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Brazilian Air Force Mobilizes Efforts to Transfer Victims of Crash With Brazilian Soccer Team Chapecoense

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo December 08, 2016 The Brazilian Ministry of Defense made available four Air Force (FAB) airplanes to be used in the investigation in the case of the November 29th crash that killed members of the Chapecoense Football Association team. The airplane, chartered by the team from Santa Catarina in the south of Brazil, crashed in Colombia, five minutes away from the city of Medellin. The team was on its way to play in the South American Cup finals. Fuel shortage may have doomed the plane, Freddy Bonilla, the National Secretary of Air Safety of Colombia, told the press one day after the accident. Colombian authorities responsible for the case investigation, are analyzing the possibility that since the aircraft ran out of fuel, engines stopped and there was a power outage. Seventy-one people were killed in the accident, including footballers, club staff, journalists, and crew. Five people survived. In a press statement, released the day of the accident, the Brazilian Ministry of Defense and FAB announced that two C-130 Hercules FAB aircraft were ready to help in the rescue and transfer of the Brazilian victims of the plane crash. Two aircraft were also made available to transport the families of the victims and military rescue teams. On the night of the 29th, the first of these aircraft, a C-99 airplane, left Brasília with 24 people on board. Among them were representatives of the ministries of Foreign Affairs, Sports, and Health; members of the Federal Police; the Mayor of Chapeco, the city which lent the team its name, and city officials. The C-99 aircraft arrived in Medellín on November 30th, around 1:30 AM local time. On Thursday, December 1st, a third C-130 Hercules aircraft was mobilized by FAB. The planes that were to transfer the victims’ bodies from Colombia to Brazil waited at the Manaus Air Force Base for the mission to begin. They departed toward Medellín in the early afternoon of December 2nd. On board the plane were eight crew members and two members of the Aeronautical Accidents Investigation and Prevention Center (CENIPA), an organization that belongs to the Aeronautics Command whose main objective is planning, managing, controlling, and performing the activities related to the prevention and investigation of aeronautical accidents. CENIPA representatives were invited by the Colombian Air Accidents Investigation Group to travel to Medellín. “Each technician participated in the investigation process as a professional assigned by the Brazilian government, so as to follow the works conducted by Colombian local authorities and help, whenever requested,” according to the Press Office of the Aeronautics Social Communication Center. Preparing for emergencies – “Life is what matters” The journey from Medellín to Chapecó, where the wake for the soccer team victims of the plane crash took place, lasted more than 10 hours, with a stopover in Manaus for the compulsory entry procedure in Brazil. C-130 Hercules aircraft landed in the city in Santa Catarina the morning of December 3rd. Working cases such as the plane crash is not new to FAB. The Air Force has airplanes, helicopters, and pilots prepared for moments such as this. It also has squadrons of soldiers trained in search and rescue. “FAB has five squadrons on a 24-hour alert. Of those, the 2nd/10th Aviation Group is the only one to perform search, which consists of searching the crash site, whether on land or in water. For that purpose the C-105 Amazonas aircraft is used”, said Lieutenant Colonel Jorge Marcelo Martins da Silva, commander of the 2nd/10th Aviation Group, also known as the Pelican Squadron. “The other four squadrons are equipped with helicopters used mainly to rescue or salvage all people involved in the accident,” added Lt. Col. Martins. The Pelican Squadron is headquartered in Campo Grande, midwestern Brazil, and is capable of attending emergencies throughout the country. The other units are distributed in different Brazilian regions. “We have a search-and-rescue system interconnected to the air traffic control system, which monitors all flying aircraft. When there is a crash, the closest squadron is immediately commissioned,” reported Lt Col Martins. In a crash with characteristics similar to the one with the Chapecoense soccer team, FAB would probably use helicopters to transport the team and perform the rescue, according to the Pelican Squadron commander. “We would possibly perform the rescue with helicopters that would land on the site because, apparently, there were conditions for the aircraft to land. If landing wasn’t possible, the military staff would have to go down using some technique, such as rappelling, manual winch, or even parachuting, depending on the case.” In 2016, the Pelican Squadron alone was commissioned seven times. “Those were situations with little repercussion on the media. However, it doesn’t matter if it is a high- or low-profile accident. We always address the situation similarly, with the same professionalism and commitment. Life is what matters,” said Lt Col Martins. “Our squadron’s motto is ‘so that others can live.’ This motto involves feelings of selflessness, self-sacrifice, persistence. After all, we are driven by the idea that we will do whatever is possible to save other people’s lives,” concluded the FAB military authority.last_img read more

