The South African Government appeals to communities and citizens to stop attacks on foreign nationals. In addition to the human cost, the attacks damage the country’s reputation and development, and ignore migrants’ contribution to our society, as a new booklet explains.The South African government appeals for peace and tolerance following the recent violence against foreign nationals.Click image to download the booklet. For leaflets in other official languages, click the links below.Following the recent shocking and unacceptable incidents of violence against foreign nationals in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal and Johannesburg in Gauteng, government appeals for peace, tolerance and restraint.South Africans are generally peace-loving and friendly people. South Africans at all levels – from the President to citizens – have condemned and rejected the violent attacks on foreign nationals in our country. These terrible acts of violence were perpetuated by a few misguided people.Citizens from across the continent supported our struggle for freedom and liberation. They made immense sacrifices to provide safety and refuge to our people in exile, including our leaders such as former President Nelson Mandela.Government is working together with all stakeholders to stop and discourage attacks on foreign nationals.We must all Play our Part to stop attacks on foreign nationals• The government urges all South African citizens to support efforts to stop the attacks on foreign nationals. We cannot allow attacks on foreign nationals in our country.• South Africa is internationally renowned for using dialogue to solve differences and problems peacefully. As a peace-loving and law-abiding nation, we must use this noble approach to deal with our problems instead of using violence.• The South African government is receptive to people’s needs and urges all citizens to use relevant platforms to express their concerns and frustrations, including talking to elected officials in their communities.• Anger and violence will never provide sustainable solutions to challenges, but will only bring strife and suffering.• We appeal to citizens to play their part in ending these attacks on foreign nationals. Please exercise restraint and calm, and express your concerns through the available channels.• Anger and violence will not take away your challenges, but will have a negative impact on the image and reputation of our beautiful country.Let’s protect the South African brand• Brand South Africa is the agency mandated to manage the reputation of South Africa while positioning the country as an investment and tourist-friendly destination of choice.• If South Africa has a negative reputation, it will impact on potential investments and tourism, the latter which is one of the largest contributors to job creation.• When violence causes our visitors to cancel their travel plans to South Africa, it impacts negatively on our country’s economic growth and development.Questions and answersSouth Africa belongs to all who live in it!What is the South African government’s position on the attacks on foreign nationals?Government condemns the violence in the strongest possible terms. No amount of frustration or anger can ever justify the attacks on foreign nationals and the looting of their shops.We appeal for calm, restraint and an end to the violence. Criminal elements should not be allowed to take advantage of the concerns of citizens to sow chaos and destruction.Any problems or issues of concern to South African citizens must be resolved peacefully and through dialogue. The police have been directed to ensure the protection of both foreign nationals and South Africans, and to arrest looters and those committing acts of violence.The attacks are contrary to Ubuntu (humanity)What does government expect South Africans to do?We urge communities to assist the police by providing information so that the perpetrators of violence and crime can be brought to justice without delay. Government will ensure justice for all and speed up the process of convicting criminals.While we strongly condemn the attacks, we are aware of, and are addressing some of the issues that have been raised by affected South Africans.We appeal to our people to support and protect refugees and asylum seekers. We urge all of you to exercise calm and restraint. We also urge people to refrain from using Facebook, Twitter and other social-media platforms to incite violence. We all have a responsibility to promote social cohesion, peaceful coexistence and good relations in the country.Foreign nationals help us to develop a cosmopolitan atmosphere and we welcome their presence. We also want to see an increase in tourism figures from African countries and to share business opportunities, as part of promoting sustainable economic development in the continent.Appeal in isiZuluBakwethu, siyakhuza sithi asehliseni imimoya.Ukuhlaselwa kwabantu bokufika kulelizwe akwemukelekile neze.Sathola usizo emazweni amaningi ngesikhathi silwela inkululeko.Abazange basixoshe noma basihlukumeze.Siyazizwa izinkinga ezibekwayo njengokuthi abanye abangabokufika abanamvume yokuba seNingizimu Africa.Kubuye kukhalwe nangobugebengu obenziwa ngabanye bokufika