Tight end rewrites OSU record books

In Ohio State’s 42-0 win over in-state opponent Akron, junior Jake Stoneburner became the first Buckeye tight end to have three receiving touchdowns in a game. He had two touchdowns last year. “Jake had a great day,” said Buckeyes coach Luke Fickell. “All in all, we were put in situations that he had the ability and the opportunities, and I think he did a great job of taking them.” Stoneburner had four catches on the day, three of them ending in the end zone. He had 50 yards of receiving, with his longest reception coming on a 28-yard strike from senior quarterback Joe Bauserman for the second score of the day. “I was excited we won, also I’m excited I scored three times,” Stoneburner said. “I was just happy to be out there making plays. Joe played a great game, he was out there looking for me. We connected three times and I’m happy about it.” Stoneburner received praise from his coaches and peers about his performance throughout camp. Under Fickell, it appears the offense will integrate the tight end more. “He’s had a great camp,” Fickell said. “He’s been an integral part of this offense all through camp. You know, so I kind of expected it, to be honest with you.” His three receiving touchdowns set a tight end record at OSU, but he is also now one of only eight receivers to catch three touchdowns in a game. “I expected him to have a great day,” Fickell said. “Did I expect three touchdowns? I don’t know. But it’s great to see.” Talking to the media on Tuesday, Stoneburner said he felt like he was a senior, and not a junior on this Buckeye squad. He also said he has been here a long time and that he felt like a leader. Under Fickell, OSU has decided to elect individual game captains for each contest, instead of voting on captains throughout the year. “Obviously, I’ve thought about it (being a game captain),” Stoneburner said. “It would be epic to be a game captain sometime this year.” Fickell said that to be successful for the entire season, the Buckeyes need to continue to play to their strengths. “I know the most important thing is we’ve got to continue to do those kinds of things,” Fickell said. “But it’s going to get harder and harder, because there will be a little bit more of a target on him, but that’s a challenge to him as well.” After Saturday’s game, Stoneburner needs only 172 more yards to match last season’s total. With this kind of productivity, that is something likely to happen in the near future. “I probably won’t score three touchdowns every game,” Stoneburner said, “but I just like to be out there making plays.” read more

Commentary William Buford leaves a complicated legacy at Ohio State

NEW ORLEANS – Have you ever watched a movie and not really understood what happened when it was over?William Buford is like that movie.He was at Ohio State four years and now that his career is over, I’m still not completely sure what I just saw.His career had more ups and downs than Kirstie Alley’s weight and was a role model for being consistently inconsistent.There were times when he was the best player on the floor and times when coach Thad Matta couldn’t get him off the floor fast enough.So how should we remember Buford? What’s his legacy?To me, Buford’s legacy comes down to one word.But.Everything good you can say about him has a draw back. I’m not sure what it was, but something was always restraining him from being truly great.Buford scored 1,900 points in his career and is tied for third OSU’s all-time scoring list with Jerry Lucas.But he was never the leading scorer on his team.He won 116 games in his career and his teams had a winning percentage of .800.But in the biggest of games with the most on the line, it wasn’t uncommon for Buford to lay an egg.He helped lead his team to two No. 2 seeds and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.But he never won a championship.The fact is, anyone can make a factual argument that Buford was one of the greatest players to ever step on the hardwood at OSU.People 100 years from now who never watched him might look back at the record books and hold that opinion. They might think his jersey should be hanging from the rafters.But to truly understand Buford, you had to watch him.One thing about the legends is they always stick out. They’re always memorable. Whether they played great or poorly, you always had a feeling of their performance walking out of the gym.Some games, Buford’s play was just flat out forgettable. You could leave the arena, turn to the guy next to you and ask, “Where was Buford tonight?”It was as if he didn’t play.Then he would come out the next game and drop 25 points.From beginning to end, Buford was an enigma.That’s not to say he didn’t do a lot of great things during his time at OSU. He had opportunities to go to the NBA, but returned and is getting his degree at the end of this quarter.None of his teammates or coaches ever had anything remotely negative to say about him and former walk-on Mark Titus called him his favorite teammate of all-time in his new book.When the final buzzer sounded Saturday and Buford’s career was over, he sat down on the floor. It was all over for him.Maybe Buford’s legacy can best be summed up in the state of the program he’s leaving behind.The common adage is to leave things better than you find them.When Buford came to OSU in 2008, the Buckeyes were coming off a loss in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. OSU lost in the National Championship in 2007, but were far from a national power.In 2012, OSU might not be an elite basketball program, but they have emerged as a consistent force just about every year and show no signs of that stopping.In short, the program is in better shape than when he arrived.So, what exactly was William Buford?Well, he was very, very good.But.He wasn’t great. read more

