Mens basketball Ohio State season preview

The Ohio State men’s basketball team gathers together after a foul during its exhibition match-up against Walsh on Nov. 6. The Buckeyes won 85-67. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorIn the eyes of many, last season’s 21-14 (11-7 Big Ten) record was a humbling moment for an Ohio State program that had underachieved for three straight seasons. Almost eight months removed from OSU’s second-round loss to Florida in the National Invitational Tournament, the 2016-17 Buckeyes serve as the final string of tolerance for a fanbase eager to return to the glory days of OSU basketball under 13th-year coach Thad Matta.OSU opens its season on Friday against Navy in the Veterans Classic in Annapolis, Maryland. Coming off of its 85-67 exhibition win versus Walsh, Matta and his team are ready to begin a new chapter in OSU basketball.“Honestly, I’m ready to go. I’m excited to play,” Matta said. “I’m excited for the event that we’re in. From my standpoint, I’m jacked up ready to go.”It’s been nearly six weeks since practice began for the team and Matta said that the play of the four newcomers has given them the opportunity to see the floor.Freshman center Micah Potter started in the exhibition game over incumbent redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson, who most expected to remain in the starting role. Potter showed off his ability to stretch the defense with his outside shooting and displayed a knack for rebounding the basketball in traffic. Freshmen Derek Funderburk and Andre Wesson, and junior-college transfer sophomore C.J. Jackson all saw the court against Walsh and were a factor at times in the game.Matta is known for giving his younger players action in the exhibition game before the real games begin, and Sunday was just that. However, Matta has seen enough from the class of 2016 in practice that has earned them playing time. Just how much, that is still to be determined, but Potter is expected to start on Friday with the rest of the class coming off the bench.“The more experience we can get those guys, the better they’re going to be in terms of making the adjustment from high school basketball into college basketball,” he said. “Obviously how they’re playing dictates a lot of that but I thought most of the new guys did a pretty good job the other night.”The newcomers could play a key role in getting OSU back into the NCAA tournament after missing it last year for the first time since 2008, but Matta will ride his top six returning scorers, specifically junior forward Jae’Sean Tate and sophomore point guard JaQuan Lyle.Since Tate was a surprise contributor his freshman season, he has been nothing but consistent. When OSU has needed a bucket in the past, Tate is the guy to get into the paint and either create his own shot through contact or be patient enough for the right shot. For Lyle, he was a bit more of a wild card.Lyle averaged 11.2 points and 4.2 assists per game in 2015-16, a solid mark for a true freshman. However, there was a discrepancy between several games for the Evansville, Indiana, native. He looked like a promising point guard in games like Rutgers, at Indiana and at Nebraska in overtime — triple-double, 29 points, and 19 points and seven rebounds, respectively — but then would disappear in many other games including a five-point loss at home to No. 6 Maryland where he scored just one point in 18 minutes.For 2016-17, the question for Lyle is if he can take that next step, which could put OSU into one of the top teams in the conference. Lyle has gotten slimmer and a bit stronger from last season, which bodes well for a point guard who uses his body to absorb contact when attacking the basket. He also has taken on a leadership role on the team.In the second half against Walsh, Funderburk went to the free-throw line when Lyle looked the freshman in the eyes and told him to “knock these down, and then we’re going to get a stop.”“He’s our starting point guard so he has to be the leader on the court,” Funderburk said. “If it’s not JT or Marc, it’s likely JaQuan Lyle.”For Tate, Friday’s game will be the first real game since he went down with a shoulder injury that sidelined him for the rest of the season last year. As a second-year captain, Tate is anxious to get back on the court. Being a local product from Pickerington, Ohio, he said the fact OSU hasn’t won a Big Ten championship since he’s been in the program is something he takes to heart.“I feel like we’re going to Navy, we’re going in with the right mindset,” he said. “We’ve been working hard this week in practice and I think we’re hungry to start the season.”As far as the Midshipmen go, Matta knows a little bit about the team due to his familiarity with Navy coach Ed DeChellis, who was formerly at Penn State.DeChellis led a Navy squad to a record of 19-14 in 2015-16, and 9-9 in the Patriot League. The Midshipmen return two starters from the year before, including their leading scorer, junior guard Shawn Anderson. Senior guard Tim Abruzzo attempted 130 three-pointers a season ago and could be asked to do more of the same.Matta said just knowing DeChellis from his Penn State days, Navy is a tough and disciplined basketball team that likes to be physical against cutters on defense and executes well in the halfcourt.Since Walsh, the mantra from Matta to his team has been “think the game of basketball.” There were points in the exhibition where OSU had a slow pace on offense and struggled with keeping possession of the basketball. In the second half, though, it was much different.OSU controlled the pace of play and caused several turnovers in the second half on way to an 18-point victory. Tate said each time out, the goal is to play that way from the tip, not after halftime.“There was times where we didn’t cut as fast as we needed to or run the floor as fast as we needed to, focusing on the little things, and I felt like we could’ve guarded the ball better,” he said. “Going into Navy … the little things are going to be important to beat that team.”Season prediction:At the top of the Big Ten conference, Wisconsin and Michigan State are the overwhelming favorites. After that, it’s anyone’s game.Michigan, Indiana and Maryland are other conference teams who figure to consistently be at the top of the league, but OSU is a serious challenger for a top four spot in the Big Ten tournament come March.Forward Marc Loving is entering his final season as a Buckeye, still trying to live up to the hype he came to Columbus with. However, with player like Tate, Lyle, junior forward Keita Bates-Diop and sparkplug redshirt junior guard Kam Williams off the bench, there is plenty of scoring to go around for Matta’s crew.OSU has four major nonconference opponents in Providence, No. 8 Virginia, No. 18 Connecticut and No. 17 UCLA. Winning two of those, and earning victories in all of the games it should win, will go a long way toward OSU’s chances at returning to the NCAA tournament.The Big Ten has five teams in the Associated Press Top 25 Preseason Poll — four in the top 15 — so OSU has plenty of opportunities on its schedule for signature wins.Overall record: 23-8 (12-6, 4th Big Ten)NCAA tournament: Yes, second-round knockoutSurprise of the season: JaQuan Lyle contends for Big Ten Player of the Year read more

