Frozen Pipes

first_imgWith fall weather just beginning, you may not be worried about cold weather problems yet. The child in all of us gets excited at the thought of snow, but we quickly lose that excitement when our water pipes freeze.One of the big mistakes I made several years ago was to allow an outdoor faucet to freeze. This faucet was supposedly “freeze proof.” Most freeze proof faucets work because the shut off valve is recessed in the shaft that runs through the wall of your home. This way when you shut off the faucet there is no water in the portion of the pipe that is exposed to the weather. Disconnect outdoor water hosesMy pipe froze because I left a water hose connected to the faucet, which held water in that vulnerable area. Fortunately, we were home when the frozen faucet thawed and began to spew water.Faucets that are not freeze proof need to be covered or insulated to protect them from sub-freezing temperatures. Be sure that freeze proof faucets are drained dry once the valve is shut off. Any trapped water in an exposed faucet spells trouble, even if the faucet is labeled as freeze proof.If your water is supplied by a well, take precautions to keep the pump and tank from freezing. The tank and pump should be covered. In cases of prolonged cold weather, place a light bulb in the pump house. Assuming that all the holes and cracks in the pump house are sealed, the warmth from the light will usually prevent freezing.Seal holes and cracks in older homesHomes that were constructed fairly recently are usually insulated enough to prevent water pipes from freezing. In older homes, seal holes and cracks in the foundation with caulk or insulation. Consider letting a faucet or two drip if the pipes will be exposed to below freezing temperatures for more than a few hours.Don’t forget livestock and pet water sources. If they drink out of a container, it will also freeze when temperatures are below freezing for just a few hours. Electric and solar water-heating devices are available to prevent your pet’s water from freezing. Most people don’t see the need for these tools until Rover’s water bowl turns into an ice tray. If you find yourself in that situation, provide fresh water to your animals a couple of times per day.last_img read more


How About Curling?

first_imgIf you followed Winter Olympics carefully, you know that Curling has been a part of these games for many years.  It was not until this year, that it became a prominent talking point in the United States.  Low and behold, our men’s team rose from near death and captured the Gold Medal.Most people make light of it as an Olympic sport.  If you haven’t tried it, listen to someone who has recently had the experience.  Our daughter and son-in-law had the opportunity to take a lesson in Curling on a recent trip to North Carolina.  Did you realize the stone is 40 pounds?  That why it is pushed and not tossed.  The professionals push with their arms, but an amateur is allowed to use a stick similar to playing shuffleboard.  Special shoes are required because you are on ice.  One foot needs traction for pushing off and the other needs to be slick in order for you to slide with the stone.  If you fall, you must get up ASAP so that your body heat does not melt the ice!  The brooms actually help guide the stone as well as slow it down or speed it up depending on how you sweep the ice.   You might have thought it just took a big guy with a lot of luck to get the stone to reach the circle.  Boy, were you wrong!According to Gina, it takes balance, endurance, flexibility, much effort, and a lot of athleticism.  I know for a fact that she and Tony now respect a Curling pro!last_img read more


Barcelona grind out victory in Eibar before Chelsea trip

first_img“Eibar always put you under a lot of pressure, so it was a good test. We really suffered, because they are in great form,” said Valverde.“It was a very difficult match just as we expected, and we will try and make sure it helps us, although the Champions League is another competition altogether.”Valverde sent out a strong team, choosing to start Andres Iniesta and leave Philippe Coutinho on the bench, despite the Brazilian being ineligible for the Champions League. Coutinho replaced Iniesta for the final half-hour. Still unbeaten 24 games into the league campaign, Barca are now 10 points clear of Atletico Madrid at the top of the table, although the capital side can trim that lead when they host Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.Barcelona will now turn their thoughts to the Champions League last 16, first leg against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, and Valverde said Eibar were ideal opponents ahead of that huge match. Madrid, Spain | AFP | Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba were on target as Barcelona saw off Eibar 2-0 on Saturday to continue their unbeaten record in La Liga and extend their lead at the top of the table.Lionel Messi had a hand in both goals against an Eibar side who finished the match at tiny Ipurua with 10 men after the second-half sending-off of Fabian Orellana.It was not a comfortable afternoon for Ernesto Valverde’s men on a rainy day in the Basque Country, and they had to wait until Alba’s goal two minutes from the end to put the match to bed.center_img “Last week Coutinho started, and this week it was Iniesta,” the coach added. “It is true that we have another match on Tuesday, but for me the important thing was today (Saturday).”Barca went ahead in the 16th minute, Messi’s superb pass releasing Suarez, who rounded goalkeeper Marco Dmitrovic to score.But the visitors had a couple of let-offs in the first half, with Sergio Busquets lucky not to concede a penalty as he pulled back Kike Garcia in the box. Orellana then hit the bar with a fine strike from outside the area.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more


