Video: Watch ESPN’s E:60 Special On Ohio State Running Back Ezekiel Elliott

first_imgEzekiel Elliott and Urban Meyer pose for a picture.ESPNBetween J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones, we still don’t know who will start at quarterback for Ohio State. There is no doubt, however, who will be getting the rock from the backfield. Running back Ezekiel Elliott might have been Ohio State’s best offensive player during the amazing run of post-season wins against Wisconsin, Alabama, and Oregon, totaling 696 yards (9.16 yards per touch) and scoring eight touchdowns in those three games.Before becoming an Ohio State star, Elliott dominated as a three-sport star at John Burroughs High School in St. Louis. Elliott was the subject of ESPN’s latest E:60 special, which aired earlier this evening. It has been posted online by executive producer Andy Tennant. Ohio State fans who missed this are going to want to set aside the next 20 minutes for this fantastic feature. [ESPN]last_img read more

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Press bodies say need to reexamine OSA

first_imgNew Delhi: A group of press bodies on Thursday expressed concern over the government threatening The Hindu newspaper with action under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) for publishing articles on the Rafale deal based on documents stolen from the Defence Ministry, and said the legislation needs to “re-examined”.In a joint statement, Press Club of India, Indian Women’s Press Corps and Press Association said, “We feel it is time that the Official Secrets Act as well as law on defamation need to be re-examined given the potential of their misuse against the Fourth Estate.” Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The government on Wednesday told the SC documents related to Rafale aircraft deal have been stolen from the Defence Ministry and the petitioners seeking a review of its verdict dismissing all pleas against the purchase of the jets relied upon those documents. The Attorney General also submitted in the apex court that the documents on the deal relied on by the petitioners were marked secret and classified, and therefore, are in violation of the Official Secrets Act. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedHe had also sought dismissal of the review petitions and perjury application as they relied on stolen documents and said that today’s The Hindu report on Rafale amounts to influencing hearing in apex court and is itself contempt of court. “We, the undersigned journalist organisations express deep concern over the statements made by the Attorney General of India insinuating that reports on the Rafale deal published in The Hindu newspaper were based on documents stolen from the Ministry of Defence,” the joint statement said. The Attorney General’s statements made in open court suggesting that the publication of such reports and the documents “imperiled national security and therefore should be deemed as criminal, has the potential of sending out a chilling effect to one and all in the media,” the statement claimed. The implications and ramifications of the statements made by the top most legal officer of the government are not only for the media but also for the sources of information that journalists rely on, the press bodies said. The Editors Guild of India also unequivocally condemned Attorney General’s remarks before the Supreme Court pertaining to the documents based on which the media had reported on the Rafale deal, saying any attempt to use the Official Secrets Act against the media is as “reprehensible” as asking journalists to disclose their sources. The Guild, in a statement, also urged the government to refrain from initiating any action that might undermine the media’s freedom and independence.last_img read more

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SC says vehicles cause more pollution than firecrackers

