Crowds discover exciting learning paths at Donegal ETB’s FET Fair – Picture Special

first_imgDonegal’s largest education and training event attracted huge crowds to Letterkenny today (Wednesday).The Radisson Blu Hotel Letterkenny was a hive of activity for the Donegal ETB’s 2019 Further Education and Training Fair.People of all ages and background explored the exhibition to explore the education and training opportunities available locally in Donegal. Tom Egan, Anne McHugh, CE ETB, Colm Richardson, and Cathal McGee at the Donegal ETB’s annual Further Education and Training (FET) Fair in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny on Wednesday last. Photo Clive WassonDanielle Sweeney, Seamus Murphy and Helen Flannery at Donegal ETB’s annual Further Education and Training (FET) Fair in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny on Wednesday last. Photo Clive WassonMarjorie Quinn, Crona Gallagher, Director of FET and Rose Duffy at the Donegal ETB’s annual Further Education and Training (FET) Fair in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny on Wednesday. Photo Clive WassonDonegal ETB is the largest FET provider in the county, with over 11,000 learners completing courses in more than 120 venues in 2018.  The wide range of Donegal ETB courses can be found on the course finder section of its website (www.donegaletb.ie/coursefinder).Donegal ETB advisors and current learners were on hand to showcase the varied subjects taught through a wide range of part-time and full-time courses. From Apprenticeships, Traineeships and industry certified courses, there were many hands-on displays to experience. Laura Mulkeen with Aidan Gallagher at the virtual welder at the Donegal ETB’s annual Further Education and Training (FET) Fair in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny on Wednesday. Photo Clive WassonSean Marks and Cornealus Sweeney at the Donegal ETB’s annual Further Education and Training (FET) Fair in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny on Wednesday. Photo Clive WassonColm Richardson, Anne McHugh, Marian Gallagher, Tom Egan, Cathal McGee, Bridin McMahon, Liam Marley and Tara McGuire at the Donegal ETB’s annual Further Education and Training (FET) Fair in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny on Wednesday. Photo Clive WassonColleges of Further Education, ITs and universities were also well-represented, providing information for learners on how to support a return to learning will also be available through Citizens Information, the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection and SUSI Student Grants.Many of Donegal ETB’s FET courses are co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020. Ciaran Foy, Jack Burke, Conor Bonar and Cathal Browne at the Donegal ETB’s annual Further Education and Training (FET) Fair in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny on Wednesday. Photo Clive WassonLaura McMenamin, Amand Mackey and Tara Maguire at Donegal ETB’s annual Further Education and Training (FET) Fair in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny on Wednesday last. Photo Clive WassonEimear Doherty, Tomas Timlin, Rosemary Diver and Jane Kalnberza at the Donegal ETB’s annual Further Education and Training (FET) Fair in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny on Wednesday. Photo Clive WassonFor more information on education and training at Donegal ETB please contact Donegal ETB’s Adult Guidance and Information Service on 0749178088 or email [email protected] or visit them at 2nd Floor, McKendrick Place, Pearse Road, Letterkenny.Further updates on can be found on Donegal ETB’s website (www.donegaletb.ie/news) and Twitter, Facebook (@DonegalETB) and LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/donegaletb.ie).Check out all the action from the 2019 Fair in the gallery below. Photos by Clive Wasson