A new show at the American Repertory Theater lifts the curtain on a universal meeting space for men of color: the barbershop.“There’s always been a need for black men to find spaces where they could commune without fear of a sort of judgmental or voyeuristic gaze,” said Nigerian-born poet-playwright Inua Ellams, who spent weeks traveling around England and Africa researching “Barber Shop Chronicles,” at the Loeb Mainstage through Jan. 5.“Barbershops,” he added, “are that space.”Twelve actors take on 30 roles in the play. From London to Nigeria, the men may see things through different cultural lenses, but the dynamics of their discussions are always the same, Ellams noted.“There are cross-generational conversations going on; different types of people with different monies in their pockets clashing. There are the same questions about fatherhood, about masculinity, about belonging, about the legacy of colonization coming up.”Ellams left out U.S. barbershops to avoid creating “another play which centered America.”“I wanted to create something which centered African identity, but not African-American identity,” he said.,Still, he always planned to have “Chronicles” performed in the U.S. Throughout its American run, audiences have responded to the play’s themes, and to something else.“People of various cultures who have digested negative stereotypes of black and African men love the play because it undoes a lot of those stereotypes,” said Ellams. They just see “people on stage being people.”What does he hope viewers take from the work?“I want audiences to see that there isn’t a monolith,” he said. “There isn’t an African monolith, there isn’t a black monolith, a human monolith. We are all intensely, intensely different but all intensely, intensely the same, and that mixed bag of humanity is worth celebrating.”,“There isn’t an African monolith, there isn’t a black monolith, a human monolith. We are all intensely, intensely different but all intensely, intensely the same, and that mixed bag of humanity is worth celebrating.” — Inua Ellams,The show mirrors some of the challenging experiences its creator has faced in his own life. Born in Nigeria in 1984, Ellams was 12 when his family moved to London to escape persecution by people angry at his father for questioning his Muslim faith. Three years later the family moved to Ireland, where Ellams faced racism in school “more powered by ignorance than actual malice.”At 18 he was back in London, but his unresolved citizenship status meant he couldn’t work or study. Writing became an outlet — first poetry, then “bigger and bigger stories.” When he was finally able to apply to college he lacked the funds, but he took comfort knowing that his works were being taught at the university he had hoped to attend.Ellams’ next play, “The Half-God of Rainfall,” will premiere in the spring and be released in book form by 4th Estate, an imprint of Harper Collins. The production company Working Title has acquired the rights to his 2012 one-man play “Black T-Shirt Collection” and is working with Ellams to adapt the show into a four-part TV series.As for “Barber Shop Chronicles,” the playwright is eager for the show to have a life beyond the A.R.T. stage.“We have no dates for New York,” he said. “But I am hoping in 2020.”,The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.
The property is the epitome of opulence.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa14 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoIt has a seemingly endless list of luxury features as well as quirky characteristics, including detailed wallpaper and a waterslide, that set it apart from many prestige properties.With lavish chandeliers, walls of floor-to-ceiling windows and modern fixtures and fittings, it is the epitome of opulence.It has a media room, home office, games room and gym.There are multiple indoor and outdoor entertainment areas, including a grassed area at the heart of the house surrounded by glass bi-fold doors.The rear outdoor entertainment area, which overlooks the Nerang River, is divided in two by a shallow pool. The Monaco St mega mansion is listed for $7.995 million.LOOKING for the perfect Christmas gift?A Broadbeach Waters mega mansion is slightly more affordable after having its price slashed by almost $2 million just in time for the festive season.The waterfront property on Monaco St is on the market for $7.995 million — $1.755 million less than it was listed for last month.The house is on a 1897sq m block and has six bedrooms, including a separate attached apartment, and seven bathrooms spread across two floors. It has multiple indoor and outdoor entertainment areas, including a grassed area at the heart of the house. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:18Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:18 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p400p400p320p320p228p228pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenNovember 6: Prestige listings04:19 Water from the shallow pool cascades into the fully-tiled infinity edge pool, which has a water slide.There are also grassed areas, a spa and steam room.Ray White Prestige Gold Coast agents Matt Gates and Sherry Smith are marketing the property. The waterslide will be the selling point for the kids.