kanye nokuthatha amathuba okuhweba nemisebenzi.Siyazizwa lezizikhalazo futhi sizozilungisa. Kodwa siyagcizelela ukuthi akukho okungenza udlame lolu lwamukeleke. Siyalugxeka kakhulu.Njengohulumeni siyayisebenza indaba yokuqinisa ezokuphepha emingceleni ukuze abantu bangangeni ngokungekho emthethweni ezweni. Sesitshale namasosha ukuze asize umnyango wezasekhaya, kuloludaba.Fellow South Africans, help your fellow African brothers and sistersWhat are the values that South Africa stands for?The attacks violate all the values that South Africa embodies, especially the respect for human life, human rights, human dignity and Ubuntu. Our country stands firmly against all intolerances such as racism, xenophobia, homophobia, sexism, etc.We reiterate our view that South Africans are generally not xenophobic because we have a high number of foreign nationals who have been successfully integrated into communities all over our country – in towns, cities and villages. We have been living and working together in harmony for years.Addressing misconceptions about foreign nationalsIt is misleading and wrong to label or regard all foreign nationals as being involved in crime in the country. Many foreign nationals are in the country legally and contribute to its economy and social development. Many bring scarce skills that help us to develop the economy and are welcome to live in our country.Others came to South Africa as refugees who fled from conflict or war in their own countries, in the same way that many South Africans left this country at some point to live in other countries in the continent and beyond.We were treated with generosity, dignity and respect by our brothers and sisters from the rest of the continent. We will never forget that hospitality and solidarity.In this regard, government will continue to play its part to fulfil our responsibilities and obligations as members of the African Union and the United Nations (UN).Refugees and asylum seekers will be given support in line with international law and protocols, with the support of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.What is South Africa’s position on immigration into the country?South Africa is committed to the free movement of people, goods and services within the continent. This free movement will enable the transfer of skills and contribute to the economic growth and development of African countries.The South African Government acknowledges that most immigrants in our country, particularly African immigrants, enter South Africa properly with documents and therefore are in this country legally.Plans are underway to establish the Border Management Agency (BMA), which will guard and protect our country’s land, sea and air borders, working in partnership with other state agencies. The BMA’s specialised capacity will create credibility for our border management mechanisms.Working with foreign nationals to improve South AfricaWhat is the value of foreign nationals to South Africa?The South African Government acknowledges that most foreign nationals in the country make a very positive contribution to our society and economy.1. Immigrants contribute to South Africa’s economy and also pay taxImmigrants contribute towards our country’s economic growth and development.They also supply critical skills and transfer their knowledge to, among other things, our healthcare and education systems.They also pay tax, which contributes towards expanding the national fiscus.Many nationals from our neighbouring countries travel to South Africa daily, weekly and monthly to buy groceries and other goods from our retail shops to sell in their own countries, paying toll fees on our roads and thus contributing towards the country’s revenue.2. Foreign nationals contribute to enhancing South Africa’s national securityBy entering our country through our designated ports of entry as regular migrants, and by complying with both our immigration and other legislation, most foreign nationals contribute towards enhancing South Africa’s national security and ensure that we can manage and protect our visitors.We recently enhanced our migration legislation and regulations to be more effective in protecting South Africa by managing and minimising risks.3. Immigrants contribute towards South Africa’s diversity and nation-buildingImmigrants contribute towards nation-building and enhance social cohesion by bringing more diversity to our nation and creating more understanding of the diverse nature, not only of Africans but also of the peoples of the world.By having new groups of immigrants in South Africa in the recent years, we have become a more cosmopolitan country and our understanding of who we are as a nation has been deepened, based on the new complex dynamics that have enriched our nation.4. Immigrants have helped South Africa integrate into the global communityImmigrants have integrated South Africa into the global community and African immigrants in particular, have made South Africa an integral part of the African continent.South Africa is home to many foreign nationals and there are South Africans in fellow African countries.South Africans are better and more humane because of fellow Africans and peoples from other countries in the