Photography:Donegal Town, Youthreach at the Donegal ETB’s annual Further Education and Training (FET) Fair in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny on Wednesday last. Photo Clive WassonSyrian learners at the Donegal ETB’s annual Further Education and Training (FET) Fair in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny on Wednesday. Photo Clive WassonMairead Carlin, Brian Doherty and Ryan Davis at the Donegal ETB’s annual Further Education and Training (FET) Fair in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny on Wednesday last. Photo Clive WassonTom Egan with Joseph McCrory at Donegal ETB’s annual Further Education and Training (FET) Fair in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny on Wednesday last. Photo Clive WassonPatrick Brennan and Donna Mulligan, LYIT School of Tourism at the Donegal ETB’s annual Further Education and Training (FET) Fair in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny on Wednesday last. Photo Clive WassonAnne McDevitt, Employer Liaison Officer / EURES Adviser, Carmel Curran, Employer Liaison Officer at the Donegal ETB’s annual Further Education and Training (FET) Fair in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny on Wednesday last. Photo Clive WassonKevin Harley, ETB with Shay McFadden, Oran Boyce, Ronan Dunswurth and Michael Murrat at the Donegal ETB’s annual Further Education and Training (FET) Fair in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny on Wednesday last. Photo Clive WassonJames Evans, Evan Bonnar and Mark Doherty at the Donegal ETB’s annual Further Education and Training (FET) Fair in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny on Wednesday last. Photo Clive WassonThe crowd at the Donegal ETB’s annual Further Education and Training (FET) Fair in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny on Wednesday. Photo Clive WassonSean Marks and Cornealus Sweeney at last year’s Donegal ETB’s annual Further Education and Training (FET) Fair in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny on Wednesday. Photo Clive WassonETB staff helping visitors to the Donegal ETB’s annual Further Education and Training (FET) Fair in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny on Wednesday. Photo Clive WassonCaroline McCabe and Martin Harley, Chairman Doengal ETB at the Donegal ETB’s annual Further Education and Training (FET) Fair in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny on Wednesday last. Photo Clive WassonThe packed Donegal ETB’s annual Further Education and Training (FET) Fair in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny on Wednesday. Photo Clive WassonVictoria McHugh, Lauren McCrabbe, Joanne Sweeney, Jucinta Sweeney and Casha Barnett from Raphoe at the Donegal ETB’s annual Further Education and Training (FET) Fair in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny on Wednesday . Photo Clive WassonKerri Gordan, Charles Delaney, Mike Delaney, Jonah O’Hagan, Naoise McGuinness, JordanMc Daid, Donaghey and Joanne Donaghy Donegal ETB’s annual Further Education and Training (FET) Fair in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny on Wednesday. Photo Clive WassonSeweryn Socha, Bridin Ferry, Katlyn Moore, Robbie Matthews and Ciaran McMahon Youthreach Gortahork at the Donegal ETB’s annual Further Education and Training (FET) Fair in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny on Wednesday last. Photo Clive WassonColm Richardson, Jim McGlynn and Mairead Carlin at Donegal ETB’s annual Further Education and Training (FET) Fair in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny on Wednesday last. Photo Clive WassonCrowds discover exciting learning paths at Donegal ETB’s FET Fair – Picture Special was last modified: January 24th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal ETBDonegal ETB’s 2019 Further Education and Training Fairlast_img read more

