Saints defender Wesley Hoedt made a hash of dealing with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s pass, allowing Salah to tee up Firmino for a clinical finish.Liverpool increased their lead in the 42nd minute when Firmino turned provider for Salah with a fine flicked pass that the Egypt forward slotted home for his 29th club goal of a dream first season with the Reds.3 important points – with a clean sheet ??Let’s do the same on Wednesday!#YNWA #LK1 #LFC pic.twitter.com/nrJIRgaWL0— Loris Karius (@LorisKarius) February 11, 2018Klopp’s men are four points clear of fifth placed Chelsea, who face West Bromwich Albion on Monday, as the battle hots up to qualify for the Champions League via a top four finish.“It was not a brilliant performance. It was difficult circumstances with the wind. We did the job. That is very important,” Klopp said.“We scored early, got the second goal in the right moment and then controlled the game.“We want to finish the season top four and we need the points.”Southampton are third bottom following their first defeat in five league matches.Huddersfield climbed out of the relegation zone after a 4-1 win against Bournemouth at the John Smith’s Stadium. goal off for the season. @22mosalah is your @carlsberg Man of the Match. ? pic.twitter.com/AGpPCDAZU7— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 11, 2018David Wagner’s team took a seventh-minute lead as Alex Pritchard collected Steve Mounie’s pass and drilled in his first Huddersfield goal since his January move from Norwich.Junior Stanislas equalised for Bournemouth with a cool finish from Ryan Fraser’s cross seven minutes later.But Benin striker Mounie restored Huddersfield’s advantage with a 27th-minute header and Steve Cook’s own goal put the hosts in control in the 66th minute.Rajiv van La Parra converted a stoppage-time penalty to lift Huddersfield out of the drop zone.Huddersfield’s first league win in nine matches was marred by an injury to Australia midfielder Aaron Mooy, who was stretchered off with a knee problem 15 minutes from time.Share on: WhatsApp “It wasn’t going to happen for us today. Newcastle gave what they have, that’s a beautiful thing in football.“We made a defensive mistake and when they are in front they had only one thing in mind and gave their lives to keep a clean sheet.”Newcastle had kicked off in the relegation zone, but a first win in five league games — their first success against United since 2013 — lifts them to 13th place.At St Mary’s, Liverpool moved above Tottenham into third place as goals from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah killed off lowly Southampton.Jurgen Klopp’s side, who featured former defender Virgil van Dijk on his first return to the club he left in January, took a sixth minute lead when Brazil forward Firmino netted for the 20th time this season.– Dream season for Salah – Jose Mourinho’s second placed side, beaten by Tottenham in their last away game, were rarely at their best at St James’ Park and paid the price in the 65th minute.United defender Chris Smalling was booked for needlessly diving inside his own half and from the resulting Jonjo Shelvey free-kick, Dwight Gayle latched onto a header and played a backheel towards Ritchie.His run was completely untracked by United’s sloppy defence and the Newcastle winger fired low past David De Gea.Mourinho responded by pulling off Paul Pogba after another underwhelming display from the France midfielder.And United should have equalised soon after, but when Newcastle failed to clear a corner, Anthony Martial saw two shots blocked on the line by Gayle.“Newcastle fought like animals, I hope they take that as a compliment. The gods of football were on their side,” Mourinho said. London, United Kingdom | AFP | Matt Ritchie condemned Manchester United to a shock 1-0 defeat at struggling Newcastle, while Liverpool cemented their top four place with a 2-0 win over Southampton on Sunday.United’s second defeat in their last three Premier League games leaves them 16 points behind leaders Manchester City.
