Take steps to help women in crisis: NGO to Goa govt.

first_imgPANAJI: Taking a cue from the recent case in which a woman was found confined to a room by her family for years, Bailancho Saad, a women’s collective which played a role in her rescue, has demanded measures such as expediting the formation of a one-stop crisis centre for women and child victims of violence and abuse.The case of Sunita Verlekar, who was locked in a room with the stench of urine, without clothes or electricity, and infested with mosquitoes, has brought to the fore the violation of human rights of women, said Sabina Martins of Bailancho Saad at a press conference on Sunday. Ms. Martins said Ms. Verlekar, who studied up to Class XII (commerce), was married, but was sent back to her maternal home. Family members said she was confined because her mental condition was not stable. A medical examination found her psychologically and physically stable to be admitted to the State-run shelter home of Provedoria, Public Assistance Department. She received ₹2,000 per month from the Dayanand Social Security Scheme in her bank account, which was being withdrawn. This aspect is under investigation, Ms. Martins said. Bailancho Saad has said the government should periodically check the living conditions of people who are termed mentally unstable. Ms. Martins said there should be a mechanism to check if the money from welfare schemes reaches beneficiaries. Ms. Martins also urged the government to expedite setting up the one-stop crisis centre and the State Resource Centre for Women, funds for both of which have been provided by the Central government.last_img read more

JRU humiliates Perpetual with 33-point rout, holds on to 3rd place

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH PERPETUAL 52 – Eze 23, Pido 8, Sadiwa 8, Tamayo 3, Mangalino 3, Hao 3, Coronel 2, Ylagan 2, Dagangon 0, Casas 0, Clemente 0, Singontiko 0, Yuhico 0, Lucente 0.Quarters: 17-5, 39-15, 64-39, 85-52. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.center_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Despite the win, Meneses said that the Heavy Bombers should not be complacent going into the last four games of the eliminations.“We have to stay focused. We’re not yet in. Anything can happen and every game counts,” he said. “We can’t be complacent. We should be worried about our team, and all we have to do is do our jobs.”Prince Eze was the lone bright spot for the Altas with 23 points, 20 rebounds, and three blocks, as he failed to get enough support from his locals.The Scores:JRU 85 – Dela Virgen 18, Poutouochi 16, Mendoza 12, Grospe 8, David 8, Teodoro 8, Lasquety 6, Abdul Razak 5, Bordon 2, Mariano 2, Mate 0, Pontejos 0, Sibangan 0, Sawat 0.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  NBA: Cavs’ Smith doesn’t mind coming off the bench after Wade’s arrival “It was our defense which was our main weapon earlier. It was our good defense which translated to good offense for us,” said coach Vergel Meneses.Dela Virgen ignited the rout scoring six in the first period to finish the game with 18 points on a 4-of-8 shooting from three along with eight assists and three rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAbdel Poutouochi added 16 markers and seven boards, while Jed Mendoza had 12 points, six rebounds, and two assists in the win.JRU remained ahead of pack at solo third place with its 8-6 card, while Perpetual continued to drop in the standings with its third straight defeat for a 4-9 record. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJose Rizal University made quick work of Perpetual with an 85-52 blowout to reinforce its hold of the third spot in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Heavy Bombers held the Altas to just five points in the first quarter as they jumped to a 39-15 halftime advantage and extended the lead to as much 35, 83-48, off a MJ Dela Virgen trey late in the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Read Nextlast_img read more

Wangs leans on big 3rd quarter to wallop Zark’s

first_imgCayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games The Fil-Am swingman also added six rebounds and five assists to improve Wangs’ standing to 4-3.Michael Juico topped the Couriers with 30 markers, 12 boards, and six dimes, while John Ambulodto got 16 points and six rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsGoing back on the winning track, Wangs coach Pablo Lucas noted that the biggest adjustment his team took in the halftime break was its dedication to defense.“We wanted for them to have no easy shots. Our offense just came after that,” he said. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera The loss spoiled Robby Celiz’ 37-point effort for the Jawbreakers, while also collecting three rebounds, three assists, and three steals.RR de Leon got 18 markers and six boards, and Clark Bautista got 15, as Zark’s Burgers stumbled to its third straight defeat and drop to 1-6.The scores:WANGS BASKETBALL 133 – Juico 30, Herndon 26, Ambulodto 16, Habelito 12, Sorela 11, Arambulo 10, Montemayor 8, Bitoon 8, De Chavez 6, Tayongtong 6, Riley 0, King 0.ZARK’S BURGER 92 – Celiz 37, De Leon 18, Bautista 15, Mangahas 11, Cudal 4, De Ocampo 4, Sheriff 2, Nalos 1, Cariaga 0, Cayabyab 0, Argamino 0, Ferrer 0, Juruena 0.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LATEST STORIEScenter_img Quarters: 30-30, 56-50, 102-62, 133-92.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend What ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESWangs Basketball had a superb third quarter and clobbered Zark’s Burgers, 133-92, for its fourth victory in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Monday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Robbie Herndon anchored the Couriers’ 46-point third quarter explosion as he dropped 11 of his 26 points in the period, turning a close 56-52 lead to a whopping 40-point advantage, 102-62, entering the final frame where the lead swelled to as high as 47, 133-86, late.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Beermen stay motivated, aim for Grand Slamlast_img read more

SPORT-IND-BOARD (RPT)

first_imgKanpur, Sep 24 (PTI) Scoreboard on the third day of the Kanpur, Sep 24 (PTI) Scoreboard on the third day of the opening Test between India and New Zealand here today. India 1st innings: 318 allout New Zealand 1st innings: (Overnight 152-1) MJ Guptill lbw b Yadav 21 TWM Latham lbw b Ashwin 58 KS Williamson b Ashwin 75 LRPL Taylor lbw b Jadeja 0 L Ronchi lbw b Jadeja38 MJ Santnerc ?Saha b Ashwin32 BJ Watling?c & b Ashwin 21 MD Craig lbw b Jadeja 2 IS Sodhi lbw b Jadeja 0 TA Boult c Sharma b Jadeja 0 N Wagner not out 0 Extras(B-8, LB-5, NB-2) 15Total (all out in 95.5 overs) 262 Fall of wickets: 1-35, 2-159, 3-160, 4-170, 5-219, 6-255, 7-258, 8-258, 9-258, 10-262.Bowling: Mohammed Shami 11-1-35-0, Umesh Yadav 15-5-33-1, Ravindra Jadeja 34-7-73-5, R Ashwin 30.5-7-93-4, Murali Vijay 4-0-10-0, Rohit Sharma 1-0-5-0. MORE PTI ATK ATKlast_img read more

