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GSD Professor

first_imgZenglu Li, a professor in soybean breeding, genetics and genomics at the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), has been named to the Georgia Seed Development Professorship in Soybean Breeding and Genetics.Since joining UGA’s Department of Crop and Soil Sciences and Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics in 2012, Li has worked on the development of soybean varieties with high yield, enhanced quality, disease and pest resistance, herbicide tolerance and enhanced nutritional profile.The Georgia Seed Development Professorship in Soybean Breeding and Genetics was established with support from Georgia Seed Development (GSD) to enhance the field of plant breeding and genetics programs through professorships and research programs at the UGA CAES. “This funding helps enhance our research program, as well as helping with graduate education that will further the field of breeding and genetics. This support will help the program move forward and enhance the prestige and reputation of our program nationally and internationally,” Li said.While soybean is a small crop for the state of Georgia, it competes with corn as the top agricultural crop in the U.S., averaging 85 million acres per year. Since 2012, Li’s lab has developed 12 soybean cultivars designed for the Southeastern climate that have been released for agricultural use.In addition to developing soybean cultivars, Li says his lab is also focused on identifying genes for disease and pest resistance and for increased yield and nutritional content to incorporate into future cultivars and in preparing future scientists and plant breeders to continue the progress in soybean breeding and genetics. The lab currently includes one postdoctoral scientist, six doctoral students, one master’s student, three undergraduate students, seven research specialists and two visiting scholars.Prior to his current position at UGA, Li worked in the agricultural industry leading soybean discovery breeding and corn genotyping efforts for Monsanto Company and as a research scientist for DuPont Pioneer. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Soybean Molecular Breeding in the UGA Department of Crop and Soil Sciences in 2000 after earning his doctoral degree in plant breeding and genetics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.GSD is a nonprofit, self-supporting organization that provides economic support for the development of new varieties which provides business opportunities that help keep agriculture as Georgia’s number one industry. It was created in 1959 by the Georgia General Assembly to lead development of commercial plant materials in the state by promoting varieties developed and released by UGA researchers and was designated as a public, nonprofit corporation by the Georgia Legislature in 2008, allowing the organization to expand its scope.last_img read more

Biden scores big early wins on Super Tuesday

first_imgFormer New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, 78, and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren were the other big names on the ballot.Despite spending record amounts of his own money on advertising, billionaire media entrepreneur Bloomberg appeared to be headed for an ugly night — despite a consolation win in tiny American Samoa in the Pacific.Stop Sanders campaign The 14 nominating contests across the country gave the dwindling field of Democratic hopefuls a giant potential haul of delegates in their marathon struggle to win the nomination — and begin campaigning in earnest against Trump.Many in the Democratic Party are desperate to stop Sanders’ strong push to win that delegate race, saying the senator will be destroyed in a general election where Trump has signaled he will brand him a socialist bent on ending the American way of life.Biden was practically counted out after a stumbling early campaign, but began to rebound with a landslide win in South Carolina last Saturday.That was followed by the coordinated decisions by two other moderate candidates — Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar — to withdraw and endorse their former rival.Bloomberg faces multiple calls from within the Democratic Party also to get out of the race and not split the centrist vote.The New York billionaire has refused, saying “We’re in it to win it.”But a weak showing on Super Tuesday would add to that pressure. Commenting on Bloomberg’s feeble Virginia results, veteran political analyst Larry Sabato asked: “A hint to say bye-bye?” Sanders fans convinced Biden is making his third bid for the White House after failed runs in 1988 and 2008. He argues that he can bring a return to “decency” after the tumultuous, scandal-plagued Trump era.Sanders’ fans are convinced that only he can take on Trump, who also defied his party’s establishment and more moderate wing four years ago to claim a surprise victory against Democratic heavyweight Hillary Clinton.”We need energy. We need excitement. I think our campaign is that campaign,” said Sanders.Supporter Jamison Hanning, a 45-year-old plastics industry technician, said he was “pretty confident” despite the Biden pushback.”I mean it is just people in the establishment being afraid of things being shaken up,” he said.Sanders backers say the time has come to fight fire with populist fire, rather than repeat the mistake of 2016 when the steady but uninspiring Clinton fell to Trump’s drama-filled, insurgent campaign.Sanders went into Super Tuesday hoping to gain a near insurmountable delegate lead, perhaps delivering a knock-out blow well ahead of the party convention in Milwaukee in July.A total of 1,357 delegates were at stake on Tuesday — a third of the nationwide total. A candidate needs 1,991 delegates to win the nomination outright.Democrats will also be looking for turnout and other signs of enthusiasm in a country deeply divided by Trump.California voter Brian Waters, 43, a former English teacher who is now a brewer, said he voted for Sanders because of his position on universal health care.But he added: “I’d vote for a burning dumpster over Trump.”Topics : The 78-year-old senator has a fervent voter base and was still expected to rack up large numbers of delegates in the biggest states of the night, Texas and California, where polls were due to close at 0400 GMT.But for Biden, 77, the early indications were that he was on for a good night in his bid to bring American politics back to the center after four years of Trump’s rightwing populism.”They haven’t buried me yet, I’m not dead. I’m back,” he said in Los Angeles. “There’s a real sense of momentum.”While Virginia and North Carolina carry more delegates, Alabama confirmed the strength of Barack Obama’s former vice president among African Americans — a vital piece in any Democratic presidential candidate’s coalition. Joe Biden took an early lead over leftist rival Bernie Sanders in the Super Tuesday contests to pick a Democratic challenger to President Donald Trump, with a trio of projected wins in Virginia, North Carolina and Alabama.As the first wave of results in the 14 states voting came in, it appeared that the centrist former vice president’s remarkable rebound from a failing campaign was gathering pace.Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist on a mission to reshape America’s economy, was projected to win as expected in his home state of Vermont.last_img read more

