The Ganjam district administration is developing a free mobile app to help students of Odia medium schools enhance their knowledge via tutorials in their first language.The app, a first of its kind in Odisha, is expected to become operational in the next two or three months. School students of the district will be able to use it from the start of the next academic session, said Ganjam Collector Vijay Amruta Kulange. Along with Odia medium students from Ganjam, children in other parts of the State will also be able to benefit from this free app.Recording of videos of best teachers of the district explaing important chapters in Odia has already started. These videos will be uploaded to ‘YouTube’ and their links will be provided on the app. Besides the videos, the app will also provide detailed study materials and interactive practice tests. “We thought of developing this app to provide resources to Odia medium school students on par with those studying in English medium private schools,” said Mr. Kulange. Most educational apps for school students are in English or Hindi and some of them charge money for their services. The Ganjam administration is planning to utilise increasing penetration of Internet and smartphones to rural areas to help Odia medium students learn better. Materials provided in the app will also help school students of rural areas who have little or no access to tuitions or coaching classes.Help for teachersThe school education app is also expected to help teachers share their best teaching practices. Using it, parents will also able to understand and keep track of what is being taught to their children in schools, said District Education Officer Sanatan Panda.Those schools in rural Ganjam which are still out of reach of Internet connectivity will be provided tablets with materials of the app loaded to its internal memory that can be used offline. The Ganjam District Collector chaired a meeting at Chatrapur on Sunday evening to discuss the progress in development of this app. Teachers in Ganjam are enthusiastic about this app as it will help them present their best teaching practices before a larger audience throughout the State. “This app will also increase love and respect of youngsters towards Odia language. It will make them feel that modern facilities of education are also available to them in their mother tongue,” Mr. Kulange.
The Bombay High Court on Saturday stayed the proceedings of BCCI disciplinary committee probing allegations of financial irregularities against former IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi till January 10 next year.Modi’s counsel Ram Jethmalani said that after hearing the civil suit filed by Modi, the vacation judge of the High Court Justice S J Kathawala held that a prima facie case has been made out for staying such proceedings.The next date for Disciplinary Committee meeting was scheduled on December 27 and 28 at New Delhi.The senior lawyer argued that Modi had filed the suit contending that under Rule 1 (q) of the BCCI Rules and Regulations there can only be one disciplinary committee which has to be appointed by the Board at every Annual General Meeting (AGM). But the Board had not appointed any disciplinary committee in its AGM held September 29, 2010.He also added that the BCCI was acting contrary to its own constitution and bye-laws.The constitution of a separate disciplinary committee to hear the charges against Modi was in effect an attempt to amend the constitution and bye-laws of the BCCI without following the procedure for amendment as contemplated under Tamil Nadu Act and Rules, which are applicable to BCCI.The counsel argued that an application was therefore moved before the disciplinary committee to discontinue further proceedings on behalf of Modi.He said on December 11, 2010 BCCI held a special general meeting for extension of period of earlier Disciplinary Committee and for constituting another Disciplinary Committee under Rule 1(q).With inputs from PTIadvertisement
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid chief Butragueno: Our players are stupendousby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid chief Emilio Butragueno has defended the players after defeat to Real Sociedad.La Real shocked Madrid 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.Butragueno was asked about additions this month given their poor start to the year.But he insisted, “This squad has players with loads of talent and I think that it is a good day to reinforce that message. “They have won many titles. The Club World Cup isn’t nothing, three consecutive Champions Leagues. These players are stupendous.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Huddersfield enquire about Stoke forward Bojan Krkicby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield Town are reportedly interested in Stoke City forward Bojan Krkic.The 28-year-old has made 15 appearances for the Potters this season. He spent the previous two seasons on loan at Alaves and Mainz.Terriers boss David Wagner is desperate to strengthen his squad this month. According to The Sun, Wagner wants to sign Krkic to help increase his side’s paltry goal tally of 13 from 22 games.The Catalan was a prodigious young talent who broke through Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy, before making over 100 appearances for the club’s first-team.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea manager Lampard positive Kante will face Lilleby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard has confirmed N’Golo Kante is a chance to face Lille in the Champions League on Wednesday night.Injuries have disrupted Kante all season, with a hamstring niggle the latest ailment that caused him to miss Saturday’s win over Brighton.But the World Cup winner returned to training on Tuesday and Lampard was confident he could play against the Ligue 1 outfit.”He trained this morning and he got through training okay,” said Lampard.”He is still one we have to assess in the morning but we are positive he will be fit to play.”The injury doesn’t relate to the Europa League final. What that injury did do, regardless of whether he played that game, was meant he had a broken pre-season.”It’s a slight domino effect. The main injury is now feeling good, but he’s probably got a couple of niggles since that, and a tackle at Manchester United in the first game that affected him on the ankle.”There’s a bit of bad luck in there as well. Everyone is working towards getting him regularly fit so he can play continuous games, and I’m hoping that’s coming really soon.”
