1 England Women in training England are among the favourites to triumph in this summer’s Women’s European Championship tournament, hosted by the Netherlands, and kick off their campaign against Scotland tonight.It’s been well reported how much the fitness of Mark Sampson’s squad has improved since the World Cup in 2015 – where they finished third – and midfielder Fara Williams has said there is ‘an arrogance and confidence’ within camp over their winning credentials.England should, certainly on paper, seal a comfortable opening victory later today, with opponents Scotland playing in their first major tournament and having to adapt without key players Kim Little and Jennifer Beattie to injury.With kick off approaching, talkSPORT.com has put together a guide on England’s Euro 2017 campaign.Which group are England in?England are in Group D with Scotland, Spain and Portugal.When do England play?Scotland, Wednesday 19 July, 19:45 BST (Utrecht, Stadion Galgenwaard)England v Spain, Sunday 23 July, 19:45 BST (Breda, Rat Verlegh Stadion)Portugal v England, Thursday 27 July, 19:45 BST (Tilburg, Koning Willem II Stadion)Where can I watch England’s games?Channel 4 has the exclusive rights to England’s fixtures, as well as Scotland’s.What’s England’s best finish in a European Championship finals tournament?The Lionesses finished runners-up at Euro 1984 and Euro 2009.Who do the bookies’ think will top Group D?England are 7/10 to top the group, with Spain 39/19, Scotland 20/1 and Portugal 100/1.SEE ALSO: Remembering the greatest women’s football team whose success frightened the FA
On the field, South Africa is finally showing real signs of life. Twelve matches have now passed without defeat, and the Bafana Bafana strike-force – Siphiwe Thabalala, Surprise Moriri, Bernard Parker, Katlego Mphela and Siyabonga Nomvethe – are hitting the net at last. And coach Carlos Parreia has finally put the Benni McCarthy issue to bed. Love him or loathe him, there’s no denying that the fading star has long been a divisive factor in the Bafana camp. But the most pleasing aspect of the build-up to the 2010 Fifa World Cup is how the event is uniting a nation that is still showing divisions 16 years after democracy. South Africans are learning the verses of their multi-lingual national anthem sung in languages other than their own and they are united in their determination to see their beloved Bafana – the most unfancied host nation in the history of the World Cup – succeed. Four years ago, a similar scenario played itself out in Germany – the hosts of the previous edition of the World Cup. Like South Africa, Germany had been through enormous social upheavals as a result of the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the unification of East and West. But for one glorious month, the greatest sporting event on the planet provided the glue that united that nation and changed international perceptions of Germans – and their country – overnight. And so it will be over the next month as South Africa deservedly takes its place as the centre of the universe and is presented with an opportunity to showcase all that is good about this beautiful land and its extraordinary diversity. Let the party begin! Urquhart is a former Fifa World Cup media officer and the current editor of Project 2010 8 June 2010 South Africa is now just days away from the party of a lifetime. The signs are there for all to see – the millions of flags, the enormous Word Cup-themed murals draped around buildings, the clatter of helicopters, the droning of vuvuzelas, the scramble for tickets, round-the-clock roadworks, and the orderly chaos as millions of people gear up for global football’s showpiece event. Fifa president Sepp Blatter last week stamped his approval by saying: “All the work has been done here”.
It has won several awards since its launch, including silver medals at the 2010, 2011 and 2012 editions of the International Spirits Challenge and gold medals at the 2011 and 2012 editions of the International Wine and Spirits Competition. “By taking the World’s Best Grain Whisky title, we have amply demonstrated that South Africa can make exceptional whiskies,” Green said. “The 2013 title follows last year’s win by Three Ships 5 year old of the WWA’s World’s Best Blended Whisky, [and] puts South Africa as a whisky-producing country squarely on the map.” SAinfo reporter 26 March 2013 Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky secured a first for South Africa when it was named the world’s best grain whisky at Whisky Magazine’s annual World Whisky Awards in London last week. More than 300 whiskies had to make it through three blind tasting rounds – judged by journalists and retailers, with master blenders, distillers and brand ambassadors in the final round – to be crowned best in their categories. “South African whisky featured in the top ranks again this year with Bain’s winning the title of World’s Best Grain Whisky,” the magazine said. “This isn’t just a win for this brand but for South African whisky-making,” Bain’s distiller, Jeff Green, said in a statement. Bain’s was established in 2009 at the James Sedgwick Distillery in Wellington in the Western Cape. It became the first single grain whisky to be produced in South Africa. Bain’s distillers attribute part of its success to the distillery’s location. “Our whisky showcases South Africa’s ability to produce a premium, specialist whisky of an award-winning international standard while reflecting a unique taste of place,” Bain’s said. “Only the finest South African grain is used to create our elegant premium whisky. “Made from water that flows over 850-million year old sandstone and indigenous fynbos, Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky holds a unique and distinctive flavour profile,” the producers said.
