From dust bowls to fields of dreams

first_img The league had to borrow more than $100,000 to pay for some of the upgrades, but has paid it all back thanks in part to statewide tournaments it has hosted. The city chipped in to build the road and parking lot. Overall, the changes cost about $300,000. Vito Messina, 13, a third-baseman, said before the complex was fixed up, the fields were so choppy, Hall-of-Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson couldn’t stop its unpredictable grounders. “I like it a lot,” he said of the new complex. “When players come here from other areas, they go, ‘Wow, check out these fields.”‘ Meanwhile, the softball upgrades are coming in part thanks to the Amanda McPherson Foundation, a local group named for an 8-year-old Wood Ranch girl who loved softball and died of heart failure two years ago. The foundation will donate $200,000 to the project, which also received $50,000 each from Farmers Insurance and Unocal Corp., said Costello, the foundation’s vice president. Grading on the new park in the Big Sky neighborhood began this week, and the fields could open by summer. “It’s gorgeous up there with the views,” he said. “This is going to be one of the nicest spots in Southern California to play girls softball.” Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SIMI VALLEY – More than 800 youth baseball and softball players in town are about to get a major league upgrade to their outdated fields. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in renovations are making the once-dusty Simi Valley Youth Baseball complex an attraction for teams across Southern California, organizers said. In the scenic hills across town, crews are doing grading work on a sports park that will include four softball diamonds. “Simi Youth Baseball is now one of the finest facilities in Southern California, bar none,” said Tom Costello, who has two boys in the youth baseball program and a daughter in the Simi Valley Girls Softball Organization. There are between 400 and 500 girls ages 6-14 in the Simi Valley Softball Organization and another 450 boys ages 4-14 who play youth baseball. The boys group is planning to expand, with teams for 15- and 16-year-olds. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Colleen Janssen, spokeswoman for the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District whose son used to play Little League, said the property there “was in dire need of improvement.” Now, it’s a gem hidden behind a flood control dam below Wood Ranch, she said. Ed Toczynski has been active in Simi Valley Youth Baseball since 1987 and agreed there were problems at the old complex. “When we started playing there, people used to call it the dust bowl,” he said. “My kids were rolling around in the dirt.” Now, the area that houses a five-field complex – with synthetic turf infields and grass outfields – a new paved road and a parking lot is “paradise,” he said. “I love everything about our complex,” Toczynski said. last_img read more

