Trump’s road to re-election paved on Democrats’ disconnect with voters

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionPHOENIX — There are now two definitions of truth in the United States.The first is that a truthful statement is one that conforms to facts or reality.By this standard, President Donald Trump is a serial liar.The second is that truth is “telling it like it is,” or speaking in a direct, unvarnished way without regard to political correctness or the offense it may give.By this measure, for millions of supporters, Trump is the most honest president ever.The United States has already become a post-truth society. Telling it like it isn’t has become a form of truth.That’s a nation in which chaos is more plausible because the ability to make rational decisions is diminished.Signal and noise can no longer be distinguished.The center, where it was long held that elections are won, evaporates. Violence becomes more likely because incomprehension grows across hardening lines of fracture.It may well be that elections, as with the last presidential race, are now won at the extremes.In Arizona, where Trump’s presidential campaign went from joke to winning proposition in July 2015 with a speech in which Trump said Mexicans were “taking our money” and “killing us,” the honest-man Trump view resonates.Trump was always about language. It didn’t matter that he was a loose cannon. He connected with widespread disgust at the political class and the media. This was his winning intuition: that he could triumph as the subversive plain-speaking outsider.Trump had that “kind of bluntness and occasionally even crass language which, if nothing else, at least meant authenticity,” said Jay Heiler, a lawyer considering a run against Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, a rare Republican critic of Trump.“The president just hit a lot of nerves that a lot of conventional politicians didn’t even know were there.”Those nerves still tingle.Nine months into the presidency, the support of Trump’s base remains fervid. I am often asked whether I believe that Trump will be impeached.I’ve taken to responding that it’s more likely he’ll be a two-term president.I’d put the chances of impeachment at under 10 percent and of his re-election at about 25 percent. Trump winks at white supremacists, thrives on confrontation and debases the Oval Office.But it would be a huge mistake to conclude from this that his defeat is inevitable; or that his supporters do not include millions of decent, smart Americans who just view the world differently.Americans who feel culturally alienated from the globalized metropolis (and sense that their worldview elicits contempt in a Democratic Party that often seems to have lost touch with ordinary Americans).Heiler, the pro-Trump lawyer considering a Senate run, turned to the president’s campaign against football players, most of them black, who refuse to stand for the national anthem.“Many African-Americans are focused on a particular set of facts and circumstances” that “drive that conduct, that protest,” Heiler said. “But when many other Americans see it, and Americans of all races,” they think “gosh, these guys all have it pretty good.“You know they make a really good living, playing football. This country’s been really good to them. And so, even if they have an ax to grind, they shouldn’t grind it against the country or its symbol or its anthem.”Heiler said he wouldn’t condemn the protesting players’ choice, even if he disagreed, but “there’s simply no getting around that when you make that choice you’re going to alienate a lot of Americans.”center_img That’s partly because the Democratic Party has not yet begun a serious reckoning with its defeat last year.It hasn’t grasped the degree to which it lives, still, in a coastal echo chamber of identity politics and Trump-bashing. Just being anti-Trump won’t cut it.As Chuck Coughlin, a Republican political consultant who once worked for Sen. John McCain, put it to me, “Somebody who speaks to common-sense American values — that is what the Democrats need.”I’m not sure who that person, is but I am pretty sure she or he does not reside in New York, Massachusetts or California.Coughlin went on, “A Democratic party that can’t tell me how many genders there are, that ain’t flying in this country.”American fracture is the nation’s overriding condition.It keeps widening. Jeff DeWit, Republican state treasurer of Arizona, picked up Trump at the airport for that 2015 Phoenix rally; he remains an ardent fan of Trump’s “movement of people dying for something different.”His deputy, Mark Swenson, told me, “America was formed by a bunch of people who just wanted to be left alone.” For that, guns help. “Bad guys have guns, so good guys should have guns, too,” DeWit said, rejecting my suggestion that the recent carnage in Las Vegas showed the need for stricter gun laws. Now the vague particular “circumstances” alluded to by Heiler includes gross police brutality against black kids and the history of oppression of African-Americans.Players who protest are exercising a fundamental American right. But yes, they are “going to alienate a lot of Americans.”Trump, at some level, is going to win this argument.An overriding lesson of 2016 for liberals is that without hard-nosed realism about the state of the country and Trump’s talents, you lose.And that’s the truth.Roger Cohen is a longtime foreign correspondent and a columnist for The New York Times.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

