Football Ryan Day secures head coaching job until Sept 16

Ohio State said offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day was named the acting head coach for the duration of the investigation. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignOne question was on everyone’s mind heading into Ohio State’s Sept. 1 season opener: Who will be the head coach running out of the tunnel alongside the Buckeyes against Oregon State?After a Board of Trustees meeting scheduled to share the findings of the investigation of Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer neared its 12th hour of deliberation, the answer arrived at Ryan Day — until Sept. 16. In the statement released announcing Meyer’s absence from the team on Aug. 1, Ohio State said offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day was named the acting head coach for the duration of the investigation.As a former offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at both the college and the pro level, this is Day’s first opportunity as the head coach of any football program. However, he becomes the acting head coach of a coaching staff with two former head coaches as coordinators, associate head coach and defensive coordinator Greg Schiano and offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson.  Both coordinators bring more experience to the coaching staff than Day has, as they each ran Division I programs for several seasons. However, both coordinators have faced controversy in recent years. In November 2017, Schiano initially was set to become the next head coach at the University of Tennessee after helping the Ohio State defense allow an average of 19 points per game. However, with a history of being a graduate assistant and a secondary coach at Penn State from 1990 to 1995, allegations resurfaced about Schiano and fellow assistant coach Jerry Sandusky regarding the latter’s sexual abuse. The Volunteers rescinded their offer, breaking a memorandum of understanding signed by both the university and Schiano. After recording a 26-47 record in six seasons, Wilson was fired as the head coach at Indiana with reports of alleged mistreatment, especially involving injured players. With the stories attached to both Schiano and Wilson, despite the head coaching experience, Day seemed the safer option for a university that was wrapped up in national scrutiny. However, Day’s level of responsibility, even without the change in title, was already increased heading into the 2018 season. After his promotion to the offensive coordinator position in January, Day will lead an offense in the midst of an identity shift: a changing of the guard at quarterback, with redshirt sophomore Dwayne Haskins taking over for quarterback J.T. Barrett and leading an offense with an established running game and veteran receiving corps. Instead of just the offense, Day has been in charge of Ohio State since the start of fall camp at the beginning of August. Despite the loss of Meyer heading into the season opener against Oregon State, the roster remains the same, with players like Associated Press preseason All-American junior defensive end Nick Bosa and sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins. For the short term, the team is the same, with the same expectations for the upcoming season: a Big Ten Championship with a significant chance at a College Football Playoff berth. Now, knowing what Meyer’s status is going into the regular season, Day and the rest of the Ohio State football program will now focus on the short term. read more

Review Arsenal – Atletico Madrid

first_imgA 77-minute man advantage wasn’t enough for Arsenal to see off Atletico Madrid. Antoine Griezmann punished a moment of reckless defense and Simeone’s men will go home with a priceless away goal.Arsene Wenger couldn’t count on his two winter additions. Mkhitaryan is injured and Aubameyang was ineligible due to having played for Borussia Dortmund. Ospina, Arsenal’s Europa League goalie, was between the posts. Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Xhaka, Wilshere, Ramsey, Ozil, Welbeck and Lacazette completed The Gunners’ starting lineup. Diego Simeone left out the out-of-form Fernando Torres and gave a rare opportunity to Kevin Gameiro to play alongside Antoine Griezmann. Veteran midfielder Gabi and center back Stefan Savic were on the bench as well. Angel Correa was in the starting eleven, as Simeone opted for speed in attack. Saul Niguez, Koke and Thomas Partey was the midfield trio, Lucas Hernandez, Diego Godin, Jose Maria Gimenez and Sime Vrsaljko were the defenders and Jan Oblak was on goal.It was Arsene Wenger’s last European game with his beloved team and the atmosphere at the stadium he helped build was wonderfully unified. It took one minute and 15 seconds for Sime Vrsaljko to receive the first yellow card of the match, as he tripped Welbeck in order to stop a counter attack. Lacazette had a great chance in the 6th minute when Welbeck found him with a magnificent pass. The Frenchman took it first time and missed by a few centimeters. He probably should’ve done better. Seconds later, Oblak made an excellent reflex save on Lacazette’s close-range header.The referee made a gigantic decision to show Vrsaljko a second yellow for a foul on Lacazette in the 13th minute. It was extremely brave from Clement Turpin to do that and even though Simeone was in disbelief over what had happened, replays showed that the Croatian right back did step on Lacazette’s foot. The red card was justified. The volatile Argentinian coach then screamed at the referee for a foul by Bellerin, asking for a yellow card. Instead, he was sent to the stands for his angry gestures and protests. I have to give credit to the young referee. Every decision he made was the right one. He could’ve calmly shown a red card to Atletico’s assistant manager as well.Oblak denied Arsenal again in the 20th minute. He saved Welbeck’s attempt at going between his legs. On the ensuing corner kick, the ball came to Koscielny, who failed to direct it towards goal at the far post. Moments later, Lacazette was calling for a foul inside Atletico’s box, but was fortunate not to receive a booking for diving. Bellerin was getting tons of space on the right flank and was sending crosses at will. In the 37th minute, we almost saw a nightmare scenario develop for Arsenal. Thomas Partey dribbled past three players, the ball bounced off a fourth one onto his foot and he passed the ball to Griezmann, who fired a shot right at Ospina.Alexandre Lacazette, ArsenalArsenal suffer huge blow as Lacazette is ruled out until October Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Arsenal announced that striker Alexandre Lacazette has suffered an ankle injury and will be sidelined until October.Whenever in possession, The Gunners were sending a lot of players forward. However, considering the man advantage, they weren’t doing enough to exploit it. We went into half-time with no goals in either net.Atletico’s defense dropped deeper in the second half, as most of its players were in the 25 to 30-meter area in front of Oblak’s goal. Patience eventually paid off for Arsenal. Wilshere made a cross inside the box in the 61st minute. A great leap at the back post by Alexandre Lacazette and his header gave the home team a 1-0 lead. It was the breakthrough Wenger’s men were so desperate for. The first substitution of the match came in the 65th minute, when Gameiro was replaced by Gabi. Lacazette was really pumped up after the goal. He was everywhere. In the 70th minute he almost flicked the ball in the net with his head again.The Spanish side further strengthened its defense with the next switch, which was Savic in, Correa out. The thought process was ‘Live to fight another day’. Then, in the blank of an eye, Griezmann had the visitors level. An innocent ball forward, two defenders unable to contain one player and Arsenal was punished. A disastrous moment for Gunners fans worldwide and a moment of elation for the opposition fans. Soon after the goal, Griezmann was replaced by Fernando Torres. Oblak made another world-class save in the 86th minute, this time stopping Ramsey’s header.The game pretty much summarized most of the Arsene Wenger’s era at Arsenal, an era of missed opportunities and leaky defense. Despite total domination, Arsenal wasn’t the team going to the second leg with the advantage.last_img read more