Commentary St John Arena not just another building

St. John Arena isn’t just another campus building. It’s a cornerstone of the greatness that is Ohio State athletics. It housed our men’s basketball program’s lone national championship team. It carries so much more significance than the name “Building 076,” its identification number marked on campus maps, could ever give it.I, along with thousands of other students before and after me, spent one of my first days on campus inside its hallowed walls at convocation freshman year. I watched my brother receive his OSU diploma there when I was younger. I took my dad there for last year’s Skull Session prior to the football game versus Purdue. It has long provided the backdrop when ESPN’s College GameDay comes to town.Without a doubt, I am one of many who share cherished memories of the 57-year-old building; which is exactly why the news of its demolition is so hard to digest.Last November, the university announced that a $10 million gift from businessman Sam Covelli would pave the way for a new 4,000-seat facility, named Covelli Arena, to replace St. John Arena. Covelli, the CEO of Covelli Enterprises in Warren, Ohio, is the largest franchisee of Panera Bread in the United States.According to a release from OSU, the arena will be a meeting place for roughly 13,000 participants in Department of Athletics’ camps each year. It will also house seven varsity sports including volleyball, gymnastics, fencing and wrestling. Despite all these new additions, I will still miss the old building.If they choose to, I am willing to put money on the thought that the athletic department could auction off every last wooden seat in the place prior to demolition.This news of the impending destruction comes as no surprise, because nothing does anymore when it comes to our athletic department’s greed for money (see: Gator Bowl, 2012).I understand that new facilities with vamped up amenities attract the nation’s best athletes. I’m totally fine with moving those sports that will call Covelli Arena home. But what I don’t understand is why St. John has to come to the ground.The university could still use it for any number of pursuits, including a physical hall of fame, office space or rec sports. My guess is E. Gordon Gee, who was president at the time when the announcement was made and frequently pushed to make students live on campus for two years, saw no way to convert it into student housing and decided to tear it down.It’ll be a sad day for this campus when the button is pushed to demolish St. John Arena in late 2014 or early 2015. I’m still recovering from watching Riverfront Stadium, home of my childhood Cincinnati Reds, implode one cold Sunday morning in December of 2002.So make sure you take a step inside St. John Arena this year. Take pictures, watch a volleyball match, breathe in its historic building mustiness and above all, remember its importance to this great university. read more

Football Early Signing Day boosts Ohio State defensive tackle depth highlights concern

Ohio State sophomore defensive lineman Nick Bosa (97) sacks Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook (12) in the third quarter of the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorDepth was not an issue for the Ohio State defensive line in 2017. At the very least, it was not an issue at defensive end.That narrative could flip in 2018.Ohio State is guaranteed to lose two players at both defensive end and defensive tackle, but the inside defensive line depth could return arguably its top two players while adding plenty of depth from Early Signing Day. The defensive ends will only lose depth.On Early Signing Day Wednesday, Ohio State received letters of intent from five-star Taron Vincent, the top high school interior defensive tackle in the country, and four-star Antwuan Jackson Jr., the top junior college transfer interior defensive lineman in the nation, according to 247Sports. It also secured the commitment of four-star Tommy Togiai, the ninth-best defensive tackle in the country.“[Defensive line coach Larry Johnson has] made some very strong comments about the future of the inside of our defensive line,” head coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday. “What I love about them, they’re all great kids, great families, and they’re ready to go. I anticipate they’ll all play. Our interior defensive line is going to be strong.”At defensive end, however, it did not make many additions. It lost out on the recruitment of defensive end Micah Parsons, the seventh-ranked prospect in the nation, due to a self-reported violation and also watched strong-side defensive end Brenton Cox, at one an Ohio State commit, sign with Georgia.The only defensive end recruit Ohio State picked up was three-star Alex Williams, and Meyer said Wednesday the team has given thought already to playing him at tight end. And while Ohio State is considered the favorite by 247Sports to land four-star defensive end Tyreke Smith, a Cleveland native, he still has yet to commit and could surprise the Buckeyes.Depth at defensive end is not something Ohio State has had to be concerned about in recent years, however.With Sam Hubbard, Tyquan Lewis, Jalyn Holmes, Nick Bosa and Chase Young destined to be drafted in early rounds in the next few NFL drafts, the defensive end position has had talent that the tackle position hasn’t had.That depth looks a lot different in 2018.And given what freshman Chase Young has displayed in short spurts, a legitimate case could be made that the Buckeyes have five defensive ends talented enough to be starters for any other team.The depth at defensive tackles had also been strong in 2017, but not in the same way. Redshirt seniors Michael Hill and Tracy Sprinkle, as well as redshirt sophomores Robert Landers and Dre’Mont Jones, have proven to be capable of effectively manning the interior line positions for Ohio State. But only Jones was stood out as a potential All-American.But that depth looks a lot different in 2018.Holmes’ and Lewis’ eligibility has expired, and the Buckeyes will probably lose another starter as well.When Bosa was asked Friday about whether he expected to be triple-teamed next season with starters leaving, he excluded Hubbard’s name from the group of returning starters while stating Jones will return.“I’m sure they’ll be there, but with [redshirt freshman Jonathon Cooper] and Chase on the other side, and Dre’Mont hopefully coming back, and [Landers] inside, it will be tough to double-team anyone,” Bosa said Friday.Hubbard is eligible to leave early for the 2018 NFL Draft, and he likely will leave, meaning Bosa and Young will begin the year as the expected starters, with Cooper as the top backup. There are no other players on Ohio State’s roster listed at defensive end. Bosa and Young are more than capable of handling the job for Ohio State. With their talent, they still might represent the best pair of defensive ends in the nation. The difference in 2017 was that any substitution made didn’t hurt Ohio State’s ability to pressure the backfield.Young, Bosa and Cooper will be counted on to carry the entire weight of the ends in 2018. They will have to fight through fatigue at times, and an injury to any of the three could be detrimental to the effectiveness of the line.For the defensive tackles next season, an injury to Jones — if he returns — won’t require the coaching staff to scramble. They might have the benefit the ends enjoyed this season.In addition to returners Landers and Jones and the top recruits Ohio State added at defensive tackle, the Buckeyes also have four, four-star defensive tackles returning next season in Malik Barrow, Jerron Cage, Jashon Cornell and Haskell Garrett, as well as three-star Davon Hamilton.Defensive tackles will be able to handle injuries or inconsistent play. With all the depth inside, Ohio State can afford to go through several players at the positions. The same cannot be said of the defensive ends. At least, as it stands right now with still a few more months until the more traditional signing day in February, Bosa, Young and Cooper will be required to carry the weight of the ends on their shoulders. “We don’t know who’s coming in yet. We still need to finish up recruiting, and walk-ons and whatever,” Bosa said Friday. “So we just have our three ends right now, so it will all shake out. We’ll see, but obviously I’ll get rest when I need it, but I’m definitely going to play a lot more.” read more

