MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Defending champions National University and University of the Philippines continued to tear the house down in their respective divisions to earn outright Finals berths in the UAAP Season 80 badminton tournament Thursday at Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.The Bulldogs continued to stay unscathed in the men’s division, dispatching their last foe University of the East, 5-0, to gain entry to the championship round.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The Green Archers and the Blue Eagles face off for the last semifinals ticket in the men’s division on Friday.Meanwhile, UP turned back Adamson, 4-1, to proceed to the Finals after a six-tie sweep of the eliminations.La Salle bagged the second-seed, which comes with a twice-to-beat incentive, after pulling off a 4-1 win over NU, while Ateneo silenced UST, 5-0.The Lady Eagles and the Lady Bulldogs clash in the first of the step-ladder semifinals on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brownlee admits Ginebra got outplayed in Game 2, vows next game will be different Alvin Morada, Keeyan Gabuelo, and Alem Palmares hoisted NU’s flag in the singles category, while tandems of Morada and Palmares, as well as Christian Cuyno and Mike Minuluan as the Jhocson-based crew went unbeaten in six matches this year.The Bulldogs have now gone undefeated through 33 ties harking back to 2014, and will be waiting for its best-of-three Finals date next week.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 shutoutUP claimed the twice-to-beat advantage in the men’s stepladder semis after turning back La Salle, 4-1, behind singles’ bets JM Bernardo and CK Clemente and doubles’ squads Betong Pineda and Paul Gonzales to rack up a 5-1 record.University of Santo Tomas forced a three-way tie for third place with a dominant 5-0 victory againstAteneo, and has moved up to third place thanks to the quotient system. LATEST STORIES View comments
Tribal dances add colour and vigour to any local festivalDelightful trails that wind their way through pear orchards or lead to the shores of the serenely rippling lake await you in Jharkhand. If you’re adventurous enough to go deep into the forests, you may stumble on one of the leaf huts in which the local adivasis live, tucked away in the deepest shadow of the sal trees. And if you’re even luckier, you may tread in the footsteps of a tiger that has climbed the plateau. Satyajit Ray was so charmed by the forests that he shot parts of Aranyer Din Ratri here. Jharkhand, in the last five years, has wandered experimentally down new trails of many kinds.Metro mixEating options are everincreasing in the capitalUrban Jharkhand has always been developing in cities like Jamshedpur, but now Ranchi is catching up. The city has the Big Bazar shopping mall at its heart with all the convenience of electronics on the first floor, furniture on the second and fashions of the third. There’s a two-screen multiplex, Eylex showing the latest blockbusters and the Sujata Miniplex, that has been recently upgraded. The City Centre Mall is being built with Singapore consultancy and when complete, will include Ranchi’s first five-star hotel.Culture curryVisit tribal artists in Ranchi to pick up souvenirsIt isn’t all about modern shopping. Jharkhand is working on how best to display its traditions too. The Hotwar Museum is as recent as September 2009 and it sprawls over 10,000 sqm at the mega sports complex in Ranchi. Its air-conditioned interior houses an impressive collection of artefacts from the pre-historic and Harappan periods, along with recent historic finds excavated at Khukhragarh in the Ranchi district. Among must-sees are the prehistoric hand tools, monoliths and painted and unpainted pottery, some of them moulded between 1100-350 BC, the period in which Vyasa wrote the Mahabharata. There are also over a hundred 12th-century sculptures of Yakshas and Yakshinis found during an excavation at Ichagarh in East Singbhum.Another museum, this time focussing on Jharkhand’s tribals is to be found at the Sanskriti Centre in Hazaribagh. The Centre is housed in a heritage building set in the middle of six acres of lush orchards and trees. The museum houses a detailed archaeological record of the Hazaribagh region, ranging from the Lower Palaeolithic to the present, while the art gallery showcases 15 styles of painting in the Khovar and Sohrai schools with over 300 works of art on display.Tribal women artists exhibit their work at the gallery and, all in all, the Centre is a celebration of the colour and vibrancy of tribal life. In the last five years it has also worked around to developing its website so that it can appeal to a worldwide audience.Arty talesThe Hotwar Museum, a must visit, sprawls over 10,000 sqmHundreds of families of Amadubi village near Jamshedpur in Jharkhand have been illustrating local folk dances and tribal legends as well as other religious tales through the unique paintings that they have been making for centuries. What makes the paintings unique is the brightness and appeal of the illustrations that are made from different base media and colours ground from local herbs and stones. The tradition of paintings has been kept alive through the Guru-Shishya teaching method. The State Government is training