Europa League: Ajax FC hit back with 10 men to stun Schalke, Lyon win marathon shootout

first_imgAjax Amsterdam, trailing 3-0 and down to 10 men, scored two late goals to overcome Schalke 04 in the Europa League quarter-finals on Thursday while Olympique Lyonnais won a 16-kick penalty shootout against Besiktas.Manchester United needed an extra-time goal from Marcus Rashford to beat Anderlecht 2-1 and go through 3-2 on aggregate while a 1-1 draw away to Racing Genk was enough to give Celta a 4-3 aggregate win.Four-times European champions Ajax, leading 2-0 from the first leg, appeared to be on the way out as Schalke wiped out the deficit in just under an hour and then scored again early in extra-time.Yet, despite having Joel Veltman sent off in the 80th minute, Ajax replied with a scrambled goal from Nick Viergever and a clinical effort from Amin Younes in the last 10 minutes of extra-time to bring it back to 3-2 and win 4-3 on aggregate.Schalke’s defeat, following Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund’s elimination from the Champions League this week, meant that there were no German semi-finalists in either of the European competitions for the first time since 2004/05.The Royal Blues dominated the match and looked well capable of ousting their Dutch opponents, who fielded two 17-year-olds in a side with an average age of under 23.Leon Goretzka and Guido Burgstaller scored twice in a four-minute spell early in the second half for Schalke and it got worse for Ajax when defender Veltman was sent off after picking up two yellow cards in quick succession.When Daniel Caligiuri headed Schalke’s third in the first period of extra-time, there seemed no way back for the visitors.advertisementYet Ajax never abandoned their slick passing game and grabbed an away goal when Viergever controlled a cross from Kenny Tete and managed to fire into the roof of the net with nine minutes left.Schalke lost their composure, were left wide open and Younes took advantage when he cut inside to score another for Ajax.”It’s hard to explain what happened at the end. I’m speechless really,” said Caligiuri.Brazilian Anderson Talisca scored both goals for Besiktas as they beat Lyon 2-1 to level their tie at 3-3.Alexandre Lacazette replied with a superbly-taken goal for the French side, collecting a pass and lifting it over goalkeeper Fabri for his 31st of the season in all competitions.The first six penalties in the shootout were all converted before Dusko Tosic saw Besiktas’ seventh attempt saved by Anthony Lopes, only for Christophe Jalle to send Lyon’s next effort over the bar.Lopes then saved another, this time from Matej Mitrovic, but there was no second let off for Besiktas as Maxime Gonalons converted Lyon’s eighth kick.United, the last remaining English side in Europe, took the lead in the 10th minute through Henrikh Mkhitaryan but Sofiane Hanni brought Anderlecht, winners of both the old European Cup Winners’ Cup and the UEFA Cup, back level in the 32nd minute.After Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who later went off with a potentially serious knee injury, wasted two great chances in the final stages of normal time, the contest went into extra time and Rashford settled the tie with a fine finish early in the second period.Pione Sisto scored a spectacular goal to put Celta ahead against Genk as he won the ball in midfield, burst forward and unleashed an unstoppable effort into the roof of the net.Leandro Trossard replied four minutes later for the Belgian hosts but they were unable to find a winner.last_img read more

India can win 10 medals at the Tokyo Olympics: IOA president Narinder Batra

first_imgIndian Olympic Association president Narinder Batra is a fastidious sports administrator. At a time when the nation is rejoicing over the country’s record medal haul at the Asian Games in Jakarta – 15 gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze for an aggregate of 69 – Batra says there are more dreams to be fulfilled.A week before the Games started in Jakarta and Palembang, Batra had told Mail Today his conservative estimate was India would win between 65 and 70 medals this time. “Yes, we have done well but there is no need to go overboard. I have done my assessment and sincerely feel we have potential to achieve a lot more,” Batra told Mail Today on Sunday from the Indonesian capital.Three days ago when India lost the men’s hockey semi-final to Malaysia, he was gutted. Even today, he feels the men’s team has let the nation down and winning bronze against Pakistan is “no big deal.”ASIAN GAMES 2018 FULL COVERAGE”We cannot be happy with such small things, we were supposed to win gold and qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The path ahead is a tough one and the process of regrouping, restructuring and rebuilding has to be a top priority. We have the World Cup in Bhubaneshwar this year. That is one challenge. Looking ahead, we have to qualify for the Olympics and that will take effort,” he said.”As IOA president, I am happy the women’s team fought well to win silver. They showed great heart and can also dream of qualifying for the Olympics,” added Batra.advertisementSo, what is the big dream India should indulge in, according to Batra? “If you ask me, we should win around 100 medals each in the next Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games. It is achievable and we have to believe we have the talent, hunger and drive. As regards the Tokyo Olympics, I will not be happy with less than 10 medals from the Indian athletes. We won six in London and there are several disciplines where we have potential,” he said.The IOA president, who also heads the international hockey federation (FIH) says celebrations in India should not blind athletes and administrators to the challenges ahead. “Athletes deserve glory and awards but they have to get back to training all over again. There is great planning which is required and as the IOA president all I can say is each national sports federation, the sports ministry, Sports Authority of India and other stakeholders chalk out plans and work on it” he said.Batra feels India have potential to win medals in quite a few disciplines and attaining early qualification for the Olympics has to be prioritised. “Athletics, shooting, badminton, wrestling, boxing, weightlifting, tennis are some of the sport where we have the potential. Even table tennis. The process of identifying which disciplines we need to focus on has to start soon. That’s my view, any delay will not help,” he stressed.On the role of national sports federations, he felt the ones like gymnastics, archery, judo, needed to get their house in order. “It’s one thing for courts of law to have administrators. Unless the federation has elected people on board and runs it in a professional way, we cannot groom athletes. What we won in archery at the Asian Games is not an Olympic event. Look at judo, we have not groomed talent. In gymnastics, too, we need to work harder,” said Batra.Lavishing praise on the government – sports ministry and Sports Authority of India – the IOA president said their full support makes a huge difference. “One cannot imagine Indian sportsmen succeeding in sporting events unless there is government support for funding, camps, infrastructure, foreign coaches and so on. This is a non-stop process and I am sure preparations for the Olympic cycle and the next Commonwealth and Asian Games will be done with full backing from the government,” added Batra.His advice to sports federations and athletes is start work soon and give it the best shot. “I repeat, we can win medals in the Tokyo Olympics in double digits. Two years is not far away and work has to start now. The goal will be to focus on athletes with genuine medal prospects,” said Batra.last_img read more

Gilbert Debuts at #23 on Kiper Board

first_imgHere’s what the guru had to say about my favorite player on this year’s team:Needs polish, but exceptional natural instincts for the position, with a high ceiling. A ball hawk, he attacks passes like the former wide receiver he is. One of the nation’s top returners on special teams, has great suddenness as a cutter.A ball hawk, eh? Probably just following that Twitter feed.Gilbert is…wait for it…the only Big 12 player listed in Mel’s top 25. He checks in at #23.You should read the entire post if you have Insider. Hat tip to the hard working folks over at Orange Power for digging this up.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!last_img read more

