Amid the bickering over the party’s rout in Lok Sabha elections, the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress’s executive committee on Wednesday passed a resolution requesting Rahul Gandhi to continue as the Congress president and authorised him to carry out organisational changes in the party’s State unit, if needed.AICC general secretary in charge of Rajasthan Avinash Pande said after the PCC meeting at the party’s State headquarters here — the first after the declaration of election results in which it lost all the 25 Lok Sabha seats in the State — that the “spirit of struggle and commitment to principles” remained unchanged despite the defeat.“The executive committee has accepted all the challenges, failures and shortcomings which led to this mandate… It is our collective responsibility,” Mr. Pande said, while indicating that there would be no immediate changes in the party’s State leadership.In its hour-long meeting attended by PCC president and Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, CM Ashok Gehlot, State Ministers and the party’s election candidates and office-bearers, the PCC endorsed the Congress Working Committee’s resolution passed in New Delhi on May 25, which had asked Mr. Gandhi to continue in office.While the executive committee reposed faith in Mr. Gandhi’s leadership, there was no discussion at the meeting on the factors responsible for the party’s humiliating defeat in the State, where it could not win even a single seat despite its victory in the Assembly polls barely five months ago. PCC vice-president Archana Sharma said the matter would be discussed in other meetings to be convened shortly.No reference was made to the purported resignation of Agriculture Minister Lalchand Kataria and the demand raised by Ministers Udai Lal Anjana and Ramesh Meena for introspection and a detailed analysis of the defeat. Uncertaintly prevailed over Mr. Kataria’s “resignation letter”, which was released to the media on WhatsApp, as he was unreachable.BSP supportMeanwhile, the Bahujan Samaj Party has announced that it will continue to support the Congress government in the State in order to “stop communal and casteist forces”. The six BSP MLAs elected in the 2018 Assembly polls have extended support to the State government.BSP vice-president Ramji Gautam said in a statement that the party chief Mayawati had instructed the MLAs not to go against the party’s ideology or play into the hands of communal forces. Any MLA flouting the instructions would be expelled from the party, he warned.
“He’s created a lot of good memories, especially when we were together in Red Bull,” said Guiao after the Road Warriors’ quarterfinals exit following a loss to the Star Hotshots.“It’s been a privilege coaching him when he started, and when he’s ending.” Guiao, who called the shots for Red Bull from 2000 to 2009,” he added.Guiao coached Villanueva for five seasons before the former national team player was traded to San Miguel Beer.“He’s a very blunt and straightforward coach. He’ll tell you what he wants and will tell you if you’re messing up; and in the most colorful way you can imagine,” Villanueva said. “There’s no superstar and you can’t be soft. You need to be tough otherwise you won’t survive. I can guarantee, though, that you’ll be a better player after.”“More than a coach, he’s also a father figure to us. He cares for his players and this is evident through his relationships with them, including former players. He’s a great family man and a person to emulate.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Sean Anthony of Meralco (dark) vs Enrico Villanueva of NLEX (light).NLEX saw its season come to an end Tuesday night and so did the PBA career of its rugged big man Enrico Villanueva, who quietly called it quits after 15 seasons.Villanueva had his moments as one of the league’s stars and played his best basketball as part of the defunct Red Bull franchise, which selected him as the seventh overall pick in 2003.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Injuries, however, prevented the one-time UAAP MVP out of Ateneo from sustaining his strong showing in the latter part of his career.“The only problem when he was near the end of his career, he couldn’t get back into game shape because his injuries kept coming back so he just really wanted to finish this season, but it would have been [great] if he was able to play and was healthy and that was really his problem during the last few months that maybe his body was giving up on him already so that is the time to call it quits and enjoy the rest of young life,” Guiao said.“But he was able to do what he wanted with the basketball career that’s really more than anyone can ask for.”Guiao believes Villanueva won’t be away from basketball entirely and it won’t take long before he returns to the sidelines.“I think he still wants to able to be involved in basketball in another capacity but we still don’t know that yet,” Guiao said.Villanueva said he has businesses to attend to and he’s not discounting the idea of coaching someday.In fact, he already has a blueprint figured out.“If I’ll be a coach, it’s pretty obvious which coaching style I’ll take.” NBA: Anthony sees no problem playing power forward with Thunder Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight “More than competing at the highest level, I’d have to say I’ll miss the people I encounter in the league. I’ll miss the camaraderie and friendships that I’ve built through the years,” Villanueva told INQUIRER.net Wednesday.“Of course, I’ll still see some of them but not being with my team day to day will be something I’ll need to get used to. Those people have been a part of my life one way or another.”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 shutoutThe 37-year-old Villanueva led Red Bull to a title in the 2005-06 Fiesta Conference where he was named Best Player of the Conference.Villanueva played for six other teams before finishing his career with the NLEX Road Warriors. And interestingly, his first PBA coach in Yeng Guiao was also his last. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters 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 View comments
