YOUTH WORLD CUP INFORMATION

first_imgYOUTH WORLD CUP JUST 2 DAYS AWAY! The Australian Teams have been in camp for 3 days now and their form against the Brisbane City sides in practice matches showed positive sides for the Youth World Cup staring on Wednesday. After being presented with their uniforms by current Australian representatives Sharyn Williams, Chris Farrow and Hall of Famer Scott Notley, team spirits are high for the kick off of competition. If you’re in town, don’t miss the Opening Ceremony, 8:30am at Kings Beach amphitheatre, Caloundra. Will be a great welcome to the tournament! INFORMATION: A media alert regarding the Youth World Cup, Australian team presentation night, Youth World Cup Opening Ceremony and Closing Ceremony can be viewed using the following link. MEDIA ALERT YOUTH WORLD CUP The Australian Presentation Night will be held at Rydges Oasis Resort, Lansborough Parade, Caloundra on Sunday January 16. The Australian players, staff and special guests will have dinner at 6:30pm followed by the official presentations beginning around 7:30pm. While the dinner is not open to the public due to catering restrictions, family and friends wishing to watch the presentations are free to come along at 7:30pm. The Youth World Cup Opening Ceremony will begin at 8:30am on Wednesday January 19 at Kings Beach, Caloundra, with official proceedings beginning at 9:00am. The Opening Ceremony is open to the public and ATA and FIT would like to encourage everyone to attend. A local Aboriginal Dance Troupe will be performing, as well as official dignitaries opening the tournament and all Nations taking part in a parade. The Youth World Cup Closing Ceremony is being held at Aussie World, Palmview on Saturday January 22. It is only open to participants and staff, beginning at 7:00pm with an hour of free amusement rides, followed by dinner. Presentations of awards will begin around 8:30pm. YOUTH WORLD CUP STORIES AND DRAW: All Youth World Cup stories can be found on several websites. 1) ATA homepage: www.austouch.com.au Stories will be on the homepage, as well as archived later under the link `Tournaments’ then `International Events’ on the left hand side of the page. Simply follow the links to the 2005 Youth World Cup stories. The ATA homepage will also contain links to the FIT (Federation of International Touch) site and to the SportingPulse draw and results site. 2) The FIT homepage will also contain Youth World Cup stories and information: http://www.internationaltouch.com.au/index.html 3) The SportingPulse Youth World Cup homepage can be accessed via the links on ATA’s and FIT’s homepage or the following link: SPORTINGPULSE RESULTS/DRAW HOMEPAGE This page contains a draw and results, as well as information and access to each countries individual homepage. As you can see there will be plenty of options for viewing the latest news and events at the 2005 Youth World Cup. The ATA homepage and FIT homepage will provide all the latest news, stories and happenings at the tournament, as well as photos and links to the other websites and SportingPulse results page. The SportingPulse Youth World Cup site will provide the latest results and statistics, updated following each match, as well as stories and pictures. Rachel Moyle (ATA Media Manager) and Lisa Plummer (Media Scholarship 2005) will be on the Sunshine Coast reporting on the tournament in general and the Australian sides, as well as managing local/state/national media interested in the event. For all enquiries please contact Rachel on [email protected] or 0422 233 165 YOUTH WORLD CUP STATUS: Many may be aware that for a World Cup division to be sanctioned as official, it requires a minimum of four teams to be playing. This is a Federation of International Touch (FIT) tournament requirement. ATA and FIT have worked together to ensure all divisions at the 2005 Youth World Cup have been given official Youth World Cup status. This official status is despite the fact that three of the divisions only have three teams entered in the competition. FIT is aware of restrictions on countries, their finances, resources and players and want to continue to build and encourage the growth of Youth Touch internationally. To make this possible, some of the divisions will be playing cross-over matches against teams from other divisions, adding more competition and experience for the players and spectators involved. “It’s a very positive step for the development of Youth Touch internationally,” said Peter Topp, Australian Tour Leader. “To have all of the teams competing for a Youth World Cup title that has been officially sanctioned by FIT, is going to help the popularity of Touch for young players around the World grow and be an experience of a lifetime for those chosen to represent their country,” he said. “FIT want the involvement of Touch nations in the Youth World Cup to increase every tournament and we’re hoping that by giving all divisions official World Cup status we will improve the profile of Touch world wide,” said FIT Secretary-General Bill Ker. “Building growth at an international Youth level is always going to take a significant amount of work because of the restrictions faced by young Touch players in terms of their resources and finances,” he said. HERO EMAILS AND FAXES FOR YOUTH WORLD CUP TEAMS: Yes, just like the Olympics we want to give all Touchies out there the opportunity to support our Aussie athletes. If you want to send the Australian teams or players (or even the staff) a message of encouragment, congratulations or best wishes, you can email or fax: [email protected] or fax (02) 6285 2820 All emails and faxes will be distributed to the players at the Youth World Cup. So keep in touch with the latest results and stories from the Youth World Cup via the websites and take the opportunity to show your support for the Aussie players with a hero email or fax. We’re sure they’ll do us all proud! By Rachel Moyle, [email protected]last_img

