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World’s Largest Paid Blogging Platform Goes Real-Time

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Typepad, the SixApart-owned paid blogging service believed to be larger than any other online, announced this morning that every one of its blogs will now make updates available in real time. The service has implemented the Google-backed real-time protocol Pubsubhubbub, an Atom-centric alternative to the real-time protocol RSSCloud, which competitor WordPress turned on for millions of bloggers last week.A fast-growing number of sites around the web are now flying the real-time banner, no longer requiring that news reading software poll them for updates several times an hour. With two of the largest blogging software providers now real-time, blogging could steal a little thunder back from immediacy-rich social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Josh Fraser, a Pubsubhubbub contributor, wrote a comparison of that protocol and RSSCloud on TechCrunch this weekend. Fraser favors Pubsubhubbub but says that both are a big win for the real-time web. Developer Chuck Shotton has written about the prospects of making the two protocols interoperable. “I know this sounds dorky,” RSSCloud lead developer Dave Winer said last night on Twitter, “but I don’t see rssCloud and Pubsubhubub competing. It’s not either-or.” Note that the Typepad announcement says that Google Reader is consuming Pubsubhubbub feeds – but we’ve confirmed with protocol developer Brad Fitzpatrick and then with SixApart that this was a misunderstanding. Google Reader still does not consume real time feeds. When it does, that will be a big deal for the real time web. Tags:#NYT#Real-Time Web#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Mbala locks down Desiderio in DLSU rout of UP

first_imgFILE – Ben Mbala. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIn what became as one of the most lopsided games in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament, one odd matchup stood out.As defending champion La Salle wrapped up University of the Philippines 85-62 Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre, the matchup of the game was the hulking Ben Mbala against the rather diminutive Paul Desiderio.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Next And if Mbala was unsurprised in his defensive assignment, the same cannot be said for Desiderio.Mbala stands at 6-foot-8 and is a good 230-pounder while Desiderio stands at a generous six feet and is very much lighter than the Green Archer.“When he guarded me in the first quarter I was surprised because the guy in front of me was really big,” said Desiderio in Filipino. “And I felt awkward when he guarded me so I had no choice but to guard him in the second quarter.”Desiderio obviously struggled against the bigger Mbala as he shot 2-of-13 from the floor in 31 minutes of play.“La Salle had three bigs at a time and if we put Ibra [Ouattara] outside there’d be no rim protector so I had to get Ben.”ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES And the reigning MVP had good reason for guarding the Fighting Maroons’ shooting guard.Desiderio shot the lights out in the first encounter between the two teams scoring a career-high 30 points in a 98-87 UP victory, and Mbala was tasked to prove he’s La Salle’s best individual defender.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 shutout“I’m bigger than him, and I just have to stay in front of him and even if I get blown by I know I’m bigger and faster,” said Mbala, who had 27 points and 14 rebounds in his matchup against Desiderio.“Well it’s part of basketball, you got to be able to adjust. They used me as a three then they used him as a four.” Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8002:34UAAP SEASON 80 PREVIEW: DLSU GREEN ARCHERS00:50Trending 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 Brownlee, Tenorio shine as Ginebra takes 2-0 Finals lead BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients last_img read more

