Ohio State had expectations coming out of its bye week. After sitting on a 49-20 loss to Purdue on Oct. 20, the talk heading into the matchup with Nebraska revolved around the team playing angry, playing “pissed off” with players ready to prove that the Buckeyes are indeed a Big Ten championship contender, a College Football Playoff contender. And although it was not in dominant fashion like other games against Nebraska have been in the past, No. 10 Ohio State got back into the win column Saturday, defeating the Cornhuskers 36-31.“The biggest thing to get that darned bad taste out of your mouth from a couple weeks ago and go win the game,” Meyer said. “We’re going to go back to work. We’re going to enjoy that win now.” Offensively, it meant going back to its roots, the balanced offense, the offense that Meyer is comfortable with, the offense with the “two-headed monster” of redshirt junior running back Mike Weber and sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins as primary contributors. “We definitely wanted to run the ball today,” redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins said.”That was our goal for this game, for this Saturday, and I thought we did a pretty good job of that.” The pair combined for 254 rushing yards, recording the most yards on the ground the unit has had since Sept. 1, each averaging over seven yards per carry. Dobbins and Weber also became the first pair in Ohio State history to both have 2,000 career rushing yards. Dobbins showed this focus in the very first drive of the game, recording nine yards on the first two rushes, but the Ohio State offense of old returned, failing to convert on a short-yardage situation. It did not return for long. After Haskins connected with Dixon for a 42-yard score in the second offensive drive, Dobbins, at the end of the first quarter, brought the Buckeyes into the red zone with a 16-yard run, scoring his first touchdown of the day on a 10-yard rush. But Ohio State could not take that dominating lead, the lead it needed to meet the expectation the Buckeyes had for themselves after the 29-point loss to Purdue. In the first offensive drive of the game, Nebraska freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez led the Cornhuskers on a 12-play, 75-yard drive, ending with a 1-yard touchdown run by senior running back Devine Ozigbo. Even after breaks that fell in favor of the Buckeyes, blocking a punt that resulted in a safety in the first quarter and a whiffed onside kick attempt which Ohio State recovered at the Cornhuskers 31-yard line, they could not take advantage, losing two fumbles in the second quarter, leading to two 2-yard option scores by Martinez. Trailing 21-16 at halftime, the expectation for Ohio State was to have its offensive leader, Haskins, who had thrown for more than 400 yards in each of his last three games, use his arm to put the game out of reach for Nebraska. He led the offense on a methodical drive out of halftime, getting to the red zone, but threw his sixth interception of the season, a ball meant for Dixon in the end zone that landed in the hands of Nebraska junior cornerback Lamar Jackson. But the Ohio State defense stepped up in the third quarter to keep the Cornhuskers at bay. Nebraska averaged 3.6 yards per rush on 10 carries with Martinez completing three of seven passes for 17 yards. Overall, despite allowing 450 yards of offense and two plays of over 30 yards, Meyer said those big plays, the big plays that have plagues this defense and led to the success of opposing offenses, did not necessarily happen against Nebraska, vene though there are things to work on. “There’s defensively still some things but we didn’t give up a big hit,” Meyer said. “We had a couple of hits, but not the big hit. And we were without three starters in the back end of our defense.”Junior safety Jordan Fuller was ejected from the game in the second quarter after being called for targeting. With a secondary already struggling with depth, playing without sophomore safety Isaiah Pryor, who did not play due to an impingement to his shoulder, Fuller’s absence moved sophomore Brendon White into the safety rotation, recording 13 tackles and two tackles for loss in Saturday’s win. Meyer said, defensively, Ohio State was much improved against Nebraska, especially with the continuous lineup changes needed because of the injuries to Pryor and sophomore cornerback Jeffrey Okudah, who was suffering through a groin issue from this week’s practice, along with the loss of Fuller. He also said he expects to have everyone back in the rotation next week. Scoring two touchdowns on a 3-yard rush by Dobbins and a 9-yard shovel pass from Haskins to redshirt senior receiver Parris Campbell, Ohio State took the 30-21 lead heading into the final quarter. But Nebraska came back with a seven-play, 65 yard scoring drive, leading to an 18-yard field goal,bringing the Cornhuskers within one score. However, to extend the lead, Haskins led the Buckeyes on a 7-play, 82-yard drive, ending with a Dobbins 42-yard rushing touchdown, his third of the day. The sophomore running back finished with 163 yards on 23 carries, scoring three touchdowns in a game for the first time in his collegiate career. Nebraska sophomore wide receiver JD Spielman secured a 17-yard touchdown to bring the Cornhuskers back to within ne score with 2:57 left in the game, but, it was not enough as Haskins and the Ohio State offense did not allow another opportunity for Nebraska. Ohio State defeated a two-win Nebraska team, but Haskins viewed this as an opportunity to give future opponents an idea of what Ohio State will bring. “We are focused, motivated, angry,” Haskins said. “We just feel like we are being disrespected right now, but we are going to continue to fight and continue to show the country we are one of the top teams.” To Dobbins, this five-point win over Nebraska created a level of momentum Ohio State will use. “We have momentum right now,” Dobbins said. “We are going to take it into next week, because we have a big game next week.” Ohio State goes back on the road to face Michigan State on Nov. 10.
