Ohio State defense strives to be best in America

As the Buckeyes football team put spring practice behind them, players and coaches know they have much to improve upon in the coming months before the 2012 season kicks off. Although the team was ruled ineligible for a bowl game this coming season and have no championships to chase, players said that hasn’t made them any less motivated. “All we’re thinking about is beating everybody that comes into the ‘Shoe and wherever we go,” sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby said. “We just want to win every game. That’s our plan.” Players said the initial news of their team’s ineligibility was frustrating, but when word came that new coach Urban Meyer was taking the reigns, their focus began to shift. “Everyone was pretty down about the whole thing,” sophomore cornerback Doran Grant said. “We thought first all that stuff (from the previous season), now this? But Coach Meyer came in and gave us a plan and we just took off with it.” And that plan, according to players, involved winning. One of the newest addition to Ohio State football practices has been the winner and loser days, where every drill is either counted as a win, or a loss for the offense and defense. “It’s really competitive out there,” senior cornerback Travis Howard said. “Our goal is to compete every practice and win every play.” And the increased competition has made an impression on the defensive players, who want to get back to the hard-nosed “Silver Bullet” defense OSU has been known for in years past. “We kind of fell off a bit last year,” Howard said. “But everybody has come back strong, has the right mentality and the right attitude. We’re ready to take on that role of a ‘Silver Bullet’ defense again at Ohio State. It’s definitely our time this year.” Roby said he is confident that will be the case in 2012. “We’re going to be so much better this year, it’s going to be crazy,” he said. “We just have to take in the competition and work on making plays.” But in order to achieve that “Silver Bullet” title, cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs said the team needs to “tighten up the details.” “It’s the small things,” Coombs said. “We’ve got to tighten up our fundamentals. We’re getting a lot of plays at game speed, and when that happens, a lot of fundamentals get exposed. We need to overcome that and sharpen the sword a little bit.” But despite those mistakes, Coombs said he couldn’t be happier with his team. “Nobody is practicing harder than we are,” Coombs said. “I think (the team) just individually and collectively wants to be the best they can be, and that’s just very impressive to me. It makes it very exciting to come to work everyday.” Grant and his teammates have the bar set high. “We’re just trying to be B.I.A.,” he said. “Best in America.” read more

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No 15 Ohio State womens soccer team ready to host top 10

OSU junior defender Nicole Miyashiro (3) during a game against Illinois State University on August 21 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won 6-2. Credit: Courtesy of OSUAfter a victorious match at home last Friday, the No. 15 Ohio State women’s soccer team looks to remain on the winning path as it hosts a set of games this weekend.The Buckeyes are set to face the West Virginia Mountaineers on Friday at 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium before squaring off against the Bucknell Bison on Sunday at noon. The team had a few crucial days off before returning to practice to prepare for the weekend’s matchups.“We had a little bit of time off after our game on Friday,” coach Lori Walker said. “We needed that for some rest and recovery, so practices have been tight and intense and have been at a high level. I really like where the team is at and what they’re doing. It seems like the rest really paid off.”The Scarlet and Gray enter Friday’s match 4-0-1 on the season, but Walker says the team’s record is not the most important thing.“We really don’t focus on where our record is. The word ‘undefeated’ isn’t really part of our vocabulary. We just focus on the small things that have gotten us to where we are,” Walker said. “Our defending and the speed at which we’re transitioning into attack and into defending I think has been key to us.”Junior defender Bridget Skinner said she believes in the work the team has done thus far.“I think we are just leaning on each other and building off of our concepts,” Skinner said. “And we have been following this concept to kind of build a ship, and I think it’s coming together and we kind of know what our ship needs to look like. We’re not all individual players this year, which is really helping.”Skinner said improved leadership on the team — by one player in particular — has been a critical component to the Buckeyes’ undefeated start.“(Redshirt junior) Morgan Wolcott, our center back, is really stepping up this year. She has been on and off with injuries in previous seasons, but this year she has been out and she’s been stepping up and I really think she’s the driving force of our team,” Skinner said.With the No. 8 Mountaineers coming to Columbus, Walker said she knows the team needs to be playing at its best. In order for that to happen, she is counting on individuals to step up.“Whenever you’re playing against an opponent, such as West Virginia, who we’re very familiar with, you need personality players to step up,” Walker said. “Personality comes in all kinds of ways. Personality can just be somebody that shows up with extra energy, personality can be somebody that does something special, personality can be somebody that’s willing to do extra work defensively or in transition.” read more

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NFL draft Corey Smith signs as undrafted free agent with Cincinnati Bengals

