Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Blogging#web Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market richard macmanus Good timing Google! Adding search functionality to my site was on my To Do list forthis month and Google has just announced a new AdSense for Search feature. It allowswebsite owners to add a search box to their site and potentially earn some pocket moneywith ads that display with the search results. In the email Google sent me, they had aninteresting turn-of-phrase:“AdSense now offers the ability to monetize web and site search!WebSearch plus AdSense for search combines Google’s powerful search with monetized andcustomizable search results pages. Simply placing the code on any web page that meets ourprogram criteria will generate a WebSearch box, allowing users to search without leavingyour site, and providing additional revenue for you.”Monetize?! Eh? Anyway tonight I added Google Search to my blog, in the header bar. Idoubt I’ll be “monetizing” much out of this, but I did need Search functionality so thisis very handy. You can search my weblog or the World Wide Web. Give it a try 🙂 Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…
Pavel Nedved warns Juventus know just how difficult Lokomotiv Moscow can be. “As everyone saw, we struggled to get the better of them.” It kicks off at 17.55 GMT, you can follow the build-up and action as it happens on the LIVEBLOG. A victory would send the Bianconeri into the Champions League Round of 16. “If we do well, then we know that we can go through to the next phase of the tournament. However, we know the difficulties that await us,” the vice-president told JTV. “The match in Turin taught us a great deal. We knew before that Lokomotiv Moscow were a very strong team, but as everyone saw, we struggled to get the better of them. They are even more dangerous on home turf. “We’ve had a strong start to the season, knowing there would be difficulties with the change of coach and many players. We won’t rest on our laurels, as we can and want to do much better. We know precisely where we need to improve, too. “Qualifying with two games to spare would be very good, but the important thing is not when we go through, but how.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/
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arkansas golf team reenacts playAt this point, you’ve probably seen Arkansas’ 4th-and-25 conversion against Ole Miss, which allowed the Razorbacks to extend (and eventually win) the game in overtime. But have you seen it done with a golf ball instead of a football? Yeah, probably not.Arkansas’ golf team pulled it off this week and posted video as proof. Enjoy, Razorbacks fans:
APTN National NewsA Yukon First Nation is hoping to increase the number of Southern Tuchone speakers by creating their own Language Act.The Act will focus on language revitalization and preservation.APTN’s Shirley McLean has this story.
Among players who increased their fly-ball rate, it was almost exactly a toss-up as to whether their wOBA would get better or worse.149.3 percent increased their wOBA, while 50.7 percent saw it decline. Similarly, players who decreased their fly-ball rate had about a 50/50 split of improving and worsening wOBAs. Overall, the correlation between a batter’s changing fly ball rate and his subsequent change in production is nonexistent. That same lack of correlation holds if you use the more advanced metrics (such as launch angle) tracked by MLB’s StatCast system.Although there are some fly-ball success stories, plenty of hitters have swung up only to see their wOBA dive down. For every Yonder Alonso there is a 2016 Kiké Hernandez, who spiked his fly-ball rate by 11.7 percentage points, only to watch his wOBA drop by 89 points. Or maybe you’d prefer Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward, the owner of a dreadful wOBA 21 percent worse than the league average in 2016. The Cubs are at the vanguard of the fly-ball revolution, reportedly championing the phrase “there’s no slug on the ground.” Heyward seems to have listened, because he increased his fly-ball rate by almost 10 percentage points after joining the Cubs. But in contrast with the success stories of players such as Alonso and Martinez, the change has had a disastrous effect on Heyward.So adopting an uppercut swing won’t necessarily make a player great. But it will probably make them hit more home runs. (When players up their rate of fly balls, the consequence is usually more dingers.)2In my data, there was no inverse relationship between the change in rate of fly balls and the rate at which those fly balls went over the fence. The increasing rate of fly balls leaguewide seems to explain some of the explosion in home runs from 2015 to 2016 (although that still leaves the mid-year 2015 increase in home runs a mystery, even setting aside the speculation around — and puzzling evidence for and against — ball juicing).3In total, the league hit 701 more home runs in 2016 than in 2015. A simple regression of the number of home runs versus the fly-ball rate for each player would predict about 400 additional home runs in 2016.Home runs are great! But the problem is that fly balls also come with other, less desirable consequences. For example, players who hit more fly balls into the outfield also hit more pop-ups on the infield, which are about as valuable as striking out. Given his aforementioned criticism of fly balls, maybe it’s no coincidence that Joey Votto is also one of baseball’s best at avoiding infield pop-ups — he probably knows the two are related.Moreover, the conscious effort to adapt an unnatural swing plane could harm a player’s natural hitting motion. Heyward had been a productive hitter earlier in his career with similar fly-ball rates as last season, but his swing mechanics were notably confused a year ago, which resulted in an obvious weak spot against low pitches.In an interview with CSN Chicago, Cubs hitting coach John Mallee described the work he was doing to improve Heyward for the 2017 season. “He’s trying to mirror the swing that he had then…. It’s not actually making a change; it’s just getting him to who he was,” Mallee said. Bucking the revolution, Heyward has hit significantly fewer fly balls this season, and his production has improved, as well (although he’s still underperforming expectations).Stories such as Heyward’s show that the fly-ball revolution is not for every hitter. Notably, many of the players who have transformed the most by adopting uppercut swings were underperforming before. Alonso was a below-average hitter last season; Donaldson was a former high draft pick who struggled for years to come into his own. Tinkering with their swing planes might have been the secret to unlocking their full potential. But for players with established mechanics like Heyward, adopting a new philosophy is a riskier proposition. All told, it’s tough to predict whether more fly balls are the missing ingredient for a hitter, or just a harmful distraction. From J.D. Martinez to Josh Donaldson, hitters throughout the big leagues have been honing a new approach at the plate, hunting for big flies and eschewing worm burners. It’s a change rooted in the latest metrics, which say balls hit in the air tend to be more valuable than grounders — particularly since the home run surge of 2015 started turning a higher percentage of fly balls into home runs than ever. So, over the last two years, batters have adjusted their swings accordingly, sending ever more balls skyward.The resulting trend toward fly balls has significantly improved a handful of hitters, helping them achieve far better results than when they slapped more grounders. Some observers have even suggested it could be contributing to the surge in home runs. But a closer look at the data shows that, while there is a sweeping transformation underway, it seems to be hurting as many players as it is helping.A batter can hit more fly balls by changing the angle of his swing. Instead of the slight downward plane recommended by many instructors, more of today’s batters are adopting uppercut swings that drive the ball into the air. And across the league, the effect is palpable.Over the past three seasons, the ratio of ground balls to fly balls in MLB has dropped from 1.34 grounders per fly in 2015 to 1.25 this year. For individual players, the changes are even more significant. FanGraphs’ Jeff Sullivan documented a historic number of players who have dropped their ground-ball percentage by 5 percent or more since 2015.Some of those players have benefited greatly from these swing changes. Oakland Athletics first baseman Yonder Alonso nearly halved the number of grounders he’s hitting so far this year, and he also boasts a personal-best 178 weighted Runs Created plus, one of the best marks in the league. There are similar anecdotes for Martinez, Donaldson, Nationals All-Star second baseman Daniel Murphy and others.So there is definitely a fly-ball revolution underway in baseball. But that revolution is not without its discontents. Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto recently disparaged the trend towards fly-ball hitting in an interview with The Cincinnati Enquirer. “I see it with a lot of guys. Everyone tells the good stories, but there’s a lot of s—ty stories of guys who are wasting their time trying things,” Votto said, as quoted in the Enquirer.Votto is right; being a more productive hitter really isn’t as simple as “elevate to celebrate.” Over the last three years, just as many hitters have suffered by increasing their fly-ball rate as have benefited. Here’s a chart showing each hitter’s change in fly-ball rate from the previous year, in comparison with his change in weighted On-Base Average (wOBA).
