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Ohio State womens volleyball to host Robert Morris to kick off NCAA

By on September 28, 2019

Members of the OSU womens volleyball team during a game against Michigan on Nov. 14. Credit: Giustino Bovenzi | Lantern PhotographerWith a 12-8 record and a sixth-place finish in the Big Ten, arguably the nation’s best conference, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team believes it is prepared for the do-or-die nature of the NCAA tournament.As the No. 12 overall seed in the tournament, OSU (23-9) is set to take on Robert Morris (19-12) in the first round on Friday at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena.“It really is the third season,” coach Geoff Carlston said. “This is the fun part. There’s 64 teams now that have a chance … We beat Nebraska and went five (sets) with Minnesota, so I think our team believes we can make a run.”By earning the right to host for the first time since 2009, the Buckeyes accomplished one of the goals they set at the beginning of the season.“Getting to host is a huge opportunity, we’re so excited about that,” senior outside hitter Katie Mitchell said. “It’s something no one on our team has ever experienced. It’s been a long time since St. John (Arena) has hosted.”Unlike Robert Morris, which has won seven consecutive matches to end the season, OSU isn’t coming into the tournament on a winning streak, having gone 5-7 since Oct. 21. But after taking eventual No. 2 overall seed Minnesota to five sets and sweeping Rutgers in their final two regular-season games, the Buckeyes are going into the weekend with renewed confidence.“Battling with Minnesota is something I think we’re all going to remember and know that it could be a potential (big) match for us in the long run of the tournament,” senior middle blocker Tyler Richardson said.Nearly every player on OSU’s roster has previously played in the tournament, as the program advanced to the Sweet 16 last year and has qualified in three of the last four seasons.Carlston believes having that experience will be huge for his team, especially in helping the two freshman starters — outside hitter Audra Appold and setter Taylor Hughes — who haven’t been there before.“Our freshmen have played great under pressure all year long and the rest of our team’s done a great job of laying the dynamic and supporting the rest of us so we can play fearless,” Carlston said. “The team that’s going to win the national championship is going to be the one that wants those moments and plays fearless in those moments.”Most of the team has tournament experience, but the grueling conference schedule has prepared OSU more than anything, said senior middle blocker Andrea Kacsits.“It’s one of those conferences that every single match is a big match,” she said. “You never have a team that will let down or anything … and because we’ve had that kind of training over the last three years, I would say that the tournament becomes a little bit — I don’t want to say easier — but it becomes a little bit more in step with what we’ve been doing the rest of the season.”Scouting Robert MorrisAfter winning the Northeast Conference tournament, the Colonels earned an automatic bid and will be making their sixth tournament appearance and their first since 2003.Carlston noted Robert Morris for being an evenly distributed team, as it has five players averaging 16 or more attack attempts per game.“You can’t key, necessarily, on any one individual and they run a system (where) they can mix it up,” he said.Four Colonels have registered more than 200 kills this season, led by junior outside hitter Arden Fisher’s 353 (3.12 per set).Robert Morris has also proven itself to be a scrappy defensive team, sitting ninth in the nation in digs per set (17.62). Three different players are averaging more than three digs per set: Fisher (4.53), freshman outside hitter Taylor Lord (3.67) and freshman libero Allie Yurkovich (3.46).To compare, OSU has one such player in junior libero Valeria León, who has picked up 4.34 digs per set.“The thing that they do well is they really keep the ball in play,” Carlston said. “You can tell they’re a well-coached team and a high-IQ team … They’re going to force you to be patient.”The Buckeyes and Colonels have met three times before, twice in the first round of the tournament. OSU has swept all three matches, with the last coming in 2006.4 Buckeyes win conference awardsThe results of the postseason awards for the Big Ten conference were released on Tuesday, and four OSU players were recipients.Junior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe was unanimously selected to the all-Big Ten team by conference coaches. It’s the third straight year she has taken home a postseason award, having been named to the all-freshman squad in 2013 and an all-Big Ten honorable mention last season.Sandbothe led OSU in hitting percentage (.364) and blocks per set (1.22), while ranking fourth and seventh in those two categories, respectively, in the conference.Senior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell was named an all-Big Ten honorable mention, while Appold and Hughes were selected for the all-freshman team.Campbell was one of the Buckeyes’ top offensive threats, leading the team and finishing fourth in the conference in kills per set (3.65). She also added 2.21 digs per set, second on the team, and had a team-high 11 double-doubles on the year.Appold had the highest single-game kill total of any Buckeye this season with 29 against Iowa on Nov. 18 and was named Big Ten Player of the Week once and Freshman of the Week twice. She ended the regular season third on the team in kills (312) and digs (234).Hughes still established herself as the starting setter, leading the team in assists (867) despite battling an elbow injury since late October. She was named the Big Ten’s Setter of the Week once.What’s next?If the Buckeyes are able to top Robert Morris, they’ll move on to face either American or Kentucky in the second round. OSU has met Kentucky in the Round of 32 the last two times it has made the tournament, falling to the Wildcats in 2012 before defeating them last year.First serve for the second-round match is scheduled to be at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday in St. John Arena. read more

