Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse rounded out its nonconference slate with a 61-44 win over Cornell in the Carrier Dome on Wednesday night. As the Orange prepares to tackle Atlantic Coast Conference competition — starting with Virginia Tech on Saturday — here are three takeaways from SU’s New Year’s Eve victory.Still Christmas seasonThe calendar may be approaching its flip from December to January, but Rakeem Christmas is still — OK, I’ll save from you the cheesy pun. The senior continues to carry this Orange team, finishing with 19 points and nine rebounds Wednesday night. On a night when SU shot just 4-for-12 from 3-point range, Christmas stabilized the offense with yet another efficient performance from the field — making nine of his 12 attempts. On the rebounding front, Syracuse’s guards and wings often leaked out as soon as a Cornell 3 was hoisted, leaving Christmas all alone to fend off the Big Red for the board. And his 6-foot-9 frame was all he needed.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOne moveForward Tyler Roberson shot just 1-of-6 on the night, but his one make was as impressive a move as he’s shown all season. Squared up to the basket from the high post, Roberson put the ball on the floor, spun to his left into the lane and lofted a pretty left-handed finger roll. After missing his first two attempts from the field, Roberson put SU up 8-2 and flashed his potential to create off the dribble.Head coach Jim Boeheim has said this season he’d like to see Roberson expand his game outside of his natural four-man skills, and the aforementioned move may have been a sneak peek at something to come.Josephs’s ups and downs continueTwo games after going scoreless, freshman point guard Kaleb Joseph shot an efficient 4-of-6 Wednesday night. He added three rebounds, two assists and two steals while committing just one turnover. His up-and-down freshman year continues, but at least he enters ACC play for the first time on somewhat of an upward trend. Comments Published on December 31, 2014 at 7:59 pm
President of the Jamaica Taekwondo Federation, Conrad Jenkins, is now the only local Olympic style Taekwondo Grandmaster.On December 7 at the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships in Mexico City, president of the WTF, Dr Chungwon Choue, together with Pan American Taekwondo Union (PATU) president, Grandmaster Ji Ho Choi, presented Jenkins with his Seventh Dan Black Belt certificate.In addition, on December 9 at the Sala de Armas ( Fencing Olympic Venue), Jenkins and Guillermo Rodriquez of Venezuela were jointly awarded best male referees, while Hee Young Kim of Korea was awarded best female referee. Male and female teams from Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Russia,Korea, China, Chinese Taipei, Iran, Ivory Coast, Mexico, USA and Belgium competed at the World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships in Mexico City.President of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA), Mike Fennell, has congratulated Jenkins on achieving “this high distinction” while secretary general of the JOA, Christopher Samuda, remarked that he is not surprised as Jenkins has “consistently demonstrated his pedigree and credentials.”
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Roger Espinoza and Konrad Warzycha knew they’d be competing with, and against, high-profile athletes when they left the Ohio State men’s soccer team to pursue Major League Soccer careers. But, teaming with Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco never crossed their minds. Ochocinco, a six-time NFL Pro Bowl selection and avid soccer fan, recently concluded a four-day trial with MLS club Sporting Kansas City, which began March 23. Espinoza, a defender on Sporting KC’s squad, said he enjoyed training with the NFL superstar. “I spoke to (Ochocinco) a little bit, and he was happy to be here,” Espinoza said. “He’s a world-class athlete.” Espinoza, who helped to lead OSU to the 2007 NCAA College Cup championship game his senior season, said he expected Ochocinco’s trial with Sporting KC to be a “media thing.” Ochocinco’s attitude convinced Espinoza otherwise. “He’s not just here for media stuff,” Espinoza said. “He actually wanted to be here. He talks to a lot of the guys. He wants to play. … He knows a little bit about soccer.” Warzycha, a rookie midfielder on Sporting KC’s roster, never got a chance to meet or train with Ochocinco. After completing his final season as a Buckeye in November 2010 and signing a contract with Sporting KC on March 3, knee surgery forced Warzycha to return to Columbus for rehab. Warzycha said that missing the opportunity to meet Ochocinco was “definitely a disappointment.” “When I heard (Ochocinco) was coming,” Warzycha said, “I thought maybe I could do my rehab back in Kansas City.” To find out whether Ochocinco was offered an MLS contract, check out Monday’s edition of The Lantern.
