off what many thought to be an impossible task. It has undoubtedly been one of the most incredible cave rescues ever. John Volanthen, one of the lead cave divers involved in the rescue, said: Bill Whitehouse, Vice Chairman of British Cave Rescue Council, said: At the event, also attended by the Thai Ambassador Mr Pisanu Suvanajata, Theresa May praised the heroism of those involved in the extraordinary cave rescue.The group of rescuers, who have been cave diving for over 20 years, battled zero visibility conditions and narrow cave passages to reach the trapped boys.Among those attending with their families was John Volanthen, one of the British divers who was part of the team which first discovered the boys. He was also one of the three divers who went out as the initial team and who helped place guides in the cave to assist others in navigation. Also at the event was Robert Harper, who was part of the team which pinpointed the boys’ exact location, and Vernon Unsworth, who first alerted cave divers in the UK to the situation in Thailand.Divers who took part in the final stages of the rescue were also honoured at the reception, including Chris Jewell who successfully guided the second-to-last boy to safety.Speaking at the reception the Prime Minister said:center_img It was an honour to join the incredible effort to rescue of these boys and their coach, and I would like to personally add particular reference to the skill and dedication of the many military groups and civilians we worked alongside, especially the Thai navy seals. I would also like to extend my thoughts to the family of Saman Kunan. It’s a pleasure to welcome you to Downing Street today. This was an amazing rescue mission. On hearing about the boys who were trapped most people would have just stood by but you chose to go out there and do something about it. The eyes of the world were on you and I think I can speak for everyone when I say a huge thank you. John [Volanthen] you have said that you’re not heroes…well to most of us you are. Sadly we know that a Thai diver, Saman Kunan, died during this mission. He lost his life saving the lives of others – a danger you also faced. The Thai PM has written to me to say thank you for the fantastic job you did and I know that everyone in this country would agree. We are all very proud of you.last_img read more

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Tour de France 2019: Dylan Groenewegen ekes out stage seven win in sprint finish

first_img Tour de France 2019: Everything you need to know The 230-kilometer flat stage from Belfort to Chalon-sur-Saone ended in a sprint finish from a main bunch that included all of the race’s general classification contenders, meaning Italian Giulio Ciccone retained his six-second advantage in the yellow jersey.Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) remains ahead of Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step), while defending champion Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) is still 49 seconds off the pace in fifth. Related News 1. Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) 432. Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) 303. Xandro Meurisse (Wanty-Gobert Cycling Team) 27WHAT’S NEXT?An action-packed stage eight appears to be in the cards, with many of the race’s top contenders conserving energy Friday ahead of a hilly 200-kilometer course from Macon to Saint-Etienne that contains five category two climbs. Tour de France 2019: Geraint Thomas shows title desire as Dylan Teuns earns Stage 6 win Tour de France 2019 by the numbers Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen edged Caleb Ewan at the finish line Friday to win stage seven of the Tour de France.The Jumbo-Visma rider did just enough to defeat Ewan at the end of the iconic race’s longest day. Podiums after Stage 7Podiums après l’Étape [email protected]@[email protected][email protected]#TDF2019 pic.twitter.com/45QnI1zjP7— Tour de France (@LeTour) July 12, 2019After an eventful stage Thursday saw the race lead change hands and Thomas showcase his skill, Friday’s proceedings started slowly.Stephane Rossetto (Cofidis) and Yoann Offredo (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) decided enough was enough and kicked clear of the peloton, quickly opening up an advantage of more than five minutes.The sleepy stage eventually came to life when, with less than 12km to go, the leading pair was hauled in.That set the tone for a sprint finish, and with Ciccone and Thomas safe in the main group, it appeared a battle between Groenewegen and Peter Sagan (BORA – Hansgrohe). Deceuninck-Quick Step’s Elia Viviani was in the mix, too, and Lotto-Soudal’s Ewan also emerged as a threat.And it was Ewan who pushed the stage winner all the way, Groenewegen only just holding off the Australian.Groenewegen hit a top speed of 74.1 kilometers per hour (46 mph) in the sprint and became the first Dutch rider since Jeroen Blijlevens to win a stage at three successive Tours. It was his first win of this year’s Tour and fourth overall, all coming in the last three years. Blijlevens won stages in 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998.STAGE RESULT1. Dylan Groenewegen (Team Jumbo-Visma) 6:02:442. Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) – same time3. Peter Sagan (BORA-Hansgrohe) “4. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) “5. Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates) “CLASSIFICATION STANDINGSGeneral Classification1. Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) 29:17:392. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) +0:063. Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida) +0.32Points Classification1. Peter Sagan (BORA-Hansgrohe) 1772. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) 1213. Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick Step) 117King of the Mountainslast_img read more

