Junior forward Sam Thompson scans the court during a game against Minnesota Feb. 22 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 64-46.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorThe college basketball season is a grind.Teams play 30 or so games during the regular season from November until early March, but once tournament time comes around that intensity grows dramatically.For the Ohio State men’s basketball team (23-8, 10-8) to achieve its goals in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament, it will have to play in four games in four consecutive days.Junior forward Sam Thompson said Wednesday that although winning the championship could be tough, the team is ready for the challenge.“We’ve all packed to play through Sunday, and we all expect to play four games in four days so that’s what we’re going down to do,” Thompson said.The Buckeyes are scheduled to play in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament Thursday against Purdue (15-16, 5-13), a team they have beaten twice already this year. If OSU can get past the Boilermakers they will face Nebraska in the second round Friday.Each of the last five seasons OSU has played three games in three days, at least making it to the Tournament final in each of those seasons, but this year the team doesn’t have a first round bye that will allow for one less game.Senior guard Aaron Craft said the lack of a first round bye is something the players on the team have never experienced, but that they will just continue to play how they have all season.“Hopefully we can play a few games,” Craft said. “Obviously we’re in a new situation we haven’t been in since I’ve been here … It’s just another opportunity to play basketball and I hope we take the opportunity and make the most of it.”Thompson said at the end of the three day run of games players were tired, but that he has no doubt that the team will step up if given the opportunity to play on Sunday.“It’s been a little difficult,” Thompson said. “I remember last year when we played Wisconsin some guys legs were pretty heavy, there was a lot of fatigue going on. … We have the players that can do it, we’re tough enough to do it, if we’re fortunate enough to play four games in four days we will bring our best basketball then.”Craft said getting to the tournament final itself will be the motivating factor to help OSU plays its best basketball, even on tired legs.“If we’re fortunate enough to make it that far, the adrenaline and excitement of making it that far would overcome being tired or anything like that,” Craft said. “It’s at a point where you’ve just got to suck it up and get the job done and that’s what it’s going to be like if we are able to win tomorrow and able to win on Friday. We’ve just got to keep going and put yourself behind the team goal.’A big factor in tournament play is the one-and-done aspect of play, where one bad game can result in the end of a season or a career for certain players. Craft said the raised stakes raises the pressure on the players.“There’s no more second chances,’ Craft said. “If you go out and play lackadaisical you’re going to go home and no one likes to go home, there’s still basketball to be played.”Coach Thad Matta said the preparation for games doesn’t change, even with the increased pressure.“In terms of preparation, in terms of pregame speeches, in terms of what we eat it’s kind of always the same,” Matta said.The Buckeyes swept Purdue this season, winning 78-69 Dec. 31 and 67-49 Feb. 8. Thompson said the familiarity with a team like Purdue means the battle will come down to execution.“Well anytime we play Purdue we know it’s going to be a battle. They’re one of the toughest playing teams in the Big Ten,” Thompson said. “They’re going to rebound, they’re going to play in transition, they’re going to play hard so we know that we have to bring our best basketball, we know that it’s not going to be a walk in the park. Despite their record we know that we’re in for a 40 minute basketball game. We have to execute, we have to come out and play our best basketball. This is the third time we’ve played them, there’s going to be no surprises, they know what we want to do, we know what they want to do so it’s about executing.”Matta said records no longer matter because any team can beat any team.“It’s a new season for everybody right now in terms of this tournament. We have seen them (Purdue) over the last couple of weeks play some unbelievable basketball,” Matta said. “They’re a team that we know what they’re going to do defensively, we’ve got a real good feel for them offensively … They’re going to pressure you and do all of those things but we can’t give up easy baskets in transition. We got down here early because we weren’t as ready as we needed to be.”The first round game is set to tipoff at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, 25 minutes after the finish between Indiana and Illinois.