world who have chosen to live amongst us and make South Africa their permanent home.The only country that their children know is South Africa.The South African government has introduced measures to address the attacksWhat actions has the South African government taken to address the recent violence?President Jacob Zuma deployed the Ministers of Police, State Security and Home Affairs to work with the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government to end the violence and bring the situation to normality. The problem requires a much more comprehensive and sustainable long-term intervention.President Zuma has also mandated the entire Justice Crime Prevention and Security Cluster to work on this issue intensively, together with the Ministers of Social Development, Trade and Industry and Small Business Development. The security cluster and economic departments had been working on this matter, since the Soweto incidents in January 2015.The President also appointed an Inter-Ministerial Committee to systematically look at all aspects of migration in the long term.The President has directed all Ministers to work faster and to engage affected communities, organisations representing foreign nationals, business, non-governmental organisations and other stakeholders address all concerns.The objective is to prevent similar incidents by improving relations and promoting peaceful coexistence between citizens and foreign nationals.South Africa will also be seeking the cooperation and support of the affected foreign missions based in South Africa. The Ministers of Home Affairs and International Relations and Cooperation have met with African Heads of Missions.We must use the following terminology appropriately and responsibly to describe relevant situations:Afrophobia: Intense or irrational dislike or fear of black people and people of African descent.Asylum seeker: A person who has left his/her home country as a political refugee and is seeking asylum in another.Criminal activity (mugging, looting, etc): A criminal offence that is punishable by law.Discrimination: The unequal, unjust and unfair treatment of other people.Emigration: To leave one’s country and settle in another, in order to work and/or become a permanent resident.Foreign national: A person who is not a citizen of the host country in which he/she is residing.Immigration: To enter another country in order to work and/or become a permanent resident.Migration: Movement from one place to another with the intention of settling temporarily or permanently in the new location.Racism: The belief that each race has specific characteristics, abilities or qualities that distinguish it as being inferior or superior to another race.Refugee: A person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution or natural disaster.Violence against foreign nationals/Attack on foreign nationals: An act that causes physical harm or death to people who are not citizens of the host country.Xenophobia: Intense or irrational dislike or fear of people from other countries.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Lower thirds can add a level of slick professionalism to any video project. Here are a few ways to get them for FREE.Top image via ShutterstockWhile lower thirds are an easy way to reinforce your brand and up the production value of your video project, there’s no need to spend an arm and a leg on graphics. Not only are there lots of high-quality free resources available, you can also find plenty of DIY tutorials to guide you through the process of creating your own lower thirds from scratch. Let’s take a look at a few free resources for video editors.24 Free Lower Thirds for After Effects via RocketStockThis FREE pack from our pals at RocketStock is loaded with 24 unique lower thirds, each with customizable text. Plus, you can add your logo to the graphics. This lower-thirds pack includes a few video clips and some free light leaks to really make your project pop. You can download the whole thing here.Pro Tip: RocketStock gives away a new freebie every month, so be sure to give them a bookmark and check in every once and a while. While you’re over there, explore their library of video assets, like lens flares, digital distortion, and, yes, lower thirds.How to Create a Lower Third in After Effects via Mac SquareMac Square offers a tutorial on creating basic lower thirds in After Effects in which he takes a minimalist design approach to adding graphics to video. You’ll notice his end result doesn’t include a lot of movement. For more on motion, keep reading below.Intro to Animation Curves in After Effects via School of MotionLower thirds can draw the wrong kind of attention to themselves if the graphics move in a choppy, sloppy fashion. The best way to eradicate the issue is to get good at using the Curve Editor, which Joey Korenman explains in the video above. Understanding the Curve Editor won’t just make your lower thirds better — it will make all of your After Effects animation efforts look more pro.Creating your own lower thirds is easier than you think, and doing so is a fantastic way to further hone your skills in motion graphics. For more information on creating your own lower-thirds, check out Shutterstock’s excellent article, “How to Make Lower Thirds Like a Pro.”Just remember — with lower thirds, simplicity is everything. Keep your text readable, your colors minimal, and your motion smooth.What approach do you take when creating lower thirds? Share your tips and techniques in the comments below. read more
