September 2019

How Tom Brady Became The King Of Comebacks

When you’re playing the Patriots in the postseason, there is no comfort in win probability. New England is vying for its sixth Super Bowl championship courtesy of another double-digit fourth-quarter comeback — this time against the league-leading Jacksonville defense. And the Patriots are defending the title they won against impossible odds in coming back from 25 points down against the Falcons — including a 19-point deficit in the fourth quarter. It’s gotten to the point where the only thing worse than falling behind early to the Patriots is having a big lead late, when Tom Brady turns into Captain Comeback. But while football fans and opponents may expect miracle rebounds, this is only a recent transformation by arguably the greatest quarterback of all time. Through 2013 in both the regular season and the playoffs, Brady’s ability to lead the Patriots back from a fourth-quarter deficit of up to two scores was nothing special.In the regular season from 2001 through 2013, Brady had an 83.8 passer rating and 6.95 yards per attempt when trailing by up to two scores in the fourth quarter. That compares with the league average of 74.8 and 6.72, meaning that Brady was good relative to average in these situations but certainly nothing superhuman.In the postseason during that same period — when the Patriots went 18-8, including 9-8 from 2005 through 2013 — Brady was subpar when trailing late by some key measures. His rating was 66.6 with a paltry 5.57 yards per attempt. (NFL postseason averages in the period were 73.4 and 7.17.) The magic we have seen recently simply wasn’t there. Take New England’s most infamous loss: the 18-0 team that was stunned by the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII. After Eli Manning connected with Plaxico Burress for the eventual game-winning touchdown, the Patriots still received the ball with roughly 30 seconds and all three timeouts, needing only 35 or so yards to get into Stephen Gostkowski’s range for a game-tying kick. If that exact scenario unfolded this season, would anyone be surprised if Brady were able to steer his team across midfield? Of course, on that February 2008 day, he threw three incompletions and took a back-breaking sack.But since the start of the 2014 postseason, something has clicked inside Brady. The Patriots rallied past the Ravens in the fourth quarter of the divisional round that year when Brady tossed a 25-yard TD to Brandon LaFell with less than six minutes left. And in Super Bowl XLIX, Seattle led 24-14 in the fourth — and had a 94 percent win probability after the Patriots punted at the start of the fourth quarter — before Brady connected on consecutive touchdowns to Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman. (Sure, Malcolm Butler’s game-sealing interception helped.) Including these two games, the Patriots have a 4-1 postseason record when trailing by up to two scores in the fourth since 2014. Brady is quite simply carrying them on his back with supernatural efficiency, even with defenses knowing he has to pass on nearly every play — posting 7.97 yards per attempt vs. the 6.99 NFL playoff average (including Brady himself) and a 123.0 passer rating compared with 82.4 for all NFL passers in this span. Of course, it needs to be noted that Brady is helping to set the stage for his playoff comebacks by playing rather ordinarily earlier in games. His passer rating, for example, is barely above average in the first three quarters of postseason games since 2014 — 91.7 compared with 88.2 for all QBs. It’s almost as if Brady is holding something in reserve for when it’s most needed.How he’s finding such high-leverage ways to improve so dramatically is one of football’s greatest mysteries. The most obvious explanation is that the 40-year-old has already been in almost every scenario before and simply knows what to do. Or maybe it’s just the salmon, electrolytes, compression sleeves, 8:30 p.m. bedtime and recovery pajamas? Or is it simply that great players can express their greatness at any time and make the spectacular seem routine? Know this: If the Eagles are lucky enough to have a seemingly secure fourth-quarter lead come Super Bowl LII, no one on the Philadelphia sideline will feel safe.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

These Players Crash the Wimbledon Party the Hard Way

Jimmy Wang doesn’t have Roger Federer’s seven Wimbledon titles; Wang doesn’t even have five wins in the Wimbledon main draw. But the Taiwanese tennis player has accomplished something Federer won’t ever touch: Five times over the past decade, Wang has qualified for Wimbledon.The four Grand Slam tournaments are the tentpoles of the tennis calendar, the times when casual fans notice the sport and its stars. Before each Grand Slam, there is another tournament, giving players whose ranking isn’t high enough to make it directly into the draw another way in. They play before tens or hundreds of spectators who usually get in free, not thousands of paying fans. Wimbledon’s qualifying tournament isn’t even at Wimbledon; it’s at the Bank of England Sports Centre in Roehampton, another southwest London neighborhood 3 miles away.Most young players see qualifiers as a necessary but not fun rite of passage until they rise in the rankings and don’t need to get in the hard way. But some players, like Wang, find that injuries or other setbacks keep them on the sport’s periphery for most or all of their careers. Few keep coming back to qualifying tournaments for a decade. Still fewer are as successful as Wang at this second tier of Grand Slam tennis. They are the statistical outliers, the best strivers in major tennis. And they don’t all love the distinction.“This year, it feels great” to qualify, said Gilles Muller, a 31-year-old from Luxembourg, in an interview last week at Roehampton after qualifying for Wimbeldon, the fifth Grand Slam of his career, more than 10 years after the first time. Muller had to go through qualifying because he missed the last seven months of last year with an elbow injury, and his ranking slipped. “I hope it will be my last qualies,” he said.Repeatedly qualifying for Grand Slam tournaments, as Wang and a handful of others have done, is so rare because players who are good enough to qualify typically either don’t have to or are too good to have to keep doing it. Federer never qualified for a Grand Slam tournament. Neither did Rafael Nadal. Andy Murray did, once, and Novak Djokovic did three times. They last qualified in 2005, soon after each turned 18.Grand Slam qualifiers have to win three matches in a 128-player draw. The 16 who do usually are the ones whose rankings — based on the last 52 weeks of play — understate how good they are, perhaps because they missed time to injury or are too young to have played many events. Generally, their rankings will catch up with their level and they won’t need to qualify anymore.When it doesn’t, injury often is the reason. Wang had two surgeries after suffering an injury to his right wrist in 2006. He ended up missing three years at an age when most of his peers were climbing the rankings. “I almost stopped,” Wang said in an interview last week. “I realized life is short.”At age 29, he’s back to a level good enough to qualify, as he’s done for the past three years at Wimbledon. Wang has qualified for majors seven times overall, tied for 10th in the Open era, according to data provided by Jeff Sackmann of Tennis Abstract.After Wang’s win, well-wishers posed with him for dozens of photos — many of them next to the scoreboard, many selfies. One woman had been watching Wang try to qualify for Wimbledon since his very first successful attempt, in 2004. Wang said he was “very excited.” He had no idea this was No. 7 for him, but sees no shame in it. “One thousand players try to get into the top 100,” Wang said of pro tennis. “They have the same goal. They have the same dream.”Denis Kudla, one of the thousand, qualified later on Thursday, the fifth time he’d done so at a major. He is just 21 years old. “I’m proud of that,” Kudla said — it meant he’d earned his place. (He went on to win his first-round match at Wimbledon on Tuesday against Marsel Ilhan.)Kudla’s fellow American, Ryan Harrison, qualified with a win on the adjacent court. Harrison was proud, too. He said he enjoyed the “fantastic” feeling of qualifying and going into a tournament on a three-match winning streak. However, he added, “I’m very determined for this to be my last qualifying.” Three years ago, he got his ranking high enough to enter Grand Slams directly. Since then, his ranking has slipped. “To say I can’t do it at 22, when I did it at 19, is kind of crazy,” he said.Harrison admires players like Wang but sets himself apart from them. “You have a ton of respect for those guys. I’ve always believed success is relative to your God-given ability,” Harrison said. On the other hand, he added, “I’ve always had a ton of belief in my ability.” (Harrison lost in the first round at Wimbledon on Monday, after getting his usual tough draw.)He has a point about the top of the qualifying leaderboard. None of the nine Open-era players who qualified for more majors than Wang ever reached the top 25 in the rankings or played in a Grand Slam semifinal.If Wang doesn’t ever qualify for a Grand Slam again, he’ll hope it’s because he got his ranking into the top 100 and didn’t need to. He took the first step Monday: The five-time co-champion of Wimbledon’s annual pre-tournament tournament won just his fourth career main-draw match, 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 over Alejandro Gonzalez. read more