Gould to digitally archive music infringement cases

first_imgThe Gould School of Law is now home to the Music Copyright Infringement Resource, an online case archive consisting of hundreds of music infringement cases.Old tunes · An archive of music infringement cases, which dates back to 1845, is now housed at the university in the Gould School of Law. – Alexander Horsono | Daily TrojanThe digital archive, which contains material dating back to 1845, provides complete summaries of every U.S. music copyright decision, including those involving Michael Jackson, George Harrison and Andrew Lloyd Webber.Jonathan Barnett, a professor of law and the academic director of the Entertainment and Media Law Program at the Gould School of Law, said the opportunity to sponsor a project of this magnitude was an honor.“We were approached with the opportunity to host it, and we feel it’s a great complement to our knowledge and resource of the [Entertainment and Media Law Program],” Barnett said. “We are very happy to have this opportunity.”Barnett said Music Copyright Infringement Resource is a convenient tool for the university’s law students.“It’s useful for our students because it covers a lot of leading cases historically in music copyright,” Barnett said. “If a student is taking a class in copyright and wants to learn more about a case, or if students want to do a research project on a particular case, the [Music Copyright Infringement Resource] gives them that opportunity.”Founded in 1997 by Charles Cronin, a professor at the Gould School of Law, this project was established after the 1984 copyright case Selle v. Gibb. In Selle, a garage band musician claimed that the Bee Gees song “How Deep Is Your Love” was strikingly similar to his song called “Let It End.”  The final ruling concluded an appellant needed concrete evidence to win a case.Cronin said that it is necessary to have a resource like the Music Copyright Infringement Resource in order to be able to access, analyze and compare and contrast cases with one another.“A lot of digital information projects are shedding light on an area of law that is otherwise not accessible,” Cronin said. “By having access to this project, one can look critically at jury decisions and courts’ decisions, and evaluate them with far more information than otherwise known.”Barnett said the Music Copyright Infringement Resource is free to the public and can be accessed for one’s own interests and benefits.“It uses a certain index, a chronological index, to organize the cases. Historical material and commentary are available with every decision,” Barnett said.Law students, music students, librarians and information technology staff members at USC, UCLA and Columbia University have further developed Cronin’s idea. As Cronin enhances this project, he seeks to develop a more global and universal resource.“I hope in the future it will expand to make more and more of this information universally available so that students, journalists, lawyers and professors everywhere will have access to it,” Cronin said.Both Cronin and Barnett hope the university community, particularly its music, business and cinema schools and their libraries, will use and benefit from the project.“This project is very much associated with the film and recording industry, and USC seems perfect as it has a strong entertainment law program as well as a very well-known cinema school,” Cronin said. “Seemed like an appropriate home for it.”last_img read more

