Ohio State’s Thad Matta Was Pretty Unhappy With The Referees Following His Team’s Loss To Michigan State Last Night

first_imgThad Matta yells at a referee.Thad Matta did a lot of screaming during his team’s game against Michigan State Friday night. Plenty that yelling was directed at his players, who performed quite poorly in a 76-67 loss to the Spartans in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal round. But a lot of it was aimed at the officials. Matta, 47, has been coaching in the conference since 2004. He, in a roundabout way, called the officiating during last night’s game the worst he’s ever seen. Matta on the officiating: “I’ve been in this league 11 years and that was amazing.”— Kevin Trahan (@k_trahan) March 14, 2015Matta was mostly unhappy with the amount of physicality the Spartans were getting away with. He believed his players were getting bumped on cuts, hand checked when dribbling and bodied when driving into the lane. Matta says this was one of the most physical games he’s ever seen. My interpretation: “We got hacked to death.”— Jerod Smalley (@JerodNBC4) March 14, 2015To be fair to the refs, there was an even distribution when it comes to the amount of fouls that were called – 20 on Michigan State and 18 on Ohio State. With the win, the Spartans moved on to the semifinal round, where they’ll face No. 2 seed Maryland. The Buckeyes, meanwhile, will find out their NCAA Tournament fate Sunday night. Most projections have Matta’s team seeded on the No. 8/No. 9 line.last_img read more

Columbus Crew return to Ohio State to honor Connor Senn

For players participating in Tuesday’s Connor Senn Memorial soccer game between the Ohio State men’s soccer team and the Columbus Crew, the event is more than an exhibition match. The charity event, which honors former OSU soccer player Connor Senn who collapsed on the field of play and died hours later, transcends sport, said Columbus Crew coach Robert Warzycha. On Sept. 26, 2001, Senn, a then-18-year-old freshman, collapsed on the field during a game at Akron. The cause of death was determined to be a congenital heart defect that, at the time, went undetected. “I would call (Senn) more of a family member,” Warzycha said. “He was a soccer player, we all play soccer. It’s very important for us to be at this game. This is something that we all remember and it raises awareness of what happened on the field and raises money for the cause.” The charity match was established in 2002 and will be back Tuesday for the 11th time. The event raises awareness for sudden cardiac arrest in athletes with proceeds benefiting the Connor Senn Memorial Fund and the Dorothy M. Davis Heart & Lung Research Institute at OSU’s Wexner Medical Center, according to ohiostatebuckeyes.com. For the first nine years of the game, OSU took on the Crew. Last year, though, the Crew elected not to play in the charity match. Crew technical director Brian Bliss told The Lantern in May 2011 that playing in the Connor Senn Memorial Match would cost the club $10,000 because of the Major League Soccer Players Union’s most recently ratified collective-bargaining agreement, which stipulates that MLS clubs can schedule only one non-league “free game” per season. The Crew had already scheduled an international friendly against Premier League’s Newcastle United to be played on July 26, so OSU instead hosted the Dayton Dutch Lions of the United Soccer Leagues. The Buckeyes lost to the Dutch Lions, 3-1, May 2. This year, the Crew returns to take on the Buckeyes and OSU coach John Bluem said having them back is an important factor for both teams. “It’s neat. It’s the pro team in town playing against Ohio State University men’s Division I team,” Bluem said. “The Crew really add that little bit of extra juice to it.” Bluem said he’s looking for his team to go out and show that they can keep up with the pros. He also said he would like to have the opportunity to play everyone on the team, but the bench might see limited action in this contest. “We want to show that we’re a good team. We’re going to put out there who we think is the best group and play them for as much of the game as possible,” Bluem said. “Hopefully we can go about 70 to 75 minutes and it’s a good game and it’s close.” Former OSU and current Crew goalkeeper Matt Lampson previously played in the game as a Buckeye from 2008-2011 and said he’s not going to take the game lightly. “I’m excited about it and I’m going to be honest, I want to make it not close … You would think that I would have some sort of compassion for my alma mater, but unfortunately,” Lampson said, pausing while a grin spread across his face, “it’s not there. This is my job now and I gotta go out and do it.” Lampson said when he wore scarlet and gray, OSU often went into the match hoping to make it close but quickly realized they would be outplayed by the pros. He said he’s expecting this year’s match to play out in similar fashion. “When I played with OSU, they would say things like, ‘All right we’re going to go out and play against these guys,’” Lampson said. “And we would try for about five minutes and then we were like, ‘Well, they’re way better. Lets hang back a little bit.’ That’s what I’m expecting, for them to hang back and not attack so much.” Warzycha said he plans on starting players that don’t normally crack the Crew’s starting lineup, but added that everyone on the Crew could have a chance to play. “We’ll see how the game goes and everybody is going to be on the bench, so if we need to use somebody, then they’ll go in and play,” Warzycha said. Regardless of the outcome, Bluem said he is proud of what the game has become, grateful the Crew have agreed to be a part of it and said there is a lesson that can be learned from all of it. “Life is precious. Sudden cardiac death is a scary thing that can happen in athletics and in general walks of life. The Columbus Crew have been unbelievable as a partner for the last 11 years,” he said. “Our goal now is through research and education, which we can now fund, to prevent sudden cardiac death.” Tuesday’s game kicks off at 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children and students and can be purchased online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com or by calling 1-800-GO-BUCKS. Pat Brennan contributed to this article. read more

