Windies lose opener despite Mohammed, Carter efforts

first_imgENGLANDJ Roy lbw b Gabriel 13S Billings c C Brathwaite b Nurse 52J Root b Gabriel 4E Morgan run out 107J Buttler c Carter b Nurse 14B Stokes c Holder b Bishoo 55Moeen Ali not out 31C Woakes not out 0Extras (lb7, w12, nb1) 20TOTAL (6 wkts, 50 overs) 296Did not bat: A Rashid, L Plunkett, S Finn.Fall of wickets: 1-23 (Roy, 5.3 overs), 2-29 (Root, 7.2), 3-96 (Billings, 21.3), 4-129 (Buttler, 26), 5-239 (Stokes, 44.4), 6-292 (Morgan, 49.3)Bowling: Holder 9-1-46-0 (w2), Gabriel 10-0-58-2 (w2, nb1), C Brathwaite 10-1-54-0 (w1), Nurse 10-0-57-2 (w1), Bishoo 6-0-49-1 (w5), Mohammed 5-0-25-0.WEST INDIESK Brathwaite c Rashid b Woakes 14E Lewis c Billings b Woakes 21K Powell c Roy b Plunkett 1+S Hope c Finn b Rashid 31J Mohammed run out 72J Carter c Roy b Plunkett 52*J Holder c wkp Buttler b Plunkett 4C Brathwaite c Root b Woakes 12A Nurse lbw b Woakes 21D Bishoo not out 12S Gabriel c wkp Buttler b Plunkett 0Extras (lb4, w7) 11TOTAL (all out, 47.2 overs) 251Fall of wickets: 1-36 (Lewis, 9.2 overs), 2-37 (Powell, 10.2), 3-39 (K Brathwaite, 11.4), 4-108 (Hope, 24.3), 5-190 (Carter, 38.2), 6-201 (Holder, 40.2), 7-210 (Mohammed, 42), 8-224 (CR Brathwaite, 44.3), 9-250 (Nurse, 46.3), 10-251 (Gabriel, 47.2).Bowling: Finn 9-0-49-0 (w1), Woakes 9-1-47-4 , Root 5-0-31-0 (w1), Plunkett 8.2-1-40-4 (w3), Moeen Ali 7-0-37-0, Rashid 9-1-43-1 (w2).Result: England won by 45 runs.Series: England lead three-match series 1-0.Man-of-the-Match: Eoin Morgan.Toss: West Indies.Umpires: G Brathwaite, R Palliyaguruge; TV – C Gaffaney. ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):Jason Mohammed hit a maiden One-Day International half-century and Jonathan Carter gathered his third but West Indies failed to come to grips with a challenging run chase, and slumped to a 45-run defeat to England in the opening game of a three-match series here yesterday.Asked to overhaul 297 after England captain Eoin Morgan had struck his 10th ODI hundred, West Indies lost wickets in clusters and were bowled out for 251 in the 48th over, to suffer their sixth one-day defeat in their last eight outings.Mohammed, in only his third ODI and his first international appearance in two years, top-scored with 72 while Carter weighed in with a robust 52 and Shai Hope, 31.The right-handed Mohammed anchored two successive half stands, which pulled West Indies around from danger at 39 for three in the 12th over and lifted them into a strong position at 190 for four in the 39th over.But Carter’s dismissal signalled a decline for the hosts and they lost their last wickets for 61 runs in the space of 54 balls, to fall behind in the series.SECOND GAMESeamers Liam Plunkett (4-40) and Chris Woakes (4-47) did nearly all the damage, grabbing four wickets apiece, to underline a potent England performance ahead of Sunday’s second game at the same venue.Sent in, the tourists slumped to 29 for two in the eighth over after speedster Shannon Gabriel struck twice early on but the left-handed Morgan came to his side’s rescue with a superb 107 off 116 deliveries.All-rounder Ben Stokes hit 55 and opener Sam Billings gathered 52, while Moeen Ali came at the end to produce a cameo unbeaten 31 from 22 balls.Following a half-hour delayed start because of wet run-ups and then rain, England found themselves stunned after Gabriel prised out Jason Roy (13) and Joe Root (4) cheaply.Roy, dropped by captain Jason Holder off a caught and bowled chance in the fifth over, perished in the following over – lbw on the back foot to one which kept low.Gabriel then got the prized wicket of Root, spectacularly bowling the right-hander with a quick delivery which jagged back and found the batsman rooted to the crease.However, Morgan arrived to steady the innings, anchoring three partnerships which ensured England reached the fourth highest total at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium.He put on 67 for the third wicket with Billings, 110 for the fifth wicket with Stokes before adding a further 53 with Moeen Ali for the sixth wicket.Morgan, dropped on four in the 11th over by Kieran Powell at first slip off the first ball of seamer Carlos Brathwaite’s opening spell, made the most of the opportunity to raise his 32nd ODI half-century off 67 balls in the 31st over.He then required only another 45 deliveries to reach three figures, clearing the ropes at mid-wicket with Brathwaite to bring up the landmark in the 48th over.In reply, West Indies were given a solid if not spectacular start of 36 by left-hander Evin Lewis who made 21 and Kraigg Brathwaite who scored 14.LEADING EDGELewis was looking ominous when against the run of play, he pulled an innocuous delivery from Woakes into the lap of deep mid-wicket in the 10th over.Powell, making a return to international cricket following a three-year break, failed to impress as he perished in the 11th over for one, caught at point off a leading edge by Jason Roy off Plunkett.And in the following over, Brathwaite found himself in a tangle against an ordinary short ball from Woakes and swatted a simple catch to Adil Rashid at mid-on.Mohammed then instigated a recovery, first in a 69-run, fourth wicket stand with Hope and then in an entertaining 82-run, fifth wicket partnership with Carter.All told, he faced 91 balls and struck seven fours.SCOREBOARDlast_img read more