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PREMIUMJokowi congratulates Malaysia’s eighth prime minister

first_imgLog in with your social account Linkedin Forgot Password ? Facebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Topics : Google Indonesia offered congratulations to Malaysia’s newly appointed Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, a presidential spokesperson said, after his inauguration on Sunday to replace veteran politician Mahathir Mohammad, who resigned on Feb. 24 during a week of political turmoil.Presidential spokesperson Fadjroel Rachman said President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo expressed his sincere good wishes and congratulated Muhyiddin for his inauguration.“God willing, [he will] fulfill his mandate and be successful. Hopefully [God] will continue to bless the good relationship between Indonesia and Malaysia, two countries that share the same roots,” Fadjroel tweeted on behalf of the President on Sunday.Later that day, in a video that aired on Malaysian broadcaster TV3, Muhyiddin was seen receiving a phone call from President Jokowi, who congratulated him on his appoi… Malaysia Indonesia politics leadership successionlast_img read more

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Smiles Dental Announces Fundraising Partnership with Thurston County Food Bank

first_imgFacebook3Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Smiles Dental – TumwaterSmiles Dental announced today they are partnering in a fundraising effort to benefit Thurston County Food Bank, a 501-C3 non-profit organization that aims to end hunger in Thurston County. Smiles will donate $10 to the food bank for every patient referred to the Smiles Dental office in Tumwater.“Smiles Dental is committed to our patients and the communities where they reside. By offering this referral incentive, we hope that our small Tumwater team can have a big impact in its local community,” explains Lauren Seeger, Director of Marketing. “And we think it’s a great way for Dr. Melody Pongmaopap to see first-hand what a fantastic and generous community she became part of when she joined the Tumwater office in August.”Every donation by Smiles Dental will help fill the shelves at the Thurston County Food Bank.The $10 donation is given on behalf of the referring individual when a newly referred patient completes a qualifying appointment. Seeger recommends mentioning the fundraising effort, and the individual who recommended Smiles Dental, when calling for an appointment.The office can be reached at 360-352-7140. It is located in Tumwater at 344 Cleveland Avenue, Suite F.The Thurston County Food Bank distributes food at its downtown office and at several satellite sites throughout Thurston County. Additionally, its mobile food banks deliver food to seniors living in low- income housing who cannot access food bank services.The foodbank also offers nutrition classes and assistance with applications for the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) and for connecting with healthcare and other community resources. To learn more online or call (360) 352-8597.Smiles Dental is a privately held, locally focused, multi-location group practice in the Pacific Northwest. Based in Longview, Washington, Smiles was recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the 500/5000 Fastest Growing Companies in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Smiles has offices in Alaska, Oregon and Washington and continues to expand. The company’s unique culture fosters top quality dentistry and a highly personalized patient experience that has resulted in Smiles being recognized as “Best Dentist” in local polls for several years in multiple locations. Smiles mission is Ultimate Service, Superior Performance and Positive Impact – this mission permeates throughout the organization and results in patient experience excellence.last_img read more

