FCPPL review: Chelsea destroy Kotoko as Hearts and AshGold falter

first_imgMatchday 22 of the league came off on Saturday and Sunday across Ghana. There were upsets and sensational results.The #JoySports team brought commentary from the Accra Sports Stadium, Carl Reindorf Park, Agyemang Badu Park and the Baba Yara Stadium.Kotoko 0-3 Chelsea Chelsea had not won in 33 away games before Sunday – a bleak streak stretching to March 3, 2013.This was Kotoko’s second loss in less than a week as they were beaten 2-1 in midweek against Dunkwa United in the Elite Cup competition. Berekum Chelsea also ended a run of three winless games in away matches in the last two seasons after beating Kotoko 2-0 at the Baba Yara Stadium.Forward Kofi Owusu took his goal tally to 10 as he grabbed a brace for Chelsea before Asiwome Fumador gave the away side their third goal of the day. Kotoko were hoping to bounce back to winning ways after making it to the finals of the MTN FA Cup but Chelsea had other ideas as they handed the reigning league champions their seventh defeat of the season.Chelsea are now four points away from catching up with league leaders Ashantigold while Kotoko are 10th on the table with 29 points out of 22 matches played this season.Olympics 2-1 BechemGreat Olympics’ Kwame Boateng’ sealed the victory for his side as they claimed a 2-1 victory over Bechem United at the Accra Sports Stadium in the Ghana Premier League on Sunday. Godwin Attram put Olympics ahead in the 5th minute to send the 550 home fans present at the 40,000 capacity seater stadium into happy mood.But Bechem United’s Issah Adamu level the scoring for the visitors just a minute into the second half.Late drama ensued when Olympics midfielder Francis Mantey was fouled inside the box and referee Ali Alhassan pointed to the spot.Attacker Kwame Boateng (pictured, above) stepped up and dispatched the ball into the net deep into stoppage-time. The victory has enhanced Olympics survival chances as they have built their points to 25 points.BA Utd 0-2 Inter AlliesA goal in each half handed Inter Allies a 2-0 away win over bottom-placed B.A United on Saturday.  The match day 22 fixture was supposed to be played at the Sunyani Coronation Park but was honoured in Accra due to United’s one match home ban by the Ghana FA Disciplinary Committee. Ropapa Mensah opened the scoring just in the opening minute when he slammed home a tailored cross from a corner sent from the left with his right foot. Paa Kwesi Fabin’s boys went on to take control of the counter but failed to produce further goals with the first half ending 0-1 for the ‘Eleven Is To One’ side.   Second half resumes and Emmanuel Nettey would also get his goal within three minutes of restart.  Ropapa Mensah had made an impressive run through the defence but saw his shot got blocked – a lurking Nettey was however available to tap in from close range to help Inter Allies secure a double win over B.A United in the league this season.  The result leaves BA United still bottom with 17 points while Inter Allies have moved up to third on the League log. In the other Saturday fixture, Wa All Stars travelled to hold Sekondi Hasaacas in a one all drawn game at the Essipong Stadium.Hasaacas 1-1 Wa All StarsWa All Stars completely outplayed Sekondi Hasaacas in a 1-1 draw at the Sekondi stadium in Saturday’s Week 22 fixture. Hasaacas took an early lead in the 4th minute from the penalty kick converted by left back Augustine Arhinful after striker Samuel Afful was impeded by goalkeeper Richard Ofori.Midfielder