RGIII Hype Building To A Crescendo As The Regular

He’s yet to take even his first NFL snap, but already Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III is being mentioned with some pretty heady company.Teammate Joshua Morgan has seen fit to already liken the former Heisman Trophy winner to icons Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Michael Vick.“I love him to death and can’t say enough great things about him,” the fifth-year wide receiver out of Virginia Tech was quoted as saying by a local sports website.“He came in so humble and so focused you don’t have any choice but to just rock with him,” Morgan said, which is also fine.“He’s as fast as Michael Vick but he can make all the throws that Peyton Manning can make and he can make all the reads Tom Brady can make,”Redskins coach Mike Shanahan didn’t exactly try to temper the expectations on the second overall pick of the April NFL Draft either, saying, “the NFL is not used to…a quarterback with his type of speed and his type of throwing ability, so I think we can do some things that people haven’t done.”RGIII has been impressive in the preseason, completing 65 percent (20 of 31) of his pass attempts for 193 yards and two touchdowns without an interception.In addition to his precision passing and nimble feet, Griffin II has shown a tremendous poise and command in the pocket that belays his youth.The Redskins gave up a lot to acquire him, trading up with the St. Louis Rams from the sixth slot to the second to take the highly productive Baylor quarterback.The move to land their franchise quarterback cost Washington its sixth overall pick in 2012, as well as its first-round picks in 2013 and 2014, and a second-round pick in 2012.RGIII signed a contract with the Redskins in July that is worth more than $21 million over four years, including a $13.8 million signing bonus. read more

