Health reform gaining steam

first_imgFor example, a central tenet of Schwarzenegger’s health proposal – and one embraced by the reform backers – is that the cost of universal coverage should be shared by employers, workers, health providers and government. But the real question is how to spread the load ($12 billion, under the governor’s plan). Unions fret that workers will be forced to buy coverage they can’t afford. Health insurers worry that they’ll be forced to cover everyone, without any assurance that people won’t simply wait until they’re sick to buy insurance. The California Medical Association, which is also part of the reform coalition, says a 2 percent fee on doctors’ revenue recommended by Schwarzenegger would be unfair to many doctors. Those are just a few of the possible quarrels. Meanwhile, potential adversaries – which include well-heeled interests such as the California Restaurant Association, Blue Cross and the state Chamber of Commerce – could spend millions to derail reform. Those groups have been relatively quiet so far, but that could change if lawmakers close in on a compromise. Still, veterans of past health reform efforts say the atmosphere feels different this year. Having a popular Republican governor at the helm provides a huge boost. “The biggest difference this year from the past,” Senate President pro tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, said in an interview, “is that the governor has declared this his No. 1 issue.” Perhaps equally important, Perata and others say, is that the issue seems to have reached a tipping point in the public conscience. An estimated 6.5 million people are without insurance for all or part of the year, but that’s just part of the problem. Spiraling health care costs are pinching business profits more and more each year, and chipping away at workers’ paychecks. Health-care premiums this decade have grown at more than double the inflation rate; last year they rose 8.7 percent in the state, to $988 per month for a worker enrolled for family coverage, according to the California Healthcare Foundation. The employee’s share of that total: $235 per month – and growing. Those costs are creating a sense of urgency, and bringing unexpected players to the health reform table. Steven Burd, the chief executive of the Safeway supermarket chain and an outspoken proponent of national health care reform, is expected to announce in the next few weeks that a coalition of large businesses will push for change in California as well. On a separate but parallel track, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, whose members include dozens of high-tech companies, has embraced the governor’s health care push, without endorsing his specific proposal. Among those joining the business group are the AARP, labor unions representing teachers and service workers, and three of the state’s top health insurance companies – Kaiser Permanente, Blue Shield and Health Net. “We believe we are responsible corporate citizens and should be actively engaged,” said David Olson, senior vice president of corporate communications at Health Net. One sign that the coalition appears serious: It has hired a prominent political consultant, David Doak, to craft an advertising campaign. If reform advocates “can gather the resources and stick together,” said Sragow, the political adviser, it could give legislative leaders “political cover” to broker a compromise on health care legislation. Skeptics warn that even if a deal can be reached, opponents could challenge it in court or launch a ballot initiative to overturn it. In 2004, after the Democratic Legislature passed a mandate on medium-size and large businesses to provide health care, voters narrowly overturned it. But the political landscape has changed since then, and reform advocates vow they wouldn’t let that happen again. “Because we came so close last time, everyone knows we could go back to the ballot and win,” said health care lobbyist Beth Capell. Since Schwarzenegger announced his plan for universal health care in early January, he’s been spending much of his time trying to mobilize support. The governor has made dozens of speeches around the state, bemoaning what he calls the state’s “broken” health care system, and held private meetings with interest groups, including some that are unenthusiastic about his proposal. Last week saw the first flurry of activity on the legislative front, as Democratic health reform plans – which mirror the governor’s proposal in some respects and depart from it in others – cleared health committees in the Assembly and Senate. The votes were not considered significant, though, because key details of the plans, including how much employers would have to pay if they don’t provide coverage to workers, haven’t been spelled out. All the while, Schwarzenegger, who has dubbed 2007 the “year of health care,” continues to raise expectations. “California will be the first state, I guarantee you,” the governor said in a speech Tuesday to the California Medical Association, “where we will have universal health care, where we will insure everybody.” [email protected] (916) 441-4603 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Democrats begin negotiating a plan to revamp the state’s health-care system, an unlikely band of interests is forming to demand change, raising the hopes of reform advocates that Schwarzenegger will deliver on his promise of universal health care this year. The agitators span a wide spectrum. They include unions and consumer groups, a Fortune 500 supermarket chain, Silicon Valley tech executives and three of the state’s largest health insurers. “You have a group of people who don’t usually see to eye-to-eye coming together on health care and saying, `We’ve got to do something,”‘ said Democratic strategist Darry Sragow, an adviser to the California AARP, one of the groups pressing for reform. “These are people who normally don’t hang out together.” At this point the groups are not uniting behind any one plan, but instead endorsing a set of broad reform principles. And their camaraderie could collapse under the stress of fashioning an actual compromise. Health-care reform has eluded policy makers for decades for good reason: It affects practically everyone, and any change that pleases one constituency is bound to offend another – and hit them in the pocketbook. last_img

