ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Every summer as a teenager, I worked for a family business in my small hometown in upstate New York. I would work the morning shift at the ice cream stand and then walk next door to Danny’s restaurant, owned by the same family, to bus tables at night. I was motivated—I wanted to earn enough money to pay for my living expenses and books during college. But that experience did more for me then help me earn money for college. I also learned an important lesson that has helped me in every job I have ever had since then and has contributed to multiple promotions.One of the owners, Vinny, often repeated a saying to the staff that has stuck with me: “If you can lean, you can clean.” I’ll admit that as a teenager, this off-handed comment sounded a bit like micromanaging at first—what was the harm in taking a little break once in a while?—but I realized that working hard and putting in extra effort had its rewards. I was quickly given more responsibility at the ice cream stand and allowed to open and close the shifts on my own.In my early 20s, I left upstate New York to move to my now-home state of Maryland and took the principle of “If you can lean, you can clean” with me. I realized that becoming indispensable to my bosses had its rewards in the corporate world as well. Being proactive by offering to take on additional work and taking tasks off my manager’s plate built trust, respect and accolades—because, in a nutshell, I put in the effort to make my boss’s job easier. continue reading »
“This assertion is remarkably erroneous, lacks objectivity and scant in factual basis. Simply, a false narrative,” Andanar said. “NTC’s (National Telecommunications Commission) cease and desist order is an independent and impartial decision.”“Let us be reminded that President Duterte has accepted the apology of ABS-CBN Corporation and this thereby undermines any assumption that the President was behind NTC’s decision,” he added.ABS-CBN’s shutdown on Tuesday evening made international headlines as rights groups, lawmakers, and the general public decried the shutdown during the coronavirus pandemic.President Duterte had repeatedly threatened to block the renewal of the ABS-CBN franchise, which expired on May 4, over unaired political advertisements during the 2016 elections.Late last year, President Duterte even urged the owners of ABS-CBN to just sell the company. But the Chief Executive accepted ABS-CBN’s apology over the issue of his unaired ad last February.“This is not an issue of press freedom but an issue regarding legislative franchise. Democracy, and the free press and free speech that come with it, is very much alive in the country and effectively protected,” Andanar said.“The mandate of a broadcast franchise issuance and renewal is within the authority of the Congress, and not solely of the President, who only signs the law to be executory,” he added.“Decision regarding the legislative franchise of ABS-CBN falls within the purview and wisdom of Congress and ABS-CBN has the right to pursue any and exhaust all legal remedies it deems necessary to resolve the matter,” he further said.Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, meanwhile, said that President Duterte cannot interfere with the matter since NTC is attached to the Department of Information and Communications Technology, it is a quasi-judicial body that functions independently.“Kung ang Presidente po ay makikialam diyan sa NTC, ‘yan po ay krimen. Ito po ay paglabag doon sa code of conduct for local officials at labag din ito sa anti-graft,” he added./PN MANILA – Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar on Thursday slammed international media reports that allegedly connecting ABS-CBN’s status to the President Rodrigo Duterte’s threats against the company.
Josh Coletti of Granite Pointe, Jordan Hoodikoff of Christina Lake and Don Courson, golfing out of the Castlegar course, grabbed the top prizes at the Zone One West Kootenay Men’s Qualifying Tournament Sunday in Christina Lake.Coletti and Hoodikoff each fired 8-over-par 152 to claim the top two spots on the Zone One West Kootenay Men’s Amateur team.Meanwhile, Courson edged out Ian Turner in the Senior Men’s qualifying tournament.Courson shot 163 in the 36-hole tournament that started Saturday at the Granite Pointe at Nelson course. Five players qualified for the Zone One West Kootenay Men’s team.Joining Coletti and Hoodikoff are Tanner Kopan Christina Lake, A. J. Cooper of Granite Pointe and Scott Podovelnikoff of Castlegar.Kopan and Cooper tied at 155 while Podovelnikoff was six shots off the leaders at 158.The B.C. Men’s Amateur is July 24-27 at the Swan-e-set Bay Resort in Pitt Meadows.On the Senior Men’s side of the tournament, Leif Petersen of Christina Lake, Turner of Christina Lake and Salmo’s Rick Thomas join Courson.The B.C. Senior Men’s Championship is July 16 – 18 at the Nanaimo Golf Club on Vancouver Island.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey announced that USDA is hosting a listening session for initial input on the 2018 Farm Bill. USDA is seeking public input on the changes to existing programs implemented by the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Risk Management Agency. Each agency will take into account stakeholder input when making discretionary decisions on program implementation.