Buckeyes embrace Rose Bowl possibility

The Rose Bowl isn’t the National Championship, but playing in the oldest, most prestigious bowl is a tradition that every Big Ten and Pac-10 team dreams of.The Ohio State Buckeyes are one win away from realizing that dream, but must first knock off the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday. An OSU win will cement a record fifth consecutive conference title and the Buckeyes will certainly smell the roses.OSU Coach Jim Tressel knows just how much the game means. He said that on Saturday, both teams will know what will be on the line.“I think it would be hard if you have the opportunity to earn a chance to play in that bowl game to minimize the excitement of that,” Tressel said. “We haven’t gone in a long time. It’s an important thing to Ohio State. It’s an important thing to Iowa. I’m not sure what year was the last time they went, but it’s a big deal.”“The Granddaddy of Them All,” as the Rose Bowl has come to be known, is a spectacle filled with tradition, a parade and a fierce inter-conference rivalry.The Big Ten and Pac-10 send their best teams to play on Jan. 1, but surprisingly, the Rose Bowl always seems to escape the Buckeyes’ grasp.  Ohio State has only played in the Rose Bowl three times in the last 30 years. Their last appearance in 1997 was an instant classic with the Buckeyes winning on a late touchdown against previously undefeated Arizona State.Since the inception of the Bowl Championship Series in 1998, the Buckeyes would have sent three teams to the prestigious bowl: 2002, 2006 and 2007 would have all been Rose Bowl years, but instead, OSU played for a national championship.In 2007, OSU lost to Illinois in the penultimate game of the season. The following week, after a win over Michigan and another Big Ten title, the roses were brought out and the Buckeyes celebrated what was believed to be a bid to the big game.However, due to several upsets the Buckeyes climbed from No. 7 to No. 1 without playing another game and instead went to the National Championship against LSU.“We were real excited to win another Big Ten championship and get the chance to go to the Rose Bowl,” senior tight end Jake Ballard said about the 2007 victory. “It was thrilling, we hadn’t been to the Rose Bowl in 10, now 12 years. We were just looking forward to going.”The BCS title game might have more at stake, but as a Big Ten school, the Rose Bowl is what a team plays for. Its tradition and pageantry cannot be rivaled. Tressel even got a bit nostalgic when talking about New Year’s Day’s most sacred game.“Jan. 1 in our house, two black-and-white TVs set up side by side, that old 30-pot coffee … my dad never got off the couch, man, we were taking him coffee and switching stations. I mean, that was — shoot, you were living on Jan. 1,” Tressel said with a smile. “That was it for the year, by the way.”Recently, the Rose Bowl hasn’t been a proud event for the Big Ten. The conference representative has been blown out by USC the last three years and hasn’t won the bowl since 2000.“The Rose Bowl is everything, it is where college football is at; … what it’s all about,” Ballard said. “Everybody wants to go there, everyone wants to play in that game. Ohio State has a long history in the Rose Bowl and we haven’t been back in some time. To go out there our senior year and to take care of business and come back with a Rose Bowl victory would be something great for Ohio State.”It would also benefit the Big Ten as a whole, Ballard said, because of their lack of big bowl wins the last several years.Ohio State could kill two birds with one stone Jan. 1. Making up for its past three BCS bowl losses, but also getting a big win for a conference that has struggled recently in postseason play.To do that, the Buckeyes will have to beat Iowa first. read more

Ohio State basketball throttles Nebraska

Following a road loss to Indiana on Friday, the Ohio State men’s basketball team needed a win against Nebraska to avoid losing consecutive games for the first time since the 2009-10 season. They did just that, dominating the Cornhuskers, 71-40, at the Schottenstein Center in the teams’ first matchup as Big Ten conference foes. OSU’s defense made an impact from the opening tip. Nebraska hauled in the first possession, but tight Buckeye defense forced a shot clock violation. It was a sign of things to come. Through the game’s first eight minutes, OSU forced seven turnovers and the Buckeyes jumped out to a 17-4 lead. A layup from Nebraska’s Corey Hilliard got the Cornhuskers within 10, but on the ensuing possession, OSU sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas out-jumped Nebraska’s defenders to grab the offensive rebound and finished at the rim despite being fouled. Two OSU possessions later, sophomore forward Jared Sullinger spun away from the Nebraska defense near the right baseline, absorbed a foul, and kissed the ball off the backboard before it landed through the net. He sunk the free throw and gave OSU a 31-15 lead. Nebraska never showed signs of threatening again. OSU’s quick lead allowed Buckeye coach Thad Matta to look to the bench early. Eleven players saw playing time in the first half and eight Buckeyes scored. Sullinger led the way, scoring 12 points including a fall-away 3-pointer before time expired to give the Buckeyes a 44-20 lead at intermission. But Sullinger’s 3-pointer doesn’t tell the story for the Buckeyes offensively. OSU pounded the ball inside all night, finishing the game with 42 points in the paint, in large part due to Sullinger and Thomas finishing an easy opportunities. Sullinger finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds while Thomas added 15 points and 4 rebounds. Senior guard William Buford also finished in double figures with 13 points. Overall, OSU shot 54 percent from the floor while holding Nebraska to 31 percent shooting. The win gives the Buckeyes a 14-2 overall record and a 2-1 record in conference play. Nebraska’s record drops to 8-6 on the year and 0-3 in the conference. OSU next takes the floor Saturday, Jan. 7, in a road game against the Iowa Hawkeyes. Opening tip is set for 3 p.m.. read more

