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  • Other Sports Pro Kabaddi League: Haryana Steelers Go Down Fighting Against U Mumba

    first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Greater Noida: Haryana Steelers fought hard against U Mumba before going down 33-39 in the Pro Kabaddi League here on Thursday.Kuldeep Singh and Sunil set the ball rolling for the Haryana Steelers with a couple of tackle points in the opening minutes of the match. Vinay pulled off a fantastic raid in the 4th minute to help Haryana take the lead at 4-3. However, U Mumba picked up some crucial raid and tackle points and took a three-point lead at 9-6 in the 11th minute.The Haryana Steelers fought back through raid points by Vinay and Naveen as they leveled the match at 9-9. Thereafter, both sides played aggressively and kept scoring points in tandem. U Mumba were leading at 15-14 in the dying minutes of the first half, but Ravi Kumar carried out an excellent tackle just before the whistle.Vikash Kandola got Haryana off to a great start in the second half with a fantastic raid in the 21st minute. Kuldeep helped Haryana take a four-point lead when he carried out an all-out in the 22nd minute. However, U Mumba fought back and took the lead after pulling off an all-out in the 28th minute.The Haryana Steelers played their heart out and tried to stay in the contest, but U Mumba kept extending their lead. Vinay recorded a Super 10 in the 32nd minute, but U Mumba still led by four points at 32-28.Sunil scored a tackle point in the 33rd minute and Vinay recorded a raid point in the next minute. However, U Mumba kept inching ahead.Haryana almost caught up with their opponents through raid points by Kandola in the last few minutes of the match, but U Mumba maintained their lead and eventually clinched a victory.last_img read more

  • OVERTIME 9-18

    first_imgBILL NEAL:10 This is the time to pull out all the good ole sayings. You know the ones, “When the going gets tough …the tough get going!” “Circle the wagons boys!” “Next man up!” “Champions are made when nobody’s watching!” You know all them sayings that got to be old because they’re good. Your, I am sorry, our Pittsburgh Steelers are going to need all them sayings and a couple old cans of “whup ass” opened up when the Chicago Bears come to town Sunday Night. Here’s one more for ya …hey Chicago, Not Here…Not Now …Not Today!:09 Here’s a big Western Pa. tip of the hat to Jeannette’s Terrelle Pryor. He made it, but I think we all knew he would. It was just a matter of time. He was and remains an exceptional talent.:08 Speaking of Terrelle Pryor, and I was, I just wish you people would pay attention! Anyway, did you know Terrelle was Al Davis’s last draft pick before he died? If that don’t have destiny written all over it, I don’t know what does.:07 Hey, did you know that Peyton Manning and Eli Manning, the sons of former pro quarterback Archie Manning, had a brother named Charles? Yeah, me neither. Say what you want, anyway you want, but I would not want to be that guy at the Manning dinner table at Christmas …I mean, what does he have to say that anybody wants to hear? I am just saying!:06 Look, here’s my last comment about them black stretch pants the ladies wear. Why you ask! Because I keep telling ya that girl watchin’ is the world’s No. 1 sport. First, thank God the ladies wear them. Secondly …and I’ll be gentle here, THEY – ARE – NOT – MADE – FOR EVERYONE – TO – WEAR!! C’mon wo-men!:05 Your, oops did it again, I mean our Buc’s took three out of four from the Cubs and only need six wins to clinch their first playoff spot in 21 years. “Here we go Pirates, here we go!”:04 “You know you want it. You know you like it” …that should be the name of a hit song …oh shut up and take this movie review, and you better like it. Robert De Niro stars with Michelle Pfeiffer in “The Family.” It’s not “Casino” or “Good Fellows,” but it’s pretty doggone good. I give it three basketballs. You better go see it or De Niro will have you whacked.:03 Jacquet Bazemore, one of Pittsburgh’s most dominant and impressive athletes, joined the ranks of the elite, elite a few weeks ago when he was inducted into the National Legends’ Hall of Fame along with the likes of Billy Blanks and five other martial arts legends, including a former instructor of the legendary Bruce Lee. It doesn’t get any better than that!:02 The results are in now and I know you’ve been waiting to hear them. In the battle of Best Western— Tombstone beat out Wyatt Earp by a long shot. The people voted Kurt Russell a better Wyatt Earp than Kevin Costner and Val Kilmer a better Doc Holiday than Dennis Quaid by an “O.K. Corral” country mile. (Don’t worry either you know what I”m talking about or you don’t.):01 Get ready to get ready! The Champions and Roland Ford, present the last “Harlem Nites” and you won’t want to miss it. Honoring the legend of R&B, D.J.’s Sly Jock and special honored guest, Master Jacquet Bazemore for his recent Karate Hall of Fame induction – Sept. 27 – 3 Lakes Golf Course, 6700 Saltsburg Rd. in Penn Hills – Cash Bar – Cash Kitchen – 50/50 – free parking – quality vendors – special guest D.J. the Line Dance King Roland Ford – special guest Salsa Dancers …line dancers …and ball room dancers – proceeds benefit Champions Toys for Tots – bring a toy and help the children 412- 628-4856 for more information.~ GAME OVER ~ Your comments are welcome. Follow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlDownload our mobile app at http://www.appshopper.com/news/new-pittsburgh-courierlast_img read more

