Women 65mm Metal Bobby Grips Pin Hair Clips 10 Pcs : Slow delivery but fab product

first_img Great clips not like the flimsy plastic clips you can buy really holds a updo. Do what they are meant to do. What can be said about bobby grips except that they serve their purpose?. Exactly what i needed, arrived on time. Good product , i have really thick long hair and these work better for me then the usual clips , good quality and arrived on time. Keeps the hair together well. Sometimes it bends into the hair harder that it can hurt my scalp. Some of it’s cover is peeling otherwise it works well. A bit catchy and took a while to arrive. But one star less because you need to smooth a tiny rough edge. . These are excellent: they actually manage to grip a slender strand of my ultra-fine hair, which is more than any other grip i’ve ever managed to find has done. Those ubiquitous kirby grip things just slide right off my hair within less than a minute. (as a child i could never wear a hair ribbon — yes, i am that old — and i still can’t wear any kind of headband or silk scarf without it falling off in seconds. Tight cuticles on my hair, my hairdresser says when my hair won’t take colour or even dry in a normal time. ) so i’m delighted to have found these. There is one drawback: a small unfinished edge on the bottom of each grip, so only four stars. On the other hand, smoothing this little rough edge away was a matter of moments using a crystal/glass nail file. After that, they are perfect. Slow delivery but fab product. Great hair clips that last forever, holds hair well in place and creates great styles. They work fine, but they are a bit bigger than i. They work fine, but they are a bit bigger than i expected and the single packages were cut open (not the postal package, but the individual pin packages) for no reason. I have thick hair and works great. Really good for fixing my wife’s hair in her amazing styles, so thanks. Ok, except black coating started to peel off quickly. Very sturdy and keeps hair in place. Strong pins would defiantly recommend. Work well, do hold their shape ok and look quite good. Good quality and excellent grip. Actually grip! But one star less because you need to smooth a tiny rough edge.Slow delivery but fab productVery good for thick hairThey work fine, but they are a bit bigger than I Keeps the hair together wellDo what they are meant to do!Women 65mm Black Metal Bobby Grips Pin Hair Clips 10 PcsProduct Name : Hair Grips;Material : MetalSize : 6.5 x 0.4 x 0.4cm / 2.6″ x 0.15″ x 0.15″ (L*W*T);Main Color : BlackNet Weight : 25gTotal Weight : 30gPackage Content : 10Pcs x Hair Gripslast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — January 25, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Temps begin to moderate a little bit today as southwest winds slowly emerge. Winds today will relatively light, but winds tomorrow will ramp up and be rather gusty. Tomorrow will see the biggest jump in temps, and we will see all areas of the state above normal.Rain develops late Saturday afternoon and continues through the overnight into early Sunday. However, the heaviest rain potential looks to stay farther south, likely south of the Ohio River. So, we are taking our rain totals down some this morning, calling for .1”-.6” over 70% of the state. In fact, northwest parts of Ohio may even completely miss out on the moisture this Saturday. Cooler air will move over the state Sunday, as Canadian high pressure returns and temps go below normal.We still have relatively strong north and northwest winds for Monday that can trigger some lake enhanced snow, but generally speaking, this event looks pretty weak this morning too. We will not take snow or flurries out of the forecast for Monday, but we do not look for any accumulation to speak of.  Temps Monday remain below normal through all of Ohio.Southwest winds are back for Tuesday night through Wednesday, making another high on our temperature roller coaster. We expect above normal temps for Wednesday and Thursday as we flip the calendar. However, those southwest winds at midweek may be running from 15-30 mph, meaning wind chills will be in play and it will not be an exceptionally nice set up. Still, 40s and 50s can move in under the right circumstances.Moisture returns for late Thursday afternoon, February 1. However, cold air also comes racing back in as well. At this point, we still think there is potential for a batch of significant snow around the 2nd. It still may start as a bit of rain, but cold air gets in very quickly. There is less available moisture this morning, but this system is far from organized. At this time, we will continue to keep the door open for .25” to 1” of liquid equivalent precipitation. That could yield some impressive snow. Somewhere in the Eastern Corn belt we will see a significant snow event. But, as with all major snow storms…track is the most important feature to hone in on.The extended period has a minor clipper for the 4th into the 5th, and another clipper around the 8th. Cold air will be in for the entire area as we start off February, and that means these clippers will likely bring additional light snow.last_img read more

