None of your new signings can lead, Owen tells Lampard

first_img read also:Lampard gives injury update on Werner ahead of Liverpool cracker “I would have signed all those players [Chelsea have signed] if I was sporting director, really good young players, but I’m not sure who the leader of the team is. “[N’Golo] Kante’s a great player but he’s so quiet. [Mateo] Kovacic, I know he’s quite quiet, so all of a sudden who is the leader in the backline? “I think Frank has built a good group of players here but if he looks at it, where’s his JT? Where’s his Frank? Where’s his Drogba?” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has been told none of his new signings can be considered leaders. That is the opinion of Owen Hargreaves, who believes his side lack anyone with authority in the dressing room. “I just think back to those great Chelsea teams,” Hargreaves told Premier League Productions. “[Petr] Cech, John Terry, [Claude] Makelele, Frank, [Didier] Drogba. The whole spine of the team was flawless, leaders.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body12 Flicks That Almost Ended Their Stars’ CareersWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical7 Mysterious Discoveries Archaeologists Still Can’t Explain7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoTop 9 Scariest Haunted Castles In EuropeDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?last_img read more

JFF sets up mobile ticket outlet

first_img Match time is 7 p.m. and gates open at 4 p.m. Tickets will not be on sale at the National Stadium today. The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) will have a mobile ticket outlet located in front of its offices, 20 St Lucia Crescent, New Kingston today ahead of this evening’s CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying match against Costa Rica.    The outlet will be in operation from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.    According to a release from the JFF, the mobile outlet will be set up in light of the fact that the World Cup Qualifier will take place on a holiday and three of the regular outlets will be closed. Tickets will also be available today at the following outlets: York Pharmacy, Jamaica Pegasus, Petcom Portmore, Captain’s Bakery outlets (except Cross Roads and downtown), Total Service Stations (Stanton Terrace, Liguanea and Dunrobin), Richie B’s Liquor Centre at Mary Brown’s Corner and World of Sport, Negril.last_img read more

Brazil’s ‘coconut breakers’ feel the squeeze of Cerrado development

first_imgThese coconut breakers rely on the babassu palm and its harvest of oil-rich nuts for their traditional sustainable livelihood.Many of these women live on the edge of the Matopiba region, dubbed by some as “the world’s last agricultural frontier” which has seen an almost 300 percent increase in soy expansion over the last two decades, most of which came at the expense of native forests and vegetation.In recent years, industrial agribusiness has moved in fast, privatizing and fencing the commons, converting the babassu palm groves to soy and eucalyptus plantations and cattle ranches, and making it harder for the coconut breakers to access the palm from which they derive their living, and their social and cultural identity.In addition, the women say they have been increasingly exposed to threats, intimidation, and physical and sexual violence by farmers and other male agribusiness workers. But the coconut breakers are determined to defend their palm groves at any cost, and to resist the enclosure of the commons. Access to babassu palm trees is essential to the livelihoods of 400,000 Brazilian women, but industrial agribusiness expansion is putting those livelihoods at grave risk. Image by Yndara Vasques courtesy of MIQCB.A Mongabay team, Sarah Sax and Maurício Angelo, recently traveled to the Brazilian Cerrado to report on the impacts of booming agribusiness on the savanna environment and on the traditional people living there. This is the first story in a series telling what they found there.Every September for half a century, Maria Antônia Trindade Mendes has started the babassu harvest season in the same simple way.She ties a bag crafted from babassu palm fronds around her waist and walks out with a group of women from Quilombo São Caetano de Matinha (a Brazilian settlement made up of 200 runaway slave descendants), to the palm groves surrounding their community. There, where the northern edge of the Cerrado savanna blends with the Amazon rainforest, the women gather basketsful of babassu nuts — small, brown oblongs, resembling coconuts.Later, Trindade Mendes takes each fist-sized nut she’s gathered and, with the grace of someone who has repeated the same motion thousands of times over five decades, cracks it open to extract the half-dozen or so kernels within. These she sells to a cooperative that separates the oil for use in cooking or beauty products. The babassu harvest lasts six months, and the money earned must support her family for an entire year.But this August, Trindade Mendes wasn’t preparing for the babassu harvest season. Instead, she was in Brasilia taking part for the first time in the “Daisies’ March,” Latin America’s largest demonstration organized by female rural workers that happens every 3-4 years. There, amid the dust, shouting and clamor, the unique hats of the “coconut breakers” could be seen streaming in and out of the vendor exhibit hall, and to and from the temporary camp that housed the roughly 100,000 women attending from across Brazil.Trindade Mendes took to the streets this year to protest threats to herself, her livelihood and to her traditional way of life: especially the increasing violence directed at coconut breakers, and the ongoing privatization of the common land on which babassu groves grow.“Before we lived free, went out at night, and during the day. We were not afraid,” she says. “Now, they are taking away everything. The only things that have rights are cattle and agribusiness.”last_img read more

