Wolves v Chelsea line-ups: Conte makes changes but Costa and Hazard start, Wolves man recalled

first_imgDiego Costa starts for Chelsea in the FA Cup tie at Wolves, where skipper John Terry returns to the starting line-up.Blues boss Antonio Conte has opted not to rest Costa or Eden Hazard, but other players have been given a break.Youngsters Nathaniel Chalobah and Nathan Ake get another chance to impress and there is also a starting place for Cesc Fabregas.For Wolves, Andreas Weimann is recalled and former Chelsea youngster George Saville starts.Wolves: Ikeme, Coady, Hause, Doherty, Batth, Price, Saville, Costa, Edwards, Weimann, Bodvarsson. Subs: Burgoyne, Stearman, Evans, Saiss, Ronan, Enobakhare, Gibbs-White.Chelsea: Begovic; Zouma, Terry, Ake; Moses, Chalobah, Fabregas, Pedro; Willian, Costa, Hazard. Subs: Eduardo, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Kenedy, Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Batshuayi.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Massachusetts Owner-Builders Complete a Superinsulated Home

first_img RELATED ARTICLES Lots of volunteer laborIt’s difficult to calculate the cost of our home for many reasons. My own labor was free and unaccounted for, and I had free help from friends, family, classmates, and neighbors. Friends who I did pay agreed to work at reduced rates to accommodate our tight budget. Also, some of the savings we reaped on materials were unique opportunities.Finally, as with many homeowner-built projects, trim remains to be installed, one of our countertops is plywood, and there are still no closet doors. With these caveats, before rebates and tax credits, we spent $161,000 on site-work and construction, including a foundation for our future garage. After $15,000 in rebates and incentives, $8,000 of which came from Tier III Energy Star certification, we had a net cost of $146,000. That comes out to about $97 per square foot — less if one omits the cost of the garage foundation. Owner-Builders Get a Tight Shell With SIPs A Thick Cocoon of Cellulose Protects This Superinsulated HouseA Net-Zero-Energy House for $125 a Square FootA Superinsulated House in Rural MinnesotaSuperinsulated House SpecsHeating a Tight, Well-Insulated HousePinpointing Leaks With a Fog Machine Electric bill for the first year: $700In its inaugural year, our all-electric home used 4,200 kWh costing us $700. During this period there were 6,691 heating degree days (base 64°F). Unfortunately, we have no way of parsing out how many Btus our heat pump put into the home. Going forward, there will be a TED 5000 energy meter that will allow us to log and compute this data. As I mentioned earlier, the home has been satisfactorily heated. The bedroom doors are normally open, but when closed, some guests have preferred a little extra warmth (provided by a space heater).The heat pump is normally set to 63°F during the day and 59° at night. Interestingly, a data logger on the first floor recorded an average temperature much higher than the heat pump set points. From October 23 through January 27 it logged an average of 68°F with a range of 62° to 73°F. Even on overcast days with minimal or no solar heat gain, the logger recorded temperatures 3°F higher than the heat pump set point. Perhaps the discrepancy has something to do with the window or slab temperatures, although there is a fair bit of furniture in the way of the slab.During this period, the data logger recorded an average relative humidity (RH) of 48% with a range between 39% and 67%. The logger was subsequently moved to a second-floor bedroom, where it recorded an average temperature of 65°F with a range of 61° to 72°F. The average RH in the bedroom was also 48%, with a range of 43% to 58%. The humidity has undoubtedly been greatly affected by indoor laundry drying. On average, we did one large load of laundry per day.I would like to report data from the internal HRV temperature sensors, since the HRV averages the interior air temperature of the house and provides an outdoor air temperature data-point as well. However, 2 out of 3 exhaust grilles are in bathrooms that have exhaust-only fans that leak a fair bit of cold air into the home. This is a bit of a thorn in my side, since it was entirely preventable. My advice to those who want to install an exhaust-only fan: for an additional $100, install an inline motorized damper that operates with the fan switch.There is one data point from the HRV that is worth mentioning. On one January day my wife reported on Facebook: “I’m so grateful for our superinsulated passive solar house today! It’s 14° outside, but it’s 70° inside with the heat off, the solar hot water is cooking away, and we’re basking in the sunshine.” This is perhaps one of the most powerful stories about our home: routinely turning the heat off during the winter on sunny days.The drainback solar hot water system has performed very well. Although we have an Apollo SunReports monitoring unit, the data collection has not functioned