Kick Time and Television Details Announced for Baylor Game

first_imgOklahoma State’s September 24 showdown against Baylor in Waco will be in primetime on FOX, it was announced earlier today.Oklahoma State at Baylor on Sept. 24 will kickoff at 6:30 pm CT on FOX.— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) September 12, 2016Baylor has won two straight in the series with the Bears handing OSU their first loss of the season last year after a 10-0 start. Baylor is 2-0 to kick off this season, with wins over SMU and Northwestern State. The Cowboys have not beat Baylor in Waco since a 34-7 victory in 2009. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Police officer dies after fans clash in Bilbao

first_imgUEFA Europa League Police officer dies after Athletic and Spartak Moscow fans clash in Bilbao Goal Last updated 1 year ago 06:15 23/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Basque autonomous police officers ANDER GILLENEA UEFA Europa League Athletic Club v Spartak Moskva Athletic Club Spartak Moskva Fans of both teams came to blows outside San Mames ahead of their Europa League last-32 match One police officer, 50-year-old Inocencio Arias Garcia, has been left dead in Bilbao after fans of Spartak Moscow and Athletic Bilbao clashed in the streets ahead of their Europa League last-32 match on Thursday. Fans of the Russian and Spanish sides clashed with members of the Ertzaintza – the local Basque police force – near San Mames ahead of the second-leg meeting.Around 200 Spartak fans made the trip from Russia and arrived early near the stadium. Those supporters and Athletic fans were involved in altercations, with bottles and flares being thrown.   Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The Ertzaintza stepped in to keep the fighting from getting out of hand, and one of their members died of a heart attack following the conflict. VÍDEO. Incidentes con los aficionados rusos. pic.twitter.com/cPFkoeBNrK— Radio Bilbao (@radiobilbao) February 22, 2018The Spanish Football Federation confirmed in a statement that the officer fell after a flare dropped close to him and suffered the heart attack, passing away at the Basurto Hospital. The federation also expressed its condolences to the friends and families of the deceased and strongly conmdemed violence surrounding sporting events. The Spanish national police also confirmed the officer’s death in a tweet. Un abrazo y todo nuestro cariño a la familia y compañeros del agente de @ertzaintzaEJGV fallecido en incidentes #AthleticSpartak en San Mamés.NO a la violencia, las agresiones y la barbarie en el deporte.https://t.co/58Sv4Jo9MI pic.twitter.com/CXh3VWNqXU— Policía Nacional (@policia) February 22, 2018Reports also suggest that at least four other people have suffered injuries in the fighting, and that multiple arrests have been made.last_img read more

Lethal Lukaku overshadows Pogba return to down Chelsea

first_imgManchester United Lethal Lukaku overshadows Pogba comeback with match-winning Chelsea showing Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 00:12 26/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Romelu Lukaku Manchester United Getty Manchester United Premier League Manchester United v Chelsea Chelsea Romelu Lukaku The Belgian front man was far too much for his former club to handle as he scored one and assisted another in a crucial 2-1 win The varying twists and turns relating to Paul Pogba’s status at Manchester United may have commanded many of the headlines in recent weeks, but that has served to overshadow a vast improvement in Romelu Lukaku’s all-round game.On Sunday, the Belgian striker scored a crucial first goal and then superbly teed up the winner for Jesse Lingard as United came from behind to secure a vital 2-1 victory over his former club Chelsea at Old Trafford on the day that Pogba returned to the starting line-up to much pomp and circumstance.While there were many pertinent questions being asked of Lukaku’s top-level ability when he arrived in Jose Mourinho’s squad from Everton, the front man has gradually improved his all-round forward play to the point where he now provides a compelling presence in the channels and handles himself well with his back to goal. Far from his immobile, lifeless performance at Stamford Bridge earlier this season, this was a buccaneering showing from the big front man. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp His first goal against top-eight opposition all season being the pinnacle of an excellent personal display as United collected a huge three points in the context of the Champions League race. And the Red Devils have every right to be thankful for Lukaku’s display given their horrible start which forced Mourinho to change to a 4-2-2-2 formation midway through the first half and culminated in Chelsea grabbing a 32nd-minute lead.The goal they conceded was entirely of their own making even if Chelsea deserve high praise for the electric nature of the counter-attack which saw them go one up from a United corner. Pogba failed to jump for a header against Victor Moses, then Scott McTominay gave up tracking Willian and allowed the Brazilian to roam free into the box where he collected Eden Hazard’s pass and fired a fierce shot beyond David de Gea.While both De Gea and Victor Lindelof, who decided against putting in a challenge on Hazard, will accept some degree of culpability, the damage had been done already by Pogba and McTominay’s errors.The important thing for Mourinho’s side at that point was to deliver a response, and they were able to get on level terms within seven minutes thanks to a wonderful move which saw Alexis Sanchez and Anthony Martial both involved with short, intricate passes before Lukaku took a perfect first touch and slid home clinically with his left foot.It was a move which bore little resemblance to United’s play for the large part of a sterile first half, but they were much the better side for the majority of the second.Manchester United celebrate Jesse LingardBy the time they took the lead they were arguably deserving of the three points, while Lukaku had fairly entrenched himself at the top of the voting for the Man of the Match plaudits.Having forced a great save from Thibaut Courtois with a wonderful bicycle-kick shot, Lukaku then turned provider. McTominay slotted a ball into the channel, allowing the Belgian to get in front of Antonio Rudiger before heading goalwards and sending in an inch perfect cross for Lingard to head home.Eden Hazard Chelsea Paul Pogba Manchester UnitedWhile their play was far from convincing at times, United had shown real character to dig themselves out of a hole. Led by their manager’s bold decision to switch his formation, the players eventually got a foothold in the game and made the most of their supremacy after the break. It was also no coincidence that Nemanja Matic’s best performance in months came on the afternoon United bested his former team-mates.Pogba, too, was released to cause Chelsea some problems when Mourinho changed his approach, but while the Frenchman drifted in and out of the game there was just no keeping Lukaku quiet. He might have scored 21 goals before today, but this felt like a real breakout afternoon for him. It is the least he deserves after such an improvement in standards over recent months. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Neymar injury sours PSG victory over Marseille

