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IPL 2019: MI, CSK to face off in riveting contest

first_imgsport CSK skipper MS Dhoni and team mates   –  PTI × April 02, 2019 With skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni in red-hot form, Chennai Super Kings will start favourites against the slightly off-colour Mumbai Indians when the IPL’s two most successful teams have their first showdown of the season here on Wednesday.The Super Kings, three-time winners of the T20 League like the hosts, have been on a roll with three wins on the trot that have boosted them to the top of the table.Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, had a familiar stuttering start with a victory sandwiched between two defeats.Recent history in head-to-head clashes is in MI’s favour, as the Rohit Sharma-led home team has beaten their rivals in four out of the last five contests.Team advantageOverall too Mumbai holds a 14-12 advantage over CSK, including once in the defunct Champions T20 League.However, CSK seem to hold the edge this time around, especially with Dhoni rolling back the years with a typically robust 75 off 46 balls that lifted his team from 27 for three to 175 for five against Rajasthan Royals at home in their last match.And with Dwayne Bravo holding off Rajasthan’s charge at the end with the ball, CSK maintained their 100 per cent record.The Super Kings have the edge in batting depth and in spin bowling variety, while Mumbai have the better pace attack on a pitch that is bound to offer bounce and carry.Mumbai are over-dependent on openers Rohit and South African Quinton de Kock. The rest need to step up.The hosts will have the option of fielding new recruit, West Indian fast bowler Alzarri Joseph, or all rounder Ben Cutting in place of the off-boil Lasith Malinga.In the spin department, Mumbai are behind their opponents who have Harbhajan Singh, South African Imran Tahir and Ravindra Jadeja to bank on after the power play.Teams (from): Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (capt), Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Rahul Chahar, Ben Cutting, Pankaj Jaiswal, Ishan Kishan, Siddhesh Lad, Evin Lewis, Mayank Markande, Mitchell McClenaghan, Alzarri Joseph, Jason Behrendorff, Anukul Roy, Rasikh Salam, Anmolpreet Singh, Barinder Sran, Aditya Tare, Suryakumar Yadav, Jayant Yadav, Quinton de Kock.Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (captain & WK), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Kedar Jadhav, Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Shorey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Rituraj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, K M Asif, Deepak Chahar, N Jagadeesan (wk), Scott Kuggeleign. SHARE IPL 2019: All eyes on the Chennai pitch as CSK take on Rajasthan Royals on March 31 Chennai Super Kings Recent history in head-to-head clashes is in MI’s favour, as the Rohit Sharma-led home team has beaten their rivals in four out of the last five contests. SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTScenter_img IPL 2019 Published on RELATED Mumbai Indians CSK skipper MS Dhoni and team mates   –  PTI Chennai IPL 2019: Dhoni’s acumen versus Pant’s power as CSK face Delhi Capitals test 0 COMMENTlast_img read more

9 months agoHoedt free to leave Southampton admits Hasenhuttl

first_imgHoedt free to leave Southampton admits Hasenhuttlby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has admitted Wesley Hoedt is free to leave the club this month.The Dutch defender has yet to feature for Saints since Hasenhuttl replaced Mark Hughes last month.”Nearly every player [has] played a game until now but he didn’t. It’s difficult,” Hasenhuttl said.”I made a decision for (Jannik) Vestergaard, Jack Stephens at Derby. I think Jack will take the part of Maya Yoshida who is gone for one month.”Yeah, it’s not the best for Wesley, that’s right. It’s the same for Gabbiadini or Steven (Davis). The guys went away to find other solutions, it’s better for them.”For Wesley it can be the same. We don’t send any player away but if he feels like he is not used like wants from us, he should think about it.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Schools to Have Responsibility for Executing Projects up to $3 Million

