Give Rashford time to shine, insists Southgate

first_imgHowever, he has struggled to hold down a regular first-team place under Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford and will be suspended for United’s next three domestic games after being sent off at Burnley before the international break.Southgate, though, used the example of England captain Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo to show that at just 20, Rashford has plenty of time on his side.“We have to remember that Harry, at that age, had hardly played anywhere near the same number of matches for Spurs,” said Southgate.“Even with some of the step-overs and things Ronaldo was doing at that age he wasn’t converting them into the number of goals.“So we have to give him time to develop. He has still played a lot of football, although maybe not continuous starts, and I’m really pleased for him that he leaves us full of confidence.”Southgate has raised concerns over the lack of opportunities afforded to English players in the Premier League, making the pool he has to select from ever shallower.Ruben Loftus-Cheek has struggled to get a game in Chelsea’s midfield © AFP / Ian KINGTONYet, he refused to criticise any of the top six managers, all of whom are foreign, for putting their own interests first.“It’s not my business to interfere with club managers. They have a difficult job to do and they have big squads at the top six, with huge competition for places.“Jose thinks the world of Marcus. He’s a huge admirer of him, but he has got his job to do. There is huge competition for places at his club so you can understand that.”Ruben Loftus-Cheek is another of England’s squad that advanced to the semi-finals of the World Cup struggling for minutes at Chelsea.The midfielder made his first start of the season against Switzerland having previously just come off the bench twice for Maurizio Sarri’s men.“Right now I am at Chelsea and my focus is at Chelsea and learning at Chelsea,” said Loftus-Cheek. “That is in the future and we will deal with that when it comes.“I’m not sure when I am going to play. It is just down to me working hard in training.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Marcus Rashford scored twice for England against Spain and Switzerland in the past week © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 13 – England manager Gareth Southgate believes Marcus Rashford should be given time to flourish despite clamour for the Manchester United forward to be given more minutes at club level.Rashford was one of few bright sparks for Southgate, scoring both England’s goals in a 2-1 defeat to Spain and 1-0 victory over Switzerland in the past week.last_img read more

