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Auburn Basketball ClassAs of roughly 12 p.m. E.T. Sunday, Auburn’s men’s basketball program has the best recruiting class in the SEC for 2016. Yes, you read that correctly. The Tigers, after receiving the commitment of five-star small forward Mustapha Heron, have rose in 247 Sports’ Team Rankings to the top of the SEC and No. 7 in the country. Auburn has three commitments in the class: Heron, three-star point guard Jared Harper and three-star Anfernee McLemore. Now, there is a long way to go before teams are done recruiting for 2016. Kentucky will surely add multiple elite recruits to its class and probably end up with the top class in the conference. But, for a little while, Bruce Pearl’s program can claim to be at the top of the SEC recruiting mountain, and that’s pretty cool.
Win with defense; then win with offense. That seemed to be the Ohio State men’s hockey team’s motto for its weekend series against Miami. The wins didn’t come easily as the Buckeyes won 1-0 Friday night behind goalie Cal Heeter’s 40-save shutout performance, and 5-2 Saturday with an aggressive five-goal third period. The sweep brings the Buckeyes’ winning streak to six games and puts them undefeated against in-state rivals for the season. “We had a slow start, but I think we are starting to turn it around,” said senior forward Sergio Somma. “It was special for us to get back at these guys.” OSU coach Mark Osiecki said the wins were a step in the right direction for the team. “It’s another step for us,” he said. “Tomorrow they got to start turning the page, getting ready for next week.” On Saturday things weren’t looking good after the first two periods for the Buckeyes (12-8-1, 7-6-1-1), but five goals in the third period put the game out of reach for the RedHawks (11-8-3, 8-6-2-1). OSU is no stranger to putting together high-scoring periods. Saturday night was the second time the team put away five goals in one period; the first was against Army on Jan. 2. In Saturday’s game, OSU started on the attack early with 11 shots on goal in the first period, but came away with nothing to show for it. Miami was able to strike first with a goal less than five minutes into the game. The RedHawks added a controversial goal that appeared to go through the net and had to be reviewed to extend their lead 2-0 in the second period. “That’s what the replay is there for,” Osiecki said. “Hats off to the system. That’s how it should be.” The third period is when the Buckeye offense decided to show up and tie the game in the first 5:34. The Buckeyes added another goal less than five minutes later, sophomore defenseman Brandon Martell’s first of the season. Senior forward John Albert “put it right on the platter,” Martell said. “It found its way in there; I’ll take it.” Two late empty-net goals rounded out the scoring for OSU. In Friday’s game, a lone goal in the second period from Somma and 40 saves from Heeter were all the Buckeyes needed to squeak out the victory. The Buckeyes will look to extend their winning streak through practice. “The last couple weekends here on this winning streak, I think our practices have been pretty good,” Albert said. OSU won’t be back in game action until Jan. 14 and Jan. 15 when it travels to Kalamazoo, Mich., to take on Western Michigan. Both games are scheduled to start at 7:35 p.m.
