OSU junior forward Marc Loving attempts a shot in a game against Rutgers on Jan. 13. OSU won, 94-68. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team’s’ road woes continued in the worst way possible Saturday, as the Buckeyes were blown out by No.3 Maryland 100-65 in College Park, Maryland. The loss ties the school record as the worst in school history, matching a 35-point loss vs. Indiana in 1928.OSU now falls to 12-7 (4-2), further damaging its case to make an appearance in the NCAA tournament this upcoming March.The game featured one of college basketball’s premier players in Maryland’s sophomore guard Melo Trimble. The shifty point guard’s passing dissected the OSU defense from the start, as he dished out five first-half assists, burying the Buckeyes in an 18-point hole by halftime.But, in the second half, the Maryland star really wasn’t needed to the same extent, as the Terrapin lead, at one point, ballooned to an unsurmountable 44 points in the second half. Trimble finished the game with 8 points and 9 assists in only 27 minutes. Maryland showed why they are considered to be one of the most efficient offensive teams in the nation, shooting 63 percent from the field for the game. It also shot extremely well from deep, shooting 11-of 21 from 3-point land (52 percent).After throttling OSU, Maryland’s record improves to 16-2 (5-1). Leading the Terrapins in scoring was junior forward Robert Carter. In only 23 minutes, he gashed OSU’s defense for 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting. Senior guard Rasheed Sulaimon also poured in 23 for Maryland, including 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc.Pacing the Buckeyes in scoring was sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop, who had 15 points and 5 rebounds. Sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate also chipped in 12 points on 4-of-11 shooting from the floor. Freshman point guard JaQuan Lyle, coming off of a triple-double in the 94-68 win over Rutgers, only had 9 points on 4-of-12 shooting, including 0-of-4 from 3-point range. The Buckeyes couldn’t buy a bucket in the second half, shooting a miserable 30.8 percent from the field in the second frame. Overall, the Scarlet and Gray shot a paltry 37 percent from the field, making this a game everyone will soon want to forget.The loss is OSU’s third on the road, each by, at least, 20 points. The first came against Connecticut by 20, followed by a 25-point defeat at the hands of Indiana, and then Saturday’s 35-point drubbing. With a young team, playing on the road can be a tough task to tackle and that is certainly the case for coach Thad Matta’s squad. The game marked the first Big Ten trip to College Park for the Buckeyes, as Maryland’s basketball program joined the Big Ten in the 2014-2015 academic year. OSU still leads the all-time series 5-3. The Buckeyes now can only hope for a better performance in its next matchup against Purdue. Tipoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. Thursday in West Lafayette, Indiana.
Alicia Herron’s heroic day catapulted regional host Ohio State to a Sunday showdown against No. 11 California. The Buckeyes were down 2-1 in the top of the sixth inning when Herron hit a line drive home run over the left field wall to put the team up 4-2. The home run was her second of the game and her third of the day. “I was just trying to step up, lead my team and help my team succeed,” Herron said. OSU won 5-3 as Herron provided four RBIs in the rematch against Kentucky. Senior Megan Miller received two wins on the day, one for five scoreless innings against Bucknell and than another in a seven-inning performance against Kentucky.“Megan had great command and was in control,” coach Linda Kalafatis said.The sun was shining over Buckeye Field Saturday as the Buckeyes played two-and-a-half games. They lost their first game in a thrilling 6-5 loss to Kentucky. The Buckeyes were down 6-1 with two outs in the seventh when Vanessa Spears hit a three-run home run. After loading the bases, Courtney Pruner was hit by a pitch to put the team within one. Whitney Cooper then fouled out to third, stranding the bases loaded.“I wish we would have started (the game) the way we ended it, but we missed our opportunities early,” Kalafatis said. After a 6-0 victory over the Bucknell Bison, OSU was able to notch the win against Kentucky to send them into the regional championship game.Freshman Melanie Nichols did not pitch at all Saturday, as she is day-to-day with soreness in her arm. She pitched three innings Friday night and received the loss against Kentucky.“Hopefully we will be able to throw her in one of the games tomorrow,” Kalafatis said. The only other pitching options for OSU are junior Karisa Medrano, who pitched a combined six innings in both games giving up three runs, and Miller. “I’ll pitch 14 innings (Sunday) if I have to,” Miller said. The Buckeyes must beat California twice Sunday to advance to the Super Regional tournament.OSU will play California Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Buckeye Field. If a second game is necessary, it will be played at 5:30 p.m.
