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Trojans prepare for Thursday’s home game

first_imgRun, Rogers, run · Junior wide receiver Darreus Rogers has been limited in practice due to a hamstring injury he suffered during USC’s win at ASU. – Tal Volk| Daily TrojanHead coach Steve Sarkisian called Tuesday’s practice a “thinking day,” as the Trojans polished their game plan for Washington. He appeared pleased, remarking that the team looked focused, and where they need to be.Tuesday morning, Sarkisian showed his players a video of the Seahawks’ Kam Chancellor to express the importance of punching the ball out and never ending the play. USC has stressed creating turnovers all year, and they hope to build off their successful outing against Arizona State, where they had four.“We think we can be unique in that way — at creating turnovers,” Sarkisian said. “I just don’t want to back off it. I want to make sure we are attacking the football defensively, and we are doing everything we in our power to take care of the ball on offense and on special teams.”Thursday’s game dramatizes the paradoxical problem that is being a student-athlete.Sarkisian said that some players are being bussed from the team hotel to campus to take midterms, and then being taken back to join the team before the game.“I think that it is a great venue for us. We take pride in playing there,” Sarkisian said. “I think that people were trying to figure out: What is this new offense? When are we supposed to cheer? When is the band supposed to play after a first down? But I think that everyone is starting to catch on and that our students have been tremendous. I know everybody is excited about tomorrow night’s ball game.”Sarkisian understands the plight his players withstand for the better of the team, on and off the field.“We’ll handle it really well. We’ve got really good people in place to take care of our guys to make sure they are getting everything done, whether it is on field or off the field,” Sarkisian said. “I think that this is just another cool opportunity for us to show who we are and what we are about, and how we can handle more than just playing the game between the lines.”At this point in the season, Sarkisian said the Trojans have figured out a few things about themselves. Though he admits that he expected “growing pains,” as a result of playing younger players as much as possible early in the year, he anticipates the                 in-game experience will develop the team’s depth going forward. And though they suffered a loss to Stanford, the college football landscape has shaped itself in a way so that USC just needs to keep winning to reach its ultimate goal of winning a championship.“The best way to get better is if you have game experience and sometime through game experience we are going to have to live with some mistakes,” Sarkisian said. “But that is how we should get better. And over time, we should improve as a team, and I am more than optimistic that is what we are going to see here.”Sarkisian said that though it is easy to want to celebrate after wins, players must keep learning and building from their game experiences.“One of the themes we’ve been really hammering is ‘sharpening our sword’ because you can come out of a game and feel like you just beat a good Arizona State team and you can relax,” Sarkisian said. “But we have to continue to sharpen our sword. It has to happen every single day in practice so that we can use the sword on gameday, and we can perform to the best of our abilities.”Sarkisian also said that cornerback Kevon Seymour will play his first game of the season Thursday.Defensive lineman Claude Pelon was walking in a boot during practice. He has a high ankle sprain and X-rays came back negative. Sarkisian says he will be tested significantly tomorrow.Darreus Rodgers is a                         game-time decision. Sarkisian says that he was running today, but he will also be assessed tomorrow.last_img read more

