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first_imgArgentine football star Lionel Messi and bride Antonella Roccuzzo pose for photographers just after their wedding at the City Centre Complex in Rosario, Santa Fe province, Argentina on June 30, 2017. AFP PHOTORosario, Argentina | AFP |  Lionel Messi said “I do” to childhood sweetheart and mother of their two children Antonella Roccuzzo on Friday in his Argentine hometown Rosario, where footballers and celebrities gathered for the “wedding of the century.”Following the private ceremony, the couple appeared happy and relaxed as they walked a red carpet before hundreds of journalists at a hotel and casino complex, Roccuzzo donning a tight, mermaid-style gown by Spanish designer Rosa Clara.The couple’s children Thiago, four, and Mateo, one, had front seats at the ceremony attended by some 260 guests, including Shakira and her husband, Messi’s teammate Gerard Pique, and numerous footballers such as Messi’s Barcelona strike partners Neymar and Luis Suarez. Argentine media called it the “wedding of the century” for Rosario, the gritty northern port city where Messi, 30, and his bride, 29, met when the player was nine years old.Former Barca and current Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas was in attendance, along with Argentina and Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero.– Roast gizzards –The party was to be a respite for Messi from his legal woes. A Spanish court last month rejected his appeal against a tax fraud conviction.Brunette bride Roccuzzo wore a white, curve-hugging dress with a deep sweetheart neckline and embroidered straps by Rosa Clara — a Spanish designer who has dressed actress Eva Longoria and Spain’s Queen Letizia.The wedding was held at 2200 GMT in the City Center casino, which stands right next to a crime-ridden slum run by drug gangs.The civil wedding ceremony and party were all slated to take place inside the venue, and the guests will be lodged there too.The feast will reportedly feature Argentine delicacies such as roast gizzards.Uruguayan pop bands Rombai and Marama plus singer Karina, Aguero’s wife, will perform at the reception.There were also rumors that there would be singing by Shakira, the Colombian diva famous for “Hips Don’t Lie” and “Whenever, Wherever.”Shakira had recently denied rumors that she would miss the wedding due to a quarrel with Roccuzzo. – Humble couple –Messi and Roccuzzo live in Barcelona where he plays, but still return regularly to Rosario for vacations.He moved to Spain when he was 13 to join FC Barcelona, but the couple kept in touch.Messi has gone on to win the top Ballon d’Or award five times and is widely regarded as the world’s best footballer.But various old friends of the couple in their home city said the bride and groom are humble folk who have never forgotten where they come from.“They are the love of each other’s lives,” Messi’s childhood friend Diego Vallejos told AFP.Instead of wedding presents, they have asked for donations to a children’s charity.– ‘Leo and Anto’ –The couple have reportedly spent the past two weeks in Rosario with family, but have kept out of sight of the reporters who have invaded the city.Rumors circulated of bachelor and bachelorette parties, but the only evidence that emerged was a photo, posted by ex-Barca goalkeeper Jose Pinto, of Messi enjoying a barbecue with a few friends.Some friends of Roccuzzo have shared pictures of her relaxing with relatives.On the eve of the wedding, a festive atmosphere reigned in the Las Heras neighborhood where Messi grew up.“We will celebrate,” said Damian Lugoni, 27, a local sausage sandwich vendor.“I wish good luck to Leo and Anto, who is just as simple and nice as him.”“We are all happy for them,” said Lisandro Urteaga, an artist who was called in to paint a mural of Messi in the neighborhood for the occasion.“Let him celebrate the way someone like him deserves. He is a real example as a human being — although when he plays football he doesn’t seem to be from this planet.”center_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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first_imgLATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. A costly, catty dispute finally settled Young went for a takedown that brought Bolick to the floor, igniting a series of ejections that saw Bolick and Doliguez get thrown out with 2:28 remaining in the game.Fernandez, meanwhile, was suspended for his second infraction of “disrespecting game officials.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendBolick was also given a warning by NCAA commissioner Bai Cristobal for the aforementioned offense.The suspension took Bolick out of the running for any individual award including the Most Valuable Player plum. Bolick is currently sixth in the MVP race. —BONG LOZADA, Inquirer.net Winning start 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe NCAA on Wednesday imposed one-game suspensions on San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez, Red Lions Robert Bolick and Clint Doliguez, and College of St. Benilde wingman Carlo Young.The three players were involved in an in-game scuffle late in the Red Lions’ 72-58 win on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ PGT Asia 2nd leg begins at Splendido MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Break new ground View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgConor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Throughout the PBA Philippine Cup, Kelly Nabong served as Globalport’s main anchor in the frontcourt, having to deal with rebounding and playing defense against the league’s bigger centers and forwards.ADVERTISEMENT “Mo’s a very good rebounder, he can stretch the floor, shoot the three, he can defend imports and that takes a hell of a load off from me because I usually guard the import,” said Nabong Thursday at the team’s practice facility in Green Meadows.