Yesterday was of course Mother’s Day, and Penn State linebacker Nyeem Wartman elected to give his mother a very special gift this year. On Sunday, Wartman announced via Facebook that he was officially changing his name to Nyeem Wartman-White to honor his mother, Veronica White, and stepfather. A pretty amazing gesture from Wartman-White, who recorded 75 tackles last season, second-best on the Nittany Lions. It’ll be hard to top that Mother’s Day gift going forward, but seeing his new surname on the back of his jersey will be an awesome treat for his mom and stepfather come September.
Ohio StateUrban Meyer is attempting to replace quite a bit of talent this summer. His Ohio State football team lost 15 players to the NFL, but the show goes on in Columbus, Ohio, which will likely still be home to a top 10 team. The Buckeyes will still be a top 10 team because Meyer has been recruiting at an extremely high level and there are plenty of of four and five-star prospects ready to step in. Those young players have apparently been performing fairly well this offseason. Ohio State released today a hype video titled, “Young Bucks On The Grind.” Check it out:15 #Buckeyes gone to the #NFL? Next man up.Young Bucks are on the #grind to make an impact in 2016.#GoBucks https://t.co/BlkMtf28M1— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) June 23, 2016Ohio State opens fall camp in a little more than a month. The Buckeyes begin their 2016 season Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium against Bowling Green.
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri believes a fear of making decisions is to blame for Italy’s failure to stamp out racism in football, saying there is more of a willingness to make “big speeches” rather than take action.An incident at San Siro on December 26 saw Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly subjected to racist abuse from the stands during a clash with Inter.Serie A responded by ordering Inter to play their following two home league games behind closed doors, but Italy is not the only country to be dealing with such problems. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Two high-profile incidents in English football towards the end of 2018 saw Raheem Sterling allegedly targeted for abuse by Chelsea fans, shortly after a Tottenham fan was accused of throwing a banana at Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal.Allegri finds the whole situation frustrating, not just because of the abuse, but also the responses of the Italian authorities, with the Juve coach demanding life bans be imposed on those found guilty.”This isn’t anything new, many have spoken about it just to fill their mouths,” Allegri said on Friday.”It’s very, very easy, it’s not a matter of splitting an atom in four. There are devices in the stadiums to identify who isn’t respecting the rules.”If I’m not mistaken, the person who threw a banana at Aubameyang can’t go into stadiums anymore. In Italy we have a problem: there’s fear to make decisions.”We are all scared of taking important decisions because these are very unpopular. You get him and you give him a lifetime ban.”And then the second point [on making an on-pitch response]; say there is a penalty and racist abuse starts, what are we supposed to do?”This thing amuses me, because I have heard many pundits saying this and that. In Italy we are world champions in these cases. Instead of hushing and acting, we all make big speeches when it’s better to hush.”
Youssef En-Nesyri scored the only goal of the game as Morocco beat Ivory Coast 1-0 to qualify for the last 16 at the Africa Cup of Nations.En-Nesyri struck in the 23rd minute as Morocco followed up their opening defeat of Namibia with another narrow victory at Al Salam Stadium on Friday.A second successive 1-0 win for Herve Renard’s men means their place in the next round is secure, while Ivory Coast will need a result in their Group D closer against Namibia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Romain Saiss made a superb goal-line clearance to deny Jonathan Kodjia in the opening minute, but it was Morocco who took a first-half lead.Nordin Amrabat collected a crossfield pass, brilliantly jinked inside a series of challenges and slipped the ball through to En-Nesyri, who made no mistake with a low finish.Do it with passionor not at all..#TotalAFCON2019 #MARCIV pic.twitter.com/lqq1vunysh— CAF (@CAF_Online) June 28, 2019Ivory Coast sought an immediate reply but, after Yassine Bounou was quickly off his line to keep out Max Gradel, Nicolas Pepe could only find the side netting from the edge of the box.Wonlo Coulibaly delivered a fine left-wing cross for Kodjia in the 62nd minute but the striker, who netted his side’s winner against South Africa, failed to hit the target.As the Elephants left gaps at the back, Morocco pushed for a second and En-Nesyri went close with a glancing header.Ismael Traore’s ambitious overhead kick was straight at Bounou as Ivory Coast pressed desperately for a leveller, but Morocco should have had a second in added time when Noussair Mazraoui volleyed against the crossbar from close range.