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea manager Lampard: Time to start winningby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard says it’s time to start winning consistently.He knows that positive performances must translate into victories as soon as possible.”I bump into Chelsea fans all the time,” Lampard said. “I live five minutes away so it’s hard not to but everyone has been really supportive with what we’re trying to do and now I want to repay that. I want to do it quickly but I also know it’s a bit of a process. A lot of the fans are saying they see it might take a bit of time so that’s nice but we have to work like we want it tomorrow.”I don’t want to just keep extending the honeymoon period based on passion and desire but I believe it’s also the responsibility of the manager to try to connect the club, the fans and everyone behind the scenes.”That’s the good thing about having a connection between the fans and the team because it works both ways – you feed off them but then you feel they deserve a win because of the way they stay and clap when you lose. I really appreciate their support but now I want to give them wins.”
zoom The European Union and Japan have raised concerns over Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering’s (DSME) rescue plan as the shipbuilder secured the necessary approvals for the aid, according to Yonhap News Agency.Namely, the South Korea’s latest restructuring plan for the ailing shipbuilder was approved by DSME’s main debt holder, National Pension Service (NPS), which holds some 30 percent of the company’s corporate bonds, on April 17. Later the same day, the company’s remaining investors gave their nod to the debt rescheduling proposal, paving way for the shipbuilder’s recovery.If the new measures receive court approval, DSME’s main creditors Korea Development Bank (KDB) and Export-Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM) would provide a KRW 2.9 trillion loan to the shipbuilder starting in late April.The new measures would see half of the shipyard’s commercial papers converted into equity with the rest being rolled over.The latest restructuring plan, revealed in late March 2017, sets out three key principles – debt restructuring should come first, financial assistance should follow later, and all stakeholders should bear the burden of losses.Despite earlier efforts made by KDB and KEXIM in October 2015, when the duo injected a KRW 4.2 trillion rescue package into DSME, and the company’s self-rescue efforts including workforce reduction and asset sales, the shipbuilder suffered a net loss of KRW 2.7 trillion last year as its debt ratio soared to 2,732%.Conditions surrounding the shipbuilder continuously deteriorated with a deepening slump in the industry and a sharp fall in new orders.DSME had an order backlog of 114 vessels worth USD 34 billion as of the end of 2016. However, new orders last year amounted to mere USD 1.54 billion that fell far short of its previous estimate of USD 11.5 billion.World Maritime News Staff
APTN National NewsPeople living on the Garden Hill First Nation in Manitoba are preparing for the worst after several youth went missing during a boat trip.They set out on the water this past Saturday and were reported missing on Monday.An RCMP search the next day found their boat stuck in rapids and a 21 year-old male survivor sitting on shore.He said the group had tried to swim to safety, but the others were taken by the strong current.The RCMP continues the search.
CALGARY, A.B. – The Petroleum Services Association of Canada is cutting 1,000 wells from its 2019 drilling forecast due to what it calls deteriorating investor confidence in Canada.The industry group says it now expects 5,600 wells to be drilled in Canada this year, down from its November forecast of 6,600, and 19 percent behind the 2018 total of 6,948 wells drilled.In B.C. the number of wells remains unchanged at 382. PSAC CEO Gary Mar says a lack of market access continues to discourage investment in oil and gas exploration and production in Canada.“While we are excited about the final investment decision of LNG Canada for its Kitimat LNG project, development, and production activity to supply the natural gas for the facility is still years away”, continued Mar.He says Alberta’s decision to curtail oil production by 325,000 barrels per day as of Jan. 1 has added to uncertainty levels, leading to more delays on spending decisions by producers.He says his members are laying off workers and struggling to stay solvent with current active rig levels below 40 percent, down from over 50 percent at the same time last year.The forecast reduces the number of wells expected to be drilled in Alberta by about 580 to 2,950, and in Saskatchewan by about 450 to just under 2,000.
