Eddie Robinson would not be happy about this. In fact, he’d be embarrassed. An attorney in Grambling, Louisiana, where Robinson coached at Grambling University for 57 years, has asked the NCAA infractions committee to vacate some of the late Joe Paterno’s wins at Penn State in light of evidence indicating he might have participated in a cover up of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse drama.Her goal: To move Robinson back to the top position in all-time NCAA Division I victories. What a cheap approach.Paterno has 409 career wins. Robinson has 408, getting passed by Paterno less that two weeks before the Sandusky case broke.City attorney Pamela Breedlove said she filed the request with the approval of Mayor Edward Jones because the university is such a valued and important part of the city, according to the Shreveport (La.) Times.Breedlove said she did not have an opinion about how many victories should be vacated, which speaks to how outrageous this request.The three-page letter she sent to the NCAA details the city’s position, which says that the Freeh Report’s conclusions are enough evidence to give the record back to Robinson.”We just believe that you would want to associate the record with someone who had the character of coach (Eddie) Robinson,” Breedlove said. ”Especially now that we’ve come to realize how bad things really were (at Penn State).”Robinson, who was a man of immense character and pride, would be irate over such silliness. He would never want to achieve the record by retroactively taking away Paterno victories. In fact, it is a ludicrous notion for the NCAA to consider and an even worse idea to believe Robinson would be in agreement of such a tactic.NCAA spokesman Amy Kudwa Dunham confirmed that the letter had been received, but added that the ”issue is not before the infractions committee at this time.” She declined additional comment.The school president at Grambling neither endorsed nor dismissed the idea.”Grambling State University is a proud institutional member of the city of Grambling, Louisiana and a proud member of the NCAA,” Frank G. Pogue said in a statement. ”We are as passionate about Coach Eddie legacy as anyone. This is an NCAA matter.”Robinson, who died in 2007, had 45 winning seasons during his career that spanned more than half a century.Grambling plays in the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA), a step below the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A), which is where Penn State competes.
Tiger Woods didn’t win the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday but still managed to make history. Woods’ third-place finish earned him $544,000, enough cash to make Woods the first golfer in PGA tour history to make $100 million in purse money.Woods has earned $100,350,700 in prize money since he burst onto the scene in 1996, and according to dailymail.com his lifetime earnings are estimated at $1.15 billion.“I won fewer tournaments than Sam Snead has, but obviously he was in a different era,” said Woods. “It’s just that we happened to time it up right and happened to play well when the purses really had a nice spike up.”Despite winning a PGA Tour record 82 tournaments during his career Snead earned just $620,000 over the course of his career. His largest prize was $28,000 for finishing second in 1968, while on average Woods has taken home $362,000 for each of his 74 victories.The $100 million earned by Woods is a testament to his impact on the game of golf from both a social and economic standpoint. Woods becoming the first African-American to win majors on the PGA Tour opened up the sport to an entirely new demographic. As a result, revenue soared.“It was nice to have a nice start to my career, and I won some majors early,” said Woods. “I think we got some interest in the game of golf. A lot more youth, that’s for sure.”While Woods’ hesitancy to fully acknowledge his African-American heritage may bother some, it has never affected the support Woods has received from the black community. Even after a sex scandal that ruined his family and dented his once ironclad reputation, the majority of the black community has stood firm in their support of Woods simply because of what he represents.When he stepped away from golf, ratings and equipment sales plummeted as a result of what CBS’s Jim Edwards referred to as ‘The Woods’ Effect.”“The entire category of golf ball brands lost $10.2 million in revenue during Woods’ absence,” he said. “That’s how powerful the Woods’s effect is—his mere presence or absence makes or costs the golf industry tens of millions of dollars, whether he wins or not.”
Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook returned from a six-month layoff and scored 21 points in a 103-96 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday.Westbrook wasted no time getting back to his shooting form with 5 of 16 from the field, 2 of 18 from beyond the arch and 11 of 14 from the foul line. The all-star point guard has been out for tearing the lateral meniscus in his right knee during the second game of last year’s NBA playoffs.Though he shot poorly at the 3-point range, Westbrook was pretty satisfied with his performance.“I just missed some easy ones but that will come,” Westbrook said. “I’m able to do what I want. I could be better but that’s all right. That’s expected. I’m not expected to come back and be bionic man. I’m just going to work my way through it.”Layne Murdoch/NBAE/Getty ImagesRussell Westbrook returned weeks ahead of schedule and scored 21 points in OKC’s home opener.Kevin Durant collected 33 points and 10 rebounds with 10 of 19 shooting and 11 of 13 from the foul line. The Thunder won their fifth straight home opener and defeated Phoenix for the 11th straight time.Suns’ Eric Bledsoe played 40 minutes and went for 26 points and a career-high 14 assists. Point guard Goran Dragic left the game with a sprained ankle early in the third–he never returned. Gerald Green and Channing Frye netted 21 and 19 points, respectively,Phoenix led 79-73 after a 3-pointer by Bledsoe with 7:46 left, but the Thunder scored next eight points, including layups by Westbrook and Reggie Jackson that put them ahead 81-79 with 6:11 left in the game. After that, Pheonix was unable to recover and got their first loss of the season.“Our guys fought hard and that’s a good team and we had a chance to win on their court, so I’m pretty happy with the effort,” Phoenix coach Jeff Hornacek said.The most impressive player on the court was clearly Westbrook, who left his coach inspired by his efforts.“There are two things that (Westbrook) does at a high level,” Brooks said. “He wins. He’s a winner. The guy plays the game like it’s supposed to be played. It’s not always going to be perfect, but he plays with everything he has every single night. To me that’s inspiring. The second thing is leadership. It’s taken him some time to get that. Now he is our leader.”Game Notes:Ibaka had 10 rebounds; Dragic had 10 points before exiting. Green shot 5-of-10 from the 3-point range. The Suns visit New Orleans on Tuesday looking to stay above .500 while Oklahoma City hosts Dallas on Wednesday.