the villagers to make their work more commercially sustainable.Tribal lifeAlong with art and culture, adivasi tourism is also developing fast. The Santhals are one of the oldest tribes in the country and then there are the Asurs, the Lohars and the Mundas. Some of them weave baskets, some are skilled blacksmiths forging intricate ornaments from iron, while others work with the bamboo. Thanks to a new tourism initiative many of these villages have opened up to tourists so that it is possible to sample their unspoilt way of life.Mine aheadOpt for the speedy way on the waters of JharkhandJharkhand has always been known for its mineral wealth, but there is an initiative to use the mines for something more than just minerals. Mining tourism is a concept that has been booming in Australia and South Africa and steps are being taken to make areas like the Regrappa mines and the North Karmpura mines in Ranchi district suitable for mining tourism. Hindustan Copper Ltd (HCL) and Central Coalfields Ltd (CCL) are consulting with the Jharkhand Tourism authorities and offering their mines for the experience.Festive spiritBig Bazar shopping mall in Ranchi is a huge step towards modernismThe Baba Baidyanath Vishva Mahotsav was kick-started in 2008 and ‘rollicking’ is how everyone describes the three-day affair. A blend of religion and adventure tourism, it gives visitors a chance to explore Deoghar’s temples and after the blessings try their hand at kayaking, snorkelling and yachting in 18 specially chosen lakes and rivers. Performers are brought in from the eastern states during August and there are also tribal dances and folk songs adding their rhythm.Adventure tourism is coming to Jharkhand in a big way promising to make life even more of an adventure in the coming days. With new hotels and a scenic setting, this is a destination that is sure to surprise the visitor.advertisementadvertisementFact fileAfter Australia and South Africa, mining tourism is now here to make wavesRanchi’s first five-star hotel Carlson Hotels Worldwide-Asia Pacific plans to open a Radisson hotel in Ranchi in April 2010.Hotwar Museum Mega Sports Complex, Hotwar, RanchiSanskriti Centre, Dipugarha, P.O. Hazaribagh; timings: 1.30p.m.-5p.m.; tel: (06546) 264 820; www.sanskritihazaribagh.comAmadubi village 90 km from Jamshedpur.Adivasi tourism Currently organised in Simdega and Lohardaga by Jharkhand Tourism. Contact (0651) 240 0981 or check www.jharkhandtourism.inMining tourism http://jharkhandi.com/miningtourism.aspxBaba Baidyanath Vishva Mahotsav 3 days in Jul/Aug 2010; www.babadham.org
Mumbai, Mar 10 (PTI) The victorious Mumbai Ranji Trophy squad and the associations under-23 team that won the CK Nayudu Trophy cricket tournament were honoured in separate functions last evening at the Cricket Club of India here. The Ranji squad was felicitated by the CCI, one of the affiliate members of the Cricket Board (BCCI), and presented with a cash award of Rs 5 lakh. The under-23 team was given a cash prize of Rs 20 lakh by the IDBI Federal Life Insurance. In addition, the insurance firm also awarded Rs 1 lakh each to four members of the Ranji squad ? bowlers Balvinder Sandhu, Shardul Thakur and Dhawal Kulkarni, along with the top most scorer in the national championship, Shreyas Iyer, for their outstanding performances in the tournament. Mumbai had beaten Saurashtra by an innings in the final to win the Ranji crown for the 41st time. Veteran journalist GK Menon was also feted for his contribution to Indian sports journalism by the insurance company. PTI SSR ARS SSC SSC SSB
NEW YORK — Tamika Catchings has made a habit of playing her best with the most at stake in her final postseason run.She scored 14 points and made key defensive plays to help Indiana beat the New York Liberty 66-51 on Sept. 29 in the decisive Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, advancing the Fever to the WNBA championship.They will face the Lynx in the finals that begin Oct. 4. in Minnesota.“This is awesome,” Catchings said. “If you had asked me before the season if I’d be sitting right here, we’re going to try, I don’t know. To be sitting here means a lot for the organization, for my team.”Catchings, who announced she’s retiring at the end of next season, has willed her team to victories. The Fever won the final two games in the opening round against Chicago, then, against New York, the Fever swept the final two contests, rallying from an 18-point deficit in the second quarter in Game 2 to force the game.“Nobody thought we’d win the first series,” Catchings said. “No one thought we’d win this round. No one thinks we’ll win the finals. We’re not done yet.”Indiana is back in the finals for the first time since 2012 — the only season the Fever won the championship.“It’s special to be back there,” said Fever coach Stephanie White, who is the first rookie WNBA coach to lead a team to the finals.The Fever improved to 8-2 in elimination games in the past four seasons and Catchings is a huge reason why. She averaged 21.2 points and 8.8 rebounds in the first nine of those games.