Ohio State mens basketball hoping for consistent toughness vs Illinois

OSU sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) during a game against Rutgers on Jan. 13 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorSitting at the podium in the bowels of the Schottenstein Center addressing the media Wednesday afternoon, Thad Matta pretended to flip a coin. The Ohio State men’s basketball coach looked upward, watching the imaginary disk rotate, before acting as if he caught it in the palm of his right hand.Completing the action, Matta slapped his right hand onto the backside of his left one, as he then showed the media what the result of the phantom flip was. He grinned. “That’s what it is sometimes,” he said. What spurred Matta to put on the routine was a question about the toughness of his youthful Buckeyes. His response showed just how hit-or-miss his team’s performances have been this season. The effort is there one night then gone the next, with seemingly no rhyme or reason, as if it’s up to chance — like flipping a coin.“That’s got to be where we get that constant,” Matta said of his team’s toughness. “I think we’re making strides in that regard. What I’m trying to avoid the best I can is any setbacks. That’s something that continues to be preached.” Likely prompted by a shift in the starting lineup, the Buckeyes’ toughness was visible Monday night in their 66-46 victory over Penn State. Freshmen A.J. Harris and Daniel Giddens cracked the starting lineup and helped provide OSU (13-8, 5-3) with the edge in the 20-point win. The question now, like it has been all season long, is which team will show up in the next game, which is scheduled to be Thursday night on the road against Illinois (10-10, 2-5).  Will the starting five once again contain Harris and Giddens, meaning freshman guard JaQuan Lyle and redshirt sophomore center Trevor Thompson will come off the bench for the second consecutive night? “It could,” Matta said. “I just want to see guys fight.” That fight he is looking for in his players comes not only during live action but in practice, too. Matta said Harris and Giddens looked “noticeably different” leading up to the Penn State game, which explains the variation in the starting lineup. At the time of Matta speaking to the media, practice had yet to take place for the day, but the coach said he thinks Harris and Giddens understand how important it is for “what they do.” Giddens, who missed practice Tuesday because of illness, insisted that he doesn’t know what the starting lineup will look like against the Fighting Illini. “He just wants five guys to be prepared to go on the floor,” Giddens said. “Consistency has been an issue.” Although still searching for it on a more regular basis, sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop, who had a team-high 22 points against the Nittany Lions, said he felt that the team displayed a performance consistent both offensively and defensively on Monday. Matta agreed, saying that what transpired on the floor was just what he hoped for when he made the move to change the lineups. “That’s what I’m after,” he said. “Give me the constant, in terms of the effort, the toughness we need, both physically and mentally.” As for the result of the pretend coin flip, was it heads or tails? Will the toughness Matta has been searching for — and maybe found with the lineup switch — be there once the ball goes up? “I’ll tell you tomorrow at 9 p.m.,” he said, laughing. “Or 9:02 p.m.” A glimpse at Illinois The Fighting Illini have dropped five of their last seven games, but they head into Thursday’s matchup with a five-point win over Minnesota fresh in their minds. In that game on Saturday in Minneapolis, Illinois got a 28-point performance from junior guard Malcolm Hill to help carry his team to the victory. It was the 10th time this season that Hill led his team in scoring. Overall, he averages a team-leading 18.3 points per contest. The 6-foot-6 guard has good size for a backcourt player, and the Buckeyes know that he can fill it up despite holding him to 4-of-13 shooting and 14 points when the two teams met on Jan. 3. Along with Hill, fellow junior guard Kendrick Nunn has been excelling since returning from an early-season injury to provide coach John Groce with a formidable backcourt duo. The Chicago native averages just over 17 points a game on 45 percent shooting, while also scooping up 5.4 rebounds per contest. Matta acknowledged the recent play of the duo, describing its performance as “high-level.” Building off the strength of these two guards, the Fighting Illini have a tendency to play small, sometimes using four backcourt players at the same time. Typically, this could be a wrinkle in the gameplan for a team that has effective post players, like OSU, but Giddens said he sees “no problems” for the Buckeyes. “As long as we come in focused and ready to go, we’ll be fine,” he said. Up next After Thursday’s game, OSU will return to Columbus to prepare for its shot to avenge a 35-point loss to Maryland earlier in the month. The Buckeyes and the eighth-ranked Terrapins are scheduled to hit the hardwood Sunday. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Leicester City boss defends his victory celebration

