Suspected militants vandalised the residence of a ruling PDP leader in the Tral area of Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday night, police sources said. The ultras, carrying guns, barged into the house of PDP zonal president Peer Mohammad Ashraf at Dadsara in Tral and vandalised it, the sources said. They said the gunmen fired shots in the air before fleeing. Mr. Ashraf was not present in the house at the time of the incident, the sources added. The PDP governs the State in alliance with the BJP.
The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed applications filed by general category candidates for modification of the court’s June 4 order, which restrained candidates from changing their original preference/option of seats in postgraduate medical courses in Maharashtra after the scrapping of 10% economic reservation in admissions for the academic year 2019-2020.A Vacation Bench led by Justice Indira Banerjee further recorded that no reserved category candidate should be excluded if he or she is found eligible to compete from the general category.The general category candidates’ pleas had sought the apex court to allow them to seek a fresh choice of seats, including seats reverted from Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) category to general category.‘Accordance with merit’The applicants had submitted that seats should be allotted to already registered and qualified medical students during manual (physical) counselling, in accordance with merit, without insisting upon previous choice/ options exercised by them.One of the applications filed by Sagar Damodar Sarda said the original exercise of options by the applicants and other qualified students “cannot be termed as valid exercise in facts of the given case when the said exercise was itself restricted by operation of EWS quota which is now not applicable for the current academic year”.‘Not in 2019-2020’It said the “provisional seat position of postgraduate courses in government/ government-aided/ BMC and central government medical colleges, published by the Government of Maharashtra, State Common Entrance Cell would further reveal that there were several seats, discipline wise – college wise which were earmarked for EWS students (only); before the said reservation scheme (for EWS) was directed not to be applicable for this academic year 2019-2020” by the apex court on May 30.The candidates had alleged the authorities, even after issuance of directions by the Supreme Court, did not call for fresh choice filling, to enable students in order of merit to participate afresh in the re-counselling process. “The inaction has seriously prejudiced rights of the applicants and is arbitrary and malfide exercise of powers; antithesis to the concept of rule of law,” Mr. Sarda’s application had submitted.On June 4, the Supreme Court had directed the Maharashtra government to hold the last round of physical counselling for postgraduate medical and dental seats by June 14.Interim directionThe June 4 order had followed an interim direction in May to the State to not implement the 10% economic quota for the PG medical and dental admissions for the 2019-20 academic year. The Maharashtra government had issued two notifications in February and March 2019 to implement the 10% reservation for the economically-deprived classes. They were stayed by the apex court in a recent order.The court had slammed the Maharashtra government for “creating a mess” and troubling candidates who aspire to complete their post-graduation.
The presence of an unidentified lady beside flag-bearer Sushil Kumar in the Indian contingent during the opening ceremony of the Olympics has prompted the country’s miffed officials to take up the issue with the Games organisers.A young lady in red shirt and blue trouser was seen leading the Indian contingent in the march past alongside Beijing Games bronze-medal winner Sushil Kumar and her unwanted presence has not gone down well with the Indians who had no clue as to who she was.Acting chef de mission of the Indian contingent Brig P K Muralidharan Raja is understandably agitated that a person who was not part of the delegation was allowed to accompany the team and hog the limelight in the process.”She had no business to walk in with the Indian contingent and we are taking up the issue with the organisers. We don’t know who she is and why she was allowed to walk in. It is a shame that she was with the athletes in the march past,” Raja told PTI in London.”We were initially told that she would accompany the contingent till the track but she went on to take the entire lap. There was another man also but he stayed back and did not enter the stadium,” Raja added.”We have taken strong exception to this. The march past is for the athletes and officials attached to the contingent. We are totally taken by surprise how a person could just intrude into the track,” he wondered.advertisementThe lady’s presence had created a flutter Friday night itself and the Indian media covering the Games, had sought clarification from the team management.”The Indian contingent was shown for hardly ten seconds in the tv coverage and the entire focus sadly was on this lady, instead of the athletes,” Raja rued.The Indians have fielded 81 athletes, the largest ever in the history of the Games, but only 40 athletes and around 11 officials participated in the parade at the opening ceremony, which showcased Great Britain’s rich heritage combined with dazzling fireworks and stunning visual effects.The Indian men wore traditional blazers and Rajasthani yellow turbans while the female atheletes wore yellow sarees.