Ten talking points from round 11 of the Premier League

first_imgWith Manchester City now eight points ahead on top of the premier league, PML Daily’s Shaban Lubega sums up the weekends action going into the international break.Slaven Bilic is under imense pressure at West Ham United. Courtesy photo.1. Stock City is no longer as strong as they were at home.After a hard fought 2-2 draw with Leicester City at the Bet365 Stadium, Stock City have now managed eight points from a possible 18 at home this season.Gone are the days when one thought long and hard about a visit to Stock and now many teams can go their confident that they can get something from a once upon time intimidating place. On Saturday when Leicester came to town, the Foxes who have managed only a single win on their travels this season(away to struggling Swansea) where clearly confident of a result and no one can say that they didn’t deserve the point.Yes then personnel both management and playing stuff have changed at Stock and the style of football being played under Mark Hughs is miles different from what Tony Pulis was playing back then when it was so difficult to even get a point off Stock, but if the points tally that the home team gets in their matches doesn’t not improve in the near future, the Potters may be set to have a very long season around the relegation zone ahead of them.2. Huddersfield town is the surprise package so far in the Premier league.Eleven games into the season and Huddersfield town are tenth on the log, tell me someone predicted that.Yes Brighton and Watford are above them on the log but the fact that after making a marque signing in a certain Steve Munie, a Benin international who had reached double figures for the first time in high top flight career, the book makers predicted that David Wargner’s side was one of the favourites for the drop.Here we are now as the Terries recorded their second league win in the last three league outings in which they have had to play Manchester United, Liverpool and a certain Tony Pulis’s West Brom. It may be to early to say that they might not be drown into the relegation scrap come May but so far, Huddersfield Town have been the surprise package.3. Steve Cooks’s injury time winner can not kick start Bournemouth’s season.At the start of game week 11, Bournemouth were in the relegation zone up until the 92nd minute of their game away to Newcastle when defender Steve Cook connected with a Andrew Surman corner to make sure that the The Cherries grab their second away win of the season.Eddie Howe’s men have seen them selves relegated to relegation stragglers this season as opposed to the ninth place finish last season. It’s more so down to them trying to stick to the same style of play which is no longer a surprise to the teams in the top tier as it was last season.Against Newcastle, the Cherries dominated possession but due to lack of enough quality in terms of personnel and the fact that Newcastle came into the game knowing exactly what Bournemouth was going to do, they struggled to be as effective in the final third of the season as they were last season.Yes Steve Cook got them the points but looking at the way they behaved in the transfer market and Eddie Howe not trying to alter his approach to games, the win against Newcastle can clearly be put done as a one off in a season that Bournemouth will defiantly struggle in.4. Burnely are one of the best teams away from home in the league.Burnely defeated Southampton 1-0 away from home to record their third win on the road this season.Sean Dyke’s men have now got 11 points from a possible 18 on the road and the only defeat they have suffered was away to the best team in the league(Man City). A lot has been done to cub last season’s woes on the road when The Claretes had to wait till April to record their first and only win of the season.When they defeated Chelsea 3-2 at the Bridge at the start of the season, one would say that it may be a one off but i don’t think the statement can make sense today. With only Manchester City, Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United having more points away from home than Burnley, one would confidently say that Burnley is one of the based teams on the road and with the way they approach those kind of games, that statistic may not be changing any time soon.5. Slaven Bilic has not more to do at West Ham.As you read this, the West Ham board are u a meeting to determine whether to let go of the Croatian.With only two wins this season and having spent all of money in the transfer window, West Ham find them selves in the bottom three