Police in New York are currently searching for a 16-year-old girl they believe may have been kidnapped while she was out with her mother.The incident was reported, Monday around 11:20 pm.Authorities say Karol Sanchez was walking with her mom on Eagle Avenue when they both were approached by a beige-colored four-door sedan.Two suspects then got out of the vehicle and grabbed the teen and dragged her inside. During the altercation, the teen’s mother was pushed to the ground but she was able to tell authorities that the suspects were four men in their 20’s and that the vehicle took off driving eastbound on East 156th Street.It is unclear at this time whether the victims knew the suspects.The teen is described as being about 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs about 150 lbs. She has short black hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a dark-blue short jacket, white sweater, blue jeans, and black sneakers.
August 12, 2020
In a press conference held on Saturday afternoon, President Trump announced that he has been tested for the coronavirus.The president faced backlash earlier this week after he came into contact with the president of Brazil and several of his team who eventually tested positive for the virus but did not feel he needed to be tested himself.President Trump assured the public that did not have any of the symptoms and that his doctor reported that he was in good health so there was no reason to take the test, however, on Friday he decided to get tested.President Trump says he is now awaiting the results of that test.The White House also announced that they will conduct a temperature checks on all of those who have had contact with the president and vice president.
October 28, 2019
Real Madrid president Florentino delighted with kids after winning LaLiga Promises titleby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid president Florentino Perez was delighted for their junior players after winning a first LaLiga Promises title in 16 years.Real defeated Inter Milan in the final.”We won the [Sergio] Ramos way,” Florentino said to El Transistor.”They have honoured Real Madrid’s spirit of never giving up.”In addition, the president publicly promised that the youths will get the recognition they deserve and be paraded at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu to show off the title. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
October 12, 2019
Islamabad: A fire broke out at Pakistan Prime Minister’s Office here on Monday, according to a media report. The fire broke out on the sixth floor of the building and Prime Minister Imran Khan was reportedly one floor below in a meeting, the Express Tribune reported. The PMO was evacuated after the fire broke out. The fire had been contained and a police official said an electrical short circuit may have caused the incident, the daily reported. Speaking to the media, the PM’s spokesperson said they have no knowledge of any important documents being destroyed by the fire. We will be able to provide further information after a complete investigation of the incident, the spokesperson added further, saying they could not yet comment with certainty on the cause of the fire.
October 12, 2019
I had the benefit recently of listening to a well established American IT expert on the challenges for security strategists in these times of a literal tsunami of technological advancements. He brought out how the incredible speed at which technology was developing made it difficult to assess its repercussions for the future in terms of both global competition in business as well as the evolution of the military domain. It confirmed my belief that while a security specialist could do without being a technology expert, a technology advisor would succeed only if he or she had a complete grasp of security parameters and strategies – in this case, the presenter, fortunately, was aware of the importance of security orientation of technical advisors. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe tsunami of technology witnessed today can do two things – it can help development and a global advance on a positive note or add to the threat spectrum for vulnerable national entities. It is necessary that we do not see ghosts in new technology, do not look upon the speed of technology advancement as a threat by itself and have the ability to visualise and assess if something was adding up to a danger potential from both national and global angles. Also Read – Insider threat managementSecurity is a ‘science’ in the sense that it rests on concepts, precision, and detection of fault lines. It works on clarity – the bedrock of science – that admits of no compromise on this count. A nation and an individual have two basic needs, economic well being and security. For development, technology seeks the ‘end’ in terms of product creation and product delivery but in the domain of security technology