Joseph Mugri on two separate occasions made crucial interception and block with his timely track backs to deny Emmanuel Ocran from scoring for Wa All Stars.The giants of the west also clearly missed their head coach Yusif Basigi who is leading the Black Queens to next year’s Olympic Games qualifiers against Cameroon in Yaounde. The manner his team struggled at home was unbelievable despite the determination of his assistant Jojo Ampah to consolidate their recent good run.The visitors pulled parity with three minutes to recess when left back Joshua Otoo roofed in from an indirect free kick in the penalty box. Lions 2-1 AshGoldLeague leaders Ashantigold have seen their lead at the top cut to four, after they lost 2-1 to Kpando Heart of Lions in their First Capital Plus Premier League match week 22 played at the Kpando Park.Lions returned to their favorite home grounds after serving a one match home ban for crowd violence, and were looking to appease their fans with a good win. Five minutes into the game, Lions shot into the lead as Hudu Yakubu grabbed the first goal, before Tanko Mohammed added the second.Ashgold grabbed a consolation in the second half through Yakubu Mohammed. The win for Lions pushes them to the 13th position on the league table with Ashgold still leading the league table with 40 points.Edubiase 2-0 WAFANew Edubiase put up one of their best performances so far in the First Capital Plus Premier League as they beat the West African Football Academy 2-0 at the Len Clay stadium.Nuhu Fuseini scored the first goal before Bernard Ofori added the second of the day to ensure that Edubiase grabbed all three points against a well drilled WAFA side.The win pushed Edubiase to the 12 position on the league table with WAFA pushed down to the 5th position. In other matches, Liberty Professionals drew goalless with SC Medeama at the Karl Reindolf park in Dansoman.Liberty, by virtue of the draw, now occupy the eighth position on the league table with Medeama currently ninth position.Aduana 1-0 Hearts Hearts of Oak have gone six matches without a win in all competitions as they lost 1-0 to Aduana Stars.Hearts were looking to bounce back from two defeats in the past seven days against Medeama (MTN FA Cup semifinal) and Ebusua Dwarfs (Elite Cup). But they found the might of Aduana Stars too much to handle, especially in the first half.The Phobians started the game strongly and managed to win a couple of free kicks in the first few minutes of the game, but poor shooting on the part of the forwards did not help their course.Richard Arhin broke the deadlock in the first half and that goal turned out to be the match winner, though the Phobians pilled pressure on the hosts in search for the equalizer. The win takes Aduana Stars to the 3rd position on the league table, with Hearts of Oak dropping to the 14th position.The breakdownHeart of Lions 2-1 AshantiGold (Hudu M. Yakubu ,Tanko Mohammed; Yakubu Mohammed) Great Olympics 2-1 Bechem United (Godwin Attram ,Kwame Boateng ;Issah Adamu) Asante Kotoko 0-3 Berekum Chelsea (Kofi Owusu x2, Asiwome Fumador)Liberty 0-0 MedeamaAduana Stars 1-0 Hearts of Oak (Richard Arhin)New Edubiase 2-0 WAFA (Nuhu Fuseini,Bernard Ofori)BA United 0-2 Allies (Ropapa Mensah, Emmanuel Nettey)Hasaacas 1-1 Wa All Stars (Augustine Arhinful; Joshua Otoo)The table–CLICK TO READ: ANALYSIS – 7 things we learned from matchday 22–Reports compiled from the Joy Sports team, All Sports and GFN. Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Humboldt County Fair: Ferndale races ‘A Bit of Americana’

