Urban Meyer says CJ Barnett set to start no decision on Bradley

Shelby Lum / Photo editorBuckeye football coach Urban Meyer looks on during a game against Buffalo Aug. 31, at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 40-20.The Ohio State football team was missing two returning starters in its secondary for the season opener versus Buffalo, but at least one of them is set to be back for this Saturday’s game against San Diego State.Following practice Wednesday, coach Urban Meyer told media that redshirt-senior strong safety C.J. Barnett, who missed the season opener with a sprained ankle, is back on the practice field and ready for Saturday.Meyer remained noncommittal, however, on whether redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby would be in the starting lineup. Roby was suspended for the season opener after his involvement in an incident at a Bloomington, Ind., bar in July, and Meyer said earlier this week the second-team AP All-American and Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist would have to earn his starting job back from sophomore cornerback Armani Reeves.“We haven’t made that decision yet,” Meyer said. “He did pretty good today in practice, obviously you got to watch the film today. But he’s had two good days I believe. I know he had a good day yesterday.”Roby and Reeves were listed as co-starters on the Buckeyes’ most recent depth chart, which was released Tuesday. Barnett was listed as a co-starter with redshirt-senior Corey Brown at strong safety.Barnett’s return to the lineup will give the Buckeyes three returning starters on defense, along with senior free safety Christian Bryant and junior linebacker Ryan Shazier. Roby’s return would give OSU four returning starters.One player who was conspicuously absent from the depth chart released Tuesday was redshirt junior running back Rod Smith, who was also suspended for the season opener due to a violation of team rules. Meyer said Wednesday, however, Smith is in the mix to be the No. 2 running back on the depth chart Saturday behind starter senior Jordan Hall.“Jordan Hall will most likely start,” Meyer said. “Who the No. 2 (running back) is … I’m not sure.”Meyer said Smith is set to play on the Buckeyes’ punt and punt block units Saturday, which Meyer said is “more important” than him getting on the field at running back.The Tuesday depth chart lists sophomore Bri’onte Dunn and redshirt-freshman Warren Ball as the backup running backs. Freshmen Ezekiel Elliott and Dontre Wilson could also see playing time at running back, though Meyer said Wilson is “more of a receiver right now.”OSU took a 23-0 lead against Buffalo before the end of the first quarter, but the Bulls twice cut the Buckeyes’ lead to only 10 points, once in both the second and third quarters. The Buckeyes scored the final 10 points of the game and ended up with a 40-20 victory, but on Wednesday, redshirt senior right guard Marcus Hall and junior middle linebacker Curtis Grant both admitted that the Buckeyes took their “foot off the gas pedal” after taking the big first quarter lead.“I hate to admit it, but it’s the first game of the season and it’s hard keeping it going throughout the whole game,” Marcus Hall said. “That was just a wake up call that we needed, good thing it was the first game.”Grant said last week’s game taught him to “just keep going” even when the Buckeyes take a significant lead like they did in the first quarter Saturday.“With the defensive mentality, we’re never satisfied,” Grant said. “We just got to keep working and keep working hard to get where we want to go.”Offensively, Meyer said the Buckeyes “didn’t adapt fast enough” when the Bulls made some changes to their defense after the first quarter.Going into this Saturday’s game, however, the Buckeyes have had another week to do just that. Both Buffalo and SDSU run 3-3-5 defensive schemes and Hall said the experience against the scheme in the opener will help the Buckeyes’ offense this week.“San Diego State, they’ve got a lot of athletes on their defense,” Hall said. “Not taking away anything from Buffalo, they did too, but they definitely prepared us for this defense. I feel like we’re better suited to go against it and will have less mistakes.”Kickoff for Saturday’s contest between the No. 3 Buckeyes and SDSU, who lost 40-19 in their season opener versus Eastern Illinois, is set for 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

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Commentary Jordan Hall deserves some Heisman love