Ohio State field hockey splits weekend slate

OSU freshman midfielder/forward Maddy Humphrey makes a play on the ball during a game against Ball State Sept. 14. at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU won 3-2 in OTCredit: Melissa Prax / Lantern photographerTwo first-half goals from freshman midfielder Maddy Humphrey propelled Ohio State field hockey to a 3-1 victory against the Kent State Golden Flashes Sunday afternoon.Humphrey opened the scoring with a breakaway finish one-on-one with Kent State sophomore goalkeeper Andrea Rinehart just a little more than two minutes into the game at Buckeye Varsity Field.Three minutes later, she struck again, scoring on a rebound from junior back Emma Royce’s penalty corner shot.The early lead gave OSU (5-8, 0-4) the confidence to stay aggressive throughout the game against Kent State. Buckeye coach Anne Wilkinson said the team fed off the energy of Humphrey’s early goals.“They’re not playing like they’re behind the eight ball,” Wilkinson said of her team playing from ahead. “You just see (freshman forward) Annabel Sams and (freshman midfielder) Morgan Kile taking off with speed, and their speed kills.”OSU dominated in shots, 24-7, and penalty corners, 15-4, Sunday. It took Kent State (5-8) until the 17-minute mark of the second half for the Golden Flashes to pick up their first penalty corner opportunity.With momentum appearing to swing toward Kent State, Wilkinson called a timeout to regroup with 15:27 left in the game while nursing a 2-0 lead.Sams came out of the timeout and dribbled coast-to-coast to score an unassisted goal, giving OSU a 3-0 advantage.“I think we were one today,” Sams said. “And that showed. I think we had good connections and once we got the ball, we were really an attacking force.”Kent State got on the board with 11:52 remaining on a tip-in goal from senior forward Hannah Faulkner. The goal was Faulkner’s 10th of the season, but came too late in a game where OSU refused to give up possession.Humphrey’s two goals gave her 11 for the season as a part of her 30 points total, which both lead the team. Humphrey said she was pleased with the performance, but added the team needs to convert more on its penalty corner opportunities.“We unfortunately didn’t finish a lot of our corners today, which we’ll work on,” Humphrey said. “But just keep attacking and attacking (was) the mentality. They were getting frustrated and it kept pumping us up to shoot more.”The Buckeyes’ Sunday triumph came two days after they fell in a conference matchup.OSU couldn’t manage to get its first Big Ten victory Friday in Piscataway, N.J., against conference newcomer Rutgers.The Buckeyes and Scarlet Knights were tied at halftime, 1-1, when Rutgers (6-7, 1-4) went on a quick scoring spurt to put OSU away.Redshirt-sophomore midfielder Alyssa Bull took a cross in front of the cage from sophomore forward Rachel Yaney and finished to give Rutgers a 2-1 lead.Five minutes later, junior forward Katie Champion put the game out of reach, scoring on an assist from sophomore forward Jasmine Cole.OSU added a late goal from Royce, but ultimately fell, 3-2.Wilkinson said the team has to be more physical if they want to make a late run in the Big Ten Tournament in November.OSU is set to face Indiana on Friday in Bloomington, Ind., at 3 p.m. before taking on Iowa on Sunday at Buckeye Varsity Field at noon. read more

