COLUMBIA, SC – NOVEMBER 25: The South Carolina Gamecocks run onto the field before their game against the Clemson Tigers at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)South Carolina junior wide receiver Pharoh Cooper didn’t play his best in the first half of the Gamecocks’ contest against UCF this past Saturday, muffing a punt and dropping a surefire touchdown pass. But in the second session, Cooper turned it on, running for a 29-yard score to give the Gamecocks the lead. He also hauled in a 35-yard touchdown to put South Carolina up two scores just before the fourth quarter started.After the game, Cooper took to Twitter to address the criticism he received for his early play. Apparently, fans were tweeting some negativity at him during the first half.LOL to all these negative tweets about me .. Ima always come through for my team baby ! Believe dat !— Pharoh Cooper (@KingTutt_chdown) September 26, 2015 I’m just human ..we all make mistakes ..— Pharoh Cooper (@KingTutt_chdown) September 26, 2015 Nonetheless..great team win today !! Let’s get ready for next week ! #GamecockNation— Pharoh Cooper (@KingTutt_chdown) September 26, 2015 But it’s okay.. I expect Yall to be mad .. Cause that’s not what’s expected of me ..! Forever gonna fight for my team ! I promise !— Pharoh Cooper (@KingTutt_chdown) September 26, 2015 While Cooper certainly handled it well, it’s never acceptable for fans to criticize players for their play on the field. Unfortunately, it’s a trend that doesn’t seem to be slowing down.
YouTube/Jim HarbaughThe war of words between Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh and the SEC continues. After Jim Harbaugh blatantly subtweeted about the SEC “whining” over his upcoming spring football team trip to IMG Academy, the conference’s commissioner Greg Sankey has responded. From AL.com:“I’m not going to reduce what is an important conversation to some childhood use of Twitter,” he said. “This is an important issue.”It doesn’t sound like the SEC will be able to block Harbaugh from doing what he wants this spring, so he’ll win this round. Even if the conference successfully changes spring football rules, Harbaugh’s not going to stop pushing the boundaries, no matter what schools and leagues it annoys.[AL.com]
GRAMMY Award-winners Imagine Dragons and fun. frontman Nate Ruess announce the “ALL IS ONE Orlando Unity Concert,” taking place on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at Hard Rock Live Orlando.One-hundred percent of ticket sales will directly benefit the OneOrlando Fund, providing support for victims and survivors, their families and various communities affected by the recent Orlando tragedy.Those looking to support the cause but unable to attend the concert can purchase a ticket to be donated to those who provided aid in the wake of the tragedy (first responders, trauma team workers, local hospital staff, etc.). One-hundred percent of these ticket sales will also directly benefit the OneOrlando Fund.Official tickets can only be purchased at the Hard Rock Live Box Office at hardrocklive.com or 407-351-LIVE (5483) and Ticketmaster.com to purchase tickets or Ticketmaster.com to purchase for first responders. Tickets cost $150 for general admission and balcony and $200 for table seats. For this one-night benefit concert, all Ticketmaster service charges will be waived.For more information, please visit hardrocklive.com/orlando.