Live Blog: Sugar CRM and the Open, Social World

first_imgHere we are at the opening for Sugar CRM’s Sugarcon event. The theme is openness and the social world.This is a defining event for Sugar as the service is moving deeper into the enterprise with IBM as a partner. IBM is investing heavily in Sugar CRM. A total of six IBM vice presidents are here for the event.Let’s get started.9:15 a.m.: CEO Larry Augustin is setting the tone. He is now talking about what was hot in 2006. MySpace, Slashdot and Digg were all the talk. Kevin Rose was on the cover of Business Week. In that day,facbook was hardly on the radar. Twitter was just getting started.9:23 a.m.: Going through the numbers, which we went through in yesterday’s post. Sugar is deepening its focus on its partner network. Again, that’s where IBM comes into play as a partner. 9:26 a.m: Nice to see Doc Searls here. His tweet: “I’ve been hanging with @pgreenbe for years, but now for the first time in physical space, in the front row at #scon11 in SF #crm #scrm #vrm9:30a.m.: Global. mobile, social and platform are the mainstays of Sugar 6. As a platform, Sugar will continue to develop the platform for building out custom solutions. 9:32: It’s demo time! To set the stage, Clint Orem is setting up an imaginary situation. Sugar 6 has an offline client mode for Android, Blackberry and the iPhone. It includes the addition of seven new languages, bringing total to 22. We’re looking at the activity streams and how you can access accounts. Oren is showing InsideView and the integration with IBM LotusLive. He is showing how LotusLive and Google Docs can be sued to collaborate on a sales proposal. 9:40 a.m.:Showing a sales funnel with HTML 5 charting and the update in the activity stream that shows a sale closing. That’s an example of how events are documented in the activity stream updates. Finishing up with Augustin and Orem and now on to SeanPoully, vice president, IBM, who runs the social business initiatives.9:46 a.m.: Poully says IBM defined the category for social business and is the leader in the category. IBM sees it as a $100 billion opportunity. Seeing a video about Cemex and its work with IBM.Cemex has 17,000 employees in the network. What is driving interest from companies like Cemex? For IBM, it’s about an instrumented, interconnected and intelligent world. There will be more smartphones shipped in 2012 than PCs. With it is an explosion of information. The disruptions lead to the need for social business.9:54 a.m.: Two broad areas are there for companies. One is to create an exceptional experience and a community within the company. Poully is following by talking about control and the need for it. APIs are broadly integrated across the IBM social business environment for integration across all aspects of the organization, including logistics, communications and operations. Now we’re watching another video about Signature Mortgage with executive taking about social business. 10:04 a.m.: Why is the relationship a strong one between IBM and Sugar CRM? It’s about on-premise and the cloud – the hybrid model. That’s key. IBM is deeply invested in on-premise. 10:06 a.m.: Paul Greenberg is on stage. Greenberg is a CRM expert – very well-respected in the market. Augustin is asking Greenberg – why si social hot right now? Greenberg says people can communicate according to their similarities and you now have the ability to continuously communicate with smartphones and other devices. The key is the scale of it all. It is everywhere. It is every institution that you can imagine. You can change business, you can change elections – you can change anything. A lot of this i about speed and how fast customers can respond. And just as powerful, how fast a business can respond to customers. It speeds the pace at which a relationship deepens between the business and the customer. 10:15 a.m.: Greenberg says anyone who does not do social inside and outside the company is stupid. Greenberg is responding to question by Augustin about the fear people have about social. It’s about change. The difference is people are aware of the change that is happening. Very few companies are transforming to a social business. They are not even doing the small, tactical changes. Poully says at IBM that social started with IBM CEO Sam Palmisano. He saw his kids using Facebook and wanted to know about it. That turned into a social business strategy. IBM started deploying it and found that connections were being made in an instant with peo[le from different parts of the world in an organization of 400,000 people in size.10:24 a.m.: Augustin asks: When is it too invasive with customers? When does it get creepy? Greenberg says if you don’t want it to be known, don’t write it. He is talkign about Facebook and its riches is in the social profiles. That is the exchange you make with Facebook. You give up your profile. That is it. Poully says there is a balance. Facebook is an example of how deep the issues are about privacy. But when you start getting into business, there are things you may not want to share. You can’t completely control what people share but you need to help them understand the policy. Privacy is not thought about. That’s why the policy is important. 10:32 a.m.: Last thoughts. Greenberg says the communication revolution will continue. It will still be a communications revolution in five years. Poully says embrace social. Give it a try.10:46 a.m. In an interview with Poully. He sys Sugar has the potential to run in the larger, enterprise space. Salesforce does not inherent the mantle necessarily from a company such as Siebel. But is the architecture ready? The only time you know is when you put it into action. IBM sees opportunity with the data. A solution that needs more horsepower is a good thing. IBM is equally interested in going the other way with smaller companies, too. IBM sees more then opportunities around the collaboration such as with analytics and Cognos. Sentiment analysis, predictive analytics are all potential opportunities.10:54 a.m.: From a business point of view – analytics on who knows what is immensely valuable. Analytics on the things people do and say allows IBM to find experts within a company. A lot of what we are talking about is the need to find the needle in the haystack. But what about fast data? Now we have the ability to understand unstructured data. And what does it mean? Lots to explore. The questions though, are not the things that people think about. People need to get their work done. They are not thinking about analytics. They will migrate to the services that help them get their work done faster and doesn’t require a lot of change.2:22 p.m.: I’m in the press room, starting to belt out a new post. Come by and visit if you want to chat. Related Posts alex williams IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#enterprise#news Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

