Klopp doesn’t want Chelsea job

first_imgBorussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp says he would not be interested in taking over as Chelsea manager.Klopp has been touted as a strong contender for the Stamford Bridge hotseat along with Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho.But he told Sky: “I can turn them down straight away. I will not be moving there.“I do think it is cool that I am being named in the same breath as Mourinho and Guardiola.“That is enough for me – that is already a personal triumph. But I am not available, sorry.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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South Africa honours Linda Biehl

first_img23 April 2008South Africa has awarded one of its highest civilian honours to a Chicago-born mother who became an international peace activist and motivational speaker following her daughter’s tragic death in Cape Town.On Monday, Linda Biehl was among the thirty-eight recipients of National Orders for exception contributiongs to the benefit of the country.President Thabo Mbeki awarded Biehl with the Order of the Companions of OR Tambo (bronze class) for “displaying outstanding spirit of forgiveness in the wake of the murder of her daughter and contributing to the promotion of non-racism in post-apartheid South Africa.”On 25 August 1993, Biehl’s daughter, Amy, an American Fulbright scholar working in South Africa against apartheid, was beaten and stabbed to death in Gugulethu, a township near Cape Town.In 1998 the four young men convicted of her murder were granted amnesty by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) after serving five years of their sentence – a decision that was supported by Amy’s parents.Easy Nofemela and Ntobeko Peni, two of the convicted men, now work for the Amy Biehl Foundation Trust in Cape Town, a charity which dedicates its work to putting up barriers against violence.‘We took our strength from Amy’“We took our strength in handling the situation directly from Amy,” Biehl told BuaNews on Tuesday after receiving the order at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. “She was intensely involved in South African politics, and even though the violence leading up to free elections had caused her death, we didn’t want to say anything negative about South Africa’s journey to democracy.”Biehl said she did not look at herself as a victim but as an agent of change.While some people accused the Biehls of supporting criminals, the foundation they had started in their daughter’s name was all about preventing young South Africans from committing crime.“I have come to believe passionately in restorative justice,” Biehl said. “It’s what South Africans call ‘ubuntu’ – to choose to forgive rather than demand retribution; a belief that my humanity is inextricably caught up in yours.”‘The story of what and who we are’Speaking during Monday’s ceremony, Mbeki said the Orders where awarded to those who deserved high tribute for what they had done to enrich others’ lives, making it possible for South Africa to call itself an adherent of the ancient values of ubuntu.“The honours that we bestow today tell the story of what and who we are, of what and who we shall be,” Mbeki said.“These are our National Orders, the symbols that represent the nobility of human endeavour, constituting a Hall of Fame that will, today, be enriched by new and distinguished members.”Among the latest members of South Africa’s National Orders was Beka Ntsanwisi, known as Limpopo province’s “Mother Theresa”, who received the Order of the Baobab in bronze.The Order of the Baobab represents exceptional contribution, and is awarded to South African citizens for distinguished service that goes beyond the call of duty.Ntsanwisi, the Munghana Lo Nene Radio presenter, was recognised for her contribution in the fields of health, education, youth development and the upliftment of rural communities in Limpopo.To view the full list of new recipients, go to National Orders awards, 22 April 2008Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Durban set for small craft harbour

first_img20 February 2009The construction of a small craft harbour at Durban’s Point Waterfront is expected to attract investment capital in excess of R6-billion to the province.Delivering his 2009 state of the province address on this week, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sibusiso Ndebele said the small craft harbour would also create 6 000 to 8 000 direct new jobs during construction, and 6 000 permanent jobs once operational.“This excludes the thousands of indirect jobs created as a result of an investment project of this scale,” Ndebele told the provincial legislature.He added that once completed, the development would increase the rates base of eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality by more than R100-million per annum.Mixed-use precinctThe development will comprise approximately 575 000 bulk square metres across a variety of usage types, including office, residential, retail and hotels, Ndebele said.According to Business Report, the development is being carried out by the Durban Point Development Company, a joint venture between Rocpoint, a subsidiary of Malaysian group Renong, and the Durban Infrastructural Development Trust, owned by the eThekwini Municipality. Metallon Properties has a contract to manage the development.At present, about 200 000 bulk square metres of this has been sold, representing virtually the entire stock of zoned land available prior to this week’s go-ahead from the province’s Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs.“We foresee it becoming a safe, clean and vibrant environment, where all citizens, irrespective of class or race, can enjoy the best which Durban has to offer,” Ndebele said. “In short, we expect it to be on par with leading harbour rejuvenation projects around the world.”The decision to go ahead with the project, he explained, was consistent with the provincial government’s vision to position KwaZulu-Natal as one of the continent’s major growth nodes.ObjectionsA number of local watersport clubs had objected to the development on environmental and social grounds.According to the Daily News, a settlement was reached between the Durban Point Development Company and three watersport clubs in November, resulting in the Point Yacht Club, Durban Ski-Boat Club and Durban Undersea Club being relocated to a nearby site.The Durban Paddle Ski Club did not sign the agreement, however, and is currently studying the record of decision before deciding on what legal avenues to pursue.SAinfo reporter and BuaNewsWould you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Bringing up a champion

