Danny Ainge Rajon Rondo is Major Part of the

The Boston Herald talked to Danny Ainge on Monday and once again he was asked if the Celtics were at all interested in trading Rajon Rondo. Clearly, Ainge is getting a little annoyed by the question that has been asked repeatedly since Rondo tore his ACL.“I haven’t talked to any teams about Rajon Rondo,” Ainge, the Celtics’ president of basketball operations, said.He has, however, fielded a number of calls wanting to know if the rumors are true.“It’s frustrating,” Ainge said.He reiterated that Rondo, still rehabbing from ACL surgery, is a major part of the Celtics’ plans going forward.Rondo has been involved in trade rumors for nearly three years now, which leads many to believe Ainge is shopping. Upon Rondo’s return, Boston will not be a better team. Rondo is perfect for trading right now. He has concerned the Celtics by being both an All-Star and a player of questionable growth for years.He’s a phenomenal point guard who doesn’t get along well with others, clashes with his coaches, struggles shooting, and can make the most amazing plays at both ends.If other teams are calling for Rondo, Ainge is listening. It may be he’s not being completely upfront on this one. read more

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NBA Rookie Sterling Brown Speaks Out About Being Tased

FULL INTERVIEW: NBA rookie Sterling Brown tells @RobinRoberts he felt “defenseless” when police surrounded him in a parking lot and tased him in exclusive interview. https://t.co/fsfUhegrRr pic.twitter.com/WeGCsCCQT8— Good Morning America (@GMA) May 25, 2018Sterling Brown, the NBA rookie who was tased and arrested at a Milwaukee drug store earlier this year has now broken his silence on the matter.In January, the Milwaukee Bucks guard was caught on video, which was released this week, surrounded by local police after being questioned for double parking.“You don’t see the issue here? You’re not parked across three lanes?” the officer asks Brown.When six back up officers arrived on the scene, Brown tells “Good Morning America” he “felt like it was unnecessary.”“Everybody thought I was combative, thought I was, you know, being aggressive,” Brown says of the officers’ claims, despite the video footage showing otherwise. “I get mad every time I watch it, you know, ’cause I was defenseless, pretty much,”The situation escalated with Brown being accused of “being all badass” with an officer. Another cop commanded Brown to take his hands out of his pockets and when Brown says he has “stuff” in them, officers tackle him to the ground. The NBA player was tased, placed in handcuffs and arrested.“I’m still on the ground for about ten minutes,” he explains. “Still wet, face to the ground, knee in my neck and I was [thinking], ‘OK, How do I get outta this? How do I get home? How do I see my family?”“They wanted to control the situation, they wanted to show their force, their power,” he added of why things escalated the way they did.Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales at a Wednesday press conference condemned the use of force against Brown, saying the officers “acted inappropriately” and were “recently disciplined.” However, he did not detail how the cops were punished.For those who say Brown should not have parked illegally and complied with officers, he told GMA “it shouldn’t have led to what it led to.”“I could have just got a ticket, went home, paid however much money,” he continues.He says with the civil suit he’s filed, he hopes to hold other officers accountable, help change policies and assist locals with not getting into similar situations.“That’s why I’m … doing what I’m doing legally,” he said. “I’m here speaking to you, you know, just to draw attention to it and try to, you know, be that voice and try to help as many people as I can in this situation.”In response to Brown’s interview, several people still poked holes in the situation, blaming him for the outcome.“Next time listen to law enforcement,” a Twitter user said. “He thinks because he is a basketball player he can be a smart ass, and he thinks he knows better. Dummy. Of course, he takes the race card and runs with it. [These] Democrats are brainless.”“What a disgusting interview,” someone else tweeted. “HE broke the law on parking in a handicapped parking space and COPS do come in pairs. Stop making something over nothing OMG bigotry alive and well with [Robin Roberts]. What about white women???”“I get the police were wrong in the way they acted, but what about the fact this guy parked illegally in TWO handicap spots??” another said. “Did he get a fine for that? Bet not! Lesson is if ur a pro athlete you can do wrong and get away with it.”Still, one person slammed the way folks pinned Brown for the episode.“It’s disgusting after all that’s happened over the years [for] people to immediately justify cops use of excessive force,” one user said. “He admitted to parking incorrectly. Who was it affecting at 2 a.m.? [Why] not give him a ticket? You racists bigots who need everything explained to you can go to hell.” read more

