OSU coach Urban Meyer during the spring game on April 16 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoCoach Urban Meyer has 29 preseason practices to get his Ohio State team ready to compete against top programs in the 2016 campaign. He has those 29 practices to award 16 open starting positions to many players who have yet to contribute much of anything in games.On Sunday, OSU is set to hold it’s annual media day where players and coaches from all disciplines will be available for questioning. Here are a few storylines going into media day.Saturday’s intrasquad scrimmageOSU held their first preseason scrimmage on Saturday at Coffey Road Fields following the team’s first two-a-day practice on Friday. Aside from drills, this was the first opportunity for the coaching staff to evaluate the players in a simulated game experience.“Because we are an inexperienced group and that’s the closest you have to a preseason game, you want to see who really responds when the lights come on,” said associate head coach and defensive coordinator Greg Schiano. Schiano mentioned junior Damon Webb and redshirt sophomore Malik Hooker as two guys ahead of the others “but not by much.” The intrasquad scrimmage may have given a better scope on the talent at the safety position as well as every other open spot.“You see a guy who really looks good but then under the game situation when they’re out there by themselves and they have to deal with a lot of different variables, can they handle it and stay focused?” Schiano said. “That’s what I’m looking for.”The August heat in Ohio can be brutal—not to mention running around in shoulder pads and a helmet—which makes the competition for those spots even tougher. But that’s the mentality Meyer and his coaching staff are trying to breed. “Our camp isn’t easy,” redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett said. “The main thing is grind it out. The hard times we have in camp right now are going to help us down the season.”Position battles gain clarityAfter the first day of camp on Aug. 7, Meyer said that in a week and around practices 12 and 13 are when he hopes to begin narrowing down jobs and announce starters.Sunday marks one week and eight practices completed for the Buckeyes, so there could be a few steps made toward finalizing a depth chart.“Next week we would like to start narrowing it,” Meyer said last week. “We have an idea of who’s going to play, but we have a lot of good players. By next week I’d like to give it to guys who earned it—announce them as starters.”Meyer said he likes to make a big deal out of announcing starters for the players and their families who he calls to inform them that their sons are going to be starters.Some of the closest battles are at safety, cornerback, right tackle and left guard.First chance to talk to four position groupsThe offensive line, wide receivers, cornerbacks and running backs all have at lea
Redshirt junior guard Kam Williams (15) shoots the ball during the Buckeyes home opener against North Carolina Central. The Buckeyes won 69-63. Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorFew things have went right for the Ohio State men’s basketball team since Big Ten play began on Jan 1. The Buckeyes have lost three straight games to conference opponents, most recently a 78-68 loss to Minnesota in Williams Arena.Things will only be getting tougher from here on out for OSU, as the Buckeyes are set to take on No. 18 Wisconsin. Last season, Thad Matta’s team lost 79-68 to the Badgers.The Badgers are 13-3 this year, and are coming off an 11-point loss to Purdue, a team that OSU lost to by just one point on Thursday. Although Wisconsin was downed by the Boilermakers, there seems little to convince anyone OSU can easily handle a team as dangerous as the Badgers.After the loss to Purdue, senior forward Marc Loving said he felt confident in OSU’s ability to right the ship this season, regardless of how rocky the start had been.“We know what we’re capable of,” he said.Whatever he feels the team is capable of has yet to be seen this season. The Buckeyes have appeared sluggish on defense and disconnected on offense at times.Even with occasional glimpses into the capability of players like Loving and redshirt senior guard Kam Williams, OSU is shooting a feeble 38.8 percent from the field, with just a 31.8 percent mark from outside the arc.Williams, who started the year shooting 56 percent from 3-point range through the team’s first six games, has gone just 4-for-14 from 3 since the start of conference play. Although other players like Loving and sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle present a perimeter threat, the lack of outside scoring has stifled the Buckeyes’ offense.Correcting mistakes from outside might be an easy fix with more practice. However, the Buckeyes have struggled to limit opposing scoring attacks, giving up an average of 65.6 points per game, which puts OSU at No. 55 in the nation.More worryingly, the Buckeyes force an average of 13.06 turnovers per game, tied with Army West Point as 221st in the nation. Without forcing turnovers, there seems little hope of OSU putting up enough points to overcome opponents, especially a Badgers team that averages 76 points per game.With a lack turnovers and shooting struggles, the Buckeyes will need nothing short of a mid-season miracle to make OSU relevant in the Big Ten again. Regardless, veterans like junior forward Jae’Sean Tate are remaining positive through the hard times.“I wouldn’t say (there is) concern because we work our butts off every day,” Tate said. “We’re in here every day. We’ve just got to keep grinding it. We’ve got to keep working and trusting (Matta.) The outcome is going to be there.”He went on to say he felt the Buckeyes will hit their stride soon. However, until OSU corrects the glaring problems in front of them, the team will be taking nothing more than baby steps.
