Class of 2016 kicker Quinn Nordin supposedly has his collegiate decision down to either Penn State or Iowa – at least that’s what he told the guys over at Black Shoe Diaries last week. It looks like the Hawkeyes are making a hard push to land his services.Saturday, Nordin tweeted a photo of all of the mail he received from the Hawkeyes this week. It includes numerous hand-written letters (one by head coach Kirk Ferentz) and a “Most Wanted” poster with his photo and attributes. Just opened the mailbox #HawkeyeNation #MuchLove pic.twitter.com/F0kRZBcd46— Quinn Nordin (@QuinnNordin) February 21, 2015It’ll be interesting to see where Nordin winds up.
STARKVILLE, MS – NOVEMBER 22: Dak Prescott #15 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs reacts to a touchdown during the third quarter of a game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Davis Wade Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)Many colleges nationwide are on spring break this week, and students are flocking to warm locales for fun in the sun. Mississippi State star quarterback Dak Prescott and some teammates are down in Panama City, Fla., where unfortunately their spring break turned violent.On Monday night, a message board post on elitedawgs.com stated that Prescott and another Bulldog player were jumped while attending a concert by rapper Waka Flocka Flame. More accounts of what went on have emerged, including a pair of tweets from MSU backup quarterback Damian Williams, who was with Prescott.Williams deleted both tweets, but here is a re-tweet featuring one of his originals. MSU junior QB w/ Dak Prescott RT @DamianDevon: We got jumped for no reason, It’s sad we can’t go anywhere without being attacked by people— Robbie Faulk (@robbiefaulk247) March 10, 2015Mississippi State beat reporter Michael Bonner confirmed the attack minutes ago, saying Prescott was with Williams and teammate Torrey Dale.Spoke to a one of Dak Prescott’s family members. He and a few others were attacked by a group of people. They are OK. More to come.— Michael Bonner (@MikeBBonner) March 10, 2015According to Prescott’s Instagram, Damian Williams and Torrey Dale both went w/the QB on spring break. Can’t confirm if they were attacked— Michael Bonner (@MikeBBonner) March 10, 2015
After the fans were able to watch the live broadcast of the Kentucky Derby on the scoreboard at Huntington Park, Saturday night’s game between the Columbus Clippers and Lehigh Valley IronPigs was unable to get out of the starting gate as thunderstorms moved in. The two teams will play a doubleheader Sunday, consisting of two seven-inning games beginning at 1:05 p.m. The second game will begin 30 minutes after the first concludes. Saturday’s scheduled starting pitcher, left-hander David Huff (3-0, 3.19 ERA) will pitch the first game and face right-hander Eddie Bonine (2-3, 3.38 ERA). Columbus has won 14 of its past 15 games, and is currently atop the International League West Division with a record of 22-6.
Ohio State sophomore linebacker Ryan Shazier said words couldn’t describe the Buckeyes’ defensive performance against Indiana. The appropriate descriptors came to first-year OSU coach Urban Meyer with apparent ease during his weekly press conference Monday, and he wasn’t happy. Maybe that’s why, at least for the time being, Meyer will have an increased role in the defense – he’s targeted the problem and is already working with the unit to improve its play. In light of nearly blowing an 18-point, late-game lead against the Hoosiers, Meyer, who said he’d be more involved with the defensive unit afterward, said the Buckeyes need to eliminate big plays. To help facilitate the defense’s growth, he’s already upped his involvement with the unit – Meyer said he’s met with both the players and the coaches on the defensive side of the ball. You won’t hear a whine from co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell regarding these matters, though – he said he’s happy to continue collaborating with Meyer. After allowing 481 yards of total offense and 49 points, Meyer described OSU’s problem succinctly, saying it needs to cease allowing big plays. “Pressing issues, eliminate the big play. There were 14 plays in there (against Indiana), and I actually met with the entire defense and the defensive staff in there,” Meyer said. “Instead of just complaining and whining and making noise, we have to put a plan together. That’s eliminate big plays … I’m not happy at all with what’s going on defense. That includes players, coaches and I think we can all get better.” Fickell’s defense is a porous one – OSU has allowed more points through seven games – 172 - than in either the past two seasons. Last year, the Buckeyes allowed 114 points to the opposition through seven games and during the team’s 2010 Sugar Bowl-championship campaign, which was later vacated, the defense allowed 112 points through seven games. With concerns about the now No. 7-ranked Buckeyes’ defense bubbling over, Fickell didn’t offer any excuses. Instead, a simple solution – make more plays, he said. “We’ve got to do a lot better job. I think the big thing is you look at – we’ve got to finish,” Fickell said. “To me, the greatest thing is, you say, ‘Hey, let’s see how we learn