With earnings of 88 million USD, professional footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has topped the chart of world’s highest paid athletes released by Forbes magazine. Ronaldo currently plays for Real Madrid. With 215 million followers, the three-time FIFA Player of the Year is also one of the most popular athletes on social media. Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova are the only two women athletes to make to the list for the second year straight.Here are the top 15 highest paid athletes as per Forbes: AthleteSportSalary/Bonuses (USD)Endorsements (USD)Total Earnings (USD)1Cristiano RonaldoFootball56 million32 million88 million2Lionel MessiFootball53.4 million28 million81.4 million3LeBron JamesBasketball23.2 million54 million77.2 million4Roger FedererTennis7.8 million60 million67.8 million5Kevin DurantBasketball20.2 million36 million56.2 million6Novak DjokovicTennis21.8 million34 million55.8 million7Cam NewtonFootball41.1 million12 million53.1 million8Phil MickelsonGolf2.9 million50 million52.9 million9Jordan SpiethGolf20.8 million32 million52.8 million10Kobe BryantBasketball25 million25 million50 million11Lewis HamiltonFormula One racing42 million4 million46 million12Tiger WoodsGolf274,00045 million45.3 million13Eli ManningFootball37 million8 million45 million14Joe FlaccoFootball44 million500,00044.5 million15Tom BradyFootball36.1 million8 million44.1 million Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Taking care of a daughter and working on a film is not a cake walk. Ask actor Akshay Kumar and he will tell you how difficult it is. The 49-year-old actor, who is currently shooting for Reema Kagti’s Gold in London, is also babysitting his daughter as wife Twinkle Khanna is touring Europe.And in an interview to Mumbai Mirror, the Rustom actor confessed that his respect for his wife has gone several notches higher. He told the daily, “My wife (Twinkle Khanna) is touring Europe, my son Aarav is in Oxford for a two-week study course so I’m babysitting my daughter Nitara besides shooting for a film (Reema Kagti’s sports-drama Gold). And I have to confess that minding a little girl is a tough job.”He added, “My admiration for Mrs Funnybones has gone up several notches after realising the magnitude of the task. I don’t know how she writes, designs, looks after our children and still manages to stay calm on most days.”Akshay, who is juggling between work and taking care of his daughter, revealed, “Every morning, Nitara and I have breakfast together, then, we go to this park nearby where one can feed rabbits and goats. After her day-nurse comes, I travel to London for my shoot. Post ‘pack-up’, I take my daughter out again. The other evening, we went to watch Cars. Half way through the film she decided that she was tired, so we had to leave and drive back. I tried explaining to her that I wanted to continue watching the movie till the end, to no avail. Bringing up a baby is tough.”advertisementOn the work front, Akshay is awaiting the release of Toilet Ek Prem Katha opposite Bhumi Pednekar.ALSO READ: See Akshay Kumar and kids Aarav-Nitara in 7 photos. Got a better way to beat the Monday blues? ALSO READ: Twinkle Khanna destroys troll who badmouths her, Akshay Kumar and PM Narendra Modi ALSO WATCH: Akshay Kumar is the real ‘Khiladi’ of Bollywood
India thrashed Macau 4-1 to qualify for the 2019 Asian Cup football tournament at the Sree Kanteevara Stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday.Rowllin Borges (28th minute) put India ahead in the first half before Sunil Chhetri (60th) and Jeje Lalpekhlua (90+2) found the net after the break.Macau defender Man Fai Ho scored an own goal in the 70th minute while trying to clear a pass into the penalty box by India’s Halicharan Narzary.Nicholas Mario de Almeida Torrao scored the lone goal for the visitors in the 37th minute.This is the fourth time that India have qualified for the Asian Cup. The last time they qualified was six years ago when they won the AFC Challenge Cup to book their tickets to the 2011 Asian Cup.The last time India reached the main stage of Asian football’s showpiece event through the direct qualification route was in 1984.India’s best result at the Asian Cup came in 1964 when they finished runners-up to hosts Israel.
