Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki (88) celebrates one of his two first-quarter touchdown reception against Pitt on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, at Beaver Stadium. Penn State won, 33-14. Credit: Courtesy of TNSOhio State junior linebacker Jerome Baker said he can jump as high as the ball is thrown. Even that might not be enough Saturday when he and the Buckeye defense attempts to cover Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki.The massive receiving target is listed at 6-foot-6, 250 pounds, but looking at him, he might be even bigger. He towers over defensive backs and runs faster than linebackers. But Gesicki’s most impressive skill is his vertical leap as he consistently corrals passes above the outstretched arms of defenders.“He’s a very, very good athlete. He makes catches that men his size usually can’t make,” defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said. “Great flexibility in his upper body, can torque his body in all different ways and he has good hands.”Before the season, Gesicki was named to the Mackey Award watch list — given to the nation’s top tight end — and honored as a preseason first-team All-American. He’s lived up to his billing through seven games as he has pulled down 24 receptions for 228 yards, including five touchdowns.The Nittany Lions have talent at every skill position on offense — five players have between 16 and 32 receptions — so they don’t need to force feed Gesicki. They can pick and choose when to use quarterback Trace McSorley’s largest target.“He’s another wide receiver, really,” Schiano said. “He’s positionally called a tight end but he has the skillset of a wide receiver.”Defenses have not found any easy fixes for covering massive, skilled tight ends like Gesicki. “Because the kid can run so well in cover, you’ve got to put an athlete [on the tight end], well now you’ve got a matchup problem: size,” co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Kevin Wilson said. “You put a big guy who can match up size, a lot of times that guy can’t cover.”OSU junior linebacker Jerome Baker (17) prepares for a play during the season opener vs Indiana. OSU won 49-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Buckeyes have already to try to cover a receiver-like tight end once this season in Week 2 when they had to deal with Oklahoma tight end Mark Andrews, a massive 6-foot-5, 254-pound weapon in the Sooners’ receiving game. Andrews got hurt in the first quarter and did not return, but he stayed healthy long enough to make two catches for 23 yards and to demonstrate how the Buckeyes defend against talented receiving tight ends.In the first drive, five different defenders lined up to cover Andrews on different plays — cornerbacks Kendall Sheffield and Damon Arnette, safety Damon Webb and linebackers Malik Harrison and Baker. Safety Jordan Fuller has also garnered reps in the slot this season, where Gesicki often lines up, and Schiano hinted he might be used there Saturday night. Ohio State will not — and can not afford to — use just one player to cover Gesicki. If the Buckeyes were to solely use cornerbacks and safeties to cover the tight end, Gesicki could jump over them. And if they just used linebackers, Gesicki could out-run them, find open holes for McSorley to throw or pull them away from the line, leaving space for running back Saquon Barkley to make plays.For a defensive coordinator, Gesicki is a matchup nightmare as each position group seems potentially exploitable by the massive tight end.“[Gesicki’s] about 6-foot-7,” Schiano said. “We’ve just got to have different ways to try to get people on him.”Though Ohio State’s defense has not faced many talented tight ends this season, it has struggled against the ones it has faced, as well as taller receivers like Indiana’s 6-foot-4 wideout Simmie Cobbs. When asked how the Buckeyes will be able to stop, or at least contain, Gesicki, Baker paused and pondered the question for five seconds before answering.“Don’t allow it to be a jump ball,” Baker said. “Be physical on him before he even gets the chance to jump like that. When it’s that high, he’s going to be a tough one. Just got to play through his hands and some way, some how get it out.”Baker and a multitude of other defensive players will be called on to outjump the 6-foot-6 former volleyball player, a nearly impossible task. Even Schiano was still searching for solutions. When Schiano was asked by a reporter which defender could stop Gesicki, he said, jokingly, “You tell me who is the best matchup.”
Claudio Ranieri revealed Jose Mourinho was the first manager to welcome him “home” as Fulham prepare to take on Manchester UnitedThe 67-year-old was surprisingly named the new Fulham coach last month following Slavisa Jokanovic’s dismissal after a poor start on their return to the Premier League.Ranieri has since managed one win in his three games in charge with Fulham still bottom of the league table.The Italian will be hoping to extend United’s winless run in the league to five matches ahead of Saturday’s trip to Old Trafford.But, despite having been criticised by Mourinho in the past, Ranieri revealed the good relationship he has with the Portuguese – who showed his support for him when he was sacked from Leicester City by wearing his initials, CR, in a show of solidarity.“He was the first who sent me a message to say welcome back. He is a very friendly friend,” said Ranieri, according to the Telegraph.“He told me, ‘Welcome back, all the best’. We speak about everything.“It was a text message. Sometimes we speak. He’s a fantastic man.“I know him for a long time, when he came to Chelsea and in Italy, and he was very polite with me.Pochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“He’s a great man, coach, manager and also the football is important.“I enjoy very much (being back in the Premier League), I’ve come back home.”The former Chelsea boss concedes that Fulham will need to be perfect against United, regardless of their struggles.“Manchester are one of the best teams in the Premier League and also in the Champions League,” added Ranieri.“It’s a fantastic team and stadium and we want to make a point. We know it’s hard, but nothing is impossible.“Manchester are getting better, for us it will be difficult. We must make a perfect performance.“Every manager would like to win, the desire is to win, but we have a great respect for Manchester.“Every match we improve, but it’s not easy because when you stay at the bottom of the table, it’s not so (easy to be) confident 100 per cent.“I gave my confidence to my players, but if you have two or three good results the confidence of the team grows immediately and I am confident we will do this.”