from this.’” From the outside looking in, it might appear that Fickell, having drawn Meyer’s ire, will now have his toes stepped on by the Buckeyes’ head coach. While it’s true that Meyer will be more involved in the defense, Fickell said, he’s always been present, adding that increased criticism from Meyer should help speed the learning process up. “(Meyer’s) come over more, but I think he’s always been involved. I think his ability to get over there and make sure, you know, motivational things and make things uncomfortable at times, but that’s how you grow,” Fickell said. “Hopefully he continues to spend a little bit more time with us. “(Co-defensive) coach (Everett) Withers and I, (cornerbacks) coach (Kerry) Coombs, (defensive line) coach (Mike) Vrabel – we all do things together, same way we’ve done in the past … It’s a collaborative issue and it’s not about any one person. That’s what we ask our kids to do and that’s what we ask our coaches to be like.” Meyer’s arrival in the defense’s meeting room comes just in time, too. Players, such as Shazier, say they’re distraught about the team’s play. “The defense, we’re really, really mad right now … We discussed how we played (against Indiana) and we had a horrible game,” Shazier said. “I’m not saying anything bad about Indiana, but we shouldn’t have gone out like that. We gave up too many yards, too many points.” The pieces, Meyer said, are already in place to turn the defense’s performance around. “We’ve got good coaches, good players and we’ll move forward and get better,” he said. OSU is scheduled to continue Big Ten play Saturday against Purdue University at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon.
Demonstrators participate in a protest against the rising public transportation prices, and the Brazilian government’s lavish spending for the FIFA Confederations Cup and World Cup soccer events June 19 in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil.Courtesy of MCTWhile most of the world is invested in the Winter Olympics, there are those of us that are counting down the days until June 12.That day marks the beginning of the greatest single event in sports: the World Cup.Brazil is hosting this year’s tournament, and the excitement has been building for four years since Spain claimed its first World Cup title in 2010.The questions from pundits are wide-ranging, to say the least. Can the Spaniards repeat? Will Brazil claim its record sixth title, this time on home soil? Will it be Argentina’s Lionel Messi or Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo who will solidify their claim at being the world’s best player by leading their team to glory on the sport’s biggest stage?When one pictures a Brazilian World Cup, images of Pelé, Garrincha, Zico and Ronaldinho come to mind. A truly beautiful version of the beautiful game.But while happiness and excitement run rampant, if you peel back the layers, you will find a much darker scene.As the clock ticks down until Brazil take on Croatia in Sao Paulo June 12, there are still issues in Brazil.Five of the 12 host sites for matches at the World Cup were intended to be finished by the end of 2013 but were still under construction as of last Saturday according to a report by The Guardian.The worst of these was the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, which until Tuesday was under threat of losing its right to host to another city if it did not pass a FIFA inspection.Although the city passed, the idea that this puts on display is a scary one: if Brazil can’t have these stadiums ready by its initial deadline, what faith can we have that it will be ready for the actual tournament?According to the same report by The Guardian, there have also been six worker deaths in the construction and renovation of these stadiums.Protests have also been a big problem in the lead up to the World Cup.Periodically throughout the summer of 2013 and stretching into this year, the youth of Brazil have poured into the streets to protest the money that’s being poured into the World Cup despite a failing economy, which pales in comparison to the violent deaths directly related to Brazilian football that have occurred in the past year.The situation right now seems like a powder keg, and that one little spark could cause the whole thing to blow.Will the tournament go on, even with the chaos in the streets and the questionable safety of the stadiums? Yes. But the likelihood that it will go off without a hitch decreases by the day.For an event so romanticized by soccer faithful — myself included — this is a frightening precedent that is being set. If a country thought to be so ingrained in soccer, particularly on the national level, is struggling like this, what will it be like for those less culturally impassioned by the sport (Qatar 2022 comes to mind).Will I still tune in to every match I can, voraciously cheering on the U.S. Men’s National Team as they attempt to escape their so-called Group of Death and advance? Of course I will.But some part of me will be on the edge of my seat for a different reason. I will be waiting and wondering if and when the next negative thing will happen, and what could happen to the legacy of the greatest sporting event in the world.