first_imgFerndale >> There was a time in our country’s history where the sports pages were dominated by the three major sports of the time: Baseball, boxing and horse racing.While times have certainly changed and the overall popularity of these sports has waned on a national level over the decades, one thing holds true — for two weeks out of the year, horse racing in these parts takes center stage.With the ever-popular Humboldt County Fair horse races wrapping up its first week of competition on …last_img read more

NFL makes its position on Brown’s helmet clear

first_imgNAPA — Are we about to find out whether a helmet is worth $30 million?A statement made on Twitter by NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy makes it seem unlikely Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown would be approved to wear a helmet that doesn’t meet current National Operating Committee for Standards of Athletic Equipment specifications.The tweet doesn’t specify Brown by name, but reads “The player can’t practice or play in games with equipment that’s not approved. If he doesn’t play or practice he …last_img read more

Stem Cells: Hope, Politics, Charity, and Clarity

first_imgThose promising little cells that can differentiate into almost any tissue continue to make news – but they also continue to generate controversy.  Actually, only some of them generate controversy: the embryonic stem cells.  Not all of the articles about stem cells make that clear. Defining life:  With the stroke of a pen, South Korea decided that frozen human embryos are not life forms.  PhysOrg reported that “The ruling means that human embryos that are in their early stage and are not implanted into a mother’s womb cannot be seen as human life forms,” even though they have a full complement of human DNA from a father and a mother.  Well, if that is the decision, fertility clinics are free to toss out any ethical concerns about them.  The embryos become non-persons.  The clinics can dispose of them, or turn them over to the Science Lab.  “Following the ruling, shares related to stem-cell research surged on the local market.”Your embryonic brain stem cells:  When you were a mere embryo in the womb, your developing pin-sized brain had special stem cells that were busy building the center of higher learning – the neocortex.  PhysOrg reported that neurologists at UC San Francisco discovered a stem cell in the human embryo “illuminates human brain evolution, points to therapies.”  It “likely accounts for the dramatic expansion of the region in the lineages that lead to man, the researchers say.”  Is this because mice and monkeys lack these stem cells in their brains?  Not exactly; it’s just that in primates and especially in humans, the complexity of the layers and types of stem cells is dramatic.  The scientists equivocated about the e-word, saying that their work follows the “molecular steps that the cell goes through as it evolves into the nerve cell, or neuron, it produces.”  So what’s politics got to do with it?  “This information could then be used to prompt embryonic stem cells to differentiate in the culture dish into neurons for potential use in cell-replacement therapy.”  But what would somebody else’s stem cells, with their DNA, do inside your head?  Is that ethical or desirable?No controversy in this heart:  The phrase “non-controversial” has a calming effect on a heart.  Science Daily began an article, “A new and non-controversial source of stem cells can form heart muscle cells and help repair heart damage, according to results of preliminary lab tests reported in Circulation Research: Journal of the American Heart Association.”  The source is amniotic membrane, a sac in which the embryo develops, which is a form of medical waste normally discarded after a baby’s delivery.  Now, it can be kept to derive stem cells to heal damaged hearts.  The press release from the American Heart Association said that the cells are not rejected, and transform into heart muscle cells that start beating spontaneously.  In experiments on rats, a significant percent of them survived for weeks and decreased scarring after a heart attack.  If clinical trials show this works on humans, saving up this previously discarded tissue for heart therapy would be a very loving thing to do.Spanish love:  Spanish scientists have turned fat into a lovely thing.  Science Daily reported that scientists at the University of Granada took stem cells from adipose tissue (fat cells) and reprogrammed them into cardiac myocytes – heart muscle.  “This technique could be used in the future for regeneration of cardiac muscles through the use of cells directly extracted from the patient.”  Wouldn’t that be cool?  Some day, your doctor might extract your fat and use it to repair your heart.    A somewhat similar study at the University of Texas was reported by PhysOrg.  Your own adult stem cells could be re-injected into your heart and start the repair process, scientists have found.  “Injection of a patient’s own adult stem cells into the heart has shown some efficacy in assisting recovery after a heart attack in early human clinical trials,” the article said.Hope for MS patients in bone:  Stem cells in bone marrow appear to offer hope for those with multiple sclerosis.  Science Daily reported that “A groundbreaking trial to test bone marrow stem cell therapy with a small group of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) has been shown to have possible benefits for the treatment of the disease.”  This was a human trial with encouraging results: “The procedure was well tolerated and the participants were followed up for a year.  No serious adverse effects were encountered.”  Bone marrow stem cells are a form of adult stem cell, with no ethical or controversial issues; they can be taken from the patient and re-injected the same day.Seeing the way for an embryonic stem cell therapy?  A first step toward a possible use of embryonic stem cells was announced by Science Daily.  Researchers at UC Irvine have succeeded in coaxing human embryonic stem cells to differentiate into an “an eight-layer, early stage retina” in the lab.  This was in isolation from an actual eye.  “We made a complex structure consisting of many cell types,” the study leader said; “This is a major advance in our quest to treat retinal disease.”  It is hoped that creating retinal tissue might lead to treatments for macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa and other blinding diseases, but such actual therapies are a long way off.  The article did not say whether embryonic stem cells were required for this feat, or whether adult stem cells, such as induced pluripotent stem cells, could work just as well.An article on both embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells in Science Daily this month was strangely silent about the controversy.  The focus was on understanding how these cells become pluripotent (i.e., able to differentiate into numerous cell types) – certainly an important issue.  But there was only this brief mention of the ethical controversy surrounding embryonic stem cells: “Because ethical and legal issues have hampered human ES cell research, mouse cells have provided a more viable platform for ES cell studies.”  On those ethical and legal issues, however, rides a great debate, millions of dollars, and fundamental questions about the value of human life.Is it right to do wrong to have a chance to do right?  Do the ends justify the means?  If there are two ways to get something done, and one is not controversial, why choose the controversial way?  Have we not learned that declaring someone a non-person is the first step to unspeakable abuses of human rights?    The proponents of embryonic stem cell research know how to play on your emotions with tear-jerking commercials of suffering people.  Californians saw that with their $3 billion stem cell initiative they couldn’t afford (02/08/2005).  What the pleading scientists don’t tell you is that (1) they stand to make a lot of money from tax-funded ES research, (2) embryonic stem cell research is getting stampeded by actual successes in the adult stem cell arena, and (3) ES research is tainted by desires to tinker with human cloning and chimeras (mixing human and animal cells).  Stay away from it.  They have nothing to show for it after years of hype and millions of dollars and one of the biggest scandals in the history of science.  Its advocates are primarily Darwinian leftist progressives.  They have mixed motives.  The practice of harvesting embryos opens up a potential shop of horrors, with markets for women selling their eggs, and catalogs of human body parts.  And with non-controversial iPS and adult stem cells available, we don’t need anything they’re selling.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

