September, 2019 Archive
A survey of current NFL players done by USA Today finds that players are more concerned about leg injuries than they are about head injuries.The survey of 290 players who were on rosters in December indicated that 46 percent were most concerned about a knee or leg injury compared to 24 percent who were most worried by the prospect of head or neck injuries. The knee injury suffered by Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski on a low hit by Cleveland Browns safety T.J. Ward was cited by several players as an illustration of their concern, including Ward’s teammate Shaun Lauvao.“You saw what happened to Gronkowski,” Lauvao said. “That’s because of a rule change. The way it was before, he would have just got hit in the head. He would have been there for the next play. It’s a Catch-22. I know they’re trying to make it safer, but some rules changes just take away.”NFL senior V.P. of health and safety policy Jeff Miller said that the league took the players’ concerns seriously, but that they wanted to have more hard data before making any decisions about new or different approaches.“When we look at the number of injuries and the types of injuries and the breakdown as to when and where and how those injuries occur, that’s going to inform the decision-making in terms of the health and safety measures that we take,” Miller said. “So if it turns out that the concern that is expressed in your survey is well-founded as we look at the number at the end of the year, then that’s something we’re going to have to address.”It’s a delicate balancing act to pull off in a game that’s going to produce injuries as long as it’s played by excessively large men moving quickly into one another and it figures to be one that the league addresses often in the years to come.
Winning three of the four major championships in men’s professional golf is no easy feat. Only 18 golfers have ever done it,1And as we’ll see in the table below, only 11 have had a chance to cap off the career slam after 1958, when the PGA Championship switched to stroke play and thus began what’s generally regarded as the modern era of major championships. and of those, only five — Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Gene Sarazen — have gone on to win the fourth and complete the career grand slam.2The tournaments that constitute a grand slam have changed over the years, so we’re only considering the definition in use since 1958: The Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship.One of the 13 golfers stuck on three majors (poor guy, I know) is Jordan Spieth, who joined the club with his win at the British Open in July. And luckily for Spieth, the last major he needs to check off is the PGA Championship, which begins Thursday at the Quail Hollow Club in North Carolina. If Spieth wins, he’ll become the group’s sixth member — and the youngest at the time of his accession. Spieth is OK at golf, gang.But although the PGA is often regarded as the game’s weakest major, even the greatest golfers can get hung up trying to add it to their collection. Of the seven modern-era golfers who weren’t able to secure that elusive fourth major (not counting Spieth, who still has much of his career in front of him), two counted the PGA Championship as their white whale. One of those golfers was some guy named Arnold Palmer, and the other was Tom Watson — owners of 15 total majors between them. But for all their many accomplishments, the duo were never able to capture the Wanamaker Trophy. Lee TrevinoThe Masters13 Sam SneadU.S. Open19 Winning that last major is hard, especially when it’s the PGAGolf’s career grand slam candidates since 1958 Raymond FloydBritish Open7 Jack NicklausBritish Open3✓ Tiger WoodsBritish Open1✓ PLAYERMISSING MAJORCUTS MADE*SUCCESS? Gary PlayerU.S. Open3✓ * With a career grand slam on the line (i.e., after winning the other three majors, but not counting any cuts made after a slam was collected). Nine of Snead’s cuts at the U.S. Open were made before 1958.Source: ESPN Tom WatsonPGA Championship17 Phil MickelsonU.S. Open2 Rory McIlroyThe Masters3 Arnold PalmerPGA Championship21 When modern-era golfers have needed either the U.S. or British Open to cap off the slam, they’ve had at least some success — three wins against 35 cuts made after winning his first three majors.3This includes the nine pre-1958 cuts Snead made at the U.S. Open after he’d picked up the other three majors; we grandfathered him into the data because he also made 10 cuts at the U.S. Open after the modern era began. And the two players who’ve needed only the Masters as their coup de grace, Lee Trevino and Rory McIlroy, are only oh-for-16 in terms of wins versus cuts made. But between Palmer and Watson, slam-seekers are winless in their 38 cuts at the PGA, a record of futility Spieth will try to chip away at.Watson got close at the PGA before the career grand slam was on the line — he finished in a tie for second at Oakmont Country Club in 1978, though he hadn’t yet won the U.S. Open at that stage of his career. He’d get his first chance at the career slam in the summer of 1982 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma — and he put forth a solid effort, finishing in a tie for ninth on the leaderboard. But in his subsequent 23 starts at the PGA Championship, Watson would never get closer than fifth.Palmer, meanwhile, got his first shot at career-slam glory at the 1964 PGA Championship in Columbus, Ohio. He hit it well all week but ended up three strokes back of winner Bobby Nichols, in a tie for second with Nicklaus. It was a tough pill to swallow for sure, but Palmer would get many more whacks at his slam; Nichols would never win another major.But the PGA disappointments kept piling up. At the 1968 PGA Championship in San Antonio, Texas, Palmer entered Sunday two strokes back of leader Frank Beard and saw an opening when Beard blew up in the final round. But 48-year-old (!) Julius Boros played a little better, edging Palmer by a single stroke with a final-round 69.Palmer’s window was closing, but ’68 wouldn’t be his last near-miss. That would come at the 1970 PGA Championship — also played at Southern Hills — where he, for the third time in seven