UST’s Akomo, UP’s Ouattara eligible for UAAP Season 80

first_imgDennis Rodman wants to ease tension between US, North Korea View comments University of Santo Tomas and University of the Philippines can heave a sigh of relief as the UAAP Board of Trustees (BOT) officially allowed the schools’ foreign players to suit up this UAAP Season 80.The BOT gave Cameroonian Steve Akomo and Mali-born Ibrahim Ouattara the green light to play for their teams, overturning the earlier ruling by the Eligibility Committee disallowing the foreign players from suiting up, citing the supposed two-year residency rule.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIEScenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Composed of the University Presidents from all the eight member-schools, the Board of Trustees met on Thursday in Far Eastern University to settle the issue, with Ateneo President Fr. Jett Villarin participating via video conference.“We thank the UAAP BOT for its kindness and generosity. It is heartwarming to know that it has the best interests of the student-athletes in mind, despite the obviously competitive environment,” said UP coach Bo Perasol.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe soft-spoken mentor and the Fighting Maroons can now fully focus in their campaign this season, which starts on Sunday.“At least now, everybody can focus on the games and no longer in the rules that have threatened to disenfranchise some deserving players,” said Perasol. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lawyer Agaton Uvero, chairman of the nowheretogbutUP Foundation, said Ouattara has electronically submitted his requirement documents before the deadline.“The original copies are on their way from Tripoli, Libya, and will arrive in a couple of days,” he added.Unfortunately, the appeal of UP’s Rob Ricafort was denied as the BOT ruled him ineligible for reaching the age limit.The Fil-Am forward will turn 25 years old on January, two months earlier from the set limit which is the end of the season.UP and UST will open their respective campaigns against each other on Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterslast_img read more

Dutee Chand Fails to Qualify for 100m Semi-finals at World Championships

first_imgDoha: Indian sprinter Dutee Chand’s World Championships campaign ended in disappointment as she clocked 11.48 seconds — one of her worst timings this season — in the women’s 100m heats here on Saturday.Running in the inside lane in heat number 3, Dutee lagged behind in the final few metres to finish seventh and 37th overall among 47 competitors to crash out of the championships. Dutee’s timing was in stark contrast with those of the likes of 2012 Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica and last edition silver medallist Marie-Josee Ta Lou of Ivory Coast, who led the heat timings with 10.80 and 10.85 seconds respectively.This showed how much the Indians are lagging behind as compared to the best in the world.Dutee’s heat was won by reigning Olympic champion Elaine Thompson (11.14 seconds) of Jamaica.The timing of the last qualifier for the semifinals was 11.31 seconds and it was well within Dutee’s reach but she could not do it. The first three in each of the six heats and the next six fastest qualify for the semifinals.On the same tracks in April during the Asian Championships, the 23-year-old Dutee had clocked 11.28 seconds during the heats and 11.26 seconds (national record) in the semifinals.But on Saturday, she came up with her third worst time of the season, after the 11.51 seconds in February and 11.61 seconds in March during the heats in the Federation Cup.Dutee, the reigning World University Games champion, exited in the heats in the 2017 World Championships. She had clocked 12.07 seconds in the heats in London in the last edition. dutee chandWorld Athletics Championships First Published: September 28, 2019, 9:35 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Pending his WWE return, relive Batista’s most savage moments in a WWE ring!

first_imgAdvertisementPending his WWE return, relive Batista’s most savage moments in a WWE ring!With just a couple of weeks left for the 1000th episode of Smackdown, WWE recently announced that Evolution will reunite on October 16 in Washington D.C. for the first time in four years.Meanwhile, Batista took to the Twitter to reveal that WWE hadn’t invited him for the milestone episode but clarified that he will be making an appearance in his hometown.Surprise surprise!! I wasn’t invited! And it’s in my hometown.! 😳.. guess by now I shouldn’t be shocked anymore. https://t.co/r1NwUNlRnf— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) September 13, 2018During his singles career, Batista was one of the cornerstones of the Smackdown brand in the Ruthless Aggression Era. The 49-year-old amassed four WWE World Heavyweight titles, a tag team championship with Rey Mysterio and won his maiden Royal Rumble in 2005.Similarly, on the mic, Batista has not been shy of taking shots or calling out his fellow competitors. In his last stint, The Animal cut one of his best promos when he took an aim at Daniel Bryan’s fans and questioned the WWE Universe, “Where are all the real men? What happened to the ATTITUDE?”On that note, here is a look at Batista’s most savage moments in the squared circle: Advertisementlast_img read more