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday said why people were “running after” firecracker industries when it seems that automobiles were “bigger” contributor to pollution, and asked the Centre whether there was any comparative study on pollution caused by both.While expressing serious concern over loss of jobs of people involved in manufacture and sale of firecrackers, a bench of Justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer said, “We do not wish to generate unemployment.” Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”Is there any comparative study on what proportion of pollution is caused by firecrackers and what proportion is caused by automobiles? It seems you are running after firecrackers, but bigger pollution contributor is perhaps vehicles,” the bench told Additional Solicitor General A N S Nadkarni, who was appearing for the Centre. The top court said, “You must tell us some way of preventing unemployment also. We cannot have people unemployed and hungry. There are areas where firecrackers can be used.” Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed”We cannot give them (those who have lost jobs) money. We cannot support their families. Unemployment is there,” the bench said. The bench also raised a question as to how manufacture of firecrackers could be stopped if the trade is legal and people have licence to carry out the business. “Nobody has tested this in relation to Article 19 (which says all citizens shall have the right to practise any profession, or to carry on any occupation, trade or business). If the trade is legal and you have the licence for this, then how can you stop this? How can you leave people unemployed?” the bench observed. The court was hearing a plea which has sought a complete ban on use of firecrackers across the country on the ground that it gives rise to pollution. The apex court had last year said people in the country can burst firecrackers only from 8 pm to 10 pm on Diwali and other festivals, and had allowed the manufacture and sale of only “green crackers” which have low emission of light, sound and harmful chemicals. During the hearing on Tuesday, the ASG told the bench that the Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO) and other expert agencies were experimenting and they have come up with composition of “green crackers”. Regarding the use of barium nitrate, which was earlier banned by the apex court, Nadkarni said, “Barium was banned in firecrackers by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and the Supreme Court also banned it. It was used only for testing purpose to check pollution from crackers.” He referred to the minutes of meeting of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) and said it has been envisaged that product approval for the improved formulation shall be given by PESO by March 21 this year. “A meeting in this regard is scheduled tomorrow. Once the formulation comes and if there is any objection, then it will be dealt with,” he said.last_img read more

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Bandhan Bank opens two new branches six more by March 31

first_imgKolkata: Bandhan Bank on Wednesday opened two new branches, one each in Burdwan and Gurugram. By the end of this month, the Bank plans to open six more branches taking its branch count to 986. The branches will be opened in Gurugram, Lucknow, Raipur, Kolkata and Burdwan. With a network of 3,014 Doorstep Service Centres that the Bank already has, the total number of banking outlets would be 4,000 by the end of this month. The bank has its presence across 34 of the 36 states and union territories in India. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalChandra Shekhar Ghosh, MD & CEO, Bandhan Bank, said, “We are glad to announce the opening of our eight new branches in the country. We are well and truly on our path to making banking accessible to all. All this has been made possible because of the support and the confidence that our stakeholders have showered on us over the past years.” As on December 31, 2018, Bandhan Bank served 1.53 crore customers and, had deposits worth Rs.34,639 crore and its loan book stood at Rs.35,599 crore. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostBandhan started in 2001 as a not-for-profit enterprise that stood for financial inclusion and women empowerment through sustainable livelihood creation. It turned into an NBFC a few years later but the core objective remained financial inclusion. When Bandhan Bank started operations on August 23, 2015, it was the first instance of a microfinance entity transforming into a universal bank in India. On the day of launch itself, Bandhan Bank started with 2,523 banking outlets. Bandhan Bank is driven by a constant desire to serve better. It offers world-class banking products and services to urban, semi-urban and rural customers alike. In the last few years of operations, Bandhan Bank has spread its presence to 34 of the 36 states and union territories in India serving 1.53 crore customers, as on December 31, 2018. With its experienced management, diversified team and well entrenched distribution, Bandhan Bank is well poised to meet the aspirations of its customers and stakeholders.last_img read more

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New Agreement to Introduce Sex Education in Moroccan Schools

first_imgRabat – The Moroccan Ministry of National Education and Moroccan Modern Industries (IMM), a subsidiary of multinational holding ‘PROCTER & GAMBLE’, signed Thursday in Rabat, an agreement for the implementation of a new program to teach sex education in Moroccan schools, according to the Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).Signed by the Minister Delegate to the Minister of National Education and Vocational Training, Abdelaadim El Guerrouj and the CEO of P & G Morocco, Omar Channawi, the agreement aims to unite the efforts of the partners in order to raise students’ awareness on healthy hygienic practices and the importance of sex education.The same source added that the agreement, signed on the 15th anniversary of the partnership between the Department and P & G, also aims to inform, sensitize and educate young students in hygiene practices and develop their skills to adopt attitudes to face the problematic health situations, including those relating to puberty, AIDS, early marriage and family planning. Sex education, common in Western countries, is a set of lessons that help equip young students with the skills necessary to deal with the physical changes they undergo during puberty, the risks of unprotected sexual practices and the diseases that transmit through these intercourses.While sex education is part of the curriculum in Western schools, it remains a controversial issue in several countries, including Morocco.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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Is the DH Rule Slowing the Game Down

