Fishing the North Coast: Volunteer anglers wanted for Klamath River study

first_imgThe California Department of Fish and Wildlife is putting its money where its mouth is. Stemming from the backlash of the California Fish and Game Commission’s decision to close a stretch of the Klamath River to fishing from the mouth of Blue Creek to downstream one-half mile, it is now making good on a promise to study the effects of water temperature and the catch and release mortality of steelhead. These studies come on the heels of the recent modification by the commission when it changed …last_img read more

Improved water testing kit ensures water safety

first_imgRhodes University’s Dr Catherine Luyt has made significant improvements to a water testing kit that will allow rural residents to make sure their drinking water is safe to useSouth African women are making waves in science and technology, and now Dr Catherine Luyt joins their ranks.The 30-year-old Played her Part by developing a ground-breaking modification to a water-testing kit that detects contaminants such as faecal bacteria, all while still a student at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, in the Eastern Cape, in 2013.The idiot-proof kit, which cost the Rhodes University’s pharmacy department R5 to put together, is made from basic school science laboratory chemicals.Luyt worked laboriously for several weeks to make changes to an existing water testing kit, developed by Dr Roman Tandlich, a senior lecturer in the university’s Faculty of Pharmacy.She says, “It started out as an idea to develop or modify an existing test that helps the ordinary person to identify contaminated water,” adding that the kit  will make it possible for local authorities and residents to gauge water quality and pinpoint problem supply areas once it is available on the market.During modifications, Luyt added extra chemicals to the test to increase its selectivity and decrease the false positive results. False positives occur when testing methods are error-prone.Once available on the market, Luyt believes the kit will make water testing possible, especially in rural and remote areas where there are no certified laboratories.Testing water using the kit is straightforward; residents fill tap water in a container with the test chemicals and if the water contains bacteria it will turn black within three days.However, the test will not identify specific bacteria in the water, but it will alert the local authorities to test the tap water in affected areas, isolate supply line breaks and measure the spread of contamination.Rhodes University and some schools are using the test to raise awareness and understanding of hygiene and water.Luyt, born on 20 December 1984 in East London, says her parents, who are teachers, urged her to follow her passion for science.For young people, and especially women, she is an inspiration, showing how science affects day-to-day life. She says, “If you put your mind to it nothing is impossible to achieve. You just have to work hard and remember that you develop all the skills needed at school.”She emphasised the importance of finding friends with similar interests and who would have a good influence on each other; “It’s always more fun to do things with others.”She adds, “Science is very important in society, but not everyone needs to be a scientist to use it or see how things are improved by it.”Luyt loves teaching school children maths and science in her spare time; she graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy in 2008 and a PhD in pharmaceutical chemistry from Rhodes University in 2013 after upgrading from a Masters. {loadposition ambas-menu}last_img read more

