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Portsmouth boss Whittingham defends fans after pitch invasion

first_imgPortsmouth manager Guy Whittingham leapt to the defence of supporters who invaded the pitch at full-time at Griffin Park.Hundreds of away fans stormed onto field at the final whistle after their side conceded two late goals to lose 3-2 against Brentford.But Whittingham insisted it was done in celebration, given that ownership of the club has been secured by supporters after a long period in administration.“No-one wants to see that happen but it is not done in a violent way,” he said.“It is done because they are celebrating the club and I hope people appreciate that, because it’s about the euphoria surrounding things at Portsmouth at the moment.“The situation at the club has not been going on for the last 13 or 14 months, it’s been happening for four years, and unfortunately things spilled onto pitch at the end.”Whittingham added: “To have your own supporters run the club is what everybody wanted and hopefully the club can finally turn the corner now.“We know there is every chance we will be in League Two next season but we know even from that we can build on and push forward again.”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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Former A’s top prospects getting their big chance with Orioles

first_imgBALTIMORE — Richie Martin and Renato Nuñez, former A’s top prospects, were expected to be major contributors at the big league level by this point in their careers. The A’s are finally seeing that plan come to fruition this series, only it’s for the opposing side.Martin and Nuñez are both getting regular playing time in the starting lineup for the Baltimore Orioles, a club that is rebuilding with several young players on the major league roster.Martin, 24, was the 20th overall selection by …last_img

Insect Wings Are Rainbows of Color

first_imgScientists in Sweden have found that a feature of transparent insect wings – their shimmering colors – may have a purpose.  They are not just accidental patterns like the rainbow colors of oil on water, but are stable structures genetically determined for insect recognition and mating.  They call them “wing interference patterns” (WIP) but their evolutionary explanation for them appears to be a work in progress (WIP).    Publishing in PNAS,1 the team said that these color patterns “have been largely overlooked by biologists” even though they have been known since before Darwin.  Like the oil-on-water effect, “These extremely thin wings reflect vivid color patterns caused by thin film interference,” but the effect in insects is not accidental.  “The specific color sequence displayed lacks pure red and matches the color vision of most insects, strongly suggesting that the biological significance of WIPs lies in visual signaling.”    The patterns, they found are not just genetically stable, but are reinforced by additional structures, such as “membrane thickness, pigmentation, venation, and hair placement.”  They continued, “The optically refracted pattern is also stabilized by microstructures of the wing such as membrane corrugations and spherical cell structures that reinforce the pattern and make it essentially noniridescent over a large range of light incidences.”  Their paper is loaded with dazzling color images of various insect wings.  They feel this largely-overlooked feature of Hymenoptera (bees, wasps) and Diptera (flies) can serve as a species identifier and a potent source of experimentation on genetic control of wings.    The authors had a lot to say about evolution.  They ascribed these coloration patterns to sexual selection, but it was clear their thinking was largely unformed and tentative: “The WIP is potentially a major contribution to the toolbox for evolution of small insects with transparent wings and thus an important piece of the evolutionary puzzle, they said at the end of the paper.  Apparently no other biologist has examined these features of insects before in evolutionary terms.Update 01/13/2010: Live Science posted an article and photo album about this phenomenon that they said was “hidden in plain sight” from scientists.  One researcher at the University of Lund said, “one day you handle a specimen, which you may very well [have] seen before, and suddenly you notice the wing pattern, which is beautiful and perfect, like an art painting.”  A colleague responded when shown these patterns, “It was like the world I knew suddenly was turned upside down and a totally new character system was sparkling from every wing of the flies I had been working with for years without really noticing.”  But then he said, “We find it hard to believe that insects walk and fly around with wings that can be turned on to large (to them) flashing billboards without evolution picking up on it.”  The article later acknowledged that evolution of these art paintings is not straightforward from the evidence: “They also hope to learn whether evolution drives changes in the color patterns,” putting any scientific understanding into future tense.  For now, “The study is an example of old-fashioned science yielding new information,” he said.1.  Shevtsova, Hansson, Janzen and Kj�randsend, “Stable structural color patterns displayed on transparent insect wings,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, print January 3, 2011, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1017393108 (open access).One thing is clear: insects did not decide to “evolve” this capability, nor did “evolution” as if it was some purpose-driven goddess.  Yet again and again, the authors spoke of evolution as a purposeful agent with a toolkit for getting things done.  We need to kick some butt about misuse of terms in evolutionary theory.    The patterns truly are beautiful; you should look at the images in this open-access paper.  In creation, things are often functional as well as beautiful.  You yourself should be useful as well as ornamental.  For a new year resolution, work on whichever part is not optimum.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Pro-Pakistan slogans during cricket match

