Opposing teams might be afraid of Ohio State’s combo of Jantel Lavender and Samantha Prahalis, but it is actually the other players on the team they should be cowering from. Lavender has been a mainstay at center for OSU for nearly three seasons. The addition of the sophomore guard Prahalis, who threw a coming-out party at Michigan State last Sunday, has made OSU a mountain too tall to climb for most opponents.“[Lavender’s] sophomore year, I don’t think she played with someone with the ball-handling ability of Sammy [Prahalis],” head coach Jim Foster said. “Those two run the pick and roll like two savvy NBA veterans.”Tonight’s opponent, Illinois, has already witnessed this power first-hand.Although Lavender and Prahalis combined for 45 of OSU’s 76 points at Illinois on Dec. 28 and 52 of 65 at MSU, that is not the story of the whole season. In fact, the reason for their success lies in the hands of a few other role players on the team.“[An important thing is] playing your role on the team. My role has changed since high school,” freshman guard Tayler Hill said. “It’s a team effort when you get to college.”OSU’s main threat is the 3-point field goal, not the inside game of Lavender. OSU ranks eighth in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage mostly because of two players, senior forward Sarah Schulze and junior guard Brittany Johnson.Both starters are deadly from behind the arc. Schulze is 31 of 67 (46.3 percent) on the year and Johnson is 36 of 71 (50.7 percent).Their presence on the floor forces opponents to play man-to-man defense, which gives Lavender the ability to dominate in the paint and Prahalis her chance to drive the lane.“A team may initially double team, but because you can kick it out and [the other players on the floor are] knocking down shots it just makes me a better player because I get that one-on-one post opportunity,” said Lavender. She had 31 points against Illinois on Dec. 28.The third role player is also a familiar name to Big Ten fans, guard Shavelle Little, the reigning two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.When Little comes off the bench, she changes the game instantly with her ability to steal the ball and shut down opposing players. The defensive specialist leads the Buckeyes in steals with 31 on the season, eight of which came against Illinois in their last meeting.The last piece of the puzzle is no less important than the other three. Senior center Andrea Walker is having a phenomenal season off the bench.Walker is Lavender’s replacement when she is off the floor and her 6-foot-5-inch partner in crime when both are on the floor, allowing them to steal control of the paint from any player. They have already handled tough opponents this year. Illinois’ leading scorer, center Jenna Smith, was held to only 11 points against Lavender and Walker and MSU center Allyssa Dehaan was limited to only four rebounds, despite her 6-foot-9-inch frame.“We prefer to play basketball and some teams like to wrestle, but the fact of the matter is we can pull up our sleeves and wrestle,” coach Foster said.Even though Walker only plays an average of 13 minutes per game, she is still tied for the team lead in blocks with Lavender at 20, and she averages 4.4 rebounds per game, the same rate at which Lavender rebounds.These four players along with the rest of the team make the dominance of Lavender and Prahalis possible by spreading the floor, creating turnovers, changing the pace of the game and allowing them to rest on the bench without losing control of the game.“I think everybody is starting to really understand their roles and how you can help this team by playing in that role,” Lavender said. “Players are more accepting of the role they are playing in and it makes for a better team.”OSU defeated Illinois 76-47 on the Illini’s home court in Champaign, Ill. last December. The perfect team chemistry of the Buckeyes was too much for Illinois once already this season and the Buckeyes are hoping to make that twice Thursday night.
Ohio State rushed the ball 32 times against Indiana on Saturday. First-string running back Brandon Saine had no carries. “I think the way it worked out, I was more of a receiver today,” Saine said. Saine was second on the team in receptions and receiving yards and recorded a touchdown through the air. “We definitely switched that up this week,” fullback Zach Boren said. “I think we changed it because Brandon is great out in space. That’s what he is best at, and (Dan) ‘Boom’ (Herron) is best back in the ‘I’” formation. Herron has established himself as the team’s featured running back. He led OSU in carries for the third consecutive game Saturday. Saine lining up at receiver also allowed reserve Jordan Hall to see playing time early. “I was in in the first quarter,” Hall said. “The (coaches) just said, ‘be ready.’” It was the first time this season that Hall saw playing time while the game was still in doubt. Saine’s struggles on the ground might have been a contributing factor. Saine had rushed for just 80 yards and no touchdowns in the three games before Indiana. Giving him less carries and more receptions was a way to get him more involved in the offense. “We said going into the game we were going to try to figure out more ways to get him the ball,” coach Jim Tressel said. Players agreed that the team was playing to Saine’s strength. “He’s really dynamic,” center Mike Brewster said. “It’s hard for guys to cover him when he is running routes. No linebackers are going to keep up with him.” Saine agreed. “I think that it’s a great way to get mismatches with linebackers and safeties,” he said. Those mismatches have resulted in four receiving touchdowns for the running back this season, twice his number of scores on the ground. The team has confidence in Saine regardless of his role. “Brandon is such a good athlete; he can play receiver, running back, anything,” offensive linemen Justin Boren said. “He is going to make plays.” The team won’t be surprised if the roles of the running backs continue to change as the season goes forward, Hall said. No matter how the repetitions are divided up in the backfield, Saine is happy to be contributing. “Whatever I’m doing, it’s to help the team, and that’s what matters,” he said. “I’m just excited to be able to get out there and run around with this jersey on.”