A taste of your experiences in SA

first_imgO.R. Tambo International AirportO.R. Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) is named after Oliver Reginald Tambo, who was known as O.R. by his peers and is renowned for his significant contribution to the liberation of South Africa. The flagship South African airport, located in Jo’burg is the air transport hub of Southern Africa, with passenger capacity of 28-million. It hosts airlines from all five continents, and plays an important role in serving the air transport needs of Africa. From a facilities perspective, it offers business centres, retail centres, restaurants and bars, as well as a five-star hotel. With more than 18,000 people employed by various companies at the airport, O.R. Tambo plays a vital role in the city’s and Gauteng province’s economy. April 2010 saw the opening of its new central terminal building, which linked the domestic and international terminals, extended parking facilities as well as significantly renovated the entire efficiency experience of the airport.City of Joburg, GautengJohannesburg, also known as Jo’burg or referred to as ‘Jozi’ by locals, is South Africa’s largest city and is renowned for its fast paced, multi-cultural atmosphere. From business to arts and music, from fashion to food, the ‘city of gold’ is an eclectic mix of energy and experiences. It is considered to be a leading year-round global destination for business and leisure tourism, sporting, music, cultural and lifestyle events.With its 3.2 million citizens (sensus in 2001), Jo’burg is the economic hub of the country. One fifth of the country’s Gross Domestic Product is produced here, with not only the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and big business concentrated in the city, but the University of Johannesburg offers the next generations of South Africans a dynamic tertiary learning foundation across every sector.ComutaNetThis South African media owner has 20 years of experience in offering advertisers access to the country’s public transport commuters. Through outdoor advertising on billboards and taxis, to audio visual channels such as Rank TV, Comuta Radio and Star TV, and through the use of activations, Comutanet is South Africa’s largest commuter media owner.Rea VayaRea Vaya (meaning “we are going”), is the City of Jo’burg’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system. It was launched just over a year ago and has since grown substantially in popularity. During the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, Rea Vaya was one of the largest carriers of fans to and from matches. Based on the Brazilian Curitiba, which was the first BRT system developed in the world, Rea Vaya utilises specialised vehicles and dedicated bus lanes. It offers easy access stations and reliable scheduling. As at April 2010, approximately 20 000 Jo’burg residents were using the system to travel between home and work.Park StationRailways in Gauteng are operated by the parastatal, Wits Metrorail, which runs all services, including lines from Vereeniging in the south, Nigel in the east, Randfontein and Oberholzer in the west and Olifantsfontein in the north. Trains are not only the cheapest form of public transport in Johannesburg, but useful in getting to local regions outside Johannesburg, to the south, east and west. The city’s central station is Park Station, located just north of the central business district, a destination for both local and mainline trains. Park Station is the largest railway station in Africa. To the east of Park Station are Doornfontein, Ellis Park and Jeppe stations. To the west are Braamfontein, Mayfair, Grosvenor and Langlaagte stations, whilst the south has Faraday, Westgate, Booysens, Crown and Village Main stations.NandosNandos is one of South Africa’s exciting brand success stories. What began in 1987 as an acquisition of a chicken restaurant in the south of Johannesburg, by two friends is now a worldwide restaurant company specialising in spicy Peri-Peri chicken products and sauces. Nandos has restaurants in 30 countries, with its largest distribution being in Australia-New Zealand, Southern Africa, South East Asia, the UK and the Middle East. This is one of South Africa’s most quirky and entertaining brands, yet it is simultaneously a symbol of the South African spirit of innovation.SasolSasol is an integrated energy and chemical company. Based in South Africa and operating worldwide, Sasol is listed on the New York (NYSE) and Johannesburg (JSE) stock exchanges.  It is the leading provider of liquid fuels in South Africa and a major international producer of chemicals. Sasol uses unique, proprietary technologies for the commercial production of synthetic fuels and chemicals from low-grade coal and natural gas. It manufactures more than 200 fuel and chemical products that are sold worldwide. In South Africa the company also operates coal mines to provide feedstock for its synthetic fuels plants. Sasol operates the only inland crude oil refinery in South Africa. The Sasol group produces crude oil in offshore Gabon, supplies Mozambican natural gas to end-user customers and petrochemical plants in South Africa, and with partners is involved in gas-to-liquids fuel joint ventures in Qatar and Nigeria.City of DurbanDurban, also known as eThekwini, a Zulu word derived from ‘itheku’ which means ‘bay’ offers tourists and residents alike blissful beaches that accompany a stunning coastline, great shopping and entertainment, and an active business hub. The city of golden beaches has also been referred to as South Africa’s “Surf City”. The largest city in the province of KwaZulu-Natal and the third largest in South Africa, it is known for its port and for being a tourist magnet. Interestingly, Durban is the biggest city on the east coast of Africa. A recent infrastructural development within the city was the building of the King Shaka International Airport, which, after the Gautrain rapid rail link is the country’s second largest transport infrastructural project. Together with the newly built Moses Mabhida Stadium and the likes of the Durban Convention Centre, Durban boasts some of South Africa’s greatest infrastructure.The Durban PortThe Durban port is the largest of South Africa’s seven ports and the busiest on the African continent. It has a total of 59 effective berths, excluding those used by fishing vessels and ship repair. For the 2008/09 financial year, the port handled a total of 4,554 sea-going ships with a gross tonnage of 