The Warriors Are Especially Hard To Handle After A Loss

VIDEO: LeBron’s Game 5 performance was historically greatOur sports podcast Hot Takedown talks about the Cavs’ comeback chances. Irving is, by nature, on the streaky side as far as NBA players go — the standard deviation of his Game Scores was 19th largest among 126 qualified players this season.2We’re defining those as players who played at least 50 games and averaged a Game Score of at least 8.0 per game. (Stephen Curry, believe it or not, is the most “streaky” player, in terms of standard deviation in his Game Score — though his variance runs from “extremely great” to “closer to league average.” On the other end, Jonas Valanciunas and DeAndre Jordan ranked as the most “consistent” players among those performing at league-average or better.) So although Irving is capable of putting up huge numbers, as in Game 5, it also takes something fluky, like a hot night of unsustainable shooting, to pull it off.Speaking of which, Irving’s Game 5 featured the second-best “shot-making” performance of the entire playoffs,3Minimum 20 field goal attempts. with Kyrie hitting for an effective field goal percentage (eFG%) 34.1 points higher than we’d expect based on the location and defensive pressure applied to his shots. During the regular season, Irving outshot expectations by only 1.9 points of eFG%, and shot-making tends to regress heavily to the mean from game to game.To stave off elimination, the Cavs might need Irving to buck those odds. That 33.2 Game Score represented the best performance by a LeBron teammate all season; Irving also owns five more of the top 10, and 12 more of the top 25. LeBron chronically seems in need of strong supporting performances from his teammates, and if Irving doesn’t supply that again, it’s not clear who will — particularly with Kevin Love limited (to say the least) after suffering a concussion earlier in the finals.In other words, a not-insignificant portion of the Cavs’ Game 6 hopes are resting on a repeat performance from a streaky player. When it comes to Cleveland sports, crazier things have happened. Perhaps this time, the Cavs will come out ahead in the exchange. That’s the version of Golden State the Cavaliers will tangle with Thursday night in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. As usual, LeBron James will have his work cut out for him.The good news for Cleveland: The game will be played at Quicken Loans Arena. Putting aside everything else, that means the Cavs should probably be favored to force Game 7. The bad news: Golden State’s not-so-secret weapon, Draymond Green, is coming back from his suspension.And less obvious on Cleveland’s bad-news front — but perhaps equally important — is how much the Cavs relied on an uncharacteristically amazing Kyrie Irving performance in Game 5. According to Game Score (John Hollinger’s rough estimate of a player’s performance in a given outing), Irving’s 33.2 mark easily represented his best game of the 2015-16 season, and was more than double his usual per-game output.In his career, whenever Irving has notched a Game Score of at least 25 — the benchmark of a very good outing — his output dipped to a Game Score of 18.9 in the very next game on average. And Irving’s Game 5 performance wasn’t just very good — it was transcendent. In fact, it was so far outside his usual production that he isn’t likely to approach it again: The Golden State Warriors didn’t lose very often this year, but when they did, the Dubs tended to bounce back with a vengeance. Following the 15 losses for which we know the next game’s outcome1So, not counting the Warriors’ loss in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. (including the playoffs), Golden State went 14-1, which was not only the NBA’s best record coming off a defeat, but also 24 points of winning percentage better than a statistical power-rating such as our Elo method would predict. (That was also tops in the NBA.) As terrifying as the Warriors are in general, they’re ever so much scarier still after a loss. read more

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Low Blow Antonio Smith Uses Incognitos Helmet Against Him

Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith is in big trouble with the NFL for ripping Richie Incognito’s helmet off and using it as a weapon against the Miami Dolphin.The NFL is expected to rule on the matter Tuesday. Smith may be suspended for up to two preseason games, and fined by the league.The incident happened in the second quarter of Saturday’s game, when Incognito was attempting to block Smith. Incognito grabbed the face mask of Smith, who responded by snatching Incognito’s helmet off and swinging it at his head.After the game, Smith blew off any questions regarding the matter.“Next question,” he told reporters after the game. “I kind of took a blow to the head. I can’t remember.”Smith and Incognito have a history of getting into physical altercations during games. ESPN reports that Smith was fined $21,000 last season for kicking Incognito. That  penalty was reduced to $11,000 after Smith’s appeal, which he claims is based on his retaliation to Incognito for intentionally twisting his ankle. read more

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With eight starters departing what will Ohio States offense look like in