Half-time: Fulham 0 Middlesbrough 2

first_imgMiddlesbrough raced into a two-goal lead inside 20 minutes thanks to Albert Adomah’s header and a penalty by Grant Leadbitter.Adomah put Boro ahead after just three minutes when he connected with Stewart Downing’s cross to the back post.Leadbitter converted from the spot after David Nugent was brought down inside the box by Chris Baird.Fulham lost Ryan Fredericks to injury after 22 minutes and he was replaced by Moussa Dembele, who forced Boro keeper Dimitrios Konstantopolous to save a bicycle-kick from close range.And Michael Madl saw a goal-bound header cleared off the line by Ritchie De Laet just before half-time.Fulham Lonergan; Fredericks (Dembele 22), Stearman, Madl, Burn, Garbutt; Parker, Baird; Tunnicliffe, Cairney; McCormackSubs: Lewis, Richards, Kacaniklic, Labyad, O’Hara, HyndmanFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


Treasure Trove of Rare Species Found in Papua New Guinea

first_imgThere are still untouched areas on our planet.  Scientists announced the discovery of a “lost world” of new species of birds and mammals in a remote section of Papua New Guinea with no sign of trails or roads.  The news media are all abuzz with the exciting announcement: see MSNBC, National Geographic, BBC News, EurekAlert and LiveScience.  Rare mammals found include an egg-laying echidna and a golden-mantled tree kangaroo.  Exotic rhododendrons, palms, insects, and frogs round out the dozens of new species found so far.  The team was dropped into the remote habitat by helicopter and has only scratched the surface of the diversity of living creatures that call this area home.  Not even the native people had seen it.Isn’t it great to know there are still things to discover in the wild?  Maybe you would like to visit the area with Google Earth.  This is surely one of the most dramatic findings in recent years and should provide biologists with much to study.  Notice that these creatures all exist in the present.  Tales about their supposed evolution will undoubtedly come later when the Darwin Party storytelling brigade sets up base camp.  Despite reporters’ hyperbole, this wasn’t Eden, and this “lost world” was never lost.  People are sometimes, but these animals knew exactly where they were.  Do you?(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


