Now it’s time for Rozier to show if he can be just as effective in the playoffs on the road.“Down 0-2, going back to their place where you know they’re going to come out aggressive,” Rozier said. “We’re coming out, we’re still going to be aggressive and we’re coming in to win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames “We’ve talked about his competitiveness, his athleticism and his work ethic being at the highest level. That usually lends to good players improving quickly,” coach Brad Stevens said about Rozier.Irving’s absence seemed to tilt the point guard matchup toward the Bucks, especially with Bledsoe playing well at the end of the year. Traded from Phoenix earlier in the season, Bledsoe was eager for his first taste of the postseason since 2013, when he was with the Clippers.Bledsoe is averaging 10.5 points against Boston, but the offense has been plagued in part by turnovers. He fouled out in Game 1.“My offense will come. I’m not worried about that. I’m just worried about playing great defense and helping my teammates while I’m out there,” Bledsoe said after practice Thursday.The bulletin-board material between the ball-handlers has become just as engrossing a story line.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Boston Celtics’ Terry Rozier (12) celebrates with Jaylen Brown, center right, after making a three-point basket during the fourth quarter of Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks, in Boston, Sunday, April 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)MILWAUKEE — Two games into their first-round playoff series, Milwaukee point guard Eric Bledsoe and his Boston counterpart, Terry Rozier, still seem to be having trouble remembering each other’s names.Maybe it’s the sign of a festering feud with the Celtics up 2-0 as the series shifts to Milwaukee. Perhaps it’s a case of Bluegrass State bragging rights between Bledsoe, who played at Kentucky, and Rozier, who played at Louisville, though they never faced each other in college.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Or it could be just a case of good-natured gamesmanship between two competitors.Through two games, it is advantage Rozier with Game 3 coming up Friday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownHe had 23 points in Game 2 on 8-of-14 shooting, including 3 of 5 from the 3-point line, to match his postseason career scoring high set in Game 1. Rozier is shooting 7 of 16 from beyond the arc so far this series.So much for the Celtics being at a disadvantage at the point without Kyrie Irving, who is out for the playoffs following knee surgery. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC LATEST STORIES “I ain’t got no bad blood with nobody,” Rozier said in Boston. “I’m not caught up in that. I’m worried about Celtics and Bucks and how can I help my team get past the first round.”Except that Rozier may have triggered this made-for-social media spat by calling the Bucks guard “Drew Bledsoe” after Game 1 on Sunday. Drew Bledsoe is the former quarterback of the New England Patriots.“Yeah I made a huge mistake,” Rozier said with a chuckle. “But it is what it is now.”After Game 2 on Tuesday, Bledsoe was asked about Rozier.“Who? I don’t even know who that is,” Bledsoe responded, adding an expletive.Bledsoe struck a similar tone after practice on Thursday. When asked about Rozier by name, Bledsoe responded: “Who?”“I’m focused on this series, man, between Milwaukee and Boston right now. I’m just trying to help the team win,” Bledsoe said. “That’s what point guards do.”Playing in front of a home crowd might help get the Bucks going. This is the last postseason for the franchise in the Bradley Center, with a new arena next door scheduled to open the in the fall.Bucks coach Joe Prunty said he hadn’t spoken to Bledsoe about his comments.“I think there’s a lot of talking that takes place,” he added. “What I’m more concerned about is what we do on the basketball court and how we play.” Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Embiid returns as 76ers top Heat for 2-1 series lead Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments
The Department of Energy hopes its partnership with the International Energy Agency will expose the local sector to untapped expertise. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Ndivhuwo Khangale Spokesperson Department of Energy +27 12 444 4283 or +27 82 465 6090 RELATED ARTICLES • Eskom to tap into public expertise • More wind power for SA • Huge savings from green light bulbs • Eskom build programme powers aheadBongani NkosiSouth Africa’s public energy sector stands to gain from increased exposure to international trends and skills, thanks to agreements signed between the Department of Energy and International Energy Agency (IEA) on 4 July 2011.The department’s minister Dipuo Peters announced the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed with IEA. The MoU will help strengthen cooperation between the local industry and IEA, ensuring that the country gains advanced expertise.The agreement focuses on projects involving renewable energy, energy efficiency, clean technologies, data management and analysis, and policy analysis, among others.