LeBron James and his wife, Savannah Brinson, are the parents of two boys, who have inherited their dad’s athleticism, and a baby girl. (@mrs_savannahrj/Instagram).Three-time NBA champion LeBron James gave a rare glimpse into his personal life when he said he’s apologized to his wife for sacrificing his family to achieve career success.The Cleveland Cavaliers guard told teammates Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye about his drive to become the greatest in the league, saying he’s “addicted to the process” of getting to the top. He realized he placed his high school sweetheart, Savannah Brinson, whom he wed in 2013, and their three children on the back burner.“I just told my wife the other day, I apologized to her.” James said on the Monday, March 6, episode of “Road Trippin’ with RJ & Channing, hosted by Cavs sideline reporter Allie Clifton. “She was like, ‘What are you apologizing for?’ I said, ‘Because the journey that I’m on to want to be the greatest to ever play this game or to the point where no one ever forgets what I accomplished, I’ve at times lost the fact of how important you are to this whole thing. … I want you to understand that along this journey while I’m playing this game, there will be times that I lose the fact of how important you and my three kids are — my babies are.’ ”James also discussed his forays into the entertainment industry, including his multimedia athletics platform, Uninterrupted, which “The Road Trippin’” is now a part of.“To be able to actually produce shows and produce movies and write scripts and things of that nature, to see them come to fruition and see them on TV … that’s great,” he said, noting season two of NBC game show “The Wall” will have 10 more episodes than the first, and Starz’s “Survivor’s Remorse” is returning for a fourth season.“It’s things that I thought of when I was a kid watching ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,’ watching ‘The Cosby Show,’” he said. “To see things coming together is pretty cool.”The four-time MVP also said he looks at his businesses with the same mindset as he does while he’s on the court by focusing on knowledge.“I just think about everything,” James said. “I gotta be very candid and educated about it before I actually execute [a business plan]. And I’m the same way with basketball. I think about the game so much and ways we can be better, ways I can help the team to put us in the best possible position to be successful on the floor to win a ballgame.“So it’s not just me going on plan and it’s the same thing with me as a businessman, too.”
Sloane Stephens’ 4 top 15 wins this month are more than she has ever recorded in any other full season. Surreal return to form.— Tumaini Carayol (@tumcarayol) August 31, 2017 If Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens end up playing in the finals I might gotta take my Black ass to NYC to witness history— yung koala (@kriskoalaa) September 7, 2017 Congrats to @SloaneStephens as she heads into the QFs! 👏 #USOpen @MBUSA pic.twitter.com/WilkiMzYI7— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 3, 2017The world of tennis has a new darling and Twitter users can’t get enough!Sloane Stephens, who teamed with Venus Williams and Madison Keys to become the first trio of Black women to make it to the semifinals in U.S. Open history, has taken social media by storm.And she’s poised to make an even bigger impact Thursday night, Sept. 7, when she takes on two-time U.S. Open champion Venus on the big stage of Arthur Ashe Stadium. Should she pull off the upset, Stephens will secure a spot in her first Grand Slam final.If she wins, it will be the second time Stephens has beaten a Williams sister. The 24-year-old knocked off Serena 3-6 7-5 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in 2013.A win over Venus also would cap a remarkable comeback from a serious foot injury that kept Stephens out of action for 11 months and caused her ranking to drop to No. 957 in the world. It was a long, grueling recovery, but after a slow start to the hardcourt season, Stephens went on a tear. She reached the semifinals in Toronto and Cincinnati prior to arriving at Flushing Meadows, N.Y., and has won 13 of her past 15 matches against top-50 opponents.Related: The Williams’ Sisters’ WinsVenus Williams Gains 9th Wimbledon Final, Awaits MuguruzaVenus Williams Looking for 1st French Open Title In 20th AppearanceSerena Expecting First Baby This Fall; Fans Quickly Realize She Was Pregnant During Historic Australian Open Win“Now, having some good results, it’s only as stressful as it needs to be,” Stephens, currently ranked No. 83, told The New York Times.Stephens’ run, coupled with all the #BlackGirlMagic history-making, has Twitter positively giddy.Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys.Three black women in the semifinals for the first time in #USOpen history #BlackGirlMagic pic.twitter.com/jlxvOOCv9m— Aaron Dodson (@aardodson) September 7, 2017 Sloane Stephens was ranked #957 last month. With her first US Open semi-final, she will be at least #34. 923 spots in one month. Insanity.— Tumaini Carayol (@tumcarayol) September 5, 2017 Hard work pays off!!! Beautiful smile!!!! Well ✅— Deborah Lao (@Daffodils45) September 5, 2017
2Chris SaleBOS63.4Jacob deGromNYM61.81▼ 17Noah SyndergaardNYM56.6Carlos CarrascoCLE56.98▼ PreseasonCurrent 9Carlos CarrascoCLE58.9Gerrit ColeHOU57.91▲ As always, these ratings update after every game to help you stay on top of the latest predictions and World Series odds.Check out our latest MLB predictions. One of the cool features in our MLB predictions model at FiveThirtyEight is its ability to adjust a team’s odds of winning any given game based on the strength of its starting pitcher. We do this by maintaining a constantly updating rating of every starter in baseball, which refreshes after every start based on our version of game score — a metric that grades pitching performances using stats such as strikeouts, walks, home runs and so forth.1For our complete game score formula, please check out our MLB Elo explainer.And who do our ratings say are the best starters in baseball? Here’s how the Top 20 looked on opening day and how it’s changed since: 1Jacob deGromNYM65.1Justin VerlanderHOU62.54▲ 13Corey