A soldier was killed on Sunday by a Pakistani sniper along the Line of Control in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said, the third fatal casualty due to sniping from across the border in three days.Naik Gosavi Keshav Somgir, 29, was manning a forward post in the Kalal area of the Noushera sector, they said. He belonged to Sri Rampur village of Nashik district of Maharashtra, a defence spokesman said. Somgir is survived by his wife, Yashoda Gosavi.“The Pakistan Army resorted to an unprovoked ceasefire violation in Noushera sector on the Line of Control at about 14.45 hours resulting in fatal injuries to Somgir,” the spokesman said in a statement.He said the Army retaliated strongly and effectively on Pakistan posts.A Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorist from Pakistan was killed in a shootout on Sunday after his group attacked a security forces party in the Handwara area of Kupwara district, a police spokesman said.Some arms and ammunition and incriminating material were recovered from the terrorist who was identified as Ishtiyaaq from Pakistan, the spokesman said.
Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the BJP’s Other Backward Classes Morcha is organising a two-day national convention in Patna on February 15-16, which will be attended, among others, by party chief Amit Shah. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who was also supposed to attend, had to pull out of the programme owing to the Jaish-e-Mohammed attack on CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday. State BJP leaders said the party’s eight-point programme would be the highlight of the event. “The purpose of the convention is to create awareness among OBC voters about the welfare schemes and measures taken up by the Narendra Modi government. The eight-point programme, which includes grant of constitutional status to the OBC Commission and constitution of a commission for classification of castes under OBC, would be the highlight of the convention,” said State Agriculture Minister Prem Kumar. State BJP spokesperson Nikhil Anand told journalists that about 5,500 OBC delegates from different parts of the country would attend the convention.The BJP president will be the main speaker at the concluding session. Apart from him, Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das, former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, BJP national general secretary (organisation) Ram Lal, party’s Bihar in-charge Bhupendra Yadav, party’s OBC Morcha national president Dara Singh Chouhan, Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Keshav Prasad Maurya and State party leaders like Sushil Kumar Modi and Nityanand Rai will attend the convention.PM visitA day after the convention, Prime Minister Narendra Modi too would visit Bihar on February 17 to lay the foundation stone for the Patna Metro and several other projects. The Prime Minister is scheduled to visit the State again on March 3 to address a NDA rally in Patna. Leaders of three NDA constituents — BJP, Janata Dal (United) and Lok Janshakti Party — would address the rally. “Like U.P., Bihar too is an important State for any national party in the Lok Sabha elections, so we are kicking off our programme early to reach out to the voters in time,” said a senior State BJP leader.
Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ 2 — The number of North Korean athletes who qualified for the Olympics on merit. Up to 22 will actually compete in the games, cheered on by a highly choreographed group of singers and dancers, along with the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.13,500 — The number of eggs Norway’s Olympic team will be sending back after a breakfast order went sunny side up. Norway thought it was ordering 1,500 eggs from a Korean distributor for the Games but a translation mistake caused 15,000 to be delivered instead.50 — Miles from the mountains of Pyeongchang to the North Korean border.4 — The unofficial over-under for the number of halfpipe snowboarders carried off the slopes on stretchers. White himself was sent to the hospital twice after crashes last year, and defending gold medalist Iouri Podladtchikov was knocked out in a scary crash last month at the Winter X Games.149 — In Sochi the best teams were made up of NHL players, 149 of them in all. No current players will be in Pyeongchang, after the league decided its best interests were not served by shutting down in midseason for three weeks like it did the last five Winter Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT Max Parrot, of Canada, trains ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The world hasn’t seen such an intersection of sports and politics since the U.S. boycotted the 1980 Moscow Olympics and the Soviets returned the favor four years later in Los Angeles.The Winter Olympics begin Friday in a rugged and brutally cold area of rural mountains near the North Korean border, with a lot more at stake than the glittery medals chased by the best ice and snow athletes in the world.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Unfinished business brings Will Gozum back to UP Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH They will unfold — officially, at least — without the Russians who dominated on the ice and snow and in the backroom of the drug testing labs four years ago in Sochi. And they will take place amid rising world tensions and a last-minute rapprochement of sorts between the two Koreas that may be as much of a show as the games themselves.Politics are very much in play, but in the end the Olympics are usually defined more by numbers than philosophies.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWith that in mind, here’s some numbers that might help make sense of it all:3 — Mikaela Shiffrin’s goal is to do what no skier has ever done — win five gold medals on the slopes. The young American star probably won’t do that, but there’s a good chance she can win three, something skiers have done only three times. Shiffrin is a prohibitive favorite to defend the slalom title she won in Sochi, a top contender in the giant slalom and the favorite in the combined. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting AFP official booed out of forum $900 million — The amount of ads NBC has sold for its broadcast of the games.14 — The time difference in hours from New York, which is why some of the biggest prime-time events on NBC will actually take place in the morning in Korea.86 — The number of workers ill with norovirus a day before opening ceremony. The figure is expected to rise, forcing organizers to bring in 900 military personnel to take the place of sick or exposed security workers.4 – If it’s a Winter Olympics there have to be new sports. There are four of them in this Olympics, including a mass start speedskating event featuring 24 skaters that has been compared to a NASCAR race on ice.168 — Russia is officially banned from the Olympics because of a state-sponsored doping scheme the country carried out in Sochi. But 168 Russians will still compete under a neutral flag as “Olympic athletes from Russia” and 45 others could win last-minute appeals and make their way onto the snow and ice.10.5 — The over-under for gold medals won by U.S. athletes.100 — The perfect number Shaun White scored last month to give him a spot in the snowboard halfpipe. The U.S. star won the first two golds in the sport before flaming out in Sochi.32 — The temperature water freezes, and also the forecast for Friday night’s opening ceremonies. Organizers are giving 35,000 fans heated seat cushions, hand warmers and other gear to ward off the cold in the outdoor stadium, where winds are expected to make it feel like it is in the 20’s. 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Chelsea’s Eden Hazard celebrates after scoring his team’s fourth goal during the Europa League Final soccer match between Chelsea and Arsenal at the Olympic stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan, Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (AP)MADRID — Real Madrid signed Eden Hazard from Chelsea on Friday for its second major offseason addition, and reportedly its most expensive ever.The 28-year-old forward joined Madrid on a five-year contract and a transfer fee reported to be around 100 million euros ($113 million) plus variables, which would make him the club’s biggest signing.ADVERTISEMENT A spark for Bolts Hazard had already indicated his final game for Chelsea was last week’s Europa League final victory over Arsenal. With two goals in his 352nd appearance for the club, he finished with a total of 110.“Although it is with sadness we say goodbye to Eden and we made it absolutely clear to him the club wished him to stay,” Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said, “we respect the decision he has made to take on a new challenge in a different country and follow his childhood dream of playing for Real Madrid.”Since joining Chelsea from French club Lille in 2012, Hazard has won both the Premier League and Europa League twice, the FA Cup and the League Cup. The Belgium international, who still had a year left in his contract with Chelsea, had already tried to leave the English club a year ago.“The memories he leaves us with will not fade,” Granovskaia said. “He provided all who watched Chelsea play with great entertainment and many match-winning contributions, and for that we thank Eden enormously.“He has been a model professional throughout his time at the club, a wonderful individual to have around and a joy to work with.”ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Hazard was a standout player with Belgium at the World Cup in Russia last year, helping his team earn a historic third-place finish. He scored three goals in six games and won the man of the match award three times. He was named the tournament’s second-best player, behind Croatia’s Luka Modric, his new Real Madrid teammate.Hazard is expected to be officially introduced to Madrid fans next week after undergoing a medical.Real Madrid finished third in the Spanish league and was eliminated early in the Champions League and the Copa del Rey. It went through two coaching changes this season, its first without Ronaldo. Zinedine Zidane returned to the helm a few months ago to try to get the team back on track after winning three straight Champions League titles.Madrid earlier this year had signed Brazilian defender Eder Militao, who will join from Porto next season. Teenage forward Rodrygo, bought from Brazilian club Santos for nearly 45 million euros ($50.6 million) last year, also will be added to the squad for next season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Madrid is rebuilding after one of the worst seasons in club history and had added forward Luka Jovic from Eintracht Frankfurt earlier this week.The Spanish club hadn’t made any blockbuster signings in years and was yet to bring in a top player to try to replace Cristiano Ronaldo after the Portugal forward left to join Juventus last season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsReal Madrid called Hazard “one of the best players in the world,” known for his “attacking flair, assists and goals.”“Hazard has world class technique, vision, dribbling, pace and finishing,” Real Madrid said. “These qualities saw him stand out in his seven years in England.” Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Life lessons the hearing can learn from the Deaf PLAY LIST 01:24Life lessons the hearing can learn from the Deaf05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport LATEST STORIES Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments
There’s only been one Game 7 between the Capitals and Islanders, but it has stood the test of time — lots and lots and lots of time — as one of the great games in postseason annals.The Easter Epic in 1987 between Washington and New York lasted long into the night before Pat Lafontaine finally won it for the Islanders in the fourth overtime, giving his team a 3-2 victory in the game and a 4-3 win in the first-round series. New York’s Kelly Hrudey made 73 saves in what is still the longest Game 7 in NHL history.Those two teams will play another Game 7 on April 27 — the first winner-take-all contest of this year’s postseason. The Capitals and Islanders both finished the regular season with 101 points, and they’ve both found time to score 14 goals through the first six games of this series — when they haven’t been busy trying to slam each other into the glass.“It’s been good,” Washington forward Joel Ward said. “A traditional series, regardless of who you’re playing, is going to be like that. You’re going to get some hits, you’re going to get some feistiness, you’re going to get some whacks. That’s what happens when you play the same (team) over and over, you’re going to have a little hatred. It’s coming down to one game, so we’re excited.”The Islanders forced this seventh game with a 3-1 win in Game 6 on Saturday.Lafontaine’s goal was part of a glorious stretch for the Islanders during the 1980s that included four consecutive Stanley Cups earlier that decade.But they’ve advanced past the first round only once since. That was in 1993, when they again eliminated Washington before edging Pittsburgh in another overtime Game 7 to reach the conference finals.The Capitals had never played a Game 7 until that 1987 matchup with the Islanders. Now, the franchise is used to it.April 27 will be Washington’s eighth Game 7 in the last eight years. Only Boston (nine) has played more in that span, according to STATS.The Capitals are 3-9 in Game 7s, and only 2-7 at home. That includes that night 28 years ago when Game 7 turned into Game 8 and then Game 9.(NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Leicester keeper Schmeichel says being late bloomer is career motivationby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel says being a late bloomer has helped his career motivation.The Dane made his international debut at 26, though is now regarded among the best keepers in the world. He reached a personal national team landmark last week against Switzerland. Schmeichel made super four saves in the 1-0 European Championships qualifying win.And the Foxes favourite admits his late career recognition is now working in his favour. At 32 years of age, Schmeichel insists he’s as ambitious and motivated as ever.Now boasting 50 caps, he was quoted by Bold as saying, “It was a big motivating factor that I was not involved in the national team earlier in my career, but I am grateful to be part of it now and it makes me proud to play 50 games for my country – now I just hope for 50 more.”If I don’t last five years, then I will be disappointed.”Indeed, while not taking anything for granted, Schmeichel is adamant that thoughts of retirement are far into the future. The goalkeeper, who is in his eighth year with Leicester, is determined to make the most of a period in his career where he is now reaching his peak. After spells with the likes of Darlington and Bury, Schmeichel is grateful for his current status in the game.He added: “You can’t plan in football. Anything can happen. You can get hurt tomorrow and not have the opportunity to come back, so you have to be grateful every time you are teamed up with the national team.”Every match I get in the Parken in front of such an audience, I am incredibly grateful for, because it happens so rarely. We must be proud of all the matches we can fight for the national team.”- updated 21/10 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
FS1On Tuesday night the College Football Playoff committee revealed its penultimate rankings heading into Championship Weekend. Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame held steady while Michigan dropped from the top four after a devastating loss to Ohio state.The committee bumped Georgia into the top four, setting up a date between No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Georgia. Oklahoma and Ohio State rounded out the top six and are the only other two teams that have a legitimate shot at gaining a playoff spot.The top six teams, apart from Notre Dame, will be in action this weekend with a spot in the playoff on the line. College football analyst Danny Kanell doesn’t think that’s fair.Kanell took to Twitter with a hot take about the Irish.Not to be overlooked in this invitational we call a “playoff”- we’re just okay with letting Notre Dame sit at home while everyone else lays it on the line one more week??When is enough enough and we move to a legit playoff??? CFB fans deserve better!— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) November 27, 2018Should Notre Dame be forced to play another game in order to make the playoff?Regardless, the Fighting Irish sit undefeated on the season and a primed for their first CFP berth.
ED summons TMC MP, five others in Saradha caseThe Enforcement Directorate has summoned six persons, including Trinamool Congress MP Satabdi Roy and suspended party leader Kunal Ghosh, for interrogation in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam.advertisement Press Trust of India KolkataJuly 16, 2019UPDATED: July 16, 2019 03:44 IST Kunal Ghosh was arrested by a special investigation team, led by the then Bidhannagar Commissioner of Police Rajeev Kumar in November 2013.The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned six persons, including Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Satabdi Roy and suspended party leader Kunal Ghosh, for interrogation in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam, sources said on Monday.Two businessmen, Sajjan Agarwal and Sandhir Agarwal, East Bengal Football Club official Debabrata Sarkar and Arindam Das, a close aide of Saradha scam mastermind Sudipta Sen, were also summoned, ED sources said.”Six persons have been summoned to appear. Most of them have been asked to appear within this month,” an ED official said without specifying the dates on which they have been asked to appear.Kunal Ghosh was arrested by a special investigation team, led by the then Bidhannagar Commissioner of Police Rajeev Kumar in November 2013, when he was a Rajya Sabha MP of the TMC. He was granted bail in 2016.Debabrata Sarkar was arrested by the CBI in August 2014 and was granted bail 2015.Das and Sandhir Agarwal were arrested by the CBI for their alleged links in the scam.Satabdi Roy, TMC’s sitting MP, was reportedly summoned last week by the ED but she did not appear before the agency for interrogation, citing the ongoing Parliament session.The multi-crore Saradha scam, which came into limelight in 2013, had left thousands of small investors in the lurch.Also Read | Residents send postcards to Thane civic chief over hawkers menaceAlso Watch | Image of the day: TMC MP Prasun Banerjee plays football outside Parliament to promote sportFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkriti Anand Tags :Follow TMCFollow Saradha Scam
Iran is seeking to build up a capacity to export 40 million metric tons of LNG a year, according to NITC’s Managing Director, Ali Akbar Safa’ee. World Maritime News Staff zoom Iran is set to get its first Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) terminal by March 2017, according to Ali Kardor, the vice president for finance and investment affairs of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC).Kardor said that Iran is in talks with an undisclosed Norwegian company on a plan to build the FLNG that would be located in the Persian Gulf, PressTV reports. Under the plan, the Norwegian company is to send an FLNG ship to Iran’s ports in the Persian Gulf by March 2017.Iran is keen on using the FLNG capacity to boost its LNG exports to Europe and the Far East.Following the sanctions’ lifting in January, Iran accelerated talks with European counterparts Belgium, France and Germany on construction of LNG tankers, including floating LNG units and floating production, storage and offloading units (FPSOs) as National Iranian Tanker Company was gearing up to enter LNG market.