Buckeye baseball tops Toledo 92 for 15th win of the season

Redshirt-sophomore infielder L Grant Davis (right)​ secures first base during a game against Toledo on March 24 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 9-2. Credit: Stacie Jackson / Lantern photographerAfter a slow start in February, the Ohio State baseball team is surging through March.Balance across the field has continued to be the theme for the Buckeyes, as they tallied their 15th win of the season Tuesday afternoon with a 9-2 win against the Toledo Rockets at Bill Davis Stadium.  Freshman pitcher Jacob Niggemeyer started on the mound for the Buckeyes and picked up the win after giving up just two runs in 6.0 innings of work.The Rockets kept it close through five innings after initially taking a 1-0 lead in the first. But OSU tacked on six runs between the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to seal the win.“We got off to a slow start, but we finished really strong,” coach Greg Beals.The game shifted for the Buckeyes when junior Jake Post took the mound.“Once we went to the bullpen we really gained control of the ball game,” Beals said.Senior catcher Connor Sabanosh was quick to credit Post’s performance after he tossed 1.2 innings and gave up just one hit.“We always have faith in Jake, every time he comes in we feel like we are going to have a shutdown inning,” Sabanosh said. “Once he came in we really added on the last three innings. It allowed us (the field players) to settle and just play and let Jake do his thing.”The Buckeye offensive domination started in the bottom of the fourth with a home run by junior infielder Troy Kuhn.OSU continued to excel in the batters box with a couple two-out hits.“We got quality at-bats late in the game and got a lot of two out hits,” Beals said. “Those are big difference makers on the scoreboard, because you either get the two out hit and score the run or you don’t and the innings over.”The top of batting order has continued to be the offensive leader for the Buckeyes, working off the bats of Sabanosh and sophomore centerfielder Troy Montgomery. Montgomery has hits in 13-consecutive games and has reached base safely in 16-consecutive games, both being the sophomore’s career bests. Sabanosh has also reached base safely in 15-consecutive games.But the stats are not Sabanosh’s main concern, he said.“I try not to look at stats or anything. I know when I feel well and I try to just not think at all and play simple baseball,” Sabanosh said. “But it’s always nice to get a couple hits in a game.”Montgomery added that he too is not concerned with the stats, but more focused on doing his job to help the team win.“I’m the lead off hitter so anything I can do to get on base, maybe steal some bags and score a few runs then I feel like I’m doing my job,” Montgomery said.Even though Montgomery and Sabanosh are clicking consistently with their bats, the true success has come from the Buckeyes’ balance across the offense, Beals said.“All nine spots on our line up got a hit today and that makes it tough on a pitching staff, when you are able to get something all the way top to bottom in your lineup,” he said.OSU will look to continue their offensive momentum as they take on the Akron Zips on Wednesday at 5:05 p.m. read more

