10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Heather Anderson Heather Anderson is co-founder of OmniChannel Communications, a marketing company that serves fintech and asset/liability management firms. Previously, she was executive editor of Credit Union Times. She has more … Web: www.omnichannelcommunications.com Details On Tuesday’s episode of The Ellen Show, host Ellen DeGeneres interviewed the two guys who played a prank on McDonalds, made a video about it, and became famous overnight. On the show, the guests and Ellen shared McDonalds’ response to the prank, in which the Golden Arches hit a PR home run.If you didn’t see the video, here’s the backstory. Jevh Maravilla and Christian Toledo noticed their local McDonalds featured posters of people enjoying McDonalds food. The actors featured on the posters represented several different ethnicities, but didn’t include Asians. As Filipino-Americans who were full of Asian pride thanks to the success of the film Crazy Rich Asians, they decided to take diversity into their own hands.So, they made their own poster, which masterfully copied McDonalds marketing style. They even found a used McDonalds uniform at a Goodwill store and made a fake employee badge that Toledo wore when they put the poster up, just in case a worker noticed. He was prepared to claim he was “from corporate” and was there to correct a diversity issue, which was absolutely brilliant because it’s so believable.Not only did the two pull off the prank, the poster remained up on the wall for 51 days. It would probably still be there if the video hadn’t gone viral.McDonalds has not only responded to the prank with grace, they’ve used it to their publicity advantage. Here are four things they did right.They kept their cool. McDonalds could have filed charges against the two for vandalism, but they didn’t. That was smart, because millions of people thought the prank was clever and even admired the pranksters.They admitted their mistake. McDonalds acknowledged that their campaign was lacking in diversity by excluding Asians and apologized for it publicly, and directly to the pranksters.They harnessed the power of social media. Not only did they admit their campaign needed Asian actors, McDonalds went a step further and hired the pranksters to star in the campaign. The two guys are social media stars now, which means the new ads will be anticipated and shared on social media, exponentially increasing McDonalds’ advertising value.They added a charity angle. The poster itself will be auctioned off and the proceeds will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities, which provides a home environment near hospitals for families of seriously ill or injured children. That’s icing on McDonalds’ feel-good cake. (Or would that be a feel-good apple pie?)Does your credit union turn negative publicity into something positive, or is your knee jerk response defensive and punitive? McDonalds could have put out a defensive statement reaffirming their commitment to diversity and cited examples. Even if the statement had a positive spin, opening with a line like, “we appreciate Jevh and Christian bringing this oversight to our attention,” but the end result wouldn’t have been the same.It’s like the popular saying goes: you can’t control what happens, only the way you respond to it. McDonalds responded in exactly the right way. I’m lovin’ it, Ellen is lovin’ it, and America is, too.
Written By First Published: 26th August, 2020 08:14 IST LIVE TV Associated Press Television News COMMENT Embattled Anthony Seibold quit as head coach of the National Rugby League’s Brisbane Broncos on Wednesday after one of the most disastrous seasons in the history of the powerful club.Seibold’s departure less than two years into a five-year contract was confirmed at a news conference at the Broncos’ headquarters in Brisbane. It signaled an end to the 45-year-old Seibold’s tenure with the the team after a difficult 12 months which included an embarrassing exit from last year’s playoffs and the worst season in the club’s 32-year history in 2020.Seibold addressed his players in the morning before appearing at the news conference. He’s the fifth NRL coach to lose his job in the 2020 season.“Last week, I made the decision to finish my tenure as coach of the Brisbane Broncos,” Seibold said. “Today, I am announcing that I will be stepping down from the role immediately. For many reasons, my time at the Broncos did not work out as we had all hoped.”During his time in Brisbane, Seibold also faced a number of public attacks in the media from former NRL players and club greats. He was also subject to online rumors about his personal life which led him to employ lawyers to investigate possible cyber-crime offenses.Seibold was named NRL coach of the year in 2018 after his first year in charge of South Sydney. Replacing legendary coach Wayne Bennett, who led Brisbane to six top-flight titles, Seibold took the Broncos to the playoffs in 2019 only for the club to lose 58-0 to Parramatta.The 2020 season began with back-to-back victories but since the resumption in May following an almost two-month COVID 19-enforced suspension, the Broncos lost 12 of 13 matches and are in 15th place in the 16-team league.Brisbane chief executive Paul White said it was disappointing the situation didn’t work out with Seibold.