Jackets brush aside blame aim for lateseason run

Nobody likes excuses.When you are paying an average of $84 a ticket for a product that is ultimately judged on wins and losses, the last thing you want to hear is more cliché coach-speak about a “young team on the verge.”The Blue Jackets have seemingly been a “young team on the verge” for all 10 years of their existence. When does all that potential give way to production? Production, of course, is measured in playoff victories and the possibility of an eventual Stanley Cup championship.It appeared as though the answer had come last season. The Blue Jackets made the postseason for the first time in franchise history, and a single playoff victory would have gone a long way toward erasing the futility of the previous eight seasons.But one of the NHL’s “Original Six,” Columbus’ archrival Detroit Red Wings, erased those hopes with a four-game sweep of the hometown heroes. Being unceremoniously swept from the playoffs without even putting up much of a fight left a bad taste in the mouths of Jackets fans; quite the opposite of building hope for the future.To the informed, however, it still seemed a step in the right direction. In light of this season’s struggles, it now appears that the old adage applies: One step forward, two steps back.So without relying on tired excuses, what has changed?“This is a league that you don’t miss steps in. You might miss them early, but you always have to catch up,” Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock said of his team’s development from last year. “That’s what has happened with a lot of our young guys last year.”What the coach appears to be saying is that his young team overachieved in its run to the playoffs.Now that this year’s team is starting to show signs of life, Hitchcock’s plan to stick with his younger players appears to be paying off. After having gone 3-14-7 during a 24-game stretch, Columbus is now 7-5-0 over the last 12.His “gut decision” to go with a struggling Steve Mason in a recent game against Nashville is an indication that he has a plan and is sticking to it, for good or bad.The same can be said of his continued faith in other Jackets youngsters like Jakub Voracek and Derick Brassard.Many voices around the organization have speculated that a stint down in Syracuse, the Blue Jackets’ minor-league affiliate, would prove beneficial to Mason.Hitchcock disagrees.“Everybody you talk to, when a young goalie [struggles] like this, it’s finish the season, press the reset button and start over next year,” Hitchcock said of his young net-minder. “Every good goalie has gone through this: [Ed] Belfour, [Tom] Barasso, Curtis Joseph. We can’t afford reset here.”With the Olympic break looming, and a favorable schedule which finds the Jackets playing eight of 10 games at home, Hitchcock is optimistic that the playoffs are still very much a reality.“We’ve got to find a way to go 8-2 before the break to stay in the race,” Hitchcock said. “If we go 8-2, who knows how far we can take this thing.” read more

No return for Turner Buckeye guard to skip senior season for NBA

Ohio State guard Evan Turner announced Wednesday that he will forgo his senior season and enter the NBA Draft.“I was blessed with this decision,” Turner said, his voice quivering. “I have a great opportunity and I’m going to turn a leaf over and go on to the next stage of my life.”Turner’s choice stemmed from the realization of his dream to play professionally, he said.“Ever since I was a little kid, I had a dream to play basketball and play in the NBA,” Turner said in the auxiliary gym at the Schottenstein Center. “Right now, I have the opportunity where my dream is realized. … I’m going to forgo my senior season and go to the NBA. It’s a dream come true and I definitely want to thank Coach [Thad] Matta.”Turner’s departure didn’t exactly come out of left field, but the soft-spoken point guard said the decision has tortured him since OSU’s season came to an end.“The past few weeks have been really hard for me,” he said. “I’ve been agonizing over my decision due to the simple fact of how much I love The Ohio State University. I love being a Buckeye. I love my coaching staff and being a kid and the opportunity to just do everything I always dreamed of.”Turner said he made the decision late Tuesday night and told some of his teammates just before he announced his decision to the media Wednesday.“This is the toughest thing I’ve ever had to do,” Turner said. “If I could, I’d really just disappear.”Throughout the season, Turner maintained his intention to remain in school until he felt comfortable with the legacy he was leaving behind. He led the Buckeyes to the Sweet 16 and earned Big Ten and National Player of the Year honors.The Chicago native has been widely projected as a top-three pick in June’s NBA Draft. He averaged 20.4 points, 9.2 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game in his third season with the Buckeyes.Turner’s season didn’t go unblemished, however. He fractured a pair of vertebrae in his back after a nasty fall on a breakaway dunk in a Dec. 5 win over Eastern Michigan. After doctors initially diagnosed an eight-week timetable for his return, Turner made his way back onto the court just five weeks later. He said the risk of another serious injury played a small part in his choice to jump to the next level.His departure leaves the Buckeyes without their leader for next season, when OSU adds one of the nation’s top recruiting classes. Although Turner stressed how he has “two feet in” his decision to enter the NBA Draft, the 6-foot-7 guard said he was satisfied with the state of the OSU program, even without him.“I was in a win-win situation regardless. … If I one day woke up and didn’t have the opportunity to play in the NBA, then my dream and taking care of my family and stuff like that, and I was heartbroken, then that pretty much says you need to go. It’s definitely a great step, and I had great times here, but I’m leaving the program in great hands.”Still, Turner will be leaving behind a close-knit unit that spent plenty of time together on and off the court.“[There have been] a lot of great times, and I’m just thankful I was fortunate enough to be a part of something like this,” Turner said. “My teammates were always great. They helped mold me into who I am. My coaches helped mold me. I’m just lucky to be in the position I’m in and to have the past experiences I’ve had.”As for the legacy that the Naismith winner will leave behind in Columbus, Turner left it to everyone else to decide.“I can’t really say. That’s what the writers are for,” Turner said. “People that watched me play, people I had encounters with, they pretty much build your legacy. You don’t build your own legacy, so we’ll see in 10 to 15 years.” read more

