Man Utd keeper De Gea: Away support crucial at West Hamby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United goalkeeper David de Gea says their support will be key at West Ham.United fans will be out in force at the London Stadium and, now in his ninth season at the club, De Gea knows exactly how significant our travelling supporters are for the team.“They are vitally important to us,” said the goalkeeper.“Our fans that follow us away from home are just incredible. Sometimes it’s just like we are playing at home in those away fixtures! “It’s amazing… it helps us all tremendously down there on the pitch, we can always feel the warmth from our fans and that is hugely important to us.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
By Kathleen MartensAPTN National NewsWINNIPEG– A British Columbia court has suspended dozens of residential school survivor compensation cases handled by a Calgary law firm, APTN National News has learned.A B.C. Supreme Court judge suspended the cases of 50 residential school survivors that are being handled by Calgary law firm Blott and Company.The cases deal with compensation for serious sexual and physical abuses suffered by survivors at Indian Residential Schools under the Independent Assessment Process (IAP).The details of why the judge issued the ruling are currently under a publication ban.The ruling however, could impact as many as 3,000 IAP cases that were all being handled by the law firm.It’s the second time in as many months that lawyers and the IAP have come under the microscope.In October, APTN reported on a memo issued to lawyers by chief IAP adjudicator Daniel Ish. He warned lawyers in June to clean up their acts when it came to dealing with IAP clients or they might not get paid,More than 200 lawyers have clients participating in IAP.Ish cited suspected “unethical” practices such as not meeting with clients prior to the hearing.As part of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, the government of Canada is committed to paying lawyers 15 per cent of the compensation awards their clients receive if their claims are ruled legitimate by IAP adjudicators.
Bill Manning now has two championship teams to oversee.The Toronto FC president is adding Argonauts president to his title in the wake of the Canadian Football League board of governors approving the Argo purchase by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE).Manning is now in charge of the MLS Cup and Grey Cup winners.“Toronto football. I can’t go wrong either way,” Manning joked.MLSE, which also owns the NHL’s Maple Leafs, NBA’s Raptors, AHL’s Marlies and Toronto FC, announced last month that it had an agreement in place to buy the Argonauts.There had already been some cross-ownership. The Argos were currently owned by two-thirds of the MLSE triumvirate — chairman Larry Tanenbaum’s holding company, the Kilmer Group, and Bell Canada.In bringing the Argos fully into the MLSE fold, Rogers Communications officially join its two MLSE partners as part of the CFL team’s ownership.“Clearly on the football side I think they’re in good shape,” Manning said of the CFL team.“This was just about how can we synergize the Argos into the MLSE portfolio,” he added. “Over the last few years, I’m really grateful that our board of directors and Larry thought that I’d done a good job with TFC and they wanted to see a similar model on how we can integrate the team side, the business side, the stadium side all into one.“And then obviously sharing a stadium (BMO Field), I think we can find some synergies there. And scheduling we can make sure that both teams really get to maximize their schedule. So it was just, I think, a lot of areas that I can oversee and just make sure that we kind of have this be a rising tide that raises both boats.”Manning, who took over TFC in October 2015, has football experience on his resume.A former United Soccer League executive of the year with the Minnesota Thunder, he was 34 when he took over as president and GM of the Mutiny in 2000. After the MLS folded the franchise after the 2001 season, he worked for the NBA Houston Rockets (director of corporate partnerships) and then the NFL Philadelphia Eagles (vice-president sales and services) before Real Salt Lake brought him back to MLS in 2008.He spent four years with the Eagles in all. There he was close to Tom Heckert, now senior personnel adviser for the Denver Broncos but formerly director of pro personnel for the Eagles.“We used to share notes on how to be a GM,” Manning said.Michael Copeland, who spent two years as Argonauts president and CEO, has been tabbed to join the MLSE leadership team along with Sara Moore, the Argonauts’ senior vice-president of business operations.Manning said their immediate roles will be to help the Argos’ transition into the MLSE family.“The Toronto Argonauts are an important and historic part of the sporting landscape in Toronto and across the country, and we appreciate the support of the CFL board of governors as the team officially becomes part of the MLSE family,” MLSE president and CEO Michael Friisdahl said in a release.“As we begin the process of incorporating the Argos into the organization, we are very pleased to name Bill Manning as president of the club in addition to his current responsibilities as president of Toronto FC.“Bill’s vast experience and championship vision as a sports executive will continue to be a great asset for Toronto FC, and now, the Argos. We look forward to Michael Copeland and Sara Moore joining the MLSE leadership team, and as a first order of business, playing an important role in the transition of the Argos to MLSE.”In the release, MLSE said the process of incorporating the team into the company’s business operations would continue over the coming months.“We are proud to officially welcome MLSE to the CFL and look forward to working with Bill Manning and the entire organization to enhance the experience for fans in Toronto, but also CFL fans right across the country,” said CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie.Founded in 1873, the Argonauts are North America’s oldest continuously operated professional football club.———Follow @NeilMDavidson and @GregoryStrongCP on Twitter.
