December 19

Heart surgery’s unsung hero

first_imgHamilton Naki worked with Professor Chris Barnard in developing open heart surgical techniques. (Image: Hidden Heart)Nicky RehbockFind out more about using MediaClubSouthAfrica.com materialWhen South African cardiac surgeon Christiaan Barnard stunned the world by performing the first human heart transplant at Groote Schuur Hospital on 3 December 1967, little was known or said about Hamilton Naki, an unassuming lab assistant who was often at Barnard’s side.Despite Naki’s surgical achievements, which helped make the first human heart transplant possible, he lived in obscurity for many years, eking out a living on a gardener’s pension.During the height of apartheid in South Africa there was no reason to believe that a largely uneducated black assistant was anything more that a labourer.Naki once told a BBC interviewer, “Those days you had to accept what they said, as there was no other way you could go, because it was the law of the land.”But after the country’s first democratic elections in 1994, Naki’s contribution to open heart surgery came to the fore, allowing for his remarkable story to be told.Humble beginningsNaki was born on 26 June 1926 in the former homeland of Transkei in the Eastern Cape province. He attended school until age 14, when famine and poverty forced him to hitch-hike across provinces to Cape Town, in search of work.As a youth Naki was hired by the University of Cape Town (UCT) to maintain the tennis lawns. He remained in the city for the rest of his life, sending most of his wages home to support an extended family of 11.In 1954, Robert Goetz, the university’s professor of surgery, asked him to lend a hand in the laboratory to hold down a giraffe he was operating on. Goetz wanted to find out why the animals did not faint when they lowered their heads to drink.Naki impressed the professor so much that he invited him to work in the lab. Although first designated to clean out the animals’ cages in the research lab, he soon became adept at performing a wide range of surgical procedures and he was given special permission to continue research work in the labs. He also took over the postoperative care of the animals.Blessed with profound intelligence and memory, Naki learned by watching other surgeons and was soon able to carry out a liver transplant on a pig virtually unaided.There was little the qualified surgeons could do that Naki couldn’t.When Goetz left for America and Chris Barnard arrived at UCT, Naki’s abilities were recognised by the pioneering doctor. Barnard first used him as his anaesthetist and later as his principal surgical assistant.‘A skilled craftsman’Naki worked with Barnard as he was developing open heart surgical techniques experimentally.Barnard told the Associated Press in 1993 that “if Hamilton had the opportunity to perform, he would have probably become a brilliant surgeon”.In an interview shortly before his death in 2001, Barnard said Naki was “one of the greatest researchers of all time in the field of heart transplants”, adding that he “was a better craftsman than me, especially when it came to stitching”.It is said that Naki played a major role in training 3 000 heart surgeons who studied under Barnard.Doctors who observed Naki’s work described how he managed to join tiny blood vessels with amazing dexterity and was able to skilfully finish the medical students’ surgeries in the animal lab.Professor Ralph Kirsch, director of the Liver Research Centre, describes him as “one of those remarkable men who really come around once in a long time”.“As a man without any education, he mastered surgical techniques at the highest level and passed them on to young doctors. I don’t think that happens very often anywhere in the world,” Kirsch said.Naki recalled how medical students often consulted with him for guidance. “That’s why they called me a surgical father,” he said, according to an Associated Press article in 2005.Making a differenceAlthough he lived in a tiny room in Langa, an impoverished township in the underprivileged area known as the Cape Flats, with no electricity or running water, Naki would set out to work every morning in a hat, suit, tie and polished shoes.Even after his retirement, Naki continued to make a difference by raising money for a mobile clinic in his rural hometown in the Eastern Cape. He also called on surgeons – who were once his trainees – to donate money for a school in his home province.RecognitionIn 2002 then president of South Africa Thabo Mbeki gave Naki the country’s highest order, the National Order of Mapungubwe, for his years of service.The following year Graça Machel, UCT’s vice chancellor and wife of former president Nelson Mandela, gave Naki an honorary degree in medicine in recognition of his work in the field of surgery.On 29 May 2005 Naki died of a heart attack but his life and work, alongside the achievements of Barnard, have been captured in a documentary, Hidden Heart, which is currently on circuit in South African cinemas.The Swiss, German and South African production, from directors Cristina Karrer and Werner Schweizer, gives an intimate look at the relationship between the two medical pioneers and finally gives due credit to one of South Africa’s most unlikely “surgical fathers”.Do you have any queries or comments about this article? Email Nicky Rehbock at [email protected] linksHidden HeartSouth African History Online: Hamilton NakiHamilton Naki: Unsung hero of the world’s first heart transplantBBC Newslast_img read more