114,723,266 or about 38 percent of the ships calling at all South African ports. Cargo handled during the year amounted to 74,683,597 tonnes, which included oil and petroleum products and containers. Total tonnage handled by the port constituted 42,559,842t of imports, 23,516,461t of exports and 8,607,293t of transhipment cargo giving a total tonnage for the port of 74,683,597 tonnes. The Durban Car Terminal – the country’s largest import and export facility for the motor industry – handled 372,557 motor units, of which 184,511 were imports, 182,091 exports and 5,955 were transhipments.Moses Mabida StadiumThis new South African stadium, on which construction only began in October 2008 is proof of the country’s design innovation and is said to be the “crown jewel” of Durban’s King’s Park Sporting Precinct. Moses Mabhida Stadium takes its inspiration from the South African flag, with a grand arch coming together on the northern side to symbolise today’s South African unity. One of its exciting features is a cable car that allows visitors to ascend to 106m above the pitch, overlooking the 62 760 seater and Durban’s beachfront. What’s more is that visitors can take the walkway from the stadium directly to the beach – or try bungee jumping from the arch.Richards BayThe town of Richards Bay is located in KwaZulu-Natal, on a lagoon on the Mhlatuze River. Due to this, Richards Bay has one of South Africa’s largest harbours, making it a strategic hub for trade and tourist access to the country. The town is renowned for being a base for industrial and commodity focused businesses, which include two aluminum smelters and Richards Bay Minerals. Alongside Rustenberg, Richards Bay is South Africa’s fastest growing city. It is just a two hour drive from the City of Durban.Richard Bay MineralsRichards Bay Minerals (RBM) is a South African company that is equally owned by global mining giants Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton. The group operates in the mining and processing of titanium-bearing ores to produce titanium dioxide feed stocks, associated materials and various co-products and by-products. Located just north of Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal, it has two operating companies: Tisand, which is responsible for dune mining and mineral separation operations, and Richards Bay Iron and Titanium, responsible for the smelting and beneficiation of the mined minerals. In 2008, the mining house announced a black economic empowerment plan that saw 24% of the company being transferred to a group comprising local communities and investors, and a further two percent being transferred to an employees’ trust.GautrainGautrain is a state-of-the-art rapid rail network in Gauteng. The rail connection currently has two links, one between Pretoria and Johannesburg and a link between O.R. Tambo International Airport and Sandton.  Apart from the three anchor stations, seven other stations are linked by approximately 80 kilometres of rail. This modern train offers international standards of public transport with high levels of safety, reliability, predictability and comfort. Travelling at maximum speeds of 160 to 180 kms/hr, it reaches Tshwane (also known as Pretoria) from Jo’burg in less than 40 minutes.  This project is part of a longer-term vision, which involves a commitment from government towards creating and sustaining a new culture of public transport usage.Designing South AfricaDesigning South Africa is a collaborative exploration of how design, architecture and creativity affect cities and society. The 2010 FIFA World Cup™ exposed South Africans to a New Urbanism. For perhaps the first time, there was a common consideration for public space, infrastructure, transport and identity. Designing South Africa has turned that momentum into a movement, spearheaded by renowned South African creative and cultural commentator, Zahira Asmal. Through books, articles and exhibitions, Designing South Africa actively influences thinking and policy around future urbanism.Competition CommissionThe Competition Commission is one of three institutions mandated to enable South Africa to comply with the Competition Act, 1998 (Act No. 89 of 1998) .This Act requires the promotion and maintenance of competition in the country, to promote the efficiency, adaptability and development of the economy; provide consumers with competitive prices and product choices; promote employment and advance the social and economic welfare of South Africans; expand opportunities for South African participation in world markets and recognise the role of foreign competition; ensure that small and medium-sized enterprises have an equitable opportunity to participate in the economy; and  promote a greater spread of ownership. It is the mandate of the Competition Commission to police and prosecute competition cases and investigate mergers. The two other institutions are the Competition Tribunal and Competition Appeal Court.Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE)The JSE, Africa’s premier exchange is licensed as an exchange under the Securities Services Act, 2004. It has operated as a market place for the trading of financial products for nearly 120 years. In this time, the JSE has evolved from a traditional floor based equities trading market to a modern securities exchange providing fully electronic trading, clearing and settlement in equities, financial and agricultural derivatives and other associated instruments and has extensive surveillance capabilities. According to the the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2010-11, South Africa is ranked 1st out of 139 countries for its regulation of securities exchanges. The exchange is also one of the first stock exchanges worldwide to become a signatory to the United Nations Principles of Responsible Investment (UN PRI), which guides investors in taking environmental, social and corporate governance issues into account when investing.Apartheid MuseumThis extraordinarily powerful museum is considered to be one of Johannesburg’s most important tourist attractions, and an obligatory stop for tourists and residents alike. As you swing through the turnstile on your historical journey from the early peoples of South Africa to the birth of democracy in the country, cages greet you, and inside the cages are blown-up copies of early identity cards, identity books and the hated passbooks and racially tagged identity cards. The museum takes visitors on a graphic, hard hitting experience that