U17 World Cup: Mexico 0-0 Chile: El Tri advance despite being wasteful in last group game Swapnaneel Parasar in Guwahati Last updated 2 years ago 00:28 10/15/17 Tom Dulat – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images Guwahati, generally a high-scoring venue, saw the tournament’s first goalless draw… Mexico advanced to the Round of 16s despite playing out a goalless draw with Chile at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati on Saturday.Mario Arteaga handed out a tournament debut for Marco Ruiz as the El Tri Ninos played in a 4-4-1-1 system with Jairo Torres as a supporting act to Roberto De la Rosa up top. Chile gave Nicolas Aravena, Ignacio Contreras and Matias Silva run-outs as they packed their backline with five men.Mexico had the ball with them for most periods of time and de la Rosa’s shot in the 20th minute ruffled Chilean feathers, although it was saved by ‘keeper Julio Borquez who returned after his one-match suspension.Lainez’s curling free-kick four minutes later was met with an outstretched Borquez as the CD Iquique youngster kept his team alive despite his teammates’ inefficacy in the final front. Chile’s only moment of glory in the first half was a double save forced onto Mexico’s keeper Cesar Lopez. Martin Lara’s first-time shot from the left side was palmed away but even the rebound was diligently saved.There was much intent in the second period but both teams were wasteful in the attacking zone. Ian Torres missed a sitter with only the last man to beat after a ball from Carlos Robles around the hour mark.Chile lacked positioning sense as good balls to the forwards were miscued at a horrifying rate. Mexico too made a meal out on a couple of chances the wingers, who worked tirelessly, sent through Torres and then De la Rosa.Lainez showed some individual brilliance to cross the ball across the face of goal but Torres shot wide of his target from the right side of the box.In a moment of madness, Borquez came way out of his line and with an empty net staring in front of them, Daniel Lopez and De La Rosa made a meal as the latter only hit the crossbar in injury time.With Mexico needing only a draw to ensure their progression, they shut shop and closed down Chile for the first goalless draw of the tournament.Mexico finished third with two points while Chile were sent packing. El Tri Ninos now face Iran in the Round of 16 on 17 October in Goa.
zoom The Amver participating bulk carrier Jin Yun rescued three people from a sunken panga 500 miles north of the Galapagos Islands on Wednesday, March 4, 2015.Rescue authorities in Ecuador contacted U.S. Coast Guard personnel at the Eleventh District Command Center to assist in the search and rescue efforts.Ecuadorian rescue personnel had limited information about the distress. Crewmen from the stricken vessel called a crewmen’s wife to report the boat was taking on water.Search efforts were made more challenging because rescue personnel did not know where the vessel was transiting, but it had departed a port in Columbia.Coast Guard personnel used the Amver system to locate the 620-foot bulk carrier and requested the vessel divert and search for the missing panga. A maritime patrol aircraft was also diverted and located the vessel with three people waving their arms.The Hong Kong-flagged bulker arrived on the scene and was able to embark the three survivors who were later transferred to the Coast Guard Cutter Active. The Jin Yun continued on its journey to China.Amver, or Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System is a worldwide voluntary reporting system sponsored by the United States Coast Guard.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – A judge has declared a University of Michigan doctoral student from China dead more than six months after he disappeared before his plane crashed in Canada.The Detroit Free Press reports Washtenaw County Probate Judge Julia Owdziej signed an order Thursday establishing that 27-year-old Xin Rong died March 15, the day he rented an airplane in Ann Arbor. The plane was found crashed in a densely wooded area of Ontario.His wife, Surong Ruan, filed a court petition seeking the order.Authorities have said they found no signs of Rong at the crash site or footprints in the snow, and the plane was out of fuel. An Ontario Provincial Police spokesman has said authorities believe Rong jumped out at some point during the flight.Rong was studying artificial intelligence.___Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com