VICTORIA, B.C. – A new Off-road Vehicle (ORV) Trail Fund has been created for outdoor groups interested in improving Off-Road riding conditions and safety.The total available funding in 2019 is $200,000, with 25% of the money set aside for safety promotion and 75% marked for construction and maintenance. The intention is to improve outdoor motorized vehicle opportunities for B.C. residents and visitors.Requests for funding from $1,000 to $20,000 will be considered. To apply; CLICK HERE Applications will be accepted by any legal entity in the province, except for individuals. This includes:First Nations;Local governments (such as municipalities and regional districts)ORV organizations (including those representing quads, dirt bikes, snowmobiles, motorbikes and side-by-sides)Non-profit societiesBusinessesThe deadline to apply is March 20, 2019. Successful applicants will be notified about a month after the application period closes.Created in 2017, the ORV Trail Fund was established as a part of the Off-Road Vehicle Act and regulations. The act requires registration of all off-road vehicles within British Columbia. A portion of the registration fees collected by ICBC is redirected to the ORV Trail Fund.This is the second year for the funding program. Future planned yearly disbursements will be between $100,000 and $250,000 per year, depending on the growth of the fund.Submissions will be adjudicated by provincial recreation staff, with input from provincial-level ORV representatives.
To view the Achievers Toastmasters FB Page; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Achievers Toastmasters of FSJ is hosting their first Local Business Challenge & Networking Night in honour of February being Toastmasters month.Tonight, Thursday, February 28th at the Northern Lights College, Room 202 from 6:45 pm to 8:30 pm.Toastmasters is inviting the public to come and see what the club is about with their business challenge, open house ‘Tabletops with a Twist.’ Toastmasters asks attendees to bring a 1-2 minute elevator pitch on your business and constructive feedback will be provided.The event will host free pizza and prizes, with time to chat and network.Achievers Toastmasters regularly meets September-June, learning public speaking and leadership skills in a positive environment held on Thursdays, room 202 at the Northern Lights College.Toastmasters is a nonprofit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of promoting communication and public speaking skills.‘The mission of a Toastmasters Club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every individual member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth.’ from the Toastmasters website.To view the FB Page Event; CLICK HERE
Fostering an inclusive work environment – where leaders seek inputs from everyone regardless of their job responsibilities – can lead to higher satisfaction, innovation, and trust among employees, a study suggests. Researchers from Binghamton University in the US noticed how the nonprofit sector suffers from high employee-turnover rates, low work performance and deficits among the leadership, and wanted to find out what could be done to break this cycle. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainResearchers found that leaders who seek the input of organisational members from all job positions and encourage everyone, regardless of educational background or job responsibilities, to take initiative and participate in work-related processes are more likely to increase feelings of inclusion. This then leads to increased innovation, employee job satisfaction and quality of services in nonprofit organisations. “When nonprofit organization members believe that they are valued for their unique personal characteristics, employee engagement, commitment and retention improve,” said Kim Brimhall, assistant professor at Binghamton University. Implications of these findings have applicability across national settings and for effective management of such organisations internationally.
Washington DC: NASA’s latest planet-hunting probe has discovered its first Earth-sized exoplanet orbiting a star 53 light-years away. The Transiting Exoplanets Survey Satellite (TESS) also discovered a warm sub-Neptune-sized world in the same system, according to a study published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters. “It’s so exciting that TESS, which launched just about a year ago, is already a game-changer in the planet-hunting business,” said Johanna Teske, Carnegie Institution for Science in the US. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”The spacecraft surveys the sky and we collaborate with the TESS follow-up community to flag potentially interesting targets for additional observations using ground-based telescopes and instruments,” Teske said in a statement. One such tool, the Planet Finder Spectrograph on the Magellan II telescope in Chile, was a crucial component of this effort. It helped confirm the planetary nature of the TESS signal, and to measure the mass of the newly discovered sub-Neptune. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe PFS works using a technique called the radial velocity method, which is currently the only way for astronomers to measure the masses of individual planets. Without known masses, it is very challenging to determine a planet’s density or its general chemical composition. This method takes advantage of that fact that not only does a star’s gravity influence the planet orbiting it, but the planet’s gravity also affects the star in turn. The PFS enables astronomers to detect these tiny wobbles that the planet’s gravity induces in the star’s orbit. “PFS is one of the only instruments in the Southern Hemisphere that can do these types of measurements. So, it will be a very important part of further characterising the planets found by the TESS mission,” Teske added. With an orbit that takes about 36 days to complete, the sub-Neptune, HD 21749b, has the longest period of any of the TESS discoveries published so far, researchers said.
