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first_imgWhile the U.S. was shaky in the first half, it came out even stronger in the second. Veteran attacker Megan Rapinoe and rising star Rose Lavelle gave the U.S. two goals to secure the USWNT’s fourth world cup title.  Women’s World Cup 2019: 3 questions USWNT needs to answer after winning 4th title Related News BACK. TO. BACK. 🏆🔁 pic.twitter.com/AgQT8vhJ1t— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 7, 2019With the victory, the Americans set several records and put up some wild stats. Take a look:10 crazy facts from World Cup finalUSA secured its fourth Women’s World Cup title (1991, 1999, 2015 and 2019), now winning twice as many Women’s World Cup tournaments as any other nation.With Megan Rapinoe’s goal in the 61st minute of Sunday’s match, she became the first player to score a penalty in a Women’s World Cup final.Rapinoe’s goal also made her the oldest scorer in a final, and she became the oldest player to win a Women’s World Cup Golden Ball (best player) or Golden Boot (top scorer) award.Rapinoe is just the second player in history to start three Women’s World Cup finals (2011, 2015, 2019) after Germany’s Birgit Prinz (1995, 2003, 2007).The USWNT joined Germany as the only two teams in the history of the Women’s World Cup to win back-to-back titles.The U.S. also set a record for most goals at a World Cup with 26. Germany previously held the record with 25. The Netherlands has now lost its last seven matches against USA in all competitions by an aggregate score of 2-24.Sunday’s match marked a 12th consecutive victory at the Women’s World Cup for the USA – the longest run in the history of the FIFA World Cup (men’s and women’s).Netherlands goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal made eight saves in this match, which is the most by a goalkeeper in a knockout stage match at the 2019 Women’s World Cup.Since failing to score against Australia in July 2017, the USA has scored in 45 consecutive matches in all competitions, netting 148 goals and scoring at least twice in. After making it through one of the toughest Women’s World Cup tournaments yet, the U.S. women’s national team held on to defeat the Netherlands 2-0 in the final Sunday.  Women’s World Cup 2019: Time, route and how to watch USWNT championship parade Women’s World Cup 2019: The best social media reactions after USWNT wins back-to-back titleslast_img read more

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Politician as TV prop can defeat TiVo

first_imgWhether watching fewer commercials, or resenting the onslaught of ads the well-heeled will be sending our way, TV fans could very well make it necessary for candidates, rich and poor, to figure out another way into our living rooms. Enter product placement! “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” could mark a sublime opportunity for the candidates with the lowest poll numbers. Picture a chalk outline around a corpse that looks suspiciously like Dennis Kucinich. Wait … it is Dennis Kucinich! What better way to take on a larger-than-life status than by leaving this life behind, at least figuratively? The sympathy vote, alone, would pay for itself. If NBC Entertainment President Kevin Reilly can land a nonspeaking cameo pit stop in “The Office,” why can’t aspirants to the office that’s oval follow in his footsteps? Imagine Sam Brownback or Chris Dodd blending into Dunder-Mifflin’s anything-but-flashy woodwork. It’s not all that difficult. Mike Huckabee’s underexposed alter ego could land a piece of prime TV real estate on “American Idol.” Picture a pitchy warbler in front of the iconic mural images of Kelly, Reuben, Fantasia, Carrie, Taylor … and Mike, brandishing his bass guitar in that band of his, “Capitol Offense.” And you think Simon looks dyspeptic now? Mitt Romney could carve out his own niche on “Desperate Housewives.” Who else could convincingly pair up with a first lady, second lady, third lady and fourth lady? Once presidential product placement kicks into high gear, candidates will at least be free of the production expenses of slick ad campaigns. More importantly, the TiVo-tees out there, who’ve added more hours to their lives by eliminating commercials, will add yet more time when they start zapping through the programs, not just ads. Especially after Howie summons the junior senator from New York with, “Hillary … Open the case.” Andy Cowan is a writer, producer and performer. His credits include “Cheers,” “Seinfeld” and “3rd Rock From the Sun.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AS the 2008 presidential dog-and-pony show stockpiles more money than ever, conventional wisdom dictates that those with the largest purse strings – not a gender reference for the Hillary fans out there – will make it especially difficult for the financially challenged among them to not be labeled “dead men running.” If we can’t bear witness to enough costly messages they approve and pay for, we could very well forget they exist or, heaven forbid, resent them for forcing us to read their position papers. But before we declare the “also-running” also-rans, maybe it’s a more level playing field than we realize, thanks to our beloved DVRs. As more of us become the heads of our own network of TiVo’d favorites, greater numbers are approaching commercials as the spots where a maximum-speed 4 can erase the time between “We’ll be right back” and “Welcome back” to a few blinks of an eye. If burgeoning numbers are whisking past the campaigns of soap manufacturers, what makes anyone think they’ll slow down to watch yet another politician campaign on a soapbox? There could also be the law of diminishing returns. Some say “Dreamgirls” may have over-hyped its ultimate prize-worthiness to potential Academy voters with too many ads singing its praises. Who’s to say America’s voters won’t become resentful after the hundredth ad “for our consideration” hyping dream tickets? last_img read more

