Ex-Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey to be offered to rivals Tottenham in shock loan move

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Ex-Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey to be offered to rivals Tottenham in shock loan move Spurs could get one over on their bitter rivals (Picture: Getty Images)Football clubs have been severely impacted by the global pandemic and Spurs chose to take out a £175 million loan from the Bank of England to help boost their finances.But to make a potential deal easier, the reports states that Juventus could offer to pay a portion of Ramsey’s wages.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsManchester United and Manchester City are also considered to be possible destinations for the three-time FA Cup winner with the Gunners.Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly a big admirer of the midfielder.MORE: Arsenal to axe £20m-rated Ainsley-Maitland Niles to pay for new Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang contractMORE: Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris wary of motivated Paul Pogba on Manchester United returnFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Ramsey left the Gunners to join Juventus last summer (Picture: Getty Images)Tottenham could seal a shock loan move for former Arsenal hero Aaron Ramsey this summer, according to reports.The Wales international is being offered out to various clubs by Juventus less than a year after making the switch from the Gunners to the Italian side.Ramsey has struggled to nail down a starting place in Maurizio Sarri’s team and could be offloaded to help the club ease the financial burden of the coronavirus crisis.And according to The Sun, Spurs are one of the Premier League clubs to have been offered the midfielder’s services, in what would be a shock move given he was only playing for their rivals last year.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, the 29-year-old’s astronomical £400,000-per-week wages would make a potential move difficult. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 14 Jun 2020 12:51 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link211Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

Jamaica’s swimmers win seven medals on Carifta first day

first_imgJamaica won seven medals on the opening day at the 31st staging of the CARIFTA Swimming Championships in Martinique.The Jamaicans earned one gold, three silver and three bronze medals on Tuesday, a performance that carried 24 personal bests.First-time national representative, Kelsie Campbell, led the way with gold in the 15-17 girls 100-metre butterfly in 1:04.99.The last time a Jamaican won this event was when Jamaica hosted the event in 2013 and Zara Bailey prevailed in 1:04.87.Campbell’s teammate, Shaun Johnson, finished seventh in the event in a personal best 1:06.78.Another national debutant, Rajiv Redhi, won Jamaica’s first medal, a silver in the 11-12 boys’ 200m breaststroke, in a personal best 2:45.69. This is the first medal Jamaica has won in this event since 2011 when Xavier Philips won bronze.Cameron Brown placed sixth in the 13-14 boys’ 200m breaststroke in a personal best 2:39.48.Emily MacDonald, also representing Jamaica for the first time, won bronze in the 11-12 girls 50m backstroke in a personal best 33.46 and Shaun Johnson, also making her debut at the meet, won silver in the 15-17 girls 50m backstroke in a personal best 31.06. Angara Sinclair placed fourth in the same event, in 31.67.SILVER FOR DOLSThe 15-17 boys’ 100m butterfly saw Olympic hopeful, Keanan Dols, returning after a one-year absence to win silver in 56.80, while Jesse Marsh finished eighth in 58.95.Dols also placed fourth in the 15-17 boys’ 50m backstroke in 28.07.Simone Vale ended a long drought for Jamaica in the 11-12 girl’s 100-metre butterfly, securing bronze in 1:12.17. Bryanna Renuart ended an even drier spell when she won the bronze in the girl’s 13-14 200-metre breaststroke in 2:44.51.Jamaica had not won a medal in this event since Gabrielle Hopkins claimed silver in 2012 in 2:54.90.Nicholas Vale, brother of Simone, finished sixth in the 13-14 boys’ 100m butterfly in a personal best time of 1:00.57.last_img read more