Maria Sakkari Made the Wimbledon 3rd Round; Marcos Baghdatis Beats James Ward

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares LONDON – Greek tennis player Maria Sakkari made the Wimbledon third round for the first time on Wednesday, counting her blessings that she once got the chop from a karate class, firstpost.com reports.The 21-year-old from Athens defied her world ranking of 101 to knock out 44th-ranked Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6-7 (6/8), 6-4, 6-4.James Ward made it to the third round back in 2015 but has dropped out of the top 1000 in the world this year.FILE – Marcos Baghdatis.And Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, a one-time Australian Open finallist made short work of the Brit, dispatching him 6-4, 6-4, 6-3, express.co reports.(AP) Show courts schedule on Tuesday at Wimbledon:Play begins on Centre Court and No. 1 Court at 1200 GMTall other courts at 1030 GMTCentre CourtAngelique Kerber (1), Germany, vs. Irina Falconi, United StatesMartin Klizan, Slovakia, vs. Novak Djokovic (2), SerbiaAlexandr Dolgopolov, Ukraine, vs. Roger Federer (3), SwitzerlandNo. 1 CourtMilos Raonic (6), Canada, vs. Jan-Lennard Struff, GermanyKarolina Pliskova (3), Czech Republic, vs. Evgeniya Rodina, RussiaDominic Thiem (8), Australia, vs. Vasek Pospisil, CanadaNo. 2 CourtJuan Martin del Potro (29), Argentina, vs. Thanasi Kokkinakis, AustraliaAgnieszka Radwanska (9), Poland, vs. Jelena Jankovic, SerbiaJeremy Chardy, France, vs. Tomas Berdych (11), Czech RepublicOns Jabeur, Tunisia, vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova (7), RussiaNo. 3 CourtKyle Edmund, Britain, vs. Alexander Ward, BritainEkaterina Alexandrova, Russia, vs. Garbine Muguruza (14), SpainEvgeny Donskoy, Russia, vs. Alexander Zverev (10), GermanyKristina Mladenovic (12), France, vs. Pauline Parmentier, FranceCourt 12Richard Gasquet (22), France, vs. David Ferrer, SpainKatie Boulter, Britain, vs. Christina McHale, United StatesGrigor Dimitrov (13), Bulgaria, vs. Diego Schwartzman, ArgentinaOceane Dodin, France, vs. Lucie Safarova (32), Czech RepublicCourt 18Mona Barthel, Germany, vs. CoCo Vandeweghe (24), United StatesGael Monfils (15), France, vs. Daniel Brands, GermanyJames Ward, Britain, vs. Marcos Baghdatis, Cyprus(AP) — Results on Monday at Wimbledon:Singles Men First RoundJo-Wilfried Tsonga (12), France, def. Cameron Norrie, Britain, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.Pierre-Hugues Herbert, France, def. Nick Kyrgios (20), Australia, 6-3, 6-4 retired.Benoit Paire, France, def. Rogerio Dutra Silva, Brazil, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (10), 6-4.Karen Khachanov (30), Russia, def. Andrey Kuznetsov, Russia, 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-3, 1-6, 6-2.Simone Bolelli, Italy, def. Yen-hsun Lu, Taiwan, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.Jerzy Janowicz, Poland, def. Denis Shapovalov, Canada, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2).Nikoloz Basilashvili, Georgia, def. Carlos Berlocq, Argentina, 6-4, 7-6 (3), 6-1.Sam Querrey (24), United States, def. Thomas Fabbiano, Italy, 7-6 (5), 7-5, 6-2.Dustin Brown, Germany, def. Joao Sousa, Portugal, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-4.Kei Nishikori (9), Japan, def. Marco Cecchinato, Italy, 6-2, 6-2, 6-0.Thiago Monteiro, Brazil, def. Andrew Whittington, Australia, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5).Andy Murray (1), Britain, def. Alexander Bublik, Kazakhstan, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2.Kevin Anderson, South Africa, def. Fernando Verdasco (31), Spain, 2-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (8), 6-3.Roberto Bautista Agut (18), Spain, def. Andreas Haider-Maurer, Austria, 6-3, 6-1, 6-2.Donald Young, United States, def. Denis Istomin, Uzbekistan, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, 4-2, retired.Florian Mayer, Germany, def. Viktor Troicki, Serbia, 6-1, retired.Andreas Seppi, Italy, def. Norbert