A community of chimps in West Africa is partial to the occasional alcoholic beverage. There are “behavioral signs of inebriation (intoxication, excitement),” note researchers, according to The Guardian.In Bossou in southeast Guinea, villagers tap into the trunks of raffia palms to drain off the sap into plastic containers fitted to the trees. These sugary fluid ferments, result in a lightly alcoholic “palm wine” that is collected and consumed. But when the humans are away, the local chimps will occasionally come in for a tipple, using leaves to scoop up tasters of the beverage. “When I first observed the behavior it immediately sparked my interest,” says Kimberley Hockings, a behavioral ecologist at Oxford Brookes University in the UK. But as she’d only seen the chimps sampling the palm wine on a few occasions, she approached others who’ve worked on this community over the past 20 years and got them to dig into their notebooks for similar records. The result is a collaborative paper published today in the Royal Society’s open-access journal Open Science based on 51 wine-drinking events.With an average ethanol content of three percent, the palm wine is of similar strength to a weak beer. “When the sap is fresh, it’s quite sweet and tastes very pleasant,” says Hockings. But it ferments very quickly. “After 24 hours it turns very acidic and vinegary and from my perspective is undrinkable,” she says. The strongest sample collected by the researchers came in at almost 7 percent alcohol by volume, which would presumably pack quite a punch for an animal that’s half the size of a human. Hockings and her colleagues estimate that the leafy receptacles probably convey between 10 and 50 ml at a time and the chimps make a dip every 6 or 7 seconds. So in a swift session of about minute, a chimp would consume around 100 ml of palm wine or 3 ml of ethanol. But the longest recorded binge lasted more than 30 minutes, during which time the chimp might have taken on as much as 3 liters of wine and 90 ml of ethanol. Even by the most excessive of human standards, this is a serious bender. Combing through the supplemental data, I notice that it was this same chimp – a male known affectionately as FF – that was responsible for approximately one-third of the 51 drinking events. I asked Hockings if he might have a drink problem, but she is careful not to cast aspersions. “I don’t think it’s an addiction, as he drinks it rarely,” she says. “But, anecdotally, he always drinks palm wine when it is available and is often the first to climb the raffia.”In the discussion to the paper, Hockings and her colleagues touch on what everyone will be wondering. “Some of the chimpanzees at Bossou consumed significant quantities of ethanol and displayed behavioral signs of inebriation,” they write. When I read this, I pictured a whole load of debauched chimps, slurring their pant-hoots and tumbling out of trees, but Hockings’ stories are disappointingly sober. On one occasion, she saw several chimps conclude a drinking session by having a rest. On another, an adult male was not his usual self after a drink. “Whilst other chimpanzees were making and settling into their night nests, he spent an additional hour moving from tree to tree in an agitated manner,” she says.All of this is more than just a description of a few wayward animals. The occasional boozing of Bossou chimps supports molecular evidence that the ability to metabolize alcohol appeared in the common ancestor of humans and chimps about 10 million years ago. So chimps have a grasp of cooking and can drink quite considerable quantities of alcohol. “What chimp-based surprise will I be writing about next week, I wonder?” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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Thanks to all who attended our presentation night in the Bayview Hotel on Friday. It was a special night for John ‘Baker’ Boyle, a club stalwart who was named as the Club Person of the Year.Big congrats to all the worthy awardees, who were, U21 player of the year, Michael Gallagher; Ladies player of the year, Maire Dawn White; Most improved ladies player, Mairead McGuinness; Senior Reserve player of the year, Mark ‘Herbie’ Boyle; Young Senior Player of the year, Evan Broderick; Senior Player of the year, Shane Molloy; Club person of the year, John ‘Baker’ Boyle. Well done to the U21 B County Champions who received their medals on the night also. A special word of thanks to our Club Vice Presedent, Eddie McGuinness who presented the awards.This week’s Kilotto numbers were 9,13,19,21 There was no Jackpot winner. Next weeks Jackpot is at €8,450. There were 3 match 3 winners this week, Annie McGinley, Glen, Brian O’Rourke, Stragar and Mary Murrin 39.You can play Kilotto online on smart-lotto.ie by following this link,http://bit.ly/KillybegsGAAOnce you enter the site it’s all very straight forward, you can pick your own numbers or do a quick pick. Good luck everyone.There was no winner of the bingo Jackpot. Next weeks bingo jackpot is at €6,200 on 45 no.’s s. Bingo every Monday at 9pm in the Foresters Hall. Any young person looking to make a few Euro for pocket money, Sellers willreceive 40c for every box filled. Please contact Carmel or Fionnuala.Donegal GAA yearbooks can be bought locally in Hegartys Centra and Sweetnews or on line on donegal gaa.ie for €15.The club will be starting Irish Classes in JanuaryThe club are also looking for donations of any office furniture, filing cabinets, desks etc that would suit our newly renovated office. Please contact a committee member.We’re back in action with Operation