The Main Squeeze Cover ‘Layla’ In Squozen Atlanta Throwdown [Gallery/Review]

first_imgIn the realm of righteously rockin’ funk music, there are only three words that Atlanta, Georgia needed to know on Friday, March 4th: The Main Squeeze.Returning to the city after for their first show since New Year’s Eve 2015, the hard touring band took the stage at one of the city’s mainstay venues, Terminal West, for an epic show that left smiles from ear to ear by the time that they were done with the place.Put succinctly, Squeeze shows are a thing of beauty. The band can flat out play, and it’s as simple as that. Ask anyone who’s witnessed one of their incendiary sets; they’re bound to tell you the exact same thing.Kicking off the night with “Mama Told Me” from 2012’s eponymous album, the tightly-coiled funk machine gave a blazing preview for the funky mayhem that was about to ensue.Following through with the early Squeeze classic, “Dr. Funk,” Terminal West’s dance party hit critical mass, exactly where it stayed for the rest of the glorious evening. Truly hitting their stride with the slow building face-melter, “#WWC”, the quintet rolled through a funk-jam rollercoaster that picked up steam with every successive tune.Dropping into another tasty throwback, “Ebeneezer”, Ben “Smiley” Silverstein took the reins and headed a jam with one of the more massive keyboard solos that one’s likely to find anywhere on this big blue planet. Leaving more than a few jaws on the ground, The Main Squeeze had more up their sleeve for the crowd that night.Known to bust out choice covers that have included classics that range from the Grateful Dead to Outkast (they dropped into a few verses of the ATL stalwarts’ “Roses” earlier in the night), it was time to pay tribute to one of the greats with a showstopping rendition of the Derek and the Dominoes classic, “Layla.”Digging deep into the funk grab bag, another standout was a rousing rendition of “In A Funk” that was followed up with the band’s perennial showstopper, “I’ll Take Another.”If pure energy is what drives audiences, then “I’ll Take Another” offers a sonic buffet with which to feast. Experiencing the song live is one of those moments that words won’t do justice; one has to experience it to truly tap into the feeling.Taking a short hiatus, The Squeeze returned for a final hurrah that shredded its way into the crowd’s hearts and minds and left everyone begging for one more. As always, the band delivered, and with flying colors at that.They killed it, tore it down, took no prisoners – whatever you’re idiom of choice, they did it. Moral of the story? Catch these guys live as soon as you can; your ears will thank you.Setlist: The Main Squeeze at Terminal West, Atlanta, GA – 3/4/16Mama Told Me > Afterlife Jam > Dr. Funk, #WWC, Two Steps, Ebaneezer, Shot > Sweat Jam, Layla, Tank X-ing > Drums, In a Funk, I’ll Take AnotherEncore: Where Do We Go?Check out a full gallery of photos below, courtesy of Phierce Photography: Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Dovel’s star shines bright at LMU

first_imgThere’s not a third-year collegiate baseball player who doesn’t think of it from time to time. But for now, Sean Dovel will put Major League Baseball’s first-year player draft on the back burner. He has other sights on the horizon, mainly putting his Loyola Marymount University team in the NCAA postseason playoffs. “I’m definitely looking at the draft this year, but I’m not worried about it right now,” said Dovel, a former two-time All-CIF-Southern Section catcher from La Mirada High School. “I’ll worry about the draft when it gets here. “The biggest adjustment for me was the pitching,” Dovel said. “That was the most difficult adjustment. “I’ve definitely improved defensively (since 2005). I was so raw behind the plate my freshman year. I’m more solid now. Offensively, my batting is much better. I go to all fields now, and my power has improved.” The Lions struggled from the gate this season at 7-11-1. But Dovel is confident they can regroup and make a run at the WCC championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. “We’re just a little slow right now,” Dovel said. “We’ll get out of it. “We have some freshman guys who are playing a lot. They are just getting used to playing at this level. But we’ll settle down.” Dreshawn Vance, a former All-CIF-SS basketball player from Walnut, is having a solid first season at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. Vance, a transfer from the University of Portland, is averaging 6.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in helping the Mustangs earn the No. 2 seed at this weekend’s Big West postseason tournament. The junior forward came to Cal Poly after earning a spot on the All-WCC freshmen team in 2004-05 for Portland. Nolan Bruyninckx, a former Pacific League MVP from Arcadia, has found a niche at middle relief for the Cal State Fullerton baseball team. Bruyninckx has a 1.12 ERA in eight appearances for the Titans this season. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3061 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “Right now, it’s all about the season. I’ll worry about the draft later, because it will take care of itself.” Especially the way Dovel has performed in his three seasons at LMU. The junior is considered one of the top catching prospects in the country after three solid campaigns. Dovel has earned back-to-back All-West Coast Conference honorable mention selections the past two seasons. And he’s off to a solid start this season. The former Matadores star ranks third on the team with a .324 batting average. He also leads the team in home runs (3), and is tied for the lead in RBIs with 13. That followed up solid freshman and sophomore seasons, in which he batted .311 and .289, respectively. He also had a .469 slugging percentage with 22 doubles last season. last_img read more