Morocco vs Iran: TV, stream & preview

first_img Game Morocco vs Iran Date Friday, June 15 Time 4pm BST / 11am US ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial Confirmed line-upsMorocco have some familiar names in the starting XI with Mehdi Benatia being the standout name. Hakim Ziyech has also been a star for Ajax this season.Confirmed Morocco XI: El Kajoui; Hakimi, Benatia, Saiss; El Ahmadi; Ziyech, Boussoufa, Belhanda, N Amrabat, Harit; El-KaabiSubs: Bono, Mendyl, da Costa, Fajr, Boutaïb, Aït Bennasser, Dirar, En-Nesyri, Bouhaddouz, S Amrabat, Tagnaouti, Carcela-GonzálezAlizera Jahanbakhsh is the one to look out for in the Iran XI, the winger scored 21 goals in the Eredivisie this campaign.Confirmed Iran XI: Beiranvand; Cheshmi, Pouralganji, Rezaeian, Hajisafi; Shojaei; Ebrahimi, Ansarifard, Jahanbakhsh; AzmounSubs: Torabi, Mohammadi, Mazaheri, Khanzadeh, Ghoddos, Montazeri, Ghoochannejhad, Taremi, Hosseini, Dejagah, AbedzadehTV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream FOX fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on ITV or streamed live online using ITV Player. UK TV channel Online stream ITV ITV Player Morocco v Iran Morocco vs Iran: Live blog, text commentary, line-ups, stream & TV channel Goal Last updated 1 year ago 15:00 6/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sardar Azmoun Iran Medhi Benatia Morocco 150618 Getty Morocco v Iran World Cup Friendlies Morocco Iran Powerade Morocco and Iran open their World Cup campaign at the Krestovsky Stadium in the first game of Group B FULL TIME: Iran secure their first World Cup win since 1998 with a late own goal. You have to feel for Bouhaddouz but Iran have given themselves a real chance ahead of games against Portugal and Spain.90+5 Mins: GOAL! IRAN LEAD 1-0! It’s a horrific own goal from Aziz Bouhaddouz as he goes to head Ehsan Haji Safi’s free-kick wide at the near post, only to steer it into his own net! Disaster for Morocco and jubilation for Iran as their players tear away in celebration and form a pile near the corner post. Iran are ahead with a minute left.90+5 Mins: GOAL! 0-1 Own goal Aziz Bouhaddouz  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move 90+2 Mins: Now Iran win themselves a free-kick out on the left wing, in line with the Moroccan box. This could be one last chance here…90+2 Mins: There’s a fracas on the pitch between Bouhaddouz and Amiri after Morocco win a free-kick. Ansarifard is the man who gets the booking for the tackle, and it takes a moment for referee Cakir to defuse it all.90 Mins: There will be an impressive six added minutes of time at the Krestovsky Stadium.87 Mins: Ziyech cuts back on himself out on the right wing and flicks a cross into the Iran box; Pouraliganji intercepts and sparks a counter-attack to halfway before Morocco can peel back to halt him in his tracks. It’s been a much more drab second half, compared with the zing of the opening 45 minutes, but there’s still time for a winner in Saint Petersburg…85 Mins: Jahanbakhsh is stretchered off and Iran throw on Saman Ghoddos to replace him. Five minutes – plus injury time – left on the clock after a rather stop-start quarter of an hour.83 Mins: More injuries now and it’s not good news for Iran; star man Jahanbakhsh is down and the stretcher is on. It doesn’t look too serious, but precautions are always a good idea in situations like these.82 Mins: Manuel da Costa is the final change for Morocco; he comes on for Amine Harit.80 Mins: Ziyech! The second shot of the half goes to Morocco as the midfielder hooks a left-footed effort from just outside the box wide by a foot or so at the bottom-left corner.80 Mins: Ebrahimi hobbles off down the tunnel, clutching his midriff; Majid Hosseini is on in his stead for Iran.78 Mins: There’s another pause for injury now, this time as Ebrahimi goes to ground. The Iranian doesn’t look in the greatest shape; signals from the medics suggest a change will be required.76 Mins: A bad fall means that Nordin Amrabat has to make way for his brother Sofyan Amrabat. Just over 15 minutes to go. El Kaabi also departs for Morocco; Aziz Bouhaddouz is the man to replace him73 Mins: Amrabat falls heavily out on the right wing in the Iranian half as he challenges for a ball and physios swarm him within seconds. The Watford man looks to have been knocked out upon landing – he staggers to his feet after a moment, looking dazed and confused.STAT: There has only been one shot at all in this half so far, way back in the 49th minute when Harit put that Amrabat cross wide. Iran are growing in confidence once more but neither look likely to snatch a winner right now.70 Mins: Iran win a corner but are unable to make the set-piece stick; Morocco can only bring it away from their own goal by 30 yards though before Azmoun takes possession.69 Mins: Ansarifard takes the free-kick and puts it long; too long, in fact, as it flies out a good few yards wide of the right post without touching the turf.Iranian captain Shojaei is off for Mehdi Taremi; perhaps a wise call given that the captain is already on a booking and has been spoken to by the referee once this half.68 Mins: Substitution Masoud Shojaei Soleimani off for Mehdi Taremi65 Mins: Boussoufa floats a cross from the left wing in looking for El Kaabi or Belhanda in