Who leads among win-win Pinoy warriors?

first_imgIt’s doubly hard looking for the next big star in Philippine boxing following bright results from abroad last week.No, there definitely was no lack of worthy contenders.Fact is the search for the next Manny Pacquiao has become crowded following win-win stands by Filipino boxers in foreign rings.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  All these winners appeared solidly headed toward a world crown challenge.Jhack Tepora, 21-0, 16 KOs, scored a stunning second round stoppage of former African world titlist Lusanda Komanisi in East London, South Africa, to capture the WBO Intercontinental featherweight crown in his first international outing. His handlers at Omega Pro Sports International wasted no time to announce Tepora would be seeking a crack at the world title in the crowded featherweight division.Before Tepora’s stunning triumph, the sensational Frank Duno of Sanman Gym in General Santos City scored an impressive decision over seasoned Mexican lightweight Juan Pablo Sanchez at The Forum in Inglewood, California.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe victory was a followup to Duno’s stunning stoppage last March of then unbeaten Golden Boy standout Christian Gonzales of Mexico. The 21-year-old Duno, handled by former world flyweight champion Rodel Mayol, is now with the Golden Boy stable of Oscar de la Hoya.At Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, Nonito Donaire Jr. dominated Mexican Juan Pablo Sanchez in a well-attended featherweight contest. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Genesis Servania was not successful in his challenge to unbeaten WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez in their clash in Tucson, Arizona, last Saturday. Servania floored Valdez in the fourth, but was himself decked in the fifth. It was a compelling contest and Servania, who fights out of the Kashimi gym in Japan, said he would continue his hot hunt for a world crown. He used to be a major fighter in the ALA Stable.The week before last, Milan Melindo of the ALA Stable, retained his IBF light flyweight crown in a thrilling and bloody battle in Cebu. Melindo is seeking to unify the world light flyweight crown.It was not a simple comeback win for Donaire, 34, who lost his WBO super bantamweight crown to Jessie Magdaleno of Mexico last November. Donaire, 38-4, 24 KOs, announced he has been renewed by a new diet and a new coach (Max Baffel), at the same time swearing the presence of his wife Rachel in his corner to shout out instructions was a major factor in his return to the mainstream.Donaire, the 2012 Fighter of the Year, is now recognized as the WBC Silver featherweight belt owner.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Dancers, Amit pile up silvers for PH delegation; Bowlers shoot for gold Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Read Next LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

US Olympic gymnastics doctor pleads guilty to child porn charges

first_imgFormer Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar (left) confers with defense attorney Matt Newberg in this June 23, 2017, file photo. AFPWASHINGTON, United States — A former US Olympic gymnastics team doctor accused of molesting more than 100 female athletes pleaded guilty Tuesday to three charges of child pornography, avoiding tougher sexual assault charges in the first case to be heard against him.A Michigan federal court said Larry Nassar, 53, a doctor for USA Gymnastics from 1996 to 2015, faces a maximum 20 years in prison for each of the pornography charges.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CJ Perez powers Pirates Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “Why would they question this gymnastics god?”The case cast a dark shadow on the country’s vaunted youth gymnastics program, which has produced a steady number of world and Olympic champions.The US Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics, and some of the country’s most prominent gymnastic clubs known for training Olympic champions, have been sued for allegedly hiding and protecting sexual abusers, including Nassar.Also sued is Michigan State University, where coaches and trainers were allegedly told about Nassar’s abuse as early as 1999 but took no action. CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucenacenter_img El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes MOST READ In exchange for pleading guilty to those three counts, the court dropped federal criminal charges that Nassar molested four athletes, one as young as 11 at the time, on two occasions while he worked with their teams.READ: USA gymnastics president resigns amid sex abuse scandalAccording to Acting US Attorney Andrew Birge, who prosecuted the case, the four women supported the plea agreement, in which the government accepted not to further prosecute their specific assault charges.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIt was the first federal sexual assault case to be heard against Nassar. The court said Nassar could still be tried on other possible allegations of sexual abuse.In addition, he faces sexual assault charges and civil lawsuits in Michigan and California in complaints involving more than 100 women who say he abused them. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “With Dr. Nassar’s admissions of guilt on federal charges today, victims and the public can be assured that a day of reckoning is indeed in Dr. Nassar’s future,” Birge said.“Those who exploit children will be found out and they will be held accountable.”Nassar served as the US gymnastics team’s doctor through four Olympic Games.In a week of hearings in late June, witnesses testified that Nassar, using his position as a team doctor, molested and penetrated girls with his fingers under the guise of providing medical care.“He convinced these girls that this was some type of legitimate treatment,” the prosecutor said.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera View commentslast_img read more