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The Patriots Dynasty Just Wont Die

Len Dawson19754Doug Flutie20035Warren Moon*20001 5Miami1972-74321739+138.5 9Washington1982-921131653+99.1 6Dallas1968-831621667+125.7 12Green Bay1995-152121619+81.7 This Super Bowl might rank among the most satisfying for Belichick, who originally made his reputation as a football genius with defensive game plans designed to shut down high-powered offenses. A year after his defense gave up 41 points to the Philadelphia Eagles’ backup QB in Super Bowl LII, New England held the Rams — who had averaged 32.9 points per game during the regular season — to a mere 3 points Sunday. L.A. quarterback Jared Goff had nobody to throw to and faced unrelenting pressure all night, recording a ghastly 57.9 passer rating.Belichick’s defenses had tended to be surprisingly mediocre over the back half of New England’s dynasty era, garnering an average seasonal rank of 15th of out 32 teams in ESPN’s Expected Points Added metric from 2008 to 2017. (Instead, they tended to rely on Brady and the offense to carry the load.) But this year’s Patriots were different, ranking seventh in defensive EPA, which made for one of the most well-rounded Patriots teams in a while. And in a year when seemingly anybody who ever met Rams offensive prodigy Sean McVay got hired as an NFL head coach on the spot, Belichick badly outcoached the wunderkind (by McVay’s own admission), unveiling a zone-coverage concept that the Rams hadn’t seen on tape and were completely unprepared for.That defensive master plan helped paper over a mediocre passing game for Brady, who at age 41 had his worst statistical Super Bowl performance, on the heels of a regular season that — while still good — was one of his least impressive of the past decade. There are mitigating factors, of course, including a vastly diminished set of targets as compared with his Randy Moss heyday. And by now, Brady is used to people wondering if he’s about to fall off a cliff every time he has an uninspired game. But he will also be sailing into uncharted territory at age 42 next season, playing at an age when literally no QB in football history has had an effective season: Tom Brady201719Tom Brady201814Warren Moon19985 Brett Favre200916Warren Moon199712Doug Flutie20042 8Denver1996-98321704+103.9 Age 40Age 41Ages 42+ Mean Elo is the harmonic mean of a team’s seasonal blended Elo ratings (which mix the average, final and peak Elo during the season) over the span of the seasons in question.Expected Elo is the mean Elo we’d expect for a generic Super Bowl contender (from a starting Elo of 1617) over the span of the seasons in question. Teams are ranked by how much they exceeded this expectation.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com * DeBerg and Moon were 44 in 1998 and 2000, respectively.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 7Oakland/L.A. Raiders1967-851931654+115.3 V. Testaverde20035Brett Favre20105Steve DeBerg*19981 There are simply no comparisons for what Brady will try to do next year. (Although, to be fair, no quarterback had won six Super Bowls before Brady, either.)And for all of the Pats’ improvement on defense in 2018, they shouldn’t count on it being quite as good next season — defenses tend to regress to the mean much more strongly than offenses between seasons. Add in what (for now) looks a like a relative lack of cap space; several important players (such as Stephen Gostkowski, Malcom Brown, Trent Brown and Trey Flowers) hitting free agency; and speculation about the possible retirement of future Hall of Fame TE Rob Gronkowski,2Which would generate some cap savings but not enough to move New England into the top half of the league in space. and the Pats haters will have plenty to occupy themselves with over the next seven months.But as Sunday proved, the Patriots usually find a way to overcome the mechanisms that are supposed to make dynasties like theirs impossible to sustain. According to futures odds that sportsbooks have already released for next season, the Pats are, at worst, slightly behind the Kansas City Chiefs in the race to win Super Bowl LIV — if not outright favorites. So although there are, as always, plenty of logical reasons to think New England’s dynasty days are numbered, and 31 fan bases hoping we’ll look back at Sunday night as one of their final moments of glory, I’ll believe it when I see it. Until then, Patriots fans should enjoy what they have: We’ve never seen something like this before and probably never will again. 3Dallas1992-95431740+150.7 TeamSpanSeasonsTitlesMean Elovs. Expected 2San Francisco1984-951241706+155.1 13Baltimore2000-141521599+54.6 Brady is headed for uncharted territoryBest seasons (by Approximate Value) for quarterbacks at ages 40, 41 and 42 (or older), 1960-2018 11Green Bay1966-68321688+87.7 1New England2003-181651712+170.5 The Pats are (still) the NFL’s greatest modern dynastyAmong franchises with at least two Super Bowl titles, the most impressive (nonoverlapping) spans of seasons, according to Elo ratings, since 1966 14N.Y. Giants1985-90621627+54.3 S. Jurgensen19747V. Testaverde200410V. Testaverde20052 From ABC News: 10Pittsburgh2004-11821656+93.9 3 others tied4Earl Morrall19752Earl Morrall19761 The 2018 NFL season will be remembered in part for its regular-season offensive explosion and the breakout performances of exciting young players such as MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs. But in the end, all of that new stuff faded away. The Patriots won, just like they have six times in the past 18 seasons, and they did it with defense, just like in the very beginning. It was yet another affirmation of a dynasty that continues to reach unprecedented levels of dominance in a sport we keep pretending is designed to produce parity. The only question now is: How much longer can Tom Brady and Bill Belichick keep doing this?Sunday’s Super Bowl win over the Los Angeles Rams was not the prettiest for New England, even if it was the team’s widest margin of victory in a Super Bowl (somehow). Brady had a 71.4 passer rating in the lowest-scoring title game on record. And yet, it counted the same in the legacy column. I recalculated the numbers from my story measuring the most difficult-to-replicate multiseason runs by any franchise, and the Patriots’ stretch from 2003 through 2018 is easily the most dominant in the NFL’s Super Bowl era.1Moving up the list to officially pass … the Pats’ own run from 2003 through 2017. 4Pittsburgh1974-79641712+139.0 PlayerYearAVPlayerYearAVPlayerYearAV read more

