Victoria Memorial to host exhibition on Jallianwala Bagh

first_imgVictoria Memorial Hall, a symbol of the grandeur of the colonial era, will for the first time host an exhibition on what is considered the worst blot on the British Empire, the Jallianwala Bagh massacre of 1919.The installation exhibition titled, ‘Ways of Remembering Jallianwala Bagh & Rabindranath Tagore’s Response to the Massacre’ is unique not only because it links Punjab and Bengal almost 100 years after the killings but because of the venue hosting it. It was only a couple of years after the massacre that Victoria Memorial was opened to the public in 1921 and this is the first time that the hall is holding some event around the killings. “It was a conscious choice to approach the Victoria Memorial Hall and we are happy that they agreed,” Sarmistha Dutta Gupta, a Kolkata based scholar and writer who is curating the exhibition, told The Hindu. “The VMH and Ministry of Culture are providing full support for putting up the installation,” she added.Ms. Dutta Gupta said that the exhibition was not about providing information to people as to what happened on April 13, 1919, but to place it in context. “There is something called the politics of memory. This installation is to question our forgetfulness around many significant facets of this episode in our history,” she remarked.In Bengal, the response to the massacre was not limited to a letter by Tagore to Viceroy Chelmsford on May 31, 1919, giving up his knighthood. Tagore engaged with the atrocities in Punjab in a major way in 1919-20 till the matter was discussed in the British Parliament. His letters with C.F. Andrews and other public figures and various other kinds of archival documents have been used in the installation. Ms. Dutta Gupta is collaborating with Sanchayan Ghosh, who teaches at Kala Bhawan Santiniketan, for the artistic direction of the installation and both of them travelled to Punjab to trace local memories around the massacre. “We are using oral narratives recorded in the form of videos of families who were directly affected by the massacre,” she said. “We have also explored parts of the city of Amritsar that faced brutally racist martial law orders like the Crawling Order and traced the changing meanings of the Jallianwala Bagh site for local people,” she added.Jayanta Sengupta, the secretary and curator of VMH, said that the museum was amenable to any kind of interpretations and looking forward to the exhibition.“Museums across the world are using their space creatively,” observed Mr. Sengupta. “For Victoria Memorial Hall, with all the symbolism around it of being a museum of the Empire, we are looking forward to the exhibition,” he said. Underlining the fact that Victoria Memorial was created to showcase the best of the empire, while the exhibition is on the greatest act of colonial violence, the VMH curator, however, clarified that the endeavour “is not an attempt to send out any political message”. Also, Mr. Sengupta is looking forward to the fact that this exhibition, unlike most others held in its galleries, would provide a three-dimensional experience to the audience.The exhibition would be an “ immersive installation” providing a multisensory experience to the visitors through video and audio tools, Mr. Ghosh said, elaborating that there would be a soundscape with poems by Subhadhra Kumari Chauhan, Nanak Singh and other poets and readings from fiction by Saadat Hasan Manto, Krishan Chunder and others. Besides photographs and archival material, the exhibition would also record how newspapers and periodicals in Bengal, both in English and Bengali, responded to the massacre.The exhibition, scheduled for later this year, will be held for almost six weeks at the VMH and the creators are keen to take it to Viswa Bharati University and also to Amritsar in Punjab.last_img read more

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Maduros cryptocurrency genius once pushed US sanctions

