That something is Kedon Slovis, who shattered the program records for both passing yards in a season by a freshman and single-game passing yards by any quarterback in a sterling 515-yard, four-touchdown performance. Slovis was absolutely lights out, putting the pressure on UCLA’s offense by guiding the Trojans to an early lead and responding with scores every time the Bruins mounted a comeback attempt. Aidan Berg is a junior writing about sports. He is also an associate managing editor for Daily Trojan. His column, “Berg is the Word,” runs every Monday. The University must balance that requirement with the priority of holding onto Harrell. It needs to find an inspired coaching candidate — no, not Urban Meyer — that will be willing to retain and work with Harrell and his crew. This is why USC cannot afford to get rid of Harrell. The relationship between an offensive coordinator and their quarterback is crucial to a team’s performance, and the Trojans have found one that works — really well. Slovis has shown he can be one of the best quarterbacks in school history, but we don’t know what he looks like with someone else calling the shots. Even with the injuries at running back, it shouldn’t have taken that long to develop a complementary run game. But it’s also important to remember that Harrell is young and coaching his first season in a Power 5 conference. Just like Slovis, he’s had a fantastic first season, and he’s only going to get better. Slovis is the perfect signal-caller for Harrell’s modified Air Raid approach. He almost always makes good decisions, so he can sling the ball more than 50 times without risking too many turnovers. He’s also got fantastic accuracy and knows how to find his receivers in positions for them to make plays with the ball. The crazy thing is that due to the attack’s execution-based nature, Slovis is only going to get better over time. He’s had a few freshman mistakes where he tried to force the ball between defenders, but that’s something he can iron out. Saturday’s game continued the trend of Slovis putting up monstrous numbers — and not just for a freshman. Over his final five games this season, Slovis averaged 404.6 passing yards and 3.8 touchdowns per game while completing over 70% of his pass attempts. If there were fantasy football for the college game, Slovis’ home stretch would have won the league for many of his owners. USC fans have obviously loved what they’ve seen from the once-unheralded three-star recruit, but there’s a small discrepancy between their future hopes for Slovis and their demand that the University move on from Helton. If USC elects to hire a new head coach, he will almost definitely want to bring on a whole new staff, including an offensive coordinator to replace Graham Harrell. Harrell isn’t necessarily a perfect offensive coordinator either. He sometimes gives up on the run game a little too easily, and Saturday was the first time the Trojans could really make a team pay for dropping eight by running the ball effectively. USC football has been heading for a head coaching change ever since the team’s embarrassing 56-24 home defeat to the Oregon Ducks a few weeks ago. At the time, the Trojans were 5-4, and no matter how the rest of the season went, it seemed like the right time to move on from Clay Helton and bring in a staff that could help the considerable talent on this roster reach true contender status. The Trojans have something special on their hands. It’s rare to have two key pieces of your team be so productive and yet have so much room to grow. It’s even rarer for those two pieces to fit perfectly together. It’s been an encouraging end to the season, but if Harrell doesn’t return next year, the offense will enter the 2020 season opener against Alabama with more questions than answers. To protect Slovis’ seemingly definitive status as a star to rely on for the next three years, USC should do whatever it can to avoid this result. Harrell has been a huge factor in Slovis’ success. The freshman quarterback has said so himself, crediting Harrell’s scheme (and his teammates) for his big numbers. Remember that Slovis didn’t even get the first-team reps until after sophomore JT Daniels went down with a knee injury in the team’s opener. Imagine what he can do with a full spring and fall camp as well as a season of experience under his belt. I’m not going to claim that Slovis couldn’t look just as good under some other offensive coordinator. He has talent that most evaluators obviously missed in the recruiting process. From mental processing to arm talent, Slovis has looked close to the total package these last few games. But we know that he works with Harrell, and that’s not something USC should mess with. USC now has a delicate tightrope to walk. It needs to bring on a new head coach so that it can reach its rightful aspirations as a College Football Playoff contender. It needs a head coach who not only inspires devotion from his players, as Helton does, but spurs them on to new levels of play. It also needs an improved defensive staff, as evidenced by the 35 points allowed to a seemingly unstoppable UCLA offense Saturday. While I still believe that is the correct course of action, something about Saturday’s 52-35 victory over UCLA complicates the coaching matter just a bit.