the box; his effort is too long for all parties within the penalty area though and flies out for a goal-kick.64 Mins: Ziyech harks down the right wing, but can’t keep the ball away from Haji Safi as he puts his own dribble just out of reach; he concedes a foul a moment later and Iran have a free-kick on the edge of their own box.62 Mins: Morocco win a corner which Harit swings in from the right; Beiranvand punches it clear and Iran create a counter-attack that ends with Belhanda cutting across Shojaei just beyond halfway. The two players get into a little tete-a-tete with each other; no cards are shown but the referee has words with both.59 Mins: El Ahmadi slides in under Jahanbakhsh on halfway and hooks the ball away, though in the process, he brings both him and his opponent to the turf.57 Mins: Play is resumed with Ebrahimi able to continue and Amiri wins a throw-in deep in his own half a moment later to help take the pressue off Iran’s defensive line55 Mins: Ebrahimi makes a somewhat bonkers leaping challenge to sweep the ball out from under the feet of Boussoufa as the latter cuts a path towards the Iranian box; in the process, he injures himself and play is paused for treatment.53 Mins: Belhanda executs a slide tackle on Jahanbakhsh now, just inside the opposition half, and tries to keep it from rolling over the touchline; he fails and Iran get a throw-in.51 Mins: Hakimi leans into Jahanbakhsh from behind to give the latter a free-kick 40 yards out on the right wing; the latter blasts it beyond the box as he looks to deliver it to Azmoun at the far post.49 Mins: Amrabat hurtles down the right wing for Morocco and flicks a square cross in to the left side for Harit; his teammate can’t keep his shot down though and volleys it well wide and over the goal under little pressure.47 Mins: Yellow card: Jahanbakhsh becomes the second Iranian to go in the book as he is given a yellow card for a tackle on Ziyech that leaves the Moroccan man on the ground clutching his foot.46 Mins: We’re back underway at the Krestovsky Stadium, with Morocco earning themselves a free-kick inside their own half almost immediately after Boussoufa is sent sprawling by a clumsy challenge. Neither side has ever won a World Cup game where they have been drawing at the interval, yet with 18 shots between them, there is the sense that something has to give. Morocco have still dominated in terms of possession; but given Iran’s late surge in the final 10 minutes of the first half, will they be able to curb their opponent’s chances of making this match a more even affair?No goals in the first half means that it’s all square at the break between Morocco and Iran in Saint Petersburg. Herve Renard’s side started the stronger of the two, threatening to blow away their opponents with nine shots in the opening half-hour – but Carlos Queiroz’s men are unlucky not to be ahead after Moroccan keeper Manir Mohamedi made a fantastic save to deny Sardar Azmoun five minutes from time. It’s all still to play for in this vital Group B clash; half-time at Krestovsky Stadium, it’s Morocco 0-0 Iran.Half Time: It remains 0-0 in Saint Petersburg, Morocco have had the better of the first half but Iran have looked dangerous on the break.45 Mins: Haji Safi! The Iranian defender is tasked with a free-kick from 40 yards out in centre-field and he goes close; the ball brushes the top netting as it skims over the crossbar. Two added minutes are on the way.43 Mins: Save from Munir Mohamedi! Azmoun breezes through a loose Moroccan back four and comes up one-on-one with the keeper who gets a hand to his close-range shot 10 yards out; Jahanbakhsh wastes the follow-up and puts it wide off the outside of his boot.40 Mins: Pouraliganji wins a free-kick near the edge of his own box after El Kaabi clatters into him in midair leaping for a high ball.39 Mins: Ziyech floats an inch-perfect ball in from 30 yards out on the left wing that El Kaabi drifts a shade behind as he cuts into the Iran box; Beiranvand drops to scoop it to safety.37 Mins: Azmoun goes down in a tackle and stays on the turf, necessitating a pause in play for him to receive treatment.35 Mins: Over the crossbar! It’s an ambitious, if poor effort from Jahanbakhsh who gets the angle but not the descent with his strike, elevating it way out of reach for Mohamedi to be troubled.34 Mins: Yellow card Karim El Ahmadi. The former Aston Villa midfielder gets the second booking of the game as he nips at the heels of Azmoun some 35 yards away from the Moroccan goal; Iran get a free-kick as a result. Jahanbakhsh, kept quiet so far, will take…30 Mins: Harit cuts a path down the left channel with considerable ease, and nips into the Iran box before putting a low shot straight to Beiranvand. It is Morocco who are still in control of this game for the most part; they have registered eight shots to two from their opponents.26 Mins: Boussoufa feeds a deft ball down the right to Ziyech; the Ajax man can’t keep the ball away from Haji Safi though and in challenging for possession, concedes a foul to the Iranian defender near the opposition box.23 Mins: Iran appear to have lifted themselves into second gear; Cheshmi and Amiri combine around the edge of the Morocco box as they look to find a way through. Amrabat is able to pinch the ball after a