England midfielder Dele Alli robbed at knifepoint

first_img(BBC) – Tottenham and England midfielder Dele Alli was held at knifepoint during a burglary in the early hours of Wednesday morning.Two men broke into the 24-year-old’s house in north London, where he is spending lockdown with his brother and their respective partners.Alli was threatened and punched during the incident and suffered minor facial injuries in a scuffle.The intruders stole items of jewellery including watches.Alli has handed CCTV footage to the police.“Thank you for all the messages. Horrible experience but we’re all okay now. Appreciate the support,” Alli posted on Twitter on Wednesday night.Spurs added: “We have been offering our support to Dele and those isolating with him. We encourage anyone with any information to help the police with their investigation to come forward.”A Metropolitan Police statement said: “Police were called at approximately 00:35 BST on Wednesday, May 13 to reports of a robbery at a residential address.“Two males gained entry to the property and stole items of jewellery, including watches, before fleeing.“Two male occupants at the property suffered minor facial injuries after being assaulted. They did not require hospital treatment.“There have been no arrests. Enquiries into the circumstances continue.”In March, the family of Alli’s Spurs team-mate Jan Vertonghen was robbed at knifepoint while he was away on Champions League duty.last_img read more

Gov. DeSantis Discusses Quicker Testing, School Reopenings

first_imgGov. Ron DeSantis discussed the state’s efforts to fight COVID-19 during a press conference from the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee on Wednesday afternoon.Specifically, the governor talked about efforts being made in Miami-Dade County, which is one of the hardest hit in the state.“Over the last week or so (we) have set up four new retail-based testing sites. So these are sites that are a little bit different from drive-through. One of them is at one of the malls, you go in, you can get swabbed really quickly and be able to get a test result. So, we’re going to continue to do that,” he said.DeSantis continued, “I think Miami-Dade, we calculated it when I was down there yesterday down there with the county Mayor, and I think 16 or 17 percent of the county population has taken a test during the course of the pandemic. So we want to continue to do that.”He added that labs have been processing 90,000 tests a day in Florida for the past week, and emphasized that people need to be getting their test results quicker than some labs have been providing them.On a related note, the governor said Florida will discontinue using commercial labs that cannot deliver test results as quickly as others.“We’ve had some labs that have done well, but many have not and so the Department of Emergency Management is going to ship business away from labs who have failed to produce results in a timely fashion,” he said. ”Gov. DeSantis continued, “So we think it’s important and so the state, when we’re sending these tests away to the commercial labs, those who can produce are going to get more of the business and I think that’s the best way to go about it.”Beginning this Friday “sympomatic lanes” will be added to the drive-through testing sites at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami-Dade County and the Broward War Memorial in Broward County.People showing COVID-19 symptoms will be able to perform a self-swab there and get their results back “we hope within 72 hours instead of 7 days,” DeSantis said. Earlier on Wednesday, DeSantis spoke at a Florida Department of Education meeting in Hillsborough County. He told education leaders that he believes it is safe to reopen campuses schools at the start of the 2020-21 academic year.He explained that health data indicates children are at lower risk of contracting COVID-19 than adults.“I am really amazed at the extent to which people under 18 are low risk for this,” DeSantis said. “Fortunately, our school children are at less risk”Citing the fact that many daycare centers across the state have remained opened during the pandemic, the governor went on to say he feels schools could reopen safely next month.“We’re in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic, but we’re also in a situation where we need to provide as many options to parents as possible in terms of the education of the kids,” DeSantis said.However, Gov. DeSantis added that he believes parents should have the ultimate choice over what type of education their child receives, whether it is in-person, virtual, or a combination of both.“Any parent has the option to opt of whatever they thing is best for their kids in terms of academics, safety,” DeSantis said.Earlier this month, Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran said all public school districts must “open brick and mortar schools at least five days per week for all students.”“Educating our kids, getting our schools open, getting our economy back on track, and keeping everybody safe is first and foremost on everyone’s mind,” Corcoran said during Wednesday’s meeting.School district officials in Palm Beach County are voting on whether to begin the school year as virtual-only, after a majority of teachers and parents showed a preference for that model in a recent survey.last_img read more