DAversa hoping for a Juve off day

first_imgParma boss Roberto D’Aversa believes “nothing is impossible” as they prepare to host Juventus.Parma started their Serie A season with a 2-2 draw against Udinese, where they blew a two-goal lead and 1-0 loss to SPAL. D’Aversa is now hoping his team can take points off Juventus.“Juventus have as their greatest strengths the possession play and mentality of their Coach. We must do well to remain compact and allow few spaces between the lines,” D’Aversa said in his Press conference.[via Football Italia]“Clearly it’s a difficult game, but nothing is impossible. We’ll try to play the perfect match and hope Juve have an off day.”“At this moment, there’s more talk about Ronaldo than the club. He’s one of the best players in the world, but let’s not forget Juve have champions in every area of the pitch and on the bench too.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“I met Massimiliano Allegri when I went to view his training sessions at Vinovo and the fact he doesn’t feel the need to hide his methods is a sign of how great he is. Allegri gives a sense of calm to the team and that was decisive last season in the race with Napoli.“We must use this motivation and pride in facing prestigious opponents. In my career, the most decisive victories were earned when nobody expected them. Nothing is impossible in life.”last_img read more

Benitez – Rondon is available for Southampton game

first_imgNewcastle manager Rafael Benitez has confirmed that Salomon Rondon is fit and available for their game against Southampton at St. Mary’s on Saturday.Rondon has been out injured since Newcastle’s goalless draw at Crystal Palace in September.Newcastle currently sit bottom of the Premier League table with just two points after nine matches and Benitez is happy to have nearly his full squad with the return of Rondon.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Rondón is available, he’s in the squad. Everyone is available apart from (Florian) Lejeune and (Jamie) Sterry,” Benitez told NUFC website.“You can see that we signed (Rondón) as a main striker. We were missing him for games. When he played against Crystal Palace, he was injured and it was a pity.“Now he’s fit, hopefully, he can stay fit for a while and at least increase the competition between the offensive players – that is something that is good for any team.”last_img read more

Wilmington Youth Soccers Latest Travel Game Summaries Boys 121 Team Performs Well

