Women bring cheer to troubled youths

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“They’re here because they know we can’t be home with our own families.” Jason, with a shadow of a mustache, wore a striped collared shirt and tie to the party, a young man with a newfound sense of what’s right. First up when he gets out of Rancho is to get out of his gang, too. Then will come high school and college, dreams propelled by his budding desire to be a lawyer. The ladies cooked a pasta meal for the 15 or so young men and their social workers and other Rancho staffers. And they brought gifts – games to share, plus sweat shirts, jackets, socks, candy and toothbrushes – the things luckier moms lovingly wrap and place under the Christmas tree. “A lot of kids don’t get to see unconditional love – these complete strangers doing something for them,” said Andy Shlapak, a lead group worker. Some come from traditional families, but many are from shattered homes, have a parent in prison or they’ve been knocked about the foster system, social worker Melissa Miller said. CHATSWORTH – It’s a curious mix: these smiling church ladies glowing in festive Christmas sweaters and these kids – some of them simple troublemakers, some of them adolescent felons. But somehow it’s quite natural, other kids’ moms and grandmas sitting down to chat with these pint-size criminals – sharing, laughing, confiding and simply celebrating the season of good will. Wednesday night was the annual Christmas party at Rancho San Antonio where guild members from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in nearby Northridge threw a feast for these boys who are serving time away from home for infractions that range from truancy to weapons charges. “These are nice people, they’re doing this for us and we don’t actually deserve it,” said 15-year-old Jason, arrested a year ago for carrying a gun. “I think they’re great. “A lot are products of their environment,” Miller said. “They come here and they grow and flourish, but they have to decide how things will turn out for them.” Fifteen-year-old Jack’s mother has been in and out of his life. At 6, he went to foster care. He lived for a time with his mother in Louisiana, but after Hurricane Katrina demolished his adopted hometown, he headed back to L.A. At 14, he robbed a guy of his cell phone and cash so he could buy drugs. He said he was touched by the support coming from people who genuinely care that his Christmas is happy. “It means a lot to me. I never had that before,” he said.” A brick of a kid with determination in his eyes, Jack said his focus now is to do what it takes to play football for the University of Southern California. “If people like this, who don’t know you, will support you, it helps you realize you can turn around,” he said. “You can do whatever you decide you want to do.” Before sitting down to eat, the group held hands in an enormous circle, these baby-faced boys on the verge of second – or third – chances, intermingling with a crew of church ladies and a sprinkling of social workers. They prayed together, more in gratitude for what they have rather than despair for the cruel curves life can throw at a young boy. Virginia Houghton, dressed in red, sat at the end of one of three banquet tables and chatted with a couple of boys. She looked them in the eye, and they returned the respect. “It means so much to them, but it means so much to us, too,” she said. “Everyone has troubles. We’re old – that’s what they think – but they know we really care. They’re at such a vulnerable age.” “How’s the food here?” Houghton asked 13-year-old Matthew, who got caught selling marijuana at school at age 11. He shrugged. “Sometimes it’s OK.” “My daughter is in boarding school,” she told him. “She complains about the food. All she’ll eat is cheese, cheese, cheese. She’s going to come home for Christmas.” “She’s lucky,” said Jason. How old is she, another Jason asks. The daughter turned 18 in October, the same month as Jason II’s birthday. The night proved a dual celebration for 13-year-old Jose, haloed by a mass of black curls atop his head. Jose’s grown some 4 inches since he arrived at Rancho a month after he turned 12, a kid who had one problem after another in school and faced several suspensions before a judge finally stepped in. This week he heads home to East Los Angeles, to his mom and four brothers and a new sense of determination. “I’m going to show my family I can do good,” said Jose, who aspires now to be a social worker – like a lot of kids here who dream for themselves what they see in the role models who are helping them turn around. These Rancho kids share regret, hope and drive. All say they’re learning responsibility and many say it’s special attention like Wednesday night’s party that shows them a lot of people – people they don’t even know – are rooting for their success. At 14, Damontre has the body of a football player. He would have been on the field this past year at high school, but instead plays at Rancho after his arrest for gun possession. “I think it’s pretty nice that they care, that they come out and do this because they don’t have to. I just want to say thank you,” Damontre said. “I just want to say thank you because they don’t even know me.” [email protected] 661-257-5251160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Perfect 10: A’s club three more homers as win streak reaches double-digits