which is not where the the board and fans don’t want to see them.After a disappointing lost to newly promoted Brighton, the Hammers were thrashed 4-1 at the London Stadium on Saturady which can do their manager Slaven Bilic no favours and it will be suprising to see him In the dug out last the international break because clearly, he is not doing so much to improve the team’s luck any time soon.6. Spurs finally getting used to Wembely.After defeating Real Madrid in the champions league last match out, the way Spurs response in their next fixture was so debatable the to the fact that the team is not used to play smaller teams after a huge victory against the giants of Europe.At home to Crystal Palace on the weekend, it was not a roller coster but they managed to get the all important result.Last season many out the fact that Spurs were not used to playing at Wembley as the key factor to their early champions league exit in the group stages but judging from the results of this season at home and the last two fixtures, may be Pochetino and his players have finally started to feel at home away from White Hart Kane.7. Jose Mourinho has no tactics to win a game away from home vs the big boys.Manchester United succumbed to their second loss of the season yesterday at the hands of the champions.This was Jose’s eleventh consecutive match away from home minus a win against other fellow top six opposition let alone not scoring a single goal in nineof the games.The approach yesterday deffers a great deal from the one at Anfield when he parked the bus but he went in to loose the game. Against Chelsea, it is fair to say that United had come to play although they sat deep and against a site that had one of the best midfielders in the world (Ngolo Kante) returning, they soked more pressure than that may be had let come at them.Looking at the fact that has almost done it all away from home against the big boys, the million dollar question is what does he have to do in order to get the seemingly currently eluding three points against City, Spurs and Arsenal when his side visits them later this season.8. Ngolo Kante is Chelsea’s most important player.When Roma dismantled Chelsea in the mid week, it was clear that many if not all the Chelsea players were not ready for the task ahead of them.Almost all but 3 players who were humiliated in Roma started the game against Man Utd at the weekend and the difference in their attitude and desire to fight for the club could clearly be seen by the blind.The main reason was that the engine of the team in a certain French man who has been out I action for close to a month hE returned.When you a Chelsea team minus Ngolo Kante, it leaves a lot to be desired but when he plays, their comitment leg reach sky high and everyone seems to be contented that their is someone who will clean up the mess in which ever part of the pitch. Can they mount a tittle challenge now that he is back? May be and may be not.9. Arsene Wenger is only damaging his reputation by the day.Yesterday when Man City hosted Arsenal, few have the Gunners a chance to get anything out of the game against arguably the best team in the world at the moment.Wenger with all his premier league experience decided to bench his 52 million pound marque signing Alexander Lacazatte and play Alexis Sanchez upfront and how the move misfired in every sense of the word.Sanchez was isolated from the beginning and when Lacazatte came on, it took him only his third touch to score the consolation goal leaving many Gunners claiming that may be the game would have been a whole lot different had the former Lyon striker started upfront and Alexis wide on the left.With Arsenal now 12 points behind the Citizens in the log, Wenger is most likely headed for a 14th year minus the premier league trophy denying his reputation a further blow.10. Manchester City are the best team in the Premier league.Gurdiola has finally stamped his authority at City and that are doing things that no other team in the league can match. The win against Arsenal was City’s 10th in the league this season with only Everton avoiding defeat against Pep’s team.It is going to take someone special and a whole lot of luck to stop the Citizens from winning the league after leading by as many as eight only 11 games into the season which is another PM record it’s self.Whether they can match the Arsenal Invicibles of 2003/04 or not, this may turn out to be one of the easiest league wins by a particular team come May next year if the opposition can find a way to stop the inform Man City as soon as possible.Commentslast_img read more

