That’s a big spike, but the Patriots were already expected to be the best team in the AFC East before Brady’s return. The nullification of Brady’s suspension will really matter when the playoffs start — the Patriots are now expected to have the second-best record in the AFC (New England passed the Broncos, though they still rank behind the Colts). So Goodell’s inept handling of Brady’s suspension didn’t just gift the Patriots nearly half a win; it might also have gifted them a higher playoff seed.UPDATE (Sept. 3, 3:42 p.m.): This post has been updated throughout with new data from an updated Football Power Index model. Somebody ought to teach Roger Goodell how to suspend a guy properly. On Thursday, Judge Richard Berman overturned Teflon Tom Brady’s four-game suspension in connection with the Deflategate scandal. You can read all sorts of legal analysis elsewhere, but here’s the basic gist: Goodell, the NFL commissioner, didn’t justly suspend Brady, nor did he properly notify Brady during the process that a four-game suspension was a possible punishment. (Berman did not rule on whether Brady was involved in Deflategate in the first place.)The Patriots rejoiced, which they’ve gotten good at in the past decade and a half. And they should: Now that Brady is eligible to play the first four games of the season, the Patriots are even more likely to make the playoffs than they already were. ESPN Stats and Info projected1The projection is derived from Stats and Info’s Football Power Index, a nifty model that assigns every NFL team a strength rating for its offense, defense and special teams and then simulates the schedule 10,000 times, tracking how often each team wins its division, conference and even the Super Bowl. that without Brady for four games, the Patriots would make the playoffs 68 percent of the time. Now it’s 74 percent.
Trevon Logan, an associate professor of economics at Ohio State, poses for a photograph inside his office at Arps Hall. Logan is one of the head researchers involved with the recently created Sports and Society Initiative at OSU. Credit: Courtesy of Trevon LoganA newly formed organization of Ohio State professors and other distinct faculty are challenging the traditional views of sports through in-depth research.The Sports and Society Initiative at OSU performs data analytics research to look at the way sports interact with the economy and society. The collective, which is composed of professors from five different majors, began in October. Despite being just five months old, SSI is already making headway through its multiple areas of expertise. Its members work toward developing new findings in the realm of sports research. Janet Box-Steffensmeier, the divisional dean for social and behavioral sciences in the OSU College of Arts and Sciences, is one of the driving forces behind SSI. Her role is to support the ideas and research done by professors, as well as galvanize outside donors, public officials and OSU alumni about this newly thriving organization.“(SSI) wants Ohio State to be the place to go for research on sports,” Box-Steffensmeier said. One of the leading professors on the forefront of SSI’s research is Trevon Logan.Logan, an economics professor who has been at OSU for more than 10 years, is the group’s main member that is deeply examining the correlations between sports and economics.“There are social science and policy aspects to sports,” he said. “They are just never brought up in the public sphere and talked about.”That is where SSI comes in. Its goal is to challenge the conventional wisdom of sports, as well as provide a platform in which research and discussion of sports issues can take place.“We want to make Ohio State sports-related research as prominent as the sports themselves,” Logan said.His recent research dove deep into the issues of compensation for student-athletes. The professor began delving into years of OSU data in order to analyze the effects the school’s recruits have on the number of wins and bowl game appearances.Thereafter, Logan took that information of wins and appearances and reviewed their connections to the university’s football-related revenue. The research revealed, based on revenues and expenditures, that a five-star recruit is worth about $900,000 for a university, Logan said. That number dips to $400,000 for a four-star recruit.“If you think about that number based on a five-star and four-star recruit’s salary in the NFL, those are honestly not too crazy of numbers,” Logan said.Next, Logan examined the data around transferring and the frequency of players departing early for the professional ranks across FBS schools.This research found that 15 percent of college football players will transfer to another university. The most common transfer position, Logan said, was the quarterback position. Additionally, the professor found that 11 percent of players will leave early for the NFL draft.“When these numbers were generated, I was shocked,” he said.SSI members will present this research — and more — in the coming months at a multitude of events regarding policy and economics in the world of sports.One of these events includes a forum centered on the pay-to-play model in high school athletics. The event is titled, “Pay to Play: Who’s In, Who’s Out and How Much?” and it is set to be held at 9 a.m. on Feb. 26 in Pfahl Hall room 202.Discussing the issue, Logan said, will be a panel of professors and politicians, such as Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, State Sen. Cliff Hite, Scott Grant, a professor at the University of Findlay and Ohio University Professor David Ridpath.“The goal of this forum is to discuss ways to increase participation in high school athletics without increasing the costs,” Logan said.A separate gathering is slated to be held on April 15 to dissect compensation for collegiate student-athletes. This function will present sports experts and OSU alumni from across the nation to examine this subject, Logan said. Arguably the crown jewel of the panel will be Vince Doria, an OSU graduate and senior vice president and director of news at ESPN.Research SSI has conducted concerning this issue will be presented at the forum, too, Logan said.“(SSI and the panel) want to discuss the implications of compensation for student-athletes and what it would mean for the future of college athletics,” he said.Box-Steffensmeier possesses similar goals for these cutting-edge gatherings. Her hope is to further dialogue about these important national issues while promoting the faculty involved with SSI and the research it has performed.Additionally, she said she also wants to intrigue students who have a passion for sports and encourage them to contact those involved with SSI. She said she believes that students doing this could spark new ideas and issues to research.She said she holds big aspirations for the future of SSI. “I would love major news outlets to have a hot sports topic and know that we have an outstanding roster of faculty and students to call upon about the issue,” Box-Steffensmeier said.SSI might be in its early stages, but the collective is taking giant leaps, reaching new, unexplored heights in the vast expanse of college athletics. “Ohio State is on the move in regards to sports-related research,” Logan said. And with the passion, intelligence and ability of this small group of faculty members, there is no telling just how influential its work might be.