first_imgCARACAS, Venezuela – A chief strategist of Venezuela’s government-backed cryptocurrency is a former U.S. congressional intern who once organized protests against the same socialist administration he’s now helping to circumvent U.S. financial sanctions.Gabriel Jimenez, 27, was catapulted to something of tech stardom in Venezuela last month when he stood alongside President Nicolas Maduro and two Russian businessmen on national TV signing a contract to position the petro, as the fledgling currency is known, among international investors.“It’s a company founded and led by young Venezuelan geniuses, boys and girls of Venezuela, who have one of the most technologically advanced blockchain companies in the world,” a beaming Maduro said at the petro’s unveiling, referring to Jimenez’s company, The Social Us.It was a remarkable reinvention for Jimenez.Maduro has repeatedly hailed the petro, the world’s first state-backed digital currency, as a way to “overcome the financial blockade” by the Trump administration that prevents his cash-strapped government from issuing new debt. On Monday, the Trump administration banned Americans from dealing in Venezuelan cyrptocurrencies benefiting the government.But Jimenez until recently had been agitating for the very same actions to punish Venezuela’s leader for jailing his opponents and destroying the oil-rich economy.A lawyer by training who describes himself as an “innovation enthusiast,” Jimenez spent several years working at a Dominican Republic-based bank where his father was a top manager. The bank collapsed in 2014 and his father was among several Venezuelan executives charged by the Caribbean nation with defrauding depositors of $30 million.After college Jimenez also started travelling to the U.S. for English and summer graduate classes at Harvard and George Mason Universities. In 2013, he started The Social Us, registering the company in Florida, as a webpage and app developer.In 2014, Jimenez worked five months as an intern in Washington for Miami Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, one of Maduro’s fiercest critics. A handwritten survey he filled out upon being hired, a copy of which was provided by her office, listed in broken English that his goals for the internship were gaining “knowledge and experience about the defence of democracy.”Colleagues remember him as a spirited anti-government crusader who helped organize a caravan, known as the Trip For Freedom, in which thousands of Venezuelan exiles travelled by bus to Washington to pressure the Obama administration to slap sanctions on Maduro’s government. In photos of the event, he can be seen standing on a podium with Ros-Lehtinen at the Capitol addressing supporters in front of an American flag and photos of Venezuelan students allegedly tortured by security forces.Now his former boss thinks he or anyone else behind the petro should be considered for sanctions too.“Gabriel came to our office and said he wanted to learn how to support freedom and democracy,” Ros-Lehtinen said in a statement. “Instead, it appears he is using the freedoms that the United States provided him in order to help advance the Maduro regime’s attempts to consolidate power and destroy Venezuela’s democratic institutions. Those who work to support the Maduro regime and provide it a financial lifeline have chosen their lot and should expect to face the full consequences of turning against their people.”Jimenez in an interview defended his work for the government as serving a greater, non-political purpose: to empower Venezuelans struggling to feed themselves amid four-digit inflation.He said his work on what would become the petro began when he returned to Venezuela in 2015 and banded together with other tech entrepreneurs to design a digital currency. The group then looked to partner with the government in the hopes of bringing Venezuelans’ underground trading in cryptocurrencies out from the shadows and into legal circulation. At the time, bitcoin miners faced the threat of arrest or extortion by government agents.If the petro takes off, he says, Venezuelans will be able to freely exchange their worthless bolivars for a more stable currency, giving them a chance to raise capital and save. Currently the only way for the majority of Venezuelans to get around strict currency controls imposed in 2003 is to buy hard currency in the illegal black market.“This is about providing oxygen to people, not a government,” Jimenez said in an interview at the bustling Caracas office of The Social Us, where a dozen young programmers scrawled code in pink markers on glass windows overlooking a verdant valley and busily designed promotional materials for the petro.It’s a trade-off that many in Venezuela’s burgeoning blockchain community — almost all of them ideologically opposed to the government — are willing to accept.Still, there’s no denying the government will be the first and perhaps biggest beneficiary.This month, Maduro said the government had received commitments from investors to purchase $5 billion worth of the cryptocurrency during the pre-sale phase that culminates this week. If those materialize into actual sales, it would be a windfall equivalent to more than half of Venezuela’s dollar reserves — money the government is desperately clutching onto as it juggles re-paying billions in defaulted bonds while trying to eradicate widespread shortages.However, members of the U.S. Congress are pushing for a robust response, fearing that other nations under U.S. sanctions such as Iran and Russia could emulate Venezuela’s example, or that the petro could be used by criminal networks or corrupt officials to launder money.Of the two Russians who also signed agreements with the government to help develop the petro one, Denis Druzhkov, CEO of a company called Zeus Trading, was fined $31,000 and barred from trading for three years by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange for fraudulent trading in futures’ contracts. The other, Fedor Bogorodskiy, lives in Uruguay and was described by the government as director of a company, Aerotrading, whose website consists of a single home page with no company information.Neither would comment on their work with the Venezuelan government. But in response to the request for comment, an email signed by “Zeus Team” said that Druzkhov had been invited to Venezuela as an expert and Zeus is not working on the project. It also said that as part of Druzhkov’s settlement with the Mercantile Exchange in 2014, he did not admit to any rule violations.On Monday, President Trump signed an executive order immediately banning all use by Americans of Venezuelan digital currencies, coins or token issued on behalf of the Venezuelan government.A senior administration official told journalists Monday that while the U.S. can’t block Venezuela from developing the petro, the global reach of the American financial system means its ban will have far-reaching consequences around the world and may force other countries to follow suit.Sen. Bob Menendez, who as the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has led the effort to combat Venezuela’s use of cryptocurrencies, applauded the move.“Beyond sanctions evasion, the Petro was hand-tailored to perpetuate the money laundering and plundering of public resources that has tragically led Venezuela to economic ruin.” He said in a statement.Jimenez, whose preference for sneakers and jeans exude a sort of nerd esthetic not unlike his entrepreneurial role models in Silicon Valley, said he never intended to help circumvent U.S. sanctions. He also argues that the petro — a financial product that doesn’t generate interest or have a payback schedule like a bond — doesn’t qualify as the sort of debt instrument the Trump administration had been targeting.Instead, he talks of “democratizing” access to global financial system for struggling entrepreneurs and decentralizing Venezuela’s government-run foreign exchange system, which many blame for the economy’s depressed state.“We can’t just sit here with our arms crossed, with all that we, our friends and our family are going through,” he said. “Doing nothing would be irresponsible.”—Follow Goodman on Twitter: https://twitter.com/APjoshgoodmanlast_img read more