Science News Sites Promote Leftist Ideology

first_imgCelebrating gay marriage is not the only leftist position frequently advocated by secular science news sites.  They follow party-line liberal views with few exceptions, and now openly advocate leftist ideas.Advocating gay marriage:  One might well ask what astronomy and space travel have to do with gay marriage.  Space.com found a way: “Supreme Court Gay Marriage Rulings Hailed by NASA Deputy Chief,” Clara Moskowitz wrote glowingly, quoting only liberals who think it’s wonderful.  In an astonishing twist of logic, a Live Science article claimed that the Supreme Court ruling allowing gay marriage will be good for kids – as good if not better than traditional marriage, some pediatricians allege.  No conservative spokesperson was sought for a little balance in reporting.Advocating climate change policy:  One might also well ask what astronomy and space travel have to do with climate change.  Another Space.com headline by another reporter reads, “NASA Chief Lauds Obama’s Climate Change Plan.”  Again, the significant percentage of conservative Americans who disagree with that plan didn’t get any mention.  Without a pretense of objectivity, National Geographic published naked ideological advocacy: “Five reasons for Obama to sell climate change as a health issue.”Crazy talk:  PhysOrg unabashedly gave positive press to a book that portrays tea-party conservatives as paranoid reactionaries.  Headline: “The tea party and the politics of paranoia.”  No conservative was given a chance to respond.Naked aping:  Science Magazine published a letter, “The Human Animal,” that advocated treating humans no different from denizens of the zoo.  The author, Kim Quillin, established the link between Darwinism and ideology: “the ‘humans and animals’ paradigm undermines the unifying concept of all biology—evolution.”  Along with evolutionary common ancestry with animals (rating top on Kim’s issues), she displayed her predilection for evolutionary indoctrination in schools and for “sustainability,” leftist code for UN-style intervention in private property rights.Nudging:  New Scientist gave very good press to the views of leftist Obama aide Cass Sunstein, who believes government needs to “nudge” people toward prescribed views and actions.  Knowing full will this is a tactic of manipulation, not debate, New Scientist termed it “The gentle science of good governance” (at least to the nudgers, not the nudged).  Conservative Glen Beck often points out, from historical examples, that what starts as “nudge” often becomes “shove.” Despite these attacks from the left, religious conservatives may have the last laugh.  At least Science Daily reported results of a survey that showed, “Christians Tweet More Happily, Less Analytically Than Atheists.”Why would “science” (a word connoting the search for knowledge, using impartial, objective procedures), say such things?  It’s because institutional science, like academia, law, labor, the media and Hollywood, has been co-opted by the left.  Over the last decade we have seen science news sites becoming more bold.  Now they don’t even pretend to be objective.Radio host and author Dennis Prager often points out how leftists base their views on feeling, not logic.  For instance, in the history of civilization, no one ever considered same-sex coupling “marriage,” yet in the last 17 years since Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act with a large bipartisan majority in Congress, we are now being told that gay marriage is a civil right, just because two people love each other. Logically, that is indefensible.  What prevents siblings or polygamists from using the very same arguments?  Leftism is built on euphemistic slogans, like “marriage equality,” “gay rights,” “reproductive health” and “climate change” — phrases that blow fog and stimulate emotion, not understanding.Prager points out in his books and radio shows how leftists manipulate and promote their ideology with hate speech, intolerance, illogic, feelings, and judicial activism.  There is no parity, because, whereas conservatives argue that leftist positions are illogical, leftists believe conservatives are evil and must be stopped.At CEH, we point out how leftist positions are built squarely on Darwinian principles — the belief that humans are mere animals, with no accountability to their Creator.  Rejection of God as Creator comes first; now we see our society slipping down the slope described by the Apostle Paul in Romans 1.  Long ago he warned that difficult times will come (II Tim 3:1-9). Paul added the comforting thought that for those “always learning, yet never able to come to the knowledge of the truth,” their “folly would become evident to all.”  You can hasten that by holding up the logic and facts that contradict their feeling-based arguments of the left.But remember, the left is intolerant despite their claims to tolerance.  They hate being shown up for their own hypocrisy.  If they continue to co-opt the institutions of power through our negligence, persecution may well be around the corner.  Get ready, but don’t let it stop you.  Speak the truth boldly.  It’s tough, but it’s love. (Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Best BigCo of 2010: Facebook

