It’s been almost seven months since the Major League Baseball season started, and here we are, finally ready to determine a champion. We’ve been tracking — and forecasting — each team’s chances all season long, so we wanted to look back at the paths to the World Series taken by Boston and Los Angeles. Our final predictions give the Red Sox the edge over the Dodgers in the series, 60 percent to 40 percent — but as we know, anything can happen when the players take the field.Check out our latest MLB predictions.
“Win and you’re in.” It’s safe to say that phrase is lingering in the minds of players and coaches for the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team. With a win at the fifth annual “Showdown in the ‘Shoe” this coming Saturday, the team would punch its ticket to the Eastern College Athletic Conference tournament. The Buckeyes will face-off against Air Force at 11 a.m. live on the Big Ten Network right before the OSU spring football game, for which about 60,000 presale tickets have already been distributed. The team isn’t nervous about playing in Ohio Stadium, coach Nick Myers said. Myers said it was a challenge last week against Michigan in their stadium, but overall the team is excited about another opportunity. “This is the fifth year I’ve been a part of this event, and it’s like no other in the game of lacrosse,” Myers said. “I think it really speaks to the commitment the university has made to get behind this game. A lot of fans are being exposed to what we feel like is a great game and it’s just huge for Midwest lacrosse.” If the Buckeyes win against Air Force Saturday, the team will make a strong stance for the No. 3 seed in ECAC tournament. With Loyola (Maryland) undefeated in the conference, the win would set up a possible back-to-back matchup with Fairfield University in the last matchup of the regular season, as well as the first-round game of the ECAC tournament for the Buckeyes. The winner of the ECAC tournament will get an automatic bid into the 2012 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse tournament. The ECAC tournament begins on May 2 in Denver. “We’re hungry,” Myers said. “I think we realize how close we are, we just feel like we still haven’t really played our best.” The team hit a rough spot in the middle of the season with a record of 1-5 in the month of March. Two big victories against Hobart College and Michigan in the past two weeks have opened the doors to the postseason for the Buckeyes. With only two games remaining in the season, senior midfielder Brock Sorensen said the team understands the situation they are in. “I think there has been more of a focus as the season has gone on,” Sorensen said. “Our defense has continued to play great for us and we know that is the backbone of our team. It’s just getting our offense to click and getting all 44 guys to chip in any way that they can.” Sorensen has recorded nine goals this season, the highest in his Buckeye career. The defense is ranked 10th in team defense in the NCAA, only allowing 7.75 goals a game. Redshirt senior defenseman Matt Kawamoto said stat resulted from a lot of hard work put in by his teammates this year. Everyone is buying into the game plan and everyone is just staying focused to that goal, Kawamoto said. Kawamoto was announced as a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior Class award on April 4. The winner will be announced during the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship weekend, which will be held May 26-28 in Boston. “To be put in the same category with those other ten guys, it’s a really huge honor,” Kawamoto said.
Left: Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) carries the ball during a game against Illinois on Nov. 1 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 55-14.Credit: Ben Jackson / For The LanternRight: Then-senior quarterback Troy Smith (10) escapes a pack of Michigan defenders during a game on Nov. 18, 2006, at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-39.Credit: Courtesy of TNSIn 2004, a redshirt-sophomore quarterback from Cleveland made just his fifth career start against the No. 7 Michigan Wolverines in Ohio Stadium.Before that game, not many people knew who Troy Smith was, but after defeating the highly ranked Wolverines, 37-21, in The Game, Smith became a legend in Columbus. Smith, who is set to have his No. 10 honored at halftime of Saturday’s Ohio State-Michigan matchup, said he did not know right away what that game in 2004 meant to him or the OSU faithful.“You don’t really understand the magnitude of the game until years and years after,” Smith said Monday. “Until you hit the field, and you feel that there are really hundreds of thousands of people watching you, watching your every single move, you really don’t have an understanding. It is a feeling I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world.”Smith went on to defeat Michigan in 2005 and 2006, the latter being arguably the biggest game in the rivalry’s history as the Buckeyes and Wolverines met in Ohio Stadium as No. 1 and No. 2 in the country, respectively. OSU won that 2006 game, 42-39, making Smith just the second OSU quarterback ever to go 3-0 against Michigan, joining Tippy Dye who completed the feat from 1934-36. Fast forward to 2014. Another OSU quarterback is set to make his first start against the Michigan Wolverines, albeit on a slightly different scale. When Smith defeated the Wolverines in 2004, OSU was unranked and had already suffered