OSU then-redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) celebrates after a touchdown during a game against Michigan on Nov. 28 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. OSU won 42-13. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe window for underclassmen to declare for the NFL draft is officially closing Monday, which means the list of Ohio State football players departing the team for the next level is all but set in stone.And it is an expansive one.In all, 18 seniors, seven of which were starters, and nine underclassmen from the 2015 team will not be back in Columbus for another campaign.The result of this mass exodus of talent is gaping holes across coach Urban Meyer’s depth chart and, for fans, a lot of uncertainty surrounding the future of the team.Meyer is tasked with the onerous operation of filling the voids, which he will do throughout spring practice and fall camp. The first practices for next season aren’t until March 8, and the regular-season opener against Bowling Green is nearly eight months away, but questions about who will be on the field next year are present.In an attempt to provide answers to such questions, The Lantern is taking a look at which players are poised to replace the eight departed starters on each side of the ball, beginning Tuesday with the offense and concluding Wednesday with the defense. Pass catchers In Meyer’s spread offense, four pass catchers top the depth chart — two wide receivers, one H-back and a lone tight end.Michael Thomas, Jalin Marshall, Braxton Miller and Nick Vannett — the four players who occupied those spots last season — all will not be back in 2016, which translates into plenty of playing time for their replacements.The man likely leading the receiver corp in 2016 will be redshirt sophomore Noah Brown. Brown did not play a snap last season, but his name is one that was often talked about.The  6-foot-1, 240-pound New Jersey native was poised for a huge 2015 campaign, according to his coaches, but a broken leg days before the regular-season opener vitiated such plans. Back at full health, Brown should emerge as a trusty target for redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett.At the second starting receiver spot, there is a bevy of potential contributors. It could be redshirt sophomore Parris Campbell, who predominantly saw the field on special teams last season but did play some receiver, or it could be redshirt freshman Torrance Gibson.Gibson, the five-star quarterback-turned-receiver, had a troublesome journey as a freshman and is really raw technique-wise, but he is an elite athlete with great measurables (6-foot-4, 205 pounds). If he has learned the position well enough after a year, he could make a splash. Beyond those three players, redshirt sophomore Terry McLaurin, junior James Clark and freshman Austin Mack could all fill in.Sliding in at tight end for the Buckeyes next year will be junior Marcus Baugh. Praised for his blocking in the run game, Baugh saw the field a decent amount this season. He will, likely, be a part of the passing attack more than Vannett was in 2015.As for who will replace Miller at H-back, that appears like it will be Dontre Wilson. The senior has been a contributor since first arriving in Columbus three seasons ago. He has dealt with injuries off-and-on during his career, but he has all the physical tools to regain his status as an offensive weapon.If Wilson isn’t the H-back, it will probably be junior Curtis Samuel, but Samuel’s more-likely role will be addressed later in the article. There is certainly talent within the pass catchers for next year’s team, but it is fair to say the best thing this group has going for it is that Barrett will be the one throwing the passes.Because of that, the aerial attack should be all right.Ground game The hole in the running game created by Ezekiel Elliott’s departure is massive. Of course, Barrett’s legs will be an asset on the ground for the offense, but he can’t run the ball every down.Who, then, will Barrett being handing the ball off to?It might be redshirt freshman Mike Weber, who battled injuries early in 2015 that set the stage for a redshirt season, but the second option — one that makes plenty of sense — is having Samuel return to backfield, where he played during the national championship run.With Elliott emerging as one of the nation’s premier running backs, Samuel may slide over to H-back in order to see the field with more frequency. A player with the game-breaking ability of Samuel needs to be touching the ball as much as possible, which is why putting him at H-back in 2015 made a lot of sense.But now, with Elliott out of the picture, starting Samuel at running back seems like the best option for Meyer. In two seasons, the Brooklyn, New York, product has accumulated 515 rushing yards on 75 carries. He has 33 catches for 384 yards, too.Samuel is versatile, with a propensity for explosive plays, and Meyer will want him to touch the ball as much as possible, which lends itself to the idea that No. 4 will return to the backfield in 2016.In the trenchesRegardless of who is trying to catch passes or run the ball, if the offensive line does not supply the needed protection in the trenches, it won’t matter.In order for that to happen, OSU will have to find a way to replace three starters along the O-line. Left tackle Taylor Decker, a probable first-round pick in the NFL draft, is gone, as well as center Jacoby Boren and right tackle Chase Farris.Fortunately for the Buckeyes, the two offensive lineman they do have returning are top-tier players. Redshirt junior left guard Billy Price and senior Pat Elflein are both set to be third-year starters.Elflein, who had previously been a right guard, is moving over to center, which is a huge boost for the offensive line, but that means both tackle spots and right guard are the positions that need replacements.Junior Jamarco Jones is pegged to take over for Decker at left tackle. It’s a tall task, no question, as Decker is one of the more well-respected O-linemen in OSU history, but Jones has the makings of a rock-solid replacement.The 6-foot-4 four-star recruit will have a lot of learning to do, but if he absorbed even half of Decker’s knowledge of the position, he should be a sturdy replacement.The other tackle spot will probably be occupied by sophomore Isaiah Prince. The 6-foot-7 Maryland native was a top 10 offensive tackle prospect and saw the field last season, albeit sporadically.Who will be next to Prince, however, is a little less clear. The top two candidates appear to be redshirt freshman Matthew Burrell and redshirt sophomore Demetrius Knox. The four-star recruits will spend spring practice and, potentially, fall camp battling it out for the offensive line’s final spot.The OSU offense finally got clicking in the final two games of 2015 and many of those key cogs will no longer be around. It would usually be safe to assume some drop off in performance when eight players depart, but Meyer is still at the helm and Barrett is back under center, so things might just be OK for the Scarlet and Gray. read more