“Just watching her play, you know you want to do what you can to help her win,” said Marissa Coleman, who scored 15 points — hitting five 3-pointers. “She always makes the play when we need it most.”Catchings and Indiana looked ready to cruise to the finals, building an 18-point lead in the third quarter. Coleman hit three 3-pointers in the third quarter to help the Fever build their huge lead after Indiana held a 33-22 halftime advantage.New York wasn’t done. Epiphanny Prince, who was scoreless in the first half, hit a 3-pointer to start a 12-3 run to close the period and bring New York within nine heading to the fourth.The Liberty hit three 3s during that spurt, capped by Candice Wiggins’ shot that made it 49-40 with 28 seconds left in the quarter and brought the loud crowd to its feet.As he’s done at so many Knicks games, Spike Lee was leading the charge from the sideline, trying to spur the Liberty to a monumental rally. The Liberty kept it going to start the fourth as Wiggins scored the first five points of the period to get New York within 49-45.But Catchings made two free throws that started a 10-0 run and restored the double-digit lead, essentially sealing the victory for the Fever.“We came close, just couldn’t make the plays when we needed to,” said Tina Charles, who finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead New York.New York was trying to make its first appearance in the WNBA Finals since 2002. The Liberty have been to the championship four times and lost each one.Charles finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead New York, which had the best record in franchise history and was the top seed in the Eastern Conference before falling short in the playoffs. Wiggins led New York with 15 points. (DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shares
South African Akani Simbine pulled off something of a surprise in the London Diamond League 100 metres on Saturday, holding off local hope Zharnel Hughes and former world champion Yohan Blake to come home in 9.93 seconds.Hughes had clocked an impressive 9.96 in the heats, despite easing up and running into a slight headwind but after an early stumble he was always trailing in the final, posting 9.95.Blake, the joint-second fastest man of all time with his 9.69 set in 2012, is getting back towards his best and continued his good season with third in 9.97 as the top five all broke 10 seconds.Simbini has been knocking at the door for a few years, with fifth places in the Olympics and world championships and gold at the Commonwealth Games and African championships and now looks equipped to challenge the best of the United States at this year’s worlds in Doha in September.”I’m really happy with the time. I came here to make sure I got the win to build confidence and I came away with a season’s best,” he said.”It’s about getting through the races and winning them so by the time I get to world champs and I’m facing the rest of the world I’ll be ready and the confidence will be there and I’ll be able to believe in the work I’ve done.”Olympic champion Elaine Thompson was a convincing winner of the women’s 200m in 22.13, holding off fast-finishing Marie-Josee Ta Lou (22.36) and Britain’s Beth Dobbin, who was delighted with a personal best of 22.50 having had to miss the race a year ago to work.advertisementThere was more to cheer for home fans as Laura Muir delivered a dominant front-running display and a blistering last lap to win the 1500m in 3:58.25. “That’s probably close to my 400m PB,” the Scot said of the 57.54 burn up.Jamaica’s Danielle Williams fired out the fastest time of the year in winning the 100m hurdles in 12.32 – a shade behind the world record set by American Kendra Harrision in the same meeting three years ago.Also Read | Hima Das wins 5th gold of the month after successful return to 400m
zoom In the first quarter of 2015 Nordic American Tankers (NAT) benefited from both a strong Suezmax tanker market and a significant drop in the oil price that had a positive effect on the tanker industry.Cashflow from operations was USD 50 million, compared with USD 24.5 million in 4Q2014. For all of 2014, cashflow from operations was USD 77.7m compared with -USD 11.1m in 2013.The strong level in 1Q2015 was reflected in an average TCE rate of about USD 37,000 per vessel per day, as against USD 24,000 per day per vessel achieved in 4Q2014 and USD 26,300 in 1Q2014.Earnings per share in 1Q2015 was USD 0.34, compared with -USD 0.02 in 4Q2014, and USD 0.05 for 1Q2014.“The size of its fleet allows NAT to reap immediate and sizeable profits when spot market rates rise. Even with its inherent volatility, the tanker market remains strong. So far, the 2Q2015 tanker market is encouraging,” NAT said.On April 14, 2015, NAT declared a cash dividend of USD 0.38 per share payable to shareholders of record as of May 7, 2015. The dividend is expected to be paid on or about May 21, 2015.The balance sheet was strengthened in 1Q2015 as NAT retained about USD 17m of cashflow from operations during the quarter.“In an opportunistic way NAT is now assessing investments that further build up the position of the company. After an acquisition of vessels or other forms of expansion, our objective is for the company to pay a higher dividend per share and produce higher earnings per share than had such an acquisition not taken place,” the company said.According to NAT, despite decreased seaborne imports of crude oil into the US, going forward, European crude imports have shown a rising trend along with economies in the Far East that have resumed their growth.
