Month: September 2019
The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views, policies or position of Atlanta Black Star or its employees Michael Jordan’s arrogance — and poor sense of style — got him banned from the posh private La Gorce Country Club in Miami more than his fashion faux pas.The NBA icon and owner of the Charlotte Bobcats violated a dress code at the swanky country club by wearing cargo pants, according to myriad reports. Golfers are required to wear a collared shirt and Bermuda shorts while playing.But when a club official approached him on the 12th hole and asked him to change his wardrobe, Jordan refused. Arrogant. Not good and just plain old arrogant. The country club might be stuffy and over the top, but it is the rule and everyone else abides by them . . . except Jordan.No problem, La Gorce contends. Just do not show up to play there again, Mr. Jordan.Now here’s a statement from Jordan’s public relations office:“Michael Jordan did wear cargo pants . . . He had been there many times before and had worn cargo pants previously, and had never been made aware that he was violating any dress code. This time, he was made aware of the violation on the 12th hole, and at that point . . . he did refuse to interrupt his game, and return to the clubhouse and change. We were not aware that he is not allowed to return to La Gorce. I guess it’s their loss – as MJ is a great golfer, and a great guest.”Four things: Jordan is not a great golfer. He’s a hack, like most golfers in the world. Two, he’s a hack despite playing more than most golfers in the world and on the best courses, meaning he’s probably a little worse than a hack.Third, he’s obnoxious and arrogant. “It’s their loss?” the statement said. Really? Seems the private club will go on just fine without Jordan spraying balls all over the place and tearing up the turf.And fourth, Jordan, once a fashionable guy, has fallen off considerably. He dresses like he’s from the back roads of North Carolina. Oh, wait; he is.None other than GQ magazine tweeted, “Michael Jordan’s style: so bad, it gets him kicked out of places.” In an article, GQ writes that Jordan could be “the worst dressed man in the universe.”Jordan made $60 million in endorsements last year, according to Forbes. Nike’s Jordan Brand has annual revenues of more than $1 billion, with his brand’s shoes controlling 71 percent of the American basketball shoe market.Forbes estimated Jordan’s net worth at $500 million in 2010, a number it believes will increase. Jordan owns 80 percent of the Bobcats.If only all that money could buy Jordan some class and humility.
2018-0.17–+0.73–+0.53–+0.74– SeasonsOff TeeApproachAround GreenPutting 2004-09+0.58–+1.34–+0.24–+0.73– * Woods failed to qualify for official PGA Tour leaderboards for any years in these stretches. He also failed to qualify in 2008.The strokes gained statistic isolates the effect of each shot by measuring how much it adds to or subtracts from a player’s expected score on a given hole.Source: PGA Tour Tiger’s back … sort ofStrokes gained per round (relative to PGA Tour average) for Tiger Woods on each type of shot 2012-13+0.22–+1.37–+0.22–+0.38– 2010-11*-0.23–+0.65–-0.09–+0.06– This website recently argued that even if Tiger Woods’s golf game took a multiyear hiatus, his celebrity didn’t. Though up-and-coming stars like Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson were learning to make moves on Saturday and close things out on Sunday, none of their on-course exploits were able to propel them to the pinnacle of the sport’s fame. And even though nearly a decade had passed since Woods won his last major, golf was still Tiger’s world, and everyone else was just putting in it.And now, it appears as though Woods may finally be in a position to justify all that hype. In his last two PGA Tour starts, Tiger finished in a tie for second and then a tie for fifth. His play at the Arnold Palmer Invitational three weeks ago kept him in contention for most of Sunday, with only an errant drive on number 16 — and the impressive final-round 64 from McIlroy — keeping Tiger from claiming his 80th PGA Tour victory. Woods’s great play on consecutive weekends, along with his generally impressive stats for the season so far, has fans tuning in and the golf world believing in its messiah again. But is he really returning to his old form? Let’s check the numbers to compare the resurgent Tiger to the Tiger of years past and figure out what his performance so far may mean for the Masters this week.To be sure, what we’re seeing from Tiger this season isn’t precisely his prime form. Woods was indisputably the best player in the world from at least 2004, which is the first year for which the PGA Tour’s strokes gained metric is calculated, and he stayed at the top through 