highlights the perilous results of racial prejudice and how this, in the case of South Africa, nearly destroyed the country and in so doing destroyed people’s lives and caused enormous suffering, while simultaneously considering how the nation overcame the evil.SowetoThe metropolitan Soweto is home to a population of just under 900 000 South Africans and is a hive of business, music and dance, fashion, as well as continued political debate and opinion. Looking back in history, Soweto was often at the centre of the struggle for human rights, and monuments such as the Hector Pieterson memorial in Khumalo Street bear testimony to this. Pieterson, aged just 13 was one the first students killed during the 1976 Student Uprising. Today, Soweto comprises 32 townships, from which numerous high profile South Africans come, including Nelson Mandela, two-time Nobel peace prize laureate Desmond Tutu, beloved singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka and prominent journalist Aggrey Klaaste. It is also home to three football teams – Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs and Moroka Swallows.SABFounded in 1895, the South African Breweries Ltd (SAB) is the South African subsidiary and historical birthplace of SABMiller plc, one of the world’s largest brewers by volume with more than 200 brands and brewing interests and distribution agreements in 75 countries across six continents.SAB is South Africa’s leading producer and distributor of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and one of the nation’s largest manufacturing firms.The company operates seven breweries and 40 depots in South Africa with an annual brewing capacity of 3.1 billion litres. Its portfolio of beer brands meets the needs of a wide range of consumers and includes five of the country’s top six most popular beer brands – namely Carling Black Label, Hansa Pilsener, Castle Lager, Castle Lite and Castle Milk Stout. Its full brand portfolio includes ten beers and five flavoured alcoholic beverages.SAB’s soft drinks division is Amalgamated Beverage Industries (ABI), one of the largest producers and distributors of Coca-Cola brands in the southern hemisphere. With five state-of-the-art manufacturing plants in South Africa, ABI accounts for approximately 60% of Coca-Cola’s sales in South Africa.As well as its beer and soft drink divisions, SAB also owns a hop production company, The South African Breweries Hop Farms (Pty) Ltd; a barley farming company, The South African Breweries Barley Farms (Pty) Ltd; a barley malting company, The South African Breweries Maltings (Pty) Ltd; and a 60% share of the metal crown manufacturer, Coleus Packaging (Pty) Ltd.SAB employs nearly 9,400 people, more than 75% of whom are from previously disadvantaged groups, and 58% of its workers are black. In addition SAB’s operations support an estimated 37,095 jobs at SAB’s first round suppliers. For each job offered by SAB and its first round suppliers, 6.7 additional jobs are supported in the rest of the South African economy. In all 355,000 full time jobs in South Africa can directly or indirectly be traced back to the production of SAB’s products.As South Africa’s leading brewer, SAB is committed to promoting responsible alcohol behaviour – both inside and outside the company. As a subsidiary of SABMiller plc, it subscribes to the Group’s Alcohol Framework and has a comprehensive Code of Commercial Communication in place. SAB also actively seeks to encourage collaboration across the areas of education, access to information, law enforcement and parental involvement to encourage responsible alcohol behaviour.SAB adopted its first equity strategy as early as 1971 and has been a leading agent for change in South Africa. In 2009, SAB tabled its ground-breaking broad-based black economic empowerment transaction, SAB Zenzele, valued at R7.3 billion.Through its various corporate social responsibility programmes, SAB actively invests in community partnerships, socio-economic and enterprise development initiatives to build a stronger South Africa.Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and SpaThe Fairlawns is a very unique, exclusive, up-market sanctuary for today’s traveler, be that business or leisure.Conveniently situated in the Sandton suburb of Morningside Manor, Fairlawns is an award-winning boutique hotel boasting a total of 40 highly individualised, world-class Suites. The conference centre, a large fully equipped gym, Balinese Spa and an excellent a la carte restaurant are available to ensure a full range of services are on offer. Once the private home of the current live-in owners, John and Anna Thacker, the property was originally bought from the Little Brenthurst Trust of Oppenheimer fame, and consisted of 10 acres with horses and stables and rolling green lawns. Portions of the property have been sold off, but it has retained its stately, park-like ambience with huge mature trees and prolific bird-life.This well-kept secret is the perfect balance between tranquility and proximity to the thriving business centres of Sandton, Woodmead, Sunninghill and Rivonia, between professionalism and the warm, welcoming ambience created by friendly and caring staff. Elegant enough to host European royalty, relaxed enough for one visitor to comment “a home away from home, only better”. The management and staff at Fairlawns strive to match the beauty of their surroundings with personalised service and a ‘can-do’ attitude.South African Sugar AssociationThe South African sugar industry is one of the world’s leading cost competitive producers of high quality sugar and makes an important contribution to employment, particularly in rural areas, to sustainable development and to the national economy.It is a diverse industry combining the agricultural activities of sugarcane cultivation with the manufacture of raw and refined sugar, syrups, specialised sugars and a range of by-products.The cane growing sector comprises approximately 35 300 registered sugarcane growers farming predominantly in KwaZulu-Natal, with a substantial investment in Mpumalanga and some farming operations in the Eastern Cape. Sugar is manufactured by six milling companies with 14 sugar mills operating in these cane growing regions.The industry produces an estimated average of 2.2 million tons of sugar per season. About 60% of this sugar is marketed in the Southern African Customs Union (SACU). The remainder is exported to markets in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.last_img read more

