Les Miles Wasnt A Great Coach But He Was A Great Recruiter

Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Sept. 27, 2016) we talk about tragic death of Miami Marlins pitcher José Fernández and how both the numbers and his background show why he was so great. Then, we chat with Sports Illustrated’s Lindsay Schnell about why LSU fired Les Miles and whether he should give up being a coach and concentrate on being a recruiter. Finally, we break down the numbers behind Kevin Garnett’s historic career. Plus, a significant digit on Vin Scully’s retirement after almost seven decades in the commentator’s chairLinks to what we discuss:Neil Paine says baseball lost a potential all-time great in José Fernández.Josh Levin, in Slate, writes that Fernández represented the future of baseball.The Ringer’s Michael Baumann goes one step further and says Fernández also represented the future of America.Jordan Ritter Conn, on Grantland, tells the story of Fernández’s journey from Cuba to the MLB All-Star Game.ESPN Stats & Information produces the numbers that show Les Miles was a winner early on at LSU, but not so much at the end.Nylon Calculus’s Justin Willard asks how will we remember Kevin Garnett.Dan Rosenbaum breaks down what the adjusted plus/minus statistic says about how good Garnett was on defense.Significant Digit: 67. That’s the number of years Vin Scully has been a broadcaster for the Dodgers. He’ll be calling his final game with the team this weekend. Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed FiveThirtyEight read more

Beside The Points For Monday April 9 2018

See more NBA predictions All newsletters Big Number(s)46 percentThere are only six teams who are on the bubble for a playoff spot in the NBA right now. Three of them are effective locks; the Spurs, Jazz and Thunder each have a higher-than-97 percent chance of making the postseason. This leaves three teams jockeying for two playoff spots. The Pelicans and Timberwolves are in the best position, each projected to finish 47-35 and each with just over an 80 percent chance of getting in. But there’s still hope for the Denver Nuggets, who have a 46 percent chance of making the postseason. [FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slackchris.herring:Shoutout to @kyle’s timing this year. He’s had at least 3 stories in which a team or a player had a huge win that same night. Jokic last night, Blazers a couple weeks back. Good stuff, man.Predictions NBA Oh, and don’t forgetThis is a pro-Nikola Jokic zone haters go elsewhere We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe Things That Caught My EyeWoods and Nicklaus are the only draws in golfTiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus are the only two players where high finishes have a statistically significant effect on Sunday ratings for the Masters tournament. When Tiger finished in the top 10, the average rating was a 10.0, and when Jack finished in the top ten the average rating was a 9.5. [FiveThirtyEight]When Dinosaurs Ruled The EarthThe fullback position is a tough one in the NFL these days. For college fullbacks, they’ve got to make an argument they can also contribute considerably on special teams lest teams overlook them in the draft. This is just part of the position; fullbacks averaged 182.4 plays per season last year, while offenses averaged 1,015.7 snaps per season, meaning you’re only going to see a fullback on offense 18 percent of the time. With a 53-man roster, that’s a tough sell. [ESPN]Sleep; it’s important!I don’t mean to blow your mind with science, but athletes need adequate sleep in order to perform at their peak performance levels. Due to the nature of the NBA schedule and also the width of America, that isn’t always feasible. There were 54 games this NBA season where one team faced a significant competitive disadvantage because of scheduling. For instance, the Denver Nuggets played in Memphis, then left immediately and traveled overnight, then lost an hour en route to Cleveland where they played their third game in five days. Indeed, the Nuggets have been the victims of these “schedule alert” games more than any other team, six of the 54 total games. [ESPN]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?Big Ten lost in Frozen FourThe Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs best out Notre Dame this past weekend to win the Frozen Four NCAA men’s hockey tournament. They were the distinct underdogs; Minnesota Duluth spent just $655,000 on men’s hockey to Notre Dame’s $1.6 million. [ESPN]College Football Playoff probably happens without a Big 12 teamWith Oklahoma sending Baker Mayfield to the NFL, the Big 12 will see its chances of sending a team to the College Football Playoff slashed to 26 percent, lower than any of the other Power 5 conferences. Part of this is that the Big 12 lives and dies based on Oklahoma’s disproportionate performance. The SEC has an 84 percent chance of sending at least one team to the playoff, the Big Ten has an 80 percent shot and the ACC has a 65 percent chance. [ESPN]Cavs should consider preventing the other team from scoring so muchThe Cleveland Cavaliers would ideally prefer to make the NBA Finals, but they have a tough time preventing the other team from scoring the ball a lot, a strategy that other teams have taken to calling “defense.” Yes, interfering with the capacity of opponents to score is, for 28 other teams, a higher priority than for the Cavs and their 29th ranked defense. If they want to beat the Raptors, Celtics or Sixers — again, all who make any attempt, however small, to stop the other team from getting points — LeBron James should consider it! [ESPN] read more

