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Local Roundup: Fortuna’s Hailey Dolcini reaches milestone with 1,000 strikeout

first_imgShasta >> Fortuna High School’s resident strikeout queen has reached a milestone in her incredible prep career.Hailey Dolcini, who sports a 0.11 ERA with 181 strikeouts on the season, fanned Chico’s Bailey Reid, the first batter she faced in Fortuna’s second Wolpack Invitational Tournament game on Saturday, to record her 1,000 career strikeout.The Huskies (12-1-1 overall, 3-0 Big 5) started the day with a 6-0 victory over tournament host Shasta.As she has been all season, Dolcini was …last_img read more

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Bits Of Destruction Hit the Book Publishing Business: Part 1

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market bernard lunn Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Analysis#Features#NYT#web “Bits of destruction” is a phrase Fred Wilson uses to describe the destructive part of “creative destruction” brought on by digitization. We hear a lot about the destruction wrought on the newspaper business. A more interesting and nuanced wave is now hitting the book publishing business. Actually, it is three waves: the digitization of back catalogs, e-books, and print on demand. However this plays out, a lot of people will be affected, but the way in which it will play out is not at all obvious. This is too big a subject for one post, so read this as an introduction to a multi-post investigation.Somewhere Between Author and Reader Is Multi-Billion Dollar MarketData on market size is hard to come by. Albert N. Greco, in his book “The Book Publishing Industry” (the relevant extract of which is available, ironically, on Google Books), pegs the number at $65 billion in 1993. The value is probably higher by now. In any case, it is big.An author writes a book, and you read it. A lot of money is exchanged between those two actions. Consider the steps an author has had to go through in the past to make a living from writing books:Find an agent, who takes a cut and finds a…Publisher, who arranges everything and takes a very big cut and delivers the manuscript to the…Printer, who takes a cut and delivers the product to the…Distributor, who takes a cut and delivers the books to the…Retailers, who sell one to you.Courtesy of iReaderReview, we have created a very simplistic view of how the pie is currently divided:Author: 10% (This in fact ranges between 8% and 15%, depending on the author’s clout — e.g. Stephen King does better than most. If the author has an agent, the agent’s cut comes out of this. It is indeed tough for new authors.)Publisher: 30% (This ranges between 25% and 32%, again depending on the author’s clout — e.g. their percentage is less with Stephen King because the risk is lower too. Note: this is their net revenue, after deducting author royalties and printer fees.)Printer: 10%Distributor: 10%Retailer: 40%Enter the Dragon: AmazonJeff Bezos, who could go down in history as the most driven and talented entrepreneur of the Internet age, shook up this last stage: retail. About a decade ago, people were talking about how retailers were “getting Amazoned.” But then a couple of things happened:Amazon discovered that pick-and-pack distribution through warehouses was almost as expensive as running stores on Main Street.Because the end product was still a physical object, many people still liked browsing in bookstores.During all of these bruising battles, the publishers did just fine. The long-tail of online media enabled them to sell more of their back catalog.So, we know how e-commerce played out. But then along came three more waves.The Three Big Waves Hitting the IndustryOne massive wave crashing down is confusing enough. But when three crash at the same time, even seeing what’s going on (let alone predicting how things will play out) becomes really difficult. These three big new waves are:The digitization of print books by Google Book Search.Increasing consumer acceptance of e-books, mostly because of the Kindle.Print on demand.Wave #1: Google Book Search Archive DigitizationThe first wave, Google Book Search, has kicked up a storm of controversy, with some waving lawsuits in the air. Google threw down the gauntlet in classic Google style, threatening every player in the industry. Its initiative has reached an impressive scale:“On October 28, 2008, Google stated that it had 7 million books searchable through Google Book Search.” (Source: Wikipedia)Google is dealing with three types of books here:Books in the public domain but no longer in print or easily accessible outside of libraries. These are useful for research and can be downloaded as PDFs. Google has scanned these at considerable cost, and the content does not seem to be a good platform for selling ads, and so we would assume this is not a directly commercial venture. Non-profit initiatives in Europe are doing the same sort thing. No one could really argue with this point.Books that are out of print but still copyrighted. These were the subject of legal action taken by the Authors’ Guild and the Association of American Publishers to protect publishers’ revenue from back catalogs and authors’ royalty streams. The case was settled in October 2008.Books that were scanned by 20,000 publishing partners and sent to Google, which restricts how much of any one you can read online. Publishers are using Google in its classic role as a source of traffic. They hope the extracts entice you to buy the books.But this does not bear on the best-sellers and books that you buy at airports. Google is simply performing its normal role of directing online traffic.That is where the second wave, Amazon’s