Lukpan Akhmedyarov Named 2012 Winner of Peter Mackler Award

first_img News Kazakh reporter accuses police of attacking her August 9, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Lukpan Akhmedyarov Named 2012 Winner of Peter Mackler Award Organisation News January 15, 2021 Find out more October 30, 2020 Find out more to go further Reporters prevented from covering Kazakh parliamentary elections Follow the news on Kazakhstan News Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Regional newspaper editor harassed after investigating real estate scandal February 5, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia Global Media Forum and Reporters Without Borders are pleased to announce that Lukpan Akhmedyarov is the 2012 winner of the Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism.Akhmedyarov is a reporter for the weekly Uralskaya Nedelya in Kazakhstan. He will be awarded the prize at a ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on October 12, 2012.Lukpan Akhmedyarov, 36, is well known for his investigative coverage of corruption and human rights abuses as well as his criticism of the current regime. He has been the target of threats and harassment by the police.On April 19, 2012, Akhmedyarov was the victim of a murder attempt outside his apartment building in the city of Uralsk. Two masked individuals attacked him, hitting him on the back of the head, stabbing him multiple times and shooting him with an air-pistol. As a result, Akhmedyarov was hospitalized for a month and treated for a head injury, eight stab wounds to the lung, kidneys, and stomach, and gun pellet injuries.Camille Mackler, Project Director for the Peter Mackler Award, said that “Mr. Akhmedyarov has shown enormous courage in reporting on corruption in an authoritarian regime. That he continues to do so, after almost paying with his life for his commitment to journalistic integrity, makes us proud to name him this year’s winner of the Peter Mackler Award.”“Through Lukpan Akhmedyarov, we pay homage to the courage of all who continue to work independently to cover the news in Kazakhstan. Working as an independent news source in this country has never been easy. Over the past twelve month, it has become more dangerous than ever. Lukpan’s courage and dedication command respect” said Christophe Deloire, Reporters Without Borders Director.Reporters Without Borders ranked Kazakhstan 154th out of 179 countries in their 2011-2012 Press Freedom Index. The autocratic government of President Nursultan Nazarbayev has responded brutally to an unprecedented wave of social unrest and security threats in recent months. Pressure on independent news organizations has been growing since the bloody repression of a riot by workers in December 2011 in the Western town of Janaozen, with a series of detentions, summons by the security services, intimidatory measures and interruptions in the flow of information.The Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism was founded in June, 2008 to honor the memory of Peter Mackler, a Brooklyn-born thirty-five year veteran journalist who championed ethical journalism and freedom of expression. Mackler helped transform the news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP) into the international competitor that it is today. Mackler also founded the Global Media Forum, which has helped to train journalists and non-profit organizations to use the media as a tool for social change, and Project Plato, whichteaches journalism as a life skill to disadvantaged teenagers.The Peter Mackler award rewards journalists who fight courageously and ethically to report the news in countries where freedom of the press is either not guaranteed or not recognized. The Award is administered jointly by Global Media Forum and Reporters Without Borders. Details regarding the award ceremony, to be held October 12, 2012, will be made available August 22nd, 2012. KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia (Picture: Uralskaya Nedelya) last_img read more

Calls for the upgrade of the A2 Buncranna road in Derry

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Calls for the upgrade of the A2 Buncranna road in Derry WhatsApp Calls have been made to begin the process of upgrading the A2 Buncranna road in Derry with claims that it’s causing a delay of business development in the area.A proposal to widen the road was first submitted eleven years ago with a public consultation on the project beginning in 2007.A route was identified two years ago however further work has yet not begun.Local Councillor Tony Hasson is calling on the newly appointed Infrastructure Minister for the North Chris Hazzard to look at possibilities of upgrading the road:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/A2buncranna1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Facebook By admin – May 29, 2016 Google+center_img Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Homepage BannerNews Google+ Previous articleCavan beat Armagh to reach Ulster semi-finalNext articleMcHugh to address the issues people face returning to Ireland admin Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Cioffoletti Completes 82 Mile ‘Run for Justin’