first_imgOAKLAND — Catcher Josh Phegley is flattered and all. But from his perspective, talk of him being a part of this year’s MLB All-Star Game is a little premature.Right now, though, his candidacy is becoming harder to ignore with each game he plays.Phegley homered for the second straight game Monday, this time as part of a three-run fifth inning to put the A’s ahead to stay in a 8-5 Memorial Day victory over the Los Angeles Angels that extended their win streak in completed games to 10.Jurickso …last_img

Islanders Beat Blues 3-2 in OT

first_imgST. LOUIS — Thomas Greiss lost the shutout early in the third period, and then the rest of a two-goal cushion, too.The goalie was the New York Islanders’ best player regardless, making 38 saves and keeping them alive for a 3-2 overtime victory over the St. Louis Blues on Oct. 24.“We played really good defensively,” Greiss said. “There was one shot and most of the time guys were able to clear away the rebounds. It made my life a lot easier.”Mikhail Grabovski scored his first goal of the season four minutes into overtime.“I think for us just to win is important, plain and simple,” Grabovski said. “It’s good scoring, that’s for sure.”John Tavares scored his fifth of the season and extended his point-scoring streak to six games for the Islanders. Frans Nielsen had two assists, including on Grabovski’s winning goal.And the Islanders held the Blues scoreless on five power plays. Over the last five games, they’ve killed 18 consecutive power plays.“Whether they were warranted or not, we had to kill a lot of penalties,” coach Jack Capuano said. “Our goalie made some big saves when he had to.”Rookie defenseman Colton Parayko had a goal and assist in the third for the injury-depleted Blues, who outshot the Islanders 40-22. St. Louis will be without forwards Jaden Schwartz (broken ankle) and Paul Stastny (broken foot) for an extended period.One day after Schwartz was injured in practice, the Blues predictably came out flat.“You don’t want it to be, but that’s what it kind of felt like a little bit,” goalie Brian Elliott said. “The guys did a good job battling out of that hole and tying it up.”Kyle Okposo had a power-play goal in the first period for the Islanders, who have won five of six and bounced back smartly a night after losing at home to Boston. Tavares has four goals and six assists during his streak and has 23 points his last 13 regular season games.Parayko ended the Blues’ scoreless slump at 103:33 on a high drive from the point on the first shot of the third, the drive apparently ticking off the jersey of a defender past Greiss at 2:26. Steen tied it with 9:09 to go on a deflection on another point shot by Parayko after Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy first deflected the puck.The Blues had won five in a row against the Islanders before falling short in their first home game since beating Edmonton in the opener.“I thought we played great in the second and third,” coach Ken Hitchcock said. “Guys gave a lot, gave a lot in the second and gave a ton in the third.”Besides the two front-liners, the Blues’ depth was further tested when forward Scotty Upshall was scratched with illness about an hour before game-time.“It just seems to be one of those weeks, it really threw us for a curve,” Hitchcock said. “We jumbled lines all over the place.”Anders Lee set a nice screen for Okposo’s shot from the left point with 3:08 to go in the first.Tavares bought space with a fake on defenseman Jay Bouwmeester before beating Elliott with 1:19 left in the second.(R.B. FALLSTROM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Gremio rule out early Arthur to Barca move

