Geoffrey Thomas’s safety efforts praised

first_imgThe Professor of Engineering at the University of Southern California Najmedin Meshkati, PhD, CPE and former Jefferson Science Fellow and Senior Science and Engineering Advisor to the US State Department, has lauded AirlineRatings.com Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas’s “seminal works” saying they have made an “invaluable contribution to the improvement of aviation safety in the world.”As a professor of engineering at the University of Southern California (USC), Dr Meshkati teaches at and was director of the world’s renowned, 60-year old USC Aviation Safety and Security Program during 1992 to 1997.Professor Meshkati teaches and conducts research on Human Factors in Aviation Safety; pilot mental workload assessment and situational awareness; crew resource management; cockpit design and automation; Controlled Flight into Terrain (CFIT); runway incursion; and loss of control in flight.“Mr. Thomas and his articles have been a major source of information for me and I have always shared them with my students. Furthermore, I consider some of his articles in Air Transport World and Australian Aviation as “seminal” and refer to them in my classes as “must read” for any aviation safety professionals,” said Professor Meshkati.Mr Thomas is Airlines Editor at Australian Aviation and is former Chief Editor of Washington DC-based Air Transport World.Mr Thomas’s safety related articles have won numerous international awards and his most insightful, Back to Basics on the problems of cockpit automation deskilling pilots was published just three days before the tragic loss of the Air France 447.“Geoffrey Thomas [has made] an invaluable contribution to the improvement of aviation safety in the world,” said Professor Meshkati.last_img read more

