Frank Kaminsky SI 6Wisconsin star Frank Kaminsky is currently manning Sports Illustrated’s Twitter account to field questions from fans, and the results have not disappointed. Fans have asked everything from his favorite teams and musicians, to his underwear preferences, to the classic Reddit question about duck-related preferences when it comes to a fight. We already knew that Kaminsky was the best. This just confirms it. Whichever team lands Kaminsky in the draft is getting one of the most entertaining guys available…and a pretty good center as well.
OTTAWA — Some facts and figures about the D-Day landings in Normandy on June 6, 1944:TARGET: Allies land on French channel coast along five Normandy beaches stretching about 80 kilometres west from River Orne.BEACHES: From west to east, Utah (U.S.); Omaha (U.S.); Gold (Britain); Juno (Canada); Sword (Britain).FEATURES OF JUNO: Eight-kilometre strip of summer resorts and villages scattered over flat land behind low beaches and a sea wall. Many Canadians in first wave race to cover of sea wall. D Company of Queen’s Own Rifles loses half its strength in initial sprint from water to seawall about 180 metres away.ENEMY AT JUNO: About 400 soldiers of 716th Infantry Division man concrete gun positions sited to fire along beach. Zones of fire calculated to interlock on coastal obstacles intended to rip bottoms out of invading boats. Gun positions protected by mines, trenches, barbed wire.SHIPS: More than 7,000 vessels manned by 285,000 sailors. Royal Canadian Navy contributes 110 ships and 10,000 sailors.SOLDIERS: 130,000 ashore by nightfall, including about 14,000 Canadians.VEHICLES: 6,000 tracked and wheeled vehicles and 600 guns land.PLANES: More than 7,000 bombers and fighters available. Allied planes fly about 14,000 sorties June 6, against about 250 by Luftwaffe.D-DAY CASUALTIES (killed, wounded and missing): Canada: 1,074, including 359 killed; U.S. 6,000; Britain: 3,200. Germany figures unreliable because of confusion in retreat.CAMPAIGN CASUALTIES (killed, wounded and missing): In 2-plus months of Normandy campaign (June 6-Aug. 21) Germans lose 450,000 soldiers, Allies 210,000. Canadian casualties total more than 18,000, including more than 5,000 dead.ALLIED LEADERS: Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower (U.S.), Supreme Commander, Allied Expeditionary Force. Gen. Sir Bernard Law Montgomery (Britain), Field Commander, D-Day Forces.CANADIAN LEADERS: Gen. Harry Crerar, Commander 1st Canadian Army. Maj.-Gen. Rod Keller, Commander 3rd Canadian Infantry Division.DIVISIONS INVOLVED: Canadian 3rd Infantry Division; British 3rd and 50th Infantry Divisions; U.S. 1st and 4th Infantry Divisions. (All had armoured units attached).The Canadian Press
Former OSU safety Malik Hooker (24) and redshirt freshman longsnapper Liam McCullough (49) high-five Buckeye fans after their 30-23 overtime victory over the Wisconsin Badgers on Oct. 15. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorA total of eight members of the 2016 Ohio State football team were formally invited to participate in the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis from March 2 to 5. OSU had 14 invites in 2016.Of the eight, Malik Hooker, Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley are all projected in the first round. The lowest projected pick for OSU — punter Cameron Johnston — has been slotted as high as the sixth round, according to WalterFootball.com.Wide receiver/running back Curtis Samuel is expected to be the first OSU offensive player taken in the first two rounds of the draft. There are a total of four defensive players, three on offense and Johnston as the lone special teams invite.Hooker and Lattimore are two of the most polished prospects in this year’s secondary class. Both possess ball-hawk skills in pass defense and Lattimore has the ability to be a shutdown cornerback. Lattimore reeled in four interceptions as the cornerback opposite Conley in 2016, returning one for a touchdown. He is listed as the No. 1 cornerback prospect on NFL.com, with his weakness being his single year of experience.Hooker is likely to be OSU’s top draft pick and a threat to go in the top five of the draft. He showed an elaborate display of athleticism, breaking a school record with three interception returns for touchdowns. He was third in the NCAA with seven interceptions and is ranked as the top safety prospect.Conley is listed as the No. 6 cornerback by NFL.com.Linebacker Raekwon McMillan is projected as a second- or third-round pick. He was an integral part of the OSU defense for the past three seasons, two as a starter, racking up 275 career tackles and 221 as a starter. Pat Elflein, ranked as the third overall center by WalterFootball.com, will most likely be a mid-round pickup. Although Elflein’s 2017 campaign was full of success, the speed and strength of the three-year starter will be scrutinized during the combine.Noah Brown, a surprising early departure for OSU, is a bit of a mystery in the draft. A physical receiver who can create space, Brown has limited tape for teams to gauge his skills, making it necessary to have a strong combine performance to impress general managers and coaches.Regardless, Brown is projected to go in the second or third round.Michigan led all schools with 14 players invited to the combine.