9 months agoSarri fumes: Bayern Munich are insulting Chelsea

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sarri fumes: Bayern Munich are insulting Chelseaby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has blasted Bayern Munich over their public pursuit of Callum Hudson-Odoi.Bayern have made no secret of their interest and Sarri doesn’t think they have acted properly.Sarri snapped: “I think that it is not professional because they are talking about a player under contract with Chelsea so they didn’t respect our club.”Then I don’t know what to say I don’t know the situation. I am happy with the player because he is improving, improving a lot in the defensive have.”Now he needs to improve in some movements without the ball but he is working very well at the moment so I am very happy with the player and would like to have him in the future.” last_img read more

Video: Watch Miami DE Alquadin Muhammad Put A Hurricanes’ Freshman OL On His Back

first_imgA general view of the Miami Dolphins stadium.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – SEPTEMBER 5: A general view of Sun Life Stadium prior to the game between the Miami Hurricanes and the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats on September 5, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Sun Life Stadium ins in the middle of a two year renovation. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)Spring practice at Miami is underway, and preparation for the 2015 season has gotten off to a good start for Al-Quadin Muhammad. The Hurricanes’ sophomore defensive end, who was suspended for the 2014 season due to an altercation with a former student, spent some of his time away bulking up. His improved physique is showing on the field. Check out Muhammad absolutely destroying Miami freshman offensive lineman Jahair Jones during a pass rush drill: The new, bulked up AQM introduced himself to recent enrollee Jahair Jones today. @Qua_Nito pic.twitter.com/mtDxM931sm— Canes Warning (@CanesWarningFS) February 24, 2015Better luck next time, Jahair. The Hurricanes open their season Sept. 5 against Bethune-Cookman.last_img read more

National employment numbers for January from Statistics Canada at a glance

first_imgOTTAWA – A quick look at January employment (revised numbers from the previous month in brackets):Unemployment rate: 5.9 per cent (5.8)Employment rate: 61.7 per cent (62.0)Labour force participation rate: 65.5 per cent (65.8)Number unemployed: 1,153,400 (1,139,100)Number working: 18,557,100 (18,645,100)Youth (15-24 years) unemployment rate: 10.9 per cent (10.5)Men (25 plus) unemployment rate: 5.2 per cent (5.2)Women (25 plus) unemployment rate: 4.8 per cent (4.7)last_img