“This MoU will further enable us to leverage on the international expertise that the IEA embodies and will ensure streamlined cooperation where the entire sector benefits as opposed to only certain pockets of the sector,” said Peters in a media statement.IEA executives are visiting South Africa between 4 and 6 July for a bilateral conference with the Department of Energy.A strong relationship already exists between South Africa and IEA, and the MoU will take cooperation efforts a step further, said Peters.“This MoU is an important milestone for us because it seals the cooperative engagement that we enjoy with the IEA and also provides a common document which will enable both organisations to check and review the arrangement long after the two of us have left our respective portfolios.”Peters said a working group that will concentrate on ensuring that the MoU produces “tangible outputs” has been proposed for establishment.Need for new ideasWith various critical projects in the pipeline, the energy department will certainly gain from access to advanced expertise and prototype ideas.The creation of a R150-billion (US$22.2-million) solar park in Upington, Northern Cape, is currently the department’s largest venture, and it needs modern technology at its disposal to make success of it.When complete, the solar park will produce 5 000MW of power for the national grid. A section of the park is expected to start generating electricity by late 2012.The Department of Energy also has to work with state electricity utility Eskom to ensure that its upcoming major coal-fired power stations in Mpumalanga and Limpopo are not harmful to the environment.It is important for South Africa to work closely with reputable organisations as it’s looking for modern ways to expand capacity for energy generation and use, said Peters.“The IEA is one such organisation and this cooperation will ensure that we are able to catch up and are not left behind in this important global space.“This MoU is a symbol of the importance of creating conditions in which exchange of information and expertise can contribute to the reaching the goals of energy security, economic growth and environmental protection in South Africa and in the member countries of the IEA,” she added.Although South Africa is not a member of IEA, Peters said the country’s participation in its programmes is invaluable.Some 28 OECD countries belong to the IEA, which focuses on ensuring the availability of “reliable, affordable and clean” electricity among member states.“South Africa has benefited from participation in the IEA and wishes to continue deriving value from the IEA as well as also contributing to the wealth of knowledge and expertise that is embodied by the IEA,” Peters said.
Speaking to a group of foreign correspondents, trade and industry minister Rob Davies said over the past two decades his department has had to respond to profound changes in the global economy and realign South Africa to shifting world economic power and influence. “Where we come from as the touchstone we have a good story to tell, but there are enormous challenges ahead, and we will deal with them,” said trade and industry minister, Rob Davies. (Image: Government ZA Flickr)Brand South Africa Reporter The transformation of South Africa’s economy over the past two decades, from apartheid-era isolation to openness and growth, was the subject of a Twenty Year Review discussion hosted by Brand South Africa and the Department of Trade and Industry at Constitution Hill on Wednesday 23 April.Speaking to a group of foreign correspondents, trade and industry minister Rob Davies said over the past two decades his department has had to respond to profound changes in the global economy and realign South Africa to shifting world economic power and influence. “The domestic economy has been impacted by these changes and had also developed a dynamic of its own, which, if left unchecked, would have done little to create they type of inclusive growth that many ordinary South Africans hope for,” he said.In 1994 South Africa’s first democratically elected government inherited an economy with deep structural flaws, after lurching through varying degrees of crisis for more than a decade. International isolation, economic sanctions and the apartheid state’s resulting import-substitution approach to industrialisation had created an insular economy. This was made worse by the corrupt relationship between business and the apartheid state, with the private sector having massive power over ministers, public officials and state agencies.Short-term apartheid interests“In a number of areas such as competition, industrial and labour market policy, the private sector steered government policy in order to maximise its short-term business interests with little concern for the long-term stability of the economy or the human rights abuses of the apartheid state,” Davies said. “There was no empowerment and no inclusion.”The migrant worker system was encouraged, and wages kept low as the private sector benefited from poorly designed but generous investment and export incentives, and the intricate schemes of a feeble competition board.