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Poseys lawyer Posey hasnt done anything wrong

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Suspended Ohio State wide receiver DeVier Posey’s attorney provided documents to The Lantern claiming that drive time, as well as phone records, bank activity and timecards are evidence that Posey wasn’t overpaid to the extent of a five-game suspension. Larry James, an attorney with Crabbe, Browne & James LLC, who is paid by OSU for representing Posey, spoke with The Lantern Saturday in his firm’s downtown office about the NCAA’s announcement Friday that Posey would be suspended five games for receiving money for work he didn’t do from former booster Robert DiGeronimo. OSU did not immediately provide The Lantern with information pertaining to how much James is paid. Posey was originally scheduled to return to play Saturday at Nebraska after being suspended five games for the “Tattoo-gate” scandal. However, OSU athletic director Gene Smith announced on Oct. 3 that Posey would be suspended at least one additional game, before the NCAA’s ruling Friday that Posey must actually sit five more games. OSU lost to Nebraska on Saturday, 34-27. OSU receivers only caught six passes on 18 total attempts between quarterbacks Braxton Miller and Joe Bauserman for 108 yards. DiGeronimo employed Posey at Independence Excavations and Valley Laser Car Wash near Independence, Ohio, from June 18, 2009, through March 20, 2011. OSU and NCAA enforcement staffs concluded that Posey was paid for 70 hours of work, despite only working 21.5 hours. He was overpaid by 48.5 hours and $727.50. Posey is being ordered to pay that figure back as part of the NCAA’s ruling. James said he has “never seen any process like this whatsoever” in regards to the NCAA’s investigation of Posey. In an Oct. 5 letter from James’ firm to the NCAA reinstatement staff, James said the athletes “did not know the precise method by which their wages were being calculated” and that Posey “had no reason to believe that his wages may have been miscalculated or that he may have been overpaid.” DiGeronimo said in a June 29 letter to James that all athletes were paid $15 an hour, a rate he said was comparable to his shop employees but less than what local union members who do comparable work would be paid. Drive time James argued that drive time to the Independence area from Columbus and back was included in Posey’s compensation. James said in a letter dated Sept. 30 to Doug Archie, OSU’s associate athletic director for compliance, that the days and hours Posey worked were incorrectly reported. Independence Excavating originally reported that Posey worked 10 hours the week ending March 27, 2009, 24 hours the week ending June 18, 2009, 20 hours the week ending Feb. 19, 2010 and 16 hours the week ending March 25, 2011. According to the letter, the hours should have been reported as 10 hours, 11 hours, nine hours and 16 hours, respectively, and Posey was paid for those hours. Each week incorporated driving time to Independence from Columbus and back as part of his compensation, which is normal for union employees. Posey was paid a grand total $978.49 from DiGeronimo, which accounts for 65.23 hours of the 70 hours for which he was paid, assuming he was paid $15 per hour. Posey also received $102 in impermissible benefits for a round of golf with Columbus photographer Dennis Talbott. Phone records James also argued that phone records corroborate that Posey was in the Independence area working at the times he was supposed to be working. Phone records show Posey made and took phone calls from Independence, as well as surrounding cities West Salem, Ashland, Cleveland (where Posey stayed with running back Dan Herron the week ending March 25, 2011), Broadview, Beachwood, Medina, Mansfield, Brecksville, Warren and Cuyahoga Heights, among others during the weeks in question while he was supposed to be working. However, the letter states the reason why calls were traced to a multitude of cities is because the two Independence Excavation locations and the car wash at which he worked, Valley Laser Car Wash, are all located a mile from each other in Valley View, Ohio, which is north of Independence. The letter also states that the calls could have been traced from antennas outside of the area because the nearest Verizon towers where Posey was making calls from may have been experiencing high call volume. As a result, the closest Verizon tower would not necessarily transmit the call, and it would have been connected through a different tower or antenna leased through Verizon, and the listing for the call would read two different locations. NCAA’s response The NCAA didn’t consider the phone records, James said, and only considered evidence put forth specifically by the university. “I put forth the cell phone records. I put forth the bank records. I put forth the documents from DiGeronimo to verify that, so what I’m saying to you is they’re being disingenuous to you,” James said. In fact, the NCAA took issue with James’ assertion that the NCAA was ignoring facts. “These statements are patently false,” NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn told the The Lantern in an email. “To ensure a fair process for the involved student-athlete, each reinstatement decision is determined based on its own merits. The staff carefully reviews all information that the university puts forward during the reinstatement process. Posey’s withholding condition is based