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Strategic Vest Jim Tressel accepts job as Akrons vice president of strategic

Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel was introduced Thursday by University of Akron President Luis Proenza as the school’s new vice president of strategic engagement. Reaction from OSU students regarding Tressel’s new job is mixed.   Just days removed from an unsuccessful run at the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts’ head coaching job, Tressel will begin his new role at Akron on May 1, 29 days shy of the one-year anniversary of his forced resignation at OSU. Tressel, who began his coaching career as an undergraduate assistant at Akron, will earn $200,000 annually in his new role at Akron. The position is a newly created one at the university.  “That Akron experience is something I look forward to sinking my teeth into,” Tressel said at the Thursday press conference at Akron. In his job, Tressel will “identify, recommend and support strategies and efforts that promote success in all facets of student life, including alumni and friend engagement, and collaborations and partnerships with community organizations that have an influence and impact on UA students and their futures,” according to the university’s website.  “Jim has touched thousands of lives in positive ways,” said Proenza. “He has incredible energy and demonstrates leadership, passion and compassion for students. We feel fortunate that he has decided to bring that dedication here to the University of Akron. Our students will be the beneficiaries.” In Tressel’s final game coaching the Buckeyes, he led the team to a 31-26 victory against Arkansas in the 2011 Sugar Bowl in the Louisiana Superdome. That game, along with the entire 2010 season, was later vacated by OSU as part of its self-imposed penalties for violating NCAA policies. Tressel’s decade-long reign at OSU ended when he was forced to resign from his post with the Buckeyes on May 30. On Dec. 19, Tressel was issued a five-year show cause penalty by the NCAA for not properly reporting NCAA rules violations that he was aware of during the Buckeyes’ 2010 season. The show cause would result in penalties for any member institution that hired him as a coach. Tressel remains one of the most successful coaches in OSU football history, having led the team to a national championship in 2002, a 94-21 overall record and an 8-1 record against rival Michigan. Dmitri Dulgov, a first-year in biology at OSU said he was shocked that Akron hired Tressel. “He lied to college football’s face,” Dulgov said, “and he put our university in a bad position.” Travis Tray, a third-year in communications, said the arrival of new Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer makes Tressel‘s return to a college campus tolerable.  “It’s a good position for (Tressel),” Tray said. “I’m over the whole situation — we have the best coach in the nation now.” read more

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Ohio State mens hockey jockeying for bye in CCHA playoffs