Kalinic explains why he failed in Milan

first_imgNikola Kalinic has linked his abysmal spell in Milan to injuries and arriving late to the club.Kalinic struggled to deliver in Milan with only six goals to his name despite joining the team as one of the most expensive signings in the summer of 2017.The Croatia striker has since made a switch to Atletico Madrid, although he made it clear he had no ill-feeling towards Milan.“For me, it was difficult,” he told AS.“I couldn’t do pre-season with the team. I was training alone in Split, waiting for the transfer to happen.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I arrived once the season had started. Then I had many physical problems… Milan are a great club, who are used to winning and fighting for trophies, and want results very quickly.“However, 11 new players had arrived and It takes time to build something. Still, I wish Milan all the best. They deserve to fight for the Champions League.“Gattuso is amazing. Away from football, he’s someone who likes to crack a joke and have a laugh, but when he starts training or is on the field…“He gives everything and wants everything. He presses you. He’s crazy but in a good way. He’s a great person and I think Milan will go far with him.”last_img read more

Flamini hails Wenger to be Milan coach

first_imgThe former Arsenal and AC Milan midfielder believes the ex-Gunners manager could be a perfect addition to the Italian clubArsene Wenger left English Premier League club Arsenal after 22 years there.And for former Gunners and AC Milan midfielder Mathieu Flamini, the Frenchman could be the perfect addition to the Rossoneri.“I’m very close to Arsene, it’s been very inspiring for me to work with him. So I think he would be great for AC Milan,” Flamini was reported saying by ESPN.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Even if they already have a great manager in Gattuso, who I played with.”“But Arsene, I worked with him for many years. I don’t need to tell you he’s an incredible manager. He proved it for many years. If he goes to AC Milan, I’m sure he’d do a great job,” he added.“Arsene has a huge amount of experience, and he’s very smart. So he’s someone who will be able to adapt to any type of football.”“And it would be an incredible ad for Italian football to have him there. And maybe he’ll create a new style, who knows? He’s done a lot for English football, coming here and creating this new football based on technique and short passes. So why not do that in Italy?” he asked.last_img read more