Jacob Bosiokovics walkoff homer gives Ohio State baseball series win over Northwestern

OSU redshirt junior right fielder Jacob Bosiokovic connects on a walk-off two-run home run to beat Northwestern 5-4 on March 27 at Bill Davis Stadium.Credit: Giustino Bovenzi | Lantern reporterAfter dropping the first game of its three-game series against Northwestern to start out Big Ten play on Friday, the Ohio State baseball team bounced back to grab the final two games and take the series. It took some dramatics in Sunday’s matchup to win it, but regardless, OSU improved to 6-1 on its homestand and 14-7-1 overall.Game 3With the Big Ten opening series on the line in the bottom of the ninth inning, redshirt junior right fielder Jacob Bosiokovic hit a towering two-run walk-off home run to give OSU a 5-4 victory in the rubber match against Northwestern.The Wildcats jumped out to an early lead in the second inning when redshirt junior left fielder R.J. Watters, a Columbus native, hit a single to left, scoring third baseman Connor Lind. They would add two runs to their lead when senior first baseman Zach Jones grounded out to first and OSU senior first baseman Troy Kuhn overthrew the second-base bag trying to turn a double play. But the Buckeyes would not be held scoreless for long, as junior center fielder Troy Montgomery belted a home run to center field in the bottom of the third. OSU senior third baseman Nick Sergakis later hit a solo homer to left field to trim the Wildcats’ lead down to just one. After each team scored a run in the eight inning, the Buckeyes were down 4-3 entering the bottom of the ninth. The first two batters of the inning were set down before Montgomery reached base on a two-out walk. Then on a 2-1 count, Bosiokovic sent the Buckeyes home victorious with his two-run shot over the left field wall.“I was trying to barrel up the pitch,” Bosiokovic said. “I think it was a changeup or a two-seam, something running in, so I was really just trying to put the barrel on the ball, and luckily it took off like that.”Prior to the series against Northwestern, Bosiokovic had missed the previous 10 games due to a nagging hamstring injury. OSU coach Greg Beals said he likes how strong the lineup looks now that Bosiokovic is able to stay in and bat second for his club.“It just means so much,” Beals said. “I mean, the dynamic of the top of that order is ridiculous. With the ability to run and hit that all three of those guys have, one through three, and then to have a senior that is hitting like Sergakis, that is cleaning up everything in that four hole. That is a very formidable four men in the top of that lineup.”OSU players celebrate redshirt junior right fielder Jacob Bosiokovic’s walk-off home run to beat Northwestern 5-4 on March 27 at Bill Davis Stadium.Credit: Giustino Bovenzi | Lantern reporterSenior left-handed pitcher John Havird once again provided solid pitching for the Buckeyes, tossing six innings while allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits with two walks and six strikeouts. In spite of his performance, the starter was unable to get credit for the win in this one. Bosiokovic praised Havird for his performance not only Sunday, but throughout the whole season. “He’s pitched well all year,” Bosiokovic said. “Some days you might not always get the hits for him or make the plays behind him.”Despite the slow start, the Buckeyes were able to battle back and come away with the win. For the seventh time this season, OSU found itself in a hole early and had to find a way to battle its way back and win the ball game. “We’re fighters,” Sergakis said.Added Bosiokovic: “We’re never out of the game. Never ever out of the game.”Game 2The Buckeyes did not require much of a comeback to get the win on Saturday against the Wildcats. The home team got its bats going early and came away with the 5-2 victory, its 2,500th all-time win.The Buckeyes allowed some scoring early, as Northwestern scored a run in the top of the first inning off a single by pitcher Matt Hopfner. Yet OSU would answer with a run scoring off an errant throw by the first baseman in a pickoff attempt.From that point on, this game was all Buckeyes. Senior shortstop Craig Nennig and Montgomery each contributed RBI hits in the second inning and redshirt sophomore right-hander Adam Niemeyer provided the Buckeyes with a strong pitching performance. Niemeyer threw seven innings, surrendering two runs (both earned) on nine hits, walking none and tying a career high with eight strikeouts. Part of what made Niemeyer so successful on Saturday was the adjustments he made after the third inning.“(Pitching coach Mike Stafford and I) made an adjustment because they were hunting fastballs early in the count, like first-pitch, second-pitch fastballs,” Niemeyer said. “So we started mixing it up a little more toward the end of the game, starting hitters off with changeups and sliders. I think that really made the difference because they were so aggressive early in the count, early in the game.”The next game for OSU is scheduled to come against Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. The first pitch set to be thrown out at 6 p.m. on Tuesday. The starter for OSU in that game is slated to be freshman right-hander Ryan Feltner. read more

Mens swimming Ohio State places second at Big Tens

Members of the Ohio State men’s swimming team break from a huddle after competition at the 2017 Big Ten Men’s Swimming Championships. Credit: Sydney McNulty | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State men’s swimming team tied with Michigan for second place at the Big Ten Championships with a final score of 1382 points. The Buckeyes were edged out by Indiana, who won its first team title since 2006 with 1504 points.The Buckeyes kicked off the weekend with two impressive showings in the 200-yard medley and 800-yard freestyle relays, finishing behind Michigan and Indiana in both events, respectively.The 200 medley relay made up of senior Matt McHugh, junior Jack Barone, freshman Noah Lense and sophomore Mossimo Chavez took home the bronze, and automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships, in a school record-breaking time of 1:24.15.In addition to the 200 medley relay, senior Josh Fleagle, junior Brayden Seal, junior Ching Lim and senior Andrew Appleby swam at record-breaking speed in the 800 freestyle relay (6.18.18), earning a spot at the national championship.Three Buckeyes earned points in the 200 yard individual medley, freshman Andrew Loy finished in ninth (1:44.71), followed by teammates Lim and Appleby, who finished 13th and 16th.In the distance events, junior Brayden Seal represented the Buckeyes, finishing sixth in the 500-yard freestyle behind several Big Ten standouts, including Michigan’s Felix Auboeck who won the event. Seal also scored for the Buckeyes in the mile, finishing third.In the 50-yard freestyle, Chavez finished the highest for Buckeyes placing sixth in a time of 19.45, followed by McHugh who took seventh place with a time of 19.50. Big Ten veteran Fleagle also scored, finishing ninth (19.71). Michigan’s Paul Powers won in a time of 19.26, setting a new Big Ten record, followed by Indiana sprinter Ali Khalafalla who finished 14 one-hundredths of a second behind Powers.Day Two of competition ended on a high note with the Buckeyes taking home the silver in the 400-yard medley relay. McHugh, Barone, Lense and Fleagle finished in a time of  3:04.13, qualifying for the national championships. Indiana’s squad, which including Olympian Blake Pieroni, won in record-setting fashion.McHugh took home the first Big Ten title for the Buckeyes, along with his third consecutive win in the 100-yard butterfly and setting a new Big Ten Championship record by finishing in a time of 44.91. OSU rookie Lense also finished in the top ten for Buckeyes, placing fifth with a time of 46.28.OSU’s Lim kept up the momentum by taking home the bronze in the 400-yard IM (3:46.89). In the 200-yard freestyle, Fleagle continued the speed finishing in second (1:33.25) behind Indiana’s Peroni (1:32.13).Indiana’s Ian Finnerty took home the title in the 100-yard breastroke in a record-breaking time of 51.38, followed by Michigan rookie Jacob Montague (52.08). OSU’s Barone finished third in an impressive swim, finding the wall at 52.26.One of OSU’s best events was the 100-yard backstroke, with four Buckeyes finishing in the top eight. McHugh finished in second in a time of 45.52, followed by junior Thomas Trace (46.53) in fourth then Appleby (47.30) and senior Mark Belanger (47.53) touching the wall in seventh and eighth, respectively.The second Big Ten title for the Buckeyes came on the last event of Friday evening, the 200 freestyle relay. Chavez, McHugh, Fleagle and Trace finished in a time 1:16.61 to seal yet another bid to the NCAAs for the Buckeyes, edging out two impressive squads in Indiana (1:16.72) and Michigan (1:17.58).Fleagle also added to his point collection, finishing sixth in the 100 freestyle at 42.55.OSU ended the week on a strong note with several Buckeyes bringing in points. Barone had a dominate performance in the 200-yard breastroke swimming one of the fastest times in OSU history, touching the wall fifth in a time of 1:54.61 and finishing yet another event in the top five.Trace took home the silver in the 200 backstroke, bringing in some major points for the Buckeyes, touching the wall in a time of 1:41.92, just getting edged out by Indiana’s Bob Glover. Appleby and freshman Brad Shannon also brought in points for the Buckeyes.OSU wrapped up its individual events with three top-ten finishes in the 200 butterfly with Lense winning the silver — setting an OSU school-record time at 1:41.44 — behind Indiana powerhouse Vinicius Lanza (1:40.97).  OSU sophomore Henrique Painhas finished fifth (1:44.31) and Salazar touched the wall seventh (1:45.38).In the final event of the Big Ten Championships, the 400-yard freestyle relay, McHugh, Chavez, Fleagle and Loy took home silver and set a new OSU school record in a time of 2:49.23.Next up, the Buckeyes will head to Indianapolis to compete in the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships on March 22-25. read more