Senators to resume debate on postal legislation after taking a day to

first_imgOTTAWA — Senators are to resume a special sitting today to examine a back-to-work bill that would force an end to rotating strikes at Canada Post as the walkouts enter their sixth week.Bill C-89 was debated in the upper chamber on Saturday after the Liberal government fast-tracked the legislation through the House of Commons.But despite an initial plan to continue debate — and possibly hold a vote — on Sunday, senators chose instead to give themselves an extra day to digest hours of witness testimony on the labour dispute.A Senate official says final debate on the legislation is expected to begin by mid-afternoon (2 p.m. ET), likely followed by an early evening vote.The bill could receive royal assent and become law a short time later, which would force striking postal workers back to work by noon on Tuesday.However, the legislation could be delayed by a number of factors, such as amendments.Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers said their negotiators remained at the bargaining table Sunday, hoping to reach contract agreements in advance of the bill’s passage.Negotiations have been underway for nearly a year, but the dispute escalated more recently when CUPW members launched rotating strikes Oct. 22.Those walkouts have led to backlogs of mail and parcel deliveries at the Crown corporation’s main sorting plants in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.Picket lines were up Sunday at Canada Post facilities in northern Ontario, as well as in parts of British Columbia.CUPW vowed to continue the walkouts Monday to back its contract demands.The union wants better pay and job security, guaranteed hours for its 8,000 rural and suburban carriers, and equality for those workers with the corporation’s 42,000 urban employees.CUPW also wants Canada Post to adopt rules that it says would cut down on workplace injuries — an issue the union has said is now at a “crisis” level.The union’s national president has called the back-to-work bill a slap in the faces of Canada Post employees and accused Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of turning his back on postal workers.“We condemn this hypocritical act by a government that promised to defend workers’ rights, claimed to stand for equality for women, and claimed to stand for expanding and defending the middle class,” Mike Palecek said in a weekend statement on the union’s website.“It’s unacceptable for any government to violate workers’ charter rights.”Palecek said the union would decide this week how to fight the back-to-work bill once it becomes law, adding “all options” were on the table.The former Conservative government forced an end to a lockout of postal workers during a 2011 dispute by enacting back-to-work legislation, which was later declared by a court to be unconstitutional.But the Liberal government’s bill is “different,” Labour Minister Patty Hajdu said shortly after the legislation was tabled in the Commons, in that it does not impose immediate outcomes affecting postal contracts.The legislation would give a mediator-arbitrator appointed by the government 90 days to try and reach contract settlements. Failing that, a settlement could be imposed either through a decision from the arbitrator or by choosing from one of the final proposals put forward by Canada Post or CUPW.Once enacted, Bill C-89 would impose fines of between $1,000 and $50,000 per day on anyone found in contravention of the Act, and up to $100,000 per day against Canada Post or the union if they are found guilty of violating its terms.Canada Post said it expected to make about 30,000 deliveries of parcels to Canadians over the past two days — a far cry from the 500,000 deliveries that a company spokesman said was normal for a late-November weekend.“Weekend deliveries occur during the holidays to keep pace and balance the workload through the week,” said Jon Hamilton.“In 2017 we delivered 3.6 million parcels on holiday weekends.” Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Injury Sidelines Albert Pujols for Rest of Season

Albert Pujols will miss the rest of the Major League Baseball season because of his injured left foot, the Los Angeles Angels announced Monday.Pujols agreed to sit out for the remainder of the season after the front office and medical staff advised him to avoid rushing back to the Angels’ miserable season.“It’s not an easy decision, as competitive as I am,” Pujols said at his locker before the Angels opened a series against Cleveland. “But I also understand that we (need) to look beyond the season.”The slugger has been in walking boot since July 26, when he partially tore his left plantar fascia in Oakland.Pujols repeatedly said he was looking forward to a return in September, but after he consulted with owner Arte Moreno and general manager Jerry Dipoto he agreed to a hard decision to shut himself down for the season.“It was a decision of the organization, Arte and Jerry, because I don’t make a decision here,” said Pujols, who had career lows of 17 homers and 64 RBIs this year. “I put my uniform on and get ready to play. They said, ‘This is what’s best for the organization in the long run,’ and they came and brought it to me. And I just told them, ‘Whatever you guys want to do, I’m all for it.’ It’s definitely hard, as I want to be out there, but I also understand that I can’t be selfish and put myself out there.” read more