pic.twitter.com/lHVxWSdQAq— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) August 19, 2019A plane carrying the retired NASCAR driver, his wife Amy and their daughter Isla went down near Bristol last week.Elizabethton Airport manager Dan Cogan confirmed a private plane ran off the end of the runway and caught fire, but did say all passengers got out of the plane shortly after the crash happened. Dale Earnhardt Jr., wife, daughter ‘safe’ after plane crash in Tennessee “Amy and I want to thank everyone who has lifted us up with phone calls, messages and prayers since last Thursday,” he wrote in a statement shared on social media. “We are truly blessed that all on board escaped with no serious injuries, including our daughter, our two pilots and our dog Gus. With respect to the investigation, we will not be speculating or discussing the cause of the accident.”I am thankful for the quick response of my pilots, local law enforcement, emergency personnel and hospital staff. Lastly, Amy and I continue to be very appreciative of the privacy extended to us to process everything. It has been important to do that together and on our own time. Related News 911 calls from Dale Earnhardt Jr. plane crash released Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family were involved in a plane crash Thursday in Tennessee as the private plane they were on ran off the end of the runway and caught fire.He released his first public comments after the incident Monday. The airport is about 15 miles from Bristol Motor Speedway, the site of the weekend’s NASCAR racing.As Earnhardt noted, the cause of the crash is still being investigated.
Is Lukaku a flat-track bully?Manchester United splashed out on Romelu Lukaku last summer to ensure they finished more of the chances they created and based on the statistics alone he has delivered, with 19 goals in all competitions. But a closer look at the figures shows he has not produced the goods in the big games, leading to accusations he is a flat-track bully. The Belgium international scored again on Saturday in a 2-0 win against Huddersfield after failing to find the net against Tottenham in midweek — meaning he has yet to score in six matches against fellow members of the “big six” this season. Until he does his detractors will continue to point out he cannot deliver when it matters most.Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan lift ArsenalJust when Wenger needed it most, his new signings Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan provided a welcome boost to troubled Arsenal. A wretched January featuring poor league results and an embarrassing FA Cup exit at second-tier Nottingham Forest had Wenger’s critics sharpening their knives again and Alexis Sanchez’s move to Manchester United hardly quelled the mounting questions at the Frenchman’s door. But fortunately for Wenger, Aubameyang, signed for a club-record £56 million from Borussia Dortmund, and Mkhitaryan, brought in from United as part of the Sanchez deal, quickly reestablished their telepathic relationship in a 5-1 thrashing of Everton. While Aaron Ramsey hit a hat-trick, it was the former Dortmund team-mates who stole the show. Mkhitaryan provided three assists, includes one for Aubameyang, who took advantage of a missed offside decision to mark his debut with a cool finish. For Wenger’s sake, it must be the first of many.Mahrez absence unnerves LeicesterLeicester manager Claude Puel conceded his team lacked a cutting edge in their 1-1 draw against Swansea in the absence of unsettled star Mahrez. It was hard to escape the notion that Leicester are not the same side without the former PFA Player of the Year. Algeria winger Mahrez, who also missed the defeat at Everton, has not been seen by the club since his proposed move to Manchester City collapsed on Wednesday. “We created lots of chances. It was amazing but without the final clinical edge, that’s true,” Puel said. “I know in my mind the most important thing is just to consider my team. I am disappointed about it all.”Share on: WhatsApp Harry Kane scored his 100th goal of the premier leagueLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane had a thrilling shoot-out in Liverpool’s dramatic draw with Tottenham.Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola made a curious selection decision, while Arsene Wenger got a boost from Arsenal’s new boys.Here are five things we learned from the Premier League this weekend:Salah edges Kane shootoutKane had the last word as his 100th Premier League goal from a controversial stoppage-time penalty handed Spurs a share of the spoils at Anfield, but Liverpool’s Salah moved to within just one goal of the England striker in the battle to win the golden boot. The Egyptian showed a cool head to put Liverpool in front after just three minutes in what for so long looked like it might be the decisive goal. However, Salah had even better to come himself in stoppage time as he wriggled away from three Spurs defenders inside the area before dinking home his 20th league goal of the season.Guardiola sends unsubtle sub messageThe sight of the coach blessed with the most expensive squad in the Premier League pleading poverty by naming just six of a possible seven substitutes didn’t receive a huge amount of sympathy. Guardiola claimed he “didn’t have any players” to fill his bench after a series of injuries, in part caused by repeated nasty challenges that have irked the Catalan and his players. Guardiola may also have been sending a message to his superiors after a deadline day attempt to land Riyad Mahrez fell well short of Leicester’s valuation. However, his refusal to even just draft in a reinforcement from City’s hugely resourced academy drew stinging criticism with former England international Gary Neville among those labelling the decision “a joke”.
“It’s bad out there, it’s real bad. It’s always been bad there,” said Flaherty. By Allison Perrine Also among discussions at the Aug. 27 meeting was the new reverse angle parking law, an idea originally brought for ward by the mayor to keep pedestrians safe. After hearing complaints about the law from residents, the borough will review the situation at the end of the summer season. Work will start sometime this fall and will have an estimated useful life of 10 years. At a recent meeting, Jack Flaherty of Monmouth Place questioned why the project would start at the north end of the pavilion because, according to Flaherty, sand typically travels south to north. Mayor Sue Howard said the starting point, known as the “hot spot” in the borough with the largest loss of sand, was determined by the Army Corps of Engineers. MONMOUTH BEACH – The Army Corps of Engineers will begin replenishing sand in Monmouth Beach this fall, starting at the north end of the Bathing Pavilion and continuing north for as far as funding will allow. At the Aug. 27 meeting Commissioner David Stickle said he is dissatisfied with the engineering work done by T&M Associates for the recently striped fire lane at the pavilion. According to Stickle, state law calls for 20-foot clearance and the work completed allows for about 19 feet 4 inches of clearance. Timing is perfect as beach replenishment is currently being funded at the federal level, Howard said, when in the past the borough had to petition for support from the state government and legislature for more sand. The original 50-year contract between the borough and the federal government allowed for the possibility of beach replenishment every six years. The borough’s recent law on reverse angle parking will be reevaluated after the summer season.Photo by Allison Perrine In June, resident William McGowan said he had a hard time maneuvering his way into the angled spot in the crowded parking lot. “The biggest problem is the line of traffic I was stuck in when I first pulled in. It’s like an automatic traffic jam. And that’s on a Wednesday,” he said at a June meeting. The borough will pay just over $1 million toward the project – 15 percent of the total cost – which includes the installation of sand and sediment as well as associated dredging, pumping and sculpting, the approved bond ordinance states. “We at one point waitedfrom 2004 to November of2011 to replenish.” Howardsaid. “This is a good thing forMonmouth Beach.” “You have to accommodate in some way the fact that people have big SUVs now,” said Stickle. “You need to account for that so there’s still 20 foot clear as a fire lane.” He suggested at the meeting that the borough not pay the bill until the work is corrected. If any restriping is done it will likely not be done until next spring.