Ohio State football player Marcus Baugh was arrested Sunday for underage possession/consumption of alcohol and for displaying improper identification, according to a Franklin County Municipal Court public record.According to the record, Baugh was arrested by OSU Police at 11th Avenue and High Street, where the South Campus Gateway is located. Baugh was released on a $1,000 bond and his arraignment was scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday where he pleaded not guilty.Both offenses are listed as M1 misdemeanors, which are punishable by up to six months in jail and/or up to a $1,000 fine.Baugh, a 6’4″ 230-pound tight end from Riverside, Calif., is an incoming freshman at OSU. He was considered a four-star recruit coming out of high school by major recruiting services Scout, Rivals, ESPN and 247Sports.Baugh was not yet enrolled during spring semester, and therefore did not participate in spring football drills.Upon asking the football team for a statement regarding Baugh’s arrest, an OSU spokesman told The Lantern that it is “aware of the situation.”Baugh did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Ohio State sports information director Jerry Emig (left) and co-offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson (right) survey the media at the first practice of fall camp on July 27. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.Just as he has the past six seasons, Kevin Wilson will open the season at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Indiana. But instead of crimson and cream, the new Ohio State co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach will be donning scarlet and gray. From 2011 to 2016, Wilson was the Hoosiers’ head coach, improving them from 1-11 in his first season to 6-6 in his final year. Indiana possessed one of the Big Ten’s top offenses and made bowl games in his final two seasons. He resigned from Indiana on Dec. 1 amid off-the-field issues concerning player mistreatment. Despite the rocky departure, Wilson said he still reflects positively on his time coaching the players.“You hugged them all, you love them and that to me is the tough thing because you lost a relationship with the kids you love because those kids played very, very hard for us and I’ve got a lot of respect for them,” Wilson said.Many of the players now playing against Wilson are familiar with the former Indiana head coach and Oklahoma offensive coordinator. Seven starters on last year’s Indiana offense, including quarterback Richard Lagow, and nine starters on defense, led by AP preseason second-team All-American linebacker Tegray Scales, return for the 2017 season.OSU then-redshirt sophomore wide receiver Parris Campbell (21) holds onto the ball against Indiana’s defensive back Rashard Faint (16) during the second half against Indiana on Oct. 8. The Buckeyes won 38-17. Credit: Mason Swires | Former Assistant Photo EditorThe familiarity extends from the players to the coaches, as well. Tom Allen was promoted from defensive coordinator to head coach after Wilson’s exit. On Tuesday’s Big Ten coaches teleconference, Allen said he and his team have watched some of Wilson’s games at Indiana from last year to scout the new Ohio State co-offensive coordinator.But Wilson — who will be in the press box with co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day during the game — said that won’t help Indiana very much. “I mean I never had a playbook,” Wilson said. “You go with what works and what the guys are in the way you attack and you have a game plan and as soon as you get hit in the mouth, things happen and you wad it up and you’ve got the ability to adapt and adjust is what makes it so.”Last year, the Wilson-led Indiana offense relied primarily on Lagow, a pocket passer. This year, with J.T. Barrett, who rushed for 845 yards in 2016, Wilson believes the offense will look very different from Indiana’s last season.The co-offensive coordinator isn’t only focused on putting points on the scoreboard. He has also played a role in preparing Ohio State’s defense for an offensive unit he coached.“[Wilson] and [defensive line] coach [Larry] Johnson have been working together to talk about some things,” redshirt senior defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle said. “Coach Johnson is giving us cues and stuff every day in meetings. [Wilson]’s helping a lot.”How much Wilson can truly offer defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, Johnson and the rest of the defense is unknown. The former Indiana head coach was replaced by former Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike Debord, who runs a different style of offense. But, the personnel remains largely the same. The quarterback, two wideouts, the tight and end three offensive linemen who started last season all return. “I know the way that we’ve played [at Indiana] in years past and I [have] respect for coach Allen, those defensive coaches — all those guys were there with us,” Wilson said. “I know the way they’re coached, I know the way they’re prepared and there’s a reason they’ve been battling and been so good. We’re going to get a tremendous challenge.”
Reserve goalkeeper Sergio Romero is not expected to be out for long after sustaining an injury in a collision with Diego Costa while on international dutyRomero was in goal for Argentina at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano, when he collided with the former Chelsea forward. The 31 year-old initially tried to resume playing, but had to be replaced by Willy Caballero as Argentina succumbed to a humiliating 6-1 thrashing without Lionel Messi.But contrary to initial fears, the Argentina FA have announced that the damage to the goalkeeper is minimal. Despite this, it is still unclear as to when Romero should be fit to return to Jose Mourinho’s side.“Sergio Romero suffered a trauma to his right knee.“The tests done have ruled out any serious bone or ligament damage.” read the statement, according to Goal.Since joining United in 2015, Romero has found himself restricted in appearances at Old Trafford due to David de Gea’s consistent spectacular displays in goal.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…The Argentine has made a total of 37 appearances for the club this season, with nine of those coming from this season, across all competitions.Romero’s last game for United came in their 2-0 win over Brighton in their FA Cup quarter-final clash and he recently spoke of how he prepares for games, despite the lack of recent action.Romero told United Review: “The fact that Jose [Mourinho] allowed me to play in the Europa League [last season] showed the confidence he had in me.“I never leave anything to chance. I always work hard to be ready for when my chance comes.“My priority is being ready 100 per cent, in good shape both physically and mentally, because I’m not just fighting for many things for my club.“I’m also fighting for many things at international level, so I’m someone who has his head in the right place to perform well.”