Half-time: Brentford 1 Leeds United 0

first_imgSam Saunders scored his first Brentford goal in more than a year to put the home side ahead at the break.The midfielder charged through the middle, with the Leeds defence backing off, before picking out the bottom corner from outside the penalty area to put the Bees ahead on 28 minutes.Moments later, Brentford keeper David Button made a superb save to keep out Mirco Antenucci’s effort from distance to preserve his side’s lead.Alan Judge, who Brentford hope to keep out of the clutches of Sheffield Wednesday, fired narrowly over the bar as he hunted his 13th goal of a prolific season.Antenucci – who came on after 19 minutes for the injured Chris Wood – was denied a shooting opportunity by Harlee Dean’s challenge inside the box, while at the other end, Lasse Vibe fired well over.Brentford named the same team which won 3-1 at Preston at the weekend, while Leeds opted against naming ex-Bees midfielder Toumani Diagouraga in their starting line-up.James Tarkowski has again been left out of the Brentford squad as his punishment continues for refusing to play against Burnley earlier this month.Brentford: Button; Colin, Dean, Barbet, Bidwell; McEachran, Woods; Saunders, Judge, Swift; Vibe.Subs: Bonham, Yennaris, O’Connell, Kerschbaumer, Gogia, Djuricin, Hofmann.Leeds: Silvestri; Wootton, Bellusci, Cooper, Taylor; Dallas, Bridcutt, Murphy, Cook; Doukara, Wood.Subs: Peacock-Farrell, Coyle, Adeyemi, Diagouraga, Phillips, Carayol, Antenucci.See also:Diagouraga completes move from Brentford to LeedsBrentford’s Tarkowski apologises and explains refusal to playDiagouraga relishes chance to play for LeedsBees need to be at their best – SmithBrentford v Leeds United line-ups: Bees leave out Liverpool loanee, Whites make one changeFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Bok victory seals a sporting weekend

first_imgBok stalwarts: Saturday’s match against the Wallabies marked the 50th cap for both Jannie du Plessis and Morné Steyn. Photo: SA Rugby By Anne Taylor30 September 2013It was a great sporting  weekend for South Africa – Ernie Els had a cracker of a round at St Andrews putting him in contention to win the Dunhill Classic, cyclist Louis Meintjes raced to a silver medal in the under-23 road race at the UCI World Championships in  Italy – and, best of all, the Springboks beat the Australians 28-8 in a thrilling match at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday.The All Blacks won against Argentina, setting up the final between the world’s two best teams on Saturday (October 5) at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. The Springboks will need to beat the All Blacks and score a bonus point, without conceding one, to win the Rugby Championship.“A few things we have worked on that worked, this is a special bunch of players, really hungry to do well for their country,” coach Heyneke Meyer said after the match. “We don’t play on emotion, but focus on task at hand. We are in with a chance to win championship, and are where we wanted to be.”The last time the Aussies won at the Newlands rugby stadium in Cape Town was in 1992. Saturday’s game was also the Springboks’ 50th test at Newlands, the first ground in South Africa to host the national team 50 times. And it was Morné du Plessis and Jannie du Plessis’ 50th game. Du Plessis and his brother Bismarck became the first South African siblings to achieve 50 caps a piece.Read the match report on SA.info: Bok win sets up showdown vs NZlast_img read more