Gibson declares for draft

Defensive end Thaddeus Gibson will forgo his senior season at Ohio State and enter the 2010 NFL Draft.The junior announced his decision today, just days after the Buckeyes’ 26-17 win over Oregon in the Rose Bowl.“I am not leaving the Buckeye family,” Gibson said. “I wish the team the very best in the upcoming years and I thank all my teammates for all their support. I will keep in touch with my Buckeye family and I love them all. I will always bleed Scarlet and Gray.”Gibson, who finished with four tackles- two for loss- against the Ducks, said he considers the Rose Bowl victory one of his most memorable experiences.“I would like to thank Coach Tressel, Coach Fickell, Coach Heacock, Shelly Poe, and the entire Ohio State football staff, as well as my mother, brother and of course God, for helping me to have the opportunity to enter the draft, and for the support from my teammates, alumni, and Ohio State fans across the nation.”Gibson led Ohio State in 2009 with 13 tackles for loss, including four sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He finishes his Buckeye career with 82 tackles. read more

Ohio State offense needs identity check

In a Season Three episode of “The Office,” prankster Jim Halpert imitates rival Dwight Schrute’s appearance and antics for one day, mocking Dwight’s infatuation with bears and random facts. Dwight threatens Jim, saying, “Identity theft is not a joke, Jim. Millions of families suffer every year.” But to be a victim of identity theft, one needs an identity, something distinct, a desirable characteristic that can be captured and mimicked. No need to secure credit card information or Internet passwords — the Ohio State offense has no identity. Expectations have never been higher for the No. 2 Buckeyes. Many forecasters will be irked if they are forced to erase OSU, penciled into the BCS Championship game with Alabama by most, from their projections. Should the Crimson Tide reach college football’s summit, it will be on the shoulders of their running back tandem, reigning Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram and explosive sophomore Trent Richardson. The Buckeyes’ rushing duo, Dan “Boom” Herron and Brandon “Zoom” Saine, is under-used and far less talented. OSU breezed through its non-conference schedule, racking up 49.2 points per game in a 4-0 start. It piled up yardage through the air as quarterback Terrelle Pryor averaged nearly 27 passes per contest. So with Pryor in the locker room suffering from a quadriceps strain during Saturday’s 24-13 win over Illinois, what happened to the Buckeyes’ playbook? Coach Jim Tressel doesn’t (and shouldn’t) have the same trust in backup Joe Bauserman that he does in his Heisman-hopeful signal-caller. Therefore, OSU’s offense dried up like a prune. Even when Pryor returned under center after missing seven snaps, Tressel continued to call Herron’s number. OSU rushed on 11 straight plays at one point, and for good reason, with Pryor not feeling up to the task. “The worst thing was when I came back and the guys said I was all right and they were saying, ‘Come on, Terrelle, lead us,’” Pryor said. “It was hard because I knew I couldn’t do anything about it. There’s no way I could do anything about it, except to hand the ball off and get a couple passes. But it kind of hurt even dropping back.” No team can be fully dependent on one playmaker as its entire source of offense. The Buckeyes ran around like chickens with their heads cut off when Pryor was sidelined. Bauserman threw two passes — one completed for a 1-yard gain and the other completed to the wrong team. Last year, OSU relied heavily on its running game during the challenging conclusion to its Big Ten schedule. The Buckeyes piled up at least 225 rushing yards in five consecutive games — all wins. Before that commitment to smashmouth football, OSU flirted with the inconsistency that plagued it Saturday. Just ask Purdue what kind of offense it faced when it beat the Buckeyes last October. In the Boilermakers’ 26-18 upset, Pryor had a hand in 52 of OSU’s 59 plays. Saine carried the ball the other seven times, six of which came in the first half. Every team faces adversity. The Buckeyes dealt with their first road trip and their first conference test. They didn’t expect to lose the centerpiece of their offense at a critical juncture of the game. But it’s how teams adapt to such misfortunes that determines which squads are cut out for hardware at season’s end. Adaptation comes easier for teams with balance. Take a perennial 50-home run hitter out of a power-starved lineup and the club’s offense will struggle. Remove one of a lineup’s three 25-home run batters and the team shouldn’t skip a beat. The Buckeyes have that top-tier slugger. But they also have complements capable of contributing to the offense’s production. Tressel needs to strike a balance between a Pryor-centric approach and a Woody Hayes-esque, run-only style. Over-reliance on Pryor is a recipe for disaster. Yes, he can change the complexion of a game every time his number is called. But he becomes more effective when defenses have to worry about Herron and Saine as well. Dwight from “The Office” has attributes that are easily identifiable, namely, a mustard-colored shirt, beet-stained teeth and a fervent love of authority. Take a look at the OSU offense, and the only characteristics you’ll find are inconsistent and unidentifiable. read more