first_imgThe Army faced an embarrassing moment in Budgam on Saturday when a winning cricket team’s supporters raised slogans supporting Pakistan and alleged Al-Qaeda supporter Zakir Musa, besides unfurling a Pakistani flag.Eyewitnesses said the match between local teams was part of the Army-sponsored Kashmir Premier League, aimed at striking a chord with the local cricketing talent and wean them away from militancy.However, pro-Pakistan and pro-Musa slogans, were heard immediately after the match was over and the officials were preparing for an award ceremony. National Conference leader Aga Syed Ruhullah, an influential Shia leader, was present. A police official confirmed to The Hindu about the sloganeering. However, the official said the crowd was “jubilant after winning the match and dispersed peacefully”.last_img read more

Sustaining the charge

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants “It’s not the way you start,” Alas said on the heels of a 114-95 drubbing of Blackwater at Ynares Center last week.There’s a reason to look at Phoenix’s league-leading 4-0 slate as a mirage of sorts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesFor one, the team has plowed through the easy part of its schedule, knocking down teams it was supposed to beat—a preseason challenge Alas hurled at the Fuel Masters.“Before we can start figuring out how to compete against the top teams, we must be able to take care of the teams we’re at level with,” Alas told the Inquirer before the season started. View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Phoenix also had a strong showing in the elimination round of the Governors’ Cup last season, but failed to make it past the quarterfinals—a lesson Wright and his teammates hope to learn from.We’re still so far from where we should be,” Wright said.At the same time, however, Wright feels that this version of the Fuel Masters is exactly the team that will help the franchise make its mark on the league.“I feel it in my bones that we’re going to be something special,” said Wright. “We just have to keep at it.”The Fuel Masters will face the NLEX Road Warriors on Friday, looking for a fifth straight win against an opponent that is still feeling its way through its new roster.Game time is at 4:30 p.m. at Mall of Asia Arena. Later in the night, Rain or Shine will battle NorthPort with the Painters hoping to keep in step with the Fuel Masters on top.The Painters have also been doing great, riding on throwback performances by former MVP James Yap and solid contributions from rookie Javee Mocon.On a sad note for Alas, he won’t be coaching against son Kevin, the NLEX gunner who lost yet another season after tearing his ACL again.That leaves NLEX, which is still dealing with Keifer Ravena’s suspension, trying to stop Phoenix behind JR Quiñahan and star big man JP Erram, an offseason acquisition. Gilas coach Guiao worried over availability of players Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting They’ve done that so far.But their schedule will begin baring its teeth once Phoenix flips its calendar. There, the heavyweights await. And the Fuel Masters have dealt with hot starts before, only to falter at the homestretch of their schedule.“We haven’t done anything yet. We haven’t done anything worth bragging about. We haven’t won a playoff game yet,” said top gunner Matthew Wright, echoing his coach’s warning that his teammates should not let their lofty perch cloud their goal.The team wants to roll into the playoffs with momentum, not just barely making it there gasping from the beatings handed out by league heavyweights.“We have to sustain this,” Alas added.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Calvin Abueva (right) hopes to help Phoenix soar past JR Quiñahan and NLEX. —AUGUST DELA CRUZSoaring in a way they have never had in franchise history, the Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters have every right to feel good about themselves.But Louie Alas offered a warning that was timely and relevant.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woeslast_img read more