seasons, finished in a tie for second. That meant one of the greatest golfers ever came within a few shots of reaching the sport’s zenith on three separate occasions, only to fall short because of a bad chip here or a poor read there.Now Jordan Spieth — a 24 year-old who celebrated his first birthday two weeks before Palmer was cut from the final PGA Championship in which he appeared — has a chance to do what Palmer couldn’t.Spieth’s path won’t be easy, though — he’ll have to contend with McIlroy, a two-time PGA Championship winner who holds the course record at Quail Hollow4He shot 61 there at the 2015 Wells Fargo Championship. and who — oh, by the way — is also just one major shy of the career grand slam. (He only needs to check off a Masters victory.) Spieth may be golf’s wunderkind du jour, but it wasn’t long ago that McIlroy was the player everyone believed might challenge Jack and Tiger for GOAT status. And despite Spieth’s bid to make history this weekend, McIlroy is the tournament favorite.So it should be a fun duel: Spieth and McIlroy are two of the best golfers in the world and have been for a while. For the 2017 PGA season, Spieth ranks first in strokes gained approaching the green, fourth in total strokes gained on average, seventh in strokes gained from tee to green, 18th in strokes gained around the green, and 47th in strokes gained from putting. (Strokes gained is a statistic that measures how golfers pick up and lose strokes compared to the rest of the field. Spieth leading the PGA tour in strokes gained approaching the green means that, because his approach shots are so good, he is improving his score at a better clip than anyone else in the field. It also confirms what everyone is saying: Spieth is an excellent iron player.)What about McIlroy? He’s battled injury for much of the season, but when he has played, he’s been good. McIlroy hasn’t made enough starts in 2017 for his stats to qualify for the PGA leaderboards, but let’s have a look at them anyway. If he were ranked against the rest of the tour, McIlroy would be first in strokes gained from tee to green and in strokes gained off the tee. And McIlroy’s total strokes gained average would rank third on the tour. His play around and on the green hasn’t been great — he would be tied for 79th in strokes gained around the green and rank 96th in strokes gained from putting, if qualified — but then again, McIlroy’s strength has never been his putter. He’s a tee-to-green kind of player, and that part of his game is firing on all cylinders entering the PGA Championship. The field — and especially Spieth — should be very afraid.Whatever the outcome this Sunday, golf fans should be feeling pretty lucky right now — it’s possible Spieth and McIlroy could both achieve career grand slams by trading wins in the next two majors. But there are no guarantees in golf, especially when it comes to checking off the career slam at the PGA — just ask Palmer and Watson.
Former OSU player Ray Griffin (44) played for OSU from 1974-1977. Credit: OSU AthleticsFormer Ohio State football player Ray Griffin was one of four former players to file a lawsuit on Wednesday on the grounds of lasting effects from sustained concussions during his college career.Ray, the brother of two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin, is suing the Big Ten and NCAA. He is not suing OSU.In Ray Griffin’s lawsuit, it states that the NCAA, Big Ten and OSU had a duty to protect their student-athletes according to the NCAA Constitution. The document outlines Article 2.2 of the constitution titled “Principle of student-athlete well-being,” which includes a student-athlete’s health and safety. The action then states, “The NCAA, Big Ten and Ohio State breached their duties to their student-athletes by concealing the dangers of concussions and refusing to implement reasonable concussion management protocols.”The New England Journal of Medicine article in 1952 that recommended players ceasing to play football after three concussions was the first article published about concussion impact on football players. The suit alleges that the NCAA didn’t acknowledge the dangers of concussions until 1994 in its Sports Medicine Handbook guideline titled “Concussions and Second Impact Syndrome,” also referred to as “Guideline 2o.” That’s three years after return-to-play criteria was developed for football players suspected of head injuries in 1991.The lawsuit also states that until 2010, OSU “completely ignored” the guideline and any concussion safety protocols, and neither the NCAA nor the Big Ten “enforced” the statement in the guideline referring to the removal of an unconscious player permanently from the game or practice the injury occurred in.Griffin’s lawsuit is of the class-action variety, which means he is representing a group rather than just himself. The lawsuit states he is representing all OSU football players from 1952-2010.Ray Griffin played for OSU from 1974-1977. He then played in the NFL from 1978-1984.According to lawsuit, Griffin began to struggle with severe depression, anxiety, short-term memory loss, impulse problems, anger issues and other debilitating problems, all effects of concussions.When selected for a Boston University study on the effects of concussions on football players, Griffin was told he had every marker of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative disease commonly found in the brain of athletes at risk to concussions. He is seeking “economic, monetary, actual, consequential, compensatory and punitive damages,” as well as all past, present and future medical expenses and time and interest lost, according to the lawsuit.Griffin filed his lawsuit with law firm Edelson PC. The firm said that the other lawsuits were from former players of Duke University, the University of Tennessee and the University of Michigan. Last month Edelson PC filed six similar lawsuits against the NCAA on behalf of former players.Editor’s note: This post has been updated to properly reflect the outcome of Raymond Griffin’s participation in a Boston University study. He didn’t learn he had chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Rather, he was told he “displayed every marker for CTE.”