first_imgFor Foxes manager Claude Puel, his celebration after the 2-1 win over Southampton has nothing to do with his past at The SaintsAfter his team score the winning goal against Southampton, Leicester City boss Claude Puel invaded the pitch double fist-pumping.And now he has to defend himself after some confusion about what this celebration means.Puel coached The Saints and was sacked in 2017, after guiding the English Premier League club to the League Cup final.So, was this celebration against former employees?Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“No, no, no: nothing about this,” he told Football 365.“Because I have a lot of respect for all the people working at Southampton.”“It was just about the circumstance of the game, and it was a tough game, difficult to play against this team and we have had good desire and a good reaction to keep our calm and to play the second part of the game and to win this time is a fantastic feeling,” he said.“I’m happy for my players, for the fans, to get something. It’s justice.”last_img read more

Real Madrid line up massive bid for Premier League star

first_imgReal Madrid are weighing up a massive £100 million to secure the services of a Premier League star following a disastrous start of the seasonAfter the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, Los Blancos have failed to find a suitable replacement in the summer, which turns out to be a dare mistake.With a record of four wins, two draws, and three defeats, the defending European champions already trail arch-rivals Barcelona by four points. Moreover, they’ve failed to clinch La Liga victory in four consecutive matches, having failed to find the back of the net three times in a row.With Julen Lopetegui’s job already on the line, the former Porto manager is willing to splash out high figures to bring the much-needed reinforcements to his attacking department.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.According to the British news outlet, Express Sport, Los Merengues would like to grab Manchester City in-form forward Raheem Sterling, as Gareth Bale struggles to overcome physical problems.The 23-year-old winger has registered seven Premier League outings for the Citizens this season, having notched four goals and provided two assists in the process.Additionally, Sterling was the one to seal Spain’s faith in Seville during the international break, as England swept the Red Fury aside in the first half with a commanding 3-goal lead.However, the former Liverpool star is Pep Guardiola’s favorite and the Spaniard would hardly renounce his services.last_img read more

Manchester United sack Jose Mourinho

first_imgManchester United have parted company with manager Jose Mourinho after two-and-a-half years in charge at Old Trafford.Manchester United slipped 19 points behind the Liverpool on Sunday and a poor start to the Premier League season has left them in 6th place.Manchester United has announced that Jose Mourinho has left the Club.We would like to thank him for his work during his time at Manchester United and wish him success in the future. #MUFC— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 18, 2018Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.The club issued a statement on Tuesday morning which read: “Manchester United announces that manager Jose Mourinho has left the club with immediate effect.“The club would like to thank Jose for his work during his time at Manchester United and to wish him success in the future. A new caretaker manager will be appointed until the end of the current season, while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new, full-time manager.”Mourinho won the Europa League and League Cup double in 2017, reached the FA Cup final and finished runners-up the Premier League behind City last season.Former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has been touted as his possible replacement at United.last_img read more

AC Milan executive chairman welcomes Paqueta to the team

first_imgThe Rossoneri presented their new Italian Lega Serie A signing today as executive chairman Paolo Scaroni explained what this means to the team.Youngster Lucas Paqueta was presented today with Italian Lega Serie A club AC Milan.And the Brazilian was welcomed by executive chairman Paolo Scaroni.“It’s an important day for us, as we present an important player,” Scaroni told the club’s official website.“Finally, Lucas Paquetá is part of the AC Milan family.”Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“This signing confirms Elliott’s desire to bring the club back to the top, where they should be,” he commented.“He is the 35th Brazilian in the Rossoneri’s history and Leonardo discovered him, as he’s also done with many other top Brazilians in the past.”“This is a deal that falls under the Financial Fair Play rules – something that still remains our North Star,” Scaroni explained.“Elliott’s project is long-term and we’re not setting ourselves any great limits. Paquetá is 21 and represents a young investment for AC Milan’s future.”last_img read more

