Commentary Sundays game between Browns Bengals offers both teams a chance at

Despite their record, the Cleveland Browns (0-5) have played competitively in every game this year. Last week, they led the defending-champion New York Giants 14-0 before their prolific offense caught fire. Now they host the Cincinnati Bengals (3-2), who are coming off a disappointing loss at the hands of the Miami Dolphins. In that game, Cincinnati’s high-flying passing game was stifled by a defense that had been ranked 30th against the pass. Trailing by four points in the fourth quarter at home, the Bengals failed to generate offense when they needed it the most with their last two drives ending in a missed field goal and an interception to essentially end the game. Last week’s loss leaves room for questions. Are the Bengals the team that averaged 13 points per game in their two losses or the squad that kept opponents guessing on their way to scoring 33 points a game during a three-game win streak? One of their victims during that run was the Browns. But Cleveland’s secondary looks to prevent that sort of production this time around. In week two, when the Browns allowed Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton to throw for 318 yards, they were without a key component of their defensive backfield, shutdown cornerback Joe Haden. Now the third-year corner is back after serving a four-game suspension and will be assigned the task of blanketing Bengals receiver A.J. Green, who has 365 yards and three touchdowns receiving in his last three games. Should Haden be able to shake off the rust and take away Dalton’s favorite target, the Bengals may be exposed for their lack of go-to options on offense. After Green, there is a steep decline in the talent at the wide receiver position. Andrew Hawkins has done an admirable job in the short passing game and rookie Armon Binns has been relevant. But neither have shown the ability to carry the load. If Green is locked up, Dalton will need tight end Jermaine Gresham to step his game up and play like the Pro Bowler he is. Meanwhile, Cincinnati’s running game has not been reliable. Running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis is averaging just 3.3 yards per game and has already fumbled twice. Looking to get something going against the Dolphins, the Bengals turned to running back Bernard Scott. The career-backup showed signs of life with eight carries for 40 yards but sustained a knee injury and will be lost for the season. Cincinnati cannot afford another weak showing on offense against a Cleveland team that will be on the attack. While the Browns know they may not have the Bengals’ superior offensive personnel or chemistry the likes of the Dalton-to-Green connection, they are not intimidated by Cincinnati’s defense. In week two, rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden passing and rookie running back Trent Richardson each had their most productive games of the year. Weeden passed for 322 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions while Richardson rushed for 109 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries. Playing at home with their pride on the line, Cleveland will give the Bengals a good fight, hoping a win will validate and encourage a young squad that is making progress but has nothing to show for it yet. Cincinnati, meanwhile, looks to prove that last week’s game was a fluke and that their offense can score with the best of them. Another strong showing in the passing game will silence their critics and prove the Bengals are a force to be reckoned with. read more

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Ohio State mens lacrosse sets lofty goals for 2013

The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team is heading into the 2013 season looking to shake off the sting of back-to-back losses in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals in 2011 and 2012. Coach Nick Myers said his team’s growth in the off-season might be enough to make that hope a reality. “We’re a team that’s fighting and clawing to get better every day, I’m really happy with the effort we’ve put forth in practice,” Myers said. “I think right now the coaching staff is probably most thankful for the leadership that we’re getting and the way these guys are responding to the challenges that we’re putting in front of them.” The team can look for leadership in returning seniors Logan Schuss, Dominique Alexander and Kevin Mack, who will all join the Ohio Machine at the end of the season after being drafted in the 2013 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft. Alexander, a midfielder and co-captain for the Buckeyes, said he’s excited to play for the Machine but won’t let his future distract him from his duties at OSU. “(Getting drafted) was pretty awesome, my family was pretty excited,” Alexander said. “Obviously my focus right now is the season, but it’s definitely something to look forward to.” In front of a sold-out crowd, the Buckeyes defeated Team Canada, 17-10, in its preseason opener on Jan. 20. And even though it’s early, some members of the team said their sights are already set on making it to the sport’s biggest stage. “I think the goal is definitely to get to the NCAA tournament, and once you get there anything can happen,” said junior goalie Greg Dutton. “I think we have the guys to do it, and I think we are a lot more mature than we have been in past years. We’ve got good senior leadership and we should have the expectation to make the tournament.” Like Dutton, Schuss has been named to the 2013 Preseason All-American team by Inside Lacrosse. The attacker was named last season’s ECAC Offensive Player of the Year, and Myers hopes for similar production this season. “I think Logan’s a guy that benefits off his teammates’ ability. He has incredible talent but he’ll be the first to tell you he’s as good as the five guys around him helping make plays,” Myers said. “I certainly think he is one of the best players in the country.” No. 20 OSU is set to play No. 12 Syracuse Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. read more