moment and he hares off down the right wing, only to lose possession himself a moment later when he squares a ball straight to Ebrahimi on halfway.20 Mins: Now it’s Morocco who are forced to race back and defend after Shoejaei cuts around Benatia as the defender slips and breaks into the opposition box for Iran. His square pass inside to find Azmoun goes awry though; Saiss is able to clear away the danger19 Mins:  How on earth did Iran keep that out? In the middle of a crowded box, Belhanda and Benatia both see strikes blocked by some frenzied defending to keep Morocco from finding the back of the net six yards out.18 Mins: Amiri brings down Belhanda as slides across the latter’s shins and Morocco have a free-kick 40 yards out16 Mins: Just over a quarter of an hour gone at the Krestovsky Stadium and it’s been all about Morocco so far. They have notched up three shots on goal in comparison to none for Iran – and have controlled a whopping 82 percent of possession so far as well.14 Mins: El Kaabit tumbles 35 yards out from the Iranian goal as he looks to take in a long ball from Boussoufa under pressure from Pouraliganji; the referee waves away any chance of a free-kick and Morocco’s attack peels back to halfway.12 Mins: Iran make a rare incursion into Moroccan territory and win themselves a throw-in 25 yards out on the left wing; from it, Amiri tips a looping pass into the box looking for Azmoun, but Mohamedi has no trouble leaping to safely claim it.10 Mins: Yellow card Masoud Shojaei Soleimani, Shojaei comes in with a rather late challenge in pursuit of Boussoufa just on halfway and the Iran midfielder has a yellow card brandished at him by Cakir.8 Mins: El Kabbi drives a half-volley from the centre of the box just wide to the left as he meets another lovely cross tipped in from the right by Amrabat again.Morocco are looking to defend a promising continental record today; African nations are unbeaten in five World Cup meetings against Asian opposition – three wins and two draws – since Japan beat Cameroon 1-0 in June 20105 Mins: Amrabat flicks a neat cross in for Belhanda from a tight angle on the right of the box; the midfielder’s header steers it just over the bar. All one-way traffic for Herve Renard’s side so far.4 Mins: Consecutive corners for Morocco now after Rezaeian blocks a run from Harit and Cheshmi puts out the second following a missed attempt to strike the ball from Ziyech on the edge of the box.2 Mins: First shot of the game goes to Morocco as Amine Harit squeezes a shot across the face of goal from the left edge of the Iranian box after he breaks through the midfield.1 Min: We’re underway in Saint Petersburg! Iran, in all white, win themselves an early free-kick inside their own half after Ziyech brings down Haji Safi chasing a ball from the start.Here we go….The national anthems have concluded and we’re moments away from kick-off. The referee today is Cuneyt Cakir of Turkey.We’re just minutes away from kick-off and the teams are preparing to take to the field at the Krestovsky Stadium ahead of the national anthems.5 Mins to KO: As for Morocco, they will be hoping that Hakim Ziyech can deliver the goods; their star attacker notched up 11 assists in qualifying, more than any other African player, and was awarded the Dutch Footballer of the Year Award for his performances with Ajax in during the 2017-18 campaign.Team news ahead of kick-off and Iran will be looking to their star winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh to help guide them to victory today. The 24-year-old, who plays for AZ Alkmaar in the Dutch Eredivisie, finished last season as the division’s highest scorer with 21 goals, marking the first occasion that an Asian player has topped the scoring charts in an European league15 Mins to KO: Neither side offers a stellar record at the World Cup; between them, Morocco and Iran have managed three wins in 25 games across eight tournament appearances. Neither have ever won an opening game in the competition either; both have a chance to write a little bit of history on Krestovsky Island.Mirroring their opponents, Iran are making their fifth World Cup appearance and, for the first time ever, are featuring in consecutive tournaments, having competed at Brazil 2014. Manager Carlos Queiroz can go one better; he makes his third showing in a row, having guided Portugal to the knock-out stages, losing against Spain in 2010.20 Mins to KO: Morocco boss Herve Renard may be the only man to win the African Cup of Nations with two different teams – Zambia and Ivory Coast – but the Frenchman makes his bow as a World Cup manager today as his side appear at the World Cup for the first time in 20 years. The Atlas Lions have only made it past the group stage once, in Mexico 1986; could they spring a surprise progression this time around?Hello and welcome to live coverage of the 2018 World Cup in Russia as Morocco and Iran meet in the opening game of Group B at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg. The pair meet for only the second time in their history, and for the first time in the sport’s showpiece tournament – but in a group that includes much-fancied Portugal and Spain, can either of them boost their hopes of advancing to the knockout stages with a vital victory?last_img read more