India’s Somdev Devvarman on Tuesday won the men’s singles tennis gold medal at the Asian Games in Guangzhou.Somdev Devvarman of India, right, wipes his eyes after winning the men’s singles tennis final against Denis Istomin, of Uzbekistan, during the medal ceremony at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China. AP PhotoSomdev dominated his higher ranked opponent from the start, storming to a 4-0 lead in the first set. Istomin managed to win just one game in that set. In the second set, Istomin put up a better fight as the pair exchanged breaks. But he wasn’t good enough to keep Somdev away from his second gold in the Guangzhou Games.Somdev’s feat has given India’s its seventh gold at Guangzhou.Somdev and Sanam Singh had on Monday won the men’s doubles gold. They beat the Chinese pair of Zhe Li and Mao Xin Gong 6-3, 6-7, 10-8.Somdev – the highest ranked Indian in the international tennis circuit – had earlier won the men’s singles gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. read more
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sugar Ray Ocana suffered a bloody gash over his right eyebrow in an accidental clash of heads with Japan’s Daisuke Narimatsu in the first round of their light welterweight bout. The Japanese was declared winner by Referee Stopped Contest due to injury (RSC-I).Female multiple champion Nesthy Petecio, meanwhile, dropped a 3-2 decision to another Japanese, 19-year-old 2018 world youth championships bronze winner Irie Sena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsCagayan de Oro’s Marvin Tabamo brought back the luster of the PH campaign when he defeated 2017 Southeast Asian Games flyweight gold medalist Aldoms Suguro of Indonesia, 3-2.Meanwhile, Philippine Olympic Committee communications director Ed Picson, secretary general of the national boxing federation (Abap), was elected to the Asian Boxing Confederation (ASBC) executive committee. ASBC president Anas Al-Otaiba of UAE later nominated Picson to be the official spokesperson of the association and the nomination was unanimously approved.Abap coaches here include Ronald Chavez (men), Boy Velasco (women), Romeo Brin, Mitchel Martinez and coaching consultant Don Abnett, former Australian head coach.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Former Olympic champion Kiprop gets 4-year doping ban Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Bangkok—Ramel Macado, 23, a promising light flyweight from Koronadal City, hammered out a 4-1 win over Ahmadisafa Omid of Iran on Good Friday, putting the Philippines off to a good start in the Asian Boxing Championships here.But the celebration over that victory during the tournament that drew 313 boxers from 34 nations in the continent was quickly muted after two losses by the national squad.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments read more
Real Madrid coach Solari: My future? Let’s focus on day to dayby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari says he isn’t looking beyond the current season as far as his own job prospects go.Solari penned a three-year deal with Real to replace the sacked Julen Lopetegui.But he says, “I see myself as coach of Real Madrid beyond this season? What connects coaches and players is the heart, the desire and the enthusiasm to live from day to day. “I am happy everyday and I focus on that. In football, a month is a year, and a year is an eternity. “It’s a good exercise to focus on daily work.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say read more
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Leicester form continues with comfortable win over Lutonby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City continued their fine start to the season with a 4-0 win over Luton Town.Demarai Gray, Youri Tielemans and Kelechi Iheanacho all scored for the Foxes, who made seven changes to the team that beat Spurs last weekend.James Justin, signed from Luton in the summer also got on the scoreboard, with the home supporters Justin said: “It was unbelievable to be clapped by the home fans after scoring against them, so I’m just thankful. Obviously it’s a disappointing result for Luton, but I’m over the moon personally and it’s a debut. I’ve always wanted to show everyone what I can do.”I’m happy to get on the scoresheet and keep a clean sheet and if you look at our team, it’s scary really because we’ve made loads of changes, but the intensity was still there.” read more
Jamaica Money Market Brokers (JMMB) Business Support Officer, Jody Henry (right), helps a homeless man with a pair of shoes, at the Council of Voluntary Social Services (CVSS) Day of Care, at the St. William Grant Park, downtown Kingston on December 1. On the day, the CVSS catered to some 850 homeless and disadvantaged persons, offering care packages, clothing, a hot breakfast and lunch, medical assessment and edutainment on various health and social issues.