Advertisement TORONTO, June 28, 2017 – Hot on the heels of last week’s @CTV_PR #MeetTheRacers team announcements on Instagram and Twitter, CTV unveiled two new innovative viewer experiences ahead of the epic fifth season of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, airing Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT, beginning July 4 on CTV and CTV GO.First, CTV revealed today a new game, RACE PLAY, that integrates race action from the broadcast into in-show polls and trivia, prompting viewers in real-time to answer on their second screens – mobile devices and desktop – during all original broadcasts across the country. Powered by CTV.ca, viewers can weigh in on pivotal moments throughout the episode, such as what Detour to take, and predict the order teams hit the mat. The results will appear on a leaderboard on their second screen so viewers can see how they stack up with the rest of the country. Fans who create an account will have their answers count towards a season-long leaderboard. 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The site features videos, bios, fun facts, and exclusive content. For full episodes, sneak peeks, and extras, head to the site after the Season 5 premiere on July 4.Season 4 of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA averaged 1.9 million viewers per week, making it the #1 series of the summer for four consecutive years and a Top 20 program in Canada in 2016.Hosted by Olympic Gold Medalist Jon Montgomery (@jonmonty), Season 5 will see Racers travel across Canada and beyond, tackling non-stop challenges in the country’s favourite summertime adventure. Canadians can also look forward to special challenges and storylines to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canadian confederation throughout the season.This season’s grand prize is a Next Generation 2018 Chevrolet Equinox True North Edition for each of the winners, a once-in-a-lifetime trip around the world for two, $250,000 in cash, and the coveted title of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA champions. 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New partners this year are Sinorama, Canadian Tire’s Woods brand, and Campbell’s.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter:@CTV_Television@AmazingRaceCDA @jonmonty#AmazingRaceCanada #MeetTheRacersFacebook:Facebook.com/ctvFacebook.com/AmazingRaceCDAInstagram:@amazingracecdaSnapchat:Follow amazingracecdaAbout Insight ProductionsInsight Productions, known for its award-winning ratings juggernauts, is Canada’s most established content producer. Headed by John Brunton & Barbara Bowlby, Insight is an industry leader in the development, financing, and production of hit programming, both scripted and unscripted. The Amazing Race Canada, The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration; The JUNO Awards 2016 and How To Change The World collectively took home 14 Canadian Screen Awards in 2017. Smash hit and Top 20 series Big Brother Canada delivered huge audiences, and was one of the highest engaged Canadian TV programs on social. Past productions include Intervention Canada, Project Runway Canada, Battle of the Blades, Ready Or Not, Falcon Beach, The Truth About Alex, and Canadian Idol. Insight Productions was founded in 1979 and has since created thousands of hours of groundbreaking content. In 2015, Insight received the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television’s inaugural Icon Award in recognition of its 35th anniversary.About CTVCTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 16 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca.Source: Numeris, Summer 2016: May 23 – Sep 11, 2016. 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APTN National NewsSeptember 30th may be the last day of the month, but it’s also the day that dictates what colour of clothing you wear.At least if you’re at any number of Winnipeg schools.The day has been chosen as orange T-shirt day.It’s when students remember residential school survivors.APTN’s Matt Thordarson reports.
NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Tuesday:Bank of America Corp. (BAC), down $1.55 to $26.99Banks fell more than the rest of the market as bond yields dropped sharply, which makes it harder to make money from lending.Duke Energy Corp. (DUK), up 43 cents to $90.05High-dividend stocks like utilities held up relatively well as traders sought out lower-risk investments.Cronos Group Inc. (CRON), up 57 cents to $10.74The marijuana producer confirmed it’s in talks about a potential investment by the U.S. tobacco company Altria Group.AutoZone Inc. (AZO), up $55.61 to $880.07The Memphis, Tennessee-based auto parts retailer reported earnings that beat Wall Street’s forecasts.Dollar General Corp. (DG), down $7.60 to $104.10The discount retailer said it expects lingering costs from hurricane season to hurt its results through the rest of the year.Hovnanian Enterprises Inc. (HOV), down 12 cents to $1.10Homebuilders fell after luxury homebuilder Toll Brothers issued a cautious assessment of the housing market.United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS), down $8.50 to $106.77Morgan Stanley analysts said the market is underestimating the negative impact on UPS and Federal Express from Amazon Air.RH (RH), up $13.48 to $137.13The furniture and housewares company reported earnings that came in far ahead of what analysts were expecting.The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — California has finalized hundreds of pages of rules governing the nation’s largest legal pot market, but the dense regulations are unlikely to settle long-running disputes over testing and home deliveries.Even if imperfect, the rules were welcomed by many in the industry who have been contending with shifting temporary regulations since the state began broad legal sales last year.By far the biggest dispute focused on deliveries.The rules will allow home marijuana deliveries statewide, even into communities that have banned commercial pot sales.The regulation by the state Bureau of Cannabis Control was opposed by police chiefs and other critics who predict it will create an unruly market of largely hidden pot transactions, while undercutting control by cities and counties.The dispute could end up in court.Michael R. Blood, The Associated Press
