Who will play guard for the Raiders on Sunday?


first_imgALAMEDA — There’s something keeping Jon Gruden up at night, and it’s not the uncertainty of where his team will play home games next season or the recent firing of his general manager.It’s the fact he doesn’t know who will play guard this Sunday in Cincinnati.Left guard Kelechi Osemele missed his fourth game of the season last Sunday against the Steelers, his first DNP due to a toe injury as opposed to his prior knee ailment. Backup left guard Jon Feliciano suffered a season-ending calf …last_img

South Africa tackles power theft


first_imgHe added that there was a need for legislation declaring electricity theft a serious crime. “Electricity theft affects each and every one of us,” Zuma said. “In the long term, it is detrimental to our economy and can contribute to job losses at a time when we must protect every job in our country.” 27 October 2010 “Our overall losses as Eskom for the last financial year amount to R1.2-billion due to electricity theft. The country’s losses stand at R4.4-billion per year.” New legislation State power company Eskom has launched Operation Khanyisa, a campaign to reduce electricity theft – currently costing the country over R4-billion a year – and to change consumer behaviour so that more South Africans opt to become legal power users. The biggest problem of theft, according to Eskom, is predominantly in Gauteng province. Source: BuaNews Salga chief executive Xolile George said that though he did not have accurate figures, the country’s metropolitan municipalities account for the greatest proportion of loss due to theft. This also contributed to holes in municipal budgets. center_img “[The] government is in the process of reviewing the legislature for prosecution,” Public Enterprises Minister Barbara Hogan told delegates at the launch of the operation. Hogan commended Business Unity South Africa, Proudly South African and the SA Local Government Association (Salga) for partnering with Eskom on the campaign. Municipalities loose out “In the next 12 months, we would like to see legislation against theft. We have prosecuted close to 20 people for petty crime. We need to strengthen legislation,” said Dames. In his message of support for the initiative, President Jacob Zuma urged South Africans to support the campaign. Dames said that the problem cut across all sections of South African life, including residential and non-residential areas, and that the loss of R4.4-billion worth of electricity could electrify 350 000 homes. “Electricity theft is a major obstacle and is standing in our way of achieving [financial stability and capacity],” Eskom CEO Brian Dames said in Pretoria on Tuesday.last_img read more

Winner at last as UE picks up first victory, sends UST to 0-7


first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Hornets’ Batum says some French fans celebrating his injury Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Pasaol tallied a game-high 32 points to go along 10 rebounds, two blocks, and two steals to lead the Red Warriors while Manalang added 20 points.Mark Olayon, who made a crucial late-game block on Marvin Lee before Pasaol’s clutch basket, and Jason Varilla also came up big for UE finishing with 15 points apiece.Marvin Lee scored a team-high 20 points for UST while Steve Akomo came shy of a 20-20 game putting up 19 points and 18 rebounds.UST, which went a respectable 34-of-68 from the field, was pathetic from the free throw line missing 21 charities and made just 17 of its 38 attempts.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the East finally joined the winners’ table and sent University of Santo Tomas to a winless first round after a 96-91 victory in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Red Warriors improved to 1-6  at the end of the first round while the Growling Tigers were left to languish at the last spot with a 0-7 card.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Alvin Pasaol, fresh from scoring 49 points last Wednesday, dealt the final blow on the hapless UST with a rebound putback in transition giving UE a 94-91 lead with 22.7 seconds left.UST then effectively dug its own grave when it turned the ball over in the ensuing inbounds play allowing Philip Manalang to ice the match from the free throw line.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutUE head coach Derrick Pumaren lauded his team’s effort against the Growling Tigers after showing glimpses of greatness in their close 106-100 loss to defending champion La Salle on Wednesday.“We played hard and they knew that it was not going to be easy,” said Pumaren. “We did not fold up, we were able to handle to comeback of UST and I am proud with the way they played.” Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