first_imgTransfers Arthur will not join Barcelona before December, Gremio insist Joe Wright 15:55 5/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) arthur - cropped Getty Images Transfers Barcelona Grêmio Primera División Serie A The Brazilian side will not allow their midfielder to leave until their Brasileirao and Copa Libertadores campaigns end in December Arthur will not be allowed to join Barcelona until the end of the Brazilian season, Gremio president Romildo Bolzan Junior has said.The Catalans reached an agreement over a purchase option for the player in March this year, allowing them to sign him for a fee that could reach €39 million.It was expected Barca would wait until January 2019 to bring the midfielder to Camp Nou but there are claims they will speed up his move due to the departure of Andres Iniesta to Vissel Kobe. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “He’s a footballer for whom we have a purchase option and, when the coaches believe he should come, we will execute this option,” president Josep Maria Bartomeu said this week.However, his Gremio counterpart has insisted they will not part with Arthur until at least December, when their Brasileirao and Copa Libertadores campaigns come to an end.”There’s no chance that Arthur leaves the club in the coming months because it’s already written down, there’s a contract signed and that is not a possibility,” he said, as quoted by Sport.”Barcelona have never brought to the table any interest in signing Arthur halfway through the [Brazilian] season.”The only right that Barca have is an option to buy him, in which case they must do the transaction before July 15.”last_img read more

MLS Eastern Conference produces wild night

first_imgMLS Wild nights in Atlanta and Columbus as the East’s top teams stand firm at home Ives Galarcep 12:12 6/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Josef Martinez Atlanta United Philadelphia Union MLS 2018 Adam Hagy MLS Atlanta United Atlanta United v Philadelphia Union Philadelphia Union Columbus Crew v Toronto Toronto Columbus Crew The defending MLS champion fell apart after taking a three-goal, while a double red card helped the Five Stripes to a win at home Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference standings did not change order on Saturday, but there was plenty of drama and big statements made on a wild day of action.Atlanta United capitalized on a pair of first-half Philadelphia Union red cards to halt the Union’s unbeaten streak in a heated affair at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, while Toronto FC watched a three-goal lead evaporate at MAPFRE Stadium in a 3-3 slugfest against the streaking Crew.New York City FC also maintained its hold on second place in the East with an emphatic 3-0 victory against Orlando City on a night when David Villa was left out of the starting lineup. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The Union went to Atlanta riding a four-match unbeaten streak, having allowed just two goals in four matches, but things fell apart for Philadelphia in the 21st minute when Josef Martinez drew a penalty that led to heated protests from the Union.Alejandro Bedloya drew his second yellow card for attempting to delay Martinez’s penalty kick, which then set off Haris Medunjanin, who drew consecutive yellow cards for verbally attacking referee Sorin Stoica.Martinez eventually converted the penalty kick, but the Union still managed to make the match competitive despite being down to nine men.Philadelphia trailed 2-1 in the 83rd minute when defender Fabinho was rightly whistled for a handball in the penalty area, leading to another Martinez penalty kick, thus ending the Union’s chances for an improbable result.TFC looked well on its way to a badly-needed victory when Sebastian Giovinco scored one of his trademark free kicks in the 54th minute to give the visitors a 3-0 lead on Columbus.Classic Sebastian Giovinco! 💯It’s 3-0 for @torontofc. #CLBvTOR https://t.co/CjJ5oyAZCw— Major League Soccer (@MLS) June 3, 2018But the Crew rallied with three unanswered goals, all coming on plays where Michael Bradley was at fault.Bradley was beaten on a 67th minute header by Gyasi Zardes, then dropped a failed clearance attempt right in front of goal that Alex Crognale slotted home to pull the Crew within 3-2. Bradley’s nightmare concluded with him fouling Zardes in the penalty area for the game-tying penalty kick, converted by Federico Higuain in the 90th minute.The only top Eastern Conference team to lose on Saturday was the New York Red Bulls, who fell to New England at Gillette Stadium. Playing without Tyler Adams and Tim Parker, who were with the U.S. national team for its loss to Ireland, the Red Bulls watched an early lead disappear as the Revolution rallied to a victory that moved them into a tie on points with the Red Bulls for fourth place in the East (though the Red Bulls have two games in hand on New England).A busy week lies ahead, with U.S. Open Cup action taking place on Wednesday, before some more big Eastern Conference clashes headline the MLS slate next week. Atlanta United travels to New York to face NYCFC, while the Red Bulls head to Columbus to try and snap the Crew’s league-best eight-match unbeaten streak.last_img read more