New Delhi: The Supreme Court decision to annul the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI’s) February 12 circular of last year on resolving bad debts is set to benefit several stressed companies which were staring at insolvency proceedings. According to rating agency ICRA, as of September 2018, nearly 70 borrowers with bad debts worth over Rs 3.8 lakh crore, could have eventually being referred for insolvency proceedings as a result of provisions of RBI’s February 12, 2018, circular. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details While the court’s order will have no impact on the classification of a stressed account as a non-performing asset (NPA or bad loan) or on provisions that banks need to set aside on this account, it will give more time and discretion to banks on finalising a res olution plan. The RBI circular mandated lenders to initiate resolution or restructuring of loans of Rs 2,000 crore and above within six months from the date of default, on which the court found that the central bank had acted beyond its legal powers. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday After the expiry of the 180 days, the defaulting borrowers, under the circular struck down by the apex court, had to mandatorily face proceedings under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC). One of the biggest beneficiaries of the Supreme Court order may be the financially troubled Jet Airways, which has a debt of around Rs 10,000 crore. As part of the resolution plan, the State Bank of India (SBI)-led lenders consortium has taken over 50.5 per cent stake in the airline, with a view to selling the shares to a potential buyer in the coming months. Under the nullified RBI circular, banks would have had to finalise a resolution plan for the airline by June if they wanted to avoid insolvency proceedings. With the Court’s quashing of the circular, the bankers have now more time to seek a resolution. Among the large power companies, which might have faced the heat, is the Lalitpur Power Generation Co, the Shishir Bajaj Group’s 1,980 MW thermal power project in Lalitpur, Uttar Pradesh which had been struggling for several years. Multiple efforts were made by the lenders to find a resolution for the account but no headway had bee made. Similarly, the KSK Mahanadi Power Co, a former subsidiary of KSK Energy Ventures, has a total debt of Rs 15,702 crore. Delayed repayments from state-owned power distributors led to cash flow strains for the company and it could not purchase sufficient coal. KSK Mahanadi operates a 3,600 MW thermal power plant in Chhattisgarh, which sells power to Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh. Another such case is Jaiprakash Power Ventures, with an aggregate capacity of 2,220 MW comprising hydro (400 MW) and thermal (1,820 MW) across the country. It owes banks Rs 14,000 crore. Earlier last year, lenders tried to sell near 50 per cent stake in the company but there was a lack of interest among buyers. Various experts have said that the February 12 circular had introduced a lot of rigidity. On the impact of the Supreme Court decision, they said it will not have significant impact on assets of the non-power sectors that are already under resolution.
Agartala: The Tripura government has suspended an IPS officer and eight troopers of the elite Tripura State Rifles (TSR) from service for breaching discipline, an official said here on Tuesday. A Tripura Home Department official said: “Five TSR troopers last week brutally assaulted two of their colleagues, Bhojveer Singh Chouhan and Jaydeep Prashad Tawra, at the 12th Battalion TSR Headquarters in Chakmaghat.” “Chouhan, a resident of Madhya Pradesh, had to admitted to the Govind Ballabh Pant Medical College and Hospital here with severe injuries, while Tawra returned to his home in Rajasthan,” he said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad The official said after the incident came to light on Monday, the government suspended the 12th Battalion TSR Commandant Rati Ranjan Debnath, an IPS officer, and the five troopers. In another incident, three more TSR troopers of the 11th Battalion were suspended and action will be taken against another three for negligence of duty during a protest near Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb’s official residence on May 17. The TSR, trained for counter-insurgency operations, was launched in March 1984 to deal with terrorism. Seventy-five per cent of its personnel are from Tripura.
2016-1718.236.831.2 2015-1613.045.025.8 This season is different. Leonard’s usage has spiked to 31 percent (that’s Russell-Westbrook-before-this-season range), and he’s nearly doubled his pick-and-roll possessions, going from 14 percent of his possessions last season to 26 percent this season while remaining deadly effective. His 106.1 points per 100 possessions on those plays is among the best in the league, better even than Harden’s formidable pick-and-roll game this season (101.6), albeit on about half the number of possessions per game.16.1 pick-and-roll possessions per game for Leonard, 11.7 for Harden. Leonard still gets a lot of spot-up jumpers, but he’s now being assisted on only 37 percent of his 2-pointers, pretty much in line with LeBron James or an in-his-prime Kobe Bryant. He’s creating his own offense now, rather than waiting for the offense to come to him.Maybe most impressively, Leonard has done all this without dropping an ounce of efficiency. After Monday night, his 61.7 true shooting percentage had inched past his career-high from last season (61.6 percent). This is somewhat surprising, given that Leonard has gone from shooting 44 percent on 3-pointers last season to 39 percent this season. But he’s made up for that by adding more long twos to his game — often on quick curls around a high screen, as he did in the Houston game, but also in isolation on a variety of hesitation and pull-up moves — and making nearly half of them. These are the shots that had DeMarcus Cousins saying that he saw “flashes of Kobe” in Kawhi’s game, and it’s rare that workmanlike perimeter grinders are able to add them to their games so successfully. Guys learn to shoot corner threes much more often than they learn to Kobe-step.That ability to pick up hard-to-master skills is what makes Leonard such an intriguing prospect, even now as a credible MVP candidate. He still isn’t as natural a passer as many of the other perimeter players who are the nexus of their teams, but he’s improving. And as we’ve seen with the maturation of Westbrook as a point guard, the transcendent passing gene may come only by birthright, but you can get pretty damn far with time and stubbornness. So far, Leonard has gone from a 13 percent assist rate the last two seasons to 18 percent this season. That’s partly just a function of using more possessions, but the capacity and willingness to do that