CALGARY – The B.C. government is creating more uncertainty around Kinder Morgan Inc.’s Trans Mountain expansion project with a proposal to restrict any increase in diluted bitumen shipments until it conducts more spill response studies.Provincial Environment Minister George Heyman says there needs to be more confidence in how well oil transporters are prepared to respond and fully mitigate the effects of a potential spill.The government says it will establish an independent scientific advisory panel to make recommendations to the minister on whether, and how, heavy oils can be safely transported and cleaned up if spilled.B.C. says it will also seek input from First Nations, industry, local governments, and environmental groups, as well as the general public over the coming months.The restriction creates more uncertainty for the already delayed Trans Mountain expansion project, which would nearly triple the capacity of the current pipeline system to 890,000 barrels a day.The West Coast Environmental Law association cheered the proposal as a welcome safety measure and an important warning for Kinder Morgan.
OTTAWA — As the political storm around Raj Grewal intensifies, Justin Trudeau says there are many lingering questions about the Liberal MP.The prime minister says he wishes Grewal the best in the healing he needs to go through, but the government won’t comment further on him.The Prime Minister’s Office said last week that Grewal’s sudden decision to step down as MP for the Ontario riding of Brampton East was prompted by a gambling problem.However, as of early today Elections Canada hadn’t been notified of any resignation.On Friday, the PMO issued a statement saying Grewal had informed the office earlier this week that he was undergoing serious personal challenges and that he is receiving treatment related to a gambling problem that led him to incur significant personal debts.The federal ethics commissioner began a formal inquiry last May after two opposition MPs expressed concerns that Grewal might have been in a conflict of interest when he invited a construction executive — who was paying Grewal for legal services at the time — to official events with Justin Trudeau during the prime minister’s trip to India early this year.The Canadian Press
Earlier this week, Bill and Melinda Gates share their 2015 Annual Letter.“Our Big Bet for the Future” addresses the breakthroughs they see coming over the next fifteen years that will improve the lives of people in poor countries faster than at any other time in history.“Forty years ago, Bill and his childhood friend Paul Allen bet that software and personal computers would change the way people around the world worked and played,” reads the letter. “This bet wasn’t exactly a wager. It was an opportunity to make computers personal and empower people through the magic of software. Some people thought they were nuts. But the bet turned out well.“Fifteen years ago, the two of us made a similar bet. We started our foundation in 2000 with the idea that by backing innovative work in health and education, we could help dramatically reduce inequity. The progress we’ve seen so far is very exciting — so exciting that we are doubling down on the bet we made 15 years ago, and picking ambitious goals for what’s possible 15 years from now.”Read the letter and find out how breakthroughs in health, farming, banking and education will help make the world a better place at www.gatesletter.com.