The Ohio State men’s basketball team was off and running Saturday, getting out in transition whenever it could. Eventually, the Buckeyes ran away with the game too. The No. 7-ranked Buckeyes (8-1) turned aggressive team defense into easy transition scores against UNC Asheville (3-7), defeating the Bulldogs, 90-72, at the Schottenstein Center. “We watched film on (Asheville) over the past couple days, and we noticed that they didn’t stop the ball particularly well,” said sophomore forward Sam Thompson, who led OSU in scoring with a career-high 18 points. “We knew that if we could get stops we could get up the floor. We definitely tried to capitalize on that.” OSU dashed and darted for 26 points in transition and 25 points off of turnovers. Many of the Buckeyes’ fast breaks ended with easy buckets in the paint, where OSU enjoyed a 50-28 advantage against the Bulldogs. OSU not only seemed to be fast, but also efficient. Led by its two point guards, junior Aaron Craft and sophomore Shannon Scott, the Buckeyes dished a out season-high 25 assists. In 46 minutes of play, Craft and Scott combined for 17 assists and just one turnover. “They found the right guys,” said OSU coach Thad Matta. “They kept it simple and guys were finishing strong. That was definitely good basketball for us.” Matta said he is unsure how much the Buckeyes will look to push the tempo going forward, especially when they reach Big Ten play. The players, however, think this style of offense suits OSU’s strengths. “I really like this style and I think that it fits well for this team,” said junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr., who scored 17 points on 7-10 shooting. “We have a lot of athletes on this team. Just getting out and going allows us to be on the top of our game.” When Craft and Scott are on the floor, OSU seems to have two ball handlers that can initiate a fast break and find open players on the run. Many times that player is Thompson, an elite athlete that seems to throw down a highlight-worthy dunk in every game. On Saturday, he chose to finish with a windmill slam off a full-court outlet pass from junior forward Deshaun Thomas. “I just wanted to do something to get some energy in the gym, pick the guys up, pick the crowd up,” Thompson said of the dunk, which sparked an eruption of applause in the Schott. “He’s always a threat in transition just in the terms of what he’s capable of doing,” said Matta of Thompson. “The speed that he has gets him down the floor as quick as anyone I’ve seen.” Matta might be hesitant to use a similar up-tempo attack in the future because it seemed to have an adverse effect on the team’s defense at times. Asheville shot 51.9 percent from the floor in the first half, and Bulldogs sophomore guard Keith Hornsby scored a career-high 26 points. “That can’t happen,” Matta said. “We’ve got to stick to our principles defensively.” Hornsby’s father is Grammy award-winning artist Bruce Hornsby, and Matta said he and the elder Hornsby exchanged text messages prior to Saturday’s game. “The funny thing is we were talking last night, texting, and he said ‘please let my son score,’” Matta said. “I think we did a very, very good job of that.” OSU hosts Winthrop on Tuesday, the team’s last test before the showdown with No. 9 Kansas next Saturday. Opening tip against Winthrop is scheduled for 7 p.m.