Construction Is Underway On Freedom House Men

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Construction on Freedom House Men is well underway, and according to Jennifer Waller they plan to open their doors by the end of January. The home purchased for Freedom House Men is located on 167 Warehouse Drive in Soldotna. The home was previously used as an assisted living home. Waller: “Yes, we are so excited! Yesterday was our very first work day at Freedom House Men. We had about 25 guys show up from two different construction companies that brought their whole crews over. So, very skilled volunteers over there yesterday. They worked for about seven hours and got about a weeks worth of work done.”   Additional help and volunteers are needed to complete the project. You can visit the Freedom House Facebook page for continued updates on volunteer needs and days. Last month it was announced that an anonymous couple in the community had offered to pay the $250,000 closing cost on the home for the men’s Freedom House. According to Waller that did not work out as planned: “The project didn’t quite turn out like we had thought to purchase the building, and we ended up getting a loan on the Men’s Freedom House for the $250,000. But, we are still so excited that we are moving ahead.” last_img read more

One Take Lights On Audience Energy Arena Ambitions And U2

first_imgNews Watch: One Take With Lights one-take-lights-audience-energy-arena-ambitions-and-u2 Watch One Take With Anthony Hamilton Watch: One Take With Deva Mahal Watch: One Take With Dorothy One Take With Pop Trio Ocean Park Standoff One Take With Demo Taped Watch One Take With Afrojack NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Mar 14, 2018 – 12:02 pm Watch: One Take With Lights Watch One Take With Marian Hill One Take With Grupo Fantasma One Take With Pop Trio Ocean Park Standoff Prev Next Watch One Take With Anthony Hamilton Watch One Take With Little Big Town Watch One Take With Afrojack One Take With Amber Rubarth One Take With Singer/Songwriter Kacey Musgraves One Take With Reggae Artist Ziggy Marley Watch One Take With Superfruit Watch: One Take With Lights Facebook Watch One Take With Halestorm Watch: One Take With Gramps Morgan Canadian recording and comic book artist keeps the words she draws in bubbles, and the words she sings in measures, but flows over the lines as she takes on the One Take challengePhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 14, 2018 – 12:04 pm Self-made star Lights came out of high school with a Sony/ATV publishing contract, won Canada’s 2009 New Artist Of The Year Juno Award, and has gone on to learn comic illustration for her 2017 concept album Skin & Earth. Clearly she knows how to throw herself into her work, and as words and thoughts come pouring out of her, she tries to focus it all on GRAMMY.com’s One Take challenge, a fun rapid-fire question-and-answer series. One Take With The Mrs One Take With Grupo Fantasma One Take With Producer Greg Wells Watch One Take With Marian Hill Watch: One Take With Brandy Clark As the heroine of Skin & Earth, both the comic book series and the album, Lights’ new saga begins with “Skydiving,” casting her down to earth. “It all starts here, with a rush of blood to the head,” is its intro lyric. The lovely natural setting where she lies resembles where Lights likes to write songs, as she told us in One Take. Through the other songs on the album, moods follow stylish adventures through a post-apocalyptic world while Lights seems to be having a blast. One Take With Australian Singer/Rapper Mallrat Watch: One Take With Khalid Watch: One Take With MØ Watch: One Take With Gramps Morgan One Take With The Mrs Watch: One Take With Pronoun Watch One Take With Julia Michaels Watch One Take With Nick Cannon Watch: One Take With Gramps Morgan One Take With Indie Pop-Duo Freedom Fry Watch: One Take With Deva Mahal Watch One Take With Marian Hill Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook MessengerRead more One Take With The Mrs One Take With Le Butcherettes Watch: One Take With Deva Mahal One Take Email Watch G-Eazy Take On One Take Watch G-Eazy Take On One Take Watch One Take With Halestorm One Take With Amber Rubarthcenter_img One Take: Lights On Audience Energy, Arena Ambitions And U2 Watch One Take With Julia Michaels One Take With Le Butcherettes One Take With Producer Greg Wells One Take With Demo Taped One Take With Singer/Songwriter Kacey Musgraves One Take With Demo Taped Watch: One Take With Lights One Take With Pop Trio Ocean Park Standoff Watch: One Take With Lights Watch: One Take With Dorothy Watch: One Take With Pronoun Watch: One Take With MØ Watch: One Take With MØ Watch G-Eazy Take On One Take Watch: One Take With Dorothy Watch One Take With Little Big Town Watch One Take With Julia Michaels Watch: One Take With Khalid One Take With Superstar DJ Tiësto https://twitter.com/ELLEmagazine/status/970494668776484864 As her One Take with host Anthony Vincent also revealed, Lights may have found her latest adventures by combining comic book art with musical narrative, but her ambitions are to play Madison Square Garden like her beloved band U2. The multi-medium artist reminds us that if it isn’t big, then why throw yourself into it? Watch One Take With Superfruit One Take With Reggae Artist Ziggy Marley One Take With Superstar DJ Tiësto Watch One Take With Nick Cannon Watch One Take With Halestorm One Take With Indie Pop-Duo Freedom Fry Watch One Take With Little Big Town One Take With Superstar DJ Tiësto One Take With Singer/Songwriter Kacey Musgraves Watch One Take With Anthony Hamilton Watch One Take With Afrojack Watch: One Take With Brandy Clark Watch: One Take With Pronoun Watch One Take With Logic Watch: One Take With Brandy Clark Watch One Take With Superfruit One Take With Grupo Fantasma One Take With Australian Singer/Rapper Mallrat One Take With Australian Singer/Rapper Mallrat Watch One Take With Nick Cannon One Take With Indie Pop-Duo Freedom Fry One Take With Producer Greg Wells Watch: One Take With Khalid One Take With Reggae Artist Ziggy Marley Watch One Take With Logic Watch One Take With Logic One Take With Le Butcherettes Twitter One Take With Amber Rubarthlast_img read more