No City Needs A Championship As Badly As Philadelphia

San Francisco+2.88+0.00+1.84+0.00+4.72 The tug of war between Philadelphia’s view of itself as a combative underdog and the greater prestige to which it sometimes aspires will be on full display Sunday night, when the Eagles take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII. Between the city’s sports heartbreaks and hooliganism, its perpetual inferiority complex and recent civic resurgence, this Super Bowl could be a turning point for Philly or another way for its fans to double down on their notoriety.“You can’t deny that there is coarse [fan] behavior,” New York Times reporter Jeré Longman told me in a phone interview. Longman would know — he wrote a book about the neuroses of the city’s fans the last time the Eagles made the Super Bowl, back in 2005. But he also made a case that Philly deserves a better image. “It’s the founding city of the United States; it has these great institutions,” Longman said. “And now it has a vibrant art and music scene, great food, lots of young professionals living downtown.” In Longman’s view, Philadelphia too often sells itself short of what it could be (and already is) when its fans live down to their boorish reputation.“The city’s slogan actually used to be, ‘Philadelphia: Not as bad as Philadelphians say it is,’” he said. “Maybe this Super Bowl will be a chance for people in Philadelphia to realize what a great city they have.”1As someone who lived in Philly for about five years, I agree about the city’s greatness — which makes the juxtaposition between its friendly day-to-day interactions and sometimes psychotic sports fandom even more jarring. The roots of the Fairmount Park-sized chip on Philly fans’ collective shoulders go back decades — the infamous Santa snowball incident happened in 1968, less than three years into the Super Bowl’s existence. But they have seemed to grow deeper as the years went on without a championship in the sport Philadelphia embraces the most. The Eagles, which have been around since 1933, are one of 13 NFL franchises that have never won a Super Bowl, and nobody has won more total ballgames among the Super Bowl oh-fers.2The Eagles did win three NFL championships before the Super Bowl existed, most recently in 1960. But any fan who was following the team back then is now at least into their mid-60s, if not much older. It is, to say the least, a distant memory from another era.Making matters worse, the Eagles’ rivals in the NFC East — the hated Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants and Washington Redskins — have won a combined 12 championships in the Super Bowl era. Six times a year, Eagles fans are forced to contrast themselves against fan bases whose historical résumés have been weaponized for the taunting.There’s a cultural component to the frustration as well. “Football represents Philadelphia’s ideal view of itself: a tough, blue-collar sport,” Longman said. Both he and Glen Macnow, a longtime host at the local sports-talk radio station WIP, agreed that the Eagles are the one team in the city whose rabid support stretches across demographic and societal lines. Indeed, over the past five years, the Eagles have dominated the search-traffic battle against the city’s other pro teams to a greater degree than the national average.3Granted, the Sixers went on their infamous tanking expedition during this span.“It’s a football town,” Macnow said. “The Eagles bring together everybody in the city.” If so, that also puts the team squarely at the emotional epicenter of Philadelphia angst.The city’s general lack of sports success over the years hasn’t helped matters. Philly teams went more than 25 years without a title, between the 1982-83 76ers’ NBA crown and the Phillies’ World Series victory in 2008. And it hasn’t been for lack of trying. In the 34 years starting in 1984 — the year after the Sixers won their title — through 2017, no other city in pro sports has underachieved more on the championship front, based on the number of actual titles won and the number we’d expect from how many teams they had in each sport.4Including only the “Big Four” North American pro sports of football, basketball, baseball and hockey. (Sorry as always to all you ardent MLS fans out there.) Cleveland-1.02-0.22-1.16+0.00-2.40 Championships vs. Expected Phoenix-0.98-1.22+0.33-0.68-2.55 Boston+4.38+1.78+1.84-0.27+7.73 Buffalo-1.12+0.00+0.00-1.27-2.39 Milwaukee+0.00-1.22-1.16+0.00-2.38 This assigns Boston and Philadelphia a “half-championship” for the 2017 NFL season, since Super Bowl LII’s winner isn’t known yet.Expected championships are calculated by assigning each team in a league equal odds of winning the title in a given season and then adding up those title chances over time.Source: Sports-Reference sites San Antonio+0.00+3.78+0.00+0.00+3.78 Edmonton+0.00+0.00+0.00+3.73+3.73 Philadelphia-0.62-1.22-0.16-1.27-3.27 Miami-1.12+1.99+1.19-0.80+1.26 Pittsburgh+0.88+0.00-1.16+3.73+3.45 Top 10NFLNBAMLBNHLTotal Championships vs. Expected Los Angeles-0.88+5.60-0.59+0.73+4.86 Which sports cities have overachieved the most (and least)?Actual vs. expected championships in the big 4 North American sports for cities, 1984-2017 Atlanta-1.12-1.22-0.16-0.37-2.87 Minneapolis-1.12-0.97+0.84-1.00-2.25 San Diego-1.09-0.04-1.16+0.00-2.29 New York City+1.75-2.45+3.69+0.20+3.20 Detroit-1.12+1.78-0.16+2.73+3.23 Chicago-0.12+4.78-0.31+1.73+6.08 Bottom 10NFLNBAMLBNHLTotal The sports fans of Philadelphia are known for their unique brand of bottle-throwing, Santa Claus-attacking, expletive-laced rowdiness. But is this reputation deserved? Are they actually any different from other fiery fan bases in, say, Buffalo or Oakland? I asked my colleague Rob Arthur to look at citywide crime rates, and he couldn’t find any significant uptick on game days. Then again, multiple Eagles fans are alleged to have punched horses (!?!) during these playoffs alone: Washington, D.C.+0.88-1.22-0.43-1.27-2.05 Seattle-0.12-0.92-1.16+0.00-2.20 (And that’s after assigning Philly and Boston a “half-championship” each for the upcoming Super Bowl, assuming that each team has roughly 50-50 odds. If we didn’t do that, Philadelphia teams would be running a collective 3.7 championships below expectation since 1983.)Here’s another way this data helps illustrate why Philadelphia fans are so emotionally overwrought when it comes to sports: In terms of expected titles — which measures the sheer number of cracks a city has had at championship glory — Philly trails only New York, Los Angeles and Chicago (and it’s tied with Boston and Detroit). Justifiably, it thinks of itself as belonging among that group of towns. But collectively, those five cities have won 57.5 championships — 25.1 more than expected — since 1983, with each exceeding their expectation by at least 3.2 titles. Philly, meanwhile, is running 3.3 titles below expectations. Add in the fact that Philadelphia ranks only 25th in championships won since 1983 despite being a top-eight U.S. metro area by both population and economic might, and it makes sense why Philly fandom is often a powder keg waiting to explode.“It’s like a permanent wedgie,” Macnow said of Philadelphia’s sports inferiority complex. “You look up the East Coast at New York and see their championships and at Boston’s smug fans — we call them ‘Massholes.’ There’s an element of envy there as well.”That’s one reason the Patriots might be the ultimate opponent for the Eagles as they try to end their Super Bowl drought. Since 1983, Boston teams have won 7.7 more titles than expected — in exactly the same number of chances as Philly had. The cities are similar in many ways, from population to their shared importance in the early history of the country, a common insular attitude and their parallel rivalries with the behemoth situated between them — New York City. It isn’t difficult to envision an alternate universe in which the fates of Boston and Philadelphia sports had switched places several decades ago.Everyone agrees that an Eagles win on Sunday would set off something approaching total pandemonium in the Philadelphia. “It would be by far the largest sports celebration ever,” Longman told me. “There aren’t enough cans of Crisco in the world to keep people from climbing every [street] pole in Philadelphia.” Longman thought the potential crowds would dwarf the Phillies’ championship parade in 2008 and be more akin to when the pope visited the city in 2015.Whether the long-awaited Super Bowl victory would mark the beginning of a change in fans’ behavior, however, is another question, given that so much of Philly fandom — for good and bad — is wrapped up in the feelings of being overlooked and misunderstood.“It would require a change in a mindset that has prevailed for many generations,” Longman said. “It’d be fascinating to see if Philly is comfortable with being the overdog instead of the underdog.”Although it would only begin to make a slight dent in the city’s championship shortfall of the past three and a half decades, winning Sunday would be a good start. read more