Leaders division looking for key replacements

The Big Ten Leaders division has been affected by graduation, players leaving for the NFL Draft and suspensions, leading to a whole new look for most of the teams. Members of the division spoke with media Wednesday in a teleconference about these replacements and the retooled Big Ten Conference. The Ohio State football team has completed eight practices this spring, and coach Jim Tressel said the coaching staff is pleased with the team’s effort so far. Tressel said the eight practices have been solid and there has been a lot of competition throughout the spring at multiple positions. Tressel addressed the progression of quarterback Terrelle Pryor and his participation in spring practice following foot surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left foot. “He’ll be back running around at the first of May and he can kind of stand still throwing the ball,” Tressel said. He said Pryor’s development as a quarterback should help him get drafted at the same position in the NFL draft, disagreeing with ESPN’s Mel Kiper, who said he thinks Pryor will be an NFL tight end. Tressel also spoke about the quarterback battle and said there is no pecking order for who will start for the Buckeyes in the first five games. Tressel said he wishes someone would jump out and take the job. “I kind of vacillate each day,” Tressel said of the choices at quarterback. Brewster said regardless of who starts at quarterback, the team’s play will not be affected. Junior linebacker Jonathan Newsome was expected to play a part in the Buckeye defense this season. However, Tressel said Newsome has been in his doghouse throughout the spring. “I don’t expect him to be in it long, but sometimes we have to do what we think will help a young person learn,” Tressel said. Brewster said this was one of the best springs he has been a part of at OSU and that the team is staying focused on spring ball and not paying attention to outside distractions. He has been working on making himself more of a complete player and has also been helping the younger guys on the team. “It’s been great to get back on the field and get the feeling back,” Brewster said. Tressel and players Pryor, Dan Herron, DeVier Posey, Mike Adams and Solomon Thomas will serve a suspension for the first five games of the upcoming season. Indiana looking to compete under 1st-year coach Kevin Wilson was named Indiana’s new coach in December after spending nine seasons as Oklahoma’s offensive coordinator, offensive line coach and tight ends and fullbacks coach. Former coach Bill Lynch was fired with one year left on his contract after earning a 19-30 record in his four seasons with the Hoosiers. Wilson said the Hoosiers will have to replace standout quarterback Ben Chappell from last year’s 5-7 team, but he expects them to be competitive. He said it is important for his players to start to have a more positive outlook and believe in themselves and their abilities for the upcoming season. “This team is right in the mix,” Wilson said. Senior offensive lineman Justin Pagán said he is excited for the new season and Wilson has helped bring a new attitude and a new culture to the team. “The expectation is, we’re going to be better,” Pagán said. “We’re gonna do the work that we haven’t done before.” Badgers looking for key replacements Wisconsin finished the 2010 season on a sour note, losing to TCU in the Rose Bowl. However, it earned a share of the Big Ten title under coach Bret Bielema. Bielema and his Badgers have to replace some key players, but they are still expected to compete in the Leaders division. “I’m really excited for the buildup and race to the championship game,” Bielema said. The Badgers must replace Scott Tolzien at quarterback after two years as the starter, and Bielema said they are looking toward sophomore Jon Budmayr as the replacement. Budmayr is in his third spring with the team, and Bielema said his experience in the past has been beneficial to his progression. The Badgers also lost defensive end J.J. Watt to the NFL Draft, and senior free safety Aaron Henry said that although they will miss Watt’s production, the defense should compete under new defensive coordinator Chris Ash. Henry will look to be a spokesman of the defense this season. “It’s still a work in progress,” Henry said. “I’m still learning and I think I have some really good characteristics of becoming a leader.” Henry also said he expects the secondary to become more involved in the blitz with Ash at his new position. Young Penn State team looks to rebound Joe Paterno has been on the Penn State coaching staff for 60 years, but it is unlikely that he has ever seen the magnitude of off-the-field problems in college football that we are seeing today. “Well, I don’t know if it’s out of control,” Paterno said of the college game. “I do think, obviously, we’ve got some problems. How many, or whether they’ve been made to appear worse than they are because of the media exposure, I don’t know.” But Paterno said he thinks the college game is as good as it ever has been on the field. The Nittany Lions cycled through quarterbacks last season, and Paterno said he has been pleased with the quarterback situation this spring. He said junior Matt McGloin and sophomore Rob Bolden both have shown they have great ability. “We’ll be in great hands with whoever coach decides to pick,” senior wide receiver Derek Moye said. Paterno said he does not think he did a particularly good job last year, but he said his team’s success starts with the head coach and how much effort he puts into it. “If it appears to the kids that I am working harder at it, then good, I’m glad to hear that,” Paterno said. “I hope I’m doing a better job than I did last year.” Moye has to sit out this spring because of a concussion but said he hopes to be back by Saturday’s spring game. He said the rest of the receivers, including junior Justin Brown, have been progressing well throughout spring. Moye said he looks forward to the chance to play in the first Big Ten championship game, and it makes him work that much harder because it is his senior season. Boilermakers escape spring without injuries Purdue, unlike other Big Ten squads, wrapped up its spring practice on Saturday as it held its spring game. Coach Danny Hope said he has seen improvements in all three aspects of his team’s game. “I feel like we improved a lot as a football team in a lot of key areas,” Hope said. “We had a lot of fun and did a good job of keeping our team healthy.” Health was a concern for the Boilermakers, as they lost senior quarterback Robert Marve to injury last season and junior running back Ralph Bolden to injury last spring. Neither played in Saturday’s spring game, but both are expected back in the fall. In Marve’s absence, sophomore quarterback Rob Henry earned the No. 1 quarterback spot at the beginning of spring and kept it until the end. “He has really improved a lot since last year,” Hope said. “We’re encouraged about him.” Henry said he has used this spring to help improve his overall game as a quarterback. “I’m just trying to improve as a quarterback and being able to sit back and throw and then escaping and making plays with my legs,” Henry said. Henry said he has been doing everything he can to get his team to a bowl game and he has been really impressed this spring. Bolden was held out of contact drills this spring, but Hope said Bolden’s return is huge for the team and that he looked good catching the ball and running during practice. Illinois looking for new offensive identity Illini coach Ron Zook said his team has been doing something a bit different this spring. The team has practiced in the morning to accommodate the different school schedules. Zook said the players have enjoyed getting up and going to practice so that they can worry about being college kids when they are finished. The Illini return their starting quarterback from last season, sophomore Nathan Scheelhaase, but they lost leading rusher Mikel Leshoure to the NFL Draft. Scheelhaase will take on a much larger role this season with the loss of the team’s star running back. “He’s been able to take a little bit at a time and he’s gotten better every day,” Zook said. Leshoure led the Big Ten in rushing yards in 2010, with 1,697, the third-best total in the nation. Senior running back Jason Ford, who had 480 yards in 2010, will look to fill in for Leshoure. Illinois will look to improve its passing game this season, meaning Scheelhaase will need to throw more in 2011 than he did in his freshman season. “As a quarterback, I really feel like I can make strides in the passing game,” Scheelhaase said. “If we make some big strides in the passing game, I think our offense can really do some damage this year.” read more