first_imgJohn Cioffoletti with Justin Condoluci, who is undergoing treatment for leukemia.WHILE SOME WHO saw the New Year in last weekend were nursing aching heads on New Year’s Day, John Cioffoletti was nursing an aching foot.All in all, however, it was a small price to pay for having achieved the goal he set for himself last September, when he vowed to run an ultra-marathon on New Year’s Eve to raise money for the family of a young friend who is battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.Cioffoletti, who is CIO of Royal Sovereign Bullion Group in Sea Bright, vowed to run the Peanut Island 24 in Palm Beach County, Fl., setting the personal goal of completing 60 miles in 24 hours.In the end, he exceeded that goal, running a total of 82 miles and raising $11,000, all of which will go to the family of Justin Condoluci, 12, to help with expenses related to his treatment.Diagnosed at the age of 8, Justin underwent more than three years of treatment before doctors determined that his Leukemia was in remission.But near Christmas of 2010, Justin experienced a relapse. He has been undergoing additional treatment since Christmas Day, 2010 and is presently having more chemotherapy at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia..Approximately 55 people entered the Peanut Island 24, but far fewer were able to finish. “Not many people made it as far as I did, “said Cioffoletti, adding that his foot began to bother him at mile 55, but he continued on, reminding himself that the battle Justin faces every day is a much more formidable challenge.When the idea began to enter his head that he should stop running, Cioffoletti said, he reminded himself that “Someone like Justin doesn’t have that option. The miles between mile 55 and mile 82 were the hardest. “That’s when I had to really dig deep. It was the thought of Justin (that kept him going).”He is grateful that so many people donated to his effort, Cioffoletti said, adding that approximately $700 in donations came in immediately after the first story on his run appeared in The Two River Times in December.While he had hoped to raise $25,000, he succeeded in raising $11,000 and that will definitely be of help to the family.. “People think, oh, you have health insurance,” Amy Condoluci said in an interview with The Two River Times last month. “Well, we do, but the deductible is $10,000 per year, and this has been going on for five years.”Commuting costs between Philadelphia and their home in Brielle have also mounted. “It’s definitely added up,” said Amy.Donations are still being accepted for Running for Justin may be made via the web at www.runningforjustin.org or through http://www.everibbon.com. And more information is available on the RunforJustin Facebook page, Cioffoletti said. One hundred percent of the proceeds go to the Condoluci family.last_img read more

How to Sell Green Upgrades: Electrical Improvements

first_imgA charging station for an electric carSecond, prewire the garage for a future charging station for an electric car. That’s exactly what we are doing in our most recent home (LEED Silver) and the line item was only a few hundred dollars. HOW TO SELL GREEN UPGRADESPart One: Radiant Barrier PaintsPart Two: Tankless Water HeatersPart Three: Energy AuditsPart Four: Exhaust FansPart Six: Better InsulationPart Seven: A Few Small Things I have three favorite electrical enhancements I love to sell homeowners. There’s also a fourth option that can be a little bit tricky. All these options provide the client with value, and all are more cost-effective in new construction than they would be in a remodel.First, let me remind you that “selling” is not a bad word. I like showing folks their options, empowering them with information, and letting them buy what’s right for them. In fact, I feel I owe it to them to provide this information. After all, they expect me to share the results of my education, my experience, my expertise of the industry, and my knowledge of trends. Nobody wants built-in obsolescence, so you should help future-proof your clients’ homes by sharing some of these green electrical enhancement options. Talk about future-proofing! If you do not think your clients will be driving an electric car in your lifetime you are likely long in tooth or very short on vision! The green benefits are clear that by building this infrastructure into the home in today’s dollars (which are cheap) and so is the additional profit you make. Prewiring for a PV arrayAnother favorite is prewiring the roof for a future photovoltaic (PV) array.It’s hard to believe, but even today there are still many builders who do not offer this option. It may entail some additional framing work to future-proof the roof for PV, but in all likelihood you will only need an electrician to complete this enhancement. Again, another few hundred dollars added to your bottom line, and an upgrade your client will love you for in a couple years when they decide to get the solar panels installed after all!center_img Soffit receptaclesThe first green upgrade is to install electrical receptacles in the soffits that are all controlled by a predetermined number of switches.Anyone who installs holiday lights (for Christmas or otherwise) will enjoy the convenience of controlling the decorations by lights switches and reducing the number of required extension cords. It’s a great convenience that many clients will gladly pay for. And because all of us have at some point skipped the effort of going outside to unplug the lights, this green upgrade will also save energy. A master kill switchAnd finally, an option that is not for the faint of heart: it’s possible to diagram your rooms so that a single switch can shut of a predetermined number of receptacles.The idea is to install a switch near an exterior door so that the homeowner can shut off most of the home’s plug loads when leaving the house.However, because of the design time required and advance lifestyle planning involved, you must be sure to charge enough for this upgrade. Prep your client in advance. As a concept, it sounds nice, but the first time they flip the switch and their computer, radio, and alarm clock all turn off and have to be reset or rebooted, they are going to be pretty annoyed. And it sure won’t work in the kitchen where you could be shutting off the refrigerator!These upgrades will improve your bottom line. In today’s economy, we all need whatever bump we can get. These individual items give your clients a little peace of mind, a bit of energy savings, and considerable convenience. Collectively, however, they add up to a better wired, high-performance home designed and built to embrace the future.last_img read more

