Beverly Andrews APTN NewsSix Nations police raided a marijuana dispensary earlier this month arresting the owner and a few others.It’s what the band council appears to want and so does the chief of police.“They should wait until they are dealing with a legal commodity,” said Glen Vickers, chief of Six Nations police, a First Nation south of Toronto.“We all know in a few months it’s going to be legal, but right now it’s not.”The federal government is set to legalize marijuana as of July 1.The owner of Green Health for 6 believes council and police are being too strict on something that is happening on many nations across the country.“In other territories their band councils are embracing it and more or less saying it’s a grey area that they are not going to touch,” said Jeff Henhawk. “I think that our band council should at least work with us or put out a mandate.”The reserve has drug problem and the manager of the shop said the weed offers an alternative to hard drugs.“We are trying to offer a medicinal plant-based medicine here to counter and fight the opiate addiction,” said Aaron Sault. “The number of narcotics that are in our community here on Six Nations is ridiculous.”Council declined to be interviewed but sent a statement to APTN News.“Until federal legislative amendments have been enacted to legalize and regulate the use and sale of cannabis, Six Nations Elected Council remains of the position that cannabis is a controlled substance,” the statement said.“As such, and in the absence of applicable Six Nations laws and regulations, the Elected Council considers cannabis subject to the Controlled Drug and Substances Act.”email@example.com
TORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Economic updateBank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz will speak at a conference co-hosted by CFA Montreal and the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations on Tuesday. Last week, Poloz told a Commons committee that Canada is at a “crucial” spot in the economic cycle facing a number of significant uncertainties.Fresh real estate dataStatistics Canada releases building permits for September and the provincial and territorial economic accounts for 2016 on Wednesday. It will release the new housing price index for September on Thursday.NDP looks to safeguard pensionsIn the wake of the insolvency of Sears Canada, NDP MPs Scott Duvall and Karine Trudel will introduce a Private Members’ Bill on Monday that would protect workers’ pensions when a company is allowed to restructure its financial affairs under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act.Business talks climateOttawa will host the Clean Prosperity Summit, where advocates, former MPs and executives from energy, automotive and tech companies will discuss U.S. and Canadian climate policy, energy exports, conservative public opinion on climate policy and the evolving auto industry.Earnings, continuedSome of the biggest names on the TSX report third-quarter earnings this week, including the exchange’s parent, TMX, along with Valeant, Morneau Shepell, Canaccord Genuity, Agrium, Aimia, Sun Life Financial, Encana, Quebecor Inc., Magna, TransCanada and Hydro One.
On a provincial basis for 2019, PSAC now estimates 2,685 wells to be drilled in Alberta, down from 3,532 wells in the original forecast.B.C.’s well count is expected to be slightly lower from 382 wells to 375 wells.Also for 2019, PSAC is forecasting activity beyond drilling to include maintenance and repair work and site closure activity to cover a broader spectrum of activity that is undertaken by the sector.The Petroleum Services Association of Canada is the national trade association representing the service, supply and manufacturing sectors within the upstream petroleum industry. CALGARY, A.B. – The Petroleum Services Association of Canada has provided a midyear update on its 2019 Canadian Oilfield Services Activity Forecast.PSAC’s forecast for the number of wells drilled in 2019 across Canada is 5,300, which is a drop of 1,300 or 20 percent from the original Forecast of 6,600 in November 2018.According to PSAC, they have based its updated forecast on the average prices natural gas, crude oil, and a U.S.-Canada exchange rate averaging $0.75.
UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis told a press briefing today in Geneva that the agency expects to help almost 20,000 people return from the two neighbouring countries to southern Sudan over the next six months.Starting tomorrow, the first 500 of an estimated 11,000 Sudanese who have been living in eastern Ethiopia are scheduled to make a four-day journey by bus and truck from the Bonga refugee camp to their villages back in Sudan’s Blue Nile state. Up to 2,000 refugees are expected to make this journey before the end of the month.Tomorrow’s convoy, the first since operations were suspended in May because the rainy season made the roads impassable, will be comprised mainly of refugees who had previously been declared unfit to travel but have since recovered and received medical authorization for the journey.The returnees receive repatriation and reintegration packages from the UNHCR, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) that include blankets, jerry cans, sleeping mats, water filters, sanitary kits for women and girls, three months’ supply of food, seeds and agricultural tools.On Saturday, three flights will carry a total of 150 refugees from Mboki camp in the southeast of the CAR to the town of Tambura in Sudan’s Western Equatoria state. Eventually about 8,000 of the 10,000 residents of Mboki who have expressed interest in returning will be repatriated.Refugee convoys from the CAR were suspended in April when the border was officially closed, but the CAR’s Government has agreed to re-open it for the purpose of repatriating the Sudanese refugees.While UN-assisted repatriation from Ethiopia and the CAR to southern Sudan has been suspended until now, convoys continue to make the journey from the Kakuma camp in north-western Kenya. So far 255 people have been returned to Unity state and another 400 refugees are scheduled to be relocated to Jonglei state next week.In total, 91,588 Sudanese refugees have returned to their homes in the south of the vast country since the long-running civil war formally ended at the start of last year, with almost one in five returning with the help of UNHCR. An estimated 350,000 others remain in exile, mainly in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, the CAR and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik today noted that the LTTE lost the wear despite the support it had.Coming down heavily on corrupt politicians and bureaucrats, Malik today said terrorists should gun down those who have looted the country and their state, rather than attacking security forces. “There was an outfit called LTTE in Sri Lanka and it had support as well but it has also been finished,” he added.Last month, Malik had claimed the situation in Kashmir had improved ever since he took over as the Governor of the state. “The biggest disease in Kashmir is corruption…These youth with guns, they are killing PSOs and SPOs for no reason, why are you killing them? Kill those who have looted your country and all the wealth from Kashmir, have you killed anyone out of them? Nothing will be achieved by this.”Malik opined that guns have never been the solution to problems and nobody can bend the government by using it. Addressing a gathering during the inaugural of Kargil Ladakh Tourism Festival 2019 at Khree Sultan Choo Sports Stadium in Kargil, Malik opined that the biggest disease in Jammu and Kashmir is corruption, the ANI news service reported.
Some 2,500 workers had planned to strike on both days in a row over pay. Britain’s busiest airport has already cancelled 177 flights – roughly one in seven departures – after the Unite union rejected a pay offer.SriLankan Airlines said it does not envisage any cancellation of its flights at this time and will operate as per its regular schedule. SriLankan Airlines said it has no plans to cancel flights to London’s Heathrow Airport despite ground staff at Heathrow preparing to launch a strike.SriLankan Airlines said that it has made preparations to minimize inconvenience to its valued passengers at London’s Heathrow Airport that may occur as a result of strike action planned by ground staff of Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) this week. SriLankan has reinforced its own operations for passengers and cargo at both the arrival and departure terminals of Heathrow, with additional employees on standby.However, the areas most likely to be affected include security screening, which are operated by HAL and do not come under the purview of SriLankan.SriLankan Airlines regrets any inconvenience to its valued passengers due to circumstances that are entirely beyond its control, and will do everything in its power to minimize this inconvenience. (Colombo Gazette) A strike planned by Heathrow Airport workers on Monday has been called off as talks with unions continue to stop a further walkout on Tuesday.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The countdown is on for the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth Stampede 2015 is only 14 short weeks away!Calgary Stampede Publicity Manager Jennifer Booth tells 660News they have been preparing for this event ever since the gates closed last year.She said they have a huge programming team working behind the scenes.“So they’re out there in the dead of winter, mapping things out, like how far things can be apart from each other and how many more food vendors we can bring in. And they’re booking all the food vendors starting in the fall, so we have some of the greatest new food on park each year which is an anticipated announcement,” she said.The Calgary Stampede officially kicks off on Friday, July 3rd. by News Staff Posted Mar 29, 2015 4:22 pm MDT
by The Associated Press Posted Apr 21, 2015 6:24 am MDT BANGOR, Maine – A beaver is being blamed for knocking out power to thousands of electric customers in eastern Maine.Utility Emera Maine says about 3,000 homes and businesses in Aroostook County were without electricity on Monday night when a beaver felled a tree that took down a transmission line. Spokesman Bob Potts says to make matters worse, the tree came down in a remote wooded area that was hard to reach.The towns of Ludlow, Oakfield, Sherman, Island Falls and Patten were the hardest hit.The number of outages was down to about 1,200 by 6 a.m. Tuesday and the utility hoped to have everyone back online by midmorning.Several hundred customers, mostly in Hancock and Penobscot counties, also lost power overnight because of high winds from storms that moved through. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Beaver that brought down tree blamed for knocking out power to thousands in Maine
The SLPP had this week named Gotabaya Rajapaksa as the Presidential candidate of the SLPP at the next Presidential elections. Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa says the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) is ready to submit documents related to former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s renunciation of his US citizenship and about his Sri Lankan citizenship, if required.Rajapaksa was responding to a tweet by United National Party (UNP) member and non-cabinet Minister Harsha de Silva regarding ongoing controversy on Rajapaksa’s citizenship. Meanwhile, the UNP is yet to agree on its Presidential candidate. (Colombo Gazette) “Don’t worry about SLPP candidate. If his documentation is the issue, will present if needed. Worry abt governing the country for next few months, to salvage frm this sorry state. Also perhaps worry about who you can put forward to contest,” Namal Rajapaksa tweeted.