“The 2018 Farm Bill is intended to provide support, certainty and stability to our Nation’s farmers, ranchers and land stewards by enhancing farm support programs, improving crop insurance, maintaining disaster programs, and promoting and supporting voluntary conservation,” said Under Secretary Northey. “We are seeking input from stakeholders on how USDA can streamline and improve program delivery while also enhancing customer service.”The listening session will be held Feb. 26, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in the Jefferson Auditorium in the South Building located at 14th Street and Independence Ave. S.W. in Washington, D.C.The listening session is open to the public. Participants must register at farmers.gov/farmbill by February 22, 2019, to attend the listening session and are encouraged to provide written comments prior to the listening session. For those orally presenting comments at the listening session, written comments are encouraged to be submitted to regulations.gov by February 22, 2019. Additional written comments will be accepted through March 1, 2019. Comments received will be publicly available on www.regulations.gov.“Truly this is a Farm Bill that improves farm safety net programs, protects federal crop insurance, and preserves strong rural development and research initiatives. At USDA we are eager to hear from our stakeholders on policy recommendations, so we can start working on implementing these important Farm Bill provisions,” said Northey.For more information on the listening session visit farmers.gov/farmbill.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp insists he’s counting on Lallanaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists he’s counting on Adam Lallana this season.The midfielder has been linked with a move away this month.Klopp said, “Adam is actually in outstanding shape – I said it a few times maybe, but it’s unbelievable in training. So we have to say it was close in the last game: ‘Do we start him or not?’ and stuff like this. “It’s really, really good and it’s like always in life, if you learn from your experiences… you cannot learn too much from being injured and stuff like that, but how is your mood? Adam is a player who always wants to play. He would play four games a day if possible just from his desire to play football. “He is really, I would say in the moment, in the best moment since I know him, just like as a person he is fantastic. He will have a big part of our season I am really sure and that’s cool. But in training everything is good, when he came on everything was good so far, so now he is ready to take these little steps.”
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona coach Valverde eases Messi injury concernsby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde eased injury concerns for Lionel Messi after went off at halftime for victory over Villarreal.Returning to action this week, Messi appeared to injure himself.”When something happens to Messi the world stops,” Valverde said.”But it doesn’t seem to be anything more than a nuisance in the adductor.”We took him off as a precaution.”Barcelona earned the points, but they didn’t impress at the Camp Nou. Nonetheless, Valverde was pleased to get the win.”The first thing is, as always, to win,” he explained. “I think we’re playing well at home. Today was tough.”We had a moment in the first half wherein we weren’t good.”But we’re good at home. We have to see if we can add to it away from home, too.”
Charlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN NewsAt one time Roy Dahl had 13 biological siblings – but he didn’t grow up with any of them.He was born in Red Lake, Ont., 570 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay, but was taken from his family to attend St. Mary’s Residential School.He was plucked once again from there and placed into the foster care system before being adopted by a white family.Dahl was too young to remember his separation from his birth family, but over the years pieced together the movement in his early years.“My brother said that they (Indian agents) just showed up at our door and said your children are coming with us, he went because I and my younger sister were taken.” Dahl said.“My adoptive brother, the way he described it, it was almost like adopting a puppy. His family went to the children’s home, and thought oh he looks like he needs a good family.”(Dahl with his adoptive mother. Photo courtesy Roy Dahl)As a Sixties Scoop survivor he is part of a class-action lawsuit.“We are going to spend our whole lives processing all of this, because we all feel a sense of alienation. We don’t feel like we belong,” he said.Dahl recently attended the Sixties Scoop information session in Yellowknife where he found both comfort wrapped in confusion.He was amongst some survivors who hoped to include claims of abuse in the lawsuit.“If there are 2,500 approved claims and we were to press forward those abuse claims, we would have to prove in each situation that abuse happened. But, here is no commonality in our stories and the evidence would not be as clear as in Residential Schools which had a smaller group of perpetrators,” Dahl said.Dahl recalled being subjected to harsh punishments not enforced on his adoptive siblings.“I faced the board of education on a regular basis. The board was four inches wide and three feet long. I would feel the wrath of my mother for every little thing. If I broke a dish, swore, came home late or didn’t get 70 percent on a test,” he said.According to Dahl, the cross country information sessions for survivors need to focus more the historical context of how the lawsuit came to be.“There should be mention of the (Justice Edward) Belobaba lawsuit, how it originated and the process that it went through – the hopes and the fact that it was almost dismissed several times,” Dahl said.Dahl said while no amount of money can take back his loss of culture and identity, he is satisfied that a healing foundation is attached to the settlement to support survivors in their own healing journey.