After enduring a rare three-game losing streak, the Ohio State women’s basketball team (9-4, 0-1) got a shot of confidence Sunday, when it defeated Bethune-Cookman (6-6), 86-38. “I think there’s a concerted effort that we understand how hard we have to play. It’s something that this group has had difficulty comprehending,” said OSU coach Jim Foster. “If you play hard every day, things get taken care of.” After falling behind the Daytona Beach, Fla., team 4-0 early in the game, OSU senior center Jantel Lavender took the game into her own hands, scoring the first 11 points for the Buckeyes, and 15 of their first 19 points as OSU jumped out to a 46-25 first-half lead. Lavender, who entered the game as the nation’s third-leading scorer, finished with 29 points in 21 minutes of action. “We have to take this game and just try to emulate what we need to do in the Big Ten games,” Lavender said. “It was just a good game to just get that feeling back and just refresh ourselves and know that we have confidence.” OSU junior guard Samantha Prahalis bounced back from her 1-for-13 shooting performance against Michigan, scoring 10 points and making 10 assists in her first double-double performance since OSU’s Dec. 5 win over Oklahoma. Prahalis provided the customary dazzling passes and flashy ball handling that had been absent from her game throughout much of the Buckeyes’ three-game skid. Prahalis said that her success on the offensive end of the court started on defense. “We played pretty good defense and rebounded. We just got the ball out,” Prahalis said. “We were just in a flow, in a good rhythm, and we just pushed it.” For the game, OSU held a 31-2 advantage in fast-break points against the Wildcats. Foster said the difference between OSU’s win and its previous three losses was the Buckeyes’ ability to get score on fast breaks. “Sammy and Jantel, they see each other,” Foster said. “We can get in transition because we’re playing such good defense, and we can get in transition, and Jantel can run. We haven’t been getting that — we haven’t been getting those easy baskets in transition.” After dropping their conference opener to Michigan, the Buckeyes find themselves in the unfamiliar position of looking up in the Big Ten standings and will continue to rely on the play of the tandem of Lavender and Prahalis as they enter the remainder of conference play. OSU returns to conference play Wednesday when it hosts Indiana in its Big Ten home opener. Despite the Buckeyes’ 0-1 start in conference play, Foster said that his team is still the team to beat in the Big Ten. “Everybody in this league still wants a piece of us, and rightfully so,” Foster said. “We’ve earned the right for them to want a piece of us, but now you got to back it up.”
Liverpool have spent a massive amount this year but they have no plans to match Neymar’s €222m price tag, says Jurgen KloppThe Brazilian superstar completed a shock world-record €222m transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain last summer in order to aid the French side’s hopes of landing a first Champions League crown.Meanwhile, Liverpool have spent a combined total of £163.98m on the likes of Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and goalkeeper Alisson this summer.The Reds were determined to bolster their squad in order to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title this season.But, unlike PSG, Klopp insists that Liverpool still have some control over their finances and won’t recklessly lavish out on any potential star recruits.“No chance, no chance, no chance,” replied the Liverpool boss, when asked of the club owners sanctioning a Neymar-like fee (via ESPN).“We are not owned by a state like it’s the case at two big clubs. We have our limits.”Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.On whether owners Fenway Sports Group would fulfil his every transfer wish, Klopp said: “No. We have a conservative leadership.”He added: “It feels like €100m back then is €500m today. When Neymar joined PSG for €222m, I shook myself.“Back then I had an opinion, but an incredible lot has happened since. In 2017, Neymar joined Paris, Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele joined Barcelona for a lot of money, and Kylian Mbappe [joined] Paris.“This opened the whole thing, the money’s on the market. Now, if Liverpool wants a player, the other clubs want a bit of the cake too. That’s the story.“And you must also keep in mind that players like Mo Salah, Sadio Mane or Robert Firmino, players we bought for €30m to €40m, have a different value on the transfer market these days. That’s part of the business.”Liverpool signed Virgil van Dijk for over £70m in January to make him the world’s most expensive defender, while Alisson briefly held the mantle of the most expensive goalkeeper before Chelsea signed Kepa Arrizabalaga for £71m.
