Ohio State’s women’s soccer team posted an 0-2 record against Big Ten foes last weekend and, according to coach Lori Walker, the team’s performance was as poor as she’s ever seen. The weekend started for the Buckeyes with a 1-0 home defeat to Iowa Friday. Then came a 3-2 loss to Nebraska Sunday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes (8-7-1, 3-4-1) have lost three matches in a row, with all of the defeats coming at the hands of conference foes. Coach Lori Walker was noticeably frustrated by the team’s play this weekend. “I think our team is playing about as poorly as I’ve ever seen us play,” Walker said. After being held scoreless Friday, the Buckeyes showed more energy offensively Sunday, outshooting the Cornhuskers 26 shots to 14. Despite scoring two goals, Walker said the team is struggling most on the attack. “I think that our inability to be dangerous in the final 25 yards of the field is absolutely crippling our confidence,” she said. “Although we found a couple of goals today, we are not consistently being dangerous in the last 25 yards. “You can’t outshoot a team 26 to 14 and find a way to lose 3-2 unless your attack is in the crapper right now, and ours is.” Trailing 3-1, senior defender Danielle Scoliere settled a loose ball in the box and finished from six yards out to bring the Buckeyes within a goal in the 81st minute. It was her first goal of the season. The Buckeyes dug themselves into an early second half deficit, allowing a Nebraska goal in the 50th minute. The gap swelled to 3-1 in the 71st minute when OSU gave up a breakaway goal. Junior forward Lauren Granberg tied the game in the 26th minute with her third goal of the season. After a deflected header attempt by senior forward Paige Maxwell, the ball landed in front of Granberg who finished into a wide open net level the score, 1-1. OSU fell behind early when it conceded an own goal to the Huskers in the 11th minute. October has not been kind to the Buckeyes, who are now 1-3-0 during the month. The Buckeyes continue Big Ten play this week with two away matches. OSU will face Michigan Friday at 7 p.m. and Michigan State Sunday at 12 p.m.
Redshirt-freshman cornerback Eli Apple (13) waits for the ball to be snapped during a game against Minnesota on Nov. 15 in Minneapolis. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorAfter sending a first-round draft pick in Bradley Roby to the NFL, the Ohio State Buckeyes had a void to fill at cornerback.Enter Eli Apple.The redshirt-freshman cornerback has stepped into a starting role for the Buckeyes and has helped the OSU defense to the 18th best pass defense in the country.OSU coach Urban Meyer said he was pleased to see Apple’s success after a less-than-successful 2013 redshirt year for the New Jersey native.“Eli Apple is a guy that I’d like to think is a product of the way we do our business,” Meyer said Monday. “In the weight room, in the classroom … he was not what we wanted when we signed him.”Apple agreed with his coach, adding that he was challenged more than just physically in his first year as a Buckeye.“Mentally and physically, I wasn’t ready at all as far as tackling,” Apple said Monday. “As far as getting in the weight room, I wasn’t really strong enough to really play out there, I was getting tossed around a little bit.”Meyer said the physical struggles weren’t the only thing holding Apple back.“He was lazy in the classroom, lazy about his business (but he has) got a great family, they really supported us in our disciplining of him, and he’s doing great in school and great on the field,” Meyer said. “And I grabbed him yesterday and I said, ‘This is what we recruited.’ He’s playing pretty well.”Apple said he’s worked on getting his grades up, and added that he believes it is showing on the field.“I feel like it all goes hand-in-hand,” he said. “When you are doing good in school, you are doing good in football. It all correlates.”Apple has started all but one game this season, but it was in the game he didn’t start that he made arguably his biggest impact.After fellow redshirt-freshman cornerback Gareon Conley gave up a 44-yard completion and a subsequent touchdown on Michigan State’s opening drive Nov. 8, Apple was called upon to come into the game and perform, which co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash said Apple did admirably.“He did not practice at all (that) week. Did not take one rep at practice. And leading up to the game, even on Saturday morning, we weren’t sure if Eli was going to be able to play or not,” Ash said on Nov. 10. “But throughout the course of the game, from when he went in to that point, he made some plays, both in the run game and in the pass game. I mean he showed some grit, some determination, some guts, some toughness that honestly we didn’t know Eli had.”Apple tied for the team lead for pass breakups against the Spartans with two, and added a tackle for loss from the corner spot.Apple said his improvements this season are because he’s learned from the veterans in front of him.“When I first got here, I definitely had my little struggles. I feel like that redshirt year really helped me a lot just watching guys like Roby, watching guys like (senior cornerback) Doran (Grant), see how they handle their business and picking up stuff from them,” Apple said. “When I came in this year, I really wanted to take an approach — take things serious, work on my technique, work on all aspects of my game and it has really helped out.”Grant, who Meyer said Monday he would nominate for an all-Big Ten honor, said before the Michigan State game that Apple was already showing signs of improvement.“(He is) getting better and growing every day,” Grant said Oct. 22. “You just see him growing and taking coaching and just getting better as a player everyday and that’s good.”Apple said playing opposite of Grant has been one of the most important keys to his personal progress.“I feel like my confidence has grown after each game,” Apple said. “It’s just great being a starting corner, playing opposite of Doran Grant, somebody that just takes the game so serious. It’s one of those things where you have to raise your game up a notch every week because you got somebody like him who just goes so hard and has great preparation.”Apple and the Buckeyes are now preparing for the Indiana Hoosiers as the two teams are scheduled to kick off at noon on Saturday from Ohio Stadium.