A’s observations from day two of MLB Winter Meetings

first_img— Rumors about how the A’s might address the second base opening … LAS VEGAS — After a quiet opening day of winter meetings, the A’s activity at winter meetings began to heat up on day two.— Chris Herrmann was signed to a one-year to possibly serve in a platoon role with Josh Phegley at catcher next season. A’s GM David Forst did not rule out the possibility of adding another catcher in addition to Herrmann, but said he’d be comfortable entering the regular season with the current platoon.last_img read more


SETI Mania Strikes Again

first_imgAnother unexplained anomaly has SETI enthusiasts scrambling for their telescopes.Either it’s fundraising time at the SETI Institute, or something really strange is going on. Just weeks ago, the news media were aflame with news about “Tabby’s Star” as a possible site for an advanced civilization (8/18/16). Now, Russian scientists reported a strong signal from HD 164595, a star 94 light-years away. Will this be the new “Wow!” signal? ( explains the history of that.)The signal is consistent with something an alien civilization might send out, astronomers have said. But that’s just one scenario, and not the most likely one, researchers cautioned; the signal may also have resulted from a natural celestial event or terrestrial interference of some sort.Seth Shostak, playing the cautious and dispassionate scientist, warns that we may never know the cause of the signal unless we get a follow-up detection. Even non-detections, though, can serve the SETI community, in the same way bad publicity is still publicity. For instance, SETI enthusiasts still point to the “Wow!” signal of 1977 to keep the dream alive, even though nothing of intelligent origin was ever confirmed.HD 164595 is called an “earth-like” planet with one known Neptune-sized planet. The signal was phenomenally strong, Live Science says. “Based on the received signal’s characteristics, aliens would have to generate about 100 billion billion watts of energy to blast it out in all directions. And they’d still have to produce more than 1 trillion watts if they beamed it only to Earth for some reason, Shostak said.” Still, without confirmation, it is just “interesting”.New Scientist is less hopeful. “Mysterious signal unlikely to be aliens after SETI draws a blank,” Shannon Hall writes. The cosmos remains so quiet, “You could hear a pin drop.” The Russians were “either extremely lucky to detect this source in their observations, or that the transient is due to local interference or other calibration issues”, write Steve Croft of the Berkeley SETI Research Center. Nevertheless, various radio telescopes will be watching the star.Instant Recall: No sooner had we written the above than the claim was retracted:That ‘Alien’ Signal? New Observations Are Coming Up Empty (National Geographic)‘Alien’ Signal Had Earthly Cause, Russian Scientists Say (Live Science)We’re no strangers to ‘alien’ false alarms – one was caused by a microwave oven (Mark Gallaway, The Conversation)Party’s over. It was fun while it lasted.Astrobiology UpdateTwo Yale researchers have come up with “a better way to learn if alien planets have the right stuff.” Astrobiology Magazine reports on their new model that takes into account the chemical composition of a planet, not just its distance from its host star. The subject of “diamond planets” enters their discussion.Like mysteries? New Scientist printed the headline, “Mystery object in weird orbit beyond Neptune cannot be explained.” The “rebellious” TNO has a 110-degree inclination and orbits the sun backwards. “It’s wonderful that it’s so confusing,” an astronomer said.To follow up on our story about Proxima b, the newest “earth-like planet” candidate (8/25/16), New Scientist now says that the star may be blasting away the planet’s atmosphere. Red dwarf stars are notorious for sending out massive flares that would fry any life on an orbiting planet, even if it were in the habitable zone. Despite the probable bad news, Seth Shostak weighed in on the significance of finding life there, even if it is unlikely. In Live Science, he gave the reason why astrobiologists and SETI enthusiasts remain hopeful against the odds. A confirmed detection would do the following:For one, it would demonstrate that the emergence of life is not a miracle unique to Earth, Shostak said.“I think that from the philosophical point of view — set aside all the biology and other scientific implications — the philosophical import would be very substantial: sort of like being in Europe in 1492 and learning of the existence of a New World,” Shostak said.