OSU junior Lindsey Clary poses for a picture at the Big Ten championships. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe last time the Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team had a better performance at the conference championships than it did last month, no members on the current roster were born.Thanks in large part to two standout meets from junior Lindsey Clary and sophomore Liz Li, who secured two individual titles each, the Buckeyes took fourth place as a team at the Big Ten championships. Now they’re looking to repeat that success as they compete at the NCAA championships in Atlanta from March 16 to 19. Overall, the Buckeyes took home five titles, including one relay win — the first time since 1991 that the Buckeyes won a Big Ten relay event. Li, along with classmate Macie McNichols and seniors Annie Jongekrijg and Rachael Dzierzak, won the 200-yard freestyle relay, beating their own school record, while setting a pool record in the process. To add the icing on the cake, the relay team’s winning time also qualified it for the national championships.Clary had qualified for nationals at the Ohio State Invitational in November, so her training program was adjusted to have her be at her peak in Atlanta. As such, she went into the conference meet at a disadvantage relative to the other swimmers. Even though she didn’t have much to gain personally, Clary said she used the opportunity to accumulate points for her team as a catalyst to drive her.“Going into Big Tens I knew that I was in spots to score for my team,” Clary said. “I kind of used that as motivation, I knew I was in a good spot rested or not, I knew that I could get the job done.”She broke the pool record on her way to the Big Ten title in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:03.64. She now enters the NCAA championships as the second seed.“My coach and I have talked a lot about how I’m going to be in the mix for the (national) title for the 400 (individual medley),” Clary said. “It’s definitely never even been a thought for me, so when my coach said that in the fall in one of my goal meetings I was like, ‘(Wow), he’s crazy.’ But I guess seeing the psych sheet and seeing what I did at Big Tens with little to no rest, it really pumps me up, so I’m pretty excited to see how that plays out, as well as my mile and 500.”Clary also won the 1,650-yard freestyle — the mile — and is seeded third in the event heading into the national championships. She took third in the conference in the 500-yard freestyle, which results in her qualifying for the NCAAs in that race, as well.As for the other Buckeye who won two individual titles, Li said she fell ill while resting for the conference championships, but she used inspiration from her teammates and coaches to gain confidence heading into the meet.“I was really sick, and I got tired mentally and psychologically. I felt like I might not perform well during Big Tens,” Li said. “I was so concerned about that, but my teammates and the coaching staff encouraged me, and they believed in me that I could do a good job.”OSU sophomore Liz Li poses for a picture at the Big Ten championships. Credit: Courtesy of OSULi won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 21.80 seconds and is the second seed in the event at the NCAA championships. This was the first time that a Buckeye had won the Big Ten 50-yard freestyle title since 1982.Not being the top-ranked swimmer in the event isn’t necessarily a bad thing, Li said. “I feel like maybe that’s a great opportunity for me to improve myself, because I love people in front of me who are faster than me to lead me to my best,” she said.The sophomore also captured the conference title in the 100-yard butterfly and will be the No. 12 seed heading into the national championships. In her third event at the conference meet, she was out-touched in the 100-yard freestyle and had to settle for second place, but she will have another shot as the eighth seed in Atlanta.Clary said she thinks the team’s resurgence is because of a change within the team atmosphere, which has been a focus for the Buckeyes this season.“We’ve brought in a lot of outside aspects to help our culture and just team building and bonding with each other,” Clary said. “We’ve made that more of a priority, and I think the team has really bought into the program and the process.”OSU coach Bill Dorenkott credited good personnel and individual discipline outside of practice and competitions as the reason for the team’s success this postseason.“It took a while to get the culture where we want it, and that’s an everyday process,” Dorenkott said. “The decisions that the girls are making away from the pool, there’s a cumulative effect there, and you’re seeing the results of that. It just took a while to get the right people in the program and fit them into the proper roles.”The season doesn’t end for the Buckeyes in Atlanta. Seventeen members of the team are planning to compete in their respective Olympic trials for the chance to swim in Rio de Janeiro in August.