US gymnastics gold medalist reveals abuse by team doctor

first_imgPH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 “It happened in London before my team and I won the gold medal, and it happened before I won my silver (in vault in London),” Maroney wrote.Maroney posted her statement with the #MeToo hashtag, the campaign encouraging women to denounce experiences of sexual abuse that has swept across social media in the wake of the wave of allegations targeting Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.“Everyone’s words over the past few days have been so inspiring to me,” Maroney said in the statement on her Twitter account @McKaylaMaroney.“I know how hard it is to speak publicly about something so horrible, and so personal, because it’s happened to me too,” she said.‘Not just happening in Hollywood’Maroney is the most high-profile US gymnast to speak out so far about sexual abuse by the former team doctor.ADVERTISEMENT More than 350 gymnasts were reportedly abused according to an investigation by the Indianapolis Star.In a statement, USA Gymnastics praised the “courage” of  Maroney and others “who have come forward to share their personal experiences with sexual abuse.”“Because of their strength in coming forward, predators can be held accountable for their actions,” USA Gymnastics said. “We, like so many others, are outraged and disgusted by the conduct of which Larry Nassar is accused.“We are sorry that any athlete has been harmed during her or his gymnastics career.”USA Gymnastics added that it was “strengthening and enhancing our policies and procedures regarding abuse” and was committed to working to “keep our athletes as safe as possible.” /cbb Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP LATEST STORIES “Dr. Nassar told me that I was receiving ‘medically necessary treatment that he had been performing on patients for over 30 years,’” Maroney wrote.“It started when I was 13 years old, at one of my first National Team training camps, in Texas, and it didn’t end until I left the sport.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“It seemed whenever and wherever this man could find the chance, I was ‘treated,’” she said.She said the abuse even occurred during the London 2012 Olympics, where Maroney was a member of the “Fierce Five” US squad which won the team gold medal. Chicago Bulls ban Portis 8 games for breaking teammate’s jaw US Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Mckayla Maroney (left) revealed on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, that the team’s former doctor, Larry Nassar (right), molested her from when she was 13 years old until she left the sport in 2016. AFP FILE PHOTOSWASHINGTON, United States — Olympic gold medal-winning US gymnast McKayla Maroney, inspired by the “Me Too” movement, revealed on Wednesday that she was molested for years by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.Maroney, 21, said in a statement on Twitter that Nassar, who is facing trial on more than 20 counts of sexual assault, began molesting her at the age of 13 and it continued throughout her gymnastics career.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next “People should know this is not just happening in Hollywood,” Maroney said. “This is happening everywhere.“Wherever there is a position of power, there seems to be a potential for abuse,” Maroney said.“I had a dream to go to the Olympics, and the things that I had to endure to get there were unnecessary and disgusting,” she said.Maroney, from Long Beach, California, said one incident of abuse occurred during the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo.She said Nassar gave her a sleeping pill “and the next thing I know I was all alone with him in his hotel room getting a ‘treatment.’”“I thought I was going to die that night,” she wrote, adding that she hoped her statement would encourage others to speak out.“Silence has given the wrong people power for too long, and it’s time to take our power back,” she said.Nassar was involved with USA Gymnastics for nearly three decades and worked with the country’s gymnasts at four separate Olympic Games.His case was part of a wide-ranging scandal which forced the resignation of USA Gymnastics chief Steve Penny last year.Penny was accused by victims of failing to quickly notify authorities about abuse allegations. 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KIDSCREEN UNVEILS ITS HOT50 COMPANIES FOR 2018