Neymar continues to spark talk of a possible return to Barcelona, but Camp Nou legend Lobo Carrasco is opposed to the idea of re-signing the Brazilian from Paris Saint-Germain.Amid a flurry of activity behind the scenes in Catalunya, a move for a former favourite has been mooted.The Liga champions are open to the idea of bringing Neymar back from France, if certain criteria are met, while the South American is eager to retrace his steps. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Carrasco, though, feels that Barca should be targeting other options.He is in favour of completing a deal for Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann that has been discussed for some time, but would prefer to see any further funds invested elsewhere.A man who spent 11 years as part of the first-team fold at Camp Nou between 1978 and 1989 told El Chiringuito: “I do not want Neymar to come in.“I want Griezmann, a centre-back, a left-back and a centre-forward to come in.“That’s my road map and I would not change it, whether I’m [Josep Maria] Bartomeu, [Lionel] Messi, sports director or coach.”Carrasco believes Barcelona’s inability to challenge for the Champions League crown again in 2018-19 has highlighted the need to prioritise defensive additions.Ernesto Valverde’s side squandered a commanding semi-final first-leg lead against Liverpool to bow out of Europe once more, and Neymar is not considered to be the answer.“With the signing of Neymar, Barca would lose even more at the back,” added Carrasco.“They were swept in Europe, they [Liverpool] got us 4-0, 3-0.“If we have a further breakdown in defence, are we going to go from four to six goals?”Carrasco believes he has the answer for Barcelona, but the challenge facing the Blaugrana is not an easy one to complete.It is suggested that they require another talismanic presence at the back, one cut from the same cloth as a former academy graduate who went on to skipper the club and lead by example.“Barca needs to have a Puyol,” said Carrasco.Whether the Liga giants look to find that kind of player, having previously been linked with Ajax centre-half Matthijs de Ligt, remains to be seen, with attacking reinforcements seemingly the priority at present.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The Marshall football family is mourning a devastating loss this morning. Former Thundering Herd running back Devon Johnson has passed away at 25.Johnson was a standout for Marshall from 2012-15. The cause of his death is not immediately known.Marshall confirmed the news last night.“I am shocked and saddened at the news of Devon Johnson’s passing,” Marshall head coach Doc Holliday said in a statement. “Devon was a force in our program, both literally and figuratively. Whether on the field or off, his impact was immeasurable and he will be missed by so many at Marshall. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family.”Johnson’s high school, Richlands High School in Virginia, also paid tribute to him on Twitter.I don’t know how to even begin to out this into words…but we lost one of the greatest Blues to ever grace this earth tonight.Former Richlands, @HerdFB and @Panthers great Devon Johnson has passed away far too early.Please pray for this town.Say hey to #CT32 for us. ? pic.twitter.com/Mw8zdnoA1m— BlueTornadoLive (@BlueTornadoLive) November 6, 2018During his time at Marshall, Johnson set a school-record with 7.8 yards per carry. In 2014, he rushed for 1,767 yards and 17 touchdowns and was named a Doak Walker Award semifinalist and chosen for the First-Team All-Conference USA Team.Our thoughts and prayers are with Devon’s family and friends and the entire Marshall football community.
Paul Finebaum/ESPN.ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum believes the Heisman Trophy voting might have gone differently if there wasn’t a bias against one of the finalists.Finebaum revealed this morning that he voted for Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. The ESPN analyst believes an anti-Alabama bias ended up hurting the Crimson Tide’s star QB.There’s an “Alabama fatigue” outside of Tuscaloosa.“When you’re outside of that bubble, you hear it all the time,” Finebaum said on WJOX. “People around the country are intrigued by Alabama. The first half of the season, Nick Saban and Tua were the biggest conversation pieces when I went from place to place along the way. And I think as the season wore on, people started to question is he as good as we thought and was the opposition all that stout … in the end, the statistics back up that he played far better competition than Kyler Murray.“The national media controls the narrative. There’s definitely Alabama fatigue and I think outside of a very small quadrant of the country, people will be pulling against Nick Saban. That probably hurt Tua. I think what hurt him most was getting hurt in the most important game.”That’s probably a pretty fair assessment. Both Tua and Kyler (and Dwayne Haskins) were deserving of the award.Alabama and Oklahoma will get to settle things on the field in a couple of weeks. The Crimson Tide and the Sooners are set to meet in the College Football Playoff on Dec. 29.
