first_imgAnd these Dodgers collect prospects.Under Friedman and his baseball operations staff, the Dodgers’ farm system has become one of the deepest in baseball with six players ranked in Baseball America’s midseason Top 100 (a passel of prospects that doesn’t even include Julio Urias because of his brief graduation to the majors). Nearly a $100 million was spent (when overage taxes are included) on signing international amateurs in the past year.So — with this year’s delayed non-waiver trade deadline (Aug. 1, not the usual July 31) fast approaching, is it time for all that to change?“We’ve always been open-minded to anything that lines up and makes sense. It’s easier to line up now with more depth,” Friedman said. “But obviously there are certain guys that we are very reluctant to move. But I think that’s where depth comes in to make it easier to line up on something.”Prospect depth and the number of injured players the Dodgers anticipate returning in the next month or so “allows us to focus on (acquiring) elite-level talent” before the trade deadline, Friedman said, instead of just needing “to work down the list of available players to find a player” to address a very specific positional need. Elite-level talent has been available before — and the Dodgers have passed. In the days leading up to last year’s trade deadline, David Price, Cole Hamels, Johnny Cueto and Troy Tulowitzki all changed teams. None came to Los Angeles. Instead, the Dodgers acquired Mat Latos and Alex Wood because of a very specific positional need.Given a chance to acquire an established player like Todd Frazier last winter, the Dodgers instead chose to scoop up some more young talent (Trayce Thompson, Frankie Montas and Micah Johnson) in the three-way trade that moved Frazier from Cincinnati to Chicago.As far back as spring training, however, Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi was saying strengthening the farm system was not the goal “it’s a means to an end.”“Being ranked the No. 1 system by Baseball America — we’re not putting that trophy in the trophy case,” Zaidi said then. “It’s so important for us to either incorporate that talent at the major-league level or, if an opportunity presents itself, move some of that talent for players that can help us at the major-league level.“Obviously, we have to be careful with that. Prospects are valuable currency.”It might be time to spend some of that currency.The Dodgers reached the All-Star break with a 6½-game chasm separating them from the first-place San Francisco Giants (sporting the best record in baseball). The Dodgers currently lead the National League wild-card standings. But four teams (the Mets, Marlins, Cardinals and Pirates) all lurk within four games.The addition of an “elite-level” player — Friedman would not define that player, saying “it varies” — could be the second-half separator. A year ago, the New York Mets were three games over .500, second in the NL East and fourth in the wild-card standings at the trade deadline. They acquired Yoenis Cespedes who helped pump life into a moribund offense. The Mets went 37-22 after the deadline and made it all the way to the World Series.The Toronto Blue Jays were similarly languishing on the fringes of contention before going all in at the deadline, acquiring both Price and Tulowitzki. The Jays had the best record in the American League (40-18) over the final two months and reached the ALCS.But that kind of move will cost the Dodgers some of their precious prospect depth.“I think everything is a negotiation. But I think our farm system is deeper than it’s ever been at this point,” Friedman said. “That allows us the opportunity to have more meaningful conversations with other teams.“Everything is market driven. If we can offer them more than someone else can, then they’ll do with the deal with us. If not, then they won’t and we’ll feel comfortable in knowing that we put our best foot forward to try and get something done.”The cynic might say the Dodgers are simply posturing so they can sit back on Aug. 2, having aimed high at “elite-level talent” but emerging with their prospect hoard still intact and pushing a narrative that getting their injured players back will be the equivalent of making mid-season trades.“That may very well be how it plays out,” Friedman said. “I don’t have a crystal ball.”DODGERS AT THE BREAKFIRST-HALF REVIEWThe Dodgers started the season with 10 players on the disabled list and reached the All-Star break with nine there. Some of the names have changed — most disturbing, Clayton Kershaw joined them with a herniated disc in his back. The injuries and slow starts by key offensive performers like Justin Turner, Adrian Gonzalez, Yasiel Puig and Yasmani Grandal were a drag on the Dodgers and they spent much of the first half within a game or two of .500, relying on youngsters like Corey Seager and Trayce Thompson to carry much of the load. But a favorable schedule and a remarkable performance by an overtaxed bullpen allowed them to finish the first half