OSU sophomore outfielder Troy Montgomery squares up to swing during a game against Louisville April 14 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 2-0.Credit: Ryan Cooper / Lantern reporter“He’s a dynamic player on both sides of the ball. He can change the game with his speed, power and glove.”That’s what senior pitcher Trace Dempsey had to say about the Ohio State baseball team’s sophomore outfielder, Troy Montgomery.Montgomery has had a massive impact in the Buckeyes’ 24 wins and serves as a consistent player at bat with a .322 batting average. He has almost doubled his runs from last season with 31 on 39 hits and has more than quadrupled his 2014 stolen base total with 18 on 20 attempts this season.“Montgomery’s a nightmare on the base paths for pitchers,” Dempsey said. “He’s really come through for us in the leadoff spot while making a lot of fantastic plays in the outfield to save us some runs.”For the sophomore, the word “athlete” has always been a part of his life. But after beginning to play baseball at the age of three, his father encouraged him to pursue the sport more seriously at the age of eight.“He really wanted me to play baseball, so I did and I love it,” Montgomery said. “My dad has been my biggest supporter my whole career and he pushed me the entire way.”Starting in Fortville, Ind., as a young child in T-ball and working his way up through the Indiana Bandits and Indiana Bulls travel leagues, Montgomery said he didn’t become confident till late in his career.“I really didn’t find myself in baseball till my sophomore year of high school. I got a little bit bigger and things just started to click for me,” Montgomery said.Things have been consistently clicking for Montgomery since he went into his freshman year at OSU as the No. 11 prospect according to the Prep Baseball Report. He played in 49 of the Buckeyes’ 58 games that season. Now in his second year in Columbus, Montgomery has earned the position as leadoff batter and continues to flourish on the field.“He’s matured from last season. Troy Montgomery is a really talented kid,” coach Greg Beals said. “He’s got pop in his bat, he can run, he can play defense and he can throw. He may be the best professional prospect on our team. He’s a full package player, he has it all.”Regardless of future potential, Montgomery said he’s focused on doing his part to help the Buckeyes win games.“My job is to get on second base and steal bags,” he said. “My job is to be on second base and allow (Connor) Sabanosh, (Pat) Porter and (Ronnie) Dawson to score me at some point in the inning,” Montgomery said.Beals said Montgomery is confident in his ability, but added he’s not a finished product.“That’s a kid that’s learning the game, that’s understanding the game,” Beals said. “And that’s the difference between playing hard and competing and right now he’s competing. He’s starting to figure out the little things that make a difference in how good you can be.”Montgomery said success is all about “believing and trusting yourself, your hands and your swing to get the job done.”But the main goal of winning games comes from a confidence and belief throughout the entire Buckeye roster and staff, he said.“Our team chemistry is unreal right now. People aren’t selfish, they’re going to work their hardest to get the job done for the team, to win as a team,” Montgomery said.The 2015 Buckeyes set their goal this year at 40 wins, a Big Ten title and a shot in the NCAAs, and for Montgomery, the success of OSU comes from the Buckeyes’ preparation and teamwork.“Preparation, working day in and day out, that’s how you find success,” Montgomery said. “You can’t win the game by yourself, baseball will not allow you to do that. So when you have a good group of guys that can back you, it makes everyone’s job so much easier.”As the Buckeyes prepare for another Big Ten series this weekend against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Montgomery stressed the importance of focusing on the task at hand.“We just have to continue to take one game at a time and know our roles in the box and know our roles on the field,” Montgomery said. “And just continue to click on all cylinders and trust ourselves to get the job done and get these three wins.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to travel to Lincoln, Neb., with the three games set for Friday at 7:35 p.m., Saturday at 3:05 p.m. and Sunday at 2:05 p.m.
