Maldivian authorities urged not to gag media

first_img Reporters Without Borders deplores the harassment of journalists in Maldives, where a state of emergency was declared on 4 November, and warns against any attempt to gag broadcast and online media. Follow the news on Maldives News Maldivian president’s comms chief accused of sexually harassing journalist RSF calls for open trial of Maldivian blogger’s accused murderers News Announced by President Abdulla Yameen just days before a major anti-government demonstration, the state of emergency follows months of political tension that was capped by a bombing and an attempted bombing in the capital, Male.During the days preceding the announcement, journalists were subjected to sudden arrest, intimidation and cyber-attacks. Some have told Reporters Without Borders they fear that the Internet could be disconnected in the coming days.This morning, the Male police raided privately-owned Sangu TV’s headquarters and ordered the suspension all broadcasting. The police then confiscated all of the TV station’s computer hard disks in the course of a three-hour search. The authorities accuse Sangu TV of posting a video online more than two months ago that showed the Islamic State logo and three masked men uttering death threats against President Yameen. Sangu TV managing director Ibrahim Asward Waheed insists that his TV station had nothing to do with the video.Waheed had received a summons from the Maldives Broadcasting Corporation on 4 November in connection with content regarded as problematic. He did not respond to the summons.“We firmly condemn the police raid on Sangu TV’s headquarters,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk.“The wave of attempts to intimidate and deter the media from doing investigative reporting is indicative of a desire to blinker journalists and prevent them from providing their fellow citizens with proper coverage of the current tension. We will be on the lookout for any attempt by the Maldivian authorities to use the state of emergency as a pretext for imposing a media blackout.”Hussain Fiyaz Moosa, the chief operations officer of Raajje TV, and two of the opposition TV station’s reporters, Mohamed Wisam and Leevan Ali Naseer, were arrested on 2 November while covering the army’s defusing of a bomb left in a car near the presidential palace in Male, in what appears to have been a second attempted bomb attack on the president. They were accused of “obstructing” the police, who requested their detention for 15 days on the grounds that they “posed a danger to society.” But a court ordered their release they next day. Raajje TV has reported that they were badly beaten while held.The Maldives Independent news website said the police also roughed up a reporter and a photographer who were trying to cover the operation to defuse the bomb.As soon as the state of emergency was declared, the Maldives Broadcasting Corporation warned privately-owned radio and TV stations that their licences would be withdrawn if they broadcast content “infringing on national security.”MBC president Mohamed Shakeeb called on the media to ensure that their reporting was factually accurate and did not encourage unrest. The broadcast media have been told they may refer to the reasons for the state emergency only after confirming them with the relevant authorities.Several news websites have reported interruptions in service. Haveeru and Sun Online were rendered inaccessible on the morning of 4 November as a result of DDoS attacks, in which servers are deliberately swamped by a flood of connection requests.Independent and opposition media have long been exposed to violence in Maldives, an Indian Ocean archipelago that is ranked 112th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index after falling 60 places since 2010. Organisation Help by sharing this information July 15, 2020 Find out more to go further September 12, 2018 Find out more News MaldivesAsia – Pacific MaldivesAsia – Pacific RSF_en News November 6, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Maldivian authorities urged not to gag media Receive email alerts RSF seeks press freedom pledges from Maldives presidential candidates April 23, 2018 Find out morelast_img read more

