OSU then-sophomore goalie Christian Frey (30) during a game against Omaha on Nov. 8 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern File PhotoStarting out the season 0-4 is never a good thing. But trying to find the first win against the defending national champion proved to be a task too tall for the Ohio State men’s hockey team. OSU (0-6) traveled to No. 3 Providence (4-0-1) to take on the Friars for a weekend series and were beaten twice by scores of 2-1 on Friday and 6-4 the following day.In front of a crowd of 3,033 on Friday night — the first time the Buckeyes and the Friars faced off in Rhode Island’s capital city — Providence jumped ahead 15:24 into the first period when senior defenseman Tom Parisi filtered in his first goal of the season assisted by freshman Erik Foley and junior defenseman Anthony Florentino.Florentino found the back of the net himself 6:22 into the middle period to swell the Friar’s lead to 2-0. Senior forward Steven McParland and freshman forward Ryan Tait assisted on the play.Just five minutes later, OSU cut the deficit in half when sophomore forward Matthew Weis scored on the power play.Junior forward David Gust had the assist on the Weis tally. Gust leads the team in points through six games with a goal and five assists.OSU junior netminder Matt Tomkins made 28 saves on 30 shots while the junior guarding the other cage, in Nick Ellis, had 26 saves on 27 shots.The Scarlet and Gray went 1-of-4 with the man advantage, while Providence didn’t score on any of its four opportunities.In the series finale, 2,764 fans checked into Schneider Arena to watch six goals by six different Friars overpower four goals by four different Buckeyes. Providence held a 6-2 lead in the third period following senior forward Mark Jankowski’s third goal of the season at the 6:15 mark, but OSU did try and climb back into it.Weis notched his second lamp-lighter of the weekend with 7:54 left in the game and freshman forward John Wiitala scored his first collegiate goal a mere 31 seconds after that.The two quick tallies were a nice spark for the Buckeyes, but the hole they dug themselves into was too deep to dig out of. OSU, despite taking the loss, outshot Providence 34-32 in the contest.Tomkins and Ellis were again the starters, as Tomkins made 26 stops while Ellis made 30.Penalties cost the Buckeyes dearly in game No. 2. OSU took 10 penalties, three of which were cashed in on by the Friars. Two of the Buckeyes’ goals came via the power play, as OSU went 2-of-6 on the night.Five of OSU’s six losses this season have come by two goals or less. The six losses mark the worst start in program history.The Scarlet and Gray will look for that elusive first win next weekend as they are set to take on Mercyhurst at the Schottenstein Center on Friday and Saturday. Friday’s puck drop is set for 7 p.m. while Saturday’s face-off penciled in to begin at 4 p.m.
How’s the roster looking for this weekend? Keeping track of the comings and goings of suspended and previously suspended OSU players has been quite a chore lately. Despite being scheduled to return to the Buckeyes this weekend after serving a five-game suspension that was originally administered in December 2010, senior receiver DeVier Posey and senior running back Dan Herron will remain suspended for an additional NCAA violation. Posey and Herron were overpaid by a former OSU booster for work they did not do. Sophomore offensive lineman Marcus Hall, who committed the same violation, is the latest Buckeye to be suspended and will miss the Nebraska game. Senior left tackle Mike Adams and senior defensive lineman Solomon Thomas are returning from five-game suspensions and will dress for the game Saturday. On the team’s latest depth chart, released to media on Tuesday, Adams is listed as the starter at left tackle and figures to provide some much-needed help for OSU’s offensive line. Thomas is not listed on the depth chart, but first-year OSU head coach Luke Fickell said he expects the player to seeing the field against Nebraska. Sophomore wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown is expected to return after missing the Buckeyes’ previous three contests. What’s the key to the game for OSU? Protect the quarterbacks and keep the stingy defense coming. The Buckeyes’ quarterback play was criticized after last Saturday’s 10-7 loss to Michigan State. Criticism should be reserved until we see a combination play calls from the coaching stuff that allow freshman Braxton Miller to get in a passing rhythm along protection from the offensive line, however. Miller and senior quarterback Joe Bauserman have been sacked 14 times in the last three games while sustaining other jarring hits — few quarterbacks can succeed in those conditions. With Brown back at receiver for OSU, conditions are ripe for Miller to air it out at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb., this