Then-redshirt senior wide receiver Corey Smith (84) had 6 catches for 174 yards and 2 touchdowns during OSU’s annual Spring Game on April 18 at Ohio Stadium. His 37-yard touchdown with 3:43 to play sealed the 17-14 win for the Scarlet team.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Lantern photographerFormer Ohio State wide receiver Corey Smith signed with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent, according to multiple outlets.All I needed was a shot @Bengals appreciate it ain’t no talking just #CheckDat— Cj (@dreamchaser_cj5) April 30, 2017A transfer from East Mississippi Community College, Smith redshirted his first year at OSU in 2013. Then, in 2014, he caught 20 passes for 255 yards. His longest catch of 47 yards came in the national championship win over Oregon, and he was a valuable part of the Scarlet and Gray special teams unit during his time in Columbus.In 2015, Smith played in four of the team’s first five games — racking up five catches for 62 yards — before suffering a season-ending leg injury against Indiana on Oct. 3. The Akron, Ohio native also missed time in 2016 with a hand injury.Seven former OSU players were selected in the 2017 NFL draft, the second-most since 2009. read more

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Benzema Real Madrid are favourites to win the Champions League

first_imgKarim Benzema believes Real Madrid remain the favourites to win the Champions League again this season, despite the loss of Cristiano RonaldoLos Galacticos lost their star frontman this summer to Juventus, which ended a nine-year spell at Spain that saw him win four Champions League titles.In the post-Ronaldo era, Real have got off to an unbeaten start in their first five games of the new La Liga campaign.Now Los Merengues head into Wednesday’s Champions League opener against AS Roma looking to win the competition for an unprecedented four consecutive time.And Benzema feels that both the pressure of playing for Real and their recent dominance will put them in a good stead to once more conquer Europe.James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.“This competition is another level. All the matches are important, there is no easy one,” he told AS.“One thing I like: Real Madrid is the best club in the world and every year there is pressure to succeed.“We know there are a lot of strong rivals, but if I have to say a favourite, it’s always going to be Real Madrid. We have to sacrifice a lot to always be victorious.”Benzema has managed five goals in as many games for Real this season after just finding the net 11 times last term.last_img read more

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ALERT 3 ON HURRICANE MARIA

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 19, 2017 – Nassau – ALERT #3 ON HURRICANE MARIA ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY TUESDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER, 2017 AT 6PM EDT.…POTENTIALLY CATASTROPHIC HURRICANE MARIA IS EXPECTED TO PASS NEAR THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS TONIGHT AND OVER PUERTO RICO WEDNESDAY…A  HURRICANE WATCH IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS.    THIS INCLUDES THE ISLANDS OF INAGUA, ACKLINS, CROOKED ISLAND, MAYAGUANA, LONG CAY, SAMANA CAY AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS.   A HURRICANE WATCH MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED IN THE MENTIONED ISLANDS WITHIN 48 HOURS.AT 5PM EDT, THE CENTER OF HURRICANE MARIA WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 16.8 DEGREES NORTH AND LONGITUDE 64.0 DEGREES WEST OR ABOUT 80 MILES SOUTHEAST OF SAINT CROIX, 175 MILES SOUTHEAST OF SAN JUAN PUERTO RICO, 268 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF GRAND TURK THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, 695 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF MATTHEW TOWN INAGUA AND 1036 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF NEW PROVIDENCE. MARIA IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST AT 10 MPH, AND THIS GENERAL MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT.   ON THE FORECAST TRACK, THE EYE OF MARIA WILL MOVE NEAR OR OVER THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS TONIGHT, ACROSS PUERTO RICO ON WEDNESDAY, AND THEN PASS JUST NORTH OF THE COAST OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY.MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR 165 MILES PER HOUR WITH HIGHER GUSTS.   MARIA IS A POTENTIALLY A CATASTROPHIC CATEGORY 5 HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON HURRICANE WIND SCALE.    SOME FLUCTUATIONS IN INTENSITY ARE LIKELY DURING THE NEXT DAY OR TWO, BUT MARIA IS FORECAST TO REMAIN AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS CATEGORY 4 OR 5 HURRICANE UNTIL IT MOVES NEAR OR OVER THE VIRGIN ISLANDS AND PUERTO RICO.    SLOW WEAKENING IS EXPECTED AFTER THE HURRICANE EMERGES OVER THE ATLANTIC NORTH OF PUERTO RICO AND THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 35 MILES FROM THE CENTER AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 140 MILES FROM THE CENTER.RESIDENTS IN INAGUA, ACKLINS, CROOKED ISLANDS, MAYAGUANA, LONG CAY, SAMANA CAY, AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS SHOULD RUSH TO COMPLETE  ALL HURRICANE PREPARATIONS AS THEY CAN BEGIN TO EXPERIENCE THE EFFECTS OF HURRICANE MARIA WITHIN THE NEXT 48 HOURS.    SMALL CRAFT OPERATORS IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS SHOULD SEEK SAFE HARBOUR FOR THEIR VESSELS.THE NEXT ALERT ON HURRICANE MARIA WILL BE ISSUED AT 9PM TODAY.ISSUED BY: JEFFREY SIMMONS/MARY BUTLERlast_img read more