These issues adversely affect economic and social development and impact their ability to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The Group should act as a collective voice to call for greater international assistance and support for vulnerable and marginalized states, particularly for financing and capacity building.Additionally, in a statement at the Asian Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, where Sri Lanka is a co-prime mover of the pillar on “Science, Technology and Innovation”, Foreign Secretary Aryasinha noted the great potential in the ACD Region in the field of tourism which could play a crucial role in sustainable social, cultural and economic growth.The ACD taking centre stage in enhancing economic competitiveness in the region enables Asian countries to compete in the global market on an equal footing. Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha, speaking at the Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting, said that as a close neighbor and a fellow South Asian nation, Sri Lanka enjoys strong bilateral ties with the Maldives, and it is gratifying that one of the primary initiatives embarked upon by the new Maldivian administration last year was to convey its intention to re-join the Commonwealth. Sri Lanka has welcomed a proposal for the readmission of the Maldives to the Commonwealth family reiterating that Sri Lanka fully supports the fast track procedure previously applied in the readmission of Gambia, to allow the Maldives to participate fully at CHOGM 2020 in Rwanda.Sri Lanka made the observation at the Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting held in New York on the sidelines of the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, chaired by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the United Nations. The Foreign Secretary noted that particularly given that the Commonwealth Secretariat had carried out a comprehensive assessment mission in the Maldives in January 2019 resulting in a positive outcome; any perceived obstacles to its re-entry should be seen as mere imperfections that afflict all countries from time to time. He urged that additional hurdles not be placed in their way, which would serve as a disincentive.Foreign Secretary also attended the Group 77 (G77) Foreign Ministers Meeting held on Friday, 27th September 2019 in New York. It was noted that the G77 is uniquely positioned to call for global action to address the diverse needs of countries in special situations such as Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States.
As part of an annual training exercise, Campus Security Services will be conducting a test of Brock University’s Emergency Notification System on Wednesday, June 19 around noon.The test will involve notifications being posted to scrolling signs, voicemails, emails, text messages and the Brock Safety App, as well as building voice communication systems, where applicable.No action from students, staff, faculty or the Brock community is required.Any further questions or concerns about the test can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or x4300
To secure the voting area, the upper level of Pond Inlet will be locked during the days of the advance polls, and no foot traffic through Pond will be allowed.Jobs for studentsThe federal election also brings employment opportunities as Elections Canada will hire workers as service agents or information officers. For more information visit the Elections Canada website. Saturday, Oct. 5 — 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.Sunday, Oct. 6 — Noon to 4 p.m.Monday, Oct. 7 — 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.Tuesday, Oct. 8 — 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.Wednesday, Oct. 9 — 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. With the federal election less than a month away, Elections Canada is planning an advance poll on Brock campus where eligible voters can cast ballots for candidates seeking office in any of Canada’s 338 electoral districts, or ridings.Canada’s election is Oct. 21. The advance poll at Brock will be set up in Pond Inlet from Oct. 5 through Oct. 9. Students and others will be able to cast “write-in” ballots for their home riding, no matter where it is. Opening hours will be as follows:
Ohio State’s Board of Trustees Finance Committee approved raising football ticket prices in seasons to come. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State will host prominent Big Ten matchups including Michigan State, Wisconsin and Penn State during the 2019 season. The Buckeyes have also scheduled future non-conference home games against Oregon (2021), Notre Dame (2022), Washington (2025) and Texas (2026). Beginning in the 2019 season, people will have to start paying more for these tickets. The Ohio State Athletic Council recommended and the Board of Trustees Finance Committee approved Thursday that tickets for the general public would range from $60-$198 for regular reserved seating depending on the particular matchup. The full Board will have to approve the action on Friday.Faculty ticket prices will also be increased to $659 from $601 this season. Box/club seats will also increase from $789 in 2018 to $851 for the upcoming 2019 season. The student ticket cost will not change for the 2019 season and is expected to remain the same through the 2020 season, according to Board materials. Michael Papadakis, the interim senior vice president and CFO of the Ohio State Office of Business and Finance said the increased ticket prices will go back to the similar prices from the 2017 season.“This season, the schedule was not as attractive as it was last year and it is not as attractive as it will be next year,” athletic director Gene Smith said. Papadakis said season ticket owners will have a 15 percent discount from the initial price while Ohio State faculty and staff will have a 20 percent discount on tickets. He also said the majority of the ticket revenue goes to athletic scholarships, also noting Ohio State is one of 24 self-sustaining athletic programs in the country. Reserved tickets for Ohio State’s game against Florida Atlantic on Aug. 31 will be $60 and reserved tickets for Ohio State’s game against Penn State on Nov. 23 will cost $198.
