5 Jul

Takeover targets? I think these could be the best UK shares to buy now!

first_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Paul Summers owns shares of ITV. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Avon Rubber, Frontier Developments, and ITV. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. London-listed companies are being snapped up by bidders at a fair clip and I can see this increasing in 2021. The latest bid is for gaming developer Codemasters. It has received an offer from US titan Electronic Arts. If accepted, holders will receive 604p per share. That’s a big improvement on the 485p recently offered by rival Take-Two. The fact that Codemasters’ price is already at 654p, however, suggests a counter-bid may be forthcoming!5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…This has made me wonder which UK shares might be next to receive bids. Here are three that spring to mind. But I’d never buy a share just in the hope of its being bought. These are all shares I think have strong appeal even without a takeover boost.Frontier DevelopmentsSticking with gaming, Cambridge-based Frontier Developments (LSE: FDEV) could also be on larger players’ shopping lists. It’s the brains behind titles including Planet Zoo and Jurassic World: Evolution. But Frontier wouldn’t be sold for peanuts. Thanks to the popularity of gaming during lockdowns, the shares have soared 155% year-to-date. This gives the company a valuation of £1.2bn!If the battle for Codemasters tells us anything, however, it’s that overseas gaming giants will pay up to steal a march on competitors. Perhaps Chinese internet giant Tencent may wish to make a bid. It does already own almost 9% of Frontier. Regardless of whether this happens, I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s further consolidation in the gaming industry in 2021. With eSports looking set to be one of the investing themes of the next decade, it’s surely only a matter of time before other UK shares get taken out. Avon RubberAnother firm that could find itself an opportunistic bid target before long is body-armour builder Avon Rubber (LSE: AVON). It’s a lot cheaper now than it was at the beginning of last week.As fellow Fool Royston Wild covered in detail, Avon’s share price tumbled by 14% last Thursday on news that product approval relating to two contracts had been delayed. A protest had also been made relating to another contract. As a one-time holder of the stock, I’d be sorry to see a firm like Avon acquired by an overseas bidder. Nevertheless, I can see the appeal. Here’s a high-quality firm in a niche market with bulletproof finances.Regardless of takeover speculation on my part, I may need to seriously consider welcoming Avon back to my portfolio if it drops much further. The share price fell another 7% on Friday and now trades at just two-thirds of the valuation it had at the beginning of December.ITVNo takeover talk is complete without mentioning FTSE 250 member ITV (LSE: ITV). The Love Island producer has had a target on its back since Sky was bought in 2018.The attractions of ITV aren’t hard to fathom. In addition to its various channels, the broadcaster has its very successful Studios division. It’s also entered the streaming market with its BritBox offering as part of its digital transformation.If a potential suitor wants a cracking deal, they need to show their hand soon. Should advertising revenue pick up in 2021 with dividends reinstated, ITV could be on its way back to the FTSE 100. The shares are already up 50% since early November!If a deal happens, my money’s on telecoms company Liberty Global. It owns 10% of ITV already. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Enter Your Email Address I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Takeover targets? I think these could be the best UK shares to buy now!center_img Image source: Getty Images. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. See all posts by Paul Summers Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Paul Summers | Monday, 21st December, 2020 | More on: AVON FDEV ITV last_img read more

