Womens basketball No 1 seed Ohio State dismantles No 9 seed Northwestern

OSU junior guard Kelsey Mitchell looks to move he ball inside against No. 9 seed Northwestern on March 3 in Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. OSU won, 99-68. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports directorINDIANAPOLIS — The No. 9 Ohio State women’s basketball team (26-5) is heading to the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament, dominating ninth seed Northwestern 99-68. The Buckeyes tied the tournament record for most points scored, set by themselves against Penn State in 2014. The Buckeyes were led in points and assists by Big Ten Player of the Year junior guard Kelsey Mitchell with 27 points and four assists. Mitchell historically has dominated in the Big Ten Tournament averaging close to 30 points, seven rebounds and three assists per game.Mitchell was followed by senior forward Shayla Cooper, who scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Ohio State started off the first quarter with a quick pace. Mitchell was the first to put points on the board, hitting a deep three.“Coach put a really big emphasis on coming out strong from the gate,” Cooper said. “Like you said, we had four days off, a lot of time in the gym to get better. And we just took this game as a step forward to get better … We wanted to get out running, because we knew they played yesterday,”Mitchell wasted no time getting onto the score sheet, nailing the first shot of the game from 3. The Buckeyes, then, went into their full court press, and caused fits for Northwestern. OSU was able to get its hands on the ball and force Northwestern to turn the ball over eight times in the first, holding Northwestern to just 26.7 percent shooting from the field. On offense, the Buckeyes found their mark early, hitting 4-of-6 shots from beyond the arc in the first.  “It was always going right for our team,” Mitchell said. “I think we jumped out really aggressively on the defensive end. It put us in a good position to take off in the right time, and get ourselves right.”OSU’s defense continued to disrupt Northwestern in the second quarter, forcing another eight turnovers and getting some of the Wildcats in foul trouble. Northwestern’s leading scorers senior forward Nia Coffey and senior guard Ashley Deary were called for three fouls before halftime. Offensively, the Buckeyes continued to shoot hot from deep. OSU hit nine shots from the 3-point line before the half. The Buckeyes had offensive output from their whole team, with nine players getting on the scoreboard before the half.In the second half, OSU continued its pace of play, showing consistency that has been absent at times this season. The Buckeyes also dominated the Wildcats in rebounding with freshman forward Tori McCoy dominating the glass, grabbing 11 rebounds and blocking four shots.Bench play was a key for OSU throughout, as junior forward Alexa Hart and redshirt junior guard Linae Harper each picked up 11 points.“I think our bench in general really gave us a huge lift today,” said OSU coach Kevin McGuff.Northwestern was led by Coffey, who fouled out with five minutes left in the last quarter of play. Coffey scored 21 points and had eight rebounds and a block. She was followed by Deary with 13 points, six rebounds and three assists. The Buckeyes will look to carry their momentum into the semifinal game, facing either No. 5 seed Purdue or No. 4 seed Indiana at 4 p.m. on Saturday.Nicholas McWilliams contributed quotes from Indianapolis. read more