Pat Mahomes Is Great, But Texas Tech’s Receivers Are Also Incredible

first_imgIf 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! The 2016 Cowboy team will play its final home game this Saturday when the 4-5 (2-3 in Big 12 play) Texas Tech Red Raiders line up for a 2:30pm kickoff at the Boone. The Red Raiders have been on an uptick since being routed by West Virginia on October 15th beating a tough TCU team in Fort Worth and losing to OU and Texas by only a score.Head Coach Ryan Gosling Kliff Kingsbury has repeatedly called this his best team in year four of his tenure in Lubbock and while the Red Raiders haven’t won in Stillwater since Kingsbury was slinging the rock to Wes Welker back in 2001, let’s take a look at the squad looking to right the ship on Saturday.Tech On OffenseWhat former coach Mike Leach laid the foundation for, Kliff Kingsbury has built off of offensively as Tech thrives offensively in the air raid system. The Raiders throw the ball on average 57.2 times per game (88 passes against OU on October 24!) and run 31.4 times each game, roughly a 65/35 pass-run split. A major strength of the Tech offense is fantastic third down conversion percentages (2nd in FBS with 55.1 percent), extending drives is a high probability with this team. The result is that this Tech offense is on the field a ton, on average 88.7 plays per game-Glenn Spencer’s unit hasn’t seen more than 86 plays all season. The Cowboys have done a good job of using their depth this season but fatigue could be an issue as we dip into November. Quarterback PlayThe offense leans on all-conference talent Patrick Mahomes II about as much as the OKC Thunder lean on Russell Westbrook. The team runs on average 88.7 plays per game with him accounting for nearly 63 of those plays each game (50.9 passes and 12.2 runs) and 78 percent of Texas Tech’s total yards. Mahomes has thrown for more than anybody in the country (by nearly 650 yards) and has three 500-yard outings already this season. He’s the burning hot center of the Red Raider offense for what he can do with his arms and legs, a gunslinger that extends plays and makes good things happen. Running BacksReminiscent of the Oklahoma State running game circa 2015 (OSU went for 3.58 yards per carry and 126.85 yards per game, Tech is currently at 3.31 yards per carry, 104.11 yards per game). Kingsbury opened up the starting running back job after a brutal loss to West Virginia at home, and 5’11”, 180 pound freshman Da’Leon Ward entered and invigorated the ground attack over the last three games. He averaged 74 yards per game to go with a couple of scores. Ward does a solid job of hitting the hole hard and falling forward for extra yardage. He’s done a good job of relieving some offensive pressure from Mahomes the last couple of weeks as they’ve put the fall in his hands 20+ times each game. Behind Ward is a scatback-type in junior Justin Stockton who has been explosive when he gets some space but hasn’t been able to handle the pressure as effectively as Ward. He’ll get some carries and has made some big plays in the past and would be worth keeping an eye on catching a pass out of the backfield.  ReceiversThe Red Raiders have a glut of talent at the wideout that would make any conference foe outside of Payne County green with jealousy. Sophomore Jonathan Giles leads the bunch with a Big 12-leading 12 touchdowns, good for fourth in the country.  Pick your poison behind Giles, junior Dylan Cantrell is a bigger (6’3”, 210 pounds) David Glidden/Josh Cooper type that will line up on the outside and bring down whatever comes his way while junior Cameron Batson is second on the team with 51 catches. Batson, a Millwood (OKC) wide receiver that apparently the Woods brothers forgot to tell Gundy about, teams with sophomore Keke Coutee (pronounced cue-tee I believe) for a tandem of shifty inside receivers. Coach Kingsbury isn’t tempering expectations for highly touted junior college transfer Derrick Willies who just returned last week after missing time with a knee injury, saying “.. He plays fast. I think he’s going to be one of those guys, very similar to (Dede) Westbrook at OU, where that second year transitioning from junior college, you really see that next step.” He leads the team with 19.25 yards per catch and is a handful to bring down if he gets going in space.The Tech passing game/offense is polar opposite to what you saw from K-State in Manhattan, leaning heavily on the passing game with more complex route trees and four or five receivers on the field at a time. They love some quick-hitters, letting their speedy pass catchers pick up yards after catch and make defenders miss in space, but aren’t afraid to let Mahomes rip it on the deep ball.  In the red zone, look for them to run some quick passes where receivers will set picks for each other.WATCH: Jonathan Giles escapes tacklers and performs a balancing act on the sideline to give Tech the lead! #WreckEm https://t.co/ssjZilXU3G— Texas Tech Football (@TexasTechFB) November 5, 2016Offensive LinesWhat college football expert Phil Steele called “the biggest question mark on the offense” coming into the year hasn’t panned out very well so far in 2016. In this week’s press conference, Kingsbury talked about how the underclassmen left tackle (redshirt freshman Terence Steele) and the right guard (sophomore Paul Stawarz) haven’t developed as quickly as hoped, setting back the unit. With that being said, senior center Tony Morales (who will get a seventh year!) made the preseason watch list for the Rimington award (best center) and senior left guard Baylen Brown was named a team captain and preseason All-Big 12 according to some publications, so there’s some strength in the middle. The Red Raiders lost a ton of talent off of last year’s line and are definitely in the middle of a rebuild up front, often leaning on the mobility of Mahomes. Worth noting: Texas Tech did have an extra point blocked last week by Texas, hopefully Vincent Taylor has been working on his pitch game.last_img read more