OSU freshman linebacker Baron Browning addresses the media on National Singing day at the Woody Hayes Athletic Complex on Feb. 1, 2017. Credit: Nicholas McWilliams | Sports EditorOhio State freshman linebacker Baron Browning will miss the remainder of spring practice with a shoulder injury, OSU coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday.Browning re-injured his shoulder he hurt during high school and Meyer said he underwent surgery Tuesday. Jeremy Birmingham of Land of 10 reported that it was a torn labrum.Sources have informed me its a torn labrum for Baron Browning, surgery this morning. Out for spring.— Jeremy Birmingham (@Birm) March 28, 2017Browning, a five-star recruit from Texas, is one of 10 early enrollees for the Buckeyes.Meyer said Browning will be full-speed by June and ready for fall camp.
Kolkata: Police have arrested nine persons from North 24-Parganas’ Naihati for their alleged involvement in an interstate kidney smuggling racket.Acting on a tip off, a team of investigators raided a rented house in Mitra Para area of Naihati where the accused had taken shelter for quite sometime. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that the accused had been operating the racket from the house. They also suspect that the accused might be a part of an interstate smuggling racket. It was learnt that an employee of the Naihati Municipality had helped the accused to rent the house, which belongs to one Biswajit. The owner of the house has also been arrested by the police along with Sarfaraz Ahmed, Md Iqbal and Bharati Chetri and others. According to the police, Bharati is from Assam. After interrogating the accused, police came to know the name of Md Akhtar who is believed to be the kingpin. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsCops are conducting raids to nab the kingpin. They are trying to know the modus operandi of the racket as to how the accused had collected the kidneys and where they used to the sell them. Preliminary investigation suggests that many of the accused, arrested in the incident might have been working as agents whose job was to find customers.It can be said that city police also arrested a youth for his alleged involvement in a kidney racket. The incident took place on 11 April when the accused Suman Sinha, alias Samir, was aimlessly loitering around at a private hospital in Mukundapur area. He was held by the police from Purba Jadavpur police station.
Lucido: Financial means should not be a prerequisite for justiceThe House Oversight and Ethics Committee this week approved legislation that will bring further reforms to Michigan’s Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws.Late last year, Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation reforming Michigan’s Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws. These reforms include additional reporting requirements for police officers and higher standards for prosecutors, improving communication and transparency at all levels of government.The reforms have received bipartisan praise and support, but many, including Rep. Peter Lucido, want to see the reforms go a bit further, specifically with regard to the provision requiring that property owners post a 10 percent bond within 20 days to fight for their property in court.Lucido, who sponsored a bill in the original package, authored House Bill 4629 which would remove this requirement.“In my many years as an attorney I have seen the process of civil asset forfeiture spiral out of control,” said Rep. Lucido, R-Shelby Township. “I have seen items seized that include everything from cars and homes to food, diapers and someone’s last hundred dollars in cash. Tell me how that single mother working three jobs is going to post a 10 percent bond when you just took everything she had—she’s not, because it will cost her more in legal fees than her items are worth.Lucido said the bond requirement disproportionately impacts lower-income individuals by not only putting them at a disadvantage financially, but discouraging many from seeking justice in a confusing system.“The law says we are innocent until proven guilty, but by taking someone’s property before they are even criminally charged, much less convicted, and then making them pay for a chance to fight for it in civil court we are hindering access to due process for all,” Lucido said. “By removing this requirement, everyone can have their day in court regardless of their ability to pay.”HB 4629 was voted out of committee unanimously and now moves to the full House for consideration.### 19Feb House bill cuts bond requirement to fight for seized property Categories: Lucido News,Lucido Photos,News,Photos
