Half-time: Everton 2 Chelsea 1

first_imgNemanja Matic’s spectacular strike from distance dragged Chelsea back in the game at Goodison Park after early substitute Steven Naismith had scored twice.Naismith, who has scored more goals against Chelsea than any other Premier League side, came on after eight minutes when Muhamed Besic limped off with a foot injury.And on 16 minutes, the Scotland forward maintained his fine record against the Blues when he slipped the ball to Brendan Galloway and continued his run to head home the left-back’s cross.Asmir Begovic, standing in for the injured Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois, then denied Arouna Kone and James McCarthy as Everton grew in confidence.And the home side did not have to wait long for a second goal, as Chelsea allowed Everton to work the ball to Naismith, who drilled in from the edge of the box.Having been rattled, Jose Mourinho’s side responded well. Cesar Azpilicueta had a shot blocked by John Stones, who impressed in the first half against the club who chased his signature all summer.It took a bolt from the blue though to reduce the arrears as Matic, a good 35 yards out, launched a swerving shot which beat Tim Howard in the home goal.And Chelsea could have been level shortly afterwards, but John Terry – returning to the side after suspension – headed over from an Eden Hazard cross.Everton: Howard; Coleman, Stones, Jagielka, Galloway; McCarthy, Barry; Besic, Barkley, Kone; Lukaku. Subs: Robles, Mirallas, Lennon, Naismith, Deulofeu, Osman, Funes Mori. Chelsea: Begovic; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic; Pedro, Fabregas, Hazard; Costa. Subs: Blackman, Cahill, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Willian, Falcao, Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Phoenix turns back TNT

first_imgRead Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Jason Perkins and Phoenix claw their way past Mo Tautuaa and TNT.—SHERWIN VARDELEONPhoenix Petroleum brought down another PBA Philippine Cup powerhouse on Wednesday night, but a bothersome concern has tempered coach Louie Alas’ celebratory mood.“My main concern is that after winning big, our performance has the tendency to dip (in the next game),” Alas said after Doug Kramer hit the go-ahead one-handed jumper with three seconds left before helping seal a 74-72 win over TNT KaTropa with brilliant defense at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers NU zooms to solo leadcenter_img Phoenix played catch-up practically all game, and despite their efforts, Alas is not about to give them a rest, even with the Meralco game scheduled on Wednesday next week.“I gave them (a day’s) rest after the Ginebra win, and it didn’t work well,” he said.There was also a scary moment with 11:36 left in the fourth, when TNT’s Troy Rosario took a horrific face-first fall after a pile-up play for a rebound. Rosario was taken out on a stretcher after being unintentionally undercut by rookie Jason Perkins while airborne.In the second game, Scottie Thompson had 12 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists as Barangay Ginebra ripped KIA, 103-77, to also improve on its playoff position.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “After winning over (Barangay) Ginebra, we lost by 22 (points) to Alaska,” Alas went on, knowing fully well that his Fuel Masters, after rising to 4-4, cannot afford to take another loss with jockeying for a top six berth in the playoffs about to enter its most critical stages.“And besides, Meralco is (our) next (opponent), and they need a win, which makes them very dangerous,” Alas said. “We need to be ready.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGunner Matthew Wright knotted the count at 72 with a triple and played perfect decoy before spotting Kramer for the winning basket as Phoenix dealt the Texters also their fourth loss in eight games to muddle up the standings further.The Phoenix win took away TNT’s chances of landing a spot in the top two, leaving San Miguel Beer, Magnolia, Alaska and a long shot in Rain or Shine to slug it out with three weeks left in the elimination round. AFP official booed out of forum Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Orissa Police grapples with new problem of fake Naxalites

