Ohio State basketball avenges loss trounces Hoosiers

Ohio State sophomore forward Jared Sullinger said he was out for revenge against Indiana. In front of new football coach Urban Meyer and his staff, Sullinger and his team got just that. Meyer introduced his coaching staff to the crowd at the Schottenstein Center at halftime, but the basketball team kept the focus squarely on themselves. The Buckeyes attacked the Hoosiers on both ends of the floor and avenged their Dec. 31 road loss, beating Indiana, 80-63. “This is exactly what we wanted,” Sullinger said. “We just wanted to come out and play our game and give the crowd a good show.” Sullinger may have pledged revenge, but it was Lenzelle Smith Jr.  who got the Buckeyes started. The sophomore guard, who said he was coming off a case of strep throat, connected on his first five shots from the field. Smith Jr. hit his fourth 3-pointer of the game just before the first half buzzer sounded and walked into the locker room with 18 points, four more than the entire Indiana team. “Throughout the game, I just saw my man leave me every single time,” Smith Jr. said. “This game we capitalized off that and we were able to get some easy buckets.” Along with Smith Jr., OSU’s recipe for success was its defense. The Buckeyes forced 12 first-half turnovers and held Indiana to 27.3 percent shooting while holding the Hoosiers to 14 points. “Pressure, pressure, pressure,” Sullinger said. “We just wanted to get up in their jock strap according to coach Matta and just stop them from turning the ball from side to side.” OSU head coach Thad Matta said he was pleased with his team’s defensive effort. “The defense today is what I dream about,” Matta said. “We’ve shown signs of five players coming together and playing defense, but today we did a good job of playing total team defense.” Sullinger was held to just two points in the first half, but got things rolling after intermission. Sullinger said in the first half Indiana was double teaming him, but after Smith Jr. caught fire, he found more open space. Sullinger found position inside and tallied six quick points in under five minutes for OSU in the second half. With over 15 minutes remaining, the Buckeye big man grabbed a rebound and lost his balance, but as he was falling backward, threw a long pass to senior guard William Buford, who caught the ball in stride streaking down the sideline. Buford dumped it off to a trailing Smith Jr. who finished with a two-handed dunk. The duo of Sullinger and Smith Jr. kept Indiana at bay for rest of the game as the Hoosiers never cut the Buckeye lead below 16 points. “They stopped leaving Lenzelle,” Sullinger said. “It works both ways with me and Lenzelle. If I kick it out to Lenzelle, Lenzelle is wide open in the first half. Then all the sudden they start sticking to Lenzelle … It was a two-way street which worked perfectly for our game plan.” Indiana coach Tom Crean said Sullinger’s ability to move the ball out of the post was essential to Smith Jr.’s success and that skill played a big role for the Buckeyes. “If you don’t take the ball from Sullinger, he is so good at not having to score it for his team to score,” Crean said. Sullinger finished with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Smith Jr. finished with a career-high 28 points and added 7 rebounds. Buford and sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas also finished in double figures with 12 and 11 points respectively. The Buckeye victory brings their record to 16-3 on the season and 4-2 in Big Ten play. OSU will have five days off before traveling to Nebraska for the team’s second matchup with the Cornhuskers. OSU won the first contest, 71-40. Tip for the rematch will be Saturday at 8 p.m. read more