Like Stanton, Judge is much more than a one-trick ball-masher. (Or, to shatter another common comparison, a pinstriped Richie Sexson.) In fact, Judge’s value this year will probably end up surpassing even Stanton’s by season’s end. Judge currently leads the major leagues in wins above replacement (WAR),3I averaged together the different versions of WAR found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs.com. with a total that projects to reach 10.4 WAR — the 40th-best season by a batter since 1901 — if he keeps this pace up over the entire season.Judge is unlikely to continue playing quite so well, of course: His batting average on balls in play is an unsustainably high .431, for instance, and he has hit an astonishing 41 percent of his fly balls out of the yard. Those numbers will probably dip before the season is over. Pitchers are smart; they’ll surely discover new ways to get Judge out. But his underlying stats are so impressive that the drop-off might not be too severe. And besides, Judge could play at an average level from here on out and still produce 5.5 WAR, the best season by a Yankee since Robinson Cano left town in 2013.The idea that New York would even get that much from Judge seemed farfetched before the year began. Among New York’s young major league talent, catcher Gary Sanchez and first baseman Greg Bird appeared to be the more likely headliners. Little about Judge — who hit .179 and produced -0.4 WAR after his debut last season, which dropped him 14 slots him to No. 90 in Baseball America’s 2017 prospect rankings — screamed “breakout superstar.” But Sanchez missed a month early in the schedule, and Bird has added practically nothing amidst multiple injury setbacks. Judge, meanwhile, is currently the American League’s MVP favorite, particularly now that reigning MVP Mike Trout is injured.If Judge does end up winning that piece of individual hardware, he’d be its most unheralded winner ever. Not only has no single-season WAR leader ever gone into a season with fewer than zero career WAR before, but no eventual MVP has ever entered the year with fewer WAR to his name than Judge’s -0.4 mark: 92002Lance Berkman26349597403588 Who does Aaron Judge play most like? 52005Nick Swisher24117779155044 42005Austin Kearns2537881175662 102001J.D. Drew25398595877498 YEARNAMEAGESOWLKPWRSPDFLDWAR 72013Jay Bruce2696387466076 61996Ryan Klesko25136985564872 The only MVPs who started from a place similarly close to nowhere were Ichiro Suzuki, who won the award in 2001 in his first year in the (American) majors — he played in Japan until 2000, so he had zero career major league WAR before the season — and Vida Blue, who exploded for 8.5 WAR in 1971 after an up-and-down first two years in the big leagues. Both had terrific seasons in their MVP campaigns, but neither led the league in WAR; Judge is trying to do both, and from an even less likely starting point.The Yankees aren’t used to having this kind of a superstar performance materialize out of thin air. This is a franchise with a proud history of big-name talent, but many of its marquee names were brought in as established commodities in recent years. In Judge, however, New York might just have a rare homegrown MVP on its hands. Given that the franchise was already ahead of schedule in its rebuild, that’s scary news for the rest of baseball. 22016Joc Pederson2499389377285 2017Aaron Judge25897999458100 Outfielders whose single-season performance was most similar to Aaron Judge’s in 2017, based on leaguewide percentile rankings in lowest strikeout rate (SO), walk rate (WLK), isolated power (PWR), speed score (SPD), position-adjusted fielding runs above average (FLD) and overall wins above replacement (WAR). To qualify for comparison, players had to have at least 400 plate appearances per 162 team games since 1995.Sources: FanGraphs, Baseball-Reference.com 32014Giancarlo Stanton24109899583997 It’s mid-June, and despite this weekend’s four-game sweep at the hands of the Oakland A’s, the New York Yankees are still playing some of their best baseball in franchise history. (A history that, as they’re fond of reminding us, includes 27 world championships.) New York’s current +108 run differential has been surpassed at this stage of the season only 12 times in club history, most recently during its 114-win 1998 campaign (and before that, in 1942). What started as an