Gombos, Slovakia, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1.Rafael Nadal (4), Spain, def. John Millman, Australia, 6-1, 6-3, 6-2.Peter Gojowczyk, Germany, def. Marius Copil, Romania, 7-6 (5), 2-6, 6-3, 6-1.Sergiy Stakhovsky, Ukraine, def. Julien Benneteau, France, 6-3, 7-6 (8), 2-6, 6-2.Lucas Pouille (14), France, def. Malek Jaziri, Tunisia, 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (2).Marin Cilic (7), Croatia, def. Philipp Kohlschreiber, Germany, 6-4, 6-2, 6-3.Fabio Fognini (28), Italy, def. Dmitry Tursunov, Russia, 6-1, 6-3, 6-3.Lukas Rosol, Czech Republic, def. Henri Laaksonen, Switzerland, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4.Daniil Medvedev, Russia, def. Stan Wawrinka (5), Switzerland, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.Gilles Muller (16), Luxembourg, def. Marton Fucsovics, Hungary, 7-5, 6-4, 6-2.Damir Dzumhur, Bosnia-Herzegovina, def. Renzo Olivo, Argentina, 6-2, 6-0, 6-1.Ruben Bemelmans, Belgium, def. Tommy Haas, Germany, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.Steve Johnson (26), United States, def. Nicolas Kicker, Argentina, 6-4, 7-5, 6-3.Aljaz Bedene, Britain, def. Ivo Karlovic (21), Croatia, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (6), 6-7 (7), 7-6 (7), 8-6.Jiri Vesely, Czech Republic, def. Illya Marchenko, Ukraine, 6-1, 4-6, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.Radu Albot, Moldova, leads Facundo Bagnis, Argentina, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (9), susp., darkness.Women First RoundMadison Keys (17), United States, def. Nao Hibino, Japan, 6-4, 6-2.Beatriz Haddad Maia, Brazil, def. Laura Robson, Britain, 6-4, 6-2.Camila Giorgi, Italy, def. Alize Cornet, France, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.Aryna Sabalenka, Belarus, def. Irina Khromacheva, Russia, 6-3, 6-4.Wang Qiang, China, def. Chang Kai-chen, Taiwan, 6-3, 6-4.Simona Halep (2), Romania, def. Marina Erakovic, New Zealand, 6-4, 6-1.Venus Williams (10), United States, def. Elise Mertens, Belgium, 7-6 (7), 6-4.Elina Svitolina (4), Ukraine, def. Ashleigh Barty, Australia, 7-5, 7-6 (8).Carina Witthoeft, Germany, def. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (26), Croatia, 6-3, 5-7, 8-6.Barbora Strycova (22), Czech Republic, def. Veronica Cepede Royg, Paraguay, 6-3, 6-3.Francesca Schiavone, Italy, def. Mandy Minella, Luxembourg, 6-1, 6-1.Kristyna Pliskova, Czech Republic, def. Roberta Vinci (31), Italy, 7-6 (6), 6-2.Naomi Osaka, Japan, def. Sara Sorribes Tormo, Spain, 6-3, 7-6 (3).Maria Sakkari, Greece, def. Katerina Siniakova, Czech Republic, 6-3, 6-4.Petra Kvitova (11), Czech Republic, def. Johanna Larsson, Sweden, 6-3, 6-4.Dominika Cibulkova (8), Slovakia, def. Andrea Petkovic, Germany, 6-3, 3-6, 9-7.Caroline Garcia (21), France, def. Jana Cepelova, Slovakia, 6-1, 6-1.Madison Brengle, United States, def. Richel Hogenkamp, Netherlands, 6-3, 6-3.Francoise Abanda, Canada, def. Kurumi Nara, Japan, 6-2, 6-4.Jennifer Brady, United States, def. Danka Kovinic, Montenegro, 6-3, 6-1.Ana Bogdan, Romania, def. Duan Ying-Ying, China, 6-4, 6-2.Johanna Konta (6), Britain, def. Hsieh Su-wei, Taiwan, 6-2, 6-2.Irina-Camelia Begu, Romania, def. Naomi Broady, Britain, 6-4, 6-2.Heather Watson, Britain, def. Maryna Zanevska, Belgium, 6-1, 7-6 (5).Anastasija Sevastova (18), Latvia, def. Yulia Putintseva, Kazakhstan, 6-1, 7-6 (3).Ana Konjuh (27), Croatia, def. Sabine Lisicki, Germany, 6-1, 6-4.Peng Shuai, China, def. Marketa Vondrousova, Czech Republic, 6-7 (5), 6-0, 6-4.Victoria Azarenka, Belarus, def. CiCi Bellis, United States, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1.Donna Vekic, Croatia, def. Natalia Vikhlyantseva, Russia, 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-1.Carla Suarez Navarro (25), Spain, def. Eugenie Bouchard, Canada, 1-6, 6-1, 6-1.Elena Vesnina (15), Russia, def. Anna Blinkova, Russia, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2.Jelena Ostapenko (13), Latvia, def. Aliaksandra Sasnovich, Belarus, 6-0, 1-6, 6-3.last_img read more

