McDowell guards against complacency

first_imgGraeme McDowell warned his European team-mates to prepare for a final-day American onslaught as he guarded against complacency at the Ryder Cup. He said: “We put ourselves in a hole, one down playing the last, but Martin just really picked me up, and said, ‘Come on, we really deserve to get half a point out of this game’. “That made the task simple, really, playing the last. Everything else was forgotten, all the mistakes that we’d made prior to that. Suddenly there was a job to do on 18. It was nice to get something out of the day.” McIlroy, who also registered a foursomes point in tandem with Sergio Garcia, echoed the sentiments of McDowell. The world number one said: “We have a lot of momentum on our side but, at the same time, we just need to cast our minds back to two years ago when we were in a similar position. There can’t be any complacency on our side. “It’s going to be a tough battle. We know the US team are going to come out strong and we need to focus and get the job done.” Lee Westwood, who is playing in his ninth Ryder Cup, also made another significant contribution as he and Jamie Donaldson beat Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar 2&1. That notched 41-year-old Westwood’s 23rd point in the competition, moving him above Seve Ballesteros into fourth on Europe’s all-time list behind Nick Faldo (25), Bernard Langer (24) and Colin Montgomerie (23.5). Westwood said: “To move above Seve Ballesteros in Ryder Cup points is something that I guess you just don’t ever imagine doing. He’s just such a legend and a Ryder Cup legend that I would never have dreamt of it. “I’ve always said the Ryder Cup is not about individual points totals and stuff like that, it’s about winning the cup for Europe and winning as many points as possible. “But if you perform well, and to be in with names like that, it’s obviously very satisfying.” Press Association The Northern Irishman, who will lead off for the Europeans in the first singles match against Jordan Spieth, said: “Complacency is a word that’s been the buzzword in our team room this week. “It’s something we’ve worked hard on to avoid and, believe us, we’ll be working hard on that tonight again. “We’re under no illusions, they’ll come out all guns blazing tomorrow morning, like they did this morning. We weathered the storm and managed to have a great day, but we’re expecting them to be fired up and we’ve just got to be ready for them.” Europe took such a commanding advantage after winning the Saturday foursomes session by 3.5 points to 0.5. It would have been 3-1 had Justin Rose and Martin Kaymer not birdied the last to halve their match against Spieth and Patrick Reed. “Say they (United States) win that match, they take something with them into the locker room,” said McDowell, who won his own foursomes match in tandem with Victor Dubuisson. “That’s what happened to us at Medinah two years ago when Rory (McIlroy) and Mr Ryder Cup (Ian Poulter) did their thing coming down the stretch, when Poults birdied the last five. It elevated the whole team. We took some momentum and some kind of belief into the locker room and it kind of filtered through all 12 players. “That’s why that putt for Justin was so huge, because it gave them nothing to take away this evening.” Rose struggled to replicate the outstanding putting form he displayed in the morning fourballs in the afternoon, but was pleased to deliver at the crunch moment. The Europeans head into the singles session at Glenegales as odds-on favourites to win the trophy after opening up a 10-6 lead. But McDowell, having been a member of the team that memorably overturned the same deficit at Medinah two years ago, is well aware of how the tables can quickly turn. last_img read more