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EU court rules annuls regulator move to block UPSTNT merger

first_imgBRUSSELS — The European Union’s top court says a decision by anti-trust regulators to block a merger between U.S. delivery giant UPS and Dutch firm TNT must be annulled.The European Court of Justice confirmed Wednesday a lower court finding that UPS’s rights to defence were infringed by the European Commission, which polices competition issues.The Luxembourg-based ECJ says the blocking decision should be annulled if UPS can show that “it would have had the opportunity better to defend itself” if it had full access to Commission analysis of the merger.The Commission said the planned merger would restrict express deliveries of small packages in Europe by reducing the number of players in the market, and so drive up prices.But the EU’s General Court annulled that decision last March.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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IT searches 50 locations of people linked to MP CM Kamal Nath

first_imgNew Delhi/Bhopal: The Income Tax Department Sunday launched pre-dawn searches on at least 50 locations in Delhi and Madhya Pradesh against people linked to state Chief Minister Kamal Nath on charges of alleged tax evasion, officials said. A team of about 200 I-T department and police officers swooped down on these premises around 3 am and some undisclosed cash was recovered, they said. The searches are linked to suspected movement of hawala money during the ongoing polls season and tax evasion, they said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Locations in Indore, Bhopal and Delhi (Green Park) were being raided and those being searched included Nath’s former Officer on Special Duty (OSD) Pravin Kakkad, former adviser Rajendra Miglani and executives linked to his brother-in-law’s firm Moser Bayer and his nephew Ratul Puri’s company, they said. Both Kakkar and Miglani resigned from their posts just before the Lok Sabha polls were declared. In Indore, the raids were conducted by a team of officials, who arrived from Delhi, at Kakkad’s residence in Vijay Nagar area and other places associated with him, sources in the I-T department said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Searches were also conducted at Kakkad’s house in Bhopal’s Nadir Colony and a couple of other places in the state capital, they said. They said documents seized during the searches were being scrutinised in detail. The raids are also being conducted against Kolkata- based businessman Paras Mal Lodha, the sources added. Kakkad, a former Madhya Pradesh police officer, was appointed OSD to Nath after the Congress-led government came to power in the state last year. He earlier served as OSD to former Union minister Kantilal Bhuria during the UPA regime. Bhuria is contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha poll from Ratlam-Jhabua seat in MP. Kakkad’s family is associated with a number of businesses, including hospitality. Ratul Puri was last week grilled by the Enforcement Directorate in Delhi in connection with the Rs 3,6000 AgustaWestland helicopters purchase probe. Reacting to the raids, a Congress leader in MP accused the BJP-led central government of targeting opposition leaders for “political vendetta”. MP Congress’ media cell vice president Bhupendra Gupta, also a former OSD to Nath, charged, “The BJP government has been targeting opposition leaders across the country due to political enmity. Due to such act of political vendetta, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister (N Chandrababu Naidu) and DMK leader M K Stalin had to stage protest against the Centre.” However, the BJP hit back, saying thieves were now having a complaint against the ‘watchman’. “Black money worth crores was recovered during the Income Tax department’s raid at the house of private secretary of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath. This has made one thing clear that those who are thieves have a complaint against the watchman,” BJP’s national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya said.last_img read more