8 Sep

Finidi Makes Case for Mikel as Eagles Face Prospects of Tough…

first_img“Personally, I don’t know the situation concerning his availability, but he is a respected captain and if his current form is okay, then it’s a plus for the team. He doesn’t need to play all qualifiers for him to have the opportunity to join the team.“He could be with the team even if he doesn’t get 90 minutes in all games; he could just help them in team building because he is a player other colleagues respect and the young ones will learn from.“But as a coach you need to speak to him before the tournament and clarify his role in the tournament to avoid a possible burst up and if he agrees then for me it will be a massive boost for the country in Egypt,”Finidi told AOIFootball.com.Mikel last played for the Super Eagles in Nigeria’s 2-1 loss to Argentina at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The 31-year-old former Chelsea star did not feature in any of the qualifiers as Nigeria returned to the continent after a six- year wait.Meanwhile, the Super Eagles are pitched against Senegal or Tunisia in the Pot 1 of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations draw ceremony scheduled to hold on Friday. Eagles are certainly going to face a former champion of the competition in the group stage.The seeds for the draw were released at the weekend showed Nigeria on the second tier of the seeding.The seedings were based on performances of qualified teams at the 2013, 2015 and 2017 finals as well as the in the qualifying tournaments for 2015, 2017 and 2019 and the March 2019 FIFA rankings. After winning the 2013 edition in South Africa with Late Stephen Keshi in-charge, Nigeria failed to qualify for the 2015 and 2017 edition.There are six teams in each pot. Nigeria along with Morocco, DR Congo, Algeria, Mali and Guinea belongs to the second pot. It means that these teams will not be in the same group for the final competition.Nigeria, like the other teams, will draw one opponent from each of the remaining three pots. In Pot 1 which includes; Egypt, Ghana, Tunisia, Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Senegal.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram *Counts on the experience of the Boro star to boost the Nigerian squadFormer Super Eagles winger, Finidi George has called on Super Eagles Head Coach Gernot Rohr to have a one-on-one talk with Captain John Mikel Obi to enable them reach a mutual understanding before the three-time African champions head to Egypt for the Africa Cup of Nations.The former Ajax Amsterdam star stated categorically that the player’s experience would be of a huge advantage despite not featuring in any of the qualifierslast_img read more

18 Dec

Harvest just around the corner

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Jeff Duling, Putnam CountyWe’re at least two weeks away yet for harvesting anything unless it gets hot again.The tile lines are dry and in between the plants are stunted and green. There are some fields in the area that are pretty even that may come off this week. I know I do not have any ready yet.I checked some corn and the moisture is anywhere from 26% to 27% on the tile line. Then in between the plants are green and little and I don’t know what we are going to do. It will be interesting. I have hydraulic deck plates but we may have to run all of the tile lines first and readjust. There will be some different shenanigans going on to get ready for this harvest.We are finishing our last ditching job. We are done with tile until beans and corn are off and then we have another 140 acres to do this fall.We got nine-tenths to an inch with this last rain. The town of Delphos got 6 to 7.5 inches of rain and were flooded out again. Hancock County didn’t get too much.The rain had to help some of the beans.The cover crops are coming up. I have some rye to plant this week. With the manure I thought it might get too tall this winter so I wanted to wait a bit to plant that.I think harvest could go fast once it gets started because only half the trucks will be going up and down the road, but then we have all of these green plants still out there. I don’t know what to expect.For the rest of this week’s reports, click here.last_img read more