has to provide at best a rolling improvement of ‘means’ in a situation where the goal post was never static – dependent as it was on the changing scenario set by the adversary. What does not change in security is the basic framework of requirements that held good in all contexts – national security, enterprise security or cybersecurity. All technology experts should have a good understanding of this in today’s world. All advisors – technical or non-technical – who are on the security turf should know what a ‘secure perimeter’ around the identified subject of protection has to be, varying from a brick and mortar fence to a firewall, what ‘intrusion detection’ systems needed to be put in place, what would be the nature of ‘Access Controls’ and ‘Inner Access Controls’ required in that specific situation and what was to be done for the ‘Insider Threat Management’. In cybersecurity, ‘hacking’ is an intrusion – though it is more like sabotage – that is detected only after it had happened so the prime response of the attacked entity has to be to safeguard what was left undamaged. ‘Access Controls’ begin with the confirmation of the identity of the person seeking to gain entrance. In the cyber domain, Login and Application layer controls served the purpose. Security of information in transit or storage is maintained through encryption. ‘Inner Access Controls’ regulate entry into sensitive inner segments like Process areas, Command & Control Centre and the location of sensitive information. Personnel Security has a limited technology paradigm, and the Insider Threat Management that covers it is largely a human effort that used intelligence tradecraft available with trained security professionals. Studies have shown that a vast majority of security breaches are traceable to conniving members of the protected organisation. Scientists including technology developers are used to transparency but in these days of ‘dual use’ they have to understand the compulsions of ‘Need to Know’ – a basic practice in the security domain that ensured that the information sought by the adversary about a protected technology would not be in possession of just any other member of the targeted enterprise. The real challenge for the security professionals lies in detecting signs of ‘vulnerability’ and establishing grounds for ‘suspicion’. An employee showing greed, addiction or disgruntlement is vulnerable to exploitation by the adversary. Signs of suspicion that the member might have been compromised already are unravelled in surprise checks, audits and operations that used special skills of intelligence tradecraft such as surveillance, secret enquiries and tapping confidentially raised Informers. Today, technology is used in a huge way in all security measures. In all situations, however, human intervention and deduction are to be constantly associated with technology there. CCTV network cannot do without human monitoring of the feed constantly or at least periodically. Response to a detected intrusion has to be guided by a human mind. A worker at the assembly line alone can notice any process flaw that needed to be rectified for better productivity. Change of Passwords, level of encryption and points of surprise checks are all decided by the concerned leaders. Data Integration and Data Analytics is done in the framework set by human masters. Technology has achieved a great deal here by doing something that was earlier done only by human analysis producing ‘triggers’ for action. This is the much talked about turf of Artificial Intelligence that now even handles the preliminary part of ‘action’ that was needed in response to a ‘trigger’. Robots do this precisely as the replacement of humans in certain sectors of ‘services’. Defence Technology is making striking contributions to the task of neutralising the ‘visible’ enemy more effective but in security, which deals with the ‘unseen’ adversary, technology tools have to play closely with the human controllers in an ongoing fashion. A technology man has to grasp the essence of security to act successfully as Technology Advisor in that realm. At the strategic level, the US and India have, apart from defence cooperation, a lot of conversion on the global issues of security – the new threat of global terror where motivation was rooted in notions of faith and indoctrination was strong enough to turn a young man into a suicide bomber, is clearly on top of the chart. The appearance of ‘lone wolf’ on the terror front is facilitated by the new communication devices, miniaturisation of weapons of attack and explosive devices and use of cyber space for online radicalisation. Hacking is another challenge to security technology and so is the rise of malware injection into both hardware entities and software programmes. Security cooperation amongst friendly countries is now focused on technology for preventing cyber attacks or neutralising a terrorist on one hand and the upgrade of the war machine on the other. (The writer is a former Director of Intelligence Bureau. Views expressed are strictly personal)