New Delhi: Former BCCI president Anurag Thakur on Saturday lashed out at the International Cricket Council, saying it “has no relevance” without the world’s richest board, which “used to give the ICC seventy-five percent of grants” to run its affairs.Thakur, a union minister of state for finance and corporate affairs, was in the town in connection with the Sansad Mahakumbh prize distribution function.“The ICC has no relevance without the BCCI as it used to give it seventy-five percent of grants to run its affairs,” said Thakur, who is the brother of newly-appointed BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal.He also expressed hope that the Sourav Ganguly-led new body of BCCI would take up the issue with the ICC and get its due.Thakur said the appointment of Arun as the board’s treasurer is a matter of pride for the state and he was hopeful that his brother would do the job honestly.Recently, Arun also said that India not having a “say” in the ICC is a major concern for the newly-appointed treasurer, who has questioned the very relevance of the world body if it doesn’t have the country in a prominent role.Though Thakur is not directly involved in the board’s affairs anymore, he said he is open to guiding the BCCI on certain matters.Earlier, he took part in the Khel Mahakumbh function, which he had started during his last stint as a member of parliament.The tournament started last year and witnessed participation from over 42,700 youth and 1400 teams from the Hamirpur parliamentary constituency.“I firmly believe that sports help in building character, shaping personalities and contributes immensely towards the holistic growth of an individual,” Thakur said.“Sansad Star Khel Mahakumbh was started with intent to identify grassroot-level talent, provide them with a platform and nurture them over the due course of the tournament. I have seen these players grow and some of them have transformed into great athletes and are playing at significant platforms.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
MORE: Updated 2020 NASCAR Cup Series scheduleAs for pit stall selection for the NASCAR Cup Series races being run without qualifying, it is ordered based on finishing positions from the series’ previous points race, followed by new entries in order of points. That means Brad Keselowski, the winner of last week’s race at New Hampshire, will have the first stall at Michigan.Below is the starting lineup for Saturday’s NASCAR race at Michigan and how it was set.Who won the pole for the NASCAR race at Michigan?The driver who won the first of two races at Michigan last year, Joey Logano, will start on the pole for the first race at Michigan this year. He’ll be joined on the front row by Denny Hamlin.Logano, though, likely will get more help at the start of the race since three Fords are next in the starting order, with Kevin Harvick lining up third, Aric Almirola starting fourth and Brad Keselowski rolling off fifth.Below is the protocol for how the Cup Series field was set at Michigan:Positions 1-12: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner pointsPositions 13-24: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner pointsPositions 25-36: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner pointsPositions 37-40: Open teams in order of owners points NASCAR starting lineup at MichiganSaturday’s Michigan race is the last that will use the old protocol for setting lineups without qualifying sessions this season, as NASCAR is moving to a new formula beginning with the Daytona road course race Aug. 16. The exceptions will be the second legs of doubleheaders like Sunday’s race at Michigan, for which the field will be set by the results of the first leg with the top 20 finishers inverted.The new procedure will replace the random-draw element with a performance-based formula with three metrics — finishing position from the previous race (weighted 50 percent), ranking in team owner points standings (35 percent) and fastest lap from the previous race (15 percent).As for the starting lineup for Saturday’s NASCAR race at Michigan, the draw for positions took place Thursday. Below are the results:Pos.DriverCar No.Team1Joey Logano22Team Penske2Denny Hamlin11Joe Gibbs Racing3Kevin Harvick4Stewart-Haas Racing4Aric Almirola10Stewart-Haas Racing5Brad Keselowski2Team Penske6Alex Bowman88Hendrick Motorsports7Kyle Busch18Joe Gibbs Racing8Chase Elliott9Hendrick Motorsports9Clint Bowyer14Stewart-Haas Racing10Kurt Busch1Chip Ganassi Racing11Ryan Blaney12Team Penske12Martin Truex Jr.19Joe Gibbs Racing13Ryan Newman6Roush Fenway Racing14Tyler Reddick8Richard Childress Racing15Matt DiBenedetto21Wood Brothers Racing16Cole Custer41Stewart-Haas Racing17Jimmie Johnson48Hendrick Motorsports18Austin Dillon3Richard Childress Racing19William Byron24Hendrick Motorsports20Matt Kenseth42Chip Ganassi Racing21Michael McDowell34Front Row Motorsports22Chris Buescher17Roush Fenway Racing23Erik Jones20Joe Gibbs Racing24Bubba Wallace43Richard Petty Motorsports25Quin Houff00StarCom Racing26JJ Yeley27Rick Ware Racing27Brennan Poole15Premium Motorsports28James Davison51Petty Ware Raicng29Christopher Bell95Leavine Family Racing30Reed Sorenson74Spire Motorsports31John Hunter Nemechek38Front Row Motorsports32Ricky Stenhouse Jr.47JTG Daugherty Racing33Garrett Smithley53Rick Ware Racing34Ty Dillon13Germain Racing35Ryan Preece37JTG Daugherty Racing36Corey LaJoie32Go Fas Racing37Daniel Suarez96Gaunt Brothers Racing38Timmy Hill66Motorsports Business Management39Joey Gase7Tommy Baldwin Racing The starting lineup and pole for Saturday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway, the first of a doubleheader this weekend, were set by the procedure that has determined the starting order for almost all Cup Series races in 2020 that have run without prior qualifying sessions amid the coronavirus pandemic.The starting grid for Saturday’s race at Michigan, scheduled to start at 4 p.m. ET and broadcast live on NBCSN, features four Fords in the top five positions as a result of the procedure that utilizes a combination of points standings and a random draw to set the lineup.
