Burbank police say shooting justified

first_imgBURBANK – After a four-month review, Burbank police officials said an officer acted within department policy when he shot an armed man outside the man’s home. Officer Michael Reyes fired one shot from a shotgun at Daniel Houy , 48, wounding him in the lower back after Houy ignored orders to drop the handgun, pointed it at himself and police, and tried to go inside his house, where his wife and two daughters were, police said. “The officer fired to defend the family so we didn’t end up in a hostage situation or with one of them being harmed,” said Burbank Deputy Chief Larry Koch. Reyes was among several patrol officers who responded June 11 to Houy’s home after his wife called 911, saying he was armed and threatening to shoot her, his daughters and then himself, police said. Houy pleaded no contest to a felony charge of resisting arrest, and was sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years’ probation, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. The District Attorney’s Office is continuing its review of the shooting, she said. The 30 guns Houy owned were confiscated and he was forbidden to own any more. In an interview at his home Friday, Houy said he was to blame but that he didn’t deserve to be shot. He said the incident began when his wife snatched away his glass of liquor and began to harangue him over his drinking. He said things went fuzzy fast. “That’s when my mind went woo-hoo,” said Houy, a disabled aerospace worker. Houy said he got a gun from his safe “just to put a scare” in his wife. One of his daughters grabbed the gun out of his hand, so he got another one, went outside and was pacing in the front yard of his Lamar Street home when police arrived. He said he can’t remember what happened next, but said that when he turned to walk inside his home, he was shot. “It knocked me on the ground,” he said. “I didn’t deserve to be shot.” After being treated at the hospital, he served 28 days in jail and was released on a written promise to return to court in January to finish out his term, he said. Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 jason.kandel@dailynews.com AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Chelsea youngster picks up injury

first_imgYoungster Rohan Ince has returned to Chelsea for treatment on a shin problem.The midfielder, who recently joined Yeovil Town on a six-month loan, picked up a knock while playing for the Glovers in a pre-season friendly.His injury is not thought to be serious but it was felt that the superior medical facilities at Chelsea would help him return to action quicker.He could miss the start of the season but is not expected to be sidelined for more than a fortnight.See also:Chelsea youngster looks close to return after minor injuryFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Thank you, South Africa: Mbeki

first_img22 September 2008President Thabo Mbeki has thanked South Africans for giving him the opportunity to serve them over the past 14 years, first as Deputy President and then as President of the country.Mbeki formally resigned as President on Sunday after being asked to do so by the national executive committee of the ruling African National Congress (ANC).In a televised address to the nation on Sunday night, Mbeki said he departed the office knowing that South Africa had many men and women who had dedicated their lives to ensuring that the country, Africa and the countries of the south would, in time, create a better world for all of humanity.Mbeki said goodbye to the nation in all 11 official languages, and also offered hope for the future.“Gloom and despondency have never defeated adversity. Trying times need courage and resilience. Our strength as a people is not tested during the best of times,” Mbeki said.“We should never become despondent because the weather is bad, nor should we turn triumphalist because the sun shines.”Mbeki said he was convinced that the incoming administration would better the work done during the past 14-and-half years so that poverty, underdevelopment, unemployment, illiteracy, challenges of health, crime and corruption would cease to define the lives of many South Africans.However, he said that for South Africa to succeed there was more work that needed to be done.“I trust that we will continue to strive to act in unity to accelerate the advance towards the achievement of our shared national goals.“I depart this Office conscious that the sterling work done by the Presidency, the Ministries and departments, the provinces and local government structures will continue, driven by the determination to achieve the goal of a better life for all.Since 1994, when he became Deputy President under Nelson Mandela, Mbeki’s office has embarked on policies and programmes directed at pulling the people of South Africa out of the morass of poverty and ensuring that the country became a stable, developed and prosperous one.Among many things the Mbeki government achieved was the transformation of the economy, resulting in the longest sustained period of economic growth in the history of the country.“We introduced an indigent policy that reaches large numbers of those in need; we made the necessary advances so as to bring about a developmental state, the better to respond to the many and varied challenges of the transformation of our country,” Mbeki said.Among other achievements attained during his term in office, Mbeki recalled the empowerment of women, the decision to allow the country to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and South Africa’s election as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council two years ago.“We have also worked continuously to combat the twin challenges of crime and corruption, to ensure that all our people live in conditions of safety and security.“We must admit that we are still faced with many challenges in this regard,” he said.Work, he said, would therefore have to continue to strengthen and improve the functioning of the criminal justice system; to provide the necessary resources for this purpose; to activate the masses of people to join the fight against crime and corruption; and to achieve new victories in the struggle for moral regeneration.During his term, Mbeki also contributed to the resolution of conflicts and the strengthening of democracy in a number of countries, including the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Cote d’Ivoire, Comoros, Zimbabwe and Sudan.“We have worked to contribute to the achievement of the aspirations of the countries and peoples of the South, conscious of the need for us to act in solidarity and in unity with the billions with whom we share the common challenge to defeat poverty and underdevelopment.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Proteas exit ICC World Twenty20