weekend. The Buckeyes’ defense is ranked No. 4 in the Big Ten and carried more than its share of the load in last weekend’s loss to the Spartans. OSU forced three turnovers, held Sparty to 10 points and a similar performance on Saturday could help lead to an upset victory in the Cornhuskers’ first Big Ten home game. What players on Nebraska could hurt the Buckeyes? The Buckeyes better come ready to stop the run on Saturday because junior running back Rex Burkhead and sophomore quarterback Taylor Martinez have their sights set on OSU. Burkhead and Martinez have combined for 16 rushing touchdowns and 998 yards on the ground. When Martinez drops back to pass, he’s a serviceable signal-caller for the Cornhuskers. Martinez has completed 54-of-107 pass attempts for 823 yards and four touchdowns. Burkhead and Martinez are quite the one-two punch. Nebraska doesn’t appear to have one dominant wide receiver, though its receiving corps is large as 13 players have caught passes for the Cornhuskers this season. Look for Burkhead to pound the rock, Martinez to air it out to one of his many receiving targets and, if he doesn’t find a target that suits him, he’ll tuck the ball and run. What’s the key matchup for this game? Nebraska’s rushing offense, ranked No. 2 in the Big Ten, is set to take on OSU’s No. 3-ranked rushing defense in the conference. The Cornhuskers have rushed for 1,249 yards through five games, good enough for 250 yards per game and 18 touchdowns. By comparison, the Buckeyes have allowed only 94 yards per game and two touchdowns on the ground this season. Saturday’s game could become a nasty battle in the trenches between the two teams. Will OSU win its first-ever trip to Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.? The simple fact is that the 2011 season has already been a down year for the Buckeyes in some respects. OSU still has everything to play for, but the loss to MSU doesn’t leave Buckeye Nation with much reason to believe a turnaround is on the horizon. Anyone that traveled to see the Buckeyes play at Wisconsin last year can be certain that home field advantage is a very real factor in every college football game. Nebraska will have a rowdy, sold out stadium supporting them on Saturday, so OSU will have to contend with that in addition to a talented Nebraska team. One thing is certain: Having seen Nebraska play Wisconsin, we’ll have a clearer picture about how OSU will stack up against the Badgers, the current favorite to win the Leaders Division. OSU’s Big Ten outlook won’t be good after this weekend, though. It’s going to be one wild night in Lincoln this Saturday, and students and citizens alike will celebrate into the night when the Cornhuskers send OSU packing. Final score prediction: Nebraska 31, Ohio State 13
OSU sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott. Credit: Courtesy of OSUAs new players sift in and out of a college football program, the identity of the team ebbs and flows. At Ohio State, that’s especially pronounced when it comes to the running game.After finishing fifth nationally in rushing yards per game last season, the Buckeyes are ranked 81st two weeks into 2014. In OSU’s most recent game — a 35-21 loss to Virginia Tech under the Ohio Stadium lights on Saturday — the team managed a measly 108 yards on the ground.Of those 108 yards, just 58 came from players listed as running backs on the depth chart. Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett accounted for 70 yards, while taking 24 of the team’s 40 total carries in the game. Sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson had negative five yards on two carries, while the team was credited with negative 15 yards.While Barrett spent much of the game running for his life as the pocket broke down around him, the Hokies succeeded in keeping Buckeyes’ playbook largely closed. Redshirt-senior offensive lineman Darryl Baldwin said after the loss the running game is important when it comes to setting up the rest of the offense, but the Buckeyes have not been able to establish their ground game so far this season.“The run game opens up the entire offense,” Baldwin said. “You start play action and drop back passes they (the opposition) are not ready for. It really just opens up everything and we just weren’t able to get it started.”While the Buckeyes tried to use the passing game to open up the running game against Virginia Tech — Barrett had 29 pass attempts compared to just 15 in week one against Navy — Barrett’s nine completions didn’t cut it as the Hokies kept the pressure on Barrett throughout the game.Two games into the season, OSU coach Urban Meyer said this year’s Buckeyes want to emulate the 2013 team’s offensive identity — albeit with more focus on the passing game — but didn’t have a chance to do it against the Midshipmen or the Hokies.