are part of his growth. And the notion that at 25 years old, Leonard is playing this well but has clear paths to improvement is downright lurid.All this newfound offensive firepower comes alongside Leonard’s reputation as an all-world defender. The game-winning block Monday night will stand out, but it’s Leonard’s body of work that speaks for itself. His defensive numbers have been a little hard to decipher this season (they dipped badly early in the season), but defensive metrics in the NBA often are. His metrics have since normalized, and while his defensive Real Plus-Minus is still just OK, he’s now back near the top of the league in points allowed per 100 possessions as the primary defender (82.1 points per 100 possessions) and is recovering on the leaderboards of other individual stats.In all likelihood, even a sustained run of games like Monday night’s won’t do much to change Leonard’s reputation as a souped-up role player. In fact, he’s averaged 33.8 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.3 steals in four games in March and erupted in high-profile games, such as a dominating 41-point game in a win over LeBron’s Cavs in January.Yet folks are still trying to act surprised about a pull-up and a chasedown coming in quick succession against the Rockets. To change those stripes, he’ll have to take this act deep into the playoffs, into the marquee rounds against marquee opposition, and outduel his more famous counterparts.Check out our latest NBA predictions. 2014-1513.045.023.0 2013-1410.451.918.3 Kawhi Leonard creates his own offense now The San Antonio Spurs have spent years tinkering with their style in plain sight. Since they drafted Tim Duncan in 1997, the Spurs have gone through the bruising Twin Towers and Bruce Bowen bully-ball eras; the high-octane, ball-movement era featuring Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw; and, more recently, a post-heavy attack built around LaMarcus Aldridge. San Antonio’s shifting styles have kept it current with league trends and accentuated the roster’s strengths, but traditionally, that’s meant that the Spurs’ reputation has been slightly out of step with how the team is actually playing at any given moment. Now, that disconnect between the team’s rep and its play has transferred to its best player. Kawhi Leonard is staging a bona-fide MVP campaign while playing a very different brand of basketball than he did the last time he was at the center of the basketball-watching universe.On Monday night, the Spurs took down the Houston Rockets thanks to a late-game charge led by Leonard, who went for 39 points that included a contested pull-up three followed by a game-sealing block on fellow MVP candidate James Harden.That’s as good a late-game effort as you’ll see most nights, but it’s also not altogether different from what Leonard does from night to night. That some are (correctly) holding it up as the moment Leonard’s MVP campaign launched in earnest is pretty solid evidence that the image of Leonard many fans have — dutiful two-way cog in the Spurs machine, in balance with the talented Spurs roster around him — isn’t really the guy who’s out there this season.Instead, Kahwi Leonard has stopped playing quite so much like Kawhi Leonard and taken up the game of a go-to superstar. In 2013-14, the last season the Spurs won the title, Leonard’s usage percentage was just 18.3 during the regular season, which is low for a key offensive player. Of the possessions he did use, 28 percent came on spot-up shots, and an additional 22 percent came in transition; 52 percent of his 2-point shots were assisted, making him much more reliant on others for his offense than the typical perimeter star. His role was as an elite defender and a floor spacer, not a key creator in the offense. 2012-137.754.416.4 RATE SEASONASSISTASSISTED 2PUSAGE Source: Basketball-Reference.com 2011-126.6%53.2%14.5% While Leonard has steadily grown into one of the most efficient players in the league over the last few seasons, he has still carried the label of a system player. Even last season, his most-common play type was the spot-up jumper (on which he scored a phenomenal 125.1 points per 100 possessions), which has obvious value but doesn’t fit the traditional go-to guy mold.
OAKLAND, Calif. — LeBron James’s relative solo act has been discussed at length this postseason. But for how much his showings set him apart from his team, there’s an argument to be made that no Cavalier feels more alone than Kevin Love.And on Sunday night, Love was made to feel like he was on an island again and again and again — maybe a dozen times in all. In each instance, Stephen Curry — a two-time MVP and the greatest shooter on the planet — had Love right where he wanted him: By himself, with no help defender in sight, giving the Golden State star the time and space to dissect him off the dribble to the tune of 33 points and a finals-record nine 3-pointers. The lights-out shooting helped spur the Warriors to a 2-0 edge in the best-of-seven series, which now heads to Cleveland for Game 3 on Wednesday.Certain shots will understandably garner the majority of the attention — particularly this nearly 30-foot circus shot to beat the shot clock early in the fourth that provided Golden State enormous momentum as Cleveland was attempting to make one final push. But beneath the surface, Curry is giving the troubled Cavs defense fits, in part because of what he and Klay Thompson do better than anyone else: move without the ball to free themselves for open shots.In particular, Curry has played a mix of both Hot Potato and Tag, essentially setting up give-and-go plays with his teammates by passing them the ball with the hope and intention of getting it back after he has sprinted to an open spot behind the 3-point line. The style of play makes him an even more challenging cover for the 29th-ranked Cleveland defense, not only because of the occasional confusion it brings about, but also because Curry’s teammates will occasionally use his give-and-go sequences as an opportunity to screen for him in the corner.