first_imgOne has to ask, was it a choke on South Africa’s part? Not really. One has to be in with a strong shot at victory to choke and the Proteas were too far off their best to really challenge at the ICC World Twenty20. After the testing tour of England, the tournament proved to be a bridge too far. Faf du Plessis made the highest score for South Africa in the tournament of 65 against India, but the next highest score in the game was just 16. Neither South Africa nor England performed well in the tournament, but the Proteas had the added disadvantage of being away from home since early July. With different preparation, more focused on the 20 overs a side game, they would surely have done better. “We did all the preparation possible. We thought we were ready, but the guys didn’t click.” The very next ball, however, Morkel dragged the delivery from Lakshmipathy Balaji onto his stumps. That brought his brother Morne to the crease. Games they could have wonTheir matches against India and Pakistan were games they could easily have won, but they did not. Those were contests that a fresher side might well have taken. The taller of the two Morkels was deceived by a slower ball first up and played a shot too early. The next ball, though, he blasted Balaji for six. Advantage South Africa, it seemed. 3 October 2012 ‘A poor tournament’After the contest, captain AB de Villiers did not try to hide his dissatisfaction with his team’s performances. “Disappointed isn’t the word to describe it. We’ve had a poor tournament,” he said. “We’ve let the country down and that’s what hurts most. However, when Morkel went for it again off the second last delivery of the over, he was clean bowled, leaving India winners by one run, with South Africa all out for 151. If one offered De Villiers an excuse for his team’s sub-standard showing, he probably wouldn’t take it, but touring England before heading directly for Sri Lanka was far from ideal preparation for the ICC World Twenty20.center_img Batting first, India posted 152 for 6, led by Suresh Raina’s 45 off 35 deliveries. Morne Morkel captured 2 for 28 with the ball in his four overs, while Robin Peterson picked up 2 for 25. Final overNonetheless, the contest came down to the final over, with South Africa requiring 13 for victory. When Albie Morkel smashed the first ball of the over for six, the Proteas, who had two wickets in hand, were left needing eight runs off five balls, and it looked as if they would sneak home. At the top level of play, it’s the little things that make the difference and with the team some way off its best form, that was the difference between winning and losing. The biggest factor was the poor batting performances by the Proteas. Not only were match-winning individual innings not played, but the top scorers in each match received little support, resulting in poor totals which were difficult to defend. South Africa’s reply started poorly, with Amla dismissed from the second ball of the innings. Faf du Plessis shone with 65, but five other batsmen made it to double figures, yet four of them failed to make it beyond 13. To underline just how poor the Proteas’ batting was: only JP Duminy, with 106 runs in four innings, topped the 100-run mark. Hashim Amla managed 71 runs in five innings, Jacques Kallis made 24 in three, De Villiers 89 in four and Richard Levi 62 in four. Such performances won’t serve any team well. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Half-centuriesIn five matches, only two South Africans made half-centuries and one of those, Richard Levi’s 50 not out, came against minnows Zimbabwe. The bowling was good, but not good enough to defend poor totals. The Proteas’ slim chance of reaching the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20 fell away when Pakistan beat Australia on Tuesday. That left South Africa with nothing but pride to play for against India. In a roller-coaster contest, AB de Villiers and company exited the competition with a one-run loss.last_img read more