For just a while, it seemed like maybe, just maybe, we were headed for the unthinkable.The Houston Rockets opened up a 17-point edge after one period, couldn’t miss and led the Golden State Warriors by 10 going into half of Game 6 on Saturday night, a contest Golden State had to have to keep its season alive. Based on how the last two games had gone — with Houston coming out on the winning end of two close games — it would have been fair to think that this might be it for the Warriors. Even without injured star point guard Chris Paul, Houston came out of the gate scorching, hitting 8-of-12 from distance in the opening quarter while the Warriors connected on just 1-of-7 from behind the three-point arc.But then Klay Thompson happened, and the Oracle Arena crowd came to life. Thompson and Stephen Curry caught fire and helped Golden State land yet another patented third-period haymaker — one that would daze the Rockets more than in Game 4 — en route to outscoring Houston by a ledger of 93 to 47 from the end of the first quarter to the end of the contest. And we found ourselves with a Western Conference finals series knotted at three games apiece instead.Thompson’s second-half outburst — reminiscent of his landscape-changing Game 6 showing against Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the West finals two years ago — lifted the Warriors to a 115-86 victory Saturday, giving the league two Game 7s this holiday weekend.And while it’s easy enough to say that the Warriors simply shot better Saturday, there was a bit more to it than just that.For starters, Golden State, in an effort to force the Rockets into defensive catch-22s, has begun leaning considerably on pick-and-pop sets in which Thompson comes over to set a screen for either Curry or Durant. In fact, that play — which the Warriors ran seven times in Saturday’s win alone — has generated far more points in these six games (42) than it did during the entire 82-game regular season that just passed, according to data from Second Spectrum and NBA Advanced Stats. All told, Golden State has had Thompson screen for either Curry or Durant in a pick-and-pop scenario 7.4 times per 100 possessions against Houston this postseason, up from less than once every 100 plays during the regular season.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/klayscreens.mp400:0000:0001:43Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Utilizing this play more than a handful of times presents a significant shift in two key ways. First off, the Warriors — with their against-the-grain style — don’t really run all that many pick-and-roll sets to begin with, instead orchestrating a beautiful, yet chaotic web of off-ball screens that works to free up the team’s historic stable of sharpshooters. Beyond that, even when Golden State does use more traditional screen-and-roll sets, it usually does so with Draymond Green, who makes use of all the attention shown to Curry to operate with downhill, 4-on-3 advantages.Being able to go to that play — and averaging 1.45 points per time they use it — has helped unclog what, at times, has become a stagnant offense during this series. Back during Game 5, a miked-up Steve Kerr was shown imploring Durant to move the ball earlier and more often to stop the switchy Houston defense from clamping down. The two-man game with Thompson helps facilitate that, as it forces defenders to either seal off Durant or Curry’s driving path, or to fan out toward Thompson — who has by far the NBA’s quickest jumpshot release — at the arc.Beyond Thompson’s breakout showing for 35 points, a couple of other things stood out. Among them: Houston’s 21 turnovers. The turnovers might merely be a problematic one-game blip, but they may be cause for concern in light of likely NBA MVP James Harden — who ran out of gas down the stretch of the Rockets’ playoff run in 2017 — being asked to carry the load again. If Paul can’t play through his hamstring injury in Game 7, Harden will need a ton of support to close the series out.It’s unclear whether he can expect any of that help to come from officials. Harden, the NBA’s perennial leader in free-throw attempts, didn’t get to the line at all after halftime despite some plays that looked as if they’d draw a whistle because of the apparent contact that’d taken place. This sequence, with the Warriors up by 7 points with about 10 minutes to play, stood out in particular.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/nofoul.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.But at this stage of the game, with Houston being this close to taking down the reigning champs, Harden and the Rockets seemingly have to know that no one is going to hand them anything.Instead, they’ll have to go in and take what they perceive to be their rightful place on the NBA throne. And that may very well take everything they have Monday night, especially now that Golden State appears to have found its groove on the offensive end of the floor.Check out our latest NBA predictions.
