Ohio State men’s basketball sophomore forward Jared Sullinger is back. Sullinger scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 25 minutes of play off the bench as the No. 2 Buckeyes defeated South Carolina-Upstate, 82-58. It was Sullinger’s first game action since suffering back spasms during OSU’s Nov. 29 victory against Duke. Following the victory, Sullinger declared himself “back to health” and 100-percent recovered from the discomfort that caused him to miss the Buckeyes’ last two games. Sullinger, who was cleared after a morning workout, said he wasn’t limited during the game, but added that he was fatigued as a result of missing time. “I was tired,” he said. “Two weeks off is a killer. I did a lot of work on the treadmill these last few days, but I was still very out of shape tonight.” OSU coach Thad Matta said he was satisfied with Sullinger’s output. “(Sullinger) did a decent job for not playing since the Duke game,” Matta said. “He knew he was going to be winded. Hopefully now this gives him confidence to get back out there and go to work.” Wednesday marked the first time Sullinger has come off the bench in his career. The decision to leave him out of the starting lineup was made earlier in the day after Sullinger asked Matta to start junior forward Evan Ravenel, who had started in Sullinger’s place for the last two games. “It was my decision (not to start),” Sullinger said. “(Ravenel) has worked so hard these last few weeks and I felt he deserved a shot to start. He’s earned it.” Despite Sullinger’s return, Upstate had a major upset on its mind early. The Spartans held a four-point lead with less than nine minutes remaining in the first half before the Buckeyes went on a 20-7 run over the final eight minutes of the half to build a nine-point halftime advantage. Ravenel, who scored the first five points of the game for the Buckeyes, dunked in the closing seconds of the first half to put OSU up, 37-28. The Buckeyes didn’t look back. Ravenel finished with nine points in 12 minutes while sophomore forward DeShaun Thomas led OSU with 23 points, one shy of tying his career-high. Thomas has scored double-digit points in nine of OSU’s 10 games this season. Thomas said that he is starting to hit his stride as an offensive contributor. “As a player you have got to have a mindset each and every game, have your mind ready to play,” Thomas said. “I think I’m growing off of that.” Matta agreed with Thomas. “I think the biggest thing I’ve seen in (Thomas) is just the maturity of his mental approach to games,” Matta said. “…Everyone thinks this game is just about being out there playing but the mental side of things is just as important in my mind. And DeShaun is starting to grasp that.” Matta said the Buckeyes lacked intensity in the first half, but was happy with the way his team responded and finished the game. “We beat a very good basketball team tonight,” Matta said. OSU (9-1) continues non-conference play with a Saturday road game against South Carolina at noon.
Chalk up the sixth and seventh different Buckeyes football players named to award watch lists this preseason. Redshirt senior linebacker Etienne Sabino was named to the Butkus Award watch list, an honor that highlights college football’s most outstanding linebacker. His teammate, junior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown, has been named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list, which recognizes the nation’s top wide receiver. Sabino, who was named Ohio State’s Most Valuable Player in its 24-17 Gator Bowl loss to Florida, recorded 62 tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss in 2011. Sabino is one of three OSU players who will travel to Chicago for the 2012 Big Ten Media days on July 26 and 27. Meanwhile, on the other side of the ball, Brown’s 22 career grabs for 310 yards and two touchdowns at OSU leads all active Buckeye receivers for the most receptions and yards. Brown totaled 205 of those career yards last season on 14 catches. Additionally, three more football players were named to either their second, third or fourth award watch list after redshirt senior tight end Jake Stoneburner, senior defensive lineman John Simon, and junior defensive lineman Johnathan Hankins were named to college football’s Lombardi Award watch list, which honors the nation’s best lineman. Simon, who has also been named to the Nagurski Award, Bednarik Award and Lott IMPACT Award watch lists, made seven sacks and 16 tackles for loss in 2011. Like Sabino, the 2011 Associated Press All-American will be present at the 2012 Big Ten Media Days. His efforts in trenches, however, are not unaided. His defensive line comrade, Hankins, amassed 67 tackles and 11 tackles for loss last season. The junior has already been named to both the Bednarik Award and Outland Awards watch lists. Hankins was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection in 2011. Stoneburner, the third Buckeye named to the Lombardi Award watch list, is one of eight tight ends selected to the honor’s watch list. It’s the second time the redshirt senior has been named to an award watch list this preseason – his first honor coming from the Mackey Award, which honors the nation’s best tight end. Stoneburner enters the 2012 season with 37 career catches for 445 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. Despite his placement on multiple award watch lists, though, he and redshirt senior offensive lineman Jack Mewhort are indefinitely suspended from the team after Shawnee Hills Police arrested Stoneburner and Mewhort for “obstructing official business” at about 2:30 a.m. June 2 by the Bogey Inn near Dublin, Ohio. Both, however, in addition to Simon, Hankins, Sabino and Brown, are expected to be large contributors to OSU coach Urban Meyer’s first season in Columbus.