Look at that excitement index!jakelourim: That is a crazy game.gfoster: All right, let’s quickly update our men’s Final Four picks. This is not like a bracket pool — you can easily change from what you picked previously. No one will judge you. (Someone may judge you — it’s the internet.)Let’s go lightning round through the regions, starting with the East.I had Michigan State, I’m staying with Michigan State.jakelourim: Had Duke, staying with Duke. MSU doesn’t have the dudes to take them down.sara.ziegler: Yeah, I’m sticking with Duke. There’s just so much talent there.jplanos: I had all No. 1 seeds because I’m not fun at parties. So I’m sticking with Duke.sara.ziegler: Hahahahagfoster: OK, West. I had Gonzaga in my bracket, I said Michigan on our podcast. I’m going with…..Michigan.sara.ziegler: Texas Tech. BIG 12 REPRESENTjakelourim: Had Michigan, staying with Michigan. Happy to die on this hill.jplanos: Allow me to re-plug Hot Takedown and say that I’m finally ready to go with my heart. The Wolverines have been tenacious throughout the tournament, as best showcased by a Michigan tuba player running down the Gators mascot. jplanos: Most games are filled with tens of what-ifs, but it almost makes it worse for UCF that Aubrey Dawkins, who played a masterful game, missed the alley-oop late that probably would’ve put it away (and then the tip in the waning seconds). sara.ziegler: That sequence was a 5-point swing in Duke’s favor.gfoster: All this said about Duke, I haven’t been that impressed by Virginia Tech. Both of the Hokies’ wins were ugly affairs against lesser teams. The Saint Louis game was an absolutely brutal free-throw contest. So I don’t think Duke is going anywhere just yet. Do you disagree? If not, what other high seed could be on upset watch?jakelourim: I definitely thought entering the tournament that Virginia Tech had a great (and underrated) chance to upset Duke in the Sweet 16. The Hokies beat Duke in Blacksburg last month, and while Zion didn’t play in that game, neither did Virginia Tech star Justin Robinson. But now, after watching the first weekend, I do doubt Virginia Tech’s chances against Duke. It just doesn’t seem like Robinson has eased back into the lineup as seamlessly as Tech had hoped.gfoster: He seems like he’s playing hurt, to be honest.jplanos: I agree with you, Geoff. I’m not high on the Hokies. I mostly expect chalk to play out in the Sweet 16.jakelourim: The flip side of the first weekend lacking upsets is that it set up some awesome matchups for the Sweet 16, including four No. 2-vs.-3 seed matchups (three of them between top-12 teams in KenPom).sara.ziegler: The West region could be fun — Florida State has a real shot against Gonzaga, and I like Texas Tech over Michigan.jplanos: I think the best thing that could happen for Texas Tech is for Jordan Poole to drill two threes to open the game. For my money, there isn’t a more inconsistent Overconfident Guy left in the field.gfoster: I think Oregon has a legitimate shot against Virginia. The Ducks are by far the lowest KenPom team, and it’s not close. But that doesn’t speak directly to how well they are playing right now. Point guard Payton Pritchard is a man on fire.sara.ziegler: I refuse to believe in Oregon.jplanos: I refuse to believe in the Pac-12.sara.ziegler: YESSSSSAnd for good reason.gfoster: Both that game and the Michigan game will be complete rock fights: 60 to 65 points will be enough to win either.jakelourim: While this belief burned me in the bracket’s first weekend, I just think the Pac-12 has nothing to show for itself this weekend. How did Oregon lose so many games out of that league? The Ducks also skated by against a lesser second-round opponent — seemed like the mighty Anteaters used up all their juice in upsetting K-State on Friday.sara.ziegler: The Ducks have the 74th adjusted offense in the country, according to KenPom. That’s not how you beat Virginia.gfoster: Gardner-Webb was beating Virginia for a half. I just feel like the Cavs tighten up when they are playing from behind. Oregon is the opposite — they have been playing with nothing to lose for weeks.sara.ziegler: I agree, Geoff — I just don’t think Oregon is good enough offensively to get a lead.jakelourim: I really like Virginia’s path because the Hoos play a No. 12 seed first and are 26-0 against teams outside the KenPom top 15 this season. An underrated part about that region: Virginia will play in Louisville’s home arena, which is as familiar to the Cavs as you could hope to be at this stage in the tournament. The Hoos have played and won in that building in each of the past four seasons, including an inconceivable comeback last season from down 5 with less than 7 seconds left.gfoster: So Josh, you wrote about Murray State. Jake, you wrote about Wofford. It’s really sad that the mid-majors are all but gone (depending on how you define Gonzaga and Houston). Which one were you most disappointed to see exit the tournament?jplanos: Wofford, but only because Murray State would’ve gotten waxed by Gonzaga in the Sweet 16 had the Racers advanced. With Wofford’s perimeter shooting, they might have had a puncher’s chance against Houston. Loved the offensive