Reformation 2017! Registration and health screening will take place on Thursday the 5th of January in the ballroom in the Bayview Hotel from 5-8pm. Exercise takes place from Tuesday the 10th of January with a walk and Thursday the 12th with an exercise class with John Conwell in the tech gym! This will continue for 8 weeks with weigh ins every 2 weeks. You will need to wear hi-viz for walking and an exercise mat and water for the exercise class.Charge is €5 per week and we would hope, if possible, to collect half of this at the registration night and the other half at week 4.The funds this year will be split 2 ways between CLG Na Cealla Beaga’s new Fitness Centre and the Patients Comfort Fund in Killybegs Community Hospital.We hope this will be as big a success as last year and that we smash our previous 45 stone weight loss!Looking forward to seeing you all in January! AIB are happy to announce that any customer that takes out a Home Insurance Policy with them, they will contribute €50 towards your local GAA Club. This is a great way for the club to raise some extra money. All we ask of you is that you call into the local AIB or your nearest AIB Branch to get a Home Insurance quote, if your quote is competitive and you are happy to take out the policy then it’s a win win for us all. Cheaper Home Insurance for you and €50 contributed to the Club. It is not essential to hold an account with AIB. Any queries please do not hesitate to contact Daniel Breslin or the staff in AIB Killybegs.There are 2 types of Club Donegal Cards:Option 1, Club Pass, €150, this card grants you admission to all adult club league and championship matches within the county, plus your Killybegs GAA club membership.Option 2, Club Plus Pass, €200, as above with the addition of all National League matches for Donegal, the first round of the Championship (Donegal V Armagh), the option to purchase additional Championshio tickets as well as the option to buy an All Ireland Final ticket should Donegal qualify.Contact Sarah Tully to purchase.Anyone with information for club notes please let Aisling know by Monday evening. Killybegs GAA: A special night for the ‘Bakers’ at annual presentation night was last modified: January 3rd, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Cariema Isaacs and Janine Roberts – both of whom are passionate about entrepreneurship and job creation – have started the Ukama Kitchen Incubator in Cape Town.Cariema Isaacs and Janine Roberts (both in middle) with business owners who are involved in the Ukama Kitchen Incubator. Isaacs says the incubator aims to preserve heritage and culture through a celebration of home- baked and cooked food. (Images supplied)Melissa JavanTwo South African women who are passionate about both the food industry and entrepreneurship, have opened the Ukama Kitchen Incubator in Cape Town.Through the incubator, unemployed women can cook or bake in a certified kitchen, explains co-founder Cariema Isaacs. This way, the women’s products will be compliant with government standards and policies, and sellable in a consumer market. The incubator was opened in December 2017.Isaacs, who wrote Cooking for My Father in My Cape Malay Kitchen, says the vision of Ukama is to transform home cooks and bakers who sell their products to support their families, into fully fledged entrepreneurs.Calling them foodtrepreneurs (food entrepreneurs), she says the plan is for the cooks to reach a bigger target market, both locally and internationally, in the future.WatchA certified kitchenCo-founder Janine Roberts says a facility needs to be certified by a regulatory body that inspects the facilities and certifies them safe to make food items for the retail market. “We are certified by Intertek and we are also halaal certified by the South African National Halaal Authority.”Roberts, who has more than 14 years’ experience in the packaging industry, adds: “Women who work from home kitchens are not able to get their products listed in the formal retail market because of health and safety regulations. Retailers need to ensure they only buy from suppliers who work in facilities that are complaint with health and hygiene requirements.”Being compliant means the cooks are able to sell to national retailers such as Pick n Pay and Checkers.For the past ten years, Roberts, a serial entrepreneur, has focused on social entrepreneurship. Her company, Ukama Packaging Solutions, is a multi-stakeholder collaboration – a bridge – between clients seeking packaging services and micro-entrepreneurs providing the labour.In addition, she established the Ukama Community Foundation, an NGO linked to the company that every day feeds about 200 children from Vrygrond in Cape Town.She has received the Tony Elumelu Foundation Top 1000 African Entrepreneurs award, as well as the Spark International Changemaker award in 2015.Behind the scenesUkama Kitchen Incubator sets up equipment for, training and development of small business owners.Foodtrepreneurs already have products on the shelves at the Ukama Kitchen Incubator, which they have sold to customers. “These entrepreneurs have products such as biscuits and shortbread, samosas, smoothies, traditional atchars and Cape Malay jams.“[We have our] very own barista, who is also disabled and we really wanted to give him a chance to manage our coffee bar,” says Isaacs.BootstrappingThe money for the business came out of the pockets of Isaacs and Roberts, although the former says their challenge is lack of funding. They have set up a Kickstarter fundraising page and so far have received several small donations. “[Due to] the lack of funding our existing product lines are focused on longer-life shelf items such as pickles and konfyt [jam].