Double Tri Nations win for SA

first_imgSouth Africa is the Tri Nations winechampion as well as the rugby cupholder.(Image: Stellenbosch Wine Routes) MEDIA CONTACTS • Rianie StrydomGM, Haskell Vineyards+27 82 290 6399• Andre MorgenthalCommunications Manager, Wines of SA+27 21 883 3860Janine ErasmusNot only is South Africa tops in the Tri Nations rugby ranking, it’s also the reigning champion in the lesser known, yet no less prestigious, Tri Nations wine challenge.The annual Tri Nations rugby tournament, contested by South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, draws millions of sports-mad fans each year. The same three nations vie for the Tri Nations wine challenge, which this year took place in Sydney, Australia, in September.In 2009 the Springboks outshone all opposition on the field, while a Shiraz from Haskell Vineyards in Stellenbosch snatched the sought-after Four Seasons Hotel Trophy for the best wine of the show – right from under the noses of 321 of its southern hemisphere rivals.Haskell Pillars Syrah 2007 also took the award for the best Shiraz on show, as well as the best red, which is not surprising given South Africa’s long-standing reputation as a producer of world-quality wines.Haskell GM and winemaker Rianie Strydom was ecstatic. Invitation to the competition is by invitation only, and she was honoured just to have been able to participate.“I am proud that our wine performed so well internationally. This is not only an award for Haskell Vineyards, but for South Africa,” she enthused. “It shows that our wines have come of age.”Strydom, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture, with viticulture and oenology as majors, added that she was thrilled to have beaten Australia’s top winemakers on their own turf. She joined Haskell in 2004 after a 10-year tenure as winemaker with the award-winning Morgenhof estate.Other South African wine estates that shone on the night include Kleine Zalze, which took the trophy for best Cabernet, and Doolhof, which was the runner-up. All in all, local wines brought home an impressive 19 gold medals – South Africa’s best result at the competition so far.Among the medallists were Pongracz, Cape Chamonix, Nederburg, Constantia Glen, Neethlingshof, Rustenberg, Fleur du Cap, Lomond, Kaapzicht, Beaumont, Kanu, Springfontein, Laibach, Neil Ellis, Boekenhoutskloof, and Anthonij Rupert.Setting the standardThis is not the first time that a South African wine has walked off with the big prize. Warwick Wine Estate claimed the same honour when it won the Tri Nations challenge in 1999 for its 1998 Warwick Chardonnay.But Haskell Pillars Syrah 2007 has set a new standard by becoming the first local wine to be named best red as well.The Haskell range of wines will hit the stores in November 2009, giving the young Haskell Vineyards the best start they could have wished for.Prestigious competitionThe Tri Nations wine competition was established in 1995. This year’s edition, the 14th, saw only the best wines from the three countries – each wine therefore a potential winner – facing off.Wines compete in 13 classes, with between 20 and 30 wines in each class, and are blind-tasted by the judging panel, which comprises one judge from each participating country.Once all the entrants have been tasted the 13 category winners are judged again for best red, best white, and best wine on show. The top 13 wines each receive a trophy, and the three best wines overall receive a perpetual trophy.South Africa’s 2009 representative was the experienced wine consultant and international judge Michael Fridjhon, who has been a Tri Nations judge from the start and this year chaired the panel. Australia was represented by professional wine writer Huon Hooke, while wine master Bob Campbell represented New Zealand.Wine countryHaskell Vineyards is situated on the slopes of the Helderberg mountains in the premium wine-growing region of Stellenbosch in the Western Cape province.The 23ha farm, which sits next to the famous Rust en Vrede winery, was known as Dombeya (Latin, meaning “wild pear” in reference to a tree that grows freely in the region) until American entrepreneur Preston Haskell bought it in 2002. Haskell, who lives in Moscow, is one of Russia’s top property developers.The American soon brought Australian Grant Dodd on board as his business partner and the two wasted no time in making a number of improvements, among them a brand new state-of-the-art cellar that can process 150 tons of grapes.According to Haskell, his goal is to produce 10 000 cases in total of Haskell and Dombeya wines over the next few years.With 15ha of vines, the estate still produces Dombeya wines and has garnered a number of awards for them, but will soon launch its own brand. Haskell Pillars Shiraz 2007 is the first product of that label and already seems destined for greatness.Queries or comments? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

How will “Brexit” affect U.S. agriculture?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Britain’s departure from the European Union would have little direct effect on U.S. agricultural trade but could slow economic growth tied to manufacturing, Purdue University agricultural economists say.Their greatest concerns are whether the current shakeup in the financial markets from Britain’s vote to leave the EU is short-term or longer, whether an already-strong U.S. dollar would continue to rise in value and how access to global markets might be affected.“The indirect effects will matter the most,” said Philip Abbott, a professor of agricultural economics who researches international trade and agriculture. “The effects on agricultural trade will be through the exchange rate mechanism and through any negative business cycle effects involving global demand. How big those are depend on whether this is a temporary or longer-term situation and how long the very recent changes in exchange rates and interest rates persist.”He pointed out that a strong dollar makes U.S. exports more expensive to the rest of the world and that a widely held belief in the agricultural industry is that trade and a weak dollar are good for U.S. agriculture.Still, agricultural exports to the United Kingdom amount to a very small portion of U.S exports worldwide, Abbott said. In 2015, the United States exported $8.3 billion in corn globally but only $62,000 of the crop to Britain. Of the $18.9 billion worth of soybeans the United States exported worldwide, $76 million of that went to Britain.Of the $133 billion in overall U.S. agricultural exports, $1.8 billion went to the U.K. Exports of what the U.S. Department of Agriculture calls “consumer-oriented products,” including wine, nuts, fruits and vegetables, meat and dairy products, amounted to $62 billion worldwide, $1.1 billion of it to the U.K. Wine led in that category with U.S. exports of $282 million to Britain.The Britains’ vote of June 23 drew more attention to the issue of globalization versus nationalization — essentially open or closed markets — said Mike Boehlje, distinguished professor of agricultural economics. Supporters of the referendum to withdraw contend that the influence and sovereignty of Britain has suffered under the EU’s trade and economic regulations and its policies on immigration and the free movement of people within the 28 European countries in the bloc. Similar issues have come up in the current U.S. presidential election campaigns.“Generally, agriculture is much more dependent on international trade than other parts of the economy,” Boehlje said. “Globalization is important to U.S. agriculture to keep markets open to access.”Boehlje said openness also is important to agriculture for immigrant labor it needs and for sharing of innovations that promote growth.“These are probably the more important longer-term issues,” he said. “We don’t know what the answers are yet.”The economists agree that economic ramifications of a European Union without Britain need time to play out. Until they do, thee will be uncertainty.last_img read more

