Ezekiel Elliott blasts coaching staff announces decision to leave after Ohio States

OSU junior running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) stumbles while carrying the ball in a game against Michigan State on Nov. 21. OSU lost, 17-14. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorIn a somber postgame interview room after No. 3 Ohio State’s 17-14 loss to No. 9 Michigan State, a frustrated Ezekiel Elliott did not hold back his feelings after only receiving 12 carries in the upset.The junior running back put the coaching staff on blast about the play-calling and disclosed he spent time in the hospital during the week, while also announcing Saturday was his final game at Ohio Stadium before leaving for the NFL.“It’s very disappointing,” Elliott said. “In the one drive that we had where we kind of had some momentum, when we scored after the strip-sack, the plays we ran, we ran a lot of gap schemes, and we were gassing them.“You saw that on that drive, and we had a lot of momentum, and honestly, we didn’t see those plays at all for the rest of the game. Those plays weren’t called anymore. I asked for those plays to be called and they weren’t, and it hurts, it hurts a lot, because of how we lost. I feel like we weren’t put in the right opportunity to win this game, we weren’t put in the right situation to win this game.”Elliott said his battle with the coaching staff to receive more carries was an ongoing struggle throughout the game, and he blamed the mismanagement for the loss.A slow first half has not been out of the ordinary for Elliott this season, such as against Indiana, but he has typically put up flashy numbers as the game wears on. In Saturday’s contest, however, he only received two handoffs in the second half after rushing 10 times for 30 yards in the first.“It’s kind of been something we’ve seen all season, honestly,” he said. “We’ll have some momentum, we’ll have some plays that work, and then we’ll try to get away from it, try to get cute and run some other stuff.”OSU coach Urban Meyer said after the game that the Spartans dominated the line of scrimmage and loaded up the box to make sure the run game was contained. Even so, Elliott thought he deserved more than his 12 carries — which is his lowest total since the season opener against Virginia Tech when he had 11 carries but 122 yards.Elliott said he was lobbying Meyer all game for more touches but to no avail.“I think I do deserve more than (12) carries,” the St. Louis native said. “I think I really do. I mean, honestly, I can’t speak for the play calling, I don’t know what was going on, I don’t know what they were seeing, but honestly it didn’t work out. It wasn’t working.”Speaking to his frustrations, Elliott said he was never able to receive an explanation for his sudden lack of usage.For Elliott, what made the evening really sting was the journey he took throughout the week to be able to step inside the lines.The junior said he was hospitalized from Monday through Wednesday after a cyst on his right leg became infected. Elliott said at one point he had a 103-degree fever and could not walk because of the pain from the infection.“I didn’t think I was going to play,” he said. “I was depressed in the hospital, crying like a baby, but things turned around, and I was able to go out and practice, no difficulty.”Elliott, who sported a black, protective pad on his right shin during the game, downplayed the infection, saying he was “100 percent.”Meyer echoed that.“He was fine,” the coach said. “He practiced Thursday. And he’s a warrior.”Meyer said the line of scrimmage was so clogged up that it hurt the ground game. Nevertheless, Elliott said he believed the offense would have churned out more than the 132 yards it did had he had an increased volume of carries.To add further insult to injury, the running back said his grandfather had flown in from Finland to watch him play, only to see his lowest rushing total since the Virginia Tech loss in 2014.“It kind of hurts that he has to see me go out like this,” Elliott said. “I just wish I was given an opportunity to do more.”By “go out,” Elliott was alluding to more than this season’s home finale. There is one more schedule game against Michigan, as well as a bowl game, but neither of those tilts will be in Ohio’s capital city. After that, Elliott’s collegiate years will be through, even with a year of eligibility remaining.“Honestly, this is my last game at the ‘Shoe,” Elliott said. “There’s no chance of me coming back next year.”Even with the usual motivation of a game against the Buckeyes’ archrival in the Wolverines, Elliott said he expects to see a side of himself and his teammates not present all season.“We’re hungry. I’m personally not going to let anyone slack off,” Elliott said. “This game means the world to us and everyone in Ohio, and we represent everyone in Ohio. We’re going to come out, and we’re going to play a hell of a ballgame, you’ll see. It’s going to look like a new team.”No matter what happens on the turf in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Saturday, Elliott said the scars from the loss to the Spartans will be hard for him to put in the rearview mirror.“I’m disappointed,” he said. “I’m disappointed in the play calling, I’m disappointed in the situations we were put in, and I wish it all played out differently.” read more