  • Green Goal gets top IOC award

    first_imgRay Maota The ninth World Conference on Sport and the Environment was held in Doha, Qatar, under the motto, “Playing for a Greener Future”. (Image: Olympic.org) Lorraine Gerrans, programme manager of the City of Cape Town’s 2010 Green Goal Programme received the award on behalf of the city at the conference.(Image: Icologie) MEDIA CONTACTS • City of Cape Town +27 21 401 4701 RELATED ARTICLES • Cape Town’s World Cup winter boost • Greening it up in Cape Town • Cape Town: most beautiful city • SA wins big at World Travel AwardsWestern Cape provincial capital Cape Town, a 2010 Fifa World Cup host city, has won the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Sport and Environment Award.The city’s Green Goal programme, which ensured that the 2010 World Cup was an eco-friendly event, won the award for its contributions in the areas of sustainable sport and the environment.Green Goal programme manager Lorraine Gerrans received the award at the IOC’s ninth World Conference on Sport and Environment held in Doha, Qatar, at the end of April.First introduced in 2009, the awards are given out every two years to candidates nominated by national Olympic committees, international federations or continental associations.Cape Town was nominated by Fifa. The football organisation’s head of corporate social responsibility Federico Addiechi said: “We are delighted that Cape Town, our nominee to the IOC, received the IOC Sport and Environment Award for their outstanding environmental protection programme.”At this year’s awards there were 43 hopefuls from five continents, but there could be only one winner from each group.Cape Town won for Africa while the IX South American Games 2010 Host City Medellin won for the Americas; the Japan Swimming Federation won for Asia; the National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark won for Europe and the National Olympic Committee of the Marshall Islands won for Oceania.“Hosting an event such as the 2010 Fifa World Cup that is grounded in the principles of environmental sustainability was an exciting challenge,” said Gerrans, adding that city management’s efforts to efficiently use scarce resources such as energy and water, minimise waste, improve the environment and increase environmental awareness had left a lasting positive legacy for Cape Town.“Winning this award is testimony to the collaborative efforts of all involved. The principles and lessons learnt from the 2010 Green Goal interventions serve as a baseline for future major events in Cape Town and world-wide,” she said.Greening programmeThe Green Goal programme aimed at environmental sustainability during the 2010 World Cup was a collaborative effort between Cape Town management and the Western Cape provincial government.In October 2008, the 2010 Green Goal Action Plan was started with 41 projects, after a number of workshops between the City, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, a German research organisation, the Western Cape provincial government, and NGO Sustainable Energy Africa.The action plan involved, among others: reducing the 2010 World Cup’s carbon footprint; promoting conservation of water resources; and environment-friendly waste management and building practices.“The 2010 Fifa World Cup showed that Cape Town and South Africa have the capacity to host world-class events,” said Cape Town’s executive mayor Dan Plato. “The IOC award gives international recognition of our collective efforts to ensure that the World Cup in Cape Town was hosted in an environment-friendly manner.”Plato said that his team is proud of their achievement, and that they saw no reason to prevent any future major events from being sustainably green from start to finish.“The Green Goal programme has set the bar for event greening in Cape Town, South Africa and the world,” added Plato.Sports impact on the environment recognisedThe ninth World Conference on Sport and the Environment was held under the theme of Playing for a Greener Future, as a partnership between the IOC, Quatar’s National Olympic Committee, and the UN Environment Programme.At the conference, representatives from the UN, the international sporting fraternity, industry leaders, and NGOs discussed the impact of sport on the environment.IOC president Jacques Rogge said: “Sport is a powerful tool for positive change and our task is to ensure we use that tool for the benefit of the planet we share. We owe that to ourselves and to the future generations who will inherit this earth.”He commended the five winners for embracing this concept.last_img read more