Spring football practice like Christmas for players

After having his players put on their pads Saturday morning for the first time this spring, saying that Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer has placed an emphasis on competition might be somewhat of an understatement. After the two-hour practice, Meyer had his offense, players and coaches running sprints from sideline to sideline while the defense moved off the field for Gatorades and post-stretch. Harsh, perhaps. But in the culture that Meyer is establishing at OSU, winners are rewarded and losers punished. In this particular case, the offense lost a scrimmage drill against the defense toward the end of practice. And redshirt senior linebacker Etienne Sabino did his best to drive home that point. “Defense won today, make sure you all got that,” he said playfully, albeit seemingly proud.  Maybe it was because, for Sabino, Saturday was “like Christmas.”  “It was so fun. You got six weeks of running around here, around cones and stuff, and you’re finally able to hit somebody,” he said. “It’s fun, everything’s fast paced, it’s real competitive and we’re having a great time.” For OSU, it’s the first spring under Meyer and another reminder of how much things have changed for the Buckeyes in the past year. Aside from not even being a year removed from former coach Jim Tressel’s scandal-induced resignation, Meyer’s ultra-competitive philosophy coupled with an new additions to the coaching staff suggests his players have had a lot to adjust to. Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said while his offense is “not even close” to what they want it to be, it’s a normal progression. “I think once you get to Day 3 (of practice), it gets to be a little bit overwhelming, and that’s kind of the plan,” he said. Herman said the staff wants to throw as much as they can at them and in about a week go back and re-teach the finer points of the offense. It’s part of the reason why he thinks sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller is struggling a bit. “The mental part of the game is just getting to him right now,” Herman said. A reserved, borderline shy Miller said he’s trying to get better everyday. “What I really want to improve on is knowing where everybody’s at, (what) everybody’s doing,” he said. “I just feel good about the whole game plan right now.” Herman said Miller grasping the offense is critical in getting him to be the coach on the field they need him to be. But having started last season has helped prepare him to be a leader, Miller said. “I feel heavier,” he said. “I feel like I know I got my first year under me and just keeping working hard and progressing.” Sophomore linebacker Ryan Shazier, who came on strong for OSU toward the end of the season, said adjusting to all the changes has been a fresh start. “It’s the same team, we just have a new beginning,” he said. “Everything happens for a reason.” Similarly, the struggle adjusting to change isn’t limited to the players. Luke Fickell, who served as the Buckeyes head coach in 2011 before taking the roles of defensive coordinator and linebackers coach under Meyer, said it’s good the coaches have differing opinions in terms of putting things together for next season. The key, he said, is coming together and figuring out what’s best for the program. “You can’t get anything better than having a little bit of different perspectives at times,” he said. “None of us like change at times, but it’s good. Sometimes it’s uncomfortable, like coach (Meyer) will tell you, change is uncomfortable, but it’s really good. It’s good to help you grow.” read more

Indiana overpowers Ohio State basketball 8168

A tough week ended somber for the Ohio State men’s basketball team. A sold-out crowd, some of which had been camping out since Wednesday, witnessed the No. 10 Buckeyes fall to the top-ranked Indiana Hoosiers Sunday, 81-68. Deshaun Thomas’ 26 points weren’t enough to equal a trio of Indiana offensive weapons who combined for 70 points and stifled every run OSU threw at them. Junior guard Victor Oladipo matched Thomas’ effort with 26 points of his own, sophomore center Cody Zeller scored 24 and senior forward Christian Watford added 20. “We couldn’t gain that momentum,” Ohio State coach Thad Matta said. “Unfortunately we didn’t guard them at the level we needed to guard them.” Both teams came into the game trying to avoid back-to back conference losses that could all but bury a team in the ultra-competitive Big Ten title race this season. OSU was coming off an overtime loss to Michigan Tuesday and Indiana lost at the buzzer against Illinois Thursday. Indiana made it clear early they wanted their preseason all-American, Zeller, to get his touches. The 7-foot sophomore shot just six times in Indiana’s road loss to Illinois Thursday, but the Hoosiers fed the ball into the post early and often. Zeller scored the game’s first bucket and had 12 points on eight shots in the first half. OSU coach Thad Matta rotated his three big men on Zeller, bumping and bruising Indiana’s star, but the three Buckeyes combined for five fouls in the first half and 10 for the game. “We really needed to get the ball in the paint,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said. “It was very important that the ball hit the paint because our statistics are very high percentage wise.” But Indiana’s best early option was Oladipo, who scored 14 first half points. In the first half’s waning minutes, the junior guard converted back-to-back acrobatic buckets, the last of which was a high flying two-handed slam to give Indiana an eight-point advantage. The Buckeyes took their first lead, 13-11, when Thomas connected on a 3-pointer from the wing eliciting a roar from the sold-out crowd at the Schottenstein Center. Thomas scored 13 points in the opening period, but the Hoosiers dominated the half’s last five minutes to take a 41-33 lead into the locker room. Thomas drew OSU within four early in the second half after getting fouled on a 3-point attempt and making all three free throws, but Oladipo quieted what was a surging crowd with a jumper from the elbow and a 3-pointer on the next possession to extend the lead to nine. That was the theme of the second half. Whenever OSU had a run, the Hoosiers had an answer, silencing the crowd with their depth. Indiana shot 59 percent in the second half and 53 percent from the game. “We’d make a run and they’d make a 5-0 back at us and kept their composure,” junior guard Aaron Craft said. Watford took his turns as well, hitting four 3-pointers in the game including two in the second half that gave his team a five-possession lead. Thomas exploited Indiana’s defense all day, but OSU’s lack of other scorers doomed any chance of a comeback. With the game about out of reach, Craft scored seven straight points late in the game on his way to 16 for the game. Craft later joined senior forward Evan Ravenel in fouling out of the contest. The loss drops OSU to 17-6 and 7-4 in the Big Ten, two games behind the conference leading Hoosiers (21-3, 9-2).   The Buckeyes next take on Northwestern at home Thursday. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. read more

Buckeyes prepare for tough Iowa run defense

Junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) hands off the ball to senior running back Carlos Hyde (34) during a game against Northwestern Oct. 5. OSU won, 40-30. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorFresh off its first bye week of the 2013 season, the Ohio State football team (6-0, 2-0) is preparing for a battle this Saturday against Iowa (4-2, 1-1).The Hawkeyes are tied with Oklahoma for the nation’s 12th-best defense in terms of points against (16.8 average per game), doing so by thwarting the rushing attacks of their opponents. The team has yet to allow a rushing score.OSU coach Urban Meyer is well aware of this fact, and was even more impressed by something he learned while scouting his team’s week eight opponent.“They haven’t (played) goal-line defense (yet),” Meyer said.But don’t expect the Buckeyes, who are 11th in the nation in rushing, to become pass-happy for a week.“We’re not going to change our game plan. We’re going to do what Ohio State does, and that’s run the ball,” said senior running back Carlos Hyde.Hyde is determined to crack Iowa’s highly-touted defensive line for large gains the way he did in OSU’s 40-30 win against Northwestern Oct. 5. Against the Wildcats, Hyde tallied 168 yards and three touchdowns.“I run determined not to be stopped … It’’s going to take the whole defense to tackle me,” Hyde said. “That’s my mindset.”Redshirt-senior center Corey Linsley said in a game like Saturday’s, running the ball successfully is essential for the team to come out on top.“We’re (going to) have to play an extremely good game in terms of rushing the football, and our tempo is definitely going to dictate that,” Linsley said.Starting junior quarterback Braxton Miller said the Hawkeye defense is probably the best the Buckeye offense has seen so on film so far this year. Miller, who fumbled twice against Northwestern, said ball security will be key, and is something he has been working on in practice.“Watching film, I really wasn’t holding the ball correctly … I wasn’t holding the ball real tight,” Miller said.The coaching staff had the quarterback hold onto a ball during team stretches in practice this week, Miller said.Although the Hawkeyes are OSU’s first unranked opponent since Florida A&M, the team knows every game during Big Ten play poses a stiff test.“The weeks that we have taken off, those are the weeks that we’ve gotten beat. The weeks that we’ve treated those teams as what the (AP poll) treats them as, what the rest of the country treats them as, as non-ranked, blow-off opponents, those are the weeks that we get beat,” Linsley said. “We’ve kind of learned from history, and we’re not taking this week lightly.”Iowa is scheduled to visit Ohio Stadium for OSU’s homecoming game Saturday at 3:30 p.m. read more