No Ronaldo, no trophy! Costa mauls Madrid defence

first_imgNo Ronaldo, no Zidane, and no trophy!We knew before Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup final that Real Madrid would face Atletico Madrid without both Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo. What we did not know was that the reigning European champions would also turn up in Tallinn without a defence.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Madrid’s back four were wretched, badly beaten up by the brilliant Diego Costa, but ultimately undone by their own ineptitude. Every goal Real conceded in their 4-2 defeat at the A. Le Coq Arena featured at least one horrendous error from a defensive perspective. In that context, it would be wrong to apportion too much of the blame to Julen Lopetegui, especially given the usual pre-season rustiness and post-World Cup fatigue could well have been factors in his players’ shocking sloppiness, but this was a disconcerting debut for the Blancos’ new boss.Indeed, not since Michael Keeping in 1948 had a Real coach seen his side concede four times in his first game at the helm and that the defeat came at the hands of their city rivals only made the experience all the more galling. Death, taxes and beating Atletico in European finals: they are the three constants in life, as far as Real fans are concerned. As a result, this loss will only heighten the sense of unease among the Bernabeu faithful ahead of the new season. The build-up had been shrouded in enough uncertainty, as far as they were concerned. How would Real play without Zidane? How would they fare without Ronaldo? Why had their been no stellar summer signings?The last thing Madrid supporters wanted to see, then, was such a horribly disjointed, disorganised display. The strange and unsettling lack of solidity was evident from the off, too, with Real conceding the fastest goal in Super Cup history. Costa required just 49 seconds to open the scoring, taking advantage of not one, not two, but three Real errors.Saul Niguez Atletico Madrid Real Madrid UEFA Super Cup 2018Diego Costa Raphael Varane Atletico Madrid Real Madrid UEFA Super Cup 2018Sergio Ramos cut an uncharacteristically passive figure as the Atleti striker brushed him aside to win his own knock-on, while Raphael Varane got his footwork all wrong as he rushed across in a desperate attempt to snuff out the danger, thus allowing Costa to nod the ball past him.Even then, though, Costa had no right to score from such an acute angle. His shot was fiercely struck but Keylor Navas was unforgivably beaten at his near post. It was a goal that would have hit the Costa Rican hard. With new signing Thibaut Courtois ineligible to play in Estonia, the Super Cup represented an excellent opportunity for him to show that he will not give up his starting berth without a fight.Instead, he merely gave Lopetegui a convenient excuse for dropping him for this weekend’s Liga opener against Getafe. The goalkeeper may not be the only one benched either. Varane got worse the longer the game went on and it was he who was dispossessed seconds before Atletico’s thumping third goal, from Saul Niguez.Of course, Ramos, who had put Real ahead with a penalty, had done his central defensive partner no favours at all by needlessly putting him under pressure while facing his own goal and stood on the edge of his own box.Dani Carvajal was also barged far too easily off the ball by Costa in the lead-up to Atletico’s killer fourth goal, while quite what Marcelo was trying to achieve by keeping the ball in play before Costa’s earlier equaliser is anyone’s guess. Before the game, the question had been whether Real would carry the same cutting edge without Ronaldo but Marco Asensio did enough to suggest that he has a big season in him, while Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema combined for a terrific goal that served as a scintillating reminder of their enduring class.However, they were unable to make up for the deficiencies of those at the back as Madrid conceded four goals against Atletico in a final for the first time.The scary thing was that they could have conceded more than goals, with Real’s dismal defence having been left completely exposed by Casemiro’s withdrawal 15 minutes before the end of normal time.Lopetegui had spoken beforehand about forgetting the past in order to continue making history in the future. Real losing a first final in 18 years was most certainly not what he had in mind, though. Consequently, his present will not be about making more history but simply ensuring that his new Madrid side kick off their Liga campaign on Sunday looking something like their old selves.last_img read more

IPL 2019, RCB vs KXIP: AB de Villiers in splits as umpire loses match ball

first_imgUmpires have been in the eye of storm in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 for all the wrong reasons. Howlers and failure to spot no-balls have left quite a few players, including MS Dhoni, disappointed in the ongoing season.On Wednesday, a bizzare incident involving umpires left players confused and in splits at the same time during Match 42 of IPL 2019 between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.IPL 2019, RCB vs KXIP – Live scorePlay was halted for a brief period of time after a strategic timeout during the Royal Challengers Bangalore innings as players and umpires couldn’t find the matchball while play resumed after the break.Kings XI Punjab fast bowler Ankit Rajpoot, who was gearing up to bowl the 14th over, asked his skipper R Ashwin the match ball after not finding it anywhere on the field. A confused R Ashwin walked up to umpire Shamshuddin to enquire about the lost ball.However, neither the players nor Shamshuddin were able to figure where the ball ahd gone. Leg-umpire Bruce Oxenford had to rush to clear the confusion but he too seemingly had no idea about the ball’s whereabouts.The confusion left AB de Villiers in splits.The fourth umpire then rushed onto the field with a new set of match balls. Even as the umpires decided to replace the lost ball, television replays played on the big screen. The replays showed Oxenford handing the match ball to Shamshuddin before the timeout. Shamsuddin was seen putting the ball into his pockets.advertisementRealising his slip up, Shamshuddin rushed to the centre of the pitch and handed the match ball to the bowler. The fourth umpire, with a set of new match balls, then hurried off the field before play resumed.MUST WATCH: Where’s the Ball? Ump pockethttps://t.co/HBli0PYxdq pic.twitter.com/ir0FaT11LNIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 24, 2019Meanwhile, Royal Challengers Bangalore posted a mamoth total of 202 despite losing their star batsmen in Virat Kohli and Moeen Ali cheaply.AB de Villiers, unperturbed by the on-field distraction, took the Kings XI Punjab bowlers to the cleaners and hit a 44 ball 82, including 7 sixes and 3 boundaries, to fire RCB past the 200-run mark.Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis joined the party and smashed 46 off 34 balls. De Villiers and Stoinis remained unbeaten as the two batsmen stitched a 121-run stand for the fifth wicket.Also Read | I don’t play, players responsible for DC turnaround, says Sourav GangulyAlso Read | Harbhajan plays down concerns over Kuldeep Yadav’s form ahead of World CupAlso See:last_img read more