20 December 2010The mediation team involving the United Nations that is working to advance the Darfur peace process has called on the Sudanese Government and the rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) to conclude a ceasefire before the end of this year. In a statement issued on Sunday, the team – comprised of the UN, African Union and the Government of Qatar – noted that ceasefire negotiations have resumed between the Government and JEM in the Qatari capital, Doha.The Qatar State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ahmed Bin Abdullah Al-Mahmoud, and the Joint Chief Mediator, Djibril Bassolé, urged the two sides to “conclude a cessation of hostilities agreement before 31 December 2010, and to fully participate in the peace process.”They also called on Abdul Wahid Nur, whose faction of the Sudan Liberation Army continues to refrain from taking part in the peace talks, to hold his announced consultations to determine his participation in the Doha peace process before the end of this year.The mediation team also noted that during their recent consultations in Sudan, particularly in Darfur, all stakeholders expressed their support to the Doha process, their readiness to endorse the outcomes from the talks, and their wish to be closely involved in the final phase of the peace process. The team also plans to consult with the refugees in the near future.“All those consulted particularly stressed the importance of an inclusive process that would deliver a comprehensive and sustainable peace for Darfur. As such they underscored the necessity for all armed movements to participate without delay,” the statement added.Senior UN officials, including Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, have repeatedly urged all the parties to enter into negotiations in good faith without delay, stressing that only a comprehensive and inclusive negotiated political settlement can bring about a credible cessation of hostilities and address the root causes of conflict in Darfur.An estimated 300,000 people have been killed and another 2.7 million forced from their homes since violence erupted in the Sudanese region in 2003, pitting rebels against Government forces and their allied Janjaweed militiamen.
WINNIPEG — Grain quotes Friday for tonnes, basis Lakehead:Canola (Vancouver): Open High Low Close ThuNov. 495.00 497.60 494.70 496.70 495.20Jan. ’18 501.00 503.00 499.70 502.10 500.70March 505.00 507.70 504.50 507.00 505.00May 507.50 509.90 507.00 509.40 507.50July 508.30 510.80 508.10 510.30 508.30Nov. 486.00 486.00 486.00 486.00 486.00Jan. ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 487.70 487.70March 0.00 0.00 0.00 490.40 490.40May 0.00 0.00 0.00 490.40 490.40July 0.00 0.00 0.00 490.40 490.40Nov. 0.00 0.00 0.00 490.40 490.40Barley (Western): Open High Low Close ThuOct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 145.00 145.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 148.00 148.00March ’18 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00March ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00ICE Futures Canada cash prices:Feed wheat: Track Montreal CW: $240.00Canola:Thunder Bay No. 1 Canada: $506.70 (November 2017)Vancouver No. 1 Canada: $521.70 (November 2017)
OSU then-freshman defensive end Nick Bosa (97) and other dejected Buckeyes return to the locker room after their 24-21 loss against Penn State on Oct. 22. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorBoth No. 6 Ohio State (6-1, 4-0 Big Ten) and No. 2 Penn State (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten) will head to Ohio Stadium at 3:30 p.m. Saturday for their biggest respective challenges to date. With major playoff implications on the line, this matchup will be what defines the remainder of the season for both teams. Here is a preview of the upcoming game. Ohio State offense vs. Penn State defenseWhen most people think about Penn State, they immediately direct their attention to the offense led by Heisman hopeful running back Saquon Barkley and quarterback Trace McSorley. However, a major component of Penn State’s recent success has come in the form of its defense. To this point, the defensive efforts have largely been the product of one of the best secondaries in the nation. Led by two Thorpe Award semifinalists, safety Marcus Allen and cornerback Grant Haley, the Nittany Lions’ secondary is tied for the Big Ten lead with nine interceptions on the year while placing second in the conference with only 167.6 passing yards allowed per game. The defense has allowed only three passing touchdowns all season, none in the past two games. The Buckeyes might not find it much easier to run the ball against Penn State either as the Nittany Lions have allowed opponents an average of just 115.3 yards per game, 17th-fewest in the nation. With a stout defensive front led by defensive ends Shareef Miller and Shaka Toney, Penn State is fourth in the nation with an average of 8.4 tackles for loss and 3.4 sacks per game. Miller has contributed seven tackles for loss and three sacks while Toney has six tackles for loss and 3 1/2 sacks. Perhaps no one on the defensive side of the football stands out more than linebacker Jason Cabinda. The 6-foot-1, 234-pound senior paces the team in total tackles (53), has forced and recovered a fumble and has recorded four sacks and two tackles for loss.Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer spoke about how much of a challenge the defensive front presents Ohio State and did not originally single out any one player in particular, but he made sure to praise the standout linebacker of the Nittany Lions.