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Horse Racing Tips

first_imgIAMALLABOUTTHEBEST DEMOLITION BOY IAMALLABOUTTHEBEST IAMALLABOUTTHEBESTLEGENDARY PLEASURE LEGENDARY PLEASURE LEGENDARY PLEASURE LEGENDARY PLEASURECAMPESINO CAMPESINO #CAMPESINO CAMPESINOMOM’S STUDENT MOM’S STUDENT MOM’S STUDENT MOM’S STUDENT#SOUND OF MIRACLE SOUND OF MIRACLE SOUND OF MIRACLE SOUND OF MIRACLERUNAWAY GAL RUNAWAY GAL ZEPHYR RUNAWAY GALPROLIFIC PRINCESS #SWEET DIMENSION PROLIFIC PRINCESS PROLIFIC PRINCESS#ITALIANO ITALIANO ITALIANO ITALIANOLORD EQUUS LORD EQUUS LORD EQUUS #LORD EQUUSLOTTERY TICKET HONEY DARLIN HONEY DARLIN LOTTERY TICKETNUCLEAR AFFAIR NUCLEAR AFFAIR #NUCLEAR AFFAIR NUCLEAR AFFAIRBLUE DIXIE #SILVER CLOUD SMOKEY TOPAZ #SMOKEY TOPAZDEMOLITION BOY LEILANI IAMALLABOUTTHEBEST #IAMALLABOUTTHEBESTLEGENDARY PLEASURE LEGENDARY PLEASURE LEGENDARY PLEASURE LEGENDARY PLEASURECAMPESINO CAMPESINO #CAMPESINO CAMPESINO#MOM’S STUDENT #MOM’S STUDENT MOM’S STUDENT #MOM’S STUDENTFIX IT UP SOUND OF MIRACLE FIX IT UP SOUND OF MIRACLERUNAWAY GAL RUNAWAY GAL RUNAWAY GAL RUNAWAY GALPROLIFIC PRINCESS PROLIFIC PRINCESS PROLIFIC PRINCESS PROLIFIC PRINCESSITALIANO ITALIANO MIND SET ITALIANOLORD EQUUS LORD EQUUS LORD EQUUS LORD EQUUSHONEY DARLIN LOTTERY TICKET HONEY DARLIN HONEY DARLIN#NUCLEAR AFFAIR #NUCLEAR AFFAIR #NUCLEAR AFFAIR NUCLEAR AFFAIRBLUE DIXIE SMOKEY TOPAZ SILVER CLOUD SMOKEY TOPAZDEMOLITION BOY DEMOLITION BOY #LEILANI IAMALLABOUTTHEBESTBATIDOR DE MUNDO PERSIAN BELLE LEGENDARY PLEASURE #WATER WAVECAMPESINO CAMPESINO CAMPESINO CAMPESINO#MOM’S STUDENT #MOM’S STUDENT MOM’S STUDENT MOM’S STUDENTSOUND OF MIRACLE SOUND OF MIRACLE SOUND OF MIRACLE SOUND OF MIRACLECROWN PRINCESS RUNAWAY GAL ZEPHYR RUNAWAY GALPROLIFIC PRINCESS PROLIFIC PRINCESS PROLIFIC PRINCESS #DAYTON AFFAIRITALIANO MIND SET ITALIANO MIND SETLORD EQUUS LORD EQUUS #LORD EQUUS LORD EQUUS#LOTTERY TICKET LOTTERY TICKET HONEY DARLIN LOTTERY TICKETNUCLEAR AFFAIR #NUCLEAR AFFAIR NUCLEAR AFFAIR NUCLEAR AFFAIRKOBALT SMOKEY TOPAZ SMOKEY TOPAZ SMOKEY TOPAZIAMALLABOUTTHEBEST #DEMOLITION BOYLEGENDARY PLEASURE PERSIAN BELLE#CAMPESINO CAMPESINO#MOM’S STUDENT MOM’S STUDENTSOUND OF MIRACLE SOUND OF MIRACLERUNAWAY GAL RUNAWAY GALPROLIFIC PRINCESS PROLIFIC PRINCESSITALIANO SIR SOUTHLORD EQUUS LORD EQUUSHONEY DARLIN LOTTERY TICKETNUCLEAR AFFAIR NUCLEAR AFFAIRMERITONE #MERITONElast_img read more

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THE RESOLVE TO BE AND DO BETTER (PART ONE): DEFINTIONS AND BACKGROUND TO SERIES