KluberCLE58.0Kyle FreelandCOL57.12▼ 5Justin VerlanderHOU61.0Max ScherzerWAS61.02▼ 6Aaron NolaPHI60.6German MarquezCOL59.96▲ 19Zack GreinkeARI56.2Clayton KershawLAD56.47▲ 16S. StrasburgWAS56.7S. StrasburgWAS56.9— 14Mike ClevingerCLE57.6Walker BuehlerLAD57.16▼ 10Gerrit ColeHOU58.8Luis CastilloCIN57.422▲ 4Blake SnellTB61.7Blake SnellTB61.2— 12German MarquezCOL58.6Patrick CorbinWAS57.23▲ 15Patrick CorbinWAS57.2Mike MinorTEX57.020▲ PitcherTeamRatingPitcherTeamRatingrk Chg A number of the top aces at the beginning of the season have started the season on the wrong foot. The New York Mets’ Jacob deGrom, Boston’s Chris Sale, Cleveland’s Corey Kluber and Philadelphia’s Aaron Nola have all seen the biggest drop-offs from the original Top 20. Because the ratings roll over from last season, that group hasn’t dropped too far, but they have lost some of their status since the season began. But a handful of others have either pitched their way up the list with good starts (Justin Verlander, Trevor Bauer, German Marquez, Mike Clevinger) or onto it from the outside since the beginning of the year (Cincinnati’s Luis Castillo, Texas’s Mike Minor).These changes matter for our overall season predictions. Game score ratings aren’t just fun — they can have quite an effect on a team’s chance of winning: The Tampa Bay Rays’ chance of beating an average team (on a neutral field) with ace Blake Snell, for instance, is 61 percent; with a league-average starter, that number drops to 53 percent. To help you follow the state of each rotation, we recently added a new feature to our predictions interactive tracking these ratings for every team’s pitching staff (sorted by division). Now we can visualize just how much better Verlander and his fellow Astros are than the rest of the AL West… You can also see how a rotation’s starters stack up against its division foes on our team pages. Here, for example, are the Cleveland Indians, who might have the best rotation in baseball right now: 7Trevor BauerCLE59.9Mike ClevingerCLE59.67▲ 8Walker BuehlerLAD59.0Chris SaleBOS59.16▼ 18David PriceBOS56.4Aaron NolaPHI56.812▼ 20Kyle HendricksCHC56.0James PaxtonNYY56.37▲ … as well as the sad state of the Orioles’ rotation (whose only above-average starter is journeyman Nate Karns): 11Kyle FreelandCOL58.7David PriceBOS57.37▲ Which pitchers have risen and fallen since opening day?Top 20 MLB starting pitchers in 2019, before the season and as of April 30, based on FiveThirtyEight’s Elo pitcher ratings 3Max ScherzerWAS62.7Trevor BauerCLE61.34▲
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics meet again tonight, and this time, it counts.Six days after the Celtics beat the Cavs at the Schottenstein Center in the final preseason game, the teams kick off the NBA regular season at Quicken Loans Arena.The Cavs enter the ’09-’10 campaign trying to maintain focus on the court, despite several mounting issues off of it.New sheriff in townThe Cavs finished last season with the league’s best regular season record, at 66-16. Focus and determination paced the team through the schedule without many distractions or letdowns.With its vast array of team handshakes and pre-game routines, Cleveland demonstrated a close bond that top-tier teams strive for.After sweeping through the first two postseason series unscathed, Cleveland couldn’t contend with Orlando’s hot outside shooting as the Magic dispensed of the Cavs in six games.Orlando exposed weaknesses on the Cavs’ interior, as center Dwight Howard averaged 25.8 points and 13.0 rebounds per game, including 40 points and 14 boards in the series-clinching, game six victory.To counter Orlando’s post supremacy, the Cavs dealt for 15-time All-Star center Shaquille O’Neal. To defy criticism that he had little fuel left in his tank, O’Neal averaged 17.8 points and 8.4 rebounds last season with Phoenix.The King’s cloudy futureThe media have beaten to death the uncertainty regarding league MVP LeBron James’ future in Cleveland.James is scheduled to become a free agent once his contract ends after this season, and he has maintained a firm stance on not exploring his options until the season ends.The bright lights and infinite endorsement opportunities of the Big Apple could entice him to sign with the New York Knicks or New Jersey Nets.But the easiest solution to the dilemma could occur if the Cavs can win a championship.James has reiterated his aim to follow in the footsteps of Hall of Fame inductee Michael Jordan, who led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA titles.His talent level in New York or New Jersey wouldn’t immediately match the championship-caliber squad he currently leads in Cleveland.Regardless, James’ refusal to commit one way or the other keeps the issue relevant, potentially causing a distraction as the Cavs target a trip to the NBA Finals.Chemistry 101For the Cavs to replicate the camaraderie they displayed on the court last season, they must quickly surmount several obstacles.Delonte West, who started at shooting guard and played more minutes than any other Cavalier during the postseason, didn’t record any playing time during the preseason.West was arrested in September after being pulled over for speeding while carrying a pair of loaded handguns and a loaded shotgun in Maryland. The sixth-year guard has battled depression, and the team remains unsure of when he might return.Veteran Anthony Parker has assumed West’s starting spot.With two new starters, it could take time to reacquire the chemistry the team fed off of last season.Tuesday’s season opener against the championship contending Celtics could prove to be a measuring stick gauging how close the Cavs are to matching or exceeding last season’s success.After a 4-4 mark in the preseason, James contended that the Cavs will amp up their play up now that the wins and losses hold meaning.“The preseason is so long and dreadful,” James said. “I’m just ready to get the season started now.”As the Celtics and Cavaliers prepare to initiate a new season of basketball, O’Neal expressed his excitement as the two Eastern Conference titans clash.“I’ve been here 17 years and I’ve been in a lot of rivalries and will continue to be in rivalries and it only makes for good basketball,” he said. “[It’s] going to be a hell of a game.”
