LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 24: Players for the Iowa Hawkeyes line up to take the field against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on November 24, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)The NCAA transfer portal has just gained another interesting player, as the Iowa football program will have to prepare for another loss to its defensive line.With Anthony Nelson and Garret Jansen already moving on from the Hawkeyes, it appears that Brandon Simon will join them. The reserve defensive lineman announced his decision to submit his name into the transfer portal last night.Simon entered Iowa as a three-star recruit in 2016, but he didn’t see much action during his two seasons with the program.Although he’s not definitely transferring from Iowa, it sounds like he’s ready to embrace the next chapter of his football career.He announced his future plans on Twitter in a heartfelt message to his coaches and teammates.“After long consideration and discussions with my parents, I am announcing that I have submitted my name into the transfer portal,” Simon said in his message on Twitter. “I am grateful to have had the opportunity to attend the University of Iowa and be part of the legendary football program.”Here is the entire announcement from Simon:pic.twitter.com/9O9NTwD7LW— Buwop (@Brandon_Simon_) January 14, 2019The Hawkeyes will try to reload in the trenches, as incoming freshmen Dane Belton and Jake Karchinski should have the chance to move up the depth chart.
FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in India to be held from Nov 2 to 21 next yearIndia was announced as the host country in March this year. Spain are the defending champions, having won the title of the biennial tournament in 2018.advertisement Next Press Trust of India New DelhiSeptember 14, 2019UPDATED: September 14, 2019 00:11 IST Indian women’s football team has got automatic qualification as hosts. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSFIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, to be hosted by India, will be held from November 2 to 21 next yearThe age group showpiece event of the FIFA will be held in four cities across the countryKalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar has been provisionally confirmed as a venue, pending FIFA approvalThe FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, to be hosted by India, will be held from November 2 to 21 next year. The age group showpiece event of the FIFA will be held in four cities across the country.Last month, the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar has been provisionally confirmed as a venue, pending FIFA approval. Kolkata, Navi Mumbai, Goa and Ahmedabad are in the running for the other three host cities.India was announced as the host country in March this year. Spain are the defending champions, having won the title of the biennial tournament in 2018.As India has got automatic qualification as hosts, it is not entering the Asian qualification campaign in the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship which will be held in Thailand from September 15 to 28.Also 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup
“The Secretary-General deplores, in the strongest terms, attacks against United Nations peacekeepers and calls for swift action to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice,” said a statement issued by a UN spokesperson. “He reiterates his call for all armed groups to end the fighting and lay down their weapons.”A MINUSCA convoy travelling from Damara to Ngerengou came under fire by an unknown group of armed elements. The MINUSCA military escort, which was composed of a Burundian infantry company, returned fire. During the exchange, one peacekeeper was killed and another was injured, explained the statement.“The Secretary-General reiterates the commitment of the United Nations to support the Central African authorities in their fight against criminality and putting an end to impunity, in line with MINUSCA’s mandate,” added the spokesperson. The Secretary-General also offered his condolences to the bereaved family and to the Government and people of Burundi. The CAR capital has remained tense after the sudden outbreak of violence that began on 26 September, leaving 42 people dead and 414 injured and driving more than 37,000 people from their homes to seek refuge with host families and in 32 displacement sites in the city, according to the UN.
Ohio State coach Thad Matta prepares to address team at a media timeout against Purdue on Jan. 1, 2017 at the Jerome Schottenstein Center. OSU lost 76-75. Credit: Giustino Bovenzi | Lantern Senior ReporterThey said it all offseason. The eight returning members of the Ohio State men’s basketball team that were on the 2015-16 roster said they didn’t want that taste again. That taste of missing out on the NCAA tournament for just the second time in coach Thad Matta’s tenure, then losing in the second round of the National Invitational Tournament. Now they’re at a juncture.The Buckeyes sit at 10-5 overall, 0-2 in the Big Ten, an 0-3 record against the Associated Press Top 25 and a loss to low mid-major Florida Atlantic who is 4-9 with two wins against non-Division I opponents. To make matters worse, OSU will have to play the rest of the season without arguably the team’s best all-around player, junior forward Keita Bates-Diop.Still, it gets worse.The Buckeyes are staring at the very real possibility of dropping to 0-5 to start league play with matchups at Minnesota, at No. 13 Wisconsin and Michigan State. The last time OSU started the Big Ten season with five losses was 1997-98 when the Scarlet and Gray finished 8-22.“That’s why you take it one game at a time, “ Matta said. “I know when the schedule came out, I looked at it and said, ‘Uh oh.’ By the same token, we got to get ourselves ready to go in Minneapolis and obviously Minnesota is playing great basketball right now.”Richard Pitino’s Golden Gophers are the darling of the Big Ten this season. After beating a solid Northwestern team on the road on Thursday night, Minnesota will welcome the Buckeyes into Williams Arena on Sunday night at 14-2 and 2-1 in the Big Ten.Following OSU’s 76-75 loss to Purdue on Thursday, several players were not shy about showing emotion on the court or in the postgame press conference. Junior forward Jae’Sean Tate and senior forward Marc Loving were holding back tears as they tried to put a finger on why they keep coming up short in games that can totally change the complexion of the season.Last season, OSU had a signature win against Kentucky before conference play, but then waited too long to capture its next one against another top-10 opponent in Iowa just two games before the Big Ten tournament. In 2016-17, OSU has lost to No. 6 Virginia by two, No. 20 Virginia by two and were even within arms reach against No. 2 UCLA. Any one of those games, including a five-point loss at Illinois on New Year’s Day, and the Buckeyes wouldn’t be in the conundrum they currently find themselves.“Nobody in the Big Ten is going to go undefeated because it’s such a tough conference,” Tate said. “We just have to turn this train around.”OSU didn’t look impressive in several of its nonconference games earlier in the year, which is another piece to the puzzle Matta and the players are still trying to solve 15 games into the season. After a two-point win against UNC Asheville on Dec. 22, Matta said that his team didn’t know how to handle adversity.On Thursday against Purdue, Tate and OSU’s leading rebounder, redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson, sat the remaining three minutes and 37 seconds of the half in foul trouble and Purdue went on a 9-0 run. The Buckeyes were down by as much as 10, but battled back with a 12-2 run to tie the game at 55. Each time Purdue went on a run, OSU came back with a run of its own to have a chance to win at the end.Loving and Tate each took accountability after the game for a few plays that they individually could have executed better that might have changed the scope of the game. For now, the Buckeyes have to make due with what they are — a team that needs to perform at its best without one of its top players in one of the nation’s toughest conferences.“Accountability is one of the greatest attributes an individual can have,” Matta said. “We have to be accountable. Coaches have to be accountable, players have to be accountable. It is what it is and guys are going to have to man down, man up.”Matta equated the loss of Bates-Diop to when all-around star David Lighty broke his foot in the 2008-09 season and a sophomore by the name of Evan Turner became the conference’s leading scorer, propelling OSU into the conference championship game and the NCAA tournament. Will Matta get that same out-of-nowhere performance? Probably not, but someone or several guys will need to step up if OSU is to remain relevant in the Big Ten and the eyes of the committee.