Youth hacked dead in Pabna

first_imgA young man was hacked to death by miscreants at Kacharipara of Pabna municipality on Thursday evening, reports UNB. The deceased was Ariful Islam Sagar, 22, son of late Abdul Hamid of the area.Officer-in-charge of Sadar police station Abdur Razzaque said a group of miscreants chopped Ariful indiscriminately around 7:30pm, leaving him injured.He was taken to Pabna General Hospital where physicians declared him dead, the OC said.last_img

Russian telco Rostelecom is deploying new Motorola

first_imgRussian telco Rostelecom is deploying new Motorola Mobility’s IPTV set-top boxes as it expands its digital network across the country.Motorola said its VIP1003 and VIP1963 set-tops will be deployed in early 2012.The VIP1003 is a low-cost HD receiver, while the VIP1963 a higher-end IP media centre with built-in hard-disk drive for DVR functionality.“Today’s announcement marks the beginning of a strategic collaboration between Rostelecom and Motorola Mobility to bring leading edge solutions and services to the Russian market,” said Pavel Zaitsev, vice-president, director for commerce, Rostelecom. “As an established leader in IPTV and video delivery, Motorola’s solutions are both innovative and cost effective and will help us to differentiate and attract new customers as we grow our business across the country.”Separately, Motorola is to distribute EdgeCast’s portfolio of content delivery network solutions to service providers worldwide.“Motorola is driving the evolution of TV and the smart, simple connected home. Working with EdgeCast provides us the ability to offer our customers simple and fast access to a proven CDN environment that enables the delivery of IP video on-demand and nDVR cloud based services directly to the multi-device, multi screen enabled consumer,” said Joe Cozzolino, senior vice-president and general manager, network infrastructure solutions, Motorola Mobility.last_img read more

French cable operator Numericable had 523000 very

first_imgFrench cable operator Numericable had 523,000 very high-speed internet customers at the end of June.The operator hopes to add a further 285,000 subscribers to the very high-speed service, offering speeds of between 100Mbps-200Mbps, by the end of the year. However, Numericable’s regular triple-play base fell from 944,000 to 943,000, with TV customers dropping from 410,000 to 392,000 during the quarter.Numericable saw second quarter revenues grow by 2.2% to €219 million.last_img