Who will star in Dhyan Chand biopic; Shah Rukh Khan or Ranbir Kapoor?


first_imgAt a time when Bollywood is smitten by sportsmen spirit and their lives, news of new film being made on hockey legend Dhyan Chand are surfacing. Be it Bhaag Milkha Bhaag or the latest on the block Mary Kom, filmmakers are in awe of sports personalities.According to latest reports the film will be helmed by Ila Bedi Dutta, who penned Agneepath, and will be produced by Pooja Shetty.A leading publication reports that Shah Rukh Khan had been approached for this role, but the filmmakers haven’t heard from him for a while now. And now, they are keen on getting Ranbir Kapoor on the block for the main lead role.  Earlier, Ila Bedi was quoted as saying, “I met Shah Rukh to discuss the project. To us, he is the perfect choice for Dhyan Chand. Though we haven’t heard from him yet, we expect him to sign the dotted line.”Also, Abhishek Bachchan, SRK’s co-star in their next film Happy New Year, feels that Shah Rukh can do justice to the role.At Pro Kabaddi League, Abhishek Bachchan, who owns Jaipur Pink Panthers, said, “A sportsman whose life will be fantastic on screen is Major Dhyan Chand. It will be an unbelievable story. These are the stories that need to be told. I told Shah Rukh Khan (during the shoot of Happy New Year) to make a film on it and play the protagonist, because he looks a lot like him. If you see his photo, you ust need to change Shah Rukh’s hair a bit. Shah Rukh was a hockey player. I think he will be fantastic.” Well… lets see, who confirms the news first. But the question is, whom do you want to see as Dhayan Chand on the big screen?advertisementlast_img read more

Manitoba student told not to smudge after school confuses sage for weed


first_imgBy Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsBRANDON, Man. – An Aboriginal youth and his mother say his high school crossed the line when they told him he couldn’t smudge before going school and if he does they’ll send him home.That’s what happened to Stephen Bunn, 17, in Brandon, Man. just before Christmas when he was told the strong smell of sage was against the school’s scent policy.But the problem really began in October when Bunn said he and his sister were accused of smelling like marijuana and asked if they had drugs on them by staff at the Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School.Bunn said they were cross-examined.He told them he and sister had smudged before heading to school and said the school made no mention of the scent policy then.They just thought he was high.The First Nation youth had been smudging more since his younger brother, 15, killed himself in June.Bunn was the one who found him.Then in November he went to school again, this time he says after helping his father move, and arrived through a side door when he was spotted by a “white” teacher.She could smell smoke on him and immediately thought he was smoking weed, again.Bunn told her it was sage as he had smudged.She was having none of it and walked him to the principle’s office.But while on the way there Bunn said she was barking at other students saying “don’t touch him” and pushing them out of the way.“I was embarrassed and was starting to get to mad,” said Bunn Wednesday.The principal, Matthew Gustafson, again, asked the young man if he was smoking weed and high.“He said it was school policy that he ask me,” said Bunn. “It’s obvious it was sage.”Again, no mentioned of a scent policy even though the school had implemented one in September.So in December, when the school told him he wouldn’t be allowed to attend class if he smudged before class he stopped.But his mother, Sandy Bunn, wasn’t happy.She says she got a call from Brent Richards, one of the school’s vice-principals.“We want you to notify us when he does (smudge) so we can send him home for the rest of the day,” Bunn’s mother said she was told by Richards.“I said no.”She wasn’t having any of it.“You need to educate your staff on the differences … sage doesn’t smell like weed,” she told Richards. “Why should he have to miss school for this?”APTN asked the school Wednesday about the allegations the Bunn family made and after several hours of “he’s in a meeting” and “when do you need this by” a Brandon school board spokeswoman sent APTN a statement at about 6 p.m.They didn’t deny anything Bunn claimed, nor did they apologize.“The Brandon School Division actively promotes and encourages respect of a variety of religious and cultural practices, including the practices of our First Nations students and their families,” the statement said.Then the school board claimed privacy reasons as to why they couldn’t comment on Bunn’s specific claims.“Although the Brandon School Division cannot comment on a specific student due to confidentiality requirements, the Brandon School Division regularly consults with Aboriginal Elders with respect to the specific needs and cultural practices of its Aboriginal students and their families,” the statement continued.The school board said they have consulted with an elder to work with its staff and students to ensure smudging “ is carried out in such a way as to minimize any discomfort for students and staff within its schools.”APTN followed up with questions – Was there ever a complaint about smudging from another student? Why was the scent policy never brought up before December?APTN has yet to receive a response.As for Bunn he’s smudging again.“It just got to me for a bit and I stopped. But I smudged a couple days ago and went to school,” he said.And there were no problems.Still, he wants everyone to know what happened to him and posted this Youtube [email protected]last_img read more