Ohio State senior tight end Marcus Baugh (85) catches a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter that would put Ohio State over Penn State in the game on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorEarly in the fourth quarter, Ohio State junior linebacker Jerome Baker took a peek at the scoreboard and didn’t like what he saw. The No. 6 Buckeyes were down two touchdowns, and No. 2 Penn State had the ball.Baker and his teammates had no one to blame but themselves.Penalties, special-teams blunders, turnovers and miscommunication through the first three quarters coalesced into a two-touchdown deficit with 13:13 remaining in the game. “I was just like give me, give us a break,” redshirt junior Sam Hubbard said. “Everything that could’ve gone wrong, went wrong and the score didn’t reflect how we were dominating on offense and defense and we just had to keep chipping away.”From the opening kickoff, which running back Saquon Barkley returned 97 yards for a touchdown, the Buckeyes made difficult what would seem easy Saturday night at Ohio Stadium. Penn State linebacker Koa Farmer caught a short kickoff and rumbled for a miraculous 59-yard return as the Buckeyes were unable to wrangle him and take him down. Ohio State even managed to go offsides after stuffing a kick return inside the 20-yard line.Ohio State junior receiver Terry McLaurin (83) runs the ball in fourth quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Buckeyes racked up 10 penalties for 79 yards, including four false starts. A late first half Hubbard sack was negated due to a face mask penalty. Quarterback J.T. Barrett was sacked twice in the first quarter. “It wasn’t really getting down, it was just more frustrating because you have a lot of self-inflicted wounds,” left tackle Jamarco Jones said.Twice, the Buckeyes believed they had interceptions, but both were overturned. In the second quarter, safety Damon Webb reeled in an interception in the end zone, but cornerback Damon Arnette was flagged for pass interference, placing the ball at the 6-yard line. Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley dove into the end zone on the following play. Then in the third quarter, cornerback Denzel Ward came down with what was called an interception before the referees turned the play into a Nittany Lion touchdown due to duel possession after review.“We knew we were killing ourselves, really,” Baker said. “We were shooting ourself in the foot.”But during this barrage of self-inflicted misfortune, the number showed Ohio State was dominating. The Buckeyes finished the game with substantial leads in total yards (529-283), first downs (27-17), yards per play (5.2-2.6) and tackles for loss (13-6). Ohio State just could not seem to make a run and take the lead.The Buckeyes held Barkley, a Heisman Trophy frontrunner, to 21 carries for 44 yards, 36 of which came on one touchdown run. Barrett, whom Meyer said played a near-perfect game, completed 33-of-39 passes for 328 yards.“[In] the first three quarters, I can count a handful of plays that we looked like fools, and we have to get that fixed,” Meyer said. “But it wasn’t like we were getting pummeled. It was the opposite. We were playing very well against a very good team, but we had miscues that used to be uncharacteristic.”And then, in less than 12 minutes, everything changed. Ward blocked a punt. Barrett hit Dixon for not one, but two touchdowns. The Buckeyes defense bent, but did not break as the Nittany Lions drove 64 yards, and settled for a 24-yard chip shot field goal. Then, after trailing for more than 58 minutes, Barrett found tight end Marcus Baugh for a 16-yard touchdown which gave the Buckeyes a 39-38 lead.But there was 1:42 remaining on the clock, more time than it took for the Buckeyes to score in any of its final three drives. Since the Buckeyes were avoiding kicking off to Barkley, kickoff specialist Sean Nuernberger hit a squib kick which set the Nittany Lions up with advantageous field position at their 36-yard line. Despite the Penn State field advantage, redshirt senior linebacker Chris Worley was never worried.Ohio State defensive coordinator (middle, in red), leads into the air after the Buckeyes beat Penn State 39-38 on Oct. 28 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Station Manager“We knew, just give us a chance to be in a position to stop them,” Worley said. “They didn’t really move the ball much on us. There were a couple big plays, penalties that just kept giving them life.”Worley was right. It took just four plays. Incompletion. Sack. Incompletion. Incompletion. Ohio State victory.“I can’t even describe it because we just wanted it more,” redshirt junior wide receiver Terry McLaurin said. “Guys in tears on the sideline, because all we’ve been through as a team and as individuals culminated in this moment. A lot of people probably counted us out during this game, but we believed in each other and we got the job done.”Over Ohio State’s final three drives, the home team averaged 15 yards per play and needed just 12 offensive plays to put up three touchdowns, coming back from a 15-point deficit. The momentum shift did not happen all at once, but took a concreted play after play effort, center Billy Price said. “We never gave up, honestly,” Baker said. “We knew we were capable of beating those guys. Great team, but we definitely come up to win.” Sure, Ohio State had no one to blame but themselves for the early deficit. But, after taking down the Nittany Lions, the Buckeyes also had no one but themselves to credit for the victory.