Kindle, comes in.Wave #2: E-BooksWith the Kindle, Jeff Bezos finally gets rid of those warehouses and delivery trucks. He still works through major publishers. As Steve Jobs did with the iPod and iPhone, Bezos is using a device to extract high rent for digital products delivered through the device.Alternatives to the Kindle exist, of course. But alternatives to the iPod and iPhone exist, too, and Bezos is betting that his device will exact similar loyalty in consumers, forcing all of the major players to work with Amazon.So, what does the book publishing revenue pie look like with the Kindle now in the eco-system? Let’s look at this from the point of view of authors. That seems a good starting point. Without authors, there would be no readers and thus no value for intermediaries to extract. Well, it turns out that the Authors’ Guild (yes, the one that sued Google and got a settlement) has a strong opinion on the Kindle, as its President, Roy Blount, explains in an article in the New York Times.Blount probably gets good legal advice. He is going after a weak link in Amazon’s legal defense, as he explains:“Serves readers, pays writers: so far, so good. But there’s another thing about Kindle 2 — its heavily marketed text-to-speech function. Kindle 2 can read books aloud. And Kindle 2 is not paying anyone for audio rights.”But this seems like a side issue. The real questions are:Does the reader get a cheaper product? Well, not yet. But consumers seem to be sending a loud message that e-books should be cheaper.Will authors get more than the 8 to 15% share of the pie that they currently get? That should be possible, because a few big pie-sharers have been eliminated by the Kindle, namely:Unless Amazon is giving a bigger percentage to publishers (which is unlikely, but possible), 60% of the pie is available to be shared between Amazon, publishers, authors, and readers.Printer: 10%Distributor: 10%Retailer: 40%. Here is an author asking all the right questions. And in the comments, another writer addresses the question of royalties on Kindle sales:“One-third of the cover price. If Amazon discounts the book, they still pay you one-third of the cover price you submit.”He goes on to explain that authors are paid monthly, and they do not ask for exclusivity and do not get advance royalties. That all sounds fine. You can check the actual terms and conditions on Amazon’s Digital Text Platform, and the forums contain other advice.But note that one-third of the cover price goes to the publisher. That is not the author’s cut. So, with the Kindle in the mix, the pie appears to be more like this:Author: 8%Publisher: 33%Printer: 0%Distributor: 0%Retailer: 0%Amazon: 59%In other words, publishers and authors get no more than they did before, and Amazon takes everyone else’s cut. This is very good if you own Amazon stock and quite a worry if you are a printer, distributor, or retailer.Wave #3: Print on DemandNot everybody wants to pay $359 for a Kindle, particularly when e-books for it are not significantly cheaper than print versions. Also, most books are not yet available on the Kindle, and many (for example, ones with a lot of high-quality images) are not suitable for the device (at least not the current version).This is where the third wave, print on demand (POD), comes in.While printing single copies of books using traditional technology such as letterpress and offset printing was simply never economical, digital printing technology now makes it possible.POD caters to the new long tail: new books that are not best-sellers. Authors go through one of the POD intermediaries: Lulu and Blurb.In simple terms, the intermediaries allow you, the author, to sell books one at a time. (You could give your book away for free, but you would still have to pay Lulu or Blurb for printing costs.) The model requires no up-front cost from you and no minimum purchase from the reader. Your print-ready content goes to Lulu or Blurb’s printing partners, which print and send the books to readers. The printers are willing to work with these intermediaries because they aggregate demand.You, the reader, see no difference. You order online, pay by credit card or PayPal, and get the book delivered to your home or office.This initially caught on in the self-publishing and vanity publishing industry, where books often had no market beyond the author’s immediate circle of friends, family, and associates. For a good breakdown of the types of publishers in this industry and what to look out for, see this article.A lot of publishers specialize in this area, including Epigraph, Xlibris, I-Universe, AuthorHouse, SelfPublishing.com, and BookSurge. But they typically require a minimum order, albeit a small one. Blurb and Lulu have used the Web to take this idea to its extreme: no up-front costs, and books printed one order at a time.Part 2: Wiping the Muck from Our Crystal BallIn part 2 of this series tomorrow, we will look at how this could play out for the major players:Readers: will we all get more choice at better prices? Almost certainly.Authors: will making a living from writing books be any easier for them? This is important to a lot of people but far from certain.How will the other players (publishers, printers, distributors, and retailers) evolve to meet the challenges of this new world?What new intermediary models will emerge, and which players stand to profit from them?UPDATE:Part 2 of this series is now available. It explores how this could play out in the future, specifically for the major players of book publishing: readers, authors, printers, publishers, retailers, and e-book device vendors. 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The Power In Knowing How To