West Side Activist Ben Forest Running for Red Bank Mayor

first_imgBy Jay Cook |RED BANK – Ben Forest has been a familiar face at Red Bank borough council meetings over the past two decades, usually found sitting in the first few rows. But after an announcement last week, Forest has his eyes set on another seat altogether.Forest, a West Side resident and activist, announced via his personal Facebook page last week that he is running in the Democratic municipal primary later this month for his party’s nomination in the Red Bank mayoral race.“I take no pleasure in announcing my candidacy against Mayor Pat Menna today,” Forest said in his video. “I’ve known him for probably 30 years as a town attorney, councilman and as a mayor. I think too many issues have gone unaddressed and unresolved in our town, and I think it’s time for a change.”Forest, a married father of two, has been a Red Bank resident since 1996 and lives on Locust Avenue on the West Side. He has been on the Red Bank Board of Education since 2005 and was elected as board president unanimously three times. He’s also been a board member with Clean Water Action since 1994.Forest said over the past few years he’s aired opposing views on two developments. The first was 55 West Front St., approved for development last year as the Element, a four-story, 35-unit residential complex on a vacant lot across from Riverside Gardens Park and now under construction. He was concerned with how the redevelopment process has played out.The other issue, Forest noted, was how the borough council has handled the White Street parking lot development and the ongoing conversation of whether or not a multistory parking garage should be built on the municipal-owned property.“It’s clear that the leadership in town needs to be reevaluated. There are just too many things not getting done.”Other platforms Forest supports are a thriving downtown, a data-driven solution to Red Bank’s parking issue, a safe and walkable community, updating Red Bank’s master plan and embracing Red Bank’s strong cultural roots.“I love the culture. I love that I can walk to a theater,” Forest said. “We want this to continue and we want to help.”After some jostling over the past few months, it seems the Democratic primary race for mayor has slimmed down to two candidates – Forest, and incumbent mayor Pasquale Menna, now nearing the end of his third term as mayor.“Ben has every right, and so does anyone else, to submit their nomination,” Menna said. “I look forward to it.”Menna told The Two River Times earlier this week he anticipates he will again seek reelection as mayor.“The council in Red Bank, with my leadership, are trying to grapple with a number of important issues that are still unfinished,” he said. “We’re trying to get some more accomplishments done.”In December, former Red Bank councilman Michael Dupont said he was considering a run for mayor, but has since changed his mind because of some business opportunities he wants to pursue, he said. Dupont, a Democrat, said Wednesday he is fully endorsing Menna for re-election.Dupont was ousted from Red Bank’s governing body in 2015 after losing to current Republican councilman Michael Whelan by only three votes.Forest said Red Bank Democrats will hold a municipal convention on Feb. 25 to pick between himself and Menna, so far the only two candidates in the ring. A candidate has until Feb. 16 to file a letter of intent, Forest said.The mayor’s seat in Red Bank comes with a four-year term and is selected through its own ballot question in November. Menna hasn’t faced a challenger for mayor since current Republican Monmouth County Freeholder John P. Curley ran against him in 2006. Menna won that race by a 106-vote margin. Former Red Bank Mayor Ed McKenna Jr. did not seek re-election in 2005 after 16 years as mayor.This article was first published in the Feb. 8-15, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

South Africa braces for digital TV switch-on

first_imgSouth Africa is changing its television signal to digital. Minister Roy Padayachie, left, announced that local TV will go digital by 2013. Dr. Setumo Mohapi, Sentech CEO, said 60% of South Africa will have access to the digital signal by late 2011. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Tiyani Rikhotso Spokesperson Department of Communications +27 12 427 8010 or +27 83 800 9936  RELATED ARTICLES • Broadcast hub ready for kick-off • BBC spends big bucks on SA studio • SA broadcasting goes digital • Digital television for SABongani NkosiSouth Africa’s final switch from analogue to digital terrestrial television (DTT) has been shifted to December 2013. The shift will enhance the quality of television broadcasts and open up opportunities for more free-to-air channels to enter the market.Sentech, the country’s signal distributor, will be responsible for switching the television broadcast signal over to digital by 2013. The new date was adopted following discussions in December 2010 by ICT ministers of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries. It was concluded during these talks that the region’s television transmissions should migrate to digital by that year.Roy Padayachie, minister of the Department of Communications, confirmed the government’s decision at a media briefing in Midrand, Johannesburg, on 14 January 2011. The switch-over was initially set for November 2011.Millions of viewers without subscription to satellite television currently have access to just four channels, but they will be able to view about 15 when the digital migration process is complete.“Viewers will also have crisper and clearer pictures coming to their television screens,” said Padayachie.The South African government has opted for DVB-T2 as the country’s DTT standard, while 11 other SADC countries have agreed to adopt DVB-T2.Brazil had previously approached the South African government to adopt the ISDB-T standard, but after investigations, South Africa was satisfied with DVB-T2.DVB-T2 is an improvement from DVB-T, which the country chose when it first revealed its Broadcasting Digital Migration policy.“DVB-T2 is approximately 50% more spectrum-efficient than DVB-T and ISDB-T,” said Padayachie. “Approximately eight to 10 channels can be accommodated in a DVB-T multiplex. Thus 12 to 15 channels could be accommodated in a single DVB-T2 multiplex.”Set top boxes for TVsBroadcast organisations and signal operators started DTT trials in October 2008. Sentech said it’s aiming at covering 60% of South Africa with the digital signal by 2011.The move will allow for high-definition (HD) television viewing, which produces a substantially higher image resolution. HD television sets are already available on the local market, and those who own them, will not be affected by the transition to the digital signal.But millions of poor South Africans still have the standard-definition television sets. Their transition to digital television will be simplified by set top boxes, which will make their sets compatible for HD viewing.The set top boxes will be costly, but Padayachie did not want to speculate the price. Experts have estimated that the cost will be in the region of R700 (US$100) or more.The government has made it clear that it will subsidise South Africans who cannot afford the original price.Stimulating manufacturing industryThe set top boxes will be manufactured in South Africa, which will stimulate the local manufacturing industry and create more jobs, the Communications Department noted.The local industry could also tap into a market of about 130-million people in the SADC region.Padayachie said SADC countries have expressed interest in having South Africa produce set top boxes for them. “They are really saying ‘well you have a manufacturing base. You can manufacture for us’,” he said.Having more free-to-air television stations will also be instrumental in creating job opportunities. “A major benefit will be in content development in the country. Just imagine what that would do for job opportunities,” said Communications Department acting director-general Dr Harold Wesso.“There will be a lot of opportunities for our youth to get involved in the technology,” Wesso added.A digital signal will also open up opportunities for more community television stations.last_img read more