Duron CarterIt appears as if Carter has replaced the departed Ray Small in Tressel’s doghouse. His first strike was being academically ineligible for the Rose Bowl. Strike two was again grade-related, as Carter sat out all of spring practice with academic issues. Tressel said that even if Carter comes back, senior Taurian Washington will be the team’s No. 3 receiver.However, Carter was solid in his first season. Although he only recorded 13 catches for 176 yards and one touchdown, Carter displayed great hands and played over more experienced players. But until he gets his head on straight in the classroom, he won’t see the field in the fall.Jake StoneburnerStoneburner is the trendy pick for breakout offensive player in the fall, and for good reason. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound tight end should give OSU something it hasn’t had in years: a legitimate pass-catching threat at the tight end position. Throughout spring practice, Stoneburner wreaked havoc in the secondary, as his combination of size and speed make him difficult to cover. An improved offensive line should allow for Stoneburner to put his talent to use.Mike AdamsThe 6-foot-8, 300-pound highly recruited left tackle out of Dublin Coffman has had a rocky start to his career. His freshman campaign was spoiled by a shoulder injury. Later, in 2009, he was suspended for the first two games of last season for violating team rules.In addition to off-the-field issues, Adams’ performance on the gridiron was rocky at best. However, as the offensive line formed into a cohesive unit toward the end of last season, Adams’ play improved and he is the front-runner to start at left tackle in the fall. He was in great shape in the spring and if he can become a rock protecting Terrelle Pryor’s blind side, the OSU offensive line becomes that much better.John SimonOf anyone on this list, Simon appears to be a sure bet to become a star. He gained significant playing time last season as a true freshman, was the star of the April jersey scrimmage and will be a starter at defensive tackle next year. Although he might not appear overly imposing at 6-foot-2-inches, 270-pounds, Simon is nothing short of the Tasmanian Devil when it comes to penetrating the line of scrimmage.Etienne SabinoAfter spending most of his first two seasons on special teams, the athletically gifted Sabino should get his chance to start at strong-side linebacker next year. He’s also reportedly become much more focused in practice and game preparation. If he matches his work ethic with the physical gifts associated with his 6-foot-3-inch, 240-pound frame, the Miami native could be the Silver Bullets’ next star.Orhian JohnsonRecruited out of St. Petersburg, Fla., as an all-around athlete, Johnson has worked his way up the depth chart and looks to be the favorite to replace Kurt Coleman at free safety. Johnson’s combination of size, coverage skills and run defense aptitude has made him the front-runner in a talented safety field.
Ohio State All-American long jumper Michael Hartfield was named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year and Big Ten Athlete of the Outdoor Championships on Wednesday. Hartfield, a junior, won the Big Ten Championship in the long jump Saturday, making him both the indoor and outdoor champion. “Definitely at a loss for words,” Hartfield said. “It’s a great accomplishment and I know I wouldn’t have gotten to this point without my family, friends and coaching staff. I’m definitely feeling more appreciative than anything else right now. This is crazy to me.” Hartfield also participates in the triple jump, and took second place in the Big Ten at the indoor and outdoor championships. Fellow junior long jumper Steve MacDonald was happy for his teammate. “I’m just really proud of Mike,” said MacDonald, who was named a second-team All-Big Ten performer on Wednesday. “His hard work has really paid off and he has become a leader on our team in one year. We are looking forward to finishing this year strong by meeting goals we set and then working hard over the summer going into next year, where we plan to continue improving.” Hartfield, who set a personal record with a jump of 7.95 meters, next will compete at the NCAA East Regional Preliminaries in Bloomington, Ind., from May 26 through May 28.
Travis Howard said he thinks he’s playing the best football of his life this season. The “best of the best,” actually. And maybe he’s right. The redshirt senior cornerback has already made three interceptions just two games – and two wins – into Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer’s first season in Columbus. Howard is tied for the most interceptions by a single player in college football, and certainly the most of any Buckeye. Success, though, has come and gone for the Miami, Fla., native during his time at OSU. After arriving at OSU in 2008, Howard’s play, he said, hadn’t been what he hoped. Until Meyer arrived in Columbus, at least. “When Urban Meyer came in, he brought his staff in, everybody kind of welcomed me in right and got after me and didn’t let me slack off,” he said. Before the Buckeyes’ season opener against Miami (Ohio), Howard had four picks in as many years, two of which came in 2010 under former coach Jim Tressel, a year in which Howard saw limited action as a backup to former Buckeye cornerbacks Devon Torrence and Chimdi Chekwa. Then a redshirt sophomore, Howard flashed moments of brilliance, particularly when he picked off Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin for a late touchdown in a Nov. 13, 2010, game in Ohio Stadium, a contest the Buckeyes won 38-14. But after OSU’s program was rocked by scandal and Tressel’s resignation in May 2011, Howard said his concentration – and subsequently his performance – slipped. “I can say last year I wasn’t too focused,” Howard said. “There was a lot of things going on in the past.” Such distraction was evident on and off the field. Howard started 2011 by making headlines in all the wrong ways. He missed the first two games of the season for taking “impermissible benefits” at a charity event. OSU senior running back Jordan Hall and fellow cornerback Corey Brown also received two-game suspensions for receiving impermissible benefits at the same charity event. Statistically, Howard had trouble recovering. He managed 41 tackles and two interceptions over the course of the next 11 games. It wasn’t clear if the former Rivals four-star recruit would ever live up to the player some hoped he’d be. Under Meyer’s guidance, though, Howard said his outlook changed during OSU’s spring practices. “I mean, I kinda,” Howard said before trailing off. “I kinda realized and noticed the things I was doing last year and how my attitude was last year.” Howard said he felt more focused, more tuned in and finally started to live up to his potential. “I knew I was able to do the things that I wanted to do, but I just didn’t have that person to push me,” he said. “The coaching staff that came in, they really pushed me and made me compete for a lot of things, especially at my position.” Once pegged as someone who was supposed to be “the guy” for the Buckeyes’ defensive backfield, Howard started to find himself in the shadow of the hype surrounding teammate redshirt sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby. In