Quality wheat adds value every step of the way

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There is no doubt that wheat has benefits in a crop rotation, but in recent years profitability, quality issues, added workload, and other factors have diminished wheat acres in Ohio. Adding to the frustration with wheat has been the dockage at the elevator.Adam Kirian in Hancock County accepts that it can be a frustrating crop sometimes, but still appreciates the importance of wheat in his rotation for the great value it brings to his farm.“You have to think about the fact that wheat is closer to going directly to the consumer when we take it out of the field as compared to corn and soybeans. It is going to be turned into a food product right away. That is what it is for. You have to understand what they are looking for as a food product. Wheat has turned into the redheaded stepchild of the three crops and it hasn’t gotten the treatment it needs to be a viable option. When you see $5 or $6 corn, it can make you go away from something like that, but we have livestock so we need the straw and the manure acres,” Kirian said. “When you are busy planting corn and soybeans, it is easy to forget about the other crop you have out there, but if wheat is something you are going to raise then you have to give it more attention. As the testing for wheat has changed and what they look for in terms of quality has changed, we have had to step up the way we manage wheat as well and pay more attention to it. We have tried to get a little more intense in our management of wheat and the way we go about producing it.”Adam Kirian in Hancock County feels that wheat is still a valuable part of his farm.Harvesting high quality wheat starts with planting in the fall.“We look more at the varieties to avoid head scab and fungicide applications. We have selected earlier bean varieties so we can get the wheat out earlier,” he said. “We are working with split nitrogen applications and try come back in with foliar at some point. In warm, humid conditions you have to stay on top of things. Last year, as it got warmer and wetter, we started hearing horror stories and we knew stuff was starting to sprout and it was frustrating. But the elevators have to do what needs to be done to get a good end product to their end users. We are fortunate to have Mennel Milling right here in Fostoria and if I can get them a good quality product I can take it directly to them and get a premium for it.”When the wheat gets to the elevator, it is subjected to increasing scrutiny as end users are facing more requirements in terms of food safety and quality, said Chad Rosebrook, with Legacy Farmers Cooperative. It all starts with getting a good, representative sample from each load with standardized sampling techniques.“When the load first comes to the elevator, it obviously gets probed and a sample is collected from everyChad Rosebrook, with Legacy Farmers Cooperative, works closely with farmers to help maintain high quality wheat.load. From that sample we go through and test it for various quality factors. We look at moisture, test weight, dockage and all of that. One of the factors that is becoming more of a sticking point for elevators is vomitoxin. That is very important to the elevator because the level of vomitoxin in the wheat greatly affects the markets that are available to us to sell the wheat,” Rosebrook said. “It is not fun for the elevator to dock a guy for vomitoxin in his wheat, but vomitoxin does greatly reduce the markets that we have available. The amount of vomitoxin can make it only useable for feed and that wheat is worth less. We can’t sell it to millers who use it for flour and human consumption.”At the elevator, the samples are divided into smaller 1,000-gram samples. These are tested for dockage, moisture and test weight. A clean sample is ground for the vomitoxin test — 20 grams of the ground sample are mixed in solution of 100 milliliters of distilled water. A sample from the solution is tested with a test strip to get the vomitoxin reading.At a mill, there are even more tests, said Diane Gannon, a milling industry consultant.“The samples are processed in the grain receiving laboratory. There they are evaluated for their suitability for milling in terms of physical characteristics and food safety so the grain can be milled properly, efficiently and so the mills are getting their money’s worth out of that grain. The food safety testing is becoming more prevalent and that is what often slows things down. Technologies, though, have advanced so much that the tests can be done at the same time labs are processing samples for regular grading factors, so it now takes minutes for completion rather than a half an hour like it used to,” Gannon said. “For wheat, the bulk density or test weight measures the density of that grain. In a flourmill, the pipe can only hold so much volume and if the grain is heavier, the mill will be more efficient in their production. They can get more flour out of a bushel of grain if it is denser. Moisture, of course, is important for grain storage. You don’t want it to become sour in the bins if you are going to hold onto it, so keeping it below 14% is crucial for storage, but also allows the millers to add sufficient water (tempering) during their process, which allows efficient separation of the wheat into flour, and milling byproducts.