With much of the talk surrounding Ohio State football concerning the College Football Playoff rankings, coach Urban Meyer said he’s more focused on the task at hand during Tuesday’s Big Ten teleconference.After beating then-No. 7 Michigan State on Saturday, the Buckeyes have their sights set on Minnesota — which is coming off a 51-14 thrashing of Iowa. Meyer said the Golden Gophers — who have just a pair of losses this season — are a team that deserves OSU’s full attention.Meyer said the Buckeyes “spend every second” of their day working to avoid a letdown against Minnesota.He said the Golden Gophers’ win against Iowa was their best performance of the season.Meyer on Minnesota: “This is an excellent team that’s in my opinion a top-25 team without question.”On whether he would coach a fourth quarter differently in order to impress voters, Meyer said: “Of course not. You do what you have to do to win a game.”In reference to sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson’s two fumbles and dropped passes against Michigan State, Meyer said mistakes don’t send players straight to the bench, but a lack of effort does. Wilson stayed in the game and ended up catching a touchdown pass during the fourth quarter in East Lansing, Mich. “If it was lack of effort, he’s out of the game in a second.”Meyer said he’d “never want to have a place where people are scared to make a mistake.”He said the cold weather expected at Minnesota — a high of 28 degrees is predicted for Saturday — is simply “part of the game.” He added that both teams have to deal with it just the same.Meyer said Minnesota’s defense is similar to that of Michigan State’s. He added the Golden Gophers have a “stop the run mentality.”He said sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa has “come a long way,” but Meyer added he thought Bosa could be an impact player from the start.Meyer said redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett has a “relentless approach to everything he does.” He compared Barrett’s focus on preparation to two of his former quarterbacks in Tim Tebow (Florida) and Alex Smith (Utah).The Buckeyes are scheduled to play the Golden Gophers on Saturday in Minneapolis. Kickoff is set for noon.
Ohio State freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) runs the ball in the third quarter of the game against Michigan on Nov. 25 in Ann Arbor. Ohio State won 31-20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorANN ARBOR, Mich. — Before No. 9 Ohio State (10-2, 8-1 Big Ten) beat its rival Michigan (8-4, 5-4 Big Ten) 31-20 Saturday, its path to the College Football Playoff looked clear. If it wins and every team left expected to win does its job, Ohio State likely slips in as the first two-loss team to reach the playoff.That path looked all the more clear after No. 2 Miami lost 24-14 to Pittsburgh Friday, all but eliminating the possibility of two ACC teams landing spots.But four hours after the Buckeyes beat the Wolverines, their playoff chances took a major blow when No. 1 Alabama lost 26-14 to No. 6 Auburn, moving Auburn into the SEC championship game against No. 7 Georgia. What makes this such a complicated situation for Ohio State is that it was in the exact same situation as Alabama last year, and it reached the playoff. It was a one-loss, non-conference champion that was picked ahead of two-loss Big Ten champion Penn State. The CFP committee deemed its wins against three highly ranked opponents in Oklahoma, Michigan and Wisconsin to be enough to make up for the lack of a conference title. This could also harken back to the 2015 Ohio State team, which was kept out of the playoff after one loss to Michigan State.The season is not completely out of Ohio State’s hands. The Buckeyes have to win the Big Ten championship against undefeated No. 5 Wisconsin to even be considered in the playoff. Assuming Ohio State does that, it still requires either a tough decision by the selection committee or an upset in the Big 12 championship game.The committee could decide to include Ohio State in ahead of Alabama should the Buckeyes knock off the Badgers. Alabama has defeated only two currently ranked opponents — No. 18 LSU and No. 14 Mississippi State, which just lost to Ole Miss — and an Ohio State win over Wisconsin would give the Buckeyes three wins over currently ranked opponents. There also is a chance No. 12 TCU defeats No. 4 Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship game, which at this point would likely not be enough for the Horned Frogs to leap the Buckeyes. A loss late in the season without a conference title could doom a Sooners team that came into Ohio Stadium and beat the Buckeyes 31-16 earlier this season. With conference championships going on next week, the two guaranteed spots belong to the winners of the SEC, between Georgia and Auburn, and the ACC, between No. 3 Clemson and Miami. The remaining two spots will belong to either the Big Ten champion, Oklahoma or Alabama. Ohio State’s playoff hopes have grown dimmer, but they are not gone.