SANTA ANITA STATISTICS TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Kent Desormeaux62149623%47%$898,538 TRAINER ARMANDO LAGE DEAD AT AGE 59Trainer Armando Lage died of a heart attack at 2 a.m. Tuesday morning at his home in Richmond, California, according to his long-time friend, fellow trainer O.J. Jauregui. Lage (pronounced LA-hay) was 59.A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Golden Gate Fields, where Lage was a Bay Area fixture in recent years. He had 1,259 career wins from 9,083 starters who earned more than $20 million.“He was a good trainer and a better person,” said fellow trainer Steve Miyadi. “He was strong mentally and physically, a great father and a stand-up guy who told it the way it was, which so few do.”Lage is survived by his wife, Iga, two daughters and several grandchildren. FINISH LINES: Jockey Drayden Van Dyke, 22, is at home in Pasadena recovering from a broken right arm suffered in a two-horse spill at Santa Anita on Jan. 26. “He’s out of the hospital and had lunch the other day with Mike Smith,” said Van Dyke’s agent, Brad Pegram, who also represents Smith . . . San Clemente Handicap winner Mokat worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track Thursday in 1:00.60 under Kent Desormeaux, after which trainer Richard Baltas said her next race would be the Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes at a mile on grass Feb. 18 . . . There were 261 recorded works Thursday, 22 on the dirt training track . . . There is a Pick Six carryover of $71,437.76 going into today’s card, with the total pool expected to approach $500,000 . . . Santa Anita hosts the Dumpling and Wonton Festival Saturday. Patrons can snack on scrumptious Asian and Asian-inspired dumplings and wontons on Santa Anita’s trackside apron. Buy online and save at www.santaanita.com/events . . . On Sunday, the day of The Big Game, live racing at Santa Anita begins at 11 a.m., allowing fans to watch The Big Game at Sirona’s Sports Bar after the races or to be home in time to view it. Sirona’s will offer $5 drink specials all day. General admission to the track that day is only one dollar . . . Clocker Andy Harrington will be Tom Quigley‘s guest Saturday at 11:20 a.m. in the East Paddock Gardens. There is no seminar Sunday. Peter Miller441113525%66%$659,790 Doug O’Neill688151112%50%$649,658 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won ROYAL MO SET FOR THREE-YEAR-OLD DEBUT IN LEWISRoyal Mo, a bay son of Uncle Mo trained by John Shirreffs for owners Jerry and Ann Moss, drew the rail against four other three-year-olds entered in Saturday’s Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes, a major steppingstone to the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 8.Trainer Doug O’Neill has three of those entered in the 1 1/16-mile Lewis, which offers 17 Kentucky Derby qualifying points, 10 to the winner.“Royal Mo is coming into the race good, very nice,” said Shirreffs, who also conditions Grade III Sham Stakes winner Gormley for the Mosses. “I don’t have any particular (pre-race) strategy. I think Victor (Espinoza) will determine that.”Royal Mo broke his maiden in his most recent start, leading throughout going a mile at Del Mar last Nov. 27 under Espinoza, who has been aboard for all three of his races.Gormley, who won the Grade I FrontRunner Stakes as a two-year-old last December, worked four furlongs Thursday for the Grade II San Felipe Stakes on March 11. With Espinoza up, the son of Malibu Moon was timed in 49.60, going a quarter mile in 25.60 with a five furlongs gallop out of 1:02.60.The field for the Lewis, which goes as the second event on a nine-race card that starts at 12:30 p.m.: Royal Mo, Victor Espinoza, 5-2; Irap, Mario Gutierrez, 3-1; Dangerfield, Kent Desormeaux, 7-2; Term of Art, Tyler Baze, 9-2; and Sheer Flattery, Mike Smith, 2-1. Tyler Baze932019822%51%$884,067 Jerry Hollendorfer581081117%50%$890,959 (Current Through Sunday, Jan. 29) Norberto Arroyo, Jr.6195315%28%$449,530 HOPPERTUNITY, MOR SPIRIT HEAD SAN ANTONIOBob Baffert sends out two Grade I winners in Saturday’s San Antonio Stakes, a forerunner to the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 11. They are long distance specialist Hoppertunity, winner of the Grade I Jockey Club Gold Cup, and Mor Spirit, winner of the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity.Hoppertunity, a six-year-old full horse, has not raced since finishing fourth in the Grade I Clark Handicap last Nov. 25. Mor Spirit rallied for fourth in the Grade I Malibu Stakes at seven furlongs on Dec. 26, his first start since the Kentucky Derby last May 7.Hoppertunity, a son of Any Given Saturday, drew the rail, where Baffert seems to be living recently, although it didn’t hamper Arrogate in the Pegasus.