U.S. Open 2019: Gary Woodland holds serve as Justin Rose sits one shot back

first_img U.S. Open 2019: Tiger Woods closes out day with birdie to finish at even par U.S. Open 2019: Runaway golf cart injures spectators in freak accident He leads world No. 4 Justin Rose by one stroke after three rounds.While the course was gettable on Saturday, there weren’t a lot of big numbers out there and Woodland did enough to maintain his lead, making three birdies to go with just one bogey to finish out a steady round. Related News GARY WOODLAND, THERE ARE NO WORDS! #USOpen pic.twitter.com/vEyfiBMmof— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 16, 2019Rose wasn’t at his best Saturday either as he traded birdies for bogeys on several occasions, but he did enough to keep pace with Woodland who he trailed by two shots after 36 holes.His birdie at 14 was a nice bounceback from a bogey as he nailed a putt to get back to 9 under.JUSTIN ROSE, UNPHASED! #USOpen pic.twitter.com/6Ak6wntZic— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 16, 2019He finished the day by making birdie at 18 to shoot a 3-under 68 and move to 10 under for the tournament.center_img Gary Woodland wasn’t fantastic Saturday, but he did enough to maintain the lead going into the final round Sunday.The Kansas native shot 2-under 69 to move to 11 under for the tournament. Two-time defending U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka posted his third straight day in red numbers with a 3-under 68 to move to 7 under for the tournament. Chez Reavie is tied with Koepka as is Louis Oosthuizen.Rory McIlroy shot a 1-under 70 to move to 6 under. He is one shot ahead of Chesson Hadley and Matt Kuchar.Tiger Woods birdied his final hole of the day to finish even par after 54 holes.last_img read more