Bowling Green quarterback Jarret Doege entered the transfer portal earlier this month. Today, he announced where he’s heading next year.Doege committed to West Virginia, where he will have two seasons of eligibility remaining. According to WVSports.com, there’s a chance Doege could apply for an NCAA waiver to suit up immediately for the Mountaineers in 2019.If not, he will have to sit out the 2019 season and be eligible in 2020. West Virginia is currently looking for a new starter after losing Will Grier to the NFL.If Doege is able to play in 2019, he will compete with fellow transfer Austin Kendall (Oklahoma) and incumbent backup Jack Allison for the starting role.“Country roads!! Take me home!! Excited for this opportunity, and I can’t wait to be a part of Mountaineer Nation!” Doege wrote in his Twitter announcement.Country roads!! Take me home!! Excited for this opportunity, and I can’t wait to be apart of Mountaineer Nation! #HailWV pic.twitter.com/kLKrtUkGDK— Jarret Doege (@DoegeJarret) May 16, 2019Doege started all 12 games for BGSU last season, throwing for 2,660 yards, 27 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.As a freshman in 2017, he appeared in seven contests, throwing for 1,381 yards, 12 touchdowns and three interceptions.
ARLINGTON, TX – JANUARY 12: Ohio State Buckeyes players hold their helmets on the sideline during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Former Ohio State star and NFL running back Beanie Wells is dealing with a family tragedy after his brother was shot to death earlier this morning.According to News5Cleveland, officers were called to the area of 7th Avenue and Weeks Street in Akron this morning to respond to reports of a shooting. There, they discovered 31-year-old Joel Wells dead of a gunshot wound to the head.Beanie Wells is offering a $15,000 reward for the arrest of his brother’s shooter. Summit County Crime Stoppers is also offering a $5,000 reward for information.As of now, there are no suspects. Joel Wells, the brother of former NFL and Ohio State running back Beanie Wells, was shot to death in Akron this morning. Police have no suspects. Beanie Wells is offering a $15,000 reward. @WEWS #WEWS pic.twitter.com/6bOfEU0btz— Bob Jones WEWS (@bobjonesTV) July 18, 2019Anyone who has information can contact police at 330-375-2490 or Crime Stoppers at 330-434-COPS.Our thoughts and prayers are with Wells and his family at this time.
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: A detailed view of the helmet of VanDarius Cowan #43 of the Alabama Crimson Tide during the warm ups prior to the game against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)After sitting out all of last season, linebacker VanDarius Cowan will have to wait a little longer before making his debut for West Virginia. The former four-star recruit has been suspended for the first four games of the fall.Cowan began his collegiate career with Alabama. His time under Nick Saban quickly came to an end as he was dismissed back in July of 2018.The talented linebacker transferred to West Virginia during that same offseason. Due to NCAA rules, the Florida native had to watch last season from the sidelines.While Cowan should be able to play at some point this season, the Mountaineers will be without him for the first four games. According to Mike Casazza of 247Sports, Cowan is suspended because of NCAA eligibility issues.He’ll miss games against James Madison, Missouri, NC State and Kansas. This means he’ll miss West Virginia’s entire non-conference schedule.BREAKING: #WVU LB VanDarius Cowan has been suspended for the first four games of the 2019 season, via @mikecasazzaFREE Link: https://t.co/yQnLKisDYv pic.twitter.com/ZNsjCmWDgI— Chris Anderson (@CMAnderson247) August 21, 2019The likely return date for Cowan will be the first week of October, when West Virginia hosts No. 10 Texas.Cowan is projected to be a starting linebacker for the Mountaineers this season. The next man up on the depth chart to fill in for him during his absence is Zach Sandwisch.The timing of this suspension isn’t ideal for West Virginia as the program is only 10 days away from its season opener.