Rickey Smiley Mike Epps and Tyrese to Buy Car

Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream Type LIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedAudio TrackCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Frankly Video Player – v7.26.0CloseWBRC FOX6 News – Birmingham, ALAn Alabama teen set to graduate from high school went viral after photos of him heading to a bus stop in his cap and gown made the rounds. They’ve caught the eyes of Rickey Smiley, Tyrese and Mike Epps who hope to make his trips a little easier going forward.Corey Patrick, a graduate of Tarrant High School, walked to the bus to attend school every day and when it came time for him to earn his high school diploma, that was no different.“I had to do what was necessary for me to walk this year,” he told WBRC after an image taken by a public transit driver Monday made the rounds online Thursday, May 17. His mother told the station he had been waking up at 4:30 a.m. to catch the 5:41 MAX bus.“I’d just like to say thank you to everyone that’s supporting Corey and supporting me,” his mother, Felicia White, said.Despite the teen’s reported full-ride scholarship offer to college, Rickey Smiley and his celebrity pals are pitching in to get him a car when he goes to college. Smiley tapped Tyrese and Epps to help give Patrick transportation to and from work this summer.“I got Mike Epps to be a part of it … me, him Tyrese we gon make sure we get him a little car,” Smiley says on “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show” Thursday, May 23.Additionally, Smiley is also throwing a party for Patrick on June 23 to help the Alabama native and his family get on their feet.Plus “Insecure” actress Amanda Seales said the teen’s story, “moved me so much” and felt inspired by the community support.Aside from the celebs who have stepped up to offer words of support and a new ride, several GoFundMe campaigns have been established in Patrick’s honor.The one he launched himself, “Conquering Against All Odds,” has raised $4,500 in a single day and aims to collect a total of $10,000.“I thank you all for the support and just know that I appreciate you all,” he said adding, “it does indeed ‘Takes A Village.’” read more

