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first_imgNewsAnna-Victoria carries the message of Ethiopian povertyBy John Keogh – May 13, 2015 1274 WhatsApp Print TAGSChristian Aidlimerick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Twitter Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Advertisementcenter_img Email Linkedin WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Previous articleLough Derg eagles to soar again this summerNext articleThe Rubberbandits make Limerick theatrical debut John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Anna-Victoria Lynch, youth and community worker for Christ Church United Methodist and Presbyterian, Limerick, carried a load of firewood through the street to Thomond Park to highlight the plight of poor women in Ethiopia.ANNA-Victoria Lynch, a youth and community worker with the Christ Church United Methodist and Presbyterian community in Limerick, recently carried a load of firewood through the streets of Limerick to Thomond Park to highlight the plight of poor women in Ethiopia.Anna-Victoria, who also volunteers with migrant rights organisation Doras Luimní, is supporting the Christian Aid Week ‘Share Loko’s burden’ campaign to help Ethiopian women living in extreme poverty.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Thomond Park is one of Limerick’s biggest tourist attractions: people flock to it to see exciting rugby matches, bringing thousands, if not millions, of Euro into the city each year. On the other hand, this woman has to spend hours searching for sticks, having to search further and further afield as she collects them, and carries a heavy load to make the tiniest amount of money. To me, this contrast further emphasises how hard and unfair Loko’s way of life is,” Anna-Victoria said.Loko, a woman from the Borena community in Ethopia, walks an eight-hour journey alone, carrying a load of up to 30kg on her back and depends on the wood she sells to feed her family of eight.Anna-Victoria is appealing to people help raise funds to help women like Loko find a way out of poverty.She said: “Christian Aid works very hard to help women like Loko, through education and relief, to make a better living for herself. I carried this bundle of sticks, which is a fraction of the weight of her bundle, only down the street and it was quite tiring, so I can only imagine how hard it is for her to carry a bundle many times the size of mine for a much, much longer distance! Their support will give her a better alternative.”In Ethiopia, Christian Aid partner HUNDEE works with both women and men in poor cattle-rearing Borena communities to challenge violence against women and harmful traditional practices, such as child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM).For more information on the campaign, go to www.caweek.ie. Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more


first_imgFOREST CITY — A boil order for the community of Forest City has been lifted. City officials say that two tests on the city’s water supply have come back with good results.The boil order was put in place on Friday when there was a loss of pressure to the city’s water system. They say if you have not been using your water in the past few days, you should let the water run through the faucets about 10 minutes and flush your toilets about five times.City and county emergency management officials say during the time of the boil order, 1920 cases of drinking water were distributed to residents, equating to over six million gallons.last_img


first_imgDAY6 is for everybody It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Ravena put up a team-high 21 points and eight rebounds to lead the Blue Eagles while Matt Nieto added 11 points. Mike Nieto and Aaron Black chipped in 10 points each.Alvin Pasaol led UE with 22 points with Nick Abanto adding 10 points and nine rebounds. Parker beats Fury on points, retains WBO heavyweight title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Ateneo won by 18 but the Blue Eagles weren’t really able to establish complete dominance over the Red Warriors until the fourth period where Thirdy Ravena imposed himself.Ravena scored five unanswered points to cap off Ateneo’s 10-1 run to put the Blue Eagles ahead, 77-60, in the final minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“In the third we had the lead but we couldn’t really, we can’t say we had control of the game because they were keeping the score within distance,” said Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga. “It’s a good thing our players responded and we played efficient offense in the fourth.”“UE is a tough team and I guess for a minute there we fell into the trap of thinking they were a 0-3 team and in the third we gave up 29 points against them.” How to help the Taal evacuees FILE PHOTO — Ateneo’s Thirdy Ravena goes for a layup against University of the Philippines during their game in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo remained unbeaten in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament after whipping University of the East, 83-65, Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Blue Eagles improved to 4-0 while the Red Warriors tied University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers at the bottom of the standings with identical 0-4 records.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more