“We saw him as the right man to guide what was a young roster in building a team for the future,” White said. “We did make a long-term investment decision in Anthony for the future of our club. For all the right reasons that decision was made back then, it hasn’t worked out.”Assistant Peter Gentle will take over as coach for the remaining five matches of the regular season. Former Broncos star Kevin Walters is the favorite to be named the new coach for next season.Image credits: AP FOLLOW US Last Updated: 26th August, 2020 08:14 IST Anthony Seibold Quits As Coach Of NRL’s Brisbane Broncos Embattled Anthony Seibold quit as head coach of the National Rugby League’s Brisbane Broncos on Wednesday after one of the most disastrous seasons in the history of the powerful club WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES >> You don’t spend most of a century as ‘lovable losers’ and completely forget how that works.The Chicago Cubs cracked first in a scoreless game, bungling the day’s only run into the Dodgers’ laps in an eighth inning that featured no hits and only two balls put in play by Dodgers hitters. That run gave the Dodgers a 1-0 victory Sunday afternoon.The win (the Dodgers’ second 1-0 win in the past five games) gave the Dodgers two of three in the series against the team with the best record in baseball — and a sweep was only a wild pitch away. The Cubs won Friday night in extra innings after an errant cut fastball from Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen led to a blown save.“Couple miscues in that inning … fortunately we took advantage of them,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of the decisive eighth inning. Sunday’s game was scoreless into the bottom of the eighth inning when Cubs reliever Trevor Cahill hit pinch hitter Andrew Toles with a pitch. That put the go-ahead run on base with one out.Cahill compounded his mistake with an even bigger one. Howie Kendrick chopped a ball into the grass to the left of the pitcher’s mound. With Kendrick running hard down the first-base line, Cahill fielded it and rushed his throw to first base, sending it into right field. That allowed Toles to go to third and Kendrick to second.After an intentional walk of Corey Seager loaded the bases, reliever Carl Edwards Jr. replaced Cahill and struck out Justin Turner. With two outs and the bases loaded, the Cubs were shifted to the right side for Adrian Gonzalez. He hit a ground ball to the shortstop spot where third baseman Javier Baez was playing.It should have ended the inning. But instead of throwing to first to get the slow-footed Gonzalez, Baez surprised second baseman Ben Zobrist by going to second for the force out.“I completely forgot about who was running down the line,” Baez told reporters after the game.Zobrist had been playing on the outfield grass against Gonzalez and was late getting to the base. Seager’s foot beat him to the base by a hair. Seager was safe (a call confirmed by replay review), allowing Toles to score the only run of the day in an inning that featured no hits and only two balls put in play.“It’s one of those plays where you see Chase (Utley) run hard every time so that’s what you do,” Seager said. “You see him do that over and over again – it rubs off.“Jansen closed out the combined four-hit shutout that began with rookie right-hander Brock Stewart pitching five scoreless innings.Stewart came into the game with an 0-2 record and 11.25 ERA after two previous starts (and a relief appearance) did not go very well. But he was terrific against the Cubs. He retired 12 of the first 14 batters, eight on strikeouts (including six consecutive batters at one point), and held the Cubs scoreless on two hits and two walks while striking out eight in his five innings.“I thought it was a playoff atmosphere,” Stewart said from the perspective of his four big-league appearances. “I don’t really know any better. But it felt like it.” “When you start playing very good teams, you have to take advantage of every opportunity. The other night, they took advantage of a miscue with us and they won that game. We knew we matched up well with that club and we played them toe to toe.”Believing they matched up well with the Cubs heading into this weekend must have been a theoretical exercise on the Dodgers’ part. They lost three of four to the Cubs in Wrigley Field back at the end of May and beginning of June.Things have changed since then, seeds planted by the first-year manager and changes in the roster beginning to show fruit now in the type of plays that decided Sunday’s game.“Completely different,” Roberts said, comparing the Dodgers of early June to the current group. “I don’t know who was on our roster then. It doesn’t really matter. But I know the way our guys have come together. It’s completely different. The focus, the attention to detail – completely different club.”