first_imgWANNABE ULTRAS: (Clockwise from left) Santosh Mandal, Biswanath Huika, Rajib Batrai, Ramakrishna Baidya, Prasad Karkaria and Uttam MandalOn the lookout for a living, the boys found theirs on the national highway. Donning olive-green fatigues and sporting red bandannas, they would wave down buses and ease the passengers of their money.,WANNABE ULTRAS: (Clockwise from left) Santosh Mandal, Biswanath Huika, Rajib Batrai, Ramakrishna Baidya, Prasad Karkaria and Uttam MandalOn the lookout for a living, the boys found theirs on the national highway. Donning olive-green fatigues and sporting red bandannas, they would wave down buses and ease the passengers of their money. By pretending to be Naxalites, they struck fear and rarely faced resistance.The going was good – until they made the mistake of targeting a police inspector travelling in a borrowed jeep. Before they could escape, the police officer arrested them.This comic incident involving an ingenious gang of highway robbers in Orissa’s Malkangiri district has passed into local folklore. But for an overwhelming population living in Orissa’s hinterland, it is no better than black humour. Life in times of the Naxalite menace has been hard for them in the far-flung districts of Malkangiri, Rayagada and Gajapati.The radical leftists, mostly from neighbouring Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, periodically seek refuge in Orissa to escape the long arm of the law and extort money in the name of their “revolution”.Making this situation infinitely worse have been the fake extremists like the youngsters in Malkangiri. While the real ones target only the state or those associated with it, the pretenders make no distinction. “The fake Naxalites are indeed a nuisance,” says Manmohan Praharaj, the IGP heading anti-extremist operations in Orissa.Many, however, insist they are more than a mere nuisance. Ask the three businessmen – a motorcycle dealer and two rice mill owners – of Similiguda in distant Koraput who received ransom notes demanding Rs 5 lakh each in July from a band of fake extremists. Police investigations revealed the demands came from no real extremist outfit. “Someone in the neighbourhood was trying to make a fast buck in the name of the Naxalites,” says Prabhakar S. Ranpise, SP of Koraput. Since it requires you to only have your wits about you, many in rural Orissa are tempted to earn a fast buck by becoming a counterfeit Naxalite. Like Prasad Karkaria.advertisementBored with being an ill-paid driver in Raipur in Chhattisgarh, Karkaria returned to his village in Rayagada to float the People’s War Gang. He didn’t have the slightest of ties with the real Naxals, but knew well enough that their groups were known as dalams. So Karkaria called his the Bhadrachalam Dalam. The rest was easy. Chintamani Panda, a schoolteacher, helped him draft ransom notes and a group member travelled all the way to Vizianagram in Andhra Pradesh to mail them. The recipients took the ransom demands posted in Naxal buroughs seriously and usually paid up. More would have capitulated had the police not arrested Karkaria and his associates in January while they were preparing to mail more ransom notes.The Orissa Police have succeeded in containing the Naxalite menace to a large extent, but taking on the fakes hasn’t been easy. “For one, there are more frauds around than the real ones,” admits a senior police officer. Though intelligence gathering has improved, there’s a lot of confusion due to the profusion of outlawed outfits.Inspired groups have even begun operating in urban Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. An employee in the Cuttack Municipality had an axe to grind against his boss and sent him a fictitious ransom note. It had the desired result: the boss nearly became a mental wreck. “We come across letters from fake Naxalites in hundreds,” says Praharaj.Others do it for more serious reasons, as some forest guards found out in August in the jungles of Rayagada. Having arrested two timber smugglers the previous day, they had gone back to arrest another when they found themselves surrounded by a group of self-proclaimed Naxalites.The posers detained the guards for a few hours before letting them off with a warning not to return to the spot. “It was obvious that the timber mafia was out to capitalise on the forest officers’ fear of Naxalites,” says R.K. Sharma, the Rayagada SP.The fact that Naxalites would never help timber smugglers deplete the forests that provide them with sanctuary was lost on everyone. But when fear rules, logic loses out. It has generally been the case with much of Orissa’s forested interiors where counterfeit Naxal gangs share space with real dalams.The end result is the same: they invoke fear that is chillingly real.last_img read more