“For items where preservatives are required, such as our curry and pasta sauces, we’d have to approach a food technologist and the cost per product, per hour, per consultation is exorbitant at this stage,” says Isaacs. “We simply cannot afford it, and we would like to help these women.”Writer Melissa Javan asked Isaacs more about the Ukama Kitchen Incubator:Melissa Javan: You said you wanted to change the landscape of home cooking and baking. How do you plan to do this?Cariema Isaacs: Yes, we feel strongly that our kitchen incubator will change the landscape of home cooking and baking businesses, because there are various benefits that are derived from producing products in a commercial kitchen.The aunty who sells her biscuits in the community will always only have access to her direct neighbours, friends and family.The foodtrepreneur, or business owner, has access – through the kitchen incubator – to knowledge and skills related to logistics, buying and selling, branding, marketing, recruitment, networking, accounting and the necessary business acumen one needs to run a successful brand and business. The same aunty is now not just selling, but she is learning business skills that will equip her to focus on profit generation, rather than on just making ends meet, collaboration and management of clients.MJ: Are you still fundraising for Ukama Kitchen Incubator on Kickstarter?CI: Yes we are. We’ve not managed to receive any funding apart from small donations and support from other business partners and brands.MJ: You wrote a cookbook about Cape Malay cooking. Is Ukama going to focus on Cape Malay cooking?CI: Many of our foodtrepreneurs had been following me on social media, so it was easier for them to contact me about becoming part of this initiative. Our intention is to focus on South African heritage fare, but we also recognise the current popularity of halaal cooking and baking, and it would be foolish not to capitalise on this trend.MJ: Why is an incubator necessary for people who want to take their home cooking and baking to the next level?CI: It allows for a broader target market, and an opportunity for the entrepreneur to market their products through a commercial and certified kitchen that complies with all hygiene and safety regulations. It’s also a chance to become a fully fledge entrepreneur supported by training, mentorship and coaching.Cariema Isaacs, co-founder of Ukama Kitchen Incubator, says cooks at the incubator will be able to export their products through Ukama’s commercial kitchens. Through the initiative, South African expats will be able to get from home products “the way mom made them”.MJ: How did you and your business partner meet?CI: Janine constantly has people coming to see her asking whether she can market or package heritage food such as jams. I was approached to help a co-op of unemployed women based in Bo-Kaap, who wanted to draw tourists to their homes for cooking classes.I contacted Janine about my own product range, which is due for release in 2018, which may have included the Bo-Kaap co-op. Janine spoke to me about collaboration and the idea of starting a kitchen incubator. We put our heads together and decided to start a company and build a vision for our brand; in less than a week the Ukama Kitchen Incubator was registered.MJ: What can people who join the Ukama Kitchen Incubator expect?CI: First and foremost, we are a family, as our name suggests – “Ukama” is a Shona word for family. We work in teams while still being able to maintain our individual products and skills.There are also areas that some newbies may find overwhelming, such as working in a commercial kitchen where rules and regulations apply, where we are pedantic about our packaging, labelling, presentation and hygiene standards.Through all of this, we also have fun and learn from one another and we always praise hard work and skill.MJ: On your Facebook page, you speak about your recipe swap with Sri Lankans. Are you planning to teach people at the incubator some of these recipes?CI: Oh my gosh, yes! I think in my past life I must have been a guru or coach or a mentor. I love teaching and sharing ideas and learning from others. I am also enrolled for part-time studies at the International Institute of Culinary Arts Dubai to attain my diploma as a chef, and I feel I can bring much of that knowledge to our kitchen incubator.MJ: Can you give us two lessons you learned in business?CI: Being an entrepreneur is hard work, but one of the most gratifying roles I’ve ever had. Every part of yourself is in every facet of the brand and the business and that, for me, speaks of my own ability to adapt and transform.Stay in your lane, don’t focus on who you think the competition is and what they might be doing – be true to your own vision. The vision should be your North Star and whenever you feel low or lost, that will bring you home again and again and again.Source: UkamaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As farmers around Ohio hose off the harvest equipment, it is now time to head out to the field again for check on the emergence of their winter wheat. According to Tate Cockerill, a DuPont Pioneer Account Manager in Southwest and South Central Ohio, after a good plating window, mild temperatures and some rain in his area, wheat is off to a great start. He visits with The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins about what an ideal winter looks like for a successful wheat crop too in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.
Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now It isn’t easy to be a failure. Failing isn’t an identity. However, it is quite possible to fail, and in some cases, failure is the likely outcome. Here are nine things that might cause to fail when success is possible.No Goal: The very first way you might fail is by not having a goal or an outcome you are pursuing. There is no greater failure than failing to reach your full potential, something no one has achieved, regardless of their level of success. Not having goals means failing even to try. The first way you might fail is to failing to decide what you want.No Plan: A goal without a plan to achieve it isn’t much better than not having a goal. A goal is a sort of destination, the outcome you are pursuing. Most people that fail to reach their goal do so as a result of not having developed a plan for achieving it. These first two ways you can fail, No Goal and No Plan, are tightly intertwined and difficult to tease apart. One is impotent without the other.No Effort: You will fail if you don’t execute your plan. Without putting forth the effort, taking action in pursuit of your goal or dream or outcome, you will fail. Success is in large part due to disciplined action over time, and almost always more effort than what you believed necessary, and always a longer time than you imagined or planned.No Focus: Ideas are easy. Focus is difficult. It requires that you give yourself over to something to the exclusion of everything else. The fox that chases two rabbits fails to catch either. It is almost a certainty you fail when you allow your attention to drift and whose you are distracted by every good idea that shows up as an enticing shiny object.No Persistence: Much failure is the result of giving up too soon. There is an old saying, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” The saying is precisely backward. It should read, “When the going gets tough, the tough gut it out for as long as it takes.” They aren’t going anywhere. The reason people fail is that when the going gets tough, those who fail give up. If you want to something, the way to get it is to persist.No Resourcefulness: The key to not giving up too soon and persisting over a long time it resourcefulness, the ability to try something new, something different, to be creative, and to figure things out. If you only have a Plan A, you increase your odds of failing. You need a Plan B, a Plan C, and as many variations as is necessary. When something doesn’t work, success requires you to change your strategy, change your approach, and make adjustments.No Growth: Competency. When you start something, you may lack the necessary skills to achieve your goal. However, over time, you can improve those skills and gain the competency. Almost any goal you can think if likely to cause you to grow in some way—at least the big meaningful goals that cause you to be more, do more, have more, and contribute more.No Intestinal Fortitude: The words “intestinal fortitude” means the courage to continue in the face of adversity. In pursuit of your goals and dreams, you will face obstacles that appear to be insurmountable. You will have moments of doubt, and the desire to give up will be overwhelming. Your rationalizing mind will give you a list of reasons quitting makes sense. Avoiding failure means having the intestinal fortitude to continue.Listening to Others: There will people who share with you their beliefs that you should give up, choose a different goal, compromise on what you want from your own life, and share with you how they did the same. Listening to these voices causes people to fail. The only voices you need listen to is the voice of your inner coach and all the people who support you in your pursuit.If you are struggling to achieve your goal or generate a specific outcome, you will discover that one or more of these nine ways you can fail is to blame. Success is possible, but it requires you to reverse the causes listed here.
LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF PBA IMAGESStar took sole possession of the first seed after clobbering Meralco, 108-90, in a matchup of league leaders in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Hotshots remained the owner of the top spot with an 8-2 card while the Bolts careened to third place with a 7-3 record, tied with TnT, behind San Miguel and Ginebra that both have 6-2 slates.ADVERTISEMENT South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution Star, known as the best defensive team in the conference holding down opponents to 84.1 points a game, proved once more its acumen when it prevented the Bolts from scoring for more than seven minutes into the fourth.A 13-0 run opened up the period for the Hotshots with Jio Jalalon capping it off with a couple of free throws with 5:15 left to give Star a 94-75 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingKelly Nabong was the first Bolt to score in the final quarter with a jumper at the 5:02 mark to stop the bleeding, 94-77, but it hardly mattered at the Hotshots were already in full control.Star head coach Chito Victolero knew their matchup against Meralco would boil down to defense since the Bolts are the second-best defensive team allowing just 87 points a game. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rollins takes pride in indie origin, eyes Lesnar, Styles bouts View comments Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO “Proper mindset and mental toughness is very important, and we talked about that we are the no.1 in defense and they’re the no.2 team,” said Victolero. “I’m very happy with the result, we played 48 minutes of Star Hotshots basketball with proper defense and we did a good hob on [Alexander] Stepheson.”Meralco’s import managed just nine points on 4-of-7 shooting and turned the ball over six times.Ricardo Ratliffe led the Hotshots with 32 points, 13 rebounds, two steals, and two blocks while Paul Lee added 16 points.Chris Newsome filled the stat sheets for Meralco as he put up 25 points, seven rebounds, and eight assists.ADVERTISEMENT Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans
Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Read Next That particular lineup caused major problems for GlobalPort as Ginebra went on to cruise to a 124-108 win.And it could also serve as bad news for the rest of the league that it may not be the last time the PBA will see that five-man combination.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We’re playing really good with that lineup out there,” said Slaughter. “We’re able to impose our presence, but we still need a lot of things to figure out.”The Cebuano giant flourished playing alongside his fellow bigs, but said that much of the praise should be on Tenorio, who ran the show for his other four teammates on the floor. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBarangay Ginebra may have just found its killer five as coach Tim Cone experimented with his bigs on Sunday.With LA Tenorio being the lone true guard, the Gin Kings trotted out a towering lineup of import Justin Brownlee, Joe Devance, Japeth Aguilar, and Greg Slaughter for the better half of the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress MOST READ “It’s going to be a conference of adjustments for us. We’re not there yet, and we got a lot of way to go. We got a lot of people going through some things, but we’re going to find our chemistry to make it work.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc “We got to give a lot of credit to our littlest guy, LA. He came out with an amazing game, made things easy for us, and we had a good game for everyone,” he said.Slaughter also deserves to have his fare share of the limelight, coming off the bench and racking up 19 points, eight rebounds, and two blocks as he sparked the blowout in just his second game back since returning from his ACL injury.“It’s always good to win,” he said after Meralco spoiled his return, 93-78, last week.Slaughter admitted he’s still getting his bearings back and said he’s embracing whatever role Cone gives him even if it means he has to come off the bench again.“Whatever coach Tim wants from me, I’ll do it. I’m gonna do whatever it takes to fill in with the team. Whatever role it might be, I’ll do it to the best of my abilities. Whether I start or come off the bench, I’m just going to be always ready every game,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Pumaren downplays heated commotion with Pringle FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ozil: I am desperate to help Arsenal teammatesby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is adamant a knee injury is keeping him on the sidelines.Ozil missed Saturday’s 5-1 thrashing at Liverpool with a knee complaint, with Arsenal head coach Unai Emery saying after the game: “[It’s] His knee. I don’t know if it’s big or not big, but it’s his knee.”The German playmaker also missed Arsenal’s 4-1 win over Fulham on New Year’s Day, but took to Twitter after the match to congratulate his team-mates for the victory and tell fans that he is targeting a comeback as soon as he can.Positive start into 2019 for us! Congrats Gunners! Nevertheless it was hard for me to not being on the pitch due to my injury today. I definitely want to help the team as soon as possible again. Wishing all of you a happy, healthy and satisfying 2019! #YaGunnersYa#M10— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) January 1, 2019
Coming off last week’s exhibition victory over Walsh, the Ohio State men’s basketball team opens its regular season today against Alcorn State. The game is the first of two in the preliminary round of the 2K Sports Classic, a tournament that will culminate with two games in New York City’s Madison Square Garden next week.Perhaps the biggest question for the Buckeyes coming into the game is the person in the center position. Coach Thad Matta expects to again be without Dallas Lauderdale as he recovers from a broken hand.But it seems that he will return in the near future. Matta said Wednesday that the trainers are working to provide him with a brace that would allow him to participate in the team’s full practices. Though he won’t play Monday, he should be able to make his return Thursday against James Madison.In Lauderdale’s absence, senior Kyle Madsen got the start, but both he and sophomore Zisis Sarikopoulos played significant time. Matta was pleased with their performances. “I thought they did a very good job, I really did,” Matta said. “With those two guys, you’ve got good size.”On a similar note, the rest of the rotation will be something to watch as the Buckeyes begin regular season play. As expected, Evan Turner, David Lighty, Jon Diebler and William Buford were in the starting lineup against Walsh. Jeremie Simmons, P.J. Hill, Walter Offutt and Nikola Kecman all played at least 12 minutes off the bench. “We had the luxury of getting guys more minutes and more opportunities to play, giving Evan or John … just more of a two-minute blow here or there,” Matta said. “I hope we can continue that.”Monday’s game will mark junior David Lighty’s first regular season appearance since last year’s season-ending foot injury. Lighty showed no lingering effects against Walsh, and his return is a welcome sight for his teammates. “He’s a big part of our team and a big part of what this program stands for,” Turner said. “It was tough to see him go out for a year, but he came back. It looks like he’s playing well. I think we are going to win a lot of games with him on the floor, and I’m just so happy he’s back.”The Buckeyes take on the Alcorn State Braves at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.