Africa Day: The new African kings and queens of Hollywood

first_imgProudly African stars are taking the film and television world by storm, with a new generation of talent gaining prominence in some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters and Oscar winners.Black Panther is the forthcoming action film based on the Afrocentric Marvel Comics superhero character of the same name. The film features a groundbreaking cast of some of Hollywood’s biggest African-American and African-born actors, including Ugandan-born Florence Kasumba and Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o. (Image: Marvel Entertainment YouTube)CD Anderson From critically acclaimed films Selma and The Get Out to action superhero movies such as the forthcoming Black Panther, as well as popular television series such as The Walking Dead and Orange is the New Black, actors from the African diaspora are making their voices heard and changing the global pop culture landscape.Here are some of those African kings and queens of Hollywood on whom we need to keep an eye.David Oyelowo — Nigeria(Image: Wikipedia)Born in the United Kingdom but raised in Nigeria, David Oyelowo began his acting career as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, before stepping into a variety of television roles, including a recurring role in the British spy drama, Spooks, and guest roles in The Good Wife and The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, filmed in Botswana. He began his film career starring for Steven Spielberg in Lincoln and alongside Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher.However, it was his star turn as Rev Martin Luther King Jr in the historical drama Selma that brought Oyelowo wider acclaim, including Golden Globe and Oscar nominations. In his next film role, Oyelowo returned to Botswana to play the country’s first democratic president, Seretse Khama, in the romance drama A United Kingdom. His next big role is the lead in the forthcoming Gringo, alongside South African-born actors Charlize Theron and Sharlto Copley.Uzo Aduba — Nigeria(Image: Wikipedia)Born to Nigerian immigrants in the US, Uzo Aduba is best known for her role as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren in the hit Netflix series, Orange is the New Black, or OITNB.She is one of only two actors (male and female) to win Emmy Awards in both comedy and drama categories for the same role. Her riveting portrayal of the beloved Suzanne character has earned her numerous other awards, including two Screen Actors Guild awards, as well as cultural recognition by the US’s NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) and various LGBT organisations.Her largest film role so far was a supporting role alongside Ewan McGregor in the 2016 film American Pastoral. When not filming for OITNB, she performs in theatre productions in Los Angeles and New York.Barkhad Abdi — Somalia(Image: Twitter)Born in Mogadishu before fleeing Somalia’s civil war with his family to the US, Barkhad Abdi was working as a phone salesperson and limousine driver when he successfully auditioned on a whim for a role in the Tom Hanks drama, Captain Phillips, a film about Somalian piracy. As the cruel yet conflicted pirate leader Abduwali, Abdi garnered much critical acclaim, including Oscar, Golden Globe, Bafta and Screen Actors Guild nominations for best supporting actor.He went on to guest star in various television series, including Hawaii Five-O, and starred in the film Eye in the Sky (filmed in South Africa) opposite Helen Mirren. At the beginning of 2017, it was announced that Abdi had joined the cast of the forthcoming Blade Runner 2049, one of the most highly anticipated films of 2017, starring opposite Hollywood heavyweights Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling.Abdi is also an ambassador for the Somalian humanitarian and environmental charity, Adeso.Lupita Nyong’o — Kenya(Image: Flickr)While Lupita Nyong’o may have been born in Mexico, her upbringing and roots lie very much in Kenya. She began acting in school plays and amateur theatre in Nairobi before studying film and theatre in the US. Nyong’o worked as a production assistant on a number of films shot in Africa, including The Constant Gardner starring Ralph Fiennes, who urged her to step in front of the camera for the first time.She made a number of short student films, before returning to Kenya to star in a popular television series, Shuga. Nyong’o also wrote and directed a number of documentaries focused on Africa that won critical acclaim at independent film festivals around the world.However, her emotional performance in her first big Hollywood production, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, gained Nyong’o a wider global audience and much critical acclaim. She won the 2013 Oscar for best supporting actress for the film, the first African to win the award.Nyong’o has gone on to star in some of Hollywood’s biggest films, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Jungle Book and the forthcoming Black Panther Marvel Universe movie.In between Hollywood projects, she also acted in the Tony-award winning Broadway drama Eclipsed, about the Liberian Civil War, and written and directed by Danai Gurira (see below).Nyong’o returns in the next Star Wars film, The Last Jedi, at the end of 2017.Daniel Kaluuya — Uganda(Image: Twitter)Born to Ugandan immigrants in London, Daniel Kaluuya has been a familiar face over the last 10 years in a number of UK television series, including the popular youth drama Skins (for which he also wrote and directed) and Doctor Who.His breakout role was in an episode of the anthology sci-fi series, Black Mirror, titled Fifteen Million Merits, which was voted by fans of the groundbreaking show as its all-time best episode.Between acting in theatre and television in the UK, and small roles in films in the US, Kaluuya also writes and produces short films and produces music. His first major Hollywood role was in the horror film, The Get Out, one of the highest grossing independent films of 2017.Kaluuya’s acclaimed performance in the film secured him roles in the forthcoming Black Panther Marvel Universe film and a remake of Watership Down for Netflix/BBC.Danai Gurira — Zimbabwe(Image: Wikipedia)While Danai Gurira may be best known as the no-nonsense, sword-wielding Michonne in hit zombie series The Walking Dead, she is much more than the sum of that single role.Gurira is a Tony Award-winning playwright (for the drama, Eclipsed, see the profile of Lupita Nyong’o above) and a prominent political activist.Her first major film role was in the 2007 immigration drama, The Visitor, and she has had roles in big US television series, including Law & Order and Treme.But the theatre remains her first love, both in the US and in Zimbabwe, where she founded Almasi Arts organisation in 2011. It is dedicated to sustaining arts and culture education in the country. Gurira plays an active, grassroots role with Almasi as a writing and acting teacher in Zimbabwe and across the rest of the region, including in South Africa.She also works closely with the United Nations and Irish singer Bono’s ONE Campaign to highlight the issues and challenges that specifically affect women and children in Africa.Gurira’s next major role is also in the Black Panther Marvel Universe film, set for release in early 2018.Atandwa Kani — South Africa(Image: YouTube)As the son of one of South Africa’s most prominent actors, John Kani, Atandwa Kani has acting in his blood. Maturing as an actor in theatre, film and television, both at home and abroad, he is now set to take Hollywood by storm.Kani already has a formidable theatre career, with critically acclaimed turns in Shakespeare productions in South Africa and the UK. His television career includes local series 90 Plein Street, Soul Buddyz and Kowethu, as well as recurring roles in international productions such as Life is Wild and The Book of Negroes with Cuba Gooding Jr.He played a young Nelson Mandela in the film version of A Long Walk to Freedom, before garnering critical acclaim for the 2016 short film The Suit, based on the story by South African writer Can Themba.Kani, too, is part of the cast for the forthcoming Marvel Universe film Black Panther, following in his father’s superhero footsteps: Kani senior starred in Captain America: Civil War in 2016.Florence Kasumba — Uganda(Image: Official Florence Kasumba website)Florence Kasumba also had a role in Captain America: Civil War, which she reprises in Black Panther in 2018. The Kampala-born actress/model has had a rich career in television and film in her adopted country, Germany, and recently moved to Hollywood to star in the 2017 US fantasy series Emerald City, before taking on a supporting role in the forthcoming Wonder Woman movie. She also stars in the 2017 romantic drama, Mute, directed by Duncan Jones.Dayo Okeniyi — Nigeria(Image: Twitter)The young Lagos-born Dayo Okeniyi has been a talent to watch since his breakthrough role in the Hunger Games film series. Since then, he has had roles opposite Ben Affleck (Runner, Runner), Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator Genisys) and is currently getting attention for his role in the US crime series, Shades of Blue, co-starring Jennifer Lopez.Terry Pheto — South Africa(Image: Instagram)South African favourite Terry Pheto was part of the Oscar award-winning Tsotsi ensemble in 2005, and since then has built a formidable acting career at home and in Hollywood.After supporting roles in South African-based international productions such as Goodbye Bafana and Catch a Fire, she moved to Los Angeles where she quickly secured a regular role on the soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, in 2011.Pheto returned to South Africa to star in the action drama, How 2 Steal 2 Million, for which she won an African Movie Academy Award. She later starred in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (as Madiba’s first wife, Evelyn Mase) and A United Kingdom opposite David Oyelowo (see above).Pheto’s next project is the BET channel mini-series, Madiba, in which she plays Winnie Mandela opposite Laurence Fishburne’s Nelson Mandela. The series is currently filming in South Africa.Source: Wikipedia, various news sourcesWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Former Bomber Teodoro comes up with key hits as Batangas trips Parañaque