Emily Clark follows through on her swing, hitting a double against Wright State on Sep.24. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternThe No. 17 Ohio State softball team returns from its 11-game stretch in California with an 8-3 record with two of its three losses coming to No. 3 UCLA and No. 5 Oklahoma. Ohio State now enters Big Ten season with a 19-4 overall record.The Buckeyes competed in both the Louisville Slugger Invitational from March 9-11 and the Easton Invitational from March 16-18 with a pair of games on Tuesday against Loyola Marymount and one game against California State University, Northridge Wednesday that were not part of either invitational.The nine-day stretch of play began with the Buckeyes winning three of the four games that they played in the Louisville Slugger, beating every team but UCLA. In total, Ohio State outscored their opponents a combined 16-14, a number that improves to 16-4 not counting the 11-0 loss to UCLA in five innings.Ohio State then followed up that series with three wins, the first two coming in a double-header against Loyola Marymount on Tuesday and the third coming against California State, Northridge on Wednesday.Two of the seven games lasted eight innings, bringing the total of extra-inning games played by Ohio State this year to six out of the 23 total games played.The Buckeyes won the San Jose State matchup by three runs scored in the top of the eighth that San Jose State was not able to respond to.In Ohio State’s first game against Loyola Marymount, senior catcher Taylor White had a triple in the top of the fifth to put the Buckeyes on the board. Loyola Marymount tied the game at one in the bottom of the seventh, but junior infielder Emily Clark homered in the top of the eighth to put the Buckeyes ahead and secure the Ohio State victory.Ohio State split the Easton Invitational, dropping the series opener to Grand Canyon and the series finale to Oklahoma. It defeated both California State Fullerton and California State University, Northridge in the middle two games.The team as well as head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly foreshadowed that reigning national champion Oklahoma would provide the Buckeyes with a challenge. The Sooners, did just that, holding the Buckeyes to only two hits and winning 5-0. Standouts Starting in all 11 games, junior shortstop Lilli Piper recorded 19 hits and 16 RBI with a batting average of .500. The pitching staff combined to record 59 strikeouts and post a 2.82 ERA.Looking ForwardOhio State open conference play when it heads to Bloomington, Indiana, on Friday to take on the Hoosiers in a three-game series.
In a letter to House Appropriations Committee Chair Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) and Ranking Member Norm Dicks (D-Wash.) this week, the American Soybean Association (ASA) joined eight other major agricultural associations in expressing support for a provision in the Fiscal Year 2013 Appropriations bill that would give growers assurance that biotech crops that have already been approved by USDA can be planted and harvested under temporary stewardship conditions in the event of litigation against USDA’s decision. Introduced by Agriculture Subcommittee Chairman Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), the provision addresses a costly vulnerability in the regulatory process for biotechnology that is discouraging innovation in agriculture and unnecessarily putting farmers at financial risk.”Opponents of agricultural biotechnology have repeatedly filed suits against USDA on procedural grounds in order to disrupt the regulatory process and undermine the science-based regulation of such products,” wrote the groups in the letter. “These lawsuits have also created tremendous resource constraints for USDA and have resulted in significant delays in approval of new, innovative products that will help growers provide Americans with an abundant and economical food supply while remaining competitive in the world market.””Section 733 provides certainty to growers with respect to their planting decisions. If enacted, growers would be assured that the crops they plant could continue to be grown, subject to appropriate interim conditions, even after a judicial ruling against USDA,” continued the groups. “The inclusion of Section 733 is a positive step to ensure that U.S. farmers and our food chain are shielded from supply disruptions caused by litigation over procedural issues unrelated to sound science or the safety of biotech crops. This legislative solution ensures that national agricultural policy is not being decided by the court system while providing a level of certainty that is critical to ensure that our agricultural producers continue to lead the world.”ASA represents all U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international issues of importance to the soybean industry. ASA’s advocacy efforts are made possible through the voluntary membership in ASA by more than 21,000 farmers in 31 states where soybeans are grown.###For more information contact:Patrick Delaney, ASA Communications Director, 202-969-7040, email@example.com
Enlarge ImageThe idea that this 1,200-horsepower monster would show up to set a lap record on an open track day is bananas. Aston Martin The automotive world has been freaking right the hell out about Aston Martin’s technological tour-de-force: the Valkyrie. I mean, there’s every reason to. It’s got a naturally aspirated V12 that revs to more than 11,000 rpm and, combined with its hybrid system, makes nearly 1,200 horsepower.Since the technical details started trickling out about this world-beating technological terror, people have been clamoring for it to make an attempt at the Nurburgring production car lap record. The current lap record of 6:44.97 is held by the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ and was set over a year ago.Well, friends, it’s time to get excited because Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer on Thursday told Australian publication Motoring that a renegade ‘Ring record was in the car’s future. He also stressed that while a record attempt would be made, the car was by no means designed for that purpose.Yeah, OK, Andy. We totally believe that you and Adrian Newey didn’t sit down over a few beers and giggle about how this impossibly exotic, expensive and fast Aston wouldn’t be made to smash lap records at