properly. To date, SunReports has not resolved the issues. However, I can report that I had the water heater’s electrical element shut off from June through September 2012 and we experienced no disruption in hot water. Spartan Giordano began this building project with virtually no building experience. With help from friends, family, neighbors, and professors, he built a superinsulated passive solar home for his family in Greenfield Massachusetts. Spartan currently installs solar systems with Sandri Energy. SPECIFICATIONS Location: Greenfield, Mass.Construction completed: 2012Footprint: 26 ft. x 32 ft.Area: 1,500 square feet Heating degree days: 6,700Heat loss at design temperature: 15,000 BtuhFoundation: Stem walls with 7-inch-thick slab on gradeSlab insulation: 4 in. XPS (R-20) horizontal insulation under entire slab; 6 in. XPS (R-30) vertical insulation at slab perimeterWall construction: Double-stud walls insulated with celluloseWall R-value: R-46Roof construction: Vented cathedral ceiling framed with parallel-chord trusses and insulated with celluloseRoof R-value: R-78Blower door test results: 0.54 ach50Windows: Double- and triple-glazed windows from several manufacturers; weighted average U-factor = 0.28Roofing: Through-fastened steel roofing panels over Zip sheathing Siding: 1×6 T&G clear Western red cedar over a rainscreen gap (vertical furring)Space heating: Mitsubishi MSZ-FE12NA ductless minisplitDomestic hot water: 2 solar thermal collectors connected to 80 gal. storage tank; electric resistance backup.Mechanical ventilation: Venmar EKO 1.5 HRV No prior building experienceThe fact that we have had such good success (so far) with our home is due to several factors: the knowledge and help of many smart people, thinking every detail through, and modeling all of those details in ArchiCAD.Our success is even more impressive considering that I had virtually no prior building experience. I had never even used a nail gun. I certainly could not have accomplished what I did without the help of Adam Heintz (who I hired as lead carpenter) and Greenfield Community College professors Peter Talmage and Scott Baum, whose building science classes I enrolled in.There were many others who helped out in small and large ways: neighbors, classmates, friends, and family members. The entire process of buying and clearing the land, to detailed architectural plans, to photographs of flashing details are all available at our blog. I was originally planning on dense-packing the trusses, but later realized that this was not going to be possible due to their depth, and was probably not desirable since the roof assembly was going to be unvented. Switching the design was costly, since the change didn’t occur until we were almost ready to insulate. The change required the installation of an interior air barrier and the creation of a 4-inch-deep ventilation channel by stapling Typar to the underside of the top chords of the trusses. We also reinstalled the ridge cap with Coravent under it. Our insulation contractor then filled the cathedral ceilings with a “medium pack” of cellulose, installed at a density of 2.5 pounds per cubic foot — dense enough so that it won’t settle.The foundation has 4 inches of XPS below the slab, and 6 inches of XPS installed vertically against the stem wall. The superinsulated home that I designed and built for my family of three in Greenfield, Massachusetts has been comfortable for the entire year and serves as an example of successful design for our climate. We moved in to our new home in February 2012.Modest in size, our home measures 26 feet by 32 feet and has 1,500 square feet of living space, with two full floors plus a partial third floor tucked into the slopes of the cathedral ceiling. In order to decrease the overall volume while maximizing south-facing exposure, we chose a saltbox shape.An opposing design goal was a sense of spaciousness, which was achieved with higher ceilings. The first floor has 9-foot ceilings, while the master bedroom’s cathedral ceiling is a rather tall 15’6″. Closets, utility spaces, and bathrooms were all positioned on the north side of the house, and generous windows allow natural light (and solar heat) to enter all but one of the living spaces. To facilitate the movement of heat throughout the home, we chose an open floor plan and included an additional air passage between floors adjacent to the stairwell. Double-stud walls filled with cellulose insulationThe house has lots of insulation and a very tight envelope. The blower-door test showed that the house has 0.54 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals. The home has double-stud walls with 12.5 inches of dense-packed cellulose (installed at a density of 4 pounds per cubic foot). The roof is framed with parallel-chord trusses insulated with 21-26 inches of cellulose (depending on the pitch of the roof). Recycled materialsOur finish flooring on the first floor consists of a mosaic of granite countertop off-cuts. If