Opinion Additions of Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh the best thing for

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh watches the action against Penn State on Saturday, Nov. 21 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. Michigan won 28-16.Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe rivalry between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Michigan Wolverines is about to get a lot more interesting on Saturday.This will be the first game in which Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh will face off in what many would consider the most intriguing meeting between the two teams since 2006. Harbaugh has been a successful head coach on both the college and professional level. In stops with the University of San Diego and Stanford, Harbaugh posted a 58-27 record with two conference championships at San Diego in 2005 and 2006, respectively. After Stanford finished 12-1 with an Orange Bowl win over Virginia Tech in 2011, Harbaugh left the collegiate ranks for the NFL, becoming the head coach for the San Francisco 49ers. He posted a 44-19 record, including a loss to his brother’s team, the Baltimore Ravens, in Super Bowl XLVII in 2013. After a rift between Harbaugh and the 49ers front office following an 8-8 finish in 2014, Harbaugh left San Francisco to go back to his alma mater and coach the team he onced quarterbacked: Michigan. Both Michigan and OSU have been teams to be reckoned with in the Big Ten this season, and part of that is due to the job that both Meyer and Harbaugh are doing at their respective schools. ESPN College GameDay analyst Kirk Herbstreit said this game will be different because of what Harbaugh brings to the table as the man in charge at Michigan. “Spice. Intensity. For me, even when Ohio State was winning with Jim Tressel, the fan in me liked Woody (Hayes) and Bo (Schembechler). I like the angst, the emotion, the, ‘I’m not going to cross midfield to shake his hand,’” Herbstreit said. “I don’t know if we are going to get to that level with (Meyer) and (Harbaugh), but it’s going to be different. It’s going to be different just because of the personality of (Harbaugh). I’m one of these guys that starting Sunday morning, I don’t know if I’ll sleep because of what could be at stake this weekend. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”Despite much of the focus being on the two successful coaches, Harbaugh said in a Monday press conference that the focus should not be on them but on their players.“My reaction to the coach vs. coach build-up is he’s not going to be blocking anybody; he’s not going to be tackling anybody,” Harbaugh said. “I’m going to be on the sideline blocking and tackling nobody.”OSU coach Urban Meyer stands on the sideline during a game against Michigan State on Nov. 21 at Ohio Stadium. OSU lost 17-14.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorEven so, it’s hard to ignore the impact the coaches have had on their respective programs and in turn, the rivalry in general. When each coach took the helm, the program finished under .500 the year prior. In Meyer’s first season in Columbus in 2012 and Harbaugh’s first one this year, the teams made major strides. Based on the first-year improvement, it’s completely reasonable to assume that the programs will maintain a level of success for years to come. That is the reason why these two teams have the potential to re-establish arguably the biggest rivalry in all of sports. With these two premier coaches leading the programs, the recruiting classes for these two teams should be among the best in the country, so the talent pool should be overflowing. With all of the eventual talent coming to these schools, the rivalry will only grow. And with that, the prominence of one of college football’s biggest rivalries will be restored. read more