Since the year 2000, the Heisman Trophy has been dominated by quarterbacks. Former Alabama running back Mark Ingram is the only non-quarterback to win the trophy since the new millennium began.So when talking about early season Heisman predictions, the conversation tends to be dominated by the signal callers.This year is no exception — Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, Ohio State’s Braxton Miller, Oregon’s Marcus Mariota and Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater were among the favorites heading into the season to take home the biggest award in college football.Not much has changed three weeks into the season, except for the fact that Miller has yet to play a full game and is most likely out of the race.But even though redshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton has garnered most of the headlines stepping in for Miller, there is another player who could be argued as being the MVP for OSU this season.Redshirt-senior running back Jordan Hall is fifth in the nation with 402 rushing yards so far in 2013, to go with six touchdowns for OSU, but you won’t see him on any short lists for Heisman front runners this week.Why not? Why can’t Hall, with those stats, be considered one of the top players in the nation?During the summer, senior running back Carlos Hyde was expected to be the top back for the Buckeyes. That was until Hyde’s involvement in an incident at a Columbus bar in July, which resulted in him getting suspended for three games. In steps Hall, who was tapped as the starter in week one and has taken full advantage.Part of what is keeping the Jeannette, Pa., native out of the race is the game’s development since the 1990s.The era of the mobile quarterback is part of what makes it so difficult for non-quarterbacks to break into the exclusive club of Heisman winners.When players like Tim Tebow or Cam Newton are running for 20 touchdowns to go along with their passing numbers, a running back who has 1,600 yards and 17 touchdowns on the ground (Ingram’s stats the year he won) finds it hard to impress.If Hall can continue the current run, he very well may be OSU’s representative in New York for the Heisman award ceremony come December. But the biggest question for Buckeye running back is how much Hyde changes things in the Buckeye backfield.Hyde will make his return from suspension next week against Florida A&M and depending on how OSU coach Urban Meyer uses him, could have enough of an impact that Hall loses any momentum he has so far this year.But I don’t see that happening.I think Urban Meyer is the kind of coach that likes to go with the hot hand, and right now that is Hall. Hall has to lose his job, rather than have Hyde come in and reclaim it.Buckeye fans should be excited to see what Hall can do for the rest of the season. With Miller’s injuries and Guiton back at No. 2 QB when Miller returns, Hall may be OSU’s best chance at winning another Heisman trophy — which would be the first since Troy Smith won the award in 2006. read more

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Softball Ohio State attempts to keep winning streak alive against Iowa

Ohio State freshman outfielder Kaitlyn Coffman (55) dives to get the out against Indiana. Ohio State won 2-0. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternOhio State rides into the weekend on a wave of success, having won eight straight and boasting an overall record of 32-14 (15-5 Big Ten). Hot bats and consistent pitching have allowed the Buckeyes to outscore opponents 58-19 during the stretch. This includes a three-game sweep of Illinois, with freshman outfielder Kaitlyn Coffman hitting a run-rule securing two-run home run Friday and senior second baseman Emily Clark hitting a grand slam Saturday.The Buckeyes will travel to Des Moines, Iowa this weekend for a three-game set against the Hawkeyes (18-29, 4-16 Big Ten). They will hope to stay hot during their final series before the Big Ten tournament.Iowa has been limping to the finish line in 2019, coming into the matchup with four straight losses, having been outscored 27-3 by UNI and Minnesota.From March 23 to April 13, the Hawkeyes have lost 11 straight games.If Iowa does challenge the Buckeyes, it will likely come from the bat of junior first baseman DoniRae Mayhew. She leads the team with a .274 batting average, five home runs and a .460 slugging percentage. Only one other hitter slugs above .360, with a meager .305 team slugging percentage compared to Ohio State’s .488 percentage. Ohio State has seven hitters with a batting average higher than Mayhew’s .274 average, further proof of Ohio State’s hitting dominance on paper in the matchup.This includes senior shortstop Lilli Piper, whose .423 average ranks No. 3 in the Big Ten. She went 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and seven runs scored in the series against Illinois.On the mound, the Hawkeyes’ ace is junior Allison Doocy, who posts a 2.44 ERA. She’s pitched 61 percent of the squad’s total innings this season.The Buckeyes counter with three pitchers underneath that ERA, primarily senior No. 1 starter Morgan Ray. Ray has held a 2.08 ERA through 158.1 innings on the year, winning 16 games and saving three more.Ohio State’s staff ERA of 2.19 stacks up favorably against Iowa’s 3.82.The Buckeyes and Hawkeyes clash first at 5:30 p.m. Friday, before day games at 1 p.m. and noon Saturday and Sunday, respectively. read more

