Sunday Morning Quarterback Evaluating Ohio States 1716 win against Michigan State

Ohio State outlasted Michigan State on Saturday for a 17-16 victory and its first conference win of the season. Here’s what we learned about the Buckeyes in their slugfest with the Spartans. The MSU measuring stick Want a barometer for how far this offense has come in a year? Look no further than the Buckeyes’ loss to the Spartans last season. To say that OSU’s offense was ineffective in their 2011 conference opener, a 10-7 loss to MSU, would be a gross understatement. It was embarrassingly inadequate. Those Buckeyes limped to 178 yards of total offense, and only found the end zone in the waning seconds when a Spartan victory was inevitable. Braxton Miller threw for 56 yards while having the worst game of his career as a runner. Things got so bad for the then-freshman quarterback that he was benched in favor of former Buckeyes quarterback Joe Bauserman. Earlier in the week, coach Urban Meyer said that his sophomore quarterback had come a long way since last year’s match with MSU. Miller backed up Meyer’s words with a statement performance on Saturday. The Buckeyes’ signal-caller threw for 179 yards and rushed for 136, accounting for more than 82 percent of the team’s total offense. But it wasn’t just the Buckeye’s biggest star that shined against the Spartans. Junior receiver Corey “Philly” Brown nearly matched his production from all of last season, hauling in a career-best 12 receptions. Sophomore receiver Devin Smith once again showed his big-play ability with a 63-yard touchdown catch that put the Buckeyes ahead for good. It wasn’t a perfect game for OSU’s offense, though. There are several areas where they need to improve, starting with ball security – Miller threw an interception and fumbled twice. But as a group, they are certainly heading in the right direction. The defense is flawed, but in the right places Entering Saturday’s game, the “Silver Bullets” ranked last in the Big Ten conference in total defense. Does OSU really have the league’s worst defense? Probably not. Does the defense have flaws? Absolutely.  In MSU’s first two games against ranked opponents, Spartans quarterback Andrew Maxwell threw three interceptions and averaged 217 yards per game. The junior played turnover-free football against OSU while throwing for 269 yards. Perhaps the first-year starter is just becoming more comfortable in the pocket as the season progresses, but it’s fairly clear that the Buckeyes don’t have an elite secondary. Fortunately, they really don’t need one. With all due respect to the likes of Indiana and Purdue, only three teams on the Buckeyes remaining schedule really pose a threat to OSU’s chance at a perfect season – Nebraska, Wisconsin and Michigan. What else do those three teams have in common? They all employ a run-first mentality. Just ask MSU how that type of game plan works against the Buckeye’s frontline. Spartans running back Le’Veon Bell entered the contest averaging 152 yards per game on the ground. The junior saw his impressive average, and perhaps his Heisman chances, plummet at the hands of OSU’s defense, which held Bell to just 45 yards on 17 carries. Give an extra helmet sticker to… The Buckeyes’ entire offensive line, which is perhaps the most improved unit on this year’s team. The big boys surrendered just one sack, and dominated the line of scrimmage while Miller and company ran for 204 yards.  Granted, some credit should go to Miller, who eludes would-be sacks better than just about any other quarterback in the country. But while facing a quality Spartan pass rush, the offensive line proved its merit. It’s important (and when they’re winning, fairly easy) to enjoy the Buckeyes in Meyer’s debut season. But whether it’s because of this year’s bowl ban, or the fact that Meyer doesn’t yet have the ideal personnel to run his system, it’s also hard not to look ahead. Of the five starters on OSU’s improved unit, only one is a senior. The future looks bright in Columbus, and as with almost anything in football, it all starts with the offensive line. read more

Roma make enquiries about Suso Fernandez

first_imgAS Roma have reportedly made enquiries about AC Milan’s midfielder Suso Fernandez, as they see the Spanish player as a potential alternative to Malcom.The Giallorossi had agreed on a deal with Bordeaux to sign Malcom, but the Catalans made an 11th hour move to hijack the transfer.Sporting director Monchi is still looking for someone to play on the right flank, and calciomercato.com reports that he met Suso’s agent Alessandro Lucci today.Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.The former Liverpool player has a release clause of €38m, but it’s only valid for foreign clubs and expired on July 15.The Rossoneri are asking for around €40m, but at this stage, Roma are only making enquiries and aren’t ready to submit a bid.Alternatives include Leon Bailey of Bayer Leverkusen, Ajax’s David Neres, Mikel Oyarzabal of Real Sociedad, RB Leipzig’s Emil Forsberg and Domenico Berardi, the Sassuolo forward who worked with Eusebio Di Francesco at Mapei Stadium.last_img read more