“Nobody comes to us now and says you are still part of the family, part of the community, why don’t you come forward and sing with us? Why don’t you come forward and drum with us? Nobody invites us to do that. I think that is part of the missing link for us for healing,” he said.(The Dahl household in Red Lake, Ontario. Photo courtesy: Roy Dahl)Dahl has been waiting many years for what he values most – an apology from the federal government.“It’s about Canada saying sorry to you, saying ‘we are sorry we tore your families apart all because we thought you weren’t good parents, because we thought you weren’t good people,’ for Canada to step forward,” he said.According to Collectiva, the claims administer – any First Nation or Inuit person who was adopted or made a permanent ward and was placed in the care of non-Indigenous foster or adoptive parents in Canada between 1951 and 1991, is eligible for compensation.Forms must be completed and submitted by August 30, [email protected]@aptncharlotte
The dance of democracy has commenced in India as the world’s largest election exercise kickstarted this week. Lok Sabha 2019 is also turning out to be the most bitterly fought election in the history of the Indian democracy. Parties are scrambling to retain power or snatch it. In the middle of this turf war, elections are also a time for celebration because only ever so often (once in five years to be precise) do ordinary citizens truly get a chance to exercise their right of franchise. It is also a matter of great responsibility as almost 900 million voters begin to cast their votes and decide their future and that of the nation. Also Read – A special kind of bondThis great power that lies on our finger for that brief moment within the polling booth (provided the EVMs function without glitches and our names do appear in voter lists) is not to be taken lightly. The vote that we cast will decide the path taken by the nation for the next five years. It is also poignant to remember that the mandate given by the people in these general elections will also be a referendum on the BJP government’s performance in its last tenure. It will either be an acceptance or rejection of the BJP’s politics and policies, and it will be for all of it. It cannot be a selective acceptance of the saffron party’s nation-building and infrastructure development without the acceptance of the polarisation, communalism, demonetisation, lynching, NRC, and beef ban that have also been a part of it. Voting for Congress or the regional parties will be an acceptance of their past failures, corruption charges, possibilities of political instability, and promises of an India different from the one that has assumed centre stage in the last five years. Also Read – Insider threat managementAs citizens, our ideologies may be varied, our beliefs at loggerheads with each other; but if the democratic process is followed in true spirit and practice, then we shall all have the right to vote for whomever we trust. But do remember dear readers, that this time we vote not only for the next government that will come to power but also for the very idea of India. It is absolutely possible that that idea of India with its secularism, tolerance, and universal brotherhood, may not be wholly acceptable by the majority, but it sure is something worth fighting for. If you desire a change in that idea of India that has been our foundation since Independence, that has formed the backbone of our thinking, then so be it. But do be well aware of what you’re signing up for and the future trajectory of the nation. Read the manifestos of the various parties, understand what they promise to deliver. Don’t go just by hearsay, hyperboles, fake news and propaganda; do your research, and then take a moment to think before you cast your vote. The will of the people is supreme and whatever be their decision will be known on May 23 and will have to be accepted. But as long as we jump or fall with our eyes open, fully aware of who and what we are voting for, then this election will be a success for democracy. Whatever be your decision, whoever your tribesman, do step out and vote. This brilliant dance of democracy will be incomplete without your vote, even if you choose to vote for ‘None of the Above’. (The writer is a journalist and media entrepreneur. The views expressed are strictly personal)
2002CBrazilTurkeyChinaCosta Rica1750-51.8 1994DArgentinaGreeceNigeriaBulgaria1757-43.6 Powerhouse France, coming off a loss in the finals of the 2016 European Championship to Portugal, will be looking to move through and claim its second ever World Cup trophy. Peru owns a 47 percent chance to make its second-ever knockout stage appearance and first since being defeated by Pelé’s Brazil in Mexico in 1970. Group B is projected to be the strongest in the tournament, according to FiveThirtyEight’s Soccer Power Index, and will be headlined by an early game between old rivals Portugal and Spain, which will face off for just the second time at a World Cup. The Iberian Peninsula neighbors met for the first time in 2010, when the Spaniards won 1-0 on their way to the country’s first ever World Cup victory. And the duo could meet again on the grandest stage of them all: They have the highest combined chance of making the final of any two teams in the same group. 