OSU redshirt junior tight end Marcus Baugh (85) flexes after his touchdown during the first half of the Buckeyes game against Rutgers on Oct. 1. The Buckeyes won 58-0. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State lost two of its best options in the passing game in the past week with the departures of wide receiver Noah Brown and H-back Curtis Samuel after their redshirt sophomore and junior seasons. On Tuesday, redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett knew he would have at least one other familiar target in Marcus Baugh.The redshirt junior tight end confirmed on Twitter that he would return for his final season, saying “Lol, I’m staying.”Baugh told Rivals.com affiliate BuckeyeGrove.com that he was coming back to Columbus in 2017, but made it official on Tuesday.Baugh caught 24 passes for 269 yards and scored two touchdowns in 2016. He caught a season-high five passes for 55 yards and a touchdown against Penn State.lol I’m staying https://t.co/cHsPa9gFvG— Beeezy (@MarcusBaugh85) January 10, 2017
After winning the Big Ten regular season and tournament championships, the Ohio State men’s soccer team earned the No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament. “[Our four seed] is recognition of the season,” coach John Bluem said. “The run we had at the end of the season, winning the Big Ten regular season championship, the Big Ten conference championship, beating the teams we did. At the end of the season our RPI kept getting better and better.” Because of that run put together by the Buckeyes, they earned the highest seed in program history, guaranteeing them a bye in the first round of tournament play.Bluem marks an Oct. 25 2-0 loss to Wisconsin as one of the games that was important in going forward. “We lost that game at Wisconsin. Then we won four straight games since then against the best teams on our schedule,” Bluem said. “The team found a nice rhythm and the wins have just improved the confidence and belief this team has in itself.” OSU has been playing well in its last four games, starting with a win against Indiana and ending with a win against Penn State for the conference tournament championship.The Buckeyes also beat archrival Michigan to grab the Big Ten regular season title and defeated Indiana once again in the semifinals. With that win they became the first team ever to defeat Indiana twice in one season. OSU must now sit and wait until its game, which will take place Sunday at 1 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes will await the winner of Drake vs. Western Illinois matchup on Thursday night. “We’ve been working with them to keep their heads on straight [and] take it one game at a time, which they’re going to need to do.” Bluem said. “Anyone in the tournament is going to be good enough to beat you. You’re going to have to respect all your opponents and it will be very important to get a hold on this team’s ego and keep it in check.” For the Buckeyes, it’s their third consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament and seventh in program history. All appearances have come under Bluem’s coaching. He has been with the Buckeyes for 12 seasons. Elsewhere in the tournament, Akron earned the overall No. 1 seed, followed by Wake Forest and Virginia with the second and third. The top four teams in the tournament will have home-field advantage throughout the tournament, assuming they continue to win. At the end of the 48-team playoff, the four remaining teams will advance to the College Cup held at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. The farthest the Buckeyes have ever advanced in the tournament was in 2007, when they lost to Wake Forest in the College Cup Final.
Returning home from a tough road trip to Jacksonville with a 2-0 record, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team will set its sights on this weekend’s home matchup with the Marquette Golden Eagles. Led by senior attacker and captain Logan Schuss’ nine goals over the past two games, the Buckeyes’ offense has been flying high this season, averaging 11.5 goals per game in the first two games of the season. It also earned Schuss Eastern College Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors. Sophomore midfielder Jesse King, who scored two goals Sunday against Jacksonville, said he looks to continue that trend against Marquette. “I think it’s our whole offense, we are slowly starting to come together and build that chemistry between us,” King said. “I know we have the first two lines, that everyone is very capable of scoring.” Two areas in which the Buckeyes struggled during the preseason were winning groundballs and turnovers, and coach Nick Myers said he put a heavy focus on those issues heading into the year. The coach’s message has apparently sunk in as OSU leads its opponents 59-45 in groundballs won. “Groundballs is a stat that speaks to extra possession, that speaks to an effort level, that speaks to a tenacity that certainly we pride ourselves on,” Myers said. “That’s a key component to our success.” A win Saturday is much needed for OSU, which hopes to capture as many wins as possible before what might be a touch stretch in the month of March. Five of the Buckeyes six games in March are against teams ranked in the top 11, including current No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 1 Loyola (Md.). Freshman attacker Carter Brown knows the schedule ahead will be rough, but isn’t overlooking an inexperienced Golden Eagles squad. “We got the board ‘beat Marquette’ in the locker room, just stick to our next game,” Brown said. “Coach has done a great job, telling us just don’t look past our next opponent.” For OSU it is harder to prepare for a team like Marquette, who is in its first season as a program. “I think people underestimate the ability with a first-year program,” Myers said. “It’s a little unsettling knowing they haven’t played and that we have no film. We have very little preparation, and I know they have film on us.” The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Golden Eagles at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
Redshirt-junior Kevin Metka hits the ball during a match against Michigan March 21 at the Varsity Tennis Center. OSU won, 6-1.Credit: Sam Harrington / Lantern photographerA share of history has been captured by the No. 2 Ohio State men’s tennis team.With a 6-1 defeat of Michigan Friday, the Buckeyes tied the NCAA all-time home win streak with their 184th consecutive victory.“It’s been a nerve-wracking experience going through this thing,” coach Ty Tucker said. “Every match has been counted … it’s nice that the guys go down in history.”The Stanford women’s tennis team originally set the record by going undefeated at home from 1999-2011. The Buckeyes (19-2, 4-0) began their streak during the 2003 season and didn’t let the Wolverines (9-7, 1-1) get in their way of the record book.The Buckeyes took the first two matches Friday in doubles to give them a quick 1-0 lead.Redshirt-sophomore Chris Diaz and freshman Herkko Pollanen of OSU defeated Michigan juniors Alex Petrone and Michael Zhu 8-7 (7-2). It was the first time Diaz and Pollanen played together this season, showing poise to dominate the tiebreaker and win the point.Not long after that, OSU’s senior Peter Kobelt and redshirt-junior Kevin Metka beat Michigan seniors Alex Buzzi and Barrett Franks, 8-6, to give the Buckeyes the advantage heading into singles play.Diaz was off first, again, after beating junior Vlad Stefan 6-0, 6-2. Redshirt-junior Hunter Callahan then finished off Buzzi 6-1, 6-1. Both Diaz and Callahan jumped out to big leads en route to pushing the Buckeyes to a commanding 3-0 lead.Although the Varsity Tennis Center was filled to capacity and history was on the line, Diaz said he was able to stay calm throughout the match.“I’d been struggling a little bit so to get another win under my belt felt good,” Diaz said. “I just try to relax and tell myself to focus and not to think too much … sometimes I get way to into it and just have to remember it’s just a game.”Kobelt, as he has done multiple times already this season, clinched the match and put the Buckeyes in the record book with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 win over Petrone. As the captain of the team and part of 68 of those home wins, Kobelt said sealing the win was something special.“To get the final point against Michigan at home and to set the record, it’s like a storybook kind of thing,” Kobelt said. “At the end of the day, we’re just trying to get a win and win the Big Ten.”As is custom in Big Ten play, the unfinished matches continued even after the match had already been decided.Metka and redshirt-freshman Ralf Steinbach both won in three sets to give the Buckeyes six points. Pollanen was the only OSU player to lose, falling in a two-set marathon match to senior Shaun Bernstein 7-6 (8-6), 7-5.The Buckeyes have the opportunity to break the tie and have the most dominant home win streak in the history of the NCAA next Friday when No. 25 Northwestern comes to town.“Hopefully we have enough magic in us to win one more home match and kick Stanford out of the equation,” Tucker said.The match against the Wildcats is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at the Varsity Tennis Center.