LOS ANGELES — On paper, the Ohio State defense is nothing new to Washington. The Buckeyes allow 25.7 points per game, which would be ranked as the seventh-best scoring defense in the Pac-12. The 400.3 yards given up per game would put the Ohio State defense near the bottom of the conference, along with teams like Arizona, UCLA and Oregon State, who the Buckeyes beat 77-31 in the first game of the season. But Washington senior running back Myles Gaskin said the best defense the Huskies have faced this season is not Utah, who allows 19.3 points per game and gave up 10 points in its Pac-12 Championship loss to Washington. It’s not Cal who recorded an NCAA-leading 21 interceptions and led the conference with five defensive touchdowns. It’s Ohio State. The No. 67 defense in the country. The defense that has allowed 38 plays of 30-plus yards through 13 games. For Gaskin, it’s more than just numbers or yards given up. It’s not the makeup of the defense as a whole, even though he said that’s a part of it, saying Ohio State “probably has some of the “most athletic dudes in the country.” It’s about how the defense plays as a whole. “They play no downs off,” Gaskin said. “Any defense that runs to the ball, all 11 guys run ot the ball, I think that’s the most important thing. A scheme is a scheme, but it takes effort to play defense, to play offense too, but especially to play defense.” That’s the style of defense familiar to Washington, facing co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Alex Grinch before when he was the defensive coordinator at Washington State.“They ask their corners to do a lot in pressing all the time and a lot of man coverage, so you are playing high risk, high reward,” Washington senior quarterback Jake Browning said. “It will force a lot of negative plays, but you will also give up some big plays here and there.” It’s the big plays that people remember. The 93-yard touchdown run by junior running back Darius Anderson in the TCU game. The 81 and 75-yard touchdown runs by freshman running back Anthony McFarland in the Maryland game. These plays have seemed to define a defense that heads into the Rose Bowl game winning 12 of 13 games and are conference champions. “We have the game controlled and the next thing you know big play there, big play, and now the game looks even. When you take away those plays, there’s not much they can really say,” redshirt junior defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones said. “You’ve got to look at the results. Most of the time, about 95 percent of the time we won. So it’s okay.” It’s no secret. Washington is going to try and exploit the mistakes Jones said Ohio State makes five percent of the time. It could be what Indiana redshirt freshman quarterback Peyton Ramsey tried to do — stepping back and testing the Ohio State cornerbacks in man coverage compared to the speed of junior wide receiver Nick Westbrook and the rest of the Hoosiers receivers. For Washington junior offensive lineman Nick Harris, it’s the focus up front, combating the use of hands that Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson has been known to preach. It’s finding a mistake to exploit. “Just making sure every snap that we are playing with technique and we are trying to take advantage if they happen to mess up,” Harris said. “That could be the difference in the game is that one play, that one play they don’t use their hands right and we do, it could be a touchdown.” When those plays do come, even if it is as infrequent as Jones said it is, Washington will have to exploit. Because Gaskin said Ohio State, more importantly than the big plays allowed by the defense, learns from its mistakes and moves on quickly. “I mean, everybody’s going to have their plays and just seeing that the defense is always ready to bounce back, play better from that play or learning from what happened in that play just in a separate series,” Gaskin said. “Not the whole, oh we learn next week, like they learn not to give that play up again. “That’s huge. That’s what we have to be ready for.” Even through the other storylines the Rose Bowl brings, from the retirement of head coach Urban Meyer to the Huskies and what Ohio State needs to do to cap off an eventful season on and off the field, redshirt sophomore linebacker Tuf Borland is still asked about the big plays. He’s still asked about the improvement of the linebackers, what the group is working on fundamentally after a season that saw peaks and valleys from the unit as a whole. For Borland, it’s not about erasing the big plays or making a statement. It’s the gradual improvement, it’s continuing the process. It’s extending the 95 percent. “I don’t think we’re worried about proving anything to anybody. We need it play and we need to play well,” Borland said. “We definitely need to keep improving. I’m just saying like we don’t feel the need to prove, like ourselves, to others.”