Hejduk looking forward to World Cup

As the 2010 World Cup in South Africa approaches, one of U.S. Soccer’s all-time greats looks back on his career and looks forward to the summer event.Columbus Crew’s Frankie Hejduk has had ups and downs while cementing himself as one of U.S. soccer’s most accomplished player.“It came with hard work,” Hejduk said. “I’m a believer that you create your own luck.”Hejduk’s resume speaks for itself: two World Cup appearances, two Olympic games, part of the German team Bayer Leverkusen that played in the 2002 UEFA Champions League final, five-time Major League Soccer all-star and 2008 MLS champion with the Columbus Crew.Hejduk, born in La Mesa, Calif., a suburb of San Diego, grew up surfing and playing soccer. He was more passionate about surfing, and many of his friends did go pro in surfing. Despite that, he decided to attend UCLA on a scholarship to play soccer.His first international cap came in 1996 in El Salvador during a World Cup qualifer. He scored a goal in his international debut.“Scoring a goal was icing on the cake,” Hejduk said.Hejduk made his World Cup debut in 1998, playing in the second game of the first round against Iran. That day is something he will remember for the rest of his life, he said.“Absolutely incredible experience,” Hejduk remembers. “During the National Anthem, thinking of all the past coaches I played for, my family, what they have sacrificed, what I sacrificed, all of that comes together at one moment. I got the chills, teary-eyed. And this is all before the game even starts.”The summer of 2002 is one that stands out to Hejduk and US soccer fans. That summer in Korea and Japan, the team made an unexpected run all the way to the quarterfinals. To get there, they defeated rival Mexico 2-0 in the round of 16.“It was for bragging rights. Who was going to step up?” Hejduk said. “We knew we were going to win.”USA fell to Germany 1-0 in the quarters, a match many felt the US should have won. “The German press told us ‘We got a lot of respect for you guys. We lucked out,’” Hejduk said of the aftermath.“We were proud of ourselves. We gave everything we had,” Hejduk said.After that great World Cup run, Hejduk looked forward to another one four years later. Unfortunately, two days after being named to the 2006 World Cup roster, Hejduk tore his ACL.“Pretty much a buzz kill,” Hejduk said. “A lot of mental stuff you go through when you have those injuries. That’s why you have friends and family to help you get by it.”Despite not being able to participate, U.S. Soccer paid for Hejduk and his family to go to Germany and be at the World Cup with the team.“It was a great experience, I got to be a fan,” Hejduk said. “I was able to bring my son. He got to experience the World Cup with me. I got a different perspective and it was simply amazing.”Hejduk has taken that experience and used it for motivation.“It actually motivated me to try to make this next World Cup because after 2006 a lot of people wrote me off because I was 32 at the time with a torn ACL,” Hejduk said. “I made it a goal of mine to prove those people wrong.”The motivation seemed to work, as Hejduk helped team USA qualify for this year’s World Cup and helped lead the Crew to the 2008 MLS Cup.“Nothing better than picking up that trophy after the 9 years I gave to the MLS,” Hejduk said.As for U.S. Soccer’s chances in South Africa, Hejduk believes they should make it out of the first round. After that, he feels anything can happen.“I think on any given day the US can beat any team in the world,” Hejduk said. “I think teams are starting to have a lot more respect for the US.” read more

Gene Smith Big Ten no longer pursuing further expansion

The Big Ten is finished with expansion — for now. In an exclusive interview with The Lantern earlier this month, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said the conference would only consider adding schools that contacted the league, not vice versa. “We’re done with it,” Smith said. “We’re finished. The only thing that would cause us to look at it further is if someone contacted us. So, we’re not going to go out and say we’re thinking about expansion.” Although the Big Ten won’t aggressively pursue potential additions, Smith said he expects other universities to seek inclusion into the conference. “We think there are some schools that are going to try to talk to some conferences,” he said. “But we’re not actively out looking at expansion. After our October meetings, that’s going to be the last we talk about it.” In October 2009, the league announced its intentions to explore expansion during a 12- to 18-month period. Nebraska left the Big 12 to join the Big Ten on June 12, 2010. Smith said the league will continue to operate under its original timeline, and once details about scheduling and the conference-title game are hammered out in next week’s meetings, expansion will be a topic of the past. That is, unless another school wants in. The right schools could add to the quality of the Big Ten Network, which Smith said has driven the conference’s pursuit of expansion. According to a report by the Associated Press earlier this month, the network turned a 30 percent profit last year. “The growth of the Big Ten Network was significantly faster than any of us projected,” Smith said. “It’s highly profitable, beyond what we thought at this particular time. We knew it was going to be successful. … But with that growth you have to sit back and say, ‘OK, how do we continue that growth? What things can we add to it?’” With the advent of 3-D TV and incessant improvements being made to high-definition quality, the TV market has emerged as college football’s most lucrative outlet. Smith said athletic directors and presidents are channeling their efforts toward maximizing TV’s role in their respective conferences. Adding a 12th team allowed the Big Ten to institute a conference championship game beginning next year, a national spectacle that should generate about $15 million to $20 million, Smith said. “As television changes, and all the mediums change for communication, the conferences have to shift in order to maximize revenue opportunities off of them,” Smith said. “When you get down to it, it’s about more inventory, more games, so that you can provide the television carrier with more product.” read more