“Damage, shrunken and broken and dockage are physical characteristics of importance in milling, as the miller has to clean these kernels away from the sound grain in order to mill the grain for flour. Of course there are bugs that love grain and the inspection labs are looking for those too. At a mill they are closer to the food chain and are a little more fussy about those things verses a grain elevator that has more opportunity to do a little blending and have other outlets for that grain.”In addition to these tests, mills also often use a falling number test.“A falling number test is a measure that heats and thickens water and flour in a paste in a test tube. If you have ever tried to make gravy in a pan with flour and water and it doesn’t thicken when you stir it and heat it, it is because the grain for the flour had started to sprout and the seed started to eat the starch. The starch is what thickens your gravy. Falling number measures in seconds how long it takes a rod to fall from the top to the bottom of a test tube. If it is a high number like 350 seconds, that is a sound number measurement for wheat. If it is below 250 seconds, that means the grain has probably started to sprout,” Gannon said. “The ideal falling number depends on how you are going to use the flour. If I were going to make a cookie, completely sound grain may not be as important and the flour may have a lower (250 – 350) specification for falling number levels, versus another operation producing bread or gravy mix, or a soup, which requires completely sound grain relating to sprout. It is difficult in the grain grading process at the inspection laboratory, because it may appear completely sound to the naked eye, however the chemistry which breaks down the starch during the sprouting process may already be occurring but not visible — hence the need for the falling number test. These differences in end product use for wheat is why it is important at the grain elevator level to separate it so that it can be directed it to the right market.”Everyone along the supply chain admits that the limits of testing consistency can be an issue.“We are looking at all of the things that contribute to testing variability and error. Sampling is one of the critical parts of this, along with sample preparation. You have different tests and you have the people involved. Those variables all contribute to the accuracy of the tests and introduce the potential for error,” Gannon said. “There is a range of accuracy and precision. The more testing repeats you run on a single sample, it tends to produce a more accurate result.”But, while waiting in line at the elevator, farmers typically have little interest in taking the time for more tests. Additionally, vomitoxin levels can be extremely variable within different areas of the field and the amount on just one wheat grain can make a large difference in the sample test representing the entire load or field.Farmers get frustrated with vomitoxin, but so do the samplers, testers, elevators, millers, and end users every step of the way. A tough year for wheat quality is a challenge for every part of the process.“I am very proud of our grain handling systems as they are doing a better job testing and separating grain based on quality and functionality for the end users. Without the success of all of those people working together it just makes growing wheat in our area more difficult,” Gannon said. “These efforts are crucial to sustaining wheat production in our area, which is vital for some major food producers, here in Ohio. The export market is actually way less tolerant than what our domestic market is, because of the costs around transportation. It is important that we are carefully testing our grain so we can put our best foot forward in the export market.”This also is important to keeping wheat as a sustainable crop in Ohio. Tim Norden, with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Federal Grain Inspection Service, is really emphasizing the importance of improving the consistency of testing wheat quality.“We look at vomitoxin testing and falling number testing that both affect the value of wheat. Users of that wheat want it to meet regulatory standards of 1 part per million vomitoxin or less in food and millers and bakers like to see a falling number around 300 or greater typically. We want to minimize the variation. We want to have the most accurate results possible all along the chain so grain can travel from a country elevator, to a terminal elevator, then maybe to a train or barge destined for export,” Norden said. “Internationally, there are regulatory agencies testing that grain to make sure it meets the regulations of their country and contract specifications. It is very important to use procedures that are standardized. We talk a lot about the sampling, the preparation of the sample, and the actual analysis. It is very important to follow standardized procedures so we can get a consistent answer all along the value chain.”Problem wheat is a problem every step of the way, but conversely, high quality wheat adds value with every step, starting with the farm.last_img read more