fact, in April, it was uncertain if the redshirt senior would retain his starting job to sophomore cornerback Doran Grant. While it never came to that, Howard said he wanted to send a message. “It was a long year last year and coming to this year, I had a lot of expectations from my coaches, so they kinda pushed me a lot and prepared me well,” he said. “I just wanted to go out there and just show everybody what I’m capable of doing and how well I’ve been preparing for these first games.” And judging by Howard’s first two games, it seemed apparent he’d laid the groundwork to do exactly that. It even caught Meyer’s eye. “Travis – really got a lot of respect for him,” the former Florida coach said, “but he was not a great player here last year, did not play great. He’s got great abilities. So a kid with great ability that doesn’t play great, there’s a problem.” Meyer said something was out of alignment, something was out of place. But now? Howard’s evolution was apparent to the hard-to-please Meyer. “I can see it happening right now,” he said. “That kid’s turning into a very good player.” For Howard, vindication from Meyer has finally started to sink in. “It means a lot. I mean, last year was just a tough season for me and I just wanted to come out here this year and just leave it all on the line for everybody,” Howard said. It’s because they’d do the same for him, he said. “This coaching staff, I mean, they work so hard preparing us for every game day in and day out and I just appreciate everything they do,” Howard said. “I’m willing to do whatever it takes and listen to those guys because they know what they’re doing.” Like Meyer, co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Everett Withers said Howard’s newfound attention to detail has been instrumental in his rebirth on the field. “He’s a talented young man and I think what was happening is this is his last go-around as a Buckeye and I think he wants to make sure he goes out the right way,” he said. Withers called Howard a student of the game, but it might have not always been that way. “You see a lot of maturity just from what I go from hearing from coaches previous – you know, Coach (Luke) Fickell, Coach (Mike) Vrabel from last year – that he’s grown up and matured a lot, so I think that’s part of the production that you’re seeing is just the growth in him,” Withers said. Though proud of his teammate, it’s even made Roby lightheartedly envious. “He keeps getting picks and I’m really not,” Roby said playfully. “It’s a little bit of jealousy because of course I want to be the best corner not only on the team but in the country.” Roby said he knows Howard’s time in Columbus is running out. “It’s definitely a competition but I’m OK with that. I want Travis to do as best as he possibly can, it’s his last year,” Roby said. “I have a little bit more time here so I want him to ball out and do what he has to do.” It’s why Howard is starting to think about his legacy at OSU and why it’ll be in the back of his mind as the Buckeyes prepare for their third game under Meyer against California this Saturday at noon. “Recently, I just thought about it. Any time you go out there and play I feel like you gotta have something to motivate you and when you think of your legacy is on the line, it allows you to perform well and it allows you to go out there and give it your all,” he said. “Most definitely it’s a thought in your head because you never wanna go out there and leave a bad reputation for yourself.” It could’ve been that way, though had Howard not righted the ship. And with exactly 10 games remaining in his career, Howard’s equally, if not more concerned with how his team will be remembered. “I just want to win,” he said. “I mean, I want them to remember us as a team that came out on top, so that’s the thing that I try to strive for.”
Members of the OSU men’s soccer team celebrate during a 4-1 win against Rutgers on Oct. 25 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.Credit: Taylor Cameron / Lantern photographerThe Ohio State men’s soccer team played with as if under fire in the second half Wednesday with one thing in mind: win and come home for its quarterfinal matchup in the Big Ten Tournament.And, thanks to a late goal by sophomore forward Christian Soldat, that is exactly where it will be playing Sunday — against a familiar foe.OSU (8-6-4, 5-3-0) defeated Michigan (6-8-3, 3-3-2), 2-1, in Ann Arbor, Mich., to conclude its regular season.Soldat — the top substitution off OSU coach John Bluem’s bench — deflected a shot off of a Michigan defender with just over five minutes remaining. Michigan redshirt-senior goalkeeper Adam Grinwis was crossed up by the deflection, and the shot trickled under his leg for Soldat’s third goal of the season.Though the deciding goal for the Buckeyes did not come until late, they wasted no time in getting the scoring started.For the second time this season, sophomore Danny Jensen scored within the opening minute of the match. The forward streaked down the field and took a feed from senior midfielder Max Moller, putting it in the back of the net just 26 seconds in for his fourth goal of the season.However, OSU was unable to hold onto that lead, as Michigan capitalized off a corner following a penalty kick saved by OSU redshirt-senior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov. Senior defender Ben Manko scored the goal off the corner with a header. Manko’s first of the season tied the game at 1-1 in the 31st minute, a score that held at the half.Ivanov did a lot to keep his team in the game in the first half. The reigning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week saved five shots in the opening half.The Wolverines outshot OSU, 8-5, overall for the first half, with six of those coming on target.The second half quickly turned that trend around, with OSU furiously searching for the deciding goal.For the latter half, the Buckeyes outshot Michigan, 11-4, but were unfruitful in their pursuit for the game winner until Soldat’s score.It was a physical game between the rivals, as OSU committed 12 fouls in the game, while Michigan was whistled for eight. Jensen and junior defender Liam Doyle were also hit with yellow cards in the second half, as was Michigan freshman defender Billy Stevens.With about two minutes left, Ivanov made a save on a header going toward the top of the net to seal the victory. For the game, Ivanov, the Big Ten leader in saves, stopped six shots.OSU’s dreams of winning a share of the Big Ten regular season title came to a close early in the second half, when Maryland’s 3-2 win at Rutgers went final. The Terrapins finished with 16 points to finish alone atop the conference.However, OSU’s win was enough to push it one spot below Maryland as the second seed in the conference tournament.The Buckeyes finished the season in a tie with Penn State and Northwestern at 15 points apiece, but receive the tiebreaker because they hold the top intra-conference goal differential of the three at +6.As a result, the Buckeyes are set for a rematch with seventh-seeded Michigan. That game is scheduled for Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, with a 1 p.m. kickoff.Clarification: Kickoff between OSU and Michigan on Sunday was originally listed as 2 p.m., but later changed to 1 p.m.