October 12, 2019
How was the experience of shooting for season 2 different from season 1? At the time of season 1, web shows had just come out and nobody was willing to invest their money and take the risk. TVF was amongst the first ones to make a web series, so in that sense we were all under a bit of pressure. We got lucky as they liked the script, agreed to the concept, trusted us and gave an opportunity to make it happen. Secondly, Tripling was more like working with friends. The director was not from the company, and I had recommended Rajesh Krishnan’s name. He was sweet enough to agree and get on board. Director Sameer Saxena, who has helmed ‘Permanent Roommates’, was also involved in the first season of ‘Tripling’. So, working together with people known to me was amazing. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainOn the other hand, in season 2, the pressure had gone because season 1 did pretty well. The web series was being accepted and the audience had found some sort of connect with the characters of ‘Tripling’. In that way, it was altogether a different experience. Has the bonding with co-actors strengthened over the years. Can you share any interesting memory from the set? Yes, definitely. Not only because we have been shooting together, but also because we have seen each other grow over the years as individuals, actors and also in terms of popularity. In season 1, not many people were aware of who we are, or what our talent is. By the time we reached season 2, everyone knew about our work. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award As co-actors, we have developed a lot more trust in each other. We celebrated Diwali during the shoots of ‘Tripling’. We were in Sikkim and had no option to go home. So, we stayed together and enjoyed the celebration like one big family. You have worked in different spaces as an actor. What is one advantage and one disadvantage of working in a web series? I don’t see any disadvantage of working in a web series. The advantage is that you are a bit free as an actor and artist. You don’t feel like there is a protocol hanging on your neck. Just like our audience, who steps in with an open and relaxed mind to watch a web series; we as actors, creators, and directors also enjoy the comfort to express ourselves freely while working on that web show. This is definitely an advantage. The disadvantage earlier was that people did not want to accept actors from web series as mainstream. They weren’t considered serious about the art; but fortunately, the perception has changed now.What were your expectations from the second season? How has the response been so far? My expectations were not to disappoint the audience, and treat the story as organically as possible. I think we have achieved that. I also hoped that people would remember the characters, and it definitely happened. The response has been phenomenal. Well, there’s also a bit of criticism, which is fair and valid. We take it all, and perhaps try to make it better the next time. We wanted to make some sort of shift in the way second season moves – so that there could be a differentiating factor between the two seasons. But in the end, what matters is that the audience has really appreciated and loved the episodes. Did the success of season 1 create pressure to deliver something which could surprise your audience? Not really. There was no pressure as such. Rather, it was more like a responsibility to give them what they expected. People have shown so much love to all the characters and audience is really connected to each one of them (Chandan, Chitvan, and Chanchal). So, I was aware that I just cannot fool around with this story. One emotion you experienced while shooting for Tripling 2… I would have to say ‘Family bonding’. When we were shooting the first season, it was a very different space. During the second season, I really enjoyed the family vibe that this season so perfectly encapsulates. Even in terms of the shooting experience, it was like that. Amol, Maanvi and I were shooting together, and there was some genuine bonding happening. As I shared earlier, in the last schedule of Sikkim, we celebrated Diwali together. So, that feeling was constant throughout the season. After working in the entertainment industry for such a long time, do you feel the experience has helped you evolve as a writer? Yes, it definitely has. With time, you learn to use your experiences in life for the sake of art. Over time you become more observant than regular people – when you travel, when things happen to you. You feel and experience every bit of life. In that sense, it has really worked for me. Not just as a writer, it has helped me as an actor as well.After the success of two seasons, will the siblings be back for the third chapter? The