Trailing by 14 points just before halftime, Darrel Goulding, Michael McLllorum, Josh Charnley, Blake Green and Pat Richards crossed as the Warriors became the first team since St Helens in 2006 to complete a memorable double following their Challenge Cup triumph at Wembley in August. Warrington had opened up a commanding lead thanks to a three-try blitz midway through the first-half. Wigan stirred into life just before the break and proved unstoppable in the second 40 minutes as they claimed the title and extended Warrington’s long wait for another league crown into a 59th year. “It’s an absolute fairytale,” winger Richards, who was playing his final game for Wigan before returning to Australia, told Sky Sports. “It wasn’t the best of starts but credit to our boys, we stuck in there.” Warrington had looked on course to end their title drought when Joel Monaghan, Simon Grix and Ben Westwood stunned Wigan in the first half. But Goulding’s try, two minutes before the break, cut the deficit to 10 and gave Wigan, seeking a second Super League title in four years, some much needed belief. When McLllorum burrowed over next to the posts from dummy half the gap was down to just four points and Wigan’s stirring comeback reached fever pitch when Super League’s top try scorer Charnley gathered a clever chip through from Goulding to record his 43rd try of the season. Charnley could have inflicted further misery on Warrington moments later but he failed to collect a Tomkins pass with the try line at his mercy. It mattered little however as Blake Green stretched the lead to eight and Richards completed the comeback by converting his own try with the clock ticking down. Warrington were willing to the end but Wigan’s class came through as they sent Richards and the New Zealand Warriors-bound Sam Tomkins to Australia’s NRL competition as winners “It’s unbelievable. Greatest game of my life,” Tomkins said. “Desire and belief was the key. We’re a really tight group, we knew if we stuck to our game plan, we could do it.” For Warrington, the defeat was their second successive in the Super League grand final after last year’s loss to Leeds.
The familiar Bruce Ellington (#23 14-229 REC, 1 TD) who has played both football and basketball for the Gamecocks, is quarterback Connor Shaws favorite target, but fellow junior Nick Jones (#3 12-136 REC) has turned three of his catches into touchdowns. MILESTONE WATCH: Senior running back Raymond Sanders has 1,247 career rushing yards and needs three more to tie Rod Stewart for 25th place on the UK career rushing list Senior running back Jonathan George has 786 career rushing yards and needs just 214 more to become the 34th player in school history with 1,000 career rushing yards Junior defensive end Bud Dupree has 11.5 career sacks, needing 6 more to tie for fourth most all-time in school history Junior defensive end ZaDarius Smith has 4.5 sacks this season needing just 4.5 more to tie for the fourth most sacks in a season in school history (Jeremy Jarmon 9 in 2007, Oliver Barnett 9 in 1988). ON THIS DAY IN UK HISTORY: Saturday marks the 17th time in school history that the Wildcats have played a game on Oct. 5. Kentucky holds an all-time record of 7-9 on this date. UK and South Carolina have never met on this date. The Cats last game on this date was a 35-7 loss to Alabama in 1996. UKs last win on this date was a 26-7 victory over Clemson in 1985. NOTES: The teams played just three times (1937, 1978 and 1981) before South Carolina joined the SEC for the 1992 season. Spurrier owns a 19-1 all-time record against Kentucky, including a 7-1 mark as head coach at South Carolina. The 19 wins matches his mark against Vanderbilt (19-2) as his most wins against any school. Kentucky is 1-5 all-time against ranked South Carolina teams. Thirteen games in the series have been decided by 7 points or less.