Cousins’ triple-double powers Pelicans past Cavs

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Pelicans: Host the Orlando Magic on Monday night. MOST READ Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC New Orleans Pelicans forward DeMarcus Cousins goes to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers guard JR Smith (5) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS — DeMarcus Cousins came to the bench for the final time as the crowd rose to its feet. He exchanged high fives with Pelicans teammates and fans on the baseline, then motioned to the crowd with his raised right hand to keep the adulation coming.If Cousins, Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday keep playing the way they did against LeBron James’ Cavaliers, there will be plenty more scenes like that.ADVERTISEMENT Cousins had 29 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, and the Pelicans pulled away for a convincing 123-101 victory over Cleveland on Saturday night.“I enjoy winning. Don’t you?” Cousins said when asked about his interplay with the jubilant crowd. “If we play like this on a nightly basis, we’ve got a very good chance of being the team that we want to be.”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 shutoutDavis added 30 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks to help New Orleans win for the third time in four games. New Orleans’ All-Star frontcourt tandem had help from the backcourt, too, with Holiday scoring 29 points and E’Twaun Moore 24 as the Pelicans shot better than 53 percent.“We’re locked in as a unit. We feel like we can battle with the best of them. We’re starting to understand what it takes to win games,” said Cousins, who’s played in only 22 games with Davis since the trade that brought Cousins from Sacramento after last season’s All-Star Game. Wade, meanwhile, recalled Miami’s middling start when he and James first became teammates there in the 2010-11 season.“It just takes time to get that continuity,” Wade said. “At some point, we’ll get tired of being a .500 ball club.”EARLY PUSHMoore, who is starting while New Orleans awaits the recovery of Rajon Rando from a preseason core muscle injury, helped the Pelicans build an early double-digit lead. He hit his first five shots — three of them from 3-point range — and the last of those made it 40-27 early in the second quarter.WADE’S NEW WORLDWade came off the bench for a second straight game, but didn’t seem to mind.“I like the role that coach has me in,” Wade said. “Put the ball in my hands, allow me to make plays, allow me to score and attack and be myself.”He looked fine after missing one game with a left knee bruise. He drove past Holiday for one, soaring two-handed dunk and also set up a graceful floater with a behind-the-back move.UP NEXTCavaliers: Host the New York Knicks on Sunday night. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “We’re still learning how to play with one another, but the ball movement’s been good lately. Defensively, we’ve been good.”Cousins mostly scored on powerful inside moves, once dribbling through three converging defenders. He also tossed in the sporadic 3. Davis provided his usual mix of decisive spot-up jumpers and crowd-pleasing dunks, either on the break or crashing the boards for put-backs. Holiday complemented penetrating dribble drives with four 3s.“We’re going to be a special team,” Davis said. “We don’t feel it. We know it.”Kevin Love had 26 points and 11 rebounds for the Cavs, who were without Derrick Rose and trailed most of the game. James had 18 points and Dwyane Wade 15 for Cleveland, which has lost three of four.After trailing by 13 at halftime, Cleveland briefly appeared to be taking control with a 21-7 run during which Love hit three 3s, grabbed four rebounds and added an assist.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Bellinger, Dodgers top Astros to tie World Series 2-2 “We were playing with a lot of confidence. Guys were shooting their shots, not thinking twice about it,” Love said of the Cavs’ third-quarter surge to a brief 73-72 lead. “When we play like that, we’re tough. We just haven’t put together a good 48-minute span.”Cousins’ three-point play on a driving layup and Holiday’s 3 were bookends of a 12-2 run that put New Orleans back up by nine, and the Pelicans never trailed again.Love briefly left the game after falling to the floor, clutching his left knee under the basket. He returned in the fourth quarter, but the Pelicans put the game away with a 13-3 run, capped by Holiday’s fourth 3-pointer, which made it 108-89.“They’re a tough team to defend,” Love said.TIP-INSCavaliers: Although Rose previously sounded optimistic that his left ankle sprain would be healed enough to play in New Orleans, coach Tyronn Lue said before the game that Rose was still in pain. “I don’t know about a setback, but he still had soreness this morning when he tried to warm up,” Lue said. … Lue added that he inserted the 6-foot-5 Iman Shumpert in the starting lineup against New Orleans because he felt that was the best option for defending the 6-4 Holiday.Pelicans: Newly acquired F Josh Smith made his debut late in the first quarter for his first NBA action since the 2015-16 season. He made his only shot and grabbed two rebounds in a little less than seven minutes. … The Pelicans finished 13 of 31 (41.9 percent) from 3-point range.NO PANICJames, Love and Wade all said Cavs are unhappy with their recent play, but aren’t about to overreact after six games.“We know we have to get a lot better. We’re frustrated,” Love said. “But in no way are we going to panic.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View commentslast_img read more