TWILLINGATE, N.L. – A fishing boat featured on the reality TV series “Cold Water Cowboys” was consumed by a dramatic fire that broke out Monday morning at wharf in Twillingate, N.L.Fire officials said they expected the Sebastian Sails to sink by the end of the day.Jim Hall of the Twillingate Fire Department told The Canadian Press shortly after 2 p.m. that the coast guard was on hand to help control the blaze that had spread to the wharf near a fish plant.Hall said the fire was contained, and all other vessels on the wharf had been moved to safety, but the ship probably would not last the next few hours.“She’s almost ready to sink,” Hall said.The Sebastian Sails was one of several Newfoundland boats featured on the TV series that aired for four seasons on Discovery Channel Canada.Deborah Bourden, who operates the nearby Anchor Inn Hotel and Suites, said plumes of smoke were seen coming from the Sebastian Sails.Bourden said explosions were heard and it’s believed they originated from propane tanks on the longliner.“At one point the flames were about 25 feet high and there was a lot of black smoke,” she said. “I heard the explosion and you knew something was going on and it wasn’t good.”Bourden said the town’s fire department responded not long after the fire broke out just before 6 a.m.“They had to move several longliners that were close to it (the fire) off from the wharf. The pier was also on fire right next to the boat … Luckily it wasn’t one of the fish plant buildings.”She said the fish plant is closed and has been for the last two summers.
Kolkata: Consecutive fifties in different batting positions ought to be a confidence-builder but Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Nitish Rana says he is occupied by the concern of maintaining his form that usually “fizzles” out early in the IPL.As a makeshift opener in the absence of Sunil Narine, Rana struck a fine 68 in KKR’s first match against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday.Back at No. 4 in their second match, Rana scored a 34-ball 63 against Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday to overtake Delhi Capitals’ Rishabh Pant (103 runs in two matches) in the early Orange Cap race.”I haven’t thought too far ahead. But for the last couple of seasons, I start well but my form fizzles out towards the later half of the tournament,” Rana said after KKR’s 28-run win here on Wednesday night.”So this time around, I want to work on this. I want to continue the kind of form I have started in till the end of the tournament.” Rana did not have a good season with Delhi in the domestic circuit, managing just 147 runs form 10 matches in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 and 191 runs from six matches in the Ranji Trophy.Disturbed by his poor form, the top order KKR batsman spent some time at the Mumbai-based KKR Academy speaking to Abhishek Nayar and Dinesh Karthik.”I did not work on batting as such but I worked on the mental toughness. KKR academy was quite helpful in that sense because I got one-on-one time with Abhishek bhaiya and DK bhaiya. They helped me clear self doubts. Now, I feel, I’ve become a better player.”Having impressed at different batting positions, Rana said, “That’s the sign of a good team. My plan was clear — to hit a loose ball and then, let DK (Dinesh Karthik) or (Andre) Russell take over for the last four-five overs.” Four of his seven sixes came against India’s top off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin but Rana said the attack was not pre-planned.”I was just trying to build my innings. I was taking it ball by ball at the start and then when I thought I could charge, I did that.”It doesn’t matter for me who the bowler is. My game plan was simple. I thought that was the time to attack and I did. That was the plan for the two overs — of Ashiwn and South African pacer (Hardus Viljoen).”
The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Senegalese Government today signed an agreement to set up a regional office in the capital, Dakar, to bolster the protection of rights across West Africa.The new office will be tasked with working with governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), intergovernmental associations and other UN partners to devise and carry out strategies to protect the human rights of people living in the 15 member states of the Economic Community of the West African States (ECOWAS).Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kyung-wha Kang, who signed the memorandum of understanding establishing the office on behalf of the UN, said the bureau “demonstrates the High Commissioner’s commitment to assist the efforts of the ECOWAS member states in the field of human rights.”The office in Dakar, created as part of the OHCHR’s Strategic Management Plan to boost its field presence, is the fourth of its kind in Africa, joining offices already established in Yaoundé, Cameroon (covering Central Africa); Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Eastern Africa); and Pretoria, South Africa (Southern Africa).The member states of ECOWAS are Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo. 3 December 2007The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Senegalese Government today signed an agreement to set up a regional office in the capital, Dakar, to bolster the protection of rights across West Africa.