Tied for fourth place in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association standings, the Ohio State men’s ice hockey team is positioned to earn at least one home playoff series as the regular season comes to a close. OSU (13-12-7, 12-7-5-1 CCHA) is tied with Ferris State (15-13-4, 13-11-2-1 CCHA) with two weekends left in the regular season. Both the Buckeyes and Bulldogs have 42 points this season, and the teams split the only series between them in early January. In the current CCHA format, a team earns one point for an overtime tie, two points for a shootout victory and three points for a win in regulation. OSU has two regular season series left while Ferris State only has one more opportunity to earn points. Both teams are coming off wins Saturday night, as OSU dispatched second-place Western Michigan, 6-3, in Columbus and Ferris State beat Bowling Green 4-3 at home in Big Rapids, Mich. OSU’s six-goal explosion Saturday came after being held to just one goal on Friday against the Broncos. It was the second time this month and third time in their last four weekend series the Buckeyes scored six goals in a game. OSU coach Mark Osiecki was pleased with his team’s effort on Saturday, especially with the 39-25 shot advantage OSU held against the Broncos in the game. “It’s hard to play (for the other team) when you put a lot of pucks on net,” Osiecki said. “It’s hard for defensemen. I’m a former defenseman. You have to turn, you have to open up, you have to find pucks. It’s very difficult to play.” The Buckeyes only recorded 19 shots on Friday against WMU’s 31, which led Osiecki to give his team one simple goal for Saturday. “Our message was shoot,” he said. “And we were very, very clear about that.” OSU hosts Michigan this weekend with a chance to add six more points to its season total against the Wolverines, who sit at 10th place in the CCHA standings. After being swept last weekend at Notre Dame, Michigan is looking to play the role of spoiler against its rival. Junior forward Alex Szczechura has nine goals in the last 15 games and said he feels OSU’s top line of himself and sophomore forwards Max McCormick and Tanner Fritz is working especially well together now. “Our line is clicking right now, as well as our whole team,” Szczechura said. “Pucks are just going in for me.” Fritz agreed with his teammate. “We’ve had a lot of chemistry,” he said after scoring his seventh goal of the season and recording three assists Saturday. “I feel like we’re getting the bounces now and we’re really clicking as a line. It’s probably the best time for us to be doing that, going into the playoffs.” The CCHA playoffs start March 8, but if OSU finishes at least fifth in the standings, it will earn a bye and open postseason play in the quarterfinals starting on March 15. The Buckeyes sit five points behind third-place Notre Dame, which travels to Kalamazoo, Mich., to play Western Michigan this weekend. A weekend sweep of Michigan would put OSU in position to be in third place in the standings heading into its final regular season series at Miami (Ohio). Freshman defenseman Craig Dalrymple said finishing in the top four of the conference to secure playing on home ice would be “big time” and that he and his teammates are believing in each other. “You obviously want home ice throughout the playoffs,” Dalrymple said Feb. 12. “We’re just here to worry about ourselves, and I think we just believe in each other.” The Buckeyes’ quest for home ice is set to continue Friday night against Michigan at 6:35 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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Ohio State field hockeys Brooke Hiltz a real positive influence on people

Freshman forward Brooke Hiltz (6) watches a play develop during a game against Louisville Oct. 1 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU lost, 6-3.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorFor Ohio State freshman Brooke Hiltz, field hockey is quite the family affair.Hiltz’s mother, Cindy Hiltz was a field hockey coach at Virginia Beach City Public schools and played at Appalachian State and her two older sisters, Liz and Kaitlyn, both played college field hockey at the University of Virginia. She’s always loved the game and said her sisters inspired her to continue to play as she got older.“It was kind of in my family,” Hiltz said. “I don’t think I really had a way around it.”However, Hiltz wanted to break away from her native town of Virginia Beach, Va. Both her sisters stayed home to be Virginia Cavaliers, but she wanted a different experience for herself.“They both played hockey at UVA, University of Virginia. They both played four years,” Hiltz said. “I just wanted to kind of do something different, get out of the area,ilt and see what was out here.”Hiltz said she knew she belonged at OSU when she walked around campus during her official visit.“I was just so in love with it and it just wasn’t even a choice anymore,” Hiltz said.As the field hockey season got under way, Hiltz took home Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors Oct. 8 following the team’s 2-1 victory over Ohio University Oct. 6.Earlier in 2013, the freshman earned the responsibility to be the injector for penalty corners, a position that requires the individual who plays it to be an accurate passer. The aspect of the game is important, because it allows the offensive team a chance to score while facing only five defenders, and the injector must be quick to the goal and ready to send home a rebound from the initial shot. Hiltz has stepped into the role well, always putting her teammates in position to score, coach Anne Wilkinson said.“She is consistent as far as her ball speed,” Wilkinson said. “I think it’s been good as far as getting the ball out and setting it up and she really puts herself in a good position to get rebounds as well.”Wilkinson said Hiltz also has a great understanding of the kind of play it takes to be a Buckeye. She said Hiltz has adjusted well and is able to learn new concepts quickly.“Brooke has been fantastic as far as stepping in as a freshman and working right into the system,” Wilkinson said. “She is a really quick learner and she is very, very coachable.”Wilkinson said Hiltz has “made the most progress as a player” this season and can be ready for any opponent that brings something new.“I just think her ability to play fast and (her) reaction to what other teams are presenting to us, she is really quick to realize it and she doesn’t get confused too easy,” Wilkinson said. “People come at us with different things and she is really quick to adjust.”Hiltz said she would not have been able to improve so much if it wasn’t for the support of her teammates. She said the team chemistry allows each player to grow and become better.“We click really well as a team on and off the field,” Hiltz said. “It’s like really cool to come to a whole new team with brand new girls and really get along with everyone so well.”Wilkinson said Hiltz has become a leader of the team and said her teammates enjoy being around her.“The team just loves her … she is coachable and likeable,” Wilkinson said. “She is really a great person to have on the team, a real positive influence on people.”Hiltz and the Buckeyes are scheduled to play Indiana Saturday at Buckeye Varsity Field. The match is set to begin at 1 p.m. read more