Sadio Mane reveals his two boyhood idols

first_imgLiverpool striker Sadio Mane has named Ronaldinho and El-Hadji Diouf as the top two players he idolised while growing upThe Senegal international’s comments will likely cause a stir at Anfield due to Diouf’s reputation.The former striker spent two years at Liverpool and had a long-standing feud with captain Steven Gerrard.More recently, Diouf publicly blamed Gerrard for Liverpool’s failed title bid in the Premier League back in 2014.“When I was young, I had lots of favourite footballers, but Ronaldinho was my real favourite, along with El-Hadji Diouf from Senegal,” Mane told Bleacher Report.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“They really inspired me. Those two players were examples for me as a footballer. They were skilful players and good dribblers who beat their opponents easily.”Mane also reserved praise for his fellow forward Roberto Firmino, who he describes as an “animal” due to his hardworking nature.“Lots of people like to talk about me and Salah. It’s nice to hear those things, but the strength of this Liverpool team is the collective,” Mane said.“You also can’t forget that there’s a guy up front called Firmino who works like an animal for us and makes things easier. And the guys behind us do some extraordinary work. We try to benefit from that and help the team go forward.“I was a very good dribbler as a young player, but now that I’ve got more experience, there are some useless things that I don’t do anymore. It’s all about making and scoring goals for the team, like my idols did when they were at the peak of their powers.”last_img read more

Varane Real Madrid 100 motivated to make history

first_imgReal Madrid defender Raphael Varane insists that they remain as motivated as ever heading into tonight’s Champions League trip to CSKA MoscowAfter three consecutive Champions League titles with few new signings in the summer, concerns have been raised over Real’s motivation.Julen Lopetegui’s side have also dropped five points in their last three La Liga games with just a single goal to their name in the process.But Varane, who will play in Moscow for the first time since winning the World Cup with France later today, insists that Los Blancos remain as keen as ever to rewrite the history books.“Our motivation is always at its maximum. Just wearing this shirt gives you motivation. We always want to make history and improve,” said Varane on the club website.“This stadium will always be special for me [referring to the World Cup Final], but it’s a Champions League game against a complicated team. It’ll be a difficult game, so we’ll need to be 100%.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“We’re not worried, we know what we’re capable of. We have a great team and we know we can beat anyone.“The season is long and there are many games to be played, but the Champions League is a unique competition.“Experience is very important in the Champions League, but we have quality players who can respond to the demands of the Champions League.“Every player in the squad is prepared and has the qualities of playing a match in this competition.”Real captain Sergio Ramos will be rested for the game at the Russian capital.The Group G clash between Real and CSKA will take place at the VEB Arena with kick-off to begin at 21:00 (CEST).last_img read more

Lascelles insists Newcastle players are frustrated

first_imgNewcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles insists the team is frustrated with their recent run of results.Rafael Benitez’s side are yet to win a game in the Premier League this season and despite creating a host of chances (27 shots) in their home defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion, the team couldn’t find the back of the net.Beram Kayal gave the visitors the lead when he diverted a shot from Jose Izquierdo past Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka in the 29th minute.The Magpies pushed for an equaliser in the second half but came up short in the final third of the pitch.“It’s definitely frustrating for us as players,” said Lascelles, according to The Shields Gazette.Benitez insists he didn’t leave for the money Manuel R. Medina – August 13, 2019 Former Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez says he didn’t leave the club for China just because of the hefty Chinese Super League money.“They didn’t have much more other than the goal they scored from a corner which should have been a goal kick.”“We had all the chances. They had one chance, and had all three points.”“We should have defended the corner better, but we shouldn’t have been in that position in the first place.”“In pretty much every game we’ve played, bar Leicester, we’ve played some decent football and things haven’t gone our way. One result, one win, and we can really start our season properly.”“It’s just working out how we do that, because at the moment, we’re a little way off that. “There’s no reason to panic. We have loads of positives to take from that game, like all the chances we created.”last_img read more

Supreme Court To Hear Appeal From Alaska Hovercraft Owner

first_imgSturgeon won an earlier round at the Supreme Court in 2016. The justices agreed Monday to review a federal appeals court ruling that sided with the National Park Service and against Sturgeon. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享WASHINGTON (AP) — Alaska resident John Sturgeon is getting a second crack at the Supreme Court in his fight to get his hovercraft back on the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. The new case will be argued in the fall.center_img The dispute is over whether the federal government or Alaska has authority over the river inside the boundaries of the preserve. Sturgeon sued the Park Service in 2011 after it told him to stop operating his hovercraft on a stretch of the Nation river that passes through the federally created preserve.last_img