Can Christian Pulisic Possibly Live Up To The Hype

Christian Pulisic made U.S. soccer history last week when he reached an agreement to join Chelsea in the coming summer transfer window. Borussia Dortmund, where Pulisic has played since 2015, will pocket $73 million for the rights to him — by far the largest fee ever for an American. But this transfer raises a number of questions: Is Pulisic worth the money? What can Chelsea expect from a young player out of the Bundesliga, and how well does the American fit his new club’s needs? How will Pulisic slot into manager Maurizio Sarri’s system, and what can fans expect to see from him in the coming years?The first question is how to adjust for a transfer from the Bundesliga, the top tier of German soccer. Do we expect Pulisic’s production to drop off significantly from Germany to England? Given the players who have moved between the two leagues before, the answer is no.Since 2010-11, 103 midfielders or attackers have transferred between the Bundesliga and the Premier League. Normalized for minutes, these players created about 371 expected goals and assists in the Bundesliga and 364 in the Premier League, based on data from analytics firm Opta Sports. That’s a difference of about 2 percent. Not every young star hits: Lucas Ocampos remains a capable but unspectacular Ligue 1 attacker for Marseille, Erik Lamela has struggled at Tottenham and faced major injury problems, and Xherdan Shaqiri stagnated for years before becoming a key cog in Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool squad this season. But on average, results are strong. In up to three seasons after their age-20 seasons, these players averaged 0.54 nonpenalty goals and assists per 90 minutes. That’s an improvement for their expected goals and assists numbers — players who are this good at 20 tend to get even better in their early 20s.And as befitting that production, players like this tend to find their way to big clubs. Excluding the players currently in their age-20 seasons, 18 of 27 are regulars at teams in the Soccer Power Index top 20. Further, when players this young and this productive make their moves to big clubs, it’s expensive. Ousmane Dembele, Pulisic’s teammate at the time at Dortmund, cost Barcelona well over $100 million. Pulisic’s teammate-to-be Eden Hazard cost Chelsea only about $40 million in a less inflated market after his age-21 season. A few others came more cheaply — Inter Milan selling Philippe Coutinho for less than $15 million after the numbers he put up as a 20-year-old looks like a historically poor decision, while the less impressive futures of Ocampos and Domenico Berardi suggest the roughly $10 million fees paid for their services were more in line with their values. On average, the players on this chart who transferred within two years of their age-20 season cost about $44 million.Pulisic’s future looks bright, and Chelsea’s fee is not out of line with what players of his pedigree tend to command. But one concern that arises here is that Pulisic’s best production came in his age-17 to -19 seasons. Now at 20, when he should be coming into his own, his production has declined from his usual 0.4 to 0.5 expected goals and assists per 90 minutes to less than 0.3. He has even lost starting minutes in the Bundesliga to Jadon Sancho.The decline represents fewer than 1,000 minutes, and Pulisic’s total production including these minutes remains strong. But the drop is still concerning. The problem appears to be Pulisic’s role in the system of new Dortmund manager Lucien Favre. Favre prefers a more defensive and counterattacking system than the high-pressing, high-possession style of Thomas Tuchel, under whom Pulisic broke in. This year, Pulisic is playing much deeper on the pitch than he ever used to. Only about 8 percent of his open-play pass receptions have been in the penalty area or on the flanks near the penalty area, compared with about 13 percent in previous seasons with Dortmund. Instead, Pulisic has done much more buildup work, with 13 percent of his passes received in the central area of the defensive half, compared with 6 percent previously.Pulisic is currently expected to contribute to a slower buildup style or help run counterattacks through the center, rather than making himself available as a passing outlet near the goal or near the endline. But it’s that latter skill where he has stood out.Pulisic has averaged just fewer than 1.5 open-play passes received into the penalty area in his career so far. The most comparable players at such a young age are strikers — a few being among the best forwards in the world. Raheem Sterling2011-150.542016-180.78 