San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has taken a leave of absence from the team, according to 49ers CEO Jed York.The football player is scheduled to get treatment after being arrested Friday for suspicion of driving under the influence. After the incident, Smith apologized and acknowledged that he needs help.“First off, I wanted to apologize to the team, the organization, my family and everybody I let down,” he said. “I also wanted to let it be known that this is a problem and it’s something that I will get fixed, and that I’ll do everything in my power to make sure that this never happens again.”“I also wanted to let everybody know that once again I’m sorry.”The linebacker was arrested early Friday morning after his truck hit a tree. Two days after being jailed, Smith played for San Francisco and had five tackles in a 27-7 loss against the Colts. York talked about the team’s decision to play Smith.“Our opinion is if you’re sitting someone down and paying them to sit down when they’re going to seek treatment in the future, we didn’t feel like that was an appropriate punishment,” York said. “We’re not trying to circumvent what the NFL will do. This is about making sure that Aldon has the opportunity to work on something, to get better, and he knows that he has our support and hopefully he has everybody’s support in something that is going to be very difficult.”When asked how long Smith would be out, York said, “It will be indefinite. There’s no timetable.”
Cubs: Sammy, if you come clean about your PED use and start acting normal, we’ll embrace you again and invite you back to Wrigley Field.Sammy Sosa: pic.twitter.com/XOJQHYWOmY— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) February 11, 2018 Why is Sammy Sosa out here looking like Tattoo from Fantasy Island? pic.twitter.com/GfPMAtKgUw— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) February 11, 2018 Less than a year after his noticeably lighter skin sent Twitter users into a tizzy, Sammy Sosa has struck the same shock in the public once again. A photo surfaced over the weekend of Sosa celebrating his wife’s birthday at a cowboy-themed party. While the western costume is eye-catching, what most people focused on was Sosa’s complexion.“Sammy Sosa outchea looking like a peppermint in the bottom of my purse,” one person tweeted of Sonia Sosa’s celebration picture.Anyone who bleaches their skin to the level that Sammy Sosa has needs to know, you can ‘try to wash away your skin color,’” a person said. “But you can’t wash away the facts: You are Black. Self-hate is a monster!”“Sammy Sosa really gave it all up to be a white man from San Antonio,” someone else said.“The world deserves a ’30 for 30 on the last decade of Sammy Sosa’s life,” tweeted another.The Dominican ex-MLB star has explained away his skin lightening in the past, telling Univision’s “Primer Impacto,” “it’s a cream that I have, that I use to soften [my skin], but [it] has bleached me some.”Sammy Sosa in 5 years pic.twitter.com/9ENDQEzalL— KEVO (@Kevo_Bevo) February 11, 2018
FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions currently give the Carolina Panthers a less than 1 percent chance of making the playoffs. In the video above, Reuben Fischer-Baum walks us through the unlikely scenario that would allow the 6-8 Panthers to squeak into the playoffs as an NFC wild-card team. Share on Facebook
Best known for his ability to make his opposition pay with his legs, Pryor has rarely been seen as a player who was going to dominate with his arm, until he did so against Oregon. Whether the 266 yards and two touchdowns against the Ducks to win the Rose Bowl is going to be just one game or an every-game possibility remains to be seen. Pryor, however, continues to work in order to be known as a quarterback, not just an athlete lining up at the position. “I felt a little bit like it last year, but I was still going through the motions,” Pryor said. “Last year, I was trying to please people. People were saying I couldn’t play quarterback, and I feel like I was trying to prove people wrong.” He did at times silence his doubters, especially in the Rose Bowl, where his blend of pass and run finally bewildered a defense. After other games like OSU’s loss to Purdue, however, the talk that Pryor can’t play quarterback was heard loud and clear. In the second half of his career, Pryor knows he must eliminate the mistakes and mental errors which have affected him in seasons past. He said for him, the game is finally starting to change. “It’s all about decision making,” Pryor said. “I make a lot better decisions and the game has really, really slowed down. When you first get here, you’re kind of thinking ‘Is this ever going to slow down for me? Is this ever going to be easy like high school?’ Finally, it really slowed down.” The expectations for him, which were sky high when he stepped onto campus, have continued to rise. Not only his expectations for himself, but those of his fans, teammates and coaches have risen substantially. He was expected to manage games and limit mistakes, like he did later in the season against Iowa and Michigan. He will now be expected to win games and make plays as the most experienced weapon on a veteran offense. “He is a junior and the expectations here raise a little bit, meaning within the walls of the folks who are doing this every day,” coach Jim Tressel said. “I think just in general his calmness and his command have improved through the course of these first seven practices, and I think it really began heading in that direction during the month-long bowl practice as well.” One word will finally stop being used to describe the nation’s former No. 1 recruit: young. At times in the first two seasons, when a pass didn’t find a receiver or the ball was intercepted or fumbled, the fact that Pryor was new to the game of college football was used to buy him more time. That will no longer be the case, as Pryor is now on the backside of his career. Both highs and lows have encompassed Terrelle Pryor’s career so far, but as he ventures into the second half of his time at the helm, he is still working on that one final word to describe his game as a quarterback: complete. Pryor admitted it took time for him to realize that college football wasn’t going to come as easily as high school football did, when he “was a quarterback who could throw the deep pass 60-yards and would connect with somebody,” he said. Now Pryor isn’t looking to just find his receiver, but do all the things a quarterback should when completing a pass. He said he has worked tirelessly on timing and footwork, trying to complete a pass to his receivers in stride while also putting the ball on the correct shoulder. “I never worked on accuracy or did accuracy drills. That’s my girlfriend over there,” Pryor said with a laugh as he pointed to the accuracy throwing net. “I throw through that net all the time, me and coach [Eric] Lichter, and we work constantly three times a week.” “We come over here for about an hour and he goes to work with me and pushes me hard,” Pryor said. “It’s all about fighting yourself and making yourself better so you can eventually lead the team and make them better.” For Pryor to finally become a complete quarterback, he will have to master the art of decision making. If the Rose Bowl was any indication of what defenses he will have to deal with in 2010, Pryor will be difficult to contain. Pryor said his decision-making process will be judged by the game situation and if he feels like he could easily pick up the yards or a first down with his legs, he would do so. He has worked to improve his arm but he doesn’t want to forget what makes him such a threat. “I never want to lose that part of my game,” Pryor said of his scrambling ability. “You never can because then you are taking away from God’s gift that he gave you. That’s what God gave me, legs and an arm, and now I’m finally getting my arm involved and the defense has a lot of trouble to work on.” The progression of Pryor has taken part mostly on the field, but he didn’t doubt that he sees changes in himself off the field as well. Maturity and growth is something all players strive to experience, but for Pryor, his progression as a quarterback and even as a person have come full circle. “I feel like I’m more of a people person now. I feel like I have a relief off my chest,” Pryor said. “I can be just happy all the time and enjoy my teammates and talk with all my teammates no matter who it is and hold conversations with people outside of football. I feel great as an individual and I feel great as a quarterback.”
Members of the OSU football team huddle around coach Urban Meyer during the first day of fall practice Aug. 4 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus.Credit: Tim Moody / Lantern sports editorOhio State football coach Urban Meyer took to the weekly Big Ten coaches teleconference Tuesday afternoon and discussed topics ranging from his team’s depth chart to the Buckeyes’ weekend matchup with Cincinnati and an HBO “Real Sports” episode featuring the third-year OSU coach scheduled to air Tuesday night.The Buckeyes are 2-1 on the season coming off a bye week following a 66-0 win against Kent State on Sept. 13.As he has in the past, Meyer said the offensive line is “still a work in progress.” He said the coaching staff is looking for the best five or six guys at the position to put out on the field.He said the depth chart is mostly set outside of the offensive line, apart from a couple of positions where players still rotate in and out.Meyer said he didn’t know the path the HBO “Real Sports” interview would take when he accepted it. Ended up focusing largely on health concerns towards the end of his coaching stint at Florida. He said those health concerns only came towards the end of his tenure with the Gators. “Most of my career I was very health conscious, and I’m doing that right now.”Meyer said “academic people have a lot of respect for” junior defensive lineman Adolphus Washington. Added that Washington is a “very good student” but still has a ways to go to reach his potential as a player, “because he is a really talented player.” Said he is close to becoming a “special player,” just needs to find his way onto the field as an every-down guy.He said the best players want to go against the best competition in practice. Named junior offensive lineman Taylor Decker wanting to take on sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa as an example.Meyer said senior cornerback Doran Grant is “night and day” from where he was last season as a leader and player. “He’s always been a decent person and a pretty good teammate, but he was never a great player.”He said OSU’s game against Cincinnati on Saturday will be Grant and the pass defense’s first legitimate challenge of the season. “This will be a giant test for us.”Meyer said the matchup with the Bearcats will be a “great environment” for recruiting.The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Cincinnati on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Ohio Stadium.
Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) hands the ball off to sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) during a game against Cinicinnati on Sept. 27 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 50-28.Credit: Jon McAllister / Asst. photo editorThe Ohio State Buckeyes are 3-1 heading into conference play as they are scheduled to take on the Maryland Terrapins on Saturday.The Terrapins, who are playing their first Big Ten home game, boast a 4-1 record and sit atop the east division. OSU is one of three Big Ten teams that have yet to play a conference game this season. As the Buckeyes prepare for their trip to College Park, Md., The Lantern sports editors have come up with a list of five things we think you should watch for when OSU squares off with Maryland.1. What will the atmosphere be like at Byrd Stadium?Saturday’s game at Byrd Stadium is arguably the biggest game in Maryland’s football history as the team plays its first home game as a member of the Big Ten. Byrd Stadium holds 54,000, which is just less than half of Ohio Stadium’s record crowd from last week of 108,362. Despite the significantly smaller stadium, you can bet that the Maryland faithful will be loud and give the Buckeye offense some problems. Even playing at home, OSU was guilty of six false starts last week against Cincinnati. The matchup with the Buckeyes is something that Maryland coach Randy Edsall said in July at Big Ten media days he believes will create an exciting atmosphere. “Well, I think it will be electric. I think it will be a sold-out crowd. It will be something that I know our fans are looking forward to,” Edsall said. “And it will be something that I think everybody that’s in attendance and everybody that gets a chance to watch on TV wished that they were there, because I think it will be a ton of excitement.”The game will mark the first meeting between the two schools and the first meeting between OSU coach Urban Meyer and Edsall. 2. Will the Buckeye secondary be able to slow down Stefon Diggs?The junior wide receiver for the Terrapins earned all sorts of preseason honors, despite missing half of the 2013 season because of a broken leg suffered Oct. 19, and no doubt has the attention of the Buckeye secondary and coaching staff. Even though Diggs missed six games last season, he still earned All-ACC honorable mention honors, in addition to being named to the preseason Biletnikoff award watch list, which lists the best receivers in the country. The last time the Buckeyes went up against a high profile wide receiver, Clemson’s Sammy Watkins torched the OSU secondary as he caught 16 passes for 227 yards and two scores. Even last week against Cincinnati, the Buckeyes allowed touchdowns of 60, 83 and 78 yards as the Bearcats threw for 352 yards through the air.If the Buckeyes want to come out of College Park with a win, they will need to at least slow down Diggs, as there isn’t a good chance they will be able to shut him down altogether. 3. Was sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott a one-hit wonder?Elliott — pegged as Carlos Hyde’s heir apparent before the season — has started off somewhat slowly in 2014.Instead of taking over the starting job without a question, he was listed as a co-starter with redshirt-senior Rod Smith and freshman Curtis Samuel to start the year. Last Saturday at Ohio Stadium, it was clear that had changed.Smith and Samuel both still played as the Buckeyes beat Cincinnati, 50-28, and Smith had his best game of the season, but Elliott stole the show. He totaled career highs with 28 carries for 182 yards and a touchdown and didn’t lose yardage on any carry. He also finished second on the team with five receptions and added 51 yards through the air.If Elliott can keep up even anything close to that level of production, he might be able to make the coaching staff and fans forget the name Hyde — at least for the time being.4. What’s the next trick up the distributor’s sleeve?Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett has filled in for injured senior Braxton Miller by loading his shelves with a total of four weekly Big Ten awards just four starts into his career.One thing he’s done differently than Miller is spread the ball around to an even greater range of targets, earning him his “distributor” nickname. Against Cincinnati, Barrett completed passes to 10 different targets and found time to pick up 79 yards on the ground as well.He’s certainly played at least as well as OSU fans could have hoped, but are there more tricks to come from the Wichita Falls, Texas, native?5. Youth vs. experienceIn the matchup with the Bearcats, freshman linebacker Raekwon McMillan found himself thrust onto the field more often than expected from a player with little experience under his belt.According to the coaching staff, McMillan saw the field more in place of senior Curtis Grant because of his ability in pass defense, which is something that might be important again against the Terrapins.McMillan has shone bright in spot duty and had a decent game against the Bearcats, but every time he steps on the field, he adds a new dimension to the defense. That just means a matchup with the high-flying Maryland offense could be a coming out party for the freshman.