Taxman chomps away at discounts ecommerce firms face the heat

first_imgEmployees of Amazon India are seen behind a glass bearing the company’s logo inside its office in Bengaluru on August 14, 2015. REUTERS/Abhishek N. ChinnappaE-commerce giants like Flipkart and Amazon have appealed against an income tax order of last year which if implemented would force them to pay tax at a time they are engaged in cut-throat competition for market share in India.The issue involves money spent by e-commerce companies on marketing through deep discounts, an Economic Times (ET) report said on Saturday.So far, these discounts were clubbed by these companies under marketing costs, to which the income tax department had objected in a recent assessment order by pointing out that these costs constitute capital expenditure which may aid future revenues.The income tax department said that by giving discounts the e-commerce companies are creating intangibles which can aid future revenues.Reclassifying discountsThe department felt that such discount-related expenses can’t be classified as marketing costs, and instead, should be reclassified as capital expenditure. Hence, these should not be deducted from revenues, ET reported, adding that this practice has been causing huge losses for e-commerce firms.The companies had approached the Commissioner of Income Tax (Appeals), Bengaluru, last month after an assessment order of last year asked them to reclassify marketing expenditure as capital expenditure.The assessment orders were passed last year and applied to all e-commerce companies, the report said.If the tax department’s methodology is followed, e-commerce companies could turn profitable and be liable for tax in India, ET said in its report. For, these customer discounts have been classified by e-commerce companies as marketing expenses and deducted from revenue, leading to huge losses on their balance-sheets.Flipkart and Amazon’s appeal was heard last month but the CIT (appeals) did not take an immediate decision.Sanjay Sanghvi, partner (tax) at law firm Khaitan & Co, was quoted as telling ET that the quantum of business expenditure to be incurred is the prerogative of the business concerned to decide. “The Assessing Officer (of income tax) has no say in dictating terms of business to a taxpayer, as to how to run his business. There are enough judicial decisions supporting this proposition,” Sanghvi was quoted as saying. The logo of India’s largest e-commerce firm Flipkart is seen on the facade of the company’s headquarters in Bengaluru on July 7, 2017. REUTERS/Abhishek N ChinnappaA new harassment routeThe newspaper quoted experts as saying that the revenue department’s stand could open a Pandora’s Box for several startups and e-commerce companies as it dictates how entrepreneurs must conduct their businesses.Amit Maheshwari, partner, Ashok Maheshwary & Associates, was quoted in the ET report as saying that if such tax demands are made, then several startups including e-commerce companies and FMCG companies who are in the B2C space will start facing the heat from the tax department and end up being embroiled in litigation.”The taxpayers may have to argue that these expenses are incurred every year and are necessary to run the business and create demand for their services, and without such expenses these startups may just fold up,” Amit Maheshwari, said in the ET report.Online retail giant Amazon has secured approval to stock and sell food and groceries in India, potentially expanding its business in the fast-growing economy where it is in a pitched battle with home-grown rival Flipkart.Reuters had reported last month that Amazon plans to invest $500 million in the food segment, over and above the $5 billion it has already committed to investing in India.Deep customer discounting will play a major role in the company’s strategy to tackle the under-penetrated online grocery market in India which is the traditional preserve of mom-and-pop stores.Venture-funded Flipkart, whose backers include Tiger Global, Tencent Holdings and Microsoft, also plans to move into the groceries space.last_img read more