Kentucky’s Players Given Custom Kobe 10’s For SEC Tournament, NCAA Tournament

first_imgA behind-the-basket shot of Rupp Arena during a game.LEXINGTON, KY – NOVEMBER 14: A general view of the Kentucky Wildcats game against the Grand Canyon Antelopes at Rupp Arena on November 14, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Saturday, Kentucky capped off an undefeated regular season with a victory over rival Florida. As the team continues to march toward the goal of a 40-0 campaign, the players will be sporting some new gear in the postseason. Monday, Kentucky’s equipment Twitter account unveiled a photo of the new Kobe 10’s that the Wildcats will be wearing for both the SEC Tournament and the NCAA Tournament. They’re customized with “Kentucky” written on the inside.Players are getting custom Kobe 10s for the @KentuckyMBB post-season run from @nikebasketball! #31notdone #WeAreUK pic.twitter.com/E969CjIP7U— UK Equipment Staff (@UKequipment) March 9, 2015Duke was also given customized versions of the same shoe earlier this week.Friday, Kentucky, which earned a double-bye in the SEC Tournament, will get the winner of Alabama vs. Florida.last_img read more

Its time to quit Blood Tribe hit with 21 drug overdoses in

first_imgTamara PimentelAPTN NewsThe Blood Tribe in Alberta has been hit with a spike in overdoses in the less than a week that has put a heavy strain on its emergency services.“We had a total of 21 overdoses on the reserve that were documented in the last 5 days,” said Dr. Susan Christenson of the Blood Tribe department of health.That’s compared to the usual five to 10 overdoses a month she said.Christenson believes the increase has to do with the recent crisis in Lethbridge where carfentanil has hit the streets. There have been over 50 overdoses there in the past week.She thinks it’s made its way to the reserve and it’s much more potent than the regular, yet deadly, fentanyl.Christenson said fentanyl overdose can usually be turned around, if caught in time, with one of two vials of naloxone.Carfentanil overdoses require six or seven.“Emergency Medical Services came to me to get what naloxone kits I had left because they had completely depleted their supply,” she said.Robin Calfrobe used to struggle with addictions but turned to Christenson for help. She wants to see more youth do the same.“It’s time to quit,” said Calfrobe. “It’s time to change and I hope our people, the tribal council, is going to do their best to put a stop to this.”[email protected]last_img read more

Tennis And The Olympics Make An Awkward Match

We’re on the ground in Rio covering the 2016 Summer Olympics. Check out all our coverage here.Olympic tennis should be as, well, grand as a Grand Slam. The world’s best players show up with a chance to win hardware for their countries — and without making a yearlong commitment. They get to hang with other great athletes in the Olympic Village. And they only get one chance every four years — not four chances every year. That makes it especially precious for players who are sidelined with injury just before the games, as Rafael Nadal was in 2012 and as Roger Federer is this year. The reality, though, is a bit more flawed. The necessities of the national nature of the Olympics imposes restrictions on what is otherwise mostly an individual sport. And that robs the Olympics tennis event of some of its top players and teams — and that’s not counting the stars who blamed Zika when they withdrew.No country gets more than four players in each of the men’s and women’s 64-player singles draws — half the size of major draws. That limit means half of France’s eight men in the Top 50 don’t get a shot at individual glory. Meanwhile, to improve regional representation, Ons Jabeur of Tunisia (ranked No. 188 at the time the entry list was finalized) and Stephanie Vogt of Liechtenstein (No. 274) got into the women’s draw. At majors, they’d usually have to try to earn their way in through qualifying.At least in singles, players are competing as they usually do. On the tours, some of the best doubles teams are paragons of multinational cooperation — a former