first_imgHe won India gold medals at the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games last year. Now he has his sights set on the London Olympics 2012? Vanessa Fitter talks to Somdev Devvarman’s mother, Ranjana, about her son in a rare interviewSuccessful, ambitious, likeable and down-to-earth: Four words that, in a nutshell, describe Somdev Devvarman, 26. His boy-next-door charm makes daughters and their mothers love him. And yet, unlike so many other athletes, he’s stayed clear of controversies. So how do you raise a champion? The Devvarman children were always encouraged to get outdoors. Be it when they were in Kolkata or Chennai, the large government colonies (Somdev’s father, Pravanjan, worked with the Income Tax Department) the family lived in had no shortage of space. So it was cycling, football and wall tennis every day. Says Somdev’s mother, ‘Television was a strict no-no.’He had a “normal” upbringing in every way. Apart from sports, like most boys his age, Somdev too had the odd “school encounter”. His mother recalls one incident, ‘In his school in Chennai (Asan Memorial), a friend and he were punished for beating up another boy. He was asked to kneel down outside his class and could not move until I had gone over and met with the school principal, Ms Shanta. After my meeting with her, he turned to his principal and asked if he was required to continue kneeling. She asked, “Why? Does it hurt your pride to kneel?” To which he replied, “No, but it does hurt my knees!”‘ This practical approach helps his game today.advertisementFamily tiesSomdev’s father got him and his siblings started in sports early. Till date, that love for the playing field has stayed with all of them. But it is tennis that caught Somdev’s mind and heart. He started playing the game when he was nine. ‘We had a tennis court inside the colony and my husband always encouraged our children to play,’ says Ranjana. One of Somdev’s proudest moments on court was the first time he beat his brother at tennis. He was 10; his brother, 15.Once the family realised that the young boy had a gift, all in the family pitched in to help. While Somdev was out with his parents at the local tournaments, his siblings Aratrik and Paulami would return home from school to the empty house…They would unlock the door, eat the lunch prepared for them by their mother and then go out and do what they too loved most – play! No fuss about mummy not being home or always out with Somdev. Ranjana says this support was always spontaneous. ‘When I would travel with Somdev for his tournaments in other cities, my other children would pitch in and help my husband manage the household. They were always very independent that way.’ Somdev’s sister Paulami would sometimes even help him string his racquets.The Devvarmans say they never put pressure on Somdev to score high marks in his exams. ‘It’s just fortunate that he turned out to do well in both; it was never difficult for him to find that balance,’ says Ranjana. Somdev’s school in Chennai also supported his budding career by allowing him to go on leave during tournaments. In turn, the young boy rewarded that trust from his parents and his school with consistent academic performances.For Somdev, his family was always priority, as is evident from a small incident? Once, during his days at the Britannia Amritraj Tennis Academy (BAT) in Chennai, he was sent to play a tournament. The boys were given a daily allowance; it wasn’t a substantial amount. Somehow Somdev managed to save some money and took it to an ittar shop. ‘He tried on the various