2018ASaudi ArabiaEgyptRussiaUruguay1720-97.8 2010FParaguayItalySlovakiaNew Zealand1713-66.9 Luck of the draw?The easiest groups in expanded World Cup history based on the difference between average Elo rating of group and the average of the tournament, 1986-2018 YEARGROUPTEAM 1TEAM 2TEAM 3TEAM 4AVG. ELO RATINGDIFF. FROM TOURNAMENT AVG. 2006HSaudi ArabiaTunisiaUkraineSpain1744-44.7 2014HAlgeriaBelgiumSouth KoreaRussia1734-92.0 1998BAustriaCameroonChileItaly1747-52.3 2002BParaguaySouth AfricaSpainSlovenia1749-53.0 Belgium and England will be extremely pleased with how the draw turned out for them, as they’re combined chances of making it out of the group stages are the highest of any two teams in the same group. What’s more, they don’t play each other until the final round of group-stage matches, so depending on how they fare against Tunisia and Panama, the Belgians and English could have already qualified by the time they meet. Before the World Cup draw on Friday, there was reason to suspect that Russia would get off easy. As the host country, it was slotted into Pot 1, which made it impossible for them to be grouped with a powerhouse like Brazil or Germany. But it looks like the Russians also had a little luck on their side. In fact, by one metric, Russia’s Group A is the weakest group in modern World Cup history.Based on Elo ratings — a measure of a team’s quality that takes into account factors such margin of victory, game importance and game location — Russia’s group with Uruguay, Egypt and Saudi Arabia has an average rating of 1720, which is 98 points worse than the average of all World Cup teams. That’s the largest gap between group strength and the World Cup average for any group in the World Cup since the expansion to the modern format in 1986.1With group play and a 16-team knockout tournament; 24 teams from 1986 to 1994 and then 32 from 1998 onward. 1986BBelgiumMexicoIraqParaguay1757-45.0 Using Elo averages, no group in this next World Cup cracks the top 10 most difficult since 1986, but all are obviously tougher than Group A. Here’s a look at which teams should advance from each: The Russians avoided a whammy each time a pingpong ball was selected. After Uruguay joined them as the group’s Pot 2 team — Uruguay is middle of the pack, with an 1849 Elo rating — things really started going Russia’s way. Egypt, which has the second-weakest Elo of any team in Pot 3, was drawn, and the group was rounded out with Saudi Arabia, which has the lowest Elo in the field of 32. Compared with all of the potential ways Russia’s draw could have played out, its group ended up being among the easiest 2.2 percent of all possible combinations, according to the average Elo rating of its members.(Of course, this is even better news for Uruguay, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, because they get to face Russia — the worst Pot 1 team by a wide margin — in addition to one another.)While Group A is the easiest when compared to the 2018 World Cup field, it actually doesn’t hold the claim for lowest raw score among all groups since 1986. That distinction belongs to Group F in 2010, which featured the defending champion Italy, Slovakia, Paraguay and New Zealand. No team from this group would make it past the quarterfinals.That said, Russia should stroll into the knockout stage. Indeed, FiveThirtyEight is giving Russia a 74 percent chance of advancing that far, with Uruguay followed closely behind with a 72 percent chance of reaching the knockouts. After scraping through the qualifying stages, Argentina is the clear favorite in Group D, with a 74 percent chance of advancing. But all eyes will be on Iceland, which famously beat England in the 2016 Euros on their way to the quarterfinals, to see if the country of just 330,000 people can go on another magical run. And they may be ready to shock the world again: Iceland’s chance of advancing to the knockout stage is just 33 percent, which will likely become even smaller after they face the Argentines in its first game. 2006GFranceSwitzerlandSouth KoreaTogo1732-57.2 Group F is in the mix for being this tournament’s “Group of Death” as reigning champions Germany will be joined by Mexico and Sweden. The Mexicans’ and Swedes’ qualifying chances are separated by just 3 percentage points, which is the smallest difference of any teams drawn out of Pots 2 and 3 in the same group. Rounding out the group is South Korea, which famously made it all the way to the semifinals in 2002, when they co-hosted the tournament, and currently have the third-worst SPI rating of any team traveling to Russia. The prize for second place in Group F? A possible date with Brazil in the Round of 16. Good luck. After its heartbreaking 7-1 defeat by Germany in front of its home fans in the 2014 World Cup semifinals, Brazil will be out for revenge in Russia. The way the tournament’s bracket is set up, Brazil and Germany could be on a collision course to meet in the final if they both win their respective groups. As it stands, Brazil and Germany have the highest and third-highest chances of making the final in 2018. The Polish could be the most likely team from Pot 1 to fail to qualify for the knockout stage, as they currently have the second-lowest SPI rating of any team from Pot 1. They’ll be joined by Colombia and Japan, which have a 70 percent and 49 percent chance of advancing to the knockout stage, respectively. This means that Group H is the only group that has three teams with at least a 49 percent chance of making it out of the group stage. With the Colombians ranked the ninth-best team in the tournament and the Japanese being the highest-ranked team of any from Pot 4, Poland faces one of the toughest tests of teams from Pot 1.Additional contributions from Neil Paine and Dean Strachan.CORRECTION (Dec. 4, 10:50 a.m.): A previous version of this article incorrectly said that Colombia’s and Japan’s chances of making it to the knockout stage of the 2018 World Cup were 2 percentage points apart. Poland’s and Japan’s are 2 percentage points apart.