Mourinho reveals how sacking rumors affected him

first_imgJose Mourinho revealed how difficult it was for him and the players when his sacking rumors went viral before playing vs Newcastle.With the match against Chelsea fast approaching, Jose Mourinho has been making the rounds with the media and spoke about the sacking rumors that became public right before Manchester United’s match vs Newcastle.The Red Devils had to win that match with all that pressure of possibly knowing that their manager would get the boot, even he seemed on edge after the match and came out to the press conference guns blazing and crying out ‘manhunt’.All of this was justified because of how bad the relationship between Jose and certain members of the press has turned, the Portuguese manager confessed that this episode really affected him and the players before that game.Now that a little time has passed, Mourinho is wary of what will happen next as his players are getting ready for an even more difficult match at Stamford Bridge against his former Chelsea squad.Jose tries to think about the consequences of this moment as little as possible, instead, he tries to take out the positive and look forward to the next target without forgetting this behavior from a certain part of the more sensationalist members of the press.We won’t name any publications because they know who they are, the ones who are still campaigning for Jose Mourinho to get sacked.”Yes it bothers me, because I am a man like you are.”Jose Mourinho opens up to the abuse he has received in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports.Read: https://t.co/YA9Xp50prk pic.twitter.com/534xcc0Mx3— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) October 19, 2018Looking at the whole scenario for this Saturday’s match, that part of the press is already patiently waiting for whatever happens after the match against Chelsea.Mourinho himself revealed that he won’t celebrate too hard if he defeats his former club, but getting to defeat Maurizio Sarri’s innovative style of football will prove to be the greatest challenge that Mourinho has faced thus far during the current Premier League season.The manager knows that the noise about his possible dismissal will never stop, but he feels more prepared for it now after the terrible experience from before and after the match against Newcastle.When asked about how the players live with that constant noise, Mourinho said: “I keep telling them that it is my problem to cope with it – because I am the man – and let them enjoy their football like they did against Newcastle in the second half,” said Mourinho to Sky Sports.“I am not happy, I am honestly not happy but if somebody has to be the man then I prefer it to be me.”Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“Yes it bothers me. Because I am a man like you are. My players care.”“That weekend we did not stay at the hotel, everyone stayed at their own house and when the players woke up, from what they read on social media and on their phones, the pre-match was not easy for them.”🆕 MOURINHO EXCLUSIVE 🆕Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says recent criticism of him and his players has hurt.Read our exclusive interview here: https://t.co/zceOTYY1ry pic.twitter.com/JcZw7RLNAx— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) October 19, 2018Even manager Maurizio Sarri agrees that the press has been too harsh on Jose Mourinho this early in the season, he also exposed certain members of the media for not letting the Portuguese manager work and wants this match to not have that same pressure.But knowing how the English newspapers love creating havoc, it’s nearly impossible to imagine a scenario in which Jose Mourinho won’t be at the very center of criticism regardless of the result on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.Sometimes we (the press) forget that the people we write about are also humans and talking about a manager’s good or bad work is one thing, but flat out asking for him getting sacked is a completely different situation that is not right.Jose Mourinho is one of the most successful managers in modern football, he is right to demand a little more respect from the press but we are not sure if he will withstand all this bad blood against him.I’ve even said that the man needs a break from all this, regroup and come back stronger than ever. But knowing Jose, he would rather die standing up than fleeing from any kind of confrontation with anyone who opposes [email protected] have not won in their last 8 visits to Stamford Bridge, losing 7 with Jose Mourinho losing all 3 visits with @[email protected] are 4 points better off than at this stage of their last title-winning season of 2016-17Live on Saturday on Sky Sports PL from 11:30am pic.twitter.com/nGvnL0amtn— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) October 19, 2018What do you think about the press pushing for Jose Mourinho to get sacked in recent months? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Premier Hon Sharlene L Cartwright Robinson and UKOT Leaders meet in London