9 months agoAtletico Madrid defender Godin agrees Inter Milan terms

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Atletico Madrid defender Godin agrees Inter Milan termsby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid defender Diego Godin has assured Inter Milan he’ll join them in the summer, it has been revealed.Off contract in June, El Larguero says Godin has assured Inter he’ll make the move in June.He has agreed terms over a two-year deal worth €5.5m-a-season with the option for a third.Godin has made the decision after Atletico refused to offer more than a 12-month deal for the veteran to renew.The captain had been seeking a two-year contract and is disappointed by Atletico’s unwillingness to meet his demands. last_img read more

23 days agoTottenham captain Hugo Lloris: We gave up

first_imgTottenham captain Hugo Lloris: We gave upby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham captain Hugo Lloris says the players let the club down last night.Mauricio Pochettino’s side were obliterated 7-2 by Bayern Munich, who scored five goals in the second half of the group game on Tuesday night. “I feel really bad for the fans mainly because we gave up a little bit too easily and the score was even worse,” Lloris said.”It is a night that affects a lot. Now it’s about character, clearing the mind.”The next two games against Red Star will become even more important, we cannot lose any more points.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

DHT Holdings to Dispose of Oldest VLCC

first_imgzoom As part of its fleet renewal strategy, the crude oil tanker company DHT Holdings has reached an agreement to sell another very large crude carrier (VLCC) oldie, the 2001-built DHT Ann.The company said that the 309,300 dwt vessel fetched a price of USD 24.8 million, slightly over its current market value of USD 22.5 million, VesselsValue data shows.Featuring a length of 334 meters and a width of 58 meters, DHT Ann will be delivered to its new owners during the second quarter of 2017.Upon delivery, the ship is expected to retire from the trading fleet, DHT Holdings said.About USD 13 million of bank debt will be repaid in connection with the sale and the company will record a book loss of about USD 4 million in the first quarter 2017.The sale was agreed only weeks after the shipping firm decided to sell its oldest VLCC, the 1999-built DHT Phoenix.The 307,200 dwt vessel was bought by an undisclosed shipowner for a price of USD 19.1 million.As its sister ship DHT Ann, DHT Phoenix is also set to join its new owners during the second quarter of the year.Once both of these ships are handed over, DHT Holdings’ fleet will count some 20 tankers.The company also has two 319,000 dwt VLCC newbuildings currently under construction at South Korean shipyard Hyundai Heavy Industries, both of which are scheduled to join the fleet in the second half of 2018, VesselsValue data shows.last_img read more

Allegations against law firm come out at hearing

first_img(Photo: Lawyer David Blott taken at the time of his graduation from the University of Alberta Law School in 1998) By Kathleen MartensAPTN National NewsVANCOUVER–A Calgary law firm under fire for the way it handled residential school survivor compensation cases was cleared in two earlier peer reviews, a lawyer representing the firm says.The Alberta Law Society twice looked into complaints against Blott & Company and found nothing wrong, Blott’s lawyer Roy Millen says. The investigations were carried out in 2009 and 2011 after one client complained he was overcharged and another said he received an advance at a high interest rate.Similar complaints are now being investigated by a court monitor following a hearing in B.C. Supreme Court last Thursday.Blott & Company can resume working with its 3,000 residential school clients while the investigation is conducted by Crawford Class Action Services of Ontario, the court monitor for the Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.The settlement includes financial compensation for survivors of sexual and the worst physical abuse while students at Indian Residential Schools through what is called the Independent Assessment Process (IAP).Justice Brenda Brown has yet to release a written order following last week’s court hearing approving the investigation.Crawford alleges four clients were advanced loans against their six-figure compensation payouts and charged interest in the 20 per cent range, along with service fees – something Crawford says violates the IAP rule of full compensation paid only to survivors, who can settle with third parties later. Court heard Blott & Company was not the only law firm arranging settlement loans.Crawford lawyer Lou Zivot told the judge one complainant was expecting more than $100,000 but received around $30,000 after being invoiced for two loans valued at $70,000 – more than she says she got.Crawford further alleged some clients weren’t properly represented, which Blott denies. And, that some clients were given big-screen television sets and laptop computers, the costs of which were deducted from the compensation payout.A publication ban remains in effect on any information that would identify the four complainants and the names of 10 associates that work at Blott & Company.At the same court hearing, Brown lifted her 15-day suspension of Blott & Company operations that put 56 compensation hearings on hold. She’d suspended the firm’s activities prior to the Nov. 10 hearing.Those hearings frozen from November 1 to November 18 are now being re-scheduled by the Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat. Its adjudicators hear evidence from survivors at confidential hearings and decide how much compensation is due.Compensation payouts range from $105,000 to $455,000. About 200 lawyers work with IAP clients.Roy Millen said IAP cases comprise 90 per cent of Blott & Company business. He also told court the firm was the subject of an investigation started by the adjudication secretariat that didn’t interview founderDavid Blott. He said David Blott is willing to meet with the adjudication secretariat’s representative to address any concerns.Chief Adjudicator Daniel Ish confirmed he ordered an internal investigation last February because of complaints from clients and his adjudicators. Those were that Blott lawyers weren’t properly preparing clients for their hearings, “major discrepancies” between IAP applications and evidence heard by the adjudicator, incomplete documents, and “excessive” cancellation of hearings.Ish noted Blott challenged the authority of his office to conduct an investigation. Blott also denied the allegations.Ish says it was first anticipated 12,500 survivors would seek compensation but he says the caseload is now at 27,000. Already 11,500 cases have been heard across Canada.When the IAP concludes next year, Ish predicts somewhere between $2 billion and $3 billion will have been paid out.As for the loans, Millen said Blott arranged them for 68 clients but hasn’t done so in the past two years. Court heard the loans were obtained through three Alberta-based lending companies: Funds Now Inc., BridgePoint Financial Services and Settlement Lenders of Canada.David Hamm, the president of Funds Now, said in an affidavit Blott didn’t receive any direct or indirect payment for arranging loans, adding Funds Now is no longer operating.The Residential Schools Settlement Agreement states compensation cannot be paid to other parties, including lenders.Millen says the loans occurred during the precursor to the IAP – the earlier compensation process called the Alternative Dispute Resolution.He said Blott & Company has handled 500 IAP cases in the past eight months without complaint.In fact, two Blott associates said they were each attending and billing for 20 compensation hearings per [email protected]last_img read more