Ohio State football co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Alex Grinch addresses the media for the first time as a member of the coaching staff on February 28, 2018. Grinch joined the Ohio State staff from Washington State University. Credit: James King II | Former Sports DirectorAfter one season at Ohio State, Alex Grinch is heading to Oklahoma.The Buckeyes’ safeties coach and co-defensive coordinator will leave to join Sooner’s head coach Lincoln Riley’s staff and become Oklahoma’s defensive coordinator, making the hiring official on Friday night.Grinch started his coaching career in Missouri in 2002, and was the defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach at Washington State prior to being hired at Ohio State.In 2018, Ohio State allowed 245.2 passing yards per game and seven yards per play, giving up 18 passing touchdowns all season.There is no news on who will be replacing Grinch on the coaching staff.Updated at 7:53 p.m. when Oklahoma made the hiring official.
The dream final won’t come true. Arsenal will face Atletico Madrid, while Marseille will play Salzburg in the Europa League semi-finals.After a furious Thursday in which all of the first leg leaders were threatened at a certain point and two of them failed to protect their leads, we had the UEFA Europa League semi-finals draw on Friday.Olympique Marseille – Salzburg The draw pitted those two teams that overcame their first leg deficits against each other. Salzburg showed once again that is a force to be reckoned with by scoring three goals in five minutes to flip the script on Lazio and eliminate the Italian hopefuls. Marseille had the luxury of playing its quarter-final second leg at home, but that won’t be the case now. You can read about what happened in Marseille last night in my review here.Marseille and Salzburg played in the same Group I in the previous stage of the competition. The Austrians topped the group. You would think that the matches between them were high scoring, but there was actually only one goal scored in 180 minutes. Salzburg won at home, while the match at Stade Velodrome was goalless. The Frenchmen’s pedigree makes them automatic favorites, but the reality is a bit different. Salzburg is phenomenal at home and that’s where the second leg will be played. Also, their high press could create problems for Rudi Garcia and his crew. RB Leipzig’s inexperience and individual talent helped Marseille prevail yesterday. However, Salzburg is a different beast that can be difficult to counter. I give the advantage to the Austrian team to advance. Regardless of how it turns out at the end, I expect two exciting, unpredictable fixtures.Arsenal – Atletico Madrid The wishes of many didn’t come true. We’re not going to see the “giants” in the final. Arsenal and Atletico Madrid is the second Europa League semi-final. Both teams were in danger of getting caught by their opponents yesterday. CSKA Moscow scored two out of the three goals it needed to potentially eliminate Arsenal, but The Gunners scored two late goals of their own to advance. Atletico lost in Lisbon and was holding on to dear life at the end. Simeone’s men managed to defend their 2-0 lead from the first leg and advanced as well.Now, they face each other in what will be one of the most anticipated matchups in Europa League history. Believe it or not, Arsenal and Atletico Madrid have never met in a European competition before, which makes this an even more intriguing battle. In addition to the second leg being played in Madrid, Atletico’s consistency and Arsenal’s inconsistency makes the Spanish team a definite favorite. It’s the only team left that has won the competition before and chances are it’ll be in the final in Lyon. However, Arsenal will not go out without a fight. It’s attacking might could cause problems for Simeone’s defensive unit. I honestly can’t wait for this matchup of opposites, as these types of clashes are usually really fun to watch.The first legs are due to be played on April 26, while the second legs are scheduled for May 3.
Paris Saint-Germain Coach Thomas Tuchel says the Brazilian is happy at the club and hopes to lead the club someday.Tuchel played down reports of talks between Barcelona and Neymar’s representatives after speculations increased over a possible move for the former Barcelona star.“I think Neymar feels really happy, he’s professional,” the coach told The Mirror.“I think he feels good here, both in the dressing room and on the pitch, he is disciplined, he does a lot of things on the pitch.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“You have seen his statistics and what he does in training.”Neymar’s stay in Paris has been filled with several speculations amid suggestions he is unhappy in the uncompetitive French League and craves to return to La Liga.He has been embarking on trips to Barcelona with many believed to be commercial trips. A move back to the Catalan club could see him reunite with former team-mates Messi and Suarez.