Then-freshman defender Taylor Schissler makes a play on the ball in a game against Pittsburgh Aug. 28, 2013. OSU won 2-0. Credit: Lantern file photoIt was a tough Friday night for the Ohio State women’s soccer team as it lost on the road against No. 8 Penn State.The Nittany Lions outscored the Buckeyes, 5-1, handing the team its worst loss of the season. The most goals allowed by the Buckeyes before the loss on Friday was three, in losses against Purdue on Sept. 14 and then-No. 4 Virginia Tech on Aug. 31.Scoring began early when Penn State freshman forward Frannie Crouse gave the Nittany Lions the lead by scoring off a cross in the second minute. Penn State added another goal in the first half when sophomore midfielder Salina Williford scored off an OSU turnover in the 27th minute.Penn State took a 2-0 lead into the half while also holding a 7-1 lead in shots. The Buckeyes got on the board early in the second half when freshman midfielder Sydney Dudley scored on a header off a cross in the 46th minute. The Nittany Lions responded quickly with a goal from senior defender Whitney Church less than three minutes later.Penn State increased the lead to 4-1 in the 65th minute when Crouse scored her second goal of the evening on a breakaway. The Nittany Lions added another goal to their lead in the 76th minute from junior forward Raquel Rodriguez off a cross from freshman midfielder Haleigh Echard.Penn State held 14-4 advantage in shots. OSU is 1-5-0 this season when trailing opponents in shot attempts.The Buckeyes fell to 4-5-0 for the season and 1-2-0 in Big Ten play, while the Nittany Lions improved to 7-1-0 and 3-0 in the Big Ten.The Buckeyes next game is scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m. against No. 22 Illinois at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Ohio State sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski (center) poses for a photo with Cam Lee and Wyatt Kalynuk at Philadelphia Flyers development camp. Credit: Zack Hill | Philadelphia Flyers senior director of public relationsAfter the success the Ohio State men’s hockey team saw last year, reaching the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2009, a handful of players from the team received opportunities to skate for NHL teams during the summer.Five players who are returning from last year’s team — forwards Mason Jobst, Tanner Laczynski, Dakota Joshua and John Wiitala and defender Wyatt Ege — and three players who graduated — forward Nick Schilkey, defender Josh Healey and goalie Matt Tomkins — were invited to development camps for NHL teams across the country. These camps are meant to give teams a chance to check out prospects whom they already drafted, as well as give other young players a chance to gain experience with NHL coaches and staff.“It was really fun,” said Wiitala, who skated with the Minnesota Wild. “My family has been season-ticket holders for [the Wild] for a long time so I’ve seen a lot of games there, but it was cool getting to meet players around the rink that I’ve been watching for a really long time.”This was Wiitala’s first year attending the camp, as it was for Ege, who skated with the Vegas Golden Knights expansion team.While this was a new experience for Ege and Wiitala, Laczynski and Joshua went to their second and third NHL camps this past summer, respectively.Joshua was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the sixth round of the 2014 draft, and Laczynski was selected in the fifth round of the 2016 draft by the Philadelphia Flyers. Both players attended their respective teams’ development camps.“I came in this year with a little bit more confidence, and it was more of a better experience overall, just enjoying my time there and not being so nervous, knowing most of the guys and coaching staff,” Laczynski said.Making his third appearance to an NHL camp, Joshua said he feels more like a veteran, and the camps give him a taste of what he hopes to achieve.“Going there as a young kid obviously I knew it was going to be a long time before I had a chance of making it somewhere in the organization, but now that I’m getting older, it’s getting closer and closer,” Joshua said. Jobst, whose 55 points led the Big Ten a season ago, was the fifth returning player to attend a camp. He attended camps for both the Boston Bruins and the reigning Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.“It was pretty surreal to put the jersey on for the first time and just get to meet all of the coaches and the coaching staff, and seeing the Stanley Cup was an unbelievable feeling, and everyone was so great there,” Jobst said.The Buckeyes have an exhibition game at home against Ryerson on Sept. 30, and then start the regular season on the road at Wisconsin on Oct. 6. Despite losing key contributors like Schilkey and goalie Christian Frey, the hockey team has continued to maintain lofty positions for this upcoming season.“I think that every player has their individual goals, but I think what’s really important is the team goals, getting back to the tournament, and not just making it there, making a dent, and making a little run,” Witala said.To make this run, new players will need to step up — the Buckeyes graduated two of their three leading scorers this offseason — but each player said there are things he learned in development camps, like the importance of nutrition and skating stride, that he can bring back to Columbus. “The biggest thing is the work ethic,” Joshua said. “The ones that you see make it are working really hard, learning how to try and match that and bring that every day I think is a big thing for me to bring back here.”
Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff calls out a play in the first half of the game against Rutgers on March 3. Ohio State lost 66-56. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorIt was a tale of two halves for the Ohio State women’s basketball team (14-13, 10-8) when it took on Rutgers (21-8, 13-5) on Sunday. Despite outscoring the Scarlet Knights 22-9 in the first quarter, the Buckeyes’ ugly side reared its head in the second half, as Rutgers overcame a 13-point deficit at halftime to take the win 66-56. With the loss, the Buckeyes snap a four-game winning streak and now move into the Big Ten tournament as the No. 5 seed. Ohio State redshirt senior forward Makayla Waterman said the loss can be attributed to the 30 turnovers the Buckeyes recorded.“We couldn’t take care of the ball,” Waterman said. “If we want to win any games, that can’t happen. I think we know that, but we were just getting frustrated with ourselves.”Despite suffering the team’s first loss since Feb. 10, redshirt senior guard Carly Santoro said it won’t affect the team negatively moving forward.“I just think it fuels our fire to go into the Big Ten tournament and make some noise,” Santoro said. “We’re not going to hang our heads on this game. we’re just going to learn from and prepare for the next team we have. A loss like this isn’t fun, but we’ll use it to motivate us.”Santoro shot 4-of-7 from the field for a team-leading 13 points with two 3-point makes. Early on, the game looked like a picture-perfect rematch of when Ohio State trounced Rutgers with a 20-point win on the road on Feb. 14. The Buckeyes jumped out to a 22-9 lead in the first quarter, shooting 72 percent from the field in the first half, including an almost perfect 5-of-6 from 3. Janai Crooms was a huge reason for the early lead. The freshman forward led the team with eight points in the first half, six coming from the 3-point line. Crooms was only able to tack on four additional points in the second half to finish the game with 12 points along with four assists and four rebounds. However, the Scarlet Knights employed an effective full-court press to force turnovers and Ohio State went from dominating the first half to shooting only 21 percent in the second half. The Buckeyes managed to make only three shots in the second half.Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff said the team’s focus will be a key thing addressed in future practices, and that there were times his team handled the pressure of this game “abysmally.”“Our attention to detail and focus was not as good as it’s been,” McGuff said. “We got to get back to making sure we’re sharp in practice and really preparing for the teams we face.”Also factoring into the shift of power in the game was the Scarlet Knights tallying 15 offensive rebounds to Ohio State’s two. This allowed Rutgers to get more looks at the basket and helped lead to the Buckeyes being outscored 41-18 in the second half. Even with forcing 22 turnovers, the Buckeyes could not hit shots down the stretch, going 1-for-8 from the field in the fourth quarter in the defeat.McGuff attributed his team’s late collapse to its failure to minimize mistakes.“I think there’s the fact that we made a mistake and then it would carry over into the next play and the next play,” McGuff said. “One turnover is not just one turnover. It’s potentially a missed defensive assignment or something else. Our kids are trying to do the right thing. They’re just getting a little bit too down on themselves and not getting back to the next play.”Ohio State moves forward to the Big Ten tournament this week from March 6-10 at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
The Buckeyes line up on the line of scrimmage during the 2019 Spring Game on April 13. Gray beat Scarlet 35-17. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignThe future of the Ohio State offensive line was at the Spring Game. But it was not on the field. Jonah Jackson, a graduate transfer from Rutgers, who will not join the Buckeyes officially until fall camp, was on the sideline during the game as was five-star center Harry Miller. But they could not help head coach Ryan Day’s offense immediately. Day had only 11 offensive linemen available for the Spring Game, forcing him to shorten the quarters and have a running clock in the second half, protecting the health of an already depleted room. On top of not being 100 percent in terms of what the room would look like in the fall during spring practice, Day already had the offensive line as one of his main worries heading into his first spring as head coach. And after the Spring Game, that did not change. “At the offensive line, we have four guys to replace there,” Day said. “They’re probably the least experienced.” But to redshirt sophomore guard Wyatt Davis, spring practice was not a time to wait for those members of the line who were not there yet or not healthy, like junior tackle Thayer Munford. It was a time to see which of the young players could emerge. “All the guys that came in early, they have really stepped, I mean all the young guys, they really have been stepping up,” Davis said. “They have been developing better every week and I’m excited to see what they are going to do this fall camp.” In the Spring Game, the Ohio State offensive line showed off its ability to block, especially in the running game. Ball carriers averaged 5.1 yards per carry Saturday, scoring four total touchdowns, including two by redshirt freshman running back Master Teague and one on a read option by sophomore quarterback Justin Fields. But the spring was also a time for personal growth. Spending the majority of his time at right guard, Davis has been viewed as one of the secure starters on the line from the start of practice. However, he does not view it in that way. “Nothing’s for sure as far as the offensive line goes until that first game,” Davis said. “I just been trying to prove that I can play that spot and just trying to get better each day.” In the middle, redshirt sophomore center Josh Myers said that the Spring Game was the end of his goal, saying he wanted to focus on his personal development, getting a lot of reps and staying healthy, all of which he accomplished. While waiting for depth, Ohio State saw the emergence of a young player that may have the opportunity for increased playing time come fall: redshirt freshman tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere. Starting at right tackle in the Spring Game, facing what many on the offensive line consider to be some of the best defensive ends in the country, Petit-Frere continued to show consistency, showing what he had shown in multiple practices before. Davis also highlighted the play of redshirt freshman Matthew Jones and freshman Ryan Jacoby on the line, saying both had made strides in the right direction during the spring. Myers said he feels as though the offensive line, with the pieces they have, has made progress from spring to the end of the Spring Game. “I think there were a lot of question marks at the beginning of the spring, a lot of guys that had to prove themselves,” Myers said. “I think, for the most part, the guys stepped up to the plate and accepted the challenge and had a good spring.” But there remains questions to be answered, such as how much playing time will be allotted to the members of the line.Once Jackson, Miller, four-star tackle Enokk Vimahi and three-star tackle Dawand Jones arrive and Munford gets healthy, Ohio State will have a better idea of what the line will look like. That is the day Myers looks forward to. “I like that it’s a new group and we are going to have to find cohesiveness and get better,” Myers said.