first_imgDeputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has challenged the Department of Education and Skills to speed up the process of the tendering for St Mary’s National School, Stranorlar.He said it is his firm belief that this is being dragged out at present and that inordinate delays are occurring in this most urgent project for a new school build at St Mary’s National School.Pat the Cope added it is also important that Donegal registered or based Building Contractors are shortlisted at pre-qualification stage in order that they are able tender for the project. “I raised this matter in advance of pre-qualification of contractors with the Minister in the Dáil some months back, that in my view that many Donegal firms were being excluded from pre-qualification and tendering of State Contracts due to their location and that vast inconsistencies exist within the state tendering process at present.“All I require is that Donegal firms get an opportunity to tender – a fair chance to compete for state contracts as opposed to be continuously excluded from state jobs,” added Pat the Cope.The Donegal Deputy said he is not satisfied that the tendering of St Mary’s National School is moving at the pace which other projects are at within the Department at present.He added that inordinate delays are occurring and even yet no firm date can be given by the Department of when we will see contractors on site. He added “I have worked diligently and tirelessly on this project along with my Municipal Area colleague Cllr Patrick Mc Gowan, who continues to work closely with the school authorities on this priority project for the Finn Valley area.“This is simply not good enough for this urgent school building project – we all need to put our shoulder to the wheel and bring St Mary’s NS to brick and mortar stage without further delay – this project needs an urgent injection of priority status within the Department and that is what I am publically calling on the Minister and his Department to do – to immediately move this project through the final stages at a priority level speed and get construction underway in Stranorlar for St Mary’s National School”Copy of Dáil Question –QUESTIONTo ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the shortlisting of contractors for a school (details supplied) has been completed; if firms or contractors in County Donegal have been successful in the shortlisting process; the number of firms and contractors in County Donegal that applied to be shortlisted for the contract; the timeframe for the next part of the tendering process; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Details Supplied) St Mary’s National School Stranorlar Co DonegalREPLY The major building project for the school to which the Deputy refers is at an advanced stage of architectural planning Stage 2b (Detailed Design), which includes the application for statutory approvals and the preparation of tender documents.  All statutory approvals have been secured.The Design Team is currently in the process of completing the pre-qualification process to select a shortlist of contractors for tender stage.  The outcome of the pre-qualification process has been notified to contractors who expressed interest in tendering for this project.  Feedback and issues arising from same are currently being dealt with by the Design Team.  In the circumstances, it would be inappropriate at this point in time for my Department to comment on the composition of the shortlist.In parallel with the pre-qualification process the Design Team is currently working on a submission to the Department outlining the steps required to achieve compliance with Part L of the Building Regulations 2017 (NZEB – “Near Zero Energy Building”).When the pre-qualification process has been completed and the design team’s NZEB submission has been considered and any consequential amendments to Stage 2(b) design and tender documents have been implemented this project will then be progressed to tender stage. A tender stage normally takes between 7 and 8 months to complete.Delay in appointment of contractors for Donegal school slammed was last modified: May 22nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:contractorsdelaySt.Mary’s schoolStranorlarlast_img read more