Ohio State womens basketball blows out Buffalo in NCAA tournament opening round

OSU sophomore guard Asia Doss (20) shoots a free throw during the second half a game against Michigan State in the Big Ten tournament on March 5 in Indianapolis. OSU lost, 82-63. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Asst. Sports EditorThe week leading up to the Big Ten tournament was incredibly rough on the Ohio State women’s basketball team. The team endured two road defeats after struggling through four grueling overtime periods, a deflating feeling heading into postseason play.After disposing of Rutgers, the Buckeyes headed into a semifinal matchup with the Michigan State Spartans with hopes of setting things straight before the NCAA tournament. However, OSU suffered two defeats against the Spartans: a near-20-point loss and the realization that the sprained right wrist suffered by senior guard Ameryst Alston the game before would prevent her from being too involved in the offense.That instability heading in could have been a reason for the No. 3-seeded Buckeyes’ apparent unreadiness to start Friday’s first-round NCAA tournament contest against No. 14 seed Buffalo. Eventually, however, the OSU offense overcame the early-game nerves, sending the Bulls packing with an 88-69 victory at St. John Arena.“It just felt like and looked like we got back to playing more like the team we’re capable of being,” said OSU coach Kevin McGuff.With Alston on the bench, sophomore guards Kelsey Mitchell and Asia Doss paved the way offensively for the Buckeyes, tallying a game-high 27 and a career-high 16 points, respectively. A pair of forwards, sophomore Alexa Hart and junior Shayla Cooper, provided the opposite with a punishing presence for the Buckeyes down low. Hart came up big for the Buckeyes with five rebounds, five blocks and two steals.As a team the Buckeyes shot 52.4 percent from the field and 47.1 percent from three, with the distribution of scoring being divided mostly between Mitchell, Doss and Cooper, who netted 17 points.The defensive pressure fueled by the full-court press resulted in Buffalo shooting just under 30 percent from the field. The Bulls hit the offensive boards hard, but their inability to finish around the rim erased their efforts in the paint. Sophomore guard Joanna Smith finished the day with a team-high 23 points.“I think that their length and their size just got the better of us for a bit,” said Buffalo freshman forward Courtney Wilkins.The Buffalo defense heavily contested the Buckeyes at the start of each quarter. OSU would hit their stride at the end of every period, but the break in between allowed the Bulls ample time to adapt and break the Buckeyes’ rhythm.The first few minutes of the first and second quarters were troublesome for the Buckeyes. Buffalo opened Friday’s contest with a 7-2 advantage, but the OSU women stifled the Bulls over the final five minutes of the first quarter.“I thought our defense did a good job with attacking them aggressively the first couple minutes of the game, but then after that they have guards that still did a good job at attacking,” Smith said.Despite allowing the Bulls to get the upper hand early on, the Buckeyes were extremely dangerous on Friday once they hit their stride. Unanswered runs of 22 and nine points in the first and second quarters, respectively, thwarted any previous Buffalo efforts toward an upset.“I feel like we had to pick (our defense) up a lot, and we emphasized that in practice,” Doss said.Doss sparked the initial run by the Buckeyes, hitting the second of back-to-back 3-pointers to give OSU its first lead of the game with just over three and a half minutes remaining in the first period. From that point on, the Buckeyes never trailed again.Mitchell and Doss were the spark plugs for the offense on Friday, shooting a combined 53.6 percent from the field. The backcourt duo was often the initiator in overwhelming Buffalo with the offensive onslaught that was present at most times throughout the season.The difference in Friday’s scoring dominance centered around the absence of Alston. The senior guard being confined to the sidelines was noticeable at first, but OSU found its groove in patches.When the team was completely in sync, the Buckeyes seemed like one of the most dangerous forces in the country.However, the spell of droughts, which only came in small pockets, presented some trouble.“Buffalo, they got off to a quick start, and our kids didn’t panic,” McGuff said. “We just kind of kept doing the things that make us good.”The Buckeye defense stepped up immensely whenever the offense sputtered, keeping tabs on Buffalo’s offense all day long. During OSU’s uncontested runs, the Bulls missed on all 16 of their shots, while the Buckeyes forced four turnovers and blocked five shots.The defensive pressure the Scarlet and Gray forced upon the Bulls throughout the course of the game eventually wore the visitors out. Once the Buckeyes started to push the pace of the game with an effective press and forward-thinking up-court visibility, they never let up.The drive that was on display for most of Friday’s game was what most were used to seeing throughout the course of the Buckeyes’ campaign. Even though the home team was missing Alston, a key component to the team’s regular-season success, the team chemistry became fluid as the game progressed.“I think what was different compared to today’s game and previous games is our intensity and our focus and our concentration on a lot of stuff that needed to be focused on,” Mitchell said.OSU led by 34 points at one point but let its foot off the gas during the final period of play. The runs that the team put together in the first half put the team in a position to cruise to the end of regulation.“We got a little bit lackadaisical in the second half, and it’s always upsetting as a coach to see that, especially when we played so hard in the first half,” McGuff said.Buffalo did chip into the Buckeyes’ lead at times during the second half, but Mitchell continued to step up as one of the nation’s top scorers to keep the Bulls out of striking distance.With the advancement to the second round, the Buckeyes are set for a Sunday matchup with No. 6 seed West Virginia. Tipoff time at St. John Arena has yet to be announced. read more