Playing time up for grabs across the field for freshmen

first_imgUSC finished 2015 with a 8-6 record and a disappointing loss to Wisconsin in the Holiday Bowl. The Trojans begin their 2016 campaign with the hardest schedule in the FBS, and competitions for starting positions all over the field.The position battles that are garnering the most attention include quarterback, outside linebacker, defensive tackle, wide receiver and cornerback.Head coach Clay Helton, a proponent of offseason competition, stressed that though there has been much more attention given to the quarterback spot, every position is at stake this fall.“For a football coach, this is like Christmas,” Helton told  reporters after the first day of camp. “The last three days, I’ve felt like an 8-year-old at the top of the stairs waiting to go down and open his presents.”QuarterbacksDespite early confidence in redshirt junior veteran Max Browne, redshirt freshman Sam Darnold has impressed coaches due to his dual-threat capabilities and surprising accuracy.Browne, the heavy favorite going into camp, brings unique game experience and a superior pocket presence to the table. Behind former quarterback Cody Kessler for two straight seasons,  former Gatorade National Football Player of the Year appeared  in nine games over his career and completed 11-of-19 passes for 143 yards.In terms of passing ability, Browne offers a slight advantage over Darnold. With a more lean build at 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, Browne can better utilize his field vision.Helton still has time to make his decision as to who will start by the end of camp.“Both are playing at a really high level,” Helton said. “I really want to see both guys and how they function with the first team.”As it appears from the first days of camp, Darnold impresses with his athleticism and running ability — something which could set him apart from Browne.LinebackerWith former linebacker Su’a Cravens now playing for the Washington Redskins, the outside linebacker position loses not only an excellent run-stopping force, but an efficient pass disruptor.Along with Cravens, the Trojans are going to miss Anthony Sarao and backup Lamar Dawson, who combined for 383 career tackles at USC.In their places will be sophomore Cameron Smith, who won the 2015 Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year last season — despite tearing his ACL in November — along with senior Michael Hutchings, junior Olajuwon Tucker, junior Uchenna Nwosu, senior Quinton Powell, redshirt junior Joel Foy and redshirt sophomores Reuben Peters and converted outside linebacker Grant Moore.With USC’s hybrid 5-2 defensive scheme, Smith is likely to be a perfect fit as one of the starting linebackers, but the other linebacker position remains a toss-up with Hutchings, Tucker and Nwosu having great experience and talent.The player that develops the most this camp will likely see starting time come Sept. 3.“Some guys have played but not too many started,” linebackers coach Johnny Nansen said. “We’re developing guys to be starters.”Defensive tackleOne of the biggest areas of concern is the defensive line which lost three starters  in nose tackle Antwaun Woods, tackle Delvon Simmons and defensive end Greg Townsend Jr.A collection of potential replacements are on the roster, including sophomores Rasheem Green, Noah Jefferson, Jacob Daniel, redshirt sophomore Malik Dorton, redshirt freshman Kevin Scott, freshman Liam Jimmons and junior Josh Fatu.At the defensive end and outside linebacker position, redshirt senior Jabari Ruffin, sophomores Porter Gustin, Osa Masina, redshirt sophomore Don Hill, redshirt freshmen John Houston Jr. and Christian Rector, walk-on Wyatt Vinci and redshirt freshman Matt Bayle — along with recruits Oluwole Betiku and Connor Murphy — will all becompeting for starting time.ReceiverIf there is one certainty other than sophomore Ronald Jones II earning the starting running back spot, it is junior JuJu Smith-Schuster being the number one receiver.Smith-Schuster, with his physical style of play and underrated closing speed, caught a team-best 89 passes for 1,454 yards and 10 touchdowns to go along with four kickoff returns for 51 yards. Smith-Schuster was in last fall’s national top-20 in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. He also earned All-Pac-12 first team honors.The Trojans also have a solid supporting cast in senior Darreus Rogers, redshirt junior Steven Mitchell Jr. and junior Adoree’ Jackson, who will see action at wideout in addition to starting at corner and punt returner. Only 16 percent of Jackson’s 981 total plays in 2015 came on offense.In terms of players coming off the bench, senior De’Quan Hampton, redshirt senior Isaac Whitney, sophomore Deontay Burnett, redshirt sophomore Ajene Harris, and redshirt freshman Josh Imatorbhebhe, freshmen Michael Pittman Jr., Trevon Sidney and Tyler Vaughns, Keyshawn Young, Velus Jones Jr. and Jack Jones could all potentially see playing time in 2016.“This is probably the most explosive group of wide receivers USC has had since I’ve been here,” Helton said. “With our depth, we now have the ability to put three or four wideouts on the field at the same time, each of whom causes a mismatch for defenders.”CornerbackThe expected starting corner is sophomore Iman Marshall, who had a team-best three interceptions and nine passes defended last season, and Jackson, who served as a stellar presence at corner last season.Marshall impressed as a freshman last season with his physical style of play and ability to shut down receivers.The question lies with corner-receiver-returner combination Jackson, who can still pull the triple threat, but some have pushed for Jackson to stay at receiver and returner.Among the veterans looking for playing time are junior Jonathan Lockett and sophomore Isaiah Langley.There are two walk-on cornerbacks with experience in redshirt junior Kevin Carrasco and redshirt sophomore Jalen Jones who will compete with high school standouts Jack Jones and Keyshawn Young.“I am very excited about the quality of our returning starters in the secondary,” Helton said. “It is important, however, that we develop some depth and versatility here.”last_img read more