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100 per cent unity among United India forces Mamata

first_imgKolkata: With the world’s biggest democracy all set to begin the 40-day election process in which an eighth of the world’s population will cast their franchise, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee reiterated with renewed vigour and conviction that there is 100 percent unity among the United India allies and that Bengal will play a major role in the formation of the new government at the Centre.”All the regional parties will do well in the election and a national party will have to join the United India forces. Bengal will play a leading role in the formation of the new government in Delhi,” she said. In the same breath, she said her party will get 42 out of 42 seats in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. In an interview to a vernacular television channel on Monday evening, the Chief Minister said: “Prime Minister Narendra Modi calls me a ‘speed breaker’. As far as I know, speed breakers are installed to control speed and save lives.” She further added that never in the past, India has seen such an arrogant Prime Minister whose language does not suit the post of a Prime Minister. “I have worked with great leaders like Atalji, Advaniji, Gujralji, Rajivji, Deve Gowdaji, Narasimha Raoji but never have I come across such arrogance. The only thing he wants is publicity.” Asked about giving tickets to film stars like Mimi Chakraborty from Jadavpur, Nusrat Jahan from Basirhat and Moon Moon Sen from Asansol, she said: “All of them will win. Mimi will do great work. The CPI(M) candidate in Jadavpur is former Mayor of Kolkata who could not be traced during severe waterlogging in the city. Nusrat will win from Basirhat while Moon Moon will win from Asansol. Besides being the daughter of matinee idol Suchitra Sen, Moon Moon is a highly accomplished lady.” Asked whether the Trinamool Congress will win in Alipurduar, Cooch Behar and Darjeeling, she said: “Our candidates will win from these seats. In Darjeeling, BJP had won in 2014 by dividing the people. But this time this trick will not work. There are four Assembly constituencies in the plains and another three constituencies in the Hills. Our candidate Amar Singh Rai is a localite and is respected by all. He will win the election.” Banerjee said a probe should be conducted into the source of BJP’s money. “They are spending crores of rupees on meetings. They are paying money to the voters — Rs 1,000 and at times Rs 5,000 to the voters to cast votes in their favour.” Asked about the fight between the TMC and Congress in the state, Banerjee said: “There is a pact between BJP, CPI(M) and Congress. In Murshidabad, RSS is helping a Congress candidate while BJP is helping the CPI(M) candidate in Jadavpur. But despite these unofficial pacts, Mausam Noor will win from Malda North and Moazzem Hossain from Malda South seats respectively. Apurba Sarkar and Abu Taher will win from Berhampore and Murshidabad as well.” Talking on the arbitrary surveys by several media houses, the TMC supremo said: “Most of them are bogus and are paid surveys. Most of the national television channels have been sold out and are showing concocted news. I have stopped watching television because of conflicting news. The top brass in the media has been purchased by the BJP.” Referring to Modi as a fake ‘chowkidar’, she said: “I have challenged him to sit for an open debate. I know it is difficult for him to accept it as he has lied throughout these five years and hasn’t done anything constructive.” She also maintained: “Modi is talking shamelessly about the air strike in his election campaigns. But there will be a strike by the voters and on May 23, he will be ousted from Delhi.”last_img read more

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The Mets Pitching Staff Went From Great To Garbage In The Blink

