Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Students at The Ohio State University and Central State University, a historically black university in Wilberforce, will soon benefit from a $2.8 million grant designed to develop leaders for the bioeconomy industry in Ohio and nationwide.Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) is overseeing a $2.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to create a consortium of 20 participating universities and industry partners.The grant is part of a three-year project to train the future workforce in the bioeconomy industry. The Consortium for Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Education (CABLE) will be led by Ohio State, said Dennis Hall, director of Ohio State’s Ohio Bioproducts Innovation Center (OBIC). The center works to expedite the commercialization of bioproducts.Biobased fuels and products are those made from crops and waste from farms that can be sustainably used to create energy, fuels, and biobased products, Hall said.The project’s goal is to train 60 students over three years in the area of biobased technology to increase the number of students pursuing leadership positions in bioeconomy-related careers, he said. Those jobs include chemical and mechanical engineers; biochemists; agricultural engineers; genetic engineers and scientists; and regulation compliance workers, among others.“According to a U.S. Department of Energy study, biobased economic development has the potential to utilize up to a billion tons of renewable biomass as a source for energy, transportation fuel, and products, which can create an estimated 1.1 million jobs in the U.S.,” Hall said. “It can also reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 400 million tons per year.”The project will recruit a team consisting of a student and faculty member from each of the participating 20 colleges and universities. The students will spend a year in leadership training in the bioeconomy industry. The training will include one-on-one mentoring with industry leaders, feedback on career preparation and academic training needs, internship and externship opportunities, and workshop and conference participation.“The ultimate goal is to increase student engagement, knowledge and skills in the bioeconomy industry to increase the bioeconomic workforce,” Hall said. “We are excited to be working with partner universities and industry to develop the leadership skills necessary to realize this vision.”In addition to Ohio State and Central State University, participating universities include: Alabama A&M University; Auburn University; the University of Arizona; California State University, Fresno; Colorade State University; Delaware State University; Iowa State University; Louisiana State University; New Mexico State University; North Carolina State University; North Dakota State University; Oklahoma State University; Rutgers University; the State University of New York; Missouri State University; University of Tennessee; and West Virginia University.Jim Lane, publisher of the daily Biofuels Digest, will serve as the chair of the project’s external advisory committee.“The bioeconomy industry will need highly educated young people with excellent skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary business settings,” Lane said. “CABLE will surround these students with academic, industrial and governmental relationships to help them champion workforce development priorities.”According to a recent Federal Activities Report on the bioeconomy, the industry is still in its infancy.“In order for the U.S. to remain a global leader in the use of biobased resources, public-private partnerships will be key to the development of breakthrough technologies,” Hall said. “CABLE will provide an industrial ecosystem for these relationships to develop.”The OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center, a recognized leader in the commercialization of biobased products, has worked to help commercialize sevevral bioenergy companies including Quasar Energy Group, a leading biomass-to-energy (biogas production) firm headquartered in Cleveland.
View comments PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next Thailand bets finished with the gold and silver medals, respectively, as Ratchadaporn Plengsaengthong scored 619.8 and Supamas Wankaew 617.7. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games The Philippines squeezed into the podium with a bronze medal in the women’s 50 meter rifle prone event Thursday in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur.Filipino shooter Amparo Teresa Acuña came up with 612.9 finish to give the Philippine shooting team in Malaysia its first medal so far.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Country Wide Basketball League promotes regional basketball
