Decision not expected on Naomh Colmcille appeal until ‘later in the week’

first_imgNaomh Colmcille must wait to learn if their appeal against an eight-week suspension has been successful.The Newtowncunningham-based club met with the Donegal Hearings Committee last night in a bid to overturn the sanction after they were found to be in breach of the GAA’s official guide when staging a charity fundraiser at Pairc Colmcille.The club has been advised of the timescale involved and a decision won’t be known today. It is expected that a verdict will be communicated by the end of the week. A fundraising tournament was held in aid of Paul Dillon, a former player and coach at the club, who has been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.The tournament was part of a wide fundraising drive that raised a collective €85,000 to carry out necessary repairs to the Dillon family home.Donegal GAA was alerted to the tournament and last week the club learned of the penalty, which has been roundly criticised since.Naomh Colmcille have been penalised under sections 5.1 and 6.4 of the GAA’s official guide and were handed a proposed eight-week suspension and a €500 fine. Naomh Colmcille were charged for an ‘unauthorised tournament held on Pairc Colmcille on 23rd February 2019 and the use of grounds for this tournament’.Were the Hearings Committee to rule in favour of the Donegal GAA management committee, Naomh Colmcille could appeal to the next available body – the Ulster Hearings Committee.Decision not expected on Naomh Colmcille appeal until ‘later in the week’ was last modified: May 2nd, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal GAADonegal Hearings CommitteeNaomh ColmcilleNewtowncunninghamPaul Dillonlast_img read more