first_imgIn this photo, taken Jan. 27, 2005, Robert DeNiro (left) and boxer Jake LaMotta stand for photographers before watching a 25th anniversary screening of the movie “Raging Bull” in New York. LaMotta, whose life was depicted in the film “Raging Bull,” died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, at a Miami-area hospital from complications of pneumonia. He was 95. (Photo by JULIE JACOBSON / AP)MIAMI — Jake LaMotta, the former middleweight champion whose life in and out of the ring was depicted in the film “Raging Bull,” for which Robert De Niro won an Academy Award, has died, his fiancee said Wednesday. He was 95.LaMotta died Tuesday at a Miami-area hospital from complications of pneumonia, according to fiancee Denise Baker.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Renowned for his strong chin, and the punishment he could take, and dish out, LaMotta was knocked down only once – in a 1952 loss to light-heavyweight Danny Nardico – in his 106 fights.LaMotta’s first defense was supposed to be a rematch with Cerdan, but the Frenchman was killed when a plane en route to the United States crashed in the Azores in 1949.So in his first defense, LaMotta outpointed Tiberio Mitri on July 12, 1950, in New York, then on Sept. 13, he rallied to knock out Dauthuille at Detroit.LaMotta’s title reign ended on Feb. 14, 1951, when Robinson stopped him in the 13th round in Chicago. In a fight that became known as the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, LaMotta gave as good as he got in the early rounds, then took tremendous punishment. He would not go down.In their second match, on Feb. 5, 1943, in New York, LaMotta won a 10-round decision, giving Robinson his first defeat in the 41st fight of his illustrious career.LaMotta was born July 10, 1922, on New York City’s Lower East Side but was raised in the Bronx.After retiring from boxing in 1954, he owned a nightclub for a time in Miami, then dabbled in show business and commercials. He also made personal appearances and for a while in the 1970s he was a host at a topless nightclub in New York.The 1980 film “Raging Bull,” based on LaMotta’s memoir written 10 years earlier, was nominated for eight Academy Awards. Though director Martin Scorsese was passed over, De Niro, who gained 50 pounds to portray the older, heavier LaMotta, won the best actor award.In 1998, LaMotta, who had four daughters, lost both of his sons. Jake LaMotta Jr., 51, died from cancer in February. Joe LaMotta, 49, was killed in plane crash off Nova Scotia in September.A funeral in Miami and a memorial service in New York City are being planned, Baker said. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LaMotta threw a fight against Billy Fox, which he admitted in testimony before the Kefauver Committee, a US Senate committee investigating organized crime in 1960.“I purposely lost a fight to Billy Fox because they promised me that I would get a shot to fight for the title if I did,” LaMotta said in 1970 interview printed in Peter Heller’s 1973 book “In This Corner: 40 World Champions Tell Their Stories.”LaMotta was “stopped” by Fox in the fourth round on Nov. 14, 1947, in Madison Square Garden. He didn’t get a title shot until 10 fights later.On June 16, 1949, in Detroit, he became middleweight champion when the Frenchman Marcel Cerdan couldn’t continue after the 10th round.Of the claim that Cerdan had to quit because of a shoulder injury, LaMotta said in 1970: “Something’s bound to happen to you in a tough fight, cut eye, broken nose or broken hand or something like that. So you could make excuses out of anything, you know, but you got to keep on going if you’re a champ or you’re a contender.”ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Next MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:15Zimbabwe ex-president Robert Mugabe dies aged 9500:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “Rest in Peace, Champ,” De Niro said in a statement.The Bronx Bull, as he was known in his fighting days, compiled an 83-19-4 record with 30 knockouts, in a career that began in 1941 and ended in 1954.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLaMotta fought the great Sugar Ray Robinson six times, handing Robinson the first defeat of his career and losing the middleweight title to him in a storied match.In the fight before he lost the title, LaMotta saved the championship in movie-script fashion against Laurent Dauthuille. Trailing badly on all three scorecards, LaMotta knocked out the challenger with 13 seconds left in the fight. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Beermen escape Fuel Masters for share of third placelast_img read more


first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Villarin, however, has put his foot down to resolve the issue and get the team’s act straightened up as Ateneo prepares for its campaign in the coming UAAP Season 80.Villarin also called for unity as the Lady Eagles try to put the issue behind.“I know that much has been said in social media about our coach and our Lady Eagles. With people taking sides, no one has emerged from all this unscathed. I request everyone to be more careful with their social comments, to be more understanding of how terribly painful it must be for the coach and especially the women to have their character impugned in public based on speculation. The team’s concerns, I must say, are legitimate, and so we will address these moving forward,” he said.Villarin has then tasked the school’s Athletics Office to take part in addressing the said issues.“I am asking the Athletics Office to assist in addressing these concerns and to help in the healing process,” he ended.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View comments Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 PSL imposes 1-year ban, P50,000 fine on Soltones after playing in PVL All-Star Game LATEST STORIES The Lady Eagles have been in disarray since last week, with majority of the team reportedly calling for Bundit’s ouster, with the main issue stemming from the multi-titled mentor’s hard practices. MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAnusorn “Tai” Bundit will stay as head coach of Ateneo’s women’s volleyball team.Ateneo president Fr. Jett Villarin, SJ announced the news on Monday after team management and the Thai coach met several times the past week.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “The meetings have not been in vain since a number of valid concerns were raised and will be addressed systematically by the Ateneo de Manila. One important common denominator in these gatherings is what I saw to be the shared desire of both Coach Tai and the Lady Eagles to apply themselves wholeheartedly to representing our school and doing their best to play for the championship. And to achieve this, they know that they have to make the needed adjustments and mutual accommodation in their preparations,” he said in a statement.“In view of all this, I am happy to announce that both Coach Tai and the Ateneo Women’s Team will continue to work together to make this season’s campaign successful.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more