Adamson thwarts UST, strengthens hold on third seed Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I hope they’ll be impressed with my fitness,” he said, after wrapping up his run in the 2017 Gatorade PBA Draft Combine. “I’m taking my time with my conditioning and trying to learn everything I can. But I believe that I’m prepared physically and mentally. I worked hard preparing for this.”As for his brother, Jeron is optimistic that Jeric, who is currently a free agent after ending his contract with Kia, will find a new squad just in time for the 43rd season.He has one wish, though.“I hope we can be teammates,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Coming off a triumphant run in La Salle, the younger Teng is expected to figure among the top players selected in the annual rookie proceedings.But his place on the draft board is the least of the 23-year-old’s concerns as his application for the pros already allows him to realize his childhood dream of continuing his dad Alvin’s legacy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“For me, it doesn’t matter when I’ll be picked. Ever since I started basketball, it’s always my dream to follow my father’s footsteps so I’m just really excited to enter the league. Any team will do as long as I’ll be given a chance to play in the PBA,” he said.Teng is also hopeful that the scouts and coaches will take notice of his improved conditioning, noting that after graduating from his business management course, he really tried his earnest to be in his tip-top shape as he begins a new chapter in his basketball career. Jeron Teng. PBA IMAGESJeron Teng isn’t ruling out the possibility of teaming up or playing against brother Jeric as he enters the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.“If it happens that we’re opponents or teammates, we’re just up for it. If ever that happens, It’s going to be another blessing for us,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games
“I toiled for it. I’ve always wanted to improve every game, every conference. I try not to be stagnant. I want to continue improving,” said Fajardo.“Who would’ve thought I’d ever snare five, right? I was the butt of jokes back then, now I’m on the cusp of having the most [MVP trophies].”Votes from players, the league and members of the press will determine the winner.Pringle, despite limited games due to a stint with the national team, is also the scoring king with a 21 points average. The MVP will be bared on Jan. 13 during the Season 44 opening.ADVERTISEMENT “Whoever wins deserves it,” the 29-year-old Fajardo told reporters in Filipino shortly after San Miguel Beer’s first practice for the year at Acropolis in Libis on Wednesday.NorthPort’s Stanley Pringle leads the statistical points race with 35.5 while Fajardo, the Best Player in the first two conferences until a shin injury prior to the Governors’ Cup limited him to just three games, has 33.1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion“It’s actually nice that he’s leading,” Fajardo said of Pringle. “But of course, if ever I get it, I’ll still consider it as a blessing.”If he wins, Fajardo will get past mentor Ramon Fernandez and Alvin Patrimonio, both with four MVP trophies, too, but were not consecutive winners like the Cebuano. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES Fajardo. —DENISON DALUPANGOne person stands in the way of an unprecedented fifth Most Valuable Player honors for June Mar Fajardo in the Philippine Basketball Association.But the San Miguel Beer star center is the least bothered about it.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Resurgent Lady Maroons out to surprise UAAP volley field MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments
On Saturday, April 28, 2018, some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry joined Keep Memory Alive to enjoy the musical stylings of world-renowned singer, Michael Buble, at Keep Memory Alive’s 22nd annual Power of Love gala inside MGM Grand Garden Arena.Michael Buble performs at Keep Memory Alive’s 22nd annual Power of Love galaThe star-studded event raised funds and awareness for Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and its fight against brain disease including Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s diseases, multiple sclerosis and multiple system atrophy.The acclaimed crooner delighted guests with favorites “Haven’t Met You Yet” and “Feeling Good.” Bublé finished his set with a smashing rendition of the Beach Boys’ hit, “God Only Knows.” Celebrities who showed their support included, actress Marcia Gay Harden; superstar DJ Steve Aoki; Planet Hollywood resident Pitbull; Bar Rescue host Jon Taffer; Mötley Crüe lead vocalist Vince Neil; songwriter and vocalist Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds; and reality star, Scheana Shay.Additionally, Keep Memory Alive co-founder, Larry Ruvo, presented former CEO and Executive Advisor of Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Toby Cosgrove, with specially-designed artwork in appreciation and recognition of his support and partnership and as a gift since Dr. Cosgrove recently stepped out of his position.Continuing its 22-year history, the Power of Love gala showcased a dinner prepared by superstar chefs Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Wolfgang Puck, who has participated in every gala since its inception. In addition to enjoying the finest cuisine, wine and spirits, guests bid on one-of-a-kind experiences during the event’s signature live and silent auctionsauctioned include a week-long stay in Guy Laliberté’s 21,000-square-foot home in Hawaii, vacation sailing off the coast of Australia aboard the ultra-luxurious MY Texas super yacht, a private tennis lesson with Stefanie Graf and Andre Agassi and dinner with rockstar Jon Bon Jovi, his wife and his son at his favorite restaurant in the Hamptons.For more information about Cleveland Clinic’s fight against brain disease, visit clevelandclinic.org/brainhealth.