Trevor Bayliss assumes rather a lot in choosing when to depart England

first_img Trevor Bayliss: I’m not a dictator, says England cricket coach Share on LinkedIn England cricket team Read more Share via Email Australia cricket team Support The Guardian Topics Bayliss is not going to be fired or forced out. But he says he will step down when his contract runs out in September 2019, whether the team are “going well or not”. Bayliss thinks coaches have a five-year shelf-life and after that “a new voice, a different approach” is needed to reinvigorate the side. Which is likely to be right. In hindsight both Fletcher, who did eight years, and Flower, who did five, stayed on a little too long, and their teams suffered through a sorry final few months when both men fell out with some of the players and lost the support of the press and the public.Darren Lehmann has said he plans to go around the very same time as Bayliss and has spoken about just how difficult the job of the head coach has become. “Too much time, too much travel,” Lehmann said. By the time Bayliss finally gets back to England in the spring, for instance, he will have been on the road for five months, from November to April. Bayliss is paid something in the region of £500,000 per year, so he will know there is a limit to how much sympathy he can expect. But the point stands that coaches can burn out, just as players do.By talking about it, though, Bayliss has been too honest for his own good. Sound as his thinking is, he would have done better to serve up some ripe old platitude about concentrating on the next game instead of revealing so much about his plans. For a start a lot of England fans will think Bayliss is assuming a touch too much given that his team have just been walloped 4-0 by Australia and that their Test record since he took over is now P38, W15, D5, L18. It is not a strong position for a man making pronouncements about how long he plans to stay on. comment … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. The career of an England cricket coach is like that of a politician: it always ends in failure. David Lloyd went when England were dumped out in the group stages of the 1999 World Cup, Duncan Fletcher after they were knocked out in the second round in 2007, Peter Moores was sacked when England were thumped in the 2015 tournament and Andy Flower quit after the Test side were whitewashed by Australia in 2013-14. So of course, after England’s battering in the Ashes, Trevor Bayliss’s days are numbered. The surprise is that he has been able to choose the figure himself and set it quite so high. He has 600 or so to go. Since you’re here… Read more The Ashescenter_img Ashes 2017-18 Share on Facebook Trevor Bayliss It is also difficult to square Bayliss’s plan to quit in 2019 with the statements made by his assistant coach, Paul Farbrace, a couple of days ago. “If England are serious about coming back and winning in four years’ time,” Farbrace said, “the planning needs to start in the next couple of days.” Bayliss says he has “got no problem working towards a long-term goal, even if I’m not going to be there”. Which is not really the point. It does not matter if Bayliss has got a problem with that situation so much as whether his successor does.The next coach may not want to build on foundations laid by another whose teams were trounced in away series against India and Australia. He may not agree with Bayliss that “[Joe]Root will still be there as captain” or that “there’s a base of six or seven players that will still be young enough to be in the team” when England go back to Australia in 2021. So while Farbrace wants the planning to start now, the degree to which it really does will depend on how well this coaching regime dovetails with the one that comes after it.There are good candidates in the England set-up already. Farbrace would be one himself except that he has been with England longer than Bayliss and will be just as familiar to the players and fatigued by all the travel. Paul Collingwood and Chris Silverwood, who did such good work with Essex, have a lot to recommend them, too. But again all that depends on whether Bayliss’s England can deliver in the 2019 World Cup and the Ashes later that same summer because, if they fail, continuity will be the last thing anyone wants. Australia sport Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Cricket Sportblog Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Trevor Bayliss to stand down as England head coach at end of 2019 Ashes Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Families of Emiliano Sala and pilot await identification of body

first_img2:09 Share on WhatsApp Emiliano Sala The aircraft remains 67 metres underwater, 21 miles off the coast of Guernsey in the Channel.The remains of the plane were discovered on Sunday evening. It had disappeared on January 21 as it travelled from Nantes in France to Cardiff.The AAIB said previously the work of the ROVs had been hampered by the difficult tidal conditions around the Channel Islands.The plane had requested to descend before it lost contact with Jersey air traffic control.An official search operation was called off on 24 January after Guernsey’s harbour master, David Barker, said the chances of survival after such a long period were “extremely remote”.The remains of the aircraft were tracked down by a team coordinated by the ocean scientist David Mearns, who has located some of the most elusive wrecks in the world.Mearns and his team found the aircraft within two hours. He said the discovery had been so quick because the team had been looking for a static object rather than in a dynamic environment searching for survivors.“No one should walk away with the impression that the coastguard and also the Channel Islands air search did anything other than a professional job,” he said.The AAIB plans to publish an interim report within the month.Cardiff had signed Sala, a 28-year-old Argentinian striker, for £15m. It has emerged that Nantes has demanded payment from Cardiff for the player’s transfer.It is understood Cardiff received a letter from Nantes on Tuesday, in which the French Ligue 1 club threatened to take legal action if the first scheduled payment of the fee was not made within 10 days. Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter The AAIB said it decided to attempt recovery operations after using a remotely operated vessel (ROV) to examine the accident site off the coast of Guernsey.“In challenging conditions, the AAIB and its specialist contractors successfully recovered the body previously seen amidst the wreckage,” it said. “The operation was carried out in as dignified a way as possible and the families were kept informed of progress.“Unfortunately, attempts to recover the aircraft wreckage were unsuccessful before poor weather conditions forced us to return the ROV to the ship. The weather forecast is poor for the foreseeable future and so the difficult decision was taken to bring the overall operation to a close.”The AAIB added: “Although it was not possible to recover the aircraft, the extensive video record captured by the ROV is expected to provide valuable evidence for our safety investigation.” Cardiff City The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said the families of both men had been kept informed of progress, and identification of the body was a matter for the police and coroner for Dorset.A statement issued by the coroner and Dorset police said the body was brought to Portland port as it was the nearest part of the British mainland to where the plane was located.“The coroner will investigate the circumstances of this death supported by Dorset police. A postmortem examination will be held in due course,” the statement said.“While formal identification is yet to take place, the families of Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson have been updated and will continue to be supported by specially-trained family liaison officers, during this difficult time.” Emiliano Sala: body found in plane identified as missing footballer – video report Share on Facebook Read more Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Topics Emiliano Sala, the humble forward who enriched everyone’s lives Share on Messenger Guardian Today: the headlines, the analysis, the debate – sent direct to you The families of the Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson are waiting for a body recovered from the wreckage of their plane to be formally identified.Investigators removed the body from the Piper Malibu N264DB on Wednesday, and have ended their attempts to recover the aircraft remains because of poor weather.The body was brought to Portland in Dorset by the Geo Ocean III boat, and taken on a stretcher to an ambulance, before being transferred to the coroner. Read more news Play Videolast_img read more