EAC earns second win at expense of struggling Benilde

first_imgEvery 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV NBA: Brandon Ingram is the only ‘untouchable’ Laker, says Magic Johnson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Clement Leutcheu’s 21-point, 17-rebound double-double wasn’t enough to propel the Blazers to a win as they settled for a 1-5 card at the seventh seed in the standings.Garcia had ample support from the rest of the EAC roster with Francis Munsayac playing the role of a facilitator putting up 13 points, and eight assists while Sydney Onwubere had a 12-point, 10-rebound, and four-block line.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingEdward Dixon was the lone notable Blazer, apart from Leutcheu, as he put up 11 points. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PARcenter_img BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast EAC’s Sidney Onwubere. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEmilio Aguinaldo College bagged its second win in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup after taking down College of St. Benilde, 78-70, Friday at the tournament’s namesake arena in San Juan.Jerome Garcia had a team-high 20 points, 12 of which came from beyond the arc, to lead the Generals who are now in the sixth spot in Group B with a 2-3 slate.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds MOST READ Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more


Ind vs Eng: Sachin will score his 100th ton in England, says Akram

first_imgFormer Pakistan captain Wasim Akram feels the fourth Test at The Oval will provide Sachin Tendulkar with an ideal opportunity to reach the milestone of scoring 100 international centuries, in the ongoing four-match series against England.The Oval is the venue for the fourth and final Test.Akram is, however, not certain if the champion batsman would be able to get to the landmark in the third Test at Edgbaston, where the ball swings around, and the pressure would be on India to come back into the series.”I think Tendulkar will reach the milestone in the fourth Test at the oval where he has the best chance of creating history. But I have no doubt he will get this milestone and become the first batsman to achieve this record,” Akram told reporters in Karachi.He was in the city to attend the opening of a T20 corporate tournament being organised by former captain and close friend, Moin Khan at a brand new ground in the posh Defence Housing Society area here.Akram said the pressure comes from the fact that Tendulkar is standing on the threshold of achieving a landmark no cricketer has come close to in the history of the game.”There has been so much hype and build up to this series and particularly around Tendulkar’s milestone that obviously the pressure must be felt by the great batsman. Even the greatest of batsman feel the pressure in such situations.” MORE PTI Cor AHAkram said Tendulkar had not batted badly so far in the series, considering the conditions in England.advertisement”You need a bit of luck in English conditions where the ball does a lot and unfortunately he has not got that bit of luck. But I think his best chance of scoring his 100th international hundred will be at the Oval,” he added.The pacer, who has played a number of times against Tendulkar, said there was no doubt about the greatness of the Indian.”To be able to score 100th international hundreds is an amazing achievement and I don’t see anyone coming close to it for a long long time,” Akram said.India, who have lost the first two Tests by huge margins, are grappling with several fitness issues with top players like Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh down with injuries.last_img read more


2011 Sportscover Sponsorship Fund

first_imgThe fund will award 20 grants of $750USD (or equivalent local currency) to Sporting Clubs or Associations throughout 2011.    There will be three rounds of grants in 2011:Round 1   April – May     $750USD X 7 (or equivalent local currency)Round 2   June – July     $750USD X 7 (or equivalent local currency)Round 3   Sept – Oct      $750USD X 6 (or equivalent local currency)Sportscover’s desire to assist community sports led to the creation of the Sportscover Sponsorship Fund as an avenue to sponsor a wide variety of amateur sports men and women, striving to achieve sporting greatness across a broad cross-section of sports. Over the last few years, the Sportscover Sponsorship Fund has donated over $70,000 in $1000 grants to grass-roots sporting clubs and associations. Further details can be found on the Sportscover website. Click on the following link to be taken to their website: read more



first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: Toronto, Canada – Following Global’s recent acquisitions for 9-1-1 and A.P. Bio, the network adds another highly anticipated and buzz-worthy series Rise to its robust midseason schedule. Premiering in a special preview Tuesday, March 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Global, Rise is a heartening new drama about finding inspiration in unexpected places.From Jason Katims, executive producer and showrunner of Friday Night Lights and Parenthood, and Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller, Rise follows dedicated teacher and family man Lou Mazzuchelli (Josh Radnor, How I Met Your Mother), who sheds his own self-doubt and takes over his high school’s lackluster theatre department. With Lou’s determination and inspirational approach, he galvanizes not only the faculty and students, but the entire working-class town.The 10-episode emotional drama also features seven students who navigate the complications of their high school years, showcasing their struggles of accepting their own teen angst, family dramas, and how the theatre program will ultimately help them shed their insecurities and open up to the world. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Along with Radnor, Rise also stars Rosie Perez (Bounty Hunters), Marley Shelton (The Lottery), Auli’i Cravalho (Moana), Damon J. Gillespie (Inside Amy Schumer), Amy Forsyth (The Path), Rarmian Newton (The Family), Ted Sutherland (The Deuce), Casey Johnson (GLOW), Taylor Richardson (Annie), Joe Tippett (Gary Matters) and Shirley Rumierk (Collateral Beauty).Viewers who miss the emotional drama enfold can catch up on Rise following the broadcast the next day on, Global GO, Apple TV, and on demand.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter:@GlobalTV Facebook: Television is a Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at read more