Ohio State then-sophomore attack Tre Leclaire walks off the field with his teammates after scoring his first goal of the game in the first quarter against Michigan on April 13, 2018. Ohio State beat the Wolverines 8-5. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Editor in ChiefThe No.16 Ohio State’s men lacrosse team opens up its season at noon this Saturday when it squares off against Cleveland State at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Ohio State is just two seasons removed from being the NCAA men’s lacrosse runner-up, though a departure of key veterans from that year’s team led to a letdown year in 2018, with the Buckeyes finishing just 8-7 overall and missing the NCAA tournament. Ohio State will return two All-Americans in 2019, junior attacking midfielder Tre Leclaire and junior midfielder Ryan Terefenko. Both Leclaire and Terefenko were named Players to Watch by the Big Ten in January, as was senior midfielder Jack Jasinski. Leclaire has been a consistent threat for Ohio State in the past two years, finishing second in team points in his freshman season with 65 and leading the team in 2018 with 37. The Buckeyes defense will be a critical point to keep an eye on this season after senior defenders Ben Randall, Erik Evans and Freddy Freibott graduated from Ohio State and advanced on to Major League Lacrosse teams.“We lost three All-American caliber guys, and, at the end of the day, you hope to develop the next wave of defenseman,” head coach Nick Myers said.Senior defender Matt Borges said despite the veteran departures, the mentality of playing strong defense has not changed on the team, and Ohio State still believes it will be a program built on its defenders.“We’re excited to prove people that we are the same team, and that is a credit to the coaching,” Borges said.Borges noted that while he expects the defense to remain strong, he believes the team will take on a different look than in years past. He said this season, depth appears to be a strength for a team that was young in 2018, and that the athleticism of the players has the team excited about what the year could hold.Ohio State had scrimmages in January against Hill Academy, Robert Morris and No. 2 Duke. Myers said both Robert Morris and Duke specifically helped test the team differently and provided challenges that will help the team going forward.Many of the team’s freshmen and sophomore players stepped up last season. Replacing Jake Withers as the team’s face-off specialist, sophomore midfielder Justin Inacio was crucial to the Buckeyes in 2018 in the circle, winning 130 of his team-leading 212 face-offs. He finished the year with Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors. Sophomore JT Bugliosi also came up big for the Buckeyes, recording 12 points with eight goals and four assists.“Your freshmen and sophomore year is where you see the biggest jump in terms of your comfortability, and understanding what to expect,” Myers said. “With that sophomore class and guys in key roles, we are certainly looking forward to taking another big step.”The Buckeyes will also field two junior captains this season, with junior midfielder Ryan Terefenko and junior defenseman Jeff Henrick both receiving the honor. This will be the first time in 19 years that Ohio State will have two junior captains. The team begins the season against Cleveland State at home at noon on Saturday.