What One Change Would You Make to LEED?

first_imgI recently asked four score and seven people familiar with green building, “What one change would you make to LEED to encourage green building?”This was a highly unscientific poll that is not representative. The small sample was not randomly selected, but rather each was a professional working on green building projects, so the results have some statistical reliability. And when coupled with the result that more than 50% offered the same solution and the next offered solution polled at only 8%, the responses to this question, posed by someone not associated with the U.S. Green Building Council, are a useful tool.Against a backdrop of the increasing belief, as recently articulated by Bill Gates, that current green technologies can reduce carbon dioxide emissions only at costs that are “beyond astronomical,” many have begun to focus on another frontier of innovation: using energy more efficiently and thus using less of it.Given that many green buildings consume 25% less energy than conventional buildings, green building may be the single greatest current opportunity to address climate change. Q&A with Rick Fedrizzi, President and CEO of USGBCAre LEED-Certified Buildings Energy-Efficient?GBA Encyclopedia: LEED for HomesWhat LEED Credit Is Almost Never Achieved?LEED Can Help Fix the Water ProblemRecent Changes to LEED for Homes — Part 1Why Is the U.S. Green Building Council So Out of Touch? Existing buildings are a worthy targetThere are nearly 4.9 million commercial buildings in the U.S., making existing buildings a target-rich environment. (Each year only about 170,000 new commercial buildings are constructed.) And those existing buildings are tremendous consumers of electricity, accounting for 74% of the total electricity consumption in the U.S. Enlarge the pool of LEED-eligible buildingsWe can now return to the question, “What one change would you make to LEED to encourage green building?” The number one answer, by far, is to allow every existing building that improves its Energy Star score by at least 20% to be LEED EB eligible.That single change to the rating system would make millions of buildings eligible to participate in LEED. This change might be the single greatest current opportunity to address climate change. There are a variety of green building standards, codes, and rating systems, but LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) commands more than 95% of the market share in the U.S., so the existing-building challenge may hinge on LEED.The LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance rating system is highly regarded. The system identifies and rewards current best practices and provides an outline for buildings to use less energy and uncover operating inefficiencies.In 2014, LEED for Existing Building Operations and Maintenance was once again the most popular rating system, with existing buildings representing 48% of the total square footage that obtained LEED certification.LEED EB was launched in 2004. The problem is that today there are only a total of 3,778 certified LEED EB buildings. That is less than one tenth of 1% of the 4.9 million existing commercial buildings.center_img Many buildings are excluded by this requirementAn existing building that cannot achieve an Energy Star Portfolio Manager rating of 75 is excluded from participating in LEED v4. (An Energy Star score of 75 means the building is performing better than 75% of similar buildings nationwide.)The prerequisite of a minimum score of 75 arguably excludes 75% of all existing buildings from participating in LEED. This is significantly more stringent than LEED 2009, which required an Energy Star score of 69.There is a pilot credit known as EAp2 Energy Jumpstart. This pilot credit allows an existing building that reduces energy consumption by 20% to be LEED v4 eligible. But, after much internal debate, it was decided that this LEED pilot credit will only be available to the first 500 applicants. Stuart Kaplow is an attorney concentrating in real estate and environmental law. He has served as legal counsel and is past chair of the U.S. Green Building Council Maryland. This post originally was published at Green Building Law Update. RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more