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Opinion Draft Day doesnt portray passion misery of Cleveland Browns

Grade: B+ Denis Leary (left), Frank Langella (center) and Kevin Costner (right) pose in front of the Cleveland Browns logo. The three actors star in ‘Draft Day,’ released April 11.Courtesy of MCTWalking into the movie theater, I had a very clear checklist outlining my hopes for “Draft Day.”“Accurately portray the passion and football misery of the city of Cleveland, make it as realistic as possible and give NFL fans an in-depth look as to what goes on behind closed doors in a real NFL front office,” I thought to myself. “If it does all those things well, this film should be a classic.”After nearly two hours in the theater, my checklist was of little to no use, my thoughts were jumbled and I couldn’t wrap my mind around my opinion of this film.Part of me thought it was horrible, part of me thought it was brilliant and part of me thought it was a muddled combination of both.I struggled with my thoughts for upwards of 12 hours — coincidentally, the period of time over which the movie takes place — before I was finally able to sit down and assemble some coherent thoughts.Let’s start from the vantage point of a Cleveland Browns fan.“Draft Day” is centered around the Browns organization and fictional General Manager, Sonny Weaver Jr., portrayed by Kevin Costner, and his attempt to revitalize the organization through the 2014 NFL Draft.Some Browns fans were expecting “Draft Day” to be a football version of the classic “Major League.”If that was the expectation, “Draft Day” failed, as the two films could not be any more different.“Major League” had a focus on the city of Cleveland, while all the while it was filmed in Milwaukee and had almost no resemblance to the actual happenings of the Indians organization. The storyline focuses on the team turning things in the right direction, but had plenty of others throughout.“Draft Day,” on the other hand, was focused on a singular event and just happened to be centered in the city of Cleveland. In other words, while the history of the Cleveland Browns was explained throughout the movie, “Draft Day” could have been set in essentially any other struggling NFL city and would have been fine.For Browns fans, the movie will certainly be remembered as a good one, but not a great one, because it wasn’t “Cleveland” enough to produce any sort of real pride from Browns fans.Sure, director Ivan Reitman took us behind the scenes into the Browns training facility in Berea, Ohio. Yes, one of the main characters was a collegiate prospect from right here at Ohio State. Yes, there are shots of real live Browns fans celebrating before the 2013 NFL Draft. There just wasn’t enough to turn it into a Cleveland cult-classic.Yes, the film overall is realistic. The fact that real NFL facilities, players and analysts were used make it very easy to imagine the movie in a real world setting rather than a fictional football fantasy land. The contrived, aforementioned relationships and conversations, however, will turn off a true NFL fan for the most part.For the average viewer — one who doesn’t care all that much about the NFL or football in general — the movie is a pretty good one.There are fairly significant storylines outside of the NFL Draft that could appeal to all viewers, but don’t take away from the movie as a whole. A romantic element plays a small-yet-sweet part, there’s plenty of comic relief and there are a couple of emotional moments that will draw in just about every viewer.In an effort to reel in the non-NFL fans, Reitman takes the time to explain the history of the Cleveland Browns, the history of the NFL Draft and the ins-and-outs of an NFL front office and locker room, painting a great contextual picture for the uninformed viewer.Again, Reitman made it very clear in the film this was a movie for all audiences, but whether that will help the film or hurt it remains to be seen.Back to my checklist from the beginning.Did “Draft Day” accurately portray the passion and football misery of the city of Cleveland?This is where my confusion began.Yes, it accurately portrayed Cleveland, but I don’t think it went deep enough. Cleveland’s love for football was portrayed accurately, but not completely.Was “Draft Day” realistic enough and did it give NFL fans an in-depth look as to what goes on behind the scenes of an NFL front office?Yes and no. “Draft Day” was realistic in setting, but it wasn’t realistic in the conversations and situations that were being had. But was it unrealistic enough to keep NFL viewers from enjoying the film? I don’t think so.Finally, could “Draft Day” appeal to the average, non-NFL loving viewer?Yes. That’s where I believe its strength truly lies. There’s a lot of football, but all of that football is explained. Plus, there are enough storylines outside of the NFL Draft to make it compelling for any viewer.For Browns fans, “Draft Day” is enjoyable, but not legendary. It’s great to get an in-depth look into the facility, but it doesn’t go deep enough. read more