flow of their game(s).jakelourim: I’d say Wofford, too, because of how the Terriers lost to Kentucky on Saturday. Watching the tiny SoCon upstart hang with Kentucky, only to watch Fletcher Magee clank shot after shot off the rim, was painful. You have to feel for Magee, who is now the most prolific 3-point shooter in NCAA history but just went cold at the worst time.gfoster: That was awful.jplanos: I know the myth of the hot hand will be argued for eternity, but at what point do you tell a guy to stop shooting? Especially when the guy’s offensive output seems to almost exclusively consist of inefficient jump-turn-and-figure-it-out jumpers.gfoster: The truth is, he had to keep shooting. He’s a huge cog in their scheme, and they don’t have enough talent to just let the other four to six guys pick up the slack. People were comparing him to Steph Curry at Davidson! So I, like everyone else, was shocked that NONE of those dropped, even the crazy off-balanced shot attempts.sara.ziegler: Live by the three, etc.But Magee did set the 3-point record again Seton Hall, which was cool to see.gfoster: I actually think Belmont could have made some noise if the Bruins could have gotten past Maryland. (They lost at the wire.) They are an electric, up-tempo team, and I think they would have beaten LSU and then been a fun test for Sparty.And they would have extended the First Four streak!sara.ziegler: Would have loved to see more from the Bruins.jakelourim: I agree, Geoff. I think Belmont could have made some noise. LSU was not the dominant, unflinching No. 3 seed that Houston, Texas Tech and Purdue proved to be, so Belmont could have hit enough threes to make it a game at the end. And then once that happens …jplanos: That was a tough matchup for Belmont. Maryland coughs it up constantly, but Belmont doesn’t force turnovers. When you’re already operating at a talent deficit, and you can’t even depend on additional chances, it’s almost impossible to overcome unless you shoot the lights out.That game was Maryland’s season-best performance in terms of turnover percentage, according to KenPom.jakelourim: That’s why I think this chalk-heavy first weekend was a one-year deal — just a collection of momentum swings that went toward the favorites. If that backdoor pass from Belmont goes through, Aubrey Dawkins’ tip rims in and Magee makes even, what, two of 12 3-pointers, this is a totally different tournament.gfoster: So, which conference has impressed the most? I know who it is not: The Big East. Pretty sad effort from the conference that has won two of three titles (granted, that’s just Villanova, so a generous way to praise the conference).jplanos: Agreed, Geoff. When your second best team gets dusted by nearly 20 by a team from the Ohio Valley Conference … yikes.sara.ziegler: The Big 12 has been pretty pathetic. Texas Tech has the whole conference on its shoulders now.jplanos: The SEC has been the most impressive. But how about the Big Ten getting three teams into the Sweet 16? Maryland and Iowa were about as close as you can get to advancing, too.gfoster: Is there any team that has completely defied what you thought of them entering the tournament?jplanos: Purdue. Mark me down as having never believed in the Boilermakers all season. All too often it seems to be Carsen Edwards or bust, with the latter winning out.Purdue lost two of its last three games entering the tournament, including an opening-round loss to Minnesota in the Big Ten tournament. But after two double-digit victories, including an 87-61 thrashing of defending champion Villanova, well, I’m still not ready to believe in their chances moving forward. But I am ready to eat crow.I wasn’t all that surprised that the Wildcats were eliminated before the Sweet 16, but I am surprised that the Boilermakers reduced them to rubble and are still standing.gfoster: Mid-majors or non-mid-majors, which team has let you down the most?I know Sara’s.sara.ziegler: LOL*cough, Cyclones, cough*jplanos: In my opinion, the biggest disappointment is Nevada, by a considerable margin.Most of this roster reached the Sweet 16 a year ago, and the Wolfpack ostensibly were primed for another deep run in the tournament. Instead, Nevada failed to win its conference tournament and then got bounced in the opening-round of the NCAA Tournament by a fairly average Florida team. They allowed the Gators to dictate the pace and played at the slowest tempo of any game this season, according to KenPom. Not only that, they posted the second lowest effective field goal percentage of any game this season and the highest turnover rate of any game this season.I even talked myself into Jordan Caroline smashing a fire extinguisher as a galvanizing moment for the team! Turned out it was just a representation of their frustrating season.jakelourim: Even given everything that happened this season, can I still say Kansas? I know, I know — the Jayhawks played the season under the cloud of player eligibility issues, lost Udoka Azubuike early, ended The Streak and generally looked very un-Kansas-like. But this was still supposed to be a really talented team. Watching them not just lose but get run off the court by a football