When complete, the rooftop solar systemwill be the biggest in Africa.(Image: Dube TradePort)MEDIA CONTACTS • Vincent ZwaneDube TradePort marketing and PR+27 32 814 0000Emily van RijswijckThe first phase of a massive rooftop solar energy project is currently underway in Durban. KwaZulu-Natal. The project was launched just ahead of COP17, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change talks which began in the harbour city on 28 November.Once both phases are completed in April 2012, the project will be Africa’s biggest rooftop solar installation, generating in excess of 600 kilowatts peak (kWp) – this is sufficient to power two fresh produce packing and logistics facilities.The project is located in the massive new multi-use Dube TradePort development, 30 kilometres north of Durban.About 990 solar panels will be attached to the roofs of two warehouses in the AgriZone, the trade port’s agricultural hub.In the first phase, the project will generate 220 kWp in total, equivalent to supplying 150 households with electricity.“With the completion of the second phase, an additional 400 kWp will be produced, making this the largest roof mounted photovoltaic system in Africa,” confirms AgriZone project executive Mlibo Bantwini.The solar panels have capacity to provide power for all the needs of the energy-intensive fresh produce pack houses. In the first phase alone carbon emissions will be reduced by 294 tons per year.Using the latest solar technology, little or no maintenance will be required other than to clean the panels from time to time.“This system will not require any major further investment for the next 20 years and will bring about considerable reduction in carbon emissions,” says Bantwini.Looking to the futureThe Dube TradePort is a 60-year master development plan consisting of several complementary and interconnected developments.The completed development will comprise the new King Shaka International airport, the Dube TradeZone linked to the Dube cargo terminal, and Dube City, a property development which will serve aviation and local communities. The plan is to make the city into a green precinct.The first phase of the airport, cargo terminal, trade zone and Dube City has been completed and is fully operational.The AgriZone is one of the key components of this multibillion-rand project, and includes the most advanced greenhouse hydroponics facility in Africa. Through its climate controlled greenhouses it already produces 50 000 cucumbers and three tons of tomatoes per week for large retailers.A sophisticated tissue culture facility with the capability to propagate three-million plants per year is also located here.A separate greenhouse for cut flowers and pot plant production will be developed in 2012. The project currently employs more than 100 local people.Aviation and cargo clusterDube City is the first purpose-built aviation orientated city in Africa. On completion, the 24-hectare facility will include a mix of hotels, conference and entertainment venues, retail stores, and company head offices.Speed and turnaround times are key to freight handling. According to Bantwini the Dube cargo terminal has the most sophisticated ramp-handling equipment available in South Africa.A fully automated air bridge conveyer system provides direct access to air freight forwarding companies in the adjacent TradeZone. A major advantage is that Customs, the Department of Agriculture, Department of Port Health, South African Revenue Service and South African Border Police are all housed within the cargo terminal, says Bantwini.“For the first time in South Africa, customs services are fully integrated with cargo terminal operations, providing one-stop regulatory, all-hours service for the convenience of shippers and forwarders.”Addressing challenges of climate changeThe Dube TradePort as a company also views itself as a responsible developer which responds proactively to climate change in all aspects of its business. To realise its vision Dube TradePort is working together with Swedish climate consultancy and carbon offset company Tricorona Climate Partner.