fragrances. Once he was done, he came out reeking of perfume,’ says his mother. ‘His friends refused to walk or sit next to him, but he’d got me the gift he wanted!’Somdev’s success on and off the court was recognised by the University of Virginia in the US. They offered him a scholarship programme in 2005, that would form the base for his later endeavours. Somdev made it to three NCAA (National Collegiate Athletics Association) Singles Championships from 2006 to 2008 and won two of them back to back. This rare feat has been achieved by only three other players since 1950.Somdev says his family never let him feel the distance while he was away in college. ‘My family’s been extremely supportive. We’re pretty close-knit and we stayed connected right through my college days in the United States.’ Today, even though Somdev lives and trains in Austin, Texas (in the United States) and is travelling most of the year playing on the ATP tour, his mom is always only a phone call away. ‘My mom is the closest person to me in my life today,’ he says. ‘I talk to her all the time. She is very understanding and supportive, and somehow she knows exactly what to tell me and what I want to hear.’advertisementStaying groundedRanjana and Pravanjan knew that to be a true champion, skills are not enough. You have to be a good human first. Somdev says the best advice his mother gave him was “to treat other people the way you’d like to be treated”. His mother also told him how to lose… ‘I say to him, “Bad luck. Never mind. You’ve learnt something from this. There is always a next time!'”, says Ranjana. ‘He never liked to lose. But we always told him it does not matter. You just go out there and give it your 100 percent. That’s what’s important.Don’t pressure yourself with what the media has to say, or think of unnecessary things. Just focus on your game and remember to always enjoy yourself.’It is this advice that has helped Somdev win several non-tennis awards; the most recent being the “Sports Person of the Year”. He shared the accolade with legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar at the Sports Illustrated India Annual Awards held this February. Despite such trophies, including his incredible gold rush at the 2010 Commonwealth and Asian Games, Somdev remains grounded and focused. His mother says she and her husband brought up all their children to not get carried away with momentary highs or lows. ‘Success can be shortlived as can disappointments; the type of a human being you develop into is much more important,’ she says. Her only hope for her children, she adds, ‘is that they remain happy and successful in whatever they do’.Good adviceSomdev urges parents of children with special talents to be like his parents and give them their full support. ‘Let your child do what he wants to do. If he’s passionate about any sport, let him realise his true potential,’ says the tennis ace. ‘As long as there is a healthy balance maintained between sports and academics, it is good for children to take part in and enjoy various sporting activities.’His mother adds, ‘Allow them to follow their dreams. Never stress too much on academics. If they have sporting talents, let them pursue that and see where the road leads. You’re never too old to study but you might get too old to play a sport; you don’t want them to miss that bus. Be observant and encourage them. Provide your child with the avenues. But above everything else, give your children a lot of love, support and undivided attention.’ Wise words from the mother of a world-class champion.advertisementlast_img read more