School pride to fuel showdown of rivals

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFor Ateneo, a twice-to-beat incentive and payback for its lone defeat this season is at stake—none of which really matter with the Final Four looming. La Salle, on the other hand, is fighting for an outright Final Four berth—not that there’s still doubt the defending champions will book one anyway.For all the volleyball reasons that will make Saturday’s mammoth showdown between two heated rivals a must-see spectacle, the underlying draw remains the same: School pride.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “We should focus on the things that matter,” he added, as he tries to keep his team from getting distracted by the hype of the two schools’ rivalry. “We thank the Lord for this chance and we will push forward with this calling for us.”“We should have the right motivation at all times,” said Ateneo middle blocker Maddie Madayag. “We should not be complacent because it’s not part of our character.”Whatever that character is, it will be put to a stern test by the Lady Spikers in the 4 p.m. showdown, which will be preceded by the 2 p.m. duel between Adamson and University of the East.La Salle has been known to play its best volleyball in the latter stages of the tournament—and it’s never smart to count La Salle out on the basis of early struggles.“Sometimes the players forget their roles in the team, we have to be 100 percent sure of our roles especially when we are on the court,” added De Jesus, who will rely on the likes of skipper Des Cheng and setter Michelle Cobb.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Painters triumph PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img Ateneo, meanwhile, will be led by the towering trio of Madayag, Bea de leon and Kat Tolentino.La Salle has reached Final Four 11 straight times, while Ateneo made it to the semifinals  10 times in a row.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A crowd divided into blue and green sections is expected to cheer itself hoarse as Ateneo and La Salle collide in Round 2 of their rivalry in UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“We shocked them the first time we met them, hopefully we shock them again,” said Ramil de Jesus, coach of the defending champions Lady Spikers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAteneo, though, has not lost since the Lady Eagles dropped their first match of the season to their rivals. And they look every bit in shape to capture their first title since the Alyssa Valdez era.“The important thing for us is to win the very last game of the [elimination round],” said Ateneo coach Oliver Almadro. Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedlast_img read more

10 months agoSACKED! Asier Garitano loses job at Real Sociedad

first_imgSACKED! Asier Garitano loses job at Real Sociedadby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAsier Garitano has been sacked by Real Sociedad.The team are fifteenth, with five wins, four draws and eight defeats, and Garitano’s style hasn’t convinced the board of the club.”We appreciate Asier Garitano’s contribution, professionalism and dedication,” a brief statement read, wishing him all the best for the future.Imanol Alguacil, who already took charge of the team at the end of last season after the dismissal of Eusebio, and who was head of the academy since then, takes over. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Vine: Arizona Guard T.J. McConnell Channels His Inner Marshawn Lynch In Post-Game Presser

first_imgA picture of Arizona basketball fans.TUCSON, AZ – JANUARY 26: Fans in the Arizona Wildcats student section cheer during the college basketball game against the Utah Utes at McKale Center on January 26, 2014 in Tucson, Arizona. The Wildcats defeated the Utes 65-56. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Arizona registered an impressive 90-56 blowout victory over Oregon last night to move to 19-2 on the season. Afterwards, Wildcats point guard T.J. McConnell decided to have some fun at the podium in the post-game press conference. Before reporters could ask any questions, McConnell dropped his best Marshawn Lynch impression, drawing a round of laughs from those in the room.There’s no doubt going to be a shelf life on “Just here so I won’t get fined” jokes, so kudos to McConnell for jumping in and taking advantage of the humor while it’s still relatively fresh.last_img read more