OSU freshman forward Mason Jobst (26) celebrates with the bench in a game against Michigan on Jan. 15 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won in a shootout. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Asst. Sports EditorIt’s 9:31 p.m. on Friday and the Ohio State men’s hockey team is in overtime with Big Ten rival and 14th-ranked Penn State at the Schottenstein Center. Buckeye freshman forward Mason Jobst has just blocked a slapshot with his left leg with 2:42 remaining and is visibly in pain.In stereotypical hockey player fashion, Jobst doesn’t stay down. Although slow to get up, he musters all the strength he has left in him and frantically tries to help his teammates clear the puck out of the zone so he can get off of the ice.Fourteen seconds after blocking that shot, just as Jobst returns to the action, Penn State freshman forward Alec Marsh ends the game with his sixth goal of the season.Questions are immediately raised as to whether the leading scorer in the Buckeyes’ nine-man freshman class would return for Game 2 of the series the next night.Twenty-four hours later, Jobst dekes Nittany Lions’ junior goaltender Eamon McAdam out of his jockstrap on a breakaway and buries the fourth of his team’s five goals on the night in a 5-1 OSU win.For Jobst, the Big Ten’s second-leading freshman scorer with six goals and 14 assists, the path to success this season has come through the patience of sitting out most of his final year of junior hockey.The former captain of the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the United States Hockey League, the top junior hockey league in the country, Jobst, who had already had both of his shoulders repaired, heard an all-too-familiar pop during a home game in October 2014.“I had a good summer working out and I was hoping to have a good year,” Jobst said. “I can’t really describe how deflating it was mentally that I had been through a full year of rehab and trying to take care of my body and for it to pop out again was devastating.”After speaking with his future coaches in Columbus, he determined that it was best to shut it down, have yet another surgery, and hope for an elusive healthy season next fall.However, the true captain and determined player that he is, Jobst battled back through rehab to rejoin his team for the Clark Cup Finals, where he contributed a goal and two assists, but his Lumberjacks were swept in three games by current teammate and classmate Dakota Joshua’s Sioux Falls Stampede.Jobst’s journey then continued to Ohio’s capital city to join coach Steve Rohlik’s Buckeyes.For Rohlik, he was not worried one bit about his somewhat injury-prone center. His recruitment of Jobst told him all that he needed to know about not just the type of player he was getting, but the type of person he is too.“First and foremost, I saw his competitiveness. Everybody would look at him and say that he’s not a very big kid in stature,” Rohlik said. “What we saw is a kid that competes all over the ice. He wants the puck. He’s not afraid to have the puck. He’s not afraid to go in tough areas. Sometimes guys get to the next level and they are afraid to make mistakes. Mason’s made mistakes, but he’s not afraid. Everyone that has coached him said, ‘Wow, you are going to get a heck of a player here.’”Jobst, who stands at 5-foot-7 and 159 pounds, has been exactly that through 22 games this season. Not only is he producing on the stat sheet, but in the faceoff circle as well, where he has emerged as the Buckeyes’ top faceoff man, winning 52.5 percent of his draws.His play has more than impressed the veteran leaders on the team.“He has the right to be confident out there,” said junior captain Nick Schilkey, who also plays at a height disadvantage at 5-foot-10. “Things are going the right way because he’s playing hard and he is a relentless forward out there and that is what we have to be as smaller guys. You have to pretend that you’re not 5-foot-8 and play like you’re six feet tall. The bounces are going his way and rightfully so.”After an 0-7 start and a 3-11 record heading into the winter break, Jobst and the Scarlet and Gray are starting to put things together.OSU is 4-2-2 since the second half started on Dec. 28, and three of those wins have come over top-15 ranked opponents. Jobst had seven points (three goals, four assists) in the 14 games he played in the first half of the season. In the seven games he has played in during the second half, his play mirrors that of his team’s, as he has 13 points (three goals, 10 assists). He also recently garnered the Big Ten’s Third Star of the Week after a seven-point weekend against rival and sixth-ranked Michigan. “When we went down to Florida and had those two big wins (over then-No. 4 Boston College and then-No. 9 Cornell), I think that was a huge confidence booster for all of us,” Jobst said. “In the locker room, the whole attitude is just like, ‘Wow, we do have it.’”Time will tell if Jobst and the Buckeyes still “have it” this upcoming weekend as they get set to host Michigan State for a two-game series. Puck drop on Friday is slated for 6:30 p.m., while Saturday’s matchup is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Left: Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett scores a touchdown during a game against Virginia Tech on Sept. 6 at Ohio Stadium. OSU lost, 35-21.