I checked the data provided to me by ESPN Stats & Info, focusing on 1997 to 2013 (interleague play started in 1997 and 2013 is the last full year in the data set).My first check was the simplest. I divided all games into four categories: games between AL teams, those between NL teams, interleague games hosted by AL teams (which have the DH) and interleague games hosted by NL teams (which don’t). Games between AL teams were, on average, two minutes and 15 seconds longer than games between NL teams.But that gap might be because certain AL teams — notably Boston and New York — are slower than NL teams and not because of different rules. Luckily, interleague and World Series games provide a useful test, because teams typically have played each opponent roughly the same number of times at home and away — albeit not necessarily in the same season. That should control for any effect from particular teams or matchups.So, when the same two teams played each other in an NL park or an AL park, which game was longer?On average, surprisingly, the longer game has been in the NL park — by 15 seconds. That calculation is based on more than 2,000 games each in NL and AL parks — defining interleague to include regular-season and World Series games between an AL team and an NL team.That’s solid evidence that it’s the style of individual teams, rather than the DH rule, causing the discrepancy in length of AL and NL games. And, in fact, if I isolate the 1997-2013 data set to just games without Boston or New York, then AL-only games are faster, on average, by a minute and five seconds relative to NL-only games. (Interleague games without the Red Sox and Yankees continue to be roughly the same length with or without the DH rule — one second longer without the DH.)But maybe that’s unfair — of course AL games will look faster once I’ve removed the league’s two slowest teams. So I tried two more tests.First, I removed the Red Sox and Yankees, but also the two AL teams with the fastest games, on average: the Blue Jays and White Sox. AL-only games without the league’s four biggest outliers averaged two hours, 55 minutes and 5 seconds. All NL-only games averaged two hours, 55 minutes and 2 seconds — just three seconds faster. Meanwhile, interleague games without those four AL teams were 18 seconds faster, on average, in NL parks. So, again, there’s no evidence that the DH lengthens games.Finally, I instead removed the NL’s two teams that played the longest games, to complement my removal of the AL’s two slowest teams. From 1997 to 2013, those two NL teams were the Mets and the Dodgers. Without them, and without the Yankees and Red Sox, the average NL-only game was nine seconds slower than the average AL-only game. And the average interleague game in an NL park took 13 more seconds than the average interleague game hosted by an AL team.So while the DH theory made sense, I’m confident the DH doesn’t lengthen baseball games. When I wrote last week about the slowdown of MLB games in recent years, I noted that the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox were the two slowest teams. Both are in the American League, and maybe that’s part of the explanation. After all, AL games are played with the designated-hitter rule, which means pitchers don’t have to bat. That allows managers to change pitchers without affecting the lineup, which could prompt them to yank more pitchers mid-inning. Since pitching changes lengthen games — by about two minutes each, according to my analysis — games played in AL parks could be longer simply because of the DH rule.Reader Gabriel Haro wondered as much: read more

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JT Barrett loses summer scholarship following drunkdriving citation