Missing Dusi trophy found after 42 years

first_img17 January 2014 Missing for more than four decades, the original Player Family Trophy for the winner of South Africa’s Dusi Canoe Marathon has been found and reunited with its inaugural winner, Dr Ian Player. The 86-year-old environmentalist and founder of the Dusi Canoe Marathon was delighted on Tuesday to be reacquainted with the trophy, which was presented to the race by his father and his famous golfing brother Gary Player in 1953. The Dusi Canoe Marathon was first contested in 1951 and is one of the largest canoe marathons in the world. It takes place over three days between Pietermaritzburg and Durban.Disappearance The trophy, inscribed as the Player Canoe Endurance Championship, mysteriously disappeared in 1972, after which the race committee purchased a new trophy, which has been awarded every year since then. The original trophy was discovered in a dark corner of a storeroom during a recent move into the refurbished race offices at Natal Canoe Club’s home at Camps Drift. “This is a wonderful occasion,” Player said when he was handed the trophy at his Karkloof home. “There is so much history wrapped up in this trophy, and so many great personalities.”Eyes lit up Player’s eyes lit up when he read the 1954 inscription on the trophy that showed that he and his partner Fred Schmidt shared the title with Ernie Pearce and Bob Templeton. “That was a fantastic race,” he recalled. “Two youngsters [Peter Marriott and John Lange] were actually leading as we came out of the Kloof Gorge, but they had a mishap, and that left our two teams together going into Blue Lagoon. “It had been so close throughout the race that we actually decided that it was appropriate that we finish together and share the trophy. “That, in essence, is what the Dusi is all about,” Player said. “From the first time I thought about this race, in Italy during World War Two, it was more about cameraderie than competition.” A mirror for greater issues Player said the Dusi was a mirror for the greater issues challenging the broader society, and highlighted issues such as deteriorating water quality, environmental damage, urban pollution and the threats to flora and fauna. “I would love nothing more than to see the streets of Pietermaritzburg clean when I come down to the start of the Dusi this year,” he said. “Durban is getting it right, but Pietermaritzburg needs to make a bigger effort to clean up the city.” Player said in its early days he expected candidates keen to work at the Natal Parks Board to complete the Dusi as part of their induction to his environmental programmes.Winners The race committee will have the original trophy cleaned and then inscribed with the names of all the winners since its disappearance in 1972. “We genuinely have no idea where the trophy went,” said race committee head Brett Austen-Smith. “It was won by the Van Riet brothers from the Cape in 1972 and then literally vanished. “Similarly, we don’t really know how it came to find its way back to the old store room that we were repacking. We were actually looking for a larger, more appropriate trophy for the women’s winners when we discovered the original Players Family trophy in the storeroom.” This year, the Dusi Canoe Marathon starts in Pietermaritzburg on Thursday, 13 February and ends in Durban on Saturday, 15 February. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Grohe buys into African bathroom-fittings market

first_img2 July 2014 German bathroom-fittings company Grohe is to spend R880-million acquiring 51% of the sanitary ware companies of JSE-listed group Distribution and Warehousing Network (Dawn), the companies announced on Wednesday. The deal, which will see Grohe owning 51% of a new joint venture with Dawn, will make Grohe one of South Africa’s leading suppliers of sanitary fittings, and give it a ready-made platform for expansion into southern and eastern Africa. Dawn, for its part, will be able to globalise its manufacturing operations through access to Grohe’s technology, expertise and global distribution networks. Grohe Group CEO and chairperson David Haines said in a statement that Grohe was “excited to be expanding our activities in Africa’s southern region. “Dawn’s position of strength in the South African market makes it the perfect partner also for the continued expansion of the Grohe and Joyou brands,” Haines said, adding: “In return, the new company will benefit from our expertise in research and development, as well as design”. The new company formed by the transaction, to be named Grohe Dawn Watertech Holdings, will include the majority of Dawn’s Watertech portfolio, including Cobra Watertech, Apex Valves South Africa, Exipro Manufacturing, Vaal Sanitaryware, Isca and Libra Bathrooms. “With gross sales of around €110-million, Dawn’s sanitary fittings business segment grew by approximately 10 percent in the last financial year,” Grohe said. “Dawn has a significant sanitary fittings market share in South Africa, which means that Grohe becomes one of the country’s leading suppliers of sanitary fittings as a result of the transaction.” The transaction is subject to approval from the regulatory authorities as well as Dawn’s shareholders, and is expected to be concluded by 30 November. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Find Without Searching: Google Brings Universal Search to Google Suggest

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Google just announced that it has started to include some results from its universal search feature right into the list of suggested search terms beneath the search box. When you search for “weather in San Francisco”, for example, the current weather will appear right at the bottom of the suggested search terms without having to hit the enter key. This new feature currently works for 10 universal search features, including weather, flight status, local time, area codes, package tracking, answers, definitions, calculator, currency and unit conversions. Google plans to enable this feature for other results based on the universal search feature in the future. Chances are that Google will also include this feature directly in Chrome. Chrome’s address bar, after all, already features advanced support for suggest search terms. Related Posts Also New: Quick Scroll ExtensionIn addition, Google also announced Quick Scroll, a new Chrome extension. Once you activate Quick Scroll, a small box often appears at the bottom of a page after you click on a search result that makes it easy to find the most relevant parts of a page that relate to your search results. Quick Scroll can automatically find the most relevant content on a site based on the search you just performed and highlight the relevant part of a page. Tags:#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… frederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