Naples Jewelry Store Employee Arrested in $1M TheftA Littman Jewelers store employee accused of stealing more than $1 million worth of items is now in jail, the Naples Police Department said. Police say Jeffrey Charles Vickers, 35, admitted to the theft and said he was going to use the jewelry to fund his drug addiction. Monday morning, management at the jewelry store discovered watches, loose diamonds, and other pieces of jewelry were missing from the store safe. Surveillance video showed a man inside the store shortly after it closed on Sunday. The suspect deactivated the alarm, entered the safe, and removed multiple jewelry cases which he placed into a backpack and garbage bag, police said. The man also took money out of the cash register before leaving the store, police said. Other employees of the store were able to identify Vickers as the suspect. Inside Vickers’ vehicle, detectives found the items stolen. Authorities were also able to locate the clothing worn by Vickers during the burglary as evidence… [CBS News] 13 Arrested in Sarasota County Retail Theft StingThe Sarasota County Sheriff’s office recently added 13 new inmates on charges ranging from petit theft to drug trafficking. The haul was part of a four-day sting targeting heavy retail theft locations in the county. Between the six men and seven women now behind bars in the Sarasota County jail, a total of 32 charges have been filed. Shoplifting is often a means to an end for many of those involved. “A lot of these people, they’re stealing to support other behaviors they may have that are also criminal. We believe that by focusing on this type of crime, we’re stopping other crime from occurring,” says Capt. Walsh. Retail theft goes beyond stealing merchandise. Essie Sweet is accused of trying to steal a local woman’s identity by using her stolen credit cards at Target. And Essie shares more than a few cells with the rest of these suspects. Several boast an extensive rap sheet, among them are 197 prior charges. “Really the goal is crime prevention,” says Walsh. “We’re not interested in arresting people as much as we are just stopping the crime from occurring…” [ABC News]- Sponsor – 3 Charged after $10K Worth of Purses Stolen from Kentucky Outlet MallThree people are behind bars in connection to a theft ring. Police have arrested Marlon Hill, Courtney Chesher, and Aaron Bruner. Hill and Chesher were trying to sell stolen purses on Facebook, at Louisville Pawn shops, and even out of a car. The three week long investigation led them to an apartment complex in Taylorsville. Altogether there was more than $10,000 worth of Kate Spade purses and wallets between the home and a vehicle. Police say Kate Spade of the Outlet Malls of the Bluegrass did not realize a theft had been going on. The merchandise was stolen from storage space they were renting that was not yet open to the public. “The maintenance actually had keys to this location and that’s how he was removing the purses,” police said. The maintenance man is Bruner. Police say Bruner admitted to taking the purses in Simpsonville and traded them in Spencer County. “It was basically to support a drug habit. He was trading these purses for heroin,” police said. Police believe there are still more purses out there and there may be more arrests to come… [ABC News] 3 Detained after Traffic Stop Uncovers Cellphone Store BurglaryAuthorities have detained three Miami-area residents found with $30,000 worth of stolen electronics following a traffic stop. A sheriff’s deputy stopped the vehicle for driving without its headlights on. In the vehicle officials reported finding $600, a crowbar, masks and two bags containing 200 smartphones and iPads worth an estimated $30,000. The items were believed to have been taken from iCARE Smartphone Repair. Officers went to the business and found that its front door had been smashed. They reviewed surveillance video showing two males entering, smashing cases with a crowbar and filling the bags with smartphones. One of the burglars grabbed a cash drawer off the counter. After GPD Special Operations Unit members interviewed the trio, they charged Stephanie Janteria Bascone with possession of burglary tools, dealing in stolen property, fraudulent use of an ID, possession of a stolen credit card and possession of marijuana. Passengers Carl Dwayne Hurd was charged with possession of burglary tools and dealing in stolen property, and Darius Anthony Smith, was charged with possession of burglary tools, dealing in stolen property and giving law enforcement a false ID. The three were held in the Alachua County Jail, and bond had not been set… [Gainesville Sun] LP Worldwide: Abused Mum of Two Stole £7,000 from Shop Where She WorkedA mother-of-two stole £7,000 from the convenience store where she worked. Sanela Miskic took the cash from a safe at a Mirfield (United Kingdom) One Stop Shop. But rather than keep it for herself she sent the stolen money back to her native