Buckeye baseball team lacks focus in loss to Bowling Green coach says

Bowling Green (14-19) proved to be too much for the Ohio State baseball team (15-16) when it defeated the Buckeyes, 5-4, Wednesday night. “It was a lack of concentration and a lack of focus,” OSU coach Greg Beals said. “I told these guys they can’t just throw their hats on the field and the Block ‘O’ is going to win the game for them.” Freshman outfielder Tim Wetzel agreed. “We didn’t really bring it tonight,” he said. “We felt we were lacking with our approach at the plate tonight, and it showed in the stats.” After two scoreless innings by both teams, a pair of wild pitches led to two runs for the Falcons in the third. Bowling Green took advantage of more sloppy OSU play in the fourth. Junior second baseman Ryan Cypret had an error on a possible inning-ending double-play grounder, and the Falcons took full advantage to extend their lead to 3-0. The Buckeyes rallied in the fourth with a pair of RBI hits from sophomore first baseman Brad Hallberg and junior left fielder David Corna to tie the score at 3-3. The Falcons struck right back in the sixth inning, hitting freshman reliever John Kuchno hard for four hits and two more runs. The Buckeyes cut Bowling Green’s lead to one after a Falcons balk but were unable to score the tying run from second in the eighth. OSU went down in order in the ninth to close out the win for the Falcons. Hitters left out in the cold The air was not the only thing that was cold at Bill Davis Stadium, as the OSU bats were silent for most of the evening. Aside from the three-run, four-hit output in the fourth, the Buckeyes managed just two hits the rest of the evening. “We did not handle our approach very well,” Beals said. “We just did not have any discipline and I don’t know what we were trying to do in the batter’s box tonight.” DeLucia takes bat to the knee Senior co-captain outfielder Brian DeLucia injured himself running out a ground ball in the eighth inning. He appeared to be running at half-speed before limping noticeably after the play. DeLucia remained in the game. “He’ll be fine; it’s just a bruise,” Beals said. “He hit his knee with the bat after the swing.” A good note Despite the loss, the baseball team was given an honorable mention as “Team of the Week” by College Baseball Insider on its website earlier this week. It was given accolades as a result of its doubleheader sweep of Akron and series win against the Spartans. read more

Stan Kroenke makes offer to buy all of Arsenal

Stan Kroenke makes offer to buy all of Arsenal

first_imgArsenal’s majority shareholder Stan Kroenke has now officially made an offer to buy the entire club for a reported £1.8bn, reports the BBCCurrently, the American billionaire owns 67% of the Gunners through his company KSE.But now co-owner Alisher Usmanov, who owns 30% of the club, has now agreed to sell his stake.The Russian is believed to be worth around £10bn and has been a shareholder of Arsenal since July 2007.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.However, Usmanov has been a vocal critic of Arsenal’s ambitions in the past following Robin van Persie’s shock sale to rivals Manchester United in 2012.And, just last year, Usmanov had resisted the temptation to sell his shares at Arsenal to Kroenke for £525m but it appears that he has finally given in.The announcement of the buy-out was made today on the London Stock exchange.Kroenke hopes that taking Arsenal into private ownership will help enable the club to return to it’s former glory days after failing to win the Premier League title since 2004 and having missed out on Champions League qualification for the past two years.last_img read more

Gracia talks how close the ArsenalWatford game was

Gracia talks how close the ArsenalWatford game was

first_imgThe Hornets were able to dominate the match for a while but an own goal by Craig Cathcart and a goal by Mesut Ozil gave the victory to the GunnersWatford’s boss Javi Gracia doesn’t feel the 2-0 defeat against Arsenal says the truth about his English Premier League side.For him, his team could have done better if it wasn’t for Craig Cathcart’s own goal and Mesut Ozil’s excellent goal.“What can I say, I am very upset for my players because I think they deserved more, a better result,” said the head coach to the team’s official website.“We had a very good performance, with more shots, more on target, with a lot of clear chances to score. But if you don’t score, you can lose. We deserved more. We tried to improve the little things for the next game and I’m sure we’ll get the right results in the future.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“All the players are frustrated because before the game they thought we were able to get a good result playing here,” he added.“They have played well but, as in the last games, we feel we deserved more. There were many chances and an amazing save. Success and Roberto had different moments. We didn’t score and after we lose the game, but I am very proud of my players.”“We will try to score goals and finish better,” Gracia commented.“It’s better to be focused on our work, to be demanding in our work and to try to improve little things. We try to do better in the next game.”last_img read more

Skilak Lake Construction Underway Drivers Should Expect Delays

Skilak Lake Construction Underway Drivers Should Expect Delays

first_imgWork will include upgrading passing lanes and pedestrian walkway for Skyline trail access, as well as road resurfacing and shoulder widening. Drivers should be aware of pilot car and flagging operations, as well as equipment in the roadway. As of Sunday, May 18, crews will be paving the road between MP 73 and 77. Drivers should expect up to 20 minute delays. Crews will also be replacing the existing culvert at the East Fork Moose River with a new bridge. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Crews with the Department of Transportation and Granite Construction are working between MP 58 (east entrance from the Sterling Highway) and 61 (Jean Lake), 24 hours a day, Monday thru Sunday. Crews are also working between MP 73 and 77 to remove the existing asphalt and prepare for paving activities, from 7:00am to 7:00pm, Monday thru Sunday.last_img read more