first_imgIt is indeed a great privilege to see a new year (2016). So many persons could not make it to the New Year though they would have loved to do so. Those of us who are permitted, by some divine providence, to still be here on earth should be asking ourselves these soul searching questions:“Why am I still here when I could have died last year? For what purpose am I left on earth? How may I spend my remaining days wisely? How can I improve myself and others this year and the years to come?” The beginning of a new year is an opportunity to reflect deeply and begin on the right footing.Therefore I am introducing a series that is intended to help my readers and myself to make the right start or restart early on in the year. The series focuses on the general need to make life better for self and others. It will consider topics like the meaning and purpose of life and how to take advantage of the opportunities and challenges that come one’s way to improve self and others. The series will proceed as follows. This introductory article will define the key terms and concepts of the series and provide a background and thereby put it in context. The second article will delve into the question of the meaning and purpose of life. The focus of the third article will be on the power of determination. In the fourth article the focus will zero in on the opportunities available to each human person in one form or the other. The fifth article will consider how one may convert challenges, problems or liabilities to assets. The thrust of the sixth article will be on how to deal with detractors and obstacles that challenge good intentions and efforts. And, the seventh and concluding article will center on how to share some of what one gains from tenacity and hard work.Now we turn our attention to definitions. To resolve is to make a conscious decision and to stick to it; to be firm in solving a problem or in achieving a goal. To work in our context means to go beyond talking and planning to concrete actions to achieve a goal. It is to pay the price for a positive result. To make better is to improve, make progress, and to move to the next level in life.This series is offered against the background that life as a whole is a precious gift from the Creator and as such is an opportunity that can be turned into success or that can be wasted. The ELBS former boss, Ambrose Mah, once said (perhaps quoting from someone else) ‘You are the architect of your own life”. That means among other things that each person is responsible for success or failure in life. In large measure each person determines the overall outcome of his or her life.From a Christian perspective life is a priceless gift from God who is the ultimate architect of all of life but who requires human cooperation to fulfill the purpose for each life. God has created humans with freewill and will not force anyone to be what she/he does not want to. We need God and God requires our cooperation to make success out of us. St. Augustine of Hippo put it like this: “Without God we cannot and without us God will not.” In other words, we cannot do without God. We need God’s grace, natural resources (air, vegetation, sunshine, rain etc), protection, guidance and power to achieve so many things. But God requires our cooperation to achieve his purposes for us and the world. So many good things cannot be done unless people avail themselves and take advantage of the opportunities around them by turning them into assets that can benefit self and others.It is therefore incumbent upon every person to seek ways to make something good out of one’s life of whatever kind. The Bible through the Apostle Paul encourages believers to make the most of the opportunity (Ephesians 5:16). This is how he puts it: “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. So do not be foolish but understand what the will of the Lord is.”So then, the series is meant to assist everyone to trust God, plan and work hard to achieve many positive things in life for the glory of God and the good of self, family, community and the wider world. Let us stop missing opportunities and make something of ourselves and contribute to the betterment of life. Subsequent articles will endeavor to show how.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Things to know: Sharks center is getting his first ‘big test’

first_imgNASHVILLE, Tenn. — No one downplayed or sidestepped the truth Tuesday morning: the Sharks are about to receive their first big test of the season.After controlling the play in eight straight games, the Sharks (4-3-1) are about to find out if their game holds up against the reigning President’s Trophy winners. The Nashville Predators (7-1) are entering Tuesday’s game in Music City holding the most points in the NHL (14) and the league’s best goals-against average (1.88).The Sharks, who rank …last_img read more

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Do ES Stem Cells Prevent Heart Disease?