SBC Bookies’ Corner – Snap!!!! Here comes another UK General Election

first_img Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share Submit StumbleUpon Share Related Articles SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Bakhshi and Shaddick launch ‘Art of the Possible’ podcast tracking US 2020 developments August 10, 2020 The Conservative government has announced another summer of political frolics by calling for a Snap Election on 8 June, in order to gain a PM Theresa May a clean mandate for Brexit.SBC Bookies Corner discusses whether Theresa made the right call judging her opposition, and what impact if any will this Election have on the UK political landscape and its context…____________________________Feilim Mac An Iomaire – Paddy PowerSBC: Has PM Theresa May made a dangerous call in order to increase the slender Tory 17 seat majority? Is this snap General Election worth the risk/reward for the conservative party? Feilim Mac An Iomaire (Paddy Power Head of PR): At present, Theresa May’s expected return on this election is an addition 40 seats against an opposition that appears to be in turmoil. May will almost certainly extend her PM leadership by two years winning the Snap Election.The real election concern will centre on the Labour Party who at present are likely to take a hard hit of around 60 seats lost, as Conservative and Lib-Dem eat into their Parliamentary representation.Analysing the above strengthens and May’ position going into a tough negotiation period over Brexit where a lot of legislation will have to go through the house. To Paddy Power, the Snap Election call looks like a shrewd move thus far!Tim Reynolds – Sun BetsSBC: Can bookmakers gather any relevant information from 50-days of campaigning, and furthermore are the British Public in the mood for another summer of Political hijinks (2014’s Sottish Referendum, 2015 General Election and 2016 EU Referendum)?Tim Reynolds (Sun Bets Head of PR): At Sun Bets we’re in the unique situation of working hand-in-hand with some of the best political journalists in the country, who naturally shape our pricing of key betting events like General Elections and referendums. The Sun has an incredible record of calling the result of General Elections and referendums for decades, so we’re taking eagerly following the newspaper’s lead on this one! We were very successful in our trading of the Stoke and Copeland by-elections based on Sun journalist information, and we hope to emulate that in this election.Quite how the short campaigning period will impact on the election remains to be seen, but we’re unlikely to see voter interest wain- which can happen in longer campaigning windows. The vast majority of our customers are Sun readers, and after the Tory win in 2015 and Brexit last year, our customer base is probably more excited by another big political vote than at the other companies! One thing’s for sure, we’ll be best price for Labour wherever we can be- and campaigning hard for every bet!Graham Sharpe – William HillSBC: Theresa May has said no to TV-debates. Does the PM need to broaden her Party’s agenda beyond the sole context of Brexit and could a TV No-Show move backfire on the Tories giving free airtime to their opponents?Graham Sharpe (William Hill Media Director): At present, we offer 5/2 that Theresa May will eventually appear in a televised leader debate during the campaign. Her advisers are likely to suggest to her that to fail to do so could signal a lack of confidence to the voters, and that, along with the belief that the turnout will be on the low side, could well work against the Tories, already having to deal with allegations that the unexpected early election is something of a vanity project by Mrs May.However, 2/7 that she won’t take part in such a debate suggests that she will probably ignore the advice to take part.Pascal Lemesre – SmarketsSBC: Has the demise of the Labour Party been overstated by bookmakers? Will a Snap Election-driven purely on the mandate of Brexit break the Labour heartlands?Pascal Lemesre (Smarkets – Press Lead): The Conservatives are extremely heavy favourites (1.09, or 92% implied probability) to win the most seats according to traders on our exchange, but it is hard to imagine anyone getting near them given the short 50-day window until polling day, especially with Brexit front and centre in voters’ minds.Labour may have recently announced policies appealing to much of the public, but the party does seem to be in turmoil under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership and it will be interesting to see how they recover, and if Corbyn departs, should the party suffer devastating results in its ‘safe’ seats on June 8. It would require a monumental turnaround for them to seriously challenge Theresa May in this election.___________________________Want to participate on SBC’s ‘Bookies Corner’? Please contact [email protected]last_img read more