“The one guy that steps up big time is [Cabinda],” Meyer said on the Big Ten coaches teleconference Tuesday. “You see him all over the place. But to say one D-lineman is better than the other, I can’t do that. I just think they’re well coached and go extremely hard.”This will be the most potent offense Penn State faces this season, but at the same time, this will be the most talented defense the Buckeyes have faced to this point. Ohio State is ranked No. 12 in passing offense (326.7 yards per game) and No. 18 in rushing offense (250.6 yards per game), and has seemed to be hitting its stride as of late, outscoring opponents 266-56 over its last five games. The Buckeyes’ passing attack is unlike those that Nittany Lions have faced this season. It is an offense that derives most of its success from shorter passes and relying on blocking rather than beating the defenders downfield. Still, neither the Penn State defense nor the Ohio State offense have been sufficiently tested this season, with the exception of Week 2 when the Buckeyes mustered only 16 points against Oklahoma. Ohio State defense vs. Penn State offensePenn State’s offense features so many potent weapons, it’s often tough to keep track of them all. Head coach James Franklin’s team has the nation’s best running back in Barkley, a mammoth tight end in Mike Gesicki, who creates all sorts of matchup issues, and a dual-threat quarterback in McSorley, who can make plays with his arm and his legs.Barkley has been a weapon for Penn State in all areas of the game. The junior running back has a passing touchdown, eight rushing touchdowns, three receiving touchdowns and returned a kickoff for a touchdown. He leads the nation in all-purpose yards with 1,478, as he is Penn State’s leading rusher, receiver and primary kickoff returner. Junior linebacker Jerome Baker, who could be asked to defend Barkley one-on-one in the passing game, said Barkley is a fun player to watch, and he is excited for the challenge of possibly stopping stop the Heisman favorite Saturday.“The dude’s a monster. He’s a good back. I just like watching him, honestly,” Baker said Tuesday. “Very excited to go against him because he can do it all. Pass block, run routes, he can definitely run the ball, jump over you, run through you. I’m excited.”Despite the big-name playmakers on the roster, Penn State’s offensive statistics don’t jump out on the page. The Nittany Lions average only 173.4 rushing yards per game (54th in the nation) and 289.9 passing yards per game (25th), both falling short of the numbers Ohio State has this season despite Penn State being heralded as one of the best offenses in the nation and Ohio State as one that has struggled. Overall, Ohio State is tied for the most points scored per game (47.3) while Penn State is only at 16th with 40. While some of that will likely be chalked up to strength of schedule, Ohio State has been ranked as the 15th-toughest schedule to date while Penn State is only at 18th, according to Team Rankings.The struggles for the offense have most likely come from the one surprising weak spot for the Nittany Lions: the offensive line. Entering the year with lofty expectations as a strong, veteran core of players, the group has not done an effective job protecting McSorley. The unit has allowed the 35th-most sacks per game in the nation (2.57) and has surrendered the sixth-most tackles for loss (8.14).This offensive line will be forced to step up in a big way against a defensive line that has turned offensive linemen into revolving doors all season long. Ohio State averages the 32nd-most sacks per game (2.57) and fifth-most tackles for loss (8.3). What should be an area of concern for Penn State is the fact the Buckeyes’ defensive line is fresh, coming off a bye week following five weeks where each starter was out before the fourth quarter. Not to mention enough depth to allow for essentially four starters at every position.Redshirt senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis said at this point in the season, he feels well-rested and ready for what will be his team’s most important game this season.“I think the most plays I’ve played all year, so far, well since Oklahoma, it’s probably like 30, 33, something like that,” Lewis said Tuesday. “It’s been kind of low since then. But it’s just you feel fresh, it’s a lot of reps off your body. Now it’s the meat of the season with a stretch, so now you know you have to play at least 50 plays.”Penn State’s offense will put up plenty of points, but the play up front could be what separates the Nittany Lions from a win and a loss. The team has plenty of playmakers who can burn the Buckeyes with the ball in their hands, but that will only happen if the line can protect McSorley and provide space for Barkley to break into the secondary. Ohio State’s secondary can be exploited and has been throughout the year when matched up against an above-average passing offense. But if McSorley is pressured in the pocket, it could be more challenging for him to get off the passes needed to beat Ohio State. In this case, the best passing defense might not come from Ohio State’s secondary, but rather on the defensive line. Predictions:Edward Sutelan: Penn State wins 27-24Colin Hass-Hill: Ohio State wins 45-31
