IOC suggests more Olympic host bidding changes

first_imgThe International Olympic Committee wants to keep considering changes that could result in both the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games awarded in September. An internal letter written by IOC President Thomas Bach’s spokesman suggests further adjustments are needed in the way Olympic hosts are chosen. It references Bach’s statement from last year, saying the “process produces too many losers”. In December, Bach floated the idea of awarding both the 2024 Games, as scheduled, along with the 2028 Games. Los Angeles and Paris are the remaining candidates from a list that began with five cities. Budapest, Hungary, said this week it was withdrawing. The letter, obtained yesterday by the Associated Press (AP), was first reported by Inside The Games. In an interview last week with the AP, Bach said continued speculation about awarding two Olympics at the IOC’s meeting in September “may give us some ideas”. “This procedure as it is … our political environment in such a fragile world just produces too many losers,” Bach said last Saturday. The letter echoed that phrasing, saying “the political situation in our fragile world requires us to further adjust the candidature procedure”. The IOC acknowledged Budapest’s withdrawal, which will be made official by Hungary’s Olympic committee. “It is clear that a promising Olympic Games candidature has been used to promote a broader domestic political agenda beyond the Olympic Games and was overtaken by local politics,” said the letter, written by Bach’s spokesman, Mark Adams. Adams defended Bach’s ‘Agenda 2020’, the core of which was to streamline the Olympics and make bidding more attractive and less expensive for cities. “All three candidates have made it clear that their candidatures would not have taken place without Olympic Agenda 2020,” Adams wrote. Still, the dwindling of the candidate pool raised questions about whether Agenda 2020 was really working. The point of the letter was that Agenda 2020 was only the start and more reforms are needed. If those reforms involve awarding the next two Summer Games this year, it will be a hard sell for both Paris and Los Angeles, each having insisted its proposals are good for only 2024. Replicating plans for 2028 would be possible but would also take significant retooling since many of the contracts in place for development and stadium use are for only the 2024 Olympics. FRAGILE WORLDlast_img read more

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Google to Shut Down in China?

first_imgAccording to information just released by Google, its Chinese web portal, Google.cn, may be biting the dust shortly.In the wake of a string of cyber attacks, certain surveillance activities and long-standing censorship policies, Google SVP David Drummond writes, “We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on Google.cn […] We should review the feasibility of our business operations in China.”UPDATED: A Google spokesperson informs us that the relevant authorities in the U.S. government have been notified of the company’s actions.Last month, Google noticed a “highly sophisticated and targeted attack” on their infrastructure that allowed for the theft of Google IP. The attack came from China and targeted at least 20 other major corporations involved in technology, finance, media and chemicals. Google believes the main reason for the attacks was to access Gmail accounts of advocates of human rights for Chinese people. Dozens of accounts with users based in the U.S., Europe and China have been accessed to varying degrees; Google denies any security breach on their part, stating that malware or phishing might have caused the accounts to be compromised.Although Google would not normally share information of this nature with a global audience, their team has decided to do so now because the attacks and account surveillance that have been uncovered speak to issues of security, human rights and free speech. “We launched Google.cn in January 2006,” wrote Drummond, “in the belief that the benefits of increased access to information for people in China and a more open Internet outweighed our discomfort in agreeing to censor some results. At the time we made clear that ‘we will carefully monitor conditions in China, including new laws and other restrictions on our services. If we determine that we are unable to achieve the objectives outlined we will not hesitate to reconsider our approach to China.’”Drummond also references China’s attempts in 2009 to curtail and censor free expression on the Web, which we have covered in depth and which we listed as one of last year’s greatest failures.Google execs, who have decided that serving censored search results is no longer an option, will spend several weeks talking with the Chinese government about whether or not they could run an unfiltered search engine in that country. If the two entities are unable to reach an agreement, it is likely that Google.cn will shut down, as will Google’s offices in China.What Took So Long?We’ve long been critical of major tech companies that, through acts of omission or under the auspices of compliance with foreign governments, do harm to human rights, privacy and free speech.In a post from October 2008, our own Marshall Kirkpatrick questioned whether Google, Yahoo!, YouTube or any of the larger web companies operating internationally were equipped to handle the moral and ethical responsibilities of their expansion overseas into troubled territories. He reminded us of several affronts to human rights for which these companies were responsible, then noted, “It’s hard, because their fundamental drive is to monetize these huge markets.”Curt Hopkins, founder of the Commmittee to Protect Bloggers, responded with a similar point of view, saying, “Given that not just Google but every single other American tech company has shat themselves to get at the mythological Chinese market, this is way too long in coming.“What took so long? Did they finally realize that they are never going to make any money as things currently are so they thought they’d get some PR? This is great news, but you still have to ask: Who benefits from this? And how do they benefit? I hate to be cynical, but the best we can hope for is that Google says, ‘This isn’t going anywhere for us, and it’s so unpleasant.’… If I was in Google’s shoes, I would never stop talking about how wonderful we were for doing this.”Hopkins’s cohort Andrew Ford Lyons has posted a statement that Google ought to immediately remove filters from search results on Google.cn and promote uncensored, unmonitored web access “by channeling some of their incredibly smart staff’s efforts toward projects that protect privacy in China and help more Web surfers there quickly and safely bypass firewalls.”We will continue to update you on the situation as we receive more information. In the meantime, please let us know your thoughts in the comments. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#Google#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting jolie odelllast_img read more