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Vanderwegon victorious at Greenwood

first_img3rd Jan Lovgreen (21) 29pts4th Arne Max Pederson (13) 28ptsB Flight (22+)1st Ian Pickels (22) 29pts2nd Anne Saabye (22) 29pts3rd Daryl Evans (22) 27pts4th Dave Richardson (27) 24ptsNear Pins:  Ronnie Ratte, Karl Beter, Jan Lovgreen, Lotte BoskovLong Putts:  Elias Magnusson, Ian PickelsEastern Star was the challenge today and we got off the first tee 25 minutes early under sunny skies and in very hot, muggy conditions.  The course on the day was ok but wet (I suspect somebody forgot to shut off the sprinklers because the bunkers were bone dry).  The green fee was a bit steep though in relation to other venues in the area.Dave Richardson (center) with Thursday’s winners Joe Vanderwegon and Niels Hansen.We made it around in 4 hours and 5 minutes as the course was not busy and back in the clubhouse a welcome went out to Karl Beter from Austria, just finishing chef duties in Cebu.Two flights today with the cut at handicap 21 and a full monty of pins but the course was the winner as the best score was Lotte Boskov’s 35 points to take the A Flight ahead of Brian Gabe, Jan Lovgreen and Arne Max Pedersen, who took fourth on a count back from Elias Magnusson. Ian Pickels was the B Flight winner on a count back from Anne Saabye in second, both with 29 points, while Daryl Evans took third and Dave Richardson fourth.Thursday, Nov. 14, Greenwood B & C – StabelfordA Flight (0-20)1st Niels Hansen (16) 34 points2nd Ole Mortensen (19) 32pts3rd Preban Saabye (10) 32pts4th Elias Magnusson (20) 31ptsB Flight (21+)1st Joe Vanderwegon (24) 40pts2nd Ronnie Ratte (30) 38pts3rd Mike Winfield (22) 35pts4th Anne Saabye (22) 32ptsNear Pins:  Bridgit Mortensen, Preban SaabyeLong Putts:  Joe Vanderwegon, Susan GaardeGreenwood was in fine condition on Thursday although the greens on the B side were a bit scratchy.  The round was quick at 3 hours and 50 minutes and back in the clubhouse welcomes went out to Dave Addison from the UK, Joe Vanderwegon from Belgium, and Bridgit and Ole Mortensen from Denmark.  There was also a goodbye to Ronnie Ratte, going back to Norway.Lotte Boskov (left) and Ian Pickels (right) with Dave Richardson.Two flights today, with the cut made at handicap 20, plus 4 near pins up for grabs.Niels Hansen won the A Flight with 34 points ahead of Ole Mortensen in second on a count back from Preban Saabye, both with 32 points each.  Elias Magnusson completed the podium in fourth.Joe Vanderwegon took B Flight honours with the best score of day, 40 points, to finish 2 ahead of Ronnie Ratte in second while Mike Winfield and Anne Saabye placed third and fourth respectively. PSC golf from Café KronborgMonday, Nov. 11, Eastern Star – StablefordA Flight (0-21)1st Lotte Boskov (17) 35pts2nd Brian Gabe (20) 33ptslast_img read more

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Track & Field Gets Strong Finishes In the Jumps And Distance Events On The Final Day Of The MVC Indoor Championship