Ohio State redshirt senior guard Keyshawn Woods attempts a shot against Michigan State at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on Feb. 17. Photo: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorEAST LANSING, Mich — A sea of white hindered Ohio State while it tried to establish its offense. Each time the shot clock was under 10 seconds, the Michigan State student section counted down to one, seemingly leading to a rushed shot even when five seconds were left on the clock. C.J. Jackson, one of only two players on Ohio State’s roster that has played in East Lansing before, seemed unfazed. The senior guard, with five seconds left on the shot clock, put up a 3 from the top of the 3-point line as if time had expired. He sunk it, giving Ohio State the early 7-2 lead. But even as Ohio State showed spurts of offensive potential in the first half, inexperience and inconsistency reigned, and the sea of white rejoiced as the Buckeyes (16-9, 6-8 Big Ten) fell to No. 11 Michigan State (21-5, 12-3 Big Ten) 62-44 on Sunday. It was the least amount of points Ohio State has scored in a game this season. After shooting 40 percent from the field in the first half, making 3-of-6 from deep, Ohio State struggled with offensive consistency in the second, making 4-of-21 from the field and 1-of-9 from 3. The Buckeyes scored 13 points in the second half compared to Michigan State’s 37 and did not record a field goal in the final 7:40. Facing a defense that limits opponents to shoot 37.3 percent from the field, Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said struggling to score has been a challenge, but something he expected to see in this team. “It’s not like we didn’t expect that we were going to have trouble scoring this year,” Holtmann said. “We had an expectation that that was going to be something. We just have to keep taking good shots.” WIth the game tied at 39, Michigan State redshirt senior forward Kenny Goins sparked the Spartans’ second-half momentum, hitting a 3. But Jackson answered on the next possession with his second 3 in three tries. Jackson finished the game with eight points, making 1-of-6 opportunities from inside the 3-point line. But redshirt junior guard Kyle Ahrens answered with a 3 of his own, beginning a 10-0 Spartans run and putting a dagger through the hopes of the Buckeyes victory. “If they are all hype making shots, it’s tough to make shots when the crowd is going crazy and they are all hyped up on defense,” sophomore guard Musa Jallow said.In the second half, Michigan State made 12-of-26 attempts from the floor, shooting 42.9 percent from 3. As the crowd got behind the Michigan State offense, especially in the second half, Holtmann said it was hard to watch his team implode offensively. “It’s frustrating when you are struggling to score as much as you are struggling to score,” Holtmann said. “I think that is frustrating for guys because you tie so much of yourself to your offense.” In the first half, momentum favored the road team. The Ohio State offense came out hot, taking a 14-5 lead in the first seven minutes of the game. Sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson, in his second matchup with Michigan State junior forward and Gahanna, Ohio-native Nick Ward, scored six of the 14 points. Wesson finished the game with 12 points, the only Ohio State player with double-digit points, and nine rebounds.With Ward sidelined for the majority of the first half with a hand injury, Wesson said he feels like he battled in the post, but said he was unhappy with his six missed shots.But the runs continued in the first half. After redshirt junior Kyle Ahrens and Ward brought the Spartans back to within two, senior guard Matt McQuaid hit a corner 3 with Ohio State freshman forward Justin Ahrens draped over him, giving the Spartans its first lead of the day. With the Spartans holding onto a one-point lead heading into the final three minutes of the first half, Jallow hit a 3, igniting a 7-0 run and giving the Buckeyes a 31-25 halftime lead. This was the expectation for Jallow heading into the second half of play. “Just come back for another 20 minutes and play as hard as we did in the first half,” Jallow said. “When the game ended, we weren’t as good as we were in the first half.” Despite a six-point Ohio State lead heading into the second half, Michigan State began the half with a 7-1 run, tying the game at 32. However, offensive success came to a stand still for both the Spartans and the Buckeyes a the start of the half, combining to make two of 12 total shots, with Ohio State missing its first six. After the first half of play, Jallow felt this game was in the grasp of Ohio State. But after scoring 13 points in the second half, Jallow said this loss hurts. “It leaves a bad taste in your mouth because we knew this was a winnable game and we just didn’t do enough to pull it out in the second half,” Jallow said. Ohio State will travel home to take on Northwestern on Wednesday at the Schottenstein Center at 8:30 p.m. Updated at 4:32 p.m. with quotes from sophomore guard Musa Jallow, sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson and head coach Chris Holtmann.
