Arsenal go clear atop Premier League

first_img At Emirates Stadium, Laurent Koscielny scored the decisive goal for Arsenal, but goalkeeper Petr Cech was the one celebrated after the victory over Newcastle strengthened their position at the summit of the standings. Koscielny scored from close range in mid second half after Cech made two outstanding saves to deny Georginio Wijnaldum. “He is calm and never panics. We needed that,” manager Arsene Wenger said of Cech. Second-place Leicester failed to keep pace with Arsenal after being held to 0-0 at home by 10-man Bournemouth. Riyad Mahrez missed a penalty to frustrate Leicester, who are only a point above City after their comeback at Vicarage Road. Watford went ahead when Aleksandar Kolarov diverted Ben Watson’s corner into his own net in the second half. But City overturned the deficit with two late goals in as many minutes. Yaya Toure scored with superb control from Kolarov’s corner, then Sergio Aguero’s header followed swiftly after to secure City’s first away win since September. “We have to build on this. We hadn’t won in six on the road,” City goalkeeper Joe Hart said. “It’s not championship-winning form, but we’re somehow still in it.” Michail Antonio and Andy Carroll scored to take their tally to two goals each in as many games as West Ham achieved a first-league double over Liverpool in 52 years. Klopp was not impressed by the performance of his side, which dropped to eighth. “Today is not a day to be disappointed. It is a day to be angry,” Klopp said. Meanwhile Norwich beat Southampton 1-0, West Bromwich Albion overcame Stoke 2-1, and Sunderland beat Aston Villa 3-1. Outstanding saves LONDON (AP): Manchester United rediscovered what winning felt like as Arsenal edged Newcastle 1-0 to move two points clear atop the English Premier League yesterday. Manchester City came from a goal down to beat Watford 2-1 to stay a point behind Leicester, and West Ham rose to sixth in beating Liverpool 2-0, leaving the latter’s coach, Juergen Klopp, furious. At Old Trafford, there were only smiles for United’s first win since November 21, ending a win-less run of eight games, their longest in 26 years. Anthony Martial put United ahead after half-time, and set up Wayne Rooney to flick in the winner with his heel. The goal made Rooney second on the club’s all-time scoring list on 238 11 behind Bobby Charlton and second all-time in the Premier League on 188, behind Alan Shearer’s total of 260. “It was his left foot behind his right foot. You cannot imagine what a goal that is,” manager Louis van Gaal said of his captain’s strike. United stayed in fifth place, provisionally two points behind Tottenham, who will be at Everton today.last_img read more

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Liverpool target Croatian starlet – but face battle with AC Milan and Juventus

first_img1 Liverpool face competition from AC Milan and Juventus for Croatian forward Marko Pjaca.Jurgen Klopp has been keeping a close watch on the Dinamo Zagreb man since he took over at Anfield in October and wants Liverpool to make a bid this summer.The 21-year-old hit six goals in the final two months of last season for his club to cement his place in the Croatia national team for the Euro 2016 and attract further interest from Liverpool.An offer of around £14m is set to be enough to persuade Dinamo into selling their young star, but Liverpool have yet to meet that asking price and now have to beat two other clubs to his signature.According to Sky Italia, AC Milan and Juventus both sent scouts to Croatia’s 2-1 win over Spain last week and were impressed by Pjaca’s display.The two Italian heavyweights are now ready to make contact with Dinamo in the coming weeks, with a bidding war against Liverpool becoming increasingly likely. Marko Pjaca last_img read more