Qatar rocket up world rankings after Asian Cup triumph

first_imgSelected others22. Iran (+7), 27. Japan (+23), 38. South Korea (+15), 55. Qatar (+38)Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Facing former team Blackwater not just another game for Paul Zamar Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Meanwhile, Japan’s run in the same competition has seen them shoot up to 27th, a rise of 23 positions.Belgium remains first in an unchanged top 10, just in front of world champions France.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesRanking, February 71. Belgium, 2. France, 3. Brazil, 4. Croatia, 5. England, 6. Portugal, 7. Uruguay, 8. Switzerland, 9. Spain, 10. Denmark (FILES) In this file photo taken on February 01, 2019 Qatar’s coach Felix Sanchez is thrown in the air as his team celebrates their win in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup final football match between Japan and Qatar at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi on February 1, 2019. – Qatar’s remarkable Asian Cup victory may have been a sporting triumph which sparked wild celebrations in Doha but it is almost certain to come at a political price, analysts say.The win — in the hostile capital of the United Arab Emirates, one of its opponents in a bitter regional dispute — is expected to lead to further animosity between Qatar and the Saudi-led bloc of rival nations. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)Qatar has climbed a huge 38 places in the latest FIFA world rankings released on Thursday, reaching their highest position in more than quarter of a century on the back of their victorious Asian Cup campaign.The Gulf state, who will host the World Cup in 2022, is now ranked 55th — just ahead of Cameroon and Egypt — after beating Japan 3-1 in last week’s final in the United Arab Emirates. It is their highest ranking since 1993.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Newmans Own Foundation Reaches Milestone Of 500 Million To Charity

first_imgNewman’s Own Foundation, founded by the late actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, today announced that it reached the milestone of donating a total of $500 million to charity since Newman’s Own started in 1982.The company is celebrating its 35th anniversary, and achieving this milestone during a special anniversary year helps punctuate the impact of Paul Newman’s legacy. He launched the company with his homemade recipe salad dressing, declaring that 100% of the profits would go to charity. To date, more than 7,600 charities have received grants, and millions of people around the world have been helped.“When Paul started Newman’s Own 35 years ago, some people wondered if the company could survive if it gave all its profits away, but after three and a half decades, we’re proud to continue his legacy and reach a half-billion dollars in donations,” said Bob Forrester, President and CEO of Newman’s Own Foundation and Co-Chairman of Newman’s Own. “Paul would be especially pleased to see how much the company has grown and how much positive impact it has had helping charities around the world. And he would be gratified to see a new generation of employees embrace the same values he established long ago, using these core values as an anchor and inspiration to carry on his philanthropic work.”In the first full year when Newman’s Own started, there was one product, and $300,000 went to charitable organizations. Today, the company has more than 300 products, and approximately $30 million dollars is donated each year.“It’s quite extraordinary for Paul to have had such vision in creating this philanthropic business model,” added Forrester. “In fact, there are more than two dozen companies that have followed the Newman’s Own model in giving away 100% of their profits to charity. It’s great to see these companies giving back and understanding that businesses can do well by doing good.”Newman’s Own and Newman’s Own Foundation continue the legacy and commitment of their founder by helping to make our world a better place. There are four primary focus areas for giving: encouraging philanthropy, children with life-limiting conditions, empowerment, and nutrition.Significant support has been given to: organizations that help children with life-limiting conditions (such as SeriousFun Children’s Network); veteran organizations that help military personnel, veterans, and their families (such as Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, Elizabeth Dole Foundation, and Farmer Veteran Coalition); organizations that provide fresh food access and nutrition education in underserved communities (such as Wholesome Wave and FoodCorps); and organizations that empower people to overcome extraordinary adverse circumstances (such as SHOFCO, which helps residents of one of Africa’s largest slums experience hope through education, healthcare, and clean water).For more information about organizations served, click here.last_img read more