“I don’t know why they always stick me in the one hole, but Hoppertunity is doing really well,” Baffert said. “He’s training very well but I hated to see him down on the inside. I think Mor Spirit needed that race (fourth in the Malibu at seven furlongs on Dec. 26). He’s been working really well, and he’s quicker (than Hoppertunity).”The field for San Antonio, for four-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles: Hoppertunity, Flavien Prat, 2-1; Avanti Bello, Mario Gutierrez, 12-1; Prospect Park, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 10-1; El Huerfano, Victor Espinoza, 12-1; Mor Spirit, Mike Smith, 3-1; Dalmore, Kent Desormeaux, 8-1; Accelerate, Tyler Baze, 5-2; and Hard Aces, Santiago Gonzalez, 6-1.TWENTYTWENTYVISION BACK ON TURF IN SAN MARCOSTurf specialist Twentytwentyvision performed admirably to finish third in the San Gabriel Stakes last out, despite the fact that the 1 1/8-mile race was run over a sloppy main track when wet weather forced it to be moved from the grass.Trainer Richard Mandella expects Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Marcos Stakes at a mile and a quarter to remain on turf when Twentytwentyvision runs from the 13 post position in a full field of 14 entered.In 15 career starts, Twnetytwentyvision has run 10 on turf, winning four, with three seconds and three thirds.“I think turf is a little better for him and a mile and a quarter should suit him,” Mandella said. “I expect him to run a big race and I’m not concerned about being on the outside going this distance.”The San Marcos, the last of nine races: A Red Tie Day, Corey Nakatani, 15-1; Flamboyant, Brice Blanc, 4-1; Itsinthepost, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Blue Tone, Martin Garcia, 12-1; Texas Ryano, Joe Talamo, 3-1; Power Ped, Stewart Elliott, 20-1; Gustnado, Rafael Bejarano, 20-1; Perfectly Majestic, Kent Desormeaux, 10-1; Conquest Daddyo, Luis Contreras, 12-1; Some in Tieme, T.J. Pereira, 15-1; Isotherm, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Hi Happy, Altair Dominguez, 10-1; Twentytwentyvision, Mike Smith, 6-1; and Frank Conversation, Mario Gutierrez, 6-1. ARROGATE ‘LOOKS GOOD’ AFTER PEGASUS ROMP Horse of the World Arrogate, who returned to his Santa Anita base this past Sunday at 6:30 p.m., appears none the worse for wear after conquering two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome and 10 others in the inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park Saturday.“He looks great,” trainer Bob Baffert said while supervising workouts at Santa Anita on a brisk Thursday morning. “He was out jogging here today but we have no plans yet (for his next race). We’ve got a lot of options but we’re going to give him a couple weeks to see how he’s doing before we decide.“I haven’t really mapped out a schedule for him, although it looks like the race didn’t take a lot out of him. He looks good.”Arrogate, who won the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic here on Nov. 5, won the Pegasus geared down by 4 ¾ lengths, earning $7 million for owner Juddmonte Farms Inc. Rafael Bejarano7511101515%48%$698,083 Flavien Prat902091522%49%$1,218,768 Philip D’Amato3584623%51%$563,575 PEGASUS KING ARROGATE IS BACK HOME AT SANTA ANITALEWIS STRATEGY FOR ROYAL MO WILL BE UP TO ESPINOZABAFFERT HAS TWO FOR THE MONEY IN GRADE II SAN ANTONIOHINDSIGHT IS LOOKING GOOD FOR TWENTYTWENTYVISIONRACING MOURNS THE PASSING OF TRAINER ARMANDO LAGE Richard Baltas58911816%48%$523,963
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Several research teams, led by The Ohio State University, have concluded a three-year study evaluating the ability of agricultural management practices to reduce phosphorus-causing harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie.In 2012, the United States and Canada set the goal of reducing phosphorus entering the lake by 40%. Now, researchers have a better understanding of what management practices need to be implemented, and what research still needs to be done to meet these goals by 2025.The majority of phosphorus entering Lake Erie originates from the Maumee River watershed. More than 85% of the phosphorus entering the lake comes from agricultural