OSU redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones (12) carries the ball as Michigan junior defensive back Blake Countess (2) and sophomore safety Delano Hill (44) defend during a Nov. 29 game at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-28.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorThe Ohio State football team isn’t even two months removed from its victory over Oregon in the College Football Playoff National Championship, but it’s already time to hit the field once again.The Buckeyes are scheduled to begin practice Tuesday morning, kicking off a string of 14 sessions, set to conclude with the Spring Game at Ohio Stadium on April 18.Spring practice brings the first glimpse at a new Buckeye squad, including a few freshmen who have enrolled early, some players rehabbing injuries, and others battling for playing time in 2015. With a few guarantees mixed in with a number of question marks, these are the top storylines heading into practice.QuarterbacksIt’s the most talked-about position in all of football, and easily the most discussed when it comes to OSU.Redshirt-junior Cardale Jones is expected to be the only fully healthy signal caller at spring practice who could earn significant playing time next season. Redshirt-sophomore J.T. Barrett is still recovering from a fractured ankle and redshirt-senior Braxton Miller is rehabbing a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder.While Barrett was the starter most of last season, and Miller is a former two-year undisputed starter, Jones has a chance to get a leg up on the competition if he performs well this spring.Of course, he had that same chance last year when Miller was initially ruled out after a minor shoulder surgery. Jones earned the No. 2 spot on the depth chart, but was eventually beaten out by Barrett in fall camp before Miller went down with his season-ending injury.So Jones can make his mark while getting plenty of reps in practice, but he should still be wary whenever Barrett and Miller return to full strength, because all three are supremely talented.Position battlesWhile the Buckeyes don’t have to replace anyone at quarterback, it’ll be the most watched position battle.Beyond that, though, OSU has to find a new right tackle, at least one new starting wide receiver, a new starting defensive tackle, one more linebacker and another cornerback.Linebacker is probably the position most set in stone already, with sophomore Raekwon McMillan looking like a clear replacement for the departed Curtis Grant. At receiver, redshirt-freshman Johnnie Dixon might have an opportunity to take over one of the spots left vacant by Devin Smith and Evan Spencer, but he’ll face stiff competition.Other returning names, such as redshirt-seniors Corey Smith and Jeff Greene, should have a chance to earn playing time alongside redshirt-junior Michael Thomas as well.At cornerback, sophomore Damon Webb and redshirt-sophomore Gareon Conley will be going head-to-head, while sophomore Sam Hubbard, redshirt-sophomore Michael Hill and sophomore Jalyn Holmes, along with senior Tommy Schutt, will all get looks at defensive line.Along the offensive front, numerous players could earn playing time, but redshirt-senior Chase Farris is the most likely candidate to replace Darryl Baldwin.Fresh faces on the coaching staffAlong with a few new players, the Buckeyes have two new assistant coaches in the fold.With Tom Herman off to Houston and Stan Drayton off to the Chicago Bears in the NFL, Tim Beck and Tony Alford will be working with the OSU quarterbacks and running backs, respectively.Beck earned the opportunity to choose between three potential Heisman Trophy candidates, while Alford inherited one clear-cut Heisman front runner in junior Ezekiel Elliott.While both the quarterbacks and running backs performed extremely well last season, Beck and Alford have a chance to improve their position groups to a completely dominating level, and leave their mark on the OSU program.After the Spring Game, the Buckeyes are scheduled to return to the field on Sept. 7 against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., to kick off the 2015 regular season.
