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first_imgPortland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, left, guards Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45). APSALT LAKE CITY — Faith became the keyword in Quin Snyder’s postgame press conference. The Utah Jazz coach talked about his faith in rookie Donovan Mitchell, his faith in Ricky Rubio and his faith in his team.Mitchell scored a career-high 28 points and the Jazz beat the Portland Trail Blazers 112-103 in overtime Wednesday (Thursday Manila time).ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lillard put the Blazers on his shoulders in the fourth quarter, but was kept in relative check in overtime. The two-time All Star finished with 33 points, and Jusuf Nurkic had a season-high 19 points.The Blazers cleared out for Lillard on the final possession of regulation, but Gobert blocked his floater as time expired.“When you have a six-point lead, or whatever we had, with two or three minutes to go,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said, “you’ve got to make the plays to hold the lead and come out with a win. We didn’t do that.”TIP-INSBlazers: Portland entered the game ranked No. 6 in the league allowing 98.3 points per game. Stotts said that’s been the focus this season and their effectiveness has been more mental that schematic. … Portland shot a season-low 26.5 percent from 3-point range.Jazz: Rodney Hood was 0 for 11 two days after scoring a season-high 25 points. He was benched down the stretch. … Thabo Sefelosha scored a season-high 15 points. … The Jazz reserves outscored their Blazers counterparts 54-20. … Gobert finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots.BUDDING FRIENDSHIPLillard and Mitchell have become friends in the last year and text regularly. Lillard said he liked Mitchell’s game at Louisville and noticed that he wore Lillard’s Adidas signature shoe. He texted Mitchell congratulations after the draft and had hoped the rookie would slide to Portland in the draft. The two went head-to-head on numerous occasions throughout the night.“Love going head to head with a guy who loves to compete,” Mitchell said. “It was kind of crazy how all that came out. … You learn from stuff like that in big moments. It felt like he was coasting all game and I looked at the score and he had 33.”NO JOE Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges LATEST STORIES ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gamescenter_img No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments The game was tight throughout, with 17 lead changes and 14 ties — and neither team ever leading by double-digits.“The game wasn’t real fluid for either team offensively early on,” Snyder said. “We hung in there and didn’t get discouraged. As the game progressed, were much more aggressive.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“You have faith in someone when they’re not playing well. That’s what we have to have in this team.”The Jazz ran their offense through Mitchell in overtime and he didn’t disappoint. The No. 12 overall pick accounted for the first six Utah points with a 3-pointer, a pair of free throws and Rudy Gobert’s two free throws that Mitchell set up with a pass to the cutting big man. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “I didn’t think it would happen this fast,” Mitchell said. “It was definitely surreal. Plays ran for me, just a matter of hitting the shots.”Rubio, who finished with a season-high 30 points, buried a 3-pointer from the top of the arc with 30.9 seconds left in overtime to give the Jazz a seven-point lead and put the game away.The two Utah guards were fantastic down the stretch after the Jazz struggled on the offensive end.“Each thing has to be better and a little bit sharper,” Blazers guard Damian Lillard said. “We can take pressure off each other by screening a little bit better, throwing better passes on time and on target.“I think part of it is our execution. We’ve got to get to our spots, we’ve got to scrape for each other, we’ve got to sprint and make hard cuts and just be strong with the ball.”ADVERTISEMENT Nuggets rout Raptors with big 3rd quarter blast Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Jazz forward Joe Johnson is out at least two weeks with right wrist instability. Jonas Jerebko, who had only played four minutes in the first seven games, checked in early in the first quarter and will see more time in the rotation.“Jonas is going to play, we need him to play,” Snyder said. “As the game goes on, we’ve had to feel (out) the game. There isn’t clarity. It’s not hockey. We don’t just sub rote. … The game is going to dictate minutes for our team for the majority of the guys.”last_img read more

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first_imgMicromax has just launched its Unite 3 at a price of Rs 6,999 in India. The device had already gone up for sale via an online retailer previously this month. The device will come with a bundled data offer of 500MB for two months from Vodafone. The device is the successor to the previously launched Unite and Unite 2 smartphones. The smartphone sports a 4.7-inch WVGA IPS display and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processor. The Android 5.0 Lollipop out-of-the-box based smartphone also has 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, expandable via microSD card upto 32GB and a 2000mAh battery. Other features include an 8MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flash, 2MP front camera with fixed focus. Connectivity options include 3G, GPRS/EDGE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Micro-USB and Bluetooth. It will also come with pre loaded apps such as Facebook, Ask ME, Chaatz, Clean Master, Facebook Messenger, Newshunt, Paytm, Quikr, Snapdeal to name a few. The smartphones also has multiple language support and has support for 10 Indian languages.last_img read more

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first_imgJammu and Kashmir Ex-service League today observedJammu and Kashmir Ex-service League today observed martyrdom day of Brig Rajinder Singh as large number of citizens including Army personnel and ex-servicemen from the region joined to pay homage to him.His daughters, Urvashi Pathania and Usha Parmar, were also present on the occasion.Brig Rajinder Singh hailed from a small village Bagoona (now re-named as Rajindera Pura) of district Samba, 30-km east of Jammu. After studying in his village school and at Jammu he graduated from the Prince of Wales College (now Gandhi Memorial Science College) in 1921.He was commissioned in the J&K State Force in June 1921. He became Brigadier in May 1942, commanded Jammu Brigade, Kashmir Brigade and took over as Chief of Staff J&K state Force from Maj Gen H L Scot on September 24, 1947.He died fighting Tribal raiders at Buniyar in Uri in bid to stop their advance into Kashmir valley from Pakistan. PTI AB KISlast_img read more