with an 18-8 run — leaving them still a distant 6½ games behind the San Francisco Giants in the NL West.SECOND-HALF PREVIEWKEY: The Dodgers’ chances for a fourth consecutive NL West division title seem slim. A wild-card playoff spot seems a more realistic goal. What they do at the trade deadline could tip the scales one way or the other. If they make a significant addition — a Jay Bruce added to the lineup, a Chris Archer or Rich Hill to bolster the rotation or Andrew Miller to the bullpen — it would make them a wild-card favorite (and more of a second-half threat to the Giants). If they don’t make a big move, they will spend the second half with their fingers crossed that the bullpen doesn’t collapse, the returnees (Hyun-Jin Ryu, Brandon McCarthy and Alex Wood) can produce a more robust rotation and the offense doesn’t lose its renewed vigor.TRADE POSSIBILITIES: Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman has said the team will target “elite-level players” at the trade deadline. On the bright side, that would seem to eliminate the possibility of another blockbuster Mat Latos trade. On the other hand, “elite-level players” do not come cheap and the Friedman-era Dodgers have shown a greater interest in collecting prospects, not spending them. If you hear Dodgers decision-makers talking about returning injured players like Brett Anderson and Andre Ethier being the equivalent of midseason acquisitions — be afraid, be very afraid.BIGGEST CONCERN: Nothing should give the Dodgers greater pause than the state of Kershaw’s back, given how much he has carried them. His healthy return will have ripple effects. Without him, the other starters were barely able to average five innings a start, leaving the bullpen to pitch 75 innings over the final 19 games before the break. That kind of workload has a way of coming back to haunt a team.SCHEDULE: The Dodgers start the second half with a long road trip (to Arizona, Washington and St. Louis) and make another cross-country swing in mid-September — an odd time to send an NL West team to Miami and New York before returning via Arizona. Depending on how fast those Yankees fade in the second half, the Dodgers could play 30 of their final 45 games against teams out of the playoff race — and nine against the Giants (including the final weekend of the regular season in San Francisco). Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img LOS ANGELES >> The Andrew Friedman regime is in its second year in Los Angeles and a value system has been established.They don’t like big contracts.They have traded them away (Matt Kemp) and swallowed chunks of them (Carl Crawford). But, even though the payroll remains the highest in baseball (approximately $230 million), the Friedman-era Dodgers haven’t added them.In the past two years, the $62.5 million contract they gave Cuban infielder Hector Olivera is the Dodgers’ biggest single expenditure on a player — and he was traded before ever playing a game for the Dodgers, cutting that cost in half. So the $48 million contracts given to free-agent pitchers Brandon McCarthy before the 2015 season (a four-year deal) and Scott Kazmir last winter (a three-year deal with lots of deferred dollars) stand as the biggest commitments of the past two years.last_img read more

first_imgLife in the age of coronavirus is different, and that’s a severe understatement. People are living in isolation, the sports world has stopped and many bars and restaurants are closed while people try to prevent the spread of the virus.Apparently, one thing that hasn’t changed is AFC East rivalries. During a press conference in which he announced that restaurants and bars are now only open for takeout, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown couldn’t help but mention Tom Brady’s departure from New England. MORE: Free agency winners and losers“For those of you who want to celebrate Tom Brady leaving the New England Patriots, and hopefully leaving the AFC East, there are no mass gatherings,” Brown said. “Celebrate responsibly, celebrate at home and with less than 10 people present.”Only in Buffalo 😂 #GoBills #Billsmafia #BRADYOUT— Carli Zielinski (@carlifarley) March 17, 2020It may seem odd to hear a mayor talk about an NFL quarterback during a global pandemic, but Bills fans are known to be some of the most enthusiastic in the league. Brady led the Patriots to 17 of the last 19 AFC East titles, so the door appears open for another team to take the crown. MORE: Free agency tracker: news, rumors, signings and tradesThe Bills made the playoffs in 2019 and just pulled off a trade for wide receiver Stefon Diggs on Monday. On Tuesday, the Bills’ biggest obstacle in the division over the last 19 years announced he was leaving town (and reportedly is heading to Tampa Bay). That sounds like a reason to celebrate.The Patriots are still the favorites in the AFC East, but Bills fans can smell that first division title in 25 years. It might have been a smart move to remind Buffalonians to celebrate responsibly.last_img read more