To say it’s been a challenging season in Queens would be an understatement. Originally slated to contend for the NL East crown, the 2017 New York Mets currently sit in a tie for third place, 7 games below .500 and a whopping 11 games back of the first-place Washington Nationals. The team has been accompanied by a near-constant stream of off-the-field controversies, and its playoff chances are rapidly approaching zero. Even the club’s jolly anthropomorphized baseball has turned belligerent.At the core of New York’s on-field frustrations has been the performance of its pitching staff, which not so long ago was gracing Sports Illustrated covers and inspiring meditations about the ideal way to build a modern baseball team. The fireballing days of Noah Syndergaard — who hit the disabled list with a torn muscle in early May — and cohorts are a distant memory, and those stars have been replaced by fill-ins who barely register on the radar gun and a beleaguered bullpen asked to shoulder a historic workload. (In their latest outing, the Mets burned through five pitchers — a normal amount by the team’s recent standards — just to yield 11 runs against the Pirates.)Just how much of a pitching drop-off have the Mets endured this year? Last season, New York led all clubs in the wins above replacement (WAR)1I’m averaging together the versions of this stat found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs.com. it received from its pitchers, with the 39th-best tally any team had in a season since 1901. This season, they rank sixth to last in baseball in pitching WAR, putting them on pace for the team’s worst showing on the mound since 1996. On a per-162-game basis, that makes for the fifth-biggest year-to-year decline by any MLB pitching staff since 1901: YEARTEAMSEASONPREVIOUS SEASONDIFFERENCE 41915Athletics-4.713.9-18.6 82000Astros9.024.3-15.4 71997Padres6.522.2-15.7 Some of the teams ahead of the Mets on that list had their excuses: The 2004 Diamondbacks traded Curt Schilling to the Red Sox over the previous offseason, and the 1998 Marlins engaged in one of the most notorious talent dumps in baseball history.The Mets made no such trades. The rotation’s lone offseason departure was 44-year-old Bartolo Colon, a loss that seemed more than mitigated by the late-season emergence of Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo, plus the return of a healthy Zack Wheeler. If anything, the team appeared to have more pitching than it knew what to do with. Even after adjusting for the inevitability of injuries, it seemed unthinkable back in spring training that New York’s pitching would be only a tad better than that of, say, the ghastly Cincinnati Reds.But the notion of the Mets having “too much pitching” sounds absurd in hindsight. After injuries to Syndergaard, Lugo, Steven Matz and closer Jeurys Familia,2Matz and Lugo haven’t pitched a single game this season. to go with an underperforming campaign by Matt Harvey, the Mets are on track to get about 13 fewer WAR from their staff this season than what was conservatively expected in spring training. (Even after accounting for what has been a surprisingly decent offense, that would make this the sixth-most-disappointing season in Mets history in terms of actual team WAR delivered compared to preseason expectations, and the worst in that department since 2003.3Interestingly, the statistical list of New York’s most disappointing seasons — 1972, then 1992, 2003, 1991, 1977 and 2017 — matches up very well with this subjective list generated by celebrated Mets blogger Jason Fry.)For a team predicated on great pitching and just enough hitting to get by, it’s hard to win when the former ends up being worse than the latter. And although the Mets’ numbers could improve when they get some of their injured pitchers back, it probably won’t be enough to save the team’s fortunes this season.The extent to which any of this was preventable — and, if it was, who should be blamed for it — will be debated for years. The team’s training staff is a popular target, but my colleague Rob Arthur found that although the Mets have had more than their share of ailments, they’re hardly the league’s most snakebit team on the injury front. It’s even worth wondering, as New York Magazine’s Will Leitch does here, whether the DL was the inevitable destination for a group of hurlers built specifically to throw the ball just about as hard as any staff ever has. Either way, they always say that young pitchers will break your heart — and these Mets couldn’t embody that axiom more if they tried. Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, Fangraphs.com, chadwick-bureau.com 11968Reds6.827.2-20.4 62012Phillies16.532.7-16.2 101982Twins0.315.0-14.8 91957Indians10.225.3-15.1 Few pitching staffs have ever collapsed like the 2017 Mets PITCHING WAR PER 162 GAMES 22004Diamondbacks8.226.9-18.7 31998Marlins-2.516.1-18.7 52017Mets6.224.6-18.3 read more