Mary Kom hails inclusion of women’s boxing in London Olympics

first_imgFour-time world champion MC Mary Kom on Thursday hailed the inclusion of women’s boxing in the London Olympics as a “dream-come-true” moment and vowed to defy age and clinch gold in the 2012 Games.”It’s a dream-come-true for me. The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) decision has given me the strength to continue. I would represent my country at the biggest sporting show in the world and have to win gold. It cannot get any bigger then this,” an elated Mary Kom told PTI.Women’s boxing was on Thursday included in the 2012 London Games at an IOC meeting in Berlin. Boxing administrators had earlier lobbied for inclusion in the Beijing Olympics but could not get the IOC’s nod.The International Boxing Association last year roped in Mary Kom as it’s brand ambassador and the Indian played a crucial role in making AIBA’s campaign successful this time.”I was a part of the AIBA campaign and I travelled to countries like Sweden to raise awareness about the sport. I am thankful to the IOC for recognising our efforts,” she said.The 27-year-old mother of two, who currently competes in the pin weight 46kg division, would be in her 30s when the London Games are held but the Khel Ratna pugilist says she wouldn’t let age become a factor.”I am ready to make all the adjustments. I will have to increase my weight a bit to fit into the 51kg category which (along with 60kg and 75kg) has been picked for the London Games. Yes, it will be tough at that age but I have the will power to make it happen,” Mary Kom said.Mary Kom has won a medal at every World Championships starting with a silver in the first edition in 2001. The Manipuri clinched a gold in every edition of the event after that, prompting AIBA President Ching-Kuo Wu to call her ‘Magnificent Mary’.Her fourth straight world title came in China last year where she went into the competition after just two months of training as the birth of her twin sons had kept her out of the ring for nearly two years.”If I could do it then, I can do it again,” she said.Mary Kom said she would have lost the motivation to continue for long had the sport not got the IOC approval for 2012 Games.”It’s all about motivation. If this had not happened, I would have competed for another couple of years but then my dream would have died,” she said.AIBA included women’s boxing in its programme in 1994 and the sport is currently competed in 120 countries.Compared to the 124 boxers who took part in the inaugural World Championships, there were 218 competitors in the last edition in China.advertisementlast_img read more

Volkswagen group sales return to growth in January

first_imgVolkswagen group sales returned to growth in January thanks to demand in China, where core brand VW posted its best month ever despite the furore over the German carmaker’s cheating of US diesel emissions tests.Deliveries at the 12-brand group, including luxury division Audi and sports-car maker Porsche, climbed 3.7 per cent to 847,800 in January, Volkswagen said on Friday.ALSO READ:21st Century Volkswagen Beetle has grown out of its hippie lifestyleIn December, sales had dropped 5.2 per cent, contributing to the first decline in full-year sales since 2002.Volkswagen sales growth turned negative for the first time in at least four and a half years in April 2015, raising pressure on the automaker to fix trouble spots laid bare by the shock ousting of long-time Chairman Ferdinand Piech.The situation worsened after VW admitted in September it had rigged US diesel emissions tests and up to around 11 million vehicles worldwide could have illegal software installed.ALSO READ:Volkswagen launches updated versions of Polo, Vento ahead of Auto Expo 2016January group deliveries in China were up 15.4 per cent, and sales in Europe were up 1.8 per cent. In all other regions, deliveries fell, with the biggest declines seen in Russia and Brazil, at 29.5 per cent and 38.8 per cent respectively.Deliveries of VW-branded vehicles were up 2.8 per cent at 521,400 around the world, driven by a 15.4 per cent jump in China.Earlier this month, Volkswagen postponed publication of its 2015 financial results and delayed its annual shareholders’ meeting while it struggles to put an exact price on the emissions scandal.advertisementALSO READ:Volkswagen Ameo unveiled, to be showcased at Auto Expo 2016last_img read more

10 months agoAston Villa manager Smith unsure about Abraham & Chelsea

first_imgAston Villa manager Smith unsure about Abraham & Chelseaby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa manager Dean Smith admits he’s not sure if the club will retain Tammy Abraham.The Chelsea loanee has fired in 12 goals for Villa this season and reports have suggested he could return to Stamford Bridge to be loaned out to a Premier League club.Asked about the speculation, Smith said: “I’ve no idea about the contract situation if I am honest. All we can do is work with him, we have a good relationship with Chelsea.”Eddie Newton [Chelsea’s loan technical coach] was up here over a month ago, looking and checking at his development.”He’s been developing with us all the time. He is enjoying his football and I think that is a big thing in the development of the young lad’s future.”He wants to go and keep scoring goals for us and that’s what we are in control of at the moment.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Baseballs Hot Stove Has Gone From Cold To Basically Turned Off