RSF’s advocacy in Berlin for turkish journalists

first_img News to go further TurkeyEurope – Central AsiaGermany ImprisonedRSF Prize News Between 11 and 13 April 2016, Reporters Without Borders Germany hosted Dilek Dündar, the wife of the Cumhuriyet editor-in-chief and herself a seasoned journalist, to raise public awareness and political support for the case of Can Dündar and Erdem Gül and for the growing repressions against journalists in Turkey more generally. RSF_en Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says News April 28, 2016 RSF’s advocacy in Berlin for turkish journalists Organisation Help by sharing this information June 7, 2021 Find out more June 8, 2021 Find out more Turkey ranks 149th out of 180 countries on the Reporters Without BordersPressFreedom Index. To find out more about the state of press freedomin Turkey please go to Without Borders’ most recent Turkey report is availablefor download here. News TurkeyEurope – Central AsiaGermany ImprisonedRSF Prize Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet’s editor-in-chief Can Dündar and the paper’s Ankara bureau chief ErdemGül are facing life sentencesbecause of their reporting. The prosecutors have charged them withespionage, revealing state secrets and supporting a terroristorganisation. At the end of May 2015, their newspaper published areport containing evidence that the Turkish secret service suppliedweapons to Islamists in Syria. Afterwards President Erdogan appearedon state television threatening that editor-in-chief Dündar wouldnot go unpunished but pay a high price for publishing the report( trial against Dündar and Gül began at the end of March and willresume on 6 May.During her visit to Berlin, Dilek Dündar and representatives of RSF Germanymet two close counsellors to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, namelychief spokesman Steffen Seibert and chief foreign-policy advisorChristoph Heusgen. Seibert expressly mentioned the case of Can Dündarand Erdem Gül in a press conference two days later, adding thatfreedom of expression was not negotiable and also had to be appliedin Turkey, where developments of the past few months gave cause forconcern (,from 25’47”). On the part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,human rights commissioner Bärbel Kofler had an exchange with Dündar.Other interlocutors included Bundestag (Germany’s federal parliament)vice president Claudia Roth as well as deputies of all parliamentarygroups, among them Jürgen Hardt (CDU/CSU) and Niels Annen (SPD), theforeign policy spokesmen of their respective parliamentary groups whoform the government coalition. Dündar also addressed a session ofthe opposition Left Party’s parliamentary group and had discussionswith the Left’s foreign policy working group as well as theCDU/CSU’s working group on human rights ( members of the German-Turkish Parliamentary Friendship Group. A public panel discussion about the current situation of freedom ofexpression in Turkey, held at centrally located Maxim Gorki Theater,drew more than 100 people. The chairman of the German Journalists’Association, one of the two main journalists’ unions in thecountry, met with Dilek and publicly underligned the association’ssupport for her husband and his colleague (ündar’s visit also drew considerable media interest, including interviewswith ZDF national public television’s nightly news program“heute-journal” ( breakfast TV show “ZDF-Morgenmagazin”(,tuerkei610.html),Deutschlandfunk national public radio (,renowned media magazine “Zapp” on NDR TV (,3Sat TV cultural channel ( well as WDR TV ( RBB TV regional public broadcasters (,Swiss public radio SRF and “Die Welt” national daily( RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan SIGN the onlinepetition for the proceedings against Can Dündar and Erdem Gül to bedismissed! Receive email alerts Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia June 4, 2021 Find out more “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF sayslast_img read more

Rossland’s Cain, Geisheimer add 2011 Cyswogn’Fun long course titles to trophy case Sunday in Nelson