Ohio State tight end Marcus Baugh learning from offfield mistakes to grow

Redshirt-freshman tight end Marcus Baugh (85) joins the huddle during Student Appreciation Day April 5 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Credit: Desiaire Rickman / Lantern photographerAs much as parents might hate to admit it, it’s not exactly rare on a college campus for an underage student to drink alcohol.Ohio State then-freshman tight end Marcus Baugh did, and was cited for underage consumption twice — once in July and once in January.But life isn’t about the mistakes you make, it’s about the way you learn from them, and Baugh has since done just that.“I’ve grown a lot,” Baugh said Saturday at the team’s Student Appreciation Day. “I have seen what I can do and coaches have told me what I can do. I am just trying to believe what they are teaching me.”Tight ends coach Tim Hinton said April 3 that Baugh might have started off his career poorly, but since making those mistakes, he has done everything he can to improve.“It’s certainly a challenge,” Hinton said. “I’m not going to deny the challenge that it put upon a young kid and Ohio State’s one of those places that … just look around right now. There’s a lot of microphones and TVs, there’s a lot of interest and we’re very happy with that … And that’s part of the expectations at Ohio State. You gotta learn to act like an Ohio State football player, live under coach (Urban) Meyer’s rules. And I gotta tell you, he’s really trying to get that done. I’m very proud of him.”Meyer said Wednesday that in practice this spring Baugh has worked hard, but that he has yet to “earn the right” to talk to the media.“Marcus had some issues, he’s one foot in, one foot out right now,” Meyer said. “His effort’s been really good, he’s been trying to do things the right way, but to say he’s out of the woods, no … You gotta earn the right to talk to you guys (the media), and he hasn’t earned that right.”Now a redshirt-freshman, after sitting out the entirety of last season because of the off-the-field issues, Baugh’s been a part of spring practice with the rest of the team.Much like his time so far at OSU, spring practice hasn’t gone perfectly, Baugh said, but he is doing what he can to grow as a player.“I have messed up on some stuff,” Baugh said. “I just try to go out there and just go hard.”Coming into school, Baugh was rated as the sixth best tight end prospect by Rivals.com, but even without his off-the-field troubles, was unlikely to see much of the field early in his career.With senior Jeff Heuerman and redshirt-junior Nick Vannett on the squad, snaps will be hard to come by for Baugh. But Hinton said Baugh does bring a lot to the table for the Buckeyes.“He’s very athletic. There’s no doubt about it. He’s (a) very athletic, young tight end and he’s gotta learn to block better at the point of attack,” Hinton said. “And that’ll come with strength, it’ll come with physical maturity. It’ll come with just learning and having confidence in yourself … Every day you go out and it’s another learning opportunity, it’s another opportunity to get better and we very seldom back off of them here. We’re going to push them to be a little better every day.”But now, with Heuerman set to miss the remainder of spring practice following foot surgery, Baugh is getting extra repetitions in practice. This increase in time on the practice field is helping Baugh focus on the aspects of his game that were lacking.“It is definitely helping me working on my blocking,” Baugh said. “That was one thing I really wanted to work on in the spring and with him (Heuerman) being out, coach (Hinton) is really giving me a lot of reps on the harder blocks that last year I wasn’t too good at. I am getting a lot of opportunities to fix that.”The redshirt-freshman has grown since his legal issues earlier in his career, and Hinton said he has confidence Baugh will continue to move forward as a player and person.“You know, the nice thing is Marcus knows, he clearly has a clear understanding that there’s expectations in this program,” Hinton said. “He knows what’s expected of him. He knows how to handle his life. Just every day we work to improve who he is as a person and make sure that he lives up to the expectations at Ohio State University.”Baugh will likely get a chance to impress the coaching staff, and the Buckeye faithful, Saturday in the Spring Game. Without Heuerman, and the team playing two-deep in the game, Baugh is the second tight end behind Vannett and should see the field.Kick off for the game is set for approximately 1:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

Valverde admits Roma were the better side

first_imgBarcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has admitted that AS Roma were the deserving victors in their quarter-final clash in the Champions League and apologised to the club supportersThe Spaniard watched on as his side succumbed to Roma’s new 3-4-1-2 formation at the Stadio Olimpico with the hosts emerging with a 3-0 win through goals from Edin Dzeko, Daniele de Rossi and Kostas Manolas.While the tie finished at 4-4, it was Roma who progressed due to the away goal that Dzeko had managed at the Nou Camp during their 4-1 defeat to Barcelona in the first leg.But, despite Roma’s tactical changes, Valverde refused to make any excuses and admitted that Barcelona were simply just not good enough.“We never felt comfortable in the game because Roma played very well” admitted Valverde, according to the club website.“And we couldn’t get our own game going.”Valverde felt the tactical change employed by Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco proved to be fatal for his side, as it exposed a key weakness in Barcelona.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“They took risks and we couldn’t cope with all that deep pressing” said Valverde.“The first goal gave them strength and then they got a second and third in the second half.”“I feel sorry for the fans” he concluded.“It’s been a huge disappointment for them. But now we just have to focus on the competitions that we have left. We have to keep looking ahead.”Midfielder Sergio Busquets was also disappointed with the way Barcelona were eliminated from the Champions League.“This was a sad way to go out after the lead we had going into the game.” said Busquets.“The game didn’t go well. They were better than us. It’s a very sad day.”last_img read more

