About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Martin Ødegaard: Now proving the hype at Real Sociedadby Carlos Volcano7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Sociedad’s rising star Martin Ødegaard has started the new LaLiga Santander season showing just why he was tipped for the top right from the start of his career.Still just 20 years old, Ødegaard has been lighting up LaLiga in spectacular fashion since his arrival in San Sebastian on loan from Real Madrid last summer. So much so that the txuri-urdin’s midfield star was officially named September Player of the Month in LaLiga Santander, as his goals and assists drove his team towards the top of the table.Born in Drammen, Norway in December 1998, Ødegaard has been setting landmarks all his sporting life. After coming through at local club Stromgodset, he became the youngest player to play in Norway’s top division at the age of just 15, the Tippeligaen’s youngest-ever scorer and Norway’s youngest-ever senior international. A move to Real Madrid soon followed and in May 2015 he became Madrid’s youngest-ever debutant [16 years and 157 days] when replacing Cristiano Ronaldo in a LaLiga Santander game against Getafe at the Santiago Bernabeu.Competition for places at Madrid is always tough, so the teenager played 58 times for the club’s Castilla youth team before joining Dutch team SC Heerenveen for 18 months in January 2017. That brought more regular senior experience, and he returned to the Eredivisie to spend another year at Vitesse Arnhem. 11 goals and 12 assists made him the only non-PSV Eindhoven or Ajax player to make the 2018/19 Eredivisie Team of the Season.Last summer brought a return to LaLiga with La Real, who had an excellent transfer window with other young arrivals including his fellow Scandinavian Alexander Isak and French defender Modibo Sagnan. Txuri-urdin coach Imanol Alguacil immediately put Ødegaard into his starting XI for the 1-1 draw at Valencia on the opening day and he kept his place for the following weekend when he scored his first LaLiga goal in a 1-0 win at RCD Mallorca.Playing mostly in an attacking midfield role, Ødegaard’s technical ability and passing range have stood out, showcasing the tenacity and leadership skills of a player who has amassed significant experience at such a young age. His highest profile game so far brought a man of the match performance, including a fine goal and clever assist, as Atletico de Madrid were beaten 2-0 at the Reale Arena. There have also been assists against Basque neighbours Alaves – a real beauty of a through ball, if you haven’t seen it… – and Sevilla, and he is the only La Real player to have completed all 720 LaLiga minutes so far in 2019/20.October’s international break saw Ødegaard add to his 20 senior caps for Norway in Euro 2020 qualifiers against Spain and Romania. And now it is back to work with his club as La Real look to build on their excellent start to the season with games against Real Betis, RC Celta and Levante. Longer term he remains firm in his wish to triumph at Real Madrid, where he is under contract until 2022, but only after seeing through his agreed two-year loan at La Real.Few players pack as much into their entire careers as Martin Ødegaard has already achieved. LaLiga’s nordic rising star does not turn 21 until next December, but the best is surely yet to come.
Vine/Brian ShearerThe end of Pitt’s 65-61 win over Syracuse at the Carrier Dome wasn’t without some controversy late. Syracuse fans online are livid over a blatant travel by Pitt guard James Robinson that went uncalled, with just seconds left in the game. Apparently walk-on Carter Sanderson feels the same way. He voice his discontent about the play on Twitter.You can’t be serious, right? A No call? What a joke. https://t.co/xyVyM7OuEt— Carter Sanderson (@TheCarter3_) February 21, 2015The call is very bad, but we bet someone will remind SU’s players to keep their criticism of the refs off of social media. Even Jim Boeheim censored himself after the game.Boeheim declines to comment on the last call. “We’re not allowed to talk about that.”— Phil D’Abbraccio (@PhilDAbb) February 21, 2015Pitt is 18-10 after the big road win.