Patty Smith dreading holidays says Bah killers still out there

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Dec 2015 – Day after day after day, Patty Smith takes to social media to make sure the heartbreak she feels over the tragic loss of her son does not go forgotten. Residents continue to offer the mother of 25 year old Kevino ‘Bah’ Smith words of advice, comfort and support as she not only claims she has to bear with the murder of her son, but the fact that his alleged killers are living so nearby in Grand Turk, preparing to celebrate the Christmas holidays. Smith was reported missing by family on March 4th… on April 16th after a second and more thorough search of Grand Turk, remains were found and two months later on June 23rd, those remains were confirmed as the young man by the Governor Peter Beckingham. On July 29rd Police gave another confirmation that the remains found in April were indeed Kevino Smith. Five months since then, and the family has seen no arrests says Patty Smith and has not received the body of their son for burial. Smith, on Facebook on Monday is again calling for the Governor, who heads national security, to do something. This plea comes as Police are confirmed as being deployed out of Grand Turk to assist with a crime spike in Provo. Related Items:kevino smith, patty smith Memories of two TCI men lost on March 4 Conrad Howell autopsy complete Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Patty Smith on Kevino Smith murder investigation Recommended for youlast_img read more

Furnace mishap at South Bay funeral home releases cremation smoke

first_img May 24, 2018 Posted: May 24, 2018 NATIONAL CITY (KUSI) — A furnace mishap at a South Bay funeral home briefly sent smoke from a crematorium into the air near the interchange of Interstate 5 and state Route 54 interchange Thursday, authorities reported.An oven door that remained open while in operation for unknown reasons began sending smoke out of a chimney at Cortez Cremations & Funeral Services in the 100 block of West 35th Street in National City shortly after noon, according to fire department officials.Smoke also escaped into the business before an automated system shut off the furnace, extinguished the fire and sent a chemical air-cleansing agent into the building, said Frank Parra, director of emergency services for the city alongside San Diego Bay.The accident caused no structural damage or injuries and necessitated no evacuations or road closures, according to Parra. The release of smoke was not believed to have posed any health risks, he said.Firefighters used large fans to clear the errant air impurities out of the building, the city official said.The personnel cleared the scene after about 45 minutes.“It was mitigated pretty quick,” Parra said.It was unclear if the accident resulted from an equipment problem or was due to operator error. Furnace mishap at South Bay funeral home releases cremation smoke KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Facebook Lets Users Determine the Ads They Want to See

first_imgJune 12, 2014 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »center_img 2 min read If you’ve ever been a bit creeped out by the synchronicity of your search history and the ads you see on Facebook, the company is now giving users a way to better customize what advertisements pop up on their profile.Currently, much of the ads users see come from the interaction with brand pages but soon things will change. Facebook is looking to make ads even more personalized by mining mobile data and websites with Facebook plugins to make the ads all the more focused.  To opt out, customers can go to this site, and change their phone settings accordingly. Related: Don’t Make These Social-Media Blunders That Businesses Keep RepeatingIn a video posted on Facebook’s newsroom blog, product manager Jake Brill explained how the company works with businesses to connect them with the demographics whose attention they most want to grab.  With the changes, Brill said “the number of ads you see won’t change but because we’ll know more about what you like, they’ll be more relevant.”And this is good for Facebook’s business model. The social-media giant will now be able to gather even more precious data about users, which could help drive up the ad prices businesses are willing to pay for a more precise targeted demographic.Related: 6 Reasons to Delete Your Facebook Account Right NowAs for the steps users can take to learn more about the ads they’re seeing, they can manage their preferences by clicking on the right corner of the ad in question and choosing the “Why am I seeing this?” option.  Users can also add or change any of the “interests” that Facebook has ascribed to them.      Perhaps it’s not surprising about this additional stab at clarity, when with the recent EU ruling about Google and the “right to be forgotten,” the digital footprints we leave behind continues to be a going concern.  Related: Facebook Rolls Out Site-Wide ‘Privacy Checkup,’ Revamps Default User Settingslast_img read more

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