school in the second round was very odd to me.sara.ziegler: I think that loss is what they deserve for being placed in the Kansas City regional.jplanos: LOLsara.ziegler: STOP GIVING KANSAS SUCH A GOOD REGIONjakelourim: And also, Cincinnati was sent to Columbus and collapsed against Iowa in the first round. That’s like when you draw a bad foul call and go to the line and miss the free throws.gfoster: Mine is Buffalo. I had the Bulls in the Sweet 16 in all the brackets I filled out. And felt vindicated when they absolutely steam rolled their former coach Bobby Hurley. But Texas Tech absolutely closed down shop from the tip-off on. They didn’t even make a run.jakelourim: Nevada is another good (bad?) one, Josh. I would have been very worried for Michigan if Nevada were on the other side in the second round. That’s no seventh-seeded roster. But Eric Musselman’s team never put it together like it did in last year’s tournament.gfoster: That’s another thing about this tournament: There really hasn’t been much drama, Duke and LSU aside. Of the 16 winners in the round of 32, only three didn’t cover the spread: Tennessee, Duke and Gonzaga (and they won by 12 points).sara.ziegler: My disappointment is actually that Oregon made it this far. I hate it when major-conference schools that played like crap for most of the season make it to the Sweet 16. Seems unjust.gfoster: Would you like them better if they had Bol Bol?(Yes, the answer to that is yes.)sara.ziegler: Yes, of course. They’d also be way better.jplanos: I think if Auburn had dropped that opening-round game, we’d be talking about this tournament wayyyyyyyyy differently. That would’ve given us two all-timers in the opening weekend.sara.ziegler: Oh, yeah — I forgot how close that game was!jakelourim: New Mexico State could have gone on and handled Kansas, too, no?jplanos: Yeah, my analysis is that Kansas is bad.sara.ziegler: ENDORSE, Josh.gfoster: Before we get to our updated Final Four picks, let’s talk about the women’s tourney, which has been objectively better from an entertainment standpoint. What is your biggest takeaway so far?sara.ziegler: There were three overtime games in the first round alone!jplanos: I’m glad offense is winning out on the women’s side, as seven of the top 10 teams this season in points per possession remain in the hunt, according to Synergy Sports. I for one am pleased that we get more opportunities for Sabrina Ionescu to do crazy things on the court, like intentionally missing shots for triple-doublesjakelourim: Absolutely, the women’s tournament has been more entertaining, I think.gfoster: According to our model, this is still a two-team tournament. Baylor and Notre Dame combine for a 60 percent chance of winning (32 percent and 28 percent, respectively). Although Louisville and UConn appear to be mutually hurting each other’s chances by just being in the same region.sara.ziegler: Though most of the top women’s teams have all advanced, we’ve seen closer games than we have in the past.No. 2 Iowa had all it could handle from Mercer. And No. 10 Buffalo acquitted itself nicely against UConn.jakelourim: Yes, Buffalo played well, and didn’t even have to kidnap any players!sara.ziegler: OMG, Jake. That’s amazing.jakelourim: Mercer took Iowa to the wire in an effort to produce what I believe would have been the first 15-2 upset in the history of the tournament. jplanos: HAHA, Geoff. Come on now.sara.ziegler: What a pick.gfoster: You think there will be no surprises at all? We’ll see.*checks bracket pool standings, sees self in 90th*Check out our latest March Madness predictions. sara.ziegler: That game was great. I loved the chart for No. 7 Missouri against No. 10 Drake, too: gfoster (Geoff Foster, sports editor): We have 52 games in the books of the men’s NCAA Tournament. And there has been one prevailing theme: chalk. There has been a staggeringly small amount of bracket busting. Other than Oregon (a No. 12 seed but a Power Five conference winner), the highest seed remaining is Auburn at No. 5! In the round of 32, the favorite won 100 percent of the games! If you picked all favorites in your bracket (like my mom probably did), you’d be 87.5 percent right. I could go on and on. So, do you think this is just an aberration, or is there something behind the dearth of Cinderellas?jplanos (Josh Planos, contributor): FiveThirtyEight’s model was pretty chalky when the draw was announced. It certainly could be a matter of more appropriate seeding or merely an opportunity for the committee to pat itself on the back before next year goes haywire.jakelourim (Jake Lourim, contributor): I was surprised like everyone else by that trend. Even given the slim chances to reach the Sweet 16 given to those double-digit seeds, we would expect at least one Cinderella to make it, right?sara.ziegler (Sara Ziegler, assistant sports editor): It does seem like the committee did a pretty good job of seeding this year, as our colleague Neil Paine wrote.The seeds followed what the stats would have recommended — and the top teams do seem to be better than in years past.gfoster: So there hasn’t been a shocking upset, with all due respect to Mississippi State, but some