Suggs Return From Torn Achilles Expected Today Against Texans

The Baltimore Ravens have activated linebacker Terrell Suggs from the physically unable to perform list and last year’s NFL Defensive Player of the Year is expected to play today against the Houston Texans.The five-time Pro Bowler will be making a stunning earlier-than-expected return from the torn Achilles tendon he suffered in April. His family and friends have plans to travel to Houston in anticipation of watching him stage one of the quickest returns from this type of significant injury by any athlete.Suggs, who recorded 14 sacks en route to Defensive Player of the Year honors a year ago, acknowledged earlier this week that a quick return could push back his recovery.“That’s always a concern,” he said. “That’s why I’ve got the people around me that I trust. We’re going to make the decision as a group, whether it would be better for me to sit out or suit up.”Ravens coach John Harbaugh had consistently declined to put a timetable on Suggs’ return, leaving many to believe it would be mid-November at the earliest.Prior to his injury, Suggs had played in all 16 regular-season games in eight of his nine NFL seasons, missing three games in 2009 with a knee injury. His return could be a big boost to an aging Ravens defense that lost its inspirational leader, linebacker Ray Lewis, to a torn triceps and top cornerback, Lardarius Webb, to a knee injury last weekend.Harbaugh, however, cautioned earlier this week that the team wasn’t expecting too much too soon of Suggs. He’ll likely see limited action if he plays.“To what extent, to what he’s able to do, I think we should temper our expectations a little bit,” Harbaugh said. “He’s coming off a very serious injury. I think he’s worked really hard. He’s done a great job with the rehab, he’s followed protocol. He had no setbacks throughout the course of the whole deal.”In the 2010 and 2011 seasons, Suggs paced the Ravens with 25 sacks, the fifth-most in the NFL during that span. read more

Redskins RG III Practices Could Play Sunday

Robert Griffin III, the Washington Redskins’ rookie quarterback who is authoring a special season, practiced Wednesday, three days after suffering a right knee injury on Sunday that the team feared would sideline him for the season.Turned out that the injury was a mild sprain. Still,  there were doubts that he would be healthy enough to play on Sunday.But there was Griffin at practice Wednesday, giving hope that he could start the  crucial game for Washington at Cleveland.He said, “Today, I feel really good,” according to The Washington Post.He was cautious in his appraisal of his healthy and the prospects of playing, however. He said he did not know if he would take the field, but the fact that he did workout with the first team was an indication of how much better he is feeling.For some reason, Griffin would not indicate how much the practice he went through; all but the last minutes of practice is closed to the media.“I did enough,” he said. He added that he will do more in practice on Thursday and Friday.Coach Mike Shanahan said Griffin’s work was limited, but that he was impressed by how the quarterback looked. Griffin wore a brace.Griffin suffered a mild sprain of the lateral collateral ligament in his right knee late in Sunday’s overtime win against the Baltimore Ravens at FedEx Field.Griffin will be evaluated on a daily basis and if he can go at full speed come the weekend, Shanahan said he will play.Considered in the decision of Griffin playing will be whether he would be putting his knee at risk of further injury. Also, it is almost assured his participation will not be confirmed until the last possible moment, to keep the Browns from knowing how to prepare during the week.Rookie backup Kirk Cousins, who took over Sunday and threw a touchdown pass and ran for a tying two-point conversion in the final minute of regulation, would make his first NFL start if Griffin could not go.“You have to go the distance when you start the game,” Cousins said. “That’s a lot of time to screw up, if you will, a lot of time to be exposed.”Cousins said he has been lauded with praise for his heroic effort off the bench in Sunday’s 31-28 victory. Cousins said he received about 140 text messages after the game but had time to return only a few of them.“You go two for two, everybody loves you,” Cousins said. “You go oh for two, everybody hates you.”Cousins said as a fourth-round draft pick playing behind Griffin might not afford him many opportunities. “If I’m good enough, I’ll be able to show people over time what I can do,” Cousins said. “If I’m not, I won’t.” read more