Chris Gayle says ‘Yes’ to date with Delhi girl but not without a condition

first_imgDestructive West Indies batsman Chris Gayle may not be in great form in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League but he surely knows how to be in the limelight. (Chris Gayle trolls Ahmed Shehzad over Pakistan axe)One of the world’s most devastating limited-overs batsmen, Gayle, who is playing for the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore in the cash-rich league, is a popular figure amongst cricket fans fans worldwide.Recently, the former West Indies captain got a proposal on Twitter from one of his Indian female fans for a date.If u paying the bill, sure. ??? https://t.co/tXbDQBUX4I Chris Gayle (@henrygayle) May 4, 2016And the big Jamaican, known for his witty replies, accepted the proposal but with a condition. Interestingly, the girl also agreed to Gayle’s condition but not before putting out a rider herself.@henrygayle sure but in one condition u have to score a ton in next ipl match for rcb.! Miss Arohi (@carohi517) May 4, 2016Gayle, who was recently blessed with a baby girl, has scored just eight runs in three matches that he has played so far. The burly left-handed batsman had slammed the fastest World T20 hundred against England in March at the Wankhede Stadium but he has failed to make his mark yet in this year’s IPL.last_img read more

Stanford Romps Over Iowa in Rose Bowl

first_imgPASADENA— Stanford showed why it finished just outside the final four in the College Football Playoff and romped to a 45-16 victory over Iowa in the Rose Bowl on Friday.Christian McCaffrey caught a 75-yard touchdown pass on the opening snap and later returned a punt 66 yards for another score while setting the Rose Bowl record with 368 all-purpose yards, propelling the Cardinal to their second Rose Bowl win in three trips over the past four years.In Friday’s other bowl games, Ezekiel Elliott’s four touchdowns led Ohio State to victory over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl, Mississippi dominated early in beating Oklahoma State in the Sugar Bowl, Michigan’s defense was outstanding against Florida to take out the Citrus Bowl, and Tennessee swept past Northwestern in the Outback Bowl.Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan passed for 223 yards and three TDs in his final game for the Cardinal, but it was McCaffrey who led the team to victory.The running back, who finished second behind Alabama’s Derrick Henry in the Heisman voting for college football’s player of the season, left no doubt about his brilliance with one of the most dynamic performances in the 102-game history of the Rose Bowl. He had 172 yards rushing, 105 yards receiving and 91 on kick returns, putting an appropriate cap on the season in which he set the NCAA record for all-purpose yards. McCaffrey also became the first player ever to rack up more than 100 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving in a Rose Bowl.It was the first trip in 25 years for the Hawkeyes (12-2), who followed up their 12-0 regular season with two postseason losses.Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott ran for 149 yards and matched a Fiesta Bowl record with four touchdowns to lead the Buckeyes past Notre Dame 44-28.Ohio State (12-1) rolled past the Fighting Irish (10-3), quick-hitting its way to one scoring drive after another and 496 total yards.Elliott was Ohio State’s drive capper in the first half, scoring on three short runs. He turned into the show stopper in the second, leaving Notre Dame defenders flailing as he raced for a 47-yard score.The Fighting Irish had some good offensive moments behind DeShone Kizer, but couldn’t keep up.Mississippi quarterback Chad Kelly threw for 302 yards and four touchdowns — three to Laquon Treadwell — to lead Ole Miss to a 48-20 win against Oklahoma State.Ole Miss (10-3) jumped out to a 34-6 lead by halftime. The highlight of that onslaught came late in the second quarter when left tackle ran in for a touchdown after a lateral pass from Kelly to a teammate who then threw downfield.Oklahoma State (10-3) lost its final three games after 10 straight wins. The Cowboys fell into a 41-6 hole midway through the third quarter and never mounted a legitimate challenge.Kelly’s four touchdown passes and Treadwell’s three touchdown catches tied Sugar Bowl records.Michigan beat Florida 41-7 in a Citrus Bowl that was billed as a clash of two strong defenses, but only one showed up.Jake Rudock threw for 278 yards and three touchdowns but it was the defense of the Wolverines (10-3) that earned most credit, holding the Gators (10-4) to 28 total yards in the second half.Michigan (10-3) had three touchdown drives of at least 70 yards and finished with 503 yards of offense against a Florida defense that entered the game ranked sixth nationally. Leading by 10 at the half, Michigan scored on each of its first two possessions in the third quarter to take a 31-7 lead.Tennessee capped a strong season by cruising past Northwestern 45-6.Joshua Dobbs threw for 166 yards and ran for two touchdowns, while Jalen Hurd ran for 130 yards and one touchdown for the Volunteers (9-4). They finished with at least nine wins for the first time since 2007.Northwestern (10-3) failed in a bid to finish with a school-record 11 victories.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