Emirates First Class review; the meals, the cabin , the service

first_imgDate: 25-05-2014Flight: EK424  Dubai -PerthAircraft: Boeing 777-300ERCabin: First ClassDuration: 10 hours ( 9,047 Kilometres)“When you want to sleep Mr Broadfield, just let me know and I’ll turn the stars on.”Oh-kay then.What Toby the chief steward meant was somewhat opaque at that point. All would be revealed after dinner service.The greatest compliment one can pay a guest in an Arab house is to offer them a small cup of traditional watery, cardamom-scented coffee and a fresh date. If you are not offered these them, you are bring told politely that you are not wanted. It is considered an insult of some proportion. Naturally the first thing one gets given on boarding an Emirates flight is a small cup of the utterly addictive coffee poured from a traditional, long necked coffee pot. The date was superb too. Courtesies observed, it was time for push back and the long taxi to runway 12L. We would track via Male on the Maldives, the only land we would see for the entire flight.Emirates, home based in the filthy-rich, super glitz desert super city of Dubai, has become one of the major players in global aviation and it’s managed to achieve massive growth and significant revenues in a few short years. Part of its success has been it’s service which is extraordinary. The food offer also plays a large part in attracting high-end travellers to Emirates long haul first and business cabins.There was the usual pampering with hot, fluffy towels and offers of water or juices and a nibble or two to pique the appetite. Then the onslaught began.Emirates famous caviar service was the first cab off the culinary rank. Even those who under normal circumstances probably aren’t l that fond of raw, salted fish eggs fall all over themselves to get at caviar because of its association with luxury living, the rich and famous, good looking people in perfect dinner dress looking like they belong in a Tiffany ad and, of course, champagne. In this case a 2004 Dom Perignon.It was impeccably plated on fine white china. A small mound of chopped egg white, a separate pile of chopped yolk, a dob of sour cream, some minced white onion and a quarter of a lemon wrapped in muslin with a bow. On the side, a handful of blinis which were the onoly disappointing item on the plate: tough and a little dried out. But there was no taking away from the simple beauty of one of the world’s most luxury foods washed down with one of the world’s most luxurious champagnes. It puts you in a good mood. It’s not encouraged, but should you wish for more caviar, they’ll crack another jar for you. My advice: never gorge on caviar, it’s a bad look and caviar should only ever be served in small amounts – it keeps anticipation and a certain sense of luxury alive. If vodka and caviar is more your speed, the amiable crew will crack a bottle of chilled Grey Goose for you.Appetisers began with a “traditional” local Arab mezze: a spectacular array of breads and dips and small fried snacks and salads, The individual serves are tiny, as they should be (it’s still a massive plate of food) and the effect is, as designed, is a variety of small, well-flavour bites stimulate the appetite and the senses.First passengers eat when they wish with dishes cooked ala minute (notwithstanding the plates are prepped first on the ground) and plated with good garnishes and an eye for composition. (All of Emirates senior cabin staff go to cookery school where they learn about plating up and making dishes attractive).This dishes are surprisingly good for airplane food. Red Thai chicken curry actually tasted like, um, red Thai chicken curry. It was a cooled down, westernised and sanitised version but the key components of good Thai cookery were evident, particularly that hard-to-define “freshness” that good Thai cookery is renowned for. The various spices, pastes, sauces and herbs which go to make up the complex Thai red curry sauce were all present and accounted for. Tidy dish.Machbous is a classic Emirati dish made with a variety of proteins including goat and lamb. This was a seafood machbous and in spite of its somewhat bland traditions, it kicked a goal in terms of proper fish cookery: moist and sweet at its core.The only fail was not unexpected. Ther most difficult dish to cook in the air has to be steak. To ensure the hygiene chain remains unbroken – from supplier to ground kitchen to ground handlers to galley and finally to the plate – steak has to be all but cooked on the ground with a final heating for service. Anyone who has ever eaten a par cooked steak (at a big wedding or hotel business event) knows just how mealy and grey and flavourless they can be. To its credit, Emirates managed to plate a steak with a surprising amount of pink at its core (but medium to well done). I suspect that if they had their way most airline executive chefs would choose not to offer a grilled steak because, well, they’re on a hiding to nothing, so to speak. But it is impossible for first tier airlines to take steak off the menu, such is it’s status among conservative male travellers – still the majority demographic at the front end of the aircraft. And so the steak remains.The food experience on Emirates is in the Top Five world wide. Having said that, airlineratings.com hasn’t travelled in the first class cabin of all the world’s first tier carriers for the purposes of our “restaurant review” program so our observations need to be taken in that context. Mind you, we’ve done a lot of air miles in our pursuit of good food and service (and rating accordingly) and Emirates is impressive in every way: service, food and wine.Big tip: The airline is number one for cocktails. Toby, the affable chief steward/purser made two of the most impeccable, well-balanced mojitos I have drunk anywhere – on the ground or in the air. They were extraordinarily well made drinks. Cheers Emirates.And then after the meal service had concluded, Toby, returned to make good on his promise to “turn the stars on.”He first made my bed – comforter, douvet, chocolate on the pillow – and then with a cheery wave good by, Toby left me to sleep in the slowly dimming cabin light. And as the lights dimmed, the entire ceiling lit up with a thousand stars – the emanations from a forest of optic fibres hidden in the head liner. Not only was it beautiful, it also aided sleep.Until next time. Zzzzzzzzz.last_img read more

“I’ll Take Man Versus Machine for $200, Alex” – Jeopardy Champs Take on IBM Supercomputer

first_imgIBM’s Watson supercomputer will take on Jeopardy champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter in a man-versus-machine Jeopardy competition that will air in February. The grand prize for the competition will be $1 million, with second place earning $300,000 and third place $200,000. And at a practice round today, Watson was faster on the buzzer – and correct with its responses – than its human competitors.The Jeopardy match-up is meant to showcase the development of IBM’s artificial intelligence technology. IBM describes Watson as “an application of advanced Natural Language Processing, Information Retrieval, Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, and Machine Learning technologies to the field of open-domain question answering.” Named after IBM founder Thomas Watson, the supercomputer is the culmination of over four years of research and development.Watson is the successor to IBM’s Deep Blue, the computer that famously beat World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov in 1987. But winning at Jeopardy is significantly more complicated than winning at chess (no offense to chess champions), as it involves a great deal more than simply understanding the next-best-move on a chess board. Watson needs to be able to understand the questions asked (or, rather, answers given), something aided by the 200 million some-odd pages of content that have been entered into its system. And it also has to be able to weigh which categories to choose and how much to wager in the final round.Watson is powered by 10 racks of IBM Power 750 servers running Linux with 2,880 processor cores running at 80 teraflops and 15 terabytes of RAM. By comparison, Deep Blue ran at around 1 teraflop. It takes Watson less than 3 seconds to scan those millions of pages of content, and respond with its noticeably Hal-like voice. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Photo credits: Sam Gustin, Wired 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts audrey watters Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#news#web last_img read more