Mariano Riveras Unanimous Induction Shows An Evolving Cooperstown

The only question about Mariano Rivera’s candidacy for the Baseball Hall of Fame was whether he would be the first player voted in unanimously by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, which serves as the primary gatekeeper for entry to the Hall. On Tuesday, the great New York Yankees pitcher became the first player to appear on 100 percent of writers’ ballots, with all 425 voters finally agreeing on something: that Rivera should be enshrined in Cooperstown, New York.With his ballot sweep, the fearsome closer did something unmatched by even the greatest of his starting pitcher brethren, including Nolan Ryan, Greg Maddux, Tom Seaver and Randy Johnson — all of whom topped 97 percent. Three years ago, Ken Griffey Jr. came the closest to complete consensus when he received 99.32 percent of the vote — just three ballots short.Rivera, eligible for the first time this year, was joined by three other inductees — the late Roy Halladay (85.4 percent of ballots), longtime Seattle designated hitter Edgar Martinez (85.4 percent) and former Oriole and Yankee pitcher Mike Mussina (76.7 percent).1Voters are limited to 10 names per ballot. Based on ballots that had been made public before the announcement, we were expecting that Rivera, Halladay and Martinez would gain entry to the Hall. As of our last model run,2Conducted just a few minutes before the announcement, when 232 ballots had been revealed. we thought Mussina was just a borderline case. Mike Mussina76.774.5-2.2 Jeff Kent18.118.20.1 Mariano Rivera100.0%100.0%0.0% Manny Ramirez22.825.02.2 The Mussina miss notwithstanding, our projections were pretty accurate, with an average error of 2.1 percentage points; only the totals of Halladay and Larry Walker were off by more than 4 points.3Shoutout to Jason Sardell, whose alternative model did even better, with an average error of 0.9 points.Appearing fifth, sixth and seventh in the actual voting were Curt Schilling, Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds. Schilling jumped to 60.9 percent from 51.2 percent last year. He has three years of eligibility remaining on the BBWAA ballot. Meanwhile, Bonds and Clemens, whose careers were tainted by allegations of performance-enhancing drug use, could only inch up on a crowded field. Clemens received 59.5 percent, up from 57.3 percent last year. Bonds received 59.1 percent of the vote, up from 56.4 percent in 2018. Their glacial rate of improvement means they will be hard-pressed to hit the required 75 percent in their three remaining years on the ballot; they appear to have hit a plateau. Lance Berkman1.21.0-0.2 Roger Clemens59.563.33.8 Curt Schilling60.961.10.2 Edgar Martinez85.482.3-3.1 Billy Wagner16.717.60.9 Omar Vizquel42.841.9-0.9 Andruw Jones7.510.42.9 Sammy Sosa8.58.90.4 Barry Bonds59.161.82.7 Fred McGriff39.843.43.6 Andy Pettitte9.95.9-4.0 Todd Helton16.519.53.0 Gary Sheffield13.614.40.8 Michael Young2.11.3-0.8 The Hall of Fame has four new membersActual results of the 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame election vs. our finalpre-announcement projection Miguel Tejada1.20.8-0.4 Larry Walker54.662.27.6 Scott Rolen17.219.52.3 Roy Halladay85.491.25.8 PlayerActual ResultFinal Model Projection*Error *With 232 public ballots known.Sources: Baseball Writers’ Association of America, RYAN THIBODAUX’S BASEBALL HALL OF FAME VOTE TRACKER Roy Oswalt0.90.90.0 Walker, however, is rapidly trending toward Cooperstown: He ranked eighth in voting percentage (54.6 percent), making a substantial leap from 34.1 percent last year. Next year will be his final year of eligibility, and he’s still 20 points short of election — usually an impossible task. But this year proved that Walker is capable of such a massive gain, so his candidacy is likely to provide genuine suspense next year.But Tuesday was headlined by Rivera making history.Anyone familiar with baseball knows of Rivera’s excellence. There is a strong case to be made that he is the greatest reliever in history. The 13-time All-Star is the sport’s all-time saves leader with 652. He was a part of five World Series championship teams in New York. In addition to his regular-season dominance, he has the lowest career postseason ERA (0.70) and most playoff saves (42) in MLB history.And when using advanced measures to evaluate performance, Rivera stands