Senior guard Shannon Scott looks to score during a game against Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament in Chicago. OSU lost, 76-67. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorCHICAGO — It was a familiar tale for the Ohio State men’s basketball team Friday night at the United Center.The Buckeyes fell behind quickly, trailing by as many as 16 in the first half, as they were bounced from the Big Ten Tournament, 76-67, in the quarterfinals, marking the first time OSU failed to make the semifinals since 2009.The deficit swelled to as many as 17 in the second half for the Buckeyes, many of whom said the loss was due to not “staying within the system.”OSU coach Thad Matta said deviating from the system is the reason the Buckeyes dug themselves such a big hole.“The biggest thing I told our guys, you’ve got to trust the system more in terms of what we’re doing,” Matta said. “We deviated some, especially early, and it got us.”OSU’s leading scorer was once again freshman guard D’Angelo Russell, who echoed his coach’s words, adding that despite inching their way back, the Buckeyes can’t afford to keep putting themselves in the same type of situations.“When everything’s getting tough we always run away from our system instead of trusting it, and we always end up with a loss,” Russell said. “We always kick, scratch and claw back and cut it within six, five, whatever it is, but we always run away from our system and it shows at the end with a loss.”But what is the system?Another freshman, forward Jae’Sean Tate, said the system is as simple as each player executing their individual assignments.“Intensity on offense. Just doing your job. Setting screens, running the floor, just being prepared and playing hard. That’s the system,” Tate said. “We got to come out with intensity and we have to trust the system. When we do that, we are a whole completely different team. When we don’t, we come up short.”Tate, who will likely make his first NCAA Tournament appearance next week, said the Buckeyes remain confident they can make a run.“Every time we have trusted our system starting off the game the way we’re supposed to, with Ohio State basketball, we’re a pretty tough team,” Tate said. “I think that this week in practice, we are going to have to stay focussed and be ready.”Senior guard Shannon Scott, who scored 13 points to go along with nine assists in the loss to Michigan State, said he will need to be a more of a leader for the young Buckeyes as the season winds down.“I don’t call them freshmen anymore, but I definitely have to be more vocal,” he said. “They haven’t been in the NCAA Tournament. I’ve been fortunate to get to the Final Four, but also lose in the first round so I’ve been on both ends of the stick.”Ultimately, Scott said the Buckeyes need to relish the moment, while also keeping their intensity.“You got to enjoy it. It’s the best time of your life, but no one is going to step down,” Scott said. “It’s the NCAA Tournament. everybody feels like they can be a Cinderella team, no matter who it is.”The Buckeyes are set to find out their NCAA Tournament fate on Sunday night after the final conference tournament comes to a close.
OSU coach Urban Meyer prepares to lead the Buckeyes onto the field before the OSU- Army game on Sep. 16. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignThere is an independent board group that will be working on the investigation surrounding Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer around the information he knew about the domestic abuse by wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Zach Smith, according to a statement made by the university.“The special working group will direct the work of the investigative team and be available to provide consultation and advice and assist with communication to the full board on the matter,” the statement said.The group consists of six members: current trustees Alex Fischer, Janet Porter and Alex Shumate, former Ohio House speaker Jo Ann Davidson, former acting U.S. Deputy Attorney General Craig Morford and former U.S Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Carter Stewart.The group is looking into allegations that Meyer knew about incidents of domestic violence in 2009 and 2015 by Smith on his ex-wife, Courtney Smith. In a report by former ESPN reporter Brett McMurphy, he said that Courtney Smith exchanged text messages with wives of all the Ohio State coaches, including Shelley Meyer, Urban’s wife.The football team announced on Thursday they were closing all practices to the media until further notice.
Marseille have reportedly shortlisted Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny as a possible transfer target for them, reports the Daily MirrorThe Egypt international has fallen out of favour at the Emirates under new Gunners boss Unai Emery following the arrivals of Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi this summer.And matters did not get any better for Elneny on Sunday when he was left as an unused substitute for Arsenal’s opening game defeat to Manchester City at their home ground.While the 26-year-old was forced to watch from the bench, fellow midfielders Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka and the club’s two new summer signings all featured.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.Now Marseille are keeping tabs of the situation surrounding Elneny’s future at Arsenal and are hopeful that his lack of first-team football will make him available this summer.The Ligue 1 side have until the end of the month before the French transfer window shuts, unlike the English one.But the clubs in England do still have the option to sell.And, despite having only signed a new four-year contract in March, Elneny’s future at Arsenal is now under severe doubt with the club willing to listen to any offers for him.