pairing of an Indian man and a Pakistani teammate inspired tennis fans in both their countries. Part of what makes tennis great, if you’re into individual agency for athletes, is that even when players team up on tour, they do so by choice. They choose whom to partner and whom to dump — leading to a fun round of musical chairs and attendant gossip in each offseason. The Olympics, though, forces teammates to split up. Four of the top 10 women’s teams in the world, including the very best one, pair players from different countries. So do six of the top 10 men’s teams. There isn’t a ranking for mixed doubles, yet just three of the 16 majors since the last Olympics were won by a man and woman from the same country. Yet all those players who normally partner with someone from a different country had to find someone else to play with in Rio de Janeiro.The bigger problem with mixed at the Olympics is how easy it is to medal once you’ve qualified: Just 16 teams enter (after having qualified by making it into one of the other draws and then signing up for mixed in Rio), so it takes just two wins to reach the semifinals. Win one of the next two matches and you’re on the podium.Partly because of all the limitations, especially on top players who don’t qualify because their country’s talent pool is too deep, the tours stopped offering ranking points for wins in this year’s Olympic event. John Isner, the highest ranked American man, cited that as a major factor in his decision to skip Rio. Isner and other opt-outers have been feasting on depleted competition at the tour events. Isner got 150 ranking points for beating three players outside the top 50 in Atlanta last week — 150 more than he would’ve gotten if he’d won the gold medal in Rio. Ranking points, not gold, are the currency on tour, yielding direct entry to events and higher seeds that offer safer passage through the draw.The Olympic men’s singles draw may have lost other stars to early upsets because of their best-of-three-set format until the final. Novak Djokovic, who has won just about every important title except a gold medal, lost his first match in straight sets to Juan Martin del Potro. At a major he would have had a chance to try to come back — a thrilling prospect whether or not he would have pulled it off.I asked the International Tennis Federation, which helps organize the event, for a response to my criticisms. David Haggerty, president of the ITF, said in a statement sent through a spokesman: “The ITF is happy with the overall format of the Olympic Tennis Event, which presents a unique opportunity for players to represent their countries in individual competition. The current format ensures a strength of entry alongside a diversity of nations that reflects the universality of our sport.” He added that the draw size and number of sets are constrained by the desire to limit the event to a little over a week so players can get back on tour, and so that they can enter singles, doubles and mixed without undue burden.I’m not arguing, as many do, that tennis shouldn’t be in the Olympics.1Nor is it a plea on behalf of ESPN, the owner of this website and the broadcaster of the U.S. Open but not of the Olympics. All of the sport’s top players in recent years have competed passionately for their countries and have medaled in 2008 or 2012, or both: Serena and Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka, Djokovic, Federer, Nadal, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka. I watched many of them at the London games in 2012 and enjoyed the novelty of watching singles stars playing doubles, wearing country uniforms and bringing lots of new colors to the usually staid Wimbledon aesthetic. And no one who watched the Djokovic-del Potro epic, or saw both players’ tears afterwards, would prefer it had never happened. It’s just a reminder that when the Olympic format is forced on top of an established sport’s pre-existing structure, flaws and awkwardness are inevitable. Tennis is an individual sport and is at its best when players — and doubles pairs — are free to compete for themselves. read more