Ohio State senior epeeist Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger is hoisted up by his teammates after winning the 2018 NCAA Fencing Championships on March 25 in State College, Pennsylvania. Credit: Ohio State AthleticsTwo years ago, the biggest opportunity of Ohio State fencer Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger’s career was met with disappointment. After reaching the men’s epee finals in the 2016 NCAA Fencing Championships, Blais Belanger fell just short of the title, losing to Jake Hoyle, the top seed from Columbia.On March 25 in State College, Pennsylvania, Blais Belanger once again found himself one victory away from becoming the NCAA men’s epee champion. In the waning moments of overtime, with the hard-fought title bout against Sean White of St. John’s nearing its conclusion, Blais Belanger trailed 14-13. It looked like history was doomed to repeat itself.Then, in the final bout of his career, Blais Belanger turned the tide.With the clock winding down, Blais Belanger scored a touch on White to tie the score. Moments later, Belanger scored the touch with three seconds remaining that clinched his 15-14 victory.Disappointment turned to triumph.“Two years ago I came so close,” Blais Belanger said. ”If I wouldn’t have won [this time] it would have been really hard to swallow.”Blais Belanger’s four-year Ohio State career reached a redemptive conclusion, but he does not plan on letting his fencing career come to an end. With a successful and memorable college tenure now behind him, Blais Belanger has turned his attention to the sport’s greatest competition: the Olympics.Although Blais Belanger’s NCAA eligibility has expired, he plans to remain at Ohio State for one more year to complete his degree in mechanical engineering. He will still spend countless hours honing his skills in the Steelwood Athletic Training Facility to prepare for the final push to qualify and represent Canada in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.“[To qualify] you have to do almost every international competition and try to bank up on international points,” Blais Belanger said. “You have to be amongst the [best] in the Americas.”But Blais Belanger believes his collegiate career, during which he has competed at the NCAA championships all four years, has prepared him for the challenge of qualifying for and competing in the Olympics.“There’s so much pressure [in NCAA competition] because everyone’s [trying to] go out and be the best for their school,” Blais Belanger said. “There’s always so much intensity in every tournament … I think that’s going to help me a lot to handle pressure.”Blais Belanger also has competed for Team Canada at international competitions. Though he said the talent level is higher in international tournaments, they can’t match the intensity of NCAA competitions where team comradery and school pride inspire passion. “During international competition you focus on yourself,” Blais Belanger said. “Obviously if your teammate from your country does well you’re happy, but it’s not the same thing because you don’t depend on each other to win.”There are plenty of great college fencers who fail to reach the Olympics. While experience and preparation are important, a certain degree of natural talent is necessary to compete among the world’s greatest fencers. Ohio State fencing head coach Vladimir Nazlymov has an eye for Olympic talent. His lengthy resume includes three Olympic medals of his own when he competed for the Soviet Union in 1968, 1976 and 1980. He has been a member of the coaching staff of both the United States and Soviet national teams, and was the Soviet national team’s head coach in the 1988 Olympics. Nazlymov said he believes Blais Belanger has what it takes to be an Olympian.“[Blais Belanger has an] unbelievably strong neural system,” Nazlymov said. “He can be patient until last millisecond. It’s not timing. It’s [instincts]. In this case he’s unbelievable talent.”Maybe it was four years of learning to handle intense competition that allowed Blais Belanger to land the winning touch with three seconds remaining in his final college bout. Maybe the final strike was the type of instinctual response that his coach believes makes him a special talent.One thing is certain: as Blais Belanger comes closer to reaching the ultimate goal of his athletic career, he will need to thrive in big moments. If how he fared in the biggest moment of his collegiate career is any indication, he’ll do just fine.
Miralem Pjanic says Juventus want to “win everything” this season, and speaks about playing with Cristiano Ronaldo.Pjanic scored a fantastic volley against Lazio at the weekend, and he spoke to the Juventus’ official tv. Football Italia reports.“It wasn’t a simple goal,” Pjanic said.“The ball was high, but I managed to put it where I wanted. You need to have coordination, even if technique is important.“I’ve improved a lot compared to recent years, that’s what I wanted to do and I’ve succeeded.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“I want to keep winning and bring home even more important trophies. We have big objectives, Juventus want to win everything.“We have to be united and do our best. Right now we’re just thinking about winning, but soon we’ll be back to having fun on the pitch too.”Pjanic being a free-kick specialist faces more competition this season with the arrival of new signing Cristiano Ronaldo.“Paulo Dybala and I used to have free-kick competitions, now Cristiano Ronaldo has been added and he kicks them very well.“Ronaldo will give us so much, we’re happy that he’s here. In recent years he’s proved he’s the best in the world.”