first_imgParis Saint-Germain 3 Marseille 0: Neymar injured in easy Classique win Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 06:00 26/2/2018 Neymar AFP Neymar was injured as Paris Saint-Germain moved 14 points clear in Ligue 1 thanks to a 3-0 Le Classique win over Marseille. Neymar was carried off on a stretcher as Kylian Mbappe became the youngest goalscorer in Le Classique history, with the teenager on target in an easy 3-0 Ligue 1 win for Paris Saint-Germain against rivals Marseille.PSG needed an injury-time free-kick from Edinson Cavani to claim a draw in the reverse fixture – in which Neymar was sent off – but there was no such drama at the Parc des Princes on Sunday until the Brazilian suffered a suspected ankle injury in the closing stages.Unai Emery’s men, who have won all 14 of their home league games this season, move 14 points clear at the top of Ligue 1 as a result of their victory, with Marseille remaining third. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Mbappe gave PSG an early lead, capitalising on left-back Jordan Amavi losing his footing to run on to a Dani Alves pass and slot in a well-taken finish.Rolando’s own goal doubled PSG’s lead 17 minutes later, the defender only able to turn Neymar’s effort past goalkeeper Yohann Pele with Cavani lurking behind him.Neymar was a doubt for the game due to illness but he set up Cavani for a brilliant third after half-time to ensure PSG have a hand on the Ligue 1 trophy with 11 games still to play.Marseille will have an immediate chance to earn revenge in Wednesday’s Coupe de France quarter-final, however, with Neymar’s participation in that tie questionable after he appeared to roll his right ankle.19 – @KMbappe has become the youngest goalscorer in a “Classique” played in Ligue 1 at 19 years, 2 months & 8 days, overtaking Samir Nasri (19 years, 2 months & 17 days on 10 September 2006). Wonderkid. pic.twitter.com/qJqWKJJeUa — OptaJean (@OptaJean) February 25, 2018 Marseille were in front twice in a 2-2 draw in Le Classique earlier in the season but PSG took the lead in the 10th minute.Alves played a throughball into the box for Mbappe, with a slip by Amavi allowing the teenager to collect the pass and send Pele the wrong way with a smart low shot.@KMbappe . 1-0 PSG. #PSGOM pic.twitter.com/dU31209Aek — PSG English (@PSG_English) February 25, 2018 Neymar got above Hiroki Sakai to head wide before Lucas Ocampos was fortunate only to be shown a yellow card for a bad late tackle on Alves.PSG were dominant and their second arrived after 26 minutes, Rolando scoring an own goal.Adrien Rabiot combined with Layvin Kurzawa on the left and although Neymar’s first-time shot was heading wide of the far post, Rolando had to try to clear with Cavani ready to tap in, but the defender could only divert the ball beyond Pele.Neymar bent a superb strike narrowly wide and Marseille coach Rudi Garcia hauled Ocampos off before the break, bringing on Morgan Sanson in a bid to give Marseille a foothold.PSG continued to control the match after the interval, though, with Cavani wrapping up the points after 55 minutes.Neymar’s dazzling run and cross created the opportunity for Cavani, who took a sublime first touch, held off and turned Rolando and smashed home an unstoppable finish to score in his third successive Classique appearance.Pure class from @ECavaniOfficial in PSG’s third goal   #PSGOM pic.twitter.com/I4yg79z1ai — PSG English (@PSG_English) February 25, 2018 Rolando almost made amends for his own goal, but Alphonse Areola turned his looping header around the post.With an eye on next month’s Champions League clash with Real Madrid, Emery was able to rest Mbappe and former Marseille midfielder Lassana Diarra.But there was bad news as Neymar damaged his ankle in an innocuous challenge with Bouna Sarr, the Brazilian tearful as he left the field on a stretcher. Key Opta Facts:- Paris Saint-Germain are unbeaten in their last 16 games against Marseille in all competitions (W13, D3). The last time Marseille were victorious was in November 2011.- Unai Emery’s side have only lost twice in their last 30 games in Ligue 1 (W25, D3): in December 2017 to Strasbourg (1-2) and January 2018 to Lyon (1-2).- PSG have won their last 18 home games in all comps, their longest run ever in their history. They have also triumphed in 14 successive league games at the Parc des Princes – their longest run in the top-flight.- There were 11 players booked on Sunday, only Lille v Lyon on February 21, 2016 has seen more (12 – 10 yellow cards and 2 red cards) over the last 10 seasons.- Kylian Mbappe is the youngest player to score in a game between Paris and Marseille in Ligue 1 (19 years, 2 months and 8 days), overtaking Samir Nasri (19 years, 2 months and 17 days on 10 September 2006).- Neymar has delivered 13 assists in Ligue 1 this season, his highest tally in a single season since his arrival in Europe. Only Kevin De Bruyne (14) has delivered more in the Top 5 European Leagues this season.  read morelast_img read more

Atalanta charged over alleged racist Batshuayi chants

first_imgUEFA Europa League Batshuayi racism: Atalanta charged over alleged chanting in Europa League Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 23:40 26/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Michy Batshuayi Borussia Dortmund Getty Images UEFA Europa League Atalanta Atalanta v Borussia Dortmund Borussia Dortmund Michy Batshuayi European football’s governing body has followed up claims from the Belgium international striker that he was subject to abuse UEFA has charged Atalanta with racist behaviour after the club’s supporters allegedly directed “monkey chants” towards Borussia Dortmund striker Michy Batshuayi in their Europa League tie.Marcel Schmelzer’s late goal in last Thursday’s 1-1 second-leg draw earned Dortmund a 4-3 aggregate victory, but the result was overshadowed Batshuayi’s accusations of racism against Atalanta fans.On-loan Chelsea striker Batshuayi tweeted after the game: “2018 and still racists monkey noises in the stands…really?! Hope you have fun watching the rest of the Europa League on TV while we are through. #SayNoToRacism #GoWatchBlackPanther”. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp When asked by Sky Sport Italia about the claims, Atalanta president Antonio Percassi said he had not heard anything.”I’ll be honest, I didn’t hear them,” he said. “If they did happen, then I am very sad and absolutely apologise to Batshuayi. This should never happen.”Atalanta and Dortmund have both also been charged over supporters setting off fireworks and throwing objects during Thursday’s tie, with UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body set to deal with the cases on March 22.The Serie A club were fined €40,000 in 2014 after bananas were thrown at AC Milan players during a league gamelast_img read more