Informed that his defense had given up 403 total yards to the 118th-ranked scoring offense in the nation, Everett Withers abruptly had one thing to say. “I think we gave up 15 points – that’s all I give a s— about,” Withers said. The total yards the No. 14 Buckeyes (4-0) gave up to the unranked and winless University of Alabama at Birmingham was likely something Ohio State’s co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach was well aware of. Withers, likely, was cognizant of all of the day’s shortcomings, despite his defense’s refusal to give up a touchdown all afternoon long. But it didn’t change the course of events that had happened just some 30 minutes earlier. It didn’t change the fact that the 37-point favorites were fortunate to escape with a 29-15 win against, at least statistically, one of the worst teams in the country. It’s why the typical relief of a two-touchdown victory seemed to feel absent during OSU’s postgame interviews-especially with the year’s first Big Ten contest looming on the road against No. 20 Michigan State next Saturday. In its place, perhaps, frustration had found a way to mount itself for the undefeated – but arguably untested – Buckeyes. In a day that featured a struggles in all three phases of the game, OSU’s defensive deficiencies seemed to stand out as much as anything – especially for a team so hell-bent on returning to its “Silver Bullet” ways under the guidance of first-year coach Urban Meyer. Despite extra emphasis on the fundamental skill of tackling during the week leading up to their contest against the Blazers, Meyer said it was still something that ailed the Buckeyes on Saturday. “I still see guys flailing across and missing tackles. Far too many third-down conversions on defense. And it’s hard to pinpoint one thing that we have to get better at,” Meyer said. Wrapping up opponents, Meyer said, is something they’ll continue to work on. “That’s the fundamental – that’s the essence of tackle football,” he started, “and we’ve got to continue to improve.” And if they don’t, it could spell disaster when against the Spartans. It’s a fundamental key that sophomore outside linebacker Ryan Shazier said needs to be fixed. “It’s part of the game. We can’t miss tackles that lead to first downs, touchdowns, points,” he said. “So they’re saying that we need to stop missing tackles. We need to stop missing tackles.” Shazier, who led the Buckeyes with 13 stops, said he “probably missed like three of four” tackles. Part of it, he said, might be because some players are more focused on leveling crushing blows to the ball carrier rather than securing the tackle. “A lot of guys, we know we have each other’s backs pretty much, so a lot of guys are going in and taking a shot instead of just wrapping up and trying to get the tackle because we’re trying to make a big hit or get a turnover or whatever,” Shazier said. Fellow linebacker and redshirt senior captain Etienne Sabino said the missed tackles are due to technical failures. “Personally, we’re in a great position, we’re just not running our feet, we’re not wrapping, we’re going for the big hits or we’re lunging with our heads – myself included,” he said. “We’re all doing it and I can’t say why it is or whatnot but we need to stop that. We need to tackle better.” The consensus among some players, though, was that Saturday’s tackling efforts had improved from their previous outings. Senior captain and defensive lineman John Simon noted the defense had still missed some tackles, but said some are the result of a swarming defense. “That’s just guys being aggressive going to the football knowing that they got other guys flying there, too,” he said. “So even though we missed a few today, we had guys there to make the play also.” In fact, a more assertive defense might be key to ending what’s ailing OSU’s defense. Redshirt senior cornerback Travis Howard said part of the reason for the Buckeyes’ missed tackles is the innate difficulty of tackling in space, especially against teams that opt to use spread formations. And since the Buckeyes’ corners have been playing looser coverage schemes and lining up 10 yards off from opposing wide receivers, the challenge of making stops in the open field seems to magnify. “It’s definitely difficult and coach Meyer told us that he’s definitely going to shoot for us to play more man and press more so we can get up on guys instead of playing off,” Howard said. “As you can see, we gave them a lot of cushion to run a lot of screen plays and couple bubbles so that’s something that we’re definitely going to work on and I’m excited to see this upcoming week.” The change in philosophy might be because OSU, Meyer said, seems “like a very passive team.” “We’re on defense, we give up little screens, little bubbles. They didn’t score a touchdown on our defense but we gave up a lot of yardage,” he said. “That hurts. I sit there, I’m pained watching it. But we’ve got to be more aggressive on defense and play a little snuggler coverage. If our corners are as good as we think they are, we have to go play a little man coverage on people.” While OSU’s defensive woes weren’t disastrous enough to do them in against an overmatched Blazers squad, Sabino said the Buckeyes need to “step it up” against the Spartans. “You know, we’re not going to win many games missing a lot of tackles and giving up third-and-21’s,” he said. “It’s not gonna happen.”