Why Do We Measure Air Conditioner Capacity in Tons?

first_imgA few years ago, a HERS rater student in a class I taught told a funny story. He was an HVAC contractor and said he was installing a new air conditioner for an elderly woman. As he was explaining things to her, he mentioned that they would be installing a 4-ton unit. “Oh, my,” she said. “How are you going to get something so big into my back yard?”The confusion here is completely natural. HVAC and home energy pros find this story funny because when you say an air conditioner is 4 tons, we know we’re not talking about the weight of the equipment. It’s a number that tells how much heat the air conditioner can remove from the house in an hour. (Fro now, let’s ignore the issues of nominal vs. actual capacity and AHRI derating.) A 4-ton air conditioner is one that can remove 48,000 BTUs of heat per hour from the house. (A BTU is a British Thermal Unit, approximately the amount of heat you get from burning one kitchen match all the way down.) For most people, though, 4 tons means 8,000 pounds. For the fearless: If you want to read some funny HVAC banter on this topic, check out this thread in the HVAC-Talk forum. And if you figure out what “heat of zaporization” is, let me know! It’s cold enough to start harvesting, so get out your ice sawMost pros also know how such a common term as “ton” has turned into a bit of HVAC jargon. Before Willis Carrier invented the modern air conditioner, people used to cool buildings in the summertime with ice harvested from rivers and lakes in the wintertime. A Green Homes America article quotes ice production figures from a 19th-century journal, Ice and Refrigeration, indicating that the 1890 crop from the Hudson River was about 4 million tons.OK, so people used to cool and refrigerate with ice. How does that equate to air conditioning capacity in BTUs per hour, you ask? Well, let’s get quantitative and find out. We’ve been talking about “tons of cooling” for a centuryIf you’re wondering how this term got institutionalized, it was probably the usual way. People in the industry start using it, and then the professional organizations make it official.An architecture website has a quote from 1912 that claims the American Society of Mechanical Engineers standardized it. It sounds likely, but their numbers don’t work out, so I’m gonna go with Honest Abe (see image below) on this one and remain skeptical (until someone in the comments shows me what’s wrong with my thinking anyway). RELATED ARTICLES The Magic of ColdAir Conditioner BasicsGBA Encyclopedia: Air ConditioningCalculating Cooling LoadsWindow-Mounted Air Conditioners Save Energy Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. The latent heat of fusionWhen ice is below freezing and it absorbs heat, its temperature increases. When ice is at its melting point, 32°F, and it absorbs heat, its temperature doesn’t change. Instead, it melts. If you’ve had a physics or chemistry class, you may recall that the amount of heat needed to melt ice is called the latent heat of fusion. In Imperial units, that number is 143 BTUs per pound.That’s actually a lot of heat to pump into a pound frozen water. Once the ice is melted into liquid water, it takes only 1 BTU per pound to raise the temperature 1 degree. So if you’ve got a pound of ice at 32°F, you put 143 BTUs into it to melt it completely. Then it takes only 180 more BTUs to raise the temperature of that pound of water from 32°F to 212°F, the boiling point.Anyway, getting back to our main discussion: if you have a ton of ice, it takes (143 BTU/lb) x (2000 lbs) = 286,000 BTUs to melt it completely. You could do that in one hour or 10 hours or a year, depending on how quickly you pump heat into it. Somewhere along the line, though, someone decided to use 1 day — 24 hours — as the standard time reference here. If the ice melts uniformly over the 24 hours, it absorbs heat at the rate of 286,000 / 24 hrs = 11,917 BTU/hr.Rounding that number up makes it a nice, round 12,000 BTU/hr. In air conditioning jargon, then, a ton of AC capacity is equal to 12,000 BTU/hr. There it is.last_img read more