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Seal pup usually found in Arctic Circle recorded in English Channel after

first_imgIt is a wonder she wasn’t in worse shapeTamara Cooper A seal pup usually found in the Arctic Circle has been recorded in the English Channel for the first time after straying 3,000 miles off course.The young mammal was at first mistaken for a native common seal when it was rescued from mudflats near Plymouth, Devon. It was malnourished and had wounds on its tail, flippers and jaw.But a closer examination has confirmed it to be a female ringed seal which live in the icy waters of the Arctic and spend their days negotiating ice floes, pack ice and polar bears. They rarely venture south of Norway.The creature, nicknamed Muddy, is one of only 12 ringed seals ever recorded in the UK over the last 200 years, with the majority of these being found in Scottish waters. The previous most southerly record was in 1828 when one was recovered in the Severn Estuary near Bristol.Staff at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary in Gweek were stunned when they identified Muddy as a ringed seal with the help of experts at the Polar Institute in Tromso, Norway.The pup is only nine months old and was incredibly lucky to survive the journey south through busy shipping lanes and warmer waters.She is now recovering at the sanctuary where staff are still deciding what to do with her. They generally live in the Arctic Ocean, where the sea temperature is about -2C – and are the primary prey of polar bears while their own diet includes polar cod and herring.They generally grow to 4.5ft long and can live to about 30 years.They are rarely found in open sea but have been known to travel south through the North Atlantic as far as Greenland and Scandinavia.Muddy has been placed in the sanctuary’s grey seal rehabilitation pool, which she has to herself.center_img Animal care team leader Tamara Cooper said: “She must have swum through some very busy shipping lanes to get to where she was, and it’s a wonder she wasn’t in worse shape.”Muddy has responded well to treatment and we are hopeful that she will make a full recovery.”Her long-term future remains to be decided. A return to the Arctic may not be the answer, as other seals sent back there after washing up on European shores have just come straight back south again.”A spokesman for the sanctuary confirmed it was the first ringed seal it had dealt with and added to the Telegraph: “Unfortunately we are at a loss and our vets are at a loss on how she’s managed to travel so far down.”She doesn’t seem to have any particular thing driving her here. Even where she was found, it was a busy harbour. Certainly the water down south will be a lot of warmer.”The ringed seal, phoca hispida in Latin, gets its name from the pattern of rings on its coat. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Child sex abuse inquiry to hold first public hearings after controversy

first_imgThe child migration programmes are a case study which is part of the Inquiry’s protection of children outside the United Kingdom investigation. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse will hold its first public hearings into the child migration programmes on Monday morning.The child migration programmes were large-scale schemes in which thousands of children, many of them in the care of the state, were migrated to parts of the British Empire by various institutions in England and Wales, with the knowledge and approval of the British government. Most of the children were sent to Canada, Australia, New Zealand and what was then Southern Rhodesia, modern-day Zimbabwe. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Inquiry will hear from a number of former child migrants who have alleged they suffered sexual abuse in relation to their migration.Evidence will be heard from expert witnesses about the history and context of the child migration programmes and from the Child Migrants Trust, which supports former child migrants.last_img read more

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Tunisia beach massacre police shambolic and cowardly as officers fainted in terror