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Val Acuña finished with 19 points for the Athletics, who also drew solid performances from Lester Alvarez, Jhaymo Eguilos and Paul Varilla.Parañaque, which dropped to 2-3, fought back from a double-digit deficit even after the ejection of Jonathan Belorio for a second unsportsmanlike foul.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Patriots, however, bungled a chance to snatch the win in regulation when Jong Baloria missed a jumper with five seconds remaining.“We had problems because some of the players were showboating instead of playing for the crowd,” said Batangas coach Mac Tan. BATANGAS CITY—Former Jose Rizal U standout Tey Teodoro hit clutch baskets in overtime as Batangas City survived Parañaque, 87-79, in overtime last Thursday night to stay unbeaten in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Anta Raja Cup here.Teodoro knocked in five straight points, including a dagger triple with 46 seconds remaining as the Tanduay-backed Athletics picked up their fifth win in as many games to solidify their hold of top spot.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Earlier, Navotas leaned on the hot shooting of Yves Sazon and JP Calvo in the fourth period as it rallied past Valenzuela, 82-77.Struggling for most of the contest, Sazon came alive, making 13 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, while Calvo also had eight of his 17 in the period as the Clutch completed a remarkable comeback from 21 points down.The Clutch snapped a two-game slide to improve to 3-2, the same record as the Classic.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img More hard work ahead for new PH Olympic chief MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa View commentslast_img read more