Next Asian Athletics Championships 2019: Annu Rani, Parul Choudhary open India’s medal accountJavelin thrower Annu Rani and 5000m runner Parul Choudhary won a silver and a bronze respectively on the opening day of the Asian Athletics Championships 2019.advertisement Press Trust of India DohaApril 21, 2019UPDATED: April 21, 2019 22:26 IST Annu Rani and Parul Choudhary opened India’s medal count on Day 1 of the Asian Athletics Championships 2019 (Photo: AP(l), PTI (r))HIGHLIGHTSJavelin thrower Annu Rani and 5000m runner Parul Choudhary won a silver and a bronze respectivelyDutee Chand smashed her own national record in 100m dash on the same dayAnnu’s performance was more than 2m short of her national record shattering effort of 62.34mJavelin thrower Annu Rani and 5000m runner Parul Choudhary won a silver and a bronze respectively as India opened its medal account on the opening day of the Asian Athletics Championships here Sunday.On a day which saw sprint sensation Hima Das suffer a lower back spasm while runner her quartermile event, Dutee Chand smashed her own national record in 100m dash to qualify for the semifinals.The 26-year-old Annu, who had won a bronze in the 2017 edition in Bhubaneswar, hurled the spear to a best distance of 60.22m to grab the silver. China’s Lyu Huihui won the gold with an effort of 65.83m at the Khalifa Stadium.Annu’s performance was, however, more than 2m short of her national record shattering effort of 62.34m during the Federation Cup at Patiala last month which gave her a berth in the World Championships to be held at the same venue in September-October.The other Indian in the fray, Sharmila Kumari finished seventh with a best throw of 54.48m.The 24-year-old Parul gave India the second medal as she finished third in women’s 5000m race, clocking a personal best of 15 minutes 36.03 seconds. She bettered her earlier personal best of 15:58.35 which she had clocked during the Federation Cup last month.The other Indian in the fray, Sanjivani Jadhav finished fourth with a time of 15:41.12.Bahrain took both the gold and silver through Mutile Winfred Yavi (15:28.87) and Bontu Rebitu (15:29.60).Saritaben Gayakwad (58.17s) and M Arpitha (58.20s) qualified for women’s 400m hurdles finals from their respective heats while M P Jabir (50.17s) did the same in men’s 400m hurdles.advertisementEarlier in the morning session, 23-year-old Dutee clocked 11.28 seconds to set a national record while winning her heat in the women’s 100m race. She has qualified for the semifinals.Dutee bettered her earlier national record of 11.29 seconds which she set last year in Guwahati.The Odisha runner, however, could not touch the 11.24 second qualification mark for the World Championships.The Indian contingent suffered a jolt as Hima failed to finish her 400m heat due to a lower back spasm. The other Indian in the fray, M R Poovamma (52.46 seconds) finished second in her heat behind gold medal favourite Salwa Naser of Bahrain to qualify for the final round.Other top Indian athletes like Jinson Johnson (men’s 800m), Muhammed Anas and Arokia Rajiv (both men’s 400m), Praveen Chitravel (men’s triple jump) and Gomathi Marimuthu (women’s 1500m) expectedly advanced to the next round of their respective events.National record holder Johnson clocked 1:53.43 in men’s 800m heats to finish second behind Qatar’s Jamal Hairane and qualify for the semifinals. Mohammed Afsal, who was named in the team in place of Manjit Singh, won his 800m heat in 1:52.93 to qualify for the semifinals.In women’s 800m, Gomathi Marimuthu clocked 2:04.96 to finish second in her heat and qualify for the finals. The other Indian in the event, Twinkle Choudhary, could not qualify for the semifinals after finishing fourth in her heat with a timing of 2:07.00.Arokia Rajiv won his men’s 400m heat with a timing of 46.25 seconds to advance to the semifinals while Anas clocked 46.46s to finish third in his heat and also advanced to the semifinals.In men’s triple jump, Chitravel finished ninth with a jump of 15.66m to qualify for the finals.Also Read | Depleted India hope for substantial medals at Asian Athletics Championships 2019Also Read | Asian Athletics Championships 2019: Dutee breaks record, Hima Das injured in heatsAlso Read | Mirabai misses bronze by a whisker, Jeremy smashes Youth World record at Asian C’shipAlso Watch | Love the energy of the Indian players in the IPL before World Cup: Virat KohliFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow Asian Athletic ChampionshipFollow Annu RaniFollow medal tally India
Next Press Trust of India AucklandMay 2, 2019UPDATED: May 2, 2019 16:36 IST HS Prannoy came up with a dominant second-round win on Thursday (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPrannoy will face 5th seed Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan in the quarter-final on FridaySai Praneeth suffered a straight-game defeat to Lin Dan in the second roundMen’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and Sumeeth B Reddy too lost in the second roundIndia’s HS Prannoy stunned Tommy Sugiarto in straight games to sail into the men’s singles quarterfinals even as his compatriot B Sai Praneeth crashed out in the second round of the New Zealand Open badminton tournament here Thursday.Unseeded Prannoy shocked second seed Sugiarto 21-14 21-12 in just 37 minutes to book his place in the last-eight round, where he will be up against fifth seed Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan.This was world no. 26 Prannoy’s maiden