first_imgStory Highlights Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says procedures governing the implementation of infrastructure improvement projects at schools are to be revised. Senator Reid said the revision is aimed at decentralising project implementation in order to “drive greater efficiency” in the education system. Speaking at a town hall meeting in Annotto Bay, St. Mary, on Wednesday, (September 20), Senator Reid said this will see schools having responsibility for executing projects valued at up to $3 million, with funds provided by the Ministry. Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says procedures governing the implementation of infrastructure improvement projects at schools are to be revised.Speaking at a town hall meeting in Annotto Bay, St. Mary, on Wednesday, (September 20), Senator Reid said this will see schools having responsibility for executing projects valued at up to $3 million, with funds provided by the Ministry.He indicated that a Service Level Agreement (SLA) will be put in place to facilitate the arrangement.“So, what you are going to find (with these) smaller projects is that the school boards and principals will be required to do the procurement and will be aided by the (Ministry’s) regional offices in the management of those projects,” he outlined.Senator Reid said the regional offices will assist with the procurement process and management of projects valued at more than $3 million and up to $10 million.The offices will also undertake the procurement for projects valued between $10 million and $20 million, while those above $20 million will be spearheaded by the Ministry’s head office.Senator Reid said the revision is aimed at decentralising project implementation in order to “drive greater efficiency” in the education system.“We have over 1,000 schools, and I don’t want to be trying to manage a $3-million project… . I want to give you (school administrations) that responsibility. You are going to be responsible for executing that maintenance project – identifying the contractor, managing (it) and making sure that the projects are done on time (and within budget),” the Minister added.The meeting, which was held at St. Theresa’s Roman Catholic Church, culminated Senator Reid’s visit to several schools in St. Mary comprising the Ministry’s Region Two.Among the institutions visited were Devon Pen Primary School; St. Mary Technical High School; Annotto Bay High School; and Enfield Primary School.last_img read more

Richard Branson Launches Study To Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

first_imgRichard Branson and Virgin Unite have launched a new study aimed at reversing Type 2 Diabetes.“The Caribbean, where I’ve been living for nearly four decades now, has become a major battleground in the fight against Type 2 Diabetes,” blogged Branson. “It is an incredible serious issue here, with around one in five adults suffering from Type 2 Diabetes, which occurs when the body can’t produce enough insulin or when the insulin produced does not work properly. It affects the heart, blood vessels, nerves, eyes and kidneys – I’ve seen somebody lose a leg from it, and older people lose their lives.“Already, the impacts on fragile health infrastructures are being felt. That’s why Virgin Unite, our foundation, is launching the Barbados Diabetes Reversal Study (BDRS), in partnership with the Diabetes Association of Barbados and the Barbados Diabetes Foundation.“The aim of the BDRS is to determine the acceptability and effectiveness of an eight week very low calorie diet to reverse Type 2 Diabetes in Barbados. Our hope is that the study’s success could show a pathway out of the diabetes crisis in this region, identifying a range of simple options for people to change their diets and stay healthy. This will be specific to the region, finding out what works in the Caribbean, compared to what works in the UK or elsewhere. This research builds on the wonderful work of Professor Roy Taylor at Newcastle University in the UK. In 2011 he found that Type 2 Diabetes can be reversed by adopting a short very low calorie diet, followed by weight maintenance. Participants were able to get rid of excess fat in the liver and pancreas and restore blood sugar to normal levels.“Now UWI researchers are hoping to see similar results in Barbadians, with Professor Taylor providing scientific leadership for the study.“If effective in larger studies, this research could change the way Type 2 Diabetes is treated in the future. There have been plenty of sceptics who don’t believe reversing Type 2 Diabetes is possible, but the facts suggest this is the beginning of something very exciting. This has the potential to be life-altering and even life-saving for many people. We’re really looking forward to seeing results later in 2015.”If you live in Barbados, have been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in the last six years, and are interested in participating in the study, please email: [email protected] other enquiries about the study, please contact Professor Nigel Unwin of the Chronic Disease Research Centre at the University of the West Indies in Barbados at [email protected]:virgin.comlast_img read more