Jürgen Klopp believes Mohamed Salah’s game has improved tremendously as he’s adapted to playing in a slightly different position for Liverpool this season.Salah has notched in 14 goals this season and remains the club’s top scorer with the latest coming against Wolves.The Egyptian forward played as a lone striker at Molineux where he scored and assisted Virgil van Dijk’s second-half goal.“It’s good,” Klopp told reporters at Melwood on Monday morning, when asked about the Egyptian’s development. “He had to adapt a bit to the slightly different positions; it’s not that much different, but it is different from time to time.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…“We need him as a link-up player as well and that’s a very important part of our game, but he is still with the desire and with his speed. His speed in the first few yards is just impressive. He is a very important part of our finishing situation in general, how we prepare them, how we come into the situations.“Of course, he is young enough to involve a lot more things in his style of play. It is not just speed, it is not just finishing, it is between the lines, there are a lot of things, there is keeping the ball, but you need your body for that. That was the only problem Mo had a little bit at the beginning of the season, a part of his body was not perfect.“If you work in an office and your shoulder is not 100 percent, if it is not your writing hand then it should be OK, but if you are a professional football player in this moment it just keeps 10 or 15 percent away.“He is a world-class player, but we all knew we had to wait for the moment when everything is fine – that is already a few weeks ago and so it’s all good.”
Psoriasis, a chronic inflammatory skin disease, can be easily deal with by homegrown solutions.Psoriasis, which usually appears in red patches anywhere on the skin, particularly the knees, the elbow, the lower back and scalp happens due to several factors such as environment, genetics and the immune system.Here are some home remedies suggested by Dr. Navin Taneja, director of the National Skin Centre that will help tackle the skin disease.Oatmeal bath: Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ Oats are considered one of nature’s finest skin soothers. Oatmeal is loaded with vitamins and minerals which are excellent for nourishing and healing damaged skin. It is also an effective way to relieve itching, redness and irritation.Dead Sea salts: Add Dead Sea salts to lukewarm water. This helps to remove scales and eases itching. Do not forget to apply moisturizer once you are done with your bathing.Get gaudy: Plan a weekly diet; pick a handful of fruits and veggies of every colour. This will ensure that your body is getting a good assortment of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants which are needed to heal smashed skin and will put off future flare-ups. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAvoid dyes and aromas: Purchase only all-natural products or those labelled ‘sensitive skin’ and completely read the label before applying any new product.Banana peel: Banana peel will soothe your skin and remove rashes. Rub the inner area of the peel on your lesions. Baking Soda and water: Mix one tablespoon of baking soda and four teaspoons of water. Apply this with cotton or cloth to the affected area. Leave it on until it dries and falls off.