meeting against world no. 13 Sugiarto.Earlier in the day, Praneeth suffered a straight-game 12-21 12-21 loss to the legendary Lin Dan of China.Seventh seed Lin Dan, thus, progressed to the quarterfinals where he will be up against top seed Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia.Indian men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and Sumeeth B Reddy too lost in the second round, going down against seventh seeds Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong of Malaysia 17-21 19-21.London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal on Wednesday made a first-round exit from the women’s singles competition after being stunned by to world number 212 Wang Zhiyi of China.In the match between Prannoy and Sugiarto, the Indian seized the initiative early on and took a 7-3 lead before extending it to 11-4.From there on, it was no looking back for Prannoy as he went on to maintain his lead all throughout and close out the game at 21-14.It was neck and neck between the two shuttlers in the first few points of the second game. In fact, Sugiarto took the initial lead at 4-2 but Prannoy came back strongly to not only level the scores but surge ahead with four consecutive winners to take a 8-4 lead.advertisementOnce Prannoy took the lead, he didn’t look back and kept on maintaining the gap to seal the contest in his favour.Also Read | Saina Nehwal crashes out of New Zealand Open after defeat to world no. 212Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Sai PraneethFollow HS PrannoyFollow Tommy SugiartoFollow Lin DanFollow New Zealand Open 2019Follow India badminton news New Zealand Open 2019: Prannoy stuns Sugiarto, Sai Praneeth crashes outHS Prannoy needed just 37 minutes to beat second seed Tommy Sugiarto and progress to the quarter-finals of New Zealand Open on Thursday.advertisement
Next Madrid Open: Simona Halep to face Kiki Bertens in the finalIf world number three Simona Halep wins the Madrid Open, she will move back to the top of the Women’s tennis rankings.advertisement Reuters MadridMay 11, 2019UPDATED: May 11, 2019 12:22 IST Madrid Open: If Simona Halep wins, this will be her third Madrid title. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSimona Halep will face Kiki Bertens in the Madrid Open 2019 final on SaturdayKiki Bertens wil go for her ninth career title in her eleventh finalIf Simona Halep wins, this will be her third Madrid titleSimona Halep reached her fourth Madrid Open final with a 6-2 6-7(2) 6-0 win over Belinda Bencic on Friday and will face last year’s runner up Kiki Bertens, who beat Sloane Stephens 6-2 7-5.World number three Halep can move back to the top of the WTA rankings with a win in Saturday’s final.Twice Madrid winner Halep broke the unseeded Bencic in the first game of the first set, the Swiss’s errant backhand flying out, but she broke back to tie at 2-2.The Romanian broke for a 3-2 lead and a down-the-line shot sealed another break in the penultimate game before she served out to win it comfortably in 27 minutes.Halep won virtually all of the long rallies, but Bencic reacted well at the start of the second set, playing more aggressively.Bencic broke to go 3-1 up, enjoying a stroke of luck with a shot that clipped the net and dropped just over.Halep battled back, earning a tiebreak, but Bencic won it comfortably to force a deciding set, although she immediately started to struggle.At three games down, she cried during the changeover, with Halep immediately breaking for 4-0 when play resumed, going on to wrap up the set and the match with ease.”It’s a nice feeling to be back in the final of this special tournament, I’m really happy playing here,” said Halep.”In the second set in that tiebreak I was rushing too much, I lost control of it, but then I just calmed down, told myself I had to start the match again.advertisement”I started to play smarter, opened the court more and became more aggressive.”Bertens had to save three set points against Stephens but eventually recorded her first victory against the American in their third encounter.The Dutch world number seven triumphed in St Petersburg this season and is going for her ninth career title on Saturday.”I feel unbelievable of course, it’s great to be in the final and I’m happy to finish it in two (sets),” said Bertens.”It’s going to be really tough (against Halep), we played each other in the past so I know it will be a tough battle, but I’m ready for it, one more push here.”Also Read | Madrid Open: Dominic Thiem stuns Roger Federer in quarter-finalsAlso Read | World number one Naomi Osaka exits Madrid OpenFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bykarishma Tags :Follow Madrid OpenFollow Simona HalepFollow Kiki Bertens