OSU Football Schedules More Non-Conference Games vs. Arkansas

first_imgA non-conference series that just makes too much sense has been extended.Oklahoma State and Arkansas added two more future meetings in the two schools’ future series, announcing dates in 2032 and 2033.The schools took to Twitter to make the announcement.👋 pic.twitter.com/KbQnD8BAiV— Arkansas Razorback Football (@RazorbackFB) August 13, 2019He’s not quite as charismatic as the Oregon Duck, but I’m in. So going back to the other home-and-home we booked a few months ago, that’s now four matchups between us from 2024-33, correct?— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) August 13, 2019 Consider it booked. ▶️ https://t.co/BNtAjbd2sn pic.twitter.com/4yGSgjUCbQ— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) August 13, 2019Those are the particulars for what amounts to a four-game home-and-home series spanning a decade. The meetings in 2024 and 2027 had already been announced.When the Cowboys and Razorbacks kick off in 2024 it will have been 44 years since the former Southwest Conference rivals looked horns, or tusks.From 1950 to 1980, the two schools played every year except two. Oklahoma State has found itself on the losing side more times than not against Arkansas and will enter 2024 15-30-1 against the Razorbacks. The Cowboys lost the last five meetings from 1976 to 1980. But that’s ancient history in college football terms.Like I said, this series makes so much sense that you wonder why it’s been on hold since 1980. Fayetteville is closer to Stillwater than every other Big 12 road destination except Norman and you’re beefing up your noncon slate by adding a Power 5 opponent from the SEC. And let’s not forget about the extended recruiting footprint into a state in which the Cowboys have already had success finding talent. Deal! How about our place in 2033? pic.twitter.com/F1yA5Vuo63— Arkansas Razorback Football (@RazorbackFB) August 13, 2019 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

In The Spotlight – New South Wales Mets

first_imgIn the seventh edition of In The Spotlight, the New South Wales Mets’ Kristin Boss speaks about her team’s preparation in the lead up to the Elite Eight. How does it feel to be a part of the 2011 Elite Eight series?It’s a pretty special feeling being part of a competition that showcases the top Men’s and Women’s talent in our game. The fact that it’s the first time this tournament has been run makes it all the more memorable. It’s a great concept and hopefully plenty of other players and teams competing at the National Touch League will come out and watch the games and create a fun and competitive atmosphere. How is your team’s preparation going in the lead up to the event?We are going well so far with a couple of weeks to go. Through the draft, Mets were lucky to hold onto most of our players from previous years, and also pick up a few very talented girls! Milad (coach – Milad Almaoui ) has done a great job bringing us all together as a team and we’re all having fun and working hard at training. Hopefully we can take that same attitude to Port Macquarie in a couple of weeks’ time.What would you say are the strengths of your team?In the past our strength has been that we have always worked well as a team because we share the same goals and motivations – to try your hardest and play well for your mates. We have some fantastic attacking talent in the likes of Kristy Judd and the Winchesters, and I think they’d be the first to tell you that any success that has come has been the result of our whole team working together and for each other. Who do you expect to be your toughest opponents?It’s hard to pick a favourite because all of the teams are evenly spread and have equally dangerous talents and strengths. The Queensland based teams are always so fit and fast and full of running, and they will all be very hard to beat, and the other New South Wales teams (Rebels and Scorpions) have also picked up some great players in the draft and can’t be taken lightly. I think the New South Wales Country Mavericks are looking very strong and will go well, but the Alliance team also has the ability and with players like Kelly Woods and Zoe Dacey-Aiken, they will be a very competitive side and tough to beat. I think that all of the games are going to be tough and we’ll see some very close scores throughout the competition. What would it mean to you to win the Elite Eight series?Winning the first Elite Eight tournament would be a massive achievement and a great feeling. All of the teams are facing the same challenges with different players playing together for the first time and trying to beat the best players that the game has to offer in Australia. This tournament won’t be an easy one to win and the team that does take it out will have to give everything and play well for four days to do it. If we are successful I’ll be extremely proud of the effort that we have put in over the last couple of months and it’ll definitely be a win I’ll remember for a long time. Stay tuned to the website for more instalments of In The Spotlight, which will feature every team in the Elite Eight series. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and results from the 2011 X-Blades National Touch League, go to www.ntl.mytouchfooty.com and don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook by clicking on the following link:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384last_img read more

Giant killer Lozano revels in ‘best goal of my life’