Duvan Zapata scores on his debut for Atalanta.Atalanta came from a goal down to defeat Chiasso 6-1 in a pre-season friendly earlier today.New signings Papu Gomez and Duvan Zapata were on the scoresheet as Gian-Piero Gasperini’s men took empathic 6-1 victory over their opponents.The Italian Serie A side started the game on the wrong foot, conceding an early goal within the first minute of the encounter.Gasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.They responded in fine fashion as a brace from new signing Papu Gomez turned the tie on its head. Gomez then turned provider as Alessandro Mancini scored from his corner.Hans Hateboer increased the lead for Atalanta scoring the fourth goal from Timothy Castagne pull back.Ex-Sampdoria striker Zapata scored the fight goal from close range before Marten De Roon headed in the sixth goal from Josip Ilicic’s free kick.Atalanta have started preparations for the upcoming season after an impressive 2017-18 campaign both in the league and in the UEFA Europa League.
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has revealed what he and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp were talking about after both teams 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge two weeks ago.The two managers were seen sharing a joke as the Reds picked up a point in London courtesy of Daniel Sturridge’s spectacular goal to draw them level after Eden Hazard put the host ahead in the first half.But despite being moments away from losing Liverpool’s first game in the Premier League this season, the former Napoli boss revealed Klopp was having fun on the touchline.“There are moments when the grand spectacle of it all convinces you to put aside any regrets,” Sarri told Corriere dello Sport, according to Daily Mail.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“Even if you concede at the last minute or five minutes into stoppage time.”“That was an extraordinary show. Just 10 minutes earlier, I saw Klopp looking at me with the game going on. I asked: ‘Why are you smiling?’ He replied: ‘Aren’t you having fun?’”“I said: “so much” and he added: ‘me too.’ He was losing at the time.’ Even after the equaliser, remembering that moment, we hugged like two old friends. I’m sure he would’ve done the same even if Liverpool hadn’t equalised.”“The Premier League has this joy of football.”
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe spoke to the press of his disappointment after losing 2-1 at home to Manchester United at Vitality Stadium on Saturday.Callum Wilson opened the scoring for AFC Bournemouth but Anthony Martial equalized before the break, but a stoppage-time goal by Marcus Rashford left Eddie Howe and his team empty-handed.“It’s a tough one for us today. I think a lot of the aspects of our game were really good, especially during the opening period. We passed the ball well and there was a really good intensity to our play.” Howe said at a post-match press conference, via AFCB.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We were disappointed at half-time that we weren’t winning and we felt that we deserved to be leading by more than one. We knew the second half was going to be a different game.“Manchester United changed things and made substitutions but I was pleased with my players attitudes to the game and they gave everything to the match.“It was one of the best first-half performances I’ve seen us have in the Premier League since being promoted. I can’t fault anyone in terms of effort.”