New Delhi: The government’s decision to implement 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker sections of the general category may cost dearer to the public institutions as the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has put on hold the fund allocation procedure to higher institutions for meeting the expenses to be incurred in implementing the quota.The HRD Ministry’s proposal to provide financial assistance of about Rs 4,000 crore has been stuck in the model code of conduct. As per official sources, the ministry in its communication with institutions has stated that the proposal would be approved only after the formation of the government and till then the institutions would have to bear the additional expenditure of their own. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Citing the enforcement of model code of conduct due to ongoing general elections in the country, sources in the HRD Ministry said, “Given the value of the amount, the Election Commission is reluctant in approving the proposal.” The sources further that the EC is reluctant in permitting the HRD ministry to provide funds to institutions as the proposal has not been passed by the Cabinet. The sources also said that institutions would have to implement the quota without any dedicated funds for it. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIn January, the government had allowed a reservation of 10 per cent for poor people in educational institutions and government jobs. Soon after the decision, the HRD Ministry had announced that it would increase 25 per cent seats in all higher education institutions to accommodate the beneficiaries of 10 per cent quota to poor upper caste without disturbing seat share of other reserved categories. The HRD Ministry had also sought details from higher institutions about the financial burden on them for increasing 25 per cent seats. As per the HRD officials, all higher institutions, including IITs, IIMs, Central universities, NITs, IISER, had sought Rs 5,676 crore financial support for creating 2.15 lakh additional seats.
Music washes away from our soul, the dust of everyday life. There is no denial to the fact that what makes any human society is its culture and to celebrate eternal Indian culture, Bazm- E – Khas an initiative of V P Gupta organised an evening of sublime poetry, traditional music and ghazals titled ‘Sur Adhar Music Festival 2019’.The festival featured well-known artists like Hariharan, Nizam Bhai Premi, Fareed Hasan and Mehboob Hussain accompanied by Akhlat Warsi, Mithilesh Jha, Murad Ali, Peromita Mukherji, Shadab Bhartiya, Atul Raninga, Sushant Sharma, Yusuf Khan Azhar Shakeel, and Zia Khan. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThese eclectic musicians took us through the journey of Indian heritage steeped in love through their classical music at the mesmerising courtyard of Qutub Minar, New Delhi. Hariharan needs no introduction for those familiar with Ghazal style of singing. His mesmerising voice stirs emotions in the listener’s soul. The extravaganza evening began with Ganesh Vandana staged by Nizam Bhai Premi which was followed by Raag Bageshwari and kedar by Fareed Hasan and Mehboob Hussain symbolising the convergence of cultures and spirituality. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThe highlight of the evening was Hariharan, who enthralled the audience with his authentic style, performed various ghazals and thumris along with his few Bollywood superhits. Talking about his performance, Legendary singer Hariharan said, “I was really excited to perform at Qutub Minar. I remember the last time I performed here was for Qutub Minar Festival a long time ago. Definitely, it was an overwhelming experience. For me, Bazm-e-Khas is doing a great job towards promoting our Indian classical music which is really very appreciable and I am glad to be a part of this.” Fareed Hassan and Mehboob Hussain said, “Fortunately we shared the stage with legendary singer Hariharan Ji at the prestigious venue of Qutub Minar. It was an honour for us to be a part of this show. We are really thankful to Bazm-e-Khas for giving us this grand opportunity.” In the light of the event VP Gupta, Founder of Bazm-e-Khas said, “Bazm-e-Khas is a very special platform that promotes young and not so young artists to meet and exchange ideas along with entertaining good listeners. Our aim to organise this evening is to make people aware of the richness of Indian culture.”