sources such as fertilizer runoff. To address this, researchers are evaluating what agricultural management practices have potential to reduce this phosphorus, while supporting farmers to maintain profitability.Photo courtesy of NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory“There’s a lot of edge-of-field work going on that identifies successful practices in single fields. But when we scale up and ask how many of those practices need to be adopted over a wide area like the Maumee River watershed, that’s where we turn to our models,” said Jay Martin, project coleader for the recent study and professor in Ohio State’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering (FABE).The study, which was funded by the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative, used five watershed models to help researchers determine the most effective approaches to combat algal blooms.Just as the local news uses models to forecast the weather, researchers use watershed models to project how different management techniques impact phosphorus entering Lake Erie. By layering five separate models over these practices, researchers are able to narrow in on the best solutions.Solutions are aimed at meeting reduction targets for two forms of phosphorus: total phosphorus and dissolved reactive phosphorus. Each spring, levels of total phosphorus and dissolved reactive phosphorus affect the magnitude of harmful algal growth. Year-round levels of total phosphorus, which includes dissolved reactive phosphorus, lower oxygen levels in the lake and result in the annual dead zone in the central basin of Lake Erie.Researchers worked with a team of stakeholders to determine what management practices to analyze with the models. The stakeholder group had wide representation from agricultural groups, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and environmental groups. Together with researchers, these stakeholders helped determine what management practices and adoption rates were most likely to be feasible solutions to model.“In this study, we wanted to be able to show policy makers a range of expectations if we implement certain conservation strategies,” said Margaret Kalcic, project co-leader and assistant professor in FABE. “Multiple models help us address uncertainty and gain confidence in our practices.”Results from the study showed progress in reducing phosphorus that is required to decrease harmful algal growth. However, none of the modeled scenarios met the reduction goals for dissolved reactive phosphorus. These results point to the need to further increase adoption of existing practices and research alternative management practices, which is where researchers expect to focus their efforts next.“With the types of practices available to the farming community, we can make stronger strides reducing total phosphorus than with dissolved reactive phosphorus,” Martin said. “In the future, we need to develop management processes that are more effective at managing dissolved reactive phosphorus—processes that hold back or filter water.”The most promising scenarios called for a mix of in-field management like cover crops and subsurface fertilizer placement, and the use of buffer strips to help filter field runoff. One mix of these practices met the reduction goal for total phosphorus.The study also highlighted the importance of identifying sites where specific practices will have a higher potential of reducing phosphorus runoff. While this approach will result in accelerated gains in water quality and more efficient use of resources, it will require field level assessments and consultation with producers.It is also hoped that these results convey confidence to the public and farmers that properly combined management practices can make progress towards phosphorous reduction targets. Doing so should lead to an increase in adoption rates of effective practices and improve the ongoing harmful algal bloom problem in Lake Erie.Ohio’s Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative (HABRI) is a statewide response to the harmful algal blooms issue. Funded by the Ohio Department of Higher Education since 2015 and managed by Ohio Sea Grant, the initiative funds research across the state and is led by The Ohio State University and The University of Toledo. For more information about the program, visit go.osu.edu/HABRI. Additional translational products can be found by visiting http://kx.osu.edu/project/environment/habri-multi-model.