17 Dec

Line of Sight — In the Distance (GC4JZTK) — Geocache of the Week

first_imgThe line of sight tube attached to the already deceased tree. (Don’t worry, we checked.)Geocache Name:In the Distance (GC4JZTK)Difficulty/Terrain Rating:1/1.5Why this is the Geocache of the Week:Multi-Caches are a great challenge for any geocacher looking for a little something more than a traditional. Some multis require you to gather information at the coordinates and plug it into a formula to get the coordinates for the next stage. This multi does away with secondary coordinates altogether. Once you arrive at the first stage, you’ll have to use your keen eyesight to see where the final container lies.What geocachers are saying:“What a great idea for a cache. Well worth another favorite point.” – Be-con“Awesome cache. Visiting Red Deer for centerfest and saw all the fav points. Kids are really glad we found this one. Thanks very much.” – calgaryeggheads“I’m giving this one a favourite simply because of the novelty of it. Bravo! And a hearty well done to the cachers who’ve already been here and who haven’t been heavy handed on the first stage! Thanks for the cache.” – van der DeckenWhat the geocache owner, TazFour, has to say:“The TazFour family were brainstorming about placing a new cache after a fun day of geocaching.  We wanted to place a unique cache and unlike any other we had found before.  The TazFour boys love Nerf guns and they just happened to be playing with them that evening.  They were lining up the sights on their Nerf guns on different targets and the idea popped into mind.  How about a geocache where you must spot the location of the cache container through a line of sight.  And that’s how it started.Construction of the cache was very simple.  All we did was construct a “sight tube” using  a camo painted PVC tube  and added two crosshairs on either end of the tube by threading 2 pieces of wire through holes drilled in the tube.  The cache container is just a small, water tight cylindrical container wrapped in camo tape.  Finding a location was slightly more difficult as we needed 2 locations in close proximity.  The location of the “sight tube” needed to have a clear unobstructed view to the cache container location; as well some type of cover in the trees.  We also wanted the container to be some distance from the “sight tube”.  We knew of a nice quiet location with a nice green space and fortunately found a perfect spot.  It didn’t take long to set the sight tube and cache container.What has been your reaction to all of the positive logs & favorite points?  –  We were really surprized by all the positive logs and favorite points!  All the great feedback has been fabulous and inspiring!  It’s really a simple cache, but it’s something different and fun.  I guess geocacher’s responded so positively because the cache is a bit unexpected for a multicache and a new adventure.   Now we need to come up with a new unique idea.Is there anything you’d like to say to the geocaching community? – Thank you to all fellow geocach creators for all the great adventure’s your cache’s have taken us on.  There are many places we would have never discovered without your time and commitment to placing and caring for your cache’s.  The world looks a little bit different when you are a geocacher and it’s a whole lot more fun to go outside!  TFTF”Photos:Line it up! (No living trees were harmed during the placement of this geocache.)Your geo-scope. (No living trees were harmed during the placement of this geocache.)You can see the final from here. (No living trees were harmed during the placement of this geocache.) What’s the coolest Multi-Cache you’ve ever found? Tell us in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedConnecting the World With Geocaching — Köln-Seattle Exchange Multicaches (GC1GWEV and GC1H38J) — Geocache of the WeekDecember 25, 2013In “Community”Geocache of the Week Video Edition — De drie hoofddeugden (GC3G6DH)June 11, 2014In “Community”Who’s Watching You!!! GC15KNG GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – January 30, 2012January 30, 2012In “Community”last_img read more

17 Dec

Parrot’s Remote Controlled Helicopter Takes Augmented Reality to the Next Dimension

first_imgTags:#news#web Related Posts frederic lardinois Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… An Early Demo Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… In December, I visited Parrot‘s development labs in Paris to check out the company’s newest project. While Parrot is mostly known for its Bluetooth headsets and speaker systems, the company’s newest project combines augmented reality with a remote-controlled helicopter. This helicopter – the AR.Drone – features four rotors that keep it stable and a front-mounted camera that is linked to an iPhone or iPod touch. The rig is controlled via an iPhone or iPod touch and the device’s screen can show an augmented view of what the helicopter’s camera sees.AR Meets the Real WorldWhat’s most exciting about this product is how it combines a real helicopter with this augmented reality view. Instead of just looking at an augmented view of the world through the phone’s camera, you get to see the world through the drone’s camera. The iPhone takes the view of the camera (via Wi-Fi) and replaces markers with anything from walls to dinosaurs.During our discussion with Parrot in December, we couldn’t get any information about the price of the AR.Drone out of the company’s representatives. Given how sophisticated the hardware is, however, chances are that it won’t be very cheap. The drone, for example, features two cameras. Besides the camera that feeds the video to the iPhone, the drone also features a second camera that is mounted underneath the structure and augments the drone’s autopilot.Hands-On With the AR.DroneWe got a chance to play with a prototype of the AR.Drone in Parrot’s labs, and it took a while to get used to the controls (the app uses a combination of the phone’s tilt sensors and on-screen controls to manipulate the drone). The video on the iPhone was surprisingly clear and didn’t show any noticeable lag. Sadly, we didn’t get a chance to try out the AR features of the app, though.Parrot will launch the AR.Drone later this year. The company plans to demo the helicopter at CES this week but the exact date of the public launch remains unclear.A Drone for DevelopersIn its current iteration, the hardware and software is clearly laid out for gaming, but Parrot also released an SDK that will allow developers to use the hardware for other purposes as well. It will definitely be interesting to see what games and other tools the developer community will come up with once the AR.Drone is launched. Parrot told us that it hopes that developers will look at the hardware as a platform, and the company hopes to create an active developer ecosystem around the AR.Drone.More VideosDisclosure: Frederic met with Parrot during a trip that was partly sponsored by Parrot. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