racetracks. That’s like soooo totally plausible.In any case, Aston Martin’s record attempt won’t be anything like most of the efforts made by other companies if Palmer has his way. “We already know it will be [expletive] quick there,” Palmer said in an interview at the recent 24 Hours of Le Mans. “I’m thinking maybe we’ll do something cool – like turning up to an open session, something crazy like that.”So, yeah, it’ll show up at a random Touristenfahrten day and some guy driving a rented Renault Clio will soil himself as the Valkyrie blasts past at 10 times the speed of sound, bouncing off the rev limiter as it tries to beat not only the Lamborghini’s record but the overall lap record set by Porsche’s 919 Evo. We’re obviously 100% in favor of this. Aston Martin Driving the Aston Martin Valkyrie on the Red Bull F1… Comment Now playing: Watch this: The Aston Martin Valkyrie’s V12 is an engineering marvel Share your voice More From Roadshow 12:41 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 1 2020 Hyundai Sonata first drive: An attractive and compelling midsize sedan Tags 16 Photos 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Exotic Cars Hybrids Performance Cars Car Culture Aston Martin Lamborghini
Kolkata: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested the mastermind of the Khagragarh blast Jamat-Ul-Mujahideen (Bangladesh) activist Kausar alias Bomaru Mijan, from Bengaluru on Tuesday.The arrest of Kausar came as a major breakthrough in connection with the Khagragarh blast case that took place on October 2 in 2014.His arrest came on the heels of the arrest of one of his close aides, Manirul Seikh alias Munir, from Karnataka. The local police arrested him and handed him over to the NIA. During interrogation, the NIA officers had come to know about Kausar and his whereabouts. Subsequently, raids were conducted at Bengaluru and Kausar was arrested. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBoth Kausar and Munir were also involved in the Bodh Gaya blast case. The NIA officers will be taking them to Bodh Gaya for further probe and to reconstruct a plot of the incident.It may be recalled that Kausar was one of the most wanted JMB activists and he was in Bengal during the Khagragarh blast incident. The NIA had also announced a prize money of Rs 10 lakh for anyone giving information regarding Kausar, who had tried to influence many youths into joining JMB. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedKausar had fled from Bengal soon after the Khagragarh incident to the southern part of the country. He had no scope to flee to Bangladesh as the police there had also initiated search for JMB activists, following the incident at Khagragarh.Kausar had been changing his shelter to avoid getting arrested. Munir used to stay at Ramnagar in Karnataka while Kausar took refuge in Bengaluru.The investigating officers are now trying to know their future plans. They are also trying to know about all the places where the duo had stayed since 2014 and who had helped them to stay in the southern parts of the country. It may be recalled that Kausar had played a key role as a JMB activist in the terrorist group spreading tentacles in India. The investigation had earlier revealed that members of the banned organisation had a plan of using the country as a base to carry on terror activities in the neighbouring Bangladesh. But investigating agencies of both the countries have worked together and managed to check several terror activities that were planned by the outfit.The Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police had also arrested many JMB activists. NIA had taken most of them in their custody for interrogation.
Pinkathon, an initiative to raise awareness about the importance of a healthy lifestyle for women and issues like breast cancer, successfully concluded their fourth edition yesterday at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, in the national Capital. Pinkathon is a unique initiative that encourages women to incorporate a fitness programme into their daily lives by promoting simple activities like walking and running. Running addresses most of the top ten ways to help prevent breast cancer; it not only promotes well-being but also raises immunity levels thereby improving health to help fight diseases like cancer. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfMore than 9,000 women across age groups and from all different segments of the society participated enthusiastically in the V wash Plus 3 km, Mia by Tanishq 5 km, Sofit Soya Milk 10 km and UN’s He for She 21 km categories. Flagging off the run was super-model, actor, fitness enthusiast avid barefoot runner and Pinkathon founder, Milind Soman along with prominent women personalities like RJ Heena from RED FM who expressed their wholehearted supported for the noble cause. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveRunning in its fourth edition, the event garnered support from eminent personalities. Some of the noteworthy participants in the run were a group of 30 visually impaired girls and 48 hearing impaired girls. Additionally the run witnessed a squad of cancer survivors and 10 baby wearing mothers carrying babies just a few months old. The run had participants as young as four months and as old as 84 years.Commenting on the success of Pinkathon Delhi, Milind Soman said, “Pinkathon is more than a marathon. It is the seed of change. It is the beginning of a movement carried forward by a growing community of empowered women across India, who share a belief that a healthy family, a healthy nation and a healthy world begins with empowered women. The first step in empowerment is taking control of your own health, respecting yourself and understanding and celebrating the values you bring to your family and society. Empowerment is not a gift from the society; it is a gift you give yourself. We are delighted to have such a diverse crowd right from young school students and housewives, to cancer survivors, underprivileged and visually impaired girls participating in Pinkathon.”Reema Sanghavi, co-founder of Pinkathon said, “Pinkathon is close to my heart. I am passionate about this noble cause of health & fitness for all women. Pinkathon will be organized in 8 cities in India in 2016. I am simply overwhelmed with tremendous response in Bangalore and this will certainly motivate us to do much more going forward.”