Ohio State womens basketball downs Illinois in shootout

The Illinois women’s basketball team hasn’t won a Big Ten game this year. That didn’t change Sunday afternoon when No. 10 Ohio State (19-1, 6-1 Big Ten) handed the Fighting Illini (6-14, 0-7 Big Ten) their seventh straight loss, 96-84. While the Buckeyes walk away with a victory, the Illini kept the game close until late in the match. “They’re as athletic as any team in the country,” OSU coach Jim Foster said. Before coming into Sunday’s game, the Fighting Illini had lost their last five games by a total of 18 points, including one overtime game. “We’re almost there, I just got to push them to get better,” said Illinois coach Jolette Law. At the end of the first half, the Buckeyes had a 44-36 lead, but it was in the second period of the game when the Buckeyes would be tested. Illinois cut the lead to four points after junior guard Tayler Hill was called for a flagrant foul. OSU then answered with consecutive 3-point plays from freshman guard Raven Ferguson and freshman forward Kalpana Beach to give OSU an eight-point lead with nine minutes left in the second half, but the lead wouldn’t last. With less than six minutes in the game, Illinois senior guard Lydia McCully hit both foul shots to knot the score at 76. The tie was short-lived though, as Hill and senior guard Samantha Prahalis drained consecutive 3-point shots to give the Buckeyes a six-point lead. “It comes with us being veteran guards and having the experience,” Prahalis said. “When the score is close like that, we need to score. We need to get a good shot.” The three points were among 10 Prahalis had in the final five minutes of the game. Prahalis led all Buckeye scorers with 28 points and six assists, followed closely by Hill, who added 26 points. While OSU only shot 48.6 percent in the first half, OSU rallied in the second half to finish with 96, their highest point total of the year. Sunday’s score was also the largest point total the Buckeyes have put up since 2009. The 84 points were the highest point total any opponent has scored against the Buckeyes this season. The Fighting Illini were led in scoring by junior forward and Ohio native Karisma Penn, who contributed 23 points. Penn was followed by junior guard Adrienne GodBold, who added 18 points and seven rebounds. Sunday’s win increases OSU’s winning streak to four, but the team is still a game behind Purdue for the conference lead. The top two teams in the Big Ten will face each other Feb. 12, when the Boilermakers travel to Columbus, Ohio. OSU will face the Fighting Illini again February 9. The Buckeyes return to action Thursday at Indiana. Tipoff is at 8 p.m. read more