Stoke aim to end miserable run against Arsenal

first_imgStoke City manager Paul Lambert is aiming to use his own experience of beating Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium to help his side end their miserable runStoke have not won against the Gunners in their last 15 visits and are currently part of a intense relegation battle in the Premier League with Lambert’s side currently in 19th place in the standings.The last time the Potters won at Arsenal was back in 1981 and have since lost each time they have visited. But Lambert, who’s Aston Villa side defeated the Gunners on the first day of the 2013/14 season, is determined to change that.“It’s a really tough place to go. I’ve been fortunate I’ve won there – I know what it’s like to win there, I know what it’s like to lose there, I know what it’s like to draw there.” said Lambert, according to Eurosport.“This is new, I’m only new to the football club so what happened in the past is not an interest to me really.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“We’ll make it a really hard game, we’ll go and try and win, like I’ve always done, and it won’t change. We have to find a way to hurt them and that’s what we’ll work on when we get the rest of the lads back from their national teams.”Despite a promising debut win for Lambert, Stoke have since not won any of their last seven matches. But the coach, who replaced the fired Mark Hughes earlier this season, is positive.“As long as you keep fighting you’ve always got a chance, and that’s what you do, you keep fighting for everything,” he said.“Obviously it’s a concern, nobody wants to be in that position, but we should have had more points, we’ve not had any luck.“Individual errors have cost us in certain games but the performance levels of the team, I couldn’t ask for any more from them. I know what I want to achieve and we’re still well in this fight.”last_img read more

Mourinho optimistic ahead of trip to London

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho insists he is optimistic ahead of his team’s trip to London to face West Ham United in Premier League on Saturday.The Red Devils boss believes his side would secure all three points as they seek to keep up with table toppers, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City.United have had a disappointing start to the new campaign so far, with only three wins from six matches so far in the Premier League.Mourinho has seen his side lose on three separate occasions including the disappointing penalty shootout loss to Derby County in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday. But Jose is optimistic for the game against West Ham and expects his team to pick up all three points.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“I repeat tomorrow I think we are going to play very well,” he said, according to Independent.“I think we are going to win a very difficult match against a very good opponent, an opponent with great investment, an opponent with a champion manager with lots of experienced players, lots of very talented players. Very difficult but I am very positive.”“If I put myself in the position of a journalist or a position of somebody that is in the stands, maybe people think that sometimes the boys are not committed, maybe people can think the manager doesn’t demand enough from them, maybe people think on the training ground we don’t train enough this area or that area. That’s quite frustrating.”last_img read more

Wijnaldum struggles with people who think hes versatile

first_imgLiverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum, doesn’t like being labeled as a versatile player because he loves playing as a midfielder for club and country.The most recent performances that Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum has delivered for the Reds and Holland, have sparked a whole new debate about the label he has of being a versatile player.For many other footballers in the world, perhaps being recognized as a multi-tasker on the pitch is something positive, but not for him. When he first started his career at Feyenoord and then continued at PSV Eindhoven, Georginio was told that he could play equally well as a winger or a midfielder and that’s exactly how he’s done it ever since.But now that he plays for Liverpool and the Netherlands National Team, Wijnaldum has rediscovered his position and realized that he is a midfielder.“Playing in different positions helps you understand the game because you see the game from different perspectives,” he said to The Liverpool Echo.“Basically you can think for more players and you can help more players because you understand what they’re going through.”“But on the other side it was also my weakness because if a manager has two players who can play as a No 10, but one can play as a winger, you will always move for the other one. So it was my strength, but also my weakness.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“It was the best for the long run that I played in different positions, but sometimes I also think that I wanted to develop as a midfielder so I could maybe be even better now.”“I wanted to play as a midfielder so bad, but when I look back I’m happy that I played in those other positions because now I know how it is to play there. I’m a midfielder now, so that’s good.”“People were trying to get me off thinking that I’m a midfielder and trying to put in my head that I was a winger,” he added.“But I was like ‘you can say what you want, but I’m a midfielder and I know what’s best for me’. So I just focused on midfield, and look where I am today. I was full of confidence in myself that I would reach the top as a midfielder,” he concluded.Liverpool’s Gini Wijnaldum reveals his preferred position – and how he’s proven his doubters wrong: The Netherlands international has been utilised in a number of roles during his time at Anfield https://t.co/3NhH367jdf— Sports News Desk (@sportnsdesk) November 21, 2018last_img read more