“As a result, the economy in 1994 was characterised by an extended period of negative growth rates, falling per capita incomes, ballooning fiscal deficit, double digit inflation rates, negative rates of fixed investment, rising unemployment, low rates of firm-level R&D, declining gold production coupled with a low gold price, and adversarial labour relations at shop-floor level.“At the industrial level concentration was extremely high, with more than 80% of all the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed companies owned by just six diversified conglomerates,” Davies said. “Exports were highly concentrated around mining and mineral products, mainly exported to Europe and the United States.”International isolation ensured industrial policy was heavily focused on strategic investments to ensure self-sufficiency, while the “separate development” policy of apartheid meant relatively small-scale production of consumer goods for a small market of affluent white consumers. Economic sanctions imposed to pressure the government to end apartheid resulted in little state support for sustainable exports and a low level of competitiveness in domestic industry. Desperate attempts to make the “homelands” system work caused a highly distorted investment environment, as the government sought to encourage investment outside South Africa’s metropolitan areas.Sustained economic growthOver two decades of freedom much work has gone into revitalising the moribund economy bequeathed by apartheid.“Between 1994 and 2013, the South African economy experienced positive growth in every quarter except for two of the 78 quarters,” Davies said. “In both instances where the South African economy experienced negative economic growth, international crises precipitated the contraction.“In 1998, the East Asian financial crisis led to a significant slowdown in the world economy, while the 2008 global financial crisis led to a global recession from which South Africa was not fully insulated,” said Davies.The country’s 76 quarters of growth have been the longest continuous economic expansion since the South African Reserve Bank first started keeping records.“South Africa’s economic growth performance compares favourably with a number of countries at similar levels of development,” Davies said. “The nature of South Africa’s growth dynamic is an important explanatory factor for South Africa’s poor job creation performance as well as the unbalanced trade performance over the two decades for 1994.“There are a number of important trends to be noted. The service sector has grown substantially faster than any other sector. The primary sectors – which include agriculture and mining – have been in long tern decline. The contribution of the manufacturing sector has declined and the contribution of the government has remained largely static.”Bringing black South Africans into the economySince 1994 a wide range of policies – including broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) and employment equity – have allowed black South Africans to participate meaningfully in the economy. “Government’s approach to empowerment has been a multi-pronged strategy encompassing the full spectrum of economic and social activities,” Davies said, “including access to government services such as social grants, business incentives, procurement, the stick market, employment opportunities across all sectors and the eradication of all discriminatory policies, programmes and practices.”In the past 20 years a number of organisations and initiatives were set up to support economic transformation, by providing financial and other support to black businesses. “It is important to note that government’s empowerment programmes are not only based on the need for post-apartheid economic redress,” Davies said.“From an economic policy perspective the expansion of the entrepreneurial, investor, consumer and taxpayer base as a result of governments B-BBEE policies has been substantial and has contributed positively to the growth of the South African economy.”Increasing competitivenessDavies said a major thrust of the work of the first democratic administration elected in 1994 was to inject new life into the South African economy. The redesign of the country’s competition policy and the introduction of focused small business support programmes topped the list.“One measure of industry competitiveness is exports,” he said. “Data proves that competitiveness in the manufacturing sector over the last two decades has improved. Given that South Africa does not have any export incentives of any real significance and that the exchange rate was over-valued and volatile for large parts of the period 1994 to 2013, it is probable that South Africa’s industry competitiveness has improved overall, although there remains pockets of relatively low levels of competitiveness.”Strategic trade re-positioning and diversification“In 1994 South Africa was an international pariah with limited international trade possible under international sanctions and the manufacturing sector poorly positioned to trade,” Davies said. “South Africa’s trade performance has increased progressively over the two decades with both imports and exports growing particularly rapidly in the period up to 2008. However, the growing gap between imports and exports has led to a significant and growing trade deficit, which is cause