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Boks give England a record hammering

first_img24 November 2008After narrow victories over Wales and Scotland, the Springboks were expected to be pushed hard by England in their final test of the year on Saturday. As it happened, South Africa saved their best for last, crushing England 42-6 to hand them their biggest loss ever at Twickenham.The victory was built on a stubborn hard-hitting defence and opportunistic counter-attacking with a sharp edge.Captain John Smit said afterwards that South Africa won the battle of the advantage line: when the Boks had the ball they dented the line, while England were knocked backwards when they had the ball.Committed and ferociousThe image of England retaining possession but losing territory is one that will remain from the test; time after time they were repulsed by committed and ferocious gang tackling which earned the Springboks the upper hand at the collisions.England did well to force a number of turnovers – probably the area of South Africa’s game that was most concerning – but they were unable to do much with the ball they won because of the Boks’ fierce tackling.When England managed to get close to the South African tryline some outstanding defence stopped them crossing the whitewash; Victor Matfield and Bakkies Botha came up with two of the best stops of the game, with England looking odds-on to score on both occasions.Attacking defenceA number of tries resulted from defence – attacking defence – as the Springboks ran in five tries to nil.Meanwhile, the experiment of converting Ruan Pienaar from scrumhalf to flyhalf proved to be an outstanding success. He performed well in all three of the Springboks’ tests on their tour and was very impressive at Twickenham.The suggestion by former Brumbies and Wallabies coach that Pienaar reminds him of Australian legend Stephen Larkham looks as if it could be accurate.Kick offEngland started the game with a grubber from the kick off. Schalk Burger managed to gather the ball, but the Springboks were penalised for going off their feet at the breakdown. Danny Cipriani stepped up and slotted the penalty to give the home team a 3-0 lead in the first minute.When Conrad Jantjes kicked off for the Boks, his kick went directly into touch. From the resulting scrum on the halfway line South Africa were penalised. After the unconvincing showings of the previous two weeks, Springbok supporters could have been forgiven for thinking it was going to be “one of those days”. However, the SA ship was soon righted.LevelCaptain Smit forced a penalty at a ruck by staying on his feet as he tried to win the ball while England held onto possession. Ruan Pienaar took a kick at goal and struck it sweetly to pull South Africa level at 3-3.The early scrums were a mess and after nine minutes referee Nigel Owens penalised the Boks at a set piece. England flyhalf Cipriani attempted a penalty from 49 metres out, but was short of the uprights.There was a heart-in-mouth moment for South African fans when Jantjes had a kick charged down inside the SA 22. Bryan Habana raced back to gather the ball, but conceded a five-metre scrum to the England.First tryFour minutes later the Springboks had turned defence into attack and forced a scrum near the England tryline. Pienaar made a half-break to force England onto the back foot. Then, when the ball was moved inside, Danie Rossouw ran onto it at pace, fought his way through three would-be tacklers and crashed over near the posts for the first try of the match.Pienaar knocked over the easy conversion to put the Springboks seven points clear at 10-3.The flyhalf was then solely responsible for South Africa’s next try when he charged down a kick by Cipriani, fielded the bouncing ball and ran through to score under the English uprights.His conversion increased the SA advantage to 17-3.Try-saving tackleThree minutes later England broke out after a swiftly taken penalty. Delon Armitage headed for the right hand corner, but Bakkies Botha with a superb effort and excellent cover defence, tackled him and forced the fullback to put a foot on the sideline only metres from the tryline as JP Pietersen arrived to assist him.Pienaar knocked over another penalty to put South Africa 20-3 ahead, but Cipriani answered with one for England to make the score 20-6.Tendai “The Beast” Mtawarira was yellow-carded 10 minutes from the break for going off his feet at a ruck, leaving South Africa to play most of the rest of the half with only 14 men. England, though, could not take advantage of their numerical superiority.After the break England worked their way up to the South African tryline, but Victor Matfield made an outstanding tackle to turn back the English charge less than a metre short of the line.Sharp blowShortly afterwards the Boks struck a sharp blow in response to England’s attacking efforts. JP Pietersen made an incision into the England backline with a nice run before offloading to Adrian Jacobs who, with a sharp change of direction, wrong-footed Armitage and then held off the covering Paul Sackey to crash over for South Africa’s third try.Pienaar slotted the conversion to move South Africa into a 27-6 lead.Once again England worked their way up the field, but South Africa’s defence was stubborn and Bryan Habana stopped the home team in their tracks with an outstanding and powerful tackle.30 points upAfter an hour Jaque Fourie, on as a substitute, won SA a penalty and Pienaar made it 30-6.For the second time in the contest South Africa were reduced to 14 men when referee Owens deemed Jantjes guilty of obstruction as England sought a way through the stubborn Springbok defence. It appeared to be a dubious decision with replays indicating that Jantjes had merely stood his ground after the ball had been chipped over his head.With less than 10 minutes to go Francois Steyn almost created a fourth try for SA with a neat break. Habana was up in support and offloaded to Jean de Villiers, but he was brought down just short of the tryline.Fourth trySpringbok determination and doggedness was underlined four minutes from time when they once again blunted an England attack and turned the ball over. Steyn punted far downfield and Fourie chased. He arrived at the ball fractionally after Paul Sackey, but wrestled the ball from the England winger.Delon Armitage raced back to tackle Fourie, but he handed off the fullback, stumbled to his knees, regained his feet and ran through for South Africa’s fourth five-pointer. Steyn, whose kick had started the try-scoring movement, knocked over the conversion to extend the South African lead to 37-6.Habana scoresWith time running out the Springboks were awarded a free-kick, which they quickly moved wide. Good hands gave Habana some space and he dived over for Boks’ fifth try.Steyn was wide with the attempted conversion, but when the final whistle sounded straight after that South Africa had ended their three-match tour of the United Kingdom with a record 42-6 victory over England.Ironically, it was the same margin of victory as the Springboks achieved over the English in pool play at the 2007 Rugby World Cup, when they won 36-0.While most of England’s fans quietly left Twickenham, the Boks did a victory lap of the stadium, cheered on by the many South African fans in attendance.Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Govt pushes use of all official languages