These Are The Best WildCard Road Teams In Modern History

199715851535+50660 200815541628-74492 Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 200715701570+0590 199315531547+6600 199515571545+12601 200015661617-50522 201315641593-29551 200116121589+22620 200915891617-28552 199115971541+55660 199915901531+59670 201215991580+19611 201415961578+18620 Since the NFL postseason expanded to 12 teams in 1990, home teams have won 65 percent of the time on wild-card weekend — an even better rate than the league’s 59 percent home field advantage in the regular season. For teams that can’t lock down a bye week, playing at home has traditionally been a solid consolation. This year, though, it could be that none of that will matter once the games begin.As of Tuesday morning, three of the four home teams in this weekend’s games are underdogs in Vegas, and you can make a good case that the fourth — Washington, which hosts Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers — should also be expected to lose. According to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings, our favorite measure of a team’s strength at any given moment, this is the first time since 1990 that three home teams have been underdogs in the wild-card round: Pregame Elo ratings and odds for wild-card round, 1990-2015 201115521578-25551 199216161615+1590 201015181638-120432 199815941542+52660 200515841615-31551 200315791573+5601 201515711658-8747%3 200415951530+65680 199415761543+34640 This year’s group is also the second-most-overmatched batch of home teams since 1990, the only impediment to No. 1 being 2010, when the 7-9 Seahawks hosted (and won!) a wild-card game. That year’s crop of home teams was exceptionally weak; in addition to Seattle, Kansas City was a below-average team according to both Elo and Pro-Football-Reference.com’s Simple Rating System, and the Eagles and Colts were helped by good fortune (they exceeded their Pythagorean expectations).While this year’s wild-card home teams aren’t great, they’re not all that bad — that three-quarters of them are underdogs owes more to the strength of their opponents. By Elo, this is easily the strongest group of road squads that wild-card weekend has seen since 1990. It includes teams ranked Nos. 1 (Seattle), 4 (Kansas City), 7 (Pittsburgh) and 9 (Green Bay) in the league. Those are the kinds of teams that typically host wild-card games, not travel to other cities as guests.Back in October, my colleague Andrew Flowers and I wrote about how downright weird the season was shaping up to be, in the sense that the distribution of wins was out of whack compared with historical norms. Now, on the eve of the playoffs, that weirdness is manifesting itself another way: Each conference’s lowest-seeded teams are among its strongest. It’s a phenomenon that could pay big dividends for road teams on wild-card weekend.Check out our Super Bowl odds for every playoff team. YEARAVERAGE HOME ELOAVERAGE ROAD ELODIFFERENCEAVERAGE HOME WIN PROBABILITYHOME UNDERDOGS 200616031522+81700 199615981506+92710 200215911524+67680 199015681582-15570 read more