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first_imgMinister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies will tomorrow announce the winners of the 4th Annual South African Premier Business Awards at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.The annual South African Premier Business Awards are a key feature on the Department of Trade and Industry’s calendar and celebrate national corporate excellence and success.Minister Davies, reflecting on the significance of these Awards, said that “Strong South African corporates contribute to the profile of the country as a competitive business destination.  South Africa is also able to provide goods and services to the global marketplace in efficiently and competitively.  We must acknowledge and celebrate the role of business in contributing to national socio-economic objectives and this is what the annual South African Premier Business Awards achieve.”The Awards will be jointly hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry, Brand South Africa and Proudly South African.  Tsogo Sun, Old Mutual and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange are sponsors to the Awards.One hundred and eighty (180) entries were received in the following categories: Black Industrialists Award, Enterprise Development Support Award, Exporter Award, Investor of the Year Award, Manufacturer Award, Play Your Part Award, Proudly South African Member Award, SMME Award, Women-Owned Business Award and Young Entrepreneur Award.Media are invited to RSVP to attend the Awards which will be taking place as follows:Date: Tuesday 6 December 2016Time: 18:00Venue: Sandton Convention Centre, Sandton, JohannesburgTo RSVP call Mamosa Dikeledi on (012) 394 1680/076 023 4170 or email [email protected] OR call Tsabeng Nthite on 011 712 5000/076 371 6810 or email [email protected]:Sidwell Medupe-Departmental SpokespersonTel: (012) 394 1650Mobile: 079 492 1774E-mail: [email protected] by: The Department of Trade and IndustryFollow us on Twitter: @the_dtilast_img read more

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Ex-Googler Creates Voting Site: “How to Fix Google Buzz”