Former Rangers player Derek Johnstone believes Aberdeen home defeat is a momentary setback for the team and that they will get past it to remain in title contention.Derek told Evening Times:“They had one chance and scored. How people can say they were the better team, I don’t know.”“Defensively, yes. They got everyone back behind the ball and defended well, but Joe Lewis has made three or four great saves.”“I thought Rangers were poor, there was nobody that got pass marks, Allan McGregor aside because he had no chance with the goal and little to do after that.”“You can’t go through the game performing like that and expect to beat Aberdeen. If you don’t have the majority of players getting pass marks, you won’t win the game.”Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“A lot of the fans got excited after the win over Hearts and then they feel like they are back down with a bump following the Aberdeen game.”“You have got to remember where Rangers were starting from and everyone knows that we have still got a bit to do.”“If you want to win leagues, you need to be consistent. You might not be at your best every week, but you don’t let your performances drop below a level and you win game after game after game.”“As it turned out, Rangers had a chance to go clear on Wednesday night and it was a real opportunity missed, unfortunately.”“Rangers are going to have their ups and downs over the season and there is no doubt that was a major down for everyone against Aberdeen.”“The important thing now is how the players react and the manager will leave them in no doubt about what is required when they head to Dundee this weekend.”
Burnley striker Ashley Barnes has issued a rallying call to his teammates after their 3-1 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates on Saturday.Ashley Barnes scored in the 63rd minute to reduce the deficit after Aubameyang’s brace had given the home side a two-goal lead.Burnley were rejuvenated at 2-1 as they pushed for the equalizer, and got close several times before substitute Alex Iwobi scored to make it 3-1 and kill the visitors’ hopes.“It was nice to hit the back of the net. I haven’t done it for a while and hopefully, that continues and we can get out of the bottom three,” Barnes told the club’s website.“I try to give my best and I always will for the shirt and for the club and put everything out there.“I got a goal but the main thing is the points that we need to start picking up.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We’ll dust ourselves down and we’ll get ready for Wednesday and hopefully come out with the three points.“We knew we had two tough games on the bounce and now we’ve just got to try and pick up as many points as possible. We’ve still got a long way to go and we’ll do that.“These games are important and for everyone to get behind us and us to put in the performances we have done in the last few games.“I am confident with that group of players in the changing room and the work we do for each other.“We’ve still got half of the season left. I have no qualms we will get out of it.”
Between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2018, the Ombudsman received 42 complaints specifically about API. Nearly one-third of those complaints alleged maltreatment or neglect of patients. In December 2017, the Ombudsman received a complaint that a member of API staff had assaulted a patient. On June 20, 2018, the Ombudsman received a series of allegations about the way API staff were treating patients. Ombudsman Burkhart. “We found evidence of many encounters where staff responded to patients in crisis using best practices, kindness, and creative problem solving. However, the fear and trauma experienced by API staff contributes to the environment in which they make decisions about when and how to restrain or seclude patients.” State Ombudsman Kate Burkhart concluded the investigation into three allegations related to patient safety and use of seclusion and restraint at API. According to documents provided by the state, the Ombudsman found all three allegations are justified. The investigation focused on the allegations of harm to patients, but the Ombudsman also recognized the violence directed toward API staff by patients as an “equally serious problem that must be addressed.” In February, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Adam Crum made the announcement that he had invoked his authority under state law to immediately assume management of API in response to the ongoing investigations. If Wellpath is successful in the first phase, by preparing the hospital to return to its full capacity by June 30, 2019, the company will assume full responsibility of API after July 1. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Ombudsman’s released the details of the investigation into allegations related to patient safety and seclusion and restraint at Alaska Psychiatric Institute. In the announcement it stated that Wellpath will “provide administrative leadership” over the facility. All API staff will remain in their positions as State of Alaska employees. Gavin Carmichael will continue as API’s acting chief executive officer. As part of assuming authority over API, Commissioner Crum has chosen to contract with Wellpath Recovery Solutions, a Nashville, Tenn. based company.