Go watch Jared Sullinger play ball. Seriously, go do it. Then, the next time he plays, watch him again because the kid’s a freak. His game makes for must-watch television every time he steps on the hardwood. Forget about the idea that he’s the best freshman in the country because, really, he’s the best player in the NCAA. He plays like Zach Randolph except ten feet above the rim.And if the freshman alone doesn’t instill trepidation in the hearts of any other program in the country by himself, the rest of his team ought to because they are loaded like a baked potato.In early November, a worry surfaced that no team in the NCAA possessed any legitimate star power; that there were no NBA talent-riddled rosters like a North Carolina of 2009 or a Florida of 2007.Unfortunately for the rest of the country, Ohio State recently disabused that perception; just ask JaJuan Johnson and the Purdue Boilermakers, whom the Buckeyes torched by 23 points on Tuesday. And the Buckeyes’ recent dominance is a bad omen for the rest of the Big Ten.If Purdue, which was really Ohio State’s only preseason competition, can’t compete for the Big Ten title, then what other program has a shot?Well, it’s not Illinois. Demetri McCamey has improved every season during his time in Champaign, but the collection of B-talent around him isn’t enough to worry Thad Matta’s Buckeyes.Allegedly, Brandon Paul was going to complement McCamey well and put the Illini back on the college basketball map after swiftly disappearing from it after 2005’s run to the title game. But McCamey has only played okay, Paul has yet to live up to the expectations and the once-hyped Illini only linger towards the bottom of the polls.In Illinois’ tilt with the top ranked Buckeyes down in Champaign last week, they had no answer for Sullinger when the big man took over.It’s not going to be Michigan State, either. Izzo’s squad sits sixth in the conference with debilitating losses to Illinois, Purdue and an improved, though still inferior, Penn State.The Spartans have Kalin Lucas back and have seen nice contributions from senior guard Durrell Summers and junior forward Draymond Green, but they simply don’t have the firepower to hang around with the top teams in the country, a list headlined by Ohio State.It’s not gong to be Minnesota. Tubby Smith may have the Gophers playing the best basketball to come out of the Land of 10,000 Lakes in a long time, which shows what coaching, and subsequently, what a coach’s recruiting can do for any program (unless your Isaiah Thomas), but they are still a ways off from hanging banners any time soon. Minnesota had a shot at Ohio State earlier this month in Columbus and actually made them sweat for a while. They too, however, came up short when a three-pointer that would have sent the game to overtime rattled off the front iron as time expired.Minnesota’s Trevor Mbakwe, the Gophers’ leading rebounder, actually matches up with Sullinger. Mbakwe held the freshman-phenom to 15 points and 12 boards back on January 9th, but when Sullinger’s production went down, David Lighty went up for the Buckeyes as he scored 19 big points. There’s one ranked Big Ten team left that might have a shot to take down the Buckeyes; one team, which shoots almost 40 percent from behind the arc, has the size to match up with the strength of the Buckeyes and the reputation to pull off big wins on big stages.That’s right, it’s Northwestern.Only kidding, it’s not Northwestern. The team that can catch Ohio State is Wisconsin.The x-factor in college basketball remains three-point shooting. On any given night the Badgers can shoot the lights out and, as Ohio State is a longer team, staying outside the arc might be the way Bo Ryan will want to attack the Buckeyes.The Badgers have players in Josh Gasser, Mike Bruesewitz and Tim Jarmusz with the type of size that can give Ohio State’s William Buford and David Lighty a tough time. But the three will have to step up and execute on the defensive end to keep Buford and Lighty off of the score sheet.Jon Leuer is going to pose a problem for Sullinger as well, as Sullinger hasn’t often matched up with an athletic big man that can shoot the outside jumper. And if Leuer gets in foul trouble, Nankivil can put another body on the big man as well.On paper, the Badgers almost match up well against the nation’s top team. But that’s only on paper. It always comes down to execution.Luckily for Wisconsin, the first of the two games remaining with the Buckeyes takes place at the Kohl Center where the Badgers are notorious for holding serve.The rest of the conference schedule, less two games against Purdue, is really favorable for the Badgers. Ohio State, however, has trips to Minnesota, Purdue and Wisconsin yet before them.It’s quite possible the Buckeyes are a runaway train to Big Ten glory, but if any team can be the cow on the tracks, it has to be Wisconsin.