first_img Complete Results (PDF) Story Links CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Drake University track and field teams closed out competition at the 2016 MVC Indoor Championship with more strong performances across an array of events on Sunday, Feb. 28.The jumps continued to produced points for the women’s team with Taryn Rolle and Kayla Bell (Bolingbrook, Ill.) finishing second and third, respectively, in the triple jump with matching leaps of 40-9.5. Rolle’s jump, a personal best, ranks as the second best mark in school history while Bell’s was just shy of her own school record in the event. The Bulldogs’ distance runners put the finishing touches on a strong weekend by scoring in four events on Sunday. Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.) finished third in the 3,000 meters in 8:17.97 after turning in a second-place finish in the 5,000 meters on Saturday afternoon. In the women’s 3,000 meters, Emma Huston (Des Moines, Iowa) took eighth in 9:48.40 to cap an outstanding weekend for the senior in her final MVC Indoor Championship. Earlier in the day on Sunday, she finished fifth in the mile in 5:02.38 and on Saturday ran the anchor leg on the Bulldogs’ second-place distance medley relay team in addition to qualifying for the finals in the mile.The men’s mile also featured a Bulldog in the lead pack with Robert McCann (Mississauga, Ontario) coming in fourth in 4:15.39. Later in the day he finished 11th in the 3,000 meters in 8:31.02.Drake got points from its sprinters and hurdlers as well with Bas Van Leersum turning in a 48.61 400 meters to finish third in his first MVC Indoor Championship. Minutes later, Pierce Vincent (Fayetteville, Ga.) matched his personal best in the 60 meters with a time of 6.83 to finish fourth in the event. Sophomore hurdler Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) finished in 8.58 in the 60-meter hurdles to finish third in the event for the second-straight season. As a team, the Drake women finished eighth in the team standings while the men were seventh. Illinois State was crowned the women’s team champion and Wichita State bested the field on the men’s side to claim the men’s title. 2016 MVC Indoor ChampionshipCedar Falls, Iowa – UNI DomeFebruary 27-28, 2016 Women’s Team Standings1. Illinois State, 1212. Wichita State, 1113. UNI, 86.8334. Indiana State, 83.1665. Missouri State, 826. SIU, 817. Bradley, 458. Drake, 389. Loyola, 9 Drake Individual Women’s Results200 Meters – Prelims13. Mary Young, 25.7915. Rai Ahmed-Green, 25.86 400 Meters – Prelims21. Virginia Hill, 58.2224. Rai Ahmed-Green, 58.7325. Kaylen Rettig, 58.92 800 Meters – Prelims11. Meghan Kearney, 2:16.2612. Laura Gann, 2:17.28 Mile – Finals5. Emma Huston, 4:57.4810. Taylor Scholl, 5:07.43 Mile – Prelims2. Emma Huston. 5:02.388. Taylor Scholl, 5:04.8015. Cassie Aerts, 5:13.47 3,000 Meters8. Emma Huston, 9:48.4016. Cassie Aerts, 10:08.0217. Bailee Cofer, 10:08.1322. Taylor Scholl, 10:12.71 60-Meter Hurdles – Finals5. Mary Young, 8.59 60-Meter Hurdles – Prelims3. Mary Young, 8.5813. Destani Welch, 8.8218. Virginia Hill, 8.97 4×400-Meter Relay7. Young, Hill, Rettig. Ahmed-Green, 3:50.19 Distance Medley Relay2. Cofer, Hill, Scholl, Huston, 11:48.31 High Jump9. Jaclyn Aremka, 5-3.7512. Taylor Patton, 5-1.75 Long Jump4. Kayla Bell, 19-2.7511. Taryn Rolle, 18-5 Triple Jump2. Taryn Rolle, 40-9.53. Kayla Bell, 40-9.5 Pentathlon10. Danielle Griesbaum, 3,449 2016 MVC Indoor ChampionshipCedar Falls, Iowa – UNI DomeFebruary 27-28, 2016 Men’s Team Standings1. Wichita State, 141.52. SIU, 132.53. Indiana State, 1144. Illinois State, 88.55. UNI, 84.56. Loyola, 397. Drake, 358. Bradley, 27  Drake Individual Men’s Results60 Meters – Finals4. Pierce Vincent, 6.83 60 Meters – Prelims4. Pierce Vincent, 6.8411. Aaron Chier, 6.9213. Demetrius Shelton, 6.9315. Kendall Owens, 7.03 200 Meters – Prelims9. Pierce Vincent, 22.0013. Demetrius Shelton, 22.1017. Kendall Owens, 22.3119.  Aaron Chier, 22.34 400 Meters – Finals3. Bas Van Leersum, 48.61 400 Meters – Prelims1. Bas Van Leersum, 48.309. Hudson Priebe, 49.5122. Dominic Lombardi, 51.02 800 Meters – Prelims10. James Saxton, 1:54.9514. George Webb, 1:56.19 Mile – Finals4. Robert McCann, 4:15.39 Mile – Prelims6. Robert McCann, 4:20.4116. Chris Kaminski, 4:34.36 3,000 Meters3. Reed Fischer, 8:17.9711. Robert McCann, 8:31.0225. Ali Jandal, 8:48.8232. Chris Kaminski, 9:00.11 5,000 Meters2. Reed Fischer, 14:28.88 60-Meter Hurdles – Prelims13. Hudson Priebe, 8.2814. Dominic Lombardi, 8.51 4×400-Meter Relay7. Priebe, Van Leersum, Lombardi, Saxton, 3:20.96 Distance Medley Relay8. Kaminski, Lombardi, Webb, Jandal, 10:52.62 High Jump9. Ryan Cook, 6-4.2512. Forest Moses, 6-4.25 Long Jump15. Johnathan Osifuye, 21-11 Triple Jump7. Johnathan Osifuye, 47-1.513. Ethan Turner, 44-1.514. Sean Buczek, 44-0.5 Shot Put10. Ryan Lemke, 51-7.2519. Michael Dolan, 39-0.25 Weight Throw12. Michael Dolan, 51-9Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Complete Results (HTML) last_img read more