teams have had an easier time with their first two opponents than others. Which team has impressed you the most in the early going?jplanos: I think Gonzaga has looked pretty tough with two double-digit victories. The 38-point opening-round victory over Fairleigh Dickinson was the most lopsided tournament game in two years.Baylor and Fairleigh Dickinson aren’t strong defensive teams, to be sure, but the Zags have decimated both. In each win, Gonzaga posted at least 19 assists, was at least plus-10 on the glass and shot 35 percent or better from three and 53 percent or better from the field. According to Ken Pomeroy, two of the team’s three best performances this season in offensive rebounding percentage have come in the tournament.Brandon Clarke somehow got glossed over for every major award and has gone berserk. Against Baylor, he joined Shaquille O’Neal as the only players in NCAA Tournament history to put up 36 points and five blocked shots in a single game.sara.ziegler: Kentucky had a tricky draw against a very talented Wofford team, but they looked pretty good. Michigan has looked good, too. And Purdue has been under the radar — my radar, at least — but the Boilermakers have posted two convincing wins.It’s funny — even though the bracket has been so chalky, several of the top seeds have looked suspect at times.jakelourim: I think from a performance standpoint, I’d have to say Texas Tech. I thought Buffalo played great on Friday and would give the Red Raiders some trouble on Sunday, but Chris Beard’s team hammered Buffalo and got back to No. 1 in the country in adjusted defensive efficiency. That clash with Michigan on Thursday is going to be a slugfest.gfoster: I’ve also been impressed by the Texas Tech defense. Northern Kentucky’s Drew McDonald was the conference player of the year, and he was completely erased from the game in the first round, scoring only 5 points. Likewise, the Red Raiders more or less shut down Buffalo’s best player in CJ Massinburg, who couldn’t get much going. It will be interesting to see how they do against Michigan, which isn’t dependent on a top-heavy scoring guard like those two are.jakelourim: It might just be my impression, but I think after UMBC knocked off Virginia last March and Virginia remained such a prominent storyline all season, both the No. 1 and No. 16 seeds were on guard Friday — the 1s to avoid being embarrassed, the 16s because maybe UMBC brought new hope. Duke, North Carolina and Virginia together were -2.3 in scoring margin in their first halves. Then they all recovered and won by double digits.jplanos: Pretty typical for teams of all strengths to start opening-round games tight, too.gfoster: OK, so which high seed has looked the most vulnerable? It’s hard to knock a team for winning two games, but let’s do it anyway.sara.ziegler: I still think Virginia could find itself in trouble because of its slow play. The Cavs looked much better against Oklahoma on Sunday, but still.jakelourim: I’d be worried about Tennessee. That was a near-disaster Sunday against Iowa, giving up a 25-point lead to go to overtime before pulling it out. That’s not a great Iowa team, either, and Tennessee’s next opponent (Purdue) won’t be as forgiving.sara.ziegler: Jake, I think Tennessee should be worried, too. Though how much of that game was the Volunteers getting up so much, then taking their foot off the gas?jplanos: And what was up with Admiral Schofield requesting not to play in OT?jakelourim: Very weird, Josh, regarding Schofield. All around, it was a very weird way to end a game in which the Vols led by 21 at halftime. I do think a lot of that was just diminished intensity in the second half, but even that was a concern. Purdue, by contrast, was up by 19 at halftime and then built that lead to as many as 35 before winning by 26.gfoster: I also agree that Tennessee’s days are numbered. The Vols’ offense is supposed to be the third-most efficient in the country, but that isn’t what we’ve seen so far. Colgate’s defense is objectively bad, one of the worst in the tournament. Only scoring 77 points there is kinda a letdown, even though it’s a respectable number.And Iowa’s defense is far from stellar, too.jplanos: I never thought UCF could compete with Duke — and the Knights came about as close to an upset victory as possible. Granted, it was in Orlando. But Duke’s inability to adjust at halftime seemed problematic. Plus, it wasn’t like the Blue Devils had an off shooting night. Going 10-for-25 from 3-point range is a really good performance for Duke, and it resulted in a 1-point win.sara.ziegler: Agree. And it wasn’t just Tacko Fall who was a problem for Duke!