TV and Movies Everyone in kings landing. #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/pnf4uB8Ua4— Danish Khurshid (@ShahDanish_) May 13, 2019 The Mad Queen? HBO It’s been an up and down season for Game of Thrones. A dragon was killed in ways that frustrated and annoyed everyone, everyone got extremely angry when Jon Snow didn’t pet Ghost and then the internet found a coffee cup on set and went buck wild.This episode was all about the insane carnage.OK, goes without saying but…It started early with the burning of Varys. And the burning just didn’t stop.The question going in was simple: Was Dany about to become the Mad Queen, or was it all just a big swerve?Yeah, they answered that pretty definitively. Daenerys Targaryen basically set all of King’s Landing on fire. The Bells rang out for surrender but Dany wasn’t trying to hear that noise. Me, The entire episode #GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/Ss3l6yx4cT— 𝑨𝒓𝒊 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐤 (@solangev_a) May 13, 2019 Bran chilling in Winterfell while Daenerys kills everyone: #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/KQKBLoAGL1— MWV Highlights (@MWV_Highlights) May 13, 2019 Waiting all these years for main character deaths and we see stone crushing them. #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/Vh76HcdKBG— Shay (@shayycs) May 13, 2019 6:20 I’ve been working very very hard not to do any spoilers but I will say this: I look forward to reading the book and seeing how #GameofThrones really ended.Because this isn’t it.— Steve Spohn (@stevenspohn) May 13, 2019 Drogon after that episode #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/hUQtS8Btya— church (@COFFINBORNEGOD) May 13, 2019 See all the Game of Thrones season 8 photos Jon Snow halfway through the episode#GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/eSVnbqEADW— T (@I_Gas247) May 13, 2019 All the haters should just go to sleep. That episode was phenomenal. I’m sick of people’s negativity. Get outta here. #GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/XBDqjDBJWi— Seth Nelson (@RealSethNelson) May 13, 2019 Now playing: Watch this: Soldiers: The bells are ringing! Danny: Are they though? #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/8ieNiW10BM— Ron Snow (@RonMorrisse) May 13, 2019 It’s a nice little throwback to this: #gameofthrones me: dany won’t murder all these innocent people they rang the bells we’re all good!!!dany: (: dracarys me: pic.twitter.com/OVGjw8wT8S— madz🦋✨💫 (@maddyackerburg) May 13, 2019 Dany after this episode#GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/3u935UflEp— Jonas Ryan (@jonasryan_) May 13, 2019 Us spending the last 10 years of our lives emotionally attached to a TV show only for the writers to just give us the worst ending possible. #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/CNcmVm4H0S— Caleb (@CalebKesler) May 13, 2019 Tags This was from a Season 4 promo. We all thought it was snow.. little did we know it was ash. #GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/ieVUaaQPV8— Chris Brown (@chriscbrown) May 13, 2019 36 #GameofThrones #GoTAll the parents who named their daughter khaleesi or dany: pic.twitter.com/qf9EwTp6Ha— Ali (@Ali_Givenchy) May 13, 2019 The writers destroying the entire show in the final season #GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/vXtJgAyDTs— Valentina ☕️ (@ValsCappuccino) May 13, 2019 Comments Share your voice Jon, Sansa and Tyrion plotting to kill Danny next week: #GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/lCBVvJ9EDF— Ebony Barzilay (@o_hon_ey) May 13, 2019 187 Photos That game of thrones episode was wild— timthetatman (@timthetatman) May 13, 2019 Thoughts? Well, Mad Queen Dany is bad and everyone should feel bad. Very disappointed we spent a decade watching a really great female leader emerge, with a very cool and consistent “break the wheel” message only to have it completely turned around at the last, crucial minute. Not sure it entirely made sense, but I sure had a lot of fun watching it all unfold.I do get the sense that a backlash to the backlash is imminent. I can’t believe I had to watch that bullshit of an episode with my own two eyes #GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/ue4hf0J18t— jedi in training (@totallyxtaylor) May 13, 2019 “I probably should’ve told someone the dragon lady was crazy.” #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/YK3d6j5N27— Diane N. Sevenay (@Diane_7A) May 13, 2019 The carnage was insane and dramatic and very Game of Thrones, but did it make sense? Hmmmmm….. Even if Dany was pissed and wanted to destroy Cersei why wouldn’t she just go straight to the Red Keep instead of zig zagging destruction through the city IT MAKES NO SENSE #GameofThrones— Jenna Guillaume (@JennaGuillaume) May 13, 2019 missandei, in heaven looking at kings landing. #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/mjBFEdbM0z— Justin Jay, Conclave Liasion 💚💙💛 (@_DubzyWubzy_) May 13, 2019 Game of Thrones season 8 episode 5: Everybody hurts Yep, Dany basically burned everything down and killed thousands of people. Not sure if King’s Landing as we knew it even exists any more. Next week is going to be extremely interesting. Meanwhile… So you all just going to act like you didn’t see this coming? Danys been whack from the start and you’re all fools if you didn’t think this was going to happen #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/GMQdOKXPWf— clara maxwell (@claramaxwell99) May 13, 2019 Me trynna figure out did I really watch all them seasons for this #gameofthrones pic.twitter.com/XpZCTA0TuS— tingz (@_Inez__) May 13, 2019 HBO & the 3 fans that are actually enjoying this season of #GoT pic.twitter.com/VgxQbvNdcQ— VS (@valon_sej) May 13, 2019 everyone say THANK YOU LENA HEADEY for her phenomenal perfomance as cersei lannister, one of my favorites ever.power is power. you will be missed.#GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/ycwauGBjFh— lucca (@davnerys) May 13, 2019 meanwhile tormund and ghost #GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/x9WQH2tLDH— 💌 (@hugehoops) May 13, 2019 Game of Thrones