out not just as a great relief pitcher — only Dennis Eckersley ranks higher among relievers in the JAWS metric that combines career and peak performance to evaluate Hall candidates — but as an all-time great pitcher regardless of role.His ERA+ — which adjusts a pitcher’s earned run average for ballpark and run environment, enabling comparison between eras — ranks No. 1 all-time among all pitchers (minimum 1,000 innings).Traditional statistics like wins and saves are increasingly viewed as poor measures to evaluate performance because they award or penalize pitchers for many factors out of their control. But even the most common new-age measure to evaluate performance, wins above replacement, is inadequate to measure reliever performance because it is in part volume-based, and relievers pitch fewer innings than starters. Better measures to evaluate the performance of relief pitchers are statistics like win probability added, which tallies the change in win expectancy between plate appearance, and a context-neutral version of win probability added (WPA/leverage index).For instance, Rivera is 77th all-time in Baseball-Reference.com pitching WAR. But he ranks fifth all-time in WPA (56.6), trailing only Clemens, Lefty Grove, Maddux and Warren Spahn. In other words, he’s among the elite of the elite.Of course, relievers face a greater proportion of high-leverage situations than starting pitchers do; protecting a one-run lead in the ninth inning is more critical than pitching with a one-run lead in, say, the second. But even when employing a context-neutral win probability (WPA/leverage index), Rivera still ranks as the 21st-most win-adding pitcher of all time and is 13 spots higher than the next reliever (Hoyt Wilhelm at No. 34).Rivera combined elite command with an almost unhittable pitch: his cut fastball. Though just a portion of his career took place during the pitch-tracking era, he ranks second to Dodgers stopper Kenley Jansen in the run value of his cutter.Rivera is just the eighth pitcher to work primarily as reliever to be enshrined. The others are Wilhelm, Rollie Fingers, Eckersley, Bruce Sutter, Goose Gossage, Trevor Hoffman and Lee Smith. Three have joined the Hall since last year — Rivera, Smith (veterans committee, 2019) and Hoffman (BBWAA vote, 2018) — and the number of relievers figures to grow over time as bullpens are used in an ever-greater share of innings. Last season, relievers accounted for a record 40.1 percent of innings.The only position group with fewer players in the Hall than relief pitchers is the designated hitter group. Despite not playing a position in the field for much of his career, Martinez’s bat was so dominant that he made it to the Hall in his final year on the ballot.Martinez’s career OPS+4OPS+ considers a hitter’s overall ability but adjusts to account for ballpark and run-scoring environment. An OPS+ of 100 is league average. of 147 is tied for the 42nd-best mark of all time. Martinez joins Frank Thomas and Harold Baines — another 2019 veterans committee selection5Baines, a controversial pick in December, had a career OPS+ of 121, tied for 340th place. — as the only players in the Hall to play more than half their games at DH. Thomas ranks 52nd all time in batting WAR (73.9), while Martinez ranks 80th (68.4).Halladay, who died in a 2017 plane crash, tied with Bob Feller for 41st in all-time pitching WAR (65.5). He tied for 37th in all-time ERA+ (131). The two-time Cy Young Award winner was the ultimate workhorse for his era, leading his league in innings pitched four times and exceeding 230 innings six times. He’s also the only player other than Don Larsen to throw a no-hitter in the postseason.Mussina pitched in hitter-favorable ballparks and during the high scoring “steroid era” of the late 1990s to early 2000s. While his traditional stats might not seem elite, his career WAR (83.0) and JAWS (63.8) totals rank ahead of the average (73.4 WAR, 61.8 JAWS) for Hall of Fame pitchers.A few years ago, it was hard to imagine pitchers like Mussina, with a 3.68 ERA before adjustments, or Halladay, with barely 200 wins, getting into the Hall of Fame. And it was probably unthinkable that anyone — let alone a relief pitcher — would be elected unanimously. But the Hall of Fame electorate is changing, and that seems to be increasing both the quality and quantity of the players being elected. read more