Prime Minister Calls on Church to Preach Against Violence

first_img The Prime Minister said the church’s capacity for counselling and outreach must be used to aid those affected by abuse, as this represents a “practical way we can start to address the issue of violence… which has become a part of our social transaction”. Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has called on church leaders to preach against crime and violence, as it is undermining the family structure. Mr. Holness also challenged the church to speak out against family members committing sexual abuse against minors. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has called on church leaders to preach against crime and violence, as it is undermining the family structure.“Bring it to your pulpit. We cannot allow much of what is happening, particularly the abuse that is happening within families,” he said.The Prime Minister was speaking at the 13th annual National Gathering of Heal the Family, Heal the Nation, held at the National Arena in Kingston on January 3.Mr. Holness also challenged the church to speak out against family members committing sexual abuse against minors.He argued that much of these kinds of abuse result in the perpetuation of greater physical abuse such as beatings from parents, who are supposed to protect their children.“If you see something like that, it is not right. It cannot be accepted practice in our culture. We must expose it and preach against it. If you see someone suffering quietly, reach out to them,” he encouraged.The Prime Minister said the church’s capacity for counselling and outreach must be used to aid those affected by abuse, as this represents a “practical way we can start to address the issue of violence… which has become a part of our social transaction”.Meanwhile, Mr. Holness hailed the chief organisers of the event, Bishop Dr. Delford Davis, and his wife, Minister Dr. Petrova Davis, of the Power of Faith Ministries International, for staging it over the last 13 yearsFor her part, Custos of St. Andrew, Dr. Patricia Dunwell, also commended Dr. Davis “for his steadfastness of purpose” in conceptualising the event and his commitment to healing the families of the nation.Dr. Dunwell, who delivered an address on behalf of the Governor-General, indicated that strong families represent the foundation of a nation worthy of respect from its neighbours and people of the world.The event was held in partnership with the Jamaica Umbrella Group of Churches under the theme, ‘Jamaica is God’s Place, So is my House’. It brought together members of a number of denominations to pray for the nation, families and Jamaica’s leadership.Also in attendance were Cabinet Ministers and Head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Commissioner George Quallo.last_img read more