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Opinion Ohio State regains top form with JT Barrett starting

OSU redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) runs with the ball during a game against Rutgers on Oct. 24 at High Point Solutions Stadium. OSU won, 49-7. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorAfter Saturday’s 49-7 win against Rutgers, it is apparent that redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett has earned his starting position within the offensive unit.Ohio State coach Urban Meyer announced last week the news of Barrett starting over redshirt junior Cardale Jones for the first time in the 2015 season. Barrett was able to take the reins in the 2014 season as the previous starter, Braxton Miller, was injured before the season even began.Barrett went 11-1 as the starting quarterback before he was injured with a broken ankle in the fourth quarter against Michigan on Nov. 29 while the Buckeyes led 28-21. Jones then stepped into the starting position leading the Buckeyes through three major wins, one being the National Championship.After the celebration of the team’s success had finally settled down, the two quarterbacks geared up for one of the most publicized quarterback battles in college football history.The decision to claim one starter above the other seemed inevitable to all fans, but when it came down to it, the coaches had a much tougher decision, as both Jones and Barrett have a multitude of valuable qualities that they bring to the field.Jones’ confidence on and off the field gave him the ability to lead the Buckeyes to a 10-0 record as the starting quarterback. Meanwhile, Meyer has described Barrett as a “humble perfectionist,” which is shown through his leadership, as evidenced by the fact that he was voted as a captain this season.While both quarterbacks have different attributes that allow them to shine, the decision to claim one over the other as starter just didn’t seem possible. Within the first seven games for the Buckeyes, both Jones and Barrett saw significant time, allowing both athletes to make a case for why each deserves the big spot. With the OSU offense looking in disarray, the coaching staff looked for an answer, and they found it against Penn State.It wasn’t until the “Dark Night at the ‘Shoe” that the decision was clear. Barrett went from the red zone quarterback to taking over for Jones full time in the second half. Winning 38-10 over Penn State revealed the high-powered Buckeyes we all remember from the 2014 season.After Barrett was named the starting quarterback following his performance against Penn State, the stage was set for the game against Rutgers. He proved himself more than worthy of the starting position by leading the Buckeyes to their most impressive blowout of a lesser opponent this season. Barrett led the Buckeyes to a 49-7 win in which he had 324 total yards of offense, with three passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns.The Buckeyes’ offense finally revealed what the defending champions’ fans have been waiting to see this season. As the Buckeyes took the field with their new starting quarterback it was as if a sense of rejuvenation, readiness and confidence had been draped upon them; the team was and now is more ready than ever before.With Barrett leading the charge, we all witnessed the best game performed by OSU thus far.Although it may be eight games into the season, the Buckeyes finally look like they have a vision in mind for a second straight championship. As the captain led the team to victory, one can conclude that, with Barrett in the starting position, the Buckeyes have a bright future ahead. read more