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorRight:Redshirt-sophomore quarterback Gunner Kiel celebrates during a game against Toledo on Sept. 12 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. The Bearcats won, 58-34.Credit: Courtesy of MCTThe matchup everyone seems to be talking about heading into Ohio State’s game against Cincinnati is the Bearcat pass offense against the revamped Buckeye defense.And while the Buckeye offense has briefly been discussed, it has been the high-flying aerial assault of the Bearcats and Cincinnati redshirt-sophomore quarterback Gunner Kiel getting the attention.Kiel, who was the No. 3-rated quarterback by ESPN coming out of high school, has the Cincinnati offense ranked ninth in the country in pass offense.Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville classified his wide receiving corps as the best he has ever coached.But OSU coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday that any quarterback is can succeed with talented teammates.“You put a great offensive line and good receivers and a quarterback becomes great,” Meyer said. “You put that same quarterback with a makeshift offense line and some struggling receivers, and there’s a really bad quarterback, so a quarterback is the product of those around him.”Kiel has been exceptional in his first two games, averaging 344.5 pass yards per game to go along with 10 passing scores. Not only has he tossed 10 touchdowns, but he’s spread those passes out to seven different receivers.In that respect, Kiel has out-distributed “the distributor,” OSU redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett, who was given the nickname by his coaches earlier in the season. Just five different Buckeyes have been on the receiving end of Barrett’s nine passing touchdowns.One of the receivers on the end of Barrett’s passes has been redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall, who said Wednesday that he, along with the rest of the Buckeye offense, is capable of producing more for Barrett.“Of course we want to do more,” Marshall said Wednesday. “Being a playmaker, you always want to make plays for the team. I feel like we have practiced hard this last bye week and this week. I feel like we have more opportunity to make plays this week.”Marshall, who scored his first collegiate touchdown against Kent State on Sept. 13, said he was recruited by the Bearcats to play quarterback, a position he excelled at in high school.“I was recruited by Cincinnati, Tennessee and UCLA, schools like that but that kind of dropped off as I committed here to play receiver,” Marshall said. “I was looking at the bigger picture, it (OSU) is a great university.”Marshall even alluded to the possibility that Buckeye fans could see him take snaps at the quarterback position on Saturday in Ohio Stadium.“We have done a little bit of it,” Marshall said in regards to him playing quarterback in practice. “Hopefully on Saturday we can start some of it.”While Marshall teased the idea of taking the snaps from center, Barrett seems to have control of the Buckeye offense. He is averaging 252.3 passing yards per game and has been, for the most part, consistent in replacing senior Braxton Miller, who is out for the season after tearing the labrum in his throwing shoulder during fall camp.Junior offensive lineman Jacoby Boren said Wednesday that he believes Barrett has played well since taking over for Miller.“J.T. is a great quarterback. He stepped up big time, I think, since week one. Everybody has their bumps in the road but he is a great quarterback,” Boren said. “(He has) great leadership. He is an awesome leader on this team. He is a really smart guy.”Despite Barrett and Kiel being relatively inexperienced, Meyer stood firm on his belief that a quarterback’s play hinges on his surrounding teammates.“I think it is all relative. Who’s the best quarterback usually has the best players around him,” he said.Which quarterback has the best supporting cast remains to be seen Saturday, as the Buckeyes and Bearcats are scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m. at Ohio Stadium.