first_imgWorld Cup Mexico hero Lozano revels in ‘best goal of my life’ after Germany giant-killing Chris Burton 02:41 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Hirving Lozano Germany Mexico World Cup 2018 170618 Getty World Cup Germany v Mexico Germany Mexico The PSV winger netted the match winner for El Tri as they stunned the reigning champions in a thrilling opening Group F encounter at World Cup 2018 Hirving Lozano admits his match winner for Mexico which downed reigning champion Germany at World Cup 2018 is “the best goal I have scored in my life”.An entertaining encounter at the Luzhniki Stadium saw both sides create chances as they sought to open their Group F campaign on a positive note.It was to be El Tri who took the spoils in a stunning giant-killing performance, with ‘Chucky’ Lozano recording the only effort of the game in the 35th minute. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar His strike sparked wild celebrations during and after the contest in Moscow – with an earthquake recorded in Mexico City – and the 22-year-old is delighted to have played the role of hero.Lozano told reporters after a memorable outing for him and his country: “We are very happy.”My teammates and I did some great work, we all ran our hearts out and this is the result of all this hard work.”I don’t know if it is the biggest victory in [Mexican] history but one of the biggest for sure. It is great to start on the right foot when you are playing against the world champions.”I would have to agree it is the best goal I have scored in my life. We all dream of playing in the World Cup.”Tears flowed at the final whistle, as the enormity of what they had just achieved dawned on the Mexico players, with few having given the CONCACAF nation much of a chance against the pre-tournament favorite.El Tri did, however, boss proceedings for long periods, with head coach Juan Carlos Osorio revealing that a tactical approach to overcome Germany was pieced together long before his side arrived in Russia.Juan Carlos Osorio Mexico 06212017He said: “We had drawn up a plan six months back but due to injuries we had to change some of our players. But we always thought of having two quick players on the wings and an offensive midfielder in Miguel Layun.“In the first half we played with intelligence defensively and caught them on the counter.“We could have scored earlier. In the first half we were the better side, in the second we knew that Germany have an outstanding team and they tried to attack more.“We prepared for their use of Mario Gomez. Yesterday we practiced defending with four midfielders and three players up front and that’s how we almost got the second goal today.“Mexico has a bright future, with Jesus Gallardo who is 23 and Hirving Lozano even younger.“We will celebrate responsibility. I’d like to dedicate this win to all the Mexican fans that made the journey out here and to everyone that supports us.”Mexico will be back in action on Saturday when Osorio’s side faces South Korea, before wrapping up the group stage efforts and looking to make it to the last-16 following a meeting with Sweden on June 27.last_img read more

Courtois teases Chelsea & Real Madrid with future hint

first_imgTransfers Courtois keeping Chelsea & Real Madrid guessing but admits to future ‘preference’ Chris Burton 23:58 6/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Thibaut Courtois Chelsea 2017-18 Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid Belgium v Japan Japan Belgium Chelsea World Cup Primera División Premier League The Belgium international goalkeeper has been heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge and is refusing to rule anything out at this stage Thibaut Courtois has admitted to having a “preference” regarding his future, but has refused to divulge whether he intends to be at Chelsea or Real Madrid in 2018-19.Transfer talk has been building around the Belgium international for some time, with talk of a move to Spain refusing to go away.Courtois has helped to keep those fires burning by admitting on a regular basis that he hopes to complete such a switch at some stage, with his two young children still based in Madrid following a previous loan spell at Atletico Madrid. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Real are reported to be stepping up their interest this summer, as they seek to bring in a new No.1, and a long-standing target has hinted that he could be on the move once his World Cup commitments in Russia come to a close.Courtois told Sporza when quizzed on his future: “I have a certain preference, I already have ideas in my head, but I have moved everything until after the World Cup.”What is most important is my children. My daughter is three years old, my son is a year old, and I have not seen them for a year-and-a-half.“FaceTime is beautiful, but seeing them grow up is something else.“So my children will play an important role in my decision.“Do I want to go to Madrid? I do not know we’ll see. I still have a choice to make.”Courtois’ current contract at Chelsea is only due to run until 2019. As he enters the final 12 months of that deal, the Blues have an important decision to make when it comes to his future.They cannot afford to let the 26-year-old run down that agreement to free agency, with the current transfer window set to present them with a last chance to demand a sizeable fee if no fresh terms can be agreed.last_img read more

Video: Di Maria scores wondergoal vs France

first_imgWorld Cup Video: Angel Di Maria wondergoal makes jaws drop for Argentina against France Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:42 6/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) World Cup Videos France v Argentina Argentina France The midfielder blasted past Hugo Lloris from distance to pull his side level and spark them into action against Les Bleus in the second round Angel Di Maria hammered home one of the goals of the 2018 World Cup to pull Argentina level with France in Saturday’s last-16 clash.Argentina had fallen behind through Antoine Griezmann’s penalty, awarded for a Marcos Rojo foul on Kylian Mbappe, and looked in danger of conceding more against a dominant French side.France’s threatening forays forward did not come to anything however, and it proved costly after a moment of magic from Di Maria. Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar The forward came to the Albiceleste’s rescue when he collected a pass from Ever Banega. Given a great deal of space outside of the France area, he took what was given and blasted it into the net from distance, with the shot still curling away from the outstretched hand of Hugo Lloris as it went in.The stunning strike – the furthest from goal anyone has scored at Russia 2018 – was Argentina’s only shot on target in the first half but ensured they went in level at the break.It is Di Maria’s first goal of the 2018 tournament and his second in a World Cup, having previously scored against Switzerland at the same stage of the 2014 edition in Brazil.Incredibly, the last time France conceded a goal from outside the box in a World Cup was in 1986 against the Soviet Union.ANGEL DI MARIA! 😱😱😱The Argentinian unleashes a rocket from outside of the box to pull them level just before the half. pic.twitter.com/pWbSsYR1eN— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 30, 2018As commentator said that you might see ten thousand replays of this by Di Maria pic.twitter.com/ENANh0Rjvx— Saad (@Saad_Guj) June 30, 2018Pavard to Di Maria: Anything you can do I can do better! 🚀😱 pic.twitter.com/ugnBrIyp0i— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 30, 2018And that goal would not be the last the round of 16 thriller. Benjamin Pavard would deliver a goal that was every bit the equal of Di Maria’s to once again level the scoreline after Gabriel Mercado deflected home a Lionel Messi shot to give Argentina a temporary lead.Mbappe then got a goal of his own as he danced his way through the Argentina defence in the area and snuck a shot through Franco Armani. He would double his tally not long after to put France on the verge of the quarter-finals. Late substitute Sergio Aguero scored in stoppage time but France held on to win 4-3. Argentina became the first side to score three goals in a World Cup match and lose since the USSR against Belgium in 1986.last_img read more

