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About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Pochettino hails Spurs thrashing: Fantastic effortby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham thrashed Bournemouth 5-0 on Wednesday to go above Manchester City into second in the Premier League.Christian Eriksen, Son-Heung Min (2), Lucas Moura and Harry Kane found the net at Wembley.Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino stated, “The effort was fantastic. To have one day less after Everton, I am very pleased with the performance.”It is important to manage confidence in the right way, victory make us believe. Of course, think step-by-step and be ready to arrive at the next game in the best condition.”We are only halfway to end of the season, we need to replicate the same second-half of the season. It is up to us, if we show the same quality and same belief and behave in the same way, then maybe at end of season I’ll talk in a way that maybe we fight for big things.”
Urban Meyer Son First PitchTuesday night, the Cleveland Indians hosted Urban Meyer and his son Nate as they took on the Mariners at Progressive Field. Initially, it was thought that Meyer himself would be throwing out the first pitch. But in the end, it was actually his son doing the honors. Meyer caught the ball at home plate instead. Pretty cool.Thursday, Ohio State released a short video to recap the experience. Meyer and his son met a number of players, hung out in a luxury box, toured the facility, and of course, got to walk on the field. Enjoy, OSU fans:
ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 22: Head Coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers calls a play against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on September 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney has been known to bust a move or two in the post-game locker room this season. Tonight, after his top-ranked Tigers held off Florida State, Swinney broke out one of his best numbers yet.This vine surfaced shortly after the win, and it shows Dabo hitting the popular “Dab” dance. That’s why he is kind of awkwardly tucking his head into the crook of his elbow. Here’s some more footage of Dabo dabbing.Dabo’s new moves. pic.twitter.com/9vJg8HApCn— Jeff Fischel (@JeffFischel) November 8, 2015Swinney is loving life right now, as well he should. Clemson controls its own destiny on the road to the CFP, and the Tigers just might dance their way to the final four.
The OSU men’s swimming team practices leading up to meets against Michigan State and the University of Pittsburgh on Jan. 20 and 21. Credit: Sydney McNulty | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State men’s swimming team is set to compete in back-to-back dual meets this weekend, starting on Friday at Michigan State and continuing in Columbus on Saturday, hosting the University of Pittsburgh.The Buckeyes head to East Lansing, Michigan, after a dominant performance against Cincinnati, setting three pool records at Keating Aquatic Center.Carrying that momentum is vital heading into a double header, graduate senior Josh Fleagle said.“It’s definitely not easy,” he said. “We just take it one practice at a time, one meet at a time and we look forward to new challenges, competition and we love racing.”It will be a quick turnaround, but Fleagle believes the team’s experience will give the Buckeyes an upper hand.“When we go to Big Tens and NCAAs, it’s four or five days of just swimming,” he said. “So two days isn’t that bad, granted we will get back a little bit later on Friday from Michigan State. But we are pretty used to it.”The Buckeyes will swim against the Spartans for the first time this season. Senior Matt McHugh said the results of the meet will give some insight into the team’s level of conditioning.“It’ll be good to see how we go up against Michigan State in a dual meet,” he said. “It’s a good indication to see where we need to improve, and what events we need to put certain people in.”In facing both a conference and a out of conference opponent this weekend, the Buckeyes are keeping the same mindset: competition is competition, said Fleagle.“I think right now the positivity is really up and obviously, the goal is to get best times in everything we do,” he said.Competition is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. on Friday and at noon on Saturday.