DavidsTea reports 10 million net loss in first results since boardroom showdown

first_imgMONTREAL – DavidsTea has reported a $10 million net loss in the first results since founder Herschel Segal took back control of the company’s board.The Montreal-based retailer said Thursday the results for the quarter that ended Aug. 4 works out to a loss of 39 cents per share, compared with a $5.6 million, or 22 cent per share, loss for the same quarter last year.Comparable sales were down 14.8 per cent after its product offering “did not resonate with customers,” it was less promotional, and it had less product available for its semi-annual sale, the company said.Segal, whose Rainy Day Investments owns 46 per cent of DavidsTea shares, clashed with other significant shareholders earlier this year on company leadership, board composition, and the direction of the company.His slate of directors won by 54 per cent in a vote at its June annual meeting, prompting CEO Joel Silver to resign after the results were announced and Segal said he would step into the role of interim CEO.Since June, the company has shuffled head office to put more senior leaders in marketing, buying and product development to help turn the company around, said Segal on an earnings call Thursday.“We have begun collaborative work to reverse the tide of recent negative quarterly results.”In August, the company said it would start selling its products in 450 Loblaws stores as it looks to push further into the tea bag market in addition to its traditional loose-leaf sales.Segal said a search for a replacement CEO is ongoing, as is a search for a replacement for its CFO Howard Tafler, who will leave at the end of the month.At the end of July, shareholders representing 12.8 per cent of the company, filed suit in Quebec Superior Court against Segal and Rainy Day Investments, seeking to have him removed as executive chairman of the board and a new slate of directors be elected.last_img read more

Over 200 tips received in the search for Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam

first_imgSEARCH TIMELINEOn Tuesday, July 23, 2019, the RCMP named McLeod and Schmegelsky as suspects in the double homicide of Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese.  Their bodies were found 20km south of Liard River Hot Springs along the Alaska Highway on July 15, 2019.Then on July 19, the RCMP say they found a truck that had been driven by McLeod and Schmegelsky south of Dease Lake.  The vehicle had been burnt, and the body of Leonard Dyck was found at a nearby highway pullout.Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky were charged on Wednesday with one count of 2nd-degree murder for the death of Leonard Dyck.As a result of the charges, Canada-wide warrants have been issued for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky. RCMP investigators across the country continue to share information with other law enforcement agencies as the suspects remain at large.Until Tuesday, McLeod and Schmegelsky were considered missing.  During the Tuesday press conference, the RCMP announced the two are now suspects in the three deaths in Northern B.C.The pair were seen in northern Saskatchewan on Sunday, July 21 and then in Gillam Manitoba on July 22. A new piece of surveillance video was also released on Friday.  This video was taken in Meadow Lake S.K. on July 21.HAVE THEY CHANGED THEIR APPEARANCE?On Friday Manitoba RCMP said the pair might have changed their appearance and someone could have inadvertently helped the suspects.The RCMP is reminding the public to stay vigilant and call 911 if they have any information by Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky.The search for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky near Gillam started on Monday after their vehicle was found on fire.  Since then the RCMP have increased their presence in the community with SWAT vehicles and check stops. The RCMP are still asking for tips from the public.  The RCMP say many tips are being shared on social media rather than with the RCMP, and that has caused substantial delays.  If you have any information to share, contact your local RCMP or call 911.The RCMP continues to remind the public that it’s possible the suspects inadvertently received assistance & no longer in the area.Canadians with tips about the suspects should immediately contact their local police. Multiple tips of sightings have been posted to social media & NOT directly reported to police. If the tips are valid, it could create a substantial delay in the response by police. #rcmpmb— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) July 28, 2019OTHER SIGHTINGS BEFORE GILLAMRCMP in Cold Lake confirmed another sighting of the suspects on July 21.  At 9:30 a.m., a north end resident of Cold Lake observed a vehicle stuck on a trail behind their residence. Two younger males were observed outside of a Toyota Rav-4. The resident assisted the pair in getting unstuck, and they continued on their way after a short, “unremarkable interaction.”Later that evening, the resident was on social media, where he identified the pair as Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam Mcleod.center_img GILLAM, M.B. – The RCMP has now received over 200 tips about Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod, but not one of the tips has lead them to search anywhere but Gillam Manitoba.On day seven of the search near Gillam, the RCMP have said there are still no new sightings of the pair.  “Officers are searching cottages, cabins, waterways, & along the rail line for any signs of the suspects. This search of remote areas is being conducted both on foot & in the air. The terrain is immense & varied w/lakes, ponds, muskeg etc.”No new sightings of suspects. Officers are searching cottages, cabins, waterways, & along the rail line for any signs of the suspects. This search of remote areas is being conducted both on foot & in the air. The terrain is immense & varied w/lakes, ponds, muskeg etc. #rcmpmb pic.twitter.com/9xp5eg8GnI— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) July 28, 2019last_img read more