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Mens soccer Pivotal match looming for Buckeyes against No 25 Michigan State

“Obviously, overall our season isn’t going the way we wanted it to,” OSU coach John Bluem said. “The conference gives you that chance to forget about the nonconference matches. It gives you that chance to still make a statement.” A big reason for Sparty’s success has been the play of redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Jimmy Hague. Hague, who has started all eight games, has made 30 saves this season; good enough for a .833 save percentage and 0.76 goals against average. “This is our top priority right now,” senior forward Danny Jensen said. “After that we just have to get some wins on the road and get back to .500. Then we have to try to make a little run to get to where we want to be.” Now at the halfway point in the season, the Buckeyes stand at 3-7. They have yet to win a road game, with four of the team’s losses coming outside of Columbus. Not all is lost, however, as OSU began Big Ten play with a 2-1 record. The Buckeyes will have a chance to improve that record this Sunday, as they take on No. 25 Michigan State at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 2 p.m. Jensen, who was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after his hat trick against Valparaiso, scored his team-leading fourth goal for the Buckeyes in the 3-2 loss to SIUE on Wednesday. Jensen leads the team with 11 points. The Big Ten remains wide open at this stage of the season. There is a four-way tie for second place at 2-1, which Ohio State shares with Michigan State, Wisconsin, and Penn State. “We will be ready, and we will come out and play as hard as we can,” Bluem said. “Certainly with the away game looming at No. 13 Maryland next week, it is a must win on Sunday for us.” With matchups against Michigan State and Maryland on the horizon, the Buckeyes are in a stretch where they will face some of their toughest competition yet. They must be up to the task if they wish to keep their season alive. On offense, Michigan State is lead by sophomore forward Ryan Sierakowski. Sierakowski has tallied seven points for the Spartans on three goals, which were all game-winners, and one assist. Sierakowski has taken 23 shots on the season, nine more than the next most on the team.For the Buckeyes, winning the Big Ten is the first thing on their mind. They know the upcoming stretch can make or break those aspirations. “You only play eight conference matches and on Sunday that’s our fourth,” Bluem said. “If we can win that game and move to 3-1 that might give us a little separation from teams behind us and it will put us into that top group.” For the Buckeyes, who finished first in the Big Ten a season ago with a conference record of 5-2-1, dreams of a repeat remain very much alive. OSU has lost its last two games, an away match at Bowling Green and a home contest against Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The Spartans will provide quite the challenge. At 6-2 overall this season, Michigan State has limited opponents to only six goals through eight games. Their only in-conference loss came on the road last Friday to Maryland, who currently leads the Big Ten at 3-0-1. OSU senior midfielder Ben Fitzpatrick looks to gather possession of the ball in the second half against Rutgers on Sept. 18, 2016. Credit: Gene Ross | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State men’s soccer team has not yet performed to its potential this year. “Looking forward I think we have to focus on the Big Ten especially,” senior defender Austin Bergstrom said. “We are still in the race for the conference title. Having two wins and one loss right now is good. Hopefully we can build on that.” read more

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Dotting the i Jamarco Jones living nextmanup mentality