4 Northeast chief ministers make India look east on East Conclave 2018 Day 2

first_imgThe first day of India Today Conclave East 2018 saw a mix of personalities on Friday from politics, entertainment and sports sharing their views on the stage in Kolkata. The day started with heroes from the field of sports – Swapna Barman, Jhulan Goswami and Rani Rampal. They shared their stories of struggle and success.Veteran singer Usha Uthup brought the house down with her sharp wit and mesmerising performance. Actors Moonmoon Sen and Koel Mallick opened up on a range of issues from films, being in a starry family and nepotism to #MeToo movement in the Bollywood.Sexual harassment of women at various places including work was one of the widely debated topics of the day. Taking the conversation forward, filmmaker and actor Pooja Bhatt and Bengali actor Sreelekha Mitra opened up on #MeToo movement, sexual harassment in Hindi and Bengali film industries and how it’s important to speak up.Actor Abhishek Bachchan in his session spoke about his comeback, his love story with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and trolls.The other sessions focussed on rising communal violence in West Bengal and the economic condition of the country. During a discussion on West Bengal, the ruling Trinamool Congress came under sharp attack from both the BJP and the Left.Issues like the National Register of Citizens (NRC) for Assam and illegal immigrants were intensely discussed. BJP general secretary Ram Madhav declared that the BJP was committed to make India free from infiltrators. His argument was that no country, however developed, could tolerate illegal immigrants.advertisementDAY 2 of India Today Conclave East 2018Now, the stage is set for the second and final day of India Today Conclave East 2018. It will see four chief ministers from the Northeast: Tripura’s Biplab Kumar Deb, Meghalaya’s Conrad Sangma, N Biren Singh of Manipur and Pema Khandu of Arunachal Pradesh will talk about the issues concerning their respective states.Other highlights of the day will include a session with actor Preity Zinta.Union minister Babul Supriyo, Assam minister and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra, BJP leader Mukul Roy, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, TMC leaders Chandan Mitra and Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, and CPM leaders Fuad Halim and Shatarup Ghosh will share their views on a range of issues through the day.last_img read more

Yaya Toure: I’d teach Pogba a few things

first_imgPaul Pogba ‘I want to teach Pogba some things’ – Toure jokes about Man Utd move Last updated 1 year ago 17:23 5/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Yaya Toure Paul Pogba Manchester City Manchester United 2017-18 Getty/Goal Paul Pogba Manchester United Yaya Touré Manchester City Premier League African All Stars The 35-year-old is on his way out of the Etihad Stadium and says he would love to head to Old Trafford to whip a certain midfielder into shape Yaya Toure has joked that he would like to join Manchester United so that he can help Paul Pogba fulfil his potential.The Ivorian midfielder has played his last game for Manchester City after an eight-year spell and is on the lookout for a new club this summer as the 35-year-old hopes to keep his playing career alive for at least another two years.Although Toure admits he would not ditch City for their main rivals, he does like the idea of going there to whip Pogba into shape after the criticism the Frenchman has faced. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “It’s difficult because of the way the media has treated [Pogba]. We don’t have the same characteristics because for me I was involved in all the ball, I ran everywhere,” he told   Manchester Evening News . “I liked that. I was prepared for that. I was working for that for a long time. When I was in the academy in Africa I had to run everywhere, get box to box in 50 seconds. It’s something I’ve been loving to do.“Pogba is the same size, power – but different in the way he wants to go. Technically and in the ability to score goals as well. It’s a player I want to play with, to be honest, just to teach him some things.”Pogba is a great player. He’s a fantastic player. He’s a little bit young at the moment.“Criticism is a part of life. If they criticise you it’s because they want you to be good or be better. I’ve been criticised and I love to be criticised. I like it. I don’t mind if people talk about me – it’s good. It means I have to achieve, I have to be better.”Even if you continue to be at the peak of your game, sometimes they are going to find something to tell you. It’s part of life. We have to deal with that.”After spells with Monaco, Barcelona and City, the midfielder is used to playing at a high level, and he hopes to find a positive environment for next term .”I don’t rule big teams out. The big teams are very important for me. What they want to achieve, the way they want to go, for me is very important,” he added.“I want to go somewhere I can win and achieve.“It’s going to be hard one day to play against City, but I have to do that. It is part of my job.“I’ve been playing football for such a long time, I’m no good in the office or something else. I am good in football.“To see myself at a different club is going to be difficult. I have been such a big part of City for such a long time now. I just want to say that definitely I will continue to play at a high level – Champions League or Europa League.“I want to play two more years. They have to be in the higher level and then I can do something else.”last_img read more