Real Madrid fullback Theo Hernandez has explained that he has always held an interest in playing for Real Sociedad after completing his loan move on FridayThe 20-year-old had only arrived at Madrid last summer from city rivals Atletico Madrid after an impressive loan stint at Alaves.But the appointment of Julen Loptegui as Zinedine Zidane’s replacement at Madrid saw Hernandez fall completely out of favour at the Santiago Bernabeu after just making 23 appearances in all competitions last season.Now the left-back has joined Sociedad on a season-long loan and intends to take full advantage of his opportunity at another “big club”Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“I’m here because Real Sociedad is a very big club, everybody knows it,” said Hernandez, as stated on TribalFootball.“Last year, I came to play with Real Madrid and I saw that it was a competitive team, which produces a lot of intensity, with fans who follow you enormously.“Teammates told me good things about the city. I think I can have a quiet life here, while playing in a big club.”Hernandez could make his debut for Sociedad this Saturday in the opening game of their La Liga campaign away to Villarreal.
German winger Leroy Sane insists the team is on the path to improvement despite losing a two-goal lead in the deflating 2-2 home draw with the Netherlands.Joachim Low’s side ended their inaugural Nations League campaign without a victory and a five-match competitive winless streak dating back to their forgettable World Cup.But Manchester City star Sane believes they have improved on their last game after netting his second international.“Of course we all wanted to win the game. We were 2-0 up. It’s a little bit disappointing,” Sane disclosed to FourFourTwo.“But everyone could see how we’ve improved and that we’re looking to keep taking steps forward.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“The fans can see we have a plan and that we’re capable of playing really good football.“Obviously we now need to keep going for the 90 minutes, to play strong and good football. Then everyone will see that we’ll come back strong.“At the end, it’s annoying to have played a really good game and to draw.”Netherlands’ impressive fightback earned them a place in the Nations League Finals at the expense of world champions France, who finished second in the group on head-to-head aggregate.
Arsenal boss Unai Emery reckons it will be a difficult proposition to impose themselves on Manchester City when they trade tackles on Sunday.Teams like Leicester City, Crystal Palace and Newcastle have all adopted a defensive style and counter-attacking tactics to defeat Man City this season.But Emery concedes. Arsenal may struggle to take a proactive approach into the game at the Etihad.Impressive finish, @DenisSuarez6 👌Over five minutes of training footage now available on our @YouTube channel 📺— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 1, 2019“Usually Manchester City, in every match they impose their style,” he told Sky Sports.“You want to impose your style, you want to play with your personality, but sometimes you need adaptation – more or less, it depends on the opposition.“It is tough to break their style and impose yours. When a lot of teams play with a profound block, it’s because they need to play like that and can also have chances to win.“Usually you can play ten matches against Manchester City – maybe Newcastle, maybe Crystal Palace, perhaps us as well – you can lose ten times playing the same, or possibly lose seven, draw two and win one.Report: Kanu makes bold claim about Pepe George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Former Arsenal superstar Kanu claims the Premier League teams fear Nicolas Pepe.The Ivory Coast international Pepe, made an 80 million Euro move to Arsenal…“But this style can work for you as Newcastle and Crystal Palace won against them.”Arsenal was thumped 5-1 at Liverpool in December as they tried to impose their style of play, but the former PSG boss claims he’s unfazed by the loss and will maintain his form.“They are two different teams,” he said of City and Arsenal.“Different manner of playing, but with a huge organisation, huge managers and also big players.“For example, the progress from Liverpool is significant progress, and now they are the favourites because they have the lead.“Maybe Manchester City is a different example because they paid a lot and maybe we can’t do that now like that, but our way is we can also do one way similar to Liverpool, similar to Tottenham.“Doing more with young players, using well players who can improve with us. And we are doing that. We need time, but also we need to be very demanding of ourselves to do that.”👔 @UnaiEmery_ put the squad through their final training session this afternoon📸 Here’s a look at what happened ahead of our trip to Manchester for #MCIARS— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 2, 2019
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville men’s golf team concluded the regular season with another strong performance by finishing second at the Stitch Intercollegiate on Saturday.In a tournament that was limited to just two rounds because of weather, Wake Forest rallied by shooting 8-under over the final eight holes of the second round at MacGregor Downs Country Club to erase a five-shot deficit by the Cardinals and grab victory at the event.The No. 3 Demon Deacons ended the event at 14-under, one shot ahead of the Cardinals, who finished at 13-under. The Cardinals were 11-under-par when the rain hit on Friday and halted action midway through the second round. It was the 11th time this season that the Cardinals finished in the top five of a tournament this season.Jiri Zuska continued his run of fine play by shooting a 5-under-par 139 to finish in fourth place. He opened play with a 70 on Friday and followed it up with a 3-under-par 69 on Saturday to pace the Cardinals. Matthias Schmid tied for fifth place after she shot a 4-under-par 140.John Murphy was in the top 10 after he carded a 3-under-par 141 to tie for 10th place, while Devin Morley tied for 15th after firing a 1-under-par 143, Simon Zach rounded out the top five by finishing in a tie for 57th with a 150.The Cardinals return to action next week with the ACC Championship at Old North State Club. The tournament runs Thursday-Saturday.Print Friendly Version Story Links