OSU freshman defensive specialist Camry Halm (14) dives for a ball during a game against Northwestern University on Sept. 28 at St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio. OSU won 3-0. Credit: Ross Tamburro | Lantern PhotographerIt’s been 297 days since the Ohio State women’s volleyball team last saw the floor at St. John Arena. Tonight marked the first home game for the Buckeyes and another win, improving to 11-4 on the season. No. 19 OSU swept Big Ten foe Northwestern in three sets during the Buckeyes’ home opener at St. John Arena, on Wednesday. A different combination of Buckeye players worked together in the match due to sophomore outside hitter Audra Appold sitting out with an illness. The change in lineup, however, wasn’t enough to derail OSU. A kill by senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe scored the first point of the first set, and from there, the momentum continued for the OSU squad. The Buckeyes jumped out to an early lead and were able to battle off several Northwestern rallies. Junior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer finished the final ball to win the set, 25-21. OSU kept the points coming in the second set, leading by double digits for the latter half. The Buckeyes dominated play, holding the Wildcats to only twelve points. Northwestern may have been down 0-2 in the match, but it showed in the third set, they weren’t giving up easily. The Wildcats led OSU from the beginning, as the Buckeyes would try to inch their way out of the hole for almost the entire set. With the Wildcats leading 20-16, it looked like match play might be pushed into a fourth set. OSU coach Geoff Carlston took the opportunity for a timeout to refocus his team. Immediately after, Schirmer put down a kill, followed by two more OSU points to cut the deficit to one. From there, it would be a point-for-point battle to the finish. When the dust cleared, it was OSU who would celebrate with a 28-26 set and match win. The Buckeyes held the Wildcats to an .085 attacking efficiency. OSU also dominated Northwestern’s blocking game, more than doubling their total team blocks, 7.5 to 3.0. It was freshman Madison Smeathers who would lead the team in hitting percentage with .500. Sandbothe and Schirmer also contributed 13 kills each. The countdown is on for senior libero Valeria León, who racked up another 22 digs against the Wildcats. With 1,497 total career digs, she is within fingertip-length of the record, currently held by Stacey Gordon with 1,572. Carlston said he was proud of the way his team responded to the pressure from Northwestern, especially in the final points of the match. “Northwestern did some things to stress us out,” he said. “I thought we did a nice job, especially in that third set, to lock in and play really well like what we needed to, to win in three.”Some Buckeye players expressed their happiness to finally be able to play in the gym they call home, even if it’s only for a moment. For Sandbothe, the match was her last “first” home game. “It was definitely bittersweet,” Sandbothe said. “The fans came out and seeing all the little girls and just having this opportunity to be on our home court, representing Ohio State is an amazing opportunity.” On the other end of the spectrum, tonight was freshman outside hitter Brooke Bailey’s first time playing in front of a home crowd as a Buckeye. “We’ve been away a lot in preseason and our first Big 10 games were away, so it was really exciting to be home,” Bailey said. The team will need the momentum from tonight’s win into their battle later in the week against defending national champions, No. 1, undefeated, Nebraska. The team mentioned what they will be thinking about over the next few days in preparation for the match. For veteran Sandbothe, the devil is in the details.“Just weighing the serve and pass game is going to be really important for us,” Sandbothe said. “I think we match up offensively and physically with every team, so just focusing on the little things.” Bailey said for the team, it’s about staying high and positive from tonight’s much-needed victory.“We’re just going to try to bring our energy from tonight into the weekend, and just keep going after it and staying aggressive,” she said. OSU will face the Cornhuskers on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) carries the ball during the Big Ten Championship game against Michigan State Dec. 7 in Indianapolis. OSU lost, 34-24. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorOhio State junior quarterback Braxton Miller said he is going to wait until after the Buckeyes play in the Orange Bowl against Clemson to decide whether or not he will leave early for the NFL Draft.“I’m just focusing on getting better myself as an individual and getting the team ready and making sure I’m in the film room taking care of my business,” Miller said Wednesday.However, OSU’s signal caller feels he is prepared to play at the next level.“Oh, yeah. Of course, yeah. Definitely. Just like (when) I came from high school. (The) coaches (are) going to get you mentally ready for everything that you need to get ready for,” Miller said. “It’s another step in life.”OSU coach Urban Meyer said he will wait until after the season is complete before talking with players who could leave early about their future. He would not go into detail about what kind of advice he would give his star quarterback when that time comes though.“That’s between me and Braxton,” Meyer said Monday.Miller, who was named the Big Ten’s offensive player of the year for the second straight season Dec. 3, threw for 1,860 yards and 22 touchdowns with just five interceptions despite missing more than two games when he went down with a sprained MCL in his left knee against San Diego State Sept. 7. He also ran for 1,033 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2013.No. 7 OSU (12-1, 8-1) is set to play No. 12 Clemson (10-2, 7-1) in the Discover Orange Bowl Jan. 3. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.
