The OSU women’s soccer team participates in ‘Carmen Ohio’ following a 3-2 win over Purdue on Oct. 8 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.Credit: Anbo Yao / Lantern photographerThe Ohio State women’s soccer team (7-3-3, 2-2-2) tallied its first victory since Sept. 25 on Thursday evening after the Buckeyes topped the Purdue Boilermakers 3-2. The Buckeyes were first to score when sophomore forward Sammy Edwards finished from 10 yards in the center of the box off an assist from junior forward Lindsay Agnew in just the third minute of play. OSU came out of the gates with a lot of energy, evident by the quick score. “I think we know we are in a tough spot in the standings right now, so we needed to come out this weekend and get two wins,” junior forward Nichelle Prince said. “So today was the first day of that and we just really bought it and everyone was on their game today.”OSU maintained its lead for the next 10 minutes before the Boilermakers leveled the match on sophomore midfielder/forward Erika Arkans’ shot from 10 yards out. The half continued with back and forth play with multiple opportunities for both teams to score. OSU coach Lori Walker said she was pleased with the improvements her team made to find success in Thursday’s matchup. “I’m really proud of the effort that they put in tonight, and it’s something that we’ve really been asking them to raise every single game, every day,” Walker said. “We’ve tried to make practices as enjoyable as possible the last week and a half, and I really think that it really started to show today.”Senior captain midfielder Michela Paradiso scored the Buckeyes’ next goal in the 34th minute, her second goal of the season.The Scarlet and Gray headed into halftime leading the Boilermakers 2-1, while also holding an 8-5 advantage in shots, including 5-1 on goal. While holding the edge, the Buckeyes knew at halftime that the game was far from over. “It’s a 90-minute game. Forty-five minutes we have given our heart and our soul, but we’ve got to come out and do that again,” Walker said. “We haven’t really done that; this is one of the first games I feel like we’ve put all the pieces together over the 90 minutes.”Prince played an aggressive and dominant game, which earned her effusive praise from Walker. “She has so many just special, God-given talents, and what we really try to do is encourage her to utilize them,” Walker said. “Just seeing her with a smile on her face because she’s back at her full pace, if you will, I was just really pleased with what she has been giving our team.” The Boilermakers tied the game in the 61st minute when junior forward Maddy Williams shot from 20 yards out, deflecting off the hand of OSU freshman goalkeeper Devon Kerr and into the back of the net. Prince said this was the Buckeyes’ time to show what they’re made of. “It’s hard when you’re under pressure. You can either crack or step up to the plate, and I think that’s what we did,” Prince said. “We came to play today and we weren’t afraid. We just played our game and came out really hard.”Despite giving up the tying goal, OSU did not back down. In the 67th minute, sophomore midfielder Nikki Walts netted her fourth goal of the season after she curled a shot from 25 yards inside the right post to give the Buckeyes the lead.With the lead in hand, OSU continued to bring pressure and intensity until the very end. “We challenged them and basically tried to treat this like a championship game,” Walker said. “This game really matters, not that any other game doesn’t matter, but this one was a critical one.”The Buckeyes will look to continue their winning ways on Sunday, as they are set to play host to the Maryland Terrapins at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Ohio State redshirt-junior Logan Stieber takes down Notre Dame College sophomore Maurice Miller in the 141-pound match Nov. 15 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 29-11.Credit: Ethan Day / Lantern photographerA pair of Ohio State wrestlers are the Big Ten’s best in their respective weight classes.Senior Nick Heflin and redshirt-junior Logan Stieber joined exclusive company Sunday, taking home the Big Ten Championship in the 197-pound and 141-pound weight classes at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis., according to an OSU press release.Steiber defeated Penn State freshman Zain Retherford, 7-3, in the 141-pound championship match to capture his third-straight conference crown. He became just the second OSU wrestler in program history to do so, joining Kevin Randleman, who wrestled for the Buckeyes from 1991-93.Steiber’s victory against Retherford comes as a bit of payback, as Retherford defeated the three-time conference champion in Dec. 15 in what was his first loss in just more than a year.Steiber is now 25-1 on the season, having won 16 consecutive matches since falling to Zetherford in December.Heflin was the conference runner up at 174 pounds in 2011, but took down Penn State sophomore Morgan McIntosh, 5-3, to capture the title Sunday.The senior has now won 14 straight matches, and the victory against McIntosh was the 95th of his career.With their victories, Steiber and Heflin automatically qualify for the 2014 NCAA Championships, set to take place March 20-22 in Oklahoma City.A total of five other Buckeyes also qualified for the NCAAs with their respective performances Sunday — 184-pound redshirt-sophomore Kenny Courts, 125-pound redshirt-freshman Nick Roberts, 133-pound Johnni DiJulius, 174-pound sophomore Mark Martin and heavyweight redshirt-freshman Nick Tavanello. Redshirt-senior Ian Paddock is set to wrestle in the 149-pound weight class as well after earning an at-large bid Wednesday.The Buckeyes finished fourth as a team with 86.5 points. Penn State took home the team championship with 140.5 points.
Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday congratulated Justice Ranjan Gogoi on being sworn in as the 46th chief justice of India. “My humble congratulations and best wishes to the 46th Chief Justice of India, Hon’ble Justice Ranjan Gogoi, on assuming office. We are all very proud of you,” Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle today. Justice Gogoi, who took the oath in English in the name of god, will have a tenure of a little over 13 months and will retire on November 17, 2019. He succeeds Justice Dipak Misra who retired Tuesday on attaining 65 years of age.
Finnish telco Elisa is using technology from OTT platform provider Tvinci to power its on-demand service EpicTV.EpicTV will use Tvinci’s OTT 2.0 platform to enable its pan-European subscriber base to watch sports programming and movies in HD quality via iPads.The free EpicTV iPad app gives consumers access to 600 movies based on adventure sports. Users can download content onto their devices to watch offline. “In an age where convenience is valued so highly and where consumers are averse to relying on traditional programming schedules, our latest deployment with Elisa has answered their immediate need not only for a new OTT video delivery method to iPad, but also a brand new TV experience,” said Ido Wiesenberg, Tvinci’s co-founder and vice-president business development.
As Bill Buckler said in his quote above…it’s getting more blatant by the month…and so it is.The gold price was comatose through all of Far East trading…and then for an hour or so after the London open. The smallish rally going into the London silver fix at noon local time, got sold off going into the Comex open in New York.Twenty minutes after the open, gold rallied strongly, but got stopped in its tracks by the time it had rallied a bit over ten bucks. The high of the day at that point was $1,687.40 spot. Then it got sold down in the usual manner…with the New York low [$1,665.80 spot] coming around 11:15 a.m. Eastern time…and well below the Comex opening price. From that low, gold recovered a bit until 1:00 p.m…and then traded sideways into the 5:15 p.m. electronic close.Gold finished the Tuesday session at $1,673.20 spot…down $1.20 on the day. Volume was very impressive…around 153,000 contracts…so it was obvious that “da boyz” used a fair amount of shorting to get the price to behave again yesterday.Silver’s price action in Far East trading was pretty quiet…and the low price tick [just under $31.60 spot] appeared to occur at the 8:00 a.m. GMT London open. Then it rallied until the London silver fix was in…and that was its high of the day…somewhere over $32.10 spot. Then, like gold, the price got sold down into the Comex open…and the subsequent rally ran into the same not-for-profit sellers that gold did. However, silver’s New York low…$31.54 spot…came at 10:45 a.m. Eastern time…and the subsequent rally followed the same price path as gold for the rest of the New York session.Silver finished the day at $31.82 spot…up 6 cents. Net volume was nothing special…around 34,500 contracts.Obviously both gold and silver would have finished materially higher if JPMorgan et al hadn’t shown up. Both platinum and palladium outperformed both gold and silver yesterday.The dollar index began trading on Tuesday morning at 79.56…and although it rallied as high as 79.78 around 3:00 p.m. in Hong Kong, it chopped lower for the rest of the day, closing at 79.54…virtually unchanged from the open. Once again, the precious metal price action was totally unrelated to what the currencies were doing.The gold stocks opened in positive territory, but couldn’t hang onto those gains after gold ran into the not-for-profit seller that took gold from it’s high tick to its low tick [a $22 range] in just over two hours. The stocks hit their nadir at 12:45 p.m. Eastern…and then rallied a bit, before trading sideways into the close. The HUI finished down at tiny 0.16%.Most of the silver stocks I track finished in slightly positive territory…and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up a smallish 0.09%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 11 gold and zero silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday.There were no reported change in GLD yesterday…but there