A teenager has told an inquiry she was leaning against a wall while “mucking about” in a school changing-room when the structure collapsed, killing another pupil.The girl also described how she felt “scared” to talk to police when they questioned her about the tragic incident the following day.Keane Wallis-Bennett, 12, died when a “modesty wall” in the PE block at Liberton High School in Edinburgh collapsed on her on April 1, 2014.A fatal accident inquiry (FAI) is being held at Edinburgh Sheriff Court to examine the full circumstances surrounding the incident.Two schoolgirls who were in the changing-room at the time were called to give evidence to the inquiry on Wednesday.One of the girls, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the hearing she was changing in the shower area for football at PE, the second lesson of the day, when the accident happened.Giving evidence via a video link, the teenager said: “Me and (another girl) were sort of mucking about, having a laugh, and we just sort of had our feet on the opposite wall, it was only for a couple of seconds. She later said she was “already getting blamed for stuff” from other pupils.Another girl, who cannot be named, told the court how she sustained bruises when the falling wall hit the side of her legs as she stood in the changing room.The inquiry continues. “Then I can’t actually remember what happened after because all I remember was the wall falling back.” The witness demonstrated how her back had been on the wall that fell down, with her feet on an opposite wall.”I was facing the shower wall, so I leaned on the wall that fell down,” she told Gavin Anderson, the advocate representing Keane’s parents.The witness told the FAI she did not need to climb up to get into that position. “It wasn’t like that big a gap (between the two walls),” she said.The girl said she then fell with the wall when it collapsed and she had to get back on her feet.Asked if she had been pushing back towards the wall she was leaning on, she replied: “No, I think I was just trying to keep myself up. (It was) only a couple of seconds because it went by so quickly … maybe two or three seconds.”The witness said that was the first time they had done something like that and she had never seen anyone else doing so. She said the pupils were all in “shock” following the incident.The inquiry heard the girl was spoken to by police the following day. Asked whether she had told them everything she knew, she replied: “No, I was scared and didn’t know what to do.” Police outside Liberton High School in 2014Credit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: “At this early stage, it is believed the man was struck by a metal pole which formed part of training facilities at the centre. “It can be confirmed that the man was a competitor at the World Para Athletic Championships being held in London. His next of kin have been informed. Police officers remain at the scene and cordons are in place. The Health and Safety Executive have been informed.” Para athlete Abdullah Hayayei has died following a training incident in London ahead of the upcoming World Para Athletics Championships, the International Paralympic Committee has announced.The 36-year-old, who represented the United Arab Emirates in the F34 class javelin and shot put at Rio 2016, was training at Newham Leisure Centre in preparation for the championships, which begin on Friday at the London Stadium.An IPC statement said: “Emergency services were called shortly after 17:00 to reports of a seriously injured man. Police, London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance attended the scene. At 17:20 the athlete was pronounced dead at the scene. Ed Warner, co-chair of London 2017, added: “This is a devastating event and everyone within the London 2017 organising committee is shocked and saddened.”Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Abdullah’s family and team-mates at what is undoubtedly a very difficult time for them. We will be working closely with all the competitors and teams over the days ahead to offer support wherever it is needed.” A moment of silence will be held to remember Hayayei during Friday’s opening ceremony. “The athlete’s family who are in the UAE have been informed of his death and the UAE team were brought together at the team hotel to be informed of the tragic news.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. IPC president Sir Philip Craven said: “We are all truly devastated by this tragic news and the passing of Abdullah.”The thoughts, prayers and condolences of the whole Paralympic movement are with Abdullah’s family, friends and team-mates as well as the whole of the National Paralympic Committee of the UAE. We are all in a state of shock at this terrible tragedy.” A file picture of Para athlete Abdullah HayayeiCredit:Al-Bayan Our thoughts & condolences are with the family, friends & teammates of UAE’s Abdullah Hayayei at this tragic time.https://t.co/Md0jX4ok9b— Paralympic Games (@Paralympics) 11 July 2017 Saddened to hear of the death of UAE Para athlete Abdullah Hayayei. London’s condolences are with his family, friends and teammates. https://t.co/d7DrbbsZcl— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) 12 July 2017
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan, late Wednesday night revealed that about 300 prisoners have been released following the massive fire which flattened the Georgetown Prison at Camp Street.An aerial view of the Camp St. prison following the disastrous Sunday fireHe also stated that 85 convicted inmates have been relocated to the Mazaruni Prison in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).The Minister made those revelations in an interview with media operatives at the University of Guyana Turkeyen and Tain Talks at the Pegasus Hotel.However, Imran Khan, Director of Public Information, is refuting the assertions posited by the Public Security Minister and is saying that 300 prisoners were not released.In a social media comment posted this morning Khan said “300 prisoners were transferred to other prisons (Mazaruni, Timehri and New Amsterdam) NOT released.”Ramjattan had said that the approximately 300 persons include those who have been granted bail for non-violent offences and prisoners who were scheduled for release in the months of July and August.Moreover, the Minister had said that he invoked his extraordinary powers and granted those inmates early release since they would have displayed good behaviour for the duration of their sentences.Ramjattan further stated that more prisoners are expected to be released to ease overcrowding and make room for those displaced.“We will be going to the other prisons at Mazaruni, Lusignan and Timehri and see those prisoners who are scheduled to be released soon and if they display good behaviour, they will also be released, so we can transfer those (from Camp Street) to those facilities,” the Minister stated.A press conference is scheduled to be held today (Thursday) at 1pm with the Public Security Minister and the Commissioner of Police, among others, to provide updates on the Georgetown Prison incident.INews will be seeking clarification at the press briefing.Meanwhile, acting Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels, told the Government’s Information Hub on Wednesday that prison authorities are currently working to accurately inform the public about the prisoners as soon as possible.“I know that the media is seeking a lot of information as it relates to names of persons who have been transferred, who have been discharged, who are probably at large; we are currently working on compiling all of those lists, so that the information can be provided… We have several persons putting the pieces together,” he stated.Director of Prisons (acting) Gladwin SamuelsSamuels added that, once completed, the information would be submitted to the Public Security Minister, who would in turn make it public. This information, the acting Director of Prisons noted, would bring some sense of relief to the public, especially in light of speculations that there are “many prisoners” at large following Sunday’s incident.Authorities revealed earlier in the week that some 1018 inmates were at the Camp Street facility at the time of the jailbreak. But there have been subsequent reports of that figure being 1090, 1110 and even 1144.Commissioner of Police, Seelall Persaud when asked earlier in the week to state what was the exact number of prisoners that were at the Camp Street Prison at the time of the incident, related that, “I am interested in the ones that have escaped…we are trying to assist the prison in restoring order, and pursue those who have escaped and get them rearrested.”Wanted from left: Desmond James, Cobena Sephens and Cornelius ThomasThe Force confirmed on Wednesday that eight prisoners are on the run. out of the eight, wanted bulletins have been issued for six of the them, while the police and army officers are combing the backlands of East Bank and East Coast Demerara villages, as well as in the community of Buxton in search for some of the escapees.Wanted from left: Mark Royden Durant aka Royden Williams, Uree Varswyke aka Malcolm Gordon, Sherwin Nero a/k Sherwin Moses c/d “catty” and Stafrei Hopkenson AlexanderSunday’s fire which flattened the Camp Street jail had served as a distraction for inmates to escape from prisons. In their bid to do so, several prison officers were brutally attacked, and have suffered from shotgun wounds and lacerations.In fact, one of the seven wounded officers, 33-year-old Odinga Wickham, succumbed to gunshot wounds to the chest.