NS party leaders reveal favourites hamburgers The Simpsons and fiddle tunes

first_imgHALIFAX – Political differences aside, Nova Scotia’s major party leaders can find common ground on a few fronts: They all enjoy political non-fiction, locally tailored suits and the province’s beaches.But sharp differences in taste emerged elsewhere in a survey of the leaders’ cultural, sports and other personal preferences.Tory leader Jamie Baillie said his favourite food was Thai cuisine — “pad thai, glass noodles, you name it.”Both Liberal Stephen McNeil and the NDP’s Gary Burrill kept it simple, however, when it came to their culinary favourites. The premier revealed that McDonald’s is his go-to meal, while Burrill said there’s nothing like a “good old-fashioned” hamburger and fries.Their responses to a survey by The Canadian Press appeared to line up with their political personas, particularly when it came to their TV-viewing habits.McNeil said he relaxes by watching home renovation shows hosted by no-nonsense, budget-conscious contractors like “Holmes on Homes” and “Leave it to Bryan.”Baillie, who has campaigned as a family man, said he watches family comedies like The Simpsons and Modern Family.McNeil and Baillie both said they have Netflix and basic cable. Meanwhile, Burrill has cut the cable cord altogether at home, but said he watches some TV news at the office.Burrill said he prefers the radio to screen entertainment, often turning his dial to hear the baseball play-by-play, especially if it’s a Boston Red Sox game.“Baseball is my sport!” the NDP leader said. “When my family lived in Boston, I used to take my kids to the game a few times a week.”The other two leaders said they are Toronto Blue Jays fans.None of the leaders’ hockey favourites are still playing this year: Baillie and Burrill are Toronto Maple Leafs fans, while McNeil is a Montreal Canadiens man.The candidate’s playlists varied widely — ranging from glam metal to Celtic reels.Baillie showed a penchant for the upbeat chart toppers of the 70s and 80s, including Elton John, Kiss’s first live album and “Love Shack” by the B-52’s.McNeil mixed up his music picks between the soft rock of the Eagles and Johnny Cash’s mournful country twang. He also highlighted the lyrics of “Green Eyes” by Coldplay, saying the verse “You are rock upon which I stand” evokes memories of his mother.“(She) was the rock for me and my 16 brothers and sisters after my father died,” McNeil wrote.Burrill’s musical preferences were also driven by a familial connection. He listed Halifax-based indie folk band Hillsburn as his favourite album and musical act, granting that there may be some nepotism involved, given that two of the group’s members are his children.Burrill also shared his predilection for the fiddle. He said the last album he purchased was by fiddling duo the Bb Sisters, and said there’s “no reel that a good fiddler can drive much better” than Dan R. MacDonald’s rendition of “The Trip to Windsor.”Burrill said his favourite beach spot was the cobble and sand shoreline of Port Maitland “because it’s home.” McNeil said he enjoyed the rocky Hampton Beach in Annapolis County, while Baillie favoured the sands of Dragline Beach on Caribou Island.Baillie finds inspiration in a three-part biography of the late British prime minister Winston Churchill, whereas McNeil prefers the writings of U.S. leaders like the Kennedys and Martin Luther King Jr. Burrill says his favourite non-fiction read is a biography of Sir John Thompson, the former Nova Scotia premier and Canada’s fourth prime minister.McNeil said his favourite book was also the last book he read — “Tuesdays with Morrie,” a philosophical memoir by Mitch Albom.Baillie chose “The Great Gatsby,” F. Scott Fitzgerald’s tale of excess in the Roaring 20s, as his classic of choice. Burrill went with picaresque novel “Phineas Finn” by Anthony Trollope about 19th-century British politics.Of his choice in suits, Baillie says only “I always try to buy local,” while his rivals offer specifics: McNeil shops at Mansour’s in Amherst, Oak Manor Mens Wear in Antigonish and Duggers in Halifax, while Burrill says “Sandy’s in Truro … does a great job.”Nova Scotians head to the polls on May 30.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. Earlier versions wrongly identified the party leader who shops at Sandy’s Fashions for Men in Truro, N.S., and wrongly said Premier Stephen McNeil prefers Netflix to cable.last_img read more

Deadly ice storm bred suspicion and fear New Brunswick report says

first_imgFREDERICTON – A review of a devastating ice storm in northeast New Brunswick says many residents were ill-prepared for an emergency — and some responded to the crisis with fear and suspicion that put them in even greater danger.The storm in late January loaded trees and power lines with ice, snapping hundreds of power poles and leaving more than 130,000 people without power for days.Two people died of carbon monoxide poisoning, while another 49 were hospitalized after using generators or barbecues inside homes and garages.The report said rumours spread during the crisis that generators were being stolen, and people began using them in protected places — resulting in carbon monoxide poisoning.“Although the precise statistics for the number of thefts that occurred during the two weeks of the ice storm event are not available, the actual number is of little relevance to the primary point: fear of becoming a victim of crime altered the residents’ behaviour during the storm’s aftermath,” it said.“It is difficult to reconcile the widespread generosity and support that characterized the spirit of the area’s residents during the outage period with the random criminal behaviour and resulting fear.”The report also said people were less likely to leave for official shelter, and less inclined to welcome those doing door-to-door visits to check on residents’ welfare.“Given that carbon monoxide monitoring was also being administered during some of the door-to-door checks, the failure to open the door could have had serious consequences,” the report said.Judy Wagner, the clerk of New Brunswick’s executive council, was appointed in February to conduct the review and held a series of five public meetings.The report makes 51 recommendations that range from better co-ordination with municipal governments to improving NB Power’s messaging about the anticipated length of power outages.It notes there are annual campaigns urging people to be prepared for an emergency lasting 72 hours, with reminders ahead of the January storm, but many people took no measures.“Citizens must take greater responsibility for the preparedness of themselves and their families, and not assume that institutional services (i.e.,government or other relief organizations) will be in place as quickly as desired to maintain their safety and comfort,” the report recommends.NB Power CEO Gaetan Thomas said the utility promotes the 72-hour preparedness message every fall, but more will have to be done to convince people to be ready.“If a large portion of our customers were able to survive 72 hours, there would be very few people who would need a shelter,” Thomas said.He said it would also allow first responders to more quickly assist people in need of help.NB Power said the ice storm was the largest, most expensive restoration effort in the utility’s history.The Crown-owned utility said costs were estimated at $30 million for the storm, which it called “unprecedented.”The report says the Canadian Standards Association requires NB Power to build infrastructure to withstand ice build-up of 12.5 millimetres of ice.“The most severe design standards require power infrastructure to withstand 19 mm of ice. The ice build-up from this storm exceeded those maximums by four times!” the report says.The repairs included replacing nearly 600 broken hydro poles and 150 transformers in the Acadian Peninsula, and installing 51 kilometres of new lines.Thomas said the utility is changing its transmission pole design and will add more anchoring to prevent the cascading effect that toppled poles in large numbers.He said with the number and severity of major storms along the coast, the changes are becoming a necessity.“These storms, we’re not talking one-off any more, we’re talking four in five years,” he said.The report says provincial officials must meet more often and take a more active role both during an event and in planning and follow-up. And municipalities must make emergency planning a higher priority, it says.The report calls on the province to increase emergency services funding, to increase resources and training.“Consideration should be given to increasing the NB 911 fee on telephone bills to supplement the NB 911 Service Fund,” the report recommends.Lois Corbett, executive director of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, calls the report “a blueprint for action.”She says the report rightly concludes that climate change has and will continue to bring extreme weather.last_img read more