Liverpool midfielder James Milner believes they should be relishing being on top of the Premier League rather than dwelling on the threat from their rivals.Jurgen Klopp’s side have somewhat dropped off in form since the start of the new year with just two wins in five league outings.1-1 draws against both Leicester City and West Ham United have left Liverpool particularly vulnerable now with Manchester City just three points away from snatching top spot.The Citizens will have the opportunity to do that in tonight’s trip to Goodison Park to take on Liverpool’s Merseyside rivals Everton.But Milner believes Liverpool shouldn’t be worried over the pressure of being the league leaders at this stage of the campaign.“Concerned about being top of the league in February? No, I’m happy!” Milner told Liverpool Echo.“We’re clear at the top of the league in February. There is a long way to go, a lot of games, tough games. We have just got to keep going.“If someone said we’d be three points clear at this stage of the season you’d have taken it.“There were people saying at the start of the season that Man City are the best team the Premier League has ever seen and stuff like that, so just to be close to them is good for us.“Playing for relegation and livelihoods and people’s jobs, that’s pressure. Being at the top of the table, we should be enjoying it.”The former England international, who has won the Premier League twice at City, accepts that changes at the top of the table are likely.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.Therefore, Milner believes Liverpool should just try to enjoy their lead and remain focused on themselves rather than on their rivals.“We’ve got to keep going and try and enjoy it,” he added. “There’s nearly a third of the season to go, such a long way.“I’ve been fortunate enough to win titles, I’ve been unfortunate enough to get relegated as well. I’ve experienced it, and these are the times you should be enjoying.“It wouldn’t surprise me if the league lead changes hands a couple of times before the end of the season.“We’ve just got to take care of our business. The last couple of games, we haven’t played well but we’re still picking up points.“That’s the positive side, we’re not losing games. There’s plenty we can improve on which is nice to know.”The Reds will be back in action on Saturday at home to Bournemouth in the Premier League.A point gained. Thanks to the travelling support – let’s push on together 💪🏻🔴 #YNWA pic.twitter.com/NiTclhIT5V— James Milner (@JamesMilner) February 4, 2019
Photo: Front row (L to R): Ben Winsor, wife Emily, daughter Collins; Andy Winsor, wife LaVell; and Pat and Russell Winsor, parents of Andy and Ben. Back row (L to R): Kade and Brayden, Andy and LaVell’s children.The American Soybean Association (ASA) presented Winsor Farms, in Grantville, Kan., with the 2016 National Conservation Legacy Award during the annual ASA Awards Banquet on Friday, March 4, at Commodity Classic in New Orleans. Andy Winsor accepted the award on behalf of Winsor Farms.Prior to Winsor Farms’ recognition as the program’s national winner, it was named the Midwest Regional winner of the Conservation Legacy Award. The national award winner is chosen from three regional winners. Other 2016 regional winners are Cory Atkins, Seaford, Del. (Northeast Region) John Verell, Jackson, Tenn. (South Region).The Conservation Legacy Awards program is a national program designed to recognize the outstanding environmental and conservation achievement of soybean farmers, which helps produce more sustainable U.S. soybeans. Along with ASA, the program is co-sponsored by BASF, Monsanto, Corn & Soybean Digest magazine and the United Soybean Board/Checkoff.A video featuring each of the regional conservation winners can be viewed here.Since the 1940s, three generations of Winsors have worked to sustain soil and water resources on their family farm in northeastern Kansas. They’ve taken on the challenges of safely farming sandy flat lands bordering the Kansas River, to protecting highly erodible soils as flat lands extend into the hills between Lawrence and Topeka.Photo: Drone technology is among the newest the Winsors are employing on their Northeast Kansas farm.Andy Winsor gives much of the credit for this award to the generations before him who initiated the farm’s conservation program.“Grandpa and Dad started conservation efforts, building terraces and waterways and farming on the contour,” Andy said. “Having those practices in place allows my brother and I to implement newer conservation techniques, such as water management and cover crops.”Andy and his wife, LaVell, farm 4,400 acres with Andy’s parents Russell and Pat, his brother Ben and his wife Emily. Ben specializes in livestock and Andy and Russell handle cropland operations.Click here to read a special insert in Corn & Soybean Digest featuring more about the conservation practices Andy and the other winners are implementing on their farms.
Revenue Secretary Hansmukh Adhia said on Saturday that the government has done enough in offering to forgo the interest and penalty, if the principal amount is paid, regarding the tax issues surrounding Cairn Energy and Vodafone.Adhia added that the Indian government cannot waive off the multi-billion dollar tax liabilities to these companies face. United Kingdom-based Cairn Energy is facing a tax demand of approximately Rs 10,247 crore over a 2006 business restructuring, while Vodafone allegedly owes the government taxes related with its $11 billion acquisition of stake in Hutchison in 2007, Press Trust of India reports.Cairn claims it has paid all the taxes and there is no “unpaid liability.” On the other hand, Vodafone said that since the transaction was conducted offshore, there is no question of owing the Indian government any tax. However, the income tax department is demanding taxes from the British telecom company as the deal involved assets in the country. A case of arbitration has been initiated into the matter, the PTI report added.Adhia said the government offered to waive off the penalty and interest as a means to settle the tax dispute out of court. “The government has defined its limits. This is how far we can go. Earlier, it was only the signal that we were giving. Now it has come in the statute. The government has now said that this is how far we can go. The government has shown that this is the best we can do and that’s why we are putting it in the statute,” Adhia was quoted as saying by the agency.When asked why the entire tax amount could not be waived off, the revenue secretary said the retrospective amendment to the Income Tax Act was brought in by the Congress party when it held office and the current government cannot completely “undo” the rule.”In order to give an opportunity to the past cases which are ongoing under the retrospective amendment, I propose a one-time scheme of dispute resolution for them,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said while presenting Budget for 2016-2017 in Parliament on February 29, 2016.[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]