Benjamin Petersen, ManenbergA spectre is haunting South Africa. This spectre is the rise of Khoi and San consciousness. A national awakening by people classified coloured by successive regimes since 1652.The Khoi and San are the aboriginal indigenous first nation of South Africa. This awakening has the potential to transform every sphere of life as we know it in South Africa.About 80 percent of people classified “coloured” today are Khoi and San, irrespective of their religion. It has been scientifically proved that the mitochondrial DNA of the Khoi San is the oldest in the world. The Khoi San originated out of South Africa and gradually inhabited the whole of Africa and thereafter spread throughout the world.The Xhosas, Zulus and other Nguni groups have been traced to the great Lakes area of East Africa. When these groups arrived in South Africa they found the Khoi San had already been here for centuries. This invasion led to the Khoi and the San being dispossessed of most of our ancestral land.The first white invasion of the land of the Khoi San was repulsed in the 1400s and notably, one, Al’ Meida, the formidable Dutch commander was defeated by the Khoi in battle when he attempted to conquer them. It was only in 1652 that Van Riebeeck was able to establish a settlement at the Cape.The colonial powers used the method of genocide and the introduction of germ warfare (small pox) to crush Khoisan resistance to the dispossession of our land and the destruction of our culture. Survivors of this Holocaust were forced into slavery and or as indentured labour and classified “coloured” and humiliated as “Hottentots” and “Boesmans” and forbidden on pain of death to speak their language or to practice their culture, especially on the farms where the dop system was used to degrade us as a people. The last licence to hunt San Bushman people was issued in the 1920s.Today our people have lost track of who we really are. This was caused by centuries of dispossession, degrada-tion, marginlisation and brainwashing by the colonial-apartheid regimes and continued by the current government.Today the majority people who are labelled “coloured” are actually Khoi San people. We are concentrated in overcrowded crime ridden townships, impoverished on farms and grim rural RDP houses, discriminated against and margin-alised. We have been condemned as a people without a history, having no heritage, no land mass of our own, no own language, no culture and no heroes and no identity. As a result our communities are caught up in violence and destructive behaviour. Our families are dysfunctional and our communities are gang ridden.The majority of people in jail today are Khoisan yet we are a minority in the South African population. The self hatred that we inflict ourselves with, make the Cape Flats one of the most violent and dangerous places on earth to live in. We lack a sense of who we really are. Our children are in danger of becoming a “zombied” drug generation because we lack self identification.We need to reclaim our heritage and culture and our status as First Nation. We are extending an invitation to our community to join us at Jou Ma Se Kombuis Coffee Shop, situated in the Beulah Outreach Centre, Manenberg Avenue, Manenberg, on Saturday May 21 and Saturday May 28, at 1pm, to attend a symposium on identity called: “Khoisan, nie kleurling”.The aim of the gathering is to showcase Khoisan talent and to learn from expert panellists about Khoisan history, culture and identity. Entry is free and food and beverage will be on sale in aid of a youth project. Seating is limited. Contact Patrick at 078 3414 864 by Thursday May 19, to book.
COMMENT Written By The interest in Indian female sports has seen a rapid rise in the country over the past few years. While veteran women athletes like Sania Mirza, Saina Nehwal and Mary Kom have already made a name for themselves in their respective sporting fields, youngsters like PV Sindhu and Smriti Mandhana among others are slowly rising through the ranks with their continuous excellence. Their popularity can also be evidenced through their followers across popular social media platforms, primarily Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.Also Read | COVID-19: An Aged Couple Meet Months After Being Apart; Anushka Sharma, Sania Mirza ReactSania Mirza, Sania Nehwal, PV Sindhu top social media popularity chartsAs of June 2020, Indian tennis legend Sania Mirza’s online followers have been estimated to be more than 29.4 million, which makes her the most followed Indian women athlete on social media. She has 13.9 million followers on Facebook, 9.1 million followers on Twitter and an additional 6.4 million of them on Instagram. Sania Mirza’s popularity soared during the mid 2000s, i.e. the time when she achieved her highest singles ranking of 27. Her fame only escalated further when she gained a huge fan following among Pakistani sporting fans after marrying their former cricket captain Shoaib Malik in a high-profile 2010 wedding.Former World No.1 and badminton star Saina Nehwal is placed second on the list with more than 17.3 million followers across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The Haryana-born player achieved her peak ranking in 2015 and was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Indian government a year later. Saina Nehwal is also a known philanthropist, who quite often engages herself in charitable activities.Much like Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu is another Indian badminton ace who rose to popularity by winning multiple medals at high profile tournaments. For her victory at the 2019 World Championships, she became the first Indian to be crowned Badminton World Champion. PV Sindhu is currently the third most popular Indian female athlete on social media with more than 5.7 million followers.The numbers come as a slight surprise since Mirza and Nehwal, both who below from Hyderabad, have either been absent or struggled for form in recent years, either due to personal reasons or injuries. Also Read | Ads Featuring Amitabh Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, Akshay Kumar, Saina Nehwal Face ASCI FlakAmong India’s top 10 most followed women sporting figures, 27-year old wrestler Sakshi Malik is placed at 10th position. She was also recently nominated for the Arjuna Award by the Indian government for her achievement in wrestling. On the cricketing front, Smriti Mandhana and Mithali Raj are the only players to have made the list.Headlined by the likes of Sania Mirza, Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu, here is a look at India’s top 10 most followed women athletes on social media (Facebook + Twitter + Instagram).Sania Mirza (Tennis) – 29.4+ million followersSaina Nehwal (Badminton) – 17.3+ million followersPV Sindhu (Badminton) – 5.7+ million followersJwala Gutta (Badminton) – 4.6+ million followersSmriti Mandhana (Cricket) – 3.7+ million followersMithali Raj (Cricket) – 3.7+ million followersGeeta Phogat (Wrestling) – 2.2+ million followersMary Kom (Boxing) – 1.9+ million followersBabita Phogat (Wrestling) – 1.7+ million followersSakshi Malik (Wrestling) – 1.3+ million followersAlso Read | Yuzvendra Chahal Considers Shoaib Malik Better Player Of Spin Than Steve SmithAlso Read | Virat Kohli’s Motivational Advice On First Meeting Made Huge Impact On Me: Smriti Mandhana FOLLOW US LIVE TV Aakash Saini First Published: 5th June, 2020 17:43 IST WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 5th June, 2020 17:44 IST Sania Mirza, Saina Nehwal Top List Of Most Followed Indian Women Athletes On Social Media Tennis legend Sania Mirza and badminton aces Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu are three of the most followed Indian women athletes across social media platforms.
The president of the LFP, Javier Tebas, made it clear on Wednesday that “there is no [David] de Gea case”. He also revealed that Real Madrid contacted him, but at no point did they try to force the signing of the goalkeeper through. 02/09/2015 “There is no ‘De Gea case’ and Real Madrid know that,” he responded when asked about the Monday’s failed signing. He also explained that the call from Los Blancos was not to try and get the decision turned around. Sport EN So, the Manchester United goalkeeper did not get his dream move to the Bernabeu. “In these cases there are two, three or five versions,” Tebas said when asked who was responsible for the deal not going through and De Gea not being registered with the LFP: CEST Upd. at 18:17
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From an elite event of standard distance the Wasa Triathlon, in the Kootenays of B.C., has transformed into one of the most family friendly festival weekends in Western Canada. The event has grown over the last 20 years from 90 competitors to over 1000 participants with nearly one quarter being young triathletes aged between four to 15 years old. Race director, Charlie Cooper says “the event attracts families from all over B.C., Alberta and North West USA.” “The growth in recent years has been led by the number of young triathletes coming with their families. We are proud to cater for all ages with the first event day being dedicated to support our younger competitors.”On Saturday June 11, the Trikids Triathlon will again see a large group of smiley kids crossing the finish line for a well-earned medal. Cooper explains that all young competitors will get to enjoy the same race experience as the adults: professional announcer Steve King, loads of volunteer support, drink stations, electronic timing, the exciting finish chute lined up with spectators, a catered lunch and a groovy t-shirt. “We want these young triathletes to love the sport, experience the competition but above all it’s about participation and having a fun weekend with the family,” Cooper said.”Many Albertan families use the Wasa triathlon as a camping weekend, enjoying the long summer mountain days and impressive setting.” For mums and dads there is some serious racing to be had on the Sunday with the sprint and standard distances both for individual and relay teams.The scenic shores of Wasa Lake attract amateurs and elite triathletes to compete in this swim-bike-run event. First-timers in the sport also target this event as a must-do to kick off their season. It’s not only the picturesque mountain scenery and pure air that attracts competitors says Cooper, the prize money is good too, with $4,300 to be awarded to the top five finishers in the women and men categories. The quality of the competition every year makes Wasa’s standard course one of the most competitive and fastest. All TriKids receive some good orienteering and preparation to make it a fun, memorable and safe experience. Many parents report young ones sleeping with their medals and proudly wearing their Wasa event shirt to school! Registration at www.rmevents.com closes June 9 for Adults & TriKids.