In tug-of-war type of game in which momentum and emotions flooded the floor, the No. 15 Ohio State women’s volleyball team defeated Northwestern, 3-1, on Wednesday night at St. John Arena. The Buckeyes now own a 19-8 overall record and are 10-5 in the Big Ten. Since their loss against then-No. 10 Minnesota on Sunday, coach Geoff Carlston said he has been focusing mainly on how his team would respond after a disappointing loss. Carlston was particularly happy in the way his team fought back after losing the second set against the Wildcats. “I think we played some really good volleyball at times tonight, and you know … volleyball is volleyball that way,” Carlston said. “I really liked how we played in game three in particular, able to grind it out, win that one and respond after game two.” Just like they did against the Gophers, the Buckeyes got off to a quick start. In set one, the Buckeyes looked like they may have been able to put the game on cruise control with a commanding 25-17 win in the first set. Northwestern, though, seemed to have other plans in set two and orchestrated a comeback where OSU saw their 16-9 lead turn into a 27-25 loss. For senior outside hitter Mari Hole, the third game was an important match that tested them both mentally and physically. “Game three was just that, to try to come back from what happened in game two, and we did a good job of just staying focused, staying with the game,” Hole said. “Like they had the momentum coming into game three, so we knew they were going to be coming strong out of the locker room, and we just had to match that energy.” Hole was proud of the way her team handled adversity, especially in a game where momentum didn’t seem to be on their side. “I think we did a good job of just continuing, working on our stuff, and in game four we got the momentum back and we just kept going,” Hole said. And at the end of the day, all that mattered to Carlston was that his team was the last one standing. “I’m happy. It’s good to get out of here with a win,” Carlston said. “Get some rest and start getting ready for Illinois.” As the season starts to wind down, Carlston acknowledged that this is the part of the year where they need to be sharp, stay fresh for upcoming games and for his younger players to adapt. “I think everyone is tired,” Carlston said. “The Big Ten is grueling and so every team in our conference … this is where the freshmen, they’re already done with their state tournaments typically by now, and so they’re (younger players) in uncharted ground right now. We got five matches left, and they have been training hard for three months. We need to be fresh, as fresh as you can possibly be for Saturday’s match.” Sophomore middle blocker Anna Faul said that it’s important to take care of their bodies in a strenuous season of the Big Ten. “It’s definitely different than being completely fresh, but we just try to focus on taking care of our bodies and getting enough sleep so that it doesn’t affect us too much,” Faul said. With the game against Northwestern in the books, Carlston is already expecting a tough fight from rival Illinois on Saturday. “They’re another really good team that’s been ranked,” Carlston said. “Everyone is jockeying for their position for the NCAA Tournament, so I expect them to play well.” Faul said every Big Ten game is important, but playing against Illinois will be an exciting game to her and to her team. “Illinois will be an exciting team to play against,” Faul said. “It was an exciting match at their place, and I think we can get a good crowd at our home too.” In order to defeat the Fighting Illini, Carlston pointed out a couple of key things that his team will need to do against a tough opponent. “So we’re going to have to be healthy, be fresh and come out ready to fight from the get go,” Carlston said. “You just got to be ready to play.” Faul said they just need to make sure that they don’t forget their basics, and continue to play their style. “I think just staying focused the next two days, keep up our basics, keep up our basic digging, passing and hitting everything in the same groove we have been doing all season,” Faul said. The Buckeyes play Illinois at 7 p.m. Saturday at St. John Arena.