by Charlie Osborne September 30, 2013 8:08 AM PDT The UK government is planning to recruit hundreds of computer specialists to defend core infrastructure against cyberthreats, Conservative Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said Sunday. Speaking at the annual Conservative party conference, Hammond said the United Kingdom was dedicating additional resources and funds to building a strong cyber intelligence and surveillance network, according to Reuters . As cybercrime continues to prove a lucrative way for hackers to steal valuable data for profit or as part of state-sponsored jobs — and many governments struggle to catch up and protect networks adequately against rising attacks — defense budget funds now need to not only consider physical threats, but digital warfare as well. Hammond commented: “Last year our cyber defenses blocked around 400,000 advanced malicious cyber threats against the government’s secure internet alone, so the threat is real. But simply building cyber defenses is not enough: as in other domains of warfare, we also have to deter. Britain will build a dedicated capability to counterattack in cyberspace and if necessary to strike in cyberspace.” In February, the National Audit Office named “addressing the UK’s current and future ICT and cybersecurity skills gap” as a “key challenge.” The NAO report was published as part of the UK’s 650 million pound ($1.09 billion) Cyber Security Strategy scheme, and said it could take “20 years” to address the skills gap at all levels of education. Not only could a dedicated task force of offensive security experts deter hackers in the future, but the Defence Secretary told the Mail on Sunday that cyberstrikes could work “alongside conventional weapons in future conflicts,” disabling communications, nuclear weapons, ships and critical hardware. To establish the new cybersecurity force, the UK will recruit experts in their hundreds from a number of fields. The recruitment drive will include civilian computer experts who will be part of the “Joint Cyber Reserve,” and their role will be to work alongside members of the Ministry of Defence and GCHQ to protect critical infrastructure and prevent data theft. The cost of the program was not disclosed, but recruitment is due to begin in October. Hammond commented : “Increasingly, our defense budget is being invested in high-end capabilities such as cyber and intelligence and surveillance assets to ensure we can keep the country safe. The cyber reserves will be an essential part of ensuring we defend our national security in cyber-space. This is an exciting opportunity for Internet experts in industry to put their skills to good use for the nation, protecting our vital computer systems and capabilities.” The UK is also seeking ways to train the next generation of cyberspecialists. In May, two UK universities — Oxford and Royal Holloway — were granted 7.5 million pounds in funding to help develop the country’s skills in online security.
It would then pour billions of pounds into boosting Scotlands green energy potential, and also reduce the flow of oil coming from the North Sea, in a bid to cut CO2 emissions. Backed by the Scottish Greens who are hosting their conference in Inverness this weekend the authors argue that in private hands the UK energy market is on the point of collapse, lacks investment and is pushing up bills for hard-pressed consumers. But critics last night dismissed the proposals as fanciful, saying any plan which ended the UK-wide energy market would mean the vast cost of subsidising expensive green energy would fall on households in Scotland. The paper, written by contributors from Glasgow, Heriot-Watt and Glasgow Caledonian universities, says that a Scottish Energy Authority (SEA) and a Scottish Electricity Generation Corporation should be created after powers are transferred to Holyrood to oversee the entire energy sector. It would then run down nuclear, coal and gas-fired stations and plough massive investment into renewable energy by issuing billions of pounds worth of government bonds. In return, it argues, wind farms and new renewable projects will all be owned by the government or community groups. The paper claims bills could be lower because government could borrow at a lower rate and would not have to make a profit. It concludes that because of inherent market failures in the UKs energy market, only by breaking out of this policy regime and developing an alternative agenda around new forms of strategic planning and public ownership can Scotland fulfil its true potential and wider obligations as an energy-rich nation. It also calls for a completely different approach to the North Sea. Rather than an over-focus on producing as much oil as possible current UK and Scottish Government objectives coincide in trying to increase the rate of production the SEA would seek to reduce production from the North Sea, developing a more integrated and responsible approach to carbon emissions. The call comes after reports on independence have shown that North Sea oil revenues will be required to pay for current spending in Scotland. It also notes that most of Scotlands privatised energy assets at present are foreign-owned. It adds: It could plausibly be argued that French, Norwegian and Russian governments through their state-owned corporations have collectively far more control over UK (and Scottish) strategic energy interests than any British political actor. Alison Johnstone, Scottish Green MSP for Lothian and a member of Holyroods economy and energy committee, said: By taking responsibility, Scotland could prioritise common ownership, create high-quality jobs and move away from the fossil fuels we simply cannot afford to burn. The move would be best achieved through independence, the authors declare, although they say it could also be achieved by transferring responsibility for energy to a devolved Scottish Government. But the plan met with little enthusiasm from the SNP government last night.