7 March 2013South African food assurance company Food Safety Assessment has been acquired by British product-testing group Intertek, the company announced on Monday.The deal will expand London-headquartered Intertek’s capacity and allow it to provide auditing, training and certification to food producers and manufacturers both in South Africa and in the rest of the sub-Saharan African region.“By combining Intertek’s global presence and capabilities with FSA’s position as a leader in food supply chain assurance in southern Africa, we can extend a full service solution to the food industry,” Intertek’s senior vice president of food services, Chetan Parmar, said in a statement.FSA has built a reputation for its auditing services to the retail and food services industries, particularly with food safety management services.The deal will enable FSA to support its customers’ international food supply chain needs, and Intertek to support its global clients operating in sub-Saharan Africa.FSA will also be able to offer a larger number of accredited certifications, including ISO 22000 (Food Safety), FSSC 22000 (Food Safety), HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points), ISO 9001 (Quality Management Systems) as well as Good Catering Practices, Workplace Conditions Assessment.“FSA has a service focus dedicated to adding progressive value to customers products and processes, supporting their success in the global and local markets,” said a managing member of FSA, Donna Crockart.“Increased consumer awareness, globalisation and the demand for safe food has led the food industry to demand more food safety management systems,” Parmar said.“This, coupled with local and international developments within African markets, has led to an increasing demand for local quality services within a global framework.”SAinfo reporter
Just as the air-conditioning season arrives, Friedrich says it is limiting sales of an air-source heat pump designed for installation by do-it-yourselfers to only two states while it studies a broader launch later.The announcement comes just a month after the company launched the Breeze, and said it would be a “game changer” in the industry. At the time, the company’s advertising agency said it would be available nationally.But in an e-mail sent out on May 8, Eco advertising president Perla Sarabia Johnson wrote, “At Friedrich’s request, please delete the Breeze room air conditioner press release as well as images, and please do not run Breeze information in the future.”The Breeze is a ductless minisplit heat pump available in two sizes and delivered in a kit designed for installation by homeowners. Heat pumps are usually installed by professionals.Asked to explain the unusual request, Johnson said by e-mail: “Friedrich has intentionally rolled out the product with limited production for sale only in New York and South Florida. While Friedrich wanted broader exposure this summer season, the company has decided to pull back to avoid creating demand that Friedrich cannot deliver on. Friedrich is currently reviewing its broad launch date with its retailers and production team.”Johnson said there were no production or design issues with the heat pump, but it wasn’t clear what prompted the about-face and Friedrich did not return phone calls. Johnson didn’t respond to a question about how many units had been sold prior to the announcement.As of May 14, the Breeze was still listed at the company’s website.
England won the toss and elected to field first against IndiaWelcome to the coverage of Day 3 of the 5th Test between India and England from the Oval stadium in London.Scorecard | Day 1| Day 2 Chris Jordan pumps his fist in great joy. Voila, the big broad grin on Cook’s face. The English skipper even waves to the crowd and acknowledges the cheers. Root beams like a cheshire cat. Ishant and Binny exchange pleasantries and drag themselves off the field. Another sorry 3-day surrender from India. Dropped catches, no-balls, shody bowling, spineless batting. It was just about the perfect recipe for disaster. Is there any bottom to the abyss MS Dhoni’s men are hurtling into? By the way, this is Dhoni’s 14th Test loss as a captain on foreign shores. After Root’s walk-in-the-park 149, India found themselves tottering at 66-6 for the fourth time in a row. It all started with Gambhir’s careless pursuit of a suicidal single, Cheteshwar got his feet moving and regained some balance but was undone by a howitzer from Jimmy. Kohli scrapped to a 54-ball 20 but was out nicking off for the umpteenth time in the series. Binny was the only other Indian batsmen to have moved into double figures. Eventually, India were wiped out for a mere 94 runs. Take no credit away from the English bowlers, who were relentless in their lines and lengths. Jimmy and Broad set it up, swinging the ball either way before Chris Jordan helped himself to four wickets. They were ably supported by some sharp slip catching, which could serve as a manual for the visitors’ slippers. Even the stoutest defenders of Indian cricket would admit that they were too soft. They refused to show a bit of application