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first_imgCricketers from North India are often looked upon as a hot-headed but passionate bunch who have loads of talent and skill but don’t shy away from an argument or two on the field. When Virat Kohli made his debut in 2008 he did not do anything different to change that perception.Delhi ka munda Kohli was no different from fellow state teammate Gautam Gambhir, who became famous for two things – his batting and his short temper for nonsense from the opposition. Just like Gambhir, Kohli would also lose his cool at the drop of a hat and as a result, had his fare share of heated arguments with players from the opposition during a match. Losing match fees, getting reprimands from the match referee became a common thing.Gambhir and Kohli even had an altercation between themselves during an IPL match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders. While Gambhir is no longer a regular in the Indian team, Kohli has been given the mantle of captaincy in the longest format and the change in him is drastic.Eight years into his international career and Kohli has become one of the most sought after cricketers, is a role model for youngsters and the whole nation prays for him to score big whenever he comes out to bat. Kohli has taken due note of this and lived up to the expectations so far by scoring loads of runs. As Test captain, he has overseen series wins for India over Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies and New Zealand. In the ongoing series against England, India have an unassailable lead after three of five Tests.advertisementHis image, especially since he took over the Test captaincy two years ago, has changed to a responsible young leader who plays hard, still gives it back to opposition whenever provoked but respects the opposition immensely. India’s recent victory in the Mohali Test gave us the best example of how Kohli has evolved as a cricketer.England had taken the lead over India in the second innings and were in the process of setting a target but they had just 3 wickets in their kitty. Young Haseeb Hameed was holding fort from one end and was the only batsman in that lineup who was fighting it out for his team and was putting a price on his wicket. The 19-year-old negotiated tough spells from Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Jayant Yadav and batted with poise and authority to reach a half-century, his second of the series. England got bundled out for 236 with a lead of 103 as Hameed remained not out on 59. The right-hander was batting with a broken little finger on his left hand and even took a few blows on it but he didn’t get bogged down by it and marched on.Inspiring generation next. Young @HaseebHameed97 is all ears to #TeamIndia captain @imVkohli pic.twitter.com/x1ZFgahwZm BCCI (@BCCI) November 29, 2016Kohli was so impressed with what he saw from Hameed that during the innings break when the Indian team was walking off the field high-fiving each other for a splendid performance, it was only captain Kohli who went up to Hameed and  patted the youngster on his back and congratulated him for a brilliant knock. Soon after the match ended, Kohli was seen spending some time with Hameed and even went on to say that he sees a future star in the English batsman.Even his celebrations have changed over the last couple of years. Earlier when Kohli reached a milestone everybody would expect a few expletives or cuss words and he didn’t disappoint. His passion for the game and hunger for scoring runs came out in his anger. All that is a thing of the past. A more mature and experienced Kohli now just raises his bat, acknowledges the crowd and looks up to seek blessings from the almighty and then gets on with the game like nothing happened.(Reuters Photo)At 28, Kohli is inspiring a whole new generation of teenage cricketers with his cricketing prowess and run-scoring feats. Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur recently compared “young gun” Babar Azam to Kohli saying the 22-year-old reminded him of the India skipper at the same age.”He (Azam) is a young gun who will be an exceptional player. I’ll go so far as to say, at the same age, I reckon he’s as good as Virat Kohli, which I know that’s high praise but he’s right up there,” Arthur told Perth’s 6PR radio.Kohli’s stature has grown, so much so, that he’s being seen as a benchmark for youngsters. Aspiring cricketers want to bat like him, his opponents want to get him out as quickly as possible and coach’s around the world want their pupils follow his example. Kohli is right now on top of the world.advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgBudapest’s withdrawal from bidding for the 2024 summer Olympics, a process already marred by a string of exits, highlights the need for changes to the Games model, insiders say.The Olympic Games were once the most hotly contested sports commodity in the world, but in recent years the IOC have seen the bidding process turn into a carousel of early exits, with cities scared off by costs, size or local opposition. (Also read: Hungary to withdraw Budapest’s 2024 Olympic bid)Hungary pulled out on Wednesday, citing a lack of political and national unity, leaving Los Angeles and Paris in a two-horse race ahead of the IOC vote in September.”The IOC must become more courageous in defending its product and the Olympic values,” said Stratos Safioleas, a long-time Olympic consultant who has worked on several bids and host cities, including Rome’s short-lived 2024 campaign. (Also read: Olympics 2024: Green Paris bid pledges to slash carbon emissions)”There has to be a serious discussion to make it clear that organising the Games has transformative powers for the cities. The IOC also needs to tell those bidding that there are benefits when doing so even if they are not chosen.”So far four cities, including Boston, Hamburg and Rome, have dropped out despite a string of changes agreed back in 2014 to make the Olympics more attractive. (Also read: Italy withdraws bid to stage 2024 Olympics in Rome)MASS EXODUSAgenda 2020, a set of 40 IOC reforms aimed at reducing the cost, size and complexity of the Games to attract a new batch of medium-sized potential hosts, has seemingly failed to halt the exodus.advertisement”We need to take a long look at what we need to improve,” IOC member Adam Pengilly, a former Olympic skeleton athlete, told Reuters. “Agenda 2020 has moved things forward and it needs to continue.”It is obviously disappointing that Budapest pulled out. Hungary has a great Olympic history and it is disappointing that they decided not to remain in the competition.”More than 200,000 Hungarians signed a petition against a possible Budapest Games that was supposed to be a new model of Olympics in mid-sized cities.Since Agenda 2020 was introduced, the two bid campaigns have both resulted in just two cities slugging it out, after eight would-be hosts dropped out of the 2022 and 2024 races.Oslo, Stockholm, Krakow and Lviv withdrew from the 2022 winter Games.In addition, Munich and St Moritz had fledgling bid proposals shot down by local referendum defeats.Most of the cities that have dropped out of the last two campaigns have been from Europe, the Lausanne-based IOC’s home turf.”Obviously there is an issue there with European nations putting their hat in the ring and then pulling out,” Pengilly said. “A lot of thought needs to go into how we address it.”The IOC have said they are looking at changes to the bid process to avoid having “too many losers”.”We have to take into consideration that the procedure as it is now produces too many losers,” IOC President Thomas Bach said in December. “It is not the purpose of an Olympic candidate city procedure to produce losers.”After the latest Olympic snub those changes seem imperative, with increased calls for the IOC in September to make a double award of the 2024 and 2028 Games to Los Angeles and Paris or vice versa.Supporters of such a move say it would provide stability over a longer period of time and eliminate any “losers”.But it would also automatically exclude any other cities which might consider bidding for 2028, with Qatar’s Doha and a Russian city already seen as likely candidates.Awarding the Games 11 years in advance also implies increased financial and political uncertainty.last_img read more