The narrative going into the 2016-17 Warriors season was how unfair it was that one of the best teams of all time added one of the best players of all time to become unstoppable. And after the Warriors posted the best winning percentage in NBA postseason history and their star acquisition won the NBA Finals MVP, the narrative coming out of the season is much the same, only louder. But easy to lose in this narrative is the simple fact that the Warriors probably didn’t need Kevin Durant for the team to be this good — or at least almost this good. While adding Durant has been a success, it didn’t end up breaking basketball any more than the Warriors had broken it already.Counting the regular season and playoffs, the Warriors won 84 percent of their games this year — up from 83 percent last year and 81 percent the year before. Teams have only won 80+ percent of their combined season games 11 times in the 70-year history of the NBA.1The Bucks (1970-71 season) and Celtics (1985-86) have done it once each; the 76ers (1966-67, 1982-83), Lakers (1971-72, 1986-87), and Bulls (1995-96,1996-97) have done it twice each. The Warriors have now done it three years in a row.2The Warriors won 18 of the 22 games — 82 percent — that Durant didn’t play in this season.But the Warriors’ mission isn’t just to win titles, it’s to guarantee them. And Durant is both icing and insurance policy — a guarantee that the Warriors will always have an MVP-caliber, one-man offense available. Though he makes them a little bit better in his own right, his main value comes from making what happened to them in the 2016 playoffs less likely.So what does make them so good? And, more broadly, is greatness a matter of refining all aspects of a discipline, or does it stem from being freakishly good at one thing? The Warriors are the first dynasty in the ball-tracking era,3Tracking cameras have been installed in every NBA stadium since the 2013-14 season. which gives us an opportunity to measure their greatness in ways that we couldn’t for dynasties past.This, in turn, may also help answer the question of just how likely the Warriors are to regress to the mean. If their greatness is a confluence of factors, then there’s a whole lot of things that could go wrong to bring them back to earth. On the other hand, if their greatness is more about one thing, then maybe they can keep crushing the game indefinitely.The most dominant three-year dynasty everThe Warriors are an offensive juggernaut — but they’re more than that as well. We can see how much they’re contributing to their margins elsewhere by comparing their offensive rating (points scored per 100 possessions) to their SRS (margin of victory adjusted for strength of schedule), like so: This uses the SportsVu optical tracking data to judge offensive and defensive shooting versus league averages — it’s pretty similar to offensive and defensive ratings, but with rebounding and fouls taken out so we can concentrate on just shots taken and defended. Over their three-year run, the Warriors have been the best on both ends of the floor when it comes to both making and defending shots. Even so, their offensive prowess is particularly absurd.Another thing we can do to compare their offense and defense is to break them down two-dimensionally: by the quality of the shots taken or allowed (based on each shot’s modeled expectation), and then by how good a team was at scoring or preventing each shot, given that expectation. This relies heavily on my shot-value model, which accounts for shot type, shot location, shot clock, dribbles, time held, home court, defender position, defender distance, defender height and more.4The “more” is that I include one of STATS/SportsVu’s proprietary “shot difficulty” metrics as a variable in my model, though it isn’t weighted very heavily. The Warriors are respectable at shooting inside the arc, but have been more than twice as good as the next-best team at shooting 3s in this period. They’re so good at it that there’s an argument that they should be doing it even more often, and that Curry — still the best shooter the game has ever seen — should be doing it way more often.You can throw more defense at them, and teams have done so — as you see in the breakdown chart above, they’re pretty close to average in 3-point shot quality already. But the Warriors are still better at shooting 3s than any other team is at anything — 3s, 2s or defense. And diverting more and more resources toward keeping them from scoring 130+ points per game (as they would if they got off a typical Warriors dynasty-era 3 on every possession), comes at a price. Opponents are working so hard to stop the 3 that they’re almost certainly losing something from their offense or 2-point defense, which likely helps explain why the Warriors get so many open looks inside the arc.Part of being good at lots of things is being really good at a couple of things. Curry’s ridiculous shooting opens up the Warriors’ offense. Not only are his shots incredibly efficient, but he also draws so much of his opponents’ attention that he makes his teammates look amazing — and makes his team immensely better. Looking at NBAWowy, which tracks how teams perform with a given player on the court versus on the bench, the Warriors outscored their opponents by 3.1 points per 100 possessions when Durant was playing and Curry was not; that number jumped to 16.1 points per 100 possessions with Curry on the court and Durant on the sidelines.5And 19.5 points per 100 possessions when they were both playing.While Durant may be the story of the