Caption: Freshman goalie Jill Rizzo saves a shot against Vermont Credit: Walt Middleton – Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe Ohio State women’s lacrosse team is set to embark on a four-game road voyage, beginning with Duquesne at 3 p.m. on Friday. Their previous five games, however, have been the start of a new era for Division I women’s lacrosse, the shot-clock era.The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel implemented a 90-second shot clock for the first time in collegiate women’s lacrosse history beginning this year. This was done in hopes of reducing the impact of clock management and to speed up the pace of play. “You know from two different perspectives, every team is always in it, right? Even if you are down by five or six goals,” OSU coach Alexis Venechanos said. “Maybe in that second half you are going to have an opportunity to get the ball back and continue to execute well and on attack, get back in the game.”Similar to basketball, the men’s lacrosse game adapted a shot clock prior to the women’s game. The possession timer in men’s lacrosse is 60 seconds shorter than the women’s shot clock, but serves the same purpose of forcing play to be initiated quickly.Already this season, the OSU women’s lacrosse team is averaging five more shots per game than they were last year, giving the Buckeyes an increase in goals scored per game, 11.94 last season compared to this year’s 13.20. Senior midfielder Paulina Constant, however, doesn’t feel like the shot clock has changed the team’s strategy.“It speeds the game up a little bit, it’s nothing too dramatic,” Constant said. “In practice we practice with the shot clock … but other than that there is no really game plan with the shot clock, you’re aware of it. When it gets to a certain point we have a play to get into.”The shot clock will count down from 90 and will only be reset once a shot on goal has been attempted. In 2018, the rule will also be instituted at the Division II and III levels.The Buckeyes have seemed to benefit from the new shot clock but much of that benefit has to do with a deep offensive repertoire. OSU has the top two leading scorers in the Big Ten — four-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week, freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez and junior attacker Molly Wood — with 15 and 14 goals, respectively.“All athletes want to compete and get shots up and use their natural athletic ability,” Venechanos said. “If we continue to shoot well those five more possessions will end up with some goals.”The Buckeyes will begin their road stint against the Duquesne Dukes (0-1) who dropped their first game of the year to Penn State. Games against Notre Dame, Holy Cross and Harvard round out what will be a true test of what this year’s team is capable of. “We have different styles we’re going to have to be ready for,” Venechanos said. The No. 8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 6-1 on the season and boast wins over Michigan and fellow lacrosse powerhouse, No. 9 Duke. Notre Dame’s leading goal scorer (27) and points getter (35), senior attacker Cortney Fortunato, poses a real threat to the Buckeyes’ defense.The game against Duquesne is set for a 3 p.m. face-off on Friday, while the match-up with Notre Dame will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in South Bend, Indiana.