on his own actions and responsibility for the violation.” James said there were several issues with the NCAA’s investigation. “(One) is the lack of due process for the students,” he said. “(Second is) a lack of meaningful representation for the students by counsel, and thirdly, there is no opportunity for the student or the students represented to have meaningful input into the process.” James said he believes Posey’s punishment may be a lingering effect from violations incurred by former quarterback Terrelle Pryor. “In the eyes of the NCAA, they are guilty by association,” he said. Athletes unaware Archie said in a letter dated Oct. 3 to Jennifer Henderson, the NCAA’s director for student-athlete reinstatement, that it wasn’t obvious to the athletes that they were being overpaid and that none of them felt they were overpaid. The athletes also didn’t believe they had to register their employment with the university and that the job would not last for an extended period of time, so they did not contact the compliance office. The letter states that the athletes weren’t told their hourly wage and that no timecards were filled out, as the hours were verbally reported by a supervisor to the controller, who issued the checks to the athletes. The procedure is similar to how other part-time employees at Independence Excavating are paid, according to the letter. However, timecards signed by an Independence Excavating supervisor show running back Dan Herron, who was also suspended for Saturday’s game at Nebraska, worked eight hours a day for 32 hours total for the week ending June 18, 2010. Another timecard shows Herron worked 40 hours the week ending July 30, 2010, but does not list the hours by day. A supervisor was interviewed by the university during its investigation and said there were no issues with the athletes not performing work.   Documents provided by OSU at Monday’s press conference in which Smith announced that Posey, Herron and Marcus Hall would be suspended one game list the “incorrect” hours Posey was paid. DiGeronimo’s involvement DiGeronimo issued a letter on Sept. 26 stating that Posey requested to work the week ending Feb. 19, 2010, as he was going to be in Cleveland to attend a charity gala. His request was approved and the company precut him a check because the payroll department was closed on Saturdays. The check was tagged “makeup” and the controller assumed the hours accumulated based on a previously used pay rate. Because the request involved other athletes as well, DiGeronimo said a detailed review was not possible in that timeframe, and in another letter to James dated Sept. 23, said the company did not “have the ability to substantiate the hours for this week.” Posey was paid for five hours travel time plus four hours on-site for that week’s work. He was also paid time-and-a-half since that’s what union workers are paid for working Saturdays. He was ultimately paid $33 an hour for nine hours of work, totaling $300. DiGeronimo never consented to an interview with the OSU and NCAA compliance staffs, and has since been disassociated from the university. “It wasn’t a question of whether he wanted to be interviewed by OSU or the NCAA, he just felt he wasn’t gonna get a fair an impartial audience, and that’s turned out to be true,” James said. “On the one hand, the NCAA says that it’s gonna accept the early report that we gave them and it’s gonna disregard all the other reports.” Fallout on campus Posey’s suspension means he won’t be eligible to return until OSU hosts Penn State on Nov. 19. The team will finish the regular season by traveling to Michigan the next week, and then could play in the Big Ten Championship and a bowl game afterward, if necessary. Smith said in a statement Friday that he was disappointed with the NCAA’s ruling. “I am extremely disappointed with the NCAA’s decision regarding Devier Posey,” Smith said. “This penalty is harsh considering the nature of the violation and the five-game suspension already served by this student athlete.” James said he backs Smith and OSU president E. Gordon Gee. “I think they’re doing exceptionally well under the circumstances,” James said. “You put any person in a situation, because you had the ‘Sports Illustrated 9′ and that turned to be not an issue. The cars turned out to be not an issue. The tattoos and memorabilia was dealt with untimely. And this issue has been dealt with timely, although I would say the truth has not been addressed thus far in this ordeal.” James even backs Gee after Gee told The Columbus Dispatch last week that OSU was the “poster child for compliance.” “What I understood him meaning is that whenever there is an infraction of any type, that this university and its compliance staff reports it without exception,” James said. While Posey will only be eligible for two regular season games this season, James offered a message Posey might relay to OSU students and fans. “He would say he is a model student,” James said. “He’s a model teammate. He’s a committed athlete. He’s going to graduate on time and he hasn’t done anything wrong.” Larry James Read the documents: Letter from James explaining that there was no way for athletes to know how they were paid Timecards for Dan Herron Letter from James to NCAA defending Posey’s pay with cell phone and bank records Letter from James to NCAA explaining how the cell phone towers proved Posey was in Independence, Ohio Letter from OSU to NCAA outlining the athletes’ jobs with Robert DiGeronimo read more