OSU junior offensive lineman Jamarco Jones (74) blocks Rutgers redshirt junior Darnell Davis (59) during the Buckeyes game against the Scarlet Knights on Oct. 1. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorLast Saturday against Indiana, the Ohio State Buckeyes did something they almost never do. Just before the half, OSU allowed the Hoosiers to cut the lead to seven with 1:03 left in the half. A seven play, 65-yard drive that took just 2:29 to march into the teeth of the south end zone.OSU was about to head into halftime ahead by just one score against a team many thought should have been blown out. After a 91-yard kickoff return by redshirt sophomore wide receiver Parris Campbell gave the Scarlet and Gray optimal field position, junior offensive tackle Jamarco Jones didn’t squander the opportunity to regain momentum before halftime. Redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett took the snap and ran to left where Jones stood up Indiana linebacker, and leading tackler Tegray Scales, paving the way for Barrett’s five-yard touchdown run.Jones was one of only two players on the offense to be graded as a champion of the Indiana game. The other was redshirt senior captain center Pat Elflein.“When opportunity meets preparation, you get graded as champion every week,” Elflein said on Monday. “We rely on him for leadership, even though he’s a first-year starter, and he’s playing very well right now.”OSU coach Urban Meyer named Jones a starter back in the spring after three members of the 2015 offensive line had left, two of which were key members of the 2014 national championship team. The program notably believes in the “next man up” mentality, but it’s one thing to embrace it and another to perform.Jones stepped into the role of left tackle following the departure of Detroit Lions’ first-round pick Taylor Decker, who was a three-year starter with the Buckeyes. Not only did he have big shoes to fill, he also had to protect the weak side of the team’s most valuable asset, Barrett.To date, OSU has allowed just three sacks all season and Jones is one of the first people you can look to for a reason as to why teams struggle to get into the OSU backfield. Junior defensive end Jalyn Holmes said he faces Jones everyday in practice and believes the 6-foot-5, 310-pound left tackle can be in the same conversation as some of the recent great offensive linemen who came through Columbus.“He’s like up there with them. I feel like he’s always been good,” Holmes said. “He’s just very patient with his technique. He’s fundamentally sound and has gotten a lot stronger at the point of attack. He gets me better everyday.”Jones and Holmes came into OSU in the same class and took fairly similar routes to seeing the field. Both played as freshman in 2014 when OSU romped Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game, 59-0. On Saturday, the second-ranked Buckeyes travel to Camp Randall Stadium for the first time since 2012 to take on the No. 8 Badgers, where the game will likely be much different that the Big Ten title.Wisconsin poses one of the premier defenses in the country, especially against the run. OSU has two standout ball carriers in junior H-back Curtis Samuel and redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber. The duo ranks among the best in the conference and heavily contributes to the team’s 323.6 rushing yards per game, which ranks third in the NCAA. Wisconsin, who surrenders just 90.4 yards per game on the ground, will be Jones’ and the offensive line’s biggest test of the season.“It’s fun blocking for guys like that. It makes you go hard every play because you don’t want to be that guy that let their man beat them and be the reason why we didn’t score a touchdown on that play,” Jones said. “We got our work cut out for us.”Jones is one of the few Buckeyes who understands the game atmosphere the team will experience on Saturday in Madison, Wisconsin. As a recruit, he visited the school during a big-time matchup. Jones said he remembers how loud the stadium was and how the Badgers’ fed off of the crowd’s intensity.“It should be a very fun environment to go in and play. Those guys are going to be ready,” he said.The No. 8 Badgers pose a gargantuan challenge to the Buckeyes, who look to move to 6-0 and remain undefeated. Elflein said even for Jones’ first Big Ten road game as a starter, he has been well prepared before this season.“Jamarco’s been ready to play. He was ready to play last year,” Elflein said. “His time is now.” read more

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Ohio State track sends 38 to NCAA preliminaries