Commissioners say families still have faith in inquiry

first_imgAudette and Buller made the comments Wednesday at the start of the second day of community hearings in Saskatoon.They said turnout has been strong for the sixth stop of the inquiry looking into hundreds of cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls across Canada.“There are some common themes of poverty, of racism,” said Buller, “but there are also local issues as well that we’re hearing. For example, in Edmonton there were issues regarding local policing. Here, we’re not hearing that same level so far.”The often teary testimony of grief and loss has been playing out while inquiry staff tender resignations or are fired.So far about 22 people have left, including three lawyers – one of whom quit on opening day here.Buller wouldn’t comment on “personnel matters” but said the inquiry remained on track.“I can tell you with great confidence that the work that we’re doing will continue in a good way across Canada, that the real news here this week is what the families and survivors are telling us.“And we intend to move forward.”Audette acknowledged family members had voiced concerns about the staff turnover.“I made sure that I called them, all of them who called me or got in touch with me, and same with my colleagues to explain the situation, to reassure them and making sure that we will and continue to honour the work that we’re doing with them.”Liberals blocking a motion to call commissioners to the committee?The termination of one employee left people in northern Saskatchewan in a lurch said Cree NDP-MP Georgina Jolibois who is from northern Saskatchewan.Jolibois said her office is working with a group trying to bring a hearing to Prince Albert similar to the statement gathering in the northern Manitoba community of Norway House earlier this month.“One of the concerns that I have is that this will delay the inquiry coming north,” the Indigenous Affairs critic said in a telephone interview. “We’re hoping to get that back on track.”Commissioners were questioned by the Commons Indigenous Affairs Committee in September before so many employees departed.Jolibois said she’d like to speak to them some more about the impact the job losses were having on their mandate and hear what kind of support or therapy witnesses were getting after their traumatic testimonies, after fired health managers said after-care was lacking.“I would like to call them back at some point but I’m not going to interrupt their hearings,” she said.However, she said the Liberal majority on the committee was blocking any attempts to discuss the inquiry she said.Jolibois said that same Liberal block was preventing the committee from calling officials with the Privy Council Office, which funds the inquiry. And, has been blamed by commissioners for delays in approving funding and hiring. Kathleen Martens Shirley McLean APTN NewsThe public may be losing confidence in the national inquiry but commissioners say the families aren’t.“Absolutely not. It’s anything but,” said chief commissioner Marion Buller. “They want us to go ahead and continue with our good work, and they’re very supportive.”Commissioner Michele Audette said families are encouraging them to keep going.“I hope that you stick there, I hope that you stay there because my statement (being) worth something is very important.”Watch Shirley McLean’s report from the Saskatoon hearings here.last_img read more