Chaotic Cup run shows City always find a way to win

first_imgManchester City Chaotic Carabao Cup run shows Man City nearly always find a way to win Sam Lee Last updated 1 year ago 06:25 1/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(13) Sergio Aguero Manchester City Getty Images Manchester City Premier League Leroy Sané Sergio Agüero Raheem Sterling Guardiola Yaya Touré İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Bristol City Bristol City v Manchester City League Cup Opinion Pep Guardiola’s side have been near perfect in all the other competitions but have made things hard for themselves on the road to Wembley Manchester City’s route to the Carabao Cup final was not always as smooth and free-flowing as the first two-and-a-half minutes, but you get the feeling that Pep Guardiola’s men will be getting used to trips to Wembley in the years to come.We have become accustomed to near perfection from this City team in recent months but their Carabao Cup run has been littered with harem-scarem moments that have almost cost them.It was the same story on Tuesday, as City eventually overcame a stubborn Bristol City 5-3 on aggregate in the semi-final. Just as in the rest of their games, they were not without their shaky moments over the course of two legs. 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For the first two minutes and 27 seconds of the third round tie at West Brom, a much-changed City team passed the ball between themselves at will, patiently waiting for a space to exploit and then bursting into life.After 52 consecutive passes, including all 11 players touching the ball at least twice, Ben Foster was the first Baggies player to even touch the ball. Unfortunately for him, his he could only push Ilkay Gundogan’s shot towards Leroy Sane, who rifled home. No outfield West Brom player touched the ball until Hal Robson-Kanu kicked off, three minutes and 16 seconds into the game. City were off to a flying start.With this game coming in mid September, before the Blues had racked up the most consecutive wins in Premier League history, and before racing into a surely unassailable lead at the top of the table, that goal provided as good an example as any that this group of players were getting used to life under Guardiola.Yet as stunning as that goal was, and despite taking a two-goal lead, West Brom did hit back, and nearly took the game to extra-time. They did not manage it, but Wolves did in the next round.City had started to look their assured best on all other fronts by the time the Championship side came to the Etihad Stadium, but a switched-up defence provided plenty of opportunities for the visitors, especially on the break.The team which had looked so solid in the league and Champions League were reduced, at times, to sprinting back towards their own goal as fast as their legs could carry them as opposition strikers ran clear. Were it not for Claudio Bravo, who saved three one-on-ones and two penalties in the shoot-out, the Blues would have been out. It went to penalties in Leicester, too, albeit after City conceded a soft one in added time at the end of a game they had dominated with another changed line-up. The Foxes ran City close, but yet again it came down to Bravo to save the day, sparking wild celebrations in a packed away end shorty before Christmas.And so to the semi-final, against a Bristol City side that deservedly knocked out Manchester United, courtesy of a dramatic 93rd-minute winner.While they managed to overcome Jose Mourinho’s sluggish side, and were backed by a raucous Ashton Gate crowd, nobody seriously expected them to lay a glove on the Premier League leaders, especially in Manchester.Yet they took the lead from the penalty spot after Eliaquim Mangala gave the ball away and John Stones made a rash challenge in the box. Sergio Aguero popped up with a last-minute winner to give City what was, on balance, a deserved but certainly hard-fought victory.And so too in Bristol on Tuesday. Guardiola picked a very strong line-up to ensure his side made it to Wembley, and their relentless pressing eventually proved too much when Sane struck the opener just before half-time. Kevin De Bruyne and Aguero ruthlessly exploited the space to double the lead five minutes after the break, and it looked like that would be that.Yet somehow City somehow let their opponents into the game yet again. Marlon Pack benefitted following some more questionable defending with 30 minutes to go, and while the Blues did manage to rest back control of the game, they rarely looked like extending their lead.Then, in the 90th minute, Aden Flint tapped home from close range to level the scores on the night. With five minutes of time added on, the hosts, with the crowd fully behind them once again, only needed one more to force extra-time. De Bruyne, of course, spoiled that particular party. The Belgian is head and shoulders above everybody in the Premier League, let alone the Championship, and he was never going to miss as City broke away.Ultimately, City can prepare for Wembley and be happy that, on the balance of all of their games except perhaps against Wolves at home, they have played well enough and created enough chances to deserve to be there.But it cannot be denied that they have made life hard for themselves in every match – much more so than they have in the other competitions – and no matter what state Arsenal or Chelsea are in in a month’s time, City will have to be at their very best if they are to win the first trophy of the Guardiola era.All that said, they have still proven that they find a way to win, even when not at their best.And at Wembley next month they will have another 90 minutes to reach those dizzy heights of the first two-and-a-half back in September. They have every chance. 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The 5 Teams With The Best Odds Of Reaching The College Football Playoff

first_imgA general view during the first quarter of the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the first quarter of the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)Alabama, unsurprisingly, has the best odds of reaching this season’s College Football Playoff. Bovada released College Football Playoff odds for the 2016 season and the Crimson Tide are at the top. Nick Saban’s team has 3/2 odds to make this year’s playoff. Alabama is trailed by:Oklahoma – 7/4Michigan – 9/5Clemson – 2/1Ohio State – 2/1Top odds to make CFP (per @bovadaLV) Alabama 3/2#Sooners 7/4 Michigan 9/5 Clemson 2/1 Ohio State 2/1Other Big 12: #OkState 7/1, TCU 17/2,— Eric Bailey (@EricBaileyTW) July 22, 2016The odds for the other top teams:LSU – 3/1Tennessee – 13/4Florida State – 7/2Notre Dame – 4/1USC – 4/1Florida – 7/1Oklahoma State – 7/1Who are you picking to reach this season’s College Football Playoff?The season starts in a little more than a month.last_img read more

Realme 5 quick review: Four cameras, big battery and Snapdragon 665 could make it the best under Rs 10,000

first_img Next Realme 5 quick review: Four cameras, big battery and Snapdragon 665 could make it the best under Rs 10,000The Realme 5 comes packed with features like quad camera, Snapdragon 665 SoC and 5,000mAh battery that look to impress buyers under Rs 10,000. Here are our first impressions. Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiAugust 21, 2019UPDATED: August 22, 2019 10:14 IST HIGHLIGHTSRealme 5 price in India starts at Rs 9,999 and it will see its first sale on August 27 at 12pm on Flipkart.The smartphone features a Snapdragon 665 SoC and quad rear cameras.It is also the first Realme phone to come with a 5,000mAh battery.Realme is trying to rapidly expand its portfolio this year by launching a number of smartphones in quick succession. After launching the Realme 3 and Realme 3 Pro earlier this year, the company is already out with their successors, the Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro. Realme launched the Realme 5-series in India on Tuesday touting quad cameras and new Snapdragon processors. While the Realme 5 Pro starts at Rs 13,999, the Realme 5 falls just under Rs 10,000, making it the first quad camera phone in this segment.We gave our first impressions of the Realme 5 Pro yesterday, calling it a natural successor to the Realme 3 Pro in terms of camera and hardware upgrades. Today, we are taking a quick first look at the more affordable Realme 5, which is a feature-packed device that not only comes with a quad camera system but also brings a new Crystal design, Snapdragon 665 chipset and the biggest battery yet on a Realme phone. I spent a brief amount of time with the Realme 5 and here are my initial thoughts.Compared to the Realme 5 Pro, the Realme 5 is definitely a bulkier and heavier phone. You can feel the difference the moment you hold the two devices in your hands. The Realme 5 is a large phone as it gets a bigger display compared to the Pro model. It also packs a larger battery, which naturally means it weighs heavier at 198 grams.Realme 5’s tall body makes it slightly harder to reach the power and volume buttons on the side of the frame. That being said, the Realme 5 sports the same 3D curved rear panel as the Realme 5 Pro, which makes it easier to grip the device. The glossy plastic rear panel comes in a new Crystal design with a diamond-cut pattern that looks different compared to what we have seen on previous Realme models. The triangular pattern is uneven and subtle indoors, but looks louder outdoors under light. It comes in two colour options – Crystal Blue and Crystal Purple.advertisement Much like the Realme 5 Pro, the glossy panel on the Realme 5 is also a fingerprint magnet and will also attract a lot of smudges as you go about the day. Some of the ports on the Realme 5 include a 3.5mm headphone jack, microUSB port and a single speaker grille. The Realme 5 also comes with a triple card slot that can house two nano SIM cards and a microSD card (up to 256GB).The USP of the Realme 5 is its vertical quad camera setup on the back, so let’s talk about that. The Realme 5 is the first phone under Rs 10,000 to feature a quad camera setup, which already makes it a unique, disruptive offering. The idea is to offer a number of different shooting modes for the user to choose from, and so the Realme 5’s camera system includes a 12MP f/1.8 main camera, an 8MP ultra wide-angle camera, 2MP macro lens and a 2MP depth sensor. The camera also supports Nightscape, Chroma Boost, HDR and PDAF.With the help of four different cameras, the user can easily switch between a standard view, wide-angle view and as close as 4cm from a subject using the macro lens, all with a simple press of a button. I will offer my verdict on the camera performance in an in-depth review so do stay tuned for that.Coming to the display, the Realme 5 gets a familiar waterdrop notch screen as seen on previous Realme phones. The company is calling it a ‘Minidrop display’ as the notch is smaller by 30 per cent and is flatter so as to cause minimal intrusion. The bezels on the top and sides are slim with the chin being thicker in comparison.The Realme 5 sports a 6.5-inch HD+ (720×1600) display with Gorilla Glass 3+ protection. The display is certainly bigger compared to the Realme 3, which offers a 6.2-inch screen. The larger screen on the Realme 5 should make it more attractive to watch videos and play games. On first look, the display seems to offer attractive colours and decent brightness levels. Realme 5 is also the first phone in India to be powered by a 2.0GHz Snapdragon 665 chipset. The 11nm-based chipset also happens to power the Mi A3, which is set to launch in India on Wednesday, August 21. Compared to the Snapdragon 660 SoC, the Snapdragon 665 is expected to be more power efficient and should offer a smoother performance while playing graphic-intensive games.The smartphone comes in three variants – 3GB + 32GB, 4GB + 64GB and 4GB + 128GB. These are priced at Rs 9,999, Rs 10,999 and Rs 11,999, respectively.The third highlight feature of the Realme 5 is that it is the company’s first smartphone to pack a 5,000mAh battery. Realme phone in the past have been impressive as far as the battery life is concerned, and with a 5,000mAh capacity, the Realme 5 has the potential to last around a day and a half to two days on a single charge. This is something I can only say for sure after spending a few days with the device, running day-to-day operations.advertisementOverall, the Realme 5 looks like a substantial upgrade over the Realme 3. It comes loaded with segment-disruptive features such as a quad camera system and Snapdragon 665 chipset. It also packs a large battery and offers a unique diamond-cut design, all at a starting price of Rs 9,999.ALSO READ | Realme 5 Pro quick review: Succeeds Realme 3 Pro in more ways than oneALSO READ | Realme 5, Realme 5 Pro launched: Key specs, price in India, availability and everything elseGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow Realmelast_img read more