Smile Week to transform children’s lives

first_imgRay Maota The Smile Foundation aims to restore the dignity of children born with facial disfigurements like a cleft lip and palate. (Image: Flickr) Dr Jonathan Louw, CEO of Adcock Ingram Healthcare, said they were humbled to be part of this philanthropic initiative. (Image: Adcock Ingram) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sanri van Wyk  Taryn Fritz Public Relations  +27 11 888 8548 or +27 72 333 1011 RELATED ARTICLES • New ward opened for Smile Week • R13.8m surgical skills centre for South Africa • Drug giant lists on JSE • Brazil health plan adapted for South AfricaTwenty children with facial disfigurement caused by a cleft lip, cleft palate or paralysis will finally get the chance to smile after receiving reconstructive surgery during the Smile Foundation’s Smile Week.The event, being held at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town from 25 to 29 July 2011, is a partnership between the foundation and pharmaceutical company, Adcock Ingram. The children receiving surgery are of varying ages and include Amber, who was born with a cleft palate and is only six months old.“These children’s parents, families and communities will soon celebrate the fact that they have a beautiful smile and can go off to school when they’re older without fear of being teased or isolated,” Moira Gerszt, chief operating officer of the Foundation, said in a statement.“Our partnership with Adcock Ingram began last year. With their support, we will have made a difference in the lives of almost 40 children by the end of this Smile Week.” Before the start of Smile Week, 20 children had already received reconstructive surgery.Once identified, patients are assessed to determine the severity of their condition. Depending on the extent of their disfigurement, they are then either put on the list of the nearest participating hospital, or put on the surgery list of the Smile Week in their area.According to Dr Jonathan Louw, CEO of Adcock Ingram Healthcare, the surgery provides more than just smiles. “The funding that Adcock Ingram contributes towards these life-changing operations not only lessens the deformity of these children, but ensures that every child is able to swallow both solids and liquids with ease,” he said.“Our partnership with the Smile Foundation reiterates our commitment to adding value to life and changing one child at a time.”The Smile Foundation and Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital have entered a three-year partnership to implement Smile Week, with the NGO funding the surgery and associated resources required, and the hospital providing infrastructure, staff, care, treatment and expertise.The paediatric hospital recently opened the first paediatric endoscopic surgical training centre in sub-Saharan Africa. A R13.8-million (US$2-million) facility, the centre aims to develop and improve the endoscopic surgery skills of surgeons in South Africa and elsewhere on the African continent.Ten years of smilesOver the past 10 years, the Smile Foundation and its six academic hospital partners have given the gift of a smile to more than 700 disfigured children across South Africa.In the Western Cape alone, 80 children have received surgery since the first Smile Week was launched in the province.“We are proud to have some of the best surgeons in the world to take part in this project,” said Theuns Botha, Western Cape health minister. These doctors include Dr Saleigh Adams, Dr Dirk Lazarus, Dr Greg Hein and Dr Suvier Singh.“These operations will enable children to smile. No money can buy that. This project is a joint investment in our youth and the future wellness of our people.”The Smile Foundation sources patients through hospital referrals, word of mouth, donor referrals, media awareness campaigns and the foundation’s toll-free number of +27 87 808 8682. Its six partner hospitals are Tygerberg Academic Hospital and Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in the Western Cape, Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital in Gauteng, Universitas Hospital in the Free State, and George Mukhari Hospital in North West.last_img read more