Second half surge propels Ohio State womens basketball to win over Winthrop

OSU junior guard Ameryst Alston (14) attempts to dribble past Winthrop redshirt-sophomore guard Aliyah Kilpatrick (1) during a Dec. 7 game at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 66-52. Credit: Ed Momot / For The LanternAfter a lackluster first half, the Ohio State women’s basketball team swung the momentum to defeat visiting Winthrop (S.C.), 66-52, on Sunday.Coach Kevin McGuff said a renewed intensity allowed OSU to take control of the second half.“We really attacked a lot better in the second half,” McGuff said. “We got more stops, more turnovers (that) allowed us to play in transition a little bit more, and overall generated more quality shots.”The Buckeyes (5-4) opened the game with a 9-3 run in the first five minutes of the half. Winthrop (4-3, 1-0) rallied back, though, and score 10 unanswered points to take the lead. The Eagles continued to roll on a 14-2 run to take its largest lead of the game with the score at 17-11. OSU fought back and was able to retake the lead following an 11-4 run led by freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell. Both teams traded baskets until the end of the half as Winthrop took a 27-26 lead into halftime.Mitchell scored 17 of OSU’s 26 points in the first half. As a team, the Buckeyes shot 42.9 percent from the field while Winthrop shot 40 percent, but OSU was out-rebounded by the Eagles, 19-12.OSU took the lead at the beginning of the second half off a 3-pointer from junior guard Cait Craft. The Eagles tied the game on their next possession, but the Buckeyes went on an 18-7 run to take control.Winthrop continued to push, though, and was able to cut the OSU lead down to five with less than 10 minutes to play. OSU closed the game out, tough, as they scored 12 unanswered points while forcing six turnovers over a seven-minute span.Mitchell led all scorers with 26 points to go along with three rebounds, four assists and four steals. After a scoreless first half, junior guard Ameryst Alston bounced back with 12 points and five rebounds. Craft ended up with eight points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals.Alston said the team came out in the second half with more energy compared to the first.“I think we adjusted very well today,” Alston said. “I would say the first half, collectively, intensity could’ve been a little better but we stayed focused and picked it up the second half.”Mitchell said the lack of team offense in the first half was just a case of things not turning out for the Buckeyes. She added that she trusts her teammates to be productive and saw more of that in the second half.“I just think things didn’t go the way we wanted,” Mitchell said. “I know my teammates can make plays just like anybody else out here. For them to score like that in the second half was a great thing.”OSU is next scheduled to play Arkansas State on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Buckeye Brief Notes from the B1G Teleconference Week 2

OSU then-redshirt freshman quarterback Joe Burrow (10) scores a touchdown during the second half of the Buckeyes game against Nebraska on Nov. 5. The Buckeyes won 62-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorUrban Meyer’s Ohio State Buckeyes square off with the No. 5 Oklahoma Sooners in the prime-time matchup at 7:30 p.m. in Ohio Stadium on ABC. During Tuesday’s Big Ten coaches teleconference, Meyer listed three main areas of concern — pass coverage from corners and linebackers, blocking by the interior offensive line and downfield passing accuracy — he plans to address during practice this week.Meyer unsurprisingly announced Monday that running backs J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber will both play against Oklahoma. On Tuesday, he still did not know in what capacity the two would see the field.“They’ll both certainly play and I think they’re good complements to each other,” Meyer said. “Kind of remains to be seen on how we use it. But they’ll both play.”Meyer also provided an update on quarterback Joe Burrow’s recovery from surgery on a broken hand. hand. He said Burrow has begun throwing the ball and is “pretty close” to returning.Here are some more updates from Meyer’s teleconference session. On Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield: “Well, we studied them all in the offseason. He’s just a — he’s one of the best players in America. So, no, I think he’s carrying on what he does and that’s playing that position very uniquely and very aggressively. He’s a heck of a player.”On Oklahoma first-year coach Lincoln Riley: “I talked to [former Oklahoma] coach [Bob] Stoops who is a friend of mine. We just were talking and he [said], ‘It was the right time, we had the right guy in place.’ When Bob Stoops says that, that tells you all I need to know about their new coach. You don’t make it to that level and have a guy like Bob Stoops put his name on you without being excellent. And that’s what he is.”On where Mike Weber has improved from last year to this year: “His seriousness. Him and [strength and conditioning coach Mick Marotti] have worked very hard as he’s faster than he’s ever been. He’s in the best shape of his life. He re-made his body. He used to be kind of a chunky player, now he’s lost some weight. He’s strong, fast. He’s had a great offseason, that’s why he was so disappointed when he got the hamstring injury. He looks fantastic.”On Jerome Baker’s growth as a player: “Maturity is probably the key word. He’s very much matured. Just little things like his academics, his performance off the field. Obviously, his performance on the field last year was excellent. This year, his performance on the field, but it’s just his attention to detail from little things like his body weight to his academic performance and seriousness. So he’s just grown up and that’s nice to see.” read more