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TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Christian Pulisic flop? Why the US whiz on outer at Chelseaby Chris Beattie23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: He can’t say he was never told. Christian Pulisic and his far from hoped for start at Chelsea. The advice now being relayed through the press is spot on. Well, at least some of it is…First, let’s put the fantasists to one side. There’s no anti-American bias at Cobham. And there’s no belief amongst the coaching staff, including manager Frank Lampard, that Pulisic is the wrong fit for his system. Such claims, as we’ve seen in recent days, is simply the stuff of mischief-making.Indeed, the opposite is true. Lampard and his backroom team know they have a potential world-beater on their hands. They know the ability Pulisic possesses. But they need the American to come out of his shell more. To stretch himself amongst his teammates and on the training the pitch. “He needs to fight for it”, as one Cobham source told this column a week ago.As mentioned, no-one doubts Pulisic’s ability inside Chelsea. Like us on the outside, they’ve already seen it in glimpses in preseason and the limited action Lampard has handed him thus far. And we say handed, as for the moment the consensus amongst those pushing the witches hats around is that Pulisic isn’t doing enough in training to warrant selection. And it’s not so much what he does in drills and bounce games – “he keeps it all nice and tidy” – but in his overall drive to get himself ahead of teammates currently occupying what should be his place. As Jurgen Klinsmann, the former USA coach, put it this week, Pulisic needs to get “nasty”.If Pulisic doesn’t have Klinsmann’s number, then you hope his father, Mark, can reach out to the German great and have him call his son. Klinsmann’s interview this week discussing Pulisic’s problems nailed it. He hit many of the points our source made last week. Not just the need for the 21 year-old to show a willingness to compete for his place, but also how he is in unchartered water. As we were told, this is the first time in Pulisic’s career where set expectations are waiting to be met. The staff at Chelsea understand this. They’ve seen it before. But it’s up to the player to cut loose from what he’s known.As Klinsmann says, “He’s a very special player, he’s tremendously talented, but this is a big step, because Borussia Dortmund was also basically the club where he got formed into a professional player.”He came out of the youth system there, he moved himself up, he had all the support within the club and now going to London…”We’d also add Pulisic’s international career to Klinsmann’s assessment. The German capped Pulisic at 17, with no great expectation. At that stage in his career, everything he achieved at senior level was a bonus. It was all about learning his craft, gaining experience. He was given the time and space to adjust to international football. To meet it’s demands. Just as he was with Dortmund.But now he’s in a very different environment. A reputation needs to be built. New relationships established. And a realisation must dawn that he’s not entitled to anything. No-one is going to give him a free pass. Or better yet, a free place in the manager’s XI.Klinsmann again: “He will go through a phase now where more and more he needs to bring his elbows out to fight himself through the system, at Chelsea it goes from game to game, week to week. “You’re basically in training, and you have to tell the coach: ‘I’m in, I’m going to start this game, you have to become nasty to make yourself a starter.”From what we know, Klinsmann and Lampard aren’t close. But the German was definitely helping Chelsea’s manager this week. Klinsmann essentially parrotting what Lampard had stated after leaving Pulisic on the bench for the home defeat to Valencia.”He’s shown some really good moments,” reasoned Lampard, “but what he has to do, as all the players have to, not just the wingers, is reach levels in training daily that make you sit up and go ‘here’s my team selection and that’s actually affected it, I have seen good stuff’. That’s the same for every player in the squad.”Training ground form and application is what makes Lampard tick. It’s what transformed a chubby, but talented, midfielder at West Ham, into a modern day great at Chelsea. Going through the motions. Doing just enough to get by. It just won’t survive within a Lampard-managed squad.Pulisic has been given some great advice this week. And he can make it at Chelsea – so long as he acts upon what Klinsmann says.