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first_imgWith defeat against Manchester City striking a blow to their top-four ambitions, Arsenal return to action with a trip to Huddersfield Town on Saturday.Unai Emery’s side saw themselves shunted down to sixth with their loss against the champions, as Manchester United leapfrogged them in the table.They will hope to keep pace with the Red Devils and fourth-placed Chelsea at the John Smith’s stadium, and will be confident of the win against a Terriers side who look doomed at the foot of the table. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Jan Siewert is yet to pick up a win since succeeding David Wagner in the top job at Huddersfield, but can the hosts spring a shock and further dent the Gunners’ top-four hopes? Game Huddersfield vs Arsenal Date Saturday, February 9 Time 3:00pm GMT/10:00am ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be broadcast on Telemundo Deportes and streamed at NBC Sports Live. US TV channel Online stream Telemundo Deportes NBC Sports Live In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be broadcast as it takes place during the blackout period. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position Huddersfield players Goalkeepers Lossl, Hamer, Schofield Defenders Smith, Lowe, Zanka, Schindler, Stankovic, Kongolo, Hadergjonaj, Durm, Jorgensen, Brown Midfielders Hogg, Billing, Sabiri, Pritchard, Bacuna, Puncheon, Mooy Forwards Kachunga, Depoitre, Quaner, Mounie, Diakhaby, Grant Jonathan Hogg and Erik Durm return to the fold, with the latter having missed the previous three games.Danny Williams remains a long-term absentee while Isaac Mbenza has been ruled out for five to six weeks with a calf problem.Huddersfield starting XI: Hamer, Smith, Kongolo, Jorgensen, Schindler, Bacuna, Diakhaby, Hogg, Mooy, Puncheon, Kachunga.Subs: Coleman, Billing, Grant, Depoitre, Pritchard, Stankovic, Durm. Position Arsenal players Goalkeepers Cech, Leno, Martinez Defenders Koscielny, Lichtsteiner, Jenkinson, Kolasinac, Medley, Pleguezuelo, Mustafi Midfielders Elneny, Ramsey, Torreira, Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Willock Forwards Ozil, Iwobi, Saka, Lacazette, Aubameyang, Nketiah, Suarez, Mkhitaryan Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck remain long-term absentees for Unai Emery, with Sokratis Papastathopoulos also out due to an ankle injury.Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are available as they have recovered from issues, while Denis Suarez is on the bench again.There were question marks over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has been ill in the week, and he is not fit enough to play any part.Arsenal starting XI: Leno, Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Kolasinac, Guendouzi, Torreira, Mkhitaryan, Iwobi, Lacazette.Subs: Cech, Elneny, Lichtsteiner, Suarez, Mavropanos, Nketiah, Willock.Betting & Match Odds Arsenal are favourites at 3/5 with bet365. A draw is priced at 17/5, while a Huddersfield victory can be backed at 19/4.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Mesut Ozil Arsenal 25012019Arsenal’s hopes of securing a top-four finish and Champions League football next season are under threat as the Gunners head to Huddersfield Town knowing anything but a win could see them fall further behind.Winning the Europa League would be an alternative route into Europe’s premier club competition for next season, but Unai Emery will undoubtedly still have aspirations of finishing above Manchester United and Chelsea.The north Londoners went down to Manchester City last time out and, in defeat, opened the door for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s resurgent United to leapfrog them into fifth.Fourth-placed Chelsea are currently three points ahead of the Gunners and any dropped points by the three in the top-four frame would be damaging, with the likes of Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool surely too far ahead to catch.”The mentality is the same,” Emery stated. “Our players have the mentality. good things with some players. We have players with good possibilities.”Emery will be keen to ensure his side resist the temptation of considering the game against bottom-of-the-league Huddersfield as something of a formality.Despite their poor position, 13 points away from safety, new manager Jan Siewert has called for his side to keep battling on.Speaking to Sky Sports on whether relegation was an inevitability, the Town boss said: “I don’t agree at all. As long as it’s mathematically possible, so there’s everything possible in football.”I said it right from the beginning, I still believe in it so I’m working for this. I think the way we’re working gives me belief. Simple as that.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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first_img3. Fave other freelancersConnect with friends or people you admire by using the “fave” button. Freelancers Union is more than just 250,000 individual freelancers. It’s a movement. And now that movement is now more connected than ever.Our new and improved member profiles help you connect with other freelancers and build your own national network with just a few clicks.Start connecting today by building your profile.Use the searchable profile network to find freelancers who live nearby or share your interests. “Fave” fellow freelancers that you like. You can find people to work with – or just talk to.Now we can actually see our movement by putting names and faces to our growing network of over 250,000 independents.To see what a great profile looks like, check out the profiles of Amber James and Katie Lane.Start with your profile – then go out and explore the movement.P.S. I’ve got a profile too._________________________________________________________1. Fill out your Freelancers Union profileShare all that you are: your love for travel, your crafting hobby, and your latest project.2. Invite your networkShare the movement with your friends and clients. Invite other freelancers to join. We’re only as strong as our network!last_img read more

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first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer wearing an Ohio State windbreaker.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 28: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches warm ups before the start of their game against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Urban Meyer is under fire Wednesday afternoon after former ESPN reporter Brett McMurphy dropped a bombshell report that suggests that the Ohio State head coach lied about his knowledge of 2015 domestic violence allegations against wide receivers coach Zach Smith.McMurphy posted text messages between Courtney Smith and Shelley Meyer, in which Shelley Meyer says she’s going to inform her husband of the alleged abuse. Smith says Shelley Meyer never followed up to tell her whether she’d done that.Stadium, which will employ McMurphy in the near future, released an exclusive on-air interview with Smith. In the interview, she was asked whether she believes Meyer should keep his job in the aftermath.It was a complicated answer.Question from @KristenBalboni in @WatchStadium interview: “With Shelley Meyer being aware of everything that was going on and saying that she was going to have to tell Urban, do you think that he knows about all of this?”Courtney Smith: “I believe he does.”— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) August 1, 2018Q: “Do you believe Urban Meyer should remain the head football coach at Ohio State?”Courtney Smith: “That’s a tough question. When somebody is crying out for help, I believe the coach, along with the coach’s wife, have a duty. They have a duty to do something to help.”— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) August 1, 2018Courtney Smith: “I know Shelley did everything she could. I know she did. I firmly believe that at least. I can say she was very supportive and she never made me feel uncomfortable, she never made me feel like I was a threat to her or them by telling her these things. Never.”— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) August 1, 2018Thus far, neither the Meyer family nor Ohio State has issued a statement on the matter.Many are starting to wonder whether Meyer will survive the scandal. If he knew about the alleged abuse back in 2009, heard it was allegedly happening again in 2015 and continued to employ Smith, he’s going to be crushed by the media.We’ll keep you updated.last_img read more