PM Modi lays foundation stone for RRTS between Delhi, Meerut

first_imgNew Delhi: Commuters between Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut may enjoy the country’s first rapid rail transport facility by 2024, as Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi on Friday laid the foundation stone for the construction of 82 km long Regional Rapid Transport System (RRTS) between Delhi, Meerut via Ghaziabad.PM Modi said that “Giving a new way to next generation urban infrastructure, this will be the first RRTS project built with a cost of Rs 30,000 crore. The rapid rail and the metro both will be running on this corridor in Meerut. Once this is completed, Delhi-Meerut journey will be covered in less than an hour. Of this RRTS, commuters’ suffering will be removed and traffic system will be streamlined.” Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”In an immense relief from the road congestion and pollution faced by the commuters travelling between Delhi and Meerut, the RRTS, regional rail will cover the 82-km stretch in less than 60 minutes. It will offer high-speed, high-frequency, safe and green public transit. The operating speed of RRTS would be 160 kmph and average speed of 100 kmph. The frequency of the trains would be between 5-10 minutes and there would be an RRTS station at every 5-10 km,” said an official from RRTS. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe statement further said that the RRTS will pass through some of the most densely populated sections in Delhi and Meerut. Starting from Sarai Kale Khan in Delhi, the corridor will go up to Modipuram in Meerut, joining many urban cities such as Anand Vihar in Delhi, Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, Muradnagar and Modinagar in Uttar Pradesh. “Meerut Metro: In a unique feature, the Meerut Metro services with 12 stations on 18 kms stretch between Modipuram and Meerut South stations on RRTS infrastructure will meet the local mobility needs of citizens of Meerut besides providing efficient regional connectivity. The arrangement of Meerut Metro on RRTS infrastructure would also result in an overall cost saving of approximately Rs 6,300 crore,” a statement said. While the Meerut Metro would mostly be elevated, it would run underground in high density areas like Bramhapuri, Meerut Central, Bhaisali and Begumpul. The RRTS trains will be equipped with all modern features and every stations and trains will have universal access for the differently abled. Meanwhile, each train will also have a Business Class and a Ladies coach. Addressing the gathering in Meerut, Union minister, Hardeep Singh Puri said, “The population in cities is increasing rapidly. Therefore, public transport and intercity linkages are a must. If you make a rapid transit system, there would be many people who would prefer living in Meerut and NCR and come to Delhi for work. I am confident that RRTS project would be completed on time and will improve the ease of living of people living in Meerut and nearby areas along with improving the region’s economic situation.” “RRTS stations will be seamlessly integrated with other transport modes like Airport, Railway, Metro, ISBTs and will be connected seamlessly through Elevators, escalators, travellators etc. All three corridors of phase I of RRTS will be inter-operable, thus does not require changing of train to go from one corridor to another, the statement said.With new Metro line, travel from Dilshad Garden to Gzb in 16 mins New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 9.4-km-long Dilshad Garden-New Bus Adda section, an extension of the Delhi Metro’s Red Line, which will open for passengers from 8 am on Saturday. After the inauguration of Red Line extension, the PM boarded the metro train from Shaheed Sthal (New Bus Adda) at around 7:07 pm and deboarded the metro train at Kashmiri Gate metro station at 7: 26 pm.With this new section, the Delhi Metro will foray into the interiors of Ghaziabad for the first time, touching the industrial areas in twin cities of Ghaziabad and Sahibabad. “Passenger services on the Red Line extension from Dilshad Garden to Shaheed Sthal (New Bus Adda) in Ghaziabad will start from 8 am on Saturday,” DMRC’s Executive Director for Corporate Communications Anuj Dayal said. The stations on the stretch are Shahid Nagar, Raj Bagh, Rajendra Nagar (Major Mohit Sharma Rajendra Nagar station), Shyam Park, Mohan Nagar, Arthala, Hindon River Station and Shaheed Sthal (New Bus Adda). “The Rajendra Nagar Metro Station has been rechristened as Major Mohit Sharma Rajendra Nagar station and the end station New Bus Adda has been renamed to Shaheed Sthal (New Bus Adda),” the official said. This section will be an extension of the 25.09-km Rithala-Dilshad Garden corridor or Red Line, which has 21 stations. After opening of this section, the entire Red Line will become 34.72 km. “Trains will be available at a peak hour frequency of six minutes and twelve seconds on the Dilshad Garden New Bus Adda section. A total of 35 six-coach trains will be used on the entire Rithala-New Bus Adda Red corridor. The total journey from Dilshad Garden to New Bus Adda will take about 16 minutes,” Dayal said.last_img read more