The number of deaths linked to the novel coronavirus continue to increase nationwide. Especially in New York.According to the state report, the number of deaths due to coronavirus increased by 799 in the state of New York on Thursday, marking the third straight day of record COVID-19 deaths in the state.The death toll linked to the disease now stands at 7,067.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state saw an increase of 200 COVID-19 hospitalizations Thursday — the lowest since the virus began spreading in the state. At least 18,279 people remain hospitalized with the virus in the state.Cuomo also urged people to continue social distancing.
Advertisement Bollywood and cricket go hand in hand together since a very long time. On Friday, actress Kareena Kapoor Khan who also happens to be the daughter-in-law of former India captain Late Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, unveiled the T20 World Cup trophies in Melbourne. The star was spotted with both the men’s and women’s cups as she started the countdown of the tournament which is scheduled to be held in Australia next year.Advertisement Image Courtesy: gulfnews.com“I am honoured to be a part of this prestigious evening. I would like to encourage all these women out there who are playing for their respective countries to pursue their dreams. Its truly empowering to see them stand tall on an international platform,” Kareena said.Soon afterwards Kareena shared pictures of herself along with the trophies on her Instagram account.Advertisement Check out the photos here: Advertisement View this post on Instagram in Melbourne unveiling the trophies for ICC T20 World Cup ❤️❤️❤️A post shared by Kareena Kapoor Khan (@therealkareenakapoor) on Oct 31, 2019 at 8:14pm PDT View this post on Instagram ❤❤❤ #repost @t20worldcup Bollywood ⭐️ @therealkareenakapoor got up close with the @ICC Women’s #T20WorldCup trophy at the @MCG. She’s counting down to the first ball on February 21 next year! #Cricket #T20 #LoveCricketA post shared by Kareena Kapoor Khan (@therealkareenakapoor) on Oct 31, 2019 at 10:55pm PDT View this post on Instagram #abouttoday💕 in Melbourne for ICC T20 World Cup ❤️❤️❤️ Hair & Makeup by @makeupbypompy Styled by @tanghavri Team @poonamdamania @nainas89A post shared by Kareena Kapoor Khan (@therealkareenakapoor) on Oct 31, 2019 at 8:40pm PDT View this post on Instagram in Melbourne unveiling the trophies for ICC T20 World Cup ❤️❤️❤️A post shared by Kareena Kapoor Khan (@therealkareenakapoor) on Oct 31, 2019 at 8:16pm PDT View this post on Instagram in Melbourne unveiling the trophies for ICC T20 World Cup ❤️❤️❤️ Hair & Makeup by @makeupbypompy Styled by @tanghavri Team @poonamdamania @nainas89A post shared by Kareena Kapoor Khan (@therealkareenakapoor) on Oct 31, 2019 at 8:16pm PDT“They are an inspiration to one and all. My late father-in-law was one of the greatest cricketers who played for the Indian cricket team and it is an honour for me to be unveiling the trophy” she further added.The women’s World T20 is scheduled to start from February 21 and the final will be held on March 8. The men’s tournament however, will take place later on the year; from October 18 to November 15 2020. Advertisement
EUREKA >> As St. Bernard’s head coach Matt Tomlin walked onto Crusader Field for practice Thursday, he could tell that his team’s vibe was different.Playoff football is officially in the air, and with it comes the desire to show that regardless of the move up a division, the Crusaders could still very well have the same kind of results as 12 months prior.Extending their win streak into double digits would mean a deep run in the North Coast Section Division IV playoffs. And that’s the goal, …