Cardinals Match Best Finish in Program History on Night One of NCAAs

first_imgIn the lone event of the evening, the Cardinals’ 800 free relay team of Sophie Cattermole (1:46.39), Mallory Comerford (1:39.19), Arina Openysheva (1:44.56) and Alena Kraus (1:45.93) combined for a time of 6:56.07 to finish sixth and tie the best NCAA finish in program history in the event. Story Links Diving Live Results The quartet’s time was the second fastest 800 free relay in Louisville history and was just under three seconds faster than the Cards’ best time of the season set at the ACC Championships. Louisville’s performance also marked the third straight year the Cards have earned All-American honors in the 800 free relay. Thursday Schedule of Events Thursday Prelims Broadcast The Cards will be back in action at NCAAs tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. CT for the prelims of the 200 free relay, 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 400 medley relay and 1-meter diving. Print Friendly Version Wednesday Results “This meet is different. It’s unlike any other meet, it’s a meet where you come to compete,” said UofL head coach Arthur Albiero. “I think that’s where I’m most proud of this group, to be able to come in and complete with a freshman in there on the anchor leg. We put her in a tough position, but she handled it well. I’m very proud of the group. We matched our best finish at sixth overall, and that puts us in a position to score some more points and get ready for tomorrow.” AUSTIN, Texas – The University of Louisville women’s swimming and diving team sits in sixth place after the opening night of competition at the NCAA Championships following their All-American performance in the 800 freestyle relay. Swimming Live Results Thursday Trials Heat Sheet Comerford’s split of 1:39.19 on the second leg of the relay was the fastest in the entire field of swimmers and the second fastest of all-time behind her 1:39.14 split from last year’s championships.last_img read more

A bit of poetry

A bit of poetry

first_imgWho said there are no takers for poetry? The crowd that gathered in a city cafe on Thursday for a poetry reading session by Jeet Thayil from the book The Right Kind of Dog by Adil Jussawalla, reverses the theory. A set of subtle poems–sometimes funny, sometimes sad, but always thought-provoking, The Right Kind of Dog talks about the things that young people struggle with: rejection, learning to find their feet, trying to fit in and being forced to conform. Written in Adil Jussawalla’s terse and sharp style, with stunning and suggestive illustrations, the book is a must have. Adil Jussawalla is the author of three books of poems, the most recent being Trying to Say Goodbye (Almost Island Books, 2011).last_img read more

Exception and Rules

Exception and Rules

first_imgThe Governor has just had a child and his wife is incredibly jealous of the attention that he gives to his son. The Governor’s brother, the Fat Prince, stages an insurrection on Easter Sunday. He kills the Governor and forces his wife to flee. In her haste, she leaves behind the child, who is found and taken care of by Grusha, a kitchen maid. Time passes as political upheaval continues. Azdak is appointed Judge and eventually he takes over the case of Grusha and the child. The Governor’s wife wants the child back while Grusha wants to keep the child, whom she has raised for the past two years and loves deeply. Matters come to a head as Azdak employs a unique strategy to resolve the situation. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The play by group Triveni, titled Gopal Ane Sayaji is a play written by Makarand Musale, to commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of the Maharaja Sayajirao III of the erstwhile Baroda state. Though a prince of a native state, he jealously guarded his rights and status even at the cost of annoying the British Indian Government. The play examines the crises in the life of Sayajirao, the ruler, and the conflict within him as a ruler and as a simple village man, Gopalrao. Both the central characters, Gopalrao and Sayajirao, travel through times of history, unfolding the crisis and drama with the British Raj and the social rigidity. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAnother play Blackboard Land explores the psyche of human violence. The plot revolves around 3 people who are caught in an isolated place at the periphery of war. The place is situated near the merging borders of two states, or rather regions, which may have a common ethnic background.The dialects spoken by the characters differ from each other, which further aggravates the conflict between them to a point when the mistrust starts bordering on physical violence. This adapted presentation is an attempt to reach the depths of the human psyche through the layers of culture, religion, ethnicity and language. A play based on Brecht’s Exception and the Rule, adapted and translated into the Hindi by Shrikant Kishore, Saudagar basically speaks metaphorically of how First World countries have hollowed out the pre-existing societies under the pretence of discovery and modernisation. The Saudagar in the play is the bigger man who gets away with all the wrong-doing. With a hired guide and coolie, he sets out in search of oil to become even richer. He is unable to digest the fact that the guide and the coolie are becoming friends, and finally ends up shooting and killing the coolie.Once a wrong is committed it must be covered up, and so the plot proceeds.When: Till 15 Januarylast_img read more