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OK, Apple Didn’t Ban A Comic. But It Created The Climate For Censorship

first_imgRelated Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Tags:#Apple#comics#iOS 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… brian proffittcenter_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Reports yesterday that Apple had inserted itself into the world of publishing censorship have turned out to be completely inaccurate. Apple didn’t ban the sale of a comic; the comic’s distributor app did — though apparently only to pre-empt the Apple ban it anticipated.The kerfuffle centered on the banning of the sale of issue 12 of Image Comic’s Saga comic series within the iOS version of ComiXology’s app.On Tuesday, the creator of the series, Brian K. Vaughan, released a statement indicating that Apple would be banning sales of Saga #12 in the popular ComiXology app and any other third-party comic app due to depicted sexual scenes.“Unfortunately, because of two postage stamp-sized images of gay sex, Apple is banning tomorrow’s SAGA #12 from being sold through any iOS apps,” Vaughan said in a statement posted at Image.News of this move stirred a lot of observers on the Internet, including me, to lambast Apple for blocking the sale of third-party material when Apple offers the exact same comic directly within its own iBook app. This would have been the first time Apple curated independent media sold through an app, even though, according to the App Store Review Guidelines, independent books and music are not supposed to be curated:We view Apps different than books or songs, which we do not curate. If you want to criticize a religion, write a book. If you want to describe sex, write a book or a song, or create a medical App. It can get complicated, but we have decided to not allow certain kinds of content in the App Store.The whole thing seemed odd when I first posted about it yesterday, but the whole thing was completely wrong, and my story incorrect: it turns out Apple had absolutely nothing to do with blocking Saga #12… it was all on ComiXology.“As a partner of Apple, we have an obligation to respect its policies for apps and the books offered in apps. Based on our understanding of those policies, we believed that Saga #12 could not be made available in our app, and so we did not release it today,” ComiXology CEO David Steinberger blogged yesterday afternoon.“Given this, it should be clear that Apple did not reject Saga #12,” he emphasized.The comic, which anyone could still purchase on ComiXology’s web site and then sync to an iOS device, was restored to the in-app catalog yesterday.ComiXology’s move to preemptively block the sale was their way of anticipating a decision from Apple that would have done the same thing later. But Apple, ComiXology learned, had no intention of censoring the comic issue.Because the Saga series is intended for mature readers and has depicted graphic scenes of violence and sex before, many speculated that ComiXology (and before, inaccurately, Apple) has an issue with the portrayal of same-sex activities in two panels of Saga #12. This is a charge Steinberger denies.“We did not interpret the content in question as involving any particular sexual orientation, and frankly that would have been a completely irrelevant consideration under any circumstance,” Steinberger wrote.It is still not entirely clear what it was about Saga #12 that made it stand out as a potential problem, but one thing is clear: content distributors like ComiXology and Apple definitely need to get their acts together.ComiXology can be accused of having an overabundance of caution, but there was something in the Apple policies that faked them out. Perhaps Apple, which has not publicly commented on this matter, could come out with clearer policies on content, if that is indeed the problem.Hopefully, the policy will continue to be what it seems: that for all of the app content that Apple does curate, they have to date not curated content that’s independent of apps.This can be confusing, because it means that publishers like Playboy will have to keep the naughty stuff to itself within its own Newsstand app, but third-party movies, books and music with explicit material can still be sold through apps, including Apple’s.For this particular incident, Apple is off the hook. But somewhere there was a miscommunication, which needs to be fixed.Image courtesy of Shutterstock 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Applast_img read more