Learn how influenza topped fake news

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Some of you may remember back to the fun days when taking a pig to the fair was the highlight of summer. Early on I wrote about my sons exercising their pigs in the roadside ditch when the pigs started chasing cars. Of course, the more the pigs chased the car, the driver slowed down which of course egged the pigs on to run even faster alongside.Now the 4-H swine business has become a much more serious project. Readers may remember that it wasn’t only a couple years ago that all 4-H poultry projects in Ohio were banned from exhibition because of an epidemic of avian influenza — a disease that might have easily caused an epidemic in humans.It wasn’t until the days of checking DNA and genomic testing did anyone realize the different “strains” of influenza. (I call it a strain even though a more appropriate term is genotype.) Influenza or flu as most people call it has a long history, even though most of us chalk it up as one of those diseases that might cause us to stay home from work or school for a couple of days.The 1918 influenza outbreak caused a pandemic worldwide. In the spring of 1918 (and then a reappearance in the fall) this pandemic caused an estimated 50 million human deaths worldwide. So influenza isn’t anything to trifle with, especially in this age of around-the-world travel. It is a virus that can jump back and forth between humans, pigs, poultry, and wild birds then back again.You would need to live in a shoebox to not know about the influenza outbreak in pigs that occurred recently at the Clinton County Fair. What you may not know is that influenza in pigs at the Clinton Country Fair appears to actually contain some human DNA genetic code rather than just the normal flu virus found in pigs.Here are some basic facts. From early in my career until recent years, influenza was primarily classified as H1N1. Now with molecular genetics and DNA analysis we know that the virus has been changing. It has mutated to several different new types. For instance just to name a few there are: H3N2, H7N8, H3N5 and then we could also discuss low-pathogen versus high pathogen influenza. You get the idea, as fast as the virus can modify itself to attack a vulnerable animal or a human, it will.Formerly swine vaccines were primarily for H1N1. You can deduce that a vaccine for a specific genotype may be very effective. We can’t vaccinate our way out of having either sick animals or sick humans if the latest infection is a different genotype.The current strategy experts have espoused is biosecurity. This refers to use a common sense approach towards eliminating or minimizing exposure when evaluating the risk of contracting a disease in either humans or animals. Sick pigs, just like sick children, should have limited risk or no risk of exposing others. Don’t send a sick pig with a fever to the fair just as you shouldn’t send a sick child to school.Someone took a sick pig with a fever to the Clinton County fair. Authorities know this because pigs started spiking fevers immediately upon arrival rather than the virus incubating several days before illness appeared. Fortunately the fair veterinarian recognized early on that too many pigs were getting sick and called for diagnostic expertise from the virologists at the State Animal Diagnostic Lab in Reynoldsburg. They responded immediately.Nasal swabs confirmed a diagnosis of influenza H3N2. Over the next couple of days more pigs tested positive demonstrating that an epidemic had started. Approximately 68 pigs were confirmed ill of the slightly less than 300 pigs in the swine pavilion. Since then, the CDC in Atlanta has been doing further DNA sequencing to pinpoint its precise anatomy. A human DNA sequence has also been identified in the virus.Dr. Tony Forshey, the state veterinarian, and his team quarantined the barn early in the course of the disease. The team made the decision to allow the youth to show their projects while in quarantine as the show arena was adjacent to the pig pens. Parents were allowed to attend to watch the 4-Hers show their animals, but other interested parties were excluded. At the conclusion of the show, the pigs were then sent to a packing plant for processing into meat — a normal sequence of events after most county fair shows.News outlets reported faster than the influenza could spread that the pigs were destroyed and the barn burned down. Talk about fake news! What a bunch of baloney, or perhaps I should say sausage, the pig kind. No pigs were destroyed at the fair and no barns burned. After the show the pigs were shipped to a packing company for processing into meat. With standard processing and inspection, all of the meat from chops to bacon was determined to be safe to consume. Contrary to what was reported by several other news outlets, the barn was not burned but cleaned and sanitized. Since those early reports news organizations did get their stories straight.Some had several thousand dollars for their pigs. These exhibitors were angry because their plans were to ship these high dollar porkers from fair to fair and win as many prizes as possible. Perhaps they may have even planned on a climax at the State Fair. If their pig was a champion, it would bring a lot of recognition and money in the Sale of Champions.These individuals would have chosen to ignore the health risks. Should these infected pigs be allowed to move to other show premises, a major epidemic was certain to occur at every exhibition the pigs appeared and likely start a human health crisis. Ohio’s commercial swine industry would also have been put to a serious health and economic risk. It is readily apparent that protecting all Ohioans and the commercial swine industry is critical. There are over two million commercial breeding and market swine in Ohio supplying high quality protein in the form of meat to consumers.I grew up showing pigs, my sons showed pigs and my granddaughters are showing pigs next month. Today it is most important to protect the commercial swine industry rather than gunners going for the big prize. There is more to life than the big prize, the accompanying recognition and a big paycheck for a few individuals.Dr. Forshey took a lot of heat for quarantining those Clinton County pigs, allowing them to show their pigs, then shutting down the swine exhibition and sending the pigs to slaughter. In view of the virus containing aberrant human DNA code, allowing the pigs to move onto other exhibitions may have started a human influenza epidemic. In my estimation he made a wise decision for the Ohio citizens and also the swine industry, but yet was compassionate to 4-Hers in Clinton County. Kudos to Dr. Forshey and his team!last_img read more