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$1.7bn coal mining investment for Moz

first_img9 May 2011Brazilian mining giant Vale has opened a new US$1.7-billion (R11.39-billion) coal mine in Mozambique, tapping the southern African country’s thermal and coking coal reserves of around 23-billion tonnes.Mozambican President Armando Guebuza and outgoing Vale chief executive Roger Agnelli opened the mine together on Sunday by pressing a button that triggered an underground explosion, enabling the company to bring to the surface its first coal from the mine in Moatize, outside the city of Tete in northwest Mozambique.As a giant smoke cloud mushroomed over the hundreds of VIP guests, a large truck brought a symbolic load to a conveyer belt and onward to a coal washing plant.“A dream of decades today becomes a reality,” said Guebuza.Largest single investmentThe $1.7-billion project is the largest single investment to date in Mozambique, one of the world’s poorest countries.Vale plans to start production in July and export one-million tonnes of coal this year, ramping up output to 11-million tonnes in a few years – and, local officials hope, boosting Mozambique’s current economic growth of 6.5%.Agnelli said the project would add as much as $3-billion to the economy.“Africa means opportunities,” he told journalists.Mozambique’s coal reserves have gone largely untapped since independence from Portugal in 1975. A civil war from 1977 to 1992 crippled the country’s economy and decimated its infrastructure.Two decades later, Mozambique is welcoming foreign investors to its mineral wealth and licking its lips at the prospect of a boom.In 2004, Vale became the first international mining giant to be granted a concession in Mozambique. At the peak of preparations, the company counted 7 500 workers, mostly Mozambican.Australian mining company Riversdale, in a partnership with Indian companies Tata steel and Jindal Steel and Power, are also developing major coal mines in Mozambique.Infrastructure concerns remainBut concerns remain about getting the product to market, as infrastructure renovation lags behind: “We are running at this stage to get the infrastructure ready for export,” said Agnelli, adding that exports would start in July, though railway authorities told AFP they would only be ready in August.Mozambique is scrambling to finish a much-delayed rebuilding of the 600-kilometre Sena railway line that connects coal-rich Moatize to the Indian Ocean port city of Beira. The coal terminal at the port is also unfinished.Even when ready, the Sena line will only be able to handle six-million tonnes of coal a year – four-million allocated to Vale and two-million to Riversdale – caps that are less than half the companies’ respective export goals.Vale is investing in another railway line from Tete to the northern port of Nacala, the coutry’s only deep-water port and a gateway to Indian Ocean ports for Mozambique’s land-locked southern African neighbours.The company is also funding the reconstruction of an international airbase in Nacala, Agnelli said.Sapalast_img read more

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South African feminist a global voice for women