Big Ten bounceback Ohio State looks to avenge earlyseason conference woes

The California Golden Bears football team will be hoping to continue a trend of Pac-12 Conference dominance over the Big Ten when they play Ohio State this Saturday. On the second Saturday of the college football season, three Big Ten teams traveled west to play Pac-12 teams, and all three of them – Wisconsin, Nebraska and Illinois – lost their games, respectively to Oregon State, UCLA and Arizona State. But this Saturday, the tables will be turned on California, which travels east to play the Buckeyes in Ohio Stadium. California comes into the game with a 1-1 record, coming off a 50-31 victory against Southern Utah, after opening its season with a 31-24 loss to Nevada. California’s first road game of 2012 comes against the Buckeyes, which are 2-0 and ranked No. 12 in the Associated Press top 25. Even though his team is on the road and unranked, California freshman wide receiver Chris Harper believes his team will defeat its ranked opponent on Saturday. “I think that even though Ohio State is a great team, I think that we’re a great team also and we’re going to be able to compete and come out victorious,” Harper said. Junior Keenan Allen, a fellow wide receiver, agreed. “I think our chances (of winning) are high,” Allen said. “We’ve been practicing pretty good all week, and I just think we just got to polish up on a couple of things from these last games and I think we’ll be a great football team.” Coach Jeff Tedford said during the weekly Pac-12 teleconference on Tuesday that playing OSU, who will have senior linebacker Storm Klein and senior running back Jordan Hall suited up, will be a “great challenge” but believes his team is prepared. “I think our guys are ready for that test against a very good football team,” Tedford said. “We’ve had to play through a couple things the first two weeks actually that have kind of persevered us through some things.” Harper said his preparation for playing the Buckeyes has been the same as it is for any other game. “I’m preparing the same I would any other week,” Harper said. “This is just, it’s another game. Although it’s a big game against a big team, my preparation is still the same because I try to come out and work hard every day at practice.” California ranks 49th nationally in total offense, with an average of 441 yards per game in its first two contests, and is tied for 35th in scoring offense with 37 points per game. Defensively, the Golden Bears have been worse statistically, ranking only 78th in total defense while allowing 410.5 yards per game, and 91st nationally in points allowed with 31. Nonetheless, OSU coach Urban Meyer said the Buckeyes’ opponent has no shortage of talent, including future NFL players on its roster. “You’ll see some Cal Bears going in the draft next year,” Meyer said. One California player whose talents have received considerable recognition from OSU coaches and players alike is Allen, who ranked ninth in the Football Bowl Subdivision in both receptions and receiving yards in 2011. “Anytime you play a great receiver, you have to have tremendous respect for their ability, and what they do well,” said OSU cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs. “Keenan Allen is a great route-runner, he’s got great speed, he does really well, he’s got great body control when the ball is in the air, he goes and gets it. They’re going to run vertical routes, so he’s going to be a factor. They’ll do that with multiple receivers, but he’s a tremendous talent.” OSU sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby said he is looking forward to the opportunity to “go against the best.” “Everybody has been talking about him, saying he’s one of the best in the country,” Roby said. “I think he’s a good athlete and I think he’s a good football player, so I’m just ready to go against him.” Allen said the Bears “definitely need to make progress” with their passing offense from their first two games of the season, but pointed out that he is not the team’s only offensive playmaker. “We have a lot of guys on offense who make plays,” Allen said. “C.J. Anderson (senior running back), Isi Sofele (senior running back), myself, Chris Harper, Bryce Treggs (freshman wide receiver). We all make plays in open field, so once we get the ball into our hands, they really going to have break down and make the open-field tackle.” Coombs also praised California’s quarterback, senior Zach Maynard, who is Allen’s half-brother. “He’s very athletic, he’s very fast, he does a great job of avoiding pressure, pulling it down, making things happen, and sometimes scrambles to run, sometimes scrambles to throw, makes a lot of big plays,” Coombs said. “I think he’s a total package and a guy who’s got experience.” As for OSU’s quarterback, sophomore Braxton Miller, California senior linebacker Robert Mullins compared him to Colin Kaepernick, who played the position at Nevada from 2007-2010, and is currently the backup quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. “(Miller)’s the most athletic (quarterback) I’ve seen,” Mullins said during California’s weekly press conference on Tuesday. “In terms of how dynamic he is, he reminds me of Kaepernick.” Mullins also discussed how the California defense can slow down Miller, who has accounted for 664 yards of total offense in his first two games of the season. “Any time you have a dynamic quarterback like that, you have to be disciplined,” Mullins said. “We have to rally to the ball because he can move in space, he may break some tackles … ultimately, it comes down to what we do.” Another OSU player to whom Tedford gave specific praise was senior defensive end John Simon. “(Simon) plays as hard as anybody I’ve ever seen,” Tedford said. Meyer said that he has great respect for the coach that will be across the field from him on Saturday. “One of my great friends, I’ve known Jeff (Tedford) for a long time,” Meyer said. “Studied football with him back when I was at Bowling Green.” Kickoff in the Horseshoe between OSU and California is scheduled for noon on Saturday. Patrick Maks contributed to this story. read more