zoom Norwegian ship owner Ocean Yield ASA has reached an agreement to cancel the final of three newbuilding Liquefied Ethylene Gas (LEG) carriers which were ordered from China’s shipbuilder Sinopacific Offshore & Engineering in May 2014.Ocean Yield has paid USD 16.2 million in pre-delivery instalments to the shipyard, which is secured by bank guarantees.“These funds shall be repaid to the company with 5% interest upon cancellation of the shipbuilding contract. Funds repaid will be re-invested into new projects” Ocean Yield said.The company added that the cancellation is not expected to have any material accounting effect in the fourth quarter.The cancellation was a result of the negotiations which were undertaken by the parties after Sinopacific Offshore & Engineering filed for receivership in August 2016.The first vessel under the contract is expected to be delivered towards the end of October 2016 and will thereafter enter into its long term charter with Hartmann/SABIC, while the second vessel is expected to join its owner on July 1, 2017.Sumec Marine Co. Ltd. will finance and finalise the construction of the second vessel at the Dayang Shipyard.Scheduled for 15-year “hell and high water” bareboat charters to the German Hartmann Group, the 36,000 cbm vessels have 10-year sub-charters to SABIC Petrochemicals B.V.Ocean Yield said that the bareboat charter and the sub-charter contract have been amended accordingly.
In celebration of the upcoming opening of The James West Hollywood-Sunset, The James Hotels has partnered with the David Lynch Foundation and Dazed Media to create the short film “A New Sunrise Over Sunset”.A New Sunrise Over SunsetDirected by Shaniqwa Jarvis the film offers a first look inside The James West Hollywood – Sunset, featuring prominent David Lynch Foundation supporters and LA insiders: model and jewelry designer Erin Wasson, vocalist Nia Andrews, artist and clothing designer Cali DeWitt, Grammy-Award winning singer James Fauntleroy, 2016’s Best New Chef by Food & Wine, Kris Yenbamroong, and multidisciplinary visual artist, Brendan Fowler.Inspired by the contemporary culture of Los Angeles, “A New Sunrise Over Sunset” is broken into three themed vignettes titled “Connection”, “Consciousness” and “Community” after The James’ three core brand pillars, which invoke emotion through subliminal storytelling utilizing color and sound. The film radiates both visual and sonic references to the work of David Lynch and the Foundation.The James’ found a natural partner in the David Lynch Foundation with their close ties to the Los Angeles community and the shared goal of bringing people mindful, restorative experiences. Award-winning director David Lynch, best known for Twin Peaks, discovered meditation in 1973 and has been practicing it daily ever since. In 2005 David founded the David Lynch Foundation to bring meditation to people around the globe.“The film bridges Los Angeles culture with mindfulness through the perspective of locals who have deep understandings of well-being in their lives,” said David Lynch. “This partnership empowers us to bring the practice of meditation to a new audience of people.”In celebration of the partnership with the David Lynch Foundation, who works to bring ‘pure consciousness’ to children and adults around the world through transcendental meditation methods, The James West Hollywood – Sunset will donate $10 from every single booking made at the hotel through jameshotels.com, from now until the property opening on May 1st, 2017. Guests will be able to make an optional donation to any future reservation at any James hotel starting in May.“The James Hotels and the David Lynch Foundation share the goal of bringing mindfully modern experiences into people’s lives,” said Carl Cohen, Chief Experience Officer at Denihan Hospitality Group. “We are proud to support this cause while simultaneously elevating the minds and bodies of our guests.”To view the film and to learn more visit jameshotels.com/dlf.