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first_imgPaul Finebaum explains why Clemson will lose.ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum has unveiled his “upset alert” pick for the eleventh week of the 2018 regular season.The ESPN college football analyst has placed the No. 11 team in the country on “upset alert” heading into this afternoon’s game.Kentucky, the No. 11 team in the country, is set to take on Tennessee.Finebaum thinks it could be a tough contest.“Kentucky, for those of you who like to go back in history, hasn’t won in Neyland Stadium (Tennessee) since 1984,” Finebaum said. “While they have the better team and they’ve had the better season, Tennessee has proven it can do some timings. It’s going to be a tough game for Tennessee to win, but I think Kentucky may still be hung over after that beatdown last week in Lexington.”Kentucky is a sizable favorite heading into this afternoon’s contest.The Wildcats and the Volunteers are set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. E.T.The game will be on SEC Network.last_img read more

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first_imgDespite the recent snowfall and blistering winds, summer is on its way. If you’re already fantasizing about hanging up your faithful bobble hat and trading it in for a sweet pair of sunnies, look no further than our pick of this season’s finest from some of our favorite brands.1. RB2140 Ray-BanIf you’re looking to make a style statement, this fresh take on the classic Wayfarer is a super cool option for the summer. Featuring a wood-grain outer print and a unique surf patchwork print on the inner, these Ray-bans were made to be worn with a white tee and your best pair of deck shoes.2. Paris Cream Tortoise Shell Sunglasses by PrismSuper-cool Brit label Prism never fail to deliver, with trend-friendly styles that will still look fresh next summer, and the summer after. Offering 100% UV protection and a unique cream tortoise shell design, these specs will look good with every t-shirt and shorts combo you can dream up.3. Lunettes Homme by RETROSUPERFUTURE X A.P.C.If you’re looking for something a little different, these frames offer a hint of a hexagonal shape, which proves surprisingly flattering on most face shapes. Our favorite design from the RETROSUPERFUTURE X A.P.C. collaboration, the classical black frames and smoky lenses will work with your entire summer wardrobe.4. Limited Edition Kazu Kokubo Signature Series Frogskins by OakleysIf your style is more sporty than sartorial, Oakley’s latest ‘froggies’ are the frames for you. Inspired by prolific snowboarder Kazuhiro Kazu, this lightweight design features unique bronze lenses for increased visual contrast and vision in medium-bright sun, and a classical brown tortoise design, with a simple graphical splice on the interior; perfect from slope to street.5. 6008 by CarreraWe love the double-centre strip design of these Carreras. Offering stylish circular lenses in a graduated brown, and a lightweight metal and tortoiseshell design, these frames will look great teamed with your favorite white shirt and Chinos. Tattoo Ideas for Men (For When You Have No Idea) A Beginner’s Guide to Road Biking The Best Father and Son Matching Outfits Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Men Editors’ Recommendations 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather last_img read more

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first_imgStory Highlights More than 650 Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) members and applicants have undergone polygraph testing since 2017. “The best way to win trust and support from citizens is to demonstrate intolerance of unprofessionalism and that’s what we set out to do by adopting a zero-tolerance approach for anything that runs contrary to effective policing,” he pointed out.A polygraph, popularly referred to as a lie detector test, is a device or procedure that measures and records several physiological indicators such as blood pressure, pulse, respiration, and skin conductivity while a person answers a series of questions.The idea was that these physiological responses can indicate whether a person is lying or telling the truth.Sub-officer in charge of Quality, Audit and Assurance, Sergeant Adrian Wellington, said the polygraph test is used as one of the JCF’s background investigative tools.“The polygraph officers are trained in 50 areas so we are basically investigators as well. We are trained in different interviewing skills and interrogation techniques including statement analysis (written and oral), and cognitive interviewing so when a person says certain things, we recognise certain traits that may not be of the character that we desire in the Force,” he outlined.He added that through the polygraph test “we are able to weed out all of the bad apples both internally and externally and its use is already impactful as persons have been speaking about the Polygraph Unit and recognise the effect of the Unit on our investigations.” Assistant Commissioner of Police Dr. Kevin Blake, who is in charge of the Planning, Research and Development Branch, told the JIS News that the tests are part of measures to improve professional standards as well as enhance the JCF’s public image.center_img The tests, conducted by the Polygraph Unit, fall under the Effective Policing Pillar of the Ministry of National Security’s Five-Pillar Crime Reduction Strategy, and is aimed at enhancing the police force as the foundation of a lawful and well-ordered society. More than 650 Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) members and applicants have undergone polygraph testing since 2017.The tests, conducted by the Polygraph Unit, fall under the Effective Policing Pillar of the Ministry of National Security’s Five-Pillar Crime Reduction Strategy, and is aimed at enhancing the police force as the foundation of a lawful and well-ordered society.Assistant Commissioner of Police Dr. Kevin Blake, who is in charge of the Planning, Research and Development Branch, told the JIS News that the tests are part of measures to improve professional standards as well as enhance the JCF’s public image.Assistant Commissioner of Police, Dr Kevin Blake.last_img read more

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first_imgIslamabad: Afghanistan’s Taliban leaders agreed they wanted a deal with the United States, but some were in more of a hurry than others. Taliban negotiators were at odds with their Council of Leaders, or shura, about whether to travel to Camp David even before President Donald Trump abruptly canceled the high-stakes meeting planned for last weekend . According to Taliban officials familiar with the discussions, the shura opposed the trip to Camp David and chastised the negotiators who were eager to attend. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe Taliban have been holding talks with the U.S. for over a year in the Qatari capital, Doha, where the militant Islamic movement maintains a political office under the banner of The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. Suhail Shaheen, a spokesman for the Doha office, told the Taliban Al-Emarah website on Tuesday that U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad had invited Taliban negotiators to Camp David in late August. The Taliban accepted, only to delay, demanding the deal be announced first by Qatar. They also wanted a signing ceremony witnessed by the foreign ministers of several countries, including Pakistan, Russia and China. The delay followed the shura’s rejection and admonishment of its negotiators. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThis wasn’t the first disagreement between the negotiators and the shura, according to Taliban sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of they were not authorized to discuss internal debates with reporters. Several months earlier, the shura opposed an offer by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the chief negotiator and co-founder of the Taliban, to give the Americans 14 months to withdraw their roughly 14,000 troops from Afghanistan. The shura let Baradar know it wasn’t on board with the timeline and that he could not make decisions independent of the shura.last_img read more