Sporting Lisbon manager Jorge Jesus has joined in praising Cristiano Ronaldo for his spectacular goal against Juventus in the Champions League and wonders if a 33 year-old Lionel Messi could achieve similar featsSpeaking before their first leg against Aletico Madrid in the Europa League, the Sporting coach heaped praise on his compatriot and believes that the goal that Ronaldo scored against Juventus was something that no even Messi could achieve.“With all due respect for the player, Messi is Messi. There are two aliens and one is in Madrid I will say that Cristiano’s goal to Juventus is from an extraterrestrial. We are talking about a 33-year-old player. What impressed me most was not the technical gesture, but the ability to jump that has to do with physical condition. ” said Jesus, according to Mundo Deportivo.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.The Portuguese coach believes that there is not another player in the world that can match Ronaldo’s level at 33 years of age and questioned if Messi could potentially prove him wrong.“I doubt there are other players that age who have physical ability. Not everyone can do that. I know how Christian trains. It is a demonstration of the form that it has, of the great professional that it is. It is at a very high level. The question is: when Messi is 33 years old will he have that level that Cristiano now has? ”Sporting lost 2-0 to Atletico in the first leg of their quarter-final clash at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano with two defensive errors proving to be very costly for Jesus’ side.
Players have asked for different candidates, but the country will play its third and four consecutive matches without a managerAfter the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia ended for Mexico, with a defeat against Brazil, former boss Juan Carlos Osorio left the team.Since then the team has played two matches and will play two more this week, without a manager, using instead interim coach Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti from Tigres.And players are still proposing candidates, like PSV Eindhoven winger Hirving Lozano who wants Atlanta United’s Gerardo “Tata” Martino in “El Tri.”Quiz: How much do you know about Hirving Lozano? Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 6, 2019 Time for you to tell us everything you can answer about Hirving Lozano. We will ask you 10 questions about the Mexican forward. Have…“I think he is a great coach, so hopefully he can come and it will be the best for the national team,” Lozano told reporters on arrival in Mexico City as quoted by ESPN.For Xolos Tijuana goalkeeper Gibran Lajud, it doesn’t matter who comes, as long as he knows the Liga MX well.“We should go for people who know Mexican football, someone who is knowledgeable about what is going on in the Mexican league, who knows the Mexican player, their characteristics and abilities,” Lajud told reporters.Mexico will play against Costa Rica and Chile with Ferretti as interim, but these will be the last matches for the Tigres manager.
Schalke 04 boss Domenico Tedesco was pleased with their dominant performance at Galatasaray in the Champions League, but rued their missed chances in a 0-0 drawThe Royal Blues got off to a slow start at Istanbul but gradually emerged as the more dangerous side as the game progressed.After the break, Galatasaray goalkeeper Fernando Muslera was forced to make several saves from Schalke.The visitors had actually got the ball into the back of the net, only for Breel Embolo’s effort to be ruled out for offside.“I always try to remain positive – which is why I can recognise my team’s good performance and I am not focusing on not getting the win. We knew before the game that there would be a tremendous atmosphere here,” Tedesco told the club website.Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…“Players are always going to take a few minutes to adapt to this. Once we did that, we got into the game well. We were dominant tonight, it was fun to watch. The only thing missing tonight was a goal.“We had plenty of chances to score as well – we need to carry on working on this. If we can combine this kind of performance with some better finishing, we will start getting positive results again.“Ultimately we are satisfied with the point, even though we deserved the win. The group is still wide open after three games; anyone can beat anyone in my opinion.”Schalke are second in Group D with five points, while Galatasaray sit in third place on four points.