first_img Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Amazon Studios (Pete the Cat, Do, Re & Mi) also returned to the Production top 10 after winning the title two years ago, and US streamer Hulu was voted into the Broadcasting top 10 for the first time in a year when the service inked its largest-ever kids and family licensing deal with DreamWorks Animation.In other firsts, Canadian toyco Spin Master took the Licensing top spot away from four-time winner The LEGO Group, and 9 Story Distribution International usurped 2017 champ CAKE in Distribution.Meanwhile, in Digital, YouTube Kids racked up its third-consecutive win, besting PBS KIDS and Hot50 first-timer WildBrain. Other newbies to the ranking this year include Parisian prodco Technicolor Animation Productions, Bento Box’s kids and family division Sutikki, Florida-based toyco Jazwares and “Baby Shark” creator Pinkfong.Here’s the complete list of this year’s Hot50 companies:BROADCASTING1. Netflix2. PBS KIDS3. Nickelodeon4. BBC Children’s5. Cartoon Network6. TVOKids7. Disney Channels Worldwide8. Universal Kids9. Hulu10. France TélévisionsPRODUCTION1. 9 Story Media Group/Brown Bag Films2. Netflix3. Guru Studio4. Sinking Ship Entertainment5. Amazon Studios6. The LEGO Group7. Cartoon Network8. Technicolor Animation Productions9. DreamWorks Animation Television10. Sesame WorkshopDISTRIBUTION1. 9 Story Distribution International2. CAKE3. Jetpack Distribution4. Entertainment One5. Aardman Animations6. DHX Media7. The LEGO Group8. Zodiak Kids9. Sinking Ship Entertainment10. Sesame WorkshopLICENSING1. Spin Master2. The LEGO Group3. Entertainment One4. Hasbro5. PBS KIDS6. Sesame Workshop7. Moose Toys8. Sutikki9. Cartoon Network Enterprises10. JazwaresDIGITAL MEDIA1. YouTube Kids2. PBS KIDS3. WildBrain4. Cartoon Network5. Pinkfong6. Sinking Ship Entertainment7. BBC Studios8. Sesame Workshop9. Hopster10. National Geographic KidsThe top-ranked companies will receive a commemorative trophy at the Kidscreen Awards ceremony, which will take place during Kidscreen Summit 2019 (February 11 to 14 in Miami, Florida).Additionally, all Hot50 2018 companies will be showcased on Kidscreen’s dedicated microsite starting today, and in a special print insert that will be distributed with Kidscreen‘s February/March issue at Kidscreen Summit.By Jeremy Dickson | Kidscreen Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The maturation of streaming services had a major impact on Kidscreen’s fifth-annual Hot50 ranking of the most happening companies in kids entertainment—as determined by industry peers.Netflix stayed put in the Broadcasting top spot for the fifth-consecutive year on the strength of launching more than 65 new original TV and film titles in 2018. The SVOD giant also received the most kid-friendly Daytime Emmy nominations this year and ended up walking off with eight statuettes, including double wins for All Hail King Julien: Exiled (pictured) and Dinotrux with longtime partner DreamWorks Animation Television.The streamer also made a strong debut in the Hot50 Production category, settling into second place behind Toronto, Canada’s 9 Story Media Group/Brown Bag Films, which was victorious for a second year in a row. 9 Story grew significantly this year, acquiring New York-based Out of the Blue Enterprises and appointing co-founder Angela Santomero (Blue’s Clues) as its first chief creative officer. Clifford the Big Red Dog (Scholastic/PBS KIDS/Amazon) and a second season of The Magic School Bus Rides Again (Scholastic/Netflix) were among 9 Story’s 10 greenlights this year. Twitterlast_img read more