Standard Bank rated best in Africa

first_img5 December 2011South Africa’s Standard Bank Group has been named 2011 Bank of the Year in Africa and Best Bank in four African countries by The Banker, a leading journal of the global banking industry.In addition to Bank of the Year in Africa, The Banker named Standard Bank as Bank of the Year in Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi and Zimbabwe.The Banker recognised Standard Bank Group for its ability to gain strategic advantage, adapt to variable market conditions, secure important deals and succeed in an increasingly competitive landscape.“Standard Bank has a deep and long-standing commitment to developing business in Africa,” Standard Bank Group deputy CEO Ben Kruger said in a statement last week. “We are delighted with this recognition of our ability to connect Africa and the world.”Kruger believes the awards reflect the group’s continued growth across the continent and its substantial investment in the development of local presence and infrastructure.“When we say that Africa is at our core, we have tangible evidence of this in the way Standard Bank has extended and deepened its presence in key African markets,” said Kruger.Taking advantage of growth opportunitiesKruger pointed to major milestones recently passed by the Standard Bank Group: in October 2011, the bank celebrated the opening of its 500th branch in Africa (outside of South Africa) in the Nigerian town of Ajao Estate.In addition, Standard Bank has reached 2.5-million signed-up customers and 3-million active accounts from its operations in 17 countries around the continent excluding South Africa.“We are delighted to receive this recognition as Bank of the Year in Africa particularly because our operations on the continent are so important in maintaining the competitive advantage we are building,” Kruger said.“For those serious about taking advantage of the growth opportunities in Africa, there can be no substitute for on-the-ground presence in the key markets.“This experience has provided lessons that continue to help us understand how best to continue growing in Africa.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Celebrating 10 Years of Event Caches

first_img SharePrint RelatedMeet the German Robin Hood. — Schinderhannes (GC23VXF) — Geocache of the WeekJuly 17, 2013In “Community”North American Edition of Geocacher of the Month: Comment NowMay 19, 2014In “Community”Featured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community” Share with your Friends:More The cache page for the first ever Event Cache starts with the modest quote, “Come have a beer and meet the people whose names you’ve been seeing in the log books. Austin seems to have enough people interested in geocaching to pull this off.” The date was March 24, 2001. The name of the event was “Austin Geocachers Happy Hour (GC389).”As it is defined today, an Event Cache is where local geocachers and geocaching organizations meet and discuss geocaching.Rich Carlson, Eoghan, along with Rachel Benavidez, Pumpkin Princess, hosted the first event. Rich and Rachel married in 2003.First geocaching event March 24, 2001Rich’s instructions for finding the group of geocachers at the coordinates were simple (and still work at Event Caches today): “Look for GPS units on the tables or someone wearing one of the Geocaching.com t-shirts.”Rich recently spoke to Geocaching.com about that first event one decade ago. He says: “In early 2001, interest in geocaching was really taking off. Lots of creative new cache types were being hidden. Austin went from one cache on January 1st to a couple dozen by early March, including micros, multis, letterbox and themed caches. As Pumpkin Princess and I sought out each new cache listed we saw a similar set of names showing up in the logbooks and started to get curious about what these other people were like. So I posted the coordinates to my favorite pub, offered the enticement of a free beer to the first finder, and hoped that someone would show.”More than a dozen people logged a smiley for the event. Rich knows why: “We’re social, story-telling animals. We love to tell tales of the hunt and feel a sense of community.” And there’s one more reason he says people love Event Caches: “Swag, of course.”As far as being the first to host a geocaching event Rich says, “That I was the one to host the first event is more a matter of luck than anything else. Using coordinates and posting the event as a cache was the obvious approach for a geo-get-together. I happened to be in the right place and find out about geocaching at the right time. Just like being FTF a new cache – if I hadn’t done it someone else certainly would have.”It wasn’t long before Event Caches wove themselves into geocaching culture. Rich says it all happened fast: “…that event has merged somewhat in my memory with the other events hosted and attended shortly after by TresOkies, 3Lanes, AustinExplorer & Coppertone, RoxBob & Martha,  DamnYankee, TxHiPowr, GoHorns, and others.”Rich says Event Caches fill a need in the geocaching community, by building community: “I can’t speak for what others get out of them, but I like that I get a chance to meet people who I know up front share a common interest. I also like getting to see the variety of interesting people drawn to geocaching.”Rich and Rachel are still active geocachers. They’re attending the Event Cache, ‘10th Anniversary of the First Ever Event‘ in Austin, Texas this weekend. More than a hundred geocachers are expected to attend the event.Join in the fun of swapping geocaching stories and meeting your fellow geocachers face-to-face. Find an event near you, explore our Geocaching Event Calendar.last_img read more