A view of Green Point in Cape Town with the city’s 2010 Fifa World Cup stadium at left, and Table Bay beyond. The city regularly receives global accolades for its tourist attractions. (Image: Rodger Bosch,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Jane Larcombe World Travel Awards Press and PR Director +44 1892 785071 [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES • Cape Town: most beautiful city • SA restaurant best in the world • SA a favourite among expats • Dash of Zulu in heart of London • SA shines at world travel showMary AlexanderSouth Africa cleaned up at the annual World Travel Awards for Africa last night, winning 36 awards out of the total 49 categories. Despite the pyramids, Egypt, its nearest rival, managed to win only four.For the sixth time in seven years the city of Cape Town was named Africa’s leading destination, at an awards ceremony held in Sandton, Johannesburg. South African Airways was named Africa’s leading airline, South African Tourism the continent’s leading tourism board and Durban harbour the leading port.Of the 49 categories, six were awarded to multinational entities with a strong presence in South Africa. Kenya, Morocco and Namibia garnered one award each.Cape Town, South Africa’s most-visited destination, regularly receives international accolades for its attractions. This year it joined Paris, London, New York and Venice as one of Forbes magazine’s 10 most beautiful cities in the world.In 2009 the city was named best destination in the Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards, the world’s second-best city by Travel+Leisure magazine, the world’s best entertainment and lifestyle destination in the Luxury Travel Awards, and best tourism investor city in the AI Tourism Investor Awards. Cape Town was also named one of the “places of a lifetime” by National Geographic in 2008.The World Travel Awards also nominated Cape Town as the leading destination in the world in 2002, 2005 and 2006.“These awards are an incredible endorsement,” said Cape Town Tourism CEO Mariette du-Toit Helmbold. “Being recognised by the industry makes all the hard work we put into hosting the Fifa World Cup in Cape Town so worthwhile.“We do believe that Cape Town is one of the greatest cities to live, visit, study and invest in. It’s a place of a lifetime, and it just keeps on getting better.”The World Travel Awards, first held in 1994, is a tourism industry initiative, with travel agencies, tour and transport companies and tourism organisations across the globe voting for the winners.The full list of the 2010 World Travel Awards for Africa winners:Africa’s Leading Airline: South African AirwaysAfrica’s Leading Airport: OR Tambo International Airport, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Apartment Hotel: The Regent, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Boutique Hotel: Saxon Boutique Hotel & Spa, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Boutique Hotel Brand: Mantis GroupAfrica’s Leading Business Car Rental Company: AvisAfrica’s Leading Business Hotel: Hilton DurbanAfrica’s Leading Business Travel Agency: Travel with FlairAfrica’s Leading Casino Resort: The Palazzo Montecasino, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Conservation Company: Shamwari Game Reserve, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Convention Hotel: Sandton Sun, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Destination: Cape TownAfrica’s Leading Family Resort: Sun City Resort, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Green Hotel: The Phantom Forest Eco-reserve, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Hotel: Saxon Boutique Hotel & Spa, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Innovative Hospitality Company: Signature Life HotelsAfrica’s Leading Low-Cost Airline: 1timeAfrica’s Leading Luxury Hotel: Arabella Western Cape Hotel & SpaAfrica’s Leading Luxury Lodge: Shambala Private Reserve, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Luxury Train: The Blue TrainAfrica’s Leading Luxury Villa: Thanda Private Game Reserve, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre: International Convention Centre Durban, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Meetings & Conference Hotel: The Westin Grand Cape Town Arabella Quays, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Online Tour Operator: 1timeAfrica’s Leading Port: Durban (Port)Africa’s Leading