Ohio State senior Cammi Prantl powers Buckeyes past Rutgers in Big Ten

OSU senior Cammi Prantl (22) during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Big Ten tournament got off to a solid start for the Ohio State softball team, as the Buckeyes (33-17-1, 13-9-1) beat the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (24-33, 8-15) 5-0 in State College, Pennsylvania. After sweeping Rutgers during the regular season, OSU looked in control from the very start of the game. Junior pitcher Lena Springer dominated through all seven innings, giving up only four hits and no walks, as well as earning five strikeouts.Springer now has five wins on the season. Led by senior outfielder and OSU’s all-time hits leader, Cammi Prantl, the Scarlet and Gray figured out Rutgers pitcher Dresden Maddox early. Sophomore utility player Becca Gavin started the scoring in the bottom of the second with an infield single to drive home sophomore infielder Ashley Goodwin, and the Buckeyes never looked back.A home run by redshirt senior Maddy McIntyre gave OSU a 3-0 lead in bottom of the third. The home run gave her six on the year.After earning a team-high .405 batting average, Prantl picked up where she left off in the regular season, providing a majority of the offense for the Buckeyes. She went two-for-three with a pair of RBIs, along with scoring two runs herself.The defense for OSU was solid, committing no errors through all seven innings, while also making nice plays on the ball to limit the Rutgers batters to just four hits, only one of which had extra bases.Looking ahead, the Buckeyes will face Northwestern in State College on Friday. The time of the first pitch has yet to be announced. Last season, OSU held a 1-2 record against the Wildcats. read more