Ohio State mens hockey swept by Providence off to programworst start

OSU then-sophomore goalie Christian Frey (30) during a game against Omaha on Nov. 8 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern File PhotoStarting out the season 0-4 is never a good thing. But trying to find the first win against the defending national champion proved to be a task too tall for the Ohio State men’s hockey team. OSU (0-6) traveled to No. 3 Providence (4-0-1) to take on the Friars for a weekend series and were beaten twice by scores of 2-1 on Friday and 6-4 the following day.In front of a crowd of 3,033 on Friday night — the first time the Buckeyes and the Friars faced off in Rhode Island’s capital city — Providence jumped ahead 15:24 into the first period when senior defenseman Tom Parisi filtered in his first goal of the season assisted by freshman Erik Foley and junior defenseman Anthony Florentino.Florentino found the back of the net himself 6:22 into the middle period to swell the Friar’s lead to 2-0. Senior forward Steven McParland and freshman forward Ryan Tait assisted on the play.Just five minutes later, OSU cut the deficit in half when sophomore forward Matthew Weis scored on the power play.Junior forward David Gust had the assist on the Weis tally. Gust leads the team in points through six games with a goal and five assists.OSU junior netminder Matt Tomkins made 28 saves on 30 shots while the junior guarding the other cage, in Nick Ellis, had 26 saves on 27 shots.The Scarlet and Gray went 1-of-4 with the man advantage, while Providence didn’t score on any of its four opportunities.In the series finale, 2,764 fans checked into Schneider Arena to watch six goals by six different Friars overpower four goals by four different Buckeyes. Providence held a 6-2 lead in the third period following senior forward Mark Jankowski’s third goal of the season at the 6:15 mark, but OSU did try and climb back into it.Weis notched his second lamp-lighter of the weekend with 7:54 left in the game and freshman forward John Wiitala scored his first collegiate goal a mere 31 seconds after that.The two quick tallies were a nice spark for the Buckeyes, but the hole they dug themselves into was too deep to dig out of. OSU, despite taking the loss, outshot Providence 34-32 in the contest.Tomkins and Ellis were again the starters, as Tomkins made 26 stops while Ellis made 30.Penalties cost the Buckeyes dearly in game No. 2. OSU took 10 penalties, three of which were cashed in on by the Friars. Two of the Buckeyes’ goals came via the power play, as OSU went 2-of-6 on the night.Five of OSU’s six losses this season have come by two goals or less. The six losses mark the worst start in program history.The Scarlet and Gray will look for that elusive first win next weekend as they are set to take on Mercyhurst at the Schottenstein Center on Friday and Saturday. Friday’s puck drop is set for 7 p.m. while Saturday’s face-off penciled in to begin at 4 p.m. read more