Xavier Dolan Orphan Black big winners at Canadian Screen Awards

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement “We’re saying bye to characters every day and that’s just devastating.”Maslany won another trophy for another project on Sunday — best actress for the film “The Other Half.” That honour had her teary eyed as she thanked her “other half,” her boyfriend Tom Cullen, who’s also the film’s co-star/executive producer.Dolan’s French-language drama won six trophies, including best picture, best director, best adapted screenplay and best cinematography. Organizers said Dolan was shooting in Paris and was unable to attend.The film, about a dying writer who returns home to his estranged family, got a mixed reaction from critics when it screened at last May’s Cannes Film Festival. But it ended up winning the festival’s Grand Prix prize — the second-most prestigious award. And last month, the film won three Cesar Awards — which are often nicknamed the “French Oscars” — including a best director nod for Dolan.Toronto-born “America’s Got Talent” judge Howie Mandel got playful with the crowd as he hosted the show from Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.In a pre-taped opening bit, Mandel joked that he had created an Oscars-inspired montage of top nominees on his laptop, which turned out to include himself digitally inserted — badly — into the likes of “Vikings” and “Kim’s Convenience.”He also riffed on how the awards show doesn’t have a good nickname, although others have suggested the Screenies or the Candys, after the late Canadian actor John Candy.“I know other hosts have been talking about naming it, I want to name it. What is it for?” Mandel said, adding the awards honour the best in Canadian film, television and digital work.“So what is it? Screen, television, digital. This will go viral — it’s an STD.“How many of you are going to go home tonight with an STD?”Mandel often went into the audience to do improvised bits with guests including Dave Chappelle, who presented the Icon Award to the homegrown comedy brand Just for Laughs.“We should do something for Canada,” Mandel said as he distributed a card that he said he bought at Shoppers Drug Mart for Canada’s 150th birthday.“Maybe a surprise party. You know what — on June 30th, everybody park in Labrador and then we’ll surprise them.”Among the other big winners on the last of several nights of awards was the Jesse Owens biopic “Race,” which won four trophies, including best actor for Stephan James.“Nothing gives me more joy than to see young people coming up to me and tell me ‘Hey, you’re Jesse,“’ he said, noting he’s thrilled to introduce them to a story they haven’t seen before.“Eighty years later I bring this guy back to life and it’s been really the greatest honour of my career to portray him.”CraveTV’s smalltown show “Letterkenny” was a surprise winner in the best TV comedy series category. The series also won two trophies earlier in the week.Actress Tantoo Cardinal took home the Earle Grey Award, which honours actors for their body of work in Canadian television.And Oscar-winning actor Christopher Plummer accepted a lifetime achievement award — in self-deprecating style.“Quite obviously the awards committee used my name out of pity: ’You better give it to him now before he croaks,“’ he said. “And they’re absolutely right, I mean, I’m old. Dangerously old! I’m so old that when I was a baby the first word I uttered was in Latin.“I’ve spent almost 70 years making a fool of myself in this crazy, mad profession of ours and I’ve had the time of my life,” he continued.“By no means is this the end, the curtain has not yet fallen. It’s simply stuck.” Advertisement Montreal director Xavier Dolan’s “It’s Only the End of the World” and Space’s human cloning series “Orphan Black” emerged Sunday as this year’s big Canadian Screen Awards winners.Including awards handed out earlier in the week, “Orphan Black” nabbed nine trophies. It won best dramatic series and best lead actress in a dramatic role for star Tatiana Maslany, who plays multiple clones in the sci-fi show, all with different personalities and accents.“It’s been such an amazing journey, this show, for me. I’ve really grown up on it. It’s been a huge responsibility and a huge privilege and I’ve made a family on it that I’m going to miss so much,” she said backstage, referring to the show’s final upcoming season. Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