Bell Media Wins 11 Awards at the 33rd Gémeaux Awards Gala

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment MONTRÉAL – Bell Media congratulates its French-language production partners, team members, and on-screen talent on an amazing performance at the 33rd Gémeaux Awards Gala last night. With 11 awards Bell Media continues to demonstrate its commitment to producing exceptional original content.Canal D leads the way with six awards for EXPO 67, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, CLAUDE N’EST PAS MORT and FUGITIFS which conquered the heart of many viewers. VRAK followed with two awards for LE CHALET and MED, and Canal Vie received an award for MAIGRIR POUR GAGNER : LE DÉFI DU QUÉBEC. Finally, RDS won a statuette for 25 ANS D’ÉMOTIONS and also Super Écran for MARCHE À L’OMBRE.“These awards are the result of our teams’ ongoing efforts in working closely with local producers, artists and artisans, who are dedicated, creative and enjoy producing entertaining and varied content for our viewers,” said Gerry Frappier, President, French-language TV and RDS, Bell Media. “Thank you for your hard work and your exceptional content and congratulations to all our partners on your well-deserved recognition.” Winners of the 33rd Gémeaux Awards for Bell Media:Canal D: Six AwardsBEST DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM OR SERIES: HISTORY AND POLITICSEXPO 67 MISSION IMPOSSIBLE – Guylaine Maroist, Éric Ruel (Productions de la ruelle)BEST DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM OR SERIES: BIOGRAPHY OR PROFILECLAUDE N’EST PAS MORT – Catherine Drolet, Daniela Mujica (Films de l’Œil)BEST PROGRAM OR SERIES: DOCUFICTIONFUGITIFS – SEASON 3 – Marleen Beaulieu, Joceline Genest, Ivan Lamontagne, Louise Lantagne (Attraction Images)BEST DIRECTION: DOCUFICTIONGeneviève Poulette – FUGITIFS – SEASON 3 “Épisode 307 – Le Houdini de Kingston” (Attraction Images)BEST SCREENPLAY DOCUMENTARY – PROGRAMMichel Barbeau, Sylvain Cormier, Guylaine Maroist, Éric Ruel – EXPO 67 MISSION IMPOSSIBLE (Productions de la ruelle)BEST SOUND: MAGAZINE, PUBLIC AFFAIRS, DOCUMENTARY – ALL CATEGORIESStéphane Barsalou, Benoît Dame, Marco Fania, Mélanie Gauthier, Jérémie Jones – CLAUDE N’EST PAS MORT (Films de l’Oeil)VRAK: Two AwardsBEST YOUTH PROGRAM OR SERIES – FICTION: 13 TO 17 YEARS OLDLE CHALET – SEASON 4 – Marie-Claude Blouin, Vicky Bounadère, Félix Tétreault (Les productions Passez Go II)BEST YOUTH DIRECTION: FICTIONFrançois St-Amant – MED “Épisode 80” (KOTV)Canal Vie: One AwardBEST HOSTING: REALITY PROGRAMChantal Lacroix – MAIGRIR POUR GAGNER : LE DÉFI DU QUÉBEC – SEASON 3 “Épisode 22 – L’ascension” (Productions Kenya)RDS: One AwardBEST SPORTS/LEISURE PROGRAM OR SERIES25 ANS D’ÉMOTIONS – SEASON 4 – Lucien Gallant, Tony Morello, Sylvain Rancourt, Domenic Vannelli, Marc Veilleux (RDS)Super Écran: One awardBEST ORIGINAL SCORE: FICTIONMartin Roy, Luc Sicard – MARCHE À L’OMBRE – SEASON 3 “Épisode 21 – Héroïne” (Avenue productions) Twitter Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