Commentary Wrestling more than just a complex sport

I love sports. Prior to this semester, whenever I said that, I actually meant that I loved baseball, basketball and football. Growing up, all I ever played or watched on TV were those three. I tended to cast all the “lesser” sports like hockey and soccer aside. They bored me. But that’s only because I never gave them a chance. I never understood them. Like the majority of sports enthusiasts, I followed the most popular ones, indulging anything and everything I could about them. I understood their ins and outs. The more knowledgeable I became, the more I enjoyed the sport. So it’s by no coincidence that my favorite sport happens to be baseball because I comprehend it the best. When I decided that I wanted to be a sports journalist late in my freshman year, I had dreams of one day writing about the “big three” athletic events. Never did I envision reporting on a sport I hadn’t the slightest clue about. I just had the gut feeling that I’d hate it. Who likes to write about things they have no interest in? Certainly not this guy. That’s when it happened. At the beginning of this semester, I walked into the Lantern class as a sports reporter for the first time. I was psyched. I had the pre-conceived notion that I was going to be writing about Ohio State football, basketball and baseball (I did end up covering two out of the three, however. Not bad). But when I saw which beat I was assigned to, my heart sank. Wrestling? Other than the fact that it involved two guys rolling around on a mat, I knew next to nothing about the sport. I was having a mini panic attack. How was I going to write about something that I knew as much about as knitting a sweater? My first story was due in a couple of days and I honestly didn’t know how I was going to do it. Fortunately, I had confidence in my ability to learn enough about wrestling in a short period of time to be able to write a passable story. I literally Google-searched “wrestling for dummies” to soak up as much information as I could. How embarrassing. I read about the fundamentals, from the different positions to all the different types of moves a wrestler could make to gain points. I read about how the scoring works, that every move had a consequence, awarding points to either the wrestler who committed the move or to his opponent. I had heard the terms before, but I never knew what they actually meant until now. This was a complex sport. The first story I was assigned was about reigning 133-pound NCCA champion Logan Stieber’s injury update. I thought to myself, “My first time doing some actual sports reporting and I get to interview a national champion? This might actually be pretty cool after all.” When I walked into the Steelwood Athletic Training Facility for the first time to conduct interviews with the OSU wrestling team, I really didn’t know what to expect. I arrived at the tail end of the team’s practice and the wrestlers were paired off, grappling with one another. The way they countered each other’s moves and maneuvered to gain a better position, it was almost like an art. It was entrancing. After practice, coach Tom Ryan, Stieber, redshirt sophomore Josh Demas and freshman Mark Martin all talked to me and to my surprise, were all down-to-earth guys. They gained a lot of respect with me for that. As my visits to Steelwood increased and as I acquired more insight on the sport through research and observation, my appreciation for wrestling began to build. But it wasn’t until I attended the home meet against Penn State back on Feb. 10 that I gained a true appreciation for the sport. More than 6,000 screaming fans created an atmosphere in St. John Arena that I could only compare to a big-time basketball or football game. It was so intense. I never would have guessed that a sport such as wrestling could be so exciting. After back-to-back pins by Stieber and his younger brother, Hunter, in the second and third bouts of the meet, the crowd erupted in applause. Then I thought to myself, wait, this is wrestling. I like basketball this time of year. I’m not supposed to like this, right? Wrong. Although the Buckeyes ended up losing the match, 29-18, I could see how much hard work these guys put in it. They battled the entire match and that really resonated with me. I never expected to like wrestling, but boy, I’m glad that I had the opportunity to cover it. As the cliché phrase states, “You’ll never know if you like something until you try it.” Well, I tried it, and I liked it. So now, when I say I love sports, wrestling belongs on that short list right next to baseball, basketball and football. read more