The decision was made in response to the considerable problems that continue to put patients and staff in jeopardy at API and in light of recent and ongoing investigations from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and other state and federal regulatory agencies, according to a release from DHSS. If Wellpath is successful in the first phase, by preparing the hospital to return to its full capacity by June 30, 2019, the company will assume full responsibility of API after July 1, 2019. Commissioner Crum: “I recognize this decision may take Alaskans by surprise, but it was not made lightly. Changes have been needed at API for a very long time. This decision will help us solve these long-standing problems at API, and then allow us to more effectively broaden our focus to address the entire continuum of behavioral health care across Alaska.” In the announcement it stated that Wellpath will “provide administrative leadership” over the Alaska Psychiatric Institute in Anchorage. All API staff will remain in their positions as State of Alaska employees. Gavin Carmichael will continue as API’s acting chief executive officer. As part of assuming authority over API, Commissioner Crum has chosen to contract with Wellpath Recovery Solutions, a Nashville, Tenn. based company.
Fans can follow Louisville men’s soccer on Twitter at @UofLmenssoccer and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/UofLmenssoccer. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville men’s soccer team fell to Indiana, 2-1, on Friday night in a rain-filled spring season finale. The Cardinals and Hoosiers traded possession for the entirety of the first period. The Cardinals managed to fire off back-to-back shots in the 17th minute but could not find the back of the net. The opportunity began with a breakaway run by Elijah Amo that was saved by the Indiana keeper, followed by a free kick from Cameron Wheeler that went high of the goal. Story Links After the break, Louisville got on the board in the 56th minute when Jack Fasteen’s corner kick deflected off an Indiana defender and scored for the Cardinals. In goal, Jake Gelnovatch recorded one save for Louisville in 90 minutes of play. Indiana found the equalizer 10 minutes later on a strike by Thomas Warr. The Hoosiers would find the game-winning goal in the 72nd minute on a breakaway goal scored by Ian Black. Print Friendly Version
Darjeeling: Assembly by-polls were peacefully conducted in Darjeeling and Islampur in North Bengal on Sunday. “There were no incidents of violence. However, there were some complaints, which have been addressed. The voting till 5pm stood at 62 per cent,” said Koushik Sinha, SDO, Darjeeling.”An FIR was lodged at the Darjeeling Sadar Police Station but no one has been arrested,” said Amarnath K, Superintendent of Police, Darjeeling. A scuffle took place in Badamtam tea estate. There were allegations from the GJM (Binoy Tamang faction) that outsiders had entered booth number 112, Badamtam Higher Secondary School. After the scuffle ensued, additional security forces arrived. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIn Darjeeling, BJP candidate Niraj Zimba entered the Turnbull school polling station with his armed guard to cast his vote. The Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) personnel asked his bodyguard to leave. On his way back after casting his vote Zimba and his supporters had a heated exchange of words with GJM (Binoy supporters) on Gandhi road. GJM supporters alleged that Zimba and his men manhandled GJM workers. Zimba however denied the allegation. Binoy Tamang, the GJM president and an Independent candidate backed by the TMC and GJM (Binoy faction) while talking to mediapersons appealed to maintain peace in the Hills. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThere are 321 polling stations in the Darjeeling Assembly constituency. Altogether 45 polling stations have been declared as critical. There are 2,34,758 voters, including 1,15,665 males and 119093 females. There are 3,950 service voters. Along with state forces, 16 companies of CAPF were deployed in Darjeeling for the polls. Except for a stray incident at Madaripur, Islampur the by-polls passed of peacefully. One person was arrested in Islampur. Polling stood at 71 per cent. The number of voters in Islampur Assembly constituency is 2,03,891. The number of male voters stood at 1,07,255 and female voters 96,634. There are 219 polling stations in Islampur. With Congress MLA Kanailal Agarwal resigning from the Assembly and contesting the Lok Sabha elections as a TMC candidate, the seat had fallen vacant.