to push the match into the penultimate day. They now face a bleak situation, akin to what stared England in the face at the Ashes collapse.advertisementEngland have decimated India by an innings and 244 runs to win the 5th Test. Alastair Cook’s men have also clinched the five-match Test series 3-1.Team India’s SORDID SAGA FINALLY COMES TO AN END!!29.2 overs: That’s OUT!! Chris Jordan has got Ishant Sharma out caught at silly point. Sharma rocks back and smacks it high in the air as Moeen Ali gets underneath it to complete an easy catch. Ishant Sharma departs after scoring two runs off four balls. With Stuart Binny(25) and Ishant Sharma(2) at the crease, India are currently at 93/9 after 28 overs.NINE RUNS off the over!!27.3 overs: FOUR!! Stuart Binny flays an exquisite cover drive and earns a boundary. With Stuart Binny(18) and Ishant Sharma(0) at the crease, India are currently at 84/9 after 27 overs.Ishant Sharma comes to the crease for India.26.6 overs: That’s OUT!! Varun Aaron has been run-out by Moeen Ali. Aaron flicks it towards fine leg and completes the first run but calls for the suicidal second only to lose his wicket. Varun Aaron departs after scoring one run off three balls. 26.1 overs: FOUR!! Stuart Binny reaches out and slices it over the slip cordon for a boundary.FOUR RUNS off the over!!Varun Aaron comes to the crease for India.The END IS NEAR for Team India!!25.6 overs: OUT!! Chris Jordan has got Bhuvneshwar Kumar out caught in the slips cordon. Kumar was looking to hammer that one but slices it straight into the hands of Ian Bell in the slips. Bhuvneshwar Kumar departs after scoring four runs off four balls with a boundary.25.4 overs: FOUR!! Bhuvneshwar Kumar goes on the backfoot and whacks it past gully for a boundary.Bhuvneshwar Kumar comes to the crease for India.25.2 overs: That’s OUT!! Chris Jordan has got Ravichandran Ashwin out caught in the slip cordon. Ashwin was lured into the drive and gets an outside edge through to Gary Ballance who gets a hand to it while Ian Bell takes it on the rebound. Ravichandran Ashwin departs after scoring seven runs off nine balls with a boundary. With Stuart Binny(12) and Ravichandran Ashwin(4) at the crease, India are currently at 66/6 after 24 overs.FOUR RUNS off the over!!23.4 overs: FOUR!! Ravichandran Ashwin employs the frontfoot drive and drills it past mid-off for a boundary. Ravichandran Ashwin comes to the crease for India.23.2 overs: OUT!! Chris Jordan has got Virat Kohli out caught at first slip. Kohli was lured forward and the late swing forces an outside edge through to Alastair Cook who takes it cleanly. Virat Kohli departs after scoring 20 runs off 54 balls with two boundaries. BIG WICKET for England!!SEVEN RUNS off the over!!advertisement22.6 overs: FOUR!! Stuart Binny flays the square drive and sends it racing for a boundary.19.5 overs: FOUR!! Stuart Binny leans forward and drills it straight down the ground for a boundary. FAB SHOT from Binny!!ONE RUN off the over!!Stuart Binny comes to the crease for India.18.4 overs: That’s OUT!! Chris Woakes has got MS Dhoni out caught at short leg. Dhoni was looking to play it towards the onside but gets an inside edge onto the pads as the ball lobs straight into the hands of Sam Robson. MS Dhoni departs for a golden duck. India IN TATTERS here!!THREE RUNS off the over!!MS Dhoni comes to the crease for India.17.5 overs: OUT!! Stuart Broad has got Ajinkya Rahane out caught at the third slip. Rahane was looking to push at it but gets an outside edge through to Gary Ballance who takes it comfortably. Ajinkya Rahane departs after scoring four runs off 15 balls. Another BLOW for India!!FOUR RUNS off the over!!16.5 overs: FOUR!! Virat Kohli leans forward and flicks it wide of mid-on for a boundary.THREE RUNS off the over!!Ajinkya Rahane comes to the crease for India.12.5 overs: That’s OUT!! James Anderson has got Cheteshwar Pujara out caught by the wciekt-keeper. Pujara was looking to defend but gets a thin edge through to Jos Buttler behind the stumps. Cheteshwar Pujara departs after scoring 11 runs off 19 balls with two boundaries. With Cheteshwar Pujara(11) and Virat Kohli(7) at the crease, India are currently at 27/2 after 12 overs.FOUR RUNS off the over!!11.2 overs: FOUR!! Cheteshwar Pujara gets on top of the bounce and slaps it behind point for a boundary. CRACKING SHOT from Pujara!! With Cheteshwar Pujara(7) and Virat Kohli(4) at the crease, India are currently at 20/2 after nine overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!8.4 overs: FOUR!! Cheteshwar Pujara leans forward and flicks it towards fine leg for a boundary. WRONG LINE from Anderson!! With Cheteshwar Pujara(1) and Virat Kohli(4) at the crease, India are currently at 14/2 after eight overs.This is the shadow of that Virat Kohli who played last season in subcontinent batting now. Looking ridiculously lost in the crease #IndvsEng Arjun Nampoothiri (@arjunpn) August 17, 2014ONE RUN off the over!! Stuart Broad will bowl from the other end for England. With Cheteshwar Pujara(0) and Virat Kohli(4) at the crease, India are currently at 13/2 after seven overs.FOUR RUNS off the over!!6.4 overs: FOUR!! Virat Kohli goes for the drive and gets an outside edge past the slip cordon for a boundary. Kohli has GOT TO BE CAREFUL here!! Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli are out in the middle for India while James Anderson will start the proceedings for England.And, we’re back!! Rain Update: The super soppers are currently draining the water from the field. The sun is out and the umpires have an inspection scheduled at 2 pm(local time). Play should resume within 30 minutes after the umpires’ inspection. As soon as Woakes hit direct, the rain came down very hard, forcing the players off. And an early lunch will be taken as well. India have outdone themselves in that short 30-minute session by losing two wickets. Vijay got a good one, but there was no rhyme or reason for Gambhir to get out like that. It will be hard for him to force his way back into the Indian Test side in the near future. What a gift for England just before the rain break – as if they needed any! Rain was predicted to arrive around 12pm local time and it has duly done so. India will be happy to see that. At least they could be in the dressing room rather than endure the torture out on the field. Almost 70 overs are left in the day and if we get all those in, we may see the Test ending today itself. advertisementGOOD NEWS: The rain has STOPPED and the ground staff will have a bit of MOPPING UP to do at The Oval. Meanwhile, the rain has started pouring really hard. The players are running towards the dressing room and we’ll have an EARLY LUNCH here. Stay tuned for more updates!!Absolutely clueless what the coaching staff is doing. Fletcher, Penney and Dawes – do you have any vision? #EngvInd #IndvsEng Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) August 17, 20146.1 overs: OUT!! Gautam Gambhir has been run-out by Chris Woakes’ brilliance in the field. Gambhir tucks it towards the on-side and calls for a suicidal single while Woakes covers ground quickly and fires in a direct hit to catch him short at the crease. Gautam Gambhir departs after scoring three runs off 19 balls. India off to a DISASTROUS START yet again!! That’s a WICKET MAIDEN from Anderson!!Cheteshwar Pujara comes to the crease for India.HERE WE GO AGAIN!!4.5 overs: That’s OUT!! James Anderson has got Murali Vijay out lbw on a fiery inswinger. Vijay was looking to defend but gets struck on the pads right in front of the stumps. Murali Vijay departs after scoring two runs off 16 balls. With Murali Vijay(2) and Gautam Gambhir(0) at the crease, India are currently at 6/0 after three overs.FIVE RUNS off the over!!Stuart Broad will bowl from the other end for England.ONE RUN off the over!! Murali Vijay and Gautam Gambhir are out in the middle for India while James Anderson will start the proceedings for England.The morning hour was all about India’s lack of heart and Root’s industry. He brought up his 2nd hundred of the series and along with Broad shot more holes through the already fragile Indian minds. The lead is 338 and England will feel that they have more than enough in the bank. A big innings for Gambhir – probably playing for his Test career. He will be under enormous pressure which will not make his task any easier.Root walks off to a generous applause from the Oval crowd. They are on their feet, applauding that effort as the Yorkshire lad raises his bat to all corners of the field. The Indians slowly troop off. They have a monumental task of taking this into tomorrow, let alone harboring thoughts of saving this. 76 overs are scheduled to be bowled in the day and England will have their tails up under overcast conditions – where the ball will definitely talk.That’s the END OF INNINGS for England!!Joe Root has been LEFT STRANDED at 149 on the other end!!116.3 overs: OUT!! Ravichandran Ashwin has got James Anderson out lbw on a quicker delivery. Anderson was looking to defend but gets struck on the pads in front of the stumps. James Anderson departs after scoring one run off five balls. James Anderson comes to the crease for England.113.6 overs: OUT!! Ishant Sharma has got Stuart Broad out caught in the slip cordon. Broad was looking to fend off the bouncer but gloves it towards Virat Kohli who takes it comfortably. Stuart Broad departs after scoring 37 runs off 21 balls with five boundaries and a six.1112.6 overs: FOUR!! Joe Root stands tall and smacks it over mid-on for a boundary.NINE RUNS off the over!!111.3 overs: SIX!! Stuart Broad rocks back and clouts the pull over deep square leg for the maximum. CRACKING SHOT from Broad!!TEN RUNS off the over!! Stuart Broad comes to the crease for England.107.2 overs: OUT!! Ishant Sharma has got Chris Jordan out caught by the wicket-keeper. Jordan was looking to defend but gets a thin edge through to MS Dhoni behind the stumps. Chris Jordan departs after scoring 20 runs off 33 balls with two boundaries.107.1 overs: Joe Root flicks it through midwicket and steals three runs. That’s a SENSATIONAL TON from Root!!SEVEN RUNS off the over!!106.1 overs: FOUR!! Joe Root goes for the drive and gets an outside edge past gully for a boundary. Root MOVES ONTO 