Trev Talks – Update on the Old Fort Landslide

first_imgYou can watch the Youtube version of the show above or watch it on Facebook below.Listen for Trev Talks every Friday at 10 a.m. on Moose FM and shared live on Facebook and Youtube. This week on Trev Talks, guest host Chris Newton sat down with Prince George, Peace River, Northern Rockies MP Bob Zimmer and local volunteer Jeff Garrison about the work they did earlier this week to help residents of the Old Fort.The two are now working with the PRRD to coordinate another visit to the community once conditions improve.  They could be looking for up to 400 volunteers to help once it’s safe to enter the community.  If you would like to help, contact MP Bob Zimmers Office at (250) 787-1192.Chair of the Peace River Regional District Brad Sperling also joined us to give an update on the slide conditions and what’s next for residents of the community.  The PRRD also release new photos and LiDAR data from the slide.  Click here to see that.last_img read more

In 74 days 1177 cases of missing children registered

first_imgNew Delhi: Children from different parts of the national capital continue to go missing as in just 74 days, around 1,177 cases of missing children registered in the city. However, the law enforcement agency has traced more than 500 kids so far.As per the analysis, in most of the cases, children go missing due to reasons like parents not being at home, academic pressure, losing their way, elopement. Police sources told Millennium Post that up to March 15, as many as 585 kids were traced whereas 592 still missing. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAs many as 1,080 kidnapping cases reported in which 315 were solved and 60 persons involved in the crime arrested. According to Delhi Police, Crime Branch made sustained effort to identify whether organised gangs were behind the kidnapping of children; however, no such gang was found to be active in the city. “Crime Branch has also conducted a survey of children begging at various traffic intersections to find whether they had been forced into begging by some organised gang. However, the survey did not reveal the involvement of any organised gang behind child begging,” claimed Delhi Police annual report of 2018. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsLast year, under the schemes like Operation Smile-II and Operation Muskan-II, police teams visited various shelter homes and spoke with children to find out their residential addresses so that they could be reunited with their families. This resulted in tracing and reuniting a total of 4,636 children. The Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) has identified 50 areas in the city from where cases of missing children are regularly reported. Samrah Mirza, member of DCPCR told Millennium Post that the reason behind the missing is many which include human trafficking, child labour, illegal adoption. “The human traffickers regularly keeps tab on the children who are economically poor. Once their parents went for their petty jobs like construction labourers, the traffickers flee with the kids,” said DCPCR member. In the year 2017, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has written to State Child Protection Society of Delhi and other states in which they have told them to search the children, who are from different states, living in children home and handover to the concerned state of the minor, so that there can be an effort to reunite them.last_img read more

1322 industrial units switch to PNG

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) on Wednesday said it made 1,322 industrial units switch to PNG fuel from other liquid fuel out of a total 1,467 units identified for conversion. On the direction of the National Green Tribunal (NGT), the DPCC has also asked all non-bedded health care facilities to obtain authorisation by April 25 under Bio-medical Waste Management Rules 2016 or face closure. “To improve air quality in Delhi, DPCC has got converted 1,322 industries to PNG fuel from other liquid fuel out of total 1,467 industrial units identified for conversion,” it said in a statement. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIt also said that environmental compensation of Rs 5,00,000 each has been levied on South Delhi Municipal Corporation, Public Works Department and District Level Monitoring Committee (South East) for illegal dumping of bio-medical waste in Barapullah Nallah. The DPCC has imposed Rs 50,000 environmental damage compensation on municipal corporations for unauthorised dumping of garbage in 10 drains at 38 places. In the statement, the anti-pollution body also said South MCD along with the Delhi Police and SDM (Delhi Cantt) took massive action of removal of encroachments in Mayapuri Industrial Area to stop unauthorised scraping of vehicles. “DPCC imposed Environmental Compensation Damages (EDC) of Rs 1 lakh each on 785 occupiers found during a survey by the Special Task Force,” it added. On Tuesday, the DPCC had slapped fine on over 1,500 units for pollution.last_img read more