first_imgPeabody surrendered 16 fourth quarter points to Oliver after leading 8-6 in the first quarter. Jaylen Coleman scored on an 84-yard run and Dontae Forte connected with Brennan Duckett for a 10-yard touchdown pass for the Highlanders.Perry 42, Langley 12Once again, Perry’s Richard Lowry shined in a dominating performance as the Commodores slipped past Langley to cap-off a winless season for the Mustangs. Lowry carried the ball 10 times for 192 yards and a touchdown.Perry’s Aaron Patterson came up big for its offense, with three touchdowns—two rushing and one receiving. Junior quarterback Greg McGhee completed 7 of 10 passes for 133 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.Westinghouse 13, Allderdice 0The Bulldogs of Westinghouse earned their third win of the season. They scored on a 27-yard touchdown run by Ron Tyler and a 48-yard fumble recovery by Darrell Cosby. DIRECTING TRAFFIC —Perry quarterback Greg McGhee threw two touchdown passes and ran for a touchdown. On their way to the top seed they’ve gone on a five-game winning streak. Their previous loss was back on Sept. 18, losing 36-6 to defending champion Brashear. They will rely on their running game, which is led by one of the league’s best, senior tailback Jerome Mathews. Junior DeAndre Black, known as an explosive playmaker on both sides of the ball, will lead the way for the Spartans. UNSTOPPABLE—Richard Lowry of Perry tries to bust through two Langley defenders. Lowry rushed for 192 yards and a touchdown. “Obviously, It’s been good,” said Schenley head coach Jason Bell. “We wanted to turn the corner, which has been a problem for us in the past, and this time we plan to actually get to where we need to be this year (in the championship).” “Our key guy is Mathews,” said Bell. “He’s been a four-year starter for me and we’ve always expected big things out of him. Black makes big plays for us as well. The biggest thing for us to be successful (especially on defense) is the play of our secondary. If they play well, it will cause things to happen for us up front and we can use the athletes that we have on our (defensive) line to make key plays.”Schenley was in action against last past Friday when they blew out Carrick, 58-16. Black scored on a 70-yard touchdown pass from Calvin Beck. He also scored on a 98-yard interception return. Mathews added on by scoring on three touchdown runs of 6, 7, and 10 yards on their way to clinching this year’s regular season crown.Other games:Oliver 22, Peabody 14Oliver’s quarterback Dante Jeter scored on a 1-yard run in the first half. He added on a 24-yard touchdown pass to Martise Smith to lead the Bears past Peabody to finish as this season’s City League runner-up. Smith had a touchdown pass of his own to David Marshall for 22 yards, in the fourth quarter. The seedings are final in the City League as all top four teams were victorious in their final regular season matchups. The Schenley Spartans have secured the league’s top seed in its post-season and will take on Brashear Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. for the second of two semi-final games. The other contest will include the number two seed Oliver against its North side rival, No. 3 Perry Nov. 5 at 7 p.m.; both games are at Cupples Stadium. Final 2009 Regular Season Standings: City League Team    Conf.     Overall     PF / PRecord    Record Oliver    7-1    7-1    164 – 65    Schenley    7-1    7-1    199 – 72    Brashear    6-2    7-2    253 – 80    Perry    6-2    7-2    208 – 77    Carrick    3-5    3-6    148 – 227    Peabody    3-5    3-6    126 – 193    Westinghouse    3-5    3-6    126 – 142    Allderdice    1-7    1-8      71 – 255    Langley    0-8    0-8      82 – 373 BIG GAME—Aaron Patterson of Perry scored three touchdowns in the 42-12 win over Langley Oct. 29. last_img read more

first_imgFacebook4Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by the Olympia World Affairs CouncilState Senator Karen Fraser is recognized for her work on the Hyogo Washington State 50th Anniversary Planning Committee, which she chaired last summer. From left to right: Japanese Consul General Masahiro Omura, Hyogo Governor Toshizo Ido, Senator Karen Fraser, Lt Governor Brad Owen.Honoring decades of commitment to international issues on behalf of Thurston County voters, the Olympia World Affairs Council will bestow its “Global Connect” award this year on Senator Karen Fraser (D-Thurston County). Fraser will be formally presented with the award at the Council’s annual reception, held this year at the Indian Summer Golf and Country Club on May 15.“Senator Fraser’s involvement in global women’s issues and environmental concerns, along with her leadership in establishing sister-city and sister-state relationships, made her a natural choice for the award this year,” said Donna Hamilton, outgoing OWAC president and a former American diplomat. “Her nomination was unanimously supported by our board. She has been extraordinarily effective as an international representative for our region.”One of Fraser’s signature pieces of legislation this year makes it a felony for one person to coerce another to provide unpaid or cheap labor, including sex services, by withholding the victim’s international travel documents. Gov. Jay Inslee recently signed her bill to combat this frequent aspect of the crime of international human trafficking. The law takes effect in June 2014.