Government has prioritised energy security to enable economic growth and development

first_img• Government is aware that the country’s economic growth performance needs to be improved in a sustainable manner and has therefore made the resolution of the energy challenge an immediate priority.• Progress has been made on stabilising the energy supply, in particular, maintenance practices have been improved; short term power purchase programme contracts of 1 350MW of electricity has been approved for 2015/16; and request for proposals of 2 500MW of coal-fired power has been issued.• Efforts to increase and stabilise energy supply have produced positive results. The first unit of Medupi has come online in 2015, adding 800MW to the grid.• The permanent appointment of the CEO and the CFO for Eskom have brought stability in the governance of the institution. Government recapitalised Eskom with R23 billion from the sale of none core assets. This brings financial stability and allows Eskom to keep the lights on.South Africa and the renewable energy programme• South Africa is succeeding in diversifying its energy mix through its Renewable Independent Power Producers Programme.• Private sector investment in clean energy has seen more than 6000MW of renewable energy projects awarded under the government’s REIPPP.  Thus far, 1800MW of renewable energy power has already been connected to the national grid.  Further determinations for the rollout of renewable energy will see an additional 6300MW being procured as well as new determinations for gas to power, co-generation and coal based load.  The 2014 United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) put South Africa among the top 10 countries for renewable energy investments.• Notable achievements include the commercial operation of the SERE wind farm in the Western Cape, which saw 100 megawatts added to the grid.last_img read more

Allsorts® Royal Feather Fascinator Ladies Day Weddings Royal Ascot – Thank you it looks brilliant on its perfect