Messi hat-trick restores Barcelona’s La Liga lead

first_imgCentre-back Pique added further gloss to the scoreline in the 88th minute, rampaging forward to collect Messi’s pass, before keeping his cool and rolling the ball home.– Sevilla keep up the pace –Sevilla reclaimed second place earlier on Sunday as second-half strikes from Ever Banega and Pablo Sarabia sealed a 2-0 win over Girona.Pablo Machin’s side are unbeaten in seven league games since a 4-2 loss at Barcain October.The hosts had to wait until the 55th minute to break the deadlock, when striker Andre Silva was tripped in the area by Girona defender Juanpe.Argentinian Banega stepped up to send visiting goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz the wrong way from the penalty spot.The points were wrapped up only nine minutes later, as Wissam Ben Yedder cut the ball back for the onrushing Sarabia to slide home his 14th goal of the season in all competitions.“In the first half they (Girona) were very good,” said Machin. “They were very organised and had good chances, when (Sevilla goalkeeper) Tomas (Vaclik) was splendid.“In the second half we were the better team.”Elsewhere, Villarreal were plunged further into crisis as Samuele Longo’s 93rd-minute strike saw them held to a 2-2 draw at bottom club Huesca.Villarreal, who replaced Javier Calleja with Luis Garcia Plaza as coach in midweek, are only one point and one place above the relegation zone.Real Betis eased to a 3-1 win at Espanyol to move into fifth place after a third successive league victory.Espanyol, who led the table earlier in the season, have lost five straight matches to slip into the bottom half.Share on: WhatsApp Madrid, Spain | AFP | Lionel Messi continued his sublime form by netting his 31st La Liga hat-trick as Barcelona thrashed Levante 5-0 on Sunday to regain their three-point lead at the top of the table.The 31-year-old Argentinian arrived in Valencia having scored two free-kicks in last weekend’s derby thumping of Espanyol. He took his goals tally for the season to 20 after a virtuoso display, while also teeing up Luis Suarez’s 35th-minute opener and Gerard Pique’s late fifth.Barca were under pressure after Atletico Madrid and second-placed Sevilla had both moved level on points with the Catalan giants.But after resting his key stars for their final Champions League group-stage match against Tottenham in midweek, coach Ernesto Valverde saw his refreshed side cruise to a third straight league win without conceding a goal.“At the beginning it was difficult, they squeezed us and had a chance that hit the woodwork,” said Valverde.Levante started the game brightly and visiting goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen was forced into an early save by Ghanaian Emmanuel Boateng.But Barca did not take long to start moving through the gears, with Messi curling wide from long range before testing Oier Olazabal in the Levante goal with a free-kick.Just seconds after Boateng hammered a left-footed strike against the crossbar, the reigning Spanish champions broke the deadlock as Messi jinked through a mesmerised home defence and picked out Suarez who volleyed home.But Levante, who had ended Barcelona’s dreams of going through last season’s La Liga campaign unbeaten with a remarkable 5-4 victory in the penultimate game, came close to a quick response as Jose Luis Morales fired over.The match was all but ended as a contest when Messi bore down on goal two minutes before half-time and drilled low into the net.“I’m happy to have won here, because last year we came and they put five goals past us having gone the whole season unbeaten, so we knew about the danger of Levante and it was a match we had marked out,” added Valverde.He wasted little time after the restart to add his second in the 47th minute, sweeping home Jordi Alba’s clever cutback, before completing his treble with a simple tap-in from Arturo Vidal’s square pass on the hour mark.Messi has scored five goals in two league games since finishing only fifth in the voting for the Ballon d’Or earlier this month.A bad evening for Levante worsened with 14 minutes to play, as left-back Erick Cabaco was sent off for a reckless lunge on Ousmane Dembele.last_img read more