Is Twitter’s First Conference Coming April 14th? Twitter’s #1 User Says So

first_imgIf you’re hoping to go to Twitter’s first-ever developers conference, Chirp, you might like to know when it’s scheduled for, right? Twitter hasn’t publicly announced the date, but we wanted to know so that we didn’t schedule our next public event on the same date. So I just asked on Quora, the new Q&A service just launched by Facebook’s first CTO, Adam D’Angelo.Within a few hours I got an answer, from Ashton Kutcher, the most-followed person in the world on Twitter. Ashton says the event is going to happen on April 14. So our event will not be on April 14. It’s possible that the Twitter event is not actually going to be held on April 14, but I strongly suspect that is in fact the plan. As Twitter’s number one guy, as the founder of a high-profile social media marketing company hanging out on a reputation-based site, as someone whose answer got a thumbs up from Quora engineer Kevin Der (who has a strong interest in the site being filled with accurate info) – it seems highly likely that Kutcher knows and is telling the truth.Quora is a very compelling site, disproportionately filled with Silicon Valley engineering and investing elites talking comfortably among themselves for now. That’s unlikely to last (especially if people start blogging about what gets talked about there!) but the site’s user experience and design are more than good enough to hold their own long after the cool kids aren’t alone there anymore.Quora is subject of another article, still forthcoming. (Here’s screenshots if you don’t have an invite.) For now, just make a note: Twitter’s first public event is probably going to be held on April 14. That’s what Ashton Kutcher says, anyway. Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#twitter#web marshall kirkpatrick Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

Derrick Pumaren unsure of return to UE

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “That’s why I am saying right now, UE has to revisit what direction they want to go. That is one thing also that I have to think about. We already have a disadvantage without an import and we have a hard time recruiting local guys, so that makes the job more difficult,” Pumaren said. “Sometimes I envy other teams like UST and UP which have their own imports. We don’t. It’s so hard to get a 6-7, 6-8 Filipino now, and where will we find him? Unless we go for a Fil-Am, but the budget is still another story.”Pumaren said being on the same page with the stakeholders in terms of enhancing the basketball program through better recruitment will be integral in bringing the Red Warriors back to contender status.“That’s why I said I don’t know what’s the direction. Of course, they’re looking for a win, but they have to give me also what I need,” he said. “We can’t go to war without anything to offer. When I recruit, it’s just my basketball program that I offer. It’s just like when I was able to recruit Alvin, teams were offering him big incentives, but I was just able to convince his mother. But it’s not like that every day. You’ll be lucky to get one, but it’s not enough.”“I might have a good program, but still, I have to also to have the materials. We can’t just be participants here.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding UAAP Season 80 Preview: UE Red Warriors PLAY LIST 02:56UAAP Season 80 Preview: UE Red Warriors00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Pumaren was named UE head coach in 2014 but has yet to bring the Red Warriors back to the semifinals, and though UE showed a lot of promise in UAAP Season 80, it still finished with the second-worst record in the league at 3-11.“As I’ve told the team in the dugout, I think we could have done a lot better if we played consistently, both individually and as a team. I think that was the problem this season, that we were not playing consistent ball throughout,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe lack of success the past four seasons played a part in Pumaren expressing his doubts of coming back next year plus other matters that he hopes to discuss with the UE management.“I’m still thinking if I’m going to renew for next year because it depends on where they want the team’s direction to go to. Imagine, we don’t have an import, but when it comes to recruitment and getting the local guys, I would say that we’re far compared to the other teams, maybe even last,” he said. Read Next UE head coach Derrick Pumaren. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDerrick Pumaren is uncertain whether he would return to University of the East for another season after the Red Warriors failed to make the Final Four for the eighth consecutive year.“I don’t know, really. I still have to see what’s the direction of the UE management for next season and I have to think about that,” Pumaren said after his team fell to University of Santo Tomas, 85-88, on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UST dominates UAAP judo anew For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