[Astena] Coustenis added that any discovery of life in the universe — even if it’s evidence of past life — would be “mind-blowing.”“It would turn around all kinds of scientific models and put everything into perspective in a very different way,” she said. “Whether life is found in the solar system or outside it, to me it’s the same thing. And either a positive or negative result would have huge implications for what we understand about the emergence of life.“Ross Anderson is surprisingly criticial of this enthusiasm in his essay for The Atlantic. “Fancy Math Can’t Make Aliens Real,” he writes. You can’t make a case for anything with a sample size of one. You can’t even make a case for life with 2,000 exoplanets now known. Evolutionary theory does not necessarily guarantee the emergence of intelligence, he argues.We can’t extrapolate from our experience on this planet, because it’s only one data point. We could be the only intelligent beings in the universe, or we could be one among trillions, and either way Earth’s natural history would look the exact same. Even if we could draw some crude inferences, the takeaways might not be so reassuring. It took two billion years for simple, single-celled life to spawn our primordial lineage, the eukaryotes. And so far as we can tell, it only happened once. It took another billion years for eukaryotes to bootstrap into complex animal life, and hundreds of millions of years more for the development of language and sophisticated tool-making. And unlike the eye, or bodies with legs—adaptations that have arisen independently on many branches of life’s tree—intelligence of the spaceship-making sort has only emerged once, in all of Earth’s history. It just doesn’t seem like one of evolution’s go-to solutions.At, Nola Taylor Redd puts out some reality-check facts about habitability. Being in “the habitable zone” is not enough, she says. The temperature of a planet depends on its interior composition as well as its atmosphere and distance from a star. The media spin now? writes, “Is the Nearest Alien Planet Proxima b Habitable? ‘It’s Complicated‘.”The bad news is usually outweighed by the hope. Astrobiologists have their evolutionary “scenarios” that are almost guaranteed to popular the universe with life, some of it like ours. On PhysOrg, a “geospatial expert” delivers her post-mortem spin, describing all the wonderful spin-offs that might come from imagining aliens out there.The thing to note here is the mental attitude of the SETI enthusiasts. Their minds are geared up for a big find. Based on their evolutionary worldview, the universe must be populated by other intelligent beings like us. They really expect to make contact at any time. It escapes their notice, of course, that they must use intelligent-design reasoning to infer aliens as the source of an anomalous signal (see Shostak try to work his way out of that trap, 12/03/05).So what if they do make contact? Could this be part of the great deception that the Apostle Paul spoke of in II Thessalonians that would precede the coming of the Lord? Jesus warned of false christs and false apostles in the last days who would perform great signs and wonders that might “lead astray, if possible, even the elect” (Matthew 24:24). SETI would be the perfect setup for Satan. He could engineer a signal to deceive the world. Most SETI enthusiasts believe that aliens are probably far older and wiser than humans, and have much to teach us. Satan would love to fill that role.Given the prepared minds of the world’s intellectuals, many could fall for the deception. Satan doesn’t even need to mimic a communication; just evidence of an advanced civilization would be enough to send the secular science community, the media and the world to believe the lie. Then he could indwell the anti-Christ and his false prophet on earth, pretending to proclaim knowledge from the aliens to save humanity. They’ve already rejected their Creator and chosen to live in sin and self-love. “Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (II Thessalonians 2:11-12). Satan gets a brief time of glory before the Lamb returns in power like a Lion, destroying Satan along with his lies and his dupes.“See, I have told you beforehand,” Jesus said to his disciples. The deception may not come in the form of SETI, but it is coming. Be prepared. Watch. Wait. He who endures to the end will be saved, Jesus said. Only the redeemed, indwelt by the Holy Spirit, will have the power to endure. He won’t let a single one out of His hand. (Visited 52 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