Next Reuters OsakaSeptember 23, 2019UPDATED: September 23, 2019 09:37 IST Naomi Osaka had lost the finals in Tokyo in 2016 and 2018 (Naomi Osaka Twitter Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNaomi Osaka beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2 6-3 in the Toray Pan Pacific finalOsaka became the first Japanese player to win the title since Kimiko Date in 1995This win has helped Osaka stay on course to qualify for the season-ending WTA Finals in ShenzhenNaomi Osaka’s victory marked a return to the ruthless form that had helped the world number four claim last year’s US Open crown before her Australian Open success in January.Naomi Osaka lifted her first trophy since winning the Australian Open in January, blasting past Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2 6-3 in the Pan Pacific Open final on Sunday.Her victory marked a return to the ruthless form that helped world number four Osaka claim last year’s US Open crown before her Melbourne success, with the 21-year-old not dropping a set all week in Osaka, Japan.”I just wanted to win this really bad,” Osaka, who has endured several lows this season and sacked two coaches in the space of seven months, told a news conference.’It’s really special for me to win here.’Some words by your @torayppo champion @Naomi_Osaka_ pic.twitter.com/TDEweHTKv7WTA (@WTA) September 22, 2019She became the first Japanese player to win the title since Kimiko Date in 1995. It is also Osaka’s first title in the country of her birth – she lost finals in Tokyo in 2016 and 2018 – and fourth in her career.”I think what I learned from this tournament is just to focus every point, and just to have really positive energy,” Osaka added.Osaka relied on her powerful serve and groundstrokes to break world number 41 Pavlyuchenkova early in the contest and cruise through the opening set.Osaka started the second set in similarly dominant fashion but Pavlyuchenkova saved three break points to hold for 2-4.advertisementHowever, there was no denying Osaka as she closed out the match on her third matchpoint and stayed on course to qualify for the season-ending WTA Finals in Shenzhen.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Naomi OsakaFollow Anastasia PavlyuchenkovaFollow Pan Pacific Open Naomi Osaka becomes 1st Japanese to win Pan Pacific Open since Kimiko Date in 1995Naomi Osaka’s victory marked a return to the ruthless form that had helped the world number four claim last year’s US Open crown before her Australian Open success in January.advertisement
Mezcal Unión Takes a People-First Approach to Making Spirits Editors’ Recommendations Professional Climber Adrian Ballinger on the Savage Mountain, No-Oxygen Climbing, and YouTube There are people who build houses, and then there are people who build serious houses. Mike Daddio falls into the second category. Growing up in the industry he never recalls a dinner table conversation that didn’t involve construction. In high school he worked for his dad on site doing everything from clean up to carpentry and upon graduating from college he started his own company with a partner, Design Development, specializing in high end homes and interiors. We aren’t talking suburban sheet rock debacles, we are talking homes that require plasterers, mill workers, stone and tile installers in pre war luxury condos in Manhattan and palatial estates on the East End.“The best thing about what I do is that I meet interesting people, help guide them down the right path and see the process all the way through!” Daddio told us over the phone from his hotel in Germany where he is taking a much needed break. He continued, “It’s fast paced and dynamic and can be a lot of fun. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.”We took a little more of vacation time to hear more about what a contractor to the 1% wears on a daily basis.My work attire has always been tailored to going to construction sites, managing my men and still being presentable enough to interact with my clients. Since moving to DUMBO I have definitely up’d my game from Timberlands to Red Wing boots.I wear jeans daily from Big Star and a belt I got from my dad. Shirts are typically J. Crew although I was recently introduced to Scotch & Soda and I am a big fan. When I have to be a bit more professional I throw on a blazer from J.Crew and a pair of khakis from McLaughlin.On the weekends I’ll wear the same pair of jeans with my New Balances and throw on a tee. I wear a lot of shirts from The Vanity Project, a non-profit I work with. I also wear tees from a line I discovered in the Galapagos called Lonesome George.I ride a Vespa around town so I always have a Barbour jacket on hand in case it starts raining. I am not a big watch person but my girlfriend bought me a Timex and when I do wear it I have a variety of bands to change out to make it look fresh.I am a big golfer but I haven’t updated my golf look since college days so I go for J. Crew khakis a Fidra shirt and Foot Joy original classics. For the gym it’s a Hanes tee but sadly work has been so busy I haven’t seen the gym in nearly two years! SNL’s Kyle Mooney Never Had a Real Job and He’s Cool With That The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now How to Escape an Alligator Attack
9 Essential Kayak Fishing Accessories to Get You Started Know Your Knife: A Guide to the Best Steel for Knives Feasting is a column dedicated to cooking, grilling, eating and discovering what’s on the menu across America and the world.A really great meal starts with a few essentials. Quality ingredients and the correct balance of this and that of course matter most. But nothing will take your culinary skills to the next level like having and knowing how to use the proper knives. So when we came across Heartwood Forge, we had to learn more about how their beautiful knives are built. Handmade in Athens, Georgia by artisan Will Manning, he uses recycled materials to craft every single knife from start to finish. We chatted with him to learn more about his process, how he chooses the right materials and the biggest blade he’s ever forged.Heartwood Forge is all about using the by-products of industry to craft handmade knives, and it started when you would straighten nails for your dad to reuse as a kid. Did this begin as a curiosity