20 days agoMan Utd keeper David de Gea eyeing off Elche

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd keeper David de Gea eyeing off Elcheby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United goalkeeper David de Gea could buy Segunda Division Elche.Sport says should the deal was to go ahead it would cost the Spain international around €18million (£16million), as reported by Sport.Jose Sepulcre, Elche’s maximum shareholder, had been negotiating a possible sale with player agent Christian Bragarnik, but talks have cooled recently.De Gea has a strong connection with Elche – he is a season ticket holder at the club and spent part of his childhood in the area, with his father having been born there.Elche are currently in 12th place in the Segunda Division table. last_img

Vine: John Calipari Criticizes Karl-Anthony Towns, Gets Videobombed By Karl-Anthony Towns

first_imgCoach Cal subbing a player out.LEXINGTON, KY – JANUARY 30: Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the second half at Rupp Arena on January 30, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Freshman forward Karl-Anthony Towns was a big part of Kentucky’s close win over LSU, but he was also called for a technical foul that helped spark the huge run that brought the Tigers back into the game. Towns hung on the rim after a dunk, picking up a technical foul. LSU’s Keith Hornsby made one of the two resulting free throws, and drilled a three on the ensuing possession, which cut the UK lead to 60-56.During the post-game interview on the court, John Calipari criticized his star freshman for the foul. While he was doing so, Towns, of all people, decided to photobomb him. The timing here is truly perfect.We just hope that Towns isn’t the next Wildcat to “go missing.” Calipari has a good sense of humor, so he’ll probably laugh it off.[FTW]last_img read more

The LA Kings Rediscovered Their Offense Just in Time

During the 2013-14 regular season, the Los Angeles Kings were the NHL’s fifth-lowest scoring team, notching just 2.4 goals for every 60 minutes they were on the ice. On paper, no team headed into the postseason with as anemic an offense. Yet fast forward a month and a half and Los Angeles is on the verge of closing out the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Finals partly because the Kings’ offense is sizzling. They put together a five-goal barrage in Game 4 against Chicago, and Los Angeles’ 3.3 goals per 60 minute mark leads all teams in scoring during the postseason.How did the Kings’ offense suddenly become so potent? During the regular season, LA converted their shots into goals at a paltry 7.6 percent rate, which tied the Vancouver Canucks for the second-worst shooting percentage in the entire NHL. In the playoffs, though, they’ve upped their conversion rate to 11.3 percent (including 14.5 percent against the Blackhawks), which ranks second among playoff teams. Since they’re not shooting more often (to the contrary — they’re actually averaging 1.6 fewer shots per 60 minutes in the playoffs than during the regular season), the Kings’ goal-scoring increase can be traced to the huge uptick in shooting accuracy.The Kings’ increased shooting percentage hasn’t been driven by facing a particularly easy set of goaltenders. Weighted by the number of shots they had against each opponent, Los Angeles’ playoff foes have had a composite save percentage of .913 during the regular season, which is slightly higher than the overall league average of .911 — certainly nothing that would explain a 3.7-percentage-point leap in shooting percentage. Nor has it been fueled by more time on the power play, where shooting percentages are higher: during the postseason, LA spent about 28 fewer seconds per game with a man advantage than they did in the regular season.One other place to look is where the Kings’ goals have been coming from. For example, during the regular season, LA’s shooting percentage was well below the NHL average on shots from the high slot, the space between the two face-off circles and above the hash marks. And in their Game 1 loss to Chicago, the Kings attempted three shots from that area, missing all three. But ever since, they’ve scored three goals on eight shots (a shooting percentage of 37.5) from a zone of the ice where they usually turn only 6.7 percent of their shots into goals. Since goals are such rare events, even a shift like that on just one section of the ice can lead to a big overall increase in scoring.Likewise, the late-season addition of Marian Gaborik, who leads LA in shots during the playoffs, and whose lifetime shooting percentage of 12.9 percent is well above the league average over his career, explains part of the team’s scoring burst. But it bears mentioning that while shot quality — and converting those chances into goals — makes a big difference in retrospect, it’s hard to tell how much is luck and how much is skill.In other words, the biggest reason the Kings’ offense has caught fire in the postseason may simply be good fortune, with some regression to the mean thrown in for good measure. Los Angeles wasn’t ever as bad at shooting as their regular-season percentage suggested (they were in the middle of the pack the season before), nor are they as good as their postseason run would indicate. The truth lies somewhere in between, and as we’ve seen before with hockey stats, it’s a truth mixed in with a lot of noise. read more