Former Raiders defensive end Benson Mayowa is returning to Oakland to help out the pass rush, according to multiple reports.Mayowa, who’ll turn 28 in August, will leave the Cardinals to sign a one-year deal that could be worth more than $3 million, sources told the NFL Network’s Mike Garofolo.#Raiders are finalizing a deal with veteran DE Benson Mayowa, source says. Back to Oakland for him. Had four sacks with the #Cardinals this past season— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) April 12, 2019 …
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus to slap in immediate bid for Arsenal midfielder Ramseyby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus are pushing Arsenal to cough up Aaron Ramsey this month.Off contract in June, Ramsey has already settled pre-contract terms with Juve, according to Italian media sources. However, Juve chief Fabio Paratici wants to bring the deal forward and sign the Welshman immediately.Corriere dello Sport says Juve intend to offer €5m to Arsenal to convince them to sell.But Gunners manager Unai Emery could prove an obstacle as he doesn’t want to lose Ramsey until the end of the season.“I want him in the present with us,” said Emery on Thursday.“At the end of the season is the moment he can go to one team or another team.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Norwich defender Timm Klose: Booze and smoking almost blew careerby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorwich City defender Timm Klose admits he almost blew his chance of a pro career due to his lifestyle as a teenager.Klose says moving to Germany transformed his life.He recalled to his club’s TV channel: “When I was 13 I still didn’t know what I would do in my life and even though I came from a very healthy family, I encountered several problems. “I had many older friends who drank and smoked and I, despite being a bad idea, decided to follow them. I clearly dreamed of becoming a professional footballer and in those years I played in the Basel youth teams, but I also spent most of my time between alcohol and smoking. “I lived a parallel reality, I didn’t really understand what was happening to me. One night I almost had a heart attack lying on a bench in a park near the lake. I don’t remember where I was exactly. The next morning alone and it was a shock, only later, when I reached the age of 16, did I meet my wife and move to Nuremberg to find support of a mental coach that I still hear from today.”
OTTAWA – Canada will extend its commitment to maritime security in the Red Sea, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean with ships and personnel for another four years, says Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan.He says Operation Artemis, the latest incarnation of Canada’s contribution to a multinational security force in the area, will be extended until the end of April 2021.The international task force deploys ships and surveillance systems to intercept shipments of weapons and narcotics in the region.Sajjan said the extension authorizes the Canadian Armed Forces to commit up to 375 personnel to the operation, send in a frigate once every two years and contribute an Aurora patrol plane once a year.Canada will earmark up to $131.4 million to support the extension.He says Canada has supported security in the area since 2001 under a number of operations and Canada just completed its third rotation in command of the maritime security task force.In the last year, this task force seized and destroyed nearly 2,700 kilograms of narcotics and more than 3,000 weapons.“The government of Canada’s renewed commitment to counter-terrorism efforts is vital to building a safer and more prosperous world,” Sajjan said in a statement.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A headline on an earlier version included an incorrect year.