Kolkata: West Bengal Congress chief Somen Mitra Tuesday wrote a letter to party president Rahul Gandhi, underlining the need for “seat-sharing or alliance” with the CPI(M) to “stop the march of BJP in the state and dethrone the TMC in 2021 assembly polls”. According to sources in the state Congress, Mitra also mentioned about the “aspirations of party workers and leaders” to contest the 2019 polls from two seats – Raiganj and Murshidabad. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose These two seats have been the bone of contention in the seat-sharing talks with the Left for the upcoming parliamentary elections. “I have written a letter to Rahulji with my assessment. Now it is for our party president and the AICC to take a call on the matter. I can’t disclose anything further,” Mitra told PTI. The development comes a day after the CPI(M) central committee, in a move to untangle the formula of seat-sharing between the two political blocs to consolidate anti-BJP and anti-TMC votes, proposed “no mutual contest” for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in six seats currently held by the Congress and the Left Front in West Bengal. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata The state Congress leadership on Monday, reacting to the development had said there can be no compromise on its demand for the two parliamentary seats – Raiganj and Murshidabad, which are known as Congress strongholds. The Congress leadership had also said, if needed it is ready to fight the polls alone in case the Left Front does not leave these two parliamentary seats – which were won by the CPI(M) in 2014. These two constituencies were earlier known as traditional Congress bastions. In the letter, Mitra gave details and statistics of the vote percentage and the number of votes that different parties had received in the 2014 polls, and how the BJP has increased its vote share in those two seats in several by-elections and in the 2016 assembly polls. “Somen Mitra has urged the party high command to take the next step and talk to the Left leadership in Delhi to solve the impasse as the main objective is to defeat BJP at the Centre and the TMC in the state. “Now the ball is in the court of high command. Let’s see what happens next,” a senior Congress leader privy to the developments said. While the Congress had bagged four seats in the state in the 2014 general elections, the CPI(M) had won only Raiganj and Murshidabad seats. While Uttar Dinajpur’s Raiganj has been a pocketborough of Congress stalwart Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, Murshidabad’s politics has been dominated by the party’s firebrand leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury. While Raiganj is represented by CPI (M)’s Mohammad Salim at present, Badaruddoza Khan represents Murshidabad. Though the Congress is yet to take a decision on the CPI(M)’s proposal, a senior leader privy to the seat-sharing discussions with the CPI(M) had said on Monday that the party will not compromise on the two constituencies — Raiganj and Murshidabad. “There are two prevailing views in the party. One view is we fight alone in Bengal as it is the Lok Sabha elections where the fight is between the Congress and the BJP and the second view is that we share seats with the CPI(M). But there will be no compromise on our demand for Raiganj and Murshidabad seats,” the Congress leader had said. “Raiganj and Murshidabad have long been a stronghold of the Congress. We lost these seats by a very small margin in 2014 polls due to a four-cornered contest. But this time we are confident of winning those two seats,” the Congress leader had said. The two parties had a similar tactical understanding in the 2016 assembly polls but it failed to have an impact as TMC won 211 seats in 294-member state assembly. In last three years, the BJP has outsmarted the Congress and the CPI(M) to become the main challenger to the TMC in Bengal.
Measure would allow installation of resident-approved cameras State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, introduced legislation Tuesday allowing residents to approve the installation of cameras in their private nursing home rooms. Under the legislation a facility could not refuse to allow a family and the resident this option.“Families are looking for more ways to stay connected with their loves ones,” Runestad said. “Allowing resident-approved cameras will give them a way to check-in when they can’t be there personally.“Families will be able to communicate with their loved one about their daily activities with more understanding and also be able to better communicate with staff and facilities about care.”Since the right to install these cameras has not been successfully established in Michigan, nursing home facilities may currently refuse to allow the installation of cameras in a resident’s own room. House Bill 6192 states a facility must provide a suitable location for the installation of a camera and make reasonable accommodations.“As we work toward passage of this legislation, I intend to bring together a team of experts dedicated to ensuring quality care in our homes while protecting privacy rights and working with the facilities,” Runestad said.Several other states, including Texas and Louisiana, have passed legislation allowing cameras in nursing home facilities.This legislation was referred to the House Committee on Health Policy for consideration.###