The many reasons to invest in a business valuation

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Brian E. RavencraftA business valuation is an investment most business owners should consider making. A business valuation is a procedure that is performed in order to evaluate your operation and then determine its estimated economic value. This service is carried out by a certified public accountant that holds the credential that positions them to gage the value of businesses based on a number of factors.Many professionals believe that selling your business is really the only reason to have a business valuation performed. However, here are several scenarios that call for a thorough review of the worth of your business. Our firm has been performing this service for clients for many years, for many different reasons. Yes, if you are preparing to sell your business, a valuation will provide you with the numbers you need to a secure a deal that benefits both you and the new owner. But that is just one reason.You will need to know the fair-market value of your operation in the event that you consider merging with another entity. Or, you will need to be armed with the right numbers if you plan to add a new owner to the business so you can set the buy-in amount for him/her. The same goes for owners and other shareholders that will be exiting the business.What about your own exit strategy? Knowing the value of your business sets you up to create a better retirement plan, whether you plan to sell, pass it along or close up shop all together. Many times I work with business owners who must know the value of their operation due to a family-related situation. For example, business owners going through divorce proceedings often need to know the value of their business so they are properly informed during legal proceedings. Or, a family emergency comes into play and the current value of the business is as vital piece of information that is needed as the parties involved work towards a solution. Sometimes needing to be aware of the true value of your business has nothing to do with selling or leaving and everything to do with expansion. How you know just how far you can grow without knowing where you currently stand in regards to finances and value?When looking for someone to assist your privately held enterprise with independent valuation requirements, you want to partner with a CPA with varied experiences and intense training in valuation theory as well as application, litigation support, accounting, tax, auditing, finance, insurance, economics and investments. There is no substitution for experience, so you will want to secure a firm that routinely performs business valuations. As always, contact me with any questions you may have.Brian E. Ravencraft, CPA, CGMA is a Principal with Holbrook & Manter, CPAs. Brian has been with Holbrook & Manter since 1995, primarily focusing on the areas of Tax Consulting and Management Advisory Services within several firm service areas, focusing on agri-business and closely held businesses and their owners. Holbrook & Manter is a professional services firm founded in 1919 and we are unique in that we offer the resources of a large firm without compromising the focused and responsive personal attention that each client deserves. You can reach Brian through www.HolbrookManter.com or at [email protected]last_img read more

You Don’t Have Enough Time

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now You don’t have time to make all of the calls you need to make right now. But you do have the time to make one or two of them.You don’t have enough time to nurture every dream client on your target list right now. But you do have time to make a deposit in one of those accounts.You don’t have time to have the long, serious discussion about the problems and challenges you’re having delivering for one of your clients. But you do have time to call them, tell them how much you care, and schedule the time to make that call.You don’t have time take all of the people on your operations team to lunch to thank them from going above and beyond for you in getting your new client onboard. But you do have time to send them a stack of pizzas and take care of their lunch.You don’t have time to answer every email in your inbox, but you do have time to take a quick glance and take care of anything that really needs your attention, even if it’s a quick note to tell someone you’ll call later.You don’t have enough time to spend with the people that matter most to you, but you do have time to plan your life so that the time you have is invested in special and meaningful interactions.You don’t have time to watch two hours of reality television every night. You don’t have time to mindlessly surf the Internet trying to satiate your craving for distraction. You don’t have time to procrastinate on your biggest dreams. You don’t have to avoid what must be done.What you are doing right now is a commitment you are making for your future self. If you are spending time on the trivial, useless, and meaningless now, you are committing your future self to living with the regret of having not invested that time in something more meaningful.last_img read more