The silver equities opened down—and headed lower immediately—and by lunchtime in New York, were down 2%. But, like the gold stocks, they rallied back, but didn’t quite make it into the black, as Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index close down 0.21%. The CME Daily Delivery Report was another surprise in gold, as only 27 contracts were posted for delivery on Day 2 of the June delivery month. There were a dozen issuers—and half a dozen stoppers. In silver, there were 51 contracts posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday. ABN Amro was the short/issuer on 50 of them—and JPMorgan and Scotiabank stopped 25 of them in total. There were deliveries posted in platinum and palladium as well and, like yesterday, the Issuers and Stoppers Report is worth a quick look. The link is here. The other big surprise was that there were no reported changes in either GLD or SLV on Friday—and after the big price smack-downs on Tuesday, one would have expected that to happen. I’m only speculating here, but it’s my opinion that JPMorgan and the other bullion banks were buyers of every share of these two ETFs that John Q. Public was puking up. That goes for every other day of this week as well. The U.S. Mint had a smallish sales report yesterday. They sold 1,000 troy ounces of gold eagles—1,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes—and 125,000 silver eagles. Although there may be more sales reported on Monday that will change things, as of the last trading day in May, the U.S. Mint has sold 35,500 troy ounces of gold eagles—12,500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes—and 3,988,500 silver eagles during the month just past. Based on these sales the silver/gold sales ratio was 83 to 1 in May. Year-to-date the U.S. Mint has sold 21,436,500 silver eagles. Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday, there was no in/out movement in gold for the second day in a row. But it was an entirely different kettle of fish in silver, as 600,135 troy ounces were reported received—and a whopping 2,000,163 troy ounces were shipped out the door. The link to that action is here. Well, yesterday’s Commitment of Traders Report lived up to its hoped-for advance billing. Maybe not all of Tuesday’s engineered price decline made it into yesterday’s report, but enough of it did to show big changes—and set some new records. In silver, the Commercial net short position declined by a chunky 3,367 contracts, or 16.8 million ounces. The Commercial net short position is now down to 71.1 million troy ounces. Because of the timing of the report, which was 15 minutes before my flight to Vancouver left Edmonton, I never had a chance to talk to Ted Butler about yesterday’s numbers, but he did e-mail the highlights—and here they are. The standouts were as follows: the technical funds added 5,100 contract to their short position which takes them to a new record short position. The raptors, the Commercial traders other than the ‘Big 8’, added 3,000 contracts to their new record long position of 48,800 Comex contracts. And lastly, the big long position hiding in the bushes in the Managed Money category is still there. I was afraid it might have been a casualty of the engineered price decline, but it wasn’t. And lastly, JPMorgan managed to cover about 1,000 contracts of their short-side corner in the Comex silver market—and are now short ‘only’ 90 million ounces of silver. That represents 125% of the entire Commercial net short position. How outrageous can you get? In gold, the Commercial net short position declined by 27,372 contracts, or 2.74 million troy ounces. The new Commercial short position now stands at 7.86 million troy ounces. The standouts in gold were as follow—and I just cut and paste what Ted sent our way—and lightly edited in the process—In gold, the tech funds added 22,000 new shorts, JPM bought 4,000 contracts—and their long-side corner in the Comex gold market now stands at 3.4 million troy ounces—34,000 contracts. Mostly of the rest of the buying in the Commercial category was done by the gold raptors. Ted added the following comment to his e-mail, which I thought worth sharing as well—Good report, but should be much better now – hard to see how it could get much better than what transpired through Friday. The only thing to add to the above is Nick Laird’s “Days of World Production to Cover Short Positions” chart, which is posted below. Despite the improvements, it’s little changed from the one posted in last Saturday’s column, which you can check out by clicking here, and then scrolling down a bit. 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The Company’s near-term plan is to complete construction at the first production area at Goliad and to greatly increase the throughput of uranium at our centralized Hobson processing plant.” Please contact Investor Relations with questions or to request additional information, [email protected] Platinum wasn’t spared, either—and had a similar price path to both gold and silver—and closed down six bucks on the day. Palladium traded in a one percent range for the entire Friday session—and actually finished up two bucks from Thursday’s close. Here are the charts. The gold stocks traded in a tight range either side of unchanged for the first 45 minutes of trading on Friday—and then headed lower, hitting their low tick at the same time as the metal itself, a few minutes before noon in New York. From there the rallied quietly before heading sharply higher starting around 3:15 p.m. EDT. The