Farmers Urged to Join Reputable Groups in Order to Receive Gov’t Inputs

first_imgStory Highlights Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, said that the move will ensure that “real farmers get the items”. Farmers are being encouraged to join a reputable organisation in order to benefit from farming inputs being provided by the Government. “Many times, inputs are given… to persons who say they want fertiliser, they want chickens, and when it is given to them, we find that before they get home, they sell (what they got). These are persons that are not farmers. I am one who believes in giving all the inputs through organisations and not to individuals,” he said. Farmers are being encouraged to join a reputable organisation in order to benefit from farming inputs being provided by the Government.Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, said that the move will ensure that “real farmers get the items”.“Many times, inputs are given… to persons who say they want fertiliser, they want chickens, and when it is given to them, we find that before they get home, they sell (what they got). These are persons that are not farmers. I am one who believes in giving all the inputs through organisations and not to individuals,” he said.“When you give it (the input) to the organisation, like the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) or a production marketing organisation (PMO), the executives there know who the real farmers are and they are able to give it to those farmers who are in need of it at that particular time,” he argued.Minister Hutchinson was addressing attendees at the Montpelier Agricultural and Industrial Show, which was held at the Montpelier Showground in St. James on Monday (April 22).Organised by the St. James Association of Branch Societies of the JAS, the annual Easter Monday event provides an opportunity for farmers in western Jamaica to showcase their products and livestock.last_img read more

ISS Strengthens Presence in Niger Delta

first_img Print  Close ISS, January 23, 2014 zoom Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the world’s leading maritime services provider, has strengthened its presence in the Niger Delta with the opening of an office on Bonny Island, Rivers State, Nigeria. The office, which complements the company’s existing presence in Lagos, Brass and close neighbour Port Harcourt, will service ISS contracts with Nigeria LNG (NLNG).ISS, which has a worldwide network of over 300 offices, has a programme of office openings in strategic locations, particularly in emerging markets and developing economies. The opening of the office on Bonny Island comes as a result of a recent contract win which will see ISS servicing some of NLNG project vessels.Comments Flemming Jensen, ISS Executive Vice President, Middle East, India and Africa Operations: “Having entered Nigeria in 2008, the opening on Bonny Island represents a significant further growth of our footprint in the country. It forms an important part of our plan for the country, Africa’s second largest economy, and supports our wider plans for the Sub Saharan Africa region.” My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定last_img read more

Yearbook photo surfaces of Trudeau wearing brownface costume in 2001

first_imgOTTAWA — A yearbook photo of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau wearing “brownface” makeup at a costume party in 2001 has landed on the federal election campaign.Time magazine has posted the photo, which it says was published in the yearbook from the West Point Grey Academy, a private school in Vancouver, B.C., where Trudeau worked as a teacher before entering politics.The report describes the occasion as an “Arabian Nights”-themed gala event. The photo depicts Trudeau wearing a turban and robe, with dark makeup on his hands, face and neck.Officials cited in the report have confirmed the photo is of Trudeau, who was expected to speak to reporters about the photo later tonight.More ComingThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

YTV ANNOUNCES WORLD PREMIERE DATES FOR THE NEXT TWO FILMS IN ITS

first_img Facebook Login/Register With: SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Instagram:@ytvofficialTwitter:@ytv@CorusPRFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/ytv/YTV is a Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus EntertainmentCorus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands include Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.About Breakthrough EntertainmentBreakthrough Entertainment Inc. is an award winning producer and distributor of premium content for worldwide audiences. The entertainment studio’s operations include the development and distribution of feature films, television and digital content; international co-productions and production services. Breakthrough’s digital media division ranks amongst the industry’s most respected producers of high quality interactive entertainment on mobile and online platforms. Established over 30 years ago, Breakthrough’s library now boasts over 40 feature films and 4000 television episodes which air on major networks and digital channels across the globe. The studio has been recognized with international awards including numerous Geminis, Canadian Screen Awards, and Canadian Comedy Awards. www.breakthroughentertainment.com. Follow @breakthru_ent on Twitter. In L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables: The Good Stars, beloved Anne Shirley turns thirteen and faces a host of new milestones: first sleepovers, culinary misadventures, and shifting relationships with her bosom friend Diana and academic rival Gilbert Blythe. Through all this, Anne strives to strike a balance between becoming an upstanding, sensible young woman, and embracing her inquisitive and free-spirited nature. Premieres Family Day, Monday, February 20 at 6 p.m. ET/PT. Watch YTV’s new trailer for The Good Stars and catch up on the first film Monday, February 20 at 4 p.m. ET/PT or watch it on ytv.com and the YTVGo App starting today.In L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables: Fire & Dew, Anne heads to Charlottetown to attend accelerated classes as she continues to work towards her dream of being a school teacher. While there, she is forced to adapt quickly to her new surroundings and classmates as she navigates her way through her first school experience outside of her beloved Green Gables. Anne finds herself facing daunting choices for her future, the stirrings of romance, and tragedy unlike anything she’s ever known. Meanwhile, Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert contend with advancing age as they deal with financial challenges and the first signs of declining health. As a special Canada Day celebration, YTV is hosting a marathon of the L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables films concluding with the premiere of Fire & Dew on Saturday, July 1.Originally published in 1908 by Lucy Maud Montgomery, the tale of Anne Shirley and her adventures in Green Gables span over 8 novels and has reached readers in over 25 languages.L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables film series is produced by Breakthrough Entertainment in association with L. M. Montgomery’s granddaughter, Kate Macdonald Butler who served as Executive Producer. Award-winning director John Kent Harrison, who also wrote The Good Stars returns, as well as Susan Coyne who wrote Fire & Dew. Additional cast includes Julia Lalonde and Drew Haytaoglu who star in reprising roles.Visit www.ytv.com for full schedules, episodes, games, blogs, and more. Following the 2016 debut of YTV’s L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables film, nominated for three Canadian Screen Awards this year, YTV announced today the world premiere dates for The Good Stars and Fire & Dew, the second and third installments in its film series, respectively. From birthdays to baking to boys, Anne Shirley tries to navigate the ups and downs of adolescence in the second film, The Good Stars, premiering on Family Day, Monday, February 20 at 6 p.m. ET/PT. Anne’s next adventure takes her to Charlottetown in YTV’s final chapter of this classic Canadian tale, Fire & Dew, bowing on Canada’s 150th Birthday, Saturday, July 1.In partnership with Heirs of L.M. Montgomery Inc. and Executive Produced by L.M. Montgomery’s granddaughter, Kate Macdonald Butler, YTV is proud to share its authentic re-telling of this iconic Canadian tale with audiences of all ages. Shot entirely in Canada, the film series features an all-star cast in reprising roles including series star, Ella Ballentine (Anne Shirley), critically acclaimed actor, Martin Sheen, (Matthew Cuthbert), and legendary Canadian actress, Sara Botsford (Marilla Cuthbert). Botsford was recently nominated by the Canadian Screen Awards for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Limited Series for her portrayal of Marilla Cuthbert in the first film.“It’s been such a joy bringing my Grandmother’s stories to life on the small screen with Breakthrough Entertainment and YTV,” said Kate Macdonald Butler. “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the final two films than with families across the country and on our great nation’s milestone birthday.” Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Lifelike robots made in Hong Kong meant to win over humans