first_imgDuring the week-long visit, Premier Cartwright Robinson also had three other key engagements: a bilateral meeting with Baroness Anelay on key areas of concern for the Turks and Caicos Islands Government, among which are national security, border protection and policing, human rights concerns and SIPT funding; a meeting with the Minister of State for Security, Hon. Ben Wallace MP on proposed amendments to the Criminal Finances Bill, which if passed in the UK Parliament could see the introduction of open registries in British Overseas Territories sooner than originally anticipated; and an Introduction and Photocall Session and Tour along with the other leaders, with the Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP, The Prime Minister at No. 10 Downing Street in London.While in the UK, the Premier also hosted receptions in London and Manchester, where the she addressed the Turks and Caicos Islands students and diaspora on matters of national priority and the focus of her Government, and further had the opportunity to hear from attendees on matters of interest to them. As an advocate for the development and empowerment of young people, the Premier found the evenings informative and invigorating and noted that she looks forward to engaging with the diaspora further when she next visits London in June of this year for the next OT-EN and Pre-JMC meetings. ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT JMC (OT-EN) was hosted by the Rt. Hon. Baroness Anelay of St. Johns DBE Minister of State of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Mr. Robin Walker MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, DExEU, and was attended by leaders of twelve members of the Overseas Territories of the United Kingdom Overseas Territories Association (UKOTA) which includes: Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Montserrat, St Helena and Ascension Islands, Tristan Da Cunha and The Turks and Caicos Islands. Recommended for you Premier Cartwright-Robinson returned to the TCI to attend the meeting of the House of Assembly that was scheduled on Monday, February 13, 2017 in the capital, Grand Turk. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The two-day meeting of the JMC (OT-EN), which was agreed in London back in October last year among the Overseas Territories (OT) Leaders during the annual Joint Ministerial Council Meeting as the primary forum for dialogue on the UK’s exit from the EU, sought to facilitate political engagement and collaboration between the UK Government and the Governments of the Overseas Territories to ensure that OT’s requirements are taken into consideration in the preparations of the UK to exit the EU.Among the opportunities presented by the forum was the discussion on areas of opportunity for EU cooperation and collaboration with the OTs that may be affected during the period that the UK remains a member of the EU; the basis for a future relationship between the UK, OTs and EU; and it further provided a road map for future engagement at the Ministerial and Official level to ensure that matters agreed at the forum are upheld during UK negotiations on their exit from the EU.center_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppLondon, England, February 16, 2017 – The Premier and Minister of Finance, Investment and Trade, Honourable Sharlene L. Cartwright Robinson, this week joined other leaders of the United Kingdom Overseas Territories (UKOT) in London at an extraordinary Joint Ministerial Council (Overseas Territories – Europe Negotiations) (JMC (OT-EN)) Meeting specifically arranged to begin preliminary negotiations with the United Kingdom (UK) Government in anticipation of the enactment of Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon and Britain’s exit from the European Union. Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting #MagneticMediaNews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

AAP victory gives Third Front renewed hope

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who had extended her support to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal days before the poll date, congratulated him for the unprecedented victory. Hailing the victory, Banerjee tweeted, “My congratulations to all the Delhi voters, AAP workers and leaders for big victory. Well done to you. All my best wishes. We are very happy.”While taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Banerjee tweeted, “This is a victory for the people and a big defeat for the arrogant and those who are doing political vendetta & spreading hate among people.” The West Bengal CM, in her tweet, also said, “Delhi elex is turning point of present political situation. Shows political vendetta has no place in a democracy. Country needed this change.”  Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJINotably, a few days ahead of Delhi polls, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) president had issued a statement asking her supporters and voters to support Kejriwal for the development of Delhi. Banerjee had tweeted, “My request to all of you in Delhi is to please vote for AAP… for the greater need of the country and development in Delhi.” The TMC chief’s call for support to AAP is in the line with her policy for a “federal front” comprising of regional parties, including JD(U), BJD, SP, JD(S), CPI, etc. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindFormer Bihar CM and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar, who had also extended his support to AAP, congratulated Kejriwal for registering a landslide victory in Delhi. On AAP victory, Kumar said, “People want development with justice. They never accept arrogance. This is reflected in AAP’s victory in Delhi.”Other leaders who had supported AAP in Delhi polls include national Conference leader Omar Abdullah, former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda and CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat. JD(S) leader Gowda, a probable constituent of Mamata’s Federal Front, had asked their activists and supporters to back AAP wherever its candidates were not in the running.last_img read more