18 Oct

Three girls rescued from Faridabad

first_imgNew Delhi: Three girls were rescued from the clutches of a person from the Faridabad area. Police said that the accused, who posed himself as an NGO official, lured the girls and told them that he can help them in getting their property share from their family relative so that they can live separately. The accused was arrested from South East Delhi. Police identified the accused as Bimal Kumar (38), an imposter who always pretends himself as a police officer from Anti Corruption Branch and mount pressure over the local police and general public for ulterior motives. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDCP (south-east) Chinmoy Biswal said that on August 16 accused saw victim girls returning from the school and were going at their house. “Victims appeared to be sad and accused Bimal asked them the reason thereof. On enquiry, the girls told him that they are sisters and their parents are no more,” said DCP Biswal. They all live with their uncle and aunt at Khadda Colony. After the demise of their parents, uncle doesn’t love them as much as their parents did and they were not very happy. “The accused introduced himself as an officer from an NGO and stated to the girls that he will take care of the matter. Victim girls fell in the fascinated talks of the accused. Later they were kidnapped,” police said. According to police, Bimal was arrested earlier this year also for breaching peace and for the apprehension of committing an offence, by the Kalindi Kunj police station.last_img read more

13 Oct

AMC Theatres unveils 20amonth rival to MoviePass

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – AMC Theatres, the world’s largest movie theatre chain, on Wednesday unveiled a $20-a-month subscription service to rival the flagging MoviePass.The theatre chain announced a new service to its loyalty program, AMC Stubs, allowing subscribers to see up to three movies a week for a monthly fee of $19.95. That’s more expensive than the $9.95 monthly fee for MoviePass, but AMC’s plan gives access to premium format screenings like IMAX and 3-D.The new subscription model is the latest salvo in a heated battle for what the movie business most craves: frequent moviegoers. AMC, which has blocked MoviePass sales at some of its theatres, has been a vocal opponent of MoviePass’ model. But subscription services are popular among Millennials, who have proven difficult for theatres to attract.AMC Theatres chief executive Adam Aron pointedly noted Wednesday that AMC’s program was set at “a sustainable price.” Since MoviePass slashed its monthly fee, questions have mounted over the long-term viability of its economics.“AMC Stubs A-List is being taken to market at more than double the price of that charged by some of our competitors,” Aron said in a conference call with investors. “A good deal to consumers to be sure, but being done at a sustainable price point where we can be very confident that we will be profitable across the membership base and in turn, that we can share that increased profitability with our studio and premium format partners.”Added Aron: “Other discounters, by contrast, will continue to be hemorrhaging cash.”MoviePass has attracted 3 million members, but the stock price of the service’s parent company, Helios and Matheson, has dropped from $38 a share to 44 cents a share. MoviePass pays for full-priced tickets and sells them at a discounted rate in order to capitalize on user data.AMC Stubs A-List membership plan, which also features concessions discounts, will debut Tuesday. Unlike MoviePass, subscribers will be allowed to see all three movies on the same day, and can watch the same movie repeatedly. Movies won’t carry over if a subscriber sees fewer than three films in a week.AMC is estimating that subscription members will see an average of 2.5 movies a month. The theatre chain expects the service could cost the company $5-10 million in ticket revenue in the next six months, but that those losses are worth future gains.last_img read more

12 Oct

Iran demands Pakistan acts ‘decisively against terrorists’

first_imgTehran: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has demanded Pakistan act “decisively against anti-Iranian terrorists” in a phone call with the country’s premier, Tehran said, a month after a bloody attack on security forces. Iran says a Pakistani suicide bomber was behind the February 13 attack that killed 27 Revolutionary Guards in its volatile southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan. A Sunni jihadist group, Jaish al-Adl (Army of Justice), which Tehran says operates mostly out of bases in neighbouring Pakistan, claimed responsibility for the blast. Iran has accused Pakistan’s army and intelligence agency of sheltering the jihadists and summoned the country’s ambassador in the wake of the attack. Rouhani in the phone conversation Saturday evening with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan called to maintain good ties and pointed the finger of blame at Tehran’s traditional regional and international foes. “We shouldn’t allow decades of friendship and brotherhood between the two countries be affected by terrorist groupuscules that we both know from where they are being armed and financed,” Rouhani said, according to a government statement. The Iranian president was alluding to the United States and Israel, as well as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which it accuses of aiding jihadist groups responsible for attacks from Pakistani soil. February’s bombing was the latest of numerous attacks on Iran’s security forces and officials in Sistan-Baluchistan, where the minority Sunni Baluchis accuse the authorities of discrimination.last_img read more