fact that second season has done so well, I hope that third season happens sooner. We took almost 2-3 years to come up with the second season, but surely we won’t take that long to churn out the third chapter . Sameer Saxena is the right man to answer this question.CANDID TALKTurning point in your life’Permanent Roommates’One genre you wish to explore as an actor and writerActionA director you want to work withImtiaz Ali, for sureA movie/role you wanted to doAmitabh Bachchan’s part in original AgneepathIf given a chance. whose biopic would you like to be a part ofSatyajit Ray’s biopicYour childhood celebrity crushMini MathurTitle of your biography’There’s more to it than what meets the eye’Which is your favourite filmEternal sunshine of a spotless mindA superpower you wish you hadInvisibilityYour guilty pleasureDefinitely, eating!(Inputs by Sumeet Vyas)
September 29, 2019
There’s a new team atop FiveThirtyEight’s NFL Elo rankings this week, and it’s the one we discussed in this space last time around — the red-hot New Orleans Saints. Fresh off an impressive victory over the Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans turned around and walloped the Bengals 51-14 in Cincinnati. Based on how they’ve been playing recently, there’s no team more deserving of the No. 1 slot than Dem Saints.However, New Orleans is also the fourth different team to hold the top spot in Elo so far this year, joining the Patriots, Eagles and Chiefs. That’s tied for the most handoffs of the No. 1 spot through Week 10 of a season since 2002 (when five separate teams held No. 1 to that point in the schedule). So we still don’t have a great sense of who exactly will be meeting up in Atlanta in February. In fact, there’s still a decent chance it might just be the two teams that are scheduled this week for an epic Monday Night Football clash — the Chiefs and Rams.Both teams sport 9-1 records, and they have similar strengths and weaknesses. According to Pro-Football-Reference.com’s Simple Rating System (SRS) metric, the Chiefs rank second in the league on offense and 19th on defense; the Rams rank third in offense and 14th on defense. K.C. is led by a couple of 23-year-olds: quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who leads the NFL in passing yards, and running back Kareem Hunt, who ranks fourth in rushing. L.A.’s pair are both 24: QB Jared Goff (second in passing yards) and RB Todd Gurley (first in rushing).A nationally televised matchup between two exciting, young, star-studded teams in opposite conferences is sure to have a Super Bowl feel to it. And our model does give the Chiefs the AFC’s best odds of winning the Super Bowl, while considering the Rams to be the NFC’s second-most likely winner (behind New Orleans). But it also bears remembering that prospective “Super Bowl previews” on the midseason calendar usually don’t predict the actual Super Bowl very well (though they do often come close).To gather a sample of similarly huge AFC-NFC showdowns from seasons past, I filtered our database of games for ones that:Happened in Week 5 of a season or later (to give Elo time to “catch up” with how good each team is).Featured two Top 5 NFL teams at the moment of the game, according to Elo.Matched up teams from opposite conferences.Going back to the start of the current NFL playoff format in 1990, there have been 36 regular-season games that could have been considered Super Bowl previews, according to the rules laid out above. Of those, only two — Bills-Giants in December 1990 and 49ers-Chargers in December 1994 — ended up actually foreshadowing the Super Bowl to come. (The Giants flipped their regular-season loss on its head, while the 49ers obliterated the Chargers both times.)There have been plenty more regular-season games where the eventual Super Bowl combatants met months beforehand — think Patriots-Rams in 2001 or Giants-Patriots in 2007. But few were hyping those as potential Super Bowl previews at the time (even if coaches had their occasional premonitions about meeting up in the postseason). And on the flip side, when it comes to games highlighted for their Super Bowl potential, the exact matchup often finds a way to get derailed over the remainder of the season.Of those 36 regular-season matchups in our data-set, 23 did contain at least one of the eventual conference champions — so the odds aren’t bad that either K.C. or L.A. will make their way to Atlanta on Feb. 3. 