Ohio State redshirt senior point guard Carmen Grande (1) dribbles the ball in the second half of the game against Rutgers on March 3. Ohio State lost 66-56. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorLife on the bubble isn’t something the Ohio State women’s basketball team is used to.Redshirt senior forward Makayla Waterman has never missed the NCAA tournament in her four seasons at Ohio State, and head coach Kevin McGuff hasn’t missed out on the big dance since his first season with the Buckeyes in 2013.With conference tournaments in full swing and Selection Sunday only a few weeks away, it is crunch time for an Ohio State team that hasn’t yet secured its tournament berth. With the opportunity to play as many as four games in the Big Ten tournament, any one of those matchups could mean the difference between moving on and watching the NCAA tournament from home.Ohio State’s opening matchup comes against Wisconsin, who the Buckeyes swept in the regular season by scores of 70-68 and 61-50, and they will get another crack at them on Thursday.Projected StartersOhio State (14-13, 10-8 Big Ten)F — Dorka Juhasz — Freshman, 11.7 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 0.9 apgF — Makayla Waterman — Redshirt senior, 7.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.7 apgG — Carmen Grande — Redshirt senior, 8.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 4.9 apgG — Janai Crooms — Freshman, 8.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.0 apgG — Carly Santoro — Redshirt senior, 11.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.3 apgWisconsin (14-17, 4-14 Big Ten)F — Marsha Howard — Senior, 14.5 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.4 apgF — Imani Lewis — Freshman, 12.4 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 0.6 apgG — Kelly Karlis — Senior, 8.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.2 apgG — Niya Beverley — Sophomore, 7.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.4 apgG — Kendra Van Leeuwen — Junior, 4.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.2 apgOhio State enters the tournaments as a No. 5 seed after finishing with a 10-8 conference record during the regular season. The Badgers entered the tournament as the 13 seed and knocked off Penn State 65-57 to move on to the second round. The past two matchups between the Buckeyes and Badgers have leaned heavily towards Ohio State, with Wisconsin unable to stop the Buckeyes from scoring. In the first game, freshman forward Dorka Juhasz went off for a 21-point, 15-rebound double-double in addition to three other Buckeyes scoring in double digits in the 70-68 win.Just 11 days later, redshirt senior guard Carmen Grande dropped 17 on the Badgers while Juhasz again notched a double-double, this time with 10 points and 14 rebounds in the 60-51 victory.While Wisconsin’s offense doesn’t necessarily light up the scoreboard — it is ranked No. 12 in the Big Ten in scoring offense — the Badgers do have a pair of potent forwards in senior Marsha Howard and freshman Imani Lewis who are both averaging double-digit point totals. While Howard and Lewis have been able to find the basket, the overall shooting of the Badgers is poor. Wisconsin shoots just under 40 percent from the field, 28 percent from 3 and is only shooting 58 percent from the free throw line. The Badgers are better on the defensive side of the ball, only allowing 63.5 points per game, slightly more than the 62.1 points that Ohio State averages on offense. For an Ohio State team that struggles on the offensive end, Wisconsin will not make things any easier. The Badgers are allowing their opponents to connect on 39 percent of their shots from the field this season.If the Buckeyes want to move on in the tournament, Grande and the rest of the graduating seniors will have to step up to ensure they can find the basket against Wisconsin’s stingy defense. Ohio State will take on Wisconsin on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Ohio State freshman quarterback Justin Fields speaks to the media for the first time on National Signing Day on Feb. 6. Credit: Colin Gay | Sports EditorK.J. Hill did not think he would be back for his fifth and final season.He left the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 thinking his career as an Ohio State wide receiver was over. But he made the decision to follow in the footsteps of those before him — Parris Campbell, Terry McLaurin and Johnnie Dixon — to come back for one more year as the veteran guy in the receiver room. It was not until Hill returned to campus for the spring that he met sophomore quarterback Justin Fields, the heralded five-star recruit who spent his freshman season at Georgia. On Wednesday, Ohio State’s first spring practice, both were on the field, Fields taking snaps and Hill running routes, trying to duplicate the same chemistry quarterback Dwayne Haskins had with his three fifth-year receivers. “You know, first day, kind of nervous,” Hill said. “But all of us just have to get our timing right with each other.” Fields’ nerves were visible early in the practice period, overshooting receivers on short, 10-yard curl routes, leading receivers too far on out routes. But to head coach Ryan Day, those mistakes are going to happen. The former quarterbacks coach said his