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Kerber exorcises New York demons in Tokyo

first_imgView comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Angelique Kerber of Germany returns a shot to Naomi Osaka of Japan during the first round match of the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo. / AFP PHOTO / Toru YAMANAKAFormer world No. 1 Angelique Kerber thrashed Japan’s Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-4 at the Pan Pacific Open women’s tennis tournament on Monday to avenge a humiliating loss at the US Open.Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic suffered an epic Tokyo meltdown, meanwhile, as she was pulverised by China’s Wang Qiang, who inflicted the dreaded “double bagel” on the eighth seed to win 6-0, 6-0 and reach the second round.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kerber, seeded seventh, crashed to a shock 6-3, 6-1 first-round defeat by Osaka in New York last month as defending champion. But a repeat never seemed likely on Monday as the German quickly took control.READ: Kerber goes from champ to 1st-round loser at rainy US OpenFEATURED 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 shutoutKerber, who has slipped back to 14th in the world since winning last year’s Australian and US Open titles, ripped forehands past her teenage opponent seemingly at will in the first set.Osaka’s game unravelled completely in the second, giving Kerber a welcome opportunity to work her way back to form after a poor run of results and to seal victory in an hour and 23 minutes. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Wayne Rooney hit by two-year ban after drink-drive guilty plea LATEST STORIES “It gives me confidence that I was able to turn it around,” said Nara. “Hopefully I can take that spirit into the next match.”Two-time champion Agnieszka Radwanska, seeded sixth, pulled out of the tournament with a virus, according to organisers.Wimbledon champion and new women’s world number one Garbine Muguruza heads a strong field in Tokyo featuring several top 10 players including Karolina Pliskova, Caroline Wozniacki and Johanna Konta. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Latest auto creations on display at Tokyo Motor Show PLAY LIST 00:54Latest auto creations on display at Tokyo Motor Show00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics03:03Rescue efforts underway as Typhoon Hagibis kills 11 in Japan01:37Protesters 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 Read Next MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  “I was trying to come out, focus on every single point and make it better than last time,” said Kerber.“Naomi is a tough opponent and a great talent. For sure she will have great success in the future.”The 19-year-old Osaka, born of a Haitian father and a Japanese mother, went on to reach the third round of the US Open after stunning Kerber.But the world number 44 almost appeared to be tanking at times at the venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, such was her lack of gusto. She committed 38 unforced errors — including a wild forehand on match point — in a performance she will want to forget in a hurry.Elsewhere, Japanese wildcard Kurumi Nara beat Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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FIFA World Cup 2014: Netherlands vs Brazil, 3rd place Play-off

first_imgDaley Blind celebrates after scoring the opening goal for Netherlands Robin van Persie and Daley Blind scored early goals to help give the Netherlands a 3-0 win over host Brazil in the third-place match at the World Cup on Saturday.Fans React | Match Photos With the result, the Netherlands finishes a World Cup unbeaten in regular play for the first time, having lost to Argentina on penalties in the semifinals. After finishing runner-up in 2010, the third place is the best position for the Dutch squad since it lost the final in 1974 and 1978.The loss added to Brazil’s frustration at the home tournament following the disastrous 7-1 defeat to Germany. After the final whistle, the team was loudly booed by the nearly 70,000 fans that attended the match at the National Stadium in Brasilia. Many had already left even before the late third goal by the Dutch.Team Lineups(from):Brazil: Julio Cesar; Maicon, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Maxwell; Paulinho (Hernanes, 57th), Luiz Gustavo (Fernandinho, 46th), Ramires (Hulk, 73rd), Oscar, Willian; Jo.Netherlands: Jasper Cillessen (Michel Vorm, 90th, injury time); Stefan De Vrij, Ron Vlaar, Bruno Martins Indi, Daley Blind (Daryl Janmaat, 70th); Georginio Wijnaldum, Jonathan De Guzman, Jordy Clasie (Joel Veltman, 90th); Dirk Kuyt, Robin Van Persie, Arjen Robbenlast_img read more