Tressel History hysteria building up anticipation for Ohio StateMiami

“I think anytime you’ve competed before, there’s a natural sort of rivalry,” Tressel said. “Will that make any difference? Not compared to the decisions we make on the field and the execution we have, but will it add a little bit more fun to it? Absolutely.” Despite all the talk of Miami seeking redemption for its heartbreaking loss in Tempe, Ariz., in 2003, junior center Michael Brewster said the Buckeyes aren’t getting caught up in the hype. “The big thing is we do our talking in between the white lines and that is what we’re going to do Saturday,” he said. And with all the hype and storylines surrounding Saturday’s matchup, Tressel had plenty to discuss at Tuesday’s weekly press conference. Pryor vs. Harris Following an efficient showing against Marshall, for which Tressel said Terrelle Pryor received his highest ever coach’s performance grade, the junior quarterback will go up against another of the nation’s premiere quarterbacks, Miami’s Jacory Harris. Tressel noted that their paths to this point have been much the same. “I think they’ve traveled a similar road. They both got put in there at an early point in their freshman year,” he said. “(They) had to kind of get thrown in with an older group and learn their way to take control of the huddle and then show it through their execution that they belonged there. “I think there’s a lot of teams in college football that would like to have those guys as their quarterback.” Healthy Buckeyes Boasting an injury-riddled defense last week, the Silver Bullets should be nearing 100 percent this week. The most notable return is junior defensive end Nathan Williams, who sat out in week one with a knee injury. Tressel said Williams is back in action and ready to go. “I think the thing that you have to be careful with is guys that miss some training camp and all of a sudden if you think they can go out there and play 50 some snaps, I think you’re risking a little bit,” Tressel said. “So what we have to figure out in the course of this week is just how many snaps is he ready to go. But he seems to be ready to go.” Safety Orhian Johnson, backup middle linebacker Storm Klein and senior cornerback Chimdi Chekwa all will be ready to play, Tressel said. Moeller earns conference recognition After sitting out all of last year with a head injury, senior defensive back Tyler Moeller came back with a chip on his shoulder and something to prove against Marshall. Leading the team in tackles with seven and recording OSU’s only sack, Moeller’s return to football was acknowledged this week as he received Big Ten defensive player of the week honors. “I think he came back for his first game playing just like the old Tyler Moeller and even better,” Chekwa said. “I think he made some good open-field tackles and he brought a lot of energy to the field.” Sabino “day-by-day” redshirt With the return of Storm Klein from a hamstring injury, Tressel said that right now the plan is to redshirt junior linebacker Etienne Sabino, who was in contention for a starting spot through much of the offseason. “We’re kind of redshirting him, but redshirting is a day-by-day thing, so he’s got no injury issues or nothing outside of football that’s a reason for him not playing,” Tressel said. “So for this moment, he’s redshirting and if everyone’s healthy going into the ball game, we’ll probably hold him from the ball game.” Battle in the trenches The Hurricanes feature a quick and strong defensive line, and Tressel said his offensive line is in for a “great challenge.” “If we can have a good week of figuring out what it is we think Miami might try to do and at least be mentally prepared, now we’ll find out who can do what on Saturday.” Brewster said facing the OSU defensive line in practice everyday has prepared him and his fellow offensive linemen for the challenge that Miami’s defensive front four presents. “Going against (Dexter Larimore( and Big Hank (Johnathan Hankins) and Cam (Heyward) and those guys in practice, they’re great. We make each other better,” said Brewster. “Sometimes games feel a little bit easier than practice because those guys are so good.” Running back by committee Rushing for 103 yards on just nine carries, senior captain Brandon Saine showcased his superior running abilities against the Thundering Herd. But Tressel said he was most impressed with junior Dan “Boom” Herron. Despite gaining just 44 yards, it was Herron’s resolve that stood out to his coach. “Sometimes you’re coming out of halftime and it’s 35-7 or whatever it was and some guys might say, well, you know, let’s think about the next game or whatever,” Tressel said. “I thought Boom sparked that drive. It was an 80-yard drive. I thought he broke some tackles. You can’t take ‘Boom’ (Herron) out of the mix, but that’s not to discount Saine. He was excellent. “Both those guys have got to keep getting better and better and we’re lucky those are two good ones.” Coming off a 45-7 season-opening victory over Marshall, Ohio State welcomes the No. 13 Miami Hurricanes to the Horseshoe on Saturday for one of the college football season’s most anticipated matchups. With the two storied programs squaring off for the first time since their historic national title bout nearly eight years ago, OSU’s last national championship win, coach Jim Tressel admitted that game might heighten the intrigue of this week’s contest. read more