The Buckeyes take the field prior to the game against Rutgers in High Point Solutions Stadium on Sep. 30. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State moved up one spot to No. 10 in Week 6 of the Associated Press Top 25 Poll, following Saturday night’s 56-0 road win at Rutgers.The Buckeyes are one of four Big Ten teams in the top 25, all of which are ranked in the top 10. Penn State remained at No. 4 after dispatching Indiana at home, 45-14. Wisconsin is slotted at No. 9 following a 33-24 home win against Northwestern. Michigan moved up to No. 7 coming off its bye week.Georgia replaced USC at No. 5 after the Trojans lost at then-No. 16 Washington State. No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Oklahoma round out the top five.The Buckeyes play Maryland (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten) Saturday at Ohio Stadium in Columbus 4 p.m on FOX.AP Top 25Alabama (44) Clemson (17) Oklahoma Penn State Georgia Washington Michigan TCU Wisconsin Ohio State Washington State Auburn Miami (FL) USC Oklahoma State Virginia Tech Louisville South Florida San Diego State Utah Notre Dame Florida West Virginia North Carolina State UCF
Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder runs out of the tunnel prior to his match in the the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorKyle Snyder fell just shy of claiming the Best Male Athlete in The Lantern’s 2017 Best of OSU poll.Just like he always does, Snyder bounced back with a win, claiming the 2018 crown for Best Male Athlete ahead of former quarterback J.T. Barrett, who received the honor last year. Passing up an opportunity to receive what head coach Tom Ryan said was $250,000 to $300,000 worth of endorsements, Snyder returned to Ohio State. In Snyder’s final season at Ohio State, the Olympic gold medalist won his third individual national championship, defeating Michigan senior Adam Coon in the finals in Cleveland.The 225-pound Snyder suffered his first collegiate loss since his sophomore season to Coon earlier in the year, but beat the 6-foot-5, 285-pound wrestler in both the Big Ten championship and the NCAA championship. Ohio State finished second behind Penn State in the race for a team title.Snyder took home his fourth All-American honors in 2018. He joined Bo Jordan and Nathan Tomasello to become the first trio of teammates all to be named four-time All-Americans in the same season.He found plenty of success on the international stage as well. In August, Snyder squared off against Russia’s Abdulrashid Sadulaev, a two-time world champion, in the World Finals and took down the renowned heavyweight 6-5 to deliver a world team title to Team USA, its first in 22 years.Leaving Ohio State, Snyder is the only American to record three national championships, an Olympic gold medal and a pair of world titles. He now will pursue wrestling on the international stage full time. Runner-up: J.T. Barrett, football
Chicharito is targeting a victory over South Korea on today’s match in order to maintain their perfect start to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.After defeating title-holders Germany 1-0 in their first game of the tournament, in which Chicharito assisted Hirving Lozano’s winner, El Tri will seek to reach six points to stay at the top of Group F, against a Korean side that lost 1-0 in its opener against Sweden.But it is expected that, after playing against the World Champions, Chicharito will again be present in the starting XI as the Hammer will be looking to score his first goal of the tournament, and his third in FIFA World Cups, after netting one against France in South Africa 2010 and another against Croatia in Brazil 2014.At the press conference before the match, Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio expressed his confidence for his team to get the win, and not be overconfident in a match where they are considered heavy favourites.Quiz: How much do you know about Hirving Lozano? Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 6, 2019 Time for you to tell us everything you can answer about Hirving Lozano. We will ask you 10 questions about the Mexican forward. Have…“I feel that the team is not going to fall into the comfort zone,” he said via club’s website“We know the challenge that we will face and we are very confident that we will get a victory. The team played a good game against Germany and we want to repeat it this time.”The match will be played in Rostov-on-Don at 6pm local time.