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Cops put an end to Hyderabad rickshaw-puller’s full Monty act

first_imgDrunken Duel Inspector Abdul Subhan of the Kenberi Police Station near Bangalore, Karnataka, is practising keeping up a firm guard these days, and is probably jerking his elbows up and down before his mirror every morning before putting on his cap and striding off to duty. The reason for Subhan’s,Drunken DuelInspector Abdul Subhan of the Kenberi Police Station near Bangalore, Karnataka, is practising keeping up a firm guard these days, and is probably jerking his elbows up and down before his mirror every morning before putting on his cap and striding off to duty. The reason for Subhan’s newly-found enthusiasm for the sport is Krishnamurthy.Krishnamurthy, waltzed into the police station one evening, bleeding from the head and obviously tanked up to the gills. He did a short cha-cha-cha before Subhan and then told him that he wanted to lodge a complaint because a gang had thrown sodawater bottles at him. Subhan looked him over, then went inside to fetch the complaint book.While he was rummaging for it, Krishnamurthy had recovered enough to flip his pack of cigarettes out his pocket and light up, so that when Subhan came out of the inner room, a smoke ring nearly strangled him. Subhan gasped for breath and told Krishnamurthy to stop smoking.Perhaps the haze of blue had distorted the young man’s vision so that Subhan looked like a sodawater bottle to him, because he let fly with his right. Subhan out for the count, K.O. Fifteen minutes later Krishnamurthy, now sober and sans cha-cha-cha, was also K.O. – in his cell.Cops’N’ RobbersNight, dark and ominous. A few ghosts flitting here and there, a few cats having it out with each other in the garbage can and a solitary owl talking about melancholy from a tree. And Mr and Mrs Gauri Shanker in their house in Ashok Vihar, New Delhi, fast asleep, like all good souls and true, at 3 p.m. in the morning.But hark, what is that creeping like a bad conscience across yonder balcony? Thief, thief! Mr Gauri Shanker rises, shakes away the bad dream, discovers it isn’t a bad dream, wakes up Mrs Gauri Shanker who starts up trembling and reaches for the rolling pin. No rolling pin. But, as it happens, rolling pin not needed because thief not thief but policeman.advertisementApparently, what had happened was that a few constables on guard duty had seen someone suspicious in the dead of the night. He had disappeared into a house and the policemen, sticking bravely to their duty had gone after him. The Gauri Shanker policeman had shinned up the sewage pipes of their house and was creeping across the balcony in search of the thief.Even as the Gauri Shankers were having their social get-together with the police, other householders were sharing jokes with other sociable guardians of the law on other balconies not so far away. An officer supervised refreshments. The thief, however, wasn’t caught. Maybe the police are saving that pleasure for other spooky nights in the future.Prickly ProblemIt is a story that the thriller writers of the West, so much into mysticism these days, would love to document in a paperback. A young woman, lately married to a man who has no steady job, has what appears to be an unlimited supply of sewing needles in her right breast. Uma Joshi, 19, of Modassa in Sabarkantha district of Gujarat, has been to an Ahmedabad hospital seven times in the last eight months, and doctors there have removed needles from her flesh – 16 in all.As Joshi tells it, once in a while she sees two men coming to her when she is trying to sleep. They pin her down and push the needles into her breast. She used to cry out for help, and her mother would come in and find nobody. The doctors attending on Joshi – her surgeon Dr Umesh Thakkar and her psychiatrist Dr Rajesh Manjiar – feel that Joshi is introducing the needles when she is asleep.Her relatives, feel that Joshi is a victim of black magic. They took her to Himat Shah Bapu in Ahmedabad famous for his cures of people afflicted with black magic. A three-week ceremony notwithstanding, the needles continue to appear. Damien Karras, where are you?Naked CourageAmeeruddin, a 22-year-old rickshaw-puller of Hyderabad, is a most daring man. And shoppers and shopkeepers in the Bazarghat area of Hyderabad will long remember the day he took a stroll in their midst. It was all done for Rs 30. Ameeruddin made a wager: he offered to walk in the nude to a paan shop, buy a paan and walk back, still in the nude. Stripping to his tanned skin, Ameeruddin set out.The young man walked at a leisurely pace – not streaking, just a slow, steady, measured tread. He brought eyes popping out of their sockets, and a number of screeches as car brakes were applied. He bought the paan from a giggling shopkeeper, and was turning to go back when the law intervened.advertisementA few householders after watching Ameeruddin’s brazen swagger under their windows had obviously felt that the baser instincts were being encouraged and had got on the blower. But Ameeruddin’s daring instincts will live long in Bazarghat’s memory.last_img read more