Webinar Next Week – Understanding Narcotic Medications for Service Members

first_imgRemember to join us at 11:00 a.m. ET on Thursday, April 9 for our military professional development webinar on “Understanding Narcotic Medications for Service Members.” Presenters, Kristin Kuhlmann, Ph.D., and Nancy Turrubiates from West Texas A&M University, will provide information on various classes of narcotics, along with their actions and interactions with other medications, as well as the potential dependence it may cause for wounded warriors.Narcotic medications may be prescribed for a variety of treatments, primarily pain management, anxiety, and sleep disorders. As professionals it is important to learn how these medications may impact service members and the effects it may have on their well-being. The image below provides a preview to what participants can expect to learn about during the training.This training is FREE and is available to military service providers and families. To join the event, simply go to: Understanding Narcotic Medications for Service Members.last_img read more

NBA pros, fans react to Irving-Thomas megatrade

first_imgThe Kyrie Irving trade talks have somehow reached a stalemate, up until the Boston Celtics shocked the world and announced that they had acquired the prolific point guard in a blockbuster swap on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila).READ: Cavaliers trade Irving to Celtics for Thomas — sourceADVERTISEMENT We have acquired four-time All-Star @KyrieIrving in a trade with the @cavs.📝: https://t.co/BsoQtsX2FD pic.twitter.com/TqYQnXsYwyFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening— Boston Celtics (@celtics) August 23, 2017 NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul — Isaiah Thomas (@Isaiah_Thomas) July 2, 2017Screen Grab from TwitterScreen Grab from TwitterPortland Trailblazers guard Evan Turner also chimed in, acknowledging Thomas’ massive contributions to the Celtics for the past two and a half seasons.Screen Grab from Twitter/@thekidetMeanwhile, NBA fans also took to Twitter to address the trade, with some offering humorous responses.  /ra“Why Kyrie 3 feet shorter” pic.twitter.com/FRLFvoDHQI— ainge pls (@MPleasing69) August 22, 2017 It needed a slight adjustment, but this is basically what a Kyrie-Isaiah swap looks like. pic.twitter.com/x1dkCTF9R1— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) August 22, 2017 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Kyrie-for-Isaiah the strongest evidence yet we live in a simulation— Dylan Scott (@dylanlscott) August 22, 2017 Kyrie Irving for Isaiah Thomas would mean trading the No. 1 pick for the 60th pick from the 2011 draft.— Chris Martin Palmer (@ChrisPalmerNBA) August 22, 2017 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 MOST READ PH gets bronze medals in table tennis, javelin throwcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side The seemingly out-of-nowhere trade sent shock waves to the league, considering it involved the top two teams in the Eastern Conference and two of the NBA’s most skilled guards.NBA pros quickly shared their reactions on Twitter, in what may be the biggest deal in this action-packed off-season.Fellow NBA guards Jordan Clarkson, Elfrid Payton, Jamal Crawford , Eric Bledsoe and Terrence Ross weighed in on the league’s latest massive shake-up.Screen Grab from TwitterSome, meanwhile, let the emojis do the talking, highlighted by Rudy Gobert’s apparent shot at Isaiah Thomas for his earlier tweet.🌴🏆🏆🏆☘️🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🎷🙅🏾‍♂️ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