Emily Clark follows through on her swing, hitting a double against Wright State on Sep.24. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternThe No. 21 Ohio State softball team (11-1) dominated this weekend at the Texas Invitational winning all three games, moving its win streak to six games.The Buckeyes were originally set to play Virginia Tech at 10 a.m. Friday, but that game was cancelled due to weather.Wichita State vs. Ohio StateTrailing by three halfway through the game and down a run with one out left, it looked as if Ohio State would open the weekend with a surprising defeat. However, junior shortstop Lilli Piper blasted a two-run shot over the fence in the bottom of the seventh for a walk-off 4-3 victory.Ohio State senior pitcher Shelby McComb’s two-run home run in the fourth brought the game to within one run after the Buckeyes had trailed by three.The Shockers got on the board when freshman catcher Madison Perrigan scored on a passed ball in the top of the second.They extended their lead in the top of the third, scoring twice thanks to a sacrifice fly to right field from shortstop Laurie Derrico and an RBI single up the middle from pitcher Caitlin Bingham.It was Piper’s fourth home run this season and McCombs’ third. McCombs improved to 5-0 in the circle, pitching five innings, giving up one unearned run. Ohio State vs. TexasOhio State had another comeback in the final inning, this time scoring four runs off a grand slam from junior second baseman Emily Clark in the top of the seventh to beat Texas 8-5 Saturday.The Buckeyes kicked off the scoring early, taking an early 2-0 lead when senior first baseman Ashley Goodwin homered to drive in a pair. It was quiet for a few innings until the top of the third, when Texas scored five times, with only one being earned due to four Ohio State errors in the inning. The inning was capped off by a RBI-infield single from freshman center fielder Tuesday DerMargosian, leaving the Buckeyes with substantial ground to gain in just four innings.However, they responded with a homer from Piper in the top of the fifth inning that scored freshman left fielder Megan McMenemy and brought Ohio State to within one.In the bottom of the seventh, the Buckeyes completed a second comeback in as many days, when junior second baseman Emily Clark took a full-count pitch and sent it soaring for a grand slam that brought in Piper, senior outfielder Bailee Sturgeon and senior catcher Becca Gavin for a decisive 8-5 lead.Junior pitcher Morgan Ray allowed just one hit in the bottom of the seventh to close out the game and earn her sixth win of the season.All eight runs on the board for the Buckeyes came from home runs.Ohio State vs Wichita StateThe third and final game of the weekend didn’t have as much drama as the first two, with the Buckeyes taking a first-inning lead and adding on the rest of the game.Goodwin singled in the first inning to bring home Piper and give the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead.Piper scored again in the third inning on a wild pitch after she had tripled, but it was in the very next inning that the Buckeyes were on fire, recording seven runs in the fourth.Ohio State broke away from the Shockers in the fourth inning, sending 11 batters to the plate and scoring seven runs on six hits. McCombs delivered a two-RBI single to put the Buckeyes up 9-0, while reaching base twice in the inning.Ohio State’s seven-run inning in its meeting with Wichita State was its largest outpouring of runs in a single inning this season.The Buckeyes have a week off, and will be back in action on March 9 for the Louisville Slugger Invitational in Fullerton, California.
Ohio State senior pitcher Morgan Ray (6) delivers a pitch during Ohio State’s game against Indiana on March 24 at Buckeye Field. The Buckeyes won 2-0. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternThe Ohio State softball team will close its four-game homestand with a matchup against in-state rival Ohio just three days after winning the series finale against Michigan, snapping the Wolverines’ 17-game win streak. The Buckeyes (25-14, 9-5 Big Ten) hope to take that momentum into the matchup against an Ohio (28-16, 9-6 Big Ten) team that is coming off a three-game sweep of Akron.Ohio beat the Zips in dominant fashion, outscoring Akron 31-10, including a 13-5 victory in the second part of a doubleheader to finish off the sweep.Sophomore infielder Katie Yun recorded three runs and six RBI for Ohio in the second game of the series against Akron and has been a bright spot for the Bobcats all season. Yun has played in all 44 games for Ohio, recording a team-leading .416 batting average, with 13 home runs and 34 RBI overall this season, both good for No. 2 on the team. Senior utility player Morgan Geno has been the other major contributor for the Bobcats on the offensive end. Her 17 home runs and 57 RBI lead the team, while her .378 average trails only Yun. The duo’s 30 combined home runs are only eight shy of the amount put over the wall by Ohio State this season. The Bobcats have 62 home runs as a team so far this season.Even past Yun and Geno, Ohio is a strong offensive team, hitting a combined .307, while the Buckeyes have a .287 average on the year. Ohio State holds an advantage in pitching, combining for a 2.13 ERA so far this year.Ohio State senior pitcher Morgan Ray achieved a season-high 10 strikeouts in the series finale against Michigan. Ray now sits with a 2.13 ERA and a 10-6 record through 124.2 innings pitched. Comparatively, Ohio’s sophomore pitcher Madi McCrady holds a 18-10 record and a 3.43 ERA this season in a team-high 31 appearances this season.The Bobcats have a 3.51 team ERA, with no pitcher holding an ERA under 3 this season. A season ago, the Buckeyes fell to Ohio 7-0 at home after the first two games in the series were postponed. Senior infielder MacKenzie Brunswick contributed three runs for Ohio in the victory. She has a .234 batting average this year and has 15 RBI. Ohio State will take on Ohio at Buckeye Field 6 p.m. Tuesday.