Boilermakers looking to continue recent home success against Ohio State

Then-senior Purdue cornerback Josh Johnson (28) tackles then-sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller (5) during a game against Purdue Oct. 20, 2012, at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 29-22.Lantern file photoPlaying on the road against Purdue has not been an easy task for the Ohio State football team in recent years. Purdue has won three of the last four games between the two at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind., including the teams’ two most recent meetings there, in 2011 and 2009.OSU is heavily favored to reverse that trend with a win when the Buckeyes play the Boilermakers Saturday.While OSU (8-0, 4-0) has not lost a game since the final game of the 2011 season, Purdue (1-6, 0-3) has not won a game yet this season against a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent.The Boilermakers have lost five straight games since defeating Indiana State, a Football Championship Subdivision program, Sept. 7 by a score of 20-14.Even with its struggles so far this season, Purdue coach Darrell Hazell said he has been “very pleased” with his team’s effort.“Obviously we’re not where we want to be on the win-loss column, but I’m not disgruntled with our football team on how they’ve prepared and how they’ve stayed together,” Hazell said Tuesday. “There’s a lot of teams that will go in different directions at this point in time and that has not happened with us.”Hazell is in his first year as Purdue’s coach, but he is not new to the matchup or the challenges OSU has faced in beating Purdue on the road. During his years as an assistant coach at OSU from 2004-10, OSU only won one of its three games played in West Lafayette.While Hazell said he has not ignored Purdue’s recent success at home against OSU in preparation for Saturday’s game, he said it has not changed the way he looks at this year’s contest.“Every team has its own separate identity,” Hazell said. “It’s about this year, this team and our preparation here.”Hazell is not the only coach on Purdue’s staff with OSU ties. Marcus Freeman, who played linebacker for the Buckeyes from 2004-08 and was a graduate assistant at OSU in 2010, said he expects Saturday to be a “little bit different” coaching against his former team.“I love everything about Ohio State, but on Saturday, it’s about doing what it takes to compete to win,” Freeman said. “It’s not fair for me as a coach to not have my guys as prepared as they can to be successful on Saturday.”If Purdue is going to find a way to end their five-game losing skid and OSU’s 20-game winning streak, preparation and execution will be key, Freeman said.“You can’t do the same things you’ve done for the first six or seven weeks and think the results are going to change,” Freeman said. “So we’ve been on (the players) hard, they got to work harder and then on Saturday, you got to go out and execute. You have to execute the game plan and you have to do your job every single time you’re in the game, and that’s how you become successful.”Purdue has made a number of changes in its effort to turn around. One of those changes came Oct. 2, when freshman quarterback Danny Etling was named starting quarterback.Etling said it is important for the Boilermakers to make a “big step forward” this week.“This is a big week for us,” Etling said. “I think every week’s a big week, but we really need to go out there and play well, and we just need to keep getting better each week.”Etling said it has been a challenge to prepare for the OSU defense because it does a good job of masking its play call.“They really do a great job of hiding what they’re going to be doing until the last possible second,” Etling said. “They’re a very well-coached defense, that’s the best way I can put it. We’re going to have a tough matchup with them but I think that we’re getting coached really well and we have a great gameplan.”After allowing 40 or more points in four of its seven games this season, Purdue has also been making changes on the defensive side of the ball. The Boilermakers switched from a 4-3 defense at the beginning of the season to a 3-4 alignment prior to their Oct. 12 game against Nebraska, Meyer said, which makes the Purdue defense a difficult one to prepare for.“I see a team that’s kind of searching for an identity, and I think they’ve kind of found it on defense,” Meyer said Monday. “They’re all over the place, blitz-a-thon, they weren’t that way the first five games.”Purdue’s new-look defense will be tasked with attempting to slow down an OSU offense that ranks fifth nationally in scoring offense.Hazell said OSU has “four major weapons” on its offense: junior quarterback Braxton Miller, senior running back Carlos Hyde, senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown and junior wide receiver Devin Smith.“Their offense stretches the field both horizontally and vertically,” Hazell said.Brown, who worked with Hazell when he was OSU’s wide receivers coach in 2010, said he respects the job Hazell has done so far.“He’s one of the best coaches I’ve ever been around,” Brown said Wednesday. “Obviously you can’t turn a program around in one year. So it’ll take him a couple years, and I think they’ll be back.”Freeman said the OSU offense is “really hard to stop.”“The more you watch it, the more you aggravated at it and frustrated and you get mad as a coach,” Freeman said. “It makes you think exactly how you’re going to try to stop all these guys, ‘cause they have many threats and when you stop one thing, I think they got another thing that comes open. It’s going to be a huge task for our defense.Kickoff for Saturday’s game is scheduled for noon. read more

Ohio State mens soccer to put win streak on the line against

Sophomore defender Tyler Kidwell (12) fights for the ball during a game against Michigan State on Oct. 4 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 3-2.Credit: Ed Momot / For The LanternFresh off a pair of wins over top-20 opponents, the Ohio State men’s soccer team is set to take on an unranked foe.The Buckeyes (4-3-3, 2-1-0) shook off a three-game losing streak to defeat then-No. 5 Louisville on the road Sept. 30 before returning home to top then-No. 17 Michigan State on Saturday.“We just never stopped fighting,” senior midfielder Yianni Sarris said. “Our confidence was a little down after three straight losses, but we came back on top and got two huge wins.”Sarris scored a goal in each of the two wins, including the lone goal against Louisville. The senior was named OSU Athlete of the Week in recognition of his performance.OSU is now set to take its newfound confidence to Rochester, Mich., to take on the Oakland Grizzlies (2-5-1) on Wednesday night.Oakland began the regular season with five straight losses. However, it has turned it on since beginning Horizon League play, going 2-0-1 in its last three.“They’re a team that’s starting to gain some belief and gain some momentum right now,” OSU coach John Bluem said. “They’re looking to get a big win and we’re the next big team coming to town.”Bluem said he has made it clear since the Michigan State game ended that his team shouldn’t overlook Oakland and fall into a trap of sleepwalking through what could be seen as an easy win.“We talked about it right after the game the other night when we got in the huddle, we talked about how this is a tricky game coming up,” Bluem said. “We’ll try to make them realize that this is a pretty good team you’re up against.”Bluem stressed that if the team hopes to receive an NCAA Tournament bid, it cannot let down against teams like Oakland, regardless of whether OSU is able to defeat ranked opponents.Sarris said he understands the importance of not overlooking Oakland or any other opponent on the schedule.“For what we know right now, it’s our biggest game of the season,” Sarris said. “We can’t take any opponent lightly, so we’re going to go out there and get the ‘W.’”Bluem echoed his senior’s attitude with the mantra he stresses to the team.“The important thing for this team to realize is, one game at a time,” Bluem said. “The next most important game of the season is Wednesday night, and after that, the next most important game of the season is the next one.“We’re not just going to show up and people are going to quit, we need to be at our very best to win games,” Bluem continued. “And if we do that, there’s a chance this team is going to make the NCAA Tournament this year.”Last week’s win in Louisville, Ky., ended a long winless streak in non-neutral away matches dating back to 2012, a streak of 13 games.“Playing on the road is difficult compared to playing at home because you’re used to playing at home, you’re comfortable playing here,” junior defender Liam Doyle said. “Going into the unknown makes it really tough.”OSU has faced Oakland in three of the last four seasons, with the Buckeyes defeating the Grizzlies in each of the three meetings. Last season OSU blew out Oakland, 4-0, in Columbus.Doyle said the Buckeyes’ recent success has the entire team confident moving forward.“I think right now we’re as good as we’ve been all year,” he said. “Everyone’s playing well, the confidence is high, so I think we’re the best we’ve been this season.”After the game at Oakland, OSU is set to return home to take on No. 10 Indiana on Sunday. That game is scheduled to kick off at 2 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Ohio State Buckeyes in the NFL Week 6