Through age-20ages 21-23 Kylian Mbappe201520182.15 NameFromToReceived passes inside penalty box per 90 minutes Marcus Rashford201520181.31 * Season listed is the year in which the season startedMinimum 2,500 minutes played in the big five European leaguesSource: Opta Sports Marco Asensio2015-160.542017-180.41 Florian Thauvin2012-130.412014-160.43 Leroy Sane201320161.28 Philippe Coutinho2010-120.472013-150.43 Keita Balde2013-150.522016-180.76 Xherdan Shaqiri2010-120.452013-150.52 Julian Draxler2010-130.442014-160.44 Kingsley Coman2012-160.492017-180.54 Timo Werner201320161.12 Dele Alli2015-160.552017-180.61 Mario Gotze2010-120.572013-150.67 Pulisic is great at finding spaceEuropean soccer leaders in rate of receiving passes inside the penalty area per 90 minutes, among players prior to turning 21 Richarlison20170.4620180.61 Thomas Lemar2014-160.422017-180.34 Christian Pulisic2015-180.44—— Gabriel Jesus201620171.16 Manolo Gabbiadini201120121.24 Roberto Firmino2010-120.422013-150.69 Lucas Ocampos2013-140.422015-170.36 Antoine Griezmann2010-110.392012-140.57 Erik Lamela2011-120.542013-150.43 Raheem Sterling201120151.26 Aaron Ramsey2010-110.402012-140.52 Leroy Sane2013-160.552017-180.90 Eden Hazard2010-110.432012-140.52 Koke2010-120.402013-150.48 Mauro Icardi201220131.51 Season listed is the year in which the season startedMinimum 2,500 minutes played in the big five European leaguesSource: Opta Sports While there is variation, on average a player who creates attacking chances in the Bundesliga can be counted on to do the same in the Premier League.With more than 6,000 minutes played before his 21st birthday, Pulisic is in rarefied air already. Since the 2010-11 season, only 47 players have more than 6,000 minutes played among one of the top five European leagues1England’s Premier League, the German Bundesliga, Spain’s La Liga, France’s Ligue 1 and Italy’s Serie A. and the Champions League.And even among that group, Pulisic’s production stands out. Here are players since 2010 with at least 2,500 minutes played before their age-21 season, sorted by expected goals and expected assists per 90 minutes, with strikers excluded. Pulisic does not look like a better prospect than Leroy Sane or Raheem Sterling in shot production. And he certainly falls behind strikers like Kylian Mbappe, Mauro Icardi, Gabriel Jesus, Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku in goal-scoring prowess. But what you get in Pulisic is good shot production and an elite ability to make himself available for passes in dangerous areas. In Favre’s system, where deep possession sequences around the penalty area are less common, his best skills are wasted.Sarri’s high-possession Chelsea attack, however, might just be the perfect place for Pulisic’s game. At the same time, Pulisic may be just the attacker that Chelsea needs to get Sarri’s attack flowing. At Napoli, Sarri’s team completed elite numbers of open-play passes within or into the penalty area, 11.7 per match in his final season in 2017-18. But Chelsea this year has completed just 9.8 open-play passes in the penalty area per match despite a higher share of possession (61.9 percent) than Napoli had last year (60.3 percent). Favre’s Dortmund, with its less possession-heavy style, has only 9.1 of those passes per match. Pulisic may find the right fit for his skills at Chelsea, and the Blues appear to need a player with Pulisic’s ability to find space in the penalty area to execute their manager’s tactics.While other Americans have found steady work in the English Premier League — Tim Howard, Clint Dempsey, Brian McBride — none has commanded even close to the money that Pulisic has. All eyes will be him from day one. But Pulisic’s combination of production at a young age and skills that fit the needs of his new club make him a good bet to succeed even under international scrutiny.Check out our latest soccer predictions. Malcom2015-170.4320180.70 Goncalo Guedes2015-170.4620180.10 Christian Pulisic201520181.41 Romelu Lukaku201120131.09 Mattia Destro201020111.29 Playerseasonsexp. goals + assists/90 minutesSeasonsnonpenalty goals + assists/90 min Ousmane Dembele2015-170.6020180.92 Erik Lamela201120121.09 Federico Chiesa2016-180.40—— Maxwell Cornet201520161.28 Paulo Dybala201220141.18 Maxwell Cornet2015-160.412017-180.74 Domenico Berardi2013-140.422015-170.38 Yann Karamoh2016-180.49—— Julian Brandt201320161.24 Julian Brandt2013-160.402017-180.41 Pulisic is one of Europe’s elite youngstersEuropean soccer leaders (excluding strikers) in expected goals plus expected assists per 90 minutes prior to turning 21 and nonpenalty goals plus assists for up to three seasons* afterwards read more