or was there a real awareness about the importance of recycling, even back then?The nail straightening stemmed from my fathers combination of frugality, belief that young kids should be expected to work and the philosophical ideas behind reuse. So yes, awareness about the importance of recycling has been something I’ve grown up with. You test all the old steel you find in-house then send it to a lab in St. Louis to find out its exact composition. Which types of steel work best for the different kinds of knives you make?One of the best steels I use comes from antique saw blades. Some are composed of 1095 carbon steel and perform well for everything, as it’s a really basic alloy. I mostly use it to make chef’s knives, santokus and sujihikis, long strong builds for all-purpose use. I also have some high nickel alloy that is insanely tough and doesn’t perform well as a super thin chefs knife but makes a heck of a bone-breaking cleaver. A modern steel I’m stoked to have a steady supply of from a central GA lumber mill (it’s crazy but one nail from an old deer stand on a tree can break the usability of the blade for the mill’s purpose, so they pass them to me!) is a Swedish bandsaw proprietary steel that came back from the lab as “unknown.” But based on the chemical composition, properties and shop tests, it is a conglomerate of two well-known alloys, L6 and 15n20. It’s thin though, so there are constraints as to what it can make. It’s great for fillet and paring knives.You also use recycled wood for the handles. What are your favorite kinds of wood to work with and why? I get a wide variety of interesting woods, but I have to say I love working with walnut and cherry. They’re basic woods that are familiar to me. They were around a lot growing up, so I’m familiar with their feels, smells and finishes. You make every knife by forging the metal. Could you explain this process a little further and why it’s the method you use?Actually, not all knives are forged – the bandsaw material is super thin to start with and doesn’t need to be forged. But all other knives are forged, and I do this by applying heat to the steel in a forge and hammering the blade to shape with a hammer and anvil. Forging is my favorite part of making a knife. It’s very meditative and instinctual. It also makes better use of the available material. It’s a forgiving process because instead of removing material and never using it again, it’s rearranged to be used as part of the blade and the handle. People are always amazed when I show them the rectangular shape the knives start out as. For me, forging is a very creative process that relies very much on the feel. Hammering a knife is so very different than drawing a design on paper. It sort of takes on a life on its own. You also do custom work. Do you ever get any outrageous or weird customer requests? Can you remember the knife that took you the longest time to craft?I made a champagne saber for a really good friend’s wedding. It was 16 inches long! He’s a vampire apocalypse kinda guy, so the blade was inscribed with “til death do us part.” His nephew was totally psyched about the fact you get a giant knife when you get married. When caring for your knives, what are some of the most important tips to remember?Number one, keep it dry. Most of the other care instructions are available on the website.To learn more about how Heartwood Forge Knives are made and to see the entire line, visit heartwoodforge.com. 5 Survival Knives That Could Save Your Life 7 Best Hatchets for Camping, Backpacking, and Survival Editors’ Recommendations The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens
Hardworking Gentlemen Offers American-Made Grooming Goods for the Everyday Man The Best American Liqueur 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Editors’ Recommendations Runners, Say Goodbye to Chafing with Path Projects Running Shorts There’s no doubt that cider is having a moment right now. Often seen as a lighter alternative to beer, drinkers, including myself, have been delving deeper into the amber stuff over the last few years.Hard cider is often thought of as a classic American drink. But is what we drink today true to these historic roots? Not really.One company in Vermont, Shacksbury, is on a mission to make ciders that are truer to the old tradition. As a result, their ciders are really closer to wine than beer, and they’re hoping in crafting these brews, that their area of Vermont will become the Napa of cider.It’s easy to see why.Vermont, and the Northeast, have a long history of apple growing. The apple trees that were planted hundreds of years ago were valued for cider among other things, unlike today’s orchards, which are managed primarily for fresh eating or processed products like apple sauce or juice. As a result, hundreds or thousands of old apple orchards, ripe for cider production, are growing around the state and mostly forgotten.Enter, Shacksbury’s Lost Apple Project. The team at Shacksbury has set out to catalog old orchards around Vermont, find lost apple varieties and bring them back into commercial production. They’ve already made some cider from these fruits and intend to do much more. These micro fermentations won’t yield big amounts of cider compared to larger cider producers, but that doesn’t bother the team at all. In fact, it makes it even better.