OSU redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore (2) intercepts a pass during the first half of the Buckeyes 62-3 win against Maryland on Nov. 12. Credit: Alexa MavrogianisFormer Ohio State football players were in action in Week 4 of the NFL season. Here are a few of the latest performances from former Buckeyes.New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon LattimoreRookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore had his best game as a pro Sunday. Lattimore was all over the field throughout the game, picking up five tackles and a third quarter pick-six to increase the Saints’ lead to 45-10. He also defended two passes and recovered a fumble in what was a standout game for the rookie._________________________________________Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey BosaDefensive end Joey Bosa had another strong outing in Week 6, tallying another sack against the Raiders in a 17-16 win against Oakland. Bosa ended the game with only three tackles._________________________________________San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos HydeCarlos Hyde returned from injury Sunday, and while he wasn’t his usual self racking up yards, he scored two touchdowns — his first two of the season — in a 26-24 loss to the Washington Redskins. Hyde managed only 28 yards on 13 carries. He now has 332 rushing yards on 73 carries this season, averaging a strong 4.5 yards per carry._________________________________________New York Jets linebacker Darron LeeDarron Lee had an impressive outing against the New England Patriots Sunday, as the second-year linebacker had six tackles and a forced fumble. The Jets eventually lost 24-17, but Lee had an impact early on, forcing a fumble and helping the defense keep Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on his toes all game. Lee is currently second on the Jets in total tackles and has impressed this season after an inconsistent rookie year._________________________________________New York Giants cornerback Eli AppleCornerback Eli Apple had a solid performance against the Denver Broncos, registering five tackles and defending two passes. Apple recovered a fumble to begin the fourth quarter as the Broncos were driving. The Giants would go on to win 23-10, as the defense stifled the Broncos’ offense._________________________________________Other notable players:Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Malcolm Jenkins: two tackles in a win against the Carolina PanthersPittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier: four tackles in a win against the Kansas City Chiefs read more

Mens Basketball Andrew Dakich and Ohio State shine from behind the arc

Ohio State graduate transfer Andrew Dakich (13) attempts a three pointer in the first half of the game against Maryland on Jan. 11 in the Schottenstein Center. Ohio State won 91-69. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team could not miss from beyond the arc Thursday night against Maryland.After what was beginning to look like a tough game for the Buckeyes, they quickly turned things around when redshirt senior Andrew Dakich, a pass-first point guard, began knocking down 3s. Ohio State shot its season high from 3-point range, making 17-of-29 shots and shooting 58.6 percent from distance.The Buckeyes’ 17 3-pointers against Maryland tied for second in program history for most triples in a game, marked the most against a Big Ten opponent and the most ever at home. Eight different players contributed to the team’s 3-pointers, even former walk-on guard Joey Lane. Most remarkably was Dakich, who is not a high-volume shooter, yet scored a career-high 11 points against the Terrapins.Dakich scored all 11 of his points during his team’s 31-12 run to end the first half that put the Buckeyes back on top of the Terrapins after trailing early. He provided the Buckeyes with an offensive spark, and was his team’s second-leading scorer heading into halftime. Head coach Chris Holtmann said he was looking for this kind of performance from Dakich.“I was talking to a really close coaching friend on the way home from Michigan State and he said to me … ‘You know Dakich is going to have to step up in a conference game and make a few open 3s. You know he’s just going to have to do that,’” Holtmann said. “I think we kind of encouraged him the last couple of days just to be ready because of how teams are going to play him, and low and behold, he was right.”Dakich, who scored just three points in the Buckeyes upset win against No. 1 Michigan State from a half-court shot to end the first half, wanted to take a different approach in this game after hearing Holtmann wanted and needed him to shoot more.“I actually saw that interview and for him to answer those questions, like alright now I really have to start shooting,” Dakich said. “My dad is always like, ‘Dude just shoot the ball sometimes.’ But [redshirt junior forward] Keita [Bates-Diop], [senior forward Jae’Sean Tate], I try to get those guys the ball, and I try to be efficient with the ball and putting it in the right positions. Tonight, I was open and fortunate enough to knock them down.”Ohio State’s finished with its second-highest assist total of the season with 25, while turning the ball over just nine times. That passing allowed Bates-Diop to shoot 6-for-8 from 3-point range. Both guards C.J. Jackson and Kam Williams finished the game with two makes from beyond the arc. Despite another convincing win against a notable Big Ten competitor from Ohio State, Holtmann said he does not think performances like Thursday’s should be the expectation for the Buckeyes in their remaining conference games.“I don’t think we can ever expect to make 17 3s in a game, I guess that’s what I mean. I think that’s unrealistic,” Holtmann said. “We made some shots tonight that on an average night we’re probably not going to make.” read more

ExBHS boss Dominic Chappell given driving ban for speeding after he tells

first_imgChappell took to the stand to plead with the court not to take his licence away.He said it would be “a stretch” to employ a chauffeur or take taxis, after declaring his weekly income is £5,000.Chappell claimed that he suffered from “abuse” and “strong language” from other passengers when he used the train.He said he has to attend meetings four days a week as part of discussions with two parliamentary committees and the pensions regulator over the collapse of BHS.His manor house is apparently two miles from a bus stop and around 20 miles from the nearest train station.Chappell’s wife drives 100 miles each day taking his young son to a private boarding school, where his daughter is also a weekly boarder, he said. Dominic Chappell pictured arriving at Aldershot Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday morningCredit: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg I drive an average of 35,000 miles a year and I used to be a race car driverDominic Chappell A former boss of BHS who bought the retail chain for just £1 has been banned from driving for six months for speeding.Dominic Chappell, from Winterborne Clenston, Dorset, exceeded a 40mph speed limit in Andover, Hampshire, on April 6.The 49-year-old was driving a green Range Rover on Churchill Way when a police officer clocked him driving at an average speed of 63.9mph at 8.47pm.After being pulled over, Chappell told the police: “This will cost me £25,000. I’ve been driving since I was 18 and have never had an accident. Michael Levy, defending, said: “Given the isolation and his particular commitment at the moment – is it not an exceptional situation he finds himself in?”It may be there is a genuine public interest in this defendant helping these people as much as he possibly can, to the full and maximum.”Clearly if he is not able to do that the whole process is going to be more difficult and drawn out and take longer.”He added: “Because of the exceptional nature of what he’s doing and who he is trying to assist in the resolution of this very unfortunate and public mess that has arisen, I would invite the court to give him one last chance.” Chappell bought the high street business off Sir Philip Green in 2015 through his company Retail Acquisitions.Last month, he denied the £2.6 million package he took including a £600,000 salary contributed to the demise of the brand.The collapse of BHS in April has left 11,000 people out of work and a £571 million black hole in the pension fund.A former bankrupt with no retail experience, Chappell has since apologised to the staff of the chain for the demise of BHS, and insisted he made every effort to turn the ailing company around.  Dominic Chappell pictured arriving at Aldershot Magistrates' Court on Tuesday morning “I drive an average of 35,000 miles a year and I used to be a race car driver.”He was disqualified from holding a driving licence for six months at Aldershot magistrates’ court on Tuesday.Chappell, who previously pleaded guilty to the offence, has 10 points on his licence for three other speeding offences in 2013, 2014 and 2015.Chappell was given six points for his latest speeding offence, bringing the total on his licence up to 16.He was also fined £665 and ordered to pay £150 in costs.Magistrate Jenny Gove said his speed was “really very excessive” and that Chappell would not suffer exceptional hardship by having his licence taken away.She added: “We don’t find exceptional hardship – it has to relate to other people who are innocent. You are the one who has to be punished.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Grandmother defies convention to sell Golly dolls in effort to reclaim black