199615DEN1GNB2✓GNB AFCNFC DAL25.512.5ATL21.711.323.81535 Less playoff success7856196 PHI26.49.2NO98.51.610.81634 More playoff success100%97%75%58% 20076NWE1✓DAL5NWE MIN62.9%±17.5CHI70.1%±17.034.51565 NO64NO71NO 51, CIN 14+2.6– The best matchups of Week 11Week 11 games by ranking of average Elo ratings (using the harmonic mean) plus ranking of total potential swing for the two teams’ playoff chances, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions 199716DEN3✓SFO2SFO 199015BUF3✓NYG2✓BUF CAR70.813.9DET3.63.417.21525 Another week, another loss for the readers against Elo, which now has beaten the field in nine of 10 weeks so far this season. This time, it was the Patriots’ surprising road loss to the Tennessee Titans that ended up costing readers the whole week — on average, they lost 16.6 points in that matchup, in a week where they lost by 12.5 total points. However, even though the readers have followed up their lone win of the season in Week 7 with three more losses in a row, they are getting better: In the season’s first six weeks, they lost by an average of 38.9 points per week; over the past three weeks, they’ve only lost by an average of 8.6 points.Among those readers who aren’t mired in a losing streak, congrats to David Ryborz, who topped all identified users in Week 10 with 148.6 points, and to Brian Hake, who continues to lead the season-long leaderboard with 808.4 points. Thanks to everyone who has been playing — and if you haven’t, be sure to get in on the action! You can make picks now and still try your luck against Elo, even if you haven’t played yet.Check out our latest NFL predictions. Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 10Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 10 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game NYJ63NYJ64BUF 41, NYJ 10-2.9– 20089TEN2GNB5TEN 20049PIT4PHI1✓PIT One of these teams might be special. The other, not so muchHow each team in a midseason “Super Bowl preview” game fared, on average, by the level it reached in the playoffs. 201015BAL5NOR2BAL Team ACurrentAvg. Chg*Team BCurrentAvg. Chg*Total ChangeGame Quality KC99.90.1LAR>99.9<0.10.11661 TEN62.517.7IND11.89.827.51506 LAC91.95.8DEN126.96.36.199519 20158DEN3✓GNB2DEN Playoff %Playoff % TB1.71.5NYG0.20.11.61398 199313MIA4DAL1✓MIA 199517PIT4✓GNB5GNB CIN34.217.2BAL24.413.230.41511 19998DEN5MIN2MIN PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET PTS 200612NWE3CHI5✓NWE WSH66.412.9HOU188.8.131.52507 Game quality is the harmonic mean of the Elo ratings for the two teams in a given matchup.*Average change is weighted by the likelihood of a win or loss. (Ties are excluded.)Source: ESPN Show more rowsSource: pro-Football-Reference.com 199110HOU4WAS1✓WAS SeasonWeekTeamElo RkMade SB?TeamElo RkMade SB?Won NE63NE74TEN 34, NE 10-16.6– 199415SDG4✓SFO2✓SFO PIT61PIT57PIT 52, CAR 21-5.4– GB23.113.0SEA29.112.725.61515 Share of teams reaching round 201610NWE1✓SEA3SEA ATL78ATL76CLE 28, ATL 16+0.8– 199513KAN3DAL1✓DAL 20088PIT3✓NYG4NYG Home teams are in bold.The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. CHI65CHI67CHI 34, DET 22-0.1– 19926KAN5PHI3KAN In the grand scope of the NFL universe, having slightly better than a coin-flip’s odds to make the divisional round of the playoffs isn’t too bad an outcome. But for a pair of teams coming into a midseason game with Super Bowl aspirations, it is striking how rare it is for both to ultimately make significant playoff runs. Instead, one usually is left behind along the road to the championship. And, in case you were wondering, the winner of the Super Bowl preview advanced deeper into the postseason just 60 percent of the time, so it’s tough to say which team will be which, regardless of who wins the “preview.”Either way, this Rams-Chiefs game will treat the fans to some points. The over-under on the game is 63½ points — one of the highest point totals in NFL history. And according to our matchup quality metric (determined by the harmonic mean of the teams’ Elo ratings in each game), this is also the best game of the entire NFL season so far. The only factor holding this particular Super Bowl preview back might be game importance — i.e., how likely it is to swing either team’s odds of making the playoffs. Both teams have all but clinched playoff spots, so K.C.-L.A. drops to sixth place among Week 11 games once we account for a mix of matchup importance and quality: GB61GB69GB 31, MIA 12+3.9– 199013BUF3✓PHI5BUF 20026NWE4GNB5GNB 199512OAK4DAL1✓DAL 20136NWE2NOR5NWE 199714KAN4SFO1KAN LAC76LAC82LAC 20, OAK 6+1.2– 199116KAN5SFO3SFO Three of the last four midseason Super Bowl previews featured 50 percent of the eventual Super Bowl matchup: New England and Atlanta played at foggy Foxboro in Week 7 last season (itself a Super Bowl rematch), and the Patriots later went to the Super Bowl. Seattle and New England reprised their own earlier Super Bowl matchup in Week 10 of 2016, and the Pats also went to that season’s Super Bowl. And in 2015, the Broncos used a Week 8 win over the Packers as a stepping-stone along their Super Bowl path. The exception in that stretch was Arizona-Cincinnati in Week 11 of 2015 — which sounds like an absurd potential Super Bowl, except that both teams were a combined 15-3 going into the contest, long before an injury to Andy Dalton ruined Cincy’s season.But if one team tends to emerge from these kinds of games on a championship path, the other usually stalls out well before the Super Bowl. Here’s a breakdown of how often each team in our sample of games ends up making each round of the playoffs, depending on how much playoff success they had: 20177NWE1✓ATL3NWE 20035IND5TAM1IND PHI74PHI73DAL 27, PHI 20-0.5– ARI0.10.1OAK<0.1<0.10.11354 SF67%SF62%NYG 27, SF 23+4.7– But even if it won’t change the playoff race or give us a sneak peek at Super Bowl LIII, the Rams and Chiefs’ tilt should be fun. And once it’s over, we can look ahead to Week 16’s Saints-Steelers battle for yet another potential Super Bowl preview … that probably won’t contain both conference champs, either.