Ashes 2019: The contrasting story of David Warner and Steve Smith

first_imgAshes 2019: The contrasting story of David Warner and Steve SmithSteve Smith has scored more number of boundaries than the total numbers of runs made by David Warner in the ongoing Ashes series.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 13, 2019UPDATED: September 14, 2019 00:03 IST David Warner (L), Steve Smith (R). AP PhotoHIGHLIGHTSDavid Warner has managed to score just 84 runs in the ongoing Ashes seriesSteve Smith has scored two hundreds and a double hundred in the seriesBoth the batsmen returned to Test cricket after serving a year-banSteve Smith and David Warner returned to international cricket after serving one-year ban for their involvement in the infamous ball-tampering scandal. While Smith marked his return with piles of runs at Bradmanesque average, Warner failed big-time to translate his white-ball form into the longest format of the game. Smith’s heroic feats in England have marked him out as the next most effective tormenter of the nation’s bowlers after Sir Don Bradman whereas Warner has been tormented by the sheer pace and swing of Stuart Broad.The tale of the two batsmen on their return is very much self-explanatory with these numbers in the Ashes series.Steve Smith: 144, 142, 92, 211, 82, 80 in 6 inningsDavid Warner: 2, 8, 3, 5, 61, 0, 0, 0, 5 in 9 inningsDavid Warner’s poor run-of-form comes as a surprise as he enjoyed a brilliant World Cup campaign, smashing three centuries to finish as the second leading run-scorer in the tournament. But as they say, Test cricket is a different ball game together.While David Warner has been able to manage 84 runs overall in the series, Steve Smith’s lowest score in the ongoing Ashes is 80. The statistic is even more arresting because Warner has had three more innings than Smith.Smith has now scored 761 runs in six innings, almost twice as many as any other batsman on either side in the series that is after missing the third Ashes Test due to concussion. But more than the stats, it’s the circumstances that make this as good as it gets. The dismal performance of David Warner, one of the highest run getters in World Cup 2019, makes Smith’s feat stand out even more.advertisementIf we see the funny side of the story, Steve Smith has hit more boundaries than David Warner’s total score in the series. Credit to his poor from, Warner has also set an unwanted record to his name as he currently has the third-worst Test average of a batsman to play a minimum eight innings in a series. Warner’s 5 in the first innings of the final Test was also his eighth single-figure score of the series, the first time in Test history has had such a return in a series.Steve Smith meanwhile also stands a chance to break Don Bradman’s record of most runs in a series. If Smith manages to get another double hundred in the second innings of the final Test he will surpass Bradman since he scored an astonishing 974 runs during the 1930 Ashes in England.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Nextlast_img read more

HopBox: Handcrafted Homebrew Kit

first_img The Lampuga Air Inflatable Jetboard Is a Go-Anywhere Aqua Thrill Ride Editors’ Recommendations More often than not, the deeper you get into building a serious home brewing operation, the more it starts to look like an oversized chemistry set. To be fair, that’s exactly what it is when you really get down to it, but just because you’re fermenting some stuff doesn’t mean your garage needs to look like a mad scientist’s laboratory.HopBox is a solution to this problem. Designed by architecture student and avid home brewer Michael Langone, the HopBox kit includes everything you need to start brewing: carboys, C02 regulators, siphon tubes, strainers, bottles, hops, barley, yeast — the whole shabang, all fitted neatly inside a sturdy pine box. This way, not only does your brew station stay organized, it actually looks good. This thing wouldn’t be out of place in your living room — let alone your garage.Langone actually started making the boxes and selling them on Etsy, but (unsurprisingly) demand quickly outpaced supply, so now he’s launched a Kickstarter project to help scale up production. At this point in time he’s offering four different models. They vary in size, shape, and included components, but every kit will allow you to start brewing right away. The only difference is how much volume you can brew with each set.The Kickstarter campaign has already blasted past its initial funding goal, so if you back the project within the next couple weeks, you can lock a HopBox down for anywhere from $170 to $285. Langone expects to ship the first units sometime in late July/early August.Find out more here. Cigar Humidors 101: What They Are, How They Work, and the Best Picks How to Buy a House: Must-Read Steps and Tips to Guide You Through the Process Want to Get Dirty in the Name of Wine? Here’s How to Help with This Year’s Harvest A Beginner’s Guide to Road Biking last_img read more