Myanmar said Thursday that a request at the International Criminal Court to probe the mass deportation of Rohingya Muslims from the country was “meritless” and should be rejected.Some 700,000 Rohingya were violently expelled from their homes in Myanmar’s Rakhine state in a military crackdown that started almost a year ago after insurgents attacked border guard posts.The stateless minority fled to Bangladesh where they recounted widespread rape, murder and the burning of villages at the hands of security forces in operations the US and UN have called ethnic cleansing.Myanmar has vigorously denied that it orchestrated the campaign and said it was defending itself, but international pressure for accountability has mounted.In April the chief prosecutor at the ICC Fatou Bensouda took the unprecedented step of asking judges to consider whether the court could extend its jurisdiction to Myanmar, which is not a member state.A pre-trial chamber asked Myanmar to submit a formal response to the request by July 27, even though the Southeast Asian country has long maintained that it is not a party to the treaty that governs the court.The deadline passed but Myanmar went into more detail Thursday about why it did not respond formally, reiterating its previous position and claiming that the prosecutor relied on one-sided and biased sources.It also said it was unable to view submissions from Bangladesh and that the ICC had accepted briefs of “mostly charged narratives of harrowing personal tragedies calculated to place emotional pressure on the court”.Myanmar concluded that the request for a ruling on jurisdiction is “meritless and should be dismissed”.The statement said Myanmar had also established its own independent commission of inquiry though critics counter that the move falls into a pattern of creating investigative bodies that have no impact on addressing abuses.Bangladesh is a member of the Rome Statute underpinning the ICC and the prosecutor has argued that deportation is akin to a cross-border shooting.No decision has been made on the request but the legal thorniness surrounding it and the fact that a referral to the ICC at the Security Council could face pushback from China and Russia have raised doubts about whether it will proceed.Rights groups have said senior members of Myanmar’s security forces including commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing should be investigated, but so far the country has faced little real censure on the international stage except for targeted sanctions against a handful of military officials.Myanmar and Bangladesh signed a repatriation agreement but the deal has stalled amid fears from Rohingya refugees that they won’t be guaranteed safety and full rights.The Rohingya were stripped of their citizenship decades ago and cast as outsiders in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, with little freedom of movement or access to healthcare.
Donald Trump. File PhotoUS president Donald Trump said military intervention in Venezuela was “an option” as Western nations boost pressure on socialist leader Nicolas Maduro to step down, while the troubled OPEC nation’s ally Russia warned against “destructive meddling.”The United States, Canada and several Latin American countries have disavowed Maduro over his disputed re-election last year and recognized self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido as the country’s rightful leader.Trump said US military intervention was under consideration in an interview with CBS aired on Sunday.”Certainly, it’s something that’s on the – it’s an option,” Trump said, adding that Maduro requested a meeting months ago.”I’ve turned it down because we’re very far along in the process,” he said in a “Face the Nation” interview. “So, I think the process is playing out.”The Trump administration last week issued crippling sanctions on Venezuelan state-owned oil firm PDVSA, a key source of revenue for the country, which is experiencing medicine shortages and malnutrition.Maduro, who has overseen an economic collapse and the exodus of millions of Venezuelans, maintains the backing of Russia, China and Turkey, and the critical support of the military.Russia, a major creditor to Venezuela in recent years, urged restraint.”The international community’s goal should be to help (Venezuela), without destructive meddling from beyond its borders,” Alexander Shchetinin, head of the Latin America department at Russia’s Foreign Ministry, told Interfax.France and Austria said they would recognize Guaido if Maduro did not respond to the European Union’s call for a free and fair presidential election by Sunday night.”We don’t accept ultimatums from anyone,” Maduro said in a defiant interview with Spanish television channel Antena 3 carried out last week and broadcast on Sunday.”I refuse to call for elections now – there will be elections in 2024. We don’t care what Europe says.”Emboldened OppositionThe 35-year-old Guaido, head of the country’s National Assembly, has breathed new life into a previously fractured and weary opposition. Tens of thousands of people thronged the streets of various Venezuelan cities on Saturday to protest Maduro’s government.Guaido allies plan to take a large quantity of food and medicine donated by the United States, multilateral organizations and non-profit groups across the Colombian border into the Venezuelan state of Tachira this week, according to a person directly involved in the effort.The group has not yet determined which border point it will cross, said the person, who asked not to be identified because he is not authorized to speak publicly about the issue.It is unclear whether Maduro’s government, which denies the country is suffering a humanitarian crisis, will let any foreign aid through.The embattled president on Sunday promised peace for Venezuela without specifically responding to Trump.”In Venezuela, there will be peace, and we will guarantee this peace with the civil military union,” he told state television, in the company of khaki and black-clad soldiers who were earlier shown carrying guns and jumping from helicopters into the sea.Maduro has overseen several such military drills since Guaido declared himself president to display he has the backing of the military, and that Venezuela’s armed forces are ready to defend the country.Air Force General Francisco Yanez disavowed Maduro in a video this weekend, calling on members of the military to defect. But there were no signs the armed forces were turning against Maduro.Venezuela has as many as 2,000 generals, according to unofficial estimates, many of whom do not command troops and whose defection would not necessarily weaken the ruling socialists.The police have also fallen in line with Maduro.A special forces unit called FAES led home raids following unrest associated with opposition protests in January, killing as many as 10 people in a single operation in a hillside slum of Caracas.Venezuela’s ambassador to Iraq, Jonathan Velasco, became the latest official to recognize opposition leader Guaido this weekend.