Jalin Marshall ready to let it fly if called on to play

OSU redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall (17) carries the ball during a game against Kent State on Sept. 13 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 66-0, thanks in part to Marsahll scoring his first touchdown as a member of the Buckeyes.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhen Jalin Marshall sat down for questions after Ohio State’s 55-14 win against Illinois, he was calm and collected. But when more reporters trickled toward him, stuck microphones in his face and asked him about his performance in the game, he got antsy.Once the swarm dissolved and just a few recorders were left lying in front of him, Marshall started to crack jokes. He was more at ease, more comfortable.It’s the same nervousness under pressure Marshall needs to overcome for him to be called on to take more snaps.The redshirt-freshman H-back — who played quarterback at Middletown High School  — lined up at quarterback on two different drives Saturday in OSU’s wildcat package. The first instance, about halfway through the third quarter, he burst through the Fighting Illini defense for a 30-yard touchdown.His next stint — which ended after five yards rushing and an incomplete pass to redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas — was less successful.But Marshall — who redshirted last season to mature on and off the field, coach Urban Meyer said —  had reason to be pleased postgame. After turning down opportunities to play quarterback in college, he finally got his chance to throw the ball.“I just tried to throw it up there, let my receiver make a play, I just wished for him to catch it but he didn’t,” Marshall said. “It was definitely a big step for me throwing a pass in the game, not having thrown a pass in two years.”He also had a newfound level of comfort in playing quarterback at the collegiate level. “I’m getting more confidence,” he said.But when asked if he knew what was next for him — whether he’d be called upon to take a snap again — Marshall said he doesn’t know, but he’ll do whatever the coaches ask him.So a reporter — by that time, one of only about four surrounding him — pushed and asked whether he didn’t know or wouldn’t say. Then, the reporter asked if there was anything people hadn’t seen yet from Marshall that he was hoping they might get a chance to witness.“For the sake of accuracy, I can’t tell you that,” he laughed.This season, Marshall has played in every game. He has 14 rushing attempts for 88 yards, an average of 6.3 per carry. Saturday was a night of career highs: 42 yards on five carries.While he’s been used in the wildcat and was allowed to throw the ball, Marshall isn’t officially considered a quarterback option. But Meyer said he wants Marshall ready as a backup plan.“We’ve been working on Jalin playing quarterback, first, because he’s very talented. Second of all, whenever you start getting, you hear these stories, I’ve never been down to our third- and fourth-string quarterback, but you always try to be ready in case something happens,” Meyer said.“And he’s a gifted guy. So we’re going to expand his package each week.”Marshall said he knew ahead of time he’d be asked to be a signal caller against Illinois.“I knew it was coming, we worked on it during the week,” he said. “He (Meyer) said he was gonna need me to do that and I told him, ‘I got you, coach, I’ll do whatever you need me to.’”He also hopes there’s more coming for him, but for now, he seems to be staying calm out of the limelight and stepping up as needed.“If they call my number,” Marshall said, “I let it fly.” read more

Football Ohio States fluid linebacker position offers opportunity for inexperienced players