Michigan redshirt senior quarterback Jake Rudock (15) during a game against Penn State on Nov. 21 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe Ohio State football team lost its first game of the season against then-No. 9 Michigan State last week. But for the Buckeyes, the going is only getting more tough, as they are set to travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to take on archrival Michigan (9-2, 6-1) on Saturday. Under the direction of first-year coach Jim Harbaugh, the Wolverines have solidified their place back in the discussion as an elite program. After finishing just 5-7 a year ago, Harbaugh has changed the culture and turned the Wolverines into one of biggest surprises in college football this season. Here is a look at Harbaugh’s squad.Hot Peppers Coming out of high school, Jabrill Peppers was one of the most sought-after recruits in the country. Peppers, a consensus top-five player, eventually chose to take his many talents to Ann Arbor, but his freshman season was cut short after being injured in September. He appeared in just three games, which allowed him to pick up a medical redshirt. Now, the New Jersey native is healthy and showing why college coaches around the nation did everything in their power to get him on their teams. Although he is technically going to start at safety, that is just a label. It doesn’t restrict him.On defense, he will play nearly everything except defensive lineman. In a base package, he plays as the strong safety, but the former state champion in the 100-meter dash will become a cornerback in the nickel. When defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin sends out the dime package in passing situations, Peppers often will slide over and play linebacker to have extra speed on the field. He’s fourth on the team with 40 total tackles, 5.5 of which have been for a loss, and second in pass breakups with 10. When Michigan’s defense gets a stop on third down — which is often, evidenced by the team ranking second in the country in third-down percentage (.232) — Peppers doesn’t leave the field. Instead, he drops back to return punts. On the season, he is averaging 11.4 yards per return, with a long of 41. Now, increasingly more often, Peppers won’t leave the field after he handles his return duties. To take further advantage of his skillset, Harbaugh has begun to play the redshirt freshman on offense, like Charles Woodson did for the Wolverines during his tenure. Peppers has gotten handoffs out of the backfield and taken direct snaps out of the wildcat while also splitting out wide to catch passes. He doesn’t always touch the ball when he lines up on offense, but the possibility of him getting it requires defenses to know where No. 5 is at all times. In total, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Peppers has 17 offensive touches for 97 yards and two scores. His offensive snaps have increased as the season has progressed, so expect Harbaugh to use him often against the Buckeyes. Incredibly, Peppers is fourth on the team in all-purpose yards with 514. Coaches often talk about players that impact the game in more ways than one. Peppers is the gold-standard of that mantra.Expect him to be all over the field making plays during Saturday’s game. The defense is suffocatingOSU’s offense got smothered by Michigan State’s defense last week. Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, they’re going to be going up against an even better defense on Saturday. Michigan’s defense ranks second in the country in total defense, allowing just 263.1 yards per game. The Wolverines are allowing just 100.2 yards rushing per contest, while Peppers and the secondary are surrendering only 163 yards through the air. Both marks are good for fourth in the nation. The success in shutting down opponents starts with the defensive line. Senior defensive tackle Ryan Glasgow had been anchoring the unit, but he was lost for the season against Rutgers. Despite the loss, junior Maurice Hurst has filled in nicely at nose tackle. Flanking him on both sides are seniors Willie Henry and Chris Wormley.The trio does an incredible job occupying blockers, creating opportunities for the linebacking corps to crowd the line of scrimmage and pile up tackles. Two linebackers — senior Joe Bolden and redshirt senior Desmond Morgan — lead the Wolverines in tackles with 67 and 64, respectively. When teams get the ball on the perimeter, like Utah did against Michigan in the season opener, the linebackers get exposed a little bit because they’re not necessarily elite athletes. They’re an instinctive, hard-nose group, but that is their one weakness. Alongside Peppers in the secondary, juniors Chandler Stribbling, a physical 6-foot-2 cornerback, and Jourdan Lewis, are fundamentally sound. Durkin, who was a graduate assistant at Bowling Green under OSU coach Urban Meyer from 2001-02, will be creative in his blitz and coverage packages to try and confuse the Buckeye offense. The Scarlet and Gray offense will be motivated to get back its high-powered ways, but to do so, it will have to navigate its way past the talented Wolverine defense. Trending upFrom the season opener to now, the Michigan offense is different like night and day.The unit started slow, but as redshirt senior Jake Rudock, a graduate transfer from Iowa in his first year with the program, started to become more confident in Harbaugh’s scheme, the offense started to click. After scoring just 17 points against Utah in Week 1, the Wolverines have not scored fewer than 23 points in any game. Michigan, arguably, has the most talented group of pass catchers that OSU has faced at any point this season. Redshirt junior wide receivers Amara Darboh and Jehu Chesson — who have combined for 1160 receiving yards and 12 scores — will test the Buckeyes’ secondary with their top-end speed and precise route running. Complementing the duo is 6-foot-6 junior tight end Jake Butt. The Pickerington, Ohio, native uses his size to his advantage and is one of Rudock’s favorite targets on third down. Beyond those three, a strong group consisting of senior tight end A.J. Williams, freshman wide receiver Grant Perry and junior running back De’Veon Smith provide Rudock additional hands to throw to. Smith is also the leading rusher, carrying the ball 145 times for 621 yards and six touchdowns. The Warren, Ohio, native is a serviceable player, but this Michigan offense relies heavily on Rudock’s play. But as of late, Rudock’s play has been as good as any quarterback in the Big Ten. In the past three games, he’s thrown for over 344 yards and three touchdowns per game. As long as he continues that level of play, the Michigan offense will test the OSU defense on Saturday. Beyond the Buckeyes If Michigan beats OSU, and Michigan State loses to Penn State, then the Wolverines will be traveling to Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship Game on Dec 5. If the said scenario does not happen, then Harbaugh and his team will wait patiently for its undecided bowl game.