one calls around to countertop installers, chances are that one or more of them will have a large pile of scrap and broken pieces that they are willing to give away. Our granite off-cuts were 1 1/4 inch thick. This is not an easy or quick material to work with, but the result is very rewarding. Not only is the material recycled, the added thermal mass benefits the passive solar design and serves as a remedy to the cold appearance that tinted concrete slabs sometimes create.In addition to the granite, we used a number of other recycled materials in our home. Earlier I mentioned that the majority of our windows were conventional double-pane double-hung units. These were all jobsite cast-offs or former floor models from a lumber yard that closed. They were purchased before construction began and worked into the design. This is also the case for all of the exterior and interior doors. Although there are a couple of windows that, from the outside, do not match, the differences between them are minor and arguably make the home more interesting.Other recycled materials include all of our foundation foam, sinks, cabinets, and doorknobs. Many of our recycled materials were obtained from Craig’s List and our local building salvage store, Renew. Our siding (tongue and V-groove clear Western red cedar) was also a lucky Craig’s List find. We installed it on vertical strapping over Zip sheathing. CoraVent prevents bugs from getting into the rainscreen gap behind the siding.We implemented a number of other strategies to make our home more sustainable. There is a cold room where, once complete, we hope to store root vegetables and possibly all of our refrigerated goods during the winter. The room has a dedicated air intake and exhaust.We reduced the use of concrete and drywall, which are both energy-intensive materials. There is no basement, and the rebar-reinforced stem wall is only 6 inches thick.Rather than use 5/8-inch drywall to span the 24-inch-on-center studs, we strapped the walls so we could use ½-inch drywall. Also, 50% of the home’s ceilings are finished with tongue-and-groove pine instead of drywall. In areas where the pine boards formed the exterior ceiling, we first installed Tu-Tuf polyethylene as an air barrier and sealed it to the top plates of the surrounding stud walls.Isolating the mudroom from the rest of the home with an exterior door keeps the mudroom an average of 11 degrees colder than the first floor during the winter. Finally, ivory (white) screw-down metal roofing reduces the heat island effect, and perhaps also our cooling load during the summer. Solar hot water and an HRVIn addition to passive solar orientation and high levels of insulation, our house has many other design features that improve its energy efficiency. We have a water-charged drainback solar hot water system with two 4’ x 10’ SunEarth collectors and an 80-gallon HTP SuperStor tank with electric backup. For ventilation, we are using a Venmar EKO 1.5 heat-recovery ventilator that returns 80% of the exhaust heat back to the house. The ventilation system pulls stale are from the bathrooms and kitchen and supplies fresh air to the living space and bedrooms. We ran 6-inch main ducts with 4-inch branches, and there is one more supply than exhaust.One of my favorite energy-saving ideas for the home is the laundry rack installed over the air passageway between the first and second floors. The natural air flow between the floors dries most clothes within a half day. If that isn’t quick enough, there is a ceiling fan right above the drying rack. It has been so effective that we have not needed to purchase a clothes dryer for the home. The best part is that we love doing laundry since it is so effortless; the washing machine is also on the second floor and the rack is at waist height. A thick concrete slab and lots of south-facing glassThe house is built on a slab and makes use of passive solar design. One quarter of the south-facing wall is glass, which is significantly greater than design norms. The 7-inch-thick slab is thicker than usual. Since the majority of our windows are conventional double-pane windows with standard low-e coatings, we have a weighted average SHGC on the south of only 0.33 — not as high as some passive solar designers recommend.When the house is not heated by the sun, we use a single 12,000 Btuh Mitsubishi air-source heat pump located on the first floor. When the outdoor air temperature is 5°F, this ductless minisplit unit is capable of putting out 11,200 Btuh. Other than internal loads (appliances, lights, occupants and cooking), there are no other heat sources.The home has been very warm and comfortable throughout the winter. Since our modeled heat load is 15,000 Btuh (0°F outside, 68°F inside), I was concerned that we weren’t going to be warm enough. Most of the difference may have been made up by using nighttime single-cell cellular blinds on 83% of the glass. (More details on performance are in the next section.)last_img read more