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
2014-159.855.1360.53 FIELD GOALS ON DRIVESTRUE SHOOTING ON DRIVES DeAndre JordanLAC51338474.973.4 Myles TurnerIND26519172.174.3 Montrezl HarrellHOU24118275.578.6 2016-179.562.4165.22 There are players in this group who shoot about as well down low as LeBron does, but generally, the most successful shooters within 3 feet are traditional bigs who need to be fed the ball in advantageous spots to get those looks. Most on this list were assisted anywhere between 60 percent and 80 percent of the time on such shots. That’s the tradeoff that the league has long made with its star big men — they provide efficient scoring and floor-spacing from the post but are reliant on other players to get them the ball. Not so for LeBron.James combines competent play out of post-ups with his utter dominance driving to the hole to provide the same impact on a game that once came from star centers. It isn’t just the scoring consistency and spacing, either: LeBron also piled up more and-one opportunities than anyone in the league this season. Some of the value of those and-ones is already captured in James’s impressive true shooting percentage. But the ability to keep pressure on a defense, inch it closer to the penalty and generate extra opportunities for 3-pointer shooters, all at the same time, is something no other player in the league has. T.J. WarrenPHX24617972.856.4 2015-169.254.5460.55 Tyson ChandlerPHX20514570.760.7 David LeeSA25417870.174.2 LeBron JamesCLE59546177.5%42.5% FIELD GOALS WITHIN 3 FEET Clint CapelaHOU44932271.783.2 Karl-Anthony TownsMIN57340170.058.1 Hassan WhitesideMIA44832773.060.2 PLAYERTEAMATTEMPTSSUCCESSFULPERCENTAGEASSISTED LeBron drives, 2013-present SEASONDRIVES PER GAMEPERCENTAGELEAGUE RANKPERCENTAGELEAGUE RANK Giannis AntetokounmpoMIL64044970.251.2 Nene HilarioHOU25718672.487.1 2013-147.663.0%167.5%3 Rudy GobertUTA54139172.373.4 Kevin DurantGS27421879.661.9 LeBron doesn’t need much help at the rim Richaun HolmesPHI20214873.377.0 Kristaps PorzingisNY20914770.371.4 Minimum 200 attempts and a 70 percent field-goal percentage during the 2016-17 regular season.Source: Basketball-Reference.com Dwight HowardATL47434372.465.3 Marcin GortatWAS35825170.172.5 Willie Cauley-SteinSAC22715970.076.7 James scores 135.2 points per 100 plays when he drives to the basket off of pick-and-rolls, according to data from Synergy Sports Technology. That number barely budges when he drives off of isolations — typically regarded as a low-efficiency play, the domain of hero-ball icons like Carmelo Anthony and DeMar Derozan — where he gets 128.1 points per 100. Now compare those numbers to the efficiency of a Stephen Curry spot-up jumper, which is just about the most feared play in the game today: Curry scored 132.5 points per 100 on spot-ups this season, right around the midpoint between a LeBron drive off the pick-and-roll and the “inefficient ones” off isolation.Of course, LeBron doesn’t drive just to score: There’s also the matter of finding all those open shooters. When James passes to spot-up shooters out of the pick-and-roll, his team scores 120.3 points per 100 plays — best in the NBA among players who made at least three pick-and-roll passes per game. That’s due in part to the Cavs simply having better shooters than other teams, but it’s LeBron’s vision and ability to hit teammates from anywhere on the floor that makes the whole thing hum. Kyrie Irving is a very good point guard, but in comparison with LeBron, the offense scores 7 fewer points per 100 plays when Irving passes to spot-up shooters on those drives; Irving also shot 11 percentage points worse on drives this season than James did, 51.4 to 62.4. And so the difference between James barreling into the lane and Irving doing so is not only the daylight between those two sets of numbers, but also the shift in the split-second calculations that opposing defenders must make.Splitting the pick-and-rollEven when opponents know what’s coming — that James is going to get a high screen and be asked to navigate the defense from there — the 32-year-old still manages to pull a rabbit out of his hat from time to time, befuddling defenders who’ve technically done everything by the book. Perhaps no play exemplifies this better than when James splits a pick-and-roll.When Cleveland sets up a high pick-and-roll for James, two defenders align themselves in a way that — they hope — keeps him from going to the basket with the ball. But James is often able to spot the slightest bit of daylight, ducking between the two defenders and beginning an unstoppable, downhill sprint toward the rim anyway.The play — which generally involves James crossing the ball over from his right hand to his left — has ended in a dunk a third of the time this season. While he only pulls this particular rabbit out of his hat occasionally — it only happened 15 times during the regular season — James averaged 1.87 points per play and scored on a blistering 87 percent of his possessions when he split the pick and roll, both rates that easily ranked as the highest in the NBA among players with at least 10 plays, according to Synergy Sports. (Interestingly, Irving had the league’s second-best rate in each category.)In those plays (a number of which came against Golden State and the Eastern Conference finalist Boston Celtics), James capitalizes on defenders not “closing the chain” to stop him from weaving between them with a dribble. Trying to prepare for James’s violent drive to the basket, the second defender generally comes out too wide, allowing James to take the inside track toward the paint, where few players want any part of being in his way.