14 days agoEx-Chelsea keeper Schwarzer convinced by Mount potential

first_imgEx-Chelsea keeper Schwarzer convinced by Mount potentialby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer is convinced by the potential of Mason Mount.Schwarzer has now backed the midfielder to continue his rise, and is keen to see how he interacts with his more experience team-mates during the rest of the season.”I think Mount has done really well so far,” Schwarzer told Goal.”He has been exciting to watch. He is a big talent, he played very well in the Championship last season under Frank [Lampard] so he knows him really well.”I like so much about him. The biggest thing is that movement, dropping the shoulder, taking on a player and caressing the ball.“His link-up play is very good. His understanding with Tammy Abraham is very good. I like his evolution.”It will be interesting to see what he is like when more experienced players come into the team like Willian and Pedro, if there’s more consistency and how he links up with them.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Senate Passes Protection of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (Amendment) Act

first_img No jobs will be lost consequent on the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries’ assumption of the functions of the Management Authority, which previously advised the Government on plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.This is according to Leader of Government Business in the Upper House, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, who piloted the Protection of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (Amendment) Act during the Senate’s on May 3.The legislation makes provisions for certain functions of the Authority, which was established under the principal Act, to be formally integrated into the Ministry’s Research and Development Division.“The Management Authority… wasn’t actually a separate entity that employed separately and now needs to be rationalised. Persons who functioned therein, functioned together with the Research and Development Division, as it exists,” Senator Johnson Smith explained.She further noted that the Act will allow for “an alignment closer to the reality, with some adjustments to [ensure greater] accountability [and] efficiency, and effectiveness of assignment of roles and responsibilities will be more clearly implemented and implementable”.This move, Senator Johnson Smith said, is in keeping with the Government’s Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation Programme, “which has been broadly designed to increase the overall effectiveness of public sector service delivery, reduced cost of government and to contribute to economic growth and development”.She noted, however, that the policy advice function of the previous Management Authority is to be carried out by the Plant Genetic Resources Advisory Task Force – a new body to be established under the Act, and comprising members similar to those of the former body.The task force will advise the Minister on matters of policy and legal measures that facilitate the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources and the equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of their use.The principal Act was promulgated in 2013 to support Jamaica’s obligation under the 2001 International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, which the country ratified in 2006.The Treaty aims to guarantee food security through the conservation, exchange and sustainable use of the world’s plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.“The Bill seeks to assure full integration into the Ministry responsible for agriculture, by repealing the provision in the principal Act… for corporate status of the Management Authority while ensuring that Jamaica continues to operate as required under the Treaty,” Senator Johnson Smith informed.Specifically, she noted that the amendments will require that the Ministry integrate the activities under the Treaty into the Government’s relevant agricultural and rural development policies and programmes, cooperate with the relevant international organisations in order to establish or strengthen the capabilities of developing countries with respect to sustainable use of plant genetic resources, and promote the sharing and exchange of plant genetic resources.“It will also be required to manage the plant resources fund and establish and maintain the register of plant genetic resources,” she said.The Bill was passed without amendments. It was previously approved in the Lower House on February 26. The legislation makes provisions for certain functions of the Authority, which was established under the principal Act, to be formally integrated into the Ministry’s Research and Development Division. This is according to Leader of Government Business in the Upper House, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, who piloted the Protection of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (Amendment) Act during the Senate’s on May 3. Story Highlights No jobs will be lost consequent on the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries’ assumption of the functions of the Management Authority, which previously advised the Government on plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.last_img read more