OSU junior guard Kelsey Mitchell dribbles past senior guard Christen Inman of Northwestern. OSU won, 99-68 in the third round of the Big Ten tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on March 3. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorOn Wednesday night Ohio State junior guard Kelsey Mitchell announced she will return for her senior season with the Buckeyes. Mitchell is the all-time leader in three-point made field goals and is just 265 points away from leading the Buckeyes in all-time points scored.Mitchell released a statement giving her reasons to return, citing her studies and getting the Buckeyes to the Final Four.“Getting a degree from The Ohio State University was one of my top goals when coming to college and I look forward to completing my degree next spring. My teammates and I also have a number of goals we have yet to accomplish on the court. One of those goals is to play in the Final Four and we have a tremendous opportunity to do that next year here in Columbus. I’m excited to get back in the gym with my teammates and continue to work to get better,” she said.Earlier this week she was named an Associated Press All-American, her third time earning the title in her three seasons of play. Mitchell was also named this year’s Big Ten Player of the Year for the second time.
Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing Editor for ContentBLOOMINGTON, Ind. — As memorable as a season the Ohio State men’s basketball team has had, this one game won’t be soon forgotten.Indiana forward Juwan Morgan made a layup against the potential Big Ten Player of the Year, forward Keita Bates-Diop, with 7.4 seconds left in double overtime, seemingly ending Ohio State’s chances of winning a share of the Big Ten regular-season championship.C.J. Jackson had something to say about that.Taking the ball from the opposite baseline, the junior guard drove down the court and pulled up from 24 feet, released a clean look and hit nothing but net to give Ohio State (24-7, 15-3 Big Ten) an 80-78 lead with 1.6 seconds remaining in overtime to silence the packed crimson-and-cream crowd inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.The last desperation attempt from the Hoosiers (16-14, 9-9 Big Ten) fell well short and the No. 16 Buckeyes escaped with a victory in the regular-season finale to preserve their chance at a share of the Big Ten regular-season championship.“It’s been an unbelievable way to cap an unbelievable regular season,” head coach Chris Holtmann said.Jackson finished the game with 13 points. Bates-Diop had 24 points with 14 rebounds and redshirt senior guard Kam Williams scored 15. Senior Jae’Sean Tate and freshman Kaleb Wesson also were in double figures.Morgan had a team-high 18 points for Indiana. Senior guard Robert Johnson and freshman forward Justin Smith had 17 and 16, respectively.It was only fitting that Ohio State’s improbable season and prospects of winning a share of the Big Ten regular-season championship would come down to an overtime game in one of college basketball’s most historic venues against one of its most historic programs.It was ludicrous to think it would come down to two.There were a total of 16 lead changes and 14 ties, including nine lead changes in the final overtime that ended with Jackson shot to seal Ohio State’s first win at Indiana in five years.“We knew they weren’t going to go away,” Jackson said. “Senior Night, home night, they were going to have a lot of energy. We just had to match it.”In the past two road games, Ohio State struggled to match the energy of the opponent, which resulted in double-digit losses. Now, the Buckeyes were much better on the glass than they were against Penn State and Michigan last week, outrebounding Indiana 41-35, but to continually respond bucket after bucket in multiple do-or-die situations left Holtmann and the team with an added confidence heading into postseason play.“This team does have a grit to it that is necessary in a game like this, particularly on the road,” Holtmann said. “I think at the end of the day, that’s what you’re trying to preach from Day 1 and that’s what you hope to have guys that have that to them. To have that stuff inside them that we all look at and can identify as resiliency and grit and able to stay with it and not let one play affect the other. And they did that.”Bates-Diop scored 20-plus points for the first time since he scored a career-high 35 against Illinois on Feb. 4. He shot 9-of-24 from the field, but came away with some needed baskets in the final minutes of regulation.“I’ve been struggling the last few games, but tonight I got back into a rhythm,” he said.Ohio State shot 48 percent from the field and recorded 16 assists on 33 made field goals.With the win, Ohio State remains one game behind Michigan State for first place in the Big Ten. The Spartans have already clinched at least a share of the conference title and can win it outright with a win at Wisconsin on Sunday. If the Spartans lose, Ohio State will earn a share of the title and be the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament next week.Up NextOhio State will play Friday in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament in New York. Its opponent will be determined when the conference season officially ends Sunday.