97 now!!Varun Aaron will bowl from the other end for India.FIVE RUNS off the over!!Joe Root and Chris Jordan are out in the middle for England while Ishant Sharma will start the proceedings for India. Toss: England won the toss and elected to field first against India.Changes: India have made two changes with Ishant Sharma and Stuart Binny replacing Pankaj Singh and Ravindra Jadeja. On the other hand, England have decided to play the same team from the last Test match.Teams(from):England: Alastair Cook, Sam Robson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler, Chris Jordan, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.India: Murali Vijay, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Stuart Binny, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Varun Aaron, Ishant Sharma
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say West Ham to issue lifetime ban to supporter for Deeney incidentby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United are set to ban a supporter for life from their stadium.The Hammers are furious at a fan who tossed a coffee cup at Troy Deeney when they lost 2-0 to Watford.Deeney is the Watford skipper and he had the cup thrown at him when he celebrated the penalty that gave his side the opening goal.A West Ham statement read: “The Club is aware of the incident and will be working to identify the offender.”In line with our zero tolerance approach, anyone identified will have their details passed to the police and will face a lifetime ban from London Stadium.”There is no place for this kind of behaviour at our stadium.”An FA spokesperson added: “The referee (Lee Mason) has reported the incident and we will be looking into it.”
Liverpool striker Brewster: Sturridge departure helps meby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Rhian Brewster admits he feels he has a better first team chance with Daniel Sturridge’s departure.Sturridge left Anfield for Trabzonspor this summer after his contract expired, leaving the Reds a striker short.Klopp opted against signing a replacement, and Brewster sees this as an obvious boost to his chances and proof his opportunity is around the corner.”One less striker gives you more opportunity to break into the first team, so of course, Sturridge going there is more opportunity for me to play,” he told the Mirror.”You look at every single signing and Klopp not signing another striker, it seems he has faith in me to do a job as well.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Sampdoria hero Vialli sorry over failed takeover bidby Carlos Volcano13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSampdoria hero Gianluca Vialli has spoken of his group’s failed takeover bid.Vialli’s consortium confirmed earlier in the week that they could not agree a price with Samp president Massimo Ferrero.“The reason is very simple, we didn’t agree a price with Ferrero,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “It’s no-one’s fault. Ferrero set a price and it wasn’t possible to find a meeting point.“We regret that this thing became public and, in some way, affected the morale and results of the team, but we have a clear conscience: in the last 13 months we’ve only made two official announcements, and this is the first time I’ve talked about it personally.“I’m sorry because, apart from the time and energy I’ve invested, I was convinced that I could do a good job with the people already working at the club who, at present, aren’t getting the credit they deserve.“I would’ve worked with passion, courage and humility to represent the people connected to Sampdoria in the best way.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
VANCOUVER – A small Victoria, B.C.-based tech firm has found itself mired in a privacy scandal unfolding in Europe as it faces accusations that it played a role in influencing Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.AggregateIQ Data Services Ltd. is a digital advertising, web and software development company, according to its website.Whistleblowers claim the company is connected to efforts to circumvent election finance rules during the Brexit referendum and played an outsized role in the eventual win for the “leave” side.They say that VoteLeave violated the spending limit rules by donating 625,000 pounds (about C$1.1 million) to the pro-Brexit student group BeLeave, then sending the money directly to AggregateIQ.One of the whistleblowers, Christopher Wylie, claims he helped found AggregateIQ while he worked for SCL, which is the parent company of Cambridge Analytica. Wylie also alleges that Cambridge Analytica used data harvested from more than 50-million Facebook users to help U.S. President Donald Trump win the 2016 election.Wylie told the digital, culture, media and sport committee of the U.K. Parliament that he “absolutely” believed AggregateIQ drew on Cambridge Analytica’s databases for its work on the official Vote Leave campaign.“I think it is incredibly reasonable to say that AIQ played a very significant role in Leave winning,” he said.The campaign appears to have previously verified the company’s role in its success.