Former Attawapiskat comanager charged with theft fraud

first_imgUPDATE: ATTAWAPISKAT BAND COUNCIL REQUESTED 2004 POLICE PROBE OF KENNEDY The charges stem from a complaint filed with the Nishnawbe–Aski Police by the First Nation in April 2013, he said. Nishnawbe-Aski police spokesperson Jackie George said in a statement the complaint stemmed from February 2013.“The First Nation took an item of concern to the police and they investigated and after a long period of time the Crown finally decided to act upon the case,” said Turner.George said the complaint stemmed from an issue dating back to Aug. 2012, the tail-end of Kennedy’s time as co-manager of Attawapiskat.Turner said Spence has recused herself from any band council discussions on the issue. He said she is currently on vacation.APTN National News could not reach Spence for comment. A source close to Spence, however, said she and Kennedy have been advised not to speak on the issue.“Clayton (Kennedy) will have his chance to speak,” said the source.Turner said Attawapiskat would be releasing a statement later today on the issue.Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt’s office released a statement saying it couldn’t on details of the case.“Those who break the rules must suffer the consequences,” said Valcourt’s office in a statement.Kennedy was the band’s co-manager between July 2010 and August 2012. He was also the band’s director of finance, band manager and co-manager between 2001 and 2004 and left the community until he was hired again.He is currently listed as the co-manager for Taykwa Tagamou Nation.“We have no comment, bye,” said a woman who answered the phone at the band office.news@aptn.ca APTN National NewsClayton Kennedy, the life-partner of Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, has been charged with theft and fraud in connection with his term as co-manager of the First Nation, according to the band manager.Kennedy was charged March 26 with a count of fraud over $5,000 and a count of theft over $5,000, said Wayne Turner, Attawapiskat’s band manager.His next court date is scheduled for May 28 in Attawapiskat.Clayton Kennedylast_img read more