From end zone to stage former Buckeye Maurice Hall back in the

“Maurice showed up and everybody knew who he was, but he was completely humble and he knew that he was just beginning,” McClatchy said. “He was a voracious learner — he was willing to try anything.” Hall had taken a theatre class at OSU when he was fairly new to campus and really enjoyed it. But he was concerned that his demanding football schedule wouldn’t allow him to participate in theatre. McClatchy, who’s currently teaching at OSU while pursuing his master’s in acting and performance, said Hall had a certain amount of poise that carried over from his football career. “He had the confidence that comes from accomplishments. He was uncertain about how to go about doing things, but he was confident that he’d (be) able to figure it out,” McClatchy said. “That gave him a little bit of a leg up.” Hall also believed his football career, particularly the season the Buckeyes won the National Championship, helped to ease his transition to acting. “In 2002, the practice, the work ethic, the faith and development, all of the things I learned while playing at Ohio State, and understanding what it takes to dive in and start from scratch really helped me out,” Hall said. Hall acted in a few plays and filmed the movie “Best Supporting Daddy” in Columbus. Still, Hall knew that, in order to pursue an acting career, he’d have to move to L.A. Hall quickly recognized the stark contrast between the protective blanket of Buckeye Nation and the fame-driven L.A. society. “Even though I did some independent films and some plays in Columbus, the reason I was picked for the roles was because I was a name that people knew,” Hall said. “People would come see the movie or the play because I was in it, not necessarily because I was a good actor. And that was one of the big differences in coming out to L.A.” Suddenly, it no longer mattered what Hall had accomplished on the football field. “Everybody in L.A. is some kind of actor, singer or other entertainer. It’s one of those things where you’re not going to get a role because you played football for Ohio State,” Hall said. “You have to actually be a good actor. So, from that aspect, it’s persuaded me to really pursue the craft and learn as much as I can and get better.” Charley Boon, Hall’s acting teacher at the Joanne Baron / D.W. Brown Studio in Santa Monica, Calif., said Hall has improved by “leaps and bounds.” “There are people who go out into the workforce and they have my name on them. Sometimes that can be a scary thing,” Boon said, “but the wonderful thing about Maurice is, I would not hesitate to recommend him for a job at all.” Hall recently made appearances on “Grey’s Anatomy” and “House.” “I had the opportunity to be on the show ‘House,’ where you get a chance to see Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, you know, these great actors,” Hall said. “I see what they do as far as preparation, and being in that atmosphere drives you to want to be better.” There’s an old saying that to be a successful actor, you have to be able to deal with rejection. Hall admits he’s faced his fair share of it. He’s currently working at Lululemon Athletica, a company that sells exercise and yoga clothing. It’s a supplemental job, helping to pay the bills until the crapshoot that is the auditioning process leads to something more lucrative. “Right now it’s pilot season,” Hall said. “I’m hoping to get some opportunities coming up.” Maurice Hall is familiar with the venomous stereotype that haunts athletes who have made a similar career choice. It followed Hall across the country, from Columbus, Ohio, to Los Angeles. “Initially you hear that ‘Oh, he’s just a football player that wants to get into acting’ kind of thing, and I wanted to really get rid of that stereotype,” Hall said. “So, I applied the work ethic and the practice methods I used playing football, and put it into acting. “Eventually it got (to) the point where my growth as an actor was visible, and more people started to look at me as an actor, versus a football player who just wants to act.” Hall was a running back on the Ohio State football team from 2001-04, winning a National Championship in 2002. The San Diego Chargers signed him in April 2005, but less than a month later he was unemployed. Hall returned to Columbus to pursue his master’s in sports administration, while working as an assistant to OSU athletic director Gene Smith and doing sports television work for NBC. “During football season, I would do sports analysis stuff pertaining to high school football, along with Ohio State football,” Hall said. “The more I did that, the more I got comfortable with being in front of the camera and having fun with it.” His future in acting was starting to take shape. While working on the show “Football Friday Nights,” Hall had an opportunity to perform in skits. “I liked the aspect of coming up with skits,” Hall said, “and performing them on TV really got me motivated to want to do more.” So, Hall searched for an agent. Though there might not be any Ari Emanuels in Columbus, Hall found a commercial agent. “She referred me to do some acting classes to help with my auditioning for things going on in Columbus,” Hall said. “Once I started taking acting classes, I kind of fell in love with it.” Hall began to search Craigslist for acting classes and found an advertisement for an audition at MadLab Theatre, where he landed on the doorstep of acting instructor Kevin McClatchy. McClatchy, who was aware that Hall was a former Buckeye, said Hall was disciplined and worked hard from the start. read more