Real Madrid could sack Lopetegui on Monday

first_imgReports from the Spanish press suggest that Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui could get sacked this Monday, but it’s not 100% certain.With all the bad results that manager Julen Lopetegui has gotten at Real Madrid during his first three months with the club, it would be a shame that he got sacked but that’s exactly what could happen according to the Spanish press.A report on Sunday by Onda Cero’s journalist Jose Ramon de la Morena, confirm that manager Florentino Perez seriously analyzed this Sunday that Julen Lopetegui’s time with Los Blancos could end this week.However, the bad results that FC Barcelona is having at the moment are the main reason why the club’s president could consider letting the manager salvage the situation after the international break.🎙️Jorge Valdano: “En un juego de hábitos la continuidad es importantísima” pic.twitter.com/Hs6eMelkIi— El Transistor (@ElTransistorOC) October 7, 2018Real Madrid just lost at Alaves on Saturday and Lopetegui’s numbers are amongst the worst from a Real Madrid manager in the club’s history, but there are many authorized football voices in Spain that don’t agree with this possibility like former Real Madrid forward Jorge Valdano.The Argentine was part of Onda Cero’s program this Sunday and listened carefully to De La Morena’s report, he doesn’t think that taking continuity from Julen Lopetegui’s project is the best way to proceed for Real Madrid and defended the coach during the program.Jorge is convinced that the players are also to blame for the club’s situation, and he also speaks about how much Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence has hurt the squad.🎙️Jorge Valdano: “Yo creo que está al alcance de Lopetegui hacer reaccionar a este equipo” pic.twitter.com/6yaNJK6JEmDavid Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.— El Transistor (@ElTransistorOC) October 7, 2018Valdano listened to the debate table from Onda Cero, and he decided to give his verdict about the whole situation when he thought it best.“The greatest problem for Real Madrid right now is their lack of confidence, some players don’t even dare to push forward.”“A goal scorer’s talent is just as specific as the one that the goalkeeper has, and no Real Madrid player has that talent right now.”“Real Madrid had a goal fanatic (Cristiano Ronaldo) who is no longer there, the club lost its greatest goal scorer in history.”“I think that making the players react is still within Lopetegui’s reach. Sacking a manager is always a failure, especially in a game of habits where continuity is paramount,” said Jorge to Onda Cero.🔊 El Sanedrín de @ElTransistorOC: El futuro de Lopetegui, en el aire https://t.co/hpEwMDyOdB— Onda Cero (@OndaCero_es) October 7, 2018last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo We dominated the game for 90 minutes

first_imgJuventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has shared what he thinks about Manchester United and Juventus.He states that Man Utd did do enough to win the game while Juventus could’ve killed it off three or four times.The Portuguese international scored his first and memorable Champions League goal in a Juventus jersey by allowing Leonardo Bonucci ball dip over his shoulder before he hit his right-foot on the ball that sent it into the roof of the net from 10 yards. However, the goal didn’t guarantee success for his team as they were eventually beaten 2-1 by two late Manchester United goals from set plays.“The Champions League is a special competition, where you could be winning, but can’t relax, as anything can happen,” Ronaldo told Sky Sport Italia via Football Italia.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“We dominated the game for 90 minutes, had so many chances, could’ve killed it off three or four times, but we relaxed and were punished.”“Manchester United did nothing to win the game. You can’t even talk about luck, because you have to find your own luck and in this case we just gifted it to them.”“Now we’ve got to lift our heads, as we played really well and are still top of the group.”last_img read more

Seaton Finds Closed Sign At Republican Primary

first_imgAn October court ruling in a case which determined that independents are allowed to run in Democratic primaries, may also allow the Republican Party to block individuals from running as its nominee if they violate that party rule. The state appealed to the Alaska Supreme Court, which could complicate the outcome. Rule changes for the 2018 primaries were due in September, so it’s unclear whether the state will honor the change or decide it doesn’t comply with state law. The Party has rules about caucusing with other political parties, and the penalties for that are no financial support, no access to the party database, and understanding that the party may recruit a challenger. This isn’t the first time that Republicans have left the party to join a bipartisan caucus, but it is the first time that the retaliation has cut them out of the primary election. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Homer Representative Paul Seaton is one of three lawmakers who has been blocked by the Alaska Republican Party from running in the 2018 Republican primary.last_img read more