December 18

Time to give your sprayer some TLC

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It is very likely that you will not be using your sprayer again until next spring. If you want to avoid potential problems and save yourself from frustration and major headaches, you will be wise to give your sprayer a little bit of TLC (Tender Loving Care) these days. Yes this is still a busy time of the year for some of you, but don’t delay winterizing your sprayer any more than necessary. Find ways to protect them against the harmful effects of snow, rain, sun, and strong winds. Moisture in the air, whether from snow, rain, or soil, rusts metal parts of unpro­tected equipment of any kind. This is especially true for a sprayer, because there are all kinds of hoses, rubber gaskets and plastic pieces all around a sprayer. Yes, the sun usually helps reduce moisture in the air, but it also causes damage. Ultraviolet light softens and weakens rubber materials such as hoses and tires and degrades some tank materials. How about the pump, the heart of a sprayer? You don’t want a pump that is cracked and/or not working at its full capacity because you did not properly winterize it before the temperature falls below freezing.The best protection from the environment is to store sprayers in a dry building. Storing sprayers in a building gives you a chance to work on them any time during the off-season regardless of weather. If storing in a building is not possible, provide some sort of cover.Here are some suggestions you may want to follow as you prepare the sprayer for storage: When storing trailer-type sprayers, put blocks under the frame or axle and reduce tire pressure during storage.It is very likely that you did the right thing when you used the sprayer the last time: you rinsed the whole system (tanks, hoses, filters, nozzles) thoroughly. If you did not, make sure there is no leftover spray mixture in the tank. Dispose of it according to the chemical label, and rinse the system with some sort of a rinsing solution. Usually a mixture of one to 100 of household ammonia to water should be adequate for cleaning the tank, but you may first need to clean the tank with a mixture containing detergent if tank was not cleaned weeks ago, right after the last spraying job was done.Cleaning the outside of the sprayer components deserves equal attention. Remove compacted deposits with a bristle brush. Then flush the exterior parts of the equipment with water. A high pressure washer can be used, if avail­able. Wash the exterior of the equipment either in the field away from ditches and water sources nearby, or a specially constructed concrete rinse pad.Drain all cleaning water from all parts to prevent freezing.To prevent corrosion, remove nozzle tips and strainers, dry them, and store them in a dry place. Putting them in a can of light oil such as diesel fuel or kerosene is another option.Pumps require special care. After draining the water, add a small amount of oil, and rotate the pump four or five revolutions by hand to completely coat interior surfaces.  Make sure that this oil is not going to damage rubber rollers in a roller pump or rubber parts in a diaphragm pump. Check the operator’s manual. If oil is not recom­mended, pouring one tablespoon of radiator rust inhibitor in the inlet and outlet part of the pump also keeps the pump from corroding. Another alternative is to put automotive antifreeze with rust inhibitor in the pump and other sprayer parts. This also protects against corrosion and prevents freezing in case all the water is not drained.Cover openings so that insects, dirt, and other foreign material cannot get into the system.Finally, check the sprayer for scratched spots. Touch up these areas with paint to eliminate corrosion. Erdal Ozkan, Professor and Extension Agricultural engineer, can be reached at 614-292-3006, or [email protected] This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more