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/passback1.mp400:0000:0000:10Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/passback2.mp400:0000:0000:11Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“It’s tough — really tough — to guard Steph anywhere out there on the floor because he’s just so good at finding himself open,” Love said after the game, in which Curry shot a perfect 5-of-5 from 3-point range in the final period.Curry’s ability to shake free was far from the only thing that explained Golden State’s victory. The Warriors, who’ve struggled at times with focus, jumped out to a 15-6 run to start the game and appeared locked in from the outset in the wire-to-wire victory. They made a point of being more aggressive defensively with James after his stellar Game 1 and sought to force the ball out of his hands by occasionally sending a second man at him. And perhaps most noteworthy: Curry’s co-stars, Thompson and Kevin Durant, were even more efficient than Curry himself, with Durant scoring 26 points on just 14 shots and Thompson getting 20 on 13 shot attempts.Yet the performance — with the sprint-and-shoot element of Curry’s game coming alive — highlights something meaningful about the Warriors. After looking stagnant and vulnerable at times on offense in its seven-game bout with the Houston Rockets, Golden State finally appears to resemble itself again — even without injured forward Andre Iguodala, whose presence as a secondary ballhandler has been missed on that end.Since Game 6 of the Houston series, Curry has shot 5-of-9 on give-and-go 3-point tries. By contrast, he has shot just 3-of-18 on all other catch-and-shoot looks from deep, according to analyst Matt Williams with ESPN’s Stats & Information Group. (Worth noting: Curry is getting almost an extra half-foot on average between him and his nearest defender when his shot stems from a give-and-go.)Curry noted Sunday that the sprint-and-shoot strategy is one that he has used for a while now. “We’ve been doing that for a long time — it’s just that everything’s under a microscope now in the playoffs,” said Curry, who’s building a case to win his first NBA Finals MVP. “With how teams guard us with all their switching and things like that, you’ve got to find ways to create space.”That space often comes in the form of a big like Love or Clint Capela lacking the footspeed necessary to track Curry all the way back out to the 3-point line after cutting through the paint. This — and Curry’s hesitation moves into the paint, which defenders have to honor to avoid him getting off 3-point attempts — is how Golden State makes teams pay for perimeter switches.And on Sunday, it resulted in Curry making Love and Larry Nance Jr. look like bad stuntmen — they went lunging and flying after the Warriors guard when he broke free in the short corner.So, sure: The Cavaliers might be able to take some solace in the idea of going back home for Games 3 and 4. But unless they can find a way to bottle up Curry and the rediscovered Warriors offense, even home-court advantage may not be enough to make this a series again.Check out our latest NBA predictions.
Former OSU wide receiver Michael Thomas (3) hauls in a pass over Michigan’s Jourdan Lewis (26) during a game on Nov. 28 at Michigan Stadium. Credit: Lantern file photoIn April 2016, following the NFL draft, the Ohio State football program and its newly drafted former players could reasonably be considered in a league of their own before having played a down on an NFL Sunday. Four of the first 16 picks were Buckeyes, with 12 being drafted over the draft’s three days. Though the class was praised, no analyst or front office official could have predicted the kind of impact they would have on the field. Of the 12 selected, three former Buckeyes had notable years, comparable with some of the best rookie seasons in NFL history.Selected third overall by the then San Diego Chargers, defensive end and former consensus All-American Joey Bosa’s career for the Chargers got off to a rocky start. Disagreements between Bosa’s representation and the Chargers on signing bonuses and offset language in Bosa’s rookie contract and signing bonus led to the holdout. After he held out through both rookie training camp and the preseason, Bosa and the Chargers agreed on a four-year contract on Aug. 30.A hamstring strain held Bosa out another month, as he missed the first four games of the year. As October turned, though, Bosa welcomed himself to the field and to rest of the NFL, recording two sacks and five total tackles in his first game on Oct. 9 against the Oakland Raiders. Bosa was just one of five players in NFL history to record two sacks in their NFL debut.After missing 25 percent of his rookie season, Bosa finished with 48 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks and a forced fumble. Among rookies, Bosa’s 10.5 sacks in 12 games were first in his class, ahead of the second-place finisher Yannick Ngakoue from the University of Maryland, who finished with eight total sacks in a full season.If Bosa had been healthy all year, he very well could have broken the record of 14.5 sacks in a rookie season, set by Jevon Kearse in 1999. Bosa was awarded the Pro Football Writers of America Rookie of the Year award for defense.Picked immediately after his former roommate by the Dallas Cowboys, Ezekiel Elliott not only had the best season of rookie running backs, but also led the entire NFL in rushing during his rookie season, becoming just the fifth running back since 1970 to win the rushing title as a rookie. Amassing 1,631 yards and 14 total touchdowns, Elliott came within 177 yards of breaking the rookie record for yards in a season held by NFL Hall of Fame member Eric Dickerson. Elliott also added 32 receptions and 363 receiving yards, while showcasing his non-quantifiable but highly regarded blocking ability in the backfield with fellow rookie Dak Prescott.Michael Thomas upwardly improved in his final years at OSU. In his first year of work in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints, Thomas led all rookie wide receivers in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns in his rookie season. Record-wise, Thomas came only nine receptions short of the rookie record of 101 receptions set by Anquan Boldin in 2003. Thomas’ yardage totals rank fourth in league history for rookies, behind Billy Howton in 1952 (1,231), Boldin (1,377), Randy Moss in 1998 (1,313) and Bill Groman in 1960 (1,473).Though Bosa, Elliott and Thomas all were productive contributors to their teams, other Buckeyes of the class made their mark as well. Eli Apple became the starter partway through the year for the New York Giants, ending with 51 tackles, seven passes defended and an interception. Taylor Decker was ranked second overall among all rookie offensive lineman by Pro Football Focus, and received the top-overall grade of 82.8 for the entire Detroit Lions offensive line.In all, 14 OSU rookies — twelve picks and two undrafted free agents — registered stats during the regular season, in what is the deepest draft class in school history and arguably the entire history of the NFL.