Reader Survey: What Do You Want In iOS 7?

first_imgTags:#Apple#iOS#iOS 7#iPad#iPhone Related Posts With the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) mere weeks away, anticipation for the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system is about to reach a fevered pitch. As the rumor mill revs up in preparation, we thought we’d ask you, dear readers, what features you’d most like to see in iOS 7? (Take our survey below.)The pressure on Apple to push out a substantial iOS upgrade hasn’t been this intense in some time. After all, this will be first major release since the Great Maps Debacle of 2012 and, more important, since Jony Ive took over as the head of Apple’s Human Interface Design team. (See also: Why Apple Really, Really Needs To Kill It WIth iOS 7)Indeed, most of the chatter about iOS 7 so far has been about what it will look like. Flatter. Fewer skeuomorphic design elements. A total overhaul, some have suggested. iOS could certainly use a visual refresh, but there’s a far more important question: What will it do? Screw The Skeuo-Whatever. What Will iOS 7 Do?Common requests include multi-user login, more robust security options, an overhaul of the dull Mail app and enhanced enterprise and BYOD features. Inevitably, we’ll see Siri learn a few more tricks. Apple Maps will continue to improve.As always, there’s a lesson or two to be learned from the jailbreaking community. Expect to see a few features lifted from Cydia when iOS 7 is unveiled in June. Plenty of us would love to have the ability to choose new default apps for things like email, maps and Web browsing, but such a move would probably play too much to Google’s benefit for Apple to stomach. More generally, there’s a certain pressure on Apple to remain competitive with Android. In the early days, Android was rusty and small enough for Apple to largely ignore in its product development. Now the competition is very real, with Android-based phones and tablets getting sleeker and more functional all the time. If nothing else, this might mean that Apple will need to consider making iOS more customizable and less restrictive. Be heard! Take our survey, below, and be sure to elaborate further in comments if you’d like. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img john paul titlow What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Harden has 31, Rockets win again over Knicks

first_imgLATEST STORIES Ryan Anderson added 21 points for the Rockets. They won their eighth straight at Madison Square Garden, a streak that lasts so long that Mike D’Antoni was the Knicks’ coach last time they beat Houston at home, back on Jan. 26, 2009.Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 23 points for the Knicks, but Kristaps Porzingis was held to 19 as their three-game winning streak was snapped. Porzingis had scored 30 in five of the first six games, including a career-high 38 in a victory over Denver on Monday night, and came in third in the league with 29.3 per game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Rockets arrived in New York struggling a bit, particularly from long range. Houston had been held below 30 percent from behind the arc already four times, including 28 percent in its loss to Philadelphia on Monday night, and hasn’t had a 40 percent night yet.D’Antoni said the Rockets’ data showed they were getting similar 3-point attempts as last season, when they set an NBA record for makes, but they just hadn’t been nearly as accurate. They finished at 36.5 percent Wednesday — but only after their subs cooled off to a 2-for-12 final quarter. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “There was no chance to get here and no use being on the bus for two hours for that,” he said.UP NEXTRockets: Visit Atlanta on Friday night.Knicks: Host Phoenix on Friday night. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TIP-INSRockets: Houston scored 36 points in the second quarter and 40 in the third. … Clint Capela finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds. … Eric Gordon had 17 points and Trevor Ariza 16.Knicks: The Knicks have three games remaining on a five-game homestand, their longest of the season.ONE-SIDED RIVALRYThe Rockets beat the Knicks for the 23rd time in the last 25 meetings. Houston has swept the series in 10 of the last 12 seasons.CHANGE OF PLANSThe Rockets decided to cancel their morning shootaround at Madison Square Garden because of the difficulty of getting to the arena from their hotel. They are staying in Battery Park, near where eight people were killed Tuesday when a man drove his truck onto a bike path, and the investigation was ongoing Wednesday morning. D’Antoni said they had the bus ready to take them and figured it wasn’t worth it.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) celebrates after making a three point basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in New York. The Rockets won 119-97. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — James Harden had 31 points and nine assists, and the Houston Rockets had their 3-pointers falling again in a 119-97 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.Harden made six 3-pointers and the Rockets hit 19 to bounce back after two straight losses.ADVERTISEMENT Nadal beats Chung to guarantee ending the year as No. 1 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