10 months agoInter Milan prepare two-year deal for Man Utd veteran Young

first_imgInter Milan prepare two-year deal for Man Utd veteran Youngby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan are prepared to sign Manchester United veteran Ashley Young on a two-year deal.Young, 33, is out of contract with United at the end of the season and negotiations over an extension have stalled.The Englishman is holding out for a longer contract than the one-year deal put on the table by United.He could get that longer deal from Inter Milan, according to The Sun.Inter’s Serie A rivals Roma are also interested in the fullback, with Young free to negotiate with foreign clubs this month. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Ottawa whacked by tribunal over historical BC First Nations case on Trudeaus

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsOn Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first full day in power a federal tribunal smacked Ottawa for breaching its fiduciary obligation to two British Columbia First Nations.The Specific Claims Tribunal (SCT), created to handle First Nation historical grievances over loss of land or mishandling of trust funds, issued a ruling Thursday against Ottawa in a case involving the Blueberry and Doig River First Nations and the Crown’s failure to secure subsurface rights from the province for their replacement reserves.While the case landed on the lap of the tribunal as a result of the previous Conservative government’s decision to reject the claim, it provides an example of the types of complex and historical Indigenous issues the new Trudeau Liberal government will now be forced to handle. The Trudeau government was officially sworn-in on Wednesday.The ruling by Justice Larry Whalen, a part-time judge with the tribunal, found that Ottawa breached its fiduciary obligations by failing to secure subsurface rights when it obtained land from the B.C to give the Dunne-za Cree bands replacement reserves following the surrender of their originally set-aside territory in the mid-1940s.“Canada had believed it had acquired the subsurface rights in the replacement reserves and discovered its error only after issuing mineral exploration permits to a third party,” wrote Whalen in the ruling. “Canada’s failure to investigate the nature and quality of the title it was acquiring on behalf of the band was a breach of fiduciary duty. Canada’s failure to inform the band of the nature and quality of that title, to explain the practical consequences of the reservation of subsurface rights and to consult the band on its wishes under those circumstances constitutes a further breach of fiduciary duty.”Whalen found that Ottawa did nothing to rectify the situation even after discovering its error.Whalen also ordered the start of a case management process to determine compensation to the bands for the loss of those subsurface rights.If it stands, the ruling could end up costing Ottawa up to hundreds of of millions of dollars. A previous Supreme Court of Canada decision on another aspect of this case—the loss of mineral subsurface rights to their original reserve—led to the bands receiving about $147 million in compensation.Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, who was a former Assembly of First Nations regional chief for B.C., will now have to determine whether Ottawa will challenge the ruling through a judicial review before the Federal Court.The federal Justice department has already challenged at least two previous SCT rulings.The ruling also casts a spotlight on the tribunal, which was slowly being squeezed by the Conservative government.The tribunal is severely understaffed and needs additional judges to handle its bulging work load which currently includes about 67 cases. The tribunal is currently operating with only one full-time judge and two part-time judges. Under the legislation that created it, the tribunal was designed to operate with six full-time equivalent judgesThe Conservative government, which created the SCT, refused to appoint additional judges, despite dire warnings from the tribunal’s chair Justice Harry Slade that it was on the brink of failure.The fate of the tribunal, which is a going concern for B.C. First Nations which make up a large portion of specific claims cases, will now be in the hands of Wilson-Raybould.Like many of these specific claims cases, the roots of the Doig River and Blueberry First Nation claim stretch back over the decades.When the Dunne-za Cree people—who lived a nomadic lifestyle hunting, fishing and trapping across a region north of what is known today as Fort St. John, B.C.—adhered to Treaty 8 in 1900 they were given 7,352 hectares of land known as the Montney reserve. They became known as the St. John Beaver Band. While the reserve was set in prime agricultural land near non-Indigenous communities, the Dunne-za chose to continue pursuing their traditional ways of life in territory north of their new reserve.In 1945, the St. John Beaver Band surrendered their reserve to the Crown which promised to provide benefits to the Dunne-za Cree from the sale and lease of the land.The Crown then sold the surface and subsurface rights to the land, which was distributed to veterans coming back from the Second World War. In 1950, the Crown acquired land from the province for the replacement reserves, but did not secure the subsurface rights.By 1976, oil was discovered beneath the old Montney reserve “to the great benefit of some of the veterans and a petroleum exploration company,” wrote Whalen.By this time, the St. John Beaver Band was now divided into the Blueberry and Doig River First Nations. They took the government to Federal Court over the Crown’s decision to sell-off their old reserve lands’ subsurface rights. The case finally concluded with the financial settlement in the mid-1990s.Doig River First Nation then filed a specific claim against Ottawa over the Crown’s failure to secure subsurface rights to their replacement reserve lands in April 1999. The claim was rejected for negotiation by former Conservative Aboriginal affairs minister Chuck Strahl in 2009.Doig then took the claim to the tribunal which notified Blueberry First Nation it was taking on the case. Ottawa opposed Blueberry’s decision to join.The tribunal ordered the band’s addition to the [email protected]@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