“In response to the challenges of climate change and as the host city of COP17, we would like to accelerate our efforts in lowering our climate impact, and develop a more sustainable business model in the aviation and trade port business” says Rohan Persad, Dube TradePort CEO.Rainwater harvesting, recycling and converting green waste into compost are just a few of the strategies to be implemented in the future.“A rehabilitation program over three years will revive 619 hectares of the grounds while the cargo terminal’s paperless trade program has already been initiated, and will in time dramatically reduce its own paper use as well as that of its related customers and service providers,” Bantwini adds.Eskom goes solar In the meantime, Eskom, South Africa’s national power utility has launched the first of its three solar photovoltaic pilot projects at the Lethabo Power Station near Vereeniging in Gauteng. Kendal in Mpumalanga and Eskom’s head office at Megawatt Park in Gauteng will likewise be fitted with solar panels.The entire project will cost about R90-million (US$11-million) and will supply electricity for internal use at the two power stations and at the head office. The expected reduction in the company’s carbon footprint is about 2 845 tons a year.The lessons learned from the pilot projects will support the rollout of these systems across all Eskom’s coal-fired stations over time, the utility confirmed.The total electricity generated from all three solar plants will be about 1.55 megawatts (MW).Eskom was also looking to other renewable sources.“We have undertaken to invest in renewable energy projects and in cleaner coal technologies and these solar panels are an important first step towards that,” said Eskom CEO Brian Dames at the launch of the project.The utility’s Sere Wind Farm near Koekenaap in the Western Cape province will, on completion, generate 100 MW of power, with construction planned for early 2012.
Brand South Africa through its Constitutional awareness campaign #InspiredByMyConstitution, aims to ensure that the values enshrined in the widely admired constitution, are indeed a lived experience by all parts of society.On Friday, 01 March 2018, Brand South Africa in collaboration with its Play Your Part ambassador, Imraan Christian were in the community of Hout Bay in the Western Cape to reclaim shared social spaces through art.The activation was hosted at Salamander Park in Hout Bay with the community’s children out in their numbers to creatively express in their social spaces.“Many parks in South African communities, have been widely prone to house social ills and misuse. It was, therefore, a significant gesture to creatively reclaim this space for what it’s intended for, this includes constructive social interaction, artistry and youth development”, said Brand South Africa’s Strategic Relationship Manager for Government, Ms Toni Gumede.The day began with a pop quiz to the youth that was to engage the youth in understanding what positivity means for their community, on the importance of being active citizens and knowing their rights which challenged the children to express themselves in dance and art.Speaking on how the event was received; Play Your Part ambassador Imraan Christian said; “it was a huge success and overwhelming to see so many young people coming together to reclaim their space through art, seeing their talent and their togetherness was inspiring.”Imraan further emphasised that we all have responsibility for positive change, “do what you can, positive acts no matter how small have a ripple effect that can really affect not only our own world but the greater world.”The Brand South Africa constitution awareness programme intends to foster an appreciation for the Constitution and the role that it plays in our individual lives as well as its impact on society as a whole.“Brand South Africa is promoting freedom of expression through art and social cohesion through constructive use of shared community spaces” adds Ms Gumede.Join in the conversations #InspiredByMyConstitution @Brand_SA or @PlayYourPart to learn more.