Ohio State reclaims No 1 ranking in both polls

With two wins this week, coupled with a loss by previously No. 1-ranked Duke, Ohio State has ascended to the top of The Associated Press‘ Top 25 poll for the second time this season. The Buckeyes (27-2, 14-2 Big Ten) were previously No. 1 for a four-week stretch, Week 11 to Week 14, before a loss at Wisconsin moved them out of the top spot. OSU received 45 first-place votes, with No. 2 Kansas and No. 3 BYU receiving 14 and five first-place votes, respectively. Duke, which still received a lone first-place vote despite its loss to unranked Virginia Tech on Saturday, is tied at No. 4 with Pittsburgh. OSU’s 27-2 start to the season is the best under coach Thad Matta and with two games remaining in the regular season, the Buckeyes are first in the Big Ten, one game ahead of second-place Purdue. The Boilermakers are ranked No. 6. The Buckeyes are also No. 1 in this week’s ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll. OSU jumped from No. 3 despite No. 2 Kansas winning both its games last week. read more

Clippers drop Game 1 of Governors Cup Championship series

Early offense from the Lehigh Valley IronPigs proved to be too much for the Columbus Clippers, which lost Game 1 of the Governor’s Cup Championship series Tuesday, 5-2. Clippers pitcher Zach McAllister (0-1) allowed five earned runs, 11 hits and a walk in his eight-plus innings of work in the series opener at Huntington Park. Lehigh Valley right fielder Brandon Moss provided all the offense the IronPigs needed with a three-run home run in the first inning. “We got off to a tough start,” Clippers’ manager Mike Sarbaugh said after the game. “After he settled down, (McAllister) threw a really good game.” IronPigs left fielder Scott Podsednik’s fourth-inning RBI hit scored catcher Erik Kratz in the second inning to up Lehigh Valley’s lead to 4-0. A lack of scoring by the Clippers for the first four innings set a quiet and somber tone amongst the home fans. Columbus finally got to Lehigh Valley right-hander Scott Mathieson in the bottom of the fifth, though. After setting the IronPigs down in order in the top of the frame, center fielder Tim Fedroff’s RBI single put Columbus on the board and scored catcher Paul Phillips, who singled to lead off the at-bat. Clippers’ shortstop Juan Diaz then drove in a run on a fielder’s choice to halve Columbus’ deficit at 4-2. Second baseman Argenis Reyes, who doubled in the inning, scored on the play. Mathieson (1-0) was relieved after the inning and finished the night having allowed two runs, six hits and two walks. The IronPigs’ bullpen combined to prevent the Clippers from scoring again, though. McAllister’s night ended after allowing a home run to IronPigs’ infielder Cody Overbeck in the top of the ninth. The Clippers’ offense came close to responding after Lehigh Valley closer Justin DeFratus entered the game in the final half-inning of play. DeFratus gave up two one-out walks and Diaz singled later in the Columbus at-bat to load the bases with two outs for Clippers’ infielder Jared Goedert. Goedert worked a full count against DeFratus, but eventually struck out swinging to end the game. “It was a tight game, but they got on the board early,” Sarbaugh said. “We came in during the ninth and made it interesting. We just have to take it one game at a time.” The Clippers will host the IronPigs on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. at Huntington Park for Game 2 of the series. Wednesday’s pitching matchup RHP Mitch Talbot (COL) versus RHP Nate Bump (LV) read more