I told Ancelotti to join Napoli says former Milan general manager

first_imgFormer Milan general manager Ariedo Braida has revealed that he advised Carlo Ancelotti to grab the Napoli job.Braida worked alongside Ancelotti at Milan from 2001 – 2009, during which time the Rossoneri won a Scudetto and two Champions Leagues, and the 72-year-old – now Barcelona’s international sporting advisor – believes the Coach and Napoli are a perfect match, according to Football Italia.“Donnarumma to Barca? Absolutely not, we have two great goalkeepers and we are happy with them,” he told Sport from the Football Leader summit.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Both Cillessen and Ter Stegen are starters for their national teams and had great seasons. We don’t need another goalkeeper,” he continued.“Rafinha to Inter? Anything is possible in the transfer market. Negotiations never end in football…“Ancelotti to Napoli? It didn’t surprise me. He’s my friend and I told him they were the right club for him and that he was the right man for them.”last_img read more

Salah on bench for Egypt

first_imgMohamed Salah has been named on the bench ahead of Egypt’s opening game in the World Cup against Uruguay in Yekaterinburg on FridayThe Liverpool superstar has been struggling to shake off a shoulder injury that he had sustained in last month’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid after colliding with defender Sergio Ramos within the opening 30 minutes of the encounter.Salah had been determined to return in time for Egypt ahead of their first World Cup appearances in 28 years.After declining to reveal his line-up on Thursday, national team boss Hector Cuper has now unveiled his starting eleven.????? ????? #???????? ??????? ????? ?? @Uruguay #?????2018#ThePharaohs#egy pic.twitter.com/3p5NDudg7AMohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, LiverpoolMo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 15, 2018The head coach previously revealed on Thursday that Salah was almost at 100%.“We’re trying to make him feel confident. The doctors are giving him the options to play or not. I know Salah very well, he’s not fearful, we always know we’re running a risk when playing a match, that’s something we can’t hide.“But if he does decide to play he’ll have full guarantees on his physical condition and I’m sure he will be fine. And if it does turn out there’s an issue at the last minute we’ll consider it and see if it can be resolved.”last_img read more

Drogba pays tribute to the retiring Cech

first_imgDidier Drogba has paid tribute to his former Chelsea team-mate Petr Cech following his announcement he will retire at the end of this seasonDrogba, who himself retired from football back in November, joined Chelsea in 2004 alongside Cech from France and together the pair made their Blues debuts on the same day.The duo later played big roles in Chelsea’s successes over the following 11 years with the club winning four Premier League titles, the Champions League and many other honours.Now Drogba, who scored the winning penalty in Chelsea’s Champions League triumph over Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in 2012, recalled Cech’s exploits that night.“There are so many times when people talk about me scoring the winning penalty in Munich, but I always tell them there would have been no winning penalty if you weren’t there,’ Drogba told Cech on the club website.“In the final, I scored the equaliser, but you made some great saves that night and I don’t think you get enough credit for what you did.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.“Strikers are the ones people talk about but, for me, you are the one who won us the final.“That’s why I had to run to you when I scored the penalty, I didn’t run to you by mistake.”⭐️ P L L E G E N D ⭐️💫 @PetrCech pic.twitter.com/85PpUdUw8P— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 15, 2019last_img read more