Azkals now have full squad

first_imgMOST READ The arrival of Strauss, who plays in the second division in Germany, proves crucial for the Azkals as he was the driving force at midfield in the team’s run to the AFF Suzuki Cup semifinals.A tough tackling midfielder, who is composed on the ball and has an eye for a pass, Strauss was sorely missed in the two semifinal matches against Vietnam after he got recalled by his club, Erzgebirge Aue.Since setting up camp in Doha, Qatar, last week, the Azkals have struggled to get everyone on the team together with players coming in from different parts of the world.Leftback Daisuke Sato flew in from Romania only a few days ago and missed the friendly match against Vietnam, which beat the Azkals, 4-2.“Different countries have different preparations,” said captain Phil Younghusband. “At the end of the day, we all have each other in the team and we’re ready to fight for each other up until the final whistle.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño DUBAI—Philippines coach Sven-Goran Eriksson is no stranger to major tournaments, but he felt relief more than anything just three days before the Azkals make their debut in the AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates.With midfielder Patrick Strauss arriving in this bustling, economic hub Thursday night, Eriksson now has the full 23-man squad at his disposal as the Azkals take on continental heavyweights South Korea, China and Kyrgyzstan in the group stage of the 24-nation tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? “It’s fantastic; we’re finally complete,” the Swede, who has coached England and Ivory Coast in the Fifa World Cup, told the Inquirer.“For our players, this is their biggest tournament. But it feels good that we finally have the rest of the team here.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionThe Azkals had their first training session and will have two more before they face the Koreans, a two-time champion of this competition, who upset then defending champion Germany, 2-0, in the 2018 World Cup in Russia a few months ago.Korean star Son Heung-min will miss the opener against the Azkals at Al Maktoum Stadium on Monday, but there’s no shortage of quality in Portuguese coach Paulo Bento’s side.center_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Isn’t POC 2018 shake-up the Big One? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

The Predators Comeback Is No Fluke

Home-ice advantage in the NHL playoffs might be a myth, but don’t tell that to the Nashville Predators. During these playoffs, the Preds are 9-1 when skating on their home sheet at Bridgestone Arena, and home wins in Games 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup Final have drawn them level with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the series, which moves back to Pittsburgh for Game 5 on Thursday.But it might have been bad luck in the first place that the Predators had to come home and dig out of a 2-0 hole. That’s because the Preds actually played pretty well during Games 1 and 2 in Pittsburgh, dominating possession and outshooting the Pens 64-39. If not for some uncharacteristically awful play from goalie Pekka Rinne, who stopped just 78 percent of the shots he faced in Games 1 and 2 before being pulled in the third period in Game 2, the Preds might already be planning their parade route through Nashville. (It’s not all on Rinne; some questionable officiating in Game 1 didn’t help the Preds much, either.)It was fitting, then, that Rinne’s return to form these past two games has Nashville back in the hunt for its first Stanley Cup in franchise history. Rinne was spectacular in Games 3 and 4 — he stopped 50 of the 52 shots he faced, including insane saves like this one. Rinne leads the playoffs in wins and ranks fourth in save percentage among qualified goalies. (And he’s shouldered a much larger workload than the three goalies ahead of him on that list.)Perhaps the best proof of Rinne’s revival is his dominance on high-quality scoring opportunities. The Penguins took more than twice as many shots from the slot — the dangerous area directly in front of the net1The definition of “the slot” varies depending on who you talk to, but in this case, we used its boundaries as defined by war-on-ice.com. — in Games 3 and 4 as they did in the series’ first two games (20 vs. 7) but scored seven fewer goals. If the Predators hope to finish off their comeback, they’ll need their netminder — who remains the favorite to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as postseason MVP — to keep shaking off Games 1 and 2 and continue his excellent play.Rinne isn’t the only reason that Nashville has been able to claw its way back into the series. Nashville’s shooters have remembered how to finish: In Games 1 and 2, the Preds scored on just 6.3 percent of the shots they took. In Games 3 and 4, that number jumped to 15.3. And the Predators’ defense has limited the effectiveness of some of Pittsburgh’s top forwards. In Games 3 and 4, Phil Kessel, Chris Kunitz and Evgeni Malkin combined for a grand total of zero points on just nine shots and combined for a -10 plus/minus. For the Pens to avoid blowing a 2-0 series lead, they’ll need their stars — in particular Malkin, who leads the league in scoring this postseason — to start playing as such.Only five NHL teams have ever come back from a 2-0 series deficit in the finals and won; the Preds are in a position to become the sixth. To do it, they’ll need to keep dominating at home and win at least one game in Pittsburgh — much easier said than done. But based on the way Nashville has played this series, even in the losses, it has the goods to earn the state of Tennessee its long-awaited first pro championship.CORRECTION (June 7, 4:15 p.m.): An earlier version of this story incorrectly said that only four NHL teams have come back from a 2-0 series deficit to win the Stanley Cup Final. There have been five. The Nashville Predators are trying to become the sixth. read more