“I hope the new law serves as both a deterrent and penalty for those guilty of these life-destroying crimes,” said Fraser. This new law is the latest of several pieces of state legislation Fraser has championed over the years to prevent and punish human trafficking, which is a top U.S. foreign policy priority.The nature of the Pacific coast connection between Washington state and Japan has been important to Fraser over the years, and exquisitely lettered Japanese awards decorate a wall in her legislative office. A founding member of the Olympia-Yashiro/Kato sister city relationship in 1980, she has also been active in the Washington-Hyogo sister state relationship, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. Exchanges of students, faculty, officials, and citizens between Olympia and Hyogo over the years have built bridges of friendship and business relationships that have benefited both communities.At a Port of Olympia commission meeting last summer, Fraser was pleasantly struck by how welcoming residents were toward a visit by a delegation from Hyogo seeking to initiate a sister marina relationship between the Shin-Nishinomia Yacht Harbor, in Hyogo Prefecture, and the Port’s Swantown Marina, in Olympia.“The other agenda items at the meeting involved serious and controversial issues, with quite a few members of the public present for them,” Fraser said. “Yet the public present for these other agenda items were gracious to our Japanese delegation, even breaking into spontaneous applause about the proposed marina relationship.”A Thurston County resident for 47 years, Fraser believes the region places great emphasis on international issues and engagement. As an adjunct faculty member at The Evergreen State College for many years, she sees students as a positive factor in that engagement.“Evergreen and St. Martins are both top contributors, per capita, to the Peace Corps,” said Fraser. “We have many international students at South Puget Sound Community College, as well as an active port. I think people here care about the bigger picture.”Fraser will give remarks at the Olympia World Affairs Council event May 15, where she will tell the story of her own journey as a citizen legislator learning that our mutual human obligation to each other does not stop at the border.“I like to visualize the earth from the moon, a small blue globe in space,” she said. “We’re all in this together. “last_img read more

first_imgThe School Sports Australia Combined Touch Tournament commenced on Monday, 20 October 2008 at Prospect Park, Launceston.Master of Ceremonies, Maree Tomlin welcomed the participants to the Opening Ceremony as the junior referees lead the march past. Hosts, Tasmania where introduced last to the applause of the home crowd.School Sport Australia Life Member, Ray Grieshaber wished everyone the best of luck for the tournament and expressed his gratitude to Maree and Steve Tomlin for the work they had put in for the event.Tasmanian 15’s Captains, Rosie Downer and Patrick Fisher, read the Players Oath stating a desire to achieve the highest level of personal performance and conduct.The crowd was treated to a wonderful rendition of the National Anthem  by Tasmanian 12’s player, Ellie Couch. The performance was even more considerable since Ellie’s usual acoustic accompany was sick on the morning and a replacement had to be made very hastily. Tasmanian Australian 20’s Mixed representative, Emma Haines, declared the games open with results going to script on the opening day.For full results, visit read more

first_imgCody Riley dunks so hard the rim breaks.YouTube/Marcus WilliamsFew basketball players have the raw power to destroy a basketball hoop with a dunk. Add 2017 power forward Cody Riley to that small fraternity. The 6-foot-7 five-star out of California went up for a big slam at this weekend’s 2015 Summer Block Party, and brought the rim down with him. Try not to be impressed by the raw power here—it is impossible. Riley is rated as a four star player by Scout and five stars by Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN. His impressive list of suitors includes offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Connecticut, Kansas, Maryland, UCLA, and USC. He is also receiving interest from Duke and Kentucky.[Scout]last_img