Current details:Snowfall with total amounts of 20 to 25 cm is expected.Heavy snow will fall through Sunday over Pine Pass.Mild and moist air aloft from a Pacific front combined with an entrenched arctic airmass will continue to produce periods of heavy snow today over Pine Pass.An additional 2 to 5 cm of snow is expected today. CHETWYND, B.C. – A snowfall warning remains in place for the Pine Pass.Environment Canada issued the warning early Saturday and predicted the area would see 20 to 25 cm of snow before the storm moved out of the area late Sunday. Most of the predicted snow fell on Saturday, and the forecast says the region should see another two to five centimetres of snow on Sunday.The forecast is also calling for wind speeds of up to 15 km/h. As of 8 a.m., Drivebc.ca says Highway 97 has limited visibility with drifting snow and strong crosswinds. The snow will finally ease this afternoon.Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. ShiftIntoWinter.ca reminds drivers to know before you go. Adjust to winter driving behaviour and use winter tires and chains.Road conditions are available at www.drivebc.ca. For updates on the highway conditions in B.C., visit www.drivebc.caSee the full weather warning below.Pine PassHwy 97, north of Mackenzie Junction at Powder King access road, looking north.Hwy 97 at Wabi Estates Road, east of Chetwynd, looking west. (elevation: 754 metres)Mackenzie JunctionHwy 97 at Hwy 39, about 29 km south of Mackenzie looking east.Issued at 2019-01-20 13:20 UTC by Environment Canada:Snowfall warning continued for:Highway 97 – Pine Pass, B.C. (080030)
Since the last 18 months, Virat Kohli’s men have reigned in unfamiliar conditions and established themselves as one of the favourites leading to the 2019 World Cup. With the mega cricket extravaganza around the corner, India has been shuffling a group of players to extract the best combination for its World Cup squad. Australia’s tour of India started on an unexpected note with the visitors whitewashing the hosts in T20Is. Seeking redemption, India started the ODI series on a high – thrashing the Aussies by six wickets. Australia though came back strong in the next game; but, despite Stoinis’s heroics, they fell short by eight runs. Since then, Australia went on to trample India, handing the hosts a 3-2 defeat. With this, India became the first team to lose a series twice, despite winning the first two games. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenThere were a few questions for which India desperately needed answers. Rishabh Pant was given an extended run to confirm India’s second choice wicketkeeper, with Dhoni being rested now and then. But Pant failed to impress both with the bat and behind the stumps. This makes Dinesh Karthik the favourable option, given his experience and newly developed ability to finish crunch games. The number four conundrum remains the utmost concern for Team India. It is likely that India might carry both KL Rahul and Rayudu for an extra batting option. Rahul can bat at 3 and Kohli can push himself down to four with Rohit and Dhawan at the top. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgeryA settled middle order has been another headache. India has tried various players at different positions, but the absence of Hardik Pandya has hurt the team in its recent loss. His ability to up the ante towards the latter stages and pick up wickets occasionally has remained unmatched. His fielding skills further make him an enviable asset for the team. India did have Vijay Shankar and Ravindra Jadeja as all-rounders during Australia’s visit. The former made his mark and has looked solid with his batting temperament whereas Jadeja has done no good to his all-rounder tag. In vital situations, he missed out on scoring runs lower down the order although he was decent with the ball. Pandya and Shankar remain more likely to board the England-bound flight. Another possible candidate for the flight is Kedhar Yadav. He has lived up to every opportunity and his unorthodox bowling makes him a desirable option. After decades, Indian bowling looks settled. While Jasprit Bumrah prove his mettle as the best death-overs bowler, Bhuvaneshwar also appears at his very best when swinging the ball both ways. Mohammad Shami has made his mark as the third seaming option and if the situation demands, India now can go with an all-pace attack – with Umesh Yadav as the fourth option and Pandya and Shankar filling the remaining overs. The team will also like to carry its spinning twins, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal – to stall the opponent’s run flow in the middle phases. The series is lost, but India seems to have sorted many hovering questions. With the Indian Premier League starting later this month, it will be important for the management to keep a track of key players, who must be at their best fitness before travelling for the marque tournament – the World Cup!
Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas (73) blocks the San Diego Chargers’ Joey Bosa during the second quarter on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland. Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe Ohio State 2016 NFL Draft class will likely go down in history as one of the best there ever was. Its highest draft pick earned a major achievement on Saturday.Former OSU and current San Diego Charger defensive end Joey Bosa was named the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year. Bosa played just 12 games and had the most sacks (10.5) for a rookie since Aldon Smith (14) in 2011. Along with his 10.5 sacks, Bosa had 41 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and 15 quarterback hits.The game-altering defensive end gained notoriety in his first game wearing No. 99 for the Chargers. He was just the fifth rookie in NFL history to have two sacks in his first NFL game. After a rather lengthy contract holdout, Bosa injured his hamstring which kept him out until Week 4. Even with that, he had arguably the most dominant defensive rookie in a decade.Bosa was the No. 3 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.The fourth-overall pick, former Buckeye and current Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott finished behind teammate quarterback Dak Prescott for the league’s offensive rookie of the year. Elliott led the NFL in rushing in his rookie season with 1,631 yards and had 15 touchdowns.