Annie Pootoogooks body returning home soon to Cape Dorset

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsInuit artist Annie Pootoogook will soon go home to Cape Dorset, Nunavut, one last time.Pootoogook’s body was set for release Thursday by the Ontario Coroner’s office in Ottawa following a pathologist case conference involving Ottawa police investigators, APTN National News has learned.Pootoogook’s body could be in Cape Dorset, her home community, as early as Saturday, according to sources with close ties to the family.Read more about Annie Pootoogook’s case hereThis latest development also signals a key milestone of the Ottawa police investigation into Pootoogook’s death. Investigators with the Ottawa police’s major crimes unit were awaiting for the results of this examination by the pathologist to get a clearer picture of the death.The pathologist’s report would give investigators the most detailed outline to date on Pootoogook’s time of death, how long she was in the water before she was found in the Rideau River on Sept. 19, whether there was trauma on her body and what substances may have been in her system.The results of the pathologist’s examination will influence whether the investigation into Pootoogook’s death evolves into a full blown murder probe. Investigators have so far been unable to execute warrants as part of the investigation because the death, while deemed suspicious, is not yet considered the result of a crime.Investigators have already obtained surveillance footage requested from the downtown Ottawa shelter, known as Shepherds of Good Hope, where Pootoogook was believed to have stayed before her death. Investigators interviewed several individuals last week who knew Pootoogook and also stayed at the shelter.APTN has also been on the streets trying to track down those who knew Pootoogook and spent time with her. Many remember events involving Pootoogook, but have difficulty placing those events into clear timelines. One individual may offer one version of events which can be contradicted entirely by someone else’s recollection.Police investigators also ran into similar issues in their own interviews.According to William Watt, Pootoogook’s partner for over eight years, he last saw the artist a little over a week before she was found in the Rideau River. Watt said Pootoogook left without warning one morning and never returned.Pootoogook is believed to have stayed at the Shepherds of Good Hope at some point after she left her apartment.APTN could not independently confirm when Pootoogook last checked into the shelter. The shelter would not release that information for privacy reasons.Pootoogook’s family and friends say Pootoogook went to the shelter to escape an abusive relationship.Watt denied he was physically abusing Pootoogook, but admitted he was verbally abusive.Watt admitted to APTN he hit Pootoogook in the head in 2012.Ottawa police obtained Watt’s DNA that same year, court records show.“We are working hard on the case,” said a police source with knowledge of the investigation. “We want to solve the mystery surrounding Annie Pootoogook’s death just as much as anyone.”Pootoogook was [email protected]@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Canadian Resource Coalition to hold Rally 4 the North on April 13

first_imgThe Rally will also focus on Canada’s need for a pipeline that connects from coast to coast.Ramsey feels that it is important that B.C. gets on board for the construction of pipelines, adding that they are trying to rally up a lot of support from the western provinces.“I think it’s important B.C. is on board with us because things are going to get stirred up here and we need to get pipelines built. We’re just trying to rally up as many western provinces and towns for support as much as possible.”According to Ramsey, they are anticipating about 3,000 to 4,000 trucks in Valleyview.In addition to a rally in Valleyview, Ramsey says a staging will be taking place in Dawson Creek.The Rally 4 the North will be taking place Saturday, April 13, in Valleyview, Alberta. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Canadian Resource Coalition will be holding a rally on April 13 in Valleyview, Alberta.According to event organizer, Mike Ramsey, Rally 4 the North is a chance for northern communities to stand up against the carbon tax and to learn about the importance of the natural resource sector.“This is just a rally against the carbon tax and we’ll be giving some education on it as well. Vivian Krause will be doing some speaking and we have a few other guest speakers that we are just waiting to confirm.” For more information, you can visit the Canadian Resource Coalition’s Facebook page.last_img read more

Congress flays PM Modi for exploting national security

first_imgNew Delhi: Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “cynically exploiting” the issue of national security to divert attention from his “colossal failures” and “persistent falsehoods”, the Congress on Tuesday asserted that it won’t allow him to befool the people again.Seeking to send out a strong message to the people from Narendra Modi’s home state Gujarat, the Congress said that it will appeal with humility a mandate for change in the Lok Sabha elections for providing better governance and repair the damage caused to the economy and the country by the BJP government. The strong attack on the Prime Minister came in the resolution adopted by the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the highest decision-making body of the grand old party, which was chaired by party president Rahul Gandhi and attended by all senior leaders, including Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh, Ahmed Patel, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The Congress also urged all democratic and progressive forces to unite and pool their energies to relentlessly fight and expose the BJP government, and not to allow the nation’s political narrative be vitiated and focus deflected from the real issues that concern the people. Earlier, the Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that no sacrifice was “too great” to defeat the RSS and BJP ideology of “fascism, hatred, anger and divisiveness”. In his speech at the CWC meeting held at Sardar Patel National Memorial, he underlined the need to fight such forces together and said, “On the anniversary of Gandhi ji’s historic Dandi March, the Congress Working Committee in Ahmedabad, resolved to defeat the RSS/BJP ideology of fascism, hatred, anger and divisiveness.” “Congress party expresses its strong disappointment that the Prime Minister is cynically exploiting the issue of national security, on which we are all united, to divert attention from his colossal failures, bogus claims and persistent falsehoods,” the CWC resolution said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedThe CWC sends a “stern and unequivocal” message to India’s enemies that the country stands united and resolute as one to confront and defeat their nefarious agenda, it said. Briefing reporters after the CWC meeting, senior party leader Anand Sharma said the Congress is committed to restoring the health of the Indian economy which has been collapsing due to the “monumental mismanagement” under Prime Minister Modi and his government. “The working committee has met in the backdrop of terror attacks. The nation has spoken in one voice. The PM is seeking to divide the nation. The PM is questioning the commitment and patriotism of his and the BJP’s political opponents ahead of the elections,” Sharma said.last_img read more