A Baseballs Exit Velocity Is Five Parts Hitter One Part Pitcher

For years sabermetrics has theorized that pitchers can’t control what happens after a batter strikes a ball. Whether it bloops in for a hit, rockets its way to an outfielder’s glove or lands just inches outside the foul line, it’s a consequence of the batter and the defense, but not the pitcher. That argument is what led to Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP), a statistic that attempts to quantify a pitcher’s performance only for the events for which we know the pitcher has definite responsibility (walks, strikeouts and home runs — in sabermetrics parlance, the “Three True Outcomes”). FIP throws out base hits completely on the basis that they are partially a product of the defense.But now we have Statcast. The new technology that collects data on the position and velocity of the ball and the players on the field is beginning to change what we know (or thought we knew) about all sorts of things — pitching included. And that’s raising new questions about how much effect a pitcher can have on a ball once it’s put in play. The answer might be: a lot.But first, let’s talk batters. Last week, I used Statcast to show that harder-struck pitches tend to fall for hits more often. That, generally, makes hard contact good for the hitter and bad for the pitcher. Obviously, some hitters are better at hitting the ball hard. What Statcast tells us is that some pitchers are better at making batters hit the ball softly.That’s not to say pitchers hold the upper hand. In my models1Specifically, I used a linear random effects model with the R package lme4. The model was specified as follows:Batted ball velocity ~ (1|hitter) + (1|pitcher) + (1|ballpark).In total, batter explains 3 percent of the variance in batted ball velocity, while pitcher explains 0.6 percent and park 0.03 percent. of batted ball velocity that incorporate the pitcher, batter and ballpark, the batter’s effect dominates the pitcher’s. A ball’s exit velocity after a bat strikes it is about five times more the batter’s doing than the pitcher’s. This fact seems to partially vindicate FIP — batters really are the ones in control.At the same time, the pitcher’s effect is not negligible.2Deriving a p-value in a random effects model is tricky. However, the random effect for pitchers significantly improves the model by AIC, improves out-of-sample prediction accuracy, and is larger than expected under a null distribution derived from permutations. While the best batters increase batted ball velocity by as much as 7-8 mph, the best pitchers suppress it by 1.5 mph compared with the average pitcher.That has real significance: Such a decrease roughly equates to a 13-point decrease in batting average on balls in play (BABIP) for a given batted ball.3This number comes from a logistic regression of exit velocity for each batted ball. Over the course of a game, the pitchers who can best decrease exit velocity save about a quarter of a run (on average). A quarter of a run doesn’t sound like much? Multiplied over a season, all those quarters of a run add up to about one win of value.4Run expectancy numbers are derived from a linear regression of linear weights value per pitch on batted ball velocity. Linear weights values come from Pitch Info.So that means FIP is flawed as an overall value metric, at least for some pitchers. Who are those pitchers? Here’s a table of all 485 pitchers with batted ball data this season as of the writing of this article.5This amounts to 17,768 batted balls. You may notice that most relievers are close to zero on this list. That’s because the model does not have enough data per reliever to be certain that they are altering velocity heavily, so it regresses their readings to the mean. Search for your favorite pitcher and see how many miles per hour he takes away from or adds to the average batted ball. The five best pitchers in the league: the Baltimore Orioles’ Wei-Yin Chen (balls leave the bat 1.63 mph slower than average when Chen pitches); the Chicago White Sox’s Chris Sale (1.56 mph); the Los Angeles Angels’ Garrett Richards (1.53 mph); the St. Louis Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright (1.46 mph, before he experienced a season-ending injury April 25); and the Houston Astros’ Dallas Keuchel (1.40 mph). Many of these pitchers are bona fide aces, most obviously Sale, Richards and Wainwright (Clayton Kershaw also lurks in ninth place). These players are not only adept at managing contact, they are also skilled strikeout artists. FIP accurately tabs them as great pitchers even without information