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Softball Ohio State clobbered by Northwestern in pair of mercyrule losses

Second basemen Emily Clark makes an off-foot throw to first during the Sep. 24 gameagainst Wright State. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternThe Northwestern softball team needed just 12 innings to outscore Ohio State 24-8 and dispatch the Buckeyes in both games of the abbreviated series.What was supposed to be a three-game series ended up being just two short games due to the weather.Game OneNorthwestern rolled over the Buckeyes with a 10-2 win Friday in the weekend series opener.The Wildcats entered the fifth inning tied at two, but reclaimed the lead with a three-run frame. But with a three-run fifth inning and a five-run sixth inning, Northwestern stormed ahead and ended the game with an eight-run lead.Northwestern’s first batter in the sixth inning walked and Ohio State junior pitcher Kat Duvall struck out the next batter. But the Buckeyes walked the following four hitters, scoring two runs. Despite just one hit in the frame, the Wildcats scored five runs.Senior first baseman Ashley Goodwin led Ohio State with two hits.Senior pitcher Shelby McCombs knocked in both of the Buckeyes’ runs with a home run in the fourth inning.Game TwoOhio State got off to a hot start by scoring four runs in the first inning, but it was all downhill from there with the Wildcats running away to a 14-6 victory Sunday in another six-inning game.Goodwin launched a three-run home run in the first inning after one run scored on a throwing error. But Northwestern then scored six unanswered runs over the next three innings, kicked off by a solo home run from Lewis in the bottom of the first.Ohio State scored two more runs on an RBI single from junior shortstop Lilli Piper, but Northwestern piled on eight more unanswered runs over the next three innings before the game was called for mercy rule.Northwestern did not exactly beat up on Ohio State’s pitching staff. Rather, the Buckeyes proved to be their own worst enemy, walking 11 Wildcats and allowing just nine hits. McCombs, along with her seven walks, also hit a batter while Ray walked four and uncorked three wild pitches.Ohio State, on the other hand, managed just six hits and four walks against Northwestern freshman Kenna Wilkey in her six innings of work.Senior catcher Sammy Nettling and Lewis each tied for the team lead with three RBIs. Goodwin was matched the two Wildcats with three RBI while Piper had two.Up NextOhio State will look to get back on track when it hosts Ohio University in a double header at 5 p.m. Tuesday. read more