season, the Warriors’ dynasty was built and is still being propped up by Curry’s ability to throw the ball into the hoop from great distances. Provided he keeps being able to do that, expect Golden State to keep the game broken. This shows that the Warriors appear to have a lot of players who are better at defense than they should be. Perhaps being free to focus on defense more than rebounding and offense helps. Perhaps they play bigger than their size in part because they’re typically in better position than you would expect from players on a more conventional offense whose goal is literally to get behind the other team. Perhaps opponents have to play offense with an extra eye on defense, or with more defenders than they would usually play.Also, having people like Stephen Curry and Durant as the offensive centerpieces may allow you to surround them with players who are more defense-oriented. Much like Rodman, someone like Draymond Green’s value may be fully realized precisely because he isn’t required to carry his offense. For a power forward, his responsibilities don’t include that much penetrating and collapsing the Warriors opponents’ defenses. Thus, despite being somewhat undersized for his position, Green has thrived — and indeed, may be one of the most valuable players in the league — in his current role.And Curry’s shooting makes the offenseWhile the link between Golden State’s offense and defense is speculative, the relationship between their 3-point shooting and their other shooting is easier to track.Golden State’s relentless barrage of 3s tends to make people forget that the Warriors are also good at 2-point shooting. The difference is that much more of their value on 2s comes from getting good shots, while more of their value on 3s comes from making the shots they get. Typically there is a relationship between how good a team is compared to expectation for both 3- and 2-point shooting, which is unsurprising since we’d expect good shooters to be good shooters, no matter where they’re shooting from. But the Warriors are not only unusually good at 3-point shooting, they’re also better at 3-point shooting than other shooting by an unusual margin. Comparing the two directly, we can see where the Warriors really butter their bread: While they’ve scored about 7 more points per 100 possessions than league average, they’ve also been 10.6 points better than their opponents overall — so about a third of their edge seems to come from something other than offensive efficiency.But it isn’t rare for teams with stronger-than-average offenses to also have stronger-than-average defenses. This is a bit counterintuitive — it seems like a great offensive team would be more likely to be weak on defense, since those are two very different skillsets and trade-offs must be made. And teams do, in fact, have to choose between more offense or more defense, so it’s significant that the relationship isn’t negative at all.The offense can make the defenseTo understand the sometimes complicated relationship between offense and defense, take the case of Dennis Rodman. Despite being known as a great defensive player, Rodman’s teams defended just about as well with or without him. And despite him being unable (or unwilling) to score himself, his teams were significantly more efficient on offense when he was on the court (even after accounting for his offensive rebounding). I suspect this is because having Rodman in the game allowed his teams to devote fewer resources to defending and rebounding, diverting those energies to offense instead. Similarly, having a highly efficient outside offense may allow a team to divert resources to the other end of the floor — not to mention that having your offensive players hang out more in the space between their opponents and their opponent’s basket can make their defensive job easier.So let’s compare the Warriors’ offense and defense a bit more directly:
2Peter ThomsonAUS5683.3 Koepka is in extremely rare — and international — companyFor men’s golfers with at least 3 major championships since the PGA Tour was founded in 1929, share of total PGA Tour wins that were majors 5Seve BallesterosESP5955.6 10Jordan SpiethUSA31127.3 When Brooks Koepka outdueled Tiger Woods (and Adam Scott) to win the PGA Championship Sunday afternoon, he joined an exclusive group of golfers with three career major championships to their name. In all of golf history, going back even past the days of Tom Morrises both young and old, only 46 players have ever won three majors. Fewer still have won three in the span of 14 months the way Koepka has, having captured the 2017 and 2018 U.S. Opens on top of his win at Bellerive Country Club this weekend. Koepka may still have trouble getting recognized by the general public, but he is getting plenty of recognition in golf’s history books.One weird thing about Koepka, though, is that he hasn’t really done much winning outside of golf’s most prestigious events. Other than that pair of U.S. Opens and this recent PGA Championship win, the only official PGA Tour event Koepka has won was the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open. You don’t have to win a ton of events to make a good living in golf, of course. Koepka has done plenty well for himself, earning nearly $20 million in official money and ranking among the top 20 in FedEx Cup points for four years running. But it’s still striking how much of his success has been concentrated in major championships.Since the PGA Tour was founded, only two golfers with at least three career major wins — Henry Cotton and Peter