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Strategy is important. So is vision. You know where you want to take your team. You know what results you need to achieve. And you know how you intend to compete and win in your markets.Leaders love to talk strategy, vision, and meaning. What they often spend too little time on is actually teaching their people “how to.”Get TacticalOne of the greatest minds on winning wrote, “Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.”Your team knows what you want. They are smart. Intellectually, they understand what you want. This isn’t where they struggle. The resistance that you sense isn’t to your strategy or your vision. They’re not trying to be adversarial or obstructionist.The reason your team isn’t doing what you need them to do is that they don’t know how. They lack the confidence that they can achieve the necessary outcomes. Mostly this is because what you are asking of them is difficult.The strategy isn’t the challenging part; it’s the putting it into practice that is the difficult part. It’s the tactics.Tell Me How ToIt’s difficult to gain appointments with the dream clients that you need to grow your business and do the meaningful work that you want to do. Most salespeople struggle with opportunity acquisition. If you want them to improve here, you have to help with the “how to.” They already know you want more and better opportunities.It’s difficult to build consensus around a new idea. It is super challenging just to break out of the silo in which your power sponsor has caged you. If your team knew how to get out of that cage without alienating the people with whom they have relationships, they’d have already done so. They know why they’re stuck. What they don’t know is how to get unstuck.And now you want them to capture value? If you haven’t had the pleasure of sitting across from clients defending your price for some time, you might be surprised how difficult it is to convince your dream client that there is a difference between price and cost. Oh, and don’t get me wrong here; intellectually, your dream client understands. It’s getting them to agree to make the larger investment instead of demanding a discount that’s the challenging part.There is power and confidence in knowing how.You need to understand where your team struggles. You need know how they are challenged. Then you need to teach them how to overcome those challenges.They want to give you what you want. They’re not being obstinate. They just need your help. Will you give it to them?last_img read more

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21 days agoNewcastle boss Bruce sets out his transfer blueprint

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Bruce sets out his transfer blueprintby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Steve Bruce has set out his blueprint for his transfer plans.Bruce says he draws on his experience under Sir Alex Ferguson.He told the Mirror: “When you get the spine right, everything else falls into place.“I think Sir Alex would say himself that bringing in Schmeichel, Pallister, myself , Irwin, we all ended up being there ten or 12 years.“It’s vitally important that you get that right if you can. If you can get the nucleus and spine of your side and keep it together, that is massive.“In front of us, you had Robson who played ten or 12 years, Keane who played ten years, Ince, seven years. Hughes, who played ten years or something like that.” last_img read more

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9 days agoMan Utd hero Ince questions move for Juventus striker Mandzukic

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd hero Ince questions move for Juventus striker Mandzukicby Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United hero Paul Ince does not believe Mario Mandzukic would be an astute signing. The Juventus striker is being linked with a January move to Old Trafford.”I don’t think Mandzukic is the answer,” Ince told the Mirror.”I feel that you never get your best players in January, clubs don’t sell their best players in January, so whoever Manchester United are going to get is going to be a stop-gap.”If they’re looking to go down the young route then they should be looking at young strikers, not Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] or Mandzukic.” last_img read more

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International Investors Very Keen on Logistics Hub Initiative