Sunday Update Crews Work To Halt Swan Lake Fire Spreading Towards Cooper

first_imgAlong the Sterling Highway watch for construction zones, and smoke on the roadway. Dip-netting season is now underway significantly increasing traffic. Jonathan Ashford with the Incident Command Team: “Be prepared that we may have delays, and that we may have smoke on the  roadways. So, build that into your schedule and be prepared that there are plenty of other folks on the roadways.”  Crews are utilizing existing trail and natural features establishing control lines to mitigate eastward fire spread. Billy Mack with Grangeville Hand Crew Type 2IA: “We are opening up an old fuel bed and creating a 20-foot fuel break on the right hand side, and a 10 foot break on the left side out on Bean Creek Trail.” Working side by side, the crews’ main responsibilities are to construct “firelines” – which look a lot like trails – around wildfires to contain and control them by removing fuel that wildfires need to spread. To do this, hand crews use tools like Pulaskis, shovels, and chainsaws to clear flammable materials and scrape or dig to mineral soil. Along the East Fork Moose River, crews are continuing mop-up to increase perimeter security.  Sites to the north and northwest have firefighting personnel and structure protection efforts in place. A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) has expanded to include the western portion of the Chugach National Forest and still includes the Sterling Highway corridor. Firefighters continue to patrol the Sterling Highway.  Alaska State troopers and US Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officers are monitoring for visibility impacts due to smoke and fog on Sterling and Seward Highways.last_img read more

Physicists create carbon magnetism by removing atoms from graphite

first_imgUsing a homemade low-temperature scanning tunneling microscope, the scientists could identify the presence of a sharp resonance peak on top of individual vacancies. The resonance peaked around the Fermi level, which has been predicted in many theoretical studies but has never been experimentally observed before now.As the scientists explain, the resonance at a vacancy can be associated with a magnetic moment. The vacancies cause nearby electron spins to align due to repulsive electron-electron interactions, which leads to the formation of the magnetic moments. In addition, vacancies at different sites induce different kinds of magnetic moments, which can interact with each other. This interaction points to the possibility of inducing a macroscopic ferromagnetic state in the entire graphite material simply by removing random individual carbon atoms.“In a pristine carbon system, one would never expect to find magnetism because of the tendency of its electrons to couple in pairs by forming covalent bonds,” Brihuega explained. “The association of electrons in pairs runs against the existence of a net magnetic moment, since the total spin of the electronic bond will be zero. By removing one carbon atom from the graphite surface, what we do precisely is to break these covalent bonds and as a result we create a localized state with a single unpaired electron that will generate a magnetic moment.”Overall, the results not only confirm the accuracy of theoretical models, but also have further implications. For example, the observed resonances may enhance graphene’s chemical reactivity. In terms of applications, the results could lead to innovative magnets.“To create a magnet from a pure carbon system is a tantalizing possibility since this would be a metal-free magnet and thus optimal for applications in biomedicine,” Brihuega said. “In addition, it should be much cheaper to produce than conventional magnets since, to give some numbers, a ton of carbon costs around a thousand times less than a ton of nickel ($16 vs. $16,000), a commonly used material in actual magnets. In the case of graphene systems, one would also have flexibility and lightness as additional advantages; but to date, the total magnetization reported for these systems is very low when compared with the strongest existing magnets. “In my opinion,” he added, “the brightest future in terms of applications stems in the emerging field of spintronics, i.e. in trying to exploit the ‘spin’ of the unpaired electron for creating new spin-based devices.” (PhysOrg.com) — Physicists have found that, by removing individual atoms from a graphite surface, they can create local magnetic moments in the graphite. The discovery could lead to techniques to artificially create magnets that are nonmetallic and biocompatible, as well as cheaper and lighter than current magnets. Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. How Perfect Can Graphene Be? This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore furtherlast_img read more