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#2010 in Review#Facebook#Features#NYT#web#Year in Review Photo: Mark Zuckerberg, by Andrew Feinberg Despite concerns ranging from privacy to de-emphasizing third party content, Facebook is a source of joy for many millions of people. It helps keep families and friends stay connected, enables users to track news from their social network, keeps people amused with games, and much more. In 2010, there was no other Internet company as influential as Facebook.Runners-Up: Apple, Google After winning Best BigCo in 2008, Apple was a runner-up last year and has been very impressive again in 2010. The launch of the iPad was the highlight – another groundbreaking consumer Internet device that re-defined a market! Apple also released a new version of the iPhone this year, along with improvements to its iPhone OS such as multi-tasking. The new phone had technical issues with the antenna, but still sold extremely well. Apple’s App Store continued to dominate the mobile app market in 2010, although the Android marketplace is catching up. Overall, another great year for Steve Jobs and co.Google has won our BigCo award 3 times over 7 years and never fails to impress. This year Google made great strides in the all-important mobile market, with Android making up ground on iPhone. It continued to dominate search, despite a big marketing push from Microsoft’s Bing. Google showed that it can still innovate in search, with enhancements such as Instant Search. It also made progress in key markets such as enterprise (with Google Apps) and Internet TV (with Google TV). Things didn’t go all Google’s way this year, however. Its innovative Wave product was farmed out as an open source project, the launch of a social media tracking service called Google Buzz was a flub, and Google had many critics in the privacy debate (for Google Street View in particular). Overall though, it was a strong year for Google – albeit with some speed wobbles.Honorable MentionsReadWriteWeb’s 2010 In Review:Top 10 Semantic Web Products of 2010Top 10 RSS and Syndication Technologies of 2010Best BigCo of 2010: FacebookTop Trends of 2010: App StoresMost Promising Company For 2011: SimpleGeoTop Trends of 2010: Internet TVTop 10 Startups of 2010Top Trends of 2010: PrivacySeveral big Internet companies had solid years and successful products in certain categories. Microsoft made progress with its search engine Bing and created a highly popular new gaming system called Kinect. Amazon continued to dominate the eReader and eBook market, and Twitter established itself in the mainstream as a source of breaking news. Several traditional computing companies positioned themselves well on the Internet this year. HP and IBM both put resourcing behind the Internet of Things. Chip maker Intel made cloud computing a focus this year and also bought McAfee. It was a strong year too for Salesforce.com – its enterprise collaboration product Chatter was among our Top 10 Enterprise Products of 2010.Also RansWe won’t go into too much detail with the ‘also rans.’ It was another disappointing year for both Yahoo! and eBay. It may be unfair to lump AOL, Adobe and Mozilla into this bucket, yet each of them struggled to make an impact with their various Web products.Poll: Have Your SayThere you have it, ReadWriteWeb’s Best BigCo of 2010 is Facebook. You don’t have to agree with us, let us know in the poll below which 3 BigCos impressed you the most this year! Related Posts center_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit richard macmanus At the end of every year, ReadWriteWeb reviews the progress (or otherwise) of big Internet organizations and names one of them our ‘Best BigCo.’ We started this tradition in 2004, making this the 7th year. In 2009 it was Google, thanks to Chrome, Android and other advancements. In 2008 we chose Apple, due largely to the iPhone and App Store. Facebook won in 2007, Google in 2006, Yahoo! in 2005, and Google got the inaugural honor in 2004.We first honored Facebook with Best BigCo in 2007, due to the launch that year of its development platform. Over 2010, Facebook has gone to a whole other level. It experienced astounding user growth and shut out all competition as an all-purpose social network. For this reason, Facebook is ReadWriteWeb’s Best BigCo of 2010.Facebook passed 400 million active users in February and continued its ascent throughout the year. As at date of writing, Facebook boasts more than 500 million active users, half of whom log on to Facebook on any given day. The average user has 130 friends and, in aggregate, Facebook users spend “over 700 billion minutes per month” on the site. In November, Hitwise reported that Facebook gets nearly 25% of page views in the United States. With such scale, Facebook hasn’t been without its controversies. The biggest in 2010 was a significant change to privacy settings, which Facebook announced right at the end of last year. Previously, most of a user’s information was private by default. But heading into 2010, a large swath of the average Facebook user’s data was made public: name, profile photo, gender, current city, networks, friends list, and all of the pages they subscribe to. Later, in May, Facebook reluctantly reversed some of those changes – but thedefault setting for most content published on Facebook remains public.last_img read more

Researchers Claim to Develop a Concrete Alternative

first_imgSand for Construction Is VanishingThe World Is Facing a Sand CrisisReinventing ConcreteCarbon Emissions By the Construction Industry The inventors said Finite is non-toxic and can be left to decompose, or reused in a new product.“We could use the material to make pavilions, then after three months when the event ends it can be deconstructed safely,” said Carolyn Tam, one of the four developers.There’s no word from the developers on when, or whether, Finite might be produced commercially or whether it has been used even experimentally in a structural application. So far, the startup has a website and some intriguing ideas.“It will take more than just our project or one material, but we’re really looking forward to is a future where the built environment isn’t this thing where you keep it there forever or landfill it or down-cycle it, but something that uses nature and is continuously reusable,” Maccario told Dezeen. “As soon as you have new materials you have new opportunities.”Finite, of course, isn’t alone in looking for new production methods and materials that would lower the carbon impact of cement. Alex Wilson, for example, described one of them in an article about a company called Blue Planet posted at GBA in 2014 (see “Reinventing Concrete” in the Related Articles sidebar above.). Another effort was described in a post at Ensia in 2016. RELATED ARTICLES Researchers in the U.K. claim to have found a way to use desert sand in a composite construction material that’s just as strong as concrete but has only half of its carbon footprint.Four post-graduate students from Imperial College London developed a material they’re calling Finite that could help address a global shortage of construction-grade sand used as fine aggregate in concrete, the publication Dezeen reported.Billions of cubic yards of concrete are produced each year. In addition to straining supplies of construction-grade sand, concrete also requires a lot of cement, which is used as the binder. The production of cement is responsible for an estimated 5% of global carbon dioxide emissions.There’s plenty of desert sand available, but because it has been smoothed so effectively by the wind it hasn’t been considered useful for construction. The rapid depletion of high-quality sand is also likely to affect glassmakers, according to a symposium last fall, so a building material made from an abundant type of sand could prove to be a big deal.“Sand is the most consumed resource on earth after fresh water,” the Dutch design studio Atelier NL told Dezeen last year. “Yet sand is being excavated at a rate faster than it can renew itself.” Finite’s binders are unknownThe researchers didn’t say much about what goes into Finite, other than desert sand. Dezeen reported the binders used in the new material were a “guarded secret.” Matteo Maccario, one of the four students who developed Finite, said the team’s “worst-case estimate” is the blend would have less than half the C02 footprint of concrete.last_img read more