Resort: Sun City Resort, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Safari Lodge: Shamwari Game Reserve, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Spa Resort: Arabella Western Cape Hotel & Spa, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Sports Resort: Legend Golf & Safari Resort – South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Suite: Nelson Mandela Platinum Suite, Saxon Boutique Hotel & Spa, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Tourism Development Project: Fairmont ZimbaliAfrica’s Leading Tourist Board: South Africa TourismAfrica’s Leading Town House Hotel: Shamwari Town House, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Travel Agency: Club Travel, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Travel Exhibition: INDABAAfrica’s Leading Travel Management Company: Travel with Flair South AfricaAfrica’s Tourism Personality Of The Year: Dr Aupindi Tobie Aupindi – MD Namibia Wildlife ResortsAfrica’s Leading Golf Resort: The Palmeraie Golf Palace, MoroccoAfrica’s Leading Beach Resort: Diani Reef Beach Resort & SpaAfrica’s Leading Beach Destination: Sharm El Sheikh, EgyptAfrica’s Leading Beach Hotel: Sheraton Miramar Resort El Gouna Hurghada, EgyptAfrica’s Leading River Cruise Company: Sonesta Nile CruisesAfrica’s Leading Villa: Queen Cleopatra Villa, Savoy Sharm El Sheikh, EgyptAfrica’s Leading Car Hire: EuropcarAfrica’s Leading Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean Cruise LineAfrica’s Leading Game Reserve Brand: Mantis GroupAfrica’s Leading Hotel Group: Starwood Hotels & ResortsAfrica’s Leading Responsible Tourism Company: &Beyond Africa’s Responsible Tourism Award: &Beyond
It is with profound sadness that AirlineRatings.com announces the passing of its Technical and Safety Editor Jerome (Jerry) Greer Chandler on Thursday, August 15th.Jerry (71) succumbed to Parkinson’s disease and passed away quietly with his family around him.Recently retired after 30 years of teaching writing at Jacksonville State University, Jerry has been a professional aviation journalist for over a quarter of a century.In 1986 his best-selling book Fire & Rain chronicled the crash of Delta Flight 191 at DFW and its was subsequently made into a TV film on USA Network.He appeared over the years on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, ABC, Nova and the National Geographic Channel in his capacity as an aviation safety “observer” as he hated the term “expert.”He authored over 1,500 articles, consulted on three made-for-television films, wrote two books and managed to support a family of seven.He also helped write two other books Green Wings and Greener Wings which chronicle Aviation’s true impact on the environment.In early 2013 he joined AirlineRatings.com.In 2011 he had the privilege of beginning work as a regular contributor on medical matters to VFW magazine, which sprang from his “stint” as an Army combat medic in Vietnam, where he was wounded in July 1970.Jerry was awarded the Purple Heart in Vietnam.Jerry in Vietnam.In 2017 Jerry was awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 Aerospace Media Awards banquet in Paris, France.Jerry said of the recognition at the time, “It’s a real honor, one that I will treasure always. Thanks to all who helped along the way — my family, editors, and colleagues. I’m humbled.”Jerry’s passion for aviation started when his Dad took him to Dallas Love Field to watch DC-6s, DC-7s take off and land.But that passion took a tragic turn when two relatives died in separate air crashes.Jerry wanted to know more about why those accidents happened.Jerry has worked for some of the world’s leading publications: Aircraft Maintenance Technology, AirlineRatings.com, Air Transport World, Time, Overhaul & Maintenance, The Financial Times of London, Consumer Reports Travel Letter, Travel & Leisure, Popular Science, and Wirtschaftswoche.Jerry leaves his wife Kathleen, five children and 11 grandchildren.AirlineRatings.com Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas said: “The aviation industry has lost a dear friend, insightful commentator and passionate advocate.”“No assignment was too much trouble; Jerry’s depth of aviation knowledge was amazing as was his list of contacts. He knew everyone and what is more, they knew him and respected Jerry and would always help on or off the record.”“We at AirlineRatings.com will miss his friendship, dedication and humour dearly.”