about their contact-controlling abilities.These pitchers control their opposition’s quality of contact partly by driving the hitters into bad counts. In pitcher’s counts, hitters tend to put weak, defensive swings on the ball, resulting in glancing contact. About 15 percent of pitchers’ exit velocity suppression comes from controlling the count.6This estimate is derived by incorporating count into the model as a fixed effect and then determining how much the pitcher’s estimated random effect decreased. Richards, for example, has reached two-strike counts in 92 of his opponents’ plate appearances, compared with three-ball counts in only 38; in the former, hitters have a .271 BABIP, whereas in the latter, they have a .333 BABIP.7The league difference is a bit smaller, but still significant: .291 BABIP with three balls, .281 with two strikes.Chen is an intriguing case. The best at suppressing batted ball velocity, Chen also has the largest gap between ERA and FIP among qualified starters. In fact, Chen has put up a sizable gap between his ERA and FIP in three of the four years in which he’s pitched in MLB. Lacking batted ball velocity in years prior, we cannot say that his skill is consistent, but his results appear to be.FIP doesn’t only fail to credit the pitchers who manage their opponent’s batted ball velocity, it also fails to blame bad ones who consistently get hit hard.The league’s bottom five in that respect: the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Vance Worley (1.43 mph added to a ball’s exit velocity, compared with average); the Tampa Bay Rays’ Nate Karns (1.39 mph); the San Francisco Giants’ Tim Lincecum (1.16 mph); the Kansas City Royals’ Yordano Ventura (1.11 mph); and the San Diego Padres’ James Shields (1.06 mph). Just as the best pitchers tended to be better than average even by FIP, these five are worse. And while the aces use the count to their advantage, these pitchers are liable to find themselves in hitter’s counts, which causes some of their problems in the first place.Their exit velocity stats are also worse because they serve up pitches down the middle of the plate. Batters crave these meatballs and can punish them for extra-base hits and home runs. When I took pitch location out of the model, the pitchers’ effects on batted ball velocities fell by 20 percent on average.8Location was added into the model with a quadratic term for horizontal and vertical coordinates after adjusting for the count.Ventura, the Royals’ young flamethrower, is a conspicuous member of this worst-in-the-league list. Like Worley and Karns, he tends to throw his four-seam fastball more often than the league average.9Using pitch tags generously supplied to me by Pitch Info. That’s significant because fastballs tend to get hammered the hardest (even adjusting for count and location). Ventura, and other fastball-heavy starters, run the risk of allowing harder contact and more hits.The idea that pitchers can, in fact, influence their BABIP is not new. Shortly after the initial publication of DIPS, Tom Tippett (currently employed by the Red Sox) wrote about how the best pitchers seemed to be able to control the probability that their struck pitches would fall for hits. Tippett had only anecdotal examples such as Pedro Martinez and Greg Maddux, so the sabermetric community coalesced on the idea that they could be exceptions to a very reasonable rule.Now that we have Statcast’s data, we can see otherwise. No one will mistake Wei-Yin Chen for Pedro Martinez, but it appears that Chen can repeatably depress his opponent’s batted ball velocity, and a statistic such as FIP will fail to credit him for that skill.10Fortunately, new statistics such as Baseball Prospectus’ DRA (Deserved Run Average) do take into account all the events in which a pitcher plays a part. In fact, individual pitchers’ DRAs better correlate with the velocity suppression effects I calculated than their FIPs do, indicating that DRA is capturing some of this skill. Statcast’s data is beginning to challenge not only our views of specific players, but also some of the fundamental precepts of sabermetrics.Special thanks to Baseball Savant for the batted ball data; Pitch Info and Harry Pavlidis for the use of pitch tag data; and Jonathan Judge, Greg Matthews, Harry Pavlidis and Dan Turkenkopf for helpful comments and feedback.CORRECTION (May 22, 11:38 a.m.): An earlier version of this article stated that Wei-Yin Chen had a sizable gap between his ERA and FIP all four years in which he pitched in the league. That wasn’t true in 2013, when his ERA was slightly higher than his FIP. read more