TORONTO – Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is promising to ban all military-style assault rifles as part of a broader gun-control plan that will also take steps towards restricting and banning handguns.“People are dying. Families are grieving. Communities are suffering,” he said. “So we’re going to do more and we’re going to do better. Thoughts and prayers are just not going to cut it.”In Toronto, Liberal Leader @JustinTrudeau making a gun control announcement #elxn43 #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) September 20, 2019Trudeau made the pledge in Toronto as he worked to get his campaign back on track after apologizing for wearing blackface years ago. The Liberals have also pledged to work with provinces and territories to empower municipalities to further restrict or ban handguns.He made the announcement in the city’s Greektown neighbourhood, where a gunman killed two people and wounded 13 others last year in a shooting rampage.The party says it will protect the rights of law-abiding hunters and vows not to re-establish the controversial long-gun registry that was scrapped by the previous Conservative government.Trudeau says the Liberals will ban military assault rifles and allow municipalities to implement hand gun bans #elxn43 pic.twitter.com/YFsewnoZw6— Cynthia Mulligan (@CityCynthia) September 20, 2019But Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has said that Trudeau’s party is focused on the wrong things.“Our plan goes after the real criminals. We’re going after illegal firearms, we’re standing up for honest Canadians.”The Liberal proposal also includes pledges to create a buy-back program for all legally purchased assault rifles and a two-year amnesty while the program is being set up.
Sachin Tendulkar and UNICEF today released a new video to celebrate fatherhood and highlight the importance of love, play, protection and good nutrition for the healthy development of young children’s brains.Video: Sachin Tendulkar on why early moments matter I UNICEFThe video will be played at the International Cricket Council Champions Trophy 2017 Final at The Oval, London on Sunday 18 June, when more than 80 countries celebrate Father’s Day.The video features cricketer and father-of-two Sachin Tendulkar who is widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time. It is part of UNICEF’s Super Dads initiative, which invites families to post photos and videos of what it takes to be ‘super dads,’ using the hashtag #EarlyMomentsMatter on their Instagram and Twitter accounts.To inspire families across the world to share their ‘super dads’ moments, photos and videos of UNICEF ambassadors and supporters who have got behind the campaign will be posted on UNICEF’s Instagram and Twitter, and featured on the campaign’s gallery between 6 and 18 June.“When I was a young child, my father gave me the right amount of love, freedom and support to shape who I am today,” said UNICEF Ambassador Sachin Tendulkar. “Every kid needs protection, love, good food and play to support growth and development, and it’s up to both parents to provide these.”Good parenting in early childhood, especially during the first 1,000 days, sparks neural connections in children’s brains, laying the foundation for their future successes. Research suggests that when children positively interact with their fathers, they have better psychological health, self-esteem and life-satisfaction in the long-term.The ‘Super Dads’ initiative forms part of UNICEF’s #EarlyMomentsMatter campaign, which aims to drive increased understanding of how children’s environments and experiences in early childhood can shape their future health, well-being, ability to learn, and even how much they will earn as adults.All photo and video submissions to the Super Dads initiative will feature on the #EarlyMomentsMatter gallery. UNICEF will select the most heart-warming, humorous, and imaginative photo and video submissions post them on the organization’s own digital platforms.
