Individual awards kept rolling in for the Buckeyes on Tuesday as one player was named a first team Associated Press All-American and two others picked up third team honors.Sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa was named to the first team while senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett and redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett each garnered third-team honors.The first team All-American selection for Bosa adds to an already successful awards season, as Bosa was a finalist for the Chuck Bednarik — given to the nation’s most outstanding defensive player — and the Rotary Lombardi Award for the top lineman or linebacker in the country. Bosa was also named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and Defensive Lineman of the Year and was named first team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and the media in a unanimous vote.Bosa led the Buckeyes with 13.5 sacks and 20 tackles for loss, putting him atop the Big Ten in both categories. He needs just half a sack to tie Vernon Gholston for the program record of 14 in a season.Bosa has been named to both the AP and the Walter Camp All-American teams, he only needs to be named an All-American by the Football Writers Association of America, The Sporting News or the American Football Coaches Association to be considered a consensus All-American.OSU has boasted 78 consensus All-Americans, including cornerback Malcolm Jenkins, linebacker A.J. Hawk, linebacker James Laurinaitis and quarterback Troy Smith.Barrett finished fifth in Heisman Trophy voting and set the Big Ten and OSU record for total touchdowns in a season with 45, despite suffering a broken ankle in OSU’s regular-season finale against Michigan.Bennett was previously named a first-team All-American by CBS Sports and also picked up an invite to the 2014 Senior Bowl, during which he is set to represent the Buckeyes with senior tight end Jeff Heuerman and senior cornerback Doran Grant.The Buckeyes are set to face Alabama in the first-ever College Football Playoff on New Years Day in the Sugar Bowl. Kickoff in New Orleans is set for 8:30 p.m.
The Ohio State gymnastics team huddles before an event during its meet against Iowa on Jan. 21, 2017. Credit: Megan Russell | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State women’s gymnastics team is undergoing an adjustment period nearing the start of the 2018 season under new head coach Meredith Paulicivic.The Buckeyes have a different approach with Paulicivic at the head of the program than in previous years. She said she’s aiming for early consistency, rather than trying to nail challenging routines out of the gate.“One difference this year is that we have taken out some difficulty and really are going for clean and consistent,” Paulicivic said. “I feel like, until we can be clean and consistent, we’re not going to wow anybody with huge difficulty.”These adjustments are more focused on the routines of her older athletes. The upperclassmen and experienced Buckeyes, like senior Alexis Mattern, will still be expected to be the team’s heavy hitters.Paulicivic is also putting a stronger emphasis on artistry and technique for Ohio State, an adjustment that will be seen on routines such as sophomore Olivia Aepli’s floor performance. “She has a really good artistic quality that I love,” Paulicivic said. “I gave her a brand new floor routine. Again, pulled out some of her difficulty, and I’m going to use that incredible artistic quality she has to hopefully garner higher scores than she had before.”Ohio State could face challenges heading into the year, given the youth of the team. The roster is now comprised of nine underclassmen, including six freshmen, a group that could be the start of a strong core in the coming years, but presents potential challenges in the current season.That young group of players lost one of its veteran leaders before the season even had a chance to start. Senior Taylor Harrison announced her medical retirement, and will not compete as planned. She had previously been named one of the team’s captains.Harrison has represented the Buckeyes at the NCAA regionals the past two years and was a major contributor for Ohio State on the floor exercise, with a career-high of 9.875, and balance beam, holding a team-high score of 9.850 in 2017.The team also is facing injuries with two other senior athletes. Mattern is healing from a bicep injury from the previous season, and senior Kaitlyn Hofland is recovering from another surgery from a lingering shoulder injury.Paulicivic anticipates that Mattern will be ready for the season opener to perform as an all-around competitor but is uncertain if Hofland will be medically cleared to participate in time for the start of the season.The Buckeyes will be led by their three competing seniors and captains — Mattern, Hofland and senior Stefanie Merkle. Those seniors have consistently posted 9.800-9.900 range scores on every event in the previous season, making them the athletes to watch in the upcoming season.“Evolution is our theme this year, and I think that we kind of want to show that we’re serious about that,” Hofland said. As an opener to kick off the 2018 season, on Dec. 16 at 12 p.m. in St. John Arena, the Buckeyes will compete in their Scarlet and Gray Intrasquad meet. Ohio State will have their first official meet at 9 p.m. Jan. 6 at UCLA.