Former Chelsea forward Hernan Crespo has tipped Chelsea or Sevilla to win the Europa League this season.Crespo took part in the draw for the Europa League group phase in Monaco today.When asked about his reaction after the draws, Crespo told Sky Sports Italia “It’s really a tough group for Lazio and nothing can be taken for granted, so they need to be wary,”“I’d like to see the Italian teams winning again in the Europa League. It has been 20 years since my Parma won the UEFA Cup and that is frankly too long.“It’ll be interesting to see how Ciro Immobile does in international games, as it’ll help him gain experience for the future of the Italy squad.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“As for Gonzalo Higuain, I think we’ll see him play more in Serie A for Milan than the Europa League. After so many years of the Champions League, this will seem simple enough to him.”When he was asked to pick a favourite to win the Europa League, Crespo was undecided between Chelsea and Sevilla. Football Italia reports.“There are prestigious sides there and if they decide to target the Europa League as a priority, they can bring the trophy home.“We’ll see if Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea focus on Europe this season, while Sevilla are specialists in the Cup competitions.”
Manchester United midfielder Fred is proud to represent Brazil at international level and hopes to be around for the 2022 World CupThe 25-year-old made his first Brazil start since June 2015 in the side’s 2-0 friendly win over the United States over the weekend.Goals from Roberto Firmino and Neymar sealed the win for Tite’s side in what was their first game since the World Cup.Now Fred is keen to establish himself as a regular first-team player for the five-time world champions.“It’s an honour to wear the Brazil shirt, one which so many other talented players have worn. I’m really happy to have been involved in a World Cup, and I hope I can carry on doing my best with Brazil, wearing the famous yellow shirt,” he told the club website.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“It’s a dream come true for me, and I hope I can keep playing for Brazil for many years to come.”Fred had been a member of the World Cup squad this summer but an ankle injury kept him out of the Selecao’s final warm-up match.“Unfortunately, I suffered an injury in the lead-up to the World Cup. I wanted to play in the World Cup – I think if I had been 100 per cent fit I could’ve played.“But it was an incredible experience, just to be involved with the national team in a World Cup, like so many other players and legends had done so before me. It was an honour for me, and like I said I want to be involved in World Cups in the future.“I’ll keep working hard here at Manchester United so that the manager keeps picking me for the national team.”
West Ham United’s Lucas Perez vented his fury on club manager Manuel Pellegrini after the manager overlooked him for a substitution despite warming up.The former Deportivo La Coruna striker was warming up after Marko Arnautovic picked up an injury to his left knee during West Ham’s 3-1 victory at Everton.Perez was sat back on the bench and swapped places with Michail Antonio who Pellegrini decided was going to come on to replace the injured Arnautovic.One of the coaching staff tried to calm the ex-Gunners forward threw his bib on the floor in disgust towards his manager’s decision and the Hammers boss insists he will have a word with the player about his actions.‘When Marco had a problem with his knee, I wanted to put on Lucas but Michail was ready,” said Pellegrini, according to Daily Mail. Report: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United move George Patchias – September 4, 2019 Declan Rice is committed to his West Ham contract and not a move to Manchester United.In an interview reported by football.london, Rice opens up…“I don’t have to explain the decision, especially in the game. We have a week after.”The Chilean gaffer was thrilled with the victory, adding: ‘In football you are always under pressure. I have a lot of communication with the owners.“Of course they were not happy (with West Ham’s start to the season), but they never had any doubt about what we were doing.”Meanwhile, Everton manager Marco Silva took out midfielder, Morgan Schneiderlin from the game a minute before halftime. The ex-Manchester United man lost his father last week but his manager insists his decision was purely a tactical one and had nothing to do with emotions.
The family of English pilot David Ibbotson, who together with Sala disappeared 20 days ago, has also said farewell to their loved one.Cardiff City Argentinean footballer Emiliano Sala and his pilot David Ibbotson were traveling from Nantes, France, to the Welsh capital of Cardiff.Then their light aircraft on which they traveled disappeared over the English Channel, prompting a search and rescue mission from the English and French authorities.But after more than three days, they didn’t turn out, and the search was called off.The search mission was reopened thanks to a GoFundMe campaign set by the footballer’s family, as they wanted closure and only a miracle would show them alive.Yesterday, a body was detected on the small aircraft, as it was discovered by the private search party.And today, the family of David Ibbotson wrote a heartfelt farewell to their loved one.Liverpool 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.“Daddio, Words cannot describe how much I am going to miss you. You are the best dad anybody could wish for and I will love you always,” his daughter Vicki said according to The Mirror.“I have (word illegible) memories and will pass these on to anybody I meet. All my love Vicki.”“I have so many memories of you, mine is of you when you were coming home from school, you used to pick me up and carry me home. I will lock these memories in my heart forever,” younger sister Helen Kapatysulias added.“All I would like is to see your face, smiling, cheekily, again. I know you’re safe wherever you are. I pray that one day I will see you again, my gentle Big Brother.”“I love you forever and always and will never forget you,” she said.“To my uncle David. We hope that the angels are looking and guiding you home to us. I love you lots,” the pilot’s nephew Tim added.Today the private search party will determine when it would be safe to rescue the wreckage of the airplane, as they try to find the other body too and to know the causes of the accident.