first_img8 August 2012 The South African government took a step towards promoting the equitable use of the country’s 11 official languages when Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile tabled the Use of Official Languages Bill in Parliament in Cape Town on Tuesday. The Bill was approved without dissent and will now go to the National Council of Provinces for concurrence. It is aimed at ensuring that the government elevates the status of indigenous languages, in particular, and promotes their use. The Bill will also make a contribution towards the national effort to promote multilingualism. “This Bill is not aimed at diminishing the significance and use of any of the South African official languages. Through this Bill, we will promote equitable use of all official languages,” Mashatile said. “In the long run, we will endeavor to equally promote the use of sign language.” It also means South Africans will have an opportunity to use the official languages of their choice in interacting with government. “This, we believe, will strengthen efforts to ensure equal access to government services and programmes and contribute to the goal of building an empowered citizenry,” he said. “Specifically, this Bill seeks to provide for the regulation and monitoring of the use of official languages by national government and public entities for official purposes.”Establishing national language units Mashatile added that it provides for the establishment of a national language unit. The unit will advise the Arts and Culture Minister on the policy and strategy to regulate and monitor the use of official languages. It also provides for the establishment of language units in every national department, public entity and national public enterprise to advise the national department on the development, adoption, and implementation and monitoring of its language policy. He said that through the Bill, government was giving effect to the provisions of Section 6 of the Constitution, which not only identifies 11 official languages but also obliges the state to take practical and positive measures to elevate the status and advance the use of indigenous languages. In terms of the Bill, language policies by national departments should identify at least three official languages to be used for official purposes. When identifying these three official languages, departments must take into account its Constitutional obligation to take practical steps to elevate the status and advance the use of indigenous languages whose historic use and status was diminished. The Arts and Culture Minister will be required to annually table a report to Parliament on the use of official languages for the provision of government services. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Save 10% On Microsoft Office365 With MasterCard

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting david strom A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts MasterCard and Microsoft announced a new strategic initiative to market and sell Microsoft’s cloud productivity service, Office 365. You can get an automatic 10% discount when you buy through their easysavings.com discount program and use your MasterCard. There are several plans that start at $6 per user per month for less than 50 seats (undiscounted). We last looked at Office 365 here and compared it to Google Docs and Zoho Docs. Microsoft has changed a few elements of its plans since our article came out this summer. The easysavings.com program is similar to those from other credit card companies, and there is a list of other discounts that are available. You don’t need to do anything to get the discounts, other than use your credit card, once you register. For small businesses, this might be worth a few bucks off your bill if you use any of these service providers: you can save 10% off Budget car rentals, and 5% on Frontier airline tickets too. center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#biz#tips 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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a month agoNewcastle boss Bruce feels Carroll can help Joelinton settle

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Bruce feels Carroll can help Joelinton settleby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Steve Bruce feels Andy Carroll can help Joelinton settle.Bruce was happy to have both on the pitch for their 1-1 draw with Brighton.He said, “On ‘Big Joe’, the burden of being a Newcastle United centre-forward is always going to be there and I think for any player who comes to the Premier League they need a bit of time, especially if you are young.”No disrespect to the Bundesliga or wherever they have come from, it is totally different to playing against three big centre-backs from Brighton who bashed him to bits.”It wasn’t until Andy Carroll came on where we could give him a bit of a hand but it was a bit of an eye-opener for him.”He learned from it, he is desperate to do well, so give them a bit of time and I think they will both flourish.” last_img read more

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Is Nebraskas Preseason Ranking Based On Ability Or Just Pedigree