early-season curiosity has turned into a realistic bid for another pinstriped World Series crown.The Yankees are even fun to watch this time around, thanks in no small part to mammoth right fielder Aaron Judge. Every time he comes up, the 6-foot-7 Judge towers over the plate, threatening to obliterate all stray baseballs tossed in the south Bronx. Just a week ago Sunday, he launched one of the most monstrous home runs on record, this 496-foot tater at Yankee Stadium:Your browser does not support iframes.Judge’s stupefying raw power has quickly made him a folk hero in an era of hyper-analyzed ball-physics data. Although a this is hardly the first time a Yankees outfielder has gained fame for hitting the ball hard, it is the first time we’ve been so able to obsessively quantify the impressiveness of those hits. Judge is a superstar defined in large part by pure magnitude: his own unusual height, plus how far and how fast he smashes baseballs.In that sense, it’s easy to compare Judge to Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, another hitter whose legend has grown with every terabyte of data collected by Statcast, the radar system that tracks every batted ball on every MLB field. And the resemblance isn’t merely a superficial one between hard-hitting righties — the Yankees really do, for all intents and purposes, now have their very own Giancarlo Stanton clone in the middle of the lineup. Among outfielders of a similar age1Within a year in either direction. since the strike, with at least 400 plate appearances per 162 team games, Stanton’s 2014 campaign was the third-most similar season to Judge’s 2017 so far — as determined by which player has the smallest differences2Weighted by their relative importance to wins above replacement. between their percentile rankings and Judge’s in each of five key categories (hitting for contact and power; drawing walks; speed; and position-adjusted defense): PERCENTILE RANK 81998Manny Ramirez26307597334083 12011Matt Kemp26117796835099
ESPN College GameDay will make its 15th appearance at Ohio State on Saturday for No. 2 OSU vs. No. 3 Michigan. Credit: Courtesy of @CollegeGameDayESPN’s “College GameDay” talking head Lee Corso is as much of a staple in college football as “The Game,” the annual clash between bitter rivals Ohio State and Michigan.On Oct. 5, 1996, with hundreds of fans in scarlet and gray behind him, Corso was wrapping up the final segment of the show which previewed the OSU-Penn State game that day in Columbus. When Corso picked the Buckeyes, he donned a Brutus Buckeye mascot head which sent the crowd behind the set into a frenzy.Twenty years later, the 81-year-old former football coach and the rest of the GameDay crew will return to Columbus for the matchup between the No. 2 Buckeyes and No. 3 Wolverines. “College GameDay” has been to Columbus 14 times before, the second most of any school trailing only Alabama. But only one game has rivaled the stakes of Saturday’s edition of “The Game.”Here is a rundown of all games that “College GameDay” has been on location at Ohio State.Oct. 5, 1996: No. 4 Penn State at No. 3 Ohio State, OSU 38-7The 1996 Buckeyes were possibly the best team in school history not to win a national title. Against Penn State, they proved it.The two-quarterback system of Stanley Jackson and Joe Germaine was executed perfectly versus the Nittany Lions. Coming off a dominant top-10 victory at Notre Dame the week before, the Buckeyes’ offense ran for 350 yards and threw for another 215 yards. OSU running back Pepe Pearson ran for 141 yards and a touchdown, averaging 5 yards per carry.Jackson and Germaine each threw for two touchdowns, and wide receiver Dimitrious Stanley caught five passes for 105 yards and two scores. OSU rolled through the rest of the season until coach John Cooper and the Buckeyes lost to Michigan in the final game.Oct. 4, 1997: No. 8 Iowa at No. 7 Ohio State, OSU 23-7OSU coach John Cooper was still rolling with the two-quarterback system that he installed a season ago with Jackson and Germaine. OSU scored 16 unanswered points through two-and-a-half quarters, but it was the ground game that lifted OSU’s offense.Pearson had 106 yards rushing, but running back Michael Wiley was the difference maker on offense. He had 14 carries for 85 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver David Boston also caught a