December 15

How to Battle Anxiety and Depression as an Entrepreneur

first_imgA journalist and digital consultant, John Boitnott has worked at TV, print, radio and Internet companies for 25 years. He’s an advisor at StartupGrind and has written for BusinessInsider, Fortune, NBC, Fast Company, Inc., Entrepreneur and Venturebeat. How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Related Posts Entrepreneurs may hear “fake it until you make it” and “defeat imposter syndrome” more than the average person. Many people only notice entrepreneurial success — the money, the cars, the new office. But what they don’t see are the sacrifices entrepreneurs make to create success — likely for years. Many people don’t see the mental health problems that occur in entrepreneurs — like depression and anxiety. It becomes crucial to battle anxiety and depression as an entrepreneur.The rise of depression amongst entrepreneurs is growing to an all-time high. A 2015 study from researchers at Stanford, UC Berkeley, and UC San Francisco showed that 72 percent of entrepreneurs experienced mental health concerns, with 49 percent experiencing chronic mental illness (including depression, bipolar disorder, and others). That’s almost three-quarters of the entrepreneurial population suffering from some type-of diagnosable mental health issue. Unfortunately, it isn’t always easy to find information on how entrepreneurs can manage and overcome depression. Society often encourages entrepreneurs to ignore the signs. Many feel isolated and afraid that their peers will judge them. What does depression look like? What does anxiety look like. Can you identify these two issues in yourself or others? Have you looked for these stealers of the soul? Since May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, I thought I’d discuss some ways small business owners can cope, manage, and even solve their anxiety and depression problems.The Causes & Studies on Depression Depression is identified as a serious medical condition. Being sad is not the same as being depressed. Depression impacts the way you feel, think, and act (or react). According to the American Psychiatric Association, 1 in 6 people experience depression in their lifetime. However, 30 percent of entrepreneurs (almost 1 in 3) experience depression in their lives. There are many reasons for this. First, society puts a lot of pressure on the entrepreneur to succeed. Small business owners work extended work hours. They often struggle to form a vibrant personal life. The constant grind of turning an idea into a reality can be overwhelming. Stress pervades.Unfortunately, these stressful periods last a long time. Many entrepreneurs are in hustle mode for 3-5 years before their product attracts a large customer base. For some, it’s even longer.  To complicate matters, many novice entrepreneurs, in their haste to become profitable and successful, neglect their physical and mental well-being. Many skip meals, choose work to oversleep and fail to exercise their brains and bodies. I’ve met some over the years who abuse substances that help keep them awake and sharp for long periods so they can complete projects. Each of these excessive choices negatively impacts mental health and can lead to burnout or severe depression. How To Identify Depression Clinical depression requires a medical diagnosis. However, there are warning signs that any entrepreneur can identify before talking to a medical professional. Symptoms include loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed, increased fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, loss or increase in appetite, or irritability. Depression is different for most people, but if you see these symptoms, get checked. Also, notice if your sadness has increased or lasts longer than is comfortable.  The longer you wait to identify a problem that 1 in 3 entrepreneurs have, the more difficult it can be to manage once you’ve identified it.Discussing a Taboo Topic – SuicideMany entrepreneurs neglect to take care of their mental wellbeing. Not seeking help can lead to deeper problems, even suicide. The fact is that most suicide deaths occur only 15 minutes after the person has thought about it. With a surge in the last few years of entrepreneurs taking their own lives (within the previous two years, many notable deaths include Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain, and Mao Kankan), the entrepreneurial community is slowly but surely realizing that depression and suicide are more common than many people thought before. Identifying depression symptoms earlier, and taking steps to deal with depression, can help prevent the worst case scenario. While depression is more common among entrepreneurs, it doesn’t have to be a label that you live with for the rest of your life. These thoughts and feelings don’t have to define who you are as a person. Depression is a mental disorder; that’s it, nothing more. It doesn’t lessen you or your accomplishments, it doesn’t have to hinder your life, and it certainly doesn’t have to be the reason you end your life. It can be diagnosed and treated through various methods. And there is help out there. Ways to Seek Help While many entrepreneurs don’t have the luxury of seeking help through an employer, they do have many other options they can use should they suffer from depression. Eating right, regularly exercising, and taking breaks are all important. But, it’s also crucial to go a bit deeper in how you seek help. For one, many entrepreneurs need a strong personal foundation. Due to the nature of the entrepreneural journey, there is additional job isolation and long work hours are all too common. Surrounding yourself with like-minded people, who stay in your corner through your ups and downs — is extremely important. Watching out for the other person who may be suffering is important also. That way, you know you’re not alone, even if your depression wants you to believe you are. Of course, you can also take advantage of therapy, and medication (if prescribed by your medical professional). Helplines such as the Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-8255) and The National Alliance on Mental Illness Helpline (800- 950-NAMI) — are very valuable. Most importantly, as an entrepreneur, don’t neglect your feelings and thoughts. The sooner you search for a diagnosis — or at the very least, seek-help, the better your chances of fighting and winning. It’s okay to admit you’re not okay and to seek that help that you need and deserve. While depression may affect one in three entrepreneurs, it doesn’t have to stay that way. Talk about the topic. Don’t be afraid to admit that you’re not okay. Expressing yourself should be safe, and can open dialogue among entrepreneurs that can increase awareness, offer you support, and more. Entrepreneurs shouldn’t feel like they must suffer to find success. Depression is real, but it can also be beaten. China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … John BoitnottCEO, Boitnott Consulting LLC How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Tags:#depression#entrepreneurs&depression#health issues#Identify Depression#National Mental Health Awareness Month#Suicide last_img read more