2009. Strokes gained measures how many shots a player picks up relative to the rest of the field in each of four shot types: off the tee, approaching the green, around the green and putting.1In a nutshell, strokes gained judges each shot you take based on how much it reduces your expected score on a given hole, relative to the field average. And during his peak, Woods easily led the Tour in that stat, crushing his next-closest competitor by 1.2 total strokes gained per round, ranking eighth in strokes gained off the tee and first in strokes gained from both approach shots and putting. So in a rare double, Woods was the game’s best player from tee to green and on the greens themselves, which is a pretty unbeatable combination. This is the Tiger we think of when we reminisce about the guy who looked like he might win 25 major championships.But then came the injuries, the scandals, and multiple coaching changes. Woods struggled in 2010 and 2011, failing to win on tour in consecutive seasons for the first time since he went pro. But he did bounce back in 2012 and 2013 — becoming, yet again, the best golfer on the planet, albeit by a slimmer margin. During those two seasons, Woods dropped about 0.7 strokes relative to the field when compared with his dominant run from 2004 through 2009. His driving and putting both slipped in 2012 and ’13, but because of his customarily exceptional iron play — Woods again lapped the field in approach-shot strokes gained per round — he still led the Tour in average strokes gained overall. He also won eight times in 35 starts, and it looked as though order had been restored to the universe. But that’s when Woods was hit with even more injuries, limiting him to just 11 cuts made over the four seasons from 2014 through 2017. With his body breaking down, Tiger’s second ascension began to look like merely a false start.And yet here we are, just a day before the Masters is set to begin, and Tiger has roared back into the debate about who might triumph on Sunday. Along with players like Spieth, Johnson and McIlroy, Woods is among the favorites to win the tournament, according the Vegas books.2He is just behind the favorites according to Tuesday’s odds from the Westgate, and he is listed as the co-favorite at other sportsbooks as of 10 a.m. Wednesday. And it’s not just sentiment that’s driving those bets. Woods’ play this season mostly justifies the hype, even if he hasn’t quite matched the sublime numbers he achieved earlier in his career. Tiger currently ranks seventh in total strokes gained per round relative to the field — not bad for an old guy coming back from spinal fusion surgery. He’s also doing most of the same old things pretty well, earning a 14th-place ranking in strokes gained per round on approach shots and an 11th-place showing with the putter. In fact, relative to the field, Tiger is adding more strokes per round with the flatstick this season than he did during his prime. And while his overall stats aren’t quite as good as they once were, they’re also a far cry from the downright terrible statistics Woods was producing whenever he managed to play in the previous four seasons. 2014-17*-0.44–+0.22–-0.49–+0.24– So it’s fair to say that Tiger is playing closer to peak form than he has in years. But if one part of his game is cause for concern this week at Augusta, it’s his play off the tee. Driving was never exactly Woods’s strong suit — he was barely above average from the tee box even during his successful 2012-13 comeback — and he’s getting even less out of his drives so far this season, giving away 0.174 strokes per round to the field. As has been the case with Tiger for a while, it’s all about missing his mark with the long clubs: He currently ranks 201st in driving accuracy percentage, hitting the fairway on just 51.6 percent of his measured drives. And although Woods used to compensate for his poor driving accuracy with raw distance, he now also ranks just 34th in average yards per drive this season, and he hasn’t cracked the top 20 in that category since 2007. (Granted, he does rank fourth in average club-head speed so far this year.) Even though accuracy off the tee is a little overrated at the Masters, Tiger might be wise to leave the TaylorMade M3 in the bag and hit that stinger 2 iron around Augusta all week.It’s probably too early to proclaim with any degree of certainty that Tiger the all-time great golfer — rather than Tiger the overhyped media celebrity — is officially back, but his recent performances suggest he’s getting there. Win or lose at Augusta, all those youngsters who grew up worshipping Woods might have to bow down again in 2018. Even now that he’s 42, and after he’s been through many unexpected career twists and turns, it’s tough to make a talent like Tiger’s go away quietly.