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville Athletics Department, in conjunction with the Atlantic Coast Conference, announced the Cardinals’ 2019 football schedule on Wednesday afternoon.The first meeting in Louisville between the Cardinals and Notre Dame to open the season and a clash with Clemson, the defending national champions, on Oct. 19 highlight Louisville’s six-game home slate.The Cardinals open the first season under head coach Scott Satterfield with two games in five days, beginning with the Labor Day clash against the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame went 12-1 last season, with the only loss coming to Clemson in the College Football Playoff Semifinals.The Monday night prime-time game will be only the second meeting between Louisville and Notre Dame — the first since Louisville defeated Notre Dame 31-28 in 2014 at Notre Dame Stadium.The Cardinals will face a short week when they remain home to face FCS-foe Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 7. It’s the first encounter since the Cardinals defeated the Colonels 44-7 in 2013.The Cardinals will hit the road for the next two weeks, playing a neutral-site game in Nashville, Tenn., against Western Kentucky on Sept. 14 before opening up ACC play on Sept. 21 at Florida State. The Seminoles own a 15-4 series advantage over the Cardinals.After the first of two bye weeks, the Cardinals return to action with seven-straight conference games, beginning with a visit by Boston College to Cardinal Stadium on Oct. 5. The Eagles have won two-straight games against the Cardinals after a 45-42 win in Louisville in 2017 and a 38-20 victory in Chestnut Hill, Mass., last season.The Cardinals travel to Wake Forest on Oct. 12 before returning home for two consecutive games at Cardinal Stadium, beginning with a visit from Clemson, the 2018 national champions on Oct. 19. The Tigers were 15-0 last season and are 5-0 against the Cardinals since joining the league.Louisville remains home to face Virginia on Oct. 26. The Cavaliers defeated the Cardinals 27-3 last season, but trail the overall series 4-3.After their second week off, the Cardinals usher in the month of November with the first of three road games to close the season. The Cardinals make their first trip to Miami since a 41-38 loss to the third-ranked Hurricanes during the 2004 season. It’s the first meeting between the two schools since the Cardinals played their first-ever ACC game in 2014 — defeating the Hurricanes 31-13 at Cardinal Stadium.The Cardinals continue on the road the following week with a trip to Raleigh, N.C., to square off against the Wolfpack of NC State on Nov. 16. Louisville closes out the home schedule on Nov. 23 when Syracuse visits Cardinal Stadium.Satterfield’s Cardinals conclude the regular season with a short trip up I-64 to face Kentucky at Kroger Field where the Cardinals have won the last four contests.Season tickets can be purchased through My Cardinals Account https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/uofl/EN/link/buy/details/19FB. Fans who purchase season tickets in January can take advantage of an eight-month interest free payment plan to extend payments through the July 15th deadline. Payments will be automatically deducted monthly from your preferred method of payment.The Cardinals, who return 19 starters from last season’s squad, open spring practice on Feb. 11. 2019 Schedule 10/19 CLEMSON* CARDINAL STADIUM Clemson leads 5-0 9/2 NOTRE DAME CARDINAL STADIUM UofL leads 1-0 9/7 EASTERN KENTUCKY CARDINAL STADIUM UofL leads 18-8-1 Story Links DATE OPPONENT LOCATION SERIES 11/23 SYRACUSE* CARDINAL STADIUM UofL leads 10-7 Print Friendly Version 10/12 at Wake Forest* Winston Salem, N.C. UofL leads 4-2 11/9 at Miami* Miami, Fla. Miami leads 9-3-1 10/26 VIRGINIA* CARDINAL STADIUM UofL leads 4-3 9/21 at Florida State* Tallahassee, Fla. FSU leads 15-4 2019 LOUISVILLE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE 11/16 at NC State* Raleigh, N.C. UofL leads 6-3 9/14 vs. Western Kentucky Nashville, Tenn. UofL leads 20-12 10/5 BOSTON COLLEGE* CARDINAL STADIUM UofL leads 6-5 11/30 at Kentucky Lexington, Ky. UK leads 16-15 Buy Season Tickets
Malda (WB): The passengers of DN Bhramhaputra Mail today protested against non-functioning of AC units in some coaches in Malda town station disrupting train services for hours, a GRP official said. The passengers of the Delhi-bound train from Guwahati, which arrived at the Malda town station at about 4 am, pulled the chain when it was leaving the platform. They alleged that no action had been taken even after their complaints at Siliguri and Malda railway stations, GRP Inspector-in-charge of Malda town station Partha Chanda said. After partial repair of AC units, the passengers boarded the train which resumed journey at about 8 am, he said. Train services were disrupted in the section for hours following the incident, he said.