The seniors on the Ohio State football team cannot play for championships this year. Not for trophies. Not for banners. So they plan to play for their fellow classmates. “We’re playing for each other,” said senior defensive end John Simon. “And when you come in here every day and work out with these guys, you really don’t want to let them down.” The 2012 season will be absent of even a chance to compete for the Big Ten Conference and national championships as a result of the NCAA-imposed bowl ban dating back to December 2011. Former coach Jim Tressel knowingly fielded ineligible players during the 2010 season after six players – former quarterback Terrelle Pryor, former running back Daniel “Boom” Herron, former wide receiver DeVier Posey, former offensive tackle Mike Adams, former defensive end Solomon Thomas and former linebacker Jordan Whiting – traded memorabilia for tattoos, resulting in a vacation of wins for that season, donation of team’s winnings from the 2011 Sugar Bowl victory against Arkansas to charity and a ban that will keep the team out of postseason action this fall. Pressure mounted, and Tressel was eventually forced to resign from his post as Buckeyes coach on May 30, 2011. Simon recounted the dark moments. “It was a tough time,” Simon said. “But we’re a new team and we’re doing everything we can to get better.” Senior players are looking beyond the NCAA-imposed limitations the coming season holds and focusing on the things they can control. “We’re just focused on our first game of the season,” said senior running back Jordan Hall. “We aren’t focusing on what we can’t do, only on what we can do.” And the OSU football team will need that focus heading into a season that is sure to face even higher expectations with the addition of new coach Urban Meyer. Meyer’s arrival has turned into a complete program transformation – from the pre-Spring Game circle drill where players collided with one another to the overhaul of the team’s nutritional strategies – that has made a strong call to senior players to take control of the team. “Coach Meyer is always talking about leaders,” said senior linebacker Etienne Sabino. “And (we) want to be the leaders of this team.” And leadership is not limited to the field – Simon said leading begins away from Ohio Stadium and at the indoor practice facility. “It’s all about coming in and doing extra,” he said. “The senior class is really stepping up into a leadership role … showing the young guys the ropes, reading the playbooks with them, whatever it takes. We’re just trying to have the best offseason possible.” Meyer and the OSU coaching staff have praised Simon for his role as a “workout warrior,” and said he and his fellow seniors are doing everything they can to either be in the classroom or in the gym. And the senior players said the extra effort is partially because this season will be the last time they represent the Buckeyes on the field. “It’s the last time for everything,” Sabino said. “Every time you go out there, it’s your last first day of camp, last Spring Game. You just know it’s your last one.” And the thought of a final season in a Buckeye uniform is bittersweet for Simon. “The years go fast,” Simon said. “But I’m just looking forward to winning every game. That’s our goal this year, but we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves.” Winning is the only thing that will take away the sting from last year’s tumultuous season, said senior tight end Jake Stoneburner. “We’re out to prove that we’re a better team than we were last year,” he said. “We’ve got something to prove. And for us seniors, we have to play to the best of our ability; you only have so many games left in the ‘Shoe, so you have to make every game count.” It remains to be seen if Stoneburner will be on the field when the Buckeyes begin the 2012 season as he and redshirt junior offensive lineman Jack Mewhort were arrested Saturday morning for allegedly obstructing official business. Sunday, Stoneburner and Mewhort were suspended from the football team until their cases are resolved. Stoneburner and Mewhort did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment regarding their arrests. With the 2011 season in mind, Stoneburner said he is still confident that the Buckeyes will be on people’s radar this year. “We’re always going to be circled on opponents’ schedules. It’s Ohio State,” he said. “No matter what kind of year we had the year before, no matter who’s our coach, quarterback, we’re always going to be circled because it’s Ohio State.” When the seniors and the rest of the Buckeyes take the field on Sept. 1 this year, Simon said it’s going to be business as usual. “We’re going to go out there and play for each other and for Buckeye Nation,” Simon said. “And we’re going to have a good time doing it.”