New look same production for OSU linebackers

OSU junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan (5) tackles Tulsa redshirt senior running back James Flanders (20) from behind during the first quarter against Tulsa on Sept.10. The Buckeyes won 48-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorLast season, Ohio State football fans saw Josh Perry and Darron Lee develop into NFL-quality linebackers. Major concerns before the start of the new year for the Buckeyes were the ability of new starters — junior Dante Booker and redshirt junior Chris Worley — to fill the holes left by the NFL draftees, and how well junior Raekwon McMillan would lead the unit. So far, Buckeye fans have little to complain about in terms of production from that position. After allowing 208 yards rushing in its first two games last year, OSU has allowed just 130 yards to this point on the ground.In addition to being stout against the run, OSU’s linebacker unit has not allowed opponents to score a touchdown. McMillan has credited much of the success to the play of the guys around him.“Every time I turn my head, somebody’s making a great play here,” McMillan said. “I’m just trying to find my ins and outs, trying to find my plays here and there. The guys around me are making me look good.”McMillan went on to thank the defensive line, as well as all of his teammates, for the high level they have played at so far.Although the man in the middle for the Buckeyes is considered to be the leader of the unit, Worley has been around for a longer period of time than McMillan with OSU. The fourth-year strongside linebacker played in 14 of 15 games for the national championship team in 2014, and recorded his first sack last season.Worley recorded four total tackles against Tulsa, while also defending two passes. His play earned him a champion grade from the OSU coaching staff.On the other side, Booker picked up two tackles against Bowling Green in Week 1, but suffered a sprained right knee and did not play against Tulsa. Redshirt freshman weakside linebacker Jerome Baker filled in against Tulsa, picking up five tackles and a fumble recovery.McMillan said he appreciated how well Baker communicated with the team, and how effective he was in his fill-in role.Linebackers have been solid for OSU so far, but will face their biggest challenge against Oklahoma. Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield and running backs Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine have been the catalysts to a powerful Oklahoma offense.OSU defensive coordinator and associate head coach Greg Schiano knows how tough the task will be for the team come Saturday.“A lot of these guys have never been in this situation. A few of them have but a lot of them haven’t,” Schiano said. “As a coach, you just try to prepare them the best they can. I believe we have the right people here, but that gap between knowing and doing is the biggest gap there is.” read more

Tim Hinton hops aboard Urban Meyers staff at Ohio State

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer didn’t have to wait long for an answer after asking Tim Hinton to serve as tight ends and fullbacks coach for the Buckeyes. “It was about 10 o’clock on a Friday (when Meyer) asked me to be part of the staff, and I can tell you by 10:01 I’d said yes,” Hinton said on Jan. 12 at an introductory press conference for the assistant coaching staff. Hinton, entering his 31st year of coaching and 17th at the collegiate level, joins the staff after coaching running backs at Notre Dame for the past two seasons. He and Meyer met and coached the Buckeyes together as graduate assistants in 1986, and Hinton received his master’s degree from OSU in 1987. Meyer said Hinton’s coaching resume within Ohio, which includes five state playoff berths in 11 years as coach of Harding High School in Marion, Ohio, as one of the primary reasons for his hiring. “(Hinton) and I worked together on the Ohio State staff in 1986, but what I am most impressed with is his time spent as a high school coach in Ohio,” Meyer said. “He had some outstanding teams at Harding and his extensive experiences coaching in the state were crucial in my desire to want him on our staff.” Hinton, who admits to being “a high school coach who coaches college football,” said the many relationships he has developed with Ohio high school coaches over the years can be helpful to OSU’s recruiting. “I’m one of those guys, so I’m kind of the alumni,” he said. “There are some great high school coaches in the state of Ohio and we’ve got to foster those relationships and continue to have great relationships with those coaches. “My wife (Bev), when she goes with me (to coaching clinics) says ‘Is there anyone that you don’t know?’ So I think that’s where it helps. There’s a personal connection and a personal relationship … I think having those great relationships with those coaches and knowing them on a personal basis, not just a professional basis, helps.” This will be the first time Hinton has coached tight ends since he served as the wide receivers and tight ends coach at Wilmington College from 1982-84. During the years of former OSU coach Jim Tressel, the tight end position was sometimes lost in the shuffle in the run-oriented “Tressel ball” offense. As Meyer brings his version of the spread offense to Ohio Stadium, it might seem that tight ends will continue to be overlooked, this time in lieu of multiple wide receivers and shifty running backs. Hinton said he isn’t buying that notion, and that the tight end position can have success in Meyer’s offense. New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is perhaps the best example of how a tight end can succeed in Meyer’s spread offense. Hernandez tallied 111 catches for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns under Meyer at Florida from 2007-09. Hinton said regardless of position, talented players will see the field and that the spread offense’s versatility offers a role for everyone. “The good players are always going to find an opportunity to get on the field,” Hinton said. “I’ve been in the spread offense for the last five years and you can utilize people in many different ways … there’s just a thousand ways to utilize your personnel and I think that’s one of the great things that the spread can bring you.” Read The Lantern on Tuesday for the next profile in the “Meyer’s New Men” coaching staff profile series. read more