Alberta Law Society calls in independent counsel to review complaints over wrongfully

first_img(Clayton Boucher in his North Battleford, Sask. home in October. Photo: Tamara Pimentel)Kenneth Jackson APTN NewsThe Law Society of Alberta has called in an independent law firm from Manitoba to review complaints against the Crown and defence lawyers in the wrongful conviction of a Metis man in May.It’s done so because defence lawyer Leighton Grey is an adjudicator with the Law Society, as well as the lawyer for Clayton Boucher, 45, who pleaded guilty to drug charges May 30 even though tests showed they weren’t a controlled substance.Only Boucher didn’t know the tests had come back negative.Boucher filed a complaint against Grey and Crown attorney Erwin Schulz in the summer with the Law Society believing his case wasn’t handled properly.The Law Society said Boucher’s complaints, which had been dismissed, are now being reviewed by Allan Fineblit of Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP in Winnipeg.“Mr. Fineblit will review the matter and may be in further contact with you during the review process,” said Paule Armeneau, general counsel and senior manager of regulation with the Law Society.Boucher has maintained he pleaded guilty because he was distraught over losing his wife April 30 in car collision.He spent 129 days in jail and was forced to attend his wife’s funeral in shackles and an orange jail-issued jumpsuit.The convictions would be overturned in September with consent of the prosecution.APTN News first reported Boucher’s wrongful conviction Oct 24.Since then more details have emerged, such as conflicting accounts between Grey and Schulz, as well as when the RCMP got the test results back.Laboratory tests were completed – Feb. 23 and Feb. 24 – on two samples of alleged cocaine according to Health Canada certificates Boucher provided to APTN.The RCMP has refused to tell APTN when it received the results so Boucher said he called the Health Canada lab in British Columbia and asked them.Boucher told APTN he received a call back Friday from the lab informing him the Feb. 24 sample was faxed over that same day, while the Feb. 23 results were faxed Mar. 24 from the lab to the RCMP in Lac La Biche.It is unknown why the Feb. 23 result wasn’t faxed to the RCMP sooner.“I lost more than anyone could imagine,” said Boucher. “I am lost.”Boucher said he was told by the RCMP up to five Mounties face discipline, but the RCMP has only told APTN the matter is under an internal investigation.According to an email from Schulz to the Law Society last month where he defends himself against the complaint filed by Boucher, he wrote the RCMP first informed him the tests came back negative May 3.Schulz provided the Law Society with a timeline following Boucher’s arrest.“May 3, 2017 – The RCMP confirm the seizures did not analyze as cocaine and in turn were buff (cutting agent used to mix with pure cocaine),” Schulz wrote Sept. 28.This is after Schulz said his office requested the results two times – after Mar. 24 – from the RCMP only to be told each time the results were not ready.Also, the Health Canada certificates make no mention of “buff” but rather neither sample was a controlled substance.“May 4, 2017 – I call defence counsel and advise him that the seizures did not analyze as controlled substance. The Crown and counsel agree to a mutual date to have the matter brought forward to May 30, 2017 for summary disposition,” wrote Schulz.On May 15, Grey – Boucher’s Legal Aid-appointed lawyer – contacted Schulz saying Boucher wanted to take a deal and would plead guilty to two counts of simple possession for time served, according to Schulz’s email.However, Grey said Sunday that Schulz informed him the seizures came back with traces of cocaine and that is what he told Boucher.“That is what I was told on 4 May,” wrote Grey to APTN. “The guilty pleas were based upon that.”Boucher confirmed Grey told him the tests found traces.“(Grey) said they found traces of it in the sample bag,” said Boucher recounting the discussion he had with Grey back in May. “He said: ‘Take it. The deal is there.”Based on Grey’s account, Boucher pleaded guilty to under a gram of powder suspected to have just traces of cocaine, something they called “spitballs”.Only there were no traces, at least according to Schulz’s email.At no point in the email does Schulz mention “traces” of cocaine were found. There is also no mention of traces in the Oct. 4 letter from the Law Society dismissing Boucher’s complaint against Schulz.Schulz wrote he and Grey were of the belief the “spitballs” looked and weighed like cocaine and referred directly to the exhibit list.