WEEK▲▼PICK▲▼WIN PROB.▲▼PICK▲▼WIN PROB.▲▼WINNER▲▼READERS’ NET PTS▲▼ The Dallas Cowboys were overrated going into Week 4Top 10 NFL teams by current Elo and their chances of making the playoffs 3BAL70BAL71JAX-4.3– 81557Seattle4852+4– 3SEA53SEA54TEN-3.5– 3DEN55DEN70BUF-20.6– Most of Dallas’s metrics are roughly the same as they were last season, with the major exception of the passing game (and some faulty special teams). Last year, in QB Dak Prescott’s first NFL season, he led the Cowboys to the sixth-most expected points added (EPA) through the air of any offense in football — a highly effective complement to Dallas’s second-ranked running game. But although the Cowboys still rank among the top five in rushing EPA, Prescott and the passing offense has fallen to 19th in the league in EPA. Prescott’s traditional numbers aren’t bad, but he’s all but stopped throwing the deep ball and the Dallas receivers are picking up very few yards after the catch. The result has been an aerial attack that struggles to move the chains, keeping the Cowboys from scoring as many points as they should.The bad news doesn’t stop there for Dallas. The Cowboys face a tough road if they hope to win the division, because even though the Giants are floundering, the rest of the NFC East has played better than we predicted in the preseason. And based on FiveThirtyEight’s Week 5 NFL Elo ratings, Dallas has the toughest remaining schedule of any team in its division; the Cowboys’ opponents have an average Elo rating of 1525, while the teams New York is facing average 1514, Washington’s opponents average 1499, and the rest of Philadelphia’s schedule averages 1496.The Cowboys and Eagles’ next five games could further increase the gap between those two teams — the Eagles currently have a one-game lead. Dallas’ next five opponents have an average Elo of 1549, and the Cowboys will face three of those teams on the road. Compare that with Philadelphia’s next five games — in which the Eagles’ opponents average an Elo of 1490 and only one game will be on the road — and the Cowboys’ playoff hopes could be essentially done by Week 10.FiveThirtyEight vs. the crowdWeeks 3 and 4 in our NFL prediction game — in which we invite you to pick football games and try to outsmart our Elo algorithm — were triumphant victories for machine over man. Over a combined 32 games, our Elo model beat you, the readers, by a whopping 146.2 points! You can blame the New York Jets for your two largest net losses. The Jets upset the Miami Dolphins in Week 3 — which both our model and the readers got wrong — and this weekend the Jets pulled out an overtime victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, which our Elo picked right and you readers got wrong. (Note: We don’t blame you for not picking the Jets.)Despite Elo correctly predicting the winners in only two more games than readers through Week 4, our model holds a lead of 181.7 net points. This is because our game rewards not just correct picks, but also how much confidence the model and our readers had in the outcome. For example, despite our bashing the Cowboys here, both Elo and the readers predicted Dallas would win at home over the Rams this past weekend. Though we both predicted incorrectly, the readers netted 5.5 points on that game because Elo had more confidence in Dallas winning (78 percent) than readers did (72 percent). 4MIN57MIN51DET+4.2– 4SEA69SEA79SEA+3.1– 4TB63TB61TB-4.5– 3PIT76PIT84CHI-14.1– ELOTEAMWEEK 4WEEK 5CHANGE 21646New England8270-12– 3CAR72CAR66NO+5.8– 4NYJ59JAX61NYJ-22.6– 3NE82NE89NE+0.6– 31627Atlanta8772-15– 4PHI60PHI60PHI-2.2– 41614Pittsburgh7386+13– We’re a quarter of the way through the NFL season, and Week 4 brought its fair share of surprises. The Buffalo Bills upset the Atlanta Falcons on the road, a last-second Carolina Panthers field goal delivered Tom Brady’s New England Patriots their second home loss of the year, and Andy Dalton was actually good.Through four weeks, very few teams are following the course predicted for them at the season’s outset. Many pundits thought a Los Angeles team would be sneaky dangerous this season — they just