first_imgThe Jamaica Logistics Hub Initiative is quickly gaining traction with potential international investors, who have expressed interest in partnering with the Government, and investing in the initiative.Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, says the recent Government/Private Sector mission to the Middle East was a “phenomenal success”.The seven-member delegation met with several influential players in Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, mainly in aviation, logistics and financing. As a result of the mission, Minister Hylton and the Kuwaiti Minister of Finance signed the Jamaica-Kuwait Bilateral Investment Treaty, which guarantees protection and fair and equitable treatment of investors from both countries. It also provides companies with legal standing in dispute settlement.“This bodes well for Jamaica’s efforts to encourage investments from Kuwait,” Mr. Hylton told a press briefing at his New Kingston offices, on Tuesday, April 16, where he reported on the outcome of that trip.Additionally, the Government is to develop a draft Memorandum of Understanding with Dry Docks Dubai, the largest dry dock in the Middle East, regarding the potential partnership in developing the logistics project.Mr. Hylton also informed that both Dubai Port (DP) World and Dry Docks World Dubai have committed to visit the island in coming months, to have further discussions.Another tangible action to be taken, capitalising on the benefits of the mission, is discussions to be led by Minister Hylton along with the Steering Committee for the Port Community Sytem, JAMPRO, and the Shipping Association of Jamaica, with the Customs Department, and the Ministry of Finance and Planning. The discussions will focus on Kuwait’s customs and port community system, and e-government platform.This is as a result of Agility Logistics, the leading outward investor in Kuwait, offering its expertise in increasing efficiencies in trade facilitation, particularly in e-government initiatives.During the mission, the delegation visited Al Maktoum International Airport and met with Deputy Chairman of Emirates Airlines, to discuss transshipment operations, and the centrality of logistics as a growth catalyst.The Minister pointed out that the meetings with Agility Logistics, DP World, and Dry Dock World Dubai were “particularly fruitful, as each company expressed its keen interest in supporting Jamaica in the development of the Jamaica logistics project.”He emphasised that the Jamaica Logistics Hub concept was in fact “fully aligned” with DP World and Dry Docks World’s own strategy for expansion into the global logistics industry.“The potential partnership opportunity with DP World, which manages the Jebel Ali Port, and operates free zones across Dubai, was particularly encouraging, given their investments in Latin America and the Caribbean, and there is an interest in replicating their efforts in Jamaica,” Mr. Hylton said.The Industry and Investment Minister has already engaged missions to Panama, the Netherlands, China, and Singapore.“One thing is consistently clear…the rest of the world believes in the Jamaica Logistics Hub,” he said.The Government is seeking to take advantage of the increase in the movement of goods when the expanded Panama Canal opens in 2015. It is moving ahead to prepare the workforce, build out the necessary infrastructure, and put in place the legislative arrangements that will allow the country to take its place as the world’s fourth node in the global supply chain.Mr. Hylton noted that at this stage, with the assistance of multilateral organisations, a master plan is being designed. This will become the road map for the establishment of the hub.The Middle East mission comprised: Chairman of the Logistics Task Force, Dr. Eric Deans; Acting President of JAMPRO, Dr. Dana Morris Dixon; Chairman of the Factories Corporation of Jamaica, Clive Fagan; Senior Aviation Consultant, Civil Aviation Authority, Leroy Lindsay; President and General Manager respectively, of the Shipping Association of Jamaica, Kim Clarke, and Trevor Riley; and President of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce, Francis Kennedy.By Alphea Saunders, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

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Downpour drenches Atlantic Canada leading to flooding power outages