Villanova Will Die — Or Live — By The Three

Villanova Will Die — Or Live — By The Three

2012Ohio34.444.1+9.737.51 3-POINT PERCENTAGE YEARSCHOOLREG. SEASONFIRST 2 TOURN. ROUNDSDIFFERENCEREMAINING TOURN. GAMESNO. REMAINING GAMES Source: Sports Reference 2015UCLA36.851.7+14.923.11 2013Oregon33.348.5+15.235.71 2013Ohio State35.648.5+12.931.62 2013La Salle37.746.2+8.539.02 2014Iowa State35.848.8+13.037.51 2012Xavier35.148.0+12.920.01 Sweet 16 teams that ran hot through the opening weekend 2016Iowa State38.648.810.2—— 2016Villanova35.148.9+13.8—— 2015Xavier35.147.2+12.117.61 2012Louisville31.840.0+8.238.03 2011Wisconsin37.450.0+12.624.11 2013Syracuse33.542.9+9.429.33 2011San Diego State34.945.5+10.631.81 Jay Wright teams shoot a lot of threes. Since the 2006 NCAA Tournament, when Villanova went to the Elite Eight largely on the strength of Wright’s four-guard lineups, the team has been associated with perimeter offense. So when No. 2-seed Villanova plays No. 3-seed Miami tonight, it’s going to toss bombs. The question, given the team’s season-long shooting slump and its recent hot streak, is how many of them are going to fall.Some years, Wright’s team is very good from deep — last season’s squad made 38.9 percent of its attempts, the second-most for a Wright-coached Nova team. And others Villanova is just a bunch of chuckers — the 2012 team made 31.5 percent of its threes, and four Wildcats shot under 30 percent. But throughout Wright’s decade and a half on the Main Line, the team has dogmatically stuck with its perceived strength and has consistently ranked among the top half of Division I in 3-point attempt rate, or the percentage of field-goal attempts that are threes.This year’s team ranked 24th nationally in 3-point attempt rate, the most of any Big East team. Individually, several Wildcats have taken more than 100 threes a piece. In a lot of ways, this was a culminating season for the Wright-era Wildcats. Just one problem: The team wasn’t very accurate.During non-conference play, 49 percent of the team’s shots were threes, and the Wildcats connected on just 30.9 percent of those attempts. That didn’t get any better during the first month of conference play: 39 percent of Nova’s shots came from deep, and but just 33.5 percent were makes. What helped boost their offensive efficiency ranking, which topped the Big East for all but two weeks of conference play, and why VU could get away with such mediocre shooting and still win 16 games in the conference (and 27 overall) was the squad’s 2-point field goal percentage, which was 55.3 percent throughout league play.In February, a few more threes began to drop — 36 percent — and when Villanova entered March, the team’s offense consisted almost solely of a perimeter barrage. More than 41 percent of its attempts were from beyond the arc, led by Kris Jenkins, a Draymond Green-in-training who, at 6-foot-6, has the size to match up with opposing 4s but is an offensive nightmare because of how he moves around the perimeter. It was helped also by Ryan Arcidiacono, who’s become more and more consistent throughout his four seasons. From March 1, when Villanova played a home game against DePaul, through its annihilation of Iowa last weekend (1.26 points per possession), the team has converted 44.7 percent of its threes.Of the 16 remaining teams in the tournament, VU led the first two rounds in both 3-point percentage (48.9 percent) and differential between its perimeter shooting during the regular season and March Madness. Considering each Sweet 16 squad since the 2011 tournament, only four made a bigger leap in perimeter shooting than Villanova’s 13.8 percentage point improvement from the regular season to the first two rounds. The table below shows the Sweet 16 teams since 2011 with the most drastic improvement in 3-point percentage from the regular season to the first two rounds; of those, only five moved on to the Elite Eight. On the one hand, this is evidence that teams tend not to sustain out-of-character starts, which is obvious. On the other, two teams — 2013 Syracuse and 2012 Louisville — went on to the Final Four. 2014Virginia36.946.4+9.533.31 On their face, these results are a good reason to disbelieve the Wildcats’ streaky shooting — but the improvement has been steady and recently fueled by crisp ball movement and superb player spatial recognition just as much as it has by sheer coincidence. That’s good, because Villanova will need more than luck against Miami and potentially Kansas (its probable Elite Eight opponent), which are adept at guarding the perimeter and have skilled close-out and ball-screen defenders. 2011Marquette34.943.5+8.612.51 2012South Florida31.640.6+9.013.31 2012Baylor38.347.5+9.231.02 2015North Carolina35.852.9+17.161.51 2013Arizona37.1%56.3%+19.233.3%1 2013Miami (FL)36.244.7+8.530.81 2011Ohio State42.356.0+13.737.51 read more