Then again, fans weren’t exactly being treated to great hockey — and the trade of star Ron Francis and the talk of relocation didn’t help to build goodwill either. In the 1989-90 season, the Whalers had a slightly above-average 38-33-9 record and also earned slightly above-average revenues. But things went underwater from there: the Whalers never had a winning season again.The question is whether the Islanders would be better off with one-eighth of a loaf in New York or a market to themselves in Connecticut. Considering the popularity of the New York Rangers (and the presence of the New Jersey Devils), the inadequacy of the Barclays Center for hockey, and all the other competition for the fans’ entertainment dollar in New York, it’s probably a pretty close call. It was one of the best logos in all of sports. A green “W,” and a blue whale’s tail, neatly using the negative space to form an “H,” as in “Hartford Whalers.” Unfortunately, they don’t give out Stanley Cups for graphic design. The Whalers didn’t have a lot of success on the ice, winning just one playoff series in 18 NHL seasons before moving to North Carolina and becoming the Carolina Hurricanes before the 1997-98 season.But now there’s a chance the Whalers could resurface. The state of Connecticut is pursuing the New York Islanders, who are in danger of being kicked out of their woefully inadequate arena at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The team would play at the XL Center in Hartford, the Whalers’ former home.How successful might Whalers 2.0 be? In a 2013 study, I estimated that about 175,000 avid NHL fans live in the Hartford-New Haven metro area. That sounds bad, though it’s comparable to or slightly better than some of the lower-tier American NHL markets, including Columbus, Raleigh-Durham, Miami and Nashville (and better than Las Vegas, where the NHL is expanding). Furthermore, there’s potentially room for growth. According to our estimates, 7 percent of adults in the Hartford metro area were avid NHL fans in 2013. But the percentage is 13 percent in the New York metro area and 17 percent in the Boston metro area. If the Islanders or another team were to relocate to Hartford, the numbers would probably improve. The Hartford-New Haven media market is the largest in the U.S. without a “big four” sports franchise. But it’s only about one-eighth the size of New York’s media market (which includes Long Island and Northern New Jersey).Of course, the NHL’s last stint in Hartford didn’t exactly end successfully. Between the 1989-90 and 1996-97 seasons, the average NHL team’s revenues more than doubled, increasing from $22 million to $52 million, according to estimates from Forbes and Financial World magazines. But the Whalers’ revenues didn’t increase at all during this period, flatlining at about $25 million. That doesn’t adjust for inflation, so their income actually decreased on a real basis. read more
Field-goal percentage is only part of the story, and in a league with a 3-point line, it is a very misleading part of the story. After all, points are the ultimate currency in the NBA.When we visualize the average points per shot according to shot location, only then does the true economic landscape of the contemporary NBA reveal itself. Only then does Daryl Morey’s economic vision become clear. Only then do we see the massive economic subsidy represented by the 3-point line. And when we compare the points-per-shot map with the ﬁeld-goal percentage map, we are left with a troubling thought about the contemporary geography of NBA basketball. If it’s true that 3-point shots go in 36 percent of the time and 10-foot shots go in just 40 percent of the time, then why are we assigning 50 percent more value to shots from beyond that magical little arc?The natural landscape depicted in the ﬁeld-goal percentage map demonstrates that jump shooting in the NBA is essentially a 35 to 45 percent proposition; however, some of those shots are worth 3 and some are worth 2. Naturally, as basic economics would predict, the behavior of players and teams has reacted in the form of shot selection. When we overlay the most common 200 shot locations in today’s NBA, we see that shot selection and economic efficiency are aligned.No wonder 2-point jump shooting is dying. Aha. Now we’re getting somewhere. Now we can see that the probability of a shot going through the net greatly depends on where that shot came from. This insight is not surprising on its own, but it does reveal specifics about the basic relationships between distance, direction and ﬁeld-goal percentage. What did surprise me when I first studied this chart was learning that outside of 6 feet, there is no place on the court where shooters make more than 45 percent of their shots. I’d always thought that 50 percent was the magic ﬁeld-goal percentage threshold, but this graphic shows that the only place on the floor where players exceed that magic number is the tiny swath of space just in front of the basket.The next thing I noticed was even more surprising. When you look at leaguewide shooting numbers between 6 and 25 feet, the league is strangely consistent. I expected to see a marked decrease in ﬁeld-goal percentage with greater distance: I thought shorter jump shots would go in at higher rates than longer jump shots. While this is true, the effect is much more subtle than I would have expected.As it turns out, NBA players make only 40 percent of their shots between 8 and 9 feet from the rim, and that number drops to only 35 percent between 25 and 26 feet from the rim. When it comes to ﬁeld-goal percentage on jump shots, the effect of shot distance is pretty minor. It was a revelation, and it drove me to quickly build the following map, which would forever change the way I viewed scoring in the NBA. The graphic is more than just a