South Carolina Has A Shot At Beating UConn

South Carolina Has A Shot At Beating UConn

A’ja Wilson against ranked teams for the last 2 seasons PTS PER 40 MINS.FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGEDOUBLE-DOUBLES 2014-1523.147.42 Coates, the 2013-14 SEC Freshman of the Year, leads the nation in field goal percentage and has an SEC-best 12 double-doubles this season. Coates and Wilson are averaging a combined 29.6 points per game, the most by any frontcourt duo in the SEC. Overall, South Carolina is averaging 40.3 points per game in the paint and has outscored its opponents down low in every game this season.Based on their performance, the Wilson-Coates tandem could prove difficult for UConn to defend. Maryland’s Brionna Jones — one of the premier post players in the nation, with skills and stature similar to Wilson and Coates — put up 24 points against the Huskies earlier this season. UConn allowed a season-high 38 points in the paint to the Terrapins and trailed in the third quarter for the only time this season.South Carolina is also aggressive on the offensive glass, averaging 8.6 points per game on put-backs2All tracking data courtesy of Synergy Sports Technology. and grabbing 13.7 offensive rebounds per game. Connecticut is allowing 10.7 offensive rebounds per game but the Huskies’ opposition has failed to capitalize, managing just 3.5 points per game on put-backs.And don’t discount South Carolina’s home-court advantage. The Gamecocks have won 45 consecutive home games, the longest active streak in Division I, and are on track to lead the nation in attendance for the second consecutive season. Notably, South Carolina averages 80.2 points at home, compared to 68.4 points on the road.But will a strong post presence and a favorable crowd be enough to hand Connecticut its first loss in over a year? Probably not. UConn is on pace to lead the nation in both offensive and defensive efficiency for the fourth consecutive season; to have a chance against Connecticut you need to score at least 70 points. Over the last five seasons, UConn is 5-7 when opponents score 70 or more points, compared to 163-3 when holding its opponent to 69 points or fewer.And here’s the bad news for Gamecocks fans: South Carolina is tied for eighth in the nation in offensive efficiency but has been held below 70 points on seven occasions this season, four times against ranked teams.The Gamecocks also struggle on 3-pointers and free throws, which isn’t ideal when you’re trying to run up a big number on the Huskies. South Carolina is shooting 31.4 percent from deep this season, which ranks 150th in Division I. In one of Connecticut’s most tightly contested games this season, Notre Dame shot 65 percent from beyond the arc, making 13 3-pointers. DePaul and South Florida also had early success against Connecticut, making 12 or more 3-pointers and shooting 45 percent or better from beyond the arc.The view is even worse from the foul line, where South Carolina ranks 272nd in the nation with a 65.3 percent free throw percentage. Facing a Connecticut squad that holds opponents to a Division I-low 6.2 free throw attempts per game, the Gamecocks need to convert on any opportunity to put points on the board.Is South Carolina capable of upsetting Connecticut on Monday night? It’s possible, sure. But SC will need either something truly absurd out of Wilson and Coates or a momentary reprieve from its season-long trend of their range extending no farther than the length of their arms. 2015-1626.6 points53.1%7 While the rest of the country recovers from its post-Super Bowl hangover, the South Carolina women’s basketball team will attempt to do what only one team has accomplished in the last 35 months: beat Connecticut.The UConn Huskies are in one of the most dominant stretches in college basketball history, winners of 59 straight and 106 of their last 107 games. The South Carolina Gamecocks are having an impressive season of their own, off to a 22-0 start for the second consecutive season. And Monday night’s game between the only undefeated teams in Division I basketball will be the 56th meeting between the AP’s No. 1 and No. 2 women’s college basketball teams. The last such meeting did not turn out so well for the Gamecocks, with No. 2 UConn beating No. 1 South Carolina, 87-62 in Storrs, last season to snap a 22-game win streak.For any hope at a better result this season, the Gamecocks will need something special out of their dynamic duo on the interior, A’ja Wilson and Alaina Coates.Wilson is the reigning SEC Freshman of the Year and top-ranked recruit for the Class of 2014,1According to ESPNW and HoopGurlz rankings. and she has elevated her game in her sophomore season, becoming South Carolina’s go-to player against ranked teams. The 6-foot-5-inch forward has accounted for 25.6 percent of South Carolina’s points and 26.3 percent of its rebounds against Top 25 opponents this season. Wilson had a tendency to disappear in big games last season, but she’s now averaging 26.6 points per 40 minutes against ranked teams and has a double-double in seven of her nine games against Top 25 opponents this season, more than she had all of last season. read more

