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.
The Ohio State football team did not get much time to rest after its 24-17 loss to Florida in the Gator Bowl on Jan. 2. Just days after the conclusion of the 2011 season, the Buckeyes were back in the weight room for training and conditioning under the instruction of new strength coach Mickey Marotti, who pushed up the start of offseason workouts by a week. “We were getting antsy,” Marotti said at his introductory press conference on Jan 12. “It’s time to go.” Marotti, whose official title is assistant athletic director for football sports performance, will serve as strength and conditioning coordinator and manage the entire sports performance staff of the football program under new coach Urban Meyer. “Anybody that touches our athletes in the football program, I kind of oversee it from a communications standpoint to see what we can do better to be the best out there,” Marotti said. This will be the fourth time that Marotti and Meyer will work together. The two met as graduate assistants at OSU in 1987 and were reunited nearly a decade later at Notre Dame where Meyer coached wide receivers and Marotti served as strength coach. When Meyer was hired as coach at Florida in 2005, one of his first hires was Marotti, who went on to serve as director of strength and conditioning for the Gators until coming to Columbus. Meyer said he has complete confidence in Marotti, as well as the four full-time assistants that will work under him. “There are times in the year when the strength staff has more contact with the team than the coaching staff,” Meyer said. “I have complete trust in Mickey Marotti’s abilities to prepare our student-athletes to be the strongest, fastest and mentally toughest football players they can be.” Marotti said having assistant athletic director as part of his title was something that was very important to him as far as future career aspirations. “I had a similar role at Florida, but there wasn’t a title involved,” Marotti said. “I think it has a little bit more meaning and maybe, down the road 10 or 15 years from now, maybe that’s an avenue that I’d like to take, to get into administration.” Marotti received a master’s in strength in conditioning from OSU in 1987 and is only one of 100 strength trainers to receive such an honor . His salary for 2012 is $380,000. He is known for incorporating unusual exercises into his workouts, such as flipping tires and hauling rocks. “I’m going to go very hard on these guys,” Marotti said. “We’re going to be doing a lot of things here in the upcoming weeks that I know (the players) are looking forward to. “Well, I am at least.”
Ohio State baseball players mob Noah McGowan following his walk-off double Sunday to give Ohio State the 6-5 win against Indiana. Credit: Mac Connor | Ohio State AthleticsSenior third baseman Noah McGowan laid on the ground next to third base. The hero of Saturday’s game against Indiana hit the eventual game-winning home run in the series’ second contest, but Sunday was different. He didn’t just win a game. He won a series.In the rubber match of the series, McGowan hit a walk-off double in the 12th inning to deliver the Buckeyes a 6-5 win against No. 8 Indiana.He was on the ground because a mob led by Ohio State junior catcher Jacob Barnwell tackled him following the shot into right field that knocked off the Hoosiers (29-8, 7-4 Big Ten) Sunday at Bill Davis Stadium.Now with another ranked win and a series victory against the top team in the Big Ten conference, Ohio State (27-11, 8-4 Big Ten) has started to stack its resume with just four conference series remaining in the year.“You read the national, social media, nobody’s said a fricking word about Ohio State all year long,” head coach Greg Beals said. “So hopefully we made a statement. And if nobody talks about it, we don’t care, that’s fine. We’ll just keep doing what we do.” Inning after inning, Beals and Indiana head coach Chris Lemonis played bullpen chess, throwing their best relievers into play against two of the best lineups in the conference.The Buckeyes used a collection of four relievers. But as usual, they relied heavily on senior Seth Kinker.Ohio State tied the ball game an inning and a third into Kinker’s stint, then a deadlock began. Kinker held Indiana scoreless in the top of the ninth, but the Buckeyes couldn’t deliver a win in the bottom half. The cycle repeated itself until McGowan’s double finally won it in the 12th.“I don’t know what more I can ask [Kinker] to do,” Beals said. “Tough competitor, man.”Kinker kept the same calm demeanor throughout his 5.1-inning stint.“When I get on the mound I’m a completely different person,” Kinker said. “I’m not the goofy guy that talks a ton in the clubhouse before the game, during the game, until I go down to the pen. Once I go down to the pen, once I get loose I don’t worry about anything but me getting on that rubber and facing the guy that’s in the box.”Indiana also featured four relievers with sophomore Cal Krueger carrying most of the load with 3.2 innings of work.Junior designated hitter Brady Cherry gave Ohio State its first lead of the game on a laser of a home run in the second inning that knocked in Cowles.McGowan’s game-winning hit and game-tying hit could not have been much different. The game-winner was a drive into the gap while the base hit to tie the game was a bloop single that scored sophomore shortstop Noah West.Indiana took its third lead of the game in the seventh inning on an RBI single by sophomore first baseman Scotty Bradley that scored junior second baseman/pitcher Matt Lloyd.The Buckeyes crafted a response in the following inning, loading the bases with one out for senior left fielder Tyler Cowles. He delivered a single to score junior second baseman Kobie Foppe and tie the game at five.Both teams’ shortstops made game-changing plays. West chopped down senior right fielder Logan Sowers at home plate to prevent a run in the third inning. Indiana sophomore Jeremy Houston finished with five assists.Minnesota comes to Columbus next weekend, and Ohio State hopes to maintain the chip on its shoulder.“I don’t want to be ranked,” Kinker said. “We got a logo that everyone knows across our jerseys every single day. They’re gonna know who we are, they want to overlook us then let them do it.”