for concern.”While South Africa has successfully diversified away from the relatively slow-growing EU and US regions and towards the faster growing regions of Asia and Africa, this has come at a cost. South Africa’s trade with Asia is increasingly dominated by mining and mineral exports to China, and rapidly rising imports of value-added and increasingly sophisticated consumer and electronic goods.An important success story is the growth in South African exports to the rest of Africa as well as the fundamental changes in the trade profile of products exported into Africa compared to South African exports to the world.A downward spiral avoided“The first democratically elected government inherited an economy which was composed of a business sector which had been insulated from international competition, had become accustomed to generous cash and tax incentives from government and enjoyed a close relationship with the previous government and its key agencies such as the then board on tariffs and trade, and the competition board,” Davies said.“As the limits of economic development premised on self-sufficiency (accompanied by international isolation) low wages, and a small captive consumer market became apparent, the South African economy in 1994 could very easily have entered a downward spiral of company closures and capital flight or a period of sustained under-investment leading to de-industrialisation and the erosion of South Africa’s manufacturing capabilities.“Predictably, challenges remain. Job creation has been disappointing and has contributed to the relatively low alleviation of poverty and inequality. The risk of the industrial sector reverting to a capital- intensive minerals-based growth path and over-reliance on traditional export markets which are forecast to grow slowly over the next decade pose significant risks to South Africa’s economic growth potential.“Nevertheless, the economy is increasingly well-positioned for another period of sustained growth. The key challenge will be to ensure that the progress made in deepening and widening industrial development is accelearted and that this translates to more job-creating and inclusive economy in the next decade.”“Where we come from as the touchstone we have a good story to tell, but there are enormous challenges ahead, and we will deal with them.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There is no doubt that farmers are becoming more productive and that is because they are doing big business with a big company.With this one humongous company’s help, farmers are more efficient. This company helps farmers grow a bigger crop and do it on fewer acres with fewer chemicals and limited trips over the field.Farmers pay loads of money to have these products as part of their operation. It helps them better manage what they do and it keeps track of everyone around them to make their system work as a whole.It may sound like this company and their products are making our world better, but some critics would say this company and what they are selling to farmers will lead to this world’s demise. Does this big corporation force their products on farmers and punish them for not using what they have to offer? It might be a good idea to ask the same question back to you and many of your friends and neighbors too, because the company I am referring to is Apple.Apple’s iPhones, iPods, iPads and Macbooks downloaded with farm-savvy apps are used by many farmers everyday to make their farms a little more sustainable, and yes, a little more profitable. As you consider why you also use awesome technology from a major conglomerate, think about why a farmer would use beneficial agriculture technology, like treated seeds and products for pests and diseases on their farms.Newer, greater technologies that today’s society utilizes to better ourselves, what we do and how we do it are being developed every day and are adopted in quick fashion in fear of missing out on “the next best thing.” If you expect a farmer to be successful with yesterday’s practices, technologies and products, I suggest digging out the old “flip-phone” for a day to see if you can be as productive and efficient as you are with your smartphone or tablet.
ESPN national recruiting analyst Gerry Hamilton may be in a bit of hot water after making an incredibly embarrassing mistake Wednesday afternoon. Hamilton, attempting to tweet out a link with video highlights of four-star linebacker recruit Roquan Smith, instead included a link to a PornHub video. He quickly deleted the post and replaced it with the correct link, but the damage was already done – numerous users screenshotted the transgression and began circulating it.Hey @Kmarkobarstool That link is NOT Roquan Smiths highlight tape FYI pic.twitter.com/cyJBEDyxmB— ElOsoBlanco (@BSElOsoBlanco) January 21, 2015The only saving grace? The link didn’t include any kind of clue as to what the video actually contained. Still, Hamilton is bound to hear about this from those higher up.