The Cavs Thread The Needle With Kyrie Megadeal

No matter who you feel won Tuesday’s blockbuster Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas trade — the likes of which were unprecedented in NBA history — there is an irony worth considering in all this.After years of making win-now moves, the Cleveland Cavaliers began straddling the line between immediate contention and considering the future — a must, given Irving’s messy trade request last month and the threat of LeBron James’s pending free agency. In beginning to walk that tightrope, the Cavs effectively switched places with the Boston Celtics, who, until now, had been stingy with future assets, wanting to win the East while also playing the long game.At its core, this all-star point-guard swap was one of survival for the Cavs, even if it did net them a sizable haul. Irving made it known he wanted out, limiting any sort of leverage for the team. And Cleveland had to thread the needle here by not only getting a good, if not great, player to replace a chunk of Irving’s impact, but also landing something for the future in case James bolts next summer.Thomas, who averaged almost 29 points per game last season, and Brooklyn’s 2018 first-round pick clearly checked off those two boxes. But for all the similarities Irving and Thomas share — they’re both undersized, top-flight scorers who struggle on defense — the way they go about generating offense is a bit different. Thomas should be able to shoulder just as much ball-handling responsibility as Irving did. But he played in a free-flowing offense with the Celtics, who boasted the league’s second-best assist percentage. Boston utilized handoffs more than any NBA team — about seven a game, according to Synergy Sports Technology — seeking to take advantage of Thomas’s quickness off the dribble.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ithandoffblur.mp400:0000:0000:10Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.By contrast, James and the Cavs — 20th in assist percentage — used the second-fewest handoffs in the NBA, with fewer than three per night. Only 22 percent of Irving’s 2-pointers were assisted last year, which suggests that he’s a bit more more self-sufficient from close range than Thomas (34 percent) is.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/irvingisojazz.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/kyrieiso.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Picking up Ante Zizic and Jae Crowder, a solid wing player who can both defend and shoot, should be viewed as icing on the cake for the Cavaliers.1Even more reason for celebration if you’re Cavs owner Dan Gilbert? According to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, the team saved more than $29 million in luxury taxes Tuesday by trading Irving. Probably not championship-level icing, though.Yes, Crowder gives Cleveland an additional perimeter defender, something the club badly needed in last year’s finals against the Warriors. That’s paramount, since Golden State might be more difficult to guard than any team in league history, given all the weapons they boast, and the highly unusual way they use off-ball screens to spring shooters open. But for all the ability Thomas possesses as a scorer — including the disappearing acts he performs around the basket — he stands 6 inches shorter than Irving, and, thus, is even less capable than Irving of stopping anyone on defense. A troubling omen: The Warriors feasted on Thomas’s lack of defense the past three seasons, scoring 108.6 points per 100 plays against the Celtics with Thomas on the court. For context, they only managed 87.2 points per 100 plays against Boston with Thomas on the bench, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group.2In 170 minutes on court and 69 minutes off court over those three seasons with Boston.Besides being a liability on one end of the floor, Thomas, a 28-year-old who figures to want a max contract next summer, is still slowly working through the hip injury that sidelined him for the final three games of the Eastern Conference finals last postseason. If he isn’t right physically, and can’t get there next season, that figures to leave James overburdened offensively in a year when the Cavs are hoping to leave a positive lasting impression ahead of their superstar’s foray into unrestricted free agency.Should the Cavaliers get out to a hot start amid these changes, they could opt to go all-in to take greater aim at the Warriors by dangling the Nets’ pick in hopes of landing a player like DeMarcus Cousins. That would carry an absolute ton of inherent risk, though, given James’s status.The safer choice, of course, would be to hold onto the pick in case James decides to walk. If and when that happened, Cleveland — in hopes of bottoming out and rebuilding through the draft — might decide it makes sense to let Thomas do the same as opposed to signing him to a rich, long-term contract.For the Celtics, who got the best player in this deal, the calculus is more clear-cut: They got a better, younger and taller version of what Thomas was, and one who’s under contract at a reasonable dollar figure for a longer time. (The Celtics — who traded stud defender Avery Bradley to shed salary for Gordon Hayward’s max deal — were already facing cap challenges. Trading for Irving eliminates the max-or-no-max decision on Thomas and gives the Celtics an extra year to take stock of where they are before Irving hits the market.)3ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Tuesday that the Celtics are confident that Irving will stay in Boston long term.It’s fair to wonder whether Boston may have handed over a future No. 1 overall pick in this deal for Irving, though that seems a bit more unlikely this season, given that the Nets have a halfway respectable roster, albeit a young one.4D’Angelo Russell, Jeremy Lin, Allen Crabbe, DeMarre Carroll and Trevor Booker are on the roster, among others.But beyond the players who were dealt, the teams seemingly swapped their long-term outlooks. The Celtics have reached a new stage — one where they finally felt they were within striking distance of LeBron. Only time will tell whether the gamble works out in their favor. The Cavaliers, showing Celtic-like prudence, found a way to replace their disgruntled No. 2 star — while also building an escape hatch should they lose their biggest star. read more