2014 already shaping up as year to remember

first_imgIn this Oct. 10, 2010, file photo, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice laughs after autographing a football following her visit with the Cleveland Browns coaches and players at the team’s NFL football training facility in Berea, Ohio. Rice was the only female named to the College Football Playoff selection committee (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)Cold and snow for the Super Bowl, balmy temperatures and palm trees for the Winter Olympics. A college football champion that nobody can question and a golf major guaranteed to go two weeks. There’s also the never-ending mess with Alex Rodriguez, and a World Cup that may — or may not — come off as planned.The New Year hasn’t even arrived yet, and 2014 is already shaping up to be one odd year.While it’s impossible to predict everything that will happen in the coming months, especially when it comes to sports — raise your hand if you saw that World Series title for the Boston Red Sox coming, or that swift kick to Alabama’s hopes for a three-peat — one thing is for certain:It’s going to be a year like few others.In this Dec. 15, 2013 file photo, a mound of snow is shown outside of MetLife Stadium before an NFL football game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New York Giants, in East Rutherford, N.J. NFL officials may be embracing the notion of a cold-weather Super Bowl, but seriously: What happens if there is, in fact, a snow storm on Feb. 2? (AP Photo/Peter Morgan, File)SUPER BOWL, Feb. 2Yes, teams play in the cold and snow all the time during the regular season, and some of the NFL’s most memorable games were played in wintry conditions. And yes, there’s a chance it could be in the 40s on game day. But the NFL is taking a big gamble by holding the Super Bowl, its marquee event, at an outdoor stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., in the dead of winter.While some folks shelling out big bucks for Super Bowl tickets are fans of the two teams playing, most come for the experience — and that wasn’t meant to include frostbite. There will be plenty of mumbling and grumbling if the Big Apple is hit by a blizzard or cold snap Feb. 2, to say nothing of the potential embarrassment of empty seats. Bad weather wouldn’t be any picnic in the days before, either, wreaking havoc with the other events that make the Super Bowl the spectacle that it is and keeping fans hunkered down in their hotel rooms.If they can get to their hotel rooms, that is.Tennis champion Billie Jean King is introduced during a town hall conversation hosted by the group Women for Hillary in New York. The White House says King and U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul will join the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics next year in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)WINTER OLYMPICS, Feb. 7-23Weather has been a concern since the Winter Games were awarded to Sochi, a resort city on the Black Sea where the average high in February is nearly 50 degrees and rain is far more likely than snow. The temperatures should be lower in the mountains, where the outdoor events will be held, and organizers have guaranteed snow, even if it’s the stuff they’ve been squirreling away since last year, when un-Winter Olympic-like weather forced the cancellation of some test events.Warm temperatures and slushy snow might wind up being the least of the worries for Russian president Vladimir Putin and Sochi organizers, however. Russia’s new anti-gay laws have sparked outrage from the rest of the world, as has Putin’s human-rights record. The International Olympic Committee has reminded athletes that protests or political gestures violate the Olympic charter, and Sochi organizers have said they will set up special “protest zones.” But the criticism isn’t likely to quiet once the games begin, not when the whole world is watching.ALEX RODRIGUEZA decision on whether the New York Yankees’ third baseman will play this season is expected in January. Rodriguez was banned for 211 games last August for violating baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract, but he played out the season while the union appealed. The Yankees have made it clear they’ve had it with Rodriguez, which would make spring training all kinds of awesome if he reports in February.Oh, A-Rod is also suing Major League Baseball and Commissioner Bud Selig. Not that that’s awkward or anything.__BOSTON MARATHON, April 21The field for this year’s race will be 36,000-strong, the second-largest in history, as runners honor not only the victims of last year’s bombings but the city’s resilience.__WORLD CUP, June 12-July 13Six of the 12 stadiums won’t be ready until January or February, though organizers insist that’s still more than enough time to hold test events. But despite spending billions to prepare for the World Cup (and the 2016 Olympics), questions remain about Brazil’s infrastructure, with many fearing the airports, roads and local transportation systems won’t be able to handle the crush of tourists. All that spending also has created resentment among Brazilian citizens, who disrupted last summer’s Confederations Cup with violent protests.On the field, however, this could be one of the most entertaining tournaments yet. Led by budding star Neymar, host Brazil has its most intriguing team since its last title run in 2002. Lionel Messi is finally showing the sublime form for Argentina that’s become his trademark with Barcelona. The Europeans are, simply, stacked, with reigning champion Spain, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium all legitimate front-runners. And parity has made for some very competitive — some would say cruel — group-stage matchups.Tiger Woods makes his approach shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge golf tournament at Sherwood Country Club, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)US OPEN, June 12-15 and 19-22For the first time, the men’s and women’s U.S. Opens will be played on the same course, Pinehurst No. 2, in the same year. A week apart, no less.While it’s a terrific showcase for the women — odds are the upcoming women’s Open will be mentioned a time or 12,000 during the men’s broadcast — there are concerns, as well. Like the state of the domed greens after a week of being tromped on by Tiger, Rory and the rest of the guys. If there are weather delays or a playoff, the women won’t get on the course until Tuesday, giving them just two days to prepare for their biggest major.This combo of undated file photos shows 12 of the 13 members of the College Football Playoff selection committee that were announced on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 by committee chairman Jeff Long, the athletic director at Arkansas. (AP Photo/File)COLLEGE FOOTBALL, August-JanuaryNo matter what else happens, there will be peace in the land come the end of the year in the form of the first college football playoff.Unless, of course, five or six teams finish the year unbeaten.last_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