Ohioraised tennis players putting stamp on Ohio State mens tennis

Redshirt-sophomore Chris Diaz serves the ball during a match against Texas A&M Feb. 9 at the Varsity Tennis Center. OSU won, 4-3.Credit: Alice Bacani / BuckeyeTV news directorRedshirt-senior Peter Kobelt (right) and redshirt-junior Kevin Metka talk before a serve during a match against Texas A&M Feb. 9 at the Varsity Tennis Center. OSU won, 4-3.Credit: Alice Bacani / BuckeyeTV news directorThe game of tennis ranges all across the globe. No one country stands above the rest.In fact, five different countries are represented in the top 12 of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association men’s singles rankings.With the sport being prominent throughout the world, college rosters are littered with players from all over the globe. While the No. 1 Ohio State men’s tennis team is no different, with players on the roster from Croatia, Finland and Germany, what gives them a more “hometown” feel is how three of their starters grew up and played high school tennis in the greater Columbus area.Redshirt-senior Peter Kobelt, redshirt-junior Kevin Metka and redshirt-sophomore Chris Diaz were all familiar with each other before becoming teammates at OSU. All three attended schools in the 614 area code, and their high school teams played one another throughout the season in what were described as friendly matches.Kobelt became a Buckeye by way of New Albany High School, graduating in 2009. During his time there, he won a Division II state title in doubles (2007) and a Division I title in singles (2009) before being named an All-American and ranked in the top 60 in U.S. Seniors Standings.Metka graduated from Worthington Kilbourne in 2010 and won the Division I state singles title that year, taking home the Division I doubles title the year before.Graduating from Watterson in 2011, Diaz and was the most glorified of the three coming out of high school. After winning a state doubles title as a freshman with his brother Phillip in 2008, he went on to win two straight Division II singles titles in 2010 and 2011. Diaz didn’t lose a single match after his sophomore year en route to being named the No. 1 player in his class in the state of Ohio. His last loss in high school, though, was in the state doubles championship to Metka and Kilbourne in ’09.“I’ve joked with him once or twice about it,” Metka said about defeating Diaz at state championships. “Totally joking, say ‘Remember what the score was back (in ’09)?’”The trio dominated Ohio high school tennis from 2007-12, winning a combined seven titles before enrolling at OSU.The time they put in on court leads to a friendship that has only grown stronger since becoming teammates.“We knew each other pretty well growing up,” Diaz said. “Playing a lot of the same tournaments, we already had that relationship. And being Columbus kids, you kind of stick together. It’s pretty cool.”Having three stars just outside of campus was luxury for OSU coach Ty Tucker, providing him with a chance to always be working with them to make them better players.“In an individual sport, you get unlimited practice time in the summer months,” Tucker said. “To be able to be from Columbus and be able to see your family on weekends … it certainly makes it that much easier to play in a year-round program.”The opportunity to fine-tune their game was a great opportunity because OSU is nationally ranked in the top 5 consistently. That success demands the best of the best.The three came in and each redshirted their first year to help better prepare for the high level of competition they were going to play.Now the time and work they’ve put in has paid huge dividends, as they are each key members in the six-man rotation the Buckeyes have used all season.“They’re all very good players,” Tucker said. “The nice things is they could’ve gone to other programs and started four straight years, and they wanted to come to Ohio State for a chance to get better.”The friendship Metka, Diaz and Kobelt had already formed helped the team come together as a whole, as they began the season ranked No. 5, since moving up to the top spot in the rankings.“I think it unites the team,” Kobelt said of their relationship. “It makes it easier for the Europeans to come over … it’s a more relaxed setting, people are more comfortable with what’s going on. I think, overall, it helps having guys from your own state play for your team.”Voted captain at the beginning of the season and playing first singles every match, Kobelt’s development allowed him to grow into the team’s leader. He is currently ranked seventh in the nation and has a chance to earn a NCAA Singles Championship.Metka is best known for his prowess in doubles and he and Kobelt team up to form the third ranked doubles team in the nation. He also cracked the top 125 rankings in singles for the first time in his collegiate career April 8.Diaz has been holding steady at third singles for the Buckeyes where he is known to frustrate opponents with a never-give-up attitude, returning almost every shot that comes his way.Already having won 187 straight home matches, with half of the starters being from Columbus, it provides fans with a little extra incentive to watch the Buckeyes continue their reign of terror in the city.“I think it helps with the fan base,” Kobelt said. “When they see a lot of guys from Ohio, they want to come out and watch and cheer for us more.”The fans that have been paying attention have been provided a treat.After clinching at least a share of the Big Ten with a 4-3 win at Purdue Sunday, Kobelt, Metka and Diaz have combined for 12 Big Ten titles and have not lost a single regular season match in Big Ten play.This season they have already won the ITA Indoor National Championship and broke the NCAA All-Time home win streak in what really has been a dream season so far for them. Winning at their dream school makes it even more special for them, though.“I think all three of us can agree that we all take pride in being from Columbus,” Metka said. “We’ve all been Buckeye fans since we were young … I think it helps push us.”The trio is set to continue their journey Friday as OSU is scheduled to take on Iowa at home. First serve is set for 6 p.m. read more