first_imgCheryl Stollery, whose was running away from the sound of gunfire with her husband John when he was gunned down, said: “I still believe questions have been left unanswered and responsibilities have not been accepted, so we are not able to rest or move on.”She added that “given the ever changing threats around the world and specifically those linked to holiday destinations, we unfortunately do not believe the Inquests heard will be the last to be brought before a British Coroner.”The families called upon tour operators to provide mandatory security information that informs tourist of any terrorist risks. In a statement outside the Royal Courts of Justice after the hearing, Kylie Hutchison, from law firm Irwin Mitchell,  which represents most of the victims’ families said: “It is now crucial that the whole travel industry learns from what happened in Sousse to reduce the risk of similar catastrophic incidents in the future.”The coroner sad that he would take submissions before deciding on whether he could make any recommendations to prevent further deaths. Tunisian hotel gunman Seifeddine Rezgui Tourists pass a plaque dedicated to victims on the beach of the Imperial Marhaba resort The terror cell which directed Rezgui to the five star hotel, just 18 months after he was radicalised, have yet to be arrested and the accomplice who dropped him at the scene has never been traced. Despite criticism of police and security at the hotel, Judge Loraine-Smith said little could have been done to prevent the attack as any measures such as unarmed guards or more CCTV would not have stopped a terrorist with a Kalashnikov. The only thing that would have made a “dramatic” difference to the bloodshed was armed guards stationed at the hotel, but this was not possible under Tunisian law, the coroner noted.  The attacks took place just three months after three militants stormed the Bardo Museum in the capital of Tunis and killed 21 people, mostly European tourists. Official Foreign Office travel advice warned of a high threat of terrorism but did not advise against travel to the country and many said they were completely unaware of the risks. The coroner found that despite TUI’s responsibilty to inform the tourists of the official advice, the only reference to it in their documentation was in relation to visas which were not required for Tunisia. A “crib sheet” for sales people to answer questions on the deteriorating security situation did not mention terrorism or where  to find the Foreign Office travel advice.  However, the coroner rejected a request by families to conclude that neglect by TUI or the owners of the Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel contributed to the deaths, saying that the law limited the circumstances in which he could make such a ruling. He added: “The simple but tragic truth in this case is that a gunman armed with firearms, ammunition and grenades went to that hotel intending to kill as many tourists as he could.” Meanwhile, a boat driver picked up the weapon and attempted to stop the Rezgui, who had taken performance enhancing drugs, but did not know how to fire the weapon. Another police unit delayed arriving at the scene by collecting more weapons. “They had everything they required to confront the gunman and could have been at the scene within minutes,” Judge Loraine-Smith said. “The delay was deliberate and unjustifiable.”Only when the National Guard arrived was Rezgui shot dead. He added: “The response by police was at best shambolic and at worst cowardly. It was certainly ineffective until the death of the gunman.” Tourists pass a plaque dedicated to victims on the beach of the Imperial Marhaba resortCredit:ZOHRA BENSEMRA  Families of those killed wept as Judge Nicholas  Loraine-Smith, sitting as a coroner, ruled they had been “unlawfully killed” whilst holidaying in the Mediterranean resort in June 2015. Many are now preparing to sue holiday company TUI for damages. The inquest heard that police officers who could have been on the scene within three minutes  took 45. With the exception of two marine guards, no police entered the hotel grounds until the gunman had killed all 38 tourists, Judge Nicholas  Loraine-Smith noted. Of the two guards that did arrive at the scene, one had a grenade thrown at him by Rezgui and although it did not explode he “fainted through terror and panic, dropping his weapon in the process”.  When he regained consciousness he went and hid behind a parasol, whilst his colleague took his shirt off so no one would realise he was an officer.  The police response to the Tunisian beach massacre which killed 30 British tourists has been condemned as “shambolic and cowardly” by a coroner who revealed the only armed officer on the scene fainted in fear. In the deadliest assault on British citizens overseas since the 9/11 attacks, Seifeddine Rezgui walked through the Imperial Marhaba hotel systematically shooting dead innocent holidaymakers. But whilst some risked their lives to try and save others, the only armed officer on the scene fainted and abandoned his gun before hiding behind a parasol whilst other police units deliberately delayed their arrival.  Tunisian hotel gunman Seifeddine RezguiCredit: SITE Intelligence Group Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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Lizzie Kelly first female jockey to ride in the Gold Cup for

first_imgThe first female jockey to ride in the Gold Cup for 33 years has revealed how she overcame chauvinism to make history.At 23, Lizzie Kelly will be the first woman since Linda Sheedy in 1984 to take part in the sport’s most prestigious race.But while Sheedy’s performance was very much as an outsider, riding a horse with 500-1 odds, Kelly has her sight set on a top spot. Aubusson and Lizzie Kelly jump the last to win the Douglas Family Novices’ Chase at Uttoxeter in 2015Credit:Rex With her step father as her trainer and her mother part-owner of the horse she is riding, it is very much a family enterprise. Lizzie Kelly in action at CheltenhamCredit:Getty Images Europe Lizzie KellyCredit:Jay Williams  Lizzie Kelly Two years ago, she even beat champion jockey AP McCoy as a student amateur at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day.Kelly has been vocal about the difficulties the sport holds for women, who are more likely to struggle to feel accepted. But, she said, she has made good friends in the weighing room.  Lizzie Kelly rode Agrapart in the Sun Bets Stayers' Hurdle Race at Cheltenham Speaking to the Telegraph ahead of today’s race, Kelly said was aware of the significance of Friday’s race. “I do feel that I get a lot of attention that perhaps isn’t warranted, just purely based on the fact that I’m a girl,” she said.“No woman’s ridden it since I’ve been watching it. So, I knew it was definitely going to make a story. But, at the same time, again, it’s not something I really think about.“It would be very easy for me to go into [the Gold Cup] thinking, ‘Oh, I’ve got all this media attention; I’m going to win; that’s why people are interested’. Lizzie Kelly rode Agrapart in the Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle Race at CheltenhamCredit:Eddie Mulholland for The Telegraph “She was associated with a horse; she didn’t pick it up as a spare ride. “At this point, it would make no sense for them to drop me off Tea for Two and put someone else on it, because I know him inside out.“Whether he was trained by my parents or not, it wouldn’t make any sense.“If Jack Kennedy, for example, has ridden a horse for the last three seasons, won a Grade One on him, won the Lanzarote on him, and had him taken off and put Paul Moloney on, you’d be, like, ‘That’s random. Why have they done that?’” Lizzie Kelly in action at Cheltenhamcenter_img “I’d prefer doing media stuff when I’d won something rather than going into it.” Lizzie Kelly insists her place in the Gold Cup is down to her own talentCredit:Eddie Mulholland for The Telegraph Lizzie Kelly But Kelly, who lives and works with her family in North Devon, insisted her place in the Gold Cup is down to her own talent. “I’m lucky in the fact that I’m associated with a horse who has the ability to line up for it and that’s why I’m here – in the same way that [Sheedy] did 33 years ago,” she said. “It’s exciting for me to have a ride in the Gold Cup and a privilege,” she said. “Tea For Two is not a 500-1 outsider – we’re not going for the free lunch.”Kelly has already broken a record by becoming the first female jockey to win a Grade One jump race in 2015 on Tea for Two, the horse she will be racing on Friday. Lizzie Kelly Lizzie Kelly will become the first woman to ride in the Cheltenham Gold Cup for more than 30 yearsCredit:Eddie Mulholland for The Telegraph Discussing the position of women in the sport, and her own ambitions, she said: “We’re trying to be equal. I’ve basically trained my whole life to be as good as any male jockey.“I’ve worked hard and I think that you come into the sport knowing that you’re at a disadvantage being a girl, if that’s your opinion.“No-one’s put a gun to my head and said, ‘You have to be a jockey’. I could have gone and worked in a race course or trained horses or done whatever the f— I wanted.” Aubusson and Lizzie Kelly jump the last to win the Douglas Family Novices' Chase at Uttoxeter in 2015 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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The whole building has gone Witnesses describe screams and tears at Grenfell