country Slovenia to bribe her ex-husband to keep away from her. Magistrates heard that she had escaped from the central European country following an abusive relationship and feared for the safety of other family members still living there. Laura McBride, prosecuting, said: “Due to the large amounts of cash found to be missing a regional security supervisor undertook an investigation and after watching the CCTV saw that the defendant was responsible. “She said that in a moment of madness she took the money,” claimed Mike Sisson-Pell, mitigating. He described the offences committed by his client as taking place under ‘bizarre circumstances’. He explained: “She didn’t steal the money for herself, she stole the money to keep her husband away from her…There’s a considerable history which has led her into this criminality which is very much out of character…” [Huddersfield Daily Examiner] LP Worldwide: Appeal for More Data as Cargo Crime in EMEA Region Rises 115% Year-on-YearCargo crime has reached a three-year high, according to the latest reports by TAPA’s Europe, Middle East and Africa region. The number of incidents reported rose 115% year-on-year, to 444 across 19 countries, for the first quarter. Of those, 29 were major losses, with a value of more than €100,000. The average loss was just under €75,000, while the largest was the theft of eight pallets of perfume, valued at €600,000, from a trailer in Lower Saxony, Germany. Of the thefts, 56%, were from trucks stopped at motorway service stations, lay-bys or industrial estates. TAPA noted that a lack of secure parking locations in Europe was evident, with losses from unsecure parking locations accounting for 55% of the thefts. While it is not clear whether the rise is due to better reporting or more crime, there does appear to be a increasing number of thefts, with a wide variety of goods targeted. “High volumes of lower-value goods [prove] to be just as attractive to criminals as a few high-value products,” noted TAPA. Because some countries report cargo crime better than others seems to distort the overall figures. More than 86% of the cargo thefts reported in the first quarter happened in just four countries – those where law enforcement agencies report their data to TAPA. “We do not know the full extent of cargo crime in EMEA, nor globally. We do know, however, that we are barely scratching the surface of the number of incidents we believe are happening in some major countries in our region…” [The Loadstar] Shoplifter Caught Getting Dinner after Heist in Same Strip M£allA Mesa man’s hunger lead to his arrest after he allegedly took $600 in products from a Chandler Walmart. Police report that on May 10 around dinner time, 25-year-old Mohamed Ahmed Kedir was seen shoplifting items from the Walmart. A description of Kedir was given and Chandler bicycle police located him eating at the Jimmy John’s in the same strip mall. A search of his backpack revealed the stolen items. Kedir has been charged with shoplifting was also found to have a warrant for another shoplifting situation in Phoenix… [ABC News] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#New Media#Social Web#web How the ReadWriteWeb Community Uses StumbleUponWe queried our community via Twitter to find out their main use cases. Here’s a representative sample of the replies (you can see them all via Twitoaster):@brettmorrison: “I use it to share things I find interesting and I use it to find randomly interesting things when I have a few free moments.”@EssenteeWeb: “So’s I can share what I think is cool and find content I otherwise wouldn’t have.”@andinarvaez: “I do, on occasion. Whenever I’m online, want to stay online, but just feel like browsing. […] Even though they’re [within] my interests, stumble upon helps me burst my usual browsing patterns & online bubble.”Follow ReadWriteWeb on StumbleUpon.You can also find us on Twitter and [email protected]: “boredom… killing time a couple minutes at a time… entertainment. Sadly, almost thrilling not knowing what’s coming next”@MicaR: “Been a Stumbler for yrs. Great to get new ideas flowing when stuck, and, of course, great time waster. I’ve learned a lot, randomly.”@ezy80: “I find its a good source of ‘random relevant’ that nothing else provides in quite the same way…”@lauratellsjokes: “i stumble when i am bored and to learn new things. i love stumbling through photos, art and philosophy.”@estateofflux: “I do, great for entertainment and uncovering hidden gems of content when you’ve exhausted all your usual sources!”These and other replies often used words like “random” or “new.” Also it seems that people tend to use StumbleUpon when they have a bit of spare time, or are bored. Let us know in the comments whether you currently use StumbleUpon; and if so, how and why? Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification richard macmanus Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… When you think of social media, two products immediately come to mind: Facebook and Twitter. If you’re in the technical world, you’d probably also mention Digg and Slashdot. A product that is rarely talked about among social media products, but has a surprisingly large footprint on the Web, is StumbleUpon. It now has 10.6 million users and regularly pushes big traffic to online publishers.According to a new analysis by Web analytics company Woopra, StumbleUpon drives nearly twice as much traffic than Digg. StatCounter uncovered a similar trend recently, with StumbleUpon second only to Facebook among social media traffic drivers.Source: WoopraHow it Works“Explore the web like never before,” declares the StumbleUpon sign up page. And indeed the beauty of StumbleUpon is how easy it makes browsing the Web. It’s often called a ‘serendipity engine’ for its ability to turn up strange and new content.Here’s how StumbleUpon works as a user. You firstly download and install a browser add-on, then select categories that interest you. Now you’re ready to explore. Simply click the Stumble button in your browser to be magically transported to an unknown web page. Where you’re taken is driven by StumbleUpon’s sophisticated recommendation engine, which is fueled by data from its users – who vote on whether they ‘like’ or ‘dislike’ web pages across the Web.What’s Popular on StumbleUpon?It’s simple for the users, yet surprisingly difficult for the media industry to get its collective head around. Its randomness and lack of an easily identifiable core audience are two things that make StumbleUpon hard to understand. So what kind of content is popular there?Much like Digg, another crowd-sourced recommendation engine, the most popular content on StumbleUpon tends to be easily digestable and entertaining. Lists, bizarre things, scientific discoveries, animals, humor, images, and so on. Among the most stumbled content of 2009 were these articles: ’99 Things You Should Have Seen On The Internet’ (471K Stumbles), ‘Life Summarized in 4 Bottles’ (439K Stumbles), ’14 Rare Color Photos From the FSA-OWI’ (341K Stumbles),… you get the idea.
Related Posts Mobile apps try to keep you glued on the screen for as long as possible, but in the future these experiences will become focused and unified, as they interact more seamlessly to become extensions of your IoT system.That’s according to Frank Palermo, the VP of digital solutions at Virtusa, who says the growth in momentum surrounding IoT will change UX design for mobile applications and consumer systems.See Also: Enterprise outlook: partly cloudy with a chance of fearPalermo makes a few points on the future of UX design in the IoT age, including what might be the most shocking to users today: No more screens.Screens are a thing of the past, according to Palermo, in a design world focused on integrated context. Everything is always running and UX design needs to make operations simple for the end user, removing clutter found on apps currently. The UX needs to change as well to make sure only a few connections are occupying the space, and Palermo claims data-driven design might help towards a cleaner interface.He also points out that loading will no longer be an issue, adding that we already tune out of websites that take more a few seconds to load — hence why Facebook, Apple, and Google all launched systems to make webpages load faster — so consumers will have even less patience for IoT services that are spend time booting or loading.That might be fixed by the time IoT comes to consumers, as LTE Advanced, Wi-Fi ac routers, and over 100Mbps download speeds become commonplace. Palermo also sees beacon technology adoption as an imperative to avoid poor radio signals indoors and believes designers should make it a top priority to set up systems with beacon technology in mind.For it all to work, he says, there needs to be standards for IoT devices, which also seems to be developing.Palermo suggests the Open Connectivity Foundation, a merger of the Open Interconnect Consortium and AllSeen Alliance, is a good sign of companies working to create standards for IoT. Having all devices cooperate with one another could advance consumer interest in IoT, instead of walled gardens that do not accept third-party devices. David Curry Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#design#Internet of Things#IoT#mobile#UX#Virtusa The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement
For the past three seasons, high-speed player-tracking cameras have been logging every possession of every NBA game; over that same time, NBA.com has hosted some cool observational stuff — like how far players run in a game, how often they drive the lane or spot up and, most important, how often they are passed the basketball. Now, ESPN has gotten its hands on advanced tools to analyze the game’s nuances, stats that can measure things like how difficult a given shot was or how often a given defender is torched off the dribble. We’ll be using them throughout the playoffs, but I figured we may as well slap a few of them on some charts to establish a baseline (and, hopefully, to confirm a few petty biases along the way).On our maiden voyage, we’ll take a look at which players make shots they have no business making and which miss the ones they have just as little business missing. For all these charts, we’re looking at players who logged at least 300 minutes across at least 20 games — rotation players in a quarter of the season, basically. You’ll also notice that we’re using effective field goal percentage (which weights 3-point attempts more than 2-point attempts), not true shooting percentage (which does the same but also factors in any free throws a player shoots), so we’re losing the effect of getting fouled, which is a big deal! But given the relative infancy of these stats, this is what we have. If you must, keep a running tally in your head of which players put themselves in position to really need to pile up foul shots to boost their efficiency and then go check where they stand afterward. Here’s a head start: In 2014-15, Russell Westbrook had a free throw rate of .445 (meaning he took .445 free throws for every field goal attempt); in 2013-14, Kevin Durant’s was .477; this season, Kobe Bryant had a free throw rate of .252 — the lowest of his career. Anyway, to the charts.First up, we have shot difficulty versus shots per game over the past three seasons. We explained quantified shot quality (qSQ) at some length here, but simply put, it uses the NBA’s SportVU data to measure how tough a shot was by calculating where the shot came from, where defenders were positioned and how the rest of the league fared on similar shots. In the chart below, the lower a player is, the tougher his shots were; the further to the right, the more shots he took: If you compare this chart to the yellow one above, our nicely defined trend of good shooters getting the rock has loosened considerably. It’s probably safe to assume this happens because the profile of a bench player who comes in and shoots the leather off the ball for 20 minutes a night is very different from a guy who’s asked to keep up that rate for an entire game.It’s probably a mistake to make a bunch of sweeping conclusions based on the aggregate here, as it is with most stats. But in an era of analysis in which “volume scorer” is still a pejorative, it’s notable that the players who shoot the most are also typically the best at converting tough shots, unless they are 37 years old and Kobe Bryant.Check out our latest NBA predictions. In this chart, players’ positions above and below the line for 0 represents how good or bad they were at making shots relative to how difficult the shots were.On the whole, what we see here is that as a player’s shots per game increase (we’re leaving per-play numbers for later), there’s a greater likelihood that he is good at making tough shots. This is conventional wisdom — stars get the ball — but not something we’ve been able to observe directly before.Remember that line about KD, Russ and Kobe’s free throw rates? Here’s where it comes back into play. Durant and Westbrook both had high free throw rates in their seasons on the chart, so they’d both get a boost from their positions here — Durant’s free throw rate in his MVP season was even higher than Westbrook’s, so it’s not like 2014-15 Russ catches up in efficiency. But eyeballing is enough to conclude that he would probably move up if we included free throws, and grandpa Kobe would stay in the toilet. Last thing: Notice that DeAndre, who was off the charts in shot quality this season, falls some here but is also well above average versus expectation on those good shots, evidence that he isn’t simply spoon-fed easy looks from Chris Paul but is among the best finishers in the game; this is tanked somewhat by his absurd 1.219 free throw rate, which has climbed to 1.553 in the playoffs (last season, it was 1.938 in the postseason — meaning that Jordan took just about two free throws for every field goal attempt).Moving on, we’re doubling back to the first chart again. Higher dots still mean a player took easier shots and lower that he took harder ones, but left and right track a player’s shots per 100 possessions instead of his raw per-game number: This chart mostly serves to show that the relationship we showed you in that first chart holds true when we look at per-possession. We also see guys who don’t take a lot of raw shots, like Marreese Speights, bunch up with gunners who play more minutes. But since we’ve already gone over low usage and carefully selected shots and all that, this seems like a good place to tell you that over our three seasons of data, last season’s vintage of Kobe Bryant picked his spots least carefully of any player in the data set.Kobe took not only an enormous number of shots, but also an enormous number of enormously difficult shots. Just look at him go! Many players down in that area of