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Ohio State OL Taylor Decker Had Some Fun Retweeting All The Incorrect Predictions People Made About The Buckeyes

first_imgTaylor Decker retweets incorrect Ohio State predictions.Taylor Decker spent part of his Wednesday morning doing some work that should please Ohio State fans greatly. The Buckeyes’ offensive tackle surfed Twitter, found a bunch of incorrect predictions made about his national champion team and retweeted them. The 6-foot-7, 315-pound offensive lineman found eight tweets that proved to be very, very wrong. There are plenty, plenty more out there to be found, too. Funny how things work, often those who said you couldn’t will cheer the loudest when you do #raisethewhiteropes— Taylor Decker (@TDeck68) February 25, 2015 Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 6.08.50 PM@TDeck68  Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 6.09.04 PM@TDeck68Decker recognized one of the few people who did not lose faith in Ohio State, too. @TDeck68 looks like i was the opposite of those people pic.twitter.com/4fac4tLB1f— Thomas Khristenko (@ChefKyrie) February 25, 2015Taylor Decker: really good offensive lineman, even better user of Twitter.last_img read more

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Photo/Videos: Struggling Oklahoma State Blows Out No. 3 Kansas, Fans Rush Court

first_imgOklahoma State fans rush the court after win.Twitter/@ESPNCBBAt this point, it feels like we have a huge upset and a court rush every night in college basketball. No. 3 Kansas was the victim tonight, falling to an Oklahoma State team that was just 9-8, and 1-4 in the Big 12 in Stillwater, 86-67. After the game, fans of the Pokes rushed the court in a big way.Down goes Kansas! What a week. pic.twitter.com/46vr4hqHo0— ESPN College BBall (@ESPNCBB) January 20, 2016They stormed the court anyway. Regardless, great win for the Pokes. They came to play. 86-67 victory. #OkState pic.twitter.com/KIyNCQsuK8— Sam Gannon (@SamGannon87) January 20, 2016Storm that court, Pokes! #okstate pic.twitter.com/hFFVoutUEc— Jessica Morrey (@JessicaMorrey) January 20, 2016Last night, Iowa State fans stormed the floor. Tonight, it was Oklahoma State. On the road in the Big 12, nobody’s safe.last_img read more

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Commentary Why doesnt Ohio State basketball do midnight madness