Ohio State baseball swept in weekend series at Nebraska

Sophomore first baseman Zach Ratcliff (34) jumps to catch the ball during a game against Xavier March 19 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 10-3.Credit: Sam Harrington / Lantern photographerAfter three games, three runs were all that separated the Ohio State baseball team from Big Ten foe Nebraska.Those three runs proved costly though, as the Buckeyes (18-13, 2-7) dropped each of three games of a weekend series in Lincoln, Neb., to the Cornhuskers (19-13, 4-2) by a one-run margin.The Buckeyes found themselves with a lead in each game, but just could not seal the deal down the stretch. Two losses were walk-offs while the other saw the Cornhuskers take the lead in the eighth inning.“We just have to finish games. We were right there,” redshirt-sophomore infielder Ryan Leffel said after Sunday’s 2-1 loss. “One play can make the difference … we know that we’re really, really close to being a really good team.”Sunday’s tilt saw the Buckeyes jump out to a quick lead as redshirt-junior first baseman Josh Dezse hit an RBI groundout in the first to score sophomore second baseman Troy Kuhn.That was all the Buckeyes could muster against the Cornhuskers’ junior pitcher Aaron Bummer, however, only picking up three more hits.The Cornhuskers got on the board in the fourth off OSU sophomore pitcher Jake Post. With two outs and men on first and third, Nebraska junior catcher Tanner Lubach hit an RBI single to tie the game.Bummer and Post controlled the game from there as both starters went all nine innings and things stayed tied at one until the ninth.Again with Lubach up to bat and men on first and second, Post gave up an RBI single to give the Cornhuskers the sweep.On Saturday, the Buckeyes held a 3-0 lead until the eighth behind an RBI single from Leffel and two runs scored in the fifth after two errors by Nebraska.Meanwhile, freshman pitcher Tanner Tully started on the bump for the Buckeyes and flirted with a no-hitter until Lubach lined a single to center to begin the seventh.After giving up another single to begin the eighth, redshirt-senior reliever Tyler Giannonatti came in for Tully and allowed one run in the inning off a sacrifice fly from Nebraska senior outfielder Michael Pritchard.Freshman relief pitcher Travis Lakins came on in the ninth with a two-run lead, but things quickly went south.With two outs and the bases loaded, Lakins walked sophomore infielder Jake Placzek to draw the Cornhuskers within one.Junior closer Trace Dempsey came on but allowed a single to Pritchard that scored two and gave the Cornhuskers the series clinching 4-3 win.Friday night saw both starting pitchers dominate the beginning of the game. The Buckeyes’ senior pitcher Greg Greve went six innings without allowing a run.Once again, the Buckeye offense scored first, but this time it was in the fifth when Kuhn singled off Cornhusker senior pitcher Chrsitian DeLeon to score the first run of the series.The Buckeyes scored another off DeLeon in the seventh on an RBI single to center from Wetzel.Lakins came in and pitched a scoreless seventh, but allowed RBI singles from Pritchard, junior infielder Pat Kelly and freshman pitcher/infielder Ben Miller in the eighth to give the Cornhuskers the 3-2 lead.Outside of a single from sophomore infielder Jacob Bosiokovic, the Buckeyes couldn’t get anything in the ninth off DeLeon, preserving the Cornhuskers’ win.The line for the Buckeyes’ starting pitchers for the weekend was 22 innings pitched and only two runs, but it wasn’t good enough.Despite the rough road trip, Greve seemed confident that the Buckeyes would get it turned around.“We played tough, played well, competed well. There’s no need to be alarmed or concerned,” Greve said after Sunday’s game. “We were very close to beating a very good team. We easily could’ve won all three games this weekend. We just have to stick to what we’re doing and keep preparing the way we’ve been doing and learn from the mistakes.”The Buckeyes have a quick turnaround as they are scheduled for two mid-week games against Eastern Michigan on Tuesday and Dayton on Wednesday.Tuesday’s game against the Eagles is set for 6:35 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium at Nick Swisher Field. read more

Opinion Ohio State football needs to succeed on big stage to earn

Then-junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) runs the ball during The Game Nov. 30 at Michigan Stadium. OSU won, 42-41.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorWhat a difference a year makes.Last year at this time, heading into the Spring Game, the Ohio State football team had sky-high expectations. It was National Championship or bust. Fresh off an undefeated 12-0 campaign in a sanctioned 2012 season that prevented any postseason play, and with the addition of a top-five recruiting class, the Buckeyes were picked by some experts to compete for a title in January 2014.After Auburn upset then-No. 1 Alabama in the Iron Bowl Nov. 30, the Buckeyes moved in the BCS rankings to the No. 2 spot, which would have guaranteed them a spot in the National Championship Game.Well, two losses later, and here we sit.Gone is the historic winning streak. Gone is 1,500-yard running back Carlos Hyde, as well as four of five starting offensive linemen.So, fans head into the 2014 season trying to figure out exactly what to expect from the Buckeyes on the field in the fall. Urban Meyer is still at the helm, and he managed to bring in another stellar recruiting class. Two-time defending Big Ten Player of the Year, senior quarterback Braxton Miller also returns beneath center. Much to the surprise of some fans, co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell returns as well, but with two new additions in co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash and defensive line coach Larry Johnson.However, many questions linger: Can the pass defense improve after finishing ranked No. 112 in the country? Can the offense finally establish a consistent intermediate passing game? Which, if any, of the five-star recruits can make an immediate impact? Really, the big question though, is how good is this team?With the new four-team College Football Playoff system taking effect this year, it is difficult to put a barometer on what constitutes a successful season for the Buckeyes. OSU will always have high standards when it comes to football, and, since it is still one of the most talented teams in the Big Ten, the Buckeyes should be able to contend yet again for an undefeated regular season.With another relatively weak non-conference schedule and a conference schedule that doesn’t include Wisconsin, Nebraska, or Iowa, and includes Michigan at Ohio Stadium, the Buckeyes will likely face their biggest test in the form of Michigan State Nov. 8 in East Lansing, Mich.Should the Buckeyes avenge their Big Ten Championship game loss against the Spartans, they would likely be in the driver’s seat for a chance to win their first Big Ten title under Meyer.A loss, on the other hand, would likely further the negative big-game perception of the Buckeyes. This team needs to win the Big Ten and win a major bowl game to help silence its critics.As we saw last year, however, winning those games is easier said than done. The opportunity to prove themselves on the big stage was the Buckeyes’ for the taking, but in the end they let it slip away.This year, fans can only hope for a season that helps OSU earn back the respect it once had and another chance to prove that the Buckeyes are truly an elite team. read more