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Tyson Hodson, born in 1996, formerly of Wellington and now a resident of Atwood, Kans. has been charged with two counts of arson, level 7 non-person felonies in Sumner County District Court.Tyson HodsonIn a district court complaint filed by Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer, Hodson is accused on two separate occasions of setting approximately 56 large hay bales on fire about two miles southwest of the Wellington Municipal Airport in a field belonging to Sumner County farmers Martin Rusk and John Rogers without their consent in May.Hodson, a 2014 Wellington High School graduate, was arrested on the above charges in Rawlins County located in northwestern Kansas on Aug. 6. He was then bonded on Aug. 7 on a $5,000 appearance bond. Hodson is to appear in court in Atwood on Aug. 28, at 9 a.m.Hodson is accused of using a road flare and a signal flare to set several hay bales on fire on two separate occasions in a field at the intersection of 30th Avenue and Ridge Road.On May 13, 44 bales burned before a fire was extinguished by the Wellington Fire Department.Two days later â€” on May 15 â€” Hodson allegedly set about 12 large round hay bales on fire at the same field using a road flare.According to the complaint affidavit, Wellington Fire inspector John Faust said the WFD on May 13 at about 2:30 p.m., was dispatched to the first fire and discovered 44 of the 100 bales in the field were on fire.Rusk, the owner of the field, advised the WPD each hay bale was worth $50.Â The remaining bales were moved and a fire break was created which protected the remaining 56 bales, the complaint said.Faust said he found Coast Guard flares at the scene which he recognized as the kind sold at the Wellington Wal-Mart Supercenter.These flares are shot from a single shot style flare pistol with the shells being reloaded then expelled. No flare gun was found at the scene, the report said.The fire started with three or four bales which spread to the others, the report said.The wind on May 13 was about 13.8 mph with the temperature of 65 degrees. Faust said in the report that he contacted an employee who works at Wal-Mart Security, who advised the WPD that the last date of sale for a flare kit was April 28, but one was missing from inventory, and might have been stolen.On May 14, Faust installed a trail camera at the scene in case the suspect(s) returned. At 4 p.m. on May 15, Faust checked the camera which was full and he went to download the files at the fire department building, the report said. Before he was able to return, another call came in for another fire in the Rusk field at the same location. This time 10 to 12 bales were on fire. Thirteen bales were consumed in this fire, leaving about 27 bales in the field. The wind was about 8.1 mph with a temperature of 63 degrees.Rusk allegedly called the WPD after a WHS student told him he had heard Hodson and a 16-year-old Wellington male talking about setting the hay bales on fire. On May 20, Faust allegedly contacted Hodson and asked him to come to the fire department for an interview which was set for 2 p.m., but Hodson allegedly did not come to the interview.On May 29, Faust interviewed the 16-year-old male with the mother present. The 16-year-old boy said he was involved in the second fire with Hodson and another male. In the report, the 16-year-old said Hodson had a road flare to set the bales on fire. In the first fire, Hodson allegedly used a signal flare.The WPD interviewed two other boys allegedly involved in the two fires.On June 3, Faust interviewed Hodson for an unrelated car vandalism incident. Hodson allegedly said during that interview he had gone to the hay bale field twice. Once with one boy and the second time with two different boys. Hodson allegedly said in the interview that during the first incident he allegedly shot flares, and on the second time he used road flares.The estimated damage to the hay bales was $1,680 the report said.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢Hodson is also facing charges with conspiracy to commit criminal damage to property, a level 10 felony and four counts of criminal damage to property. He is accused on May 19, 2014 of conspiring with two other males with picking up rocks from Wheat Country Car Wash and throwing them at various parked cars in Wellington. The incident caused $1,936 damage, according to the complaint.Hodson moved from Wellington to Atwood this summer after his family gained employment at the Atwood School District. Jerry Hodson accepted the school superintendentâ€™s job after serving as curriculum director at Wellington USD 353 for two years. He is a former Wellington Middle School principal. 