Mens gymnastics Buckeyes put together best performance of the season against Michigan

Ohio State sophomore Tristan Burke performs on floor against Michigan at St. John Arena on Feb. 4. Credit: Daneyliz Rodriguez | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State men’s gymnastics team was victorious at Saturday’s co-ed dual home meet against Michigan at St. John Arena with a final score of 422.200 against Michigan’s 404.950.After the first rotation on the floor, the Buckeyes already had an advantage over the Wolverines with a score of 68.100, while the Wolverines earned a 67.150.The Buckeyes proved triumphant on the pummel horse, as well, after receiving a score of 72.250 against Michigan’s 66.000. Redshirt junior Jake Dastrup received the highest pommel horse score on the team (14.90), the third best in the nation.On the still rings and vault, the Buckeyes received the best overall score of 69.300 and 71.450 respectively, extending their lead over Michigan following the fourth rotation with a running score of 281.100.Similarly, on the parallel and high bars, the Buckeyes received the highest scores of 71.900 and 69.200.Redshirt juniors Sean Melton and Dastrup received first place on floor with a score of 14.4 and on the parallel bars with a score of 14.7. Sophomore Tristan Burke placed first on the still rings with a score of 14.150. Redshirt senior captain Jake Martin was awarded first place on the horizontal bars with a score of 14.85.The team’s victory was followed by a ceremony dedicated to the senior athletes. For the seniors, this meet was their last at St. John Arena.“It’s pretty emotional because it’s been a difficult run-through in my college career, so to come out here and be able to do this was amazing,” Martin said. “I mean a year ago, I tore my achilles … a lot of people doubted if I’d be able to even do six events, so to come out here and do six events is the greatest memory I will have at Ohio State.”OSU coach Rustam Sharipov was more than pleased with his team’s performance which yielded a season-high team score.“Some of the scores were high and the guys, they worked for that,” Sharipov said. “The seniors did a good job and it’s always nice to finish your last meet at St. John Arena on a good note with Michigan coming and the rivalry and senior night, so I think it’s good. We had a lot of stakes … I’m proud of the guys for stepping up. Overall I’m happy with their performance because every weekend we keep improving little by little, so I’m happy.”Up next, the Buckeyes will face Penn State in a co-ed dual meet at State College, Pennsylvania, on Feb. 11. read more