first_imgHONG KONG – David Hanson envisions a future in which AI-powered robots evolve to become “super-intelligent genius machines” that might help solve some of mankind’s most challenging problems.If only it were as simple as that.The Texas-born former sculptor at Walt Disney Imagineering and his Hong Kong-based startup Hanson Robotics are combining artificial intelligence with southern China’s expertise in toy design, electronics and manufacturing to craft humanoid “social robots” with faces designed to be lifelike and appealing enough to win trust from humans who interact with them.Hanson, 49, is perhaps best known as the creator of Sophia, a talk show-going robot partly modeled on Audrey Hepburn that he calls his “masterpiece.”Akin to an animated mannequin, she seems as much a product of his background in theatrics as an example of advanced technology.“You’re talking to me right now, which is very ‘Blade Runner,’ no?” Sophia said during a recent visit to Hanson Robotics’ headquarters in a suburban Hong Kong science park, its home since soon after Hanson moved to the city in 2013.“Do you ever look around you and think, ‘Wow I’m living in a real world science fiction novel?’” she asked. “Is it weird to be talking to a robot right now?”Hanson Robotics has made about a dozen copies of Sophia, who like any human is a work in progress. A multinational team of scientists and engineers are fine tuning her appearance and the algorithms that enable her to smile, blink and refine her understanding and communication.Sophia has moving 3D-printed arms and, with the help of a South Korean robotics company, she’s now going mobile. Shuffling slowly on boxy black legs, Sophia made her walking debut in Las Vegas last week at the CES electronics trade show.Her skin is made of a nanotech material that Hanson invented and dubbed “Frubber,” short for flesh-rubber, that has a flesh-like bouncy texture. Cameras in her eyes and a 3D sensor in her chest help her to “see,” while the processor that serves as her brain combines facial and speech recognition, natural language processing, speech synthesis and a motion control system.Sophia seems friendly and engaging, despite the unnatural pauses and cadence in her speech. Her predecessors include an Albert Einstein, complete with bushy moustache and white thatch of hair, a robot named Alice whose grimaces run a gamut of emotions and one eerily resembling the late sci-fi author Philip K. Dick, which won an award from the American Association of Artificial Intelligence. They variously leer, blink, smile and even crack jokes.Disney’s venture capital arm is an investor in Hanson, which is building a robot based on one of the entertainment giant’s characters.An artist and robotics scientist, Hanson worked on animatronic theme park shows, sculpting props and characters for Disney attractions like Pooh’s Hunny Hunt and Mermaid Lagoon. He studied film, animation and video, eventually earning a doctorate in interactive arts and technology from the University of Texas at Dallas.Hanson says he makes his robots as human-like as possible to help alleviate fears about robots, artificial intelligence and automation.That runs contrary to a tendency in the industry to use cute robo-pets or overtly machine-like robots like Star Wars’ R2-D2 to avoid the “uncanny valley” problem with human likenesses such as wax models and robots that many people find a bit creepy.Some experts see Sophia as mainly a clever marketing gimmick.“It’s a good advertising tool, whatever that company produces as a business plan,” said Roland Chin, chair professor of computer science at Hong Kong Baptist University.Global market revenue for service robotics is forecast to grow from $3.7 billion in 2015 to $15 billion in 2020, according to IHS Markit. That includes both professional and domestic machines like warehouse automatons, smart vacuums and fuzzy companion robots.Hanson Robotics is privately owned and has a consumer-oriented business that sells thousands of shoebox-sized $200 Professor Einstein educational robots a year. Chief Marketing Officer Jeanne Lim says the company is generating revenue but won’t say whether it’s profitable.For now, artificial intelligence is best at doing specific tasks. It’s another thing entirely for machines to learn a new ability, generalize that knowledge and apply it in different contexts, partly because of the massive amount of computing power needed to process such information so quickly.“We’re really very far from the kind of AI and robotics that you see in movies like ‘Blade Runner’,” said Pascale Fung, an engineering professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. “Sorry to disappoint you.”Unlike toddlers, who use all five senses to learn quickly, machines generally can handle only one type of input at a time, she noted.While Sophia’s repartee can be entertaining, she’s easily thrown off topic and her replies, based on open-source software, sometimes miss the mark.Hanson and other members of his team like Chief Scientist Ben Goertzel have set their sights on a time when the computer chips, processing capacity and other technologies needed for artificial general intelligence could enable Sophia and other robots to fill a variety of uses, such as helping with therapy for autistic children, caring for seniors, and providing customer services.As for tackling challenging world problems, that’s a ways off, Hanson acknowledges.“There’s a certain expression of genius to be able to get up and cross the room and pour yourself a cup of coffee, and robots and AI have not achieved that level of intelligence reliably,” Hanson said.___Online:We bring robots to life___Follow Kelvin Chan at www.twitter.com/chanmanlast_img read more