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10 months agoHuddersfield winger Elias Kachunga: Positives gained from Man Utd defeat

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Huddersfield winger Elias Kachunga: Positives gained from Man Utd defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield Town winger Elias Kachunga insists there’s positives to come from defeat at Manchester United.Kachunga made his first start since the September defeat at Leicester.”I think we played a good game and had our chances to go 1-0 up and even 1-1. We have to take the positives out of this game and move on,” said the winger.”Everyone has to work on putting the ball in the net and to have a good feeling on the pitch. It could’ve been a different game if we went 1-0 up.“We create the chances, now we just have to finish them.”Kachunga added: “I am happy that I am back and that I played against Manchester United, and I hope I can help the team with my fighting spirit and everything that I have.” last_img read more

Buddhadeb returns to Palm Avenue residence supportive care to continue for next

first_imgKolkata: Ailing former chief minister Budhhadeb Bhattacharjee has been released from the hospital on Monday. He will be under medication at home and intravenous antibiotics and supportive care like BIPAP, nebulisation and chest physiotherapy would be applied on him for a few more days.He was taken to his Palm Avenue residence in South Kolkata in an ambulance on Monday. He had been rushed to a private hospital in the city with an acute respiratory problem and low blood pressure on September 6, but his health condition is stated to be completely stable now. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBhattacharjee, a patient of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), had complained of multiple cardiac ailments following which he was taken to the hospital. He had severe shortness of breath. Bhattacharjee had been suffering from diabetes and low oxygen saturation and high carbon-dioxide level in blood for the past few days, prior to his admission at the hospital. The veteran CPI(M) leader and former chief minister had remained away from public eyes for quite some time due to his prolonged ailments. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIt has been learnt that Bhattacharjee had insisted on going back home and urged the doctors for an early release. After examining him, the medical board at the hospital found that his health condition has improved and took a decision on his release. However, the doctors decided that he will be put under constant monitoring at his residence and supportive care like BIPAP and nebulisation would continue for the next couple of days. A press statement issued by the hospital stated that he is currently sleeping comfortably with BIPAP. He is also maintaining stable blood pressure and normal heart rate and oxygen saturation with oxygen supplementation. His pneumatic condition has improved but he might require intravenous antibiotics on the next few days.last_img read more

Bucks tip off season near full strength

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. read more

Yahoo Sports says Tressel knew in April of player violations OSU declines

Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel was made aware, in April 2010, of the improper benefits given to five OSU players, according to a Yahoo! Sports report. The NCAA released a statement Dec. 23 officially announcing a five-game suspension in the 2011 season for five juniors — offensive lineman Mike Adams, running back Dan Herron, wide receiver DeVier Posey, quarterback Terrelle Pryor and defensive lineman Solomon Thomas. According to the Yahoo! report, the five players sold memorabilia to Edward Rife — the owner of Columbus tattoo parlor Fine Line Ink Tattoos. The Yahoo! report said the NCAA and OSU did not investigate the situation until December. The NCAA concluded that, besides suspending the players for five games, the athletes must repay money and benefits ranging from $1,000 to $2,500, as part of their reinstatement. In the Dec. 23 release, the NCAA said Adams must repay $1,000 for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring. Herron must repay $1,150 for selling his football jersey, pants and shoes for $1,000, and receiving discounted services worth $150. Posey is forced to repay $1,250 for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring for $1,200, and receiving discounted services worth $50. Pryor must repay $2,500 for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring, a 2009 Fiesta Bowl sportsmanship award and his 2008 Gold Pants, a gift from the university. Thomas has to repay $1,505 for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring for $1,000, his 2008 Gold Pants for $350 and receiving discounted services worth $155. OSU appealed the NCAA’s five-game suspensions, and no ruling has been made in that case. According to The Columbus Dispatch, the university was made aware of the Yahoo! report 30 minutes before it broke, and OSU had no further comment Monday. Yahoo! Sports reporter Charles Robinson, who co-wrote the story with Dan Wetzel, said via Twitter that the university was informed three hours before the article was posted online. OSU spokesperson Shelly Poe told The Lantern, “No comment that I know of this evening.” If the Yahoo! report is correct, the OSU football program might face further NCAA penalties for playing ineligible players during the 2010 football season, and for having prior knowledge of the incident before it was reported by the school in December. read more