Wyatt and Colin discuss Ohio State’s upcoming battle with Penn State, women’s volleyball’s major upset win against Penn State, men’s soccer’s continued woes and the start of the women’s hockey season. Ohio State has an easy road to the College Football Playoff? You’re McSorely mistaken.
Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo says he will be moving with full force to get as much help as possible to ensure that sanctions are placed on President David Granger and his Cabinet, declaring that the president will lose his immunity after Thursday, March 21.Guyana will be entering uncharted waters after Thursday as the three-month constitutionally mandated period -for election after a no-confidence motion- will come to a conclusion.But President David Granger has expressed little to no worry, claiming that everything remains the same until an election is held.However, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has a different view.In fact, Jagdeo said on Wednesday that Granger will lose his immunity.“One thing that is clear in all of the opinion we have received, that the government will be illegal from March 22. We have had politically here the Government shall become illegal. Lawyers are saying that this is some coup d’état against the constitution- illegal occupation of office. Every act that he undertakes. He will lose all his immunities, can’t claim entitlement” Jagdeo told the media at a press conference.By that he means Granger will also be illegally occupying his office and failing to act in accordance with the constitution of Guyana.Based on the advice of Opposition lawyers, every act that he conducts or undertakes after March 21. He will be answerable to all acts.While Jagdeo says his party plans to lobby international sanctions against the coalition, he noted that they will also organise protests.He however made it clear that these protests will not be destructive or violent as was with the protests organised by the PNC days gone by.“We have made it clear. We are very diffident from the PNC. We will not burn a single building as they did. We will not damage public infrastructure; we will not beat people on the streets or harass them” Jagdeo revealed.He added that Guyana will be faced with a crisis due to the Government’s failure to comply with the supreme law of the land. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJagdeo stands by “Chase them out” remarkMarch 12, 2019In “latest news”PPP/C will not return to National Assembly to extend life of “illegal” govt- JagdeoJune 24, 2019In “latest news”Jagdeo sets conditions for extending elections date beyond March 21March 5, 2019In “latest news”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedKohli slams RCB’s ‘reckless batting’April 24, 2017In “latest news”From brink of elimination, Virat Kohli drags RCB into first qualifierMay 23, 2016In “Sports”‘We just didn’t grab on to our chances’ – Virat KohliApril 2, 2019In “latest news” Virat KohliVirat Kohli has chuckled at the suggestion that not winning the IPL is a frustration for him, and said it doesn’t matter to him if his legacy is judged based on that.Kohli has been with Royal Challengers Bangalore since the team’s inception and their designated captain since 2013. Royal Challengers are among the three active teams – Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab are the other two – who have never won the title, although they have been runners-up on three occasions. Under Kohli, they were in the play-offs in 2015 and runners-up in 2016. However, they have finished eighth and sixth in the last two years.This middling record prompted Gautam Gambhir to say earlier this week that Kohli was ‘very lucky’ that Royal Challengers had retained him as captain for so long, and that he had a long way to go before being spoken about in the same bracket as multiple-IPL-winning captains like Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni.“Obviously, you want to win the IPL,” Kohli said on the eve of the IPL season-opener in Chennai. “I am doing what I am supposed to do. I don’t care whether I am going to be judged on this [not winning IPL] or not. There is no real, sort of, parameters you set. I try to perform wherever I can. I try to win all the possible titles, but sometimes it just doesn’t happen. We have to be practical about why we haven’t won one. That boils down to bad decision-making in pressure situations.“If I think like people from outside, I can’t even sustain five games. I would be sitting at home. I know people talk about it a lot and they like to grab opportunities to talk about these things. But I have a responsibility here and given a chance, as a captain, I would love to win the IPL for my team. We all are motivated to do so.”Kohli reiterated the point he made last week that decision-making in pressure situations had cost Royal Challengers in big matches, adding that he sees enough proof that his team are contenders this year.“It [winning the title] has not happened and that’s the reality,” he said. “No excuses for that. Only acceptance of the faults that we made in the past. The fact that we played six [five] semi-finals means that we have been a side who are always in contention. If we make better decisions, we can go further than that. That’s how I see things.” (ESPNCricinfo)