Its almost like a new season when Denver comes to play Ohio


Fresh off a last-second overtime victory against then-No. 8 Penn State last weekend, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team comes back to Columbus for part two of their four-game run against top-10 competition when No. 10 Denver comes to town Saturday afternoon. Sophomore midfielder Jesse King, who scored Saturday’s game-winning goal, said he understands the importance of the victory, but that it wouldn’t take away from his focus on Denver. “I’m glad that (freshman attacker Carter Brown) trusted me enough to throw it in there,” King said. “But I know that we’re really focused on getting ready for Denver.” Junior defender Darius Bowling, who won 8 of 15 face-offs against the Nittany Lions, said he knows the importance of using every practice this week to prepare for OSU’s conference rivals. “We know offensively they have a lot of playermakers that we’re definitely going to have to respect,” Bowling said. Several players have contributed to the Buckeyes’ offense so far this season, with senior attacker Logan Schuss leading OSU with 18 points on the year and Brown and King tied for second with 16 apiece. Denver has been one of the better teams in the Eastern College Athletic Conference over the past couple of seasons, ending the season in the top 15 the past three seasons. OSU coach Nick Myers said he knows the level of talent the Pioneers will bring into Columbus. “They’re a heck of a team,” Myers said. “They’ve got an offense that’s going to put a lot of pressure on you, and defensively they’re sound.” After back-to-back outings of double-digit goals from the Buckeyes, King said he is excited about the prospect of playing another stout defensive team this week and hopes to help keep the offense rolling. “I’m excited we’ve got Denver coming to town, it’s almost like a new season when you’ve got your big ECAC rival coming in,” King said. Following the matchup against Denver, the Buckeyes are scheduled to hit the road for a three game stretch against No. 8 Virginia, No. 2 Notre Dame and Bellarmine. Myers said he is keeping the locker room calm despite the pressure of the team’s tough slate. “The message this week’s been clear,” Myers said. “We’re looking for our first ECAC win.” OSU looks to continue its four-game win streak this Saturday at 1 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium against Denver. read more

Urban Meyer joins Twitter promotes the Buckeyes


Screenshot of TwitterUrban Meyer’s first tweet sent on Aug. 27.Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer has officially joined the Twitterverse.On Aug. 27 he sent out his first official tweet: “My good friend Bob Stoops talked me into this Twitter stuff – lets see how it goes. 3 more days till game time!”That first tweet from Meyer was accompanied with a picture showing a countdown leading up to the OSU’s season opener against Buffalo. Bob Stoops, the head coach at Oklahoma, was the one who convinced him to join Twitter, according to Meyer. Stoops has been on Twitter since September 2012.In less than an hour, Meyer had more than 10,000 followers, and as of late Thursday, he had more than 38,600. The first person he followed was his Heisman hopeful quarterback and active tweeter, junior Braxton Miller.Meyer never really voiced any opinion about Twitter before actually creating one. According to documents obtained by The Lantern the university is spending $360,500 to monitor student athletes on social media.Meyer’s presence on Twitter, as well as numerous players and coaches, makes it seem that the Buckeyes are a Twitter-friendly team. However, this is not the case for a few other college football programs.Florida State, another perennial national powerhouse, banned players from using Twitter in July 2012 after several Seminole players tweeted objectionable material many people found offensive. FSU coach Jimbo Fisher made the decision to ban the social networking site from his team. He has since also banned Facebook and Instagram.Possible negatives to the Twitter bans are a loss of potential recruits, upset players, disgruntled fans, etc. The positives are a more focused team and a lack of distractions, according to the coaches that have banned social media. Nebraska coach Bo Pelini has expressed his disgust with Twitter.“To me, there’s nothing good that can ever come from Twitter … The only thing that is going to happen through Twitter is bad, in any regards.” Pelini said to the Lincoln Journal Star.The majority of Meyer’s tweets are promoting the Buckeyes and OSU. His Twitter profile picture is of him and his family. read more