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Flag retirement program degins across San Diego County

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The county and city of San Diego will begin a program Friday enabling residents to dispose of old U.S. flags in accordance with federal code.County Supervisor Greg Cox announced the County Flag Retirement Box program last month in honor of Flag Day and in advance of the Fourth of July, saying it will help residents “dispose of old or tattered flags with the proper respect they deserve.”Starting Friday, residents will be able to drop off their old flags in designated boxes at county libraries, as well as the city of San Diego’s public libraries. Local Boy Scout troops will frequently collect the boxes and deliver them to local American Legion posts and associated nonprofits that will conduct flag retirement ceremonies.“County Supervisor Greg Cox’s Flag Retirement Box program will give San Diegans the opportunity to retire their American flags with the dignity and respect they deserve,” City Councilman Chris Cate said. “The American flag is a symbol of our freedom, and it is wonderful that all city of San Diego libraries will be participating in this program.”The program is similar to one promoted by the National Association of Counties, of which Cox is president. According to the NACo, the program has distributed roughly 700 flag boxes to more than 500 counties around the country to ensure proper flag disposal. KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom July 5, 2019 Flag retirement program degins across San Diego County Posted: July 5, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Thoughtprovoking plays at 15th Old World Theatre Festival

first_imgTheatre enthusiasts across NCR region are in for a week-long treat with some of the classic plays from the Indian stage set to be performed at the upcoming 15th edition of Old World Theatre Festival. Organised by Old World Culture, the festival that is scheduled to begin on October 8, will host a spectacular assemblage of the finest theatre in the country with plays that not only entertain but also pose a challenge to some of the pressing issues in the current times.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTen thought-provoking plays that question and span a gamut of issues from relationships, freedom and gender stereotypes, religion and faith, eroding ecosystems and assaults on sustainable agriculture and rural livelihood, will be performed at two venues – India Habitat Centre (IHC) here and Epicentre in Gurgaon.“By creatively adapting the complex concerns of human race, the plays are certainly going to be unsettling in a deeply satisfying way, capturing humanity at the cross roads, often struggling to break out of the backbreaking conservative content of both ‘tradition’ and ‘modernity’,” says Vidyun Singh, who has curated the festival.   Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe festival will open at IHC with Jaibala Vaidya’s iconic one-woman contemporary rendition of the Indian epic “Ramayana” as a tribute to her husband and theatre doyen Gopal Sharman, who passed away earlier this year.At Epicentre, Barff featuring veteran actor-director Saurabh Shukla and theatre artist Sadia Siddiqui, will raise the curtains on the festival. Plays dealing with family dynamics and issues of gender disparity include Ila Arun’s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s timeless classic Doll’s House with Ira Dubey of M Cream fame in the lead and Purva Naresh’s Ladies Sangeet.  “The discreet lives of drag kings, a subculture that is not too well known will play out in The Gentlemen’s Club AKA Tape. Kaizad Kotwal’s widely debated Agnes of God and Tadpole Repertory’s Tees on the collapse of traditional agriculture are notable selections that give a whole new dimension to the festival’s scope,” says Singh. The directorial debut of light designer Argya Lahiri titled, Wild Track, the much-anticipated solo White Rabbit Red Rabbit and Anish Victor’s choreographed solo Koogu will also be part of the festival. A series of theatre workshops titled, “Cycloroma 2016” will run parallel to the festival with some of the greatest faces form the field conducting classes. Session leaders will include artistes like Anurupa Roy, Anahita Uberoi, Sudhanva Deshpande, Puja Sarup, Sheena Khalid, Arghya Lahiri, Jaimini Pathak, Purva Naresh, Gopal Dutt and Neel Chaudhuri among others.“Theatre lovers and students have much to gain from these workshops with sessions ranging from acting to light design, scripting, playing with material to the use of music and song, children’s theatre. Participants have the option to attend either specific sessions or go for the complete workshop calendar, and the full day sessions include a ticket to the evening plays!” Singh said.last_img read more

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