Swimmers earn spot on US National Team

The red, white and blue are getting a little help from the Scarlet and Gray.Ohio State swimmers Elliot Keefer and Tim Phillips have been named to the U.S. Men’s National Team, and will compete in the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships in Irvine, Calif., on Aug. 18-22. OSU is the only university to boast two undergraduate swimmers on the U.S. team.“Representing Ohio State here is just awesome because there aren’t a lot of Big Ten schools there, so representing Ohio State and the Big Ten on the national stage is awesome,” said Keefer, a senior from Loveland, Ohio. “And it doesn’t get any better than representing your country.”The two Buckeyes made the U.S. Team for their performances at the 2010 ConocoPhillips U.S. National Championships in Irvine last weekend. Keefer placed third in the 200m breaststroke and Phillips placed third in the 100m butterfly.Qualifying for the U.S. Team now gives them a chance to join an even better team, as they are close to making the 2012 U.S. Olympic team. Both will be headed to London if they improve to second place on their strokes at the 2012 Olympic Trials.“It’s going be tough,” Keefer said. “It’s going to be a lot of training but I’m hoping to keep dropping my times. I’ll just keep working my way up, making baby steps and make my way up with the best guys there.”The Pan Pacific Championships will be the first international competition for Keefer, who won the Big Ten Conference Championship in 2010 for the 100m breaststroke, and was a three-event All-American at the 2010 NCAA Championships. Phillips has competed internationally on three Junior National Teams in 2008 and 2009, but he believes being on the U.S. Team will top those experiences.“It’s a feeling that you can’t describe,” said Phillips, a sophomore from Vienna, W. Va. “I’m assuming it’s a lot better than what it’s been like on the Junior Team because now I’ll be competing for the big National Team, and I feel like it’s going to be an experience out of this world.”Phillips was an All-American in four events as a freshman, and was the Big Ten runner-up in the 100m butterfly in 2010. Although the 2012 Olympics will coincide with his junior year at OSU, he remains undecided on his plans for that year.“I’m going to see how this summer and next summer go and make a decision on what my junior year will be school wise,” Phillips said. “I may take a year off to train, but I’m really not sure. It’s a couple years out and I haven’t discussed that yet.”Keefer and Phillips are still in Irvine with the U.S. Team. As they prepare for the Pan Pacific Championships, OSU swimming coach Bill Wadley is excited about their upcoming events.“This is the opportunity of a lifetime for these young men, and it’s just a great thrill for me as a coach to be able to support and help encourage them to reach this level of excellence,” Wadley said. “They’re extremely coachable, talented young men who’ve come a long way, not just in one year, but over several years.”Aside from being teammates, the two have been close friends ever since Phillips went to live with Keefer during the summer of his freshman year. Despite only being a sophomore, Keefer expects Phillips to help him lead the Buckeyes this season.“Tim and I have a great friendship,” Keefer said. “He’s a very talented individual who’s going to have so much experience at a younger level. He’ll be able to lead as a younger teammate as well and help support what me and other seniors have to do this year.”The team will need leadership from both of them after graduating 12 seniors from last season’s Big Ten Conference Championship team that finished in ninth in the NCAA Championships. “It will be a little bit of a rebuilding year, but we definitely have enough talent to do it,” Keefer said. “My job will be to lead and drive the troops toward that goal and get a top ten finish in NCAA [Championships].”Although they have their work cut out for them, Wadley knows Keefer and Phillips have the right attitude and dedication to not only to lead OSU next year, but also to accomplish their goals for international competition.“They give it up in practice,” Wadley said. “I can’t tell you the last time I had to tell them to work harder. They’re just the kind of young men that are self-motivated, self-driven and love what they do.” read more

Mens volleyball notches 4th straight NCAA Championship semifinals berth

Five years ago, five Ohio State men’s volleyball players strolled through campus for the first time as students. Now, five years later, four of those players are starters on the team and have greatly affected program. For the fourth straight season, the team has advanced to the NCAA Championship semifinals. The Buckeyes (24-6, 11-1) defeated Loyola-Chicago, 3-1 (22-25, 25-20, 25-16, 25-17), Saturday to win the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association tournament. OSU has won the tournament two consecutive years, each time with a win against the Ramblers in the finals. Redshirt senior John Klanac and junior Shawn Sangrey led OSU offensively with 18 and 17.5 points, respectively. Both had 16 kills, and redshirt senior Steven Kehoe added a match-high 47 assists. Coach Pete Hanson said the difference in the match was when Sangrey and Klanac stepped up after trailing, 1-0, in the match. OSU’s four fifth-year starters are the key to its success, and they remain confident as they approach their fourth-straight appearance as NCAA semifinalists. “Our experience is huge,” redshirt senior Kevin Heine said. “There’s no team out there with as much experience playing.” “We’re a more cohesive unit than we’ve ever been,” Klanac said. Sangrey, Klanac, Kehoe and redshirt senior Jason Tobkin were named to the All-Tournament team for OSU, along with Mike Bunting and Joseph Smalzer of Loyola-Chicago. Kehoe was also named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament. “We knew this would be the best team we’ve had, at least in my career,” Heine said Tuesday. “We just feel so comfortable together on the court.” Klanac was part of two pivotal plays in Saturday’s final set, and the crowd erupted on both plays. He made the score 5-4 with a kill that was only possible because Kehoe ran out of bounds on the Loyola side of the court to keep the rally going. Klanac also had the kill on a long-fought point to make the score 22-16. “We’re in a pretty good mental state of mind,” Hanson said. “We can deal with some adversity, and we can just keep playing.” With the win, the Buckeyes are set to face Penn State at 9 p.m. Thursday. The winner will play Saturday for the NCAA Championship against the winner of the matchup featuring Southern California and California-Santa Barbara. All the games will be played at Recreation Hall at Penn State. The Buckeyes are NCAA semifinalists once again, and this time they look to come back to Columbus with a national title. read more