  • SA calls for more Africa-India trade

    first_img27 May 2011 Speaking at the second Africa-India summit in Addis Ababa on Wednesday, South African Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe reaffirmed the strategic importance of India’s relationship with Africa, while stressing the need for burgeoning trade relations to be pushed to the next level. “We need to ensure that capacity building is focused on further expansion and leads to increases in trade between and amongst the African countries and India, as well as in investment in infrastructure development,” Motlanthe told representatives from India and the 15 African countries that took part in the summit. Motlanthe commended the commitment of $18-billion worth of projects to Africa by Indian businesses at an Africa-India Business Forum Conclave held early this year, as well as the credit line India offered to Africa during the first Summit in 2008 – commitments made in a harsh economic environment in the aftermath of the global recession. “We, as African countries, need to ensure that we fully utilise such opportunities to the benefit of our people, especially since the shortage of finance experienced by Africa in this current economic situation depresses investment, deters growth and undermines the ability of our countries to meet the Millennium Development Goals,” Motlanthe said. Currently, the World Bank estimates that Africa needs investment of US$93-billion per year to address its infrastructure gap. While the Deputy President acknowledged gains made in the agriculture, manufacturing and other sectors, he said there was still a need to explore ways of making more out of the partnership with India in order to stimulate employment creation in various African countries. Motlanthe proposed that there should be a follow-up mechanism that would ensure monitoring and evaluation of progress made. “With strict time-frames, this will help member states to remain focused and effectively implement the programmes and projects sponsored by this forum,” Motlanthe said. With Africa still trying to break into India’s highly regulated economic market and one of the world’s fastest growing economies, Motlanthe was hopeful that gains would be made through partnerships like the Africa-India Forum, IBSA and BRICS. Working in concert with India, he was also confident that Africa could push for the conclusion of the World Trade Organisation’s Doha Round of negotiations, which would ultimately see a more equitable global trade system. The next Africa-India summit will be held in New Delhi in 2014. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