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Football Jeff Okudah leads Ohio State secondary into conference play

first_imgOhio State junior cornerback Jeffrey Okudah (1) breaks up a Redhawk pass in the first half of the game against Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 21. Ohio State won 76-5. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Managing Editor for MultimediaBefore departing from Ohio State as a projected first-round NFL Draft pick, Jeff Okudah said during fall camp there was something he couldn’t leave without.An interception.When the junior cornerback finally picked off his first career pass against Miami (Ohio) Saturday, the Texas native didn’t think about being the top corner at No. 6 Ohio State, his breakout two-pass-breakup Rose Bowl performance or being a five-star recruit.He thought about his late mother, Marie.“I looked up, thanked God, and then I think I saw my mom just looking down, really proud of that moment,” Okudah said.Ohio State’s pass defense ranks No. 19 in passing yards allowed nationally and climbing after giving up just 60 yards against Miami. Okudah, with his 14 tackles and tied-for-team-best three passes defended, is leading the charge.With the elusive interception out of the way, he can shift his focus to leading the defense forward.“He’s done a good job of taking on the technique that [co-defensive coordinator] Jeff [Hafley] is teaching him and embracing that,” head coach Ryan Day said. “I think the big thing for Jeff [Okudah] is, where are we going to go as we get into the middle of the season?”This offseason, Okudah said he worked on the mental aspects of his game with Hafley, after working harder on his technique and physical ability as a freshman and sophomore.Hafley fielded a question Aug. 20 about what makes Okudah special. The first thing he noted was Okudah’s drive, showing he has the ability to hone the mental aspects of his game.“His work ethic,” Hafley said. “You know he’s an exceptional athlete. He’s got size, speed. He’s got great feet. He loves football, and he practices hard every single day.”Having coached defensive backs in the NFL for the San Francisco 49ers, Hafley has seen what it takes to play at a professional level.He said what gives Okudah the edge is the corner’s mentality.“What separates him from other people is his mindset, and that’s what the great ones have,” Hafley said. “That’s what he does; he works.”Mentality is an important aspect of a defense. After falling behind in the first quarter of back-to-back games in Weeks 2 and 3, Ohio State came together to shut out Indiana in the second half and Miami in the final three quarters.“We have to show that we’re not gonna revert back to last year,” Okudah said. “If things get rough, we’re gonna show that this is a new era of the [silver] bullets defense.”The Buckeyes have the No. 3 scoring defense in the nation following their 76-5 Redhawk grounding.With a full Big Ten slate ahead, Ohio State will need to carry that mojo forward when it faces better offenses.“We have to be able to play tough,” Okudah said. “We have to be able to show that no matter what happens, we’re able to respond positively and keep that momentum going. We can’t lose that momentum.”The challenge now for Okudah and the Buckeye defense, Day said, is what to do when teams get more tape and start scheming against his abilities.“I think he’s flashed; got the interception last week, he’s done some good things, but now that some of this stuff is on film and teams start scheming us up, how are you going to be able to respond to it?” Day said.He’ll have his next opportunity to test those abilities against Nebraska on Saturday.last_img read more

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Former paratrooper plunged to his death while waiting for psychiatrist to decide if he