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Atlantic City welcomes back 2 shuttered casinos

first_imgATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Movie stars lent an air of celebrity glitz to a gritty seaside gambling resort Thursday as Atlantic City reclaimed two of its shuttered casinos, and more than 6,000 of the 11,000 jobs it lost during a brutal stretch of casino shutdowns.The Hard Rock, which was the former Trump Taj Mahal, held a mass guitar smashing ceremony inside its concert arena that holds nearly 8,000 fans. “Black Panther” star Michael B. Jordan was among those helping to christen the facility.Just as that wrapped up, the Ocean Resort Casino, the former Revel, held a ribbon cutting a few hundred yards north on the Boardwalk at which actor, singer and die-hard New England Patriots fan Mark Wahlberg had to eat crow in front of hundreds of Philadelphia Eagles fans who reminded him of the outcome of February’s Super Bowl.“I gotta say: E-A-G-L-E-S!” Wahlberg shouted out from a staircase on the Boardwalk outside the Ocean Resort. The actor and his family have one of the casino’s many restaurants.“We hope to be here at lot,” he said. “Come enjoy this beautiful place.”The mood was celebratory in a city that has had little to celebrate in recent years. After losing five of its 12 casinos since 2014, Atlantic City now has nine. The openings have generated cautious optimism for the seaside gambling resort that once was the only place in America outside Nevada with casinos, but which has struggled mightily as gambling spread in surrounding states.“We believe in Atlantic City,” said Jim Allen, CEO of Hard Rock International. “We truly believe that Atlantic City’s best days are in front of it.”The two shuttered casinos reopened ahead of schedule Wednesday afternoon after being cleared to do so by New Jersey gambling regulators. Allen said the company had spent $500 million renovating the former Taj Mahal property.“We promised you we wouldn’t just paint it and put up a guitar,” he said.Julie Herron, of nearby, Galloway Township, New Jersey, was awestruck when she walked inside the Hard Rock on Thursday.“It’s beautiful, just fantastic,” she said. “It’s really uplifting. The music is awesome, just the rhythm. Sometimes all you need is rhythm.”A few hundred yards north at the Ocean Resort, Alesia Shropshire celebrated her 51st birthday with a big win at the slots.“I played $10 for 15 minutes and won $260,’ she said. “We will definitely be back next week.”Her husband, Nate, said the redesign of the casino floor was immediately evident.“They did an amazing job making it feel welcoming,” he said.Inside the casino, the line to sign up for players’ cards stretched from the casino floor out into a lobby, but no one was complaining. Similar long lines for players’ cards were evident at Hard Rock, too.Elvis Presley’s Rolls Royce is one of the first things patrons see after they pass underneath the giant replica of a Gibson Les Paul electric guitar (cherry sunburst model) at Hard Rock casino’s front entrance.“I’ve been an Elvis fan forever,” Joe Emanuele said. Driving (very carefully, with a police escort) from a warehouse in nearby Pleasantville, New Jersey, to the casino site, Emanuele, whose vast portfolio at Hard Rock International includes securing music memorabilia, parked his derriere in the same leather seat that once supported the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.”“You feel a little bit of prestige behind the wheel,” he said. “This is Elvis’ car that he picked the Beatles up in when they first came to Los Angeles.”The car is part of a vast trove of memorabilia on display at the Hard Rock. There are gowns worn by Stevie Nicks and Whitney Houston, and guitars played by Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan and Katy Perry. There’s a leather stage outfit worn by Aerosmith lead guitarist Joe Perry.There’s even a New Jersey memorabilia room, including the handwritten lyrics to “Dreaming” by Blondie’s Debbie Harry, a Hawthorne native, along with stuff from Bon Jovi, Wyclef Jean, Southside Johnny, and a Western Union telegram confirming a $20,000 payment for Ray Charles to perform a concert on Atlantic City’s Steel Pier in 1978. And no one forgot the “Chairman of the Board” Frank Sinatra, who was born in Hoboken.At the Ocean Resort, owner Bruce Deifik has fixed most of what Revel’s former customers said they didn’t like about the place. It now allows smoking, will have a buffet within a few months, has a reconfigured casino floor to make it easier to get around, and glass safety barriers have been installed on the main escalator that made many patrons uncomfortable.It has a golf simulator, a restaurant where kids and their parents can order cereal at any time of day, and six swimming pools. Popular features from Revel that are coming back include an outdoor pool day club, and a rock ‘n’ roll burlesque club.___Follow Wayne Parry at http://twitter.com/WayneParryAClast_img read more

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GM union workers call on Trudeau for support at Montreal auto show

first_imgMONTREAL — Unifor’s Quebec director Renaud Gagne is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to follow in Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s footsteps by pledging support for General Motors workers faced with a looming plant closure.Some 300 Unifor members, including about 60 retirees from the now-demolished GM plant in Sainte-Therese, Que., showed their support for Oshawa GM workers on Friday, taking advantage of the Montreal Auto Show now underway.Demonstrators were visible throughout the exhibition. Many wore blue T-shirts with the slogan, “GM to sell here, build here,” and chanted the slogan, “Say-say-say-save GM,” both in French.The General Motors plant in Oshawa, Ont., is slated to shut down at the end of 2019, resulting in an expected 2,600 job losses at the factory.Gagne cited a union-commissioned study that forecasts that by 2025, the closure will have prompted 14,000 job losses in Ontario and 10,000 in the rest of Canada.Gagne noted that some 10,000 people work in the auto parts sector in Quebec.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Cashstrapped Jet Airways now operating with skeletal fleet of 28 planes Govt