Cesar Millans Hints For A Happy Hound On Independence Day

first_imgCesar Millan gave some handy hints in the Huffington Post prior to Independence Day on how to keep your pets happy during fireworks and celebrations.“Whether it’s a huge show put on by a city or just the neighbors setting off firecrackers in the backyard, it can be a loud experience, and very frightening and stressful for our dogs. More runaway dogs are rounded up in the days after Independence Day than at any other time. Running away is just one possible result of a dog’s reaction to a sudden loud noise.“When a dog is not calm and balanced, it will react to a stimulus in one of three ways: fight, flight, or avoidance. It will attack, run away, or hide. “Flight” and “avoidance” may sound like the same thing, but they’re not, and the difference is important. A dog in flight will run away from everything, while a dog avoiding will go to a familiar, safe place, like under a bed or into its kennel.“All dogs react differently to the noise of fireworks. If you’re lucky (or have prepared your dog properly), then they’ll just ignore them. Barking at the sound is also a common reaction of the “fight” sort. Trying desperately to get out of the house by scratching at walls or doors or running around is flight, while disappearing into a safe “den” is avoidance.“The first thing to remember when your dog is in any unbalanced state is to withhold affection. This can be difficult to do, but it’s best for your dog in the long run. If you pick up or hold a dog that’s scared and try to pet and reassure them, this will not calm them down. All it does is tell them that you approve of their mental state at that time. Give affection to a frightened dog and you will teach your dog to be afraid of everything.“Ideally, you should prepare your dogs well ahead of time for the loud noises of fireworks by gradually desensitizing them — playing the noises of fireworks while distracting them, for example. If you haven’t had a chance to do this, then there’s still time between now and the Fourth to get ready. Here are some things you can do:1. Relocate
If your dog does react badly to fireworks, try to arrange to keep her in a place where there won’t be any loud displays, such as at a friend’s or relative’s house, or at a professional dog boarding facility with which your dog is familiar. If the place is unfamiliar, try to take your dog there a few times before the holiday so it won’t be a big surprise when you leave her there on the day of.2. Exercise
If you can’t arrange for your dog to be elsewhere, then take him on a long walk before the festivities start in order to drain his energy, making him less likely to become excited when the fireworks go off. Your dog should be completely exhausted, leaving his brain tired enough that he won’t be able to concentrate on the noise.3. Disguise
No, this doesn’t involve putting a funny mask on your dog. Disguise the sound of fireworks by using dog-safe ear protection, like Mutt Muffs, which go over a dog’s ears like headphones. Note that you should never use any kind of plug that goes inside of a dog’s ear. Since the openings are so much larger and deeper than in human ears, it would be very easy to lose an earplug inside, leading to a trip to the vet. Blocking the noise, though, may help minimize reactions to it.4. Distract
When the fireworks go off, try engaging your dog in obedience behavior, having her do whatever tricks you’ve taught her for treats. If you have a treadmill, now is a great time to have your dog walk on it — the forward motion will re-direct her brain away from the fireworks and focus it on the physical action. Finally, scent is another great way to distract your dog by engaging her nose.5. Restrain
It can help to keep your dog on-leash, even indoors, during the fireworks — but especially if you have to be outdoors. This will give you control over him, and keep him from being able to run away if his reaction is flight. It is also very important that your dog wears proper I.D. at all times, as well as has a microchip, in case he does run away.6. Maintain
Remember, it is up to you to show calm, assertive leadership when the loud noises start. If you go about your business and don’t make a big deal about it, you’ll help your dog to understand that nothing terrible is going to happen. By not altering your routine, you help make the fireworks part of that routine for your dog.“Most of all, know your dog and know what to expect. If your dog is the type to try hiding from the noises, then have a kennel ready in advance so she has a safe place to run to. If your dog tends to get hyperactive or aggressive, then plan ahead with plenty of exercise.”To read more of Cesar’s hints, read his blog on HuffingtonPost.com.last_img read more

See Lorde At Coachella And Help Charity

first_img17-year-old New Zealander Lorde has won over the music industry with her chart-topping hit “Royals,” which reigned at number one for nine straight weeks. Now, the alt-pop princess is giving her fans the chance to see her live and get the royal treatment at Coachella.Lorde has partnered with global charity auction site Charitybuzz to give two heroines two VIP passes to Weekend Two of the sold-out festival (April 18-20) and the chance to sit side stage during her performance. The winners will also to catch performances from OutKast, Pharrell Williams, Muse, Arcade Fire, Foster the People and many more.Bidding on this experience is open through March 20 here. Proceeds support Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, which provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet.For more chances to see and meet incredible artists like Muse, Arcade and Foster the People at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Outside Lands and other music festivals visit www.charitybuzz.com/theme/MusicFestivals.Charitybuzz raises funds for nonprofits by auctioning thousands of incredible experiences spanning the best of pop culture. Since launching, the company has raised over $100 million for charity by giving bidders the chance to live their dreams and make a difference.last_img read more