“At no time during the criminal proceeding and sentencing did Mr. Boucher raise concerns that what we alleged to be small amounts of cocaine in his residence with numerous drug paraphernalia was in fact not,” wrote Schulz.However, both Grey and Boucher said he always maintained the so-called drugs were just baking soda.“That is why he instructed me to send several letters asking the Crown to expedite the lab analysis,” Grey wrote. “Mr. Boucher was wronged, but not by me.”Clayton Boucher, 45, looks over court documents related to his wrongful conviction recently in his North Battleford, Sask. home.The Law Society dismissed the complaint against Schulz without two pieces of evidence – the Health Canada certificates and the exhibit list – as well as Schulz writing that the RCMP saying the tests came back negative May 3.“In my view, it does not appear unreasonable for (Schulz) to have incorrectly concluded that the two 0.4 grams were spitballs, especially when you admitted to such when you entered your guilty pleas,” wrote Douglas Morris, information assessment counsel for the Law Society, in his Oct. 4 letter to Boucher.Because Schulz hasn’t responded to questions, APTN went to the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC).“At the time of the pleas, the PPSC Agent believed that the smaller amounts Mr. Boucher pleaded guilty to possessing were a controlled substance, and were not the same material for which negative test results had been received,” said spokesperson Nathalie Houle.“When the PPSC agent became aware that the substance was not a controlled substance, defense counsel was notified the same day and the PPSC took immediate steps to consent to the overturn of the conviction and the entering of the acquittal.”Houle replied with the exact same comment when APTN asked – again – how that is possible based on Schulz’s email to the Law Society.APTN also said another fact in the court documents disputed the PPSC theory. On the list of exhibits, Schulz’s evidence, it lists what was seized during the raid of Boucher’s home Jan. 22 in Lac La Biche, Alta, about 200 km northeast of Edmonton.On the list is two .4 gram samples of suspected cocaine with this written exactly below each seizure: “Need to be send to Health Canada.”That is what Boucher pleaded guilty to.“How does the Crown not know their own disclosure?” said Boucher.The same day Boucher was released on May 30 he went to the RCMP detachment to pick up his belongings.He claimed in a complaint against the RCMP in June that an officer there told him tests on the powder had come back negative. That is when he said he first learned there had been tests, he said.“The complainant was crushed by this,” his complaint states, “and it quickly dawned on him that the RCMP knew all along that the substance was not cocaine but allowed him to plead guilty regardless.”Boucher told APTN the officer said it with a “smirk.”The RCMP complaint began to unravel what happened to Boucher as the RCMP called Schulz July 10.“July 10, 2017 – I received a call from the RCMP who advised Mr. Boucher had filed a public complaint. The RCMP advised that the 0.4 grams were not spitballs rather samples taken from the large bags of cocaine which did not analyze,” wrote Schulz.Schulz said he called Grey the same day to let him know.“Counsel of was of the view that Mr. Boucher would appeal,” wrote Schulz.Grey said he learned of the test results July 10.Boucher had already filed his handwritten appeal on June 15 and his convictions for drugs and breaching release conditions, on separate matter, would be overturned Sept. 26 with the consent of the prosecution.As for the “numerous drug paraphernalia” Schulz said was seized, the exhibit list shows Arm & Hammer baking soda was found in the kitchen cupboard, a silver measuring cup, “Chef Elite” Ziploc bags and tinfoil, the RCMP said was “cooked.”Boucher said most of that is found in homes across the country.Police also found in a black bag next to the TV, a crack pipe and three small baggies that were empty.Boucher said no one asked him whose bag it was but said he had a roommate living with him that had personal drug habit.“I have a criminal record. I am not shy about that,” he said. “But I am not a drug dealer.”Boucher was on bail at the time of his arrest for alleged armed robbery of a clothing store in Lac La Biche back in October 2015. Boucher said RCMP allege a crowbar was used.He said there is no security tape, finger print evidence and he has an alibi for the day in question.Contact Kenneth here: [email protected]last_img read more