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsIt was a Golden performance by a pair of Golden City athletes at the 2011 Cyswogn’ Fun Triathlon Sunday at Lakeside Park.Dallas Cain of Rossland, looking like a white knight in his white spandex suit, breezed over the Cyswogn’Fun course in a time of two hours, three minutes and four seconds to nip Chad Reid of Lethbridge for the men’s overall title.Cain gained some revenge on the Albertan after Reid defeated the Rosslander in 2010.“It was awesome . . . it’s a really good course,” Cain said minutes after crossing the finish line at the main entrance to Lakeside Park.Brad Kohlsmith of Calgary was third approximately 10 minutes behind Cain.Top Nelsonite was Matt Nuttal finishing fifth at 23:19:16. Former Nelsonite Greg Welwood, now living in Burnaby, was sixth at 2:21.16.Jamie Frederick and Daniel Wordsworth, both from the Heritage City, finished seventh and eighth, respectively.
Another former Nelsonite now living in Kelowna, Don Debienne, tops in the 50-59 category, was tenth.Meanwhile, Geisheimer had a great day on the Nelson course cruising to the women’s title in a time of 2:16.07.The Golden City triathlete finished more than eight minutes in front of Kelowna’s Kari Bailey. “I’m really happy,” Geisheimer told The Nelson Daily after the race.“This is the third year I’ve done this race and this year they changed the course and actually they changed it in my favour because I’m a swimmer and they made the course 1500 meters so that was good for me.”Jeannette Elmore of Kelowna was third behind Geisheimer at 2:28.30 followed in fourth by Megan Molnar of Golden and Robin Watt-Sutherland of Salmon Arm in fifth at 2:35.37.Top Nelsonite female was Angie Ford in seventh at 2:39.16.Cyswogn’Fun organizers actually made two changes to the 2011 race.The first was extending the swim stage to 1500 meters from previous years.It’s obvious this change played right into Geisheimer’s hand.“I was surprised to be second person out of the water,” Geisheimer explained after running up the Lakeside beach from chilly Kootenay Lake just over a minute behind Reid.“Usually there’s three of four men around here that can swim ahead of me but I’ve been doing a lot of open water swimming this year so I think that helped.”The second change made by organizers extended the ride along the North Shore Highway 3A to Kokanee Park. In previous years racers cycled to Six Mile and back twice to get in the race distance.This change, dropping the distance to 39 kilometers was music to Cain’s ears.“It was really fun,” said the 30-ish triathlete. “It was a way better bike this year . . . just flat out and back. No coming back through the loops so that made it a lot better.”Cain, sixth out of the water, burned up the North Shore road to finish first overall in the cycle.The Ironman veteran continued to set the pace on the run finishing with the best time to capture his third Cyswogn’Fun title in five attempts.“(My wife and I) had a baby this year so I’ve put training on the back shelf and train when I can,” said Cain, itching to get back onto the course at the Subaru Ironman Canada in Penticton later this month.“But I’ve feeling really good. I won Sylvain Lake and finished second at Osoyoos.”“Maybe less training is the answer,” he added.The total distance for Nelson Cyswogn’Fun is 1500 meter swim, 39 kilometer cycle and 10 km run across the Big Orange Bridge along Johnstone Road and back.“I really like the bike because we only had to cross traffic once,” said Geisheimer, cooking with the men most of the race. “And organizers did a fantastic job of stopping vehicles. So I was really happy with my ride considering I’ve been training 90 per cent mountain bike and only 10 per cent road.”After jumping off the bike Geisheimer did not look out of place on the grueling run.“The run is always hard but I’ve done this race before so I kind of know what to expect and that’s definitely helpful,” said Geisheimer, who won the women’s long course race in 2007 and 2010.While Cain is off to the Penticton Ironman, Geisheimer is turning her focus to off-road triathlons. Next up for the Rosslander is an off-road race in two weeks in Canmore, Alta.NOTES: Organizers were quick to respond to a pair of swimmers in trouble during the first stage of the long course Sunday morning. A female swimmer was pulled from the 13 C waters of Kootenay Lake complaining of hypothermia and taken to Kootenay Lake Hospital. . . . Organizers said entries were down, some saying by at least 100, from past years. The reason is economics. . . . Mother Nature cooperated with great weather for the race. It was great news for the organizing team after last year’s less than great weather. The only concern heading into the race was the chilly waters of Kootenay Lake which was colder than normal due to the late [email protected]last_img read more