Jared Sullinger to leave Ohio State for NBA Draft

Jared Sullinger is heading for the NBA. Sullinger announced Wednesday that he plans to forego his final two seasons of collegiate eligibility and enter the NBA Draft during a press conference at the Schottenstein Center. “I sat down with my family and we pretty much came up with the decision and I think it’s best for me to try to go at it at the next level,” Sullinger said. “And also, I wouldn’t do anything to hurt this program or any of the guys that’s a part of this program. I just thought it was best for me to (go pro).” OSU coach Thad Matta said it was time for Sullinger to head to the NBA. “I’ve always said he’s one of the most intellectual players I’ve ever coached,” Matta said. “The timing is definitely right.” The announcement comes just four days after OSU’s NCAA Tournament run ended with a 64-62 Final Four loss to Kansas Saturday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. After the loss, Sullinger said he had not made a decision on his NBA future and did not set a timetable for announcing the decision. ESPN.com writer Chad Ford lists Sullinger as the No. 10 player on his ranking of the top 100 collegiate prospects. The player could become the seventh first-round NBA draft choice produced by OSU coach Thad Matta. During his two seasons in scarlet and gray, Sullinger started 73 of the 74 games he played, the now-former sophomore forward scored 1,282 points, hauled in 717 rebounds and tallied 59 blocks while also dishing out 89 assists. The Buckeyes won 65 games during his two seasons at OSU, earning the team the No. 1-overall seed and a No. 2 seed in the 2011 and 2012 NCAA Tournaments, respectively. OSU also claimed the outright 2011 Big Ten regular season championship, the 2011 Big Ten Tournament Championship and a share of the 2012 Big Ten regular season title. Sullinger received Associated Press First-Team All-American honors in consecutive seasons at the Schottenstein Center. Sullinger also racked up the 2011 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, as well as selections to the 2011 and 2012 Big Ten All-Tournament team. OSU sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas, who is suspected by some to be considering an NBA future as well, also would not set a timetable for the future of his basketball career after the Buckeyes’ loss to the Jayhawks. From his Twitter account, @DT1UpNComin, Thomas tweeted Wednesday at about 1:20 p.m.: “Got time.”   Matta said he is in the process of gathering information from NBA teams to help Thomas make the best decision. Stay tuned to The Lantern for more. read more

Former Ohio State linebacker David Perkins arrested in Bowling Green on multiple

Courtesy of OSU athletic departmentFormer Ohio State linebacker David Perkins was arrested on charges of criminal trespassing, criminal mischief, criminal damaging and underage/under the influence of alcohol in Bowling Green, Ohio during the early morning hours of May 25.Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer confirmed Thursday that Perkins is no longer a member of the OSU football team. An OSU athletics spokesman said Perkins had already left the program prior to the arrest.“David asked to be able to contact other schools for the purpose of possibly transferring sometime around the start of the ‘Maymester’ and he has not been around the program since,” said athletics spokesman Jerry Emig in an email.Bowling Green Police received a call at approximately 2:45 a.m. on the morning of May 25 from a female resident on Pike Street, which is located outside of Bowling Green State University’s campus. The resident informed police that Perkins was attempting to enter her home, according to the police report.The resident told police that Perkins attempted to enter her home multiple times. Perkins told police that he knew who lived at the house. The female resident, however, told police neither she nor her roommate knew Perkins.After attempting to enter the home once, the resident told police Perkins walked across the street to a car. Police found the car with the driver’s door window shattered out and with blood on the driver’s door, steering wheel and gear shift area. The owner of the car told police she did not know Perkins.The resident told police Perkins then returned to the residence and attempted to enter again, while repeatedly yelling “Let me in (expletive)” and “Answer me now.”Police arrested Perkins at the scene, where they found him with “blood all over his hands and clothes and large cuts on his right wrist.” The police report also stated Perkins had “wet pants as if he had urinated on himself.”Perkins was transported to Wood County Hospital following his arrest to receive treatment for his cuts. The 20-year-old told emergency room staff he had consumed beer and liquor prior to the arrest.Perkins is scheduled to appear as a defendant on the four charges in Bowling Green Municipal Court on June 10.Perkins did not respond to The Lantern’s request for comment.The South Bend, Ind. native played in nine games during his freshman season with the Buckeyes last year. He played primarily on special teams, but recorded six tackles and one pass breakup. read more