Newly formed club football building from the ground up

The Ohio State club football team began its inaugural season Sept. 27 with a 21-20 loss to Miami University.  Despite the loss, coach Max Claman feels that the team played exceptionally well considering the circumstances.“I was surprised at how well we held up,” said Claman, a junior sports and leadership studies student. “We lost by one point despite the fact that we committed six turnovers. The Miami coaches said we played the best game by a team playing their first-ever game that they had ever seen.”Nerves were high before the game since most of the players have not stepped on a field since high school, junior safety Joe Budgake said.“I was a little nervous before the game since it was going to be the first time in three years I had stepped on a football field,” said Budgake, who is also a team captain and the club’s president.The team has had to come together in light of the fact that its original coach, Jack Solak, left to play quarterback at Florida Atlantic University.“He had a great opportunity presented to him and I can’t blame him or be mad at him for it,” Budgake said. “He got us started and still was the first club football coach. His work was greatly appreciated.”In addition to losing its coach, the team is coping with players quitting the team almost every week, leaving the team’s roster at a paltry 22. Yet the team’s chemistry is a non-issue, Claman said.“That’s the least of our problems. We’ve got great cohesion and good balance,” Claman said.  “This is club football; everyone here wants to be here.”However, since it is club football, the team members are students first and players second. When a player can’t make it to practice because of homework or a job, there’s nothing the team can do.“Obviously with two practices a week we’d like to get as many guys as we can here, but we can’t do anything about it if guys don’t come,” Claman said. “Who shows up dictates what we can run in practice.”According to the team’s Web site, Budgake and juniors Marshal Carpenter and Jordan Fleischman founded the team for those who “love football” and “understand what it takes to work hard and be successful.”“I started this club and play on the team because I love playing football and because I wanted to do something big here at Ohio State,” junior wide receiver Carpenter said.  “Ohio State University is the largest in the nation and we have every other club sport you could think of besides the most obvious, football.”The team conducted tryouts in the middle of April and practiced sparingly over the summer.In the team’s 2009 schedule, they will host Xavier and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, host and travel to Wright State and play West Virginia either in Morgantown or Columbus.  Carpenter believes the team will excel despite its lack of experience and small numbers.“We expect to win every game and beat everyone we play. That is the attitude of the team,” said Carpenter, who is also a team captain and the club’s vice president.  “We all have that same attitude and believe losing is unacceptable. With that said all of these teams are just like us; college students who love football and want to keep playing.”Claman remains cautiously optimistic about the season prospects, knowing the obstacles the team is up against.“We have to be realistic,” Claman said. “We have zero funding. Miami of Ohio’s club football team gets $12,000 a year from the university. We’re just trying to make an impact and trying to show that we’re legitimate and maybe that’ll show the university we’re legitimate.”The team hopes its unity paves a path to legitimacy, Carpenter said.“The camaraderie is amazing. All the guys get together really well. We all try to hang out outside of practice and really have a good time,” Carpenter said. “We all like to joke and have fun, but when it comes down to actually doing hard work, conditioning, or running through plays we all suck it up and get the job done.” read more