Werder Bremen have announced that their young midfielder Idrissa Toure has completed his season-long loan move to Juventus with the option of making the move permanent next yearThe 20-year-old was only signed by the Bundesliga outfit last summer after spells in the reserve team with both RB Leipzig and, more recently, FC Schalke 04.The only senior-level appearance Toure has to his name came in a brief cameo for Leipzig in the second division in Germany during the 2015/16 season.Now Toure will take his talents over to Juventus’ reserve team in Serie C, where he hopes to make a lasting impression on the Italian giants so that they will take up their option to sign him permanently next season.“Idrissa should train regularly with the first team and get minutes for the second team. It’s a very good opportunity for him to develop at the highest level,” Werder sporting director Frank Baumann told the club website.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Toure made 35 appearances for Bremen in the third division last season and managed to score two goals.Idrissa #Toure has signed for Italian champions @juventusfcen on loan with an option to buy.We wish you all the best in Turin, Idrissa! ?? #werder pic.twitter.com/cgBOBBatGg— SV Werder Bremen EN (@werderbremen_en) August 3, 2018
The driver of the pickup attempted to swerve left to avoid a collision, but the motorcycle also swerved left, and struck the front passenger side of the truck. The motorcyclist was ejected off the bike and landed off the road, sustaining serious, life-threatening injuries, to which they succumbed at the scene. Original Story: The Alaska State Troopers responded to a fatal motor vehicle collision in Sterling, around 5:00 p.m., last night. The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet. Troopers have not released the name of the motorcyclist while next of kin is being notified.
Governor Walker will also sign HB 235 today, creating the North Star Medal, which Alaskan Governors can award to first responders who die or are seriously injured in the line of duty while protecting their fellow Alaskans. Governor Bill Walker:“The tragic events of September 11, 2001 are seared into our collective memory. I hope Alaskans will join me today in observing a moment of silence to reflect on the souls taken from us that day, and the first responders who put themselves in danger to run to the aid of others. September 11 is a time for us to renew our commitment to our American values of freedom, service, and courage.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享In honor of the 2,996 people who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, all Alaska state flags have been ordered to be flown at half-staff, today. The law also includes a measure to establish June 27 each year as Post Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day. It encourages Alaskans to reach out to friends and family who struggle with PTSD. Earlier this year, the Alaska State Legislature passed Senator Kevin Meyer’s SB 152, establishing September 11 each year as Patriot Day. Governor Walker will sign SB 152 into law today at Anchorage Fire Department Station #1 at 100 East 4th Avenue at 4:00 p.m.
Kolkata: All the technical institutions and engineering colleges in the country will have to get accreditation in the next four years, said Prof Anil Dattatraya Sahasrabudhe, Chairman of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) said.He was speaking on the sideline of “National Conference on Indian Higher Education: Quality Assurance, Accreditation and Ranking” organised by Education Promotion Society for India (EPSI) in a city hotel on Sunday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAICTE is the statutory body and a national-level council for technical education, under the Ministry of Human Resource Development.Prof Sahasrabudhe said accreditation has been made mandatory for the institutions. “We have given four years’ time to the colleges who are yet to get their accreditation. Many of the institutions are not yet prepared. Hence, the whole process of getting the accreditation will be completed in phases,” the AICTE chairman told the reporters. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHe also added: “Currently, around 15 percent of the institutions have got accreditation, while another 50 percent of the colleges must complete the process within the next two years. Hundred percent accreditation will be done within the next four years. The institutions will not get any extra facilities and funds will not also be provided to them if they do not complete the process of getting accreditation.”Prof Sahasrabudhe laid great emphasis on the quality of teaching and research. If the teachers are motivated and well trained, the quality of education will increase in leaps and bounds, the Chairman maintained. He also mentioned that four teachers training academies will be set up in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Kerala and Guwahati where teachers from various engineering colleges will be imparted training.The whole training would be divided into eight different modules. The programme will begin from the next year.Under Marga Darshan scheme introduced by the Center, various well performing institutions would be given funds to support otherneighbouring institutions helping them to enhance their infrastructure and other aspects.Current expenditure on higher education is 1.2 percent of the total GDP.
Wondering what to wear at this New Year’s Eve party? Go for lace pieces that will accentuate your features, says an expert.Sujit Kumar Mohanty, Brand Head, Intrika – premium lace apparel brand, suggests what to choose for the celebration: * Ditch the classic black and white lace this season and opt for a brighter pop of colour with shades like fuchsia, red and yellow. For those who are not ready to go bold, a calmer navy blue or bottle green works best. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf* It’s time for jumpsuits to take a back seat. Matching sets are the new in thing this season. The matching set in white lace is a crowd favourite. You can wear them as pants and skirts with tops for formal occasions or shorts for a casual brunch.* Deep intense colours are not just for your nails or lips. Lace dresses in colours like oxblood, forest green and navy blue are ruling the party scene. Channel your inner diva, and don a lace gown. * A beautifully draped lace sari is not just the perfect go-to for some glam and chic look, but also the lightest fabric ensuring that you can dance your night away.