Coming off losses at Indiana and Purdue last weekend, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team got a much-needed win against Iowa Friday night at St. John arena to stay in the Big Ten hunt. “It was definitely a really important win,” senior Sarah Mignin said. “We just tried to come out with a lot of intensity and a lot of energy.” Coming into Friday, the Buckeyes had been struggling in Big Ten play, but knew that a couple of quick wins would bring them right back into the clustered Big Ten race. “This conference is ridiculous,” OSU coach Geoff Carlston said. “Every team in this conference has a chance to make the tournament.” OSU took the momentum early and didn’t give it back the rest of the match, finishing off the Hawkeyes, 3-0 (25-10, 25-16, 25-17). “Iowa is a good team, so it’s good to come out and finish them off 3-0,” senior outside hitter Katie Dull said. Junior middle blocker Kelli Barhorst led the team in scoring with 18 points and also recorded a match-high with 14 kills. The Buckeyes seemed to have the Iowa defense confused all night and Iowa was never able to adjust. “I thought our setters did a nice job of distributing the ball,” Carlston said. “We’ve been too predictable and tonight we did a nice job of spreading the offense out.” The win pushed the Buckeye’s conference record to 3-4 on the season. “A lot of it is just focusing on our side of the net,” Dull said. “In the Big Ten, everybody is good so it is just about taking care of your business.” The Buckeyes carried their momentum for Friday’s win right into Saturday, defeating 19th-ranked Minnesota, 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-17). Barhorst led the Buckeyes for the second straight night, recording match highs in points, 14.5, and kills, with 11. The win evens the Buckeyes’ Big Ten record at 4-4 and improves their overall record to 16-5. The Buckeyes take on Penn State Wednesday at 7 p.m. at St. John Arena.
Can Ohio State vanquish their demons and be successful in West Lafayette? West Lafayette, Ind., has not been friendly to the Buckeyes. The last time OSU traveled to Purdue in 2009, the then-No. 7 Buckeyes lost to a 1-5 Purdue team, 26-18. The upset was not an isolated incident. The Boilermakers have actually won three of their past five home games against OSU. Coach Luke Fickell said he can recall almost every detail from the 2009 game and is very aware of how difficult it is to walk out of Purdue with a victory. “We’re 2-2 over there in the last 10 years,” Fickell said during his press conference on Tuesday. “If that’s just not enough to open your eyes and make sure you understand. It will be pounded home … it’s going to be a battle.” Which players on Purdue’s offense could hurt OSU? The Boilermaker offense is balanced, but has lacked explosiveness as of late. The team hasn’t scored more than 18 points in any of its past four games, but averages 25.9 points per game on the year. Its rushing attack, ranked 44th nationally, features junior running backs Ralph Bolden and Akeem Shavers. The duo splits the majority of the carries and have rushed for eight touchdowns on the year. Junior Caleb TerBush starts at quarterback for the Boilermakers. He’s thrown for 1386 yards and 10 touchdowns this season, but is also a threat on the ground. Overall, the 16th ranked Buckeye defense shouldn’t have any problems. With the possible return of Jordan Hall will Carlos Hyde get some playing time? It may come as a surprise, but OSU’s leading rusher this season is sophomore Carlos Hyde. Despite that fact, Hyde’s playing time has been limited when fellow running backs junior Jordan Hall and senior Daniel “Boom” Herron have both been available to play. With Hall sidelined for last week’s 34-20 win over Indiana, Hyde ran for 105 yards and a touchdown. All signs seem to indicate Hall will be available for this week’s game against Purdue and Herron will surely be the Buckeyes’ starter at running back. Fickell would not commit to Hyde receiving playing time. “Not sure just yet,” Fickell said. “We need to see how those guys practice. A lot of that stuff depends on how