Carlo Ancelotti has tipped former side Paris Saint-Germain for Champions League glory but Napoli can end those ambitions early.The first tie ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw at Parc des Princes, where PSG fought back twice to scrape a point.“It’s an important game and can be decisive for both teams,” Ancelotti told Telefoot via Football Italia.“We ended up in a very difficult group with Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool. The result can be decisive for the future of our side in the competition, but the same goes for Paris.“We need an extraordinary performance in order to get the victory because we don’t have the kind of exceptional players they do throughout the squad.”PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.Ancelotti effectively started Paris Saint-Germain’s domination of French football, but they have never been able to match it with Champions League results.“They’ve lacked experience in the important moments of the Champions League, but the team is stronger this season and the players have more belief in themselves. They know that they can win the Champions League this term.“This is a game that can decide the destinies of these two teams,” continued Ancelotti.“I think Kylian Mbappé and Neymar can succeed Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on the global football landscape. If Kylian doesn’t win the Ballon d’Or this year, he certainly will over the next few seasons.“Neymar has a new position and is at the heart of the team now. His new placement allows him to be more dangerous and effective for his team.”
Gold steadied on Monday but failed to make any recovery from three straight days of losses as stronger global economic data and higher equities curbed the metal’s safe-haven appeal.Asian equities rose, taking heart from upbeat earnings and U.S. economic data that eased global growth fears and sharpened risk appetite. The results of stress tests on European banks at the weekend were received calmly in the market.Gold’s outlook this week will depend on a Federal Reserve policy meeting, when the U.S. central bank is widely expected to end its bond-buying stimulus, OCBC Bank analyst Barnabas Gan said.The Fed’s two-day meeting, which begins on Tuesday, will also be watched for clues on whether any slowdown in Europe or elsewhere could affect the central bank’s monetary policy.”In addition, the ECB stress test which gave most of its 130 banks a clean bill of health may continue to dampen safe-haven demand in gold. All these, and accounting for the relatively stronger greenback for the past month, should continue to inject downside risk for bullion,” Gan said.Spot gold was steady at $1,230.86 an ounce at 0309 GMT but isn’t far from a one-week low of $1,226.17 reached last week.The metal’s losses come after global equities posted their biggest weekly percentage gain since July 2013 last week, while the U.S. dollar also strengthened.Data on Friday showed that new U.S. home sales rose to a six-year high and Britain’s economy expanded 0.7 percent in the third quarter, easing fears over a global slowdown. Strong corporate earnings also helped push equities higher.Bullion traders were also closely watching investors’ positions in gold funds. SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, said its holdings fell 0.6 percent to 745.39 tonnes on Friday.Hedge funds and money managers increased their bullish futures and option bets in gold for a second straight week, as the price of the precious metal rallied in the week up to Oct. 21, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission said on Friday.
PoliceA mob beat up four members of the police in Dhamrai of Savar on Tuesday, allegedly for demanding extortion from organisers of a musical event there.The incident took place at Bardail of Dhamrai on Tuesday evening. Police, however, denied that they came under mob beating.Locals said a musical evening was organised on the occasion of the wedding of Abbas Ali, son of Ansar Ali of Bhatirchar village, in an open space on the bank of Bangshi river.Bhatirchar, a village of Singair upazila of Manikganj district, borders on Bardail village of Dhamrai in Savar, Dhaka.Locals said about 4,000 villagers gathered there to enjoy the event.Dhamrai police station assistant sub-inspectors Masud Rana and Liton Hossain along with two constables went to the event in plainclothes around midnight on Tuesday.The police officers asked the organisers if they had approval for the event and the organisers failed to show them any approval from the authorities.The police then demanded Tk 100,000 from the organisers, threatening that they would arrest the singers if they are not paid the money.When the organisers declined to give the money, policemen snapped the cords of the sound-system.An irate group of spectators started assaulting the policemen.Locals said one police officer and two constables fled the mob, jumping into the river and swam across the river and the other police officer cross the river using a boat.On information, local Kulla union parishad chairman Kalipad Sarker and one of the woman members of the union parishad Salma Begum rushed to spot along with additional police members and rescued the police men.UP member Salma Begum said she saw marks of assault on the body of the policemen when they rescued them.UP chairman Kalipad said he heard about mob beating of police and he rescued them and sent them to the police station.ASI Masud Rana and Liton Hossain, however, denied that there was any mob beating.Talking to Prothom Alo, they said they know nothing about such an incident. They said they even don’t know where Bardail and Bhatirchar villages are located.Dhamrai police station inspector (investigation) Sayed Al Mamun, however, admitted that ASI Masud and Liton went to the musical event, but said he know nothing about the mob beating.
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