Charlize Theron honoured at Davos

first_img23 January 2013South African-born and raised actress Charlize Theron was one of three “exceptional cultural leaders” to be given special awards at the opening of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland on Tuesday.This year’s gathering of global political and business leaders has drawn more than 2 500 participants from over 100 countries, including nearly 50 heads of state or government, 1 500 business leaders, and representatives from civil society, media, academia and the arts.After WEF founder and executive chairman Klaus Schwab opened proceedings on Tuesday, Hilde Schwab presented the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship’s Crystal Award 2013 to Theron, US artist Vik Muniz and Pakistani documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy.The award celebrates “artists who not only excel in their art but also help to improve the world”.South African singer and humanitarian Yvonne Chaka Chaka received the same award in 2012.Theron, founder of the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, told the gathering that she aimed to use the spotlight she attracted as an entertainer to draw attention to one of the world’s greatest problems, the HIV epidemic in South Africa in particular and sub-Saharan Africa in general.South Africa has the largest HIV-positive population in the world, while sub-Saharan Africa is home to three-quarters of the world’s HIV-positive youth.Theron said South Africa had made considerable progress in tackling the pandemic, with the eradication of mother-to-child HIV transmission in particular being an “incredible stride”, but said much work remained to be done to ensure that young people had “the resources, skills and life-saving information to lead an HIV-free life”.Documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy told delegates that film had the power to change lives. A recent documentary of hers had an impact on legislation in Pakistan, causing acid attacks to be treated as terrorism and punished with prison terms.“My mission as a filmmaker is not only to expose all the things that are happening around the world, but also to become a voice for those who cannot tell their own message,” Chinoy said.Artist Vik Muniz said that he was working to “use art as an element of inclusion” and towards making art “a right, not a privilege”. To achieve these goals, he was taking art out of exclusive exhibition spaces. One such project, his work with Brazilian garbage pickers, became an award-winning documentary film, Waste Land.The WEF is an independent international organisation that seeks to improve the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. This year’s meeting runs until 27 January under the theme “Resilient Dynamism”.A high-profile South African delegation, led by Jacob Zuma, is attending the meeting. The country is taking part in various forums, and on Wednesday will host a high-level thought leader session under the theme “Africa’s dynamism”.Here, key South Africans and their international counterparts will make a case for more foreign direct investment into Africa, highlighting the fact that the continent is a leading investment destination for good returns and sustainable socio-economic growth.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

SA condemns terror attack in Kenya

first_img23 September 2013 The South African government has condemned the terrorist attack on a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya in which at least 68 people, including a South African, were killed and around 200 people injured. President Zuma, on behalf of the government and people of South Africa, on Sunday expressed his shock and dismay at Saturday’s attack. Zuma expressed his sympathy and deepest condolences to the family of the South African, as well as to the government and people of Kenya and especially the families of the many deceased, and wished the wounded survivors a speedy recovery. “South Africa continues to support Kenya’s and the international community’s efforts aimed at peacekeeping, stability, democracy and nation-building in Somalia,” Zuma said in a statement. “Terrorism in any form and from whichever quarter cannot be condoned, and South Africa stands firmly with the international community in condemning all terrorism, and this act in particular. We wish the Kenyan government every success in rapidly resolving this issue with as little further loss of life as possible.” The South African High Commission in Nairobi is closely monitoring the situation in close liaison with the Kenyan authorities. Consular assistance is being provided to the next of kin of the deceased South African. Meanwhile, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary in charge of Internal Security, Joseph Ole Lenku, told journalists in Nairobi on Sunday that the security operation to free hostages who were still trapped inside the Westgate mall would continue. “Regrettably, the human loss in the attack also went up overnight,” Lenku told journalists on Sunday. “We have established the location of the criminals. It’s a delicate balance and we want to evacuate the hostages safely.” He said the police had managed to evacuate more than 1 000 people from the mall overnight, but that a number of others still remained. “The operation is in a very delicate stage. Our paramount responsibility is to ensure that our people still held in the mall come out alive.” Fierce gunfire was heard from the mall on Sunday as the hostage standoff in Nairobi entered its second day amid heavy security around the building. Militants from Somalia have claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was retaliation for Kenya’s military intervention in Somalia. An Al-Shabaab spokesman said in an audio message, “Either leave our country or live with constant attacks.” According to the latest reports, the slain foreign victims include Canadians, French nationals, Chinese, South African and Ghanaian people. The Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) entered Somalia two years ago to pursue the militants, who often crossed the border to stage attacks. Lenku said the authorities believed there were 10 to 15 attackers still in the building. “We are grateful for all offers of support from individuals and friendly countries we have received. But by and large, this remains a national security operation,” Lenku said. Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga condemned the terrorist attack as an act of cowardice and assured the country that its security forces were up to task. “We will not be intimidated. The act was intended to cow the people of Kenya, but the Kenyan spirit is strong,” Odinga told journalists in Nairobi on Sunday. He appealed to the international community not to issue travel advisories against Kenya, but work with the government to ensure return to normalcy. “This is not the time for grandstanding. This is not the time for partisan politics. It is a time to unite the country. This is a tragic moment in Kenya. It has been 15 years since the last terrorist attack that claimed 250 lives,” Odinga said. Source: read more