Laura Isensee Attorney Scott Newar speaking on the reassignment of Bertie Simmons.Attorney Scott Newar has filed two federal complaints against HISD, saying its reassignment of longtime principal Bertie Simmons violates her civil rights. At a press conference downtown he argued the reassignment reveals age and race discrimination and believes it’s part of a pattern to replace white principals like Simmons on the east side with Latino leaders. Newar had asked for Simmons to be reinstated at Furr high school this week.Laura IsenseeAttorney Scott Newar speaking on the reassignment of Bertie Simmons. Instead the district has expanded its investigation into other areas like general administration and grade changes. What’s more he says several other employees including an IT specialist, a program manager and police officer have been summarily Transferred or told not to report to campus.“HISD has an obligation to investigate when there have been allegations of misconduct. Dr. Bertie Simmons has been temporarily reassigned while HISD investigates the allegations. HISD will respond to the EEOC and the Department of Justice complaints filed on behalf of Dr. Simmons, and denies any allegations of a pattern and practice of discriminatory treatment against employees,” said HISD in a statement. Share
By James Wright, Special to the AFRO email@example.comThe District’s mayor’s budget proposal includes many provisions that address the concerns of African Americans.Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) held a reporters’ roundtable March 26 at the John A. Wilson Building. The purpose of the roundtable was to brief reporters on her 2019 fiscal year budget.Muriel Bowser is the mayor of the District of Columbia. (AFRO Stock Photo)“I gave the budget to the D.C. Council on March 21 and testified for it on March 23,” Bowser said. “The council will go through their usual 54-day review period in which they will make changes, if any, that they see fit. This year, the council will vote on it at the end of May, which is earlier than usual.”The $14.5 billion budget proposal includes investments in infrastructure, education, affordable housing, health and human services, economic opportunity, seniors and public safety. One of the key line items in the budget is $300 million for a new, state of the art hospital on the St. Elizabeths East campus in Ward 8.“This new hospital will replace the United Medical Center,” the mayor said in response to a question by the AFRO. The United Medical Center is the District’s only comprehensive medical facility east of the Anacostia River and it has been plagued over the years with financial problems due to the high costs of treating uninsured patients and questionable financial management.Bowser put $6 million for water bill relief for District residents. There has been ongoing controversy about the exorbitant rates that African-American churches and residents are being charged on their water bills that is due to a federal mandate to fix the city’s aging storm water system and has nothing to do with their own water usage.Bowser told the AFRO that she is well-aware of the matter and has sent a letter to DC Water indicating that their rates are unfair to District residents. In the meantime, she said water bill rates will continue to rise and the $6 million will help District churches and residents.“We are proposing some relief,” she said. “The $6 million will be used to help low-income households and others. We are also asking DC Water to match the $6 million in relief and freeze some of the charges on residents’ water bills for three years.”There are only three full-service grocery stores in both Wards 7 and 8 and Bowser’s budget has funded a program to deal with that.“I am aware that developer Jair Lynch is looking to bring a grocer in the Penn Branch shopping center in Ward 7 that could be Fresh Foods and there is an effort to bring Good Foods Market in another part of Ward 7 as well as a grocer in Ward 8 on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. That is the purpose of the Neighborhood Fund.”Affordable housing is an issue for many Black District residents and the mayor funded the Housing Production Fund Trust at the level of $100 million. She allocated $1.5 million in capital funds to expand the Model Cities & Congress Heights Senior Wellness Centers in Ward 8 and $12.5 million increase for childcare investments, including an increase in childcare subsidies.D.C. Council member Trayon White (D-Ward 8), who has publicly disagreed with Bowser on some issues regarding his ward, praised her budget.“Muriel Bowser answered the call with not all but a lot of great wins for Ward 8,” White said in a message to his constituents urging them to get involved in the budget process. “It’s in the council now so our work is not done.”
Kolkata: A 42-year-old man has been arrested for attempting to rape a minor girl in his locality. The incident occurred at Tilajala on Thursday evening.According to police, the accused, Seikh Riazuddin, lured the victim with various promises and took her to his house. He tried to sexually assault the minor. The girl, however, was saved in due time as she screamed out for help, which immediately prompted the locals to come toher rescue.The victim has alleged that the man tried to touch her inappropriately, which left an injury mark on Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeher body.The victim later fell ill and she was rushed to Calcutta National Medical College for treatment. The incident also triggered tension in the locality with locals staging a demonstration demanding stern action against the accused.The victim’s family members lodged a complaint at the local police station on Thursday night on the basis of which police have arrested Riazuddin on Friday morning.It was learnt that medical tests have confirmed that the girl was assaulted physically. The accused has been booked under Pocso Act.The victim girl is stated to be in a stable condition, the hospital sources said.The accused has been remanded to police custody after being produced before a court in the city.