  • Blitzbokke third in Gold Coast Sevens

    first_img15 October 2012The South African Sevens rugby team began their season on a positive note on the weekend, finishing third in the Gold Coast Sevens in Queensland, Australia after a strong showing that included a victory over defending HSBC World Series champions New Zealand.Coach Paul Treu, a tough taskmaster, was encouraged by his squad’s showing, saying afterwards: “We only lost one game and that was against the eventual winners, but apart from that we really played well.”Ruwellyn Isbell and Reuben Johannes made their national debuts, while Tshotsho Mbovane also made a welcome comeback after a long absence.“Going into the tournament, I was a bit worried about our fitness levels because we had so many players coming back from injury. However, there was a real desire to play good attacking rugby and now we must keep this form in Dubai, where we will have a tough pool to navigate.”The form teamThe Blitzbokke were the form team of pool play on the opening day, turning in three excellent winning performances, with the final game being a comfortable victory over the Kiwis.Kyle Brown and company opened with a 38-0 whitewash of Canada and followed that up with a 33-5 dismantling of the USA, who had made New Zealand work hard for a 19-7 win.In the showdown against the New Zealanders for first place in the pool, it was all South Africa as the Blitzbokke shredded the opposition defence for three early tries and a 19-0 lead.Gordon Tietjens’ charges got onto the scoreboard right on the stroke of half-time, but had the door closed on them by the South African team early in the second half as the Blitzbokke ran in two more tries to extend their lead to 31-7.Two late scores by New Zealand gave the final score an air of respectability for the men in black at 31-21, but it was never close.Day twoOn day two, in the Cup semi-finals, Kyle Brown and his men secured a place in the semi-finals with a 26-14 win over France to set up a showdown with their nemesis, Fiji. It was a meeting of the tournament’s two form teams, although only South Africa entered the contest unbeaten. The Fijians had previously lost to Australia.Ultimately, the contest was decided by a 14-point swing at the end of the first half. With South Africa dominating possession and the scores level at 7-7, they had the islanders pinned on their own tryline.Cornal Hendricks found some space and appeared on his way to putting the green and gold into the lead. He, however, spilled the ball forward as he dived for the line and Fiji recovered. A swift counter-attack, started and finished by Joji Raqamate, saw Fiji turn 14-7 up instead of 14-7 down.A couple of curious attacking options helped the islanders in the second half. They were down a man when Branco du Preez landed a dropped goal, instead of trying to take advantage of the extra man, and then South Africa kicked a penalty for touch and allowed Ilai Tinai back on the field by doing so, instead of running the ball with him off of it.Third place playoffThe defeat left the Blitzbokke to face surprise semi-finalists Kenya for third place. The Kenyans’ earlier results had included a 14-14 draw with England and a 21-14 win over Australia.It was never that close in the playoff game as South Africa dominated from start to finish. They ran in four tries without reply in the first half and went on to record a one-sided 41-7 victory.Fiji lifted the title with a 32-14 win over New Zealand.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

  • State Income Tax for Mobile Workers: Senate Introduces Workforce Simplification Act