“We’ll closely monitor developments,” an MLB Players Association spokesperson said to FiveThirtyEight last month. “If 30 clubs are competing for a pennant, the free-agent market for players will be robust.”But fewer teams seem interested in competing.The Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks, 2018 contenders, are retooling. The American League Central champion Cleveland Indians have shed payroll in a weak division they can likely win without spending on free agents.And teams seem to have learned, collectively, to wait out free agents. Thirty-five free agents signed guaranteed major league deals last year between Feb. 1 and opening day,2Excluding players who signed with one team earlier in the offseason, were released and signed with another team within the February-to-April period. compared with 18 in 2017, 13 in 2016, 10 in 2015 and 13 in 2014. The longer free agents wait, the fewer dollars they’re typically awarded.Even the star free agents are having to wait.Consider that in the not-so-distant past, top players had usually signed by now. Just look at the contracts inked before Christmases past: On Dec. 1, 2015, David Price signed the richest deal ever for a starting pitcher (seven years and $217 million) with the Boston Red Sox, and he was followed three days later by Zack Greinke, who signed a six-year, $206.5 million deal with Arizona. On Dec. 10 of the previous year, Jon Lester signed a $155 million deal with the Chicago Cubs. And in 2013, Robinson Cano signed a 10-year, $240 million deal with the Seattle Mariners on Dec. 6, just three days after Jacoby Ellsbury signed a seven-year, $153 million deal with the Yankees.But the five richest contracts of last offseason were awarded after Jan. 24. And only one contract so far this offseason has topped $100 millionThere are other factors behind the slow down, said Chaim Bloom, vice president of baseball operations for the Tampa Bay Rays. His club reportedly signed pitcher Charlie Morton on Dec.12.“I’m hesitant to call something a trend before having [enough] information to really say this is a new normal — it might just be a slight shift in the timetable,” Bloom said to FiveThirtyEight last week. “There is a lot more information available. Teams increasingly like to have more and more information before making decisions. That may push some things later in the calendar. I also think — and this offseason is a good example of it — staff movement and staff [hirings] are taking up a larger chunk of offseason. … The more coaching staffs and front offices grow, the more time that is going to take [in early offseason].”Have teams learned to wait out the market?“I don’t know if it’s ideal for clubs, necessarily,” Bloom said of the slower markes. “You want to go into spring training knowing who you have.”Free agency has become more and more a battleground between teams and players. Clubs are accused of suppressing the service time of potential stars so as to control their prime years at cheaper salaries. Teams also seem to be wary of allocating a large share of their payroll to one player. Alex Rodriguez’s $275 million deal with the Yankees — signed Dec. 13, 2007 — remains the record for a free-agent contract even as MLB revenues have increased from $6 billion in 2007 to exceeding $10 billion in 2017.Regardless of whether free-agent superstars Harper and Manny Machado set contract records, they are expected to receive guaranteed dollars well into nine figures. The greater concern for the union is what another slow-to-develop market means for the middle class of free agents — which represents the vast majority of players.A slow-to-develop market forced unsigned players to create their own spring training camp last year in Bradenton, Florida. David Freese knows this trend well. After the former World Series MVP finished the 2015 season with 2.2 wins above replacement, he sought a lucrative, multiple-year contract. But he had to settle in March for a one-year, $3 million deal with the Pirates.“It was a tough situation to handle,” Freese said in 2016. “The waiting, it challenges your heart. Sitting around while guys are out playing [in spring training] … seeing games, seeing guys in the field.”Rather than test free agency this winter after the Dodgers were likely to turn down his $6 million club option, he re-signed with the club on a one-year, $4.5 million deal.Freese isn’t the only player to take that approach. Josh Donaldson — the 2015 A.L. MVP — agreed to a one-year, $23 million deal with Atlanta on Nov. 26. He was joined by 18 other free agents signing contracts for just one year, making up 67.9 percent of the 28 signings so far through Monday. That’s the greatest share of one-year contracts signed through the first 50 days of the offseason over the past six winters. (The next closest was 52 percent in 2016-17.)Some of these players may have decided to bet on themselves on shorter-term deals in the hopes of maximizing their future earning potential. Or perhaps they are responding to seeing players with hopes of signing lucrative multi-year deals last offseason, like Mike Moustakas and Neil Walker, languish on the market until spring training had started.Free agents across the game appear to be in store for another longer wait. Perhaps this is the new normal.Sara Ziegler contributed research. LAS VEGAS — The Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino was, in some ways, the most appropriate host for baseball’s winter meetings: After all, this offseason was once expected to be punctuated by announcements of record-setting, high-dollar free-agency deals. Bryce Harper, a premier free agent, is a Las Vegas native. But away from the din of the casino floor, a podium set up for press conferences in a vast ballroom was largely quiet last week. After last winter marked the slowest signing period in at least the previous 18 years, this offseason is starting even more slowly, according to a FiveThirtyEight analysis of free-agent data.Teams already seemed less interested in giving time on the field to players over the age of 30 — the time frame in which many players first become eligible for free agency. But now, early in the offseason, teams also seem increasingly less willing to spend on any free agent.Consider that through Monday, 50 days after the World Series concluded, only 5.2 percent of available free-agent players1Our pool of available free agents includes any player with major league experience who was granted free agency or released in October and November of each season. That excludes players signed internationally or those waived by a club before the season ended or later in the offseason. had signed major league deals for guaranteed money, according to a FiveThirtyEight analysis of data from The Baseball Cube. Fifty days after the end of the 2017 World Series, 5.5 percent of available free agents had signed. Two years ago that number was 9.2 percent. In the three offseasons prior to that winter — 2015-16, 2014-15 and 2013-14 — it was 9.2, 7.8 and 10.9 percent respectively.Through Monday, $442.5 million had been spent on free agents. That’s down from $469.8 million at the same point last year, which was down from $976.5 million in the winter of 2016-17, $1.401 billion in 2015-16, $1.173 billion in 2014-15 and $1.229 billion through the middle of December 2013. read more