10 Best Portable Grills for Grilling on the Go

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Design nerds and outdoor cooking enthusiasts unite! The UCO grill is brilliant and capable — each piece of the grill slides into a steel tube when disassembled, and assembly takes just a few minutes. The result is a 10-inch by 9-inch grill surface that perches above your campfire, cooking perfectly seared meats. At less than 20 oz in weight, this clever, compact grill is light enough to carry during days of trekking. Great food and the great outdoors, together at last.Buy NowEverdure CubeCreated as part of the Everdure line by famed chef Heston Blumenthal, the Cube is a meat-cooking art geek’s dream. This 15-inch grill, which comes in four colors, features a porcelain enamel firebox and a manual ignition, which ensures that you won’t be stranded in the middle of nowhere with no way to light your grill. A heat protection shield and chrome handles aid in portability (and making sure you don’t burn the hell out of your hands when you’re done cooking).Buy NowSolaire Infrared Portable Anywhere GrillHate waiting for your grill to warm up? If so, the Solaire Infrared Portable Anywhere Grill is just the thing for you. The infrared burner heats up in three minutes and, according to the brand, the high temperatures generated cook your food up to 30 percent faster (while retaining up to 35 percent more natural juices). Another cool feature on this grill is the V-Grate, which helps eliminate flare-ups during grilling.Buy NowChar-Broil Portable Tabletop Charcoal Grill Sometimes, the simplest option is the best option. This tabletop grill from Char-Broil does not have any fancy bells or whistles; it just does what it’s supposed to, and it does it well. The grill only weighs 7.5 pounds and it folds up making for easy transportation and storage. With little to set up or assemble, you’ll be grilling in no time.Buy NowWeber Q 2200Featuring 280 square inches of cooking space, the Weber Q 2200 is an all-around great option when you’re looking for a portable grill. Equipped with one burner that generates 12,000 BTU per hour, this grill makes short work of any meal you may concoct on the go. Folding side tables make the grill easy to store or move, so you’ll really have no worries bringing it along.Buy NowTraeger Ranger Pellet GrillWe love just about everything Traeger puts out and this portable pellet grill is no exception. With a pellet hopper that holds eight pounds and a cooking space that accommodates up to six burgers (or one rack of ribs) at a time, you’ll be cranking out delicious food over your own personal mix of pellets in no time. The grill even comes with a cast iron griddle, allowing you to cook everything from breakfast to dinner. The one downside, though, is that it weighs 60 pounds, making it not great for bringing into the woods while camping.Buy NowAnd, if all of these are just a touch too heavy for your ultra-light ways, check out our list of the best cooking gear for car camping and backpacking, or the Wolf & Grizzly Grill, which The Manual named Best in Show for Camp Cooking at the 2018 Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show.Article originally published by Steven John. Last updated by Sam Slaughter. There’s nothing like a great meal to complement a great day, and there are few better ways to make a day great than by spending it outdoors with friends and family. When you prepare fine foods at a campsite, picnic on a beach, or just hang our in your own backyard, cooking is part of the larger experience and becomes more of a pleasure than a task. That is, so long as you have a decent portable grill on which to do the cooking. I can tell you from plenty of personal experience that trying to cook with inferior equipment while you’re far afield is a recipe for white hot rage and under-cooked burgers.If all you need to do is heat up water to rehydrate packs of camping food, then by all means, stick with a pocket-sized camp stove. If you want to grill up some ribeye, burgers, or salmon fillets while you’re away from it all, then one of these five portable grills will certainly serve all your al fresco cooking needs.Texsport Heavy Duty Camp GrillThere’s no manlier way to cook than with an open fire. This rugged grill folds flat for storage and opens up into a sturdy, durable cook surface that perches atop the flames of your campfire charcoal bed. Its 24-inch by 16-inch cook-top will accommodate several steaks, up to eight burgers, and plenty of roasting veggies. Unfortunately, with its rugged design comes a hefty 10-pound weight, making this grill a bad choice for backpacking. Also, you’ll need some fire starting chops.Buy NowColeman RoadTrip LXE Propane Grill How to Grill Fish: A Quick and Easy Guide to Getting it Right Every Time If you want a gourmet grilling experience when far from home, consider the Coleman RoadTrip LXE. It’s far too bulky for the hiker or mountaineer, but for RV travels or car camping, it brings the comforts of a standard gas grill out into the country. It has two fully adjustable burners, side tables for tools or food, and it folds down small enough for the trunk of most any car. This grill is also small enough to be the perfect addition to a city balcony or patio where saving space is a priority.Buy NowKenyon City GrillSo for this one, you’ll need an outlet, limiting you to a campsite with facilities, an RV, a cabin with power, or your own backyard. But what you lose in suitability for use in remote locations, you gain in amazing performance. This plug-in electric grill could well be the only grill you use at home thanks to its superb heat control and the high temperatures it can reach. You can clean the grate by hand or in the dishwasher; the drip trays last for many uses but can be tossed once overly soiled. Shout out to Kenyon for keeping things simple: the grill is controlled with just one knob, which features an off position and eight different heat settings ranging from low to high. Also, this is the “Official Grill of the Boston Red Sox,” just FYI.Buy NowWeber Smokey Joe Charcoal GrillAh, the little grill that could. If you’ve never cooked using a Weber, you’re missing out on a classic slice of American life. This little grill is every bit as a capable as its iconic larger cousin, the Kettle Grill. The Smokey Joe, however, weighs less than 10 lb and will fit in your compact car’s trunk. Just don’t forget the charcoal. And maybe some lighter fluid. Oh, and the meat … never forget the meat.Buy NowUCO Grilliput Portable Camping Grill The Custom Indian x Traeger Motorcycle Features a Legit Barbecue Grill Sidecar An American Classic: How to Grill Burgers The Right Way Every Time Become a Grill Master this Summer with the Best Grilling Accessories 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Giftslast_img read more