Fernando Torres has spoken about his move to Japan.Fernando Torres who joined Japanese side Sagan Tosu this summer has revealed he has been considering a move to Japan for a while now.The 34-year-old striker left his boyhood club Atletico on a free after his contract expired in Spain and opted to sign for Sagan Tosu.A host of clubs were interested in the services of the former Chelsea Man but Torres only had eyes for a move to Japan.“I’ve had the idea of playing in his country for a while, I’ve thought about it on numerous occasions. I’ve always received great affection from the Japanese people and I’m glad to be here,” Torres told reporters, according to Sports Mole.Report: Vidic claims Aguero was his nemesis George Patchias – September 9, 2019 Nemanja Vidic claims that Sergio Aguero was his nemesis on the football field.At 37 years of age as Vidic reflects back on a career…“It was more a cultural decision than a footballing one. I enjoyed the atmosphere when I played here against Tosu in 2015. The aim for me at this point is to improve the current situation the team finds itself in.”“I received a lot of offers but Sagan Tosu showed they had more interest in me, my family and I believe this would be the best place for me.”“I’m looking forward to start training with my teammates and the coaching staff.”Sagan Tosu are currently second from bottom in the Japanese first division with just three wins from 15 games so far.
Roma are close to completing the signing of French midfielder Steven N’Zonzi from La Liga side Sevilla, according to recent reportsN’Zonzi, 29, has been a significant subject of transfer speculation this summer following his World Cup heroics with France.Despite playing a cameo role at the World Cup, the player’s quality is never in doubt, thereby making him one of the most sought-after midfielders in recent times.The former Stoke player was a top target for Arsenal’s boss Unai Emery who worked with him at Sevilla.Karsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.However, it’s believed Roma have moved into the crucial phase for the deal to bring Steven N’Zonzi to the club.Monchi is involved in the closing stages of negotiations with Sevilla, and it could be a matter of hours until the deal is completed.The fee will be set at €30 million plus add-ons, which is a figure near the player’s €35 million release clause. Roma want to close the deal for N’Zonzi; the player is close to joining the giallorossi.
Spartak Moscow have announced the appointment of Oleg Kononov as their new managerThe Russian Premier League side fired previous coach Massimo Carrera last month after a poor run of results this season.Spartak’s 3-1 defeat to Arsenal Tula on October 21 proved to be the final straw with Carrera being dismissed a day later.Now Spartak have turned to Tula coach Kononov to turn around their fortunes this season.“The offer from Spartak was unexpected for Arsenal, but they wished me success with a new team,” Kononov told the club website.“The fans also reacted warmly and I thank them for that.“I have been coaching for 18 years. I started as an assistant and went through every stage.Joao Mario is delighted to have joined Lokomotiv Moscow Manuel R. Medina – August 27, 2019 Joao Mario has left Italian Lega Serie A side Internazionale Milan to join Lokomotiv Moscow in the Russian Premier League.“I’ve always experienced pressure from my first days of work. The stronger the pressure was, the more I liked it.“Pressure is the path to progress. Under it, you work for more than 100 per cent. No coach or player will develop without it.“Nothing is lost yet. We need to win every match. I’m sure the players are ready to develop.“They just need to realise their potential on the pitch.”Kononov previously led Krasnodar to a third-place finish in the 2014/15 Russian league season.Spartak are eighth in the league table with 19 points from 14 games this term.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Burnley counterpart Sean Dyche clash on the touchline following Joe Gomez injury during Burnley’s loss to the Reds.Klopp had a heated exchange with Dyche at full-time after Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Burnley at Turf Moor, with both managers later moving to play down the incident.However, the Liverpool boss says he was incited by the nature of the home team’s tackling, claiming referee Stuart Attwell should have done more to curb their aggression.Liverpool defender Joe Gomez was tackled aggressively by Robbie Brady before a strong Ben Mee challenge saw the England international hurdle off the pitch, before being stretched off midway through the first half.Klopp said, according to Daily Mail:“I said to the referee after the first sliding tackle (made) over six or seven yards, when he got the ball and everyone liked it: “Please, tell them they cannot do that.”Mo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.“It wasn’t a foul but they cannot do that. It’s like bowling because then four or five times it happened. Joe is injured and probably not only a little bit.”Liverpool experienced power failure inside their dressing room before the start of the game and were left anxious by of some tackles they faced throughout the whole game.“Aggression is a part of football but be careful,” Klopp added. “Sliding over six or seven yards: these times are over. Usually someone will not let you do that.“We all want to win and you can choose different ways but someone needs to say: ‘Stop doing that’. Make two more steps and then you are in a normal challenge.”“Don’t go five yards before you see the player when the grass is wet. It’s unlucky what happened to Joe but the referees have to make sure it doesn’t happen consistently. That’s not how it should be.”