Emotional night for Joe Ingles as Jazz blow out depleted Lakers

first_imgUtah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell squirts liquid onto Joe Ingles, seated, following the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — Before the game even started, Joe Ingles was exhausted.Shooting videos with son Jacob, emotional meetings with other families affected by autism and generally doing all he could to promote Autism Awareness Night was almost too much.ADVERTISEMENT Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Seth Curry drops season high, leads Trail Blazers past Bulls Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. On the court, Ingles provided plenty of helpers as well. His 14 assists were a career high and he added 11 points and nine rebounds. When he left the game with more than two minutes to play, he received a standing ovation. Then the crowd booed and chanted, “We want Joe!”It seemed the only person in the entire arena who didn’t want to see Ingles go back in and grab that 10th rebound was Ingles himself.“There was no chance. It’s not me. It’s not our team. We had a nice lead,” he said.Crowder lobbied Ingles to stay on the court, to no avail.“We felt it was a special night for Joe and to top it off with a triple-double would have made it even more special, but Joe don’t care,” Crowder said.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snagcenter_img Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “I told the guys before the game, I really didn’t know how I’d be,” said Ingles, who nearly finished with his first triple-double as the Utah Jazz beat the depleted Los Angeles Lakers 115-100 on Wednesday. “It was almost overwhelming, to be honest.”Rudy Gobert had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Derrick Favors scored 20 and Jae Crowder added 16 points for the balanced Jazz, who had seven players in double figures and won for the eighth time in nine games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSix weeks ago, Ingles went public with the news that his 2-year-old boy was diagnosed with autism. Since then, he has been a vocal advocate for funding and awareness.On this night, the Jazz and their sponsors presented a $1.2 million check at halftime and promoted a text donation line to aid the cause. Vignettes of Ingles and his son were featured on the Jumbotron during timeouts. MOST READ “Joe played great. It was a big night for him in a lot of ways. He feels the same way. I mean, we’re all just trying to think about how we can be better,” Utah coach Quin Snyder said.BIGGER THAN BASKETBALL“It means a lot to be able to support Joe, and not only him, but all the families that are dealing with this,” Gobert said.The Jazz have often said they are exceptionally close for an NBA squad on a personal level and that it helps their chemistry on the court.“We have each other’s back. It’s bigger than basketball,” Gobert added.Crowder said the video the team put together without Ingles’ knowledge touched him when he saw it during the game.“We’re just trying to be his brother and give him a shoulder to lean on,” Crowder added.TIP-INSLakers: Josh Hart, Mike Muscala and Tyson Chandler missed the game, while Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram have both been ruled out for the remainder of the season. … After coach Luke Walton was whistled for a technical foul in the third quarter, Rajon Rondo sat in a courtside seat — not on the Lakers bench — and took off his shoe while Ricky Rubio shot the free throw. … Los Angeles committed a season-low six turnovers.Jazz: Ingles, Donovan Mitchell, Ekpe Udoh, Ricky Rubio and Gobert all custom ordered autism awareness shoes from Kickstradomis with the name Jacob inscribed on each pair. … Ingles got a technical foul in the second quarter and then promptly made a 3-pointer and driving layup. … Crowder and McGee got tangled under Utah’s basket midway through the third quarter. Crowder got a technical for a push. UP NEXTLakers: Return home to play Charlotte on Friday night.Jazz: Host the Washington Wizards on Friday night in the third game of a four-game homestand.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kyle Kuzma paced the Lakers with 21 points after a four-game slump in which he shot just 32.9 percent from the field and 29.7 percent from 3-point range. JaVale McGee had 16 points and 13 rebounds. Alex Caruso and Mo Wagner each added 13 points.Los Angeles had won consecutive games for the first time since January but wasn’t competitive from the start without LeBron James in this one. James sat out after he had 23 points, 14 assists and seven rebounds in a 124-106 win Tuesday night against Washington. He had his eighth triple-double of the season (81st of his career) in Sunday’s victory over Sacramento, but has been dealing with a swollen knee and sore groin.Only 4½ games separate the third and eighth seed in the Western Conference playoff race, and the Jazz are right in the middle of that pileup.Meanwhile, the Lakers were eliminated from postseason contention last week, and it showed on the court.Utah’s offense featured an abundance of movement and screens, while the Lakers spread the floor and often went with isolation plays. The result was 33 assists for the Jazz and a 58-38 advantage in the paint.“They pass the ball. They share it. Hardly ever iso,” Kuzma said.After leading by seven at halftime, Utah interspersed precision pick-and-rolls with transition opportunities to boost the advantage to 20 in the third quarter.“Our bad stretches were too long. The Jazz are a good team and they’re going to take advantage,” Caruso said.The Jazz often turned Lakers missed shots — and there were plenty as Los Angeles shot 38 percent — into quick-score opportunities. Utah tallied 16 fast-break points to two for the Lakers.But the night belonged to Ingles and those affected by autism, so his teammates and coaches thought it was fitting he had a career night assisting others. Google Philippines names new country director Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 2013 PLAY LIST 01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201300:50Trending Articles01:33Eleazar has mixed emotions on promotion, last day as NCRPO chief02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View commentslast_img read more

16 days ago​Krawietz: Klopp feels same about Liverpool as BVB, Mainz

first_img​Krawietz: Klopp feels same about Liverpool as BVB, Mainzby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool assistant manager Peter Krawietz believes that he and boss Jurgen Klopp found an instant connection with the club when they joined.Fans were unsure of what to expect of Klopp when he arrived, given the way his tenure at Borussia Dortmund ended.However, he managed to take the club to new heights, winning the Champions League last season.And Krawietz believes that part of the success is due to the incredible feeling that he and Klopp have for the club, which is similar to how they felt about previous clubs Mainz and Borussia Dortmund.”We always felt something like an identity with the club we were working for. In Mainz, it was our hometown where we grew up – so obviously it was easy because it was natural,” Krawietz told the Liverpool website. “We found this in Dortmund pretty quickly. And it is, and was, the same here in Liverpool. The more you learn about this city, of course adapting a little bit, and learn how people think and what they expect…of course, it helps if you have a little bit of success! “Then people can see from the outside things are going forward. This is what we always wanted. We thought the things we want to invent take a bit of time – a long-term idea – and we’d come somewhere where we’d try to make an impact for the whole club, something that stays for longer even if you are not here anymore. “Something which stays – not only trophies and a good time – and that it can go on. It worked in Mainz, it worked in Dortmund and I hope we are in a good way to do it as well in Liverpool.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