first_imgAfter six years on the job as a UN special rapporteur, Rashida Manjoo is optimistic that it is possible to eradicate violence against women. Based in Cape Town, her job is to make sure governments uphold women’s human rights in South Africa and abroad. Rashida Manjoo, second from right, has spent most of her working life advocating women’s rights. As the United Nations special rapporteur on violence against women, her influence is global. Here, Manjoo, interacts with displaced women in Abu Shouk camp for internally displaced persons, near El Fasher, North Darfur, during a visit to Sudan to discuss her mandate. (Image: Hamid Abdulsalam, UNAMID)• Maasai women lead solar revolution in Kenya • Kenyan filmmaker takes on race and women• Women of excellence: Ferial Haffajee, champion of media freedom • South Africa’s musos dish on being a woman in music • Powerful women shape Africa Shamin ChibbaSeveral decades before Rashida Manjoo became the United Nations’ special rapporteur on violence against women, there was a sign of where her destiny lay. In a photograph of her as a child, she stands alongside her mother and five siblings; her sisters all wear dresses while Manjoo has on a pair of tracksuit pants.“I always smile when I see that photo,” she says. She may not have known it back then but she was already expressing the feminist ideals with which she would become so entwined.The Durban-born feminist lawyer is a private person, coming across as soft-spoken, but she is the biggest voice for women’s rights globally today. Manjoo has held the rapporteur position for the last six years and in that time has exposed Britain’s underlying sexist culture and has addressed the issue of violence against women with disabilities.Manjoo’s mandate as the UN special rapporteur is straightforward – to make sure governments uphold women’s human rights.When former UN secretary-general Kofi Anan appointed her in 2009, he said the special rapporteurs, of which there are many, were the eyes and ears of the human rights system. “We seek and receive information,” explains Manjoo.” We talk to governments and activists to get an objective analysis on the situation in any given country. We remind governments of their obligation to international law.”Widely known in the international women’s rights movement, Manjoo was nominated by various related bodies to be the special rapporteur. Her position is purely voluntary yet she puts in up to 20 hours of work a day.Shaped by apartheid and povertyGrowing up in Durban during apartheid, Manjoo has long been aware of the injustices towards women. This insight later led to her becoming a feminist lawyer and women’s rights activist. “I grew up in poverty and a highly racialised world with very few opportunities. So you either got strong or accepted your situation.“The starting point for any South African of colour dealing with social injustice and inequality in the past, especially from when you were little, raises consciousness about dealing with these problems than to live with it.”She was raised in a supportive environment, where the strength of women was apparent. Her grandmother, who lost her husband at a young age, reared her children on her own while running a small store. Then, her parents put their children’s education first.One of Manjoo’s greatest influences was Navi Pillay, a Durban-born jurist who served as the UN’s high commissioner for human rights from 2008 to 2014. After completing her law degree, Manjoo did her clerkship under Pillay. She also offered her legal services to the poor for free. “I didn’t care about money or anything like that because I understood the people from disadvantaged backgrounds, having come from a life of poverty myself.”In the early 1990s, Manjoo really started taking an interest in women’s rights issues.Currently a professor in the department of public law at the University of Cape Town, Manjoo has chosen to do her work as a rapporteur in the Mother City. Here she is close to the grassroots of the women’s rights movement. “I had to keep the relationship with grassroots organisations to understand the context. Being at a high level can pull one away from the reality. Part of me thinks you can become egotistical and focus too much on the theory. There is no way you can change things on the ground through reports. You have to remain on the ground.”Watch Rashida Manjoo explain her mandate as UN special rapporteur:Commission on Gender EqualityManjoo has been involved in several initiatives that have directly affected South African women. She was parliamentary commissioner on South Africa’s Commission on Gender Equality and was a member of the committee that drafted South Africa’s Domestic Violence Act.But as the UN’s special rapporteur, her work has global ramifications. In 2014, she garnered worldwide attention when, after a 16-day investigation of the UK, she said violence against women throughout that country remained a pervasive challenge.The British media criticised Manjoo for the report, especially targeting her claim of a sexist culture in the country. But her backers within the same media said most people misunderstood her. Laura Bates from The Guardian newspaper noted that Manjoo’s “reference to sexist culture somehow became confused with a direct comparison of rates of violence against women”.Australian author Kathy Lette agreed with the rapporteur, saying that in a country as wealthy, well-educated and liberal as Britain sexism should be unacceptable. The author of We Need to Talk about Kevin, Lionel Shriver, said Manjoo’s comparative approach may not have been very useful but that Britain was a “little behind the United States” in eradicating sexism. It still had a long way to go, Shriver added.What the British media did not understand was that she was not referring to violence against women as another term for domestic violence but as a structural problem that cascaded from the highest level of government to the layman.“Violence against women is not a welfare or charitable issue,” says Manjoo. “It can manifest economically, sexually, structurally, emotionally and physically. It doesn’t matter the manifestation, though. Any act, verbal or physical, that takes away my dignity, rights and bodily integrity is a violation.”It is her job to make governments understand this.Empowerment and transformationManjoo has travelled across the globe to investigate the status of women, and does not believe there is one country that can be a good example for the rest of the world. Each nation has its own standards and cultures, she says, and has to be approached within its context. “I don’t believe in the notion of best practice. As human beings we are not all the same.”Nordic countries, she says, consider themselves to be amazing. They invest a lot of resources and set up systems to address violence against women but even then, “it’s never about who is better than whom”.When it comes to violence against women, all countries experience one major problem – how to prevent it. She says prevention can only occur when empowerment and transformation are included within the structures. “If we address the power of women rather than rescuing them, we give them tools to become active agents.”We will be facing the problem head-on, she stresses, if we transform society, challenge patriarchy and take those efforts beyond celebrations like Women’s Day and 16 Days of Activism. “We can’t just have a Women’s Day or month and think that will help. We’re scratching the surface and thinking we are changing society. It is just a Band-Aid. The challenge is how we understand transformation.“Transformation is a perpetrator saying ‘I’ll never do it again.’ The state needs to take responsibility to deal with harmed individuals and to provide a coherent, sustainable and stable response to violence against women.”Her home country is an example of a state not taking responsibility, Manjoo says. “Domestic violence is not seen as a high-level crime in South Africa. If you give a police officer a domestic violence case they see it as being punished, that it is not real police work.”Watch Rashida Manjoo, speak to members of the media at a Kabul press conference, detailing her assessment of the situation of Afghan women in November 2014.Status of women in South AfricaYet she believes South Africa has great legislation that protects women. “It is proactive. Even the Bill of Rights [Section 12C], which states a person is to be free from all forms of violence, is amazing.”However, the country’s biggest challenge remains implementation of these laws; things will not work out just because we have good legislation. “If the justice system sends a message that we treat violence against women as less meaningful, then it falls short.”She says the country does not provide an environment that makes it easy for survivors of violent or sexual offences to come forward. “There was a minister who asked ‘What do we do to get rape survivors to come forward?’ But the state should actually be asking what it should do to be more approachable. Unresponsive systems put people off.”South Africa does not provide a holistic response for survivors. There is a lack of financial support and shelters for both women and their children.South Africa represents a missed opportunity to the special rapporteur. Since 2012, Manjoo has been trying to secure a fact-finding mission to investigate violence against women in the country. But when she was finally invited this year, the government postponed her trip without confirming another date.But after six years on the job, she remains optimistic that it is possible to eradicate violence against women. “It can be eradicated if we tackle it on different levels. We can’t see violence against women as individual events but as a widespread problem within a structure. As long as we don’t tackle the structure then we would have lost it.”She offers one final thought on eradicating the problem, which she has shared with activists at seminars and in reports she has written. There is very little accountability around the world, she says. Perpetrators and states are not being held responsible for the problem yet they need to be accountable. “Accountability is crucial because if it is there, we are saying that we don’t tolerate violence against women.”last_img read more