first_imgA former paratrooper plunged to his death from a hotel while waiting for a psychiatrist to decide whether he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, an inquest heard.Peter O’Sullivan, who had seen “very severe military activity” in Afghanistan during 10 years in the Parachute Regiment, had been assessed by a mental health nurse from the Combat Stress charity who felt he might have PTSD.The nurse decided to refer him to a consultant psychiatrist – but there was a four-month waiting list for an appointment and Mr O’Sullivan did not survive till then. A stonemason adds names of fallen servicemen and women to the Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial ArboretumCredit:Getty Images Sue Freeth, Chief Executive at Combat Stress, said: “We are very saddened by the death of Peter O’Sullivan and our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.“Any veteran we see who is at risk of suicide is referred to their GP or Accident and Emergency service for assistance and specialist help.“Consultant psychiatrist appointments at Combat Stress are offered to veterans at the earliest opportunity, and if veterans are unavailable to attend due to their travel arrangements, an appointment is offered to them as soon as possible on their return.“Combat Stress offers support and treatment for veterans with PTSD, depression and anxiety. Our 24-hour Helpline is available on 0800 138 1619 for veterans and serving personnel, and their families. “As the UK’s leading veterans’ mental health charity, we currently have more than 6,000 veterans registered with us for support and have seen a 71% increase in referrals over the past five years.” Members of the Parachute Regiment in southern AfghanistanCredit:Sgt Anthony Boocock, RLC Show more Pete experienced some very severe military activity in AfghanistanPeter O’Sullivan’s father Two months before the appointment he took crystal meth while on holiday in Vietnam and fell to his death from a hotel in Ho Chi Minh City in February this year, the Gloucester inquest was told.His family, from Stroud, Glos, are now hoping the authorities will recognise Mr O’Sullivan’s death as a direct consequence of PTSD resulting from his service in the elite Pathfinder platoon of the Parachute Regiment.They want his name to be included at the National Memorial Arboretum – something which can only happen if his death is accepted to have resulted from his military service. The inquest heard that Mr O’Sullivan, who had married a Thai woman in Bangkok in 2012, had been involved in a previous incident when he tried to jump from a hotel roof last September.It happened in Bangkok when he took drugs and went on to the roof but was prevented from jumping by staff and his wife. His sister Angela Cleer told the inquest he had always wanted to be a soldier since boyhood and in 2000 he joined the Parachute Regiment.He left the army in 2010 and started work in close protection in Iraq. He married a Thai woman in a Buddhist ceremony in Bangkok in 2012 and all seemed to be going well until 2014 when she started to notice he “wasn’t good” and things were “not going well for him,” she stated.”The marriage was struggling and he was having bad dreams,” said Mrs Cleer. “I suggested he go and see Combat Stress but he didn’t show any interest in looking for help.” From there he returned briefly to the UK before flying to Vietnam, where he told relatives he planned to take a kite-surfing course.He never went on the course and on February 13 fell from his hotel onto the roof of a house and died from multiple injuries.The assistant Gloucestershire coroner, Dr Simon Fox QC, heard drugs were found in his blood at post mortem.Dr Fox ruled there was insufficient evidence to justify a conclusion of either suicide or accidental death. He recorded simply that: “He died after falling from a tall building”.After the inquest Mr O’Sullivan’s family said they were content with the finding and hoped that the evidence that he may have had post traumatic stress disorder would result in his name being listed at the National Memorial Arboretum. 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. A stonemason adds names of fallen servicemen and women to the Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum Mr O’Sullivan had served in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan and had trained for the SAS.It had left him with anxiety symptoms, the inquest was told. Last December he had sought help from Combat Stress and was seen by nurse Ian Coombs, who assessed him and found him to be at high risk of self harm or suicide.He referred him to a psychiatrist because he believed he may well have PTSD but there were no appointments available for four months.Faced with the wait, Mr O’Sullivan decided to return to Iraq to do a two-month stint as a close protection officer. Mr O’Sullivan’s father Anthony said: “Pete experienced some very severe military activity in Afghanistan. He came down with psoriasis and it caused him a lot of stress. He started to have a tic and facial problems during his service and that, to me, clearly indicated that he was suffering from PTSD.”Pete also did the SAS assessment training and he passed that course. It has been noted that the course is a very severe physical test where they go through tremendous stressful situations.”Mr O’Sullivan senior also said the family had been “very upset” they were not told their son’s suicide risk factor although he appreciated there were issues of confidentiality.”Had we known we would have said ‘Forget going back to work, let’s just get you right’,” he said.After the inquest Mr O’Sullivan said the family were anxious to establish that his son had PTSD so he could be remembered at the National Memorial Arboretum.”We want his service to be recognised there,” he said. “To do that evidence of post traumatic stress related to military service is needed.”Although that has not been part of the inquest conclusion today we feel the evidence has helped us to achieve recognition for Pete.” Members of the Parachute Regiment encourages Private Danny Berk to enter a compound door in southern Afghanistan She said in September 2015 she spoke to him when he was in Thailand and he had clearly taken drugs. He asked her to fly out and get him so she did because she was so concerned about him.”He had taken a lot of drugs and had been trying to jump off a hotel but his partner and the hotel staff had prevented him from doing so. My understanding was that it was the drugs which had made him behave that way.”He was very paranoid when we got there and said he thought his partner was poisoning him. He also thought the police were after him.”He returned to the UK with her and saw his doctor but remained anxious and paranoid, she stated.The following month he went on holiday with his parents. Mrs Cleer said that on Dec 3 he went to Combat Stress and was assessed by a nurse and he also saw his GP, Dr Andrew Sampson again.He then flew to Iraq on December 8 for eight weeks work, returning to Stroud for one night before flying to Vietnam to learn kite-surfing.Mrs Cleer said she spoke to him in Ho Ch Minh City and he said he was bored and had not started the course. He kept putting it off from day to day.”He never hinted at having any intention to harm himself,” she said.But he did tell her he had spent night in prison and he had a bump on the back of his head but he could not recall what had happened. The family then received the news of his fatal fall. Peter O’Sullivan had seen “very severe military activity” in AfghanistanCredit:Picasa Peter O'Sullivan had seen "very severe military activity" in Afghanistanlast_img read more