“It’ll give me a little break when he comes in get some fresh in there, it’d be pretty good. I’m actually excited when we got him for the team.”Tautuaa, during in the 11 games he played with TNT in Philippine Cup eliminations, averaged 8.64 points and 7.82 rebounds.Although Tautuaa brought additional depth to the Batang Pier’s frontcourt that also includes Bradwyn Guinto and Joseph Gabayni, Nabong said he won’t be taking a step back.“I’m still going to do what I’m going to do and I’m still going to stay active and do everything to help this team win,” said Nabong. “I know Mo brings the same kind of energy, same kind of talent, same kind of everything to help the team win.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Standing at just 6’5”, Nabong is short compared to the likes of 6’9” Japeth Aguilar, 7’0” Greg Slaughter, and the four-time MVP 6’10” June Mar Fajardo.Despite his stature, Nabong used his might and strength to average 13.45 points, 11 rebounds, and 1.45 blocks per game in the Philippine Cup eliminations.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownNabong, however, will now have a vital frontcourt partner as Globalport acquired Moala Tautuaa from TNT after sending away Terrence Romeo and Yousef Taha.Tautuaa came to the Batang Pier’s camp on Tuesday along with two future draft picks, and Nabong is already giddying up for his potential partnership with the 2015 top overall pick. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism D-League: Akari-Adamson snares top spot, escapes JRU In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgA husband and wife found themselves appearing before City Magistrate Judy Latchman after they were taken off a Fly Jamaica Airlines flight because their passports had fake Canadian visas.Pakaj Kumar Patel, 24, and his wife, Roshini Benn Patel, 32, both business owners, initially denied that on February 22, 2018, at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Timehri, and with intent to defraud, they uttered to Customer Service Representative Lorisa Lewis Primo forged Canadian visas inserted into their Republic of Indian passports purporting to show that same were issued by the Government of Canada when they knew that to be false.Attorney for the defendants, Adrian Thompson, said his clients had no intention of using forged documents. However, following consultations, Magistrate Latchman re-read the charges to the defendants, and they pleaded guilty.According to Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore, the couple was staying with a family member at Fifth Street, Alberttown, Georgetown. After spending a month in Guyana, they attempted to leave for Canadian, but were subsequently taken off the flight, which they had already boarded.They were told that the visas being used were forged, and they were taken to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), where they were told of the offence they had committed and were charged.The Patels were each fined $100,000, failing to pay which would result in a 12-month prison sentence.last_img read more

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first_img“More human-caused wildfires are usually seen in late August and September due to an increase in recreational forest use, so it’s crucial for the public, including hunters, to remain vigilant when using anything that may spark a fire,” Fire Information Officer, Jill Kelsh said. “As hunters prepare for trips into the backcountry, they also must ensure that they have enough water on hand to fully extinguish any campfires that they light.”The fire danger ratings in the Prince George Fire Centre currently range from “high” to “extreme”, while vegetation is also extremely dry.“If Prince George Fire Centre staff sees an increase in wildfire activity caused by improper use of campfires, they will consider implementing a campfire ban,” Kelsh goes on to say.- Advertisement -Anyone found in violation of a fire prohibition, including campfires, may be issued a ticket for up to $345. Anyone who causes a wildfire through arson or recklessness may be fined up to $1,000,000, spend up to 3 years in prison and be held accountable for associated firefighting costs.If you see a wildfire or abandoned campfire, report it immediately by calling 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on most cell phones.last_img read more