PM flags off Lucknow Metros NorthSouth corridor

first_imgKanpur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday flagged off the commercial run on Lucknow Metro’s North-South corridor through video conference from Kanpur. The length of the North-South corridor is 23 kilometre. Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, Chandauli MP and state BJP chief Mahendra Nath Pandey, Kanpur MP Murli Manohar Joshi, along with other state ministers were present on the occasion. The prime minister also laid the foundation stone for Agra Metro Rail project. Modi also distributed keys of houses to the beneficiaries of PM Awas Yojana.last_img

The Suns Get Whistled More Than A High School Gym Class

This NBA season has produced more than its fair share of ridiculous, eye-popping statistics. Russell Westbrook got his record-tying 41st triple-double of the season on Tuesday. The Rockets shattered the league record for threes made in a single campaign with two weeks left to play. And 20-year-old Devin Booker, who’d never even scored 40 points in a contest before, somehow logged 70 points in one game last month.But Booker’s team is on the cusp of crossing a less-than-ideal threshold as things wind down: The Phoenix Suns, who lead the NBA in fouls by a wide margin with 1,963 so far, are on pace to eclipse the 2,000-foul mark, which would make them the first NBA club to hit that mark in 10 years.The Suns commit 25 fouls per game (the NBA average is 20) and send their opponents to the free-throw line an NBA-high 29 times a night. It isn’t necessarily a new problem, since Phoenix allowed opponents to go to the stripe more than anyone last season, too. But the team’s fouls are up 10 percent from last year, and the team is becoming a bit of an outlier by fouling more often, given that NBA foul rates have decreased over the past decade as more and more shooters space the floor, leading to less contact from play to play.The chronic fouling is a symptom of two much larger issues: 1. The team’s inability to contain their opponents on defense, where the Suns allow 109 points per 100 plays, third-worst in the league. Being that bad leaves their players out of position, often leading to more desperate fouls as they try to recover. And 2. Phoenix’s relative youth and inexperience, especially in the post, where it’s fairly common for players to struggle with foul trouble at the beginning of their careers.This talented group is still developing, both physically and mentally. The Suns are one of the NBA’s shortest and lightest teams, which might make them a bit easier to push around. But Phoenix — which last month used the youngest starting five in NBA history — also has plenty to learn when it comes to countering the offensive tricks and techniques that veteran players acquire over the years.“You ever seen a young group of guys play against a group of older guys in pickup? The older guys somehow manage to physically take advantage of the younger guys without making it look like that’s what they’re doing. Then the young guy starts to hit back, and it’s completely obvious? That’s what we look like sometimes,” coach Earl Watson told me last week during his club’s East Coast trip. “Players in this league are so good, and our guys are still learning how to be aggressive without committing obvious fouls.”Those gaps in experience are most apparent in scenarios where a single defender is being asked to hold his own: 1-on-1s and post-ups. The Suns have committed the second- and fourth-highest rates of shooting fouls this season when guarding 1-on-1s and post-ups, respectively,1Phoenix has been whistled for shooting fouls 14 percent of the time in isolation scenarios and about 15 percent of the time when guarding post-up