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first_img Facebook In 1997, the Black Cultural Centre of Nova Scotia and CBC co-produced a two-CD compilation titled Lord You Brought Me a Mighty Long Way: An African Nova Scotian Musical Journey. Younger generations now have a chance to hear rare, archival black Nova Scotian music, some of which originates from the transatlantic slave trade and still connects historic black settlements across the province.A remastered CD featuring music from the collection of folklorist Helen Creighton launched on Sunday. Titled Sankofa Songs, the word Sankofa is a West African word meaning to get back what was taken.“This material is very often just sitting in an archives or a museum and the whole idea is to go back in, bring those voices back out and reintroduce them to the people who might have lost them and not only to African Nova Scotians, but to everybody,” said Clary Croft, a Halifax folklorist and musician who has catalogued Creighton’s archival collection. Advertisement Advertisement Twittercenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Helen Creighton recorded Charles Owens and his family singing traditional songs in their home. (Helen Creighton Folklore Society)last_img read more

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first_imgMONTREAL – Bombardier Inc.’s rail division has received an order worth about US$444 million from France’s national railway company.The 32 double-deck trainsets — with a total of 256 cars — will be used on three inter-city lines connecting the Centre-Val de Loire region and Paris.Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) says deliveries will be made from 2020 through 2022.The order is part of a 2010 contract for Bombardier to supply up to 860 double-deck trains for French regions through SNCF Mobilites, the country’s national rail company.To date, 10 French regions have ordered a total of 373 Omneo or Regio 2N trains under the contract.last_img

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Rabat – Abdelilah Benkirane, Leader of the Justice and Development Party (PJD) and former Head of Government, said that his party is facing its most difficult situation ever and has urged the party to remember the reasons why it was established and its main tasks.During a PJD meeting held on July 1, Benkirane revealed that he had proposed the idea of leaving the party and quitting politics altogether, however, members of the PJD and of the wider Moroccan society expressed a strong desire that he stay in his position.The party leader continued that while current circumstances in both the PJD and Morocco had imposed silence on him, he was silent because of his own free will, noting: “speaking can be hard sometimes.” Benkirane added that the PJD party should find a way to get out of its current dilemma, saying that “the party should go back to its roots: who we are, what we want and what should be done.”He said that he is not thinking about the details, but instead about the fundamentals that could help his party to overcome this “most difficult test”.In June, Mohamed Khoiyi El Khamlichi, a PJD member of Parliament, posted an open letter to Benkirane on Facebook urging him to not retire from politics and to continue speaking on the country’s current issues.“[Benkirane] is a national leader who enjoys the respect of a large base of Moroccan citizens which led to hundreds of thousands of Moroccan voters to go to the polls in two key elections to endorse his reforms,” said El Khamlichi.Moroccan media reported earlier this week that notable PJD members, including Benkirane and Saadeddine El Othmani, the current Head of Government, had a heated debate during a meeting on June 29.The meeting was the first held by the party in two and half months, a period during which Benkirane has remained noticeably silent regarding developments following his dismissal by King Mohammed VI as appointed head of government in March, and his replacement by El Othmani.During the meeting, Benkirane reiterated his previous criticism of the government’s management of the Rif crisis, where a heavy security presence had been used to deal with protests. 93 protesters of Hirak [protest movement], are being prosecuted on serious charges of threatening the country’s security and territorial integrity by advocating for separatism.Back in early June, Benkirane criticized the government for accusing Rif protesters of separatism, calling it a “serious mistake.” The statement signaled a divergence inside the party that is leading the government.Since the death of fish vendor Mouhcine Fikri who was crushed to death in a garbage truck on October 28, the Rif region in northern Morocco has witnessed a wave of protests. read more

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The heads of two United Nations humanitarian agencies today issued an urgent appeal as food shortages hit nearly 800,000 refugees in Africa, threatening to worsen already unacceptable levels of acute malnutrition, stunting and anaemia, particularly in children.World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin and UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres appealed during a meeting in Geneva for $186 million to allow WFP to restore full rations and another $39 million to enable UNHCR to provide nutrition support to malnourished and vulnerable refugees in Africa.“The number of crises around the world is far outpacing the level of funding for humanitarian operations, and vulnerable refugees in critical operations are falling through the cracks,” said Mr. Guterres. “It is unacceptable in today’s world of plenty for refugees to face chronic hunger or that their children drop out of school to help families survive.” Across Africa, 2.4 million refugees in some 200 sites in 22 countries depend on regular food aid from WFP. Currently, a third of those refugees have seen reductions in their rations, with refugees in Chad facing cuts as high as 60 per cent, according to a joint news release issued by the two agencies. Supplies have been cut by at least 50 per cent for nearly 450,000 refugees in remote camps and other sites in the Central African Republic, Chad and South Sudan. Another 338,000 refugees in Liberia, Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Ghana, Mauritania and Uganda have seen their rations reduced by between five and 43 per cent.Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of World Food Programme (WFP) and António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees hold joint press conference on food shortages for refugees in Africa. Credit: UN WebTVIn addition, a series of unexpected, temporary ration reductions has affected camps in several countries since early 2013 and into 2014, including in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo and Cameroon. Some cuts were also due to insecurity that affected deliveries.“Many refugees in Africa depend on WFP food to stay alive and are now suffering because of a shortage of funding,” Ms. Cousin said. “So we are appealing to donor governments to help all refugees – half of whom are children – have enough food to be healthy and to build their own futures.”A joint UNHCR-WFP report issued in conjunction with today’s meeting says that refugees are among the world’s most vulnerable people and warns that reductions in their minimum rations can have a devastating impact on already weakened populations.Refugees hit by the food shortages are struggling to cope, posing a host of additional problems as they resort to what the report calls “negative coping strategies,” such as an increase in school dropouts as refugee children seek work to help provide food for their families; exploitation and abuse of women refugees who venture out of camps in search of work; and “survival sex” by women and girls trying to raise money to buy food. Improving livelihood opportunities and food security is paramount to break this vicious cycle of poverty, food insecurity, deterioration of nutritional status, increased risk of disease, and risky coping strategies, the report notes. The agencies are urging donor governments to fully fund the refugee food pipeline. They are also encouraging African governments to provide refugees with agricultural plots, grazing land, working rights and access to local markets to promote greater self-sufficiency among refugees. read more