first_imgsarah perez Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… How badly do people want Google Buzz fixed? Enough to submit over 7,000 votes in the first 24 hours since the launch of a Google Moderator page called “How to Fix Google Buzz.” Google Moderator, for those that don’t know, is one of the unsung heroes of Google’s online services. Launched back in 2008, the tool offers a simply designed interface that lets participants vote ideas up or down. In this case, suggestions for Google Buzz features and bugs in need of fixing are the fodder for this new Moderator site.The irony of the situation is that the new “How to Fix Google Buzz” site was created by Jyri Engeström, a former Google employee who was at one time tasked with “making Google more social.” Before Buzz, There was Jaiku If Engeström’s name rings a bell, it’s probably because you remember him as the co-founder and chairman of a social networking startup called Jaiku, acquired by Google in fall of 2007. Jaiku was a formidable microblogging service and one of the few that could have ever truly given rival Twitter a run for its money. With this service, you could update your status from both the web and your phone as well as aggregate and automatically publish stories from your other activity streams including blog posts, del.icio.us links, Flickr photos, even yes, even Twitter updates. If anything, Jaiku was a “proto-Buzz.” It was a FriendFeed before there was FriendFeed. It was FriendFeed mashed up with Twitter. It was one of the first to stream your social activities from around the web in an easy-to-read format that people could follow and reply to. It even had comments! And IM! In fact, you could argue that Jaiku was a better Buzz than the half-finished service Google launched just last week.Unfortunately, Google let the original Jaiku service languish until eventually stopping its development entirely and open sourcing its code over on Google App Engine. Afterwards, in October of 2009, Engeström moved on to greener pastures. However, despite no longer working at Google, Engeström still clearly cares about Google’s social networking issues. This led him to create the “How to Fix Google Buzz” site. “How to Fix Google Buzz” – Submit and Vote on Buzz IdeasUsing the new site is simple. Sign in, read the issue on the screen then vote “yes” or “no.” If you don’t have an opinion on that particular idea, you can click the skip button. As of right now, the number one request is an option to hide comments. It’s followed by other popular requests including lists, blocking improvements, filters and more. Plus, the nice thing about Moderator is that each idea has its own permalink so if you want to rally support behind your top feature request – like, say, the whole messed up, broken Google Reader integration, you can do so. Ahem, cough, cough. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Although Google Moderator makes aggregating and voting on Buzz ideas and issues simple, can we believe that anyone at Google is actually watching? Of course, we can’t know for sure, but when we asked Engeström if Google would look at this page, he only coyly responded, “trust me, they will.” Image credit: ZDNet Tags:#Google#web last_img read more

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NBA investigating Lakers amid George tampering allegation

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View comments NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Batang Pier, Painters rise Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “The Lakers have been cooperative and, at this point, no findings have been made,” NBA spokesman Mike Bass said Sunday in a statement. “We have asked both teams to refrain from commenting while the investigation is ongoing.”There is no known timetable for the completion of the investigation being conducted by the New York law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.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 shutoutGeorge is a four-time All-Star and Los Angeles native who was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder this offseason. The Pacers traded him after George told them he planned to leave Indiana as a free agent next summer.“As the NBA’s statement made clear, we cannot comment about the specifics of any ongoing investigation,” Lakers spokeswoman Alison Bogli sai. “We can confirm, however, that we are cooperating fully with the NBA in the hope of clearing our name as soon as possible.” In this Wednesday, July 12, 2017, file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George answers a question at his first news conference since Oklahoma City’s blockbuster trade with the Indiana Pacers, in Oklahoma City. On Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, the NBA said it has opened an investigation to see if the Los Angeles Lakers tampered with George while he was under contract with the Indiana Pacers. APNEW YORK — The NBA is investigating whether the Los Angeles Lakers tampered with All-Star forward Paul George while he was under contract with the Indiana Pacers.The Pacers asked the league to open the probe.ADVERTISEMENT There has been speculation for some time that George has wanted to join the Lakers. Under NBA rules, teams are not permitted to attempt to sway any player who is under contract with another team.If the Lakers are found to have tampered, the NBA could issue any combination of fines, forfeiture of draft picks or suspensions of those who were deemed to be involved. Tampering, the league has said, can be either direct or indirect — and an interview that Lakers President Magic Johnson did earlier this year on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” did little to quell speculation about George’s potential future in Los Angeles.In that interview, Kimmel asked Johnson what constitutes tampering, and if he would be allowed to speak to George if they happened to cross paths.“We’re going to say hi because we know each other,” Johnson said. “You just can’t say, ‘Hey, I want you come to the Lakers,’ even though I’m going to be wink-winking. You know what that means, right?”George will be a free agent in 2018.ADVERTISEMENT He’s coming off a season in which he averaged a career-best 23.7 points per game, and is joining a Thunder team that already has reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook.“I’ve been wowed ever since we landed,” George said last month after arriving in Oklahoma City. “I got a real welcoming, and this feels like home.” LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Gameslast_img read more