A giants demise

first_imgA eulogy to India’s longest-serving chairman who was a different class of visionary is only befitting. It is not just his career or his achievement in life that count post his demise but his ambition to project ITC as a facilitator of sustainable livelihoods and a sizeable contributor to the country’s economy. Yogesh Chander Degeshwar passed away in Delhi on Saturday morning at 72 but he left a legacy that outlines pure passion for the proliferation of business as well as his hunger for creation of sustainable value chains which would aid society and enrich the environment. YCD, as he was popularly known, has ITC’s expansion from a tobacco company into a multi-retailer to his credit. His influence in ITC’s steps towards FMCG sector, hotels, paper and packaging, branded apparel and lifestyle retail, agarbattis, packaged foods, personal care and agri-businesses, is instrumental and rarely matched. An alumnus of IIT Delhi and Havard Business School, YCD joined ITC way back in 1968. Just sixteen years into his profession, he joined ITC board in 1984. Though he took a break from ITC and served as Chairman and Managing Director of Air India between 1991 and 1994, YCD returned to ITC to become its Vice-Chairman before becoming its Chairman two years later in 1996. Since then, ITC has made unprecedented strides towards being a diverse and global Indian conglomerate with a focus on social development. Genuinely interested in having his firm’s great contribution to India’s economy, YCD had some time back said that “the mission to create world-class brands in India must, therefore, assume the fervour of a national movement” and “such world-class Indian brands will help create, capture and retain larger value for the economy.” YCD’s impetus to ITC has greatly influenced the company which has been building successful Indian brands in an FMCG market dominated by multinationals. It has created more than 50 popular brands, such as Aashirvaad, Sunfeast, Classmate, Fiama Di Wills and Bingo. His ambition to grow ITC’s non-cigarette FMCG business revenue to Rs 1 lakh crore by 2030, in the process becoming the largest FMCG firm in the country beating Hindustan Unilever will now be a priority target for ITC to value and respect his legacy. As of last year, ITC’s gross sales value expanded to Rs 67,081 crore with the non-cigarette FMCG business revenue being Rs 11,328 crore or 59 per cent of total revenue. Clearly, YCD’s outlined vision for shifting ITC’s traditional tobacco reputation towards other sectors yielded in all glory. Words of acknowledgement for his success echoes around and people across both industrial as well as political spectrum offered their tributes to the person whose patriotic call for ‘putting India first’ will forever motivate those he inspired. With Yogesh Deveshwar at the helm, ITC was accorded recognition for creating sustainable communities in rural India on both national as well as the global front. ITC’s keen interest in sustainable growth under him was also evident through its carbon positive, water positive, and waste recycle positive approach for more than a decade. With all of ITC’s luxury hotels being LEED Platinum certified and renewable energy constituting about 48 per cent of ITC’s total energy consumption, YCD’s ambition regarding a sustainable model of growth was pretty clear. And, with that was the ambition for creating livelihoods with ITC having created 6 million jobs in the country. Few of his achievements listed as case studies at Havard business school only glorifies his success. Conferred the Padma Bhushan in 2011 and ranked the seventh best-performing CEO in the world by Harvard alongside Apple CEO Steve Jobs in 2012, YCD’s journey elicits acknowledgement from even his adversaries. British American Tobacco’s chairman Richard Burrow’s tribute to Deveshwar, acknowledging his leadership which brought ITC to where it is, especially with the famous battle ITC had to fight off with British American Tobacco, stands testimony to his audacious outlook to catapult ITC towards a bright future. In a statement, ITC Managing Director Sanjiv Puri said that Deveshwar had “passionately championed the cause for sustainable and inclusive growth as well as the transformative role businesses could play in creating larger societal value”. Given his progress on fronts of sustainable livelihoods and the environment with respect to his company and country, Puri’s words only commemorate Deveshwar’s extraordinary vision. His legacy stands firm for all entrepreneurs, managers, businessmen, industrialists to take note and emulate if they may. But Deveshwar’s stint as the top brass of ITC also tells a lot about how a traditional tobacco company transformed into a conglomerate with multinational status and arms in diverse sectors. His decisions are what brought ITC where it stands today and serves as a proper reminder of how erratic decisions, withstanding hinderances, is what marks a great leader. Be it his handling of mid-nineties control crisis with British American Tobacco, the largest shareholder or a section of old management behind bars for FERA violations, or for that matter, Centre’s retrospective excise duty demand of 803 crores, situations posed an immense challenge and Deveshwar was always up to the job. Even his decision on ITC Sonar to be set up on the eastern fringes of the city with nothing around was a gamble only Deveshwar understood in his head but today his foresight has brought real estate and hospitality industry sprawling to around ITC Sonar. So what did the tall visionary leader in Yogi, as fondly called by people close to him, left us with? While his managerial prowess stands as an inspiration for many, his foresight urges other leading businesses to pick up sustainable development as an eco-friendly alternative to their current roadmap. And, not just that but YCD’s push for sustainable livelihoods is an equally important ambition which, if realised by the leading business houses of the country, would catapult India’s employment graph and yield a greater and committed workforce. What Deveshwar foresaw but could not realise due to his mortal limits is something others can realise. He wanted ITC to be responsible for the creation of sustainable livelihoods. Imagine, if not just ITC but other leading businesses decide to pursue his ambition. While livelihoods will boom and eco-friendly alternatives will provide sustainability, the economy will boom as the real winner. And, in all likelihood, that is what Yogesh Chander Deveshwar desired with his ‘Let’s put India First’ calls.last_img read more