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New Canadian R&D data gives Brock University a top-2 national ranking in its category when it comes to the number and growth of research publications over the past 15 years.According to Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities 2016 report, published annually by Research Infosource, Brock faculty produced 3,930 publications from 2000 to 2014, which is second-highest among of 14 universities listed in the report’s University Research Publications Growth 2000-2014 table.(Note: Although Brock has had graduate programming for more than a decade and offers nearly 50 master’s and doctoral degrees, the ranking agency places Brock and other comprehensive universities in its “undergraduate” category, which Research Infosource describes as “universities with mainly undergraduate programs”.)The average number of publications that the 14 universities produced over that 15-year period was 2,622, with a high of 5,219 and a low of 1,315.Similarly, Brock scored second place in the growth rate of publications. Brock increased its rate of publishing 243.8 per cent from 2000 to 2014.On average, the 14 universities listed increased their publishing at a rate of 170.5 per cent over the same period of time.Ron Freedman, CEO of Research Infosource Inc., says Brock has come a long way from its undergraduate focus at the beginning of the millennium.“Over a 15-year period, which is not a long time in academic terms, the University has grown substantially, both in the terms of the money that it is attracting for research, but most importantly on the output side: what it’s doing with the money in terms of academic publications.”“Particularly in an era where resources have been flat for the last few years, Brock has done a good job at turning available resources and money into academic outputs,” he says.Freedman notes that publications are one “standard method” of measuring an institution’s research focus.The report defines publications as including articles, notes and reviews published by researchers affiliated with Canadian universities or research hospitals in peer-reviewed scientific international journals, covering different fields of natural science, health science and social science and humanities.“I’m really pleased at our publication record; it demonstrates the outstanding work that our researchers and scholars at Brock are doing all across the board, in all areas of the University,” says Joffre Mercier, Brock’s vice-president research.“We’re giving Canada a lot of ‘bang for the buck,’” he says. “We’ve done a good job securing funding and we’re continuing to work in that area – we’re in for a very good year this year.”Research Infosource Inc., known as “Canada’s source of R&D intelligence,” tracks post-secondary institutions’ research performance in a wide variety of areas. read more

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The Ohio State softball team’s bats stayed hot Wednesday evening at Buckeye Field and helped the Buckeyes win both games of the doubleheader against Buffalo. The Buckeyes combined for 13 runs on 13 hits in the two-game set to beat the Bulls, 5-0, and 8-5. In game one, senior pitcher Mikayla Endicott shut down the Bulls offensively giving up just two hits and no runs in six innings on the mound. The top of the order did most of the damage for the Buckeyes as freshman outfielder Taylor Watkins, senior outfielder Vanessa Spears and senior shortstop Alicia Herron, combined for three hits and four RBIs. Herron attributes the consistent hitting to the team’s hard work so far this season. “I think midseason, things are starting to come together,” Herron said. “We get in here every single day and we try our hardest and I think when we do that things click.” Game two did not come as easily for the Buckeyes. After only registering two hits in the first game, the Bulls doubled that total in the first inning and jumped to an early 1-0 lead. Buffalo added another run in the third and was leading 2-0 until sophomore first baseman Evelyn Carrillo and freshman infielder Maddy McIntyre each homered with runners on base and two outs in the bottom of the third inning to put the Buckeyes up 5-2. The Buckeyes added one run in the fifth on a double steal and two in the sixth off a Herron double to left centerfield. The Bulls scored once in the fourth and threatened in the seventh by scoring two runs, but were ultimately denied when Endicott entered and struck out he final two batters to end the game. Coach Linda Kalafatis said that even when the team isn’t on top of their game, they’re still good enough to win on any given night. “Even when we’re not playing our best, we can come back and win,” Kalafatis said. Although she believes that her team is capable of doing it, she said that in upcoming games they have to be ready to play. “From here on out we have to give teams our best,” she said. OSU moves to 23-11 on the season and has won eight consecutive games heading into its weekend series against arch rival Michigan. Both teams are 5-1 in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes said they know what it means to play against Michigan and know what they will have to do to win. Watkins only needed one word to describe what it’s going to take to beat the Wolverines. “Heart, it’s gonna take a lot of heart to beat them,” Watkins said. Herron didn’t downplay the significance of the series. “They’re a tough team and it’s always a huge rivalry,” Herron said. “We look forward to it though, we love it.” The Buckeyes square off against Michigan in the first game of the series at Buckeye Field Friday at 5:30 p.m. read more