“Our offensive identity would be last year with a little more balance and throwing the ball is who we’d like to be,” Meyer said Monday. “That’s kind of what we’re built for schematically.”Meyer went on to say that the running game this season should feature more of a perimeter attack — partially because of the absence of former Buckeye running back Carlos Hyde — but the Hokies’ defense negated that.With the running game stalled, the team turned to the air, which OSU running backs coach Stan Drayton said made it difficult to get rolling on offense.“Any time you feel one-dimensional in a game like that, it’s very frustrating,” Drayton said Monday. “Doesn’t mean the game is going to stop because you’re frustrated, we’ve just got to find the rhythm against a defense like that.”Meyer said he doesn’t expect to see another defense like Virginia Tech — except, perhaps, against Michigan State — but Drayton said the Buckeyes’ offense should “absolutely” have the ability to attack any defense. He added that in order to do that, the team has to keep Barrett out of pressure.“We have to do a better job of protecting our quarterback, a young quarterback who’s experiencing some things for the first time,” Drayton said. “We’ve got to make him feel confident in the people around him.”Out of last year’s offensive line — which was successful in protecting the quarterback — four have moved on to the NFL while the fifth, junior Taylor Decker, slid over to left tackle. Along with those four linemen, the loss of Hyde has forced OSU to try to re-imagine the running game.Drayton said losing Hyde isn’t necessarily good or bad, but simply forces OSU to change its style.Hyde now plays for the San Francisco 49ers and tallied 50 yards and a touchdown on seven carries in his NFL debut Sunday.Through two games, OSU’s new production hasn’t materialized as the best rushing output from a running back was freshman Curtis Samuel’s 45 yards against Navy.While Samuel’s debut was promising as he averaged 6.4 yards per carry, he was handed the ball just five times against the Hokies, totaling 26 yards. He has been the most efficient running back in the offense, but sophomore Ezekiel Elliott has had the most carries at 20, and redshirt-senior Rod Smith — who was listed as a co-starter with Elliott and Samuel — has totaled just two carries, both against Navy, so far this season.“We have a lot of things different right now,” Drayton said. “Offensively we have to fit our skill set, and what they (the running backs) bring to the table is a lot different than what (Hyde) was able to bring to the table last year.”The Buckeyes’ running game is set for another chance to establish an identity on Saturday. OSU is scheduled to take on Kent State at noon at Ohio Stadium.
Brazil national team boss Tite claims his team were better than their Argentine counterparts after leaving it late to win the South American El Clasico.Brazil continued their winning run after beating Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to secure a last-gasp winner against arch-rivals Argentina thanks to Miranda.Tite’s Brazil were far from convincing in attack as they struggled to create any clear-cut chances, with Argentina appearing set to earn a draw in the sapping Saudi heat.“Argentina created chances to score, tried to win, but Brazil were better and the team’s performance was rewarded with the goal,” Tite told FourFourTwo reporters.Tite added: “It [Miranda’s winner] could have been another time, but it was in the end.“The team were concentrating. The corner was the result of a volume of play that we put in the game.”#Superclássico 🏆🇧🇷Neymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.📷 Lucas Figueiredo / CBF pic.twitter.com/r8evyGWh3V— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) October 16, 2018Miranda was the difference in the international friendly, the unmarked Inter defender rising highest to settle the contest.“I am very happy, first, to help my team-mates, and to make a goal against Argentina is exciting and rewarding,” the 34-year-old said.“I dedicate the goal to those who trusted and supported my family. Today I met my wife 16 years ago. and I’m excited, making a goal is very difficult … A kiss for my wife and my children, I want to celebrate the goal with them.”