SA takes part in Syria peace talks

first_img22 January 2014 South African International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane is in Switzerland for a peace conference which hopes to break the stalemate in the three-year Syrian civil war. Nkoana-Mashabane was invited by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to attend the high-level international meeting, which starts in Montreux on Wednesday. The meeting will be attended by dozens of countries that had agreed to the 2012 Geneva Communique, which calls for an end to fighting and the installation of a transitional government with full executive powers. International Relations spokesperson Clayson Monyela said on Wednesday that South Africa believes there can be no military solution to the conflict in Syria, and sees the conference as a step in the right direction towards bringing an end to the suffering of the Syrian people. Monyela said South Africa believed that democracy was an unassailable right of the Syrian people. “The South African government is thus committed to encouraging all parties involved in the current conflict in Syria to engage in a process of all-inclusive national dialogue, free of any form of violence, intimidation or outside interference aimed at government change, in order to satisfy the legitimate democratic aspirations of the Syrian people.” The conference participants will seek to make arrangements for humanitarian aid to flow into that country, where over 100 000 people have been killed and more than eight-million others driven from their homes since the conflict erupted between the government and various groups seeking the ousting of President Bashar al-Assad. Monyela said South Africa was deeply disappointed by the fact that the Syrian conflict had been raging for nearly three years, with devastating humanitarian consequences. “The situation in Syria is evolving into one of the worst humanitarian disasters in recent times, with severe political and economic consequences for the entire region.” The Montreux meeting, which is designed to give international support to the efforts to resolve the deadly conflict that has torn Syria apart, will be followed by talks in Geneva – scheduled for Friday – between the two Syrian delegations and UN-Arab League Joint Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi, who is organising the peace conference. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has rescinded his invitation to Iran to participate in the Syrian peace conference, his spokesperson, Martin Nesirky, told reporters on Monday. Nesirky said Ban was “dismayed [and] deeply disappointed” after Iran released public statements conflicting with what was reportedly discussed in private, resulting in their invitation to participate being withdrawn. Iran, whose invitation was seen as controversial due to that country’s backing of al-Assad, refused to support a process to form a transitional government – one of the stated goals of the conference, as laid out in the Geneva Communique. Source: read more


Motorola’s Opportunity: Droid Razr M vs. iPhone 5

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Android#Google#mobile dan rowinski Apple is expected to announce the newest iteration of the iPhone on Wednesday. It will likely – and finally – have a bigger screen along with 4G LTE, better central and graphics processors, and Apple’s vaunted Retina display. The problem for Apple? Manufacturers like Motorola are beating it to the punch.Last week, Google-owned Motorola unveiled three new smartphones for the holiday season. Two, the Droid Razr HD and the Razr Maxx HD, target the very top of the market. Do not expect these units to set the mobile market on storm.Motorola’s third device, the Droid Razr M, is a different story. The M is designed to hit the top of the mid-level smartphone market. It may not match the hardware specs as top-of-the-market devices like the Samsung Galaxy S III or (presumably) the new iPhone, but it still packs a good wallop. The M has a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 2000mAh battery (better than the 1800mAh of the well-reviewed HTC One X), 4G LTE on Verizon, and a 4.3-inch (540×960) Super Amoled Advanced screen. Priced at $99 after a $50 mail-in rebate, the M is primed to sell.The specs only tell part of the story, though, and this is where it gets interesting vis à vis the competition, especially the iPhone update. The Droid M is not a big smartphone despite the 4.3-inch screen size. Motorola took the 4.3-inch screen from the Droid Razr and fit a compact phone around it; the screen stretches nearly edge-to-edge with a marginal bezel. While the large, flat Droid Razr may seem a little awkward, the M delivers a large-screen experience in a compact device. It provides a long, but not wide, screen on a device that fits nicely in the palm of your hand.  The new iteration of Apple’s flagship device is said to have a longer, but not wider, screen, coming in at 4-inches. That would be an increase from the previous five versions of the iPhone, which had 3.5-inch screens and set the early standard for touchscreen smartphones. The Droid M also enjoys most of the latest developments of the Android operating system. The M is being released with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich (with an update to 4.1 Jelly Bean by the end of the year) and, for the most part, avoids the extra “skin” that manufacturers like HTC and Samsung add to differentiate their devices. Say what you want about Android versus Apple’s iOS, but the two latest versions of Google’s mobile operating system made Android more responsive, easier to use, and feature-rich. They closed the gap between Android and iOS. The Droid M reveals a bit of Android’s future as well. “Smart actions” automate many tasks that were once governed by third-party apps. For instance, the M knows when you are sleeping and adjusts your notification sounds, turns on a battery-saver mode when power is low, and changes ringtone volume and screen saver depending on whether you’re at home or work. Smart actions is a clever bit of software and one of the first touches of Google’s software engineering on a Motorola device. The bottom line is this: Motorola just came out with a mid-level device that, from a feature-by-feature comparison, ably competes with both the iPhone 4S and the next-gen iPhone at a price that will attract many smartphone buyers. One smartphone aficionado asked after seeing the Droid M, “Did Motorola just release the iPhone 5 before Apple did?” Maybe close enough. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more