Womens volleyball Ohio State to play homeandhome with Notre Dame after Hurricane

Members of OSU women’s volleyball team celebrate after a point during a match against Nebraska on Oct. 14 at St. John Arena. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Former Assistant News DirectorThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team was meant to compete in the Coastal Carolina Classic in Conway, South Carolina, this weekend. However, the tournament has been cancelled due to severe weather warnings of Hurricane Irma which may affect the area over the weekend.Ohio State will instead be hosting Notre Dame on Friday at 7 p.m., who will then host the Buckeyes on Sunday at 1 p.m., due to Hurricane Irma threats in South Carolina.The Buckeyes and Fighting Irish were two of the four teams scheduled to take part in the South Carolina tournament. Florida International and Coastal Carolina, the host, were the other two teams in the tournament.Although admission to both matches will be free, Ohio State will be collecting cash donations at Friday night’s game for the Red Cross hurricane relief fund. read more

Football Jordan Fuller confident in opposite safety position ahead of season opener

Ohio State then-sophomore safety Jordan Fuller (4) attempts to tackle Michigan State junior lineback Andrew Dowell (5) during the fourth quarter of the OSU vs. MSU game on Nov. 11 at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State won 48-3. Credit: Ris Twigg | Former Assistant Photo EditorFor the Ohio State secondary, the 2018 season seems to be beginning in a similar way to last year. With three players rotating for playing time at cornerback, the Buckeyes had three safeties battling for two starting spots heading into the first game against Indiana last year, one which was already inherited by a veteran in former Ohio State safety Damon Webb. Now, as the 2018 season is about set to begin on Sept. 1 against Oregon State, the spot Webb had a year ago has now been taken by the player who won the starting job opposite him last season. In one season, junior safety Jordan Fuller has emerged as one of the primary leaders in the Ohio State locker room, being named a captain on defense. However, with Fuller moving into the leadership role, the spot next to him is vacant again. And, as it was last season, there has been a significant competition to fill it. Sophomore safeties Jahsen Wint and Isaiah Pryor have been battling for the spot since spring practice began and has continued throughout fall camp, even into the week before the first game of the season. When the depth chart was released for Saturday’s game against the Beavers, it seemed Pryor had the advantage, being named as the sole starter opposite Fuller in the season opener. However, defensive coordinator Greg Schiano has said that both Pryor and Wint have earned playing time, saying the competition for the starting safety position has “raised both Isaiah and Jahsen’s game.” Fuller said both the safeties have grown exponentially compared to the start of spring practices. “They have both progressed greatly this whole camp,” Fuller said. “I’m really excited for both their years. It’s a tight competition.” Even though the starting spot beside him does not have a solidified answer, Fuller is confident in the relationship he has with both Wint and Pryor, saying there is already a chemistry built with each of them. Fuller should know, any starting safety spot is up for grabs at any point during the year. After splitting time with former Ohio State safety Erick Smith to start the 2017 season, Fuller took a firm hold on the starting safety spot, eventually leading the Buckeyes with 70 tackles last season. With that experience from last year, Schiano knows, even though Pryor might get the first snaps in Saturday’s game against Oregon State, nothing is set in stone. “I don’t know if that will happen or if all season long those guys will go back and forth,” Schiano said. “But whatever happens, I’ve said this to you guys before, you can’t make it happen, you’ve got to let it happen. Now you encourage and you coach and you teach, but at the end of the day they have to go out there and play their way into a position.” No matter who is out on the field with the captain against Oregon State, he is confident neither Pryor nor Wint will miss a beat. “We will see how it all shakes out on Saturday, but I am more than good with whoever is playing,” Fuller said. “More than good.” read more