Ohio State redshirt freshman linebacker Tuf Borland (32) prepares to defend a USC possession in the third quarter of the 2017 Cotton Bowl against University of Southern California on Dec. 29 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Ohio State won 24-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorPrior to the start of last season, there was not much question as to which linebackers would start. Playmaking Jerome Baker and a fully rehabbed Dante Booker lined up at outside linebacker and Chris Worley slid inside to replace the outgoing Raekwon McMillan.One year later, everything that was once clear has become jumbled with no clear starter at any position. Worley appeared in 50 games and started the past two seasons before graduating, taking his versatility and 154 career tackles to the NFL. Baker decided to forgo his remaining year of eligibility and declare for the NFL draft after patrolling the second level of the defense the past two years, totalling 158 tackles, seven sacks and two interceptions.In their place, a bevy of linebackers — Keandre Jones, Malik Harrison, Baron Browning, Pete Werner, Tuf Borland, Justin Hilliard and Booker — are engaged in a battle for playing time. Even freshmen Teradja Mitchell and Dallas Gant have a chance to break into the rotation early. For the first time in years, the Buckeyes do not have a single linebacker returning who started every game the prior season — though Booker started six games before suffering an injury. “You’ve got some good bodies. We’re not ready to say who is going to be in what position. It’s our job to get the best of them out there,” Meyer said. “The good thing is there is some opportunity, like you said, for someone to step up and go. That position, once again, they’re not perfect and they don’t have to be, but they’re trying. I kind of like that position right now.”Meyer might say he likes the competition, but it’s hard to believe he enjoys the uncertainty, even if the season is more than five months from kicking off.Ohio State senior linebacker Dante Booker (33) attempts to sack Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley in the second quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe situation became murkier Monday when Meyer announced Borland, who started nine games at middle linebacker last season, suffered an Achilles injury and would miss time. Of those fighting for one of the three starting linebacker spots, Borland has the most experience. Meyer even said Borland was locked into a starting role.Despite the injury, Meyer said he’s not too worried about Borland missing an extended period of time, hinting at a quicker-than-usual recovery.“He’s a little bit like J.T. Barrett,” Meyer said. “You say he’s out for a while, but he’s not going to be out for that long.”Borland will likely remain a starter when he returns, but the absence gives the opportunity for a duo of intriguing linebackers to step up.Browning and Hilliard have filled in for Borland during spring practice despite neither former five-star recruit having played meaningful defensive snaps with the Buckeyes. Both were ranked as top-three outside linebackers in their respective classes by the 247Sports composite rankings, but both their careers have taken different paths since they arrived in college. A physical freak who Meyer called “as talented a linebacker as has ever walked through these doors,” Browning has the size and athleticism to play all three linebacker spots and pushed for playing time as a freshman after getting over early-career hurdles.“[Browning] did not play well early in the season. Just was out of his comfort zone,” Meyer said. “By the end of the season he was really contributing in a lot of areas on special teams and should have played some defense, but he just didn’t earn that yet. But he’s got it all now.”Ohio State sophomore linebacker Malik Harrison (39) attacks USC quarterback Sam Darnold in the second quarter of the 2017 Cotton Bowl against University of Southern California on Dec. 29 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Ohio State won 24-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorHilliard, on the other hand, has been kept off the field the majority of his first three seasons due to a multitude of injuries that put him behind his linebacker counterparts. A hard hitter and special-teams ace when healthy, he has suffered multiple bicep injuries. However, Hilliard has a chance to see the field if he can take advantage of Borland’s absence and prove he has the ability to both stuff the run and succeed in pass coverage.“He’s one of my favorite guys because he just goes as hard as he can,” Meyer said. “He’s a guy that’s made some mistakes on defense when he’s in there, and he’s just fighting through. The light is coming on, and he’s doing pretty good.”On the outside, Jones and Harrison have worked with the starting unit. Werner and Browning also are pushing for playing time at outside linebacker. Booker will miss spring practice due to two shoulder surgeries, but is expected to compete for a starting role in the fall.Harrison and Booker have the most experience of the group, but neither are locked into starting positions. Booker started the opening games in 2016 and 2017, then dealt with season-ending injuries in both campaigns and will not be healthy until spring practice concludes. Harrison replaced Booker in the starting lineup for a couple games, but was moved out of the lineup later in the season. Werner played mostly special teams last year, but Meyer raved about him in the fall and said he is having an “excellent spring.” Ohio State will not have a problem filling three linebacker spots. The only question that remains is who will take advantage of the wide open situation and burst onto the scene.Still, Meyer is confident in the linebacker coach Bill Davis-led unit.“Linebackers? I’m not concerned,” Meyer said. “Coach Davis is doing a good job, and there are some talented cats.” read more

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