Hills 31 points power Ohio State womens basketball past Florida State in

The imminent chill of another December in Ohio crept its figurative way into the shooting of the Ohio State women’s basketball team for most of the night Wednesday at the Schottenstein Center as the team shot a season-low 37.8 percent from the field. But the No. 17 Buckeyes got hot when they needed to, overcoming a seven-point deficit in the final 1:22 of regulation to force overtime against Florida State in a game that was part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Junior guard Tayler Hill scored eight-straight OSU points over the final 34 seconds of regulation, capped off by a coast-to-coast layup with 0.3 seconds remaining to tie the score and send the game to overtime. OSU prevailed in the extra period, 78-75, after sophomore center Ashley Adams stole a Florida State inbound pass with 3.5 seconds left to prevent a game-tying shot attempt and seal the victory. With senior point guard and preseason Big Ten co-MVP Samantha Prahalis watching from the bench during overtime after fouling out with 10 seconds left in the second half, Hill took over again, scoring the last five points of the game over the final minute to help the Buckeyes turn a two-point deficit into a three-point victory. Hill finished with a career-high 31 points, 20 of which came in the second half and overtime while also setting career highs in steals (six), field goals (11) and three-pointers (4). “It’s crazy, it really is crazy,” Prahalis said of Hill’s performance. “But it’s not all surprising. We know (Hill) is a great player and down the stretch I have complete faith in her.” Adams agreed. “We see (Hill) do things like every day in practice,” she said of Hill. “It’s not really shocking but I’m very proud of her.” It wasn’t all grand for Hill, however, as she missed three-straight free throw attempts to start the overtime period. She did make her final three attempts from the line, including two with 13 seconds left to extend the OSU lead to three. “It was some inappropriate words to myself at first, since I missed the first three (attempts),” Hill said about what was going through her mind as she stepped to the line with the Buckeyes leading 76-75 in the final seconds. “I knew they were clutch free throws, it was down the stretch. I just straight focused on the rim, nothing else.” Both teams were in the holiday spirit of giving throughout the game, turning the ball over a combined 38 times, leading to a total of 43 points off turnovers for the game, 21 for Florida State and 22 for the Buckeyes. “We had enough gas in our engine to win a game when everything wasn’t pretty,” coach Jim Foster said. With the win, the Buckeyes complete their third-straight season without a November loss and now stand at 6-0. OSU travels to Oklahoma for its first road game of the season Sunday at 3 p.m. read more

Happy endings and more

first_imgIt is like a celebration coming to an end. Yes! the 16th chapter of Bharat Rang Mahotsav or International Theatre Festival of India came to a close in style. For us, the play Baawre Mann Ke Sapne by director Ramanjit Kaur witnessed some untold stories of women of our country. The Creative Art, an all-women theatre production, is unique as it uses theatre as therapy with homemakers. These ‘non-actors’ have actually gone through rigorous training of discipline of time, space and body.  The play has been woven together through improvisations, incidents and life experiences and also take inspiration from stories by Indian women writers like Jhumpa Lahiri, Bulbul Sharma, Abha Iyenger, Irene Dhar and others.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The focal point  of the play is Amma’s decision to fly to London to see her daughter, Amita. She invites many women to her house, whom she has raised, and it is in this space they start talking, gradually revealing secrets to each other, be it about sexual abuse, domestic violence, sexual perversion or the loss of loved ones. It becomes clear that the women had been hiding immense pain and anger behind masks.The women draw strength from each other, finding cathartic relief as well as solutions and the will to change their lives. The actors have  apparently taken inspiration from their personal stories and developed them to give this play shape.last_img read more

Martini trends in 2017

first_imgDo you like your martini to be shaken or stirred? Well, its time to up your martini game and experiment with flavours, say experts.Premiumisation: There was a time when a martini would be made using a pouring brand of vodka or gin. This means, it could be any vodka or gin going into your drink. However, times have changed. Consumers are very specific about the brand of vodka or gin they want used in their martini and, bartenders ensure to check with their patrons for their preferred brand. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfExpanding the ‘vermouth’ game: Most bars in India are limited to using either of the two brands of vermouth available in India – Martini or Cinzano. But now, bars are scaling up their game by using other (and more reputed) styles of aromatised wines like Lillet Blanc or Noilly Prat. These are just two of the many that are available to bars across the world.Understanding the dry vs the wet: Most consumers and sadly even bartenders in India don’t know the difference between a dry martini and a wet martini. A dry martini is one that uses minimal amount of vermouth in the drink along with vodka or gin as opposed to a wet martini which uses a slightly higher proportion of vermouth. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveLooking beyond an olive or three: The earliest form of the drink when it appeared in the late 1800s used orange bitters in the mix. Today, bars are experimenting with variations of the martini flavours and are aromatised with different bitters like peach bitters, cherry bitters or lavender bitters. Also, the garnish has progressed from using olives or lemon peel to using the peel of grapefruit or local Indian lemons like the Gondhoraj or Kaji.Go ninetees: Try your mocktails and cocktails with different flavours like kala khatta, cola, orange, mango which we found in candies.Balance your drink: Keep the volume for alcohol balanced so that the flavours of the other ingredients also show their presence.last_img read more

Forest task force nabs five for trying to smuggle dead pangolin

first_imgDarjeeling: Foresters of a special task force led by Sanjay Dutta, range officer, Belakoba Range, arrested 5 persons from Sikkim and recovered a dead pangolin from their possession. The pangolin was being smuggled to Bhutan.”We had got a tip that some wild animal was being taken to Bhutan from Sikkim. We waited at the Bengal-Sikkim border,” said Dutta. At around 4 am, a Sikkim vehicle was intercepted after it crossed the Kalijhora bridge. 5 persons were in the vehicle. “We conducted a search and recovered a jute bag. In the jute bag was a dead pangolin covered with leafy vegetable,” Dutta said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe five arrested all hail from Sikkim. They are Gopala Dorji, Arjun Rai, Kamal Sundas, Santosh Kumar Byahut and Unesh Subba. “One of the arrested is studying civil engineering while the other four are contractors. They had killed the pangolin and was smuggling the carcass to Bhutan. From Bhutan, it would have been taken to China,” the range officer said. He stated that the five were being interrogated. Pangolin scales and meat fetch a good amount. “The pangolin weighed seven and a half kilos. They were to sell the meat and scales at a cost of Rs 70,000 per kilo. We will produce the arrested at court on Wednesday,” added Dutta.last_img read more