New Delhi: Automobile dealers’ body FADA Wednesday said retail sales of passenger vehicles (PV) in March declined by 2 per cent to 2,42,457 units as compared to the same period last year. PV sales stood at 2,47,278 units in April 2018, according to Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA).Two-wheeler sales declined by 9 per cent to 12,85,470 units last month compared with 14,09,662 units in the year-ago period. Commercial vehicle sales declined by 16 per cent to 63,360 units against 75,622 units in April last year. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThree-wheeler sales saw a dip of 13 per cent to 47,183 units last month. Total sales, across categories, declined by 8 per cent to 16,38,470 units in April, against 17,86,994 units in the same month last year. “On a year-on-year basis, there was de-growth in all the categories as April 2018 had a very high base,” FADA President Ashish Harsharaj Kale said in a statement. The near-term outlook continues to be negative to neutral with the absence of any immediate positive triggers which could affect retail sales, he added. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysKale said that despite negative situation, which is expected to continue over the next 8-12 weeks, the industry still believes that things could become better if there is a stable government in place. Besides, an average to above average monsoon with an even spread and continued easing of liquidity by Reserve Bank of India can also help the sector, he added. Kale said that inventory levels continue to remain high and requires further correction than done in recent months. “We believe that high inventory at this time is an extra burden on the auto dealers especially when the current environment is witnessing negative sales growth combined with extremely tight working capital availability,” he added. FADA will be strongly advocating for a leaner inventory of 21 days for its members thus helping them reduce a huge cost burden to stay afloat in these challenging times, Kale said. He added that consumer liquidity in April has seen marginal improvement but continues to be tight and still far away from the normal levels. “FADA is extremely concerned at the dealer liquidity which continues to remain very very tight and access to working capital for dealers has reduced further with the banking system taking a negative view towards auto retail in the current circumstances,” Kale said. There have been an unusually high number of dealership closures in recent times, especially in metro and tier 1 cities.
TORONTO — An uptick in the price of gold helped boost the Toronto stock market to a higher close, while U.S. markets closed lower following indications of a relatively tepid start to the holiday shopping season.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index gained 101.59 points to 13,469.83.Meanwhile, the loonie was up 0.11 of a U.S. cent, rising to 74.89 cents U.S.In New York, the Dow Jones average of 30 stocks slipped 78.57 points to 17,719.92, while the broader S&P 500 lost 9.70 points to 2,080.41 and the Nasdaq gave back 18.85 points to 5,108.67.On commodity markets, the February contract for gold rose $9.10 to US$1,065.30 an ounce, while March copper fell one cent to US$2.05 a pound.The January contract for benchmark crude fell six cents to US$41.65 a barrel, while January natural gas advanced 2.3 cents to US$2.235 per mmBtu.
WASHINGTON – U.S. employers in June advertised the most monthly job openings in more than 13 years.Employers posted 4.67 million jobs in June, up 2.1 per cent from May’s total of 4.58 million, the Labor Department reported Tuesday. The number of advertised openings was the highest since February 2001, a positive sign that points to a strengthening economy.The report “provides further confirmation that the US labour market has indeed shifted to a period of stronger growth,” said Jeremy Schwartz, an analyst at the bank Credit Suisse.Known as the Job Openings and Labor Turnover survey or JOLTS, the report provides a detailed look at where employment might be heading. It records job postings, overall hiring and the number of workers who either quit or were laid-off. By contrast, the monthly employment report shows the net total of job gains or losses.Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen relies on the JOLTS report as a barometer for economic conditions. The June figures indicate that employers are looking to expand, yet actual hiring has not increased as significantly in recent months.Roughly the same percentage of Americans quit their jobs in June as they did in May, though the rate has increased over the past year. Quit rates usually rise when employees are finding new and better-paying jobs.Hiring rose in June to 4.83 million, up from 4.74 million in May. Still, the hiring rate has not risen over the past year as quickly as the number of positions being advertised.Job openings have increased 17.6 per cent during the past 12 months, while hiring has risen 9.3 per cent during the same period.This suggests a mismatch in the jobs market.Some economists interpret the slower pace of hiring as a sign that workers lack the necessary skills. People who previously worked in manufacturing or construction might not have the right background to segue into the health care sector.The other possibility is that companies are offering low wages that fail to attract the workers they want. If companies offered higher salaries, which could cause more openings to be filled and boost wages, which have barely match inflation since the recession ended more than five years ago.But the pressure on employers to offer more generous wages could be increasing. On average, there are 2 unemployed workers for every job opening. That’s down from an average of 2.6 unemployed people per opening at the start of the year. As that ratio continues to fall, employers will likely have to boost salaries. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US employers advertised 4.67 million job openings in June, most since February 2001 by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Aug 12, 2014 9:25 am MDT
WEEKLY FOOTBALL PICKSSaturday’s Games:New Mexico State @ No. 17 Ohio StateNo. 3 Texas @ No. 14 Oklahoma StateNo. 5 USC @ No. 10 OregonQuinn PitcockOhio State, Texas, OregonOverall: 11-4 Last week: 2-1Pitcock played defensive tackle for OSU from 2002–06.Marcus FreemanOhio State, Texas, USCOverall: 9-6 Last week: 3-0Freeman played linebacker for OSU from 2004–08.Justin ZwickOhio State, Texas, USCOverall: 9-6 Last week: 2-1Zwick played quarterback for OSU from 2002–06.Malcolm JenkinsOhio State, Texas, OregonOverall: 8-7 Last week: 2-1Jenkins played cornerback for OSU from 2005–08.Zack MeiselOhio State, Texas, USCOverall: 7-8 Last week: 2-1Meisel is the sports editor for The Lantern. New Mexico State travels to Columbus to face No. 17 Ohio State Saturday on Halloween.The Aggies (3-5, 1-3) are not expected to give the Buckeyes (6-2, 4-1) much of a scare, but OSU coach Jim Tressel remains firm in his stance that his team cannot afford to overlook any opponent.Purdue held a record of 1-5 when it upset OSU in West Lafayette, Ind.“To me, focused is having a moment-by-moment awareness of what needs to be done,” Tressel said. “I don’t feel like we did a great job of having that focus or awareness a couple weeks ago. … Purdue did what you have to do. They got five takeaways, they did this and they did that. If we have an understanding of what needs to be done today, we go do that as well as we can do it.”Saturday’s contest is a rare non conference game, breaking up the eight-game Big Ten slate.While the Aggies hope to come into The ‘Shoe and trick a confident Buckeye squad, their struggling defense could be a treat for a progressing OSU offense. New Mexico State has allowed 28 points and nearly 370 yards of offense per game.After five turnovers and only 18 points against Purdue, the Buckeye offense produced more than 500 yards against Minnesota during Saturday’s 38-7 victory.Tressel said he was satisfied with the evidence of offensive progression, which must continue this week against the Aggies.“I hope that they do understand that the progress we make or we don’t make will affect the next time we play when we get back in the conference. They seem to be a group that is willing to take instruction and if it’s reasonable, if it makes some sense, yeah, it makes some sense, we need to get better, well, let’s go get better. I don’t think that’s going to disrupt us.”The injury bug has taken its toll on the Buckeye roster, especially at running backs. Against Wisconsin on Oct. 10, Dan Herron reinjured the ankle he had sprained two weeks earlier, and Brandon Saine suffered a concussion during last week’s rout of Minnesota. Both backs’ statuses are up in the air, Tressel said.“If Brandon Saine is cleared, Brandon’s playing,” he said. “If ‘Boom’ Herron is cleared, he’s going to play. This is an important game, that’s one thing. We need to get better. That’s just as important. So the best chance you have to get better is on Saturdays.”New Mexico State has had its share of quarterback struggles. Jeff Fleming and Trevor Walls have split the duties, combining for four touchdowns and 11 interceptions, while completing just 52 percent of their passes.No matter how inferior an opponent the Buckeyes might face on any given week, Tressel said he wants his troops concentrating on improving.“This is game nine,” he said. “We’ve got to progress. I’m not sitting here today saying, you know what, I think we’ll put this guy in or that guy in. No, we’re going out all barrels blazing and do what the situation calls for.”