Kolkata: One more person identified as Jaydev Yadav has been arrested in connection with the murder of Ultandanga housewife Archana Palangdar and her lover Balaram Keshri.He was arrested on Saturday night and was brought to Kolkata and produced before a city court on Sunday. Jaydev has been remanded to police custody till December 27. Sources informed that Jaydev used to be the manager of the hotel where Archana and Keshri stayed. After the murder case came to light, Jaydev Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifefled Kolkata. During investigation, the sleuths came to know that both Archana and Keshri’s body were removed from the hotel using an app cab. An employee identified as Ashis Yadav loaded the bodies in the cab with assistance from two other people identified as Harihar Mahato and Yadu Prasad. All of them were arrested during an investigation. During interrogation of Ashis, the sleuths came to know about Jaydev’s involvement. According to the sources, Jaydev being the manager of the hotel had asked Ashis to dispose of the bodies overnight. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAshis then booked an app cab and did as he was directed by Jaydev. On sensing danger, Jaydev vanished from Kolkata. After sleuths came to know about Jaydev’s involvement, they tried to locate him but failed. Recently, with the help of the mobile phone tower location tracking system, police got information that Jaydev was hiding in Jharkhand. A few days ago, police became sure of his location and sent a team to Jharkhand for arresting Jaydev. On Saturday night, the police team successfully nabbed Jaydev and brought him to Kolkata. Archana and Keshri were found dead inside a hotel room on September 19. Later, Archana’s body was dumped in a canal near Chowbaga pumping station and Keshri’s body was dumped at Nonadanga adjacent to Eastern Metropolitan (EM) Bypass. On September 20, Archana’s body was fished out of the canal and a few days after, police were able to recover Keshri’s body. Later, cops came to know about the New Market hotel where they had stayed. During an investigation, the sleuths arrested several persons connected to the hotel and came to know that Keshri murdered Archana over some conflict and committed suicide. However, police are not believing the story narrated by them. It is expected that after Jaydev’s interrogation, a detailed information related to the murder case would be revealed.
India’s Biggest Food Truck Festival , the Delhi Food Truck Festival (DFTF) 2017, a two day affair finally came to an end and captured many eyeballs for not only being conducted at a massive level but also for being the first food truck event to offer plethora of fun and engaging activities. The fest had already been trending up ever since its inception and has become a buzzword in the culinary circles for showcasing the best of the Food Trucks!History says the first food truck festival was conducted in Los Angeles and post then, food truck festivals have been happening in all parts of the world such as Chicago, New York, Berlin etc. With the trend emerging in India, the Capital was expected to host a Big Show after being recently conducted in Bangalore and Bombay and DFTF 2017 left no stone unturned for this to happen! Also Read – Add new books to your shelf’We had incorporated many authentic activities to create a wholesome experience for all kind of audiences,” said Shivangi Gupta, one of the organisers. Talking about the vision she says, ‘Being the debut, we were not focusing on the commercial success but wanted all the visitors to have a good time and have a one-of-a-kind experience and feel the difference”.Delhi Food Truck Festival powered by India Gate Basmati Rice, was an initiative by VMS Events and Radio City 91.1 and saw 18k people attending the fest during both the days.Be it Rain Dance to soothe everyone amidst Delhi’s 42’c heat, or live Performances by Jassie Gill and Babbal Rai on Baisakhi to Witlinger adding a craft beer flavour to the food for beverage connoisseurs, all fascinated the food aficionados and kept hem expecting for more fun at Delhi’s biggest Food Truck Festival.
Liberty Global’s Austrian unit has completed the digitization of its network. UPC Austria, which completed its digital switchover in a series of steps starting in spring last year, has now switched off analogue signals in Vienna.Over the last year, UPC has converted its networks in Lower Austria, Styria, Upper Austria, Tyrol, Carinthia, Vorarlberg and, more recently, Vienna. The company said that the spectrum freed up by the move would be allocated to expand the availability of high-speed broadband.The move brings UPC’s advanced TV offering, Horizon, including an up-to-date user guide, personal recommendations, apps and the ability to record up to four channels simultaneously to a tranche of new customers. The Horizon service in Austria offers up to 155 TV channels, including 61 HD services.Gerard Schwanzer, VP of consumer marketing, said that the transition had been completed speedily and without complications.