This is it for the Ohio State seniors. On Saturday, they’ll walk into Ohio Stadium gladiators – warriors at the top of their form – ready for perhaps their biggest battle against their most hated enemy. But when they walk out, their careers will be over. There will be no lingering in the sunset of a career, no choice to return for one more season, no resurrection from retirement. They will exit stage right – most of them never to play a meaningful down again – and take their place in history. This senior class has already had most of their history written for them, though. It’s filled with the trials of a turbulent program, a deep-cutting scandal that rocked the team and its supporters to the core and a revolving door of three head coaches in four years. Ten or 20 years from now, those looking back at this period will remember the program’s troubles more than its triumphs. Saturday is an opportunity for the troubled group though. It’s an opportunity for them to control part of their legacy and carve out their own place in the OSU history books instead of having it defined for them. Only nine Buckeye football teams have gone undefeated in the program’s history. Michigan – and only Michigan – stands in the way of this team becoming the 10th. It’s remarkable when you think about it. In 2011 the then-juniors contributed to a team that went 6-7 and lost to Michigan for the first time since 2003. When a postseason ban robbed the group of a bright-lights bowl game in their final year, it would have been easy to throw in the towel. Yet again, factors beyond their control were dictating their future and their place in OSU history. A new coach, who undoubtedly had his gaze transfixed on the future more than the present, had no reason to hold any loyalty for them. The bowl ban meant that the most important aspect of 2012 season quickly became how it would set up the 2013 team. The 2012 team – and its seniors – would be lost in the transition. But somehow, this team became something. It’s on the brink of something great. Sure, the Big Ten is weak this year and sure the out-of-conference schedule was even weaker, but as Kansas State and Oregon proved last Saturday, going undefeated is no picnic, regardless of the opponent. This Buckeye team isn’t dominating. It doesn’t overpower many opponents and the defense (though it has improved lately) is one of the weakest in recent memory. But they keep winning. Often ugly. Often barely. But winning nonetheless. A win Saturday completes the job. It makes the team that everyone was ready to forget memorable. It will spark an endless wonder of “What could have been if they were eligible?” The stakes are high. Lose Saturday and most of it goes down the drain. For the first time in a long time, it all really does comes down to Michigan and that’s what makes this Saturday’s game special. It’s been a long time since there was so much on the line for a Michigan game. The Rich Rodriquez era at Michigan was not kind to the rivalry and neither was a 6-6 Buckeye team last year. Even in years where both teams came into The Game highly ranked, there was always bowl positioning and conference championships at stake. During the years of the legendary Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler, there was still the Rose Bowl. For the Buckeyes this year, there’s none of it. Only Michigan. “This is what it all comes down to – playing Michigan,” said little-known senior wide receiver Taylor Rice, whose career will surely end after this game. “Winning or losing. This is what determines the outcome of our season … It’s been a great season but this is what really counts. This is what our season comes down to. This is our Super Bowl.” The Game carries the prize of remembrance and the spoil of irrelevance – especially for the seniors. “We’re forever indebted to (the seniors) because they didn’t have to do what they did,” said coach Urban Meyer. That’s true. Their leadership helped put a broken program back together and leave it in a position to compete at the highest level of college football for years to come. But The Game Saturday is a chance to leave something for themselves – a history that’s worth remembering.
New Rangers Football Club signing Kyle Lafferty hopes his return to the club will give him the opportunity to mend his broken heart whilst making peace with the club’s supporters.The Northern Ireland international is back at the Ibrox, six years after his departure to Swiss side FC Sion after the club went into financial turmoil.Lafferty is hopeful his second coming to Rangers is a fruitful one whilst hoping he can replicate his form with Hearts with the Gers.The 30-year-old could make his debut as early as Thursday when Rangers face FC Ufa in the UEFA Europa League playoffs.Lafferty said, as quoted by Express: “I have supported the club since I was a kid and have played here before, but the way I left I was disappointed. Walking out those doors six years ago broke my heart, but to be given a second chance to redeem myself… I jumped at the chance. I am happy to be home.”“I always wanted to come back and put things right and show the fans what I am all about.”Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“Did I think I would get another chance? Not really. I went to Hearts last season and had a good season and now I have been given a second chance, which I am lucky to have.”Lafferty added: “It has been a long time since we have seen a Rangers team like this, so it is exciting times ahead.”“I wanted to be part of this because they are heading in the right direction and I want to be involved in winning trophies with Rangers.”“I want to be here for success and with the squad of players that we have here we will do that.”Lafferty bagged three titles, a Scottish Cup and two League Cups during his first spell at Rangers.