the chart were the primary option on their team and combined workload with a lot of long 2-pointers (the Carmelo, Blazers-era LaMarcus, Dwyane Wade crew). In Kobe’s case, that was true, but he was also old and feeble and slow and the Lakers would be bad no matter what he did. After that routine put him in traction after just 35 games, Bryant ran it back this season by getting to the line even less and shooting 467 threes; he shot 28.5 percent, but as you can see on the chart … at least he was a little more open? (Although one side effect may have been the embarrassing rash of airballs Bryant chucked from three this season, so maybe it was more of a give and take.)Anyway, here’s our last chart, which shows shots per 100 possessions against shot-making ability. As above, guys who shot better than their shot quality would predict are higher, guys who shot worse are lower, and dots farther to the right are guys who shoot a lot when they’re on the floor, even if they don’t have a lot of shots per game: This looks a lot like charts we’ve run in the past, or those that have run elsewhere, that plot workload against efficiency. True shooting percentage against usage percentage, for example, looks more or less identical. As workload increases, easy shots are harder to come by; as it decreases, players can pick their spots more carefully.Roll call: That cluster of dots in the top left of the chart is Tyson Chandler and DeAndre Jordan wrestling back and forth for the title of Guy Who Only Does Dunks. In the upper portion of the high-workload guys (on the right), we see players like LeBron James and Stephen Curry this season — those on great offensive teams that can space the floor for pretty good looks even for their highest-usage players. A little further down, still in the high-usage region, we see guys on teams that often need their stars to carry them, like Westbrook last season or Durant two seasons ago, or Carmelo Anthony, DeMar DeRozan or past iterations of LaMarcus Aldridge. Kobe this season was in the lurch, though by this measure not quite as depressing as his truncated 2014-15.But again, we’ve seen charts that show, if not this exact relationship, relationships that imply it; and while the shot difficulty stats are new, we could pretty much make assumptions based on the drops in efficiency. Here’s something truly new:
One YouTube video will tell you a certain city in Ohio is “the place where there used to be industry” and that its “main export is crippling depression.” Don’t let that, or the statistics, fool you. Ohio, as a whole, is actually capable of keeping people in state. Well, at least its athletes. National Signing Day makes me think of just how important the in-state products are to Buckeye sports. Much has been made of Jim Tressel’s ability to recruit in Ohio. He rarely lets a high-profile recruit slip out of state. When he does, though, it’s not to Michigan, which might as well be the Mongolians to Tressel’s “Great Wall of Ohio.” Letting Michigan dip into Ohio for recruits was a criticism of the John Cooper era. Though he was a phenomenal recruiter otherwise, few forget he let “that school up north” steal two Heisman Trophy winners. 1991 Heisman winner Desmond Howard is a Cleveland native, and ’97 winner Charles Woodson is from Fremont. For 2011, the Buckeyes missed out on the top linebacker in the state, Trey DePriest, and the top lineman, Aundrey Walker. But, of the top 16 recruits in Ohio, according to Scout.com, nine committed to the Buckeyes. This isn’t out of the ordinary, either, as the number of Ohioans who play for the Buckeyes is always pretty high. OSU’s success under Tressel speaks for itself, and it also speaks for the great talent that comes out of the area. Though Ohio is the birthplace of football, its contributions to its flagship university’s basketball program cannot be forgotten. Eight of the 12 players on the No. 1-ranked Buckeyes are from Ohio. These aren’t BJ Mullens-level scrubs either. The entire starting lineup is from Ohio. Two Indiana guys, Greg Oden and Mike Conley Jr., led the 2006-07 Buckeyes to the Final Four — but key players, including Ron Lewis, Jamar Butler, Ivan Harris, Daequan Cook and David Lighty are from Ohio. The basketball talent coming out of Ohio isn’t consistently as great as that of football, but coach Thad Matta still recognizes the Buckeye state is an area he needs to focus on when recruiting. Much like Tressel, Matta has successfully locked down in-state talent. Sure, OSU doesn’t have to compete much against other in-state schools, such as Ohio University or Cincinnati (Bob Huggins isn’t walking, or stumbling, through that door). Yet, the fact that other schools in the region haven’t considerably plucked away at Ohio’s talent is remarkable. Some OSU athletes will tell you they have been Buckeyes “since birth.” That’s a testament to the success of Tressel’s and Matta’s coaching staffs, because that never changed in many recruits’ minds.