Conventional and FancyStats Rate The NHLs Deadline Trades Much Differently

This year’s NHL trade deadline saw quite a few transactions — 74 veteran players switched teams in the month leading up to (and including) the March 2 moratorium — and some of the moves could shift the league’s balance of power with the playoffs a little more than a month away.In anticipation of Monday’s cutoff, we listed about 35 likely trade candidates and their possession metrics, to get a sense of who the advanced statistics would favor if any of them were dealt. But now that all the deals have been cut, how highly do the numbers regard the big names moved at the deadline?It totally depends on which numbers you look at. Conventional stats — such as goals, assists and plus-minus, as synthesized into point shares above replacement (PSAR) — favor players like newly acquired Detroit winger Erik Cole. Cole bounced back from a pair of down seasons to average a goal every three or so games with a +4 rating (on a Dallas team that’s -11 overall) before being traded. That performance was enough to lead all deadline acquisitions in 2014-15 PSAR. But as we’ve learned, the NHL’s #EnhancedStats movement emphasizes more than traditional counting statistics.Advanced metrics such as Corsi and Fenwick (ahem, “shot attempts” and “unblocked shot attempts”) started a trend in player evaluation of focusing on his ability to improve his team’s puck-possession rate while on the ice. If possession is a reliable path to team success, the reasoning goes, you want to stock your roster with players most associated with strong team possession rates when they’re in the game.Now, Stephen Burtch’s Delta Corsi (dCorsi) and Domenic Galamini’s Usage-Adjusted Corsi have pushed attempts to isolate a skater’s effect on his team’s possession rate even further. The relatively new twist provided by those stats? Attempting to account for player-usage factors — such as position played, teammate and opponent quality, zone starts and even faceoff winning percentages in dCorsi’s case — on a player’s possession rate in addition to looking at on-ice versus off-ice differences.In the past, you’d have to eyeball a player’s workload and usage as a means of context for, say, his relative Corsi. But these new stats attempt to bake those contextual factors into a single number by comparing a player’s actual possession rate to what we’d expect of an average NHL player at his position if placed in the same situations.1This is similar in theory to the way researchers have sometimes attempted to measure individual fielding in baseball, under which a defender’s actual plays made in the field are compared with expected play counts based on balls in play sent in his direction.You might think there’d be a decent amount of crossover between conventional numbers and these new possession-based advanced stats, but the correlation is practically nonexistent. Rescaling PSAR against an average baseline to make an apples-to-apples comparison, I found essentially no relationship with Burtch’s dCorsi Impact (which gives players more credit for maintaining strong possession rates relative to average in greater amounts of ice time) this season:Take Cole again. Despite his solid counting stats and a very good point share tally, Dallas’s possession rate when Cole was on the ice was actually lower than what would be expected from an average player in the same situations with the same teammates and opponents. Or take FiveThirtyEight favorite Jaromir Jagr, whose relatively down conventional stats belie a player still capable of driving play with the proverbial skills that don’t show up in the box score.They’re not alone among the bigger-name deadline acquisitions. Much was made when the Arizona Coyotes shipped away center Antoine Vermette and defenseman Keith Yandle. Both players were solid PSAR contributors for Arizona this season but also ranked among the least valuable dCorsi players at their respective positions.Meanwhile, Zbynek Michalek, another former Coyote, boasted extremely unimpressive counting numbers (8 points and a -6 rating in 53 games) even by the standards of his position but ranks as one of the best defensemen in hockey according to dCorsi Impact.In case it wasn’t clear by now, all this goes to show that it’s nearly impossible to guess whether a player is a possession star or scrub based on his conventional numbers. As is the case with most of these new-school-versus-old-school metric battles to recently crop up across almost all sports, a player’s true value probably lies somewhere in between. But in hockey, that fact just underscores how little we still know about who’s helping and hurting their teams. read more