First Ohio bear trapped and collared

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest An adult male black bear was radio collared recently in Vinton County by the ODOW, the first black bear radio collared in Ohio, and the first step for biologists to determine details of black bear demography, density, distribution, and rate of population growth in Ohio.Because of its age and size, biologists believe this bear to be a resident bear. Vinton County has long been a hot spot for bear activity and was believed to have a resident bear population. The GPS collar deployed on this bear will provide two locations per day for up to five years. The data will allow biologists to analyze the bear’s movement, home range size and habitat use. In addition, if it is indeed a resident bear, a female bear will be present within the home range. This will allow biologists to concentrate their efforts to trap and radio-collar a female, so biologists can document reproduction and population growth.Follow this link for more information: read more

FIFA Lifts Ban on 2026 World Cup Voters Publicly Backing Bid

first_imgLONDON (AP) — FIFA has lifted a ban on voters publicly endorsing a 2026 World Cup bid.Soccer’s governing body last month ordered officials not to openly discuss the merits of either the joint Northern American bid, featuring the United States, Canada and Mexico, or the rival Morocco contender.It led to Confederation of African Football President Ahmad, who goes by just one name, expressing frustration at being restricted from backing his continent’s bid.But FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura informed members this week of an about-turn in a letter to member associations offering new guidance on the bid rules of conduct.In the letter seen by The Associated Press, Samoura now writes that “all public statements by football officials in support of one bidder are admissible provided that they meet the underlying principles of ethical behavior.”The entire FIFA Congress, which features 211 soccer nations, is due to vote in June on the 2026 host.—By ROB HARRIS , AP Global Soccer WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Dayton topranked Michigan lie ahead for Ohio State softball