28 Sep

No need for Buckeyes to panic

This was supposed to be the year of eight for the Ohio State football team. The team seemingly had all the pieces to go 12-0 during the regular season and win the school’s eighth national championship. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor would also become OSU’s eighth recipient of the Heisman Trophy, thrusting him into Buckeye lore. Then, after the Buckeyes were beaten and battered by Wisconsin Saturday night, most fans gave up hope on the season. Everyone together now, take a deep breath. Through seven weeks of the season, three teams have ascended to the No. 1 ranking (Alabama, OSU and now Oregon). Verdict? No dominant college football team exists in 2010. Here’s a rundown of what the apparent national title contenders face the rest of the season. Oregon still has to play at Southern California, home versus Washington, home against No. 18 Arizona (who has already beaten Iowa) and at Oregon State. Its defense has put up good numbers but hasn’t faced a team as physical as USC or a quarterback with the shake-and-bake of Washington’s Jake Locker. No. 2 Oklahoma travels to No. 18 Missouri and No. 17 Oklahoma State before its regular season ends. It’ll likely face Missouri or No. 14 Nebraska in the Big 12 title game. The Sooner defense gave up 24 points to lowly Utah State and 351 rushing yards to Air Force. It isn’t going undefeated with a cupcake defense. After they face each other next week, all No. 5 Auburn and No. 6 LSU have to do is take on No. 7 Alabama, as well as the SEC East winner in the SEC championship game. Auburn gave up 332 yards passing and four touchdowns to Arkansas’ backup quarterback last weekend — in a little more than one half. LSU can’t decide who its quarterback is. Enough said. There will be a mid-major elimination game on Nov. 6 as No. 9 Utah and No. 4 TCU square off. The loser of the game is immediately eliminated from the title picture, and the winner isn’t guaranteed anything even if it doesn’t lose a game. Although it’s already beaten Wisconsin and won’t have to play OSU, I’m not sold on No. 8 Michigan State. One, it hasn’t played a game outside the state of Michigan yet. Two, it travels to No. 13 Iowa a week from Saturday. If the Spartans are still undefeated in two weeks, go ahead and crown them. The only team that will go untested the rest of the season is No. 2 Boise State. With that being said, a lot has to go right for OSU to re-enter the national title picture. On the other hand, the 2010 college football season is a masterpiece that is far from finished. And if recent history in college football has taught us anything, it is to expect the unexpected in a season with no clear-cut top team. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the chaos of the 2007 college football season. Week One: Appalachian State stuns No. 5 Michigan in the Big House. Week Five: No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 4 Florida lose to unranked Colorado and Auburn. Week Six: No. 2 USC loses at home to 41-point underdog Stanford. Week Seven: OSU and South Florida rise to No. 1 and No. 2 after previous No. 1 and No. 2, LSU and Cal, lose to division foes. Week Eight: South Florida’s stay at No. 2 is short as it falls to Rutgers. Week 10: New No. 2 Boston College falls to unranked Florida State. Week 11: OSU suffers embarrassing loss on Senior Day to Illinois. Week 12: Not only is No. 2 Oregon defeated by Arizona, but it loses its quarterback, likely Heisman winner quarterback Dennis Dixon, to a season-ending injury while No. 4 Oklahoma is beaten by Texas Tech. Week: 13: No. 1 LSU is topped by Arkansas in a wild triple-overtime loss, and No. 4 Missouri beats No. 2 Kansas to move within one win of playing for the school’s first national championship. Week 14: No. 1 Missouri and No. 2 West Virginia choke in the final week of the season, giving rise to No. 1 OSU and No. 2 LSU, which ended up being the first national champion with two losses. The Buckeyes need to win their remaining games, preferably quite handily, to stand any chance. Furthermore, they need a ton of help. I’m convinced Oklahoma, Oregon and Michigan State will each lose at least once. It would help OSU tremendously if Oklahoma and Oregon lost twice. Then, OSU needs the three SEC West teams to take each other out and produce only one one-loss team. Utah and TCU also both need to lose. If all of that shakes out, and depending on the voters, OSU might stumble upon another national champion game berth against an SEC team. Far-fetched? Yes. Impossible? No. As college football fans are well-aware of by now, nothing’s impossible with the BCS. read more