November 28

Gagan Narang wins bronze in 10m Air Rifle, gives India its first medal at the 2012 Olympics

first_imgIndia’s rifle shooter Gagan Narang clinched the bronze medal in the men’s 10-metre air rifle event while his illustrious compatriot and defending champion Abhinav Bindra failed to qualify for the final round in the 2012 London Olympics at the Royal Artillery Barracks on Monday.The gold went to Romanian Alin George Moldoveanu with a total score of 702.1 (599 qualifying, 103.1 final) and Italian Niccolo Campriani bagged the silver with 701.5 (599 qualifying, 102.5 final).Narang, who is participating in his third Games, had a total score of 701.1 (598 qualifying, 103.1 final). Going into the final round, Narang was third. In the final round, Narang had a series of 10.7, 9.7, 10.6, 10.7, 10.4, 10.6, 9.9, 9.5, 10.3 and 10.7 to give India its first medal from the London Games. It was the third time in row that Indian shooters had won medals at the Olympics. Double trap shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore won the silver in 2004, Bindra gave India a historic gold in Beijing, and now Narang has bagged a bronze in London.Bindra, India’s only individual Olympic gold medallist, failed to qualify as he shot 594 to finish 16th out of 47 contestants.In the qualifying round, Narang, who missed the final round in Beijing Games on a countback, was in his elements. The 29-year-old Hyderabadi shot perfect series of 100 in all the rounds except the third when he scored 98. He also shot 53 inner 10s.Bindra had just two series of perfect 100 in the third and the fourth round. He shot 99s in the first, second and fifth and faltered in the sixth, when he shot 97. The top eight shooters qualified for the final round. Former Olympic champion and Beijing Games silver medallist Zhu Qinan of China also failed to qualify for the final round.advertisementBindra said luck deserted him during the qualification round of the 10 metres air rifle event at the 2012 London Games here Monday.”Time was running out and I had to take some risks. Needed a little luck for some shots and I didn’t get it. I am disappointed, but love the sport, love shooting so am sure I’ll continue. I think I did a reasonable job. I could have retired on a high after the Bejing gold but that would have been the easy way out,” Bindra told reporters at the Royal Artillery Barracks here.”I am glad I had the courage to come back and try again even though I have failed. I will still go away from London Olympics having learnt a lot,” said the former World Champion.Bindra hoped his compatriot Narang will bag an Olympic medal. Narang fell two short of his world record score of 600. In fact, Narang is the only shooter to have shot a possible 600 twice.”I would like to wish Gagan the very best. He shot an excellent qualifying round, think he will do very well in the final,” Bindra said. Narang, who missed the final round in Beijing Games on a countback, was in his elements. The 29-year-old Hyderabadi shot perfect series of 100 in all the rounds except the third when he scored 98. He also shot 53 inner 10s.Meanwhile, Bindra had just two series of perfect 100 in the third and the fourth round. He shot 99s in the first, second and fifth and faltered in the sixth, when he shot 97. The 29-year-old Narang – who shot four golds in the Delhi Commonwealth Games and was always considered a big hope alongside Bindra in the event – made up for his compatriot’s luckless show by earning India it’s third Olympic medal from the sport.Narang had given enough indications of his class in a pre-Olympics event in Germany’s Hannover by scoring 704.3 – that was higher than the world record of 703.1 set by Thomas Farnik of Austria in the 2006 World Cup.The Indian shooter, participating in his third Games, however, was a shade below his Hannover high, managing an aggregate of 701.1 (598 qualifying, 103.1 final). Narang’s success has added to India’s less than impressive medal count – which now stands at 21 comprising nine golds, four silvers and eight bronzes – in Olympics history.Hockey alone has provided 11 metals (8 gold, 1 silver and two bronze medals). Apart from the three in shooting, the Indians have got two each in athletics and wrestling and one apiece from weightlifting, tennis and boxing.last_img read more