OSU softball players during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Ohio State softball team has another busy week ahead, beginning with a game against Dayton set for Wednesday at 6 p.m. After the Flyers, the Buckeyes are scheduled for three games against No. 1 Michigan from Friday to Sunday in what could be their toughest matchup of the season.The No. 24 Buckeyes (24-8-1, 9-1-1) have just under a month of regular-season play left before heading to the Big Ten tournament. Last weekend at Rutgers, OSU swept the Scarlet Knights in three games, continuing its five-game win streak.OSU coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said she is eager to head into the second half of the season with a team that is building momentum.“What a fun week for us,” she said of last week’s sweeps of Rutgers and Penn State. “So we’re not really working on anything specific this week.”Scouting DaytonThe Flyers (17-14-1) have won seven of their last eight games, including a 2-1 series win at George Mason last weekend. The team is ranked second in the Atlantic 10 Conference, in which it claimed the No. 1 spot in 2015 with a 39-14 overall record.At the plate, Dayton is led by junior Gabrielle Snyder, who is hitting .412 with 10 extra-base hits. The Flyers’ highest individual RBI total is 11, shared by freshman Lisa Tassi and junior Katie Ryan. Nine Buckeyes best this figure, as they have 215 RBIs to their opponents’ 118. Dayton’s roster has combined for 79 RBIs this season, while OSU redshirt junior Alex Bayne has 43 alone.The Flyers are boasting the Atlantic 10’s reigning pitcher of the week in sophomore Manda Cash. The left-hander pitched two shutouts last week, including a career-high 13 strikeouts in seven innings on Saturday. While Cash’s ERA is 1.51, Snyder’s falls at an impressive 1.29 with a 6-1 record.OSU junior Shelby Hursh continues to lead OSU’s pitching staff with 105 strikeouts and a 12-3 record. Hursh pitched her second career no-hitter in the team’s first game against Penn State on April 6.“I’d still like to cut down on my walks,” Hursh said, noting her 72 walks. “It’s still a testament to my defense though when I walk a lot of hitters and they still can’t put up any runs.”Fellow junior Lena Springer made her mark with a shutout against Rutgers last weekend, which brought her career ERA to 2.73.“It has been a very interesting season with the pitching staff. Each has found their moment to shine, and we have relied on them in so many different situations,” Schoenly said. “I’m hoping for them to continue to shut down batters.”Monitoring MichiganHeading into its rivalry matchup against the Buckeyes, Michigan (29-4, 7-2) has claimed the No. 1 spot in both the USA Today and ESPN polls. Despite this title, the Wolverines, who have had 38 consecutive winning seasons, are ranked third in the Big Ten standings behind Minnesota and OSU.In the conference, Michigan, Schoenly’s alma mater, leads in team batting, pitching and fielding percentages as it ventures into a midweek matchup against Michigan State.The Wolverines’ offense is the crown jewel of the Big Ten, boasting the top three conference hitters: senior Sierra Romero, junior Sierra Lawrence and sophomore Tera Blanco.Romero, who has earned two Big Ten Player of the Week honors so far this season, is hitting .500 with 55 RBIs, 12 home runs and a .989 slugging percentage.The senior infielder, a member of the 2015 United States Women’s National Team, was named Big Ten Player of the Year in 2013 and 2014, along with being a first-team All-American the past two seasons. She also holds program records for all-time runs scored, home runs, RBIs, slugging percentage, batting average and grand slams. She owns single-season records in runs scored, home runs, RBIs and batting average, too. Michigan is outhitting its opponents .364 to .204, with six players hitting above .350. The team has collected 261 RBIs, while holding its opponents to only 84.In the circle, the Wolverines rely on two pitchers, junior Megan Betsa and redshirt senior Sara Driesenga. The right-handed duo has struck out 218 batters and only given up 69 earned runs in 45 appearances.Driesenga, a two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection who missed most of last season with an injury, currently holds a perfect 14-0 record on the mound. Blanco, on the other hand, has pitched 25.1 innings with 22 strikeouts in 2016 but spends most of her time at first base.Swinging for the fencesEleven Buckeyes have hit home runs so far this season, led by Bayne with 17. Schoenly said that her hitters are feeling good and expressed her confidence in their continued success at the plate, especially Bayne.OSU junior Alex Bayne (2) is welcomed by her teammates at home plate after hitting a homerun during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo Editor“Bayne is within two home runs of the Ohio State home runs record, and there have been some unbelievable hitters in this program in the past,” Schoenly said. “I’m most proud of her for keeping a consistent approach at the plate.”Bayne was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday, making her the second OSU player after senior Erika Leonard to earn the honor this season. Over the last five games, she hit .579 with a slugging percentage of 1.368.Another player who Schoenly lauded was freshman Emily Clark, who has now taken on a full-time starting role at second base.“I think she really gained her confidence when she started playing every day. She definitely packs power in her swing,” Schoenly said.The second baseman hit .429 last week, and three of her four home runs on the year were recorded in the series against Rutgers. On the season, she has a .606 slugging percentage, which is third highest on the team behind Bayne and senior catcher Cammi Prantl.“(Clark) had those kind of numbers this fall and we had high expectations for her, so we are glad she’s more comfortable,” Schoenly said. “I think it comes down to her being aggressive at the plate.”Coming upAfter the Wolverines, OSU is scheduled to face another nonconference opponent when it heads to Ohio University for a doubleheader on Tuesday, with an expected first pitch at 4 p.m. After the Bobcats, the Buckeyes are set to continue their Big Ten schedule with a home series with Purdue from April 22 to 24.“This time of the year is a grind, and we’re feeling confident right now,” Schoenly said. “We want to ride that wave.” read more