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are two recent Wilmington Youth Soccer travel game summaries:Wilmington Boys 12-1 5, Chelsea 2by Jackson McDonald #15The Wilmington 12-1 boys team started their fall season at the North Reading Fall Kick-Off Classic. Their first game was against Chelsea. Lukas Poirier started the scoring for the season when Casey Lanagan passed the ball to Lukas off a short corner. He then took the ball and put it in the back o the net for the first goal of the season for the boys. A few minutes later Jackson McDonald intercepted the opponent’s goal kick and played Lukas through on net. Lukas went around Chelsea’s defender and scored to make it 2-0. Shortly before half-time Chelsea scored to make it 2-1. Right after Chelsea scored, Kaleb Molina and Lincoln Levesque’s strong offensive pressure and connecting play allowed Jack ‘Marcelo” Murphy to have a shot that could’ve made it 3-1, but unfortunately hit the post. Right after that, Jackson played Casey up the wing. Casey then crossed the ball to Lukas who took a shot. His shot was deflected, but it went back to Casey who shot and scored.The half ended Wilmington 3 Chelsea 1.The second half started off strong with Casey switching the field from the left to the right. Tyler Florencio received the ball, then crossed it back to Casey who played it back to Jackson at the top of the box. Jackson took the ball and chipped it with his opposite foot over the keeper’s head to make it 4-1. The defensive wall of Layne Coutu, Oliver Ferrer, and Danny O’Mahony held Chelsea’s talented offense to only two goals. Then, as the game was ending Jack Bourque made a save and threw the ball out to Lukas who scored a goal off a breakaway to make it 5-2.The game ended as a 5-2 win for the Wilmington Wildcats. A great way to kick-off the fall season.Wilmington Boys 12-1 4, North Reading Rebels 2by Casey Lanagan #14In their third game of the North Reading tournament and for the second straight game, the Wilmington Wildcats boys U12-1 team went down 2-0 early. But later in the first half Jack Bourque stole the North Reading Rebels goal kick and scored from 25 yards out. Before the half ended, Wilmington scored again to tie the game at 2. This time Jack “Marcelo” Murphy stepped forward to poke the ball away from a defender over to Lincoln Levesque who then passed it to Jack Bourque at the top of the box who scored again.The beginning of the second half was a struggle as Wilmington had many chances but failed to capitalize on any of them with Casey Lanagan and Kaleb Molina having most of the chances. Casey had multiple shots from rough angles that almost snuck in. Kaleb almost put in a rebound and Lukas Poirier had a mini breakaway that went wide. Jackson McDonald came into the game in the second half. He took a shot from outside that the goalie tipped and Marcelo almost tipped in. Then with about 10 minutes left in the game Layne Coutu stole the ball and passed it up to Marcelo who then found Jack who set up Lincoln for the game winning goal. Five minutes later Tyler Marinho punted the ball up to Jack who then passed to Casey who put the game out of reach. The defense played great the entire second half and didn’t allow North Reading much time to score. Layne and Zack Guyette stopped North Reading’s attack and Oliver Ferrer and Danny O’Mahoney pushed forward on counter attacks to get several crosses across. Tyler M. and Tyler Florencio combined to shut out North Reading for the final 40 minutes.  With the win, the Wildcats advanced to the tournament finals.(NOTE: The above game summaries were submitted by Wilmington Youth Soccer.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Youth Soccer’s Latest Travel Game Summaries (June 12)In “Sports”Wilmington Youth Soccer Travel Game Summary: Wilmington Boys 12-3 Team Defeats ChelmsfordIn “Sports”Wilmington Youth Soccer’s Latest Travel Game SummariesIn “Sports”last_img read more