OSU junior wide receiver Michael Thomas (3) during a game against Hawaii on Sept. 12 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorOhio State might have two victories that ended with the second- or third-string quarterback running out the clock with a decisive lead, but members of the team have not been pleased with its performance so far.“We know in the back of our minds that as an entire team we have not played our best,” redshirt sophomore linebacker Darron Lee said. “But we don’t panic, we don’t worry necessarily, it’s just like ‘Hey, we have some work we’ve got to do to get where we’ve got to get.’”The below-expectation performance has dealt OSU a small hit in the Associated Press poll with OSU (2-0) losing its unanimous No. 1 spot. The Buckeyes were the first team ever to receive all 61 first-place votes in the preseason poll, but they lost two of those votes to Big Ten rival Michigan State this week. The Spartans, after defeating then-No. 7 Oregon on Saturday, sit in fourth place.The Buckeyes, meanwhile, struggled offensively in their home opener against Hawaii. They scored four rushing touchdowns, but a failure to get much of a game going through the air was bailed out by a strong defensive performance in their 38-0 win.“We didn’t play very well, but on defense we played outstanding … So what do you do? We work at it,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said.Now, the Buckeyes are ready to welcome the Northern Illinois Huskies on Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff. Northern Illinois (2-0), which won the Mid-American Conference championship in three of the past four years, is the first of two consecutive MAC schools on OSU’s schedule, with Western Michigan set to come to Columbus the week after.OSU’s non-conference schedule — Virginia Tech, Hawaii, Northern Illinois and Western Michigan — has drawn some criticism for its lack of firepower, most notably from former Wisconsin and current Arkansas coach Bret Bielema.“Ohio State’s ranked No. 1 and they have one game remaining on their schedule that has anybody ranked right now — Michigan State,” Bielema said during last week’s SEC coaches teleconference. “We’re going to play eight straight opponents that are ranked.”Meyer, in return, took a jab at Bielema on Monday.“I don’t know where people have time to do all that,” Meyer said. “I don’t know anyone else’s schedule. I don’t care.”Bielema’s Arkansas, as it turned out, lost to MAC school Toledo three days after his comments.Previously for the HuskiesNIU grabbed wins in each of its first two games, 38-0 over UNLV and 57-26 against Murray State. Each game was marked by a great deal of offense and a poor showing of defense.The Huskies are seventh in the nation in yards per game with 594. They compiled 545 yards against UNLV, including 360 passing yards from redshirt junior Drew Hare, before exploding for 643 yards last week.Hare has thrown for 718 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions through two games, with 357 of those yards going to junior receiver Kenny Golladay. Golladay, who also has two touchdown receptions, is second in the nation in yards receiving.“That is a very special quarterback,” defensive line coach Larry Johnson said of Hare. “Drew is very special … He can run the ball also, but he’s pretty accurate. He doesn’t make a lot of mistakes. He runs the offense.”However, NIU has allowed 433 yards per game, 95th out of 127 schools.Meyer praised redshirt senior cornerback Paris Logan on defense, however, whom he referred to as “electric.” Logan, who had three interceptions last season, should be matched up with OSU’s No. 1 receiver, redshirt junior Michael Thomas.The Buckeyes last faced the Huskies in 2006, a 35-12 OSU victory. The Buckeyes were ranked No. 1 for that game, as well.Receiving setsAs OSU has already proved this season, depth charts released the days leading up to the game don’t always mean a whole lot. Still, the depth chart for the Week 3 matchup warrants a closer examination.The No. 1 receiver, as he should continue to be if he stays healthy, is Thomas. Behind him, however, is where it gets interesting.Redshirt freshman Parris Campbell is written in as the No. 2 receiver. Campbell, a product of Akron, does not have a catch through two games. In OSU’s opener at Virginia Tech, he had two opportunities for his first collegiate reception but came away with two drops.Still, the lack of early results did not stop Meyer from praising the receiver on Monday.He described Campbell as a “guy who’s coming on like wildfire,” and said the redshirt freshman is someone who “just does things right.”After Campbell, the depth chart lists a third starting receiver spot, held by redshirt sophomore Jalin Marshall, despite Marshall being listed on the roster as an H-back. He is not the only H-back set to line up wide either, as junior Dontre Wilson is listed behind Campbell.At the actual H-back spot, redshirt senior Braxton Miller appears set to make his third straight start, while sophomore Curtis Samuel stands behind him.Musical returner chairsIn the game against Virginia Tech, junior Ezekiel Elliott made a surprise appearance returning punts. The outcome was not stellar, as Elliott muffed one punt late in the first half for a turnover and made only two returns for 13 yards.The following game against Hawaii, OSU opted to have two men deep, for the most part — a group consisting of Marshall, Wilson and Miller. It was Marshall getting the ball as he returned three punts for 45 yards, including a 32-yard return.Even with the opening up of more options — Marshall and Wilson were suspended for the opener — Meyer has Elliott back on the depth chart, listed next to Marshall as the punt return options.As for kick returns, Meyer seems to be going with a completely different group of return men, as Samuel and redshirt junior running back Warren Ball are listed to be standing deep.Up nextAfter the game against Northern Illinois, the Buckeyes are set to wrap up its non-conference schedule by hosting Western Michigan on Sept. 26. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium.