Despite records Illinois ready to compete with Ohio State football

Then-redshirt-junior Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase (2) throws the ball during a game against OSU Nov. 3, 2012, at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 52-22.Credit: Lantern file photoWhile the No. 3-ranked Ohio State football team (9-0, 5-0) has won 21 consecutive games since the start of last season, Illinois (3-6, 0-5) has lost five in a row.Despite the teams moving in opposite directions, Illinois senior linebacker Jonathan Brown said he isn’t going to let OSU walk out of Champaign, Ill., unchallenged.“If you’re not going out there to compete, you’re not going out there to win a game, then there’s no reason to step on the field,” Brown told The Lantern Monday. “It’s what we do every week. We step on the field to compete, and that’s what we’re going to do this weekend.”Competing to win has left the Illini short of actually winning any games since their conference play began this season. The team goes into Saturday’s game needing to win its final three games against OSU, Purdue and Northwestern to become bowl eligible.“We definitely want to get to a bowl game, and get our first Big Ten win, so in order to do that, we got to win three games straight,” redshirt-senior wide receiver Steve Hull said Monday. “The first one is Ohio State, and we just got to prepare and attack this week to go out there and get a win.”OSU ranks fifth nationally with 48.2 average points scored per game and eighth nationally with 17.0 average points allowed per game. Illinois, by contrast, ranks 62nd nationally with 29.7 points scored per game and 105th nationally with 34.7 average points allowed per game.Illinois offensive coordinator Bill Cubit said Monday his team has to step up its game Saturday.“(The matchup’s) not in our favor, so we got to play above and beyond really what we’ve played so far this year,” Cubit said.The expectation that OSU should win, however, does not have to determine the outcome, Hull said.“On paper, I’m sure that everybody’s saying we’re going to be destroyed and going to get our butts whooped, but that’s why we play the game on Saturday,” Hull said.While the win-loss records might show that OSU’s season is going one way and Illinois’ is going the other, Brown does not see it that way.“I wouldn’t say that we’re going in two opposite directions,” Brown said. “They’re progressing as a team. We’re progressing as a team. It’s fun to get out there and compete against another great opponent.”Although the Illini haven’t won a Big Ten game since Tim Beckman’s coaching tenure began, Beckman said his team has improved this season after winning just two games in 2012.“We’re a better football team than we were last year at this time,” Beckman said in Tuesday’s Big Ten teleconference. “I think offensively, what we’ve done in a matter of a year has been unbelievable … Defensively, we’ve lost some players (from last season), there’s no question about that, and some very good players that are playing on Sunday. These players that we’re playing with now have to continue to mature.”Both the offense and defense are looking to improve upon their performances in last year’s 52-22 loss to OSU at Ohio Stadium. The Fighting Illini only mustered 170 yards of offense in that game, while giving up 567 yards to OSU.“If you compare (the Illinois offense) to last year, there’s huge strides, but I don’t compare it to last year, because I wasn’t here,” said Cubit, who is in his first season at Illinois. “We just got to keep on improving and getting ourselves better. It’s going to be real difficult this week, because of the opponent, but that’s college football, you got to go out and play.”One player who is expected to play better than he did last year is redshirt-senior quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase, who threw for only 96 passing yards in last year’s game.So far this season, Scheelhaase has completed 65.2 percent of his passes for 2,420 yards and 15 touchdowns — all improvements from his 60.6 completion percentage, 1,361 passing yards and four touchdowns last season — while he has thrown the same number of interceptions, eight, as last year.“He’s improved tremendously,” Cubit said. “He’s really run the system (well) … How he’s handled it and how he’s adapted to it and been a leader out there, that’s been great.”OSU sophomore linebacker Josh Perry also noticed Scheelhaase’s improvement this season.“He’s more of a quarterback than he was last year or the year before,” Perry said Monday. “He’s looking more when he scrambles to throw the ball than take off and run.”OSU coach Urban Meyer said his No. 1 concern for Saturday’s game is “getting to the quarterback.”“(Scheelhaase is) a guy that keeps plays alive even when they break down … that’s what causes problems for defense,” Meyer said during a Monday press conference. “I think we got to pressure him.”As for the offense’s opposition, Beckman said the OSU defense, even considering their success in holding the Illini to just one offensive touchdown last season, is “very, very improved.”“Their front four are playing outstanding,” Beckman said. “Linebackers are very aggressive in making plays, and you see a secondary that also is playing very aggressive.”On the other side of the ball, Illinois will once again be trying to find a way to slow down OSU junior quarterback Braxton Miller, who leads the Buckeyes this season with 1,726 yards of total offense, and senior running back Carlos Hyde, who leads OSU with 701 rushing yards.“We got to tackle in open space,” Beckman said. “We’ve got to leverage the football and be in the proper fit and not overdo what we think’s necessary to make a play because that, in the end, bites you. We just have to play our brand of football and if that’s putting pressure on (Miller) or containing him, I think that’s the game all defenses have to play against something like that offense, you got to try to keep them off track.”Meyer said the Illinois defense, which ranks 116th in the FBS with 482.7 average yards allowed per game, is a difficult unit to characterize, but one he expects to bring pressure Saturday.“It’s all over the place,” Meyer said. “They have good players but they’re just, it’s hard to get a beat on who they are and what they’re trying to do. They’re a very heavy blitz team and I think they’ll blitz us a lot.”OSU is looking to retain possession of Illibuck, the carved wooden turtle that serves as a trophy for the winner of the two teams’ annual rivalry game, as it has since the Buckeyes last fell to the Illini in 2007. But although Brown acknowledged OSU has “some of the top players in the country,” he said his team has no plans to back down.“We’re not going to have any fear going into this game,” Brown said. “We’re going to be ready to play. It’s just a matter of going out there and executing.”Kickoff for Saturday’s game is scheduled for noon at Illinois’ Memorial Stadium. read more