[L to R] Caitlin Potts, Ashley Simpson, Deanna Wertz, Nicole Bell and Traci GenereauxKathleen Martens APTN News A father desperate to find his missing daughter raised enough money to buy drones and has sent them to a First Nation group coordinating searches and candlelight vigils near where the RCMP are investigating.John Simpson has shipped two of four drones to Salmon Arm, B.C., where police have recently found human remains on a rural property.“The more awareness I can bring to the situation at hand the better it’s going to be,” said Simpson, whose daughter Ashley disappeared from the area in April 2016.“This waiting around. It’s really painstaking. I feel bad for the other four families that are involved. It’s horrendous.”Ashley Simpson is one of five women to vanish from the area in the past 19 months.Her father has twice visited the community to look for her. And that’s when he says he thought of the drones.“It’s wet, it’s rocky. One woman fell and hurt herself. It’s tough terrain and there’s been flooding. I thought, ‘How else can we do this and keep people safe?’” he said from his home in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.RCMP have told some of the five missing women’s families their week-long search of the farm is not linked to the disappearances.“We can appreciate the families that are affected by ongoing missing persons investigations and are aware of them being impacted by what’s going on here,” said RCMP spokesman Cpl. Dan Moskaluk.But Simpson said it’s pretty tough to ask loved ones to give up hope.“We are sitting on pins and needles here,” he said.John said Ashley was 31 when she disappeared after an argument with her boyfriend. He said her family has held two birthday barbecues for her and raised money that he used to buy four drones.She is one of four daughters.“She would be 33 this November. We will have a party for her, with all her friends and stuff,” he said.Ashley’s neighbour, Deanna Wertz, also vanished from the same area three months later.The 47-year-old woman had gone out for a walk in the rural area, 92 kilometres from Kelowna.“Her home was very close to the search site,” said her sister, Dawn, in an email to APTN. “And no she was never ever in the sex industry. She was a beautiful strong and active woman, with a family that loves and misses her.“A family that hasn’t gone a day in over a year that has imagined multiple horrible scenarios for what could (have) happened to her. When she disappeared it was like a UFO plucked her up. Gone without her basic belongings.”The sex industry has come up because one of the victims allegedly worked as an escort in the area.And a man who lived at the property under investigation, police said, was charged with allegedly threatening a woman with a gun he met on a website for escorts.He remained in custody Thursday.The missing women of the north Okanagan-Shuswap are Simpson; Wertz; Caitlin Potts, 27, who was last seen February 2016, Traci Genereaux, 18, who disappeared from Vernon in May, and Nicole Bell, 31, of Malakwa.Potts and Wertz have been identified as Indigenous.The RCMP said Wednesday they would be at the 24-acre property for a while, where witnesses said they could see heavy digging equipment at work.John Simpson said police told him to go home the last time he was there.“Police accused us of interfering in the investigation. Telling me to go home, saying I’m stepping on toes.”The Catcheway family of Manitoba understands that frustration. They have been searching for 18-year-old Jennifer Catcheway in a large rural area west of Winnipeg for nine years.“It is definitely long, hard, lonely work,” said Willie Starr, Jennifer’s older brother. “I worry about my parents when they’re out searching: walking through swamps, walking alongside water snakes.”Starr loves the idea of a drone and its camera flying over fields, lakes and bush.He said he considered getting one a while ago and kind of forgot about it.“You can cover more ground with those,” he said.Drones with infra-red cameras to detect objects that give off heat are being used in some search and rescue situations, said Trevor Lyons, owner of Blue Crow Aerials in Winnipeg. But he said drones have their challenges too.“You can do a couple of acres, then have to change batteries – even more often when gets cold,” he said. “It would be challenging and frustrating for someone especially if under duress and don’t know all the rules, especially in northern communities. They all have an airport and you can’t operate a drone within nine kilometres without permission from Nav Canada.”There are also rules around insurance and privacy.Still, Simpson says he kept two drones in Ontario to help with potential searches there. He also wants to help arrange groups of volunteer drone operators to call in when needed.“I plan to stick with this issue and raise awareness in Canada about missing women,” he [email protected]