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Driver who killed teenage boy in Tierrasanta hitandrun sentenced to 4 years

Driver who killed teenage boy in Tierrasanta hitandrun sentenced to 4 years

first_img Posted: July 20, 2017 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A 20-year-old woman who had been drinking when she struck and killed a teenage boy in Tierrasanta, then fled the scene, has been sentenced to four years in state prison.Jessica Medsker pleaded guilty to hit-and-run in the March 9 death of 16-year-old Alex Funk. The defendant — who has no prior record — faces anywhere from probation to four years in prison. The conviction is considered a “wobbler,” meaning a judge could reduce it to a misdemeanor at the court’s discretion, said Deputy District Attorney Andrew Aguilar.Aguilar said 16-year-old Alex Funk and a friend were walking southbound in the fast lane of the 5700 block of Santo Road with their backs toward traffic around midnight on March 9. The victim’s friend managed to jump onto a median to avoid being hit. Funk’s family had moved to San Diego seven months before the accident, relatives said. A motorcyclist who was following Medsker estimated she was driving 60 mph in a 45-mph zone when her car struck the teen, according to Aguilar. Medsker was arrested six days later, about a mile from the stretch of road where the victim died. The defendant admitted taking sips from her boyfriend’s alcoholic drink at a La Jolla restaurant earlier in the evening, the prosecutor said.  July 20, 2017 Driver who killed teenage boy in Tierrasanta hit-and-run sentenced to 4 years in state prison Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Tata Zest Spotted on Test Launch Soon

first_imgTata Motors’s upcoming sedan Zest has been spied testing in India again, suggesting the imminent launch of the car.Tata Zest, a car which was first showcased at the country’s biggest automobile extravaganza, Delhi Auto Expo in February is expected to make its domestic auto market entry in near future. The car has made numerous appearances on the cyber space through spied images and reports, now the Motoroids has posted the spied images of the car which was seen testing in Pune.Zest, the first sedan in India with Automated Manual Transmission (AMT), will be offered in both petrol and diesel variants. The petrol version of the Zest will be powered by a 1.2 litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged Revotron engine under the hood, which can churn out a power of 85 PS at 5000 RPM and a peak torque of 140Nm 1750-3000 RPM.The diesel model will come with a 1.3 litre Quadrajet motor, which can generate 90 PS power at 4000 RPM and 200Nm torque at 1750-3000 RPM. The car is expected to come with features like new front grille, projector headlamps, steering wheel and dash board.The auto lovers are also expecting the launch of Tata’s premium hatchback Bolt in the country. Bolt will also pack the same 1.2 litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged Revotron engine and the 1.3 litre diesel engine, and will churn out the same power and torque. Bolt was spied testing in India recently. It is speculated to come with a new audio system that features MapMyIndia GPS, touchscreen and voice commands, center console, infotainment system, electric power steering in place of the Vista’s hydraulic unit, projector headlamps and LED tail lamps.Even though Tata is still silent on the launch date and the availability of the Zest and Bolt in the subcontinent market, the company’s exclusive websites for both the cars are live from Monday (24 March).last_img read more

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Technology Common In The Oil Industry Is Now Being Used For Houstons