Cross country teams head to Great Lakes Regional

Ohio State’s men’s and women’s cross country teams will be competing at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championship meet with different goals. The men’s team is moving up in the national rankings and the women’s team is hoping for a big finish at the regional meet to secure a spot in the NCAA National Championship meet.After a disappointing 22nd-place finish at the NCAA Pre-National meet Oct. 17, the men’s team has been on a roll. It finished with 11 runners in the top 13 at the Eastern Michigan Fall Classic meet on Oct. 23 and second overall at the Big Ten Championship meet Nov. 1.When the national rankings were released Nov. 2, the men’s team was ranked in the Top 30 for the first time this season at No. 28.The men’s team needs to finish in the top two at the regional meet to be guaranteed a spot in the National Championship meet. If the Buckeyes finish third, they could get an at-large berth.The competition at the regional meet will be tough with two other nationally ranked teams, No. 10 Wisconsin and No. 26 Butler, in attendance.“I think Wisconsin has to be the favorite once again, but I absolutely expect us to be second,” senior runner Jeff See said. “There are a few other teams that should be tough to beat. We just have to stay focused throughout the whole race.”The key to the race is formulating a plan and sticking to it, See said. At the pre-national meet, the team did not have a plan and placed poorly. At the Big Ten Championship meet, they had a plan and executed it to perfection en route to a second place finish.See said the X-factor for the team will be redshirt sophomore Taylor Williams.“I think it’s really important for Taylor Williams to have a big day,” See said. “He’s been ourbackbone for a lot of the ups and downs we’ve faced this season, and if myself and the rest of the team sees him out there having a huge day, we will all follow suit.”The women’s team finished eighth at the Big Ten Championship meet, which hurt its opportunity to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA National Championship meet by dropping them to a No. 5 ranking in the region.“The race was tough, but we all took something away from the experience and I think that as a team, we’ve come away with that much more focus and determination for regionals,” junior Jordan Jennewine said.The top two teams at the regional meet automatically qualify for the NCAA National Championship meet. Without a top-two finish by the Buckeyes, the outlook for a place at the National Championship meet seems bleak.“It’s definitely our goal to finish in the top two at regionals and not leave anything to chance. That’s a very realistic goal for us and that’s what we’ve all been focused on since the conference meet,” Jennewine said.The NCAA Great Lakes Regional meet takes place Saturday at the University of Indiana in Bloomington, Ind. read more

Coaching Ohio State womens tennis a dream for Melissa Schaub

When Ohio State hired Melissa Schaub as its assistant women’s tennis coach in 2011, it was an exciting homecoming for the Ohio native. “I don’t know if it gets any better than Ohio State and being a part of this athletic department,” Schaub said. Now, after spending just a year on the Buckeyes’ staff, Schaub finds herself as the interim coach for the 2012-13 season after the departure of former coach Chuck Merzbacher, who was hired by Minnesota in July. She said she always wanted to return to Ohio and coach the Buckeyes. “It’s been great, it’s a dream come true job for me at Ohio State, being from Ohio and just growing up a fan,” Schaub said. “I couldn’t ask for a better group of girls. They’ve made the transition easy.” Still less than midway through the season, some members of the team said they have bought into what their new coach is teaching them and look to build on a promising start to the year. Junior Noelle Malley has been at OSU longer than Schaub has, but Malley has picked up on Schaub developing leadership as the year has gone on. “I feel like she has gained more confidence in what she’s telling us, and she’s adjusted to her role really well,” Malley said. “She’s just doing what she wants in practice and seeing what we need to work on.” During Schaub’s first season in Columbus as an assistant coach, the team struggled, going 10-15 on the year. Malley already feels more confident about achieving a better result than last year with Schaub at the helm. “Everybody is in way better shape this year,” Malley said. “We feel really confident when we play matches.” Graduating from Tennessee in 2006, Schaub was a star for the Volunteers, earning All-American honors her freshman season in Knoxville. Gabby Steele, a senior for the Buckeyes, said she likes having a coach that is close to her age who knows what they are dealing with as student-athletes. “It helps because she’s able to relate a lot,” Steele said. “She just got out of college, too, so she knows exactly what we are going through.” Not one to let distractions get in the way, Schaub said she is confident that the shaky job security that comes with the title of interim coach will not change how she goes about the season. “You can’t let that get in the way of the kind of coach you’re going to be or how you treat the team,” Schaub said. “It’s all about trying to get wins and bettering the program and getting these guys to buy into the system.” The Buckeyes are set to travel to West Lafayette, Ind., to play Purdue for their first conference road trip game of the season on Friday at 3 p.m. read more