Do Toothless Offenses Like The Bengals Ever Recover

1973OAK22.914.024.426.1-1.7 2006OAK10.53.011.618.1-6.5 2000DET19.214.519.920.1-0.2 2001SEA20. All is not lost here for the Bengals. Eight of those teams that didn’t score an offensive touchdown in their first two games actually went on to score more on average in their remaining games than they did in the previous year. But all of these gains were modest, in many cases less than a point. The biggest rebounders were the 1990 Pittsburgh Steelers, who averaged 16.6 points in 1989, failed to score an offensive TD in Weeks 1 and 2, and then averaged 19.3 points for the rest of the year. The news is less rosy when you look at three most recent examples: The 2016 L.A. Rams, the 2006 Oakland Raiders and the 2006 Tampa Bay Bucs. The inauspicious starts for these three were a dark omen for what was to come. The trio combined to go 10-38.The hope of modest gains isn’t much for Bengals fans to cling to. This team was expecting its offense, which ranked 24th in the NFL last year, to get much better — not to plateau or fall off a cliff. Since history tells us to expect that teams in the Bengals’ position will score an average of three fewer points per game than they did in the previous season, and Cincinnati scored 20.3 points per game last year, we’d expect the team to post about 17 points per game in 2017. In the 16-game era,1Not counting 1982 and 1987 seasons, which were shortened by strikes. teams that average between 16 and 18 points per game are 871-1,635-6 for a .348 winning percentage that translates to between five and six projected wins this year for the Bengals.Of course, the Bengals could have just run into hot defenses in their first two games, against the Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans. But even the great 1985 Bears gave up 22 offensive touchdowns that season, or 1.4 per game. Getting shut out from paydirt in two straight games is epic futility no matter who you’re facing. Cincinnati might pin Week 2’s offensive fiasco on the fact that is was playing a Thursday night game on short rest, but that likely had no effect given that in games through Week 2 since 2014, teams have actually averaged more points per game on Thursdays (23.3) than in the season as a whole (22.6).Some expressed worries that the Bengals’ attack would suffer after the team let 35-year-old Pro Bowl tackle Andrew Whitworth leave for the Rams in free agency, but the Bengals attempted to compensate for the loss by picking up even more skill players in the draft. Owner Mike Brown and head coach Marvin Lewis selected world-class sprinter John Ross to be a game-changing deep threat with the ninth overall pick. And in the second round, the club added 226-pound running back Joe Mixon, who ran a 4.5 40-yard-dash at his Pro Day.And those players were added to a mix that already included three-time Pro Bowl quarterback Andy Dalton, perennial Pro Bowl wideout A.J. Green and one of the league’s most efficient scorers in tight end Tyler Eifert, who since 2000 has the third most touchdowns per catch (minimum 20 touchdowns) among tight ends. The team has 11 offensive players who are home-grown first- or second-round draft picks.All of which makes the offense’s ineptitude even more perplexing. Which explains why the team took drastic measures: This is the first time in the Bengals’ 50-year history, all of which has been spent under the guidance of the Brown family, that an offensive coordinator has been fired during the season.But the bigger issue may be Dalton, who currently ranks last in the NFL in QBR with a rating of just 10. The league average QBR through Week 2 is 49; last year, Dalton’s was 52.3. There have even been rumblings about benching Dalton, including from a former NFL Executive of the Year.Either way, Cincy has no excuses this week — at least, that is, no excuses for not scoring a touchdown. The Bengals are in Green Bay facing a Packer defense that ranks 25th in yards allowed per play through Week 2 after finishing 28th in 2016.But perhaps the Bengals can look to one of their NFC counterparts for offensive inspiration. The Bengals were the 24th team to go through their first two games without scoring an offensive TD, but the 25th team, this year’s San Francisco 49ers, joined the club just a few days later. After a fortnight of grim, incompetent offense, Brian Hoyer and the Niners exploded for five touchdowns and 39 points in Thursday night’s loss to the Rams.Then again, when it’s only Week 3 and you are already trying to emulate the feats of the Niners, something has gone terribly wrong. 