first_imgThe blaze spread at a terrifying rate, with the flames starting on one side of the 27-storey Grenfell Tower before moving round the building.In a matter of minutes what were once people’s homes were little more than a charred wreck as the building was gutted by fire.Jody Martin said he got to the scene just as the first fire engine was arriving at Grenfell Tower, in Latimer Road.He told the BBC: “I grabbed an axe from the fire truck, it looked like there was a bit of confusion about what to do.”I ran around the building looking for a fire escape and couldn’t see any noticeable fire escapes around the building. A lot of debris falling down. Flames and smoke billow as firefighters tackle fire in west London “I eventually gained entry onto the second floor, and once I got to the corridor I realised there was so much smoke there.”He added that given the thickness of the smoke, he would be surprised if anyone could have left the building without assistance.”I watched one person falling out, I watched another woman holding her baby out the window… hearing screams, I was yelling everyone to get down and they were saying ‘We can’t leave our apartments, the smoke is too bad on the corridors’,” he said. Fire is getting worse and people are still screaming for help#grenfelltower pic.twitter.com/tafB2Cp6tD— Fabio Bebber (@biobber) June 14, 2017 Flames and smoke billow as firefighters tackle fire in west LondonCredit:Toby Melville/Reuters Tim Downie, an actor and writer who lives close to the block,  added: “The fire has spread to all the building. The whole building has been engulfed. It has gone.” “I’m getting covered in ash, that’s how bad it is. I’m 100 metres away and I’m absolutely covered in ash.   “It’s so heartbreaking, I’ve seen someone flashing their torches at the top level and they obviously can’t get out.Another witness, called Reo, watched the blaze unfold from his kitchen window.”There is a large fire which has spread to the other side. The building has completely gone.   “The fire is getting a lot worse, there is a lot of smoke, it is out of control.” Smoke billows out of Grenfell TowerCredit:Toby Melville/Reuters Nearby a corner shop opened up to allow food and water to be brought to those who had been forced to flee for their lives.Other residents brought clothes and shoes for people who had only the pyjamas they were wearing when they were evacuated.The scene was one of devastation with debris still falling hours after the fire took hold.”People are out there holding their dogs and cats,” Mr Downie added. “They are seeing their entire lives go up in flames.” Smoke billows out of Grenfell Tower Celeste Thomas, who lives nearby the block on the Lancaster West Estate in North Kensington described how she could hear the building cracking and debris falling.On Twitter, Fabio Bebber wrote:  “More screams for help as the fire spreads to another side of the building.”Some people used bedsheets to make their escape from the building. Others flashed torches or used the light from their mobile phones to guide firefighters who had come to rescue them.George Clarke, who presents Amazing Spaces on Channel 4, told Radio 5 live how at first he thought the noise was just a car alarm going off. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. He added: “The building is pretty much burned out. It is gutted.   “I have never seen anything like it, the smell, the burning, the heat is extraordinary,” he added.   “I have never seen anything like it, the smell, the burning, the heat is extraordinary.”last_img read more

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