4 days agoLiverpool teenager Brewster showing improvement after Wolves brace

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool teenager Brewster showing improvement after Wolves braceby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool U23 boss Neil Critchley says Rhian Brewster is improving after his double against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday.The 19-year-old made his first-team debut against MK Dons in the Carabao Cup and boosted his chances of another appearance with a fine display in the 4-3 win over Wolves at Kirkby.Asked if Brewster was taking steps in the right direction, Critchley said: “There were positives to take from the game and Rhian’s goals were among them.”He is looking slightly better every time he plays. That was arguably his best game for us this season, not just his goals but his all-round contribution, the way he led the line particularly without the ball, competing with his back to goal as well.”He was competing very well with longer balls and balls in the air. He put a real shift in for the team which is something he will be able to do as he gets fitter. I was really pleased with his contribution.” last_img read more

Mens basketball Keita BatesDiops injury could have been worse now ahead of

Sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop talks to the media on Feb. 23 for the first time since his surgery on his left shin. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorNot much has gone right for the Ohio State men’s basketball team this year, making it all the more difficult for sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop as he goes through rehabilitation after surgery on his left shin.The Buckeyes lost arguably their most dynamic player following a 76-75 loss to Purdue on Jan. 5. Bates-Diop sat out that game and coach Thad Matta informed the media in the postgame press conference that the forward would redshirt and be out for the year. Since that game, Bates-Diop has had surgery and his recovery is ahead of schedule.But the injury could have been devastating.“It was getting close to what could’ve been a compound fracture, which — Kevin Ware, Paul George — that’s what would’ve happened,” Bates-Diop said. “Don’t know when it would’ve happened, but if I would’ve kept playing, it was a possibility. It was already decided I wasn’t playing, but when they said that, there was no chance I was coming back.”The 6-foot-7 forward from Normal, Illinois, had been dealing with the injury since the summer when another player made hard contact with his shin. He came back and still wasn’t 100 percent, so the team mandated that he receive X-rays. “(The coaches) could tell something was wrong,” Bates-Diop said. “I wasn’t playing like myself. I was playing at a high level in the summer, until I did something wrong.” Bates-Diop then suffered a right ankle injury against Providence on Nov. 11. He missed five games with that injury, but it wasn’t until December that his shin began bothering him again. Bates-Diop recalled stopping abruptly versus Youngstown State on Dec. 20 when he felt a pain shoot through his leg. From then on, his injury didn’t progress any and he was shut down for the season.Through the season Bates-Diop said he was near full health. He admitted on Thursday that wasn’t the case.“I told you guys that I was close to being 100 percent. I was not,” he said. “I lied. I was never 100 percent. I was never close.”Bates-Diop said that he had a rod placed in his left leg from just below the kneecap down to just above the ankle. He has two screws in his leg, one in each spot to anchor the rod. He said that the one near his ankle will likely be taken out. He was supposed to be on crutches for two to three weeks but was only on them for one week.As far as conditioning and lifting is concerned, Bates-Diop is working on upper-body strength, so by the time summer rolls around he can jump into skill drills.On top of all that, two weeks ago, Bates-Diop’s brother collapsed during practice and was transported to the hospital, causing the Buckeye to head home. His brother was discharged from the hospital days later and Bates-Diop said his brother returned to school Thursday for the first time.While that was going on, OSU has fallen to 15-13 and 5-10 in the Big Ten before it plays No. 16 Wisconsin on Thursday night. Bates-Diop said one of the most difficult aspects of his injury is knowing he can’t contribute to a team who’s struggling mightily. “It’s been very hard,” he said. “Just dealing with everything I’ve been personally through and then the team. It’s been a rough few months … since New Years.”Bates-Diop was averaging 9.7 points and 5.2 rebounds before the injury. He said that he has taken a new role on the sidelines and has a new perspective outside the game that other players don’t have — something he’s hoping to carry over to next year.“I think mental preparation toward the game. I was playing at a high level. I can get that back,” he said. “But looking from the outside in, now I can change my mentality from the game. All that stuff I can teach these guys, especially the younger guys on what to do and what not to do.” read more