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first_imgFollowing Saturday’s game, the Bulldogs remain on the road to face Loyola Feb. 5 in a 6 p.m. contest. Drake Game Notes Drake begins the second half of the Valley season with a 5-4 league record and all five of those wins coming by double-figures.  Print Friendly Version The Drake University men’s basketball team begins the second half of the Missouri Valley Conference season Saturday afternoon when it visits Indiana State. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. CST at the Hulman Center on ESPN3. Drake has won its last two road games and four of its last five overall outings. In its last game, Drake suffered a 69-55 defeat to Illinois State in what was Bulldogs second home loss of the season. ESPN3 center_img Live Stats Story Links Live Audio Nick McGlynn continued to lead the Bulldogs with 15 points and seven rebounds in the Bulldogs’ last outing and has shot 55.9 percent in the team’s last three outings. Head coach Darian DeVries’ 16 wins are already the fifth most by a first-year head coach in Drake history and one win away from matching last season’s win total.last_img read more

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first_img7 November 2008Ntshieng Mokgoro, winner of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Drama 2009, is a born storyteller.The 35-year-old mother of three has already made a profound mark on South Africa’s drama scene, having developed a number of community-based projects into professional productions staged on various national platforms.Mokgoro graduated from Alexandra Technical College in Johannesburg 1992 with a diploma in cosmetology, which she says she hated!“Luckily, I got a job as an assistant librarian, and part of my job description was to do storytelling for primary school kids,” she says. “I would ask the kids to dramatise the stories we read, and that’s where the passion for drama came from.”Mokgoro finds inspiration from observing the life of people in the township. “From seeing a dirty little girl playing on the pavement in the township, to an old woman selling vegetables and chicken intestines at the side of a road, to a teenage girl who is screaming for help in the middle of the night. Township life, rural life.”She loves writing about myths of women, birth, arranged marriages, and the death of women.When asked about the actors she would like to work with, she says she is particularly impressed with Reshoketswe Sebotsane, who played in the television series Death of a Queen. “I’m impressed by women who have presence, grace and power on stage, and who really know what they are doing.”Mokgoro’s production Umdlwembe, which she wrote and directed for the Barney Simon Young Directors Festival, was awarded a professional season at Johannesburg’s Market Theatre in December 1999, and was funded by Standard Bank to go to the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in 2000.In 2000, Moroko’s play Eyes of Truth was directed by Sello Maake Ka Ncube for the Barney Simon Young Writers Festival.Ntshieng has also tried her hand successfully at scriptwriting for television and film. In 2001 she was a script contributor for Gazlam 1, a drama for SABC 1 that explored the theme of HIV/Aids through the experience of two young people. The series also looked at the hard reality of young people growing up in Yeoville and trying to make it in the music business.In 2004, she was a trainee director for the controversial movie about the Rwandan genocide, Hotel Rwanda.In 2005, she wrote and directed a residence project at the Market Theatre Laboratory which was nominated for a Naledi Award in 2006.In 2007 she wrote and directed Thursday’s Child, which won an award at the Market Theatre’s Zwakala Festival and was performed at the Youth Festival in Vienna.Mokgoro is currently director of the Publik Kreativity Drama Krew, based in Johannesburg’s Alexandra township, where she lives with her husband Mothusi and her three sons Karabo, Boitumelo and Bogosi.“I’m looking forward to using this opportunity to promote myself and my work to be recognised as one of the few female black directors in South Africa,” says Mokgoro.“It is also an opportunity to learn and to gather all the knowledge and skills that, in future, I will impart to female directors who are also struggling to make a mark, or have their voice heard, in the industry.”The annual Standard bank Young Artist Awards were started in 1981 by the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, with Standard Bank coming on board as a sponsor in 1984.The awards, seen as one of the most prestigious of their kind in the country, honour young South African artists who have not yet gained widespread national exposure or acclaim, but who are making a significant mark in their field.The awards recognize and actively promote the talent of these young artists, providing them with financial support and a platform for experimentation. Winners receive a cash prize and financial support for their participation on the main programme of the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown.Source: National Arts Festival, Grahamstownlast_img read more