Brief ACsP and SHOs about functioning of SPUNER

first_imgNew Delhi: “Brief ACsP and SHOs about the functioning of Special Police Unit for North Eastern Region (SPUNER) of Delhi Police,” was one of the main points discussed in a meeting held between officers of Delhi Police.Police sources told Millennium Post that the meeting was held in July, headed by Joint Commissioner of Police rank officer. “As many as 16 police officers including Additional CP, Additional DCsP and ACsP were present,” sources said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderSources further revealed that Joint CP (SPUNER), during the discussion, asked the participants to brief ACsP and SHOs of their respective districts about the existence of SPUNER unit and its functioning. “Joint CP (SPUNER) further informed that the DPNER (Delhi Police North East representative) who are working with SPUNER unit are nominated on voluntarily basis for helping the North East victims by assisting the local police as and when they are called. He directed the participants to brief their respective staff and to fully co-operate with the DPNERs,” sources added. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsJoint CP asked the participants to deal with all the complainants politely including North-East people and accept their complaints and in case it is found necessary, FIR should be registered on their complaints. According to Delhi Police annual report 2018, they give topmost priority to the security of people from the North-East region living in Delhi. Specially designated officer Joint CP (SPUWAC and SPUNER) conducted regular meetings with the representatives of North Eastern residents to ensure their security and have a robust feedback mechanism for this purpose. The cell also monitored the calls received on Helpline No. 1093, instituted especially for this purpose.last_img read more

CNN dumps Kathy Griffin after decapitated Trump video

first_imgCNN says it has cut ties with Kathy Griffin after she posted a video that showed her holding a likeness of President Donald Trump’s severed head.The network says it has terminated its agreement with the comedian to appear on its New Year’s Eve programs. For a decade she had co-hosted the annual special with CNN correspondent Anderson Cooper.Her future with CNN had been in doubt since the video appeared on Tuesday. CNN initially called it “disgusting and offensive.”In addition to her losing the CNN job, a New Mexico casino said it was cancelling a July live engagement, and she has lost a commercial endorsement she landed just weeks ago.Griffin has apologized for the video.Meanwhile, President Donald Trump says celebrity Kathy Griffin “should be ashamed of herself” for the video.In a post on his Twitter account Wednesday morning, the president says, “My children, especially my 11-year-old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!”Griffin, who helped with CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage, has apologized, saying that the brief video was “too disturbing” and wasn’t funny.“I went too far,” she says in a second video. “I sincerely apologize.”Many people online called for Griffin to be jailed.The first video showed a straight-faced Griffin slowly lifting the bloody head. She originally described the project with photographer Tyler Shields as an “artsy fartsy statement” mocking the commander in chief.last_img read more

SNCLavalin settles shareholder class actions in Ontario and Quebec for 110M

first_imgMONTREAL – SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. has moved further from its troubled past by settling two class action lawsuits worth a total of $110 million over allegations of misleading investors about its activities in Libya.The company said it will contribute $88 million to the settlement of the cases in Ontario and Quebec. The rest will come from its insurance, said Michael Robb of Siskinds LLP, the lead lawyer of the claim. The agreement is subject to court approval.The settlement amount is far from the $1.25 billion initially claimed by investors who bought SNC-Lavalin shares before they plunged in 2012 after the company announced an investigation into millions in undocumented payments and said its 2011 earnings would be less than expected.“The reason $110 (million) is the number in the settlement is that having gone through litigating the case vigorously for six years and gone through a lot of evidence and procedure, that’s the amount the parties negotiated as a fair and reasonable compromise of this case,” Robb said in an interview from London, Ont.The net amount to be distributed will be calculated after legal fees are deducted, which Robb said would be “significantly less than half” the total settlement.The court will determine the appropriate amount and set up a distribution procedure at hearings expected to take place this fall in Ontario and Quebec.The proceeds will be distributed to investors from anywhere in the world who provide proof that they purchased SNC-Lavalin shares between November 2009 and February 2012.The lawsuits were among the consequences of alleged payments made by SNC-Lavalin to members, associates and agents of the regime of late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi to secure contracts for infrastructure projects in Libya.The company said it has since initiated a series of significant changes and enhancements to reinforce its ethics and compliance procedures.“The class action lawsuit settlement is another step in resolving our legacy issues and de-risking the future of SNC-Lavalin,” the Montreal-based firm said in a news release.SNC-Lavalin also signed an administrative agreement under the federal government’s new Integrity Regime in 2015, reached an agreement with the Commissioner of Canada Elections and with the Ordre des ingenieurs du Quebec in 2016, and reached a settlement with Quebec’s Voluntary Reimbursement Program in 2017.Industry analysts called the settlement a positive outcome for the company.Yuri Lynk of Canaccord Genuity said the settlement amount is “manageable” given that the company had $647 million of cash on hand at the end of March.“We believe, based on our conversations with investors, that the expectation for a settlement was between $150 million and $250 million,” he wrote in a report.“This is the penultimate step towards putting the legacy issues behind the company and removes yet another overhang.”Lynk said the final step will be the settling of outstanding federal charges against the company through a deferred prosecution agreement. He pegged that settlement will likely cost around $300 million.Derek Spronck of RBC Capital Markets added that momentum is building for everything to come together for SNC this year.“The class action lawsuits are being settled, the federal government is moving ahead with a DPA regime, the Champlain Bridge is tracking to targets, and the company has won several multi-billion dollar infrastructure projects.”Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:SNC)last_img read more

Food aid continues in Bangladesh months after deadly cyclone – UN agency

1 July 2008Obtaining food remains the biggest priority for Bangladeshi families living in areas still devastated by Cyclone Sidr last year, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today, announcing it will continue its aid operations to the affected region. The next major harvest in the delta country is not due until November or December, and many households lack sufficient food reserves to last until then, according to a press release issued by WFP.The soaring cost of many basic foods, a worldwide phenomenon this year, has also left many families unable to afford to buy what they need, the agency added. Over the past month WFP has conducted its seventh round of general food distribution since Cyclone Sidr, which struck coastal Bangladesh in mid-November last year, killing more than 3,000 people and leaving millions of others dependent on outside assistance. About 1.5 million Bangladeshis benefited from the latest food distribution round, which consisted of rations featuring rice, pulses, edible oil, blended food, salt and high-energy biscuits. WFP country director Edward Kallon said the round had been completed despite logistical problems caused by the current rainy season. In total, the agency has delivered at least 63,000 tons of emergency food assistance since the cyclone. read more