first_imgNew Delhi: Cash-strapped Jet Airways is operating 28 planes, including 15 aircraft in the domestic routes, Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola said on Wednesday.Earlier in the day, Kharola said that less than 15 planes of the airline were flying. Jet Airways, where the lenders are set to take control as part of a debt resolution plan, on Tuesday disclosed that it has grounded 15 more aircraft due to non-payment of lease rentals. Asked about the active fleet of Jet Airways, Kharola, on the sidelines of an aviation conference in the morning, said, “yesterday, it was 28”. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsWhen told that the airline has announced grounding 15 more aircraft, he said that then the current fleet would be “less than about 15”. In the evening, Kharola clarified that Jet Airways is operating around 28 planes and out of them, about 15 are operating in the domestic routes. On the sidelines of the conference here, the civil aviation secretary also said that Jet Airways’ ability to fly international operations needs to be “examined”. On Wednesday afternoon, a DGCA spokesperson said Jet Airways continues to fly 28 aircraft as on date. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”The 15 aircraft reported is already accounted for and was only informed to the stock exchanges by Jet Airways Tuesday,” the spokesperson said. On Tuesday evening, the airline informed the stock exchanges that it has grounded 15 more aircraft due to non-payment of lease rentals. Now, the total number of planes grounded on account of default in lease rental payments, as disclosed by the airline, stands at 69. In a statement, Jet Airways said, “as informed to the regulator (DGCA), the airline is operating a curtailed schedule with a sufficient number of aircraft, and is compliant with applicable guidelines”. The airline issued the statement saying that it would like to clarify certain speculative media reports with respect to its ability to operate on international routes. It did not provide the number of operational planes. Jet Airways, which is grappling with acute financial woes, had a fleet of around 119 planes. See P13last_img read more

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Kerala CM accuses Modi of levelling false charges

first_imgThiruvananthapuram: A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi criticised the LDF government in Kerala over various issues, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Friday accused him of making “false” charges against the state and said such remarks were “unbecoming” of his position. Countering Modi’s charge that cases would be registeredin Kerala if anyone utters the God’s name, Vijayan challenged the Prime Minister to point out any single such case. “It is unfortunate that such an untruthful and concocted campaign has been unleashed by the Prime Minister. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Such charges, which had no connection with the truth, is unbecoming of his position,” he said in an article released to media. The cases registered in the state in connection with the Sabarimala agitation were not for uttering the name of the God, but to unleash violence, he said. In the detailed article, the CPI(M) veteran also rejected Modi’s charges that devotees were not allowed to follow their rituals and poojas in the southern state. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Referring to the allegations made by the Prime Minister against him in connection with the Lavalin case, Vijayan said his statement was a challenge to the rule of law as he was acquitted by the court in the case. “The Prime Minister’s allegation that the state government is responsible for the August flood is contradictory to facts. His politics is behind such allegations,” Vijayan said alleging that the BJP government at the Centre had allotted only nominal financial aid to Kerala to overcome the deluge. While speaking at poll rally here Thursday, Modi had lashed out at the LDF government and said the Communists have problems with regard to “our rituals”. “They do not like poojas and rituals. We know that. They cannot crush our faith. Today, people here cannot even utter the name of their God, false cases are registered against them and they are hit with lathis,” Modi had said. Attacking Vijayan and his Left frot government, Modi alleged it was drowned in corruption. “Even the Chief Minister is facing allegations on Lavlin (corruption case) matter. Other ministers are also facing corruption charges. They are even trying to loot money that came for the rehabilitation of flood victims,” Modi charged. He had also alleged that the devastating floods in Kerala last year was due to lapses of the government, rather than a natural calamity.last_img read more

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Womens swimming Lindsey Clary takes home Big Ten title in 400 IM