Beach Volleyball Olympic Gold Medallist Natalie Cook will join forces with Touch Football Queensland (TFQ) to launch the Maroons State of Origin Touch Football campaign for 2006 and also Brisbane’s first affiliated Beach Touch competition.Queensland’s best Touch Football players will converge on Sandstorm Beach Club’s “The Beach” at QSAC at 11.00am on Friday June 9 to play an exhibition game promoting Sandstorm’s Beach Touch Come and Try day on Sunday July 23, 2006 and the Queensland Origin Campaign.The Sandstorm complex already boasts Beach Volleyball and Beach Soccer at its QSAC venue and is now adding Beach Touch, one of the biggest participant sports in the country, to its list of popular sand based sports.The speed, agility, skill level, teamwork, and non-stop action of Touch are sure to be a winner with both the social and elite player in the new beach format.Sandstorm Director Natalie Cook, fresh from a hectic overseas stint on the FIVB World Tour, will be presented with the TFQ # 1 supporter’s jersey by Queensland and Australian Women’s Open Touch Captain Sharyn “Billy” Williams.Williams, one of Australia’s most capped female players, will lead the Maroons into battle in the State of Origin Touch series against a white-hot NSW side. The State of Origin and Interstate Challenge series is being held at Brisbane’s Whites Hill complex at Holland Park on the 4 -5 August 2006. The last time the two states met was in Sydney in 2004 and it was NSW who claimed victory, winning all three of the State of Origin divisions (Mens, Womens and Mixed Open) and also seven of the ten Interstate Challenge divisions (Under 20’s and Senior divisions).Keep an eye on the TFA website for all of the news in the lead up to the 2006 event and remember to head to the beach this Friday at 11am for Queensland’s launch!
Last night in Manhattan to kick off NY Fashion Week, FIJI Water was front and center as the Official Water Sponsor of the amfAR New York Gala.Heidi Klum Attends amfAR GalaCredit/Copyright: Bryan Bedder / Getty Images via FIJI WaterThe black-tie affair was hosted by Sarah Jessica Parker, featured a special performance by Cee Lo Green, and honored Heidi Klum, Janet Jackson and amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole for their unsurpassed commitments to the fight against AIDS.Heidi Klum, Michael Kors, Michael Bloomberg, Kenneth ColeCredit/Copyright: Bryan Bedder / Getty Images via FIJI WaterThe event officially kicked off Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, with a ribbon cutting ceremony taking place on the red carpet – Heidi Klum, Kenneth Cole and Michael Kors joined Mayor Bloomberg for the honors.Sarah Jessica Parker and Kenneth ColeCredit/Copyright: Bryan Bedder / Getty Images via FIJI WaterOn stage, Kors presented Klum with her award and spoke adoringly of her energy, smarts, humor, sex appeal and their shared addictions of “kale and angry shoes” – Kors declared to the crowd of 900 at Cipriani Wall Street that “any man, gay or straight, would faint if Heidi were to straddle him.”Heidi Klum at amfAR Gala in New YorkCredit/Copyright: Bryan Bedder / Getty Images via FIJI WaterAfter moving remarks from his brother-in-law Governor Cuomo, Kenneth Cole took the stage to a standing ovation and shared amfAR’s progress over the last 25 years, passionately declaring we “am-NOT-far” anymore in the fight against AIDS.Ashley Greene at amfAR GalaCredit/Copyright: Bryan Bedder / Getty Images via FIJI WaterThe fashion forward guest list also included Ashley Greene, Katharine McPhee, Chloë Sevigny, Lindsay Lohan, Jenna Elfman, Patricia Clarkson, Alan Cumming, Cuba Gooding Jr., John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, Doutzen Kroes, Michael Strahan and more.Janet Jackson at amfAR Gala in New YorkCredit/Copyright: Bryan Bedder / Getty Images via FIJI WaterGuests enjoyed FIJI from the new custom FIJI Water Straw, which made its Fashion Week debut last night and will be featured at runway shows this coming week.Katharine McPhee at amfAR GalaCredit/Copyright: Bryan Bedder / Getty Images via FIJI WaterLindsay Lohan at amfAR GalaCredit/Copyright: Bryan Bedder / Getty Images via FIJI Water