Safety Vonn Bell anchoring the Ohio State defensive backfield

OSU junior safety Vonn Bell (11) dives toward the end zone after interception in a game against Minnesota on Nov. 7. OSU won, 28-14. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorOn the wall of the team meeting room in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center sits a chart outlining the number of “Buckeye leaves” each Ohio State player has received during the season for various positive contributions.On the top of the list, with 59 leaves on his helmet, is junior safety Vonn Bell.In addition to topping the internal rankings — which were not yet updated for Saturday’s 28-14 win against Minnesota — Bell was recognized on Monday morning as the top defensive player in the Big Ten for Week 10.The Rossville, Georgia, native made arguably the biggest play in the Buckeyes’ win, rescuing the team from a punchless first half when he intercepted a pass and returned it for a 15-yard touchdown to open up the scoring midway through the second quarter.Bell said he and safeties coach Chris Ash had discussed throughout the week leading up to the game how important his contributions could be in what was primed to be — and ended up being — a defensive battle.“Coach Ash told me at the beginning of the week that my performance could make or break the team,” Bell said. “I had to be able to play the deep balls and tackle very well because I’m the one high safety … just me and him having that conversation, I told him I could chow down for him.”Bell came to OSU in 2013 and played in each of the first 13 games as a backup at the nickel cornerback position.However, in the Orange Bowl against Clemson, an injury of Bradley Roby moved starting safety Corey Brown to cornerback and opened up a spot for Bell at starting safety.Bell was burnt for a touchdown by Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins but he also made highlight reels with a one-handed interception at the 2-yard line early in the second quarter.Bell said that first start was instrumental in shaping his confidence into his sophomore year.“It was a very big step for my career,” Bell said. “That’s where it took off. I got in a groove, got my feet wet.”Still, Bell did not start the opener at Navy the following year, coming off the bench at the free safety position behind Cam Burrows.The next game, however, coach Urban Meyer inserted Bell at the position, and he hasn’t relinquished it since.Defensive coordinator Luke Fickell said it is what Bell does between games that sets him apart.“The greatest thing I can tell you is he’s a pro,” Fickell said. “He studies the game, he works the game, he practices the game, and it shows on Saturdays.”The safety said he is able to put in so much effort because he genuinely loves what he is doing.“I think it’s more fun than work,” Bell said. “We’re enjoying that time out there together.”In his 14 starts in 2014, Bell had six interceptions, including three in OSU’s last four games.He has followed that up with two picks through nine games in 2015, including the pick-six on Saturday. He also found the end zone in OSU’s second game against Hawaii on a 14-yard fumble return touchdown.Bell, who also played wide receiver in high school — scoring 21 touchdowns in his senior year — said finding the end zone is one his favorite things to do on the gridiron.So are snaps on offense in the cards for the junior? They are, if he was making the calls.“I tell (wide receivers coach Zach) Smith all the time, ‘put me in there, I’ll run a route for you,’” Bell said.Smith, in return, joked that the outspoken Bell should remain the defensive coaches’ responsibility to deal with.“I’m volunteering my position as receivers coach if Vonn Bell comes and sits in my room,” Smith said. “Just dealing with him for 20 minutes a day when we go against the defense is plenty, I’m not dealing with him for a whole day. No chance.”Even if his opportunities are forced to only come on defense, Bell — who predicted he would score two more touchdowns this season — said he is hopeful for what the rest of his season and time at OSU holds.“I think there’s still more (in store),” he said. “I’m on the right path, I think. Just have to keep on going, take the next step.”Bell and the Buckeyes are set to return to the field in Champaign, Illinois, to match up with the Fighting Illini on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for noon at Memorial Stadium.Editor’s note: The caption of the photo that accompanies this story has been changed to reflect the game’s final score. Correction 9/10: An earlier version of the story said Bradley Roby was suspended for the Orange Bowl, when in fact he was injured. read more