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Trudeau says ethics watchdog to decide truth in SNCLavalin affair

first_imgOTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says it will be up to the country’s ethics watchdog to decide who is telling the truth in the SNC-Lavalin affair — himself, or former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould.On Wednesday, Wilson-Raybould detailed what she described as a relentless campaign, including veiled threats from Trudeau, his senior staff, the top public servant and the finance minister’s office for her to intervene and order a “remediation agreement” for the company to help it avoid criminal corruption charges.Speaking in suburban Montreal this morning, Trudeau says he’s now had a chance to fully review Wilson-Raybould’s testimony and says he still believes his team acted appropriately and says he disagrees with her characterization of events.RELATED: Trudeau disagrees with Wilson-Raybould’s recounting of SNC-Lavalin eventsTrudeau says it will be up to the ethics commissioner, Mario Dion, to decide if there was wrongdoing.“it’s an agent of parliament whose job it is to determine you know what is exactly happening when there are disagreements amongst elected officials,” Trudeau told reporters.He says there is “no doubt” talks didn’t cross any legal lines and that Canadians expect their government to look for ways to protect jobs and expand the economy while respecting the rule of law.Minister @Bill_Morneau was asked whether he directed his Chief of Staff to raise the SNC Lavalin issue with @Puglaas’ staff. He says he did not #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) February 28, 2019As for Wilson-Raybould’s future as a Liberal, Trudeau says he is still mulling over whether she will be allowed to remain in caucus.An emergency debate is being held Thursday night in the House of Commons following the explosive testimony.Opposition calls for police investigationConservative Leader Andrew Scheer has written a letter to the RCMP Commissioner, asking the force to investigate the SNC controversy, noting there may have been obstruction of justice.“We need to hold those who are trying to commit these acts responsible,” he says.During her testimony, Wilson-Raybould said she doesn’t believe anything illegal occurred, although noted the pressure was very inappropriate.The RCMP has received the letter and is reviewing the request, but can’t comment on whether or not there is an investigation.Trudeau says his office has not been contacted by the Mounties, and suggests this is a matter for the ethics commissioner.last_img read more