Olympictrial tested Nikko Triggas back for Ohio State wrestling

Four members of Ohio State’s wrestling team were named All-Americans last season. The return of one Olympic-trial tested grappler brings the number to five. After a two-year hiatus from collegiate wrestling, senior 125-pounder and 2010 All-American Nikko Triggas is back for the 2012-2013 season. From the 2007-2008 season to the 2009-2010 season, Triggas competed for OSU in collegiate, or folkstyle, wrestling. While he was away from Columbus, Triggas trained to compete for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team in the Greco-Roman style. “(In) Greco-Roman you don’t touch the legs. So, in college wrestling it’s all about touching the legs, getting to the legs,” said OSU coach Tom Ryan. “I think it’ll take some time for him to get his reactions back where they need to be.” In his Greco-Roman career, Triggas has won five gold medals between the 2007 and 2008 Pan American Championships, 2009 University National Championships and the 2010 University and Junior Team Trials. In 2010, he began the application process for an Olympic redshirt. To be awarded the redshirt, Triggas had to place in the 2008 and 2010 World Team Trials. Triggas said he talked to both U.S. coaches and his coaches at OSU and sent in an application. “We thought it was going to be the best thing for me, get bigger, get stronger, get older, get some maturity in me, and get the technique down,” Triggas said. “Come back to the team as a role model, as older and stronger, be able to compete for the Buckeyes.” Once his application to the Olympic training center was accepted, Triggas said he worked with OSU to send paperwork to the NCAA confirming he was not breaking any rules that would endanger his eligibility with the Buckeyes. After training for two years, Triggas competed at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials in Iowa City, Iowa, April 20-21 and finished in fourth place. Knowing he would not be competing in the 2012 Olympics, preparation had to begin in order to wrestle in folkstyle for OSU again. “Going from folkstyle to Greco is very different,” Triggas said. “Coming back into the collegiate world, I came to campus about two months early.” Triggas first came to OSU for the 2007-08 season from Moraga, Calif., and over the next three years he amassed a 72-54 record. As a freshman, he qualified for NCAA championships and placed sixth at the Big Ten Championships. With a 19-17 record, he amassed 8 pins and 74 team points for OSU that season. During the 2008-2009 season, Triggas improved his record to 22-17 with 14 pins and 109 team points, but he did not place in the Big Ten tournament. He qualified for the NCAA Championships, but did not place there either. In his junior year, Triggas recorded career highs in wins and pins with 31 and 15, respectively. He also had his best placement at the Big Ten championships, finishing fifth, and at the NCAA championships, placing eighth. With that finish, he made it onto the podium and was named a 2010 All-American. “It’s awesome to have him back,” said redshirt senior 184-pounder C.J. Magrum. “He’s going to score a lot of points for us this year and hopefully he will get on the podium again.” Triggas said his goal is not only to get back on the podium, but to reach the top step this year. “Going into the wrestling season, the goal is always to be national champion,” Triggas said. “I know I have a long road ahead of me, but that’s the goal and that’s the main focus.” read more