Ministry of Transportation building five new bridges on Highway 97 west of

first_imgExisting culverts at the five locations below are being replaced with modern two-lane bridges capable of withstanding a 200-year flood level. New highway approaches are being built on both sides of each bridge, and works will be done to stabilize the creek banks.The Bowlder Creek Bridge is located approximately 23 kilometres west of Chetwynd. Formula Contractors Ltd. from Prince George will be building the new bridge at a cost of $7.1 millionCewe Infrastructure Ltd. from North Vancouver is building a new bridge over Commotion Creek, approximately 20 kilometres west of Chetwynd. The cost of that new bridge is $7.3 millionA new bridge at Stone Creek, approximately 16 kilometres southwest of Chetwynd, is being built by Surespan Construction Ltd. from North Vancouver for an estimated $4.6 million. Surespan is also building a new bridge at Tippy Corner Creek, roughly 45 kilometres west of Chetwynd at a cost $3.8 million, and at Willow Flats, approximately 42 kilometres southwest of Chetwynd for $4 million.Construction on these five projects has started, and is expected to be substantially complete by this fall.Motorists are advised to watch for construction workers, traffic controllers, signs and detours when driving through any of the construction zones. CHETWYND, B.C. — The provincial government has announced that work has started at five locations west of Chetwynd to build new bridges along Highway 97 that will reduce the risk of washouts during times of heavy rain and flooding. The ministry says it is is investing $26.8 million on this flood mitigation strategy for the area. These projects are in addition to recovery work that has been ongoing since June 2016, when severe flooding caused extensive damage throughout the Peace District.“The 2016 floods caused a lot of hardship for people in the Peace District, and we want to make sure our infrastructure can withstand future flooding events,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Claire Trevena. “These are significant infrastructure projects which will boost safety and reliability for people travelling on Highway 97, particularly during heavy rain.”last_img read more

Ramadan in Morocco Tramdeen Claims Lives of Three People

By Rania TaziCasablanca – The Moroccan phenomenon of “tramdeen” has emerged barely 36 hours after the beginning of Ramadan. Tramdeen refers to the brawls and violent altercations that are a recurring theme during the month of Ramadan, despite the pious behavior required of all Muslims in this holy month.The side effects of fasting range from mild arguments due to irritability to fatal fights leading to hospitalization. This was the case in Tangier, near the Al Irfane complex in an altercation between two roommates. One violently hit the other on the skull, causing fatal internal bleeding, according to Alyaoum24.Their conflict stemmed from an argument due to the water and electricity bill that they shared, and ended with one of them, aged 24, dying from his wounds only minutes after he arrived at the hospital. The perpetrator of the crime was arrested at his home.Another case of this social phenomenon was found again in Tangier, where two men engaged in a sabre fight in the middle of the street before bystanders separated them. A video of the event is currently going viral online.In the region of Ain Zarka near the city of Fqih Ben Salah, residents found the body of a handicapped girl, mutilated on her face and neck, laying in her blood near the house she lived in with her family, according to the same source. An autopsy is to yet be conducted and an investigation has been opened.Married only fifteen days prior to Ramadan, a wife was killed by husband due to a misunderstanding that occurred during their wedding night in Dmenhour. The husband is currently in police custody.These violent altercations may seem like isolated events, but most Moroccans have experienced at one point or another the wrath of irritable fasting Moroccans in less violent manners.One popular recipient of insults and bad moods is the person responsible for booting cars for unpaid parking tickets. Bad traffic is also a trigger for verbal altercations, as drivers have even less patience than usual.The social phenomenon of “tremdeen” and the sudden change in behavior could be linked to the side effects generated by certain Moroccans’ dependency on food, nicotine and other substances in their daily lives. When they abstain from consuming these substances, bad moods, irritability and violence result. read more

Sri Lanka and Ukraine to reach agreement on dealing with criminal matters

The Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act No. 25 of 2002 provides for the provisions of assistance by Sri Lanka to foreign countries and regarding criminal matters in those countries and for obtaining of similar assistance from such countries to Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka and Ukraine are to reach an agreement on dealing with criminal matters, the Government said today.The Government says international mutual legal assistance in criminal matters is becoming increasingly important to combat such crimes. A proposal made by Dr. Wijayadasa Rajapaksha, Minister of Justice, to enter into an agreement with Ukraine to improve the effectiveness of law enforcement of both parties in the investigation, prosecution and prevention of crime and confiscation of criminal proceeds, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Jones leads Penn State to win over No 13 Virginia Tech

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Myreon Jones scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half to lead Penn State to a 63-62 upset win over No. 13 Virginia Tech on Tuesday.Lamar Stevens added 14 points and eight rebounds and Rasir Bolton chipped in 11 points for the Nittany Lions (4-2), who snapped Virginia Tech’s five-game winning streak. It was Penn State’s first win over a nonconference Top 25 team at home in 20 years.Justin Robinson led the Hokies (5-1) with 19 points while Ty Outlaw added 16. Kerry Blackshear Jr. and Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 14 and 13 points respectively for the Hokies who led 37-35 at halftime.The Hokies, playing for the first time on the road this season, used a 9-0 run midway through the second half that gave them a 50-44 lead. But Jones led the Nittany Lions back to a 56-55 advantage with 10 points over the next five minutes.Bolton hit his third 3-pointer of the game to give Penn State the lead for good, 61-58 lead with 3:57 to play.Blackshear Jr. and Josh Reaves traded baskets over the next 40 seconds and those were the final baskets of the game as Penn State went scoreless over the final 3:16.Robinson made two free throws with 1:24 left to get Virginia Tech within one, but the Hokies missed three shots and had a turnover in the final 90 seconds.Virginia Tech led 21-13 midway through the first half after four-straight 3-pointers from Outlaw preceded a pair free throws from Blackshear Jr.But Stevens made a layup through traffic to spark a tying run that included back-to-back 3-pointers from Jamari Wheeler and Bolton 24 seconds apart. Stevens hit another basket moments later to give Penn State a lead it wouldn’t relinquish until Robinson drained back-to-back 3s to give Virginia Tech a 37-35 halftime lead.THE TAKEAWAYVirginia Tech: Sitting at their highest ranking in the AP Top 25 since the 1995-96 season, the Hokies have plenty of offensive talent and have played well enough on defence to indicate they should be able to climb higher.Penn State: Getting Watkins back should be a boost for a team that got 20-plus plus points in six-straight games from Stevens before Tuesday to go with a bunch of complimentary scoring from freshmen Myles Dread and Bolton. With No. 24 Maryland next, the Nittany Lions will have a shot to post back-to-back wins over ranked teams for the first time since 2011. … The Nittany Lions beat then-No. 10 Temple in 1998 at home.UP NEXTVirginia Tech hosts Central Connecticut on Saturday.Penn State visits No. 24 Maryland on Saturday.Travis Johnson, The Associated Press read more