Ohio State womens basketball set for stiff test against No 8 Penn

Following a 19-point loss on the road against Wisconsin Sunday, the Ohio State women’s basketball team is in the process of preparing for yet another stiff test against No. 8 Penn State. With a whole week to prepare for this Sunday’s matchup against the Nittany Lions, OSU coach Jim Foster said he is ready to move past the loss to the Badgers. “That was an effort that we had to address for really the first time this year, and it was addressed and that was it,” Foster said. “Now it’s time to move on and have good practices.”  The task of beating Penn State, albeit at home at the Schottenstein Center, might be a tall order for an OSU (11-8, 1-5 Big Ten) squad that has struggled in Big Ten play.  “Everybody has to play their role and people weren’t stepping up to the responsibility,” said senior guard Tayler Hill. “Talk is cheap we just have to play together, it’s as simple as that.”  Meanwhile, Penn State (16-2, 6-0 Big Ten) heads to Columbus on a 10-game winning streak after defeating Minnesota, 64-59, Thursday. The Nittany Lions are 16-2 on the season and undefeated in conference play with a 6-0 record. In fact, Penn State hasn’t lost a contest since a 67-52 drubbing at the hands of then No. 2-ranked Connecticut. The Nittany Lions are led by junior guard Maggie Lucas, who is averaging 19.8 points per game, and senior guard Alex Bentley, who averages 12.9 points per game. “The nice thing is we have had a week to prepare versus preparing for two games in a week,” said OSU senior forward Emilee Harmon. “They have a great backcourt but so do we, so we just have to come out and take care of business like we know we have the ability to do.” OSU is set to tip off against Penn State at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Schottenstein Center. The game will be televised live on the Big Ten Network. read more