Ohio State then-redshirt sophomore defender Jincy Dunne (33) attempts to stop a fast break in the first period of the game against Minnesota on Jan. 19. Ohio State won 3-2. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignTwo-goal performances from three Minnesota forwards — sophomore Grace Zumwinkle, junior Alex Woken and freshman Emily Oden — helped hand the Ohio State women’s hockey team its fourth straight loss, allowing more goals than it had all season against the Gophers on Friday.No. 7 Ohio State (15-10, 9-8 WCHA) was dismantled in a 7-2 loss to No. 2 Minnesota (23-3-1, 13-3-1 WCHA) in the first game of its home series.Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall said the Buckeyes put up more of a fight than the scoreboard would suggest.“We took it on the chin, but at least we went down swinging,” Muzerall said. “We’re going to come back and we have another round tomorrow.” Oden, who had just two shots in the Gophers’ Oct. 19-20 split series against the Buckeyes, doubled her career high in points with two goals and two assists in the first two periods that provided Minnesota with an indomitable lead.The No. 1 scoring offense in the WCHA and the country wasted no time applying pressure to the Ohio State defense, as Minnesota outshot the Buckeyes 19-6 in the first period and took a 4-0 lead into the break.Zumwinkle struck first for the Gophers, capitalizing just 26 seconds into a power play to take a 1-0 lead over the Buckeyes three minutes into the first period.Zumwinkle’s two goals on the night put her at 20 for the season, extending her own conference lead in the WCHA.Minnesota followed up quickly with goals from Oden and Woken coming just a minute apart to give the Gophers three scores in the first eight minutes.The three quick strikes from the high-volume Minnesota offense prompted a change at goal for the Buckeyes, with sophomore Lynsey Wallace replacing freshman Andrea Braendli, who has allowed 12 goals in her past five periods of play.Questions surrounding who would start at goalie for Ohio State began when Wallace was given her first career start last Saturday against Minnesota Duluth, snapping Braendli’s 20-game streak as the starter.Muzerall said the Buckeye goalies need to take accountability.“I really thought that Andrea would’ve regrouped and come out and battled harder,” Muzzerall said. “When you’re giving up that many goals we have to try to find a solution defensively and with our goaltending.”Wallace allowed four goals in her 31 minutes of action before Muzerall made another switch, affording sophomore Amanda Zeglen the opportunity to make six saves with no goals allowed in the third period. Ohio State entered the game as the No. 1 team in the WCHA in penalties per game and its struggles proved costly against Minnesota.Power play conversion goals bookended the first period for the Gophers, as redshirt senior forward Nicole Schammel provided Minnesota its fourth goal of the period, with her WCHA-leading 34th point of the season on assists from Zumwinkle and Oden.Ohio State began to mount a comeback attempt early in the second period, as senior forward Madison Field made it 4-1 just over a minute in, her 96th career point. Minnesota’s prolific scoring duo wasn’t finished, as Zumwinkle scored her second goal of the game on a Schammel assist 11 minutes into the period to put the Gophers back up four.Ohio State redshirt junior defenseman Jincy Dunne, who scored the Buckeyes’ second and final goal in the second period, said Schammel and Zumwinkle provide a unique threat on the offensive front.“Zumwinkle has the hardest shot I’ve ever seen,” Dunne said. “They don’t stop. They create, they move, they’re always a threat, so it’s really a privilege to play against them.”After scoring a minute apart in the first period, Minnesota’s Oden and Woken bested themselves with back-to-back goals within 33 seconds in the second period to push the Gophers lead to five, as they’d take a 7-2 lead.Muzerall said the Buckeyes can’t pity themselves if they expect a quick turnaround against a team of this caliber. “You can’t sit around and cry about it,” Muzzerall said. “You have to fight. You can’t feel sorry about yourself you have to go back out there.”Ohio State will try and avoid its fifth straight loss and a series sweep to Minnesota in Game 2 at home when the puck drops at 3:07 on Saturday.
West Ham United are reportedly targeting a move for Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, claims the Daily MirrorAfter a lackluster loan spell at the London Stadium this season, David Moyes is not keen on making Joe Hart’s deal a permanent one at the end of the season and has now made it one of his top priorities to sign a new goalkeeper in the summer.The former United coach is believed to be keen on reuniting with the out-of-favour Johnstone in a deal that could be potentially worth £4m.Despite having been an academy graduate, Johnstone’s prospects at Old Trafford appear to be bleak with the 25 year-old currently on loan at Championship Aston Villa.Despite a lack of action this season, Portuguese goalkeeper Joel Pereira is believed to be well regarded by Jose Mourinho and the 21 year-old has replaced Johnstone as United’s third choice option.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Steve Bruce is reportedly keen on extending Johnstone’s stay at Villa Park, but the prospect is under some doubt after United triggered their option to renew the Englishman’s contract by another 12 months.The move was taken to up hold the fee they would attain by selling the loan star at the end of the season and it appears that Villa’s chances of landing Johnstone on a permanent deal rest on their promotion hopes.Despite his uncertain future, Johnstone has performed well in the Championship this season and has the highest best save rate at 76.7% for goalkeepers who have made at least 20 appearances.
Former Manchester United icon who played for Liverpool between 1997 and 1999, has praised the emergence of Naby Keita and Fabinho at Liverpool yet says Emre Can’s departure is a blow for the club.The 50-year-old believes the Merseysiders still need to make a few more additions in the summer transfer window, particularly in goal and up front, according to Goal.“Getting Keita in from Leipzig, top player. Fabinho, yes, I like him. I think they have done a good bit of business. I think they have to replace Can, it is a shame that he has gone.Report: Mario Mandzukic set for swift Juventus exit Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Mario Mandzukic is reportedly set to make a hasty exit from Juventus after failing to make the Champions League squad last week.“I like him as a player, I think he has all the components that you want from a midfield player. He is strong, can get it down and can past. I think they will get a goalkeeper in. Irrespective of what happened in the Champions League. I am not going down that road but I think they need another goalkeeper.“He has not been sure all season, whether it is Karius or Mignolet. I think he will wanna go. I like Alexander-Arnold, he is a young kid and will improve, and he will come back. So on the basis, I think they will need another striker. I think they need a target man. I know they have got the little players for how he plays but I think they need a target man.