Urban Meyer I do believe Braxtons a Heisman candidate

Braxton for Heisman?Through the first nine weeks of the season, Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer declined to consider his star sophomore quarterback, Braxton Miller, a candidate for this year’s Heisman Trophy. Following the team’s ninth consecutive victory on Saturday at Penn State, Meyer’s response changed.“I do believe Braxton’s a Heisman candidate,” Meyer said. “He has to play much better, however, from just sheer production on a team that’s 9-0, it puts him in that category.”Miller ranks 10th nationally with 2,620 yards of total offense and ranks fifth nationally with 1,093 rushing yards. The OSU quarterback has also 12 passing and 12 rushing touchdowns this season.Meyer said Miller’s progression as a quarterback this season is “on schedule.”“Somebody would say he should be a better thrower by now, and he should be,” Meyer said. “But there’s other areas of his game that have really improved.”Meyer said he does not know who the other candidates are but mentioned Kansas State senior quarterback Collin Klein and West Virginia senior quarterback Geno Smith when discussing the award.Meyer also named Miller as OSU’s offensive player of the week. Miller completed 7-of-19 passes for 143 yards with one touchdown and one interception against Penn State but also ran for 134 yards and two touchdowns.Miller also received recognition on a national level. Miller was announced on Monday as one of 16 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award, an award recognizing the collegiate player of the year.Praise for Penn State performanceMeyer said he was proud of his team’s overall performance in their 35-23 road win in State College, Pa., on Saturday.“Our guys responded well in a very tough situation,” Meyer said. “Overall, very good team win … our best team win we’ve had.”Meyer said his Buckeyes are a “special” team.“They’re fighting for each other,” Meyer said. “It’s a refuse-to-lose type atmosphere.”Wide receivers coach Zach Smith said he did not foresee the Buckeyes starting out the season with a 9-0 record.“I think it’s a testament to just the commitment of a group of guys that refuse to lose a game,” Smith said. “I wouldn’t say that we are an undefeated football team that is sitting here just dominating people … There’s a lot of stuff we can improve at every position in every phase, but what you love to see is that teamwork and that cohesion of players that go out and win the game because they have the passion for each other and this university and ultimately the team.”Awards all around for BuckeyesSophomore outside linebacker Ryan Shazier, who had eight total tackles, two sacks, an interception returned for a touchdown and a forced fumble in Saturday’s win, was named the Big Ten co-defensive player of the week on Monday.In addition to Miller, two other Buckeyes were named as national semifinalists for major college football awards. Junior defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins was named one of 16 semifinalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award, which is awarded to college football’s outstanding defensive player of the year. Redshirt sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby, who was credited with four pass breakups in Saturday’s game, was also named a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, which recognizes the nation’s best defensive back.Meyer said Monday that Shazier and Roby were named OSU’s co-defensive players of the week. Sophomore wide receiver Devin Smith, who had two special teams tackles, was named special teams player of the week.Redshirt junior left tackle Jack Mewhort, junior left guard Andrew Norwell, senior right tackle Reid Fragel, redshirt senior tight end Jake Stoneburner, sophomore wide receiver Evan Spencer and junior running back Carlos Hyde were named as offensive champions along with Miller.Additionally, Meyer awarded redshirt sophomore Adam Griffin a “Scarlet Shirt” award for his efforts on special teams, which included a pass breakup on a fake punt pass.Griffin said being recognized for his effort “means a lot” to him.“It just lets you know that all the hard work you put in throughout practice and throughout camp is paying off,” Griffin said.Injury reportMeyer said redshirt senior outside linebacker Etienne Sabino, who has missed the last three games with a broken right fibula, is questionable for Saturday’s game versus Illinois.Aside from Sabino, however, Meyer said the team has a relatively clean bill of health.“Our trainers say we’re as healthy as we’ve been,” Meyer said. read more

Asensio Vazquez give De Gea new nickname

first_imgManchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has been dubbed ‘Karius’ by Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez, according to ESPN.The Real Madrid pair of Asensio and Vazquez were seen calling the United goalkeeper Karius in the tunnel before the game between Real Madrid and Manchester United on Monday in Miami.It is understood that De Gea might have been giving the nickname ‘Karius’ in the Spanish camp during the World Cup.The former Atletico Madrid shot-stopper was heading onto the pitch when he heard familiar voices call him Karius and the voices turned out of be those of Spanish teammates Asensio and Vazquez.The goalkeeper smiled and exchanged pleasantries with the duo before heading out to the pitch to warm up.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…De Gea had a difficult making just one save in all four games as La Furia Roja exited the competition in the second-round after a penalty shootout loss to host Russia.These below-par performances have led to comparisons with Liverpool’s Loris Karius by his Spanish teammates.Karius has had a difficult time of late. The German goalkeeper had a frustrating outing in the Champions League Final against Real Madrid and he’s has been unconvincing in preseason friendlies as well.Liverpool have signed Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker for a record-goalkeeper fee to solve their problem in that department.last_img read more