touchdown.In a span of two minutes and eight seconds, there were three fumbles by both teams — two by Iowa. The Hawkeyes totaled only 308 yards of offense but threw for more yards than OSU. The Buckeyes went on to lose at Penn State the following week.Oct. 3, 1998: No. 7 Penn State at No. 1 Ohio State, OSU 28-9Many who thought the 1996 Buckeyes missed an opportunity to win the school’s first outright national title since 1968 saw the 1998 Buckeyes as the team that would accomplish that goal.OSU began the season as the No. 1 team in the country and rode the shoulders of quarterback Joe Germaine and running back Michael Wiley. The Penn State defense limited an OSU offense that had averaged over 500 yards per game. The Nittany Lions made Wiley a non-factor, but the OSU defense had one of its best performances of the year.Penn State gained only 181 yards from scrimmage and had to punt 10 times. Germaine threw for 213 yards and a touchdown.OSU’s only loss of the season came at home to unranked Michigan State, who spoiled OSU’s championship hopes.Sept. 14, 2002: No. 10 Washington State at No. 6 Ohio State, OSU 25-7The Cougars and Buckeyes entered the Week 3 matchup at 2-0, each looking for its first statement win of the season. OSU mustered two field goals from Mike Nugent in the first half, but rallied behind freshman running back Maurice Clarett, who proved he was on his way to being a superstar.OSU scored 19 unanswered points in the second half, including two touchdowns from Clarett. The running back carried the ball 31 times for 230 yards — an average of 7.4 yards per carry. OSU only completed 4-of-10 in pass attempts, but Clarett’s play and the Buckeye defense that allowed just 17 yards on the ground sent the Cougars home with its first loss of the season.Nov. 23, 2002: No. 9 Michigan at No. 2 Ohio State, OSU 14-9Jim Tressel and the Ohio State Buckeyes stood just one game away from a shot at the national title. This was one of the most anticipated OSU-Michigan matchups in half a decade.OSU had survived the last two weeks with a last-minute drive against Purdue and an overtime victory at Illinois to enter the final weekend of the season at 12-0 for the first time in school history. Against the Wolverines, OSU would need another set of late-game heroics to beat its archrival.The Wolverines took a 9-7 lead into halftime and both defenses stood tall for the majority of the second half. On OSU’s second-to-last drive, quarterback Craig Krenzel converted on a fourth-and-1, then later connected with Clarett on a 25-yard completion to set up a Maurice Hall touchdown run to take a 14-9 lead with 4:55 remaining.Michigan got the ball back with under a minute to go, and drove down inside the OSU 25-yard line. On the final play, OSU safety Will Allen intercepted the go-ahead touchdown. The Buckeyes headed to Tempe, Arizona and won the 2002 BCS National Championship.Aug. 30, 2003: No. 17 Washington at No. 2 Ohio State, OSU 28-9 In the 2003 season opener, the Buckeyes began their quest to defend their national title, but they would attempt to do so without star running back Maurice Clarett, who was suspended for his sophomore season for taking improper benefits.Even without Clarett’s services, OSU dominated on the ground, scoring four touchdowns from three different players. The outcome was never in doubt with OSU leading 21-0 at halftime and the Buckeye defense having allowed seven rushing yards at game’s end.OSU looked like a team that could repeat as national champions.Nov. 15, 2003: No. 10 Purdue at No. 4 Ohio State, OSU 16-13 (OT)Following an early October loss to Wisconsin, the Buckeyes rattled off four consecutive victories entering the game against the Boilermakers. Purdue quarterback Kyle Orton threw for 249 yards on 27 of 49 passing. Purdue gave a scare to OSU the year before in West Lafayette, Indiana, and nearly came out of Columbus with a victory in 2003.OSU defensive lineman Tim Anderson recovered a fumble by Purdue in Boilermaker territory with less than two minutes remaining. Mike Nugent came on for the game-winning field goal attempt, but it was blocked and the game went to overtime.OSU started with the ball and had to settle for a field goal after going three-and-out. On Purdue’s possession, OSU cornerback Chris Gamble dropped a would-be interception that would’ve ended the game. The defense recovered and held