Balurghat: Seven BJP activists were arrested for their alleged involvement in ransacking a Trinamool leader’s house in Tarangapur, under Kaliaganj police station in North Dinajpur district.Trinamool leader Ashim Ghosh, whose residence was ransacked allegedly by the BJP activists, is the general secretary of the district.Police said the BJP workers were identified as Subrata Das, Dipak Roy, Batasu Deb Sharma, Dharani Deb Sharma, Nimai Debnath, Ramnath Mohanta and Gayanath Deb Sharma in court. All of them were remanded in jail custody.Police said the incident took place on Friday night, when the BJP activists had attacked Ghosh’s house with firearms and other weapons and ransacked it. They had also abused Ghosh and his family members.
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailThere are roadworks in North Staffordshire that have been there so long the only surprise is they’ve not built a visitor centre and made them a tourist attraction. My own particular bête noire are those on Leek Road by the train station. I travel this way often to visit my old mother up in Penkhull. The lads up at the allotment like to borrow her old Crystal Gayle LPs for use as a bird-scarer. Coming from Cheddleton, there’s a consideration to be made early in this journey – is it worth risking the aforementioned junction or would it be better going a different way? Most times, I’ll take the chance, only to be left sat motionless in a queue of traffic. Such is the wait at this junction that it can be worth taking a shaving kit if you’re en route to a smart engagement or business meeting. Men may wish to do the same. There’s a temporary traffic light at these repairs which sits in a square box. It used to be by the Sixth Form College, now it’s been shifted across under the railway bridge. I dislike this traffic light immensely. It feels as if it has a malevolent power. I’m fairly sure it’s related to a Dalek. Read MorePolice warn cyclists not to ride on motorways in West Midlands I’m not a man for violence. I’ve never had a night out in Skelmersdale nor have I been to a dominatrix dungeon run by a member of Loose Women. But I could be prepared to visit serious harm on this traffic light. If you pass it one morning and see it mangled in the gutter, wires spewing from its broken form, don’t call the police, they’ll already be with me. The scene near the train station is, of course, repeated across the region. The thoroughfares of North Staffordshire are peppered with roadworks, surprisingly few of which are to repair potholes, some of which have grown so deep that applications have been made for open-cast mining. Those poor lads who got stuck in a cave in Thailand have been advised not to travel to Stoke-on-Trent in case they have flashbacks. I know roadworks are a countrywide phenomenon, but Stoke-on-Trent in particular seems wholly ill-equipped to deal with them. The problem is the city was never designed with the motorist in mind. People worked on their doorsteps, predominantly down the pit or at the potbank. Read MoreWatch out for these roadworks affecting your journeys this week Fifty years ago, a commute was a 200-yard walk. My mum recalls how there was barely a car to be seen on High Lane near where she grew up. Although this was the late 1800s. Down the decades, however, work, retail, and leisure patterns have changed. Nowadays we expect to be able to travel citywide quickly and efficiently. At the very least we would like to pass through Lime Kiln lights within the hour. No-one is espousing that we should have 16-lane superhighways such as in Los Angeles. That would be unnecessary to serve the clientele of the London Road Lidl. But we do need to think of solutions that go beyond the occasional junction change. I genuinely could drive to Derby quicker than Newcastle-under-Lyme from my house, and that can’t be right. The way things are we risk being featured on a low-end ITV documentary titled The World’s Worst Commutes, vying for the number one spot with the drive to work for the Ice Road Truckers. I know change can happen. The A50 eased a lot of congestion when it opened 20-odd years ago. The A500, which ranks alongside the Monaco coast road for breathtaking views, did the same. But it feels like we need something new. Can I suggest whatever that is ploughs straight through that traffic light in a box in Stoke? Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.