Wladimir Klitschko says he’ll decide future within 2 weeks

first_imgEvery 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV What ‘missteps’? BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. APHAMBURG, Germany — Former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko says he’ll decide whether to have a rematch with Anthony Joshua “within the next two weeks.”Klitschko, who lost by an 11th round TKO in a pulsating bout with the Briton on April 29, says in comments reported by news agency dpa, “My life isn’t only sport and boxing,” and that he’s planning “the career after the career.”ADVERTISEMENT BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP 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 Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Klitschko, who reigned over the heavyweight division for a decade, is also fighting Father Time at the age of 41.His fight in London’s Wembley Stadium against 2012 Olympic champion Joshua, 14 years his junior, was one of the best heavyweight bouts in recent times.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKlitschko fell to 64-5 in a career that began in 1996 after he won the Olympic gold in Atlanta. Thunder center Kanter’s father released from custody in Turkey last_img read more

Womens volleyball OSU hosting two pivotal Big Ten home matches

Ohio State’s libero Valeria Leon passes a ball in the regional quarterfinal versus Washington on December 11, 2015. Credit: Ohio State AthleticsOn Oct. 1, the No. 19 Ohio State women’s volleyball team stunned the fans in Lincoln, Nebraska, as they conquered the defending national champions and No. 1 team in the country, the Nebraska Huskers, in four sets. On Friday, the Huskers will travel to Columbus for another matchup – and it’s safe to say the Huskers will be out for revenge. In what will be OSU’s only second home match this season, they will be playing Nebraska for the final go-around of the season. Since the Buckeyes last saw the Huskers on Oct. 1, Nebraska has dropped down to the No. 2 spot in the nation with OSU once again holding the No. 19 position. The Buckeyes won’t have much time before they take on the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday, also at St. John Arena. OSU head coach Geoff Carlston said his team will have to prepare for each of the teams mentally, physically, and tactically because each of the opponents are different from the other. Since the Huskers’ last meeting with the Buckeyes, the team has added two more tallies to their win column with sweeps against Indiana and Purdue. They now hold 14-1 record overall. The Huskers also hold a perfect record on the road (4-0). Carlston said if his team wants to have the same success they did during their last meeting with Nebraska, they’ll need to maintain their composure. “For us, it’s replicating, if anything, the poise that we showed,” he said. “The ‘next point, this point’ mentality that we showed – I thought that was something we really did well.” The Buckeyes are the only school in the conference to record a non-losing record (4-4) vs. Nebraska since the Huskers joined the conference in 2011.Following their battle with Nebraska, the Buckeyes will host the Hawkeyes. Iowa is currently ranked above OSU in the Big Ten standings at 4-2. They boast a 14-4 record with wins over Purdue and Indiana. Carlston said he and Iowa head coach Bond Shymansky are good friends, and Carlston knows how well Shymansky can guide his team. “They’re very different than Nebraska. Our challenge will be trying to figure out how we want to break up the next couple days in terms of preparation,” he said. Now 50 days into the 2016 season, OSU has only played on St. John’s court once (Northwestern, Sept. 28). Carlston said exactly how taxing the opening part of his season has been. “This is the longest road trip, most difficult beginning of any season I’ve had as a coach,” he said. With the opportunity to host a weekend of home play, some Buckeye team members expressed their happiness about playing in a familiar place. “We’ve only had one home game so far, so being back home will be comforting and just really awesome to be back in our own locker room and our own beds,” said freshman outside hitter Brooke Bailey. Bailey’s teammate, senior libero Valeria León, echoed her thoughts. “It feels like the Northwestern match was forever ago. We love playing here,” León said. “We love playing in front of our Buckeye fans, so that’s definitely something we’re looking forward to.” León is just 35 digs away from breaking the OSU career dig record. She has already scraped up 271 balls this season and is averaging 4.71/digs per set. It’s possible that she could secure her place in Buckeye history as soon as this weekend. She said to even be within reach of this accomplishment is a huge honor. “When you first come here, you never think you’ll even be talking about this, so it’s really cool, and I feel really blessed,” she said. León also had some veteran advice about what her team needs to do to anchor down two more wins at home this weekend. “We need to just go out there and play volleyball (and) have fun,” León said. “The Big Ten is a battle — we knew it was going to be a battle. The Buckeye battle with their Big Ten opponents will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday against the Huskers, followed by the Hawkeyes at 6 p.m. on Saturday. read more