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Humboldt Crabs lose second straight with 5-2 loss to San Lenadro Ports

first_imgARCATA >> Tyson Fisher certainly hopes his team can bounce back from their second loss of the season a whole lot better than they did from their first.Falling behind 5-0 after just two innings, the Humboldt Crabs never found their footing in a 5-2 loss to the San Leandro Ports on Tuesday night at the Arcata Ball Park. The early deficit proved to be too much for the Humboldt offense, one that managed just six hits total and has scored five runs after exploding for 25 the first two games of the …last_img read more

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How Warriors plan to help DeMarcus Cousins adapt to their pace

first_imgSubscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book.OAKLAND – The Warriors’ newest star player has yelled at officials over calls, teammates for not passing the ball and coaches for not featuring him correctly. But with DeMarcus Cousins finishing the final stages of his rehab of his left Achilles tendon, the Warriors do not sound worried one bit on how they will manage Cousin’s emotional outbursts.“DeMarcus is a great guy. …last_img read more

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Survey Exposes Liberal Bias Among Psychologists

first_img(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Everybody except liberals knows they are intolerant of conservatives, but now a new survey won’t let them deny they have a real bias problem.Conservatives in academia have long been aware that for their own protection they need to keep their views quiet.  Liberals, however, walk around thinking of themselves as the most tolerant people in the world.  An anonymous online survey of 800 social psychologists, about to be published by Yoel Inbar and Joris Lammers this month in Perspectives on Psychological Science (a journal of the Association for Psychological Science), caught social psychologists with their tolerant pants down, Science Daily just reported.  Here are some of the most revealing excerpts:Every ten years or so, someone will make the observation that there is a lack of political diversity among psychological scientists and a discussion about what ought to be done ensues.  The notion that the field discriminates against and is skewed toward a liberal political perspective is worthy of concern; scholars, both within and outside the field, have offered various solutions to this diversity problem.Their findings confirm the field’s liberal bias, but they reveal some surprises as well…. Inbar and Lammers found an overwhelming liberal majority when it concerned social issues, but greater diversity on economic and foreign policy issues.It seems that conservative social psychologists hide their views because they perceive the field as hostile to their values. The more conservative respondents were, the more likely they were to report that they had experienced an intellectually unfriendly climate. Importantly, self-defined liberals did not seem to have the same perceptions of hostility.Furthermore, liberal respondents were more likely to say that they would discriminate against psychologists who displayed clear conservative views in the context of a paper or grant review, a symposium invitation, and in faculty hiring.Social tolerance and fairness are important values for many psychological scientists, so it’s surprising to find intolerance of a different kind in the field. And despite the fact that psychological scientists are well aware of the potentially harmful effects of cognitive biases, they are clearly not immune to such biases themselves.Several of the commentaries raise serious questions about how ideology might be shaping the issues and questions that social psychologists systematically choose — and do not choose — to explore.It may be the case that the field attracts a certain kind of inquiring and open mind that tends to embrace liberal values, and that conservatives self-select out of the field.  But this, most of the commentators agree, does not change the fact that pervasive liberal bias is unhealthy for intellectual inquiry.The article ends with Inbar and Lammers declaring the “time is ripe for self-examination in the field.”The time is ripe for housecleaning, not just navel-gazing.  Nothing will change until parity is achieved.  These people lack self-awareness of their intolerance because the only ones they hang out with are people like themselves.  They have no idea about how they stifle true diversity and open debate by their cluelessness, engendered by self-fulfilling prophecies and group reinforcement. Watch the documentary Indoctrinate U – it’s about campus leftist idealogues so pathetically unself-aware, they are downright funny.Don’t fall for the baloney that conservatives self-select out of the field because they lack an “inquiring and open mind.”  That’s leftist hot air.  Notice, instead, that the leftist bias actually influences the very scientific questions they find worthy to explore!  That’s why you so often find social psychologists analyzing religious people instead of conservative psychologists analyzing leftists.  We need more studies on leftism as a mental disorder that produces delusions of tolerance.Notice that some of the social psychos in the survey even admitted they would discriminate against conservatives!  They would prevent them from getting hired or getting grants or tenure.  Well, duh!  No wonder they’re all leftists.Since social psychologists are overwhelmingly Darwinians, this undoubtedly includes Darwin skeptics, who have felt their wrath and found themselves among the ranks of The Expelled.  Ironically, you can bet on it that their universities or institutions have a written policy on “diversity and inclusion” – about as worthless as a UN committee on anti-terrorism run by jihadis.  Your commentator had to take a campus-wide quiz on “diversity and inclusion” at a scientific institution, only to find himself expelled a few years later by the organization’s intolerance of intelligent design.Someone show this article to radio talk show host Dennis Prager, who has often beat the drum about the blindness of leftists in academia (he prefers calling them “leftists” instead of “liberal”–a good word misused).  Prager recently stated wisely that leftists are incapable of love, because they are not intolerant of evil.  It takes intolerance of evil to produce true love.  Celebrate “tolerance” without a hatred for evil, and the hate gets directed at those who don’t buy into the groupthink.For an explanation of why tolerance is impossible as a universal standard of virtue, see the Baloney Detector on “Self-Refuting Fallacy.“last_img read more