first_imgThe promise of stem cells, whether embryonic or adult, is in their power to differentiate into any type of somatic cell.  Although adult stem cells have racked up an impressive number of therapeutic successes,* embryonic (ES) stem cells have only been promised to do so – until now.  In Science Oct. 8,1 Cornell scientists coaxed embryonic stem cells to prevent a fatal heart defect in mouse embryos, but in an unusual way: they did not differentiate into heart tissues at all, but locally (in the blastocyst) and “from a distance” (via the mother’s circulatory system) secreted factors that stimulated the embryo to trigger the formation of its own cardiac cells.  Three UC San Diego scientists, in the same issue,2 explain:Unlocking the therapeutic potential of embryonic stem (ES) cells has remained a tantalizing but elusive goal.  In this new era of “regenerative medicine,” the central experimental game plan has been predicated on driving the differentiation of ES cells along specific cell lineages (for example, neural, cardiac, endocrine), expansion and purification of the cell type of interest, and in vivo repopulation of damaged or degenerating organs by ES cell-derived differentiated cells.  However, there are numerous hurdles to using ES cells as therapeutic tools.  These include the need for reliable ES cell differentiation protocols for different cell lineages, purification techniques for the differentiated progeny, as well as ways to circumvent the immunological rejection of transplanted cells.  Given the complexity of these multiple steps, it is not surprising that there are few clear examples of in vivo ES cell therapy for treating disease-related phenotypes. On page 247 of this issue, an exciting new study by Fraidenraich and co-workers1 expands the potential therapeutic repertoire of ES cells.  These investigators provide direct evidence that ES cells can rescue otherwise lethal cardiac defects in mouse embryos.  Intriguingly, the rescue effect is not subject to the differentiation of ES cells into the cardiac cell lineages that are normally associated with heart regeneration.  Rather, the therapeutic effect of the transplanted ES cells depends on their secretion of defined factors that act either locally within the embryonic heart, or at a distance via the maternal circulation, to trigger fetal myocyte proliferation in utero.Stem cells from an embryo face rejection because they do not belong to the individual being treated and are seen as invaders.  In addition, they have a tendency to produce deformed embryos when injected into a blastocyst.  Adult stem cells from the patient’s own tissues do not have the rejection problem, and undergo differentiation as expected.  So while adult stem cell therapies have already demonstrated the differentiation of cells into other types, these ES cells in this study did not – they merely secreted substances that caused a mutated mouse embryo, which otherwise would have died before birth, to grow its own cardiac cells.  In essence, the secreted factors only stimulated the mouse’s own genes to supply missing ingredients caused by the mutation.  Since stem cell differentiation was not involved, and the stem cells did not get incorporated into the mouse tissues, what kind of benefit does this study promise for human therapies?Given the potential of ES cells to induce the formation of teratomas (defective embryonic tissue), these findings do not necessarily suggest that administering ES cells to pregnant mothers will become a new therapeutic approach for treating congenital heart disease.  However, given that a subset of maternal factors can cross the placenta, there remains a possibility that a subset of embryonic cardiac defects could be partially corrected by the careful delivery of the necessary proteins in the maternal circulation.  Increasingly, congenital heart defects can be diagnosed accurately in utero with noninvasive imaging technology.  In addition, ES cell-based assay systems may ultimately allow for the identification of likely candidate maternal factors that could correct a subset of severe human congenital heart defects.The potential benefits of this study, therefore, appear tentative at best, while adult stem cells have a proven track record without ethical concerns.*For examples, use the Search box with the phrase adult stem cells.1Fraidenraich et al., “Rescue of Cardiac Defects in Id Knockout Embryos by Injection of Embryonic Stem Cells,” Science, Science, Vol 306, Issue 5694, 247-252, 8 October 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1102612].2Chien, Moretti and Laugwitz, “ES Cells to the Rescue,” Science, Vol 306, Issue 5694, 239-240, 8 October 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1104769].Big Science wants ES stem cell funding, and they jump on any tentative success with excitement unwarranted by the facts.  If the ES cells do not differentiate, and only treat an prenatal condition that otherwise would be fatal, then they not only hold promise for living children or adults, but instead provide a reason for not aborting the embryo, because the stem cells might save it.  Would the political liberals who support ES stem cell research want that?    In tonight’s second presidential debate, John Kerry dodged questions on both of these moral issues.  In one case, he was asked point blank why, if adult stem cells already show success, we need embryonic stem cell research (see article on WorldNetDaily).  He patronized the questioner with phony compassion about the deep moral convictions that motivated her question, then proceeded to ignore it.  The only reason he gave for supporting federal funds for ES stem cell research was that Big Science says it wants it, and he wants to be a president that supports “science”  (see 08/11/2004 editorial).  President Bush, in rebuttal, reiterated the principle that guided his difficult decision on stem cells: a life should not be created to be destroyed, even to assist another life (see 09/03/2004 headline).    In another case, a questioner asked what Kerry would say to a voter who did not want her tax dollars used to support abortion.  Again, he patronized the questioner but dodged the question.  He said although he personally disliked abortion because he is Catholic, he cannot as a legislator impose his moral values on others.  That was not what she asked.  She asked why others’ moral values should be used to force her to pay her tax dollars on something that violates her moral values.  For the questions Kerry should face without bluffing or dodging, read this article by Steven Ertelt on on LifeNews.com    Kerry also dodged the issue of his vote against the partial-birth abortion ban (six times), passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the President, but overruled by a federal judge.  He said he had to oppose it, because it did not contain a provision for the life of the mother, in spite of the fact that the carefully-worded law specifically made that provision (see ACLJ website for documentation and history of the bill).  The claim that the bill needed a provision for the “health of the mother” is a huge loophole.  Health could mean anything – mental health, hangnails or a cold – and there is never a health reason for the grisly practice of sucking the brains out of a baby halfway born.    So this is the kind of “science-friendly” president the liberals are promoting, for less than moral reasons (see 09/27/2004 headline).  Science and baloney do not go together.  They are supposed to be opposites.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Lightworks for Windows: Your Next Video Editing App?