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NATIONAL YOUTH COACHES APPOINTED

first_imgTouch Football Australia have finalized appointments of the National Youth Coaching personnel across the six divisions to be contested at the 2009 Youth World Cup.Fresh from the retention of the World Cup in Stellenbosch South Africa two weeks ago, Touch Football Australia’s High Performance staff have resolved to keep building the High Performance Program at both Open and Youth level to increasing heights of professionalism and endeavour in order for Australia to command top spot on the International scene in the future.The loss of the Champion Nation status at the Youth World Cup in 2005 prompted an over haul in philosophy and practice, with the establishment of the National Youth Development Squads in 2006 the first step in a more professional approach to representative Touch at Youth level that sees the Youth program more closely aligned with the well established National Training Squad Program at Open level. The three current Australian Open Assistant Coaches have been appointed as Head Coaches of the respective 20 Years Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed Teams, whilst the 18 Years Head Coaches boast previous World Cup victories at Youth or Open level.Assistant Coaches have been appointed in all six divisions and the coaches appointed in these divisions are amongst the brightest coaching talent in the game.The Men’s 20 Years coaching staff will be headed up by current Australian Open Men’s Assistant Coach Peter Robinson, fresh from his involvement in Australia’s recent World Cup victory over New Zealand in Stellenbosch. Robinson will be ably assisted by 2005 20 Years Men’s Youth World Cup Assistant coach Michael Lovett, and the accomplished John Singh.Australia’s Flag bearer at the 2007 World Cup and the Assistant Coach of the all conquering World Champion Australian Women’s team, Dean Russell, will ably take the reins of the Women’s 20’s and will form a strong coaching team with the experienced Steve Hughes, and New South Wales 2006 State of Origin Open Women’s Assistant Coach, Nick Smith. Karley Banks, current Australian Open Mixed Assistant Coach will be looking to put invaluable experience gleaned at the recent World Cup to good use by building a strong Mixed culture that will have long term benefits for the Open program with a coaching team consisting of 2005 Australian 18 Years Mixed Youth World Cup winning Assistant Coach Peter Shefford, and the knowledgeable and experienced Simon Hausler from Brisbane Cobras in Queensland.Australia’s 2005 Women’s 20s World Cup winning Coach Kathy O’Brien breaks new ground with her appointment as the 18 Years Australian Boys Coach. The experienced and accomplished O’Brien will lead a coaching team comprising the well respected Barry Jackson, and the wily Rick Luland who has had enormous success at National Touch League Level with the Northern Eagles in recent years in the 20 Years Men’s division.Australia’s most successful World Cup Coach in history and TFA Hall of Fame member Peter Bell has made a welcome comeback to the representative coaching ranks to guide the Australian 18 Years Girls team to the 2009 Youth World Cup. Bell, who has remained active in serving on numerous coach management teams at State and National level and has been guiding the Queensland Open Schoolgirls in recent years and setting up the Touch School of excellence at Cavendish Road State High School, will be an invaluable asset to the Australian cause to regain the World Youth Cup from our Trans-Tasman rivals.Bell will have 2005 20 Years Women’s Youth World Cup Winning Assistant Coach Jacky Patrick on board as an able Assistant Coach for the new campaign that will allow Australia’s best up and coming female players to access a level of technical and tactical prowess that will stand them in good stead for the rest of their playing careers.Michael Mc Donald, fresh from coaching the Australian Men’s 35s Team to a World Cup title in South Africa will look to go back to back Youth World Cup victories when he takes charge once again of the 18 Years Mixed Australian Team.Mc Donald will form a strong combination with well-rounded right hand man Wade Jenkins, and experienced Canberra-based Coach Danny Goodwin who will make his International coaching debut after serving a long apprenticeship at NTL Youth level.The National Youth Coaching Teams have the opportunity to build their squads, teams, strategies, and campaigns over an extended period leading up to the 2009 Youth World Cup.Increased opportunities for training, building team combinations and continuity, providing experiences and pathways towards the Open programs, and quality game play for the Youth aspect of the High Performance sector presents an unmissable opportunity for Australia to build a framework for the future to bankroll continued success at International level.last_img read more