Nepal Ban concerned over fallout from resignation of Prime Minister

4 May 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced sadness over the turn of events that led to the resignation today of the Prime Minister of Nepal, and has called on all concerned to resolve the crisis through dialogue and consensus. The relationship between the Government and the Chief of Army Staff, who was fired by Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Sunday, lies at the centre of the turmoil. The Prime Minister, who leads the Maoist Communist Party of Nepal (CPN-M), tendered his resignation after the Chief of Army Staff was later reinstated.In a statement attributable to his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said he “is saddened by developments leading to this resignation.” However, he is also “encouraged by the Maoist party’s assurances of its commitment to the peace process, including continued participation in the drafting of the constitution.”The Secretary-General also appealed for the strict adherence to the 2006 Comprehensive Peace Agreement, especially the Agreement on Monitoring of the Management of Arms and Armies (AMMAA), which stipulates clear and specific restrictions on the Nepal Army and the Maoist army.In a report released last week, Secretary-General noted that progress has been made in Nepal’s peace process, including steps towards drafting a new constitution, but warned that relations between the CPN-M and its main coalition partner, the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) (UML), as well as among the four political parties in the Maoist-led coalition Government, remain “fractious, marked by public acrimony and weak consultation over major decisions.”In a statement issued on Sunday after the army chief was fired, Mr. Ban called on “all concerned to resolve the crisis through dialogue and consensus, with full respect for the provisions of the constitution.”A decade-long civil war, claiming some 13,000 lives, ended in 2006 with the signing of a peace accord between the Government and Maoists. After conducting Constituent Assembly elections last May, the nation abolished its 240-year-old monarchy and declared itself a republic. read more

Security Council calls for urgent steps to thwart terrorist menace

The call came in a resolution adopted unanimously during a meeting at the level of foreign ministers, which was convened on the initiative of Ukraine and chaired by Foreign Minister K.D. Knight of Jamaica, the Council’s current president. In today’s text, the Council called for countries to take “urgent steps” to put into action its resolution 1373 adopted on 28 September, which spelled out wide-ranging strategies to combat international terrorism and which also set up a committee to monitor its implementation. The Council underscored that under resolution 1373, Member States had obligations “to deny financial and all other forms of support and safe haven to terrorists and those supporting terrorism.” Today’s resolution also welcomed the commitment expressed by States “to fight the scourge of international terrorism,” and called on them to become parties as soon as possible to the relevant international conventions and protocols relating to international terrorism. In an address before the start of the meeting, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan told the Council that the fight against terrorism must begin with ensuring that the dozen legal instruments on international terrorism adopted under UN auspices were signed, ratified and implemented “without delay.” He also encouraged countries to ensure that resolution 1373 was fully applied.Recognizing that many countries would need help in implementing all the requirements of resolution 1373, the Council invited States to inform its Counter-Terrorism Committee of the areas in which they needed such support. The Committee was asked to explore ways in which countries could be assisted, and to also look at collaborating with international, regional and sub-regional organizations in providing such help. The Council also affirmed that a “sustained, comprehensive approach” involving the entire participation and collaboration of all UN Member States was essential to fighting terrorism, stressing that further international efforts to address global issues such as poverty, regional conflicts, sustainable development and environmental protection would contribute to international cooperation and collaboration, and also play a role in the effort against terrorism. read more

Highprofile Athletic Directors place friendly bet as Badgers head back to Meridian

There will be some high stakes on the line when the Brock Badgers and McMaster Marauders tangle at the Meridian Centre Wednesday night (Feb. 24) .Neil Lumsden, Brock University’s new Director, Athletics and Recreation and a Canadian Football hall-of-famer, has challenged McMaster University Athletic Director Glen Grunwald, a former NBA general manager, to a friendly wager over which school will finish the two games with a higher combined point total.If the Badgers score more points than the Marauders in the two games, Grunwald will have to wear a Brock Badgers jersey to work at McMaster Friday. Should the Marauders win the bet, Lumsden will wear a McMaster uniform to work at Brock Friday. If either team sweeps both games, the losing athletic director will have to wear the full uniform ­— jersey and shorts — to work Friday. We’re going to be perfect hosts and offer them a wonderful experience at the Meridian Centre, until tipoff.“We’re going to be perfect hosts and offer them a wonderful experience at the Meridian Centre, until tipoff,” joked Lumsden. “We’ve already started looking for a jersey that will fit Glen since he’s such a tall guy. I think red will look good on him.”For the teams themselves, the games are important to the standings and the Ontario University Athletics playoff picture.The women’s game, taking place at 5:30 p.m., will see the 10-7 Badgers taking on the 13-4 Marauders, who are ranked eighth in Canada in the Canadian Interuniversity Sports Top 10. McMaster is coming off of a three-game winning streak while the Badgers have won two in a row.“From our own prep, we want to treat it like any other game. But outside of the game it’s far more important because it’s a bridge between Brock University and the community,” said women’s coach Si Khounviseth. “That’s what makes it great.”The men’s game takes place at 7:30 p.m. with the Badgers and Marauders both coming into the matchup with equal 12-5 OUA records. The two teams have been back and forth in the CIS rankings this season, but McMaster currently sits fifth with Brock sitting seventh.“February for us has been about preparing for the playoffs, and this is another game we use for that,” said men’s coach Charles Kissi.This season has seen a remarkable turnaround for the Badgers men’s team.“We’ve won more games this year than we did the two previous seasons,” Kissi said. “We went from not making the playoffs for two years to being nationally ranked and now making the playoffs.”Wednesday’s games mark the second time this season Brock University has hosted basketball home games at the downtown St. Catharines Meridian Centre. Located right next door to the school’s brand new and state-of-the-art Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, the Meridian Centre can hold up to 3,500 fans for basketball games.Tickets for the doubleheader are still available at ticketmaster.ca for $10 including all service fees. There are also $35 courtside seats available. Free tickets for Brock student are available through the Walker Complex welcome desk. read more

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith says individual changes can key Big