Iraqi forces sweep across Kirkuk

first_imgMembers of the Iraqi Kurdish security forces stand guard at a checkpoint in Altun Kupri, 40 kilometres south of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq. Photo: AFPIraqi forces seized the Kirkuk governor’s office, key military sites and an oil field on Monday as they swept across the disputed province following soaring tensions with Kurds over an independence referendum.The rapid advance, involving troops, tanks and armoured vehicles, aims to recapture oil and military targets that Kurdish forces took over during the fightback against the Islamic State group (IS).Iraqi forces thrust into Kirkuk city, capital of the oil-rich province, and took control of the governor’s office, which had been left deserted, the federal police chief said.Thousands of residents fled Kurdish districts, heading in buses and cars towards the autonomous Kurdistan region of northern Iraq.“We’re leaving because we’re scared there will be clashes” in the ethnically mixed city of 850,000 people, said 51-year-old Chounem Qader.Meanwhile crowds on the streets of Kirkuk’s southern outskirts welcomed Iraqi forces as they entered the city, where they were seen raising Iraqi flags in the place of Kurdish ones.President Donald Trump said the United States was “not taking sides” in the conflict as the US-led coalition urged Kurds and Iraqi forces to focus on fighting the jihadists, on the verge of losing their last strongholds in Iraq.The International Rescue Committee aid group urged all those involved in the fighting to “do everything within their power to protect civilians”.Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s chief diplomat, urged both sides “to seek dialogue in order to preserve Iraq’s unity and long-term stability.”The EU on Monday also approved sending an expert mission to Baghdad to help Iraq with its civilian security strategy.The police called on residents who had fled to return as it said the situation was stable, and late Monday declared a night-time curfew in Kirkuk city.Iraqi and Kurdish peshmerga forces exchanged artillery fire early Monday south of Kirkuk city, after the launch of the operation overnight which triggered a spike in oil prices on world markets.‘Danger of partition’Pumping stopped at Kirkuk’s two main oil fields as Kurdish technicians halted operations and left the wells, an oil ministry official said.A Kurdish health official said at least 10 peshmerga fighters were killed and 27 wounded during fighting overnight.The rapid progress of Iraqi forces suggested that Kurdish fighters were withdrawing with little or no resistance in many areas.Iraq’s Joint Operations Command said its forces had retaken the K1 military base northwest of Kirkuk, the military airport east of the city and the Baba Gargar oil field, one of six in the disputed region.The operation follows an armed standoff between Kurdish forces and the Iraqi army prompted by the September 25 non-binding referendum that produced a resounding “yes” for Kurdish independence.Baghdad has declared the vote illegal.Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the operation was necessary to “protect the unity of the country”.“We call upon all citizens to cooperate with our heroic armed forces,” he added.Peshmerga forces loyal to the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), a political party linked to Iraqi President Fuad Masum, a Kurd, were reported to be withdrawing from areas under their control.The PUK had supported a UN-backed plan for negotiations with Baghdad in exchange for dropping the referendum.‘Declaration of war’Pro-PUK forces were deployed south of Kirkuk, including at oil fields, while fighters loyal to the rival Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) linked to Iraqi Kurd leader Massud Barzani who initiated the referendum, were deployed to the north.As the tension escalated, Trump said Washington was “not taking sides in that battle”.The US-led coalition battling IS called for dialogue between THE Iraqi and Kurdish authorities.“All parties must remain focused on the defeat of our common enemy, ISIS, in Iraq,” said Major General Robert White, a commanding general in the coalition, referring to IS.The coalition said it was aware of reports of clashes but they appeared to be the result of a “misunderstanding and not deliberate”.On Sunday, Iraq’s National Security Council said it viewed as a “declaration of war” the presence of “fighters not belonging to the regular security forces in Kirkuk”, including fighters from Turkey’s outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).Ankara, which fears the independence vote by the Iraqi Kurds could spark similar moves by its own Kurdish minority, said it was ready to help Baghdad oust Kurdish fighters from Kirkuk.Long claimed by the Kurds as part of their historic territory, Kirkuk province has emerged as the main flashpoint in the dispute.Polling during the referendum was held not only in the three provinces of the autonomous Kurdish region but also in adjacent Kurdish-held areas, including Kirkuk, that are claimed by both Baghdad and Iraqi Kurdistan.The Kurds have been in control of six fields in the Kirkuk region providing some 340,000 of the 550,000 barrels per day exported by the regional administration.The fields would provide crucial revenue to Baghdad, which has been left cash-strapped from the global fall in oil prices and three years of battle against IS.last_img read more

February 28 2018On February 24th we had the the

first_imgFebruary 28, 2018On February 24th, we had the the grand opening of our Art Show with live music, food and wine. The show is on display until April 29th – you won’t want to miss it.During the opening, several musicians and bands performed, including Alessane from Phoenix, as well as several musicians who are also Arcosanti Residents!Overall, there was a fantastic turn out of people who came so see the opening reception, enjoy the food and music, and to celebrate the creativity inspired by the desert.This year, the exhibit features jewelry, pottery, painting, small metals, mixed media, intermedia, and more. A range of original arts and crafts pieces will be available for viewing and for sale from 9am – 5pm each day of the exhibit in the Cafe at Arcosanti, from now until April 29th!(photos by lvb, text by lvb and Shannon Mackenzie)last_img read more