    first_imgTo address the complexity of state income tax for mobile workers, U.S. Senators introduced the Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act of 2019.The act would create a nationwide standard for the taxation of mobile workers.A substantially similar bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives in 2017.State Taxing Authority LimitationThe act states that wages and remuneration earned by an employee working in more than one state will only be subject to income tax in the state:of the employee’s residence; andwhere the employee is present and performing employment duties for over 30 days during the calendar year.Current State Taxing AuthorityStates can tax any income earned in the state. The states have each adopted their own standard for taxing nonresident employees.Some states tax income, and require filing, when a nonresident works in a state for as little as one day. Other, states have adopted a set number of days a nonresident must work in the state before taxation. As an example:Connecticut requires 15 days;Maine requires 12 days; andNorth Dakota requires 21 days;Some states require that nonresidents must earn a certain amount of income before imposing tax:Georgia, once income exceeds the lesser of 5% of all income for services or $5,000;Minnesota, once the minimum filing threshold is crossed; andOregon, once income exceeds the standard deduction.There are also exceptions. States may not require a nonresident to pay tax if:the state has a reciprocity agreement with another state; orthe nonresident is in the state for disaster recovery work.Reciprocity AgreementsReciprocity agreements are made between individual states. Under the agreements, nonresidents earning compensation in a state do not pay income tax if they are taxed in their home state.For example, Pennsylvania has reciprocity agreements with:Indiana;Maryland;New Jersey;Ohio;Virginia; andWest Virginia.Alternatively, if the taxpayer is a Pennsylvania resident and works in any of the “reciprocal-agreement” states, the taxpayer pays income tax to Pennsylvania.Disaster Recovery Work ExemptionsMany states exempt out-of-state companies that enter the state to perform disaster recovery work from many taxes. The work must be performed:in response to a state disaster or emergency; andduring the disaster response period.The exemptions apply to a range of taxes including withholding and personal income taxes.Nonresidents traveling into a state for work need to research taxability each time they work in a new state. Complying with all these different requirements is not simple. The act would simplify compliance for mobile workers.Employer WithholdingUnder the act, employers will not need to withhold state income tax unless an employee is in a state for more than 30 days. In a state where the employee meets the 30-day threshold, withholding and reporting requirements would apply on the day employment began in the state.Current Withholding RequirementsState withholding requirements vary. Most states require withholding on nonresident’s wages earned in the state on the first day. Other states set specific thresholds, do not require withholding, or do not impose an income tax.Sometimes the thresholds for withholding are like those imposed on taxpayers. However, they can also differ.In Hawaii withholding does not apply to nonresident employees unless they work in state over 60 days. However, nonresidents must file tax returns when their gross income exceeds the amount of personal exemptions and the standard deduction.There are also exceptions to withholding for nonresidents. As an example, Arizona has exceptions from withholding for nonresidents if they:engaged in motion picture productions in Arizona;are employed by an individual, fiduciary, partnership, corporation or limited liability company having property, payroll and sales in Arizona, or of a related entity that has more than 50% direct or indirect common ownership;are physically present for less than 60 days;are working for common carriers paid for service performed both in and outside the state; andcan claim credit for tax paid to the state of residence.Employee DefinedThe act would allow states to define an “employee.” However, the term “employee” will not include:professional athletes;professional entertainers;qualified productions employees; orcertain public figures.Having a nationwide standard would make it easier for employers to comply with state withholding requirements.Senate ActionsSenators introduced the bill February 28.The bill has 34 cosponsors:16 Republicans; and18 Democrats.The bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Finance.Andrew Soubel, J.D.Login to read more on CCHAnswerConnect.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

  • 16-yr-old from Telangana Malavath Poorna is the youngest female to scale Everest

    first_imgAs far as records go, this one is special as can be. When she scaled Mount Everest on Sunday, Malavath Poorna not only became the youngest-ever female to perform the feat, but, along with her team member Sadhanapalli Anand, also proved that no goal is unattainable for those with a strong will.All of 13, Poorna reached the summit around 5.55am after a 52-day long expedition with her team. To immortalise their feat, she and 16-year-old Anand left a picture of B.R. Ambedkar, the architect of India’s constitution, on the world’s highest peak. Anand belongs to the Dalit community.What makes their feat extra significant is that both come from rural and economically backward families and are students of state-run educational institutions in what will soon be the state of Telangana.Poorna, whose parents earn their livelihood as farm labour, is from Tadwai in Nizamabad district. She is a Class IX student at the Gurukul Patashala, a residential school under the social welfare department.Anand, whose father works as a mechanic, is in Class XI and studies at a social welfare institute in Khammam.The duo’s brush with Everest, scaling which is a dream many harbour, came with a rare opportunity. Last year, the Andhra Pradesh Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society chose the duo from among 150 children from economically weak families who were identified and shortlisted for advanced training in adventure sports. The two were among 20 sent to Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling for the training programme.Another selection saw the duo getting picked with seven others for an expedition to the Sino-Indian border.”Poorna and Anand were picked for the Everest expedition in April, in view of their toughness and endurance,” said an official of the society.’Win for Telangana’ Talking about their feat, Telangana Chief Minister-designate K. Chandrasekhara Rao said, “This is a toast to Telangana a week before the creation of the new state and symbolises how the poor of the region struggle to achieve success.”last_img read more