Yuvraj Singh ruled out of West Indies tour

first_imgIn a yet another blow to India’s chances in the West Indies, Yuvraj Singh has been ruled out of the tour to the Caribbean.Yuvraj is suffering from a lung infection and will require rest of at least 20 days.India seem to have a depleted side for the West Indies tour, with Sachin Tendulkar, Indian captain M.S. Dhoni and Zaheer Khan already rested for the ODI series.Opener Virender Sehwag has also been ruled of the series with a shoulder injury.Stand-in skipper Gautam Gambhir is also expected not to play any part in the series due to a shoulder injury.Pacer Ashish Nehra, too, is missing the tour due to injury.Selectors in a spotYuvraj’s absence from West Indies tour has put the national selectors in a spot. They were awaiting a fitness report on stand-in captain Gautam Gambhir for the series.Sources told Headlines Today that Gambhir, in all likelihood, would be rested from the one-day series due to injury.With Yuvi ruled out and Dhoni, Sachin and Sehwag rested, Gambhir’s absence is going to seriously hit Team India’s chances in their maiden tour as world champions.Gautam Gambhir finds himself in the centre of a storm after aggravating his shoulder injury while playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the fourth season of the Indian Premier League. He jeopardised his chances of touring West Indies after being advised six weeks’ rest by KKR physio Andrew Leipus.But the BCCI is awaiting Team India physio’s report on the extent of Gambhir’s injury, before taking a final call on the southpaw’s availability for the One-day series in West Indies.advertisementSources have told Headlines Today that Gambhir has made it known to the board that he would like to recuperate from the injury. The selection committee, led by Krish Srikkanth, met in Chennai on Friday to pick the Test squad to West Indies.If Gambhir is ruled unfit, the selectors will need to announce a replacement player and captain for the ODI squad.With Gambhir’s chances of returning to top fitness for the Test series too looking slim, the biggest challenge for the selectors will be to pick a quality pair of openers.India’s hero from the World Cup final Gautam Gambhir has received plenty of flak for turning up for KKR in the qualifier despite an injured shoulder, but the southpaw has defened himself of any wrongdoing.Gambhir ridiculed allegations of putting his franchise before his country while dismissing reports that he had risked an injury to fulfill his IPL commitments.Speaking to a leading national daily, Gambhir said that it is imaginative to say that he was covering his injury to play in the IPL. He further added that any modern cricketer knows that by feigning or risking injury he is only jeopardising his own career.While admitting that he did play with discomfort without realising the gravity of his injury, Gambhir explained his need to turn up in the crucial play-off game since his team needed him as a leader. But Gambhir dismissed allegations of having preferred club over country as baseless and ridiculous.last_img read more

PBA: Torrid 2nd half comeback lifts Meralco past TNT

first_img“We’ve been getting off to bad starts this conference that’s why I tried to switch up my starting lineup today,” said Meralco coach Norman Black.Chris Newsome, Baser Amer and Nico Salva conspired in the Bolts’ second half turnaround highlighted by a 33-19 third quarter run to wrest the advantage from the KaTropa.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsA sustained effort by the same trio in the payoff period snuffed out any chance for TNT to mount a comeback.“It was good that our defense wasn’t bad at the first half, because if it was we would’ve gotten blown out in that first half,” Black said. “We just tried to hang in there and we tried to get into the halftime break with just a manageable deficit.” MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘Lesson learned’: Early setbacks in 2019 won’t deter Team Lakay Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Meralco  improved to 2-2 and joinsedColumbian and defending conference champion San Miguel Beer at No. 4.TNT, on the other hand, slid to 2-3, good for seventh in the standings.The Bolts face NLEX next, while the KaTropa go up Magnolia Hotshots.The scores:Meralco 88 – Newsome 20, Amer 17, Dillinger 16, De Ocampo 11, Salva 11, Hodge 5, Canaleta 5, Caram 3, Pinto 0, Hugnatan 0, Tolomia 0, Jackson 0.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Chris Newsome leads Meralco Bolts’ comeback. PBA IMAGESIt was a tale of two halves between two sister teams in Wednesday’s 2019 PBA Philippine Cup curtain-raiser at Cuneta Astrodome.Trailing by as many as 21 points in the first half, Meralco returned from the halftime intermission with guns blazing to put TNT in the back seat en route to an 88-77 victory.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES TNT 77 – Castro 20, Pogoy 15, Trollano 8, Taha 8, Reyes 7, Semerad 7, Heruela 6, Rosario 5, Williams 1, Carey 0, Miranda 0.Quarters: 9-22, 30-39, 63-58, 88-77.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoWest Ham boss Pellegrini won’t rule out move for Medel