first_imgCardale Jones swings and misses at a softball.Twitter/@STN_Sports Every year, NCAA member schools have to self-report dozens of violations, the vast majority of which are quite inane. Ohio State’s student newspaper The Lantern reports that the school reported 29 minor violations, six of which came from the football program. The most interesting of them centers on quarterback Cardale Jones’ attendance as a celebrity softball game hosted by Cleveland Browns star Joe Haden.Cardale Jones and Prime Time at Joe Haden’s Celebrity softball game— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) June 6, 2015In one case, an OSU football player was told that he was neither permitted to participate in nor attend the Joe Haden Celebrity Charity Softball game in Cleveland on June 6. However, on the morning of the event he called his position coach and was told he could attend the event but not participate.Because the school had not provided written approval to attend, a violation had occurred. An OSU spokesman could not confirm the identity of the player, but redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones was documented to have attended the game.In response to the violation, a letter of education was provided to all football coaches and staff emphasizing the rules regarding promotional activities, as well as reviewed with football student-athletes.Braxton Miller’s Instagram photo promoting AdvoCare from the spring was also included in the report. It should be noted that there should not be an repercussions for minor offenses like these, but it is always interesting to look at the things that are deemed violations by the NCAA. Many of them are pretty ridiculous.[The Lantern via Eleven Warriors]last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Music Composer Shashwat Sachdev, who won the National Award for Best Background Music this year for “Uri: The Surgical Strike”, says the prestigious honour will give him more courage to work harder in future projects.”This win means a lot to me. I never want to take this award for granted. I don’t have a history of projects. I have done only a couple of films in Bollywood, so receiving the National Award at such an initial stage of my career is a huge thing for me. It will give me more courage to work hard and I will try to push myself beyond limits,” Shashwat told IANS. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaBagging the award at the age of 29, Shashwat also realised that age is no bar to scale the heights.”If your work is good, it will definitely outshine irrespective of your age, gender and other things. I hope I am now able to make people of my age – the youth — believe in their work and inspire them to put forth their best efforts to fulfil their dreams,” he added.Shashwat debuted as a Bollywood composer in 2017 with the Anushka Sharma-starrer “Phillauri”. He also scored some peppy numbers in last year’s “Veere Di Wedding”. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod KhannaNow, it is his score for Aditya Dhar’s “Uri” that has put Shashwat under the spotlight. His patriotic background music has been considered worthy of the national honour. Shashwat put a lot of effort into the film.”After finding out the tunes for the film, I went to Berlin to buy a modular synthesizer because it’s not available in India. To create army sounds and sounds related to terror strikes, I needed that instrument. Every element was handpicked. I worked on the instrument for seven-eight months. Then we went to Vienna to record the background score,” Shashwat reveals the creative process.”Around 150 people were involved in creating the music of the film, so it’s not just my contribution. Everyone helped me in carving out the best music . I want to dedicate this award to my whole team,” Shashwat signed off.last_img read more

first_imgSUMMERLAND, B.C. – People living in nearly 1,000 homes have either been forced to evacuate or must be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice as wildfires rip through British Columbia’s scenic Okanagan region.A lightning storm hit the popular tourist area in B.C.’s southern Interior earlier this week, sparking multiple wildfires including one major blaze that has grown to 10 square kilometres.“Things are quite busy right now and the situation down there is pretty volatile,” said Chief Fire Information Officer Kevin Skrepnek, speaking from Kamloops, just north of the Okanagan.“The Okanagan is our main area of concern, given that we’ve got that cluster of fires between Kelowna and Penticton, and given how close a lot of those fires are to communities.”The region spans from Salmon Arm in the north to Osoyoos in the south, and includes the cities of Kelowna, Penticton and Vernon. It is the province’s main wine-making region and a vacation spot for travellers from B.C., Alberta and the U.S.The Okanagan Crush Pad winery in Summerland published an open letter thanking crews for protecting the vineyard when a blaze touched down on adjacent Crown land.With windy conditions, the fire quickly became a threat to the 126-hectare Garnet Valley Ranch, but crews carefully executed a suppression plan, the letter said.