Non-GMO corn production and purity concerns

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Hutcheson, CCA, Product Manager, Seed Consultants, Inc. Many corn growers in the Eastern Corn Belt produce non-GMO corn attempting to capture an additional premium. Depending on the contracting elevator, standard GMO contamination allowances are typically from 0% to 1%. Producing non-GMO corn within the acceptable tolerances of GMO contamination is possible; however, there are several challenges and potential pitfalls that make production of 100% pure non-GMO corn a tremendous undertaking and can keep growers from capturing a premium for their corn. Planting non-GMO seed does not necessarily mean the harvested shelled corn will be GMO free. Tests used by elevators to determine if GMOs are present may not be 100% accurate, but they are a determining factor as to whether a load will be accepted.If a grower plants non-GMO corn, what could cause GMO contamination?• Contaminated planting equipment and seed tenders • Contaminated seed • Mistakes made in record keeping where hybrids were not correctly identified at planting and/or harvest, leading to contamination • Adventitious pollen from GMO corn fields can cause cross-pollination of non-GMO corn • Contaminated combines at harvest • Contaminated grain carts, wagons, trucks, augers, grain legs, and grain bins.What steps can be taken in an attempt to produce grain that meets GMO tolerances?• Discuss plans for non-GMO corn with a seed sales rep, select the right hybrid together. • Make sure planting equipment is completely and thoroughly cleaned before planting a non-GMO hybrid. • Make sure non-GMO fields are adequately isolated from neighboring GMO fields to prevent cross-pollination. • Vary planting dates and/or hybrid maturities to vary pollination timing between GMO and non-GMO fields. • When harvesting non-GMO fields, completely clean combines, grain carts, wagons, trucks, dump pits, augers, grain legs, and grain bins of all corn that could be a source of contamination. • When hauling corn to the elevator from on-farm storage, make sure all handling equipment (augers, grain legs, trucks, etc.) are completely cleaned to avoid contamination.Seed Consultants does not guarantee or warrant 100% purity of non-GMO grain delivered to the elevator. As discussed above, there are many potential sources of contamination and it can be a challenge to eliminate them all. Seed Consultants works diligently to provide customers the purest seed that is produced with every precaution possible, in adherence to industry standards. Although the process of producing grain that is within allowed tolerances is difficult, Seed Consultants’ sales staff and agronomists are available to help growers understand and plan for the many challenges that may arise. Through careful planning and attention to detail, growers can ensure they have minimized the chance of contamination and provide the best possible conditions for capturing a non-GMO premium.last_img read more

Red Lions, Bombers out to sustain surge

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Star import under close scrutiny WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension “You cannot be overconfident against Mapua. They can play,” Meneses said. “If we don’t do things right, they’re going to beat us.”The Lions can stay within striking distance of the Pirates with a victory over the Chiefs who snapped their slide by trouncing St. Benilde, 87-81.The Chiefs’ win also marked the breakout game of rookie guard Levi Dela Cruz, who exploded for 24 points on a 4-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc.“We have to be ready because they have players who can step up also,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez.After losing to Lyceum early in the season, San Beda has quietly piled up five straight victories with Robert Bolick and Jayvee Mocon at the forefront of its relentless attack.ADVERTISEMENT The Heavy Bombers look to continue their surge as they take on the struggling Cardinals of Mapua at 2 p.m.After a sputtering start, the Bombers have racked up three straight victories, including a 70-60 triumph over San Sebastian last Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“If we’re playing to our potential, I don’t fear any team in the league,” JRU coach Vergel Meneses said of the Bombers, who are running third at 5-3. “It’s really up to the players if they’re willing to rise to the challenge.”The Bombers own the league’s stingiest defense, allowing just 62.8 points an outing. Still, Meneses said JRU can’t take Mapua lightly despite its 1-7 record. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9302:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next San Beda and Jose Rizal U seek to close out the first round on a positive note when they clash with separate rivals on Tuesday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Running second behind Lyceum, the Red Lions go up against the dangerous Arellano Chiefs at 4 p.m. in their first meeting since the finals last season won by San Beda via a two-game sweep.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Woman accuses Neymar of rape, father says player set up