OSU redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) runs with the ball during a game against Rutgers on Oct. 24 at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway Township, NJ . OSU won 49-7. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorWhen Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett was cited early Saturday morning for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, he not only lost his starting spot for at least one game, but he also might have lost thousands of dollars.OSU coach Urban Meyer announced on Monday that in addition to a one-game suspension that Barrett will serve during Saturday’s home game against Minnesota, the Wichita Falls, Texas, native also had a scholarship taken away as punishment for the citation. “When a kid has an issue like that, there’s some type of punitive damage as far as missing a game or something, and then they forfeit their scholarship at some point,” Meyer said, adding that the scholarship revokement was something he has done in the past.The scholarship was later confirmed by an OSU spokesman to be Barrett’s summer aid — compensation given by OSU to athletes who are taking six or more academic credit hours during the summer term.The spokesman added that the team holds workouts over the summer, and players are required to take at least six credit hours to attend. The summer aid also covers housing and living expenses.According to OSU’s website, the out-of-state tuition rate for six credit hours in the Summer 2015 term was $6,676.10 for Barrett’s communication major, and that does not include the other cost-of-living expenses..Meyer confirmed that the suspension was not mandatory under OSU’s drug-and-alcohol policy, but the coach handed it down himself. He also said Barrett will undergo counseling through the university.Meyer said another punishment is still under consideration for the redshirt sophomore: the forfeiture of his team captaincy.“You know, I visited with some older players about that, my initial reaction was he might and let me just talk to some guys,” Meyer said. “But it was very strong with the leadership on the team to (not take it away). I’m still in my own mind going through that. And as of now, no.”Co-captain and senior left tackle Taylor Decker said Barrett had handled everything as he should since the citation, but he doesn’t know what the decision will ultimately be on the captaincy.“He took the responsibility,” Decker said. “He actually called me Sunday because he just wanted to explain to me what happened himself. I thought that was a really mature move by him.”Decker added that it is hard to believe that Barrett would be the one to get in trouble after witnessing his character for three years.“We haven’t really had a ton of issues on this team, and then in the bye week I thought we made it clear that we shouldn’t have any, and then for it to happen from a guy like him, I think (stunned) is a perfect word for it,” Decker said.Meyer said he initially learned about the incident from a 6 a.m. text message. He was so surprised by the news that he immediately called the person who texted him to confirm that he was reading it correctly.Barrett then visited Meyer’s house later on Saturday to talk to him in person about the situation. Meyer said he told the quarterback that he will now have to deal with something he never has before: a damaged reputation.“When they say, you’re too short, you don’t run fast enough, your arm strength isn’t good enough, you’re just an average quarterback, you can deal with that. You just outwork it,” Meyer said. “When they start attacking who you are, especially people who don’t know who you are, and I told him, that’s the toughest thing he’ll ever have to deal with is that now there’s some question as to who you are.”Meyer said Barrett drove to pick someone up to give him or her a ride home. The quarterback told his coach that he did not believe he was over the legal blood alcohol content limit of 0.08 percent to drive a motor vehicle, though the limit is 0.02 percent for an underage individual like the 20-year-old Barrett.As for the game against Minnesota, Meyer officially announced on Monday that it will be redshirt junior Cardale Jones getting the start at quarterback. Jones had started 10 consecutive games going back to last season’s Big Ten Championship Game before being pulled in favor of Barrett in OSU’s Week 8 game at Rutgers.Beyond Minnesota, Meyer said he hasn’t given the identity of the starting quarterback too much thought.“If he’s good enough and if he’s earns that right (he will start again),” Meyer said about Barrett. “I haven’t even gone that far yet.”The Buckeyes, with Jones returning to the starting quarterback spot, are set to take on Minnesota on Saturday. Kickoff is slated for 8 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

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Ohio State releases week 1 depth chart

An Ohio State football spokesman tweeted out the team’s week one depth chart Wednesday afternoon, but a few questions still remain about pending position battles.The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Navy Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is set for noon.Credit: Courtesy of OSU Athletics

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Football Flaws in pass defense exposed once again prove fatal in Ohio