Sad farewell for injured Usain Bolt as Britain wins 4x100m relay

first_img‘Fan’ Valdez says team has a lot of fight to show UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Jamaica were afforded a rousing welcome from the crowd, a relaxed-looking Bolt applauding the stands, with pictures of him constantly shown on the stadium’s big screens.Gatlin, who has served two doping bans, and the US team also including another convicted doping cheat, Mike Rodgers, and Jaylen Bacon were booed when introduced although the jeering was less pronounced than for the individual 100m event.A close first three legs saw Britain, the United States and Jamaica, seeking a fifth consecutive world title, level-pegged for the final leg.High dramaBut there was to be high drama as a visibly swearing Bolt pulled up in obvious pain, allowing the Japanese quartet to edge in for third.The result means Bolt, 100 and 200m world record holder, finishes his career with 14 world career medals, one behind American Allyson Felix, to go with eight Olympic golds.Amid wild home celebrations, Bolt was attended to by medics, but refused a ride in a wheelchair off the track, instead finally getting up and limping alongside his teammates through to the finish line and then off into the bowels of the stadium for treatment.It was a sad exit for an athlete who has lit up the track when the sport has been dragged through its worst-ever crisis, racked by doping and corruption scandals that went to the very heart of athletics’ governing body.And what a gaping hole his absence will leave, no matter how brave a face the IAAF try to put on it.Since confirming his sprinting dominance with triple gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Bolt spent nine seasons amassing 19 global golds, 13 of which have come in individual events.center_img Allied with a charismatic personality, it has guaranteed Bolt recognition as one of the world’s most successful sportsmen. Last year alone he earned $34.2 million, according to Forbes.RELATED VIDEOUsain Bolt pulls up injured as Britain win 4x100m relay2.3K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Jamaica’s Usain Bolt goes down after pulling up injured in the final of the men’s 4x100m relay athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium in London on August 12, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNISUsain Bolt’s glittering career swansong came crashing to an end when he pulled up with a leg cramp on the anchor leg of the world 4x100m relay won by Britain on Saturday.Bolt received the baton with Jamaica in third, but halfway down the finishing straight the towering sprinter pulled up clutching his left thigh, eventually doing a forward somersault to the ground, to gasps from the 60,000 sell out London Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT The British quartet of Chijindu Ujah, Adam Gemili, Daniel Talbot and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake claimed gold in 37.47 seconds, with the Justin Gatlin-led US four taking silver at 0.05sec and Japan a surprise bronze (38.04).Jamaican team doctor Dr. Kevin Jones said Bolt had suffered from “cramp in his left hamstring.”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“But a lot of pain is from disappointment from losing the race,” Jones said.Medical staff attends to Jamaica’s Usain Bolt after injuring himself during the final of the men’s 4x100m relay athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium in London on August 12, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Antonin THUILLIER“The last three weeks have been hard for him, you know. We hope for the best for him.” K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ Second leg runner Julian Forte added: “He didn’t tell us exactly what happened but from what I saw, it looked like a strain or a cramp of some sort.“He kept apologizing to us but we told him there was no need to apologize — injuries are part of the sport.”Newly-crowned 110m hurdles champion Omar McLeod, Jamaica’s lead-off runner, added: “Everybody was jelly, everybody was pumped. (Bolt’s injury) just happened. Usain Bolt’s name will always live on.”Bolt missed out on his bid to retain his 100m title earlier in the week, losing out to Gatlin and silver medalist Christian Coleman, who ran relay anchor for the Americans on Saturday.But hopes were high for Bolt’s final competitive race, with Jamaica also boasting McLeod, Forte and 2011 world champion Yohan Blake in their line-up.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