Greece and its creditor countries must run obstacle course before deal is

by David McHugh, The Associated Press Posted Jul 13, 2015 11:08 am MDT Last Updated Jul 13, 2015 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Greece and its creditor countries must run obstacle course before deal is sealed FRANKFURT – Greece’s bailout deal isn’t a deal — yet.It only becomes one if Greece meets tough conditions, like quickly passing a slew of far-reaching economic reforms, cuts and privatizations.After the Greek government dismayed creditors by repealing some economic measures and dragging its feet in negotiations, key lender states led by Germany took a hard line: Reforms first. Money afterward.Whether the deal will then steer the Greek economy back to health and help it lower its debt remains uncertain.“Doubts and concerns in our view outweigh optimism and euphoria,” wrote Carsten Brzeski, chief economist at ING-DiBa in Frankfurt. “It starts with the fact that there actually is no deal, yet. It’s a declaration of intent.”He recommended “that the champagne bottles should still remain in the fridge for a while.”Here’s a look at Greece’s situation.___WHAT’S THE NEXT STEP FOR GREECE?Under the deal struck with creditors during an all-night meeting in Brussels, the Greek parliament must approve by Wednesday key reforms. They include VAT tax increases and pension cuts, and safeguarding the full independence of Greece’s statistics service, which at the start of the crisis in 2009 was found to have woefully misstated the country’s finances for years.More reforms have to be passed by July 20, including a new civil code that should streamline legal proceedings and lower business costs.___WILL THAT HELP GREEK BANKS REOPEN?That’s the intent.Greece’s banks have been closed since the European Central Bank refused two weeks ago to allow them to draw more emergency credit. Once the legislation passes and Greece gets closer to financial rescue, the ECB may decide to permit more credit. It could do that anytime it can say a bailout deal is in the offing, but may wait until Thursday’s meeting of its governing council — the day after the first Greek vote.An increase in credit could enable the Greek banks to reopen and perhaps increase their withdrawal limit of 60 euros per day.But analysts say some kind of limit on cash withdrawals and transfers will likely stay in place for months.The closed banks have made normal commerce impossible and worsened the recession. Getting them open again is a top priority if the Greece economy is to recover.___AFTER THAT, WILL GREECE GET ITS BAILOUT?Not yet. Germany’s parliament must also approve the start of negotiations, which officials said could happen Friday. Austria and France will also hold votes on the preliminary agreement.___WHAT HAPPENS WHEN NEGOTIATIONS START?Once Greece passes the reform laws, the institutions monitoring its finances — the European Union’s executive Commission, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank — will get a mandate to start talks. The Greeks will have to make more reforms, such as opening up closed professions, easing worker protections in labour law, and privatizing the national electricity grid.They will also have to transfer government-owned businesses and assets into an independent privatization fund that will sell them off.And the eurozone says that’s just to get the talks started. At the end of the process, national parliaments have to sign off in Germany, Estonia, the Netherland, Finland, Austria and Slovakia. Only then can Greece tap the money from the bailout fund, the European Stability Mechanism.___HOW FAST CAN GREECE GET THE MONEY?The creditors acknowledge that time is short and that a full bailout deal worth between 82 billion euros and 86 billion euros over three years must be struck quickly.Greece needs 7 billion euros by July 20 to cover its bills and debt repayments, and an additional 5 billion euros by mid-August. It’s already in arrears on a 1.5 billion euro payment to another important creditor, the IMF, and needs to clear that before it can get more IMF loan money.Eurozone countries were discussing whether to help Greece meet these obligations with a short-term bridge loan.___WILL THAT STABILIZE GREECE?Even after it gets any loans, the country faces more uncertainty as its economy will be in bad shape. Whether the reforms will help get the economy going, and how fast, is not clear. Some economists think Greece’s debts are too big to repay.Meanwhile, the tough reforms attached to the loans could force the current left-wing Greek government from office.The bailout deal will face opposition in the ranks of deputies belonging to Prime Minister Alexis Tspiras’ Syriza group. Tsipras will likely have to resort to opposition votes to get the painful spending cuts and economic changes through. That could cost him his government majority in Greece’s parliamentary system, and a new coalition and prime minister could soon be in place, analysts say.The country’s labour minister said Monday that the country could see new elections by the end of the year.So hold on. It’s not a deal until it’s a deal. read more

Mens Lacrosse Ohio State buried in 124 loss to Penn State in

Ohio State then-freshman Tre Leclaire maintains possession of the ball in the first quarter against Loyola Maryland in the first round of the NCAA tournament on May 14, 2017 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterThe Ohio State men’s lacrosse team ran down the historic ramp into Ohio Stadium today trailing in the Big Ten standings and facing a three-game losing streak while it prepared to meet Penn State on the field needing a win.The Buckeyes (5-5, 0-1 Big Ten) didn’t get the result they wanted, however, dropping the afternoon affair 12-4 to the Nittany Lions (7-3, 1-0 Big Ten).With a season performance from sophomore goalie Colby Kneese and a dominant show in the faceoff x from sophomore midfielder Gerard Arceri, Penn State overpowered Ohio State both offensively and defensively to emerge from the game with its first conference win of the year.“Well there wasn’t a whole lot of things that we were crazy about, I mean, at the end of the day hats off to Penn State,” Ohio State head coach Nick Myers said. “At the end of the day it’s a loss and we’re going to have to circle back up and make sure we put an emphasis on the things we’ve got to do to be successful in this conference and go after our first conference win on the road.”Penn State worked tirelessly all game to command a significant seven-goal lead going into the final period — a mountain that proved too high for the Buckeye offense to overcome. The Nittany Lions’ offensive flexibility lent itself to plenty of high-quality passes, assists and goal-scoring opportunities, while their stolid defense and Kneese’s quick reflexes kept a staggering 80 percent of Ohio State’s shots out of the cage.Penn State senior midfielder Ryan Keenan dominated offensively for his team, scoring a hat-trick and putting up seven shots against Ohio State sophomore goalie Josh Kirson. Three other Lions posted at least two goals in the scorebook. Ohio State’s goals were few, but nevertheless impressive, especially given Kneese’s efficiency. In the second period, freshman attackman J.T. Bugliosi, assisted by senior attack Colin Chell, shook a defender next to the cage and went behind his back, slipping the ball past an unsuspecting Kneese. Three other Buckeyes recorded goals. Both teams put up 35 shots, but in the end it was Penn State that had more quality finishes. Meyers said the team had to take the tough decision and use it as a means for them to improve for next week’s game against No. 6 Johns Hopkins. “You’ve got to make it about you,” Meyers said. “You know, you’ve got to go back to your training and hope that your training gets you through. I mean, kid had a nice job in the goal, he certainly had a lot of saves. We have to put that on ourselves, you know, putting the ball in the net is something we’ve got to make a priority and it starts with us in terms of the repetitions that we get.”While the result might be on players’ minds in the short term, dwelling on it won’t be in their agenda as they embrace a full week of practice in preparation for another difficult conference matchup next weekend.“You’ve just gotta move past this one and get back to work this week and prepare for [Johns] Hopkins next week,” Chell said. Ohio State hits the road for its second Big Ten game and travels to Baltimore to meet Johns Hopkins (6-2, 0-0 Big Ten) at noon April 7. read more

NFL draft Darron Lee picked No 20 overall by the New York

Former OSU linebacker Darron Lee returns an interception for a touchdown during a game against Northern Illinois on Sept. 19. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorFormer Ohio State linebacker Darron Lee was selected by the Jets with the No. 20 pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL draft. Lee becomes the fifth Buckeye taken in the first round of this year’s draft. NFL.com’s draft analyst Mike Mayock ranked Lee as the fourth-best linebacker prospect.The local product of New Albany, Ohio, quickly became a dominant force for Urban Meyer’s “Silver Bullets.” Lee came into OSU as an athletic high school quarterback and safety recruit who was 6-foot-2 but hardly weighed 200 pounds. After sitting out his freshman season with a medical redshirt, Lee gained close to 30 pounds and started at outside linebacker in 2014.With his bigger frame to go along with his incredible athleticism and lightning-quick speed, Buckeye fans saw Lee transform into a Big Ten linebacker poised for the spotlight.In his first game with the Buckeyes, down 7-6 in the 2014 opener against Navy, Lee charged through the line to scoop up a fumble forced by defensive lineman Joey Bosa and took it the distance to give OSU a lead it would never relinquish.The 6-foot-2, 232-pound linebacker totaled 81 tackles his redshirt freshman season, including 16.5 tackles for loss and seven and a half sacks. Lee was named an Associated Press Freshman All-American and defensive MVP in OSU’s Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama after he had three tackles for loss and two sacks.In his redshirt sophomore campaign, Lee’s numbers went down slightly, but he still ended up with 66 tackles, 11 of which were for a loss, and four and a half sacks. His performance was enough for the AP to award the linebacker second-team All-American honors. Lee started 28 games for the Buckeyes in two seasons.Lee ran the fastest time of all linebacker prospects at the NFL combine in February (4.47), and finished as a top performer in the vertical jump at 35.5 feet.The Jets are scheduled to open up the 2016 regular season against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sep. 11 at 1 p.m. read more