four losses. Now, redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett is leading a Buckeye team that sits at 10-1, 7-0 on the season with a shot at the first-ever College Football Playoff still in reach. Despite Barrett’s inexperience, Smith said he believes the young quarterback will perform admirably against the Wolverines. “The first advice is to stick to the game plan. Don’t try to be someone that he is not,” Smith said. “Obviously we have gotten a chance to see the transformation and the growth behind J.T. Barrett this whole season and I am pretty much blown away ‘cause as a freshman, he is doing some things that it took me an ample amount of years to grasp and have an understanding about. “We as Buckeye fans, we should be privileged to see his growth and it will do nothing but rise.”Barrett, a native of Wichita Falls, Texas, admitted after a 42-27 win over the Indiana Hoosiers that he had to be educated on the rivalry with Michigan.“I knew it was big, but coming from Texas, it was Texas and Oklahoma. I went to that game being recruited. I really didn’t have anything on the team up north and Ohio State,” Barrett said. “It was a lot to learn. It’s a deep hate for those guys. Not just the players, but more the fans.”OSU coach Urban Meyer said he makes a point of making sure guys like Barrett, who might not know about the rivalry, get acclimated once they arrive at OSU. “We just make a huge deal out of rivalry games. I want the players to take ownership in the program, part ownership in the game,” Meyer said Monday. “This is not another game. This is The Game.”Smith on the other hand, knew exactly what the rivalry meant. “Growing up in Ohio, (I was) definitely biased towards having an understanding to which game was the best game of the year,” Smith said. “It is a different feel.”While Barrett might not know as much about the rivalry, he has shown a knowledge of the OSU playbook as his 42 total touchdowns are not only tied for the best in the country, but have helped him set multiple school records. One of those records used to belong to Smith, as Barrett passed the Heisman winner’s school record for passing touchdowns in a season (30) with four scoring tosses against the Hoosiers to give him 33 on the year. Barrett’s play has gotten the attention of many people including Heisman analysts, as last week Barrett was given 15/1 odds to win the award by online gambling site Bovada.com. Smith, who has a vote as a Heisman winner, said that while he hasn’t filled out his ballot just yet, he has a soft spot for OSU candidates. “I usually like to wait until the last second. I have a tremendous amount of respect for that process and having an understanding of too what it takes to win the Heisman Trophy and I think it shouldn’t be awarded until the last game of whoever is in the standings because you never know who is going to have a breakout moment,” Smith said. “We have got great talent across the nation and (I am) definitely biased towards some of the guys who are going to be wearing the Scarlet and Gray if they are up there.”Smith added that not only is Barrett on his short list of candidates, but said the redshirt-freshman should be on other voters’ lists as well. “I think he should be in everybody’s mind. Statistically the things that he is doing, obviously numbers don’t lie,” Smith said. “Tom Herman and our offensive staff are putting him and are putting other guys in positions to make plays and J.T. is doing nothing but capitalizing on every single chance and opportunity.”Barrett said following the game against Indiana that he does not let the Heisman talk affect his game on the field. “When I think of that, Heisman and all that, I can’t control that,” Barrett said. “I try to handle things that I can control, and one of those things was so the offense could go out there and play well today.”As Barrett and the Buckeyes turn their focus to their hated rival, Smith said he believes he knows how Barrett will feel when he takes the field for the first time against Michigan. “I know J.T. is going to be on cloud nine,” Smith said.Barrett and the Buckeye are set to take on the Wolverines Saturday at noon from Ohio Stadium.
La Liga have formally made a request to the Spanish FA (RFEF) for the January league fixture between Girona and Barcelona to take place in MiamiJust last week, Girona announced that they were willing to go ahead with the planned fixture at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium due to it being a “great opportunity for expansion” for both club and city.Now La Liga have confirmed that both club presidents Delfi Geli and Josep Maria Bartomeu have signed a letter alongside league chief Javier Tebas to formally submit a request.“FC Barcelona, Girona FC & LaLiga seek permission from Spanish Football Federation to stage match in the US,” read a La Liga statement.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“The request comes after successfully completing the first key steps with several stakeholders”The Catalan derby between Girona and Barcelona will take place on January 26 at a proposed time of 8.45pm (CEST time).Meanwhile, around 1,500 Girona season-ticket holders will be offered free air travel and accommodation by La Liga as the game was originally supposed to take place at the club’s Estadi Montilivi.La Liga president Tebas announced a 15-year deal with Relevent Sports to stage La Liga fixtures in the United States last month, which caused huge controversy among players and fans.