shitload of dots. This basic plot shows us where on the floor the most important concentrations of ﬁeld-goal attempts occurred in 2014-15. We can see that there was a major hub of shooting activity near the basket and another band of activity out beyond the 3-point arc. We can also see that the league’s shooters were generally less active in the 2-point jump-shooting areas between the arc and the paint, but this plot says nothing about the relative values or successes of shots in different areas.Each one of these dots has a backstory. Each one has a shooter attached, a team attached and an outcome attached. We know who took each shot and whether it went in or not. And we can smooth out these dots statistically and map out the overall ﬁeld-goal percentage of the NBA as a collective. Every year, NBA players take about 200,000 shots. Each season, 30 teams combine to play 1,230 games, and at the end of the regular season, you can bet the sum total of shots taken will be very close to 200,000. In the hands of a cartographer, a season’s worth of this shooting data is a veritable treasure trove of information. But here’s the thing: In the first decade of this century, there weren’t many cartographers working in the NBA league office or for analytics departments in any of the team front offices.Back then, basketball analytics was still in its infancy; it was all about spreadsheets and linear regression, not spatial and visual reasoning. Still, whether the league knew it or not, by adding these little spatial references to their game data, basketball analytics was about to become a lot more than spreadsheets. Things like data visualization and spatial analyses were going to be very important.Unfortunately, there weren’t many folks with those skills working in pro basketball, and even though countless analysts had access to all the data the league was collecting — including all of the shot data — nobody was applying a spatial treatment. Nobody was mapping the NBA.[Related: Kirk Goldsberry joins Hot Takedown to discuss his new book.]When I first got my hands on these massive haystacks of shooting data, I was teaching cartography at Harvard. I’d found a way to retrieve five seasons’ worth of shooting data from the web, and I built a database that included over 1 million NBA ﬁeld-goal attempts, who shot them and where they shot them from. As an analyst, I knew there was amazing intelligence waiting to be revealed within the database. As a mapmaker, I was conﬁdent I could visualize some of it in cool new ways. And as a huge NBA fan, I couldn’t wait to see the results.Although I was desperate to chart out the shooting abilities of players like Kobe Bryant and Dirk Nowitzki, the first thing I wanted to see was the basic shooting patterns of the entire league. When you plot an entire season’s worth of shot data, some interesting patterns quickly emerge: Kirk Goldsberry is an ESPN analyst and FiveThirtyEight contributor. His new book, “SprawlBall: A Visual Tour of the New Era of the NBA,” is available this week. In it, he examines the history of the NBA’s 3-point line and how players and teams are using it to change the game. We’re publishing an excerpt of the book on how the NBA’s genome is mapped. Excerpted from “SprawlBall: A Visual Tour of the New Era of the NBA” by Kirk Goldsberry. Copyright © 2019 by Kirk Goldsberry. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved. read more
Junior left fielder Ronnie Dawson (4) takes a swing during a game against Bethune-Cookman.Credit: Giustino Bovenzi | Lantern reporterIn a winner-take-all semifinal game on Sunday morning, the Ohio State baseball team came up with the necessary hits to beat Michigan State for a second straight day and punch its ticket to the Big Ten championship game against the Iowa Hawkeyes.The Buckeyes came right out of the gate swinging the bat, reaching base with their first three batters of the game to load the bases with no outs. After a fielder’s choice gave OSU an early 1-0 lead, junior center fielder Troy Montgomery laid down a perfect squeeze bunt that extended the lead to 2-0.The third inning was filled with plenty of run scoring for both teams. In the top half of the third, Montgomery drove in his second run of the day with an RBI single to center field. But after falling behind 3-0 to the Buckeyes, the Spartans bounced back quickly.MSU junior second baseman Dan Durkin drove a double to right field to bring the score to 3-2. He was able to score and knot the game up at three after redshirt freshman right fielder Dan Chmielewski singled to center field.Started on a double steal attempt in the top of the sixth inning, OSU capitalized on some Spartan miscues. A throwing error by the Spartans’ catcher allowed sophomore right fielder Tre’ Gantt to score and reclaim the lead for the Buckeyes. Then in the seventh, an errant throw on a sacrifice bunt attempt and a wild pitch to the next batter allowed a fifth and sixth Buckeye run to score. A three-run seventh inning by The Scarlet and Gray jumped the lead to 7-3 and gave its bullpen the run protection it needed.After plaguing the Buckeyes in the second round against Iowa, the OSU bullpen was rock-solid for them against MSU. First, redshirt sophomore Kyle Michalik came into the game, pitching 2.2 scoreless innings while allowing just four hits and striking out one. Sophomore Seth Kinker was the second and final arm out of the bullpen, delivering 3.2 scoreless innings of his own, allowing no hits and striking out two to earn the save and send the Buckeyes on to the Big Ten Championship.In a rematch of the second round of the Big Ten tournament, OSU will take on the Iowa Hawkeyes with the Big Ten Championship on the line. That game will begin at 2:20 p.m. with redshirt sophomore right-hander Adam Niemeyer set to toe the rubber for the Buckeyes. read more