(Though his absence at the end of the game certainly helped the Blue Devils.)jplanos: No doubt, Sara. I have a hard time believing Duke snags that last-second rebound for the put-back bucket with him in the game. To say nothing of the multiple fouls on that play.sara.ziegler: ^^^ THISjakelourim: Absolutely, Tacko fouling out was a game-changer. Even if the rebound does still bounce to Duke, he probably blocks any put-back attempt if he’s there. It’s crazy to me that UCF was up by 3 with what ended up being one possession left and lost in regulation. That’s almost impossible!sara.ziegler: Look at the crazy swings in our live probabilities at the end of Duke-UCF: Michigan tuba girl FTW: pic.twitter.com/ZOPFtsCsNY— Jim Weber (@JimMWeber) March 24, 2019gfoster: Only because I think they are showing again that they are the best-coached team in the country. They don’t do any of the things that cost teams games: turn it over, foul trouble, bad shots, etc.jakelourim: Yes, I think they have the best coach in that region. That’ll be enough.gfoster: OK, in the South. I had UVA. I might have said Nova on Hot Takedown, but that was clearly me being an idiot.sara.ziegler: I believe that went something like, “Jay Wright is amazing, he will obviously win.”🤣jplanos: You did indeed say that, Geoff. I will withhold my opinion on that pick.gfoster: That was a product of me not liking ANY team in the region. And I still don’t!!!!!!sara.ziegler: Wait … that was the region I didn’t like, Geoff.You didn’t like the Midwest.gfoster: I like that more, now. I have an answer there.sara.ziegler: LOLI still don’t like anyone in the South. I have Tennessee … which I don’t feel great about.jplanos: I’m still going with UVA. Whoever reaches the 20-point mark first is deemed the winner.jakelourim: Had Virginia, staying with Virginia. Still think Tony Bennett’s team is the most consistent in the country — NCAA Tournament demons notwithstanding.gfoster: OK, let’s do the Midwest.jplanos: Tar Heels. Never a doubt.sara.ziegler: Remember when they were trailing to Iona at halftime of that game? That was fun.jplanos: I said never a doubt, Sara!sara.ziegler: LOLI still like Kentucky.jakelourim: I’ve got Ol’ Roy and UNC.sara.ziegler: You guys are BORING.jakelourim: This tournament started it!gfoster: Only because I need to pick something that can be mocked later, I’m taking Auburn. Bruce Pearl’s team is here to provide the madness of 2019. The Tiger offense is so impressive. I love these teams (like some Beilein teams) where every guy on the court can knock down the three.jakelourim:
Ohio State sophomore defender Izzy Rodriguez (9) scores a goal off a penalty kick in the second half of the game against Iowa on Sept. 27. Ohio State won 2-0. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThe Ohio State women’s soccer team and the Nebraska Cornhuskers both recently came off victories against previous opponents, but ultimately concluded the match against each other in a 1-1 draw on the Buckeyes’ Senior Day.With this tie, Ohio State’s overall record will be set at 6-4-1, 3-1-1 in the Big Ten, while Nebraska sits 8-3-3, 4-0-2 in the Big Ten. After Ohio State’s previous 2-0 win at home against Iowa on Thursday, the Buckeyes seemed to get off to a slow start against Nebraska. The first goal of the afternoon for Ohio State came from sophomore defender Izzy Rodriguez in the 58th minute of the second half.“I think as a team we came out a little bit slow in the first half,” Rodriguez said. “But we made those changes in the second half, really went at them, we got our chances and came back from being down which we haven’t really done before, so it was good thing from our team to grind it out.”Freshmen forward Emaly Vatne said that the team picked it up in the second half, but wasn’t able to continue the momentum to the very end. “The way that we responded and battled in the second half and in overtime is something to be proud of,” Vatne said. “But there’s still a lot of things we need to work on.”The Cornhusker fans that filled the stands of Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium witnessed senior forward Faith Carter put Nebraska in the 1-0 early lead by scoring a goal in the 24th minute of the first half. After tying the game at the end of regulation, the Buckeyes went into overtime with the Cornhuskers, but neither team was able to come out on top. Senior goalkeeper Devon Kerr gathered five saves for Ohio State, recording a total of 47 saves so far this year. The Buckeyes earned a total of five saves compared to the Cornhuskers four, with Ohio State holding a 5-4 edge in corner kicks over Nebraska. Both Vatne and Rodriguez said the team still needs to work on having more composure on the ball, keeping good communication and also finishing.Vatne said the team is really excited to play on the road next weekend against Michigan and Michigan State. “There’s two good opponents we have to play,” Vatne said. “We have a lot of people from that area, so it should be a lot of fun and were pretty confident with how were playing.”After tying with Nebraska at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, the Buckeyes will look to finish next weekend’s pair of games in a victory.Rodriguez said there are still a couple of things that the team needs to work on heading into the next few games, but overall she feels pretty confident. “Our work rates have been high,” Rodriguez said. “Our practices have been good, and there’s a few things we’ll have to tweak but I think we’ll be good.”The Ohio State women’s soccer team will hit the road once again for a series of away games, starting with the Wolverines next Friday at 7 p.m., then moving to the Spartans next Sunday at 1 p.m.