Ohio State then-junior swimmer Lindsey Clary competes at the Big Ten championships in February, 2016. Credit: OSU AthleticsSenior Lindsey Clary captured a Big Ten championship title in the 400-yard individual medley for the second consecutive year and her third individual Big Ten title of her career. Clary won the event with a time of 4:04.09, dropping two seconds off her time in the preliminaries to seal the championship. Junior Liz Li had another stellar turnout on Friday after taking home a Big Ten title the previous day. Li placed second overall in the 100-yard butterfly with a time 50.90, breaking her own OSU record. The final day of competition continues tomorrow with preliminaries beginning at 11 a.m. and finals kicking off at 6:30 p.m., again. Fans will be able to watch the 1,650-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard butterfly, platform diving, and 400-yard freestyle relay. The Buckeyes remained in fifth place through Friday’s competition — behind Michigan, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin respectively. Li also contributed to another OSU record Friday, alongside teammates sophomore Maria Coy, junior Macie McNichols and junior Cheyenne Meek. The foursome combined for a new OSU record of 1:27.99 in the 200-yard freestyle relay, earning the Buckeyes a second-place finish, as well as an automatic bid to the NCAA championships. The Buckeyes had four top-10 finishers in the 400-yard individual medley, while no other school had more than one. In addition to Clary’s triumph, junior Meg Bailey and freshman Kathrin Demler finished in the top five with times of 4:08.35 and 4:09.75 respectively, and freshman Molly Kowal finished 10th with a time of 4:12.64. The success of these four made this the strongest event for the Buckeyes so far this weekend. read more

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Commentary What OSU football must do against Nebraska

After losing to Michigan State last weekend, Ohio State will likely have to win each of their remaining Big Ten games to have a shot at their sixth conference title in seven years. Winning out is a tall order for the Buckeyes, given their matchup with No.14 Cornhuskers in Nebraska on Saturday. The team certainly can’t accomplish that playing as they did in their abysmal showing against the Spartans. To win, OSU must improve every facet of their game. Offense The offense was, well, offensive against the Spartans. They didn’t reach 100 total yards until there was less than five minutes remaining in the game, and had fewer offensive yards than penalty yards through most of the fourth quarter. The team finished with 178 yards, but 62 of them came on its final drive of the game and only 35 yards came on the ground on 39 rushing attempts. Turning those numbers around starts with the offensive line. Three of the five starters on the line had false start penalties, and that was in the friendly confines of Ohio Stadium. That doesn’t include the holding and illegal block penalties. Penalties wreck drives by killing momentum and setting the team up for long second- and third-down conversions. OSU converted only 4-of-16 third-down attempts. For better or for worse, the offensive line has been shuffled this week to accommodate senior Mike Adams coming back from suspension to play left tackle. The line has to protect freshman quarterback Braxton Miller and give him time to see the field before sending him scrambling for his life. The wide receivers have to step up and become better targets for Miller as well. One of Miller’s few good throws, a deep pass to fellow freshman Devin Smith, was stripped for an interception. The receivers, without DeVier Posey again this week, have to make those big plays to give the Buckeyes a chance. Defense The defense needs to build off of its impressive performance against MSU in which it forced two interceptions and one fumble recovery. Sophomore defensive back Christian Bryant broke on a ball late in the second quarter that should have been an easy interception. Bryant could’ve walked into the end zone if he had picked off the pass, but instead the ball fell harmlessly to the turf. A winning defense will pick up the slack during a poor offensive showing by making those plays. The pass rush was largely nonexistent as well, as the team registered zero quarterback sacks. Senior defensive end Nathan Williams is out again this week, so the team has to find another impact rusher to pressure Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez. Without pressure, Martinez will tear the Buckeyes apart on the back end. Besides putting pressure on Martinez, the defense also faces the task of containing the dual-threat sophomore. And if that’s not hard enough, they will have to stop a rushing attack behind an offensive line that averages 303-pounds apiece. Special Teams When a team struggles with scoring, the special teams become increasingly important. Redshirt junior punter Ben Buchanan has been an asset for the Buckeyes in the field position battle this season, downing 13-of-29 punts inside the 20-yard line. Field position will be important again Saturday if the offense is slow out of the gates. Junior running back Jordan Hall needs to return to form in the return game to set the offense up with solid field position. Coaching The coaches, namely first-year head coach Luke Fickell and offensive coordinator Jim Bollman, need to mix up the play calls Saturday. If they become predictable and allow Nebraska’s defense to pin their ears back and rush Miller, they may see another nine-sack performance. Miller is extremely raw as a college quarterback, but there is nothing to be gained by closing the playbook to him. Give Miller a little trust and see how he responds. And please, stick with one quarterback. The team is better off in the hands of its future quarterback sooner rather than later. The two-quarterback system has its history of failures. A quarterback needs to know their coach trusts them; just ask Todd Boeckman and Justin Zwick. read more

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