Take my NAFTA please As Pelosi riffs questions abound on fate of

first_imgWASHINGTON — North of the border, Canada’s hard-won free-trade deal with the United States and Mexico is considered a matter of existential importance, heavy with implications for workers, businesses and governments of all political stripes.For Nancy Pelosi, it’s a punchline.The California Democrat has been riffing on the uncertainty around what to call the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA — a moniker that reflects President Donald Trump’s contempt for the original North American Free Trade Agreement. Ottawa now seems to prefer CUSMA, while others fall back on NAFTA 2.0, new NAFTA or, simply, NAFTA.“Whatever they’re calling it now, the trade agreement formerly known as Prince — no, I mean, formerly known as NAFTA — is a work in progress,” Pelosi quipped to chuckles at a Capitol Hill news conference last month introducing newly elected members of her party in the House of Representatives.But seriously, folks: its name notwithstanding, uncertainty, doubt and mixed feelings will only continue to shroud the agreement well into the new year, especially with an ambivalent Pelosi expected to emerge as leader of an emboldened Democratic majority in the House of Representatives.With the 2020 election in their sights, Democrats are girding for pitched battles against their GOP rivals on a number of fronts, and will be disinclined to give Trump any legislative wins, despite all the post-midterms talk of bipartisan co-operation and reaching across the aisle.The deal includes elements aimed at the centre-left folks in Congress, including environmental protections and a requirement that by 2023, 45 per cent of auto parts be made by workers being paid at least $16 an hour. Mexico must also pass a host of labour-law reforms that support and protect women, unions and migrant workers.But the agreement lacks enforcement teeth — a deal-breaker, Pelosi and other Democrats say, if the forthcoming legislation to enact it doesn’t provide some.“The president needs to talk to Congress on this, and we can go back to the table with the Mexicans and the Canadians and do stronger labour standards,” Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, widely touted as a likely challenger for the Democratic presidential nomination, told CNN.“This doesn’t live up to the promise the president said, that it would be a renegotiated NAFTA, helping workers and stopping outsourcing, because it doesn’t do that yet. I’m hoping that it will.”Enter David MacNaughton, the genial Canadian ambassador whose outreach efforts were heralded as critical to the success of the USMCA talks. He’ll again take the stage in the new year to convince Democrats — freshman and old-school free-trade foe alike —that the deal is the best medicine for all three countries.The mission is the same — “to make sure that people in the United States understand the importance of the economic relationship with Canada — how big a market we are for them, how much our economies are integrated, and also all the other things we do together,” MacNaughton said.“To the degree that we can make sure they understand the importance of the relationship, and some of the things that are in the agreement that are going to enhance the relationship from an economic point of view and help the United States, we’re going to do that.“The first priority, however, right now: get rid of the steel and aluminum tariffs. So that’s No. 1.”Trump’s so-called Section 232 tariffs, named for the clause in U.S. trade law that allows them on national security grounds, are no joke in Ottawa. They nearly scuttled last month’s USMCA signing ceremony in Argentina, where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau refused to display his signed certificate for the cameras.And with Canadians headed to the polls next October, 2019 will be a crushing disappointment to anyone hoping it would bring a reprieve from all the trade talk.The new NAFTA has its detractors in Canada. The federal Conservatives and NDP say the governing Liberals gave too much market access to U.S. dairy farmers, caved on demands for longer protections for drug patents and blinked on the threat of tariffs on autos not built on American soil.And in the U.S., last month’s deep job and production cuts at General Motors — 14,000 jobs, including 8,000 salaried workers, and five idled plants, including one in Oshawa, Ont. — has some Rust Belt lawmakers on Capitol Hill feeling like they’re being sold a bill of goods.“If we’re going to see more plants going to Mexico, I’m not going to support NAFTA 2.0,” said Michigan Democrat Debbie Dingell.But it’s folly to blame the cuts on a trade deal that hasn’t taken effect yet, said Flavio Volpe, president of Canada’s Automotive Parts Manufacturer’s Association.“If USMCA was in effect today, with (Section) 232 tariffs, with tariffs on China, General Motors — from a business point of view — couldn’t import more profitably than it could produce domestically. That’s coming, but it’s not here.”It won’t dominate American headlines, but in Canada, USMCA will surely be a campaign-trail fixture in 2019, said Carlo Dade, a policy expert and director of the Trade and Investment Centre at the Canada West Foundation.  Dade said he expects the bulk of Canadian voters will support the agreement in an election campaign that could echo the pitched battle of 1988, which hinged on the original Canada-U.S. free trade agreement.“The only thing they dislike more than having NAFTA is the thought of not having NAFTA,” Dade said. “We saw this with the polling — Canadians for years were consistently complaining about NAFTA, then as soon as Trump said he was seriously thinking about withdrawing, the polls switched.“I think that dynamic will emerge again.”— Follow James McCarten on Twitter @CdnPressStyleJames McCarten, The Canadian Presslast_img read more