Renowned British actor and philanthropist, Colin Salmon (Die Another Day, Resident Evil), has been welcomed onto the board as Chairman of Cage 4 All, a Community Interest Company, which promotes diversity through the sport Cage Cricket.Colin Salmon Joins Cage 4 All as New Chairman, Bringing Cage Cricket to Young PeopleThe aim of Cage 4 All is to overcome social, economic, geographic and cultural barriers and provide learning and personal development for young people by giving them the time and space to play sport and mix with others in a positive environment.As the new Chairman, Colin will be bringing his passion for cricket, desire to help young people succeed, networking skills and his celebrity contacts book to recruit players from. Colin has already introduced Cage 4 All to fellow cast members of 24: Live Another Day, The Musketeers and No Offence. Benedict Cumberbatch, for one, is very excited to be part of the movement and will get involved in a Celebrity Cage 4 All Challenge, which is coming soon!Colin says “I have been a long-time supporter of Cage Cricket and am proud to become Chairman of Cage 4 All. I look forward to Cage 4 All gaining national and global support and funding to bring this exciting game to everyone who wants to play, get involved and to make a real difference through sport.“I have taken the role of chairman as Cage 4 All to promote social inclusion. As a Cricket Ambassador for The Prince’s Trust, I have been involved in getting young people engaged in cricket for many years. We are working with a range of people, including some of the best people within disability sports, within the prison service and those working with underprivileged kids.“I spent a lot of time on the streets as a kid, got excluded from school, into all sorts of trouble. Through the work of good people, community care and the right opportunities, I have been lucky enough to build a successful career. I really believe that through Cage 4 All children will get more opportunities to grow as people and learn important lessons. One of the most fascinating things about Cage Cricket is that everybody gets a chance to be umpire, to be responsible for the game and the scoring. When you have power, how do you use it?“What many kids lack is the time, space and money to play cricket. They can’t afford the kits, and if you’re not very good at first, you may not get that second chance. You walk out into the middle and get bowled out first ball, then you walk straight back off. That’s not giving everybody a chance to develop the technical and personal skills that cricket can provide. In Cage Cricket, everybody gets to play an equal amount of time in every position. As a young kid said to me when I was playing in Salford, “It’s a really fair game.” That is the whole point of Cage 4 All – to give everyone a fair chance.”For more information please contact [email protected] / [email protected] / +44(0)2392-865-353
OSU sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) during a game against Rutgers on Jan. 13 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team has been a mystery wrapped in a riddle for much of the season.It has been nearly impossible to get any kind of gauge on what kind of team the Buckeyes are, to learn if the team that has shown itself thus far in 2015-16 is underperforming, lacking talent, lacking experience or some combination of the three.One thing has become abundantly clear, however: OSU is far from the worst team in the Big Ten. After beating Rutgers, which is still winless in conference games this season, by a combined 38 points in their two meetings, it is clear that the Buckeyes have placed themselves well above the basement of the conference.Their opponent on Saturday, however, might want to be on the lookout for flooding after heavy rainfall.The Buckeyes (16-10, 8-5) handled the Scarlet Knights (6-19, 0-12) on their home floor in Piscataway, New Jersey, on Saturday by a score of 79-69 in a game that was never really in question. That contest came a month to the day since OSU handled Rutgers in Columbus 94-68.A pair of sophomore forwards in Keita Bates-Diop and Jae’Sean Tate were major contributors in the game for the Buckeyes, with a double-double each. Bates-Diop scored 24 points on 10-of-16 shooting and had 14 rebounds, while Tate added 22 points and 13 rebounds. Redshirt sophomore guard Kam Williams was also big, scoring 19 points off the bench, including 12 in the second half.The Buckeyes did not get off to a tremendous start shooting the ball, but they really didn’t need to, as Rutgers started the game shooting a grotesque 3-of-20 — which included making its first shot of the game 22 seconds in.When all was said and done on the first 10 minutes of the game, the Buckeyes held a 20-6 lead, shooting 8-of-18. That effort was led by Bates-Diop, who scored a quick 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers in quick succession.An extended 13-0 spurt by Rutgers made a dent in the lopsided score, cutting it to 22-19, but the Scarlet and Gray snapped their lengthy scoreless drought with a jump shot by Bates-Diop. That was followed up on the next