Ohio States Devin McCarthy going south to pursue pro tennis

With a marketing degree from Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business and four scholar-athlete awards under his belt, you might say Devin McCarthy of the OSU men’s tennis team has a bright future in the corporate world, if not for one problem – he isn’t finished with tennis. McCarthy, the only redshirt senior on this year’s OSU squad, plans to take his skills to the professional level after No. 5 Buckeyes (26-2, 9-0) finish their 2013 season. McCarthy graduated from OSU in December. “I think I’m going to, in June, go to Mexico for a couple weeks to play some (professional) tournaments. I’m not ready to give up tennis … I don’t really want to sit behind a desk, so I’m going to go try (professional tennis) out and see what happens,” McCarthy said. McCarthy, though, didn’t always think he had the skills to go pro. When he was recruited out of his Cincinnati-area high school by OSU coach Ty Tucker and brought onto the team as a freshman, McCarthy didn’t see that level of potential in his own play. “(Tucker) took a chance on me. I wasn’t that great in juniors, (I) took some time off, my ranking wasn’t that great, and (Tucker) brought me in and spent some time with me in the summer when I was a guy that wasn’t in the lineup, and he spent a lot of time with me,” McCarthy said. However, what McCarthy failed to see in himself, Tucker saw immediately. “I thought (he had) very good potential … (he was) a guy that should have been highly recruited, wasn’t as highly recruited as he should have been. To us he was a certain ‘can’t miss’ player,” Tucker said. “We were very fortunate to get him.” McCarthy is the fourth child in his family to play Big Ten tennis. His two older brothers, Ryan and Mike, played for Indiana, and his other brother, Andrew, played at Northwestern. McCarthy said many of the improvements made in his tennis game came during his true freshman year when he did not see action for the Buckeyes. “Honestly, I don’t think that if I came (to OSU) early, I don’t think I would be playing. I don’t think I would have ever made it in the lineup,” McCarthy said. “I came here in the winter of 2009, and was the worst on the team, second worst on the team. (I) stayed that summer … and that’s when I made the biggest jump and probably got two levels better.” Over the course of the next four years, his extra time spent training and developing began to pay on the court. “(McCarthy) finally earned a spot on the team and never gave it up. He’s been a horse for us – I feel one of the two or three most underrated players in college tennis,” Tucker said. During McCarthy’s OSU career, the Buckeyes have won five Big Ten regular-season championships, four Big Ten tournament championships and have never lost a match at home. McCarthy is ranked No. 91 nationally. Off the court, McCarthy has established himself as a four-time OSU scholar-athlete, three-time Academic All-Big Ten recipient and a mentor to many of his younger teammates. “It’s not always just tennis … (McCarthy) has a great personality and is easy to get along with, and he’s been probably my best friend on the team since I’ve been (at OSU),” said redshirt junior Peter Kobelt. “We’re going to miss him for who he is and for what he does on and off the court.” “He’s been a great leader.” Visit www.thelantern.com for the rest of this story. Tucker said he will be sad to see McCarthy leave but is proud of what he has accomplished during his five years as a student. “I think (Devin) is a great guy – exactly what OSU wants and a true competitor. Him leaving is very, very sad to me,” Tucker said. “Every guy that has ever come through (the program) is a good friend of mine at the end … and I look forward to that relationship with Devin.” McCarthy said his memories at OSU are countless. “Just saying I was an athlete at OSU is going to be pretty sweet to be able to say and look back on,” McCarthy said. “One of the coolest things is being in Seattle or being in California and you’re walking with an OSU shirt and some random dude walks up to you and says ‘O-H’ and you respond ‘I-O’ and then finds out you’re an athlete, and they think it’s the coolest thing in the world.” For the time being however, there are still a few things left to check off on McCarthy’s to-do list before he moves on from his career as a Buckeye. “Winning the Big Ten title at home would be awesome in front of my whole family,” he said. “And I think we’ve got a good shot of winning the national title this year, and that would be the ultimate dream.” McCarthy and the rest of the Buckeye squad are scheduled to face Michigan State on Friday at 3 p.m. at the Varsity Tennis Center. read more