  • Ohio State mens basketball still remembers Wisconsin loss

    If Ohio State sophomore forward Sam Thompson’s outing against Penn State is any indication, then the Buckeyes might like their chances against Wisconsin Tuesday. But before he went off for 16 points (on 6-of-7 shooting), six rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals, Thompson, admittedly, said Buckeye coach Thad Matta was in his ear, challenging him, the night before their game against the Nittany Lions. The thing is, Thompson said, little of it had to do with scoring. “I think he told me that I had one offensive rebound in all of Big Ten play, and I think maybe four steals,” he said. Thompson admitted he failed to snatch an offensive board. Against the Nittany Lions, who are winless in the Big Ten, it really didn’t matter. OSU (15-4, 5-2 Big Ten) cruised to a 65-51 win Saturday for its second consecutive victory. In the process, Matta joked he earned his “street cred” for facilitating the Chicago native’s outing. “I’m glad that he listened,” Matta said. The conversation, he said, was simple, short and straightforward. “(I said) get your mind to where you’re capable of doing the things that you can do within the context of what we’re trying to do,” Matta recalled. And against a Wisconsin team that’s given the Buckeyes problems in the past, Matta might need to turn that conversation into a locker room speech before OSU’s game against the Badgers Tuesday. “Wisconsin is, I think, a great basketball team,” Matta said. The Badgers knocked off then-No. 2 Indiana in Bloomington, Ind., two weeks ago, and the last time Bo Ryan’s squad came to Columbus, it beat OSU on its Senior Day, 63-60. It’s something sophomore guard Shannon Scott said he still remembers. “They beat us on Will (Buford)’s last game, so we kind of want to play this for him because we kind of sent him out with a loss and we didn’t appreciate doing that,” Scott said. “They’re a great team, we know that.” That mentality might serve the Buckeyes well, especially considering the Badgers are 12-8 in their last 20 meetings against OSU – a figure that dates back to March 2003. Even more recently Matta is 7-10 against Ryan. “Honestly, it seems like all the games that we’ve played have had major implications for one reason or another,” Matta said. In 2007, then-No. 2 OSU topped No. 1 Wisconsin in Columbus in what was regarded as one of the most highly anticipated basketball games in the history of the relatively young Schottenstein Center. In 2011, the Badgers ended OSU’s undefeated season, 71-67, in front of a raucous crowd at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis. Former Buckeye big man, Jared Sullinger, even accused the Wisconsin faithful of spitting on him following the game. Matta said Tuesday’s game against the Badgers is just another day in the life in the Big Ten. Basketball, he said, is a lot like life. “Some good things happen, you analyze why they happen (and) bad things happen,” Matta said. For OSU, it figures to be a fitting analogy for a season that has been inconsistent and, at times, underwhelming. The game against Wisconsin might speak volumes to whether that’s an accurate narrative. read more

  • Ohio State mens lacrosse holds off Hill Academy 1311 in exhibition play

    Then-freshman attackman Carter Brown (14) passes the ball during a game against Marquette Feb. 23 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU won, 18-8.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorFreshmen players scored five of Ohio State’s 13 goals in the first men’s lacrosse game of 2014.Freshman attackman JT Blubaugh scored two goals and added an assist Saturday as the No. 7 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team held on to beat Canadian prep-school Hill Academy, 13-11.Playing in their first game since the fall, the Buckeyes found themselves down early as Nolan Apers scored 28 seconds into the game for Hill Academy.A pair of juniors turned things around for the Buckeyes as attackman Reegan Comeault and midfielder Jesse King scored three straight goals to help OSU take a 3-1 lead after the first quarter.However, Hill Academy would not back down as Jake Cook scored a man-down goal late in the third quarter and the Buckeyes found themselves trailing, 8-7.But freshman midfielder Sean Giampietro didn’t let the Buckeyes trail for long as the Garnet Valley, Pa. native scored just more than a minute later to tie the game.“Sean this past week has really started to blossom,” OSU coach Nick Myers said. “Getting a chance to play as much as he did today, he will take a lot out of this opportunity.”Junior midfielder David Planning, who tallied 17 goals last season, scored the Buckeyes’ second goal in 40 seconds to give OSU a lead it would not relinquish.After the game, Myers credited Hill Academy for traveling from Canada to take on the Buckeyes, saying it gave his team a good challenge.“I have to credit The Hill Academy for coming here,” Myers said. “That’s a very organized group. They gave us a very good look, those are some very skilled players … I’m happy we got challenged the way we did.”Despite holding on and getting the victory, senior defenseman Dominic Imbordino said OSU still has work to do, especially in regards to discipline, as the team was called for eight penalties.“It’s a point of emphasis for us to stay out of the box,” Imbordino said. “I feel like we could have done a better job with that today.”Still, four different freshman scored a goal for the Buckeyes, an opportunity senior defenseman Darius Bowling said will help them later in the season.“I wish I would have had an opportunity like this when I was a freshman,” Bowling said. “It was definitely good to get out here in an actual game and get that experience.”Myers said the starters will open up their next exhibition game, but he is more focused on the team improving as a whole.“We are trying to get better from A to Z,” Myers said. “This game was certainly a good first step for us.”The Buckeyes will host their second of three exhibition games on Saturday, when the Navy Midshipmen are scheduled to come to Columbus. Game time is set for 12 p.m. at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. read more