Crystal Palace have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Vicente Guaita on a free transfer with his contract at Getafe set to expire at the end of the monthThe 31-year-old becomes Roy Hodgson’s first signing of the summer and will officially join the Premer League side on a three-year deal on July 1.Before joining Getafe in 2014, Guaita played over 100 games for La Liga giants Valencia.“We are delighted to sign one of La Liga’s best goalkeepers and pleased that we beat off the competition for his signature,” Palace chairman Steve Parish told the club website.How Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.“We very much look forward to Vicente joining in pre-season training and helping us push on in the Premier League.”The Spaniard kept 12 clean sheets for Getafe last season as the side finished eighth in their first season back in La Liga.Los Azulones have since announced the signing of Joel Robles from Everton on a free transfer.
Gianluigi Buffon prays that he will never face old club Juventus in the Champions League final for Paris Saint-GermainThe veteran goalkeeper left the Serie A champions in the summer after 17 domestic trophy-laden years in favour of a free transfer to PSG.One of the prime reasons for Buffon’s shock switch to France at the age of 40 was to finally win the Champions League after losing three finals with Juventus.Now Buffon just hopes that he will not have to inflict another European final defeat on his old club with PSG among the favourites for the Champions League.“After a week, PSG realised they hadn’t signed someone who was getting old but rather someone wanted to carve out their place in the team and help them grow.,” Buffon told Gazzetta dello Sport.PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“I got the role I wanted: one of making myself available to help the club grow and show I’m still good enough.“I have no regrets or disappointment about leaving Juve. My farewell was planned long ago and the chapter closed perfectly.“I was in Italy last week, I called Andrea [Agnelli] and he gave me permission to train at Continassa for three days.“If I had to face Juve in the Champions League, I’d prefer to do so before the Final because, if I was to win it, I wouldn’t my joy to coincide with the tears of my former teammates.”Although it remains uncertain whether PSG coach Thomas Tuchel would select Buffon for a Champions League final due to his intense rivalry with Alphonse Areola to be PSG’s number one.
Galatasaray are reportedly keen on the prospect of making a January bid for Chelsea captain Gary CahillThe 32-year-old defender finds himself out of favour at Stamford Bridge under new manager Maurizio Sarri.Cahill has made just three appearances for Chelsea this season with one of those coming in the Premier League.The England international’s current deal at Chelsea will expire at the end of this season and it’s understood that he’s considering his options for 2019.Daniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.West Ham United have been touted as a potential destination for Cahill.But Turkish-Football claims that Galatasaray have made Cahill their number one January target.The Turkish giants feel that Cahill’s experience will be a great asset to them at Istanbul.Since arriving in 2011 from Bolton Wanderers, Cahill has made 285 appearances for Chelsea and he’s won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and the Champions League.
This morning, the Reader’s Digest Association and parent company RDA Holding Co. announced that Paul R. Tomkins is set to succeed Tom Williams as executive vice president and chief financial officer with the company. Tomkins is also slated to join RDA’s management executive committee. Tomkins will start his new position on May 23, joining RDA from the non-publishing sector where he was vice president controller of AT&T’s Business Solutions.Former CFO Williams became RDA president and CEO when Mary Berner parted ways with the company in late April. After Berner’s departure, Randall Curran, CEO of telecommunications company DELTACOM, Inc., filled her position as chairman of the RDA board.This announcement trails shortly after RDA announced its first quarter financials. Overall revenue in the first quarter of 2011 was $326 million, falling from $413.9 million in the first quarter of 2010 (during which RDA emerged from bankruptcy on February 20). From February 20 to March 31, 2010, RDA’s revenue totaled $156.2 million. RDA cites fewer magazine/book renewals, unprofitable product lines and less magazine issues for the revenue loss and for the EBITDA in the first quarter of 2011, which was at negative $25.2 million. In the first quarter of 2010, EBITDA was up at $9.5 million.