opportunities. according to Synergy Sports.It’s hard to fault the players’ intent, despite the dismal results. They often sacrifice their bodies in hopes of forcing a turnover, but many times they haven’t established good enough positioning to ward off defensive-foul calls. This has been especially true of some young players, like Booker, rookie power forward Marquese Chriss and fourth-year center Alex Len, who are 1-of-18, 5-of-28 and 0-of-14 when it comes drawing charge calls this season. (Those numbers are pretty abysmal, considering that the leaguewide average charge rate is 40 percent.)Phoenix’s learning curve has gotten considerably steeper in recent weeks, since the Suns elected to shut down a handful of healthy veteran players, including usual starters Eric Bledsoe and Tyson Chandler, in pursuit of some lottery ping-pong balls and a chance to give their younger, less-used talent some spin over the final month of a losing season.That has meant fielding lineups that have little institutional knowledge of how to defend without fouling.“If I’m the only young guy out there with four veterans, those four can kind of direct traffic and help cover for me when I mess up,” said Chriss, who commits 5.5 fouls per 36 minutes, tied for the NBA’s fourth-highest rate among players who’ve logged at least 1,000 minutes.2He’s tied with Len. “But when it’s a situation where everybody on the floor is, at most, 3 or 4 years into their career, that’s kind of tough, because then we’re all kind of lost, and still learning how to communicate with each other as players.”It’s not just an issue of youth. There are several other, less-examined factors that help explain why they’ve committed so many fouls. Phoenix plays at a blistering pace, handling more possessions than most, which puts the team in a position to commit more fouls than any other club. The Suns have been in more close games where they trailed late than any other team, meaning a decent number of their infractions were likely intentional and committed in hopes of stopping the clock. And it’s worth noting that Phoenix also comfortably leads the NBA in offensive fouls. So, not every foul Phoenix commits is a symptom of the Suns’ weak defense.Make no mistake, though: The Suns do an absolute ton of hacking, and they usually get called for it.“Refs officiate games with a certain rhythm. They’re used to a certain speed and rhythm. When you jump out of that rhythm, it’s easy for them to see, and you’re going to get called for it,” said Chandler, an NBA champion who joined the league as a teenager and went from committing more than 5 fouls per 36 minutes in his fifth season to eventually winning Defensive Player of the Year. Chandler added that the Suns, much like he was as a youngster, are often overeager to make a play, and wind up swiping or jumping when they shouldn’t.Nevertheless, struggles and all, Watson is an eternal optimist. He takes ample time most days to walk through film of the team’s fouling tendencies, and he told me that he feels his team is only a reinforcement or two away from a huge turnaround if the young players keep developing.“I was with OKC during Russ’s first year” — Westbrook, of course — “and I always let [my Phoenix players] know: That year, [the Thunder] won 23 games. The next year they won 50, and did it because their young guys had gotten so much experience and developed a supreme confidence.”Phoenix may not go on to write the kind of success story that the Thunder did, at least not next season. But if putting in a year at the School of Hard Knocks helps this team improve on defense, maybe the Suns will eventually be able to say that this furious foul pace was a worthwhile learning experience.Check out our NBA predictions. read more