Cop Group Supports Black Officer Charged in Freddie Gray Case

first_imgLisa Robinson, vice president, Vanguard Justice Society; Ken Butler, president, Vanguard Justice Society; Louis Hopson Jr., vice chair, Vanguard Justice Society; Barbara Jackson, community organizer; Ivan Bates, Tony Garcia, Bates & Garcia. (Photo by Kamau High)The Vanguard Justice Society voiced its support for Sgt. Alicia D. White, who was charged earlier this month with manslaughter and second degree assault, as well as misconduct in office, and faces 20 years in prison in the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody. She was charged along with five other officers.The non-profit group that advocates for minority police officers in Baltimore did just that on Sgt. White’s behalf at a May 13 press conference at Baltimore Community College.“The purpose of this press conference is to express our full support in reference to the officers that have recently been charged and one officer in particular, a Vanguard member, Sgt. Alicia White,” said Ken Butler, Vanguard president.Sgt. White, according to Mr. Butler, was recruited into Vanguard out of the police academy and was mentored by the organization.In addition to Vanguard members, Barbara Jackson, a community organizer, spoke of Sgt. White’s Christian faith and volunteer work. Two of her lawyers, Ivan Bates and Tony Garcia, of Bates & Garcia, also addressed the assembled media.Bates began by pointing out that according to State’s Attorney General Marilyn Mosby, Sgt. White had about 15 seconds of interaction with Freddie Gray and that Sgt. White never actually touched him.Garcia also noted that Sgt. White was born and raised in Baltimore city as well as went to high school in Baltimore. “Alicia White is your sister, she’s your cousin, she’s your friend, she’s your neighbor,” Garcia said. “She is Baltimore city.”The law firm of Bates & Garcia is known for suing the Baltimore Police Department for police brutality including the Kollin Truss case, in which a Baltimore police officer was captured on video tape punching Truss in the face repeatedly.Lisa Robinson, vice president of Vanguard, was also on hand to speak in favor of Sgt. White. She said the group is looking forward to speaking to the Department of Justice during their investigation of the Freddie Gray case and wants to bring up several issues themselves. “Those include policies and procedures in terms of hiring, firing, disciplinary actions as well as promotions and transfers, policing strategies,” she said. “Our goal is also to look at the stop snitching culture. The stop snitching culture is prevalent on the streets of Baltimore as well as within the Baltimore Police Department.”She went on to say, “It is our hope that at the end of this process that Baltimore will have a better, safer police department and city for all the citizens of Baltimore.”During a question and answer period after the press conference Garcia, one of Sgt. White’s lawyers went on to criticize Marilyn Mosby, the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City by saying, “You’re going to see accuracy was sacrificed for speed. You’re going to see a ‘chuck and duck’ style of prosecution that is not fair or unbiased to anyone.” He added,” You’re going to see that Ms. White was steamrolled into this. She was at the wrong place at the wrong time and had nothing to do with this.”Her other attorney, Bates, then appeared to lay the groundwork for Sgt. White’s defense. “We’ve asked the state’s attorney numerous times to allow us to see the evidence and they haven’t. I guess for some reason the state feels that they have evidence that Ms. White didn’t do anything but before Ms. White got to the point to not do anything Ms. White would have to know that something needed to be done.”Asked what Sgt. White had told them about her actions on the day of Freddie Gray’s arrest, Bates said, “I can’t necessarily go into what the client has told us but let’s just say we feel very confident about our defense.”Mosby’s press office did not return calls by AFRO press time. However she released a statement, May 5, that read in part, “While the evidence we have obtained through our independent investigation does substantiate the elements of the charges filed, I refuse to litigate this case through the media.”last_img read more

Louisville to Play at Ohio State in ACCBig Ten Challenge

first_img Minnesota @ Notre Dame Story Links Michigan State @ Florida State Maryland @ NC State Clemson @ Iowa The annual challenge, which is scheduled to continue through the 2026-27 season, offers 14 high-quality matchups for the sixth consecutive season.It will mark the third ever meeting between the Cardinals and the Buckeyes. The two teams last met on Nov. 12, 2017 at Nationwide Arena when Louisville defeated Ohio State 95-90 in double overtime led by Asia Durr’s 47 points.Last season, Louisville downed Nebraska 85-68 at the KFC Yum! Center in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Cards went 2-0 against Big Ten teams a year ago after beating Michigan, 71-50, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Wednesday, December 04, 2019 Duke @ Nebraska For the latest on Louisville women’s basketball, visit, or follow the team’s Twitter account at @UofLWBB or on Facebook at Print Friendly Version Louisville is 4-1 all-time in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge (2018 – Louisville 85, Nebraska 68 – at UofL; 2017 – Louisville 72, Indiana 59 – at IU; 2016 – Maryland 78, Louisville 72 – at UofL; 2015 – Louisville 85, Michigan State 78 – at MSU; 2014 – Louisville 86, Iowa 52 – at UofL).Last season, the Cardinals produced a second consecutive 30-win season with a 32-4 record and won their second straight ACC regular season title. They entered the NCAA Tournament as a No. 1 seed for the second straight year and advanced to the Elite Eight for the fifth time in program history.Ohio State posted a 14-15 mark last season, including a 10-8 record in league play.Louisville leads the all-time series against Ohio State, 2-0.Game times, as well as network coverage for the 2019 Big Ten/ACC Women’s Basketball Challenge will be announced at a later date. All Big Ten home games in this year’s Challenge will appear on either BTN, ESPN, ESPN2 or BTN Plus, while ACC home games will be broadcast on either ACC Network, ESPN, ESPN2 or ACC Network Extra. Boston College @ Northwestern 2019 ACC/Big Ten Challenge Schedule  The win over Nebraska also helped the ACC to an 8-6 victory over the Big Ten in the 2018 ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The ACC is 9-0-3 with an 89-61 overall record in the challenge. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – It was announced today by the Atlantic Coast Conference that Louisville women’s basketball will travel to play at Ohio State on Thursday, Dec. 5 in the 2019 ACC/Big Ten Women’s Basketball Challenge. Virginia @ Rutgers Thursday, December 05, 2019 Louisville @ Ohio State Indiana @ Miami Pittsburgh @ Penn State Purdue @ Virginia Tech Wisconsin @ Georgia Tech Syracuse @ Michigan Illinois @ North Carolinalast_img read more