DLF & Hines to jointly develop 2.9 million square feet in Ggn

first_imgGURUGRAM: DLF, India’s leading real estate company, today announced its second joint venture with HINES. DLF Home Developers Limited (“DHDL”), a wholly owned subsidiary of DLF Limited (“DLF”), and Green Horizon Trustee (an affiliate of “HINES”) have entered into a Joint Venture for developing a high-end commercial project in Gurugram. DHDL will hold 67% stake in the joint venture while 33% will be held by Hines. The total investment by the joint-venture partners in this project is about Rs.1900 crores in accordance with the independent valuation undertaken by a category-1 merchant banker. Hines will initially own 33 percent equity share of the Joint Venture with an option to increase its stake to up to 49 percent. Hines has invested approx. Rs 500 cr today in the first tranche. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal The project will be developed on 11.76 acres of land owned by the joint venture company. The land parcel is located across the highway to the existing business district of DLF CyberCity. Mr. Sriram Khattar, Managing Director DLF Rental Business said, “We are excited about the JV with Hines, this is our second JV with them. With our joint experience, we shall work together to develop world class buildings which will set new standards for commercial buildings in this part of the world”, Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”A significant feature of the relationship has been the implementation of international best practices in the industry in Indian conditions which has been accepted by both partners” says Surojit Basak, Executive Director DLF. He further added that the JV will commence construction in the next financial year. DLF and Hines entered into their first Joint Venture in the year 2008 to develop One Horizon Center in DLF-5 Gurugram. One Horizon Center is a marquee commercial development with LEED® Platinum rating (IGBC) and is home to Fortune 500 multinationals.last_img read more

Kawhis Defense Kept The Raptors Season Alive

If Toronto defies the odds and reaches the NBA Finals after trailing the Bucks 2-0, the Raptors’ Game 3 effort Sunday, and Kawhi Leonard’s effort more specifically, will have been the catalyst for it all.Nick Nurse and his club appeared to be hellbent on making things more difficult for Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, doing what they could to speed him up when he caught the ball near the block and primarily deploying Leonard, the two-time defensive player of the year, on him.The result: Antetokounmpo, the likely NBA MVP, finished with an underwhelming 12 points on just 5-of-16 shooting, despite playing a season-high 45 minutes, along with seven assists and a whopping eight turnovers. The defensive resistance keyed Toronto’s double-overtime win — a season-saver given that a Raptors’ loss would have put the team in a 3-0 series hole heading into Tuesday’s Game 4.“[Kawhi’s] defense was probably the biggest key of the game,” Nurse told reporters afterwards.Sunday’s matchup data paints a jarring illustration of just how successful Leonard was in limiting Antetokounmpo. The Bucks star was effective enough, shooting 4 of 7 for 10 points, when being defended by someone other than Leonard, according to the ESPN Stats & Information Group. But when Kawhi took on the unenviable task, Antetokounmpo shot just 1 of 9 (11 percent) for 2 points — his worst showing against a single defender over the past three postseasons.1Among defenders against whom he’s taken at least five attempts during a playoff game.