Cincinnati Reds pitching coach Bryan Price named manager

The Cincinnati Reds decided to hire in-house to its open managerial position.The club’s front office announced the promotion of pitching coach Bryan Price to manager at a Tuesday press conference. News of the hire first surfaced Monday night on Twitter from Fox’s Ken Rosenthal.Reds General Manager and President of Baseball Operations Walt Jocketty said Tuesday that despite a long list of candidates, he and the rest of the front office did not interview anyone else for the job.“Once we had the meeting with Bryan, we saw no reason to go forward (with other candidates),” Jocketty said at the press conference.The club’s CEO, Bob Castellini, described Price as “exceptional,” and said if the Reds did not hire Price, he likely would be heading elsewhere.The two sides agreed to a three-year contract running through 2016.Price, the 61st manager in team history, steps in for Dusty Baker who was relieved of his duties Oct. 3 after the Reds lost six consecutive games to close out 2013, including the National League Wild Card Game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.Baker went 509-463 (.524) during his six seasons in Cincinnati; he took his team to the postseason in three of the past four years.Price has served as the Reds’ pitching coach since 2010. During the 2013 regular season, the Reds’ pitching staff owned the MLB’s fourth-best ERA and led the NL in strikeouts. The year before, Price’s repertoire of bullpen arms led the Majors in saves (56) and was fourth in ERA (3.34). The 2012 Reds’ starting pitchers became just the eighth rotation in MLB history with five pitchers making at least 30 starts each.Price, who has never managed at the professional level, pitched as high as AAA in the minor leagues and served as the pitching coach for both the Mariners’ (2000-2005) and Diamondbacks (2006-2009) before coming to Cincinnati.The San Francisco, Calif., native interviewed for the Miami Marlins’ managerial vacancy last offseason, and was rumored to be a possible candidate for the Seattle Mariners current opening at the position.Starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo, who becomes a free agent as soon as the World Series ends, told the Cincinnati Enquirer how he felt his former pitching coach would do as a replacement when news broke of Baker’s firing.“I think he’d be unbelievable,” Arroyo said. “He’s as organized as anyone in the game; he holds people as accountable as well as anyone I’ve seen. He doesn’t buy into stereotypical things in the game … Price looks at evidence. He’s a freaking smart guy, he makes his decision on reasonable evidence. Sometimes in baseball we go by hunches, what someone else said or the way things have gone in the past. He doesn’t do that.”According to a September article at mlb.com, Reds’ starting pitcher Homer Bailey also had positive things to say about Price’s ability to hold people accountable, an area some feel Baker struggled with.“We are held accountable,” Bailey said. “We demand certain things out of everyone here, whether you’re the No. 1 starter on the team or the mop-up guy, it doesn’t matter. Our expectations are held so high. Some things are just unacceptable. Our starters are expected to go seven innings. We are expected to keep our team in the game. We are expected to put up quality starts.”Price thanked Baker during Tuesday’s press conference, saying “he became a friend and confidant.”Jocketty said other coaching staff decisions for vacant roles have not yet been made.Price will join John Farrell of the Red Sox and the Padres’ Bud Black as the only active managers who were previously a pitching coach. read more