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10 months agoMourinho told one Man Utd player: Stay away from Pogba

first_imgMourinho told one Man Utd player: Stay away from Pogbaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSacked Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho told one senior player not to mix with Paul Pogba, it has been claimed.ESPN says Mourinho and Pogba’s relationship had hit such a low that the now former United boss was worried about the Frenchman being a bad influence on other members of the squad.The player involved isn’t named, but is described as a “senior player” within the squad.The fallout between Mourinho and Pogba spread throughout the United squad as trust in the 55-year-old was eroded prior to his sacking on Tuesday.It’s also claimed if Mourinho remained at Old Trafford, “several players were prepared to seek a move away” in the summer, as “90 per cent” of them had lost faith in the manager. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Michigan Unveils Some New Jordan Brand Gear

first_imgMichigan football players run under the "Go Blue" banner before a home game.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 13: Quarterback Devin Gardner #98 of the Michigan Wolverines leads the team onto the field prior to the start of the game against the Miami University Redhawks at Michigan Stadium on September 13, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. the Wolverines defeated the Redhawks 34-10. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)In just over one week, Michigan will officially be making the switch from adidas to Nike. As previously reported, the Wolverines’ football and basketball teams will become the first to wear the Jumpman brand, too. This week, the school has let a few photos of some of the new gear trickle out.The M Den, the official merchandise dealer for Michigan, has posted photos of new tee shirts and shorts on Instagram. ESPN’s Darren Rovell also had some exclusive photos as well.First images of Michigan-Jordan merchandise being released today. Partnership starts 8/1 for football & basketball pic.twitter.com/8Cop0wBHhy— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 20, 2016Nike will go back to the more traditional yellow for Michigan. Here’s a comparison of adidas yellow vs Nike pic.twitter.com/KTQHQPXKMp— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 20, 2016 Michigan fans – what do you think so far?last_img read more

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Five takeaways Ohio State finds ways to win improved from Penn State