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first_imgNonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending 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 Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Betis took advantage of a great performance by goalkeeper Antonio Adan and a bad night by Madrid’s forwards, including Cristiano Ronaldo, who was making his league debut after serving a five-game suspension for shoving a referee in the Spanish Super Cup final last month.“It was bad luck after all the chances that we created,” Madrid midfielder Casemiro said.Ronaldo had played only three other matches with Madrid this season, including against APOEL in the team’s Champions League debut, when he scored twice.“This is not the start we wanted after three games at home,” Zidane said. “We didn’t expect this.”Key winAtletico Madrid moved closer to the lead by earning a hard-fought 2-1 away victory against Athletic Bilbao.Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak stopped Aritz Aduriz’s penalty kick before halftime and Angel Correa and Yannick Carrasco scored second-half goals to leave the Madrid side within four points of leader Barcelona.It was the second consecutive win for Atletico, which remains unbeaten after five rounds.“To win in this stadium you need to play a great match and I think we did that,” Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. “We controlled the game and were very effective. It’s a very important triumph for us.”Correa opened the scoring from inside the area after a cross by Jorge “Koke” Resurreccion in the 55th minute, and Carrasco added to the lead with a low shot into the far corner after a well-placed pass by Antoine Griezmann in the 73rd. Griezmann had also helped set up the first goal with a pass to Koke. Paraguayan striker Antoino Sanabria scored the winner with a header from close range to give Betis its first win against Madrid at the Bernabeu since 1998.The result ended Madrid’s streak of 73 consecutive games scoring at least one goal, keeping it from surpassing the record scoring run established by Brazilian club Santos starring Pele in 1963.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 shutoutMadrid, which was coming off home draws against Valencia and Levante, is seven points behind Barcelona after five games. It trails Betis by one point.“This gap to the lead won’t change the way we do things,” Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “We will keep fighting. It’s a long championship.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  “It was Griezmann’s best match so far this season,” Simeone said.Raul Garcia netted an injury-time goal for Athletic, which has now lost two in a row after an unbeaten start.Winning streakSevilla kept its momentum thanks to Jesus Navas’ 83rd-minute winner at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan.He scored from a difficult angle to give the hosts their fourth consecutive win to start the league.The match marked the return of striker Victor “Vitolo” Machin, who left Sevilla in the offseason to join Atletico Madrid but is playing on a loan with Las Palmas until January. He was constantly jeered by Sevilla fans.Rough startDeportivo La Coruna handed Alaves its fifth straight loss with a 1-0 victory at the Riazor Stadium.Luisinho scored in first-half injury time to give the hosts their first win after three losses in the first four matches.Malaga is the only other team to have lost all of its matches so far. It was routed 5-0 at Valencia on Tuesday. No goalsLeganes and Girona failed to take their chances in a goalless first meeting in the top flight.Both teams created clear scoring opportunities but Leganes, playing in the Liga for the second season, had to settle for a point with promoted Girona.Leganes stayed in the top half of the standings, in eighth place, while Girona was 14th. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Real Madrid’s forward from Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo kneels on the field during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on September 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID—Real Madrid’s faltering start to the Spanish league season continued on Wednesday with a shock 1-0 defeat at home to Real Betis.A day after league leader Barcelona routed Eibar 6-1 with four goals by Lionel Messi for its fifth win in a row, Madrid conceded an injury-time goal to remain winless in its three league games so far at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Brady, Belichick donate to J.J. Watt’s hurricane relief fund Second-place Sevilla moved within two points of Barcelona by beating Las Palmas 1-0 for its fourth consecutive league victory.Third-place Atletico won 2-1 at Athletic Bilbao.Frail homeReal Betis players celebrated as if they had won a title after the stunning win over Madrid at the Bernabeu.“We knew we were coming to play in a complicated stadium, but the team put in a great effort and got rewarded with the late goal,” Sanabria said.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View commentslast_img read more