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has again taken to the airwaves to deliver a personal appeal to the people of strife-riven Central African Republic (CAR) to lay down their weapons, come together, and end the spiralling bloodshed and inter-communal violence that has plagued the country for months on end.Secretary General Ban Ki-moon records a video message for the people of the Central African Republic Credit/Copyright: Mark Garten/United Nations“You are not alone. Many countries are working for peace,” the Secretary-General says in a video and audio message, informing the war-weary people of the CAR that he has appealed to the international community to do much more: to provide more troops and police to protect people; more aid to save lives.Video: Ban Ki-moon – Message to the People of the Central African RepublicMr. Ban delivered a similar message on 13 December and today’s broadcast comes on the heels of his briefing to the UN Security Council on Thursday at which he put forward a six-point initiative for addressing the country’s most urgent priorities and needs, including more troops and police, increased efforts for the peace process, support for the Government, funding for humanitarian assistance and accountability.The conflict in CAR erupted when mainly Muslim Séléka rebels launched attacks in December 2012 and has taken on increasingly sectarian overtones as mainly Christian militias known as anti-Balaka (anti-machete) have taken up arms.Thousands of people are believed to have been killed, and 2.2 million, about half the population, need humanitarian aid. The UN estimates that nearly half a million children are among the almost 1 million driven from their homes.In his message, which was recorded in French, English and Sango, the national language, the Secretary-General expresses his solidarity with the people and says: “I am also appealing to you, the people of the Central African Republic. End the bloodshed. Stop the killings. Lay down your weapons.”“Those committing violence are only dividing and destroying your beloved country. Muslims and Christians have built your country together. I know you will do so again,” says Mr. Ban.“I stand with you – and I pledge my full support for peace and reconciliation – justice and accountability – for all the people of the Central African Republic.”Source:United Nations
NEW YORK, N.Y. – MTV is expanding its live events business in the U.S. by acquiring the SnowGlobe Music Festival.The three-day New Year’s Eve festival takes place in South Lake Tahoe, California. This year’s lineup includes Above & Beyond, Diplo, Eric Prydz, Rezz and RL Grime headlining among more than 40 artists. SnowGlobe will also showcase extreme winter sports demonstrations.Terms were not disclosed in Monday’s announcement. MTV says it’s taking the next step in “its resurgence by expanding deeper into live events.”MTV plans to reinvent its New Year’s Eve coverage, connecting SnowGlobe with MTV’s Times Square studio in New York. The cable network also plans to expand SnowGlobe to additional dates and locations worldwide and leverage its team to launch other new events.MTV launched MTV Studios in June.
OTTAWA — The Bank of Canada is widely expected to leave its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 1.75 per cent today after a 25-basis-point increase at its last setting in October.This morning’s announcement comes in the wake of a move by the Alberta government to curtail oil production in the province after Jan. 1 to try to clear a crude storage glut that has driven western Canadian oil prices to multi-year lows.Meanwhile, the recently announced plan to close the General Motors of Canada car plant in Oshawa, Ont., similarly offers a downside risk to future growth.Bank economists say an unexpected dip in monthly gross domestic product figures in September and lower-than-expected oil prices so far in the fourth quarter have dampened growth expectations and placed in doubt forecasts for a January bank rate increase.Lower growth prospects are expected to reinforce Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz’s strategy of moving very gradually on increases to its overnight rate.Economists say they will be closely watching Poloz’s speech on Thursday for signs of how events are affecting his view of the path forward. The Canadian Press
RED DEER, A.B. – A central Alberta man faces fraud charges over an oilfield product that was supposed to have resulted in big profits.RCMP say investors instead lost $2.6 million.“It was one of the larger fraud files we’ve had in the area,” Const. William Lewadniuk of the Red Deer Financial Crimes Unit said Friday. After several years passed with no buyout or payout, investors starting asking questions. The man then cut refund cheques.“All of the cheques bounced,” said Lewadniuk.The matter was referred to Blackfalds RCMP in 2013. Eventually, Lewadniuk’s office became involved in a complex investigation that had to unravel a money trail through several numbered companies.Dane Skinner of Sylvan Lake was arrested Wednesday. Lewadniuk said the man was selling a product he said would make fracking operations at oilwells cheaper and more environmentally friendly. He said, for example, he could cut the number of trucks needed on a fracking site to one from five.“He was offering investors the chance to get in on the ground floor for a revolutionary new fracking product,” Lewadniuk said.“He represented the product as if it was going to be sold to another company. If a company’s going to be bought out by another company, typically the stock goes up.”Lewadniuk said the product had never been tested in a commercial setting or at a real oil well. Nor, he said, can police guarantee the seller developed the product himself.Still, at least 16 investors bit.“It’s entirely possible there are additional victims,” Lewadniuk said. He has been released from custody and is to appear in Red Deer provincial court Aug. 8.He faces charges of fraud, money laundering and uttering threats.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)