players are allowed to fail because failing leads to growth. The head coach said the quarterback who learns from his mistakes best usually wins the starting job. And yes, Day said there will be a competition for the starting quarterback job, though Fields remains the heavy favorite to win the starting spot. “It’s going to be a battle Day One,” Day said. “The guys were out there, we were splitting up the reps. During the spring, Mike [Yurcich]’s going to roll those guys in and out. Everyone is competing.” The head coach said he does not have a timetable to determine whether Fields or redshirt freshman Matthew Baldwin will be the starting quarterback, but both will get equal reps with the first-team offense, something he said is healthy at every position. Day said Baldwin has been in the offense for a year, but he has not had the opportunity to run it with the first team cut. He said the redshirt freshman looked good doing that in the first practice of the spring. As for Fields, the head coach described him as a quick learner, doing a nice job in the meetings learning the offense with passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Yurcich, who is in his first season with Ohio State. At this point of the season, Day said it was good to go out onto the field to get a feel for what the quarterback room — specifically Baldwin and Fields — can handle. “Who are they? What is their identity going to be?” Day said. “It’s Day One, so it’s hard to tell.” The expectations remain to find a leader behind center who has the ability to move the ball downfield consistently and have a way to self-diagnose strengths and weaknesses to better suit the offense the quarterback is running. But Day is realistic. He said he expected for the spacing and timing of balls thrown from his quarterbacks to be off. “Shoot, that’s even normal in the NFL,” Day said. As practice went on, the head coach said the timing from all the quarterbacks improved and the ball came out well. Despite acknowledging there is a long way to go with a long list of things to improve, Day said that he was encouraged by what he saw in the first practice of the spring. And that is why he wants time. No matter the expectations behind Fields, the head coach said he wants to be prepared for whatever happens prior to the season opener against Florida Atlantic on Aug. 31. “You don’t really know how it’s going to play out,” Day said. “It’s one thing I learned a long time ago — to do all that early on doesn’t help at all, it doesn’t do anybody any good.” Day is not focused on naming a starting quarterback. Instead, he’s helping lead quarterbacks to learn the offense to prepare for the starting job.
Ohio State then-freshman guard Janai Crooms (3) dribbles the ball up court in the first half of the game against Rutgers on March 3. Ohio State lost 66-56. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State women’s basketball started practice for the upcoming season with eight new players and five returning. Coming off a 14-15 record last season, the young but talented team is expected to surprise people with its fresh additions, which include seven freshmen and one junior transfer.Head coach Kevin McGuff said he’s ready to head into the season with the new team.“They’ve been great,” McGuff said. ”I feel like they’ve made a lot of progress.” Given their inexperience, McGuff said the Buckeyes will rely on their older players as leaders. Despite just one additional year in the program, McGuff said his sophomores will shoulder a heavier load.One sophomore the team can rely on is guard Janai Crooms. She played in all 29 games this past season and had 13 double-digit scoring outings, including eight games in a row to end the season.Crooms said she has high expectations for the incoming freshmen with all the talent they have.“They’re getting the hang of how we play here and the style of play,” Crooms said. “They’re very coachable.” The adjustment of having so many new players has been a successful process, McGuff said. “This summer the players did an excellent job really getting to know each other,” McGuff said. “Developing some chemistry and camaraderie that I think we’ll really be able to rely on this year.” One key player the Buckeyes have added to their roster is freshman guard Jacy Sheldon.“Ohio State is a really special place and it’s made the transition easier,” Sheldon said. “It’s been nice … We’re all together so we’re all going through the same stuff.”Sheldon set records during her high school career, including top marks for points, steals, three-pointers and overall field goals at Dublin Coffman High School. She also led the team to a 94-12 record during her four years. With these accomplishments as a Shamrock, Sheldon said she’s ready to start a new season and prove herself as a Buckeye.“We all have a strong work ethic and we continue to push each other,” Sheldon said. “If we keep pushing each other, the sky’s the limit.” With the season still more than two months out, McGuff said the team’s expectations will be evaluated with more severity once the Nov. 3 tip-off date against Urbana approaches.“Our goals revolve around having a great preseason and when we get a little closer to games, we’ll get together and talk about what we think we can accomplish with this group this year,”McGuff said.