Former Manchester United player Phil Neville believes Paul Pogba would have left Manchester United if Jose Mourinho was still the manager.The former United defender insists the breakdown in the relationship between Pogba and Mourinho would have meant the Frenchman would seek greener pastures elsewhere when the transfer window reopens in January.The fall-out with the former Chelsea manager took a major turn at the start of the season when he was stripped of the captain’s armband in September, following Pogba’s comments in the aftermath of United’s 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford.The World Cup winner was also dropped from the starting lineup at the start of December including United’s disappointing 3-1 loss to Liverpool, which was Mourinho’s last game in charge.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…When asked if Pogba would have left the Red Devils in January, Neville said, according to Daily Mail:“I think they would (have lost him). The relationship was gone (with Jose Mourinho). It was clear at that point.”“He was sat on the bench at the end. But in the last few games he has been fantastic.”
An exhibition on Vimor’s 45-year journey of documenting, reviving and supporting hand-loom weavers was recently inaugurated by Jasleen Dhamija, veteran Indian textile art historian, crafts expert and former UN advisor.The exhibition, open to the public until July 17 at the Art Gallery, Kamaladevi Complex, IIC is presented by Pavithra Muddaya.It presents old textile samples and photographs; old/antique sarees and the newly revised versions of the sarees; the revival of designs and techniques; and the success story of the weavers. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDealing in the manufacturing and selling of traditional sarees, ‘Vimor’ officially started in 1974 by Late Chimy Nanjappa and her daughter Pavithra Muddaya.Late Chimy Nanjappa’s love for textile and handicrafts was a long journey filled with commitment and passion which began from the time she was the first manager of Cauvery, the state handicrafts emporium of Karnataka.Her skills and sense of aesthetics created a loyal clientele which resulted in her registering a business along with her daughter Pavithra, and ‘Vimor’ formally began in 1974 post the untimely demise of Chimy’s husband. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOver the years, the word of mouth drew in people from all walks of life as customers. It would not be boastful to mention that customers ranged from the past Presidents, Prime ministers, Governors, heads of the Armed services, eminent artists, designers and activists. A vast majority of her customers were Indian women from different fields and regions.Pavithra’s work has been the primarily designing development and guidance of the weavers, apart from documenting motifs, techniques, designs and oral history. Her speciality has been in reviving forgotten designs and motifs.She participated and curated handloom textiles for the “India – South Africa Shared History” exhibition in Johannesburg by Teamworks Events and recently addressed different groups across the U.S.A and Canada, and also the department of S.E. Asian studies at the Iowa University.Today, Vimor welcomes the third generation of Pavithra’s children, Vipra and Arup, who bring a breath of new air.
Once again I was bowled over by the fourth withdrawal from SLV in the last six business days. If anyone has any explanation other than “acute physical silver shortage,” I’d love to hear it. I was not amused by the price action in the precious metals yesterday. I’m always suspicious of future price events in the metals themselves when there is counterintuitive action in the shares. Maybe I’m just imaging things, but this overbought situation has to be resolved, so I doubt that we’ll have to wait much longer for some sort of resolution. As I write this paragraph, the London open is about 20 minutes away. As has been the case recently, all four precious metals got sold down in morning trading in the Far East on their Wednesday. And also like yesterday, all four are rallying into the London open, but all have a ways to go to get back to unchanged from Tuesday’s close in New York. Volumes are already pretty heavy in both metals. There is some roll-over action in silver, but even the net volume is pretty chunky for this time of day and, not that it matters, the dollar index is trading ruler flat. We’ve got three more trading days in the July silver contract before it goes off the board on Monday. All the big boys have to be out by the end of trading on Thursday, with the balance of the traders on Friday. Monday is First Notice Day, but I would think that the CME Group will have the delivery numbers up on Friday evening EDT. And as I prepare to send today’s column out the door, the London market has been open an hour. The tiny rallies going into London open all got sold down—and all four precious metals are back to more or less where they started at, or before, the London open. Volumes in both gold and silver are higher than I like to see, especially considering the lack of price action. The dollar index is still trading flat from its close in New York yesterday afternoon. That’s all I have for today—and nothing will surprise me from a price perspective when I power up my computer later this morning. Enjoy your day—and I’ll see you here tomorrow. It was more or less the same chart pattern for silver, however the rally—which broke above the $21 spot level—lasted about an hour longer than the gold rally. But, by day’s end in New York, the results were the same. The low and high tick were reported as $20.81 and $21.17 in the July contract. Silver finished the Tuesday trading session at $20.925 spot—up 3 cents on the day—and obviously back below