Ohio State mens basketball looking to avoid another Big Ten home loss

OSU coach Thad Matta paces the sidelines during a game against Michigan Feb. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 70-60.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorTypically in college basketball, playing at home merits a sigh of relief from players, coaches and fans.But for Ohio State — and the majority of the teams in the Big Ten for that matter — playing at home hasn’t necessarily been a safe zone this season, particularly in recent games.The No. 24 Buckeyes have lost three of six home conference games so far this season, most recently a 70-60 outcome to then-No. 15 Michigan Feb. 11.But in arguably the team’s biggest setback of the year, OSU fell at home in overtime to Penn State Jan. 29, 71-70, a loss that at the time senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. called “embarrassing.”On a broader scale, all three Big Ten teams playing host Sunday — then-No. 9 Michigan State, then-No. 15 Michigan and Northwestern — fell, and the continued misfortunes perennial Big Ten powers have had this season begs a question: what’s the reason for all the losses on home court?“I think it’s just circumstance. I don’t know,” OSU coach Thad Matta said Tuesday. “All three home teams lost Sunday. I don’t know exactly what it is and I think it’s just kind of the nature of this league and the nature of college basketball right now.”Matta’s Buckeyes (20-6, 7-6, fifth in Big Ten) are next set to host Northwestern (12-14, 5-8, ninth in the Big Ten), one of the teams that fell at home Sunday. Matta said it’s on him if OSU isn’t able to avoid another embarrassing home defeat like the one to the Nittany Lions last month.“Well, if they’re not (prepared), that’s my fault,” Matta said. “I mean seriously you can’t be — what are we, 12 games into this league? — and not have a pulse of what’s going on. Obviously we’re doing our part in terms of preparation and that sort of thing, but these guys, I know they know what’s at stake here.”OSU slogged its way past Illinois Saturday, defeating the Fighting Illini in Champaign, Ill., 48-39, despite only scoring 20 points in the first half.The big contributors in the second half were OSU’s bench players, who overall outscored Illinois’ 17-2. Freshman forward Marc Loving tallied eight points himself, scoring his first points this month.A slump like Loving’s could prove frustrating, but Loving said that wasn’t necessarily the case because of his mindset shooting the ball.“I think every shot I shoot is going to go in. So if I miss one, I think, ‘Oh, the next one’s going to go,’” Loving said Tuesday. “If I miss that one, the next one’s going to go in. Eventually it’s going to go down.”The road win at Illinois was OSU’s fourth victory in five games, and with four of their remaining five contests against teams in the bottom half of the league, the Buckeyes look to be in good shape to get some momentum going into the postseason.Loving, however, said now is not the time to let thoughts like that get into their heads.“Every game is important in the Big Ten. From top to bottom, you could lose any game — it doesn’t matter who you’re playing,” Loving said. “But we want to win every game we play. There’s no step back just because we’re playing a certain team and we feel like winning from here on out is definitely a goal of ours.”Matta agreed, especially because of the depth of the conference and said no home game is close to a guaranteed victory like it has been in years past.“It used to be, you had a little bit more of an easy feeling if you were at home,” Matta said. “But this year it doesn’t. I think every game is just sort of a one game type season. And no matter where you’re playing you’ve got to find a way to play your best basketball.“I think from top to bottom, this league is probably as good as it’s ever been. Just in terms of there’s just nothing easy, no matter who you’re playing or where you’re playing at. It’s a grind,” Matta said.Regardless of who is on the schedule for the rest of the regular season, Matta said the focus is only on one team — the Wildcats. The team is no stranger to winning away from home this season, capturing conference victories at Indiana, then-No. 14 Wisconsin and Minnesota.“You take them one at a time. And that’s simply Northwestern tomorrow night,” Matta said. “But at this particular juncture, to gaze off into the future or anything like that would be detrimental to this basketball team.”The Buckeyes’ contest against Northwestern is set to begin Wednesday at 7 p.m. read more