Ohio State womens volleyball looking to rebound against Illinois

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. read more

Mens Basketball No 15 Ohio State moves forward to Youngstown State after

Ohio State sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson (34) attempts a layup during the second half of the game against Minnesota. Ohio State won 79-59. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorOhio State knows it has work to do after its two-point win against Bucknell on Saturday. After allowing the Bison to make 40 percent of its 3-point attempts, turning the ball over 13 times while giving up 11 points off turnovers and allowing nine fastbreak points, head coach Chris Holtmann and the Buckeyes are moving forward, learning what they can from each game as the season continues. Holtmann said his team has a growth mindset after each game Ohio State plays, judging success by each possession and learning from the possessions that did not go in favor of his team. “Thank God it happened after a win, but if you can really appreciate that experience and learn from it, then it will be well worth while,” Holtmann said. “That’s why you schedule games like that because they really challenge us in a lot of areas.” This is the same mindset the players have as Ohio State moves forward to take on Youngstown State on Tuesday. “It didn’t hurt us in the loss column, but we have to be smart enough and focused enough to know that just because one game didn’t affect us, it can happen any other time,” senior guard C.J. Jackson said. Projected Starters No. 15 Ohio State (9-1, 2-0 Big Ten)G — C.J. Jackson — Senior, 15.1 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 3.4 apgG — Luther Muhammad — Freshman, 8.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.3 apgF — Kyle Young — Sophomore, 7.7 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.1 apgF — Andre Wesson — Junior, 7.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.6 apgF — Kaleb Wesson — Sophomore, 14.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.3 apgYoungstown State (4-8)G — Garrett Covington — Sophomore, 12.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.4 apgG — Darius Quisenberry — Freshman, 9.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.6 apgG —Devin Morgan — Junior, 9.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.9 apgF — Naz Bohannon — Sophomore, 6.6 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 3.6 apgF — Olamide Pederson — Freshman, 4.3 ppg, 4 rpg, 0.2 apgComing off a season in which the team had a record of 8-24, winning six of 18 games in Horizon League play, Youngstown State had nowhere to go but up heading into the 2018-19 season. Through 12 games, the Penguins have shown slight improvements from last season, averaging 78.1 points per game, shooting 41.6 percent from the field with 42.3 rebounds per game.Youngstown State, the No. 322 team in the country according to KenPom, has lost four of its past five games, but won its last time out, defeating Binghamton 58-48 on Saturday. In his second season as the head coach at Youngstown State, Jerrod Calhoun has developed a fluid lineup, with eight players on his roster that have started at least one game for the Penguins this season. Holtmann described the Penguins as deep, utilizing different weapons to establish explosive offensive outputs. The offense is led by sophomore guard Garrett Covington, who leads the team in scoring, averaging 12.8 points per game and shooting 46 percent from the field. He is also a threat defensively, leading the team with 22 steals, 12 more than any other player on the roster. Despite not being the biggest player on the roster, 6-foot-6 and 230-pound sophomore forward Naz Bohannon has been the main leader on the boards for the Penguins, averaging 9.8 rebounds per game, 4.4 of which are offensive boards. Youngstown State, on the season, has won the battle on the glass, averaging 42.3 rebounds per game, 4.5 more than their average opponent this season. Unlike Bucknell, 3-point shooting has not been the main source of offense for Youngstown State, who, as a team, is making 31.1 percent of its attempts from deep. Off the bench, junior guard Kendale Hampton has been the team’s biggest deep threat, making 27-of-65 3-point attempts and averaging 9.5 points per game, third-best on the team. Defense has been the biggest problem for the Penguins this season. The team allows an average of 82.2 points per game, with opponents shooting 46.3 percent from the field this season. Youngstown State has allowed opponents to score more than 100 points three times through its first 12 games.Ohio State takes on Youngstown State at the Schottenstein Center at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. read more

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