first_imgAndy Ruiz stuns Anthony Joshua for heavyweight title Sao Paulo state’s Public Security Secretariat, which oversees police, confirmed in a statement that the complaint was registered, but did not offer details.Neymar’s representatives have not replied to a request for comment, but his father and agent Neymar da Silva Santos denied any wrongdoing by the player in a television interview.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSantos said Neymar had consensual sexual relations with the accuser and was blackmailed by her lawyer after they broke up.“This is a tough moment. If we can’t show the truth quickly it will be a snowball. If we have to show Neymar’s WhatsApp messages and the conversations with this lady, we will,” Santos told TV Band. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Fan love for the player has also been stained because of politics after his showing of support to far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has made a series of racist, misogynistic and anti-gay statements.As Neymar prepared for his return after the injury, Brazilian media reported his father had met Bolsonaro and Economy Minister Paulo Guedes to discuss the player’s tax problems, which didn’t help him with fans that will pressure him more than ever to win a Copa America on home soil later this month.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Neymar’s father said he has evidence that his son was blackmailed, including pictures and witnesses, but did not show either in the interview. He also said his son is already preparing his defense for a legal case if needed.The Paris police and the city’s prosecutors’ office said through spokesmen that they were unaware of any complaint.The woman says she and the Brazil star met in France after exchanging Instagram messages.She told police a representative of the Paris Saint-Germain player named Gallo allegedly bought her tickets to Paris and booked her a hotel room. She said Neymar arrived apparently drunk at the hotel.The woman described to police that they “touched each other, but in a given moment Neymar became aggressive and, with violence, had sexual intercourse against the victim’s will.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES Sanchez kin: ‘Let bullets hit us if our father is guilty’ PLAY LIST 06:45Sanchez kin: ‘Let bullets hit us if our father is guilty’00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Brazil’s soccer player Neymar runs for the ball during a practice session at the Granja Comary training center ahead of the Copa America tournament, in Teresopolis, Brazil, Tuesday, May 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)A Brazilian police document says an unidentified woman has accused soccer star Neymar of raping her in Paris last month. The player’s father calls the incident “a setup” against his son.The document obtained by The Associated Press on Saturday says the incident took place May 15 at 8:20 p.m. in a hotel. The woman went to police on Friday in Sao Paulo.ADVERTISEMENT The text also says the woman left Paris two days later and said she did not file her complaint in Paris because she was shaken.The police document says the woman will go through medical exams as part of an investigation.Neymar is in Brazil preparing for the Copa America starting next week. He arrived at the Granja Comary training ground outside Rio de Janeiro 10 days after the alleged incident.Brazil players had a day off Saturday. Neymar left the training ground with other teammates in his helicopter earlier in the day.On Sunday, an event named after the player is expected to take place in Rio, but his presence is not assured.The 27-year-old Brazilian has had problems on and off the pitch. One week before the accusation of rape became known, he lost Brazil’s national team’s captaincy for the Copa America to veteran Dani Alves. Coach Tite did not lay out the reasons for the move, but he was under pressure to punish Neymar for his disciplinary problems at Paris Saint-Germain.After PSG lost the French Cup final to tiny Rennes on April 27, Neymar had altercation with a fan and publicly criticized teammates he didn’t name for not listening to him enough.That was one of his first matches since January, when he once more picked up a fifth metatarsal injury in his right-foot. That was the same problem that affected his performances in the last World Cup, a tournament he prefers to forget because of an image disaster caused by his constant diving.Brazil’s fitness coaches say he will be in better shape once the South American tournament begins.This week Neymar skipped two Brazil training sessions in Copa America preparations because of pains in his left knee. Brazil’s soccer confederation said Friday he was fully recovered. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

8 days agoGang arrested over player burglaries; Thomas Partey recovers Champions League medal

first_imgGang arrested over player burglaries; Thomas Partey recovers Champions League medalby Carlos Volcano8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe gang that pulled off a series of burglaries against LaLiga footballers has been caught and arrested.Eldiario.es reports four people have been arrested connected to raids on homes of players of Real Madrid and Atletico. The operation was carried out between the cities of Madrid and Toledo, where the alleged criminals were arrested. Law enforcement have managed to recover some valuables that were taken from the homes of the players. Among the jewels and other belongings, the Champions League runners-up medal of Thomas Partey was found. The Atletico Madrid midfielder’s home was raided earlier this month, while he was in Russia for the European match against Lokmotiv Moscow.Casemiro, Isco, Zinedine Zidane and Alvaro Morata were some of those in Madrid who were victims of robberies. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Prince Harry Visits London Ambulance Service For Time To Talk Day