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KMC to start Aadhaar enrolment camps in borough offices from May

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will start holding camps for Aadhaar enrolment at its borough offices in the city, from the beginning of May. The decision of the civic body comes in the wake of demand for citizens to introduce such facilities for smooth enrolment and correction of erroneous names, addresses or other details in the Aadhaar cards.”We have been flooded with requests from citizens, who have claimed that they had paid visits to the designated post offices where such enrolment centres have been set up and many of them had to wait for a long time in queue. Many people have visited our borough offices in recent times, urging us to make arrangements. Following this, we had written to the state government, seeking permission for such arrangements. We have recently got the nod,” a senior official of KMC said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsRecently, Municipal Commissioner Khalil Ahmed conducted a meeting with top officials of KMC in this regard.It may be mentioned that the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) had issued a circular a few months ago, amidst allegations of data leakage barring a number of agencies from being involved in the Aadhaar enrolment process. There were more than twenty private agencies working under KMC for Aadhaar enrolment. However, after the circular, the civic body was compelled to stop such enrolment process. As per data available with KMC, 80 percent of the population in KMC area have got their Aadhaar cards and 20 percent are yet to receive the same. Added to this, the people gather in the enrolment centres for correction in their cards, which includes mistakes in names, addresses etc. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAccording to a senior KMC official, from January till March, only two private agencies were involved in Aadhaar enrolment, but these two agencies have also been deactivated after March 31. It has been learnt that KMC has already roped in a handful of valid agencies under UIDAI for conducting the exercise. “This will be of much help for aged or sick people, who cannot travel long distances for enrolment,” a senior KMC official said.last_img read more

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White Look effortlessly beautiful

first_imgFashion is an individual’s perception of style, comfort, and colours. And, as idea of fashion changes, a difference is observed in the style, designs, and colours that a person prefers to wear. Earlier it was all black, but since last year – white is dominating the wardrobe of fashionistas. White—technically the absence of color – is nearly as low-maintenance as black, with the advantage of being particularly striking in the summerSo, is white the new black? Also Read – Add new books to your shelfLet us know what experts from the fashion industry have to say: Following the idea of minimalism, Sandhya Raman, Co-founder of Desmania says that her label ‘No fuss’ is all about simple classic lines on white colour, celebrating the textures and weaves in cotton, hemp linen, silk, jute, and wool. “I feel white brings out the best in the silhouette, and one can play with the versatility of the colour to create different fashion. Whether for a formal occasion, a board meeting, a lunch date, the colour would never fail to portray one’s character.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”But keeping in mind the simplicity of the colour, one can definitely accessorise it to suit the occasion,” she further added. Moreover, Sandhya believes that white is one of those colours which appears peaceful to eyes and cooler to mind. Various costume designers around the globe also consider ‘white’ as the perfect colour for stage arts. According to them, white is very responsive in nature and with it, one has the liberty to create different looks. Most of the designers are attracted by the romance, mystery, sophistication, and elegance of the colour. Expressing his love for the ‘colour’, Rahul Krishan Ahuja Founder, Design Catalyst – Three Piece Company states: “White is a blank canvas and can make anything seem clean and clear. Also, the colour can be used as perfect backdrop for a designer to create the best out of their outfit.” Look for this season While white goes with anything, nothing looks better than when it’s paired with purple. It just oozes femininity and sensuality. You can accessorise it with some gold and silver accessories and convert a daytime high tea look to a night out.last_img read more

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