the $21 spot price mark. Gross volume was over the moon, but net volume was 33,000 contracts, which was quite heavy—and was probably the result of more Comex paper being thrown at the silver rally at the London open, just like for gold Sponsor Advertisement Fourth withdrawal from SLV in the last six business days It was another trading day in the Far East where gold got sold down right at the open of their trading day—and after that it didn’t do much until minutes after the London open. The rally that began at that point got capped within a few hours—and from that point until noon EDT, the price got sold down to its New York low. The tiny rally attempts after that weren’t allowed to get far. The low and high ticks were recorded by the CME Group as $1,314.50 and $1,326.60 in the August contract. Gold closed in New York on Tuesday at $1,319.00 spot, up a whole 70 cents from Monday’s close. Volume, net of June and July, was not exactly light at 127,000 contracts. It’s obvious that it took JPMorgan et al a decent amount of Comex paper to put out the gold rally at the London open yesterday morning. The CME Daily Delivery Report showed that only 2 gold contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday. There were no reported changes in GLD yesterday, but even I was taken aback when I saw that there had been another withdrawal from SLV. This time it was 1,056,233 troy ounces that were shipped off to parts unknown. Since June 2 there have been 6.8 million ounces of silver withdrawn—with 3.6 million of that being pulled out since Tuesday, June 16. And as I said yesterday—and on Saturday—Ted Butler says that this ETF is owed about 7 million troy ounces. The good folks over at shortsqueeze.com updated their Internet site with the latest changes in the short positions of both SLV and GLD as of May 15. In SLV, the short position declined by 4.80 percent—from 14.23 million troy ounces/shares, down to 13.55 million troy ounces/shares. Unless the authorized participants add the approximately 7 million ounces owed to this ETF before the end of the month, we’ll see a big increase in the short position in SLV as the authorized participants are forced to short the shares in lieu of depositing the physical metal. Over at GLD, the short position increased by 7.63 percent from the the end of May to the middle of June. The current short position in GLD is now 1.36 million troy ounces, up from 1.26 million troy ounces in the prior report. There was no sales report from the U.S. Mint. There was a small amount of gold shipped out of the Comex-approved depositories on Monday, as 4,807 troy ounces came out of Scotiabank. But it was another big day in silver, as 842,145 troy ounces were reported received—and only 1,000 troy ounces were shipped out. The biggest chunk went into the CNT Depository. The link to that activity is here. I have a very decent number of stories again today—and the final edit is up to you. If we do witness a sharp growth in the short position of SLV, I’m prepared to take the matter up again with BlackRock (the trust’s sponsor) and their very aggressive lawyers. The bottom line is that the lack of deposits/delay in SLV fully supports the COMEX silver warehouse turnover as an indicator of extreme tightness in physical silver. As much as I study the COTs, as and when a pronounced physical shortage of silver appears, I’m prepared to disregard the COTs as physical will trump paper. Again, both the COMEX warehouse turnover and the deposit story in SLV are specific and unique to silver and not any other commodity, including gold. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 21 June 2014 It was just another day off the calendar yesterday—and another day where every rally, no matter how small in all four precious metals, got capped. And as I mentioned at the top of this column, it took a decent amount of Comex paper for “da boyz” to put out those gold and silver rallies in London yesterday morning. Here are the 6-month charts for both silver and gold once again—and not a thing has changed since I posted Monday’s charts in yesterday’s column, as both are still in overbought territory. The silver equities were up a bit over 2 percent within 20 minutes of the open yesterday but, like the gold stocks, it was all down hill from there, as Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 1.99%. Both platinum and palladium got sold off a hair in early trading in the Far East on their Tuesday morning, but then rallied a few dollars above unchanged. That state of affairs lasted until the 8:20 a.m. EDT Comex open. They both spiked up—and both got capped in short order. Platinum finished up about a percent—and all palladium’s New York gains vanished within minutes, but did finish up seven bucks. Here are the charts. The gold stocks opened in positive territory, but began to head south within fifteen minutes—and they chopped slowly lower for the entire day. The HUI closed on its absolute low tick, down 2.99%. The dollar index closed late on Monday afternoon at 80.28—and then dipped down to its 80.20 low around 11:20 a.m. in London. The subsequent rally made it as far as 80.42—and then sold down a bit from there. The index closed at 80.32—up 4 basis points on the day. Nothing to see here. The agreement with Sumitomo on the Fourth of July project is a great compliment to our recent agreement with Newmont Mining on the Wood Hills South project. We also have the Arabia, Golden Shears and some generative efforts being funded through our joint venture business model. We have enough capital in the bank to last two more years and no debt. The share structure remains at 33.5 million fully diluted. We are very well positioned to have a major win with an incredible share structure. 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