November 7

Aussies Four From Four After Day One

first_img18’s GirlsAustralia has held out a tough New Zealand 18’s Girls team, taking the opening match of the series 5-4 today. New Zealand proved that they were going to be tough to beat from the outset, scoring a touchdown in the opening set of the game to take an early 1-0 lead. It looked as though New Zealand would further extend their in the seventh minute, but their touchdown was disallowed. Mistakes from Australia early in the match saw New Zealand dominate the first half of the poening term, but Australia soon found their rhythm. The Australians levelled the game up at 1-all in the 12th minute, when Chloe Crotty scored on the wing off an overlap. The Australians took the lead for the first time in the game in the 17th minute, when a great acting half run from Madison Regan saw captain Laura Peattie score to take a 2-1 lead. Australian vice-captain Yasmin Meakes scored on the far wing shortly before half-time to extend Australia’s lead to two and take a 3-1 lead into half-time. New Zealand were quick to hit back after half-time, with Jess Mahar using her speed to score in the second minute of the game to bring them back to 3-2, before Crotty scored her second on the wing for Australia in the next set, with the visitors taking a 4-2 lead. Breannan Singman extended Australia’s lead just after the midway mark of the half, to take a 5-3 lead. New Zealand then scored two quick touchdowns, to get back to a one touchdown deficit with minutes remaining, but were unable to continue their comeback, with Australia claiming the game 5-4. Stay tuned to the TFA YouTube channel for highlights from the match – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus 18’s BoysThe second match of the day was keenly fought from the opening whistle with the 2011 Champions New Zealand trying to keep hold of the only title won by the Kiwis in the last tournament.Australia started in the best possible way with a touchdown out wide on their first set. Jason Norford benefitted from some smart lead-up play and made no mistake in crossing over.It wasn’t an immediate response form New Zealand but after a few minutes of finding their way, Ethan Hunt got the home team on the scoreboard in an emphatic fashion, diving over in the middle.Touchdowns to each team then followed with neither being able to gain any ascendancy. Isaac Walker scored a nice touchdown in the middle for NZ to go 3-2 up.The play of the half then belonged to Mackenzie Haugh who ran down an Australian intercept and dived for the saving touch with just 1 metre before the Touchdown would have been made by Theo Majid.Jason Norford, Majid and James Western then piled on three touchdowns for Australia to turn the game on its head. Western and Majid’s were worthy of a highlight real and in a flash New Zealand were on the back foot going into the halftime break.Australia stretched its lead to 6-3 early in the second half but the Kiwis stayed in it with one of their own. Australia’s Jackson Luke then took an intercept to give his team a 3-touchdown buffer again. Both teams then traded Touchdowns once moreBoth teams then traded Touchdowns once moreIt was then New Zealand’s turn to go on a run of Touchdowns with Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi and William Raea scoring to make it 7-8.A final Touchdown to Australia was enough to seal the match 9-7 but New Zealand showed enough this afternoon to suggest that this series will be tightly fought. 20’s GirlsThe Australians made it onto the scoreboard early in the game, when Catherine Sargent scored in the third minute to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. Both team’s defence held strong for the next 10 minutes, with the game going from end to end, before Rebecca Mounsey scored on the wing for Australia to take a 2-0 lead with six minutes remaining in the half. A beautiful long ball from co-captain Rachel Beck in the 18th minute saw Tracy Hill score on the wing, before New Zealand scored their first touchdown of the match in the next set, then Australia scored their fourth of the match to take a 4-1 lead into half-time. Australia extended their lead to three just after the break, when Melissa Peters scored of the tap-off move in the first set to take a 5-1 advantage. They were back on the scoreboard shortly after when Toni Wells scored in the second minute of the half to take a 6-1 lead. Maddie Studdon made it 7-1 at the midway mark of the first half, before Chloe Williamson scored New Zealand’s first touchdown of the half with just under five minutes remaining. Peters hit back to claim her second touchdown of the game in the next set, to take a six touchdown lead and the win, 8-2.  20’s BoysThe marquee event for the day was the Under 21 Men’s match; both teams had plenty of experience to match their youthful exuberance and it was Australia who took the challenge to New Zealand with an opening onslaught of three Touchdowns.Wesley Sefuiva, Scott Bundy and Simon Lang were all at the end of some good lead-up play  and made no mistake in their execution. With the platform laid by Australia, New Zealand were forced to play catch-up and eventually got one back through Tyson Johnson.New Zealand were soon back on attack and looking for a second score when Cohan Guerra anticipated the kiwi pass to the millimetre, intercepted and then with a freakish show of speed, streaked away to score.With the score 4-1 at halftime, the kiwis had a mountain to climb and Henry Tuatea took the first couple of steps with a touchdown in the middle of the park to keep his team in it.From thereon in though, it was all the green and gold. Oscar Sanft was first to score and not long after Wesley Sefuiva provided a nice inside ball to Matthew Goodrope to further extend the lead. Adam Pryde also got into the act and by full-time a dominant Austrlia had racked up 10 touchdowns to go out big winners and provide New Zealand with a lot of questions to answer leading into Game 2 tomorrow.ResultsDay One Results18’s GirlsAustralia 5 defeated New Zealand 418’s BoysAustralia 9 defeated New Zealand 720’s GirlsAustralia 8 defeated New Zealand 220’s BoysAustralia 10 defeated New Zealand 2Related LinksDay One Resultslast_img read more