Former OSU Diving Club coach pleads not guilty to sexual battery charges

Former Ohio State Diving Club assistant coach Will Bohonyi pleads not guilty to all charges during his arraignment in the Franklin County Common Pleas court Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. Credit: Amanda Parrish | Assistant Campus EditorFormer Ohio State Diving Club assistant coach William Bohonyi was arraigned in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas where he pleaded not guilty to all charges.Bohonyi is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a minor that was part of the diving club during his time as a coach and is charged with three felony counts of sexual battery and one count of sexual pandering to minor.Bradley Koffel, Bohonyi’s attorney, told the court during arraignment that Bohonyi had done nothing wrong in pursuing a relationship with the young woman.“The consensual relationship he had with this young lady was lawful,” Koffel said.Bohonyi was accused of coercing a 16-year-old female athlete to engage in sex acts in July 2014, both on campus and during a competition in Maryland, in a lawsuit filed July 11 in Indianapolis federal district court. Bohonyi, the university’s diving club and USA Diving were named as defendants. Charges against Ohio State have since been dropped and Bohonyi was issued a warrant by the Franklin County court and, as his defense pointed out, he turned himself in within two hours.The prosecution, represented in court Wednesday by  Franklin County assistant prosecutor Jennifer Rausch, argued that while the alleged victim was old enough for consent — the age of consent is 16 in Ohio — that the nature of their relationship is what made it illegal with Bohonyi serving as her coach.In interviews after the hearing, Koffel said Bohonyi did not have control over the alleged victim’s placement on teams or progress in the diving club and that under the Ohio statute would not count as her coach and thus the nature of the relationship would not be illegal.Bohonyi’s bond for a later appearance in court was set at $15,000 and was released on a $10,000 reporting recognizance bond. The judge also placed a stay-away order on Bohonyi from anyone involved with the case as well as an order for no unsupervised contact with minors. read more