first_imgPrince Harry has visited the London Ambulance Service to help kick off this year’s Time to Talk Day, as part of the Heads Together mental health campaign.Prince Harry visits the London Ambulance Service to help kick off this year’s Time to Talk DayCredit/Copyright: Royal.UKThe annual awareness day is run by charity Time to Change and is aimed at getting the nation talking about mental health.The theme of this year’s Time to Talk Day is “conversations change lives”.Prince Harry champions mental health campaign Heads Together with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, supported by the Royal Foundation.His Royal Highness started the day at the London Ambulance Service, one of many workplaces around the UK committed to promoting mental wellbeing of the workforce and who run a Time to Talk Day event.During his visit Prince Harry spoke to Alexandra Turp, a 999-call handler and Katie Shrimpton from the service’s supporter network LINC. They had a conversation with His Royal Highness around the work they do and their own mental health.In the ambulance garage at the centre in London Prince Harry met paramedia Sue Trow and her supervisor Peter Rhodes. There they discussed how those on the frontline of the service deal with mental health issues and why it’s important to get help.Finally Prince Harry met different groups of ambulance crew who shared their stories around the work they do and how they cope with mental health problems.His Royal Highness was also given a demonstration of the Time to Talk conversation tracker which aims to get people to log the mental health chats they are having with each other. They say this helps to reduce stigma and discrimination.In January 2017 Prince Harry and The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge outlined their vision for the Heads Together campaign for 2017 at an event in London.Source:Royal.uklast_img read more

Michael Bennett sparks Ohio State defenses 2ndhalf turnaround

OSU Junior defensive lineman Adolphus Washington (92) tackles Minnesota senior running back David Cobb (27) during a Nov. 15 game in Minneapolis. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorMINNEAPOLIS — After 30 minutes of football, Minnesota had 118 yards on the ground.Up until Saturday’s matchup with the Golden Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium, Ohio State had only been giving up 125.2 rushing yards per game — let alone in one half.Despite No. 8 OSU holding on for a 31-24 win in frigid temperatures, senior cornerback Doran Grant said the rushing output early in the game was hard to take, especially for senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett.“Mike Bennett took it very personally — he said some words I’m not gonna say right now,” Grant said about Bennett’s words to his teammates during halftime. “But the second half, we did a better job stopping the run.”Bennett said giving up 118 first-half yards to the Golden Gophers was simply unacceptable.“I don’t know what makes the rest of the guys mad,” he said after the game. “But watching the running back run up the middle of our defense pisses me off a lot.”Most of that yardage came by way of Minnesota senior running back David Cobb. He had 96 yards on the ground by halftime and scored both of his team’s first-half touchdowns. Those touchdowns — one of which capped off a 39-yard drive that saw Cobb carry the ball on all five plays — allowed the Golden Gophers to make up for an early 14-0 run by the Buckeyes.“I felt like there was a lot of apathy, like, ‘We only let ‘em get 14 points,’” Bennett said of OSU’s halftime attitude. “And I felt like we shouldn’t let them get any.”He said it wasn’t the first time he’s spoken up about his team’s play, but added he was particularly enthusiastic because run defense is his area of expertise.“If they’re running the ball, I’m gonna speak up,” he said.Redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee said Bennett shared his thoughts when players expressed that the Buckeyes were “fine” at halftime.“Guys around were saying, ‘Hey, you know, we’re fine, we’re fine,’” Lee said after the game. “But Mike took the lead and took the role like, ‘We’re not OK.’“Guys weren’t really doing their jobs, doing their assignments. We had this look around the locker room it’s like, ‘All right, just do your job, and let’s buckle down and let’s shut these guys down.’”Sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa said Bennett took the vocal lead, but added that others on the team felt the same. He said that led to a new attitude when the Buckeyes took the field after the break.“Definitely came out with nice intensity in the second half,” Bosa said.After another 15 minutes of game time — accounting for the entire third quarter — Minnesota had added just 23 more yards on the ground. In that quarter, Cobb was held to just 15 yards on his five carries.Defensive line coach Larry Johnson speaks to senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett (63) during a game against Minnesota on Nov. 15 in Minneapolis. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorBennett said the Buckeyes’ play in the second half came after he led their “biggest call to action” in the locker room.“I think guys really responded to what I said and rallied around it,” he said. “And the other leaders stepped up, and the young guys really kinda took that seriously and started getting a chip on their shoulder, and we went and played this second half the way we should.”But even after the strong third-quarter showing, the Buckeyes gave up a total of 218 yards on the ground. The fourth quarter saw Minnesota run for 77 yards, 31 of which came on a quarterback scramble by redshirt-sophomore Mitch Leidner.“I think we got stuck in a rough call and he took advantage of it,” Bennett said of Leidner’s run. “That happens in football, but … what’s most frustrating is it boosted their rushing stats, because I feel like in the second half, we shut down the run.”Bennett finished the game with just two total tackles — one for a loss — but his vocal leadership helped spark an improved second-half performance for the Buckeye defense.OSU gave up 10 points in the second half, and seven of those points came two plays after a fumble by redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall gave Minnesota the ball in the red zone. The other three came on a late-game, second-down field goal when the Golden Gophers were trying to preserve time and get the ball back for a last-ditch comeback try.Cobb finished the day with 145 yards and three touchdowns on the ground while Leidner totaled 56 yards rushing.Before Saturday, OSU hadn’t given up more than 178 rushing yards since the season-opener on Aug. 30, when Navy’s triple-option attack helped the Midshipmen to 370 yards on the ground.But even though the Buckeyes held the Golden Gophers to just 85 passing yards, Lee said the success they had running the ball early is what will stick out in their minds.“Pass defense is pass defense, but you know you don’t ever want to let a team run all over you,” he said.After the Buckeyes’ close win, they are scheduled to return to Columbus on Nov. 22 to take on Indiana at Ohio Stadium. The game’s start time has not yet been announced. read more