first_imgCharlotte poses with seven children dressed as  Golly Dolls in Accra, GhanaCredit:Gollynomics/Solent News The Golly, a little black character wearing a bow tie and a red and yellow suit, was first used on Robertsons jam jars in 1910 She told The Telegraph: “I was really shocked when I found out it had become a racist icon, I thought it was a joke. It was a friend who had a doll in her living room and hid it when I went round to see her and I found it by accident. She thought I was going to report her. It was irritating that something I have known and loved had suddenly become offensive.“My children had lots of toys growing up but the golly was always the one they fought over. So I thought, because the dolls are so lovable and because of their universal appeal, let’s turn a negative into a positive and use it as a mascot for fundraising. And I’ve never looked back.”Charlotte said the reaction when she sells the dolls has been “95 per cent positive” but added most people who talk to her say they they dislike discussing the toy and for fear of being branded racist.She added: “The doll is now doing amazing things and changing lives.” The grandmother, 65, offers the dolls in pinstripe trousers and red jackets at £12 for a medium and £17 for a large, and even dresses up as a golly herself when she sells them.The profits raised from her “Bring Golly Back” campaign have helped to fund education and agricultural projects in west Africa and so far she has raised more than £2,000.Originally made by mothers for their children in west Africa, the tradition of Golly dolls travelled to the US during the slave trade. The dolls were called Golly by children and became popular toys in the UK after featuring in American writer Florence Kate Upton’s children’s books.The doll then also became the brand mascot for Robertson’s jams, first appearing on product labels and advertising material in 1910.But from the Sixties, the doll began to be seen to have racist connotations, partly because of the negative portrayal of golliwog characters in some literature, as well as the racist use of the word “wog”.However, Ms Nightingale maintains that the doll is simply a child’s toy and she said she was not aware of its racist connotations until around three years ago. The Golly, a little black character wearing a bow tie and a red and yellow suit, was first used on Robertson’s jam jars in 1910Credit:PAcenter_img The doll is now doing amazing things and changing livesCharlotte Nightingale Gollywogs have long been considered a symbol of racist stereotyping.But a retired midwife from Hampshire is defying convention by selling the toys in an effort to reclaim black heritage and raise money for charity.Charlotte Nightingale, originally from Ghana, is selling her Golly dolls at fairs, school fetes and village shows and wants people to re-think the taboo surrounding them. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Charlotte with 7 kids dressed as the Golly dolls in Manprobi, Accra Ghanalast_img read more

Really Waitrose Supermarket makes apostrophe error on gifts for teachers

first_img Deadline News “If those are what your ‘partners’ used to gift their teachers, punctuation marks are the least of your worries.”Ed Szram II spotted one of the tags in his local Waitrose store and wrote: “Please fix the apostrophe usage found in your Canary Wharf and other stores.”Katya Lightbody also shared an image of one of the erroneous signs and wrote: “I’m not sure I would be buying my child’s teacher any presents if he used apostrophes like this, three for two or not.”Waitrose has responded online to let customers know that the error will be fixed. Credit: Deadline News A teacher who received a present which had not one but two apostrophe errors from a student would probably not be very pleased.Supermarket Waitrose has angered parents by using shoddy grammar on labels advertising presents for teachers.Shoppers were encouraged to buy end-of-school term presents for teachers with a label which read: “3 for 2. Gift’s For Teacher’s.”Jane Bremner spotted one of the offending labels and wrote: “They’ll definitely need a gift after seeing this notice. #apostrophecrime.”Emmy Williams spotted one of the signs placed bizarrely in front of women’s shavers and wrote: “Really Waitrose? For Teacher’s what? And only for one particular teacher; capital T?center_img Responding to the posts, they replied tersely – and with a correctly-used apostrophe: “We’re aware of this. Thanks.”The supermarket told The Telegraph: “We’re in the process of changing this in our stores. Our report card says ‘must try harder’.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Fisherman fighting to save ancient salmonfishing method wins Supreme Court fight

first_imgMr Mott says that the putcher method, which involves trapping the fish in baskets and which dates back to at least the 17th century, is environmentally sensitive and ensures salmon stocks remain stable. Southern chalk stream salmon  He had previously caught up to 600 salmon each year and earned around £60,000 from his business.   Credit:Sam Billington/Environment Agenc /PA The Agency said the move was necessary to protect the salmon fisheries of the River Wye, arguing that salmon caught in the estuary included fish that originated in the waters of the Wye, which is a special area of conservation under the EU Habitats Directive.An Environment Agency spokesman said: “Salmon stocks are at an all-time low and it is the Environment Agency’s duty to protect them where they are at risk. We are working hard to restore salmon to healthy levels and will soon be proposing new measures to protect them. But it is only through working with others that we will preserve this iconic species for future generations.“We welcome the court’s support for the Environment Agency’s role to impose catch limits on salmon, and the recognition that Mr Mott’s case is exceptional.”He added that the Agency had accepted the court’s ruling and would work with Mr Mott to agree appropriate compensation.center_img A fisherman fighting to keep an ancient fishing method alive has defeated the Government in the Supreme Court. Nigel Mott, who catches salmon in the Severn estuary near Lydney Harbour using a putcher rank, argued that an Environment Agency-imposed limit on the amount he could catch had rendered his business unviable. In 2012, the Agency limited his catch to 30 fish for that season and further limits of 23 and 24 salmon were imposed in 2013 and 2014.He had previously caught up to 600 salmon each year and earned around £60,000 from his business. While Mr Mott, of Sproat, Chepstow, was paid compensation on various occasions between 2004 and 2011 not to operate the fishery during particular seasons, none was paid to compensate him for restrictions between 2012 and 2014.Now the Agency will have to resume paying him compensation after a panel of senior judges dismissed an appeal against a Court of Appeal ruling in his favour.”The Agency gave no consideration to the particular impact on Mr Mott’s livelihood, which was severe,” said Lord Carnwath.He added that the case was an “exceptional case on the facts, because of the severity and the disproportion (as compared to others) of the impact on Mr Mott”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle met a look back at the

The firer of cupid’s arrow has not been formally named but the Daily Telegraph understands she is Violet von Westenholz: one of Prince Harry’s oldest family friends. Miss von Westenholz’s… How did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet? Meghan and Harry, who will marry this weekend at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, owe it all to a mysterious matchmaker; the unidentified cupid who decided that the dashing English prince would be a perfect fit for the glamorous American actress. Prince Harry and Ms Markle have described how their mutual friend arranged the blind date in July last year that led to the announcement 16 months later of their engagement. The only clue they gave was that the matchmaker was a woman. read more

Family of speedboat killer Jack Shepherd targeted with threatening letter lawyer claims

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “It was about Jack. It was dangerous and caused psychological terror.“They feel that their son will be in a dangerous situation in the United Kingdom.“They do not feel safe, there is the letter but what will be the next step?“Today and tomorrow we cannot enter the prison is closed, I will not tell him – it is better for him not to know about it.”She added that Shepherd had not faced any hostility since entering into custody in Georgia.“Nobody has pushed him or anything or made it dangerous,” she said. Relatives of Jack Shepherd, the speedboat killer, have received a “threatening letter” from an anonymous sender, his lawyer in Georgia has claimed.The 31-year-old is currently facing extradition to the UK after absconding ahead of his trial over the death of Charlotte Brown, who died in a speedboat crash in 2015.Mariam Kublashvili, who has represented the fugitive since his arrest in Tbilisi last month, wrote online: “Jack Shepherd’s family just let me know (they) received another anonimous (sic) threatening letter. The letter is abusive and offensive.”Shepherd’s family are based in Devon, where he grew up, and have not spoken publicly about the case before.The web designer was subject to a 10-month international manhunt after being convicted in absentia for the manslaughter by gross negligence of Ms Brown, whom he had taken on his boat during a date.News of the purported threat comes after Shepherd’s lawyer in the UK also claimed to have received intimidating messages due to his involvement in the case.Ms Kublashvili told The Telegraph that Shepherd had not been informed of the threat to his family, which happened on Saturday. She said: “They are afraid, they feel in danger. I know they received it at home. read more