Then-sophomore pitcher John Kuchno (45) throws the ball during a game against Northwestern May 6, 2012, at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 4-1.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe clink of aluminum bats has returned as Ohio State’s baseball team began their season in Port Charlotte, Fla.The bats started out hot for the Buckeyes as they won their first two games against Connecticut and Auburn, but then lost two in a row to Indiana State.In Sunday’s game against the Indiana State, sophomore right handed pitcher Jake Post started on the mound for the Buckeyes. He gave them four good innings, but errors allowed three unearned runs to cross the plate for Indiana State.Freshman pitcher Tanner Tully came on in the fifth and gave up another run in the sixth before the Buckeyes began a nice rally in the bottom half.A balk and an error plated two runs and left the bases loaded for senior outfielder Tim Wetzel. He hit into a fielder’s choice that scored two more as sophomore first baseman Zach Ratliff turned it into a double steal.OSU gained its first lead in the eighth after three doubles from freshman outfielder Ronnie Dawson, sophomore infielder Craig Nennig and Wetzel.With a 6-4 lead heading into the ninth, junior pitcher Trace Dempsey came in to try and seal the deal, but gave up four runs on four hits to give the Sycamores an 8-6 advantage.Indiana State freshman pitcher Ryan Keaffaber stymied the Buckeyes to earn the two game sweep.“I liked the way we battled today,” Wetzel said Sunday. “It was nice to get the all of the young guys experience. It can happen with a young team, so you have to be ready to go every day.”Coach Greg Beals was disappointed with the outcome of the final game, especially after how his team battled so far back.“Today was a big lesson for us,” Beals said after the loss. “We have the ability to play really bad … and to come back like we did. The game is humbling, but we need to do all the necessary work to make sure we’re ready to go out and play.”Freshman pitcher Zach Farmer began his collegiate career starting on the bump for Saturday’s tilt with the ISU. His start did not go as planned, though, as he gave up a three-hit, two-run first inning.Dawson got the Buckeyes back in it in the fourth with a three-run homerun off junior Brad Lombard. Dawson finished the day going 3-4 in his first collegiate game.The Buckeyes wouldn’t score again though and ISU took advantage of their inept bats, scoring two more runs off Farmer and another three off freshman right handed pitcher Adam Niemeyer for a 7-3 win.The early game Saturday against Auburn matched up a pair of southpaws as the Buckeyes’ junior Ryan Riga and the Tigers’ senior Michael O’Neal were starting on the mound. Both lefties pitched brilliantly as each went six strong innings and only gave up four hits each.The difference was redshirt-junior Josh Dezse’s RBI single in the fourth. After missing all of last season with a stress reaction, Dezse was the designated hitter for each game and didn’t miss a beat.That run was all the Buckeyes needed, as Griga didn’t allow a run before handing it off to redshirt-senior pitcher Tyler Giannonatti for the seventh. Dempsey came in to finish the final two innings for his first save of the season and sealing the 1-0 victory for OSU.“I felt good, but obviously it was a lot more important for the team getting this win,” Riga said. “It gives your more confidence for tomorrow.”Friday’s season opener against the Huskies started off shaky for the Buckeyes as senior pitcher Greg Greve started out the game giving up two runs in the top of the first. He quickly settled in after that though and the offense made up for those early runs in impressive fashion.With the bases loaded in the bottom of the third, sophomore infielder Jacob Bosiokovic hammered a ball over the centerfield fence for a grand slam and the Buckeyes’ first runs of the season. His blast energized both the offense and defense as they didn’t allow another run, but added four more of their own for an 8-2 win.“I was just trying to put something in play and help the team win,” Bosiokovic said. “Fortunately I hit it over the fence.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to play UCF Friday in Orlando. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.
Sophomore right-handed pitcher Travis Lakins (1) delivers a pitch against Illinois on May 2, 2015. OSU lost, 6-5.Credit: Elliot Gilfix / For The LanternThe Ohio State baseball team may have narrowly missed out on postseason play this season, but it finally had some reason to celebrate during the second day of the 2015 MLB draft.Right-handed pitcher Travis Lakins became the highest OSU player drafted since fellow righty Alex Wimmers went 21st overall in 2010. The Boston Red Sox selected Lakins in the sixth round — 171st overall — on Tuesday afternoon.Lakins, a hard-throwing product of Franklin, Ohio, is coming off a sophomore season in which he went 4-4 with a 3.75 ERA in 15 starts. He struck out a team-high 84 in 96.0 innings pitched.Lakins’ final start of the season was arguably his strongest, as he neutralized Iowa’s lineup to the tune of six hits and one run allowed over eight innings in the opening game of the Big Ten tournament. However, a blown save in the ninth following Lakins’ departure gave the Hawkeyes the 3-2 victory.In the righty’s freshman campaign, he was used primarily out of the bullpen, where he made 23 of his 25 appearances. In 55.0 innings of work, he fanned 55 batters and compiled a 2.45 ERA, the second best on the team.He later made headlines after his freshman season when he threw a perfect game on June 20, 2014 while pitching for the Chillicothe Paints in summer ball. He struck out 14 in the perfect game against the West Virginia Miners, which was the first in the history of the Prospect League.Should Lakins choose to sign with Boston, the slot value for the 171st pick is $287,500, according to Baseball America. He was previously set to play for the Orleans Firebirds of the Cape Cod League this summer alongside outfielder Ronnie Dawson.The 2015 draft marked the fourth consecutive year at least one OSU player was drafted, following John Kuchno in 2012, Jon Pellant, Brett McKinney and Brad Goldberg in 2013 and Greg Greve last season.The MLB draft is scheduled to conclude with the 11th through 40th rounds on Wednesday.