Chelsea winger Pedro played down concerns over a potential injury that he sustained in the club’s 1-0 win over PAOK in the Europa LeagueThe former Barcelona star played the full 90 minutes as Chelsea began took home all three points in the opening game of their Europa League campaign in Greece.But in the final moments of the game, Pedro appeared to sustain a nasty shoulder injury after colliding with the PAOK goalkeeper.However, Pedro has posted an update on his well-being on social media.“Good start in the Europa League. Everything’s ok despite the incident at the end of the game. Come on Blues!!” he wrote on Instagram.Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri had said last night that he was unsure over whether or not Pedro would be available for the club’s next game against West Ham United in the Premier League on Sunday.A goal from Brazilian winger Willian sealed the win for Chelsea on Thursday night against PAOK.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.Pedro has scored three goals in seven appearances across all competitions for Chelsea this season.
Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose has been speaking about the team’s chances of winning this season’s Premier League crown after their best start to the season after eight league games.The England international has welcomed his club’s brilliant start to the season but has revealed his ‘shock’ at his side being only two points off the top.Mauricio Pochettino’s side secured a scrappy against Cardiff City on Saturday courtesy of an early strike from midfielder Eric Dier, however, both he and the gaffer have called for improvements in their early season performances.The former Southampton manager has raised concerns about the manner in which his team have won games despite achieving a club record eighteen points from eight games in the Premier League era.The Lilywhites are yet to hit the heights of their performances last season but Rose revealed that he was happy that his team were winning ‘ugly’.Pochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.And when questioned whether it was a sign of champions the former Sunderland loanee admitted he was uncertain as the is yet to win any trophy yet but warned Spur’s rivals that with the winter months approaching, it won’t be long before they hit top gear.According to the Daily Mirror, Rose said:“I think we’re a great team but it’s hard to say it’s a sign of champions because we haven’t won anything yet. But it’s a great sign and I’d rather win ugly than lose playing brilliant football. Hopefully when we get back [from the international break], the performances will come.”“History says under this manager that October, November and December is when we’re very strong and we look forward to it when we get back. It literally is just a matter of time.”
Kolkata: Manipur’s legendary human rights activist Irom Sharmila, who continued a fast-unto-death protest for 16 years demanding repeal of an Act, on Friday said she dreams of a world without caste, discrimination and dictatorship. “I want to leave for my children a world without caste, discrimination, and dictatorship, and where all people would have equal status,” Sharmila told media persons here at the trailer launch of the docu-feature “The Turning Point” based on her life. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose The docu-feature is being made primarily for some foreign television channels, said the director indranil Sarkar. “Initially, we want to reach out to a global film audience. Later, it may be released nationally, but the producer is yet to tell me about his plans,” said Sarkar. The Iron Lady had continued her fast-unto-death for 16 years till mid 2016 demanding repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act. She then joined politics, but secured a meagre 90 votes In the Manipur assembly polls in 2017. She then married Desmond Coutinho and faded from the limelight. Sharmila, now on the family way, was asked how her married life was different from her days as a spinster. “Well, these are separate chapters of life. That’s how I see it.” Coutinho and the film’s producer Jaspreet Kaur were also present at the programme.
A new hosted journey from A&K to EthiopiaA new hosted journey from A&K to EthiopiaLuxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent is delighted with the decision by Ethiopian authorities to lift the State of Emergency which has been in place for nearly two years. The Australian government has responded by downgrading its travel advisory for the first time in recent years.A&K has been tailoring journeys to Ethiopia for private travellers for over a decade and in 2015 launched its first small group journey there. A&K’s leading Africa expert, Patrick Clementson, escorted the group on a fascinating two-week adventure revealing the secrets of this incredibly diverse country whose mysterious fascination extends from its rich history, culture and landscapes to its extraordinary tribal heritage.Patrick has welcomed the news saying, “Ethiopia is such a surprise package and quite unlike any other African country. It has rare wildlife like the gelada baboon and the Ethiopian wolf, both found in the Simien Mountains, beautiful rock-cut churches and stunning scenery and the tribal villages of the Omo Valley are intriguing. You witness primitive traditions and rituals that haven’t changed in centuries and visiting on market day is a must.”Though accommodation and food is simple in Ethiopia, there is so much to see and experience right around the country and Patrick recommends that travellers should pack their sense of adventure for a journey that will deliver maximum reward.A&K’s journeys to EthiopiaLimited Edition Small Group Journey: Tribes & Traditions of EthiopiaTour dates: 5-20 November 2018Maximum 24 guests.Twin share per person: $9,915Single supplement: $1,66510-day Private Journey for the independent travellerEthiopia: the Historic RouteTwin share per person: From $7,895Solo Traveller: From $12,2107-day Private Journey for the independent traveller Tribes of the Omo Valley Twin share per person: From $5,500Solo Traveller: From $8,875Source = Abercrombie & Kent