Womens Hockey No 10 Ohio State wins 32 in overtime against Minnesota

Ohio State sophomore Tatum Skaggs (11) Skates towards her teammates on the bench to celebrate her goal in the second series game against No. 7 Minnesota Duluth on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Credit: Shanti Lerner | Lantern ReporterOhio State women’s hockey earned a crucial game one win, as sophomore forward Emma Maltais scored a sudden-death game winner on a breakaway goal 28 seconds into overtime against Minnesota State. The No. 10 Buckeyes (19-2-2, 12-10-2 WCHA) handed Minnesota State (9-18-7, 3-16-5 WCHA) a loss for the fourth time this season with a 3-2 win at home in a best-of-three series that opened the first round of the conference tournament.Late game heroics are becoming routine for Maltais, who also scored the winning shootout goal against then-No. 1 Wisconsin last Friday.“That’s the person you want with the puck on her stick at the end of the game,” Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall said.Maltais was named All-WCHA First Team on Thursday and proved why with a two-point performance Friday that increased her 1.25 point a game average that led the conference entering the series.Minnesota State did not make things easy for the Buckeyes, as freshman goalie and All-WCHA Second Team selection Abigail Levy stopped 39 of 42 Ohio State shots. Her 914 season saves entering the series make her No. 3 in the NCAA.The Buckeyes were unable to convert in the third period despite blitzing Levy with 17 shots, but Muzerall said her stout play in front of the net was no surprise given prior performances of 41 and 42 saves against Ohio State this year. Ohio State sophomore forward Liz Schepers appeared to score a game-winner when she barreled into the net in what appeared to be a goal before it was waved off for goalie interference 16 minutes into the third period.This was one of several physical third-period plays, which Muzerall said is a brand of hockey that favors the Buckeyes, though she questioned the officiating. “I thought there was a couple calls that the refs missed,” Muzerall said. “I understand it’s playoff hockey and they want us to play, so I appreciated that side of the game too. It didn’t slow us down by any means. If anything it fires us up.”Minnesota State came into the series with 643 blocked shots, the most in the NCAA, and its 19 blocks on the night helped limit the scoring of an Ohio State offense that doubled the Mavericks 42-21 in shots. The Mavericks faced a 161 combined shot deficit to opponents this season entering the postseason.Sophomore forward Tatum Skaggs opened up the scoring for the Buckeyes with her team-leading 16th goal five minutes into the first period. Despite not having a shot on goal in nearly the first 10 minutes of the game, Minnesota State got its chance following a tripping penalty by senior forward Charly Dahlquist.The penalty was Dahlquist’s fourth in four games, contributing to the Buckeyes’ conference-high 7.3 penalty minutes per game.Minnesota State freshman Brooke Bryant converted the power play and equaled the score at the 14-minute mark on what Muzerall said was a lapse in defensive effort.“We were cheating to the wall and they exposed us to the inside,” Muzerall said. “In fact, we were doing that far too often in the first two periods.”The Buckeyes regained the lead heading into the locker room as sophomore defenseman Lisa Bruno beat Levy to the upper left corner with a long-range laser beam for her second-career goal with a minute to go in the first period.Bryant was not finished for the Mavericks. She once again knotted the score with her second goal of the night just a minute into the third period. Her 11 goals on the season make her the most prolific scorer for Minnesota State.Muzerall said if the Buckeyes expect to get a similar result against Minnesota State on Saturday, improvements will have to be made in order to protect the puck.“We were slipping away from the defensive side of the game and we need to bear down defensively, especially in playoff hockey,” Muzerall said.In order to avoid a fourth-straight overtime game, Maltais said the Buckeyes have to take care of business in the first period.“I think if we get on them early and pop a couple more in — just finishing our chances and making sure we lock down on defense before we think about the offense —  I think that’s key for tomorrow’s game,” Maltais said.The Buckeyes will attempt to sweep the Mavericks in Saturday’s 3:07 p.m. matchup while Minnesota State faces elimination and the continuation of an 11-game winless streak. read more