Perhaps more than anyone else, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith has had a lot on his plate since the university’s “Tattoo-Gate” scandal began in December 2010. In an interview with The Lantern, Smith talked about thoughts of leaving OSU, the school’s revamped compliance department, football coach Urban Meyer’s first season in Columbus and the possibility of a 2002 national championship reunion including former OSU coach Jim Tressel. Thought about walking away It has been more than 18 months and there are still plenty of OSU fans who think Smith should have lost his job because of the “Tattoo-Gate” scandal that led to Tressel’s firing. Smith said there was never a moment he thought that was a possibility, but he did consider walking away for the sake of those around him. “I never thought that I would be dismissed by our president because I really did nothing wrong,” Smith said. “I did everything that I was charged to do and accountable for. Did I ever feel that I should leave? Never. That I should resign because of the pressure I was under? Never thought that. Did I ever have thoughts that I should walk away for the betterment of the institution and the people that I work with everyday and I serve? Yeah. “I care more about those people and our athletes than I do anything. Sure I thought about (leaving), but I came to the conclusion that the best way for me to help them was to fight for them and make sure we stay on track.” Those disappointed by that decision will likely not see a change anytime soon. Smith said he has not considered retirement and is very content with his situation at OSU. “There’s no other job I’d rather have,” he said. Random audits to ensure compliance As part of an 805-page report Smith and OSU sent to the NCAA, Smith said the athletic department will conduct random audits to make sure the players still have various Buckeye memorabilia given to them. “First of all, we retain a lot of things so we build a locker room in our equipment room, so, for certain jerseys and helmets, we keep those there until you graduate. Or your eligibility expires because, you know, somebody may leave and we give them their stuff,” he said. “But also your rings, your gold pants, if you have them, there’s times where you have to bring them in to certify that you’ve retained them or certify where they are because you may give them to your mom.” Smith said the audits – which are a brand new idea – will be random. “It’s a random process. It could be tomorrow,” he said. “So it’s kinda like drug testing.” The process, however, isn’t just limited to keepsakes like rings and gold pants. It also applies to cars, Smith said. “You have a car, you register that car with us,” he said. “We check it every now and then just to make sure there’s no change. “So we’ll go over to a parking lot, walk around, check cars, check the numbers, things of that nature, just to make sure nothing has changed or see if there’s any new cars that pop up and say, ‘OK, who’s car is that?’ Might be (OSU spokesman) Dan Wallenberg’s, might be you visiting, but we check them all out just to be sure that nobody got a loaner car that they shouldn’t have.” Big Ten Woes There’s no denying the Big Ten struggled during its non-conference football schedule. The conference lost three games against the Mid-American Conference, lost three of four games against the Pac-12 and only has three teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll. At No. 12, OSU is the top-ranked Big Ten team with Nebraska (No. 21) and Northwestern (No. 24) also representing the conference. Smith did not skirt the issue. “We’ve struggled, we’ve got to win games,” he said. “There’s no question that the Southeastern Conference has dominated and rightfully so. But that’s not what bothers me as much as we’re losing to other conferences and other programs that frankly we shouldn’t.” Smith isn’t panicking, though. Conference strength is cyclical, he said, and what he is really concerned about is making sure the struggles don’t become a pattern. “It doesn’t surprise me periodically that a team emerges and beats people, that’s happened in the Mid-American Conference for years, jumping up and biting somebody,” Smith said. “But that’s happened more this year than normal. So I’m interested in seeing how things go this next year and make sure this is not a trend.” “Tapegate” closed After Michigan State received altered game tape before its contest against the Buckeyes last Saturday in East Lansing, Mich., Smith said Spartans athletic director Mark Hollis informed that they did not receive the full video. “I hung up and contacted our video guys and said, ‘Send them the full video. Get it done,’” Smith said. “And we sent them the full video.” The issue is “done,” Smith said. “Urban had no clue, so we should’ve sent them the full video from the beginning,” he said. Tressel reunion OSU will honor its 2002 national championship football team during the Buckeyes’ game against Michigan this year, and there is some disagreement as to whether the leader of that team, fired Tressel, should be on the guest list. Smith said he would have no problem seeing his former co-worker. “I don’t know if he’ll come back for that recognition,” Smith said. “If he does, we will recognize him like everybody else.” Meyer fulfilling his family’s contract At Meyer’s introductory press conference in late November, he pulled out a crumpled pink piece of paper from his pocket from behind the podium. It was a contract written by Meyer’s family and, specifically, his daughter, Nicki, to ensure that her father would take care of himself in ways he often failed to do so while at Florida. Smith told The Lantern Meyer is indeed abiding by his family’s contract. “He and I’ve talked about that a lot during the summer and at the beginning of the season and I hit him every now and then with it,” Smith said. Smith said he went into the Woody Hayes Athletic Center to see Meyer this past Sunday after the Buckeyes’ game against the Spartans. Meyer, though, was at his son Nate’s football game. “I was like, ‘That’s what you want.’ You know, so he takes his time on Thursday nights, takes his time on Friday mornings, you know, with family,” Smith said. “Not sleeping in the WHAC overnight like he had slept down at Florida some nights. So I think he’s there balance-wise and doing what he’s supposed to do.” Scheduling OSU announced Tuesday that it scheduled Texas Christian University for a home-and-home football series with games in 2018 at Fort Worth, Texas, and 2019 in Ohio Stadium. Smith said the series represents a change in mentality for OSU when it comes to non-conference scheduling. Each year Smith said he looks to schedule “one top 10 or top 15 (team), hopefully two (teams) that are in the top 30 to 40 and then another BCS team. That takes us away from playing two Mid-American Conference teams a year or three in some cases.” Meyer hitting the mark After hiring Meyer almost a year ago, Smith said the first-year coach has done a “great job” so far in his inaugural season in Columbus. Smith didn’t limit his praise to just Meyer’s on-the-field endeavors, either. “You know, I think everyone is focused obviously on wins on the field and how the team is executing, but I look at that as well like everybody else,” Smith said “but I look at also how he handles his staff, he handles the players relative to academics, how he interacts with other coaches in the league and just how we communicate relative to issues and, so, he’s just doing a great job.” Communication between Meyer, Smith Smith said he normally tries to pop in to the WHAC once a week to see Meyer. “We don’t have – during the football season – we do not have formal, set meetings unless there’s an issue we need to do that with other people, but I pop in – Sundays, I usually I try and get in on Sundays – and walk around,” Smith said, “and this particular year, congratulate the coaches and then I usually go meet with the trainers, pop into his office.” And what if Meyer’s not there? Smith said he and the former Florida coach are “big texters.” “You know, he texted me today on one issue and I texted him back so we’re big texters. I kinda know his schedule when they’re in meetings, so, I know when he’s on break. So if I’m on break and I need to go see him about something, I go see him,” he said. “So it’s nothing really formal. But it’s almost every day.” Meyer’s undefeated (5-0) squad faces Nebraska at 8 p.m. on Saturday.