Manager Gennaro Gattuso believes that Suso deserves a contract extension at AC Milan based on his contributions to the team.Since arriving from a lacklustre spell at Liverpool in January 2015, Suso has emerged as one of the most exciting midfielders in the Serie A.In light of this, the four-time Spain international had been linked with a return to Liverpool along with a switch to Tottenham in the Premier League last season.Suso is contracted at Milan until June 2022, but has continued to be of great interest to rival clubs with reports stating that he’s got a €40m release clause.And now Gattuso hopes the Rossoneri board will award his star playmaker with a deserved new contract.“My job is to coach, I am not an agent or a sports director. He deserves a contract renewal, but it depends on the management,” said Gattuso on Twitter.“There is great respect for Suso and he is contributing a lot to the team.Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“He immediately made himself available after coming back from a leg injury [in January].”Suso has managed six goals and eight assists in 26 appearances across all competitions for Milan this season.Gattuso’s side will now turn their attention towards Saturday’s visit to Atalanta in their Serie A match, where they hope to grab victory to hold on to fourth-place in the table.And the Milan coach warned his players that nobody is “untouchable” when it comes to a spot in his starting line-up.“We are doing well and we must keep this up,” said Gattuso.“I don’t like to talk about untouchables, as every player must fight for their place. Important teams are born out of respect, I like the fact that different players are starting to take responsibility both on and off the pitch.The Atalanta and Milan game will begin at 8:30 PM (CET) on Saturday.MILAN, ITALY – FEBRUARY 10: Krzysztof Piatek (2nd L) of AC Milan celebrates his goal with his team-mates during the Serie A match between AC Milan and Cagliari at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on February 10, 2019 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
Watch Live Full Schedule Roster In doubles, Duke (8-11, 2-6 ACC) quickly took the opening point, prevailing 6-0 at third position before clinching the round with a 6-2 victory at No. 2 court. The remaining match featuring Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff and Fabien Salle of Louisville (13-9, 26-6 ACC) was abandoned with the pair trailing 5-3 at No. 1 position. Next Match: ILLINOIS STATE 3/31/2019 | 7:00 p.m. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Despite a pair of three-set matches and three tiebreakers, the University of Louisville men’s tennis team was unable to best Duke, falling 4-1, to the Blue Devils Sunday afternoon at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center. Box Score Preview Story Links In singles, the Blue Devils extended their lead with a 6-4, 6-4 No. 6 victory, while the Cards soon knotted the match with their lone win of the day, a 6-1, 6-4 fourth-flight result for Sergio Hernandez. As the match progressed, Morin-Kougoucheff and Federico Gomez overcame first set losses to send their matches to third sets, but both would eventually be abandoned with the Louisville players leading in each. Duke then wrapped up the match victory with consecutive wins at No. 3 (6-1, 7-6 (5)) and No. 2 (7-6 (2), 6-4) positions. “(It’s) disappointing. I felt like we had great momentum after the Miami match,” said head coach Rex Ecarma following the match. “We had some chances, but when you lose close sets like that, then you’re going to get beat. They were a little bit more clutch than we were.” Order of finish: 3,2 Print Friendly Version Order of finish: 6,4,3,2 Rex Ecarma Interview Live Stats Matchup History RESULTSSingles1. Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff (UL) vs. #75 Nick Stachowiak (DUKE), 4-6, 6-3, 4-0 (unfinished)2. Spencer Furman (DUKE) def. Brandon Lancaster (UL), 7-6 (2), 6-43. Catalin Mateas (DUKE) def. Fabien Salle (UL), 6-1, 7-6 (5)4. Sergio Hernandez (UL) def. Sean Sculley (DUKE), 6-1, 6-45. Federico Gomez (UL) vs. Vincent Lin (DUKE), 6-7 (6), 7-5, 1-0 (unfinished)6. Jason Lapidus (DUKE) def. Clement Filho (UL), 6-4, 6-4 The Cardinals will return to the court Sunday evening for the second match of their doubleheader as they take on Illinois State at 7 p.m. at Bass-Rudd. Louisville will then return to ACC competition next Friday with a match at Clemson which is set for 5 p.m. Sergio Hernandez Ramirez Interview Doubles1. Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff/Fabien Salle (UL) vs. Nick Stachowiak/Jason Lapidus (DUKE), 3-5 (unfinished)2. Catalin Mateas/Sean Sculley (DUKE) def. Federico Gomez/Alex Wesbrooks (UL), 6-23. Spencer Furman/Vincent Lin (DUKE) def. George Hedley/Fredrik Moe (UL), 6-0