NBA Power Ratings And Playoff Odds Celtics And Nets Up Heat And

With only eight days remaining in the 2014-15 regular season, it’s time to check in on FiveThirtyEight’s NBA Power Ratings. If you’re wondering how these numbers work, the short version is that all 30 NBA teams are ranked according to a projection of their true talent over the upcoming week — and the upcoming week only — using Real Plus-Minus (RPM) player ratings provided by Jeremias Engelmann and Steve Ilardi. For more details on the methodology,1This week, we tweaked the simulation methodology to include the NBA’s official tie-breaking procedures. Before this week, we had been approximating tie breakers. see our introductory rankings post.The Eastern Conference playoff plot continues to thicken. Last Monday in this space, our model listed the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers with playoff probabilities of 76 percent and 50 percent, respectively, with the Brooklyn Nets (38 percent) and Boston Celtics (25 percent) likely to be on the outside looking in.Now, the tables have turned.The Celtics, aided by a 3-1 record over the past week (and an improved power rating), now sport a 57 percent playoff probability and more expected end-of-season wins than either Miami or Indiana. Likewise, the Nets leapfrogged the Pacers and Heat by an even greater margin after going 4-1 over the past week-plus. Brooklyn’s chances of making the playoffs are now nearly 77 percent, a radical departure from its 17 percent postseason probability of two weeks prior.And if Brooklyn and Boston are now in the driver’s seats for the final pair of Eastern Conference playoff berths, that means the Heat and Pacers are currently both underdogs to make the postseason. Miami has lost four straight games, and its power rating is down because several of its good RPM players (such as Luol Deng, Hassan Whiteside and Chris Andersen) are listed as day-to-day with injuries. And for its part, Indiana went 2-2 on the week-plus, but even at .500, the Pacers lost ground to the surging Celtics and Nets.The Heat have things a bit better than the Pacers. They face an easier remaining schedule, and the league’s tie-breakers favor them in the event of a tie with Boston and/or Brooklyn, which accounts for Miami’s superior playoff odds despite a projected win tally identical to that of Indiana. But for each team, it’s a big reversal from where they stood just a week ago.So while there’s little time left in the schedule, the Eastern Conference playoff picture is no clearer than it’s been the past few weeks — the front-runners to get in are just different. read more