first_imgHALIFAX – Much of Atlantic Canada is being pummelled with heavy winds and a downpour on Saturday, swamping some areas with extensive flooding and causing two Newfoundland towns to declare a state of emergency.Environment Canada said a low-pressure system slowly tracked across the East Coast on Saturday, drenching the region in heavy rains.In southern New Brunswick, total rainfall amounts had exceeded 50 millimetres in some areas by Saturday afternoon, with isolated reports of more than 100 millimetres, according to the weather agency.Forecasters said southwestern Nova Scotia and Newfoundland’s south coast could be hit with up to 50 millimetres of rain.The weather agency said the frozen ground has a reduced ability to absorb the deluge, which, combined with unseasonably mild temperatures in some areas, could lead to substantial snowmelt and runoff.Two Newfoundland towns declared states of emergency due to the heavy rainfall and melted snow.The mayor of Corner Brook, N.L., declared a state of emergency on Saturday afternoon due to heavy rainfall and snow melting, infrastructure damage and an “overwhelmed” municipal drainage system.“We are dealing with a very severe rainfall event,” Jim Parsons said in a statement. “All available personnel are working to try and mitigate further damage. For the time being, we ask residents to stay off the streets in affected areas, if possible.”The town of Humber Arm South in Newfoundland’s Bay of Islands posted to Facebook early Saturday evening saying a state of emergency had been declared from Frenchman’s Cove to Halfway Point and a fire back-up plan is in place.Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball tweeted photos from a constituent of crews tending to a washed-out stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway, two gaping holes flanking one of the lanes on either side as muddy water rushed underneath.“Thank you to all of the contractors and crew for the incredible hard work today,” said Ball.The province’s Transportation and Works Department tweeted that several routes had been closed due to severe flooding, plugged ditches, lost guardrails and asphalt and an “underground hole area.”Officials said the Trans-Canada Highway west of Hampden Junction is closed due to severe flooding and a washout.Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro tweeted that some communities on the Northern Peninsula were without power because of an outage caused by a landslide near Woody Point, which they estimated would be restored by Saturday evening. The utility said that restoration efforts had been delayed due to high winds and road closures.Sandy Dunphy said she was driving home on Saturday morning when she saw a hole had opened up on the highway near Little Rapids, N.L.Initially, Dunphy thought the province’s Transportation Department was trying to allow for more runoff, she said, but then she realized the road was not hanging precariously over rushing water by design.She said in a Facebook message that the water “ate” the soil under the highway, so she tried to stop traffic as she waited for provincial authorities to make their way to the scene.Dunphy took a video as a piece of drooping pavement collapsed into the hole and was swept away by the water.Social media users have posted photos of a shed and truck partially submerged in murky water in Benoit’s Cove, N.L.Resident Vaughn Keeping said a mudslide had blocked access to the only road in town, and excavators and bulldozers had to be brought in to clear the way.More than 20,000 Maritimers were without power on Saturday morning. By around 7:00 p.m., Nova Scotia Power said electricity to around 1,800 customers had been affected by outages, and New Brunswick’s power utility said around 5,300 people were blacked out.Greg MacCallum of the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization told reporters on Saturday afternoon the rains have caused localized flooding and have damaged roads as well as the roofing of some houses.Several rivers are at risk of overflowing and are being monitored, MacCallum said, adding that people should be on alert for signs of ice jams.Town officials in Sussex, N.B., advised residents on a few streets to evacuate their homes due to the risk of flooding, but MacCallum said that by Saturday afternoon it appeared the river had crested and people would likely be able to return to their homes soon.He said Hoyt, N.B., had seen significant flooding, and boats would be made available to the local fire department in the event people weren’t able to evacuate.He said an “extensive” list of roads had been closed in the southern part of the province, and warned drivers to avoid any road covered in water, because there could be sinkholes and washouts.“We want to make sure people don’t take any unnecessary trips,” MacCallum said. “If you must be on the road, be sure to check for road conditions and obey all road signs.”NB Power spokesperson Marc Belliveau told reporters forceful gusts have been the primary cause of the outages, with trees knocking out power lines in some areas.Dozens of crews are working to get customers back on the grid, said Belliveau, and while the situation is “fluid,” it seems manageable enough that he estimates most customers could have their power back by the end of the day.Environment Canada said plummeting temperatures could cause pooling water to ice over as flash freezes take hold in some areas later in the day.last_img read more

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Sprinterhurdler Christina Manning wins OSUs Female Athlete of the Year

After winning a number of awards and honors throughout her career, 2012 graduate and sprinter and hurdler Christina Manning claimed another Tuesday when she was named the Ohio State 2011-12 Female Athlete of the Year.The announcement, which made Manning the first women’s track and field athlete to win the award since Donica Merriman in 2001, came three days after Manning won the national title in Saturday’s 100-meter hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.Manning completed the race in 12.89 seconds, holding off Clemson redshirt junior Brianna Rollins by just .02 seconds to win the NCAA title. With her victory, Manning became only the second outdoor national champion in OSU women’s track and field history, joining Merriman, whose national championship also came in 100-meter hurdles in 2001.Manning said winning a national title was meaningful for her.“It feels amazing,” Manning said in a press release. “I had to leave it all on the track.”Head coach Karen Dennis praised Manning.“Manning has been dominant in the 100-meter hurdles all year long, and she has again proven she’s the best collegiate hurdler in the country,” Dennis said in a press release. “She’s excited to have won and to move on to the next phase in her career … This championship will never be forgotten.”The OSU women scored 14 points in the championship meet, which began last Wednesday and concluded Saturday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. Manning’s individual victory scored 10 points for the team, and she was also part of the 4×100-meter relay team which scored four points. Manning, senior Christienne Linton, sophomore Aisha Cavin and junior Chesna Sykes combined to complete the relay in 43.88 seconds, which was good for a fifth-place finish.Manning, who is currently ranked ninth among all athletes worldwide in the 100-meter hurdles, plans to compete in the United States Olympic Trials, which will be held from June 21-July 1 in Eugene, Ore. Manning must finish in the top three at the trials to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic team.OSU’s point total earned them a 21st-place finish in the meet, their highest overall finish since 2001. Dennis said she was proud of her team’s effort.“(Saturday) was a very good day for our women’s track and field team,” Dennis said. “Our year has had many memorable moments.”OSU men’s track and field also ended up with a top-25 team finish by scoring 12 points in the meet, a result of three Buckeyes scoring points by finishing among the top eight in their events. The Buckeyes finished 23rd, their highest overall finish since 2000, while scoring their highest point total since 1993.OSU’s highest scorer was redshirt senior Cory Leslie, who finished third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a time of 8 minutes, 40.98 seconds.Men’s track and field interim head coach Ed Beathea correctly predicted prior to the NCAA East Prelims that Leslie would be among the top finishers at the national championship meet.“Cory Leslie is probably in a great spot to really make an impact on the national championship meet,” Beathea told The Lantern on May 22.2012 graduate and thrower Matt DeChant and sophomore sprinter/hurdler Antonio Blanks also scored points for the Buckeyes. DeChant placed fifth in shot put with a throw of 19.57 meters, his best throw of the season. Blanks finished seventh in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 50.49 seconds.Manning, the women’s 4x100m relay team, Leslie, DeChant and Blanks each earned First-Team All-American recognition for their finishes in the top eight places. read more