After his explosive criticism against Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona claims that the interview was doctored and he never attacked the Barcelona star.A few weeks back from his comfortable job as the Sinaloa Dorados manager, Diego Maradona made some incendiary comments about Lionel Messi’s lack of commitment in the Argentine National Team.The statement was very clear and it didn’t look doctored at all, he basically conveyed the same message that millions of Argentineans have been saying about the Barcelona star.Since he began playing for his country, Messi hasn’t won a single trophy with the first squad and he has always struggled to win the heart of many of his compatriots.When the Mexican press asked Maradona about Messi’s role in the squad, Diego’s response was very aggressive and it made a huge echo around the world.This was not the first time that the idol came after Messi for not being able to win trophies for Argentina, he has already stated that Leo has no leadership and basically dissed him several times in front of the press before.But during this new interview for Marca Claro, Maradona’s first response was to deny anything he said and insinuate that the video from that interview was doctored by Fox Sports Mexico.Maradona: “Me hubiese encantado una oportunidad en el Real Madrid. Me sobran espaldas para ello. Pero bueno, las cosas se dieron así. Hoy estoy en Dorados y soy feliz” https://t.co/3yIrBfhDR0— MARCA (@marca) November 14, 2018“It’s all lies. Leo is my friend and I would never attack one of my friends. In any case, I would tell him what I think right to his face. I would never tell him anything like that through an interview,” said Maradona on Marca.“All I’ve ever said about Leo is that he is a football phenomenon and that’s it. I also said that 20 Argentina players went to the bathroom instead of playing a crucial match, but I wasn’t referring to Messi.”“On the contrary, what Leo wanted during the 2010 World Cup was to change clothes quickly so he could step on the pitch and ask for the ball, which is something that many players didn’t want to do.”“A lot of those players wanted to hide from the ball. I am… not tired, but I do want to tell all those people that what Leo and I have is unconditional. I frankly don’t know why they have that obsession with him and I.”Top 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.“People could’ve compared Leo with Ronaldinho for example, ‘Dinho’ really made it “rain” in Barcelona and nobody wants to remember him. Barcelona has that characteristic. They tend to forget their idols pretty quickly.”“You can ask for Rivaldo there, after that goal he scored against Atletico Madrid, or ask about the bicycle kick goal he scored against Valencia.”“Nobody will remember him. You already know what all the papers from Barcelona are like, they will always want me and Leo to get in a fight. But I will go on a barbecue with Leo, we play foot-tennis and we are happy.”“Maybe the people think that we will need to meet with our wives and wearing suits but no, quite the opposite actually. We could easily meet wearing shorts, with no shoes and wearing a casual shirt. No problem man,” he concluded.Messi cada vez que le dicen que Maradona habla de él pic.twitter.com/hILIReDzzJ— ivar arnaldo suarez (@arnaldosuarezlo) November 14, 2018Maradona somehow believes that making these statements will make Lionel Messi forget everything he has already said, but the reality is that Diego has already lost all his credibility with contradictory statements like this.Since the first statements that Maradona made about Lionel Messi a few weeks back, there still hasn’t been any response from the player’s camp and it’s very likely that they will remain quiet about the whole ordeal.This latest Maradona attempt to extend an olive branch is just a feeble attempt to cover up a terrible mistake that may have messed with their friendship and there may not be a way back anymore.🗣 Maradona: “There are players that go to the bathroom 20 times but I never referred to Messi. What I wanted from him at the 2010 World Cup was to change, go on the pitch, look for the ball. I want to say that what I have with Leo is unconditional.”— FC Barcelona Fl 🏆 (@FCBarcelonaFl) November 14, 2018What do you think about Diego Maradona’s contradictory statements about Lionel Messi? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke won’t allow himself to get carried away with their excellent start in the Bundesliga and insisted Bayern Munich remain the favouritesUnder new coach Lucien Favre, Dortmund have opened up an unexpected six-point lead over defending champions Bayern at the top of the standings.It marks a remarkable turn around in form for BVB, who had finished last season a staggering 29 points behind winners Bayern in fourth-place.However, Watzke downplayed their title hopes by insisting Bayern will always be favourites due to their financial strength.“Bayern are always the favourite,” Watze told DPA.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I won’t allow myself to be told anything else. Anyone in such an economic sphere must live with being the perennial favourite.“For us, it is more important that we have shown the German football community that we are a factor to be reckoned with again, that we have brought excitement back to the league.“In the past years, it was effectively clear at Christmas who would be the champions.”Dortmund, who are chasing a first Bundesliga title since 2012, will return to action from the winter break on January 19 away to RB Leipzig.