first_imgFile photo of BJP leader Sudhanshu Mittal.Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sudhanshu Mittal’s home was among the 23 places raided by income tax officials in Delhi on Tuesday in connection with financial irregularities in the Commonwealth Games (CWG). Both Sudhanshu and his nephew Vinay Mittal are connected with Deepali Consortium, which was awarded a contract for CWG.  The raids came after doubts over invoicing by contractors who had supplied treadmills for CWG. It was revealed that one of the contractors was related to Sudhanshu.  Two of the companies raided – D’Art and Meroform – are suspected of dubious transactions in CWG contracts. While D’Art deals in furniture, Meroform is into surface overlays. Four companies that won contracts to supply overlay items for the Games were under fire. They are Pico-Deepali, GL Meroform, ESG Arena D’Art Indo and Nussli.  The Indian arms of the first three consortia were raided by the income tax authorities. Deepali Design and Exhibits is the Indian partner of Pico-Deepali and won CWG contracts worth Rs 230 crore.  ESG Arena D’Art Indo consortium won contracts worth Rs 93 crore and has D’Art Furniture Systems as its Indian partner. GL Meroform won contracts worth Rs 165 crore, its local face being Meroform India. Investigators suspect that the consortia were formed to bypass restrictions because the Indian partners did not have the requisite experience to bid as suppliers for a mega event like the CWG.last_img read more


first_imgTwo-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:42PH 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 Stanley Cup: Bounce here, bounce there and Blues, Bruins now tied 2-2 THE LAST TIME: The United States won the last World Cup in 2015. Carli Lloyd scored three goals in the first 16 minutes to help give the Americans a 5-2 victory over Japan for their third overall World Cup title, most for any nation since the tournament was introduced in 1991. England was a surprising third-place finisher in Canada.VAR: In March, FIFA approved the use of video review for the World Cup in France. The Video Assistant Referee system, or VAR, was used at the men’s World Cup in Russia last year.PRIZE MONEY: The prize money for the World Cup will be $30 million, of which $4 million will go to the federation of the champion. While the total is double the prize money for the 2015 Women’s World Cup, it is a fraction of the $400 million in prize money for last year’s men’s World Cup, of which $38 million went to champion France. FIFA, soccer’s international governing body, says prize money for the 2022 men’s World Cup will be $440 million.TICKET FIASCO: Some fans who ordered tickets to World Cup matches were surprised last month when they discovered their seats were not together. The issue was especially problematic for families bringing young children. After an outcry on social media, FIFA said it would work with the local organizing committee to resolve the issues.Some fans recently reported tickets that had been delivered electronically were no longer available, with the message: “FIFA and the LOC are currently working on improving the seating arrangements for certain orders for a limited number of matches. If your order is affected, please expect to receive a dedicated communication shortly.”TOO MANY TOURNAMENTS: FIFA has also been criticized for scheduling the World Cup final on the same day as the Copa America final in Rio and the CONCACAF Gold Cup final in Chicago. U.S. coach Jill Ellis pointedly said: “In my own personal opinion, playing three big matches in one day isn’t supporting the women’s game. So, there you go.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Twenty-eight members of the current player pool filed the lawsuit on March 8 in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, alleging “institutionalized gender discrimination” that includes inequitable compensation when compared with their counterparts on the men’s national team.Because the lawsuit is still in the early stages, it’s likely no significant movement will be made until the team returns home.Megan Rapinoe was asked whether the pay issue puts more pressure on the team — which will already be facing a strong field looking to topple the three-time World Cup winners.“I think that the huge media splash of the lawsuit is behind us and we’re obviously focused on the World Cup,” Rapinoe said. “But also it’s like this is our life, and there are a lot of things that we have to grapple and deal with: Family, friends, partners, media, pressures, games, World Cup, travel. So it’s just kind of just one more thing. This team always has a lot of media attention, and we’ve always had a lot of things on our plate so it’s not like it’s anything new, or all of a sudden we’re getting all the more attention. It’s sort of the same for us.”The 24-team tournament will be played at nine stadiums across France over the course of the next month, with the final set for July 7 in Lyon.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP FILE – In this July 5, 2015, file photo, United States’ Megan Rapinoe celebrates after the U.S. beat Japan 5-2 in the FIFA Women’s World Cup soccer championship in Vancouver, British Columbia. The U.S. national team, ranked No. 1 globally, will try to defend its title in soccer’s premier tournament, which kicks off on June 7. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)The world’s best player won’t be at the Women’s World Cup but the world’s best team will be, with both sides taking a stand for equality.The U.S. national team, ranked No. 1 globally, will try to defend its title in soccer’s premier tournament, which kicks off Friday in Paris. While the Americans make their way around France for the monthlong event, back at home they’re all part of a lawsuit that accuses U.S. Soccer of gender discrimination.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Meanwhile, Ada Hegerberg, the first female Ballon d’Or winner for the world’s top player, won’t be accompanying Norway’s national team. She stepped away in 2017 because of what she perceives to be a general disregard for women’s soccer by the country’s federation. The crux of her frustration is the uneven pace of progress and strategy in the women’s game.Hegerberg, 23, is at the top of her game. She had a hat trick for Lyon in its 4-1 win over Barcelona in the recent Women’s Champions League final. In domestic games, she has 211 goals in 208 games.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, logistics“We are happy for this debate to raise attention and respect for women’s soccer in the world, and I do view it as a big change-maker.” said Lise Klaveness, sporting director for the Norwegian Football Federation, “But I just wish she was in our team.”The U.S. team hopes to collectively be a difference-maker, too.last_img read more