Ohio State opens spring practice Urban Meyer on health Good to go

Co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash watches over drills at the first day of OSU football spring practice March 4 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorIf there was one thing Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer wanted his players to take away from his team’s first spring practice of the year, it was that he wants them to play angry.The Buckeyes are coming off back-to-back losses to finish their 2013-14 season 12-2, falling to Michigan State and Clemson in the Big Ten Championship Game and Orange Bowl, respectively. Those losses came after the team’s second straight 12-0 regular season, and coming into spring ball, Meyer wants his team to have a different outlook on things.“I felt last year (coming into spring practice), I don’t want to say the word ‘entitled’ … but I want an angry, blue collar team (now),” Meyer said Tuesday after wrapping up the first stint of spring drills. “I’m hoping that’s what we have. Last year it was 12-0, you’re preseason this or this. I haven’t had many people ask about our preseason, not that I know what it is. We’re just trying to find out who’s going to play for us in some spots.”Buckeyes’ healthOSU announced Monday that Meyer had undergone a procedure this past weekend to alleviate pressure from an arachnoid cyst in his head — which occurs in the brain and skull or in pockets around the brain called ventricles — but he said he’s “good to go,” and just has some simple directions from his doctor.“Just watch how loud I scream. I’m not kidding you,” Meyer said. “And how loud I blow the whistle. So I didn’t end up blowing the whistle today – it didn’t sound very good. But I’ll be back after spring break.”Offensively, the Buckeyes are likely to be without starting quarterback Braxton Miller throughout spring ball after he underwent minor surgery on his throwing shoulder Feb. 21. Miller watched the Buckeyes’ first practice with his arm in a sling, studying plays from behind the line with a camera on his hat. Meyer said Miller calls the plays, and then studies the defense in hopes of him not regressing in the spring.“They got a contraption set up where he actually calls the play … and he also tells us what he sees in the secondary,” Meyer said. “Every play we’re having him say what he sees in the secondary. It’ll be a productive spring. He’s into it right now.”Meyer said a big thing Miller will miss this spring is a chance at game reps, but it’s on the senior quarterback to keep improving other facets of his game.“If he doesn’t have a good summer, that’ll cost him a lot. He’ll be a very average player,” Meyer said. “He’s got a lot riding on this now. If he doesn’t fix this and this, that’s a much different spot than he wants to be.”Offensive depthRedshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones took the majority of the reps at quarterback with the first team offensive unit, with redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett throwing with the second team. True freshman and early enrollee Stephen Collier saw time as well.Sophomore Ezekiel Elliott took the most reps with the first team at running back. Redshirt-sophomores Warren Ball and Bri’onte Dunn, as well as redshirt-senior Rod Smith, all split time with the starters. The latter three were all clearly behind Elliott, however.Sophomore wide receiver Dontre Wilson spent time in drills in the slot receiver position, and also returned punts alongside freshman Curtis Samuel and redshirt-junior Corey Smith.At tight end, redshirt-junior Nick Vannett took the majority of the snaps with the starters, as senior Jeff Heuerman rehabs from a broken nose. Redshirt-freshman Marcus Baugh also played considerable time. Baugh was cited for underage drinking in July and January.DefenseOn the other side of the ball, the Buckeye defense was not exactly what fans had been used to, finishing 47th in the country after giving up 377.4 yards per game last year, including 268 yards through the air.Meyer took time to speak with the defense specifically before team drills began Tuesday, and said he wants them to keep more a simple message in mind this year.“To me it’s ‘all go.’ It’s all the 4 to 6 (seconds), A to B … there’s certain things that’s built into your culture and the way you go. It’s not the call, it’s not (that) I want you thinking about plays,” Meyer said. “I think sometimes as coaches because of what’s happened to the game — it’s a fast-paced game get lined up and go — as opposed to it used to be a game based on effort … I want to get back to that. So that’s what I’ll tell them.”New playersWith the loss of first-team All-American and All-Big Ten performer Ryan Shazier — who was in attendance for OSU’s first spring practice along with the since-departed cornerback Bradley Roby — the linebacker position is undoubtedly a position of interest for Meyer, who called it his biggest concern as far as depth at any spot goes, but was pleased with the effort of five-star true freshman and early enrollee Raekwon McMillan.“I was really impressed with Raekwon today, did a really good job. Moved around, very mature,” Meyer said. “For a shorts practice, he did enough where I was … very positive of what I saw.”Returning starters at the position, senior Curtis Grant and junior Joshua Perry, took reps with the first team defense along with sophomore Darron Lee who did not play a snap in 2013.Meyer said Lee “earned” the time with the first unit after the way he finished off last season and improved this summer, saying “he’s got all the skills.”Perhaps the most experienced group on that side of the ball is the defensive line, which returns all four starters in juniors Noah Spence and Adolphus Washington, senior Michael Bennett and sophomore Joey Bosa. Washington took reps exclusively as an interior defensive lineman on the group’s first day on the field with recently hired defensive line coach Larry Johnson.The defensive backfield is undergoing a vast array of changes in addition to the linebacking core, because of the departure of Roby to the NFL and graduation of safeties Corey “Pitt” Brown, C.J. Barnett and Christian Bryant.Three safeties saw time in OSU’s first practice, those being redshirt-sophomore Tyvis Powell, sophomore Vonn Bell and sophomore Cam Burrows. Redshirt-junior Ron Tanner also saw time, but Meyer said he “lacks some physical skills” to be added into the group.The Buckeyes are set to practice for the second time this spring Thursday. read more