Football Fourstar offensive tackle Jake Wray becomes Ohio States first 2020 commit

Ohio State picked up its first commitment in the 2020 recruiting class when offensive tackle Jake Wray tweeted on Monday.Committed to THE Ohio State University. #GoBucks O-H pic.twitter.com/i0bSyKwaR4— Jake Wray (@jakewray77) April 23, 2018Wray, the younger brother of Ohio State freshman offensive tackle Max Wray, is still unranked by the 247Sports composite rankings, ESPN or Rivals. However, 247Sports has him listed as the No. 91 overall prospect, the No. 14 offensive tackle and No. 12 prospect from Georgia.The commitment comes when Ohio State has just six players in its 2019 recruiting class. The class includes commitments from two offensive tackles: four-star Doug Nester and three-star Ryan Jacoby. read more

Comerford Breaks Another American Record Worrell Dahlia is Top Qualifier at SC

first_imgKelsi Worrell Dahlia was the top qualifier after the semi-finals in the 100 butterfly with a time of 55.09, which was four- tenth of a second off of the World Record. Dahlia’s first 50 split was 25.80 and she beat the field in her heat by a full second. It was a busy night for Comerford, who also moved into the finals as the fourth fastest qualifier in the 50 freestyle with a semfinal time of 23.83. Mallory Comerford split 1:53.00 in the 4 x 200 Free Relay as the Americans won silver with a time of 7:35.30. The US foursome shattered the American Record by more than three seconds with splits  Leah Smith (1:55.85) Comerford,  Melanie Margalis (1:53.59), and an blazing fast anchor from Erika Brown of 1:52.86 as the Americans dueled the Chinese right to the wall. China won gold with an Asian record  time of 7:34.08. University of Louisville swimmer Mallory Comerford won silver, shattered another American recordand qualified for another final on Day 5 of the Short Course World Championships in Hangzhou, China.center_img Story Links In other performances by Cardinals, UofL’s Marcelo Acosta went 14:45.78 in the prelims of the 1500M freestyle, swimming for his native El Salvador. Venezuelan Cardinal Carlos Claverie went 27.37 in the prelims of the 50M breaststroke. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more