first_imgAfter months of anticipation, Lightworks is out of beta and sees it’s full Windows release.Although many new editors may not recognize the Lightworks name, they’ll surely be familiar with some of the popular films cut on this video editing application – Hugo, The Kings’s Speech, The Departed, Braveheart and Pulp Fiction to name a few.  Lightworks was originally created in 1989, during the dawn of digital non-linear editing, but when Avid and Final Cut Pro usage exploded, the hardware/software based Lightworks took a backseat.That may soon change though, with the recent release of Lightworks for Windows, an open-source video editing application “designed for editors, by editors.”  The new Lightworks is a full featured video editing application that includes the following features:Drag and drop timelineResolution and codec independent (mix and match formats)AutoSync trimmingMixed format multicam editingSupport for 3D / stereoscopic workflowsPowerful metadata and media management toolsAutosave projectsA dedicated editing console is one of the foundations of the Lightworks system.  All of the well-known feature films to date that were cut on Lightworks have utilized this editing console.  A paddle and hotkeys allow you to use the console to complete most common editing functions.  It can be purchased separately from the Lightworks store for $2,800.Lightworks seems to really excel in project sharing capabilities with the ability to share media, bins and edits with controlled permissions.   These realtime collaboration features work with any network storage, and make Lightworks a good solution for larger post production environments.Lightworks for Windows is free, but a pro version is also available for $60. Lightworks Pro offers additional features, format support and inclusion in the Lightworks Pro Community.  Be on the lookout for Mac and Linux versions…slated to be released later in 2012.  As many editors transition from Final Cut Pro 7 to other applications it will be interesting to see if Lightworks has what it takes to shake up the video editing market.Get more information and download Lightworks at lwks.comlast_img read more

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Ohio State womens soccer advances to 2nd round in doubleovertime victory over

OSU sophomore forward Sammy Edwards (19) during a game against Minnesota on Sept. 17 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost 2-1. Credit: Sam Harris / For The LanternOhio State women’s soccer forward Sammy Edwards had been searching for her chance all night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The sophomore came out firing on Saturday night against the Butler Bulldogs, but her game-high three first-half shot attempts all came up short.Frustration was building up, but Edwards would finally get her shot at redemption, even if it came after nearly 107 minutes of playing time. In the second overtime, Edwards pushed the frustration to the back of her mind and the net, sending her team to the second round with a goal in the 107th minute for the 2-1 victory.“As (the players’) frustration was going up, they had to get their communication higher and just continue to press and believe that the more opportunities we create, one of them has got to fall,” OSU coach Lori Walker said.OSU (12-6-3) immediately went on the offensive as soon as the game commenced, eager for a postseason victory. Buckeye junior forward Lindsey Agnew attempted the team’s first shot in the 13th minute off of a Nichelle Prince corner kick. Agnew’s shot was blocked, but Edwards countered with an attempt from 12 yards which sailed just over the top of the goalpost.“To have that kind of possession and to have the opportunities we did in the first half and then not feel like we converted, it’s very easy to fall into a level of frustration,” Walker said.The Buckeyes contained the game to Butler’s (16-7-1) side of the field for a majority of the first half. Prince continued to create shots on goal with her heads-up crosses to her forward counterparts. Edwards also had another early opportunity at breaking the deadlock, but she missed over the top on a volley from eight yards out.It was the relentless three-headed attack consisting of Prince, Agnew and Edwards that continually pushed the Buckeyes downfield. The selfish style of play by Prince, who led the Buckeyes with 77 shot attempts entering the tournament, kept the home team on track despite the threat of frustration building up.Both the Buckeyes and the Bulldogs had opportunities to enter halftime with a lead. Strikes on goal by OSU senior midfielder Michela Paradiso at the 35th minute and Butler sophomore defender Maria Collica at the 37th minute nearly changed the course of the game. The Buckeyes took an 8-5 shot lead into the half, although Butler held a slight 2-1 edge with shots on goal.“I was just beating myself up over the misses in the first half, but I didn’t let it get to my head too much,” Edwards said.Although OSU seemed in control throughout the first 45 minutes of play, Butler opened the half with the same aggression that the Buckeyes began the contest with. The OSU women did not fold, answering with a few subsequent trips downfield that nearly resulted in scores.Prince decided to get in on the assertive Buckeye action after playing the distributor role in the first half, attempting shots from six and eight yards out at the 52nd and 62nd minute marks, respectively. However, OSU continued to be inches away from moving the scoreboard.It was not until redshirt junior defender Morgan Wolcott, who had entered Saturday’s game having taken just two shots on goal for the season, recorded possibly the most important goal of her career. Wolcott broke the nil-nil game in the 86th minute with a tap that pushed the ball just inside the right post.“To get a goal that helps us advance further in the NCAAs is big time,” Wolcott said.Minutes later, the energy was almost completely taken out of the Buckeye women. Seconds away from moving on to the second round, Butler senior midfielder Sophia Maccagnone squeezed a free kick just past OSU redshirt junior goalie Jillian McVicker inside the right post.“It’s just similar to our entire season,” Maccagnone said. “We don’t want to stop fighting.”Thinking that they were about to capture the most important victory of the season, the Buckeyes would need to come together on the field and in their minds to prevent Butler from stealing a win.“We kind of all just took a deep breath and reengaged in what we had to do,” Edwards said. “We have been through so much adversity, so just throwing that at us is just another thing we can handle.”That opportunity came in the second overtime when Edwards followed up a miss at the 103rd minute with the game-winner with less than four minutes to go in the final extra period.“I’m very proud of my team and the energy they found in overtime to find a way to win,” Walker said. “We’ve certainly been in overtime many times this year, and I think that gave us a little confidence to get the job done.”The Buckeyes are next scheduled to play the fourth-seeded Virginia Tech Hokies (15-3-2) in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Friday at 3 p.m. in State College, Pennsylvania. read more