Finishing in the top 12 places is the goal for almost every participant at the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Preliminary Championship Competitions. Split into East and West regionals, the top 12 finishers in each event will qualify for that event’s 24-athlete field at the 2012 NCAA Championships. Ohio State’s track and field program will be well-represented, with 21 men and 17 women making the trip to Jacksonville, Fla., to compete in the NCAA East Regional preliminaries, which begin Thursday. OSU women’s track and field won its second consecutive Big Ten outdoor title this season. Coach Karen Dennis said she expects her team to carry momentum from their conference championship victory, but that they must be prepared for increased competition. “We have to have some confidence in our preparation, so obviously what we’ve been doing has been a key ingredient as to why we’ve been able to be successful,” Dennis said. “And right now, we also have to realize that that’s over, and where we may have been successful in the Big Ten arena, now we’re getting into the national arena. So just forget anything that you’ve done, because the stakes are higher now.” The women’s team is highlighted by senior sprinter Christina Manning, the Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year, and junior thrower Alexis Thomas, the Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year. Both athletes set school records this season, and hold No. 1 seeds in their individual events in the East regional. Manning set the school record in the 100-meter hurdles at the Jim Click Shootout on March 31 with a time of 12.68 seconds. Manning’s time ranks as the fastest in the NCAA this year. Manning finished first at prelims last season, and said she expects to defend her title. “I really feel as though I should win, and that I am going to win,” Manning said. Thomas set the school record in the hammer throw with her winning distance of 64.62 meters at the Big Ten Championships on May 11. Thomas is ranked No. 8 in the NCAA in the hammer throw. Thomas said she expects to improve upon her record this weekend. “I’ve been putting myself in a good position to throw further, so that’s what I’m expecting,” Thomas said. “I’ve really been focusing on staying consistent and building off of that throw.” Manning will also compete on OSU’s 4×100-meter relay team, which goes into the meet ranked 12th nationally. OSU’s 4×100 team, which consists of junior Nyjah Cousar, senior Jackie Dim, freshman Aisha Cavin and senior Shaniqua McGinnis, is seeded fourth. Other OSU women seeded in the top 12 include McGinnis in the 400-meter dash (10th), Cousar in the 400-meter hurdles (seventh) and senior Maggie Mullen in the hammer throw (seventh). On the men’s side, OSU finished fourth at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships. Interim coach Ed Beathea graded his team’s performance at the Big Ten meet as a “B or B-plus”, but is confident in his team heading into prelims. “I think we’re in a great spot,” Beathea said. “I think we’ve got a good number of guys that have a very good chance of advancing through if they go out and compete well.” Redshirt junior distance runner Cory Leslie holds the highest seed among the OSU men, ranked No. 2 in the East for the 3,000-meter steeplechase. With a time of 8:32.48, he is seeded only behind Michigan’s Craig Forys, who defeated Leslie in the event at Big Ten championships. Senior long jumper Mike Hartfield won the Big Ten title with a jump of 7.96 meters, which has him seeded No. 4 going into the prelims. Redshirt senior thrower Matt DeChant is seeded sixth in the shot put with a best throw of 19.38 meters, while freshman Antonio Blanks is seeded seventh in 400-meter hurdles with a time of 50.50 seconds. DeChant said that he hopes to finish higher than he is seeded. “I’d like to place top five,” DeChant said. “That’d be a great goal.” The 4×400-meter relay team, which consists of senior Thomas Murdaugh, junior Marvel Brooks, junior Korbin Smith and Blanks is seeded ninth. The 4×100-meter relay team of sophomore Demoye Bogle, freshman Timothy Faust, freshman Nick Batcha and sophomore Brandon Blackwell is seeded 13th. Other OSU men seeded in the top 12 include Murdaugh in the 400-meter dash (12th), senior Adam Green in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10th) and Smith in the long jump (11th). The NCAA East Prelims, which are held on the campus of University of North Florida, will begin Thursday and conclude Saturday. read more

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Mens Lacrosse No 6 Buckeyes travel to Michigan to play in Midwest