“Without a doubt, the Vote Leave campaign owes a great deal of its success to the work of AggregateIQ. We couldn’t have done it without them,” reads a quote from Dominic Cummings, a Vote Leave campaign director, on a cached version of AggregateIQ’s website.AggregateIQ did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment and its listed office line went unanswered and did not connect to a voicemail service.The company denies any connection to Cambridge Analytica in a statement posted on its website on March 24 and said it works in full legal and regulatory compliance in the jurisdictions where it operates.“AggregateIQ has never been and is not a part of Cambridge Analytica or SCL”, reads the statement, adding that it never entered into a contract with Cambridge Analytica or employed Wylie.“It has never knowingly been involved in any illegal activity,” it said. “All work AggregateIQ does for each client is kept separate from every other client.”However, a cached version of SCL’s website shows it once listed a Canadian office located in Victoria. The phone number listed leads to Zackary Massingham, AggregateIQ’s president since 2011, according to his LinkedIn page. He did not respond to a voicemail left at that number.AggregateIQ’s website also previously included a statement defending the company against allegations it used Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook data.The company said it “has never managed, nor did we ever have access to, any Facebook data or database allegedly obtained improperly by Cambridge Analytica.” That statement has since been removed from the website.— With files from the Associated PressFollow @AleksSagan on Twitter.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Northern Lights College is going to be bringing the renowned Maritime Bhangra dance group to the Fort St. John for its first annual International Talent for Charity Show next month.The talent show, which is taking place at the Evangel Chapel on April 7th, is being hosted by the College to celebrate the diversity and talents of Peace Region residents. The Maritime Bhangra Group was founded in Halifax two years ago. Since July 2016, the group has raised money for multiple causes, including the ALS Societies of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, as well as the Leukemia Society and Autism NS. The group also performed on Parliament Hill at the Canada 150 celebrations, and has appeared on the CBC’s “This Hour Has 22 Minutes” and “The Rick Mercer Report”.The group will be joined on stage by members of the Fort St. John community who will be helping to raise money for local charities. Each performance will name a charity, and a portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to their chosen group. Tickets are available at the North Peace Cultural Centre, with adult tickets at $30. Student tickets are $20. The talent show is Saturday, April 7, at the Evangel Chapel. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with the show starting at 7:00. For more information, call Cleo at 250-785-6981 ext. 6212 or email [email protected]
Tubby Smith, the fiery coach that won a national championship at Kentucky, received the appreciation of his efforts confirmation he desired from the Minnesota Gophers: an eight-year contract extension worth about $1.8 million a season.Smith, who rebuilt Georgia’s program before going to Kentucky and winning the national title in his first season, had been seeking an extension for about 18 months. His Gopher teams have not one an NCAA Tournament game in his five years. They won 23 games last year but only made it to the NIT (lost in the championship game).“I believe that we can get the job done here,” Smith said in a statement. “The commitment from the university is there to continue to grow the program, and I am looking forward to being a part of that.”The most significant part of that commitment is the construction of a practice facility to bring the Gophers up to speed with the rest of the Big Ten and around the country. Smith’s agent, Ricky Lefft, said no specific timetable was spelled out but that a “mutual agreement” has been forged between the university and the coach that the new building is on the horizon.“We needed to make sure there was a commitment to make that investment at the university,” Lefft said to the Associated Press. “It’s been accepted by the institution, and certainly by Coach, that this is necessary to advance the program.”New athletic director Norwood Teague said he looks forward to working with Smith “to help lift Gopher basketball to even greater heights.”Smith took over a probation-ravaged program still reeling from the academic fraud scandal revealed in 1999, but a pair of one-and-done appearances in the NCAA tournament and a 38-52 record in Big Ten play has fallen short of the hopes he brought from Kentucky, where he won a national championship in 1998 and never finished worse than the second round. He is 103-68 with the Gophers.“Coach has made it clear it’s his desire to be at Minnesota and turn Minnesota into a powerhouse,” Lefft said. “He’s excited about getting it done.”