and Purdue kicker Ben Jones missed a field goal that would have sent the game into a second overtime.OSU lost the next week at No. 5 Michigan.Sept. 10, 2005: No. 2 Texas at No. 4 Ohio State, Texas 25-22Following a disappointing 2004 season that ended with a romping of No. 7 Michigan, the fourth-ranked Buckeyes were set to battle the Texas Longhorns and eventual Heisman trophy winner Vince Young in the first test of the 2005 season.OSU started the game with Troy Smith at quarterback over Justin Zwick. Smith ended the 2004 season under center. The Buckeyes trailed 10-0 early, but retook the lead 16-13 before halftime.In the third quarter, coach Jim Tressel put Zwick into the game trying to hold on to the 19-16 lead. Zwick led the team down the field on his first drive. He found tight end Ryan Hamby in the end zone, but Hamby bobbled the ball and dropped what would’ve been a touchdown that put OSU up two scores. Instead, OSU came away with three points and left the door open for the Longhorns.After OSU kicker Josh Huston missed a 50-yard field goal, his first miss on six attempts in the game, Texas only needed a touchdown and an extra point for the lead. Young gave them just that.With 2:37 left in the game, Young connected with Limas Sweed for the go-ahead and game-winning score.Texas went on to win the national championship over the Southern California Trojans.Sept. 23, 2006: No. 24 Penn State at No. 1 Ohio State, OSU 28-6The 2006 Buckeyes were heavy national championship favorites. After OSU beat the Longhorns in Austin, Texas, two weeks earlier, OSU welcomed the Nittany Lions to Columbus. It took 20 minutes for the first points to go on the board for both teams. Penn State kicker Kevin Kelly knocked home a short field goal for a 3-0 Nittany Lions lead heading into halftime.In the second half, OSU wide receiver Brian Robiskie and running back Antonio Pittman each had a touchdown, putting the Buckeyes up 14-3. Kelly trimmed the Penn State deficit to eight with another field goal before the OSU defense took over.Late in the fourth quarter, OSU safety Malcolm Jenkins and OSU cornerback Antonio Smith each had interception returns for touchdowns which sealed an OSU victory.Nov. 18, 2006: No. 2 Michigan at No. 1 Ohio State, OSU 42-39The Game of the Century. A game that this 2016 edition of the rivalry has been endlessly compared to. 11-0 Michigan against 11-0 OSU with a spot in the national championship game on the line. Both defenses were expected to make the difference, but the offenses consisting of multiple future NFL players exploded for a shootout.The game started quickly with Michigan running back Mike Hart, quarterback Chad Henne and wide receiver Mario Manningham charging down the field for a 7-0 lead just 2:28 into the game. OSU quarterback Troy Smith followed the act with a touchdown strike to Roy Hall to tie the game at seven.In the second quarter, freshman running back Chris “Beanie” Wells dashed away from the Wolverine defense for a 52-yard rushing score. On the next drive, Smith connected with do-it-all playmaker Ted Ginn Jr. off a play fake from 39 yards out to put OSU up 28-14.The teams traded punches throughout the night, ending with Ginn recovering an onside kick to preserve a 42-39 victory that sent OSU to the national championship game where the Buckeyes lost to Urban Meyer and the Florida Gators.Oct. 25, 2008: No. 3 Penn State at No. 9 Ohio State, Penn State 13-6The Ohio State Buckeyes had won five games in a row following a blowout loss at USC earlier in the season. Freshman quarterback Terrelle Pryor had started in all five games, including a close win at Wisconsin. Penn State came into Columbus in first place in the Big Ten and 8-0 overall.OSU led 6-3 in the fourth quarter and had an opportunity to increase its lead following a Penn State missed field goal. With 10:38 remaining in the game, Pryor fumbled on third-and-1 and the ball was recovered by the Nittany Lions.Penn State backup quarterback Pat Devlin came in for the injured Daryll Clark hoping to take the lead with the ball in OSU territory. Running back Evan Royster gained a crucial first down on 3rd-and-2 inside OSU’s five yard line. On second-and-goal, Devlin ran a quarterback sneak up the middle for the game’s go-ahead score.Kelly connected on a field goal with 1:08 remaining, increasing the lead to 13-6. On the final chance for OSU, Pryor