Womens gymnastics No 19 Ohio State snags win in final rotation against

Ohio State junior Taylor Harrison preforms on balance beam in St. John Arena on Feb. 18 with her teammates watching from the side. Credit: Megan Russell | Lantern reporterAfter closely trailing the Mountaineers before entering the final rotation, the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team sealed a victory with strong performances on floor against West Virginia on Saturday.The Buckeyes posted a 49.200 on floor to tally a final score of 196.075-195.800 over West Virginia. “Our last three kids on floor are dynamite, and so I knew they were going to have to go a 9.800 or better to win the meet,” OSU coach Carey Fagan said. “You could tell — once that momentum started building deeper in our lineup — it was going to be really hard for West Virginia to stay with us.”In the first rotation on vault, junior Alexis Mattern scored a team-high 9.900 to take first overall in the event. Mattern also posted her second 9.900 of the night on floor.“This is actually the first time I’ve ever done that in my career,” Mattern said. “I may not have had the highest overall scores I’ve ever had, but consistency wise, it was one of my more consistent nights, so I’m happy with it.” In the second rotation on the uneven bars, Mattern also scored a career-high of 9.875 to take first in the event while sophomore Kaitlyn Hofland posted a 9.850 to finish in second. Senior Tenille Funches also earned a season-high of 9.825 on uneven bars.Olivia Aepli had two false starts before completing her routine on bars for the team-low of 8.750.“Olivia normally goes 9.900 on bars, and that’s the type of performance we need,” Fagan said. “Not everybody on the team has 9.900 potential, but the ones that do have that 9.900 potential, they have to come through. So little things like that can be frustrating.” At the midpoint of the meet, OSU led the Mountaineers by a meager .025.On balance beam, junior Stefanie Merkle started the lineup for OSU, posting a 9.775 to tie for third in the event with freshman Amanda Huang. Junior Taylor Harrison took first in the event with a strong score for the team of 9.875 and to tie her season-high.“Normally, going in, being last on beam — even when somebody falls or the scores are low — I try not to let that mess with my head,” Harrison said. “I just know that when I get up there, I do what I do every single day in the gym. So today, going into that routine, I felt very confident.”Heading into the final rotation, the Buckeyes trailed West Virginia 146.875-146.775.The final three performers for the floor event propelled the OSU team to set them up for the win. Those included Harrison who posted a career-high of 9.875 to take third in the event behind Mattern’s 9.900, while Merkle scored a close 9.850 behind Harrison. “I think the highlight for me was probably the last three floor routines because they knew and they could feel that the meet was on the line,” Fagan said. “And so, for them to come out and really hit really solid routines, I think it will build their confidence, and it builds the team’s confidence too.”Mattern placed first in the all-around with a 39.375. read more