Some 400 million hectares in the Guinea Savannah zone – stretching from Senegal to South Africa – are ripe for commodity production, but at present, only 10 per cent of that area is actually being farmed, according to the book published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Bank.It compares the African savannah with similar areas in north-east Thailand and the Cerrado region of Brazil, which share similar disadvantages. In the case of Thailand, there was abundant but unreliable rainfall, poor soils and a high population density, while in the Cerrado, remoteness, soils prone to acidity and low population were key problems.In both Thailand and Brazil, governments helped spur agricultural growth “characterized by favourable macroeconomic policies, adequate infrastructure, a strong human capital base, competent government administration, and political instability,” the study noted.Africa, it argued, is better placed to reach its targets due to its use of new technologies; economic, population and urban growth; improved business climates in many countries; and stepped up foreign and domestic investment in agriculture, among other factors.The smallholder-led agricultural transformation which took place in Thailand, rather than the large-scale farming led by wealthy farmers in Brazil, is a much better model for Africa to follow to ensure equitable development.“Large-scale mechanized production does not offer any obvious cost advantages, except under certain very specific circumstances and is far more likely to lead to social conflict,” said Michael Morris, the World Bank’s Lead Agricultural Economist.Commercializing agriculture will help to dampen the environmental effects of changing how the land is used in the Guinea Savannah, the study found.However, intensification could also lead to the destruction of vulnerable ecosystems and the overuse of fertilizers and pesticides, it warned, calling on governments to monitor environmental impacts and take action to minimize damage. 22 June 2009Unlocking the potential of a massive stretch of savannah spanning 25 African nations could boost commercial farming on the continent, according to a new United Nations study.
SHANGHAI — The Latest on China-U.S. trade talks (all times local):4:00 p.m.U.S. and Chinese negotiators have ended a new round of talks aimed at ending a tariff war over trade and technology with no word on whether they made any progress.The two days of talks in Shanghai, were the first since Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agreed to resume negotiations that collapsed in May.The meeting ended Wednesday afternoon about 40 minutes ahead of schedule. Neither delegation spoke to reporters before U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin left for the airport.Economists say the truce in the tariffs war is fragile since the same disagreements remain, with no indication either government is willing to offer major concessions.President Donald Trump rattled financial markets Tuesday by accusing Beijing of trying to stall in hopes he will fail to win re-election in 2020.___12:00 p.m.U.S. and Chinese negotiators have resumed talks aimed at ending a tariff war over trade and technology amid scant expectations for progress.This week’s meeting is the first since Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agreed to resume negotiations that broke down in May.Economists say the truce is fragile and quick breakthroughs are unlikely because the two sides still face the same disagreements, with no indication either government is ready to offer major concessions.The dispute over U.S. complaints that Beijing steals or pressures companies to hand over technology has battered exporters on both sides and disrupted trade in goods from soybeans to medical equipment.The Associated Press
Mr. Annan, who arrived in Maputo from Switzerland, is scheduled to meet with President Joaquim Alberto Chissano later today.Upon his arrival, he was briefed by Tuliameni Kalomoh, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, on the status of the African Union ministerial-level meeting. Mr. Annan will address the Head-of-State-level meeting, which will open on Thursday.