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/lebronmagic.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/lebronboston.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/lebronwarriors2.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The impact of the big man — without the big manThe thing to note through all of this is that James isn’t simply a brawnier version of other drive-and-kick maestros like Westbrook or James Harden. A critical difference is that James provides not only efficient offense, but also the collateral benefits typically associated with a star big man — only without the limitations.Here’s a list of players who shot 70 percent or better from inside of 3 feet this season,4On 200 or more attempts. ranked by the percentage of their close-range baskets that stemmed from an assist: Just about every NBA team has its signature play, the clip that flashes into your head when you think about how they do what they do. It’s Steph Curry pulling up for a transition three, or Chris Paul tossing a lob off of the high pick, or Russell Westbrook catching a whisper of daylight, changing speeds and dunking the seams off the ball.For the Cleveland Cavaliers, the signature play is also the foundational one: LeBron James driving to the hole. Steph pulling up for that 30-footer on the run is the shiniest piece of the Warriors system, but there’s a whole team of clicking, whirring parts underneath that make it work. LeBron attacking the rim is different. It might seem like mere brute force, reinforcing the image of the Cavs playing un-Warriors-like Riley-ball, but it’s the linchpin, the whole system tied up in one player’s ability to do everything at once while doing the one thing he does better than anyone else.It starts with the shootersLeBron is the engine that powers everything, but the rest of the Cavs’ offense is built around 3-point shooters. Going back to the days when James lobbied the team to sign Donyell Marshall or made his playoff runs flanked by Boobie Gibson and Wally Szczerbiak, he has always been surrounded by as much shooting as possible.This season’s Cavs might be James’s most talented shooting team yet, with premium sidekicks such as Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and Kyle Korver, as well as a handful of castoff shooters such as Derrick Williams and James Jones. During the regular season, 13 Cavaliers played in at least 20 games and shot at least 35 percent (the NBA average) from three. That’s an uncommon amount of firepower, even among contenders: The Warriors had only six such players; the Spurs had nine; the Rockets five.1In the playoffs, the Cleveland rotation has shrunk some, but the number of shooters exceeding 35 percent is holding relatively steady at nine — and doesn’t yet include a slumping Irving, who has shot just 28 percent from 3 in the postseason after hitting 40 percent during the regular season.Shooting and driving have a symbiotic relationship, and their effect on the game is obvious: Good outside shooting spaces the floor for drives; better drives cause the defense to collapse, creating more open 3-pointers. But the effect for the Cavs is even greater than normal, because LeBron James going to the rim is still the most dangerous play in basketball.In the four seasons the NBA has collected player-tracking data, LeBron has been driving far ahead of the pack. He has led the league in field-goal percentage on drives2Minimum four drives per game. twice, and even that doesn’t quite convey how far removed he really is from most of his peers. Year in and year out, James shoots about 5 to 10 percentage points better on his drives than the players who drive most frequently.3Specifically, players with a minimum of seven drives per game. JaVale McGeeGS25318372.379.8
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.
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.
Ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool, Zinedine Zidane was asked to choose between Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed SalahThe Egyptian forward has had a sensational debut campaign for Liverpool this season and has scored 44 goals in all competitions, as well collecting five accolades for his displays.Salah’s rise to stardom in the football world has seen him being compared amongst even Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who both have a combined total of 10 Ballon d’Ors and 1,125 goals between them.But Zidane is remaining loyal to his star man: “No, I have Cristiano and I talk about my players.”Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…However, the Real boss is aware of the danger that Liverpool could potentially provide in Saturday’s final at Kiev.“They [Liverpool] have had a great season, in the Champions League and in the [Premier] league. They can cause us problems, we know that. We are not going to be surprised. Nor them with us. We know each other very well,” said Zidane, according to AS.This weekend’s encounter will be Zidane’s third consecutive Champions League final after being appointed the Real boss in January 2016.