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersYou can check out FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings in our NFL prediction interactive, which simulates the rest of the season 100,000 times, to track how likely each team is to make the playoffs and win the Super Bowl. On top of that, you can also pick against the Elo algorithm in our prediction game. You’ll be playing for bragging rights, and the chance to climb up our giant leaderboard.Using data from the game, here are the games in which Elo made its best — and worst — predictions against the reader picks last week: 19979NWE4GNB1✓GNB OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION 199317HOU4SFO2HOU 201811KAN2LAR4? 19927KAN4DAL5✓DAL IND56IND52IND 29, JAX 26-5.0– 201215NWE1SFO3✓SFO TB54WSH51WSH 16, TB 3+3.8– LAR69LAR74LAR 36, SEA 31+1.1– 20147DEN1SFO3DEN 200017IND4MIN5IND KC88KC93KC 26, ARI 14-0.1– 201511CIN4ARI3ARI PIT92.35.8JAX2.52.38.01547 20155CIN5SEA4CIN Team that had …Wild CardDivisionalConf. ChampSuper Bowl 20015BAL1GNB4GNB A brief history of regular-season “Super Bowl previews”NFL games after Week 4 in which both teams ranked among the Top 5 in FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings and were in opposite conferences, since 1990 200912NWE3NOR2✓NOR
September 28, 2019
Ohio State earned its 31st consecutive home victory and its 22nd straight conference win on April 21 against Indiana. Credit: Magee Sprague | Lantern reporterThe No. 5 Ohio State women’s tennis team (24-2, 10-0 Big Ten) dominated the Indiana Hoosiers (12-12, 3-6 Big Ten) in Columbus on Friday by way of a 7-0 sweep. The Buckeyes continued their perfect conference record and notched their ninth Big Ten shutout of the season.“I’m incredibly proud,” OSU coach Melissa Schaub said. “These guys put in a lot of work. I don’t think when you see 7-0 that that necessarily always happens on that day. I think it’s the work that you’ve put in leading into the season.”The Scarlet and Gray went 2-1 in doubles play to get the first point on the board. In singles play, OSU won the first set on all six courts by a margin of no fewer than three points. The Buckeyes took the second set, and with it the match point, on every court except for two.With OSU up 6-0, the final set between junior Anna Sanford and Indiana’s Paula Gutierrez remained. The pair was tied at 2 before Sanford pulled away to win 6-3 and seal the shutout for the Buckeyes.“You definitely want to keep competing for your teammates,” Sanford said of being the last one on the court. “It’s bigger than just playing for yourself at that point. Having all of your teammates and the crowd cheering for you is definitely a lot of motivation to try and pull out the W.”In doubles play, sophomore Francesca Di Lorenzo and Sanford quickly swept Indiana’s Gutierrez and Natalie Whalen, on Court Two. Next, OSU senior pairing of Ferny Angeles Paz and Miho Kowase defeated Hoosiers Pauline Jahren and Caitlin Bernard on Court Three to secure the doubles point for the Buckeyes.Indiana’s No. 41 ranked doubles pair, Madison Appel and Kim Schmider notched their team’s lone win of the day with a victory over OSU’s No. 83 senior pair Gabrielle De Santis and Sandy Niehaus, 4-3.In singles, Buckeyes No. 1 Di Lorenzo, De Santis, Kowase, Angeles Paz and Niehaus each won their match in two sets. Angeles Paz and Di Lorenzo both put up 6-1, 6-0 victories.Next up, the Buckeyes will celebrate Senior Day as they play their final regular-season home match against Purdue on Sunday.“We’re definitely excited for Sunday,” Sanford said. “We’ll come out tomorrow and have a good practice and probably just keep working on the things we’ve been working on and hopefully play with confidence on Sunday.”The Buckeyes, the defending Big Ten regular-season champions, are currently tied with No. 10 Michigan (18-4, 10-0 Big Ten) for first in the Big Ten, and need a win on Sunday to clinch the title. Michigan will travel to Illinois on Sunday for its final conference contest of the regular season.OSU beat Michigan 5-1 in February but it did not count as part of conference play.“It’s very important,” Schaub said of how her team ends conference play. “(Michigan’s) a really good team, as is Northwestern, so we just try to take care of each match as it comes. Not try to make one match more important that the other.”