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Redshirt senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis poses for a picture with his mother, Tyronda Whitaker, at AT&T Stadium before Ohio State’s 42-20 win against Oregon in the national championship on Jan. 12, 2015.It’s never easy for a mom to see her kids leave and move off to college. That doesn’t change when your son heads to Ohio State to play football.For Jeny Borland, redshirt freshman linebacker Tuf Borland’s mother, her son moving off to college meant the end of their pregame meals at Jimmy John’s.Gwen Wade, freshman cornerback Shaun Wade’s mom, missed sneaking off to eat and shop with Shaun, who she described as a “mama’s boy.”For others, like Tyronda Whitaker, the mother of redshirt senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis, she missed just having her son around to talk to.As the mother of a college football player at an elite program, life can be easier or more difficult than that of a mom of an average student. But it’s always different.“Mommy, who has possession?”When Lewis was five or six years old, he asked his mother if he could play football. Her answer was simple: No. She was worried he would get hurt. Not until Lewis entered seventh grade did his mother allow him to play the contact sport.“He’s always been bigger than everyone else,” Whitaker said. “But the main reason was because he really wanted to. He showed a true interest in it and I’m one of those parents that whatever my kids are interested in, I try to support.”Whitaker didn’t understand football when Lewis began playing. A single mother of four boys, she relied on her then-8-year-old son, Kenai, to teach her the sport.“He asked me, ‘Mommy who has possession?’ I’m like, ‘Possession of what?’ He’s like, ‘Mommy, who has possession of the football?’ Then, I realized my football IQ was way too low,” Whitaker said.By the time Lewis was an upperclassman in high school, he had grown to be 6-foot-4. OSU and many other schools around the country came calling, recruiting the four-star defensive lineman from Tarboro, North Carolina. But his mother worried about her son attending a school like OSU that would require a 10-hour drive. Whitaker and Lewis each made top-10 lists. Hers was so detailed that she included the exact distance in miles from her driveway to the each school’s doorstep. It wasn’t until the duo visited OSU that she was convinced it was his best option. She said she literally couldn’t find anything wrong with it.Even still, when Lewis eventually enrolled at OSU in the spring semester of 2013, Whitaker was distraught. She missed her oldest son who she had become so used to having around the house.“I’m going to get the boys from daycare and when I walk in the house, the boys are home from daycare, the house is pretty much clean to a standard that all I’d ever have to do is go to the kitchen to make dinner, if he didn’t make dinner himself,” Whitaker said. “He plays such an intricate role in all of our lives.”She could no longer call him whenever she wanted. He was too busy with practice, tutoring, workouts, homework and meetings to be as available as she would have liked. It’s better now, as the two text often and talk on the phone once every few days. She said she needs the calls, even if they’re just two minutes.Whitaker understands the massive time commitment is necessary, but she has had to work to help Lewis’ three brothers understand why the family can’t see the 2016 Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year as much as the group would like. In the fall, Whitaker’s family travels to home games on Fridays, and is able to see Lewis for 10-30 minutes before he reports to the Blackwell Inn with the rest of his team. Then, on Saturdays, Whitaker can get dinner with her son if the game isn’t a night game. And on Sundays, they begin the long trek back to North Carolina in the morning.“We have to talk to ourselves and say, this is your son and he’s in a primetime position,” Whitaker said. “So we have to share him with the rest of the world and you just have to remember that no matter what, you love him and he loves you.”Without a father in the house, Lewis has acted as a role model, even a father figure at times, to his three brothers according to Whitaker. She said they look up to him. “It gives them someone to look up to, someone that they can strive to be like, and any time that they have a question about what it takes to get to that point in life or what that journey will entail, they can call him,” Whitaker said.She said she leads by example. She understands that children pattern the behavior of their parents, so she has tried to live her life in an upbeat, positive way. She worked to instill empathy in Lewis and his brothers.Even still, she understood, as a woman, that there were some things she couldn’t teach her sons. So, she assembled a team of men, including former coaches and family members, to serve as positive role models and mentors.“With me being a single mom, my thing was I never wanted them to feel the void of not having both parents in the house so, I’ve done whatever has needed to be done to make sure that they never felt that,” Whitaker said.Ohio State redshirt sophomore linebacker Justin Hilliard plays gold with his mother, Diane Hilliard. Courtesy: Diane Hilliard“I’m in a totally different zone – the Justin zone”Though his brother C.J. Hilliard left the state to play football for Iowa, redshirt sophomore linebacker Justin Hilliard never wanted to go far away for college. The Cincinnati native and former St. Xavier High School standout was a five-star prospect with offers from schools spanning the country.But despite Justin eventually deciding to stay in his home state to play college football, his mom, Diane Hilliard, wasn’t prepared for him to leave.“That’s my entire life for 18 years. So when C.J. left, that was OK because I still had Justin the whole year to myself. And when Justin left, I had no idea what to do,” Diane said. “It was really difficult. That empty nest was really difficult.”His first year away, she had to talk to him on the phone at least twice a day and FaceTime him three times every week. But Justin understood. He would make time for her, returning on the weekends to study, do laundry and watch their favorite show,” Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”. It wasn’t long into Justin’s career at OSU that he had to overcome his first bout of adversity. As a freshman, he tore his left meniscus during the season then tore his right lateral biceps tendon, forcing him to miss spring practice. A year later, as fall began, he inexplicably tore his left bicep.Unlike many people in his situation, he was prepared for it. Diane said she instilled perseverance in her kids when they began playing, knowing it would eventually pay off.“When they started playing football and ice hockey, I would be talking to them like that. And then when it finally happened – he had the surgery – I just came up like, you know, you’ll come back. It’s OK. It’s painful now, but it’s going to get better,” Diane said.She said she worked to find examples of people who dealt with similar injuries as Justin’s, such as NFL linebacker D’Qwell Jackson, and sent texts of their stories to the linebacker, hoping to inspire him. “One injury can’t end all of it,” Diane said. “(Justin and his brother have) seen stories where that happened and I just didn’t want them to ever feel consumed or (feel like) this is what I am, this is who I am.”One injury didn’t end it. Nor did his second or his third. On April 15, he suited up with with his teammates in the 2017 spring game and led both teams with seven tackles, earning praise from OSU coach Urban Meyer after the game. Diane was thrilled to see him back on the field. She even had a special name for how she watched the game.“If Justin’s on the field, I’m locked in on Justin. I’m in a totally different zone – the Justin zone. That’s where I am. I’m not really focused on anything else, I’m just focused on Justin,” Diane said.Jeny Borland hangs out with her son, redshirt freshman linebacker Tuf Borland. Credit: Jeny Borland“It’s something that we all love”Football comes naturally for Tuf Borland.