was a small withdrawal…139,049 troy ounces…of silver from SLV. This was probably a fee payment of some kind.Over at Switzerland’s Zürcher Kantonalbank, they reported that their gold ETF declined by 13,914 troy ounces…and their silver ETF rose by 47,905 troy ounces…as of the close of business on February 4th.The U.S. Mint had their first sales report for February. They didn’t sell any gold eagles or 1-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…but they did sell 675,500 silver eagles.Monday was a very busy day over at the Comex-approved depositories. They reported receiving 1,850,118 troy ounces of silver…and shipped 703,895 troy ounces of the stuff out the door. This activity is worth checking out…and the link is here.As the headline to today’s column stated, there were record inflows into China through Hong Kong in December…and for all of 2012. Normally Nick Laird would have the charts of this all done by now, but the website that contains all the data he needs has been down all of Wednesday on that side of Planet Earth, so he can’t get at it. Hopefully I’ll have those charts for you in this space tomorrow.I have somewhat fewer stories today than I did in yesterday’s column…and I’ll leave the final edit up to you.The blatant manipulation of paper to “control” the price of the physical metal is ongoing and getting more blatant by the month. The more debt that the central banks monetise, the more vital it is that there are no distractions in this process. It is crucial to keep everybody INSIDE the paper money and sovereign debt system. It is equally crucial, therefore, to discourage any temptation to venture outside it. – Bill Buckler…Gold This Week…02 February 2013Another day…and another obvious intervention in the gold and silver markets. As Bill Buckler said in his quote above…it’s getting more blatant by the month…and so it is. It’s hard to believe that not everyone sees it…or will acknowledge it even if they do. The forces of Mordor must be delighted that the precious metals world is still full of such Benedict Arnold-types…especially the miners…who will never lift a finger to help their stockholders.At the moment, we appear to be in a ‘holding pattern’…but holding for what? If you’re a TA person, the chart screams of an imminent break out…but in a managed market it’s hard to take TA seriously. And as I’ve pointed out on numerous occasions over the years, JPMorgan Chase et al can paint any chart pattern they want…and this might be what they’re painting now. How it ultimately resolves itself is still unknown…but we’re all hoping for up…and up big. Time will tell.Here’s the 3-year gold chart…and as you can tell, this ‘consolidation pattern’ is getting very long in the tooth.(Click on image to enlarge)Yesterday, at the close of Comex trading, was the cut-off for Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report…and the February Bank Participation Report. Just eye-balling the price action during the reporting week, I’d guess that there won’t be a lot of change in this week’s COT Report in either metal. But, after last week’s big surprise in silver, I’ll refrain from carving that prediction in stone.In Wednesday trading in the Far East, not much of anything happened price wise…and that’s still the case now that London has been open for about forty-five minutes as I write this paragraph. Volumes are light…and I would guess that most of it is of the high-frequency trading variety. The dollar index began to rally in early afternoon trading in Hong Kong…and appeared to hit its zenith just a few minutes after the London open…a pattern very similar to yesterday’s dollar index action at that time of day.And as I hit the ‘send’ button at 5:10 a.m. Eastern time, there’s still not much happening in early London trading. Volumes are still light…and both gold and silver are down a bit. I’d guess that has something to do with what the dollar index is doing, as it’s up about 25 basis points at the moment.But, as is almost always the case, the real price shenanigans start when the Comex opens at 8:20 a.m. Eastern…or once the noon silver fix is in, in London…which is 7:00 a.m. in New York. I’d guess that today’s trading action will follow a similar pattern.That’s all I have for today…and I’ll see you here tomorrow.