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British father shot dead at wheel of his Porsche in Thai holiday

first_imgMr Kenway was originally from Southampton, but moved to live in Thailand several years ago.He married Somporn, 32, whose nickname is Pans, in 2015 and they have a child together.Staff at the Saint Sport Club gym that Tony had been visiting before he was gunned down paid tribute to the “lovely man”.Receptionist Nong Pheung said: “Tony had been here in the morning. He was a very nice, lovely man. He was always happy and friendly.”A statement for Saint Sport Club added: “We are very sad to announce the death of Tony Kenway who lost his life this morning.”We would like to offer Tony’s family and friends our deepest sympathy and condolences at this difficult time. Rip Tony.” Tony Kenway, originally from Southampton, was killed in his red Porsche Cayenne GTS by a gunman who approached from behind A British father of four has been shot dead in his Porsche outside a sports club in the Thai resort of Pattaya.Tony Kenway, originally from Southampton, Hampshire, was killed in the driver’s seat of his red Porsche Cayenne GTS moments after leaving the Sanit Sports Club in Bang Lamung district.The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has confirmed it is in contact with local police over the death of a British man. 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. Tony Kenway CCTV shows Tony Kenway walking to his car after leaving the Sanit Sports Club in Bang Lamung district Police and ambulance crews rushed to the scene, but 39-year-old Mr Kenway was pronounced dead.A spokesman for Sawang Borriboon Rescue Pattaya said: “We arrived at the scene at 10.20am in front of the Saint Sport Club.”The businessman was in a sports car. We were notified that there had been a foreigner who was shot in the area.”We found this person sleeping in the car and dead from a gun shot to the head. Gun shot casings were on the floor.”The deceased in Tony Kenway, 39, a British businessman. He had been working out before going back to his car and the attacker was waiting. He shot one round. The shooter then fled on a motorcycle.”Police confirmed the identity of the dead man as Tony Kenway and said they were investigating.Local media said that Mr Kenway’s wife had told officers that he had set up a website design business. Tony Kenway, originally from Southampton, was killed in his red Porsche Cayenne GTS by a gunman who approached from behindCredit:SWNScenter_img Mr Kenway’s Facebook profile states that he lived in Bangkok having previously lived in Marbella, Spain, and had been married to his wife, Somporn, since November 2011.An FCO spokeswoman said: “We are in contact with the family of a British man following his death in Pattaya, Thailand. Our sympathies are with them at this difficult time. We are in touch with the local police.”A spokesman for Nong Prue Polcie in Pattaya said: “We have started an investigation and we are looking for the attackers.”The victim has been identified as Tony Kenway, a 39-year-old man from England. We are speaking with more witnesses.”Police Colonel Jirawut Tantasri said CCTV showed the attacker had opened fire at 10.20am before fleeing on a motorcycle.He added: “There was a motorbike waiting and the killer escaped with another person riding it. There are two people we are looking for.”We believe there was a conflict of interest in a business that Mr Kenway had been involved in. We know nothing more than that.” Tony Kenway married Somporn, whose nickname is Pans, in 2015 and they have a child togetherCredit:Facebook The Bangkok Post reported that witnesses told police that the gunman, described as a “chubby man wearing a white T-shirt and black jacket”, opened Mr Kenway’s car door and shot him once before escaping on a motorcycle.CCTV shows a man follow behind him, open the door and shoot him once in the head. Tony Kenway’s wife is said to have told police he had set up a website design businessCredit:Facebook Tony Kenway married Somporn, whose nickname is Pans, in 2015 and they have a child together CCTV shows Tony Kenway walking to his car after leaving the Sanit Sports Club in Bang Lamung districtCredit:SWNSlast_img read more

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