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/KAWHI.mp400:0000:0001:23Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Stopping Antetokounmpo, whom Leonard guarded more than twice as often as any other Raptor did, was only a chunk of what Kawhi contributed on the night. Despite laboring at times, he logged 52 minutes — a franchise playoff record — and poured in a game-high 36 points (including 8 in the second overtime while the Bucks, as a team, scored 9 in that frame). The showing was Leonard’s 10th 30-point game this postseason, making him the fourth player in the past decade — after LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant — to accomplish that feat in a single playoffs.Still, for how badly Toronto needed each and every point, Leonard’s defense was likely even more valuable. Milwaukee was just 3 of 18 on shots when Leonard was the primary defender Sunday. Even when Toronto changed the defensive look it threw at Giannis and the Bucks, the adjustment appeared to keep Milwaukee off-balance for stretches.The Raptors opted to double-team Antetokounmpo when he was near the block, a shift from what they did earlier in the series. They did this three times Sunday after doing it only once during the first two games combined. The first two doubles resulted in Antetokounmpo turning the ball over. The second one flustered Antetokounmpo so much that he jumped to make a pass before realizing no one was open and flung the ball to no one in particular.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/DOUBLE.mp400:0000:0000:15Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.That pressure appeared to pay dividends a bit later in the game, too, when Antetokounmpo got whistled for a pair of traveling violations off the catch, perhaps antsy reactions to the double-teams he’d seen earlier in the contest.2In fairness, though, it’s a little hard to tell with Giannis, who led the NBA in traveling violations in the regular season, according to NBA Miner. (Before Sunday, Pascal Siakam had been defending Giannis far more than any other Raptor.)None of this is to suggest that Antetokounmpo didn’t impact the game in other ways. Yes, he was 2 of 7 at the line, and he fouled out during a tie game with 4:24 left in the second overtime, but he also finished with 23 boards and four blocks. The Raptors shot 34 percent while Giannis was on the floor, but they connected on a blistering 59 percent of their shots while he was on the bench, according to NBA Advanced Stats. Largely because of that, Toronto outscored the Bucks by 9 in the 13 minutes Antetokounmpo sat — something the Raptors, who lack Milwaukee’s depth, hadn’t been able to take advantage of earlier in the series.A handful of other factors Sunday are worth watching heading into a pivotal Game 4 on Tuesday. Toronto finally got production from Siakam and Marc Gasol, both of whom played poorly to begin the series. That happened as a handful of the Bucks’ other starters — All-Star Khris Middleton, Eric Bledsoe and Nikola Mirotic — went scoreless in the two overtimes and shot a combined 9 for 43 (21 percent) in Game 3.3Milwaukee got solid play from George Hill and Malcolm Brogdon, who scored a combined 44 points off the bench, while Raptors reserve Norm Powell had another great performance, with 19 points of his own.Arguably the biggest thing to focus on, outside of individual matchups, was that the Raptors were able to hold the Bucks’ transition game in check. Milwaukee had 26 transition points through the first three quarters, according ESPN Stats & Information, but then Toronto clamped down, surrendering just 5 more during the fourth quarter and the two overtimes combined. (In the two games the Raptors have either won or kept close this series, they’ve held Milwaukee to a reasonable effective field-goal rate of 56 percent or worse in transition, per Second Spectrum data. By contrast, the Bucks had an effective field-goal rate of 92.3 percent in the Game 2 rout.)But make no mistake: Leonard’s defense on Giannis slowed the Milwaukee star down and helped get Toronto on the board. And if that defensive performance proves to be repeatable, we could be looking at a long series instead of one that almost moved to 3-0 on Sunday.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Scorchinghot shooting lifts No 6 Michigan State past Ohio State mens basketball