Ohio State mens soccer team rallies to tie No 11 Akron 33


OSU sophomore forward Marcus McCrary (19) dribbles the ball in a game against University of Maryland, Baltimore County on Sept. 4 in Baltimore. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsEntering FirstEnergy Stadium-Cub Cadet in front of a large crowd of 3,889 fans, the Ohio State men’s soccer team ended its four-game losing streak in a thrilling game.OSU (1-4-1) and No. 11 Akron (4-1-1) battled each other from start to finish, resulting in the game going double overtime that stood as a 3-3 tie.OSU junior defender and co-captain Tyler Kidwell had the first opportunity of the game to put the Buckeyes on the board. However, his shot was blocked by Akron junior goalkeeper Jake Fenlason..Redshirt senior forward Kenny Cunningham was the second Buckeye to register an attempt on goal, but his shot hit off the bar, allowing Akron to clear the way to try and get a point on the board.Akron registered its first shot in the eighth minute of the game when junior forward Sean Sepe chested a shot into goal, giving the Zips a 1-0 lead over the Buckeyes.The Buckeyes did not give up, though, as they continued to try and equalize the match.OSU earned a third corner in the 10th minute of the first half, but a whistle was blown for a foul against the Buckeyes, denying it the chance for the corner kick.In the 30th minute, Akron went for another goal, but OSU senior goalkeeper Chris Froschauer grabbed a big save as he stopped the ball with his knees, keeping the score at a 1-0 deficit.As the half continued on, senior midfielder and co-captain Zach Mason was fouled on a shot attempt and a yellow card was given to the Zips in the 43rd minute.Senior defender and co-captain Liam Doyle attempted a shot to the near post late in the half, but Fenlason made another save.The Buckeyes trailed the Zips 1-0 at the end of the first half. However, things would turn around in their favor during the second half.In the 48th minute of the game, junior forward Danny Jensen collected a loose ball in front of the net and punched it in, giving the Buckeyes their first goal, which leveled the match. Jensen’s goal was his first goal of the season.Both teams were now neck-and-neck, and neither was giving up without a fight.Assisted by junior forward Yaw Amankwa, senior midfielder Kyle Culbertson scored the Buckeyes’ second point of the game in the 55th minute to put OSU up 2-1 against Akron.Down by one point, Akron redshirt freshman Tyler Sanda scored the team’s second goal in the 68th minute, tying the game at 2-all with 20 minutes to go in regulation.The Buckeyes seemed to not be phased by Akron’s point, because within the next minute another goal was scored by freshman midfielder Abdi Mohamed, putting another Scarlet and Gray point on the board and giving OSU the lead. Mohamed’s score was his first career goal.OSU might have been up a point, but the Zips were not giving up.Akron sophomore midfielder Adam Najem scored another goal off a header to tie the game at 3-all in the 76th minute.With only about 14 minutes left in regulation, the battle continued amongst both teams, but neither team could find the back of the net, forcing the game to go into overtime.Sophomore forward Marcus McCrary had the best chance in overtime to give the Buckeyes a lead. However, Fenlason saved his shot from eight yards out in the 91st minute.Jensen had the next best opportunity, but Fenlason also saved his shot moments later.Both teams went back and forth, but neither could execute, sending the game into double overtime, which then resulted in a final score of 3-3.Froschauer had a season high of six saves during the game. He now sits at 1-4-1 on the year.Overall, the Buckeyes gathered a game-high eight shots on goal.The Buckeyes are scheduled to host their first conference opener of the season against No. 13 Penn State at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Football Justin Fields remains Ohio State quarterback frontrunner