Opinion Buckeye defense set for another title run in 2015

OSU sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa (right) sacks Michigan redshirt-senior quarterback Devin Gardner during a Nov. 29 game at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-28.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorIt’s been more than a month since the Ohio State football team won its eighth national championship, but it is never too early to look forward to the start of the 2015 season.The Buckeyes are set to return seven of 11 starters on defense, a crew that held all three Heisman finalists relatively in check over the last three games of the year.With the 2015 spring game just about two months away from kicking off, we look at what the “Silver Bullets” will be bringing to the table as they get set to defend their title.Defensive lineWhile the Buckeyes lose Steve Miller and Michael Bennett, OSU doesn’t seem to be taking too big of a step back in 2015 along the defensive front.Unanimous All-American junior Joey Bosa is set to return for what will likely be his final season in the scarlet and gray, and veteran senior Adolphus Washington will likely anchor the interior of the front four for OSU.The candidate most likely to replace Bennett, who is almost sure to be a first- or second-round NFL Draft selection, is senior Tommy Schutt.Schutt played in 12 games in 2014 and recorded 10 tackles.Redshirt-sophomore Michael Hill will also earn time as the Buckeyes rotate early and often on the defensive line, especially inside.Replacing the production lost by Miller and Rashad Frazier should not be an issue for the Buckeyes as highly touted youngsters step to the forefront.Sophomore Jalyn Holmes, who made an appearance in nine games including the title game against Oregon, is a leading candidate for the end spot while fellow redshirt-sophomore Tyquan Lewis will also see significant playing time.Left out of the mix will be 2015 recruit Jashon Cornell. Despite being a four-star recruit, he is buried behind a stable of talent that will be competing for playing time on a defense looking to repeat for a national title.Returning starters:   Joey Bosa, Adolphus WashingtonKey losses: Michael Bennett, Steve MillerOdd man out: Jashon CornellProjected starters: Bosa, Washington, Tommy Schutt, Jalyn HolmesLinebackersThe linebackers on the 2014 title winning defense more than exceeded expectations after a less-than-stellar 2013 season.Led by senior Joshua Perry, the Buckeyes are set to return two of three starters from the linebacker core and a third with plenty of experience.Redshirt-sophomore Darron Lee and sophomore Raekwon McMillan will likely round out a three-man group that is built to torture opponents’ backfields.McMillan — who will replace Curtis Grant — totaled 54 tackles in his freshman campaign, just 15 less than Grant, who started each game in 2014.Combined, the three returning players accounted for 259 tackles in 2014, and are poised to shatter that number in 2015.Should an unforeseen injury occur, incoming freshman Justin Hilliard, the top outside linebacker recruit in the country according to ESPN, could see some early reps.Hilliard is an Ohio native out of St. Xavier High School and a possible future star for the Buckeyes.Returning starters: Joshua Perry, Darron LeeKey loss: Curtis GrantOdd man out: Chris WorleyProjected starters: Perry, Lee, Raekwon McMillanDefensive backsIf you are looking for a position group to credit for winning the 2014 title (other than the quarterbacks), look no further than the OSU secondary. The Buckeyes improved to the 29th best pass defense in 2014 from the 112th ranked pass defense in 2013, and stifled offenses for the large part of the title run. From the back four, the Buckeyes are set to return three players in 2015, but the one player lost might be the most difficult to replace. Doran Grant played arguably the biggest role on the OSU defense other than Bosa in 2014, as he took on wide receivers like Tony Lippett from Michigan State and Heisman finalist Amari Cooper from Alabama and held each under 100 yards. With Doran Grant lost to graduation, it is likely redshirt-sophomore Eli Apple will slide over to the strongside corner spot while redshirt-junior Tyvis Powell and junior Vonn Bell will return to their respective safety spots. Leading candidates to take over the weakside corner position are likely redshirt-sophomore Gareon Conley and sophomore Damon Webb. Conley, who started in place of Apple during the Michigan State game, showed signs of weakness as he gave up two big plays to quarterback Connor Cook and company, forcing Apple to play injured. Webb, whom some expected to redshirt in 2014, did not do so and appeared in nine games as a freshman, collecting three tackles. Another candidate is sophomore Erick Smith, who appeared in 13 games as a freshman and totaled 13 tackles to go along with an interception against Kent State. Whoever replaces Doran Grant will have big shoes to fill, and will likely be tested early and often. Returning starters: Eli Apple, Vonn Bell, Tyvis PowellKey losses: Doran Grant, Armani Reeves (injury)Odd man out: Gareon ConleyProjected starters: Apple, Damon Webb, Bell, PowellThe Buckeye defense is set to test its changes against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Va. read more