The gun and ammunition in questionA dog food vendor is now being processed for court after he was found in his Sophia, Greater Georgetown home with an unlicenced firearm on Thursday.The discovery was made at around 10:45h during a search by ranks of the “C” Divison.According to the Police, the 25-year-old was in the “E” Field Sophia house when the .32 Taurus pistol was found along with 12 matching rounds of ammunition. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDog food vendor charged with gun, ammo possession assaulted in Prison- SamuelsOctober 13, 2018In “Crime”Sophia resident in custody over unlicenced gunJuly 18, 2018In “Crime”Sophia man remanded after found with unlicenced gun, ammoJuly 16, 2018In “Court”
Haber will perform demonstration runs in Suriname soon using its hydrometallurgical “green” recovery technology on sulphide ores to prove to the government of Suriname, small scale miners and mining companies that it can more than double the current extraction efficiencies and eliminate the use of mercury. Albert B. Conti, CEO of Haber stated, “The newly elected Surinamese government has run on a platform of “green” gold mining to eliminate the use of mercury as an initiative to solve the environmental problems plaguing the country and has solicited Haber to demonstrate its technology as a possible method to effectuate its stated goal. Also the government’s interest in implementing Haber’s Strategic Abatement of Mercury and Poverty (STAMP) program to deal with small scale miners would create new opportunities for the people of Suriname and would have a significant and profound humanitarian, environmental and economic impact on Suriname’s development dynamics and could greatly stimulate its economy.” Haber’s demonstrations will use concentrates and head ore received from private and public gold mining companies. The Surinamese government and officials of international organisations will also be in attendance to observe the testing. Currently gold mining companies in Suriname are only obtaining gold recovery efficiencies in the mid 30% range using mercury. Haber has extensively tested representative materials from the region and obtained efficiencies in the 90% range, indicating that Haber’s “green” technology, if commercially implemented, could potentially more than double revenues without any increase in mining volumes. One of the objectives of the demonstration is to confirm this significant efficiency improvement to all stakeholders.Successful demonstration results would lead to the initiation of government discussions on a Suriname/Haber strategic partnership drafted to advance the countries “green” gold initiative. Furthermore, it was indicated that as part of any potential final agreement the government would provide or assist in the necessary funding to begin a small commercial Haber pilot processing plant on a current Surinamese mining operation that is using mercury.Conti continues, “The country has large gold resources which have not yet been fully exploited. Accordingly, there are numerous opportunities where Haber’s technology could be used and revenues generated. Suriname represents a unique opportunity for our company to provide an environmentally friendly process to the mining community with significant opportunities for increasing the extraction efficiencies and thereby revenues for Haber and all mercury users.“We expect to begin the gold processing demonstrations before early-October in Paramaribo and intend on establishing a permanent operations office in Paramaribo before the end of the year. Haber has pursued for nearly six years introduction of its ‘green’ technology to eliminate the use of mercury in gold mining. It now appears that the recently elected Surinamese government’s strong ‘green’ gold policy presents a significant opportunity to begin to realise that objective. Success in Suriname would present a country blueprint on how other countries can successfully transition into becoming ‘green’ gold producers with Haber’s environmentally friendly technology being an integral part of that solution. However, it must be noted that there is no guarantee that Haber can successfully meet the protocol objectives of the demonstrations or enter into any agreements with the government or mining companies”.