Football Five takeaways ahead of Urban Meyers return

Ohio State acting head coach Ryan Day prepares to lead the Buckeyes onto the field prior to the game against Oregon State game on Sept. 1 in Ohio Stadium. Ohio State won 77-31. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorFor Ryan Day, Saturday’s season debut was different. The offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Ohio State served as a head coach for the first time in his coaching career, continuing his role as the acting head coach for the Buckeyes while Urban Meyer serves his three-game suspension. However, Day’s time as acting head coach, at least during the week, is complete. Per the suspension, Meyer is allowed to coach Ohio State for practices starting Sept. 3 despite not being allowed to coach in games. After Saturday’s 77-31 win over Oregon State, Day said he will be excited to bring Meyer back into the fold. “When Coach gets back, we’re looking forward to getting him back and looking forward to those meetings and kind of building as we go to Rutgers,” Day said. “It will be business as usual for us. We’ll look at the film, make corrections, go from there.” Here are five things Meyer will see when he returns to his head coaching role. Dwayne Haskins with a start under his beltComing into the 2018 season without a collegiate start, redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins had expectations to be successful without a lot of experience to back it up. On Saturday, the Buckeyes caught a glimpse of what the Ohio State offense could be with Haskins at the helm. Completing 73.3 percent of his passes, Haskins threw for 313 yards, becoming the first quarterback in Ohio State history to throw for more than 300 yards in his first collegiate start. That was not it for the redshirt sophomore. He also threw five touchdown passes, the most in Ohio State history for a quarterback in his first start. Haskins did have the help of Ohio State’s veteran wide receiver room, throwing 21 of his 30 total pass attempts to redshirt junior K.J. Hill, junior Austin Mack, redshirt senior Parris Campbell, who recorded a touchdown reception, and redshirt senior Terry McLaurin, who brought in four catches for 121 yards and two touchdowns. Like McLaurin said in his postgame interview, the older receivers seemed to help Haskins feel more comfortable as the starter and, therefore, increasing his confidence as the game continued. Now, with one game started and completed, Haskins goes into the Big Ten opener with that in-game experience as the starting quarterback at Ohio State. A “two-headed monster” running game Haskins was not the only player helping move the ball for the Ohio State offense. Both running backs, sophomore J.K. Dobbins and redshirt junior Mike Weber, helped outrush Oregon State 375 to 196 in Saturday’s 46-point win. Against the Beavers, even though both backs split carries, Weber took control. Leading the way with 20 carries, the Detroit, Michigan native recorded 186 yards on the ground, a career-high, and four touchdowns, including the first touchdown reception of his collegiate career. With 15 carries, Dobbins got his share of playing time as well. But, the sophomore back averaged 4.9 yards per carry compared to Weber’s 9.3, with his longest rush going for 10 yards. However, as Day said in the Big Ten Coaches Teleconference prior to the season opener on Saturday, Ohio State has a “two-headed monster” at running back. The Ohio State coaching staff has been known to give the ball to the hot hand, especially in the running game, but dispersed carries pretty evenly in the first game of the season. In Saturday’s opener, Day even used both Dobbins and Weber in the same backfield, using the sophomore to block for the redshirt junior as he received a 3-yard shovel pass from Haskins to score in the second quarter. It’s that balance, that belief that no matter who’s in the game, Dobbins or Weber, that the offense will continue to run efficiently, that Ohio State wants. An as-advertised defensive line From the moment Ohio State’s defensive line took the field for the first time, opposing offenses began to feel its effects. After driving to the Ohio State 39-yard line to start the first drive of the game, Oregon State senior quarterback Jake Luton dropped back to pass and was instantly met by junior defensive end Nick Bosa, who brought him to the ground, recording his first forced fumble of the day and giving the offense good field position to start the day. In Saturday’s win, the Ohio State defensive line recorded five of the six total tackles for loss, including two sacks by Bosa and two sacks by redshirt junior defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones, who had one career sack heading into Saturday’s game. Bosa also forced and recovered two fumbles including one in the end zone for an Ohio State touchdown. Even from the other side of the line from Bosa, defensive linemen were making the quarterback feel uncomfortable. Sophomore defensive end Chase Young recorded two of Ohio State’s three total quarterback hits in the season opener. A secondary with work to doBehind the defensive line, Ohio State struggled to stop Oregon State in both stopping the pass and stopping the run at the second level of the defense. When taking over for Luton after the first drive of the game, redshirt sophomore quarterback Conor Blount completed 12 of 19 passes for 169 yards and two touchdown passes, including a 49-yard touchdown in the first quarter. In the running game, when junior running back Artavis Pierce passed the defensive line, he could not be stopped, recording an 80-yard touchdown run and a 78-yard touchdown run, giving him 168 yards on 11 rushes. With the loss of junior safety and team captain Jordan Fuller to a hamstring injury, co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Alex Grinch called it a “game-time decision,” the Ohio State secondary, specifically sophomore safeties Isaiah Pryor and Jahsen Wint, had more responsibility in the defense as a whole. At times on Saturday, the Buckeyes struggled to stop an offense that struggled to score one year ago. With Fuller, supposedly, on the verge of returning against Rutgers, the Ohio State secondary will likely be glad to have him back. However, he is just one player. Ohio State could have some work to do in the defensive backfield. Freshmen impacting early The 26-member 2018 recruiting class has already made an impact in the first game of the season. Nine true freshman made their college debut against Oregon State on Saturday. Both running backs, Master Teague and Brian Snead, each took snaps in the Ohio State offense. They combined for 81 yards on 13 rushes, each recording their first rushing touchdown of their careers. In the passing game, wide receiver Chris Olave recorded his first career reception, taking in a 5-yard pass from redshirt freshman quarterback Tate Martell in the second quarter. Defensive linemen Tommy Togiai, Tyler Friday, Taron Vincent and Tyreke Smith each received playing time, with Togiai leading the way with two solo tackles. Linebackers K’Vaughan Pope and Dallas Gant each got playing time in special teams along with safety Josh Proctor. Redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Antwuan Jackson also made his debut for the Buckeyes after coming in as the No. 3 JUCO prospect in the country heading into the season. read more