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EU steps up fight against Russian fake news ahead of vote

first_imgBRUSSELS — European Union authorities want internet companies including Google, Facebook and Twitter to file monthly reports on their progress eradicating Russian-backed “fake news” from their platforms ahead of elections next year.EU officials unveiled the measures on Wednesday as part of an action plan to counter disinformation in the lead up to the continent-wide vote in the spring.The internet companies will have to submit their reports from January to May, when 27 EU member countries are scheduled to vote.Officials from the EU’s executive Commission said they’ll add a “rapid alert system,” beef up budgets and add expert staff and data analysis tools to help combat fake news.Google, Facebook, Twitter and browser maker Mozilla signed up in September to a voluntary code of conduct on fighting disinformation.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Apple to substitute Watch Series 3 repairs with Series 4

first_imgSan Francisco: Running low on inventory for the older model, Apple has informed its retail staff to substitute some Apple Watch Series 3 repairs with the Series 4 globally, the media reported. The company announced the change in an internal memo that was delivered to Apple Store repair staff and the iPhone maker’s Authorized Service Providers around the world, 9To5Mac reported on Monday. As of now, Apple has not provided any details about how long would the Series 3 constraints and Series 4 upgrades scheme last. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year The new repair and replacement upgrade for the Apple Watch is the latest of several instances of the company substituting Apple Watch repairs with newer models. The iPhone-maker released its Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular connectivity built in 2017. The 38mm variant of the watch currently costs Rs 28,900, while the 42mm GPS variant is priced at Rs 31,900 in India. Launched last October, the price of Apple Watch Series 4 GPS is Rs 40,900 for the 40mm variant and Rs 43,900 for the 44mm version. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India “As usual, it’s not guaranteed that all locations will acknowledge existence of this internal policy, especially given that there is no definitive end date, so your mileage may vary,” the report said. In January, the company announced that some first-generation Apple Watches and Apple Watch Series 1 could qualify for Series 2 replacements, due to supply constraints on repair parts for the older models. Earlier this month, Apple confirmed that repairs of certain Apple Watch Series 2 models will be fulfilled with equivalent Series 3 models due to temporary shortages of unspecified Series 2 parts, the report added.last_img read more

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The Seahawks Are The NFCs Best Team But They Cant Shake The