✓✓ 191990UCLA3-7-1✓✓✓✓ Teams like Nebraska rarely rank in the preseasonEvery team that was ranked in the Associated Press preseason poll after a below .500 season 191958Pitt4-6✓✓ 81950Illinois3-4-2✓✓✓ 181972Purdue3-7 242019Nebraska4-8✓ 252001Alabama3-8✓✓✓✓ 241991UCLA5-6✓✓ 161995UCLA5-6✓✓✓ 171958SMU4-5-1 182012OSU6-7✓✓✓✓ 232006UT5-6✓✓✓✓ 191959MSU3-5-1✓✓✓✓ 181954Oregon4-5-1 181987ND5-6✓✓ 251992Texas5-6✓✓✓ 171969UCLA3-7✓✓✓ 201974A&M5-6✓ 211994Illinois5-6✓✓ 171977ASU4-7 232017Texas5-7✓✓ 111989PSU5-6✓✓✓ 252008Pitt5-7✓ ✓ 252002UW5-7 ✓✓ 251999ASU5-6 181982ND5-6✓✓✓ 251989OSU4-6-1✓✓ 242002PSU5-6✓ rankYearSchoolprevious recordnew qb or coachever champsRecent top-10 finish.600+ YEAR BEFORE ✓✓ When the Associated Press preseason Top 25 was released earlier this month, the names at the top were familiar. Clemson was first, Alabama second, and the rest of the top 10 was littered with recent contenders like Oklahoma, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State and Notre Dame. But toward the bottom, there was a bit of a surprise. The Nebraska Cornhuskers were ranked No. 24 (with one voter putting them as high as No. 12) despite finishing each of the past two seasons at 4-8.That puts Nebraska in rare company. Since preseason polls began in 1950, only 31 teams have ever been ranked after a losing season, most recently Texas two years ago. And just five had a record worse than the Huskers.What makes Nebraska even more unusual is the sustained losing entering this season. Just nine other schools have been ranked in the preseason after consecutive losing seasons. None came off consecutive eight-loss seasons — or even had as many combined losses over the previous two years.So, why Nebraska? Do the Huskers deserve the early recognition?A lot of the excitement comes from Scott Frost, in his second year coaching Nebraska. In Frost’s second year at the University of Central Florida, just two years removed from a winless season, his team finished undefeated. Husker fans and the media seem to expect a similar second-year bump.Quarterback Adrian Martinez showed promise last season as a true freshman despite battling injuries. Just 19 years old, Martinez is in the top five of Heisman betting favorites.And in Frost’s first year, the Huskers did finish with a better team than the one that started — possibly only because the one that started was horrible. Nebraska began 0-6, the worst start in program history, before winning four of its last six and losing a one-score game to eventual Big Ten champion Ohio State — though the Huskers’ “signature win” was a touchdown-free 9-6 victory over Michigan State, which finished just 7-6 on the year.Despite finishing 2018 sixth in a weak Big Ten West division, Nebraska is getting a lot of attention, with some even saying it could be a title contender. The question is if that will translate to an improved team this season.Let’s look at the 31 teams who were ranked in the preseason poll after a losing season and see what we can learn from them. Source: Sports-Reference.com 192011UGA6-7✓✓✓ You might think that teams with a new coach or quarterback would get the nod in the polls, with a new regime the sign of a turnaround to come. But, in fact, the opposite is true. Of those 31 ranked teams, 27 had the same coach as the previous season, and 23 had the same quarterback;1The primary passer from the previous year threw at least one pass that year. 61 percent kept both; not a single one had a new coach and a new quarterback. Voters may be expecting an improvement from teams keeping the same core.Most of these teams also didn’t have a “hot” finish to the prior season. Only UCLA in 1995 came in with three straight wins. Just six teams won their last game of the season (1990 UCLA had a tie) and the 31 teams averaged barely one win over the last three games and less than two wins over the last five.These teams do seem to get the benefit of the doubt from their pedigree, something Nebraska certainly has. More than 80 percent had won a championship at some point in team history, and more than half within the past 25 years. All but one played in a major conference.2Arizona State, 1977, was in the WAC. Nebraska seems to fit this category. Most voters probably still remember Nebraska’s three championships between 1994 and 1997, the last two when Frost was quarterback.Unlike Nebraska, however, most of the 31 ranked teams had a more recent track record of success, even within their two previous years. And the majority had a postseason top-10 ranking within just the previous five years. Nebraska, meanwhile, hasn’t won even its division since 2012 and has lost at least four games for 15 straight years.But history may be on Big Red’s side. Of those 30 other ranked teams, we would expect3Given their placement in the rankings, based on the historical share of teams at each preseason ranking that were ranked anywhere in the year’s final poll. 12 or 13 to be top 25 in the postseason. Sixteen were. And of the other nine that were ranked after two losing seasons, six finished top 20, and all finished with more wins than losses.The high hopes in Nebraska are a lot to live up to. But a significant turnaround wouldn’t be unprecedented. Five years ago, TCU went from 4-8 to 12-1 and very nearly made the college football playoff. In 2012, Ohio State rebounded from a 6-7 season to finish 12-0 under new head coach Urban Meyer (though the Buckeyes were ineligible for the postseason). And back in 1964, coming off a 2-7 season, Notre Dame and new head coach Ara Parseghian from Northwestern went 9-1 for a share of the national championship.A lot will have to go right for Nebraska to complete a major rise. We’ll soon find out if they’re up to the task. 231993Clemson5-6✓✓✓ 161960OSU3-5-1✓✓✓✓ 181957ND2-8✓✓✓✓ read more