didn’t think it would be the Rams. Others assumed a New York team would start 0-4 — they just didn’t pick the Giants. But in a season marked by surprises, the most perplexing start may belong to the Dallas Cowboys.After Week 1, Dallas had every reason for optimism: The expected suspension of running back Ezekiel Elliott was delayed by the courts, and the team that was 13-3 last year was fresh off a dominating win over the New York Giants. Dallas’ Elo rating climbed, and many analysts (most of them in Texas) viewed the Cowboys as a surefire Super Bowl team. As it turned out, the Giants are terrible and Dallas would spend the next three weeks showing that it was not the same team it was last year — even with Elliott in uniform.“America’s Team” had an Elo advantage of 160 points heading into Sunday’s game with the Los Angeles Rams, meaning they were favorites to win the game by about six points.1Every 25 Elo points is equivalent to 1 point in an actual game. The Cowboys lost and fell to 2-2 and, in the process, saw their chances of making the playoffs drop to 40 percent — their lowest of the season — according to our 2017 NFL Predictions. For Dallas — which dropped to a tie for eighth2With the Seattle Seahawks in our power rankings — a 4-in-10 chance of making the playoffs with three-quarters of the season left to play may not sound all that bad. But compared with the rest of the teams in the top 10, the Cowboys are noticeably out of place. 4NO53NO55NO-0.4– 3ATL53ATL62ATL+5.3– 3MIA55MIA70NYJ-20.8– 3LAR53LAR61LAR+4.2– 51601Green Bay6468+4– 3GB75GB84GB+2.1– 3OAK51OAK65WSH-19.0– 4KC78KC79KC-2.3– 4GB82GB83GB-1.8– 61578Denver4760+13– Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Weeks 3 and 4Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 3 and 4 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game 11687Kansas City91%93%+2– 4HOU55TEN52HOU-9.9– 4NE78NE83CAR-9.9– 3KC74KC76KC-1.7– FIVETHIRTYEIGHT PLAYOFF ODDS BEFORE … OUR PREDICTIONREADERS’ PREDICTION 4ATL77ATL80BUF-7.0– 4DAL78DAL72LAR+5.5– 4PIT55PIT60PIT+1.7– 4DEN63DEN57DEN-8.1– 71565Detroit4863+15– 3MIN57TB53MIN-12.1– 4ARI81ARI77ARI-4.2– 81557Dallas6140-21– 3IND76IND59IND-15.3– 3PHI66PHI68PHI-1.1– 101550Philadelphia5563+8– 3ARI55%DAL59%DAL+9.8– 4CIN60CIN59CIN-3.1–
Returning from the glitz and glamour of Madison Square Garden, the Ohio State men’s basketball team returns home to the Schottenstein Center to play the Lipscomb Bisons.The Buckeyes return from New York City with a split in their games against two ranked teams, the North Carolina Tarheels and the California Golden Bears, in the 2K Sports Classic.Lipscomb brings an 0-3 record to Columbus. Having given up 92 points to Tennessee Tech in its last matchup, Bisons coach Scott Sanderson points to his team’s defense.“We can talk and analyze it and turn it upside down, but the bottom line is that we are not good enough defensively,” Sanderson said.OSU (3-1) will look to build upon its play in NYC and ride the momentum that two good showings against Top 15 teams provided. “It was a great win for the team and a great win for the program and it gives us good momentum,” junior guard Evan Turner said about the Bucks’ 76-70 win over Cal. “It has been a good stretch of games. I’m just trying to play hard.”Turner continues to score points and grab rebounds at an electrifying pace. The California game marked the fourth straight game in which he has posted double digits in both points and rebounds. OSU coach Thad Matta knows that a balanced team is best, but also understands when it is time to ride his best horse.“He is a guy we have to lean on at times to kind of carry us through,” Matta said of Turner.Working center Dallas Lauderdale and his injured right hand back into the lineup has also proven a benefit to the team. Lauderdale scored eight points and had seven blocked shots against the Golden Bears.“Dallas has been inching his way back in,” Matta said. “He gives us a different look both offensively and defensively.”OSU will tune up for next week’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge tonight against Lipscomb and Saturday against St. Francis University.