Mens swimming Ohio State places second at Big Tens

Members of the Ohio State men’s swimming team break from a huddle after competition at the 2017 Big Ten Men’s Swimming Championships. Credit: Sydney McNulty | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State men’s swimming team tied with Michigan for second place at the Big Ten Championships with a final score of 1382 points. The Buckeyes were edged out by Indiana, who won its first team title since 2006 with 1504 points.The Buckeyes kicked off the weekend with two impressive showings in the 200-yard medley and 800-yard freestyle relays, finishing behind Michigan and Indiana in both events, respectively.The 200 medley relay made up of senior Matt McHugh, junior Jack Barone, freshman Noah Lense and sophomore Mossimo Chavez took home the bronze, and automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships, in a school record-breaking time of 1:24.15.In addition to the 200 medley relay, senior Josh Fleagle, junior Brayden Seal, junior Ching Lim and senior Andrew Appleby swam at record-breaking speed in the 800 freestyle relay (6.18.18), earning a spot at the national championship.Three Buckeyes earned points in the 200 yard individual medley, freshman Andrew Loy finished in ninth (1:44.71), followed by teammates Lim and Appleby, who finished 13th and 16th.In the distance events, junior Brayden Seal represented the Buckeyes, finishing sixth in the 500-yard freestyle behind several Big Ten standouts, including Michigan’s Felix Auboeck who won the event. Seal also scored for the Buckeyes in the mile, finishing third.In the 50-yard freestyle, Chavez finished the highest for Buckeyes placing sixth in a time of 19.45, followed by McHugh who took seventh place with a time of 19.50. Big Ten veteran Fleagle also scored, finishing ninth (19.71). Michigan’s Paul Powers won in a time of 19.26, setting a new Big Ten record, followed by Indiana sprinter Ali Khalafalla who finished 14 one-hundredths of a second behind Powers.Day Two of competition ended on a high note with the Buckeyes taking home the silver in the 400-yard medley relay. McHugh, Barone, Lense and Fleagle finished in a time of  3:04.13, qualifying for the national championships. Indiana’s squad, which including Olympian Blake Pieroni, won in record-setting fashion.McHugh took home the first Big Ten title for the Buckeyes, along with his third consecutive win in the 100-yard butterfly and setting a new Big Ten Championship record by finishing in a time of 44.91. OSU rookie Lense also finished in the top ten for Buckeyes, placing fifth with a time of 46.28.OSU’s Lim kept up the momentum by taking home the bronze in the 400-yard IM (3:46.89). In the 200-yard freestyle, Fleagle continued the speed finishing in second (1:33.25) behind Indiana’s Peroni (1:32.13).Indiana’s Ian Finnerty took home the title in the 100-yard breastroke in a record-breaking time of 51.38, followed by Michigan rookie Jacob Montague (52.08). OSU’s Barone finished third in an impressive swim, finding the wall at 52.26.One of OSU’s best events was the 100-yard backstroke, with four Buckeyes finishing in the top eight. McHugh finished in second in a time of 45.52, followed by junior Thomas Trace (46.53) in fourth then Appleby (47.30) and senior Mark Belanger (47.53) touching the wall in seventh and eighth, respectively.The second Big Ten title for the Buckeyes came on the last event of Friday evening, the 200 freestyle relay. Chavez, McHugh, Fleagle and Trace finished in a time 1:16.61 to seal yet another bid to the NCAAs for the Buckeyes, edging out two impressive squads in Indiana (1:16.72) and Michigan (1:17.58).Fleagle also added to his point collection, finishing sixth in the 100 freestyle at 42.55.OSU ended the week on a strong note with several Buckeyes bringing in points. Barone had a dominate performance in the 200-yard breastroke swimming one of the fastest times in OSU history, touching the wall fifth in a time of 1:54.61 and finishing yet another event in the top five.Trace took home the silver in the 200 backstroke, bringing in some major points for the Buckeyes, touching the wall in a time of 1:41.92, just getting edged out by Indiana’s Bob Glover. Appleby and freshman Brad Shannon also brought in points for the Buckeyes.OSU wrapped up its individual events with three top-ten finishes in the 200 butterfly with Lense winning the silver — setting an OSU school-record time at 1:41.44 — behind Indiana powerhouse Vinicius Lanza (1:40.97).  OSU sophomore Henrique Painhas finished fifth (1:44.31) and Salazar touched the wall seventh (1:45.38).In the final event of the Big Ten Championships, the 400-yard freestyle relay, McHugh, Chavez, Fleagle and Loy took home silver and set a new OSU school record in a time of 2:49.23.Next up, the Buckeyes will head to Indianapolis to compete in the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships on March 22-25. read more