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Sullinger Aaron Craft is always correcting our English

While Buford and Sullinger did not go into much detail and kept the comments lighthearted, apparently not wanting to give their teammate too hard of a time, Craft did not deny his teammates’ claims. In fact, he said he is a stickler for grammar because it will help his teammates when interacting with others in the future, but more simply, because poor grammar is a pet peeve of his. “I do correct their English because I’m trying to prepare them for a situation where they might be with someone important and they don’t want to have the same mistake there,” Craft said. “And it just bothers me when they use bad English. A lot.” The Buckeyes next play Kansas in the Final Four in New Orleans. Tip is set for Saturday at about 9 p.m. The winner will advance to the national championship game Monday. “He thinks he knows everything, for one,” Buford immediately responded, before leaning over to Craft and joking with him. Sullinger backed Buford up. “That’s on the court and off the court. As a point guard, you kind of need that on the court, but I mean, he’s always correcting our English and our grammar and all that good stuff,” he said. Ohio State sophomore point guard Aaron Craft is known for his ability to guard players on the court, but some of his teammates said he is just as adamant about guarding against their poor grammar off the court. When a reporter asked Craft if he had vices and faults, he replied, “I absolutely do,” before passing the question to two of his teammates – senior guard William Buford and sophomore forward Jared Sullinger. read more

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Satire Urban Meyer names all six quarterbacks starters

Click to enlargeTired of constant questions regarding Ohio State’s ongoing quarterback battle, coach Urban Meyer revealed he’s already picked a starter — and it’s not quite what people expected.During an impromptu Sunday press conference, Meyer announced that redshirt-senior Braxton Miller, redshirt-junior Cardale Jones and redshirt-sophomore J.T. Barrett will all start for the Buckeyes in 2015. In fact, not only will the trio of returning starters all be in the opening lineup, but Meyer said all six scholarship quarterbacks at OSU have earned starting spots — even though two of them have yet to arrive on campus.“At Ohio State, it doesn’t matter, the best player plays,” Meyer said Sunday. “If our five best players are kickers, then five kickers play. If our best 11 on defense are all linebackers, then we’ll play 11 linebackers. It just so happens that our six quarterbacks are the best six players, so we had to find a way to get them all on the field.“Those six have earned the right to be called starters at the Ohio State University.”Meyer explained that Miller — a two-time Big Ten Quarterback of the Year — will line up at slot receiver, Barrett — the reigning conference Quarterback of the Year — will play tailback and Jones will use his 6-foot-5-inch, 250-pound frame to play tight end.Incoming freshman Torrance Gibson and redshirt-freshman Stephen Collier will be OSU’s outside receivers, Meyer said, and perhaps most shockingly of all, freshman Joe Burrow will be the only one actually taking snaps from senior center Jacoby Boren.Jones, who led the Buckeyes to wins over Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon en route to Big Ten and national titles in his first three starts, was visibly confused as he stood alongside Meyer during the press conference.“I finally figured out that I came here to play school, but I’m still pretty sure I didn’t come here to play tight end,” Jones was heard muttering as he left the room. “At least I’m still allowed to tweet.”Burrow, who has yet to take a college snap, is reportedly practicing passes to himself, much like he perfected in his high school playing days.“I am just so excited to throw passes to all of our quarterbacks, but even more excited to throw to myself,” Burrow said at the press conference. “I can’t thank coach Meyer enough for this opportunity.”Meyer, who is confident in Burrow’s abilities to lead the offense, reiterated his usual mantra to the press.“A quarterback is a product of those around him, and in this case they are the products for themselves,” Meyer said. “Zeke was great for us last year, but no one can open up the offense like our quarterbacks.”Barrett, who won 11 games last season, is coming off of an ankle surgery and said he is excited about his new role in the offense.“Did you see my run against Minnesota last year? I ran through all over those Gopher holes,” Barrett said. “I loved playing with Zekiel. But I am the better option.”The Buckeyes will have more than enough options next season, which Meyer said he intends to take full advantage of.“With six guys who can throw, you can really open up the playbook,” Meyer said. “I can’t give you an example, but I can tell you that there is a play where all six guys will touch the ball and Dolo Dale will end up throwing the ball further than Uncle Rico when he threw the ball over them mountains.”Collier, who saw extended action in the 2015 Spring Game said, was thrilled with the announcement.“I’m just happy to be here,” he said.As per usual, Miller declined to speak to the press.Burrow, an Athens, Ohio, native, was the only person at the press conference who didn’t look like he’d recently been hit by a bus. While he was rated as a four-star recruit by ESPN, he was widely expected to be the fifth or sixth option under center this season.“I know nobody expected it, but I always knew coach Meyer would give me a chance,” Burrow said. “Cordale, Brandon and J.R. are all great players, but none of them can throw touchdown passes to themselves.”The sextet is set to start for the Buckeyes when they open the 2015 season against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Va. read more