In a statement marking the opening of a UN-backed women’s national conference on constitutional development held in the South Sudanese capital of Juba, Raisedon Zenenga, the Deputy Special Representative (Political) for the UN Mission there (UNMISS), stressed that the current generation of South Sudanese women had a unique opportunity to contribute directly to the country’s development.“Writing a constitution is a key aspect in nation building. A nation comes together through shared values and aspirations,” said Mr. Zenenga yesterday, as he noted that it would be in the constitution that “these values and aspirations are defined.”The week-long conference, organized by the South Sudan Women General Association and the National Democratic Institute, with support from UNMISS, brings together women representatives from all 10 states of South Sudan as they discuss and lay down recommendations for the drafting of the country’s new constitution. Mr. Zenenga said the meeting provided “a vital opportunity” for South Sudan’s National Constitutional Review Commission to take “serious note” of concerns raised by organizations promoting the role and rights of women in society and emphasized that UNMISS would also support the participation of women in political and decision making through political, technical and logistical support. The role of women in the country is a growing issue of concern for the UN mission there amid continuing inter-communal violence which regularly threatens civilians, including large numbers of women and children. Last month, Special Representative of the Secretary-General Hilde F. Johnson told journalists in Juba that UNMISS was dedicated to enforcing the rights of women, children and the elderly who, she said, were “particularly vulnerable and need protection.” “Your diversity is what constitutes the make-up of your country; it is what makes South Sudan great,” Ms. Johnson said. “It should be the glue that holds you together, not a force of division.” In his message yesterday, Mr. Zenenga similarly underscored the importance of gender inclusion in fostering South Sudan’s constitutional development, particularly in a country so divided by ethnic and tribal loyalties. “South Sudanese President Salva Kiir affirmed that every person, regardless of ethnicity, gender, education, status or wealth, has the right to voice opinions on the constitution’s evolving text,” Mr. Zenenga continued, adding that the African country’s constitution would ultimately “become stronger through participation.”
A small service for peace and remembrance was held at Brock Friday. Members of the Brock community gathered for a small, low-key ceremony to remember the men and women who have gone into battle for Canada.Friday’s service for peace and remembrance, hosted by the Faith and Life Centre, was held in the Rita Welch Meditation Room and featured readings, including a litany for peace.University Chaplain David Galston discussed the ambiguity of war in a brief speech meant to honour the 117,000 people who have given their lives in service to this country.“War is a tragic decision and a tragic act. And while we can debate how war is unnecessary and how it can be avoided, we cannot change history or the fact that this nation has engaged in war and has suffered,” Galston said.“We must believe that every person who gave their life in the name of Canada did so for a cause he or she felt was just. War, when judged necessary, is fought to establish peace, to restore human rights, to protect the innocent, to end persecution and to waken again the spirit of hope.”About a dozen people attended the 15-minute service.David Galston, University Chaplain, speaks about the ambiguity of war. About a dozen people participated in Friday’s service for remembrance and peace.
LYON, France — Manchester City twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at Lyon and secure a place in the knockout stage of the Champions League on Tuesday.Sergio Aguero earned the point City needed to guarantee a top-two finish with a game to spare in Group F, heading in a corner from Riyad Mahrez in the 83rd minute — just after Maxwel Cornet regained the lead for Lyon with his second goal of an end-to-end game.Having joined Memphis Depay in virtually missing an open goal in the first half, Cornet had given Lyon the lead in the 55th with a dipping shot into the corner from just outside the area. Aymeric Laporte equalized in the 62nd minute, also with a header from a set-piece.City leads the group on 10 points, three clear of second-place Lyon. The French side travels to Shakhtar Donetsk, which is two points further back in third, in two weeks with both teams still in with a chance of qualifying.___More at https://www.apnews.com/ChampionsLeagueThe Associated Press
The Terrell Owens era in Seattle got off to a dubious start this weekend as the veteran wide receiver struggled in his first NFL action in nearly two years.Owens, who is trying to prove that he is fully recovered from a knee injury that sidelined him for all of the 2011 season, failed to catch any of the five passes thrown his way in a 30-10 win at Denver on Saturday evening. His most egregious mistake was a drop of a perfectly thrown 46-yard ball by quarterback Matt Flynn just at the goal line that would have resulted in a touchdown. Two previous attempts to get him the ball fell short due to poor throws from Flynn, while two others were broken up by the Broncos defense.Now playing his 16th NFL season, Owens, 38, had raced by Broncos cornerback Chris Harris on a deep post and appeared poised for the easy score, only to see the ball slip out of his fingers.The contest marked his first game action since playing with the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 15 of the 2010 season.Seattle coach Pete Carroll said following the game that he remained confident in Owens’ ability to stretch defenses and help his team win.Owens ranks as among the most productive receivers in league history with his 1,078 receptions for 15,934 yards and 153 touchdowns, but has repeatedly worn out his welcome in previous stops in San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Buffalo and Cincinnati with his boorish antics.So far, so good in the Pacific Northwest as Owens and continues to say and do the right things while off the field.All that’s left now is his performance on the field.Seattle resumes preseason play this Friday evening when it travels to Kansas City. The Seahawks will open the regular season at Arizona on Sept. 9.
Junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) lays on the field after injuring his knee during a game against San Diego State Sept. 7, at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-7.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorOhio State coach Urban Meyer said both junior quarterback Braxton Miller and sophomore defensive lineman Adolphus Washington are day-to-day leading into Saturday’s matchup at California (1-1).Miller sprained the MCL in his left knee early in OSU’s 42-7 win over San Diego State and Washington injured his groin in the first half. Neither returned to the game after their injuries.Meyer said he met with Miller Monday morning, and the quarterback said he is still “very stiff.” The OSU coach said the “first 48 hours after that (type of) injury is very tough.”Miller’s replacement, redshirt-senior quarterback and known team trash-talker Kenny Guiton, was named offensive player of the week by the coaching staff after leading the Buckeye offense in Miller’s absence.Both Miller and Guiton were named captains before the season by a team vote.Meyer said he wondered how many times a backup quarterback has been named a captain in college football.“It’s an incredible case study and arguably one of the greatest that I’ve been around as far as your backup quarterback is elected captain,” Meyer said.Although Miller wanted to go back into Saturday’s game, Meyer said there “was really never that consideration,” because OSU was ahead 21-0 and Guiton was playing well.“Kenny was managing really well,” Meyer said. “It was the kind of defense where management was really the key to the whole game, and getting us in the right stuff at the right time. Kenny is really strong at that, so there was no conversation about that.”If Miller is healthy to play Saturday against California, Meyer said he will.“We’re not saving anything. This will be everything we’ve got to win this game,” Meyer said.However, if the training staff does not feel comfortable with Miller suiting up against the Golden Bears, the 2-0 Buckeyes will bring a trio of players with them that could replace him.In addition to Miller and Guiton, redshirt-freshman Cardale Jones and true freshman J.T. Barrett will make the trip west for the game, Meyer said. Both Jones and Barrett are close to being the third quarterback on the depth chart, but, right now, Jones is next in line.Senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown said if Miller cannot play, nothing will change in the offensive scheme if Guiton starts.“Kenny can run any play in the offense,” Brown said. “Kenny does a lot of similar things that Braxton can do, except running, obviously. When Kenny comes in the game everybody’s 100 percent confident he can do the same thing.”Co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Ed Warinner agreed with Brown, but said the game plan is only “90 percent” kept when Guiton enters the game.“You don’t feel like all of a sudden half of the game plan page is eliminated because your second-team quarterback goes in,” Warinner said. “There are certain plays you might stay away from, but 90 percent of that game plan is still in play when Kenny is in the game.”Junior tight end Jeff Heuerman said the confidence Guiton has in himself is seen on the practice field.“You see it a lot in practice,” Heuerman said. “Coaches put us in situations like that sometimes when they take Braxton out and Kenny’s in now and you’ve still got to go about the game.”Guiton’s confidence shows both in his play and in what he says during practice.“Kenny, he’s crazy,” Brown said. “When he comes in the huddle he’s loud, obnoxious — you can tell he’s real confident with everything he does.”Brown said Guiton “talks a lot of trash on the field,” but that helps to “hype everybody up.”Junior defensive lineman Michael Bennett said Guiton talks trash not only about the way he plays, but that he does it to stick up for other players as well.“Every now and then I’ll be talking trash to the offensive line and Kenny will stick up for them and he’s pretty vocal about it,” Bennett said. “He’s just a funny guy, but because he does his job, he can joke around and completely lock in for the play and then just be joking around again.”OSU is scheduled to take on California at 7 p.m. Saturday in Berkeley, Calif.