October 28

21 days ago​Crystal Palace invite prospective purchasers

first_img​Crystal Palace invite prospective purchasersby Ian Ferris21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace have been put up for sale as part of a deal that would value the Premier League club at UK£210 million (US$258 million),according to City AM, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The business newspaper claims to have seen a document intended for prospective buyers offering to facilitate the purchase of at least 75 per cent and up to 90 per cent of the club for either a single buyer or consortium.The document, which was apparently drawn up by Zenith Global Capital Partners rather than Palace themselves, reportedly says the club would be sold-debt free and have a projected valuation of UK£525 million (US$645 million) by year three and UK£700 million (US$860 million) by year five.It has been widely reported this year that Palace’s American owners, Joshua Harris and David Blitzer, are looking to sell their stake in the club just three years after investing in the team.However, City AM’s report added that Steve Parish, Palace’s long-serving chairman and minority owner, is open to remaining at the club but would be willing to dilute his 18 per cent stake. TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

October 28

15 days agoEx-Stoke boss Rowett, Cahill in Millwall frame

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Ex-Stoke boss Rowett, Cahill in Millwall frameby Ansser Sadiq15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Stoke City, Birmingham and Derby County boss Gary Rowett is on the shortlist to replace Neil Harris at Millwall.Harris left the post earlier this week with the Lions towards the bottom of the Championship.Sky Sports says former Everton and Millwall striker Tim Cahill is also in contention.The South-East London club are keen to appoint a new manager before their next fixture against Brentford on October 19. last_img read more