Ohio State men’s ice hockey senior goalie Brady Hjelle was named the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Goaltender of the Week, the conference office announced Monday. The award is the second of the season for Hjelle, who saved 31 of the 32 shots he faced on Friday against Lake Superior State. On Saturday against the Lakers, Hjelle saved 18 of the 19 shots he faced after entering the game with OSU trailing, 2-0. All told, Hjelle posted a 1.14 goals against average and a .961 save percentage during his time on the rink this past weekend. By the end of the weekend, OSU achieved a 5-4-3 record. The OSU men’s volleyball team signed three players to National Letters of Intent, the athletic department announced Monday. setter Christy Blough, outside hitter/setter Gabriel Domecus and outside hitter Miles Johnson have signed on to join Buckeyes coach Pete Hanson’s team for the 2014 season. “We are very excited to add these fine young men to the Buckeye family,” Hanson said in the OSU release. “They are magnificent players and will be excellent additions to our program.” The three signees are decorated players – Blough was named New York state MVP this month, Domecus led St. Patrick/St. Vincent (Vallejo, Calif.) to a 66-9 record in the last two seasons and Johnson was a first-team All-California Interscholastic Federation selection in 2011, according to the release. The OSU men’s basketball team dropped a spot in the rankings when Monday’s Associated Press poll was released. The Buckeyes (4-0) fell from No. 3 to No. 4 in the AP’s top 25 poll despite the team’s 91-45 win against Missouri-Kansas City in their most recent win on Friday. Duke, now ranked No. 2, and Michigan, ranked No. 3, passed the Buckeyes in the poll after claiming in-season tournament victories. The Blue Devils won the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, held in the Bahamas, after beating current No. 5-ranked Louisville, 76-71, in the competition’s title match. Back in the contiguous United States, the Wolverines defeated former Illinois coach Bruce Weber’s Kansas State Wildcats, 71-57, to win the NIT Season Tip-Off championship. OSU men’s basketball is scheduled to face the Blue Devils on Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. at Duke’s Cameron Indoor Arena in Durham, N.C.
Senior defender Megan Fuller pursues the ball during a game against Purdue Sept. 29 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 1-0.Credit: Michele Theodore / Copy chiefFor the Ohio State women’s soccer team, the season appeared to be at an end.Held out of the Big Ten Tournament, it looked like the Buckeyes, including the second most successful senior class in program history, had played their last game when they fell to Michigan, 2-0, Nov. 2 in Ann Arbor.But on Monday, OSU found out its season would continue, as the team was awarded a spot in the NCAA Tournament, and all coach Lori Walker can worry about is making sure her team makes it on the bus.“I’m focused on getting on the bus right now, and making sure we have all the players and the pennies and the balls,” the 17-year veteran said Wednesday, referring to making sure all the players, jerseys and soccer balls are packed. “With this group, you’ve got to keep it that simple.”Assuming the Buckeyes, and all necessary equipment, do make it on the bus, they are set to take on Kentucky in Lexington, Ky., at 7:30 p.m. Friday for their first-round matchup.Walker called being selected a “great honor.”“We’re going to go down and play Kentucky as hard as we can,” she added.Senior defender Megan Fuller, part of a 2013 class that ranks second in program history with 55 wins, said it will be important to remember the significance of being selected.“I know it’s the first time for the freshmen, so it’s something new and they’re really excited,” she said. “It’s an experience that not a lot of people get.”This will be Fuller’s fourth consecutive NCAA berth, and the fifth straight for the OSU program.The Buckeyes fell on penalty kicks after drawing, 1-1, against Oakland in the first round of the 2012 edition. OSU made it to the third round in 2011, the semifinals in 2010 and lost in the first round in 2009.For players who were not around for previous tournaments, like freshman forward Nichelle Prince, the tournament represents a chance to make an early mark in their careers.“We didn’t have the best season,” Prince said of the Buckeyes, who finished the year 10-6-3 overall and 4-5-2 in conference play. “This is kind of our comeback and I think we’re all pumped and ready to go.”Prince, who led the team with 12 goals this season, said being held out of the Big Ten Tournament will not give the team a chip on its shoulder, but can still be a motivator going forward.“This is just going to push us to get better,” she said. “We’re mad about not making (the Big Ten Tournament), but this is like a new slate, a new season, so we’re going to come out harder.”While it will be Prince’s first run for a championship, Fuller said she wants to feed on her past chances going forward.The 2011 Buckeyes, who, like their 2013 counterparts, squeaked their way into the tournament, ended up making an inspiring run, Fuller said.“We went to the Sweet 16,” she said. “We were just having fun and playing and scoring lots of goals, so hopefully that’s what happens again.”Walker added that her team could be a group nobody wants to play in the tournament, especially not the other teams in the Big Ten.“We were the team that nobody would want to play again (in the conference),” she said. “It’s a nice compliment, but, at the same time, we didn’t get done what we wanted to get done.“You’ve got to beat the top teams in order to be one of the best teams, and that’s the lesson we’re really trying to spill onto this young program.”If the Buckeyes top Kentucky, they will likely set themselves up for a date with one of the best. OSU would be set up to face off against the winner of two-seed UCLA and San Diego State Nov. 22 in the round of 32.
Assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator Everett Withers addresses the media at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center during his introduction press conference on Jan. 12, 2012. Credit: Lantern file photoOhio State assistant coach, co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Everett Withers has been named head football coach at James Madison University, JMU athletic director Jeff Bourne announced Friday.“We are so thrilled to welcome Coach Withers and his family to James Madison,” Bourne said, in a JMU released statement. “Everett is a proven winner and has shown his ability to lead, having spent time as a head coach. The entire committee was incredibly impressed when we met with him, and I have no doubt that he will be a great leader for our football program and mentor to our student-athletes for many years to come.”OSU coach Urban Meyer said he is “happy” for Withers.“Everett is extremely well-respected in the coaching profession and I’ve enjoyed having him on our staff,” Meyer said in a statement emailed to The Lantern by an OSU athletics spokesman Friday. “He is a great family man, cares about his players and is an excellent recruiter. I expect that he will be a fine head coach.”Withers spent two seasons with the Buckeyes, brought in by coach Urban Meyer before the 2012 season. During his two year tenure at OSU, the team compiled a 24-1 record, including two straight undefeated regular seasons.Before coming to Columbus, Withers spent time with the University of North Carolina Tar Heels as their interim head coach for a season and defensive coordinator for the three before that. He also spent time in the NFL, as a defensive backs coach for the Tennessee Titans.“Coach Withers impressed us greatly not only with his experience on the field, but also with his strong commitment to the student-athlete,” JMU President Jonathan Alger said in a released statement. “Coach Withers is dedicated to JMU’s educational mission and believes that his team’s success begins in the classroom.”In 2013, the OSU pass defense finished tied for 104th in the country in pass defense with Colorado, allowing 259.5 yards per game through the air.Withers’ salary was $580,000 at OSU, according to The Lantern archives. James Madison did not immediately respond to requests for Withers’ contract stipulations Friday evening.The Dukes are coming off a 6-6 campaign in 2013 that ended with the firing of coach Mickey Matthews. Matthews was the all-time winningest coach at James Madison, including helping them win the national championship in 2004.Withers did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment Friday evening.
Members of the OSU volleyball team huddle together during a game against Florida Gulf Coast Sept. 5 at St. John Arena. OSU won 3-1Credit: Emily Yarcusko / For The LanternAfter falling to 0-2 in Big Ten play, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team (11-5, 2-2) won back-to-back matches against No. 8 Nebraska (9-4, 3-1) and Iowa (8-7, 0-4) over the weekend.With the return of freshman outside hitter Luisa Schirmer, the Buckeyes defeated the Cornhuskers on Saturday in front of 8,041 fans in Lincoln, Neb., in five sets (25-27, 27-25, 23-25, 25-17, 16-14).The Cornhuskers were coming off a 3-1 victory over No. 3 Penn State Friday night.Leading the Buckeyes in kills was junior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell, who led all players with 23, followed by senior outside hitter Erin Sekinger and junior outside hitter Katie Mitchell who had 20 and 19, respectively. Senior setter Taylor Sherwin led all players in assists with 59. Sophomore libero Valeria León led all players in digs with 22, followed by Campbell with 20 and Sherwin with 19.The game was the team’s first win against a ranked opponent this season. The last win against a ranked opponent came against then No. 14 Purdue in a 3-1 set win in Columbus on Nov. 9, 2013.Against the Hawkeyes, the Buckeyes had the added benefit of junior middle blocker Andrea Kacsits, who played in her first match of the season Friday night after coming back from an injury.The Buckeyes beat a Hawkeye team that had lost it’s prior three matches heading into the matchup in just three games (25-19, 25-17, 25-22).Campbell led all players in both kills and digs with 12 and nine, respectively. Sherwin led all players in assists with 36. Mitchell led the Buckeyes in service aces with three. She and Sandbothe led all players in blocked shots with one each.Jess Janota, a freshman middle blocker, and native of Concord, Ohio, had five kills for the Hawkeyes.After Saturday’s game, Mitchell summed up what gave the Buckeyes such a successful weekend after.“Taking perspective of simple things. One step at a time, one game at a time (and) taking care of what we needed to do,” Mitchell said.She added the key to winning at Iowa was focusing on the current game and not looking forward into the future.Freshman defensive specialist Kalisha Goree praised the team’s ability to work together“When we communicate better, that’s when we get (the) win,” she said.With their two conference wins, the Buckeyes are tied with Michigan State (9-6, 2-2) for eighth in the Big Ten.The Buckeyes are scheduled to return to Columbus this week after being away for over a month and are set to face No. 16 Illinois (11-4, 3-1) on Wednesday at 7 p.m., followed by Northwestern (13-2, 3-1) Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Correction: An earlier version of this article stated OSU is scheduled to play Northwestern on Friday, when in fact, they are set to play on Saturday.