People obviously scream, sometimes they scream profanities, women particularly love to scream hysterically.Sarah Slattery Not content with operating one of the country’s longest zip wires, the centre is applying to run a second wire alongside the first.Mrs Slattery, 65, is furious at the proposal, claiming the laughing, screaming and “whoohooing” coming from the ride is making her life a misery.”People obviously scream. Sometimes they scream profanities – women particularly love to scream hysterically,” said the mother of two.“One is bad enough but a second one – no thank you very much. If we’d known what it would be like when it was first planned we would have objected then.” “Would the local resident have anyone taking part on the zip wire gagged or told to keep quiet because one or two local residents feel they are making a noise?”A spokesman for the National Diving & Activity Centre said: “It will go to the planning committee in December and they will take a view on it. We don’t really want to comment on it because we don’t want to prejudice the application in any way, shape or form.”It generally brings people that would not normally come here, it creates employment and people are coming and spending money locally.” A rider on the zip wire at the National Diving & Activity Centre, near Chepstow Credit:Gloucester Citizen/SWNS.com One wrote: “I am surprised to hear this as the zip wire makes hardly any noise, apart from a member of the public cheering when they come down the zip wire as they have enjoyed the experience so much. “We are the nearest property. The zip wire is literally at the bottom of our garden and throughout spring, summer and autumn it goes constantly,” she said.Mrs Slattery says she may have no choice but leave her home in the Forest of Dean, where she has lived since 1989, if the local district council gives the second wire the go-ahead.She is one of eight nearby residents objecting to the plan who has written to the council, stating she is already “regaled with screams of terror, mock or otherwise, woohoos and loud expletives as people shoot down the zip wire at 40mph”.She added: “The thought of two going constantly just fills me with horror. It would probably force me to move from my family home.”We are very pro the diving centre and we want it to do well, but I just wish they’d keep their activities down in the diving centre.”Mrs Slattery went on: “It is a particularly irritating, high-pitched whine, escalating in volume before decreasing. With the windows open or in my garden I can hear the sounds of people gathering, shouts of joy and excitement mounting as they prepare to make the ride.”Supporters say the National Diving & Activity Centre, near Chepstow, provides jobs, attracts visitors from all over the country and even helps people raise money for charity. 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. Imagine opening the windows of your idyllic country home and being greeted day after day by the “woohooing” of dozens of thrill-seeking zip-wire users.Now imagine your reaction if the firm responsible for the attraction applied to set up a second one nearby.That is precisely how Sarah Slattery feels.Her £500,000 Gloucestershire home is just behind the National Diving & Activity Centre, where hundreds of visitors come every month to enjoy the thrill of hurtling down a 2,300ft zip wire at up to 40mph over a 260ft-deep flooded quarry. Mrs Slattery says she can hear people using the wire even when she closes the windows of her four-bedroom home. She also says it has become almost impossible to sit in her back garden during the peak summer months.
“But for some reason many doctors are not ordering the spirometry tests that can definitely diagnose asthma.”Retired nurse Becky Hollingsworth was diagnosed with asthma two years ago. While participating in this study she learnt that her shortness of breath was actually a temporary breathing problem left over from a bout of pneumonia.”Even if it’s falsely diagnosed, you still have to deal with the consequences of having a chronic illness,” said the 72-year-old grandmother from Ottawa.“You have to take medication and if you want to take a trip somewhere the insurance can be higher.”Patients who have difficulty breathing are advised to ask their doctor to order a breathing test (spirometry) to determine if they might have asthma or even chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).Patients think they may have been misdiagnosed with asthma or that they no longer have asthma, should also ask their doctor for a spirometry test, the researchers said, but warned people not to come off medication without seeking medical advice. The research was publishing the Journal of the American Association. Even if it’s falsely diagnosed, you still have to deal with the consequences of having a chronic illnessBecky Hollingsworth, 72 There are around 4.3 million adults with asthma in Britain, around one in 12 adults, which is the same prevalence rate as in Canada. If the same rates of remission and misdiagnosis were seen in the UK, it would mean that 1.4 million people did not actually have the condition.A similar study carried out in the Netherlands last year also suggested that more than half of children are misdiagnosed with asthma. Both Canada and the Netherlands have healthcare systems comparable to the UK and researchers warned that there is a general problem in Western countries of doctors failing to properly assess youngsters in surgeries.The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (Nice) is so concerned it is drawing up new guidelines advising doctors to use more clinical tests to back up their judgement and avoid the danger of wrongly labelling someone as asthmatic.Over-treatment is a concern because some of the drugs used to manage asthma can have significant side-effects including muscle cramps, throat infections, tremors, vomiting and nausea. Children with asthma often avoid exercise, which can lead to weight problems. However charities warned that underdiagnosis was also a problem.Dr Andy Whittamore, Clinical Lead for Asthma UK: “Some people may not be receiving the correct diagnosis for asthma or may be misdiagnosed.“However, it does not address the equally worrying problem of underdiagnosis and poor control of asthma in the wider population.“Asthma is a chronic condition with many complex causes which is why diagnosis may be difficult. Asthma is also a highly variable condition that can change throughout someone’s life or even week by week, meaning treatment also needs to change over time.“While some people may experience a remission in their asthma, symptoms may reoccur later and people should remain vigilant and aware of any new symptoms that may indicate a flare-up of asthma.”The new study found that doctors often did not order the tests needed to confirm an asthma diagnosis. Instead, in nearly half of cases they based their diagnosis solely on the patient’s symptoms and their own observations, claims that have also been made in the UK.”Doctors wouldn’t diagnose diabetes without checking blood-sugar levels, or a broken bone without ordering an X-ray,” added Dr Aaron. 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. One third of people with asthma may not actually have the condition either because it has got better, or they were wrongly diagnosed in the first place, a new study suggests.Researchers selected more than 700 adults at random who had been diagnosed with asthma in the last five years and checked them again.They found 33 per cent of people did not have the condition, and nine in 10 of those were able to stop their medication completely. Most had minor conditions like allergies or heartburn, and 28 per cent had nothing wrong with them at all.”It’s impossible to say how many of these patients were originally misdiagnosed with asthma, and how many have asthma that is no longer active,” said lead author of the study Prof Shawn Aaron, senior scientist and respirologist at The Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa, Canada.”What we do know is that they were all able to stop taking medication that they didn’t need – medication that is expensive and can have side-effects.” Asthma is also a highly variable condition that can change throughout someone’s life or even week by week, meaning treatment also needs to change over timeDr Andy Whittamore, Clinical Lead for Asthma UK
Learning a musical instrument may improve driving and other activities which require fast reaction times Musicians may make the safest drivers, a new study suggests, after researchers found that people who play an instrument have faster reaction times.The University of Montreal compared the reaction times of 16 musicians and 19 non-musicians asking them to click a mouse button when they sensed a vibration or noise.Musicians reacted around 30 per cent faster than people who could not play instruments.“We found significantly faster reaction times with musicians ,” said lead author, doctoral student Simon Landry.“These results suggest for the first time that long-term musical training reduces simple non-musical auditory, tactile and multisensory reaction times.“Reaction times are related to cognitive function. Having faster reaction times could help reacting to something when you’re driving , if your attention is focused on driving, or if your job requires you to react to something quickly.” The finding could also be useful for elderly people, as it suggests that learning an instrument in later life could improve mental ability and prevent the brain declining.“As people get older, for example, we know their reaction times get slower. So if we know that playing a musical instrument increases reaction times, then maybe playing an instrument will be helpful for them,” added Mr Landry.“The more we know about the impact of music on really basic sensory processes, the more we can apply musical training to individuals who might have slower reaction times.”Research has already shown that learning a second language in later life can help build cognitive reserve and prevent age related decline.The musicians were recruited from the University of Montreal music faculty and all had started playing an instrument between ages of three and 10, and had at least seven years of training.There were eight pianists, 3 violinists, two percussionists, one double bassist, one harpist and one viola player.The non-musicians were students at the School of Speech Language Pathology. As with the musicians, roughly half were undergraduates and half graduates.Mr Landry, whose research interest is in how sound and touch interact, said his study adds to previous ones that looked at how musicians’ brains process sensory illusions.“The idea is to better understand how playing a musical instrument affects the senses in a way that is not related to music,” he added.The research was published in the journal Brain and Cognition. 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.