“It’s just a really cool opportunity to do something hyper local, and truly one off,” says Colin Davis, Shacksbury co-founder. “The trees that we’re picking apples from are totally unique in the world.”Related: Cider WeekFor their larger run ciders products, Shacksbury uses apples from England and Spain. These fruits offer the classic characteristics that the team was seeking when they launched in the fall of 2013. “The apples that are widely available (in the U.S.) are grown for very specific reasons, not having to do with flavor or suitability to hard cider production,” says Davis. Not so with the apples they found in Europe.Above: Shacksbury Co-Founders David Dolgino and Colin Davis.Over the next year, Shacksbury is ramping up, increasing production and coming out with some new products as well, said Davis. They’ll focus on creating some year-round products that they’ll keep fairly consistent, a collaboration series that will include cider makers from around the world, as well as a limited release series from the Lost Apple Project.Those micro batches of the lost apple projects will be available in small numbers, just about 50 cases from one particular farm. So no doubt, you’ll want to get your hands on those. For now Shacksbury is distributed in Massachusetts, Vermont, New York and California, but given early success, that list will continue to grow. Bottom line, if you see a bottle of Shacksbury, grab it. How to Shave With a Straight Razor
Editors’ Recommendations What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable This week we chat with Nigel Barker, former model turned photographer, on his career and personal style.I started my career right out of high school almost unwittingly when I entered a televised modeling competition in the late 1980’s. After seven years as a model, traveling internationally and working with some of the greatest photographers in the world, I made the transition from one side of the lens to the other, moving to New York City in 1996 and opening Studio NB.After a lot of hard work and a few lucky breaks I had my first gallery exhibition in New York, which led to my first big editorial story in Paper Magazine, followed by Interview Magazine, and the rest is history. Or rather I was lucky enough to create history with Tyra Banks on her show America’s Next Top Model. What started as a one episode gig ended up being a decade long escapade lasting 17 seasons and a hit show syndicated in over a 100 countries.Next, I hosted The Face alongside Naomi Campbell, followed by my new show Top Photographer on YouTube/AdoramaTV. All this has enabled me to broaden my horizons with my own furniture line called the NB1 Collection at Art Van Furniture and books including my The New York Times best seller “Models Of Influence” as well as my new position as Artistic Director of the hip menswear line Flag & Anthem.Obviously my greatest achievements are my marriage of 17 years to Crissy AKA @ChinTwins and my two children: Jack, 11 and Jasmine, 8.As for my personal style:Jeans: The Westborough from Flag & AnthemShirts: Classic white or blue button down collar shirtsUnderwear: Second Skin boxers by Tommy JohnSuits: At 6’4” I need bespoke suits and my favorites are tailored by Duncan QuinnShoes: Converse Chuck Taylor High TopsAccessories: Shinola black Blizzard watchOuterwear: Christiansburg Puffer from Flag & AnthemFavorite cologne: Eau Natural AKA nothing Favorite app: Camera +Favorite piece of technology: Canon 5D Mark IVNext style/gear purchase: Drone NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy Long Hair for Men: Tips for Growing and Maintaining Your Style On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip How to Netflix and Chill: Mastering the Invite, Finding the Best Shows, and More
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Story Highlights Managing Director of the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ), Gary Howell, says that the agency is ensuring that only deserving beneficiaries can access low-income homes.“We try to ensure that persons who are benefiting from these low-income housing solutions are first-time homeowners, so we primarily utilise persons with National Housing Trust (NHT) benefits. We know NHT has a stringent system, which ensures that once you obtain your benefit you cannot get another NHT mortgage,” he noted.“What we don’t want is a situation where because persons have the money they buy more than one of the units cash and then capitalise on it by later reselling it at a significant price. This results in persons who were really in need not getting the opportunity to purchase a unit at the initial price,” he pointed out.Qualified NHT contributors are eligible to apply for a loan to build, buy or repair/improve their home.Currently, an NHT contributor can be granted a maximum loan of $6.5 million. Managing Director of the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ), Gary Howell, says that the agency is ensuring that only deserving beneficiaries can access low-income homes. “We try to ensure that persons who are benefiting from these low-income housing solutions are first-time homeowners, so we primarily utilise persons with National Housing Trust (NHT) benefits. We know NHT has a stringent system, which ensures that once you obtain your benefit you cannot get another NHT mortgage,” he noted. “What we don’t want is a situation where because persons have the money they buy more than one of the units cash and then capitalise on it by later reselling it at a significant price. This results in persons who were really in need not getting the opportunity to purchase a unit at the initial price,” he pointed out.