Junior middle blocker Dustan Neary runs to return a ball during a game against Loyola (Chicago)April 11at St. John Arena. OSU lost, 3-1.Credit: Logan Hickman / Lantern photographerThe Ohio State men’s volleyball team couldn’t muster a win in its last regular season game.OSU ended its regular season schedule with a 3-1 loss against No. 1 Loyola (Chicago) Friday at St. John Arena.The Buckeyes (11-15, 6-8) took on the Ramblers (24-1, 14-0) Friday for the second time this season. The previous match also ended in a loss for the Buckeyes, as they fell, 3-0, Feb. 1 in Chicago.The Buckeye defense was strong throughout the match but could not hold its own against Loyola’s offense.Defensively, OSU doubled up Loyola in blocks, 10-5. Junior outside hitter Michael Henchy and junior middle blocker Dustan Neary — the reigning Men’s Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Defensive Player of the Week — led the way up front, each getting in on five blocks.Redshirt-junior setter Peter Heinen said the Ramblers played to their strengths of solid serving and scoring near the antennas throughout the game to come out on top.“Loyola has great service pressure and two of the best pin attackers in the country,” Heinen said, referring to sophomore Thomas Jaeschke and junior Cody Caldwell, who finished with 19 and 18 kills respectively.This season OSU has struggled getting all of the new players to work together, with eight freshmen and three redshirt-freshmen on the roster, and that has been a main issue this year, Heinen said.“We struggled with our consistency. That is going to happen when you have so many freshmen playing key roles, and we are still working to try and figure that out. When we have been able to put together a consistent effort from everyone on the floor, great things happen,” he said. “The ability is there, we just need to find a way to bring it every point.”Senior libero Michael Piechowski said another season-long struggle has been playing at a steady, high level.“Our struggle has been our consistency in matches and really staying aggressive against every opponent. As you know, our team is very young and we have a lot of freshmen. I would say our biggest improvement has been their ability to come ready to play and bring it,” he said.Senior middle blocker Jonathan Newton agreed, saying the players vary by matches.“Some games we will have one player playing good and another having an off game, and that has thrown us off during games. Like our coach said, we just need everyone to play the 80 percent level of good volleyball all the time and we will be able to beat anyone,” Newton said.OSU also celebrated its seniors in their last match of the regular season and in Columbus. The honored players included libero Danny Baker, Newton, Piechowski and Heinen, who will not be returning to OSU next year.Next up for the Buckeyes is the MIVA tournament, and their first match is set for Saturday against Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne in Fort Wayne, Ind.
For the AC Milan manager, the Giallorossi is a very strong opponent, which has very quick players in the Italian Lega Serie AGennaro Gattuso is not comfortable after his AC Milan club lost their opening match of the 2018-2019 Italian Lega Serie A season.The Italian manager is looking for his first win, and in front, they have a strong Roma opponent.“We’re preparing for a match against an opponent with very different characteristics,” Gattuso warned as quoted by Football Italia.“We have to pay attention to Dzeko. They have quick players, they’re good on the break, and they’ve got tall players so we need to be very careful on dead balls and pay close attention.”Karsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.“In terms of mentality very little will change, we always have to go into a game with balance and not feel like it’s a scrap,” he said.“Against Napoli saw the real Milan for 60 minutes. When we keep the ball, when we make our opponents think, it’s hard to play against us.”“We ran more than Napoli, the problem is how you run. That’s why I say we have to play on 25-30 meters, when we go chasing it and just swing crosses in that’s where our problems come from,” he explained.“If the goal for 2-2 didn’t deflect of [Giacomo] Bonaventura he’d have saved it. Two out of three times that ball would go out, the other it’ll go where it did.”“We can’t single one person out for blame, on the third goal everyone fell asleep. There was an individual error, but I’m happy with Donnarumma,” he added.