“He’s always dreamed of playing in the Big Ten,” Jeny said. “He’s kind of unique. He’s one of those kids who was really serious. He was years ahead of his peers.”It makes sense. The sport is in his blood.His father, Kyle Borland, played football for Wisconsin. Jeny’s father and Kyle’s father each coached football teams. Jeny believes the game brings the Borland family closer together.“It’s something that we all love,” Jeny said. “All the way from when my husband was growing up to when I was growing up, it’s been a big part of our family.”Considering Kyle’s legacy playing for the Badgers and the school offering Tuf a scholarship, many recruiting analysts expected the linebacker to commit to Wisconsin. But Jeny said she and her husband made it a priority not to pressure their son to attend any particular school.When Tuf and his mom were in Columbus for a group visit during his junior year, former linebackers coach Luke Fickell, who is now the head coach at Cincinnati, pulled the Borlands aside and took them into his office, telling them he’d been trying to talk to him all day. It shocked Jeny.“We didn’t even know that Ohio State, like, knew of him because we’re down in Illinois,” she said. “Tuf didn’t go to any camps or anything.”Tuf committed to OSU before his senior year of high school began. His first year in Columbus, he redshirted.It was difficult for Tuf because he had previously never been forced to watch his team from the sidelines. But, Jeny said, early in the season, redshirt junior defensive end Sam Hubbard and a few other starters pulled Tuf aside and told him they understood the year was tough. But they also told him he had been doing a great job and to keep doing what he was doing.“It’s hard because you know what your son wants and you want it for him. But at the same time, it’s good because he going to have that extra year,” Jeny said. “I think it’s good for him mentally to not have everything come easy. For him to really have to work hard, I think that’s good for him as personal growth.”Though Tuf has yet to suit up in uniform for a game in the fall, he’s played in two spring games and took part in pregame festivities as a freshman, including Jeny’s favorite, the team’s walk from the Blackwell Inn to Ohio Stadium.“The fans, family and friends line the path for the players and Tuf will stop and give me a hug as he passes by,” Jeny said. Though she enjoyed attending games during his first year as a Buckeye, Tuf’s mother is eager to watch him suit up in scarlet and gray and play in the fall.“I just look forward to him being on the field so that his hard work that he’s been putting in since the day he decided he wanted to play in the Big Ten when he was 8, all that work that he’s put forth comes to maturity and he’s able to really get out there and compete and show people what he has to be successful,” Jeny said.Redshirt sophomore defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton poses for a picture with his mom, Sabrina Hamilton, prior to the season at media day in 2016.“The next logical step was football”Redshirt sophomore defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton’s career in sports didn’t begin on the football field. Instead, it began on the soccer pitch at the age of 5. But it lasted just one season.“He was bigger than all the other kids and he kind of bullied them. So, the next logical step was him playing football,” said Sabrina Hamilton, DaVon’s mother.As someone who isn’t interested in football when her sons aren’t playing, Sabrina said she had him play the sport because it was just something to do. Every year, until middle school, she asked him whether he wanted to play, as she never wanted to force her son to play a sport he didn’t want to.Over a decade after playing his first snap, DaVon starred on Pickerington Central’s defensive line as a senior. In the Tigers’ game against rival Pickerington North, Sabrina remembered she had to leave the stands and began pacing down below. While away, DaVon blocked a field goal.“I didn’t really see it. But, when I heard about it, I was really excited. I had to look it up on Hudl and watch it,” Sabrina said.That year, DaVon became a hot commodity in the world of recruiting. He committed to three schools – Ohio University, Pittsburgh and Kentucky – before flipping from the Wildcats to the Buckeyes less than two weeks before signing day in 2015. “It was like the fastest year of my life and probably his dad’s life too,” Sabrina said. “He started his senior year and it was like hitting the ground running and it didn’t let up until he graduated.”Two years and two months after DaVon committed to OSU, while on spring break vacation in Sandusky, Ohio, with their two other kids, Sabrina’s husband, Damian, received a call in late March from DaVon with bad news. DaVon needed surgery on a broken foot.“I was thinking, why would you wait until we were out of town and not even able to get there right away?” Sabrina joked. “Definitely, like I said, not the best moment. But he said he was OK, so we got there as soon as we can and it all worked out good.”She felt lucky that DaVon would be going through the healing process nearby, as the Hamilton family lives just a half-hour drive from campus. But moreso, she felt like she wouldn’t have to worry because she trusted the OSU coaching staff.“I feel like his coaches – Larry Johnson, Urban Meyer – have always made sure that we knew that DaVon was an important part of the team so I had no reason to even doubt that when he got hurt that they would do everything that they could to make sure that he got back to 100 percent,” Sabrina said.The doctors explained the break in his foot and called to let her know the surgery was a success and what to expect during the healing process, she said. Sabrina talked to her son on the phone three or four times per week to check in. He never complained.Since DaVon has been in college, Sabrina’s favorite moment was when DaVon recovered a fumble on the 1-yard line in last year’s game against Michigan. She didn’t miss that play.“I saw that one. I was right there, front and center for that one,” Sabrina said. “I haven’t had to leave the stadium. It’s a different experience since he’s in college.”Ohio State freshman cornerback poses with his mother, Gwen Wade, during his senior year of high school. Credit: Gwen Wade | Facebook“You never call me!”Gwen Wade, the mother of former five-star recruit and early-enrollee freshman cornerback Shaun Wade, remembers the first time she sat down and spoke with Meyer.“When I first went there to sit down talking to coach Meyer in his office, he was just himself. He was just straight up,” said Gwen, an Alabama native and Crimson Tide fan. “He told (Shaun) what he would do, what he won’t do. And I appreciated that.”Tired of she and her son wearing name tags during visits to colleges, Gwen enjoyed the personal touch she felt from OSU.“They know who we are. They even know about our other kids and stuff. So it was more past football,” Wade said. “We sat down and we talked a little about education, Shaun doing what he needed to do as far as getting a degree and everything.”Meyer isn’t the only coach who made an impact on Wade and her family during the recruiting process.Kerry Coombs, the cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator, visited the Wade family home to sit down, watch TV and chat. Gwen said her mom immediately fell in love with Coombs, who she said says some crazy things sometimes.“He expects for him to graduate no matter what, even if in three years he’s going to the draft, he still expects for him to walk and to get his degree to have on the wall back home,” Gwen said.Shaun committed to OSU on Jan. 12, 2015, the day of the Buckeyes’ 42-20 win over Oregon in the national championship.Since then, because the OSU coaching staff no longer must stay in constant contact as it did while recruiting the Jacksonville teenager, Gwen said she communicates with the coaches less frequently.One day during the spring, Shaun’s first semester on campus, Gwen got a call from a familiar person: Meyer.“He was like, ‘You never call me!’ And I was like, “You’re busy! It’s getting time for football time, it’s time for football time. I’m not leaving you alone,’” Wade said.Now, she sometimes texts Meyer, or he texts to ask how she’s doing. But she doesn’t want to bother him because, she said, she wants the team to get a ring.When asked about what she is looking forward to in the fall, her son’s first season as a Buckeye, her answer was simple.“The football.” read more

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