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has described Southampton as ‘so hard to beat’ ahead of their Premier League showdownThe South coast club put up two good showings against City last season but were denied on both occasions by late goals.Despite the club’s inconsistent display, this season Guardiola is clearly adamant they pose a threat ahead of a meeting of the team’s at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.He told the Daily Echo: “I’m impressed with the quality they have up front and especially in the middle.Mourinho knows why City and Liverpool are so far ahead George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Jose Mourinho knows why Manchester City and Liverpool are so far ahead of everyone else in the Premier League.In an interview with the Telegraph,…“They have talented players. They play so deep and so physical.“It was so hard to beat them and so complicated. We have to be sharp and move well in small spaces and concede few chances in set pieces as they are strong there too.“They had one week to prepare for this game so it will be tough. We have to be ready to get the three points.”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has heaped praises on Brazilian goalkeeping duo of Alisson Becker and Ederson Moraes.Klopp believes that Liverpool and Manchester City shot-stoppers could be the two best goalkeepers in the world.Both players will come up against each other on Thursday when Manchester City host Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium in a titanic tussle at the top of the table.Liverpool is currently seated in the first position on the standings with Pep Guardiola’s men in third place, seven points behind the Reds.Alisson has been impressive for Liverpool since signing from AS Roma in the offseason for £65 million (€73m/$85m).Klopp has praises performance of the Brazil first-choice goalkeeper and Ederson, who was back-up with Brazil at the 2018 World Cup, saying they have set a new standard for goalkeepers from their country.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“Alisson is unbelievably important,” he said, according to Goal.“(Claudio) Taffarel was the goalkeeper I knew from Brazil, an outstanding goalkeeper, but I do not remember a lot of world-class ones.”“Now they have two of the world’s best, if not the world’s best. It is incredible.”“Coming from Germany, I knew how important Manuel Neuer was with his football playing on top of his goalkeeping skills,” Klopp added. “You can’t imagine that two can come along with the same skills — and maybe even a bit better.”“They all have their specific importance, for sure, but Ali is not only the goalkeeper. He is an outfield player as well and that helps of course.”“What I would say is these two boys do not have to hide.”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 16, 2017 – Nassau – PLP Leader Philip Brave Davis took his ‘Road to Convention’ to a special conclave hosted by the New Providence Women’s Branch of the PLP on Saturday, October 7th at Sir Lynden Pindling House. After spending most of the day travelling with Mr. Davis, the first female Deputy Prime Minister Cynthia ‘Mother’ Pratt was also in attendance at the conclave. Mother Pratt shared a tearful story of the love, friendship, and kindheartedness of Party Leader Davis, who, she related, had come to her rescue in her most difficult time.As Mr. Davis took the podium with cheers from supporters, he began by celebrating womanhood as he went on to describe women as “Strong, resourceful, resilient, wise, loving, tender and nurturing are all words to describe women, whom God designed to be the equal counterparts of man.”For the past few weeks, the Party Leader has made campaign stops in his “Road to Convention” travels across the country, sharing his message to rebuild and renew the PLP.“I am committed to the PLP! I believe in our party. I believe we are the best vehicle to bring about real change and progress for our people. Our core values are as relevant today as they were 60-plus years ago,” Davis told the women of the party.Outlining his plan for the organization moving forward, Mr. Davis told the women supporters gathered, “I pledge to ensure that the Women’s Branch receive an annual stipend from the Central Party. The work of the Women’s Branch is fundamentally important to the effectiveness and future success of the Party.”Mr. Davis also announced his commitment to young Bahamians, ensuring that particularly women are adequately represented in his parliamentary team. “The Parliamentary team of the PLP acts as its standard-bearer in the public and is in effect a representation of what we claim to be.“We must ensure that women and young people are active leaders and participants on this team so that we reflect the reality of the current demographics of The Bahamas.”Assuring supporters that he intends to lead a Party with a united voice, Mr. Davis added, “…we must restore and maintain discipline and order among the rank and file of the membership of the PLP.“As a priority, I will, as your Leader, ensure that the Party speaks with a common voice and approaches the next election with a singular purpose.”Mr. Davis’ remarks were received with thunderous applause and loud shouts by delegates attending the conclave to “Be Brave”!Press Release: Philip Brave Davis – Leader of Opposition Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Sen. Murkowski said that while they respect the goal of enforcing the law, she is uncomfortable with the consequence of children torn from their parents’ arms. Sen. Murkowski: “If we’re talking about young children here, young families and a forced separation for an indefinite period of time, I have concerns about it.” Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said that the policy, enacted in April, was put in place to bolster border patrol efforts and crack down on illegal immigration. The Trump administration announced a zero-tolerance border policy, where immigrants face criminal prosecution for unlawful border entry. Charging immigrants who improperly enter the U.S. with a crime has for many resulted in their children being taken away by the federal government and sent to government shelters. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) said during a press conference on Thursday that she is ‘troubled’ by the practice of removing a child from their parent when caught crossing the border illegally.