“They worked all night to create a two-mile long fire guard and then do the controlled back burn,” said owner Steve Lornie in the letter. “We all owe so much thanks to how hard they all worked to protect our properties.”Some 123 fires are burning across the province, of which 41 are in the Kamloops Fire Centre, which includes the Okanagan. There are also significant wildfires raging in central and southeast B.C.The service is redistributing crews across the province to fight the fires. It will also pull back about 200 firefighters it sent to help with wildfires in Ontario and Quebec earlier than expected, returning them to B.C. by midway through next week, said Skrepnek.The flames have prompted the regional districts of Okanagan-Similkameen and Central Okanagan to issue evacuation orders for 81 properties, among them two campgrounds at Okanagan Lake Provincial Park and at least one winery.Campers at the park were allowed to return temporarily on Friday to retrieve their property after a frantic evacuation on Wednesday night.The region is still open for business and has many spots that are safe for tourists, said Erick Thompson, information officer for Okanagan-Similkameen’s emergency operation centre.“I think the most important thing for people who are thinking of coming to the area or have plans to come here is just to do their research and find out what is affecting or may be affecting their plans,” he said.“But there certainly still are lots of opportunities in the Okanagan.”More than 800 homes in the Central Okanagan district are under evacuation alert, meaning residents must be ready to leave suddenly if the situation deteriorates.Both districts have opened reception centres for evacuees.People in the Central Okanagan recall the 2003 West Kelowna wildfires, which destroyed 240 homes, so those under evacuation alert are being proactive and getting ready to leave, said Maria Lee, public information officer for the district’s emergency operation centre.“They’re watching very carefully the situation unfold and preparing themselves accordingly,” she said.B.C. residents are also bracing themselves after 2017 marked the worst wildfire season on record.The situation in the Okanagan is serious but at this time last year, tens of thousands of people had been displaced and crews were battling “massive” blazes, noted Skrepnek.But he added it’s hard to predict the future.“It’s only mid-way through July. We’ve got a lot of fire season ahead of us one way or the other,” he said. “There’s definitely big potential for this to turn into a significant season.”— By Laura Kane in Vancouver.last_img read more

Junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) throws a pass during a game against Iowa Oct. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 34-24.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorThe Ohio State football team is looking to extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 20 games, but the Buckeyes (7-0, 3-0) aren’t expecting that win to come easily against division rival Penn State (4-2, 1-1) Saturday.“This is going to be a street fight for us,” OSU coach Urban Meyer told the media after practice Wednesday. “A team that has momentum, a team that had a bye week, a (team) that’s rested and well-coached. They’re legitimate — this is Penn State.”While the Buckeyes had to make a second-half comeback to secure a 34-24 win against Iowa in Columbus last Saturday, Penn State had a week off after a 43-40, quadruple overtime victory against Michigan Oct. 12.OSU defeated the Nittany Lions 35-23 at Beaver Stadium last season, but junior linebacker Ryan Shazier said the Buckeyes are “always going to get the best” out of their Leaders Division adversary.“They always going to give us their best shot and we going to give them our best shot, and it’s just always a fight out there,” Shazier said.Junior quarterback Braxton Miller said the Buckeyes make every game a big game, and playing Penn State in a nationally televised 8 p.m. game at Ohio Stadium should be no different.“Everyone wants to take down the guys that (are) undefeated,” Miller said. “It’s going to be electrifying, so it’s going to be fun.”OSU is ranked No. 4 in the initial BCS standings, which were released Sunday.Shazier said Wednesday that the Buckeyes are not focused on their win streak or getting to a national championship, but on playing Penn State.“At the end of the day, the next play and the next game is all that matters,” Shazier said. “We really don’t worry about all that stuff because we just, we just trying to win and we know if we take care of our job, everything else will take care of itself.”Senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown, however, said the Buckeyes need to start winning games more convincingly in order to move up the BCS standings.“It’s got to be more than just beating teams, we got to start doing it like we should,” Brown said.After winning by at least 18 points in each of their four non-conference games, the Buckeyes have won by 10 points or less in the last three games against Big Ten opponents.Alabama, Florida State and Oregon, all of whom are also undefeated this season, are the three teams ranked ahead of OSU in the BCS standings. read more