threw an interception in the end zone, sealing his first loss as a starter at OSU.Sept. 12, 2009: No. 3 University of Southern California at No. 8 Ohio State, USC 18-15OSU suffered an embarrassing 35-3 loss in Los Angeles in 2008, but this time the Buckeyes had the Trojans in Ohio Stadium. In front of a record crowd, OSU took a 15-10 lead into the fourth quarter.Freshman quarterback Matt Barkley was under center for Pete Carroll and the Trojans. Pryor was back with the Buckeyes for an improved sophomore season. In the fourth quarter, Barkley and running back tandem Joe McKnight and Stafon Johnson took advantage of a tired OSU defense.The USC offense ran 14 plays and drove 86 yards in six minutes and 10 seconds for the go-ahead touchdown with 1:05 remaining in the game. It was OSU’s first non-conference home loss since Texas in 2005.Nov. 13, 2010: Penn State at No. 8 Ohio State, OSU 38-14The 8-1 Buckeyes squandered a No.1 ranking at Wisconsin two weeks before its home matchup against Penn State, but OSU remained in line for a Big Ten championship.At halftime, Penn State led quarterback Terrelle Pryor and the Buckeyes 14-3, quieting the crowd at the ‘Shoe. However, in the second half, it was all OSU.Running back Dan “Boom” Herron ran started the half with a touchdown. He ran for 190 yards in the game. On the following Penn State possession, defensive back Devon Torrence returned an interception for a touchdown and OSU never looked back.Pryor threw for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter and OSU used another pick-six to win a lopsided game against Penn State.All wins in the 2010 season were vacated following the Tattoo-Gate scandal.Nov. 21, 2015: No. 9 Michigan State at No. 3 Ohio State, Michigan State 17-14The 2015 Buckeyes had underachieved coming into the second-to-last week of the season. But it didn’t matter. If OSU won out, coach Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes had a chance at repeating as national champions.This was the first game in five years College GameDay had been in Columbus. OSU came in as 14-point favorites versus Michigan State, but the Spartan defense stymied the Buckeye offense all game.Running back Ezekiel Elliott had just four carries after the team’s first drive, which ended in an Elliott touchdown run. OSU had just 133 yards of total offense.Michigan State backup quarterback Tyler O’Connor played for the injured Connor Cook against an OSU defense that had not yielded much against opponents all year. O’Connor and running backs L.J. Scott and Gerald Holmes did enough to pull off the upset of the year, ending OSU’s 23-game winning streak.Nov. 26, 2016: No. 3 Michigan at No. 2 Ohio StateSaturday marks the 15th time College GameDay graces the OSU campus. The show will be held outside of the RPAC by the Tuttle Park Place turnaround. The final 90 minutes of the show will be broadcasted from inside the stadium.GameDay begins at 7 a.m. with the temperature at 35 degrees, wind chill of 30. Temperature is expected to be 42 degrees and mostly cloudy at kickoff at 12:12 p.m.
Arsene Wenger has tipped his former captain Patrick Vieira to potentially succeed him one day as the future manger of ArsenalThe former France midfielder began his coaching career at youth level with his last club Manchester City, after retiring from football in 2011 with a FA Cup winners medal.Vieira joined Arsenal in 1996 for Wenger’s first season in charge at the Highbury stadium, where the duo won three Premier League titles and a trio of FA Cups during his nine-year stay at Arsenal.Currently Vieira has been in charge of MLS side New York City FC since January 2016 and has impressed in his spell in America with the 41 year-old having recently been linked with the Arsenal job, in light of another difficult season at the Emirates.Wenger, who has one year remaining on his contract, agrees that Vieira has the potential to succeed him.Merson 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.“He works in the moment in New York and he works for Manchester City,” said Wenger, according to SportsKeeda.“He’s a guy who has the potential one day, yes. I’ve followed his managerial career.“I think he does very well but overall, this Premier League is special.“You have to come in and there are plenty of former players who played here who have potential, the intelligence and knowledge to do it.”