The quarterback competition between sophomore Justin Fields (1) and redshirt freshman Matthew Baldwin (12) is yet to be decided. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorWith the Spring Game over, Ohio State heads into the summer with plenty of areas already decided.Junior J.K. Dobbins is solidified as the starting running back, while redshirt senior K.J. Hill and seniors Binjimen Victor and Austin Mack are at the top of the wide-receiving core.On the defensive side, junior Chase Young and senior Jonathon Cooper are firmly coming in as the starting defensive ends with sophomore Tyreke Smith, sophomore Tyler Friday and freshman Zach Harrison backing them up.But there are still plenty of positions that Ohio State will need to have decided prior to Aug. 31, when the Buckeyes open their season against Florida Atlantic.Ohio State sophomore quarterback Justin Fields (1) throws a pass during warmups prior to the start of the 2019 Spring Game on April 13. Gray beat Scarlet 35-17. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignQuarterbackLikely Starter: Justin FieldsIn Contention: Matthew BaldwinWhile sophomore Justin Fields holds a sizable advantage in this “battle,” the quarterback competition between him and redshirt freshman Matthew Baldwin is yet to be decided.Throughout the spring and following the Spring Game, Ohio State head coach Ryan Day has not given anything away as to which quarterback is in the lead, saying he will have to look at completion percentages throughout practice to get an answer.But Fields spent much of his practice time with the first team, earning the “start” in the Spring Game for Team Gray. In the start, Fields completed 4-of-13 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown, while also running for 38 yards and a score.Baldwin played for both Gray and Team Scarlet, combining for 246 yards, completing 20 of his 36 pass attempts and throwing a pair of touchdowns and interceptions.Not from what’s been said, but has been shown, signs are pointing toward Fields earning the spot.Ohio State redshirt sophomore tight end Luke Farrell (89) catches a pass in the second half of the game against Purdue on Oct. 20. Ohio State lost 49-20. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorTight EndLikely Starter: Luke FarrellIn Contention: Rashod Berry, Jeremy RuckertWhile the tight-end position had been a blocking-heavy position for all of Urban Meyer’s tenure as head coach, the position has an opportunity to change under Day.That said, it appears that redshirt junior Luke Farrell is leading the pack among the group. Farrell was the starter in 2018, but that does not mean redshirt senior Rashod Berry will be held off the field. It seems that Ohio State will implement two tight-end sets more this upcoming season, which would bring in Berry, who has shown a strength in run-blocking.For more of a receiving threat, sophomore Jeremy Ruckert will be the option, who has gotten reps at H-back this spring. But only time will tell how much Day will bring him in instead of the two veterans ahead of him.Ohio State freshman offensive lineman Nicholas Petit-Frere (77) blocks a Tulane player in the fourth quarter of the game against Tulane on Sept. 22. Ohio State won 49-6. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOffensive LineLikely Starters: Thayer Munford (LT), Jonah Jackson (LG), Josh Myers (C), Wyatt Davis (RG) In Contention: Josh Alabi, Branden Bowen, Nicholas Petit-Frere (RT)With junior Thayer Munford out this spring due to injury, there has been an opportunity for offensive line coach Greg Studrawa to move around some of his players to get the best five on the field.Munford, being the only major returning starter from this past season, is expected to stay at left tackle. Redshirt sophomore Wyatt Davis seems locked into the right guard position, as does redshirt sophomore Josh Myers at center.Redshirt senior Jonah Jackson, who will spend his final collegiate season with the Buckeyes after transferring from Rutgers, will likely take over at left guard, leaving one spot at right tackle to be won.A pair of redshirt seniors will be vying for the spot: Josh Alabi and Branden Bowen, while former five-star, sophomore Nicholas Petit-Frere, continues to impress in spring and is making a run for the position.In the Spring Game, with Munford injured and Jackson not playing, Day started Alabi at left tackle, Bowen at left guard and Petit-Frere at right tackle.While it should be expected that all three will find time in 2019, there is no clear frontrunner to who will earn the spot in the starting lineup.Ohio State redshirt sophomore linebacker Tuf Borland (32) celebrates in the fourth quarter of the game against Michigan State on Nov. 10. Ohio State won 26-6. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorLinebackerLikely Starter: Malik HarrisonIn Contention: Tuf Borland, Baron Browning, Pete Werner, Teradja Mitchell, Dallas GantThe linebacker position was a talking point for many this past season, with Ohio State’s group seemingly faltering by giving up dozens of deep plays in the course of the year.With new linebackers coach Al Washington, the position has a chance to be revamped, and so far senior Malik Harrison is the one who should be a lock to start come fall.Redshirt junior Tuf Borland is still a likely starter, but with an injury keeping him out of much of the spring, there is a chance he can be switched out with junior Baron Browning, who has been playing middle linebacker in his place.Still, the more likely scenario for Browning could be placing him in junior Pete Werner’s place on the outside.Sophomores Teradja Mitchell and Dallas Gant are also in contention as some of the less-experienced members of the linebacker room that hold loads of potential.The entirety of the starting linebackers group is back from a season ago, but because it was not necessarily a strong point, there is still plenty for Washington to experiment with before making a decision in August.Ohio State sophomore safety Brendon White (25) intercepts a pass in the second half of the game against Michigan on Nov. 24. Ohio State won 62-39. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorBulletLikely Starter: Brendon WhiteIn Contention: Jahsen WintThere will be a new position on the Ohio State defense in 2019, and it is yet to be seen just how much it will be used.The “bullet” position, played by Jabrill Peppers while at Michigan under the name “viper,” is considered a linebacker-safety hybrid that was created by Washington for this season.With the position, the frontrunner was and still is junior safety Brendon White. The position was seemingly built for his larger frame, and would allow someone like redshirt sophomore cornerback Shaun Wade to have more time on the field.But don’t count out redshirt junior Jahsen Wint. After failing to win a starting role in 2018, eventually being almost completely replaced by White, Wint has been named as a candidate for the new position.His chances may have been helped after a two-interception performance in the Spring Game, and if he continues to show progress, maybe White would retain his traditional safety spot alongside senior Jordan Fuller.Nothing is set in stone, so while White has a firm hold over Wint, performances like the one from Saturday could add up and help Wint make progress.
Jack Straw arriving at his London homeCredit:Nick Edwards The couple have offered to settle for a token £1 and an apology and an admission of liability for what they suffered. Liability is denied.Their lawyers argue that they were the victims of secret rendition in a joint MI6/CIA operation and are entitled to justice for “abuse at the hands of our government”.Government lawyers had argued through the courts that the Belhaj claims should be barred under state immunity and the “act of state” doctrine, which prohibits the courts of one country sitting in judgment on the acts of the government of another one within its own territory.The High Court agreed with the Government’s stance and ruled that the claims should be struck out.However, the Court of Appeal reversed the High Court ruling in October 2014 and said the act of state doctrine might not apply to alleged breaches of international law or human rights obligations, even in cases where the court would be required to conduct an investigation into the validity of the conduct of a foreign state.The appeal judges said there was a “compelling public interest” in allegations of unlawful rendition and “particularly grave violations of international law and human rights” being investigated by the English courts.Now seven Supreme Court justices have upheld that decision and the action can go to trial.The justices gave rulings on key preliminary legal issues in other cases on the liabilities of the UK Government over acts allegedly carried out by the armed forces in the course of operations overseas or by foreign governments in which UK officials were alleged to have been complicit.The Government won important rulings on damages claims based purely on Afghan or Iraqi law which cannot now proceed in the English courts and also on time limits for detaining suspected insurgents. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A Government attempt to block a damages claim by a Libyan dissident and his wife who allege the UK participated in their abduction and rendition to Tripoli more than a decade ago has failed at the Supreme Court.Abdel Hakim Belhaj and his Moroccan wife Fatima Boudchar, who say they were tortured after their kidnap during the days of Colonel Gaddafi’s regime, are claiming against former foreign secretary Jack Straw.They also name Sir Mark Allen, MI6’s counter-terrorism chief at the time they were snatched in 2004. Their claim is also against the Home Office and Foreign Office.