Urban Meyer speaks at a press conference as he fields questions about his handling of the Zach Smith domestic abuse allegations on Aug. 22, 2018. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State head coach Urban Meyer released a statement Friday clarifying statements he believes the media has made regarding the outcome of the investigation on Aug. 22. Meyer said in the statement he was not suspended because he knew about alleged domestic violence made by former assistant coach Zach Smith.The Ohio State head coach referenced what the lead investigator said stated at the press conference announcing his suspension, saying “Coach Meyer impressed us with sincere commitment to the Respect for Women core value that he espouses.” He also referenced that the Board believed, in its findings, that Meyer would have fired Smith if he believed he committed domestic violence against his wife.pic.twitter.com/IVNDr3gZCt— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) August 31, 2018Meyer reiterated that he did not lie at Big Ten Media Days. He referenced the investigative report, which stated Meyer was not part of “a deliberate cover-up” for keeping Smith on the coaching staff. He also said “his fault was not in taking action sooner” against Smith and his “work-related issues.” Meyer said he and athletic director Gene Smith knew about “multiple examples of inappropriate conduct” while Zach Smith was on staff, but that both Meyer and Smith went too far in trying to help the former assistant coach in “allowing him to remain as an employee in the face of repeated misconduct.”Ohio State, in a statement given to The Lantern, reiterated what president Michael Drake said in the statement announcing Meyer’s suspension.“Based upon the independent investigation, I want to state clearly that we believe Urban Meyer did not and does not condone domestic abuse,” Drake said. “However, he did fail to take sufficient management action regarding Zach Smith — and he was not as complete and accurate at media days and did not uphold the high standards and values of the university on that day.”Meyer was suspended by the university for the first three games of the season. Meyer will be allowed to return to the team on Sept. 2 to coach Ohio State during the week leading up to the games he is suspended in. Smith was fired from the university on July 23 for the domestic violence allegations made against him by ex-wife Courtney Smith. Updated at 4:34 with statement from Ohio State.
New Juventus signing Mattia Caldara says he is ‘very excited and curious’ about learning from Cristiano Ronaldo, Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli at Juventus.The defender also stressed that he made the right decision by giving everything to the Atalanta, confessing ‘I wasn’t ready’ to leave Atalanta.“It’s a very important time for me, I’m aware of it,” he began at his official unveiling on Friday as quoted in Football Italia.“I know I’m at a great team, I’ll have to show why I deserve to be here every day. I’m also very excited and curious to see how Cristiano Ronaldo trains and understand how he can stay at these levels for so long.“Continassa? This is a training complex of the highest level, with perfect pitches and structure, as well as a great gym.“Mentality? It’s enough to see how Chiellini and Barzagli work to understand the winning mentality of this team.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“I could’ve joined a year ago, but I always gave everything for the Atalanta shirt. I think Perin is right when he says that the Juve train passes only once in a lifetime.“My lawyer, family and I decided to wait, I wasn’t ready. It’s a big change, especially in terms of mentality, so it was the best choice for everyone.“Nesta and Chiellini? My idol has always been Nesta, that’s why I chose the No 13. Over the years, I’ve also learned to value Chiellini. I have his poster in the room.“Playing with him fills me with pride, and he’s already helping me a lot in training. There’s a lot of competition here, there are some good players in my position, but it makes me want to give more and improve myself.“I’m happy to be here, and I’ll need [that motivation] to get higher and higher. From Chiellini, I have to learn how he marks his man. He’s unique for that.“As for Barzagli, I admire how he reads the ball, both in possession and not so.”