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Africa eyes agriculture deal at COP 17

first_img28 September 2011African negotiators at the upcoming UN climate summit in Durban must push for a binding and responsible climate deal on agriculture, says Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network CEO Lindiwe Sibanda.The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) takes place in Durban from 28 November to 9 December.Sibanda said African negotiators should make it their priority to secure a deal that promoted food security, in order to ensure that climate change did not wreak further havoc on the continent.Addressing reporters in Pretoria this week about her organisation’s call, “No agriculture, no deal” for COP 17, Sibanda said: “We are grateful that COP 17 is taking place on the African continent. Now we want African negotiators to come out of this gathering with a responsible, binding climate change deal on agriculture.“Should they fail to clinch a deal at COP 17, civil society will rise and say, ‘Any deal that does not have agriculture as a stand-alone priority sector is a betrayal to the farming sector and anybody who needs food to survive.’”Sibanda said commitments made at the previous summit in Cancun, Mexico had to be sealed.“Let’s not keep on changing … Our view is that COP 17 in Durban [should] produce concrete outputs that would be binding to everyone.”Regarding the “No agriculture, no deal” campaign, Sibanda said: “We don’t embark on protest campaigns, but we advocate for evidence-based dialogue. Agriculture is the backbone of Africa’s economy, so we will use all our power to ensure that agriculture is put on the centre stage at the COP 17.”Sibanda said it was disturbing that developed countries were still refusing to make a binding deal to reduce atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases, adding that Africa would use COP 17 to push for a better global environment, improved agricultural productivity and land use.The Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network will partner with Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) to host an Agriculture Day as a COP 17 side-event on 3 December.It will also advocate for climate-smart, which includes proven techniques such as agro-forestry, improved grazing, zero tillage and intercropping.The Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network is an autonomous, regional, stakeholder-driven policy research, analysis and implementation network that was established in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) in 1997.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Maternal Mortality, Human Rights and Accountability

first_imgPosted on November 19, 2010November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)In September in Geneva, experts in human rights and maternal health gathered to discuss “good practices regarding maternal death audits, the role of national human rights institutions, and the contribution of judicial procedures.” Participants included staff from Human Rights Watch, the Center for Reproductive Rights, Amnesty International and OHCHR, among others.The presentations from the roundtable and the meeting report can be found online through the International Initiative on Maternal Mortality and Human Rights.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

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DeMarcus Cousins Just Epically Trolled Fox Sports’ Clay Travis

first_imgJohn Calipari gives instructions to DeMarcus Cousins.LEXINGTON, KY – FEBRUARY 13: John Calipari the Head Coach of the Kentucky Wilcats talks with DeMarcus Cousins #15 during the SEC game against the Tennessee Volunteers on February 13, 2010 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Update: Giving credit where credit is due. Travis had a fantastic response to Cousins’ post – he’s going to donate $5,000 to the charity of the NBA star’s choice. Good on him for turning this into a positive [email protected] Funny and well played. $5k to your charity of choice. Let me know where to send it.— Clay Travis (@ClayTravisBGID) January 30, 2015Earlier: Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, one of the best players in the NBA, can certainly lose his cool from time to time on the court. But off the court, his record is as clean as it gets. That comes as a surprise to at least one reporter – Fox Sports’ Clay Travis – who predicted five years ago that Cousins was going to be arrested at least once by now. Friday, Cousins took to Instagram to post a screenshot of Travis’ 2010 claim – which came after Kentucky beat Vanderbilt back during Cousins’ only year in Lexington. Cousins wants his followers to let Travis know how wrong he wound up being.Well played, DeMarcus. We have a feeling that a lot of people in both Lexington and Sacramento are going to let Travis know what they think about his prediction.last_img read more

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