Boilermakers looking to continue recent home success against Ohio State

Then-senior Purdue cornerback Josh Johnson (28) tackles then-sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller (5) during a game against Purdue Oct. 20, 2012, at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 29-22.Lantern file photoPlaying on the road against Purdue has not been an easy task for the Ohio State football team in recent years. Purdue has won three of the last four games between the two at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind., including the teams’ two most recent meetings there, in 2011 and 2009.OSU is heavily favored to reverse that trend with a win when the Buckeyes play the Boilermakers Saturday.While OSU (8-0, 4-0) has not lost a game since the final game of the 2011 season, Purdue (1-6, 0-3) has not won a game yet this season against a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent.The Boilermakers have lost five straight games since defeating Indiana State, a Football Championship Subdivision program, Sept. 7 by a score of 20-14.Even with its struggles so far this season, Purdue coach Darrell Hazell said he has been “very pleased” with his team’s effort.“Obviously we’re not where we want to be on the win-loss column, but I’m not disgruntled with our football team on how they’ve prepared and how they’ve stayed together,” Hazell said Tuesday. “There’s a lot of teams that will go in different directions at this point in time and that has not happened with us.”Hazell is in his first year as Purdue’s coach, but he is not new to the matchup or the challenges OSU has faced in beating Purdue on the road. During his years as an assistant coach at OSU from 2004-10, OSU only won one of its three games played in West Lafayette.While Hazell said he has not ignored Purdue’s recent success at home against OSU in preparation for Saturday’s game, he said it has not changed the way he looks at this year’s contest.“Every team has its own separate identity,” Hazell said. “It’s about this year, this team and our preparation here.”Hazell is not the only coach on Purdue’s staff with OSU ties. Marcus Freeman, who played linebacker for the Buckeyes from 2004-08 and was a graduate assistant at OSU in 2010, said he expects Saturday to be a “little bit different” coaching against his former team.“I love everything about Ohio State, but on Saturday, it’s about doing what it takes to compete to win,” Freeman said. “It’s not fair for me as a coach to not have my guys as prepared as they can to be successful on Saturday.”If Purdue is going to find a way to end their five-game losing skid and OSU’s 20-game winning streak, preparation and execution will be key, Freeman said.“You can’t do the same things you’ve done for the first six or seven weeks and think the results are going to change,” Freeman said. “So we’ve been on (the players) hard, they got to work harder and then on Saturday, you got to go out and execute. You have to execute the game plan and you have to do your job every single time you’re in the game, and that’s how you become successful.”Purdue has made a number of changes in its effort to turn around. One of those changes came Oct. 2, when freshman quarterback Danny Etling was named starting quarterback.Etling said it is important for the Boilermakers to make a “big step forward” this week.“This is a big week for us,” Etling said. “I think every week’s a big week, but we really need to go out there and play well, and we just need to keep getting better each week.”Etling said it has been a challenge to prepare for the OSU defense because it does a good job of masking its play call.“They really do a great job of hiding what they’re going to be doing until the last possible second,” Etling said. “They’re a very well-coached defense, that’s the best way I can put it. We’re going to have a tough matchup with them but I think that we’re getting coached really well and we have a great gameplan.”After allowing 40 or more points in four of its seven games this season, Purdue has also been making changes on the defensive side of the ball. The Boilermakers switched from a 4-3 defense at the beginning of the season to a 3-4 alignment prior to their Oct. 12 game against Nebraska, Meyer said, which makes the Purdue defense a difficult one to prepare for.“I see a team that’s kind of searching for an identity, and I think they’ve kind of found it on defense,” Meyer said Monday. “They’re all over the place, blitz-a-thon, they weren’t that way the first five games.”Purdue’s new-look defense will be tasked with attempting to slow down an OSU offense that ranks fifth nationally in scoring offense.Hazell said OSU has “four major weapons” on its offense: junior quarterback Braxton Miller, senior running back Carlos Hyde, senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown and junior wide receiver Devin Smith.“Their offense stretches the field both horizontally and vertically,” Hazell said.Brown, who worked with Hazell when he was OSU’s wide receivers coach in 2010, said he respects the job Hazell has done so far.“He’s one of the best coaches I’ve ever been around,” Brown said Wednesday. “Obviously you can’t turn a program around in one year. So it’ll take him a couple years, and I think they’ll be back.”Freeman said the OSU offense is “really hard to stop.”“The more you watch it, the more you aggravated at it and frustrated and you get mad as a coach,” Freeman said. “It makes you think exactly how you’re going to try to stop all these guys, ‘cause they have many threats and when you stop one thing, I think they got another thing that comes open. It’s going to be a huge task for our defense.Kickoff for Saturday’s game is scheduled for noon. read more