Baseball Post is sharp in return offense not found as Buckeyes drop

Ohio State senior pitcher Jake Post releases a pitch in the first inning against Purdue on April 2, 2017 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Lantern reporterThis might have been the Sunday game between Ohio State and Purdue, but this had all the makings of a Friday night battle of aces as the Buckeyes lost 2-1 in the weekend finale.The loss dropped OSU’s conference record to 1-5, and overall record to 11-16 on the season. Purdue improves to 3-3 in Big Ten play and 15-12 overall.OSU coach Greg Beals said he was proud of the way his pitchers delivered on the mound, but was disappointed that his team was unable to find more success at the plate in a Sunday matchup, games that are typically more of an offensive showcase.“We gave up one earned run on the day, on Sunday, and you give up two runs total with the one unearned run. That should be enough to win a baseball game on a Sunday,” Beals said.He attributed the team’s inability to deliver in key moments of the game to a lack of confidence in themselves and the game plan.“We were absolutely in situations to win today’s baseball game,” Beals said. “We’ve got to find a way for our guys to compete with some confidence, and that’s what we’re missing right now is that sense of confidence, that belief that you’re going to find a way to win a baseball game.”The game was scoreless until the top of the fourth inning, when redshirt senior first baseman Zach Ratcliff came up to bat with runners on the corners. Ratcliff drove a sacrifice fly out to left field to score the runner from third and give OSU the 1-0 lead.Post ran into some trouble for the only time all afternoon in the top of the sixth inning with runners on second and third and one away.Freshman center fielder Skyler Hunter drove the 2-2 offering from Post up the middle, scoring both runners on base and putting Purdue ahead 2-1.One of the best scoring opportunities for the Buckeyes came in the bottom of the sixth inning. With runners on second and third and no one out, junior designated hitter Noah McGowan struck out and was thrown out on the dropped third strike.After McGowan was thrown out at first, Barnwell attempted to pick the pocket of the Boilermakers and steal home, but was nailed at the plate on the throw by the first baseman. A flyout followed to end the inning.Barnwell’s attempted steal was an example of the Buckeyes straying away from their game plan, Beals said.“We came out of the system today on that play at the plate. Just trying too hard,” he said.The Buckeyes again had a chance to tie the game up in the bottom of the eighth inning with runners on first and second and nobody out. Two strikeouts, including one on a bunt attempt, and a flyout stranded the runners and again thwarted the Buckeyes chance.Senior shortstop and co-captain Jalen Washington said the team missed a pair of golden opportunities to tie up the game and the team’s inability to execute in those positions came down to straying from their typical approach at the plate.“We’ve just got to stick to our approach; (we were) trying to do a little bit too much today it seemed like,” he said. “We had a good amount of opportunities today with guys in scoring positions with one or no outs and we just didn’t execute. So we’ve just got to do a better job of execution and that starts in the mental game.”Though the offense for OSU struggled, Post was sharp after missing back-to-back games with a back injury. The fifth-year starting pitcher gave the Buckeyes six solid innings with two runs allowed (one earned) on five hits, no walks and five strikeouts.Post was satisfied with how he pitched in today’s game, though he felt “pretty angry” his team was unable to come away with the win against Purdue.“I was able to hit with the fastball and command the curveball pretty well,” Post said. “It sucks; we haven’t lost a series to Purdue in a while and it’s not fun.”The Buckeyes host Kent State at 6:35 p.m. on Wednesday, their final home game before hitting the road for their next Big Ten series at Penn State the following weekend. Beals is not looking past the game against Kent State to the next conference series and said that matchup will be a tough game for his team.“Kent’s solid and they’re a good ball club and they’ll come in here with a lot of energy and a lot of confidence,” Beals said. “They believe they’re the best baseball school in the state of Ohio, and they’re going to come in here on Wednesday night trying to prove that and it’s an opportunity for us to defend the T-H-E that we represent.” read more