Exhibitors at AIMEX 2013, both large and small, are planning some major product releases at the exhibition. Asia-Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition – AIMEX 2013 will be held at the Sydney Showground from August 20-23. Here’s a quick snapshot of just a few of the new products and services that will be on show:APS Lighting & Safety will unveil new LED work lighting products on Stand 3005Australian Radio Towers (ART) will launch a trailer-mounted mast specifically designed for rapid-deploy communications within the mining industry on Stand R094BAC Systems will be unveiling its latest racking and shelving concept on Stand 5525Bauer Group will launch a new compact hydraulic drilling rig as well as a new desanding plant on Stand 3422Bisalloy Steels will unveil what it describes as the hardest quenched and tempered steel made in Australia on Stand 4225Bradken will unveil a new ground engaging tool (GET) system as well as a new Ultiroller range designed to maximise excavator undercarriage life on Stand 2011Bullion Group will release a web-based software system designed to help small to medium businesses manage their people, plant, processes and procedures on Stand H1055Cooper Split Bearings and Kaydon Bearings will debut an increased range of new specialist bearings for mining applications on Stand 2005Diplomat Blades will exhibit its newest protective glove, which is designed to offer cut and impact protection while preventing overheating, on Stand 8014Downer will be launching its ReGen mine reclamation and land rehabilitation service on Stand SL300DuPont will focus on an expanded range of product and service offerings for the mining industry on Stand B1008Enerpac will unveil what it describes as some of the world’s most advanced portable, powerful and safe bolting and hydraulic pumping technology, along with high-precision heavy lifting equipment on Stand H1079Equipment Placement will headline three new mining productivity innovations with a world-first mining truck turntable on Stand 0122Exsto Group will launch a new light, with a minimum 40,000 lumens output, designed to provide permanent light for night work, area illumination or remote site exploration on Stand R109Fenner Dunlop Australia will unveil a new 24/7 conveyor diagnostic and alert system on Stand 0616Flexco will showcase a wide range of new conveyor belt technology on Stand 4907Gates Australia will unveil both a new 413 bar high-pressure 2-inch hose with a one-piece, non-skive coupling and a new 2-inch crimping machine on Stand H1088HELLA Australia will be unveiling its new HypaLUME LED floodlight on Stand 5707Hummingbird Electronics will release new vibration-immune tilt switches for mobile machinery on Stand SL405Huski will show a new cotton anti-static mining jacket described as the first such industry-specific jacket to be developed in Australia on Stand H18Integrated Emergency & Industrial Equipment Solutions will be showing its new slide and tilt drawer systems as part of a comprehensive line-up of Chambrelan products on Stand B1068ITT Blakers will launch the award-winning new Goulds XHD mining pump on Stand H1137Loadrite will show a new onboard weighing system for large mining excavators and shovels, on Stand S150MineSight Applications will be displaying its new MineSight Atlas multiple-activity, short-term planning and scheduling technology on Stand H1028Minprovise will introduce a new range of conveyor rollers and idlers on Stand H1126Modular Mining Systems will highlight its new MineAlert™ safety management tools on Stand 135SNautitech Mining Systems will be unveiling a new high-precision underground gas sensor among a range of specialist electronics products on Stand 2511NHP Electrical Engineering Products will show a recently released range of medium voltage products, from switchgear components to transformers, including substation automation solutions, on Stand 2020Norbar Torque Tools will be launching its new Evotorque electric torque wrench on Stand 2513NORD Drivesystems will spotlight its newest range of compact NORD Industrial Gear Units (IGU) on Stand 1711Pedders Suspension will be showing its new GVM upgrade kits for the Toyota Landcruiser VDJ79series ute and the Ford Ranger PX model on Stand S138Pipe & Buoy Australia will be displaying the latest ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) pipes from China on Stand 8104PJL Diesel will show off its new Vision X specialist MXL Mining Series LED lights, featuring phosphorescent-based lighting, on Stand 0925Pro Air Solutions will unveil its new V22 atomised water cannon on Stand B1069Redstar Equipment will showcase a new Australian-designed Sumo Jumbo electrical distribution board on Stand B1074Scania will unveil the latest addition to its growing range of mine-spec vehicles on Stand 5220Simple Green will showcase its recently released mine site cleaner and degreaser Simple Green®Mine Clean on Stand H1025Solar Hire will display the latest models in its range of mobile solar lighting towers on Stand H1003Ugly Fish Eyewear will launch its new multi-functional range of safety glasses on Stand B1028Valspar Automotive Australia will launch its new Valspar Industrial Mix coating system on Stand 7125Workwear Group will showcase a new range of fire retardant workwear that offers mine, oil, gas and electrical workers protection from arc flash, flash fire and heat stress on Stand SL540.
Incorporated in April 2014, Caspeo Chile launched its operations in May, 2014. Caspeo Chile is a 100% subsidiary of Caspeo, France, publishing the BRGM software range for process analysis: USIM™ PAC, BILCO™ and ECHANT™. Caspeo is also the author and publisher of INVENTEO™, an integrated solution for metallurgical accounting. Caspeo Chile will distribute and support Caspeo software products in Chile and surrounding countries. Based in Santiago, it will also provide associated consultancy in this region, such as process design and optimisation, implementation of INVENTEO and sampling expertise.Caspeo Managing Director, Marie-Véronique DURANCE, said: “Caspeo Chile SpA will help us to be closer to our customers to better understand and answer their needs and at the same time will be helpful to improve our market share in South America.”
The 2016 SME Annual Conference & Expo call for papers/abstract submission site is now open. You can access it from this link: http://sme2016.abstractcentral.com/. The deadline for abstract submission is Monday, August 3, 2015. The conference will be held February 21-24, 2016, Phoenix, Arizona. The meeting theme is The Future for Mining in a Data-Driven World” Abstracts do not need to address this theme; it is only a umbrella idea for what is impacting the industry currently.The International Mining Technology Hall of Fame gala induction dinner will be held during that week, on Monday, February 22 at the Hyatt Regency in Phoenix. www.im-halloffame.com
ALTA 2018, organised by ALTA Metallurgical Services, is the 23rd year of one of the world’s premier annual metallurgical events. This annual event is a gathering of the global nickel, cobalt, copper, uranium-REE-Li and gold-PM industries and features highly focused programs, topical forums and presentations by key international speakers. Held over eight days, it comprises three international conferences in one week:Nickel-cobalt-copper sessions (May 21-23 2018), including hydromet processing of copper, nickel & cobalt sulphides forum & panelUranium-REE-Li sessions (May 24-25 2018), including lithium processing forum & panelGold-PM Sessions (May 24-25 2018), including refractory and complex gold ores forum & panel.There will also be three short courses:A-Z of copper ore leaching (19 May)SX and its application to copper, uranium & nickel-cobalt (20 May)Uranium ore processing (26 May)