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More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code FiveThirtyEight Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Jan. 10, 2017), we take a look at the Clemson Tigers’ stunning fourth-quarter defeat of Alabama in the College Football Playoff championship game. Next, we explore whether a Miami frolic on a boat is to blame for Odell Beckham Jr.’s poor playoff performance and the Giants’ 38-13 loss to the Packers on Sunday. Finally, we chat with Neil Greenberg, who writes for the Washington Post’s Fancy Stats blog, about winning streaks in the NHL this season — and what it might mean for the playoffs down the road. Plus, a significant digit that’s in part about Hot Takedown’s own Kate Fagan.Links to what we discussed:ESPN’s Edward Aschoff recapped the CFP championship game, which had a particularly wild fourth quarter.Neil Paine wrote about how Clemson made history defeating Alabama.The Washington Post’s Cindy Boren reported on Beckham and his yacht trip last week.Beckham is likely not going to have a fun offseason, writes The Ringer’s Kevin Clark.Last weekend was one of the worst wild-card weekends in NFL history.Last week, the New York Times recapped the game that ended the Columbus Blue Jackets’ 16-game winning streak, just one win shy of tying the NHL record.Do winning streaks in the NHL help us to predict anything about the playoffs? ESPN Stats & Information’s Mike Wilson explores.Significant Digit: 53, the number of consecutive free throws that Lexie Brown, a guard for the Duke women’s basketball team, has hit in a row. This is a new ACC record, and more than our very own Kate Fagan had when she set the Big 12 record. read more

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Junior distance runner Nicole Hilton jumps a fence during the 3000-meter steeplechase as part of the Jesse Owens Track Classic April 19 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Hilton won the race.Courtesy of OSU AthleticsUnder sunny skies, the Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams stood tall at the Jesse Owens Track Classic.Leading the way for the Buckeyes at the two-day meet was the women’s 4×100-meter relay team of sprinters sophomore Aliyah Everson, redshirt-junior Chesna Sykes, senior Alycia Prior and redshirt-senior Ashlee Abraham, who scampered to a time of 44.56 seconds. The result is a season-best time for the squad and the best in the Big Ten this year.Several individual events also scored high, as junior distance runner Nicole Hilton won the 3000-meter steeplechase under the lights Friday with a time of 10:37.78. Saturday afternoon, senior sprinter and jumper Adenike Pedro claimed the long jump title with a personal-best jump of 6.13 meters. Senior jumper Bianca Walton jumped 12.31 meters in the triple jump, earning her second place. In the 100-meter dash, Abraham ran 11.65 seconds putting her in the runner-up position. Finally, junior mid-distance runner Katie Borchers finished third in the 800-meter with a time of 2:11.56Women’s associate head coach Rosalind Joseph was excited by the outcome of the meet and how each of the players built on the foundations they had coming in to the meet.“Everybody was aggressive,” Joseph said. “Everyone came out to get something done. We asked them all to take something away from this meet that we can fine tune.”Pedro agreed with Joseph that the meet helped identify what needs to get done in the next few weeks in practice as the team prepares for the conference meet, scheduled for May 16-18 in West Lafayette, Ind.“There’s always something to improve on,” Pedro said. “From now on, every day in practice I know I have to work hard because there is somebody else out there who is working just as hard as me.”This meet proved to be an emotional one for Pedro — it was the last time she will compete in Columbus wearing the Scarlet and Gray.“(This is the) last home meet, I knew I had to go out there and give it my best,” Pedro said. “I’m just glad we all came out as a team and fought hard and fought together.”Joseph said the women’s team immediately turned the focus back to practice and where each athlete can improve for next week.“We aren’t trying to change a bunch of things or add a bunch of things,” Joseph said. “We are just fine tuning. There are a lot of things to fine tune, but at the same time I think this meet really helped us identify what they were.”In the men’s 4×100-meter relay, sprinters redshirt-freshman Donovan Robertson, junior Nick Batcha, junior Timothy Faust and senior Brandon Blackwell were victorious and ran their fastest time this season of 40.14 seconds. The time earned them a Top 30 performance nationally.The men’s 4×400-meter relay had similar results. The relay, ran by sophomore Armand Austin, senior sprinter and hurdler Jordan Rispress, redshirt-senior Javon Walker and freshman LaMar Bruton, won with a time of 3:10.40.Rispress also ran a personal-best time in the 400-meter hurdles of 51.51, earning him first place. Walker finished second in the 400-meter dash. Sophomore distance runner Jordan Redd finished third in the 3000-meter steeplechase. Finally, two Buckeye runners placed Top 5 in the 1500-meter run. Redshirt-sophomore distance runner Josh Sabo placed second and graduate senior Andy Arnold finished fourth.Women’s coach Karen Dennis said while many athletes have made their way back to the track after injuries, they are still focused on getting everyone 100 percent healthy.“There are things that are going well, but we have to continue to get people healthy, and in a better competitive posture for the future,” Dennis said.Looking head, the men’s team is slated to compete Friday and Saturday at the Ole Miss Open in Oxford, Miss., and the women’s team is set to compete Thursday through Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa, at the Drake Relays. read more

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