Dont Give Up On Ben Roethlisberger Just Yet

Struggling 35-year-olds mostly rebounded nicelyQuarterbacks who posted subpar numbers in their first five games during their age-35 season and how they fared in rest of that year, 1978-2017 Brett Favre2004GNB86. Ken Anderson1984CIN82.07.368.07.796.17.6 Matt Hasselbeck2010SEA83.36.974.86.472.37.0 Jim Hart1979STL70.66.949.05.759.06.0 Dan Fouts1986SD81.87.855.46.384.07.7 The Steelers may be 3-2, but the mood in Pittsburgh is dour. Ben Roethlisberger is coming off a five-interception fiasco against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the latest and worst in a run of lukewarm performances this season. Plenty in Steeler nation are beginning to question whether the 35-year-old Roethlisberger has hit the wall. One of those people is the actual Ben Roethlisberger.The numbers are definitely not pretty, especially when compared to his career averages. That interception festival he hosted in Week 5 torched his passer rating, which has sunk to 75.8 and is way below his 94.1 career rating entering the season. More alarming than the spate of picks is that Roethlisberger’s yards per attempt, which for his career prior to this year stood at a near all-time-best 7.9, is a career-low 6.5 so far this season.But a closer look at the numbers shows there’s good reason to believe that this bad stretch is just that: a bad stretch. Here are the key reasons Steelers fans should still have hope — regardless of what Roethlisberger himself is saying or thinking.History is on his sideWe identified several quarterbacks who struggled in the first five games of their age-35 seasons when compared to what they did through age 34.1We looked at quarterbacks going back to 1978 to make sure all of them had played in the merged NFL for a decent amount of time. To qualify for the list, each quarterback needed to have a minimum of 125 pass attempts through five games. In almost every case, these QBs bounced back to something much closer to their established levels. To be sure, there’s some selection bias at play here — most of these quarterbacks are generally excellent, because erratic and unreliable passers do not usually last in the NFL until they are 35. CAREERGAMES 1-5GAMES 6-16 Jim Kelly1995BUF85.87.567.86.387.07.1 Trent Green2005KAN87.97.780.56.994.38.3 Drew Brees2014NOR95.37.591. PLAYERYEARTMRATING*YPA*RATINGYPARATINGYPA Ben Roethlisberger2017PIT94.17.975.86.5 *Through age-34 season.Minimum 125 passes in first five games, with a QB rating worse than career numbers prior to that season.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com Among the passers on this list, the average QB rating improved from 71.2 in the first five games to 86.0 for the remainder of the season. Their yards per attempt also rebounded, from a pedestrian 6.7 to a solid 7.4, on average. If Roethlisberger improves at the same rate, his passer rating for the rest of the year would be 88.4 and his yards per attempt would bounce up to 7.2. But Hall of Famers Dan Fouts and Jim Kelly beat those averages, so it’s certainly possible that Roethlisberger could outperform them as well.Roethlisberger is still doing Roethlisberger thingsWhile the box scores have been ugly, many of Roethlisberger’s underlying numbers have been typical for his career. His accuracy hasn’t declined significantly: Only 17.5 percent of his throws have been off target, which is only a shade worse than the 16.9 percent rate he posted in the regular season from 2014 to 2016. And on deep passes,2More than 10 yards. Roethlisberger has actually been a hair more accurate, 28.2 percent of his throws have been off target this year compared to 28.3 percent in the past three years.You would think that as Roethlisberger ages, he would start to lose his trademark ability to move outside the pocket on broken plays and find something down the field. But in a limited sample so far this year, he has still been effective when chased from the pocket — he has posted a 101.2 passer rating on just nine dropbacks in these situations this year compared with 124.2 on 93 dropbacks in the prior three seasons.One logical explanation for Roethlisberger’s poor start would be that something was amiss with his offensive line. Perhaps he’s under more pressure than usual? But in fact, the Steelers QB is tied with Oakland’s Derek Carr for the least pressured quarterback in the league this year — both have been under threat on just 15.1 percent of dropbacks. And that’s the way it has been for a while in Pittsburgh; Roethlisberger had the second-lowest pressure rate in the league (behind Peyton Manning) from 2014-16.So if Roethlisberger hasn’t suddenly become inaccurate and he’s not suddenly facing more pressure, the Steelers’ offensive problems may extend beyond the QB and O-line.Bell and Brown are not helping mattersThe real explanation for Roethlisberger’s poor start may be the decline in efficiency of his two top targets, wideout Antonio Brown and running back Le’Veon Bell.On Roethlisberger’s 62 targets to Brown this year, his passer rating has dropped to just 71, down from 112.2 on 480 targets in the past three years. And while it’s hard to tell from a passer rating whether the quarterback or receiver is more to blame, other stats provide some evidence that the 29-year-old Brown is not quite himself this year. According to the NFL, defenses are playing Brown much more tightly at the snap — his average cushion has declined from 5.2 to 4.5 yards, one of the lowest among all receivers. But he’s not making defensive backs pay by running by them, as his average separation is unchanged (2.9 yards).Bell’s receiving ability, meanwhile, is downright ordinary this year. The prior three years, Roethlisberger had 105 passer rating when throwing to Bell. This year, it’s 85.4. Bell is averaging 3.85 yards before contact and just 1.48 after. The prior three years, those figures were 6.64 and 2.20. It’s hard to blame Roethlisberger for Bell being unable to get open and make defenders miss.Bell’s ineffective performance so far has also meant that Roethlisberger can’t use him as a safety valve, which has crushed the QB’s stats against the blitz. In the past three seasons, Roethlisberger had a 96 rating on 381 dropbacks against blitzing defenses — mostly because the underneath pass to Bell was so effective. This year, his rating on those plays is down to 54.6, the lowest in the league.Sunday, Roethlisberger travels to Kansas City to face the unbeaten Chiefs, who have been winning more with offense than defense, which may mean his receivers will be able to find a little more space. And Roethlisberger’s attitude about his ability to perform has undergone a 180-degree turn. “They can question me. I don’t question myself,” he said, three days after his “Maybe I don’t have it anymore” interview. “I think you guys are much more panicked than we are.”And unless Roethlisberger is a huge outlier and suddenly craters at age 35, or Bell and Brown have completely lost their ability to be dominant receiving threats, it seems there actually is little reason for Steelers fans to panic. read more

Can Donovan Mitchell Lead The Jazz Past The Rockets

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed By Neil Paine and Kyle Wagner Embed Code Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On Thursday’s show (May 3, 2018), Neil and Kyle discuss Utah’s impressive win in Houston to even up the series, replay the Raptors’ terrible fourth quarter against the Cavs in Game 1 of their series, and touch on Stephen Curry’s return for the Golden State Warriors.The Lab will be back with another episode next week. In the meantime, keep an eye on FiveThirtyEight’s NBA predictions, which are updated after every game. read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State overcomes firsthalf sloppiness to win 8272 against Radford