Juventus forward Paulo Dybala is pleased to get off the mark as the club made their best start to a season in 88 yearsThe Serie A leaders claimed a seventh successive win on Wednesday night with Dybala registering his first goal of the season with an acrobatic effort from a rebound before Blaise Matuidi sealed a 2-0 win over Bologna.Speaking afterwards, Dybala spoke of his delight to finally get his name on the scoresheet this season following a Man of the Match display.“It’s a goal that gives me confidence,” he told the club website.“I work hard to give my best for the team. Prior to tonight, I had not been playing badly, but was unable to find the net, so it’s great to get off the mark.”After making some big recruits in the summer, Juventus are the only side in the Serie A to win all six of their opening games.“Big players have arrived at the club and we’ll find out if Juventus are now the strongest team. There’s a buzz around the place, also because of Cristiano [Ronaldo], so long may that continue,” said Dybala.Juventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“That said, it’s important to underline that we do not play only for Ronaldo. Yes, we help him to score, but the end goal is to win football matches.”Juventus will next face title rivals Napoli on Saturday at Turin.Dybala added: “Against Napoli, we will be going for three more points. Ultimately, these are easy games to prepare for, because they are worth so much.”Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri stated his belief that Dybala will form a strong partnership with Cristiano Ronaldo after the win.I’m back 🔙! Felice per il gol ma soprattutto per la vittoria ⚪️⚫️ #serieA #juventus #soccer #futbol #dybalanation pic.twitter.com/y7KV44a6iy— Paulo Dybala (@PauDybala_JR) September 26, 2018
Former Arsenal midfielder and Nice manager Patrick Vieira has expressed his feelings over the attitude of striker Mario Balotelli.Patrick Vieira has had a reasonable start to life as Nice manager and the Italian has been a key member of his squad although he has struggled to find the back of the net this term.Vieira was appointed the manager of the French side in the summer and they are currently seventh place in Ligue 1 table, four points outside the Champions League places.In an interview with l’Equipe, as quoted in Football London, Vieira gave an astonishing response to questions about Balotelli and why he wished he was still a player.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…He said: “When it comes to Mario, I want to answer back, or just slam him up against the wall or leave him hanging by his collar on the coat rack, but I can’t, as I’m no longer a player.“I have to think twice before I say anything, because it can have an impact and I risk losing a great player. I don’t want to say something I’ll regret.“I am trying to be constructive in my comments to him.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has opened the door to Sir Alex Ferguson to give Manchester United’s team talk before they face bitter rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday.Solskjaer who understands the magnitude and importance of the clash wants his team to have a grasp of what it means to the fans.And the interim manager believes Fergie is the right man for the job despite admitting they cannot be caught up in the emotion of the occasion.🤣During the press conference this morning, Ole Gunnar Solskjær joked that Sir Alex Ferguson will take the Manchester United team talk against Liverpool!😬Who would like to see this happen?! #MUFC #MUNLIV pic.twitter.com/GEcmShOqPu— Betfred (@Betfred) February 22, 2019“He would be welcome to have his talk to the players because we know how much it means for him to overtake Liverpool,’ said Solskjaer of his former manager who took such delight in ‘knocking Liverpool off their f***ing perch’ during his 26 years at Old Trafford.“I played in a few of these myself and know the magnitude of it for the fans and everyone who works here. He told the Daily Mail.“The staff there have been making comments that this is the big one, then it’s our job to be focusing and channelling all that energy into performance mode when we start the game on Sunday.“It’s not about emotions. I understand emotion can be brought into it but we have to stay focused and controlled with some fight in us as well.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Solskjaer went to explain the need to win the game in what could be pivotal to securing a Champions League spot“For them, it’s a big game, we want to be in the top four and we’re playing Liverpool. We know how big that game is for Manchester United, the staff and supporters.“We’re just looking forward to another challenge for this team. We want to build this team to be worthy of Manchester United’s history.”Asked if he would prefer Tottenham to win what he sees a three-horse title race, a smiling Solskjaer replied: ‘Maybe!’”Whoever we play against, we want to win the game.”The Reds are well aware of the threat #MUFC will pose but head to Old Trafford with designs only on bringing the three points back to Anfield, @MoSalah insists…https://t.co/htDH5OILxV— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 22, 2019Solskjaer believes the clash with their arch-rivals will be somewhat similar to the PSG tie. He, however, feels his players are ready to show they have learned from that experience.“We have to perform better than we did against PSG because it’s a big game and a big team,’ he said. ‘Suddenly we’re not underdogs anymore.“We know we’re in for a very tough game. Liverpool have been fantastic and will know to come to Old Trafford it should be a difficult one. They pay us respect and we’ll pay them respect.”