September 28

Notre Dame Continues To Hold On To A Playoff Spot — But

LSU 7-21524100%<1% ▲ 21<1% RankingProbability of … Michigan 8-212181714%9% ▲ 211% Ohio State 10-032445%62% ▲ 2118% Notre Dame 9-1478—a26% ▲ 216% Same old, same old. The college football playoff committee had it easy this week. After a week of games where all their top teams won, they didn’t have to shake things up in their rankings much. The top five remain the same: Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Iowa. After suffering crushing losses last week, Baylor and Stanford fell back in the rankings. Meanwhile, the Sooner state made headway: Oklahoma State and Oklahoma rose up to the No. 6 and No. 7 spots, respectively. But while the Big 12 looks ascendant, they both can’t stay there long: they play each other Thanksgiving weekend.The FiveThirtyEight model has bad news for Notre Dame fans: last week it was Baylor that was projected to elbow out the Irish by season’s end; this week it’s Oklahoma. The model continues to think an undefeated or one-loss Big 12 champion will most likely surpass Notre Dame. Our model simulations — which predict where the committee will land in its final rankings on Dec. 6 — are shown in the following table: College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings as of Nov. 17. Oklahoma might eventually edge out Notre Dame, but they have two awfully tough games remaining: against TCU this Saturday and on the road versus Oklahoma State. While the Sooners are our favorite for the fourth slot, the model still only gives them a 45 percent chance of making it in.Lurking at the edges are a slew of hopefuls: Oklahoma State and Iowa, though each doesn’t have a loss, stand but a 25 percent and 22 percent chance to make it; one-loss stalwarts Florida, Baylor, and Michigan State — along with two-loss Stanford — all have above a 10 percent shot.For those of you who want more nitty-gritty about our projections, check out our original methodology manifesto, as well as last week’s methodology update. Oklahoma St. 10-0641335%25% ▲ 215% Northwestern 8-22029610%<1% ▲ 21<1% Oregon 7-32310284%<1% ▲ 21<1% Florida 9-1881435%23% ▲ 214% Michigan St. 9-1962211%12% ▲ 211% Iowa 10-05132928%22% ▲ 212% Alabama 9-121361%63% ▲ 2119% TCU 9-1181265%5% ▲ 212% Wisconsin 8-22520241%<1% ▲ 21<1% Utah 8-213262312%1% ▲ 21<1% Baylor 8-11022214%16% ▲ 216% Houston 10-019143739%1% ▲ 21<1% Mississippi 7-3222894%<1% ▲ 21<1% Florida State 8-21419160%<1% ▲ 21<1% Navy 8-116164422%<1% ▲ 21<1% Stanford 8-211111144%11% ▲ 212% Oklahoma 9-175146%45% ▲ 2118% USC 7-32417734%1% ▲ 21<1% North Carolina 9-11791536%9% ▲ 211% Memphis 8-22136430%<1% ▲ 21<1% Clemson 10-013562%68% ▲ 2115% TeamCFPEloFPIConf. TitlePlayoffNat. Title read more

September 28

Gallery Ohio State vs Wisconsin

The Ohio State Buckeyes prepare for their game against the Wisconsin Badgers on Oct. 15. The Buckeyes won 30-23 in overtime. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo Editor The Ohio State Buckeyes took on the Wisconsin Badgers on Oct. 15 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin. After a shaky first half, the Buckeyes beat the Badgers in overtime by a final score of 30-23.

September 28

Under new coach womens lacrosse faces tough season ahead

First-year women’s lacrosse coach Alexis Venechanos said she is still learning about her players and her young team is still trying to get better. “We have a lot to work on but we’re happy how it’s early in the season, and we have some time,” Venechanos said. The Buckeyes lost to No. 9 Stanford, 17-5, on Saturday. “Stanford is a tremendous team and you can tell they are the more experienced team right now,” Venechanos said. Venechanos, who was named coach in July 2010 following former coach Sue Stimmel’s resignation, said that being here since the fall has made the transition a little bit easier. “The fall was a smooth transition in getting to know the team,” she said. Venechanos has been a part of four national championship teams, two as a player at Maryland and two as an assistant coach at Northwestern. Having been in those positions, she said she isn’t worried about the tough loss to Stanford. “These tough games will get us in better situations toward the end of the season,” she said. Junior midfielder Alayna Markwordt agreed that having the new coach since the summer has made the change a little easier. “It’s been a good transition,” she said. “We’ve learned a lot this year.” The Buckeyes won their two previous games against American University and St. Bonaventure before the loss to Stanford. Markwordt said the team is looking to avoid these types of losses when it had played well the two games before. “We’re waiting for that moment where we put it all together,” Markwordt said. OSU (2-3) will look to bounce back as it hosts Canisius (1-1) at 1 p.m. Monday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more