Then-Georgia quarterback Justin Fields (1) leads the offense during the second quarter against Austin Peay on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga. Credit: Courtesy of TNSFrom his time watching Urban Meyer make depth chart decisions as the head coach,  Ryan Day has an idea of how it all works. He talks to the position coaches, makes sure they are all on the same page and watches film, among other things. But most of the time, the answer to the question of who will start is somewhat obvious. “Most of the time, it’s already going to be decided. You know who the starter is,” Day said. “You know guys over a period of time and have a body of work. You kind of know who the starter is.” Since the start of his first spring as head coach, Day has pointed to the quarterback position as a battle between redshirt freshman Matthew Baldwin and sophomore Justin Fields. Over the course of the past 15 practices, Day has watched as both quarterbacks have built up their own personal body of work, watching how they react to certain on-field situations, the way they manage the playbook, their ability to work a team downfield and their leadership on and off the football field. And the Spring Game is just another aspect of that process. Day views it as another practice, except this time, both quarterbacks will play before a near-capacity crowd at Ohio Stadium on Saturday. But to most people, the quarterback position has already been decided. Coming in as a former five-star recruit, Fields, a transfer from Georgia, came with the Ohio State starting quarterback job in his sights. Just his presence on the depth chart, being one of the top quarterback recruits in recent memory, forced a quarterback out in Tate Martell, and makes it difficult for any other quarterback to be in the picture. Day saw what every other person saw when recruiting Fields: a talented quarterback with sky-high potential. Ohio State’s head coach called Fields’ physical traits “tremendous,” highlighting his size and ability to move along with his strong arm. When he arrived at Ohio State, Day noticed the intangibles when the head coach worked with Fields one-on-one: his ability to read defenses at the line of scrimmage, his level of knowledge from the huddle.“Very impressed with his ability to retain information, his football IQ,” Day said. “You forget for such a mature kid, he hasn’t played much football at all.” In that way, Fields and Baldwin are similar, but in different circumstances. While Baldwin was sidelined with an injury, Fields sat behind Jake Fromm at Georgia, waiting for an opportunity that never truly came. Playing in parts of 12 games with the Bulldogs, Fields showed flashes of his five-star potential, completing 27-of-39 attempts, averaging 12.14 yards per completion with four passing touchdowns. On the ground, he was just as electric, averaging 6.3 yards per carry with four rushing touchdowns. Coming to Ohio State, Fields did not have anything to prove. He said he didn’t know what to expect either. He said his only goal, even without a definite grasp on the starting job, was to continue to grow. “Coach Day wasn’t giving me handouts,” Fields said. “I knew coming here I would have to work for it.” To Day, both quarterbacks are still freshmen and both have something to prove. But in practice, Fields has seen a bulk of opportunities with the first-team offense. Whether it’s running the offense under center, which primarily has led to a play-action pass, or the return of the option J.T. Barrett ran in his career, the Ohio State offense seems to be leaning toward the abilities of Fields more than Baldwin. But there has not been an official decision, and there likely will not be one until the fall. The Spring Game might not be as critical to Day’s decision as the outside world may perceive. But there is one thing Day wants to see from Fields and Baldwin. “The coaches are off the field, so now it’s their team,” Day said. By the time Aug. 31 comes around and the coaches are off the field for good, it will likely be Fields’ team. read more