For Ohio State football, it doesn’t get much better than what happened inside The Horseshoe on Saturday. The Buckeyes beat their archrival, on Senior Day, in front of 105,000-plus screaming fans, to finish the season undefeated. As the final seconds ticked off the clock, handing OSU a 26-21 victory against Michigan and securing a 12-0 record, scarlet and gray clad enthusiasts rushed the field, surrounding Buckeye players and coaches as they joyously – and slowly – made their way to the locker room. For first-year coach Urban Meyer, and the rest of Buckeye Nation, the 2012 season was about as good as it gets. Until next year, anyway. Yes, the 2012 season was great. Perfect, in a sense. But due to NCAA sanctions caused by “Tattoo-Gate,” the Buckeyes are banned from the postseason. OSU’s year ended after the Michigan game. No Big Ten Championship Game. No shot at playing for a national championship, either. There is no postseason ban for the 2013 season, and the foundation has been set in Columbus to win championships. OSU is expected to return 9 of 11 starters next year from an offense that averaged 37.1 points per game this season. Sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller is likely to be a Heisman Trophy front-runner in 2013. Redshirt junior running back Carlos Hyde, who rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown against the Wolverines, is “developing into one of the best backs in the country,” according to Meyer. On defense, the Buckeyes lose a bevy of senior leaders and playmakers, including defensive ends John Simon and Nathan Williams, and linebackers Zach Boren and Etienne Sabino. Junior defensive tackle Jonathan Hankins and redshirt sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby could leave for the NFL as well. But sophomore linebacker Ryan Shazier, a Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year candidate this season, returns. So do both starting safeties, freshman defensive linemen Adolphus Washington, Noah Spence and Tommy Schutt. The senior class, which Meyer refers to as the “most selfless group I’ve ever been around,” will not be easy to replace. But the Buckeyes experienced a great deal of success in 2012, and the large amount of players that are coming back are anxious to experience it again. “I’m hoping the guys get that taste and they want to do it again. Because once you taste (success), it tastes really good. And the foundation, I think, is strong,” Meyer said after the game Saturday. OSU will celebrate what it achieved this season, and deservedly so. But many underclassmen are already excited for next September. “We’re just glad that the team got to feel what it’s like to be 12-0 so next year, we’re just as hungry in the offseason to get there again,” said junior wide receiver Corey Brown. Because of the postseason ban, OSU players didn’t get everything they said they feel they deserved this year. In 2013, there will be no sanctions holding them back, and they’re looking forward to it. “We’re just going to come out hungry next year though, to get what we were supposed to get this year,” Hyde said. As for Meyer, he is really only getting started. He’s been at the helm of the OSU football program for roughly 12 months, and in that time, turned a 6-7 team in turmoil into a 12-0 team on the upswing. He’s starting to get “his guys” into the program – players that he recruited, not past OSU coaches. The freshman class, which Meyer was largely responsible for, played a big role this season. Washington had a sack and a forced fumble Saturday, while Schutt and Spence were in on numerous third-down situations, often forcing Michigan’s quarterbacks out of the pocket. Meyer said there were a “bunch of recruits in the meeting room again,” after the game. His 2013 class is ranked in the top 10 in the country by multiple sites. And while many criticized OSU’s schedule this season, 2013 could be easier. Michigan State and Nebraska are off the schedule, and replaced with Northwestern and Iowa, who went a combined 13-11 this year. The biggest non-conference game is likely to be at California, which recently fired its coach Jeff Tedford. OSU is likely to be favored in all of its regular season games next season. If all goes well for the Buckeyes in 2013, they could be riding a 23-game win streak when they arrive to Ann Arbor, Mich., on November 30, 2013. In all, Meyer’s first year in Columbus seemed to go as well as could have been planned. Such success, though, likely has amplified expectations, and possibilities, for the future. “I’m ready to go right now. I’m ready to get back into the off-season, working out and preparing for next season,” Hyde said. “I can’t wait.”