Juventus’ Gianluigi Buffon has revealed who he believes are the top five goalkeepers in the world with a surprising omission from the listThe Juventus captain, who has been widely considered one of the greatest goalkeepers in the history of football, was asked to share his opinion on who are currently the five best goalkeepers in the world, ahead of the second leg against Real Madrid in the Champions League.Excluding the Italians players from his list, Buffon named the likes of Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neur. But the legendary Italian had rather controversially left out Manchester United’s David de Gea, while including his fellow Real target Thibaut Courtois.Solskjaer is hopeful de Gea will stay Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 According to the Manchester United manager, goalkeeper David de Gea will be able to extend his contract… if he’s convinced to stay by the club’s board.‘Not taking into account Italian keepers, I would say [Jan] Oblak, [Keylor] Navas, [Marc-Andre] ter Stegen, Ederson, [Manuel] Neuer and Courtois,’ said Buffon. ‘I hope I did not forget anybody.’ revealed Buffon, according to Metro.Earlier in the week, Ter Stegen was also asked to name his top five goalkeepers in the world with De Gea included, along with Roma’s Alisson.
Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is tired of the constant comparisons with his legendary father, Peter, and has taken to social media to express his frustrationsThe Leicester City number one has often been compared to his famous father, who also played as a goalkeeper and was part of the Manchester United treble-winning squad in 1999 along with the Denmark side that won the European championship in 1992.Schmeichel Jnr is participating in his first ever World Cup campaign with Denmark this summer and will be starting once more for Age Hareide’s side as they take on Croatia today in the team’s first appearance at the Round of 16 stage for 16 years.The 31-year-old has won major silverware himself by being part of the famous Leicester side that unexpectedly stunned the English football world by winning the Premier League title in 2016.But even so, the comparisons with his father continue to follow him where ever he goes.“It’s not annoying, I just expect more from you guys!” he said, as quoted by BT Sport.Euro 2020 qualifiers round up from group D George Patchias – September 5, 2019 In Euro 2020 qualifying group D, Denmark hit Gibraltar for six while Ireland and Switzerland played out a draw.The Danes made easy work of…“It’s inevitable coming to a World Cup, new media who haven’t spoke to me before. The Danish guys know what the response will be. I guess it’s part of life.”Schmeichel later took to Instagram and wrote: “Your face when you get asked about your dad for the fourth time in a row at a World Cup press conference”
Liverpool midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri revealed that their 1-0 win at Huddersfield Town gave manager Jurgen Klopp plenty of reasons to get wound upShaqiri assisted Mohamed Salah’s 24th-minute goal at the John Smith Stadium to earn Liverpool all three points and end their four-game winless run in all competitions.But Shaqiri, who made only his second Premier League start for the Reds, confessed that Klopp was far from pleased with what he saw in the game.“He wants the best from you and always demands that you give 100 per cent,” said Shaqiri, according to Metro.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“He is very emotional. If he sees something that is not 100 per cent normal, he will shout – and he did!“That’s normal. Everything was not perfect like he wanted it to be. In the end, we won the game and that was the most important thing. But we have to analyse what was good and what was not good.”Liverpool will next take on Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League on Wednesday, where they hope to recover from their 1-0 defeat to Napoli last time out in Group C.
Alan Shearer has blasted Manchester United saying the Premier League giants have no chance of finishing in the top four this season.The Red Devils 3-1 defeat to Liverpool has left them in sixth place, 11 points off fourth-placed Chelsea, who occupy the final UEFA Champions League position.Jose Mourinho’s men are 19 points behind leaders Liverpool, meanwhile, and Shearer insists United struggled against Jurgen Klopp’s side at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.“It’s nowhere near good enough. Get in the top four? They’ve got no chance. No chance. Manchester United have a big decision to make. They could come out and back the manager – and back him big – in January,” Shearer said, according to Sports Mole.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“If they don’t, that would be very telling as to the direction things are heading. That’s if he makes it to January. It’s tough going to Anfield, no one is denying that. Especially against this superb Liverpool team. But they were set up to be beaten, set up at best to hang on against Liverpool.”“With seemingly no belief that they could go and get a result – other than a lucky draw maybe. Liverpool went after them and Manchester United couldn’t cope.”United next travel to Wales next weekend to face Cardiff City in the Premier League.