Jalin Marshall moving up the ladder

OSU redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall (17) carries the ball during a game against Navy on Aug. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. OSU won, 34-17.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorDuring spring camp, redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall’s status was largely in question after the Middletown, Ohio, native underwent offseason surgery.Three weeks into the season, those questions are becoming a thing of the past.Marshall has already made his impact on the Ohio State offense, as he scored his first career touchdown last week against the Kent State Golden Flashes in a 66-0 victory.Following his first-ever score wearing the Scarlet and Gray, Marshall said he was happy to put the trials and tribulations of the offseason behind him.“I’ve had some injuries and setbacks, but the journey is worth it,” Marshall said. “This is a great university and crowd to play for. I feel great being able to get in the end zone and help my team every week.”Coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday that Marshall is continuing to improve each week.“He has done a nice job. He didn’t play real well early in the year,” Meyer said. “But the last game, he did a good job.”Meyer said that Marshall’s early issues came from a lack of effort — a problem he is starting to fix.“His whole issue is just the four-to-six mentality that we got, go as hard as you can. When he goes as hard as he can, he is really good,” Meyer said. “I finally saw that last week, where he put his foot in the ground and even on plays that he didn’t get the ball, he was stretching the defense.”Since he arrived in Columbus before the 2012 season, Meyer has preached his philosophy of giving four to six seconds of effort from point A to point B on every play.Despite Marshall only amassing seven total offensive touches thus far on the season, Meyer said he can envision the redshirt-freshman splitting more time with fellow H-back, sophomore Dontre Wilson.“The good thing is he is very knowledgeable about all spots,” Meyer said. “If (Marshall) keeps moving up the ladder, those two (he and Wilson) will be on the field at the same time.”Marshall electrified Ohio Stadium on Saturday when he nearly broke a Kent State punt for a touchdown, but he was cut down by the punter following a 51-yard return.Although the punt return was the longest by a Buckeye this year, Meyer said Saturday he teased Marshall before ultimately praising his and other young players’ efforts.“One guy (Marshall) got caught by a punter, I think, and so we’ll give those guys a hard time,” Meyer said Saturday with a smile. “But I think I’m really excited about our young skill, and I was hoping to try to get Buckeye nation and the stadium to see some of those guys out in open space, and (freshman running back) Curtis Samuel and Dontre and Jalin are — just off the top of my head — guys I’m excited to get out in open space.”Senior wide receiver Evan Spencer said the reason so many young guys have earned playing time is not because of a lack of production from the upperclassmen, but rather the impressive showing from the younger athletes.“Everybody has their own skill sets that everybody specializes in,” Spencer said Wednesday. “We are all great athletes, we are all great receivers and because we all are succeeding in certain areas of our game, that’s why so many guys are getting playing time.”In fact, 23 true and redshirt-freshman saw playing time against the Golden Flashes last week.After a bye week, the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Cincinnati Bearcats on Sept. 27 at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. read more