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. A commuter has been labelled as ‘idiotic’ after he was seen catching up on the news rather than looking at the road as he zoomed down the M1.A shocked family watched aghast as the motorist drove along the motorway while engrossed in a newspaper.Ryan Dickson, 22, caught the shocking picture while driving up the M1 at 7.50am with his family after picking up brother Karl, 24, from university in London last Wednesday. “He was looking up and down, up and down. He looked at the road a bit, then read a bit, then looked back up at the road. “He was looking at the paper and reading about four or five words each time.”My dad was driving at the time and he was looking as well.”My dad is a retired bus driver – he always does things by the book when he’s driving so he was angry, really angry.”We were knocking on the window trying to get his attention but he didn’t notice us. He was just sat there enjoying his morning paper – it was completely bizarre.” The well-dressed commuter was looking at the newspaper for several seconds at a time, according to witnesses, before glancing at the road and then looking back at his paper.Mr Dickson, from Blyth, Northumberland, said: “I was just laughing, it was so utterly bizarre but yet so dangerous.”But I also couldn’t help but think it just seemed totally impractical – he can’t have been taking that much in.”He continued: “He was just sat there, with his right hand on the wheel and his left on the paper.”When we first spotted him it looked like he was trying to keep his eyes open.”All I could think was that what he was doing seemed totally impractical. I don’t know what he was reading about – probably not much news. Credit: Mercury Press and Media Ltd Credit:Mercury Press and Media Ltd
Owners of some of the UK’s best known landmarks are pursuing legal action to fight back against YouTube daredevils who climb their iconic buildings.Lloyd’s of London has revealed that it is working to secure a court injunction to stop so-called urban explorers from not only trespassing on their property, but climbing their buildings with little to no equipment.The legal action comes after Lloyd’s iconic head office became a magnet for explorers to climb in recent years.But the insurance market giant is just one out of a handful of businesses that have fallen victim to the growing YouTube trend.Urban explorers have climbed a number of recognisable buildings including Old Trafford, the Etihad Stadium and Stamford Bridge in the last year alone. A spokesperson for Manchester United said: “The named individuals are forbidden from entering the club’s property. The injunction also applies to any further attempts of trespassing, whether by these individuals or by anyone else, which could now result in proceedings for contempt of court.” According to court documents, Lloyd’s lawyer stated: “The increase in frequency of trespassers not only increases the risk of injury, but also poses a threat to the security of Lloyd’s inasmuch as the global broadcasting of these incidents openly provides information about access points to future trespassers as well as future trespassers with malicious intent.”In December both Manchester United and Chelsea FC were granted injunctions. Climbers attempted to access Old Trafford on two separate occasions in June and September, prompting the club to take legal action. The incident at Old Trafford in June was heavily criticised after the city was still on high alert following the Manchester Arena terror attack.The owners of Manchester City have too fought back against free climbers, obtaining a similar court order after YouTuber Ally Law recorded himself breaking into the Etihad Stadium and making his way to the roof, before being led away by a police officer.The Shard in London was also forced to take action in 2012, securing an injunction against French “Spiderman” Alain Robert after he was spotted inside the building.It is often the case that successful climbers record their dangerous adventures, taking pictures, videos and selfies. They are in some instances able to monetise their efforts via sites such as YouTube, where they have hundreds, sometimes thousands of followers. Old Trafford has been the subject of an injunctionCredit:Gareth Copley / Getty Images Alain Robert has become famous for his daring climbsCredit:Dima Korotayev/ Getty Images 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.
Matthew Robinson, who fell under a train at Bishop’s StortfordCredit:Paul Keogh A city IT worker is suing a train operator for nearly £2m in damages after losing both his legs when he fell between a train and a platform looking for his lost season ticket.Matthew Robinson, 34, was on his way home from work in London when he fell into the “significant” gap at Bishop’s Stortford Station in January 2013.The commuter had left his £3,000 season ticket on the Stansted Express and was walking alongside, looking through a window, when he lost his footing and fell.The train ran over his legs, causing the loss of one above the knee and another below, leaving him needing a wheelchair.Suing operator Abellio Greater Anglia Ltd for £1.9m damages, he claims not enough was done to ensure safety at a station with a large “platform train interface”.At the High Court, he told Judge Martin McKenna: “I knew there was a gap, but I wasn’t aware at the time how significant it was.”His barrister, Brian Cummins, told the court the Liverpool Street to Bishop’s Stortford platform is long and curved, with an “excessive” gap in places. Mr Robinson, who lives in the Hertfordshire town, said he had been in a “distressed” state when he realised he had left his season ticket on the train. He had lost one before and did not want to be out of pocket, so returned to the train to retrieve it.However, he went for the wrong carriage and the train was already moving before he could get onto the car where he had left his card.Footage played in court showed Mr Robinson walking alongside the train in the direction of travel and then disappearing as he fell into the gap.Giving evidence, he told the judge that, although he had been commuting to and from the station for nine years, he had rarely heard “mind the gap” warnings.And although he said he knew there was a gap, he added: “I was unaware it was as large as this”.Abellio denies liability, and suggest Mr Robinson was so stressed at the thought of losing the £3,000 ticket that he was “completely distracted”.The hearing continues. 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.