Meet Martin Jarmond the man behind football scheduling

OSU Executive Assosicate Athletic Director Martin Jarmond in an interview with The Lantern Sept. 21 at the Fawcett Center. Credit: Hayden Grove / Lantern TV Sports directorOn the outskirts of campus, high above Ohio State’s sprawling array of athletics facilities, sits the office where the gridiron contests held at Ohio Stadium are dreamed up years in advance of when fans will take to the stands.This office — this epicenter of Buckeye football imagination — houses Martin Jarmond, the executive associate athletic director at OSU, and a series of whiteboards, where current and future OSU football schedules are written out in black marker. Jarmond’s position doesn’t necessarily require him to be responsible for each of those schedules, though. Instead, he specifically asked to create them when he was hired in 2009 at the athletics administration department. “Quite honestly, I think I probably asked (vice president and athletic director Gene Smith) if I could do that. I think I did,” Jarmond said, a half-smile on his face. “(Football scheduling) was something that was really important to me, that I said I really wanted to do and tackle and help him accomplish the vision he wants to accomplish.”So far, Smith said he has been more than pleased with his decision to allow Jarmond to handle the scheduling, along with his other responsibilities as an athletic administrator. “Martin has developed into an outstanding athletic administrator. He continues to differentiate himself as a leader,” Smith said in an email. “His background as a collegiate athlete, and various roles in athletic administration strengthens his opportunity to reach his goal of becoming an athletic director.”Jarmond played basketball while attending the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. While his boss might understand the daily grind that Jarmond goes through to put the Buckeyes’ football schedule together, not all OSU or college football fans do.Jarmond said there are many variables and challenges that are presented in creating a football schedule, and he calls planning for the Buckeyes “the process.” It begins with Smith and the desires he spells out for Jarmond. “His (scheduling strategy) that he’s outlined is at least trying to have a top 10-team opponent every year, then a top 25, top 30-type opponent and then maybe a top 50 or what you can attract,” Jarmond said. “It’s mostly about what you can attract.”With his boss sketching the scheduling outline, specifically tailored to feature big-time, out-of-conference opponents, it’s Jarmond’s responsibility to color within the proverbial lines. “The way we do it is from a competitive standpoint,” Jarmond said. “I look at data from the last five years. I try to look at teams, schools, how they’ve done, their coaching, their philosophy, their offense, their defense and that kind of thing.”That research manifests itself in the form of a list of schools that both Jarmond and Smith believe will aptly play the role of an OSU opponent. That list can include a wide array of schools, each of which is put through additional rigors that include the potential national relevance of a future matchup, the effect that a game against that school will have on recruiting and even the institution’s proximity to an OSU fan base. Those factors in turn lead to churning out another list. OSU Executive Assosicate Athletic Director Martin Jarmond highlights future OSU football schedules Sept. 21 at the Fawcett Center.Credit: Hayden Grove / Lantern TV Sports directorThis list is the one where the next step of the scheduling process begins: the phone calls. It was amidst these phone calls and negotiations that Jarmond said he faced a surprising challenge in his early days as an OSU administrator. Getting opponents to Columbus was a challenge — one he did not expect. “I think — naively — I was probably thinking because we’re Ohio State, it would just be very easy and everybody would want to play us and it would be easy to work things through,” Jarmond said. “It’s not like, ‘Wow, we’d love to come to Columbus in front of 107,000.’ I thought it was going to be that way — it’s not really that way.”And some opponents might not want to spend money traveling to a city where they could potentially lose. The lack of desire to travel to Columbus makes things harder for Jarmond in scheduling opponents, along with the other factors that make it a tough job. Jarmond already has to account for things like an expanded Big Ten schedule (to nine from eight games per season in 2016) and the College Football Playoff that will take into account strength of schedule more so than the old BCS system did. These things are an added burden for Jarmond and are only lengthening planning lead time, forcing schedules until 2020 to be planned now.“It’s an inventory issue, if you’re trying to schedule stronger, you need to go ahead and do what you can do now before (other schools say), ‘Hey, we can’t play you because we don’t have anything available,’” Jarmond said. “Everything is just kind of accelerated and you have to kind of project out and where teams are going to be.” In the past, Jarmond admitted that this advanced planning has harmed OSU, with teams like California projecting well at the initial time of scheduling before taking a dive in relevancy prior to the two schools playing, but he tries to avoid those issues recurring in the future.“It’s an inexact science, but what I try to do is use the data as much as I can on where you’ve been to kind of give us an idea of where you may be,” Jarmond said. “It’s like the stock market. You look at past performance and you try to project on that.”Lately, Jarmond — with some added motivation from Smith and the fans who have bashed OSU’s football non-conference scheduling over the years — has been pressing to bolster OSU’s future schedules. Ari Wasserman of said that’s something OSU has been forced to do, thanks to a weakened Big Ten conference.“(The Buckeyes) don’t get any quality wins in the Big Ten because the Big Ten doesn’t really have any premier opponents,” Wasserman said. “Going undefeated in the Big Ten may be enough to get to the playoff, but maybe when they play a team like Oklahoma and slip up, bolstering their schedule is a really smart thing to do. You’re going to have quality wins in the future with the games they’ve scheduled.”Oklahoma is just one of the schools Jarmond has added to the schedule, but there are plenty of other out-of-conference games gracing that whiteboard on his wall.Notre Dame, Boston College, Oregon State, Oregon, Texas and Texas Christian are all future opponents and it’s these additions that provide Jarmond with confidence in the work he’s done. “I would put our scheduling (from) 2016 and out compared to anybody,” Jarmond said, glancing at the board. “You tell me another school right now that has BC, Texas and Notre Dame in the same year.”When the Buckeyes take on the Bearcats on Saturday, fans might not pay much attention to the effort and work that went into scheduling an in-state rivalry game. They’ll be watching to see if the Buckeyes can hold back Cincinnati’s redshirt-sophomore quarterback Gunner Kiel, or whether OSU redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett can win yet another Big Ten Freshman of the Week award.While Jarmond will certainly be watching the same action, he’ll have a different view of the game — one that few others in Ohio Stadium will have. He’ll be watching planning come to life upon the turf. read more