Ohio State junior cornerback Denzel Ward (12) breaks up an Iowa pass in the second quarter of the Ohio State-Iowa game on Nov. 4. Ohio State lost 24-55. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIOWA CITY, Iowa — Through its first two games of the season, No. 6 Ohio State (7-2, 5-1 Big Ten) had allowed the most passing yards per game of any team in the nation with 403, after being torched in back-to-back weeks by Indiana and Oklahoma.Several weeks after that against lackluster opponents and a surprising shutdown performance of Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley seemed to quiet the concerns many had about the pass defense.Those concerns re-emerged in the first half of Ohio State’s game against Iowa as the Buckeyes allowed Iowa quarterback Nathan Stanley to throw for 162 yards and three touchdown passes to put the Hawkeyes up 31-17.No improvements were made in the second half as Stanley continued picked apart the Buckeyes as he finished the game going 20-for-31 with 226 yards and five touchdown passes, effectively ending any championship hopes Ohio State had heading into the matchup.Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer appeared disappointed in his team’s effort defensively, but had no immediate answer for the struggles. “After I visit with the defensive staff, that’s just right now the game just ended, so I don’t have any answers for you right now,” Meyer said.From the beginning, Stanley seemed to have all the answers Iowa needed. The pocket-passing quarterback seemingly found no issue picking apart Ohio State’s secondary as he found his tight ends wide open on seam routes across the middle of the field and worked play-action passes to perfection to throw off the defense.The play that seemed most prevalent and most effective against Ohio State proved to be the play-action passes with Stanley rolling out of the pocket. The secondary often bit the play-fakes and lost a step in coverage to receivers, who would often run corner routes, and surrendered big plays.Stanley finished the game with seven passes for 15-plus yards. He entered the game completing 57.5 percent of his passes, but finished with a 64.5 completion percentage. The Ohio State defense had just three pass break-ups, and one of those was from defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones. Though much of the blame deserves to be levied upon the secondary, the defensive line struggled to apply ample pressure to Stanley. Ohio State finished with just one sack in the game, and any time pressure was applied, Stanley was able to get the ball out quick enough or roll out of pressure to avoid being taken down. Redshirt senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis said the defensive line did not do enough to stop Stanley, and should have applied more pressure to aid the defensive backs in defending against the pass.“I just say, the defensive linemen, that’s on us,” Lewis said. “Pass rush has to get home. We’ve got to sack the quarterback. That’s our job. Disrupt the pass, that’s on us.”Lewis said the team allowed Stanley to get too comfortable in the pocket, and the inability to pressure the quarterback frequently enough allowed him to complete passes easier or effectively escape the pocket and make a play outside the pocket.“Given how quick [Stanley was releasing the ball], or most of the time, should definitely have to get home and affect the passing,” Lewis said. “And that’s the main thing when it’s a passing situation. Trying to find ways to affect the passer and getting the pass rush home, getting sacks. That’s the main goal. He stood in the pocket a few times.”The issues of the passing defense have been prevalent all season. For the most part, the defensive line has not been at the root of the problems, and it wasn’t Saturday. However, the letdown performance by the line prevented it from bailing out the struggles of the secondary as it had earlier in the season. The struggles of Ohio State against the pass is nothing new. It was just exposed again Saturday. read more

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Fabbricini Roberto Mancini ideal manager for Italy but…

first_imgFIGC commissioner Roberto Fabbricini says that Roberto Mancini is the ‘ideal’ manager for Italy national team but the federation needs changes.Mancini will be in charge of his first competitive game when Italy plays Poland on September 6.Fabbricini gave his verdict on Mancini and on the current state of the Italy football federation. Football Italia reports.“I can’t make predictions about what will happen,” Roberto Fabbricini said.“The Serie B club captains are due to meet, and it would seem strange to me if a strike did happen due to the solidarity of all 19 teams, who unanimously asked me not to readmit teams.“Players are obviously free to make their own minds up, but a strike would certainly not be good for Italian football.“I think the big task facing the next federal council will be to reform the Leagues. The current format is crying out for it and as it stands, the system isn’t sustainableCristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Several glorious clubs have disappeared in the space of a few months, so it’s necessary to find an FIGC President who is able to govern our world well.“At the moment, it seems more like a confederation rather than a federation. There are often too many conflicting interests, every measure we take seems to annoy someone.“However, electing a President isn’t enough on its own. We must have the strength to make the necessary changes to this system.“Never has Italy been so low in the rankings, but I think Roberto Mancini has the ideal characteristics to coach the national team, which are enthusiasm, competence and charisma.“I saw him work in the two friendlies before the summer with balance, initiative and a great dialogue with the team.“Now we have some important games coming up, which are worth three points. We must start on the right foot.”last_img read more

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