According to a report from Cadena SER in Spain, Florentino Perez will go after Eden Hazard during the winter transfer window for Real Madrid.Just this Monday, we knew how Chelsea winger Eden Hazard said one more time how much he wants to play for Real Madrid before the end of his career and Florentino Perez is taking note of this.It appears that all the planets are slowly aligning for the Belgian player to end up with Los Blancos sooner than expected, but a few things need to happen before Real Madrid actually signs Eden Hazard as one of their new franchise players.Despite the Chelsea star did mention that playing for the Spanish giants remains one of his dreams, there is still a big possibility that he could be wooed by the Blues to stay at the club and Hazard would first listen to any upgrade offer they have for him because of all the history they have together.Eden is not an ungrateful man, he understands that Roman Abramovic’s side has done everything they can to keep him happy and he at least owes them the benefit of putting together a team that can win the trophy he wants the most and still hasn’t been able to conquer (the Champions League).But things won’t be easy for the London club to complete, because Real Madrid has already caught wind of the player’s wishes and they will try to sign him sooner than expected.Eden Hazard has been speaking about his Chelsea future…📲 https://t.co/Dh0gc1jwtC pic.twitter.com/Y8Qd0UqpWO— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) October 8, 2018According to a report coming from Spanish news outlet Cadena SER, Florentino Perez has already decided to go after Eden Hazard during the winter and try to save Real Madrid’s season by doing so.The Belgian doesn’t play the Champions League this season for the Blues, which gives the Spanish giants an even greater reason to go after this player as he would become one of the biggest arrivals in the winter transfer’s history.The whole deal could actually come through if Hazard doesn’t decide to sign a new contract before the end of 2018, as his current arrangement with Chelsea ends during the summer of 2020 and the player is still flirting with the idea of leaving the English club with Real Madrid as his most obvious choice.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.The player has already made several public demonstrations of his desire to play with Los Blancos, it’s now up to Florentino Perez to actually fulfill his dream and finally get a great player who can help the fans rest a little bit easier after Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure and how awful this new season is turning up to be under Julen Lopetegui.Eden Hazard 2018 – The Best Player In The World #HazardForBallonDOr2018 pic.twitter.com/r9kWkX3srm— John 🇮🇪 (@Chelseateam1234) October 8, 2018Hazard would be the first of two signingsWe also caught wind of exclusive information about another plan that Real Madrid has for the summer because Hazard is not the only player who Florentino is after and the next move would be to lead a full-on offensive with Paris Sain-Germain for one of two players.Real Madrid’s intentions are to sign either Kylian Mbappé or Neymar Jr, but not both players because Hazard is arguably the one they would get for less money.Perez has saved no more than €150 million for the Belgian player, and he understands that he would have to invest at least another €250 million for one of PSG’s top players during the next summer transfer window.That would be €400 million for two players in order to keep winning trophies as the club has done for the last five years, but the negotiations with both PSG and Chelsea won’t be easy.At least Eden Hazard already made his intentions public, which will make things easier for Real Madrid during the winter. The attempt to get one of the two PSG stars will be a lot more difficult than anybody expects, but not impossible.La noticia con la que abrimos anoche el programa | El Real Madrid espera incorporar a Hazard en el mercado de invierno 👉 https://t.co/JLaBGcmWa8 pic.twitter.com/hDYZwNu3FJ— El Larguero (@ellarguero) October 9, 2018What do you think about Florentino Perez’s plan to sign Eden Hazard and one of PSG’s top players? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.