AC Milan forward Gonzalo Higuain has arrived in London to begin a medical at ChelseaThis new transfer development comes following Milan’s success in agreeing on a deal with Genoa for star striker Krzysztof Piatek.Despite having only arrived Stadio Luigi Ferraris last summer for €4m from Polish club Cracovia, Piatek’s instant impact in Italian football has earned him plenty of admirers with Milan getting in there first.Sky Sports reports that the Rossoneri have agreed to pay Genoa €35m for Piatek’s transfer following a meeting on Tuesday night between the Italian clubs.The 23-year-old has arrived at Milan to begin his medical examination and a deal should be concluded soon.Now Milan have given Higuain the go-ahead to terminate their loan deal with Juventus so that he can complete a similar deal at Chelsea.The Argentina international reportedly boarded a flight to London from Milan this morning and will take a medical before signing his contract at Chelsea.Blues boss Maurizio Sarri hopes to get the deal completed in for Thursday’s Carabao Cup semi-final against Tottenham.Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.However, EFL regulations state that the deal must be completed before 13:00 (CET) today in order for Higuain to be eligible for the squad at Stamford Bridge on Thursday.The 31-year-old should be up for the game after being withdrawn from Milan’s 2-0 win over Genoa in Serie A on Monday by coach Gennaro Gattuso.Chelsea will now snap up Higuain for the remainder of this season with the option of extending it for another 12 months upon certain conditions.The 31-year-old Higuain played under Sarri for one season at Napoli, where he scored a record 36 goals in 35 Serie A games during the 2015/16 campaign before completing a €90m transfer to Juventus.This will allow the out-of-favour Alvaro Morata to finally leave London in favour of a move to Atletico Madrid.Gonzalo Higuain will travel to London today ahead of a move to Chelsea, reports @FabrizioRomano 🔜 pic.twitter.com/YFKNZCt6D1— B/R Football (@brfootball) January 23, 2019
Siliguri: The crucial tripartite meeting on minimum wages for tea garden workers has been postponed to August 6. Labour Minister Moloy Ghatak is expected to announce the minimum wage amount calculated by the state government from Uttarkanya on that day.Earlier, the meeting had been slated for July 31. “Due to the ongoing Assembly session, the meeting had been deferred to August 6,” stated Zai Ur Alam, Convenor of the Joint Forum of Tea Unions (a conglomeration of 26 operating tea unions). Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Joint Forum, demanding the implementation of minimum wages in the tea gardens, had called for a closure of all of them in North Bengal on July 23, 24 and 25 along with a general strike in the tea belt on July 24. Though the unions operational in the Hills had decided not to enforce the bandh, they had called for stopping tea dispatch from the Hill’s gardens. However, following the tripartite talks in Uttarkanya, the Mini Secretariat in Jalpaiguri district on July 17, the Forum had decided to keep the agitation on hold with assurances that the state Law minister would announce the minimum wage amount calculated by the state government in the next round of talks on July 31. The minimum wage is being calculated taking into consideration the various components including the cost of food, clothing, housing and the 1:3 composition (three dependents per worker). At present, the daily wage cash component is Rs 159.
Eggspectation at Jaypee Siddharth, Delhi has come up with a healthy combo meal to soothe your tummy. This new alluring strategy will help you keep a check on your weight. Guess how? The ‘Lite Belly Delight Belly’ meal promotes healthy eating with some mouth-watering smoothies, salads, and sandwiches. Health conscious foodies can now lay their hands on this offer at just Rs 10 multiplied by their weight!And if you think that I am eggsaggerating, you better visit the restaurant to experience their delicious a la carte menu or the ‘Lite Belly Delight Belly’ meal meant for those who are a tad bit concerned about their health. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDetox your belly with an unusual but extraordinary mango-ginger mojito. The combination of these two dominating flavours turns out great for your taste buds. The sweetness of fresh mangoes is balanced by the fiery and pungent taste of the ginger presenting to you a well-blended delight. The Strawberry Lemonade and Green Tea smoothie are as great as the other unusual drinks they serve at Eggspectation created with detox water to keep a check on your healthy intake. These light drinks come with an added advantage – there’s no added sugar, the natural sweetness of the fruits account for the flavour with a tinge of honey. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveKicking off the heat with some cool drinks, the menu will lead you ahead with some innovatively palatable salads. Fruit lovers will be amused to find a Tropical fruit salad which will serve you an array of seasonal juicy fruits. Once the juicy watermelons and mangoes explode in your mouth accompanied by a honey mustard sauce, you may experience the generation of an amazing new flavour built from the goodness of all the components, including arugula and feta cheese, in the salad. In case you have been planning to get the best out of Eggspectation, try out their egg salad out of the many egg-inspired dishes. Finishing your plate of salad, you might already feel quite full, but to satiate your gastronomical pleasures definitely grab a mouthful from the array of sandwiches they have in store. The Jamican jerk chicken sandwich arrives in a huge platter with some veggies on the side enough for two foodies to hog on. In case you have a soft corner for bagels, you would love the appearance of Yolk around the clock – this item has taken bagels to a new level. A sunny side up egg fills the holes of each bagel which is in turn topped with some cheddar cheese and salad veggies. To add that much needed ‘unhealthy fried stuff’, there are fried potatoes and sauces on the side. A divine sense glides down your throat when you gulp that nibble of bagel sandwich, accommodating a fried egg, tomatoes, cucumbers, and cheese in perfect sync with the bread.Upon completion of this humungous meal, it is quite unlikely that one would require any dessert unless you are a staunch sweet tooth. In case you do end up licking an ice cream post this health freak’s meal, remember to do some appropriate workout to balance the dreadful crime you’d just committed. This interesting wave of Lite Belly, Delight Belly is on until July 15.