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham boss Pellegrini won’t rule out move for Medelby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini refused to rule out a January move for Besiktas midfielder Gary Medel yesterday.Medel, formerly of Cardiff City, is being linked with the Hammers.And Pellegrini stated: “Those names are among 25 over the last few weeks.“We are happy with the squad we know we need to replace players that won’t play more this season – Carlos Sanchez, Yarmolenko. “I will not talk about individual players now.“ last_img read more

Easy Buckets Ohio State mens basketball news and notes

With the Ohio State men’s basketball season set to begin Friday, coach Thad Matta addressed members of the media Thursday. Matta gave his thoughts on the situation involving the firing of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, pregame preparations for his team’s Friday opener against Wright State and even voiced some concerns about the team’s exhibition game against Walsh. Matta on Paterno The Penn State board of trustees fired former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno late Wednesday after former PSU defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky allegedly sexually abused children. Matta said he was troubled that “nobody was talking about the kids (who were allegedly abused).” “Nobody’s talking about the families,” Matta said. “That, to me, is the saddest part of, maybe, where athletics are. You’ve got some victims there that nobody is about. My feelings are toward those people and the situation they’re in.” Improving on the Walsh game Matta was critical of the Buckeyes’ 95-49 win against Walsh last Sunday, saying he wasn’t necessarily comfortable with the team’s performance. “We weren’t as good as we needed to be, to be honest with you,” Matta said. “I think (the players) … didn’t do what they were supposed to do all the time.” Matta said the team didn’t play as hard as it needed to. “We didn’t have the sense of urgency,” he said. “Off the ball, our execution just wasn’t as precise as it needed to be.” Preview of Wright State Like the Buckeyes, the Raiders have only one senior on their roster — forward Johann Mpondo. Wright State posted a 19-14 record during the 2010-2011 season, which included a 5-11 record away from its home court, the Nutter Center. “I think that, looking at last year … (Wright State) is young,” Matta said. “They’re going to try to space you out. They play extremely hard. (They) are very, very sound in their man-to-man defense.” Matta said the early season game was hard to scout. “I think that’s one of the big challenges… that’s why we looked at so much tape from last year of different types of opponents (Wright State) played,” Matta said. “You really won’t know until the ball goes up. We have to play Ohio State basketball.” Friday’s game against Wright State tips at 9:30 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Softball Ohio State faces Maryland hoping to continue success in Big Ten

Then-junior outfielder Bri Betschel holds her bat out, prior to pulling back for a swing in a game against Wright State on Sep. 24. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternThe Ohio State softball team will continue its Big Ten season when it heads to College Park, Pennsylvania, to take on Maryland this weekend. The Buckeyes (18-9, 3-0 Big Ten) will take on the Terrapins (16-15, 0-3 Big Ten) in a three-game series.After three home wins against Indiana to begin conference play, sophomore outfielder Summer Constable said the team is coming in with a lot of momentum and excitement.“I think that if we were able to take that jump that fast, then it’s going to make the rest of our season even more exciting,” Constable said. Like Indiana, Maryland is also a familiar team to Ohio State, especially for Constable, who was a high school teammate of Terrapins sophomore infielder Sammie Stefan.Since 2016, Ohio State has won every game it has played against Maryland, including a 13-5 win in their first matchup this past season.Despite past records, Ohio State head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said Maryland is a stronger team, and is very solid and competitive. Maryland freshman infielder Taylor Okada has been the leader of the offense, leading the team with a .426 average, adding nine extra-base hits with 15 RBI. Freshman catcher Gracie Voulgaris has added 10 doubles and three home runs this season. Maryland junior infielder Anna Kufta has been the main power threat, leading the team with five home runs and 35 RBI. “They have winning records. They’ve done well in the preseason. I know in the past we’ve done well but doesn’t predict the future for sure,” Schoenly said. “We have to play well.”Last week, the Terrapins played against Minnesota and scored 13 runs, losing all three games. Schoenly said even in the losses, Maryland demonstrated the ability to put up plenty of runs. She added this puts additional pressure on Ohio State’s offense to keep up with the Terrapins’ bats.“The nice thing about playing Indiana this past weekend is that there were a lot of different situations that happened in the game,” Schoenly said. “My expectation is we are going to continue to get better and performing in the pressure.”This series between Ohio State and Maryland will start at 6 p.m. Friday. The second game will start at 2 p.m. Saturday, and the final game will be at 1 p.m. Sunday. read more