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Arsenal confirms Iwobis contract extension

By on September 18, 2019

first_imgNigerian international Alex Iwobi has signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal.The 22-year-old midfielder joined Arsenal when he was nine years old and has come through the club’s Hale End Academy. After breaking into the first team in 2015, he has made 98 appearances and netting nine goals. As well he scored six goals in 20 games for his country’s national senior team.While reacting to the new contract extension, Arsenal’s head coach Unai Emery said as quoted in the club’s website:Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I’m very pleased Alex has signed a new contract with us. He is a great example of a player who can succeed from the Academy through hard work and I look forward to working with him and our other talented young players in the squad.”“We would like to congratulate Alex on his new contract and look forward to his continued contribution to the club.”last_img read more

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Cassano closing in on move to Ibiza

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first_imgUD Ibiza are closing in on the signing former Italy international Antonio Cassano, according to Football Espana.The veteran Italian striker is expected to join the Spanish Segunda Division B outfit on a free transfer this summer. The former Real Madrid striker would link up with another experienced Serie A striker Marco Borriello, who completed his move to the Islanders this week.The club, based in the holiday resort on the Balaeric Islands, were promoted to Spain’s third tier this summer for the first time since their formation in 2015.Reports in the Italian media say a deal is close despite the striker not appearing in football for over a year, announcing in January that he was ‘done’ with football.Cassano proposes Higuain-Icardi trade between Juve & Inter Andrew Smyth – July 26, 2019 Antonio Cassano reckons Inter Milan should forget about Romelu Lukaku in favour of doing a swap deal with Juventus involving Gonzalo Higuain and Mauro Icardi. Ibiza are currently owned by Amadeo Salvo, who is best known for his presidency of Valencia between 2013 and 2015 while they are attempting to generate great interest alongside building a team capable of promotion.Cassano is somewhat of a journey man in his career having played for Bari, Roma, Real Madrid, Sampdoria, AC Milan, Inter, Parma, Hellas Verona and the Italian national team during his colourful career.The Italian bad boy as he was fondly called by the press never truly hit the heights projected when he came onto to the scene as a talented teenager in Bari.last_img read more

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Integrity Commission Plans Quick

By on September 17, 2019

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 5 Nov 2014 – Around middle of November is when the Deputy Governor will know when she has to participate in an inquiry related to the scandalous situation at the Grand Turk Cruise Center. While Anya Williams has been cleared of breaking any laws of the Integrity Commission ordinance, it is a little less certain if whatever role or action she demonstrated at the harbour on August 7th, 2014 was against the Code of Conduct for Persons in Public life. Under the Acts of Corruption section of the Code, it says: Public officers must avoid any action which might give an appearance of corruption or the possibility of corruption. Under the Dealing with the Public Section of the Code it says: Public officers must deal with the public and their affairs fairly, efficiently, promptly, effectively, courteously and sensitively, to the best of their ability. Director Eugene Otuonye, QC flat out declined expounding on the now criminal case against the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance, Athenee Harvey who is charged with being in breach on two counts in that same GT Cruise Center matter where it is alleged she got away with not paying Customs Duty on goods brought in; Harvey’s court appearance is December 1st this year and it is explained in a media report that any recommendation of the Commission will be given to the Governor, who will make the determination as it relates to the Deputy Governor. Cruise Ship suspected of Norovirus due to dock in Grand Turk Recommended for you DEPUTY GOVERNOR PROMISES MORE EFFICIENT SERVICE IN GOVERNMENT TCI European Union money could be lost due to UK referendum on membership Related Items:anya willams, athenee harvey, corruption, Eugene otuonye, grand turk cruise center, integrity commission ordinancelast_img read more

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Miss TCI Universe reboot recruits contestants this weekend

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 01 Mar 2016 – TCI Tourist Board Director, Ralph Higgs confirmed that yes, there are new managers for the Miss Turks and Caicos Universe Pageant and the group introduced themselves via emailed press release today as Island Arrangements whose managing director is Olincia Missick. The group, now responsible for the Miss Turks and Caicos Universe 2016 pageant explained that they specialize in “products, services and experiences for the enjoyment of visitors and residents.” Most importantly, the media release announced the casting call for contestants. In Provo on Friday March 4th, potential contenders for the crown can head over to Rock it Hot Fitness at the Regent Village from 6:30 to 7:30pm and in Grand Turk, the casting is Saturday March 5th from 6 to 7pm at Bohio Resort. For more details, contact [email protected] Related Items:ms. universe tci, olincia misick Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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