Thomson — have had a greater share of their total career PGA Tour wins come in majors than Koepka’s 75 percent mark: 3Brooks KoepkaUSA3475.0 9Rory McIlroyNIR41428.6 10Payne StewartUSA31127.3 * Cotton’s victories were from an era before the PGA European Tour was founded, but were all at events located in Europe.Source: Wikipedia, PGA Tour 7Gary PlayerZAF92437.5 8Larry NelsonUSA31030.0 1Henry Cotton*ENG33100.0% RankPlayerCountryMajor WinsPGA Tour WinsMajors as Share of Wins 4Nick FaldoENG6966.7 6Pádraig HarringtonIRL3650.0 It’s no coincidence that the leaderboard above is littered with foreign-born players who didn’t regularly play on the PGA Tour. For instance, Thomson, an Aussie, won an impressive 84 professional tournaments in his career, but almost all of them were in Europe, Oceania or Asia. Particularly in the early days of pro golf, great non-American players seldom came over to the States to ply their trade, so this metric is a bit skewed for them. That’s why Koepka stands out as the only American remotely close to the top of our list; the next-highest is Larry Nelson at just 30 percent.One reason for Koepka’s odd ratio: His path to greatness contained detours. It included a stint on the second-tier European Challenge Tour out of college — where Koepka won a lot, enough to gain automatic promotion to the main tour within roughly a calendar year. Once there, he remained a card-carrying member of the European Tour through the end of the 2015 season. Since he didn’t play a full season of PGA Tour events until three years ago, he hasn’t had quite as much time to pile up wins in America as we’d expect just from eyeballing the span of his pro career.Still, Koepka owns one of the oddest — and most enviable — major records of any golfer ever. The way he’s playing, he’ll probably rack up ordinary PGA Tour wins before too long, but for now he has saved almost all of his winning for the tournaments that matter most.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer observes the field at Memorial Stadium prior to the Buckeyes’ season-opening 49-21 win over Indiana on Aug. 31 in Bloomington, Indiana. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorA year ago at this time, no players had signed letters of intent to play football for Ohio State. But this year, the first in which the Early Signing Period was introduced, the Buckeyes inked the signatures of 21 players in its 2018 recruiting class, which, despite recent key decommitments, is currently ranked No. 1 by 247Sports.Wednesday morning, just a few hours after Ohio State received its first letter of intent — which came from four-star linebacker Teradja Mitchell — head coach Urban Meyer spoke to the media about the latest recruiting class. Here are four takeaways from the press conference.Update on Micah ParsonsFive-star defensive end Micah Parsons signed a letter of intent with Penn State Monday morning after a tumultuous recruiting cycle that included a decommitment from the Nittany Lions. A couple months ago, Ohio State looked like a favorite to land his commitment, but the Buckeyes interest faded for an unknown reason as time passed.On Tuesday, The Lantern reported Ohio State self-reported NCAA violations stemming from the Parsons family’s visit to the set of College GameDay. The university self-imposed punishments, which included an agreement to end the recruitment of Parsons, who the program deemed ineligible. “Everybody in our program should know the rules, and that shouldn’t have happened,” Meyer said. “It’s presented to me, and I agree with it or disagree with it, and we move on.”Even if a violation sounds minor, Meyer said he does not believe it to be minor.“I get extremely upset when I see that there was something done that was done incorrectly, and we do everything we possibly can to make sure that does not happen again,” he said. Meyer declined to comment on whether the violation was the reason Ohio State ended its recruitment of Parsons.Ohio State found its quarterback. Eventually. Since July 29, 2016, Ohio State held a commitment from Emory Jones, the fourth-ranked dual-threat quarterback, according to 247Sports composite rankings. But on Early Signing Day, he flipped to Florida and signed with the Gators. The Buckeyes, though, were prepared for what seemed like the inevitable after Jones took visits to Florida, Florida State and Alabama as Wednesday’s signing day neared. On Dec. 7, Ohio State received a pledge from three-star quarterback Matthew Baldwin, a former Colorado State commit.Baldwin, a first-year starter at Lake Travis High School in Texas, was brought to the attention of Meyer by quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator Ryan Day.“We’re sitting there getting ready to play Penn State, and he’s coming up to me saying, ‘Hey, let’s watch this kid from Lake Travis,’” Meyer said. “And I’m ready to pass out, saying it’s 10:30 at night, I’ve got 3rd down and 6 in my mind and we’re trying to watch another quarterback.”Meyer went to watch Baldwin practice and liked what he saw. The head coach said he evaluates five traits in quarterbacks: competitive spirit, toughness, leadership, intelligence and the ability to get out of a bad play.“I think you see so many mistakes made at that position because people don’t categorize like that, and he checks the box off perfectly going right down the list,” Meyer said.Jeremy Ruckert: best tight end prospect Meyer has seen?Since Meyer arrived in Columbus in 2012, Ohio State has coached tight ends Jeff Heuerman and Nick Vannett, both future third-round picks in the NFL draft, and landed commitments from four-star tight ends such as Marcus Baugh, Jake Hausmann and Luke Farrell.But he thinks four-star tight end Jeremy Ruckert is different.