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Cameron Heyward cant sneak and see where hell be selected in the

There are several Ohio State Buckeyes who have a chance to be drafted in the 2011 NFL draft — but, realistically, only one can expect to be drafted in the first round tonight: Cameron Heyward. Because of last year’s format change, the draft will take place over three days, with the first round set to begin at 8 p.m., the second and third rounds Friday and the remaining rounds Saturday. This year’s draft takes place during a complicated legal battle between the NFL Players Association and the NFL owners, in which the future of the NFL is still in question. While the U.S. District Court ruled in favor of the players Monday, the outlook for the 2011 season is still questionable. The day before what some consider the biggest night of his life, Heyward tweeted from his Twitter account, @camheyward, about his excitement for the day. “Day before Christmas!! only problem is there no way to sneak and see what I got for tomorrow lol,” Heyward tweeted at about 1 p.m. Wednesday. Heyward, who is rated No. 29 on Scout Inc.’s top 32, is projected by many draft analysts to be a late first-round pick. A dominating force on the Buckeyes’ defensive line, Heyward said he would be spending the draft weekend at his house in Atlanta. “I would like to just stay at home with my family. … I want to be around my family and friends that have helped me accomplish so much so far, and share the moment with them as well,” Heyward said March 30 after a workout. In his latest mock draft April 6, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. projected that Heyward will be drafted by the New York Jets with the 30th pick in the first round. Heyward said he does not care which team drafts him. “Whatever team that takes me, I think I can play any position you put me at,” Heyward said March 30. The New York Jets have two former OSU players on their starting roster, wide reciever Santonio Holmes and center Nick Mangold. Mangold was drafted by the Jets in 2006, and Holmes, drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the same year, was acquired by the Jets through a trade with the Steelers in 2010. In 2008, the Jets drafted Vernon Gholston, also a former OSU defensive end. Many consider Gholston a major bust for the Jets. The Jets took Gholston with the sixth overall pick in the draft that year. Gholston was expected by many to start, but he rarely saw much playing time outside of special teams. In his three years on the team, Gholston recorded just 42 tackles and zero sacks, after which the Jets released him at the beginning of March. Heyward spoke about Gholston at the NFL combine. “We’re two totally different players. Vern, they had him dropping at linebacker. … Me, I can play all over the line,” Heyward said. “We are two different players. We had the privilege of going to The Ohio State, but we’re not the same player. I’m never going to compare myself to him, and I don’t think he’ll ever do the same.” NFL.com draft analyst Brian Baldinger projects that Heyward will not be available when the Jets’ 30th pick rolls around. Baldinger projects Heyward to be drafted by the New England Patriots with the 17th pick. The Patriots possess two picks in the first round of this year’s draft, and NFL.com draft analysts Steve Wyche and Pat Kirwan project Heyward will be selected by the Patriots with their second pick of the first round, 28th overall. Whichever team selects Heyward will be investing in a 6-foot-5 defensive force. Heyward has proven he has the ability to clog up the line and dominate against the run. In his four years at OSU, Heyward recorded 15.5 sacks and 37.5 tackles for loss. Weighing in at 295 pounds, Heyward will try to continue the legacy of his late father, former NFL running back Craig “Ironhead” Heyward. Cameron was present on the sidelines during OSU’s Spring Game on Saturday, and said he was excited for the draft. “(I’m) just waiting right now and continuing to work out,” he said, “and just looking to hear my name.” read more

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Ohio State womens basketball returns from abroad to face Pittsburgh

Freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) drives the lane during a game against VCU on Nov. 23 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 96-86.Credit: Nina Budieri / Lantern photographerComing off its trip to the Virgin Islands, the Ohio State women’s basketball team is set to return home on Wednesday to face Pittsburgh.The Buckeyes are 4-3 overall after going 2-1 in the Paradise Jam tournament last week. Freshman guard Asia Doss said she was satisfied with the team’s performance in the tournament but still sees room for improvement.“I think we all did pretty good,” Doss said. “We still have areas to get better, but I think we did well as a team.”Doss said one of the highlights of the trip came in the final game of the tournament against Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday. OSU made a comeback at the end of the second half and eventually won the game in double overtime.“The third game (against Florida Gulf Coast) I think showed that we can fight through adversity,” Doss said. “We all came together as a team.”The Buckeyes hope to take the experience from playing in the tournament and apply it on the court against Pittsburgh. Coach Kevin McGuff noted that OSU shares similarities with the Panthers.“They’re a little bit like us,” McGuff said. “They have some young kids so they have some up and down moments but I think they’re pretty good.”Heading into the game, freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell leads OSU in scoring, averaging 27 points per game, and was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Monday. McGuff praised Mitchell for her ability to adapt at the collegiate level.“She has really good instincts and feel for the game,” McGuff said. “I think that’s important because it’s a faster game in college than you’re used to, you’re seeing better defenses, so you have to have high IQ and good instincts to adjust quickly to that.”Another key for the Buckeyes will be the play of freshman forward Alexa Hart. Hart recorded a season-high 20 points and 18 rebounds in the win against Florida Gulf Coast. Mitchell, who played AAU basketball with Hart, said she and Hart are on the same page when on the court.“Our chemistry is really there,” Mitchell said. “When I know she’s playing and she’s ready to go, she’s ready to go.”The Buckeyes might be without redshirt-sophomore forward Kalpana Beach for the time being. Beach suffered a leg injury during the Paradise Jam tournament and is listed as day-to-day. McGuff said Beach didn’t suffer structural damage and her status for the game is unknown.Beach missed each of the past two seasons with ACL injuries.OSU is scheduled to play the Panthers at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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Reus Dortmund passed the test of manhood

first_imgBorussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus insists they were made to suffer in “brutal” fashion against Atletico Madrid, despite winning 4-0 on WednesdayThe Bundesliga leaders handed Atletico a shock 4-0 thrashing at Signal Iduna Park in Group A of the Champions League.Goals from Axel Witsel, Raphael Guerreiro (twice) and Jadon Sancho gave Dortmund a great win.But Reus insists that the scoreline does not reflect on the “brutal evening” their Spanish visitors gave them.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.“It’s sensational! We had to suffer a lot, especially in the second half. Atletico really turned up the tempo. But we had the ball more from the 60th minute onwards,” Reus told Sport1.“Atletico had a lot of respect for us. It was a brutal evening for us. We passed the test of manhood, not just because of the result, but because of the way we got it. We knew we had to suffer. I’m extremely happy with the team.”Dortmund now leads Group A with a three-point advantage over Atletico, who can take their revenge in the return fixture on November 6 at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.last_img read more

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Nevin speaks after Chelseas humiliating defeat

first_imgThe retired Scottish footballer feels fans should stick to the team “no matter what” and to show their true colors.On Sunday night Chelsea was thrashed 6-0 by Manchester City in the English Premier League.And for former Blues Scottish footballer Pat Nevin, the game was very difficult but only a true fan would stay by the team.“I must admit to being more tentative than I have ever been walking up towards the Etihad on Sunday,” he wrote on the official Chelsea site.“In fact, I had been prepping my son for the entire week. I found myself saying, ‘You know, we might not win this one, so remember to stick by the team whatever happens’ and ‘Manchester City right now are one of the best teams ever to play in English football, so it might not go to plan this time’.“It is odd but I had never given him that ‘pep talk’ (maybe I should change that phrase to ‘reality check’) before a Chelsea match but this time something concerned me,” he explained.“Our away form had been suspect against the top sides and Manchester City were coming on to some fabulous form.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“City do not often get a team that plays them at their own passing game, in their own back yard, and for De Bruyne, Sterling, Aguero, and company it was a rare opportunity for space and they took full advantage of it,” he added.“When you have lost 6-0, many would be tempted to change some things.”“This might be in the manager’s mind but he strongly believes if the team plays to his style and they all play well, just as they did in December, it can work even at the likes of City,” the former player continued.“The usual reaction now is to wallow in some old clichés to get us through a few very dark days. How about, ‘it is only three points in the end’ or ‘it is how you react to this type of defeat that defines your season’. Another favorite is ‘every time you lose you learn’.”Maurizio Sarri’s thoughts after yesterday’s game…— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 11, 2019last_img read more

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