The NCAA women’s tournament starts on Friday, and the UConn Huskies are the favorites once again. Watch the video above to see just how good a chance they have of winning it all, and to find out who has the best shot at stopping them.


OSU defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell yells at his players during The Game Nov. 30 at Michigan Stadium. OSU won, 42-41.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorIn the game of college football, a win’s a win, no matter how or at what cost.For the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes (12-0, 8-0), their 24th victory in a row might have been the toughest of the streak to date, a 42-41 win on the road against archrival Michigan (7-5, 3-5) that saw the OSU defense give up a season-high 603 yards to the Wolverines.Such a performance garners questions to be directed at the team’s defensive coordinator, and OSU’s Luke Fickell was no exception Monday.When asked about what he thought went wrong in Saturday’s win, Fickell didn’t take kindly to the question.“What do you mean what went wrong? Did we win? Did we win?” Fickell said. “I’ve been up (in Ann Arbor) quite a few times in my 18-year career here … We know there’s things we have to correct, momentum and things happened and we didn’t play great on the defensive side of the ball so there’s a lot of things to correct. Every single week we have objectives and the last objective last week was win, and we came away with a win.”Don’t tell that to junior linebacker Ryan Shazier, though, who called the unit’s performance Saturday “bittersweet” even though the team won the game.“The most important thing at the end of the day is getting a ‘W,’” Shazier said. “But we (are) still pretty mad … the whole defense is pretty pissed off about how many yards we gave up rushing and passing. It’s just not acceptable.”Even though the Buckeye defense struggled all game, it did make a big play when it mattered most as redshirt-freshman cornerback Tyvis Powell picked off Michigan redshirt-junior quarterback Devin Gardner’s two-point conversion pass attempt with 32 seconds left to ice the game.Powell said after the game he knew that play was coming thanks to cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator Kerry Coombs, which Fickell said is all part of weekly preparation.“You prepare. You don’t know exactly, but when you do your studies and you have an idea,” Fickell said. “Obviously, you see the things that we rep we do a lot better job of … but that (play) was one of the things that we had repped and had a good idea but it comes down to the guy making the play.”OSU’s defense gives up an average 255.8 passing yards per game, tied for 101st in the country with Northwestern. The whole season, the team has been able to compensate for the lack of consistency on that side of the ball, but coach Urban Meyer remains confident in them.“(The) pass defense surfaced again, and (a) lack of contact on the quarterback,” Meyer said Monday. “We just had some guys running open … I trust that we’ll get it fixed, and I trust that these guys will be locked and loaded and have a good week of preparation.”The Spartan offense ranks third to last in the Big Ten in total offense with 380.2 yards per game, but is better than that number indicates, Shazier said.“They have playmakers out there,” Shazier said. “They would not have went undefeated in the Big Ten so far if they weren’t (good) so I feel like they’re doing a great job right now.”After watching the film of Saturday’s win against Michigan, sophomore linebacker Joshua Perry said the defense was “really close” to stopping the Wolverines from a lot of their big plays. The mistakes, though, were pretty evident.“When you turn on the film you gotta face the facts and realize that there were some mistakes made,” Perry said. “We got a chip on our shoulder, but it’s nothing that’s too urgent like we gotta throw out the whole defense and start over again. It’s just that we gotta correct up what we know to do.”Whether there are questions about the defense as a whole or specifically about their performance against Michigan, Fickell said it all comes back to one thing.“You have a standard, and that’s what’s been set around here. And I think that’s the beauty of it,” Fickell said. “You’re never satisfied with what you got.”The Buckeyes and No. 10 Spartans (11-1, 8-0) are set to face off for Big Ten supremacy Saturday at 8:17 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium. read more