HUI blasted into the green—and closed up 0.98%. Because I’m in Vancouver this weekend, I’ve cut the stories down to as few as I could. I hope there are some in there that you like. There are no markets anymore—only interventions. – Chris Powell, GATA—April 2008 Today’s pop “blast from the past” is one that popped into my head out of the blue—and I immediately rushed to the computer to look it up on the youtube.com Internet site—and the link is here. The singer, Marty Balin, was one of the founding members of Jefferson Airplane back in the 1960s—along with its spin-off, Jefferson Starship, Today’s classical “blast from past” is the second moment of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466. I’ve posted this before, but it was years ago. The pianist is Ivan Klánský—and I’m just sorry that this recording is not available on CD, because I’d buy it in a heartbeat if it was, as I consider it to the definite recording of the work. If you’ve ever seen the movie Amadeus, this is the music that’s playing as the credits roll at the end. It’s the only movie I have ever seen in a theatre where the audience remained in their seats until the credits were done—and the piano piece was over. I was one of them. It was a surreal experience. The link is here. Just when you think that this price management scheme couldn’t get any more blatant than it already was, JPMorgan et al pull off this stunt during the New York trading session yesterday. And as spectacular as the COT Report was on Friday, the one that we will get next Friday will certainly be another one for the record books, provided we don’t have a big rally before the cut-off for that report at the close of Comex trading on Tuesday. Ted Butler was certainly right about the fact that “da boyz” hadn’t finished loading up the technical funds on the short side in gold. Well, they added 22,000 shorts in the last COT Report—and a bunch more since then, including a big chunk yesterday. As Ted said in his comments further up in this column—“[It’s] hard to see how it could get much better than what transpired through Friday.” I agree totally. Here are the 1-year charts for both gold and silver—and you can tell that we are near a major bottom in both metals, especially in silver. The silver price traded sideway within a dime of unchanged either side of Thursday’s closing price in New York and, like gold, the hammer fell shortly after 9 a.m. EDT—and by 12:45 p.m., all the damage was done, as silver also closed at a new low for this move down. The silver price rallied until 4 p.m. in electronic trading before flat-lining for the rest of day. The high and low ticks were posted as $19.085 and $18.615 in the July contract. Silver finished the Friday session at $18.81 spot, down 23 cents from Thursday’s close—and you would have to go all the way back to the late June close in 2013 to find a lower closing price. It’s what happens going forward that really matters now It was pretty quiet in Far East trading on their Friday. The high of the day came shortly before 9 a.m. Hong Kong time—and then it was a long, slow slide into the 8:40 a.m. EDT open in New York. The subsequent rally only lasted until shortly after 9 a.m.—and by the time the HFT boyz were done with it, gold hit its low minutes before noon EDT. From that point, the gold price rallied quietly until 4:30 p.m.—and then traded mostly sideways into the close. The CME recorded the high and low ticks at $1,260.60 and $1,242.20 in the August contract. Gold closed in New York on Friday at $1,251.30 spot, down another $4.60 on the day—and at a new low for this move down. Volume, net of June was pretty decent at 142,000 contracts. But it’s what happens going forward that really matters now. Whether we’re at the exact bottom or not, the rally that starts at some point will be met by raptor selling as they take profits as the technical funds begin to cover their short positions . But if the raptors don’t sell enough of their long positions to contain the price as the tech funds rush to cover as moving averages are penetrated to the upside, will JPMorgan et al as sellers of last resort step in to prevent the rallies from going supernova? They’ve always done that in the past. Will this time be different? Beats me. As Jim Rickards has so correctly pointed out, the price management scheme is now so obvious that the manipulators should be embarrassed by what they’re doing. Embarrassed or not, will it make any difference? Whatever happens, I’ll be watching the price activity closely from this point onward—and I was encouraged by the share price action today despite the beating the metals themselves got. And if I had to bet ten bucks, I’d say that we’re done to the downside. But I felt that way at the close of trading on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday as well. The open in New York on Sunday evening should tell us a lot. I’m done for the day—and for the week. I’ll be interested in what Ted has to say in his weekly review for his paying subscribers later today—and I’ll steal what I think I can get away with for my Tuesday missive. See you then.