As the Big Ten expands to 14 teams with the addition of Rutgers and Maryland, Gene Smith thinks improvement across the conference will come down to individual schools making changes.The Ohio State vice president and athletic director said in a July 7 interview with The Lantern the Big Ten is already doing its part to boost competition levels.“The conferences is doing its job with the national exposure that we get to the Big Ten Network and all the other contracts,” Smith said.He added this income gives the coaches and programs at Big Ten schools the resources to recruit highly-rated athletes and improve their own teams. Smith also said improving the conference’s national standing has to go beyond recruiting.One step towards improving schedules could be eliminating games against Football Championship Subdivision opponents –– a practice OSU has steered away from over the past few years. Last year marked the first time the Buckeyes played an FCS opponent since they took on Youngstown State in 2008. That game ended with a 43-0 OSU victory, while the Buckeyes defeated Florida A&M 76-0 in September.According to a February 2013 article by ESPN, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said the Big Ten agreed to stop scheduling FCS opponents across the board.“The non-conference schedule in our league is ridiculous,” Alvaraz said on a Madison, Wis., radio show, according to the article. “It’s not very appealing.”The article said the ban could start by the 2016 season.Smith said the Big Ten’s new scheduling guidelines are hard to commit to for schools, but it is important to play major opponents.“It’s very difficult to do, to say that you’re not going to play a (FCS) team,” he said. “That you’re going to play one major, at least, in your non-conferences schedule.”Smith added the drive to schedule opponents who are easier on paper stems from the system of needing just six wins to qualify for a bowl game. He said he has never been a fan of that system and thinks it leads to teams trying to pad their schedules with less challenging non-conference games.At the end of the day, Smith said it is still up to the individual schools to figure out how they can put their best product on the field year in and year out.“As an institution, what do you do with your football coach to help him recruit the best talent to where you are so that you can get better?” he asked.While there have been knocks on OSU’s strength of schedule throughout the years, it has been rare to see the Buckeyes not schedule at least one major non-conference opponent. Since the beginning of the decade, OSU has taken on the University of Miami (Fla.) and the University of California twice, and the team is set to take on Virginia Tech this season and in 2015.While Miami and California were not at their peak performance levels during those seasons, Smith said OSU’s non-conference schedule is set to ramp up beyond the next two seasons. Between 2016 and 2023, the Buckeyes are currently scheduled for home-and-home matchups with Oklahoma, North Carolina, Texas Christian University, Oregon and Texas.Scheduling better teams is a start, but Smith said there is still one more ingredient in the recipe for improving the conference’s reputation.“I think our problem in the Big Ten is we need to go beat people,” Smith said. “At the end of the day, you’ve got to go beat non-conference people, so that’s something we have to do better.”Beyond scheduling high-powered opponents, OSU has made changes to Ohio Stadium to boost recruiting as well as the fan experience at Buckeye games. Those changes include a new turf field, additional seats in the south stands and permanent lights to help the scheduling of night games.Smith said these additions are part of a plan for the future but can help recruiting off the bat, especially as OSU’s schedule begins to include more prime-time starts.“Recruiting is off the chain, we know that,” Smith said of the atmosphere at night games. “Because it’s a cool environment.”He also said there is a novelty to night games, so the school has to be sure not to schedule too many or too few.In a May interview, associate athletic director for facilities operations Don Patko said the stadium project had a deadline set for Aug. 14. As of July 7, Smith said the project was still on schedule and within the initial budget of $8.9 million.The OSU football team is scheduled to begin its season Aug. 30 against Navy in Baltimore, Md., at noon. The first game of 2014 at Ohio Stadium is scheduled for Sept. 6, when OSU takes on Virginia Tech at 8 p.m. read more

Ohio State womens volleyball looks to extend winning streak in final nonconference

OSU senior outside hitter Katie Mitchell (17) prepares to hit the ball during a match against Florida State on Sept. 6 at St. John Arena. Credit: Ashley Roudebush / For The LanternWith a demanding Big Ten schedule looming, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team has one more opportunity for a tune-up before it begins conference play.Coming off two straight tournament wins and riding an eight-match winning streak, No. 13 OSU is scheduled to head north this weekend to play in the Golden Grizzlies Invitational in Rochester, Michigan.On Friday, OSU is set to play Eastern Illinois (5-5) at noon and Western Michigan (2-9) at 7 p.m., followed by a match against host Oakland (3-7) on Saturday at 2 p.m.Although his squad is playing three teams with underwhelming records, coach Geoff Carlston said he is prepared to get the best shot of each one.“They’re not going to be as physical as Arizona, but they’re going to pass and play defense probably better than a lot of teams we’ve seen,” Carlston said. “So they’re going to make you earn it. If you’re making tons of mistakes, you’re going to lose.”Carlston said he is pleased with the start that his team has gotten off to this season, but is preaching balance to his players as they head into the weekend and look ahead to their conference schedule.“You can’t get bummed out when you lose because you can play really well and lose,” Carlston said. “And you sometimes you can grind out wins and you can’t feel like you’re the best team in the world, either. You just have to stay steady and confident.”Senior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell said keeping the focus on playing together as a team and controlling the tempo of the game will be important if the Buckeyes want to extend their winning streak.“I know that these teams this weekend aren’t necessarily ranked like we had played the previous weekends, but everyone’s good at what they do,” Campbell said.Carlston has kept practice light during the short week to keep his players fresh as OSU gets into the grind of its schedule.“With our Big Ten schedule and how it shapes up, if we’re going to rest a little bit, this is the time to do it,” he said.Versatility at setterBoth OSU setters have seen plenty of playing time in the early going of the season. Freshman Taylor Hughes leads the Buckeyes with 198 assists, but senior Emily Ruetter is not far behind with 172.Carlston compared the situation to what’s going on at quarterback for the OSU football team with Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett.“We have two very good setters,” he said. “They are very different personalities. You’re going to get a different look. Emily is just steady, steady, steady, and Taylor Hughes is more physical … The two of them together is a really neat combination.”León wins Big Ten co-Defensive Player of the WeekAfter being named the most valuable player of the Blackbird Invitational last weekend, the awards didn’t stop there for Valeria León. The junior libero was also named the Big Ten co-Defensive Player of the Week — alongside Michigan State middle blocker Megan Tompkins — for her efforts in Brooklyn, New York.León had a tournament-high 71 digs, including 35 against then-No. 13 Arizona, the second-best single-game total in OSU history. She has been named to the all-tournament team in all three of OSU’s non-conference competitions. León said she feels that she’s playing at the top of her game right now.“I feel like I worked really hard this summer and preseason,” she said. “I feel like my hard work is just finally paying off. We can only get better from here.”What’s next?The conference schedule is scheduled to begin for the Buckeyes on Sept. 23 when they host No. 23 Minnesota at St. John Arena, the first of four straight home matchups to kick off Big Ten play. read more