OSU redshirt junior Quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) breaks into open field during the fourth quarter against Northwestern on Oct. 29, 2016. The Buckeyes won 24-20. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorIt might not have been the way that Ohio State football fans wanted it, but the Buckeyes walked away with the 24-20 victory over the Northwestern Wildcats Saturday night in the ‘Shoe. In a hard-fought game that OSU coach Urban Meyer called a “dogfight,” OSU regained a little of the swagger lost after falling to Penn State. In the press conference following the game, Meyer and players were berated with questions once again about all the things the team is doing wrong. It was an interesting take, considering the team had just beat a solid Northwestern squad.“You had a very balanced, ran for 200 and threw for 230. Most places that’s a pretty good day,” Meyer said. “I understand here it’s a little off a little bit. We’ve got to get that 500 number, I guess. But I’m very happy with it. I’ll enjoy myself tonight.”Sure, OSU didn’t exactly set the world on fire with an outstanding offense or make big, flashy plays on defense. But the effort was there from the No. 6 ranked team, and so were the plays when they were needed.Here are five takeaways from the Buckeyes’ bounce-back win against Northwestern.Curtis Samuel is important, but so is Mike WeberMeyer had some serious flak thrown his way after junior H-back Curtis Samuel touched the ball 10 times last week. After naming him the No. 1 playmaker for the Buckeyes in the offseason, most fans thought Meyer kept the ball out of his hands against Penn State.On Saturday, Samuel saw an increase in his touches by four. He ran the ball seven times as well as carried the ball seven times, but gained a full 40 yards less than he did last game.So what does that mean for the OSU offense when Samuel isn’t the leading rusher, but the team still finds a way to win?It means redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber had a pretty good day. As in 87 yards rushing, an average of 6.2 yards per carry and two scores.He also had three catches for 20 yards, and helped provide a mostly sound pocket for redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett when he was asked to block. Overall, Weber provided the difference in terms of scoring, although Samuel scored the winning touchdown.Weber is the lead back in the OSU backfield, while Samuel continues to impress in his receiving ability. Meyer said he is a true hybrid back, the exact reason why his touches were split down the middle on Saturday.While the junior H-back is vital to the Buckeyes success, Weber has to be an integral part as well.The Silver Bullets are mastering the phrase “bend but don’t break”In back-to-back weeks, the OSU defense gave up some big plays that burnt the team. Be that as it may, there was a huge difference between the plays given up last week as opposed to this week: The defense eventually buckled down.Right before halftime in Happy Valley, the Buckeyes surrendered arguably the biggest play of the evening. Redshirt junior Gareon Conley smothered Penn State junior wideout Chris Godwin, but the ball found its way into the receiver’s hands, and the Nittany Lions brought the game to a 12-7 mark, with all the momentum gone for OSU right before the midway point.This week, OSU was presented with a similar scenario, as Northwestern received a punt on its own 40-yard line. With good field position and an offense that had 157 yards in the second quarter alone to that point, the Buckeyes appeared to be in trouble.Instead of trouble, OSU pushed the Wildcats back a yard and prevented a score.“At that point in the game, that’s more just the bond we have for each other,” redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker said. “We’re so strong and so close together on the defense overall that stuff like we know we’re competing (for) who’s going to make the play. We know that anybody’s liable to step up and make the play on the defensive side of the ball.”It hasn’t been the stifling defense the team enjoyed in the first few weeks, but it’s a defense that dominated against Oklahoma and helped bring home a win on Saturday. Bend but don’t break is not going to win a national championship, but it gives them a chance to keep the dream alive.Austin Carr from Northwestern is as real of a receiver as there is in the Big TenIt’s rare that a former walk-on player torches the OSU secondary. Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, senior wide receiver Austin Carr did just that on Saturday, hauling in eight passes for 158 yards. Although Carr failed to score, he did show off an impressive skill set, lining up in both the slot and on the outside. Running crossing post routes, he was able to find space in the middle of the field with linebackers picking up coverage along the way.This year, Carr has hauled in nine touchdowns and is well on track to rack up 1,000 yards. While the Buckeyes are hunting for a wide receiver to pick up big chunks of yardage at a time, Northwestern has Carr running rampant over Big Ten defenses.The offensive line has recovered some groundLast week was about as ugly as it gets for an any offensive line. OSU allowed 11 tackles for loss, while Barrett was sacked six times. Sophomore tackle Isaiah Prince gave up 14 hurries by himself last week, but fellow offensive linemen like redshirt junior guard Billy Price stood by his side.Northwestern had a much harder time getting in the backfield and penetrating the pocket, as the Buckeyes allowed four tackles for loss with just one sack. It was a game that was far from perfect, but had obvious improvements throughout.“There was a couple good points from last week. We struggled in a few aspects,” Price said. “And to have that confidence to go back out and to perform and to put the game as we offensive lineman call it on us, let’s go out and win on us. Don’t depend on a receiver out in the corner. Put the ball on us, put who our program is driven on — the offensive line. Isaiah did a lot better.”In all, the Buckeyes put up 431 yards of total offense. The success of an offensive unit is usually measured by the play of its blockers up front. It wasn’t a perfect day, but anything is an improvement from last week.Close game or not, the team can still winNorthwestern might not have been the game that could put OSU in a playoff position, but a strong showing and a blowout could have helped mightily down the road. Although the team had a relatively strong performance, the way the Buckeyes played is nowhere near good enough to be within the upper echelon of the NCAA at the end of the year.Sure, it wasn’t a 50-point drubbing, or a thrilling finish against a ranked opponent. But it was a win, which is the most important thing, right?OSU continues to be a question mark as the year progresses in terms of postseason play, but Saturday’s game proved the team is still more than capable of getting the job done no matter what. Meyer himself said a win on Saturday is something to be proud of.“Nothing was perfect, but we’re going to enjoy that win and go,” he said. read more

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