Football Dwayne Haskins leads Ohio State to victory against Maryland in historic

Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins dives for a touchdown in the third quarter of the game against Maryland on Nov. 17 in College Park. Ohio State… Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorCOLLEGE PARK, Md. — Much of Ohio State’s season has been a Dwayne Haskins showcase.When the team was struggling to get the run game going in the middle of the year, it was the redshirt sophomore quarterback that lifted the Buckeyes to victories by throwing numbers no Ohio State quarterback had done before. Even in the team’s sole loss to Purdue, Haskins broke the program records for completions (49), attempts (73) and yards (470) attempting to get his team back in the game.Against Maryland, Haskins once again needed to bring his team back.And he brought the Buckeyes back, breaking two Ohio State records in the 52-51 overtime win against the Terrapins.Haskins finished completing 28-of-38 passes for 405 yards and three touchdowns. He now has the most passing touchdowns and passing yards in a single season in program history.“All that grit, all that adversity faced in this game and coming back on top,” Haskins said. “It just meant everything for myself and my teammates, for the coaches.”Haskins led the Buckeyes on three game-tying drives in the fourth quarter, including a 50-yard drive in the final 92 seconds that ended up forcing overtime.In overtime, Ohio State elected to go for it on 4th-and-1, and Haskins found redshirt junior tight end Rashod Berry to keep the drive going.Where Haskins separated his Maryland performance from his others was in his dual-threat ability, something he has failed to utilize all season.On Saturday, the redshirt sophomore rushed 15 times for 59 yards, scoring three touchdowns on the ground, including the eventual game-winner in overtime.He said being back home at where he played high school helped bring out his aggression on the ground.“It’s that competition. Being home, having those guys talk a little smack to me,” Haskins said. “I can run. I guess today is the first day I really wanted to show it.”Haskins did have help in the form of sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins, who ran for a career-high 203 yards and a touchdown with redshirt junior running back Mike Weber out with a quad bruise.But when the team needed a leader, when Ohio State was continually pushed to its limits against the Terrapins, it was Haskins that found a way to bring his team back.“He needed to take that step,” head coach Urban Meyer said. “That’s the next step in his career is the toughness, the leadership.”Haskins’ historic day was not without its issues. One of his runs ended in a fumble recovered by Maryland, and his first throw of the second half was intercepted and returned for a touchdown.Ohio State went down 31-17 after the interception, and from there, Haskins threw for 206 yards and two touchdowns and ran for three more, scoring the final five touchdowns in the Buckeyes’ victory.“I never lose the faith,” Haskins said. “Whether we win or lose, you got to remain strong in what we do as a group and as a team.”Moving forward, Ohio State needs to find a way to improve when No. 4 Michigan comes to Ohio Stadium to decide the winner of the Big Ten West.Haskins knows this, and he knows what Michigan can do.“Every week. I watch Michigan every week,” Haskins said.Regardless of where the Buckeyes will stand next Saturday, Haskins has cemented himself in Ohio State’s history.On Saturday, in his home state, against the team he formerly committed to, he kept his team alive, and willed the Buckeyes to victory.Whether he will be able to do that against the No. 1 defense in the country next week is yet to be seen. read more