NFL draft Raekwon McMillan selected by the Miami Dolphins in the second

OSU junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan (5) takes the field with the Buckeyes before their game against Michigan State on Nov. 19. The Buckeyes won 17-16. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorFormer Ohio State middle linebacker Raekwon McMillan was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the second round with the 54th overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft. The former OSU captain manned the middle of the defense the past two seasons and was named an Associated Press second-team All-American.A five-star prospect from Hinesville, Georgia, McMillan enrolled early at OSU and played in all 15 games as a freshman in 2014 during the team’s national championship-winning season. The linebacker split snaps at middle linebacker with then-senior and current New York Giants linebacker Curtis Grant, racking up 54 tackles, 2.5 sacks and an interception which he returned 24 yards for a touchdown.The next two seasons in Columbus, McMillan took sole possession of the starting middle linebacker position. The 6-foot-2, 240-pound linebacker led the Buckeyes in tackles the past two seasons with 102 tackles in 2016 and 119 tackles in 2015. As a sophomore, he was a second-team All-Big Ten selection and, as a junior, he earned first-team All-Big Ten honors.The 20-year-old early entry to the draft picked up 18 career tackles for loss as a Buckeye, tallied six sacks and defended 10 passes.At the NFL combine, McMillan ran a 4.61-second 40-yard dash, the third-fastest time by any linebacker, behind former Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers (4.46) and former Florida linebacker Duke Riley (4.58). This marks the third of four years that an OSU linebacker has been drafted. Former Buckeyes linebacker Ryan Shazier was drafted with the No. 15 overall pick in the first round by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2014 NFL draft. Darron Lee, McMillan’s former teammate, was drafted by the New York Jets with the 20th pick of the first round in 2016.NFL.com’s Mike Mayock ranked him as the ninth best linebacker in the draft. ESPN analysts Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. ranked him as the seventh and fourth best inside linebacker in this draft class, respectively.McMillan will play his first NFL game in Miami when the Dolphins take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Hard Rock Stadium on September 10. He will return to his home state in the sixth week of the season when the Dolphins take on the Atlanta Falcons on October 15. read more

Bahamas monitoring US protected status withdrawal says high level talks with Haiti

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNASSAU, New Providence, Bahamas – November 24, 2017 – Haitians living in the United States have 18 months to regularize their status or they will have to leave the US and the Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs says this move by the Trump Administration will impact The Bahamas.Foreign Affairs Minister Darren Henfield said yes, The Bahamas is watching the situation where the temporary protected status is being lifted, it is a measure welcomed by States but rejected by migrant groups who have been domicile in the US for decades.Minister Henfield explained, the Bahamas government is organizing a mission to Haiti for high level talks on migration challenges, which he thinks should work in tandem with joint economic initiatives.Henfield explained that he is advocating a multi-faceted approach with greater collaboration from the Haitian government moving forward; but these maneuvers he cautioned will not override Bahamian law as it relates to illegal migration.  In the Bahamas similar measures are being taken, with the deadline for regularization set for December 31, 2017; in the Turks and Caicos, the deadline is past for illegal migrants to gain legal status or leave the country.  Immigration Operations are now reactivated since the September storms in the TCI.It is said some 69,000 Haitians will be impacted in the US by the measure, Garcelle Beauvais actress, model and producer of Haitian descent is again advocating for her compatriots. Related Items:#garcellebeauvais, #tpslast_img read more

For those with a sweet tooth

first_imgEatTreat, a pan-India community of food lovers, is launching EatTreat Shoppe, an online marketplace for high quality desserts, where some of the best bakers in Delhi have come together to provide their patrons with the best gourmet cakes, cookies and everything sweet. EatTreat serves as a platform for small businesses and home-sellers, who aren’t traditionally available online, and a space where one can get the gooiest and most scrumptious desserts. Customers can place online orders for customisable treats with the press of a button. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe website will constantly bring you recommendations from the community and influencers, and focus entirely on quality experiences and desserts that you will have a hard time sharing with anyone. EatTreat has associated with 30 unique home bakers so far, each showcasing a flurry of their products – bringing you delights from the likes of the renowned Georgia Dakota, Baked Loved by Vatsala, Sinful Bites and a lot of modest bakeries and confectioners, who make unique cakes, alcoholic goodies and gluten-free treats.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe e-commerce platform right now is available in Delhi and further plans to expand to the entire NCR, soon followed by other cities. Additionally, EatTreat’s aim is to bring something that you haven’t sampled before – recommendations from a community delivered to your doorstep. EatTreat offers its readers and customers with information on lost recipes, best places to eat in the city, tips and tricks with fun and interactive quizzes to keep you engaged. The editor of EatTreat, Kasturi Roy says, “EatTreat is a place where you will find your favourite home-baker or seller, who’s currently only operating through word of mouth, text messages or email. We at EatTreat, ensure that your gluten-free, sugarless, egg less or any other requirement is passed on to the seller, and you get exactly the experience you want.” EatTreat believes in exploring the new in food, fun things to eat in the city and delivering the best experience when it comes to gorging.last_img read more