To Find a Career Like Tim Duncans We Have to Go Back

Those of you who are my age might only remember Old Kareem and his skyhooks and might not know what a phenom he was when he entered the league as Lew Alcindor. Abdul-Jabbar/Alcindor was the sixth-most productive young player in NBA history — despite, like Duncan, playing out his full college career. In his rookie season with the Milwaukee Bucks, he averaged 28.8 points and 14.5 rebounds per game. Two years later, at 24, he averaged 34.8 and 16.6. No player in the other major sports stands out so much from his competition. Babe Ruth is the top-ranking baseball player (counting his days as a pitcher and using wins above replacement; note that the systems we’re using for the various sports are not directly comparable to one another). Still, many of the all-time great baseball players have had extremely long careers. Ty Cobb ranks second and isn’t all that far behind Ruth.You might assume that the top NHL player by this standard absolutely must be Wayne Gretzky, or if not Gretzky then Gordie Howe. But it’s Ray Bourque. Gretzky was the best young player in NHL history by leaps and bounds, and Howe was the most productive old one. But Bourque had the best balance over his career, and he comes out slightly better when you take the harmonic mean of his point shares. I’m not sure that I totally buy that ranking — hockey analytics are behind those in baseball and basketball. But Gretzky was a somewhat specialized player late in his career. He notched tons of assists, but never ranked in the top 10 in goals in the NHL after his age 28 season, and he was limited defensively, with a -93 plus-minus from his age 33 season onward.Last is the NFL, which is the least interesting of the leagues to evaluate in this way. That’s because NFL careers start late due to the league’s strictly enforced age limit and end early because of the wear and tear on the players. And it’s hard to measure what goes on in between and to compare players at different positions.Still, according to Sports-Reference.com’s approximate value system, the closest thing the NFL has had to a player for all seasons is Fran Tarkenton. As a rookie, at age 21, Tarkenton was the principal quarterback for the expansion Minnesota Vikings. By 24, he led the Vikings to their first winning season, in 1964, and made his first Pro Bowl. After a stint with the New York Giants, he returned to Minnesota, and won an MVP award at age 35 and led the NFL in passing yards in his final season at age 38. Dan Marino, Ray Lewis and Peyton Manning rank next after Tarkenton. (Note that approximate value figures are incomplete for the 2013 season; I had to make an educated guess for how Charles Woodson and Tony Gonzalez performed last year according to the system.)Manning could take over the top slot with one or two more good seasons. It seems like he should be ahead already. Approximate value is … approximate. And like the other measures, it doesn’t account for the post-season. I have trouble ranking Peyton Manning behind Fran Tarkenton in pretty much anything.But I don’t have a problem with ranking Manning, or Duncan, behind Abdul-Jabbar, who won a national championship as a teenager at UCLA and an NBA title with the Los Angeles Lakers in his 40s. No player in American team sports has had a career quite like his. Tim Duncan turns 38 on Friday. On Saturday, he’ll resume his quest for a fifth NBA championship when the San Antonio Spurs travel to Dallas to face the Mavericks in the third game of their first-round playoff series. Duncan is still an extremely effective player, in part because his masterful coach, Gregg Popovich, limits his minutes in the regular season. We might not have seen a career quite like his since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.Duncan has been a force since he entered the league at 21. In his debut season, 1997-98, he won the Rookie of the Year award and made the All-NBA team. The next year he was named NBA Finals MVP and won his first championship.I wondered which other players in the NBA, and in the other major team sports, have had so much impact over their full professional lives. In other words, which of them were both very effective as young players and as old players?To study this for the NBA, I looked up the number of win shares each player has generated up to and including his age 24 season, and also from his age 33 season onward. (From this point forward, I’ll define an NBA player’s age-season by how old he was as of Feb. 1, as Basketball-Reference.com does.) Then I took the harmonic mean between the two figures. The harmonic mean differs from a regular average in that it tends toward the lower of a set of numbers. That will help us to identify players who were outstanding both when they were young and when they were old, as opposed to just one or the other.Duncan generated 47.8 win shares through his age 24 season. That’s very good, especially considering that he stayed all four years at Wake Forest University before entering the league. But it’s still just the 17th-highest figure in NBA history. He’s also generated 40.2 win shares, and counting, since his age 33 season. That’s the 15th-highest figure in league history.It’s having accomplished both of these things in the same career that makes Duncan so extraordinary. The harmonic mean between his early-career and late-career win share totals is 43.7. That’s the third-highest figure ever in the NBA.You can probably guess the two players who rank ahead of Duncan. One is Michael Jordan, who achieved this feat despite retiring for his age 35 through age 37 seasons. (Jordan came back to play seasons with the Washington Wizards at 38 and 39.) But the player who laps the field, and who in many ways was the predecessor to Duncan, is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.Abdul-Jabbar played into his 40s. By win shares, he was the third-best old player in NBA history, after Karl Malone and John Stockton. read more