28 Sep

Our honor defended by OSU defense

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Ohio State football freshman quarterback Braxton Miller completed just 1-of-4 passes against then-No. 16 Illinois, but it didn’t matter because the Buckeyes’ defense was up to the task. Defensive coordinate Jim Heacock’s unit limited Illinois to just seven points and 285 total yards of offense at Memorial Stadium Saturday as the Buckeyes (4-3, 1-2) captured a 17-7 upset win against the Fighting Illini (6-1, 2-1.) First-year OSU head coach Luke Fickell said two keys to Saturday’s game were turnovers and field position. In addition to denying the Illinois offense throughout the game, the OSU defense helped satisfy the two needs Fickell identified for the team. OSU held a 3-0 advantage at half time, but an interception by freshman corner back Bradley Roby, which he returned 36 yards, helped the Buckeyes extend their advantage. With the team just 12 yards from the end zone, Daniel “Boom” Herron scored on a touchdown on the next play to put the Buckeyes up, 10-0. “This is a game of momentum,” Fickell said after the game. “That’s probably the biggest thing about it (Roby’s interception). One thing we’ve lacked on defense is making some plays and to have a play start right there and then answer right away with the offense — that’s what this game is all about.” The touchdown came in Herron’s 2011 debut and with his return to the lineup, only senior receiver DeVier Posey remains suspended for the Buckeyes. Posey sold OSU football memorabilia in exchange for improper benefits in the form of tattoos and was also overpaid for work he did not do at a summer job. Sophomore corner back Dominic Clarke, who was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct for shooting what one witness described as a “compressed-air” gun from the top of Marketplace, a diner on OSU’s campus, did not travel with the team to Champaign. Another turnover that positioned OSU for a score came in the fourth quarter. Junior linebacker Storm Klein recovered a fumble on Illinois’ 37-yard line. Three plays after that, OSU again used the short field to its advantage as Miller completed his only pass of the game to junior tight end Jake Stoneburner for a 17-yard touchdown to put OSU up, 17-0. There was more to OSU’s defense than positioning the offense for scoring opportunities too. The Buckeye defense limited Illinois, which averaged 226 yards per game through six games, to 116 rushing yards on Saturday. “We tackled well,” Fickell said. “We didn’t give up big plays.” Sophomore safety C.J. Barnett agreed. “The coaches gave us a good game plan,” Barnett said. “We were able to execute. Everyone was able to do their job.” Sophomore defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, junior defensive tackle John Simon and Klein also combined for seven tackles for loss, totalling -23 yards against Illinois. Simon, who claimed four of the seven tackles for loss and added two sacks, and Hankins both tallied career highs in tackles with eight and nine, respectively. Simon and Hankins helped OSU hold Illinois’ offense to 162 yards below its per game average through six games. Thanks to an efficient outing from both OSU’s offensive and defensive units, OSU junior tight end Reid Fragel said the team was ecstatic in the locker room after the game. “It’s a much-needed win,” Fragel said. “We kind of felt like our backs were against the wall. (With) both sides of the ball finally coming together, playing some good football, that’s big for us.” Fickell said more improvement is needed as the Buckeyes enter their bye week. “We’re not going to let this define us,” Fickel said. “This game is a lot more fun when you win. That momentum is so huge… and maybe those guys (the OSU players) haven’t had that in a while.” After the bye week, the Buckeyes continue Big Ten Leaders Division play against No. 4-ranked Wisconsin on Oct. 29 at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. read more