Ohio State then-freshman Tre Leclaire maintains possession of the ball in the first quarter against Loyola Maryland in the first round of the NCAA tournament on May 14, 2017 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterAfter edging out Jacksonville for an overtime win on the road Sunday, the No. 6 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team will head to Pontiac, Michigan, this weekend to compete against No. 19 Marquette and Detroit Mercy in the Midwest Lacrosse Classic.The Buckeyes (4-0) hope to build a season-opening five-game winning streak Friday when they clash against their second ranked opponent of the season in the Golden Eagles.However, the team’s close call against Jacksonville is still fresh in its mind, and players have been going back to basics this week in practice to revamp their play in preparation for the pair of weekend games.“We weren’t pleased with how we played,” senior midfielder Bo Lori said. “We try to hold ourselves to a really high standard, and we just felt like even though we swept out a win we didn’t really meet our standard so this week’s just been hitting the reset button, just really focusing on ourselves.”Ohio State had a short week for introspection, leaving Thursday for the road trip. But senior defenseman Freddy Freibott said any anxiety or nervousness resulting from Sunday’s game was overshadowed by the hard work of the team’s sports performance staff and coaches.“[We’re] unpacking last week, definitely looking at the teachable moments and where we can definitely improve and how we can apply it to our opponent this weekend,” Freibott said.MarquetteThe Buckeyes’ first challenge of the tournament will come against the Golden Eagles, who are 2-0 this season. Marquette handily beat Detroit Mercy 13-6 on Saturday and narrowly avoided a defeat in its season opener against Jacksonville on Feb. 17, winning 11-10.Marquette attack and Big East freshman of the week Anthony Orsini, as well as junior attack John Wagner, will keep the Buckeyes busy on the defensive end. Orsini leads the team with six goals and is tied for first with Wagner at eight points. Orsini scored four of his six goals against Detroit Mercy.Senior goalie Cole Blazer will try to lock things down on Marquette’s defensive end. With this 7.94 goals-against average and .444 save percentage, he is undoubtedly drawing the attention of Ohio State attacks Tre Leclaire, Jack Jasinski and Colin Chell. The trio has accounted for 40 percent of the team’s offense thus far, so the Buckeyes will need them to find ways to generate offense against Blazer.Detroit MercyThe Titans (1-3) will face Ohio State Sunday after dropping their last two games to Jacksonville and Marquette.Freshman attack Brett Erskine leads Detroit with six goals, while junior attack Matthew Vangalen and freshman midfielder Brennan Kamish follow close behind, having each netted four goals.Ohio State will be trying to improve its 7-1 all-time record against Detroit, and will have to do so against redshirt freshman goalie Logan Shamblin, who has played every game of the Titans’ season thus far and has recorded 36 stops. He has allowed an average of 11.21 goals per game, but has a .444 save percentage.“I feel like our seven guys against their top seven is going to be enough no matter who they throw out,” Lori said on the two matchups facing Ohio State this weekend.The faceoff against the Golden Eagles will start at 5 p.m. Friday and the Buckeyes’ contest against the Titans will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday. read more

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Baseball Weekday games provide opportunity for struggling Buckeyes

Ohio State junior infielder Conner Pohl (39) dives to third base during the game against Hawaii on March 23. Ohio State won 7-5. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThe Ohio State baseball team has an opportunity to flip the script and end recent woes when it plays Ohio schools this week.Ohio State (16-16, 2-4 Big Ten) will hit the road to play Ohio (8-21, 3-6 MAC) Tuesday. The Buckeyes then return home for a Wednesday bout against Dayton (17-13-1, 7-2 Atlantic 10). Ohio State enters its next game on a five-game skid, its second-longest losing streak this season. Along this stretch, the Buckeyes have been outscored 42-18 and dropped four games at home. Ohio has struggled throughout the year, but the Bobcats have improved their numbers in conference play. The team’s .230 batting average is not impressive. Ohio’s offensive leader is senior first baseman Rudy Rott, who hits .336, and is the only Bobcat to hit above .300. With 26 RBI, Rott has 16 more than any other player on the team. Ohio has a pair of relief pitchers who offer stability to the pitching staff. Sophomore pitcher Brett Manis holds the only four saves for the Bobcats this season. His ERA of 2.37 is second-lowest on the team. The best ERA of 2.16 belongs to sophomore pitcher Edward Klutt, who has made a team-high 15 appearances. Wednesday, Ohio State will try to end its troubles at home when it welcomes a red-hot Dayton team that has won nine of its past 11 games, including three shutout victories.Pitcher Justin Longbrake has made 12 appearances in relief for the Flyers. The junior holds a 3.14 ERA and a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 3.4. Opponents are only hitting .135 against Longbrake. Offensively, the Flyers are extremely aggressive on the base paths, having stolen 70 bags on 86 attempts. Dayton has four players with at least 10 steals on the season. Sophomore third baseman Riley Tirotta succeeds on 90.9 percent of his steals, while also leading the team with 21 RBI. Ohio State will take on Ohio at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The home game against Dayton will follow at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday. read more

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Quiz How much do you know about The Queen

first_imgThe Queen celebrates her 91st birthday today. Elizabeth II, the world’s oldest and longest-reigning monarch, celebrated this remarkable landmark in typically low-key fashion on Friday with artillery gun salutes in London’s Hyde Park and the Tower of London and a trip to Newbury Racecourse.The Queen Elizabeth was born on April 21, 1926 in Bruton Street in central London when Calvin Coolidge was US president and Joseph Stalin had just taken control of the Soviet Union. She became queen in 1952 aged 25.She’s has been a part of the fabric of British and Commonwealth life for as long as anyone can remember. But how much do you really know about Her Majesty?last_img

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