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Womens Hockey No 4 Ohio State splits road series with No 3

Ohio State then-redshirt sophomore defender Jincy Dunne (33) gets back on defense in the first period of the game against Minnesota on Jan. 19. Ohio State won 3-2. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignThe No. 4 Ohio State women’s hockey team (6-2, 3-1 WCHA) traveled up to Minneapolis to take on the No. 3 Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-1-1, 4-1-1 WCHA) in an early Top 5 matchup that saw a series split. The first game was won by Minnesota by a score of 3-0 and the Buckeyes won the second by a score of 3-2. Game 1Ohio State found themselves overmatched on the road against a tough Minnesota team and despite its efforts, lost 3-0.The first period saw Ohio State coming out hot, getting the first three shots on goal of the game, but none of them found the net and the same went for Minnesota throughout the first period. Both teams notched 10 shots on goal but remained scoreless after 20 minutes. Minnesota took the lead more than 11 minutes into the second period when senior forward Taylor Williamson shot one past freshman goaltender Andrea Braendli off a rebound that got away from the goalie to give the Golden Gophers a 1-0 lead. Senior forward Tianna Gunderson and junior defenseman Patti Marshall earned assists on the play. Throughout the second period, the Buckeyes were outshot by the Gophers 18-5. Momentum did not shift to Ohio State’s favor as the Gophers extended their lead off another rebound shot, this time by freshman forward Catie Skaja with assists by redshirt senior forward Nicole Schammel and sophomore forward Gracie Zumwinkle. In an attempt to mount a late comeback, Braendli was pulled in favor of another attacker for the Buckeyes, but it resulted in an empty net goal with just 32 seconds left for Williamson’s second goal of the game to clinch the victory for Minnesota. Ohio State was severely outshot by Minnesota 19-3 in the period.Fresh off winning player of the week for her efforts against Minnesota State, Braendli notched a career high 44 saves. Game 2On Saturday, Ohio State held off a late Minnesota comeback to win the game 3-2, splitting the series. The Buckeyes took the lead just 5:10 into the first period when freshman defenseman Sophie Jacques scored her first career goal. Minnesota struck back when Schammel got one by Braendli later in the period to tie it up, 1-1. Schammel was assisted by Zumwinkle and freshman defenseman Gracie Ostertag. Moving to just past the halfway point of the second period, sophomore forward Emma Maltais scored a power play goal to shift momentum back to Ohio State and give them a 2-1 lead. Redshirt junior Jincy Dunne recorded an assist on the goal. The Buckeyes extended their lead early into the third period when senior forward Madison Field scored an insurance goal to put Ohio State up two. Maltais and Dunne assisted Field on the play. Minnesota was not to be deterred, and a shot by senior forward Taylor Williamson with just under three minutes left in the game cut the lead to 3-2. However, that one goal was all that the Gophers were able to muster as Braendli put together another strong performance, this time saving 40 shots to give Ohio State the victory.Minnesota outshot the Buckeyes 42 to 27, but Ohio State took advantage of scoring opportunities when they presented themselves, and Braendli and the defense combined to clinch a tough away victory against a Top 5 Minnesota team. Ohio State remains on the road for next week as they travel to Canton, New York for a non-conference matchup against St. Lawrence. Puck drop for the series opener is set for 6 p.m. on Friday. read more

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