New coach, no problem. Despite being saddled with the difficult task of replacing a program legend, first-year Ohio State coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly is embracing her new role at the helm of the Buckeyes softball team. Prior to Schoenly’s arrival from Miami (Ohio), OSU had been under the direction of former coach Linda Kalafatis, who compiled 538 wins and six NCAA Tournament appearances in her 16 seasons leading the Buckeyes. Kalafatis was let go in May after OSU declined to renew her contract. “I have a ton of respect for (Kalafatis) and the coaching staffs she’s brought to the program through the years,” Schoenly said. “We constantly tell the girls she’s part of our tradition … She’s a great coaching legend for the Ohio State softball program and I’m proud to follow in her footsteps.” While replacing a program stalwart is difficult enough, trying to get 21 players, 17 of whom played under the previous regime, to buy into a new coach’s identity can be equally challenging. “Every group of girls is going to have its own mentality,” Schoenly said. “So you just want to embrace the personalities in the group that you have. I’m not trying to change them, you have to find the strength in each kid and let it come out.” With wins against three ranked opponents (No. 8 Georgia, No. 16 Louisville and No. 14 Arizona), Schoenly’s Buckeyes are off to a hot start at 9-6. “I think the team has responded great,” said senior third baseman Megan Coletta. “It was a fresh start for everyone and the (new) coaches made it really easy with how they were open to us and very friendly with us.” Coletta said there haven’t been any issues with the new staff so far and that everything is going smoothly in the early season. “All of our new coaches are really energetic and lively,” said freshman utility fielder Cammi Prantl. “The team’s feeding off their energy and creating our own energy. I think everyone likes the positive environment.” During the transitional period after Kalafatis’ departure and Schoenly’s arrival, the team’s four seniors led off-season workouts to keep the women on the same page and to welcome the incoming freshmen to a coachless environment. “It’s not like we’re just freshmen to them,” Prantl said. “We’ve been included in the group the whole time.” The summer workouts paid dividends for the team’s eventual bonding once Schoenly was named coach. “This summer when there wasn’t a coach at all, the seniors were really involved with keeping the freshmen active,” Schoenly said. “(The seniors) were like little assistant coaches before we arrived, just keeping the freshmen on track and wanting to be here.” With the Big Ten season looming after OSU’s spring break, Schoenly said the real test begins once her team starts conference play against Indiana on March 22. Each day the OSU softball team spends together, they get closer and more familiar with the ways of their new head coach. The team knows the growing pains they suffer now will help them better prepare for the grind of conference play. “The adjustment is having to get to know all 21 (players),” Schoenly said. “You have to find out which buttons to push for which kids, and that takes some time to learn … My goal is to find out which kids fit what roles and to put them in positions to have success.” OSU is next scheduled to take on Maryland on Saturday at 1 p.m. in College Park, Md.
Then-sophomore attackman Jack Jasinski heads for the goal in the fourth quarter during the first round of the NCAA tournament against Loyola Maryland on May 14, 2017. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Former Oller ReporterThe Ohio State men’s lacrosse team will face its biggest test of the season to this point when it travels to take on No. 11 Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, on Saturday.Despite being the only undefeated team left in Division I, the Buckeyes (6-0) have yet to face a ranked opponent this season, and the Fighting Irish (4-2) will be the first.“To beat a team like Notre Dame, you’re going to have to be pretty buttoned up in almost every area, so that’s where our focus has been,” Ohio State head coach Nick Myers said.The No. 5 Buckeyes come into the game with some rest after their game scheduled against Denver last Saturday was canceled due to weather conditions.Myers said he was disappointed in not being able to play, but said the team used its break to come together as a team. But not playing a game since March 9 could prove to be costly for the Buckeyes.“Having two weeks off presents some positives but also so some challenges,” Myers said. “There’s a rhythm that you lose.”Notre Dame got back to its winning ways against Michigan on Tuesday, winning the contest 12-9 off the heels of senior Brendan Gleason’s two goals and an assist. The Fighting Irish also have two ranked wins against No. 4 Maryland and No. 13 Denver.The matchup between the two teams look very similar on paper. Ohio State and Notre Dame have a nearly identical scoring defense, with the Buckeye ranked 12th and Notre Dame ranked 13th. To Myers, the X play will be crucial to the overall success of Ohio State.Ohio State’s sophomore midfielder Justin Inacio has been dominant this season in the faceoff circle with a 63.6 win percentage. Inacio has also been massive on the ground game, ranking No. 5 in ground balls, recording 10.17 per game.Ohio State junior midfielder Christian Feliziani has helped a lot with the faceoff unit, not only with his on-field performance, but through his leadership.“Because of an injury, I couldn’t do a lot in the fall physically, so I tried to use my voice and what I could from the sidelines,” Feliziani said. “I would like to say I was a coach kind of.”Notre Dame junior faceoff specialist Charles Leonard picked up a career-high 16 ground balls last week against Michigan, and was also dominant in the faceoff play, winning an impressive 20-of-24 faceoffs.Saturday will be the 44th matchup between the teams, with Notre Dame leading the series 34-9.No. 5 Ohio State will take on No. 11 Notre Dame on the road at 1 p.m Saturday.
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