Maruti Suzuki’s next offering in the sedan segment, Ciaz, is not expected until September but the spy photos of the car has been doing the rounds on the web for quite sometime.Now the latest in the line is an image posted by the MotorBeam team, which shows Ciaz being tested outside Maruti’s Gurgaon plant. The car is seen heavily camouflaged, thus not revealing much details on its design.Ciaz, the new entry into the C-segment, was first seen at the Delhi Auto Expo 214 and is likely to make its India debut in September. The car, codenamed YL1, is expected to replace the underperforming SX4 sedan in the country and resembles the Suzuki Authentics concept car, which was shown at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show.Ciaz is likely to pack the same 1.3 liter Multijet diesel or 1.4 liter K Series petrol engine of Ertiga. Under the hood, it is expected to carry some of the features of both SX4 and Ertiga. Other speculated features of the car include 16-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, push button start, puddle lamps and leather seats.The car is also expected to host a number of safety features like Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD). Rumours are also rife that the Maruti’s new sedan will get the Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) technology, which was introduced with the new Maruti Suzuki Celerio. Ciaz will take on the likes of Hyundai Verna, Honda City and Volkswagen Vento.Maruti is also rumoured to launch the AMT version of Alto K10. Alto K10, a successful small offering of Marurti, has seen a dip in its sales in recent years. The introduction of the AMT variant of Alto K10 is expected to salvage its losing charm in the sub-continent market.(Edited by Vishnuprasad S Pillai)
Russian service provider MTS is looking to develop fixed line and pay TV businesses in Armenia, Belarus and Ukraine, according to local press reports.Fixed-line business development director Dmitry Bagdasarian told the Vedomosti news service that MTS was interested in developing a fixed line business in the three CIS countries. He said MTS already had the infrastructure in place to provide retail services in all three countries.
Educational channel English Club TV has struck an agreement for distribution with UAE-based service provider Du. The channel is now available in Du’s basic package in standard definition. The deal was struck through local agency SAWA Media. English Club TV is represented in the region by reseller Represent TV.“Expats from all over the world have always played an important part in the development of Dubai as an International city, attracting millions of tourists every year. The English language is an important communication tool amongst the many different nationalities living in UAE for business and cultural exchange,” said Andrew Semchenko, CEO of EСTV.“With the innovative educational content of the English Club TV channel, together with SAWA Media we are creating a fun and easily accessible environment for those who want to learn and improve their English language skills in an effective and exciting way.”
Punit GoenkaZee Network Europe is set to rollout its new Hindi-language general entertainment channel &TV in the UK next month, following recent launches in India and the Middle East.Speaking to DTVE, Punit Goenka, managing director of Zee Entertainment, said that while Zee TV is a “more traditional brand”, free-to-air &TV will focus on more young, edgy and contemporary storytelling that is still “deeply rooted in Indian values.”The &TV channel’s core demographic is 15 to 44 year-old men and women and will feature a combination of acquired and Zee-originated content. The latter will be produced in both India and the UK and other parts of the world to give the channel a “local flavour”.Goenka said that &TV’s rollout in India earlier this month was Zee’s “biggest launch in the last decade”, with ratings climbing from some 90 million impressions to 105 million over the space of two weeks.&TV is now also live pan-regionally in the Middle East, and following the UK launch, Zee plans to take the channel to the US in the second half of the year, rolling it out in around October.Asked whether Zee has plans to launch the channel elsewhere in Europe, or in Africa or Latin America, Goenka said: “We are working with our distribution partners in each of these markets.“Depending on how and when they can launch it, it will be going global eventually. Hopefully by the end of this year, we should be covering the entire footprint, just as Zee TV does.The introduction of the new channel, which was announced at a press conference in London yesterday, is timed to coincide with Zee’s 20-year broadcasting anniversary for its flagship Zee TV channel in the UK and Europe.&TV is due to go live on April 6 and will be available on the Sky platform on channel 795 and the Virgin Media platform on channel 811.