Egyptian president wishes Salah speedy recovery

first_imgThe Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has wished Liverpool’s star forward Mohamed Salah a speedy recovery following the injury he sustained in his side’s 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League final last Saturday.Salah sustained a dislocation in his left shoulder as he vied for the ball with Madrid’s defender Sergio Ramos. There were initial reports that Salah would miss the World Cup, but the Egypt international is confident he will be fit for the Mundial.El-Sisi tweeted about his compatriot,“I have contacted the good son of Egypt and my son, Mohamed Salah, to reassure him after his injury. As I expected, I found him a hero who is stronger than the injury and is excited to continue the path of tournament and excellence.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…He added, “I told him he became an Egyptian icon, sending an honour and pride. I pray for Allah, like a father to his son, for him to be well soon.” تواصلت مع إبن مصر البار وإبنى محمد صلاح للإطمئنان عليه بعد إصابته .. وكما توقعت وجدته بطلاً أقوى من الإصابة ومتحمساً لإستكمال مسيرة البطولة والتميز ، وقد أكدت له أنه أصبح رمزاً مصرياً يبعث على الفخر والإعتزاز وأننى أدعو الله له دعاء الأب لإبنه بأن يحفظه ويتم شفائه على خير.— Abdelfattah Elsisi (@AlsisiOfficial) May 27, 2018last_img read more

Report Bayern Munich launch a £35m bid for HudsonOdoi

first_imgBayern Munich have reportedly decided to match Chelsea’s asking price and lodge a £35m bid for Callum Hudson-OdoiThe 18-year-old winger has a host of admirers from Germany with reports suggesting an exit from Chelsea could be imminent due to a lack of playing time.In fact, Hudson-Odoi has only managed 42 minutes of Premier League football this term with the majority of his appearances coming in cup competitions.Now Sky Sports reports that Bayern have allegedly made a fourth bid of £35m for Hudson-Odoi, which does not include a buy-back clause for Chelsea.The reports adds that Bayern’s latest offer does match Chelsea’s valuation of the England U19 international, who has apparently told the club he wants to leave.Speaking after Chelsea’s 2-0 FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest, however, manager Maurizio Sarri expressed his wish for Hudson-Odoi to remain where he is and suggested a move to Germany may not be wise.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I don’t think so, because he is an English player,” said Sarri.“He is very young, he has the future. He has a very great future here in England, with the national team and Chelsea. To stay here is better for him.“I know only that for me he is a very important player. He is very young but now he is improving especially in the defensive phase.“He played really very well in the last match. I am really very happy with him. I don’t know the situation with the club.”Juventus and RB Leipzig are also reportedly interested in signing Hudson-Odoi.last_img read more

Missick Co Defendants and David Smith all in Court this Week

first_img Recommended for you Forbes murder trial pushed to Sept Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 07 Dec 2015 – A lot of high profile cases return to court this week including the official start to the trial of Michael Misick and nine other co-defendants, many of whom formed members of the PNP Government administration from 2003 to 2007. When it comes to the anticipated SIPT trials, they actually do not begin until tomorrow … today we understand will be devoted to training. Reports are that the trial will last six months and go through some 36 volumes of evidence. It is a sordid series of matters, where conspiracy is a common allegation related to charges of defrauding government when it comes to land sales, illegal alleged enrichment hinged on those land sales, misuse of government money and abuse of power. The goal today is for both the defense attorneys and the Special Investigation and Prosecution Team lawyers to know how to access trial documents on iPads; millions have been spent to transform the Myrtle Rigby Health Complex into a sophisticated, spacious court room which, despite numerous fights, will be run by Justice Paul Harrison. The defendants are Michael Misick, Floyd Hall, McAllister Hanchell, Lillian Boyce, Jeffrey Hall, Clayton Greene, Chalmers Misick, Lisa Hall, Melbourne Wilson and Earlson Robinson.David Smith also returns to court today; he continues to fight a US extradition order for conviction on running a Ponzi scheme through his company, Olint. Related Items:Chalmers Misick, clayton greene, court, David smith, Earlson Robinson, Floyd Hall, Jeffrey Hall, Lillian Boyce, Lisa Hall, mcallister hanchell, Melbourne Wilson, michael misick, olint, Sipt, trial TCI: Judge rules there is ‘a case’; all nine defendants will go to trial in September Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Police get wanted man; Magistrate Court back openlast_img read more