Opinion Ohio State mens basketball team has pieces to replace 4 transfers

OSU sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) looks to make a pass during a game against Northern Illinois on Dec. 16 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 64-57.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorWithout a single graduating senior, the Ohio State men’s basketball program has still managed to undergo its fair share of roster turnover since the season ended.Shortly after losing to Florida in the second round of the NIT, a trio of freshmen Buckeyes announced their intentions to transfer: forward Mickey Mitchell, guard A.J. Harris and center Daniel Giddens. Another freshman, guard Austin Grandstaff, transferred to Oklahoma in December, leaving OSU with one remaining player from its 2015 class in guard JaQuan Lyle.Despite the departures, coach Thad Matta welcomes back the main core of last season’s team with forwards Marc Loving, Jae’Sean Tate and Keita Bates-Diop joined by Lyle and guard Kam Williams. Center Trevor Thompson entered his name into the NBA draft, but given that he did not hire an agent and is not expected to be selected, he’ll likely return to school.Even though OSU should return its top six scorers, much of the depth it had last season is gone. Combined, the three most recent transfers only averaged 8.6 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game, but each logged valuable minutes off the bench as role players.On a squad that didn’t have much of a presence in the post, Giddens was the team’s leading shot blocker (1.5 per game) and was widely praised for the energy he brought to the floor.Harris was one of only five OSU players to play in all 35 games and served as the backup point guard to Lyle, even cracking the starting lineup in four games in the middle of the season. Without him, there are some serious questions of depth at guard.Finally, Mitchell started the last seven games of the season after Tate was lost due to a left shoulder injury. He struggled to put the ball in the basket, but the former four-star recruit provided versatility with his passing and rebounding.How will Matta and the Buckeyes go about replacing what was lost?To help in the frontcourt, the program has a duo of incoming freshmen from Ohio.Derek Funderburk, originally from Lakewood, Ohio, is the highest-rated recruit in OSU’s 2016 class. At 6-foot-9, the center is ranked as the 10th-best player at his position and No. 69 overall in the 2016 class, according to 247Sports. He spent his senior season with Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia.Micah Potter, a native of Mentor, Ohio, should also log valuable minutes. Standing at 6-foot-10, he’s ranked as the No. 30 center in the country. He played his final high school season at Montverde Academy in Florida.Both big men are noted for being able to stretch the floor, to score from down low and 3-point range, which should provide more viable offensive threats to come off the Scarlet and Gray bench along with Williams. For a team that struggled to get consistent scoring from any post player other than Tate last season, they will be welcomed additions to the OSU squad.Some potential help on the perimeter is also on the way for Matta and company.Small forward Andre Wesson committed to OSU in mid-April after helping lead Westerville South High School to the Ohio Division I state championship in his senior season. Wesson’s dad, Keith, played for OSU from 1983 to 1987, and his brother, Kaleb, is a 2017 commit for OSU. With solid outside-shooting ability, he should provide a backup to Loving and Bates-Diop.In another recent addition, the Buckeyes got a commitment from junior-college transfer C.J. Jackson. In his freshman season at Eastern Florida State College, the guard averaged 16.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game, while shooting 45 percent from three. Touted as a combo guard, Jackson can handle the ball as well as shoot it and will give OSU some much-needed depth in the backcourt behind Lyle and Williams.OSU will have a solid foundation of experienced players heading into next season. The only issue will be what the program gets from its bench, which was a problem area in the 2015-16 campaign. Teams are able to succeed with six-man rotations, but the margin of error is slim. Having depth is crucial if injuries strike or a key player gets into foul trouble.With the four newcomers, Matta seems to have found that depth, in spite of what was unexpectedly lost after the season. read more