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Mens Hockey No 15 Ohio State uses strong defense to secure OT

Ohio State junior forward handles a faceoff during Ohio State’s 2-1 overtime win against Minnesota Friday, Dec. 8. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternRedshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo had arguably his worst series of the season last week against Penn State, giving up nine goals in two games while not looking like the net-minder who places among the leaders at his position in nearly every statistic this year.Tonight, he showed why he’s been the backbone of this defensive-minded Buckeyes team.No. 15 Ohio State (9-4-4, 4-4-1-0 in Big Ten) needed all 33 saves from Romeo in a tight 2-1 overtime victory at the Schottenstein Center Friday against No. 7 Minnesota.“When someone comes down and you’re not scared that [Romeo] going to let one in it’s always nice,” senior forward Christian Lampasso said. “We did a great job blocking shots today … so it’s not just [Romeo] playing good defensively it’s our whole team, but it’s definitely good having someone so solid in the net.”Lampasso scored the winner in the extra frame for Ohio State after he found the puck on his stick in front of the net from teammate junior forward Dakota Joshua to give the Buckeyes three key points in the Big Ten standings.“Playing against Minnesota, they’re always hard to play against,” Lampasso said. “Any time you can beat a top 10 team it’s always a big W.”Ohio State maintained a 1-0 lead until late in the third period, where sophomore forward Rem Pitlick scored on an odd-man rush to break Romeo’s shutout and force overtime.The Buckeyes had yet to score in the extra period this season, with all four previous efforts eventually moving to a shootout, but Lampasso broke that streak, and gave his team a much-needed boost.“It’s nice to get a couple of bounces there at the end, but you have to work for those, and I just liked our mentality,” head coach Steve Rohlik said. “We kind of gave up the lead late there, but our team could have folded and we went the other way, overtime we had a couple good looks, and it was nice to finish it off.”The Buckeyes opened the scoring in the first period on a power play goal by sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski that beat junior goalie Eric Schierhorn in the top corner. The goal was set up by a series of passes that led to Laczynski being all alone, and he buried his opportunity. Junior forward Mason Jobst and senior forward Matthew Weis earned assists on the play.The assist gave Jobst 100 career points for Ohio State in only 91 games.“It means a lot for sure,” Jobst said. “It’s a milestone I wasn’t sure I was going to get when I got here, but I’ve been surrounded by a lot of great players, last year, this year freshmen year, and the coaching staff has put me in a good spot to be successful.”The second period ended scoreless, but there were strong chances on both sides of the ice. Redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo made some big saves while on the penalty kill, keeping Ohio State ahead despite being outshot by the Golden Gophers 16-11 in the period.Minnesota controlled most of the third period, and it was up to Romeo to maintain the thin margin, which he did until the Pitlick goal late.Ohio State went a perfect 5-for-5 on the penalty kill, which Rohlik said was a major factor in tonight’s game.“We scored a big power play goal, and at the end of the day it’s a difference,” Rohlik said. “I mean our kill was a bend but don’t break, I don’t think they had a power play goal and we had one, so when you look at it at the end of the game special teams is a key.”The Buckeyes move just a point behind Minnesota after the win, and the victory marks only the second win for Ohio State at home this season.“When you have a good team that believes in themselves, you’re going to have some good finishes and we did that tonight,” Rohlik said.Game 2 puck drop for Ohio State and Minnesota is Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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