TFA Technical Surveys

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) would like to invite members to participate in some new Technical Surveys.TFA has put together three Technical Surveys – one on each of the Coach, Referee and Selector areas, in order to obtain information from members. We have a number technical initiatives in our 2008-2010 Strategic Plan and we are looking for feedback to help us best achieve our goals in these areas. Below are links to the surveys:Selector Survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=HDMzNFU0EUH_2bgKXsnWsCig_3d_3dReferee Survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=BB7knzQU4Arn1HSEn2UnUw_3d_3d Coach Survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=R_2fmOPsBrhemNEW3qSmzXwQ_3d_3dlast_img

Anger erupts after statue of martyr gets desecrated in Gurugram

first_imgGurugram: Soldiers from defence forces especially the martyrs hold a great reverence among the villages in and around Gurugram. For the last two days, the residents of Pahari village in Pataudi have erupted in rage after the statue of one of the martyrs was desecrated.The person who committed this act has still not been identified. The statue was created in the memory of martyr Anil Kumar Yadav who had laid down his life defending the country against terrorists in 2007. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to law enforcement officials, the act may have been committed by some drug addicts during the intoxicated act. As of now, there have been no arrests that have been made in the case. “We have been able to bring the situation under control and assured the villagers that the culprits involved in the case will be arrested soon. The heads of the village have been generous enough of cooperating with us,” said a senior official from Gurugram police. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsEven though it is an uncommon sight there have been stray incidents where often persons have desecrated the soldier’s statues. In one such incident that was reported in 2017, the Rezang-la memorial which is located near Palam Vihar was vandalised by few drunkards. The destructors were booked under Section 427 (destruction of the public property) of the IPC. The incident then had resulted in massive outrage among the defence veterans who live around Gurugram. The war memorial had been built in the memory of 114 Army soldiers who were martyred during the 1962 war against the 5,000 strong Chinese soldiers in November 1962. Situated at an altitude of 17,000 feet around 30 km of South of Chusul valley in Ladakh, it was one of the most difficult battles fought by the Indian soldiers on the geographic front. It is said that hundreds of soldiers even in the lack of resources were able to kill a thousand Chinese soldiers. A majority of the war heroes of the 13th Kumaon regiment that fought the battle at Rezang La were from South Haryana districts of Gurugram, Rewari and Mahendragarh.last_img read more

Blaz Rola wins mens NCAA Singles Championship

Blaz Rola, junior for the Ohio State men’s tennis team, has been crowned the 2013 NCAA singles champion.Rola took down No. 3 Jarmere Jenkins of the University of Virginia 7-6(8), 6-4 on Sunday to complete his run through the tournament to claim the first ever singles championship in program history.Mark Batke / Lantern photographerAfter the Buckeyes fell to No. 1 UCLA last week it looked as though the men’s tennis program would be left without a national championship again this season. Rola was the highest ranked player entering the tournament for the Buckeyes but his No. 12 ranking did not instill much confidence in the OSU faithful.Despite this Rola defeated six ranked opponents, and only lost one set throughout the tournament en route to his championship victory.The championship comes a year after Rola advanced to the semifinals but fell 6-2, 6-1 to Kentucky’s Eric Quigley. It completed a 32-1 season for the Slovenian, his only loss coming at the hands of Jared Hiltzik of Illinois, the Big Ten freshman of the year.A hard fought first set saw Rola win the tiebreak 10-8 despite giving up four-consecutive wins to allow Jenkins to tie the set at 6-6. In the second set Rola broke in the 7th game and held serve for the rest of the match for the 6-4 and the championship.This was not the first national championship Rola has earned in his time at OSU. He was last season’s doubles champion with his partner Chase Buchanan. Rola is also a four-time All-American and a three-time unanimous First Team All-Big Ten pick. read more