Redshirt sophomore Jake Hanes (16) anticipates making contact with the ball at the game against George Mason on Jan. 18 at St. John Arena in Columbus. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Senior Reporter.Playing its first match as an unranked squad since 2014, the Ohio State men’s volleyball team fell to No. 15 Purdue Fort Wayne, its second conference loss in as many matches. After winning a close first set, the Mastodons used a kill and two aces by redshirt senior opposite hitter Colton Stone to break the second set wide open, pushing their lead to 12-7. The lead grew to as many as 10 points after an Ohio State service error, with the score 23-13. The second set, much like the rest of the match, was less about Ohio State’s struggles than it was about the dominance of Purdue Fort Wayne, as the Mastodons terminated 13 of their 20 attack opportunities for a .450 hitting percentage, adding three aces. Junior outside hitter Pelegrin Vargas led the Mastodons with 15 kills, five block assists and an ace, while Stone added six kills and three aces. The Buckeye offense hit at a measly .167 clip, managing 30 kills on 72 total attacks, while adding three aces. Freshman middle blocker Ethan Talley had 10 kills on 14 attacks for a team-high .714 hitting percentage. Sophomore outside hitter Martin Lallemand was the only other Buckeye with more than five kills, finishing six and adding an ace and a block assist. Ohio State always seemed to be playing from behind, and without a consistent offense, they relied mostly on the 39 total errors committed by the Mastodons to stay in the game. In the third set, Purdue Fort Wayne used a 7-1 run to build a 20-16 lead over the Buckeyes, but four errors by the Mastodons brought the Buckeyes even at 20. Kills by Vargas and Stone finished off the Buckeyes, leading Purdue Fort Wayne to a 25-22 win. Both sophomore opposite hitter Jake Hanes and senior setter Sanil Thomas were out for the match with injury, the third straight match each had missed. Ohio State did have one player return from injury as freshman setter Luke Lentin was able to recover in time for the match. Lentin totalled 27 assists and three digs, while adding a kill and an ace for the Buckeyes. Lentin’s return allowed freshman libero Parker Mikesch to return to his regular duties as a libero alongside redshirt senior Aaron Samarin. Mikesch has spent the past two matches serving as the team’s full-time setter in the absence of Lentin, Thomas and junior setter Andrew Hillman. Ohio State will face No. 6 UC Santa Barbara at 7 p.m. on Friday and No. 1 Long Beach State at 10 p.m. on Saturday in Long Beach, California.
Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar could form an incredible partnership at Real Madrid, reckons Brazil icon RonaldoDespite Paris Saint-Germain’s best attempts to finally put an end to the ongoing speculation surrounding Neymar’s future at the club, reports linking him with a move to Real have still been resurfacing.The 26-year-old left Barcelona last summer to escape Lionel Messi’s shadow in order to help with his bid to finally win the Ballon d’Or prize.Due to this, there have been doubts over how Neymar would be able to cope alongside Ronaldo at the Santiago Bernabeu with a number of pundits and former players having warned that it could be a backwards step for him in his career.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…But the 2002 World Cup winner Ronaldo, who played at Real himself between 2002 and 2007, disagrees with these suggestions and believes that the duo could actually thrive in each other’s presence.“Cristiano and Neymar are compatible, of course,” said 41-year-old, according to Goal.“They are two good players, better together than separated.“If Neymar decides at some point that he wants to leave, Real Madrid will have to be careful to bring him in.”
Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium is not ready, but the Spurs’ boss might take a risk by playing in Wembley in OctoberAfter it was announced that Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium will not be ready soon, Spurs’ boss Mauricio Pochettino was quick to apologize.But he was also worried about where they will play against Manchester City in October.According to an article by Goal.com, the Tottenham manager is thinking about using Wembley Stadium, even after the NFL Autumn game there.“At the moment, I cannot say we are not going to play this game at our new stadium,” Pochettino said.Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“If you ask me if we can’t play in the new stadium, we need to find a way to play at Wembley. To play in another place, three stadiums in one season would be too much.”The NFL will have a game there and 24 hours later Tottenham would host Manchester City.“Maybe we need to adapt, the day after the NFL game, maybe the pitch is not in the best condition, but we need to make the effort and to play because to find another date would be difficult,” he added.“I am a person who is always positive. Rather than complain about a thing you cannot change, I try to find a solution to help the performance in the best way.”
The final 30-man shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’Or award has been unveiled with eight Real Madrid players includedThe Ballon d’Or is a prestigious individual award that was first presented to Sir Stanley Matthews in 1956 and has since been awarded to the best player of the year ever since.Five-time winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have dominated the prize for the past decade, although Luka Modric is considered the strong favourite for this year’s Ballon d’Or after claiming the FIFA and UEFA Player of the Year awards.France Football have named the Croatian playmaker on the 30-man shortlist along with seven of his Real Madrid teammates.Match Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).11 Premier League players have also made the list with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero among them.Both Ronaldo and Messi are on the list with the pair aiming for a record sixth Ballon d’Or this year.The winner will be announced in Paris on December 3.30-man shortlist for 2018 Ballon d’OrSergio Agüero (ARG / Manchester City)Alisson (BRE / Liverpool)Gareth Bale (GAL / Real Madrid)Karim Benzema (FRA / Real Madrid)Edinson Cavani (URU / PSG)Thibaut Courtois (BEL / Chelsea)Cristiano Ronaldo (POR / Juventus Turin)Kevin De Bruyne (BEL / Manchester City)Roberto Firmino (BRE / Liverpool)Diego Godin (URU / Atlético Madrid)Antoine Griezmann (FRA / Atlético Madrid)Eden Hazard (BEL / Chelsea)Isco (ESP / Real Madrid)Harry Kane (ANG / Tottenham)N’Golo Kanté (FRA / Chelsea)Hugo Lloris (FRA / Tottenham)Mario Mandzukic (CRO / Juventus Turin)Sadio Mané (SEN / Liverpool)Marcelo (BRE / Real Madrid)Kylian Mbappé (FRA / PSG)Lionel Messi (ARG / FC Barcelone)Luka Modric (CRO / Real Madrid)Neymar (BRE / PSG)Jan Oblak (SLO / Atlético Madrid)Paul Pogba (FRA / Manchester United)Ivan Rakitic (CRO / FC Barcelone)Mohamed Salah (EGY / Liverpool)Sergio Ramos (ESP / Real Madrid)Luis Suarez (URU / FC Barcelone)Raphaël Varane (FRA / Real Madrid)
The aim is to eventually expand the program statewide if funding can be found. Schools involved with CLEAR’s three-year-program are referred to as “trauma-sensitive schools” or “trauma-informed schools.” Studies have shown that children who experience more adverse childhood events than others usually don’t perform as well in school and often end up in more legal trouble as adults. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享An elementary school in Alaska’s capital is embracing a program that aims to increase understanding of the effects of childhood trauma in the learning process. Turner has stated that her hope is to help students who have suffered from trauma “to perform better in school and society by uniting students and teachers in understanding why some students act out.” Story as aired: Audio PlayerAshley-on-Juneeu-schools.mp3VmAshley-on-Juneeu-schools.mp300:00RPd The Assistant Director of Washington State University’s Child and Family Research Unit, Natalie Turner, is working with fourth-graders at Juneau’s Glacier Valley Elementary as part of a program called CLEAR, or Collaborative Learning for Educational Achievement and Resilience.