Mens basketball No 8 Ohio State loses 7462 to No 22 Michigan

Redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop drives to the basket in the first half of Ohio State’s 74-62 loss to Michigan in Ann Arbor. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing Editor for ContentANN ARBOR, Mich. — Win out and No. 8 Ohio State had nothing to worry — it would be the Big Ten regular-season champion. After Thursday’s derailment at unranked Penn State, the two-loss Buckeyes had no breathing room in Sunday’s matchup at No. 22 Michigan.Now, the conference title at the end of an improbable regular season is no longer in their control.Senior forward Jae’Sean Tate scored 20 points and had a career-high 15 rebounds, but the offensive output wasn’t found from other players for the Buckeyes (22-7, 13-3 Big Ten) in their 74-62 loss to Michigan (22-7, 11-5 Big Ten). Michigan freshman Jordan Poole scored a surprising 15 points while Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman led with 17 and Moritz Wagner added 12.“Losing up here to them, it hurts,” Tate said. “But at the end of the day, we still got two more Big Ten games to play and we just got to learn from it.”Redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop scored 17 points, but struggled from the field, shooting 5-of-17. This is the second game in a row Bates-Diop had difficulty shooting, which has coincided with Ohio State’s issues from the field as well.The issues of ball movement and playing against a physical opponent resurfaced against Michigan in a game Ohio State seemingly had to have in order to win the conference title next week. Now the Buckeyes sit a game back of Michigan State and are reeling a bit coming into the end of the season.“I just think that we haven’t been the team that’s been more hungrier,” Tate said. “We could blame it on thinking that we had a two-game lead in the Big Ten, but I feel like teams have had us on our heels whereas in the past where we’ve won, we are the ones that have been the aggressors. We just got to get back to that.”The Buckeyes were on the track to do just that multiple times in the second half. When Michigan scored the first three points of the second half to take an eight-point lead, the Buckeyes went on a 6-0 run to cut the deficit to 36-34. The Wolverines then grew their lead to nine after back-to-back layups with 10:40 remaining. Ohio State shrunk that to four with a layup from Tate and Bates-Diop’s second 3 of the game.Trailing 55-52 with 7:53 on the clock after a Tate-made free throw, Poole connected on his fourth 3 of the game from the right corner.Ohio State then went nearly six minutes — from 8:30 to 2:53 remaining — without a bucket.Out of the final media timeout, Michigan began to pull away from their rivals. Abdur-Rahman drilled a 3 from the top of the key and Wagner came down the floor on the next possession to complete a 3-point play that put the Wolverines up 68-55 with 2:12 remaining.The Wolverines led since seven minutes remained in the first half, but the Buckeyes were within striking distance until the final minutes. Only when they had their chance, they could never get over the hump.Junior point guard C.J. Jackson scored his lone points on a 3 in the first half and finished with zero assists, following his one-assist performance at Penn State. Ohio State recorded just eight assists on 24 field goals and committed 14 turnovers.Moving forward, Holtmann said he might use Tate and Bates-Diop to alleviate some pressure from primary ballhanders Jackson and redshirt senior guard Andrew Dakich.“Obviously it was a concern coming into the season, not just our depth, but our ability to manage that,” Holtmann said. “We just have to challenge our guards to make better decisions in some of those situations. I’m confident they will. It’s not necessarily their strength, but I’m optimistic they will.”After both teams shot 41 percent in the first half, Michigan’s offense came to life with 56.5 percent shooting in the second frame, and  its defense held Ohio State to 41.9 percent.Up Next:Ohio State returns to Columbus for its final home game against Rutgers at 7 p.m. Tuesday. read more