Ohio State football coach Everett Withers made light of the Buckeyes’ impending Big Ten Conference opener during a Monday press conference. “Big Ten week, huh?” OSU’s co-defensive coordinator and assistant head coach said with a smile. Withers’ lightheartedness aside, there’s no mistaking that the No. 14 Buckeyes (4-0) know exactly what time of year it is. There’s also no mistaking whether the Buckeyes have anything to play for either – they do. The first team to oppose OSU in pursuit of the divisional title is Michigan State. In a meeting of the conference’s top-ranked teams, OSU will journey to East Lansing, Mich., to face No. 20 MSU (3-1) at Spartan Stadium. Preparation for Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer’s first-ever Big Ten tilt began Sunday with a “state of the union meeting” to address chasing the divisional crown. The goal of winning the Leaders Division half of the conference was first established for the Buckeyes during that meeting, Meyer said. “The first time we talked about (winning the Leaders Division) was (Sunday) in our team state of the union meeting we had and this is you have an opportunity to go win your side of the Big Ten,” Meyer said. Meyer chose to address winning the division because it was not discussed as a goal for any of the Buckeyes’ first four games against Miami (Ohio), Central Florida, California or Alabama Birmingham, he said. OSU redshirt senior defensive back Orhian Johnson said the team is focused on MSU. Meyer will handle the rest if the Buckeyes take care of business on the field, Johnson said. “You know, (winning the Leaders Division is) a possibility for us, but regardless of the situation, we’ve got a game,” Johnson said. “As long as we go out there and do what we do against Michigan State.” Meyer previously claimed to be unaware of OSU eligibility for the Leaders Division title, but some of his players, like redshirt receiver Jake Stoneburner, were aware. Stoneburner said the state of the union meeting was Meyer’s first mention of winning the division. The opportunity to win a piece of hardware during the 2012 season has given players added motivation, Stoneburner said. “I think he was finally saying that we have something to play for other than just going undefeated,” Stoneburner said. “We can win our division and I think it gives guys a little bit of hope, not that we didn’t have any in the first place, but it gives guys a little extra incentive.” Saturday’s meeting will be the teams’ first in East Lansing since 2008. Only two Buckeye players who are reshirt seniors – defensive end Nathan Williams and linebacker Etienne Sabino – played in that game, a 45-7 OSU victory. A visit to a ranked in-conference opponent is nothing to fear, Johnson said. It’s exactly the reason (players) come to OSU. “It’s definitely fun to get back in the Big Ten ball. I mean, that’s what you come here for,” Johnson said. “So we just want to come out there and lock in, and playing on the road is definitely fun. Just playing in a different atmosphere.” Senior fullback Zach Boren agreed, saying the competition is heightened at this time of year because every team understands what is at stake. “The Big Ten is always a new part of the season. It’s always a new chapter because, you know, this is a tough, physical conference,” Boren said. “The games start to matter that much more because you’re playing for conference championships.” That’s exactly the position OSU is in. The games matter more because OSU does indeed have something to play for, Meyer said. “Are we playing for something? You’re darned right we are,” Meyer said. “It’s really important here. Look around. Really important.” OSU and MSU are scheduled to kickoff their Saturday game at 3:30 p.m. Grant Gannon and Andrew Holleran contributed to this article.
Ohio State senior safety Damon Webb (7) celebrates a pass break-up in the third quarter of the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: James King II | Sports DirectorINDIANAPOLIS — “Defense wins championships” is the most overused phrase in sports. It will be used one million times or more in the coming weeks as four teams prepare for a shot at a national title.Saturday, the phrase was gospel.No. 8 Ohio State made two momentous defensive stops in the final five minutes against No. 4 Wisconsin to win its first Big Ten title since 2014, and more importantly for the Buckeyes, they have a realistic shot at earning the final spot in the College Football Playoff just vacated by the Badgers.“Their preparation this week, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a college football team prepare the way these kids did,” Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said. “I think that gave them great confidence to go execute.”Ohio State elected to kick a field goal on a fourth-and-1 with 5:20 remaining, which extended the lead to 27-21. That’s a spot where head coach Urban Meyer is notorious for rolling the dice and winning a football game by winning that 1 yard. He said after the game that it was his decision to kick the field goal and go against his traditional action of attempting the conversion.The truth was that the defense was playing too well not to have faith that it could get a stop. It did. And after another three-and-out by the Ohio State offense, the defense made the game-ending stop.Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrooke threw his second interception of the game on fourth-and-20 to Damon Webb with less than two minutes left in the game.“I just thought our defense was playing so good,” Meyer said. Let’s let that quarterback and let our defensive line do what they do best and get after that quarterback. But that was one of the toughest calls of the day.”Hornibrooke’s has the worst touchdown to interception ratio of any Power 5 conference quarterback at 21 to 15. But he wasn’t what concerned Ohio State’s defense. Big Ten freshman of the year Jonathan Taylor, who averaged more than 150 rushing yards per game entering the contest, was the main focus on defense.In response, the defensive line played one of its best games of the year by continually penetrating Wisconsin’s vaunted offensive line and stopping Taylor before he got any momentum.The running back had 15 carries for 41 yards, his lowest total in one game this season.The defense answered any challenged thrown at them, most especially when the offense failed to put away Wisconsin.Ohio State had four three-and-outs, two field goals and an interception in the second half. There was no touchdown to decisively split the Badgers from the playoff field and the ranks of the unbeaten. The defense had to do that.“I think we were super confident the whole game,” sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa said. “I don’t think there was a moment we thought we were going to lose at all.”Wisconsin could have been the team that was on the podium celebrating as the Buckeyes walked off the field without any detection and with their heads held low, for everyone’s eyes would be on the team with the shiny football and hardware hoisted in the air. Everyone in attendance would watch the players and coaches pack themselves onto a makeshift stage that looks like it should be in a town parade rather than on a football field.Instead, Ohio State celebrated. A dominant offense at times that then went cold late couldn’t put the game on ice. To win the game, it had to be done on defense.An opportunity was there for the Badgers. Ohio State left the door open after each missed chance to deliver a decisive blow, but the defense seized it when the Badgers couldn’t. That’s why Ohio State is the Big Ten champion.