Football Ohio States defense must shift focus to Penn State

Ohio State freshman defensive end Tyreke Smith (11) and senior linebacker Dante Booker (52) combine for a sack in the third quarter of the game against Tulane on Sept. 22. Ohio State won 49-6. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State comes out of its matchup against Tulane as the No. 4 team in the country with an undefeated record, tied for the 17th-best scoring defense in the nation.But even with a win against then-No. 15 TCU under its belt, Ohio State has not played an opponent with the offensive weapons that No. 9 Penn State holds.The Nittany Lions hold the No. 1 scoring offense in the nation with 55.5 points per game, including 63 points in each of their past two games.The best offense Ohio State has played so far is the Horned Frogs, who ranked No. 44 averaging 35.3 points per game.After the 49-6 victory over Tulane, which ranks tied for No. 107 in scoring offense, head coach Urban Meyer said on Monday that Penn State offers a completely different challenge to Tulane’s option-heavy offense.“Completely different. Last week was more of a wishbone-style triple option. This will be a true spread quarterback,” Meyer said. “It’s a much different mindset. You’ve got to make sure you always account for it.”The true spread quarterback is redshirt senior Trace McSorley, who is Penn State’s all-time leader in passing touchdowns (59) with 14 total touchdowns on the season, six of which came on the ground.McSorley is a mobile quarterback, which Ohio State has faced the past two games, but one who offers an even larger threat with his arm. And, as Meyer said, a stronger offensive line in front of him.Meyer also complimented junior running back Miles Sanders and said he expects a very similar team that has given Ohio State a lot of trouble in the past two seasons.“Offensive line is better. And that running back is really good,” Meyer said. “We don’t see much difference at all. Scheme’s very similar to what they’ve done in the past and obviously the quarterback’s the guy that makes it go.”The last time the Buckeyes traveled to Beaver Stadium, they lost to Penn State 24-21, which was their only loss of the regular season. A year later, former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett threw two touchdowns in the final five minutes to defeat the Nittany Lions 39-38.Penn State has proven to be one of the most difficult challenges for Ohio State in recent years, and that will happen again on Saturday.Containing McSorley and Sanders is tough with a healthy roster, but with the loss of junior defensive end Nick Bosa, the Buckeyes will need big plays from other members of the defense to hold back the Nittany Lions’ offense.After the Tulane victory, Meyer said he liked the play of the defense without Bosa, but said, with the style of Tulane’s offense, it will not help them against Penn State.“It’s a much different game today than it will be next week,” Meyer said after Saturday’s game. “I thought they played well. They played only 30 minutes of football and we got ’em out. So the challenge of challenges is coming up.”The “challenge of challenges” will force the Ohio State defense to clean up all the mistakes that occasionally plagued the team thus far.It is another year with another major matchup against Penn State, and the Ohio State defense prepared for an offense that looks very similar to one that Meyer ran for the past four years.“You’re playing with a quarterback that can run. That’s one that manages — we’ve had a lot of yards around here over the last years and years and years because of having that ability to do that,” Meyer said. “That’s a real threat. And that’s something that you have to game plan for.” read more