For National Adopt-A-Dog Month, MTV2 is getting into some heavy petting. That’s when dogs and cats will invade the channel to launch MTV2’s #Down2Adopt, an on-air and online campaign to make shelters and rescue groups the go-to choice when looking for your new best friend.MTV2’s #Down2AdoptMTV2 will showcase adoptable shelter and rescue pets during the year-long campaign as they join forces with The Shelter Pet Project, a national public service program from the Ad Council, The Humane Society of the United States and Maddie’s Fund.#Down2Adopt launches with a series of video pet biographies featuring the voices of Kristen Bell, MTV2’s Charlamagne Tha God and MTV2’s Carly Aquilino comically narrating stories of how some dogs and cats found themselves in shelters.The Ad Council will also distribute the videos as PSAs to over 33,000 stations. The PSAs will air in donated media across the country. To view #Down2Adopt pet biographies, click here. Kristen Bell’s video is also available here.Each year 6 to 8 million dogs and cats find themselves in shelters, but only half will be adopted. The MTV2 #Down2Adopt digital hub will connect animal lovers with their local shelters and provide ways they can help the estimated 2.4 million shelter pets who lose their lives in shelters each year. #Down2Adopt’s digital hub will also highlight the benefits of adopting a pet from a shelter or rescue group over purchasing from a pet store or breeder.The campaign will also consist of social media extensions throughout the year. Puppy lovers and MTV2 viewers can follow Joey, a two-month old Boxer/Pit Bull as he prepares for his adoption on MTV2’s Instagram as part of an ongoing monthly spotlight on an adoptable pet. Joey made his MTV debut at the ‘Pupparazzi Pen’ on the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards red carpet last month.“#Down2Adopt is about letting our audience know that, if they’re looking for a pet, the humane, stand-up choice is to make a shelter or rescue group your first stop,” said Chris McCarthy, General Manager of MTV2. “Shelter pets are every bit as healthy, well—behaved, and worthy of love and adoption as any pet, and we can’t think of a better place to shine a light on a few of these beautiful animals and launch #Down2Adopt than on MTV2.”#Down2Adopt is a collaboration with The Ad Council, The Humane Society of the United States and Maddie’s Fund and will piggyback off of their already established public service campaign, The Shelter Pet Project, which first launched in 2009.“We’re so excited to launch this heartwarming and entertaining campaign with MTV2 that will reach new audiences with our Shelter Pet Project messages,” said Lisa Sherman, President and CEO of the Ad Council. “With MTV2’s creativity and cross-platform reach, I’m hopeful that we can find loving homes and families for countless pets in shelters across the country.”
OSU redshirt junior safety Tyvis Powell celebrates the Buckeyes’ 44-28 win in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1. Credit: Lantern File PhotoAfter having a league record 12 players drafted in the first four rounds of the 2016 NFL draft, the depth of former Ohio State Buckeyes in the NFL does not stop there. With the release of the 53-man rosters, 40 former Buckeyes have secured spots with NFL teams for the 2016 season, including 14 members from the class of 2016.Undrafted free agents Jalin Marshall and Tyvis Powell were the biggest question marks throughout training camps concerning former Buckeyes making rosters. However, both Marshall and Powell made the final roster cuts for the New York Jets and Seattle Seahawks, respectively.Leading the 2016 Ohio State draft class, Joey Bosa and Ezekiel Elliott are expected to step in and make a large impact for the San Diego Chargers and Dallas Cowboys, respectively. Cardale Jones made Buffalo Bills’ roster after throwing for 362 yards and one touchdown in three games of the preseason.Third-round pick of the Houston Texans, Braxton Miller, hopes to inject the offense with instant playmaking ability, similar to what he did in his final year at OSU. Miller will be competing for playing time with a number of young receivers that Houston has been able to gather through the past few drafts.Former quarterback turned receiver for the Cleveland Browns, Terrelle Pryor, has been able to find a good relationship with his new teammate Robert Griffin III after having a limited role last year. Marshall will be joined in New York by 2015 alumnus, Devin Smith, who missed the end of last season after a torn ACL in week 14. Smith will be eligible to play post-week six after opening camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.The NFL season opens on Thursday, Sept. 8, when the Carolina Panthers play the Denver Broncos. Six former Buckeyes will play in that game.