From England to the Bahamas current and former Ohio State athletes had

Former Ohio State tennis player Blaz Rola hits the ball in a match against Spain’s Pablo Andujar June 23 at Wimbledon in Wimbledon, England. Rola won, 6-3, 6-1, 6-4.Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsAs the roar of students on campus fell to a whimper with the Columbus spring turning into summer, the decrescendo was certainly not felt by the many Ohio State athletes who continued their endeavors into the summer months.While some Buckeyes graduated and took the next steps in their individual athletic careers, others competed for championships and still more traveled the world, representing OSU.Men’s basketballOne of the teams that had a busy summer, though their season officially ended in the spring, was the OSU men’s basketball team.The summer began for the men’s basketball team with the announcement that the Buckeyes, along with North Carolina, UCLA and Kentucky, would be part of a new round-robin style basketball tournament called the CBS Sports Classic, which will start this year and happen each year through the 2016 season. While OSU will face each of the other three teams in subsequent years, it’s set to face North Carolina in its CBS Sports Classic debut at the United Center in Chicago on Dec. 20.While the Buckeyes will likely look forward to that matchup, they spent part of their summers near the warm, sunny beaches of the Bahamas, where they defeated the Bahamas All Stars and the Providence Storm by a combined score of 203-129 in two games.A couple of graduated Buckeye-ballers also kept busy this summer, as two former OSU players found homes in professional basketball.After receiving much praise from Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, former OSU point guard Aaron Craft signed a partially-guaranteed contract with the Warriors and will join the team when training camp begins later this fall. Former Buckeyes forward LaQuinton Ross played with the Los Angeles Lakers’ NBA Summer League team before signing a contract to play for Victoria Libertas in the Lega Basket Serie A.Women’s rowingThe OSU women’s rowing team took home its second-consecutive NCAA National Championship in Indianapolis this summer.Following the victory, the team became the fourth-winningest program in the country with five NCAA Championships under its belt.Women’s volleyballAs women’s rowing was adding another trophy to its case, the women’s volleyball team was adding an assistant coach.Former California State-San Marcos associate head coach Jay Van Vark was added to the women’s volleyball coaching staff at OSU in early August, bringing with him experience from coaching Team U.S.A. and the U.S.A. Collegiate National team.Men’s, women’s golfThe Buckeye golf squads were a busy bunch, starting with the resignation of assistant men’s golf coach Ryan Potter after four seasons with OSU.Potter was replaced Saturday, as OSU announced the hiring of J.J. Wood to the same position.Wood most recently coached at Rice University, where he helped lead the Owls to their first ever Conference USA Championship in 2014.The women’s golf team was active this summer as well, but there was one Buckeye who stood out from the rest.Then-freshman golfer Jessica Porvasnik watches her shot at the Lady Buckeye Invitational April 19 in Columbus.Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsSophomore Jessica Porvasnik qualified for the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open after shooting back-to-back rounds of 73 at a qualification tournament in Butler, Pa. Porvasnik was one of 25 amateurs and one of 156 total golfers to qualify.Upon her arrival at the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2 in Pinehurst, N.C., Porvasnik shot a first-round 79 and a second-round 82, leaving her 12 strokes short of the cut to advance to the third round of the tournament.And Porvasnik wasn’t the only Buckeye representing OSU on an international stage this summer.Men’s tennisOSU’s first-ever men’s tennis singles NCAA champion Blaz Rola, who accomplished the feat for the Buckeyes in 2013 before turning pro, made his way to Wimbledon for the gentlemen’s singles tournament at the Wimbledon Championships.After defeating the No. 80 Pablo Andujar of Spain in the first round, No. 92 Rola, representing Slovenia, was slated to face the defending men’s singles champion and fifth-ranked men’s player in the world, Andy Murray.Murray, who became the first British champion at Wimbledon since 1936 with his victory in 2013, defeated Rola in three sets, 6-1, 6-1, 6-0.As Rola represented the Buckeyes at the All England Club in London, a duo of men’s tennis players — Peter Kobelt and Kevin Metka — were representing OSU at the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Doubles Final in Athens, Ga.In what was a back-and-forth affair, Kobelt and Metka fell to Hunter Reese and Mikelis Libietis of the University of Tennessee in three sets, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (3), 6-7 (6).Track and fieldFinally, the track and field teams at OSU kept busy, but more with personnel moves than sprints.Ed Beathea, the coach of both the OSU men’s track and field and cross country teams, announced his resignation in June to head back to Indiana University, where he spent 10 seasons as an assistant coach and associate head coach to assume the role of the Hoosier’s associate head coach.Beathea’s resignation left a hole that was filled internally, as OSU changed the title of Karen Dennis from the Buckeyes’ women’s track and field and cross country coach to the overall director of track and field and cross country.Dennis previously spent eight seasons as the women’s coach.With the 2014-15 school year beginning and the aforementioned lull on campus roaring back to life, OSU athletics will not ramp back up, but will continue to move as leaves begin to fall. read more