The Latest EU still waiting for Brexit proposals from UK

LONDON — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):9:05 a.m.The European Union says it is still waiting for useful proposals to come from Britain to unblock stalled negotiations on Britain’s departure terms from the bloc.EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said Thursday that he is “still ready to work on any new legal and operational proposal” from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, but indicated insufficient progress had been achieved in the past few weeks.Barnier said “we are still waiting,” underscoring the view that four papers over the past days fell far short to get real negotiations going again.The EU already had a deal with the UK on departure terms but it was rejected in the British parliament. Johnson now wants to drastically renegotiate the agreement or leave without a deal on Oct. 31.___9 a.m.British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing a backlash over his use of confrontational language in Parliament the day after suffering a broad defeat in the Supreme Court.Johnson characterized an opposition bill mandating a Brexit extension as a “surrender bill,” and brushed off concerns that his language might endanger legislators as “humbug.”Some in Parliament warned that his language was inflammatory and should be more cautious given the 2016 killing of legislator Jo Cox.Cabinet minister Nicky Morgan tweeted that “we all need to remind ourselves of the effect of everything we say on those watching us.”Johnson was criticized by members of several parties and by Cox’s widower.Tempers have been inflamed in Parliament as the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline gets closer. Sessions will resume Thursday.The Associated Press read more

Softball Kerry Coombs served as inspiration before Ohio States win over Michigan

OSU cornerbacks and special teams coach Kerry Coombs talks to the media on March 30 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Complex. Credit: OSU cornerbacks and special teams coach Kerry Coombs talks to the media on March 30 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Complex. Credit: Nicholas McWilliams | Sports EditorOhio State softball coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly wanted her team to be extra motivated ahead of last weekend’s matchup with archrival Michigan. So she called in some help from the football team, asking cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs to speak to her team.Coombs visited the team on Friday afternoon and delivered a fiery motivational speech that energized the team immediately, Kovach Schoenly said.“I’m so grateful to him because our girls hear the same thing over and over from me, so to hear it from someone who understands the tradition, somebody who’s all about it … they literally were ready to run through walls,” Kovach Schoenly saidCoombs’ message was simple: Winners win, losers lose. He spoke about persevering and not giving up until the battle is won. The players took the speech to heart, leaving the room even more energized for the big series than they were before, sophomore outfielder Bri Betschel said.“When we walked out of that room we were like ‘can we just play right now?’” Betschel said. The Buckeyes thanked Coombs for taking time out of his day the best way they could — by beating Michigan.OSU fell in the first two games of the weekend series but bounced back on Sunday, defeating the Wolverines 5-0 thanks to a 10-strikeout, complete-game shutout from junior pitcher Shelby McCombs and two home runs which came against Michigan’s Megan Betsa, one of the nation’s top pitchers.The win snapped OSU’s 21-game losing streak to Michigan, which dated back to April 28, 2010. “To be able to pull off a win against that team,” Betschel said, “It’s just indescribable.”It wasn’t just a win for the softball team, but the entire Buckeye community, Kovach Schoenly said. She was especially thankful to Coombs for visiting, and happy to share the win with him.“It was really fun to have him and embrace the whole Ohio State athletic community,” Kovach Schoenly said. “He was just our biggest fan.”With a 23-9 record, the Buckeyes are off to their best start since the 2009 season. read more