Carers in the sandwich generation forced to act as nurses

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. More than 40,000 people caring for a cancer sufferer are now having to fulfil core nursing tasks such as administering medicine and changing dressings, new data reveals.The cohort of people performing these roles has expanded by over quarter in the last five years, according to Macmillan Cancer Support. Too often this sandwich generation of carers find themselves pulled in every directionLynda Thomas, Macmillan Chief Executivecenter_img They charity estimates they now form part of a 110,000-strong “sandwich generation” of carers who are faced with looking after both a parent with cancer and their own children, almost nine in ten of whom are also juggling a job.The new report was based on research among almost 900 cancer carers and found that many suffer mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.Cancer carers are now spending an average of 17.5 hours a week looking after someone with the illness, the report found, an increase of 2.5 hours since 2011.The proportion of carers now involved in helping with healthcare tasks, such as giving medication, has also gone to 38 per cent from 28 per cent in 2011.Lynda Thomas, Macmillan chief executive, said: “Too often this sandwich generation of carers find themselves pulled in every direction by a physically and emotionally draining juggling act that can cause their finances to come under pressure, their working lives to suffer and their own health to bear the brunt.”last_img read more

Millionaire couple battle over £11m fortune in divorce court

first_imgShe says she is entitled to half of an £11 million fortune and has complained that prenuptial agreements will leave her with around £500 000.The man, a 50-year-old businessman who manages an asset portfolio, disagrees.He says he made it “clear from the outset” that he would not marry without a prenuptial agreement and says his estranged wife is “entitled to nothing beyond” half the value of a house they shared in Berkshire.Mr Justice Francis oversaw the latest stage of the dispute at a private hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in late December.The judge said the pair, who have two children, could not be identified. He said they had started living together in 1994 and married in 2000. “She described how on either the Saturday or the Sunday she and (the man) were lying on the bed relaxing when the husband ‘got up and took a document out of his luggage and told me you will need to sign this prenuptial agreement before we go home on Monday’,” said Mr Justice Francis in his ruling.”She says that he was very matter-of-fact.”The judge added: “She says that he told her that ‘it wasn’t about me or us it was about his businesses’, and that he told her repeatedly that it was ‘just a piece of paper’ and that it would not make any difference to her.”Crucially she says ‘he told me if ever we divorced I would carry on financially just as before. Nothing would change. A wife claimed her millionaire husband tricked her into signing prenuptial agreement to protect his fortune by telling her it was a “just a piece of paper'”, a divorce court heard .The pair, both Swedish, married and moved to England after making the agreement during a romantic weekend at a luxury hotel near Niagara Falls nearly 17 years ago.Detail of their row over money has emerged in a High Court judge’s ruling on the latest stage of litigation.Mr Justice Francis heard how the woman, 49, had complained that the Niagara agreement – and two other similar agreements – was unfair and should be ripped up. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Their marriage had broken down in 2014 and legal proceedings had begun in Sweden and England in 2015. Mr Justice Francis said a judge in Stockholm should get a chance to decide on the woman’s claims for a lump sum and maintenance.He said the Berkshire house should be sold and the proceeds split evenly.The judge said the woman had told of events during a romantic long weekend in a luxury hotel at Niagara-on-the-Lake, near Niagara Falls in Canada, in July 2000. The husband denied that the wife was in any way shocked or offended by the idea of a prenuptial agreement,” said the judgeMr Justice Francis “The prenuptial agreement would not make a difference to me. I should trust him, he said, because he had always looked after me. He made me feel guilty for implying that he might not stand by his word’.”He said the woman had made a note in her diary, which read: “Cosied up in the morning. Went to the Niagara Falls. Back to the hotel and had a massage and pedicure!”Went for a walk and ate at a worthless Italian restaurant. Was at the hotel and watched a video. Signed the marriage papers.”Mr Justice Francis said the man had said he “could not recall signing the agreement during the course of that Niagara weekend” although it was “perfectly possible”.”The husband denied that the wife was in any way shocked or offended by the idea of a prenuptial agreement,” said the judge.”He says that he made it clear from the outset that he would not marry without a prenuptial agreement and that marriage was simply not something that was particularly important to him.” The couple made the pre-nup agreement near the Niagara Falls, the court heard The couple made the pre-nup agreement near the Niagara Falls, the court heardCredit:GETTYlast_img read more