Mens Hockey Ohio State faces streaking Princeton in first round of NCAA

Ohio State sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski celebrates the game-winning goal in Ohio State’s 3-2 overtime win against Michigan Saturday, March 10. Credit: Mac Connor | For the LanternOhio State secured a No. 1 seed in the Midwest region of the NCAA men’s hockey tournament for the first time in school history. Its reward was a matchup against one of the nation’s hottest teams.The Buckeyes (24-9-5, 17-9-2-1 Big Ten) will travel to Allentown, Pennsylvania, to face red-hot Princeton (19-12-4, 10-10-2 ECAC) in the opening round of the tournament Saturday at the PPL Center. The Princeton Tigers, who harbor two of the most dangerous scorers in the nation, captured the ECAC championship in a 2-1 overtime win against the No. 9 Clarkson Golden Knights this past weekend. The Tigers are unbeaten in their past eight games and have won their past seven. Despite the rare matchup with Princeton — the two teams have faced off just three times before — Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik said his team will be ready for the challenge.“They’re playing extremely well … They’ve got some high-end talent. They’ve got a fantastic power play,” Rohlik said. “When a team is playing their best, you know that you’ve got to be prepared and certainly we’ve got to be prepared for these guys.”The Tigers’ production is headlined by two of the country’s top scorers, junior forwards Ryan Kuffner and Max Veronneau, who each have at least 50 points this year. Kuffner is tied for second in the country in goals with 29 and is on a 10-game point streak. Veronneau is second nationally in assists with 38. These gifted players have showcased their skills on the nation’s top-ranked power play, which clicks at an astounding 28.5 percent rate. Kuffner leads the team in power-play goals with eight, tied with senior forward David Hallisey. “They’re very creative, they kind of run-and-gun a little bit,” Rohlik said. “They’ve got some high-end skill talent. We’ve got to be focused and we’ve got to be on our toes.”On the other side of special teams, Ohio State presents the top-ranked penalty kill at 89.3 percent, proving that special teams will be a battle of strengths in this matchup. Rohlik offered a simple solution against a deadly power play.“The No. 1 thing against the top power play is to be disciplined and stay out of the box, don’t be stupid in that area,” Rohlik said. “We’ve been very good all year and hopefully we continue with that.”Ohio State will start its journey in hopes of an NCAA championship without senior forward Matthew Weis. One of the team leaders, Weis suffered an upper-body injury in practice prior to the Big Ten tournament championship game against top-ranked Notre Dame. The impact of Weis’ vacancy is felt up and down the lineup, especially with sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski.  “That’s a huge loss for us, tough to replace that caliber of a player. Like I said before, we have a tight group, we have a deep group,” Laczynski said. “Obviously, guys are going to have to step up. Just a team, as a whole, we’re going to have to play for him.”Weis serves as an impact player on the Buckeyes’ top line, killing penalties and performing well on the power play. His absence will require other players to elevate their games at the most important time of the year. “We’ve had guys out of the lineup all year and it hasn’t changed our mentality or our approach,” Rohlik said. “It’s going to force other guys to be a hero, and other guys to play above where they’re at. Not change who you are, but maybe dig a little bit deeper.”Puck drop between Ohio State and Princeton will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The winner will advance to the Midwest regional final and play the winner of the other semifinal between Denver and Penn State. read more

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