Remember the video of Ohio State men’s basketball players Aaron Craft, Jon Diebler and Jared Sullinger singing Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the U.S.A?” Do you wish you could see those three sing the song live? If the OSU men’s basketball team had a midnight madness, that performance could happen. Started by Charles “Lefty” Driesell at the University of Maryland, midnight madness is currently a major part of the college basketball world, and it took place last Friday night. Driesell came up with the idea in 1971 to have his Terrapins’ first practice of the season at the earliest possible time that the NCAA would allow: midnight. Schools across the country have since adopted that idea, with the midnight practice now transforming into more of a preseason party hosted by the basketball team than work on the court. Students, alumni and fans gather at a teams’ arena to see their program introduce that year’s team. Different schools do different things, but the event usually involves the team performing a song or dance, the head coach giving a speech, and an intrasquad scrimmage. This year, Connecticut had a dunk contest, Syracuse got Carmelo Anthony to show up and interact with the crowd, and Maryland had an alumni scrimmage featuring some of their current and former NBA players. Nonathlete celebrities show up for the madness as well. Rapper Wale performed at Georgetown’s event last season, and 50 Cent appeared at Villanova’s five years ago. Basically, all the big-time programs have some form of a season tip-off event highlighted by entertaining performances and all-star game-type defense scrimmages. Except for the Buckeyes. It’s not as if OSU doesn’t have a big enough basketball program to host such an event. Two 30-win seasons and a national title game appearance in the last five years, along with an anticipated top-five team this year puts the Buckeyes among the nation’s top teams. Why not celebrate something that OSU does well? With the current state of the football program, the men’s basketball team should be the pride of the athletic department. Hosting an event that takes attention away from the football team and focusing it onto a basketball program that has done nothing but win and represent the school well in recent years needs to happen. The possibilities for the event are endless. A scrimmage between players, both former and current, would certainly entertain. Who wouldn’t want to see Sullinger posting up Greg Oden or William Buford trying to shake Evan Turner? Ohio natives Kid Cudi, Bow Wow, or Chip tha Ripper could perform. If those three aren’t available, I’m sure the crowd wouldn’t mind being serenaded by the voices of Craft and Sullinger. Who knows, maybe known Buckeye fan Lebron James would show up. Either way, OSU is missing out on a big part of the college basketball world, and it’s time for change. read more

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Football Backup quarterback battle too close to call for Meyer after airraid

OSU redshirt sophomore quarterback Joe Burrow (10) catches a snap during the Spring Game at Ohio Stadium on April 15, 2017. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Social Media EditorAfter the 2016 spring game, then-redshirt freshman quarterback Joe Burrow said he wasn’t ready to assume the role of backup quarterback. Now-redshirt freshman Dwayne Haskins wasn’t in the mix for the job yet, having not arrived at Ohio State.On Saturday in the 2017 spring game, the two threw a combined 59 passes, completing 40 of them. Haskins was 21 for 32 with the Gray team and 5 for 5 with Scarlet. Burrow was 14 of 22 for Scarlet. Now exiting spring camp heading toward summer workouts and fall camp, whoever wins the backup quarterback job feels confident enough to be the next man up behind redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett.Haskins had the most opportunities in the passing game, playing for nearly the entire game on the Gray squad after Barrett played just the first quarter. Haskins completed five passes for more than 20 yards, throwing for 283 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Burrow connected on three such passes, accumulating 262 passing yards and three touchdowns on the day.Burrow said that the game has slowed down for him quite a bit from a season ago.“I see just about everything that’s going on on defense, know the offense way better — the ins and outs, what’s going on up front,” he said.Burrow and Haskins each stood in the pocket and sprayed the ball all over the field, not being afraid to throw it deep and let the receiver make a play in the air. The effect of a Ryan Day-Kevin Wilson offense was on full display for the first time for the Buckeyes and the passing game reflected that change the most.Burrow came into the spring game as the clubhouse leader for the backup quarterback job, but after a strong performance from both the Athens, Ohio, native and Haskins, OSU coach Urban Meyer will have a decision to make come fall.“I know it is very close. But I’m not prepared to say who is (No.) 2, who is (No.) 3, et cetera, yet,” Meyer said.Meyer continued saying that all four quarterbacks — Barrett, Burrow, Haskins and freshman Tate Martell — have been exceptional during spring camp. He added Haskins and Burrow played well Saturday.In his first time playing in a game scenario, Haskins confirmed beliefs about his arm. He overthrew receivers at time, but dropped in a few long passes on target to redshirt junior wide receivers Johnnie Dixon and Terry McLaurin for his three touchdowns.When asked whether or not he thought Burrow and Haskins are ready to be the quarterback on deck, Dixon emphatically said he’s confident Burrow and Haskins each can be the leader of the offense, if need be.Haskins said that he did what he sought out to do this spring and did enough to win the backup job. But until fall camp, he and Burrow will have to wait to prove they’re the right choice to be the next up after Barrett.“As far as the competition goes, we’re just going back and forth rotating twos, ones,” Haskins said. “Doing everything we need to do to get each other better.” read more

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