1988CLE19.04.521.126.0-4.9 YEARTEAMFULL YEARGAMES 1-2REST OF YEARPRIOR YEARDIFF AVERAGE POINTS PER GAME 2004TAM18.88.020.318.8+1.5 Teams that started like the Bengals didn’t rebound wellHow the 22 past teams that didn’t score an offensive touchdown in Weeks 1 and 2 fared over the rest of the season, compared to the season prior 2006TAM13.21.514.918.8-3.9 1978BAL14. 1990PIT18.311.519.316.6+2.7 2001WAS16.01.518.117.6+0.5 1996TAM13.84.515.114.9+0.2 Excluding the 1976 Tampa Bay team, which was in its first year as a franchiseSource: Pro-Football-Reference.com 1985BUF12.56.013.415.6-2.2 1977TAM7. 1985PHI17. 1970NOR12.31.514.122.2-8.1 1982KAN19.614.021.221.4-0.2 1977BUF11.43.012.817.5-4.7 1975NOR11.81.513.511.9+1.6 1974PHI17.38.018.922.1-3.3 1990NOR17.17.518.518.8-0.3 The Bengals entered this year as playoff contenders with a retooled offense that was considered one of the fastest units in the NFL. But two games into the season, they’ve kicked three field goals. And that’s it, that’s all the points the team has scored. Cincinnati’s inability to score a touchdown in its first two games (both losses) has led to the quick dismissal of offensive coordinator Ken Zampese in his 15th season with the team.It may not sound like that big a deal to be held without a touchdown for the first two games of the season, but going back to 1970, this has only happened 15 times prior to 2017. Another eight teams registered only a return touchdown, failing to score with their offense.The 23 teams that got left at the starting gate should not give Bengals fans much confidence in this year’s unit. These offenses would go on to average 17 points per game for the remainder of the season. If you include the two clunkers each team had in Weeks 1 and 2, the group finished the season with a paltry 15.6 points per game. When compared to their previous season’s scoring output, teams — not counting the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who were an expansion team and so did not have a previous season — declined by an average of three points. 2016LAR14.04.515.417.5-2.1 1997IND19.68.021.319.8+1.5 read more

Police review surveillance video in Carlos Hyde alleged assault case

Lantern file photoThe Columbus Division of Police have obtained surveillance video of an alleged assault of a woman at a Columbus bar Saturday, in which Ohio State football player Carlos Hyde was named as a “person of interest,” Columbus Police Sgt. Richard Weiner confirmed Wednesday to The Lantern.Weiner said police are reviewing the surveillance video of the incident, which occurred at about 2 a.m. Saturday at the Sugar Bar 2, located at 303 S. Front Street, according to a Columbus Police report.The woman told police she did not know the suspect who allegedly assaulted her but could identify him, according to the report.No charges have been filed against Hyde, but the investigation is still ongoing, Weiner said. Columbus Police have not yet interviewed the woman.According to a Tuesday report from Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports, the surveillance video shows Hyde did not appear to make contact with the alleged victim. Weiner did not confirm or deny this information.Hyde has been suspended from all football team activities pending the outcome of student code of conduct and criminal investigations.Hyde, a senior running back, is expected to be a starter for the Buckeyes this season if he is reinstated. He finished second on the Buckeyes with 970 rushing yards last season, and led the team with 16 rushing touchdowns.Hyde was named to the 2013 preseason Doak Walker Award watch list, an award given to the top college football running back. read more