The NFC West was a lesson in humility for prognosticators last season: The team that FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings gave a 60 percent probability of winning the division lost to the one they pegged with a measly 17 percent shot. After that shakeup, we have the West race much closer this season.But that doesn’t mean Elo’s long-running love affair with the Seattle Seahawks is over: They’ve flown in at No. 2 overall in our preseason rankings. Seattle’s somewhat disappointing 10-6 record last year obscured that by season’s end, it was the league’s best team once again (at least, according to the advanced metrics). Russell Wilson was the NFL’s third-best QB, running back Thomas Rawls rose from the third string to become the league’s most valuable rusher and, as usual, the defense ranked among the best in football. Dig beneath the surface-level indicators, and it was mostly business as usual for what’s been the NFL’s most efficient team for about four seasons running.This season, though, the Seahawks will have a difficult schedule to overcome — 10th-hardest in the league, per Elo. And an offseason of attrition did little to address the team’s most glaring weakness in 2015: an offensive line that ranked as the league’s third-most-porous against opposing pass-rushers. So it won’t be shocking if Seattle’s advanced-stats dynasty finally starts to show cracks in 2016. How will your favorite NFL team do this year? See all of our predictions for the 2016 season » To go with our 2016 NFL predictions, FiveThirtyEight is previewing each division. Here, we look at the NFC West. Adding to Seattle’s worries: The defending division champions, the Arizona Cardinals, got better over the offseason. They picked up edge-rusher Chandler Jones, who should improve what had been a weak pass rush in 2015, and they signed guard Evan Mathis to bolster what was already one of the NFL’s top offensive lines. The Cardinals’ biggest concern might be that QB Carson Palmer is 36 years old and is coming off his best season in a decade, a feat of passing efficiency — and health — that might not be repeatable. (And we all saw what happened the last time Arizona had to sift through their QB depth chart in a big game.) Even so, Elo thinks the Cards have a good chance of punching a return ticket to the playoffs, whether by repeating as division champs or grabbing a wild-card berth.It’s unlikely that either of the other members of the NFC West will leapfrog the Seahawks or Cardinals in the standings. The strongest of the two challengers are the Los Angeles Rams, freshly (re-)minted as such after burning their bridges out of St. Louis during the offseason. The potential for improvement is there: The Rams had the league’s youngest roster a season ago — headlined by electrifying rookie RB Todd Gurley. But LA’s roster is also riddled with holes, notably at quarterback. (No. 1 overall draft pick Jared Goff struggled in the preseason and will reportedly start the season third on the team’s depth chart.) Add in what Elo considers the NFL’s most difficult schedule — thanks, NFL International Series! — and the Rams might have trouble making a big Hollywood debut this season.Finally, what do we make of the San Francisco 49ers? On the positive side, new coach Chip Kelly might be able to jump-start San Francisco’s moribund offense the same way he did during his first year in Philly. (Just don’t ask what happened in Years 2 and 3 …) And the team’s young defensive corps might be able to build on last year’s late-season improvement. But the 49ers are up against a brutal schedule — the third-toughest in football — and they didn’t add much else to a roster that finished last season fifth-to-last in Elo. (Also of note: Opening-day starting QB Blaine Gabbert was the worst passer in the NFL over the past five seasons.) Although anything is possible in the NFL, it’s tough to envision San Francisco rising to the top of this division.All told, the battle for first place between Seattle and Arizona should, once again, be the one to watch in the NFC. And with the Minnesota Vikings’ hopes of making the NFC playoffs out of the North damaged by Teddy Bridgewater’s injury, it’s likely that the West’s runner-up will secure a wild-card nod as its consolation prize.VIDEO: How one spurned Rams fan found a new team read more

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Ohio State seeking board approval for athletic facilities facelift

Ohio Stadium and other university athletic facilities could see multi-million dollar renovations. Credit: Lantern File PhotoOn Friday, Ohio State announced its plan for construction on several athletic venues across campus, including Ohio Stadium and the Schottenstein Center.OSU is seeking approval from the Board of Trustees for several multi-million dollar construction and renovation plans. The board is set to meet next week.The university proposed a $39 million dollar facelift to Ohio Stadium. The construction plan includes the laying of new concrete on the C-deck, plus the addition of new suites and boxes for fan seating. The estimated time of completion is set for before the beginning of the 2020 football season.A university spokesman could not comment on whether renovations would add seats to the already 104,944-seat stadium.“Ohio Stadium is the crown jewel of our athletic operations,” said Gene Smith, senior vice president and Wolfe Foundation-endowed athletics director, in the press release. “These renovations will improve the fan experience and continue to make it one of the best facilities in the nation.”Another project awaiting approval from the Board of Trustees is a $31.5 million renovation to the Schottenstein Center. The project would expand the concourse, improve the team store and athletic ticket office, as well as add natural lighting to the venue. Construction is estimated to take a full year and be completed in Feb. 2018. The Covelli Multi-Sport Arena, originally announced last fall to be located on the corner of Ackerman Road and Fred Taylor Drive, is being moved north of Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, and will be combined with the Jennings Family Wrestling Practice Facility. The Covelli Multi-Sport Arena, originally reported as a $30 million investment, costs north of $49 million with the addition of the Jennings Family Wrestling Practice Facility.OSU women’s and men’s volleyball, wrestling, men’s and women’s gymnastics, and men’s and women’s fencing teams will compete at the 3,700-seat venue, scheduled to be completed in 2019.“Innovation and creative planning helped find a new opportunity for the Covelli Multi-Sport/Jennings Family Wrestling Facility,” said Alex Fischer, Trustee and head of the Master Planning and Facilities Committee, in a press release. “Combining the arena and the practice facility will ultimately realize a cost savings on both projects.”The Biggs Facility that is attached to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center will be replaced with the Schumaker Student-Athlete Development Center. The new facility will include around new athletic offices and a “state-of-the-art” athletic training facility. The project’s cost is estimated at $43 million. There was no date given in the press release for completion of the project.All athletic construction projects are self-funded by the Athletic Department through revenue and fundraising. read more