Football Malik Hooker thrilled for his brother Marcus who committed to Ohio

OSU sophomore safety Malik Hooker (24) selfies with fans following the Buckeyes 62-3 win over Maryland on Nov. 12. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorFrom Joey and Nick Bosa to Jacoby, Justin and Zach Boren, Ohio State has had no shortage of brothers suiting up in scarlet and gray. The family lineage grew when 2018 three-star cornerback Marcus Hooker, the brother of former Buckeyes and current Indianapolis Colts safety Malik Hooker, committed to play football for Ohio State Thursday evening.Hooker’s decision didn’t take long to transpire. Wednesday night, at 9:01 p.m., he tweeted that he received an offer from the Buckeyes. Then, the next day at 12:26 p.m., he pulled the trigger and committed.“I wanna thank everyone who believed in me throughout my recruiting process and showing me the right way to doing things,” Hooker wrote on Twitter when announcing his commitment to Ohio State.One of the those who had his ear during the recruiting process was his brother, Malik.“I was happy for him just to see, especially over these last couple of weeks, him stressing out about not been offered by Ohio State already and him wanting to train harder so that he could get that offer and show that he’s capable of playing there,” Malik said.Malik’s mother called the Colts safety the day Marcus finally received his coveted Ohio State offer, then the rising high school senior called his brother and told him that he was going to commit the next morning. Marcus told Malik that as soon as the Buckeyes offered him a scholarship, he wanted to go there.“Just to hear the excitement in his voice, there is nothing better than that as a big brother and somebody that he looks up to,” Malik said.It’s rare for someone to have a brother to learn from who has gone through the recruiting process such as Malik did as a three-star athlete from New Castle, Pennsylvania, in the class of 2014. It’s even rarer when that brother realized his dreams just a few months ago as Malik did when he was selected with the 15th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.Given his experience through the recruiting process and in college, Malik wanted to be there to give Marcus advice.“He asked me a lot of advice about just how to go with it, how to pick the school he wanted to go to but it was never advice like, ‘Do you think I should follow your steps and go to Ohio State?’ or nothing like that,” Malik said.Instead, Malik said he told Marcus to follow his heart and get a feel for the schools he fit best.But, don’t get the idea that the 2016 first-team All-American safety isn’t biased in favor of Ohio State. He believes it is “the best of the best.”“I have high praise for Ohio State,” Malik said. “They have done a lot for me and obviously he sees where they have got me to this far so he wanted to follow my footsteps pretty much.”Malik and Marcus aren’t the same type of player – Malik said he’s a pure defensive back, but he believes Marcus has the size and physicality to play linebacker and defensive back – but both are rated three-star prospects. Marcus is one of just two three-star players in Ohio State’s still-incomplete 16-person 2018 recruiting class, according to 247Sports composite rankings. Malik was the 17th-highest ranked player in his Ohio State class. He believes Marcus will surprise people as a lower-ranked recruit just as he did.“I just can’t wait to see him out there and prove a lot of people wrong because like people were telling me in high school, ‘You’re not capable of going to Ohio State,’ I’m sure he is getting that too,” Malik said.Since Marcus will enter Ohio State with the last name of a player who had as much success as his brother, he will have ample expectations. But, Malik said he hasn’t had that discussion with his brother yet, and isn’t overly concerned.“He was always one of those kids that shined brighter than a lot of other kids because he was blessed and gifted athletically so I’m not really too concerned with him feeling like he is pressured because obviously they offered it to him for who he is,” Malik said. “ So, why go out there and try to change something that he already has been his whole life?” read more