Lipscomb Edges Louisville 54 in Eight Innings

first_imgWith one out in the bottom of the seventh, Hensley took a 2-2 pitch over the fence in right center field. Her team-best fourth home run of the season evened the score at 4-4. Preview NOTES: Matchup History The Lady Bisons countered in the eighth inning, using a hit, a walk and an error to load the bases. A wild pitch sent Khayla Green home to put Lipscomb back on top 5-4. With her run in tonight’s game, Melton moves her career total to 134. She is seventh on Louisville’s all-time list and needs four more to tie Esteban (2010-13) for sixth. Snyder has reached base safely in 10 straight games Melton now has 52 in her career and stands third on UofL’s all-time list, needing eight more to tie Jennifer Esteban for second. The Cards (22-13) jumped to a 1-0 lead in the first when redshirt senior Sidney Melton singled, stole second and crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly off the bat of senior Megan Hensley. The University of Louisville softball team erased a 4-1 deficit with freshman Charley Butler’s two-run single in the fourth and senior Megan Hensley’s home run in the bottom of the seventh, but fell 5-4 to Lipscomb in eight innings Tuesday evening at Ulmer Stadium. Lipscomb 5 – Louisville 4 Hensley had two RBIs, including a game-tying solo home run in the bottom of the seventh, but a bases-loaded wild pitch in the eighth lifted Lipscomb to a 5-4 win. With her home run, Hensley improves her career total to 29 and moves into a tie for seventh with Alicja Wolny (2010-13) on Louisville’s all-time list. She needs two more to tie Kristi Cunningham (2006-09) for sixth. Hensley also moved her career RBI tally to 153. She is currently sixth on Louisville’s career list and needs four more to tie Maryssa Becker (2014-17) for fifth. Melton is now on seven-game hitting streak. Melton leads the team with a career-high 19 stolen bases and moves into a three-way tie for fifth on Louisville’s single-season record list. She needs one more to move into a tie for fourth with Coleen Coughling (2001). The Lady Bisons (24-12-1) quickly answered in the top of the second when Sarah Higgins reached on an error and Jenna Pealor followed with a two-run homer to give Lipscomb a 2-1 lead. Danielle Watson (7-10) took the loss, allowing one earned run on one hit and striking out three in 3.0 innings of relief. Snyder helped pace the Cardinals with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate. Lipscomb reliever Mandy Jordan (9-7) would go on to retire the Cardinals in order in the eighth to get the win. Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Story Links Next Game: at Western Kentucky 4/3/2019 | 6:00 p.m. The fourth inning brought another Bison run after Amy Vetula singled, and moved to second on Destinee Brewer’s fielder’s choice. A passed ball moved her to third and she crossed the plate on a hit by Graysen Gladden to extend Lipscomb’s lead to 4-1. Photo Gallery Lipscomb added a run in the third when Hannah Devault connected on an RBI double to plate Jordan Fortel who had reached on a one-out walk. Louisville (22-13) will return to action Wednesday with a road trip to Western Kentucky. The Cards cut the deficit to one behind freshman Charley Butler’s two-run single in the fifth. Junior Caitlin Ferguson delivered a leadoff hit and moved to third on sophomore Kyra Snyder’s double to put two runners in scoring position for Butler, who drove a single to right field, scoring Ferguson and pinch runner Jordyn Wolfe and making the score 4-3. Live Stats  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Reasons behind a nagging backache

first_imgPoor posture at the workplace and a sedentary lifestyle – there are many lifestyle habits that might be ruining your back, and you may not even be realising it. Doctors and health experts share what might be behind that back pain. Smartphone mania: Many people multi-task and talk on the phone while their hands are doing other things. Doing this for a few seconds isn’t going to cause an imbalance in your body, but anything more that that will cause tension on one side of your neck and upper back. This could eventually convert to back pain as well. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfLifting style: Whether it is your pets, children, backpack or handbag, the way you lift has a role to play in your bone health. Incorrect and repetitive heavy lifting not only sprains and causes muscle damage, it cause a multiple of other pathological spinal issues. When lifting heavy objects, ensure that all of the weight does not fall on your spine alone. Diet dilemma: Your eating habits and weight gain – especially the ‘bulging tummy’ puts a lot of stress on lower back. It can cause back pain. A weak core compounds this effect in aggravating low back pain. Reducing dairy products, increasing smoking, soda, caffeine is definitely harmful for your bone health. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSpending long hours indoors: The fat under our skin gets converted to precursor of vitamin D when exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D is a bone vitamin responsible for strengthening bones, intervertebral disc and musculoskeletal well being. Modern day lifestyle lacks outdoor activities and thereby majority of population working indoors is deficient in Vitamin D. This results in weakening of bones, early degeneration of discs and lower back pain. Mental stress: Even minor back pains can be increased by mental stress. Inability to sleep at night because of stress does not allow your body to relax properly. This can cause muscle fatigue and back spasms. Smoking effect: People who smoke are more likely to develop chronic low back pain. Smoking has been shown to have adverse effects on the brain pain circuits causing persistent low back pain. Smoking also interferes with the natural healing that body attempts after a back injury. Bad roads and long travel: The human body experiences sudden deceleration and random movements which get concentrated at the spine when a vehicle bumps over a pothole. In people who are having low back pain, this can trigger a new episode of severe pain and spasm which may need prolonged recovery time.last_img read more