Big Ten Championship Game going to be won in the trenches

OSU’s football team plays Michigan State Sept. 30, 2012, at Spartan Stadium. OSU won, 17-16.Credit: Lantern file photoA trip to a BCS bowl game in Pasadena, Calif., will be on the line when the Ohio State (12-0, 8-0) and Michigan State (11-1, 8-0) football teams meet at the Big Ten Championship Game.Saturday’s winner is guaranteed to at least receive a berth in the Rose Bowl Game, but for No. 2-ranked OSU, a projected selection to the BCS National Championship Game hangs in the balance pending the game’s outcome.Even so, OSU players insist their focus this week is on winning Saturday rather than the later implications of that potential win.“You have to take it one week at a time, one day at a time,” junior defensive tackle Michael Bennett said Monday. “All we can do is win each and every week. If we do that … things will work out for themselves.”Although he acknowledged the Buckeyes were excited to move up to No. 2 in the BCS standings after then-No. 1 ranked Alabama lost to then-No. 4 Auburn, junior linebacker Ryan Shazier said the team has kept its attention on Michigan State.“We don’t really have to do much refocusing because everybody still understands what’s at task right now and understands how important this game is,” Shazier said. “We got to take care of business with (Michigan State) first, then we can move on and be excited about the next team to come up.”OSU coach Urban Meyer said his players have the right mindset going into the championship game.“They’re a very purpose-driven team and a very intelligent team so I don’t anticipate a problem (with focus),” Meyer said. “The biggest problem is we’re going to be facing an excellent team in Michigan State with great players.”The Buckeyes, though, seem to realize winning against the No. 10-ranked Spartans is no easy task.OSU has been led this season by the strength of its offense, which ranks third in scoring offense (48.2 points per game) and sixth in total offense (530.5 yards per game).The Buckeyes’ offense has been especially strong on the ground, ranking second nationally with 321.3 rushing yards behind the all-Big Ten play of senior running back Carlos Hyde and junior quarterback Braxton Miller.That offense, however, might face its toughest test of the season in the Spartans. Michigan State’s defense leads the nation with only 237.7 total yards allowed per game and 64.8 rushing yards allowed per game, and also ranks fourth nationally in scoring defense with only 11.8 points allowed per game.Meyer said the success of Michigan State’s defense starts with its players’ talent.“It always starts with players,” Meyer said. “They have very skilled players that are tough.”Redshirt-senior left tackle Jack Mewhort said the Michigan State defense likes to “just play you and see if their guys are better than yours.”“They don’t do a ton of different stuff,” Mewhort said in regards to Michigan State’s defensive scheme. “I respect them for that because they have good players and are able to do that a lot.”Mewhort pointed specifically to redshirt-sophomore defensive end Shilique Calhoun, redshirt-senior defensive tackle Micajah Reynolds and senior middle linebacker Max Bullough as players in Michigan State’s defensive front seven who could present a challenge to the OSU offense.“They’re a physical group,” Mewhort said. “Good players everywhere.“The game’s going to be won in the trenches, so it’s going to be us (OSU offensive line) vs. them (Michigan State defensive front),” Mewhort added. “It’s going to be one of those classic, smashmouth Big Ten football games. I think we’re going to really embrace that on our offensive line, and we’re looking forward to it.”While the OSU offense is preparing for its toughest challenge of the season, the Michigan State defense is doing the same.“For me to sit here and tell you (OSU is) not our biggest challenge that we’ve faced so far, they’re not our biggest test, would just be lying to you,” Bullough said Monday.Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said Miller’s dual-threat ability to both pass and run the ball makes OSU’s offense particularly tough to defend.“The quarterback is a game-breaker,” Dantonio said. “He’s going to be able to create, take a bad play and make it a good one.”But even with the variety of challenges the OSU offense could present to its opponent, Michigan State senior cornerback Darqueze Dennard said he does not expect the Spartans to change the way they play.“We’re going to play our game of football,” Dennard said. “We’re going to make those guys play our game. And that’s the way we look at it every game.”Michigan State redshirt-sophomore quarterback Connor Cook said OSU’s defensive struggles against Michigan Saturday gave his offense confidence, but said he and his teammates aren’t getting their hopes up for the Buckeyes to give up that many points and yards again.“Any time you see your opponent give up that many yards … quite honestly, you’re licking your chops,” Cook said. “But you just got to treat it like any other game that we’ve had all year.”Michigan State’s offense has had its share of struggles this season, ranking just 85th nationally in total offense (380.2 yards per game) and 63rd in scoring offense (29.4 points per game).Meyer said it is “very clear” what the Spartans, which have 502 rushing attempts and 354 passing attempts this season, want to do when they are on offense.“They’re balanced, but they’re going to run the football on you,” Meyer said. “So we’ve been decent against the run and we need to continue to be decent against the run.”Shazier said Michigan State is “really good” at running the ball. He also thinks Cook is a smart leader of the offense.“They have a really good O-line,” Shazier said. “And they have playmakers, and the quarterback, he’s a really good decision-maker. He doesn’t really make a lot of dumb decisions and make decisions that would hurt the team.”OSU’s defense versus Michigan State’s offense will be just as important to the game’s outcome, Meyer said.“The best defense is our offense hanging onto the ball moving the ball … but the way I feel, there’s no shortcutting Michigan State’s offense,” Meyer said. “As far as winning a game, we have to play excellent defense against this offense.”Kickoff is scheduled for 8:17 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. read more