Attackers on Zafar Iqbal fanatics PM

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses the Bangabandhu Fellowship, National Science and Technology (NST) Fellowship and research donation programme at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in Dhaka on Sunday. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina said on Sunday the attackers on science fiction writer and Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) teacher Muhammed Zafar Iqbal are ‘fanatics’.”Those who are committing these crimes are fanatics… we earlier decided not to allow terrorism and militancy in the country. We’re conducting drives against drug abuse as well,” she said.Sheikh Hasina said this while distributing Bangabandhu Fellowship, National Science and Technology (NST) Fellowship and research donations among students and researchers for 2017-2018 sessions at a function at Osmani Memorial Auditorium.She said the government wants the peaceful atmosphere to prevail in all educational institutions of the country.”Yesterday, an unwanted incident took place at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology campus where Muhammed Zafar Iqbal came under [knife] attack. I asked the Air Force to bring him to Dhaka and admit him to the CMH for his better treatment. His condition is stable [now],” she said.A young man, aged around 24 to 25, swooped on Zafar around 5:40pm on Saturday while he was delivering his speech on the closing day of a two-day celebration programme, ‘Robofight,’ of the Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) department at Mukta Mancha.The prime minister wanted to know who these people are. “We want to make the country free from militancy, terrorism and drug abuse.”She mentioned that those who commit such incidents like the one done to Muhammad Zafar Iqbal are fanatics. “They think by killing a person they will go to heaven… they’ll never be able to reach the heaven… they’ll suffer in the hell.”The prime minister said the country’s children must be kept away from drugs, terrorism and militancy. “These three social menaces are just destroying children.”last_img read more

BNP stages demo against gas price hike

first_imgLogo of BNPBNP on Tuesday staged demonstrations at different parts of the capital protesting the fresh price hike of gas, reports UNB.As part of their countrywide protest programme, BNP leaders and activists brought out processions in different thanas under the party’s Dhaka south and north units.BNP’s Dhaka south city unit took out a procession at Naya Paltan, led by party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.In a brief address before bringing out the procession, Rizvi said the government has increased the gas tariff at consumer level to “inflict sufferings” on people.He said the government is least bothered about public sufferings as it depends on law enforcers to cling to power ignoring people.The BNP leader said the gas price has been hiked to create an opportunity for ruling party men to plunder public money. “We strongly protest and condemn the unfair decision of the government.”He urged the government to revoke the gas tariff hike decision in the interest of people.Otherwise, Rizvi warned, their party together with people will wage a strong street movement.On Sunday, chairman of the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) Monwar Islam said the average gas price has been raised by 32.8 per cent for the retail consumers in the country with effect from Monday (1 July).As per the new price hike, the household consumers having single burner will have to pay Tk 925 a month instead of the existing Tk 750 while the double burner users will have to pay Tk 975 instead of the existing Tk 800.On Monday, BNP announced countrywide demonstration for Tuesday protesting at government’s decision to hike gas tariff.last_img read more

Noted plays to enthrall Delhi

first_imgA 21-day-long theatre festival in Delhi is treating the capital’s theatre enthusiasts with a vibrant palette of productions, including those by Harold Pinter, Rhishikesh Vaidya, and others. If you are in Delhi, keep your day free and enjoy some fabulous performances. Here is a list of plays that will be held on February 9:SAPTAPARNEE Shri Ram Centre 4.00pm Playwright: Sadhana Ahmed Director: Sohag Sen and others Also Read – Add new books to your shelfGroup: Rangakarmee, Kolkata Language: Hindi & Bengali Duration: 1 hr 30 mins THE DUMB WAITER LTG 5.30 pm Playwright: Harold Pinter Director: Thawai Thiyam Group: Chorus Repertory Theatre, Imphal Language: Manipuri Duration: 1 hr 13 mins MORPHOSIS Kamani 7.00 pm Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivePlaywright: Rhishikesh Vaidya Director: Bapi Bose Group: Circle Theatre Company, Delhi Language: Hindi Duration: 2 hrs 30 mins AN ILIAD Abhimanch 8.30 pm Playwrights: Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare Directors: Guy Roberts and Rebecca Greene Udden Group: Prague Shakespeare Company, Czeh Republic Language: English Duration: 1 hr 45 minslast_img read more