Mens Basketball Ohio States future secured with NCAA Tournament bid

Head coach Chris Holtmann talks to the Buckeyes during a timeout in the second half of the game against Michigan State at the Big Ten tournament on Mar. 14 in Chicago. Ohio State lost 77-70. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorAfter Ohio State’s loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten tournament semifinal, head coach Chris Holtmann was confident that his team’s body of work was representative of an NCAA Tournament team. He felt the same the day after, telling Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith he felt the Buckeyes were locked in as an 11 seed, maybe even a 10. Then Sunday rolled around. “As each hour passed today and I studied the numbers, I studied myself into absolute paranoia,” Holtmann said. “I just had to stop. Thank God we had practice.” For the first time in his coaching career, Holtmann experienced what leading a bubble team was really like. And on Sunday, sequestered in a room together as a team, experiencing the pressure of the unknown as a group, the unknown became known. Ohio State was an NCAA Tournament team. “All season long, we have been leaning on each other just throughout the struggles,” senior guard C.J. Jackson said. “Obviously this year has had its ups and downs and just to see our name pop up there is a bit of a sigh of relief.” For redshirt senior guard Keyshawn Woods, Ohio State’s name popping up as an 11 seed set to play Iowa State in Tulsa, Oklahoma was validation that he made the right decision to join Holtmann for his final season. This was what came to mind for the second-year head coach when Ohio State’s future became secure, watching Woods achieve what he has wanted for his collegiate career. “Keyshawn, the reason he came here was to play in the NCAA Tournament,” Holtmann said. “It wasn’t me. He basically came here and said, ‘Hey, I’m putting my faith in you that I can get there.’” Woods echoed that sentiment, saying the NCAA Tournament was always on his mind when selecting a school to spend his last season. “It’s the whole reason why I chose to become a Buckeye,” Woods said. “The belief I had in the guys, C.J., coach Holtmann, the staff, it’s a great feeling, especially to see our name pop up there.” But Holtmann said, at the beginning of the season, what Woods strived for was no guarantee. He said the Buckeyes had to establish a new identity from the very start of the season. Even with that, playing well, finding the right players to mold into his scheme and game plan, Holtmann said a Tournament bid was not exactly expected. “I thought we would have to play well. I did,” Holtmann said. “I thought it was if we played well, I thought it would be very close.” Now that Ohio State has made the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row — Holtmann’s fifth-straight season dating back to his head coaching tenure at Butler — the approach is not one of appreciating the bid. Simply put, the Buckeyes want to show up. “I don’t think that was just our goal: just to make the Tournament. We are not here just to play one game in the Tournament,” Jackson said. “We are here to actually win some games and make a run. Not winning anymore games up to this point is not our approach and not what we are thinking.” Ohio State will begin that run against Iowa State, a team that had just won the Big 12 Championship Saturday against Kansas and had defeated six ranked opponents this season. Holtmann thought the Cyclones might be the No. 1 team of all the six seeds, saying they could have easily been a five seed. No matter Ohio State’s performance against the Cyclones in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Jackson will end his season in the big dance, in March Madness: where he wanted it to end. And as for the future, Jackson said that is not unknown. “I just think that that shows that Ohio State is back and it doesn’t look like it’s slowing down anytime soon.” read more

Danny Welbeck Insists Boredom Will Not Be An Issue During The

first_imgWelbeck is renowned for his past injury problems, which has made him no stranger to lengthy spells on the sidelines, but he claims they have made him mentally stronger.The England striker did enough to make Southgate’s final squad after a late run in the side for Arsenal towards the end of last season and scored for the three lions in their final warm-up game against Costa Rica last week.Welbeck spoke to Press Association sport about his injury-plagued last few years in the game: “For me, nothing like that seems to bother me,”“I’ve had surgery and then not been allowed to put weight on my leg for two months, so I’ve been stuck in a room and that sort of stuff.”“I don’t get bored now. I’ve been through that, I don’t get bored.”The Arsenal man missed out on Euro 2016 and his time at the Emirates since has been consistently disrupted by fitness issues, but he is adamant that his drive to succeed has been undiminished, continuing “At the end of the day, you’ve still got that hunger and desire to get back out on the pitch and that’s what will drive you on.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Gareth Southgate will hope he can rediscover his best form whenever he is required in Russia, as one of Englands striking quartet alongside Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Marcus Rashford. England’s top scorers heading to Russia:Danny Welbeck – 16 Harry Kane – 13 Jamie Vardy – 7 Ashley Young – 7— bet365 (@bet365) June 7, 2018last_img read more