  • Opinion Jameis Winston needs to grow up

    Redshirt-sophomore FSU quarterback Jameis Winston celebrates after a touchdown during a game against The Citadel at Florida State University at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla., on Saturday, September 6, 2014. FSU won 37-12Credit: Courtesy of MCTDon’t expect to be hearing much from Jameis Winston anymore this season.Coming off of a one-game suspension, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher has banned Winston from press conferences during the week. Fisher said he is doing so to let Winston focus on his academics.However, I believe this might have been done so that the media can stop focusing on Winston. With all of the media scrutiny, if Winston were to slip up and say the wrong thing, he could make a bad situation worse. Considering his draft stock is already plummeting.It didn’t come as much of a surprise that Winston was back in the news late last week, for his antics off the field.As if he doesn’t already have a laundry list of behavioral issues off the field, Winston continues to shock us. This big time, Heisman trophy-winning quarterback and arguably biggest name in college football clearly doesn’t know how to conduct himself as a leader and mature adult off the field.For those unfamiliar with what happened, Winston, the quarterback for the Florida State Seminoles, stood on a table in the student union and yelled an obscene phrase. Florida State then announced that he would not play in its game against Clemson this past weekend.He was initially suspended for only the first half of the game. The suspension for the second half came after Florida State discovered that Winston lied to the school authorities about the circumstances surrounding the event.It’s almost uncanny that in the midst of the NFL dealing with players’ off-field misconduct that Winston would pull a stunt like this. With all of the scrutiny the NFL’s been under, Winston is likely beginning to look like more and more of a liability to any team thinking of drafting him.Quarterbacks are known to be the face of the team. No NFL team wants to draft a player in the first round who has the capability of tarnishing the franchise with his off-the-field issues.If Winston can’t behave now while playing for a college team — to the point that his coach won’t allow him to talk to the media — how will he act when he is getting paid to play football by a major organization?This isn’t the first incident that would have an NFL team questioning his value. These incidents range all the way from shoplifting crab legs and carrying a pellet gun around campus, to being accused of sexual assault.Winston has continuously displayed a pattern of constant poor judgment. I don’t think any NFL teams can or will trust him.No matter how talented and athletic he is, to some NFL teams he might not be worth the headache. Drafting him as a top-five pick would cost a team more money than he’s worth right now. At this point he’s proven himself not to be a first-round draft pick.Winston needs to realize that even though he’s young, his future is riding on his actions on and off the field now. In my opinion, he should stay at Florida State for another year. He needs time to prove to NFL teams and that he can stay out of trouble, grow up and be a respectable man.It will be interesting to see how heavy the NFL will weigh on players’ actions off the field during the draft, especially after all of the criticisms they’ve received recently. Even watching Johnny Manziel slide in the 2014 NFL Draft was interesting. He likely had to know how big of a factor his off the field issues played in his draft status.Hopefully Winston can learn to grow up while he is in college, before he becomes an NFL team’s publicity nightmare. read more