Head coach of Italian football club Fiorentina, Stefano Pioli, has set his sight on Europe and the Coppa Italia, as he reveals the bond between the club and former captain Davide Astori who died in his sleep in March.Even though the Viola comes as a surprise package of the season so far in Serie A, they could battle for a top-four finish.“I would very much like to qualify for Europe, but it won’t be easy. I think it’s clear to all that there are teams better equipped out there, but we’re ready to take advantage of any slip-ups,” said the Coach at a Q&A with La Repubblica newspaper via Football Italia.“At this moment, I see a Fiorentina side that is ambitious, but not winning yet. There is a step between ambition and victory that we still need to cover. The Coppa Italia cannot be considered a secondary objective and it’s only right to target going all the way.”“Astori and Milan Badelj were my reference points in the locker room. The team had changed so much that summer and I leaned on them for support, as everyone did with Davide.“What happened was a shock and it pushed me to appreciate my players even more on a human level. What Vitor Hugo said recently is the truth: Davide is still with us.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“The lads who were here last season have done so well to pass that situation on to the new arrivals. We are a team with an extra reason to do well.“These lads were so strong and united in their grief. I simply told them to carry on what we had started with Astori. I always did get very fond of my players, but even more so with this group. I think what happened united us even more and made us feel stronger.”Meanwhile, when Cristiano Biraghi scored his debut Italy goal in the Nations League victory over Poland, he took his fingers high and formed the figure 13 which we think symbolises Astori’s number.“I was so proud of him after that goal, for the work we’d done together and his great desire to improve. Biraghi was always aware of his weaknesses and is one of those players I feel that as a Coach I can really help to grow stronger.“Federico Chiesa has a great chance of pace, can shoot with his right or left foot, and is approaching a level that will make him a complete player.”
Ex-Manchester United forward Brian McClair demands more from an inconsistent, yet talented, Paul PogbaThe French midfielder scored for the fifth time in last Sunday’s 2-1 win over Everton, but continues to be criticised for his rather underwhelming performances.United fans and critics alike believe Pogba is yet to deliver the kind of displays that saw the club fork out a then-world transfer fee of £89m to Juventus.But McClair, who used to be the director of United’s youth academy, knows first-hand just how talented Pogba is.And while manager Jose Mourinho reckons his happy with Pogba’s campaign, McClair knows the United academy graduate is capable of better things.The 54-year-old feels some more consistency from Pogba could help him on his way to true greatness.“Pogba is doing pretty well at Manchester United,” McClair told ESPN.Daniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“There is a bit too much social media nonsense, which is nothing to do with playing football, but Pogba has scored some important goals and played well in important games.“World-class players grab the main events, the semi-finals and finals for club and country, the biggest league games. France won the World Cup this year.“But I don’t know how many people would say that one particular player grabbed the whole thing. Pele grabbed World Cups, Garrincha and [Diego] Maradona too.“[Michel] Platini grabbed European championships. Real Madrid, with players like Cristiano Ronaldo, [Luka] Modric and Sergio Ramos, grab the most important games when it really matters.“They change games when things are going against you. Lionel Messi does the same. Cristiano did it when he was at Manchester United.“A top Manchester United player needs to be at least 7/10 every game. And in the proper big games you need to make some 10/10 appearances.”Pogba has managed five goals and four assists in 13 appearances across all competitions for United this season.
Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman is happy with the “enormous steps” his side has taken after they defeated France 2-0 in the UEFA Nations League.The Netherlands have found their feet again under Ronald Koeman, after having failed to qualify for the last World Cup in Russia.They could finish top of their Nations League group if they draw with Germany on Monday, and Koeman is happy with his side’s progress.“This was a complete match at the very highest level,” Koeman told Sky Sports.Van Dijk isn’t better than Messi & Ronaldo, says Van der Vaart Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Rafael van der Vaart reckons Virgil van Dijk is “special”, but he’s still behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the world’s best players.“I was not expecting a perfect match from our side but that’s really what it was. We were very, very good.“I was surprised by the France line-up and the way they played, but our match was perfect. We dominated the match for 90 minutes.“I also did not expect that this team would be as far in their reading of a match.We have shown on such a night that we have made enormous steps. From the beginning to the end we played really well.”