Shortly before the Ohio State men’s basketball team’s game against No. 6 Michigan State, it was revealed that starting forward Jae’Sean Tate would need shoulder surgery to end his season.Without its most consistent player available, many wondered how OSU would perform in a game it desperately needed to win in order to pad its marginal-at-best tournament résumé.As it turned out on Tuesday at the Schottenstein Center, the post-Tate Buckeyes resemble the team with the sophomore healthy: flashes of what it takes to get it done, but ultimately not there.The Spartans (23-5, 10-5) denied the Buckeyes (18-11, 10-6) that signature win it so badly needs with a blisteringly hot shooting performance. When the clock hit zero, the scoreboard read 81-62 in favor of the visitors.“Jae’Sean is kind of the heart and soul of this basketball team,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “We challenged our guys, ‘Man down, we’ve got to man up.’ It is what it is.”Michigan State shot 14-of-22 from outside the 3-point arc on Tuesday, led by senior guards Bryn Forbes and Denzel Washington, who connected on seven and four triples, respectively.“They set great screens and they have tremendous pace on offense,” junior forward Marc Loving said on the Spartans’ 3-point prowess. “The screens were phenomenal to the point that they were getting a lot of open looks, and they were able to knock the shots down.”Despite the rather sizable difference in record and national perception, OSU hung tough with the Spartans throughout a highly competitive first half.The visitors were able to swell their lead to six points midway through the first half after a pair of jumpers, but the Buckeyes clawed back with a 7-0 run to briefly snatch a one-point lead. Seven points from Michigan State senior guard Denzel Valentine followed to get the lead back to six, but OSU managed to keep the game within reach at the break, 36-31.“I give Ohio State a lot of credit, considering they lose a guy the day of,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. “I know what that’s like, and it’s hard, and Thad did a hell of a job.”While the advantage on the scoreboard was short-lived, it had to be an encouraging opening 20 minutes for Matta’s squad against the sixth-ranked Spartans.In OSU’s previous game, a 65-62 overtime win at Nebraska, only four Buckeyes scored a point over the entire 45-minute duration. By the 12:50 mark of the first half on Tuesday, OSU had its fifth scorer in the books after a 3-pointer by Loving.However, those five scorers would be the only five in the first half for Matta. Freshmen Mickey Mitchell, Daniel Giddens and A.J. Harris combined for zero points on five missed shots, including a pair of airballs by Mitchell, who was inserted into the starting lineup for Tate.Loving led the Buckeyes with nine points at the half, as he continued to fight through his month-long shooting slump. He was followed by redshirt sophomore center Trevor Thompson with seven.On the other side, Valentine, a leading contender for national player of the year honors, had 12 first-half points to lead all scorers. He also chipped in four assists for the Spartans, who shot 44.8 percent to OSU’s 35.7 in the first act.“Valentine is, I think the best player in the country,” Matta said. “He does so much.”However, given that Michigan State was a scorching-hot 7-of-10 from outside in the first half but just 6-of-19 from inside the arc, OSU could reasonably believe the Spartans’ shooting would cool off, giving the Buckeyes a chance to take advantage and mount a comeback.That isn’t what happened out of the locker rooms. In fact, it was quite the opposite.Back-to-back 3-pointers by Forbes followed by a trio of baskets by senior forward Matt Costello and a fast-break layup gave Michigan State its largest lead up to that point of 10 just minutes into the second half. That lead continued to swell behind successful inside and outside games.That second-half charge was run by torrid shooting performance by Forbes, who made six of the eight 3-pointers he hoisted in the second half. Overall, the former Cleveland State transfer finished with 27 points on 9-of-14 shooting. After the game, Izzo said he bailed his team out and “played his tail off.”“First half, we did a good job playing hard, playing tough, then second half, when Bryn Forbes started hitting shots, I felt we just started hanging our heads,” freshman guard JaQuan Lyle said.While the Schottenstein Center crowd of 14,257 tried to will the Buckeyes back into the game, the combination of the Spartans’ hot shooting and OSU’s cold spell — the Buckeyes shot just 20 percent from outside in the second half — was too much to deal with.“They were making a lot of shots, and we couldn’t get one to fall,” Lyle said.Loving and Lyle were the high-scorers for the Scarlet and Gray with 19 and 16 points, respectively. OSU shot 45 percent in the second half, but a 64.3-percent performance over the final 20 minutes by the Spartans nullified any momentum that could create.Mitchell ended up failing to register a point in his first collegiate start in 21 minutes. It was the seventh consecutive game that the Plano, Texas, native failed to score a point.“We felt like Mickey is getting more and more experience, and he’s going to continue to grow,” Matta said on his decision to insert the freshman into the starting lineup.OSU will have two more chances to grab a victory over a top 10 team before Big Ten tournament play begins, as it is set to host No. 8 Iowa on Sunday before traveling to East Lansing, Michigan, for a rematch with the Spartans on March 5. The games are scheduled to start at 4 p.m. and noon, respectively. OSU student cheer during a game against Michigan State on Feb. 23 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo Editor read more

SILLY SEASON

first_img Bahamas repulsed by violence in Paris, says Minister Bahamas congratulates US and Cuba on diplomatic progress WhatsApp, Netflix, Skype; Cutting profits to Telecoms companies Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, 5 Nov 2014 – Peculiar messages circulating on WhatsApp in The Bahamas and the scary notes appeared aimed at causing civil unrest between Haitians and Bahamians. “…disgruntled Haitian-Bahamian employees working at fast food places around Nassau….. Do not use ketchup or nugget sauces… injected with bad things…”“…Jamaicans putting chemicals in the water they sell to Bahamians…”The Government has already warned against these sentiments and other actions which threaten any migrant population.Fred Mitchell, Minister of Immigration has demanded that those behind the mean messages stop! Saying they could provoke violence.The Haitan Ambassador for The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos is upset by the circulating accusations; saying they are erroneous and not true.A new immigration policy is fuelling fears and frustrations; though there have been no problems reported by officials thus far.Min Mitchell who returned from country business in Dubai on Sunday, is again out of country… reportedly in Trinidad and Tobago this time. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Fred mitchell, haitian ambassador to bahamas, migrant population, whatsapplast_img read more