Mens Hockey No 6 Ohio State claims Big Ten regular season title

Senior forward Mason Jobst races for a loose puck during the first period of Ohio State’s hockey game vs. Michigan on Jan. 11. Ohio State lost 2-1. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternDespite losing its first game of the series, the Ohio State men’s hockey team (19-8-5, 12-6-4 Big Ten)  tied Michigan (13-12-7, 9-8-5 Big Ten) on Saturday, securing the regular season Big Ten title.Game 1In a tight, grueling battle on Friday, Michigan would take the 4-2 win against Ohio State in Game 1 of the weekend series.  In the third period, what proved to the the turning point of the game, Michigan scored three times, twice within the last four minutes, ending its tie with the Buckeyes and securing them the win. The Buckeyes, meanwhile, were only able to net one goal in the third period when junior forward Tanner Laczynski, with an assist from senior forward Freddy Gerard, shot a puck past the Michigan defense.Ohio State senior forward Mason Jobst managed to score the first goal of the night, his 17thgoal of the season, within the first five minutes of the second period, giving the Buckeyes the upper hand after nearly 25 minutes of stalemate. Michigan responded with only 2.4 seconds left on the clock, however, and managed to tie it up. In the first period, Ohio State came out on top in terms of shots, doubling Michigan’s shot total 10-5.Game 2After recording a 3-3 tie at the end of regulation, Jobst recorded a goal in a one-on-one matchup against Michigan freshman goalie Strauss Mann in second overtime, earning the point to secure Ohio State’s Big Ten regular season championship.  In the second period, Ohio State senior forward Brendon Kearney broke the 1-1 tie and scored with 17:07 left in the period. This was followed up minutes later when senior forward John Wiitala scored Ohio State’s last goal of the night on a power play. The Wolverines only managed one goal in the last half of the second period, keeping them down 3-2 going into the third.Ohio State was again able to score the first goal of the night.Following Michigan receiving a major penalty, junior forward Carson Meyer started the night off in a convincing manner when his puck found its way past the Wolverines defense and into the net 11:54 into the game. With less than five minutes left on the clock, though, Michigan was able to tie the game up 1-1 heading into the second period.Halfway through the third period,, the Wolverines netted their last goal of the match. While Ohio State was not able to score any goals in the period, it was able to kill a major penalty in the last five minutes despite being down a player, securing the Buckeyes a tie game at the end of regulation,Ohio State will end the regular season against Michigan State at home on Friday at 6:30 p.m and Saturday at 5:00 p.m. read more