Column Its time to start lowering expectations on Ohio States potential

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer runs with the team back into the locker rooms before the game against Nebraska on Nov. 3. Ohio State won 36-31. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorEvery week, the same thing has been said about Ohio State.Every week since narrowly defeating Penn State, the Buckeyes have come out, underperformed in various areas of the field and didn’t live up to the clear potential that the team has.This week, following an embarrassing loss to Purdue and two whole weeks to prepare for a Nebraska team that sat at 2-6, it was supposed to be different.This week, Ohio State should have come out, showing the country that this team has the pieces to compete for not only a Big Ten title, but a spot in the College Football Playoff.Instead, this week, Ohio State proved one thing: maybe it didn’t have as much potential as people thought.Against Nebraska, the Buckeyes looked less than impressive, squeaking out a 36-31 victory over a team that lost to Michigan by 46.Head coach Urban Meyer seemed complacent after a five-point win over a team Ohio State was favored to beat by more than 20 points.“I thought our team gave great effort, I thought the energy was there,” Meyer said. “I was pleased.”The definition of potential, according to Merriam-Webster, is existing in possibility, capable of development into actuality.The Buckeyes have not once this season proved to be capable of sizable development, never once has proven to turn any of these supposed possibilities into actuality.Ohio State allowed freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez to run up and down the field, and when he decided to throw, the secondary did nothing to stop him either. Martinez threw for 266 yards and a touchdown, and ran for two more, totaling 342 yards on the day.Yes, the Buckeyes can have an excuse there. Both starting sophomores, safety Isaiah Pryor and cornerback Jeffrey Okudah, missed the game due to injury. If that wasn’t enough, junior safety Jordan Fuller was ejected for targeting in the second quarter.Meyer said in the postgame press conference that Okudah had a groin issue and Pryor has an impingement of the shoulder and should be ready to go next week. But it is not like the secondary was a bright spot prior to Nebraska, and sophomore safety Brendon White jumped into the lineup and made an immediate impact, leading the team with 13 tackles and two for a loss.Redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins had his worst game of the season against the 30th worst passing defense in the nation, completing 18-of-32 passes for 252 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.Those numbers are by no means alarming, but they are a regression from what Haskins has shown he can do. Haskins missed on more throws today than he has all season, even if the redshirt sophomore said the style of the offense changed on Saturday.“We definitely wanted to run the ball today,” Haskins said. “That was our goal for this game, for this Saturday, and I thought we did a pretty good job of that.” There were certainly areas in which Ohio State improved in its victory over the Cornhuskers..Sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins rushed for 163 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries, finding space that wasn’t there in recent matchups. This was the first time in five games he averaged more than 3.5 yards per carry for the game.Two of Dobbins’ scores came in the red zone, where Ohio State converted three of its four attempts for touchdowns. But with these improvements, Ohio State still looked far from where it should be, and Meyer knows that.“I thought our defense improved. Obviously nowhere near where we need to be, but they improved,” Meyer said.In Week 10, the bye week gone and the chance to rebound from the loss over, it’s been enough time to say that Ohio State is most likely not going to dramatically improve from this point on.When issues are fixed, other ones pop up. When the team holds Nebraska to only two plays of 30 yards or more, the Buckeyes give up a load of intermediate plays that allowed the Cornhuskers to drive down the field and tally 31 points.When the Ohio State running game earned the most yards they have had since Oregon State, the pass game took a hit.When Ohio State had an opportunity to prove that it has figured out how to fulfill its potential, and had an extra week of practice to do so, the Buckeyes came out flat, barely beat a team at the bottom of the Big Ten and failed to prove the team, as a whole, has improved since the Purdue loss.Last season, after a 55-24 loss to Iowa that ended up eliminating Ohio State’s playoff chances, the Buckeyes came back a week later and defeated a then-No. 12 Michigan State 48-3.This year, with an extra week to prepare and a less impressive team in front of them, the Buckeyes won close, and did not prove to be overly motivated to do anything more.The Buckeyes still have a route to the College Football Playoff — winning the Big Ten most likely will get them in — but it would take some considerable improvements to beat the likes of Michigan and Michigan State.It’s about time to start thinking that won’t happen. read more

Cristiano Ronaldo will  be on bench tomorrow– Juventus coach reveals

first_imgJuventus face Atalanta on Boxing Day in Bergamo for the first time after 47 years.Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has revealed that Portuguese star International Cristiano Ronaldo will not be featured in the clash on Boxing Day but will watch the match from the bench.Speaking to Sky Sport as quoted by Juventus official website on Christmas Day, Allegri bared his thoughts on the upcoming match, saying:Serie A, Gian Piero GasperiniGasperini 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.“Cristiano Ronaldo will not play tomorrow. However, he is available and will be called up, so for the first time we will watch the game together from the bench! Joking aside, I’m very happy with what he’s doing. I was reading some statistics and this year is his best start to a debut season, but must have him still in top shape come March, when there will be the Champions League and he will have to be decisive, as he has always been.”“The gifts I would like to receive are at the end of the season. We will try to collect one present on January 16, the Italian Super Cup. Then we will have the opportunity to pick up more presents later, but we will have to be playing well to make it happen for ourselves.”last_img read more

Raffael set to extend stay at Borussia Monchengladbach

first_imgBrazilian midfielder Raffael is understood to be edging closer to signing a contract extension at Borussia MonchengladbachThe 33-year-old will be out of the contract come to the end of the season and, due to recurring injury problems, his long-term future at Borussia-Park had been in doubt.Raffael’s long absences in the first half of this season have restricted him to just seven appearances in the Bundesliga.But the Brazilian remains committed to Gladbach and is allegedly prepared to take a pay cut in order to extend his stay.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“My heart is attached to Gladbach, and my family also feels well here. That’s why. There is no reason for a change,” Raffael told Kicker.After starting out his European football career in Switzerland with FC Chiasso, Raffael has also played for FC Zürich, Hertha BSC, Dynamo Kyiv and Schalke 04.The veteran Brazilian has been at Gladbach since 2013.last_img read more