Liberia has been excluded from participating in the African Junior Handball Tournament, from 28 July to 4, August, 2014 in Lome, Togo, due to the presence of Ebola in the country.The LHA was expected to send both male and female teams to the Lome Tournament but was excluded from the tournament by the International Handball Federation (IHF).LHA president J. Mayson Saweler told the Daily Observer that the IHF requested an Ebola Clearance Certificate, just before the two teams’ departure.The Clearance Certificates were not part of the requirement for participation, he said, but with the increasing number of Liberians who have been affected and even lost their lives, the IHF decided to finally exclude Liberia from the tournament.“Even Nigeria has also been excluded due to the reported death of a Liberian with the disease in that country,” Saweler said.Liberia is in Zone 3 along with Ghana, Togo, (host), Burkina Faso, Benin and the Ivory Coast.“Since we are the first organization to suffer from traveling abroad,” Saweler said, “I think it is necessary that we work along with other sports organizations to create more awareness against this deadly disease.”“We play handball with bare hands,” Saweler said, “so we will demonstrate to all that we must obey preventive measures from the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare as we fight the disease.”He announced an Ebola Awareness Campaign last Saturday involving more than 50 athletes at the Sports Commission.He also used the occasion to appeal to UNESCO, UNDP and UNICEF to support his organization’s effort to provide awareness to handball players, who are mainly students, throughout the country.At its awareness campaign on Saturday, Liberian musician, Ms. Emma Smith, who had donated jerseys to the association, was expected to be in attendance to entertain the players and the crowd.He meanwhile made an appeal to the Ministry of Youth and Sports to allow his association to give a handball performance before and after the end of the forthcoming National County Meet.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
My beloved points per drive numbers have been updated, and something interesting is starting to happen. Let’s look at offenses first. Remember, these are against FBS teams only and do not include garbage time drives. All data here.Texas Tech rose again after slipping against West Virginia the week before last. Tech ranks No. 3 in the country. Baylor is No. 8. OU is No. 9. UT and Oklahoma State are both just inside the top 30 nationally in points per drive. The only teams with better PPD numbers on offense than Tech? Washington and Western Michigan.Now let’s look at defense.Ohhhhhhh, Tech. They rank No. 128 nationally in points per drive allowed. Last place. OU, Kansas and Iowa State aren’t much better. Maybe that’s why there’s a petition to fire Mike Stoops going in Norman. Oklahoma State is No. 62 nationally. West Virginia is No. 16.Carson talked about this on the podcast on Monday, but I think these two charts are where the angst from OSU fans comes in. In Big 12 terms, OSU’s defense is actually pretty good even thought it’s not nationally anything to speak of. Its defense is up there with the best in the conference (although it hasn’t played many of the great offenses yet). Its defense doesn’t seem that far away from the leader (and its not at 0.7 points per drive).But its offense looks pretty average. Pedestrian. Run of the mill. It is over a point from being the best offense in the conference.Mike Gundy was asked about getting James Washington the ball on offense on Monday.“It changes each week based on the structure,” said Gundy. “Defenses have the choice, in most cases, who gets the ball on offense. It’s not like it was 20-25 years ago. Now, defenses can take away a certain part of the game, and offenses have to be able to adjust accordingly.”OSU’s offense hasn’t been able to adjust like it has in the past. It will have to over the next few weeks as it still has three of the top five defenses on its schedule.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!