Greg Mattison of the University of Michigan has been named Ohio State’s new co-defensive coordinator along with Jeff Hafley. Credit: Courtesy of TNSA year ago, Greg Mattison was preparing for his eighth season with Michigan, coaching a defensive line that would be crucial for the No. 2 total defense in the nation.Now, ahead of his first Spring Game as co-defensive coordinator for Ohio State, the 48-year coaching veteran has been tasked with revitalizing a Buckeye defense that allowed a program-worst 403.4 yards per game the previous season.“Kind of a funny thing, [former players] will be like, ‘Hey coach, I never thought I’d see you in red,’” Mattison said. “Well it’s funny because my wife says I look really, really good in red.”He won’t be the only new coach in red, as Mattison is one of four new defensive coaches for Ohio State this season.Though first-year head coach Ryan Day assembled several new faces to helm the defense, many of these coaches hold connections dating back years.Joining Mattison at co-defensive coordinator this season will be Jeff Hafley, who brings an NFL pedigree with his past six seasons spent as a secondary coach at the professional level. In 2016, Hafley worked alongside Day on the San Francisco 49ers coaching staff.As the secondary coach for the Buckeyes, Hafley inherits a collection of defensive backs that ranked No. 86 in the NCAA with 245.2 passing yards allowed per game this past season.Ohio State redshirt senior cornerback Damon Arnette and junior cornerback Jeffrey Okudah will lead a group that was routinely plagued by pass interference calls last season.Mattison said Hafley’s NFL experience won’t conflict schematically with his knowledge of college defense.“There are only so many things, I believe, in really sound defensive football that you can do,” Mattison said. “Whether you’re in the NFL, wherever, coaching. It’s never been schemes that have won. It’s what you teach the players to run, and who’s running them.”New Ohio State linebackers coach Al Washington is a familiar face for both Mattison and Day. Washington coached three Michigan linebackers to All-Big Ten honors last season and played at Boston College while Day served as a graduate assistant there.The Wolverine ties do not end there, as Day hired former Michigan defensive analyst Matt Barnes as the new special teams coordinator and assistant secondary coach.Barnes spent the past three seasons coaching special teams, secondary and linebackers for Maryland and helped develop second team All-American linebacker Tre Watson.Barnes and Hafley have already proved they can collaborate productively, combining the safety and cornerback rooms to shore up the defense in 2018.Hafley said the players have had no problems adjusting to four new coaches on the defense.“The great part about these guys is they’re just buying into everything we tell them,” Hafley said. “They are trying it. They’re coming out. They’re asking questions.”The only constant on the Buckeye defensive coaching staff is Larry Johnson, who Mattison called “one of, if not, the best defensive line coach in college football.”Johnson’s six seasons with Ohio State have yielded five All-American selections on the defensive line, including 2019 NFL Draft hopefuls Dre’Mont Jones and Nick Bosa in the past two years.Junior defensive end Chase Young has a chance to become Johnson’s sixth All-American this year, coming off a season that saw Young rack up 9.5 sacks, with four coming in the final two games.When integrating so many new coaches on one side of the ball, Mattison said it’s easy when everyone shares a common goal.“The staff is not a staff made up of a bunch of egos,” Mattison said. “This staff here is truly a staff that truly wants Ohio State football and the players we’re dealing with to be the very, very best they can be. And you feel that every day you come in.”
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has highlighted the interest in Alfredo Morelos as a big compliment to the club and the Colombian forward.Reports circulating in the media claims Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund and Leicester City are both front-runners for the 22-year-old this summer.Morelos has netted 28 goals in all competitions this season for Rangers to keep them in contention for top honours this season.“I am sure it is flattering for Alfredo. I think it is a big compliment for him. It shows that he is in terrific form and he is in a great place,” Gerrard told Sky.“In terms of me, nothing changes. I love working with the player, he puts a smile on my face when I am out of bed and on my way to training to work with him because he is such a top, top player.”Morelos who signed a new deal with Rangers last September recently revealed to a Colombian radio station he was aware of the potential suitors monitoring his progress.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.But Gerrard claimed he was delighted with the recognition, even if it increases the chances of him leaving.🎥 Steven Gerrard spoke about Alfredo Morelos at today’s press conference. pic.twitter.com/QKMH02G0xg— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) March 7, 2019He added: “The interest and the speculation is not going to go away.“That is something that we have to live with but we certainly see it is a compliment because I would be more concerned and more worried if no one was interested in my players.”