Fish and chip shops urged to serve standard sized portions

first_img“Secondly, it’s about choice. By offering a greater selection of sizes, shops can potentially open themselves up to increased business from lunch time trade and by upselling to single smaller portions, rather than a larger shared portion.”Standardising portion sizes is also expected to cut waste, improve profits and provide clearer nutrition information, said the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).Rob Clayton, of the AHDB, said: “A key finding of the research was that one in three people said a greater range of portion sizes would encourage them to eat fish and chips more often.”That’s more than 17 million people across the UK.”Couple this with the fact that 45 per cent of people would order smaller portions to cut their calorie intake and there is a huge marketplace for outlets to encourage health conscious consumers through their doors.”In October wholesaler JJ food Service called for smaller portion sizes to cut obesity levels in Britain. Fish and chip shops are being urged to serve portions in standard sizes in a new campaign to cut obesity.Research released on Wednesday found a huge difference in portion sizes at 600 fish and chip shops across the UK.Currently a medium portion of cod varies from 93g to 562g and a medium portion of chips varies from 100g to 797g.But the average price of fish and chips varies by only 34 per cent around the country. Fochabers Fish Bar owner Darren Boothroyd Under industry recommendations, a medium or regular portion of fish would weigh 170g while chips would be 284g.Tom Pickerell, technical director at industry body Seafish, said standard portion sizes had two main benefits.He said: “Firstly by standardising portion sizes across the industry, consumers will know what to expect when ordering their selected portion size, wherever they are in the UK.center_img Fochabers Fish Bar owner Darren Boothroyd Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

British Airways introduces boarding without passports as it installs facial recognition at

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. British Airways is introducing technology that will allow passengers to go through boarding gates at Heathrow using facial recognition.Biometric devices in Terminal 5 will capture a traveller’s features along with the boarding pass, and then a facial scan at the gate verifies the person’s identity, allowing them to get on the plane without showing documents, BA said in a letter to staff.The system is designed to speed up boarding and reduce errors, it said. Three gates are now using the equipment, with another 33 planned in the coming months. The system will be used initially only for domestic routes, before being extended to international flights.BA already operates self-service luggage check-in desks at both Heathrow and Gatwick as part of moves to improve the passenger experience.Troy Warfield, director of customer experience at BA, said the new self-boarding gates and self-serve bag drop points were ways to invest in what customers “value most”. The Telegraph reported this week that British passengers flying home from some countries in the Middle East and North Africa will no longer be able to take laptops, tablets and other electronic devices on board in their hand luggage. Instead, anyone flying from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia will have to put electronic devices in their hold luggage, despite concerns they could be stolen or damaged. British Airways is one of the airlines affected. last_img read more