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Thank you for your input. +45 Vote up Vote down Oh boy · 313 weeks ago This kid was always in trouble at WHS but his daddy always took care of it. I doubt daddy can get him out of this one. Report Reply 1 reply · active 313 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down Redress · 313 weeks ago OMG so wrong. Report Reply 0 replies · active 313 weeks ago +24 Vote up Vote down concerned parent · 313 weeks ago at least he didn’t hurt anybody and something may get done about this kid. finally!! Report Reply 1 reply · active 313 weeks ago +18 Vote up Vote down Faganlover · 313 weeks ago That kid seems out of control… You reap what you sow. Teach your children well. Report Reply 0 replies · active 313 weeks ago +12 Vote up Vote down Crusader Pride · 313 weeks ago I know it is easy to cast stones or in this case throw them as hard as you can. But please remember that parenting is a tough thing. Not making excuses for Mr. Hodson, he did bail his kid out way to many times. But how many of us have done the same thing? Just remember that there is also a younger son who is a great kid. So be gentle in your bashing and make sure your closet is perfect…otherwise move on they have. Report Reply 2 replies · active 312 weeks ago +32 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 313 weeks ago I’m going to weigh in on this. You can’t blame parents for everything. There are families across the world who have good kids and bad kids. Good parenting is about teaching your child to do the right thing. It is up to the child to learn those lessons. Some will, some won’t. Report Reply 3 replies · active 313 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down guest · 313 weeks ago What about the others that were involved!! Report Reply 1 reply · active 294 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Guest 2 · 313 weeks ago I am not sure as to why the parents were even part of this story to begin with as he is now an adult and will be treated accordingly. I’m quite certain that each and every one of us can say we have done things we are not proud of, or perhaps even our own children. Some of the worst kids turn out to be some of the best adults. It’s up to that individual to determine their fate. Their parents did what any parent would do, defend and love your child. The Hodson’s are good people and shouldn’t be part of a bashing spree. They are not here to defend themselves and again, this is an adult now, so they should be left out of it. I think there are bigger issues within America that we should be discussing vs. setting hay bales on fire etc. Report Reply 0 replies · active 313 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Voodoo Child · 313 weeks ago FREE WILL. What we do with it is simple. Your choices, good or bad, right or wrong. How you decide is freedom of choice and free will. I do believe the use of cameras, such as the trail camera spoken about, by rural property owners might just turn the tide on burglarys and other criminal activity in our county. Kinda of hard to deny your presence or involvement in a crime when your on candid camera. Report Reply 1 reply · active 313 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down WHSmom · 313 weeks ago I agree with some of the above comments about blaming the parents..Not their fault..you cannot control your childs action at all times…you can be the best parent and hope that they behave while not in your presence,,,Both Mr and Mrs. Hodson are not at fault.. Report Reply 1 reply · active 312 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. 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SES-12SES has changed the launch vehicles and launch slots for its new SES-12 and SES-14 satellites.Under the new agreements, SES-12 will be launched on a Falcon 9 vehicle from SpaceX in the first quarter of 2018, while SES-14 will be launched on an Ariane 5 rocket early the same quarter.“The swap of launches will enable SES to improve service quality and continuity for its customers. Both SES-12 and SES-14 are using electric propulsion for orbit-raising and will enter into service some four to six months after launch,” said SES in a statement.SES-14 will be positioned at 47.5° West. Its C-band payload will support its cable neighbourhood in Latin America while its Ku-band capacity will cover the Americas and the North Atlantic Region.SES-12 will be positioned at 95° East and provide direct-to-home broadcasting, VSAT, mobility and HTS data connectivity services in the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region.
Free founder Xavier Niel may step into the breach if French OTT TV player Molotov’s investors block the company’s planned sale to Altice France, according to local reports.According to L’Opinion, citing unnamed sources, Niel, a long-time acquaintance of Molotov co-founder Jean-David Blanc, is prepared to take part in a new capital increase via his Kima/NJJ investment fund to provide Molotov with the funding it needs to remain in operation.Despite counting seven million registered users, Molotov has struggled to attract paying subscribers and the outfit’s financial situation is widely believed to be precarious.Altice Europe has been in exclusive negotiations to acquire Molotov, but the talks have reportedly hit a significant stumbling block, with a number of Molotov’s investors unhappy with the move, according to a report by French financial daily Les Echos.According to the paper, citing an unnamed source, there is “a strong probability” that the acquisition will not be completed, with small investors in particular resisting the sale.According to Les Echos, Molotov investors are unhappy that the proposed deal is not an all-cash purchase but would involve Altice implementing a capital increase of some €10 million, with Molotov expected to throw in a smaller amount to the pot.