Ohio State mens soccer to put win streak on the line against

Sophomore defender Tyler Kidwell (12) fights for the ball during a game against Michigan State on Oct. 4 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 3-2.Credit: Ed Momot / For The LanternFresh off a pair of wins over top-20 opponents, the Ohio State men’s soccer team is set to take on an unranked foe.The Buckeyes (4-3-3, 2-1-0) shook off a three-game losing streak to defeat then-No. 5 Louisville on the road Sept. 30 before returning home to top then-No. 17 Michigan State on Saturday.“We just never stopped fighting,” senior midfielder Yianni Sarris said. “Our confidence was a little down after three straight losses, but we came back on top and got two huge wins.”Sarris scored a goal in each of the two wins, including the lone goal against Louisville. The senior was named OSU Athlete of the Week in recognition of his performance.OSU is now set to take its newfound confidence to Rochester, Mich., to take on the Oakland Grizzlies (2-5-1) on Wednesday night.Oakland began the regular season with five straight losses. However, it has turned it on since beginning Horizon League play, going 2-0-1 in its last three.“They’re a team that’s starting to gain some belief and gain some momentum right now,” OSU coach John Bluem said. “They’re looking to get a big win and we’re the next big team coming to town.”Bluem said he has made it clear since the Michigan State game ended that his team shouldn’t overlook Oakland and fall into a trap of sleepwalking through what could be seen as an easy win.“We talked about it right after the game the other night when we got in the huddle, we talked about how this is a tricky game coming up,” Bluem said. “We’ll try to make them realize that this is a pretty good team you’re up against.”Bluem stressed that if the team hopes to receive an NCAA Tournament bid, it cannot let down against teams like Oakland, regardless of whether OSU is able to defeat ranked opponents.Sarris said he understands the importance of not overlooking Oakland or any other opponent on the schedule.“For what we know right now, it’s our biggest game of the season,” Sarris said. “We can’t take any opponent lightly, so we’re going to go out there and get the ‘W.’”Bluem echoed his senior’s attitude with the mantra he stresses to the team.“The important thing for this team to realize is, one game at a time,” Bluem said. “The next most important game of the season is Wednesday night, and after that, the next most important game of the season is the next one.“We’re not just going to show up and people are going to quit, we need to be at our very best to win games,” Bluem continued. “And if we do that, there’s a chance this team is going to make the NCAA Tournament this year.”Last week’s win in Louisville, Ky., ended a long winless streak in non-neutral away matches dating back to 2012, a streak of 13 games.“Playing on the road is difficult compared to playing at home because you’re used to playing at home, you’re comfortable playing here,” junior defender Liam Doyle said. “Going into the unknown makes it really tough.”OSU has faced Oakland in three of the last four seasons, with the Buckeyes defeating the Grizzlies in each of the three meetings. Last season OSU blew out Oakland, 4-0, in Columbus.Doyle said the Buckeyes’ recent success has the entire team confident moving forward.“I think right now we’re as good as we’ve been all year,” he said. “Everyone’s playing well, the confidence is high, so I think we’re the best we’ve been this season.”After the game at Oakland, OSU is set to return home to take on No. 10 Indiana on Sunday. That game is scheduled to kick off at 2 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more