possession with a layup by Tate to bring the lead back up to seven points.The visitors were then able to jump their lead back up as high as 14 points en route to a 35-26 halftime margin.Bates-Diop led all first-half scorers with 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting, while the Scarlet Knights countered with freshman guard Corey Sanders’ 13. Williams contributed seven points while Tate had six, but junior forward Marc Loving continued his extended period of poor play with zero points, four missed shots, a turnover and a few defensive lapses throughout the opening 20 minutes.The opening minutes of the second half featured much more efficient scoring for the Buckeyes, who put nine points on the scoreboard in the first four minutes of the stanza. That enabled them to take control of the game, holding onto a comfortable lead throughout the half that never got smaller than seven points.Twice when the home team threatened to get the deficit back down to single digits, Williams knocked down a shot from outside to take the crowd out of it. The Scarlet Knights finally did get it back there with a 9-0 run midway through the half, but, once again, Williams dropped in a shot from the outside to move the momentum back toward the Scarlet and Gray.Eventually, the Buckeyes’ 61.5 percent shooting mark in the second half was too much for Rutgers to ever mount a real comeback, sealing OSU’s 17th victory of the year, with five contests left on the regular-season schedule.OSU freshman guard JaQuan Lyle, who had the strongest all-around performance of his young college career with a triple-double in the teams’ first matchup, was unable to replicate the dominant performance. He finished with four points, three rebounds and five assists, and played just eight minutes in the second half.Loving was also absent for much of the second half after struggling while on the court. He was on the court for just five of the final 20 minutes and failed to score a point. Sanders was the Scarlet Knights’ leading scorer with 23 points.One very unsatisfactory statistic for OSU coach Thad Matta was the turnover column, where his team coughed the ball up 19 times to Rutgers’ 11.A trip back home is next in the cards for the Buckeyes, as they are scheduled to take on Michigan on Tuesday. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.
Not to be outdone by their football counterparts, the Ohio State men’s soccer team defeated conference foe Wisconsin on the road Sunday afternoon on the legs of the Hegngi brothers, albeit in less thrilling fashion. The Buckeyes knocked off the Badgers 2-0 to improve their conference record to 4-1 and take the driver’s seat in the Big Ten title race. Head coach John Bluem praised his defense after the game saying he knew it would be a tough task winning on the road. “We just had a really good game,” Bluem said. “The guys were really determined; they played well and followed the plan very well.” Ohio State got on the board early when senior forward Parnell Hegngi was fouled in the box by Wisconsin freshman defender A.J. Cochran, giving OSU a penalty kick. Parnell Hegngi’s brother Chris Hegngi took the penalty kick and got it past sophomore goalkeeper Max Jentsch to give the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead in the 27th minute of the contest. It was Chris Hegngi’s third goal on three penalty kick attempts this season. Chris Hegngi’s goal was his ninth on the season, which leads the Big Ten. In the second half, Parnell Hegngi took a free kick from just outside the box and curled it around the Wisconsin defensive wall and into the upper right corner of the goal to give the Buckeyes a 2-0 lead. It was Parnell Hegngi’s third goal of the season and first since the Buckeyes’ Sept. 4 win over Stetson. “Parnell Hegngi was a big part of the reason we won today,” Bluem said. “He was the guy who drew the penalty kick and in the second half Parnell scores a goal off of a free kick. He had a very good game.” The Buckeyes were out-shot 20-13 in the contest but junior goalkeeper Matt Lampson tallied seven saves and notched his fifth shutout of the season. He is now in second place all-time with 24 career saves, three saves away from tying Casey Latchem’s career record for OSU. With Northwestern playing No. 10 Indiana to a 2-2 tie Sunday, the Buckeyes (10-5-2) take sole control over the Big Ten lead. They will play Indiana (10-3-4) for the regular season conference title Saturday. “If we win against Indiana, that would make us the conference champions, no matter what other scenario,” Bluem said. “We control our own destiny.” The game will kick off from Bloomington, Ind., at 1 p.m.