Ohio State junior guard C.J. Jackson (3) calls for help in the first half of the game against Radford on Nov. 12. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorBoth Ohio State (2-0) and Radford (1-1) seemingly tried its best to lose Sunday’s game with both teams piling up fouls and turnovers. But in the end, it was the Buckeyes who survived the sloppy play to beat the Highlanders 82-72. After the game, though the stat sheet showed a win for the Buckeyes, only one thing stood out to senior forward Jae’Sean Tate. “Turnovers,” he said. Ohio State committed 19 fouls and turned the ball over 15 times. Radford turned the ball over 15 times and committed 26 fouls.The Buckeyes’ improved discipline in the second half appeared to be the difference maker. After turning the ball over nine times in the first half and committing nine fouls, the Buckeyes posted just six turnovers and 10 fouls, respectively, in the second half. Radford, on the other hand, continued to run into foul trouble, tallying 13 fouls in the second half.The team looked much more disciplined for most of the second half, but head coach Chris Holtmann said he really was only going to focus on the negatives. For him, that was the entire first half. “I didn’t particularly care for the start, really the first half,” Holtmann said. “I just didn’t think we had quite the mindset we needed to have at times.”If there was any highlight for Ohio State, it came from guard C.J. Jackson, who finished the evening with 19 points, three assists and six rebounds. The night did not start out well for Jackson, however. The team’s lone point guard appeared to be trying to force too much to happen with the ball in his hands. He committed four turnovers, including one on an in bounds pass and another on a bounce pass from outside into the paint. But after sitting down on the bench and talking with assistant coach Ryan Pedon extensively, Jackson played with more energy. He knocked down a 3-point shot 30 seconds after returning to the game. Two minutes later, he added another 3 to his scoresheet, gathered a defensive rebound on the next Radford possession and knocked in a close-range jumper to add to the Buckeyes’ lead. “Once coach pulled him out, I went over to him like, ‘Look bro, there’s a lot of basketball to be played,’” Tate said. “Once he got out there and saw a couple shots going in and hit the singles like coach said, then he just took over the game — more aggressive, he found his rhythm and he made everybody around him better too.”With plenty of fouls and turnovers, the game began as a topsy-turvy matchup with five lead changes coming in the first 7:16 of play. The final lead change during that time span came when freshman forward Kaleb Wesson caught a pass a few feet from the basket, surveyed the court for an open Buckeye before sinking a mid-range jumper to put the Buckeyes on top 11-10. Ohio State led for the remainder of the game, however Radford kept it close. Senior Andrew Dakich turned over an inbounds pass leading 15-12 and Radford guard Carlik Jones tipped in his own missed shot to bring the game back to one point.From that moment, Ohio State outscored the Highlanders 29-20 the rest of the first half to extend its lead to 44-34, fueled predominantly by Jackson and redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop, who combined for 16 points. Throughout the game, Bates-Diop was able to impose his will on the smaller Radford defense.  The 6-foot-7, 235-pound forward finished the game with 22 points and 10 rebounds for his second double-double in as many games. He went 8-for-17 from the field, including 3-for-7 from beyond the arc, and made all three of his free-throw attempts. The size gap was apparent between the two teams from the start, but the Highlanders had a plan to minimize the impact the gap had. Radford played aggressive defensively, often deploying a full-court press on the Buckeyes. The HIghlanders also waited back on every in bounds pass, and often would wrap up the point guard taking the ball out. Still, there was only so much they could do. The Buckeyes dominated inside the paint, outscoring the Mountaineers 34-22 from inside.Holtmann attributed a bulk of the ability to score in the paint to the strong rebounding demonstrated by both Tate and Bates-Diop throughout the game.“Yeah those guys got, obviously JT and Keita both have a real nose for the ball,” Holtmann said. “I was pleased with their ability to go get it and I think they’re a really good offensive rebounding team, so that’s something we really hammered. And I think we did a pretty good job keeping them off the glass.”Coming out of the break at halftime, the Buckeyes came out playing much improved defense, preventing the Radford offense from getting much of anything going. Bates-Diop knocked down a 3-pointer just 20 seconds into the half, but after that, it took two minutes for another team to score. But 3 1/2 minutes into the half, the Buckeyes exploded out for a 12-1 run over the next 2:08, quickly extending their lead to 61-35.Ohio State struggled to find the net for some time after that,  managing only 21 points over the remaining 14 minutes of the game. But it continued to play strong defense to limit the Highlanders. They only put up 27 points of their own to fall 82-72 to Ohio State.Ohio State will look to build on the 2-0 start to the Chris Holtmann-era at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Schottenstein Center when it hosts Texas Southern. read more