Arsenal join De Ligt race

first_imgReports in England have emerged that Arsenal have now joined Barcelona in the race for the teenage star Matthijs de Ligt for a move this summerThe Daily Mirror has reported that Arsenal had sent one of their top scouts for Holland’s friendly against England to watch the Ajax defender in action over the international break. De Ligt has now firmly established himself at the Johan Cruijff Arena this season and is now a regular for the Dutch national side under new manager Ronald Koeman at the age of 18 years old. Among Arsenal, it is believed that Barcelona have also held a strong interest in signing De Ligt with the Dutchman having been spotted recently in Catalunya with fellow rumoured target Justin Kluivert. Due to the ever increasing value being placed on De Ligt, Arsenal fear that he may soon be out of their reach and have listed Greece international Panagiotis Retsos as a suitable alternative for a young defender. The 19 year-old currently plays for Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga after having completed a £15m deal from Greek giants Olympiacos.last_img read more

Capello spoke about Zidanes unexpected end

first_imgIt was one of the most shocking news of the day when Zinedine Zidane announced that he won’t continue as the Real Madrid coach but Fabio Capello claimed that he made the right choice by leaving the club.The Italian manager insisted that he was sacked by Real Madrid after a quite successful season and Zidane would be sacked as well if it wasn’t for the Champions League win – and this was the right choice to be made by him.The former Chelsea and Russia coach spoke about Zidane’s end as he said he would do the same in his place, according to 101 Great Goals:Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“This was Zidane’s choice and I think it was the right one.“He knew that Florentino would’ve sacked him if it wasn’t for that third straight UCL win.”“It was a matter of time. I was sacked from Real Madrid after a successful season…. I think Zizou made the right call.”last_img read more