Are we done the downside…and who will be the short sellers on the next rally? The gold price did precisely nothing during Far East trading on their Friday…and through the first hour of trading in London. But at 9:00 a.m. GMT, gold got hit for a bit over fifteen bucks in just under and hour. That was it’s low price tick of the day. It recovered a bit going into the 8:20 a.m. Comex open…and then began to rally sharply from there. Of course that wasn’t allowed to stand…and fifteen minutes after it began, a not-for-profit seller put an end to it…and by around 11:40 a.m. Eastern time, the gold price was back where it started at the beginning of the trading day in New York. From there it chopped very slowly higher for the remainder of the day. Gold closed at $1,576.80 spot…down ‘only’ $2.70 on the day. Gross volume was way up there once again at 214,000 contracts. Gold volume all week was very high…averaging 215,000 contracts a day, so Friday’s volume was actually a hair below ‘average’. The dollar index opened at 81.95 on Friday morning in the Far East…and drifted a bit lower from there…hitting its nadir [81.79] at 8:30 a.m. in London trading. From there it rallied to its high of the day…82.47…sometime between 10 and 11 a.m. in New York…and then slid a bit into the close, finishing the day at 82.27…up 33 basis points from Thursday. Once again, trying to make the dollar index price action fit the precious metal price action on a daily basis would be, for the most part, an exercise in futility…as it has been for most of the last three weeks. Yes, the dollar index is up about 300 basis points in the last month, but its price action was only a fig leaf behind which JPMorgan et al did the dirty…as the correlation between them and gold and silver, has been iffy at best on a daily basis. The gold stocks started in positive territory, but once the gold price began to sell off, the stocks followed quickly…and hit their lows at gold’s low…around 11:40 a.m. Eastern time. After that, they didn’t do much…and the HUI finished down another 0.70%. (Click on image to enlarge) Here are three cute photos sent by various readers over the last few weeks or so…and I try to insert a few when I have the space…or the time, which I do in my Saturday column. Sponsor Advertisement (Click on image to enlarge) Here’s the longer term Silver Sentiment Index…and it gives you the big picture view. It was a very similar story in silver, at least up until 9:00 a.m. in London. Then, like gold, JPMorgan et al began the engineered price decline in silver as well. The silver price hit an interim low just before 10:00 a.m. GMT…and then hit its real low of the day, which appeared to come at, or right after the London p.m. silver fix. Once that low tick [a bit below the $27.90 spot mark] was painted, the silver price blasted off to the upside…and went parabolic at the Comex open in New York. Then, once again like gold, a non-profit-maximizing seller made an appearance about fifteen minutes after Comex trading began…and for the rest of the day, the silver price pattern was identical to the gold price pattern. Silver closed at $28.58 spot…up 7 cents on the day. Net volume was very heavy…around 59,000 contracts. The list of stocks I watch over at the Toronto Globe and Mail was not available for viewing yesterday, as they were having some ‘technical issues’ on their website. But Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down another 1.32% despite the fact that silver managed to close in positive territory. With some ruthless editing, I’ve cut the number of stories down to what I feel is a manageable amount. The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it away. – Author unknown Today’s pop classic needs no introduction…and neither does the group that sings it. They are as American as apple pie…and this is one of their biggest hits. You’ll know it instantly. The link is here. Today’s classical ‘blast from the past’ is the overture to Mozart’s opera “The Magic Flute” K620. This recording is from 2006 with the Weiner Philharmoniker. Riccardo Muti conducts…and the link is here. Yesterday we saw a new low price tick in silver, but not a new low for gold. I was surprised after the aggressive sell-off in early London trading, that there was no follow-through to the downside in either metal in New York. Quite the contrary, there were rallies in both starting in London, well before the Comex open…and whether it was short covering is up for debate, as the preliminary open interest numbers for Friday seem to indicate otherwise. But, as I mentioned in the COT discussion further up, we may or may not find out in next Friday’s COT report…depending on this coming Monday and Tuesday’s price action. Here are the 3-year charts for both gold and silver… (Click on image to enlarge) The CME’s Daily Delivery Report for ‘Day 3’ of the March delivery month showed that 13 gold and 298 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday. The two big short/issuers in silver were Canada’s Bank of Nova Scotia…and ABN Amro, with 136 and 123 contracts respectively. The biggest long/stopper was JPMorgan Chase with 197 contracts…followed by Jefferies and Credit Suisse, with 57 and 39 contracts respectively. Yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is worth a quick look…and the link is here. It was the same old, same old in GLD and SLV yesterday. GLD declined by 19,354 troy ounces…and SLV added another 386,668 troy ounces. While on the subject of SLV….Joshua Gibbons, the “Guru of the SLV Bar List” updated his website with the internal goings-on in SLV for the week that was. The activity is posted on his about.ag/SLV/ website…and the link to that is here. The U.S. Mint had a tiny sales report for the first day of March, as they sold 4,000 ounces of gold eagles…and that was all. Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday, they reported receiving 600,129 troy ounces of silver…and shipped a tiny 5,022 ounces of the stuff out the door. The link to that activity is here. The Commitment of Traders Report, as of the close of Comex trading on Tuesday, was a bit of surprise in some ways. There was short covering going on by the commercials in both gold and silver, but it also appeared that Ted Butler’s raptors…the smaller traders outside of the Big 8…sold long positions and took some profits on that big price spike that occurred in both metals on Tuesday. In silver, the Commercial net short position declined by a very healthy 35.4 million ounces…and the net short position is now down to 154.4 million ounces. The Big 4 are short 227.1 million ounces of silver…and the ‘5 through 8’ largest traders are short an additional 52.4 million ounces. Because we were so busy at the store yesterday, I had no chance to talk to Ted Butler, so I don’t know how much JPMorgan’s short position improved by, but I’m sure it was by a decent amount. As far as concentration goes, once all the market-neutral spread traders are subtracted, the real open interest in silver falls from 145,625 contracts all the way down to 101,155 contracts…about a third. Based on these net open interest numbers, the Big 4 are short 44.9% of the entire futures market in silver…and the ‘5 through 8’ traders add another 10.4 percentage points…so the Big 8 in total are short 55.3% of the silver market. In gold, the Commercial net short position actually increased by 554,000 ounces…and now sits at 13.76 million ounces. Most of this increase can be accounted for by the fact that the raptors sold a big whack of long positions for a profit on Tuesday’s rally and, mechanically, this has the effect of increasing the Commercial net short position. The Big 4 in gold are short 8.89 million ounces of gold…and the ‘5 through 8’ traders are short an additional 5.34 million ounces. In total, the Big 8 are short 14.23 million ounces of gold. Once the market-neutral spread trades are subtracted from the total open interest, the Big 4 are short 24.6% of the entire Comex futures market in gold…and the ‘5 through 8’ traders add another 14.8 percent points to that total. The Big 8 are short 39.4% of the Comex futures market in gold. Without a doubt there has been considerable improvement in all these numbers since the Tuesday cut-off, as he price has declined every day since, but depending on what kind of price action we see on Monday and Tuesday of next week, they may or may not show up in next Friday’s COT Report. That’s why I was really unhappy to see that big price spike this past Tuesday, as it threw this week’s COT numbers totally out of whack. Without that one day of data, yesterday’s COT report would have been much more bullish in both metals. You can’t always get what you want. Here’s Nick Laird’s most excellent “Days to Cover Short Positions” chart that includes the data from yesterday’s COT Report. (Click on image to enlarge) I guess we shouldn’t be too surprised that JPMorgan et al went after silver so aggressively, as that metal really is their problem child, especially for Morgan. As I’ve mentioned before, it’s still my opinion that JPM, the Bank of Nova Scotia…and HSBC USA are the three big material silver shorts. It’s my opinion that between them they are short about 40% of the entire Comex silver market…with JPMorgan holding the largest portion by far. And it’s also my opinion that precious metal prices won’t be going materially higher from here unless these three entities either stand aside, cover…or declare force majeure. Unfortunately, the answers to the two $64,000 questions still remain…are we done the downside…and who will be the short sellers on the next rally? The answer to these questions will determine where we go from here price wise…and how fast we get there. Nothing else matters. I’m done for the day…and the week. See you on Tuesday. (Click on image to enlarge) (Click on image to enlarge) And here’s the chart from the week before, so you can compare the changes in all four precious metals from one week to the next…and some of them are pretty big. Aben Resources (TSX.V: ABN) is a Canadian gold and silver exploration company with a focus on developing properties in the Yukon and Northwest Territories. The Company owns a 100% interest in the 18,314 acre Justin Gold Project located in SE Yukon. 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