September 28, 2019
Ohio State redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber (left) speaks with running backs coach Tony Alford (right) prior to the Buckeyes’ season-opening 49-21 win over Indiana on Aug. 31 in Bloomington, Indiana. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorOhio State head coach Urban Meyer addressed the media Monday afternoon two days after the Buckeyes’ 54-21 win against UNLV. Here are our takeaways.Injury and suspension updatesRunning back Mike Weber (hamstring) has been cleared to play and middle linebacker Chris Worley (foot sprain) was listed as probable for their game against Rutgers, Meyer said. Neither entered last Saturday’s game against UNLV.Though the Buckeyes will return multiple starters against Rutgers, Ohio State received bad news as Meyer announced redshirt freshman defensive tackle Malik Barrow will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL. Redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Robert Landers is probable for Saturday’s game. He did not play against UNLV and was wearing a walking boot during pregame warmups.Redshirt sophomore backup quarterback Joe Burrow, who suffered a broken bone in his throwing hand prior to the season, played in his first game of the season Saturday and completed all four passes he threw for 37 yards. He only played one offensive series, compared with fellow backup quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who led the offense for seven series.“Last week I wasn’t going to put him in harm’s way,” Meyer said. “Joe is such a tough guy. He thought he was ready after seven days. It’s a broken bone. So that’s why he went in later.”Redshirt senior defensive tackle Michael Hill will not play against Rutgers due to an ongoing suspension for undisclosed reasons.Offensive line important as everLast year, junior right tackle Isaiah Prince struggled mightily and the issues continued as he gave up two sacks during Ohio State’s 31-16 loss to Oklahoma. But Prince, whom Meyer said had his best week of practice, was named the offensive player of the game by Ohio State’s coaching staff for his performance against UNLV.Prince’s improvement will be key to the Buckeyes’ offensive success. Meyer called Ohio State an “offensive line-driven program.” In 2016, Ohio State had two first-team All-American offensive linemen, center Pat Elflein and right guard Billy Price. “I think any coach would stand in front of you and say if your offensive line becomes best in the conference, you’re probably going to win the conference,” Meyer said. “And last year we were not and we did not. So that means that we should be in the hunt if we continue to grow as an offensive line, and Isaiah is a big part of that.”Chris Ash and what makes a good head coachFew coaches have a coaching tree as vast as Meyer. From Texas coach Tom Herman to Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell and South Florida coach Charlie Strong, Meyer has been influential in the careers of many of his former assistants.Rutgers coach Chris Ash looks on during a game against the Washington Huskies at Husky Stadium in Seattle, WA on Saturday, Sept. 3.Credit: Courtesy of Rutgers Athletic CommunicationsTherefore, he has seen what types of personalities work as head coaches and what don’t.“I think if he lives in a little-tunnel world, sometimes those are your best assistant coaches, but they’re not meant to be a head coach,” Meyer said. “If they’re big picture people, and I think especially in college, the recruiting aspect, they can’t be good; they have to be your best recruiter on your staff or they’re going to fail.”Rutgers coach Chris Ash, whom the Buckeyes will face off against Saturday night, worked under Meyer as Ohio State’s co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach in 2014 and 2015 before taking his first head coaching job.Meyer said he thinks the Scarlet Knights have one of the most improved defenses in the country in Ash’s second year at the helm.“I knew Chris was going to be — he’s one of the best we’ve had,” Meyer said. “And obviously did a great job. We went from most missed tackles in college football to the fewest.”
September 18, 2019
Fiorentina will visit Lazio at Stadio Olimpico tomorrow afternoon, as part of Matchday 8 in the Italian Lega Serie AFor Fiorentina coach Stefano Pioli, the chance to continue climbing in the Italian Lega Serie A is real.But there’s an obstacle: the team has to beat Lazio at Stadio Olimpico.“Our away performances this season have taught us we must never give in. We’ve especially got to be on our toes against an opponent with such quality, as every ball could be decisive,” the manager told reporters as quoted by Football Italia.“Kevin Mirallas is not making the trip, as he had an ankle problem in the final training session. Marko Pjaca is in good shape, but I wish he’d be more relaxed and enthusiastic, not weighed down by the desire to prove something.”“I don’t know if other teams are getting scared of us, but our growth process must be a gradual and continual one because we are still young,” he added.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Our ambition is to improve upon last season and be dangerous in every game. Our future will be decided by results, so let’s not put the horse before the cart.”“The important thing is to rely on our philosophy, which is to play good football and create chances. It’ll be tough because Lazio combines technical quality with physical strength,” he said.Mister Pioli alla vigilia di @OfficialSSLazio – Fiorentina 🎙🎥 https://t.co/TUVtkwfwd2 #NoiSiamoFirenze #InsiemeSiamoPiùForti #LazioFiorentina pic.twitter.com/n2uiOoaqkj— ACF Fiorentina (@acffiorentina) October 6, 2018