Ohio States Urban Meyer disappointed in win against UAB

If Ohio State football plays like it did against Alabama-Birmingham, it won’t have a chance against Michigan State. That’s how Buckeyes players and coaches said they felt after defeating UAB. “We have to play better,” said senior linebacker Etienne Sabino following OSU’s 29-15 win against the Blazers Saturday. The Buckeyes, who were favored by more than 35 points coming into the game, trailed the Blazers until late in the second quarter and were only up by a single score with less than six minutes to play in the fourth. The performance “disappointed” coach Urban Meyer. “I really had confidence this was going to be a Ohio State-looking team,” Meyer said after the game. “And it wasn’t.” Thanks to a 21-point scoring outburst during a six-minute span in the second quarter, OSU won the game to bring its record to 4-0, but the Buckeyes said their performances haven’t been as unblemished as their record. OSU escaped California in week three thanks to a 72-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller to sophomore receiver Devin Smith and three missed field goals from the Bears. The previous week Central Florida gave OSU all it could handle before OSU eventually pulled away for a 15-point win. But now the non-conference schedule is over, and with Big Ten season starting next week, OSU likely will not face another team it’s predicted to beat by five scores. “It’s glaringly obvious we’ve got to get a lot better or we won’t win next week,” Meyer said. “I think we seem like a very passive team.” Fans can look the other way when one game turns out to be closer than is expected, but the UAB game makes for three straight weeks that the Buckeyes have had to battle for the victory against teams they were expected to easily handle. After a three-and-out early in the fourth quarter Saturday, audible boos descended onto the field from the Buckeye faithful. “I don’t think anybody’s pleased right now,” said wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown. “I mean we’re winning games right now, but we’re not winning like we’re supposed to.” What’s the problem? Meyer said a lot of it comes down to inexperience. “It’s not lack of talent, it’s maybe lack of some experience,” Meyer said. “But we have a depth issue here at Ohio State right now. Severe.” That problem was perhaps never more apparent than Saturday when senior Ben Buchanan’s punt was blocked in the first quarter and returned to give UAB a 6-0 lead. Meyer said injuries forced him to shuffle his punt personnel and a true freshman missed his blocking assignment. The situation is nothing new to Meyer, though. OSU’s first-year coach said despite the disappointments, he still thinks the team can reach its potential. “I have a very clear understanding of where we’re at,” Meyer said. “Disappointed, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love the guys. I think they’re working their tails off. We’ve just gotta keep grinding. No, absolutely I’ve been through some teams that you thought would be better at this point of the season.” The Buckeyes will get a test against the Spartans Saturday in East Lansing, Mich., and said the next week of practice will go a long way in determining the outcome. “We know that we’re not playing up to our potential yet,” Brown said. “We realize that especially after a wake-up call like (the UAB game) we got to come in on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and practice harder than we ever have.” read more

Opinion Johnny Manziel should keep starting for Browns in 2015

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel(2) throws the ball away under pressure by New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams (92) during the NFL game between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The New York Jets won 31-10. Credit: Courtesy of TNSJohnny Manziel should be the Cleveland Browns’ starting quarterback for the rest of 2015, regardless of Josh McCown’s health and availability for Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans and Manziel’s performance in that game and beyond. The reasoning is rather simple. Cleveland spent a first-round pick on the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner and it needs to find out whether Manziel will be gold for an organization that has been looking for their franchise quarterback since 1999 or if he will be pyrite. Manziel was originally the backup to McCown all throughout training camp and leading up to the Browns’ season opener against the New York Jets on Sunday.But late in the first quarter, McCown sustained a concussion while diving for a touchdown on a play that ended up being the complete opposite of everything John Elway’s helicopter play was in the 1998 Super Bowl. McCown fumbled inches before crossing the goal line and suffered the concussion that could potentially keep him out of Sunday’s game. Into the game came Manziel, whose performance oscillated between dynamic and dull over the final three quarters. There was his 54-yard laser throw to Travis Benjamin for a touchdown on his first series and the 14-yard scramble for a first down in the fourth quarter. He also had two 20-plus yard runs that got called back due to penalties. But there were many dull moments too, such as the off-target short pass to Brian Hartline that was intercepted and the two strip-sack fumbles late in the game. It was not necessarily a good showing but it was progress, considering the former Texas A&M sensation was nothing short of egregious in the two season starts he made for the Browns late in 2014. After coming to terms with that fact that the callous preparation and backyard-like play style that thrust him into fame during his two collegiate seasons would not work against NFL defenses, Manziel made offseason changes. He checked himself into rehab, worked with private coaches — including ESPN’s Jon Gruden — and improved his film study habits. The Browns’ coaching staff had praised his progression, which was displayed at times against the Jets, but they were content on McCown being their starter. The logic behind wanting to start the veteran — who inked a 3-year, $14 million deal in February — is understood. Let the 36-year-old veteran, who has played for nine different NFL teams since being drafted in 2002, act as a stop-gap quarterback in 2015 (and maybe beyond) to fill the vacancy while Manziel’s development persists or they locate another guy they think could be their franchise quarterback.McCown had looked good in camp and especially on the first drive against the Jets but his ceiling — as well as the Browns’ — is low.Even if McCown played out-of-this-galaxy good in 2015, Cleveland still has a swiss cheese-like run defense, a receiving corp that lacks reliable talent and no starting running back.If every domino fell in place with McCown at the helm, this Browns team would have, at best, been 7-9 or 8-8 — which would likely not be good enough to make the playoffs but rather good enough secure a middle-of-the-road draft pick. Due to his age, McCown is nothing more than a short-term plug for the gaping hole that the Browns have historically had at quarterback. It’s not that the Browns should just give up on 2015 and start Manziel, but the organization needs to see what type of signal caller the 2014 first-rounder can be. He’s exhibited enough progress in camp, preseason games and against the Jets to deserve a shot at proving himself. Backing up McCown could benefit Manziel, but the best way to see if the work he has put in can translate to NFL success is to let him play, not hold a clipboard. He will struggle by missing opening receivers, throwing picks and fumbling. But he will probably throw more passes that resemble the 54-yarder to Benjamin and scramble for more first downs. By playing him in 2015, the coaching staff will have a large sample size to know if improved Manziel is good enough to be their franchise quarterback. If not, they will have to continue their search. Maybe that search will end with some guy named Cardale Jones. read more