you practice.” Will the Buckeyes have their Big Ten Championship hopes derailed? OSU has a legitimate chance to win the Big Ten Championship. If the team can win the remainder of its games and Penn State loses twice before the season ends, the Buckeyes will win the Leaders Division of the Big Ten and appear in the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game. Purdue has other plans, but Fickell will be sure his team knows what’s at stake. Expect the Buckeyes to continue their success running the ball and rely on a defensive that has a clear athletic advantage over the Purdue offense. Barring a disastrous, turnover-plagued game from freshman quarterback Braxton Miller, the Buckeyes will take the game, which will be closer than the score indicates. Final score prediction: Ohio State 34, Purdue 21
Stupid is as stupid does and, Friday, one Ohio State football player tweeted something very, very stupid. Buckeyes third-string quarterback freshman Cardale Jones seems to be facing a bit of an existential crisis. On Friday morning at 8:43 a.m., Jones, from his Twitter handle “Cordale10,” had this brilliant thing to say to his nearly 3,000 Twitter followers and, consequently, the rest of the world: “Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain’t come to play SCHOOL, classes are POINTLESS” The tweet, which received 50 retweets and 12 favorites, has since been deleted. Thanks to Deadspin, though, it now lives in interwebs infamy for people who, like me, missed it on the first go-around. This, arguably, is the most damning tweet I’ve seen an OSU football player send since first-year Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer came to Columbus last November. And while it would be equally impulsive and reckless for Meyer to suspend Jones for blasting, you know, the purpose of a university, one can only imagine what the former Florida coach will have to say to him today or tomorrow. Regardless of how Meyer chooses to handle it all, Jones’ outburst tells me a lot of things. First, to Meyer’s credit, it seems by the looks of it that Jones is probably in class – or doing something productive – at 8:43 a.m. on a Friday. Moreover, for one to tweet such a thing, it likely means Jones is going to class and, at the very least, going to sign the attendance sheet or appease Meyer’s henchmen who check up the players’ presence in the classroom. But it shows me that Meyer isn’t messing around with his squad’s academic endeavors-even if some, not all, players are taking classes like basket weaving and underwater croquet. Second, Jones’ tweet absolutely, positively cannot be taken as an indictment of the entire football team’s opinion on getting a free education, as doing so would be as ignorant as the tweet itself. Jones’ outburst is probably embarrassing to the many players on the team who take school as seriously as they take playing for Meyer and the Buckeyes. On freshman linebacker Josh Perry’s twitter account “RIP_JEP,” his little info box below the account handle says: “School, sports and The Ohio State Football #STUDENTathlete #1LFD” For Perry, who was named an OSU Scholar-Athlete after enrolling early to school in January, emphasis, obviously, is on the “student” aspect of being a student-athlete. Like Perry, the John Simons, Etienne Sabinos and Michael Bennetts of the world exist, likely, in the dozens on OSU’s football team. Per Jones’ tweet, it seems he doesn’t subscribe to such a similar mindset. But I don’t know Jones personally. I’m, clearly, not his friend, nor have I ever bumped into him at Big Bar. As a student-journalist, I’ve never interviewed the kid. Jones could be a model citizen doing the right things off the field for all we know. His Twitter bio, after all, says “Trying To Make A Difference In Everyone’s Life Who’s In Mine.” His tweet, above anything else, shows various degrees of immaturity and a misguided sense of purpose at OSU. And while the tweet can’t be reflective of an entire team of 100-plus people, I wouldn’t doubt that there are a handful of players in Jones’ corner saluting his 119-character Psalm of wisdom.