Technology Common In The Oil Industry Is Now Being Used For Houstons

first_img X 00:00 /01:02 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Radio Frequency Identification or RFID, is commonly used by oil companies to track drilling samples from rigs. The technology is now being use for forensic science, a chip would be attached to a sample and with the pass of an antenna any information about that sample can be gathered from the chip.Houston Forensic Science CenterTracking is vital for forensic evidence and the RFID’s will streamline that process, said Peter Stout, president and CEO of the Houston Forensic Science Center.“Ability to understand where items are that we are trying to keep track of, and understand they are where they are supposed to be, when they’re supposed to be and the people that are suppose to have access to them do,” he said.Stout also said the RFID will replace having to manually scan barcodes for certain items.“I could have a box that has these RFID tags on them and walk them past an antenna and the antenna will understand everything that is in that box without having to scan each of the individual items,” Stout said.He said in the future they hope to attach the technology to crime scene vehicles. That way investigators can start accounting for evidence before leaving the scene. Sharelast_img read more

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Centre should take responsibility to bring down fuel prices Mamata

Centre should take responsibility to bring down fuel prices Mamata

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said the Centre should look into the issue of surging fuel prices not from a political angle but from a commoner’s point of view.The everyday rise in petrol and diesel prices is causing severe inconvenience to the common people, Banerjee said.Addressing a press conference after reaching Santiniketan on Thursday evening, she said: “All the political parties are urged to organise protest rallies against the steep rise in petrol and diesel prices.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsShe is in Santiniketan to be a part of the Visva-Bharati convocation, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina will also be present.Banerjee, who attended the swearing-in ceremony of JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy in Bengaluru on Wednesday, had a discussion over the issues with chiefs of most of the anti-BJP political parties who were also present during the oath-taking ceremony.Stating that there is need to initiate nationwide protests against the hike in petrol and diesel prices, Banerjee said: “I requested all to build up a protest against it. I spoke to Sonia Gandhi, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and former Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav in this connection. The discussion took place over tea after the oath-taking ceremony of HD Kumaraswamy.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThis comes at the time when the Chief Minister has given a call for a one-is-to-one fight against the BJP in the 2019 general elections with all anti-BJP parties coming together to form a Federal Front.She said that it was the issue related to hike in prices of petrol and diesel for which her party had withdrawn support from the UPA government.When asked whether she would raise the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the convocation programme on Friday, she replied that it would not be the correct platform to do so. “But the issue will be raised if there is any opportunity for the same,” she said. Banerjee said petrol and diesel prices are at an all-time high and it would lead to harassment of common people as prices of essential goods would increase as well. “The prices of petrol and diesel are sky high and it will leave an adverse effect on the farmers,” she said, adding that her political party has already given a call for a statewide protest rally. There will be a rally in Kolkata on Friday and the statewide protest will take place on Saturday.last_img read more

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Drone used to hunt suspected drinkdriver after serious accident on Christmas Eve

first_imgRead MoreWeather warning for fog issued for North Staffordshire and South Cheshire Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailPolice have tonight used a drone to trace a man following a serious accident in the Staffordshire Moorlands. The A52 Leek Road remained blocked due to the accident at the junction with the A522 near Kingsley Moor, – according to Inrix, the traffic data company. The road is now reported to have reopened following the collision tonight (December 24). The drone, operated by West Midlands Police, was used to search for the man, who had left the scene of the collision, in the Cellarhead area. Read MoreHundreds – including celebrities – offer Snoop dog a home as footage of him being dumped in Stoke-on-Trent goes viral The drone being deployed in Cellarhead tonight (Image: West Midlands Police) He has now been located and arrested. A West Midlands Police spokesman said: “Deployed to assist Staffordshire Police for search of male missing from a serious RTC in Kingsley Moor, near Stoke-on-Trent. “Male located and soon to be in custody for drink driving offences.” We have no further information on the accident itself, which is understood to have taken place shortly before 5.30pm this evening, at this stage. center_img The reported location of the accident tonight (Image: Inrix)last_img read more

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