Aaron Craft Lenzelle Smith Jr prepare for final home game as Ohio

Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. (32) takes a shot during a game against Wyoming Nov. 25 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 65-50.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorBeing in the same recruiting class with the likes of Deshaun Thomas and Jared Sullinger, Ohio State senior guards Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. might have been a bit overshadowed initially among Buckeye fans.Thomas and Sullinger — both five-star products out of high school — were big pieces of the OSU squads who made trips to the Final Four and Elite Eight in back-to-back seasons. But they’ve since moved on to play professionally, and even though Craft and Smith Jr. might have been second-tier then — they’ve certainly left their mark on the program.“Both guys, you look at how many games they’ve won here, championships they’ve been a part of, it’s really an amazing four years,” OSU coach Thad Matta said Friday, two days before the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on No. 22 Michigan State in what will be the final home game of the regular season. “I think with that said, both guys have had a major impact on this program in terms of making it better. And that’s what we ask guys to do.”Craft and Smith Jr. were the fastest players in school history to record 100 wins, reaching that milestone in just 119 games after OSU beat North Florida 99-64 Nov. 29.Craft, Smith Jr. and the rest of the Buckeyes have had some tough and exciting contests against the Spartans recently.Last season, the Buckeyes beat Michigan State 61-58 in the Big Ten Tournament, but fell in the two teams previous meeting this season in East Lansing, Mich., 72-68 in overtime in their first lost of the season. With a familiar opponent on the docket for their final home game at OSU, Craft said he wouldn’t rather it be against anyone else.“I honestly don’t think there could be a better way to play our last game here. I’ve loved playing against Michigan State,” Craft said Friday. “Since freshman year we’ve always had great battles with them. I wouldn’t want it any other way. I’m excited to see what we can do as a team going into this game.”For Smith Jr., however, the game against the Spartans means something a little differently because of the friendships he’s formed with members of Michigan State’s team.“It’s actually kind of the sweet but not so sweet moment. Just seeing as how I’m so close to some of those guys on the team,” Smith Jr. said Friday. “We’ve hung out in the summer, we went to the Big Ten media days in Chicago … We talked, had fun and it’s different when you see them on the opposite side of the court. It’s like, ‘I’m not here to be your friend, don’t even talk to me.’”Craft enters the game as OSU’s all-time leader in steals and assists with 293 and 623 respectively, and with numbers like those is likely to be remembered fondly in Buckeye lore. But he said he doesn’t think about being in the same breath as former players like David Lighty, Mike Conley Jr., Greg Oden or Scoonie Penn.“I just don’t feel comfortable putting myself in close to the same categories of guys that (have) come before,” Craft said. “I’m just very honored and humbled to continue on what they’ve established here. And to play a very small part of that.”Aside from it being Craft and Smith Jr.’s final go around at the Schottenstein Center, the game against the Spartans (23-7, 12-5, 3rd in the Big Ten) holds implications for next week’s Big Ten Tournament. OSU (22-8, 9-8 tied for fifth in the Big Ten) sits one game behind Nebraska for fourth place in the conference, and would need a victory against the Spartans and some help to finish in that spot and earn a first-round bye in the tournament.OSU has lost two straight games, falling on the road last week to Penn State and Indiana. Matta said no matter where they finish in the standings, a win against Michigan State would certainly be a step in the right direction.“This is our 18th Big Ten game, and 16 of them have been tooth and nail and down to the last couple minutes,” Matta said. “With that said, you’re playing a team that’s obviously a great basketball team. It’s a great opportunity for us to come out and close out the final game of the season.”As OSU searches for any bit of momentum it can get its hands on as the season draws to a close, Smith Jr. agreed with Matta and said a victory Sunday would be key to build that.“We can get a lot of momentum here with a win on Sunday to carry us over into the Big Ten Tournament,” Smith Jr. said. “We can get that going, and if we get hot at the right time, that’s the name of the game. You want to play your best basketball toward this time of the season and I think we can accomplish that.”Matta has gone on record as saying he would get behind putting up a statue commemorating Lighty’s accomplishments and what he’s meant to the program outside the arena. The same would go for Craft and Matta said he would want to “put it right next to David.”When Craft was told his head coach said that about him, though, he naturally spun it back to be more of a team oriented affair.“Legacy and all that stuff, it’s not about me, it’s not about Lenzelle. It’s about this university and the things we’ve been able to do as a team, whether it’s putting a year up on the banners in the gym,” Craft said. “That’s what’s going to be remembered. That’s what should be remembered.”Tipoff between the Buckeyes and Spartans is set for 4:30 p.m. Sunday. read more