Kolkata: The TMC is mulling construction of 10 sun temples in Asansol area of south Bengal to peddle its “soft Hindutva” brand and take the wind out of the BJP’s sails in the state ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Senior Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader and Mayor of Asansol Municipal Corporation, Jitendra Kumar Tiwari is at the forefront of construction of the temples in his area which is likely to be completed before next year’s ‘Chhath’ puja. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life In addition to increasing outreach among the majority community members, the TMC’s efforts also appear to be guided by its endeavour to further endear itself with the migrant Hindi speaking population from Bihar and Jharkhand in the region which has five Lok Sabha constituencies “In this area of Durgapur-Asansol, there is a huge Hindi speaking population. Every year, we witness large number of devotees during Chhath Puja. In order to cater to them, we have decided to build 10 sun temples in the area,” Tiwari, who is also the chairman of Chhath Puja Coordination Committee, told PTI. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed The designs of the temples would be ready by December and the construction will cost around Rs 2 crore, Tiwari, who is also a TMC MLA from the West Burdwan district, said. “We have already started mobilizing funds from the locals for the construction of the temples. We have formed temple committees in different areas to raise funds. The Asansol Municipal Corporation will provide infrastructure support such as roads and electricity,” he said. Asansol-Durgapur belt has been one of the most politically and communally volatile regions in the state since 2014 Lok Sabha polls, which witnessed a surprising victory of BJP’s Babul Supriyo. Earlier, in March-April of this year, Asansol in West Burdwan district witnessed communal riots over Ram Navami celebrations. The TMC’s temple building exercise is being seen as its bid to check the saffron party’s growth, which has made steady inroads in the region since Supriyo’s victory. The decision to construct the temples comes at a time when the BJP has registered phenomenal growth in Bengal politics by championing the cause of Hindus and labelling TMC as a party more “keen on appeasing Muslims”. The BJP, which has fixed a target to win 22 seats in Bengal, is also set to start its three ‘rath yatras’ in Bengal from December 7 covering all the 42 Lok Sabha seats of the state. However, a senior TMC leader and MP, on the condition of anonymity said, the party and the state government works for every caste and religion. “We are aware that 10 sun temples are coming up in Asansol. The allegations of TMC practising soft Hindutva are completely baseless. We respect each and every religion. We don’t believe in communal politics of BJP,” the TMC leader told PTI. Although, TMC sources admitted that the temples would endear the party to the Hindi speaking migrants in the region as Chhath festival– to worship sun god– is close to their hearts. The Asansol-Durgapur belt and parts of Birbhum and Purulia, which share its border with Jharkhand, is known as the Hindi heartland of Bengal due to presence of considerable Hindi speaking population. A majority of the population in the area are migrant labourers from Bihar and Jharkhand who work in factories there. Despite Tiwari maintaining that the temples had nothing to do with elections or politics, TMC insiders said the initiative would have a “positive” impact on the 2019 polls. “BJP has been trying to increase its footprint in the area by trying to pitch themselves as champions of Hindutva and saviours of Hindus. So, we want to reach out to the masses of the area, especially Hindi speaking people, with the message that we respect all religions,” said a senior TMC leader. The construction of temples in the areas will send out a strong message to the majority population in the adjoining districts and also tribal areas, which comprises nearly 5-6 Lok Sabha seats that the BJP is eyeing in next Lok Sabha polls, said another TMC leader. However, the opposition Congress and CPI(M) alleged that the TMC was “peddling soft hindutva” to nullify Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) “pro-Hindu” agenda. From organising ‘purohit sammelan’ (congregation of Hindu priests) to Haunuman Jayanti, Ram Navami celebrations and more recently providing Rs 10,000 each to 28,000 Durga puja pandals across the state, the TMC has been charting a course of “soft Hindutva” to take the wind out of BJP’s sails, said CPI(M) central committee member Sujan Chakraborty. State Congress president Somen Mitra went on to blame TMC’s communal politics as the main reason for the rise of the BJP and its mentor the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in Bengal. However, the BJP said that it was due to the “fear psychosis” of the saffron party, that the TMC was forced to shift its stance from “Muslim appeasement to temple construction”. “It is really good to see that the TMC has changed its political strategy from minority appeasement to construction of temples due to the fear of BJP. The TMC is doing it with an eye on next year’s Lok Sabha polls,” local MP and Union Minister of State for Heavy Industries, Babul Supriyo said. BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha said if the TMC was so keen on building temples, then it should come out with a clear stand on the issue of construction of Ram Temple in Ayodha.
Kolkata: A senior official of the Power department in the district was heckled by some villagers after he went to Keshpur in West Midnapore district to check an incident of power theft. It was learnt that a station manager of the Power department in the district had gone to a village in the Keshpur area on late Monday evening after he was reported about an incident of power theft in the area. When he reached the spot along with some other staff of the department they identified two local villagers — Madan Bera and Mukti Pandit —to be involved in the power theft. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalAs the station manager inquired into the reason behind tapping, they became infuriated and attacked the official. When the accused were interrogated in this connection, some of the villagers staged a demonstration in front of the officials. It was alleged that the villagers beat up the station manager and also heckled other staff as they had demanded a clarification behind the act. They were even detained by the villagers for nearly an hour. The station manager identified as Dipak Kumar Majhi received injuries in the incident. The incident triggered chaos in the area. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedMajhi and other employees were released after the intervention of some villagers who persuaded the accused to set them free. The matter was later reported to the local police station. Police reached the spot and started a probe. They are yet to arrest anybody. The Power department officials with assistance from the district police will carry out a search operation to identify the areas where power tapping might have taken place. The officials are often heckled when they go to check such incidents of power theft in the rural areas. Top brass of the department often complain of power tapping leading to a huge loss in the government’s exchequer. The district police have, however, initiated a detailed probe in connection with the incident.