Buckeye brainteasers 5 questions for Ohio State vs Akron

3. What should you expect from redshirt senior quarterback Joe Bauserman? At a Tuesday press conference, first-year coach Luke Fickell announced that Bauserman would probably take the first snap of Saturday’s game against Akron.For his career at OSU, Bauserman is 25-for-47 passing for 320 yards, two touchdown passes and one interception.At the Buckeyes’ Aug. 20 jersey scrimmage, Bauserman demonstrated great accuracy and the ability to lead receivers with his throws. Assuming he has time to throw, you can expect more of the same from the fifth-year senior on Saturday.At a Tuesday press conference, senior tackle J.B. Shugarts’ spoke highly of Bauserman’s athleticism and scrambling.“(Bauserman) is a little more of a pocket passer,” Shugarts said, “but he’s a lot more athletic then people give him credit for when he gets out of the pocket.” 1. How will the suspensions of junior running back Jordan Hall, sophomore defensive back Corey Brown and junior defensive back Travis Howard impact Saturday’s game against Akron?OSU announced Thursday that Hall, Brown and Howard were suspended for the Akron game for receiving impermissible benefits of $300 or less each in total at a charity event they attended earlier in the year.Similar to the suspensions of DeVier Posey, Mike Adams, Dan Herron and Solomon Thomas for the first five games of the 2011 season, the latest round of Buckeyes’ suspensions significantly hurts the team.The latest OSU depth chart listed Howard as the starter at left corner back while Hall was slated to start as the Buckeyes’ punt and kick returner, as well as tailback.For starters, don’t be surprised if Akron sophomore quarterback Clayton Moore tests Howard’s replacement, sophomore Dominic Clarke, early and often.Perhaps more significant is the loss of Hall, who led all Buckeyes’ kick returners in 2010 while averaging 27.9 yards per return. He was also the only OSU kick returner to record a touchdown last season.As a rusher, Hall recorded modest numbers last season, gaining 169 yards on 37 attempts and scoring two touchdowns. However modest those statistics are, taking the team’s current No. 1 rusher out of the equation on Saturday is a negative development and limits the OSU ground game considerably. 4. Will Akron beat OSU for the first time in 117 years? In a word, no.Akron’s lone win against the Buckeyes — or any current member of the Big Ten for that matter — occurred at the Ohio State Fair on Sept. 5, 1894. The Zips defeated OSU, 12-6, that day.Don’t expect Akron to claim win No. 2 this Saturday.The Zips posted a 1-11 record in 2010 and it’s safe to say that 2011 is a rebuilding year for the program. Additionally, Ohio Stadium is a tough place to lay the groundwork for a rebuilding season.Thirteen returning starters on offense and defense should help Akron avoid an embarrassing result, but an upset win is unlikely.5. Assuming the Buckeyes win, is there reason to be concerned if they don’t win big? “Whether I’m playing against my brother or I’m playing against someone I don’t like, to me, it’s gotta be competitive,” Fickell said at an Aug. 20 press conference. “If I can beat them, I want to beat them as bad as I can.”Based on that quote, you can bet that no one wants OSU to beat Akron in convincing fashion more than the team itself.The Buckeyes are champing at the bit to take the field and play ball. You can’t quantify or measure the different emotions felt by the players in the OSU locker room during this off-season, but it isn’t hard to imagine that they’ll be looking to upend any obstacles in their path — that includes Akron.I like the Buckeyes to win convincingly, but if Akron does make a game of it, keep the number of suspended players in mind, as well as the significance of those players. The suspensions that were announced Thursday are especially relevant as they could have possibly forced some last minute alterations to Saturday’s game plan.Suspensions aside, the Buckeyes will take care of business on Saturday.Game prediction — OSU 38 – 10 Akron 2. How will the Ohio State offensive line fare in protecting the Buckeyes’ quarterbacks against Akron?Ohio State coaches have already said that the team lacks depth at the offensive line position. That, coupled with the fact that the offensive line allowed 12 sacks in the April 23 spring game and the Aug. 20 jersey scrimmage combined, makes the position an area of concern. Akron collected only 17 sacks during the 2010 season, however.An unsuccessful showing by the offensive line against Akron would be cause for additional concern because OSU will face stronger and faster defensive opposition in almost every other game this season. Protecting the OSU quarterbacking tandem of redshirt senior Joe Bauserman and true freshman Braxton Miller shouldn’t be an overwhelming task for this weekend, though. read more

What Is Happening On The Warren Ames Memorial Bridge

first_imgThe Department of Transportation issued an advisory on Wednesday warning drivers to continue to expect long delays, lane closures, be prepared to stop, and that repairs are in progress. Shannon McCarthy, spokeswoman with DOT: “The last inspection that they did showed that the expansion joints were loose so there were some concerns. So, when they open those up they have to basically repour the concrete and redo those expansion joints. Whenever we talk about pouring concrete it’s actually a pretty lengthy process, and they have to pour it and keep traffic off of it.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Some of you may have noticed some extra delays and heavy construction on Bridge Access Road just as you pass over Warren Ames Memorial Bridge. If you haven’t then you must only take the Kenai Spur Highway. Construction is expected to wrap up around the end of May. They will be pausing work during the Memorial Holiday in that area.last_img read more