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Ohio State quarterback situation daytoday playerbyplayer as spring practice begins

The OSU football team returned to the practice field on March 10 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, less than 2 months after the Buckeyes beat Oregon in the 1st-ever College Football Playoff National Championship. Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editorThe defending national champion Ohio State football team took the field at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center for the first time since walking off it in Arlington, Texas, less than two months ago.And for the first time since August, a familiar face emerged onto the field donning the No. 5.And no, it wasn’t Jeff Heuerman.Redshirt-senior quarterback Braxton Miller participated in spring drills in a limited role Tuesday, as he is still rehabbing the torn labrum in his throwing shoulder that held him out for the 2014 season. However, senior offensive lineman Taylor Decker said Miller’s presence was encouraging to see.“It’s good because people know his face around here. Even the young guys coming in, everybody knows Braxton,” Decker said. “It’s been awhile since he has been able to be out there with us.”Coach Urban Meyer said Miller has made multiple trips to Birmingham, Ala., to rehab the shoulder injury and added he is happy with Miller’s honesty concerning the injury.“Our day today was all about Braxton continuing along his journey to get healthy, which he has done an excellent job (with),” Meyer said. “I ask him everyday, ‘How’s it going?’ And he is man enough to tell me.”Not only was Miller on the field, but redshirt-sophomore quarterback and the 2014 Big Ten Freshman of the Year J.T. Barrett entered the practice facility as well.Barrett, though, is also coming back from a significant injury: a fractured ankle suffered against Michigan in the regular season finale.Meyer said the Wichita Falls, Texas, native is ahead of schedule on his rehab.“He was doing more than I thought he could,” Meyer said after practice. “We want to keep pushing him and get him healthy.”Barrett didn’t participate in the Buckeyes’ team stretches or light running drills before practice, but he joined the other quarterbacks for passing drills shortly after.Finally, redshirt-junior Cardale Jones was also back on the practice field for the first time since he led OSU to a 42-20 win against Oregon in the College Football Playoff National Championship. Jones was one of just two healthy scholarship quarterbacks on the practice field for the Buckeyes Tuesday, earning almost all the first-team reps.Even with the success of Barrett and Jones in Miller’s absence last season, Meyer said he has not discussed moving Miller to another position.“Our conversations are about health. I just want to see him get healthy,” Meyer said. “I think he can do whatever. He is athletic enough. But I still think he is a quarterback.”With three viable options at the quarterback position, Meyer said he isn’t worried about the production on the field with any of the three, but rather having to tell two of his quarterbacks no.“At some point there will be some (stress) because of the respect I have for those three guys. There is no stress at all as far as the functionality of the position,” Meyer said. “It’s the personalities, families and people involved. I have a lot of respect for those guys and everyone around here has seen what they have done.”For the other players, Decker said he doesn’t worry about the quarterback battle because of the confidence he has in all three.“I am going to let the coaches figure that out,” Decker said. “I know we have three great quarterbacks that can all play, and whoever they throw in there will be fine.”So with three stars at the position, only one of whom is healthy, how is Meyer approaching the competition with months until kickoff?“Day-to-day, player-by-player and that’s the focus,” he said. “How does it play out? I don’t know.”The Buckeyes are set to take the field at Ohio Stadium on April 18 for their annual Spring Game before starting the 2015 campaign on the road against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7. read more

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