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Recordsetting womens hockey team to take on winless St Cloud State in

The Ohio State women’s hockey team looks to get back on track and set some records this weekend as it heads to St. Cloud, Minn., to face St. Cloud State. The Buckeyes are 12-12-2 and hoping to better that record against the winless Huskies in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association matchup. “On the ice we’re just trying our best and working hard, and I think our hard work is just paying off and as a result we’re getting success in not only our points but in our team succeeding as well,” said junior forward Natalie Spooner. Several Buckeyes have been leaving their mark on the program and their names in the record books. Spooner and junior forward Laura McIntosh have both joined the 100-point club at OSU this year, albeit in different ways. Spooner has 63 career goals, and McIntosh has 88 career assists. Points are calculated by combining assists and goals. “It’s a good feeling, we don’t really think about it. Neither of us think about it but I mean to get recognized and noticed, it’s an accomplishment,” McIntosh said. “We got to keep pushing forward and see if we can keep going with that.” They are two of only seven Buckeyes ever to reach this mark and they both did it faster than the rest — McIntosh in 80 games and Spooner in 81. “It’s a great honor to be recognized for 100 points, and to be able to get that in my career at Ohio State is an accomplishment,” Spooner said. “Hopefully I can get a few more.” Last weekend against No. 5 Minnesota, Spooner contributed on all three Buckeye goals, with two assists Friday and one goal Saturday. OSU was swept 4-2 and 8-1. Spooner’s goal was her 20th of the season, something she has accomplished in all three of her years at OSU. She is only the second Buckeye to do so, joining forward Jeni Creary, who played from 2002–05. Spooner could move into second place in career goals this weekend. She is just five from tying forward Jana Harrigan, 2003-06. Jeni Creary tops the list with 86 career goals. McIntosh’s 88 assists leave her four behind all-time leader Harrigan. When the Buckeyes last faced the Huskies, Oct. 15–16, McIntosh scored a hat trick to help complete a sweep in Columbus. Freshman goalie Lisa Steffes has also made a splash on the team this year, leading the NCAA with 762 saves and 1550:36 minutes played. Next on the minutes played list is Victoria Vigilanti, a sophomore goalie for Quinnipiac with 1447:31. Only three other goalies have more than 700 saves on the season. Steffes has also won WCHA Rookie of the Week twice this season. “It’s tough as a freshman to come in and be expected to play the number of games she’s had,” coach Jackie Barto said. “I think she’s learned a lot this year and hoping for her to have a good rebound after Saturday night.” Steffes allowed six goals against Minnesota on Saturday but hopes to bounce back against a struggling St. Cloud State squad that is 0-24-1 and has been shut out in its last two games. The series begins at 2 p.m. Friday and continues at 1 p.m. Saturday at the National Hockey Center. “We’ve had a good week of practice; energy has been good,” Barto said. “We talked about keeping the game a little bit simpler, and the girls have done that this week. Our captains have done a great job of leading, of setting the example.” read more

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