Schalke 04 midfielder Alessandro Schopf believes victory over a world-class team like Borussia Dortmund is possible in Saturday’s derbyFollowing last season’s second-place finish, Schalke have struggled this time around and currently find themselves only 12th in the Bundesliga table.The Royal Blues have only won four times in 13 league games this term and will now face the runaway and unbeaten leaders Dortmund this weekend.But, while he has a lot of respect for Dortmund, Schopf sees no reasons why they cannot inflict a first defeat on their rivals ahead of the Revierderby.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Dortmund are currently a world-class team and are rightly the league leaders,” Schopf told WAZ.“It’s important for us to be defensively compact and look for our chances going forward. We want find our feet with fight and the right mentality and then play football as well.”“If we perform, we can beat Dortmund in front of our home crowd.”The Schalke and Dortmund derby will take place at the Veltins-Arena with kick-off set for 15:30 (CET).
The Real Madrid coach wants the Argentinean superstar to play for Barcelona in the Copa del Rey Semifinal.Real Madrid and Barcelona will play in the Copa del Rey Semifinal.The first leg will be played tomorrow at night at Camp Nou, while the second leg is scheduled for February 27th at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.But Barca’s superstar Lionel Messi might not play the first leg of the Semifinal, because of a thigh problem in Saturday’s 2-2 Spanish La Liga draw with Valencia.“In football, it is good for the best players to play in all games,” Solari said to ESPN as he wants Messi to play this match.“That is how it is.”When asked if the doubt over Messi’s participation will change his preparation for the match, Solari replied: “Not at all.”“Nobody is undroppable in football,” he said after being asked about Vinicius JuniorMadrid will have one less day to prepare for the match, as Barcelona played earlier in the weekend, but for Solari, that’s just something that happens in football.La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“I hope not, although it is curious, to say the least,” Solari said.“We do not set the calendar, which is for La Liga [authorities] to answer for. We just have to go out there and give our best.”Madrid has a very difficult month of February, as they take on Barcelona tomorrow in Copa del Rey, then on Saturday, they visit Atletico Madrid.Next week Los Blancos will play against Ajax in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16, and then will have two La Liga matches: against Girona and Levante.They end their February month hosting Barcelona in Copa del Rey action.🎙💬 This is what Solari had to say about tomorrow’s Clásico!#RMCopa | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/Wi3GkRrs6b— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) February 5, 2019
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Story Links LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Following their third place finish at the ACC Championships, the University of Louisville women’s swimming and diving team qualified 11 individual swimmers and three relay swimmers to the 2019 NCAA Championships, which will be held on March 20-23 in Austin Texas. Mallory Comerford returns to NCAAs as the two-time 200 freestyle champion and will look to build upon a successful ACCs, where she swept her individual events (100/200/500 Free) for the second consecutive year. The senior is the top-seed in the 200 free (1:41.29), third in the 100 free (46.57) and fourth in the 50 free (21.58). Looking to build on their program-best fifth place finish at last year’s NCAA Championships, the Cardinals’ 11 individual qualifiers are entered in a combined 29 races. In addition to the individual swims, Louisville has also qualified in all five relays. Four of the Cardinals’ relays are currently ranked within the top-16, highlighted by the sixth-seeded 400 free and 400 medley relays. Louisville won gold in the 400 free relay and silver in the 400 medley relay at the ACC Championships. Psych Sheet A full list of Louisville qualifiers below:Mariia Astashkina (100 Breast, 200 Breast)Sophie Cattermole (200 Free, 500 Free, 1650 Free)Mallory Comerford (50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free)Morgan Friesen (100 Breast, 200 Breast)Alina Kendzior (100 Back, 200 Back, 200 IM)Alena Kraus (200 Free, 500 Free, 200 Fly)Grace Oglesby (100 Fly, 200 Fly, 200 IM)Arina Openysheva (100 Free, 200 Free, 500 Free)Maria Sumida (200 IM, 400 IM, 200 Fly)Lainey Visscher (50 Free, 100 Free)Kaylee Wheeler (100 Breast, 200 Breast)Relay swimmers: Avery Braunecker, Diana Dunn, Casey Fanz Alena Kraus is also seeded in scoring position with the 16th-seed in the 200 fly, where she was the ACC bronze medalist. Junior Grace Oglesby is another Cardinal to watch heading into the NCAA Championships. Oglesby won her second straight 200 butterfly title at ACCs and earned a silver medal in the 100 fly and bronze in the 200 IM. She will enter NCAAs as the fifth-seed in both the 100 (50.75) and 200 fly (1:52.64). Print Friendly Version