Pentonville inmate stabbed to death Two arrested over attack after exTeam GB

first_imgTwo prisoners have been arrested over the death of an inmate at Pentonville jail that led to a visiting former Olympic athlete being caught up in a lockdown.Another two inmates remain in a critical condition in hospital after the stabbing attack at the north London prison on Tuesday afternoon.Dalton Grant, who represented Team GB in the high jump at three Olympic Games, was giving a motivational talk at the prison when the incident took place.The 50-year-old told on Twitter how the prison was put into “lockdown” following the attack and he had to stay for several hours longer than planned. According to a HM Inspectorate of Prisons report in February last year, the prison sees a rapid turnover with more than 100 new prisoners a week and it was “performing poorly” as a result of staff shortages, overcrowding and prisoners’ easy access to drugs.Nick Hardwick, then chief inspector of prisons, also noted in his report: “Most prisoners felt unsafe; levels of violence were much higher than in similar prisons and had almost doubled since the last inspection.”Former prisons minister Andrew Selous insisted money was being invested in recruiting new staff and building modern jails.”What has happened is horrendous. I have met the parents of prisoners who have been murdered and it is horrific and my deepest sympathy goes out to all those affected,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. Meanwhile, the Prison Governors Association (PGA) has renewed calls for a public inquiry into the state of jails in England and Wales following the death.The union said Government cuts to staff and resources meant the “tragedy” at Pentonville was “no massive surprise”.The most recent statistics published by the Ministry of Justice showed there were 100 apparently self-inflicted deaths in the year to March – the highest for more than a decade.There were more than 20,000 assaults – 2,813 deemed “serious” – in the 12 months to December, a rise of 27 per cent year-on-year, and nearly 5,000 attacks on staff – a jump of more than a third compared with 2014.John Attard, PGA national policy officer, said: “It is no secret that we have had concerns about cuts and resources over the last four years. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) statistics paint a very grim picture indeed.”Sadly, it comes as no massive surprise to anybody close to this that we have had a tragedy such as this.”The Prison Service paid staff to leave, the years of experience, the mentoring, the sharing of their experiences – a lot of that has been lost, and it is showing. It’s why we need an inquiry into this.” Pentonville prison Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Officers and paramedics from London Ambulance Service were called to Pentonville at around 3.30pm on Tuesday where they found three prisoners with stab wounds.One, a man in his 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene at 4.25pm.The two other men, aged 21 and 30, were taken to an east London hospital where they remain in a critical condition, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said.Two men, aged 34 and 26, remain in custody. The Prison Service confirmed it is investigating.HMP Pentonville is a category B Victorian prison which opened in 1842 and holds more than 1,200 adults. The victim was an inmate at Pentonville Credit:Anthony Devlin /PAcenter_img Violence broke out at Pentonville prison on Tuesday afternoonCredit:Jonathan Brady/PA We now ask for the Ministry of Justice to fully investigate this matter and the underlying problems within the prison estatePrison Officers Association Giving a talk at Pentonville prison today. Great to give back had to stay for a few hours longer. Someone got hurt. Lockdown.— Dalton Grant (@Dalton237) October 18, 2016 Pentonville prison  “The Government absolutely gets the seriousness of the violence issues, there is a huge amount of work being done to reduce violence.”But he said: “We absolutely need more officers on the wings,” adding that ministers had promised extra funding.The Prison Officers Association (POA) said it “once again” has serious concerns following the incident.In a statement, the union said: “The actions of the staff at Pentonville maintained good order and discipline and prevented this situation escalating.”The POA said it will not make further comment “other than to say the unprecedented rise in violence in all of our prisons must not be underestimated”.It added: “We now ask for the Ministry of Justice to fully investigate this matter and the underlying problems within the prison estate.”A Ministry of Justice spokesman said:  “The Secretary of State has been clear that safety in prisons is fundamental to the proper functioning of our justice system and a vital part of our reform plans.”We are fully committed to addressing the significant increase in violence, self-harm and self-inflicted deaths in our prisons.”Earlier this month the Justice Secretary announced an immediate investment of an additional £14million in ten of our most challenging prisons, increasing staffing levels by over 400 prison officers.”In the coming weeks she will be publishing a White Paper setting out plans across the estate for prison safety and reform to 2020 and beyond.”Plans to shut old Victorian jails have also been outlined as part of a modernisation drive, with only HMP Holloway in north London confirmed as facing closure so far.last_img read more