Football Three takeaways from No 10 Ohio States 266 win over No

The Ohio State team celebrates after defensive lineman Dre’mont Jones recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the game against Michigan State on Nov. 10. Ohio State won 26-6. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorTraveling to East Lansing, Michigan, facing a team that has given it trouble in the past, No. 10 Ohio State got through its November game against No. 18 Michigan State, defeating the Spartans 26-6 on Saturday.Here are three things Ohio State can take from this game into its next matchup against Maryland on Nov. 17. Defensive line steps up After the Buckeyes’ win against Michigan State, junior defensive end Jonathon Cooper said every game against the Spartans, no matter the rank of the teams involved, is two things: tough and physical. The Spartans came in with a reputation to uphold, carrying the No. 1 rush defense in the country. But the Ohio State rush defense showed what it could do. The Buckeyes allowed 54 yards on 18 carries, with opposing backs averaging three yards per carry. But the majority of those rushing yards came on one single play. Michigan State redshirt freshman quarterback Rocky Lombardi recorded one 47-yard rush in the third quarter. Other than that, the Buckeye defensive front was stifling, allowing seven yards on 17 carries, including one yard for sophomore running back and leading rusher Connor Heyward. Ohio State also provided a consistent pressure in the backfield, getting both to Lombardi and redshirt junior quarterback Brian Lewerke in the backfield. Despite only recording two tackles for loss and no sacks, the Ohio State defensive line recorded six quarterback hits, including three by sophomore defensive end Chase Young. These quarterback rushes led to rushed throws by both quarterbacks, creating turnovers, including an interception by redshirt freshman safety Shaun Wade. Haskins continues to struggle Playing in the middle of mid-20s weather with consistent wind, redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins feels like he did relatively well, other than a deep threat to redshirt senior wide receiver Terry McLaurin.“The deep ball I had to Terry, I let that one go,” Haskins said. “I probably should have taken a little bit off of that one, but otherwise than that, I was pretty accurate all day.” Haskins was accurate in terms of a normal quarterback. However, with the numbers he has put up this season, it still was a bit of a down game for the redshirt sophomore. Completing 68.3 percent of his passes this season, Haskins completed 61.5 percent of his throws on Saturday, the third-lowest percentage in a game for him this season. He also recorded the fewest passing yards in a single game this season, throwing for 227 yards, with his longest going for 25 yards. Haskins’ only touchdown pass against Michigan State was on a 1-yard shovel pass to redshirt senior wide receiver Parris Campbell for the first score of the game. Yes, Haskins missed redshirt senior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon twice because of drops, but the quarterback did not show that same electricity he has brought to games in the past. People can blame the weather, can blame the play-calling with the focus on the running game, especially after finding success with it last week against Nebraska. However, despite what Haskins said postgame, his stats show another down game for the quarterback. Ohio State secondary continues familiar narrative This might sound familiar. One Michigan State wide receiver, sophomore Cody White, brought in eight of his 14 targets for a season high 115 yards, the second highest total of his career. White led the team in targets, recording five more than the second-most. The Spartans focused on one receiver, in a similar way to what Purdue did with freshman Rondale Moore or Nebraska did split between senior Stanley Morgan Jr. and sophomore JD Spielman. The Ohio State secondary did find success against both Lewerke and Lombardi, allowing 37.5 percent of their passes to be complete, with the help of a consistently rushing defensive line. The secondary broke up seven passes as a team on Saturday. Junior linebacker Malik Harrison and sophomore cornerback Jeffrey Okudah, who returned from injury on Saturday, recorded two. Redshirt junior cornerback Damon Arnette also recorded one on a nice one-on-one coverage play in the first quarter. But the narrative continues. An opposing quarterback finds a favorite receiver to target against Ohio State with the Buckeyes’ secondary having trouble stopping him. read more

Guardiola plots £100m bid for Chelsea star Eden Hazard

first_imgManchester City boss, Pep Guardiola is at the moment plotting a striking £100m swoop for Chelsea star, Eden Hazard.For some time now, Hazard’s future at Chelsea has been up uncertain but it seems Guardiola is going to change that by making the Chelsea ace his number one transfer target this summer.Guardiola is confident he can bring Hazard to the Etihad, but he will have to break the British transfer record by handing Hazard a deal worth £300,000-a-week, according to Daily Star.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.In all the transfer rumours trailing 27-year-old Hazard, there’s been a continuous mention of Real Madrid, with the La Liga giants desperate for fresh faces this summer.It’s safe to say Guardiola plots to beat his old rivals, Real Madrid and secure Hazard in what would unarguably be one of the best signings of the summer.Guardiola joined Manchester city since 2016 and has proven his worth by guiding them to the league title with a record tally of 100 points in this season alone.last_img read more

Ronaldos arrival is extremely important Igli Tare

first_imgThe Lazio sporting director believes the new Juventus footballer is one of the best things that could have happened to the Italia Serie AEverybody keeps talking about Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in the Italian Serie A.And now is the turn of Lazio sporting director Igli Tare, who believes the ex-Real Madrid arrival is extremely important for the league.“The arrival of Ronaldo in Italy is extremely important,” Tare told sport1 as reported by Football Italia.“I see his arrival as very positive.”Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“It’s triggered something incredible in Italy, all the best Italian clubs have taken risks this summer to do transfers to compete both domestically and internationally,” he said.“Ronaldo is important for the image of the league. We’re talking about a player with very high quality, this transfer is definitely a boost for Italian football.”“The Portuguese is still at an age where he can best express his football and wants to succeed in one of the best leagues in the world,” he said.“That’s his objective and I take my hat off to him, but the Italian league is the most difficult in the world.”last_img read more