Ty Lawson Moves The Rockets Closer To The Wests Top Tier

No strangers to bold moves, the Houston Rockets appear to have executed another one over the weekend by acquiring guard Ty Lawson from the Denver Nuggets for a protected 2016 first-round draft pick and a handful of veterans with nonguaranteed contracts.It’s been a turbulent year for Lawson, who was recently arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence — his second DUI arrest since January. The guard will enter a 30-day alcohol treatment program by order of a Denver judge.Despite his baggage, Lawson improves Houston’s roster. Two weeks ago, we ran preliminary preseason projections for the reloaded San Antonio Spurs and their top Western Conference foes using Real Plus-Minus (RPM) and Rotoworld’s depth charts; the Rockets graded out as a clear pick for fourth in the West behind the Spurs, Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder.The addition of Lawson changes that, essentially pulling Houston even with Oklahoma City for third. Here’s how the Rockets’ roster looks now, according to Rotoworld:Rated the ninth-best offensive player in the NBA by projected 2015-16 RPM, Lawson is a major upgrade over backup Patrick Beverley. His presence figures to give Houston one of the best projected offenses in the West — perhaps even equal to the firepower of the mighty (when healthy) Thunder.Lawson does come with defensive limitations. His projected RPM at that end of the floor is nearly 2 points per 100 possessions below the NBA average. Because of this, our projections say he’ll add only between 2 and 2.5 wins to Houston’s bottom line despite more than doubling the Rockets’ offensive rating relative to the league average.And, of course, Lawson’s personal issues could easily curtail his ability to help the Rockets. Furthermore, small point guards (Lawson is 5 feet 11 inches tall) have a reputation for aging poorly, though it also bears mentioning that more than a few of Lawson’s most similar comparables according to our CARMELO system — players such as Andre Miller, Kevin Johnson, Rod Strickland and Mark Jackson — enjoyed a number of solid seasons after age 27. (Lawson is signed through only the 2016-17 season anyway.)Assuming he plays to form next season, though, Lawson will likely help Houston slide into the tier right below the powerhouse Spurs and Warriors in the Western Conference. read more

Buckeye Brief Urban Meyers thoughts on Ohio States Early Signing Day

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.” read more

Southgate faces up to difficult England decisions

first_imgWorld Cup is just a few days away and England coach Gareth Southgate is facing far “more difficult” decisions for England’s World Cup opener as players impress even more.Preparation for Russia has been as smooth as it has been impressive in recent weeks, with comfortable warm-up victories complementing fine work on the training field and increasing team spirit away from it. Southgate’s side honed their skills at a sold-out Elland Road on Thursday evening as they followed the win against Nigeria by beating Costa Rica in a manner more stirring than the 2-0 scoreline suggests.Marcus Rashford and Danny Welbeck secured victory from another injury-free evening, giving the England manager a welcome selection headache ahead of the Group G opener against Tunisia on June 18.“It’s more difficult,” Southgate said, according to Sport.“No question. There’s some serious decisions to take – but in a good way.“If I was sitting here thinking ‘blimey, we have got nobody to play there and nobody to play there’ then it would be a very different situation.“We asked the players to give us competition for places. I can’t start complaining when they do.”Southgate explains why he started Jadon Sancho Taimoor Khan – September 11, 2019 Jadon Sancho was given a start ahead of Marcus Rashford in England’s win over Kosovo and the manager explained why he went down that…Man-of-the-match Rashford shone brightest in Thursday’s audition, scoring an exceptional opener and playing with confidence at a buoyant Elland Road.England are still excited about yesterday’s match and we know this from their recent tweet. Worth watching over and over and over and… ?#threelions pic.twitter.com/24YMGjlnut— England (@England) June 8, 2018last_img read more