Ohio State guard Carmen Grande (1) dribbles the ball up the court in the second half of the game against Indiana on Jan. 10. Ohio State won 55-50. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State had not found success from 3. Through three quarters, the Buckeyes had made only one of 11 attempts from deep — a buzzer-beater 3 by freshman forward Dorka Juhasz to end the first quarter. At the beginning of the fourth quarter, Ohio State instead shifted its focus on what head coach Kevin McGuff had previously said makes his team perform well: a stingy defense and taking care of the basketball. After recording three consecutive possessions with a steal, each ending with three fastbreak layups, Ohio State (5-8, 1-4 Big Ten) set the tone for a fourth quarter, ultimately defeating No. 25 Indiana (14-2, 3-1 Big Ten) 55-50 for its first conference win of the season and the Buckeyes’ first win against a ranked opponent.Ohio State has been in this position before against a ranked team: going into the fourth quarter against No. 4 Maryland Friday with a 58-57 lead. This time, redshirt senior guard Carmen Grande wanted to use momentum created to come through with a win. “I think we just looked at each other and we were like ‘Guys, we can win this,”’ Grande said. “We want to win a game. We are always right there and we never knock it down, so we were like ‘Come on, let’s do it.’” Taking a 38-36 lead with 8:19 left in the game after scoring eight unanswered points, the Buckeyes and the Hoosiers traded leads for much of the final quarter. But freshman guard Janai Crooms scored five points in a 7-0 run for the Buckeyes, giving the Buckeyes 51-46 lead with 1:26 left in the game. Crooms finished the game with 12 points, making 55.6 percent of her shot attempts, but only 2-of-6 attempts from the free throw line. This was something that plagued Ohio State all game, as the team combined to make 56.3 percent of attempts from the charity stripe. Despite allowing a 5-0 run for the Hoosiers, bringing the game to within one with 20 seconds left, Grande hit four free throws to secure the five-point victory. In the second half, the Buckeyes missed only two of 10 attempts from the line. Ohio State recorded 11 steals against Indiana, five of which were in the fourth quarter, scoring 24 points off turnovers with 11 fastbreak points. “Everything starts with the defense, so if you are able to steal the ball or get good stops, you are always going to get easier baskets,” Grande said. “We just saw that three stops could get us the win, so let’s keep it rolling.” McGuff said the success of the team hinges on the success of its defense and rebounding, bringing them in a lot of close games. In this case, the head coach said it was vital to not only record those steals, but to have those turnovers lead to scores. “We were also struggling a little bit to score,” McGuff said. “Not only were we getting stops, we were turning those turnovers into points and just a really critical point in the game that I’m really proud of the kids for stepping up and making those plays.” The Buckeyes began the game with a 14-2 deficit to overcome, making only one of its first 11 shots, turning the ball over five times. “We weren’t getting enough good shots and weren’t making the ones we got,” McGuff said. “We settled for tough quick shots in the first half, and that’s not going to do it for us.” Then Ohio State began to heat up, shooting 46.7 percent in the second half as Grande led the team with seven points, making 3-of-5 shots from the field. Ohio State, outscoring the Hoosiers 15-10 in the quarter, cut its deficit to 24-20 at halftime. Grande had a rough start, missing each of her first four shots from the field, including one 3-point attempt in the first quarter. However, as Ohio State started to heat up offensively, so did she, shooting 54.5 percent from the field for the remainder of the game. She led the team with 19 points.In the post, Indiana redshirt junior forward Brenna Wise, despite being four inches shorter than Juhasz, recorded 12 rebounds, with the Hoosiers recording 10 more rebounds than Ohio State on the game. Ohio State has its first win in conference play, its first win since Dec. 16. Crooms wants this win to bring momentum to a team that she feels is improving. “We know we can play together and we are good when we are all clicking together,” Crooms said. “I feel like in the next game we will all just come with that momentum because people are doubting us.” Ohio State will try and continue to build off its first Big Ten win of the season at home against Michigan State Monday at 7 p.m.
The team lost 1-0 against Tottenham Hotspur yesterday in the first leg of the 2018-2019 Carabao Cup Semifinal.Andreas Christensen believes the 1-0 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur is just a small bump and the team can overturn the deficit.Both teams played in the first leg of the Carabao Cup Semifinal yesterday.“It was a tough result,” said the Danish defender to the club’s official website.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I felt as though, especially in the second half, we had a good spell in the game.”“We played good and had chances, and we probably feel as though we should have at least got a draw from it,” he commented.“I think it was a difficult one because when the flag goes up you think it’s offside, but at the same time they said to us they had to check it, because if it wasn’t offside then it was a penalty, so it was a difficult one.“It was shown to be offside having seen it now but we can’t do anything about it,” he explained.