5 things to watch for between Ohio State and Michigan

Then-redshirt freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) runs with the ball during a game against Michigan on Nov. 29 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won 42-28. Credit: Lantern File PhotoAfter losing its first game in 23 tries against Michigan State last Saturday, No. 8 Ohio State (10-1, 6-1) has to recover quickly before a meeting with No. 10 Michigan (9-2, 6-1). Here are five things The Lantern’s sports editors Ryan Cooper and Kevin Stankiewicz will be keeping an eye on starting at noon on Saturday in Ann Arbor, Michigan.Zeke backing up his wordsAfter the loss to Michigan State, it was well-publicized that junior running back Ezekiel Elliott went on a rant in which he criticized the play calling and announced he would be leaving Columbus after the season.In that emotional press conference, however, the St. Louis native also made a declaration that the sting from the loss would have the Buckeyes show an intensity not seen before to make sure it doesn’t happen again.“We’re hungry. I’m personally not going to let anyone slack off,” Elliott said after the game. “This game means the world to us and everyone in Ohio, and we represent everyone in Ohio. We’re going to come out, and we’re going to play a hell of a ballgame, you’ll see. It’s going to look like a new team.”It is certainly reasonable to expect Elliott to receive more than the 12 carries he did against the Spartans, but what he does with his workload will be an intriguing storyline to watch on Saturday.Elliott’s Heisman Trophy aspirations took a major hit with the loss and only 32 yards in Ohio Stadium, but he still has a chance to make a major statement in The Game, especially given the microscope he will be put over by OSU and national observers alike.Elliott needs 170 yards to pass Eddie George for the second-most rushing yards in OSU history. While that is certainly the furthest thing from his mind heading into Saturday, if he backs up his words, he could very well get there and help keep OSU’s slim playoff hopes alive.Will there be a rivalry moment?As anyone knows, the rivalry between OSU and Michigan is one of the most heated in college football, if not all of sports.With that rivalry territory comes a fair share of moments that capture just how much the teams dislike each other beyond being two of the most storied programs.Taunting, trash-talking, shoving and all-out fighting is always on the table when the two teams meet.The last time the game was played in Michigan Stadium in 2013, it turned out to be a fight that highlighted the afternoon. In the second quarter, OSU then-freshman running back Dontre Wilson got into a skirmish with a group of Michigan players after a kick return, which turned into a brawl. Wilson was ejected for his role in the incident, as was former OSU offensive lineman Marcus Hall and Michigan then-sophomore linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone.Hall made a memorable exit with a double-handed gesture toward the fans at The Big House.OSU senior linebacker Joshua Perry said he and other veterans on the team have taken measures to make sure the young players don’t let the emotions of the game overwhelm them, but it still would not be an OSU-Michigan game without some memorable moments to accentuate just how little the teams care for each other.Salt in the woundAs Perry said earlier in the week, the team knows Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is going to use redshirt freshman safety Jabrill Peppers one way or another across the field.The question is just how much the Wolverines lean on the do-it-all star.Peppers will obviously be lined up in the secondary throughout the game, while also getting rush attempts, lining up as a receiver, returning punts and stepping in to play linebacker or even moving all the way to the defensive line.Harbaugh has shown in the past that he is not afraid to rely heavily on the former top recruit in the country from East Orange, New Jersey. And in The Game, which coaches keep in the back of their minds throughout the entire season, he could be saving Peppers’ best performance for last.On the year, Peppers has 40 tackles, including 5.5 for a loss, 11 rushes for 43 yards and two touchdowns, six receptions for 54 yards and 17 punt returns for 194 yards.Peppers is arguably the best athlete in the country, and Harbaugh might use every ounce of that athleticism to keep the Buckeyes on their toes throughout the afternoon.Jake Rudock vs. Ohio State’s secondary All season long, the narrative surrounding the OSU defense was that it can impede offenses manned by pocket-passers, but as soon as a team quarterbacked a mobile player — like Maryland’s Perry Hills, Indiana’s Zander Diamond or Michigan State’s two backups from last week — the defense, especially the secondary, became vulnerable.On Saturday, that narrative will be tested for accuracy. Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock is playing some of the best football in the country over the last three weeks. The redshirt senior has thrown for an average of 344 yards and three touchdowns, including a school-record six scores against Indiana. On top of that, Rudock, a graduate transfer from Iowa, also has the ability to move a little. He by no means will be confused with a scrambling quarterback, but the 6-foot-3 Floridian has caused secondaries issues with his improvising skills. For the season, Rudock has gained 222 yards on the ground, with a net yardage of 145. Michigan will rarely call any designed runs for Rudock, but Harbaugh likes to get him on the move a little bit with bootleg plays. Then, factor in his ability to step up in the pocket and pick up chunks of yards with his highly efficient performance in the throw game, and there is reason to have concern for the OSU secondary. The matchup between Rudock and the OSU secondary could potentially be the most important factor in deciding which team wins The Game. Seniors playing their final regular-season game Last week, the OSU seniors played their final game inside Ohio Stadium. It didn’t go as they planed.But now, they will play their final regular-season game with a shot at redemption and a fourth pair of gold pants.Some of the seniors who will be playing in The Game for the final time include left tackle Taylor Decker, right tackle Chase Ferris, H-back Braxton Miller and Perry. Others include tight end Nick Vannett, defensive end Adolphus Washington and defensive tackle Tommy Schutt.With it being their final regular-season game, it can be expected that there will be some added pep in their step as they try to avoid a two-game skid to end the season. Their senior day at the ‘Shoe did not go according to script, but for many of them, a win over Michigan could help alleviate the bad memories from last week. The performance of the seniors — and whether or not they bounce back or fall flat — will have a huge impact in The Game. read more