“I think Jeremy Ruckert might be the best tight end prospect that I’ve ever seen and recruited,” Meyer said. “His skill set is ridiculous. Now it’s a question of getting him ready to play.”Ruckert, the top-ranked player from his home state of New York, is the best tight end and the No. 29 overall player in the nation, according to the 247 composite rankings. Given his athleticism, the 6-foot-6, 240-pound physical specimen could be viewed as more of a receiver at times. He will offer Ohio State a receiving threat from the tight end position to which the program has not been accustomed. Baugh, the Buckeyes’ starting tight end, ranks fourth on the team with 24 catches this year. Next season, Ruckert will compete with Hausmann, Farrell and redshirt sophomore Rashod Berry for the starting tight end position following Baugh’s departure.Late addition of Alex WilliamsAs Ohio State’s recruiting strategy has a more national focus, the Buckeyes have moved away from in-state recruiting. But on Wednesday, Ohio State flipped Pickerington, Ohio, product Alex Williams from West Virginia to the Scarlet and Gray.The three-star athlete who plays for Pickerington North is ranked the 589th-best player in the country and the No. 26 player in Ohio by the 247Sports composite rankings. He is listed as a defensive end by recruiting services, but Meyer said he intends to try him at both tight end and defensive end.“Big athlete,” Meyer said. “I think he can do either. I know where — there’s needs at both spots, but I don’t know.”Meyer said his decision to pursue Williams was partially due to his desire for more players from Ohio. He and the recruiting staff often look for in-state late bloomers because he does not feel like the team has enough Ohioans.“I started watching him, and he’s a late developer player that I think he was hurt some of his junior year, and I like the fact he plays extremely hard and he’s a big athlete.”
English Championship club Aston Villa announced on Friday it will receive a “significant investment” from NSWE, a company jointly owned by billionaires Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens.Forbes estimation of Egyptian Sawiris worth is over £3 billion, while American Edens is the co-owner of NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks.Also, Villa owner Dr. Tony Xia held talks with the Egyptian group and continue to be on the board as co-chairman.“I am extremely pleased to have formed a strategic partnership with Nassef and Wes,” Dr Xia said in a club statement.Aston Villa explains why they spent so much money on players Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Aston Villa’s chief executive, the team needed to spend £144.5 million on 12 players in order to stay competitive.“We have a common goal of delivering future success for Aston Villa and I look forward to working together to achieve this aim.“To have come so close to achieving promotion last season was a humbling experience. In finding such strong partners as Nassef and Wes we’re gearing up to fight again and bring back the success that this Club deserves and we all so want to provide it with.”Aston Villa has been in a financial quagmire for quite some time now, a financial trouble that almost put the club up sale last month.
AFC Bournemouth have announced the signing of Diego Rico from Leganes on a four-year dealThe Spanish left-back becomes the Cherries’ second summer signing and, subject to international clearance, will arrive for an undisclosed fee.Rico had spent the past two seasons at Leganes and had developed into a fine left-back in his time with the La Liga side with the likes of Borussia Dortmund having also been interested in signing him at one point.But it was Bournemouth who won the race for his services.Rico told the club website: “I’m very happy to be here and would like to thank everyone at AFC Bournemouth for making me feel so welcome,” said Rico.“This is a new step for me in my career and from my heart I can say I am truly excited to be here and looking forward to the future.“I have heard so much about the manager. I learned he is very professional and has a great philosophy on football and I can see that is true from the short time I have met him so far.”Looking super cool, @diegorico_3! ??And thanks for officially revealing our new @UmbroUK third kit.#afcb ?? pic.twitter.com/3zWbXZPXX5Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…— AFC Bournemouth ?? (@afcbournemouth) July 24, 2018Bournemouth manager, Eddie Howe added: “Diego is a player we have been tracking throughout the summer, and although we had to be patient, it’s great to finally be able to call him an AFC Bournemouth player.“He’s a really nice footballer and someone who will fit our philosophy and style of play.“Diego is fast, physical, aggressive in attack and aggressive defensively. He takes an excellent set piece and has a powerful left foot.“Once he gets used to the way we play, we believe he can be a real force for this football club.”Rico made a total of 51 league appearances for Leganes and scored three times in his two years at the club after arriving from Real Zaragoza.The 25-year-old proved to be a valuable member of Leganes last season with his two goals and two assists in 26 games helping the club avoid relegation from La Liga with a 17th place finish.Bournemouth will face Cardiff City at home for their opening Premier League game of the season on August 11.